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Noire's versatile storytelling keeps the urban erotic genre hot! --Kiki Swinson, bestselling author of the Wifey seriesWhat can go wrong when con-mami Mink LaRue joins forces with her slick-tongued look-alike Dy-Nasty Jenkins to run a three-hundred-grand hustle on the super-rich Dominion oil family? With the conniving Philadelphia stripper Dy-Nasty seeking to dip her fingers into the same pot of gold, Mink knows she has to play her hand right and hustle at the very top of her grind. But when Mink is suddenly called back home to be at the bedside of her sick mother, she is forced to leave Dy-Nasty alone at the mansion to work a solo scam on the Dominions and possibly claim the entire jackpot for herself. Will Dy-Nasty lie her way into the hearts of the Dominions and be declared a rightful heir to the vast family fortune? Or, will fate throw a cruel twist in the game and get both ghetto princesses kicked out of the mansion and left on the curb, dead broke? "Noire knows all about street slang, scams, strip clubs, and fierce sex bouts. . .This is top-of-the-line street lit." --Library Journal on Natural Born Liar (starred review) "Sizzling, action-packed, electric and gut-wrenching." --RT Book Reviews on Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless
In this moving, insightful new novel, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb delves into the heart of going home again, the challenge of facing loss--and the freedom of finally letting go. . .For decades, the women in Meggie O'Rourke's family have run Lace, Satin, and Baubles, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical. The dynamic in Meggie's family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. In fact, if Meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, Oregon, by her grandmother, she'd be inclined to stay away all together. Since her husband's death a year ago, Meggie's emotions have been in constant flux, and so has her career as a documentary film maker. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat--and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin--will at least give her a temporary focus. To draw customers to their website, Meggie decides to interview relatives and employees about their first bras and favorite lingerie. She envisions something flip and funny, but the confessions that emerge are unexpectedly poignant. There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous. And as the revelations illuminate her family's past, Meggie begins to find her own way forward. With warmth and unflinching humor, If You Could See What I See explores the tender truths we keep close--and what can happen when we find the courage to bare them to the world.
Between haute couture and haute cuisine, Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier finds murder to be more than the spécialité du jour. . .When the senior food critic for Le Figaro is found face-first in a plate of Ravioles d'homard, there seem to be as many suspects as there are restaurants in the City of Light. Yet Capucine feels she'll solve the case quicker than it takes to find a 3-star rating in the Michelin Guide. Un problem, murders of food critics have become an epidemic. And there are just as many suspects, including a sexy starlet, an award-winning novelist, and a smorgasbord of aggravated chefs. While Capucine struggles to zero in on the murderer's tastes, she is confronted with a false dilemma: file and forget the case, leaving restaurant critics across France vulnerable to a killer's episodic cravings, or use her husband, Alexandre, himself a famous food journalist, as irresistible bait.Praise for Alexander Campion's Capucine Culinary Mysteries"Will appeal to a diversity of readers. Devotees of G.M. Maillet and Charles Todd will especially enjoy this different and delicious series." --Booklist on Killer Critique"[A] countryside romp." --Kirkus Reviews on Crime Fraîche"An astonishing debut that raises the bar on today's detective novel." --Aram Saroyan on The Grave Gourmet
Full of crazy church politics and a huge cast, Griggs keeps this on-going story alive by addressing the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. --Publishers Weekly Paris Simmons-Holyfield is finally pregnant with the baby she's dreamed of for so long. There's just one complication: she's not sure who the father is. Apparently, after a night of drinking with her ex-coworker and ally Darius Connors, it could be him. Considering her husband's track record, chances are it is. Still, Paris prays it's not Darius, and decides to keep quiet about her worries. Especially because Darius isn't ready to give up on his crumbling marriage. . . Meanwhile, after a battle to keep her adopted daughter and an ugly confrontation with Paris's family, Gabrielle Mercedes has finally found love and happiness. But when her father shows up, paroled from prison, she fears she's in for another round of trouble. As all three navigate the path from sin to redemption, can they forgive their way to the other side? "I absolutely love Vanessa's unique writing style." --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author
As cousins of history's most tempestuous queens, Ladies Jane, Katherine, and Mary Grey were born in an age when all of London lived beneath the Tower's menacing shadow. Tyrannized by Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen, the sisters feared love was unthinkable--and the scaffold all but unavoidable. . . Raised to fear her royal blood and what it might lead men to do in her name, Mary Grey dreads what will become of herself and her elder sisters under the reigns of Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I. On their honor, they have no designs on the crown, yet are condemned to solitude, forbidden to wed. Though Mary, accustomed to dwelling in the shadows, the subject of whispers, may never catch the eye of a gentleman, her beautiful and brilliant sisters long for freedoms that would surely cost their lives. And so, wizened for her years, Mary can only hope for divine providence amid a bleak present and a future at the whim of the throne--unless destiny gains the upper hand. A gripping and bittersweet tale of broken families and broken hearts, courage and conviction, The Queen's Rivals recounts an astonishing chapter in the hard-won battle for the Tudor throne.
