{New Release} 7/15/14

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Misty: Double Dippin’ 5 by:Allison Hobbs
In this final book in the popular Double Dippin’ series, Misty comes out of a coma to discover she has the gift of prophecy—or so she says. Does she truly want to help others, or has the self-indulgent diva found herself a new hustle?

Misty awakens from a coma and announces that she now can communicate with the spirit world. Soon after, she undergoes cutting-edge surgery that restores her beauty and mobility. With legions of cult-like followers who are willing to pay top dollar to attend Misty’s seminars and retreats, she is living the opulent lifestyle she’s always coveted.

And with her faithful lover, Brick, by her side, Misty has it all. That is until Brick’s former side chick, Anya, comes on the scene with the intention of proving to Brick they belong together. Misty has already reclaimed Brick once—from her mother, no less—but can she keep him away from the woman who claims she is his one true love?

From bestselling author Allison Hobbs, this final, decadent novel in the Double Dippin’ saga has all the spicy, steamy drama to keep you fully satisfied.

What’s Done In the Dark by: ReShonda Tate Billingsley 

#1 national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley gets to the heart of loss, love, and betrayal in her latest novel that is sure to delight her legions of fans.

Felise is not the kind of woman to cheat on her husband—especially with her best friend’s man. But after one perfect storm of a night, it happened…and she can hardly believe it herself. To top it off, when she woke up in the morning, she found that the man to whom she guiltily made passionate love died of a heart attack overnight. Felise, who is a nurse and a good citizen at that, leaves the hotel room without reporting his death.

When her best friend, Paula, finds out about her husband’s sudden death a day later, Felise is overcome with guilt and grief. She must be there for her friend and her family, but when her husband repeatedly tries to apologize for his absentminded behavior and Paula starts investigating who Stephen was with the night he died, Felise finds it hard to hold herself together. Should she come clean and tell everyone what she did? Or should she just let it go and move past the mistake on her own?

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{New Releases} 7/8/14

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Land of Love and Drowning by: Tiphanie Yanique
A major debut from an award-winning writer—an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands.

In the early 1900s, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.

Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, Land of Love and Drowning is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Uniquely imagined, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and the author’s own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers

and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of Love and Drowning is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prizewinning young writer.

Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James by: Rick James and David Ritz 

Best known for his song “Super Freak,” hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with music biographer David Ritz in this posthumously published, wildly entertaining, and profound expression of a rock star’s life and soul.

He was the nephew of Temptations singer Melvin Franklin; a boy who watched and listened, mesmerized from underneath cocktail tables at the shows of Etta James and Miles Davis. He was a vagrant hippie who wandered to Toronto, where he ended up playing with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and he became a household name in the 1980s with his hit song “Super Freak.” Later in life, he was a bad boy who got caught up in drug smuggling and ended up in prison. But since his passing in August 2004, Rick James has remained a legendary icon whose name is nearly synonymous with funk music—and who popularized the genre, creating a lasting influence on pop artists from Prince to Jay-Z to Snoop Dogg, among countless others.

In Glow, Rick James and acclaimed music biographer David Ritz collaborated to write a no-holds-barred memoir about the boy and the man who became a music superstar in America’s disco age. It tells of James’s upbringing and how his mother introduced him to musical geniuses of the time. And it reveals details on many universally revered artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself said, “My journey has taken me through hell and back. It’s all in my music—the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions.” But despite his bad boy behavior, James was a tremendous talent and a unique, unforgettable human being. His “glow” was an overriding quality that one of his mentors saw in him—and one that will stay with this legendary figure who left an indelible mark on American popular music.

