Best friends Landy, Tenile, Nicole, Nathan, Justin, and Kareem were the golden children of Tanner University. Their paths were set: doctors, lawyers, business moguls, they were going to light the world on fire. Then, two weeks before graduation, Landy was murdered—and Nathan was blamed. Though he was never charged, vicious rumors drove him from town, and the circle of friends broke.
Ten years later, Nathan is back in Tanner, determined to clear his name. He’s asking questions no one wants answered, and soon rumors threaten to divide the community once more. Everyone in this small town is keeping big secrets—especially Landy’s old friends—and someone is willing to kill to keep their darkest deeds buried. . . .
Canada & Africa in the New Millennium by:David R. Black
Canada’s engagement with post-independence Africa presents a puzzle. Although Canada is recognized for its activism where Africa is concerned, critics have long noted the contradictions that underlie Canadian involvement. Focusing on the period following 2000, and by juxtaposing Jean Chrétien’s G8 activism with the Harper government’s retreat from continental engagement, David R. Black’s Canada and Africa in the New Millennium illustrates a history of consistent inconsistency in Canada’s relationship with Africa. Black combines three interpretive frames to account for this record: the tradition of “good international citizenship”; Canada’s role as a benign face of Western hegemonic interests in Africa; and Africa’s role as the basis for a longstanding narrative concerning Canada’s ethical mission in the world. To examine Africa’s place in Canada’s foreign policy–and Canada’s place in Africa–Black focuses on G8 diplomacy, foreign aid, security assistance through peace operations and training, and the increasingly controversial impact of Canadian extractive companies. Offering an integrated account of Canada’s role in sub-Saharan Africa, Black provides a way of understanding the nature and resilience of recent shifts in Canadian policy. He underscores how Africa–though marginal to Canadian interests as traditionally conceived–has served as an important marker of Canada’s international role. Release:12/31/14
Thinspired by:Mara Schiavocampo
This inspirational book from ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo takes you on her journey of weight loss—and helps you shed pounds and find peace, health, and happiness in the process.
Like so many people, Mara Schiavocampo had struggled with weight for most of her life. She tried every diet on the planet, suffered a debilitating eating disorder, joined a bizarre food cult, took dangerous pills, worked out for insane amounts of time—and still tipped the scales at nearly 230 pounds. But more than reaching a healthy weight, Mara wanted peace and freedom from the constant mental torment brought on by food. A healthy and effortless way of life. For the rest of her life.
And that’s what she did.
While juggling a new marriage and a budding television career as a correspondent on NBC, Mara “accidentally” stumbled onto a formula that worked for her. She lost ninety pounds in two years and is now stronger and fitter—and, most importantly, happier—than ever. The most surprising part her new lifestyle? “It’s not a chore, it’s a pleasure,” she says.
In Thinspired, Mara shares her weight-loss secrets and the formula for her success plan. Instead of focusing strictly on “Do’s” and “Don’ts” she talks about eliminating the foods that have control over you—whether that’s wine, flour products, dairy, or sugar. By following in Mara’s footsteps, you’ll lose the pounds and gain back your energy, control, health, and happiness. Release: 12/30/14
The Best She Ever Had by:Shelly Ellis
One by one, the infamous Gibbons sisters of Chesterton, Virginia, are giving up their gold digging ways–except the eldest, who’s holding out for her seven figure man. But her heart may have less expensive tastes. . .
Thanks to her cold-hearted ways with men, Cynthia Gibbons doesn’t blame the folks in town for calling her the “Ice Queen.” They don’t know the secret she’s kept for twenty years–that she once fell crazy in love with a guy who had no money, a guy who broke her heart in the worst possible way. But now Korey Walker is back in town, and Cynthia isn’t sure how much longer she can keep the biggest secret of all–that she still loves him.
