Just ask Kahari Brown, one of the NFL's sexiest stars. He knows how to handle a football, and always thought he had a way with the ladies. But his smooth moves off the field are only getting him into hot water these days.
And no one is hotter than Zoë Andrews. When she thrusts a mic in his face and asks him if he's the father of a crazy fan's baby, he's ready to tackle her and toss her out of the locker room on her shapely butt. But there's something about Zoë . . .
Zoë's Rule Number One: Never Date an Athlete!
Zoë will do anything to make it as a top sports reporter, even ask the controversial question that puts her toe to toe with Kahari. Still, she can't help noticing that the brother is mighty fine. Now the heat is on and Zoë is wondering if she should have fanned the flames, because she's falling for Kahari's charm -- something she swore she'd never do. Yet it's hard to resist his smooth moves, making Zoë wonder, is he sweet-talking his way into her heart for love -- or for something else?
Abigail Swanson is living her lifelong dream of building her own design company when she begins to rethink her goals and decisions. Her sisterâs marriage and recent pregnancy cause her to feel desires that she had never suspected she had. As she tries to come to terms with this new set of goals, her life is forever changed when a routine physical reveals a hidden danger. As she fights the deadly disease and finds herself falling in love, Abigail discovers that unconditional romance heals all woes.
Alice Watson's no longer the shy, overweight girl everyone dissed back in high school—everyone, that is, except Marcus Quinn, her one-time best friend who ended up trampling all over her heart. Now, thirteen years later, Alice is tall, stunning, sensational . . . and a genuine movie star who goes by the name of Desirée LaCroix. And passion's flame starts smoking again when she sees that handsome Marcus still has it going on. But is it Alice or her famous Hollywood persona who's got his beautiful brown eyes wide open?
Marcus's own heart has gone through major achin' since back in the day. And the reappearance of Alice/Desirée seems to spell bigtime trouble. Still, this proud, sexy sista could make Marcus forget the pain and his promise not to let a fine face and figure turn his head ever again. And even though the lady's got drama—and there's serious danger doggin' her trail—this could be the time for cautious Marcus to commit to a perfect love that he once let get too far away.
You have in your hands the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating tale of a woman named Cupcake. It begins as the story of a girl orphaned twice over, once by the death of her mother and then again by a child welfare system that separated her from her stepfather and put her into the hands of an epically sadistic foster parent. But there comes a point in her preteen years—maybe it’s the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once—when Cupcake’s story shifts from a tear-jerking tragedy to a dark comic blues opera. As Cupcake’s troubles grow, so do her voice and spirit. Her gut-punch sense of humor and eye for the absurd, along with her outsized will, carry her through a fateful series of events that could easily have left her dead.Young Cupcake learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, partying like a rock star, and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. She stumbled into gangbanging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and, eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs. But Cupcake’s unlikely tour through the cubicle world was paralleled by a quickening descent into the nightmare of crack cocaine use, till she eventually found herself living behind a Dumpster. Astonishingly, she turned it around. With the help of a cobbled together family of eccentric fellow addicts and “angels”—a series of friends and strangers who came to her aid at pivotalmoments—she slowly transformed her life from the inside out.
Renetta Jones' childhood had been anything but happy. After her mother walked out on them, Renetta was left to live with an unsympathetic father and her own insecurities. She fell for the first man to come along after high school, and spent years in an abusive marriage with a man named Vincent, who used her secret to control and punish her. That is, until he suffered an untimely stroke, under questionable circumstances.
Phyllis Neville sacrificed everything for her career, including her marriage to a man she'll love forever, and a positive relationship with her adult daughter. But when she is passed over for the promotion of a lifetime, it’s just the first thing to go wrong in her once perfect life as the past rears its ugly head.
Freddie Palmer is bored by the routine that her life has become. Married thirty years to her husband, Don, the two of them have become empty-nesters and Freddie is anxious to start the next phase of her life. After meeting successful author, Bianca Hightower, at a local bookstore signing, Freddie decides to take her passion for reading to the next level and signs up for writing classes being taught by her new author friend. But Bianca sees potential in Freddie that transcends simply writing, and introduces her to the kinds of experiences a woman like Freddie never even knew existed. But when the past catches up to her, it becomes one more dark secret she’s not sure she’ll be able to keep.
