{New Releases} Jan. 15-21, 2018

I Will Not Fear by:Melba Pattillo Beals
In 1957, Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. But her story of overcoming didn’t start–or end–there. While her white schoolmates were planning their senior prom, Melba was facing the business end of a double-barreled shotgun, being threatened with lynching by rope-carrying tormentors, and learning how to outrun white supremacists who were ready to kill her rather than sit beside her in a classroom. Only her faith in God sustained her during her darkest days and helped her become a civil rights warrior, an NBC television news reporter, a magazine writer, a professor, a wife, and a mother.

In I Will Not Fear, Beals takes readers on an unforgettable journey through terror, oppression, and persecution, highlighting the kind of faith needed to survive in a world full of heartbreak and anger. She shows how the deep faith we develop during our most difficult moments is the kind of faith that can change our families, our communities, and even the world. Encouraging and inspiring, Beals’s story offers readers hope that faith is the solution to the pervasive hopelessness of our current culture.
Release: 1/16/18
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If Only for One Night by:Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate’s Billingsley
Can they be soulmates if they’re married to other people?

From the outside, Angelique has the perfect life – a rich husband who adores her and gives her the world, except for what she craves most – his attention. A workaholic, more concerned with his family’s financial situation than emotional stability, Preston doesn’t understand why his wife is so unhappy. Not one to stray, Angelique seeks comfort in the online game, Words With Friends.

Blu has been living a life of loneliness since his wife settled into a depression she has no desire to shake. Frustrated and fed up, he loses himself in his favorite game – and the woman that has proven to be a formidable opponent.

It’s not long before their online connection turns flirtatious and troubles at home lead them to a face-to-face meeting. And eventually an addictive connection that will have them questioning if they’re truly soulmates or if they were destined for only one night.
Release: 1/16/18
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When They Call You A Terrorist by:Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele is the essential audiobook for every conscientious American.

“This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse’s visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. This book is a must-read for all of us.” – Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic audiobook memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.
Release: 1/16/18
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African American History & Devotions by:Teresa L. Fry Brown
Twenty-eight devotions for individuals, families, or small groups, including a scripture verse, a reflection on the scripture, related activities for each day, and a prayer. This intergenerational devotional is great for use during Black History Month, but can be used at any time.
Release: 1/16/18
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The Slave-Trader’s Letter: Book by:Jim Jordan
In 1858 Savannah businessman Charles Lamar, in violation of U.S. law, organized the shipment of hundreds of Africans on the luxury yacht Wanderer to Jekyll Island, Georgia. The four hundred survivors of the Middle Passage were sold into bondage. This was the first successful documented slave landing in the United States in about four decades and shocked a nation already on the path to civil war.

In 1886 the North American Review published excerpts from thirty of Lamar’s letters from the 1850s, reportedly taken from his letter book, which describe his criminal activities. However, the authenticity of the letters was in doubt until very recently. In 2009, researcher Jim Jordan found a cache of private papers belonging to Charles Lamar’s father, stored for decades in an attic in New Jersey. Among the documents was Charles Lamar’s letter book, confirming him as the author.

This book has two parts. The first recounts the flamboyant and reckless life of Lamar himself, including Lamar’s involvement in southern secession, the slave trade, and a plot to overthrow the government of Cuba. A portrait emerges at odds with Lamar’s previous image as a savvy entrepreneur and principled rebel. Instead, we see a man who was often broke and whose volatility sabotaged him at every turn. His involvement in the slave trade was driven more by financial desperation than southern defiance. The second part presents the “Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book.” Together with annotations, these seventy long-lost letters shed light on the lead-up to the Civil War from the remarkable perspective of a troubled, and troubling, figure.
Release: 1/15/18
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So You Want To Talk About Race by:Ijeoma Oluo
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystalize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor’s seminal essay “The Meaning of a Word.”
Release: 1/16/18
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Winning After the Game: How to Win in Your Life No Matter Who You Are or What You’ve Been Through by:Setema Gilli
Some people feel that life’s a game. If happiness and fulfillment seem out of reach, many need to know something: their dreams are still attainable. Setema Gali went from Super Bowl champion to door-to-door salesman, and had to sell his Super Bowl ring just to put food on the table for his family. But he bounced back and overcame the obstacles that stood between him and the prosperous life he wanted for his family, and in Winning After the Game, he tells how he did it and how anyone else can do it too.
Release: 1/16/18
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Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years on Death Row Failedto Kill My Soul by:Anthony Graves
Written by a wrongfully convicted man who spent 16 years in solitary confinement and 12 years on death row, a powerful memoir about fighting for–and winning–exoneration.

In the summer of 1992, a grandmother, a teenage girl, and four children under the age of ten were beaten and stabbed to death in Somerville, Texas. The perpetrator set the house on fire to cover his tracks, deepening the heinousness of the crime and rocking the tiny community to its core. Authorities were eager to make an arrest. Five days later, Anthony Graves was in custody.

Graves, then twenty-six years old and without an attorney, was certain that his innocence was obvious. He did not know the victims, he had no knowledge about the crime, and he had an airtight alibi with witnesses. There was also no physical evidence linking him to the scene. Yet Graves was indicted, convicted of capital murder, sentenced to death, and, over the course of twelve years on death row, given two execution dates. He was not freed for eighteen years, two months, four days.

