Baby Momma 4 by:Ni’Chelle Genovese
Ni’chelle Genovese’s mind-blowing sequel to Baby Momma 3 is filled with twists and turns and erotic temptations.
Novie swore she’d never do two things in her lifetime: head up the family drug-trade, or be some man’s baby momma. Unfortunately, when she meets Genesis Kane, things don’t go quite as she’d planned.
Genesis is an attorney with a reputation for being a “piranha in pinstripes,” both in and out of the courtroom. With Novie’s mother bugging her to help the family or disappear, and her father on a mission to keep reaping land, cars, and more side chicks no matter the cost, Novie is feeling pressured. She makes the decision to dive into even crazier waters, a.k.a. the piranha’s bed.
When Novie gets pregnant, Genesis promises her a cookie-cutter perfect life if she’ll leave the firm and run his house. He hopes running a home will keep her out of his business, but an idle woman is a man’s worst nightmare. Novie confronts Genesis about his other women, lies, and secret lives, discovering too late that the only thing on the other side of being in is getting put out. With nowhere to go but back home to the spoiled and petty mother she despises, the last thing she expects from her well-off ex is his blatant refusal to claim or take care of his child.
As her list of “nevers” all but disappears right along with her career plans, she makes one vow: Genesis Kane will pay. Release:1/27/15
You Get What You Pray For: Always Divas Series Book Three by E.N. Joy
Lorain has been a prisoner of secrets almost all of her life. At the age of thirteen, she’d managed to keep her pregnancy a secret, discarding the infant she’d given birth to and leaving it for dead. She also never revealed the fact that the baby’s father was her middle school guidance counselor. Years later, Lorain’s mother had finally met the love of her life, and Lorain couldn’t find the courage to tell her mother that her new beau was the man who molested Lorain. To complicate matters, Lorain discovered that the baby she’d abandoned all those years ago had survived, and God had placed Lorain in the now adult child’s life. It seemed liked the legacy of secrets had been passed on, too, as Lorain helped her daughter conceal the true details behind her own pregnancy.
Lorain has managed to maneuver the secrets and lies like a strategic game of chess, and is now living the lavish fairytale life of a doctor’s wife. But even that is a lie. With the rug about to be pulled from underneath Lorain by the woman who raised her abandoned child, all Lorain prays for is that everything will end well. In this cycle of lies, secrets, shame, and guilt, will Lorain get what she prays for? Release:1/27/15
The Fall of the Prodigal by:Michelle Lindo-Rice
This contemporary and upbeat third book in the series, The Fall of the Prodigal will captivate readers with its fast-paced plot filled with humor and also stunning twists and turns.
Michael Ward is at the top of his game, and he doesn’t need anyone or anything. Money is his new best friend—until he’s arrested for a heinous crime. As much as he hates to admit it, Michael needs the help of his brother, Keith Ward, the man who stole his wife and children. Will Michael open his heart to forgive his brother?
Verona “Tiger” Stachs has been Michael’s attorney for years. She’s in love with him but is tired of being treated as his guinea pig. A lapsed Christian, Verona thought she was through with God, but she soon discovers He’s not through with her. Which relationship will she choose?
Keith Ward’s a prominent minister and family man, yet he yearns to rekindle his relationship with his brother. When Michael calls him, explaining that he desperately needs his help, Keith jumps at the chance to set things right with Michael. Will Keith be able to lead Michael into the light? Release: 1/27/15
Drama in the Church Saga by:Dynah Zale
A ganster’s girlfriend seeks solace and comfort in a church where members share in the journey of love, and she learns valuable lessons and shocking truths about herself and others.
Drama ensues when the chaos of the world enters the doors of First Nazareth A.M.E. Church.
Tressie faithfully prays every night that God will send her a thug. It isn’t long before her prayers are answered and she meets a handsome ex-convict named Payce Boyd. Payce is a fine roughneck, everything Tressie imagined and more—that is, until Tressie experiences firsthand the reality of being a thug’s girl. Seeking solace and comfort in the sanctuary, Tressie soon learns valuable lessons and shocking truths about herself and others.
Val and Julian’s love for one another has grown so strong over the years that the time has come for them to take the next step. Val is sure that this time nothing will come between them, until a secret from Julian’s past comes back to haunt her and forces her heart to open up to another.
Dean is saved, thoughtful, and understanding to Olivia’s need to remain celibate until she’s married. Finally Dean pops the question and Olivia feels obligated to say yes because of a terminal illness. When the wedding day comes, will she marry him or leave him at the altar?
