188 Books Published by St. Martin’s Press on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about A Lawyer’s Life by Johnnie Cochran and David Fisher A Lawyer’s Life

by Johnnie Cochran and David Fisher
Thomas Dunne Books (Oct 11, 2002)
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The most famous lawyer in America talks about the law, his life, and how he has won.

Johnnie Cochran has been a lawyer for almost forty years. In that time, he has taken on dozens of groundbreaking cases and emerged as a pivotal figure in race relations in America. Cochran gained international recognition as one of America’s best - and most controversial lawyers - for leading ’the Dream Team’ defense of accused killer O.J. Simpson in the Trial of the Century. Many people formed their perception of Cochran based on his work in that trial. But long before the Simpson trial and since then Johnnie Cochran has been a leader in the fight for justice for all Americans. This is his story.

Cochran emerged from the trial as one of the nation’s leading African-American spokespersons - and he has done most of his talking through the courtroom. Abner Louima. Amadou Diallo. The racially-profiled New Jersey Turnpike Four. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Patrick Dorismond. Cynthia Wiggins. These are the names that have dominated legal headlines - and Cochran was involved with each of them. No one who first encountered him during the Simpson trial can appreciate his impact on our world until they’ve read his whole story.

Drawing on Cochran’s most intriguing and difficult cases, A Lawyer’s Life shows how he’s fought his critics, won for his clients, and affected real change within the system. This is an intimate and compelling memoir of one lawyer’s attempt to make us all truly equal in the eyes of the law.


Click for more detail about A New Day by Margaret Johnson-Hodge A New Day

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Apr 15, 1999)
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ONE WOMAN
For Carol-Anne McClementine life has always been a struggle. Past thirty and a single parent, she’s struggling to raise her daughter, pay the rent, keep food on the table, and keep her child safe. Hardened by a diffcult life, she puts faith in nothing, certainly not the hope that a man would truly love her.

ONE MAN
One terrible mistake lost Max Scutter the love of his life— Samone. Handsome with a well-paying, high-powered job, Max is nonetheless miserable— alone and unable to see any hope for the future. His world has come to a dead end— until the day his eyes meet Carol-Anne’s.

DIFFERENT WORLDS
Max has a master’s degree in finance and has climbed the ladder of success. Carol-Anne is a graduate of the school of hard knocks, each day a test in making ends meet. Now that their lives have intertwined, Carol-Anne must overcome old wounds and become the person she never thought she deserved to be, and Max must learn to fully open his heart so that together they can discover that new day.


Click for more detail about A Setback Is a Setup for a Comeback by Willie Jolley A Setback Is a Setup for a Comeback

by Willie Jolley
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 09, 2000)
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A setback is nothing but a setup for a comeback! The wisdom in these words can help lift you out of your low points in life and put you on the path to victory!*Have you ever had a setback?
*Has life ever thrown you a curve ball?
*Have you ever been knocked down by hard times?Willie Jolley, the author of the motivational bestseller It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life!, will inspire you to take action! In A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Willie presents his "VDAD" formula (Vision, Decision, Action, Desire) for overcoming life’s constant challenges. He shares his techniques for taking control of your destiny, using anecdotes and stories that will encourage you to focus and take action on your dreams-despite the adversities! You will hear from ordinary people who refused to cower in the face of hardships, and found opportunities in unlikely places. There are humorous insights ("sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug") and practical methods (Need to rid yourself of negative thoughts? "Face it, trace it, erase it, replace it!"). Using Willie Jolley’s 12 simple strategies (as outlined in the VDAD formula) you will have the tools to turn your trials into triumphs, your problems into possibilities, and your setbacks into comebacks


Click for more detail about Alex Haley: And The Books That Changed A Nation by Robert J. Norrell Alex Haley: And The Books That Changed A Nation

by Robert J. Norrell
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 01, 2015)
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It is difficult to think of two twentieth century books by one author that have had as much influence on American culture when they were published as Alex Haley's monumental bestsellers, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965), and Roots (1976). They changed the way white and black America viewed each other and the country's history. This first biography of Haley follows him from his childhood in relative privilege in deeply segregated small town Tennessee to fame and fortune in high powered New York City. It was in the Navy, that Haley discovered himself as a writer, which eventually led his rise as a star journalist in the heyday of magazine personality profiles. At Playboy Magazine, Haley profiled everyone from Martin Luther King and Miles Davis to Johnny Carson and Malcolm X, leading to their collaboration on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Roots was for Haley a deeper, more personal reach. The subsequent book and miniseries ignited an ongoing craze for family history, and made Haley one of the most famous writers in the country. Roots sold half a million copies in the first two months of publication, and the original television miniseries was viewed by 130 million people.

Haley died in 1992. This deeply researched and compelling book by Robert J. Norrell offers the perfect opportunity to revisit his authorship, his career as one of the first African American star journalists, as well as an especially dramatic time of change in American history.

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Click for more detail about All I Ever Wanted (Grayson Friends Series, Book 8) by Francis Ray All I Ever Wanted (Grayson Friends Series, Book 8)

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Feb 26, 2013)
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Naomi Reese is a divorced mother with a small daughter named Kayla, a new life in Santa Fe, and, finally, some distance from her abusive ex-husband. All she wants now is a home of her own where she and Kayla can finally feel safe. With one bad marriage behind her, she can’t even dream of falling in love again. Until she meets Richard…

A tall, handsome veterinarian with a warm smile and big heart, Richard Youngblood is the kind of man any woman could fall for. Not only does he have a wonderful way with animals, he’s great with little Kayla and—Naomi has to admit—he’s easy on the eyes. Richard definitely has his sights set on her, too. But first, Naomi has to free herself from her past—and learn how to love again—before she can have all she ever wanted with the man of her dreams…


Click for more detail about All I Need to Get By by Sophfronia Scott All I Need to Get By

by Sophfronia Scott
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2004)
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Crita has come a long way from her small-town Ohio roots. A successful tax accountant living in Manhattan, she finally has the independent life that she dreamed of as a girl. However, with one fateful phone call, Crita’s life is turned upside down. Suddenly back home, living under her parent’s roof, Crita must confront two powerful men from her childhood—Link, her destructive brother with whom she shares a dark secret, and Tree, her first love.Facing memories that she would rather forget, Crita struggles to reconcile a tumultuous past with a calmer, quieter present. Needing help along the way, she may even learn to lean on Tree, the only man who could ever give her "what she needs to get by." In this riveting debut novel, Sophfronia Scott speaks for anyone that knows just how hard it is to go back home again.

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Click for more detail about An All Night Man by Brenda Jackson, Joylynn M. Jossel, Kayla Perrin, and Tamara Sneed An All Night Man

by Brenda Jackson, Joylynn M. Jossel, Kayla Perrin, and Tamara Sneed
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 01, 2005)
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Brenda Jackson: "The Hunter"
Mallory Standish and Hunter Sloan share a steamy one night stand. But, the next morning, Mallory learns that the P. in P.I. doesn't stand for "private." In Hunter's case, it stands for "playa."

Joylynn M. Jossel: "Just Wanna Love Ya"
Jai is out for a night on the town. She certainly isn't looking for love. But, after a night of passion with Sloane, she realizes that she's found more than an all night man. She's found an all night, all day, every day man.

Kayla Perrin: "Never Satisfied"
Rachel is sick of set-ups, bad dates, and boring one night stands. Then, a mysterious man from her past shows up and reminds Rachel that relationships should be anything but boring.

Tamara Sneed: "Fantasy Man"
Olivia, a high powered PR executive, is supposed to entertain Clark, one of Hollywood's cutest bad boys. Olivia, who is usually no-nonsense, thinks that they will have dinner, talk business, and call it a night. Clark, however, has very different ideas…


Click for more detail about An Ordinary Woman: A Novel by Donna Hill An Ordinary Woman: A Novel

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 01, 2003)
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From bestselling author, Donna Hill comes an evocative, unforgettable novel about love, friendship, marriage, adultery…"You’ll find out soon enough. So I may as well say it now. I slept with my best friend’s husband. There is no explanation. Not a real one, anyway, not one that people will accept, especially people who know me. . .But I want to tell my side. . .Just hear me out. . ."Asha and Lisa have been best friends since grade school and they have always shared everything. A beautiful and accomplished photographer, Asha never seems to lack excitement or a man to share it with. Yet, for a woman who appears to have it all there is always "that something" she needs to make her feel whole. . .worthy. Lisa, "the good girl," has always dreamed of the perfect marriage to the perfect husband. Now she has both with Ross Davis and she has their future planned to the last, perfect detail. Ross didn’t want to believe that he and Lisa had married too soon. He didn’t want to believe that each day the man he thought himself to be was being stripped away by the woman he loved—leaving him feeling like a kept man instead of the man of the house. And then—betrayal. No one knows how it happened, how they could have done this to each other. But now, they each want to tell their side of the story.As Asha, Lisa and Ross travel down the road to discovery, you will root for them, hurt for them, hate them and love them. But you will never forget them.An Ordinary Woman is about the betrayal of the most sacred of trusts. It is about the that one moment when a single choice will change lives forever. It is a cautionary tale that dares to look deep inside the hearts and minds of the characters involved. Most importantly, An Ordinary Woman attempts to answer the question: How?


Click for more detail about And Mistress Makes Three by Francis Ray And Mistress Makes Three

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 23, 2009)
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Gina Rawlins is dealing with a cheating husband, a messy divorce, two unhappy children, and a floundering travel business when the very handsome new owner of the local B&B, Max Chaneau, enters her life. Not only does he make her heart pound, but it soon becomes clear that they need each other. Max needs to turn the B&B around and the first thing it needs is a woman’s touch. And not just any woman. He offers to redesign her website for a bit of interior design help. As they work closely together, Gina realizes that her ex-husband wasn’t her only chance at love, even if Max has some scars of his own. However, when her ex (and all his baggage) abruptly reenters the picture, Gina’s love life is turned upside down, while her daughter and son are ecstatic to have their father home again. However Gina is left wondering what she should do? Be with the man she loves or take back the father of her children for the sake of her family?


Click for more detail about And on the Eighth Day She Rested: A Novel by J.D. Mason And on the Eighth Day She Rested: A Novel

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2003)
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Four different women come together under the sometimes tenuous but always unbreakable bond of friendship.Ruth Johnson has finally left her abusive husband of fourteen years and jumped feet first into "What the hell do I do now?" oblivion. Then into her life come three unforgettable women who turn her world upside down. Feisty, outspoken Bernice, a.k.a. "Bernie," has been there and done that when it comes to love and marriage. Her ex-husband is settled down with his much younger wife and her kids are grown, and Bernie is looking to enjoy her fellow man—in more ways than one—no strings attached…or so she thinks. Sweet Southern belle May has it all: a beautiful home, two wonderful children, and a fine husband who worships the ground she walks on, yet a shadow hangs over what should be her equally perfect life, threatening to shake up her happy home. The older, wiser Clara is their guiding force, and when disaster strikes, all three women rally around her, determined to see her through it. Life is just getting interesting, and if they hold on to each other, they just might make it. J.D. Mason’s And on the Eighth Day She Rested is an empowering story of the tough times we all face and the friends who help us through.

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Click for more detail about And Then There Was Me: A Novel by Sadeqa Johnson And Then There Was Me: A Novel

by Sadeqa Johnson
Thomas Dunne Books (Apr 11, 2017)
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Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Beas twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction.

Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things cant get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down.

Sadeqa Johnson’s And Then There Was Me is the story of love and friendship, heartache and betrayal. It’s the journey of a woman stripped down to her lowest point and needing to find the will to press on.


Click for more detail about Autumn Leaves: A Novel by Victor McGlothin Autumn Leaves: A Novel

by Victor McGlothin
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 09, 2003)
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Marshall Coates and Rorey Garland are on top of the world—best friends and superstar athletes with millions in professional contracts just around the corner. But their lives are far from perfect. Despite loving the best thing that ever happened to him-his girlfriend, Jasmine Reynolds-Marshall is constantly faced with the shapely sirens who always seem to accompany the limelight. And Rorey has a dark secret that could destroy their friendship and his life.

In Dallas, Kennedy James is a beautiful art curator who’s romantically involved with the wealthy but self-centered society climber Simpson Stone. When confronted with the dilemma of what’s more important, getting what she wants or having the man she needs, she finds herself caught up in a tumultuous war of the heart. When she’s offered a chance at true love with a less glamorous man will she be able to take it?

As their lives converge, which of them will manage to capture happiness? And which will fall, beautiful but doomed, like autumn leaves?


Click for more detail about Avenging Angel by Kwame Anthony Appiah Avenging Angel

by Kwame Anthony Appiah
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 01, 1991)
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Click for more detail about Bad Girlz 4 Life by Shannon Holmes Bad Girlz 4 Life

by Shannon Holmes
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 27, 2008)
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#1 bestselling author Shannon Holmes returns with the explosive sequel to his national bestseller, Bad Girlz. Tonya Morris a.k.a. "Tender" is back and this time the ride is wilder than ever.
Coming of age in the Badlands of north Philadelphia—one of the toughest and poorest communities in the country—Tonya Morris has had to make some desperate and, at times, ruthless moves in her bid to survive. When Tonya stepped into the unforgiving business of stripping, she found herself caught up in a world of sex-filled nights, dirty money, backstabbing cohorts, and murder.She left that world behind to become a hairstylist. However, after she is blacklisted from salons across Philadelphia and is evicted by her shady landlord, Tonya finds herself back in the stripping business. Except this time, she promises herself, things are going to end differently.Tonya teams up with her best friend, Na’eema, to organize underground sex parties, and it’s not long before they have a team of beautiful girls and are rubbing elbows with athletes, rappers, and celebrities.Then Tonya’s ex-lover and now music industry superstar, Q, steps onto the scene, and everything takes a dramatic new twist. Because it’s not just Q who is back in her life. His murderous baby mama, Niecey, is fresh out of jail and ready to raise hell. And she’s got Tonya in her sights. In the meantime, Tonya’s past has risen like a beast, threatening to tear away all her newfound success. But Tonya isn’t going down without a fight.


Click for more detail about Betsey Brown: A Novel by Ntozake Shange Betsey Brown: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 28, 2010)
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Praised as "exuberantly engaging" by the Los Angeles Times and a "beautiful, beautiful piece of writing" by the Houston Post, acclaimed artist Ntozake Shange brings to life the story of a young girl’s awakening amidst her country’s seismic growing pains. Set in St. Louis in 1957, the year of the Little Rock Nine, Shange’s story reveals the prismatic effect of racism on an American child and her family. Seamlessly woven into this masterful portrait of an extended family is the story of Betsey’s adolescence, the rush of first romance, and the sobering responsibilities of approaching adulthood.


Click for more detail about Better Than I Know Myself by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant Better Than I Know Myself

by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 01, 2005)
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The beloved #1 Essence bestselling authors of Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you’ll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they’re pretty confident that a friendship among them isn’t in the cards.

Jewel is Hollywood royalty: as the teenage star of the TV show "Daddy’s Girl," her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things-to get a serious education, and to leave her controlling stage mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers" and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina’s rebellious side will take her (or how treacherous it will become). Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life-if she can hold down two jobs and keep her GPA up.

When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won’t survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.


Click for more detail about Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely Blanche on the Lam

by Barbara Neely
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 01, 1992)
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Certain that she will be the number one suspect in the murder when someone in the house where she is working is killed, forty-year-old domestic and reluctant sleuth Blanche White decides to uncover the real killer herself.


Click for more detail about Blast the Sugar Out!: Lower Blood Sugar, Lose Weight, Live Better by Ian K. Smith Blast the Sugar Out!: Lower Blood Sugar, Lose Weight, Live Better

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Press (Apr 25, 2017)
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Do you want to lose weight?
In BLAST the Sugar Out!, Ian K. Smith, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Shred Power Cleanse, will guide you to eat well?and frequently?while controlling carbohydrates and dropping pounds to get to goal. You will lose weight on this diet?and start losing fast.Has your doctor suggested you get your blood sugar numbers down?This 5-week plan comprised of simple, affordable, accessible food as well as more than 50 sugar swaps will immediately lower your blood sugar levels painlessly and easily. Do you need a plan that will decrease your fat and increase your lean muscle?The BLAST the Sugar Out! five-week program is structured and clear about what you must eat at meals and for snacks every day to keep on track. There’s no meal skipping, plenty of food, and short bursts of exercise to super-charge your results.You won’t be hungry on BLAST the Sugar Out! You’ll eat, drink, and learn to really taste good food again.
Features more than 45 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and smoothies to satisfy every craving.


Click for more detail about Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America by C. Nicole Mason Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America

by C. Nicole Mason
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 16, 2016)
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“Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life”

So begins C. Nicole Mason’s compelling memoir, Born Bright, which takes us on a rare insider’s journey deep into the lives of the women, men and families that make up the American Poor. Born in the late 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a scrappy 16-year old single mother who dropped out of high school. Mason spent her childhood wondering where her next meal would come and learning the deadlines for college entrance exams by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino high school. She describes in vivid detail the chaos, failing systems, isolation and violence that make the American Dream out of reach for so many.

While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason exposes the uncomfortable presumption harbored by many—that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves. In truth, however, the convoluted, bureaucratic lattice of societal rules that govern everything from education to criminal justice is structurally impenetrable by the poor. With first-hand experience learning these rules for herself, Mason illuminates the sheer fortitude that it takes to navigate systems designed only for the success of the few.


Click for more detail about Boss by Tracy Brown Boss

by Tracy Brown
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 04, 2017)
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Empire meets Scandal meets Romeo and Juliet with an edgy twist in Boss, a new standalone novel from bestselling author Tracy Brown.

Crystal Scott has the world at her fingertips. At the height of her career at a wildly popular magazine and on the rise in an enviable social circle, she’s beginning to think that maybe she can have it all. But her entire life, body, and soul is threatened when Troy Mitchell steps on the scene. Crystal has never felt the insatiable passion she feels for Troy… and it was certainly not part of her plan.

Troy pursues her full throttle, making it impossible for her to resist. Crystal can’t help but fall for the handsome, powerful, enigmatic man. But the families of both lovers will not stand for their love, and a raging inferno of bitterness and revenge threatens to consume them both as tensions ignite. With deadly twists and turns, Crystal and Troy must choose each other and give in to love, or they will not escape the ties that bind them…


Click for more detail about Break Every Rule: A Falcon Novel by Francis Ray Break Every Rule: A Falcon Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 29, 2011)
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After falling for a charmer who was only after her money, socialite Dominique Falcon has made a vow to herself that her next lover will be higher up on the social ladder than she is herself. Then she meets rough-around-the-edges Trent Masters, a man from a life of hard knocks. Now, Dominique is about to be a woman burned by breaking the rules—unless the rules don’t count for two people in love.


Click for more detail about Bumrush by Relentless Aaron Bumrush

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Jun 29, 2010)
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It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way for Miles. Once upon a time his future looked bright. He joined the Marine Corps looking to become a better man than the ones he knew growing up. That was before Miles and three of his buddies got jacked from the Marinesand had to find other ways to make something of themselvesMiles, Gus, Elvis, and Sonny have become the best bandits in the business. With more than their fair share of cash, cars, and girls, only the sky is the limituntil a jewelry heist goes from bad to worse. To worst. Now someone’s got to take the fallor else. Decisions will have to be madedeliberately, ruthlessly, and fastbefore life as Miles knows it comes crashing down. For good.


Click for more detail about Burning Desire by Relentless Aaron Burning Desire

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 08, 2009)
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Dante Garrett learned the handyman trade from watching his late grandfather and his father hard at work. Painting, carpentry, and plumbing were among his talents, to the point that he became one of the most wanted men in Park Chester?but not without ducking and dodging some of the horny housewives who were his clients. In fact, Dante goes to great lengths to keep from crossing the line that separates him from clients such as the wispy Ms. Thomas and the regal Mrs. Singletary. It’s when he falls head over heels for a client’s niece, Stacy, that Dante’s life begins to change.Stacy is single and recently relocated from Atlanta, Georgia, in search of opportunities that the big city has to offer. But there are skeletons in her closet that she dare not reveal. And while Dante stands by Stacy through thick and thin, he soon discovers that not all secrets can remain hidden.


