Fiction

holiday-temptation-by-donna-hill-farrah-rochon-k-m-jacksonHoliday Temptation by:Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, K.M. Jackson
’Tis the season to satisfy your holiday desires with this festive trio of sexy stories…

A GIFT OF LOVE by Donna Hill
Drama professor Traci Long spends her free time at the CoffeeMate café, pursuing her true passion—writing her own plays. Meanwhile, sexy barista Noah Jefferson is doing his best to distract her. But once they get involved, past betrayals make Traci wary. She’s right that Noah is keeping something from her—but it might be something that will make this Christmas as sweet as a rave review—and steamier than her favorite chai latté…

HOLIDAY SPICE by Farrah Rochon
A Christmas-time tragedy took photographer Miranda Lawson’s holiday spirit with it. Since then, she’s traveled the world, determined to outrun her demons. This year she’s off to Istanbul. But the scenery isn’t the only gorgeous site she spots through her camera lens….Kyle Daniels loves Christmas, but he’s looking for escape too—and soon he and Miranda find it in each other’s arms. Yet their connection doesn’t end there. Maybe staying put isn’t such a bad idea after all—especially when there’s someone to celebrate with…

FROM HERE TO SERENITY by K.M. Jackson
Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…
Release: 9/27/16
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schemes-by-kiki-swinson-saundraSchemes by:Kiki Swinson, Saundra
DEVIL IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING by KIKI SWINSON
Karlie Houston hasn’t seen a raise in forever, but the payday loan office she manages is raking in the cash. So why not get what she’s rightfully owed by masterminding a heist? Once her lover Sidney’s boys hit all the company’s locations at one time, there’s a fortune to split. But suddenly bodies start dropping—and Karlie better devise the perfect plan to survive…

TWISTED DECEPTION by SAUNDRA
Raised by a ruthless mother, Yazz Armstrong lives by “scheme or die.” So she’s cool with helping her man, Kevon, take control of head dealer Caesar’s territory. And when the fallout racks up unexpected casualties, Yazz finds Caesar’s bed a refuge—and his empire hers to help rule. Too bad someone with an even more lethal agenda won’t stop ’til Yazz and her dreams crash and burn for good…
Release: 9/27/16
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his-last-name-by-daaimah-s-pooleHis Last Name by:Daaimah S. Poole
From pretty girls to wealthy wifeys, five women snagged the championship ring and the title…

When her husband Damien’s lucrative NFL career ends, Tiffany Holcomb targets hubby number two: Hollywood leading man Warren Michael Joseph. Trouble is, Damien’s not giving up that easily…

Monique Hall is thrilled when her baby boy, Kadir, gets a multimillion-dollar NBA contract. But Monique’s romance with her son’s teammate is a costly foul…

Zakiya Lee’s church community considers her a role model for a successful marriage. Too bad she’ll have to play dirty to get rid of her NBA star husband Jabril’s side chick—again…

Shanice Whitaker has risen from video vixen to top men’s magazine model. Now she wants to get back with the married man she loved and let go. And she’s happy to play the position of Jabril’s main mistress…

To win back custody of her daughter from her vengeful NFL player ex-husband, Adrienne Sheppard has to do someone a shady favor. But it leads her into the arms of actor Warren Michael Joseph—and a secret that could fill her bank account and break her heart….

What’s in a name? For these ladies, just about everything…
Release: 9/27/16
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the-doctor-is-in-by-carl-weber-brenda-hamptonThe Doctor Is In by:Carl Weber and Brenda Hampton
Dr. Kasen Phillips has the magic touch when it comes to helping his patients who are in dire need of counseling services, but when the love of his life winds up missing in action, Kasen’s life takes a horrific turn for the worse. His office manager, Voncile Harper, is there to lend a helping hand. She’s on a mission to shake Kasen from his misery, by offering him her sweet heat that he can’t resist. It’s not long before Kasen finds himself caught up in a web of Voncile’s lies, and when he realizes that he may have bitten off more than he can chew, he wants out of their reckless relationship for good. Unfortunately for Kasen, walking away may be difficult to do. Voncile is deep in love, and any man who refuses to play by her rules may be forced to suffer dire consequences.
Release: 9/27/16
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carl-webers-kingpins-st-louis-by-keisha-ervinCarl Weber’s Kingpins:St. Louis by:Keisha Ervin
The untimely death of St. Louis kingpin King David has left a vacuum in the underworld. He leaves behind his vast empire to his surviving heirs, David Jr. and Davita. Born barely one year apart, they were raised in very different worlds.

David Jr. is college educated. His mother always pushed him to do the best he could, so he could one day legitimize and run the East St. Louis crime family. She thinks she’s above and beyond the game. All she wants is the money that she believes she and her son are due.

Davita, born to and of the streets, was also raised by a money-loving momma, but her mother taught her a different set of rules. Davita has been raised to use anybody and everything to get that money by any means necessary. She has embraced the business of the streets, and she is ready to ascend to the throne that her father has unexpectedly left behind.

