New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

December 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Drake : a novel

December 18, 2014
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
220, 6 pages ; 22 cm
Includes an excerpt from Power, by Joy Deja King.
"In the mean streets of Philadelphia, everyone is not cut out for living that cold, calculating thug life. Drake, a man who believes he has the game all figured out, has to learn the hard way, that no matter how much money you're making, the takers can get taken. Cindy, an ambitious hustler, pushes her way through the ranks, wanting nothing less than to control the lucrative drug trade in Philly. But will her thirst to be the ultimate boss cost Cindy her life? Prepare yourself for this gripping street tale, in the gut wrenching story of Drake."-- From back cover.

The end of all chance : chance's end

December 15, 2014
Black, Kole, author.
Woodbury, Connecticut : Spaulden Publishing, [2014]
231 pages ; 23 cm.
"New secrets erupt in this shocking sequel as Rayqelle and Chance face the unimaginable, and more horrors from the past resurface bringing this thrilling saga to a head. Rayqelle is seeing danger around every corner. Is it real? Or, is it just all in her head? Broken and torn apart by physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her alcoholic mother, Rayqelle leaves the safety of the suburbs to live with her grandmother on Chicago's southside. There she quickly develops an insatiable fascination for the dangerous side of hood life. That's when she meets Chance, an extremely handsome, very intelligent, hugely talented artist from a wealthy family who turns her world upside down."

Icing on the cake

December 10, 2014
Moore, Stephanie Perry.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
153 pages ; 20 cm.
Feeling like the untalented one in a family of five sisters, soon-to-be-sixteen-year-old Yuri, the adopted daughter of newly elected mayor Stanley Sharp, pursues her love of baking and grows in self-esteem when she takes a courageous stand.

The color of justice

December 9, 2014
Collins, Ace, author.
351 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (page 351).
1964--Justice, Mississippi, is a town divided. White and black. Rich and poor. Rule makers and rule breakers. Right or wrong, everyone assumes their place behind a fragile façade that is about to crumble. When attorney Coop Lindsay agrees to defend a black man accused of murdering a white teenager, the bribes and death threats don't intimidate him. As he prepares for the case of a lifetime, the young lawyer knows it's the verdict that poses the real threat--innocent or guilty, because of his stand Coop is no longer welcome in Justice. As he follows his conscience, he wonders just how far some people will go to make sure he doesn't finish his job? 2014--To some, the result of the trial still feels like a fresh wound even fifty years later, when Coop's grandson arrives in Justice seeking answers to the questions unresolved by the trial that changed his family's legacy. When a new case is presented, again pitting white against black, this third generation Lindsay may have the opportunity he needs to right the wrongs of the past. But hate destroys everything it touches, and the Lindsay family will not escape unscathed.--Publisher's description.

Caught up

November 26, 2014
Abrams, Amir, author.
New York : Dafina K-Teen Books, 2014.
329 pages ; 21 cm
Straitlaced and a self-proclaimed good girl, 16-year-old Kennedy does what's expected of her and it couldn't make her parents happier. Still, Kennedy is bored. But now that school's out, the rules are all about to change - especially when Kennedy starts hanging out with Sasha, a party girl from the other side of the tracks. Soon Kennedy has even snagged herself a 19-year-old boyfriend! Malik is a bad boy, and he's about to take Kennedy on a whirlwind ride full of drama and lies that could throw her perfect life upside down.

The perfect deception

November 21, 2014
Lovely, Lutishia.
New York : Dafina Books ; Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014].
312 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"Shady sisters trilogy."
She's smart, gorgeous, and mysterious. For business executive Nathan Carver, a man with everything, Jessica Bolton is the first woman he can't simply charm, buy, or seduce. And even before Jessica gets a taste of his luxurious lifestyle and irresistible moves, she's determined to eliminate the competition and become this handsome bachelor's one and only. But Jessica's deceptive allure is just the beginning. With every move, every tantalizing lie, Jessica lures Nathan and his close-knit family into a trap that will dismantle everything they treasure most. Because when it comes to loyalty and love, blood is thicker than water-- and no amount of revenge is ever too much.

Want, need, love

November 21, 2014
Bryant, Niobia, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
292 pages ; 18 cm
Mona Ballinger has a talent for bringing the right people together--and keeping the wrong people apart. But when Anson Tyler's fiancée ends their engagement thanks to Mona's advice, he angrily confronts her. Unfortunately, Mona has not only caused him a broken heart--she ends up giving him a broken leg as well… Guilt-ridden over Anson's injury, Mona decides to help him recover--whether he likes it or not. Soon, comfort turns to chemistry and it seems like Mona may have found a love of her own--until Anson's handsome brother, Hunter, shows up. His hot pursuit of Mona leaves her conflicted and she flees to her South Carolina hometown for some family wisdom. But the choice she makes only fuels the brothers' rivalry. Will Mona end up alone once more?

The public eye : a Port City High novel

November 21, 2014
Freeman, Shannon, author.
[Costa Mesa, Calif.] : Saddleback Publishing, [2014]
203 pages ; 18 cm.
Shane's family is keeping up appearances while her father runs for office, but appearances are deceiving and her whole world comes crashing down, meanwhile Brandi has boyfriend problems and Marisa gets a great opportunity.