Click for more detail about C.R.E.A.M. by Solomon Jones C.R.E.A.M.

by Solomon Jones
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 12, 2007)
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Karima “Cream” Thomas is an ex-convict from an upper-crust family whose only crime was falling for a drug dealer and refusing to testify against him. Sexy, intelligent, street-smart, and determined to change after serving time in the municipal prison system, Karima returns to find that her ex, Duane Faison, wants her back. And for one passion-filled night, she considers it. But with dawn comes common sense and the realization that she must make a clean break from her past. To do that, she’ll need something she’s never had to ask for—help. And she knows only one person with the power to give it.
Marilyn Johnson has fought to make it in the rough-and-tumble world of Philadelphia politics. After ten years on the City Council, she’s finally made it to the president’s seat, but she’s had to forge some questionable alliances to make it there, including her long-running affair with the married mayor. When Karima asks for help in finding a job, Marilyn is caught off guard. Her niece’s criminal record is one of the many secrets she has hidden from the public, but seeing an opportunity, crafty Marilyn hatches a plan to get rid of Karima once and for all. The mayor is murdered in cold blood and Marilyn is sworn into office, bringing Karima’s criminal past to light. She is quickly the prime suspect in the murder investigation, and in order to save her own name and get to the bottom of the story, Karima must return to the streets.


Click for more detail about Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P. M. Forni Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct

by P. M. Forni
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 08, 2003)
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Most people would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of emails, cellphones, and multi-tasking. In Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others. In clear, witty, and, well…civilized language, Forni covers topics that include: * Think Twice Before Asking Favors
* Give Constructive Criticism
* Refrain from Idle Complaints
* Respect Others’ Opinions
* Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame
* Care for Your Guests
* Accept and Give PraiseFinally, Forni provides examples of how to put each rule into practice and so make life-and the lives of others-more enjoyable, companionable, and rewarding.Choosing Civility is a simple, practical, perfectly measured, and quietly magical handbook on the lost art of civility and compassion.


Click for more detail about Clotel: Or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States by William Wells Brown Clotel: Or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States

by William Wells Brown
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Feb 07, 2000)
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William Wells Brown’s Clotel (1853), the first novel written by an African American, was published in London while Brown was still legally regarded as "property" within the borders of the United States. The novel was inspired by the story of Thomas Jefferson’s purported sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Brown fictionalizes the stories of Jefferson’s mistress, daughters, and granddaughters — all of whom are slaves — in order to demythologize the dominant U.S. cultural narrative celebrating Jefferson’s America as a nation of freedom and equality for all. The documents in this edition include excerpts from Brown’s sources for the novel — fiction, political essays, sermons, and presidential proclamations; selections that illuminate the range of contemporary attitudes concerning race, slavery, and prejudice; and pieces that advocate various methods of resistance and reform.


Click for more detail about Conception: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon Conception: A Novel

by Kalisha Buckhanon
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 05, 2008)
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In the same vein of Kalisha Buckhanon’s critically-acclaimed debut novel Upstate, again she shares an emotionally beautiful story about today’s youth that magnifies the unforgettable power of hope and the human spirit. Buckhanon takes us to Chicago, 1992, and into the life of fifteen-year-old Shivana Montgomery, who believes all Black women wind up the same: single and raising children alone, like her mother. Until the sudden visit of her beautiful and free-spirited Aunt Jewel, Shivana spends her days desperately struggling to understand life and the growing pains of her environment. When she accidentally becomes pregnant by an older man and must decide what to do, she begins a journey towards adulthood with only a mysterious voice inside to guide her. When she falls in love with Rasul, a teenager with problems of his own, together they fight to rise above their circumstances and move toward a more positive future. Through the voice of the unborn child and a narrative sweeping from slavery onward, Buckhanon narrates Shivana’s connection to a past history of Black women who found themselves at the mercy of tragic circumstances.


Click for more detail about Crazy, Sexy, Revenge: A Novel by J.D. Mason Crazy, Sexy, Revenge: A Novel

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 14, 2014)
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Jordan Gatewood’s life is falling apart. Murder, sex, betrayal, suicide?the women in his world are paying him back for all the terrible things he’s done, and they’re bringing on the drama in spades. And now with Desi Green bringing Jordan to the attention of the detective investigating his lover’s murder, his tenuous grip on control threatens to unravel completely.
Desi refuses to let anyone back her into a corner. For years, people have tried to set her back and destroy her, but now, she’s ready to take it to anyone who wants to put her down, including Jordan Gatewood. And when a message comes for her in the form of a brutal attack, Desi will have to fight with everything she has before she gets her revengein Crazy, Sexy, Revenge by J.D. Mason.


Click for more detail about Dark Eros: Black Erotic Writings by Reginald Martin Dark Eros: Black Erotic Writings

by Reginald Martin
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 01, 1997)
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A compelling collection of African-American erotic literature includes poetry, fiction, and essay pieces by such authors as Ntozake Shange, Lenard D. Moore, Lurlynn Franklin, Liv Wright, and other notable writers. 30,000 first printing."


Click for more detail about Dead Time (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Dead Time (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 15, 2001)
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Eleanor Taylor Bland’s legions of fans, as well as new readers, will now be able to read the highly acclaimed novel that launched one of the first— and one of the best— mystery series written by an African American writer about an African American female cop. Dead Time will take you on an exhilarating ride through the streets of Chicago with one of the most unforgettable characters in mystery fiction today…

Black, widowed, and mother of two, police detective Marti MacAlister has relocated from Chicago to Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, only to be confronted with small-town attitudes and a partner who’s not sure women belong in homicide. But Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik’s old-fashioned thinking is far less compelling a problem than a brutal murder at the Cramer Hotel, home to the elderly, poor, and mentally ill.

When Marti and Vik discover that two abandoned children might have seen the killer, the case becomes even more urgent as Marti must use all of her street smarts to find a killer who is desperate to eliminate any possible witnesses to the crime— even if it’s two innocent homeless kids…


Click for more detail about Diamonds and Pearl by K’wan Diamonds and Pearl

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 11, 2016)
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They say that good girls like bad boys, and this was especially true for Pearl Stone. A child born of privilege to a drug baron and reputed killer known in the streets as Big Stone. Although the flashy, fast-paced nature of the streets calls to Pearl, she’s been brought up to look but not touch. But when a young hustler named Diamonds crawls up from the swamps of Louisiana and sets up shop in New York City, everything Pearl was taught flies out the window.Raised in the wild and schooled on the mean streets of New Orleans, Diamonds is no stranger to hard times and is willing to do whatever it takes to stay above the poverty line, including kill. When a robbery turned mass murder goes wrong, Diamonds is forced to flee New Orleans and lands in New York where he meets Pearl, and for the first time finds something he craves more than wealth and powerlove.
As the stakes get higher, Diamonds has to push away his past if he’s to grab hold of his future?but by doing so, will he show Pearl that all that glitters isn’t gold?


Click for more detail about Dirty Game by Shannon Holmes Dirty Game

by Shannon Holmes
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 01, 2007)
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Kenny "Ken-Ken" Greene left his days as a hustler behind him when his wife was killed during a scam gone bad, leaving him with a baby daughter. Now he’s a cab driver, doing what he can to put food on the table and give his daughter, Destiny, everything she needs. In spite of his past or because of it, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep Destiny off the streets. But when he is shot and paralyzed during a robbery while on the job, Destiny knows that she has to step up to the plate to take care of the father who has provided for her. Allowing herself to learn from one of the fiercest street hustlers, Destiny becomes his lover and soon her skills rival his. But the longer she stays in the game, the deeper into the game she falls.


Click for more detail about Dirty Little Secrets by Joy Deja King Dirty Little Secrets

by Joy Deja King
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 30, 2006)
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Nothing prepares Tyler Blake for the fast-paced living of New York City. A small-town girl from Georgia, she quickly gets caught up in the glamorous entertainment industry. While pursuing her dream of becoming an actress, Tyler continually gets sidetracked by men who promise to help her and finds herself going from one dysfunctional relationship to another. Just when Tyler finally believes she has found her ideal man, in hip-hop producer Brian McCall, everything begins to go horribly wrong. Trapped in a nightmarish relationship, Tyler is determined not to go down without a fight.


Click for more detail about Divas, Inc. by Donna Hill Divas, Inc.

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 01, 2004)
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Diva (n.): an extremely arrogant or temperamental woman.Delicious Diva Tip #13: When in doubt, just do it anyway. Tiffany Lane and Chantal Hollis are bonafide divas-in every sense of the word. They’ve also been Margaret Drew’s best friends since they were children. Margaret has always been the plain Jane of the threesome, living vicariously through the exploits of her friends. But when Tiffany and Chantal head to Europe on an extended vacation, leaving Margaret to tend their apartments, Margaret decides to see how the other half lives. Co-opting their apartments, their boyfriends (current and past), their fabulous lifestyles and Tiffany’s very savvy pooch, Virginia, Margaret finally feels like she has found the life she has always wanted and deserved. But her double living begins to catch up with her and Margaret might soon be homeless, manless, and friendless all in one swoop.


Click for more detail about Done Wrong (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Done Wrong (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 15, 1996)
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Cops were dying. A killer was going free. A woman with a broken heart was out to make a difference.

A mother, a widow, a black woman cop, Marti MacAlister lives and works in a quiet suburb. Part of her died in Chicago when her husband, an undercover cop, was killed by a bullet from his own gun. Now Marti is headed back to the city to find the truth about Johnny MacAlister’s death.

Another Chicago undercover cop has died in a drug buy gone wrong, and Johnny’s name keeps coming up. Guided by informants, scattered clues, and the hard wisdom of the streets, Marti scours the city’s underbelly for the truth she must have: the kind of truth that can give a grieving woman back her life, or take it away all over again.


Click for more detail about Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

by Brittney Cooper
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 20, 2018)
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With searing honesty, intimacy and humor too, America’s leading young black feminist celebrates the power of rage.Melissa Harris Perry says: “I was waiting for an author who wouldn’t forget, ignore, or erase us black girls as they told their own story…I was waiting and she has come?in Brittney Cooper.” Michael Eric Dyson says: “Cooper may be the boldest young feminist writing today. Her critique is sharp, her love of Black people and Black culture is deep, and she will make you laugh out loud.” Rebecca Traister says: "Brittney Cooper is a national treasure."Mychal Denzel Smith says: "Brittney Cooper is the Black Feminist Prophet we urgently need." So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyonc’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother’s eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one’s own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.


Click for more detail about Eve: A Novel by K’wan Eve: A Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 21, 2006)
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The only family Eve Panelli has ever known is the infamous Twenty Gang. Orphaned as a small child, Eve quickly learned the art of the hustle, and by age seventeen she had spent two years in prison. But now Eve is eighteen, back on the streets of Harlem with her gang and up to one of her old tricks: strong-arm robbery. Despite her edge, she’s got a soft spot for Felon, the up-and-coming street king.Eve’s life takes a serious turn when the powerful DeNardi family, the city’s biggest drug supplier, tries to tighten its hold on Harlem. And when Eve’s best friend, Cassidy, is murdered in the crossfire, Eve seeks revenge?starting all the way at the top.


Click for more detail about Every Man For Herself by Maryann Reid Every Man For Herself

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 21, 2007)
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Finally, Nina is fed up. Now that she knows for certain that her husband, a pastor of a smallcongregation that meets in their rural Texas home, has been "borrowing"from the church, Nina is ready to leave him for a new life, in a new town.And sinceTrent has never been an honest man, leaving him forNew York Cityisn’t as hard as she thought. Her quest to reinvent herself leads her down a road full of new experiences…and new men who want to share them with her.


Click for more detail about Every Sistah Wants It by Victor McGlothin Every Sistah Wants It

by Victor McGlothin
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 29, 2005)
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Strong, dramatic, commercial African American fiction by Dallas Morning News Bestseller Victor McGlothin.


Click for more detail about Eviction Notice: A Hood Rat Novel (Hood Rat Novels) by K’wan Eviction Notice: A Hood Rat Novel (Hood Rat Novels)

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 27, 2011)
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When three young friends, Porsha, Frankie and Sahara, decide to sublease an apartment from a mutual acquaintance, life becomes one big party for the girls. But the party comes to an abrupt end when they find out they’ve been fleeced for their money and an eviction notice is taped to their door. They have seventy-two hours to come up with the money or be tossed into the streets by the city marshals. Armed with various schemes, they set out to try and stop the eviction and find themselves caught in the crossfire of a bloody war between the Notorious Clark family and a new player in the game.Meanwhile the police are still searching for the killer known only as The Animal, while his former lover Gucci tries to put the pieces of her life back together. When all is said and done, all parties involved will discover something about Animal and his abduction that no one was prepared for. There goes the neighborhood, again!
One of Library Journal’s Best Street Lit Books of 2011


Click for more detail about Extra Marital Affairs by Relentless Aaron Extra Marital Affairs

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 05, 2006)
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When Mason and Adena Fickle find their new sex partner, Loween, dead in their bed just hours after the threesome’s hot and raunchy escapade, they discover the woman was neither who nor what she’d said she was. The mnage trois should have been nothing special. After all, the Fickles have already tried it all. But Loween’s death brings an unexpected visitor and the streets to their doorstep, and soon things get out of hand.
Can Mason and Adena regain control of their lives? Is it too late to call on love and commitment in this time of desperate answers and urgent decisions?
In this spicy, sexy, and dangerous new tale, Relentless Aaron-one of the hottest forces in street fiction-will keep you guessing till the end.


Click for more detail about Far From The Tree by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant Far From The Tree

by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 01, 2000)
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Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn’t be more different. Celeste is a doctor’s wife, living a perfect and elegant life. But secretly, she is terrified: her marriage is falling apart and her need to control the people around her threatens to alienate her entire family. And Celeste allows no one to see how vulnerable she really is. Ronnie is an actress, living in New York. Her life, however, is a lie: she has no money, has no home, and her life is held together by "chewing gum, paper clips, and spit," though she wants everyone to think that her life is one of high glamour and budding fame. When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina. Their mother, Della, is adamant that they forget about going there and dredging up the past. Because Della has secrets she’d rather not see come to light-secrets and heartbreak she’s kept from everyone for years. Neither Ronnie, Celeste, nor Della realize just what their trip to Prosper will uncover and they must discover for themselves who they really are, who they really love, and what the future holds for them. FAR FROM THE TREE is a novel that asks the questions: can the past ever truly remain hidden? Can mothers and daughters put aside their usual roles long enough to get to really know each other? Long enough to see they each have felt the love, loss, heartache and joy that they share as women. And can two strangers realize that they are, and always will be, sisters?

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Click for more detail about Feminista by Erica Kennedy Feminista

by Erica Kennedy
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 06, 2010)
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Sydney Zamora is fiercely independent, aggressively opinionated and utterly self-made. Armed with feminist ideals and a fashionista’s sense of style, this self-proclaimed feminista has reshaped her body, staked out her own little piece of Man


Click for more detail about Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest by Ginger Adams Otis Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest

by Ginger Adams Otis
St. Martin’s Press (May 26, 2015)
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In 1919, when Wesley Williams became a New York City firefighter, he stepped into a world that was 100% white and predominantly Irish. As far as this city knew, black men in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) tended horses.Nearly a century later, many things in the FDNY had changed?but not the scarcity of blacks. New York had about 300 black firefighters?roughly 3 percent of the 11,000 New York firefighters in a city of two million African Americans. That made the FDNY a true aberration compared to all the other uniformed departments, like the NYPD. Decades earlier, women and blacks had sued over its hiring practices and won. But the FDNY never took permanent steps to eradicate the inequities, which led to a courtroom show-down between New York City’s billionaire Mayor, Mike Bloomberg, and a determined group of black activist firefighters. It was not until 2014 that the city settled the $98 million lawsuit.At the center of this book are stories of courage?about firefighters risking their lives in the line of duty but also risking their livelihood by battling an unjust system. Among them: FDNY Captain Paul Washington, a second generation black firefighter, who spent his multi-decade career fighting to get minorities on the job. He faced an insular culture made up of relatives who never saw their own inclusion as favoritism.Based on author Ginger Adams Otis’ years of on the ground reporting, Firefight is an exciting blend of the high-octane energy of firefighting and critical Civil Rights history.


Click for more detail about Flirt by Tracy Brown, K’wan and Angel Mitchell Flirt

by Tracy Brown, K’wan and Angel Mitchell
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 24, 2009)
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From the biggest names in urban fiction comes a collection of unforgettably hot short stories of urban love.Flirting with Disaster by Tracy BrownChloe Webster is an around-the-way girl pursuing her journalism degree at Hunter College. Then she meets Trey, a handsome and well dressed cat with hood swagger. When Trey tells Chloe that he is pursuing a degree in psychology, Chloe thinks she has finally met someone who has his head screwed on right. But as Chole’s flirtation with Trey intensifies, secrets are revealed and she finds that she’s playing with fire.Wild Cherry by K’wanGina is married to a man who more than takes good care of her, but her life of luxury comes with a price that she’s not sure she can pay anymore. Princess’ man doesn’t see her as any more than dollar signs?as long as she keeps using her body to bring in the stacks. When Gina and Princess meet and realize that they share a common problem, they sent into motion an unforgettable plot that will solve all their problems…Twice in a Lifetime by Angel MitchellBeautiful Marley Lucas, has had her heart broken before. Vowing to never experience that kind of pain again, until…love hits her when and where she least expects it. And this love turns out to be the most devastating of all.


Click for more detail about For the Love of Chocolate by Margaret Brownley, Raine Cantrell, Nadine Crenshaw, and Sandra Kitt For the Love of Chocolate

by Margaret Brownley, Raine Cantrell, Nadine Crenshaw, and Sandra Kitt
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 15, 1996)
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Delicious bonbons for the romantic chocoholic. Stories so luscious, they’ll melt in your mouth, and melt your heart.

If you crave romance and can’t resist chocolate, you’ll adore this rich, tantalizing assortment of unexpected encounters, witty flirtation, forbidden love, and tender rediscovered passion…

MARGARET BROWNLEY’s straight-laced gray-suited insurance detective is a bull in a whimsical Los Angeles chocolate shop and its beautiful, nutty owner, wants him out— until she discovers his surprisingly soft center.

RAINE CANTRELL carries you back to the Old West, where men were men and candy was scarce…and a cowboy with the devil’s own good looks succumbs to a sassy and sensual lady’s special confectionary.

In NADINE CRENSHAW’s London of 1660, a reckless Puritan maid’s life is changed forever by a decadent brew of frothy hot chocolate and the dashing owner of a sweetshop.

SANDRA KITT follows a Chicago child’s search for a box of Sweet Dreams that brings together a tall, handsome engineer and a tough single mother with eyes like chocolate drops.

Sit back with your favorite chocolate treat and devour these scrumptious love stories!


Click for more detail about Gangsta: Merchandizing the Rhymes of Violence by Ronin Ro Gangsta: Merchandizing the Rhymes of Violence

by Ronin Ro
St. Martin’s Press (Jul 01, 1996)
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An insider from the world of Rap explains how Hip-Hop music mutated into the violent verses of Gangsta Rap, provides a portrait of the contemporary rapper, and interviews musicians about the state of Rap today


Click for more detail about Gettin’ Merry by Beverly Jenkins, Geri Guillaume, Francis Ray, and Monica Jackson Gettin’ Merry

by Beverly Jenkins, Geri Guillaume, Francis Ray, and Monica Jackson
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Oct 01, 2002)
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Four of today’s hottest romance writers invite you to come home for the holidays, where the spicy smells from the kitchen, the warm embrace of family, and the gifts of Kwanzaa are just the beginning of a magical season filled with true love and sensual delights…

Be careful what you wish for. That’s the lesson a fine brother with a wounded heart learns when an eccentric old woman grants him a wish for true love—if he’s not too blind to see it—in Francis Ray’s The Wish.

Beverly Jenkins spins a soul-touching tale of a soldier reunited with the woman who deserted him as they discover that love isn’t just sweeter the second time around, it’s downright decadent in Homecoming.

In Monica Jackson’s The Way Back Home, a biracial young woman sets out to spend Kwanzaa with the African-American family she never knew and finds and extra gift in the strong, loving professor who wants to teacher her about her heritage…and so much more.

When a mild-mannered high school principal battles small-town prejudice over a Kwanzaa celebration, he fins an unlikely ally in a fiery woman from his past in Geri Guillaume’s moving story, The Seventh Principal.

The love of a good man. The hope of a new family. The promise of a fantasy fulfilled. This soulful collection of holiday stories proves there’s more than one reason for gettin’ merry…and they all lead straight to the heart.


