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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.
Life hasn't always been easy for Zipporah "Z" Saldano, but at 35, she's finally come to grips with some of her demons, and things are looking up. She's moved beyond mourning the loss of her LAPD job, her partner, and her murdered nephew. She has a new love, Detective Romero Gonzalez, and she's dedicated to remaining sober. Her new business, Saldano's Private Investigations, is thriving. Just when she thinks she has a handle on life, though, her older brother, Mayhem, is kidnapped. His involvement with the Crips leads Z to believe that a Mexican gang has something to do with his disappearance. Chaos returns to Z's life when she discovers that the gang has ties to her boyfriend's family. Will Z be able to get her brother back? Will her relationship with Romero survive? Things are going on that are not right. Nothing is as it seems, and once again Zipporah Saldano will have to contend with mystery and mayhem in the City of Angels.
All Kea ever wanted was for someone to truly love her. She thought she'd found the man of her dreams in Jaquon, but sitting home waiting for him every night, she realizes she's found a man whose infidelity knows no boundaries.Derrick is caught between the two most important women in his life--his mother, Shirley, and his girlfriend, Zacariah. Shirley can't understand why her son gave the high-maintenance Zacariah a second chance after her first affair. Derrick finally sees his mother's point of view when he catches Zacariah cheating once again. When Derrick breaks up with Zacariah, he rushes to Jaquon's house for support from his best friend. Kea is there alone, and before they know it, their mutual pity party turns into some intense passion. Knowing their first time should have been the last, the two of them can't help but start a smoking hot affair. Zacariah's not having it, though. When she discovers the two of them in bed together, she's determined to get revenge against the woman she believes stole Derrick from her.Zacariah plans to crash a party at Derrick's house, but she's armed with more than just the news of the affair. The bombshell truth that she's prepared to reveal about Derrick and Kea could be more than any of them is prepared to handle. Urban Books newcomer Tresser Henderson delivers over-the-top, scandalous drama that is sure to entertain.
Owning the Stone-Chance Protection Agency has its perks. It's a profitable company that allows Ramsey and Keilah Stone to enjoy the finer things in life; however, it has also added an element of danger to their otherwise normal lifestyle.When Keilah was a field agent, she was an excellent marksman, known for being fearless when it came to protecting her clients. Now that she has a baby daughter, she's lost that competitive edge and longs for a slower life. That might not be possible, though, when the return of a shady ex-lover brings chaos into Keilah's life. At home, Ramsey is a warm and caring father and husband, but on the job, he finds it necessary to maintain his tough persona as an ex-military officer. When an unexpected tragedy darkens his doorstep, he finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game with a dangerous assailant. He will be forced to make some very difficult decisions in order to protect his family. Essence best-selling author Darrien Lee delivers another page-turner with Precious Stones.
Pam always said that it would take an act of congress to get her to go back home to Mercy, Georgia, but all that's really called for is the death of her twin sister, Paris. Suddenly she's eating her words and sneaking back into town like a thief in the night, trying to lay low and not draw too much attention to herself. When she left Mercy, she was an orphan with a wild and loose reputation that had as much truth to it as it did falsehood. Fast-forward eighteen years, and Pam is a celebrity recording artist with money to burn and a reputation for being curiously reclusive. Nothing about Mercy's quiet, tree-lined streets and old-fashioned way of life welcomes Pam home. Like most small towns, Mercy seems like a safe place to live, but Pam knows different. It isn't just the little town she grew up in; it's the place where she lived her worst nightmare. Things have changed, but then again, they've remained the same, and the longer Pam stays in Mercy, the faster things spin out of control. The people she calls friends turn out to be her worst enemies, the people she considers family turn out to be wolves in sheep's clothing, and the truth about the life she lives is exposed for the lie that it really is. Everyone wants to know why Pam ran from Mercy, and they're about to find out.
