New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

September 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Chicago

September 23, 2016
Silk Smooth (Writer), author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
204 pages ; 21 cm.
"There can only be one: one man with two loyal friends and secrets from the past that will ultimately shake up the entire hood in Chicago; one man on a mission to destroy anyone who doesn't abide by his rules, including tricky bitches who drop to their knees behind closed doors, yet stand tall against him when the time comes to collect the almighty dollar; one man with enough swagger in his walk, confidence in his talk, and the skills and mindset to build an empire. There is only one man bold enough to deliver multiple orgasms yet never tell a soul his real name. He has overpowering strength, a top-notch reputation, power like no other, and a bite that will hurt more than a dog. Who is this man? The streets of Chicago know him as the One and Only..."--Amazon.com

Chicago heat and other stories

September 21, 2016
Major, Clarence, author.
©2016
273 pages ; 24 cm
Temporary business -- Five years ago -- Summer love -- Tricia (1) -- Tricia (2) -- Driving east -- The lake -- Innocence -- My mother and Mitch -- There is Hope -- Weaver -- Girl in a boat -- Gelasia's problem -- Driving Kenneth home -- Chicago heat -- Bourbon for breakfast -- Bernadette's doubt -- Russell and me -- Victoria -- The exchange -- The driver -- Sketch -- A story of Venice.
Stories exploring human interaction.

Darktown : a novel

September 20, 2016
Mullen, Thomas, author.
©2016
371 pages ; 24 cm
"Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers: they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines"--Amazon.com.

The orphan mother : a novel

September 15, 2016
Hicks, Robert, 1951- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
312 pages ; 24 cm
In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock the "Widow of the South"-has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But, as they are through much of the South, changes are sweeping through the town and coming for Mariah.

The Strivers' Row spy

September 13, 2016
Overstreet, Jason, author.
©2016
372 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
After graduating from college and an impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta, Sidney Temple is tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI's first African-American agent. The higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem's most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes.

My married boyfriend

August 30, 2016
Rax, Cydney, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
viii, 292 pages ; 21 cm.
Nicole is about to get everything she's hustled for. She's having her rich, married lover Rashad's baby. And a lucky break has made her a media heroine - and the perfect new wife material. With one more deception here, a couple more little seductions there, she'll finally push Rashad's wife, Kiara, completely out of his life. With her formidable competition gone, Nicole will lock down Rashad's ever-wandering interest, and be the next Mrs. Eason for sure. But there are some temptations even this sexy schemer finds tough to pass up.

Big girls drama : Carl Weber presents

August 29, 2016
Henderson, Tresser, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
293 pages ; 21 cm.
Whether it's being told you have to purchase two seats on airplane or getting dirty looks when you're with a handsome man, being a big girl in a superficial world can come with more issues than any woman should have to deal with. Add to that some over-the-top family and marriage issues, and you have the perfect recipe for some Big Girls Drama. Featuring a sexless marriage, infidelity, finding out your husband is gay, and teen pregnancy, these big girls have it tough.

Murder with macaroni and cheese : a Mahalia Watkins soul food mystery

August 29, 2016
Herbert, A. L., author.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
266 pages ; 21 cm.
When the organizing committee for her upcoming high school reunion desperately needs a caterer, Halia agrees to help out. Soon she's serving up her signature macaroni and cheese and famous chicken wings to a host of appreciative ex-classmates. Some folks have blossomed since graduation. Others, like manipulative Raynell Rollins, currently married to a former football star, haven't changed nearly enough. When Raynell is found dead the morning after the reunion, the roll call of possible suspects could fill the school gymnasium. Extra-marital affairs, mega-church scandals and sports secrets... Raynell had her perfectly manicured hand in a lot of sticky situations. With her cousin Wavonne's bungling assistance--and a helping of unwelcome dating advice from her mother, Celia--Halia is on course to track down the killer, before she becomes the alumna most likely to meet an untimely end...

Is love enough?

August 29, 2016
King, Darnisha.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, [2016]
166 pages ; 23 cm
"Brandy is a firecracker, and Lance is a gentleman with a quick temper. Together, they are the modern day Bonnie & Clyde. After breaking up several times in the past, they try their hand at dating again. This time Lance gets another girl pregnant, and Brandy has a crazy live-in boyfriend. Through this adversity they still try to reunite, but it's not without obstacles. Brandy’s boyfriend will either kill or be killed if he can't be with her. And Lance’s illegitimate child may never see the light of day. Everyone around them tries to ensure that Lance and Brandy will never be, but they are not above fighting and murder to get their way. Their love carries them through their journey, but ‘Is Love Enough?’--Amazon.com

Is love enough 2 : you can't love us both

August 29, 2016
King, Darnisha, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
237 pages ; 23 cm
"Brandy was still a firecracker; Lance was still quick tempered and his gentleman side had subsided. Together, they were the modern day Bonnie & Clyde; until tragedy struck. Lance had to figure out how to live without Brandy. Would he be able to make it alone as a single father? Lance&#x;s decisions jeopardized his future in a mighty way. He loved his family, but was Love Enough?"--Amazon.com

Is love enough 3 : Brandy presents La Vay & Jones

August 29, 2016
King, Darnisha, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
172 pages ; 23 cm
"LaVay and Jones exchanged vows in Part 2 and then the story abruptly ended. What happened? Did Jones die? Did Brandy and Lance live happily ever after? Was Love really enough? LaVay and Jones is a story that chronicles Love, Lies, Drugs & Murder. LaVay wanted Jones hand in marriage for many years, but his immaturity and lifestyle kept him from being able to offer that. After so much heartache, LaVay started to give Jones some of the trouble that he had dished out to her over the years. But after doing so much dirt, they couldn't dodge the misfortune that followed, once they both decided to settle down and do right by each other. Their love was deep and very real but was it enough?"--Amazon.com

Is love enough 4 : the finale

August 29, 2016
King, Darnisha, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
173 pages ; 23 cm
"So is Jones dead? Was Brandy kidnapped? Is Brandy pregnant by Lance or Shaky? Was LaVay shot by Creamy? Where did Eric go? Will Lance get away with the murders that he committed? Will anyone live happily ever after? Can Jones be bae (lol)? Is love enough or not?"--Page [4] of cover.

A time to love & a time to kill : Brooklyn's zoo

August 29, 2016
King, Darnisha, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
147 pages ; 23 cm
"It was January 13 when I killed my boyfriend. We had been together for 6 years, 11 months, and 5 days. I loved the shit out of him. I mean, I cleaned his dirty drawers and funky socks. I took two diseases from him, I've walked in on him cheating so many times and I accepted the twins he had with someone else; but I would never accept this man putting his hands on me again. I'm Brooklyn and here is my story. The tale of three young friends Brooklyn, Renea and Kenya who set out to love their boyfriends, Zoo, Darius and Tonio. The guys also happen to be cousins. Nothing is fair in love and war &#x; so things don&#x;t always go as planned. If things weren't crazy enough with the fighting, sexually transmitted diseases and illegitimate babies; then murder happens. Will everyone be able to maintain with the craziness that could potentially tear the friendships apart? One things for sure, with this crew &#x; there is &#x;A Time to Love & A Time to Kill!&#x;"--Page [4] of cover.

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.

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