{New Releases} April 23-29, 2018

Creative Quest by: Questlove
A unique new guide to creativity from Questlove—inspirations, stories, and lessons on how to live your best creative life.

Questlove—musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural omnivore—shares his wisdom on the topics of inspiration and originality in a one-of-a-kind guide to living your best creative life.

In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he’s heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it. He addresses many topics—what it means to be creative, how to find a mentor and serve as an apprentice, the wisdom of maintaining a creative network, coping with critics and the foibles of success, and the specific pitfalls of contemporary culture—all in the service of guiding admirers who have followed his career and newcomers not yet acquainted with his story.

Whether discussing his own life or channeling the lessons he’s learned from forefathers such as George Clinton, collaborators like D’Angelo, or like-minded artists including Ava DuVernay, David Byrne, Björk, and others, Questlove speaks with the candor and enthusiasm that fans have come to expect. Creative Quest is many things—above all, a wise and wide-ranging conversation around the eternal mystery of creativity.
Release: 4/24/18
Click to purchase: (Kindle) or (Hardcover)

Dead On Arrival by:Kiki Swinson
Kiki Swinson’s “tension-packed” (Library Journal) and “unrelenting” (Publishers Weekly), bestselling novels deliver startling twists, unforgettable characters—and a stark, unforgettable portrait of life in the South. Now she detonates an explosive tale about a couple who can’t get enough—and a risk that will exact a merciless price . . .

Nobody will get hurt
Dawn and Reese Spencer just can’t get ahead. Between her desperate desire to start a family and his gambling debts, they barely keep afloat, even with well-paying Norfolk International port jobs. But their calculating co-worker has the perfect plan: help him smuggle containers of precious, illegal—human—cargo past U.S. Customs.

Nobody will know
For Dawn, risking the innocent lives of undocumented immigrants is unthinkable. But Reese persuades her that no one will get hurt. And once things proceed without a hitch and a fortune starts rolling in, the Spencers are sure their dreams are about to come true . . .

Nobody will live to tell
Until several immigrants turn up dead on arrival. Until Reese bets more than he can ever repay. Now the Feds and cold-blooded loan sharks are closing in . . . as the real brains behind the operation start killing off loose ends. And between love, lies, and revenge, it’s every betrayer for themselves—no matter how lethal the cost.
Release: 4/24/18
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Passion of the Streets by:A’Zayler
She’s everything he wants . . .

Nobody ever gave Jamil Rock anything—much less hope. To survive a rough home life and one bad break after another, he became his hood’s most successful drug dealer. With loyal friends at his back, Jamil coolly takes care of business and never thinks too far ahead—until Gia Ellis walks into his life. Suddenly, ruling the streets is nothing compared to the instant heat, and alluringly innocent aura, Jamil can’t resist . . .

He’s everything she shouldn’t . . .

Even with a wealthy family and a bright future ahead, Gia is tired of being sheltered. Jamil’s instincts and protective strength make her feel alive—and his hidden vulnerabilities show her a man struggling to do right the only way he knows how. But the game never lets go without a fight … and their love has only one desperate chance to overcome . . .
Release: 4/24/18
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Strategic Seduction by:Cheris Hodges
Alicia Michaels needs a major career reboot, so she’s got no time for romance. But starting over in Atlanta is an uphill battle for the cautious PR rep—especially after she teams up with wealthy Richmond Crawford on a make-or-break project. For one thing, the risk-taking entrepreneur is nothing like the staid businessman he used to be. For another, she and Richmond can’t see eye-to-eye on anything—except that the reckless attraction between them is sizzling, off-the-charts trouble . . .

Playing by the rules got Richmond betrayal from his rich family—and shattering heartbreak. He’s got to prove he can be his own man, so keeping things strictly-business with Alicia is the smart play. Still, even their conflicts only make Richmond want more of her honesty and courage. But a shocking revelation will endanger everything they’re fighting to build. And making things right could be the final deal breaker . . .
Release: 4/24/18
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Collusion by:De’Nesha Diamond
In D.C.’s cutthroat political arena, revenge is the ultimate nuclear option . . .