Click for more detail about Getting Hers by Donna Hill Getting Hers

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 30, 2006)
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Tess McDonald is a high-priced madam running a lucrative call girl service, and whatever she wants is less than a phone call away.
Life can’t get much better for Nikki Perez. She’s young, beautiful, has one of the finest and most notorious men in the neighborhood in her bed, gets to ride in fast cars (before she strips them down), and is making more money than she ever dreamed of.
Kim Sheppard is at the pinnacle of corporate success. She is the envy of men and women alike, with a handsome husband, a beautiful home, and a secret lover on the side.
Then Tess loses her business and everything she’s worked for, Nikki is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, and Kim is accused of corporate theft, potentially at risk of losing her fortune and her reputation. Fate truly intercedes when they meet in, of all places, their doctor’s office. And from that day forward, they form a unique alliance. Not only will they bond together to reclaim what they’ve lost, but in each other, they’ll discover what they’d been searching for all along.


Click for more detail about Greenwichtown: A Novel by Joyce Palmer Greenwichtown: A Novel

by Joyce Palmer
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 11, 2002)
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Jamaican writer Joyce Palmer is a first-time novelist who writes with raw talent and true freshness, in a voice that’s uncontrived, unselfconscious, and immediate. Her narrator, Fay, sees the world with endearing simplicity and innocence, bearing her trials and mistakes with hope and honesty.

Set in Jamaica, Greenwichtown is the story of Fay Myrtle, a young, innocent, eight-year-old girl who lives in a shack outside a Jamaican plantation. An older sister takes her from the village to live in the inner-city ghettos of Greenwichtown, where she lives as her sister’s daughter. There she has the chance to go to school and attend church, and her inner life thrives despite abuse by her sister and the squalor and poverty surrounding her. But as she struggles to come of age, searching for love, she gets caught up in a web of betrayal and is devastated by the death of the only man who ever loved her.


Click for more detail about Guilty Pleasures by Donna Hill Guilty Pleasures

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 02, 2007)
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Eva and Jake Kelly live the high life in Manhattan, with a beautiful apartment and successful careers in fashion design and car sales, respectfully. But they get their thrills from the con. They learned a long time ago they can extort wads of cash from drunk men who are in town on business and away from their wives. But when one of their marks turns on them after they demand blackmail money, their fun days look to be over. Until Eva comes up with a plan. With the help of their friends, they rob a cruise ship en route to Miami, turn the tables on their mark and his wife, and head full on into life on the lam.


Click for more detail about Gutter: A Novel by K’wan Gutter: A Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 02, 2008)
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The explosive sequel to GANGSTA has finally arrived!Blood answers for blood on the streets of Harlem. It’s been months since Lou-loc was brutally murdered on his way to freedom and the pain is still fresh. Gutter, Lou-loc’s best friend, finds himself on a path to self destruction, vowing to eradicate the entire Blood faction in New York City in the name of his fallen comrade. Sharell urges him to abandon the suicide mission, but his oath won’t allow it. Not even for the child they are expecting. But as Gutter slips further into madness, a shocking revelation brings Satin out. In the middle of all this is a man named Major Blood. He has been flown in from Cali with two very simple instructions. Shut down Harlem Crip, and execute El Diablo’s murderer. Walk back into the mouth of madness in the not-to-missed sequel to GANGSTA.


Click for more detail about Happy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life by Ian K. Smith Happy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Press (Apr 27, 2010)
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Happiness isn’t the too-brief rush that comes from getting something you’ve wanted—it’s the lasting great feeling that comes from becoming someone you want to be..And someone others want to be with, too. No matter where you start, Happy can help you improve your life and permanently alter your happiness set point.Dr. Ian has inspired millions to lose weight. In counseling dieters, Smith learned that while achieving hard-fought and worthy goals can help make a person happy, even these real accomplishments aren’t what make happiness stick. In Happy, Ian Smith presents a program that motivates readers to understand the behaviors and mind-sets that work and last, including:—How to be optimistic—Why optimism and realism are not opposites—How to get outside yourself—The importance of family and community—Why involvement leads to contentment—Shedding the treadmill mentality of getting and spending—Tapping the power of simple pleasures—Mastering modern life to live in the moment—What we can learn from the Danish people—How to be, not just to doHappy is a life-changing book from one of America’s most trusted voices.


Click for more detail about Hart Breaker: A Blink, Texas story by J.D. Mason Hart Breaker: A Blink, Texas story

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 05, 2016)
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The only thing hotter than Texas is the romance in J. D. Mason’s brand-new e-series!Farrah Hart has made her escape. Running from a violent ex, she finds her way home to Blink, TX. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Farrah hopes to lay low at her abandoned childhood home until she can get back on her feet. But when an eviction notice comes in the most dangerously handsome of packages, Farrah might just need someone to lean on after all…Jackson Burris can’t believe Farrah is in his house. The last thing he ever expected to see was the gorgeous girl all the Texas boys-including him-crushed on years ago, standing in the doorway. But she needs a place to stay that isn’t a run-down house, and his place is much cozier, much hotter. But as the nights grow darker with passion, demons from both their pasts close in, and Farrah and Jackson have to give in to love, in order to not break apart.


Click for more detail about He Had It Coming by camika c. spencer He Had It Coming

by camika c. spencer
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 17, 2004)
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Five Women. A Man. And a Plan.

Meet Marcus Brooks. He’s gorgeous. He’s successful. He’s the bestselling author of African American fiction. He’s also the most obnoxious male alive….

Meet Raylene, Naomi, Thelma, Gwena, and Latice. They are five women who belong to a reading group, strong women with strong opinions. They don’t take any grief from anyone (well, not if they can help it), and their friendships have stood the test of time. One night they meet up with bestselling author Marcus Brooks. At first they are in awe. Then they are puzzled. Next they’re enraged. How can a man whose books are loved by millions act like such a dog? Words are exchanged—-and more—-and they soon get in way over their heads. The book club takes Marcus captive—-and the longer they hold him, the more complicated things get. Can these five women rehabilitate the most arrogant author in the world and teach him a few lessons about life, writing, and women? He Had It Coming is a wickedly delicious novel, as shocking as it is hilarious—-a delightful send-up of fame and success.


Click for more detail about He Was My Man First by Nancey Flowers and Courtney Parker He Was My Man First

by Nancey Flowers and Courtney Parker
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2011)
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Valentine Daye is a product of the streets. Raised in the projects, she lost her father and her mother young. By fifteen, she was living the life with drug lord Colombo. But when Colombo and his crew are murdered, Richard Washington, one of Colombo’s many street runners, swoops in and wastes no time making Valentine his queen. Nine years later, Valentine and Rich are a happy couple who have weathered some "minor" problems. Valentine is well aware that Rich steps out on her. But doesn’t every man? He always finds his way home. Or at least he did before Vanessa Knight. Vanessa Knight is a woman who has everything . . . except Richard Washington. An heiress to a multimillion-dollar company, Vanessa is willing to forgive Rich’s flawed background. However, she wants him for herself, and tells him that he must decide what’s important to him—a flourishing career at clothier Jorge Jacobs, where she can make him a VP, or a life with his street past, Valentine?.When Daye meets Knight, each woman plots and schemes to steal Rich’s heart. Rich must make a decision. Does he gamble and start a new life with the beautiful and cunning Vanessa, or does he stay with his around-the-way girl Valentine, who has been with him through thick and thin?


Click for more detail about Heart Of The Falcon by Francis Ray Heart Of The Falcon

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Nov 30, 2010)
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Madelyn Taggart has shattered her share of glass ceilings. As a young engineer at a Houston oil company, she’s managed to make it in a mostly older, all-male, all-white industry. But her success has come at a high cost to her love life. So far this classic beauty has made zero headway in finding the man of her dreams…until she sees a photograph of one of her brother’s friends, and is determined to meet him.Daniel Falcon is a bit of a Lone Star legend. He’s off-the-charts handsome and very, very rich. All the ladies entertain fantasies about being "the one"…and soon find out he’s not the type to settle down. Then Daniel meets his friend Matt’s little sister. This Madelyn clearly has eyes for him but there’s something about her that makes Daniel take a closer look. She’s clever beyond compare, and ambitious, and sexy as the day is long. Is she soul-mate material? For the first time Daniel can remember, he’s going to take his time to find out—beginning with one slow, passionate embrace…


Click for more detail about Her Little Black Book by Brenda Jackson Her Little Black Book

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 01, 2008)
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It’s less than a week before Sonya Morrison’s wedding when she decides to pass her legendary little black book on to her cousin Courtney Andrews along with all of her best wishes. Courtney, who’s fast approaching thirty, thinks every woman she knows has somehow met a man who is husband material except for her. So Sonya’s little black book seems to be just what she needs. That’s until Courtney discovers she and her cousin have completely different tastes when it comes to men. But just when she is about to give up and toss the infamous little black book into the garbage, she meets Lake Masters. Nearly ten years her senior, he’s a lot older than the men she’s normally attracted to, but he’s handsome, intelligent, wealthy, and a man who is determined to sweep her off her feet. But the road to love is never easy and Courtney may find that her little black book is more a curse than a blessing.


Click for more detail about Homemade Love by J. California Cooper Homemade Love

by J. California Cooper
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 28, 1998)
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J. California Cooper is the author of novels, six collections of stories, and seventeen plays. Her book Homemade Love was the winner of the American Book Award in 1989, and she has been honored as the Black Playwright of the Year. She has also received the James Baldwin Writing Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. She lived in California until her death in 2014.


Click for more detail about Hood Rat: A Novel by K’wan Hood Rat: A Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 31, 2006)
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Hood Rat (n.): A woman of questionable repute, one who has been known to "get around" in the ’hood.Yoshi is young, fine, and larcenous. She lives her life playing on men’s hearts as well as their pockets. She learns the hard way that all that glitters isn’t gold. Billy, a former high school basketball star, is at the end of her rope with the opposite sex. To her, all men are dogs, so she secretly seeks comfort in the arms of women, until she meets a man who makes her reevaluate her feelings. Reese is an around-the-way chick, trying to keep up with the Joneses. There’s a revolving door on her bedroom as she tries to find the love she always felt was missing. Her promiscuity leaves her pregnant from a one-night stand and Reese is faced with the task of breaking an age-old cycle, passed down from mother to daughter in her family, and standing on her own. Rhonda is twenty-something with three kids, by three men, and riding the system all the way to the bank. To her, work is a dirty word; between the multiple checks she gets from the government, and the games she plays with men, she’s living the life of a ghetto superstar. The game soon turns ugly when one of her "sponsors" snaps and decides to get some payback.Harlem has never seen four friends as scandalous as these. The neighborhood will never be the same again.


Click for more detail about Hoodlum: A Novel by K’wan Hoodlum: A Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 01, 2005)
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He set out to be the good son, but the streets had a different plan.Born to one of the city’s most notorious crime families, Shai Clark has always managed to be a good kid. A college hoops star, Shai shunned the world that his father had created and focused on his dreams of going pro. Tommy, Shai’s trigger-happy older brother, is next in line for the throne and rules under his father through brute force. But Poppa has bigger plans for Shai.
The situation soon turns ugly when Poppa is murdered and Tommy is removed from the equation. Suddenly Shai finds himself at the head of his father’s empire and the streets are thrown into chaos. It is then that he must decide whether to pursue his own dreams or put his father’s affairs in order. Unable to sit idly by while the Clarks’ underworld empire is pillaged, Shai takes up his father’s mantle and brings his game to the streets. He quickly learns that there are two sides to every coin, and the streets hold no mercy for the weak.
Hoodlum chronicles three generations of Trinidadian immigrants and their rise to power in the New York City heroin trade.
A K’wan classic.


Click for more detail about Hooker To Housewife by Joy Deja King Hooker To Housewife

by Joy Deja King
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 03, 2007)
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Tyler Blake is off to Hollywood, the newest starlet of Tinsel Town, with a wonderful man by her side. Unfortunately that man is married, and she once again crosses paths with controlling T-Roc. When Tyler thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, she falls in love with Andre Jackson. He has it all—money, fame, movie star looks, and the bad boy reputation that Tyler vowed to avoid. But more than that Andre has Chantal Morgan, long term girlfriend and mother of his child, who is determined to go from hooker to housewife. Has Tyler finally met her match?


Click for more detail about I Know Who Holds Tomorrow: A Novel by Francis Ray I Know Who Holds Tomorrow: A Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 01, 2002)
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In her mind’s eyes, she could see Wes, tall and elegant in his tailored tuxedo with a patterned vest, black tie, and snow white pocket square. Her red Valentino slip gown highlighted her honeyed complexion and chocolate brown eyes. The gown also picked up the red in Wes’s vest and the red in the rose in his lapel. They were the perfect couple and it was show time. And she wanted to scream. Madison Reed, popular talk show host and America’s darling and her husband, well-known TV correspondent Wes Reed is everyone’s idea of the perfect couple. Bute knows that after the loss of their child, they became no more than polite strangers, maintaining the faade, revealing only picture perfect happiness. But Madison’s world is turned upside down when Wes is critically injured in a car accident and a woman is killed. Before he dies, Wes confesses that the woman who was killed was his mistress—-and that he is the father of her nine-month-old daughter, Manda. He begs Madison to raise the child. Unsure if she can, Madison struggles to take charge of her fate and put her life back together. Overwhelmed, she accepts the help of Zachary Holman, her husband’s best friend, only to discover that his life is also shrouded by lies. Can she forgive and forget—-not just once, but twice?

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Click for more detail about If I Ruled the World by Joylynn M. Jossel If I Ruled the World

by Joylynn M. Jossel
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 01, 2005)
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In every ghetto there is that one who stands out above the rest. In this unforgettable novel, her name is Harlem.Harlem Jones is a twenty-six-year-old bad-ass female who owns her own home, her own car, and her own business. And no, some drug dealer didn’t front her the money for any of it. Nor did she have to sell herself to get what she’s got. Harlem came up the hard way. She had the perfect family until her mother fell prey to an addiction and Harlem’s whole world fell apart. After several life-changing encounters, Harlem seems to have lost everything. But then, under circumstance she wishes never existed, she inherits a modest fortune and opens up her own business.
Then into her life comes an unexpected and unlikely love, a street-bred charmer named York. Not your typical hood, York is out for Harlem’s heart. But when tragedy strikes, Harlem knows that, as a survivor, she must be the one to decide her own destiny.


Click for more detail about In My Bedroom by Donna Hill In My Bedroom

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 01, 2005)
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Rayne Holland seems to have it all: a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful five-year-old daughter, and a rapidly rising film career. What everyone doesn’t know is that behind closed doors, the picture isn’t so perfect. And in the recesses of Rayne’s mind she harbors a dark past that even she in unaware of. Then tragedy strikes, and Rayne slowly discovers that the story of her life is just beginning and nothing and no one are as they seem. . .


Click for more detail about In My Father’s House: A Novel by E. Lynn Harris In My Father’s House: A Novel

by E. Lynn Harris
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 02, 2011)
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For his final new series, New York Times mega-bestselling author E. Lynn Harris introduces Bentley Dean, owner of the hottest modeling agency in Miami’s sexy South Beach.


Only the world’s most beautiful models make the roster of Picture Perfect Modeling agency and they only do shoots for the most elite photographers and magazines. They are fashionista royalty?and the owners, Bentley L. Dean and his beautiful partner Alexandra, know it. But even Picture Perfect isn’t immune from hard times, so when Sterling Sneed, a rich, celebrity party planner promises to pay a ludicrously high fee for some models, Bentley finds he can’t refuse. Even though the job is not exactly a photo shoot, Bentley agrees to supply fifteen gorgeous models as eye candy for an "A" list party?to look good, be charming and, well, entertain the guests. They don’t have to do anything they don’t want to, but… His models are pros and he figures they can handle the pressure, until one drops out and Bentley asks his protg Jah, a beautiful kid who Bentley treats as if he were his own son, to substitute. Suddenly, the stakes are much higher, particularly when Jah falls in love with the hottest African American movie star in America. Seth Sinclair is very handsome, very famous, and very married?and his closeted gay life makes him very dangerous as well. Can Bentley’s fatherly guidance save Jah from making a fatal mistake?


Click for more detail about Irresistible You (The Graysons, Book 4) by Francis Ray Irresistible You (The Graysons, Book 4)

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 06, 2007)
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Pierce Grayson is a marked man: if his mother, Ruth, has her way, his carefree single days will soon be over. But Pierce isn’t going down without a fight. He’s ready to take action against his mama’s matchmakingbut what he’s completely unprepared for is the feeling that hits him when he meets Broadway actress Sabra Raineau. She’s in Santa Fe helping Ruth with a production at the University. With her luscious lips and long legs, Sabra is temptation personified?and Pierce isn’t in the habit of resisting temptation.
With Hollywood calling and another play in the works, Sabra has no time for romance. And, after one heartbreak too many, she’s happy to stay unattached. But Pierce has other ideas?the kind that can curl a girl’s toes. Sabra’s not above a little extracurricular activity, but she can’t afford to risk her heart on anything serious. Still, the closer she gets to Pierce, the harder it is to deny him?and to keep a secret that could tear them apart….


Click for more detail about It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation by MK Asante It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation

by MK Asante
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 01, 2009)
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It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop takes a bold look at the rise of a generation that sees beyond the smoke and mirrors of corporate-manufactured rap and is building a movement that will change not only the face of pop culture, but the world.M. K. Asante, Jr., a passionate young poet, professor, filmmaker, and activist who represents this new movement, uses hip hop as a springboard for a larger discussion about the urgent social and political issues affecting the hip-hop and post-hip-hop generations.Through insightful anecdotes, scholarship, revolutionary rap lyrics, personal encounters, and conversations with youth across the globe as well as icons such as Chuck D and Maya Angelou, Asante illuminates a shift that can be felt in the crowded spoken-word joints in post-Katrina New Orleans, seen in the rise of youth-led organizations committed to social justice, and heard around the world chanting "It’s bigger than hip hop."


Click for more detail about It’s Like Candy: An Urban Novel by Erick S. Gray It’s Like Candy: An Urban Novel

by Erick S. Gray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 20, 2007)
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Beautiful River joins a stick-up crew, but she doesn’t know that Big Red and Twinkie have a secret that even she’s not in on. When she falls in love with Eric, one of her victims, all she wants is to find her baby sister, and settle down with her new love. But River soon becomes a prisoner of her dangerous world. And escaping it may cost her more than her life.By the time she turns sixteen, Starr is working for a pimp and turning tricks daily. But when an assault by one of her "dates" lands her in the hospital, Starr meets a woman who wants to help her change her life. Starr’s heart is too hardened to believe in second chances, but soon she begins to long for more than selling her body just so she can survive. However the game does not give up its players so easily. Enter Eric’s cousin, Yung Slim, fresh out of jail after seven years. He’s looking to reclaim the streets and take care of some old grudges. When Yung Slim goes to battle, Eric—torn between his love for River, his ties to his cousin, and the lure of the streets—gets in too deep. When the war breaks out on the battlefield of the streets, who will be left standing?


Click for more detail about Keep Still (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Keep Still (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Feb 15, 1998)
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Crime veteran Marti MacAlister has put her husband’s killer in jail and her heart on hold while she juggles life with two teenagers and eighteen-hour days as the only black woman cop in a Chicago suburb.

In a summer of drugs, gangs, guns, and weirdos, two new homicides seem unrelated-a lonely old woman’s fall down her basement steps casts suspicion on her bickering heirs and an ex-teacher drowns in a motel pool with no one to mourn her.

Then a collection of newspaper clippings and an eruption of brutal murders propel Marti back seven years to an abused child’s disappearance-and into a fierce need to pull the threads together. Slowly, skillfully, she draws closer a killer out to bury a family horror only Marti can lay to rest.


Click for more detail about Lady First by Relentless Aaron Lady First

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 13, 2007)
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Spencer knows he doesn’t have but so many chances left. He’s trying to stay off the streets, but bagging groceries in the local supermarket is just not bringing in the kind of cash he wants. And then in a very unlikely turn of events, an obviously well off woman walks into his supermarket, looking out of place and more beautiful than any other woman Spencer has seen. When he goes out of his way to assist her, she offers him a job. Tia Stern is looking for a new personal assistant and Spencer just might be the man for the job. The pay is more than he could dream of and the hustler within sees this as a chance to make it into something even more. And when it quickly becomes clear that Tia wants an assistant who is personal in more ways than one, Spencer is more than happy to oblige.


