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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. He's 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. She's 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 doesn't involve drugs, lies, and deception. Armed with a mother's 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. It's about money, power, and greed.
When his conviction for conspiracy to distribute cocaine is overturned, Papio is released from a Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno after serving just 3 years of his 30-year sentence. Having some unfinished business in Oklahoma City, Papio stops there to collect on some debts before heading out West. On the way, he won't settle for anything less than the best hotels, luxury vehicles, designer clothing, and of course, gorgeous women. Follow Papio across the States as he lives the good life, avoiding contact with his infuriated Cuban connection by all means. His journey takes some unexpected twists and turns, which make this tale extra special! Don't get caught up, because He Don't Play Fair.
Serenity's days and nights may include the finer things in life, but she never pictured it like this. Her new surroundings come with limitations and expectations, destroying everything that was decent and innocent about her. Her soul is crushed, and there are no familiar faces around to comfort her. Memories of her past have led her into a bottomless pit of regret and hopelessness. Carla's search for Serenity begins with nothing promising, but her love for her sister keeps her pushing forward. When her suspicions turn into actions, she unknowingly triggers a chain of explosive events that threaten her sister's existence. Cass throws caution to the wind and continues to do business as usual. When his denial about Serenity creates coldness toward his sister Heaven, he struggles with a life-altering decision. His twisted lies are catching up to him in the worst way. Serenity is in over her head and sees only one way out. Will she end it all and give up without a fight, or will she be able to play the game of the streets and come out on top?
Knox Baker has been missing for weeks. When his cell phone is discovered in Farah Cotton's possession, his family wants to know how she obtained it. Always deceitful, Farah quickly devises a clever lie to buy time. The problem is that there is one living person who knows the truth--Eleanor McClendon.Della Baker, Knox's mother, senses that Farah is lying. To help discern her son's whereabouts, she calls upon two deadly family members from Mississippi. They waste no time converging on Platinum Lofts with one mission in mind--to find their lost family member no matter who they must kill in the process. Farah goes on a wild chase to find Eleanor before anyone else does. If she fails, it could mean the end of her relationship with Slade and possibly her life. Easily distracted, Farah's lust for murder and mayhem is heightened when she unexpectedly meets people just like her. She's immediately sucked into their world when her thirst for blood is validated by newfound friends. Will Farah Cotton survive, or will her lies be the end of her?
After the bitter and surprising cards were dealt to her son's father, Rasheed, in book one of Baby Momma, Michelle is finally looking forward to leading a normal, quiet family life. However, there is nothing quiet about the secret lives the people around her are leading. Michelle finds herself drawn in by the allure of her budding real estate career, catering to the likes of models and basketball players and enjoying the sex-fueled spoils of the rich and shameless lifestyle. This only highlights the unsettling fact that her marriage and home life aren't as picture perfect as she imagined. When things begin to fall apart and fingers start pointing, it leads her down a dark and dangerous path. Her present is united with a past that could potentially destroy everything she's worked to achieve. Michelle's journey is comprised of twists and turns, temptation and erotic encounters, and Michelle has only seen the tip of the iceberg. Only time will tell how far down in the depths of deceit she'll go in her attempt to shake her past and fortify her future.
Leah has been trying for years to get rid of her competition, and all her crazy scheming has finally paid off--or so she thinks. Now that YaYa is out of the picture, she's ready to step into her shoes and have the life she always dreamed of. The scars that she earned in the fire almost seem worth it if they mean she'll finally be able to have all the money, the family, and most importantly, to have Indie's love to herself.There's only one problem. Disaya Morgan isn't dead. She survived the fire too, and she's healing under the watchful eye of one very powerful woman who's ready to help put YaYa on top. With her newfound connections, YaYa could have Leah taken out with the snap of her fingers--but that's not good enough for her. The only way YaYa can battle the demons that are still haunting her is to finish Leah off herself. YaYa is out for blood.There can only be one winner, and these two are on a collision course that could send one of them straight to hell.Ashley Antoinette is back and better than ever with the third installment of The Prada Plan series. A case of mistaken identity left readers reeling at the end of part 2, but part 3 is a heart-pounding saga that will leave you breathless.
