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Drug-addicted former model Brooklyn Johnson's life is in ruins. She once had it all--money, jewels, designer clothes and men falling at her feet. Now washed up, and recently diagnosed with cancer, all she has left is to get high, and all she looks forward to is death. When she watches, helpless, as her only friend dies in the street in front of the crack house, she reflects on her life, starting from when she was discovered in high school. She realizes she wasn't always good to others, including her own children, and thought she never needed anyone. Even as she developed a drug addiction and fought to maintain her sanity, she kept others away. But what will it take for her to let others in and finally find a reason to live?
Misery loves company. More than an old cliché, those words become an obsession for Phoebe DuChamp. Once the popular and pretty all-American high school sweetheart, Phoebe lost it all when she married the wrong man soon after graduation. Harold, the star quarterback and king of the playboys, has made Phoebe's life miserable for ten years. Instead of divorcing Harold, Phoebe finally devises a way to make his life miserable too. Her plot backfires, however, when she becomes a victim in a tragic boating accident. When Harold is unable to collect on her million-dollar insurance policy, it appears that Phoebe may have won out in the end.Shy and quiet, Lacy was less than popular in high school, and often walked in the shadow of her unlikely best friend, Phoebe. Now she's content to live behind the scenes as a voiceover actress for a well-liked cartoon character. When she finds herself the beneficiary of Phoebe's insurance policy, Lacy's quiet life is thrown into the spotlight--especially when cryptic clues start to point to murder. Phoebe's brother, homicide detective Marcel DuChamp, just won't allow "The Case of the Accident Prone Prom Queen" to rest. If he's not careful, he could trip into something that will take him on more turns and loops than a rollercoaster ride.
After a long, complex engagement, Alex and Joshua Benning feel like "happily ever after" is finally theirs. But the marriage may sour as soon-to-be minister Joshua starts pressuring Alex to start a family. Years ago, Alex suffered a botched abortion, and she still struggles from it. Joshua has his own issues. A widower who already has a five-year-old daughter, Joshua wants "the perfect family"--to the point of it being an obsession. There's also a scandal brewing over a relationship with a possible surrogate and recent international adoption attempt in the mix. Soon all the drama makes the marriage seem unmanageable and things start falling apart. Can faith lead them back to the love they share and bring them back to joy?
Robyn and Aries are "The Murder Mamas," contract killers taking no prisoners in Los Angeles. It doesn't take them long to link up with Hollywood's biggest drug kingpin, who hires them to take out a snitch and a judge. But the plans backfire and they only complete half the job. Robyn gets caught and put on Death Row, and Aries goes on the run. She winds up in the Islands, where she takes up a new life as a mother and wife, and tries to forget who she once was. But unfinished business has a way of coming back to haunt you; and when it's the killing kind, there's a huge price to pay. Now Aries has to put it all on the line as she sets out to finish what the Murder Mamas started, leaving her family and her sanity and her soul behind....
School's back in session and there's a lot of unfinished business to handle. As Lena prepares for her wedding day, she can't help but think about Denise, her sexy b-ball roommate who almost stole her away. A summer isn't enough time to get over a true love. Denise just can't shake the feelings she developed for soon-to-be-married Lena. Should she go for what she wants or leave well enough alone? Cooley let Misha walk away, but she can't take no for an answer. Will her determination to win back her first love bring Misha back or push her further away? Carmen worked hard to get her life back on track...but will fears of the past wreck her future with new love Nic? This fast-paced sequel to Choices will leave you on an emotional roller coaster you won't want to get off.
The marriage of Mona and Shawn Black was dominated by infidelity and lies. Now the drama that nearly tore them apart seems to have passed on to the next generation. Their children, Alex and Ashley, are in their second year at UCLA, and life is not simple for either one of them. Now that he knows Shawn Black is not his biological father, Alex is busy searching for the identity of his birth father. Unbeknownst to him, his sister Ashley seems to have inherited a destructive trait from this mystery man--using people's secrets to get what she's unwilling to work hard for.After the death of his lover, Wallace returns to California. He's on a mission to reconcile with the family that threw him out when he was eighteen, as well as to uncover information about his deceased partner. Who was the real James Parks, and why did he come to such an untimely demise? Wallace discovers shocking secrets that reveal a connection with James that he never knew he had.College professors Grace and David Andrews are a married couple keeping secrets from each other. This is no run-of-the-mill marital infidelity, though. David doesn't know that his someone-on-the-side shares a painful link to Grace's past. If the truth is revealed, it could send everyone down a path to certain devastation.One man has had a hand in the fate of every one of these characters. His actions have resulted in the dismemberment of three families. Now that the loose ends have begun to unravel, will any of them be able to pull their lives back together?