Click for more detail about Lady’s Night by Mark Anthony Lady’s Night

by Mark Anthony
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 01, 2005)
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When Lady cries rape on her mother’s boyfriend, her mother throws her out of the only home she has ever known. Now Lady must find a way to survive on the cold, hard streets. After landing a dead-end job at a donut shop, Lady wonders how she will ever make it out of a six-dollar-an-hour existence. Then she meets Cream, the leader of one of the most notorious gangs in New York City. Cream quickly decides that he wants to own this beauty and recruits her for his prostitution ring. Lady joins the "Cream Team," but she has no intentions of working the streets forever. In fact, she plans to run the show and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. But the streets don’t love nobody, and it’s not long before Lady is deep in a game she can no longer control. The question is: Will she be able to get out of the game before the game claims her?


Click for more detail about Leaving: A Novel by Richard Dry Leaving: A Novel

by Richard Dry
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 09, 2003)
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Winner of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award
Pushcart Editors’ Prize NomineeIn 1959, newly-widowed and pregnant Ruby Washington and her thirteen-year-old half brother, Easton, board a bus in rural South Carolina, destined for Oakland, California. There, far from the violent events that forced her to flee her home, Ruby hopes to make a new life for her family. Ruby gives birth to a daughter, Lida, and strives to raise the girl and Easton. But as their Oakland neighborhood changes during the turbulent 1960s, the three are driven apart by forces that Ruby cannot control. Easton becomes involved with civil rights activism and the Black Panthers; Lida, keeping a hurtful family secret to herself, spirals into a cycle of dependency and denial. Finally, Lida’s sons Love LeRoy and Li’l Pit must fend for themselves in the inhospitable streets of America, leaving one city for another, searching for a home. Centered around three generations of a family and set against the larger dispossession of African Americans, Leaving is a blend of history and intimately-observed everyday life.

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Click for more detail about Let’s Get It On by Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson and Francis Ray Let’s Get It On

by Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson and Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 02, 2004)
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Welcome back to Leo’s supper club, where seduction is always on the menu . . . Rochelle Alers, "Love Lessons"Tyrell Hardcastle is knocked off his feet when he meets a local high school teacher. Now all he has to do is overcome her objections to him being the "younger man".Donna Hill, "Lady in Waiting"Noah Hardcastle is engaged to beautiful Tara Mitchell. However, their relationship is threatened when Noah’s first love Rachel, returns to D.C. to prove to him that he is all she ever really wanted.Brenda Jackson, "Irresistible Attraction"Sydney Corbain never forgot her explosive encounter with Tyrone Hardcastle at her brother’s wedding. So when she runs into him in New York City on business, they both see this as an opportunity to explore their undenaible attraction.Francis Ray, "Blind Date"Ayanna Hardcastle pretends that she is dating wealthy businessman Tanner Rafferty, in order to get her matchmaking friend off her back. But, she never imagined that Tanner Rafferty would show up to collect on that claim!


Click for more detail about Liliane: A Novel by Ntozake Shange Liliane: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 11, 2011)
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Through the polyphonic voices of Liliane Lincoln’s childhood friends, lovers, and conversations with her psychoanalyst, Ntozake Shange weaves the life of a remarkable young woman. Liliane Lincoln is an artist who exposes what she knows of herself to the world through her bold and colorful artwork. Gradually, however, Liliane realizes that in order to survive, she must come to terms with what she has kept hidden even from herself. Liliane is extraordinary vision of a woman learning to be who she really is.


Click for more detail about Listen to the Lambs: A Novel by Daniel Black Listen to the Lambs: A Novel

by Daniel Black
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Feb 16, 2016)
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In Listen to the Lambs by Daniel Black, nothing can convince Lazarus Love III to return to the lifestyle of affluence and social status he once knew. Longing for a freedom of the soul that the world of capitalism cannot provide, Lazarus leaves all that he knows—including his wife and children—to achieve the ultimate level of peace and silence living as a possession-less man. When his quest causes him to cross paths with four other
wanderers, all of whom later call themselves "the family," a shocking, brutal act leaves Lazarus in a dire position and his newfound family must struggle to save him. By doing so, both families—past and present—are redeemed and consequently learn the beauty of sacrificial love.


Click for more detail about Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines by Eddie B. Allen Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines

by Eddie B. Allen
St. Martin’s Press (May 01, 2008)
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Donald Goines was a pimp, truck driver, heroin addict, factory worker, and career criminal. He was also one of the most popular Black contemporary writers having published sixteen novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool. Goines's unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. Allen, Jr. explores exactly how one man made the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines's experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines's novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and fictional tales.


Click for more detail about Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines by Eddie B. Allen Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines

by Eddie B. Allen
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 15, 2004)
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Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. He was also one of world’s most popular Black contemporary writers. Having published 16 novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool, Goines’s unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer.

Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines’s life, author Eddie B. Allen explores exactly how one man could make the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines’s personal experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines’s novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and his fictional tales.

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Click for more detail about Luxe 2: A LaLa Land Addiction by Ashley Antoinette Luxe 2: A LaLa Land Addiction

by Ashley Antoinette
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 06, 2016)
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Bleu is addicted…addicted to the luxe life and it has led her down a road of self-destruction. She knows what it feels like to be turned out by the game. With a crack cocaine addiction that she can’t seem to escape, she is desperate for a savior. Her problem is she has two great loves that want to come to her rescue. When her best friend, Noah comes searching for her she is faced with a dilemma. Will she let him save her? Or will she stick with the kingpin, Iman, who has loved her since their first encounter? Or will both men lose her to a love she can’t get rid of…one that abuses her…and one that will be the death of her…the love of the high.


Click for more detail about Luxe: A Novel by Ashley Antoinette Luxe: A Novel

by Ashley Antoinette
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 08, 2015)
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From the New York Times bestseller Ashley Antoinette, author of the Prada Plan series comes a boldly fierce and strikingly dramatic novel, Luxe.Bleu Montclair knew as a young girl that she would one day escape the hard, unrelenting streets of Flint, Michigan, and when her desperate prayers are answered in the form of a scholarship to UCLA, Bleu knows she’s struck gold. But soon after arriving, all her beautiful, bright dreams begin to fall apart. Endless temptations abound in the form of cars, clothes, booze, drugs, and Bleu cannot keep up. When her roommate gives her the opportunity to make a lot of money fast, Bleu goes all in-and heads straight down a path of violence and addiction that only her newest protector, Iman, can save her from.


Click for more detail about Making Callaloo: 25 Years of Black Literature by Charles Henry Rowell Making Callaloo: 25 Years of Black Literature

by Charles Henry Rowell
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 12, 2002)
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This important book collects a wide range of fiction and poetry that first appeared in the pages of Callaloo, the premier literary journal devoted to African-diaspora literature and to Black literary and cultural studies. Founded twenty-five years ago—and still edited—by Charles Henry Rowell (Texas A&M University, College Station), Callaloo is both national and international in terms of scope and readership. It is also, as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., observed, "without doubt, the most elegantly edited journal of African and African-American literature [of] today." This anthology, ideally suited for all readers studying modern Black literature, includes the work of Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lucille Clifton, Terry McMillan, Ai, Nathaniel Mackey, John Edgar Wideman, Michael S. Harper, Charles Johnson, Thylias Moss, and many other disntinguished authors.


Click for more detail about Marry Your Baby Daddy by Maryann Reid Marry Your Baby Daddy

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 01, 2005)
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When their unassuming Grandma June dies, Giovanna, Keyah, and Fatima are shocked to learn she had saved a small fortune and has left three million dollars to them, her granddaughters. But there’s a catch: each sister must marry the father of her children no later than six months after reading the will.
Piece of cake, right? Wrong! Each sister has a complicated relationship with her “baby daddy.” Giovanna, a successful lawyer and a proudly independent woman, has no desire to marry Douglas—-even if he makes her breath catch when he walks in the room and is a wonderful dad to their daughter. She’s got a feeling that Douglas is keeping secrets. Keyah’s boyfriend, Jag slipped a ring on her finger years ago but seems content to stay forever engaged. And Fatima’s on-again, off-again relationship with Dune is filled with more ups and downs than a roller coaster. So why would Grandma June want her granddaughters to marry these men? Because sometimes Grandma really knows best. The clock is ticking. Will it be a countdown to wedding bells or disaster?


Click for more detail about Minion: A Vampire Huntress Legend by Leslie Esdaile Banks Minion: A Vampire Huntress Legend

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 04, 2003)
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There is one woman who is all that stands between us and the eternal night.
Here is an account of her legend….All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons?predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. But Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires have been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music. Strange attacks have also erupted within the club drug-trafficking network and drawn the attention of the police. These killings are a bit out of the ordinary, even for vampires. No neat puncture marks in the neck to show where the life’s blood has been sucked from the body. These bodies have been mutilated beyond recognition, indicating a blood lust and thirst for destruction that surpasses any Damali has encountered before. Damali soon discovers that behind these brutal murders is the most powerful vampire she has ever met, and this seductive beast is coming for her next. But his unholy intentions have also drawn the focus of other hellish dark forces. Soon Damali finds herself being pulled deeper into the vast and horrifying vampire world.

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Click for more detail about Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott by Jill Scott Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

by Jill Scott
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 01, 2008)
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Jill Scott’s first-ever poetry collection delivers the same earthy, personal, and tell-it-like-it-is voice that fans have grown to know and love. Writing poems and keeping journals since 1991, she shares her personal poetry collection in "The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours." Praised for her honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott uncovers the beauty in healing, the comfort of family, and the stunning vitality of life.


Click for more detail about Mr. Satisfaction by Delilah Dawson, Brenda Jackson, Joy King and Maryann Reid Mr. Satisfaction

by Delilah Dawson, Brenda Jackson, Joy King and Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 27, 2005)
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Extreme Satisfaction
by Brenda Jackson
Successful financial adviser Cathleen McAlister has worked hard to achieve what she considers the perfect life. There isn’t much else she could possibly want . . . except the man who got away while she was climbing the ladder of success.Satisfy Me
by Delilah Dawson
Shauna Williams finds out that Max Jackson, her childhood crush, is back in town for their friends’ wedding. Shauna’s all grown up now, and she has no intention of letting him slip through her fingers again.Ice Princess
by Joy King
Beautiful, successful, and deadly in the boardroom, Madison always gets any man she wants. As a matter of fact, she seems to have more than she can handle. But when she moves into her fabulous new loft and meets the building’s owner, Marcus, she realizes that she has finally met her match.The Morning After
by Maryann Reid
Alexis is tired of the pampered well-to-do men of her social set and wants to take a walk on the wilder side. So when she steps out of her Park Avenue comfort zone and meets Rasheen, straight out of Bed-Stuy, she gets everything she could ever want…and more.


Click for more detail about Mrs. Big by Maryann Reid Mrs. Big

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 19, 2006)
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Loletta Hightower likes to live big: exotic vacations, designer clothing, trips to the spa. But it gets harder and harder to support her lavish lifestyle working the reception desk at a luxury car dealership. And though Loletta can con athletes, celebrities, and wealthy businessmen into taking care of her bills for a few months at a time, she wants the holy grail of every gold-digging businesswoman: the ring.
When she runs into Kavon "Big" Jackson, an NBA player and former college classmate of hers, she finds it really isn’t so hard to snag a high-profile husband. But it sure is hard to keep him satisfied. "Big" lives up to his name in every way, including his temper and his libido—-neither of which Loletta can control. As violence and infidelity escalate in their home, so does Loletta’s resolve. She’s got a few surprises up her own sleeve, and the drama is just beginning.…


Click for more detail about nappy edges by Ntozake Shange nappy edges

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 15, 1991)
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nappy edges collects poetry and poetic prose by "a writer of unusual power and resonance . . . A leading black poet [who] ranks [with] Giovanni, Baraka, Brooks, and Hughes" (Emery Lewis, The Record). Indeed, nappy edges is "extraordinary and wonderful [in its] lyric, tragic exploration into black women’s loneliness . . . [Shange] writes with such exquisite care and beauty that anyone can relate to her" (Clive Barnes, The New York Times).


Click for more detail about Nasty Girls: An Urban Novel by Erick S. Gray Nasty Girls: An Urban Novel

by Erick S. Gray
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 16, 2006)
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Camille, Jade, and Shy are best friends and have always had each other’s backs. Jade and Shy’s boyfriends, Roscoe and James, are partners in a lucrative drug business, but one night they get caught up in a shoot-out that goes horribly wrong. Shy’s man, Roscoe, ends up in prison while James walks away clean, and things begin to fall apart between the girls. Jealousy, greed, revenge, and betrayal test the true bonds of friendship. Get ready, because these girls are about to take "nasty" to a whole new level.


Click for more detail about Never As Good As the First Time by Mari Walker Never As Good As the First Time

by Mari Walker
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 01, 2008)
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For years Samai Collins has been a faithful Christian, devoted wife and loving mother. But suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a nasty divorce from her minister husband and struggling to find a job, with almost no work skills, in order to support her three children. As Samai tries to get back on her feet, loneliness and the deep longing for a man’s touch cause her to stumble in her spiritual beliefs. Then an old high school crush reappears and Samai’s life takes a wild new turn. She is seduced completely by Zane Blackmon’s passion and zest for life and soon finds herself being led down a dark path that she never knew existed. An underworld of drugs threatens her life and the lives of her three children. But is love…and just a little bit of faith enough to save them all?

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Click for more detail about No More Playas (Players Series) by Brenda Jackson No More Playas (Players Series)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 01, 2005)
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Lance Montgomery, renowned relationship expert, has perfected the art of being a playa. His acclaimed workshops and bestselling books prove it. His most popular title, The Playa’s Handbook, caused a major uproar among black women and men, and shot to the top of the bestseller list.Then he met Dr. Asia Fowler, a colleague whose views on love are vastly different from his own. Intrigued and unable to forget her, Lance wanted her in his bed. Instead, she found her way into his heart. Fighting his feelings for her, Lance drives her into the arms of another man. Soon after, he realizes Dr. Asia Fowler is the first woman he has ever loved. Now he’s determined to get her back. No matter what.


Click for more detail about No More Playas (Players Series) by Brenda Jackson No More Playas (Players Series)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 27, 2012)
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No More Playas Brenda JacksonIn the steamy sequel to the unforgettable The Playa’s Handbook, the biggest playa of them all is back. And he’s breaking the rules and raising hell.

Lance Montgomery, renowned relationship expert, has perfected the art of being a playa. His acclaimed workshops and bestselling books prove it. His most popular title, The Playa’s Handbook, caused a major uproar among black women and men, and shot to the top of the bestseller list. Then he met Dr. Asia Fowler, a colleague whose views on love are vastly different from his own. Intrigued and unable to forget her, Lance wanted her in his bed. Instead, she found her way into his heart. Fighting his feelings for her, Lance drives her into the arms of another man. Soon after, he realizes Dr. Asia Fowler is the first woman he has ever loved.Now he’s determined to get her back. No matter what.


Click for more detail about Nobody But You by Francis Ray Nobody But You

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 03, 2009)
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NASCAR star Cameron Dunlap is poised to win this year’s Sprint Cup. But being a successful race-car driver comes with a price: His own life. Cameron knows that his profession puts him at high risk. Thankfully, his latest visit to the hospital left him intact. That is, until he bumps into Caitlin Lawrence…and is thrust back into his painful past. The one-time love of his life who left him at the altar, Caitlin could never accept Cameron’s fast and furious existence. The threat of losing him on the racetrack was just too much for Caitlin—and the young son Cameron never knew he had. Now that this chance meeting has changed their lives forever, will Caitlin and Cameron find a way to recapture what might have been?


Click for more detail about Not Even If You Begged by Francis Ray Not Even If You Begged

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 22, 2008)
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Widow Traci Evans happily sits in on meetings with the lovely ladies of the Invincible Sisterhood solely because they reached out to her first. A loner, Traci feels for the first time she belongs. All of the official members are sweet older women who have lost the love of their lives, their husbands. Unknown to them, Traci is more angry than she is grief-stricken because her husband died in the midst of cheating on her with another woman. Her husband’s deception has hardened Traci’s heart so much that even close friend and next door neighbor Maureen can’t convince her to open it again. But when a playful kiss with Maureen’s gorgeous son Ryan turns passionate, Traci starts to rethink everything she knows about love.

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Click for more detail about One Day I Saw a Black King: A Novel by J.D. Mason One Day I Saw a Black King: A Novel

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 17, 2003)
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"He stared at himself in the mirror, wondering how he’d managed to lose track of time. Complacency had managed to set in again. . . A decent job, warm home, food on the table, and a body to curl up next to at night; he’d made the mistake of getting comfortable. Comfort fooled him into thinking it was all good when it wasn’t. Damn nightmares had a way of reminding him of that."

Ever since he was fifteen, John King has been on the run from the ghosts of his past, always drifting, never settling down in one place or with one woman, though more than one has certainly made the offer of forever-after. But every time his memories of life back in Texas start to haunt him too deeply into the night, John realizes that it’s time to move on. That is, until he rolls into Denver, Colorado, grooving to Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s Get It on," and meets Connie Rodgers, a woman who grew up on the mean streets and has the pain and the battle scars to prove it. And yet, she inspires him to think "If indeed there were a home for the perfect kiss, it would be on her lips." John is reluctant to admit that here is a woman who just may understand his very soul, even if she does have some baggage of her own. But both must face their pasts if they ever hope to be free to live and love.

Filled with completely unforgettable characters, One Day I Saw a Black King is a stunningly powerful story that explores the power of the past over the present, the search for love and belonging and the healing gift of an extraordinary love.

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Click for more detail about One Night With You (Grayson Friends) by Francis Ray One Night With You (Grayson Friends)

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Nov 03, 2009)
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Cougars, brush fires, snow storms?rancher Duncan McBride tackles it all without a flinch. But the archeologist who’s come to authenticate cave drawings found on his property is the kind of trouble he’d sworn to avoid. Far from the aging academic he was expecting, Raven La Blanc is a stunning woman…and definitely not sticking around this small Montana town once her job is done.The primitive drawings at Duncan’s ranch are Raven’s ticket to the tenured position she’s worked so hard for back in Santa Fe. But there’s no denying the attraction between her and Duncan. Maybe, just this once, she can put her work aside and explore the depths of her own heart and soul? One night may be all it takes for Raven to really find what she’s looking for…


Click for more detail about Paper Gods: A Novel of Money, Race, and Politics by Goldie Taylor Paper Gods: A Novel of Money, Race, and Politics

by Goldie Taylor
All Points Books (Oct 23, 2018)
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The mayor of Atlanta and a washed-up reporter investigate a series of assassinations, and uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of the city’s political machine.Mayor Victoria Dobbs Overstreet is a Harvard-trained attorney and Spelman alum, married to a celebrated heart surgeon, mother to beautiful twin girls, and a political genius. When her mentor, ally, and friend Congressman Ezra Hawkins is gunned down in Ebenezer Baptist Church, Victoria finds a strange piece of origamia “paper god”tucked inside his Bible. These paper gods turn up again and again, always after someone is killed. Someone is terrorizing those who are close to Mayor Dobbs, and she can’t shake the feeling that the killer is close to her, too.
"A moving and unflinching portrait of a city and its many layers of power…Taylor has created a hero we see all too rarely: black, female, powerful." ?Tim Teeman, Senior Editor of The Daily Beast"From buttermilk fried okra to bibles and bullets, the story comes out the gate moving and never lets up.” ?Eric Jerome Dickey, New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Woman


Click for more detail about Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette Prada Plan 5

by Ashley Antoinette
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 16, 2017)
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ASHLEY ANTOINETTE is one of the most successful female writers of her time. The feminine half of the popular married duo, Ashley and JaQuavis, she has co-written over 40 novels. Several of her titles have hit The New York Times bestsellers list, but she is most widely regarded for her racy saga The Prada Plan. Born in Flint, MI, she was bred with an innate street sense that she uses as motivation in her crime filled writings.