With a divorce behind him, and his new auto repair shop thriving, Korey is looking to the future–until he sets eyes on Cynthia and the past comes roaring back. Even now, Korey doesn’t understand Cynthia’s hostility–after all, she’s the one who broke his heart. He decides to ignore her–until he discovers that his teenage son has fallen for Cynthia’s daughter. Determined to stop history from repeating itself, Korey and Cynthia will have to band together. But will keeping their kids apart bring them closer–or destroy their lives for good? Release: 12/30/14
Now that Mink has pushed her way to the front of the line to capture the Dominion family’s oil billions, her life has become a luxurious whirl of easy money, fine whips, and sparkling jewels. But she’ll need to come out of a whole new trick bag in order to throw shade on her sizzling swerve with Suge, her uncle-by-marriage only. Meanwhile, Suge is going toe-to-toe with the Dominion’s oldest adversary, whose shameless mudslinging could cast dirt on their family name and ruin their good fortune forever. His chosen ally is a gorgeous ex-girlfriend–a woman Mink will need her every conniving wile to out-score. But scandalous secrets that could change con-mami Mink’s life forever are just about to boil over… Release: 12/30/14
Lights, Love & Lip Gloss(Hollywood High) by:Ni-Ni Simone & Amir Abrams
Pretty little lies gone viral have left Hollywood High’s elite Pampered Princesses reeling. Now their secrets are in 24/7 overdrive—and only one diva can be victorious…
Finally, London Phillips is defying her domineering mother and taking control of her life. But she’s striking back with a weapon that could destroy her future—and her last chance at real love…
Two too many cuties have left Rich Montgomery desperate for the perfect cover-up—but when her house of lies comes tumbling down, things get pretty twisted and her fate is left in the hands of her most vengeful frenemy…
Heather Cummings is more successful than ever thanks to an amazing comeback—and the ultimate Hollywood betrayal. But old habits die hard and threaten to turn her glittering success to sparkling ash…
There’s no one better than Spencer Ellington when it comes to revenge. But stopping her inheritance-stealing mother and saving her crown turns into an all-access media battle. Now Hollywood High’s in-crowd is poised for oh-so-sweet payback . . . Release: 12/30/14
The Biggest Loser Bootcamp by: Dolvett Quince
Every week, millions of viewers tune in to NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser to watch as contestants lose weight, build confidence and change their lives. Now that same comprehensive training and advice can be yours at home! Developed by the trainers and experts from the show, and based on the popular online program of the same name, The Biggest Loser Bootcamp: The 8-Week Get-Real, Get-Results Weight-Loss Program is designed to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Thousands of people have already used the online Biggest Loser Bootcamp plan to shed pounds and reshape their bodies. Now, for the first time, everything from the online program is captured offline in this easy-to-follow 8-week plan packed with diet, fitness and motivational strategies that work, including:
Workouts: Fully illustrated workouts designed by star trainer Dolvett Quince use “body confusion” to keep your body and muscles working while maximizing fat loss.
Nutrition: A whole-foods eating plan based on lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and the “right” carbohydrates, with an emphasis on fueling your body.
Mental Training: Guidance on how to retrain your mind to break down unhealthy patterns, take action and create a truly healthy, balanced lifestyle.
No Guesswork: Clear instruction that takes the guesswork out of losing weight, so you can focus on the work and on achieving real results.
The book also includes quick meal and snack ideas, detailed daily plans, advice from former contestants and much more.
For over a decade, The Biggest Loser has helped participants start exercising, push through their mental roadblocks, and go on to lose weight successfully. More importantly, these contestants find the strength within themselves to improve their health and make things happen in their lives that they never believed possible. Now The Biggest Loser Bootcamp can help you do the same. Release: 12/30/14
Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, Michaela DePrince witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated because of her skin condition, vitiligo.
But there is hope: the Harmattan wind blows a magazine through the orphanage gates. Michaela picks it up and sees a beautiful image of a young woman dancing. One day, she thinks, I want to be this happy.
And then Michaela is adopted by an American couple. She can take the dance lessons she’s dreamed of since finding her picture. Unfortunately, tragedy can find its way to Michaela in America, too, and her past can feel like it’s haunting her. The world of ballet can be racist, and Michaela has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite, despite hearing the words “America’s not ready for a black girl ballerina”.
Incredibly, today Michaela is an international ballet star, dancing for The Dutch National Ballet at the age of 19.This inspirational true story is perfect for fans of I am Malala. Release: 1/1/15
Speak of the Devil by:Lacha M. Scott
Serena Sampson has traveled the world with the gift of prophetic healing, deliverance, and the sword of the Spirit in her hands. She claims victory when she is used by God to set women free from all types of bondage. The world reveres her as a powerhouse of a preacher and a woman of God whose faith is on fire. Women flock to conferences whenever she is in their city.
Serena has been molded and shaped for ministry of such magnitude in her mother’s church;however, they seem to be two totally different vessels that God uses to reach His people. Desiring to go to the next level in her ministry, Serena feels that she needs no one. She casts aside relationships that require time and effort, preferring to focus on the thousands of strangers she feels need her. Ministry becomes her life, but when she is blindsided by trials and tribulations of her own, she will need to learn hard lessons about forgiveness and family.
Betrayed by love in the past, Nya Lowe has vowed to steer clear of future heartbreak. But when she sees her deceitful ex at a party, she does something totally out of character and puts the moves on sexy San Diego firefighter Tyler Johansen. Her payback plan backfires when her counterfeit “boyfriend” starts breaking down her defenses…kiss by sizzling kiss.