To most of the people of Longely, New York, St. Paddy's Day means good food, great music, and plenty of Guinness. But when the lifeless body of Mike Sweeney floats to the top of a vat of green beer, it looks like the luck o' the Irish has just run out. Unfortunately for the Simmons sisters, Bernie and Libby, the number one suspect is related to one of their very best catering customers, the pampered and powerful Bree Nottingham. When Bree visits A Little Taste of Heaven to beseech them to clear her nephew's name, they just can't say no.But the more information Bernie and Libby stir up, the more Duncan Nottingham looks like a killer. For Bernie and Libby, the situation is deadly and in danger of boiling over. And they can't count on good old Saint Pat to drive out the snake in their midst. . .they'll have to do it themselves, before a murderer strikes again. "Fans of culinary cozies by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson will enjoy discovering Crawford."--Library JournalIncludes Original Recipes for You to Try!"Cozy fans will appreciate the zany characters, witty dialogue, and puzzling plot." --Publishers Weekly
When two friends come clean about infidelity, what they learn will change everything. . .Every other Sunday, best friends Aminah Anderson and Langston "Lang" Rogers get manicures in trendy downtown Brooklyn and then have brunch. The two share everything with each other--almost. Lang's been keeping a secret from Aminah. She's cheating on her husband. When Aminah learns about the affair, the news hits too close to home. For Aminah's husband has also been unfaithful. She thought Lang understood the hurt and humiliation infidelity causes. She was wrong. Lang knows Aminah is disappointed in her, but they have different views. Lang only calls it cheating if she gets caught. Her spouse is devoted to her, yet she needs more. Though Aminah doesn't understand, her friend's admission leads her to finally confront her husband. Now their friendship, their marriages, and their self-respect will be put to the ultimate test. . ."Realistic and entertaining." --Booklist Paula T. Renfroe is the author of The Cheating Curve and the editor-in-chief of Juicy magazine. She has written for Time Out New York, The Source, Vibe and XXL magazines. The mother of two is diligently working on balancing life, workouts, and empty nest syndrome.
