Fiction

A Vow of Seduction by Sunrise Nana Malone, Jamie PopeA Vow of Seduction : Hot Night in the Hamptons\Seduced Before Sunrise by: Nana Malone, Jamie Pope
Two lavish destination weddings set the stage for romance and desire…

Hot Night in the Hamptons, Nana Malone

A fling with the gorgeous best man is not on Elina Sinclair’s to-do list as maid of honor at her best friend’s Hamptons wedding. Yet former child star Gabe Anderson is intent on seduction. He’s also a new client at her image consulting firm—which makes a relationship strictly forbidden. Can the onetime playboy convince her that he’s the best mistake she’ll ever make?

Seduced Before Sunrise, Jamie Pope

He was Willa Arthur’s first kiss, her first everything, before his cruel betrayal shattered her confidence. Years later, Marcus Simpson has turned up in Costa Rica at the wedding of Willa’s best friend. The white sandy beaches and lush jungles are irresistible—and unfortunately, so is the man she should hate. But Marcus wants more than just forgiveness. He wants Willa back, and a tropical paradise is the perfect place to prove how much…
Release: 8/23/16
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Winning the Doctor by Harmony EvansWinning the Doctor (Bay Point Confessions) by:Harmony Evans
A passion more than skin-deep

Moving from Colorado to a seaside California town was a risky career move. But it could be the opportunity of a lifetime if Liza Sinclair can snag the plum job of designing a private clinic for America’s plastic surgeon to the stars. All she has to do is beat out the competition by impressing Anthony Marbet with her innovative designs…and keep her attraction to the gorgeous physician from derailing her dreams.

The lovely architect has beauty and a vision that coincides with Anthony’s plans for his growing practice and the exciting expansion going on in Bay Point. His love life may be a work in progress, but Liza tempts him to take their strictly business relationship to the next level. Can he create a blueprint for the future with the woman who fulfills his ideas of perfection—inside and out?
Release: 8/23/16
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Blossoms of Love by J.M. JeffriesBlossoms of Love (California Passions) by:J.M. Jeffries
Her love may be the ultimate prize…

Greer Courtland and her family have been designing floats for Pasadena’s Rose Parade all her life—but have rarely had a client as determined as Daniel Torres. The talk show host intends to win the prize for best float in a much-publicized charity wager. As they spend time together, he makes it clear that he intends to win Greer, too. But the former Rose Parade queen isn’t dazzled by wealth and fame—even when delivered in a sexy and sensual package.

From the moment he invites her on his show, Daniel is enthralled by Greer. Beautiful, effervescent and talented, she keeps him grounded in a way no one ever has before. But as their relationship becomes tabloid fodder, Greer backs away. And unless he’s willing to be vulnerable and expose his heart, Daniel risks letting wonderful possibilities of forever float away…
Release: 8/23/16
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Tempting the Heiress by Martha KennersonTempting the Heiress by:Martha Kennerson
A seduction worth waiting for…

Back in med school, Felicia Blake couldn’t help being impressed by Griffin Kaile’s physique, as well as his intellect. The youngest of the accomplished Blake triplets, Felicia has put aside dating to focus on her career as a research scientist. She may have fantasized about Griffin—now a renowned cardiovascular surgeon. But that didn’t include discovering that he’s the biological father of the baby girl she’s been asked to raise.

Even in scrubs, Felicia is the most stunning woman Griffin has ever known. Now that the daughter he never knew about has brought them together, he’s eager to explore their romantic potential. But ambitious Felicia is reluctant to jump from passion to instant family. Which leaves Griffin only one choice—to somehow show her that this kind of breathtaking chemistry occurs only once in a lifetime…
Release: 8/23/16
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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo MbueBehold the Dreamers by:Imbolo Mbue
At the intersection of Americanah and the fiction of Amy Tan, a riveting debut novel about two marriages—one immigrant and working class, the other from the top 1%—both chasing their version of the American Dream.

In the fall of 2007, Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Jende hopes the new job will enable him, his adored wife, Neni, and his young son, to live a better life in America.

Their situation only improves when Neni is hired as household help by Clark’s wife, Cindy.

But in the course of their work, Jende and Neni begin to witness infidelities, skirmishes, and family secrets. Desperate to shield the fragile life they’ve built in New York, the Jongas protect the Edwardses, even when the other couple’s secrets begin to drive a wedge between Jende and Neni.

Then, with the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, a tragedy changes all four lives forever, and the Jongas must decide whether to continue fighting to stay in a recession-ravaged America or give up and return home to Cameroon.

A deeply empathetic debut novel about marriage, class, and race, and the crevasses in the American Dream.
Release: 8/23/16
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Non-Fiction

Rethinking Celebration by Cleophus J. LaRueRethinking Celebration by:Cleophus J. LaRue
“This book is a clarion call for African American preachers to think more deeply about the aims and ends of their preaching—namely to stop putting so much emphasis on celebratory endings to our sermons and focus more on the substantive content in our sermons. Our so-called celebratory preaching, designed to excite the congregation into action through a highly emotional closing of the sermon, has had the opposite effect. Rather than inducing action, it has lulled generations of black congregants to sleep. While we are jumping up and down, shouting, and waving our hands in the air every Sunday during the worship hour, we seem not to notice the growing number of churched and unchurched alike who are becoming powerfully alienated from any form of institutional religion.”
—from the introduction

“Celebration” is a term that has long been used to describe African American preaching, characterized by content that affirms the goodness and powerful intervention of God as well as style that builds from quiet beginnings to an emotionally rich crescendo in conclusion. Cleophus J. LaRue argues that while celebration is one of African American preaching’s greatest gifts to the larger church, too many black preachers have become content with the form of celebration—volume, vocabulary, pitch, speed, rhythm, and the like—to the neglect of its essence—the proclamation of the mighty acts of God in the lives of their congregations and communities. This kind of preaching, LaRue contends, fails to address the ongoing problems of the African American community and is powerless to prevent the growing disaffection of black America with the black church. In words both prophetic and practical, LaRue suggests ways to improve black preaching that honor both the form and the power of the African American homiletical practice of celebration. Preachers will learn how to use celebration more selectively and as part of a fully formed preaching practice rather than as a means of distracting the congregation from pressing social and theological questions. The book includes six illustrative sermons from LaRue as well as Paschal Sampson Wilkinson Sr., Brian K. Blount, and Claudette Anderson Copeland.
Release: 8/24/16
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