Click for more detail about Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire by Shane White Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire

by Shane White
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 13, 2015)
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In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. Cornelius Vanderbilt, America’s first tycoon, came to respect, grudgingly, his one-time opponent. The day after Vanderbilt’s death on January 4, 1877, an almost full-page obituary on the front of the National Republican acknowledged that, in the context of his Wall Street share transactions, "There was only one man who ever fought the Commodore to the end, and that was Jeremiah Hamilton." What Vanderbilt’s obituary failed to mention, perhaps as contemporaries already knew it well, was that Hamilton was African American. Hamilton, although his origins were lowly, possibly slave, was reportedly the richest colored man in the United States, possessing a fortune of $2 million, or in excess of two hundred and $50 million in today’s currency. In Prince of Darkness, a groundbreaking and vivid account, eminent historian Shane White reveals the larger than life story of a man who defied every convention of his time. He wheeled and dealed in the lily white business world, he married a white woman, he bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, he owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride, and generally set his white contemporaries teeth on edge when he wasn’t just plain outsmarting them. An important contribution to American history, Hamilton’s life offers a way into considering, from the unusual perspective of a black man, subjects that are usually seen as being quintessentially white, totally segregated from the African American past.


Click for more detail about Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks by Ronin Ro Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks

by Ronin Ro
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 02, 2016)
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With a brand-new introduction and chapter that cover the last five years of Prince’s life and work and his untimely death in April 2016.In his three decades of recording, Prince had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number-one song, movie, and single at the same time. Prince’s trajectory?from a teenage unknown in Minneapolis to an idol and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer?won him millions of adoring fans the world over. Prince is the first book to give full treatment to his thirty-five-year career. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince’s rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his catapult to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as an artistic icon. Ro expertly chronicles his music and career, showing how Prince and his albums helped define and inspire a generation. Along the way, Prince confronted labels, fostered other young talents, and took ownership of his music, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture.


Click for more detail about Project Chick Ii: What’s Done In The Dark by Nikki Turner Project Chick Ii: What’s Done In The Dark

by Nikki Turner
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 12, 2013)
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Tressa always thought that the best moment in her life was the day she gave birth to her twin boys, Khalil and Hadji, but even better was when she got the news that their abusive father, Lucky, was dead. His death gave the streets freedom and safety and gave Tressa an opportunity to start over. Thrilled the bad days were gone, it didn’t take long for her to realize that even though Lucky was dead, she would never be free of him.When the twins discover that Indie, the man who raised them, had a hand in killing their father, nothing can stop them from plotting their revenge. In Project Chick II: What’s Done in the Dark by Nikki Turner, Tressa’s life thrown into chaos and she is about to find out that nothing is what it seems.


Click for more detail about Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

by Veronica Chambers
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 15, 2019)
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Click for more detail about Race-Baiter: How The Media Wields Dangerous Words To Divide A Nation by Eric Deggans Race-Baiter: How The Media Wields Dangerous Words To Divide A Nation

by Eric Deggans
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Oct 30, 2012)
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Gone is the era of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, when news programs fought to gain the trust and respect of a wide spectrum of American viewers.

Today, the fastest-growing news programs and media platforms are fighting hard for increasingly narrow segments of the public and playing on old prejudices and deep-rooted fears, coloring the conversation in the blogosphere and the cable news chatter to distract from the true issues at stake. Using the same tactics once used to mobilize political parties and committed voters, they send their fans coded messages and demonize opposing groups, in the process securing valuable audience share and website traffic.

Race-baiter is a term born out of this tumultuous climate, coined by the conservative media to describe a person who uses racial tensions to arouse the passion and ire of a particular demographic. Even as the election of the first black president forces us all to reevaluate how we think about race, gender, culture, and class lines, some areas of modern media are working hard to push the same old buttons of conflict and division for new purposes. In Race-Baiter, veteran journalist and media critic Eric Deggans dissects the powerful ways modern media feeds fears, prejudices, and hate, while also tracing the history of the word and its consequences, intended or otherwise.

 

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What can be learned from media coverage of 2012 election

By Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic
In Print: Monday, November 5, 2012

"It certainly brings about a feeling of exhaustion," said Dylan Byers, who covers media for POLITICO, noting the Internet-fueled 24/7 news cycle has increased the flow of stories and pushed journalists hard this election season. "Because of how fast the media moves now, there's greater demand for news coverage than there are stories. People are going to look back, and perhaps wish they had spent more time on bigger pieces with greater impact."

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  1.  Social media smartens up and dumbs down the coverage.

    "Do I think 'binders full of women' was the most substantive thing said during the debate? No, obviously not," Byers added. "Is it worthwhile to have a conversation about equality in the workplace? Absolutely."
  2. The political press has a tough time putting issues on the national news agenda if neither candidate wants to talk about them.

    Critics pointed out that the presidential campaigns and even the televised debates missed addressing a host of important issues, from the rise of poverty rates during the recession to questions on climate change, pollution and the environment.
  3. News consumers don't just want fact-checking, they want truth-checking.

    Facts can be easier to verify. But judging what a collection of facts means often requires making a judgment call...

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Click for more detail about Rhythms: A Novel by Donna Hill Rhythms: A Novel

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 14, 2002)
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It all began in 1927, in the small town of Rudell, Mississippi, after the sudden and tragic death of Cora Harvey’s parents. She has nothing left except her burning desire to become a singer. But her dream will never come true in Rudell, especially if she marries the man she adores, Dr. David Mackey. So when she sets out for Chicago, everyone in the close knit community, including David believes that the next time they see Cora, her name will be in lights. However, it’s not long before Cora finds herself back in Rudell and back in David’s arms harboring a secret she dare not reveal. . .A secret that will cause her daughter, Emma to flee Rudell with no intention of ever looking back. And even when Emma finds the perfect man and happiness at last, she is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her family’s shameful past at bay. Then the dream that began with Cora comes full circle with her beloved granddaughter Parris whose melodic voice fills the dimly lit nightclubs of New York City. Yet, when tragedy strikes, opening a door to the past, Parris discovers the hidden truths that have ripped the family apart—-but which may ultimately bind them together at last.From the dusty roads of the Delta to the pulsing metropolis of New York City, Rhythms is a rich, unforgettable tale about loss and healing, redemption and love.


Click for more detail about Ridin’ the Moon in Texas by Ntozake Shange Ridin’ the Moon in Texas

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Press (Mar 01, 1987)
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Collection of poems by Ntozake Shange, inspired by visual arts. A fine hardcover copy with embossed cover. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine jacket in removably mylar; some fading to top edge. NOT ex-library. 81pgs. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Poetry; ’ 0312889291. ISBN/EAN: 9780312889296. Inventory No: 015639.


Click for more detail about Rising by Darnella Ford Rising

by Darnella Ford
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 02, 2003)
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She should have been able to trust him…."Night sweats were my dance, especially in the Huston home. They were a continuation of the visions I had experienced in Dorchester, only here, they were much more violent."Set in a wealthy community in northern Michigan, Rising tells the story of nine-year-old Symone, who is adopted by the Hustons?"a shameless family with a house at the top of the hill"—after her mother dies of a drug overdose. And though Symone is all too happy to leave the Dorchester projects behind, she can’t help but wonder why this rich white couple has come to the ghetto to adopt "a black girl who looked white." Soon Symone discovers that the Hustons aren’t saviors but instead demons who have delivered her into another kind of hell. She escapes only to return again years later, realizing that she must face the demons of her past if she has any hope of surviving the future.Rising is an evocative, undeniably potent, and completely unforgettable novel.

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Click for more detail about Rockin’ Around That Christmas Tree: A Holiday Novel by Donna Hill and Francis Ray Rockin’ Around That Christmas Tree: A Holiday Novel

by Donna Hill and Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 01, 2003)
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Tis the season to be merry and the Morrison family are about to have their lives turned upside down.

Denise has always been the faithful wife and dutiful mother. As a matter of fact, it seems that is all she has been in the twenty-plus years she and her husband, Edward have been married. But the kids are grown and out of the house and now she’s ready to live a few dreams of her own. Edward, however, would like to keep things just the way they are and Denise realizes that if she doesn’t do something drastic, then all she will ever be is a mother and a wife. So when she drops the bomb at Thanksgiving dinner that she is leaving their father and selling the house, everyone is stunned to say the least. And her announcement opens the door to Morrison Family Dysfunction 101. Edward is now living with his crazy aunt Etta and uncle Eddie, who’s sex life is more active than his own; their daughter, Christine has moved back home because she suspects her husband is cheating on her; and their son, Anthony is simply dazed and confused. And in the midst of it all, Edward hatches a plan to get his wife back—no matter what. Not only does he plan to be back in their home and back in their bed, but come Christmas he and Denise will be Rockin’ Around that Christmas Tree.

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Click for more detail about Sally Hemings: A Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud Sally Hemings: A Novel

by Barbara Chase-Riboud
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 05, 2000)
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Sally Hemings is a novel, but its basis is in fact-as proven by DNA tests on the descendants of Thomas Jefferson and the mysterious woman who bore him seven children.

Barbara Chase-Riboud’s moving and controversial novel recreates the love story of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, and his beautiful quadroon slave, Sally Hemings. Spanning two continents, sixty years, and seven presidencies, Sally Hemings explores the complex blend of love and hate, tenderness and cruelty, freedom and bondage, that made their lifelong liaison one of the most poignant and unforgettable chapters in American history.


Click for more detail about Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo: A Novel by Ntozake Shange Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 28, 2010)
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Ntozake Shange’s beloved Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo is the story of three sisters and their mother from Charleston, South Carolina. Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother before her. Having gone north to college, she is now living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories and dreams. Cypress, the dancer, leaves home to find new ways of moving in the world. Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston-"too much of the south in her"-who lives in poetry and has the supreme gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world. Shange’s rich and wondrous story of womanhood, art, and passionately-lived lives is written "with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message" (The New York Times).


Click for more detail about Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson Second House from the Corner

by Sadeqa Johnson
Thomas Dunne Books (Feb 09, 2016)
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Second House from the Corner centers on the story of Felicia Lyons, a stay-at-home mother of three drowning in the drudgeries of play dates, lost pacifiers and potty training who occasionally wonders what it would be like to escape the demands of motherhood. But when an unexpected phone call threatens to destroy her life, Felicia is forced to return to her childhood home where she must wrestle with an ex-lover and long buried secrets to save the family and home she loves despite the daily challenges.

Felicia Lyons is a character who mothers can identify with and laugh along with. You can't help but cheer for her in Johnson's engaging and well-written novel.


Click for more detail about Section 8: A Hood Rat Novel by K’wan Section 8: A Hood Rat Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 29, 2009)
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Since she was a little girl, Tionna’s on and off addicted mother taught her to get hers by any means necessary. Tionna’s heart is as cold as a December chill, but she holds a warm place in it for Duhan, the father of her two sons, and her on-again-off-again boyfriend since they were teenagers. Duhan becomes her knight in shining armor until the government turns their dream into a nightmare. With Duhan behind bars and everything she loves seized she finds herself starting over in the same neighborhood she swore she’d never come back to. With two kids, a man in prison and no back up plan, Tionna is once again living by her wits in order to maintain the lifestyle she’d become so accustomed to. Back in the thick of things with her best friends Gucci, Boots and Tracy, she finds herself rediscovering her old life and suddenly begins to wonder if she’s really cut out to be a prisoner’s wife.


Click for more detail about Seducing Abby Rhodes by J.D. Mason Seducing Abby Rhodes

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 18, 2017)
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When Abigail Rhodes bought that old house she fell in love with in Blink, Texas, she got more than she bargained for. After being told by the local psychic that it is filled with a passionate energy from the previous owners, who died years ago, Abby decides to fix up her beloved house and reluctantly moves in. But ever since then, strange things have been happening in her newly renovated home, and Abby has been plagued with dreams that wake her up and leave her breathless.After a tumultuous life these last few years, Jordan Gatewood is following what amounts to a trail of breadcrumbs in an effort to find a renewed sense of purpose. Searching for the truth about the man his adoptive-father really was, Jordan makes his way to the old house where his father was murdered, in Blink?and right to the petite, understated beauty that answers the door. It’s not long before Jordan realizes, quite unexpectedly, that Abby is the perfect woman for him. Jordan doesn’t believe in ghosts or fate, but he does know that the powerful connection he feels for this woman started the day he met her in that house and he is determined to make her his.Robin is a successful Corporate Attorney, and was proud to be the lover of the most sought after bachelor in the state of Texas—until he abruptly breaks off their relationship, leaving her confused, heartbroken and bitter. When she discovers that he’s left her for another woman, a woman she considers beneath her, Robin is determined to teach him a brutal lesson.
A man like Jordan has too many secrets, secrets that, if found out, could not only destroy his relationship with this other woman, but that could also cost him the biggest business deal of his life, and possibly, his freedom. Robin is the last person he wants to go up against, and she will stop at nothing to get him back or to make him pay for his betrayal, even if that means unleashing those secrets. The question is, will Jordan let her? Or will his all-consuming obsession with Abby win out, in Seducing Abby Rhodes by J.D. Mason.


Click for more detail about See No Evil (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland See No Evil (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Dead Letter (Jan 15, 1999)
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Detective Marti MacAlister investigates the murder of a young woman whose criminal contacts may put a homeless man at risk. And while Marti looks for one killer, another has come from the past and into her home-zeroing in on all that is dear to Marti.


Click for more detail about Seems Like You’re Ready by Relentless Aaron Seems Like You’re Ready

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Sep 30, 2008)
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Sixteen-year-old Angel is a rising vocal star, blessed with a voice that can hold its own with the biggest names in the industry. With a surprise platinum single burning up the charts, Angel’s career is about to soareven if her love life seems permanently grounded by her over-protective mother. A media mogul who built his entertainment empire from the ground up, Dougie never had a problem separating his work from play. But the minute he locks eyes with Angel, he knows he’s in trouble. But if there’s one thing Dougie’s learned from the music biz it’s this: If you see something good, you go for iteven if doing so could cost youand your careereverything.


Click for more detail about Sex And The Single Sister: Five Novellas by Maryann Reid Sex And The Single Sister: Five Novellas

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 01, 2002)
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The African American answer to Sex and the City—-a collection of hip, sexy, funny novellas about successful black women in their twenties, on the dating scene, making all the wrong moves . . . A fine ambitious sister on the rise to stardom, junior correspondent to NBC News, Farah’s, has life on a string. And she’s looking for a quick hook-up. But this sister’s about to learn what happens when you take the fast track to love . . .Alaya fled the projects, determined not to be anybody’s baby-mama, got her degree, and opened her own accounting firm. Everything is perfect. All she needs now is that perfect someone. Only holding out for "Mr. Right" may mean missing out on love altogether . . .Kenya, an almost-thirty successful investment strategist is plotting some strategies of her own to alleviate her "Can’t Find a Husband" blues. So when her hot Latin neighbor’s dog kicks sand in her face while she’s meditating on the beach, she realizes that it not quite the first move she had in mind, but it seems to be fate. That is until an old flame comes strolling back into her life and she has to make a choice…Alexis is fabulously fine and fresh out of a stifling relationship with the "right man." She’s got a wild side (to put it mildly) she’s been dying to release. Enter Mike, a strong brother with rough edges and enough daring to indulge fantasies Alexis didn’t even know she had…Waceera’s travels all over the world have taught her one thing: there is no such thing as one good man. The world is her buffet and variety is the spice that keeps life yummy. The last thing on this sister’s mind is settling down.


Click for more detail about Slow Burn: A Marti Macalister Mystery by Eleanor Taylor Bland Slow Burn: A Marti Macalister Mystery

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 01, 1993)
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Detective Marti MacAlister, a former Chicago cop who has moved with her children to Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, returns to investigate a chain of murders involving insurance scams, anti-abortion demonstrators, and an untalkative populace.


Click for more detail about Solemn by Kalisha Buckhanon Solemn

by Kalisha Buckhanon
St. Martin’s Press (May 03, 2016)
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Solemn Redvine is a precocious Mississippi girl who senses a nearby baby may be her half-sibling: the outcome of her father’s mistakes with a married woman who lives in their trailer park. After Solemn witnesses a man throw the baby down a community well, she struggles to understand the event, leaving her forever changed.

As Solemn finds refuge in fantasies of stardom as well as friendships with her brother’s wife and a nearby girl, the ill-fated baby’s doomed mother disappears without a trace. Solemn remains trapped by connections to the missing other woman and an honest cop who suspects more to the story than others on the small local police force want to see. When her father’s next mistake - a robbery - lands Solemn in a group home for troubled girls, she meets a Chicago delinquent who wants to escape. There, Solemn must face the truth of who she really is and what she is really made of.


Click for more detail about Some Like It Hot by Brenda Jackson Some Like It Hot

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 28, 2009)
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In this first ever short story collection, New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson takes us on five steamy, sexy adventures. From a freelance writer whose interview with a ruthless, ambitious, and very handsome millionaire turns into something so much more to an attorney’s explosive encounter with a sexy club owner. From an event planner’s very steamy night with an old flame to a businesswoman who wants to get back the man she let slip away while climbing the ladder of success. Experience just how much Brenda Jackson can turn up the heat!


Click for more detail about Some Sing, Some Cry: A Novel by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza Some Sing, Some Cry: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 11, 2011)
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Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina’s coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America’s troubled, vibrant history?from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.


Click for more detail about Some Soul to Keep by J. California Cooper Some Soul to Keep

by J. California Cooper
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 01, 1998)
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The five long stories in this volume radiate the same energy that readers of Cooper&rsqup;s A Piece of Mine and Homemade Love will expect. Love between parents and children, between sisters, friends, women and men, are all illuminated in the author's sprightly vernacular prose. Each tale is narrated by a spirited black woman who, by perseverance and innate good faith, has triumphed over the deprivations sometimes emotional and always material of her childhood. Cooper has a sharp eye for detail and her characters are distinct in their circumstances some had loving families, some cruel, one is blind and abandoned but all follow the same path to happiness and satisfaction, gamely choosing love over security, revenge or dependence. Ultimately, no matter how admirable and lively these stories are individually, the sameness of their tone and structure (the tales are all retrospective and chronological) defuses the impact of the volume as a whole. —Reed Business Information, Inc.


Click for more detail about Somebody’s Knocking at My Door: A Novel by Francis Ray Somebody’s Knocking at My Door: A Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 01, 2003)
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Kristen Wakefield grew up the privileged, beloved daughter and sister of a wealthy family…yet she felt eclipsed by the achievements of her older brother, Adam, a renowned neurosurgeon. In New Orleans, Kristen believes she now has the opportunity to prove herself and forget a rather disastrous past relationship. But life is much harder than she expected in the Big Easy. Then she meets a man from her past, Rafe Crawford…a man battling his own demons and keeping his own secrets.The beautiful, but down-to-earth Angelique Fleming has always had to fight to get what she wanted in a world dominated by men and she has the chip on her shoulder to prove it. Which is why she takes great pleasure working at a local strip club, hoping to expose a few naughty little secrets of the community’s upstanding men. But before she gets all the dirt, she’s going to find out a few things about life, men, and forgiveness she thought she already knew. Claudette Thibodeaux Laurent comes from old New Orleans money and had always adhered to the family code: honor above all else. But she shocks polite society when she marries a man much younger than herself, a man everyone suspects is only after her money. Claudette has done her duty to her family and now she wants a little happiness for herself. And yet doubts eventually begin to creep in and she isn’t sure which Maurice loves more: her or her money, as his desire for the finer things in life become more and more lavish. Just exactly how much is her happiness is going to cost her?Told with Francis Ray’s trademark emotion and passion, Somebody’s Knocking at My Door is a powerful story of betrayal and forgiveness, love and healing.

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Click for more detail about Still Hood: A HoodRat Novel by K’wan Still Hood: A HoodRat Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 02, 2007)
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Only the strong survie on the streets of Brooklyn. And while Dena Jones definitely has what it takes not only to survive but to succeed, she wants out. And she’s determined to make it out of Crooklyn. She’s determined to make it out of Crooklyn by any means necessary and doesn’t have a problem manipulating men to get what she wants. Just ask her boyfriend Lance, or his girlfriend Michelle.
True has finally made it. His debut album has the streets going crazy and is threatening to spill over into the mainstream. After the murder of his group, his jump off and almost his dreams, True’s life is finally starting to look up, until karma catches up with him. Somebody wants him dead and he doesn’t know why, or does he?
Jah and Yoshi’s was supposed to be a romance straight out of a story but there are no such things as fairy tails in the ghetto. Her position as a stylist keeps her in the mix and in the company of some industry heavyweights. Jah tries to be understanding but he can’t help but to wonder just how much he can trust his girlfriend. He had promised to love her regardless of her past but in addition to wondering whether his girlfriend is creeping with her clients Jah has got a bigger problem. Someone is trying to kill True and its his job to make sure that doesn’t happen.