The question remains: Will the family ties that bind keep the families together, or will sex, greed, drugs, and their mothers’ divisive ways tear it all to hell, bringing St. Louis down with them? David Jr. and Davita have decisions to make!
Release: 9/27/16
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end-of-the-line-by-treasure-hernandezEnd of the Line by:Treasure Hernandez
J-Rite is 100 percent blackhearted. New to the city of Grand Rapids but not new to making money, she was born a straight gangster. The pint-size exotic dancer turned street hustler is caught up in living the black American hood dream. She has no “off” button or filter when it comes to getting paid. With a team of murder-minded goons ready to do nothing but win, win, win, J-Rite makes enemies of everyone, including the man she loves, all because they dare to stand in the way of her being on top.
Release: 9/27/16
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can-you-keep-a-secret-by-mary-monroeCan You Keep a Secret? by:Mary Monroe
In this page-turning prequel to her thrilling Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart series, New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe introduces Lola Poole and Joan Proctor, fast friends getting a crash course in love, family, betrayal—and other little disasters…

They couldn’t be less alike—except for their restless spirits. Lola came from a loving home, even though it included her father’s live-in mistress. And Joan is a secret wild child chafing under her mother’s watchful eye. So when Lola’s quiet world shatters and her hopes seem out of reach for good, Joan has the perfect consolation in mind.

But the besties will soon discover that boyfriends, money, and good times are no real escape from their families’ ever-scandalous drama. Soon, with demanding stepparents, conniving relatives, and simmering secrets closing in, they’ll have to watch each other’s backs and use their quick wits to save their lifelong dreams…
Release: 9/27/16
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Non-Fiction

sing-for-your-life-by-daniel-bergnerSing for Your Life by:Daniel Bergner
The touching, triumphant story of a young black man’s journey from violence and despair to one of the world’s most elite artistic institutions, as if The Blind Side were set in the world of opera.

Ryan Speedo Green had a tough upbringing in southeastern Virginia: his family lived in a trailer park and later a bullet-riddled house across the street from drug dealers. His father was absent; his mother was volatile and abusive.

At the age of twelve, Ryan was sent to Virginia’s juvenile facility of last resort. He was placed in solitary confinement. He was uncontrollable, uncontainable, with little hope for the future.

In 2011, at the age of twenty-four, Ryan won a nationwide competition hosted by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, beating out 1,200 other talented singers. Today, he is a rising star performing major roles at the Met and Europe’s most prestigious opera houses.

SING FOR YOUR LIFE chronicles Ryan’s suspenseful, racially charged and artistically intricate journey from solitary confinement to stardom. Daniel Bergner takes readers on Ryan’s path toward redemption, introducing us to a cast of memorable characters–including the two teachers from his childhood who redirect his rage into music, and his long-lost father who finally reappears to hear Ryan sing. Bergner illuminates all that it takes–technically, creatively–to find and foster the beauty of the human voice. And Sing for Your Life sheds unique light on the enduring and complex realities of race in America.
Release: 9/27/16
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The Birth of a Nation by Nate ParkerThe Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement by:Nate Parker
Based on astounding events in American history, The Birth of a Nation is the epic story of one man championing the spirit of resistance as he leads a rough-and-tumble group into a revolt against injustice and slavery.

Breathing new life into a story that has been rife with controversy and prejudice for over two centuries, the film follows the rise of the visionary Virginian slave, Nat Turner. Hired out by his owner to preach to and placate slaves on drought-plagued plantations, Turner eventually transforms into an inspired, impassioned, and fierce anti-slavery leader.

Beautifully illustrated with stills from the movie and original illustrations, the book also features an essay by writer/director, Nate Parker, contributions by members of the cast and crew, and commentary by educator Brian Favors and historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry who place Nat Turner and the rebellion he led into historical context. The Birth of a Nation reframes the way we think about slavery and resistance as it explores the passion, determination, and faith that inspired Nat Turner to sacrifice everything for freedom.
Release: 9/27/16
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collecting-food-cultivating-people-by-kathryn-m-de-lunaCollecting Food, Cultivating People: Subsistence and Society in Central Africa by:Kathryn M. De Luna
A rich analysis of the complex dynamic between food collection and food production in the farming societies of precolonial south central Africa.