Ebony, Phoenix and Joi are three thirty-somethings with some serious man problems! Ebony thinks that she's found love with Dray, her boyfriend of three years, until she discovers that their relationship is not what it once was. Ebony is not ready to be without a man in her life. Will her trust issues and broken heart make her go back to her promiscuous ways? Phoenix is attractive, single, and childless. She has a successful career and lives a very comfortable lifestyle. One would think that she's a great catch, but when her superficial, diva-like ways threaten her chances to be with someone who truly loves her, is she willing to make a change?Joi gets nothing but drama because her man, Tate, has a baby with his ex-girlfriend. Joi is determined to have Tate all to herself, by any means necessary. Will she finally get her man, or will her ploy to get Tate end up doing more harm than good to their relationship? Mad 'Cause She Ain't You explores the frustrating, sometimes hilarious side of sex and love in the lives of three black women. Find out who learns the lessons, and who will have to repeat the class.
When Gracie's fiancé, Dillian, suddenly walks out of her life without any explanation and then cuts off all lines of communication, she is left devastated and confused. She agonizes over his disappearing act, feeling like she at least deserves to know why. When Gracie finally finds the answer she's been looking for, the truth turns her life upside down. She's been betrayed in the worst way, and not only by Dillian. Now her life may be in jeopardy. Even with the support of her family and friends, Gracie struggles with her emotions. She turns to God to try to weather the storm, but will she be able to find her strength through all the thick, dark clouds?
Antonyo Ian Demonté Simms treats women as casually as most people treat their socks, changing them frequently. With the help of his aunt LaTrece, his mother's irresponsible twin sister, Antonyo learns how to use his good looks and charisma to win the hearts--and treasures--of a vast array of female companions. Each of these women thinks that she may just be the one who can turn this hot hunk into a husband, but Antonyo has no intention of changing his womanizing ways.The only woman Antonyo can't get over on is his no-nonsense mother, LaTrina. She struggles every day, trying to instill strong morals in her son and turn him into a good man, in spite of the example set by his deadbeat father. LaTrina gives her life to Christ, and as she grows in her relationship with God, she does all in her power to convince Antonyo to do the same thing. Antonyo is impressed with the new person his mother is becoming, but he's certain that his life is fine exactly the way it is. Can a mother's love and God's all-encompassing power, grace, and mercy change a young man from sinner to saint before Satan drags him into the pits of hell?
Ida has never been close to her mother, Mavis, but she is a little too close to Mavis's husband, the less-than-godly preacher of First Presbyterian Church. When Ida gives birth to a baby boy, she claims the preacher is the baby's father. After Ida is convicted of negligent homicide and goes to prison, Mavis finds herself faced with the task of raising Ida's six-year-old daughter, Tia. Mavis barely knows her grandchild, and must find a way to form a bond while she's still struggling with her husband's betrayal. Tia has already spent time with an abusive foster parent, and now must learn to survive with her emotionally distant grandmother.Catherine Flowers brings readers the powerful story of three generations of women who must come to terms with the past and learn how to forgive one another if there is any hope of healing.
What kind of woman wants a man so badly that she's willing to lie to get him? What if that lie includes denying the fact that she has a child? Deborah Lewis is that woman. The suave, debonair Lynox Chase is the man Deborah has wanted for years. She almost had him, but then left him hanging when she decided to give her ex another try. With her ex no longer in the picture, Deborah is willing to eat crow and go claim Lynox. She's a little worried he won't forgive her and take her back, but she hopes that two years has been enough time to get over it. The chase turns into more of a marathon for Deborah. Just when she thinks she's near the finish line, she learns that a woman with kids is a turn-off for Lynox. Can Deborah turn off being a mother just long enough to get Lynox to fall in love with her again?
