New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

January 12, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Sharp curves ahead : a novel

January 11, 2018
Hobbs, Allison, author.
312 pages ; 21 cm
Plus-size friends Jayla Carpenter and Bailee Evans have been close since college. But despite their physical similarities, the two couldn't be more different. Bailee is laid-back, happily married, and comfortable in her skin. Jayla, on the other hand, resents the many years that she was fat-shamed and is now obsessed with proving that she is as sexy as skinny chicks. Celebrating her body, she flaunts her extra weight in provocative clothing and enjoys the attention of a long list of random male admirers she meets on a dating site for curvy girls. The fact that her inbox is flooded with requests to hook up affirms Jaylas opinion that a Rubenesque body type is more appealing than a stick figure. But Bailee isn't so sure that Jaylas love life is as gratifying as she professes. She secretly worries that Jayla will end up getting her heart broken, or worse. Her fears are proven true when Jayla is stood up by her latest romantic interest on Valentines Day. Infuriated over the insult, Jayla goes on a man-stealing rampage to prove that she is more attractive and sexier than thin girls. Soon, it becomes clear that no man is off limits, not even her best friends husband. Can a lifelong friendship recover after the ultimate betrayal or are some friends too damaged to keep?

Hoodlum II : the good son

January 10, 2018
K'wan, author.
427 pages ; 21 cm
All he ever wanted to be was a Good Son Shai Clark was an all-American basketball player with aspirations of one day making it to the NBA, but that all changed when his father was viciously murdered and he found himself thrust into the role of the new head of his family's criminal enterprise. After waging a war on the streets of New York that lasts nearly three years, it seems like peace is finally being restored to the land and Shai can get back to focusing on continuing his father's mission to legitimize the Clark family but little does he know it was only the calm before the storm. Not everyone respects his claim to the Clark empire, and when new and old enemies start to come out of the woodwork, Shai will find that inheriting the throne was one thing, but holding onto it will prove to be a far more difficult task.

Dirty work. Part one

January 8, 2018
Hilton, Erica, author.
240 pages ; 22 cm
Kip is always focused on the next heist. When Egyptian kingpin Maserati Meek provides an assignment, he jumps at the chance to gain bigger scores. Meanwhile, his wheelchair-bound brother Kid is busy winning chess tournaments.

Hood tales. Volume 1, Maid for you and Robin the hood

January 2, 2018
Phillips, C. N., author.
216 pages ; 21 cm
Maid for you -- Robin the hood.
Ava Dunnings joins a maid service that lands her in the sphere of a notorious drug kingpin who may have ties to her mother's recent death; and when she is double-crossed Robin finds herself facing off against the enemy of her nightmare.

No perfect affair : renaissance collection

January 2, 2018
Galloway, Charmaine, author.
276 pages ; 21 cm
Three successful businesswomen experience a series of personal dramas as they engage in affairs, drug-induced flings, family betrayals, and murder.

Tomorrow's not promised 2 : flip side

December 29, 2017
Torres, Robert, author.
208 pages ; 22 cm
After losing her younger brother, India is determined to protect the rest of her family. She hires a detective to locate the two youngest family members, and then finds out both have been jailed, and one has been charged with a homocide.

A hope divided

December 28, 2017
Cole, Alyssa, author.
266 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A novel of the Civil War"--Cover.
For all of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods; tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners; and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike. Then the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie's home for their new base of operations in the guerrilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause. Escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is sheltering in Marlie's laboratory; he has his own history with the cruel captain of the Home Guard. When Marlie's freedom is endangered, she and Ewan run for their lives, following the path of the Underground Railroad.

To love & betray

December 28, 2017
Ellis, Shelly, author.
viii, 312 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
As Evan Murdoch battles an attempted murder charge, he is on the verge of getting forced out of the family corporation and must rely on his younger brother, Terrence, to become the new public face for the company.

A thug's devotion

December 28, 2017
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
202 pages ; 22 cm
Victor Knight relocates from Flint to Miami. He meets Donovan King, who teaches him the way of a true hustler. He also falls in love--with Donovan's daughter, Karinne.

Confessions of a first lady

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Veronica and her husband Marvin served as the heads and founders of “Clover Hill Church of God in Christ” in Atlanta, GA. From the outside looking in, one would never be able to tell that this family had not always been perfect in God’s eyes. The Millhouses had three beautiful children - a son Marvin, Jr., and a set of twin girls Destiny and Dynasty. Even Marvin Jr.’s girlfriend was an example of near perfection. They were admired, loved and respected by their entire congregation. But what happens when buried secrets and hidden indiscretions get exposed for the whole world to see? Everyone has a past. Take a journey with the Millhouse family and find out firsthand how secrets, lies and betrayal can turn a family upside down.

Confessions of a first lady. 2

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2015?]
276 pages ; 23 cm
"Six months after the shocking confessions and drama unfold in the church, the Millhouse family is left trying to pick up the pieces. Nothing is ever what it seems and just when you think you have it all figured out God allows another bomb to drop. Who will be left standing when the smoke clears and can God repair all that is broken?"--Back cover.

