New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

April 27, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The streets have no king

April 26, 2017
Coleman, JaQuavis, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
260 pages ; 21 cm
"Based on actual events" --Cover.
"After 7 years of prison, multi-millionaire drug mogul Kane Garrett is back on the streets. But instead of diving back into the drug game, he's teaching a college class, infusing business principles with his signature ruthless edge he developed in the streets. When a student--and heavy heroin dealer--named Basil catches Kane's eye, Kane takes him on as a and together, they build the biggest, smartest drug trafficking business the state has ever seen. But when Basil meets Moriah, Kane's only daughter, lines get crossed and their dominant business union becomes a deadly rivalry. Welcome to a world where the kings meet their end and no one stays at the top for long."--Provided by publisher.

And then there was me

April 18, 2017
Johnson, Sadeqa, author.
©2017
viii, 292 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel of friendship, secrets and lies" --Cover.
"Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea's twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction. Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things can't get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down."-- Provided by publisher.

No one is coming to save us : a novel

April 17, 2017
Watts, Stephanie Powell, author.
©2017.
371 pages ; 24 cm
"JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can't seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the area of jobs. Ava's mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's unworthy but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around. JJ's return--and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava--not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town."--Jacket flap.

Big booty : a novel

April 17, 2017
Cairo.
Largo, MD : Strebor Books Internatioanl, 2013.
529 pages ; 18 cm
Cassandra, born and raised on the street, is willing to scam and sleep her way to ghetto-fabulousness, no matter the cost.

Ashanti

April 13, 2017
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
©2017
1 volume (unpaged) ; 21 cm
Cover title.
A militant crime prevention watch group achieves law and order in a lawless Washington, DC, neighorhood; however, an increase in police shootings of black men, rising xenophobia, and a contentious presidential election cause the nation's capitol and the country to spiral downward.

Korvette : birth of a superstar

April 13, 2017
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
©2017
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Cover title.
Billboard divas Korvette and Lady Godiva are rivals with a mutual attraction to a gangsta rapper, whose violent behavior and growing infidelities may unite the scorned mistresses against him.

Finding Gideon

April 12, 2017
Dickey, Eric Jerome, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
372 pages ; 24 cm
"As a hit man from the time he was very young, money, women, and danger have always ruled Gideon's life; but for the first time, the job is taking its toll. Neither Gideon nor the city of Buenos Aires has recovered from the mayhem caused during Gideon's last job. But before the dust has settled and the bodies have been buried, Gideon calls in backup--including the lovely Hawks, with whom Gideon has heated memories--to launch his biggest act of revenge yet...one he believes will destroy his adversary, Midnight, once and for all. Yet Midnight and his second-in-command, the beautiful and ruthless Señorita Raven, are launching their own revenge, assembling a team of mercenaries the likes of which the world has never seen...and Gideon isn't there only target. Gideon will need all his skills if he is to save not only his team but his family as well" --Inisde jacket.

Boss

April 10, 2017
Brown, Tracy, 1974- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
viii, 306 pages ; 21 cm
"Empire meets Scandal meets Romeo and Juliet with an edgy twist in Boss, a new standalone novel from bestselling author Tracy Brown. Crystal Scott has the world at her fingertips. At the height of her career at a wildly popular magazine and on the rise in an enviable social circle, she's beginning to think that maybe she can have it all. But her entire life, body, and soul is threatened when Troy Mitchell, the man who stole her heart and shattered her world a decade ago, returns. Crystal has never felt the insatiable passion she felt for Troy since ... and she's never forgotten the harsh sting at betrayal when he left her and her family devastated in his wake. Troy has never gotten over his love for Crystal, and he will stop at nothing for a second chance to possess her heart. Crystal can't help but fall for the handsome, powerful, enigmatic man she used to love all over again. But the families of both lovers will not stand for their love, and a raging inferno of bitterness and revenge threatens to consume them both as tensions ignite. With deadly twists and turns, Crystal and Troy must choose each other and give in to love, or they will not escape the ties that bind them"-- Provided by publisher.

Lust & loyalty : [a Chesterton scandal novel]

April 6, 2017
Ellis, Shelly, author.
©2017
325 pages ; 21 cm
Evan Murdoch is caught between two feuding women, and he's got a secret that could send him to jail for a long time. Terrence Murdoch is recovering from a car accident, and his relationship with his journalist girlfriend may not survive.

An extraordinary union

April 5, 2017
Cole, Alyssa, author.
©2017
258 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel of the Civil War"-- Cover.
"As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past... Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South--to spy for the Union Army. Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he's facing his deadliest mission yet--risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia. Two undercover agents who share a common cause--and an undeniable attraction--Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy's favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost--even if it means losing each other..."-- Page [4] of cover.

