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January 2011 features the release of 'The Choir Director' by Carl Weber, 'His Sexy Bad Habit' by Cheris Hodges, 'Love, Honor And Betray' by Kimberla Lawson Roby, 'Exposed' by Naomi Chase, 'Don't Even Go There' by Brenda Hampton, 'Bi-curious' by Natalie Weber, and many more!

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Hello Everyone,

I'm starting a new Black Book Releases newsletter. This will be a monthly newsletter that will go out at the beginning of the month. There will be books that are available now as well as future releases with order links. For this first newsletter, I've included July & August releases. Ofcourse this is just a sample of new book releases that are out there. Eventually, I hope to include short author Q&A's as well. Thanks for your support. 

Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews
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July & August 2014 releases

The Cocktail Club : Pat Tucker

        
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When cocktails once a week isn’t enough, three friends form the Cocktail Club—but what begins as social drinking quickly morphs into something far more sinister.Ivee Henderson is a media consultant accustomed to being in control. But when her drinking goes from casual to reckless, she’s forced to pay a price that’s higher than any check she could ever write.
A stay-at-home mom, Darby Jaxon is fed up with her life. She starts secretly drinking to get through each day and to hide her dirty little secret: the fact that she can’t stop thinking about the drunk driver who killed her sister—mainly because she’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame.
For single mom Peta Nixon, under the influence is the only way she can stomach her ex-husband. Since their separation (because of his bed-hopping habits), they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other—that is, until one night, when her drinking ends it all for good.
Everything is more manageable after a few drinks—or so it seems for the ladies in The Cocktail ClubProblems shrink, work is less stressful, and love finally has clarity. But is drinking really the answer or is a dark payback waiting for them at the bottom of each cocktail?

The Other Side of the Pillow : Zane

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Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her. So she decides to give up and join the party by adapting the entire “friends with benefits” mentality with a couple of men that she beds on the regular but refuses to hold any kind of real conversation with, in fear that she might actually catch feelings. 

Everything is going according to plan until she meets Dr. Tevin Harris, a prominent vascular surgeon, one night at a poetry slam. Tevin listens to her deliver her male-bashing poem and instead of steering away from her like most men with any common sense would do, he asks her out. Tevin has been casually dating for years, ever since his failed marriage to Estella. They had suffered several miscarriages and the emotional pain had become too much for either one of them to bear and still wake up with each other every morning.


The Choir Director 2 : Runaway Bride

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It's been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he's on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation. 
Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, "between heaven and hell." As the investigation into Tia's disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined.


Kiss the Ring : Meesha Mink




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Naeema "Queen" Cole takes care of herself. From the death of her parents when she was just eleven years old to when she found herself pregnant and alone at sixteen, Naeema has had to make her own way in the world. She gave up her son for adoption and became an apprentice at a barber shop, making just enough money to pay the bills and get high. She tried being a wife, but ultimately found that she and Tank, now her ex-husband, are better friends and occasional lovers than partners. Naeema prefers to be on her own; no responsibilities, no rules.

But the sudden and brutal murder of Brandon, the son she never knew, forces Naeema to reconsider the way she has lived her life. Brandon was involved with a notorious band of Newark bank robbers, and Naeema is convinced his gang life was her fault. Desperate to avenge her son's death and determined to take justice into her own hands, Naeema becomes "Queen" as she infiltrates the gang to discover her boy's killer. But when she starts to fall for the leader of the crew, will she still have the resolve to do what must be done?

Filled with gritty realism and unexpected plot twists, this page-turner will keep you guessing as Naeema struggles to do whatever it takes to right her wrongs.


Craving Temptation : Deborah Fletcher Mello



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After a rocky year, life is once again sweet for brothers Troy and Quentin Elliot, and Quentin's new wife, Harper. Their bakery, Just Desserts, is thriving, with Quentin as pastry chef, and attorney Troy handling the books. In fact, Troy is ready to pursue his next big goal: to run for Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee. The competition is tough, but there's one challenge Troy doesn't anticipate--his opponent's distractingly beautiful campaign manager and daughter, Amina Salman. . .
A fellow attorney, Amina hopes to reconnect with her estranged father. But a chance meeting with Troy quickly complicates her task. Not only is her passionate spirit at odds with her father's conservative values, her attraction to his rival leaves her even more conflicted. Soon, Amina and Troy are falling in love--but when they surrender to sweet temptation, they find themselves with more at stake than a campaign victory. . .
 