Tiffany is trapped in a life she never wanted for herself. The man she fell in love with turned out to be a lazy, good-for-nothing womanizer. Night after night Tiffany comes home to Blake's physical, mental, and verbal abuse. She's tried leaving in the past, but somehow he always finds her. Each time, she comes back and convinces herself things will get better. Then one day Blake beats her for the last time. Tiffany decides death is the only way out--and she's not the one being buried. Her life takes a drastic turn as she attempts to live the life she's always wanted. Lucky and Quick are childhood friends trying to make a name for themselves. They have been working corners, proving their loyalty to the streets and waiting for their big break. When they finally get the chance to prove themselves, they quickly climb up the ladder and find themselves working for the top dogs. Everything happens so fast that they end up on opposite sides of the fence and become enemies. Quick and Tiffany meet under unfortunate circumstances, but they instantly connect and fall in love. Tiffany is pulled into Quick's street world full of lies and revenge. Lucky and Quick are constantly going against each other, and the friendship seems to be lost forever. When the opportunity comes along for both of them to be on the top spot, will they be able to rekindle the friendship?
Anita is only a year away from completing her doctorate degree when Prince walks into her life. Will this ambitious street hustler derail her plans for success? Leah and Dropp have been inseparable since they were teenagers, but when Dropp gets caught up and goes to prison, Brit steps in to take his place. Brit has left the game, and with him, Leah finds stability and comfort. Who will she choose once Dropp is back on the streets? Precious' life takes a good turn when a young hustler pulls her out of the projects and teaches her a skill that will get her money forever. Her glamorous life might be short-lived, though, if her brothers, Truck and Cadillac, have anything to say about it. These women's lives are at the turning point. Will any of them come out on top?
It's been four years since Monica disrupted the Cinque household, but starting trouble is like riding a bike for Monica, and she's pedaling full steam ahead. The foundation of Jasmine and James Cinque's marriage has been shaky ever since they dared to bring a third person into their union. Now they're trying to repair the damage they've done, to regain trust and repair broken hearts. But with so much drama in their past, it won't be hard for Monica to come in and shake things up a little. If Monica is smart, though, she'll watch her back. With so many enemies gunning to take her down, Monica has to decide if Philly is where she wants to be or if she should run back to the ATL where it's safe. Or is it? Breaking up is hard to do, but making up proves to be just as challenging, especially if Monica has anything to do with it.
You thought The Cartel was over, but Diamonds are forever. . . .The Diamond family has survived murder, deceit, and betrayal. Through it all, they're still standing tall, and a new era has begun. After surviving a failed attempt on her life, Breeze has moved into the queen's position by Zyir's side. Zyir has taken over the empire and locked down Miami's streets. He has the world in his palms, but there is always new blood ready to overthrow the throne. Young Carter has retired and moved away from the madness--that is, until he gets an unexpected visitor at his home. This person shakes up the whole family, causing chaos that threatens to bring down the Cartel for good. New York Times bestselling authors Ashley and JaQuavis deliver the highly anticipated fourth installment of the wildly popular Cartel series.
Carin Douglas is a fearless young girl, thrust into the role of a stickup kid alongside Brooklyn's most notorious thugs. She learns to fight, to survive, and ultimately to shine through a series of events that take her from a young girl on the verge to a designer-clad diva with a hot car, an even hotter man, and a million deadly skeletons in her closet. When Carin meets Monty, aka "Money Monty," he sweeps her off her feet with one romantic gesture after another. Monty is a sexy, powerful man with that legendary Brooklyn swagger and more money than most of his peers in the street. Their urban fairytale soon erupts into passionate sex, bold power moves, and eventually, devastating physical violence between them. When things get explosive, Carin is reminded of the love she knows Monty feels for her and the lavish lifestyle he's showered her with. But will that be enough to save them? Carin and Monty's love comes Full Circle in this epic story of love, loss, pain, and forgiveness. In Ayana Ellis' second novel, she raises the bar, exposes some ugly truths, and shines a spotlight on the painful reality of domestic abuse. All that glitters isn't gold in this new novel that is sure to have readers talking for years to come.
