{2016 New Releases} Week 9: Feb 22-28

Fiction

The Pastor's Husband by Tiffany L WarrenThe Pastor’s Husband by:Tiffany L. Warren
Felicia Caldwell has a great job, a healthy bank account, and stunning good looks. But she longs for a husband and family to go along with it. So when charismatic superstar pastor Nya Hempstead declares that partnership is on its way, Felicia is elated—until her life becomes filled with more curses than blessings. Five years later, someone has to pay—and that someone is Nya. Soon, Felicia is moving to Dallas and joins the church led by Nya and her co-pastor husband, Gregory…

In the eyes of the public, Nya and Gregory have the perfect life. But their marriage is feeling the strain of Nya’s success. While she’s hitting the talk show circuit and the bestseller list, Gregory is fading into the background. It’s no surprise he enjoys the fawning attention of new church member, Felicia. Little does he know her intentions are far from pure. And as she infiltrates the pastors’ lives it will take a team of prayer warriors and heavenly intervention to save their relationship—and their ministry. Along the way, will they remember the mission they started with?
Release: 2/23/16
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Her Sweetest Revenge 3 by SaundraHer Sweetest Revenge 3 by:Saundra
Mya Bedford’s hopes for a normal life, free from the hustle, seem more distant than ever when her best friend’s fiancé is shot, Mya’s husband is thrown back into the game, and a ruthless new crew hits the streets of Detroit. But there’s one bright spot: Mya’s father, Lester, has suddenly been released from prison. It seem like love is even blossoming again between Mya’s parents…

Mya can’t undo the past, but she can do her best to help her dad get his future back on track. The trouble is, the streets don’t forget, and the worst is yet to come. Soon Mya’s world is shattered in the bloody crossfire of someone else’s payback. Now, through the most bitter of tears, it’s time for her sweetest revenge…
Release: 2/23/16
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Packing Heat by Zuri DayPacking Heat (The Blue-Collar Lover Series) by:Zuri Day
Nothing invigorates the five Carter brothers more than an honest day’s work–and the right woman to come home to at night…

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

Janice Baker only works at the post office out of necessity. Her real dream is to become a singer. At thirty, she may be considered over the hill in the entertainment industry, but that just gives her a sense of urgency–and a resolve to date only men of means and ambition. Douglas is obviously not a candidate, despite his good looks. Yet as work forces them to get closer, they discover there’s far more to each other than meets the eye–and that two actually work better than one–on and off the job…
Release: 2/23/16
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BFF'S 3 by Brenda HamptonBFF’S 3 (Best Frenemies Forever Series) by:Brenda Hampton
When it comes to a real friendship, Kayla, Evelyn and Trina have one last opportunity to get it right. If only for a short period, they appear to be on the same path and willing to put their chaotic past behind them. Evelyn’s near-death experience has everyone embracing her, even Kayla’s ex-husband, Cedric, who uses his wealth and power to get whatever his heart desires. To help him settle scores with individuals he now considers his enemies, Cedric hand picks the person he believes is the weakest link of them all—but trusting Miss Evelyn could be the wrong move. She has a bad reputation when it comes to her loyalty to friends, and there is nothing that will stop her from biting the hands that continuously feed her. Once again, Trina puts herself in a position to save them all, but when secrets evolve about the love of her life, she’ll have to figure out more than one way to save herself.
Release: 2/23/16
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Possessed by Passion by Brenda JacksonPossessed by Passion by:Brenda Jackson
They’re discovering the healing powers of passion

Burned-by-love architect Hunter McKay came home to Phoenix to open her own firm, not rekindle her fleeting high school romance with playboy Tyson Steele. But when she runs into the sexy surgeon at a nightclub—and he unleashes that legendary Steele charm—Hunter fears she’s headed straight for heartbreak once again.

Tyson hasn’t forgotten the one who got away. A weeklong fling should be just enough to get the sultry beauty out of his system for good, even if he has to let Hunter set the ground rules. But the rules are suddenly changing for the no-strings bachelor. Can Tyson convince this sensual woman that he’s the real deal—that they deserve a second chance together?
Release: 2/23/16
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One More Night with You by Lisa Marie PerryOne More Night with You by:Lisa Marie Perry
Loving him is a dangerous job…

Former DEA agent Josephine de la Peña loved Zaf Ahmadi once—and she’s got the bullet scar to prove it. No wonder she holds a grudge against her hacker ex. But now, just as Joey’s preparing for a new job with the Las Vegas Slayers, Zaf reappears, insisting she’s in danger. The sexual pull between them is still as intense, and liable to hurt more than any gunshot.