Danyelle is determined to find out why her sister is planning to marry a man she doesn’t love while finding love of her own. Release: 1/27/15
BFF’S 2:Best Frenemies Forever Series by:Brenda Hampton
Essence® bestselling author Brenda Hampton’s sequel to the sexy BFF reintroduces a trio of catty, backstabbing girlfriends that readers love to hate.
Kayla thought that her best friends, Evelyn and Trina, were supposed to always have her back, but when she discovers that Evelyn has been creeping with her husband, Cedric, and Trina has known about the ongoing affair for quite some time, Kayla is ready to cut ties and leave her so-called friends behind. Their actions have shown how scheming they truly are.
Of course, they are no more manipulative than Cedric, who lies in a hospital bed, clinging to life. The person who attempted to silence him is now behind bars, but just because one scorned woman is out of the picture, it doesn’t mean he’s in the clear. He may not be able to utilize his joystick for a while, but his millions are still in play.
Evelyn is eager to get her hands on his money, and pregnant with his child, she envisions a bright future ahead. She has a serious need for greed—greed that also makes her hungry for Trina’s beau, Keith. He displays a deep concern for the troublesome BFF’s, but his involvement may have him confessing to Trina that whatever Evelyn wants, she will eventually get. Release:1/27/15
Rituals for Love (Zane Presents) by:Shamara Ray
When lovers, friends, and competitors—Cain and Jade—mix business with pleasure, the perfect relationship gives way to imperfection in this saucy romance from the author of the debut novel Recipe for Love.
Rituals and Eden are two of the trendiest restaurants on Long Island and the owners are not only competitors, but also a sizzling hot couple. After one year together, Cain and Jade are embarking on a joint venture—opening a new eatery and spa in New York City called Genesis.
As they become consumed with launching Genesis, the fire in their relationship starts to flicker and sparks begin to ignite for Cain and Jade in all the wrong places. Mistakes are made that put their trust, honesty, and commitment to the test. Can Jade and Cain prevent the complete failure of Genesis, and their relationship, or will they let both investments go up in smoke? It’s not enough to know the recipe; if love is to endure, they have to remember the Rituals for Love.
For anyone who’s ever been in love—whether it’s with a person or a career—Rituals for Love delves into the complexities of balancing between a career, lovers, and friends. From joy to pain to everything in between, you’ll find the perfect combination of romance and real-life drama in this deliciously sexy story.
Ain’t Nobody by:Adrienne Thompson
With her biological clock ticking like a time bomb, Alex Weaver issues her long-time commitment-phobic boyfriend an ultimatum. Soon, things are back on track and Alex is well on her way to her “happily ever after.” That is, until she makes a discovery that rocks her to her core. When Alex decides to take control of her future, she begins to make some life-altering decisions that set her on the path of fulfilling her goal of having a family. But will she be able to deal with the consequences?
Struggling law student Bailey Sinclair is working two jobs to make ends meet on the night a charismatic stranger walks into her bar. The attraction between them is instantaneous—and explosive. Until Bailey discovers that her anonymous hunk is none other than Justin Lawson, one of the richest, most hotly pursued bachelors in all of Baton Rouge.
Justin is thrilled to discover that the woman managing the bar at his family’s celebration at the Lawson mansion is the intriguing beauty he hasn’t been able to forget. Now all he wants is to lavish Bailey with gifts and his passionate attention. But she’s too proud and independent to accept his help—and determined to make it on her own. They may come from different worlds, but doesn’t Bailey realize there are no obstacles to love…if she’s willing to trust him with her heart?
The tranquil bayou town of Gauthier is the perfect place for widowed single mother Leslie Kirkland to raise her two daughters. Until she’s elected president of the elementary school’s Parent-Teacher Organization. Caught in a clash between the community and progressive science-teacher-turned-assistant-principal Gabriel Franklin, Leslie vows not to take sides. But it’s hard to be objective when a sexy younger man is awakening such an irresistible desire.
Years ago, a teacher saved Gabriel from a one-way path to destruction, and now he is dedicated to his students and the Louisiana town he calls home. But the chemistry sizzling between him and Leslie could ignite a scandal. And when the gathering firestorm threatens both their dreams, Gabe is ready to take a stand. Can he convince Leslie that it’s time to move on and make a bright future…with him?
Psychologist Desiree Gaines diagnosed Decker Riley the day they met. Her opinion: he’s a sexy smooth-talker who loves the thrill of the chase. It’s only when he stops pursuing her that Desiree realizes she may have misjudged him. For the first time since she lost her fiancé, Desiree is intrigued…and scared she might be walking into heartache once again.
