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Tainted Loyalty
TAINTED LOYALTY

Author:James "I God" Morris

Tainted Loyalty is fast moving story of BETRAYAL, BACK STABBING and DOUBLE CROSSING. Star, Crystal, Janice and Tammy all grew up in Queens. This foursome rushed headlong into the streets of Queens with their motto S and S-SET 'EM and STICK 'EM. They're living a ghetto fabulous life, reaping the benefits of being beautiful and attractive to all the ballers and players.
But things take a dark turn. Janice convinces Star to stick up a main dope spot owned by her brother Niheem who runs the Queens drug trade. Niheem runs his business with the backing of a group of killer agents. Once the robbery goes down, Niheem turns Queens upside down trying to find out who was behind the robbery. Danger, one of Niheem's top lieutenants, knows that Star was behind the stick up, which resulted in him having to kill his best friend Ice. Danger is stuck between a rock and a hard place because he knows that Niheem would never believe his own sister is behind the set up. To make matters worst, Danger and Star have become sexually involved. He is sting to have feelings for her! His feelings are one thing, but Star's S and S crew of girls is a totally different story... they have to pay for Tainted Loyalty

Retails:$19.95
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ISBN: 0977148408



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Karma's a Bitch
KARMA'S A BITCH

Author:J. Gail

If you think you can do somebody dirty and get away with it, just because you didn't get caught, you're dead wrong. All of that dirt comes back to you one way or another.
Tony Jackson learns this lesson the hard way. Labeled the "asshole of West Philly," Tony holds no shame in having other women in his girlfriend Quanisha?s bed. There is little remorse after he knocks off a convenience store and beats the cashier with a gun. He'll rob from his girl, his friends, people he doesn't know and your mama. Whoever, he doesn't care. And we all know that when you get money wrong, you can't hold onto it for nothing! The question is when will Tony figure that out? Maybe when he starts getting his Karma instantly and mercilessly he'll get the hint.
In fact, when will Tony get the big picture? That there?s no future in his game. Will a dose of ?Instant Karma? show him that not contributing to society in any positive way is guaranteed to get him a one way ticket to no where?

Retails:$14.00
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ISBN: 0972697837
Release Date: May 10, 2006
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The Family II Life After Death
THE FAMILY II

Author:Antonne M. Jones

The Family (Book 1) is about four young black men on a quest for money, power and fame. "Ghetto Glory", as we in the hood call it. In route to achievement, some unexpected obstacles interfere with the mission. Obstacles such as murder, betrayal and greed.

Excerpts from The Family II...
You're out of your mind Lauryn. You sound like a disgruntled and scorned Black woman and you need to get over it. You thought I was going to die in jail, didn't you? Now you're married to this loser and unhappy, so you take it out on me. You divorced me, three years after I got locked-up, remember?" 'You arrogant and shallow jerk. That's what you think this is all about? It has nothing to do with that. It has all to do with what you did in the past and how I'm paying the price for it now.' "What are you talking about?" 'I'm talking about living with HIV. You fool.' The moment she said that, the room got dark and everything seemed to stop. 'Yes, I'm living with HIV because you were out screwing all kinds of women without protection. I may die soon. Get out of my house! Get out!' She ushered me out the door and I just sat in the car stunned. I wasn't sure of what to say or do, or if Shatora had overheard the argument. She got in the car without asking what her mother and I were arguing about, so I gathered she wasn't listening. Unfortunately, I couldn't enjoy our outing because there were too many thoughts running through my mind. Was I infected with HIV? Whom did I get it from? Did I infect my wife? Should we get tested? My world had come to a thunderous halt. All this time, Lauryn was infected and never said anything, blew my mind. I always assumed HIV and AIDS was a gay man's disease, or only contracted by intravenous drug users. Not knowing what to do, I called Carmen and begged her to come home and promised to straighten up.