Confessions of a first lady. 3

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2015?]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm

Temptation : the aftermath

December 28, 2017
Murray, Victoria Christopher, author.
290 pages ; 22 cm
The best of friends…. Since they were five years old, Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Kyla Blake had a bond that could not be broken. They shared secrets, marked milestones, and held each other up through life’s adversities. It was a friendship that they both thought would last forever. But when Jasmine’s jealousy led her to seduce Kyla’s husband, Dr. Jefferson Blake, that bond was severed and their friendship was damaged forever… Now, twenty years later, a major tragedy brings the two together.

Passage : a novel

December 27, 2017
Lazarre-White, Khary, author.
190 pages ; 22 cm
"Passage tells the story of Warrior, a young black man navigating the snowy winter streets of Harlem and Brooklyn in 1993. Warrior is surrounded by deep family love and a sustaining connection to his history, bonds that arm him as he confronts the urban forces that surround him--both supernatural and human--including some that seek his very destruction. For Warrior and his peers, the reminders that they, as black men, aren't meant to be fully free, are everywhere. The high schools are filled with teachers who aren't qualified and don't care as much about their students' welfare as that they pass the state exams. Getting from point A to point B usually means eluding violence, and possibly death, at the hands of the "blue soldiers" and your own brothers. Making it home means accepting that you may open the door to find that someone you love did not have the same good fortune. Warrior isn't even safe in his own mind. He's haunted by the spirits of ancestors and of the demons of the system of oppression. Though the story told in Passage takes place in 1993, there is a striking parallel between Warrior's experience and the experiences of black male youth today, since nothing has really changed. Every memory in the novel is the memory of thousands of black families. Every conversation is a message both to those still in their youth and those who left their youth behind long ago. Passage is a novel for then and now"--

Black reign : Reign & Na'Tae

December 21, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
211 pages ; 22 cm
Philly hood Trigg tries to single-handedly fend off all threats. He becomes infatuated with a mysterious young woman. She may prove to be a fatal distraction.

Connected to the plug. 3, B.B.'s return

December 21, 2017
Williams, Dwan Marquis (Novelist)
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
209 pages ; 22 cm
"Tragedy is a normal part of 'the life.' But when mid-level gangster Fuzzy loses her lover and partner in crime to it, the pain is far deeper than anything she's ever felt before. But the hurt isn't enough to take her out of the game completely. In fact, Fuzzy is determined to honor his memory by picking up right where her deceased sweetheart left off. Aided by his apprentice LIl' Man. As a duo, their first battle for gangland supremacy will come in the form of a powerful crime lord named B.B., whose arrival back in town hints at a larger conspiracy aimed at the nwely-formedc twosome"--Page [4] of cover.

Stackin' paper IV : war ready : a novel

December 19, 2017
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
230, 2 pages ; 22 cm
"After being torn apart, Genesis and Talisa have finally reunited. Their love has endured many trials and tribulations but can it survive Genesis having a baby with another woman? Skylar's world came crumbling down when she realized Genesis s heart belonged to another woman but the birth of their child renewed her hope, their love could be rekindled. Will the daughter they share bring Genesis and Skylar closer or break their bond forever? Amir is eager to prove he is ready to take the reins from his father. But will his decision to have a young dude named Caleb, run their Philadelphia based drug operation, set in motion the demise of his entire family? Arnez has remained relentless in his pursuit to seek revenge against Genesis and everyone he loves. Knowing an enemy is lurking, has made his inner circle war ready. But will Arnez s latest sadistic scheme, deliver the final blow? Find out in part 4 of the Stackin Paper Series."--Back cover.

The house that hustle built. Part two

December 12, 2017
Santiago, Nisa, author.
[Bellport, NY] : Melodrama Publishing, 2017.
312 pages ; 18 cm
Pearla and Cash need to hustle to get back on top, but one of their frenemies wants them dead.

Murder in July

December 11, 2017
Hambly, Barbara, author.
250 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Benjamin January novel."
"When British spymaster Sir John Oldmixton offers Benjamin January a hundred dollars to find the murderer of an Englishman whose body has been found floating in the New Basin Canal, Benjamin turns him down immediately. As a free man of colour in New Orleans in the sweltering July of 1839, he knows this is not something he should get mixed up in. But when clues to the dead man's identity link the death to another murder, in another July in January's past, he is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Nine years ago in Paris he failed to catch a killer-- with tragic consequences. Now in New Orleans he must unravel the earlier murder, the one that took place during the great revolt against the Bourbon kings, to solve the second killing. At stake is not merely a hundred dollars, but hidden treasure, the fate of an innocent woman-- and the lives of January's wife, son and unborn child"--Dust jacket flap.