Now that Desiree has stepped out of his wildest fantasies and into his arms, gorgeous attorney Decker knows one thing: she was well worth the wait. Their physical connection is deep and undeniable. But Decker’s past makes Desiree doubt herself, so he’ll have to earn her trust, one sweet, sizzling kiss at a time…
Ever since their families were joined by marriage, Sydney Chase has been driving attorney Bryce Monroe crazy. Whether she’s in biker gear or stilettos, no other woman can compare. No one else combines tough and tender in such a sexy, irresistible package. Though Syd has him pegged as a spoiled brat, a spur-of-the-moment Vegas road trip is Bryce’s one chance to prove otherwise.
As a criminal profiler, Syd’s job is to figure people out. Somehow, beyond Bryce’s privileged background is a depth she never expected. Their cross-country trek to a motorcycle fest is turning into the hottest ride of her life—one she knows has to eventually end. Yet what happens in Vegas is impossible to forget, and Bryce isn’t letting go until he’s crashed through every single one of her defenses…
After the Rain – Book 7 (Rain Series) by:Vanessa Miller
Isaac Walker is back with a vengeance. As old enemies from his past resurface Isaac desperately tries to hold onto his faith in God’s ability to fight his battles.
Nina and Isaac raised their youngest son, Isaac Walker Junior (Ikee) as far away from the hood and drug life as they could get him. But the sins of the father were too strong and too deadly for the son to avoid. Once Ikee leaves the church to become a gang banger Isaac is pulled back into a life he left behind so long ago… and only God knows how this nightmare will end.
Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria’s Unholy War by:Mike Smith
An insurgency in Nigeria by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has left thousands dead, shaken Africa’s biggest country and worried the world. Yet it remains a mysterious – almost unknowable – organisation. Through exhaustive on-the-ground reporting, Mike Smith takes readers inside the conflict and provides the first in-depth account of the violence and unrest. He traces Boko Haram from its beginnings as a small Islamist sect in Nigeria’s remote northeast, led by a baby-faced but charismatic preacher, to its transformation into a hydra-headed entity, deploying suicide bombers and abducting schoolgirls. Interspersed with history, this book delves into the roots of this unholy war being waged by a virtually unknown organisation, which is set to shape the destiny of Africa’s most popular and economically most popular state – and perhaps affect the future of Africa.
Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota by:Alexs Pate and Pamela Fletcher
A rich Minnesota literary tradition is brought into the spotlight in this groundbreaking collection of incisive prose and powerful poetry by forty- three black writers who educate, inspire, and reveal the unabashed truth.
Historically significant figures tell their stories, demonstrating how much and how little conditions have changed: Gordon Parks hitchhikes to Bemidji, Taylor Gordon describes his first day as a chauffeur in St. Paul, and Nellie Stone Johnson insists on escaping the farm for high school in Minneapolis. A profusion of modern voices— poet Tish Jones, playwright Kim Hines, and memoirist Frank Wilderson— reflect the dizzying, complex realities of the present.
Showcasing the unique vision and reality of Minnesota’s African American community from the Harlem renaissance through the civil rights movement, from the black power movement to the era of hip- hop and the time of America’s first black president, this compelling anthology provides an explosion of artistic expression about what it means to be a Minnesotan.
Alexs Pate, an award-winning novelist, playwright, and writing professor, is the president of Innocent Technologies, LLC. Pamela R. Fletcher, associate professor of English at St. Catherine University, has published works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. J. Otis Powell! is a poet, performance artist, and curator working in an aesthetic rooted in Afrocentric lore and culture.
The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by:Nicholas Irving
Groundbreaking, thrilling and revealing, The Reaper is the astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper with 33 confirmed kills, though his remarkable career total, including probables, is unknown.
Irving shares the true story of his extraordinary military career, including his deployment to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, when he set another record, this time for enemy kills on a single deployment. His teammates and chain of command labeled him “The Reaper,” and his actions on the battlefield became the stuff of legend, culminating in an extraordinary face-off against an enemy sniper known simply as The Chechnian.
Irving’s astonishing first-person account of his development into an expert assassin offers a fascinating and extremely rare view of special operations combat missions through the eyes of a Ranger sniper during the Global War on Terrorism. From the brotherhood and sacrifice of teammates in battle to the cold reality of taking a life to protect another, no other book dives so deep inside the life of an Army sniper on point.
Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain by:J. Ivy
Hip-hop’s favorite poet and Grammy Award–winning artist J. Ivy bares his soul in this inspirational memoir of pain transformed into healing and empowerment.