Retails:$14.95
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ISBN: 0966254139



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Cheatin in the Next Room
CHEATIN IN THE NEXT ROOM

Author:Rhonda M. Lawson

Christopher and Andrea Lee seemed to have a strong, unshakable marriage. They were happy surrounded by friends, and even happier with each other. And with him being a sports writer for a major Virginia newspaper and her being a popular high school biology teacher, they had the financial stability to get both the townhouse and the Forerunner well before 30. The only thing stronger than the Lees' marriage was Andrea's bond with her lifelong friend, Brenda. But all bonds are tested when Christopher meets Brenda's cousin, Alexis, who visits during the Christmas holidays. Alexis is a 20-year-old college student who is used to getting what she wants and not quitting until she gets it. Now her eyes are set on Christopher, and she's not letting a little detail like him being Brenda's best friend's husband get in the way. Although he tries to resist, Christopher begins an affair with Alexis, believing it will be their little secret until she goes back home. But when the truth comes out, it rocks the worlds of not only Christopher and Andrea, but the worlds of everyone around them. This is the story of how one indiscretion can tear down more than just the lives of the people involved.

Retails:$15.00
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ISBN: 0974750131
Publisher:Jada Press



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Kiss the Year Goodbye
KISS THE YEAR GOODBYE

Author:Various Authors

New Year's Eve is the time to make a naughty resolution, so shed your inhibitions and indulge in this sultry collection of escapades from four of the hottest writers around.
In Brenda L. Thomas's "Every New Year," a shoot-out lands a respected doctor in the hospital with a bad case of amnesia, and in the care of a man too sexy to resist.
In "Whatever It Takes" by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, a sassy older woman tries to break off her steamy relationship with her best friend's twenty-three-year-old son, but he shows her he's man enough to fulfill her needs.
Crystal Lacey Winslow proves you can be "Dangerously in Love" when a prim and proper young woman's wild side takes over after the man she's dating slips up with another woman.
In "My Boo" by Daaimah S. Poole, a Philly girl's long-distance boyfriend never has time for her -- not even around the holidays. So when her ex-roommate's latest lover comes knocking, she's ready to get the party started.

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ISBN: 0743497074



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In The Midst Of It All
IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL

Author:Shonda Cheekes

Asia Fenton is finally on the road to her happily ever after. Her new relationship with the handsome Detective Johnny Johnson is everything the good doctor ordered after a failed attempt to reconcile with her former fianc?who had a pregnant girlfriend he forgot to tell her about. When the sounds of the wedding bells become overwhelming, her new neighbor and former fianc?tep in to change the tempo of the dance.
Yani and Alex Chance have weathered one test of their love, but there's more in store. The second family of Yani's estranged husband, Jarrin, turns up in the New York city, in hopes of making family connection. Through her reluctance, Yani decides to make an effort for the children's sake. When tragedy strikes, Yani and Alex are faced with a heartfelt decision which causes a wedge to be drawn between them.
As Asia struggles with the inevitable choice she must make, and Yani and Alex work to straighten out the growing conflict threatening their happiness, the devastation of September 11th rocks New York City -- and strikes close to home in a way no one could have expected.
In the Midst of It All is a gripping, moving novel that invokes every emotion as Shonda Cheeke's compelling characters deal with the task of recovering, rebuilding, and moving into the future with hope and love.

Retails:$13.00
C&B Price:$11.00
ISBN: 1593090382
Publisher: Strebor Books
Release Date: Oct 18, 2005



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Passionate Misfortunes
PASSIONATE MISFORTUNES

Author:Stacey Stephen Harris

The last thing Tony noticed before passing out was what looked like red ice cream lying next to little Arianna, he knew it use to be vanilla, and the floating balloon still tied to her wrist, untouched by the flying bullets.
Anthony Tony Thornton is a well-respected college student. Kyra Thompson is a beautiful, street-smart girl with a bright future in the modeling industry. Their lives are forever changed on a hot summer day in Boston, when Kyra witnesses a gang-related shooting at the African Pride Festival. Tony gets caught in the crossfire of a shootout between a neighborhood drug dealer and three of his enemies while trying to save the life of a little girl named Arianna. Moved by his heroic and unselfish behavior, Kyra actively pursues Tony, and the two begin to build a relationship. Shortly after they became husband and wife, Tony?s luck changes for the better when he becomes the winner of a $5 million dollar lottery ticket, however more money more problems as Kyra, the Angel, Tony thought he had shows her true colors and turns out to be the devil in disguise.

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The Mouse That Roared
THE MOUSE THAT ROARED

Author:Dwayne Sr Murray

About the Author
New author Dwayne Murray resides in New York City where he was born and raised. An electrician by trade Mr. Murray is proud and confident of his first novel and has hopes of completing many more thrillers in the near future.