Julian Washington, owner of The Washington Broadcasting Network, is making an obscene amount of money--but he wants more. Anderson Carter, his hot-shot producer, convinces him that reality TV shows are quickly becoming one of America's favorite pastimes, and if Julian produces Revelations, a new reality show based on the lives of four prominent Atlanta pastors and their families, it will catapult his new network to major success.Reverend Brandon Kitts, Evangelist Danita Hyatt, Apostle Zack (Bo) Morton, and Bishop Jimmy Snow sign on to allow the cameras to follow them inside the pulpit and in their private lives as the stars of this exciting, new show. As the cameras roll, the ministers each face individual struggles with secrets, expectations, and their own personal revelations. Each one discovers that they must seek diligently to find God's truth in the midst of the lies of reality television.
Urban Books publisher Carl Weber brings together two popular literary divas to give readers what they've been asking for: empowering stories about big, beautiful women."Who Ya Wit' 2": Desa Rae Jenkins and her twenty-something-year-old playmate are back with drama only the two of them can bring. Roc has been released from prison and he's trying to show Desa Rae that his past life is well behind him, but his baby mama and his playa-hating uncle want Desa Rae out of the picture. This 42-year-old plus size diva will have to decide when enough is enough! No man is worth all this drama, is he? But then again, no man can put it down like Roc."Tell Me About It": Chyanne Johnson has tried to steer clear of drama since she was old enough to be out on her own. She's content with her mundane position at Atlanta's top marketing firm, but all of that changes when sexy CEO Aric McHale promotes her to be his executive assistant. This position comes with a lethal dose of seduction, sex so good that sometimes she has problems remembering her own name, and a man she finds it hard to say no to. But everything that feels good isn't good for you. Aric and his demons are sure to make this a ride she will never forget!Age is just a number, and whoever said that full-figured women don't know how to bring fire to a relationship was sadly mistaken.
New York Times bestselling authors Ashley and JaQuavis have put together a collection of street fiction's finest. Caroline McGill, J.M. Benjamin, Boston George, and T. Styles present fresh new stories of money, murder, betrayal, and revenge. Their unique approach attempts to explain the allure of the dope game through the eyes of some unforgettable characters. Just when you think it's over, a new story picks up and takes you on a whole new journey! This is a sure classic and the beginning of a great series. Take a ride with the kings and queens of the street.
James has been playing both his fiancée Raquel and on-again-off-again girlfriend Joan for so long, it's about time his actions caught up to him. Except this womanizing cad is about to get more than he ever could have bargained for when the sins of his past backfire in life-changing ways. James learns Raquel's been harboring an explosive secret and plans to use it against him. But he beats her to the punch--turning the tables on her. The tragic events that ensue leave him spiraling out of control, until he gets introduced to a group of single men who love God intensely and treat women like precious jewels. Living for the Lord brings a multitude of unexpected consequences for James. But can a ladies' man really become God's man?
Twenty-one-year-old college student Alexis Nicole (Full Figured 2) proves once again a talent and insight beyond her years, with an intriguing story of three best friends trying to make their dreams come true in New York City. Fashion editor Skye's living the life, but she's got more than she can handle when a wealthy businessman and romantic artist both vie for her affections. Hairdresser Devin works at the hottest salon in the city, but life gets complicated when he becomes infatuated with a lover keeping dangerous secrets. And Cheyenne's been dating her boss for the past four years, but she doesn't know he's married...until she gets pregnant. It's a good thing these friends have each other to get them through!
Beverly Holland lives it up with her older businessman beau, Eric Fox. He gives her everything she craves--except satisfaction between the sheets. Frustrated, she picks up sexy stranger Dante at a hotel bar, who shows her what she's been missing! But he's also about to shake up her life. Beverly has no idea that Eric is really a hitman or that Dante has a vendetta: Eric killed his brother and now he wants Eric dead. Beverly also doesn't know that while she's carrying on with her man's potential killer, her man's carrying on with her best friend, Marilyn--who will do anything to make Eric hers.... When the forces of lust, lies, betrayal and revenge collide, who's going to survive--and who will ultimately be the hitman's woman?