J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who’s bridged the worlds of hip-hop and poetry through his appearances on HBO’s Def Poetry and his collaborations with Kanye West and Jay-Z. But throughout his success, he carried with him the pain of being abandoned by his father and growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago’s South Side.
So he sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how—through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions.
Fused with his signature raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy’s memoir shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression.
Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling by:Benjamin Nicholas Lawrance
The lives of six African children, ages nine to sixteen, were forever altered by the revolt aboard the Cuban schooner La Amistad in 1839. Like their adult companions, all were captured in Africa and illegally sold as slaves. In this fascinating revisionist history, Benjamin N. Lawrance reconstructs six entwined stories and brings them to the forefront of the Amistad conflict. Through eyewitness testimonies, court records, and the children’s own letters, Lawrance recounts how their lives were inextricably interwoven by the historic drama, and casts new light on illegal nineteenth-century transatlantic slave smuggling.
Under Wrapped: A Novel by:Charmaine R. Parker
Tai, Nevada, and Candace—who cherish their sisterly bond of exotic vacations, ladies nights, and unbreakable camaraderie—reunite in this dramatic sequel to The Next Phase of Life.
A savvy entrepreneur, happily married woman, and now the mother of a precious baby girl, Tai Wilson’s life couldn’t be more complete. But just when she’s getting comfortable in her new lifestyle, she starts to suspect that someone is stalking her, attempting to make her world miserable. Or is her mind playing tricks on her?
When things go awry, Tai recruits her intuitive sidekick, Nevada, a successful Washington, DC-based detective who took down a pair of bank robbers. But even the seasoned sleuth is in for a shock when she discovers who the culprit is…
Meanwhile, fashionista Candace has been enjoying her fiancé of two years and patiently waiting for that permanent diamond on her finger. Once the ultimate pursuer of adventurous men, she was swept away by Don, a pilot who took her all over the world. But despite these pleasurable heights, she becomes disenchanted. Something is amiss and she can’t figure out what’s keeping him single. So just like Tai, Candace decides to call on Nevada’s good instincts for her own purpose—to open the cloud surrounding her fiancé.
It’s another phase of life for Tai, Nevada, and Candace, and a lot of questions are up in the air: Who’s trying to ruin Tai’s life? How will Nevada track down the elusive stalker? And will Candace’s dreams of married life ever come true? Add to the mix Tai’s younger sister, who has her own complicated relationships to sort out, and life for these three girlfriends is Under Wrapped.
The Family Business 3 by:Carl Weber, Treasure Hernandez
National bestselling authors Carl Weber and Treasure Hernandez bring readers another jaw-dropping tale of African American life in this thrilling third installment of his New York Times bestselling series
Vegas Duncan was being groomed to take over the Duncan family business from his father since birth; however, a fifteen year prison stint has derailed those plans. When LC Duncan announces his semi-retirement and Vegas’s younger brother Orlando is pushed into the top spot, Vegas doesn’t bear any ill will toward him. Not everyone feels the same way, though, and the most vocal opponent of Orlando’s promotion is their mother Chippy, who, through some clever political maneuvering, has had Vegas pardoned after serving only four years in prison.
His release is right in time for his older brother Junior’s engagement to the voluptuous Sonya Brown. Unfortunately, Junior’s attempt at happiness comes to a screeching halt when three men who work for the mysterious Brother X show up and interrupt his proposal. The men have a very serious message for Junior, one which might very well send the Duncans into full scale war.
Give Me A Reason by:Tia McCollors
Successful real estate agent Vaughn Holiday is reluctant to accept an early birthday gift from her ex-boyfriend, Trace. Why would the man who still loves her give her tickets to the Mix and Mingle, an event where she’s sure to have her pick from a pool of eligible Atlanta bachelors? But despite her initial hesitation, Vaughn decides to give it a try. When she arrives with her cousin and best friend, Kiysha, by her side, she’s informed that the rules have changed: she’ll be going on 12 blind dates!
Vaughn throws all inhibitions aside for a chance at love, or at least to get interesting content for the relationships blog she’s decided to resurrect. But Vaughn quickly finds out that just because there are tons of fish in the sea, it doesn’t mean they’re all a great catch!
With each blind date, Vaughn realizes her love for Trace is still in her heart, but is disheartened that he may have moved on to another woman. But as fate, faith, and love would have it, Trace returns with reasons why their lives would be better together than they are apart.
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by:Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon
Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.
The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.
Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world.