Fiction

The Pleasure Zone by CairoThe Pleasure Zone by:Cairo
Leave your sexual inhibitions behind as you step through the doors of The Pleasure Zone—where fantasy becomes reality and forbidden desires are embraced—for one steamy, unforgettable night.

Blessed with wealth, exquisite beauty, and an insatiable sex drive, Nairobia lives for sinfully delicious orgasmic pleasure. The luscious gray-eyed, half-Dutch, half-Nigerian vixen is every man—and woman’s—fantasy. She has spent her life traveling the most extravagant locales in the world hosting exclusive invite-only sex parties. Now she’s decided to open an ultra chic, upscale sex club where decadence and hedonistic desires unfold under one lavish roof.

At the Pleasure Zone, every illicit fantasy you can imagine is indulged. Clientele abandon themselves to their sexual cravings, allowing a game of heated passion and explosive sexual chemistry to become the ultimate pleasure…

And what’s done behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.

But what happens when the queen of seduction is seduced by a tall, dark, dreamy-eyed hunk who wants more than what’s between her smooth, silky thighs? Will she give into his advances? Or will arousal and carnal temptation overrule the aching in her heart for a love she never knew she longed for?
Release: 2/9/16
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Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa JohnsonSecond House From the Corner by:Sadeqa Johnson
A stay-at-home mother wonders what it would be like to escape the demands of motherhood until an unexpected phone call forces her to revisit long buried secrets to save the family she loves.

In the tradition of I Don’t Know How She Does It, 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.
Release: 2/9/16
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Black President 5 by Brenda HamptonBlack President 5: The World Will Never Be The Same by:Brenda Hampton
Black President 5 is a reader’s paradise. From a fast-past storyline, filled with head-spinning drama and shocking events, this episode will bring you to your knees. Enter at your own risk and prepare yourself for a conclusion that will leave you breathless. Novel writing, MADE FOR TELEVISION!
Release: 2/9/16
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Crush by Nicole Bailey WilliamsCrush by:Nicole Bailey Williams
A Teacher’s Passion…
She’s spent years teaching students English, changing their lives and igniting a love of learning. Her passion for her job is not only fueled by a love of teaching, but a desire to escape a lifetime of personal loneliness. A survivor of sexual assault, she’s also mastered the art of “self-medicating” and looking for love in all the wrong places. All that changed the day Marley walked into her class. He was just as wounded as she. . . but there were just some lines a teacher didn’t cross, especially when she knows the damage that can be caused by lines that are blurred too early.

That was then. This is now.

Time changes everything?
There’s nothing young and innocent about Marley now. When she bumps into him many years later, Marley admits the crush he had on her has never gone away. And now that he’s a man, he wants to help heal her broken heart. Can the student she knew become the man she loves? Is it even possible to accept love from such an unseemly source?

In her signature vignettes, Nicole Bailey-Williams returns with a riveting story of redemption after ruin and the indomitable nature of love.
Release: 2/9/16
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He Changed My Name by Unoma NwankworHe Changed My Name by:Unoma Nwankwor
Sometimes broken roads lead to the best destinations.

Eager to escape the hypocrisy of the church and build her singing career, pop sensation, Ayanti “Yanni” Effiong enters and wins The Next World Star. Apart from fulfilling her dream, her move to America offers the perfect opportunity to help young female immigrants. A cause she pursues with a passion until fame takes over. Fifteen years later, broke, dumped and fresh out of jail, she begins to regret the lifestyle and name she created for herself.

Mensah Afortey is on the brink of losing the church he put his heart and soul into for the past seven years. This years’ Valentine Day gala is his last attempt to raise money for the church. Everything is set but they need a big name to pull in donations. Just as he is about to give up, in walks “Yanni.” When he agreed for Ayanti to serve community service under his church he didn’t know she was the same person as the embattled star.

While she pays her debt to society, the last thing she wants to do is perform on a day that left a bitter taste in her mouth. But there is no denying the instant attraction between them. Before he wins her heart, Mensah must win her soul. Over time and in fellowship with the church, Ayanti comes to realize that despite what man calls her, God has the ability to change her name.
Release: 2/12/16
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Any Way You Want It by Farrah RochonAny Way You Want It (Moments In Maplesville Book 6) by:Farrah Rochon
Nyree Grant is determined to hold the grand opening of the Any Way You Want It Salon and Spa on the birthday of her aunt, who left Nyree the inheritance that made it possible for her to follow her dream. But finding a contractor to renovate the old building on such short notice has proven to be a problem. Enter Dale Chauvin, former local football standout and current star of her late-night fantasies.

Once a shoe-in for the NFL, Dale Chauvin has spent the past five years working construction jobs in Maplesville while guarding a secret he’s held since college. But a new renovation project is shoving him out of his rut and testing the limits of both his management skills and his patience. Though his biggest obstacle may be fighting off the feelings he’s starting to have for his new boss.
Release: 2/12/16
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Worth the Wait by NiaShanta RossWorth the Wait by:NiaShanta Ross and Karen McCollum-Rodgers
Natalia McClinton is a saved, successful, celibate and beautiful young professional who appears to have it all. She has the job of her dreams, great friends, and a great relationship with Christ, but one thing is missing—someone to share it with. Even after surviving a devastating break-up with her ex-fiancé, Jarvis Tate, she still believes that true love exists and that it will be Worth the Wait. But will Natalia’s low self-esteem and guarded heart keep her from surrendering to the man of her dreams?

After finally gaining the courage to leave her abusive boyfriend and the father of her two children, Razlyn finds herself pregnant yet again with his child. How could she have let this happen? And how desperate is she to find a man who will love her the way she believes Christ loves the church.

