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Click for more detail about A Change Had To Come by Gwynne Forster A Change Had To Come

by Gwynne Forster
Dafina (Oct 01, 2009)
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Leticia Langley is used to fighting for what she wants. That’s how she wound up being the first in her family to graduate from college. So what if she’s never had a date? All that’s about to change when she gets herself a job as a food columnist for The Journal—and treats herself to a makeover that will transform her life.

With her hot weave and a dazzling new wardrobe that shows off her curves, the opposite sex suddenly takes a shine to Leticia. Except for Max Baldwin—a colleague who accuses her of trying to knock him down on her stampede up the corporate ladder. But Leticia is determined to stand her ground and get her due. And as she finds herself being offered more tantalizing prospects, including a trip to Africa, she also wins the respect—and admiration—of her handsome one-time nemesis, Max. Now she’ll have to decide if she wants to let down her guard, and let in the one man she could get serious about.

Praise for the Novels of Gwynne Forster. . .

". . .Wise and wonderful as it points out, once again, the importance of honesty and appreciating what you have while you have it." —Publishers Weekly on A Different Kind of Blues

"Touching, thought-provoking, and will make you think twice about ever keeping secrets from the one you love." —Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times bestselling author on If You Walked in My Shoes


Click for more detail about A Change Had To Come by Gwynne Forster A Change Had To Come

by Gwynne Forster
Dafina (Apr 26, 2016)
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"An uplifting African American romance that will leave readers cheering." —Booklist

Leticia Langley is used to fighting for what she wants. That’s how she wound up being the first in her family to graduate from college. So what if she’s never had a date? All that’s about to change when she gets a job as a food columnist for The Journal—and treats herself to a makeover that will transform her life.

With her stylish hair and a dazzling new wardrobe that shows off her curves, the opposite sex suddenly notices Leticia. Except for Max Baldwin—a colleague who accuses her of trying to knock him down on her stampede up the corporate ladder. But Leticia is determined to stand her ground and get her due. Soon she even wins Max’s respect—and admiration. Now she’ll have to decide if she wants to let down her guard, and let in the one man she could get serious about.

Praise for the Novels of Gwynne Forster

"Wise and wonderful." —Publishers Weekly on A Different Kind of Blues

"You’ll eagerly keep reading…and will sigh with pure satisfaction when it ends." —RT Book Reviews TOP PICK on Getting Some of Her Own


Click for more detail about A Dead Rose (Urban Soul) by Rhonda M. Lawson A Dead Rose (Urban Soul)

by Rhonda M. Lawson
Urban Soul (Jul 01, 2008)
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Can a lack of self love make a woman self-destruct? Does a woman’s past really dictate her present? Are "loose" women only as deep as the make-up they wear? Meet Isis Reynolds. She’s young, pretty, and smart, but has a lot to learn about relationships. In her quest for love, she’s developed an "easy" reputation, earning disrespect from men, and hatred from women. Through it all, she strives to repair her relationship with God while fighting off the demons of her past and struggling to be the rock for her friend, Kendra, who struggles with the realization that she’s gay, and her sister, Cleopatra, who moves in with her boyfriend and tries to hide it from their parents. On top of it all, Isis quickly marries Vincent, who doesn’t seem to be as comfortable with his new wife’s past as he claims to be. As Isis’ world seems to fall apart around her, she learns there are no easy answers to life’s questions.


Click for more detail about A Dollar And A Dream by Carl Weber, Angel Hunter, Dwayne S. Joseph, and La Jill Hunt A Dollar And A Dream

by Carl Weber, Angel Hunter, Dwayne S. Joseph, and La Jill Hunt
Kensington (May 28, 2005)
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Which of us hasn't daydreamed about what we'd do if we won the lottery? A Dollar And A Dream brings those fantasies to hilarious, heartbreaking life in three stories by #1 national bestselling author Carl Weber and La Jill Hunt, Essence bestselling author Angel Hunter, and Cushcity.com bestselling author Dwayne S. Joseph.

In "Easy Street," Carl Weber and La Jill Hunt deliver a drama-filled world of money, greed, and lies. When Paul, a wannabe player, is sent out by his neighbors to buy lottery tickets, his world is turned upside-down - and so are the lives of unsuspecting friends who may not only lose the winning tickets, but also their homes...

"Ghetto Fabulous" is the story of a single mother with three kids from three different daddies. Money is what she needs, yet when she wins big, she's left wondering what to do. Friends and family she never knew she had are suddenly coming out of the woodwork. But where were they when she needed help?

With one person designated to purchase tickets for the $180 million jackpot, six co-workers lives will be changed forever as each of them learns just how strong the pull of money can be. "One Night, Six Dreams" is a wild, shocking tale of just how far a person might go to have it all...

Join these unforgettable characters as they learn exactly what money can and can't buy in three fabulous, fast-paced stories of getting rich - and staying real.


Click for more detail about A Gangster’s Girl by Chunichi A Gangster’s Girl

by Chunichi
Urban Books (Jun 01, 2007)
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Meet Ceazia, a very attractive, very good girl who has just left the safety of her parents’ home and entered into the world of bad boys and fast money. Ceazia thinks the world belongs to her when she meets Vegas, one of the Tidewater, Virginia area’s most notorious drug dealers. Even though a relationship with Vegas goes against everything her parents taught her, she still can’t resist his bad boy persona. He’s fine, sexy, and ready to give her anything her heart desires—just what the doctor ordered for a broke, wannabe diva. This might just end up being the biggest mistake of her life.


Click for more detail about A Girl Like Me by Ni-Ni Simone A Girl Like Me

by Ni-Ni Simone
KTeen (Dec 01, 2008)
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She’s got a voice like Keisha Cole, attitude to burn—and is the body-rockin’, Bebe-sporting girl everyone in her high school wants to be. . .or be with. But in real life, sixteen-year-old Elite has a crack-addicted mother, no father in sight, and is secretly raising her sister and two brothers on her own. Now a radio contest has put her up-close-and-personal with mega-hot singer Haneef and their chemistry is too sizzling for Elite to stop pretending. And as the clock ticks down fast for this ’hood Cinderella, she has only one shot to save her family and make all of her dreams come true. . .


Click for more detail about A Good Dose of Pleasure (The Morgan Men) by Zuri Day A Good Dose of Pleasure (The Morgan Men)

by Zuri Day
Kensington (Oct 01, 2013)
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One sexy Morgan man may have finally met his match in a talented and beautiful young widow. But will their ambitions come between them?

When artist Anise Cartier leaves Nebraska for L.A., she’s finally ready to put the past and its losses behind her. And she soon finds a welcoming committee in the form of one very handsome doctor, Gregory Morgan. Their attraction is instant. So is their animosity.

Gregory is in a fierce competition for a multimillion-dollar medical research grant. The grant will make a new research center possible. . .once the beloved artist community where Anise plans to set up shop is demolished. Soon, it’s a battle between art and science—one that neither Anise nor Gregory intend to lose. Can their red hot love survive this heated war of wills?


Click for more detail about A Good Excuse To Be Bad by Miranda Parker A Good Excuse To Be Bad

by Miranda Parker
Dafina (Jul 01, 2011)
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Smart, gorgeous, and too tough for her own good, bail recovery agent and single mom Evangeline Crawford moved to the burbs for a quiet life. Fortunately, it’s not turning out that way…
Angel has to admit she’s feeling restless. The only excitement in her new life is her schoolgirl crush on the town’s new pastor, Justus-too-Hot-to-be-Holy Morgan. But a fateful encounter and a job gone wrong at Club Night Candy in underground Atlanta is about to change all that… Soon, Angel’s trying to save her divazilla twin sister from her big mouth and a scandalous murder charge, and probing a church cover-up—with none other than Justus by her side. But Angel has one more pressing concern: will Bella be ready for kindergarten? Only time will tell for this bad girl gone good whose days are once again far from boring—and hopefully far from numbered…

"This novel has been a long time coming, and there will be many more knock-outs from Miranda Parker—one of the brightest authors on the horizon." —Creston Mapes, author of Dark Star and Nobody

"Miranda Parker’s debut is deliciously fun! It has the perfect amount of intrigue, romance, action and all-out girl-power!" —Tiffany Warren, author of In the Midst of It All


"A fast-paced, kick butt, bad boy chase, sexy thrill ride. Can’t wait for the next manhunt." —ReShonda Tate Billingsley


Click for more detail about A Hire Love by Candice Dow A Hire Love

by Candice Dow
Dafina (Feb 01, 2007)
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In Candice Dow’s witty, romantic new novel, a woman whose young husband dies unexpectedly comes up with the perfect plan to find a new man, and learns that writing her own happy ending comes with a few surprises . . . Fatima Mayo had it all-a gorgeous, loving husband; a creative job as a romance editor; and a fabulous home in New York City. But when her husband died suddenly of a heart attack, her life lost its luster. Now after three years of widowhood, she’s decided to plunge back into the dating pool. But dating services are enough to put any woman off men forever. Her friend Mya jokingly suggests that Fatima will only find the perfect guy if she writes a script and hires an actor to play the role, and suddenly Fatima has the perfect idea. She will write a script-and Mya, a casting director, will find the ideal leading man. Good-looking, intelligent, and talented, Rashad Watkins’s acting career is going nowhere. The money Fatima offers is good-but he realizes immediately that the companionship the sexy young widow offers is even better. What he feels for Fatima is the real thing. But now he has to prove he’s not just acting . . .


Click for more detail about A Hope Divided (The Loyal League) by Alyssa Cole A Hope Divided (The Loyal League)

by Alyssa Cole
Kensington (Nov 28, 2017)
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“A masterful tale.” —Kirkus, Starred Review on An Extraordinary Union
 
The Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor—but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier, war could bind them together . . .

 
For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike. Her formerly enslaved mother’s traditions and the name of a white father she never knew have protected her—until the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie’s home for their new base of operations in the guerilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause.
 
Unbeknowst to those under her roof, escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is sheltering in her laboratory. Seemingly a quiet philosopher, Ewan has his own history with the cruel captain of the Home Guard, and a thoughtful but unbending strength Marlie finds irresistible.
 
When the revelation of a stunning family secret places Marlie’s freedom on the line,  she and Ewan have to run for their lives into the hostile Carolina night. Following the path of the Underground Railroad, they find themselves caught up in a vicious battle that could dash their hopes of love—and freedom—before they ever cross state lines.
 
Praise for An Extraordinary Union

“[B]rimming with vivid characterization, heartfelt dialogue, and sensual sweetness.”
—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“Cole spins a tale that will pull you in from the very first page. A true treat!” —RT Book Reviews, 5 stars, TOP PICK


Click for more detail about A House Divided by Donna Hill A House Divided

by Donna Hill
Dafina (Jun 27, 2017)
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Families always have secrets. And secrets have the power to heal—or hurt. Now beloved author Donna Hill’s enthralling novel explores the wrongs we do for the right reasons, and the ways we struggle to reconcile the truth.

Journalist Zoie Crawford had to leave New Orleans to finally make her own life. Her grandmother, Claudia, inspired her to follow her dreams—just as her mother, Rose, held on too tight. But with Claudia’s passing, Zoie reluctantly returns home, where the past is written in the lonely corners of the bayou and the New South’s supercharged corridors of power. And there she discovers a stunning, painstakingly kept secret—one that could skyrocket her career, but destroy another woman’s—and change both their vastly different lives, for better or for much worse.

Zoie has always put the truth first. Now, as the line between the personal and professional blurs, and she tries to understand her relatives’ deception, she must face some tough questions. Is there a way to expose the truth and save those you love? And at what cost? Heartfelt, emotional, and revelatory, A House Divided is an unforgettable tale about making the hardest of choices, coming to terms with all you could lose—and finding what forgiveness and family truly mean.


Click for more detail about A Hustler’s Wife (Urban Books) by Nikki Turner A Hustler’s Wife (Urban Books)

by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (Dec 31, 2013)
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[Read by Bahni Turpin]

Nikki Turner’s debut novel is a smorgasbord of manipulation, street-life, greed, betrayal, envy, money, power, and revenge.

Yarni, a sweet and innocent girl from a well-to-do family, by chance meets Richmond’s notorious drug kingpin, Des. The spark between them immediately blossoms into an astronomical love, which separates Yarni from her family and friends. But when Des is sentenced to life in prison, Yarni will learn that being a hustler’s wife isn’t all that easy with her sole provider behind bars.

Nikki Turner takes listeners along for the ride as Yarni struggles to survive. At times she plays the game, at other times the game plays her. It is a journey filled with laughter and tears, failures and triumphs.


Click for more detail about A Hustler’s Wife (Urban Books) by Nikki Turner A Hustler’s Wife (Urban Books)

by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (Aug 05, 2014)
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[Read by Bahni Turpin]

Nikki Turner’s debut novel is a smorgasbord of manipulation, street-life, greed, betrayal, envy, money, power, and revenge.

Yarni, a sweet and innocent girl from a well-to-do family, by chance meets Richmond’s notorious drug kingpin, Des. The spark between them immediately blossoms into an astronomical love, which separates Yarni from her family and friends. But when Des is sentenced to life in prison, Yarni will learn that being a hustler’s wife isn’t all that easy with her sole provider behind bars.

Nikki Turner takes listeners along for the ride as Yarni struggles to survive. At times she plays the game, at other times the game plays her. It is a journey filled with laughter and tears, failures and triumphs.


Click for more detail about A Journey To Here by Margaret Johnson-Hodge A Journey To Here

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
Dafina (Nov 01, 2005)
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A powerful story of overcoming the past from the bestselling author of "True Lies and "Some Sunday, A Journey to Here revolves around the lives of Sylvia Allen and Dorothy Butler, two 46-year old women whose attraction to the same boy many years ago destroyed their friendship. Now thirty years later, both women must learn to figure out the difference between getting what they want and getting what they need.


Click for more detail about A Mighty Love by Anita Doreen Diggs A Mighty Love

by Anita Doreen Diggs
Kensington (Feb 01, 2003)
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Acclaimed author Anita Doreen Diggs—whose work has been hailed as "groundbreaking" (Book Page)—examines how a devastating tragedy forever changes the dynamics of a marriage in this profoundly moving new novel… Mel and Adrienne Jordan had the kind of marriage most couples only dream about. Mel had abandoned his womanizing ways to settle down with the smartest, sexiest woman he’d ever met—and had absolutely no regrets. Neither did his wife. Between caring for their infant daughter and tending to their small but lovely home in New York City, Adrienne didn’t have time to think about the singing career she’d pursued and then abandoned years ago. Landing a recording contract had once been her greatest ambition—but she hardly ever thought about it anymore. Life was that good. But then one day a fire sweeps through their home, killing their beloved daughter—and nearly destroying their marriage. Convinced that he is to blame for the tragedy, Mel returns to the mean streets of his youth—and indulges in the drugs, drink, and women he finds there. Adrienne works long hours at a tedious job, desperate to get ahead—even though she’s not really sure where she’s going. As they drift further into their grief—and away from each other—Mel and Adrienne start to wonder if they can ever reclaim what they had. And they soon realize that their greatest challenge will be trying to save the one thing they had always taken for granted: their love.

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Click for more detail about A Million Blessings by Angela Benson A Million Blessings

by Angela Benson
Dafina (Mar 01, 2010)
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What happens when the past comes back to haunt you? When Wilford Preacher Winters rejoins society after a stint in prison, four different women in his life vie for his attention, setting up a web of sin, temptation, and redemption.


Click for more detail about A Person Of Interest by Ernest Hill A Person Of Interest

by Ernest Hill
Dafina (Oct 01, 2006)
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A skilled storyteller. —New York Times Book Review

"A writer of great power and psychological depth, creating characters that resonate brilliantly beyond the boundaries of gender and race." —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Felicia Fontenot has returned to her hometown to care for her ailing mother. In the small community, Felicia must live across the street from Luther Jackson, her first love—and his wife, Juanita, the woman for whom he left her. But Felicia bears Luther no ill will. Their past is in the past. Yet no sooner has she settled in than the town is rocked by a tragic crime—one that hits all too close to home.

Luther’s pregnant wife and young son have been horrifically killed—and the police have instantly identified Luther as their prime suspect. Shocked and dismayed, Felicia is soon torn between her mother’s admonition not to get involved—and her own desire to clear Luther and perhaps gain a second chance with the man she has never forgotten. It is a journey that will lead her to discover not only the depths of her own humanity, but the true meaning of love. . .

"As the story unfolds. . .these unforgettable characters come to full, sympathetic life." —Publishers Weekly

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Click for more detail about A Preacher’s Passion (Hallelujah Love) by Lutishia Lovely A Preacher’s Passion (Hallelujah Love)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Jan 01, 2009)
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Lutishia Lovely is back with another smoldering journey into the scandalous and occasionally sanctified lives of people who go to church but aren’t always 100% Christian. . .

Passion Perkins is hot to trot. After being celibate for five long years, she’s ready, willing, and able to end her drought. But she’s also determined to hold out for Mr. Right. . .a man her friends say doesn’t exist—until Lavon Chapman walks into her life: a powerful and handsome man who has come to the community to film an inspirational DVD about Passion’s minister, Doctor Stanley Lee, and his fiery wife, Carla Lee. But Lavon is only in town for eight weeks. . .

Passion is now on a mission to make Lavon her husband and to end her celibacy. . .and not necessarily in that order. But she’s not the only one. It seems Doctor Lee, though a master in the pulpit is a dud between the sheets, so Carla Lee has Lavon in her sights—and is determined to end up on top. Before long, other members of the church community are entangled in scandals of their own, and while some are getting busy in service to the Lord, others are just simply getting busy. . .

"A spell-binding tale with some hilarious and righteous characters. . .nothing compares to its laugh-out-loud moments." —The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on Sex in the Sanctuary


Click for more detail about A Project Chick (Urban Books) by Nikki Turner A Project Chick (Urban Books)

by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (May 27, 2014)
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Tressa is a fly girl accustomed to the lavish lifestyle that Lucky, her possessive, deranged baby daddy, has provided for her. In order to keep her high standard of living, she has excused so many of his unforgivable actions. It is not until he pulls off the ultimate stunt that she realizes that no mink coat, car, house, or any amount of money is worth her peace of mind.

Tressa leaves everything behind, with the exception of her street savvy, and sets out to make a life of her own. It’s not long before she finds herself making the transition from public figure to public assistance. Every day of her life seems like one drama-filled chapter after another, from baby daddy drama to backstabbing friends and various unforgettable men she sorts through and disposes of. At times she struggles and scrambles just to make ends meet, and other times she stands tall and holds her own.

Nikki Turner, the bestselling author of A Hustler’s Wife, will once again take you on a safari through the jungle of the fierce and stormy streets, leaving readers on the edge of their seats, begging for an encore.


Click for more detail about A Sister’s Secret (The Reeves Sisters) by Cydney Rax A Sister’s Secret (The Reeves Sisters)

by Cydney Rax
Dafina (Feb 27, 2018)
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In the wake of a major loss, five sisters agree to meet on the regular to keep it real. But secrets they never saw coming will challenge them and everything they counted on . . .
 
Savvy and decisive, Burgundy Reeves feels blessed with a good husband and a successful career. She is the sister everyone envies. Since her beloved mother’s death, she’s given troubled youngest sister, Elyse, a stable home when she needs it most. And she’s taken it on herself to keep her contentious siblings together. Under her guidance, they all meet bi-monthly on “Sister Day,” a time when they get together to bond, to receive a challenging “assignment”, and to cope with a range of things—including their many differences . . .
 
 Among the sisters’ most challenging assignments: tell the truth. But truthfulness leads to an unveiling of secrets that may destroy lives. Burgundy is struggling to show Coco the real deal about her unreliable baby daddy. If she and level-headed Drucilla can also convince hard-headed eldest sister Alita to give Coco more love than tough talk, that might heal a longtime rift. But it’s teenage Elyse’s truth that will shatter Burgundy’s perfect world beyond repair. And putting the pieces back together could make the sisters stronger together than ever—or pull them apart for good.  

Praise for If Your Wife Only Knew
 
“A dramatic tale of betrayal.” —Booklist
 
“Secrets, scandal, betrayal and revenge—there are no clean hands in the first book of this saga.”
—RT Book Reviews


Click for more detail about A Thirst For Rain by Roslyn Carrington A Thirst For Rain

by Roslyn Carrington
Kensington (Sep 01, 1999)
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Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Set in the author’s native Trinidad and unfolding over the course of the worst dry season in years, this heartfelt debut swells with a host of fevered entanglements. A house divided into residences for four families, with a communal courtyard, functions as the stage for encounters between six prototypically Caribbean characters. Independent and sensual Myra is a dockside foodseller and single mother to Odile, a responsible teenage girl who excels at her studies. Myra’s father, Sebastian, is the town madman, strolling the streets with a pram full of trinkets. Then there is Rory, an angst-ridden young man who harbors a crush on Odile, and Slim, Myra’s slick, no-good lover. When Myra finds out she is carrying Slim’s child, she refuses the abortion he demands. Meanwhile, Jacob, once a champion stickfighter and now a humble cobbler with a crippled left leg, yearns to reach out to Myra, but fears rejection. A tender love develops slowly between them, but meanwhile Odile is suffering through her own unanticipated pregnancy, abandoning school and spending her days brooding at a nearby river. Rory follows her surreptitiously until one night, as the drought-stricken village is finally doused with torrential rains, his hidden love is transformed into violent, tragic passion. On occasion Carrington’s similes miss their mark ("Her eyes were like fried eggs"; "She was smiling like a banana") and her rendition of island patois is uneven. But short chapters move the narrative briskly, and the intense evocation of island life makes this a worthy addition to Caribbean fiction collections. However, North American readers may find the female characters frustratingly Faulknerian in their fatalistic attitudes toward their romantic lives. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Click for more detail about A Thug’s Life by Thomas Long A Thug’s Life

by Thomas Long
Urban Books (Jan 01, 2005)
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Dayvon and Ty ran the drug game in West Baltimore for years as the heads of the DFL (Dogs For Life) family. However, after Ty gets sent to prison on a suspect charge and Dayvon decides that he wants outta the game, drama is about to jump off between the two once loyal comrades. Ty plots his brutal revenge when he begins to think that Dayvon had something to do with his incarceration. Dayvon is not about to lie down and let Ty take him outta the game without a fight. To top it all off, they both face a surprise enemy in two up and coming members of their crew, Lil’ Jay and Stink, who have their own plans to seize control of the family. What proceeds is an action packed adventure that will have you guessing as to who will survive this tale of urban warfare.


Click for more detail about Abundant Rain (Urban Christian) by Vanessa Miller Abundant Rain (Urban Christian)

by Vanessa Miller
Urban Christian (Aug 01, 2011)
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Elizabeth Underwood. Bold. Vivacious. Confident. Her life was about to be turned upside down. As far as Elizabeth was concerned, the Underwoods were the poster family for God’s blessings. She had two beautiful children and an elegant home. Her husband was the CEO of his own technical consulting firm and he truly loved her. But when the storms of life interrupt Elizabeth’s world, will she become entangled in her struggles or will she rest in the promises of God?


Click for more detail about Adam by Adam: The Autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. by Adam Clayton Powell Adam by Adam: The Autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

by Adam Clayton Powell
Citadel Press (Jun 01, 2000)
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Click for more detail about African American Pride: Celebrating Our Achievements, Contributions, and Enduring Legacy by Tyehimba Jess African American Pride: Celebrating Our Achievements, Contributions, and Enduring Legacy

by Tyehimba Jess
Citadel Press (Dec 31, 2012)
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An elegant addition to Citadel’s enormously successful Pride series, this beautiful book celebrates the achievments of African-Americans from Colonial and Pre-Civil war America to today. Included are pioneers of Civil Rights; award-winning writers; brilliant inventors; incomprable singers and ground-breaking actors. Also, celebrates the great places and events that have become an integral part of American history.


Click for more detail about Al On America by Al Sharpton Al On America

by Al Sharpton
Kensington (Aug 01, 2003)
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Click for more detail about All I Want Is Everything by Daaimah S. Poole All I Want Is Everything

by Daaimah S. Poole
Dafina (Sep 01, 2007)
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Essence bestselling author Daaimah S. Poole took readers on a wild, sexy ride with her novel Ex-Girl to the Next Girl. Now in All I Want is Everything we meet a young woman with a hot voice and superstar dreams . . . Talented Kendra Michelle Thomas always dreamed of becoming a singing sensation. At high school talent shows, she moved people to tears. Everyone thought she’d be the next Mariah Carey. But between Kendra’s father abandoning her mother, her mother’s alcoholism, and a tragedy that lands Kendra and her siblings in foster care, there’s not much opportunity for making dreams come true. Before Kendra knows it, she’s twenty-five-years-old, working as a bartender, and trapped in a relationship of convenience. She knows something’s gotta give . . . Determined to break into the industry, Kendra takes her small savings and makes a demo. Her gift and personality soon get her a manager, a series of gigs, and finally a recording contract-plus a check fat enough to move her family into a house, and then some. But when a turn of events lands her right back where she started from, she’ll have to make a choice: sink back into obscurity-or discover what she’s really made of . . .


Click for more detail about All Up In My Business by Lutishia Lovely All Up In My Business

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Mar 01, 2011)
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"An exceptional read." —Urban Reviews

"Drama, laughter, and a little bit of naughtiness. . .You’ll be wanting more." —Urban Reviews

Malcolm and Toussaint Livingston, the siblings behind the dynamo restaurant chain Taste of Soul, work hard and play even harder—especially carefree bachelor Toussaint, who loves as much variety in his sexual conquests as he does spices in his sparerib rub. But when he meets interior designer Alexis St. Clair, his Casanova days could be over. Because Alexis refuses to become just another dish on Toussaint’s mating menu. . .As for Malcolm, he may be married with children, but that doesn’t stop him from flirting—nor does it slow down the women who want more from him than the secret recipe to the family’s BBQ sauce. These two brothers love a challenge, but what happens when bedroom games get all up in their business?

"A great story. This should make for a fascinating new series." —APOOO BookClub


Click for more detail about An Inconvenient Friend (Urban Christian) by Rhonda McKnight An Inconvenient Friend (Urban Christian)

by Rhonda McKnight
Urban Christian (Aug 01, 2010)
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Samaria Jacobs is a deceitful, yet captivating diva who will do anything to win the heart of her married lover. Will she get her man or destroy herself and everyone else in the process?Samaria has her sights set on Gregory Preston. A successful surgeon, he has just the bankroll she needs to keep her in the lifestyle that her credit card debt has helped her grow accustomed to. He’s married, but Samaria would never let a little thing like that get in her way. Samaria joins New Mercies Christian Church to get close to Gregory’s wife. If she gets to know Angelina Preston, she can become like her in more than just looks, and really work her way into Greg’s heart. Angelina’s life is filled with a successful career and busy ministry work, but something’s just not right with her marriage. Late nights, early meetings, lipstick- and perfume-stained shirts have her suspicious that Greg is doing a little more operating than she’d like. But does she have the strength to confront the only man she’s ever loved and risk losing him to the other woman? Just when Samaria thinks she’s got it all figured out, she finds herself drawn to Angelina’s kindness. Will she be able to carry out her plan after she finds herself yearning for the one thing she’s never had. . .the friendship of a woman?

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Click for more detail about Animal: The Beginning by K’wan Animal: The Beginning

by K’wan
Urban Books (Jun 28, 2016)
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Based on his bestselling Animal series comes Kwan’s highly anticipated prequel, Animal: The Beginning.  What happens to the children that the world throws away? Tayshawn Torres is a child born in the slums and cursed by the sins of his parents. His mother is a notorious drug addict and whore, more concerned with getting her next high than she is with his well-being. His stepfather hates him so much that he literally treats him like an animal. Tayshawn is forced to sleep in a cage and scavenge for scraps of food wherever he can find them. Because of his squalid appearance, he is also the object of ridicule by all of the neighborhood kids who have given him the nickname “Animal.”The only person to ever show him the slightest bit of kindness is his older brother, Justice. Justice keeps him out of harm’s way the best he can; however, when Justice is taken from his life, Tayshawn finds he is alone in the streets. With his guardian angel gone, he is now at the mercy of the world Justice tried to protect him from.Tayshawn quickly learns that if he is to survive the jungle, he will have to adapt. Love and companionship constantly elude Tayshawn, but death and heartache cling to him like a second skin. Gradually, the layers of the frightened child he had been are stripped away until there is nothing left of Tayshawn, and all that remains is Animal.


Click for more detail about Anointed (Urban Books) by Patricia Haley Anointed (Urban Books)

by Patricia Haley
Urban Christian (Sep 25, 2012)
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Dave Mitchell is relishing the success of his start-up company, DMI. Success, however, has come at a tremendous price on the home front. The closeness he once shared with his wife of twelve years is gone. Dave spends most of his time working, while Madeline is struggling with balancing her job and home. When she elects to take time off and let Dave run the business, their lives are forever changed.
Revered by others as a man of strong faith, Dave is not above temptation. His professional relationship with his new secretary eventually crosses the line, and the two share a night of passion. Madeline is crushed when she discovers the affair, but she has sacrificed too much already to let go. She digs her heels in, refusing to give up her marriage, her family, her company, or her place in Dave’s heart.


Click for more detail about Another Man Will by Daaimah S. Poole Another Man Will

by Daaimah S. Poole
Dafina (Aug 28, 2012)
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Essence® bestselling author Daaimah S. Poole serves up a sexy tale of three sisters who long for the successful marriage their parents have—and a man as good as their father. But once they stop looking for Mr. Right, surprising things start happening…
Dana Turner is tired of watching her co-workers get married and wondering what she’s missing… Single mother Crystal Turner works triple-overtime to give her three children a good life… And Yvette Turner’s marriage just imploded, taking all her hard-earned money with it. These sisters can’t wait any longer for some good black men to sweep them off their feet. It’s time to try something new …

With her new attitude, Dana can’t resist a sizzling connection with a handsome white accountant—even though the perfect brother just walked into her life. Meanwhile, Crystal is gambling big-time that her struggling ex-classmate will be the answer to her prayers. And with a dashing older man unexpectedly courting her, Yvette must choose between stability and playing the field. Soon, all three will learn that real love comes in different forms—and what one man won’t provide, another man will…


"A definite must read." —Candice Dow on Somebody Else’s Man


"Colorful … if you love scandal, this is the book for you!" —Anna J on A Rich Man’s Baby


"Everything that glitters damn sure ain’t gold in Daaimah’s new delivery of drama!" —Miasha


"Poole captivates with her latest page-turner." -RT Book Reviews

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Click for more detail about Around the Way Girls by La Jill Hunt and Angel Hunter Around the Way Girls

by La Jill Hunt and Angel Hunter
Urban Books (Mar 01, 2007)
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There’s a saying in Brooklyn that if you come from my part of town that you’re from around the way. Around the Way Girls is a fast paced look at the life of some street smart women who think they know it al,l but are about to get the lessons of their lives.


Click for more detail about Around the Way Girls by Angel M. Hunter, Dwayne S. Joseph, and La Jill Hunt Around the Way Girls

by Angel M. Hunter, Dwayne S. Joseph, and La Jill Hunt
Urban Books (Mar 01, 2004)
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There’s a saying in Brooklyn that if you come from my part of town that you’re from around the way. Around the Way Girls is a fast paced look at the life of some street smart women who think they know it al,l but are about to get the lessons of their lives.


Click for more detail about Around The Way Girls 3 by Pat Tucker, Alisha Yvonne and Thomas Long Around The Way Girls 3

by Pat Tucker, Alisha Yvonne and Thomas Long
Urban Books (Sep 01, 2009)
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There’s a saying in Brooklyn that if you come from my part of town that you’re from around the way. Around the Way Girls 3/ Double Trouble like it’s predecessor is a fast paced look at the life of some street smart woman who think they know it all but are about to get the lessons of their lives.


Click for more detail about At the Crossroads by Travis Hunter At the Crossroads

by Travis Hunter
KTeen (Dec 01, 2010)
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The future he was meant for is just within his reach. . .

Franklyn "Franky" Bourgeois is fifteen, and he’s already done more living than most. First he was blasted out of a normal childhood in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. Determined to survive, he left town with two older cousins. They were nothing short of thugs, but they were all he had. And hard as he tried, even for a good kid like Franky, their influence was hard to resist. . .

Now Franky’s just a heartbeat away from a life of crime—until he gets an unexpected chance to turn things around. Getting back on track is easier said than done, especially when a group of prep school fools set out to keep Franky on the streets. But Franky’s always been a survivor. He’ll just have to prove it one more time. . .

"Travis Hunter knows the urban teen scene." —Ni-Ni Simone, author of Teenage Love Affair


Click for more detail about Baby Girl by Jihad Shaheed Uhuru Baby Girl

by Jihad Shaheed Uhuru
Urban Books (Oct 01, 2005)
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Baby Girl: This is a story of a girl born to L.A."s rich and elite. She’s known simply as Baby Girl. After the sudden and tragic murder of her father, Baby Girl and her mother are forced to give up their lives and go on the run. Soon they end up living on the streets among Atlanta’s homeless, where Baby Girl’s mother does whatever she has to do to make sure her daughter wants for nothing. Soon they befriend Shabazz, a white-heroin addicted/scam artist who thinks he is black, and his best friend Ben Franklin, an old scholarly alcoholic that carefully analyzes everything and everyone. Not long after being on Atlanta’s streets Baby Girl’s mother is killed. She is now being raised by Shabazz and Ben, learning the intracies of hustling. Using what she learned from watching her mother, Shabazz, and Ben, Baby Girl’ scandalous, ruthless, cunning puts her on top of the world, taking the game to levels you wouldn’t believe. She has it all until another tragic event causes her to take on a new fight. She is a female Robin Hood, robbin’ the rich and givin’ back to the hoods of Atlanta’s homeless and dejected. Eventually she recruits and trains women like her, beautiful in appearance but poisonous to the touch if you get in their path. Baby Girl will make every woman wonder, is it really a man’s world or is it a woman’s world where men only exist if women let them?


Click for more detail about Baby Momma Drama by Carl Weber Baby Momma Drama

by Carl Weber
Kensington (Jan 01, 2003)
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Two very different women are about to learn that when it comes to sorting out life and love, no sister is perfect…

Sensible older sister Jasmine is working hard, saving money, and waiting for Mr. Right. In smooth-talking attorney Derrick, she thinks she’s found him. But it doesn’t take long for Jasmine’s shrewd granny to expose her man as nothing more than a drug-dealing hustler. Still, Jasmine chooses to stay with him…until she finds out he’s got a baby momma…Wild child little sister Stephanie is looking for a good time, not a good man, although she finds both in sweet, loyal Travis. Before she knows it, a one-night fling has turned into three years—and produced an adorable son and an engagement ring. But when Stephanie’s sexy high school sweetheart swings back into town, she can’t help going after another taste of the one that got away…

As the drama explodes, each sister will have to decide which risks are worth taking and how to look out for themselves—and each other…

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Click for more detail about Baby, You’re the Best (The Crystal Series) by Mary B. Morrison Baby, You’re the Best (The Crystal Series)

by Mary B. Morrison
Dafina (Jul 28, 2015)
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New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison introduces her most seductive and vulnerable characters yet with the Crystal women, a family whose bonds are tested by love, lust, and the elusive quest for true happiness.  .  .

Blake Crystal has the best of almost everything. She’s at the top of her game at work, she has four wonderful daughters, and at fifty, she’s more financially secure than she’s ever been. In and out of the bedroom, her new younger lover takes her in breathtaking directions that force her to make decisions she never imagined.  .  .

On the surface, Alexis Crystal is an ideal daughter. As confident as she is beautiful, she can have any man or woman she wants, so she has both in her collection of bed partners. Determined to add one more, she doesn’t care that he’s dating a family member. But for all the satisfaction she gets between the sheets, she’s left unsatisfied by the one thing that troubles her—the identity of her father is listed as unknown on her birth certificate. Her mother has kept him a secret for twenty-six years. Alexis can’t move forward with her life until she stands face-to-face with the man she feels abandoned her. It doesn’t help that her three other sisters don’t know the identity of their fathers either.  .  .but they’ve also got their hands full with problems.  .  .

As the Crystal women celebrate Blake’s big birthday, they realize the issues in their relationships are too big to ignore. To get what they want, they’ll have to lie, use their seductive power, battle their insecurities, and if necessary, betray each other.  .  .

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Click for more detail about Bad Behavior by Kiki Swinson and Noire Bad Behavior

by Kiki Swinson and Noire
Dafina (Dec 26, 2017)
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NINE LIVES
KIKI SWINSON
Wild-card Aiden. Dead-shot Ava. Efficient, fast, and brutal, this notorious brother-sister hit team grew up abused, unwanted—and in lethal tune with each other. Killing nine targets in ten days will be their biggest score yet. But as Ava sets up their final target, she falls hard for him and a chance at a normal life. And that’s a betrayal she may not live to regret . . .
 
THE CRUSHED ICE CLIQUE
NOIRE
At first all ghetto princesses Honore and Cucci want is quick cash-flow. But after sexing jewelry distributor Slimy Sam and learning his illegal tricks of the trade, they assemble a crack team of thieves for one dazzling scam. Replacing diamonds with fakes and selling the reshaped real deal on the black market is making them crazy-rich. But when Sam double-crosses them, these diamond divas must survive to steal another day . . .
 
“Treachery, betrayal, and revenge add to the twists and turns and lots of drama in this book. Loved it! Can’t wait until the sequel comes out.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on Kiki Swinson’s The Score
 
“Noire has created one of the liveliest urban fiction series headed by a most memorable protagonist. Fans will get a hoot out of the biting insults and dark humor marking practically every page.”
—Library Journal STARRED REVIEW on Noire’s Stone Cold Liar


Click for more detail about Bad Boy Seduction (The Morgan Men) by Zuri Day Bad Boy Seduction (The Morgan Men)

by Zuri Day
Dafina (Apr 01, 2014)
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Troy Morgan is at the top of his game in this sexy tale of love, danger—and the one woman who may finally tempt him to change his single status. . .

Groomed for success, gorgeous Gabriella Stone is now a #1 pop sensation. She’s also her controlling daddy’s princess, and when she marries it will be to a man who can expand her empire, not some ordinary guy. Of course, Troy Morgan, founder of Morgan Security, is far from ordinary. Papa Stone just doesn’t know it yet. . .

When it comes to guarding the country’s VIPs, Troy Morgan is the man. But when he’s hired to protect Gabriella, her father makes it clear he won’t be her man—no matter how hot their attraction. With her future on the line, will Gabriella risk it all to go from being daddy’s little girl to Troy’s one and only woman?

"The pages of Body By Night are dripping with fire and desire." —The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

"Day writes with zest and sensual appeal." —Publishers Weekly on What Love Tastes Like


Click for more detail about Bangers by Gary Phillips Bangers

by Gary Phillips
Kensington (Oct 01, 2003)
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On The Streets Of L.A. Us against them. That’s the law of the cop world. In L.A.’s toughest ’hoods, you gotta bang with the best of the roughnecks. And the best are the five members of TRASH, an elite team of street cops unafraid to go up against the city’s worst gangbangers, even if it means bending the rules, planting a piece, or looking the other way for a fellow cop. The Most Dangerous Person Can Be A Cop… The crime-infested Venice Heights section is a place Detective Sergeant Rafael "Saint" Santian understands. It’s where he grew up, and part of him never left. But the situation is getting out of control. One of the most lethal gangs is making moves, while a politically ambitious assistant D.A. is looking to snare Saint and his men. Meanwhile hidden hands are lighting a torch that will bring up the heat, turning cop against cop as the line gets blurred between gangsta and law enforcer in a city where everyone’s riding on the edge…


Click for more detail about Banks Sisters 2 by Nikki Turner Banks Sisters 2

by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (Feb 23, 2016)
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New York Times bestselling author Nikki Turner returns with the next edition in the highly successful Banks Sisters trilogy.

Meet the Banks sisters—Simone, Bunny, Tallhya, and Ginger. They feel like they are finally in the clear in connection with the recent bank robberies—until their mother shows up demanding her share at gunpoint. She threatens to snitch them out if they don’t come correct. The situation becomes a bloody mess, and now, two sisters must band together to cover up the unthinkable actions of one of their own.

As if that isn’t enough, Pastor Cassius Street hits them with another major blow. He refuses to sign over the deed to their Me-Ma’s home, as they had hoped. Luckily, Ginger has more than enough tricks to provide the pastor with a dilemma of his own.
As the hunt for the bank robbers continues, Simone worries about being caught by the man she loves. He’s the head detective on the case, and with the recent dead bodies washing up at the riverbank around town, he’s closer than he thinks to solving the case.

Bunny is dealing with the loss of her everything, Spoe. She vows to get her revenge by any means necessary on everyone who played a role in his untimely demise. Will she be able to convince her sisters to have her back once again?
Tallhya is still hurting because of her husband’s betrayal, and she feels like she’s close to losing her mind. Can any of her sisters pull her out of her downward spiral, or will they completely shut her out?

How will these sisters deal with their own mountain of problems, get back the only home they know, and get their lives back on track? Only time will tell . . . as long as they stay one step ahead of the circumstances they unwittingly create.

The Banks Sisters 2 will make your head spin with all its dramatic twists, turns, and deadly surprises.


Click for more detail about Beautiful Ugly by Shelia E. Lipsey Beautiful Ugly

by Shelia E. Lipsey
Urban Christian (Nov 01, 2011)
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Envy Wilson, Layla Hobbs, Kacie Mayweather, three thirty year old women, each with their own set of problems, situations, and secrets, share a friendship bound together by their need for each other. One by one, they each try to play with the deck life deals them. After all, the alternative to living is dying, and who wants to go down that pathway. There is too much zest in living for them, too many things to see, places to go and an endless list of mistakes yet to be made. Layla fights the battle of obesity, but her melodious voice can soothe the savage beast, but who can soothe her desire for love? Envy is her backbone and is one of the few people in her life who doesn’t beat up on her about being overweight. Kacie has cerebral palsy, six children and five baby daddies, but never a husband. She prays that Deacon, an older man she meets at church, will be the perfect man to love and care for her and her children. Envy has her own secrets that she refuses to share, not even with Layla and Kacie. When life begins to change for each of these ladies, will their friendships hold up? When good things happen can it cause bad reactions? Can a good man bring you down? Can a bad man bring you up? Can friendship last in the midst of joy and pain? Through it all, the three of them cling to each other – but the circumstances they face in life will hopefully teach them how to cling to God.


Click for more detail about Beneath the Darkest Sky by Jason Overstreet Beneath the Darkest Sky

by Jason Overstreet
Dafina (Jan 30, 2018)
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In this riveting and emotionally powerful historical drama, an ex-FBI agent plunges into the darkest shadows of 1930s Europe, where everything he loves is on the line . . .
 
International consultant Prescott Sweet’s mission is to bring justice to countries suffering from America’s imperialistic interventions. With his outspoken artist wife, Loretta, and their two children, he lives a life of equality and continental elegance amid Europe’s glittering capitals—beyond anything he ever dared hope for.
 
But he is still a man in hiding, from his past with the Bureau, from British Intelligence—and from his own tempting, dangerous skill at high-level espionage. So when he has the opportunity to live in Moscow and work at the American Embassy, Prescott and his family seize the chance to take refuge and at last put down roots in what they believe is a fair society.
 
Life in Russia, however, proves to be a beautiful lie. Reduced to bare survival, with his son gravely ill, Prescott calls on all his skills in a last-ditch effort to free his family from the grips of Stalin. But between honor and expediency, salvation and atrocity, he’ll be forced to play an ever more merciless hand and commit unimaginable acts for a future that promises nowhere to run . . .


Click for more detail about Betrayal Of the Trust by Leslie Esdaile Banks Betrayal Of the Trust

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
Kensington (Aug 01, 2005)
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Darien Price, Ill, privileged son of a wealthy family and executive director of Philadelphia’s prominent Educate America program, is in deep trouble. Certain "inconsistencies" have been found in his business accounts—and no one could be happier to hear the news than Laura J. Caldwell, a cinnamon-skinned rising star in the city’s white, male world of finance and philanthropy. But for Laura, the issue is more than business. And it goes way back. Now, the goal that’s driven her through the Ivy League to Wall Street and home again is finally within reach.


Click for more detail about Better Than (Dafina Contemporary Romance) by Leslie Esdaile Banks Better Than (Dafina Contemporary Romance)

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
Dafina (Jun 01, 2008)
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Click for more detail about Between Goodbyes by Anita Bunkley Between Goodbyes

by Anita Bunkley
Dafina (Jan 01, 2008)
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In Between Goodbyes, Anita Bunkley tells the unforgettable story of a beautiful survivor with everything to offer—and to lose… Long, lean, and exotically beautiful, Afro-Cuban Niya Londres has achieved a great deal since coming to America ten years ago. Through talent and hard work, she’s climbed her way to the top of her glittering career as the star of a hit Broadway musical. Now she’s planning her lavish Acapulco wedding. There’s just one hitch—she hasn’t said "yes" to any of the three men who have popped the question! Tremont Henderson, a gifted jazz musician with a checkered past, was the first to capture Niya’s heart. Broadway producer and her long-time manager Granger Cooper holds a claim on her affections as the man who made her a star. And then there’s Astin Spencer, a tanned and devilishly sexy entrepreneur who unexpectedly came into Niya’s life… Three men anxiously await her answer. Which will Niya choose? As Niya carefully weighs her decision, she discovers that all she’s ever dreamed of might not be what she really wants… <> Praise for Anita Bunkley and Mirrored Life… "A touching story of betrayal and redemption…entertaining, fulfilling…a joy to read." —Connie Briscoe, New York Times bestselling author "A breakout…[an] absorbing story…you won’t be able to put down." —Tananarive Due


Click for more detail about Big Girls Do Cry by Carl Weber Big Girls Do Cry

by Carl Weber
Dafina (Feb 01, 2010)
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In his "New York Times"-bestselling novel "Something on the Side," Weber introduced readers to the Big Girls Book Club. In this fast-paced follow-up, the BGBC has a new chapter, but the biggest drama isn’t between the pages, it’s among the members themselves.


Click for more detail about Black Gangster by Donald Goines Black Gangster

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (May 01, 2007)
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A large part of Goines’ thirty nine years of life was spent being a successful pimp, a heif, an operator of corn liquor houses, an armed robber, and a small time dope dealer. He lived the life of the streets and out of that experience he created Prince, the anti-hero of Black Gangster! It’s the story of the shocking underworld of black organised crime and the fledgling black "godfather" who goes from teenager ganglord to powerful Detroit mobster. Like the gangsters of the 1920’s, he begins with boot-legging and branches out into every known crime


Click for more detail about Black Girl Lost by Donald Goines Black Girl Lost

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Nov 01, 2006)
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In this shocking novel of a young girl alone on the streets, Goines delves into yet another facet of the ghetto experience-the dark, despair-ridden world of a black girl s soul! Sandra took to the streets when she was eight years old and tried to fight off the hunger pangs by shoplifting and moving into the profits of drug pushing. The she met Chink and discovered love and affection…and rape and murder!


Click for more detail about Black President: The World Will Never Be the Same by Brenda M. Hampton Black President: The World Will Never Be the Same

by Brenda M. Hampton
Urban Books (Apr 25, 2017)
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Click for more detail about Black Robes, White Justice: Why Our Legal System Doesn’t Work for Blacks by Bruce Wright Black Robes, White Justice: Why Our Legal System Doesn’t Work for Blacks

by Bruce Wright
Kensington (Mar 01, 2002)
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The author, a New York State Supreme Court Justice and a black man, argues that our legal system is fundamentally unfair towards African Americansand documents his assertion with many cases drawn from his long experience as a lawyer and judge. A timely and relevant subject in the aftermath of the Rodney King trials and the LA riots.


Click for more detail about Blessed Trinity by Vanessa Davis Griggs Blessed Trinity

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (May 01, 2007)
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Part Terry MacMillan, part Jan Karon, Blessed Trinity is the first book in an exciting trilogy from bestselling author Vanessa Davis Griggs.

Faith Alexandria Morrell, the oldest of a mysterious trio of sisters, lives a troubled life and guards a horrifying secret. Yet few, least of all her new church family, would believe this always impeccably dressed woman is so utterly lost. But what lies beneath the surface of Faith’s carefully constructed veneer could completely destroy her.

