New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

August 23, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Free Fridays

August 19, 2016
Tucker, Pat (Novelist), author.
New York : Strebor Books, 2016.
247 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title: Zane presents.
Celebrating their eighth wedding anniversary, Leela and Riley witness the divorces of some of their closest friends before agreeing to an open marriage, an arrangement that has unanticipated consequences.

Sexual healing

August 17, 2016
Hobbs, Allison, author.
Largo, MD : Strebor Books, 2016.
396 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title: Zane presents.
"Two of the hottest erotica authors team up to deliver a sensually heated tome of dangerous seduction and sinful desire, where lust, lies, and forbidden pleasures lure you to the edge of your seats, leaving you hanging on until the last steamy page."--Provided by publisher.

Watch out for the big girls

August 15, 2016
Benjamin, J. M. (Jimmie M.), author.
©2016
264 pages ; 21 cm
The Double Gs, led by the bold beauty Starrshma Fields, have set up shop in Las Vegas, and no man is safe from their manipulative tactics.

Reflections of a stranger : a novel

August 10, 2016
Davidson, Patricia R., author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2013]
359 pages ; 25 cm
Title from cover.
"The book's character India free's herself to become an independent person gaining ground through trials and tribulations unexpected pain of times past she becomes life long friends with two women along with her close cousin their journey is like no other."--Amazon.com

That church life! : a novel

August 9, 2016
Howell, Teresa B., author.
©2016
375 pages ; 23 cm
The Church Gal Crew is leading the way to salvation at Mt. Zion Holiness Church. Feisty Natalia Freemon is the zheady of the crew. Rebellious and outspoken, she has no problems challenging the church status quo. Michelle Hanks, a country girl from a hardworking farm family is the peacemaker and zsouly of the crew. Missy Jones, the zhearty of the crew, has the face of an angel and a voice sent from heaven. These three best friends drift away from each other and the church but come back together through spiritual downfall, relationship crises, drug addiction, and even murder.

Another Brooklyn : a novel

August 8, 2016
Woodson, Jacqueline, author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
175 pages ; 21 cm
For August, running into a long-ago friend sets in motion resonant memories and transports her to a time and a place she thought she had mislaid: 1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything. August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful promise there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where mothers disappeared, where fathers found religion, and where madness was a mere sunset away. Woodson heartbreakingly illuminates the formative period when a child meets adulthood -- when precious innocence meets the all-too-real perils of growing up. -- from book jacket.

Living in my father's dream : weep me not : a.k.a. the tears of God

August 4, 2016
Perez, Johnnie Renee, author.
©2016
424 pages ; 18 cm
Title from cover.
"Born and raised in Houston, I often wondered if I would leave that city alive. I did. My niece, Miss Catherine Alexanderia Pauline Brown, did not. She died on the streets. Can you feel the pain in a mother's heart? I can... My name is Ms Johnnie Renee, and this is my story: Antonio 'Shawn' Perez, Jr., wanting to become a drug dealer, was forced by his dad to sit in a small, country chair at the age of twelve to watch him OD on heroin. Twenty-one years later, now all Shawn wants is to be mentally free. Yet, in order to be free, he must complete a job as the family's hit man. His job: to kill a rising heroin king."--Page [4] of cover.

Childhood sweethearts III : a novel

August 4, 2016
Spears, Jacob, author.
©2016.
195 pages ; 22 cm.
"While his lover and partner in crime China sits behind bars. Street hustler Smooth is doing his best to keep a grip on their criminal empire. Pushing three times as much product and doing twice as many jobs. In hopes of maintaining something for his woman to come back to. But the appearance of a mysterious beauty, throws a sudden wrinkle into his design. Smooth's occasional vulnerability to her charms begin to pose an existential threat not just to he and China's long-standing relationship. But also to his stranglehold on long-owned turf. As Smooth loses more and more focus on business, the streets erupt in all out warfare. Meanwhile... China's release rapidly approaches, leaving Smooth with much to sort out. If he doesn't do some prompt 'tidying up' enemies both new and old could come gunning for her the moment her feet hit the pavement. With Smooth himself being next on their list. Perhaps... this was all a part of 'someones' plan all along?"--Provided by publisher.

Bury me when I'm dead : a Charlie Mack Motown mystery

August 2, 2016
Head, Cheryl A., author.
Ann Arbor, MI : Bywater Books, [2016]
284 pages ; 22 cm
"Charlene "Charlie" Mack is a PI in Detroit. Born and raised in the city that America forgot, Charlie has built a highly respected private investigations firm through hard work, smart choices, and relentless ambition. Her team of investigators are highly skilled and trustworthy, but she secretly struggles with her sexual orientation and a mother with early-onset Alzheimer's. When Charlie and her crack team head to Birmingham, Alabama following the trail of a missing person, what should be a routine case turns into a complex chase for answers. Shady locals and a southern patriarch with dark secrets dating back forty years obscure their path. It seems like everyone has something to hide, including Charlie. When the case turns deadly with a double murder, and Charlie is attacked on a quiet neighborhood street, everything suddenly becomes personal"-- Back cover.

Love in a carry-on bag

August 2, 2016
Johnson, Sadeqa.
Hillside, NJ : 12th Street Press, ©2011.
viii, 332 pages ; 21 cm
"Erica Shaw spends her week babysitting the country's bestselling authors for one of the top publishing companies in New York City. But on Friday nights she escapes to D.C., where her sexy-lipped musician boyfriend, Warren Prince, works and performs. Their connection is fierce, and the couple promises to never miss a weekend together. But when real life walks in an overbearing father, an alcoholic mother, office politics, and a lucrative job contract, the couple starts unraveling at the seam. Tempers flare, violence breaks, while new lovers eagerly wait in the wings to claim both of them. Drenched in the perils of passion and the sweet-sounds of jazz, Johnson dives deep into the world of ambition and the stumbling blocks of family. Clever, fast-paced and sexy, Love in a Carry-On Bag is a modern day love story that marks the healing power of forgiveness and begs the question, how much baggage is really too heavy to carry?"

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.
©2016
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.
©2016
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.
©2016
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.

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