New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

July 13, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Girls from da hood 13

July 12, 2018
392 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title on cover: Urban Books presents.
Get it! Get it! / by Ms. Michel Moore -- You can't break us / by Treasure Hernandez -- So far gone / by Katt.
Three dramatic stories of life on the streets, including the tale of Voodo and Moni, lovers who dispense their share of street justice revenge when they are wronged by former business associates.

Love's grip

July 12, 2018
Michelle, Nika, author.
266 pages ; 21 cm
When Daisha's boyfriend, Raekwan, takes his violent, jealous antics to the next level, a mysterious stranger intervenes, taking Daisha to his place to nurse her wounds. Even though she sneaks out the next morning. Daisha can't stop thinking about him; but with her history of bad relationships with men and with her estranged mother, she knows that she should only be concerned with her own survival. In time, she will realize that he has a strong grip on her emotionally, and she has no control. Tyreek, AKA Pistol, witnesses Daisha's assault and suddenly finds himself caring about a stranger. His life of crime has toughened him, but his thoughts are consumed with her safety. On the run from the feds, he knows that trust and loyalty are rarely given in the streets. After fleeing to Atlanta, he pulls off a murder that sets off a domino effect of events he never sees coming. There's a street war brewing, but Pistol and Daisha are fighting a battle in their hearts. Despite all the drama and bloodshed surrounding them, they can't seem to deny their true feelings. Will they make it out alive to pursue the prospect of a real hood love, or will it all be consumed by the fate of the streets?

Loyal to his lies

July 12, 2018
Littles, T. C., author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
216 pages ; 21 cm
"Every relationship has its ups and downs. Zaria Taylor weathers the storms, accepting the bad times as temporary whenever Renard cheats. Deep down inside, Zaria prays the years invested into their relationship will be enough to keep their foundation sturdy. 'Do or die' and 'Till death do us part' are her mottos, though her wedding ring finger is still bare. She makes the mistake of believing him every time he says he will do better, he is sorry, and his heart only belongs to her. When his lies are exposed and it is revealed that Renard has been dragging Zaria's name through the mud while taking caring of another woman's child on the side, all bets are off and payback is on. Angry and bitter, Zaria makes it her mission to show her two-timing baby daddy exactly how it feels to get played. Between sleeping with his best friend, stirring up drama with his line-up of women, and trying to ruin his street business, Zaria is fueled by a shattered heart, and she won't stop until revenge is hers"--Back cover.


July 12, 2018
Solomon, Germaine, author.
309 pages ; 21 cm.
After an interrupted dance performance, Radiance Alexander is literally picked up and carried away, kicking and screaming, from her job at a popular Atlanta gentleman's club. Sexy multimillionaire Eli Jamieson would prefer that she live in the lap of luxury than on the laps of strange and horny men. What begins as a goodwill gesture soon evolves into the most flammable romance under the heavens. Lust, love, and passion quickly consume Eli and the young woman who makes him feel born again. In fact, they're so caught up in the rapture that Eli ignores the fact that a woman from his past still has a loose hold on him, and Radiance fails to prepare for the day of reckoning that she knows will eventually come. Radiance and Eli are forced to deal with persistent outside forces that threaten to tear them apart. They overcome every obstacle they face, intensifying the bonding of their souls, but when tragedy strikes, will Radiance's love and faith be enough to cover Eli and give him the will to fight and live? Or will their happiness be snatched away by death?

Shot through the heart

July 12, 2018
Bam, Ms., author.
viii, 308 pages ; 21 cm.
After the demise of her relationship with long-time boyfriend Don Travious, Nicole thinks her prayers have been answered when Kendrick Taylor walks into her life. Life with him is bliss - until he walks out of her life, leaving her more broken and alone than she's ever felt. Mourning the love she's lost, Nicole has resigned herself to the fact that she will be alone forever. Jeremiah gives his all to Mia, a rising R&B star. He even accepts the responsibility of raising another man's child without a second thought. Jeremiah feels ready to conquer the world; then, with one fateful trip to Texas, he discovers that everything he thought he knew about Mia was a lie. Now, Jeremiah is richer than ever, but his heart is cold. He's a straight savage when it comes to love.

Mafio$o. Part four

July 3, 2018
Santiago, Nisa, author.
[Bellport, New York] : Melodrama Publishing, 2018.
263 pages ; 22 cm
With both Scott and Layla West behind bars, it's now up to Bugsy and Lucky to run the family businesses. Lucky quickly steps into Layla's shoes, but acting as second in command to an absentee boss is unsatisfying. She wants to sit at the helm of the family organization, with or without her mother's blessing. Bugsy, who has always idolized Scott, takes things too far and does the unthinkable. This infraction may cost him his life. Scott and Layla, betrayed by their children, are not the forgiving type. With mother pitted against daughter and father against son, there may be more West funerals to attend.

