{Born On This Day} ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Happy Birthday to ReShonda Tate Billingsley! We adore you over here at BPT! May all of you dreams continue to come true. Pick up a copy of her latest release Seeking Sarah! Bio ReShonda Tate Billingsley always did have an active imagination. From making up stories to crafting award-winning poems, the national bestselling author has…

{New Releases} Week 37 (Sept 4-10)

Sing, Unburied, Sing by:Jesmyn Ward A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award–winner Jesmyn Ward. In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward…

{New Releases} Week 36 (Aug 28-Sept 3) 

Grand Opening 2: A Family Business Novel by:Carl Weber From the minds of New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber and Essence bestseller La Jill Hunt comes the newest entry into the game-changing Family Business saga. The year is 1978, the Duncan brothers and their tough-as-nails women have vanquished their rivals and taken their place…

{Born On This Day} Elle Wright

Happy Birthday to Leslie ‘Elle’ Wright! Bio Born and raised in Southeast Michigan, near Ann Arbor, my mother always instilled in me the importance of reading. There was never a time when I wasn’t going to read, in the process of reading, or just finished reading a book. It was also my mother who, later…

{New Releases} Week 35 (Aug 21-27)

Stay With Me by:Ayobami Adebayo In the spirit of Chris Cleave’s Little Bee and Emma Donoghue’s Room, this unforgettable novel set in Nigeria gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage–and the forces that threaten to tear it apart. Yejide and Akin have been married since they met…

{New Releases} Week 34 (Aug 14-20)

A Kind of Freeman by:Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man…

{Behind The Book} Simone Kelly On ‘Like A Fly On The Wall’

Recently, I had the opportunity to sitdown with Simone Kelly to discuss her recent release ‘Like a Fly on the Wall,’ Life, and so much more. A Cleavester Interview Cleavester: Congrats on your new novel ‘Like a Fly on the Wall.’ Tell the readers about it? Simone Kelly: Thank’s so much! I’m very excited about…

{New Releases} Week 33 (Aug 7-13)

Truth Doesn’t Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports by:Bennet Omalu One day in 2002 the fifty-year old body of former Pittsburgh Steeler and hall of famer Mike Webster was laid on a cold table in front of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Webster’s body looked to Omalu like the body…

{Excerpt} The Betting Vow by:K.M. Jackson

CHAPTER 1 Balancing on the hood of a sports car while slickly oiled up was a lot harder than most people imagined. Add to that doing it hands free, because you’ve got your hands wrapped around a fully loaded burger. Plus, you are in a bikini and are wearing six-inch stilettos. Well, then, you’ve got…

{Excerpt} Breakfast in Bed by:Rochelle Alers

CHAPTER 1 Sprawled on a chintz-covered recliner in the sitting area in one of DuPont House’s suites, Tonya Martin crossed her bare feet at the ankles, while her friends claimed matching chairs with cushioned footstools. She had spent the past half hour talking to them when she should have retired for bed. Earlier that morning,…

{Except} Dirty Tricks by:Kiki Swinson and Saundra

CHAPTER 1 LUCKY TO BE ALIVE Three Months Earlier “No! Please!” I begged, gagging from the mixture of snot and blood running over my lips and into my mouth. The salt from my tears stung the open wounds on my bottom lip. But that was the least of my pain. Another slap across the face…