Needing help, Faith and her sisters, Hope and Charity, join Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center. This new mega church, led by the dreadlock-wearing, Holy Ghost-filled Pastor George Landris, just may offer the solace she needs. But Faith soon discovers that all is not well in her new church home.

Vanessa Davis Griggs offers an incisive and affecting look at the inner-workings of mega churches and the transformative power of faith…

"[A] well-written narrative." —Booklist on Wings of Grace


Click for more detail about Blind Trust by Leslie Esdaile Banks Blind Trust

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
Kensington (Sep 01, 2005)
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Sexual healing-there-s nothing like it. And Ecstasy Island is where it happens. Meet two heroes who know exactly how to vanquish a woman-s every fear and teach her to love-and fully live-again. But this erotic escape is by invitation only-Killing Me SoftlyChris Cavanaugh considers it his calling to breathe new life into women with troubled pasts. From the moment he brings Claire Vaughn to the beautiful but isolated outpost of Ecstasy Island, he-s surprised by her strength and spirit-and held captive by her sensual imagination and skill, night after night after night-In Living ColorTreah Baldwin believes in greeting each one of the women sent to him to be healed with a literal sexual awakening. His hands-on technique does wonders for body and soul. Dana Lancer has never experienced anything like it. Finding scorchingly hot erotic bliss in his muscular arms becomes a reality straight out of her wildest dreams-


Click for more detail about Blues From Down Deep by Gwynne Forster Blues From Down Deep

by Gwynne Forster
Kensington (Mar 01, 2003)
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No one brings home the power of family to shape and heal us like national bestselling author Gwynne Forster. Now, in BLUES FROM DOWN DEEP, she crafts an unforgettable story of one woman’s search for the family she’s never known—but whose pull she’ll never be able to escape again… BLUES FROM DOWN DEEP Regina Pearson has never really known any family other than her late, widowed father. He cut ties with his family in North Carolina long ago and moved to Hawaii with Regina’s mother, then raised Regina alone following his wife’s accidental death. Living among the native Hawaiians so different from herself created in Regina an aching for people to call her own. Regina finds among her late parents’ effects a letter written forty years earlier that leads to her mother’s sister, Maude, a been-there, done-that blues singer, and her nonagenarian maternal grandfather, head of the extended family in New Bern, North Carolina. For Regina, going to North Carolina to see Aunt Maude is the chance of a lifetime—an opportunity to bond with the people who share her roots, her blood, and her heart, and find the pieces of her she’s been lonely for all these years. But the big, warm, loving family Regina’s dreamed about is nowhere in sight. Instead, she finds uncles, aunts, and cousins torn apart by secrets and lies, petty squabbles and heartbreaking wounds stretching back for years—a contentious clan ready to draw Regina front-and-center into their troubles whether she wants to be there or not. And just as her new family conflict threatens to overwhelm her, Regina discovers a passionate connection she hadn’t counted on with a man who’s ready to show her what real family’s all about—and what it takes to keep the love flowing. Filled with heartfelt wit and homespun wisdom, BLUES FROM DOWN DEEP is a joyous reminder that love comes when we least expect it, from every side of life, and the family that makes us crazy can also lead us home to the place where we belong.

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Click for more detail about Body By Night (Dafina Contemporary Romance) by Zuri Day Body By Night (Dafina Contemporary Romance)

by Zuri Day
Dafina (Mar 01, 2009)
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Zuri Day sizzles with a seductive story of one woman’s quest to take control of her life.  .  .while experiencing an attraction too explosive to resist.  D’Andra Smalls has had enough. She’s tired of being overweight, she’s had it with her overbearing family, and she’s fed up with settling for any guy who’ll have her—especially since she caught her boyfriend cheating with her best friend.  But working out and avoiding delicious food is easy compared to resisting the charms of Los Angeles’ hottest personal trainer, JaJuan "Night" Simmons. Six feet of chiseled muscle and fine chocolate, he’s challenging her body in all the right ways—and proving there’s a sensitive, caring guy under the good looks. Their shared career goals of promoting health and fitness bring them even closer together. But D’Andra feels it may be too much of a good thing. After succeeding in taking command of her life, can she risk losing control of her heart?


Click for more detail about Born at Dawn (Urban Books) by Nigeria Lockley Born at Dawn (Urban Books)

by Nigeria Lockley
Urban Christian (Sep 30, 2014)
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Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.

 

Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.

 

After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?


Click for more detail about Borrow Trouble by Victor McGlothin and Mary Monroe Borrow Trouble

by Victor McGlothin and Mary Monroe
Dafina (May 26, 2015)
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A woman lets herself go and finally does something wrong. Down on his luck, a man tries to do something right. For both, the consequences are as surprising as they are rewarding in two tales of lost souls by two rising stars in contemporary African-American fiction.

"Nightmare in Paradise" by Mary Monroe

Good-looking and as dutiful a wife as she is a devoted friend, reserved and respectful Renee Webb always does the right thing. So when she gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to let her hair down on a Caribbean vacation with her uninhibited friend Inez, Renee is more than ready to let go. But the sun-splashed isle of Paraiso is not what it seems, and Renee finds out that doing the wrong thing—a sizzling night of pleasure with a sexy stranger—might cost her more than she ever imagined. . .

"Bad Luck Shadow" by Victor McGlothin

Bad luck’s been shadowing handsome Baltimore Floyd ever since he hopped a train out of New York City. On the run from some of Harlem’s baddest hitmen, Baltimore’s luck takes a turn for the worse after he murders a big-time white businessman and gets thrown off the train in Kansas City. Alone and on the lam, Baltimore’s got only one shot to get out alive—the biggest heist in KC’s history. Lucky for him, Henry Taylor’s got his back, and he’ll have to use every trick he knows to save Baltimore from going down for good. . .


Click for more detail about Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers) by Rochelle Alers Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers)

by Rochelle Alers
Dafina (Aug 29, 2017)
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Bestselling author Rochelle Alers welcomes readers back to romantic New Orleans in her warm and sexy series about four very different women embarking on a new adventure . . .

Sometimes you go in search of a new beginning. Other times, it finds you. Tonya Martin enjoys her job as a professional chef for a Wall Street bank, her East Harlem walk-up, and the freedom to live and love by her own rules—right up until the day she finds herself suddenly downsized. But a spontaneous trip to New Orleans opens up a new opportunity. With time on her hands and her daughter soon graduating college, Tonya has the chance to reach for her own long-cherished dream—opening a restaurant on her friend Hannah’s beautiful Garden District estate.

While Hannah and her new husband work on transforming the DuPont House into a luxury inn, Tonya explores local cuisine, taking an apprentice role at famed restaurant Chez Toussaints. Gage Toussaint’s mix of Creole, Cajun, and African ancestry is deeply attractive, and the sexy chef clearly wants their friendship to become much more. Drawn to him yet hesitant given their previous unhappy marriages, Tonya wonders if it’s too late to leap into love again. Could Gage be just the ingredient she needs to make this delicious new life complete?


Click for more detail about Breaking All My Rules by Trice Hickman Breaking All My Rules

by Trice Hickman
Kensington (Jun 30, 2015)
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Born into wealth, Erica Stanford has followed in her family's successful footsteps and now runs her own upscale boutique in an affluent Washington, D.C., neighborhood. But despite her good fortune, she's still missing someone special to share her life with—until a chance encounter changes everything...

Handsome, rugged Jerome Kimbrough is hard to miss among the fellow citizens serving jury duty with Erica. And as the two get to know each other over the course of a two-week trial, their relationship soon turns into a passionate romance. Although they come from opposite worlds—Jerome is a blue-collar, city sanitation employee—they're both hard working dreamers with big ambitions. Yet while their differences aren't an issue for them, their friends, family—and Erica's ex-fiancé—disagree. As all involved are forced to confront their hidden stereotypes, can Erica and Jerome endure the challenges in store for them—including a startling secret that could destroy it all?…


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by Trice Hickman
Dafina (Feb 26, 2013)
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Real love is in a class all its own…
Born into wealth, Erica Stanford has followed in her family’s successful footsteps and now runs her own upscale boutique in an affluent Washington, D.C., neighborhood. But despite her good fortune, she’s still missing someone special to share her life with until a chance encounter changes everything…

Handsome, rugged Jerome Kimbrough is hard to miss among the fellow citizens serving jury duty with Erica. And as the two get to know each other over the course of a two week trial, their relationship soon extends beyond the courtroom and into a full-on passionate romance. Although they come from opposite worlds Jerome is a working class, city sanitation employee they re both hard working dreamers with big ambitions. Yet while their differences aren’t an issue for them, their friends, family and Erica’s ex-fiance disagree. As all involved are forced to confront their hidden stereotypes, can Erica and Jerome endure the challenges in store for them including a startling secret from their pasts?…

"I can’t wait to see what Trice Hickman does next!" —Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author

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"Unforgettable characters and a page-turning storyline." Lutishia Lovely

"Another wonderful, emotionally-charged page-turner by Trice Hickman." Urban Reviews

"Will keep you guessing straight through to the explosive ending." Victoria Christopher Murray


Click for more detail about Capital City by Omar Tyree Capital City

by Omar Tyree
Urban Books (Feb 23, 2016)
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Life is supposed to be easy and carefree when you are young, but if you live in Washington D.C., that’s not always the case. Flashing back to the 1990s, readers enter the lives of four black men looking to gain money, power, and respect. These four brothas come from different walks of life, but they have one thing in common: they are trying to make fast money in the harsh inner city. However, when the money comes too easily there’s usually a price attached…the ultimate price.


Click for more detail about Carl Weber’s Kingpins: St. Louis by Keisha Ervin Carl Weber’s Kingpins: St. Louis

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Sep 27, 2016)
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Click for more detail about Caroling Dusk: An Anthology Of Verse By Black Poets Of The Twenties by Countee Cullen Caroling Dusk: An Anthology Of Verse By Black Poets Of The Twenties

by Countee Cullen
Citadel Press (Aug 25, 1998)
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This selection from the work of thirty-eight poets was made by Countee Cullen in 1927. His stated purpose at the time was to bring together a miscellany of deeply appreciated but scattered verse. Beginning with the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, who, though there were black poets before him, is generally credited as the first black poet to make a deep impression on the literary world, the book includes the writings of James Weldon Johnson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jessie Faucet, Sterling A. Brown, Arna Bontemps, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen himself, to name only a few. Each poem includes poignant biographical notes written by the poets themselves, with the exception of the notes on Dunbar (written by his wife), Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. (written by his father), and Lula Weeden (written by her mother). Most of the poets became well known and widely published in the years that followed. These poems remain powerful statements of what it means to be human, whatever the race. Long out of print, "Caroling Dusk" is a valuable addition to the body of black literature. This is the first time the anthology has appeared in a paperback edition.


Click for more detail about Cash Rules by Thomas Long Cash Rules

by Thomas Long
Urban Books (Aug 01, 2007)
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Cash Rules is a tale about three best friends from Baltimore City who have big plans to make it in the rap world. Takeisha, Latrell, and Danita are three around the way girls who spend their teenage years in the streets of Baltimore City chasing the fast life that’s filled with hustlas, money, expensive cars, and pure uncut drama. They see becoming the next superstar rap group as their way to make it outta the hood. As a result, they sharpen up their lyrical skills and form a gangsta rap group called The KS (Killin’em Softly) Crew. They derive the name of the group from their sexy cover girl looks and hard core rhyme style. After hooking up with Scar, another up and coming Baltimore rapper, big time drug dealer, and Takeisha’s boyfriend, they are given an opportunity to become major stars in the music industry. However, after Scar and Takeisha break up and he winds up in jail on a trumped up charge, the girls are left to fend for themselves. They hook up with a group of producers from New York City, named The Smith Brothers, and land a record deal with Cash Rules Records. The book chronicles their rise to the top of the rap world and the struggles they endure along the path of fame and fortune. It details the pitfalls that lie along the road and shows how the trappings of success threaten to tear the very fiber of their lifelong friendship with each other apart as demons from their past come back to haunt them.


Click for more detail about Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby Casting the First Stone

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Dafina (Jul 28, 2002)
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Tanya Black has everything a woman could want: a fulfilling career, a beautiful daughter, an elegant home, and a handsome, charismatic husband who is pastor at a prominent Baptist church. And yet, none of it can hide the growing turbulence in her marriage, which suddenly has Tanya doubting what she once cherished.

Then Curtis goes too far, and Tanya's confronted with the worst betrayal a woman can face. Plunged into a bittersweet journey of discovery, she suddenly finds herself learning painful new lessons about love, loyalty, and sensual temptation. . ..and discovering the wisdom to celebrate the victories that are hers alone.


Click for more detail about Caught In The Mix by Candice Dow Caught In The Mix

by Candice Dow
Kensington (Jun 07, 2005)
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Caught Up In Dreams For Clark Anderson, senior year at Hampton University promises to be her finest yet. The smart sister from Baltimore City has looks, brains, a promising job offer, and now, it looks like she’s met her dream guy in handsome law student, Devin Patterson. Though their backgrounds couldn’t be more different, wealthy, sheltered Devin falls hard for savvy, inner-city Clark. They’re more than lovers; they’re soul mates, and their storybook romance is the envy of the campus. Caught Up In Love But out in the real world, their bond will be tested again and again. From the strain of long-distance love and the pull of two high-powered careers to the well-meaning-but-misdirected advice of friends, the prejudices of family, and the strong allure of new passion and players, Clark and Devin are in for a ride that could tear them apart for good. Caught In The Mix Now, for two people caught in the mix of secrets, family drama, lies, career struggles, and the hard truths of growing up and moving on, love is anything but easy…and doing the right thing by yourself is the hardest lesson of all.


Click for more detail about Charisma: Baller’s Wife by Nikki Turner Charisma: Baller’s Wife

by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (May 30, 2017)
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Charisma Canton was born and raised in the heart of Baltimore, where she learns that a moment's pleasure can sometimes lead to a life of pain. Against her better judgment, she has a one-night stand that changes her life forever. Turning over the family business to her cousin, she leaves behind her past. Charisma moves to Miami, where she meets Mr. Manny Manifesto aka Mr. Baseball. Manny is coming off his best season ever, bringing with him a freshly inked $250 million-plus contract. After a chance meeting, Charisma sees an opportunity to start anew, and she and Manny attempt to build a relationship. The sex might be good, but will their omissions and the deeds of their past come back to haunt them?


Click for more detail about Charisma: Baller’s Wife by Nikki Turner Charisma: Baller’s Wife

by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (Feb 27, 2018)
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The past always has a way of catching up with you…

Charisma Bland was born and raised in the heart of Baltimore, where she learns that a moment’s pleasure can sometimes lead to a life of pain. Against her better judgment, she has a one-night stand that changes her life forever. Turning over the family business to her cousin, she leaves behind her past. Charisma moves to Miami, where she meets Mr. Manny Manifesto, aka Mr. Baseball.

Manny is coming off his best season ever, bringing with him a freshly inked 250-million-dollar-plus contract. After a chance meeting, Charisma sees an opportunity to start anew, and she and Manny attempt to build a relationship. The sex might be good, but will their omissions and the deeds of their past come back to haunt them?


Click for more detail about Chasin’ It by Tony Lindsay Chasin’ It

by Tony Lindsay
Urban Books (Jul 01, 2004)
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A fast-paced, no-holds-barred story of life on the streets follows ex-convict and junkie Terri Parish, a former Las Vegas headliner, as she hooks up with ex-lover Mo-Red, the ruthless leader of a large street gang, in an attempt to get out of Chicago and follow her dreams. Original. 15,000 first pri


Click for more detail about Cheaper to Keep Her 5 by Kiki Swinson Cheaper to Keep Her 5

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Feb 28, 2017)
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Click for more detail about Conspiracy (Parker Crime) by De’nesha Diamond Conspiracy (Parker Crime)

by De’nesha Diamond
Dafina (Dec 27, 2016)
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Click for more detail about Crime of Passion by Roy Glenn Crime of Passion

by Roy Glenn
Urban Soul (Oct 01, 2006)
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Carmen Taylor demands justice for the murder of her sister. The police will not help her forcing her to rely on the man who aided the prime suspect escape conviction. That investigation leads the pair into a world of drugs, prostitution, money laundering, and murder that the police and the District Attorney seem unwilling to pursue. Was Carmen’s sister’s death a Crime of Passion?


Click for more detail about Crime Partners by Donald Goines Crime Partners

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Nov 01, 2000)
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Goines’ powerful first novel lays bare the bloody, brutal world of crime in the black ghetto, where, as Goines put it, "kindness was the sweetest con of all." Here is the gusty and often shocking world of Billy and Jackie, prison buddies on the streets and hot n the trigger.


Click for more detail about Cry Me A River by Ernest Hill Cry Me A River

by Ernest Hill
Kensington (May 01, 2004)
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Recently released from prison, Tyrone Stokes returns to Brownsville, Louisiana, on a mission to save his son Marcus, who has been sentenced to death for raping and murdering a young white girl, and rebuild the family he lost. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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Click for more detail about Cry Revenge by Donald Goines Cry Revenge

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Apr 01, 1996)
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Young Curtis Carson doesn’t mean to rip off the Chicanos on his backyard crap games. He just rolls the dice better. But Chicanos don’t see it that way, and when one of their brothers is brutally slaughtered in a barroom shootout because of Curtis’ dealings with heroin pusher Fat George, the Mexicans cry revenge on Curtis, leaving his brother with a wrecked body that will forever prevent him form being the basketball star he’d always dreamed of being. Curtis swears vengeance, and the streets run red with black-Chicano warfare!


Click for more detail about Daddy Cool by Donald Goines Daddy Cool

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Jul 01, 2000)
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"[Donald] Goines’s novels have sold millions of copies in the inner cities (rappers are big fans). Originally published in 1974, this high-profile paperback reprint takes him mainstream. It’s about time." —Suzanne Rura, Entertainment Weekly


Click for more detail about Dance Into Destiny (Urban Christian) by Sherri Lewis Dance Into Destiny (Urban Christian)

by Sherri Lewis
Urban Christian (Feb 01, 2010)
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An unlikely friendship between a purposeless socialite and a purpose-driven church mouse leads them on a passionate pursuit of God’s destiny and balance for their lives.
?Keeva Banks is in danger of flunking out of grad school – again. She can’t seem to get it together because, honestly, she doesn’t really know why she’s in school. She’s desperately in need of a sense of purpose to give meaning to her life. Shara Anderson has that sense of purpose through her intimate relationship with the Lord, but needs some balance in her Christian walk. Through divine orchestration, the two women meet, and their lives are forever changed.
?Dance Into Destiny is a story of friendship, love, and overcoming issues from the past.  It illustrates how pursuing an intimate relationship with the Lord is the key to reaching one’s true potential and fulfilling one’s God-ordained destiny and purpose.


Click for more detail about Dangerous Consequences by Lisa Renee Johnson Dangerous Consequences

by Lisa Renee Johnson
Dafina (Feb 28, 2017)
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“Hold on for the ride of your life…with unimaginable consequences.” ??Mary B. Morrison

Debut author Lisa Renee Johnson delivers an edgy, sexy novel about a man who has it all—until one night changes everything…

Dubbed the “Sex Doctor” on his local radio show, psychologist Donathan James advises callers on their sexual issues. With his gorgeous and brilliant neurosurgeon wife, Sydney, at home and women flirting with the hot doctor everywhere he goes, Donathan is living the high life. But when he wakes up naked and drugged in a hotel room, with no memory of the evening before, the doctor suddenly has problems of his own.

Soon, Donathan’s sexy stalker is sending him photographic evidence of what they did that night, turning up in his office to rant about her unstable past, and demanding they meet again and again. All Donathan wants is his life back—and for his wife not to find out. But when the relentless stranger goes too far, it leads him to discover his beloved wife has secrets of her own. Now, to save their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. James will have to hold on tight to survive the bumpiest ride of their lives.

“An edgy tale eager to be told. The pace is blazing hot!” ??Victor McGlothin

“Dangerous Consequences is a fast?paced, suspense?filled, dramatic curve ball that will keep you turning the pages.” ??Sistah Friend Book Club


Click for more detail about Darius Jones by Mary B. Morrison Darius Jones

by Mary B. Morrison
Dafina (Aug 01, 2010)
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In Mary B. Morrison’s new book, she returns to the lives of the characters made famous in the Soul Mates Dissipate series.

Darius Jones is the basketball league’s most valuable player. His wife and son travel with him to away games; and his relationship with his parents has never been better. He’s doing well with everyone except his son’s birth mother. When a drunk driver smashes into his car, his wife Fancy ends up in a coma with only a 50/50 chance of surviving—that’s when the drama really begins.


Click for more detail about Dark Blood Moon: Murder In New Orleans by Cole Riley Dark Blood Moon: Murder In New Orleans

by Cole Riley
Holloway House (Jun 01, 1995)
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Click for more detail about Dark Corner by Brandon Massey Dark Corner

by Brandon Massey
Kensington (Jan 01, 2004)
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From Brandon Massey, award-winning author of Thunderland, comes a terrifying new novel about a town besieged by evil.  .  .and the one man who is determined to fight the darkness.  .  .   When renowned author Richard Hunter dies in a boating accident, his son David travels to Mason’s Corner, Mississippi, to find out more about the father he never really knew. At first, Mason’s Corner seems friendly and unassuming—the perfect "small town." But after a newcomer moves into the old—and supposedly haunted—mansion on the hill, everything changes.  .  .   People begin to disappear. Dogs viciously attack. And soon David discovers that the terror consuming this place has its roots in his own family tree.  .  .   For something wicked has risen in Mason’s Corner. Something with bloody ties to the town’s past. Something undead—and hungering for vengeance.  .  .

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Click for more detail about Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers by Brandon Massey Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers

by Brandon Massey
Kensington (Aug 01, 2004)
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Click for more detail about Deadly Satisfaction (A Dangerous Love Novel) by Trice Hickman Deadly Satisfaction (A Dangerous Love Novel)

by Trice Hickman
Dafina (Jan 26, 2016)
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"I can’t wait to see what Trice Hickman does next!" —Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author

And then there were three. . .

It’s been two years since Johnny Mayfield’s murder rocked Amber, Alabama. His death, along with the illicit personal scandals that preceded it, created more drama than the town had ever seen. But now life is back to normal, at least for his widow, Geneva. Or so it seems.

Happily remarried, Geneva has to admit her life is better than ever. Her upscale salon is thriving, and she finally has the baby she always wanted. But when she hires nanny Morgan Whitman, she discovers the deceptively matronly woman is stirring up drama, causing Geneva to question many things—including who really killed Johnny. Add local gossip columnist Shartell Brown and tell-it-like-it-is Donetta Pierce to the mix, and soon vicious rumors, terrifying threats, and long held secrets may add up to another shocking murder—one that will rival even Johnny Mayfield’s.


Click for more detail about Dear Yvette by Ni-Ni Simone Dear Yvette

by Ni-Ni Simone
Dafina (Nov 29, 2016)
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All sixteen year old Yvette Simmons wanted was to disappear. Problem is: she has too many demons for that. Yvette’s life changed forever after a street fight over a boy ended in a second degree murder charge. Forced to start all over again, she’s sentenced to live in a group home far from anything or anyone she’s ever known. She manages to keep her past hidden, until a local cutie, known as Brooklyn, steps in. Slowly, Yvette lets him into her heart and he gives her the summer of her dreams…
 
But in Yvette’s world things are never as they seem.
 
Brooklyn has a few secrets of his own and Yvette’s past comes back with a vengeance. Will she face life head-on? Will she return to her old ways? Or will an unexpected letter decide her fate?

“Simone’s story is reminiscent of Sistah Souljah’s groundbreaking The Coldest Winter Ever…a hard hitting tale of the inner city’s unforgiving streets.” —Library Journal
 
“Simone knows how to tell a story…and she can also bring the drama.” —RT Book Reviews


Click for more detail about Death List by Donald Goines Death List

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Apr 01, 1996)
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Donald Goines continues the gripping, gritty story of crime in the black ghetto begun in CRIME PARTNERS. They’re all back for blood: Kenyatta, the gandlord with the army of brothers to deal deadly with crooked cops and dope dealers; Benson and Ryan, fight to stop the black crie wave. It’s doomsday when Kenyatta joins then in a war against a secret list of drug pushers.


Click for more detail about Delilah by Shelia M. Goss Delilah

by Shelia M. Goss
Urban Christian (Jan 01, 2011)
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Behind every successful man is a good woman. The downfall of a good man is a woman up to no good.

Thirty-year-old Samson Judges is a prominent pastor of the Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church. His church owns land that real estate mogul William Trusts wants. When Samson refuses to sell, William hires Delilah Baker to find out Samson’s Achilles heel.

Money isn’t Delilah’s only motivation for taking the assignment. After watching Samson every Sunday morning on a local television station, Delilah has fallen in love with him. In her mind, there is only one person standing in her way of getting Samsonhis fiancée, Julia Rivers.

Samson is far from innocent. He feels his longstanding relationship with God puts him above reproach. His weakness for one woman, Delilah, threatens to ruin his relationship with Julia, his parents, and his church. When he realizes the length Delilah will go through to get her man, Samson vows to protect his ministry by any means necessary.


Click for more detail about Deliver Me From Evil by Mary Monroe Deliver Me From Evil

by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Sep 01, 2007)
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The New York Times bestselling author of God Don’t Like Ugly and God Still Don’t Like Ugly, Mary Monroe has been hailed as "a real talent" (San Jose Mercury News) and as one of today’s most provocative storytellers. In her sensational new novel, a beautiful, resourceful woman is caught in a high-stakes game of money, sex and betrayal—all in the name of a better future… Once upon a time, Christine Thurman had the perfect marriage. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she made good by marrying Jesse Ray Thurman and helping him build a business worth millions. Together, they were the perfect couple—attractive, successful, and deeply in love. Christine was convinced she’d spend the rest of her life by her handsome husband’s side. But twelve years later, J.R. has become obsessed with building his video store empire and is taking his wife for granted. Feeling trapped and alone in a dead-end marriage, Christine finds herself tempted by her old haunts and the people she thought she left behind long ago. Suddenly, without J.R. even realizing it, their seemingly unshakeable bond has started fraying at the seams—and Christine will do anything to break free. Enter Wade Eddie Fisher, a bad boy with good looks from Christine’s past. Wade left their hometown long ago to follow his Hollywood dreams, but now he’s back, penniless, and as tempting as ever. Even though Wade is far from dependable, he offers Christine something she can’t seem to resist. Soon she’s immersed in a sultry affair, and before she knows it, she’s concocted a scheme so risky that it promises to deliver everything she could possibly want—or shatter the lives of everyone close to her…

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Click for more detail about Denzel’s Lips by Anita Doreen Diggs Denzel’s Lips

by Anita Doreen Diggs
Dafina (Oct 01, 2006)
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Click for more detail about Destiny’s Daughters by Donna Hill, Gwynne Forster and Parry Brown Destiny’s Daughters

by Donna Hill, Gwynne Forster and Parry Brown
Kensington (Feb 01, 2006)
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Click for more detail about Diamond Playgirls by Daaimah S. Poole, Miasha, Joy Deja King, and T. Styles Diamond Playgirls

by Daaimah S. Poole, Miasha, Joy Deja King, and T. Styles
Dafina (Dec 18, 2007)
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Four beautiful, professional women, living on separate floors of a Harlem brownstone are about to discover they have a lot more in common than just their address’

Dior’s name is no accident’she’s got a taste for the finer things in life, and New York City is just the place to find them. So far she’s got the job and the apartment. Now she needs the man’and she hopes she’s found him on the Internet. Dior is prepared to find out on Valentine’s Day...

Party promoter Tamara has been recruited from Atlanta to open a hot new club. All the women in her family are known for their great looks, great cooking’and the fact that they can’t stay married. Tamara is hoping to break that tradition. But is dating three different men the best strategy?

With beauty, brains, and a hefty bank account, Chloe is a BAP on a mission: she wants to run a top magazine. But just as she’s up for a big promotion her boyfriend gives her an ultimatum. Will Chloe choose to follow her ambition’or her heart?

Casting director Mona-Lisa works hard and plays even harder. She’s avoided relationships her whole life. When a tragedy opens her eyes to the possibility of true love, she’s compelled to share a special day with a man from her past. But she’s overlooked some crucial details’

One by one, each woman crosses paths at a local club on Valentine’s Day’and the secrets about to be revealed will forever change their lives...

Daaimah S. Poole was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University in 2003 with a degree in journalism. She wrote her first novel, which became an Essence bestseller, at the age of 19 while working as a receptionist at her aunt’s beauty salon.

Miasha, also a Philadelphia native, worked as a fashion model before graduating from Temple University in 2003 with a degree in communications. She has been featured in local and national magazines including Essence and Vibe, and on numerous radio shows including ’The Wendy Williams Experience.’

Deja King was born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in California, Maryland, and North Carolina. Her first novel, Bitch, really struck a chord with young, hip-hop urban readers; it has gone back to press and is currently Triple Crown’s bestselling book.

T. Styles was born in the southeast section of Washington, D.C. and raised in Houston, Texas. She learned about street life the hard way’she lived it’and now pours her experience into her writing.


Click for more detail about Diary Of A Street Diva by Ashley and JaQuavis Diary Of A Street Diva

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (May 01, 2006)
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Diary of a Street Diva is an urban tale of a young woman lost in the world of sex, money, and mayhem. Keyshawn is a good girl who runs into a bad situation and her story is told through her diary after her death. What would you do if the man of your dreams who you thought was a music executive turned out to be a drug dealer? Would you stay with him and live the life of diva he provides or would you leave and return to your mother streets? That’s the question Keyshawn struggles with for almost two years and when she finally makes a decision her life is tragically taken


Click for more detail about Dirty Money by Ashley and JaQuavis Dirty Money

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Mar 01, 2006)
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Dirty Money is an urban tale of sex, money, murder, and mayhem and shows the pros and cons of the game. Anari is the epitome of a good girl turned bad after world is brutally destroyed. Consumed with her desire for revenge, she, along with her best friend Monica, enter a life of drugs, fast money, and betrayal only to adapt the lifestyle that pushed them in the game in the first place. Hiding their true identities, the pair quickly rises to the top of New Jersey s dope game. Using everyone who crosses their paths, nothing, not betrayal or addiction will stop them from dispensing their street justice. Dirty Money is a page turner that will leave you in awe. Never underestimate the power of a woman..


Click for more detail about Distant Lover by Gloria Mallette Distant Lover

by Gloria Mallette
Kensington (Oct 01, 2004)
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For thirty-seven-year-old Tandi Crawford, the past is a double-edged sword. On one side is the agonizing mystery of her mother’s early death and her father’s brutally cold indifference. On the other is the all-too-vivid recollection of one unforgettable summer and the unrequited teenage romance that won’t let Tandi rest. The fantasy of getting together with a boy she hasn’t seen in more than twenty years has pulled Tandi through many a bitterly lonely night with a husband who’s too busy to notice that he’s lost her.

After vowing never to live in her father’s house again, Tandi finds that her failed marriage has brought her and her young son back to that very same dusty doorstep. And when Tandi’s daydreams of reuniting with her long-ago boyfriend unexpectedly become an exciting and passionate reality, Tandi discovers that nothing and no one in her life is as it appears to be…


"Mallette’s balanced perspective and well-rounded characters will keep fans riveted." — Publishers Weekly

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Click for more detail about Divine Intervention (Hallelujah Love) by Lutishia Lovely Divine Intervention (Hallelujah Love)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Sep 25, 2012)
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The first family of the Mount Zion Progressive Baptist Church lives to preach. But when it comes to practice, they could use a little divine intervention. . .

Minister King Brook’s daughter, Princess, is about to marry the man she thinks she loves. . .until a disaster leaves her lavish wedding—and her life—in shambles. Her ex, Kelvin, has returned to win her back. Her fiancée, Rafael, is determined to tie the knot. And when Princess’s grandfather, the Reverend Doctor Pastor Bishop Overseer Mister Stanley Obadiah Meshach Brook, Jr., adds his own unexpected contribution to the matrimonial mayhem, all you-know-what breaks loose. . .

Meanwhile, Princess’s mother, Tai, is working hard to keep it all together. As if her daughter’s wedding bell blues aren’t enough, menopause has her losing her sex drive, gaining weight, and battling insecurities. But King’s too busy to talk, her mother-in-law is in a fight of her own, and her best friend is dealing with a major family crisis. Tai learns that when God is all you’ve got, He’s all you need. All, that is, except some decisions and some actions that aren’t always so divine. . .

"There’s drama, laughter, and little bit of naughtiness. All Up In My Business was an exceptional read." —Urban Reviews

"Lovely gives her readers a mouth-dropping, laughing, Oh-My-Goodness story." —APOOO Book Club on Mind Your Own Business


Click for more detail about Dogism by Mark Anthony Dogism

by Mark Anthony
Urban Books (Sep 01, 2006)
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Lance Thomas is a sexy, young black male who has it all: a high-paying blue collar career, a home in Queens, New York, two cars, a son, and a beautiful wife.

However, after getting married at a very young age he realizes that he is afflicted with DOGISM, a distorted sexuality that causes men to stray and be unfaithful in their relationships with women.

You will not stop turning the pages as you read and witness Lance as he juggles God, a wife, a son, and a new mistress, all the while trying to end his dealings with a past drama-filled stripper who is obsessed with him. In the midst of drama and deception, Lance realizes that eventually every dog has his day.

This must read novel takes you through a journey in the life, mind, and emotions of a man, showing that at times even dogs, with their distorted sexuality have a conscience.


Click for more detail about Don’t Blame The Devil by Pat G’Orge Walker Don’t Blame The Devil

by Pat G’Orge Walker
Dafina (Jan 06, 2015)
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Hang on to your seat as Pat G’Orge-Walker spins a side-splitting novel of sin and salvation, heartache and love.  .  .Appearances mean everything to Delilah Dupree Jewel. So after hearing of her daughter-in-law’s sudden death, Delilah decides that coming to the rescue of her long-estranged son, Jessie, and her granddaughter, Tamara, would be a good look.  .  .though Lord knows she’ll have to dig hard to find her maternal instincts.But Delilah quickly discovers Jessie wants nothing to do with her. And Tamara, who’s following in Delilah’s musical footsteps, isn’t interested in her career advice, especially since Delilah got ahead using the singing couch. And Delilah’s old flame, Deacon Pillar, an ex-convict who’s traded in his gangster ways for a Bible, is stirring up a past that’s sure to shock…"Hilarious faith-based romp.  .  .Walker shines a little light on a wacky family reunion with her usual inspirational, knee-slapping style." —Publishers Weekly "A comic novel about mistakes and second chances." —Library Journal


Click for more detail about Donald Writes No More by Eddie Stone Donald Writes No More

by Eddie Stone
Holloway House (Oct 01, 2001)
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Donald Goines was all of these things. He started as a kid, the product of a middle-class family. After high school he joined the Navy, and discovered the heroin that would rule the remainder of his life. On the streets, he turned to writing when he was straight enough to keep at it. He used the language of the streets and wrote of the streets and its people. His success was immediate and exciting, But eventually the streets claimed him. He was murdered as he sat writing a new book. Here for the first time is the completed story.


Click for more detail about Dopefiend by Donald Goines Dopefiend

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (May 01, 2007)
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[Read by Kevin Kenerly]

The shocking nightmare story of a black heroin addict. — Trapped in the festering sore of a major American ghetto, a young man and his girlfriend—both attractive, talented, and full of promise—are inexorably pulled into the living death of the hardcore junkie. It is a horrifying world where addicts will do anything to get their next fix. — For twenty-three years of his young life, Donald Goines lived in the dark, despair-ridden world of the junkie. It started while he was doing military service in Korea and ended with his murder in his late thirties. He had worked up to a hundred-dollars-a-day habit—and out of the agonizing hell came Dopefiend.


Click for more detail about Dopeman: Memoirs of a Snitch by JaQuavis Coleman Dopeman: Memoirs of a Snitch

by JaQuavis Coleman
Urban Books (May 01, 2012)
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The FBI has launched an intricate plot to take down one of the most prolific drug organizations in the summer of 2009, and Seven Smith is their main target. Seven establishes a relationship with an up and coming hustler and takes him under his wing. Unbeknownst to Seven, his protégé works for the authorities.

The young hustler falls in love with a woman who is off-limits, and he has to make a difficult decision that puts many people's lives at risk.

Lola Banks is the daughter of a well-known hit man and street legend in Ohio. When she lays her eyes on the out-of–towner/snitch, it becomes a forbidden love. She is caught in a web of lies and deceit, only to get the hurtful truth on the last page. This is a hustler's love story at its absolute finest.

The conclusion to this story is so unpredictable and intelligent that no one will see it coming--no one.


Click for more detail about Down by Law (Throwback Diaries) by Ni-Ni Simone Down by Law (Throwback Diaries)

by Ni-Ni Simone
Dafina (Jul 28, 2015)
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Lesson #1: You come for me, I come back even harder for you. Fair exchange. No robberies. Isis Carter got schooled early on in surviving the streets. When some girls put a beatdown on her, she took back what was hers. When her brother was killed and her mom, Queenie, bailed, Isis fought to stay strong. And when her dad abandoned her for his new family, sixteen-year-old Isis buried the hurt by looking out for herself—and hookin’ up with bad boy Fresh…until a run-in with the law shatters Isis’s world and threatens to destroy her future. Now the only person Isis can rely on is herself…until her secret crush K-Rock steps in. But when Isis lets her guard down, will she be given a second chance to get her life straight or will it cost her everything?


Click for more detail about Down On My Knees by Victor McGlothin Down On My Knees

by Victor McGlothin
Kensington (May 01, 2006)
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In this highly entertaining, uplifting page-turner from acclaimed author Victor McGlothin, a successful single mother takes a vow of celibacy… But she has no idea that trying to be good will make her want to be so bad… A single mom and busy advertising executive, Grace has been a bridesmaid instead of a bride one too many times. Not that she doesn’t have her share of admirers—not to mention lovers—but Grace has become disenchanted with casual affairs. She’s ready for a husband—and for a real father for her thirteen-year-old son, André. With a little counsel from her church minister’s wife—and a little inspiration from the sight of André’s handsome English teacher, Wallace Peters, Grace decides to keep her mind open—and her clothes on. The vow of celibacy is easier declared than done, as Grace finds herself suddenly plagued by steamy thoughts day and night. But she’s determined to triumph over that Devil no matter how hard he chases her—and chase her he will… After a series of dating fiascos, Grace receives a call from Wallace Peters. Will the school teacher save the day? Or will André’s biological father, who mysteriously reappears after thirteen years, turn out to be Mr. Right after all? As Grace soon discovers, it’s amazing what miracles can happen once she puts her life—and her heart—in His hands…


Click for more detail about Dr. Feelgood by Marissa Monteilh (aka Pynk) Dr. Feelgood

by Marissa Monteilh (aka Pynk)
Dafina (Jan 01, 2007)
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From the author of MAKE ME HOT comes a steamy tale of a popular heart surgeon and his four women, told in their own voices. They call him Dr. Feelgood . . . One woman would never be enough to satisfy noted cardiologist Dr. Makkai Worthy, better known by his sex partners as Dr. Feelgood. Womanizer extraordinaire, he’s a chip off the old block of his rolling-stone papa and commitment isn’t an option. At 37 and single, he’s happier than he’s ever been, living the lifestyle of the rich and fine. A gifted surgeon, Dr. Feelgood knows how to operate in the O.R. by day. But by night, it’s his smooth operations in the bedroom that are driving his four main squeezes crazy. First, there’s demanding-diva Georgia. She’s bound and determined to be the doctor’s one and only until suspicions arise that she’s keeping something on the down low. Mary Jane is a sweetheart of a nurse who works in Dr. Feelgood’s cardiology unit. He tries to stay hands off, until a player friend starts to make a move and he’s forced to stake his claim. Self-absorbed Monday is as fast as the day is long, and she boasts that she can bag any man without getting serious; but the sexually talented Dr. Feelgood flips the script and uncovers another side of Monday. Spicy Salina’s white husband is not one to share, so when he’s sent to jail for choking the good doctor, the drama really begins. Dr. Feelgood’s escapades as a true player could force him to finally settle down, or they might just motivate him to begin another affair of the heart. Watch out, because the ladies are lining up, and the doctor is in . . . Marissa Monteilh is a former commercial actress and television news reporter. A single mother of three, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently developing projects for television and film.


Click for more detail about Driving Heat (The Blue-Collar Lover Series) by Zuri Day Driving Heat (The Blue-Collar Lover Series)

by Zuri Day
Dafina (Mar 31, 2015)
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"Day delivers a lively romance." —RT Book Reviews

The Blue-Collar Lover Series

Meet the Carter brothers, five hard-working men with a lot to offer. They may not be wealthy but they’re rich in integrity and loyalty—not to mention sex appeal. They just need the right women to share their world. . .

At thirty, eldest brother Byron hasn’t dated seriously in a while—not since he became a single dad to his beloved baby girl. Besides, he’s found that most women can’t see past his job as a bus driver, and he’s not interested in that type of superficial foolishness. When he meets Cynthia Hall, her disinterest is obvious. Still, there’s something about her. . .

Cynthia has been successful in her career and unlucky in love. But those two worlds collide when Byron ends up in her office on business. It’s a coincidence that casts him in a very different light than she’s previously seen. Too bad he’s not the upscale professional Cynthia had in mind. Yet given the chance, she might discover that while money can’t buy happiness—a loving and passionate man can. . .


Click for more detail about Drug Related by Roy Glenn Drug Related

by Roy Glenn
Urban Books (Apr 05, 2005)
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Drug Related is an intriguing, fast-paced journey of mystery and high-powered action. In his third novel, Roy Glenn returns us to the world he created in Is It A Crime, but introduces the reader to a new main character, Nick Simmons, a former Army special operations officer turned private investigator. Nick is hired by Mrs. Gabrielle Childers to find her missing brother, Jake Rollins. Mrs. Childers believes that her husband, Chilly, who is involved in the drug business, is in some way connected with his disappearance. The story begins with Nick being released on bail from police custody. Nick recounts for his lawyer, Wanda Moore (Is It A Crime), the events which lead him to be the only suspect in four drug related murders. Their conversations throughout the story also give Nick a chance to face the old demons he’d left ten years before.


Click for more detail about Eldorado Red by Donald Goines Eldorado Red

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (May 01, 2000)
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A novel based on the author’s personal experiences tells the story of crooks who prey on the ghetto poor.


Click for more detail about Emotions by Timmothy B. McCann Emotions

by Timmothy B. McCann
Dafina (Apr 01, 2002)
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(A truly satisfying novel revolving around Joi Weston, a beautiful TV star, and Philip Evans, the Florida businessman for whom she has given up her glamorous Hollywood career)

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Click for more detail about Every Bitter Thing Sweet by Roslyn Carrington Every Bitter Thing Sweet

by Roslyn Carrington
Kensington (Aug 01, 2001)
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As Rory and Odile, childhood friends who were separated by a tragic event which changed their lives forever, lead separate lives, they realize that they are forever linked by the events of their past and when they finally confront each other, they find what they have searching for—forgiveness, redemption, solace, and strength.

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Click for more detail about Every Thug Needs A Lady by Wahida Clark Every Thug Needs A Lady

by Wahida Clark
Kensington (May 01, 2011)
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"Every Thug Needs A Lady" is the spellbinding sequel to Wahida Clark’s "Thugs And The Women Who Love Them". After taking us through the rugged, thug-filled lives of Jaz, Kyra and Angel, Clark now takes us into the unique and unbelievable life of their best friend Roz. She’s sexy, beautiful, and a slave for the love of Trae, her irresistable thuggish beau. Will Roz and Trae’s love survive? The answers lie inside the pages of "Every Thug Needs A Lady"!


Click for more detail about Every Thug Needs A Lady by Wahida Clark Every Thug Needs A Lady

by Wahida Clark
Dafina (Oct 01, 2006)
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"Every Thug Needs A Lady" is the spellbinding sequel to Wahida Clark’s "Thugs And The Women Who Love Them". After taking us through the rugged, thug-filled lives of Jaz, Kyra and Angel, Clark now takes us into the unique and unbelievable life of their best friend Roz. She’s sexy, beautiful, and a slave for the love of Trae, her irresistable thuggish beau. Will Roz and Trae’s love survive? The answers lie inside the pages of "Every Thug Needs A Lady"!


Click for more detail about Every Thug Needs a Lady by Wahida Clark Every Thug Needs a Lady

by Wahida Clark
Kensington Books (Dec 01, 2003)
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"Every Thug Needs A Lady" is the spellbinding sequel to Wahida Clark’s "Thugs And The Women Who Love Them". After taking us through the rugged, thug-filled lives of Jaz, Kyra and Angel, Clark now takes us into the unique and unbelievable life of their best friend Roz. She’s sexy, beautiful, and a slave for the love of Trae, her irresistable thuggish beau. Will Roz and Trae’s love survive? The answers lie inside the pages of "Every Thug Needs A Lady"!


Click for more detail about Every Woman’s Dream (Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart) by Mary Monroe Every Woman’s Dream (Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart)

by Mary Monroe
Dafina (May 31, 2016)
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From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes a seductive, shocking tale of two unhappy women fulfilling their every erotic dream—and finding a desire that kills…

He’s successful, kind, and sensitive—the type of man every woman wants. And truck driver Calvin Ramsey just loves women—especially the lonely, unappreciated ones he meets online, like Lola Poole. His deceitful ex-wife taught him that women really appreciate someone who cares about their deepest feelings and problems. Since Lola always gives more than she gets, Calvin longs to show her the best of everything. And when he gives her the ultimate parting gift, just like he did his wife and all the others, he’ll love Lola best of all…

Lola Poole is so done putting her life on hold for her selfish relatives’ needs. Now thanks to online dating and a sizzling parade of hungry lovers, she and her unhappily-married best friend, Joan, are getting all the sexy fun they missed out on. Even better, handsome, dependable Calvin looks like he might be the whole irresistible potential-husband package. Until oh-so-right starts going all-the-way wrong. And Lola must uncover the truth and take control before this fatal fantasy finishes her…

Praise for the novels of Mary Monroe

"Readers who enjoy watching characters’ fortunes rise and fall will relish this tumultuous family." —Booklist on Family of Lies

"Once again, Monroe displays her gift as a marvel with this sensational novel." —RT Book Reviews on Lost Daughters

"Another witty and wise installment to her God series….If this raunchy and rambunctious book is any indication, Monroe’s series has a lot of life left in it." —Publishers Weekly on God Ain’t Through Yet

"A fast-paced, sexy, tense story that will make readers think twice before getting tangled up in an affair." —Booklist on God Ain’t Blind

"Readers are left on edge…Monroe once again skillfully delivers a crafty story wrapped around a host of heartwarming characters battling everyday struggles and obstacles, even as she entertains readers with spurts of unexpected comedy and tragedy." —Library Journal on God Don’t Play

"A highly satisfying page-turner—and one that will stand out." —Publishers Weekly on God Don’t Like Ugly


Click for more detail about Ex-Girl To The Next Girl by Daaimah S. Poole Ex-Girl To The Next Girl

by Daaimah S. Poole
Dafina (May 01, 2006)
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In Daaimah S. Poole’s sizzling new novel, three sistahs and three bruthahs are playin’a game of love where the only rule is anything goes . . .

Ever since Shonda stole Malik from his fiancéeat the altar, no lessshe’s believed that marrying him would be her ticket to happiness. But when it finally happens, Shonda is in for a rude awakening. . .

Meanwhile, Malik’s ex-fiancée, Kim, has had a year to get over the nightmare that was supposed to be her wedding day. She manages to pull it together despite the news that Malik actually married the bitch who spoiled her nuptials. Just as she opens up to the idea of a new love, Kim meets a new man. . .who happens to be white. Is he the one she’s been looking for?

After two years with her boyfriend Rodney, twenty-five-year-old Nadine Clark wants to see what else is out there. But Nadine soon discovers being single isn’t what she’d imagined. Dejected, Nadine takes up with Malik, a man she believes is free. But when his wife, Shonda, confronts Nadine, everything hits the fan. . .and it isn’t long before everyone involved comes face-to-face with the crazy consequences of getting what they wished for. . .