Deported : a Port City High novel

November 21, 2014
Freeman, Shannon.
[Costa Mesa, CA] : Saddleback Publishing, [2014]
200 pages ; 18 cm.
"Brandi is smart and outgoing, but sometimes insecure and gullible. Marisa is graceful and articulate, but often too driven. Shane is a natural leader with a lot of spirit, but rebellious and headstrong. The girls have been inseparable since middle school. But now they are playing in the big leagues, and it's time to grow up and start thinking about the future. And Port City, Texas, is not all that. High school drama has a way of solidifying or destroying friendships. Will they stay tight or get swallowed up by Port City High? Or will they go from freshman to senior year and beyond?"-- From

Power, seduction & scandal

November 20, 2014
Winters, Angela, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, [2014]
326 pages ; 21 cm.
Sherise searches for answers when a highly anticipated promotion is given to an incompetent rival, Billie confronts threats to her engagement, and Erica lands at the center of a wrenching power struggle.

The midwife factor : a Lynn Davis mystery

November 18, 2014
Gossett, Gigi.
xx, 432 pages ; 24 cm
Only a kindly midwife knows that Nicola Moldovan, a fifteen-year-old Romanian teenager living in Cincinnati, gave birth to identical twin girls nineteen years ago. The twins, separated at birth, have grown up on different continents, unwittingly sharing thoughts, feelings, and dreams with each other without any idea they are sisters. But just as the now elderly midwife, Flossie Walker, decides to pen a tell-all letter to the families involved, a sinister plot unfolds in a Budapest prison. Morgan Wellington, the adopted daughter of a Nobel Prize winning physician and his wife, has always secretly yearned to know her true biological identity-even more so after her Hungarian roommate tells her about a look-alike in Budapest and invites her to visit the country to see for herself. Meanwhile, Morgan's parents, curious as to why their daughter has spontaneously traveled to Budapest, hire private investigator Lynn Davis to discover the truth. While Lynn tries to make sense of several perplexing scenarios, a habitual criminal puts the final touches on an evil plan that will change everything. In this international mystery, past secrets are revealed as two girls separated at birth attempt to find their way back to each other, with the help of a private investigator and the midwife who brought them into the world.

Hope to die : the return of Alex Cross

November 14, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
374, 10 pages ; 25 cm.
"The return of Alex Cross"--Jacket.
"Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family--his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?" -- from publisher's web site.

Animal III : Revelations

November 11, 2014
K'wan, author.
[United States] : Cash Money Content, 2014.
232 p. ; 21 cm.
"When Animal's former lover, Red Sonja, shows up on his doorstep with a little girl, claiming Animal is the father, he and Gucci immediately fear it's a ploy for money. But Red Sonja has come to collect a debt of a different kind, one that can only be paid in blood. A powerful man is hunting Red Sonja and her daughter, Celeste, and she calls on Animal to stop him, permanently. Animal is forced to break the promise he made to his wife upon his release from prison and once again picks up his guns. To keep his daughter and her mother safe, Animal sets out on a mission of murder, but this isn't just any man Red Sonja has sent him after, it's one of the most powerful drug dealers in the country...her father."--Dust jacket, p.[4]


November 10, 2014
Waltman, Kevin.
El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, [2014]
286 pages ; 22 cm.
Derrick "D-Bow" Bowman thought sophomore year would be easier, but his girlfriend Jasmine leaves him for putting too much focus on basketball, the jump shot he worked on all summer is not working, and his father has a heart attack, forcing Derrick to accept that basketball cannot be his only priority.

What every woman wants : a grown and sexy novel

November 10, 2014
DaSaint, Jimmy.
Bala Cynwyd, PA : DaSaint Entertainment, c2011.
238 p. ; 22 cm.
Thirty year old Robin Davis and twenty-nine year old Tammy Washington are two beautiful black professional women. Each possesses the total package: brains, beauty and a successful career. However, both women are missing something special from their lives--that special someone to call their own. Since their days in college, they had been running through many different lovers in search of their true soul-mates. The quest for true love has constantly eluded them both, until one day their luck changed. Or did it? Now for the first time in both of their lives, Robin and Tammy are finding themselves unlocking the doors to their private lives for men they never imagined would enter. What Every Woman Wants is a poignant story of sex, lies, deceit, betrayal, heartache, happiness, pain and the never ending search for true love.--Publisher's description.

Citizens Creek : a novel

October 30, 2014
Tademy, Lalita, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
420 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter.

Truth and nothing but

October 30, 2014
Moore, Stephanie Perry.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014]
153 pages ; 20 cm.
"Sloan is the youngest of Stanley Sharp's daughters and her dream is to be a reporter. She soon discovers learning the truth is harder than she imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Turn up for real

October 30, 2014
Moore, Stephanie Perry.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014].
159 pages ; 20 cm.
Sixteen-year-old Slade dreams of being a singing sensation but as the middle daughter of a mayoral candidate and a habitual loner she faces many challenges as she learns just how difficult surviving as an artist can be.

A man's promise

October 27, 2014
Jackson, Brenda (Brenda Streater)
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Saint monkey

October 27, 2014
Townsend, Jacinda.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

The perfect affair

October 27, 2014
Lovely, Lutishia.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

His last wife

October 23, 2014
Octavia, Grace, author.
281 pages ; 21 cm
"A Southern scandal novel"--Cover.

Pleasure trap

October 23, 2014
Bryant, Niobia, author.
280 pages ; 21 cm

Crooked G's

October 23, 2014
Collins, S. K., author.
Silver Spring : Strebor, 2014.
264 pages ; 21 cm


October 21, 2014
Jones, Patrick, 1961- author.
94 pages ; 20 cm.
After spending time in a juvenile detention center for a crime related to severe anger issues, seventeen-year-old Jada Robinson is sent to a foster home and enrolled in an alternative high school, and begins to move past her old life.


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