New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

March 21, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Around the way girls 11

March 21, 2018
Westminster, MD : Distributed by Kensington Publishing Corp.
360 pages ; 21 cm
Meal ticket /Treasure Hernandez -- Party girls / Clifford "Spud" Johnson --Do or die /India Johnson-Williams.
'Doing Hard Time' by Treasure Hernandez: Drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse, and petty crimes were all part of the childhood of Tameka Davis. Now she is determined to get out of the hood. 'Party Girls' by Clifford 'Spud' Johnson: Tammy and Debbie grew up in the projects. Feeling hopeless, they chose to use their bodies to get what they wanted - until a frightening encounter inspires them to focus on schooling instead of the streets. 'Do or Die' by India Johnson-Williams: After a big indictment on Detroit's major drug players, the women are left behind to keep the hustle afloat.

It's wrong for me to love you part 3

March 21, 2018
Armstead, Krystal, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
280 pages ; 21 cm.
"Renaissance collection."
After four years, Ne'Vaeh has rekindled a relationship with Jamie, her first love. Jamie struggles to tell her the truth about his night in Miami with Charlene, Ne'Vaeh's rival since their days as students at Howard University.

Tyler Johnson was here

March 21, 2018
Coles, Jay, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
299 pages ; 22 cm
"When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom"--Provided by publisher.

In love with a rude boy : renaissance collection

March 21, 2018
Michelle, Nika.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
282 pages ; 21 cm.
When Yankee gyal Kadijah visits the beautiful island of Jamaica with her friends, she does not expect the events that follow. After a nasty breakup with her two-timing ex and her graduation from culinary arts school, all she wants to do is unwind. However, when she meets Omari, the sexy rude boy turned DJ, things heat up quickly. Once Omari locks eyes with Kadijah, his life will never be the same and he knows it. He is feeling the feisty American beauty, but his wife, the beautiful but fiery Angela, is having no part of it. She will stop at nothing to make sure that no woman takes her husband away - especially not some Yankee.

Broken heart

March 21, 2018
Moody, Tyora, author.
208 pages ; 21 cm
"In the past year Detective Josephine 'Jo' Reed-Powell brought down one of the most notorious serial killers in a decade in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County. When Jo arrives at a new crime scene, something seems very familiar to her. She immediately thinks she may be dealing with a copycat killer. Or is she? How can she keep her mind on finding a killer when her life is falling apart? Jo is struggling with her shattered marriage knowing her husband, Bryan Powell, has had an affair. As Jo questions the twists and turns of her murder investigations, can she let God mend her broken heart?"--Page 4 of cover.

Deep fried trouble

March 21, 2018
Moody, Tyora.
Columbia, S.C. : Tymm Publishing, ©2013.
218 pages ; 22 cm.

Shades of revenge

March 21, 2018
Baker, Assa Raymond, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
201 pages ; 22 cm
On the mean streets of Milwaukee, Jasso and Asad are friends who hustle and have one another's backs. Their friendship is put to a test when one of gang boss Eshy's goons attacks Asad, and then one of Jasso's safe houses is busted.

Troubled heart

March 21, 2018
Moody, Tyora, author.
182 pages ; 21 cm.
"Forensic artist Toni Reed loves when her work helps the police catch criminals. Tasked with helping a traumatized woman identify her attacker, Toni is troubled when she sketches a face that resembles a man from her past. Is it the same man who brutally attacked her two years ago? Despite longtime family friend Detective Cam Noble's insistence that she not interfere with the case, Toni becomes obsessed with seeking justice. Will she let God lead her to come to terms with her past?"--Page 4 of cover.

One house over

March 20, 2018
Monroe, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Books, 2018.
289 pages ; 24 cm.
A dazzling portrait of two very different couples whose friendship and fast times are no match for shattering betrayal.