When 15-year-old Porsha Swint overhears an argument between her parents, she learns some very painful news. The man she thought was her dad is only a substitute for her real father--Dion McNeil, a well known national sportscaster. Even Porsha's BFFs, Tara Chance and Danielle Davis, can't seem to console her. Porsha, once a straight-A student, begins slacking off in school. Her parents realize their secrets have been revealed, and set out on a quest to make things right. In the meantime, the media has a field day with this information, since Dion McNeil was married to another woman during the time Porsha was conceived. Porsha meets her half-sister Jasmine McNeil, and tension between the two equates to World War III. Will things ever be the same for Porsha now that her world has been turned upside down? Secrets Untold is the latest book in the hit teen series - The Lip Gloss Chronicles.
Dylan Monroe, our favorite shopaholic, is back! She's three months pregnant and madly in love with the father of her child, sexy heavyweight champion, Angel. The only problem is the long-legged Victoria's Secret model standing in the way of getting him back. If that weren't enough stress, her Jack Daniel's-loving mother, Candy, returns to stir up even more trouble.Unsure of how to face her future as a single mother, Dylan reverts back to the only thing she knows to comfort her pain--shopping! Rounding out the cast of colorful characters are Billie, Dylan's tightly wound friend, and flamboyant transgender cousin Tee-Tee, aka Dick'em Down Diva. Labels and Love promises to be a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt tale of love lost and love regained.
Scorpio Valentino, a sexy-diva beauty-salon owner, is used to having her way with any and every man that she meets. She's a master at playing head-games and also possesses a curvaceous body that'll have any man's tongue watering. But when one man (Jaylin) has finally been able to free himself from her grip and moves on, Scorpio just ain't having it. She'll try anything to get him back. Jaylin has moved to Florida after breaking-up with Scorpio when he learned that she's so grimey that she slept with his own cousin! Now he's got what he feels is the best life for him -- a successful financial career, a woman that's worthy of him and a good best-friend (Shane). Shane Alexander is under the pressure of meeting the demands of a big account at work. Complicating the matter is a girlfriend that's also pressuring him to marry her and a business partner (Felicia) that's pressuring and blackmailing him into staying with the firm. The opportunity arises for Scorpio to reclaim Jaylin, when Shane invites his best-friend to fly into town to help close a major business deal. Just by seeing Scorpio's face again, it quickly reminds Jaylin of the power she once had over him and leaves him in a vulnerable and confused state - just how Scorpio likes it. Felicia Davenport is a hard-nosed, low-down, majority-owner of the company where Shane works. She's the boss and that's that! Secretly, she has a thing for Shane, but gets ruthless when she's unable to attract him and learns that Scorpio seems to have his nose wide-open for her. A CD in Felicia's possession threatens to simultaneously destroy the lives of both Shane and Jaylin. Scorpio's naughty sex-life catches up with her, as she starts being anonymously terrorized with harassing phone calls and vandalism of her property. Eventually, it's Scorpio's own behavior that leads to her staring down the barrel of gun, wielded by the scorned-wife of one of the many men that she's been sexin'. Some women are greedy. Some women are sneaky. Some even think they're Slick. But there's nothing like a woman that's Naughty-By-Nature!
Ordained Minister Wanda B. Campbell (Illusions) serves up another strong story of loss and redemption sure to invoke a sense of joy and hope that no matter how bad things get, there's always a "silver lining."?The "honeymoon glow" isn't even off blushing new bride Marlissa Scott-Jennings' face when the dark demons of inadequacy emerge from her past. The pressure of living a dream existence with prominent physician Kevin is a life she doesn't feel worthy of. So she soon finds solace in alcohol, which seems, to her, to quiet the insecurities of her soul. But her drinking and the behavior it sparks is ruining her marriage, and soon Kevin's had enough....?Leon Scott had everything a man could hope for--a beautiful wife, Starla, a loving family, a thriving business. But when his younger brother's murdered, the pain is unbearable, and he, like Marlissa, takes refuge in a bottle. It isn't long before he sabotages his business and his family life, even though his dearest wish is to get back on track again. An unlikely pair, Marlissa and Leon meet up one night and make a pact to work together to stay sober and win their loved ones back--even if Kevin and Starla seem to have moved on without them....
Pamela "Pill" Jones was raised in poverty by her older sister and always craved "the good life." Today she's a successful hairstylist, but she and her husband Corey's income doesn't cover all the material goods she buys, and they soon find themselves struggling to climb out of deep debt. As Corey bears the brunt of their money problems, Pill just keeps spending. Now Corey's feeling strained and he can't deal. He's also trying to figure out who he is, but all he sees in front of them are issues, with no end in sight. He asks Pill to join him for Marriage Maintenance classes and hopes with a little faith they can get their marriage back on track. But will Pill get on board--even if it means "going without" again?