What was the pastor of New Day Temple of Faith thinking, approving the creation of the New Day Singles Ministry? Better yet, what were its members thinking when they joined? Doreen, lovingly known as the Church Mother of New Day, thought that when she presented the idea of the ministry to the pastor, it could serve as a foundation to empower, encourage, and enlighten the church's single members. But when only women join and Doreen learns that all these women want only one thing out of the ministry--help in finding a man--her mission goes astray.She Who Finds a Husband is what you get when you combine some Divine, some Independent, some Virtuous, some Animated, and some Stoic personalities all in one setting--DIVAS! Dig into this soap opera in print as the women of New Day Temple of Faith Singles Ministry set flight to include men in their future, not realizing that the past is what's keeping them bound.
The Four Brothers of God are back! Quincy, Chauncey, Jamal, and Will have become inseparable as a result of last year's men's retreat, but will the very same event that brought them together be the event that drives them apart? Quincy and Karen have come a long way since the affairs that nearly cost their marriage, but will their daughter's sudden departure from school drive their marriage to the brink? Chauncey is determined to find a wife, but his exploration of online dating and the social networks just might lead him astray. Chantel and Jamal have postponed their wedding to enroll in premarital counseling, but as old issues resurface, they are questioning whether they have made the right decision. Finally, Will is fighting desperately to gain custody of his younger brother. Will he be able to save his brother from a toxic environment? Once again these men are at a crossroads and will have to lean on God and each other to survive; but instead, they just might allow pride to drive a wedge between them.
Monet and Marcus Caldwell are living their version of the American Dream. Both are gainfully employed, Marcus as a detective for Chicago's Finest, and Monet as a nurse in the neonatal unit of an inner city hospital. They are faithful members of Reverend Ruth Wilcox's church, The Temple. The only thing missing from their life is a child. Doctors have been unable to explain the reason for Monet's inability to conceive, which she calls the Sarah Syndrome. Then the unthinkable occurs. Monet is brutally assaulted. Months later, she learns the news she has been longing to hear her entire married life: she's having a baby. Monet is thrilled, but Marcus is appalled by the news, and orders his wife to terminate the pregnancy. Monet refuses, and a cold war of monumental proportions breaks out in the Caldwell household. In the face of great adversity, will Monet's faith persevere?
Taylor Carter-Bryant is well on her way to entrepreneurial success with her fitness center--until an enemy from her scandalous past shows up to take her down. She's always been a tough woman with a fighting spirit, but lately she's feeling pressure from too many places at once. Taylor is not only struggling to recover from a life-altering leg injury, but she is at risk of losing the business she is passionate about at the hands of a woman scorned. As if that weren't bad enough, an old college friend comes back into her husband's life, and suddenly Taylor is at risk of losing him to an addiction she didn't even know he had. When the enemy threatens to take away all that she holds dear, Taylor is faced with a decision: submit to God's will and let Him fight her battles, or turn away from the Word. Will she survive the wrath of her enemies and be declared victorious, or will she succumb to the pressure of the flesh and go back to her former naughty ways?
Mother Doreen thought she'd never love again after the death of her first love, so when a pastor from her hometown proposes, she sees it as a gift from God. As the founder of the Singles Ministry at the New Day Temple of Faith, her departure is bittersweet for the single saints she'll be leaving behind. Mother Doreen is a little nervous embarking on her new role as a pastor's wife, but everyone agrees that she will make the perfect first lady. After all, no one has known her to be anything other than a perfect Christian. When her imperfect past comes to the forefront, however, her image is shattered. Even with the support of all the single ladies, it's going to take the hand of God for this fairytale wedding to happen. Otherwise, Mother Doreen's happily ever after might quickly turn into a sadly never ever.
Travis Wayne Highgate has been dumped by his wife. He's decided that trying to do things the right way got him nowhere, so he's becoming a player. He changes like a chameleon for each of his new relationships. Once the good guy, now he's devious, conniving, sneaky, and underhanded. Travis is having the time of his life, until his plan is foiled in ways he never expected. He realizes his wife is the one he should have worked to stay with in the first place, as chance encounters with her and his new relationships teach him that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Monique Miller is a 1994 graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. In 2003, she received an award from the Black Expressions Annual Fiction Writing Contest for the first chapter of her then titled manuscript, Saving the Best for Last, which is now a full length novel titled Secret Sisterhood. She currently lives in Cary, NC with her family.