Click for more detail about Stone Cole: A Blink, Texas Story by J.D. Mason Stone Cole: A Blink, Texas Story

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 02, 2016)
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The hotter-than-Texas e-serial continues!Ellis Brewer is a free man and is, surprisingly, the darling in the international art world. After seven long years in prison, he found refuge in his paintings and in the old farm house his late grandfather left to him in his will. No longer the hot-headed trouble maker he’d once was, Ellis is a loner and prefers to keep it that way. But when an old friend calls in a favor and asks Ellis to agree to an interview with a beautiful freelance reporter, Ellis throws caution to the wind and finds a love he never felt he deserved.Christina Cole prides herself on her insightful and thorough reporting skills. When she gets an opportunity to interview the recluse and rising star Ellis Brewer-devastatingly good-looking and charming down to every last one of his ex-con fingertips-she soon realizes that she’s getting way more than she bargained for. Cristina came to Blink, Texas with every intention of uncovering all of his demons, but it’s not long before Ellis turns the tables, and begins to unravel her deepest, darkest secrets, exposing the most vulnerable part of her heart and proving to him that she needs him, body and soul.


Click for more detail about Stormy Knight: A Blink, Texas, Story by J.D. Mason Stormy Knight: A Blink, Texas, Story

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2016)
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J. D. Mason’s Hot Blink, Texas series reached the boiling point…Omar Reid is about to make the biggest leap in his career. As the City Planner for the town of Blink, Texas, he is spearheading the building of a megastore in place of an old strip mall will have the cash flowing like water downhill. There’s just one problem-Lola Knight won’t have it. A fiery woman with big dreams, she’s worked hard to own her own business and pursue her dreams, and without her piece of the property, the megastore goes nowhere. As their heated arguments lead to steamy encounters, Omar and Lola both know that, despite being opposites, their attraction is off the charts. But some key players aren’t willing to to see the deal fall apart, and will stop at nothing to keep the wheels in motion, leaving Omar and Lola to fight for what’s right and fight for each other.


Click for more detail about Street Dreams by K’wan Street Dreams

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 04, 2004)
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Love, Betrayal and Loyalty on the Streets of HarlemDaruis, a.k.a. Rio, the only child of a singer turned alcoholic, feels he has nothing to hold on to except the idea of escaping the ghetto. Years ago, he took a gun charge for a friend and did some prison time. Unable to find a job when he gets out, Rio turns to hustling as a way out. In the meantime, Rio finds escape in the arms of his soulmate, Trinity.When Trinity’s mother died, her abusive father looks to her to play the role of house wife and bedmate. Trinity finds strength to endure in Rio’s arms. Together they vow to do whatever it takes to make it out of the ghetto. But soon they find their backs against the wall when the streets come to claim their due.


Click for more detail about Streets Have No King by JaQuavis Coleman Streets Have No King

by JaQuavis Coleman
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 30, -0001)
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A street thriller of kidnapping, murder, trickery, and love that will have you at the edge of your seat.

After 7 years of prison, multi-millionaire drug mogul Kane Garrett is back on the streets. But instead of diving back into the drug game, he’s teaching a college class, infusing business principles with his signature ruthless edge he developed in the streets. When a student—and heavy heroin dealer—named Basil catches Kane’s eye, Kane takes him on as a protégé and together, they build the biggest, smartest drug trafficking business the state has ever seen.

But when Basil meets Moriah, Kane’s only daughter, lines get crossed and their dominant business union becomes a deadly rivalry. Welcome to a world where the kings meet their end and no one stays at the top for long. The crown always lies heavy on he who commands the streets—and Kane and Basil will fight to claim their rule, before power is toppled again, in The Streets Have No King by New York Times bestselling author JaQuavis Coleman.


Click for more detail about Sugar Daddy by Relentless Aaron Sugar Daddy

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Jun 03, 2008)
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Toy grew into her name long before she grew upa plaything for men in a world dominated by fast money and endless greed. As a bartender, she was used to being hit on by playersand then along came Colin. He was smart and sensitive. He had goals. And he treated Toy with respect. Colin seemed like Mr. Rightuntil things went really, really wrong.Turns out Colin, like so many of the men Toy has known, is caught up in the money game. He works for counterfeiting kingpin Vince Reed, a heartless puppet-master who rules with an iron fist. Lucky for Colin, business is booming, and he’s enjoying unprecedented personal and professional success. But at what cost? It’s only a matter of time before he and Toy become pawns in Reed’s cruelest game ever. Now the only thing they have to lose is their lives.


Click for more detail about Talking Drums: An African-American Quote Collection by Anita Doreen Diggs Talking Drums: An African-American Quote Collection

by Anita Doreen Diggs
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 01, 1996)
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Organized into more than seventy-five subject categories and featuring quotes from Muhammad Ali, Dick Gregory, Zora Neale Hurston, LaToya Jackson, and many others, an informative, inspiring, often humorous collection offers views on life from an African-American perspective.


Click for more detail about Taste of Passion (Madaris Family Novels) by Brenda Jackson Taste of Passion (Madaris Family Novels)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Jun 02, 2009)
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SOME LONGINGS Attorney Mackenzie "Mac" Standfield swore off love when her heart was shattered into a million pieces. But there’s one man who has managed to tempt her beyond reason-rodeo star Luke Madaris. Although five years have passed, Mac discovers when she runs into Luke again that the sexual tension is just as charged as ever… BURN MOREWhen Luke gets injured in a rodeo, he knows the only place where he can recuperate-without being smothered by his worried family-is at Mac’s place. After all, like Mac, he has no interest in any romantic entanglements….until being in such close quarters with Mac forces Luke to confront a desire he can no longer fight…WITH TIMEWith each passing day, Mac and Luke come to realize that their smoldering attraction can be put out only if they surrender to it. But what Mac doesn’t realize is that once you give yourself to a Madaris man, there’s no turning back…"Romance that sizzles."-Lori Foster


Click for more detail about Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 17, 2017)
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“Elegantly written, Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for moral redemption. A work to relish.”Toni Morrison
**One of The Washington Post’s "Books to Read in 2017"**
**One of Bustle’s 17 of the Best Nonfiction Books Coming in January 2017**
**One of Men’s Journal’s 7 Best Books of January**

“Here’s a sermon that’s as fierce as it is lucid. It shook me up, but in a good way. This is how it works if you’re black in America, this is what happens, and this is how it feels. If you’re black, you’ll feel a spark of recognition in every paragraph.

If you’re white, Dyson tells you what you need to know—what this white man needed to know, at least. This is a major achievement. I read it and said amen.”—Stephen King

As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man’s voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece “Death in Black and White,” Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Isabel Wilkerson called it “an unfiltered Marlboro of black pain” and “crushingly powerful.”

Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop—a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. Short, emotional, literary, powerful—this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.

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Click for more detail about Terry Mcmillan: The Unauthorized Biography by Diane Patrick Terry Mcmillan: The Unauthorized Biography

by Diane Patrick
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 01, 2000)
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Novelist Terry McMillan is widely considered to be the preeminent voice of young professional African American women today. Her novels Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back became instant classics, touchstones for a culture that the mainstream media had often dismissed or ignored.

The story of her own life is as compelling and inspiration as any of her novels. Born in Port Huron Michigan in 1951, McMillan was raised by her mother, her father having died when she was 16. Although staying in her small town would have been the easiest path, McMillan gambled on a brighter future. With only a dream and meager savings, she moved to California and began writing poetry and short fiction. Several years later she left for New York City, where she struggled as a single mother and office clerk until she finally found acceptance of her work. When her first novel, Mama (1987) received only minimal support from her publisher, she promoted it on her own. She found millions of fans, both black and white, and in the process changed the way the book industry sees Black America.


Click for more detail about That Devil’s No Friend of Mine by J.D. Mason That Devil’s No Friend of Mine

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 02, 2010)
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When Bishop Fontaine passed away he left behind more than a list of good deeds. He was known as a caring friend and doting father. . .but he was also manipulative and controlling, especially to those he loved. His death begins to unravel deep secrets and shocking desires among the people he cared about the most. . .His daughter, Kristine, feels that with her father’s death she is finally free. His best friend and business partner, Lamar, feels that now can finally have what he has longed for all these years: Kristine. His protg, Cole, the boxing champion and rising star, married a woman Bishop never approved of and may have been right about. Rayne, the blues singer and ex-junkie relied on Bishop to keep her clean and is now slipping down a dark path without him. And Rhonda, Lamar’s wife, is determined to ignore what has been unfolding in front of her if it means that her predictable life will go unchanged. And then a newcomer steps onto the scene and threatens to turn everything upside down.Five very different people whose lives are only connected by Bishop suddenly find themselves up close and personal as desires, dreams and passions collide.


Click for more detail about The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War by Neil Baldwin The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War

by Neil Baldwin
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 11, 2006)
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In The American Revelation, Neil Baldwin, one of our most exciting and provocative intellectual historians, applies his formidable energies to the story of how the American Spirit developed over four centuries, through an inspiring?and unsparing?examination of selected ideals that have helped inform our culture through the vivid personalities who set the course. Figures both familiar and forgotten illuminate this timely narrative of popular history that enlivens the current debate about America’s proper role in a turbulent post-9/11 world. Though an ideal may have been forgotten, that does not mean it no longer has the power to move us and shape our future.Exuberant and lively, The American Revelation will inspire all readers, regardless of their politics, to revisit and revalue our country’s high-minded heritage.


Click for more detail about The Awakening: A Vampire Huntress Legend by Leslie Esdaile Banks The Awakening: A Vampire Huntress Legend

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 21, 2004)
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There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru. A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her. It’s just a matter of who will get to her first. Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered and he has allied himself with the deadly Amanrath demons in order to claim her. But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well. And now an unlikely variable has entered into the equation, an ex-lover now turned vampire with an agenda of his own. And she must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.


Click for more detail about The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legends) by Leslie Esdaile Banks The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legends)

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 01, 2005)
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The vampire civil war has been averted, deadly were-demons have been beaten back and now it Damali Richards and Carlos Rivera (now a Council level vampire) will finally have the chance to settle in and explore their deeper, sexier love. But Carlos and Damali should know by now that there is no rest for the saviors of the known world. One of the four topside Master vampires has stolen one of the Keys-the living blood of Christ—-that opens the sixth seal as foretold in Revelations. He who possesses the Key and the Seal can decide to the outcome of the Final War, a.k.a. Armageddon. With a vampire in possession of the Key, the balance between the Light and the Dark have been thrown off and even Damali is deeply effected. She is now sporting a pair of fangs. In order to retrieve the Key, Carlos and Damali are quickly thrust into a web of vampire politics and intrigue. And when Carlos’s secret drug, Oblivion, finds its way into the hands of the enemies, even the seventh level of Hell comes calling.


Click for more detail about The Black Door: Part 1 by Velvet The Black Door: Part 1

by Velvet
St. Martin’s Press (May 05, 2015)
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"Welcome to the secretive, seductive world behind the Black Door. Once you go through it, you’ll never be the same…Dare to experience the first part of red-hot author Velvet’s The Black Door, now in an exclusive e-serial.

Ariel Vaughn aches for more. Dissatisfied with her hot and high-profile—but barely lukewarm in bed—boyfriend, she goes searching for the more enticing pleasures that life has to offer. When a hot young escort leads her to The Black Door, Ariel gives in to the desires that consume her…and the passions that dominate her…in Part 1 of the explosive novel THE BLACK DOOR."


Click for more detail about The Black Door: Part 2 by Velvet The Black Door: Part 2

by Velvet
St. Martin’s Press (May 12, 2015)
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When an underground world of dark fantasies and sexual pleasures lures Ariel in, her life is shattered as new hungers awaken in Part Two of Velvet’s explosive, exclusive e-serial The Black Door.

Desperate to sate the need that courses through her, Ariel believes she will find what she so deeply needs at The Black Door. But when one man’s touch opens her up completely, Ariel is ready to irrevocably surrender her body to pleasure…and her soul to desire…in Part Two of the seXXXy novel The Black Door.


Click for more detail about The Black Door: Part 3 by Velvet The Black Door: Part 3

by Velvet
St. Martin’s Press (May 19, 2015)
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Pulled into a world of sweet temptations and sexual fantasy, Ariel will hold tight to the one who has reawakened her body, and her heart, no matter what the cost in the final installment of Velvet’s smoking hot e-serial The Black Door.

Ariel, thrust into the heady, wild frenzy of The Black Door, refuses to give up her visits to the sensual playground—and vows to see the man who makes her burn with pleasure. As her dark life of sexual fantasy begins to blend into her real life, Ariel verges on losing control completely, in the shattering, sexy conclusion to The Black Door by Velvet.


Click for more detail about The Cartel 6: The Demise by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman The Cartel 6: The Demise

by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 26, 2016)
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Read more about this AALBC.com bestselling novel.

The Cartel series is back…and more deadly than ever.Las Vegas. A city built on obscene wealth and corrupt deals, cunning entrepreneurs, and the ruthless mob. TheCartel’s plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but comes with great sacrifice. The stakes have never been this high, and rules of the game have never been this hard to manipulate. And when one dead girl, one scorned wife, and one hole in the desert launch a chain of catastrophic events, The Cartel is sent on a downward spiral as they battle the Arabian mob and fight traitors within their circle. Will the Cartel prevail…or fall victim to the city’s black cloud? And if there’s one rule in the town of Vegas, it’s that when the dust settles, there can only be one winner, in The Carte 6: The Demise, by New York Times bestselling authors Ashley & JaQuavis.


Click for more detail about The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation by Ian K. Smith The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Press (Apr 10, 2018)
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New York Times bestseller

From the New York Times bestselling author of SHRED and Blast the Sugar Out, the ultimate guide to clean eating!What is clean eating? In his newest diet book, Dr. Ian K. Smith teaches readers the benefits of clean eating and how to implement it in their own lives. He tells readers how to easily reduce unhealthy processed foods in their diets, a key to weight loss, disease prevention, and overall health. The Clean 20 focuses on twenty clean foods—from avocado to whole wheat pasta and everything in between—that readers can easily find, prepare, and incorporate into their diets. The Clean 20 includes a complete clean eating program with a daily meal plan, 60 recipes and substitutions, as well as 20 minute easy-to-work-in workouts.Dr. Ian knows what works: it’s not eliminating food groups, but choosing foods within each group wisely to satisfy the palate and the body’s nutritional demands. The Clean 20 isn’t just vegetables. Grains are in. And so is fruit, fat, meat and fish. When palate and nutrition are in sync, weight loss not only follows, it sticks. The Clean 20 is a life and body changer.


Click for more detail about The Coming by Daniel Black The Coming

by Daniel Black
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Oct 06, 2015)
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Daniel Black is at the top of his literary game with The Coming, a novel that National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson (Middle Passage) calls “powerful and beautiful” and “a work to be proud of."" Lyrical, poetic, and hypnotizing, The Coming tells the story of a people’s capture and sojourn from their homeland across the Middle Passage—a traumatic trip that exposed the strength and resolve of the African spirit. Extreme conditions produce extraordinary insight, and only after being stripped of everything do they discover the unspeakable beauty they once took for granted. This powerful, haunting novel will shake readers to their very souls.”


Click for more detail about The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can't Find Good Black Men by Jimi Izrael The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can’t Find Good Black Men

by Jimi Izrael
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 16, 2010)
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"Sisters decry the shortage of good men and say there is no way she is settling for less than a good Black man. Not just a good one, but the BEST one: Denzel Washington. She, of course, has no idea what that means, what she wants or what a good Black man truly looks like." –from The Denzel Principle

The Denzel Principle is the belief that the perfect man—in the form of Denzel Washington—actually exists off screen and that all Black women can snag a Denzel of their very own.

So what does your very own Denzel look like? Well, he’s rich but earthy, handsome but not pretty, doting but not docile, tough but vulnerable, political but not radical, passionate but not hysterical, ambitious but not overbearing, well-read but not nerdy, manly but not macho, gentle but not feminine, Black but not militant, sexy but not solicitous, flirtatious but particular...and all that on cue and in proper measure.

Award winning reporter and cultural critic, jimi izrael offers to set the record straight – from a regular guy’s point of view. The Denzel Principle is straight talk on everything from "Ways Women Can Break the Hold of the Dizzle," "Ways to Attract Mr. Right," to "Ten Reasons to Love Ordinary Black Men" and so much more.

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Click for more detail about The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader by Harold Cruse and William Jelani Cobb The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader

by Harold Cruse and William Jelani Cobb
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 23, 2002)
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In 1967, as the movement for civil rights was turning into a bitter, often violent battle for black power, Harold Cruse’s The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual burst onto the scene. It was a lacerating attack on integration, and set the agenda for black cultural, social, and political autonomy. A classic of African American social thought, the book and its author went on to influence generations of activists, artists, and scholars. Cruse’s intelligence, independence, and breadth of vision virtually defined what it meant to be a black intellectual in modern America. In this first anthology of Cruse’s writing, William Jelani Cobb provides a powerful introduction to Cruse’s wide body of work, including published material such as excerpts from Crisis, as well as unpublished essays, speeches, and correspondence. The Essential Harold Cruse is certain to become standard reading for anyone interested in race in American society.


Click for more detail about The High Price of a Good Man: A Novel by Debra Phillips The High Price of a Good Man: A Novel

by Debra Phillips
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 08, 2003)
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"First of all, just for the record, I love me some me. You heard right. . .I truly love Miss Queenisha Renae Sutton. The tall, well-endowed, fine honey-coated sistah that I be."

Queenisha Renae Sutton is always ready, willing and able to walk away from any man who either can’t or won’t appreciate her, because after all, she is all woman. Then she meets tall and handsome Zeke Washington at a charity fundraiser, and buys him lock, stock and barrel. For one night. Determined to get her money’s worth, she approaches their first date with one goal: to make Zeke her man, no matter what the cost. With the help of her best friend, Poetta, who puts a "voodoo hex" on Zeke to help lure him in, Queenisha gets more than she bargained for. And before long she finds herself changing to please a man. And if love wasn’t complicated enough, she discovers an even sweeter love where she least expects it.

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Click for more detail about The Hunted (Vampire Huntress Legends) by Leslie Esdaile Banks The Hunted (Vampire Huntress Legends)

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 19, 2004)
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A Neteru—-a hunter or a huntress—-is born every thousand years in favor of the Warriors of Light as they fight against the Dark Realms. But Damali Richards is the Millennium Neteru. The one who will play a pivotal role in the Final War. The Warriors of Light had been waiting for her and the Dark Realms will do anything to either possess or destroy her. What they did not account for was the man who would love her.Damali Richard has been to hell and back—-literally—-and she is not eager to repeat the trip. A Vampire civil war has been averted, but there were casualties and she believes that Carlos Rivera, former lover turned master vampire, is one of them. His death has not only shaken her emotions, but weakened her powers as well. But then Damali gets word that horrific killings are taking place in Brazil. The vampire civil war has left a small door to hell open and new and dangerous foes have risen from the Dark Realms. The leader, a deadly female, is set on a path of destruction. However, her blood lust hides a nefarious plan and the newly resurrected Carlos Rivera is at the heart of it. But Damali is not about to lose her man a second time, so she plans to send this old girl right back to hell she came from—-no matter who stands in her way.


Click for more detail about The Last Kingpin by Relentless Aaron The Last Kingpin

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 29, 2007)
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Meet Brian "Freeze" Carter. He’s part pimp, part hustler. He drives a Bentley Continental T, which he can park anywhere he wants—because he owns the streets and demands respect. His bodyguards protect him at all costsand live in fear of his wrath. Even the women who love him can’t melt his heart. If only they could get deep into his soul, and pull him up from the underworld of the city’s thriving drug industry, maybe Freeze could finally find a way to clean up his act—before it’s too lateBut time is already running out. A Colombian drug cartel has plans in store for Freeze and his crew—and it’s going to take a whole lot more than cold cash, hot girls, and a pump-action Maverick for Freeze to tame an unknown enemy that wants to do him in for good.