Click for more detail about Family of Lies by Mary Monroe Family of Lies

by Mary Monroe
Dafina (May 27, 2014)
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe weaves a stunning portrait of a family immersed in deceit . . .and the women whose happiness depends on the secrets they keep. . . After growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the sixteen-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone. . . Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. When the father she never knew shows up at her mother's funeral to claim her, it's a fairy tale journey from the ghetto to a mansion on a hill. But Sarah's life is not as carefree as her father wants it to be . . .because Sarah knows from the start that her step-mother is as two-faced as they come. And after losing all the family she's ever known, she wants a life that's richer than what Vera's got planned for her. Neither woman can be sure who will win Kenneth's heart and fortune. But as Vera and Sarah scheme to get what they want, everyone they know will be choosing sides, taking chances, and gambling it all to come out on top. .


Click for more detail about Fever In The Blood by Robert Fleming Fever In The Blood

by Robert Fleming
Kensington (May 01, 2006)
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…and he’s burning mad at the world. He’s mad at the family he lost—his parents and sisters viciously killed by a gang in their own home; and he’s mad at the foster family that “rescued” him—headed up by a powerful Harlem congressman who sees Eddie as a campaign ploy. Mainly, Eddie is mad at himself, for getting caught by the cops with blood on his hands. Blood he should have washed off right away. He was sloppy this time. It won’t happen again. Because Eddie knows the fever that ignites his rage is wasted—unless it’s put to use. And he intends to put it to use again and again

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Click for more detail about Flint: Book 4: Resurrection by Treasure Hernandez Flint: Book 4: Resurrection

by Treasure Hernandez
Urban Books (Dec 01, 2008)
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Malek and Halleigh were once innocent high-school sweethearts, but their lives changed drastically when they were separated by tragic circumstances and sucked into life on the streets.
Now Malek has risen to the top of the drug empire and is running things after Jamaica Joe’s murder. His rival, Sweets, has left town, so Malek has things under control on both the South Side and the North Side.
When Halleigh finally escapes from the clutches of Manolo, her pimp, she and Malek are reunited. For a while, things are running smoothly, and Halleigh and Malek are like well-respected hood royalty—until Halleigh grows bored with her life hidden safely away in the suburbs.
She ventures into Flint and meets up with her old drug-using partner, convincing him to enter the new rehab facility—the same place that’s cutting into Malek’s business by helping his customers get sober. To make matters worse for Malek, Sweets has returned and wants to take over his side of town again. As he struggles to hold onto his reign at the top, will Malek be able to keep Halleigh out of the crossfire?


Click for more detail about Flip Side of the Game: Triple Crown Collection by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker Flip Side of the Game: Triple Crown Collection

by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Urban Books (Apr 26, 2016)
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Funny, passionate, and straight from the soul, Vera Wright-Turner thinks she has it all under control, until she meets and greets herself. Born on the flip side of the hustler’s game, she is the child of a fifteen-year-old drug addict who placed her in a trash dump with a note that read: Please forgive me. My mother’s only fifteen. Well, that is of little consolation to Vera as she lives her gold-diggin’ life full speed ahead. Then she meets Taj, a real man who challenges her to face her demons and give love a chance. Everything comes to a crashing halt when she realizes that she can run, but she can’t hide. Will she slow down and make peace with her past--and her mother--before she loses her chance at happiness?

Ten years after it was first published, TuShonda Whitaker’s Flip Side of the Game will still ring true for anyone who’s ever wanted to forget a painful past, and anyone who’s simply wanted to feel loved. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud at times, crying at others, and ultimately, rooting for the unforgettable Vera Wright-Turner.


Click for more detail about Flip Side of the Game: Triple Crown Collection (Urban Books) by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker Flip Side of the Game: Triple Crown Collection (Urban Books)

by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Urban Books (Apr 28, 2015)
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Funny, passionate, and straight from the soul, Vera Wright-Turner thinks she has it all under control, until she meets and greets herself. Born on the flip side of the hustler’s game, she is the child of a fifteen-year-old drug addict who placed her in a trash dump with a note that read: Please forgive me. My mother’s only fifteen. Well, that is of little consolation to Vera as she lives her gold-diggin’ life full speed ahead. Everything comes to a crashing halt when she realizes that she can run, but she can’t hide. Facing up to the Flip Side of the Game is the only way she will survive.


Click for more detail about Forever by Timmothy B. McCann Forever

by Timmothy B. McCann
Dafina (Apr 01, 2001)
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In his eagerly awaited follow-up to Until, Timmothy B. McCann brings back Drew Staley and Betty Robinson, the unforgettable couple readers fell in love with, along with a memorable cast of characters who enrich and complicate their lives.

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Click for more detail about Forever Soul Ties by Vanessa Davis Griggs Forever Soul Ties

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (May 31, 2016)
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""Vanessa is a superb storyteller."" —ReShonda Tate Billingsley AAMBC Christian Fiction Writer of the Year Award Winner When one woman is caught in the act of her greatest transgression, it’s the beginning of her greatest transformation It started innocently: a coincidental meeting between old high school friends—first loves—at Butterfly’s business, The Painted Lady Flower Shop. Then came lunch, then confessions of unhappy marriages, loneliness. It went on that way for years between Butterfly and Ethan. That’s how they built the soul tie—the bond that, despite their devotion to God, has now led to adultery. And as with all things done in secret, they’ve been found out. Well, Butterfly has. As a leader in her church, Butterfly is suddenly cast into the spotlight. But she soon realizes she’s being used as a pawn to bring down a new pastor—a young man who is upsetting tradition by preaching about real-life issues real people deal with. People like Butterfly. And as she faces a challenging search for truth, forgiveness, and the real meaning of love, she may finally break out of her cocoon


Click for more detail about Forgiven (Urban Christian) by Vanessa Miller Forgiven (Urban Christian)

by Vanessa Miller
Urban Christian (Jun 01, 2010)
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""Essence]-""-bestselling author Miller delivers an inspiring tale of a man with a cheating past who has found salvation from God, but yearns to be forgiven by his family.


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by Vanessa Miller
Urban Christian (May 01, 2010)
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Elizabeth Underwood and Nina Lewis thought the unfaithful men in their lives caused their storms. But as they are forced on a journey of self-examination, they realize that something greater is needed to heal the hurts that trouble their souls.


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by Vanessa Miller
Urban Christian (Dec 31, 2012)
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Pastor Jerome Tyler ""JT"" Thomas is charismatic behind the pulpit, charming to all he comes in contact with, and lethal to those who linger too long. Since the age of twenty-two, when he prayed for God to keep him out of prison, JT knew he would preach the gospel. Bishop Turner makes it possible; but there are strings attached, and now JT isn’t sure he can stay tied down.
Cutting loose causes more problems than JT anticipated. When an old friend from his days on the streets resurfaces and his ""extracurricular activity"" comes knocking on his front door, JT’s life and the lives of those close to him spiral out of control. Now he will need divine intervention to make things right. But how much help can a man hope to receive when he feels he’s been forsaken by God?


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by Vanessa Miller
Urban Christian (Oct 01, 2009)
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Pastor Jerome Tyler ""JT"" Thomas is charismatic behind the pulpit, charming to all he comes in contact with, and lethal to those who linger too long. Since the age of twenty-two, when he prayed for God to keep him out of prison, JT knew he would preach the gospel. Bishop Turner makes it possible; but there are strings attached, and now JT isn’t sure he can stay tied down.
Cutting loose causes more problems than JT anticipated. When an old friend from his days on the streets resurfaces and his ""extracurricular activity"" comes knocking on his front door, JT’s life and the lives of those close to him spiral out of control. Now he will need divine intervention to make things right. But how much help can a man hope to receive when he feels he’s been forsaken by God?


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by Zaire Crown
Dafina (Nov 24, 2015)
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In this fast-moving, gritty debut novel, one woman learns that even the strictest rules are made to be broken…
 
At thirty-seven, Tuesday is eager for a better way of life. That means getting out of the game her gentleman’s club has been fronting. Her all-female “business” team has made a fortune using the club to attract, seduce—and rob—wealthy men. But in addition to being squeezed by a corrupt cop, an unfortunate incident has put Tuesday deep in debt to a ruthless gun dealer and is creating dangerous dissent behind-the-scenes…
 
Tuesday only sees one option. She’ll have to go undercover playing girlfriend to legendary Detroit crime boss Sebastian Caine. But the risky move just might cause her to break her #1 rule: don’t catch feelings. Because things are not what they seem—and neither is Sebastian. Now Tuesday may have to choose between the future she’s always wanted, the team she swore loyalty to, and the money she desperately needs to save her own life…


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by K’wan
Urban Books (Dec 31, 2013)
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Love always comes with a price. After the murder of a dirty Los Angeles detective, St. Louis ’Lou-Loc’ Alexander finds himself a hunted man. Trying to stay one step ahead of the gas chamber, he flees to New York to pick up the pieces of his life. Fate throws him a curveball when he meets Satin Angelino and falls head-over-heels in love. But although Satin is young and fine, she is keeping a secret that could cost St. Louis his life.

The cover on the right is the original book cover published by Triple Crown Publications (October 10, 2002).


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by De’nesha Diamond
Dafina (Dec 24, 2012)
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Click for more detail about Getting Some of Her Own by Gwynne Forster Getting Some of Her Own

by Gwynne Forster
Dafina (Aug 01, 2007)
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“Pure satisfaction.” –RT Book Reviews“You’ll eagerly keep reading to learn how the characters’ lives intersect and will sigh with pure satisfaction when it ends.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICKAfter sixteen years, Susan Pettiford has come home to North Carolina for good. Thanks to an inheritance, she can start her own interior design business. It’s not quite the life Susan hoped for, but she’s determined to chart a new course…and shake things up.When architect Lucas Hamilton accepts Susan’s dinner invitation, the result is a night of seduction neither can forget—yet neither intends to repeat. While Susan focuses on her new life, Lucas focuses on becoming wealthier than the absent father he resents. But when his father resurfaces, Lucas finds himself turning to Susan for counsel. And as their paths cross repeatedly, their feelings for each other strengthen. Yet the secret Susan is hiding may destroy any future they share…“A love-conquers-all story with a few twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages. I enjoyed it from cover to cover. Getting Some of Her Own is classic Gwynne Forster.” —The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers


Click for more detail about Ghetto Heaven by Erick S. Gray Ghetto Heaven

by Erick S. Gray
Urban Books (Nov 01, 2006)
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Life can be hard, damn hear cruel, and sometimes it s hard to play with the cars you ve been dealt. Growing up in the ghetto can be hell; good or bad everybody has a story. Toni, is young and sexy, but her life story is limited with her mother s drug addiction and her older brother, Sheek, doing life in prison. She struggles day by day, stripping and sometimes doing more in underground clubs to support herself and trying to hold down her family. Toni eventually befriends a rich, pretty boy from Long Island, whose life was sheltered from poverty since the day he was born. But when he meets Toni, their lives change, as they teach each other how to live and grown, and school each other about the opposite worlds they live and come from. But conflicts erupts in the ghetto. Toni s abusive and gangster boyfriend, Tec, fuels a deadly drug war with Chills, a well-known kingpin harboring most of Coney Island territory./ Greed, rage and envy instills in Tec, and the body count rises. A drug war ensues as animosity and rage erect between the two thugs, making life in Coney Island a living hell for some and Ghetto Heaven for others.


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by Robert Fleming
Urban Christian (Dec 24, 2012)
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Reverend Clint is a man of strong faith, but when an unimaginable tragedy strikes his family, he is suddenly questioning all of his beliefs. His mentor, Reverend Smart, and the members of his church rally around him, but the pain of Reverend Clint’s loss is almost too much to bear.

Seeking to take Reverend Clint’s mind off his troubles, Reverend Smart assigns him a group of church members in need of guidance and wisdom. A sense of spiritual renewal and redemption helps the grief-stricken minister and his band of anguished souls to survive through a period of crisis and challenges. But will his faith be enough to help Reverend Clint endure the most terrible pain of all?

In his engaging new novel, Robert Fleming reminds readers that even a man of God can falter in his faith sometimes.

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by Robert Fleming
Urban Christian (Feb 24, 2015)
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In this third installment of the Gift series, Reverend Clint and Addie
are finally settling down in Harlem following their Alabama adventure, during which they help black farmers. Addie, a former schoolteacher, loves New York City, with its glittering tourist sites. When she meets Dr. Bentley Gomes, a missionary just back from Africa, she is alarmed to learn of the worsening human rights crisis in Sudan. Addie is intrigued by the need for volunteers to aid those caught in the bloody war in this region. Meanwhile, Reverend Clint encounters African refugees, and their stories of suffering and pain tug at his soul.
 
Before Reverend Clint realizes what is going on, Addie volunteers to go to Sudan. The pastor follows her on this unforgettable journey of discovery and revelation, into the dangerous region, where they confront famine, violence, and religious persecution. As Addie plunges into this hell, she wants Reverend Clint to make a lasting commitment to her. She wants something solid but wonders if they’ll make it out alive. Will the Sudan adventure transform their admiration for each other into fully realized love? Or will Sudan, with its violent extremists, corrupt politicians, heroic doctors, and long-suffering refugees, derail them from intimacy and trust?


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by Robert Fleming
Urban Christian (Jan 28, 2014)
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New York Pastor Clint Winwood is still trying to recover from tragedy after losing his wife and young children in a murder/suicide when Reverend Hickory Peck invites him to rural Alabama. Reverend Peck is having troubles of his own. His associate pastor, Reverend Lamar Wilks, is outshining Peck by holding theatrical healing meetings and revivals. Peck feels his leadership and standing in the community are threatened.
When a battle erupts between a group of poor black farmers and rich white planters, the stakes are raised even higher. Pastor Winwood witnesses nasty church intrigue and shocking racist incidents. The love he finds with a modest schoolteacher might be his only relief from all the turmoil. Only a holy quest for the truth can prevent bloodshed in the crisis that is brewing in this conservative, Deep South town.

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Click for more detail about Gigolos Get Lonely Too by Dwayne S. Joseph, Roy Glenn, and Jihad Shaheed Uhuru Gigolos Get Lonely Too

by Dwayne S. Joseph, Roy Glenn, and Jihad Shaheed Uhuru
Urban Books (Jan 01, 2006)
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Three men that have a way with the ladies struggle to keep their heads when each finds that love is more important than sex. It’s a dream come true for. Carter’s found the woman of his dreams and to keep her, he’s all set to change his lifestyle as a gigolo. But all hell breaks loose when he agrees to meet Deanna for what he’s decided is going to be his last appointment. Rick has to find a way to make it out the game, when he falls in April. Now he has to find a way to cut loose, Laura, Yvette and Vanessa. A threesome with two of the finest women in Atlanta. Forget the fact that he’s married, or that the two willing women are his estranged sister-in-law and his wife’s best friend. Vernon’s just out to get his.


Click for more detail about Girls from Da Hood by Nikki Turner Girls from Da Hood

by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (Sep 01, 2006)
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Girls From Da Hood 2 is the story of Helena, Storm and Keyshawn, three very different young ladies living in Marcy projects who are linked together by one man.


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MadameK Girls From Da Hood 3

by Mark Anthony, KaShamba Williams, and MadameK
Urban Books (Apr 01, 2007)
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Unique is a drug dealer’s girlfriend. All she does is shop and spend his money. Nina Thomas is a recent college graduate who’s put her life on hold to rekindle a relationship with her first boyfriend. Anyeh has a plan to bring down the great Diablo James using her feminine wiles. Unfortunately, she’s fallen for him herself.


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by Ava Bleu
Urban Christian (Aug 26, 2014)
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African King Taka Olufemi has traveled over four hundred years to find the woman who holds the soul of his murdered queen and he’s a little cranky.   With a ruby brooch as his vessel, the former king is forced to grant wishes to ungrateful mortals hoping to one day find, and win, the heart of his lost love.  

But it will take more than good looks  and an impressive pedigree to earn the love of Violet Jackson.   The ambitious interior designer doesn’t remember Taka or their history.   Love—with its inevitable heartbreak chaser—has no place in Violet’s immediate life plan.   All the handsome “genie” can do for her is pony up on the three wishes he’s promised and try not to be a pain while he’s at it.

 

While the arrogant king is praying for his submissive queen and the faithless object of his affection isn’t praying at all, guardian angel, Aniweto, is praying for them both.   With Ani’s help, Taka and Violet’s epic love will be rekindled and this royal couple-behaving-badly will finally earn their happily-ever-after through the grace of the Almighty.


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by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Sep 01, 2009)
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"Monroe is a masterful storyteller." —Philadelphia Inquirer 

There are some things even forever friends can’t fix. . .

Annette Goode Davis is a survivor. Life has often knocked her down, but she’s never stayed there for long. To Annette, it’s all about family and old friends like Rhoda O’Toole. And right now, Annette needs all the friends she can get. Because lately, her husband, Pee Wee, barely has the time of day for her. And she has no idea why. . .

Desperate to regain Pee Wee’s affections, Annette goes on a crash diet, gets a makeover, and looks hotter than she has in a long time. Everyone notices—except Pee Wee. So when handsome Louis Baines showers her with attention, Annette finds herself having an affair and spending money on Louis like there’s no tomorrow. But when she learns a terrible secret about her new lover, she realizes she’s in way over her head. Soon Annette must face the fact that she may have destroyed the life she loved—and this time, not even Rhoda can help her make things right. . .

"A fast-paced, sexy, tense story that will make readers think twice before getting tangled up in an affair." —Booklist

"Monroe’s never better than when she’s writing about Annette and Rhoda. . .who are always getting in trouble." —Publishers Weekly

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by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Jan 29, 2013)
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In the sparkling conclusion to Mary Monroe’s bestselling God series, two forever friends face their biggest betrayals yet and learn that putting your trust in the wrong hands can change your life forever. . .

These days, Annette Goode Davis has a full plate—literally and figuratively. Although she’s trying to reconcile with her husband, Pee Wee, she’s still seeing other men on the side. A woman’s got to cover her bases, right? With her love life hopping, Annette should be pleased as punch. Instead, the stress has her eating everything in sight and packing on the pounds.

Meanwhile, Annette’s best friend, Rhoda O’Toole, has her hands full dealing with her wild child daughter, Jade. When Jade’s antics almost cost Rhoda her man, Rhoda throws her out. But Jade soon finds a way to make Rhoda regret her choice. . .

Annette thanks her lucky stars that her daughter, Charlotte, has her head on straight. And she’s doubly blessed to have a strait-laced neighbor look after Charlotte when she’s caught up in Pee Wee and Rhoda’s problems. But when Annette’s world is rocked by a terrible revelation, she’ll discover that appearances can be very, very deceiving—and she’ll have to summon every ounce of strength to protect the ones she loves.

"Monroe is a masterful storyteller." —Philadelphia Inquirer


Click for more detail about God Don’t Play by Mary Monroe God Don’t Play

by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Apr 01, 2010)
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From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes the story of two lifelong friends, their secrets and lies, and the new challenge that may divide them once and for all. . .

With a lovely home and family, Annette Goode finally has it all. Heaven knows she paid her dues—from an abusive childhood to a rocky start as an adult. Annette’s friend Rhoda knows too, for Rhoda has been both her savior and her greatest fear. Their relationship has survived some serious shake-ups. But now that things are good, someone apparently thinks they’re a little too good. . .

When Annette receives an anonymous—and menacing—birthday gift, it’s just the beginning of a slew of hostile letters, vicious phone calls, and vile packages from a female who is obviously disguising her voice. Comforted by Rhoda and Rhoda’s teenage daughter, Jade, Annette hopes the problem will somehow disappear. But when the threats extend to her child, Annette realizes the situation is dire. For soon her tormentor reveals exactly what she wants—and how it could destroy everything Annette has built. . .

Praise for Mary Monroe

"Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston." —Publishers Weekly

"Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town." —Rapport


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by Mary Monroe
Kensington (Oct 23, 2000)
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Set in Ohio during the 50's, 60's and 70's, this richly-drawn coming-of-age tale is about a sexually abused young black woman and the beautiful and diabolical best friend who comes to her rescue. Resonating with clear-eyed wit and uncompromising honesty, it is a tale of endurance, hope and triumph, full of laughter and pure enjoyment.

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by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Jun 01, 2012)
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In the sparkling conclusion to Mary Monroe's bestselling God series, two forever friends face their biggest betrayals yet and learn that putting your trust in the wrong hands can change your life forever. . .

These days, Annette Goode Davis has a full plate--literally and figuratively. Although she's trying to reconcile with her husband, Pee Wee, she's still seeing other men on the side. A woman's got to cover her bases, right? With her love life hopping, Annette should be pleased as punch. Instead, the stress has her eating everything in sight and packing on the pounds.

Meanwhile, Annette's best friend, Rhoda O'Toole, has her hands full dealing with her wild child daughter, Jade. When Jade's antics almost cost Rhoda her man, Rhoda throws her out. But Jade soon finds a way to make Rhoda regret her choice. . .

Annette thanks her lucky stars that her daughter, Charlotte, has her head on straight. And she's doubly blessed to have a strait-laced neighbor look after Charlotte when she's caught up in Pee Wee and Rhoda's problems. But when Annette's world is rocked by a terrible revelation, she'll discover that appearances can be very, very deceiving--and she'll have to summon every ounce of strength to protect the ones she loves.


Click for more detail about Gonna Lay Down My Burdens by Mary Monroe Gonna Lay Down My Burdens

by Mary Monroe
Kensington (Sep 01, 2002)
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Bestselling author Mary Monroe won rave reviews from critics and readers alike with her first two novels, God Don’t Like Ugly and The Upper Room, both Main Selections of the Black Expressions Book Club. Now she returns with the masterful Gonna Lay Down My Burdens—that rare novel that inspires laughter, tears, and repeat readings.

In the sweltering little town of Belle Helene, Alabama, Carmen Taylor keeps her weaknesses, her frustrations, and her tears to herself. She’s too busy shouldering the burdens of her troubled friends, like Desiree Lucienne, the petite, pampered daughter of a doctor who tries to beat the wildness out of her. But it doesn’t stop Desiree from trawling for men whenever she can, and trying to drag Carmen along with her.

It’s not that Carmen hasn’t had her share of boozy pick-ups. She has, but they just can’t compare to the one steamy night she spent with the man she’s loved since they were both kids. Now a local cop, Chester Sheffield, with his Barry White voice and his all-too-fine body, keeps showing up in Carmen’s life, wanting to do something about the feelings they obviously have for each other. But that would mean abandoning her "boyfriend" Burl Tupper and that’s something Carmen just can’t do.

Ever since Burl ended up in a wheelchair because of a foolish teenage prank she played on him, Carmen’s promised herself that she’d spend the rest of her life making it up to him. When Carmen doesn’t take her chance with Chester, Desiree does, and when she learns that she’s pregnant with Chester’s child, it’s almost more than Carmen can bear. Still, her loyalty to Desiree goes back a long way, and she’s not about to let a man get in the way of their friendship—even when Desiree starts stepping out on Chester.

Then, on a sultry, reckless moonlit night, Carmen commits a desperate crime of passion, and, with Desiree, hits the road running. But she can’t run from the truth she’s avoided for years—and in a seedy hotel in the middle of nowhere, she confronts her demons head-on. Now Carmen has two choices—a life on the lam, or a full circle return to Belle Helene, the place where it all began. . .and the only place in the world she can lay down her burdens and seize her one true chance at love and redemption.

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by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Dec 01, 2009)
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Vanessa is a superb storyteller. —ReShonda Tate Billingsley

A Blessed Trinity Novel

As Pastor George Landris welcomes a new member to the Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center, jealousy begins to shake up the congregation. . ..

Gabrielle Mercedes has dreamed of being a dancer since she was a little girl. But her life takes a very different turn, and it’s not the future she’d envisioned for herself. Feeling a void she can’t fill, she finds the salvation she’s been seeking in church and decides to start anew. Learning that her church has a dance ministry, she’s thrilled to have her first love back in her life. Then she meets the handsome and professionally accomplished Zachary Wayne Morgan, and finally everything seems to be falling into place—until a past secret threatens to tear it all apart, and her newfound faith is put to the ultimate test. . .

Praise For Vanessa Davis Griggs

"I absolutely love Vanessa’s unique writing style. She is one of a kind." —Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author

"Will make you laugh, cry, shout, and praise God. Goodness and Mercy was a true page-turner and will make you want more and more." —Urban Reviews


Click for more detail about Got A Man by Daaimah S. Poole Got A Man

by Daaimah S. Poole
Kensington (Jul 01, 2003)
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Daaimah S. Poole, bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Yo Yo Love, is back with another wildly entertaining tale of colliding hearts and hard truths about the bumpybut never boringroad to love. . .

Got A Man

Twenty-six-year-old Kimberly Vanessa Brown is no ordinary single mom. Pregnant with her second child, she’s got a career, a college degreeand enough common sense to know that her boyfriend, Malik, may not be ready for fatherhood. But when Malik surprises her with a marriage proposal, it seems that Kim’s got her man for the long haul. Or does she?

Despite his honorable intentions, Malik can’t seem to stay clear of other women. When Shonda Robinson, the shapely new receptionist at the law firm where Malik works as a paralegal, comes on strong to him, his resolve finally crumbles, along with his heartand his future plans.

Shonda may not be the most moralor discreetperson around, but she knows a good thing when she’s got it. That good thing is her love for Malik, and she intends to keep it at all costs. Unfortunately, she’s not the only who feels that way. What follows is an emotional roller coaster ride of changing plans, changing partnersand a surprising change of heartas three people wrestle with what’s right, what’s wrongand what’s real.


Click for more detail about Grand Opening: A Family Business Novel by Carl Weber and Eric Pete Grand Opening: A Family Business Novel

by Carl Weber and Eric Pete
Urban Books (Aug 25, 2015)
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Before there was the family, there was just the business.

From the minds of New York Times bestselling authors Carl Weber and Eric Pete comes the game-changing prequel to their blockbuster Family Business saga. Travel back to a small Southern town where, before there was Duncan Motors, there were the Duncan brothers: Louis, aka Sweet Lou, a lover of ladies and life . . . and a man you did not want to cross; Lawrence, aka Larry, a screw-up as attracted to trouble as it was to him; and Lavernius, better known as LC, the soft-spoken college boy who simply wanted to sell cars.

But the Duncan brothers weren’t alone at the crossroads. There was also the mysterious and seductive Chippy, a woman who saw a way out of her circumstances and dared to take it.

Witness what changed the course of their lives when ambitions intersected with opportunity that came calling one day in the form of a man named Alejandro Zuniga. Welcome to the familiar, but as you’ve never seen it before.


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by Percy Master P Miller
Urban Books (Sep 01, 2007)
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Click for more detail about Guilty As Sin by Cole Riley Guilty As Sin

by Cole Riley
Urban Books (Mar 01, 2007)
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On a spring afternoon, three black men and two women rob a bank in the Bronx. When their plan goes awry, the gang escapes into the street and steals a woman’s car at gunpoint. Their plan is to hide out in her suburban home until the heat is off, but events take an unexpected turn.


Click for more detail about Gunz and Roses by Keisha Ervin Gunz and Roses

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Apr 01, 2011)
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Urban fiction diva Keisha Ervin is back with Gunz and Roses, her latest story of street love.
Time stands still as up and coming fashion editor Gray Rose watches the man of her dreams walk into the club.
The last thing St. Louis kingpin Gunz Marciano wants is to become attached to one woman—until he spots Gray.
After one night of erotic passion, Gunz and Gray embark on a tumultuous journey. When their obsessive love becomes too much and Gunz wants out, Gray is ready to let him go. Then she learns the identity of his new woman, and things get complicated.
Gunz and Roses is a sensational, passionate drama filled with an intense mix of suspense, lies, and murder.


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by Amaleka McCall
Dafina (Dec 03, 2013)
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Can the daughter of a notorious drug kingpin be just as bold and bad as her daddy was? Candice Hardaway is about to find out in this exciting street tale! When Candy arrives home from school to find her entire family murdered, she turns to the only one she trusts, her uncle, Joseph "Rock" Barton. Rock's a reclusive hitman and "cleaner" who's been in service to Candy's father for years. He takes her in, and together they vow to avenge the murders. When she turns eighteen, her plans go into effect as she knocks off all her father's enemies, one by one, going up against some of the most dangerous killers in the game. But has she put her trust in the right hands? Or is she destined to face the same grisly fate as the rest of her family?


Click for more detail about Harlem Confidential by Cole Riley Harlem Confidential

by Cole Riley
Urban Books (Dec 01, 2007)
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Roy "Cootie" Hodges, an Old School pimp and thug, has served 10 years out of a 15-year sentence for the murder of a drug dealer. In the Hood, all of the young pimps remembered him: "The Baron." He was known for his style, elegance, street wisdom and the decent treatment of his women. Once released, Cootie re-establishes old ties and friendships by going back to the old neighborhood, hanging out at the old bars and lounges, number spots, jazz clubs, and gambling parlors. One of the young, dynamic pimps, Silky knows a good thing when he sees it. Cootie tells Silky about his missing daughter, her time with the freakish pimp and the action in the hot sheet hotels and the four stars. Silky runs with Cootie past all of the major strolls in the city in seach of Cootie’s daughter.


Click for more detail about Have You Met Nora? by Nicole Blades Have You Met Nora?

by Nicole Blades
Dafina (Oct 31, 2017)
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She’s blossomed from wealthy surgeon’s beautiful daughter to elegant socialite to being the top fashion stylist in the country. And Nora Mackenzie is only days away from marrying into one of New York’s richest, most powerful families. But her fairy tale rise is rooted in an incredible deception—one scandal away from turning her perfect world to ashes . . .

What no one knows is that Nora is the biracial daughter of a Caribbean woman and a long-gone white father. Adopted—and abused—by her mother’s employer, then sent to an exclusive boarding school to buy her silence, Nora found that “passing” as a white woman could give her everything she never had. Every golden opportunity she seized and every deception she worked kept that powerless, forgotten girl forever in the past.

Now, an ex-classmate who Nora betrayed many years ago has returned to her life to even the score. She’s a woman who won’t be bought off, reasoned against, or pleaded with. Her machinations are turning Nora’s privilege into one gilded trap after another. Running out of choices, Nora must decide how far she will go to protect a lie or give up and finally face the truth.Praise for Nicole Blades and The Thunder Beneath Us
 
“Blades layers her narrative with twists, snap decisions, and deep introspection, building a story that feels realistic and human.” —Publishers Weekly

“Blades has crafted a fast-paced, immersive story of reinvention, hard-won confidence, and the power of self-acceptance.” —Booklist

“Passionate, gripping, and haunting, Nicole Blades’ second book is a riveting tale of shame, guilt, and absolution. It’s about a woman who has run so far from her past that she doesn’t know who she is anymore.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


Click for more detail about Havoc After Dark: Tales of Terror by Robert Fleming Havoc After Dark: Tales of Terror

by Robert Fleming
Kensington (Mar 01, 2004)
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Click for more detail about He’s Just A Friend by Mary B. Morrison He’s Just A Friend

by Mary B. Morrison
Kensington (Jun 01, 2004)
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An Essence® Bestseller
A Black Expressions Book Club Selection In Soul Mates Dissipate, her sizzling national bestseller, and its smoking sequel, Never Again Once More, Mary B. Morrison blazed a new trail in African-American erotic fiction. Here, in her all-new novel, her sassy, unstoppable heroine vows to marry money and status. The problem is that the lover who comes with them refuses to make a commitment.


Click for more detail about Heaven Forbid (Hallelujah Love) by Lutishia Lovely Heaven Forbid (Hallelujah Love)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Dec 03, 2013)
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A Hallelujah Love Novel

Still reeling from their pastor’s sex scandal, the members of Gospel Truth Church need someone who can restore order. Enter Reverend Doctor Pastor Bishop Overseer Mister Stanley Obadiah Meshach Brook, Jr., who quickly sets up a code of ethics so strict even Jesus might not pass muster! But when the new rules send much of the flock fleeing, Reverend Doctor O turns to Reverend Stanley Lee and his wife, Passion, to lead a revival. But as far as Passion is concerned, the church isn’t the only thing that needs reviving. . .

"Vibrant characters, artful storytelling, and an original voice." —Donna Hill


Click for more detail about Her Secret Life by Tiffany Warren Her Secret Life

by Tiffany Warren
Dafina (Apr 25, 2017)
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“When I read a Tiffany L. Warren novel I know I’m going to get two things—a riveting story and a faith boost!” –ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Scarred by poverty and life with a crackhead mother, Onika Lewis had a rough start. Still, thanks to her sharp mind, and hard work, she graduated with honors from a prestigious college. But her achievements weren’t enough to earn her the elite status she craved. So she leveraged her gorgeous looks to become a rich man’s trophy…and was eventually dumped her for a younger model. Now Onika is unemployed, broke—and homeless. She’s making a fresh start through a unique women’s shelter, but when she meets Graham, a kind-hearted commuter with whom she has an instant connection, she can’t bring herself to tell him her secret…

Suddenly Onika has someone who cares about who she is beyond her looks. Graham’s unselfish love gives her the kind of hope she’s never had. But when Onika’s wealthy ex wants her back, she plays one deception too many trying to have it all. Now present lies and past secrets are tearing her world apart. And Onika will need to educate herself once more—to learn what really matters, find faith, forgiveness—and build a life she truly deserves.

Praise for Tiffany L. Warren’s novels

“Filled with love, betrayal, heartbreak and forgiveness.” —Kimberla Lawson Roby on The Favorite Son

“Highly entertaining. Captivating and compelling. Great book club option.” —USAToday.com on The Replacement Wife

“In a fine blend of suspense and inspirational fiction, Warren spins an entertaining tale about folks misbehaving behind the pulpit in a modern African American church.” —Library Journal on The Pastor’s Husband


Click for more detail about Here And Now by Kimberla Lawson Roby Here And Now

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Kensington (Oct 01, 1998)
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In the tradition of "Waiting to Exhale" comes the poignant story of two strong, intelligent women facing tragedy, surviving loss and terrible sorrow, and ultimately learning that only with each other’s help can they heal the hurt and celebrate the joy in their lives.


Click for more detail about Here And Now by Kimberla Lawson Roby Here And Now

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Kensington (Oct 01, 2001)
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In the tradition of "Waiting to Exhale" comes the poignant story of two strong, intelligent women facing tragedy, surviving loss and terrible sorrow, and ultimately learning that only with each other’s help can they heal the hurt and celebrate the joy in their lives.


Click for more detail about His Last Name by Daaimah S. Poole His Last Name

by Daaimah S. Poole
Dafina (Sep 27, 2016)
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“A voice of her generation.” –Black Issues Book Review From pretty girls to wealthy wifeys, five women snagged the championship ring and the title…   When her husband Damien’s lucrative NFL career ends, Tiffany Holcomb targets hubby number two: Hollywood leading man Warren Michael Joseph. Trouble is, Damien’s not giving up that easily…    Monique Hall is thrilled when her baby boy, Kadir, gets a multimillion-dollar NBA contract. But Monique’s romance with her son’s teammate is a costly foul…   Zakiya Lee’s church community considers her a role model for a successful marriage. Too bad she’ll have to play dirty to get rid of her NBA star husband Jabril’s side chick—again…   Shanice Whitaker has risen from video vixen to top men’s magazine model. Now she wants to get back with the married man she loved and let go. And she’s happy to play the position of Jabril’s main mistress…   To win back custody of her daughter from her vengeful NFL player ex-husband, Adrienne Sheppard has to do someone a shady favor. But it leads her into the arms of actor Warren Michael Joseph—and a secret that could fill her bank account and break her heart….   What’s in a name? For these ladies, just about everything…   “This is one crazy, in-your-face tale of trysts and ludicrous schemes.” —RT Book Reviews on A Rich Man’s Baby


Click for more detail about Hold U Down: Triple Crown Collection (Urban Books) by Keisha Ervin Hold U Down: Triple Crown Collection (Urban Books)

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Aug 25, 2015)
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Robbing men, getting money, and living lavishly is all they know. For Unique, Kiara, Kay Kay, and Zoe, tomorrow isn’t promised, love doesn’t exist, and men ain’t worth a thing. Stealing cars is their hustle, and they are at the top of their game, but jealousy, greed, and envy are lurking in the shadows. Unique lives by the motto “Only the strong shall survive and the weak shall fall,” but the game of love has won her over. Once she decides to leave the only hustle she knows for the man she loves, her drama begins. When loyalty amongst family is questioned and their fate is unanswered, who will hold whom down?


Click for more detail about Holiday Temptation by Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon and K.M. Jackson Holiday Temptation

by Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon and K.M. Jackson
Dafina (Sep 27, 2016)
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’Tis the season to satisfy your holiday desires with this festive trio of sexy stories…   A GIFT OF LOVE Donna Hill Drama professor Traci Long spends her free time at the CoffeeMate café, pursuing her true passion—writing her own plays. Meanwhile, sexy barista Noah Jefferson is doing his best to distract her. But once they get involved, past betrayals make Traci wary. She’s right that Noah is keeping something from her—but it might be something that will make this Christmas as sweet as a rave review—and steamier than her favorite chai latté…   HOLIDAY SPICE Farrah Rochon A Christmas-time tragedy took photographer Miranda Lawson’s holiday spirit with it. Since then, she’s traveled the world, determined to outrun her demons. This year she’s off to Istanbul. But the scenery isn’t the only gorgeous site she spots through her camera lens….Kyle Daniels loves Christmas, but he’s looking for escape too—and soon he and Miranda find it in each other’s arms. Yet their connection doesn’t end there. Maybe staying put isn’t such a bad idea after all—especially when there’s someone to celebrate with…   FROM HERE TO SERENITY K.M. Jackson Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…


Click for more detail about Holy Hustler by P.L. Wilson Holy Hustler

by P.L. Wilson
Urban Books (Jun 01, 2009)
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Reverend Goodlove the Third and his three sons are known for spreading more than just the gospel around the Sweetwater Powerhouse of God. Soon, the Pastor has to get more than just his mega-church in order. There are rumors flying about his sexuality and his second wife can’t seem to gain respect from the church elders who just won’t allow the late Mrs. Goodlove’s memory to rest in peace. His oldest son Damien will have to stop chasing skirts and remember the vows he took before God and his Sweetwater PG family. Reginald, the middle son, will have to quit cooking the books and stop succumbing to the flesh, and baby boy Barry might find his way out of his very peculiar situation. If all of this happens, then maybe, just maybe the Reverend Goodlove can go back to getting his hustle on from the pulpit! But until then, the sanctified drama promises to make us all scream "Hallelujah!"


Click for more detail about Hustlin’ Divas by De’nesha Diamond Hustlin’ Divas

by De’nesha Diamond
Dafina (Nov 01, 2010)
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In the first book of a fierce new series, meet Memphis’ hardest ride or die chicks as they fight along with their infamous men to lock down the Dirty South. Memphis is the crime capital of America, and no one knows that better than the women born and raised in its mean streets. It’s put sisters Ta’Shara and LeShelle on opposite sides of the street game, where blood means nothing and loyalty doesn’t last long. It’s also got Yolanda, an ambitious drug mule, and Melanie, a police detective, caught up with the same man-the notorious hustler Python. These four women think they’ve got the game figured out, but the one man they have in common will have them living double lives and wondering who will come out on top. Forget what you heard about East Coast/West Coast, ’cause real vendettas are born in the Dirty South. "Diamond tells it like it is". -Publishers Weekly


Click for more detail about I Choose To Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City by Salome Thomas-El I Choose To Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City

by Salome Thomas-El
Kensington (Mar 01, 2003)
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The challenges of working in an urban school are not for every teacher. Some get burnt out fast. Some lose sight of why they started teaching to begin with. Some find their calling in other neighborhoods…with other kids. But not Salome Thomas-EL. A teacher at Roberts Vaux Middle School in Philadelphia’s inner city, he chose to stay. Gripping, poignant, and surprisingly honest, this is his blistering real-life tale of mentoring and making a difference—and of how the reformation of America’s educational system can start with just one school. I CHOOSE TO STAY
Salome Thomas-EL Embodying the best qualities of education pioneers Joe Clark and Jaime Escalante, Salome Thomas-EL is a black man dedicated to changing the lives—and dreams—of inner city kids. Born in 1964, one of eight children, Salome grew up in the Philadelphia projects. But identified early as "gifted," he had doors opened to him that are closed to most. In a media-related job, talking with superstars such as Julius Erving and Maurice Cheeks, he was on the fast track to success. But he couldn’t forget his roots, or the children of the inner city. In the late 1980s, he went back into disadvantaged neighborhoods and into the classroom. As teacher, mentor, and in most cases, the only positive male role model in these children’s lives, Salome Thomas-EL would do something extraordinary: he would lead the girls and boys of his school to victory as they competed in three major championships. Chess championships. Reviving the chess club, the Mighty Bishops, Salome taught his pupils to resolve conflict with their minds instead of their fists. They went into regional competitions, to the nationals in Tennessee, and to the U.S. Open in Orlando. Not knowing they were expected to lose, they won. In the years between 1996 and 2000, Mr. Thomas-EL helped scores of other schools begin similar programs. But in the same years, twenty of his students were murdered. Clearly, chess wasn’t enough. Now in this compelling memoir, Salome Thomas-EL tells of what else needed to be done, from implementing the 100-book challenge program, to Saturday tutoring and in-school breakfasts. As his efforts began to have a citywide impact, the offers began pouring in for promotions, for advancement, for his going elsewhere. He chose to stay, and the results are an inspiration to us all. More than just one man’s story, I CHOOSE TO STAY shows concerned Americans everywhere how to make a difference in their schools and communities. Acknowledging problems, banding together to solve them, and seeing the value of mentoring relationships are all lessons to be learned from the life of this extraordinary man, whose struggle and triumph are a model of how to engage students and their creativity…and of how to live.


Click for more detail about I’m Still Wifey by Kiki Swinson I’m Still Wifey

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Jan 01, 2009)
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While Kira’s husband Ricky is behind bars serving federal time, she clings onto the hope that one day she’ll get a taste of sweet revenge for Russ—the nigga who played her! In the mix of all the drama, Kira unintentionally falls for a new ’hood rich cat who has it all. Money, good looks, and yes, a girl back home in Jersey! This time around Kira plans to play by a different set of rules! Although, Ricky is locked down in a Virginia federal prison, it doesn’t stop his reign of terror. He gets wind of everything that went down with Kira and gives her a life altering ultimatum. Nevertheless, Kira refuses to adhere to his demand and Ricky has no choice but to suit up his street team. The question is: How will it end this time?


Click for more detail about I'd Rather Be With You by Mary B. Morrison I’d Rather Be With You

by Mary B. Morrison
Kensington (Feb 25, 2014)
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From New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison comes the sizzling tale of two friends and the provocative bet that forever changes their lives. Now, with their futures up in the air, who will play one vengeful game too many? And who will wish she wasn't left standing?

I'm the wife Madison's husband really deserves. Why won't she let him go? Nursing wealthy businessman Chicago DuBois back to health was the least Loretta Lovelace figured she could do. After all, it was the bet that set off Loretta's stalker—and put Madison's husband at death's door. And with Madison out of the country, Loretta couldn't resist looking after Chicago's interests and reigniting his passion for life—in and out of bed. But now Madison wants to take back what's no longer hers. That's a mistake Loretta plans to make her regret. . .

I've got a fresh chance to start over. But letting Loretta walk away with my old life—that's not going to happen. With a baby on the way and a family empire to save, Madison knows it's past time to make some tough decisions. But for this spoiled beauty, treacherous habits die hard. And the sexy billionaire who just can't get enough of her is the weapon she needs to escape scandal and settle old scores. Too bad her newest play will put her in way over her head. And making things right will mean gambling with everything she wants most . . .


Click for more detail about If I Can't Have You by Mary B. Morrison If I Can’t Have You

by Mary B. Morrison
Dafina (Apr 30, 2013)
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New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison delivers a seductive, mesmerizing tale of "love" gone dangerously wrong.

Granville Washington can't accept Loretta Lovelace's demand that he leave her alone. Sure, Granville knows they're as different as can be. He's a construction worker, ball-and-chained to the Houston grid, while brilliant, beautiful Loretta is a pharmacist with a rich ex who takes care of her. But Granville also knows she can't resist the way he kisses every inch of her just right. After only three weeks, Granville will do anything to make her his. Forever.

No matter how direct Loretta is, Granville doesn't get it. He was fine when it came to burning up the sheets, but that's where their connection ends--or so she thinks. When the stalking begins, Loretta's gorgeous girlfriend, Madison, claims she can tame any man. Loretta, unable to resist the opportunity, dares Madison to prove she can tame Granville. But sexing Granville may cost Madison more than her engagement to the most eligible bachelor in Houston.


Click for more detail about If I Was Your Girl (Ni-Ni Girl Chronicles) by Ni-Ni Simone If I Was Your Girl (Ni-Ni Girl Chronicles)

by Ni-Ni Simone
KTeen (Oct 01, 2008)
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With a bootylicious body like Beyoncé and a face that would put any top model to shame, Toi McKnight has all the cuties coming her way. Who could blame them? She was always rocking the latest fashion trends and hanging at every bangin’ party in the city. But all that came at a price, and now Toi McKnight is the seventeen-year-old mother of a baby boy.

Between bills to pay and adult responsibilities to meet, she’s got zero time for sizzling gossip, chilling with her friends or doing the things she used to. So when unexpected sparks start flying between her and six-foot-two, deliciously fine Harlem, Toi knows she’s got to dead any chance of a relationship fast since he doesn’t date teenage mothers—and she’s vowed to never love again. But every time Toi tries to cut Harlem loose, she falls harder for him. And all the other drama in her life doesn’t help the situation any, especially when her son’s father comes back around. Toi tries to do the right thing, but doing the right thing just may put her on heartbreak express for good.

Introducing teen writing sensation Ni-Ni Simone. With a raw, fresh, and unmistakable voice, she proves herself a force to be reckoned with. Simone lives in New Jersey and is a graduate of Kean University.


Click for more detail about If Memory Serves by Vanessa Davis Griggs If Memory Serves

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Oct 01, 2008)
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Scandalous secrets, impossible choices, and supreme tests of faith combine in this thrilling new novel from bestselling author Vanessa Davis Griggs.


Click for more detail about If There Be Pain by Gloria Mallette If There Be Pain

by Gloria Mallette
Dafina (Dec 01, 2006)
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From acclaimed author Gloria Mallette comes a story of a man living his wildest dreams and confronting his worst nightmares. Kyle Lawson has everything—a beautiful house in Brooklyn, a successful business, and more women than most men encounter in a lifetime. Yet marriage is nowhere on his horizon, despite pressure from his mother and several of his girlfriends. But just when Kyle thinks things couldn’t get any better, his life takes a turn for the worse—a whole lot worse. After the death of his Native American grandfather, Kyle begins experiencing terrifying dreams that leave him in both physical and mental pain. As if the dreams—or nightmares—weren’t bad enough, his mother is pressuring him to stop screwing around, his gay sister wants him to impregnate her life partner, and several of his lovers decide he’s the one. Desperate to regain control of his life, Kyle seeks the advice of a tarot reader, who warns him that danger lies in one of his lovers. Kyle thinks severing all ties with his women will end his problems, but he quickly learns life is not that simple, and if he wants to live, he has to get himself together—or die trying.

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Click for more detail about If You Don't Know Me by Mary B. Morrison If You Don’t Know Me

by Mary B. Morrison
Kensington (Feb 25, 2014)
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A New York Times Bestselling Author This is the story of two women, a sizzling wager, and the fallout that's turned lives upside down. With the only man they've ever wanted at stake, who will go one step too far to claim him? Sindy Singleton isn't about to lose Chicago DuBois to Madison again. Enlisting the help of Chicago's worst enemy is the fastest way she knows to expose Madison's most brazen deception yet. But Madison has more than one devastating card to play . . .


Click for more detail about If Your Wife Only Knew (Love & Revenge) by Cydney Rax If Your Wife Only Knew (Love & Revenge)

by Cydney Rax
Dafina (Dec 29, 2015)
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In this scandal-filled new series, Cydney Rax delivers a sexy tale of a doubting wife, a seductive challenge, and explosive consequences no one will ever see coming. . .

