New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

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

Strategic seduction

April 20, 2018
Hodges, Cheris F.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
313 pages ; 17 cm
Alicia Michaels needs a major career reboot, but starting over in Atlanta is an uphill battle for the cautious PR rep—especially after she teams up with wealthy Richmond Crawford on a make-or-break project. For one thing, the risk-taking entrepreneur is nothing like the staid businessman he used to be. For another, she and Richmond can’t see eye-to-eye on anything—except that the reckless attraction between them is sizzling, off-the-charts trouble . . .

Passion of the streets

April 20, 2018
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
293 pages ; 21 cm
Jamil Rock is the hood’s most successful drug dealer and never thinks too far ahead—until Gia Ellis walks into his life. She's a sheltered girl from a wealthy family with a bright future. Suddenly, ruling the streets is nothing compared to the instant heat, and alluringly innocent aura from Gia. Jamil can’t resist . . .--Back cover.

Mama B : a time to plant : a novella

April 20, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
[United States] : Published by Read for Joy, an imprint of MLStimpson Enterprises, ©2015.
162 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes a excerpt from the novel Stepping down, by Michelle Stimpson.
"Mama B is back, and this time she has met her match in Dr.-Apostle-Prophet, etc. Falanda McPherson, the evangelist who has come to lead the fall revival at Mt. Zion. With her closest comrades away and other church members afraid of the minister, Mama B quickly becomes the one-woman hospitality committee. Thankfully, Falanda will be staying at the hotel ... well ... she was staying at the hotel until she managed to get herself kicked out. Now, Mama B finds herself trying to help a woman whose explosive patterns put everyone in danger. Words and prayer alone won't solve the problem. Mama B has to break ground in Falanda's heart the best way she knows how: the expressed love of God"--Page 4 of cover.

Mama B : a time for war : a novella

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
180 pages ; 21 cm
"Mama B knows she needs to get a handle on her bulging waistline, so she visits an exercise class at the local recreation center. But when the dancing style isn't quite her cup of tea, she and her longtime friend, Ophelia, start a class of their own. Soon Mama B finds herself compelled to take in yet another wayward soul from the class. But will Frank agree to open his home to strangers? When the exercise class comes under attack, Mama B has to figure out her place in the Lord's army while hoping her strong position won't backfire against Frank. And just when things seem to be looking up for the young woman whom she has been divinely appointed to help, Mama B's temper gets the best of her and threatens to unravel the very mission God has called her to complete."--Back cover.

A time to dance

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
132 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mama B thought her life would return to normal, but when her nephew, Derrick, comes knocking on her door, she has to reconsider. Though she's not known for housing marital fugitives, she realizes Derrick is looking for more than a place to stay; he needs help finding his way back to God. Of course, help is almost Mama B's middle name until Henrietta crosses the line with her accusations about Mama B's intentions with the recently widowed pastor. Mama B isn't looking for romance with either the pastor or her suitor, Dr. Wilson--but will love come looking for her?"--Back cover.

A time to love

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
142 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mama B was supposed to be helping people at the community food pantry, but Eunice needs more than just a bag full of canned goods. Though Eunice has plenty money, she can't seem to manage what matters most in life. Maybe if she stopped all the "cigarette-ment" (as Henrietta says) she might turn out all right. Dr. Wilson's not letting up on his pursuit of Mama B. Will he come on too strong and scare her away, or will Mama B throw caution to the wind and fall in love at age 72? Catch up with Mama B again in the small town of Peasner, TX. She's still servin' wisdom and humor as only she can"--Back cover.

Mama B : a time to mend : a novella

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
173 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a excerpt from the novel Stepping down, by Michelle Stimpson.
"Mama B's address has changed, but her heart for people is still the same. When a young neighbor with special needs (Jeffrey) passes out on her back porch, Mama B springs into action help him recover in more ways than one. But intervening in Jeffrey's dysfunctional home life leads Mama B to go poking where Frank doesn't want her to venture. How can she submit to her heart and her new husband at the same time?"--Page 4 of cover.

A time to speak

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
160 pages ; 21 cm.
Publisher as found on
"The good folks at Mt. Zion Baptist are doing their best to keep the church flowing smoothly while Pastor Phillips takes time off to be with his wife in her final days. Beatrice "Mama B" Jackson even opens her home so that the women's groups can continue to meet faithfully after some "rascal" stole the copper from the church's air conditioning unit. With her semi-estranged granddaughter and great-grandson staying in the guest room, Mama B soon has a full house. When the interim preacher and his wife start touting messages that don't line up with the Bible, Mama B wonders how and if she can intervene without causing strife in the congregation or discouraging the young couple. However, Mama B can only take so much of this foolishness. Though her own faith might be intact, she can't have her great-grandson believing that God is a Sugar Daddy in the sky. Soon enough, Mama B will realize that there is much more at stake than she or anyone else at Mt. Zion ever imagined. And it's time to speak"--Back cover.