You've seen them in print before, and their books are hot, hot, hot! Now see what Edd McNair, Keisha Ervin, and Brenda Hampton can do when they join forces to bring you three stories in the latest installment of Girls From da Hood. "Queen Pynn" by Keisha ErvinBeing married to notorious gangsta rapper Sean Pynn isn't as glamorous as it appears to be. Behind closed doors, Queen is dealing with knock-down drag-out fights, verbal abuse, and neglect. When her bodyguard, Ahsim, comes into the picture, things change in a hurry. "Trick, Don't Treat" by Brenda HamptonWhen a man thinks his woman is cheating, he keeps tabs on her. When a woman thinks her man is cheating, she calls Jakki. Rochel "Jakki" Thomas's way of catching a man in the act is a little risky, but she's worth every penny. "Breaking Down a Brickhouse" by Edd McNairNiecy Brickhouse and her twin sister are living the glamorous life--until Naquel is shot by their older sister's boyfriend. Everyone is calling it a suicide, but Niecy knows the painful truth about her sister's death, and it sets her on a dangerous, self-destructive path. Will she be able to overcome her depression, or will her new life on the streets be the death of Niecy?
A small-time thug with big dreams, Black sees crack cocaine as his way out of the Virginia housing projects where he grew up. Along with his cousin Lo, Black works side by side with hustlers and killers. It's not long before they're thrown into situations way beyond their control, and their family bonds are thoroughly tested. Angela grew up in a conservative upper-class neighborhood, so her experience with the streets is almost nonexistent. When she goes away to Hampton University, her beauty and sex appeal bring her plenty of attention, and she gets an education in things she never expected to experience. When Angela and Black cross paths, their lives are turned around once again. This is a love affair that should never happen, but sometimes things are just too good to resist. Author Edd McNair takes readers on a roller-coaster ride. The plot twists and turns, giving readers a look at the hood from the inside like they've never seen it before.
What's a girl gotta do to get what she wants out of life? According to Ra'Keeyah Jackson, she'll do whatever it takes.Ra'Keeyah has million-dollar dreams. She's determined to come up, and she won't stop until she does. Nothing is going to stop her from getting the hottest clothes, the finest men, and money to burn. Easily influenced by her conniving girls Shayna and Quiana, Ra'Keeyah resorts to shoplifting, stealing married men's credit cards, and passing bad checks to get what she wants. Ra'Keeyah is struggling to stay on top, and she has sunk to an all-time low when she meets Brick. He's a savvy, street-smart hustler who will surely take her young heart for a ride and make her want to change. Will she be able to resist, though, when Shayna comes to her with an idea that is sure to keep their pockets on swole? This idea could cost the girls a little more than they bargained for, along with teaching them that not everyone is to be tricked!
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.
Lance Thomas is up to his old tricks again. Even though he promised his wife several years ago that he was through with the lying and cheating, he just can't resist the lure of forbidden affairs. No longer tied down with a nine-to-five blue collar job, Lance is a bestselling author with a lot of free time--and plenty of women offering to spend it with him. Before he knows it, he's caught up in player mode. Follow along as this dog tries to juggle a wife, a son, multiple mistresses, a love child, and now baby momma drama.Mark Anthony brings readers more of his trademark blend of sex, lies, and drama in this follow-up to his hit novel, Dogism.
Prince Perkins has learned one important thing in his twenty years: Show no love and have no mercy for people who don't have your back, or for those known specifically as backstabbers. This time around, he's decided to leave behind his street soldier status, taking on a new reputation as a street hustler. By any means necessary, Prince vows to keep his pockets fat with cash and to stay away from the ones who continuously bring controversy his way. That includes his poverty-stricken mother, who refuses to depart from a man who has bruised and battered her for years. Eventually, Prince has to step in to a volatile situation, but the footsteps that he leaves may prove to be too deep. Silhouettes are newcomers on the literary scene. They have a passion for writing, shown by their capabilities to light the pages of Street Soldier 2 with fire! Residing in St. Louis, Missouri, they are design specialists with original works brought to you by 4M2H Designs. More literary projects are in the making.