Tasha Darden has lived her life in foster care, and has finally gathered up the courage to try to find her birth mother. One of the three women holds the answers she seeks and she will stop at nothing until she gets them.
Channa Renée Jones is no angel. As a matter of fact, she's far from it. How else can a woman get her date of ten long years to finally commit? Without his permission! Channa's gonna do wrong to get her Mr. Right, and when its all said and done, what will be left? Despair? Or a long lasting love affair? Kevin Dean Walker, a.k.a Mr. Magnum Size Prophylactic, a.k.a Mr. Magic Stick, a.k.a Mr. Boomerang Love, will finally commit. Mr. Boomerang Love? Absolutely, because the deliciously memorable Kevin Dean Walker has kept Channa coming back for ten years to the same ole' thing - a date! Deja, Channa's friend from the peach growing state of Georgia, deciphers the drama that is about to change this chapter in Channa Renée Jones's life forever. Arnelle, the fair, outwardly looking white sista from Channa's old job, Morgan Pharmaceuticals, shares a little more of her soul while taking Channa on a trip to the crawfish and gumbo capital of the world, New Orleans. She leads Channa to a Voodoo woman, where Channa's deepest desires are brought to life. But not all seeds are meant to be sown. Will Channa's date of ten years be over? Will her new found power change her fate for the better? Or will all be lost? Will Channa pay with her life to have her ten year date commit? Who knows? Because Kevin Dean Walker has something to hide. Will Channa be too blinded by sex to see through his secrets, and discover that she has been living in Kevin's world of lies?Only time will tell! What's not meant to be, will be.
Kendall Matthews doesn't believe in love, isn't looking for love, doesn't want anything to do with love. She's channeling all that frustration into her job as an OB/GYN at Briarwood Hospital in Arlington, Texas. She is very dedicated to making sure other women can bring healthy children into this world. She takes her hospital duties very seriously. So while she's on a good will mission to placate the celebrity author in the emergency room, she realizes he's no other than Coltrane Highpoint, her very first crush, twenty-five years ago.
Fourth Sunday written by B.W. Read (aka “Because We Read”) is the tale of seven women and their journey towards friendship by way of a simple book club. Over time, their friendship grows beyond books, as their lives, relationships, careers, and families become one. The core group of women—Gwen, Natalie, Allana, Brianna, Camille, Destiny, and Adriane—shares not only their love of books at these monthly meetings but their life experiences as well. Over two years, the women undergo a number of trials within their own lives as they confront divorce, illness, romantic highs and lows, sexual experimentation, and career challenges. Throughout the good times and bad times, their book club family provides support, encouragement, laughter, and love.
Everyone knew that Eula May had lost her mind over loving a married man. It was what drove her to kill herself and leave her only daughter, Roberta, in the care of the local mid-wife. So it was no wonder that Roberta became obsessed with Charles Harris the very first time she laid eyes on him. And she was willing to do whatever it took to make sure she was the only woman in his life. So when he is forced to marry her because of her unexpected pregnancy, Roberta feels that she has everything she ever wanted.
Women have always come easy to Charles, so he's wondering how he got saddled with a wife he doesn't love, two beautiful children and a longing for something grander. Then he meets the stunning Sara Tate and discovers a love almost as consuming as the one Roberta feels for him. This deadly love triangle will result in deception and murder, leaving a legacy for generations to come.
Fancy Taylor wants to settle down. And after dating twenty-six men in fifty-two weeks, she knows all too well that married men are bad news. Unfortunately, irresistible Byron Van Lee--who has a big car, big income, big ego, and big you-know-what--neglects to mention his wife and kids until after Fancy falls for him big time. Determined to make Byron hers, Fancy dreams up an outrageous scheme to break up his marriage. Meanwhile, she turns to Desmond Brown for a shoulder to cry on. Desmond, aka Mr. Reliable, is always there to pick up the pieces or fill an empty Saturday night--and since he's a mechanic, he can fix Fancy's car, too. But she's reluctant to let blue-collar Desmond get too close. To Fancy, he's just a friend. To love-struck Desmond, Fancy is everything. Now, Fancy's about to find out that the best-laid plans will not only get her laid but also knocked up. Suddenly she has issues. Job issues. Family issues. Love issues. And, haunted by the fear that she's turning out just like her promiscuous mother, Fancy has to face some hard choices. Should she reach for yet another falling star--or her best friend Desmond? The answers she needs can only be found in her own heart.