Something’s wrong with her perfect marriage, but Kiara Eason isn’t sure what. Her ambitious husband, Rashad, is the last person who’d ever cheat—and she never imagined she’d stray. Still, why is she confiding so much in her handsome co-worker, Eddison? And why is she wondering what would happen if she put her marriage to the ultimate test—secretly setting Rashad up with a younger woman to see if he’s tempted?…

When Kiara decides to test Rashad for real, her world turns upside down. Not only does he take the bait—it turns out he’s had a mistress on the side for years. Now, betrayed and furious, Kiara will take all the sizzling erotic satisfaction Eddison can give—and forever flip the script on Rashad’s infidelity. But secrets cut both ways, and Kiara soon finds that the only road to winning this game could lead to losing it all. . .


Click for more detail about In A Cold Sweat by Roy Glenn In A Cold Sweat

by Roy Glenn
Urban Books (Apr 01, 2008)
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Roy Glenn, the master or urban suspense, returns with his latest installment in the Mike Black saga. In this fast-paced, action-filled novel, we find underworld figure Mike Black still grieving after the brutal murder of his wife, Shy. Haunted by the fact that the people behind her death are still breathing, Black vows to find those responsible and deal with them accordingly. Can Black exact revenge and still be a father to his infant daughter? Can he keep her safe from the men who want to do to her - and to him - what they did to her mother?


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by Roy Glenn
Urban Books (Apr 01, 2010)
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In this latest installment in the Mike Black Saga, underworld kingpin Mike Black, still grieving over the brutal murder of his wife, must choose between destroying the people responsible for her death and being a father to his infant daughter. Original.


Click for more detail about In Her Mother’s Shadow by Faye Thompson In Her Mother’s Shadow

by Faye Thompson
Urban Books (Jun 01, 2006)
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Nurtured by an overly protective mother all of her life, the beautiful and naïve Bronze Sutton lands in the arms of Julian Mitchell, a fine, honey-colored charmer she develops a sweet tooth for, not knowing that he has a pinch of sugar in his tank. Bronze’s best friend, Angela Sommers, introduces her to the very eligible Brandon Wilde, unaware of his connection to Julian Mitchell. Bronze and Brandon become quite a twosome, and Bronze is confident that she has found Mr. Right. Convinced that no man can resist her, Bria Moore, Brandon’s ex-girlfriend, waltzes into town to win back her man. When news of Bronze and Brandon’s engagement reaches her, a scorned Bria, the niece of an Atlanta Congressman, vows to breakup the cozy couple once and for all. Set in the fictitious town of Middle Heights, Ohio, In Her Mother’s Shadow unravels a web of political deceit that threatens to tear Bronze and her mother, Stephanie Sutton apart. Ultimately, it’s the story of devotion and deception and a mother and daughter who share far more than either could ever imagine.


Click for more detail about Infidelity (Urban Soul) (Urban Soul Presents) by Pat Tucker Infidelity (Urban Soul) (Urban Soul Presents)

by Pat Tucker
Urban Soul (Jan 01, 2007)
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A chance encounter reunites former college sweethearts Clarke Hudson and Persha Townsend after a ten year separation. In the past, their relationship was a turbulent mix of passion and raw lust. To Persha s dismay, Clarke is now married, but that doesn t stop the two from beginning a torrid affair. Soon, Persha is so caught up in everything Clarke; she becomes obsessed with luring him away from his unsuspecting wife. When an unforeseeable disaster forces Persha out of her condo, Clarke cooks up a deliberate scheme to move Persha into his house…the very house he shares with his wife Kelsa. Their sinful betrayal erupts into an unimaginable series of events. What would you do to the person responsible for invading your happy home? When Kelsa Hudson faces this emotional dilemma she fights back. Infidelity is drama-packed, sexy tale about how being unfaithful lands a group of cheaters in court.


Click for more detail about Inner City Hoodlum by Donald Goines Inner City Hoodlum

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Aug 01, 1992)
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Johnny Washington, a black teenager in Los Angeles, knows the freight yard like the back of his hand. He and his pals, Josh and Buddy, hit them often, stealing for a fence. They have to. They’re the soul support of their families. But when Josh is killed by a security guard (who gets his brains scattered by Buddy with nunchaku sticks), they are forced to look for other work. They find it with the underworld kings in Elliot Davis. But when Davis recruits Johnny’s sister for his stabke and later OD’s her, Johnny and Buddy come on with a vengeance.


Click for more detail about Introduction to African Civilizations by John G. Jackson Introduction to African Civilizations

by John G. Jackson
Citadel Press (Jan 01, 2001)
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This is a unique and pioneering survey of the ancient and contemporary (1937) African world. Huggins views Africa and African accomplishments from a decidedly African-centered perspective. A strong supporter of Ethiopia and its fight against fascism, Huggins devotes a detailed chapter to Ethiopian history and the war with Italy. Huggins successfully wrote this book for students, independent study groups, and the general reader. This edition is not to be confused with John G. Jackson s later book which has the same title. Huggins was one of Jackson s mentors. Comparing the two books one can see how Jackson was influenced by Huggins, a seldom-noted member of the Harlem historians. With the republication of the original Introduction to African Civilizations, readers now have access to Willis N. Huggins his ability as an historian, his dedication as an activist, and to one of the more important works produced by a Black self-trained historian.


Click for more detail about Is It a Crime: A Street Saga by Roy Glenn Is It a Crime: A Street Saga

by Roy Glenn
Urban Books (Dec 01, 2003)
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A different type of love story, by roy glenn. An exciting blend of romance, mystery and danger, Is it a Crime combines these powerful elements into an explosive tale of love on the edge. Is it a Crime tells the story of Mike Black, whose violent rise to power earned him the name Vicious Black. Although he has everything he ever wanted, none of it seems to matter. He becomes enchanted with Cassandra Sims, a beautiful woman involved in the drug business. When an attempt is made on her life, Mike rescues her and becomes her protector. On the trail of her attacker, their relationship develops with an intriguing journey through Washington DC, Miami Beach and the Bahamas in the backdrop. The pursuit leads them back to New York City where all the pieces to the puzzle come together.


Click for more detail about It’s A Thin Line by Kimberla Lawson Roby It’s A Thin Line

by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Kensington (Oct 01, 2003)
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When Kimberla Lawson Roby burst onto the literary scene, her fresh, wise, and witty voice grabbed the attention of readers and critics everywhere. Now, with three Blackboard bestsellers to her credit, including the #1 Casting the First Stone, she is back with her most absorbing work yet——IT’S A THIN LINE. Sydney, Gina, and Rick are siblings who have always shared a special bond, and yet their lives are as different as can be. Responsible eldest sister Sydney has everything she’s ever wanted-a sexy husband, an adorable daughter, and fulfilling work. But, little by little, the demands of her writing career have mounted, leaving her little time or energy for family life. Meanwhile proud middle sister Gina is struggling to raise her eight-year-old twins-and protect them from the increasing fury of their volatile father. Impulsive brother Rick, the baby of the family, is living the high life-dodging commitment with his longtime girlfriend and wondering if the grass is greener somewhere else. When their beloved mother Delores suffers a debilitating stroke, all three suddenly find the tenuous threads of their individual lives at a breaking point. A dark childhood secret threatens Sydney’s secure world; Gina is swept into a maelstrom of domestic violence; and Rick comes to a dramatic crossroads in his relationship with his girlfriend. Worst of all, the burden of caring for a parent is tearing the siblings apart, shattering their faith in one another. Now, as Sydney, Gina, and Rick struggle to overcome daunting obstacles and rebuild their lives, they will discover something they’ve never let themselves believe: that their most stable-and most cherished-relationships have always been with each other. Once again, Kimberla Lawson Roby has woven a compelling saga that could come only from a genuine storyteller. Alternating between moments of poignancy and humor; filled with complex and recognizable characters, IT’S A THIN LINE is sure to delight her faithful readers, and win countless new fans.

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by Jim Brown
Zebra (Sep 01, 1989)
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Click for more detail about Just Can’t Let Go by Mary B. Morrison Just Can’t Let Go

by Mary B. Morrison
Dafina (Jun 27, 2017)
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New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison delivers an explosive second novel about the unforgettable Crystal women, a family battling to stay together as desire, deception, and ever-elusive   happiness threaten to tear them apart…

Too much is never, ever enough for Alexis Crystal. She’s playing a dangerous game, but she’s finally close to getting 24/7 sizzling satisfaction. With a ring on her finger from James Wilcox and the woman she loves firmly between her sheets, no one can match Alexis when it comes to scheming. And her duplicity just makes her better at helping her siblings get revenge on the lovers who are doing them wrong…

Devereaux Crystal just about has it all. Producer of TV’s hottest new show, she’s engaged to entrepreneur Phoenix and will do anything for their adorable two-year-old, Nya. She and Phoenix have always set it off in the bedroom, but lately Devereaux is starting to question whether Phoenix will ever make his own success, much less set a wedding date. Soon, his seductive excuses and tantalizing evasion finally lead her to an unthinkable truth: Ebony, the fiery star of Devereaux’s series, is keeping Phoenix primed, hot, and at her beck and call. But Devereaux is holding all the cards—and she plans to use them to exact the sweetest revenge…

With the help of her sisters, Devereaux sets out to blow up Phoenix’s house of lies. But the explosion ignites its own chain of devastating consequences. Because no one should mess with the Crystal women without expecting some fierce payback…


Click for more detail about Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies by Trice Hickman Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies

by Trice Hickman
Dafina (Feb 01, 2012)
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What would you do if the secret you were keeping
could set you free, yet ultimately devastate the ones you love?….

After six years of marriage, Victoria and Ted are the ultimate power couple. She’s a beautiful, business savvy sister who owns one of Atlanta’s most sought after event planning companies. He’s a powerful, blue-eyed CEO who knows how to take care of business in and out of the boardroom. But their seemingly happy life begins to unravel in the blink of an eye when long held desires and decades old secrets come back to haunt them.

Victoria’s road to deceit begins when Parker Brightwood re-enters her life. She thought she’d gotten over the brazenly handsome surgeon who once stole her heart, but an unusual set of circumstances ushers the ebony prince back on the scene, and this time he’s determined to win her back at any cost. Ted’s undoing begins with his mother’s sudden death and a mysterious secret that leads to unexpected places. When the truth is finally revealed, it’s a realization so shocking, it threatens the life and marriage he holds so dear.

As Victoria and Ted journey down a road filled with uncertainty, they’re forced to take a hard, honest look at themselves and confront their hidden fears. Can they repair the damage before it’s too late, or will they follow a path headed toward destruction?


Click for more detail about Kenyatta’s Escape (Holloway House Classics) by Donald Goines Kenyatta’s Escape (Holloway House Classics)

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Apr 30, 2013)
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Kenyatta had two ambitions: cleaning the ghetto of all drug traffic and gunning down all the racist white cops! But a black and white detective team, Benson and Ryan, is on his tail and has discovered the location of his army’s camp. Armed with tanks, they bring a bloody doomsday to his followers. In Kenyatta’s Escape, Gionse continues his story of the bloody, brutal world of crime he began in Crime Pathners and Death List. They’re all back for a coast to coast chase that spells gripping adventure.


Click for more detail about Kenyatta’s Last Hit by Donald Goines Kenyatta’s Last Hit

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Jan 01, 1998)
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Kenyatta, the living black legend, concentrates his army’s rutheless forces to rid the black community of rampant drug traffic. With the help of Elliot Stone, a black football star and latest recruit to the army, Kenyatta discovers the identity of the fat cat king of the drug pushers. The crack black and white detective team of Benson and Ryan follows Kenyatta’s trail of blood across the country…and a final confrontation high atop of Laa Vegas; most glittering hotels.


Click for more detail about Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Urban Books) by Ashley and JaQuavis Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Urban Books)

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Apr 01, 2012)
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When a set-up goes wrong and Six finds herself sleeping with the enemy, who will she choose, the man she loves, or the man she’s supposed to hate? Detroit hustlers Free and Six have been together seven years, but their relationship has been nothing but drama. Free hasn’t been faithful and Six has taken out her hurt by physically hurting the other women. Free ends up in jail for three years, and when he’s sprung, he’s not happy to learn that Six has been living the high-life on his dime and blown through $100,000! Then Six gets entangled in one of Free’s schemes and finds herself in a role almost too good to be true—posing as the woman of another man who actually treats her with respect. Though you can bet there won’t be a "happily ever after" for anyone involved. . ..


Click for more detail about Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day by Maitefa Angaza Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day

by Maitefa Angaza
Dafina (Oct 01, 2007)
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Kwanzaa is a joyful winter holiday observed by over 20 million people of African descent. This guide provides everything readers need to make their own Kwanzaa celebrations meaningful and enjoyable for family and friends.

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Click for more detail about Latter Rain (Urban Books) by Vanessa Miller Latter Rain (Urban Books)

by Vanessa Miller
Urban Christian (Feb 01, 2012)
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Hustling wasn’t easy, but Isaac did his best. He ruled the underworld like a predator – a self made CEO of the streets. But one woman dared to show him a better way. Her way changed all the rules. Now, all Isaac wants is to live for God and win back his baby’s mama, Nina Lewis. But when the past catches up with Isaac, and tragedy creeps in his back door—all bets are off.
Can a hustler change his ways or will tragedy cause Isaac to turn back to his former condition?


Click for more detail about Led Astray (Urban Soul Presents) by Pat Tucker Led Astray (Urban Soul Presents)

by Pat Tucker
Urban Soul (Aug 01, 2007)
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When a reformed party girl is forced to choose between the life she once knew and the one she never bargained for as a wife, she risks losing the one man who believes in her. Original.


Click for more detail about Lessons From A Younger Lover by Zuri Day Lessons From A Younger Lover

by Zuri Day
Dafina (Mar 01, 2010)
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Zuri Day cranks up the heat with an explosively sexy tale about a woman who’s about to get a crash course in lust. . .

First grade teacher Gwen Smith was happily married—until her husband got himself a twenty-something mistress and filed for divorce. Now just months away from turning forty-one, Gwen is back in her tiny California hometown, caring for her ailing mother, convinced her life is over. Then she meets Ransom Blake.

Ransom is a twenty-six-year-old hunk who pushes every one of Gwen’s buttons. Gwen has no intention of getting involved with a younger man, but he won’t take no for an answer. So when he shows up at her classroom unannounced, Gwen can’t help but tell him off—and then she realizes he’s come for his daughter. But Ransom isn’t shy about letting Gwen know how she can make it up to him. And if he gets his way, Gwen will lose all her inhibitions—and her heart. . .


"An exciting read. Zuri Day does a fantastic job. . ."
—Urban Reviews on Lies Lovers Tell


Click for more detail about Life After Wifey by Kiki Swinson Life After Wifey

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Mar 01, 2009)
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Nikki, is in possession of a lot of chilling information that could not only shed light on some unanswered questions, but could also put a lot of dangerous people behind bars for life — including her new boyfriend, Syncere, from New Jersey. Well aware that she is sleeping with the enemy, Nikki knows she must step up her game and take some precautionary measures to protect herself if she plans to seek out Kira shooter. What better place to start on her journey than with the man she shares her bed with? In Life After Wifey, Nikki is going to put herself in some very compromising situations but through it all, she knows that she must never implicate herself and Kira in the plans that ended Ricky and Russell lives. Nikki must suit up with everything Kira has ever taught her about the streets and then prepare for the worst.


Click for more detail about Lights, Love & Lip Gloss (Hollywood High) by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams Lights, Love & Lip Gloss (Hollywood High)

by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams
KTeen (Dec 30, 2014)
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Pretty little lies gone viral have left Hollywood High’s elite Pampered Princesses reeling. Now their secrets are in 24/7 overdrive—and only one diva can be victorious. . .

Finally, London Phillips is defying her domineering mother and taking control of her life. But she’s striking back with a weapon that could destroy her future—and her last chance at real love. . .

Two too many cuties have left Rich Montgomery desperate for the perfect cover-up—but when her house of lies comes tumbling down, things get pretty twisted and her fate is left in the hands of her most vengeful frenemy. . .

Heather Cummings is more successful than ever thanks to an amazing comeback—and the ultimate Hollywood betrayal. But old habits die hard and threaten to turn her glittering success to sparkling ash. . .

There’s no one better than Spencer Ellington when it comes to revenge. But stopping her inheritance-stealing mother and saving her crown turns into an all-access media battle. Now Hollywood High’s in-crowd is poised for oh-so-sweet payback . . .

"The girls and the secondary characters of Hollywood High are never shy of drama." —APOOO Book Club


Click for more detail about Little Black Girl Lost 6: The Return of Johnnie Wise (Urban Books) by Keith Lee Johnson Little Black Girl Lost 6: The Return of Johnnie Wise (Urban Books)

by Keith Lee Johnson
Urban Books (Jan 01, 2012)
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Click for more detail about Lookin’ For Luv by Carl Weber Lookin’ For Luv

by Carl Weber
Kensington (Sep 01, 2000)
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A Man’s World Novel

Can four guys find love in New York City?

Kevin left behind a chance at the NBA to coach delinquents, but his toughest assignment is finding a girl who won’t make his mama’s church group fall into praying mode. . .A teacher and a poet, Antoine can make a sister feel beautiful—or want to beat him with a blow dryer. . .Tyrone has talent, attitude, and a crush on his boss’s wife. . .And Maurice is all that, if that means rude, arrogant, and dishonest.

Kevin’s got the looks. Antoine’s got heart and soul. Tyrone’s got the skills. And Maurice has player moves. They got it all, except for the one thing that matters most—the love of a good woman. What they find when they try a dating service is a riotous trip through religious freaks, hootchie mamas, chicken heads, gold diggers, and some serious Brides of Funkenstein. One thing’s for certain—when you play the game of love, you’ve got to be ready for anything.

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Click for more detail about Looking for Trouble by Trice Hickman Looking for Trouble

by Trice Hickman
Dafina (Oct 29, 2013)
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John Small may be a successful Wall Street banker, but at heart he's a country boy from sleepy Nedine, South Carolina. John wants to open Nedine’s first black-owned bank. But big dreams can bring big problems—and John’s uppity New York City girlfriend is just the beginning. He’s about to learn some hard truths about money, power, love, and loyalty. And when his future and his family's legacy are in danger, help will come from where he least expects it... Alexandria Thornton is a hard-working corporate attorney by day, but she’s passionately pursuing her dream as a spoken word artist by night. Frustrated with her career and her lackluster love life, Alexandria’s ready to give up on both—until a man from her past reappears and changes everything. But her newfound happiness is short-lived when old lovers, lingering secrets, and hidden desires threaten to end it all…


Click for more detail about Lost Daughters by Mary Monroe Lost Daughters

by Mary Monroe
Kensington (May 28, 2013)
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe brings to life her most provocative and daring characters yet in this emotional and sometimes shocking tale of daughters lost and found, and the ways in which the past still haunts them. . ..

After years of living under Mama Ruby's commanding presence, Maureen Montgomery is finally taking charge of her own life. With her beautiful teenage daughter, Loretta, by her side, she returns to Florida after Mama Ruby's death and settles into a routine that any other woman would consider bland. But for Maureen and her older brother Virgil, who grew up with Mama Ruby's hair-trigger temper and murderous ways, bland is good.

But Loretta has other ideas. Set on becoming rich and famous, she convinces Maureen to let her start a modeling career. And Loretta thinks Miami photographer Melvin Ross is just the man to make her a star. But even with Mel by their side, taking Maureen and Loretta's lives in new directions, they can't escape Mama Ruby. Neither can Virgil, who's concealed one of Mama Ruby's most shocking acts for most of his life. . .and is now living with the guilt of his deceit.

Yet, as much as Virgil knows, he could never imagine the depth of Mama Ruby's yearning for her daughter, or how much Maureen wants her own daughter to feel free to live on her own terms. For them, Mama Ruby will never die. . .and it's not until Maureen takes on a bit of Mama Ruby's strength to face down the past and forge new bonds that she's able to make a future that is truly hers.


Click for more detail about Lost Daughters by Mary Monroe Lost Daughters

by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Sep 27, 2016)
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Everyone from Louisiana to Florida knows Mama Ruby—a small-town girl who became one of the South’s most notorious and volatile women. Now "New York Times "bestselling author Mary Monroe reveals how Mama Ruby’s past haunts the family she’s left behind. . . Mama Ruby has died and Maureen Montgomery is finally taking charge of her own life. With her beautiful teenage daughter, Loretta, by her side, she returns to Florida and settles into a routine any other woman would consider bland. But for Maureen and her brother Virgil, after Mama Ruby’s hair-trigger temper and murderous ways, bland is good. Yet Loretta has other ideas. . . Set on becoming rich and famous, Loretta convinces Maureen to let her start a modeling career with the help of a Miami photographer. But even as they move in promising new directions, they can’t escape Mama Ruby—including Virgil, who’s concealed one of her most shocking acts for most of his life. To make a future that’s truly hers, Maureen will have to take on a bit of Mama Ruby’s strength, forge new bonds—and face down the past. Praise for the Mama Ruby series "Magnificent, coarse, funny and terrifying." —"The San Francisco Chronicle "on "The Upper Room" "Monroe’s style, like her characters, is no-holds-barred earthy. . .Monroe’s characters deal with their situations with a weary worldliness and fatalism that reveal their vulnerability as well as their flaws." —"Booklist "on "Mama Ruby"


Click for more detail about Love in Play by Zuri Day Love in Play

by Zuri Day
Dafina (Dec 01, 2011)
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Zuri Day spins a captivating and sexy tale of taking charge, letting loose, and playing for keeps. . .

With her curvaceous full figure and a mega-successful magazine career, Dominique Clark is finally large-and-in-charge of her life. The last thing she needs is romantic drama—especially in the form of her son’s football coach, Jake McDonald, a man who’s used to calling the shots. Yet when their instant attraction leads to a sizzling all-night sexual marathon, they agree that several rematches are in order just to get each other out of their systems. The loving is good, but their differences of opinion have Dominique’s head screaming time out. Her heart, however, wants to stay in the game. . .

"A completely entertaining love story. . .Day’s use of humor and good sense creates a completely readable novel."—RT Book Club on Body By Night

"Day spins an erotic. . .tale of love in unexpected places." —Publishers Weekly on Lessons From A Younger Lover

"The pages of Body By Night are dripping with fire and desire." —The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

"Day writes with zest and sensual appeal. The descriptions of food edge the bedroom scenes, but not by much."—Publishers Weekly on What Love Tastes Like


Click for more detail about Love Is Blind by Parry Brown Love Is Blind

by Parry Brown
Urban Books (Jan 01, 2004)
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#1 Essence Best-Selling Author Parry "EbonySatin" Brown, Lisa Watson and Pat Simmons…Three Stories!


Click for more detail about Love Like Hallelujah (Hallelujah Love) by Lutishia Lovely Love Like Hallelujah (Hallelujah Love)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Jan 01, 2010)
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With infidelity behind them, Tai’s marriage to her pastor husband, King, is stronger than ever. Even when King’s ex-lover, Tootie, comes back to town, Tai keeps her cool. . .until she hears Tootie has a teenage son no one knew existed—a son who could be King’s. Tai is determined to know who the boy’s father is, and enlists the help of her best friend Vivian to find out the truth. But what they discover is more than either of them ever wanted to know.

Vivian must also deal with the return of her husband’s former assistant, a woman who believes that if it wasn’t for Vivian, she would have been first lady of Kingdom Citizens Christian Center. Millicent’s back too, just in time for the marriage of Hope and Cy, the man she thought she’d be marrying. So what happens when love feels more like harried hell instead of hallelujah? There’s only one way to find out. . .


Click for more detail about Love On The Run (Morgan Man Novels) by Zuri Day Love On The Run (Morgan Man Novels)

by Zuri Day
Dafina (Nov 06, 2012)
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In this sexy page-turning tale of unexpected love, Zuri Day introduces the Morgan men, three fine brothers who have it all—except what their mama wants most for them: wives. As the eldest, it’s up to Michael to pave the way. If only he’d stop running from love. . .

In the world of sports management, Michael Morgan is a superstar. But his newest client, Shayna Washington, may be his most lucrative catch yet. The record-breaking sprinter with the tight chocolate body has a talent and inner light Michael knows he can get the world to sit up and notice. She’s definitely got his attention. But while Shayna may be physically strong, she’s also vulnerable. And when a frightening chapter from her past catches up with her, Shayna needs someone to lean on. Now, it’s Michael’s turn to be the strong one—and suddenly the sworn bachelor finds his focus changing from races and endorsement deals to a finish line called love.

"Lovin’ Blue is funny and bright with serious undertones and lessons big and small about the importance of accepting the past." —RT Book Reviews

"The pages of Body By Night are dripping with fire and desire." —The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

"Engaging, entertaining, and just a tad bit naughty." —Rochelle Alers, National Bestselling Author


Click for more detail about Love Prescription: Ending the War Between Black Men and Women by Jeff Gardere Love Prescription: Ending the War Between Black Men and Women

by Jeff Gardere
Kensington (Dec 01, 2002)
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Click for more detail about Making Friends With Black People by Nick Adams Making Friends With Black People

by Nick Adams
Kensington (Mar 01, 2006)
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White people of America, we know you’ve got it rough.

Sure, black men and women have been through four hundred years of slavery, oppression, murder, and watching white college students try to dance. But now that it’s hip to have black friends, white people aren’t sure how to go about it. And that is a real American tragedy. Thank God Nick Adams is here to help you avoid potential racial pitfalls and successfully make the transition from white to "aiight." Now, you’ll know not to start a conversation with, "So, that new Jay-Z album is pretty great, right?" Or tell a co-worker he looks just like (fill in blank with name of dark-skinned person who works in the other building.) You’ll know that a lot of black people you meet at parties or work functions don’t care who played Thelma’s husband on "Good Times", don’t want to discuss the Malcolm X biography you just read and definitely don’t want to listen to country music. Ever. Yes, it’s a good thing Nick is here to explain. Because if we’re going to live together in peace and harmony, you people are going to need help.

Black People, Briefly Explained. A Q&A with Nick Adams

Q: Nick, what is the correct term to use when addressing my new friends: Black or African-American?
A: Personally, I always liked Afro-American. I liked being named after a 1970’s hairdo. But then I wondered why we didn’t become the Jheri-curled Americans or High Top Fade Americans.

Q: Nick, if black people can use the "N" word as a term of endearment, can I, a white person, do so?
A: No. I don’t care if you have your hair in cornrows while wearing a Phat Farm t-shirt at an R. Kelly concert. Black people don’t get to be president, and white people don’t get to use the word nigger. Can we just call it even now?

Q: Nick, I’d like to try slang. Is that okay?
A: When you guys start using our words, that’s when we know it’s time for us to stop using them. Every time a white, middle-aged math teacher calls a student, "dog," black people all over the country are notified via email. Believe it.

Q: Nick, surely you have to agree that Eminem is a hip-hop visionary?
A: Let’s try this one more time: Kurtis Blow, RUN-DMC, LL Cool J, Rakim, Chuck D, KRS-One, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Common, Mos Def, Bitch!

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Click for more detail about Mama Saves A Victim (Nora Deloach Mama Detective) by Nora Deloach Mama Saves A Victim (Nora Deloach Mama Detective)

by Nora Deloach
Holloway House (Jul 01, 1997)
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The third book in the highly acclaimed "Mama" detective series, this volume is a fascinating tale of sinister impersonation and missing bodies. Once again Mama and daughter Simone save the day just as the sun is going down.


Click for more detail about Mama Solves A Murder by Nora Deloach Mama Solves A Murder

by Nora Deloach
Holloway House (Jul 01, 2000)
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Click for more detail about Mama Stands Accused (Nora Deloach Mama Detective) by Nora Deloach Mama Stands Accused (Nora Deloach Mama Detective)

by Nora Deloach
Holloway House (Jul 01, 1997)
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When her meddlesome, untrustworthy sister is murdered, her husband is the first suspect, but Mama is next in line. Everyone in Hampton, South Carolina, had a reason to kill Aunt Agnes. However, the authorities suspect those closest to her had the best; and in this case they were right.


Click for more detail about Mama Traps a Killer by Nora Deloach Mama Traps a Killer

by Nora Deloach
Holloway House (Jun 01, 1995)
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Murder comes home to threatening to tear the Covington family apart when Daddy becomes the prime suspect in the deaths of a teenage boy and an unidentified young woman. As the evidence against James Covington mounts, Simone and Mama Candi are faced with a dilemma: if Daddy really is the killer, how far are they willing to go to save him?


Click for more detail about Maneater by Mary B. Morrison Maneater

by Mary B. Morrison
Dafina (Jun 01, 2009)
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"Two of the best urban erotica authors out there today." —Urban Reviews

New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison pairs with Queen of Urban Erotica Noire to deliver two tantalizing novellas about sex, revenge—and getting what you deserve. . .

Character of a Man
Mary B. Morrison

Seven Stephens seems to have it all—money, mansion, and a man—but is taken by surprise when her fiancé tells her the wedding is off if she can’t lose twenty-five pounds in six weeks. In no time, she’s out the door and headed for Punany Paradise for a sensual workout that’s both sweet revenge and sweet surrender. . .

Sugar-Honey-Ice Tee
Noire

Blow, Nap, and Tomere are three grimy playahs from the hood. Nicknamed Dirty, Dastardly, and Depraved, these three NFL stars have no problem living up to their names on and off the field. But when they scheme to take out their biggest competition, a promising quarterback, they finally meet their match. Not in a vengeful ball player, but in three wicked and sexy sistahs. And it won’t take Sugar, Honey, or Ice Tee long to wreck everything in their path. Because vicious hotties always take whatever they want and ruin whatever they please. . .


Click for more detail about Married Men by Carl Weber Married Men

by Carl Weber
Kensington (Sep 01, 2001)
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"Full of flavor, wit, and drama." —QBRStep into the world of four married men whose vows didn’t guarantee them a "happily ever after".  .  .Kyle runs a booming business, but his main job is hiding his wife from the sistahs who would skin him alive for marrying a woman like her.  .  .. Easy-going Allen can please his bossy Mama and his gold-digging fiancée—just not at the same time.  .  .. Big-hearted Wil’s got a wife with a mouth so big she should consider a career in broadcasting.  .  ..And smooth and sexy Jay’s "the man"—not only for his wife, but for all the other ladies he can’t resist.But these lifelong friends find their lives turned upside-down when each one is shown the door by his furious woman. The result is a rowdy romp through no-tell motels, divorce court, and jail. And as they fend off strippers, trippers, psycho ex-football players, and worse, they know there’s one thing they can always count on.  .  .each other.Praise For The Novels Of Carl Weber"A fast-paced mix of scandal, jealousy and wickedness." —Publishers Weekly on Player Haters"Compelling."—Booklist on Baby Momma Drama

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Click for more detail about Married to the Game by Chunichi Married to the Game

by Chunichi
Urban Books (Nov 02, 2005)
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Married to the Game is an urban tale of sex, money, murder, and mayhem and shows the pros and cons of the drug game. Crystal is the epitome of a good girl turned bad after her world is brutally destroyed. Consumed with her desire for revenge, she, along with her best friend Lisa, enter a life of drugs, fast money, and betrayal only to adapt the lifestyle that pushed them in the game in the first place. Hiding their true identities, the pair quickly rises to the top of Norfolks dope game. Using everyone who crosses their paths, nothing, not betrayal or addiction will stop them from dispensing their street justice. Married to the Game is a page-turner that will leave readers in awe. The realistic drama that lingers on every page will have readers at their wit’s end trying to anticipate the final outcome. Never underestimate the power of the girls…They are definitely taking over the game!


Click for more detail about Material Girl by Keisha Ervin Material Girl

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Sep 01, 2010)
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Dylan Monroe is the kind of chick females love to hate, but children and dogs mysteriously adore. She’s a material girl, living in a material world filled with diamonds, furs, limousines, celebrities, and private planes. To the world, she has it all, but behind closed doors, she has nothing. Almost bankrupt, she finds solace with State, a wealthy entrepreneur with a heart of steel, the man who breaks her heart time and time again. When State leaves her heart in shambles, she turns to Angel, her best friend’s brother. She’s had a secret crush on him for years. Swept off her feet by her new love, but still mending from the pain of the old one, Dylan finds herself caught up in a web of lies, lust, love, and betrayal. National bestselling author Keisha Ervin delivers a sophisticated love story filled with laughter, witty banter . . . and excessive shopping!


Click for more detail about Material Girl 2 by Keisha Ervin Material Girl 2

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Aug 01, 2011)
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Dylan Monroe, our favorite shopaholic, is back! She’s three months pregnant and madly in love with the father of her child, sexy heavyweight champion, Angel. The only problem is the long-legged Victoria’s Secret model standing in the way of getting him back. If that weren’t enough stress, her Jack Daniel’s-loving mother, Candy, returns to stir up even more trouble.
Unsure of how to face her future as a single mother, Dylan reverts back to the only thing she knows to comfort her pain—shopping! Rounding out the cast of colorful characters are Billie, Dylan’s tightly wound friend, and flamboyant transgender cousin Tee-Tee, aka Dick’em Down Diva. Labels and Love promises to be a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt tale of love lost and love regained.


Click for more detail about Memoirs of an Accidental Hustler by J.M. Benjamin Memoirs of an Accidental Hustler

by J.M. Benjamin
Urban Books (Feb 28, 2017)
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A Brownstone in the Bed-Sty area of Brooklyn New York, traded in for a housing projects in a small town where his grandmother resided in Plainfield New Jersey, Kamil takes you on a journey of how he was exposed to another world and a different breed of people than he was used to in the city that became his home. Bonded by the absences of their fathers, he and his brother befriend a group of boys from the neighborhood and form an un-breakable bond, vowing not to travel down the same road as their dads, making a pact to stay in school and out of the streets. Kamil also takes you through his personal experience with the opposite sex, as a childhood crush develops into something much more. As this story un-folds, walk with Kamil as he transitions from childhood to teen into young adulthood and struggles with the very things his mother walked away from and tried so hard to prevent he and his brother from embracing. What starts out as a game and a means of survival Ultimately ends up serious and addictive. This is the memoir of an Accidental Hustler


Click for more detail about Millionaire Wives Club (The Monroes) by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker Millionaire Wives Club (The Monroes)

by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Dafina (Aug 06, 2013)
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Married to a pro-footballer star who isn’t in love with her anymore, Evan is fighting hard to hold on to her husband. But behind-the-scene, it’s clear he wants someone else. Since her baller husband’s suspension, Milan is watching her wealth disappear, but her feelings for Evan’s husband ar on the rise. Divorced from a boxing champion, Jaise is raising her son alone and running a business. Thanks to her huge alimony checks, her bank account is full - but her heart is running on empty.


Click for more detail about Mina’s Joint: Triple Crown Collection by Keisha Ervin Mina’s Joint: Triple Crown Collection

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Apr 26, 2016)
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Once again she’s back! Keisha Ervin, that is, with her spellbinding tale of love, family, money, and scandal. In this sizzling new story, Keisha introduces you to Mina Matthews. She is not your typical around-the-way girl; her dreams of making a life for herself outside the hood are now a reality. At the age of 25, she has her own full service salon, Mina’s Joint, drives a CLK55, and is engaged to Andrew, the son of the mayor of St. Louis. To most, she has it all, but everything that glitters ain’t gold. Mina’s life is turned upside down when the man of her dreams and childhood sweetheart, Victor Gonzalez, re-enters her life. Suddenly everything that she thought was true turns out to be a lie. Will her loyalty to Andrew overshadow her love for Victor, or will the pasts of these two men bring her life to an end?


Click for more detail about Mind Your Own Business by Lutishia Lovely Mind Your Own Business

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Sep 01, 2011)
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Lutishia Lovely dishes up a decadent helping of love, lust, greed, and secrecy in this riveting tale of a family’s soul food dynasty. . .

Life is good for the Livingstons. Business is booming, Taste of Soul is launching a West Coast division, and Bianca Livingston and her brother, Jefferson, are vying to head it up—which means their long simmering rivalry is about to boil over. . .

Having completed a culinary course in Paris—along with a hot love affair—Bianca feels more than ready to take the reins in L.A. Her parents’ insistence that she marry a man of their choosing only fuels her ambition. Jefferson is hoping the position will free him to be with the secret L.A. love his family would never approve of. But the two soon realize that between their meddling cousin, Toussaint, and the return of an enemy bent on crushing the Livingston empire, they aren’t the only ones in this competition. And when company money mysteriously starts disappearing, they’ll find it’s hard to run a business when no one can mind their own. . .

"Lovely once again expertly illuminates the wacky world of the devout and devoutly devilish." —Publishers Weekly on Reverend Feelgood

"Vibrant characters, artful storytelling, and an original voice make Lutishia Lovely worth every moment." —Donna Hill

"A great new taste in the literary world." —Carl Weber


Click for more detail about Miss Muriel And Other Stories by Ann Petry Miss Muriel And Other Stories

by Ann Petry
Dafina (Apr 01, 2008)
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From the author of the best-selling novel The Street comes a stunning collection of stories that captures a remarkably diverse panorama of African-American experience in the 1950s and 1960s—stories of "a small town pharmacist’s family, a New York nightclub drummer, a high school English teacher, a factory worker, a junk dealer, [and] a charmingly perceptive 12-year-old" (Christian Science Monitor). Set mainly along the East Coast, these realistic tales are, as one reviewer said, "a rare pleasure" (Belles Lettres) to read, as powerful today as they were when they were first published in 1971.


Click for more detail about Mob by Roy Glenn Mob

by Roy Glenn
Urban Books (Dec 01, 2004)
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Travis Burns, a.k.a. Mr. Blue, Jackie Washington, a.k.a. Mr. White, and Ronnie Grier a.k.a. Mr. Green live by rules. The first and foremost of these rules is M.O.B. The rules have serviced them well in what they do to earn a living. They are a robbing crew, who operate under the protection of Mike Black’s organization (Is It A Crime). They rob banks, grocery stores, jewelry stores, and anything else that they can hit quick and come away with a large return on their investment of time. They are organized, prepared, and over all else, disciplined. All college graduates and all victims of the corporate lay-offs and down sizing, they dress down- no flashy jewelry, no expensive car, nothing that will attract the attention of police and player haters. life is good until Travis meets Me’chelle Lawrence and falls in love. Now he has to chose between the money and loyalty to his friends and the woman he loves.


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by Kiki Swinson and Nikki Turner
Dafina (Sep 24, 2013)
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National bestselling authors Kiki Swinson and Nikki Turner turn up the heat with two twisty tales of women on the run and under the gun. . .

The Most Wanted Diamonds
Kiki Swinson

Gigi Costner needs four million dollars she doesn’t have and time she hasn’t got. Her ex-con ex-lover swears to make her pay for the multimillion-dollar stash of diamonds she stole as she ditched him for a new life as a suburban wife. With time running out, will Gigi’s new plan get her in front of the drama or drag her back into hood madness. . .

On Da Run
Nikki Turner

Peaches Brown never had to hustle to beat the streets, thanks to her protective father. Now, to escape an unjust murder charge she has to hide—and survive—in plain sight. And part of her disguise has her beating Miami’s most ruthless high-end thieves at their own game. But can her new identity hold up when staying alive means playing the top dealer for all he’s got. . .

"Kiki captures the heat of the streets." —Wahida Clark


Click for more detail about Most Wanted by Kiki Swinson and Nikki Turner Most Wanted

by Kiki Swinson and Nikki Turner
Dafina (Jun 27, 2005)
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National bestselling authors Kiki Swinson and Nikki Turner turn up the heat with two twisty tales of women on the run and under the gun…

THE MOST WANTED DIAMONDS
Kiki Swinson
Gigi Costner needs four million dollars she doesn’t have and time she hasn’t got. Her ex-con ex-lover vows to make her pay for the multimillion-dollar stash of diamonds she stole as she ditched him for a new life as a suburban wife. With time running out, will Gigi’s new plan get her in front of the drama or drag her back into hood madness…

ON DA RUN
Nikki Turner
Peaches Brown never had to hustle to beat the streets, thanks to her protective father. Now, to escape an unjust murder charge she has to hide—and survive—in plain sight. And part of her disguise has her beating Miami’s most ruthless high-end thieves at their own game. But can her new identity hold up when staying alive means playing the top dealer for all he’s got…

“Both novellas move fast, are tension-packed, and will thrill street-lit readers. Don’t hesitate. Buy it.”  —Library Journal

“Swinson and Turner join forces to create riveting, action-packed novellas about two women whose notoriety forces them to become fugitives. You’ll be glued to the pages until the very last bombshell.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


Click for more detail about Moth to a Flame (Urban Books) by Ashley Antoinette Moth to a Flame (Urban Books)

by Ashley Antoinette
Urban Books (Jan 01, 2012)
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In the little city of Flint, MI, the good die young and the people left standing are the grimiest of characters. With reign over the city’s drug trade, Benjamin Atkins made sure that his precious daughter, Raven, was secluded from the grit that the city had to offer. But when Raven’s young heart gets claimed by Mizan, a stick-up kid in search of a come-up, there’s nothing Benjamin can do about losing her to the streets. She chooses love over loyalty and runs off with Mizan, but her new role as wifey soon proves to be more than she can handle.
Puppy love always feels right, but things turn stale, and she soon finds that everyone she loves has disappeared. All she has is Mizan, but when hugs and kisses turn to bloody lips and black eyes, she realizes that Mizan is not who she thought he was.

Raven becomes desperate for a way out, but this time, Daddy can’t save her. Every time she finds the courage to leave, fear convinces her to stay. Like a moth to a flame, Raven is drawn to Mizan, even though she knows he’ll be the death of her.

When the hood life she chose becomes unbearable and the only way out is in a coffin, what will she do?


Click for more detail about Ms. Etta’s Fast House by Victor McGlothin Ms. Etta’s Fast House

by Victor McGlothin
Dafina (Oct 01, 2007)
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Essence bestselling author Victor McGlothin delivers a stirring novel about a player who’s down on his luck only to receive help from the most unlikely source-the very women whose hearts he broke . . . The year is 1947, and Ms. Etta’s Fast House is the hottest nightclub this side of Chicago. The city’s fastest-talking street hustlers rub elbows here with the rich and famous, and anyone with enough cash in their wallet can drink like a king and dance the night away. Life is good-until a stranger named Baltimore Floyd strolls into town . . . Handsome and charming, Baltimore is a hustler with a penchant for stirring up trouble. Everyone adores him, including Etta Adams, the matron of Ms. Etta’s Fast House. But before he can imagine settling down with one woman, Baltimore is up for a little action, which is how he hooks up with a corrupt cop’s wife. In the blink of an eye, Baltimore finds himself on trial for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, to keep him from hanging, the patrons of Ms. Etta’s Fast House will need to heal their heartache and come together before the world beyond the Ville’s borders tears them apart . . . Praise for the Novels of Victor McGlothin . . . "McGlothin’s tale is sophisticated and sexy, with the plotting and pacing of first-rate noir" -Publishers Weekly "An absolute page-turner . . . intriguing and thought-provoking" -Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times bestselling author


Click for more detail about Murder Mamas by Ashley Antoinette Murder Mamas

by Ashley Antoinette
Urban Books (Oct 01, 2011)
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Aries is a beautiful woman with an ugly secret—she's part of the Murder Mamas, a crew of murderers for hire. Now that Robyn has been sentenced to die by the State of California, Aries is the only Murder Mama left standing. She's ready to bury her deadly past to move on and live a normal life. Her husband and son in Barbados have no idea of her true identity and the things she's done, and she's happy to keep it that way.

Unfortunately, Case has other plans for Aries. He's got a score to settle with Macy, a former partner who stole the woman he loved. Case might have let things go, except for one thing: Macy left behind the thug lifestyle to become the mayor of Los Angeles, and his new "clean up the streets" campaign is seriously cutting into Case's business. Case wants the mayor dead, and he only wants the best in the business to get the job done. Aries still has an unpaid debt with Case, and he hunts her down to tell her he's willing to cancel the debt—only if she completes the hit on Macy.

Knowing that Case won't hesitate to kill her family, Aries has no choice but to take on the assignment. She returns to L.A. vowing this will be her last job, but the unexpected death of Macy's son sets off a chain of events that puts all the players in serious danger. In this page-turning drama full of revenge, lies, murder, and mayhem, who will be left standing when the dust finally settles?


Click for more detail about My Married Boyfriend (Love & Revenge) by Cydney Rax My Married Boyfriend (Love & Revenge)

by Cydney Rax
Dafina (Aug 30, 2016)
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A pregnant mistress desperate to be a wife. An unexpected temptation. And stakes so high no one will walk away unscathed…   Gorgeous Nicole is about to get everything she’s hustled for. She’s having her rich, married lover Rashad’s baby. And a lucky break has made her a media heroine—and the perfect new wife material. With one more deception here, a couple more little seductions there, she’ll finally push Rashad’s wife, Kiara, completely out of his life. With her formidable competition gone, Nicole will lock down Rashad’s ever-wandering interest, and be the next Mrs. Eason for sure… But there are some temptations even this sexy schemer finds tough to pass up. Especially her first love, ex-con Ajalon, who’s just walked back into her life. His intense hunger, chiseled body, and mind-blowing endurance are throwing Nicole off her game and reigniting emotions way too hot to control—or resist. But he’s also handed Kiara, and another interested ex, the perfect ammo to expose Nicole and blow her world apart once and for all. Now the only guarantee for all involved is shattering scandal—and mutually assured destruction…Praise for the novels of Cydney Rax   “The book we can’t put down.”—Essence® on My Husband’s Girlfriend   “Fascinating, witty, and thought-provoking.” –Zane on My Daughter’s Boyfriend   “Filled with family drama.”—APOOO Book Club on My Sister’s Ex


Click for more detail about My Soul Cries Out (Urban Christian) by Sherri Lewis My Soul Cries Out (Urban Christian)

by Sherri Lewis
Urban Christian (Nov 01, 2009)
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Monica Harris-Day’s perfect world begins a downward spiral the afternoon she comes home to find her husband in bed . . . with another man. After confronting Kevin, her husband of two years, Monica discovers he’s had a lifelong struggle with homosexuality that began at the age of ten after he was molested by a deacon in the church.

For years, Kevin has sought deliverance, crying out to God to make him straight. He explains his deceit by saying that he thought he had truly been delivered when he married Monica, but was afraid to share his past with her for fear she wouldn’t marry him. Kevin begs Monica’s forgiveness and wants to save their marriage. He is convinced that God has indeed delivered him from the spirit of homosexuality and that the one-time mistake was just his past coming back to haunt him.

Their pastor offers them marital counseling, but Monica suspects he’s really concerned about maintaining his mega-ministry. The church has grown to 10,000 members since Kevin became the minister of music. When the pastor swears them to secrecy and urges Monica to stay in the marriage, she thinks Bishop Walker isn’t willing to risk the potential scandal and church split that would be caused if the truth were leaked to the congregation.

My Soul Cries Out is a compassionate look at the issue of Christians struggling with homosexuality and the redemptive power of God to bring deliverance.


Click for more detail about My Soul Then Sings (Urban Books) by Michelle Lindo-Rice My Soul Then Sings (Urban Books)

by Michelle Lindo-Rice
Urban Christian (Aug 25, 2015)
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Book Two of the Song of the Heart series Is there a sin not worth confessing?
Ryan Oakes is keeping a huge secret, one that threatens his relationships with both his wife and son. As a new convert, his Conscience prods him to tell the truth but Ryan decides to employ every trick in the book to keep from confessing.  But, when his marriage begins to suffer, he is forced to come clean. But at what cost?
Patricia Oakes is troubled by her husband’s unusual interest in Karlie Knightly. She is reminded that the only time Ryan cheated on her it was with Tiffany, Karlie’s mother. While she grapples with her fears, she can’t help but be flattered by Timothy Newhouse, a fellow surgeon on an especially difficult case. Will she seek solace in another man’s arms?
 Can a male and female be truly platonic?
Karlie Knightly’s boyfriend, Jamaal Weathers is pressuring her to have sex and Karlie isn’t trying to displease God. On top of that, brutal reviews on her debut song cite her as too sweet and inexperienced. Luckily, her best friend, Brian Oakes has the perfect suggestion to help her find her edge. Against everyone’s advice, Karlie and Brian begin an adventure, which draws them closer. Will she uphold the commitment she made to God?
Brian Oakes is enjoying college life and in particular, college girls. When Karlie discovers his deepest secret, he realizes he feels more for her than just a friend. Will Brian reform his ways and grab his chance at true love?