Framed for a high-profile murder, Abrianna Parker finds herself hurtling down a conspiracy rabbit hole in a desperate attempt to clear her name. Her only way out is to go after the most powerful man in the country. But the powers that be play dirty—and expose her billionaire adoptive father, Cargill Parker, and his criminal activity.

With charges of collusion swirling on Capitol Hill, police and Federal agencies force Abrianna off the grid. But she’s not alone. By her side is ex-con turned private investigator Kadir Kahlifa, a man as seductive as he is dangerous. While battling a fiery passion, they team up with their band of street rebels and digital revolutionaries to burn through deception and spin to uncover the truth before it costs more innocent lives—mainly their own.
Release: 4/24/18
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The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life by:Jazz Smollett-Warwell, Jake Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Jussie Smollett
Before actors and Food Network stars Jazz, Jake, Jurnee, and Jussie Smollett conquered Hollywood, they spent their childhood crisscrossing the United States. Moving coast to coast thirteen times, they car-tripped to small towns and big cities across America.

But no matter where they lived, two things remained constant: their incredible family feasts and the long, wooden kitchen table where they shared food and lived their lives. Each time they arrived in a new home, their mother would transform planks of hard wood into a smooth, varnished butcher block table in a beloved ritual that took three days. That hand-crafted table would become the heart of the Smollett clan, where the most important and cherished events and accomplishments, no matter how large or small, were honored, and where holidays were celebrated: Christmas, Easter, Passover, Chanukah, birthdays, milestones. With a mother from New Orleans and a Jewish father from New York who met and married in California, the Smollett kids were exposed to diverse culinary heritages and grew up open to all the deliciousness the world had to offer.

In this warm and personal book, the Smolletts invite us all to take a seat at their table and enjoy the good times and good food that help families thrive. The Family Table includes more than 130 delicious, comforting recipes that pay tribute to their past and present, including:

Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps
Potato Crab Au Gratin
Brown Butter Lamb Chops
Honey Sriracha Chicken Skewers
7th Ward Gumbo
North African Chicken Stew
Cast-Iron Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

These favorite recipes from the Smolletts are suitable for intimate dinners and fabulous feasts alike, but more than that, The Family Table is a remarkable portrait of a loving, all-American family, rich with traditions that they continue to build to this day.
Release: 4/24/18
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Queen Hustlaz Part 2 by:Falice Love
The girls are at it again and have taken revenge to the next level.

Dana has gone through an ultimate test of will and faith, but she refuses to sit still and live her life being dependent on others. Will she become the woman that she used to be, or will she fall back in the grasp of money and greed? Stephanie is in a world of her own and wants to transition away from Dana and Brittany. Will she finally slip the tight hold that Dana seemingly has over her? Jeryca’s future keeps her visiting her past and remembering how Farrah was there for her, which sets her teeth on edge. She is going to make everyone involved pay dearly–even the ones currently in her circle–but with new enemies coming for her and Orlando, will revenge truly be hers, or will the wrath of her new foe bring her demise?
Release: 4/24/18
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The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 by:Desiree
Sex, love, drugs and music are just a few of the Carter boys’ daily dealings. Drama follows them everywhere, especially being the largest, most dangerous organization Atlanta has ever seen. The women who want to be with them and the men who want to be just like them can easily get lost in the shuffle when the target is constantly moving to a new Carter’s back.

Stepping outside of his relationship with his current woman seems impossible to Trent, but that all changes when the girl who had a childhood crush on him comes back into the picture looking totally different than he remembered. How does the smooth, smart, and prettiest of the Carter boys deal with this, especially now that he finally has Jade in his life?