Urban thriller involving a young woman named Sandra Lyte from Richmond Virginia who leaves her hometown to find her dreams in New York City. To her disappointment and sorrow though she only finds betrayal and terror as her life is torn apart. Through courage and determination Sandra finds the will to bring those responsible for her pain and suffering to justice. A first rate thriller that will keep the reader turning pages.

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ISBN: 0976985500
Publisher: Madbo Publishing



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When Hell Freezes Over
WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER

Author:Darrien Lee
The dashingly handsome Keaton Lapahie has watched many of his friends do the one thing he has vowed he will never do: get married. His plan is to enjoy his retirement, open a restaurant, and remain a bachelor for life. But when he is unexpectedly put on mandatory medical leave, he decides to visit his sister and her family...not realizing fate is about to take him on a trip -- not just out of town, but toward his own heart.
In Philadelphia, Keaton is reacquainted with Dr. Meridan St. John, his sister's pediatrician. Meridan is seemingly the perfect woman -- smart, bold, and beautiful. Why can't Keaton attract her attention? He soon learns that Meridan is haunted by something in her past -- and though Keaton can read her better than anyone else, he cannot figure out the cause of her nightmares and fears. Things become even more complicated when Jacob, her jealous childhood friend, arrives in Philadelphia and threatens to expose all the dark secrets of her past. Worried that Keaton will not believe she was innocent in her situation, she does the only thing she can...run. Thus, Keaton must decide -- does he follow her, and get to the truth, or does he leave the woman he loves to her own dark nightmares?
Penetrating in language and powerful in meaning, When Hell Freezes Over is a remarkable story about how accepting the past is the only way to make a future.

Retails:$21.00
C&B Price: $13.00
ISBN: 1593090420
Publisher: Strebor Books
Release Date: Oct 2005



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Hittin It
HITTIN IT

Author:S. W. Smith
Meet Lanessa, Patrice, and Wanda: three sisters from New Orleans who want it all and who'll go to any means necessary to get it.
Patrice's friend and neighbor took her man, her money, and her home. Now, she's out for revenge and the world better watch out. Her motto is, "Revenge is a dish best served cold."
Wanda, a lawyer, will do anything to advance her career at the District Attorney's office even if it means losing everything and putting her life in danger.
Lanessa works at the airport checking in passengers for departing flights. When passengers leave town, she checks into their empty homes to rob them until one day when she picks the wrong man to rob.
The sisters decide the only way to get rich quick is to use their wits and their bodies. But when one of them turns up dead, the fun and games are over, and the other two have to decide if they want to continue their pursuits or get out before it's too late.

Retails:$13.00
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ISBN: 0971347271



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Little Black Girl Lost 2
LITTLE BLACK GIRL LOST 2

Author:Keith Lee Johnson
A thunderstorm swept through New Orleans. Lightening flashed suddenly in Johnnie's bedroom window. The howling wind and rolling thunder seemed to be directly over her Ashland Estates home. It had been raining all night but Johnnie slept soundly for the first time since the night she watched George Grant, affectionately known as Bubbles, murder Richard Goode, who served as the Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan. Goode was paying Marguerite, Johnnie's mother, for sex, who later, under the threat of blackmail, ruthlessly beat her to within an inch of her life and then put a bullet in her brain.

Retails:$14.95
C&B Price: $9.99
ISBN: 1893196399
Release Date: Feb 2006



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Hitts & Mrs
HITTS & MRS

Author:Lori Bryant Woolridge
Two people, separated by age and color but united in love, find themselves headed down an uncertain path , a path the head rejects, but the heart demands be followed ...
Melanie Hitts is a charming African-American woman who is attractive, professional, and fiercely independent. Following a whirlwind romance, she accepts the proposal of successful and devoted Will Freedman, only to walk away several months later convinced that giving in to love means giving up her dreams. Melanie heads to Manhattan to heal her heart and embark on a career as an interior designer.
Soon after, she meets John Carlson, an older, white, internationally famous architect, who is dangling precariously at the end of his creative rope. Brought together as muse and mentor, a spark between them ignites and , despite his twenty-three-year marriage John and Melanie come together

Retails:$13.95
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ISBN: 0060540591