Hustle hard

June 28, 2018
Saundra, author.
265 pages ; 21 cm
"If it ain't about the money series" -- Cover.
For Isis, Secret, and Penny, the good times just keep getting better. As "managers" of Miami's hottest custom car shop, they're moving vast kilos of product faster than their scammer boss, Kirk, can pimp out rides--and living la vida luxurious. So they've got things under control when Secret and Penny's alcoholic mother shows up needing help. And when Isis' one-time love, Bobbi, begs for another chance--complete with a huge payoff--she's got his loot on lock and temptation at arm's length... But fast money brings ever more lethal problems. Penny falls into a vicious spiral of addiction no amount of cold hard cash can break. As Secret and Isis struggle to save her, a vengeful enemy goes hard after Kirk and the business, putting all three friends in the crosshairs. And as they fight to save what they've built, staying alive means risking unthinkable options--and betrayal no friendship can forgive...

Lemon filled disaster

June 28, 2018
Moody, Tyora, author.
210 pages ; 22 cm
"Retiree Eugeena Patterson has picked up some new activities which include volunteering at an afterschool program and helping her future daughter-in-law plan a wedding. Eugeena is more than thrilled to see her son, Dr. Cedric Patterson, a longtime bachelor soon wed his girlfriend, Carmen Alpine. During wedding planning errands, Eugeena notices a man is tailing her and Carmen. When Eugeena finds out the man is Carmen's ex-husband, this lessens her enthusiasm for the upcoming nuptials, especially since Carmen had failed to share this information about her past. Later, when that man is found dead, Carmen becomes a suspect. As Eugeena begins to investigate Carmen's past, she's wondering if this wedding will ever happen"--Back cover.

The body in the ballroom

June 19, 2018
Koreto, Richard J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
293 pages ; 24 cm.
"President Teddy Roosevelt's daring daughter, Alice, leaps into action to exonerate a friend accused of poisoning a man just about everyone hated. Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin's bullet to solve one murder. She never expected to have to sleuth another, but she'd never pass up the opportunity, either. Anything to stave off boredom. And such an opportunity presents itself when Alice is invited to a lavish ball. The high-society guests are in high spirits as they imbibe the finest wines. But one man, detested by nearly all the partygoers, quaffs a decidedly deadlier cocktail. An African-American mechanic, who also happens to be a good friend of former Rough Rider-turned-Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, is suspected of the murder-by-poison, but Alice is sure he's innocent and is back on the scene to clear his name. From downtown betting parlors to uptown mansions, Alice and Agent St. Clair uncover forbidden romances and a financial deal that just might change the world. But neither Alice nor her would-be protector may survive the case at hand in The body in the ballroom, R. J. Koreto's gripping second Alice Roosevelt mystery." -- ǂc Publishers description.

Touched by you

June 18, 2018
Wright, Elle, author.
311 pages ; 17 cm.
"Brooklyn Wells has fought her dominating father, CEO Parker Wells, every step of the way. Instead of taking her appointed place in the boardroom, she's a social worker. Instead of living for diamonds and designer gowns, she helps her community's poor and lost. And now she's falling hard for the troubled newcomer who saved her life--and holds dangerous secrets . . . For Carter Marshall, Wellspring offers a chance to put tragedy behind him and start again. Caring too much is not in the plan--until the irrepressible Brooklyn teases him to live once more . . . and recklessly lose himself in passion. But Parker Wells has a major deal riding on his daughter's arranged marriage. And he won't stop at using Brooklyn and Carter's pasts to drive them apart. As they fight scandal, betrayal, and their own vulnerabilities, will the fire between them burn even hotter--or flame out for good?"--Publisher's description.

The solace of water

June 15, 2018
Younts, Elizabeth Byler, author.
359 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"In The Solace of Water, Elizabeth Byler Younts tells the story of two women, one white and one black, in racially charged 1956, who fight personal battles of freedom and form a friendship that neither expected"-- Provided by publisher.

Loyalty to a gangsta 2

June 8, 2018
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
v, 197 pages ; 22 cm
Gabriel Green returns home after a year-long sabbatical and learns that his fiancee's business is in danger. After hearing about infidelity, he reconnects with an old flame, whose life has been threatened.

The return of the Carter boys : the Carter boys 2

June 7, 2018
Granger, Desirée, author.
217 pages ; 21 cm.
As Trent thinks about stepping out on his wife in order to be with a woman from his past, Noelle has to determine whether or not to stick around when she sees a violent side of Shiloh she didn't know existed.