Still not quite understanding his quiet and dark demeanor, Noelle can’t help the attraction she feels for her mysterious neighbor, Shiloh Carter. Could it be the romantic and affectionate side he shows her when no one else is around? Or is the mystery surrounding this man really a major turn on for her? Everything between the two neighbors is great until she gets a front row seat to a side of Shiloh that she never saw coming. Will Noelle stick around, or will she pack her things and move far away from Atlanta when she realizes that Shiloh is more dangerous than she thought?
Release: 4/24/18
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What Kind of Man Would I Be by:Blake Karrington
Four friends manuever through toxic and terrifc relationships and come to terms with their troublesome views about women.

Smart, successful, and sexy, Dorrian is a local club owner and promoter with serious commitment problems. He has dreams of one day putting a ring on the finger of a woman he deems worthy, but after years in the club business and countless interactions with the party-girl types, Dorrian finds himself wondering if there is truly anyone who can live up to his standards.

Ant, a certified thug gigolo, has a skewed view of the opposite sex, due in large part to his un-trusting and unaffectionate mother. He often finds himself in need of women who can fill that void his mother left behind.

Roshon, an upwardly mobile professional, is a devoted friend and father to his seven-year-old son, RJ. Although he loves his son with all his being, the total opposite rings true for his baby’s momma. Dina is the true definition of hoodrat, and she is determined to make sure she gets her share of Roshon’s new success.

Carlos is a well-muscled womanizer who owns and operates his own barbershop. He is the proud father of four children, all by different women. He falls in love just as quick as he falls out of it.

Follow these four childhood friends as they navigate the sometimes treacherous, sometimes triumphant relationships with the women in their lives.
Release: 4/24/18
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Full Figured 12: Carl Weber Presents by:La Jill Hunt
After many years of misery, Zen Brooks is finally free. Free from her cheating husband, free from a dead-end job, and free from more than one hundred pounds of weight that she worked hard to lose. Now, she is enjoying life and determined not to ever go back to being the person she was.

Josh Miller had the world in the palm of his hands. Once one of the top players in the NBA with millions of dollars in his bank account, there was nothing in this world that he wanted and couldn’t have. But his fame and fortune was short-lived, and his world and career came crashing down because of bad habits, bad choices, and a bad attitude.

Will Zen gain the life she wants after losing what she thought she didn’t need? Can Josh become a better man now that he has nothing to lose and no one to hold onto? This is a story of love, trust, defying the odds, and facing demons of the past in order to find peace in the future.
Release: 4/24/18
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Indie Reads

Invest In Me by: Natasha Dillion
Bella Drew loves nothing more than living in the country. But when she’s told that her house doesn’t actually belong to her, she is forced to come to New York to sort things out. It turns out that handsome celebrity millionaire, Thomas Graves, is really the one who owns her house! By all means she should hate him, but he is incredibly kind and drop-dead gorgeous!

Thomas is equally taken by Bella and they are unable to keep their hands off each other…And during their whirlwind romance they quickly get married! But marrying a millionaire isn’t what Bella expected…With Thomas so busy with his company and social events, she wonders if she is just a pretty face to him.

And with each day that goes by, she becomes increasingly homesick and craves her quiet country home in the south. Has Bella made a mistake in marrying Thomas? Or will they realize that they are meant to be?
Release: 4/23/18
Click to purchase: (Kindle)

Buckeye and the Babe (Modern Mail Order Bride Book 6) by:Olivia Gaines and Teri Blackwell
Cabrina Roberts flew to Las Vegas to have a face to face conversation and get a possible lead on her friend, Aisha Miller’s disappearance. What she finds instead is Gabriel Neary, codename Buckeye, a CIA Agent that is too handsome for his own good.

Add in two free tickets to a hypnotist show, a bottle of cheap champagne and the pair wakes up the next morning to find themselves married.

Throw in a road trip to Georgia, loads of laughs, and a couple who are simply too perfect for each other to ignore, Buckeye and his babe, begin a not so traditional romance across the miles.
Release: 4/24/18
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