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Hood
HOOD:AN URBAN EROTIC TALE

Author:Noire

Lamont be my government, but Hood be my name. I earned my stripes chilling up in Fat Daddy's joint, a Brownsville barbershop in the belly of Brooklyn. Some called me a street savior...others said I was just another Brownsville boy gone bad. Whatever. I brung it and I took it too. But when it was all said and done, I walked away with a lesson learned in street loyalty: ain't no need in looking over your shoulder in this game. Because your real enemies ain't aiming at your back. They lunging straight for your heart. Ya dig?

Lamont "Hood" Mason is a fearless nineteen-year-old gangsta who was born and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, New York. He was an abandoned child who roamed the cold city streets and fought hard for survival. The only thing constant in his young life was the safety of a Brownsville barbershop owned by a father figure called Fat Daddy.

The barbershop is where Hood comes of age, but cutting hair isn't the only thing Fat Daddy has going on. His daughter, Egypt, is the love of Hood's young life, and the one person whose dreams of a stable future can lead him off the grimy urban corners and out of the hustling life.

Retails:$15.00
C&B Price:$10.00
Publisher: Atria(Aug 7, 2007)
Paperback: 352pgs
ISBN-10: 1416533036
ISBN-13: 978-1416533030



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Waking with Enemies
WAKING WITH ENEMIES

Author:Eric Jerome Dickey

Ten-time New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey sizzles in this rapid-fire sequel to Sleeping with Strangers, which finds international hit man Gideon waking up with his past haunting him and danger knocking at his door.

A heated encounter inside a London hotel room (where he was pursued by three very different women) leaves Gideon waking up to a world where there?s no one to trust. Someone has taken out a hit on the hit man?but who? The clock is ticking as Gideon tries to pin down the man who was sent to kill him ? a mysterious man with a broken nose who shadows his every move ? while also finding out who from his past might have ordered the hit. Could it be the man he left alive in Tampa, the woman who taught him to kill, the scorned woman he still desires, or some other unseen enemy? As the hunter becomes the hunted, Gideon will need to find his friends?and his enemies?to get out of the game alive.

From the back streets of London to Amsterdam's red light district, Waking with Enemies is an international game of cat and mouse, in which Gideon must protect those he loves and face the possibility of his own death

Retails:$24.95
C&B Price:$16.00
Publisher: Dutton Adult (Aug 7, 2007)
Hardcover: 352 pgs
ISBN-10: 0525950389
ISBN-13: 978-0525950387



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Strapped
STRAPPED

Author:Laurinda Brown

Seeking escape from the pain that become her life, Monique Cummings finds refuge the only way she knows how. Like the clothes shoved in the bottom of her duffle bag when she flees her mother s house, she packs away the naivet?f her lovely, pigtailed young girl she used to be and replaces it with a newfound masculine boldness. Seeking refuge in a lesbian existence, Monique morphs into a street thug with the soul of a woman. Inside the world of Strapped, life is on real edgy, unnerving, passionate, and true. Without the ones in your life who care, Strapped could be you. Strapped: it proves that sometimes life just happens. Continuing where the sort story Mon left off in her 2006 best-selling novel, Walk Like A Man, author Laurinda D. Brown again weaves a tale in Strapped that will have pages turning and tongues wagging.

Retails:$14.95
C&B Price:$10.00
Publisher: Urban Books(Sept 25, 2007)
Paperback: 288 pgs
ISBN-10: 1933967218
ISBN-13: 978-1933967219



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Torn
TORN

Author:Keisha Ervin

Her female intuition told her he was a dog but yet and still she lent him her soul, gave him her heart and allowed herself to fall in love. Torn between infatuation, lust, denial and playing wifey, the only thing Mo knows for sure is that she's been through hell, survived nine years, three miscarriages, numerous flings, heated arguments and a few knock-down drag-out fights only to realize she is further deep in love and more confused than ever.

