New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

July 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cheaper to keep her 4

July 26, 2016
Swinson, Kiki, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
268 pages ; 18 cm
A gunshot wound... witness protection... a stint in a safe house... this isn't what Lynise Washington planned for herself when she went to Jersey with Bishop, a money-making gangsta. She thought he'd take care of her for life, until too much drama turned the tables. Now Bishop wants Lynise dead and he'll use every resource he has. Too bad for him she's back in Virginia, primed for revenge-- and this time she's playing on team FBI. But when she and Agent Sean Foster start feeling each other, they incite suspicion-- not to mention jealousy from Agent Zachary, the safe house's queen bee. Lynise isn't sweating it though. With the explosive information she's packing, the agents need her at least as much as she needs them. And Lynise isn't planning to take one for the team, much less cave in to Bishop's wrath-- even if she has to take matters into her own deadly hands...

Uptown thief

July 26, 2016
De León, Aya, author.
391 pages ; 22 cm
"Marisol Rivera uses her escort service business as a cover to rob New York City's rich and powerful."--Provided by publisher.

Just can't let go

July 20, 2016
Morrison, Mary B., author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
viii, 286 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes a reading group guide (pgs. 283-286)
New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison delivers an explosive second novel about the unforgettable Crystal women, a family battling to stay together as desire, deception, and ever-elusive happiness threaten to tear them apart...

You're the one I want

July 19, 2016
Allison, Shane, author.
New York : Strebor Books, 2016.
315 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title: Zane presents.
"Bree has the perfect life…or so she thinks. Things start to spiral out of control, however, when her so-called best friend, Tangela, sets her eyes on Bree’s wealthy doctor husband, Kashawn. Determined to have the life that she believes is rightfully hers, Tangela will do whatever it takes to have Kashawn, the mansion, the cars, and the prestige that comes with being a doctor’s wife for herself--even if it means she has to kill."--Provided by publisher.

Beat'n it up

July 12, 2016
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : KJ Publications, Inc., [2016]
97 pages ; 22 cm
"Shanice 'NeeCee' Sanders, a sassy, shapely parole officer finds herself hopelessly lusting after Jamal Tyson, aka 'J̃Murda', recent parolee and sexy, buffly built alpha male from the projects of Savannah Georgia's gritty, west side. The giddiness of mindblowing sex and living life dangerously has made NeeCee temporarily suspend common sense, bringing her ever closer to the sobering possibility of her illegal indiscretions being discovered by the 'Hostess City's' police department. Will she risk it all for lust?"--Publisher's description.

Pitz : a tale of urban terror

July 12, 2016
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 21 cm
"In 2007, several aggressive pitbull terriers escaped from the infamous, dogfighting ring known as 'Triple Double Kennels', formerly operated by disgraced NBA star Mario Mixx. Soon the badly mutilated bodies of victims begin surfacing throughout the wooded areas of Newport News' impoverished East End community. Mangled, partially eaten human remains, show signs of canine predation, causing the frightened residents of the hood to blame the bloody attacks on a brutal pack of feral dogs. With tensions between the police and the hood mounting after each mauling that goes unresolved, the homies from the streets takes matters in their own hands to protect their hood from the rabid pack."--Page [4] of cover.

Absalom's daughters : a novel

July 6, 2016
Feldman, Suzanne, 1958- author.
253 pages ; 22 cm
Self-educated and brown-skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother's laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for colored music and dreams of life as a big city radio star. These teenaged girls are half-sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father's inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what's rightly theirs.

Childhood sweethearts. 2 : a novel

July 1, 2016
Spears, Jacob, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2016.
208 pages ; 22 cm
"Hustler duo China and Smooth have been inseparable since they were kids. The hood-smart childhood sweethearts would later go on to become hood-rich and grow into one of the most powerful tandems on the streets. A definite force to be reckoned with, it was only a matter of time before the pair who came into their own almost effortlessly would draw the ire and attention of some of the underworld's most dangerous power-players. Which is when China caught a case. Now she's locked up, sentenced to 3 years behind bars. Smooth uses this opportunity to reclaim his throne on the streets. Hoping to give his true love something to come back to. But in the back of his mind she's all he can think about and that just might be the opening his enemies need to put him down once, and for all."--Page 4 of cover.

