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New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroes extraordinary novel celebrates life, love, and the power of sisterhood--proving that friends, like fine wine, only get better with age. . . Gorgeous, successful executive Teri Stewart spends her days working for L. A. s hottest record company--and her nights all alone. Her best friend Nicole is determined to find Teri a man, but she hasnt had much luck. . . because Teri wants more than Mr. Maybe. Shes holding out for Mr. Right and wont settle for anything less. Just when Teri is ready to give up, a man from her past returns to reignite their romance. With his sultry smile and easy-going charm, radio DJ Harrison Starr is one-of-a kind--and Teri cant deny shes fallen hard for him again. With her life finally falling into place, Teri thinks her dreams might come true after all. But Harrison may have a secret that could change everything. . .
What happens when the life you have is not the life you want?Christine Thurman and her husband, Jesse Ray, built a business worth millions and were once deeply in love. But lately J. R. has become obsessed with his empire and Christine feels taken for granted. . . until Wade Eddie Fisher, a bad boy with good looks from Christine's past, comes back to town. Even though Wade is penniless and undependable, he reignites something deep within Christine. Before long she's immersed in a sultry affair, and has devised a plan so risky that it promises to deliver all she could possibly want--or shatter the lives of everyone close to her. . . With its sexual triangle and triplecrossing plot, Deliver Me From Evil is modern noir. --Akron Beacon JournalHer wildest and most entertaining novel yet. --Publishers Weekly
New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe weaves a stunning portrait of a family immersed in deceit . . . and the women whose happiness depends on the secrets they keep. . . After growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the sixteen-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone. . . Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. When the father she never knew shows up at her mother's funeral to claim her, it's a fairy tale journey from the ghetto to a mansion on a hill. But Sarah's life is not as carefree as her father wants it to be . . . because Sarah knows from the start that her step-mother is as two-faced as they come. And after losing all the family she's ever known, she wants a life that's richer than what Vera's got planned for her. Neither woman can be sure who will win Kenneth's heart and fortune. But as Vera and Sarah scheme to get what they want, everyone they know will be choosing sides, taking chances, and gambling it all to come out on top. . . Praise for the novels of Mary Monroe"Once again, Monroe displays her gift as a marvel with this sensational novel. " --RT Book Reviews on Lost Daughters"Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston, but the story has a bizarre, violent edge a la Stephen King. . . a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby. " --Publishers Weekly on The Upper Room"Monroe's style, like her characters, is no-holds-barred earthy. . . . Monroe's characters deal with their situations with a weary worldliness and fatalism that reveal their vulnerability as well as their flaws. " --Booklist on Mama Ruby"Another witty and wise installment to her God series. . . If this raunchy and rambunctious book is any indication, Monroe's series has a lot of life left in it. " --Publishers Weekly on God Ain't Through Yet"A fast-paced, sexy, tense story that will make readers think twice before getting tangled up in an affair. " -- Booklist on God Ain't Blind"Readers are left on edge. . . Monroe once again skillfully delivers a crafty story wrapped around a host of heartwarming characters battling everyday struggles and obstacles, even as she entertains readers with spurts of unexpected comedy and tragedy. " --Library Journal on God Don't Play"A highly satisfying page-turner--and one that will stand out. " --Publishers Weekly on God Don't Like Ugly
From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes a poignant and passionate new novel featuring lifelong friends Annette Goode Davis and Rhoda OToole two women whose best intentions dont always yield the best results. Even though her life has its ups and downs, Annette Goode Davis feels lucky. Most of all, Annette is grateful that her husband, Pee Wee, took her back after he discovered she was having an affair. The trouble is, while Pee Wee agreed to give Annette another chance, shes not sure his heart is really in it. Rhoda is quick to point out that Annette got herself into this mess, so she has to be patient until Pee Wee forgives her. But time may be running out. Annettes suspicions are confirmed when Pee Wee moves out--and in with his new lady. She takes the news hard and so does her daughter, Charlotte. Annette wont let her family go without a fight, but she also knows she must prepare for the worst--because one lesson shes learned all too well is that when life kicks you in the teeth, you have to come out swinging. Praise for the novels of Mary Monroe "Another witty and wise installment to her God series. . . If this raunchy and rambunctious book is any indication, Monroes series has a lot of life left in it. " --Publishers Weekly on God Aint Through Yet"Swift, salty writing . . . will keep readers cheering for the couple, and a twisting plot will keep them turning pages. "--Publishers Weekly on The Company We Keep"Monroe is a masterful storyteller. " --Philadelphia Inquirer
Annette Goode Davis has a full plate, although she's trying to reconcile with her husband, Pee Wee, she's still seeing other men. But the stress has her packing on the pounds along the way. Meanwhile Annette's best friend, Rhoda, has her hands full dealing with her wild child daughter. Jade's antics finally compel Rhoda to throw her out. But Jade soon finds a way to make Rhoda regret it. Annette is thankful that her own daughter has her head on straight. But when a terrible revelation rocks their worlds, Annette must battle to save those she loves.
From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes the story of two lifelong friends, their secrets and lies, and the new challenge that may divide them once and for all. . . With a lovely home and family, Annette Goode finally has it all. Heaven knows she paid her dues--from an abusive childhood to a rocky start as an adult. Annettes friend Rhoda knows too, for Rhoda has been both her savior and her greatest fear. Their relationship has survived some serious shake-ups. But now that things are good, someone apparently thinks theyre a little too good. . . When Annette receives an anonymous--and menacing--birthday gift, its just the beginning of a slew of hostile letters, vicious phone calls, and vile packages from a female who is obviously disguising her voice. Comforted by Rhoda and Rhodas teenage daughter, Jade, Annette hopes the problem will somehow disappear. But when the threats extend to her child, Annette realizes the situation is dire. For soon her tormentor reveals exactly what she wants--and how it could destroy everything Annette has built. . . Praise for Mary Monroe "Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston. " --Publishers Weekly"Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town. " --Rapport
New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroes heart-stopping tale about a woman whos suffered too much to give up on herself, even if everyone else has. . . Growing up, Annette Goode thought all men were as low-down as the father who abandoned her, including the boarder who abused her for years and the men she slept with to earn the money she needed to run away from her life. Now, after decades of heartache and severing ties with her dangerously unstable friend Rhoda, Annettes real life has started to take shape. . . But her dark past wont let her go. When an old secret scares away her fiancé, Annette settles with Pee Wee Davis, her on-again, off-again sweetheart since childhood. Then her ex-friend Rhoda suddenly walks back into her life, forcing Annette to decide what she should believe--and what she can forgive--as she tries to salvage the one relationship she just cant seem to let go. . . Praise for Mary Monroe "Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston. " --Publishers Weekly "Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town. " --Rapport
A restless young woman thinks she's found a free ride to happiness and adventure. But it's a trip that may land her in prison-or worse. . . When Trudy Bell lands a job at a travel agency, she feels like a new woman. And her friendly personality soon wins her the adoration of her colleagues-with one exception. Ann Oliver, the only other African American employee, a high-level manager who despises Trudy's low-income background. But no one is going to ruin Trudy's new life. In fact, she's found a way to make it even better. As a secretary, Trudy has easy access to company credit cards. Including Ann's. . . Before long Trudy's leading a double-life-Ann's life-complete with a secret apartment where she entertains the men she meets at upscale bars. But their worlds collide the night Trudy brings home the wrong man-one who has an angry score to settle. With Ann. Now, unless Trudy can convince him she's not the woman he's after, she may pay the highest price of all. . . "Monroe serves up a tasty dish of murder, deception, lust, and just desserts. "-Library Journal on She Had it Coming"Monroe's richly drawn characters will stay with readers long after the book is finished. "-Booklist
New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe brings to life her most provocative and daring characters yet in this emotional and sometimes shocking tale of daughters lost and found, and the ways in which the past still haunts them. . . . After years of living under Mama Ruby's commanding presence, Maureen Montgomery is finally taking charge of her own life. With her beautiful teenage daughter, Loretta, by her side, she returns to Florida after Mama Ruby's death and settles into a routine that any other woman would consider bland. But for Maureen and her older brother Virgil, who grew up with Mama Ruby's hair-trigger temper and murderous ways, bland is good. But Loretta has other ideas. Set on becoming rich and famous, she convinces Maureen to let her start a modeling career. And Loretta thinks Miami photographer Melvin Ross is just the man to make her a star. But even with Mel by their side, taking Maureen and Loretta's lives in new directions, they can't escape Mama Ruby. Neither can Virgil, who's concealed one of Mama Ruby's most shocking acts for most of his life. . . and is now living with the guilt of his deceit. Yet, as much as Virgil knows, he could never imagine the depth of Mama Ruby's yearning for her daughter, or how much Maureen wants her own daughter to feel free to live on her own terms. For them, Mama Ruby will never die. . . and it's not until Maureen takes on a bit of Mama Ruby's strength to face down the past and forge new bonds that she's able to make a future that is truly hers. "Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston, but the story has a bizarre, violent edge a la Stephen King. . . a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby. " --Publishers Weeklyon The Upper Room"Magnificent, coarse, funny and terrifying. " --The San Francisco Chronicle on The Upper Room"Warm, energetic, and charming. " --The Houston Poston The Upper Room"Monroe's literary canvas is painted with broad strokes, with verve and humor and passion. " --Christian Science Monitoron The Upper Room"Mama Ruby fans, this is The Upper Room prequel you've been waiting for!" --RT Book Reviews on Mama Ruby"Monroe's style, like her characters, is no-holds-barred earthy. . . . Monroe's characters deal with their situations with a weary worldliness and fatalism that reveal their vulnerability as well as their flaws. " --Bookliston Mama Ruby
"Monroe keeps the suspense high, and readers will draw a bated breath with the turn of each page. "--BooklistDolores Reese spent her childhood in foster care, like Floyd Watson, a local boy who intrigues her from the moment they meet. When one bad decision sends an innocent Floyd to prison for life, Dolores promises to stick by him. But while Floyd's world stands still, Dolores's horizons open up in exciting new ways. Paul Dunne is an accomplished businessman who promises her the kind of future she's always wanted--the kind she once imagined having with Floyd. But when Floyd is suddenly freed on new evidence, Dolores is torn and must make a fateful decision. And if she isn't careful, Dolores just might find out what happens when love, dishonesty, and dangerous jealousy collide. "Monroe serves up a tasty dish of murder, deception, lust, and just deserts. " --Library Journal
From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes a powerful novel about the hopes, dreams, laughter--and limits--of six unique women surviving on the streets of San Francisco... They're about as different as six women can be--haughty and humble, beautiful and plain, young and not-so-young, black, white, Latina, and origins unknown. But aside from a gift for laughing hardship in the face, they have one very important thing in common--Clyde Brooks. You might say that Clyde is their "manager." And you might say that Lula Mae, Ester, Megan, Rosalee, Helen, and Rockelle are colleagues--in the world's oldest profession. Clyde likes to refer to them as his "wives." Maybe it's their love for the high life--and for each other--that makes the bond between Clyde's ladies so unbreakable. Maybe it's their private demons that keep them so loyal to Clyde--or so he thinks. For hard as they try to distract themselves, nothing can quell the women's longing for a life free from Clyde and what he represents--until one daring act of defiance changes everything...
The choices we make in one rash moment can change everything. . . Dolores Reese spent her childhood in foster care, like Floyd Watson, a local boy who intrigues her from the moment they meet. When one bad decision sends an innocent Floyd to prison for life, Dolores promises to stick by him. But while Floyds world stands still, Doloress horizons open up in exciting new ways. Paul Dunne is an accomplished businessman who promises her the kind of future shes always wanted--the kind she once imagined having with Floyd. But when Floyd is suddenly freed on new evidence, Dolores is torn and must make a fateful decision. And if she isnt careful, Dolores just might find out what happens when love, dishonesty, and dangerous jealousy collide. . . Praise for Mary Monroe "Monroe delivers what could be her wildest and most entertaining novel yet. " --Publishers Weekly on Deliver Me From Evil "Monroes richly drawn characters will stay with readers long after the book is finished. " --Booklist on Gonna Lay Down My Burdens"Monroes literary canvas is painted with broad strokes, with verve and humor and passion. " --Christian Science Monitor
Warm, energetic, and charming. --The Houston PostMama Ruby's known for taking things that aren't rightfully hers, like her best friend's stillborn infant, who she brought back to life and christened Maureen. She's also rumored to have done away with her husband. Some fear her, others try their best to avoid her. But Mama Ruby doesn't pay them any mind. Not when she's got the one gift God gave her--her precious baby girl. Monroe's literary canvas is painted with verve and humor and passion. --Christian Science MonitorBut growing up with a mama like Ruby is enough to make any half-sane girl wish for something--anything--else. And when Maureen gets the chance to explore the real world, you can bet she's going to take it. . . and run like hell. There is an electricity and vitality to this novel that makes it unique. Mary monroe is a remarkable talent. --Chicago Sun-Times
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