{New Releases} Week 48 (Nov. 20-26)

Wrath by:Cassandra Baker-Durham
Wilson Calloway stopped believing in God a long time ago.

Devastated after his father is killed in the line of duty he refuses to believe in a deity unable to stop a mad man’s bullet. Growing up he assumes the task of guardian and protector of his mother and two sisters.

Natasha, the baby of the Calloway family is the all American girl next door. She is beautiful, intelligent and charismatic, with a bright future ahead of her. All of that is changed in an instant when she is snatched into a deadly cat and mouse game of revenge.

Juarez Durante has spent the last few years consumed by grief and retribution. He watched and waited patiently for Natasha to reach adulthood before he stole her away from her family and friends.

Desperate to uncover the truth and haunted by his own demons, Wilson vows to bring Natasha home- even if it costs him his career.

These three lives become uniquely intertwined in a red-hot rage tinged with vengeance, retaliation, and payback.

This story of faith, hope, and redemption reveals the internal struggle against the external forces of darkness as one man comes to terms with God’s grace, mercy and love before he can find his sister.
Release: 11/24/17
Click to purchase: (Kindle)

One Day You Will by:Kristofer Clarke
THE ANTICIPATED SEQUEL TO “DON’T ASK MY NEIGHBOR”

Syreeta Mercer, a successful Lawyer from Atlanta, lived her life as daddy’s little girl, and she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. She’s known only one man as her father, but two weeks after laying him to rest, she is startled by the news that this might not be her truth and everyone else’s lie. Against her mother’s wishes and warnings, Syreeta embarks on her own search that may result in more harm than good, revealing a reality from which she has been protected. Is she better off leaving well enough alone?

Jelani Graybourne was the man of many women’s dreams. He’s lived a successful, mistake-free life, until he met the one mistake that was Samantha Wells. She’s made promises she always kept. Now, she’s back, and unlike her first time around, loving Jelani might not be the first thing on her mind. If she has her way, her plan could topple the foundation on which the Graybourne brand is built. Jelani was able to avoid her ruin once, but could he avert her devious plot again? Is there someone else with an equally malicious intent?
Release: 11/21/17
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Becoming Kareem by:Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
In his first memoir written especially for young readers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will focus on his relationships with several important coaches in his life – including his father, his high-school coach and Coach Wooden – as he tells the story of his life and career.

Like many kids in elementary school, Kareem (then Lew Alcindor) struggled with fitting in, pleasing a strict father, and severe shyness that made him socially awkward. Unlike most kids, he also had to grapple with a sudden growth spurt that shot him up taller than pretty much everyone around him, including students, teachers, and even his own father. His increasing fame as a basketball player throughout high school brought new challenges as this shy boy was shoved into the national spotlight. At the same time, social unrest in the country, particularly involving the growing civil rights movement, tugged at his conscience as he tried to find his place in it. After all, he was just a kid. What could he do?

Recruited to UCLA, his fame as an unstoppable center made him a college superstar. But as his fame rose, so did the social turmoil in the country: Vietnam War protests, Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., large-scale riots, the Women’s Movement. He could have hidden from all the turmoil as a sports celebrity, but he chose to join in the social evolution. The result was converting to Islam and changing his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The public backlash was blistering, but he didn’t waver.
Release: 11/21/17
Ages: 10 And Up; Grades: 5 to 17
Click to purchase: (Kindle)(Hardcover)(Audio CD)

Seduced by the Tycoon at Christmas by:Pamela Yaye
Love at first kiss?

As one of Italy’s most powerful businessmen, Romeo Morretti spends his days brokering multimillion-dollar deals and his nights romancing Europe’s most beautiful women. But a chance encounter at a busy intersection sends the international playboy’s life hurling in a new direction. The desire that ignites between Romeo and lush Caribbean beauty Zoe Smith is impossible to resist. Their intimate display becomes public under Milan’s bright Christmas lights when a blog leaks their secret affair and they’re touted as the city’s newest celebrity couple.

Between glittering A-list events and candlelit dinners at Romeo’s villa, Zoe is living a life of glamour and endless pleasure alongside the dangerously handsome tycoon. Their high-profile holiday romance could even save her PR job at prestigious fashion house Casa Di Moda. Until secrets and lies threaten their passionate bond. Amid doubt and distrust, Romeo is accused of a crime that endangers his financial empire. He will have to fight to clear his name before they can share a future under the mistletoe…
Release: 11/21/17
Click to purchase: (Mass Market Paperback) or (Kindle)

An Unexpected Holiday Gift by:Martha Kennerson
A Season for Seduction

NBA star and oil company heir Keylan “KJ” Kingsley is the ultimate player on and off the court. When a midgame scuffle leads to community service, he opts to devote his hours to his family’s cherished foundation. And once he meets no-nonsense charity executive Mia Ramirez, he’s driven to prove there’s more to him than the wary beauty believes.

Single mother Mia isn’t impressed by KJ’s wealth and fame. Her college sweetheart abandoned her—and their baby—to follow his hoop dreams. But KJ is a caring man beneath his superficial image, making an easy connection with her young son. Soon Mia plunges into a sensual relationship that ignites dreams of forever, until KJ returns to the court…and the headlines. Will the glare of celebrity blind them to the family that could be theirs by Christmas?
Release: 11/21/17
Click to purchase: (Mass Market Paperback) or (Kindle)

A Love Like This by:Kianna Alexander
‘Tis the season for everlasting love…

All Devon Granger wants for Christmas is a peaceful, low-key escape to his North Carolina coastal hometown far from LA. But how is the injured Hollywood action star supposed to rest with Hadley Monroe tending to his every need? His caring childhood friend has blossomed into a stunning, self-possessed woman who’s making her amorous feelings known…and lighting a fire Devon has no interest in putting out.