Tyler risks his life every day, but he isn’t ready to gamble with his heart again. Yet ever since the sultry photographer kissed him, all he wants is to keep Nya in his arms. As they stoke the flames of a dangerous desire, a suspicious fire and near-fatal collision raise the stakes for them. Will they both be burned again? Or can they trust each other enough to turn their pretend romance into a forever love? Release: 1/1/15
Back in college, Garland Warner developed feelings for her older brother’s best friend, Ryker Dugrandpre. But she soon learned the attraction wasn’t mutual when he left school and married someone else. In time, Garland moved on and even had a baby of her own. She and little Amya now have a great life together, just the two of them. Yet that may be about to change when a guilt-ridden nurse reveals that Amya might have been switched at birth with another infant girl—Ryker’s.
His wife died the same day she delivered little Kai, so Kai is all Ryker has left. Both Garland and Ryker want what is best—both for their biological child and the daughter of their hearts. The solution is as obvious as it is crazy—move in with each other and raise the girls as sisters. Ryker still thinks of the sensational beauty as his friend’s kid sister, but the passionate glances and smoldering kisses they now share heat up the distance between them. Will they be able to let go of the past in order to finally build a bright future and family together? Release: 1/1/15
Declaring a “dating hiatus” was an easy decision for teacher Karen Morris. She intends to unwind and enjoy a luxurious Caribbean cruise without the presence of her cheating ex-boyfriend. But surprisingly all it takes is the deliciously sculpted form of chivalrous businessman Damian Bradshaw to turn Karen’s head and change her mind…
Damian’s friends are determined to save him from his widowerhood—and self-imposed celibacy. But no one is more shocked than Damian when Karen catches his attention and awakens his desire. Something about her ignites an insatiable need that neither of them can deny. The chemistry is inexplicable. But once back on dry land, real life awaits—along with their pasts. Will the promise of a bright future be enough to rehabilitate their reluctant hearts? Release: 1/1/15
Lark Randolph is ready to give up on men…especially after her last disastrous relationship! A business trip to Italy with designer Dash Migilio is the kind of getaway the Manhattan fashion tycoon really needs. As they explore Italy’s vast countryside, dining in romantic cafés, the sinfully seductive younger millionaire awakens a desire that tempts Lark to cross the line from business…into pleasure.
Dash has admired the beautiful businesswoman from afar. And now the charming Italian is reveling in the passionate side of his boss that he has just discovered. But once back in New York, it’s business as usual—until a ruthless adversary threatens everything Lark has worked for. With both their futures on the line, can Dash convince her to take a chance on him—and them—before it’s too late? Release: 1/1/15
Freedom Time by:Gary Wilder
Providing a reading of Aime Césaire and Leopold Senghor as political thinkers, Gary Wilder explains how these eminent anti-colonial thinkers, poets and political leaders sought to remake France by advocating for colonial self-determination and fuller racial and cultural integration within the French empire.
Freedom Time reconsiders decolonization from the perspectives of Aimé Césaire (Martinique) and Léopold Sédar Senghor (Senegal) who, beginning in 1945, promoted self-determination without state sovereignty. As politicians, public intellectuals, and poets they struggled to transform imperial France into a democratic federation, with former colonies as autonomous members of a transcontinental polity. In so doing, they revitalized past but unrealized political projects and anticipated impossible futures by acting as if they had already arrived. Refusing to reduce colonial emancipation to national independence, they regarded decolonization as an opportunity to remake the world, reconcile peoples, and realize humanity’s potential. Emphasizing the link between politics and aesthetics, Gary Wilder reads Césaire and Senghor as pragmatic utopians, situated humanists, and concrete cosmopolitans whose postwar insights can illuminate current debates about self-management, postnational politics, and planetary solidarity. Freedom Time invites scholars to decolonize intellectual history and globalize critical theory, to analyze the temporal dimensions of political life, and to question the territorialist assumptions of contemporary historiography. Release: 1/2/15
Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature by:Judith Madera
Black Atlas presents definitive new approaches to black geography. It focuses attention on the dynamic relationship between place and African American literature during the long nineteenth century, a volatile epoch of national expansion that gave rise to the Civil War, Reconstruction, Pan-Americanism, and the black novel. Judith Madera argues that spatial reconfiguration was a critical concern for the era’s black writers, and she also demonstrates how the possibility for new modes of representation could be found in the radical redistricting of space. Madera reveals how crucial geography was to the genre-bending works of writers such as William Wells Brown, Martin Delany, James Beckwourth, Pauline Hopkins, Charles Chesnutt, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson. These authors intervened in major nineteenth-century debates about free soil, regional production, Indian deterritorialization, internal diasporas, pan-American expansionism, and hemispheric circuitry. Black geographies stood in for what was at stake in negotiating a shared world. Release: 1/2/15