Mama's girl

November 30, 2017
Jones, Daybreak, author
New York: Urban Books, 2017.
314 pages. 18 cm.
When her mother encourages her to date a much older man from a family with money, May Jameson must make some tough decisions as she desperately tries not to fall into the same trap that holds her mother back from living her best life.

Heaven and Earth

November 28, 2017
Benjamin, J. M. (Jimmie M.), author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
426 pages ; 17 cm
"Heavenly Jacobs and Eartha Davis meet in prison, where both have ended up after a life of having to be street smart to survive. Inside, they form an unbreakable bond and strategise their game plan for when they get out. Seeing how everyone got fat while they were starving behind the prison wall, they decide to put together a team of female hustlers that have the men in the game on edge. Jealousy, envy, ego, and pride all come into play as a beef between the opposite sex emerges. Will the brothas maintain their edge, or will they succumb to the wrath of Heaven and Earth?"--Google Books.

It's wrong for me to love you part 2

November 27, 2017
Armstead, Krystal, author.
266 pages ; 21 cm.
"Renaissance collection."
After a complicated love triangle, Ne'Vaeh thought she had found happiness; instead, she's struggling with feelings of love lost.

Magic touch : a Brooklyn girls story

November 27, 2017
Hernandez, Treasure, author.
236 pages ; 21 cm
"Simone 'Simmy' James never had it easy. When her father's drug operation, one of the biggest on the East Coast, was dismantled, Simone lost both of her parents to the system -- her father to a life sentence, and her mother to a 25-year sentence. Gone were the days of luxury cars, high-end clothes, and jewelry that Simmy had grown accustomed to. Forced to live in overcrowded conditions in her grandmother's house, Simmy has to learn how to make money any way she can, and her cousin Jayla is happy to show her the art of high-end boosting. Things run smoothly for a while, until Jayla is arrested. In Jayla's absence, Simmy is forced to go out on her own. Simmy is such an amateur that she gets knocked right away. Before she can contact anyone to come get her, she learns that her bail has been miraculously paid by a stranger named Alexander Stephenson. Alex has several lucrative businesses -- high-level boosting, counterfeit checks, credit card scamming, identity theft, and drug trafficking. Simmy feels like she has no choice but to join Alex's team, but she soon learns that fast money is a huge magnet for drama in the form of jealousy, betrayal, and violence." -- From publisher's description.

Queen hustlaz

November 27, 2017
Love, Falicia, author.
250 pages ; 21 cm
Jeryca and her girls are the typical hood chicks, always on the prowl for a come-up and dead set on making it out of the hood. Jeryca thinks she has the perfect mark to finance her escape in Thad Royster, a certified playboy and drug dealer with plenty of stacks to blow. But what will happen when Thad sees right through her fake persona and phony emotions? As she learns more about Thad's treacherous ways, Jeryca becomes fueled by anger. Now she is out to settle the score with everyone who has crossed her, and Thad is her first target. Farrah is the one chick in the crew who lucked up on a guaranteed payday by becoming Larry's baby mama, but when Larry flips the script on her, she's completely thrown off her game. Farrah is fighting a war to keep her son, and she will do whatever it takes. Has she taken on more than she can handle? Will her treachery leave her with a debt that requires a larger blood payment than she can afford?Stephanie stands out from the rest of her clique, but her brains and loyalty to Chris give her the inside track on Thad's hustle. When Thad's crew makes a dirty play, she's forced to choose between riding for her man and her loyalty to her girls. Which side will she stand on when the dust settles?Dana is the only chick in the clique who intends to get her money the legit way. With a budding career in law, she decides to change her circle and shed the "hood chick" label. When old ties pull on her heartstrings, however, she's quickly pulled back into the mix. As she takes on the role as the leader of their robbing crew, she is determined to find out just who is loyal and who isn't. Is she ready to face the harsh truth?Thad and his crew are searching for the individuals responsible for the murderous and thieving acts that occur at his trap house, but will they find that leaving well enough alone was better?

The syndicate 3 : Carl Weber presents

November 27, 2017
Brick (Novelist), author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
300 pages ; 21 cm
"When Claudette McPhearson died, she left eight foster children to fend for themselves after they discovered the truth about her secret life. She was the leader of the Syndicate, a criminal enterprise that had a stronghold on the underworld. Much to her children's chagrin, it was up to one of them to step up and take the lead. Javon, her oldest and most trusted son, took on that mantle. It was a role he never wanted, but with threats to his family coming from every direction, he had no choice. One year later, Javon has taken the Syndicate to the next level. Javon seems untouchable, and the Syndicate can't be stopped, but as it grows, it draws attention. This time, it's from the Commission, the ruling body of the worlds most dangerous mafias. 'You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' comes into play as the Old Italian needs Javon's help. The Commission has been threatened, and they call on the Syndicate for reinforcements. The Syndicate aims to help its allies, but the past comes knocking at the McPhearsons' door. With everything coming full circle, Javon will find that not everyone can be trusted, and ghosts from the past always have a way of coming back to haunt you." --From publisher's description.


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