Giselle Lemeaux, the first of the three friends to wed, has a loving husband, flourishing business, and a beautiful body that could easily grace the front page of any fashion magazine. But there is still a void; a void that only one person can seemingly fill— her conniving high school and college sweetheart turned NFL superstar—Deitrick Slaughter. Now that he has returned to New Orleans, will Giselle fall under his spell again?

Join these three college girlfriends who are trying to follow the voice of God but find themselves in situations that test their faith and their strength in ways they never imagined.
Release: 2/14/16
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Non-Fiction

Better Git It in Your Soul by Krin GabbardBetter Git It in Your Soul by:Krin Gabbard
Charles Mingus is one of the most important—and most mythologized—composers and performers in jazz history. Classically trained and of mixed race, he was an outspoken innovator as well as a bandleader, composer, producer, and record-label owner. His vivid autobiography, Beneath the Underdog, has done much to shape the image of Mingus as something of a wild man: idiosyncratic musical genius with a penchant for skirt-chasing and violent outbursts. But, as the autobiography reveals, he was also a hopeless romantic. After exploring the most important events in Mingus’s life, Krin Gabbard takes a careful look at Mingus as a writer as well as a composer and musician. He digs into how and why Mingus chose to do so much self-analysis, how he worked to craft his racial identity in a world that saw him simply as “black,” and how his mental and physical health problems shaped his career. Gabbard sets aside the myth-making and convincingly argues that Charles Mingus created a unique language of emotions—and not just in music. Capturing many essential moments in jazz history anew, Better Git It in Your Soul will fascinate anyone who cares about jazz, African American history, and the artist’s life.
Release: 2/8/16
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Until There Is Justice by Jennifer ScanlonUntil There Is Justice by:Jennifer Scanlon
A demanding feminist, devout Christian, and savvy grassroots civil rights organizer, Anna Arnold Hedgeman played a key role in over half a century of social justice initiatives. Like many of her colleagues, including A. Philip Randolph, Betty Friedan, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Hedgeman ought to be a household name, but until now has received only a fraction of the attention she deserves.

In Until There Is Justice, author Jennifer Scanlon presents the first-ever biography of Hedgemen. Through a commitment to faith-based activism, civil rights, and feminism, Hedgeman participated in and led some of the 20th century’s most important developments, including advances in education, public health, politics, and workplace justice. Simultaneously a dignified woman and scrappy freedom fighter, Hedgeman’s life upends conventional understandings of many aspects of the civil rights and feminist movements. She worked as a teacher, lobbyist, politician, social worker, and activist, often crafting and implementing policy behind the scenes. Although she repeatedly found herself a woman among men, a black American among whites, and a secular Christian among clergy, she maintained her conflicting identities and worked alongside others to forge a common humanity.

From helping black and Puerto Rican Americans achieve critical civil service employment in New York City during the Great Depression to orchestrating white religious Americans’ participation in the 1963 March on Washington, Hedgeman’s contributions transcend gender, racial, and religious boundaries. Engaging and profoundly inspiring, Scanlon’s biography paints a compelling portrait of one of the most remarkable yet understudied civil rights leaders of our time. Until There Is Justice is a must-read for anyone with a passion for history, biography, and civil rights.
Release: 2/10/16
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We Are an African People by Russell J. RickfordWe Are An African People by:Russell Rickford
By 1970, more than 60 “Pan African nationalist” schools, from preschools to post-secondary ventures, had appeared in urban settings across the United States. The small, independent enterprises were often accused of teaching hate and were routinely harassed by authorities. Yet these institutions served as critical mechanisms for transmitting black consciousness. Founded by activist-intellectuals, the schools strove not simply to bolster the academic skills and self-esteem of inner-city African-American youth but also to decolonize minds and embody the principles of self-determination and African identity.

In We Are An African People, historian Russell Rickford traces the brief lives of these autonomous black institutions created to claim some of the self-determination that the integrationist civil rights movement had failed to provide. Influenced by Third World theorists and anticolonial movements, organizers of the schools saw formal education as a means of creating a vanguard of young activists devoted to the struggle for black political sovereignty throughout the world. Most of the schools were short-lived, but their stories have much to tell us about Pan Africanism as a social and intellectual movement and as a key part of an indigenous black nationalism.

A former journalist, Rickford uses a virtually unknown movement to explore black nationhood and a particularly fertile period of political, cultural, and social revitalization that envisioned an alternate society.
Release: 2/11/16
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Children & YA

What in the Universe by Jake BlackWhat In The Universe? by:Jake Black
A fun-filled book based on Steven Universe, the hugely popular Cartoon Network show about Steven, a lovable boy with growing magical abilities and the Crystal Gems, a trio of powerful women who watch over Steven and protect humankind.

This 208-page Steven Universe trivia book contains 300 awesome facts about Steven and his family, the Crystal Gems, and the cast of characters from Beach City. Get answers to burning questions like, “Where does Lion come from?”, “Why is Garnet a woman of such little words?”, and “How many cookie cats can Steven eat?” A must-have for Steven Universe fans!
Release: 2/9/16
Age Range: 8 – 12 years; Grade Level: 3 – 7
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The Quickest Kid In Clarksville by Pat Zietlow MillerThe Quickest Kid In Clarksville by:Pat Zietlow Miller
It’s the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She’ll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn’t matter that Alta’s shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? The Quickest Kid in Clarksville is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship. Plus, this is the fixed-format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition!
Release: 2/11/16
Age Level: 5 – 8; Grade Level: K – 3
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