{Between The Lines} Tamar & Vince Set To Release Marriage Book

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The WE TV Duo has hit records, 3 TV show’s, successful businesses and next they are set to conquer the book world next year. The couple will release ‘Love and War: Making Marriage and Friendship Work in a Modern World by: Tamar Braxton Herbert and Vince Herbert’ on February 3, 2015. She is the outspoken, over-the-top, diva and star of The Braxton Family Values. He is the low-key, soft-spoken manager of Mindless Behavior and Lady Gaga. Together they are the stars of the hit reality show, Tamar and Vince. With the divorce rate in America more than 50% and among celebrities more than 75%, how does this couple keep the fires burning? In their book, Love & War, Vince and Tamar will give some answers: “He lets me be me,” Tamar says. “You can’t try to change people, you have to love them despite their faults. And oh yeah, there’s also a whole lot of prayer and meditation. A whole lot of prayer!” “Yes,” Vince adds. “God is good!”

{New Releases} 7/1/14

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Momma Gone by: Nina Foxx
“Momma set me on the jukebox.” So begins the personal story of Denise (Sweetie) Wooten, set between a post-civil rights era New York City and a growing, but stale rural Alabama. We are thrust in the midst of a family longing for normalcy, but instead struggling with illness and all that comes with it; denial, anger and misunderstanding and love. As cultures clash, we see the family through a child s eyes and walk with her as she makes sense of war fought far away, but with effects close to home, and a tragedy that changes her life forever. More truth than not, Momma: Gone is a story of survival, where all the lessons are taught by the child who must eventually lead them through and a classic American story of overcoming life s misfortunes to find the bloom on the other side.
The Sea Grape Tree by:Gillian Royes
Set in a sun-kissed Caribbean paradise, this third book in the Shad detective series explores a love triangle gone wrong—and how class divisions create a perfect storm of trouble.

Sarah, a talented but shy artist from England, arrives at the perfect getaway—a small fishing village in Largo Bay, Jamaica. There she falls in love with Danny, a wealthy investor with a hotel in Largo Bay. Soon Sarah runs afoul of her host as well as Danny’s local lover, and her fate, as well as that of Danny’s hotel, become endangered.

Meanwhile, Shad Myers—“bartender by trade, investigator by vocation, and unofficial sheriff of Largo Bay” (Publishers Weekly)—has another set of problems to solve, alongside his friend Eric, an American who owns the bar. The two friends entertain a new potential investor in their quest to rebuild their hotel left in ruins by a hurricane. Eric wants to make Shad a partner in the business, not just a worker. But first the two must overcome the class divisions that make it difficult for local partners in the business to accept Shad’s new, more important role.

With a delicious blend of suspense and soul, The Sea Grape Tree explores the class divisions in Jamaica—and what happens when a love triangle becomes life threatening. Gillian Royes once again delivers a vivid, thought-provoking novel with passion and punch that is sure to leave her fans wanting more.



{First Look} The Book of Negroes + Video

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Based on author Lawrence Hill’s award-winning novel of the same name, THE BOOK OF NEGROES is a six-part miniseries that follows the harrowing journey of Aminata Diallo played by Aunjanue Ellis, and her return home after being forced into slavery as a child. 

Abducted from her village in West Africa, eleven-year-old Aminata (Shailyn Pierre-Dixon) is forced to walk in a coffle – a string of slaves – for months until they reach the sea. After enduring a horrific ocean crossing, she’s put to work on an indigo plantation in South Carolina. Here, she survives by using midwifery skills learned at her mother’s side and drawing on the strength of character inherited from her parents. After a clandestine wedding to fellow slave Chekura Tyano (Lyriq Bent), the couple’s first baby is sold by her jealous slave master, Robinson Appleby (Greg Byrk).

Aminata’s intellectual abilities are recognized by a Jewish indigo trader’s wife named Rosa Lindo (Amy Louise Wilson), who plucks her out of Appleby’s servitude and engages her as an indentured apprentice. When Rosa’s husband Soloman (Allan Hawco) takes Aminata on a trip to New York, she masterminds a successful escape, fleeing to the safety of Canvas Town, an early Black settlement in lower Manhattan. Here, after surviving the American Revolution, she helps register 3000 Black Loyalists in the “Book of Negroes,” a historic British military ledger that recorded their passage on ships sailing from Manhattan to Nova Scotia. 