Click for more detail about The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle by Ashish J. Thakkar The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle

by Ashish J. Thakkar
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 25, 2015)
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Three little known facts: Africa is now the world’s fastest growing continent, with average GDP growth of 5.5% the past 10 years. Malaria deaths have declined by 30% and HIV infections by 74%. Nigeria produces more movies than America does.The Lion Awakes is the true story of today’s Africa, one often overshadowed by the dire headlines. Traveling from his ancestral home in Uganda, East Africa, to the booming economy and (if chaotic) new democracies of West Africa, and down to the "Silicon Savannahs" of Kenya and Rwanda, Ashish J. Thakkar shows us an Africa that few Westerners are aware exists. Far from being a place in need of our pity and aid, we see a continent undergoing a remarkable transformation and economic development. We meet a new generation of ambitious, tech savvy young Africans who are developing everything from bamboo bicycles to iPhone Apps; we meet artists, film makers and architects thriving with newfound freedom and opportunity, and we are introduced to hyper-educated members of the Diaspora who have returned to Africa after years abroad to open companies and take up positions in government. They all tell the same story: 21st Century Africa offers them more opportunity than the First World. Drawing from his business experience, and his own family’s history in Africa, which include his parents’ expulsion from Uganda by Idi Amin in the 70s and his own survival of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Ashish shows us how much difference a decade can make.


Click for more detail about The Love Space Demands: A Continuing Saga by Ntozake Shange The Love Space Demands: A Continuing Saga

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Press (May 01, 1992)
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Songs of love and urban tragedy from one of the preeminent African-American writers of our time. Shange’s poems express the need to be felt and heard, to be necessary. In this love space, we all wear our desires, t-cells, and hearts on our sleeves and experience all that comes with wanting to get hold of life, or someone to love.


Click for more detail about The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia by Andrew Harding The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia

by Andrew Harding
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 29, 2016)
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In The Mayor of Mogadishu, one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Andrew Harding, reveals the tumultuous life of Mohamoud “Tarzan” Nur - an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia, and became a street brawler and activist. When the country collapsed into civil war and anarchy, Tarzan and his young family became part of an exodus, eventually spending twenty years in north London.But in 2010 Tarzan returned, as Mayor, to the unrecognizable ruins of a city now almost entirely controlled by the Islamist militants of Al Shabab. For many in Mogadishu, and in the diaspora, Tarzan became a galvanizing symbol of courage and hope for Somalia. But for others, he was a divisive thug, who sank beneath the corruption and clan rivalries that continue, today, to threaten the country’s revival.The Mayor of Mogadishu is a rare an insider’s account of Somalia’s unraveling, and an intimate portrayal of one family’s extraordinary journey.


Click for more detail about The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

by Veronica Chambers
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 10, 2017)
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“Whenever I think about Michelle Obama, I think, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like her. I want to be that intelligent, confident, and comfortable in my own skin’.” —Roxane Gay

“Even after eight years of watching them daily in the press, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is a Black man is still breathtaking to me. The fact that he goes home to a tight-knit, loving family headed by a Black woman is soul-stirring. That woman is Michelle. Michelle. That name now carries a whole world of meaning.…” —From the Preface by Ava DuVernay

Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started.

While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what she means to our culture. The Meaning of Michelle does just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history. In addition to a tribute to Michelle Obama, this book is also a rollicking, lively dinner party conversation about race, class, marriage, creativity, womanhood and what it means to be American today.

Contributors include: Ava DuVernay, Veronica Chambers, Benilde Little, Damon Young, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Brittney Cooper, Ylonda Gault Caviness, Chirlane McCray, Cathi Hanauer, Tiffany Dufu, Tanisha Ford, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Lewis, Karen Hill Anton, Rebecca Carroll, Phillipa Soo, and Roxane Gay

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Click for more detail about The Midnight Hour (Madaris Family Novels) by Brenda Jackson The Midnight Hour (Madaris Family Novels)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Apr 19, 2004)
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Sexy, dangerous, unforgettable. . .the Madaris family and their unlikely band of friends captured readers’ hearts and souls. Now, in The Midnight Hour, bestselling author Brenda Jackson brings us another breathtaking novel featuring the Madaris family and friends.One, CIA agent Sir Drake Warren gave his heart to a woman—-a fellow Marine whose death in an explosion left him aching for justice. Drake vowed he would never love again. But his devotion to his former lover is tested when he meets his mysterious new partner, Agent Victoria Green. With golden-brown eyes and skin like melted chocolate, Victoria leaves Drake yearning for the love he lost—-and flirting closely with the white-hot passion he once knew, he’s sure he’ll get burned. . .Few people know that Victoria was once a Marine named Sandy Carroll. . .and that she was embroiled in a fervent love affair with Drake until an explosion nearly killed her. Her life-saving surgery gave her a new face and identity—-that of CIA operative Victoria Green. Now, Victoria is bound by duty to keep her true identity a secret, especially from Drake.Paired on a deadly mission, Victoria’s senses are awakened by Drake’s every move. But just as the passion she’s denied for so long threatens to boil over, Drake begins to put together the pieces of the puzzle. And when he does, will Victoria lose him forever?


Click for more detail about The Playa’s Handbook (Players Series) by Brenda Jackson The Playa’s Handbook (Players Series)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 02, 2004)
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There’s not a whole lot happening in Gary, Indiana. That is, until nationally renowned relationship expert Lance Montgomery bursts on to the scene. Twice divorced, Montgomery is now on a mission to perfect the art of being single. His tantalizing book The Playa’s Handbook is causing quite a stir. His rules include:*Never give a woman the key to your apartment.*Playas "have sex"; they don’t "make love."*Don’t be afraid not to commit, no matter how hot the sex is.*A woman can’t use you if you use her first.One night, while watching the game and drinking beer, friends Marcus Lowery, Samuel Gunn, and Phillip McKenna all admit to buying Montgomery’s book. Recent divorcees, Phillip and Sam are looking to unleash their hidden playa. And after being a widower for a year, Marcus is ready to cautiously ease back into the dating scene. So, they decide to put the rules to the test. . .and end up going on one of the wildest rides of their lives.


Click for more detail about The Presumption Of Guilt: The Arrest Of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And Race, Class And Crime In America by Charles Ogletree The Presumption Of Guilt: The Arrest Of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And Race, Class And Crime In America

by Charles Ogletree
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Jun 22, 2010)
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Shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2009, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., MacArthur Fellow and Harvard professor, was mistakenly arrested by Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley for attempting to break into his own home. The ensuing media firestorm ignited debate across the country. The Crowley-Gates incident was a clash of absolutes, underscoring the tension between black and white, police and civilians, and the privileged and less privileged in modern America. Charles Ogletree, one of the country’s foremost experts on civil rights, uses this incident as a lens through which to explore issues of race, class, and crime, with the goal of creating a more just legal system for all.
Working from years of research and based on his own classes and experiences with law enforcement, the author illuminates the steps needed to embark on the long journey toward racial and legal equality for all Americans.

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Click for more detail about The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985 by James Baldwin The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985

by James Baldwin
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 15, 1985)
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The works of James Baldwin constitute one of the major contributions to American literature in the twentieth century, and nowhere is this more evident than in The Price of the Ticket, a compendium of nearly fifty years of Baldwin’s powerful nonfiction writing. With truth and insight, these personal, prophetic works speak to the heart of the experience of race and identity in the United States. Here are the full texts of Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and The Devil Finds Work, along with dozens of other pieces, ranging from a 1948 review of Raintree Country to a magnificent introduction to this book that, as so many of Mr. Baldwin’s works do, combines his intensely private experience with the deepest examination of social interaction between the races. In a way, The Price of the Ticket is an intellectual history of the twentieth-century American experience; in another, it is autobiography of the highest order.


Click for more detail about The Real Deal: Real Love Is More Than Skin Deep...Real Passion Isn’t Black Or White... by Margaret Johnson-Hodge The Real Deal: Real Love Is More Than Skin Deep...Real Passion Isn’t Black Or White...

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 15, 1998)
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One man was everything that she wanted. And he was black.

To Samone Lewis, the only problem with her lover Max was his fear of marriage. He was dark as tree bark after a heavy rain, handsome, hard-working…but would rather say good-bye than "I do." At thirty-plus, suddenly still single and a Harlem sista with attitude, Samone was on the rebound.

Another was everything she needed. But he was white.

Then Jon Everette, fresh from California, walked into Samone’s office at a New York TV network. From day one, Jon was funny, caring and crazy about her, even though Samone still wanted Max, no ifs, ands or buts. Max understood blackness-the pride and anger, dreams and pain. Samone didn’t date white boys. She sure didn’t fall in love with them. If she did, she might have to fight the world, her family, and most of all, herself…

In the tradition of The Color of Love, the fresh, funny voice of Margaret Johnson-Hodge tells a completely contemporary story, rich with wisecracks and wisdom about interracial relationships and about the crisis every woman knows, falling in love…


Click for more detail about The Real Mrs. Price by J.D. Mason The Real Mrs. Price

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 24, 2016)
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Lucy Price is living the American dream. She has been married to her successful husband and businessman, Edward Price for a year and couldn’t be happier until she learns that Eddie is a dangerously ruthless man, heavily involved in illegal activities that threaten not only her marriage, but her life. Eddie abruptly disappears, but not before warning Lucy that if she wants to keep breathing she’d better keep her mouth shut. Six months later, word of her husband surfaces when she learns that he is presumed murdered in a small Texas town, apparently killed by his “wife”, Marlowe Price.Marlowe is no stranger to trouble. An outcast in her own community for being one of those "hoodoo women," who can curse you or cast you under her beguiling spell, Marlowe is shunned at every turn. Six months ago, a whirlwind romance in Mexico led Marlowe to marry the man she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. For Marlowe and Eddie, there is no such thing as trouble in paradise. But late one night, when Marlowe witnesses her husband putting the body of a dead man in the trunk of his car, the illusion comes crashing down around her and she knows she has to move fast before the devil comes calling once again.Now, Lucy and Marlowe must come together to find out where and who Eddie really is, and help each other through the threat he poses. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned…except for two women scorned who are willing to put their pasts behind them and band together to take one bad man down…


Click for more detail about The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow by Richard Wormser The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

by Richard Wormser
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 05, 2003)
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Between 1880 and 1954, African Americans dedicated their energies, and sometimes their lives, to defeating segregation. During these times, characterized by some as “worse than slavery,” African Americans fought the status quo, acquiring education and land and building businesses, churches, and communities, despite laws designed to segregate and disenfranchise them. White supremacy prevailed, but did not destroy, the spirit of the black community.

Incorporating anecdotes, the exploits of individuals, first-person accounts, and never- before-seen images and graphics, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is the story of the African American struggle for freedom following the end of the Civil War. A companion volume to the four-part PBS television series, which took seven years to write, research, and edit, the book documents the work of such figures as the activist and separatist Benjamin “Pap” Singleton, anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells, and W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. It examines the emergence of the black middle class and intellectual elite, and the birth of the NAACP. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow also tells the stories of ordinary heroes who accomplished extraordinary things: Charlotte Hawkins Brown, a teacher who founded the Palmer Memorial Institute, a private black high school in North Carolina; Ned Cobb, a tenant farmer in Alabama who became a union organizer; Isaiah Montgomery, who founded Mound Bayou, an all-black town in Mississippi; Charles Evers, brother of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, who fought for voter registration in Mississippi in the 1940s. And Barbara Johns, a sixteen-year-old Virginia student who organized a student strike in 1951. The strike led to a lawsuit that became one of the five cases the United States Supreme Court reviewed when it declared segregation in education illegal.

As the twenty-first century rolls forward, we are losing the remaining survivors of this pivotal era. Rich in historical commentary and eyewitness testimony by blacks and whites who lived through the period, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is a poignant record of a time when indignity and terror constantly faced off against courage and accomplishment.


Click for more detail about The Root of All Evil by Joylynn M. Jossel The Root of All Evil

by Joylynn M. Jossel
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 01, 2004)
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THE ALMIGHTY $. SOME PEOPLE PRAY FOR IT.
SOME PEOPLE PRAY TO IT!Thirty-four-year-old Klarke Taylor has two children, a pile of bills and creditors who won’t leave her alone. And she’s had just about enough. So Klarke and her confidants, Breezy and Jeva, resort to devising a shady plan to snag her a man who will make all her monetary dreams come true.Reo Laroque, is a bestselling author and is right where he always dreamed of being in life. He has it all, including women who come out in droves for this high-ticketed bachelor. But all Reo wants is a virtuous woman to claim as his own. Now Klarke has him in her sights and he soon becomes entangled in a twisted pursuit or love, lust and the almighty dollar.Sexy and dramatic, The Root of All Evil is a story you will not soon forget!


Click for more detail about The Savvy Sistahs: A Novel by Brenda Jackson The Savvy Sistahs: A Novel

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 01, 2003)
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Amber, Carla and Brandy—-known as the "ABCs"—-are intelligent businesswomen who met in their business support group "The Savvy Sistahs Who Mean Business" and became the best of friends. They’ve bonded over lost loves, past hurts, and too many lonely nights. . . Amber Stuart escaped an abusive marriage and now finds peace running her small bookstore. But when a man passes out in her establishment, after eating one of her homemade cookies, she’ll do anything to avoid a lawsuit, even if it means going into his home and nursing this fine brother back to health. What she doesn’t know is that this brother is about to turn her life upside down; Raising a two-year-old son on her own and running the computer business she inherited from her father, Carla Osborne doesn’t have time for anything else. Then she finds herself the object of a hostile takeover. And it turns out that she’s fighting to save her company from the man she had a one-night stand with all those years ago—-the man who happens to be her son’s father; After a divorce settlement leaves her the sole owner of the St. Laurent Hotel, Brandy Bennett decides to manage her new business full-time. When she finds herself the object of a deranged stalker her family convinces her to bring in a security expert to help. Enter ex-FBI agent, Grey Masters—-and with him a whole lot of drama.Life is dishing it out hard, but these ladies are determined to hold on to each other.


Click for more detail about The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

by Natalie Y. Moore
St. Martin’s Press (Mar 22, 2016)
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While mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted Chicago as a “world-class city,” it remains one of the most segregated cities in America. And while it would be easy to think of a city with a billion-dollar park, Michelin-rated restaurants, waterfront views, world-class shopping, and a thriving theater scene as a model for other metropolitan areas, underneath the shiny façade lurks the horrible reality of deeply-rooted and destructive racial segregation.

Throughout The South Side, Moore shows that race—not class—determines the policies that perpetuate the city’s injustices. Shining a bright light on Chicago’s housing policies, its segregated schools (and lack of political will to integrate Chicago Public Schools), institutionalized practices that leave predominantly black neighborhoods vulnerable to crime and bad banking policies, Moore takes readers inside a system that keeps a segment of the city’s population from having a chance at the American Dream.

In The South Side, Moore uses her skills as a conscientious reporter to showcase the lives of these those living in these underserved communities. Through intimate stories and investigative research, The South Side highlights the impact of Chicago’s historic segregation – and the ongoing policies that keep the system intact.

For any interest in receiving a copy for review or excerpt consideration, or if you’d like to set up an author Q&A, please let me know. We are also happy to provide copies to giveaway on social media, should that be of interest to you!


Click for more detail about The Stiletto Agreement by JaQuavis Coleman The Stiletto Agreement

by JaQuavis Coleman
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 31, 2018)
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One wife. One mistress. One deadly game of sex, deception, and betrayal…Both wife and mistress are attached to the same man, a man heir to the throne of a powerful business. The same man that had led them on for years and kept secrets from them both. But now he’s thousands of miles away, duct-taped and bound to a chair in a basement in Detroit, Michigan.As the intricate plan concocted between the two women unfolds, more and more layers of secrets are exposed. What starts out as a quest for ransom money turns into a ruthless game of cat and mouse. Within 72 hours, sex, manipulation, lies, and altered plans will all explode into unpredictable consequences that will change their three lives forever…


Click for more detail about The Take Down by Mark Anthony The Take Down

by Mark Anthony
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 17, 2006)
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While investigating one of hip-hop’s most successful music labels, Gun Clap Records, undercover FBI agent Jessica Jackson is willing to do anything to keep her identity a secret. She helps the Feds hit a grand slam during their investigation when they learn that Angela Calvino, the daughter of New York mafia boss Paulie Calvino, plans to start a hip-hop label with money from the Calvino family crime rackets. LaCostra Nostra Records will rise under the tutelage of Gun Clap Records’s feared and powerful CEO, and the Feds soon have what they need to take down both record labels. The only question is, did Agent Jackson cross the line to get the evidence she needed?


Click for more detail about The Truth About Men: The Secret Side Of The Opposite Sex by Ian K. Smith The Truth About Men: The Secret Side Of The Opposite Sex

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 02, 2013)
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What do men really want? Wouldn’t you like to know?Anyone in a relationship with a man has spent time wondering what things "mean". Men can be confusing. What are they thinking about? Do they mean what they say? And what are they not saying? Is it good that he called instead of texting? What does it mean that he introduced me to his sister but not his mother or his best friend? Why hasn’t he said anything about my birthday yet when it’s two weeks from now?Finally, a man who understands has written a book to decode men for you. It lets you into a man’s brain and gives advice you can use today to make your relationship better tomorrow. Smith’s fascinating, sometimes surprising topics include:—The Subtle Art of Hooking Us (men really do want to be in committed relationships, even if they don’t always show it) —Beauty Matters (but beauty may not be exactly what you think it is)—Beware of Titles (why you shouldn’t label yourself his "girlfriend" until certain conditions are met) —Sex is More Powerful than an AK-47 (but it doesn’t always have to be a home run)—Mean What You Say (and why sex lies are always—always—a bad idea)Any man who picks up The Truth About Men will nod in agreement, and any woman who puts its insights into practice will have an instantly happier mate and a stronger, longer relationship.


Click for more detail about The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden The Wedding Gift

by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
St. Martin’s Press (Mar 31, 2015)
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In 1852, when prestigious Alabama plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah--her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the proper Southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving whom she chooses. Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible. Told through the alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius' wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden's The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th Century South that will leave readers breathless.


Click for more detail about The Woman Trapped in the Dark by J.D. Mason The Woman Trapped in the Dark

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 18, 2018)
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Click for more detail about They Tell Me Of A Home: A Novel by Daniel Black They Tell Me Of A Home: A Novel

by Daniel Black
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 28, 2006)
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Twenty-eight-year-old protagonist Tommy Lee Tyson steps off the Greyhound bus in his hometown of Swamp Creek, Arkansas?a place he left when he was eighteen, vowing never to return. Yet fate and a Ph.D. in black studies force him back to his rural origins as he seeks to understand himself and the black community that produced him. A cold, nonchalant father and an emotionally indifferent mother make his return, after a ten-year hiatus, practically unbearable, and the discovery of his baby sister’s death and her burial in the backyard almost consumes him. His mother watches his agony when he discovers his sister’s tombstone, but neither she nor other family members is willing to disclose the secret of her death. Only after being prodded incessantly does his older brother, Willie James, relent and provide Tommy Lee with enough knowledge to figure out exactly what happened and why. Meanwhile, Tommy’s seventy-year-old teacher?lying on her deathbed?asks him to remain in Swamp Creek and assume her position as the headmaster of the one-room schoolhouse. He refuses vehemently and she dies having bequeathed him her five thousandbook collection in the hopes that he will change his mind. Over the course of a one-week visit, riddled with tension, heartache, and revelation, Tommy Lee Tyson discovers truths about his family, his community, and his undeniable connection to rural Southern black folk and their ways.

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Click for more detail about Ties That Bind: A Novel by Brenda Jackson Ties That Bind: A Novel

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 01, 2002)
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It all started in college, in the turbulent sixties, when Randolph and Jenna became lovers. Randolph knew the moment he saw Jenna Haywood that he had to make her his. But the path to love is not an easy one. His wealthy Grandmother Julia disapproves of the match and unbeknowst to him, his brother’s seemingly docile fiancee has a few plans of her own that she would like to set in motion. Betrayal and devastation lurks in unexpected places and tests the bond they believed was unbreakable. As they struggle with love and passion, secrets and lies the question is: Is love enough to help them see each other through the storms that await them ahead?


Click for more detail about To Live and Die in Harlem by Relentless Aaron To Live and Die in Harlem

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Oct 02, 2007)
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Reginald "Push" Jackson has had a hard-knock life. His parents were murdered when he was young, and he’s spent much of his adulthood in prison. Now there’s only one thing left in the world worth fighting for: his home.