Home : a novel

July 1, 2016
Thompson, Adrienne.
[United States] : Pink Cashmere Pub. Co., ©2015.
206 pages ; 23 cm
"A family emergency brings former rapper and current real estate mogul, Ivan Spencer, back to his long-abandoned hometown. While there, he must deal with his confused mother, his elderly, philandering father, his flaky sister, an unreliable aunt, and a face from the past who makes him question some of his earlier decisions. All he wants to do is to get things squared away and return to his life, but as it turns out, he must deal with his own issues first."--Provided by publisher.

The Teflon Queen. 6, No mercy

July 1, 2016
Silk White, author.
195 pages ; 22 cm
"Good 2 Go Publishing presents"--Cover.
"The Teflon Queen is back! But this time she's out of the game. Angela settles down with, Nick a nice gentleman that has no clue about her past. Things in Angela's life couldn't be better until she gets a visit from her protégé, Ashley, informing her that a well known terrorist has stolen the list containing the information and identity of every single special agent out there. Angela does her best to leave her past behind her but when an assassin that goes by the name, Mad Max shows up at her front door, Angela is forced to do what she knows best. Join Angela as she takes on Mad Max, an assassin with better skills and a stronger will to survive. Find out which assassin will come out on top."--Page 4 of cover.

Thuggz Valentine

July 1, 2016
Clark, Wahida, author.
East Orange, New Jersey : Wahida Clark Presents Publishing, [2015]
196 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reading group discussion questions.
Told in reverse, this modern day Bonnie and Clyde hood story features a couple who love each other, but wreak havoc on the world surrounding them.

He loves me, he loves you not. 5, Remi's world

June 30, 2016
Mychea. author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2015.
214 pages ; 22 cm
"Remi is back! Ready to have her story told. Travel with Remi through time as she transitions from a child to an adult. After losing her sisters to senseless acts of violence, Remi doesn't quite know what to do without her genetic DNA squad to hold her down. Assuming a role she never coveted as mother of her orphaned niece and nephews, she holds a well-deserved grudge against Avionne. Avionne has no idea what Remi's life has been like. All she knows is her side of the unfortunate tale that is their lives. But she will soon learn, karma thrives by the boomerang effect and will always find its way home. Remi has a score to settle and she refuses to rest until she can level the playing field and get justice for her sisters murders. No matter what it takes there will be hell to pay. Avionne owed a debt and Remi was the kind of woman that never allowed a debt to go unpaid. Avionne would pay what she owes, Remi was going to see to it."--Back cover.

Hard candy saga

June 28, 2016
McCall, Amaleka G, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
348 pages ; 23 cm
Works previously published separately as: Hard candy. Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, c2011; and, Hard candy 2. Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, c2012.
Collects two stories in which Candice Hardaway, the daughter of rising New York drug kingpin Eric "Easy" Hardaway, finds her whole family murdered and resolves to take revenge on those responsible.

I can touch the bottom

June 28, 2016
Moore, Michel, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
230 pages ; 21 cm
Hustler Stacks has an insatiable appetite for sex so when he meets his equal in Ava, the two soon hook up, taking drug-slanging and sheet-banging to whole different level.

Stepping to a new day

June 27, 2016
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, [2016]
292 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to the town of Henry Adams with a story of family, friendship, love, and second chances. In Henry Adams, Kansas, you can't start over without stirring things up. Many a good woman has had to leave a no-good man, but how many of them took a back-seat to his 600-lb. hog? On her own for the first time, Genevieve Gibbs is ecstatic, even if certain people preferred the doormat version of Ms. Gibbs. Finding someone who appreciates the "new" her has only just hit Gen's to-do list when T.C. Barbour appears in her life. A tiny Kansas town is a far cry from his native Oakland, California, but it's just the change T. C. needs. While helping his divorced nephew acclimate to single fatherhood, T. C. lands a gig driving a limo for the most powerful woman in Henry Adams. It's a great way to meet people--and one in particular has already made the job worthwhile. All it takes is a short trip from the airport for Genevieve to snag T.C.'s attention for good. But it wouldn't be Henry Adams without adding more drama to the mix. When Gen's ex Riley returns with his hog in tow, it sets off a chain of events that can ruin everything--unless the residents pull together once again to save the day"-- Provided by publisher.

The conglomerate : a luxurious tale

June 27, 2016
Santiago, Danielle, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
252 pages ; 21 cm
In a tale of luxury, betrayal, and lies, three friends' lives are forever changed as the future of their lucrative conglomerate hangs in the balance.