The congregation at the Freedom Temple Church of God in Christ doesn't know what to think when their pastor, Bishop Lance Howell, returns from a vacation in Jamaica with a wife in tow.As if Lady Elect Arykah Miles' false eyelashes, scarlet red fingernails, and fishnet stockings aren't flashy enough, the blond wigs and sky-high stilettos she wears send Mother Gussie Hughes and Mother Pansie Bowak into panic mode.The mothers of the church don't take too kindly to the fact that Pastor Howell chose to marry outside of the congregation. One look at Lady Arykah and the mothers know that she isn't likely to be controlled. Arykah proves that to be true when she refuses to tone down her attire. Determined to oust Lady Elect Arykah Miles, the mothers put a plan in motion to show Arykah how much she isn't liked or wanted. An all-out war ensues, and the church mothers are willing to try some pretty devious antics to get rid of Arykah. What they don't know is that Arykah is from the streets, and she fought hard to get to where she is. She's ready to prove to the whole congregation that, like it or not, she's here to stay.
After her mother's tragic death, Shayla is left to navigate her teenage years with little help from her neglectful, playboy father. Used and abused by the adults around her, Shayla makes some risky choices, taking a job as a waitress in one of Harlem's top strip clubs before she's even of legal age. She makes ends meet by running scams on unsuspecting patrons, but her luck soon runs out when she is raped and left for dead one night after work. Confused and scared, Shayla concocts a lie that leads to an arrest. A man is convicted and sent to prison for the crime, though he insists he's innocent. Shayla goes about putting her life back together, and with the help of a great mentor, she makes some big changes. Now a graduate of Howard University, she's ready to begin a new career and put her old life far behind her--until an unexpected twist turns everything upside down. New DNA evidence leads the court to reopen the rape case, and Shayla will be forced to confront the lies that she told. Will she ever be truly free from the ugly demons of her past?
Now that Montana Blake and her two sisters, Savannah and Asia, have found their father's killer, Montana feels like she can truly heal from his death. Unfortunately, that peace doesn't last long. Just when life is getting comfortable for Montana, her sister Savannah is kidnapped along with Troy Bridges, her fiancé. Asia doesn't want to wait on the authorities to rescue their sister. Montana won't allow Asia to try to catch the kidnappers on her own, so once again the sisters find themselves in a dangerous situation. Sean Patterson thrives on danger. He's a confirmed bachelor who never wanted a steady woman in his life--until he laid eyes on Montana. He's been dreaming about her ever since their first encounter. Now their lives are thrown back together again as he leads his team to rescue Troy and Savannah from one of his arch enemies. When his past collides with the present, the result might cost him the only woman he's ever loved. Montana's Way is another dramatic and suspenseful page-turner from bestselling author Shelia M. Goss.
After a few tiring years on the road, nationally known singer Henna James takes a sabbatical and visits her dear friend, Monica. During her search for rejuvenation and inspiration for her next CD, she meets Craig, Monica's flighty, womanizing younger brother. Sparks fly between these two very different people. Henna falls harder than she cares to admit. Craig, too, is having feelings he's never experienced before; but Craig hasn't been completely honest. He has a long-distance girlfriend, Nia, who suddenly pops into town and delivers a commitment ultimatum. She is tired of their on again/off again relationship, and she is ready to be married. Craig is torn, but ultimately his decision is made for him. Henna learns about Nia and quickly ends the affair with Craig. Seeing no hope of reconciliation with Henna, Craig proposes to Nia, but before the wedding takes place, Henna delivers some surprising information that could change everything.Now each of them has decisions to make. Is Craig ready to become responsible for the first time in his life? And if Henna decides to take him back, will she ever be able to truly forgive him? Three Chords and the Truth is about leaving emotional baggage behind, trusting the heart after being hurt, and loving outside your comfort zone.