Click for more detail about My Steps Are Ordered by Michelle Lindo-Rice My Steps Are Ordered

by Michelle Lindo-Rice
Urban Books (Jul 29, 2014)
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What happens when your husband finds out you're in love with his brother? Team Keith? Team Michael? How about Team God? Gina Ward has it all: a husband, a child, and all the finer things life has to offer. She doesn't see herself as one of the less fortunate who needs God, but what happens when her only son, Trey, falls ill? Will she rely on the one who holds the world in His hands? Keith Ward is a respected attorney, but he cannot shake his inappropriate feelings for his brother's wife. When his nephew falls ill, Keith knows he has to drop everything to be by her side. Will he finally find healing for his broken heart? Michael Ward is living the dream life, but life as he knows it changes drastically when his son falls ill. Everything he thinks is the truth will be brought into question. What will he do when he realizes he is living one big lie?


Click for more detail about Never Die Alone by Donald Goines Never Die Alone

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Sep 01, 2000)
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King David never let anything stand in his way, as he clawed his way out of tyhe mean streets. If it took busting an old lady’s head open with a Coke bottle for her last dollar, so be it. Mixing battery acid with cocaine to gain revenge was acceptable, too. Whatever it took. Then he made it big— only to find others had not forgotten, had no intention of forgiving. They came after him. He left behind a Cadillac and a diary, left it to a writer Donald Goines called "Paul Pawlowski." Like all Goines’ novels, Never Die alone is based on truth.


Click for more detail about Never Trust a Stranger by Mary Monroe Never Trust a Stranger

by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Mar 28, 2017)
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”New York Times “bestselling author Mary Monroe takes you on the ultimate twist-filled ride with her Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart series. For two restless women looking for satisfaction, too much of a good thing is never enough even as a lethal passion closes in

Best friends Lola Poole and Joan Proctor-Riley have finally found the love and excitement they ve always longed for. Online-dating an endless line of wealthy, no-strings-attached lovers is the perfect escape from their unfulfilling lives. And between Joan s selfish husband and Lola s hateful, demanding relatives, the hotter these ladies secret activities get, the more they crave and the more reckless they become. Soon, they re taking ever greater risks to pursue their desires.

When rugged trucker Calvin Ramsey comes into Lola s sights, he s a surprising answer to all her prayers. He s kind and responsible in his everyday life and delivers sexual healing like she s never known. What Lola doesn t know is that Calvin loves women to death literally. And every caring moment and seductive promise this killer gives her draws both Lola and Joan deeper into his inescapable, fatal fantasy.

Praise for the novels of Mary Monroe

Readers who enjoy watching characters fortunes rise and fall will relish this tumultuous family. “Booklist “on” Family of Lies” Betrayal and revenge Monroe knows how to bring it! “ RT Book Reviews” on “Bad Blood” Another witty and wise installment to her God series .If this raunchy and rambunctious book is any indication, Monroe s series has a lot of life left in it. “Publishers Weekly “on “God Ain t Through Yet” A fast-paced, sexy, tense story that will make readers think twice before getting tangled up in an affair. “Booklist “on “God Ain t Blind” Readers are left on edge Monroe once again skillfully delivers a crafty story wrapped around a host of heartwarming characters battling everyday struggles and obstacles, even as she entertains readers with spurts of unexpected comedy and tragedy. “Library Journal” on “God Don t Play” A highly satisfying page-turner and one that will stand out. “Publishers Weekly” on “God Don t Like Ugly””


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by Ni-Ni Simone
KTeen (Jul 31, 2012)
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Simone tells authentic stories of teen life in the ’hood better than any other author currently writing contemporary YA street lit. —Library Journal on Teenage Love Affair (starred review)

True story: I’m Gem, G-E-M, like a precious jewel, and my life has been nothing like my name. I’ve been on my own since I was nine and now I’m sixteen. But so what. I’m good, and so is my little brother. So why the state won’t let us do our own thing is beyond me. Instead, we’ve been forced to live with a foster family who wants to love us, but I’m not beat—I’m just trying to do me.

To make matters worse, I’ve been checking for this guy, Ny’eem. But my new clique has an unbreakable rule—no boyz allowed to come between our friendship—which is forcing me to keep my relationship with Ny’eem a secret. Though not for long. . .because in high school secrets are always exposed, scandals always rewrite the rules, and friendships are never what they seem. . . .

"Excitement, drama, and life lessons. . .. Upgrade U is sure to be a classic." —A.J. Byrd, author of Losing Romeo

"A new series with a pair of drama-fueled stories about girls looking for love in all the wrong ways." —Publishers Weekly on The Break-Up Diaries


Click for more detail about No More Mr. Nice Guy (Family Business Novels) by Carl Weber and Stephanie Covington No More Mr. Nice Guy (Family Business Novels)

by Carl Weber and Stephanie Covington
Urban Books (Jan 26, 2016)
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Click for more detail about No More Tears In The End by Roy Glenn No More Tears In The End

by Roy Glenn
Urban Books (Jun 01, 2009)
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Following the death of Freeze, Mike Black and Bobby Ray are back in control of their organization, and it seems like old times. Black knows its time to get out of game before he loses somebody else close to him. But he hasn’t taken his eye off the man he believes arranged the murder of his wife. His sleepless nights could only end when everybody involved in her death is dead. Black reflects on the key events in his life and how those decisions have shaped and changed him and he contemplates getting out of the game. The police say that the death of Tatiana Phillips was just part of a robbery gone wrong and was probably related to drugs. End of story. Whether that’s true or not, the Phillips family still wants to know who killed her. As a favor to the family, Nick Simmons agrees to look into the senseless murder. His investigation leads him to Loraine Robinson, a ride-or-die chick that’s involved in a little bit of everything and its all bad.


Click for more detail about No Shade by K’wan No Shade

by K’wan
Urban Books (Nov 29, 2016)
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[Read by Kim Johnson]

From #1 Essence bestselling author K’wan comes the sixth installment in his bestselling Hood Rat series.

No shade means no offense (as defined by the Urban Dictionary).
Example: Don’t tell her I told you, but your little cousin is a ho. No shade.

Every little girl dreams of a happy ending to her story; a home, children, and a man who loves her enough to share his life and last name. When Billy’s longtime boyfriend Marcus finally pops the question, it’s one of the happiest moments of her life.

Billy calls on her childhood friends Reese and Yoshi to stand with her on her special day. Several years have passed since they’d last come together, and unresolved issues have driven a wedge between the women. Nevertheless, they agree to put their differences aside for the sake of Billy’s wedding. But the truce is a short one when Billy has to decide on a maid of honor. Just when things seem to be coming together, they quickly begin to fall apart. At a time when Billy is supposed to be basking in the sunshine of her approaching wedding, she finds herself the target of shade being thrown from the most unlikely places.

While Billy is going through her drama, Marcus is dealing with issues of his own. An old crime partner of his blows into town unexpectedly, and his presence threatens to destroy the legitimate life Marcus has worked so hard to build.

Even with the universe seemingly working against them, Billy and Marcus are determined to have their dream wedding. But first they have to survive the nightmare of planning it.

There goes the neighborhood . . . again.


Click for more detail about No Trust by Leslie Esdaile Banks No Trust

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
Dafina (Sep 01, 2007)
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Financial genius Laura Caldwell seems to have it all-beauty, brains, wealth, and love with her courageous husband, detective James Carter. But between nature’s wrath and criminals who just won’t give up, will these newlyweds ever have peace in their marriage? Between bringing down Philadelphia’s corrupt power brokers, surviving its mean streets, and recovering from a devastating natural disaster in the Cayman Islands, Laura and James are no strangers to danger. At last, they’re ready to enjoy an idyllic retreat in Maui. But enemies of the past seem to have an endless appetite for revenge. This time it’s Laura’s Uncle Akhan whose life is being threatened-and Laura is in the line of fire as well. As the hits keep coming, with no clue to their source, it’s all James can do to keep the woman he loves alive. And when a devastating truth is revealed, Laura and James know they must act quickly before their lives are shattered forever . . . "Leslie Banks has done it again, this time with a gripping page-turner of revenge and retribution" -Chris Benson, author of Special Interest on Betrayal of the Trust


Click for more detail about Notorious by Kiki Swinson Notorious

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Sep 01, 2009)
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After the drama in Playing Dirty, Yoshi Lomax is on the run, but trouble follows her wherever she goes. . .

When things get too hot in Miami, criminal lawyer Yoshi figures she’ll be safe if she goes home to Norfolk, Virginia, for a little while. But the streets there are just as mean, and a sistah needs to keep her head to avoid getting popped by a drive-by. And when Yoshi witnesses the brutal murder of a snitch by a ruthless drug dealer, she knows she’ll be the next one in the gangsta’s sights. Out of time and abandoned by everyone but her cousin Carmen, Yoshi’s goin’ to have to learn to fight back if she wants to live another day. . .

More praise for Kiki Swinson

"Kiki Swinson is unstoppable. Whether she’s writing about life in the ’hood or living the fabulous life, one thing is for sure—Kiki always delivers a sizzling read." —Crystal Lacey Winslow, Essence® bestselling author

"I’m Still Wifey is the truth! Kiki Swinson has done it again. This book pulls you in from the very first page." —Treasure E. Blue, Essence® bestselling author of Harlem Girl Lost

"Kiki captures the heat of the streets." —Wahida Clark, New York Times bestselling author


Click for more detail about On The Come Up by Travis Hunter On The Come Up

by Travis Hunter
Dafina (Nov 01, 2010)
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Growing up in the heart of the Atlanta ghetto, siblings DeMarco and Jasmine Winslow have developed a talent for survival. But if given the chance, they would do anything for a fresh start. . . .

By the time DeMarco was fifteen, being locked up was better than being at home. So whenever he got hungry or cold or just plain tired of living in the ghetto, he’d steal something and make sure he got caught, ’cause going to juvie was like going to heaven: video games, basketball courts, a big screen television, and three hot meals a day. And now that he’s back in the hood, things seem worse than before.

Jasmine, DeMarco’s twin sister, hasn’t had the luxury of vacationing in juvie. She’s had to balance being an honor roll student with fighting off advances from her mother’s boyfriend. After her mom sides with her boyfriend, Jasmine’s out on the streets and running with the DIVAs, a rough group of girls whose number one goal is to get paid. But when Jasmine finally gets her chance to break free, she learns the hard way that no one leaves the hood unscathed. . . .

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Click for more detail about One Crazy Night by Omar Tyree One Crazy Night

by Omar Tyree
Urban Books (Mar 01, 2009)
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When Yvette Sims, a marketing executive in Western Pennsylvania, and her hard-headed former boyfriend Clyde Davis get stranded in a remote wooded area after dark, they become the target of a gang of white supremacists and must find a way to survive the night.


Click for more detail about One Dead Lawyer (David Price Mysteries) by Tony Lindsay One Dead Lawyer (David Price Mysteries)

by Tony Lindsay
Urban Books (Dec 01, 2007)
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Security escort David Price is back after his adventures in One Dead Preacher, and he’s gotten himself into another tight situation. With the reappearance of family in his life, even more is at stake for him now. When a prominent lawyer, (whom David suspects is a murderer) turns up dead, David is, once again, in the middle of the drama. Tony Lindsay doesn’t disappoint fans of suspense and drama with this second book in the David Price Mystery Series.


Click for more detail about One Dead Preacher: David Price Mysteries by Tony Lindsay One Dead Preacher: David Price Mysteries

by Tony Lindsay
Urban Books (Mar 01, 2007)
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Originally published by BlackWords, Inc. in April of 2000.

Author, Tony Lindsay & Publisher, Kwame 
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Lindsay & Publisher, Kwame Alexnder in At NAACE 2000
Security Firm CEO David Price is living the rewards of hard work and determination. Single, self-employed and satisfied with his life, he has it all. Things couldn’t be better. That is, until he meets sexy vixen Sugar Greer, a married woman with a dark history that she must hide and he vows to protect. When it’s all over, David and his client are left with blood on their hands. Caught in a cultic web of abuse, theft, and murder, David must get back on the streets to clear his name, a journey that will lead him to…One Dead Preacher!

An Excerpt

I often want to be the man my ex-wife and my mother want me to be: a solid guy, a good Christian brother, one that comes straight home on pay day, one who doesn’t know where the floating crap game is, one who doesn’t know who’s got the good weed or which chick gives the best head, just a regular Joe, like my old man.

He has no use for the streets or the people in them. Solid as a rock. I’d bet my right arm that he never cheated on my mother. The man got up at 3:45 a.m. Monday thru Friday for thirty years. Thirty years. I’d pass him in the mornings, me coming in, him going out. He’d ask me, "Ain’t you tired of them streets yet, boy?" I would tell him no. But if he were to ask me that question now, some twenty years later, my answer would be yes, without a doubt.

In the past, the streets have always been my refuge, my place to go when I need life to make sense. I knew what to expect from street life. It was the "normal life" that kept me banging my head against the wall.

If I was more like my old man, I wouldn’t be lying here breathing oxygen through a mask with .22 caliber bullet holes in my chest, my neck, and I hope to God, in my thigh and not in my jones. My neck is bandaged so I can’t look down, but she was aiming at my jones. I think I put my thigh in the way, but I ain’t really sure. I ain’t prayed in four years, but when I woke up in this hospital room, I asked God to let it be my thigh and not my jones. Everything hurts, so I can’t really tell. When I piss I don’t know where it’s going or where it’s coming from. The nurse put the television on the Christian station. I guess she heard me calling Jesus and figured I was a Christian…


Click for more detail about One Flesh by Clarence Major One Flesh

by Clarence Major
Kensington (Nov 01, 2003)
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by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Mar 27, 2018)
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe returns to the 1930s era of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room with a dazzling portrait of two very different couples whose friendship and fast times are no match for shattering betrayal . . .
 
A solid marriage, a thriving business, and the esteem of their close-knit Alabama community—Joyce and Odell Watson have every reason to count their blessings. Their marriage has given well-off Joyce a chance at the family she’s always wanted—and granted Odell a once-in-a-lifetime shot to escape grinding poverty. But all that respectability and status comes at a cost. Just once, Joyce and Odell want to break loose and taste life’s wild side, without consequences . . .
 
When their new neighbors turn out to be high-steppin’ bootleggers Milton and Yvonne Hamilton, the Watsons plunge headlong into good times and fast living. For Joyce, Yvonne is someone she can show off too—and look down on. And Odell won’t introduce crude, unsophisticated Milton to his friends—but is happy to let Milton ply him with free booze and good times.  Milton hates being slighted and disrespected and he’s determined to do something about it . . .
 
When Milton inadvertently discovers Odell’s scandalous double life with a long-term mistress, he decides this is the perfect chance to wreck the Watsons’ perfect world . . .


Click for more detail about Outlaw: A Street Saga by Roy Glenn Outlaw: A Street Saga

by Roy Glenn
Urban Books (Feb 01, 2007)
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Mike Black is back - and his life isn’t getting any easier. After settling some unfinished business, he’s on his way back to New York to join his wife and baby daughter. Only the police are there ahead of him and no sooner has he turned up than he’s being hauled downtown for the alleged beating and murder of a woman in his home.


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by Zuri Day
Dafina (Feb 23, 2016)
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"Day delivers a lively romance." —RT Book Reviews

Nothing invigorates the five Carter brothers more than an honest day’s work—and the right woman to come home to at night…

Douglas Carter never expected the summer job he took at the post office ten years ago to become his career. But now, at twenty-eight, he has zero regrets. He’s happy to have a regular paycheck, good friends, and a sweet plan for retiring early.  If only his cute but oh-so-uptight new coworker felt as content as he does…

Janice Baker only works at the post office out of necessity. Her real dream is to become a singer. At thirty, she may be considered over the hill in the entertainment industry, but that just gives her a sense of urgency—and a resolve to date only men of means and ambition. Douglas is obviously not a candidate, despite his good looks. Yet as work forces them to get closer, they discover there’s far more to each other than meets the eye—and that two actually work better than one—on and off the job…

"Sexy, hot deliciousness…this power couple light up the page like a 100-megawatt bulb." —USAToday.com on Bad Boy Seduction


Click for more detail about Passing For Black by Linda Villarosa Passing For Black

by Linda Villarosa
Dafina (Jun 01, 2008)
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Being black, the right kind of black, was difficult. It was like being in a cult—a secret society with rules as fluid as waves. . .

In the six years that Angela Wright has been with her fiancé Keith Redfield, her life has settled neatly into place. Keith, a professor of African-American history, has helped her become comfortable in her own skin. And Angela’s career at Désire magazine is thriving. She’s got nothing to worry about—or so she thinks. . .

Angela’s best friend Mae is always there to ground her, whether they’re joking about the importance of good hair or gossiping about their rival Tatiana Braithwaite—a milk chocolate Barbie with beauty, breeding, and an irritating knack for perfection. Mae reminds Angela how lucky she is to have found a successful, single brother. But when a chance meeting leaves Angela consumed with desire for an intriguing stranger, she impulsively decides to follow wherever it may lead—from outrageous underground sex parties to intimate encounters that are both torrid and tender.

Now everything Angela has come to believe about sex, love, identity, and race is called into question as this explosive new passion blows her world wide open. . .


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by Roy Glenn
Urban Books (Feb 01, 2006)
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Roy Glenn is back with Payback and continues to introduce us to unforgettable characters that immediately become real. The story begins with a long overdue visit to from Nick Simmons (Drug Related). However, before Nick has the chance to hook-up and reminisce with his old friend, the drama begins. Nick finally has the pleasure of meeting the lovely Shy. After a wild shootout at his club in the Bahamas, Mike Black’s wife, Cassandra "Shy" Sims, is kidnapped by South American drug dealers. Mike Black has to find his wife while fighting off a take-over attempt, and solve a murder with political implications, only to find that there is one man behind it all.


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by Wahida Clark
Kensington (Apr 01, 2006)
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In her hot, gritty new urban drama, Essence ® bestselling author Wahida Clark tells the story of a woman who thinks she has everything, but who really has everything to lose— starting with her best friend, and ending with her life… Brianna and Shan couldn’t be more different. From her $1200 weave to her closet full of Gucci, Prada, and Chanel, Brianna believes that men were born to bankroll her lifestyle. Shan likes to make her own money by working for a living at a men’s prison—and prefers Sean John, Baby Phat, and Fubu to Jimmy Choo. Still, despite appearances, Shan and B are sisters where it counts—or so they think… For B, lying is part of the hustle, and the hustle is what gets her sex, clothes, cars—pretty much whatever she wants. She couldn’t care less who gets hurt along the way, as long as it isn’t her. But it’s one thing to hustle tricks, and quite another to betray the one person who really cares. When one of B’s schemes goes too far, blood is spilled—and Shan is caught in the crossfire. Now, with friendship and lives on the line, Brianna’s got one last chance to change her ways—or suffer the consequences…


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by Wahida Clark
Dafina (Apr 01, 2009)
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In this gritty urban drama, New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark tells the story of a woman who thinks she has everything, but who really has everything to lose—starting with her best friend, and ending with her life. . .

Brianna and Shan couldn’t be more different. From her $1,200 weave to her closet full of Gucci, Prada, and Chanel, Brianna believes that men were born to bankroll her lifestyle. Shan likes to make her own money by working for a living at a men’s prison—and prefers Sean John, Baby Phat, and Fubu to Jimmy Choo. Still, despite appearances, Shan and B are sisters where it counts—or so they think. . .

For B, lying is part of the hustle, and the hustle is what gets her sex, clothes, cars—pretty much whatever she wants. She couldn’t care less who gets hurt along the way, as long as it isn’t her. But it’s one thing to hustle tricks, and quite another to betray the one person who really cares. When one of B’s schemes goes too far, blood is spilled—and Shan is caught in the crossfire. Now, with friendship and lives on the line, Brianna’s got one last chance to change her ways—or suffer the consequences. . .


Click for more detail about Peony’s Daughters (Urban Soul) by Leceila Turnage Peony’s Daughters (Urban Soul)

by Leceila Turnage
Urban Soul Mass Paper (Jul 01, 2009)
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Peony Shaw’s sister, Caroline, has just died. Looking for comfort during this difficult time, Peony calls upon her daughters, Violet, Lily, Ivy, and Jasmine—the flowers in her life. When they are summoned, none of her daughters hesitates to travel home to North Carolina. Beyond celebrating the life of their beloved aunt and offering comfort to their grieving mother, however, each woman has her own reason for wanting to come home. From a cheating husband to a criminal investigation, from baby mama drama to custody hearings, and from disrespectful children to a wedding that might not happen, each daughter is running from an issue of her own. As the Shaw women offer each other strength and sympathy, they learn that sometimes the best medicine of all is just going home, and that peace and happiness can be found in the most unlikely situations.


Click for more detail about Perfect Fit by Brenda Jackson Perfect Fit

by Brenda Jackson
Kensington (Feb 01, 2011)
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Sage Dunbar is dealt a shattering double blow when she discovers that her fiancé has depleted her bank accounts and her father has been having an affair. Reeling with shock, she accepts a job promotion that involves relocating to Anchorage, Alaska. She never expects to cross paths with a man who will challenge everything she thought she knew about love. Gabe’s "sex-only" relationship policy has been working just fine, keeping him free of messy entanglements and emotional baggage. Then he meets Sage, and his no-commitment ways start to lose their appeal. But Sage isn’t ready to give her heart and trust to another man any time soon. With a single-minded determination that surprises even him, Gabe resolves to convince her that true love can erase every obstacle—real or imagined—in its path. . .. Praise for Brenda Jackson’s Perfect Timing "A warm reading experience." —Booklist"One of the best." —Romantic Times"A writer before her time." —Carl Weber


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by Brenda Jackson
Kensington (Mar 04, 2014)
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Maxine Chandler and Mya Rivers were once the best of friends, sisters by choice. But distance and a series of misunderstandings came between them. Now, a fifteen-year class reunion cruise to the Caribbean could renew their powerful bond—just when they need it most.After heartbreak and tragedy, Maxi doesn’t expect her shipboard romance with former high school rebel Christopher Chandler to be more than a sizzling distraction, but then he offers her a gift so profound she can’t refuse it—even when it leaves her vulnerable to crushing loss. Mya, on the other hand, seems blessed with a perfect marriage, home, and beautiful twins. But Mya’s work is taking over her life and another woman might be taking husband. . .As each couple struggles with the limits of love, loyalty, and trust, Mya and Maxi reclaim a deep and abiding friendship. . .one that will inspire them with courage to face the future, whatever it may bring. . .Praise For The Novels Of Brenda Jackson"This poignant love story is one special moment. You don’t want to miss it." —Rendezvous on One Special Moment "Fantastic. . .Ms. Jackson as done it again!" —Romantic Times on Secret Love"A terrific book. . .Ms. Jackson brings passion and tenderness, faith and trust, together with friendship and family, and does it so well." —The Paperback Forum on Tonight and Forever

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Click for more detail about Player Haters by Carl Weber Player Haters

by Carl Weber
Kensington (Feb 01, 2004)
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The three Duncan siblings - Trent, the ultimate player who is about to get a big surprise; Wil, an unhappily married man; and Melanie, a young woman looking for love - must all band together when trouble knocks on their door.

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Click for more detail about Playing Dirty by Kiki Swinson Playing Dirty

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Apr 01, 2009)
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"Kiki captures the heat of the streets." —Wahida Clark

Essence® bestselling author Kiki Swinson keeps it coming with a gritty drama about one cunning sistah playing a very dangerous game with the law.

Playing dirty is a skill that Yoshi Lomax has perfected. By bribing cops and officials, sleeping with her boss, and convincing her friend in the DEA to make evidence disappear, Yoshi has become a top criminal defense attorney. And she has the multimillion-dollar Miami pad and Aston Martin to prove it. But when she takes the case of badass Haitian mob boss Sheldon Chisholm, her usual way of doing business—by any means necessary—doesn’t work. Someone has gotten to the people on her payroll and an unknown enemy is sabotaging her every move. With the list of people she can depend on dwindling, Yoshi’s got to toughen up if she’s going to survive. . .

More praise for Kiki Swinson

"Kiki Swinson is unstoppable. Whether she’s writing about life in the ’hood or living the fabulous life, one thing is for sure—Kiki always delivers a sizzling read." —Crystal Lacey Winslow, Essence® bestselling author


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by Trice Hickman
Dafina (Nov 27, 2012)
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"I can’t wait to see what Trice Hickman does next!" —Mary Monroe

"Trice Hickman is an amazing writer and storyteller!"  —Kimberla Lawson Roby

Everyone in Emily Eloise Snow’s Atlanta, Georgia, hometown knows her as a sweet young woman who always does what’s right. But when Emily’s beloved mother dies, her quiet life is shaken to its core, leaving her devastated—and ready for a fresh start. Encouraged by her bolder, wilder best friend, Samantha, Emily moves to Washington, D.C. Samantha is sure D.C. will bring Emily her heart’s desire. But that’s exactly what Emily is afraid of. . .

Since she was eighteen, Emily has fought a fierce longing even Samantha doesn’t know about—a love for a man that would break just about every rule she was taught to follow. Now, each step closer to D.C. is a step closer to him—and a sizzling, forbidden passion that could destroy not just her life as she knows it, but the image of the woman, and the friend, everyone believes her to be. . .

"Another wonderful, emotionally-charged page-turner by Trice Hickman." –Urban Reviews

"Will keep you guessing straight through to the explosive ending." –Victoria Christopher Murray

"Unforgettable characters and a page-turning storyline."—Lutishia Lovely


Click for more detail about Practicing What You Preach by Vanessa Davis Griggs Practicing What You Preach

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Jun 01, 2009)
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The wedding between Angela Gabriel and Brent Underwood promises to be the Birmingham event of the year—and aspiring event planner Melissa Anderson has been working feverishly to make it happen. During this hectic time, she even agrees to go out on a date with a most unlikely prospect: Marcus Peeples. When it came to Marcus, it definitely wasn’t love at first sight. But after a lovely evening together of Bible study at Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center, Melissa has a change of heart. She learns not only is Marcus a successful investor, but he’s also a gifted minister. There’s just one hitch: He’s divorced—a fact Melissa can’t reconcile with scripture even though she knows he’s a good man and father. But when Marcus’s diva ex-wife decides she wants him back, Melissa soon discovers love, divorce, and faith have quite a bit in common. . .

Praise for Vanessa Davis Griggs and her novels. . .

"This inspirational novel leaves the reader eager to know what Griggs plans next for this spiritual family." —Publishers Weekly on Blessed Trinity


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by Daaimah S. Poole
Dafina (Jan 28, 2014)
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"A voice of her generation." –Black Issues Book Review

In this hot new novel from Essence® bestselling author Daaimah S. Poole, three women are determined to ride their rich men’s successes to the very top. . .

When her marriage to an NFL phenom ended, so did Adrienne Sheppard’s chance at wealth and security. Now she’s betting on her exclusive new nightclub—and her new man—to turn her luck around. . . Sexy vixen Shanice Whitaker is taking her pay-for-play schemes to a whole new level to stack up the mad fortune of her dreams. . . And Zakiya Lee is sure she knows how to work the sports fame game straight into full-time professional wife-hood with her NBA star. . .

But Zakiya’s all-access pass to her man isn’t keeping him from straying, or endangering her dreams. Shanice’s exploding stardom is putting all her dirty tricks of the trade under the merciless media spotlight—and her future on the line. And Adrienne’s insatiable greed for having it all right now is blinding her to business-ending secrets. Soon all three will learn the hard way that truly making it on their own will cost more than they bargained for. . .

"Poole’s latest sizzles with sex, dazzles with drama, and captivates with boundless emotion. . .Exciting and compelling from the first to the last page." ??RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars on Another Man Will

"A definite must read." —Candice Dow on Somebody Else’s Man

"Colorful. . .if you love scandal, this is the book for you!" —Anna J on A Rich Man’s Baby


Click for more detail about Prime Choice: Perry Skky Jr. Series #1 by Stephanie Perry Moore Prime Choice: Perry Skky Jr. Series #1

by Stephanie Perry Moore
Dafina (Jul 01, 2007)
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Prime Choice
Book 1

Torn between his desire for sex and his desire to please God, Perry Skky Jr. needs some guidance—before he lets down both himself and the Lord. . .

It’s Perry’s senior year—and he has every reason to feel good about himself. One of the most popular kids in his class, he’s not only the best football player in the state, he’s also acing every one of his AP classes. College recruiters are beating down his door to sign him. He even has such a good thing with his girlfriend, Tori, that he finally feels ready to take their relationship to the next level.

There’s only one problem. Tori isn’t ready. Her Christian beliefs tell her she needs to save herself. And with plenty of girls to choose from, Perry is tempted to break up with Tori and start spending time with someone who is ready for something more. The choice is his: to do what feels good—or to do right by God.

Includes a guide on how to start your own book club!


Click for more detail about Proceed With Caution (Urban Soul) by Pat Tucker Proceed With Caution (Urban Soul)

by Pat Tucker
Urban Soul (Aug 01, 2009)
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Click for more detail about Proverbs For The People by Pearl Cleage, Omar Tyree, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Timmothy B. McCann, Brandon Massey, Kambon Obayani, Earl Sewell, and Maxine Thompson Proverbs For The People

by Pearl Cleage, Omar Tyree, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Timmothy B. McCann, Brandon Massey, Kambon Obayani, Earl Sewell, and Maxine Thompson
Kensington (Jun 01, 2003)
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If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing."" ""Don’t start none, won’t be none."" ""If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything."" Whether it was in the church on a hard-shined wooden pew, or around the kitchen table after, listening to the wisdom of mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends, and leaders, the messages of the proverbs resonate in the souls of most African-Americans—a sweet refrain heard through striving, reaching, loving, and living. In this powerful collection of stories based on African, African-American, and Biblical proverbs, some of today’s most exciting new African-American writers tackle the unifying themes, delicious wit and undeniable wisdom of the proverbs, making them sing for a whole new generation. In the moving ""Love Can Move Mountains,"" author Elizabeth Atkins Bowman explores the meaning of the African-American saying, ""Mountain, get out of my way!"" in a story about the miraculous, mysterious power of a mother’s stand-firm love. In Arethia Hornsby’s ""My Momma Said…,"" two friends go out on the town and get schooled in a life lesson that proves the truth behind the ages-old African-American proverb, ""Never judge a book by its cover."" Town gossip gets the best of a loyal wife and gives credence to C.F. Pope’s saying, ""Never declare war unless you mean to do battle,"" in Gwynne Forster’s wry tale of comeuppance, ""First Thing Monday Morning."" And in the flirty short story, ""Something Special,"" Venise Berry shows what the Cape Verde Islands maxim, ""Every week has its Friday"" really means as one woman’s weekly ritual promises seven days’ worth of sensual satisfaction. In addition to such established writers as Pearl Cleage, Omar Tyree, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Timmothy McCann, Brandon Massey, Kambon Obayani, Earl Sewell, Maxine Thompson, and others, here, too, are rising stars in the African-American literary world, including fourteen-year-old Kharel Price and fifteen-year-old Tierra French, proving that the wisdom of the past lives on in the next generation. From the struggle to break the chains of the past, (Pat G’Orge-Walker’s ""The Consequence"") to the fight to keep hope alive in the face of injustice, (Robert Fleming’s ""A Crisis of Faith""), from the joys of loving an older woman (Parry ""Ebony Satin"" Brown’s ""Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do""), to an African man’s discovery of his own America (Amanda Ngozi Adichie’s ""Women Here Drive Buses""), this triumphant, stirring anthology is a glorious reminder of the power of proverbs to heal, to provoke, to unify, and to inspire.


Click for more detail about Proverbs For The People: Contemporary African-American Stories by Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall (Editors) with Pearl Cleage, Donna Hill, Parry Brown, Omar Tyree and others Proverbs For The People: Contemporary African-American Stories

by Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall (Editors) with Pearl Cleage, Donna Hill, Parry Brown, Omar Tyree and others
Kensington (Jul 01, 2004)
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If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing." "Don’t start none, won’t be none." "If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything." Whether it was in the church on a hard-shined wooden pew, or around the kitchen table after, listening to the wisdom of mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends, and leaders, the messages of the proverbs resonate in the souls of most African-Americans—a sweet refrain heard through striving, reaching, loving, and living. In this powerful collection of stories based on African, African-American, and Biblical proverbs, some of today’s most exciting new African-American writers tackle the unifying themes, delicious wit and undeniable wisdom of the proverbs, making them sing for a whole new generation. In the moving "Love Can Move Mountains," author Elizabeth Atkins Bowman explores the meaning of the African-American saying, "Mountain, get out of my way!" in a story about the miraculous, mysterious power of a mother’s stand-firm love. In Arethia Hornsby’s "My Momma Said…," two friends go out on the town and get schooled in a life lesson that proves the truth behind the ages-old African-American proverb, "Never judge a book by its cover." Town gossip gets the best of a loyal wife and gives credence to C.F. Pope’s saying, "Never declare war unless you mean to do battle," in Gwynne Forster’s wry tale of comeuppance, "First Thing Monday Morning." And in the flirty short story, "Something Special," Venise Berry shows what the Cape Verde Islands maxim, "Every week has its Friday" really means as one woman’s weekly ritual promises seven days’ worth of sensual satisfaction. In addition to such established writers as Pearl Cleage, Omar Tyree, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Timmothy McCann, Brandon Massey, Kambon Obayani, Earl Sewell, Maxine Thompson, and others, here, too, are rising stars in the African-American literary world, including fourteen-year-old Kharel Price and fifteen-year-old Tierra French, proving that the wisdom of the past lives on in the next generation. From the struggle to break the chains of the past, (Pat G’Orge-Walker’s "The Consequence") to the fight to keep hope alive in the face of injustice, (Robert Fleming’s "A Crisis of Faith"), from the joys of loving an older woman (Parry "Ebony Satin" Brown’s "Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do"), to an African man’s discovery of his own America (Amanda Ngozi Adichie’s "Women Here Drive Buses"), this triumphant, stirring anthology is a glorious reminder of the power of proverbs to heal, to provoke, to unify, and to inspire.


Click for more detail about Put Your Diamonds Up (Hollywood High) by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams Put Your Diamonds Up (Hollywood High)

by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams
KTeen (Jul 29, 2014)
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Explosive rumors and a mega-media frenzy almost ended the Pampered Princesses’ reign as Hollywood High royalty. Now only one diva can win the ultimate fame of thrones. . .

London Phillips is keeping her billionaire boyfriend close—and her secrets closer—by pretending to play her mother’s game. But the rules dramatically change when her ex-boo, Justice Banks, ends up in the arms of her best friend . . .

One lie too many cost spoiled Rich Montgomery her one true love. No problem—finding a new man is what she does best. But a certain bad boy’s drama is more dangerous than she ever imagined . . .

Fresh out of rehab, teen star Heather Cummings has Hollywood High’s newest hottie dead in her party-girl sights. And unexpected news could fulfill all her dreams—or shatter them for good. . .

Spencer Ellington wants revenge. And making alliances with her ex-frenemy and her biggest enemy is a small price to pay to expose everyone’s dirty little deceptions—and conquer Hollywood High’s powerful in-crowd once and for all. . .

"The girls and the secondary characters of Hollywood High are never shy of drama." —APOOO Book Club


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by De’nesha Diamond
Dafina (Mar 29, 2016)
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It’s scorched-earth, all-or-nothing war for Memphis’ most merciless ride-or-die women, and even their survival skills are no guarantee. And once alliances splinter and explosive revelations rip apart their empire, one diva’s revenge will become the ultimate deadly reign…

Between total gang exterminations and brutal collateral damage, the stakes have never been higher for the women of the Dirty South. Good-girl-gone-lethal Ta’Shara is in for the fight of her life—her own. To work a dangerous truce, Vice Lord ex-chief Lucifer pulls a deadly play as wrenching secrets put her at ground zero. Beautiful Cleo will do anything to destroy the man now controlling her—and no killer price is too high. And as police captain Hydeya Hawkins closes in on gangland’s elite, she’ll fight to survive her department’s dirtiest secrets. Now these queen divas have each other dead in their sights—and only one can live to rule…


Click for more detail about Rain Storm by Vanessa Miller Rain Storm

by Vanessa Miller
Urban Christian (Sep 01, 2009)
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Beautiful and lethal. Cynda Stephens’ hatred for life and men grow as her addictions force her into prostitution.

Keith Hosea Williams obeys God’s call to marry Cynda. But as his love begins to open Cynda’s heart in ways she never expected, her thoughts of unworthiness cause her to run away from a love she desperately wants to call her own. Then she discovers a love even greater than the love Keith gave her. A love that has been with her all the days of her life, a love that refuses to let her go. Only then, can she receive all that God has to offer.


Click for more detail about Ray Of Hope by Vanessa Davis Griggs Ray Of Hope

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Jan 01, 2011)
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"Vanessa is a superb storyteller." —ReShonda Tate Billingsley

"I absolutely love Vanessa’s unique writing style. She is one of a kind." —Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author

Teen sisters Sahara and Crystal Nichols are acting up, and their risqué behavior is more than their mother can handle. Enter the girls’ 75-year-old churchgoing grandmother, Ma Ray, who takes charge of the young women. She’s determined to turn their lives around—and knows more about being a bad girl than either sister bargained for. And when they learn of their grandmother’s former rebel antics, which were wild enough to rival their own, they begin to appreciate her present-day passion for leading a more productive life—via family, love, and faith. . .

"There are enough tears, hugs, and lessons learned to appease readers, young and adult, who like a good dose of faith with their fiction." —Publishers Weekly


Click for more detail about Ray of Hope by Vanessa Davis Griggs Ray of Hope

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (May 06, 2014)
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Teen sisters Sahara and Crystal Nichols are acting up, and their risqué behavior is more than their mother can handle. Enter the girls’ 75-year-old churchgoing grandmother, Ma Ray, who takes charge of the young women. She’s determined to turn their lives around—and knows more about being a bad girl than either sister bargained for. And when they learn of their grandmother’s former rebel antics, which were wild enough to rival their own, they begin to appreciate her present-day passion for leading a more productive life—via family, love, and faith…


Click for more detail about Reckless (Urban Books) by Keisha Ervin Reckless (Urban Books)

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Aug 28, 2012)
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For four years, Farrah has been Khalil’s lover, friend, confidant, and more. In return, he’s lied, cheated, and disregarded her feelings. Despite the disapproval of her family and friends, Farrah has stayed true to this self-destructive, irresponsible alcoholic. But as her career as a celebrity stylist begins to skyrocket, Khalil’s is faltering, and he uses this as an excuse to treat her even worse. Farrah finally faces the fact that Khalil will never change.
Struggling to come to grips with their broken relationship, Farrah finds herself turning to his friend, Mills. He’s everything Khalil isn’t. Despite his feelings for Farrah, Mills can’t give in to temptation because he already has a girlfriend. Little does Mills know that while he fights temptation, his girlfriend, Jade, is filling the void of their lackluster relationship by sleeping with NBA superstar Rock.
Based on a true story, Reckless is an emotional, scandalous roller coaster ride. Everyone is seeking happiness, but at what cost?


Click for more detail about Reckless 2: Nobody’s Girl by Keisha Ervin Reckless 2: Nobody’s Girl

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Jul 28, 2015)
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After everything Farrah’s been through, it’s safe to say things are finally going her way. Her company, Glam Squad, has skyrocketed, and her career as a celebrity stylist has taken off faster than she can keep up. Partnering with her best friend London, she has styled and done makeup for multiple celebrities. The unstoppable duo is working hard and getting paid!
On the personal side, Farrah is happier than ever. Despite everything Mills put her through, she made the right choice when she decided to give him a second chance. Mills has made up for all the lying and sneaking around he did behind her back, and he treats her like a queen. After months of bliss, he has made Farrah’s dreams come true by asking her to marry him. On top of the world, Farrah is busy planning her wedding.
Unbeknownst to her, however, Mills has been keeping a dark secret that will destroy everything if she finds out. Mills has been giving his ex-girlfriend Jade money to keep her quiet and take care of the baby she claims is his. He plans on taking a paternity test, but his busy schedule keeps getting in the way. In the meantime, he is doing everything in his power to keep Farrah from finding out he’s cheated.
Everything comes crashing down when Farrah finds out about what Mills has been up to, but she gives in to his begging and goes through with the wedding. Once they’re married, things just keep getting worse as Mills keeps putting off the paternity test. He’s been seeing a lot more of Jade and baby Jaysin, who looks a lot like Mills.
Farrah, feeling confused and betrayed, decides to focus on her career. While on a business trip to Paris, she finds herself falling for a rapper named J.R. She still loves Mills, but after what he did to her, she’s not sure their marriage will last.
People always say you can’t help who you love, but what happens when love gets all tangled up and no one seems to know how to set it straight? Will true love prevail, or will it break under all the lies?


Click for more detail about Reckless 2: Nobody’s Girl (Urban Books) by Keisha Ervin Reckless 2: Nobody’s Girl (Urban Books)

by Keisha Ervin
Urban Books (Aug 26, 2014)
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After everything Farrah’s been through, it’s safe to say things are finally going her way. Her company, Glam Squad, has skyrocketed, and her career as a celebrity stylist has taken off faster than she can keep up. Partnering with her best friend London, she has styled and done makeup for multiple celebrities. The unstoppable duo is working hard and getting paid!
On the personal side, Farrah is happier than ever. Despite everything Mills put her through, she made the right choice when she decided to give him a second chance. Mills has made up for all the lying and sneaking around he did behind her back, and he treats her like a queen. After months of bliss, he has made Farrah’s dreams come true by asking her to marry him. On top of the world, Farrah is busy planning her wedding.
Unbeknownst to her, however, Mills has been keeping a dark secret that will destroy everything if she finds out. Mills has been giving his ex-girlfriend Jade money to keep her quiet and take care of the baby she claims is his. He plans on taking a paternity test, but his busy schedule keeps getting in the way. In the meantime, he is doing everything in his power to keep Farrah from finding out he’s cheated.
Everything comes crashing down when Farrah finds out about what Mills has been up to, but she gives in to his begging and goes through with the wedding. Once they’re married, things just keep getting worse as Mills keeps putting off the paternity test. He’s been seeing a lot more of Jade and baby Jaysin, who looks a lot like Mills.
Farrah, feeling confused and betrayed, decides to focus on her career. While on a business trip to Paris, she finds herself falling for a rapper named J.R. She still loves Mills, but after what he did to her, she’s not sure their marriage will last.
People always say you can’t help who you love, but what happens when love gets all tangled up and no one seems to know how to set it straight? Will true love prevail, or will it break under all the lies?


Click for more detail about Redbone by T. Styles Redbone

by T. Styles
Urban Books (Apr 01, 2012)
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Where, oh where, have Farah’s roommates all gone?

When Farah Cotton places a classified ad stating, "Cute redbone female looking to share a luxury apartment with another redbone female," many women apply. One look at the lush apartment in Washington, D.C., and every fly girl around wants a chance to call Platinum Lofts her new home.

The moment Farah lays eyes on Lesa Carmine, a pretty young woman with an active lifestyle and a sunny disposition, she knows she’s found the perfect girl for her ultimate plan. The two become fast friends—until Farah becomes intrusive and then her siblings move in, violating Lesa’s privacy. Farah seems dangerous when she’s around them, and Lesa attempts to sever ties without paying rent. 

Feeling overcome with blinding rage, Farah finds all kinds of ways to seek revenge. From poisoning to spreading vicious lies, she makes it known that she doesn’t take Lesa’s brush-off lightly.

When Lesa snoops around in Farah’s past and discovers who she really is, she makes a grave mistake, one that could jeopardize her life. Brace yourselves, because just when you think you have it figured out, you’ll realize you don’t.


Click for more detail about Redeeming Waters by Vanessa Davis Griggs Redeeming Waters

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Aug 01, 2011)
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Must a young woman choose between her commitment to her marriage. . .and to God?

Brianna was ten years old when she first met twenty-five year old David R. Shepherd, a devout and gifted gospel recording artist who would ultimately become world renowned megastar, King d.Avid. He left an impression on Brianna she would never forget. And they were destined to meet again. . .

Brianna’s best friend, Alana Norwood, hasn’t had the best encounters with men, but she’s always been a good friend to Brianna, no matter what situation the two may find themselves in. But despite their bond, the next time Brianna encounters King, she’s a lonely young wife seeking solace in religious studies. While Alana’s quest for fame has her living a life that seems to be going nowhere fast, King’s companionship offers Brianna the deep emotional connection she longs for. But when both a tragedy and a blessing enters Brianna’s life, she finds herself wrestling with questions of faith, fidelity, forgiveness, and the sovereignty of God. . .like never before.

"Griggs address[es] the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. Fans will be pleased." -Publishers Weekly on The Truth Is the Light

"A smart novel that addresses an issue that many in the church shy away from-divorce-with frank realism."-Library Journal on Practicing What You Preach


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by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Dec 29, 2015)
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Must a young woman choose between her commitment to her marriage…and to God?

Brianna was ten years old when she first met twenty-five year old David R. Shepherd, a devout and gifted gospel recording artist who would ultimately become world renowned megastar, King d.Avid. He left an impression on Brianna she would never forget. And they were destined to meet again…

The next time Brianna encounters King, she’s a lonely young wife seeking solace in religious studies. King’s companionship offers her the deep emotional connection she longs for. But when both a tragedy and a blessing enters Brianna’s life, she finds herself wrestling with questions of faith, fidelity, forgiveness, and the sovereignty of God…like never before.


Click for more detail about Relative Interest by Anita Bunkley Relative Interest

by Anita Bunkley
Kensington (Nov 01, 2004)
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Click for more detail about Relentless: Redeemed Series Book 1 by Patricia Haley Relentless: Redeemed Series Book 1

by Patricia Haley
Urban Christian (Oct 28, 2014)
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Attorney Maxwell Montgomery has amassed a long list of legal victories in the war he’s waged against corruption and religious hypocrisy, single-handedly bringing down one of the most popular churches in Philadelphia. Estranged from his family and uninterested in committing to a serious relationship, Maxwell appears heartless and full of disdain. His resolve isn’t fueled by strong spiritual convictions, however. It stems from adversity in his childhood.
Maxwell’s parents were devoted church members who followed their leader blindly into a get-rich-quick-scheme that went terribly wrong. His cushy, middle-class life was ripped from him when his father was convicted of fraud, lost his job, house, car, life savings, long-time position as church treasurer, and credibility in the neighborhood. Maxwell’s mother was also convicted and served nearly a year in prison at a critical time in Maxwell’s childhood. Tossed from their home, he barely escaped foster care as an abusive aunt agreed to keep him and his sister until their parents were released from prison. Seeds of bitterness were deeply planted as Maxwell watched the pastor walk away with no consequences and his reputation intact.
Maxwell has vowed to never again let his fate be dictated by anyone else—not his parents, not God, not a romantic relationship, and definitely not the church. He is determined to be successful, powerful, and rich enough to never end up like his father, and never to need God or the church. No one is immune from his vengeful pursuit—or so he believes. Success abounds; however, Maxwell isn’t prepared for the surprise headed his way and the price he’ll have to pay.


Click for more detail about Revenge of the Mistress by Cydney Rax Revenge of the Mistress

by Cydney Rax
Dafina (Jan 31, 2017)
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Debut author Lisa Renee Johnson delivers an edgy, sexy novel about a man who has it all until one night changes everything

Dubbed the Sex Doctor on his local radio show, psychologist Donathan James advises callers on their sexual issues. With his gorgeous and brilliant neurosurgeon wife, Sydney, at home and women flirting with the hot doctor everywhere he goes, Donathan is living the high life. But when he wakes up naked and drugged in a hotel room, with no memory of the evening before, the doctor suddenly has problems of his own.