June 27, 2016
Alonge, L. J., author.
142 pages ; 17 cm.
"Janae works every day at her Granny's Strange Goods Superstore, selling lucky rabbits feet and other useless junk. And every night, after closing up shop, she dominates the courts with her boys. When the chance comes around to take her game to the next level, she knows she'll make the cut. It s all about skill luck s got nothing to do with it. Right?"--Provided by publisher.


June 24, 2016
Scott, Devon, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
300 pages ; 18 cm
"Previously published as Jasminium by Jonathan Luckett"--Cover.
Taj has a successful career, a loving fiancee, and a life full of promise. The talented Cheyenne is married and has all the security money can bring. One chance encounter during the holidays sweeps these two back into a wrenching past they thought they'd put behind them.

Tied to a boss

June 22, 2016
Rose, J.L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2016.
203 pages ; 22 cm
Local gangster Dante falls for a local female gangster named Alinna, who finds out he's two-timing her.

Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray

June 21, 2016
Love, Dorothy, 1949- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
386 pages ; 22 cm
"Mary Anna Custis Lee is a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, wife of Confederate General Robert E Lee, and heiress to Virginia's storied Arlington house and General Washington's personal belongings. Born in bondage at Arlington, Selina Norris Gray learns to read and write in the schoolroom Mary and her mother keep for the slave children, and eventually becomes Mary's housekeeper and confidante. As Mary's health declines, Selina becomes her personal maid, strengthening a bond that lasts until death parts them. Forced to flee Arlington at the start of the Civil War, Mary entrusts the keys to her beloved home to no one but Selina. When Union troops begin looting the house, it is Selina who confronts their commander and saves many of its historic treasures."-- Provided by publisher.

Down home blues : a novel

June 21, 2016
Dixon, Phyllis R, 1958- author.
284 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group and resource guide.
"Eden, Arkansas is a town you are from, not move to. But when divorce, foreclosure, domestic violence, and an all-expense paid trip (also called prison) disrupt the Washington siblings perfectly planned lives, they end up back down home. Instead of serenity, sibling rivalries, divided loyalties and money squabbles resurface. Even the good news, that there may be natural gas on their father's land, causes conflict. When their father, C.W. Washington, one of the largest landowners in the county, announces his engagement, barely six months after his wife's death, his daughters fear Viagra is clouding his judgment (his sons say go for it). Homemade preserves and family dinners are welcome by-products of the move down home. Unfortunately, family members aren't always singing in the same key. But just a few notes can switch a gloomy blues tune to the soundtrack for a good time. What song will the Washingtons play?"--Page 4 of cover.

Oklahoma City

June 17, 2016
Johnson, Clifford, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
346 pages ; 21 cm.
The drug trade in Oklahoma City is thriving despite being run by two kingpins, but when a woman comes between them, the streets run red and the stability that the drug suppliers once took for granted is long gone.

Power couple : a novel

June 16, 2016
Hobbs, Allison, author.
New York : Strebor Books, 2016.
295 pages ; 21 cm
In a society obsessed with fame and image, celebrity chef Cori Brown and her former NFL star husband Maverick are another power couple. When the media darling, Cori, finds herself embroiled in a sex scandal, she fears her loyal fans and tabloids will viciously turn on her. Even her pro football player husband isn't safe, and Maverick may be dragged through the mud along with her.

Str8 up thugg'n

June 15, 2016
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : KJ Publications, Inc., [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 21 cm
Cover title.
"Runaway nineteen-year-old Tatiana is under the abusive hand of an older boyfriend who forces her into prostitution and beats her brutally. When she meets a younger man who is interested in helping her, he calls on the Piru Bloodz gang to get involved."--Provided by publisher.

The gilded years : a novel

June 10, 2016
Tanabe, Karin, author.
New York : Washington Square Press, 2016.
382 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a readers club guide.
"Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise "Lottie" Taylor, the scion of one of New York's most prominent families. Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie's sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it's like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman--the person everyone believes her to be--and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It's only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita's brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister's, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita's college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret. Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Gilded Age, an era when old money traditions collided with modern ideas, Tanabe has written an unputdownable and emotionally compelling story of hope, sacrifice, and betrayal--and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life"-- Provided by publisher.


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