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Jewel is young and beautiful, and with several hustles under her belt, she's all about making money. This doesn't leave much time for friends, but she'll always make time for Touch, the local hustler. He's been her friend since grammar school, when they made a lifelong pact to look out for each other. Lucky for them, their promise has never been put to the test--until now. When Michael Burroughs arrives on the scene from L. A. , he floods the East Coast with top-notch product, and quickly earns his title as the California Connection--Calico for short. He's also a smooth brotha with a knack for getting whatever he wants out of women then tossing them to the side. When he meets Jewel, sparks fly, and things quickly spin out of control. Touch knows how Calico operates and doesn't want to watch his friend get used and abused. Little does he know, he doesn't have to worry about her, because Jewel has a few tricks of her own. When Calico shows his true colors, Jewel knows just how to get revenge. Will her plans backfire, or will she be the last woman standing?
Jewel used to be content with being a ride or die chick, playing Bonnie while the men in her life played Clyde. But now she realizes that it was her connections and street smarts that helped her man, Calico, rise to the top, and Jewel wants to be the one in control. She's tired of taking orders from men. She's willing to do anything to be queen of the streets, but when a deal she makes with the enemy comes back to haunt her, her dream is turned into a nightmare. Hopeless and struggling to keep her head above water, Jewel meets Misty, who seems to be her savior. They quickly form a bond, but when that bond is broken and the mist turns to rain, Jewel finds herself in the middle of a storm that she might not make it out of.
When Michael Burroughs arrives on the scene in Virginia Beach from L. A. , he floods the East Coast with top-notch product and quickly earns his title as the California Connection-Calico for short. Hes also a smooth brotha with a knack for getting whatever he wants out of women. When he meets Jewel, sparks fly and things quickly spin out of control. When Calico shows his true colors, Jewel knows just how to get revenge. Jewel becomes the queen of the streets. Shes making money in a major way. The only problem is that she no longer wants to share her throne. Add to this a federal investigation dubbed Operation California Connection, and Jewel could soon be facing her downfall. When the dust settles, Jewel is left with a boyfriend on the run and a federal case pending against her. Jewel is concerned with only one thing, though. She is determined to give her unborn child a good life, one that doesnt involve drugs, lies, and deception. Armed with a mothers love, Jewel uses her street savvy to try to gain back everything she lost, minus the pain. The California Saga is all about revenge and retaliation, even if it means snitching and snaking. Its about money, power, and greed.
Meet Ceazia, a very attractive, very good girl who has just left the safety of her parents' home and entered into the world of bad boys and fast money. Ceazia thinks the world belongs to her when she meets Vegas, one of the Tidewater, Virginia area's most notorious drug dealers. Even though a relationship with Vegas goes against everything her parents taught her, she still can't resist his bad boy persona. He's fine, sexy, and ready to give her anything her heart desires-just what the doctor ordered for a broke, wannabe diva. This might just end up being the biggest mistake of her life.
Urban Books' popular Girls from da Hood series is back, bringing readers more dramatic tales about the lives of some tough, resourceful women who can hold their own when things get rough on the streets. Cheyenne and Kelsi grew up together in the hood. They're best friends who've always had each other's backs--until Cheyenne's father is released from prison and Kelsi can't resist his advances. Their scandalous affair might do more than just tear apart a friendship; it could destroy Cheyenne's whole world. Angela Farmer's early childhood was filled with neglect and abuse at the hands of her drug-addicted mother. Not even the love and support of her foster parents could totally erase her painful memories. In an effort to rid herself of her demons, Angela makes it her mission to protect others, but her methods strike fear in the hearts of the people around her. Eva is a good, churchgoing girl who seems to have the perfect life, until she's wrongly accused of embezzling from her clients. Caught up in a struggle to prove her innocence, she is forced to face the grittier side of life. She enters into a sexually charged world fueled by power, murder, and greed, where she must adapt if she's going to survive. Eva wants to remain true to herself and everything she's been taught in the church, but like Jay Z says, "When church is over, life begins. "
Exotic dancer Ceazia Deveareux has grown accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle she was living before the death of her boyfriend, Vegas Jackson. Even though she was the one who caused his death, Ceazia feels no guilt. She believes she still deserves to have the finest of everything, and she's determined to get it. Vegas's brother Snake is patiently waiting for the day that he can avenge his brother's death. The only problem is that he has a fascination with strippers, and the sexy Ceazia might prove to be more than he can resist. In this follow-up to her hit novel A Ganster's Girl, Chunichi delivers more of her trademark style. Married to the Game is a fast-paced tale of sex, betrayal, and murder.
Essence® bestselling author Chunichi is back and keepin' it raw. Ceazia Devereaux has seen it all on the streets. She's gone from a gangster's girl to being married to the game. After the murders of a few of her associates, she's ready to divorce herself from the lifestyle she once knew and become the "good girl" she was raised to be. Ceazia finds her way to Atlanta, where she hopes to find a man who can take care of her. Parlay is a big-name rapper who fits the bill perfectly. Ceazia sets up a chance encounter with him, thinking she's on her way to a fresh start. Danielle, her arch-enemy, has other plans for Ceazia. She's bound and determined to make Ceazia pay for her past sins. But when she gets caught up in the very same web she weaves and someone sets out to destroy Danielle's life, will her thirst for revenge take a back seat?
Broken-hearted, scorned Ceazia is home back in Virginia up to her old ways. With her road dawg, Diamond, by her side she's unstoppable, until the attention she's used to falls on the new booty and envy rears its ugly head. Trust no one without knowing their agenda in the scheme of things or be ready to find out who's game is tighter?
After doing a 5-year bid, all ex-drug dealer Breeze wants is a normal life with the love of his life and his children. Determined to stay on a straight and narrow path, he follows all the rules of his probation, and even works a full-time job as a janitor. But when the pressure becomes too much to handle, he reverts back to what he knows best. With everything under control, he's the happiest man alive-that is, until he realizes his happiness was achieved at the cost of another man's losses. This brings Breeze back to a part of his life he'd hoped never to relive. He puts his combat boots on and is ready for war, not knowing if the battle will land him back in lockdown. In order to keep his happiness, Breeze is willing to risk it all. Bestselling author Chunichi brings readers another engaging tale of life on the streets. The Streets Keep Calling will make you ask yourself, "How far would I be willing to go for survival?"
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