"Delves into the romantic conflicts of these Richmond Virginians with a robust relish and soap-opera intense insights." --Publishers WeeklyOne of Richmond, Virginia's, hottest, most successful women, plus-sized diva Loraine Farrow finally wants to settle down with her husband, Leon, and focus on her marriage. Trouble is, her ex-lover, Michael, isn't about to let her go so easily.But things aren't so simple with Leon either. Painful issues from his childhood are starting to surface in the bedroom. Leon's seeing a therapist, but what he's uncovering could destroy their marriage for good--unless Michael does it first.As Loraine deals with her relationship drama, her best friend, Jerome, is left alone to deal with Peter, a stalker who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Now, four indomitable people torn between love and lust, secrets and lies, will have some momentous decisions to make."Weber fills his books with lifelike characters--flawed, confused, frustrated, and sometimes plus-sized." --Booklist
It's Valentine's Day in Tinker's Cove. And while the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her children will have pink frosting and candy hearts, Lucy's thoughts aren't centered on sugary sentiments. She's barely arrived at her first board meeting of the newly-renovated library when Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is found dead in the basement, shot only minutes before story hour was to start. The agitated board members assume that Bitsy was killed by an outsider, until Detective Lt. Horowitz arrives on the scene and announces that the killer is among them. Lucy was already aware that Bitsy's uppity big city ways rubbed some people in Tinker's Cove the wrong way. But she has a hunch that motives for the librarian's violent death run a lot deeper. From Hayden Norcross's elegant antique shop to Corney Clark's chic kitchen, Lucy relentlessly snoops into the curious lifestyles and shocking secrets of Tinker's Cove's most solid citizens--secrets that will plunge her into a terrifying confrontation with a conniving killer. . . "Meier includes domestic details that add charm to this lighthearted cozy." --Publishers Weekly
These Miami divas are filled with sass, scandal and mouth dropping entertainment! --Ni-Ni SimoneSpilling juicy secrets on-air is creating more drama than Maya Morgan ever imagined. . .The teen reality show "Miami Divas" made media sensations out of Miami's richest in-crowd--and Maya Morgan is one of them. Now Maya's been offered her very own show, and she'll do whatever it takes to step up the fame she's worked so hard for--and that includes spilling some secrets her friends wish were left buried. But as Maya gives up the goods for the sake of ratings, someone will do anything to shut her up. Between back-stabbing lies and hard truths, this gossip girl has only one chance to make things right. . .before it's too late. "Sit up and pay attention--Maya Morgan will knock your socks off." --Earl Sewell, author of The Keysha Diaries
She dishes celebrity dirt no one else dares. But now, Maya Morgan is about to get a taste of her own medicine. . .Gossip show "Rumor Central" has gone beyond Miami to national syndication. So now's the time for Maya Morgan to really make her brand blow up. But her brand starts to blow up in her face when a super-fan takes over her online life, trashing her reputation, and putting her gossip future at risk. Now Maya will need every down-and-dirty move--and a little help from her frenemies--to manage this disaster and save everything she's dished so hard to get. . . "Scandal and mouth dropping entertainment!" --Ni-Ni Simone "Sit up and pay attention--Maya Morgan will knock your socks off." --Earl Sewell, author of The Keysha Diaries
She can uncover the biggest celebrity secrets. But now Maya Morgan's hottest story ever is way too up-close-and-personal . . .For once, everything in Maya's life is falling perfectly into place. She's getting serious media cred uncovering the source of a new designer drug doing major glitterati damage. And the new man in her life is giving Maya all the cool bling and attention she craves off-camera. But the truth behind her scoop is about to cut too close to home--and put Maya and her family in the crosshairs. Soon, she'll have to decide just how far she can afford to go to save her family, her career. . .and herself. "Sit up and pay attention--Maya Morgan will knock your socks off." --Earl Sewell, author of The Keysha Diaries"Scandal and mouth dropping entertainment!" --Ni-Ni Simone
No celebrity secret is safe from Maya Morgan. But a ratings-making road trip is putting her future on the firing line . . .Maya has no problem turning up the heat when she takes her show on the road for Spring Break in Cancun. On and off camera, the drama with her crew is chart-topping scandalous. And when a reckless bet Maya makes with Evian turns into a full-blown kidnapping crisis, Maya turns disaster into a major ratings win. But she'd better watch her back, because Evian is taking advantage of her moment in the spotlight and she just may push Maya out of the way for good. Maya will have to work all her skills and face some hard truths to save her credibility--and make sure the best gossip diva wins . . . "Sit up and pay attention--Maya Morgan will knock your socks off." --Earl Sewell, author of The Keysha Diaries"Scandal and mouth-dropping entertainment!" --Ni-Ni Simone