An absentee father from a "no good" family, Tyrone Stokes was imprisoned for shooting a man in a convenience store. His wife saw her chance to end their marriage and raise their son, Marcus, on her own. Now Tyrone has returned to Brownsville, Louisiana, to discover that his boy needs help--help that Tyrone is desperate to give, if he can only figure out how. Marcus has been convicted of the rape and murder of a young white girl. An execution date is set, and it's rumored that the Governor will refuse clemency. Tyrone is convinced Marcus is innocent, despite a stack of evidence against him--but he is also wracked by knowledge of all the ways he has failed his son. Against all odds, Tyrone sets out to keep Marcus alive--and perhaps put his family back together again.
On the outside, Kevin Davis's life leaves nothing to be desired. Living in a world of luxury, comfort, and money, it seems he has everything he could ever want and need. But on the inside, Kevin hides the verbal, physical, and sexual abuse he endures at the hands of his perfect man -- James Lancaster, the ambitious CEO of a rising Houston software firm. Entangled in a dark web of love, violence, depravity, and torment at the hands of his lover, the only way Kevin can free himself is to overcome his personal demons. In a psychological battle of wills, who will be the ultimate victor?
Kevin Lawson has a secret. This hard-charging army sergeant is drawn to seedy sex dens, adult bookstores, and kinky encounters with multiple partners. To hide his cravings, Kevin uses his wife to solicit bedroom playmates and to indulge his ever-growing fantasies. A preacher’s daughter, college graduate, and ex-stripper, “Freak Nasty” Fancy Lawson has done it all and loved every moment of it. But now Fancy must face the truth of her husband’s sexual addiction or risk losing the one constant in her ever-changing world.Emile Pinchback is a dark-skinned brotha with issues, especially when it comes to his bootylicious, ghetto-fabulous nubian sistahs. He worships at the feet of the slender, blond-haired Becky Ann. But once he looks past her milky skin and into her heart, his racial stereotypes are blown wide open.Sexy and full of Brooklyn spice, Sparkle Henderson loves on the black-hand side or not at all. Just a whiff of jungle fever can send her flying into a rage, but when she’s caught in a web of sexual trickery, she finds love in a strange place and is forced to reexamine her beliefs.With a fresh look at love and lust in uniform, Tracy Price-Thompson’s sensual characters come alive in this erotically-charged page-turner of urban life.
Surviving life's setbacks through her relationship with a man who helps restore her faith in God, Zoe Clark discovers A LOVA' LIKE NO OTHA'. When thunder and lightning strike on the morning of Zoe Clark's wedding, her seemingly perfect world is turned upside-down as she loses her fiance to a pregnant girlfriend she never knew he had. With her engagement shattered, all her life's plans seem over. Unemployed, sinking deeply into depression, and wrongly blaming God for her troubles, Zoe seriously contemplates ending her life. But God sends Chase Farr to reintroduce Zoe to the importance of having God in her life. Yet when Zoe's friendship with Chase turns romantic, he suddenly backs away--further confusing Zoe with his decision to remain a virgin. Through life's twists and turns of celebration and sorrow, Zoe ultimately learns what it means to truly trust in God--but in the end, does this revelation come too late to fix things with Chase?
Have you ever loved somone so much that no force on earth could change what you felt? Sasha Freeman thought she found that type of love, only to realize she had been snowed. Sasha lives in a perfect world, where her career, finances and social life are in order. But, something is missing, she is missing love. When she finally rekindles what she thought she had with Montel, it seems her luck has finally changed. Unfortunately, it hasn't, and she finds herself wrapped up in a web of deceit, lies and pain. As her life begins to crumble before her eyes, she wonders if she will find her way back, or be lost forever.