Dream's life

March 20, 2018
Baker, Assa Raymond, author.
208 pages ; 22 cm
Dream decides to escape from an abusive relationship with her drug dealer boyfriend, Cheez. Meanwhile, Low, a member of the cartel eyeing Cheez's spot, intends to help with Dream's escape.

A sister's secret

March 16, 2018
Rax, Cydney, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
vi, 309 pages ; 21 cm
Savvy and decisive, Burgundy Reeves feels blessed with a good husband and a successful career. She is the sister everyone envies. Since her beloved mother's death, she's given troubled youngest sister, Elyse, a stable home when she needs it most. And she's taken it on herself to keep her contentious siblings together. Under her guidance, they all meet bi-monthly on "Sister Day," a time when they get together to bond, to receive a challenging "assignment," and to cope with a range of things--including their many differences . . . Among the sisters' most challenging assignments: tell the truth. But truthfulness leads to an unveiling of secrets that may destroy lives. Burgundy is struggling to show Coco the real deal about her unreliable baby daddy. If she and level-headed Drucilla can also convince hard-headed eldest sister Alita to give Coco more love than tough talk, that might heal a longtime rift. But it's teenage Elyse's truth that will shatter Burgundy's perfect world beyond repair. And putting the pieces back together could make the sisters stronger together than ever--or pull them apart for good.

Stiletto justice

March 16, 2018
King, Camryn, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
332 pages ; 21 cm
After Kim, Jayda, and Harley's husbands are incarcerated by former prosecutor Hammond Grey, the three women plan the ultimate lethal payback.

A princess in theory

March 6, 2018
Cole, Alyssa, author.
373 pages ; 17 cm.
Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can't resist the chance to experience life--and love--without the burden of his crown.


March 6, 2018
Gwin, Minrose, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
x, 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A devastating tornado rips through the town of Tupelo, Mississippi, at the height of the Great Depression. Dovey, a black laundress, searches for her family. At the McNabb house she find the daughter of the house, Jo, who suffered a head wound. When a baby is found in the wreckage is it Jo's baby brother, Tommy, or Dovey's light-skinned great-grandson, Promise? The two women-- one black, one white; one a great-grandmother, the other a teenager-- are fighting for their families' survival in the aftermath of the tornado.

Stackin' Paper III : Born Sinners : a novel

March 6, 2018
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2016]
213 pages ; 22 cm
Genesis has spent his entire life fighting the demons of his past. Finally when he found the inner peace that always seemed to elude him tragedy strikes once again. With the potential of spending the rest of his life in prison and never reuniting with his wife again, Genesis will need the help of everyone who cares about him to ever be free. Can Supreme, Lorenzo, Amir and T-Roc do the impossible or are the cards stacked so high against him Genesis must accept that his fate has been written? Talisa and Skylar are both in love with the same man. One is his wife who Genesis believed was dead and the other is a woman he promised to share his future with. But only one can have his heart. What are the women willing to do in the name of love?

Dirty work. Part two

February 21, 2018
Hilton, Erica, author.
[Bellport, NY] : Melodrama Publishing, 2018.
248 pages ; 22 cm
After his brother is murdered, Kip plots his revenge. Meanwhile, Jessica has a falling out with two friends, Eshon and Brandy, and must rely on her street smarts. And Maserati Meek calls in skilled reinforcements to help him execute a grand plan.

Beneath the darkest sky

February 20, 2018
Overstreet, Jason, author.
New York, N.Y. : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
306 pages ; 24 cm
Includes discussion questions.
International consultant Prescott Sweet's mission is to bring justice to countries suffering from America's imperialistic interventions. With his outspoken artist wife, Loretta, and their two children, he lives a life of equality and continental elegance amid Europe's glittering capitals beyond anything he ever dared hope for. But he is still a man in hiding, from his past with the Bureau, from British Intelligence and from his own tempting, dangerous skill at high-level espionage. So when he has the opportunity to live in Moscow and work at the American Embassy, Prescott and his family seize the chance to take refuge and at last put down roots in what they believe is a fair society.