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Somebody's Got To Be On Top
SOMEBODY'S GOT TO BE ON TOP

Author:Mary B. Morrison
The only time a woman should be on top is during sex... So says Darius Jones. At twenty-two, he's grown... but he hasn't necessarily grown up. He still thinks the opposite sex exists purely for his satisfaction. Not that he doesn't know how to pleasure a sister; he just doesn't want them telling him the way it's going to be. On anything. Ever. That's why he's set up his own company in LA: Somebody's Gotta Be on Top Enterprises. But trying to be on top all the time only gets him into trouble with the women in his life, women like... Ciara Monroe, president of a rival company. She's earned her position the hard way, but Darius isn't about to be outsmarted by her... in the bedroom or the boardroom. He's going after Ciara on a personal level. It's a move that will cost him, and Ciara's not leaving before she confronts him about his feelings for Ashlee. Ashlee Anderson is the stepsister who's more than just a friend. When Darius convinces Ashlee to live with him and manage his finance department, he never expects her to fall for his half-brother, Kevin Williams. Darius will risk anything to split them up--but there's another woman who's got his number. Fancy Taylor. With a regal bearing and skin like brown sugar, Fancy's definitely intriguing. If Darius wasn't set on conquering Ashlee, he'd enjoy sampling that the lady has to offer, but that's all. Fancy's past precludes her from being serious relationship material. Yet fate has a way of stepping in and putting the wrong people on the right path. Caught between pride and the call of his own untrusting heart, Darius has a lot to learn: about life, women, and what it takes to find and nurture real love. And if he's not careful, he might just end up on the bottom of everything.

Retails:$24.00
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ISBN: 0758207247



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So You Call Yourself A Man
SO YOU CALL YOURSELF A MAN

Author:Carl Weber
James Robinson and his wife, Cathy, have had their rough patches. But seven years into their marriage, things are better, and hotter, than ever, until the not-so-distant past catches up with James. During a particularly rocky period, James hooked up with a woman on his UPS route, and he wasn't just delivering packages. Now, three years later, the fling has come back to haunt him?with a baby in tow. James has to decide whether to tell his wife, or keep the affair a secret and give in to his ex-mistress?s outrageous child support demands. The choice might not be so tough if he wasn't falling in love?with his newfound son. Meanwhile, James's best friend, Brent Williams, has got his own romantic complications. He's a fine brother who's had women throwing themselves at him all his life, but it's taken Brent a while to find someone who wants him for the man he is on the inside. He thinks he's found her in his fiancee, Alison Jones. The plus-size beauty isn't his usual type, but more important to Brent, she's a born-again Christian, like him. They seem like a match made in heaven until a sexy third party threatens to come between them, someone Brent has been praying to resist. Ever since he got married and moved to Seattle, Sonny Harrison has missed his friends in New York. But that's going to change now that James has pulled some strings and gotten him a job at UPS. There's just one problem Sonny's wife. When Sonny tells her the good news, she promptly sends him packing. Sonny's heartbroken, until he reunites with his high school sweetheart, Tiffany. But his quick devotion soon turns suffocating, and scary. Tiffany wants out, but the harder she tries to end things, the harder Sonny hangs on. As his behavior becomes more and more obsessive, Brent and James may be the only ones who can intervene. But will helping Tiffany mean losing their friend forever

Retails:$24.00
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ISBN: 0758207182



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Marry Your Baby Daddy
MARRY YOUR BABY DADDY

Author:Maryann Reid
Three sisters, Giovanna, Fatima, and Keyah, have children out of wedlock. Their grandmother leaves a will with very specific instructions\emdash in order for them to inherit $3 million dollars, they must marry the fathers of their children. Giovanna is the oldest and a successful attorney who asked her friend Douglas to be her baby daddy. He is a wonderful father, but she is not in love with him. Fatima wanted Dune and had a baby to force him to choose her. Yet he is still involved with another woman, who threatens their future together. Keyah, the youngest, has been with Jag since high school. At 23, she has never been on her own or existed outside of her role as mate and mother. Now all three sisters must decide if the men they chose to have children with are really the ones they want to marry. Their escapades to convince their men to become husbands without revealing the money at stake has each one scheming to claim their inheritance

Retails:$12.95
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ISBN: 0312341970
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin



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Ain't Understandin' Mellow
AIN'T UNDERSTANDIN' MELLOW

Author:Michelle Davis
Juggling parenting, work and school, a very determined Michelle still found time to pursue her first love and to write her first book, Ain't Understandin' Mellow - a very emotional tale of how life's challenges can be approached and overcome with perseverance and faith. Her characters use wisdom, growth and acceptance to find self-contentment in a not so kind world.
Angelina was just a child when she first encountered one of the most devastating forms of abuse--molestation. As she got older she found herself being emotionally and mentally abused by the many men she becomes involved with from boyfriends to her two ex-husbands. In the midst of all Angelina's turmoil, she manages to have not one but four children. Then she meets Eric, a typical good guy suffering from the after effects of a marriage gone bad. When their relationship is tested Angelina finds herself going astray. To top things off one of her exes shows up seeking help. Is there a means to an end in store for Angelina or will she crumble from what is perceived as the weight of the world on her shoulders?
Michelle Davis has penned a novel that everyone can relate to and enjoy. Her perception portrays a wide-spectrum of human emotions and situations. This book is a read that you will think about long after the story ends.

Retails:$16.50
C&B Price: $15.00
ISBN: 1411655079
Publisher: Lulu Press



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Black Marks
BLACK MARKS

Author:Kirsten Hoyte
Black Marks is the story of Georgette Collins, who wakes up one day in her early thirties to discover she had no past. Everyone has had the experience of not quite fitting in at some point in their lives, but Georgette has grown up in between worlds: black and white, gay and straight, wealthy and working class, West Indian and American.
Throughout, Georgette tries to piece together these fractured worlds from her grandmother's stories and her own fragmented memories, but she cannot make sense of her experiences. Each reinvention of herself is more disastrous than the last. Now, Georgette, an African-American librarian, is completely isolated; she is floating, unable to make connections with family, friends, and colleagues. Many mornings she wakes to find a man in her bed with no idea how he got there. Days are spent in a self-created bubble, which both protects her and separates her from others
The narrative weaves back and forth in time, through Georgette's childhood in Jamaica to her teenage immersion in Boston and New York nightlife, and into the reclusive silence of her adulthood, of the library. The story's ambiguities remind the reader that there are not always easy answers for why one person may suffer, and neither are there always identifiable paths to recovery. Although depression and sadness play major roles in Georgette's life, her first-person voice is intelligent, funny, and capable of both warmth and irony.

Retails:$14.95
C&B Price: $9.00
ISBN: 188845184X
Publisher: Akashic Books
Release Date: (Feb 15, 2006)



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Anonymity
ANONYMITY

Author:Margie Gosa Shivers
A gripping story about a young woman's quest to prove her innocence. Not only has she been framed for adultery, but someone wants her dead. As the tale unfolds, she discovers a secret that has been kept hidden for more than 30 years. Once the secret is revealed, it is likely to forever change the lives of many.

Retails:$14.95
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ISBN: 0974406619



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Unique's Ending
UNIQUE'S ENDING

Author:Victor L. Martin
About the Author
July 25, 1975, Victor L. Martin was born in Richmond, Virginia. His stay in Richmond was shorter than Operation Desert Storm. He can claim Selma, North Carolina and Miami, Florida as his childhood homes. He dropped out of school in the 11th grade, obtaining his G. E. D and then joined the United States Marines. Even today he?ll admit his deep regret of not handling his B. I. while in the corp. After his BCD (Bad Conduct Discharge) on May 5, 1996, he sadly turned to a life of crime. Back and forth he had his run ins with the law until he was laid down in 2000 with a sentence of 17-23 years, a conviction that he?s currently fighting. His stress reached its boiling point on December 13, 2002 when he tried to escape from prison. He was unable to simply give his life away for a wrongful conviction of common law robbery and assault on a government official. His escape attempt failed, placing him on super max. It was here, at his lowest that he finally turned his bland life around. He is now a published author and a changed man. He seeks no pity, only your understanding.