But upon landing in wintry Shelburne, Aminata encounters more hardship and disappointment as she struggles to locate her husband and witnesses flaring tensions between the white and black communities over the scarcity of work. It becomes clear that her journey isn’t over as she works to find a way back home and ultimately reunite with her long-lost daughter. Also starring, Cuba Gooding Jr. Jane Alexander, Cara Ricketts, Sandra Caldwell, Ben Chaplin and Lou Gossett Jr.

In Early 2015, The Book of Negroes is set to air on BET in America, and CBC in Canada.
 

{New Release} 6/24/14

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Last Exhale by: Julia Blues
Marriage isn’t easy—especially without honesty. In this exploration of love, intimacy, guilt, and infidelity, two people learn what happens when their feelings get in the way of the truth.

For Sydney Holmes and Brandon Carter, love is losing its strength. Infidelity is the side effect of both of their broken marriages. Now, struggling to pick up the pieces, each is clinging to the hope that lasting love still waits for them, inside—or outside—of marriage.

Sydney’s not happy. Ever since marrying the wrong man, she’s regretted her decision to marry for the ring—not for her husband. Now, nearly seven years and two kids later, it’s not so easy to walk away. When a man drops into her life who gives her the oomph she’s been missing, she may be on the verge of making another wrong decision.

Brandon’s hurt. The death of his son was painful enough, but now he’s faced with losing the love of his life. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t make his wife love him. But soon the attention of another woman begins to mend his shattered ego. He moves out, and just as his new life grows comfortable, the reason his wife pushed him away surfaces, and Brandon must decide if the love they once shared is worth holding on to.

Love is the muscle of marriage. Both partners have to work to keep it strong and healthy, and without it, a marriage has no chance of survival. In The Last Exhale, Sydney and Brandon uncover the truth of what it really means to love—for better or for worse.

{New Release} 6/17/2014

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Forever an Ex by:Victoria Christopher Murray
You met them seven years ago in The Ex Files when they came together in a support group to get over their exes. Now, Sheridan, Kendall and Asia are back in Forever an Ex with more drama than before.

Sheridan has to deal with her ex-husband who once was gay, but now he’s not — at least, that’s what he says. And now his fiancée has some questions for Sheridan. Kendall has to find a way to accept that her ex-husband and her sister (who are now married) are having a child. It might be easier now since there’s a new man in her life. And Asia has decided that it is time to steal her ex-lover from his wife — this time for good!


The Old Man in the Club by: Curtis Bunn
He’s the “old guy in the club” who everyone judges and scorns, but there’s so much more to his story…Travel into the mind and soul of a complex man on the road to redemption in this riveting, true-to-life novel.

Almost everyone who has been to a nightclub has seen him: the “old man in the club.” He’s the graying, balding loner looking totally out of place, like he could be everyone’s father. Or grandfather. And almost everyone’s wondering the same thing: Why is he in here?

In Curtis Bunn’s The Old Man in the Club, you learn why. Meet Elliott Thomas, sixty-one years old, and not afraid of spending a night among twenty-something strangers. But his motivation for hanging out in clubs isn’t his fear of growing old; it’s his desire to “catch up on what I have missed.” Life hasn’t been easy for Elliott, and now he’s on a journey to redemption. How he goes about it, however, gives some people pause. Some find him charming, some find him creepy. The women his age find him disgusting. His buddies marvel at his nerve. His children loathe his existence. But no matter who judges him, Elliott is set on reclaiming his youth—the way he wants to.

A page-turner that outlines the depth, complexities, and motivations of an intriguing character, this novel will surprise and touch you—and make sure you’ll never look at the “old man in the club” the same way again.

Mayor For Life by: Marion Barry Jr. & Omar Tyree
Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world.

Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics.

In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all—including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC, this is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.