Even if Joey could forgive him for the botched drug bust that got her injured, Zaf can’t forgive himself. Obsessively hunting for the criminals who killed his cousin warped his judgment. To protect Joey, he suggests he pose as her boyfriend. As long as he can keep emotional distance, he can keep her safe. Until the case presents him with a choice: pursue the vengeance he craves—or try to turn one smoldering night into so much more…
Release: 2/23/16
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Seduced by the Mogul by Pamela YayeSeduced by the Mogul by:Pamela Yaye
When business becomes pleasure

Winning is a way of life for Dante Morretti, and he’s got the real estate empire to prove it. With custody of his four-year-old son, Matteo, at stake, Dante intends to win that, too. Marrying his best friend, Jordana Sharpe, is a vital step in his plan. But when the alluring actress takes Matteo and Dante sightseeing around Los Angeles, he’s waking up to a world beyond boardrooms and billion-dollar deals.

Jordana is as committed to her acting as Dante is to his business. She doesn’t envision feeling that passion for anything else, until her no-strings arrangement with the gorgeous Italian magnate takes a detour…right into Dante’s bed. Suddenly everything is at stake—her career, his custody fight and a fake marriage that could very well lead to the real family they both secretly crave…
Release: 2/23/16
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The Bachelor and the Beauty Queen by Carolyn HectorThe Bachelor and the Beauty Queen by:Carolyn Hector
Spotlight on temptation

The tall, sexy stranger who just barged into Lexi Pendergrass’s shop looks like a perfect ten to her. But not only does Stephen Reyes accuse the former beauty queen of selling his young niece a scandalous dress, he then prevents Lexi from buying her dream property next door. Not exactly Mr. Congeniality. Even still, beneath their bickering simmers an inconvenient chemistry that’s shaking Lexi’s legendary poise to the core.

Real estate mogul Stephen has had his world rocked twice in recent months. First, he became guardian to his late brother’s children. Now he’s falling for a feisty Southern beauty who, when she isn’t coaching his pageant-crazy niece, is schooling him in desire. He misjudged her once. Now he’s using all his seductive talents to win Lexi for now and forever…
Release: 2/23/16
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Carl Weber's Kingpins 4 by Brandi JohnsonCarl Weber’s Kingpins: Cleveland by:Brandi Johnson
Ke’yoko and Ka’yah are identical twins with two totally different personalities. As young girls they formed a bond that could not be broken. It isn’t until they become grown women that their loyalty is tested by secrets, deception, and lies.

Growing up with a strict and controlling father and a weak and sniveling mother, Ke’yoko’s only goal is to get as far away from them as possible, even if it means leaving Ka’yah behind. Being rescued by Ja’Rel is like a dream come true. Ke’yoko thinks her world with Ja’Rel is perfect until she starts unraveling the truth behind it.

To secure her future, Ke’yoko decides to get into the dope game with her best friend Nadia, who is the breath of fresh air Ke’yoko needs to escape the harsh reality of the fake life she’s been living. Ke’yoko puts together a crew, all while trying to keep her squeaky clean image.

Ka’yah, the more laid back of the twins, always has her sister’s back, even if it means putting herself and her son last. Having her hands full raising her young son on her own, she always seems to be in Ke’yoko’s shadow. Just once she wants to come out ahead of her sister, to have something or someone for herself. How far is she willing to go to have that?

In a chain of shocking events, Ke’yoko finds out the hard way that everyone is suspect.

Family and friends mean nothing, and loyalty is just a word. However, Ke’yoko refuses to let ‘em see her sweat. She is determined to put on her game face and keep it moving, but that definitely doesn’t mean things will be business as usual..
Release: 2/23/16
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Banks Sisters 2 by Nikki TurnerBanks Sisters 2 by:Nikki Turner
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Turner returns with the next edition in the highly successful Banks Sisters trilogy.

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

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

Bunny is dealing with the loss of her everything, Spoe. She vows to get her revenge by any means necessary on everyone who played a role in his untimely demise. Will she be able to convince her sisters to have her back once again?
Release: 2/23/16
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Sunshine & Rain by Dawn DesireeSunshine & Rain by:Dawn Desiree
With their families torn apart by the vicious life of the streets, Sunshine and Rain find each other living with the same foster mother, who has a secret life of her own. With Rain’s stern heart of steel and Sunshine’s innocent heart of gold, they try to cope with traumatic, unforeseen circumstances that come their way. As these two diamonds hook up and shine, they go from rags to riches. Watch as Sunshine and Rain deal with death, betrayal, love, and sweet temptation. Can their newfound friendship survive through all the madness?
Release: 2/23/16
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Non-Fiction

Denise's Daily Word by Denise BarrowDenise’s Daily Word by:Denise Y. Barrow
A courageous cancer survivor shares daily words of spiritual encouragement for people of every faith.

More than ten years ago, Denise Barrow was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer—a transformational experience that inspired her to pick up her pen and begin writing daily encouragements to her friends and family. Denise’s daily words are based on Bible scriptures, told vividly with compassion and unwavering wit, but intended to free us from “religion”—that organized system of beliefs, practices, and man’s way of doing things—so that we can serve God and His purpose in our individual lives.

