New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

October 2, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Heist 2

October 1, 2015
297 pages ; 21 cm
The last heist / Kiki Swinson -- Caked up / De'nesha Diamond.
In "The Last Heist," Shannon must use her wiles to stay out of her wronged husband's way, and in "Caked Up," Harlem, in an effort to help his ill daughter, must try to recover his stashed loot before his former partner-in-crime.

Drama queen saga

September 30, 2015
Hunt, La Jill, author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Renaissance, [2015]
428 pages ; 23 cm
Kayla Hopkins is young, beautiful, and can't win for losing. That's why everyone calls her the Drama Queen. She doesn't go looking for drama, it just happens to find her. Take, for instance, her love life. Kayla's not satisfied with just one man. She has two--one she's in love with and another she's pregnant by. It's a ready-made formula for disaster, but will Kayla see it before everything blows up in her face? Her track record says no, but her friends and family can only hope.

Hell's diva saga

September 30, 2015
J., Anna, author.
362 pages ; 23 cm
"When Mecca's parents are killed in front of her by a family friend, she learns that true friends are few and far between. She is taken in by her aunt, and soon finds out who is really riding for her and who is just around because they fear the wrath of Aunt Ruby. Making a deal with the devil doesn't seem all that bad when you're sitting on top of the world, with endless amounts of money and designer everything, but it's not long before her beloved Aunt Ruby is snatched away from her. Mecca is forced to fend for herself. She learns to play with the hand she was dealt, but who will be left standing in the end? In Mecca's world, everyone is suspect, and no one can be trusted, not even family. When the truth is revealed to her, it is up to Mecca to decide if she'll do the right thing and lead a life of righteousness, or continue to walk down the same dark path as her aunt. Mecca is ready for action, and Ruby is ready to fight for her own, but who will win?" --

All American boys

September 29, 2015
Reynolds, Jason, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
316 pages ; 22 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

Christian fiction : a prequel, for the saved, and the lost

September 29, 2015
Black, Kole, author.
207 pages ; 23 cm.
"And, your sins shall find you out... What God has brought together let no man put asunder! This story addresses the startling epidemic of violence against women. Christian Fiction is the story of Angell Epps, an aspiring novelist searching for the courage and inspiration to follow her calling. As the daughter of a prominent church pastor, Angell is born into a family that is steeped in religious tradition and expectation. Angell's faith is unshakable, or so she thinks, until a series of horrifying revelations suddenly cause Angell to question her belief in everything she once accepted as the truth. Angell is also confronted with the horrifying discovery that her best friend is being mentally and physically abused by a so called "man" who claims to love her, but whose actions clearly demonstrate otherwise. With her heart broken and her life turned inside out, Angell struggles for meaning and understanding. Now that everything and everyone she cares about has been ripped away, Angell seriously questions the true purpose of her life... Was she nothing more than a pawn in a very cruel hoax? Was her entire life a lie? Will Angell find the strength to survive?"--Back cover.

Son of a preacherman : a novel

September 29, 2015
Banks, Marlene.
Chicago : Moody Publishers, c2012.
345 p. ; 21 cm.
Billy Ray Matthias, the new pastor's son, falls for Benjamina Freeman, heiress to one of the most successful African American families in the Midwest, in a romance set in the midst of the Tulsa Race Riots.

Twisted seduction

September 29, 2015
N'Tyse (Author), author.
New York : Strebor Books, [2013]
268 pages ; 17 cm
At head of title: Zane presents.

Kingpins : Miami

September 29, 2015
Turner, Nikki.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, c2015.
261 p. ; 21 cm.
Every city has an underworld leader. In the Kingpin series, we will visit eight cities and ride along with that city's kingpin as he rules the streets. The story starts out in Miami with Nikki Turner, and will end with a compilation of all kingpins, written by New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber.

Full figured 9 : Carl Weber presents

September 22, 2015
258 pages ; 21 cm
Daddy's little girl / Carl Weber with Paradise Gomez -- This can't be life / Ms. Michel Moore.
This can't be life: "Urban Books author Ms. Michel Moore introduces us to Tami, another plus-size bad girl, in "This Can't Be Life." Often judged by her weight and not the size of her heart, Tami wants the same type of devoted love her younger, but much smaller in size, sister Tori has with her spouse. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem meant to be, until a "mysterious" accident brings her and her brother-in-law closer than ever. While Tori fights to live, Tami fights for the newfound love of her life--her sister's husband."-- From back cover.


September 17, 2015
Ross, Fran, 1935-1985, author.
xvii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"New Directions paperbook ; NDP1309"--Spine.
Oreo, a biracial black girl from Philadelphia, searches for her Jewish father in New York City, navigating the labyrinth of sound studios, brothels, and subway tunnels of Manhattan in a journey of self-discovery.

A free state : a novel

September 15, 2015
Piazza, Tom, 1955-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
235 pages ; 22 cm

Out of darkness

September 11, 2015
Pérez, Ashley Hope.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, [2015]
402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.

The scribe : a novel

September 11, 2015
Guinn, Matthew, author.
292 pages ; 22 cm
Investigating a series of murders targeting post-Civil War Atlanta's wealthiest black entrepreneurs, a disgraced former detective partners with the city's first African-American officer in a case marked by fierce racial, political, and personal tensions.

Don't fail me now

September 2, 2015
LaMarche, Una, author.
[New York] : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2015]
273 pages ; 22 cm
Interracial half-siblings come together for the first time and embark on a cross-country road trip to confront their absentee father before he dies.