"Danger, drama and romance . . . an exciting read." --RT Book Reviews on Real As It GetsNo secret is too juicy for Maya Morgan to expose. But her most important scoop yet means going behind her friends' closed doors. . .When it comes to the glitterati, nothing shocks Maya Morgan--until she sees former starlet Paula Olympia getting hit by her A-list actor boyfriend. So she's making it her mission to out celebrities in abusive relationships. But the bigger her story gets, the more signs she's seeing that her BFFs, Sheridan and Kennedi, are in big-time relationship trouble. And when they won't listen to her 411, Maya makes them her next big story. But putting her friends on blast uncovers a shocking secret. With friendships at the breaking point and her credibility again in doubt, Maya will have to dig deeper to find the whole truth--and save something way more valuable than her gossip diva throne. . ."Billingsley's dialogue is on point. . .this guilty pleasure is wish fulfillment, sensationalistic scandal, and snappy one-liners." --Publishers Weekly on Rumor Central
Grant entices, captivates, and mesmerizes. --RT Book ReviewsThe small town of Belle Haven, Louisiana, is still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill, and its residents will do whatever it takes to get it back on its feet. So when local English teacher Carissa Melody Wayne is asked to appear on the weight-loss reality show Losing to Win, she agrees. She doesn't realize that others from her past will be joining her, including her high school nemesis, an acquaintance who's been nursing a long-time crush on her--and most shocking of all, Carissa's ex-fiancé, former NFL star Malachi Knight. As Carissa's group is split into pairs to compete in a series of challenges, she finds herself at the mercy of the chaotic Hollywood crew and cast members, and her own unfinished business. Soon enough, she discovers that her biggest challenge will be deciding what's really important to her, what she's willing to do to win--and how to do it with cameras following her 24/7... Praise for Michele Grant's Pretty Boy Problems"Spark, humor, and sassy dialogue bring pizzazz to this flirty fast-paced romance...Grant makes old clichés feel new and funny again, and the protagonists and side characters are all terrific fun." --Publishers Weekly "A well-written and fascinating story." --RT Book Reviews
"Grant entices, captivates, and mesmerizes." --RT Book Reviews"Grant delivers funny yet believable stories embellished with a gusto that readers who enjoy Carl Weber and Mary Monroe will relish." -Publishers Weekly As the beautiful baby girl of the protective Montgomery clan, Katrina has led a charmed life. A modeling career sky-rocketed her to fame and fortune. Facing thirty, she's ready for a challenge and goes into the fashion design business with her sister-in-law. If only her personal life ran as smoothly. The only man Katrina's really drawn to is the one she can't control: former pro footballer, notorious player, and family friend, Carter Evan Parks. Carter has retired from sports--and womanizing--to build a successful real estate career. Now he wants to get serious in his love life--with Katrina. Trouble is, dating his best friend's pampered sister could go wrong in so many ways. Yet when Katrina makes a dangerous decision and an old family nemesis stirs up trouble, Carter finds himself coming to her rescue, and soon the two are embarking on a romance--under the watchful eyes of the Montgomerys. But what happens when a girl who can have any man chooses one who won't be toyed with?
The Perfect CureOn the surface they are beautiful and talented. But few know of the harrowing darkness inside each of them, how close they are to losing their tenuous grip on sanity. Dr. Elias is their only hope. But he's dying. And he's made his cold, final judgment: Those he can't cure, he must kill. For The Perfect CrimeIn order for Dr. Elias's deadly prescription to succeed, none of the eight patients must know someone is stalking them, murdering them one by one. Even if they were to suspect that their lives are in danger, no one would believe them. But if there's any chance they can stay alive, they must face the madness within. . .
Where Innocence Dies. . .Expectant parents Karen and Mike Houston are excited about restoring their old rambling Victorian mansion to its former glory. With its endless maze of rooms, hallways, and hiding places, it's a wonderful place for their nine-year-old daughter Leslie to play and explore. Unfortunately, they didn't listen to the stories about the house's dark history. They didn't believe the rumors about the evil that lived there. . . .The Nightmare Begins. It begins with a whisper. A child's voice beckoning from the rose garden. Crying out in the night. It lures little Leslie to a crumbling storm door. Down a flight of broken stairs. It calls to their unborn child. It wants something from each of them. Something in their very hearts and souls. Tonight, the house will reveal its secret. Tonight, the other child will come out to play. . .