The highly anticipated finale to the Menage Unique Legend trilogy has arrived.
DJ and Tina are living fat after setting up Menage Unique Legend to take a fall in the final part of the trilogy. Living the playa?s life, DJ continues to prowl on unsuspecting women who are led to believe that he is the man of their dreams. Meanwhile, Tina explores one man after another in the world she knows best. Together, DJ and Tina need each other to survive the streets of Miami and Durham, North Carolina. Thinking that their job is done, they underestimate the loyalty Menage?s team has too him. Will their plans foil before their eyes or will they get away unscathed?

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Six Bad Things
SIX BAD THINGS

Author:Charlie Huston

Hank Thompson is living off the map in Mexico with a bagful of cash that the Russian mafia wants back and many, many secrets. So when a Russian backpacker shows up in town asking questions, Hank tries to play it cool. But he knows the jig is up when the backpacker mentions the money ... and the family Hank left behind. Suddenly Hank's in a desperate race to get to his parents in California before anyone can harm them. Along the way he'll face Federales and Border Patrol, mafiosi and vigilantes, extortionists and drug dealers, and a couple of psychotic surf bums with an ax to grind. From the golden beaches of the Yucatan to the seedy strip clubs of Vegas, Charlie Huston opens a door to the squalid underworld of crime and corruption - and invites the reader to live it in the extreme.

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ISBN: 0345464796



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A Catered Murder
A CATERED MURDER

Author:Isis Crawford

In her assured debut, Crawford, a caterer with many travel-related articles to her credit, introduces an appealing family trio: tender-hearted Libby Simmons, owner of a catering business, A Little Taste of Heaven, in Longely, N.Y.; her wisecracking sister, Bernie, a refugee from L.A. and a disastrous marriage; and Sean, their wheelchair-bound father, a retired police chief. Nasty Laird Wrenn, a best-selling author of vampire fiction, plans to celebrate his success with appropriate menu (Bloody Marys, devil's food cake) and decor to match (black roses, a coffin) at a reunion dinner to be held at the local high school. When Laird drops dead at the dinner after drinking a glass of water, a slew of ill-wishers, including Libby's close friend Tiffany, whom Laird was stringing along, become suspects in his sudden demise. A naturally flowing narrative, lively and likable characters, and plenty of clever word play amid the foul play set this first novel above the common run of cozies. (Dec. 2) Forecast: Blurbs from established pros-G.A. McKevett, Leslie Meier and Barbara Colley-and an eye-catching cover in Christmas colors will help make this an ideal holiday gift for fans of culinary mysteries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Retails:$5.99
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ISBN: 1575667258



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Backroom Confessions
BACKROOM CONFESSIONS

Author:Rose Jackson-Beavers

A story of five professional social workers that took different paths in their lives to arrive at the same direction. Faced with the happy, sad, and sometimes funny behavior, they struggle to "solely" measure success by services given to others. Although successful in their own right, these professionals have decided to work in an industry where good salaries are not the norm, and thus "the drama" begins. Faced with backbiting, embarrassment, infidelity, health problems, outrageous sexual encounters, and the almighty quest for the most ?bling-bling?, they must find the strength and confidence to solve their own problems.

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ISBN: 0975363417



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Ghetto Luv
GHETTO LUV

Author:Mary Wilson

Ghetto Luv. This St. Louis native is excited to share her work with our readers. Mary is a hardworking mother who finds time to write after working an 8-5 job. Ghetto Luv is her first novel. Mary said that she has always loved to write and could not live without the written word. Whenever Mary visited our office she always has a book in hand and prefers reading new authors' work. She has been an avid reader all her life and encourages her children and other family member to read. Mary's book will be released in March 2006

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ISBN: 0975363433



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A Hole In My Heart
A HOLE IN MY HEART

Author:Rose Jackson-Beavers, Edward Booker

Have you felt lost and hurt thinking that your problems were so big that they couldn't be fixed? Darrius McMillan, who is 13 years old, couldn't see the love and support he had in his life because he was so blinded by what he didn't have. While going through trials with a mother who used drugs, death and sickness, he found his strength in the love of his grand-mother. His grandmother taught him that prayer change things. A hole in My Heart, co-written by Rose and Edward, is set in the authors' hometown of East St. Louis, addresses the impact that drugs have on the entire family, especially the children.