Retails:$15.00
C&B Price:$10.00
Publisher:Triple Crown Publications (Aug 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0977880494
ISBN-13: 978-0977880492
Paperback: 400 pgs



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The Last Chance
THE LAST CHANCE

Author:Darrien Lee

Running their Los Angeles casino has been rewarding for Luke Chance and his three brothers, Malachi, Roman, and Genesis. But recently it seems like everyone is trying to get a piece of the pie. Word on the streets alert the Chance brothers of an impending hostile takeover of their casino, which could leave Luke and his brothers, penniless and possibly dead.

Retails:$14.95
C&B Price:$10.00
Publisher: Urban Books ( Sept 25, 2007)BR> ISBN-10: 1933967226
ISBN-13: 978-1933967226
Paperback: 288 pgs



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True to the Game II
TRUE TO THE GAME II

Author:Teri Woods

TRUE TO THE GAME II will pick up where True to the Game left off-- with one difference, Gena is now seeing a new guy named Jay. Little does Gena know that the man she has fallen in love with, so soon after Quadir's death, is his archrival, Jerrell Jackson. Unfortunately, Jerrell is determined to get his revenge against Quadir's crew and he'll start with Gena.

Retails:$14.99
C&B Price:$10.00
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ( Nov 1, 2007)BR> ISBN-10: 0446581666
ISBN-13: 978-0446581660
Paperback: 240 pgs



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Fusion
FUSION

Author:Rochan Morgan

Can three broken pieces unite to form a whole?

Shakey is a hustler trapped in the game by a dirty cop and associate with information on him that, if leaked, could set off a chain of tragedy.

Jessica is a woman with demons in her past that haunt her every day of her life and rear their heads at the most inopportune times.

Christopher is a young runaway who fled his home to escape his abusive situation.

Can these three form a family with so many outside forces threatening to tear them apart? In this exciting, fast-paced masterpiece from the talented Rochan Morgan, these three must overcome inner and outer obstacles if they hope to maintain their sanity and stay alive.

Retails:$14.95
C&B Price:$10.00
Publisher: Urban Books (Oct 30, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1933967285
ISBN-13: 978-1933967288
Paperback: 288 pgs



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Life After Wifey
LIFE AFTER WIFEY

Author:Kiki Swinson

Nikki, is in possession of a lot of chilling information that could not only shed light on some unanswered questions, but could also put a lot of dangerous people behind bars for life -- including her new boyfriend, Syncere, from New Jersey. Well aware that she is sleeping with the enemy, Nikki knows she must step up her game and take some precautionary measures to protect herself if she plans to seek out Kira shooter. What better place to start on her journey than with the man she shares her bed with? In Life After Wifey, Nikki is going to put herself in some very compromising situations but through it all, she knows that she must never implicate herself and Kira in the plans that ended Ricky and Russell lives. Nikki must suit up with everything Kira has ever taught her about the streets and then prepare for the worst.

Retails:$15.00
C&B Price:$10.00
Publisher: Melodrama Publishing (Oct 15, 2007)
ISBN-10: 193415704X
ISBN-13: 978-1934157046
Paperback: 242 pgs



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Jealousy
JEALOUSY

Author:Linda Blackhouse

In Chaka Dubois' world, careful planning was the difference between a poor man and a rich soldier. Nothing however, prepared him for the betrayal that claimed his life, which sets off a roller-coaster chain of events. Secrets meant to die with him rise from the grave, turning friend against friend, when the mystery begins: who killed Chaka, and why? Experience the chaos, fears, and perverse passions as friendships are tested and lovers become enemies. Did Chaka earn the destruction that hovered and eventually killed him or was he merely a victim of pure jealousy? Experience the bitter taste of Jealousy as it sets out to destroy everything in its path.