Harlem has been undermined by rascal slumlords, grimy politicians, and crooked cops. The corruption shouldn’t be any of Push’s businessuntil he stumbles onto one of the biggest, most ruthless criminal enterprises he’s ever seen. Now it’s up to him to clear the streets of one of the most ruthless gangs in history. Because if Push can’t do it, no one else canand this time, it’s personal.


Click for more detail about Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black

by Chris Tomlinson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 17, 2015)
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A New York Times Best Seller!Tomlinson Hill is the stunning story of two families?one white, one black?who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name. Internationally recognized for his work as a fearless war correspondent, award-winning journalist Chris Tomlinson grew up hearing stories about his family’s abandoned cotton plantation in Falls County, Texas. Most of the tales lionized his white ancestors for pioneering along the Brazos River. His grandfather often said the family’s slaves loved them so much that they also took Tomlinson as their last name. LaDainian Tomlinson, football great and former running back for the San Diego Chargers, spent part of his childhood playing on the same land that his black ancestors had worked as slaves. As a child, LaDainian believed the Hill was named after his family. Not until he was old enough to read an historical plaque did he realize that the Hill was named for his ancestor’s slaveholders.A masterpiece of authentic American history, Tomlinson Hill traces the true and very revealing story of these two families. From the beginning in 1854? when the first Tomlinson, a white woman, arrived?to 2007, when the last Tomlinson, LaDainian’s father, left, the book unflinchingly explores the history of race and bigotry in Texas. Along the way it also manages to disclose a great many untruths that are latent in the unsettling and complex story of America.Tomlinson Hill is also the basis for a film and an interactive web project. The award-winning film, which airs on PBS, concentrates on present-day Marlin, Texas and how the community struggles with poverty and the legacy of race today, and is accompanied by an interactive web site called Voice of Marlin, which stores the oral histories collected along the way. Chris Tomlinson has used the reporting skills he honed as a highly respected reporter covering ethnic violence in Africa and the Middle East to fashion a perfect microcosm of America’s own ethnic strife. The economic inequality, political shenanigans, cruelty and racism?both subtle and overt?that informs the history of Tomlinson Hill also live on in many ways to this very day in our country as a whole. The author has used his impressive credentials and honest humanity to create a classic work of American history that will take its place alongside the timeless work of our finest historians


Click for more detail about Topless by Relentless Aaron Topless

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Sep 29, 2009)
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Welcome to Fool’s Paradise where the women are devious, the men are ruthless, and the raw, undeniable climate of smut dominates. This is Douglass Gilmore’s kingdom, a family business that grew to become one of New York City’s premier adult clubs. But money, power, and seduction makes for an explosive combinationand something dangerous is about to go downThe most famous stripper at Fool’s Paradise has been gunned down in the parking lot. Was it a lovers’ quarrel? A rivalry between jealous dancers? Or a deliberate attempt to destroy the man behind the curtain? Douglass has won plenty of enemies in the business. Now, with the cops, the FBI, and the mob at his door, everything is on the lineand Douglass has only once chance to defend the family empireor lose it all.


Click for more detail about Tryin' To Sleep In The Bed You Made by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant Tryin’ To Sleep In The Bed You Made

by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 08, 2008)
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Curl up in a chair and enter the lives of two unforgettable women whose joys and sorrows you will never forget. And when you’re finished, call your best friend. With heart and soul, passion and poignancy, Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made follows the lives of two best friends, Gayle Saunders and Patricia Reid, as they grow, learn, make choices, find love, and find heartache.

From the time they were young, Gayle and Patricia were raised like sisters, as close as two friends could be. But they each had dreams that would take them far away—and far away from each other.

Gayle was the beauty who believe that a man could make her world complete. Patricia was the intellectual who thought that rising to the top of her career would make her happy. And then there is Marcus Carter, who has been linked to both Pat and Gayle since the tragedy that occurred when they were all children. Can either one save him from himself? Can friends survive a love that comes between them? Each of them gets what she wants, but no one counts on the price they have to pay.

When they realize that dreams can be hollow and love has its cost, they learn the most important lesson of all: to never given up on the people who love you, and that it isn’t just blood that makes two people sisters.


Click for more detail about Undead On Arrival (Crimson Moon, Book 3) by Leslie Esdaile Banks Undead On Arrival (Crimson Moon, Book 3)

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 31, 2009)
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Just one month ago, secret government operative Sasha Trudeau thought she’d tasted victory. Orchestrating dtente between the warring factions of the supernatural world had nearly cost her life—but it also opened the door to a future with Max Hunter, her mate and fellow Shadow Wolf.Until now. A poisonous virus is wreaking havoc on Hunter’s immune system. And the passionate man who Sasha loves has become unpredictable, dangerous—and possibly deadly. When Hunter disappears the night a human is found ravaged, Sasha is thrust into a race against the clock to find the cure for her mate…and the traitor who’s determined to see them both dead.


Click for more detail about Unfinished Business (Madaris Family Novels) by Brenda Jackson Unfinished Business (Madaris Family Novels)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 05, 2005)
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"Hot and sexy."?Romance Reader at HeartTMA PROMISE MADEInvestigative reporter Christy Madaris doesn’t want to complicate her life with romance. She made that mistake once when she believed Alex Maxwell’s promise to marry her. True, Alex made that promise when Christy was just a teenager. But she believed him with all her heart?and when Alex laughed it off years later, Christy was crushed. A PROMISE BROKENThe owner of his own P.I. firm, Alex refuses to compromise everything he’s worked for to honor a silly promise. Christy should have known he was only teasing, right? But when Alex finally sees Christy again, he knows he made a big mistake. She has grown up into a smart and stunning woman?and Alex can’t get her off his mind. A LOVE THEY CAN’T FORGETWhen Christy’s latest story takes a dark turn, the Madaris brothers ask Alex to keep her safe. But putting Alex in charge of Christy is like putting a rooster in charge of the hen house! The more she snubs him, the more he wants her. But when Christy’s life is in danger, can Alex save her before it’s too late? "A perfect balance of tension and chemistry."?RT Book Reviews


Click for more detail about Upstate: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon Upstate: A Novel

by Kalisha Buckhanon
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 10, 2006)
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"Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my father?"So begins Upstate, a powerful story told through letters between seventeen-year-old Antonio and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Natasha, set in the 1990’s in New York. Antonio and Natasha’s world is turned upside down, and their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves them wondering if they will ever find their way back together. Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is an unforgettable coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope. Brilliant and profoundly felt, it is destined to speak to a new generation of readers.


Click for more detail about Use Me Or Lose Me by Maryann Reid Use Me Or Lose Me

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 05, 2004)
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The fabulously fine, Farah Washington first appeared in Sex and the Single Sister. A junior correspondent to NBC News, she has always taken the fast track to love and success. Now she’s determined to climb to the top of the media ladder, and she’s willing to use every weapon in her considerable arsenal to do so. Then Farah meets Lenox Whitworth, a powerful, oh-so-fine lawyer who steps in to negotiate the station’s contracts. But what he sees in her is the kind of sophisticated woman he needs and wants on his arm, in his life and in his bed. And Farah, sensing a prime opportunity, allows this powerful, handsome brother, to truly introduce her to the wicked indulgences of the rich and glamorous as he influences her career behind the scenes. They both believe that they’ve got a handle on a good thing, but they’re both about to realize that they’ve met their match in each other. Filled with love, sex, drama and glamour, Farah and Lenox take you on a wild ride.


Click for more detail about Warm Hands: A Novel by Margaret Johnson-Hodge Warm Hands: A Novel

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Feb 15, 2000)
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Mya is feeling free and content after months of heartbreaking sadness in the aftermath of breaking up with her commitment-phobic boyfriend, Vincent. She’s taken up running, looks good, and has no intention of starting another relationship. Then she meets Jeff. Handsome, decent, and kind, he’s a keeper-the kind of man she’s always wanted…the man she is about the marry. Until she stuns herself and everyone else by betraying Jeff…with Vincent.

Hurt and angry, Jeff walks out of her life, leaving Mya alone to confront her deepest self and her destructive behavior. In doing so, she takes a brave look at her own life and the family patterns she learned to follow. Through a haze of pain, despair and desperation, Mya awakens to life’s truest lessons: self-love is the most important love of all, and only by loving yourself can others truly love you…


Click for more detail about We’ll Never Tell by Kayla Perrin We’ll Never Tell

by Kayla Perrin
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Sep 01, 2015)
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I was thinking of some kind of initiation. Tailored just for her. The kind that will teach her a lesson not to mess with me.
Shandra James is a man stealer. It’s a sport to her-a game that she always wins. As a pledge of the exclusive Alpha Sigma Pi sorority, she should know her place…and know not to throw herself at a sister’s boyfriend. But she’s marked a new target: Henry Reid.
"Characters that pop off the page and a solid, well-paced plot will gratify Perrin’s many fans."-Publishers Weekly
Henry’s fiance, Phoebe, and her sorority sisters Miranda and Camille, decide it’s time to teach Shandra a lesson. A lesson that involves humiliation but nothing more. But the lesson takes an unexpected, deadly turn-and soon the three women find themselves facing three new rules: Never mention what happened that night, protect one another, and tell no one. Yet when a murderer comes calling, they each discover that some rules are meant to be broken…
"Tense psychological suspense."-Midwest Book Review on Delta Sisters


Click for more detail about Welfare Wifeys: A Hood Rat Novel by K’wan Welfare Wifeys: A Hood Rat Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 28, 2010)
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After the deaths and arrests of his entire crew and an informant-fueled investigation into his past, the man known on the streets as Animal relocates to Texas and finds fame and stardom as the newest act signed to the notorious Big Dawg Entertainment. His girlfriend, Gucci, is thrilled when she gets the news that he’s coming back to New York on a promotional tour, but when she discovers the hidden agenda behind his homecoming nothing can prepare her for the life-altering consequences that will come of it.There goes the neighborhood . . . again.


Click for more detail about What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 05, 2018)
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A stunning follow up to New York Times bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop, a timely exploration of America’s tortured racial politicsPresident Barack Obama: "Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”In 2015 BLM activist Julius Jones confronted Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with an urgent query: “What in your heart has changed that’s going to change the direction of this country?” “I don’t believe you just change hearts,” she protested. “I believe you change laws.”The fraught conflict between conscience and politics between morality and power in addressing race hardly began with Clinton. An electrifying and traumatic encounter in the sixties crystallized these furious disputes.In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. It was Smith’s relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels, reducing him to sullen silence.Kennedy walked away from the nearly three-hour meeting angry that the black folk assembled didn’t understand politics, and that they weren’t as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. But especially that they were more interested in witness than policy. But Kennedy’s anger quickly gave way to empathy, especially for Smith. “I guess if I were in his shoesI might feel differently about this country.” Kennedy set about changing policy the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways.There was more: every big argument about race that persists to this day got a hearing in that room. Smith declaring that he’d never fight for his country given its racist tendencies, and Kennedy being appalled at such lack of patriotism, tracks the disdain for black dissent in our own time. His belief that black folk were ungrateful for the Kennedys’ efforts to make things better shows up in our day as the charge that black folk wallow in the politics of ingratitude and victimhood. The contributions of black queer folk to racial progress still cause a stir. BLM has been accused of harboring a covert queer agenda. The immigrant experience, like that of Kennedy versus the racial experience of Baldwin is a cudgel to excoriate black folk for lacking hustle and ingenuity. The questioning of whether folk who are interracially partnered can authentically communicate black interests persists. And we grapple still with the responsibility of black intellectuals and artists to bring about social change.What Truth Sounds Like exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. The future of race and democracy hang in the balance.


Click for more detail about What We All Long For: A Novel by Dionne Brand What We All Long For: A Novel

by Dionne Brand
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 25, 2008)
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Dionne Brand powerfully delves into uncharted aspects of urban life, the bittersweetness of youth, and secrets families try to hide. Tuyen is an aspiring artist and the daughter of Vietnamese parents who’ve never recovered from losing one of their children while in the rush to flee Vietnam in the 1970s. She rejects her immigrant family’s hard-won lifestyle, and instead lives in a rundown apartment with friends?each of whom is grappling with their own familial complexities and heartache. In turns thrilling and heartbreaking, Tuyen’s lost brother?who has since become a criminal in the Thai underworld?journeys to Toronto to find his long-lost family. As Quy’s arrival nears, tensions build, friendships are tested, and an unexpected encounter will forever alter the lives of Tuyen and her friends.Gripping at times, heartrending at others, What We All Long For is an ode to a generation of longing and identity, and to the rhythms and pulses of a city and its burgeoning, questioning youth.


Click for more detail about What’s a Woman to Do? by Victor McGlothin What’s a Woman to Do?

by Victor McGlothin
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 01, 2003)
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When a corporate diva Janeen Hampton-Gilliam meets the kind of dream man that’ll make most women want to trade theirs in, her struggling marriage with a philandering husband gets even harder to maintain. Throw in trouble at work and a novel that tells the deepest secrets of her youth, and Janeen has more on her plate than she can handle.

Her younger sister, Sissy, is having the time of her life working dirty real estate deals and enjoying her friendship with the young women who are paid mistresses to Dallas’s powerful men. But when the only man she’s ever loved suddenly reappears, he causes more drama than she could imagine.

And then there’s Joyce-the eldest of the three, who spends most of her time praying for the sins of the other two, while at the same time dealing with hidden secrets of her own. When she sees a woman who looks suspiciously like Sissy in a compromising position with Janeen’s wayward husband, she has to decide which sister deserves her allegiance.

The combination of new and old secrets is explosive, and it sets off a whole powder keg of emotions. With so many scandalous issues hanging in the balance, Janeen, Sissy and Joyce are left wondering, What’s A Woman To Do?


Click for more detail about What’s Done in Darkness: A Novel by Kayla Perrin What’s Done in Darkness: A Novel

by Kayla Perrin
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Oct 06, 2015)
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Jealousy is a strong motive. People kill for love every day…Jade Blackwin feels like she’s losing her mind. After burying both her parents-and being left by her boyfriend for her scheming best friend-she totally loses it. At college graduation, she confronts her man, slaps her BFF, then crashes her car. Now everyone thinks she’s crazy. Even her sister, who convinces Jade to take a job in beautiful, restful Key West. "Perrin weaves a compelling story…a great cliffhanger tale of suspense."
-New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham on We’ll Never TellAt first, Key West is everything Jade could hope for. The lime margaritas are heaven on earth. Her boss at the coffee shop, Katrina, is friendly as can be. And a gorgeous stranger named Brian is just the thing to help Jade forget her ex. But why is a crime writer asking so many questions? Why does Katrina explode into fits of rage? And why is a killer lurking in the shadows, ready to kill again? No one knows what’s done in darkness. But Jade knows she’s not crazy. She’s next…"One wild ride! Perrin is an author who belongs on your must read list."
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Click for more detail about When Souls Mate by Joylynn M. Jossel When Souls Mate

by Joylynn M. Jossel
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 21, 2006)
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What wouldn’t you do for love?

While serving time in prison for the murder of her ex-husband Reo Laroque’s child, Klarke Taylor has lost everything, including Reo himself. As the truth surrounding the death of their child unfolds, Klarke realizes that she stands to lose something even more precious than her freedom. With her infamous friends, Jeva and Breezy, by her side, will they each learn from their previous mistakes, or will they resort to the shady methods of their past?
Reo, on the other hand, has gone on with his life. He has a new bride and a new baby. He couldn’t find himself in a better position . . . or could he? When Klarke forces herself back into Reo’s life to claim what is hers, the situation turns ugly.
Filled with love, desire, deceit, revenge, and betrayal, When Souls Mate will leave you spellbound.


Click for more detail about When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 16, 2018)
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The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.
"This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse’s visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. This book is a must-read for all of us." - Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

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Click for more detail about White Lines III: All Falls Down: A Novel by Tracy Brown White Lines III: All Falls Down: A Novel

by Tracy Brown
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 17, 2015)
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The ultimate love story forged on the gritty streets of New York began with White Lines, and now, in this stunning conclusion, Jada and Born come full circle, but not without paying a hefty price in White Lines III: All Falls Down by Tracy Brown.

On the surface, Jada’s life is back on track. She’s battled her demons, her son is a permanent part
of her life-and yet, it still feels like she’s on shaky ground. What she really needs to settle her soul is to have Born back in her life-and in her arms-again.

Reuniting with the man she loves is proving to be the hardest thing she’s ever fought for. And when a brutal and shocking event tests the foundation of Jada and Born’s resolve, it will take every drop of willpower they possess to stay on top.


Click for more detail about Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang Who We Be: The Colorization of America

by Jeff Chang
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 21, 2014)
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Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the U.S. has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shifts in its history, what can be called the colorization of America. But the same nation that elected its first Black president on a wave of hope--another four-letter word--is still plunged into endless culture wars. How do Americans see race now? How has that changed--and not changed--over the half-century? After eras framed by words like "multicultural" and "post-racial," do we see each other any more clearly? Who We Be remixes comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Trayvon Martin into a powerful, unusual, and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress. In this follow-up to the award-winning classic Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff Chang brings fresh energy, style, and sweep to the essential American story.

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Click for more detail about Wicked Ways by Donna Hill Wicked Ways

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 09, 2008)
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Tess McDonald has a score to settle. It was she who set into motion a series of events that caused the murders of two adversaries. Tess even turned complete strangers, Kim Sheppard and Nikki Perez, into partners of a deadly crime. With life good now that their nemeses are out of the way, they celebrate. But not for long. On the night that the three women reunite, Tess receives a phone call that has the potential to ruin everything that she has put in place. Vincent, the one man that Tess would have changed her life for, has found her and her cohorts and he knows everything. She agrees to meet him with the intention of silencing him for good. But Tess is shocked when Vincent asks her to leave with him and put her criminal past behind her. However, Kim and Nikki aren’t about to let her go so easily.


Click for more detail about Wrong On Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past by Bruce Bartlett Wrong On Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past

by Bruce Bartlett
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Jan 08, 2008)
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In Wrong on Race, Bruce Bartlett sets the record straight on a hidden past that many Democrats would rather see swept under the carpet. Ranging from the founding of the Republic through to today, it rectifies the unfair perceptions of America’s two national parties. While Nixon’s infamous "Southern Strategy" is constantly referenced in the media, less well remembered are Woodrow Wilson’s segregation of the entire Federal civil service; FDR’s appointment of a member of the KKK to the Supreme Court; John F. Kennedy’s apathy towards civil rights legislation; and the ascension of Robert Byrd, who is current President pro tempore of the Senate, third in line in the presidential line of succession, and a former member of the KKK.
For the last seventy years, African Americans have voted en masse for one party, with little in the end to show for it. Is it time for the pendulum to swing the other way? With the Republican Party furiously engaged in pre-2008 soul searching, this exhaustively researched, incisively written expos will be an important and compelling component of that debate as we head towards November.

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Click for more detail about You Should Really Write A Book: How To Write, Sell, And Market Your Memoir by Regina Brooks and Brenda Lane Richardson You Should Really Write A Book: How To Write, Sell, And Market Your Memoir

by Regina Brooks and Brenda Lane Richardson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 21, 2012)
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Even if you don’t happen to be a celebrity, this book will teach you methods for striking publishing gold?conceptualizing, selling, and marketing a memoir?while dealing with the complicated emotions that arise during the creation of your work. If you’ve ever been told that "You should really write a book" and you’ve decided to give it a try, this book is for you. It hones in on the three key measures necessary for aspiring authors to conceptualize, sell, and market their memoirs. Written especially for those who don’t happen to be celebrities You Should Really Write a Book reveals why and how so many relatively unknown memoirists are making a name for themselves. With references to more than four hundred books and six memoir categories, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to write a commercially viable memoir in today’s vastly changing publishing industry. The days are long gone when editors and agents were willing to take on a manuscript simply because it was based on a "good" idea or even because it was well written. With eyes focused on the bottom line, they now look for skilled and creative authors with an established audience, too.Brooks and Richardson use the latest social networking, marketing, and promotional trends and explain how to conceptualize and strategize campaigns that cause buzz, dramatically fueling word-of-mouth and attracting attention in the publishing world and beyond. Full of current examples and in-depth analysis, this guide explains what sells and why, teaches writers to think like publishers, and offers guidance on dealing with complicated emotions?essential tools for maximizing memoir success.