What's Done in the Dark : ReShonda Tate Billingsley



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Felise is not the kind of woman to cheat on her husband—especially with her best friend’s man. But after one perfect storm of a night, it happened…and she can hardly believe it herself. To top it off, when she woke up in the morning, she found that the man to whom she guiltily made passionate love died of a heart attack overnight. Felise, who is a nurse and a good citizen at that, leaves the hotel room without reporting his death.

When her best friend, Paula, finds out about her husband’s sudden death a day later, Felise is overcome with guilt and grief. She must be there for her friend and her family, but when her husband repeatedly tries to apologize for his absentminded behavior and Paula starts investigating who Stephen was with the night he died, Felise finds it hard to hold herself together. Should she come clean and tell everyone what she did? Or should she just let it go and move past the mistake on her own?
Pastor Needs a Boo : Michele Andrea Bowen 



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It was a regular New Jerusalem Gospel United Church work day for Reverend Denzelle Flowers when Veronica Washington, Keisha Jackson, and Marsha Metcalf showed up after losing their jobs on the same day, same morning, and almost at the same time. Denzelle struggled to solve that first problem. The other problem—the lovely Marsha—would be much harder to solve. Denzelle didn’t even know how to fight wanting to turn in the playah’s card and getting "booed" up with the poster girl for "church girls."
Marsha Metcalf and her fellow unemployed church members aren’t Denzelle’s biggest problem, though. He is running for bishop, and his enemies—a more ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy—want power badly enough to go to rather extreme lengths for it because the stakes are just that high. Now, his ex-wife was back and sleeping with the enemy, digging for dirt. Reverend Denzelle can’t fight this battle alone. This pastor needs a ‘boo’ who will stand by his side. Before the dust settles, both Marsha and Denzelle’s faith and love will be put to the ultimate test.

Ghetto Bastard : K'wan


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What happens to the children that the world throws away? They become Animals. Tayshawn Torres is a child born in the slums and cursed by the sins of his parents. His mother is a notorious drug addict and whore, more concerned with getting her next high than she is with his well-being. His stepfather hates him so much, that he literally treats him like an animal. Tayshawn is forced to sleep in a cage and scavenge for scraps of food wherever he can find them. Because of his squalid appearance, he is also the object of ridicule by all of the neighborhood kids who have given the nickname, Animal. The only person to ever show him even the slightest bit of kindness is his older brother, Justice. Justice keeps him out of harm's way the best he can. However, when Justice is taken from his life, Tayshawn finds he is alone in the streets. With his guardian angel gone, he is now at the mercy of the world Justice tried to protect him from. Tayshawn quickly learns that if he is to survive the jungle, he will have to adapt. Love and companionship constantly elude Tayshawn, but death and heartache cling to him like a second skin. Gradually, the layers of the frightened child he had been are stripped away until there is nothing left of Tayshawn, and all that remains is, Animal.


A Pinch of Ooh La La : Renee Swindle


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Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-grabbing graffiti. Of course, her failed relationship with a womanizing art forger might have something to do with that. Nevertheless, it’s time for Abbey to step out of the kitchen—and her comfort zone—and Bendrix has even handpicked a man for her to date.
 
Samuel Howard is everything Abbey’s dreamed of: handsome, successful, and looking to raise a family. But a creamy icing might be needed to hide a problem or two. When Samuel complains about disrespect for the institution of marriage, Abbey’s reminded of her nontraditional family, with thirteen children from various mothers. And when Samuel rails about kids having kids, Abbey thinks of her twenty-year-old sister who’s recently revealed her pregnancy.
 
Soon Abbey is facing one disaster after another and struggling to make sense of it all. Her search for love has led her down a bitter path, but with the help of her unique family and unwavering friends, she just might find the ooh la la that makes life sweet.
Troublemaker : Trice Hickman

http://amzn.to/1mhr5Yh

Every joy has its challenges. . .
After twenty years, childhood best friends Alexandria Thornton and PJ Brightwood have reunited--and fallen in love. Alex's artistic nature as a spoken word artist, and PJ's success as a talented surgeon promise a bright future. But their happiness brings unexpected complications for those they care about most. . .
A devoted wife, loving mother, and successful businesswoman, Victoria Thornton is a pillar of her suburban Atlanta community. But when her daughter, Alexandria, becomes engaged to the son of Victoria's former lover, her past mistake threatens her orderly life. As the impending marriage reunites both families, it reignites old feelings that test all of their relationships--and all of their boundaries. . .
An Elderberry Fall : Ruth P. Watson
 

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This sequel to the historical bestseller Blackberry Days of Summer reunites the people of Jefferson County, Virginia, with yet another murder and the resurrection of an evil thought to be dead and gone.

As she adjusts to a new beginning in Richmond, Virginia, Carrie Parker finds herself juggling motherhood, work, school, and increasing strains on her new marriage to Simon. Carrie and Simon are happy parents, but sometimes Carrie feels there’s something dark and evil about her little baby’s eyes, and it scares her. She vows he will not be anything like his real father—a beady-eyed womanizer now long gone.

But the past has a strange way of creeping back into the present…
Just as the dust is settling on the murder of Carrie’s stepfather, Herman Camm, everybody in Richmond is shocked to find out his memory is not yet gone. Did he really die? And what part did Carrie play? Soon she is forced to answer questions and return to a past ridden with abuse, corruption, scandal, and deceit. Will she be able to move on with her life, or will the past follow Carrie and her family wherever they go?


Boss Divas : De'Nesha Diamond

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The most lethal ride-or-die women in Memphis now run their gangs and the streets. But the aftermath of an all-out war means merciless new enemies, time-bomb secrets. . .and one chance to take it all. . .
Bullets have no names and collateral damage is the game as the women of the Dirty South push to secure total control. Vice Lord chief Lucifer goes after the upstart Crippettes gang one by one--but locking down her power will put everything she lives to protect at risk. Ta'Shara straps on her training wheels to prove she can ride with the best of the Flowers--but does this good-girl-gone-bad really have what it takes to survive? And as Queen G LeShelle viciously body-drops to keep her bloody secrets buried, her husband Python may be the one person that can put her in check. Now these boss divas will go head-to-head for  domination--because in the end only one can rule. .


Reckless 2 : Nobody's Girl : Keisha Ervin

 
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After everything Farrah’s been through, it’s safe to say things are finally going her way. Her company, Glam Squad, has skyrocketed, and her career as a celebrity stylist has taken off faster than she can keep up. Partnering with her best friend London, she has styled and done makeup for multiple celebrities. The unstoppable duo is working hard and getting paid!
On the personal side, Farrah is happier than ever. Despite everything Mills put her through, she made the right choice when she decided to give him a second chance. Mills has made up for all the lying and sneaking around he did behind her back, and he treats her like a queen. After months of bliss, he has made Farrah’s dreams come true by asking her to marry him. On top of the world, Farrah is busy planning her wedding.
Unbeknownst to her, however, Mills has been keeping a dark secret that will destroy everything if she finds out. Mills has been giving his ex-girlfriend Jade money to keep her quiet and take care of the baby she claims is his. He plans on taking a paternity test, but his busy schedule keeps getting in the way. In the meantime, he is doing everything in his power to keep Farrah from finding out he’s cheated. 
Everything comes crashing down when Farrah finds out about what Mills has been up to, but she gives in to his begging and goes through with the wedding. Once they’re married, things just keep getting worse as Mills keeps putting off the paternity test. He’s been seeing a lot more of Jade and baby Jaysin, who looks a lot like Mills. 
Farrah, feeling confused and betrayed, decides to focus on her career. While on a business trip to Paris, she finds herself falling for a rapper named J.R. She still loves Mills, but after what he did to her, she’s not sure their marriage will last. 
People always say you can't help who you love, but what happens when love gets all tangled up and no one seems to know how to set it straight? Will true love prevail, or will it break under all the lies?


No Sin in Paradise : Dijorn Moss



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Minister Nicodemus Dungy is learning the hard way that the life of a church fixer means there are no days off. 
Following the dramatic events of his last assignment, Nic has decided to take a much-needed vacation. Instead of resolving potential faith-shattering church scandals, he is spending his days on the beach enjoying a good book and an occasional swim in the ocean. He spends his nights with an elderly couple he has befriended, looking up at the stars and praying that one day Victory, a potential love interest, will join him.  
His vacation is cut short when a prominent pastor comes up dead at an international church conference. Despite his reluctance, Nic is offered a king’s ransom to find information that can lead to the murderer. Against his better judgment, he accepts the assignment and thus sojourns into a deadly world of crime and corruption. The more he investigates the circumstances surrounding the pastor’s murder, the more Nic will realize that he is in over his head.
Set in a remote island in the Bahamas, No Sin in Paradise is a beautiful but deadly odyssey. Nic will encounter a secret society, a business tycoon, a drug dealer, and a voodoo priestess on his quest to uncover the truth, but will the truth come at a price that is too steep for Nic to pay?


Both Sides of the Fence 4: Bad Blood : M.T. Pope

James Parks' thriving bloodline, Ashley and Alex Black, have transitioned back to Baltimore living, and the drama they thought was over continues to plague them. It seems like chaos is hardwired in their DNA. 
Ashley is hard at work in her career and is enjoying her new life, but an old flame comes back into the picture and wants to play for keeps. Throw in her boyfriend, Troy, with his own secrets, and her life is pandemonium.
          Alex is a sports agent and a party animal with a libido to match. When he stumbles onto a client with a secret, he has to make a decision: do the right thing or cash in. Toss in a sneaky and relentless stalker named Jasmine, and Alex finds himself dealing with more than he can handle. 
New and old drama collides in this continuing saga of the Black family. Someone wants revenge and is waiting to rid the world of some bad blood. Will Alex and Ashley survive another round of drama?

Goon : T. Styles
When five-year-old Roman's mother is murdered before his eyes in Fayette, Mississippi he is left alone with his loyal dog, a blue nose pit-bull named Ice. Things appear to look up for Roman when Billy Bob Adams, a career criminal, finds him and whisks him to Baltimore, Maryland. With modern day slavery as his motive, Billy Bob teaches Roman every villainous trick he knows...including murder. From the moment Yoko was born she was unwanted. Born with a visible handicap people judged her upon first sight. Before long they turn the sweet child into a bitter young adult who does anything she can for attention. Even if it means taking responsibility for crimes she didn't commit. When Roman and Yoko meet they become an escape for one another. Since an idle mind is the devil's workshop they put their skills together and become living nightmares for unsuspecting drug dealers. Many years later, Roman vows to trade his turbulent childhood and crimes for a family of his own. Which means leaving Yoko and her volatile love of blood behind. When Roman must rely on his murder game to provide for his family, he excels and becomes the primary assassin for a multi-million dollar drug operation. But what happens when Yoko returns with a request that Roman doesn't want to honor?

April 2011 Releases

Below are the releases from April 2011. Click the book cover to jump to Amazon.com for more info.
Looking for books on Kindle? Look for the Amazon Kindle logo for books on the Kindle.

Hot releases for April 2011 include titles from Sister Souljah, Ashley JaQuavis, Wahida Clark, Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson, Nikki Turner, Zuri Day, Kimberly Kaye Terry, E.N. Joy, and much much more!
 
  

Black Orchid Blues
Blue Orchid Blues by Persia Walker - Apr. 1st

Lanie Price, a 1920s Harlem society columnist, witnesses the brutal nightclub kidnapping of the "Black Orchid," a sultry, seductive singer with a mysterious past. Price, a female 1920s version of Dominick Dunne, soon finds herself elbows-deep in a story in which everyone seems to be either lying or keeping a secret to die for. When hours pass without word from the kidnapper, puzzlement grows as to his motive. Then a gruesome package arrives at Price's doorstep and the questions change. Just what does this kidnapper want--and how many people is he willing to kill in order to get it?

Evil hides behind the genteel façades of affluent Strivers' Row and stalks the ballroom of one of Harlem's most famous gay parties. In a complex plot that keeps you tied to the page, Black Orchid Blues explores the depths of human depravity and the desperation of its victims.
 
Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E.
Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. by S. Dodson - Apr. 1st

Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is suitable for the straight A student, the troubled teen, and the girl that is looking to be empowered. The goal is to transform our teens into successful women by giving them the tools needed to build their self confidence and self esteem. This book focuses on the hottest topics facing teens such as relationships, self esteem, bullying, the importance of education, and how to set goals. If guidance is what you need, Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is here to the rescue!
  
Black Friday
Black Friday: Exposed by Ashley & JaQuavis - Apr. 5th

All it takes is one murder to change a million lives, and that’s exactly what happens to Kasheef Williams on a cold, black Friday. After a reunion with an old friend goes wrong in a Long Island night club, Kasheef is forced to protect himself by any means necessary. The only problem is that prying eyes see everything. Those eyes belong to Alija Bell. After walking in on a situation she was never meant to see, she runs; but Kasheef sees her face, and he tells her that it’s best for her to get temporary amnesia. Afraid for her life and the safety of her daughter, she keeps her mouth shut—but when a tape of the murder surfaces, the only face that’s visible is Alija’s. Now the police are looking for their eye witness, and Kasheef has to get to Alija before her day comes to testify against him in court. In this dramatic, hood-savvy tale, things aren’t always as they seem. Somebody holds the ticket to the jury’s verdict. Lies and truth collide. Everyone has a different angle, but the only question is, who has the most influence over Kasheef’s fate?   

March 2011 Releases

Below are the releases from March 2011. Click the book cover to jump to Amazon.com for more info.
Looking for books on Kindle? Look for the Amazon Kindle logo for books on the Kindle.

Hot releases for March 2011 include titles from L. A. Banks, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Brenda Jackson, Adrianne Byrd, Pat Simmons, Kimberly Kaye Terry, Cairo, and much much more!
 
  
Some Like Them Rich

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Some Like Them Rich by Shirley Hailstock - Mar. 1st

Can She Listen To Her Heart. . .
Disillusioned by love and dreading her thirtieth birthday, Amberlina Nash is determined to snag a rich man by spending the summer mingling with the country club set on Martha's Vineyard. But when Amber meets charismatic hotel manager Don Randall, she struggles to maintain her polished alter ego--and fights the possibility that what she wants and what she needs might be two different things. . .


When Love Isn't Part Of The Plan?
Serial playboy Sheldon St. Romaine has spent the past year running one of his father's hotels to prove he has a knack for the business. To guests, he is the modest and accommodating Don Randall, whom Amber finds irresistible. But she's certain he lacks the bank account she's really after. While both are harboring secrets, neither can deny the passion that ignites between them.
  
He Was My Man First

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He Was My Man First by Nancey Flowers & Courtney Parker - Mar. 1st

Valentine Daye is a product of the streets. Raised in the projects, she lost her father and her mother young. By fifteen, she was living the life with drug lord Colombo. But when Colombo and his crew are murdered, Richard Washington, one of Colombo’s many street runners, swoops in and wastes no time making Valentine his queen.

Nine years later, Valentine and Rich are a happy couple who have weathered some “minor” problems. Valentine is well aware that Rich steps out on her. But doesn’t every man? He always finds his way home. Or at least he did before Vanessa Knight.

Vanessa Knight is a woman who has everything . . . except Richard Washington. An heiress to a multimillion-dollar company, Vanessa is willing to forgive Rich’s flawed background. However, she wants him for herself, and tells him that he must decide what’s important to him—a flourishing career at clothier Jorge Jacobs, where she can make him a VP, or a life with his street past, Valentine?.

When Daye meets Knight, each woman plots and schemes to steal Rich’s heart. Rich must make a decision. Does he gamble and start a new life with the beautiful and cunning Vanessa, or does he stay with his around-the-way girl Valentine, who has been with him through thick and thin?
  
Steady (Indigo)

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Steady by Ruthie Robinson - Mar. 1st

Katrina Jones is Hampton Heights' reigning gardening queen, leading the city to three consecutive gardening competition championships. As she prepares for the next upcoming competition, she finds out that her spot has been given to Will Nakane, the new eco-friendly kid on the block. Swayed by his home's sustainable construction and adjacent Japanese-inspired backyard garden, the committee taps Will for what they hope is another victory, with Katrina's assistance, putting her in an even more awkward spot since she had tried her womanly charms on him with little success at a recent New Years Eve party.

Swallowing her pride and recognizing that she doesn't hold the required qualifications to be a filly in his stable of beauties, Katrina agrees to help Will. Like the flowers she so dearly loves, Katrina begins to blossom before Will's eyes, exposing a kind of beauty he had yet to find in a female companion. As Will's interest and desire in her increases, Katrina fights the same urges, worried that a relationship between them could never work out.

Will's persistence pays off, and they eventually bring their friendship to the next level, but their love is threatened by Katrina's insecurity, created by a childhood filled with abandonment, loneliness and a feeling of unworthiness. Through compassion, determination and love, Will proves to Katrina that their love can steady any storm. 

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