Retails:$15.00
C&B Price:$11.00
ISBN-10: 1934157074
ISBN-13: 978-1934157077
Publisher: Melodrama Publishing (Sept 1, 2007)
Paperback: 250 pgs



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Prison Stories
PRISON STORIES

Author:Seth M. Ferranti

In 1991, facing a mandatory sentence of at least 20 years for leading a small LSD dealing operation in suburban Virginia, Seth Ferranti faked his own suicide and went on the lam, a desperate stunt that tacked on an extra year to his bid when he was eventually caught two years later. Since then, the self-described "prisoner in the war on drugs" has spent his time chronicling the prison experience for various magazines and writing this very lightly fictionalized novel. Prison Stories follows a newly incarcerated white suburban drug dealer who tries to maintain his hustle in a federal penitentiary while avoiding the business end of a shank. Ferranti intersperses his slang-heavy narrative with slice-of-prison life vignettes that show why snitching is always a bad idea, how to turn baby oil into an ugly little weapon and how to gain and keep respect through equal measures of politeness and violence. Don't expect a heartwarming story of redemption; expect an unbelievably addictive tale of how things really operate in prison, and how one man is surviving it. A- Ben Goldstein --Giant Magazine

Review
We've all heard - if not lived - grim tales of prison life, but you can almost smell the stench of a month in "the hole" through actual inmate Seth Ferranti's words. According to him, the daily ruckus on his cell block is a reflection of street life, though on a smaller scale, and he's bound to make believers out of most readers. The story of Ferranti's life behind bars is interesting, to say the least, as threats from correction officers and rival inmates force him to make difficult (and often regrettable) choices to stay alive and build his rep. Plenty of blood is shed in this intense record of the harsh realities of the penal system. Even in prison, drug-dealing and gambling are profitable - though dangerous - pastimes, and a painful death is assured for snitches. For the sake of Ferranti's safety, one can only hope that he changed the names to protect the not-so-innocent - Blaine Martin --Smooth Magazine

Retails:$15.00
C&B Price:$12.00
Publisher: Gorilla Convict Pub
Paperback: 276 pgs
ISBN-10: 0615126855
ISBN-13: 978-0615126852



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Insatiable
INSATIABLE:THE RISE OF A PORN STAR

Author:Heather Hunter, Michelle Valentine

What makes a teen yearn to be a porn star diva? Porn star Hunter answers that question with the full-frontal portrait of Simone Young, a young New Yorker who decides to gain control of her life through selling her body. Simone's introduced to the life by Carmen, a former classmate turned prostitute who persuades Simone to get her freak on. Not content with being a hooker, Simone works at a hip-hop club, moves on to a massage parlor, becomes a stripper and, eventually, a porn superstar in L.A. By age 21, she retires, deciding the adult entertainment industry, numerous affairs and substance abuse will never fulfill her. Hunter and Valentine's depiction of Simone's descent into a brittle, hedonistic world leaves little to the imagination, and Simone's transformation in the resolution remains moving if out of left field. Illus. with photos of Hunter. (July) Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Retails:$21.95
C&B Price:$15.00
ISBN-10: 0312368844
ISBN-13: 978-0312368845
Publisher: St Martin's Press (July 24, 2007)
Hardcover: 320 pgs



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Forty Million Dollar Slaves
FORTY MILLION DOLLAR SLAVES

Author:William C. Rhoden

Provocative and controversial, Rhoden?s $40 Million Slaves weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-century boxing rings and at the first Kentucky Derby to the history-making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea Gibson, and Willie Mays. Rhoden makes the cogent argument that black athletes? ?evolution? has merely been a journey from literal plantations?where sports were introduced as diversions to quell revolutionary stirrings?to today?s figurative ones, in the form of collegiate and professional sports programs. Weaving in his own experiences growing up on Chicago?s South Side, playing college football for an all-black university, and his decades as a sportswriter, Rhoden contends that black athletes? exercise of true power is as limited today as when masters forced their slaves to race and fight. The primary difference is, today?s shackles are often of their own making.