An inspiring, devilishly funny tale of hope, secrets--and hard-knock faith that can make the most impossible situations right. . .For Sister Betty, the marriage proposal from trustee Freddie Noel is a once-in-a-lifetime surprise blessing. Unfortunately, she knows the chances of having a peaceful ceremony in their beloved Crossing Over Sanctuary Church are slim to none. But she's armed with enough sense and scripture to keep contentious church busybodies Bea Blister and Sasha Pray Onn from sowing even more chaos amid the congregation--until a rehearsal disaster and an unexpected secret causes Freddie to break off the engagement without explanation. . . While this no-nonsense prayer warrior needs all the holy backup she can get, her pastor, Reverend Leotis Tom, is desperately dodging temptation as Mother Pray Onn's wild-child niece and Betty's young cousin compete to become his First Lady. With her happiness, the church's future, and Tom's sanity on the line, Sister Betty will need to kick some spiritual butt, take names--and fight for some major soul-saving miracles. "Filled with characters that jump off the page. . ..Pat G'Orge Walker has a way of showing us our flaws in a humorous manner." --Shelia M. Goss, author of Delilah, on Somebody's Sinning in My Bed"Walker shines. . .with her usual inspirational, knee-slapping style." --Publishers Weekly on Don't Blame the Devil
Weslee Dunster is one sister who has always been about the practical side, earning her way to Boston University through good, old-fashioned hard work. Who needs Prada when you've got brains, right? Wrong! With her GAP khakis and humble background, Weslee's no match for the wealthy New Englanders who seem to look at her like she's stepped out of a Sears catalog. The women in Wes's new sphere treat shopping like a contact sport, and they never met a friend they didn't want to trash as soon as her back was turned. And the brothers will snub you for having skin that's a shade past café au lait or an accent that's one generation from Jamaica. Now, caught up in a hectic lifestyle filled with designer clothes, expensive highlights, finger-aching bling, air kissing, fine-looking players, lies, betrayals, and other things her once-sensible life didn't demand, Wes is in for the ride of her life--one that could have her crashing and burning. . .unless she can figure out the rules of the game and how to break them. . . "Charming."--Kayla Perrin "Entertaining."--Nina Foxx "Engaging."--Karen V. Siplin Joanne Skerrett is an editor at The Boston Globe. She Who Shops is her first novel, and she's currently working on her second, soon to be published by Strapless.
In Bourbon Street Blues and Jackson Square Jazz, Greg Herren introduced the wickedly naughty--and irrepressible--Scotty Bradley, who's never met a drink he didn't want, a decadence he could resist, or a hunky trick he won't treat to a little bit of himself. Now, in Mardi Gras Mambo, Scotty's back on the crowded, party-happy streets of New Orleans, getting ready for a Carnival he'll never forget--if he lives through it... It's Carnival time in New Orleans, and Scotty Bradley, ex go-go boy turned private eye, is looking forward to relaxing with his boyfriends, Frank and Colin, and partying it up right. But nothing ever seems to work out the way Scotty wants it. Not only is it cold and rainy, ruining his elaborate costume plans, but former FBI agent Frank has "issues" with dropping a hit (or two, or four) of Ecstasy. Hello! Ecstasy at Mardi Gras is practically guaranteed in the Gay Bill of Rights! Fortunately, Frank gets over himself, the weather clears up, Scotty's dealer, Misha, delivers the goods, and the boys are off to the races. And that's when the real fun begins. After a night of partying, they come home to find the cops waiting for them. Misha has apparently been murdered and guess who was the last person to see him alive? Turns out his wheeling and dealing had gotten him in trouble with a lot of people--including the Russian mob. And those guys don't play around. Suddenly, Scotty's missing not just one but two boyfriends. And as the streets of Nola come alive in a hot human frenzy of sequins, music, dancing, and the sweat of thousands of revelers ready to throw caution and clothing to the wind, Scotty is in a desperate race to save the men he sometimes loves and keep Fat Tuesday from being the last day any of them ever see... "When Herren introduced young, well-muscled former New Orleans bar dancer Scotty Bradley, he gave crime fiction one of its most engaging gay heroes." --Booklist Greg Herren is a personal trainer and writer who calls New Orleans home. Former editor of Lambda Book Report, he has published in many publications, including Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, A&U, Genre and Instinct. He is currently working on a sequel to Mardi Gras Mambo. He has no pets, no plans to adopt or artificially inseminate, and tries to live quietly with his partner of eight years.