In this gripping and action-packed sequel to Corrupt City, the aftermath of the assassination is explored, revealing what happened to everyone involved. With trickery in each chapter, this book will have you cheering for the bad guys, while wondering who can be trusted, who is behind the foul events that unfold, and where the corruption will end. You won't be able to put this book down until you unveil all the clues.
Four friends; Lena, who is engaged to a basketball superstar, Denise, who is hoping that she will be the first in her family to graduate college, Freedom, who lives up to her name and Carmen, who needs to work on her self-esteem--lean on each other during their days at Freedom University.
Chance may have a good job, a nice home and a beautiful girlfriend, but he still has ties to his past, like his homeboy, Calhoun, a drug-selling deadbeat. Then Chance's upright life flips upside down when he's framed for murder and loses everything--his job, his home, his girlfriend and almost his mind. Behind bars, Chance's only ray of hope in his life is his pen pal, Deyja.... When he's released after seven years, he finds her, but he doesn't reveal his true identity to her. Deyja doesn't realize she's falling for her former pen pal. All she knows is she's finally found a man who satisfies her every desire. But when Chance's old friends creep back into his life, will his past destroy his future with the woman he loves?
Young, successful and thriving, Shania and Greg have it all going on. Not only do they have the kind of relationship everyone envies, they're also walking the right path in so many other ways--like Greg, who's a youth pastor at his church, happily making a difference in the lives of troubled teens. But after receiving some unexpected news, Greg's manhood takes a devastating blow. Realizing that her man is headed for depression, Shania suggests they take an exotic vacation to revitalize their marriage. Except the trip seems to pull them further apart instead of bring them together. Caught in the middle of a sinister plot, they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives as greed, lies and deception could cost someone their life....
Bestselling superstar author Ashley & JaQuavis and the talented McCall spin the sixth gritty street drama in this popular series, where fast cash, love, and tragedy drive a trio of fast-paced stories.
Will Tracy is a good, God-fearing man who had a shaky childhood as he watched his father abuse his mother. But now he's grown and feeling confident and secure that he has finally met the woman he's been praying God would send him to be able feel the security he's always craved. Morgan is beautiful and appears to be the perfect Christian woman. But once Will pledges his life to her, he nearly loses his. . . . After a series of strange, inexplicable "accidents" plague him, he starts to wonder if the woman he married is all that she outwardly appears to be-or if he's indeed sleeping with the enemy. He continues to honor the vows he made to God and to Morgan. But is this wife of his really a gift from God? Or is she the devil in disguise?
Head research and development chemist Jamal Ford has narrowed his love-life down to a science through the creation of his 30-Day Dating Plan, a guide intended to weed out the drama queens, gold-diggers, and baby mamas from his ideal: a part goddess, part sex kitten, and part Stepford Wife mate. The shallow, fun-loving 33-year-old knows he's one of Charlotte, North Carolina's most eligible bachelors, and he won't settle for anything less than the trophy wife of his dreams. Catherine "Catt" Cason has never let scheming co-workers, her loving (but overbearing) father, or her full figure slow her down. The brilliant formulating chemist takes being labeled "the cute fat girl" in stride as she fast-tracks her way to a top position with her cosmetic company, Telegenic. While she would enjoy the love of a good man, Catt refuses to risk her career or her heart being broken again just to have a warm body at her side. Besides, why settle for the love of an earthly man when she is the fianc e of Christ?When Jamal is paired with Catt to launch a new product for work, it's loathe at first sight. She thinks he's arrogant and incompetent. He thinks she's a sanctimonious kill-joy. What each believes they want may not be what God knows they need. In this game of love, rules don't exist, and no heart is safe. The Lord is speaking, but will they all be too caught up in their own agendas to listen?
Growing up in foster care, Zipporah "Z" Saldano never dreamed of becoming a police officer, but after she's rescued from a hostage situation during the LA Riots, she chooses a career in law enforcement. After ten good years on the force, Z is involved in a domestic homicide case gone awry. Her partner is killed, and Z is fired when alcohol is detected in her system. It's two long years before she gets sober and opens her own private investigation firm. Now Shirley, her former foster mother, is in need of Z's help. Someone has murdered her grandson, a high school basketball star, and she wants Z to find out who did it. Z soon finds herself in deeper trouble than when she was kicked out of the LAPD. What she discovers is a conspiracy much deeper than anyone would believe, and she finds her own life is in danger.
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