Jaylin and Nokea Rogers have been married for almost four years. Jaylin has finally tamed his womanizing ways, and they're happily raising their children together. Things couldn't be more perfect, until an unforgettable kiss from Nokea's past has her wondering what could--or should--have been. The tender kiss was placed on her lips by Jaylin's best friend, Shane, and when Nokea is forced to spend one night alone with him, the unthinkable happens. No one seems willing to play by the rules, and that includes Jaylin. He's surrounded by many women willing to help him forget about Nokea's unfortunate affair. One woman in particular, Scorpio, is like poison. Back in the day, he couldn't get enough of her, and now that the road is rocky in Jaylin's marriage, Scorpio makes an attempt to tiptoe back in. After so many happy years together, who would have thought that Nokea and Jaylin would find themselves in this situation? Nokea knows she holds the key to her husband's heart, but after his numerous naughty nights, does she even want her key to fit? Just in case the marriage doesn't work out, she's making sure her pockets stay fat and full with all of Jaylin's money. He must be dreaming if he believes his decision to backslide on their marriage bears no consequences. Essence bestselling author Brenda Hampton delivers the drama once again in the next installment to the Naughty series. Surely the law will be laid down, but it won't be over until Jaylin delivers the final word!
Jewel Winters, a 24-year-old single mother, has had her fair share of trials and tribulations. Since childhood, she's had to battle with her verbally abusive, alcoholic mother. Now, as a young adult, she's barely making ends meet, lacks self-esteem, and regrets not pursuing higher education. But in spite of her many hardships, Jewel is making an effort to live a fulfilling life. That is, until she's hit with the realization that her long-term boyfriend may not be the father of their three-year-old daughter. The aftermath of this revelation leads to a tragic accident, which sends Jewel on a downward spiral. Revelations is a poignant tale about a young woman who aspires to overcome the many obstacles that cross her path. Will Jewel prevail over the effects of behaving badly? Will she heal from past hurts? Will she open up her heart to be loved again? Lies, secrets, treachery, forgiveness, and triumph are at the forefront of this story with many twists and turns.
How can three women living three totally different lifestyles have so much in common? Alexis is a single mother of two, with an abusive baby daddy her girls keep pressing her to leave. Between her difficult man and her girls' constant nagging, Alexis is forced to live a double life. Watch as she tries to hold on to a secret that would definitely tear apart any friendship.Keaundra is constantly haunted by a troubled past and lives by the motto "Trust No Man!" This has left her lonely and with plenty of time on her hands. But what happens when she crosses paths with Mr. Right? Will Keaundra let him in, or will her past experiences force her to let him slip away? India is classy, intelligent, loyal, and used to having her way. Between her rich father and her boyfriend, Martell, she wants for nothing. But when her loyalty to her girls starts to affect her relationship, will India have to choose between her best friends and her man, or will he make the choice for her?When life and love get complicated, these three unlikely friends will have some very difficult choices to make.
After the death of her husband, Pastor Hezekiah Cleaveland, Samantha has been installed as the interim pastor of New Testament Cathedral. She's also become the head of the international television ministry, but not everyone is happy about it. Danny St. John was having an affair with Samantha's husband before he was assassinated in the pulpit one Sunday. Danny is convinced that Samantha had her husband murdered, and he wants revenge.Cynthia Pryce, the wife of the church's assistant pastor, Reverend Percy Pryce, wants to see her husband become the church's permanent pastor. She's working behind the scenes to see that Samantha is removed from the position.Gideon Truman, a well-known investigative reporter, believes that solving the murder of Pastor Cleaveland will establish his career as the black Anderson Cooper. He starts rummaging through the skeletons in Samantha's closet in his quest for the truth.Danny, Cynthia, and Gideon all desire to take Samantha down for different reasons. They might be underestimating the cunning and dangerous nature of their prey, though. Samantha has a secret that she's willing to go to any length to protect, and she doesn't care who she has to destroy in the process.
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