As the youngest in a family of overprotective brothers, Hadley has to work twice as hard to prove herself. The heiress to the Monroe real estate dynasty plans to transform Sapphire Shores while preserving its small-town charm—a vision she shares with Devon. Until the media and Hollywood camera crews descend on the beachfront community, putting their love to the ultimate test. With suspicion and mistrust dividing them, will Hadley and Devon ring in the New Year…together?
Release: 11/21/17
Click to purchase: ( Mass Market Paperback) or (Kindle)

Desire in a Kiss by:Nicki Night
Sweet deception

Ambitious, charming and heir to a food empire, Christian Chandler has no problem meeting women. If only more of them could see beyond his family’s fortune… On impulse, he creates a fake dating profile and quickly connects with petite powerhouse Serenity Williams. She’s smart, down-to-earth and ignites his fantasies from their first encounter. He has to tell her who he really is. But how can he admit the truth to a woman for whom honesty is everything?

Serenity has transformed her life—dropping a lying ex and starting her own nonprofit—and is finally ready to date again. Online, “Chris Mullins” is perfect. In real life, he’s even hotter. From extravagant dates to black-tie balls, Serenity’s falling fast…and then devastated to find she’s been taken in by another fraud. To rekindle their trust, Chris must prove that what they share is the deepest passion she’s ever known…
Release: 11/21/17
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Race and Upward Mobility by:Elda Maria Roman
Over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Mexican American and African American cultural productions have seen a proliferation of upward mobility narratives: plotlines that describe desires for financial solvency, middle-class status, and social incorporation. Yet the terms “middle class” and “upward mobility”―often associated with assimilation, selling out, or political conservatism―can hold negative connotations in literary and cultural studies. Surveying literature, film, and television from the 1940s to the 2000s, Elda María Román brings forth these narratives, untangling how they present the intertwined effects of capitalism and white supremacy.

Race and Upward Mobility examines how class and ethnicity serve as forms of currency in American literature, affording people of color material and symbolic wages as they traverse class divisions. Identifying four recurring character types―status seekers, conflicted artists, mediators, and gatekeepers―that appear across genres, Román traces how each models a distinct strategy for negotiating race and class. Her comparative analysis sheds light on the overlaps and misalignments, the shared narrative strategies, and the historical trajectories of Mexican American and African American texts, bringing both groups’ works into sharper relief. Her study advances both a new approach to ethnic literary studies and a more nuanced understanding of the class-based complexities of racial identity.
Release: 11/21/17
Click to purchase: (Hardcover) or (Paperback)

Hey A.J., It’s Saturday by:Martellus Bennett
Spill your imagination (not your food!) in the first book of NFL superstar and Super Bowl champion Martellus Bennett’s Hey A.J. series!

A.J. is an imaginative girl who finds another world that is strangely right downstairs in her kitchen. So strange there’s already a feast, breakfast being served by creatures and beasts.

Oh! What is going in this kitchen of hers? Pancakes! Waffles! Scrambled eggs! And a Jamaican giraffe?

Breakfast will never be the same. Ever!

Unbox the fun and let the adventure begin in this stunning edition of Hey A.J., It’s Saturday!
Release: 11/21/17
Click to purchase: (Hardcover) or (Paperback)

Caterflies and Ice (Zoey and Sassafras) by: Asia Citro
With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages.

In the fourth book, an unexpected snow storm causes trouble for the magical creatures of the forest. When Zoey and Sassafras attempt to rescue trapped caterfly eggs, they make a mistake. Can they figure out a way to fix things before the baby caterflies hatch?
Release: 11/21/17
Click to purchase: (Kindle)(Hardcover)(Paperback)

A Gift-Wrapped Christmas: Christian Romance Novella by:Michelle Stimpson,‎ CaSandra McLaughlin
Bestselling author duo Michelle Stimpson & CaSandra McLaughlin have done it again with this sweet Christian romance that will warm your heart for the holidays and remind you of the real reason we love.

When Megan Beckley receives a mysterious Christmas package three years late, she hopes with all her heart that the gift is a guilt-offering from her old college sweetheart who ran off with her roommate. She also hopes he’s still in love with her so, finally, she’ll get the chance to break his heart and move on with her life. But what’s inside the package will bring about a deal with the boy next door, Bryce Woodard, who has an unexpected gift of his own to share.
Release: 11/22/17
Click to purchase: (Kindle)

Sister Grinch 2 by:Venita Alderman Sadler
The tears that fell turned to ice quite fast. With the spirit of the Grinch, she set out to make sure Christmas didn’t last.

Ashley heard the six words that no one wants to hear; not today, not tomorrow and most certainly not the week before Christmas. Those words? I love you, but it’s over. Hardening her heart, Ashley decided that instead of being nice this holiday season, she would be naughty. And she’s a mean one!
Release: 11/19/17
Click to purchase: (Kindle) or (Paperback)

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