Best Laid Plans : a Hood Misfits novel

February 20, 2018
Brick (Novelist), author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, 2018.
284 pages ; 21 cm
Dr. Antonio "Tone" Ortiz is an ordinary single father in Miami, trying to ignore what flows through his veins, until his daughter, Jewel, goes missing. With all his options failing, its up to Tone to find his daughter by any means necessary, even if that means signing his soul over to the devil himself: his father, Caltrone Orlando. Co-parenting has never been easy, and Kenya Gates will learn just how hard it is with the kidnapping of her daughter, Jewel. Even through all the sacrifices, secrets, lost love, drama, pain, and manipulation, these two fighting parents will come together with one agenda in mind: to save their daughter at all costs. But will Kenya also be willing to join up with Tones dangerous father, or will she allow her emotions to get in the way?


February 20, 2018
Black, Anna, 1972- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
268 pages ; 21 cm.
November is on the right track to success, and she looks forward to living the lifestyle she always dreamed shed have as an advertising agent. After suffering through countless roommates and ending up in and out of her parents home while in school, her dream condo is within her grasp; but a few weeks before closing, she totals her car. She is sure bad luck has returned to her life, until she meets Tracy Stone, who offers her a solution. That offer leads to a whirlwind romance that takes November by surprise. Charming, dark, handsome, and well-off, Tracy seems to be the perfect man, until he reveals himself to be a little more jealous and controlling than November would like. Excusing his behavior as deep love for her, she marries him, only to learn that this tall, dark, and handsome guy has some demons that could eventually ruin their marriage and derail her happily-ever-after for good.


February 19, 2018
Smyer, Adam, author.
Brooklyn, New York : Akashic Books, [2018]
316 pages ; 21 cm
Black law student, Marcus Hayes has a difficult time controlling his anger until he meets Amalia. But then the rage returns.

A death in Live Oak

February 14, 2018
Grippando, James, 1958- author.
371 pages ; 24 cm.
"When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the preeminent black fraternity at Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the stygian swamps of the Suwanee River, his death sets off a firestorm. And when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime, the fire threatens to rage out of control. Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest, and a sensational media, Towson's defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher--inside or outside the old Suwanee County Courthouse. The evidence against his client, which includes a threatening text message referencing "strange fruit" on the river, seems overwhelming. Then Jack gets a break that could turn the case. Jamal's gruesome murder bears disturbing similarities to another lynching that occurred back in the Jim Crow days of 1944. Are the chilling parallels purely coincidental? With a community in chaos and a young man's life in jeopardy, Jack will use every resource to find out."--Dust jacket.

An American marriage : a novel

February 13, 2018
Jones, Tayari, author.
308 pages ; 24 cm
"Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together."

We are taking only what we need : stories

February 13, 2018
Watts, Stephanie Powell, author.
xi, 228 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published in 2011 by BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Family museum of the ancient postcards -- If you hit Randolph County, you've gone too far -- We are taking only what we need -- Unassigned territory -- All the sad etc. -- Welcome to the city of dreams -- Do you remember the summer of love? -- Black power -- Highway 18 -- There can never be another me
The ten stories in this resonant collection deal with both the ties that bind and the gulf that separates generations, from children confronting the fallibility of their own parents for the first time to adults finding themselves forced to start over again and again.


February 8, 2018
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
373 pages ; 17 cm
Dr. Colton Lee, a physician in the Wyoming Territory, discovers that his mail-order bride is not only a competent and independent frontierswoman, but a good shot as well.

If it ain't about the money

February 7, 2018
Saundra, author.
New York, N.Y. : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
266 pages ; 21 cm
When Penny and Isis get caught up in Secret's scheme to rob the wealthy by skimming their bacnk accounts, a new love drives Isis to leave the drama and life of crime behind her.


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