Soon, Donathan’s sexy stalker is sending him photographic evidence of what they did that night, turning up in his office to rant about her unstable past, and demanding they meet again and again. All Donathan wants is his life back and for his wife not to find out. But when the relentless stranger goes too far, it leads him to discover his beloved wife has secrets of her own. Now, to save their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. James will have to hold on tight to survive the bumpiest ride of their lives.

“An edgy tale eager to be told. The pace is blazing hot!”—Victor McGlothin


Click for more detail about Reverend Feelgood (Hallelujah Love) by Lutishia Lovely Reverend Feelgood (Hallelujah Love)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Dec 31, 2012)
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In this installment of Lutishia Lovely’s wickedly sexy Hallelujah Love series, an energetic young pastor works overtime to keep the ladies in his congregation deliciously satisfied. . .

Nathaniel "Nate" Thicke is a preaching prodigy. At only twenty-eight years old, he’s the senior pastor of The Gospel Truth Church. In addition to carrying on the preaching tradition begun by his great-grandfather, Nate is also just plain carrying on wherever the spirit—and the flesh—lead him. And when it leads him to three women from the same family, bickering and backstabbing follow. . .

Content with having his pick of the flock, Nate is surprised to discover he’s fallen head-over-heels in love, and decides to become a one-woman man. But the other ladies aren’t about to give him up so easily. They’re prepared to do whatever it takes to get their man back—even if it means adding a few more shocking sins to their list. . .

"Worth every moment." —Donna Hill

"Lovely once again expertly illuminates the wacky world of the devout and devoutly devilish." —Publishers Weekly

"Characters are lively, funny, and realistic. I turned each page eagerly waiting to see what would/could happen next. I cannot wait to see how Ms. Lovely will follow up this story." —APOOO BookClub


Click for more detail about Rich Girl Problems (Millionaire Wives Club) by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker Rich Girl Problems (Millionaire Wives Club)

by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Dafina (Apr 26, 2016)
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""Tu-Shonda Whitaker just keeps getting better and better."" --T. Styles

The season premiere of the hit reality TV show The Millionaire Wives Club starts off with a bang as a highly anticipated new cast member is revealed. Glamorous, powerful, and ruthless, she’s everything viewers want--and everything her diva co-stars, and their men, fear. . .

Milan is more than eager to meet her new co-star, widowed socialite Journee Dupree. Journee is rumored to be the keeper of many prestigious men’s deepest, freakiest secrets. But Milan never dreamed her own husband would be among them. . .. Hair care mogul Vera isn’t feeling fame, but the last thing she needs is to share the spotlight, and her most private struggles, with her man’s baby mama from hell--Journee. . .. A single mom and top magazine editor-in-chief, Chaunci knows Journee from back in the day--so far back that Journee has some dirt on her that could cost her everything. . .

""Whitaker pulls out all the stops hot, hot, hot! Book your ringside seat early!"" --Library Journal

""Whitaker proves that the reality-TV trend is even popular in book form All of the wives are volatile, violent, gossipy, opinionated, treacherous and just purely scandalous."" --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


Click for more detail about Riding Rhythm by Jihad Shaheed Uhuru Riding Rhythm

by Jihad Shaheed Uhuru
Urban Books (Jun 01, 2006)
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Riding Rhythm is a love story set in the early 1970’s and 80’s Chicago, Atlanta, and D.C. Rhythm is a college student in D.C. whom learns of Moses King, the man who started the Disciples, the largest street gang in Chicago. She reads his court case and the inconsistencies in his trial transcripts leads her to write him, asking him if he really did kill and rape the black Chicago Congressman Perry Homes and his wife Fiona. It seems so unlikely because Moses and his Disciples were like Robin Hood and the forty thieves in multiples on the Southside of Chicago. The letters start to flow back and forth and Rhythm changes her major to criminal justice and becomes an attorney to fight the system that has incarcerated the man she falls in love with. Moses started the Disciples to make a positive impact on the black community. The Disciples head up book drives, they feed the hungry, and they start free breakfast programs with the Panthers. They hijack trucks and rob corporate America to finance their operation in the beginning. His estranged brother the Bishop Solomon "the soul king" King has his own agenda it seems as he rises to be one of the nations most controversial and popular Baptist ministers. Lawrence One Free is Moses’ friend and mentor that ran the Atlanta Federal Pen’s law library while he was locked up with Moses. In prison they form a lifelong bond. In prison Law causes Moses to change the direction of the Disciples for what he thinks is the greater good. Pablo "Picasso" Nkrumah is the black Cuban brother who was one of the 12 kings in the Disciple nation until Moses went down, then Picasso broke off and started the Gangsta Gods a rival gang that sold heroine and cocaine like they had a license. The Chicago police commissioner and the F.B.I. are always one step ahead of Moses, Picasso, Law, and Solomon, until Rhythm brings everyone together and teaches what the power of love and unity can accomplish. She shows what the real meaning of freedom is. And when Rhythm touches the lives of these men, everything changes and all hell breaks loose and Rhythm’s heavenly flow shows hell what love can do.


Click for more detail about Road Dawgz by K’wan Road Dawgz

by K’wan
Urban Books (Jul 29, 2014)
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It’s the penthouse or the morgue. This is the philosophy adopted by Keshawn Wilson, a.k.a. K-Dawg, self-proclaimed lord of the streets. Keshawn is the youngest of five kids, and one of only two that don’t belong to his mother’s husband. As a little boy, he feels the distance between him and his stepfather, and life becomes increasingly difficult for him as the years pass. His young adult years are spent in a home for boys and then in state prison, where he serves time for manslaughter. It is during his time behind bars, amongst hardened criminals, that the seeds of evil take root and mercilessly transform him from an innocent child to a heartless, conniving menace. K-Dawg decides that the world owes him something, and when he is released from prison, he intends to take it. He comes up with the ultimate power move that is sure to put him on top of the game or under the earth. He wants it all, and he is dead set on having it, no matter what the cost. He has nothing to lose . . . and everything to gain.On the tenth anniversary of its release, K’wan’s Road Dawgz has a gritty, raw realism that will remind readers how he earned a place at the top of the urban lit game.This is the 10th Anniversary edition of Road Dawgz from #1 Essence bestselling author K’wan.


Click for more detail about Ruthless by Shelia M. Goss Ruthless

by Shelia M. Goss
Urban Christian (Jan 01, 2012)
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Shelia M. Goss brings readers a modern day retelling of David and Bathsheba.

Bathsheba Richards has just discovered that she has a half-sister who needs her help. Sheba’s long lost sister isn’t too happy about their reunion, though, since she has a lot of problems of her own. Sheba’s dealing with her husband’s boss, who wants her all to himself. After succumbing to his advances, Sheba gets pregnant, and there’s no question about who the daddy is, since her husband has been overseas for the past three months.

David King is the CEO of one of the largest media conglomerates in the country. Few people know that David has a calling on his life, but he’s been running from it. He thought having fame and fortune would fulfill the need. Only after Sheba gets pregnant does he realize the error of his ways. Praying for God’s mercy, David tries to right a wrong. Whether he will succeed or fail remains to be seen. 

With a long lost half-sister and a husband who will surely feel betrayed, Sheba’s life is filled with turmoil. Will David be her knight in shining armor as he professes to be, or is her nightmare just beginning?


Click for more detail about Sacrifice The One (Urban Christian) by Monica Carter Sacrifice The One (Urban Christian)

by Monica Carter
Urban Christian (Apr 01, 2007)
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Seta is a good girl gone bad. She’s tried for years to gain her father’s love and attention, but all he does is ignores her. And she’s tired of it. So if being good won’t get her anywhere, she may as well be bad. Seta’s high school years bring a series of bad decisions, alcohol, sex and a host of other things she uses to escape the pain she feels. Not even a praying grandmother can keep her from the path she is so set on taking. Seta’s quest for acceptance leads her to one secret so terrible, she hopes no one ever finds out. Will her quest for one thing cause her to lose everything?


Click for more detail about Schemes by Kiki Swinson Schemes

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Sep 27, 2016)
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DEVIL IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
KIKI SWINSON
 
Karlie Houston hasn’t seen a raise in forever, but the payday loan office she manages is raking in the cash. So why not get what she’s rightfully owed by masterminding a heist? Once her lover Sidney’s boys hit all the company’s locations at one time, there’s a fortune to split. But suddenly bodies start dropping—and Karlie better devise the perfect plan to survive…
 
 
TWISTED DECEPTION
SAUNDRA
 
Raised by a ruthless mother, Yazz Armstrong lives by “scheme or die.” So she’s cool with helping her man, Kevon, take control of head dealer Caesar’s territory. And when the fallout racks up unexpected casualties, Yazz finds Caesar’s bed a refuge—and his empire hers to help rule. Too bad someone with an even more lethal agenda won’t stop ’til Yazz and her dreams crash and burn for good…

“Kiki captures the heat of the streets.”—Wahida Clark

“Saundra offers insight into the ruthless drug game but also offers hope and redemption. Fans of SistahSouljah’s groundbreaking The Coldest Winter Everwill immediately note similarities to that powerful novel in Saundra’s writing.” —Library Journal on Her Sweetest Revenge


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by Trice Hickman
Dafina (Jul 01, 2015)
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Two couples, two unhappy spouses--one shocking solution…

Five years into her happy marriage, Geneva Mayfield is devastated to find that things have taken a turn for the worse. Her husband, Johnny, is suddenly hard to reach, distant, and works late too often for Geneva not to be suspicious. Is it because she's been pressuring him about having a baby? Feeling lonely and neglected, Geneva bonds with Robert Owens, a colleague who is having marital trouble of his own. Soon, their relationship blossoms into an uncontrollable affair.

Bored with her husband, Robert, and dead set against having a child with him, Vivana Owens is biding her time until she's ready to leave—and she's spending it with Johnny Mayfield. It's just a fling—until Vivana becomes obsessed with Johnny, especially once he tries to win back his wife. But affairs don't end easy—and soon one of the unfaithfuls will end up dead, one will end up in jail, and one just might get away with murder…


Click for more detail about Secret Place by Leslie J. Sherrod Secret Place

by Leslie J. Sherrod
Urban Christian (Mar 01, 2011)
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When desperation leads to homicide, can healing, freedom - and faith - be found?


A Sunday school teacher hides a dark secret. Charisma Joel’s family has been plagued by mental illness for years, leaving her in denial and too ashamed to get help. Desperate and angry with God, she turns to cocky, womanizing Dr. Miles Logan for solace. But when a homicide occurs and more dark secrets are exposed, Charisma is left to wonder if she will ever find the relief and freedom she desires for herself and her family.


Secret Place is a story that reveals the devastation mental illness can cause within families, while offering solid hope and inspiration along the way.


Click for more detail about Selling My Soul (Urban Christian) by Sherri Lewis Selling My Soul (Urban Christian)

by Sherri Lewis
Urban Christian (Mar 01, 2010)
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"Church Sex Scandal!" the front page of The Washington Times screamed. Barely off the plane from Africa for two minutes and some American sensationalism is there to greet her. Glad not to be in public relations anymore, Trina Michaels plans to ignore the headline. Until she recognizes the faces of the accused.When she returns from her two-year mission trip in Mozambique, Trina realizes that other than longing to see her mother and her best friend, her heart aches to fly back to the place that now feels more like home than anywhere she’s ever lived. And to the man who’s stolen her heart. Her dreams of returning to her beloved village are short-lived. Trina soon learns that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer and the cost of treatment is expensive. She’s forced to return to her career in public relations and is assigned a damage control client—the bishop of a mega-church where an associate pastor and deacon were accused of sexually abusing young boys. One of the young boys has grown up to become her best friend’s husband and a popular gospel recording artist. Representing Bishop Walker could cost Trina her most valued friendship, her reputation, and a future with her new love. As she plows deeper into the scandal and the bishop blackmails her to cover the church’s secrets and lies, Trina realizes it could cost her soul.


Click for more detail about Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X by Rodnell P. Collins and A. Peter Bailey Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X

by Rodnell P. Collins and A. Peter Bailey
Kensington (Jan 01, 2002)
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SINCE MALCOLM X EXPLOSIVE AUTOBIOGRAAPHY THIS IS THE M0ST IMPORTANT BOOK YOU’LL EVER READ. SEVENTH CHILDA family memoir of Malcolm X
Rodnell P. Collins, nephew Of Malcolm X with A. Peter Bailey Malcolm X The Man Behind The Myth
A Loving Sister’s Blood Memories of a Challenged "son"
His Controversial Analysis about American Foreign Policy
Never-Before-Published Family Photographs and Letters Seventh Child, Seventh Son: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X. offers invaluable contribution and insight to one of twentieth century americas most charismatic, controversial and provocative figure. On Malcolm X Of the forty publications in eight languages, none provided such insight on a man and his time’s, excepting, his own Autobiography. Through the eyes of a compassionate loving sister, Ella Little-Collins, knew him best and her son, Rodnell Collins, to whom Malcolm X was a much-loved and admired uncle and mentor, Ella’s enduring and tenacious loyalty to her brother permeate the entire book. She was Malcolm’s protreptic, not his inhibitor, Malcolm-Little (the child) was an inherent pedagogue, Ella felt. To accomplish this task she became his legal guardian brought Malcolm into her home after their father was lynched and Malcolm mother was Institutionalized, Late in his teenage years he Was very rebellious, this contributed to his incarceration to prison, Ella arranged for his transfer to a progressive prison colony, with a large open library, the prison. offered University course’s in theology, Malcolom debated University students, and recieved his certificate in theology from one of the participating Universities. While in the nation of Islam, Ella often served as confidant he confided his growing concerns about the rampant corruption in nation of Islam headquarters. Ella and Rodnell lived those moments with Malcolm and his family, when attempts were made on his life, The night Malcolms home was fire bomb, his sister and nephew came to their rescue. Rodnell along with members of Malcolms organization were publicly attacked by three car loads of nation of, Islam thugs and informents in Boston, Massachusetts trying to make and attempt on the life Of Malcolm X 1964. It was his sister Ella who finance his trips abroad and to the Holy city of Mecca Saudia Arabia. In the early dawn hours before Malcolms assassination Ella and Rodnell were his discussant’s, on the human-right’s violations of Africans americans and Native Americans by the Untied States, an issue he intented to bring before The United Nations World Court. A public pronouncement, he make in relationship to that, The African and Asian American diaspora and their connection to United States foreign policy, the two speeches both In New York City, April 8, 1964 and December 12, 1964 "Communication and Reality", he knew his pronouncement and position with the N.O.I. at that time may I mean his life, Malcolm forebode, Ella, that of my death " I feel like a grain of sand on the sea shore, if in someway I have change the course of the tide" It would have been with his life, he knew he had to answer to god for any of his own mistakes the import of those words did not take heart of Ella in those early hours before his death that day, But it would come. African and Asian numeral science and the science of cosmology use base numeral seven. It is practiced among these society the seventh child or son will emerge and perform great works or a leader. Malcolm X was his father’s seventh child. Twenty five years before her death, in august 1996, Ella worked on a memoir of her brother and the little family through the generations with several author’s James Baldwin, Louis Lomax, and Art Aveilhe to no avail. A first cousin, educator Oscar V. Little, began researching the Little family genealogy, she was enthusiastic and elated when his diligence came to fruition with the discovery of great-grandparents, Tony and Clarrie, and family primogenitor AJAR, brought from West Africa to enslavement in the Carolina’s. in early 1800s. " It was Malcolm found wish to know his ancestor who first arrived on these shores", Ella told Rodnell, whose earliest memory of his uncle being held in his arms as an Infant while Ma prepared family dinner". When illness incapacitated his mother in the mid 1980s, Rodnell inherited the memoir project. Ella L. Little Collins passed all archived information, Letters, Photographs, several documents and her memories on to him. " I became as committed to the project she cherished all those years".

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Click for more detail about Sex in the Sanctuary by Lutishia Lovely Sex in the Sanctuary

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Mar 01, 2011)
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From exciting new author Lutishia Lovely comes a steamy debut in the manner of Victoria Christopher Murray and Kimberla Lawson Roby. Set in a church community on fire for the Lord-and for each other-Sex in the Sanctuary is filled with scintillating sisters, playing brothers, and church matrons trying to run everybody’s business . . . As first lady of Kingdom Citizen’s Christian Center, Vivian Montgomery has it all: a beautiful home, lovely children, and a pastor husband who makes her shout Hallelujah-and not just in church. There’s no doubt Pastor Montgomery has a healthy appreciation for the Lord and for the pleasures of the flesh, namely his wife’s flesh. If only Vivian’s best friend, Tai, was so blessed . . . A first lady herself, Tai’s husband, King, is pastor of Mount Zion Progressive Baptist Church. But with two affairs under his belt, Tai wonders just what "progressive" means. In fact, she strongly suspects her husband is at it again. Now she can follow her mother-in-law’s example and threaten to shoot any would-be-husband-stealing floozies, or she can take Vivian’s advice and listen for God’s instruction. But Tai’s husband isn’t the only one fighting temptation. Whether trying to wait until marriage or just waiting until the next mating opportunity, these congregations are filled with members whose eyes are on more than Jesus! The result is a page-turning read, not soon to be forgotten.


Click for more detail about Sheisty: Triple Crown Collection by T. N. Baker Sheisty: Triple Crown Collection

by T. N. Baker
Urban Books (Nov 24, 2015)
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Epiphany Wright, Keisha Moore, and Shana Scott spent their teenage years as best friends in the hood of south side Jamaica, Queens. As adults, their friendship is put to the test when envy, built-up animosity, hidden betrayal, and the bad boys in their lives cause more havoc. Every day becomes a struggle to keep it tight. With all that’s riding against them when drastic situations occur, will these girls be down for one another, or be just plain Sheisty?


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by Nora Deloach
Holloway House (Jan 01, 1993)
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Book by DeLoach, Nora, Frazier-Deloach, Nora L.


Click for more detail about Silent Wager by Anita Bunkley Silent Wager

by Anita Bunkley
Kensington (May 01, 2006)
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by Victor McGlothin
Dafina (Apr 01, 2007)
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From acclaimed author Victor McGlothin comes an absorbing, inspirational tale about the high cost of greed-and the miracle of redemption-as a married couple find themselves caught up in a very pricey love triangle . . . Everybody’s got a weakness and Chandelle Hutchins’ is a love of material possessions-a love that is causing serious trouble in her marriage. Chandelle’s latest object of desire is an expensive new house. Her husband Marvin knows they can’t afford it-and he also knows he can’t talk Chandelle into giving it up. With their relationship crumbling under a mountain of debt, it may just be easier for Marvin to walk away. But with Chandelle’s scheming cousin Dior in town, money may be the least of the couple’s problems . . . Dior’s weakness is her insatiable appetite for causing trouble-and her latest target is her cousin’s marriage. When the time is right, Dior would like nothing more than to seduce Marvin on the rebound. But Dior is being trailed by her own troublemaker: a crazed female employer who refuses to release Dior from her twisted duties as nanny to her children and late night mistress to her kinky husband. Fortunately for everyone involved, the Lord works in mysterious ways. For despite a tangle of lies, manipulation, and mayhem, a series of unexpected events is about to bless everyone with a much needed second chance . . .


Click for more detail about Sing A New Song (Urban Books) by Michelle Lindo-Rice Sing A New Song (Urban Books)

by Michelle Lindo-Rice
Urban Christian (Jan 29, 2013)
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Book One of the Song of the Heart series If you found out you were dying, would you suddenly confess all your past sins?
When former chart-topper Tiffany Knightly learns that she’s dying from cancer, she leaves behind her plush California lifestyle to return to Hempstead, New York, with Karlie, her reluctant teenaged daughter. Her fans think she has simply gone home to die, but Tiffany has another mission. She desperately wishes she could leave her past in the past, but in order to secure her daughter’s future, she must tear open past wounds.

Life wasn’t always easy for Tiffany. With a stepfather who abused her and a mother who didn’t believe her, she acted out by becoming promiscuous. Fifteen years later, she’s back to reveal to her ex-husband that he might not be Karlie’s biological father. In fact, there are four men who could have fathered Karlie—four that she’s willing to acknowledge, anyway.

As Tiffany reveals her truth and searches for Karlie’s father, she reconnects with old friends and old lovers. Some reunions are happy, but some innocent lives are torn apart, leaving Tiffany to wonder if she’s doing the right thing. Through it all, she will have to learn to rely on the healing power of God’s unfathomable love.


Click for more detail about Sister Betty Says I Do by Pat G’Orge Walker Sister Betty Says I Do

by Pat G’Orge Walker
Dafina (Aug 27, 2013)
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An inspiring, devilishly funny tale of hope, secrets—and hard-knock faith that can make the most impossible situations right. . .

For Sister Betty, the marriage proposal from trustee Freddie Noel is a once-in-a-lifetime surprise blessing. Unfortunately, she knows the chances of having a peaceful ceremony in their beloved Crossing Over Sanctuary Church are slim to none. But she’s armed with enough sense and scripture to keep contentious church busybodies Bea Blister and Sasha Pray Onn from sowing even more chaos amid the congregation—until a rehearsal disaster and an unexpected secret causes Freddie to break off the engagement without explanation. . .


While this no-nonsense prayer warrior needs all the holy backup she can get, her pastor, Reverend Leotis Tom, is desperately dodging temptation as Mother Pray Onn’s wild-child niece and Betty’s young cousin compete to become his First Lady. With her happiness, the church’s future, and Tom’s sanity on the line, Sister Betty will need to kick some spiritual butt, take names—and fight for some major soul-saving miracles.


"Filled with characters that jump off the page. . ..Pat G’Orge Walker has a way of showing us our flaws in a humorous manner." —Shelia M. Goss, author of Delilah, on Somebody’s Sinning in My Bed


"Walker shines. . .with her usual inspirational, knee-slapping style." —Publishers Weekly on Don’t Blame the Devil


Click for more detail about Sleep Don’t Come Easy by J.D. Mason and Victor McGlothin Sleep Don’t Come Easy

by J.D. Mason and Victor McGlothin
Dafina (Jul 01, 2008)
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National bestselling authors J.D. Mason and Victor McGlothin combine their literary talents to deliver a double dose of intrigue… "The Lazarus Man" by J.D. Mason When a young female city employee is murdered, the case brings together an unlikely team: an investigative reporter whose career is on the line, a lead detective who would rather work alone, and an elderly, delusional homeless man named Lazarus who frequents the shelter where the victim volunteered. Lazarus claims he witnessed the killing—though his hold on reality is questionable. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and with the detective at the helm, the trio soon unearths a shocking truth no one would have ever suspected… "Tomorrow’s Edge" by Victor McGlothin Smart, sexy P.I. Vera Miles is an expert at finding people who don’t want to be found. But her latest client is a rare, and possibly dangerous, exception: a handsome drifter with amnesia who believes he’s killed someone—though he can’t remember who or why. Is the man guilty of murder or innocent and in big trouble? With no clues, Vera takes a shot in the dark that sends her on a trail from the local diner to the medical examiner’s office to the seedy digs of a street informant, all the way to the FBI. But as she gets closer to solving the mystery, Vera wonders if her client is better off without his memory…

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Click for more detail about Sleeping With The Enemy by Wahida Clark and Kiki Swinson Sleeping With The Enemy

by Wahida Clark and Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Nov 01, 2011)
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Wahida Clark and Kiki Swinson are two mistresses who have the street lit genre on lock. —The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

Enemy in My Bed Wahida Clark

Kreesha can’t control her dangerous feelings for Reign—a brother who’s married, just out of prison, and one strike away from lockdown-for-life. But when Reign betrays her to the Feds, she’ll risk everything to save her empire and give Reign one last seduction—with a bullet. . .

Keeping My Enemies Close Kiki Swinson

Larissa is fed up with lying, cheating men. Her best friend Tenisha’s suggestion: try a guaranteed-to-be-faithful brother in prison. But when hooking up with Sean lands Larissa behind bars, she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure Tenisha and Sean get the ultimate payback. . .

Includes An Excerpt From Kiki’s New Novel!


Click for more detail about Smart Parenting For African-Americans: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Difficult World by Jeff Gardere Smart Parenting For African-Americans: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Difficult World

by Jeff Gardere
Kensington (Jan 01, 2002)
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A hip, savvy, realistic guide to raising children in an environment that present daily challenges to their well-being and successful development.


Click for more detail about Snow by Kenji Jasper Snow

by Kenji Jasper
Dafina (Mar 01, 2007)
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From acclaimed author Kenji Jasper comes an edgy, gripping new novel that asks if family life turns a hustler soft—or just hardens his heart… He Killed For Hate. Life on the darker streets of D.C. can turn a clean kid grimy. Snow was one of those good kids—until a gang killed his next door neighbor and he decided to settle the score. But doing what he thought was right only plunged him deeper in a deadly game. Now he’s a killer for hire, a grown man who’s willing—and able—to do anything necessary to survive. But even a cold-blooded hit man has a heart… Now He May Die For Love. When Snow falls in love and becomes a father, he’s more willing than ever to do what it takes to support his woman and his baby girl. But what that means for a hit man and what it means for a family man are two very different things. When the clash between his home life and his street life threatens to explode, Snow decides to make one last score to put his family on easy street, and get out of the game. But as much as he wants to break out, there’s someone just as dangerous, and just as determined to keep Snow right where he is…


Click for more detail about So You Call Yourself A Man (Church) by Carl Weber So You Call Yourself A Man (Church)

by Carl Weber
Dafina (Dec 01, 2006)
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Three best friends who have grown to manhood together are about to discover that the real tests of their friendship have only just begun.


Click for more detail about Soft by T. Styles, J.M. Benjamin, Boston George, Danielle Santiago and Caroline Mcgill Soft

by T. Styles, J.M. Benjamin, Boston George, Danielle Santiago and Caroline Mcgill
Urban Books (Sep 01, 2011)
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New York Times bestselling authors Ashley and JaQuavis have put together a collection of street fiction’s finest. Caroline McGill, J.M. Benjamin, Boston George, and T. Styles present fresh new stories of money, murder, betrayal, and revenge. Their unique approach attempts to explain the allure of the dope game through the eyes of some unforgettable characters. Just when you think it’s over, a new story picks up and takes you on a whole new journey! This is a sure classic and the beginning of a great series. Take a ride with the kings and queens of the street.


Click for more detail about Some Sunday by Margaret Johnson-Hodge Some Sunday

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
Dafina (Sep 01, 2002)
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Margaret Johnson-Hodge’s national bestselling novel and successful sequel to her bestselling book “Butterscotch Blues” opens with Sandy Hutchinson who has faced times so hard they nearly broke her. The death of her young husband Adrian, from AIDS was a powerful kind of hurting that left her wary of ever loving again. When Adrian’s brother Winston steps in to help Sandy begin her healing, life grows even more uncertain for her. But things truly become complicated when a contractor by the name of Randall arrives to re-finish her basement, and in the process, possibly her heart.


Click for more detail about Somebody’s Sinning In My Bed by Pat G’Orge Walker Somebody’s Sinning In My Bed

by Pat G’Orge Walker
Dafina (Sep 01, 2009)
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Pat G’Orge-Walker delivers a wickedly funny, uplifting novel of love and betrayal . . . good karma and bad karma . . . sin and redemption . . . Reverend Grayson Young and his wife Chyna have the perfect marriage. Perfect, that is, if you believe Reverend Young is walking the walk as well as talking the talk. For while the Reverend preaches about the evils of infidelity, both he and his wife are having so many affairs, you’d think the day of reckoning was at hand. And when Reverend Young catches his wife in the act at the fittingly named Sweet Bush Lounge, his faith and love for his wife are put to the ultimate test . . . Distraught, Chyna turns to her sister Janelle for guidance-the same sister whose man she stole years ago. But if Chyna thinks she’s getting sympathy from Janelle, she’d better think again. Cordell was Janelle’s first love. And even though Cordell and Chyna eventually divorced, Janelle still feels the sting of their betrayal. As far as Janelle sees it, what goes around comes around, so it’s now Chyna’s turn to be hurting. What follows are squabbling, chaos, and surprises that show how hard the road to salvation really is . . . Praise For Pat G’Orge-Walker "Ms. Walker pens a tale so funny that you’ll fall out of your chair laughing, and so poignantly realistic that you’ll wipe tears from your eyes . . . a must-read". -Angela Benson on Cruisin’ on Desperation "One of my favorite writers of all time". -Zane, New York Times Bestselling Author "Christian comedy fiction at its best". - Library Journal on Mother Eternal Ann Everlastin’s Dead


Click for more detail about Something On The Side by Carl Weber Something On The Side

by Carl Weber
Dafina (Jan 29, 2008)
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Carl Weber—the New York Times bestselling author of The First Lady and So You Call Yourself a Man—represents with a straight-up novel about friendship and love, sex and betrayal, and how getting some on the side is never as simple as it seems… Meet Tammy, Egypt, Isis, Nikki, Coco, and Tiny—the bodacious women of the Big Girls Book Club. There’s only one rule to being a member. You must be at least a size 14… BGBC president Tammy loves everything about her life—her two kids, her fierce friends, her BMW. She especially loves taking care of business for her husband, Tim, for whom she’d do anything. This year, she intends to top all his past birthdays by having a threesome with her best friend, Egypt. Now, if only Egypt will agree to grant them this very special favor… Isis’s boyfriend, Tony, romances her every chance he gets—and he knows how to turn up the heat, which makes Isis willing to lay down and die for him. That is until a man from her past steps back into her life—with only one goal in mind: win back the woman he’s never been able to forget. But not every BGBC member is lucky with men. Once upon a time, single mom Nikki would have made love to her man in the middle of Times Square for the entire country to see. Now that he’s her ex, it takes everything she has not to kill him (or let her roommate, Tiny, do it for her), especially since he has a way of disappointing their son every chance he gets—and then making her look like the bad guy. And then there’s hot-to-trot Coco Brown, who has a habit of messing around with married men. It doesn’t bother her, as long as they don’t try to deny it. But now that she’s hooked up with a man who makes his living being every woman’s fantasy, all she cares about is making sure he doesn’t stray. As insatiable about books as they are about love—or lust—these friends are about to discover how tough it is to keep it real when they all have Something on the Side.


Click for more detail about Something On The Side (Big Girls Book Club) by Carl Weber Something On The Side (Big Girls Book Club)

by Carl Weber
Dafina (Aug 01, 2011)
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Meet Tammy, Egypt, Isis, Nikki, Coco, and Tiny-the bodacious women of the Big Girls Book Club. There’s only one rule to being a member. You must be at least a size 14. . .

BGBC president Tammy loves everything about her life-especially taking care of business for her husband, Tim. This year, she intends to top all his past birthdays by having a threesome with her best friend, Egypt. Now, if only Egypt will agree . . .

And then there’s Coco, who has a habit of messing around with married men. But now that she’s hooked up with a man who makes his living being every woman’s fantasy, all she cares about is making sure he doesn’t stray.

As insatiable about books as they are about love, these friends are about to discover how tough it is to keep it real when they all have something on the side.

"These babes find there’s a consequence to every freaky action in or out of the bedroom." -Publishers Weekly

"You’ll fall in love with the members of the Big Girls Book Club." -Essence ®


Click for more detail about Somewhat Saved by Pat G’Orge Walker Somewhat Saved

by Pat G’Orge Walker
Dafina (Feb 01, 2009)
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In her most soulful and side-splitting send-up of church life yet, Pat G’Orge-Walker’s hilarious cast of parishioners battle their worst vices, the funny and serious sides of aging, and each other. . .

Mother Sasha Pray Onn and Mother Bea Blister live on the edge—of Christianity, that is. As senior matrons of the Ain’t Nobody Saved but Us-All Others Goin’ to Hell church, their devotion to the Lord must compete with their secret passions for gambling, long-held grudges, and their jealousy of Sister Betty.

Both Mothers are put to the test when Reverend Bling Moe Bling gives them two tickets to Las Vegas, where they’ll be attending the Mothers Board Conference with Sister Betty. As their bickering, gambling and chaos ensues, redemption will be no small miracle in the city of sin.

"Christian comedy fiction at its best." —Library Journal


Click for more detail about Soulmates Dissipate by Mary B. Morrison Soulmates Dissipate

by Mary B. Morrison
Kensington (Apr 01, 2003)
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A soulful, sexy tale of true love tested, this bestselling debut novel began an exciting series that continues to explore life's most intense relationships. . .

Fashion photographer Jada Diamond Tanner may have her pick of fine men, but no one has captured her heart like gorgeous financial advisor Wellington Jones. From their first embrace, Jada knows he is the soulmate she has waited for.

But while the love she shares with Wellington is exhilarating, Jada faces challenges she never imagined--from a beautiful rival, hungry for love, and from Wellington's overbearing socialite mother, who believes Jada will never fit into her circle. Forced to make difficult choices, Jada learns painful lessons about trust and commitment. . .and discovers the courage to celebrate each day, with or without the man she loves.


Click for more detail about Still Sheisty: Triple Crown Collection by T. N. Baker Still Sheisty: Triple Crown Collection

by T. N. Baker
Urban Books (Dec 29, 2015)
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Epiphany, Keisha, and Shana were once best friends, but envy, built-up animosity, and the bad boys in their lives have come between them. Drastic situations have left their friendship on the edge of destruction.

In this sequel to the hood classic, Sheisty, T.N. Baker shows readers that you can never really take the hood out of the homegirl. Epiphany, Keisha, and Shana are still trickin’ for dough, still running off at the mouth, and still being sheisty. However, as they will soon see, you can’t stay wrapped up in drama forever, because what goes around comes around. Everything will all come to a head, one way or another.

Read Still Sheisty to learn the answers to these questions: Will death really come knocking on Epiphany’s door? Will Keisha give up her good-girl image once and for all? Will Shana find herself in a situation that will claim her man and her freedom?
Still Sheisty lives up to its predecessor—all that and then some—so get ready for the drama!


Click for more detail about Still Wifey Material by Kiki Swinson Still Wifey Material

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Nov 01, 2010)
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Kira is back and needs to make up for lost time. After deciding to leave the Witness Protection Program she gets disturbing news that Quincy an old flame, Rhonda her business partner, Sunshine an old rival, and her grandmother were all murdered. Kira wants a new beginning so she moves to Houston, Texas with her cousin, Nikki in search of southern hospitality. Little does she know that the streets in Houston and the men who run them are just as dangerous as the hometown she fled. Determined to prove that she is still wifey material, Kira jumps back onto the club scene in search of another sugar-daddy. When she meets Fatu, a Nigerian nightclub owner, her situation is instantly upgraded when he asks to marry her. As Kira begins to make plans for her wedding, her cousin Nikki has plans of her own. Tired of always living in Kira’s shadow, Nikki is furious that once again Kira is walking away with the boss. Especially when she had eyes on Fatu first! Nikki is prepared to breakup Kira’s engagement by any means necessary but Kira has bigger problems. Fatu isn’t the legitimate businessman Kira thought he was. She’s uncovered confidential information about Fatu that he is willing to kill for in order to keep secret. Fatu, the notorious crime boss has finally met his match and she’s a woman by the name of Kira!


Click for more detail about Stone Cold Liar (Misadventures of Mink LaRue) by Noire Stone Cold Liar (Misadventures of Mink LaRue)

by Noire
Dafina (Aug 25, 2015)
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As a newly-minted Dominion family heiress, Mink has new golden moves to snag even more of the family fortune. Trouble is, her hidden love games with seductive uncle-by-marriage-only Suge have them at bad-news odds—and more than her heart is in dirty sexy trouble. When the family patriarch is shot, Mink is up against a crossfire of old Dominion rivals, blackmailers, and elegant scammers out to take them down for good. What she needs is a surprise ally—her identical twin Dy-Nasty. But her scheming sibling’s conniving threatens to end Mink’s moneyed ride and ace her into lockdown. With disaster only one lie away, Mink has to flip the script on enemies she never saw coming—and turn her diamond-honed hustle into the supreme weapon…


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by De’nesha Diamond
Dafina (Nov 01, 2011)
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"In De’nesha Diamond’s explosive series, the fiercest ride-or-die chicks in Memphis are battling alongside-and against-their ruthless men, to be the last diva standing … On these Dirty South streets, revenge is sweet opportunity. Now the women who help rule the hood are out to take ultimate control. Merciless lieutenant Lucifer drops as many bodies as she can to avenge a devastating shooting and consolidate her new power. Loyal gang member Essence discovers friendship has lethal limits when she falls for her best friend’s man. Ever-ambitious Yolanda is angling hard to go from a king hustler’s baby mama to his one and only. But Queen G LeShelle will betray any trust and take out any obstacle to make the game hers alone. And when these four women push their vendettas past the point of no return, it’s a war only the most deadly diva will survive … Praise for Hustlin’ Divas "A nonstop, hard-hitting page-turner." -Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker "Diamond’s ear for street talk comes across loud and clear … a violent and profane tale, which launches a gritty new series. The divas here are realistic characters, and the pacing zooms . . . one of the best constructed street lit stories of 2010." -Library Journal "


Click for more detail about Street Life by Jihad Shaheed Uhuru Street Life

by Jihad Shaheed Uhuru
Urban Books (Jun 01, 2007)
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Street Life is a journey into the struggle of a young black male raised in America’s inner city streets. Not since Donald Goines and Claude Brown has there been a story written from the male perspective about the inner city streets that compares. As the merry-go-round of life in the hood is relived, explanations will become evident for the events and circumstances that lead so many to the prison-gates. In this true to life story a vivid, colorful picture is painted of why growing up in an environment where happiness is sought in the bottom of liquor bottles, needles and dope sacks is just ordinary life in the hood. Whenever one tries to break the cycle, unseen hands pull at him to continue the course he was conditioned to complete. It takes a conviction and lengthy prison stay for Jihad to change his thinking and change the course of his life.


Click for more detail about Street Players by Donald Goines Street Players

by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Jun 01, 2000)
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In this, his fourth novel, Goines tests the tensile strength of a ghetto spawn who clawed his way to the top and fights like hell to stay there. He’s known as "Earl the Black Pearl," and he’s left the homeboys behind-way behind. He’s cool, sharp as an ice crystal, and it seems that no one can touch him. Until someone even higher up puts the heat on and his friends begin dropping like flies-of lead poisoning. That’s when Earl fights back…and all hell breaks loose!


Click for more detail about Strongholds (Blessed Trinity) by Vanessa Davis Griggs Strongholds (Blessed Trinity)

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (May 01, 2008)
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From Vanessa Davis Griggs comes the second book in her Blessed Trinity Trilogy. Part Terry McMillan, part Jan Karon, Griggs delivers the story of a congregation hoping for heaven—while dealing with life right here on earth. . . When Pastor George Landris, the dreadlock-wearing minister of the new mega-church, Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center, urges his congregation to approach the altar and cast off their strongholds—also known as their weaknesses—it’s the start of intense soul-searching for many. From a married couple’s twin addictions to gambling and gluttony, to a female member’s adulterous affair, a computer expert’s obsession with cyber-porn and a therapist’s workaholism, the Pastor’s church family is about to open the proverbial floodgates. And that’s just the beginning. There’s also the woman whose battle with mental illness hides a buried trauma, and the religious devotee who’s so busy fearing the devil she’s forgotten what faith is really about. The plot only thickens when the Pastor’s wife lightens his load by helping him counsel—and finds herself at the center of a decades-long deception. Insightful, witty, and always poignant, Vanessa Davis Griggs delivers another compelling novel, taking readers behind the scenes of mega-churches, and showing the amazing power that redemption and faith can have on people’s lives.

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Click for more detail about Supreme Clientele by Ashley and JaQuavis Supreme Clientele

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Jan 01, 2007)
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Every Hustler’s reign ends in one of two ways. . .prison or death. Refusing to let the prediction become a reality, Julius "Jules" Carter creates new rules to an old game. Strategically, he forms one of the most notorious drug operations Harlem has ever seen. Jules thought the game was his biggest challenge that is until he meets Tish. Young and Ambitious she is determined to escape from Harlem’s allure, but her love for Jules has her rooted. She gets tangled in his web of lies and deceit. When she finds out about his past demons and connects them with her own, she soon finds out that there’s a thin line between love and hate. You can’t turn a bad girl good, but once a good girl turns bad she’s gone forever. Julius finds out the hard way that everything done in the dark eventually comes to light. Ashley and JaQuavis narrate a fast paced, suspenseful tale of one of Harlem’s biggest drug lords, his rise to power, and the woman behind him.


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by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Sep 01, 1995)
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Click for more detail about Taking Care of Business by Lutishia Lovely Taking Care of Business

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Apr 01, 2012)
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Lutishia Lovely cooks up a riveting portrait of a trailblazing family expanding their booming soul food dynasty. . .

After a long bout of misfortune, betrayal, and broken hearts, the Livingstons and their soul food empire are thriving. Toussaint Livingston is the Food Network darling, Malcolm Livingston’s BBQ Soul Smoker is still the toast of QVC, and Bianca Livingston’s brainchild TOSTS—Taste Of Soul Tapas Style—is a sizzling sensation on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. It seems that nothing can stop the progress of this third generation—until a dish called trouble gets added to the menu.

Jefferson Livingston is the only sibling who feels he hasn’t made his mark, a fact for which he partly blames Toussaint. But with a recent promotion and a sexy new assistant, Jefferson is ready to show his cousin just how big a mistake he made. Then a fire breaks out, an old enemy rears his ugly head, and a stranger threatens the family’s legacy. Jefferson and Toussaint must now work together to keep the dynasty from falling apart. Can they put their differences aside long enough to take care of business? There’s only one way to find out. . . .

"A great new taste in the literary world." —Carl Weber


Click for more detail about Tappin’ On Thirty by Candice Dow Tappin’ On Thirty

by Candice Dow
Dafina (Feb 01, 2008)
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From Candice Dow comes a sexy, soul searching novel about love lost, new beginnings, and the big 3-0 . . . As a successful legal consultant, Devin Patterson’s professional life is good. But his personal life is another story. Devin let his true love slip away when his now ex-wife intentionally got pregnant. He loves his six-year-old daughter, but as the clock ticks on his thirtieth birthday, he can’t help reminiscing about the past-and he’s not alone . . . With her model looks and her law career, people wonder why Taylor Jabowski is still single as she’s approaching her thirtieth birthday. But Taylor knows exactly why: Scooter, the high school sweetheart she broke up with when she was young and foolish. She hasn’t been in love since, and with her class reunion coming up, Taylor can’t help fantasizing about winning him back . . . As Devin opens his heart to the idea of a new relationship, and Taylor tries to re-connect with Scooter, their paths cross. They discover they have more in common than regrets from the past. Now that they’re older and wiser, can they figure it out?


Click for more detail about Tara’s Perfect Life: The Lip Gloss Chronociles Vol. 5 (Urban Books) by Shelia M. Goss Tara’s Perfect Life: The Lip Gloss Chronociles Vol. 5 (Urban Books)

by Shelia M. Goss
Urban Books (Nov 13, 2013)
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Bestselling author Sheila Goss returns with her popular Lip Gloss Chronicles in a tale of dangerous liaisons and teenage drama. In this volume, the teenaged Tara becomes infatuated with a senior- Matthew Boyd. She ends up in a compromising position. Will she make the right decision or will she allow Matthew to talk her into having premarital sex? Whatever decisions she makes can be deadly since an anonymous sources reveals that Matthew is HIV positive.


Click for more detail about Teenage Love Affair by Ni-Ni Simone Teenage Love Affair

by Ni-Ni Simone
KTeen (Apr 01, 2010)
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Check it: I’m Zsa-Zsa. Some call me arrogant, but I call it confidence. You decide when you find out what I’m working with.

First things first—I’m seventeen, but I’m grown and have been for a long time. I have my own ride, my mama doesn’t clock my time, and my boyfriend, Ameen, is getting money like you wouldn’t believe. There’s only one problem: when Ameen gets mad, sometimes he takes his anger out on me. And yeah, maybe I could leave him, but there’s no way Ameen could imagine being without me.

So now I’m all confused, especially since my first love, Malachi, is back in my life. Ameen is not giving up without a fight, and no matter how hard I try, the love I have for Malachi won’t go away. And did I mention that Malachi has a girl? Needless to say, my days are filled with drama. So this is my story and you need to come and chill with me as I try and see what boy is for me, what love is all about, and if my first teenage love affair will forever rule or ruin my life.

Praise for Ni-Ni Simone

"Urban teen readers may recognize their friends and themselves in the language, music and feel of this fluffy-but-fun read." —Kirkus Reviews on If I Was Your Girl

"Ni-Ni Simone’s fast-paced writing keeps me coming back for more." —L. Divine, author of the Drama High series


Click for more detail about The 50 Most Influential Black Films: A Celebration of African-American Talent, Determination, and Creativity by S. Torriano Berry and Venise Berry The 50 Most Influential Black Films: A Celebration of African-American Talent, Determination, and Creativity

by S. Torriano Berry and Venise Berry
Citadel Press (Nov 01, 2000)
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Historical overview of the 59 most influential black films


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by Brandon Massey, Tananarive Due, and L.A. Banks (Leslie Esdaile Banks)
Dafina (Dec 01, 2008)
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Dead.

Some evils are so great that they transcend death. In Brandon Massey’s "The Patriarch," a young writer travels to the hushed backwoods of Mississippi, where dangerous secrets surface as a generations-old feud comes to bone-chilling new life. . .

Buried.

The souls of the mistreated always find a way to be heard. In L.A. Banks’s "Ev’ry Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep," violent visions haunt a man—until he’s handed an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and prevent unspeakable acts from occurring once again. . .

Forgotten.

When horrors are covered up and lost, our ancestors must find a way—even in death—to tell their tales. In Tananarive Due’s "Ghost Summer," ancestors haunt the nights of two children. And when a grisly discovery is made, these ancestors will make their mark on both the dead and the living. . .

"Massey ventures into areas unexplored by most other black novelists. The result is artful and stunning." —Chicago Tribune

"Tananarive Due is creating classics." —Tina McElroy Ansa

"Banks’s writing is lush and detailed, fully bringing her characters to life (or unlife), weaving a complex world of Good vs. Evil with its own intricate hierarchy." —Fangoria Magazine

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by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (Feb 24, 2015)
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New York Times bestselling author Nikki Turner returns with her most spellbinding story to date: Meet the Banks sisters—Simone, Bunny, Tallhya, and Ginger. The four beauties are living under the same roof by force, but they can’t stand each other. Their only common denominator is their loving grandmother, Me-Ma. When she’s not at work trying to make ends meet, she’s home with her girls, trying to keep them from killing each other.

Tragedy strikes when Me-Ma has a heart attack at church. The sisters are shocked to discover that Me-Ma left the house and all her money to the church. Now the pastor wants them out, unless they can come up with the money to buy the house from him. To make matters worse, Bunny already owes over a hundred thousand dollars to a very dangerous man.

How can four broke women, each with their own mountain of problems, come up with enough money to save the family’s home—and save Bunny’s life? They devise a plan that could have them rolling in plenty of dough—as long as they can stay one step ahead of the law enforcement that’s on the lookout for a group of bank robbers who have burst onto the scene.


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by Nikki Turner
Urban Books (Jan 31, 2017)
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Just like any dysfunctional family reunion, loyalty, love, and good times soon turn to bitterness, regret, and promises to never see one another again. At the end of the day, the Banks sisters are no different than any other family in t


Click for more detail about The Break-Up Diaries (Break-Up Diaries (Paperback)) by Ni-Ni Simone and Kelli London The Break-Up Diaries (Break-Up Diaries (Paperback))

by Ni-Ni Simone and Kelli London
KTeen (May 01, 2011)
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The only thing more intense than teen love is a break-up with the uncertainty of a make-up. This exciting new series serves up two tales of love that will shake-up your assumptions of relationships. So buckle up, it’s time to get real, learn to deal, and move on with this first volume of The Break-Up Diaries.

Hot Boyz Ni-Ni Simone

Chance Kennedy always gets what she wants, even if she has to bend the truth to do it. She’s set her sights on extremely fine and college-bound Ahmad King, and she will do anything to become his girl. There’s only one problem: she didn’t count on love entering the picture. Now she’s scrabbling to make things right before the tiny white lie she’s told to lock down her guy blows up in everyone’s face. Now, the girl with everything may lose it all. . .