In her inimitable book, Denise candidly shares her long and personal journey of recovery and how she not just talks faith but joyfully lives faith even in the face of difficult circumstances. Denise touches the soul, mind, body, and spirit of all who believe—regardless of religion—teaching, ministering, and evoking healing in all of us. Her daily words will prayerfully help you to value the gift of your life, inspiring love and forgiveness that will unite us all in God’s purpose!
Release: 2/23/16
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From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga TaylorFrom #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by:Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists.

In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.
Release: 2/23/16
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The Slave's Cause by Manisha SinhaThe Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition by:Manisha Sinha
Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. Drawing on extensive archival research, including newly discovered letters and pamphlets, Sinha documents the influence of the Haitian Revolution and the centrality of slave resistance in shaping the ideology and tactics of abolition. This book is a comprehensive new history of the abolition movement in a transnational context. It illustrates how the abolitionist vision ultimately linked the slave’s cause to the struggle to redefine American democracy and human rights across the globe.
Release: 2/23/16
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Children & Young Adults

Dirt by Teffanie WhiteDirt by Teffanie White
Washington would rather be playing basketball in the tournament instead of traveling to East Texas for a family reunion. He hates to read, but takes off on his own with a book to satisfy his parents. Washington travels back to the past where he encounters his ancestor Square and witnesses the brutal punishment of a slave when he is caught reading.

When he steps out of the circle of dirt, Washington fears he may never be able to return to the present or see his family again.
Release: 2/23/16
Age Level: 10 – 18
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The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara SullivanThe Bitter Side of Sweet by:Tara Sullivan
For fans of Linda Sue Park and A Long Way Gone, two young boys must escape a life of slavery in modern-day Ivory Coast.

Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. This number is very important. The higher the number the safer they are because the bosses won’t beat them. The higher the number the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home to Baba and Auntie. Maybe. The problem is Amadou doesn’t know how much he and Seydou owe, and the bosses won’t tell him. The boys only wanted to make some money during the dry season to help their impoverished family. Instead they were tricked into forced labor on a plantation in the Ivory Coast; they spend day after day living on little food and harvesting beans in the hot sun—dangerous, backbreaking work. With no hope of escape, all they can do is try their best to stay alive—until Khadija comes into their lives.

She’s the first girl who’s ever come to camp, and she’s a wild thing. She fights bravely every day, attempting escape again and again, reminding Amadou what it means to be free. But finally, the bosses break her, and what happens next to the brother he has always tried to protect almost breaks Amadou. The old impulse to run is suddenly awakened. The three band together as family and try just once more to escape.

Tara Sullivan, the award-winning author of the astounding Golden Boy, delivers another powerful, riveting, and moving tale of children fighting to make a difference and be counted. Inspired by true-to-life events happening right now, The Bitter Side of Sweet is an exquisitely written tour de force not to be missed.
Release: 2/23/16
Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up
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This Kid Can Fly by:Aaron PhilipThis Kid Can Fly by Aaron Philip
In this heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting memoir, Aaron Philip, a fourteen-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, shows how he isn’t defined so much by his disability as he is by his abilities.

Written with award-winning author Tonya Bolden, This Kid Can Fly chronicles Aaron’s extraordinary journey from happy baby in Antigua to confident teen artist in New York City. His honest, often funny stories of triumph—despite physical difficulties, poverty, and other challenges—are as inspiring as they are eye-opening.
Release: 2/23/16
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
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Reissues & Reprints

Cheaper to Keep Her 3 by Kiki SwinsonCheaper To Keep Her 3 by:Kiki Swinson
In the aftermath of a bloody spree of revenge, Lynise Washington agrees to leave Virginia with her new man, Bishop, a hot, money-making gangsta. Lynise knows she’s not Bishop’s main woman, but she’s cool with that. She believes he’s the only one who can help her make things right. So she’s happy to let him give her a nice set-up in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Too bad his number one, Keisha, isn’t the sharing type…

When Keisha finds out Bishop’s playing house with a chick from the South, it’s game on. And that’s just the beginning. Soon, Lynise is in danger of losing far more than Bishop. With detectives tossing her name around in Virginia again, and a new guy throwing even more drama on her plate, it’s time for another life or death decision—and this time the cost will be higher than ever…
Mass Market Paperback Release: 2/23/16
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Holy Mayhem by Pat G'Orge-WalkerHoly Mayhem by:Pat G’Orge-Walker
Two church-ladies-turned-sleuths are sure to raise more than a little hell…

They’ve been laid off, they’re broke, and their faith is really being tried. But dedicated Mount Kneel Down Baptist Church members Patience Kash and Joy Karry figure now is the perfect time to pursue their other true calling–becoming private detectives. And if that means putting up with their cousin Porky’s delusions while hilariously interfering with their famous detective godson Percy’s investigations, it’s still a heaven-sent opportunity…

When a thief steals the prized family Bible right out from under Porky’s nose and church funds are missing on Patience’s watch, these sisters-in-God find themselves sleuthing out the strangest family and church secrets–and up against someone more than ready to send them to their heavenly reward. Now, they’ll need their most inspired hunches, their not-real-fierce dog Felony, and their license-to-missionary to uncover the truth and crack this holy case. . .
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