All work, no play

June 4, 2018
Baker, Assa Raymond, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
206 pages ; 22 cm
"Chicago's biggest drug trafficker J. Ross is fresh out of the pen, and looking to reclaim his spot atop the windy city's criminal hierarchy. But first, he concocts a deadly plan a revenge. Headed up by a vicious hired gun named Vudu. Vudu's marching orders are simple, travel to Milwaukee and obliterate the ones J.Ross holds responsible for his lengthy prison stint. Meanwhile, mil-town watches as its own gangland drama unfolds. Stepbrother and stepsister team Calboy and GP make their bank by ripping off dealers, while local hoods Kadeem and Gully see their flourishing drug business as a necessary evil. A stepping stone towards stardom, and better quality of life. But as all four inch closer to achieving their respective goals, loyalties begin to shift, and codes once considered sacred are suddenly breached. This, as the threat of J. Ross's newly-arrived henchman, looms large over everyone involved"--Back cover.

Los Angeles

June 1, 2018
Phillips, C. N., author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
236 pages ; 21 cm.

Broken places

May 31, 2018
Clark, Tracy P., 1961- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
vi, 361 pages ; 22 cm
Former cop Cass Raines has found the world of private investigation a less stressful way to eke out a living in the Windy City. When Father Ray Heaton asks Cass to look into a recent spate of vandalism at his church, she agrees. But only hours later she discovers his body in the church confessional, a dead gangbanger sprawled out nearby. It's dismissed as a late-night random theft, but Cass's instincts tell her that's not the motive at a cash-strapped parish like Saint Brendan's. And she intends to see justice done....

Lightning's run

May 31, 2018
Goodman, Gabriel.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
99 pages ; 20 cm.
Bullied relentlessly, Hiram Goldfarb, a Jewish immigrant in nineteenth-century New York City, learns bareknuckle fighting from a former slave wanted for a heinous crime in the South.

The accidental mistress

May 31, 2018
De León, Aya (Novelist), author.
291 pages ; 21 cm.
Sisters from Trinidad, Violet and Lily have never had much in common. Stunning Lily arrives undocumented in New York and makes her way as a stripper. But Harvard-educated Violet is this close to the perfect assimilated life, thanks to a prestigious job, and her rich bougie fiance... Until she aids a woman in trouble, and is mistaken for a notorious strip-club mogul's mistress. When she's wrongly accused of helping him embezzle millions, Violet loses everything. As Violet and Lily struggle to finally understand each other, they have only one shot to get justice for those who need it most.

A product of the system

May 31, 2018
Moore, Michel, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
282 pages ; 21 cm.

Won't stop

May 31, 2018
Johnson, Clifford, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
312 pages ; 21 cm.
"Hot Shot is at it again! Now that it's been revealed that he is an undercover FBI agent assigned to clean up as many urban cities as he can, Hot Shot and his trustworthy comrade Cotton take their skills to Oklahoma City to deal with some serious gangsters who run the drug trade"-- Provided by publisher.

Back to life : love after heartbreak

May 30, 2018
Shantaé, author.
234 pages ; 21 cm.

Anger is a gift

May 29, 2018
Oshiro, Mark, author.
463 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tor Teen book."
Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Monday's not coming

May 29, 2018
Jackson, Tiffany D., author.
435 pages ; 22 cm
Monday Charles is missing, and Claudia seems to be the one person who notices. They've always been inseparable, and when Monday doesn't show up for school fro two weeks, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday's mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and her sister April is even less help. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she's gone?

Crystal Clear

May 29, 2018
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
82 pages ; 22 cm
"A Henry Adams novella"--Cover.
From Lifetime Career Achievement Rita Award winner, USA Today bestseller, and NAACP Image Award Nominee, a story from Beverly Jenkins's acclaimed Blessings Series ... This novella--taking place after A Wish and a Prayer and before Heart of Gold --shares the inside story of fan-favorite, Crystal Chambers Brown's adventures as a runaway. A safe, stable life should be the everything that teenaged Crystal ever wanted; but though she knows she should count her blessings, part of her wants to scream at all the rules! She loves her new life and family ... but she misses her friends and being free. People say you can never go back home, but Crystal thinks they're wrong, and heads back to Dallas, to see what she left behind. But on the way, Crystal learns some home truths about the real meaning of home. Sometimes a journey backwards moves you forward ... Includes a new bonus short story, Transformation.

Tiffany Sly lives here now

May 8, 2018
Davis, Dana, 1984- author.
332 pages ; 22 cm
I've got seven days to come clean to my new dad. Seven days to tell the truth... For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn't been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she's never known. Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters--and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn't fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home--or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the street. Marcus McKinney has had his own experiences with death, and the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them is the only thing that makes her feel grounded. But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he's Tiffany's real dad--and she has only seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make--and that life means sometimes taking risks.


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