The Boy Trap Kelli London

Pretty, popular, and with mad potential, Gabrielle Newton is, hands down, the girl to know. But Gabrielle only has time for Tyler Scott, Lakeview High’s hottest new athlete. He’s the golden ticket to her dream: becoming an NBA star’s pampered wife. But when Gabrielle plays Tyler one time too many, suddenly more than their relationship is on the line . . .


Click for more detail about The Candy Shop by Kiki Swinson The Candy Shop

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Jan 01, 2010)
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Having no regards for people, their property and even her own life, Faith Simmons has done everything from selling off her life’s fortune, to selling her body, and stealing, all because of her sweet addiction for The Candy Shop. Looking back ten years, who would have ever thought that this well-respected and very well paid thirty-one year old assistant principal for a performing arts school would trade in her six-year marriage, a two-story brick home in a gated community and a 2007 Jaguar, for a body riddled with track marks and a substance that gives her a better feeling than sex. When that candy, as she knows it, finally runs out; she resorts to the ‘desperate times calls for desperate measures’ solution; which will have her playing Russian roulette with the angel of death. And sooner than later, these episodes will catch up with her, so she will be forced to make some life altering choices, but will it be too late?


Click for more detail about The Cartel by Ashley and JaQuavis The Cartel

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Sep 04, 2012)
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The Cartel dominates the Miami drug trade. When its leader dies, he leaves behind a family—and a secret: an illegitimate son. When a contract killer is hired to take down the Cartel, she unwittingly falls for the son. When she finds out, she is torn between love and revenge.


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by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Feb 28, 2017)
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The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars' worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls eighty percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret — his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

Miamor is a woman who uses her beauty to enhance her skill as a contract killer. She is the leader of the Murder Mamas. When her crew is hired to take down the Cartel, they slip up, and Miamor loses her sister in the process. She is determined to get revenge. Unknowingly, she meets the son of Carter Diamond — and he immediately catches her heart. She is sleeping with the enemy, and when she finds out, she is torn between love and revenge. Young Carter and Miamor lead two different lifestyles. They are on opposing teams, and when their worlds collide, the truth will be unveiled in an unpredictable ending.


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by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Dec 23, 2008)
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The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and The Cartel controls eighty percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret. The secret is his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When Young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of The Cartel. Miamor is a woman who uses her beauty to enhance her skill as a contract killer. She is the leader of The Murder Mamas. When her crew is hired to take down The Cartel, they get caught slipping, and Miamor loses her sister in the process. She is determined to get revenge from The Cartel. Unknowingly, she meets the son of Carter Diamond, and he immediately catches her heart. She is sleeping with the enemy, and when she finds out, she is torn between love and revenge. Young Carter and Miamor lead two different lifestyles. They are on opposing teams, and when their worlds collide, the truth will be unveiled in an unpredictable ending.


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by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Nov 01, 2009)
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Diamonds are forever -- or are they? The Cartel runs Miami, and loyalty to their organization runs deep, but when someone breaks the rules, things may be beyond repair. A snitch in the crew has dismantled the notorious Cartel, and now disloyalty threatens to tear the family apart. Young Carter is in the fight for his life as he faces drug kingpin charges due to the treachery of his best friend, Ace. Kidnapping, murder, deception, and seduction fill this thrilling sequel. Will Zyir find out that Breeze is still alive? Will Mecca be exposed as his brother's killer? Is Miamor dead or alive? Ashley and JaQuavis are back with The Cartel 2. Their twisted tale of deceit will have you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out what happens next.


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by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Aug 01, 2010)
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The Cartel is back and more dangerous than ever before. After finding out the truth about Miamor, Carter wants her dead. She contributed to the death of the entire Diamond family; he's the only one left standing. With a grief stricken Zyir as his right hand man, they are out for blood, but there's only one problem: Miamor won't be easy to touch with her long lost love, Kyotti, and the Murder Mamas by her side. Miamor doesn't want beef; she just wants the chance to talk to Carter and tell him her side of the story. She loves him, and although her crew is urging her to go back to her murderous ways, she isn't the same woman she used to be. What she doesn't understand is that there is no turning back for any of them. Somebody has to die.


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by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Oct 30, 2012)
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The Diamond family has survived murder, deceit, and betrayal. Through it all, they're still standing tall, and a new era has begun. Jump back into the madness with Ashley and JaQuavis' highly anticipated fourth installment of the wildly popular Cartel series.


Click for more detail about The Cartel 5: La Bella Mafia by Ashley and JaQuavis The Cartel 5: La Bella Mafia

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Nov 24, 2014)
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When a Boeing 747 drops out of the sky with the men of the Cartel aboard, the women of the family must step into their own. With the federal government on their heels and the family on the brink of destruction, a female dynasty is born. After the government's case is thwarted, the ladies plan to take the family legit. They head west, but with new territory come new problems. The Carter family name doesn't ring as loud as it did in Miami. It's a new set of gangsters and a new set of rules. Even as the new Cartel struggles to go legit, trouble always finds a way in. Larceny, deceit, and murder are all in the cards during the rise of the female Cartel: La Bella Mafia.


Click for more detail about The Choir Director (Church) by Carl Weber The Choir Director (Church)

by Carl Weber
Dafina (Jan 01, 2012)
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Bishop T.K. Knight has done all he can to make the First Jamaica Ministries a success. When the last choir director got caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow started dwindling. Charismatic Anthony Mackie seems like the perfect replacement. The trouble is, he has secrets that could bring the church crashing down - and take T.K. with it. Relationship turmoil abounds amongst the congregation and soon it is discovered that someone has been robbing the church blind…someone whose connection to T.K. is far too close for comfort…


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by Carl Weber
Dafina (Feb 01, 2011)
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Bishop T.K. Knight has done all he can to make the First Jamaica Ministries a success. When the last choir director got caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow started dwindling. Charismatic Anthony Mackie seems like the perfect replacement. The trouble is, he has secrets that could bring the church crashing down - and take T.K. with it. Relationship turmoil abounds amongst the congregation and soon it is discovered that someone has been robbing the church blind…someone whose connection to T.K. is far too close for comfort…


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by Mary Monroe
Dafina (Oct 31, 2017)
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In the stunning climax of New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe’s Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart series, the tension—and the heat—reach unforgettable heights as two restless women go after the ultimate satisfaction . . . and a killer desire prepares to strike . . . 
 
For best friends Lola Poole and Joan Proctor-Riley, there’s never too much when it comes to online dating rich, no-commitment lovers. It’s a fantasy come true and makes their unhappy lives bearable. But there’s no escape when Lola’s vicious relatives cheat her out of everything that’s hers and Joan’s husband pulls a devastating betrayal. With nothing to lose, the two will do everything and anything to lock down Mr. Right and lifetime satisfaction . . .
 
With his scorching sexual healing and compassionate nature, handsome trucker Calvin Ramsey keeps coming out on top with Lola. And she’s this close to winning his love and finally getting the loving family of her dreams. But she doesn’t suspect that Calvin’s idea of making a woman his own is a fatal affair. Now, his gentle reassurances and sensual promises are spinning a web where Lola and Joan’s deepest longings could be the deadliest trap of all . . .
 
 
A LONELY HEART, DEADLY HEART NOVEL


Click for more detail about The Dirty Divorce (Urban Books) by Miss KP The Dirty Divorce (Urban Books)

by Miss KP
Urban Books (May 01, 2012)
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Drugs turn out to be a way of life for Rich, a powerful, sexy Drug Lord hailing from Washington, D.C. His desire for fast money and the extravagant things that it brings puts his family in harms way. Soon, his ego forces him to leave his castle and empire to expand business on the West Coast. His decision to leave his love ones behind at the mercy of his enemies turns out to be catastrophic. One by one, each of Rich’s children spiral out of control. Pregnancy, rape, and abduction all hit the family structure one day after another. With Rich putting his focus on money, sex, and insignificant things in life his wife Lisa, throws some new drama into the relationship as well; a side-piece and divorce papers. This creates an even bigger wedge between Rich and Lisa. The hate that Rich and Lisa develop for each other causes the divorce to get down- right dirty. Can their love out way their hate to save their family or is it too late?


Click for more detail about The Ditchdigger’s Daughters by Yvonne S. Thornton The Ditchdigger’s Daughters

by Yvonne S. Thornton
Dafina (Mar 01, 2008)
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Incorporating her father’s common sense and folk wisdom, a biography by a New Jersey doctor tells how her parents, who held down multiple jobs and transmitted strong values to their six daughters, inspired them to succeed. 40,000 first printing. Tour.

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by Yvonne S. Thornton
Dafina (Jan 01, 2002)
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As leader, Edan Mirav must protect his people from the enemies who wish to destroy them. Despite his extraordinary abilities, Edan has not been able to locate his double - the one person who could make him whole and help him control his remarkable power to age himself with a simple thought. With her, he can grow even stronger. Without her, he is doomed to an uncertain fate. Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, she stands before him in the blazing hot sun of the desert like a shimmering mirage…Recently rescued and freed, Ava Arganos has been working in the desert - and waiting for the day that her double finds her. When Ava first lays eyes on Edan, she doesn’t recognize him immediately even though she feels the charged, sizzling connection between them. Now united, Edan and Ava surrender to a fiery, explosive passion that only renews their bond as they combine forces to battle their most treacherous foe yet…


Click for more detail about The Doctor Is In by Carl Weber and Brenda Hampton The Doctor Is In

by Carl Weber and Brenda Hampton
Urban Books (Sep 27, 2016)
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Dr. Kasen Phillips has the magic touch when it comes to helping his patients who are in dire need of counseling services, but when the love of his life winds up missing in action, Kasen’s life takes a horrific turn for the worse. His office manager, Voncile Harper, is there to lend a helping hand. She’s on a mission to shake Kasen from his misery, by offering him her sweet heat that he can’t resist. It’s not long before Kasen finds himself caught up in a web of Voncile’s lies, and when he realizes that he may have bitten off more than he can chew, he wants out of their reckless relationship for good. Unfortunately for Kasen, walking away may be difficult to do. Voncile is deep in love, and any man who refuses to play by her rules may be forced to suffer dire consequences.


Click for more detail about The Eleventh Commandment (Hallelujah Love) by Lutishia Lovely The Eleventh Commandment (Hallelujah Love)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Feb 26, 2013)
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The members of Kingdom Citizens Christian Center believe in sharing the spirit of love and generosity with others. Even so, they can’t seem to follow the ten commandments, a fact that suggests it just might be time to add rule number eleven. . .

While Frieda Moore has not found her way to the Good Word—she has charted a path to a really good, upscale life. Still, she’s not about to let her prominent surgeon husband and baby son get in the way of her good time. The sizzling blessings she’s getting from her primed-and-ready 25-year-old lover are too divine to resist. . .until one too many secrets threaten to ruin this bad girl’s heaven on earth. . .

Frieda’s more sensible cousin, Hope Taylor, was sure she and her spouse, Cy, were solid-in-the-spirit. But now a long-lost love is requesting an act of Christian charity that for Cy could be a second chance at temptation. And when Hope’s best friend, Stacy, must decide if a money-making scheme with her ex will fix her rocky marriage, the consequences will have the saved, maybe-saved, and the hardly-saved begging for deliverance . . .

"Expertly illuminates the wacky world of the devout and devoutly devilish." —Publishers Weekly on Reverend Feelgood

"More secrets are exposed and old enemies learn to forgive as this family faces, together, what life throws their way." —RT Book Reviews on Taking Care of Business


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by Mary B. Morrison
Dafina (Aug 01, 2011)
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From New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison comes a moving, unforgettable story of lives at a crossroads, love lost and found, and the price of secrets. . .

After her high school sweetheart proposed and joined the military, Mona Lisa Ellington thought she’d never feel love again. So she settled, making a new life for herself with a man who cherished her…and made his living hurting others. Despite her reality, she prayed her fiancé would one day return.

Before becoming a television reporter, Katherine Clinton knew she’d marry her high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. But when he left for the military, she had to make new plans for her and their son. Despite his long absence, Katherine dreamed of the day her fiancé would return and make her family complete.

William Lincoln joined the military to make his grandfather proud. He never imagined he would be gone so long, or that the fiancées he left behind would reignite emotions he thought he’d never feel again. But his selfish proposal to two women is the least of his problems, because all three will face the consequences of too much deception. . .


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by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Dafina (Apr 02, 2013)
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Celeste is content with her quiet family life in the suburbs, until she suspects that her sexy husband, Sharief, a New York City policeman, is cheating. Even worse, the other woman is her own sister, Monica. Monica never planned to fall for Sharief, never expected he’d thrill her beyond control. She wishes she’d set things right and protected Celeste, but now she’s in too deep to turn back.


Click for more detail about The Fall Of The Prodigal (Urban Books) by Michelle Lindo-Rice The Fall Of The Prodigal (Urban Books)

by Michelle Lindo-Rice
Urban Christian (Jan 27, 2015)
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A condemned man, his two brides, and one untimely death.
The third installment of the "On the Right Path" series  
Michael Ward is at the top of his game and he doesn’t need anyone or anything. Money is his new best friend—until he’s arrested for a heinous crime. As much as he hates to admit it, Michael needs his brother, Keith Ward, the man who stole his wife and children. Will Michael open his heart to forgive his brother?
 
Verona "Tiger" Stachs has been Michaels’ attorney for years. She’s in love with him, but is tired of being treated as his guinea pig. A lapsed Christian, Verona finds herself being drawn closer to God. She thought she was through with God, but soon discovers He’s nowhere through with her. Which relationship will she choose?
 
Keith Ward’s a prominent minister and family man, yet he yearns to rekindle his relationship with his brother. When Michael calls him explaining that he desperately needs his help, Keith jumps at the chance to set things right with Michael. Will Keith be able to lead Michael into the light?


Click for more detail about The Family Business by Carl Weber The Family Business

by Carl Weber
Urban Books (Aug 28, 2012)
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With his typical flair, Carl Weber brings us another jaw- dropping tale of African American life. With the help of his friend Eric Pete, Weber changes the backdrop from his usual stories of plus-size women and church politics to introduce us to the underworld and the back-room deals of New York City.

The Duncan family, led by L.C. Duncan, spends their days as upstanding citizens running one of New York's most respected car dealerships; but by night, they're ruthless criminals who control most of the East Coast drug traffic. No matter whether they're on their day or night jobs, one thing is true about the Duncan family: drama follows them everywhere they go.


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by Carl Weber and Eric Pete
Urban Books (Feb 01, 2012)
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By day, the Duncans are an upstanding family who run a thriving car dealership in Queens. By night, they live a dangerous secret life! Carl Weber and Eric Pete deliver a thrilling underworld drama in The Family Business.

L.C. Duncan, patriarch of the family, is at the age when he’s starting to think about retirement in sunny Florida. But the recession is taking a bite out of the business and, worrying more, he has to decide which of his children should take over. When his workaholic son Orlando gets the nod, Orlando’s siblings—including the favorite son Vegas, conniving daughter London, glamorous party girl Paris and flamboyant nightclub owner Rio—are up in arms. But so are the Zunigas, a rival family whose fragile business alliance with the Duncans may explode at any moment.

When Vegas suddenly breaks away from the family, London’s lawyer husband, Harris, makes a play for the company and all hell breaks loose. Selling cars, it turns out, is only a small part of the Duncans’ family business. Each member of the family has a secret expertise to reveal. And now, under siege from the Mafia, Mexican drug cartels and the Zunigas, the Duncans will have to stick together—or die separately!


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by Carl Weber and Treasure Hernandez
Urban Books (Aug 27, 2013)
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In his typical jaw-dropping fashion, Carl Weber returns with part 2 to his New York Times bestselling series The Family Business. He’s brought along a friend in bestselling author Treasure Hernandez, and together they’ve added more drama and new family members to the mix.

Welcome to the world of Duncans. By day they are upstanding citizens running one of New York’s most respected car dealerships; but by night, they’re criminals who control most of the East Coast drug traffic. No matter whether they’re on their day or night jobs, one thing is true about the Duncans: there is never a dull moment.

Baby momma drama has taken over the Duncan clan as a mad scramble ensues to find out who has fathered the Duncan sisters’ new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family’s new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando has only one obstacle in front of him, and it’s not law enforcement or one of his family’s many rivals. It’s his mother, and she may be his most formidable opponent to date, because she’s making the family take sides.

Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?


Click for more detail about The Family Business 2 by Carl Weber The Family Business 2

by Carl Weber
Urban Books (Apr 29, 2014)
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In his typical jaw-dropping fashion, Carl Weber returns with part 2 to his New York Times bestselling series The Family Business. He’s brought along a friend in bestselling author Treasure Hernandez, and together they’ve added more drama and new family members to the mix.

Welcome to the world of Duncans. By day they are upstanding citizens running one of New York’s most respected car dealerships; but by night, they’re criminals who control most of the East Coast drug traffic. No matter whether they’re on their day or night jobs, one thing is true about the Duncans: there is never a dull moment.

Baby momma drama has taken over the Duncan clan as a mad scramble ensues to find out who has fathered the Duncan sisters’ new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family’s new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando has only one obstacle in front of him, and it’s not law enforcement or one of his family’s many rivals. It’s his mother, and she may be his most formidable opponent to date, because she’s making the family take sides.

Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?


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by Carl Weber and Treasure Hernandez
Urban Books (Jan 27, 2015)
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National bestselling authors Carl Weber and Treasure Hernandez are back with their latest installment in the wildly popular Family Business saga.

Vegas Duncan’s release from prison is right on time for his older brother Junior’s engagement to the voluptuous Sonya Brown. Unfortunately, Junior’s attempt at happiness comes to a screeching halt when Sonya’s husband, the mysterious Brother X, and his army of Muslim hit men declares war on the Duncan clan.

Duncan family patriarch LC Duncan has gone up against many foes in his time and has always come out on top; however, he’s never gone up against a religious fanatic like Brother X, who cares little about money and everything about principle. LC does have one card up his sleeve to shut down X. The question is, will he wake up from his gunshot-induced coma before it’s too late?

What could be worse than fighting a war while your father’s in a coma? How about two brothers and a brother-in-law undermining each other in a battle for their father’s seat at a multimillion-dollar table?

Once again the Duncan family is wrapped up in the drama, intrigue, and nonstop action that fans have come to expect from this powerful series.


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The Family Business 4

by Carl Weber and C.N. Phillips
Urban Books (Jan 31, 2017)
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National bestselling authors Carl Weber and Treasure Hernandez are back with their latest installment in the wildly popular Family Business series. LC Duncan, patriarch and leader of the Duncan clan is alive and well after being shot by a mysterious gunman. His near death experience has caused him and his wife Chippy to reflect on both the past and present, and together they decide that it’s time to return to Waycross, Georgia for a long overdue family reunion. But wherever the Duncans go, trouble and drama are never too far behind, and this time it comes in the form of longtime Duncan enemy Vinnie Dash, and Ruby, the mother of Orlando Duncan’s baby who disappeared before the child was born.


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by Tiffany Warren
Dafina (Feb 24, 2015)
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Do family, faith—and fame—go together? In this captivating novel from award-winning author Tiffany L. Warren, two brothers reach for the stars, but are they prepared for a fall?. . .

They’re handsome, smart, and musically gifted. Brothers Camden and Blaine Drake have put their talents together and founded a gospel group. The quieter one, Camden is the songwriter, while charismatic Blaine is the performer. At first, their Bishop father is against the idea—until Blaine, his favorite, wows the congregation with his performance at a church revival. Sure enough, once the bishop witnesses their effect on the crowd he wants them there every Sunday. But he may have set the stage for trouble. . .

As the group’s popularity grows, so do the groupies—and promiscuous Blaine is more than happy to share his love. Gigs across the country, meetings with music execs, a chance to sign with a major label, and a sexy new band member bring new connections—and dangerous new temptations. Soon, a slew of rumors and a shocking betrayal threaten to destroy the group—and the brothers’ relationship. But one event is going to rock their world forever. Do they have enough faith, forgiveness, and brotherly love left to find harmony once more?…


Click for more detail about The Fix by K’wan The Fix

by K’wan
Urban Books (Feb 25, 2014)
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Persia Chandler doesn't know the meaning of the world struggle. After the arrest of her notorious father, she is whisked away from Harlem, the only place she has ever called home, to be raised in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island City. Her mother and stepfather shower her with the best that life has to offer. During her senior year in high school, she convinces her parents to let her transfer from Catholic school to attend public school. That is the start of her problems, but it's hardly the end. In her new school, Persia is reunited with the friends she was forced to move away from, and starts to drift further and further from the life her mother and stepfather have built for her. To the sheltered Persia, the Harlem underworld is like one big adventure. Things promise to get even more interesting when she starts dating a dealer named Chucky. He introduces her to his world of sex, money, and drugs, dragging Persia along with him on a long and bitter ride into the bowels of addiction.


Click for more detail about The Fix 2 by K’wan The Fix 2

by K’wan
Urban Books (Dec 30, 2014)
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Two lives . . . two paths . . . one tragic outcome. The Fix 2 is in and the game is afoot!

The past few months have been a living hell for Persia. Seemingly overnight, she has fallen from grace and found herself scraping rock bottom, all in the name of two lovers—Chucky and cocaine. One was supposed to love her and the other take away the pain, but they’ve both fallen short on their promises. The last time she saw either one of them was the night she almost lost her life.

It has taken a bout of physical therapy and a stint in a rehabilitation center for Persia to be able to start pulling together the pieces of the life she almost ruined. She’s living at home with her mother and stepfather and is refocused on school. For the first time in what seems like forever, she is finally able to enjoy life as an average teenage girl trying to graduate from high school. That’s when they get the phone call that sends everything to the left.

As Persia struggles with her demons, her childhood friend Li’l Monk is embracing his. Under the tutelage of the vicious crime lord Ramses, Li’l Monk is quickly making his way through the ranks of the Pharaoh’s army and creating a name for himself on the streets as a ruthless killer. Just as his father, Big Monk, had always predicted, he is walking a mile in his daddy’s bloody shoes.

As cold as Li’l Monk’s heart is, however, he still has a soft spot for his old friends. When a childhood pal comes to him for a favor, Li’l Monk finds himself with blood on his hands and dirt on his name. When the double cross knocks him out of favor with Ramses, Li’l Monk is left with two options: kill or die.

K’wan delivers another instant street classic that is sure to keep him at the top of the charts.


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by K’wan
Urban Books (Jan 26, 2016)
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Click for more detail about The Honey Well by Gloria Mallette The Honey Well

by Gloria Mallette
Kensington (Nov 01, 2003)
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Money has put Arnell Rayford’s mother, Esther, exactly where she’s always to be—-comfortably ensconced in the 16-room Victorian mansion where her own mother had worked as a housekeeper. Now Esther is running a thriving business that’s surely making the previous owner turn in her grave.

For Esther, money is the root of all happiness and nothing and no one will stand in the way of her making it however she wants to make it—-not even her only child, Arnell.

There are laws against pimping one’s own underage daugher, which is exactly what Esther did to Arnell when she was 16 years old to keep a roof over their heads. It’s a devastating secret Arnell and Esther have kept for years and while Arnell wants desperately to get out of the business, Esther uses blackmail disguised as favors to keep Arnell servicing just one more special customer.

Now that Arnell is engaged to a pillar of the community, Esther’s latest favor may well send Arnell over the edge—-but she won’t be going alone. While Esther is holding Arnell’s past over her head, her own life is coming back to haunt her, a life where the lines between love and hate, parent and child, sex, profit, and even murder have been irreparably, dangerously blurred.


"The relationship between mother and daughter, as they struggle to balance love and hate, and the intertwining of sex and money make Mallette’s tale both entertaining and unsettling." —- Lillian Lewis, Booklist

"All the characters are well-developed, and the writing voice of Mallette is top-notch. She takes the reader on a journey that is similar to riding a rollercoaster, dips, turns, shockers, and eye-openers, all of which makes for another great, and highly recommended read." —-Dawn R. Reeves

"With a suspenseful plot that reads like a movie, The Honey Well demonstrates how the perils of blackmail, trickery and deceit can overshadow the simple rewards of life." — Upscale Magazine

"Queen Esther…is the ultimate Mommie Dearest type…The Honey Well is a page-turner that shows a fascinating side of the mother/daugher relationship." —Book-Remarks.com

"A superb story—-starts with a bang and ends with a full-blown 4th of July fireworks display." —- QBR, The Black Book Review

"This one charts new territory for Ms. Mallette. A page turner, and each turn ignites a fiery reaction." — R.A.W.sistaz Reviewers

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Click for more detail about The Honeymoon Is Over by Keith Lee Johnson The Honeymoon Is Over

by Keith Lee Johnson
Urban Books (Sep 01, 2007)
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After his blockbuster success of Little Black Girl Lost, and Little Black Girl Lost II, Keith Lee Johnson returns with The Honeymoon Is Over. Two time divorcee, Nelson Kennard, has finally found the love of his life—so he thinks, but his fiancée, Parris Stalls, has found another lover. Parris, a drop dead gorgeous schoolteacher with a body to die for, has been patiently waiting for Nelson’s ship to come in. But after four years of waiting, she began to listen to her friends who told her numerous times to leave Nelson and find a man with some money. In comes the very wealthy Shenandoah Armstrong who has a twenty year old score to settle with Nelson. The fireworks begin when Parris finds out that Nelson became the man she always hoped he’d become. She never loved Shenandoah and never stopped loving Nelson. He still loves Parris, but will he take her back after catching her in bed with Shenandoah? Or has he found another and moved on with his newly found riches?


Click for more detail about The Hook Up by Pat Tucker The Hook Up

by Pat Tucker
Urban Soul (Aug 01, 2006)
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If all of the good men are gay, married or in jail… just how far would women go to get one? Frankie figured they’d dig deep into their knock off Prada bags-and she was right! Frankie Brown needs a serious hustle to get her out of the hood or at least allow her to live Hood Rich…After several failed attempts she finally strikes Gold with her new business: The Hook Up… it’s a unique dating service that finds the man of your dreams—but there’s just one catch… Your future Mr. Right may be on lock down. Despite this, Frankie is hooking up the ladies left and right. Women like Yvette, who’s flying solo after she catches her man cheating with three other women. Then there’s Carmen who was just about to bust her man creeping with his baby’s momma, when he was gunned down in a drive by. And Vicki-the white girl everyone loves to hate—simply has a thing for thugs and wants to find them any way she can. Who says there’d be no war if women ran things? The Hook Up is a fast-paced, drama filled urban tale that’s sure to please those who can relate to keeping it real. With the streets of South Central Los Angeles, Compton, and Watts as a backdrop for a ruthless tug of war over money, power, and revenge, these fierce females are about to set it off!


Click for more detail about The Immortality Of Influence by Salome Thomas-El The Immortality Of Influence

by Salome Thomas-El
Kensington (May 01, 2006)
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Foreword by Will SmithInfluenced in no small part by the powerful mentors in his own youth, the award-winning educator and acclaimed author of I Choose to Stay offers a commonsense, inspiring road map to mentoring kids to thrive in today’s challenging world—and creating a legacy of success for generations to come. With over twenty years of experience helping hundreds of troubled children excel academically and personally, Salome Thomas-EL has an action plan that all of us—educators, businesspeople, volunteers, relatives, and everyday folks—can use to reach out to the young people in our lives.By identifying the most important areas in which mentors can affect the lives of young people, Thomas-EL shows how you can be of influence in ways you may not expect. Whether you decide to provide a professional influence by exposing youth to the dynamics of the workplace, or a healthy influence by modeling participation in sports and showing how to make healthful food choices, or an influence in good character through interactions that demonstrate respect, friendship, and discipline, you’ll find that the immortality of influence is achievable in every arena of life. Anything is possible when kids are given our time, taught to care for themselves and others, and led by our example—not only at home, but in the community at large. For any caring adult, this book is an essential guide to making a difference—not just for today, but forever.Praise for I Choose to Stay"Intensely moving…The redemptive power of a teacher’s love shines through these pages with prophetic grace." —Jonathan KozolSalome Thomas-EL is a national education expert, media consultant, and former award-winning teacher and principal in Philadelphia. He has motivated thousands of parents and students to embrace the philosophy that education and hard work come before success. Thomas-EL received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach, and his students have gone on to become National Chess Champions. He is a national board member of America’s Foundation for Chess and keynotes scores of school district convocations, national and state conferences, and motivational presentations for students around the country. He has been called "An American Icon" by Reader’s Digest magazine and received the distinguished Martin Luther King Award. Principal EL is a regular guest contributor on the first season of the The Dr. Oz Show and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR Radio. His first book, I Choose to Stay, was optioned by Disney Films. Learn more about Salome and his students at ichoosetostay.com.Cecil Murphey is the writer, co-writer, or ghostwriter of more than 100 books, including Salome Thomas-EL’s I Choose to Stay; Gifted Hands, the award-winning biography of Dr. Ben Carson; and 90 Minutes in Heaven. He received the Gold Medallion award for Rebel with a Cause, the autobiography of Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham. He has twice won the Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media.


Click for more detail about The Inheritance by Rochelle Alers The Inheritance

by Rochelle Alers
Dafina (Jun 01, 2000)
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In bestselling author Rochelle Alers’ passionate, uplifting new series, four friends from very different backgrounds find new beginnings amid the sultry beauty of New Orleans…
 
Corporate attorney Hannah DuPont-Lowell always pictured herself returning to New Orleans to retire—just not yet. But after her Manhattan company abruptly lays off its staff, there’s no better place to figure out a next move than the porch of her plantation-style home.
 
Nestled in the stunning Garden District, the DuPont House has been in Hannah’s family for two centuries. With its eighteen rooms and two guesthouses, it’s far more home than widowed Hannah needs. Still, it could make a wonderful inn, especially if she can convince her friends and former coworkers Tonya, Jasmine, and Nydia to join in the venture. But in the meantime, Hannah has a high school reunion to attend…
 
College Professor St. John McNair, Hannah’s one-time classmate, is still the finest guy in any room. Between Hannah’s willowy, blonde beauty, and his uncanny resemblance to Marvin Gaye, they make a striking pair. And gradually, their rekindled friendship moves toward romance. Still, Hannah is too bruised by her late husband’s infidelities to trust a man again. But her friends’ arrival and encouragement just might show her a path through uncertainty—straight to a vibrant, joyful new life…


Click for more detail about The List (Urban Christian) by Sherri Lewis The List (Urban Christian)

by Sherri Lewis
Urban Christian (Mar 01, 2009)
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Single and satisfied? Not Michelle, Angela and Lisa. These saved but sexy, successful black women think they’re getting too old to keep waiting on God to send their soul mates. Under the protective eye of their more spiritual sister-girlfriend, Vanessa, and the scrutiny of newly saved but still sarcastic manhater, Nicole, the ladies go on a hilarious adventure to "be found" by their husbands.

Armed with their list of essential must-haves, would-be-nices, icing-on-the-cakes, and deal-breakers, they start their search . . . but soon encounter issues specific to the saved woman on the dating scene. Is online dating okay for Christians? How long do you wait before you tell the hottie you just met that you’re celibate and plan to stay so until married? He’s too fine to pass up; how saved does he really need to be? And of course, how do you keep things holy when he’s oh-so-sexy?

It’s not long before they realize they still have to trust God to know what’s best for them, and that He loves them enough to send them everything on The List.


Click for more detail about The Lyrics Of Lowly Life by Paul Laurence Dunbar The Lyrics Of Lowly Life

by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Citadel Press (Jun 01, 2000)
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The Shelf2Life Literature and Fiction Collection is a unique set of short stories, poems and novels from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. From tales of love, life and heartbreaking loss to humorous stories of ghost encounters, these volumes captivate the imaginations of readers young and old. Included in this collection are a variety of dramatic and spirited poems that contemplate the mysteries of life and celebrate the wild beauty of nature. The Shelf2Life Literature and Fiction Collection provides readers with an opportunity to enjoy and study these iconic literary works, many of which were written during a period of remarkable creativity.


Click for more detail about The Mark by Kiki Swinson The Mark

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Jan 31, 2017)
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Her unrelenting, and, tension-packed novels have made Kiki Swinson a bestselling chronicler of the Virginia’s most glittering, treacherous streets. In the explosive follow-up to her high-octan


Click for more detail about The Memories We Keep by Walter Zacharius The Memories We Keep

by Walter Zacharius
Kensington (Apr 01, 2007)
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An unexpected letter arrives in the mail, tying the present to the past, and promising a long-awaited reunion. . .

Mia Levy is content with the simple existence she leads on a farm. But her days weren’t always spent so quietly. Over thirty years ago, Mia lived in Poland, where she had all she could want—her home, family, and first love, music—until history took its course, changing the world and the life she knew forever. Mia’s struggle to survive would take her from the poverty-stricken streets of Poland to New York City, where she encountered a love that would span decades, to Paris where she would place herself in the gravest of dangers to uncover the mysterious fate that befell her family. . .

Inspired by the author’s own experiences as an American soldier, this remarkable novel is a story of loss, love, betrayal, and the amazing power of hope. With its inventive storytelling skill and unforgettable voice, The Memories We Keep is a debut novel that will arrest your imagination until the very last page is turned. . .

"One of this year’s more captivating debut novels." —Publishers Weekly

"A breathless read." —Booklist (starred review)

Walter Zacharius, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Kensington Publishing, served in World War II and was with the French when they liberated Paris. The Memories We Keep is his first novel.


Click for more detail about The Narrows by Ann Petry The Narrows

by Ann Petry
Dafina (Nov 01, 2008)
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When Link Williams, a college-educated twenty-six-year-old African-American man, falls for Camilo Sheffield, a wealthy married white woman, things will never be the same in the sleepy New England town of Monmouth, Connecticut. Set in the 1950s, this unforgettable classic deftly evokes a tragic love affair and offers a window onto the powerful ways in which class, race, and love intersected in midcentury America.


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The One That I Want

by Donna Hill, Zuri Day, and Cheris Hodges
Dafina (Oct 07, 2014)
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Heat up the winter nights with this trio of sexy, festive stories.

A Promise For The Holiday Donna Hill

Devastated by her divorce, Cara Holiday vowed never to be vulnerable again. Now she’s a wildly successful real estate broker, and wildly lonely. Restaurateur Mitch Davis has had his eye on her, but can’t break the ice—until he cooks up a scheme to hire her. Soon Cara is enjoying his company—and secretly drawing out the process of selling his house. When their deceptions collide, will their blossoming relationship make it to the holidays?

A Sexy Christmas Carol Zuri Day

After years of travel working for a pop diva, Carol Robbins has moved back to Detroit in time for the holidays. She’s bought a home and bonded with her family. As for romance, she’s got no prospects—until she attends a VIP party and makes a surprising love connection. Soon she’s torn between her old "big life," her hopes for the future—and one man who may give her the greatest gift of all. . .

Christmas Surprise Cheris Hodges

Tired of coming second to her wealthy husband’s career, Lola Yvonne Joseph is sending him a very special gift this year: divorce papers. Then she’s leaving Miami for the kind of wintery white Christmas she’s always wanted. She definitely does not expect Jonathan to track her down, whisk her away, and do everything possible to win her back. If he succeeds, Lola has one more surprise in store for him. . .


Click for more detail about The Other Brother by Brandon Massey The Other Brother

by Brandon Massey
Kensington (Jul 01, 2006)
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The award-winning author of Dark Corner, Thunderland, and Within the Shadows, Brandon Massey delivers a chilling supernatural thriller of the ties that bind—and dark secrets written in the blood. . . Good fortune has smiled upon Gabriel Reid since the day he was born. Blessed with a loving family, educated in the finest schools, he holds a senior position in his father’s successful construction business in Atlanta. Engaged to a smart, beautiful woman and standing to inherit the CEO mantle, Gabriel’s got it all. But he’s about to meet someone who could change everything… Raised on the mean streets of Chicago, Isaiah Battle refused to succumb to the violence that claimed others in his neighborhood. He’s forged his own identity from various influences, relying on his strength of character in the face of adversity. He also relies on another kind of strength—and few who have witnessed Isaiah wield his dark power have survived to tell the tale. . . Now Isaiah has come to Atlanta to claim his birthright—as Gabriel’s half-brother from their father’s extramarital affair. The news threatens to tear the Reid family apart as they struggle to accept the stranger among them. But Isaiah, talented in ways no one ever imagined, wants much more than acceptance. He wants what he believes is rightfully his: everything Gabriel has. And he’ll let nothing stand in his way. . .


Click for more detail about The Other Side Of Dare (Blessed Trinity) by Vanessa Davis Griggs The Other Side Of Dare (Blessed Trinity)

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Dec 24, 2012)
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When a battle of wills threatens to tear a family apart, a child shall lead them—straight to a shocking secret. Will they betray their faith—and each other—to keep it buried?

After seven years of marriage, Paris Simmons-Holyfield and her husband, Andrew, are still childless. Now Paris is determined to adopt orphaned nine-year-old Jasmine Noble. Trouble is, Jasmine’s in the custody of ex-stripper Gabrielle Mercedes. Worse, Andrew is vehemently against the idea—and he’s not alone. Paris’s father, Lawrence Simmons, a powerful politician, has vowed to shut his daughter down. The only man to even dare be on Paris’s side is shady Darius Connors. Unemployed and not quite out of the dog house with his wife, Darius is more than happy to help the beautiful, vulnerable, yet undeterred Paris. . .


Paris has her suspicions about why her husband and her father are so opposed to the adoption. But the reality is far more scandalous than she imagines. To get to the bottom of it, she’ll have to deal with blackmail from the last person she ever expected—and battle Gabrielle, who’ll fight with everything she’s got—including the truth. Soon, all involved will learn just what’s on the other side of dare. . .


"I absolutely love Vanessa’s unique writing style." —Mary Monroe


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by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Jul 30, 2013)
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Paris Simmons-Holyfield is finally pregnant with the baby she's dreamed of for so long. There's just one complication: she's not sure who the father is. Apparently, after a night of drinking with her ex-coworker and ally Darius Connors, it could be him. Considering her husband's track record, chances are it is. Still, Paris prays it's not Darius, and decides to keep quiet about her worries. Especially because Darius isn't ready to give up on his crumbling marriage...

Meanwhile, after a battle to keep her adopted daughter and an ugly confrontation with Paris's family, Gabrielle Mercedes has finally found love and happiness. But when her father shows up, paroled from prison, she fears she's in for another round of trouble. As all three navigate the path from sin to redemption, can they forgive their way to the other side?


Click for more detail about The Other Side Of Goodness by Vanessa Davis Griggs The Other Side Of Goodness

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Jul 31, 2012)
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“I absolutely love Vanessa’s unique writing style. She is one of a kind.” —Mary Monroe, New York Times "bestselling author

How far will faith and love go when an ambitious man finds himself in the fight of his life—with a woman who knows the other side of goodness all too well. . . .
Fifty-year-old Alabama congressman Lawrence Rudolph Simmons will do whatever it takes to get re-elected—even switch parties from Democrat to Republican. With the political tide turning, Lawrence feels it’s his best shot—along with his charisma, solid twenty-nine year marriage, and three great kids. But a buried secret from his past is about to be resurrected. . .

It’s been eight years since Gabrielle Mercedes gave up her baby for adoption. But when she learns the child desperately needs a bone marrow transplant, she doesn’t hesitate to contact the congressman. Like Lawrence, Gabrielle will fight for what she wants, even if it means the truth could ruin someone else’s life and career. . .

"A great story about the power of God, His grace, and His ability to turn even the worst situation into a blessing." —Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times bestselling author on The Other Side of Goodness

"There are enough tears, hugs, and lessons learned before summer’s over to appease readers, young and adult, who like a good dose of faith with their fiction." —Publishers Weekly on Ray of Hope

"Griggs address[es] the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. Fans will be pleased." —Publishers Weekly on The Truth Is the Light

"A smart novel that addresses an issue that many in the church shy away from—divorce—with frank realism."—Library Journal on Practicing What You Preach


Click for more detail about The Perfect Affair (The Shady Sisters Trilogy) by Lutishia Lovely The Perfect Affair (The Shady Sisters Trilogy)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (May 27, 2014)
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The Shady Sisters Trilogy

In this thrilling new series, acclaimed author Lutishia Lovely dives into the scandalous heart of romantic obsession with a cunning, sexy seductress, and the object of her affections. . .

Freelance writer Jacqueline Tate arrives in Los Angeles and soon meets brilliant, award-winning scientist Randall Atwater, the man she’s come to cover at a conference on trends and technology. He is everything she’s read about—brainy, witty, handsome, and cool. And after a week spent with the most fascinating man she’s ever known, there’s no way she can give him up.

There’s just one problem: Randall’s wife of twenty years. No matter—men like Randall are few and far between. Jacqueline knows that with a few bold moves, she can win the man she loves. But what happens when her love story is not a love story?

"There’s drama, laughter, and little bit of naughtiness. . .An exceptional read."  —Urban Reviews on All Up In My Business

"The action, dialogue and well-crafted characters are so riveting that they’ll make your heart race in anticipation . . ." —RT Book Reviews on Heaven Forbid


Click for more detail about The Perfect Deception (The Shady Sisters Trilogy) by Lutishia Lovely The Perfect Deception (The Shady Sisters Trilogy)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (Nov 25, 2014)
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The Shady Sisters Trilogy

In this darkly seductive series, Lutishia Lovely turns up the heat as a devious beauty with mega revenge on her mind takes aim at a man who has everything. . .to lose.

She’s smart, gorgeous, and mysterious. For business executive Nathan Carver, a man with everything, Jessica Bolton is the first woman he can’t simply charm, buy, or seduce. And even before Jessica gets a taste of his luxurious lifestyle and irresistible moves, she’s determined to eliminate the competition and become this handsome bachelor’s one and only.

But Jessica’s deceptive allure is just the beginning. With every move, every tantalizing lie, Jessica lures Nathan and his close-knit family into a trap that will dismantle everything they treasure most. Because when it comes to loyalty and love, blood is thicker than water—and no amount of revenge is ever too much. . .

"There’s drama, laughter, and a little bit of naughtiness. . .An exceptional read." —Urban Reviews on All Up In My Business

"The action, dialogue and well-crafted characters are so riveting that they’ll make your heart race in anticipation . . ." —RT Book Reviews on Heaven Forbid


Click for more detail about The Perfect Present by Rochelle Alers, Cheris Hodges, and Pamela Yaye The Perfect Present

by Rochelle Alers, Cheris Hodges, and Pamela Yaye
Dafina (Sep 26, 2017)
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Click for more detail about The Perfect Revenge (The Shady Sisters Trilogy) by Lutishia Lovely The Perfect Revenge (The Shady Sisters Trilogy)

by Lutishia Lovely
Dafina (May 26, 2015)
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The Shady Sisters Trilogy

In this sexy page-turner from Lutishia Lovely, a conniving seductress embarks on a spectacular finale as her need for revenge—and for the object of her obsession—reaches a boiling point…

After a nightmarish two years, Nathan Carver thinks he can relax. His sister, Sherri, and her husband, Randall, are once again enjoying life and time with their family. Then they get bad news. Jacqueline Tate, the woman who’s been a walking, talking tornado of trouble in all of their lives has been released from prison. They decide to take reasonable precautions and let God take care of the rest. But Jacqueline hasn’t changed one bit, and she has plans of her own…


Click for more detail about The Prada Plan 2: Leah's Story  by Ashley Antoinette The Prada Plan 2: Leah’s Story

by Ashley Antoinette
Urban Books (Jan 01, 2011)
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When you've been labeled crazy all of your life, it's easy to commit a murder, and now street fiction's most infamous bad girl, Leah Richards, holds the fate of an entire family in her hands.

After coming in second place to YaYa in the race to win Indie's affection, Leah decides that enough is enough and kidnaps the loving couple's baby girl. Playing a deadly game of cat and mouse, she turns their world upside down. They desperately fight to keep their daughter alive, but there is more to her insanity than meets the eye.

YaYa's world is falling apart, and all she wants is to have her daughter back unharmed. After leaving her old lifestyle behind, she thought that she could start anew, but old demons have surfaced, and now she needs to form a Prada Plan more than ever to come out on top. When truths turn out to be lies and revenge is the motive for death, she doesn't know who to trust or where to turn.

Will Leah kill baby Skylar? Will YaYa and Indie live happily ever after? Can Indie keep his reign over Houston without falling victim to the game? What happened to Leah to make her so insane? All of your questions will be answered in this heart-pounding sequel.


Click for more detail about The Prada Plan 3: Green-Eyed Monster by Ashley Antoinette The Prada Plan 3: Green-Eyed Monster

by Ashley Antoinette
Urban Books (Jan 29, 2013)
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Ashley Antoinette is back and better than ever with the third installment of the 'Prada Plan' series. A case of mistaken identity left readers reeling at the end of part two, but part three is a heart-pounding saga that will leave you breathless.

Leah's crazy scheming has finally paid off. Now that YaYa is out of the picture, Leah has everything she's ever wanted. She steps into YaYa's shoes, and now she has money, family, and, most importantly, she has Indie. She's the queen of his empire, and no one suspects a thing.

There's only one problem. Disaya Morgan isn't dead. Newly initiated into a powerful circle of women, YaYa is out for blood, and when she comes gunning for her spot, the streets will never be the same.


Click for more detail about The Prada Plan 4: Love & War by Ashley Antoinette The Prada Plan 4: Love & War

by Ashley Antoinette
Urban Books (Jun 24, 2014)
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The feud between YaYa and Leah has ruined the lives of everyone around them. In The Prada Plan 4, the animosity is alive, and the resentments run deeper than ever. Indie has watched YaYa's past destroy the woman he once knew, and his patience has run thin. After being left at the altar, he is heartbroken and confused. His quests to save YaYa from herself have failed, and he finally decides it's time to let the love of his life go. Her thirst for blood is unquenchable, and like a black hole she sucks the life out of everything around her. If he doesn't cut his ties, he knows YaYa will cripple him and destroy their family in the process. Then he receives a phone call saying YaYa is in trouble, and his entire world crumbles at his feet. -- Who lives and who dies? Will YaYa's addiction to Leah stop her from living her happily ever after? Will the infamous bad girl Leah ever receive her karma? The final book of the 'Prada Plan' series will leave readers breathless as they race to the finish.


Click for more detail about The Preacher’s Son (Church) by Carl Weber The Preacher’s Son (Church)

by Carl Weber
Kensington (Dec 01, 2005)
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New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber has won over readers and critics alike with his smart, sexy, page-turning tales of family drama. Now he delivers his most powerful novel yet—an explosive story about an esteemed church family with a whole lot of repenting to do. . . Bishop T.K. Wilson, popular pastor of the largest African American church in Queens, New York, has decided to run for borough president. But his family values platform is on shaky ground. In public, his wife and two children are a shining example of respectability. Yet privately, the Wilson kids are giving in to the same temptations as any other young adults. And their parents have no idea what’s going on behind closed doors—including the closed doors of the church offices. As the bishop’s son, Dante Wilson is treated like royalty, and his good looks cause the congregation’s young women to think—and act on—some very impure thoughts. Personable and smart, he’s expected to assume his father’s position one day. The problem is, Dante wants to be a lawyer, and that’s not the only secret he’s keeping. He’s also met the woman of his dreams—who happens to be his parents’ worst nightmare. But Dante isn’t the only one who’s about to test his parents’ faith… Dante’s younger sister, Donna, is as sweet as they come, yet she isn’t exactly the virginal princess her beloved daddy thinks she is. And thanks to her suspicious, ambitious, not to mention meddling, mother, he’s about to find that out—and more. To add insult to injury, Donna’s transgressions involve another man of God. And that’s only the beginning. Just as the Pandora’s box of unwelcome surprises seems empty, it turns out that even Bishop Wilson has some skeletons in his closet—the kind that could cost him everything. Now all the Wilsons will have to face their demons…and discover what family values are really about. Featuring A Teaser For Carl Weber’s Newest Novel, So You Call Yourself A Man


Click for more detail about The Prodigal Husband (The Prodigal Husband Series #1) by Jacquelin Thomas The Prodigal Husband (The Prodigal Husband Series #1)

by Jacquelin Thomas
Kensington Books (Jan 01, 2005)
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An Essence BestsellerThe acclaimed author of Singsation returns with a poignant, passionate and inspirational novel about one couple’s journey from betrayal and sorrow to forgiveness, healing, faith and joy. Once, Tori and Jake Madison had a loving, satisfying marriage. But they have begun to grow apart . . . and then tragedy sends Jake to the arms of another woman.