Welcome to an elite Connecticut kennel club where shocking secrets gnaw at the best of the breed and competition has a sharp--and deadly--bite. As if raising her son Davey, training her rambunctious Poodle Faith for the show ring, and grooming fellow handler Sam Driver for romance aren't enough, Melanie Travis's entrée into the exclusive Belle Haven Kennel Club has been met with a grisly murder. Unfortunately, the only witnesses to the crime were the victim's startled pair of Beagles. And they aren't talking. . . Melanie hadn't intended to do any serious snooping, what with coping with the unexpected arrival of an ex-husband out to get joint custody of the son he's never known. In need of some serious distraction, she's off to sniff out dangerous secrets. . .only to discover that everyone at Belle Haven has something damning to hide. As the shocking truth slowly comes to light--and her own domestic drama moves center stage--Melanie finds herself eager to put the bite on a dogged killer who's desperate enough to strike again. "A story as controlled as a well-behaved dog on a lead." --Publishers Weekly
Despite New Year's resolutions to avoid irritating houseguests and nerve-wracking cases, California P.I. Savannah Reid finds herself playing host to her assistant's cranky cousin--in town for an unwanted makeover at a local spa. But when the spa's renowned plastic surgeon goes missing, murder's on the menu. . .Voluptuous and proud of it, Savannah can't understand why any woman would diet in pursuit of beauty, never mind go under the knife. She likes herself just fine the way she is. Too bad her houseguest isn't as content. Abigail is livid that her cousin, Tammy, won her an extreme makeover at Emerge, San Carmelita's new luxury spa.There's barely time to worry about Abigail when one of Emerge's owners, renowned plastic surgeon Suzette DuBois, goes missing. As she broadens her search, Savannah begins to realize that some of the employees at this temple of perfection harbor serious inner flaws. And when one of the suspects turns up dead, Savannah's had enough. She'd love nothing more than to wrap up this case and make friends with a nice strawberry margarita. But first, she'll have to stitch up a killer who cuts to the bone. . ."A well-constructed mystery with several surprising twists that keep the reader guessing till the end." --Romantic Times"Savannah's as feisty as ever." --Kirkus Reviews
Eddie Stevens is burning inside. . . . . .and he's burning mad at the world. He's mad at the family he lost--his parents and sisters viciously killed by a gang in their own home; and he's mad at the foster family that "rescued" him--headed up by a powerful Harlem congressman who sees Eddie as a campaign ploy. Mainly, Eddie is mad at himself, for getting caught by the cops with blood on his hands. Blood he should have washed off right away. He was sloppy this time. It won't happen again. Because Eddie knows the fever that ignites his rage is wasted--unless it's put to use. And he intends to put it to use again and again. . . Praise for Havoc After Dark "If the late jazz legend Sun Ra wrote a book of fiction, it would be like this--ingenious, way-out, probing, daring, mind-altering, leading-edge. Robert Fleming is all refined sensibilities and grim bravado. His abilities and narratives exhilarate and frighten me. They freak me out. They turn me on. They make me ask deep questions. This cat is baaad!" -Colin Channer, author of Waiting in Vain and Satisfy My Soul." Robert Fleming, a former award-winning journalist and writer, is the author of Havoc After Dark, The Wisdom of the Elders, and The African American Writer's Handbook. He also edited the anthologies, After Hours and Intimacy. He lives in New York City.
Is A Passion Reignited. . . Tropical nights, hot winds, and hotter kisses greet New York interior designer Kelee Kingsly when she visits the island of St. Pala. And it's all because of Sean St. John, Minister of Security, who sweeps her off her feet with hurricane force. She doesn't know about the secret he is hiding. . .or that being with him could plunge her into a web of betrayal and danger. . . .Worth The Risk Of Getting Burned? The most eligible bachelor in this Caribbean paradise, Sean St. John is so gorgeous that women chase him wherever he goes. And when Kelee doesn't remember their teenage fling ten years ago, his ego needs the satisfaction of playing her. . .and seducing her all over again. But when a violent drug dealer targets Kelee to get to Sean, he may lose in this game of love: lose his heart, lose his future--lose the one woman he can't stop wanting. . .
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