Snowed is a tale of good and not so good relationships, and what happens when you let a sometimes misleading heart control everything you sense. To be snowed you have to have put your whole heart into someone else and dispel the insecure and uncertain feelings because you are in love. That Person has you under their spell, and what you think is unconditional love is misguided and misdirected. Snowed is unreciprocated love, that can lead to self-destruction.
Will Sasha stay forever snowed and continue to make the same mistakes over and over again, when it comes to relationships or has she finally learned her lesson?
Set in west Philadelphia in the early sixties, Tempest Rising tells the story of three sisters, Bliss, Victoria, and Shern, budding adolescents raised in a world of financial privilege among the upper-black-class. But their lives quickly unravel as their father's lucrative catering business collapses. He disappears and is presumed dead, and their mother suffers an apparent breakdown. The girls are wrenched from their mother, and as the novel opens they are living in foster care in a working-class neighborhood in the home of Mae, a politically connected card shark. Though Mae is filled with syrupy names like "pudding" and "doll face" for the foster girls, she is abusive to her own child, Ramona, a twenty-something stunning beauty. As Ramona struggles with Mae's abuse and her own hatred for the foster children, she also tries to keep at bay a powerful attraction she has for her boyfriend's father.
Diane McKinney-Whetstone richly evokes the early 1960s in west Philadelphia in this spicy story of loss and healing, redemption and love.
Jealousy, envy, and pure hateration. Maybe you've been there, or maybe you know someone who's going through it. Whatever the case, you know when things get rough, you can always count on your Sister Girls to be there for you. Take a look inside the lives and relationships of Crystal, Susan, Jewell, and Elsie. Their lives are laced with love, addiction, lust, and loyalty. Crystal must deal with a past she can't escape. Susan is in denial and needs to get real. Jewell is looking for a "good man," and Elsie is confused about her sexuality. When drama takes center stage, each woman is forced to confront her own set of issues. Their friendship is put to test numerous times and in ways that they never imagined. Together these four sisters take friendship to a new level that puts the realities of life's trials and tribulations into their proper perspective.
When Odessa Blackburn is three years old her beloved grandmother dies, and so begins her story, set in St. Louis,Missouri, and rural Mississippi. As the Þfth born of eight children, Odessa loses her innocence at Þrst when her drunken father sexually abuses her, and then again when she alone witnesses her father taking the life of his own brother. Fifth Born is Zelda Lockhart's debut novel, lyrically written and powerful in its exploration of how secrets can tear apart lives and families. It is a story of love, longing, and redemption, as Odessa walks away from those whom she believes to be her kin to discover the true meaning of family.
Mel and Adrienne Jordan have the kind of marriage most couples only dream about. Mel feels lucky to have the smartest, sexiest wife a man could want, while caring for their infant daughter and tending to their lovely home in New York City keeps Adrienne busy and content. Landing a recording contract had once been her greatest ambition--but not anymore. Life is that good. Until the day a tragedy changes everything. Convinced that he is to blame, Mel returns to the mean streets of his youth--and indulges in the drugs, drink, and women he finds there. Adrienne works long hours at a tedious job, desperate to get ahead--even though she's not really sure where she's going. As they drift further into their grief--and away from each other--Mel and Adrienne start to wonder if they can ever reclaim what they had. And they soon realize that their greatest challenge will be trying to save the one thing they had always taken for granted: their love. "A heart-stopping story about the power of love. . .The characters are richly drawn and complex. The use of language is stunning. . .A dynamic new writer is on the scene--readers, make room on your bookshelf and in your hearts for A Mighty Love!" --Yolanda Joe, author of This Just In and Hit Time
"Family Secrets....Lies & Alibi's" tells the story of D.Q. Mince after his burial. The haunting truths of his life uncover the secrets of his remaining family members. His wife Tonya must face his mistress of thirty years only to find that as his wife she has not been left any of his estate. Tonya Mince will stop at nothing to prevent Nikki Robbins, D.Q.'s lover, and their son Darrell Mince from inheriting D.Q. Enterprises. The haunting truth of D.Q.'s love for Nikki surfaces as his will is read with a confession of his undying love. Nikki is now the new target for Tonya's anger. Darrell and Dershai find they are not just lovers who didn't want to reveal their relationship or what they knew about the deceased. The haunting truth of their love must now become their secret.