Female hustler 5 : a novel

April 18, 2018
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
225, 7 pages ; 21 cm
"All I see is the money..."--Title page.
"In Female Hustler Part 5, Aaliyah fights for love and Angel is left fighting for her life. Just when they both believe they have it all figured out, the truth may destroy them both. Will one sister be willing to risk it all, or will they both be left with nothing?"--Back cover.

Heads of the colored people : stories

April 12, 2018
Thompson-Spires, Nafissa, author.
209 pages ; 22 cm
Heads of the colored people: four fancy sketches, two chalk outlines, and no apology -- The necessary changes have been made -- Belles lettres -- The body's defenses against itself -- Fatima, the biloquist: a transformation story -- The subject of consumption -- Suicide, watch -- Whisper to a scream -- Not today, Marjorie -- This Todd -- A conversation about bread -- Wash clean the bones.
"Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Diaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes. Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Some are darkly humorous--from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through notes in their kids' backpacks, to the young girl contemplating how best to notify her Facebook friends of her impending suicide--while others are devastatingly poignant--a new mother and funeral singer who is driven to madness with grief for the young black boys who have fallen victim to gun violence, or the teen who struggles between her upper middle class upbringing and her desire to fully connect with black culture. Thompson-Spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, satirical, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, as well as the vulnerability of the black body. Boldly resisting categorization and easy answers, Nafissa Thompson-Spires is an original and necessary voice in contemporary fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Mafio$o. Part three

April 12, 2018
Santiago, Nisa, author.
[Bellport, New York] : Melodrama Publishing, 2018.
248 pages ; 22 cm
Layla begins her solo reign of terror with seed money stolen from her estranged husband, Scott.

Bad men and wicked women

April 11, 2018
Dickey, Eric Jerome, author.
New York : Dutton, [2018]
370 pages ; 24 cm
"Ken Swift knows danger, but nowhere does he feel it more than in his tangled romances. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, and wrestling with a strong desire to get to know a third, his life is far from perfect, and it becomes all the more complicated when his troubled daughter resurfaces on the same day as a major job. Margaux is pregnant, bitter, and desperate: she needs $50,000 immediately, and she isn't above blackmailing Ken to get it. Yet even as the tension-filled father/daughter reunion escalates into a clashing of wills and desires that spread far beyond their family, Ken's latest contract spirals quickly out of control, and he finds it is not only his daughter looking to seek revenge."--Provided by publisher.

Dread nation

April 10, 2018
Ireland, Justina, author.
451 pages ; 22 cm
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-- derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. Now laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. But it's not a life Jane wants. When families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy... and the restless dead are the least of her problems.

The house on Harbor Hill

March 30, 2018
Stratton, Shelly, author.
358 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes a reading group guide.
Dafina books.
"Set in the past and present, The House on Harbor Hill is a murder mystery that tackles the issues of racial prejudice and spousal abuse in the lives of two very different women... She's generous, kind, and compassionate--yet Delilah Grey will forever be an outcast in the small seaside town of Camden Beach, Maryland. She takes in women shattered by abuse, poverty, illness, or events beyond their control. But no matter how far she's come or how many she's helped find their way back, there is no safe place for Delilah. Acquitted of her rich husband's mysterious death decades ago, she lives in her beautiful mansion consumed by secrets--and mistakes she feels she can never atone for... Until she takes in desperate mother Tracey Walters and her two young children. Tracey won't say where she's from or what sent her into hiding. But her determination and refusal to give up reminds Delilah of the spirited, hopeful girl she once was--and the dreams she still cherishes. As Tracey takes tentative steps to rebuild her life, her unexpected attraction to Delilah's handsome, troubled caretaker inadvertently brings Delilah face to face with the past. And when Tracey's worst fears come brutally calling, both women must find even more strength to confront truths they can no longer ignore--and at last learn how to truly be free..."


March 30, 2018
Hernandez, Treasure, author.
234 pages ; 21 cm.
Tiara Rogers is the daughter of a kingpin, which makes her a target. She falls hard for a boy, but isn't aware of his true plans for her. She becomes lost in the underworld, and her father's empire is being fought over by people she once trusted.

Divas don't cry

March 29, 2018
Simone, Ni-Ni, author.
392 pages ; 21 cm
London Phillips aims to get back her ex, but destroying her former bestie, Rich Montgomery and settling old scores could hurt her best chance to happiness.

Stud princess

March 29, 2018
N'Tyse (Author), author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
276 pages ; 21 cm
Chyna hunts for the crooked lawyer who double-crossed her uncle. Meanwhile, Sand and Rene are ready to forgive and forget after not always being honest with one another. Each finds themself blackmailed into working for Chyna.

The Banks sisters complete

March 27, 2018
Turner, Nikki, author.
618 pages ; 23 cm
The Banks sisters -- The Banks sisters 2 -- The Banks sisters 3.
This volume includes all three of the author's dramatic, fast-paced novels about the Banks sisters.

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.


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