Through years of suffering the whims of rogue prosecutors, vote-hungry district attorneys, and Texas State Rangers who played by their own rules, Graves was frequently exposed to the dire realities of being poor and black in the criminal justice system. He witnessed fellow inmates who became his friends and confidants be taken away, one by one, to their deaths. And he missed out on seeing his three young sons mature into men. Graves’s only solace was his infinite hope that the state would not execute him for a crime he did not commit.

To maintain his dignity and sanity, Graves made sure as many people as possible knew about his case. He wrote letters to whomever he thought would listen. Pen pals in countries all over the world became allies, and he attracted the attention of a savvy legal team that overcame setback after setback, chiseling away at the state’s faulty case against him. Everyone’s efforts eventually worked. After Graves’s exoneration, the original prosecutor on his case was disbarred.

Graves is one of a growing number of innocent people exonerated from death row. The moving account of his saga–of his ultimate fight for freedom from inside a prison cell–is as haunting as it is poignant, and as shameful to the legal system as it is inspiring to those on the losing end of it.
Release: 1/16/18
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Indie Releases

On Pointe: MacLaine Girls novella 1 (The MacLaine Girls) by:Shelly Ellis
In this new series, meet the women of the MacLaine Academy of Performing Arts, where the school walls are full dance, music, and sexy drama . . .

Bina MacLaine is having a rough time. Still haunted by an ugly breakup that meant walking away from her fiancé and her high-rise apartment, now the dance teacher faces the possibility of losing her job, too, if her performance academy closes. When Maurice Hewett, one of her old students, arrives in town, Bina sees he’s not the goofy boy she once knew–but a very handsome, very sexy grown man. She wonders if he can weave a spell that can help her forget all her woes. But can Bina let her desire take the lead without feeling like she’s robbing the cradle–and making a huge mistake?
Release: 1/16/18
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His Diamond: Simone’s Story (The Uncut Series Book 5) by:D. Camille

Simone Jenkins spent years as an Uncut Diamond working undercover. During a routine mission, her life changed when she was forced to confront her traumatic past. In a new location, Simone discovers her true self, her true mission in life, and her true love…

Note: Simone’s story is a stand-alone complement to the Uncut Series AND Book 5. All the books in the Uncut Series, should be read in numerical order including the Annex (Goddess Getaway), between Book 1 (Her Shield) and Book 2 (Her Guardian).
Release: 1/19/18
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When Love Calls (Jenkins Family & Friends Novella) by:Sharon C. Cooper
Mona Lisa Gregory is ready to live her best life. She’s moving on after thirty-five years of dating one man. Scrapping the holy matrimony fantasy, a carefree and no-strings-attached passion is her new obsession. But her perfect plan has one hiccup. Dexter Jenkins.

Dex is an old-school guy who believes in falling in love with one woman and living happily-ever-after. He once had it all. A great job. Money in the bank. A happy, thirty-year marriage. He lost everything he held dear after one unfortunate accident. Guilt plagued him for years, but he has finally forgiven himself. Now he’s ready to give love a try again.

Mona is not looking for long-term. But Dexter is unwilling to ignore the fierce passion they share whenever he holds her in his arms. He will do whatever it takes to make her the next Mrs. Jenkins. But will secrets from his past and her former lover keep them from having the life they deserve? Or will their love be strong enough to withstand every obstacle placed in their way?
Release: 1/19/18
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With This Ring by:Tammy Jurnett-Lewis
Isn’t it interesting how finding true love can be both wonderful, as well as one of the most challenging endeavors in which you’ve ever embarked? As you read this collaboration of love stories, you will feel Sylvia’s pain during her separation, Misty’s emotions on her wedding day and Crystal’s joy as she remarries the man that she recently divorced. Have you found your one true love?
Release: 1/15/18
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A Goon Has My Heart by:Lore
Keimon is a killer for hire who is actually tired of the game and ready to get out. Although the money is fast and easy, the headaches aren’t worth it. He’s tired of watching his back, working for pennies and answering to someone else. With a one year plan to get out of the game, Keimon is counting down the days. When a routine heist goes terribly wrong Keimon is punished harshly. So harshly that he puts his Lieutenants on his list to kill.

Quisia is a woman who is looking for what every woman is looking for in life, love. Sadly she’s been on a downward spiral in that area of her life. Men has done her wrong most of her life. The first man to do her wrong was her very own father when he walked out on them on her fourth birthday and never came back. You name it and men has done it to her. Quisia grew tired of the repetitiveness quickly. She was about to give another a man a chance until her now girlfriend, Frosty, swept her off her feet. Dating women has never been Quisia’s thing and after spending a year with Frosty she learns how she got the nickname, Frosty.

When Quisia and Keimon cross paths, instantly there’s an attraction. Keimon does everything in his power to get Quisia to give him the time of day. She sees how into her he really is so she entertains his advances and is actually surprised that there is a man on earth who’s not all out for self.

Life is wonderful until lies, betrayal, murder and mayhem shows up. Is the love they have for one another strong enough to endure the ultimate betrayal?
Release: 1/19/18
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In Due Time by:B. Love
“You and these lies. I’ve never known you to be a liar until you started fighting your feelings for me. You’ll be mine in due time, Mackenzie. In due time.” – Rahim Frank

They met ten years earlier, and she was approached by someone else. Out of a need to keep her close, Rahim settled for friendship with Mackenzie even though he’s always wanted more. After a New Year’s Eve kiss takes things to a deeper level, Rahim is determined to claim Mackenzie… even if she’s his biggest obstacle to overcome.
Release: 1/17/18
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Scoring with the Wrong Twin (WAGS) by:Naima Simone
Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.
Release: 1/15/18
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