Do we choose love, or does love choose us? That's the question Jada can't seem to stop asking herself. She thought she'd chosen the right man in Lawrence Anderson, her rock-solid husband and stepfather to her son Darius. But did she really choose wisely when she turned her back on Wellington, her one true soul mate? For twenty years, Jada has kept her distance from Wellington, and he's paid her in respect. But now, the cracks in her carefully constructed life are beginning to show. Darius is a young man in trouble. When his destructive behavior threatens to destroy him, Jada reluctantly lets Wellington take more control and be the father Darius needs. With each day back in Wellington's company, Jada begins to question her past choices--choices made out of fear, pride, and denial. Slowly, she begins to realize that she has one important choice left. Armed with the courage she's been missing for years, Jada's out to seize the opportunity she thought she had lost--and this time, she'll say, "never again once more."
Every Woman Needs a Wife is the hilarious, but thought-provoking story of a wife who does the "unthinkable." Strolling in on Vernon and his mistress one night, Brandi Spencer insists that the new woman in his life come home and earn her keep the honest way -- on her feet helping the wife clean the house, keep the children and pay the bills, instead of laying on her back servicing the husband. Tanya Kaufman has had one shock too many -- one minute she's a fiancée, the next she finds out she's been the mistress all along. When Tanya shows up during the surprise anniversary party to take Brandi up on her offer, the women seize the opportunity to teach Vernon that infidelity will no longer come at the expense of the women's time, money, and happiness. Vernon fights back by launching a high-profile court battle that doesn't have a thing to do with splitting the money, keeping the house, or visitation rights.
There is something for everyone in Odetta's collection of poems and short stories.
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...
From the author of the sizzling hit Hot Boyz comes a witty, sexy tale of one woman’s transformation from an ugly duckling to a swan—with lots of sass and attitude!
Morgan Bayley has always had a distinctive look—big eyes, a wide smile…and an unusually large nose. She still carries the emotional scars that come from looking different, and it’s definitely shaped her life. Morgan was seduced and abandoned by the first boy who showed her any attention, and she had a three-year old daughter, Corliss, by the time she graduated high school. At that time, she also lost her loving, supportive mother, leaving her with a domineering father who always seemed to favor her beautiful sister, Olympia.
Now, at thirty-nine, Morgan’s come a long way—she has a fulfilling career, owns a cozy home, and is close to Corliss, who’s now a esthetician. However, she’s still carrying around her old, sorry self-image…and dating Jabril, who’s as curt and critical as her father.
But everything changes when her best girlfriend, Tyra, enters Morgan in a makeover contest. At first, Morgan refuses to participate. Then she catches Jabril chatting online at BeautifulGirls.com—and decides to go for it! During the long, difficult plastic surgery process, Morgan starts surfing the Internet herself, and soon "meets" a sweet guy named J.J. They don’t exchange photos, but Morgan tells him to watch her unveiling on BET. The makeover is a huge success: the brand-new Morgan is beautiful and bold. However, her transformation sets unexpected events in motion, uncovering long-buried secrets, lies and emotions. Will Morgan’s journey of self-discovery bring more pain…or will she finally learn that true beauty comes from the inside out?
Haunted by the death of her police officer husband, Detroit homicide detective, Madeline Harris returns in a tale of sexual slavery, murder, and rape. One of the city s toughest cops, Harris faces her dirtiest job yet tracking down the brutal slayer of a child prostitute. She also uncovers a serial killer who isn t above murdering innocents who stand in his way, a killer who will go to any length to claim revenge against a group of child rapists. Wading through the darkest pits of human corruption to pursue the killers, Detective Harris follows a tortuous trail of deceit and danger no matter where it leads, from filthy basements and back alleys to the Tigers Comerica Park. On the dangerous streets of America s Murder City, this single mom stops at nothing to bring two savage killers to justice.
Reflections of Cherished Love, a novel--general fiction and mainstream romance.
In this "Satisfying" and "Emotionally Moving" debut, Reflections of Cherished Love details the transformation of six contemporary black adults through a tangle of complications.
