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January 2011 Releases

Below are the releases from January 2011. Click the book cover to jump to for more info.

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Hot releases this month from Kimberla Lawson Roby, Carl Weber, Rosalyn McMillan, Cheris Hodges, Meesha Mink, L. Divine, Brenda Hampton, Treasure Hernandez, and much much more!

From This Moment (Indigo)
From This Moment by Sean D. Young - Jan. 4th

From This Moment is the thrilling love story that pairs a banquet owner named Ivy Hart and a wedding planner named Jonathan Damon who wake up one morning to find themselves married and unexpectedly falling in love.
Nihon Nights (Indigo)
Nihon Nights by Trisha Haddad and Monica Haddad - Jan. 4th

In their first collaboration, the Haddad sisters thrill with a romantic tale about an American administrator who finds love--and danger--at a Japanese school when her nationwide counterparts disappear, and economic turmoil and criminal suspicion surround her.
The Memory of Love
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The Memory of Love by Aminatta Love - Jan 4th

Adrian Lockheart is a psychologist escaping his life in England. Arriving in Freetown in the wake of civil war, he struggles with the intensity of the heat, dirt and dust, and with the secrets this country hides. Despite the gulf of experience and understanding between them, Adrian finds unexpected friendship in a young surgeon at the hospital, the charismatic Kai Mansaray, and begins to build a new life just as Kai makes plans to leave. In the hospital Adrian encounters an elderly and unwell man, Elias Cole, who is reflecting on his past, not all of it noble. Recorded in a series of notebooks are memories of his youth, the optimism of the first moon landings, and the details of an obsession: Saffia, a woman he loved, and Julius, her fiery, rebellious husband. As their individual stories entwine across two generations in a country torn apart by repression and war, some distances cannot be bridged. The Memory of Love is a towering tale of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, superbly realised and beautifully written, horrifying and exhilarating, unflinching and tender, moving and uplifting. It is the story of four lives colliding; a story about friendship, about understanding, absolution and the indelible effects of the past; about journeys and dreams and loss, and about the very nature of love.

His Sexy Bad Habit

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His Sexy Bad Habit by Cheris Hodges - Jan. 4th

She Makes A Move For His Heart...
He's hot and he's single, but Antonio Billups has been out of the dating game for three years. Since his wife died, his focus has been on his business--and their son A.J. Enter new-in-town sultry, sexy Serena Jacobs, a woman who just might inspire Antonio to change his mind about being alone.

That His Body Can't Resist...
Serena's new restaurant is about to take off, and so is her heart--to Antonio. But events from her past are about to hit the fan--with a little help from Antonio's scheming sister-in-law. Soon, Hollywood catfights and long-ago love affairs threaten the steamy relationship between Antonio and Serena, and when their secret histories collide, they must choose between a future with--or without--love.
Love, Honor, and Betray

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Love, Honor, and Betray by Kimberla Lawson Roby - Jan. 10th

The infamous Reverend Curtis Black's sordid past is no secret, as his wife, Charlotte, is well aware. But when Curtis' long-time mistress and mother of his illegitimate two-year-old, dies, he and Charlotte have no choice but to raise Curtina together. While the living, breathing reminder of her husband's infidelity infuriates Charlotte, Curtis couldn't be happier to finally have his whole family together. Despite her best efforts to keep her feelings hidden, Charlotte resents Curtina, taking her emotions out on the young girl. When confronted about her behavior Charlotte starts spending time away from home, all the while getting closer to her ex-boyfriend. Curtis appears to devote himself to his parish and the new church they're building, but is he really focusing his attention on the female parishioners trying to lure him into bed? Suddenly Curtis and Charlotte find themselves slipping into dangerous territory, and not even Curtis' seven-figure salary can prevent what is about to happen.
Real Wifeys: On the Grind

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Real Wifeys: On The Grind by Meesha Mink - Jan. 11th

In the hood, every day is about struggle and survival, and no one understands that daily grind more than twenty-two-year-old Kaeyla "Goldie" Dennis. She's the been the "wifey" of a older, wealthy businessman since she was fifteen, but the discovery of their long-time affair by his real wife brings a crushing end to her hood-fabulous lifestyle in her low-rise project in Newark.

After trying every hustle she can think of to make money, including selling knock-off clothing and bootleg DVDs, Goldie gets an irresistible offer from a sexy strip-club owner. She becomes the club's biggest act, and takes her show on the road, running her own strip club on the weekends in her apartment. But Goldie's love of money causes her to make decisions that bring on enemies, and the ultimate test comes when she's gang-raped, beaten, and almost killed. When an offer for her silence is made, will she choose money over self-respect?
Going All Out
Going All Out by Dorian Sykes - Jan. 17th

When Pharoah met Tez, his intentions were to help out a friend in need. Unfortunately, Tez turns out to be a blood thirsty, lunatic with no regard for human life. As Pahroah climbs the latter in the drug game, jealousy and envy is unavoidable. Pharoah now has to watch his back against Tez, but who will be the victor?
Spend My Life with You (Kimani Romance)
Spend My Life With You by Donna Hill - Jan. 18th

Descended from a legendary political dynasty, Lee Ann Lawson has been the glue that holds her sprawling clan together. But being primary caregiver has meant putting her own dreams on hold. Preston Graham is about to change all that. From the moment they meet—at an estate in Baton Rouge—Lee Ann can't stop thinking about the ambitious, seductive junior senator from Louisiana.
All his life, Preston has focused on only one thing: rising up the political ladder. Marriage isn't even on the ballot. Until Lee Ann. The passion she arouses is hot, irresistible…and all-consuming. Can he convince the senator's daughter to toss her hat in the ring—by giving her heart to him and a love that comes only once in a lifetime?
Promises We Make (Kimani Romance)
Promises We Make by Pamela Yaye - Jan. 18th

Fast-track creative director Niveah Evans is too busy climbing the corporate ladder to think about love. But beneath that hard-driving facade is a woman yearning to make magic with one special man. And when she spies a gorgeous hunk at a bar, she does something totally out of character…and ends up in Damien Hunter's hotel room, sharing the most unforgettable night of her life.
Business has brought the New York playboy to Florida, but it's pleasure that keeps him coming back for more. Especially when he discovers that he and Niveah will be working together. That blows Niveah's mind, but Damien is determined to win her trust…and her love.
You and I (Kimani Romance)
You and I by Jacquelin Thomas - Jan. 18th

They meet on a romantic Mediterranean cruise. Moonlight, open seas, kisses under the stars. It's everything Cherise Ransom ever dreamed of—and so is Steven Chambers. Passionate, driven and attentive, Steven sweeps her into a whirlwind courtship…and before she knows it, Cherise is engaged! But her past just might derail her chance for happiness before she makes it down the aisle.
Once he meets the sensual, voluptuous counselor, Steven knows his bachelor days are over. The celebrated architect has found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Except Cherise is keeping a secret. He hopes their love is strong enough to overcome anything—but she's got to be willing to take a chance and trust in their future together.
Every Chance I Get (Kimani Romance)
Every Chance I Get by Altonya Washington - Jan. 18th

It was magic from the moment they met—dancing into each other's arms as if they were meant to be together. Their first kiss erased all doubt—they shared a passion as true as their hearts. And Talib Mason knew he'd love Misha Bales forever.

But their sizzling affair came to a crashing halt when secrets and lies tore them apart.
Six years later, fate has given them a second chance. But Misha isn't about to trust her heart again to the much-too-seductive ex-athlete. And though Talib is still haunted by Misha's betrayal, he realizes it's time to forgive and forget. Can he convince the guarded journalist that their love deserves a fighting chance?
Claimed for Destiny: Jared's Counterfeit Fiancee\The Chase Is On (Arabesque)
Claimed For Destiny by Brenda Jackson - Jan. 18th

Two classic Westmoreland novels from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Brenda Jackson

Jared's Counterfeit Fiancée
Divorce attorney Jared Westmoreland has seen enough unhappy endings to avoid getting married. Even so, he can't stop obsessing over the gorgeous stranger who barged into his office weeks ago. And when Jared meets Dana Rollins again, he decides to collect on the favor she owes him. Dana is reluctant to pretend to be engaged for the benefit of Jared's family—until she gets swept up in the wild, heady passion they share. But when the charade ends, can she walk away—and keep her heart intact?

The Chase Is On
Chase is the last bachelor among the Westmoreland brothers. But the gorgeous restaurateur is in no hurry to settle down. Life is sweet and business couldn't be better—especially since alluring confectioner Jessica Claiborne moved in next door. But it's not just her delicious creations that are making Chase's mouth water. Yet even as Jessica surrenders to Chase's charm, she knows her family's secret could ruin any chance at love.
Mystify (Kimani Tru)
Mystify by Artist Arthur - Jan. 18th

Sasha Carrington has grown up feeling like an outsider, and her parents are too concerned with scaling the Lincoln, Connecticut, social ladder to even notice her. They'd be really horrified to know about the supernatural abilities Sasha and her friends Krystal and Jake possess. But as part of the Mystyx, Sasha has found her place.
Now her parents have suddenly taken an interest in everything she does, and their timing couldn't be worse. Sasha's father wants her to become BFFs with snooty Alyssa Turner, who hates Krystal for stealing her boyfriend. Then there's Antoine Watson, the boy Sasha has liked forever, the boy her parents would never approve of. But with the dark side getting more dangerous by the day, and the Mystyx's own powers growing in unexpected ways, Sasha is facing choices that could affect her friends, her love life—and even her destiny.

The Available Wife
The Available Wife by Carla Pennington - Jan. 18th

Niquole Wright seems to have it all; a loyal and devoted husband, two children, and a rising record label that she dedicates more time to than she should. Everything is perfect except for one problem; her husband Germaine. Niquole has run her course with him and realizes he needs to be replaced.

When the handsome and seductive Kingston enters her life, he becomes the perfect substitute. Clueless to his wife's plan, Germaine continues to be a loving, na ve husband while Niquole's full blown affair quickly becomes her obsession.

Desperate to start a life with her new man, Niquole does everything in her power to push Germaine out of the picture. Little does she know, Kingston's plans are far more different from hers. Sit back and see what happens when a wife learns that the price of betrayal can have a shattering toll.
The Choir Director
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The Choir Director by Carl Weber - Jan. 25th

New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber takes readers back to church, where preaching isn't always enough, nothing goes better with the Word than a song--and it's time for some hard-earned lessons in love, brotherhood, and betrayal.

Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success. But with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. To fill the pews and collection plates, the Bishop is counting on a new choir director, the charismatic Anthony Mackie, to revive the church.  Anthony Mackie has been waiting his entire life for the opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be a big-time choir director like Kirk Franklin. But while Anthony is more than up to the challenge, his ways around women, both past and present, could cost him more than his job.  Savannah Dickens is just one of the women who's caught Anthony's attention. The choir needs a soloist, and Savannah, a beautiful singer who once topped the charts, also needs the church. She has a voice that could break any man's heart, but now she just wants to be left alone to reclaim her faith.  First Lady Monique Wilson is far from being the typical first lady. She does and says what she wants, and doesn't subscribe to church politics. Despite her shortcomings and a past rumored to include a long list of men, she's willing to do just about anything to protect the Bishop.

The members of First Jamaica Ministries are also keeping the Bishop busy with choir in-fighting, romantic jealousies, and personal vendettas. You'd think the Bishop was being tested enough, but a final piece of the puzzle has yet to be revealed: Someone has been robbing the church blind. Someone whose connection to the Bishop is far too close for comfort.

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Exposed by Naomi Chase - Jan. 25th
Her past is back to haunt her--and it's hotter than ever...

On the brink of a major promotion, Tamia Luke is within reach of the glitzy life she's always dreamed of--until her client, Dominic "Nico" Archer, blackmails her into becoming his mistress, threatening to reveal her scandalous past. Tamia has no choice but to submit to his demands. But the tables turn when her hostility towards Nico is replaced with insatiable lust. No man--including her boyfriend--has ever satisfied her the way he does. And as her infatuation grows, the closer she comes to losing everything--including her life.
Drama High: The Meltdown

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Drama High: The Meltdown by L. Divine - Jan. 25th

Jayd Jackson hopes her magical Mama has a spell to chase all her cares away...

Jayd needs time to recoup from her dramatic school year, but time is the one thing she doesn't have. She's said yes to becoming a debutante, and now she has to deal with her girl Mickey's jealousy--on top of babysitting, hair braiding, cheer camp, and a summer writing class. With the stress of Jayd's hectic schedule, strange visions, and insomnia, luckily Mama returns from her vacation in time to help Jayd and her crew avert real drama. Mama's convinced something sinister is at play, and they both need a plan to get Jayd her swagger back before it's too late.
Come Sunday Morning

Come Sunday Morning by Terry E. Hill - Jan. 25th

Charismatic young pastor Hezekiah Cleveland and his wife, the beautiful and ambitious Reverend Samantha, certainly have their hands full with managing their less-than-perfect marriage and their drama-prone congregation in this exciting debut! There’s Danny St. John, who opens up Hezekiah to the underworld of being “on the down-low.” Then there’s Samantha’s secret lover, Reverend Willie Mitchell, also Hezekiah’s biggest nemesis, who’s in cahoots with her to take over Hezekiah’s New Testament Cathedral. When a shocking turn of events takes place the day Hezekiah decides to come clean about his double life, and catapults Samantha to position of the leader of the flock, how long will she be able to keep up her own charade?
Don't Even Go There

Don't Even Go There By Brenda Hampton - Jan. 25th

There are always two sides to every story; Chase Jenkins knows that when it comes to men, her side is the only one that matters. She's got every Tom, Dick, and Harry wrapped around her finger, including her coworker's fiancé, Korey, who just can't get enough of her. He's fallen head over heels, but the insurmountable pressure that he puts her under becomes too much for this troublemaking, backstabbing diva to handle. When Korey gets too obsessive, Chase will do what she knows best, and quickly switch to plan B.

Plan B is Steven, who just happens to be married to Chase's boss. He's a different breed of man than the ones Chase is used to wrapping her legs around. At first, he's not interested in being her average Joe, but Chase believes that even he can be persuaded. Then again, maybe not. He'd better put up or shut up, because any changes in Chase's plan are bound to be detrimental to everyone involved.
The Flint Saga
The Flint Saga by Treasure Hernandez - Jan. 25th
Welcome to Flint, Michigan, one of the roughest little cities in America. A place where the good die young, loyalty is a rarity, and everybody has a hustle. Malek Johnson's hustle is the basketball court, and he's the best Flint's projects has ever produced. He's on his way to the University of Michigan, but not for long because all the NBA scouts say he's destined for the pros after a year or two of seasoning. He finds love in the super fine girl everyone calls Halleigh, and he promises her that he will take her out of the hood. When Halleigh's virginity is traded in exchange for her mother's drug tab, their dream spirals out of control and they are quickly separated and sucked into the life that they have so desperately tried to avoid.

Now that every installment of the series has been released, The Flint Saga combines all the parts of this street love story into one book.
We Ain't the Brontes
We Ain't The Brontes by Rosalyn McMillan - Jan. 25th

Charity Lavender Evans is a national bestselling author, but she has not achieved the success of her sister, Lynzee Lavender, whose science fiction books reached New York Times bestselling status. No matter how hard Charity tries, she is unable to get her contract renewed. It's been seven years.

Lynzee drops a bomb on Charity and tells her that Charity's husband, Jett, is the father of the daughter she bore thirty-three years ago and gave up for adoption. Unwilling to believe her, Charity hires a private detective. When it is revealed to her that the reason for her career stalling is that Lynzee had her blacklisted, Charity is appalled. She contacts Lynzee, who denies it and then puts pressure on Charity to tell Jett the truth about his daughter. Charity is in total denial.

Without a contract renewal, Charity and Jett are forced to sell their dream home. She and her husband take jobs to make ends meet, but she continues to write. Her hard work pays off, and she gets a new contract. Revelations, which becomes a New York Times bestseller, exposes a part of Lynzee's past that she's embarrassed about. As her own career and book sales plummet, she files a five million dollar civil suit against Charity.

Jett eventually finds out about his daughter. He is furious at Charity for lying to him, and files for a divorce. Trying to define her life as a wife, mother, sister, and writer will cause Charity to make some drastic changes that will eventually make her a stronger woman, but Charity's problems are not over. Someone is playing nasty tricks on her. She fears for her life. Jett and Charity debate if it's his ex-lover or Lynzee who is trying to hurt her. Everyone is shocked to discover the person's true identity.

Bi-curious by Natalie Weber - Jan. 25th

Welcome to a world of curiosity, sex, and ultimately murder. Serenity is a young girl who had always been curious about lesbian experiences. Denying her urges, she never acted on any of her impulses . . . not until she goes off to college.

When she meets Sadie Smith, her world is changed forever as she gets sucked into an underground world of sex, seduction, and secrets. When Serenity starts a down-low relationship with Sadie, she comes to discover that being possessive is not solely a man’s trait. Sadie takes over Serenity’s life and pulls her into a web of deceit and lies.
Corrupt City

Corrupt City by Tra Verdejo - Jan. 25th

Meet Donald "Lucky" Gibson, an African American detective. He was considered one of the best, until he joined his last unit. He quickly became corrupted. Instead of catching criminals, these cops were acting like one. They were labeled legal thugs with guns. After years of abusing his badge, which led to an out of control cocaine habit, losing his family, and falling in love with a young runaway prostitute. Lucky had enough. One night after an innocent black man was killed by his white partners, he testified in court. He used the media to expose his dirty team including his Captain and the Commissioner. After that, he became a marked man. Even the Mayor wanted him dead, welcome to Corrupt City.
Crossroads by Nikita Lynette Nichols - Jan 25th

The character that everyone loves to hate is back. Amaryllis Price, once a relationship destroyer and professional husband stealer has turned her life around. Now that she's made a vow to live right and walk the straight and narrow, Amaryllis finds herself at a crossroads when her past catches up with her. Charles Walker, a man Amaryllis could never resist, appears, and he's even sexier than Amaryllis remembered. Will she remain celibate and resist the wiles of the devil?

Bridgette Nelson, Amaryllis's best friend and roommate, is next in line for a promotion. But when she unleashes a harsh tongue against her boss's nephew, Bridgette is forced to change her vocabulary or lose the very thing that she worked so hard to get.
Lickin' License (Wahida Clark Presents Publishing)

Lickin' License by Intelligent Allah - Jan. 28th

Candy is a 31 year old money getter who owns Candy's Shop the hottest beauty salon in Harlem. She can have any man she wants, but men are not her thing. She s got a lickin' license as her tongue craves the flesh of pretty young females like her lover, Vera. Candy drives a customized BMW, sports the latest gear and has the beauty and body that most women are intimidated by or wish they had. Everyone who is someone goes to Candy's Shop. Rich, one of Harlem's most powerful drug dealers, gets his hair braided in the shop regularly. One of the stylists, Chanel, is a street smart Brooklyn diva who has a major crush on Rich. She will do whatever it takes to get him into her bed. While Chanel has her eyes on Rich, he s aiming to slick-talk his way into Vanessa's panties. Vanessa is the recently hired 22 year old bohemian beauty that commands everybody s attention. Candy even wants a piece of the pie. She has to compete with Rich, but there s no limit to what she ll do in her effort to turn out Vanessa to the seductive world of lesbian lust. Raging hormones begin to flare, causing jealousy and anger to consume Candy's Shop. Before Candy realizes it, her lust for young women leaves her entangled in a web of lies, love and drama that can destroy her business and cost Candy her life.
Trina (DC Bookdiva Presents)
Trina by Darrell Debrew - Jan. 31st

Murder chose Trina at age fifteen when her mother's boyfriend attempted to rape her. After serving time in prison, Trina is adopted by a retired FBI agent who trains her to become one of the deadliest paid hit girls the agency has seen. With a thirst for killing, Trina soon becomes a Homicidal Hydro Killer with a vicious appetite for her next hit. Things are good until she can't execute her very last assignment. Things change. Maybe for the best; maybe not.



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