Click for more detail about The Replacement Wife by Tiffany Warren The Replacement Wife

by Tiffany Warren
Kensington (Feb 25, 2014)
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In this page-turning new novel from Essence® bestselling author Tiffany L. Warren, Atlanta's most eligible widower isn't looking to remarry--but for one woman, that's a mere detail. . .

Five years after his beloved wife's death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn't returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin's five children are getting out of control--until his mother steps in and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith--and love--once more. But not everyone loves Montana. . .

A "friend" of Quentin's first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she's just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she'll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana--including blackmail, theft--and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana's past. But Chloe forgets she's got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming. . .


Click for more detail about The Replacement Wife by Tiffany Warren The Replacement Wife

by Tiffany Warren
Dafina (Jan 27, 2015)
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Atlanta's most eligible widower isn't looking to remarry—but for one woman, that's a mere detail...

Five years after his beloved wife's death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn't returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin's five children are out of control—until his mother steps in and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon Quentin finds his heart opening to faith—and love—once more. But not everyone loves Montana...

A "friend" of Quentin's first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Now she'll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana—including blackmail, theft—and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana's past. But Chloe's got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming...


Click for more detail about The Score by Kiki Swinson The Score

by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Jan 26, 2016)
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Going once…
Identity theft mastermind Lauren Kelly has always had a taste for the finer things—including Matt Connors, her lover and accomplice. But she’s not the only one…
 
Going twice…
When their partner, Yancy, stumbles onto a tycoon’s multi-million dollar bank account, Lauren expects everything will go smoothly—until she discovers Yancy and Matt are planning the ultimate betrayal…
 
Someone’s going to be gone…
Fortunately, Lauren is one step ahead of Matt. Once she disappears with every last dollar, they’ll have no doubt they chose the wrong woman to deceive. But all three of them chose the wrong target…

Praise for Kiki Swinson

“A sizzling, action-packed, electric and gut-wrenching novel.”—RT Book Reviews on Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless

"The action is unrelenting and over-the-top. Readers looking for pure grit will want to take a look.”—Publishers Weekly on Playing Dirty

“Swinson’s novel is like a roller coaster. The excitement builds slowly as the book soars with expectation. Swinson doesn’t disappoint. The book hits a turn at full speed and continues at that pace until the very end.”—RT Book Reviews on Playing Dirty


Click for more detail about The Season by Omar Tyree The Season

by Omar Tyree
Urban Books (Dec 01, 2009)
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While dressed as a Santa Claus to surprise his children, Immanuel Ochugi, an African immigrant married to an American woman, is accused of a crime he did not commit. Carlton Wright finds that his live-in girlfriend, recently saved by the holy ghost of religion, has fallen for a seductive preacher. And Devon Martin, a known psychopath, has already decided that this year will be his last. The Season is a pacey, no-holds-barred tale that will have readers gripped from start to finish..


Click for more detail about The Strivers’ Row Spy by Jason Overstreet The Strivers’ Row Spy

by Jason Overstreet
Dafina (Aug 30, 2016)
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Stunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet’s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies…

For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn’t have imagined. His impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta is a happiness he never thought he’d find. And when he’s tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI’s first African-American agent, he sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure real justice.

Instead of providing evidence against Marcus Garvey, prominent head of the “dangerously radical” back-to-Africa movement, Sidney uses his unexpected knack for deception and undercover work to thwart the Bureau’s biased investigation. And by giving renowned leader W. E. B. Du Bois insider information, Sidney gambles on change that could mean a fair destiny for all Americans…

But the higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem’s most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes. An unexpected friendship and a wrenching personal tragedy threaten to shatter Loretta’s innocent trust in her husband—and turn his double life into a fast-closing trap. For Sidney, ultimately squeezed between the Bureau and one too many ruthless factions, the price of escape could be heartbreak and betrayal no amount of skill can help him survive.


Click for more detail about The Thunder Beneath Us by Nicole Blades The Thunder Beneath Us

by Nicole Blades
Dafina (Oct 25, 2016)
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To the world, Best Lightburn is a talented writer rising up the masthead at international style magazine James, girlfriend of a gorgeous up-and-coming actor, and friend to New York City’s fabulous. Then there’s the other Best, the one who has chosen to recast herself as an only child rather than confront the truth.
 
Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best and her two older brothers took a shortcut over a frozen lake. When the ice cracked, all three went in. Only Best came out. People said she was lucky, but that kind of luck is nothing but a burden. Because Best knows what she had to do to survive. And after years of covering up the past, her guilt is detonating through every facet of her seemingly charmed life. It’s all unraveling so fast: her new boss is undermining and deceitful, her boyfriend is recovering from a breakdown, and a recent investigative story has led to a secret affair with the magazine’s wealthy publisher.
 
Best is quick-witted and headstrong, but how do you find a way to happiness when you’re sure you haven’t earned it—or embrace a future you feel you don’t deserve? Evocative and emotional, The Thunder Beneath Us is a gripping novel about learning to carry loss without breaking, and to heal and forgive—not least of all, ourselves.


Click for more detail about The Trophy Wife by Ashley and JaQuavis The Trophy Wife

by Ashley and JaQuavis
Urban Books (Oct 01, 2008)
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Love, lies, adultery, and death.
Ashley and JaQuavis introduce readers to London, a beautiful immigrant from Trinidad. She was given to her husband by her father in order to settle a debt. Standing by her husband’s side to make him the envy of his associates is a day in the life, but behind closed doors, their relationship becomes cold, and the abuse that she encounters has her looking for a way out.
When she meets a young thug named Kalil, he opens her eyes to a world she never knew. Afraid of the repercussions of her actions, she avoids Kalil at all costs, but his relentless pursuit makes their love inevitable.
Enter the world of The Trophy Wife. Her story will keep you guessing until the final page, and the outcome will leave you breathless.


Click for more detail about The Truth Is The Light (Blessed Trinity) by Vanessa Davis Griggs The Truth Is The Light (Blessed Trinity)

by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Dafina (Jun 01, 2010)
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The son of a well-known minister, Clarence Walker knows his decision to leave his father’s flock and join Pastor George Landris’ ministry is a controversial one. But little does he suspect that it will ignite a firestorm of revelations that will shake the heart of the congregation and his very own family.


Click for more detail about The Ultimate No-No by Tamika Newhouse The Ultimate No-No

by Tamika Newhouse
Dafina (Jul 01, 2011)
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It’s been almost four years since the Headmaster of Heartbreak, Troyon, dumped Dahlia. But she’s still aching to give him a taste of his own lying, cheating, mind-twisting medicine. So she asks her girl, Nitrah, to do the unthinkable: get revenge by getting Troy to fall for her, then betraying him.


Click for more detail about The Upper Room (A Mama Ruby Novel) by Mary Monroe The Upper Room (A Mama Ruby Novel)

by Mary Monroe
Kensington (Jul 01, 2002)
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Warm, energetic, and charming. —The Houston Post

Mama Ruby’s known for taking things that aren’t rightfully hers, like her best friend’s stillborn infant, who she brought back to life and christened Maureen. She’s also rumored to have done away with her husband. Some fear her, others try their best to avoid her. But Mama Ruby doesn’t pay them any mind. Not when she’s got the one gift God gave her—her precious baby girl.

"Monroe’s literary canvas is painted with verve and humor and passion." —Christian Science Monitor

But growing up with a mama like Ruby is enough to make any half-sane girl wish for something—anything—else. And when Maureen gets the chance to explore the "real" world, you can bet she’s going to take it. . .and run like hell.

"There is an electricity and vitality to this novel that makes it unique. Mary monroe is a remarkable talent." —Chicago Sun-Times

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Click for more detail about The Warlord Of Willow Ridge by Gary Phillips The Warlord Of Willow Ridge

by Gary Phillips
Dafina (Oct 02, 2012)
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In A World Of Bikers, Meth, And Overdue Mortgages. . .

All the miles. All the blood. All has led him here. Looking for a place to hole up, O’Conner—with nothing to his name but a failing motorcycle, a gun, and uncollected debts—lies low in the last place he thought he’d end up: the suburbs. But Willow Ridge, once an exclusive gated community, is now tarnished and crumbling. Ordinary citizens cling to their worthless homes while society’s outcasts—and O’Conner is no exception—creep in to fill the gaps.

One Man’s Got Nothing Left To Lose. . .

O’Conner’s style has always been more shoot-and-run, but this time he stays, getting involved with the Ridge’s residents—discovering criminal behavior can happen anywhere. Homeowners dangle at the ends of their financial rope, gangs clash over Willow Ridge territory, housewives set their sights on him, and O’Conner is thrust into an inescapable tangle of passion, betrayal, and violence. When all-out war breaks out between the Mas Trece and Vandal Vikings gangs, fueled by treachery shockingly close to home, O’Conner is forced to make life-or-death decisions about his newfound neighbors. The American Dream is in flames. . .and he wonders if he’ll still be standing when the smoke clears.

"Gary Phillips is my kind of crime writer." —Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author

Praise For Gary Phillips

"Honesty, distinctive characters, absurdity and good writing—are here in Phillips’s work." —The Washington Post

"Gary Phillips writes tough and gritty parables about life and death on the mean streets. . ." —Michael Connelly


Click for more detail about The Whole World in His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson by Susan Robeson The Whole World in His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson

by Susan Robeson
Citadel Press (Jan 01, 1981)
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An album of photographs with captions from Paul Robeson’s own words that describe his life, career, & persecutions.


Click for more detail about The Womanizers by Dwayne S. Joseph The Womanizers

by Dwayne S. Joseph
Urban Books (Sep 01, 2004)
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For best friends Mike, Max, and Ahmad, the bonds of friendship, love and respect, are put to the ultimate test as each one of them is forced to take a long, hard look at themselves, and the women they love. They all said their ’I do’s’, but did they really understand what it meant? Mike’s a bonafide ladies man. He’s smooth, sexy, and he’s got all the right moves. There’s just one problem-his wife, Mya. She knew what she was getting into when she slipped his ring on her finger, but she’d always hoped that her love would be enough to quench his desire. But now that she’s finally admitted that Mike can never be tamed, who will she turn to for comfort? And how will Mike handle it? Max is a music mogul in the making, and with his wife, Trina’s support, he’s bound to succeed. Of course that all depends on what happens with Sharon, who could write a book and give seminars on what it is to be a true ghetto queen. Ahmad is a born-again virgin only he can’t figure out why. No matter what he does or says, his wife, Shay, refuses to be intimate with him. But what happens when her decision to confide in him is too late?

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Click for more detail about Through the Storm (Urban Books) by Vanessa Miller Through the Storm (Urban Books)

by Vanessa Miller
Urban Christian (Nov 06, 2012)
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Isaac Walker had once been a heavy handed drug lord, who was proud of the fact that nobody dared to mess with him. But after dedicating his life to the Lord, Isaac began snatching wayward souls out of darkness and into God’s marvelous light. That is, until the day the people Isaac ministered to started coming up missing and a maniac began terrorizing him and his family. Before giving his life over to the Lord, Isaac would have handled this situation with a Glock. But now that Isaac’s only weapons were his Bible and prayer he was counting on God to send His angels to help him fight this battle.

Iona Walker was successful, beautiful and every bit as cold blooded as her father, Isaac Walker had once been. As a lawyer she represents some of the most unsavory criminals in her city. Guilt or innocence doesn’t matter to Iona; cash is what counts. Iona is on her way to making a lot of money, and she doesn’t care that she had to turn her back on God to get it. But when Cynda Williams, Iona’s mother is diagnosed with a life threatening illness and then Iona gets kidnapped, she discovers that all the money in the world won’t help her get a prayer through to God.


Click for more detail about Thug Matrimony by Wahida Clark Thug Matrimony

by Wahida Clark
Dafina (Apr 01, 2007)
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Angel, Jaz, Tasha, and Kyra are living proof that hope is more than a word. The four girlfriends are pulling themselves out of the ghetto--and trying to bring their hearts up to higher ground with them. But sometimes the past ain't in no mood to let go. . .

Angel has met the brother of her dreams--after living through a nightmare with Snake. Believing that pimp is dead, Angel has moved on. She's starting her own law practice and a new life with Kaylin, a drug dealer who's stepped outta the game to run a recycling business and a hot new record label.

But the past is never far from Kaylin, and when an unwanted guest crashes their wedding, all the rage and bloodlust from the hood comes bustin' out--and Angel's gonna need every prayer in heaven to make it to the altar. . .


Click for more detail about Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark Thugs And The Women Who Love Them

by Wahida Clark
Kensington (Dec 01, 2005)
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In a ’hood boiling over with sex, brutality and crime, three friends are at a turning point. They can surrender to the streets and the murderous men who rule them, or they can walk a totally different path. But nothing is simple for women addicted to life on the edge - and everything has consequences.


Click for more detail about Thugs and the Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark Thugs and the Women Who Love Them

by Wahida Clark
Dafina (Jul 01, 2010)
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In a 'hood loaded with sex, brutality, and crime, three friends are at a turning point. They can surrender to the streets—and the murderous men who rule there—or walk a totally different path. But nothing is simple for women addicted to life on the edge. And everything has consequences. . .

Angel, Jaz, and Kyra are all leading double lives, torn between working hard to leave the ghetto behind—and being dragged back in by the lying, pimping, drug-dealing men they can't seem to let go. From jealous rampages to bloody turf wars to rage-fueled vendettas, a tangled web of violence binds these women to the very place that could destroy them. . .


Click for more detail about To Love & Betray (A Chesterton Scandal Novel) by Shelly Ellis To Love & Betray (A Chesterton Scandal Novel)

by Shelly Ellis
Dafina (Nov 28, 2017)
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For the wealthy Murdochs of Chesterton, Virginia, managing scandalous damage and killer drama is now their only chance at survival . . .
 
For Evan Murdoch, the bad news just won’t stop. As he battles an attempted murder charge, he’s on the verge of getting forced out of the family corporation—and fears he can’t trust his new wife, Lelia. Enter savvy family matriarch Ida, whose wild-card schemes might be the answer to his prayers—or lead to disaster like he’s never seen.
 
With Evan sidelined, his ex-playboy brother Terrence struggles to keep Murdoch Conglomerated from catastrophe by becoming the new public face for the company. But a secret he tries to hide from his fiancée could send his best intentions—and last chance at love—down in flames.
 
Fiery Murdoch sister, Paulette, will do anything to protect her infant son—and her secrets. But her worst nightmare is about to come true. And with their vengeful half-brother, Dante Turner, closing in on the family he despises, the Marvelous Murdochs could pay a price that could finish them once and for all . . .

Praise for Best Kept Secrets
"Secrets abound in this full-bodied tale." —USAToday.com

"This fantastic novel is replete with scandal, entitlement, treachery and passion up to the surprising end." -RT Book Reviews

"Drama, hot sex, and betrayals are all wrapped up in this addictive yet well-written story." —AAMBC Book Club


Click for more detail about To Paris with Love by Carl Weber and Eric Pete To Paris with Love

by Carl Weber and Eric Pete
Urban Books (Nov 26, 2013)
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A New York Times Bestselling Author; An Essence® Bestselling Author; An Essence® Bestselling Author -- Ripped from the pages of Carl Weber's New York Times bestselling Family Business series comes a solo story about his most popular character to date, the bright, sexy, and deadly Paris Duncan.Join Carl Weber and Eric Pete as they go back in time and take Paris Duncan to Europe, to the finishing school where she meets her first true love, makes her first real enemy, and commits her first crime. Readers will get a thrilling inside view into the events that made Paris the lovely but lethal woman she is today.


Click for more detail about To Paris with Love: A Family Business Novel (Family Business Novels) by Carl Weber and Eric Pete To Paris with Love: A Family Business Novel (Family Business Novels)

by Carl Weber and Eric Pete
Urban Books (Oct 28, 2014)
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Ripped from the pages of the New York Times bestselling series The Family Business, Carl Weber and Eric Pete bring you To Paris with Love, a solo story about their two most popular characters to date—the bright, sexy, and deadly Paris Duncan and her flamboyant and cunning twin brother, Rio.

It’s spring break and Paris Duncan is on the verge of graduating at the top of her class from Chi’s Finishing School, one of Europe’s most exclusive private academies. At Chi’s students not only learn the three Rs, but they also learn the deadly art of assassination.
Like most of her classmates, Paris is looking forward to going back home. She can’t wait to get back to the bright lights of New York City, where she plans on clubbing with her twin brother Rio, scarfing down her mom’s cooking, and wearing out her father’s credit cards. A family crisis puts an end to her trip home in favor of a solo trip to the French Riviera.
Rio Duncan has been accepted into one of the most prestigious law schools in the country and his father, LC Duncan, couldn’t be more proud of him. Unfortunately for LC, Rio has plans of his own, and they don’t include law school. If that weren’t surprise enough, Rio’s got a few more things to tell his dear old dad, one of which is that he is gay.
Now that he’s come out of the closet, Rio is in the wind. He’s headed to Europe to live life by his own rules and hook up with his sister for some fun in the European sun. Together Rio and Paris will do what they do best—have fun, find trouble, and break men’s hearts.
Travel with Weber and Pete to Europe, to see how Paris and Rio became the dynamic duo of the Duncan clan.


Click for more detail about Torn Between Two Lovers (Big Girls Book Club) by Carl Weber Torn Between Two Lovers (Big Girls Book Club)

by Carl Weber
Dafina (Sep 01, 2010)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Big Girls Do Cry comes a deliciously provocative new page-turner starring plus-sized diva Loraine Farrow, and the men in her life. . .

One of Richmond, Virginia’s, hottest, most successful women, Loraine Farrow finally wants to settle down with her husband, Leon, and focus on her marriage. Trouble is, her ex-lover, Michael, isn’t about to let her go so easily.

But things aren’t so simple with Leon either. Painful issues from his childhood are starting to surface in the bedroom. Leon’s seeing a therapist, but what he’s uncovering could destroy their marriage for good—unless Michael does it first.

As Loraine deals with her relationship drama, her best friend, Jerome, is left alone to deal with Peter, a stalker who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Now, four indomitable people torn between love and lust, secrets and lies, will have to face the momentous decisions they must ultimately make.

"Delves into the romantic conflicts of these Richmond Virginians with a robust relish and soap-opera intense insights." —Publishers Weekly

"Weber fills his books with lifelike characters—flawed, confused, frustrated, and sometimes plus-sized." —Booklist


Click for more detail about Torn Between Two Lovers (Big Girls Book Club) by Carl Weber Torn Between Two Lovers (Big Girls Book Club)

by Carl Weber
Dafina (Sep 01, 2011)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Big Girls Do Cry comes a deliciously provocative new page-turner starring plus-sized diva Loraine Farrow, and the men in her life. . .

One of Richmond, Virginia’s, hottest, most successful women, Loraine Farrow finally wants to settle down with her husband, Leon, and focus on her marriage. Trouble is, her ex-lover, Michael, isn’t about to let her go so easily.

But things aren’t so simple with Leon either. Painful issues from his childhood are starting to surface in the bedroom. Leon’s seeing a therapist, but what he’s uncovering could destroy their marriage for good—unless Michael does it first.

As Loraine deals with her relationship drama, her best friend, Jerome, is left alone to deal with Peter, a stalker who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Now, four indomitable people torn between love and lust, secrets and lies, will have to face the momentous decisions they must ultimately make.

"Delves into the romantic conflicts of these Richmond Virginians with a robust relish and soap-opera intense insights." —Publishers Weekly

"Weber fills his books with lifelike characters—flawed, confused, frustrated, and sometimes plus-sized." —Booklist


Click for more detail about Troublemaker by Trice Hickman Troublemaker

by Trice Hickman
Kensington (Jul 29, 2014)
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Every joy has its challenges. . .

After twenty years, childhood best friends Alexandria Thornton and PJ Brightwood have reunited--and fallen in love. Alex's artistic nature as a spoken word artist, and PJ's success as a talented surgeon promise a bright future. But their happiness brings unexpected complications for those they care about most. . .

A devoted wife, loving mother, and successful businesswoman, Victoria Thornton is a pillar of her suburban Atlanta community. But when her daughter, Alexandria, becomes engaged to the son of Victoria's former lover, her past mistake threatens her orderly life. As the impending marriage reunites both families, it reignites old feelings that test all of their relationships--and all of their boundaries. . .


Click for more detail about True Lies by Margaret Johnson-Hodge True Lies

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
Kensington (Sep 01, 2003)
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The last time Dajah Moore took a chance, she was eight, and a wild, downhill bike ride left her with a scar on her knee - which is nothing compared to the ones that now criss-cross her heart. Life has made Dajah into a cautious and wise sister who’s a hardworking accountant that doesn’t hand out second chances. When she meets Rick Trimmons, the handsome corrections officer, she falls hard. Everything about Rick, from his soulful eyes to his straightforward talk, tells Dajah she’s met someone who will never play her, but Rick‘s five year old daughter Kanisha and the antics of Kanisha’s mother —Gina— says different. With the emotional resonance of real, complicated lives, True Lies is about life’s uneasy answers, and how sometimes we live lies for so long, it becomes our truth….


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by Ni-Ni Simone
KTeen (Nov 26, 2013)
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What’s a girl to do when love has her caught up?

That’s the plight of eighteen-year-old Seven McKnight. Her freshman year at Stiles University turned out to be a tug of war for her heart and her sophomore year promised more of the same. Just when she’d sworn off her ex-boyfriend, Josiah Whitaker, and thought she’d never love him again, he boldly stepped back into her life, with no regard that she’d moved on with Zaire St. James, her new boyfriend.

Caught off guard and thrust into a whirlwind of emotion, Seven no longer knows if she should stay or go. . . All she knows is that old feelings won’t die, her new love is being ruined by lies, and the fairy tale she once dreamed of may never become her true story.

Praise for Ni-Ni Simone

"Smart and cutting, full of clever comebacks." —Kirkus on No Boyz Allowed

"This is creative, innovative, and important storytelling for today’s urban teen readership." —Library Journal on Teenage Love Affair


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by Rikki Dixon
Urban Soul (Aug 01, 2009)
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by Travis Hunter
Dafina (Jul 01, 2010)
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Coming up in the inner city, Kwame and Romeo Braxton never had anyone except their Nana and each other. So when big brother Kwame caught two years for doing nothing but keeping the wrong kind of friends, their lives were turned upside down. And things are about to get shaken up one more time. . .

Romeo is seventeen and the star quarterback for the Tucker Tigers. He gets all the attention he can handle from the honeys—and the big-time college football programs. Deciding where to take a scholarship should be Romeo’s biggest problem, but these days it’s the last thing on his mind. . .

Not only is Kwame finally getting out of jail, their absentee mother Pearl is back on the scene, and Rome’s girl Ngiai says she’s ready to get serious. Oh, and a couple of thugs beat Pearl nearly to death and wrecked Nana’s crib.

With everything in their lives out of control, Kwame and Rome are at a serious crossroads. Now they’ll have to decide who’s really got their backs, and what kind of future they’re ready to step up to. . .

"Gritty, realistic, and unforgettable, Travis Hunter knows the urban teen scene." —Ni-Ni Simone, author of Teenage Love Affair


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by Roy Glenn
Urban Soul (Oct 01, 2008)
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by Mary B. Morrison
Dafina (Jul 01, 2010)
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Honey Thomas once made her living as a tough-talking prostitute and madam, but those days are long gone. Now, Honey runs a counseling center that helps women get off the streets. The best part is her new life is being bankrolled by money stolen from her ex-pimp, Valentino James. But Valentino wants his money back, and he’s willing to kill Honey to get it. Now Honey has to figure out what’s important, what she can do without, and who she needs in her life to discover the happiness she deserves. . .

"Hot times in Atlanta keep Morrison’s erotic Honey Diaries blazing." —Publishers Weekly

"Mix dirty red drama, relationship scandals, suspense, love and you get my girl Mary B. Morrison." —Vickie Stringer


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by Trice Hickman
Dafina (Apr 01, 2011)
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What happens when a young woman falls for two men—one black, one white, both determined in their pursuit for her affections?….Unexpected Interruptions follows the journey of Victoria Small, a smart, savvy sister who’s fresh off a year-long, self-imposed hiatus—from men! Now that she’s ready to start dating again, she gets more than she bargained for when Ted Thornton and Parker Brightwood enter her life. Ted, a powerful blue-eyed CEO, is drawn to Victoria, igniting a friendship that both delights and shocks her out of her comfort zone. Then she meets Parker, a talented surgeon who showers her with tenderness, helping to mend her once-broken heart. In her struggle to rationalize her growing feelings for the white man who loves her, and forge ahead in her relationship with the ebony prince who fulfills her, she resurrects a painful secret she thought she’d buried long ago, and finds herself doing things she never thought she’d do. Along the way she’s joined by a colorful cast of friends and foes as she tests the boundaries of love, race, class and where she fits in.


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by Patricia Haley
Urban Christian (Mar 31, 2015)
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Sins from the past have left a lingering stench in the Mitchell family. Amidst a tumultuous rollercoaster ride through financial ruin, professional humiliation, personal failure, and marital discord, Joel, the youngest son who was once considered the most eligible bachelor, has finally come to terms with his shortcomings and self-centered decisions. Spurred by his estranged wife’s troubled pregnancy, he decides to honor their marriage. Joel reaches out to the most unlikely person, his stepmother and long-time nemesis, Madeline Mitchell, pleading with her to let him back into the family business.

Don, the eldest living son, has other plans and vehemently discounts Madeline’s recommendation, not ready to trust his half-brother Joel. Don has paid his dues, suffered years of rejection, and played second fiddle to his father’s second family long enough.

Feeling robbed of her rightful place in the company, Tamara, the only remaining heir to the Mitchell fortune, gets wind of what she considers to be her mother’s and brother’s betrayal. She is outraged that they’re considering someone other than her for the CEO role. Refusing to lose out again to the whims of her family, Tamara writes off Madeline and Don as traitors, concocting her own way to get the upper hand.

Harmony seems impossible for the Mitchell clan, with each step toward truce and reconciliation resulting in two backward steps shrouded in conflict. Unforgiving shoves years of conflict and bitterness to the edge, when everyone is forced to set aside their issues and come together in order to save DMI, the Mitchell legacy, and the life of a disturbed family member. They must learn painfully that forgiveness is the only path to restoration, and those who choose another route are bound to face unavoidable consequences.


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by Carl Weber
Dafina (Feb 01, 2009)
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There is always a man around the corner. Church trustee James Black should know—he’s usually that man, carrying on adulterous affairs and sleeping with one conquest after another. But when he suddenly finds himself truly in love, the other women in his church have a thing or two to say about it—including his daughter, Jamie.

Jamie has every intention of dismantling the relationship—until she discovers a mystery woman has been secretly calling her lover, Louis. Meanwhile, James’s son, Darnel, spirals out of control after he catches his fiancée cheating. James knows he’s to blame for the turmoil that surrounds him and his loved ones. Now he’ll have to find a way to bring peace to their lives. But he can only do it by facing some hard truths about himself and changing his scandalous ways.

"A charming tale. . ." —Essence®

"Twisty and entertaining. . .gives fans what they want. . ." —Publishers Weekly

"This family’s page-turning drama keeps readers in suspense until the very last page." —Upscale Magazine


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by Tony Lindsay
Urban Books (Jul 01, 2008)
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For Chance Bates, life doesn’t come with too many certainties. He learned this while growing up in the foster care system, being shifted from one home to the next. What he does know is that only the strong survive, and he is determined to make something of himself and marry the girl of his dreams. His girl, Patrice Trent, teaches Chance that life is wonderful. She should know. She grew up in an upper-class black family where her opportunities have been abundant. But when her family learns that Chance was born to a mother with a severe mental illness, they are determined that Patrice will not taint their bloodline with the likeness of his family’s defective genes. Meanwhile, after spending years in a mental institution and working to get her life together, Chance’s mother Sharon Bates resurfaces to find him just as his life is spiraling out of control. After so many years of not being there for her son, will she now be able to help him, or will her appearance ruin everything he has achieved? Eventually, they all come to a point where they must take a chance of a lifetime.


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by Terrance Dean, James Earl Hardy and Stanley Bennett Clay
Kensington (Jun 01, 2010)
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by Brandon Massey, Eric Jerome Dickey, and Tananarive Due, L. A. Banks
Kensington Books (Apr 01, 2006)
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From the untamed wilderness of ancient times to the concrete jungles of today, these sixteen excursions into nightmares will keep you awake long past the midnight hour--and praying for daylight. . .

Beyond The Shadows. . .

. . .they linger, showing themselves only to those brave enough to perceive them. . .willing to see beyond human existence and into the heart of darkness. Feel the racing pulse in the primal desire of werewolves. Embrace the aura of two gifted women as they unleash power beyond imagining. Savor the aroma of otherworldly flora planted in a unique patch of earth.

They Walk The Night. . .

. . .prepared to face terrors humans were never meant to confront. Chant with an African mystic as he protects his people from an entity of unbridled malice. Ride the dusty trails of the Old West in pursuit of monstrous legends. Sail on a ship of damned souls as it languishes in the depths of forbidden waters.


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by Michelle Lindo-Rice
Urban Christian (Dec 31, 2013)
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Two friends. Two brothers. Two weddings. Too many secrets.            
Colleen MacGregor rededicated her life to God when she met and married Terence Hayworth. However, her happily-ever-after will have to wait, because she has some serious dragons to slay to sustain her marriage and keep her friendship with Gina Price intact. After fifteen years of friendship, Colleen must now draw the line and stop telling Gina everything.
          What did God do to her friend? Gina finds it hard to deal with Colleen’s newfound faith. She thinks Colleen has become self-righteous, subjecting Gina to her holy tirades whenever the mood strikes. When Gina begins dating one brother, while simultaneously falling in love with another, boy, does she get an earful! Gina, however, is way too busy trying to sort her way through her own murky feelings to worry about her soul. Her heart wants what it wants.
          Michelle Lindo-Rice explores the complicated world of female friendships. Can a friendship survive when one friend becomes saved? ***** Christian fiction read. Slight sizzle. Edgy


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by J.M. Benjamin
Urban Books (May 30, 2017)
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In Las Vegas, Nevada, also known as Sin City, anything goes. This is why the Double Gs have chosen to set up shop here.

Starrshma Fields, aka Starr, is a young, bodacious, and bold beauty. She is also the leader of the Double Gs, a powerful and ruthless social club of plus-sized women. Starr is guided by Queen Fem, the founder of the Double Gs. Queen Fem set up the group of professionals-by-day, gangster-biker-chicks-by-night to prove that this isn’t just a man’s world. The Double Gs put the squeeze on their primary targets: men of power and privilege. Blackmail and manipulation are their choice of weapons, and they are skillful in both.

Agent McCarthy has been tracking the Double Gs since the founder was at the helm of the organization. For years, he could not infiltrate the group of female radicals, but he has finally managed to plant a seed that could possibly lead to the destruction of the Double Gs when the young Starrshma Fields becomes the new face of the group.

As the temperature increases in Las Vegas, so does the pressure the Double Gs apply. No man is safe from the Double Gs and their manipulative tactics, and anyone who tries to stop them is putting his life in danger. These women are on a mission, and they believe the only way they can accomplish it is by keeping the game and the players in a chokehold!


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by Joylynn M. Jossel
Urban Soul (Apr 04, 2007)
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In “Thicker Than Water”, Become entangled in this passionate thriller that proves blood isn’t always thicker than water. Tye and Wade are identical twin brothers who were inseparable as boys, teenagers and now men. No one ever thought that anything could come between them; And they were right. Not anything could come between them. It was anyone they should have been more careful of. Dinah is the woman of every man’s dreams and the woman every other woman dreams of being. Dinah is Wade’s best friend, but Tye has plans of his own for her. As the plot thickens, each character becomes a threat to the other, but somebody takes the threat too far. With everyone playing each other against one another, you’ll never see the twisted ending coming. In "The Ghost Writer", although Rhain Garrett’s daily nine to five pays for her necessities in life, her nightly devotion and knack for the written word is her passion. For extra money on the side and to feed her literary desires, Rhain takes other people’s thoughts and translates them into sentimental keepsakes. What seemed like an uneventful life for Rhain all changed after a chance meeting with a man named Fred. Not only does she meet this man who brings out a sensual side of her that she didn’t know existed, but she also gets the highest paying ghostwriting opportunity yet. Just as quickly as the sun rises on Rhain’s dull life, it sets. That dream come true high paying ghostwriting gig turns out to be a nightmare that lands Rhain as the number one suspect in a murder case, which leads her to believe that Fred might not be who he says he is.


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by Zuri Day
Dafina (Sep 01, 2010)
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Zuri Day heats it up in this deliciously sexy tale about lust, trust, seduction—and other dishes best served sizzling . . .

Burned by an unhappy childhood, Tiffany Matthews plays life safe. So she never saw wealthy businessman Dominick Rollins—or their wildly-sensual European encounter—coming. But now that she’s landed a sous chef job at Dominick’s prestigious hotel, she’s determined to keep her fine new boss at arm’s length—and their relationship professional. . .


Dominick can’t resist coming back for more. Tiffany’s honesty is the one ingredient none of his glamorous exes has ever served up. And he’s using every tempting glance and touch to melt Tiffany’s defenses and show her the caring man under his sophisticated image. But is what they have enough for Tiffany to risk her heart—or will this love prove way too hot to handle?


"An exciting read. Zuri Day does a fantastic job."
—Urban Reviews on Lies Lovers Tell

"A completely entertaining love story."
—Romantic Times on Body By Night


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by Wendy Coakley-Thompson
Dafina (Nov 01, 2005)
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A failed engagement and a partnership in a new e-learning firm have led thirty-six-year-old Chaney Braxton from New York to Washington, D.C. When Chaney meets half black, half Korean veterinarian Devin Rhym, she can’t help being impressed with his knowledge and his soothing demeanor—not to mention his exotic good looks. At the same time, Chaney doesn’t see herself taking on a twenty-eight-year-old "tadpole." She reminds herself that there are other, more age-appropriate fish in the sea. Or so she thinks… As Chaney and Devin embark on a relationship, other areas of their lives start to unravel. From family drama, career trouble, and some heartwrenching losses—to an unplanned surprise neither had bargained for—the unlikely lovers are forced to find solutions while finding each other. In the process, they may just find themselves.


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by Gloria Mallette
Kensington (Jan 01, 2006)
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From the moment Celeste Dawson was born, her big sister, Katrina, had it in for her. And as much as Celeste yearned for Katrina’s love, the sibling rivalry only got worse. For Celeste, the ultimate betrayal came when she was seventeen, and Katrina seduced her boyfriend. That was the day Celeste gave up trying for any kind of friendship with her sister. Now the two are grown, married, and leading separate lives. Until tragedy strikes. When her husband is found murdered in a seedy motel room in a very compromising position, Celeste is devastated. Rather than comfort her, Katrina is more than happy to suggest that Celeste wasn’t properly "taking care of" her man. But the tables soon turn as Katrina’s husband falls into a coma from an illness no one knew he had. And that’s not the only surprise. A second wife soon comes out of the woodwork, looking to stake her claim. Oblivous as ever, Celeste’s parents want her to help Katrina fight back—even as she’s looking for her own husband’s killer. Blindsided as she is by grief, Celeste can’t help wondering: now that she and Katrina are finally on the same side of pain—will blood finally become thicker than a history of jealousy and deceit?


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by E. N. Joy
Urban Christian (Sep 29, 2015)
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It ain’t easy being saved, sanctified, and single. Try being a once divorced, now widowed single mother of two on top of that. Thank God the Lord built Paige Vanderdale to be able to bear all of those titles without becoming weary to the point of giving up. From the outside looking in, that life looks good on her. On the inside, though, Paige is coveting what so many others around her seem to have, which is true love.

In the past, everything that she thought was love was either something far from it, or was taken away from her. Now Paige is afraid to let her hair down and open herself up to love again.

Paige struggles with the decision to reach out to an old flame to rekindle their spark. When the blaze gets too high, will Paige do what she always does, which is grab the nearest fire extinguisher and try to put it out? Or will she utilize her backup plan and run? The decision is abruptly removed from Paige’s hands when something else begins to pull her away—something that just might be the thing that finally breaks her.


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by Tyora Moody
Urban Christian (Mar 26, 2013)
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Angel Roberts has embraced her new faith, but past memories remain fresh. When her beloved grandmother suffers a stroke, Angel sets out to investigate a mystery that has created family tensions and lingered since she was five years old: What happened to her mother?
She teams up with investigative reporter Wes Cade, a man obsessed with the remaining memories of grandfather, who is stricken with Alzheimer’s. As Angel lets her guard down with Wes, his determination to get the story could push her to the edge. Is his interest in her or the story?
Angel must conquer her fears to find the truth. Unbeknownst to her, someone close is working feverishly to stop Angel from unlocking the truth of what really happened to her mother. Who will win?


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by Tyora Moody
Urban Christian (Feb 25, 2014)
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Reverend Jonathan Freeman and his wife Lenora are quickly becoming Charlotte’s "it" couple. All eyes are on them as Jonathan is named pastor of a church following the death of his father and Lenora has become a sought-after wedding planner. The Freemans are media darlings and a model couple; the picture of perfection. Or are they?
Behind the scenes, Jonathan struggles with his role as pastor of a megachurch while Lenora grows increasingly and uncharacteristically distant. A number of odd and tragic incidents push her further away from the love of her life and the façade of perfection begins to crack.

A carefully guarded secret catches up with Lenora and it threatens her security as well as that of her family. Has an imperfect past finally caught up with her? Will the ghost of someone she thought long dead rise like Lazarus from the grave and destroy all she has worked to preserve? Or will Lenora fight to protect the man she loves and the beautiful life God has blessed her to have?

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by Tyora Moody
Urban Christian (Mar 01, 2012)
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"Why does God keep taking away the people I love?" This is the lamentation of widow CANDACE JOHNSON when her best friend is brutally murdered. Ensnared by a deep-rooted bitterness, seeping her faith day by day, Candace is determined to seek justice. Detective Darnell Jackson is in need of clues fast. The police captain is coming down hard on him and his partner to find out who murdered Pamela Coleman, the daughter of a high profile judge. Darnell confers with Candace to get the inside track on events leading up to the murder. As the investigation heats up, his growing attraction for Candace plays havoc on Darnell’s judgment. Little does she know, Candace’s quest to find the truth has led her straight to the killer. She’s already lost loved ones. Now Candace must choose to completely trust God with her own life.


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Dafina (Jun 26, 2012)
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After the death of her husband, Pastor Hezekiah Cleaveland, Samantha has been installed as the interim pastor of New Testament Cathedral. She's also become the head of the international television ministry, but not everyone is happy about it. Danny St. John was having an affair with Samantha's husband before he was assassinated in the pulpit one Sunday. Danny is convinced that Samantha had her husband murdered, and he wants revenge. Cynthia Pryce, the wife of the church's assistant pastor, Reverend Percy Pryce, wants to see her husband become the church's permanent pastor. She's working behind the scenes to see that Samantha is removed from the position. Gideon Truman, a well-known investigative reporter, believes that solving the murder of Pastor Cleaveland will establish his career as the black Anderson Cooper. He starts rummaging through the skeletons in Samantha's closet in his quest for the truth. Danny, Cynthia, and Gideon all desire to take Samantha down for different reasons. They might be underestimating the cunning and dangerous nature of their prey, though. Samantha has a secret that she's willing to go to any length to protect, and she doesn't care who she has to destroy in the process.


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by Gwynne Forster
Dafina (Oct 25, 2016)
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“When the sun goes down on my life, you’ll all come apart like ripped balloons.”

When stingy self-made millionaire and widower Leon Farrell dies, he leaves behind a legacy of family dysfunction—and a missing will. It’s soon clear that his three grown children, Edgar, Gunther, and Shirley, don’t handle loss well—the possible loss of a fortune, that is. And when Edgar hires a private investigator to track down the will, it’s just the beginning of a search that will lead the siblings to re-visit their childhoods, uncover buried secrets, and ultimately learn for themselves what it means to be a family…

Praise for the Novels of Gwynne Forster

“Wise and wonderful as it points out, once again, the importance of honesty and appreciating what you have while you have it.” —Publishers Weekly on A Different Kind of Blues


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Kensington (Feb 02, 2002)
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by Gloria Mallette
Holloway House (Jun 01, 1995)
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by Gwynne Forster
Kensington (Aug 01, 2006)
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"A great story with wonderful life lessons . . ."—Books 2 Mention Magazine

After the death of her demanding mother, Sara Jolene Tilman is alone in the world for the first time—and ready for a fresh start. Sara becomes Jolene, and moves into the Thank the Lord Boarding House, an oceanside sanctuary that houses eleven other "misguided souls," as proprietress Fannie Johnson thinks of them. Surrounded by strangers, Jolene sees how socially awkward—and lonely—she really is. Yet, as she naively begins her search for love and belonging, Jolene finds she’s not alone. . .

Disillusioned by romance and success, wealthy Richard Peterson has given up his career and registered at Thank the Lord Boarding House. But he is taken aback by the humble surroundings, and the down-to-earth housemates for whom his status means nothing. Still, Richard discovers simple pleasures—and a promising new relationship. Now, with a little help from Fannie, Jolene and Richard will struggle to find themselves—and each other—at last.

"Ms. Forster has given more than a story of redemption; it is a story that encompasses the growth of the inner-self, the cleansing of souls, and an exposure to a time that is strikingly old-fashioned. This story should appeal to the innocence in readers."
—The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers


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by Brandon Massey
Dafina (Jul 01, 2007)
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Beyond Your Darkest Dreams- From the deceptive safety of your very own bed to the seeming stillness of country roads and the bustle of urban streets, your darkest realities reveal themselves as you enter hidden realms, crossing the threshold into one man’s tortured mind-a mind haunted by the mocking, derisive voices of his youth . . . Quench your insatiable thirst for terror at a bar where the drinks are abominable and the patrons never leave. Relive the infamous, harrowing Middle Passage that brought millions of African slaves to America, but this time with a spellbinding twist . . . Lie Your Deepest Fears . . . From scenes of pulsating ecstasy to unspeakable tragedy, surrender yourself to a world inhabited by bizarre sex cults and violent gangs. Meet the malevolent entities that feed on human misery in the midst of a hurricane’s wrath. Endure a sweltering summer on a swamp inhabited by mischievous spirits intent on possessing the most innocent within their slimy grasp. Submit to the tantalizing temptation and the irresistible pull of the unknown in eighteen stories that will illuminate the horrors within-and without. And whatever you do, don’t turn off the lights . . . "Showcases the best in horror and suspense by noted African American writers" -Library Journal on Dark Dreams "Funny . . . horrifying . . . the end is always unexpected . . . a book worth reading if you like looking over your shoulder or peering into dark corners" -The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on Voices from The Other Side: Dark Dreams II "Strong . . . a volume whose universal human themes will resonate with many readers" -Publishers Weekly on Dark Dreams


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by Hilton Als
Urban Books (Nov 05, 2013)
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White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women 16 years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of “white girls,” as Als dubs them—an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Michael Jackson and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.


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by Donald Goines
Holloway House (May 01, 2007)
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Goines’ classic novel of prison life, it has been called "one of the most revealing books ever written about prison life and the bigotry built into the system." This is the story of Chester Himes, who thought he was the baddest man to come down the street. Behind prison walls he was nothing more than fresh meat.


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by Donald Goines
Holloway House (Jul 01, 2007)
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Donald Goines takes the reader into the violent world of ghetto prostitution. Whoreson Jones, the novel’s hero, is the son of a beautiful black prosititute and an unknown white john. By the age of sixteen, he is a fully- fledged pimp, cold blooded, ruthless. Written in gritty street talk, Whoreson’s story affords a startling glimpse into the hell of the inner city, yet brisrles with bitter humor and defiant pride.


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by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Jun 03, 2014)
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Two couples decides to sign up for a show called Trading Wives which is a ghetto version of the reality show Wife Swap. Instead of reaping a whopping $50,000 at the end of the show, this show will only shell out $10,000 after spending seven days the in the other wife’s household. But before these two couples are able to claim their prize money, one wife isn’t going to want to return home so fist fights will erupt and there will be a lot of blood shed. In the end who will end up with who?


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by Kiki Swinson
Dafina (Oct 01, 2008)
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Essence® bestselling author KiKi Swinson offers up a scandalous street lit tale—and shows that no one else stands a chance when wifey runs the hustle.   From the looks of things, Kira’s got it all. She owns a profitable hair salon and is livin’ the life in her six-hundred-thousand-dollar house with her huge diamond ring, designer clothes, and powerful husband. Kira’s man Ricky buys her whatever she wants, but he’s still a hustler through and through. A feared and respected drug lord, Ricky’s got no shortage of baby mama drama and women on the side. He may think he’s playing Kira, but Kira knows that only wifey has the pass codes to the bank account and the combination to the safe.     While Kira runs the game well—that’s how she became wifey in the first place—she doesn’t always like it. And she’s about done with Ricky’s playah ways. So when one of his runners is busted and the Feds start sniffing around, Kira sees her way out. But nothing on the streets is easy, and Kira just might be in too deep. Life, money, love, and everything she’s ever worked for is on the line. Will Kira say goodbye to being wifey.  .  .or learn to play the game even better than before?


Click for more detail about Wives, Fiancées, and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta by Sheree Whitfield Wives, Fiancées, and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta

by Sheree Whitfield
Dafina (Jan 31, 2017)
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From Shereé Whitfield, one of the stars of Bravo TV’s hit show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, comes a debut novel that’s a page-turning mix of rumor, fiction, and a tantalizing dash of reality…
 
Sasha Wellington has put herself on the fast track to success. Fresh out of college, she’s got her career as a fashion designer and entrepreneur all planned out. Her only wild card is choosing which city to launch from. When fate points her to Atlanta, she sets out to make her dreams come true…
 
Before she knows it, Sasha’s befriended by two rival BFFs. First there’s Norman, savvy stylist to Atlanta’s stars, from the A-list on down. Then there’s Nina, an outrageous personality with a questionable nightlife. Between their antics, Sasha’s beyond grateful for her coworker, Casey. Married to an NBA player, Casey’s got class. But there’s more than meets the eye to being a baller’s wife. And the more time Sasha spends among the movers and shakers, the clearer it gets that just like on reality TV, the truth lies behind-the-scenes. Still, she’s not worried about getting caught up in the drama—until she’s romanced by a baller of her own. Can she stick to her game plan, or will Hotlanta derail her future—and reveal a side of herself even she didn’t know existed?


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by Daaimah S. Poole
Kensington (Aug 01, 2002)
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Meet Kayla Simone Johnson a hip, sophisticated, twenty-year-old Temple University student with everything she wants, but a man. Not that she doesn’t meet guys who seem like good prospects like the college basketball star who seems destined for the pros. Or the engineering student a Kappa no less who showers her with attention. But they’re all losers. Big time.Then Kayla meets Wil a twenty six year old building contractor whos’ got it going on. He drives a Ford Expedition, buys her expensive gifts, and swear his undying love. Wil’s definitely Da Bomb! The explosions go off when Kayla finds out he has his own issues. But, see, Kayla just ain’t the type to sit back and let a good thing get away.


Click for more detail about You Make Me Wanna (Urban Books) by Nikki Rashan You Make Me Wanna (Urban Books)

by Nikki Rashan
Urban Books (Mar 04, 2014)
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When Kyla discovered her unexpected attraction to a female friend, she was confused and scared. Her boyfriend was left wondering what happened to their love. 
Now she’s starting all over in Atlanta. Life has taught her to be true to herself, and she has matured into a self-confident, free-spirited woman. She makes an attempt to bandage aching wounds through shallow relationships and empty encounters—that is, until her dream mate arrives and seduces her tender heart to love once again. Can she move forward in a relationship, or will fantasies and invitations from the past lure her back to a time and place she’s spent years hiding from, yet can’t let go?
You Make Me Wanna, the follow-up to Double Pleasure, Double Pain, answers the question readers have been asking: What happened to Kyla?






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