Secrets of a side bitch 4

August 31, 2015
Watkins, Jessica N., author.
[United States] : SBR Publications ; 2015.
324 pages ; 23 cm
Title from cover.
At head of title: David Weaver presents.

Eva II : first lady of sin a novel

August 25, 2015
Bellport, NY : Melodrama Pub., 2011.
312 p. ; 18 cm.
Originally published: Bellport, N.Y. : Melodrama Pub., c2008.
Stunningly beautiful, dazed, confused, and standing at the altar, Eva's finally through with the love of her life and his drama. She's done her share of dirt over the years, but so has he. Can she get past his lies, deceit, and the secrets they share? Ride with Eva while she uses everything in her sexual arsenal to get what she wants in the bed and out. Will she find true love to accept her knowing her sexual past? Can Eva: The First Lady of Sin really settle down? Equally beautiful Taylor, Eva's best friend, is caught in a love triangle with a woman and a man, but her heart is somewhere else. Taylor knows the truth about Eva and all of her secrets, but Taylor has some secrets of her own. What she knows about Eva's past that may hurt her best friend and question their friendship. Watch how sex, lust, lies and secrets descend upon these best friends. Will the secrets bring them closer together or forever tear them apart?

Best kept secrets

August 24, 2015
Ellis, Shelly, author.
viii, 341 pages ; 21 cm
"A Chesterton scandal novel"--Cover.
Evan Murdoch is being pushed to the edge. In addition to dealing with the fall-out from his father's shady business dealings, his alcoholic wife, Charisse, is having an affair with Evan's half-brother. So when his former best friend, Leila, returns to Chesterton, he has a shockingly indecent proposal for her.

Grand opening : a family business novel

August 18, 2015
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2015]
319 pages ; 24 cm
Includes discussion questions.

Diary of a triflin' bitch 2

August 13, 2015
Platinum, author.
166 pages ; 22 cm
Cover title.
"Right Circle Publications presents"--Cover.

Diary of a triflin' bitch

August 13, 2015
Platinum, author.
206 pages ; 22 cm
"Right Circle Publications presents"--Cover.

Never be the same : a novel

August 13, 2015
Silk White.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Pub., c2012.
204 p. ; 22 cm.
Meet Paige, a famous actress whose career is on the come up. Things couldn't be better, until her front door is kicked in by the police. After being forced to snitch on her fiance or go to jail, Paige makes a decision that is sure to change her life forever. Meanwhile, Paige's fiance Jeezy has problems of his own. The kind of problems that can get him killed or placed in jail for the rest of his life. With his back to the wall and a gun in his hand the only way out is for him to shoot his way out. When it's all said and done both of their lives will never be the same. Join Silk White as he once again takes you on a ride that you won't soon forget. Once readers put this book down they to will never be the same.

Tears of a hustler 6 : the return of the Wolf ; a novel

August 13, 2015
Silk White.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Pub., c2013.
205 pages ; 22 cm.
The Wolf is back!... Months after the gruesome death of his daughter, Wolf is back and vows to make anybody who had anything to do with his daughter's death pay. But he's not alone his fiance, Ivy wants to help get revenge for the lost of her daughter and won't take no for an answer. The person responsible for Wolf and, Ivy's daughter death is no other than, Pauleena. A ruthless drug queen pin with an army of soldiers willing to risk their lives just to save hers. Wolf and Ivy are willing to go up against an entire army in the name of revenge for their daughter, but in the end will it all be worth it? Join Best Selling Author Silk White as he takes you on a bloody ride that readers won't soon forget...

My besties : the come up : a novel

August 13, 2015
Hill, Asia, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publications, 2015.
202 pages ; 22 cm
Born and raised on the violent streets of Chicago, Ja'ziya and her three besties, Tiki, ReRe, and Dirty E are all determined to do three things; finish school, get money, and live comfortably. Ja'ziya and her crew aren't your average hood rats that wanna date and marry a D-Boy. Adapting to some of the bad habits from the streets, plus some help from an unknown source, they get money their own way. The ski-mask way! Robbing drug dealers is like taking candy from a baby. They are always in and out with no problem. That was until they robbed the wrong person. Big Moe enters the picture feeling played and disrespected by the crew known as The Eastside Crazy Crew! Big Moe and his cousins are on the hunt to find their money, and kill everyone responsible for taking it!--Back cover.

Business is business : a novel

August 13, 2015
Silk White, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2015.
214 pages ; 22 cm

He loves me, he loves you not. 4, Avionne's return : a novel

August 13, 2015
206 pages ; 22 cm.
" Suffering from severe mother issues, Avionne is spiraling out of control. Grasping reality is becoming more difficult. With each day that passes she feels as if the minuscule amount of sanity she has is rapidly slipping through her fingers. Enter Harris Smith. A new detective assigned to find an escaped and missing Phylicia. New on the case, Harris tracks down Phylicia's only surviving daughter Avionne and is intrigued by the attractive, intelligent allure of the woman that he encounters. However, Harris can feel that underneath Avionne's cool facade there is more to her than meets the eye. Avionne feels as if Harris is a breath of fresh air. A welcome distraction, but a predatory evil; whether he knows it or not. The girl she used to be used to dream of a man like Harris rescuing her from her misbegotten life, but the woman she had become had no place for a good Samaritan such as Harris. Avionne knew once the chips fell into place either she or Harris would be worm food meeting their maker...and she wasn't quite ready to dance with the devil."--Back cover.


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