For Nedra Phillips, the strain of portraying a strong Black woman to outsiders is finally taking its toll on her. Her marriage to her college sweetheart has begun to fizzle out, with conversations dwindling down to nothing and intimacy becoming sporadic at best. Unwilling to endure the stigma of being a 30-something divorcee, she does everything in her power to hold onto her marriage, but Chris isn’t just on a different page, he’s in a whole other book entirely. Despite their disconnect, her vows meant something to her and marriage is supposed to be forever. When all seems lost, she makes a last-ditch effort in hopes of generating results, but what exactly does a Hail Mary look like between friends and lovers?
Jermaine Hawkins is nearing the end of a prominent career playing professional basketball and is ready to put his retirement plan into action. That plan includes many things but most important on the list is putting an end to his status as a hermit and starting a family. A chance encounter with a firecracker of a woman makes him think he’s found his capital F. But whether that F is for “future” or “frustrating” is to be determined. Can Jermaine convince Nedra that everything happens for a reason while also getting her to give him a chance at something real?
Keeping with the 2021 theme of “Acknowledging Our Veteran Authors”, today’s book comes from @authortracybrown.
As the pampered wife of Frankie Bingham, Camille wants for nothing. After all Frankie and their life together are her whole world. So Camille tries not to be bothered by his closeness with his coworker and dear friend Gillian. But it soon becomes clear that Camille’s suspicions are correct. When his indiscretions become a public matter for the world Camille is pushed to a dangerous breaking point that spells disaster for them all.
Camille’s sister Misa is newly divorced and clueless about men. She smothers men with phone calls, emails and pops up unannounced at their homes. She hacks into their voicemail and email and causes drama. So when she sets her sights on Baron, he has no idea what hit him. Will her quest to win his heart cost her everything?
Dominique Storms appears to have it all – a great career, a beautiful NYC condo and a gifted teenaged daughter. Her only problem is that the man she loves is incarcerated. While trying to juggle the demands of motherhood, work, and friendships, she manages to make her man Jamel a priority in her life. But is he doing the same? And is she too distracted to notice what is going on with her daughter?
Latoya Blake seems to be the one who has life all figured out, that is, until some skeletons are discovered in her closet. When her well-put-together façade crumbles, will she crumble as well?
In acknowledgement of @fwilkes birthday, @novelistblacctopp has made this free for a limited time:
Monica Deitrich is back in this thrilling, pulse pounding novel!! “People aren’t always who they appear to be and sometimes the only way to stay in the game is by using your weaknesses as your strengths.”-Hayden Cross As an FBI profiler, Monica never assumed that her job would be easy but, after the murder of a close friend, Special Agent in Charge, Monica Deitrich is thrown head first into a case that’ll change her life forever. A ruthless string of murders that span the continental United States has Monica both worried and perplexed but she stumbles on to a key piece of evidence that threatens to drive her insane and rip her family apart. A simple roll of the dice could fix it all, it’s a long shot, she’s sure but if her next move is her best move, she just might survive the game!!
From the author of the Oprah’s Book Club Selection An American Marriage, here is a beautifully evocative novel that proves why Tayari Jones is “one of the most important voices of her generation” (Essence).
It was the end of summer, a summer during the two-year nightmare in which Atlanta’s African-American children were vanishing and twenty-nine would be found murdered by 1982. Here fifth-grade classmates Tasha Baxter, Rodney Green, and Octavia Harrison will discover back-to-school means facing everyday challenges in a new world of safety lessons, terrified parents, and constant fear.
The moving story of their struggle to grow up-and survive- shimmers with the piercing, ineffable quality of childhood, as it captures all the hurts and little wins, the all-too-sudden changes, and the merciless, outside forces that can sweep the young into adulthood and forever shape their lives.
Fabulosity (n): 1: a state of everything that is fabulous 2: a quality ascribed to that which expresses glamour, style, charisma, power, and heart
Kimora Lee Simmons knows what it means to have fabulosity — and she wants to tell you how to get it.
In this empowering new book, Kimora — a top model, wife of hip-hop legend Russell Simmons, mother to two daughters, a national media presence, and president and creative director of the multimillion-dollar Baby Phat company — shares her personal secrets of success and fabulosity.
Kimora knows that in today’s ultracompetitive world, it’s not enough for women just to be smart or dress well. With too much to do and competition everywhere, the savvy woman must know how to combine feminine glamour with professional power, business ambition with personal values, and confidence with heart. Kimora is the living picture of all these things.
What are Kimora’s secrets to achieving her goals, her signature fabulosity? One is her ability to identify and build upon her own unique talents and strengths. In Kimora’s case, she brilliantly combined the two worlds she knows best — the high fashion and hip-hop scenes — to create Baby Phat, her ultrasuccessful hip-hop inspired lifestyle brand.
How do you uncover and develop your own special talents? Kimora shares her step-by-step guide to achieving your wildest dreams, including her 16 laws of success, which cover everything you need to become the woman you want to be.
Whether you’re college-educated or street smart, just starting out or at the top of your game, Fabulosity has something to say to you. Learn how to cultivate Power, Independence, Confidence, and Positivity in everything you do, whether it’s finding Mr. Right, snagging that corner office, or rocking the latest fashion trend. Packed with useful lessons and Kimora’s personal tips, this book will be your instruction manual to empowering yourself, turning your individual talents into permanent success, and unleashing your inner fabulosity.
The Mae Sister Complete Collection! Entire series in One book!
Cameren, a college student destined to make it, is on the right path, but when Chris, her high school sweetheart who broke her heart, puts forth the effort to get her back, all hell breaks loose. Cameren is faced with telling the secrets she kept long ago from Chris, and after Chris made a wrong decision regarding his and Cam’s relationship, neither are sure if the problems that have arisen can be fixed. Unbeknownst to Cam, there are people around her who envy her life and her relationship. When love and envy cross paths, how can you decipher the two? Find out what love and envy have in common in this plot revealing the romantic mystery.
Kendall is the baby sister of Cameren, and with so much going on in her life, a secret that no one but her best friend knows, and her family life being a mess in its own right, she truly doesn’t have time for any drama or let downs…Until she meets Rome.
Rome is known as the playboy around his friends, and because of past abandonment issues, his commitment issues could rear an ugly head.
Can Kendall and Rome let their massive emotional walls down to let the other in and succumb to the Rush that they only feel when they’re together, or will fate deal them an ugly hand of loneliness and confusion in the next installment in the Mae Sisters Series.
Camille is the oldest sister of the Mae Sisters and something like the matriarch of the family. After coming face to face with her birth father. Can Camille get past the nightmares and fears from her past that continue to plague her? As her family tries to mend some of the tares that have wrecked their family. Camille has decided she is going to put herself first for the first time in love and life.
Noah Derrick is a Cruise Mogul who has finally met his match in a woman who doesn’t fall for his addicting charm, so now he is focused on a way of showing her he’s everything she needs. But with unforeseen problems continuously trying to break them apart. Can the hope of a future he has set with Camille come to fruition in this last installment of the Mae Sisters Series.
Being sworn into secrecy never felt so wrong until now. In Deception, you will meet Ciara Smith ,a female undercover agent that is hellbent on proving herself worthy in a this is a man’s world society. Secrecy is a given in her profession until thoughts of a love life come forcing her to question if it’s even possible or worth the risk. When she meets Kyle Derrick, the script is flipped, and the waters get murky. Kyle is the good guy and perfect for her, but he isn’t the one. Not all things are that simple or what they appear to be when she meets her next target. Victor Esposa is elusive, captivating, and delightfully dangerous and on her radar for all the wrong reasons. With every intention of taking him to jail, she hits a snag and has to stop and acknowledge that’s she’s intrigued with the mystery he exudes. With so many ties, that are unforeseen,Ciara is forced to choose between honor and love. Will her oath to the badge trump her oath to love? You won’t believe how much deception is in the air.
Drawn from a lifetime of frontline culture-shifting advocacy, organizing, and fighting for equal justice, State of Emergency makes Mallory’s demand for change and shares the keys to effective activism both for those new to and long-committed to the defense of Black lives.
From Minneapolis to Louisville, to Portland, Kenosha, and Washington, DC, America’s reckoning with its unmet promises on race and class is at a boiling point not seen since the 1960s. While conversations around pathways to progress take place on social media and cable TV, history tells us that meaningful change only comes with radical legislation and boots-on-the-ground activism. Here, Mallory shares her unique personal experience building coalitions, speaking truth to power, and winning over hearts and minds in the struggle for shared prosperity and safety.
Forward-looking, steeped in history, and rich with stories from life on the margins of American life, State of Emergency is a revelatory examination of the challenges we face, of the forces we must overcome, and a blueprint for all who maintain hope for social equity and a better tomorrow.
Today’s book is a an urban soap opera written on paper, penned by @bytakerraallen.
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In a world of restriction, sometimes seduction outweighs loyalty, lust blurs the lines of boundaries, and every now and then, sex is stronger than love…
Reigning king of the streets Julez Payne traded in his banger for the briefcase, and couldn’t be more content. And when he puts a ring on the pretty little finger of the irresistible Noelle, life seems to be perfect. Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it is. Noelle’s far from the ideal housewife and Julez secretly has his own battle of temptation that he’s fighting in the dark. So when the mansion walls come tumbling down, all of the skeletons lurking in the closets come spilling out for all to see! And who’s there to witness?
Enter scene Slim and Jordin. This couple’s had their share of rough times and things don’t seem to be looking up. Fresh out of prison, Slim struggles to stay on the straight and narrow while Jordin deals with her own insecurities and a hidden desire for the passion that Slim leaves her lacking. Praying for a miracle, Jordin hopes to live a life as lurid and luxurious as her gorgeous best friend Noelle and wealthy husband Julez. But when suppressed desires from the past resurface, Jordin finds out in a Restricted world, everyone has ulterior motives, even her!
This sophisticated novel gives you your own personal magnifying glass, allowing you to take a close look into the lives of four dynamic heroines who are all bound by their lies, restricted by desires, and freed by indulgence…The soaps have been revamped and brought to life in the pages of this love thriller!
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Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.
As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.