Deep : a twisted tale of deceptions

April 5, 2017
Phillips, C. N., author.
©2017
234 pages ; 21 cm
Sometimes what's done in the dark doesn't need to come to come to the light; it should stay shut away forever. The lifestyle that sisters Rhonnie and Ahli live is proof of that. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the girls have been taught to do the unthinkable in order to survive, and armed robbery is their forte. Between their exceptional gun aim and skill in combat, it's safe to say the sisters are lethal weapons. With their father setting up all their deadly hits, they have easily stolen over half a million dollars. But even living lavishly gets old. The girls want to leave the bloodshed behind them and live a normal life so badly that they turn down a job that would leave them set for eternity. When things take a twisted turn and an old hit comes back to savagely haunt them, it leaves someone Rhonnie and Ahli love with his throat slit from ear to ear. Now with no place to go and no money, the girls have no choice but to agree to do one last hit. What is supposed to just be a job turns into what will be the most horrific experience of their lives. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next, this twisted tale takes a deep dive for the worse" --Back cover.

Return to Flint

April 5, 2017
Hernandez, Treasure, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
218 pages ; 21 cm
Tiana and Cee Cee each attempt suicide after their fathers are murdered and end up in a psychiatric hospital where a doctor uses his authority to abuse them ultimately leading the ladies to exact revenge and suffer the consequences.

Naughty housewives 4

March 31, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
175 pages ; 22 cm
Sasha and Marcus try to salvage their marriage. A mysterious kidnapper imprisons Kevin. Sahmeer tries to deal with a powerful family secret.

Bad, but perfectly good at it

March 31, 2017
Williams, Jasmine.
[Place of publication unknown] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing, [2015]
192 pages ; 22 cm
Publication date from publisher website.

Ahgottahandleonit

March 29, 2017
Mixon, Donovan, author.
El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, [2017]
261 pages ; 24 cm
"Tim's a dyslexic black kid on the mean streets of Newark. He wants to do what is right, but anger boils deep inside him. Despite everything, Tim wants his life to matter"-- Provided by publisher.

Bad, but perfectly good at it 2

March 27, 2017
Williams, Jasmine.
[CreateSpace Independent Publishing], 2015.
221 pages ; 22 cm

Bad, but perfectly good at it 3 : the finale

March 27, 2017
Williams, Jasmine.
[Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace], [2015]
231 pages ; 22 cm

Never trust a stranger

March 23, 2017
Monroe, Mary, author.
©2017
306 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reading group guide.
Taking incrementally greater risks to pursue the love and excitement they have always craved, best friends Lola Poole and Joan Proctor-Riley are drawn in by the fantasy life of seemingly kind and responsible trucker Calvin, whose talented sexual healing leads to the revelation of a deadly secret.

Tied to a boss IV

March 14, 2017
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
207 pages ; 22 cm.
Dante Blackwell must transition from a legitimate businessman back to the street hood he used to be when he finds out about an attempted hit on family member Natalie's father.

The wide circumference of love : a novel

March 13, 2017
Golden, Marita, author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]
292 pages ; 24 cm
"A moving African-American family drama of love and devotion in the face of Alzheimer's disease. You just can't plan for this kind of thing. Diane Tate certainly hasn't. She never expected to slowly lose her talented husband to the debilitating effects of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As a respected family court judge, she's spent her life making tough calls, but when her sixty-eight-year-old husband's health worsens and Diane is forced to move him into an assisted living facility, it seems her world is spinning out of control. As Gregory's memory wavers and fades, Diane and her children must reexamine their connection to the man he once was-and learn to love the man he has become ..."-- Provided by publisher.

The inheritance

March 13, 2017
Alers, Rochelle, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
294 pages ; 21 cm.
"The innkeepers"--Cover.
Corporate attorney Hannah DuPont-Lowell always pictured herself returning to New Orleans to retire-just not yet. But after her Manhattan company abruptly lays off its staff, there's no better place to figure out a next move than the porch of her plantation-style home.

The hate u give

March 9, 2017
Thomas, Angie, author.
©2017
444 pages ; 22 cm
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Heels, heartache & headlines

March 8, 2017
Simone, Ni-Ni, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, published by Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
281 pages ; 21 cm
While a humiliated London plots a sweet deception in order to move past the truth about her billionaire ex, Rich endures a nightmarish relationship with a drama-prone bad boy, and Spencer pulls out all stops to get revenge against a frenemy and her dysfunctional parents.

Baby momma saga. Part 1

March 7, 2017
Genovese, Ni'chelle, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
348 pages ; 23 cm
Collects the exploits of three women, including Michelle, who confronts the reality of her life with a hustler and Novie, who resists getting involved with the family drug trade.

Cheaper to keep her. 5

March 7, 2017
Swinson, Kiki, author.
©2014
251 pages ; 17 cm.
With her vicious gansta ex closing in, Lynise Washington is breaking out of the FBI's safe house no matter what.

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