Serena Avery, a Broadway singer/performer, is the wife of a prominent real estate developer. From their lavish suburban New York home, she appears to have everything. When she chances to meet her lost love, Nathan Whitaker, she is forced to reexamine her marriage. A friend's tragedy underlines the truth and Serena must put her life back on track. Will she have a second chance?
Nikki Campbell, a hardworking reporter, is convinced that most men are scoundrels. Years of celibacy bolster her determination not to let her guard down. It will take someone special to help Nikki unearth the unwholesomeness and inner torment at the heart of her distrust. Can she conquer this abyss of fear? Or will she find out she was right from the start?
Shante Peyton, a dedicated schoolteacher and Marcus Elder, a kindhearted, courageous activist, cherish a love that is indeed true, hard-won and fostered wisely. They grew up best friends in the foothills of North Carolina, until a sudden move tore their families apart. Finding one another as adults proved their friendship had endured, and it has now grown into a phenomenal love, a love so perfect that it can be foiled by nothing, or no one--or so they believe.
Reflections of Cherished Love explores the nature of different relationships offering full-blooded, true-to-life romantic portrayals. This novel illuminates the essence and power of cherished love between friends and, more profoundly, lovers, and celebrates a richness of personality and human quality common to us all.
In depicting the search for the fullness of love by those who will not settle for less, Reflections of Cherished Love offers a "powerful" and "inspiring" work.
Venus Johnston debuted with brazen personality and spirited humor in Nappily Ever Afteras she searched for the holy grail of marriage. Blessed with a beautiful baby daughter and a husband who is a former rap star with his own multi-million-dollar clothing company, her long journey to find love has finally come to fruition. But life as a stay-at-home wife and mother is hardly the end of the rainbow. In fact she's ready to do anything to jump start the career she's put on the back burner for the last two years.
Against her good sense and her husband's wishes, she applies for a high profile PR job to help save a struggling city hospital manned by none other than her former boyfriend, Dr. Clint Fairchild, the very one and same who dumped her and married long-silky haired bombshell, Kandi Treboe. Venus soon finds out the two women are vying for the same job. This time competition between she and her old nemesis turns into a battle Venus is determined to win by any means necessary.
With an unhappy hubby at home, a nanny who's becoming mommy in her child's eyes, while forming an uncomfortably close relationship with her husband, and a deviant at work sabotaging the hospital, Venus may have taken on much more than she can handle.
True Love Comes Along Once in a Lifetime. That s what Detective Holly Lawson James believed. Her husband and co-worker Edmond was everything a woman could want in a man and a partner; strong, warm and romantic, he filled her life and her heart with passion and joy -until a police sting went terribly wrong and abruptly took him from her and their little girl, Abby. On that day her life changed forever. Now five years later Holly has grown accustomed to being alone, a state that suits her perfectly well, because she s sure that true love comes along only once in a lifetime. Despite promising his wife otherwise, Tyler Green knew he would never find love again. He had watched powerlessly as cancer ravaged his beautiful Felicia. Day by day, moment by moment, the illness, like a thief, dragged her closer toward death and tore away big chunks of his heart. When it was finally over he was left empty and cold, but it doesn t matter to Tyler because he s sure that true love will never head his way again. Still, love has a way of getting through to the stoniest of hearts and all it takes is one mischievous little girl and an unlikely meddling angel to prove them both wrong. But there is danger lurking in the shadows of their new beginning and one person s obsession may well cause Holly to lose the most important thing in her life. Her daughter!
When Graham Peters’s wife of forty years suddenly dies, he finds himself unable to cope with her absence. He shuts everyone out and tries to keep his memories of love forever intact by going through the motions of a daily routine. But when a friend convinces him to enjoy an evening at a jazz club, he meets and falls for Rita Long, a beautiful, sultry singer who draws the eyes and ears of everyone around her. Soon, Graham is wondering whether there might be life after death, and if he can allow himself to love another woman while still dealing with loss. But Rita brings her own baggage in the form of an ex-husband: a has-been NBA star who is exploiting her for money. And when one of Graham’s friends grows jealous of his new love, things turn nasty and potentially violent. Graham and Rita struggle to keep their relationship alive, while everyone around them wants it to fail. They must give each other all that they have as they fight to survive in this story of passion, betrayal, destruction, and redemption.