Every advance made by black athletes, Rhoden explains, has been met with a knee-jerk backlash?one example being Major League Baseball?s integration of the sport, which stripped the black-controlled Negro League of its talent and left it to founder. He details the ?conveyor belt? that brings kids from inner cities and small towns to big-time programs, where they?re cut off from their roots and exploited by team owners, sports agents, and the media. He also sets his sights on athletes like Michael Jordan, who he says have abdicated their responsibility to the community with an apathy that borders on treason.

Retails:$13.95
C&B Price:$11.00
ISBN-10: 0307353141
ISBN-13: 978-0307353146
Publisher: Three Rivers Press BR> Paperback: 286 pgs



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Derelict
DERELICT

Author:Relentless Aaron, 50 Cent

His Freedom Came with a Price.
Who's gonna hire an ex-con? That's just one question facing Jamel Ross after he is released from seven years in the Federal Pen. But that's not his only problem. There's a probation officer watching his every move. There are the women in his life, who all want a part of him - his girlfriends and one very sexy psychologist who worked overtime on Jamel in prison. Then there's the payback plan he's been dreaming of, getting revenge on those who put him away.

It's a fine line between winning and losing, and Jamel must decide if the world will forever see him as a derelict, or if he will rise above the past. But someone has an agenda of his own - and he's ready to take Jamel down at any price.

Retails:$12.00
C&B Price:$9.00
ISBN-10: 1416549498
ISBN-13: 978-1416549499
Publisher: G-Unit ( July 12, 2007)BR>



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Blow
BLOW

Author:K'wan, 50 Cent

NO GOING BACK
Prince, Killa-E, Daddy-O, and Danny grew up together in the projects, moving crack and cocaine, and answering to Diego, the neighborhood drug lord. They were small-timers playing for low stakes - until Prince is introduced to a heroin connect. Overnight they go from soldiers to bosses, and their crew is held together by loyalty and love. But taking the reins of power comes at a high price. Now, with Diego at their back and a traitor in their midst, they find themselves between a kilo and a hard place, ready to spill blood to stay on top.

Retails:$12.00
C&B Price:$9.50
ISBN-10: 1416540601
ISBN-13: 978-1416540601
Publisher: G-Unit (July 12, 2007)BR> Paperback: 256 pgs



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Everybody Say Amen
EVERBODY SAY AMEN

Author:ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Gold Pen Award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley returns to the Houston congregation of her #1 Essence magazine bestseller, Let the Church Say Amen, in this warm and powerful sequel.

When her husband hears God's call to become a preacher, Rachel Jackson Adams is distressed -- she grew up a preacher's daughter, and knows how difficult life under the microscope can be for a reverend's family. But hot-headed Rachel has toned down her wild ways, and for the sake of her marriage and her two children, she is now the reluctant first lady of Zion Hill, unafraid to rock the boat with her unconventional ideas for revitalizing the church. When her son, Jordan, begins fighting at school, Rachel turns to the boy's father, Bobby -- Rachel's first love from years ago. Married now himself, there should be nothing between them except their concern for Jordan -- so why does seeing Bobby again feel so distractingly tempting? With her brothers facing dramas of their own, and her father, Reverend Simon Jackson, recovering from illness, Rachel must listen carefully to discover what God truly wants for her -- and to decide if Bobby is the lover of her dreams or the devil in disguise

Retails:$14.00
C&B Price:$11.00
ISBN-10: 1416521658
ISBN-13: 978-1416521655
Publisher: Pocket (July 10, 2007)
Paperback: 283 pgs



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Sunshine & Rain
SUNSHINE & RAIN

Author:Dawn Desiree

Sunshine & Rain is the story of two young divas who come from different parts of the streets of Washington, D.C. With their families torn apart from the vicious life of the streets, Sunshine & Rain find each other living with the same foster mother, Cathy, who has a secret life of her own. With Rain's stern heart of steel and Sunshine's innocent heart of gold, join the two gangtresses as they try to cope with traumatic, unforeseen circumstances that come their way. As these two diamonds hook up and shine, they go from rags to riches. Watch as Sunshine & Rain deal with death, betrayal, love and sweet temptation. