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Christian Erickson is the perfect man: sincere, handsome, intelligent, and passionate. Maiya Hightower has searched for a man like him throughout her entire life. Unfortunately, when she finally finds Christian he is already taken. Maiya reluctantly settles for a close friendship with Christian and the two of them become inseparable. In the midst of turmoil in her personal life, Maiya gives birth to a beautiful daughter Angelina, but fears that Angelina will make the same mistakes in her life that she did. Thus, she leads Angelina to believe that a man she has never shared one single act of intimacy with is her biological father. She wants Angelina to grow up with high expectations so she places Christian, who is no longer a part of her life, onto a well-deserved pedestal and convinces Angelina that he is the role model that any young man that comes into her life must follow. Angelina becomes immersed in Christian's world through his words: books, magazine articles, and personal letters written to her mother. Even though she has never met him, she is his daughter by spirit. Maiya continues this farce for sixteen years with the help of her best friend and mother who oppose the situation but both have been drawn into the lies to the point where they can't get out of them. But like all things in life, whatever you do in the dark eventually comes into the light and Maiya is faced with the consequences of her actions. The only question is will her relationship with her daughter survive. An emotional rollercoaster, Daughter by Spirit will likely move you to tears. This novel is for anyone that appreciates the importance of building close emotional ties and expressing feelings to loved ones before it is too late. V. Anthony Rivers writes with sincerity and passion and is a dynamic new voice in the literary field. -Zane, author of Addicted, Shame on it All, and The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth Daughter by Spirit is a moving novel. The characters are written so crisp, the dialogue flows so nicely that you're able to follow every scene, building up to the novel's dramatic conclusion. The novel is so pure, so deep that moments within it will move you to tears and to joy. Rivers does an excellent job in pulling you into the story's dramatic plot and leaving you soulfully satisfied at the end of a fastly-paced novel. I will definitely be on the look out for future novels by this author! -Shonell Bacon, The Nubian Chronicles and co-author of Luvalwayz
This edgy, compelling novel offers an honest portrayal of the ups and downs of everyday life as experienced by three memorable characters. Everybody got issues features Avonté Douglas, Ina Sinclair, and Nakia Davidson, three emploees of the successful advertising agency Montaqua Publications. As young, single, and ambitious professionals, their friendship occasionally deteriorates into a vicious cycle of jealousy, gossip, selfishness, and backstabbing. Outside the walls of Montaqua Publications, Avonté, Ina, and Nakia also endure the disappointments and failed expectations of personal relationships that, even when seemingly on the brink of success, prove to be struggles. In this fast-paced story about friends and coworkers, V. Anthony Rivers deftly conveys the ugly realities of personal and professional relationships. Demonstrating a deep understanding of people -- their ulterior motives, the emotional baggage they inevitably carry, and of course their issues -- Rivers crafts a novel that is as easy to identify with as it is entertaining.
Love Is Never Painless Truer words have never been spoken. This heart-wrenching collection of novellas brings that statement to life in three unique ways, penned by three of the generation's most prolific authors. In Eileen M. Johnson's "How the Other Half Lives," Jamellah and Fernecia have been friends since forever. Having escaped the poverty of their youth together, they both had made their mark in society. However, men problems threaten to make them literally fall apart. Fernecia is married to a man who was raised to think he is better than everyone -- even his own wife. Jamellah has always used men to get ahead but eventually everything catches up to her. The two friends must ultimately count on each other in a world of havoc and distrust. In V. Anthony Rivers's "Love Is 2 Blame," Malcolm is devastated after a two-year relationship with Shaylisa ends. He finds it difficult to function because he cannot comprehend why she would want to end such a perfect situation. He was everything she had asked for; he treated her with respect and showered her with love. Yet love was not enough. Trying to move on to someone new will not be as easy as it used to be, but will the lovely Zahara show Malcolm what true love is all about? In Zane's "Staring Evil in the Face," Robier has everything a man could ever wish for: a stable and rewarding career, two beautiful children, an elegant home, and the woman of his dreams. Having loved Tiphanie since college, he is determined to keep his marital vows until . . . Tiphanie is involved in a horrible car accident that changes the entire course of their lives. From nervous breakdowns to drug addiction, Love Is Never Painless explores the deeper side of love; the side rarely explored in romance novels. Zane, Johnson, and Rivers have penned a powerful collection of novellas that will not only have readers talking but also examining their own relationships with a new perspective.
Packed with suspense and vivid descriptions of some of Los Angeles' toughest streets, My Life Is All I Have tells the gripping story of a young girl who will do anything to leave her troubled past behind her. Leesha Tyler is about to commit robbery when memories from her past start to consume her. Leesha looks back on her life and remembers the chaotic household she lived in -- with her mother and herself always at odds. Thoughts of the death of her grandmother and other untimely events only sadden Leesha further and make her more determined that the only solution to her problems is to get out of Los Angeles. And the only way to do that, or so she thinks, is to commit armed robbery. My LifeIs All I Have is a timely piece of fiction that paints a candid, upfront portrait of a section of Los Angeles known as "The Jungle." West Coast readers will welcome the familiar settings and others will enjoy a realistic slice of Los Angeles life. With echoes of The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah and Warmest December by Bernice McFadden, this novel shows how decisions one individual makes can alter many lives -- a perfect blend of contemporary fiction and street-lit flair.
In the spirit of Blackgentelmen.com come five sensual novellas about the excitement -- and danger -- of meeting someone online. Welcome to Sistergirls.com, where men can meet the women of their dreams. Making a selection is just a beginning -- these ladies are more than mere images, and getting to know them is the really fun part. But just like most things, looks can be deceiving. And while the guys who take this plunge think they're in for the adventure of a lifetime, some of them are headed for the worst nightmare. Gathering five dramatically different voices between two covers, these stories travel the tantalizing crossroads between romance and cyberspace. As today's world of dating expands beyond the traditional dinner-and-movie to the vast realm of Internet, this collection offers a timely and exciting glimpses into the adventures of cyber-relationships. NOVELLAS INCLUDE: "You Are Making Me Wet" by Earl Sewell "Life Happens" by Rique Johnson "The Wanting" by Michael Presley "Somewhere Between Love and Sarcasm" by V. Anthony Rivers "Legal Days, Lonely Nights" by William Fredrick Cooper
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