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ISBN:0975363409



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Waving from the Heart
WAVING FROM THE HEART

Author:Ann Clay

Waving from the Heart - Storytelling at its best! Captivating! Warm! Ann Clay masterfully draws you into the world of her characters in an impressive series of short stories in her book Waving from the Heart. The stories immediately pull in the reader because the characters are familiar. They are our mothers, girlfriends, and the guys who hold special places in our hearts. Clay organizes her stories using four themes: When the Soul Speaks; From the Heart; Touched; and It's All About Me. First up is The Red Hat Ladies, a story about enduring friendships, unconditional love and the fact that we can, indeed, be forever young in our hearts and minds. Other stories explore areas of our inner being, such as My Life, My Living times when we fail to yield to God's whispers. And you'll find Chicken, Greens and Cornbread for the Soul hard to put down.

Retails:$9.95
C&B Price: $9.00
ISBN: 097536345X
Priority Books Publications
Release Date: March 31, 2006



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The Wave
THE WAVE

Author:Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley fans are in for a surprise with The Wave - no more Easy Rawlins or Fearless Jones, but for the third time this author ventures into the world of science fiction. It's his 19th novel, and I've lost count of his awards, an O. Henry, a Grammy, a Sundance Institute Risk-Taker Award. There seem to be few writers who can switch genres as flawlessly as he does. Simply goes to prove what we've known all along - Walter Mosley is one terrific wordsmith.
With The Wave we meet Errol Porter who is receiving what he believes to be crank phone calls. Perhaps, he thinks, someone in a mental institution has gotten his number and put it on redial. With the first call all he heard were moans and grunts. It was a man's voice. With the second call he heard single words - cold, naked. There's cause for concern when the caller claims to be Errol's father who died and was buried in 1996.

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Cinnamon Kiss
CINNAMON KISS

Author:Walter Mosley

Easy Rawlins is back in Walter Mosley's tenth novel in the series and is better than ever. He is so polished, shrewd, cool in the best sense of the word and altogether human. This time he is faced with every parent's nightmare, the possibility of a young child's dying from a rare illness. Most of the action is about his efforts-- by whatever means available-- to raise the necessary cash for expensive treatment for his daughter Feather in a hospital in Switzerland. Easy's woman Bonnie-- or is she?-- is back, along with his buddy Mouse and a host of other characters we remember from earlier novels. Mr. Mosley is nothing if not creative and we'd better not take him for granted. This is evident in the way this story ends; we see that Easy will go in a different direction in the next novel in the series.

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Lady's Night
LADY'S NIGHT

Author:Mark Anthony Hosley

When Lady cries rape on her mother's boyfriend, her mother throws her out of the only home she has ever known. Now Lady must find a way to survive on the cold, hard streets. After landing a dead-end job at a donut shop, Lady wonders how she will ever make it out of a six-dollar-an-hour existence. Then she meets Cream, the leader of one of the most notorious gangs in New York City. Cream quickly decides that he wants to own this beauty and recruits her for his prostitution ring. Lady joins the Cream Team, but she has no intentions of working the streets forever. In fact, she plans to run the show and she's willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. But the streets don't love nobody, and it's not long before Lady is deep in a game she can no longer control. The question is: Will she be able to get out of the game before the game claims her?

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ISBN:0312340788



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What I Do Is Taboo
WHAT I DO IS TABOO

Author:Yonder

This collection contains two short erotic tales. In the first story, "Maggie's Madness," Maggie, a 22 year old female in her second marriage, finds alternative ways to be pleased sexually. Seemingly her husband is too busy to offer her fulfilling sexual pleasure. In the final story, "Feening in the Summer of 1988," readers go on several sexual romps with Mr. Rourke, a true player, but what happens when a player falls in love?

WHAT I DO IS TABOO has some interesting escapades experienced by the main characters. Apparently, nothing is too taboo to explore if the participants are willing and able. The style of writing is interesting because Yonder places poems, flashbacks and even side stories within each tale, making it unique. At times, the narrator was funny enough to make me laugh out loud. However, as far as erotica is concerned I am not sure Yonder reached the mark. As freaky as some of the sex scenarios were, they were just that-freaky, not necessarily taboo. And with the second story, the author wanted readers to actually believe Mr. Rourke had fallen in love, but because the characters were one-dimensional, it just didn't seem plausible. This is a quick read and although not as erotic as I like, it was entertaining. Readers who enjoy stories about intimate trysts will find these pleasurable but those who like more foreplay will finish wanting more.

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