Engaging new linguistic evidence and reinterpreting published archaeological evidence, this sweeping study explores the place of bushcraft and agriculture in the precolonial history of south central Africa across nearly three millennia. Contrary to popular conceptions that place farming at the heart of political and social change, political innovation in precolonial African farming societies was actually contingent on developments in hunting, fishing, and foraging, as de Luna reveals.
Release: 9/27/16
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dream-a-world-anew-by-kinshasha-holman-conwillDream a World Anew: The African American Experience and the Shaping of America by:Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Dream A World Anew is the stunning gift book accompanying the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. It combines informative narratives from leading scholars, curators, and authors with objects from the museum’s collection to present a thorough exploration of African American history and culture. The first half of the book bridges a major gap in our national memory by examining a wide arc of African American history, from Slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Great Migrations through Segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and beyond. The second half of the book celebrates African American creativity and cultural expressions through art, dance, theater, and literature. Sidebars and profiles of influential figures–including Harriet Tubman, Robert Smalls, Ida B. Wells, Mordecai Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and many others–provide additional context and interest throughout the book. Dream a World Anew is a powerful book that provides an opportunity to explore and revel in African American history and culture, as well as the chance to see how central African American history is for all Americans.
Release: 9/27/16
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begin-with-the-past-by-mabel-o-wilson-lonnie-g-bunch-iiiBegin with the Past: The Build of the National Museum of African American History and Culture by:Mabel O. Wilson
Rising on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a tiered bronze beacon inviting everyone to learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it helped shape this nation. Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the story of how this unparalleled museum found its place in the nation’s collective memory and on its public commons.

Begin with the Past presents the long history of efforts to build a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture. In 2003 the museum was officially established at long last, yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. The book traces the appointment of the director, the selection of the site, and the process of conceiving, designing, and constructing a public monument to the achievements and contributions of African Americans. The careful selection of architects, designers, and engineers culminated in a museum that embodies African American sensibilities about space, form, and material and incorporates rich cultural symbols into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place for all Americans to understand our past and embrace our future, and this book is a testament to the inspiration and determination that went into creating this unique place.
Release: 9/27/16
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the-green-state-in-africa-by-carl-deathThe Green State in Africa by:Carl Death
A provocative reassessment of the relationship between states and environmental politics in Africa

From climate-related risks such as crop failure and famine to longer-term concerns about sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, and biodiversity conservation, African states face a range of environmental issues. As Carl Death demonstrates, the ways in which they are addressing them have important political ramifications, and challenge current understandings of green politics. Death draws on almost a decade of research to reveal how central African environmental politics are to the transformation of African states.
Release: 9/27/16
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the-book-of-you-by-terrell-fletcherThe Book of You by:Terrell Fletcher
I know how intimidating it can be to adopt a whole new outlook on life—I’ve done it.

When former NFL running back Terrell Fletcher first left his football career, he found himself at a crossroads. His job, his friends, his very identity had been tied to the sport, and it was time to reenvision his life.

Thus began a courageous journey to find a new path—and a new purpose. In The Book of You, the author shares his own transformation of faith to help illustrate broader truths about God’s intentions for you. By confronting your past and acknowledging your potential, you can discover your innate gifts.

Learn to read God’s signs, and find the motivation to choose transformation over change. This guidebook for self-discovery can help you achieve true authenticity and meaning—the keys to lifelong happiness. Join Terrell Fletcher on this sometimes surprising, sometimes formidable, always sincere quest to discover lasting significance in your life.
Release: 9/27/16
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Children & Young Adult

chasing-butterflies-by-amir-abramsChasing Butterflies by:Amir Abrams
Every kid dreams of happily-ever-after. . .until her world is turned upside down. . .

At sixteen, gifted pianist and poet Nia Daniels has already known her share of heartache. But despite the pain of losing her mother and grandmother, she’s managed to excel, thanks to her beloved father’s love and support. He’s held her through every tragedy, and cheered her on through every performance. Nia can’t imagine what she’d do without him–until an illness suddenly takes him, and she has no choice. And Nia’s in for one more shocking blow. The man who’d always been her rock, her constant, wasn’t her biological dad.

Orphaned and confused, Nia is desperate for answers. But what she finds will uproot her from the life she’s always known in California and bring her to the east coast–to Omar. He’s a man who’s spent most of his life–and all of Nia’s–behind bars. He’s her biological father. An ex-gang member. Living in the hood. And he’s determined to do whatever it takes to win the love of his only daughter and make up for his mistakes. If only she’ll let him…
Release: 9/27/16
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Re-Release

my-secrets-your-lies-by-ntyseMy Secrets Your Lies by:N’Tyse
I became the pariah. It was my punishment for walking in my truth and being unafraid to love my way. But I can’t help but wonder what would have happened…had I denied those feelings…had I kept pretending…had I…stopped being me.―Sand

Given all that Sand and Rene have been through, the couple lands an opportunity to share their life story in the upcoming documentary, Beneath My Skin. The question is―are they truly ready to take that trip down memory lane?

As they subconsciously relive their past, Sand ventures to a dark place where agony and judgement has tormented her since the day her parents discovered her sexual orientation in a shoebox full of love letters. Their rejection left her homeless and dependent on the streets, but it was during those trying times that she learned how to not only walk in her truth, but how to survive.

Recycled through the foster system as early as four, Rene is one who has become accustomed to change. Sand introduces her to another side of love and gives her a reason to open her mind and heart to something new―that is, until Rene finds herself questioning not only their relationship, but her sexuality. A series of events leaves them entangled in a web of deceit, wicked passion, and murder. As their love story unfolds, they’ll find out soon enough if they are truly each other’s ride or die!
Re-Release: 9/27/16
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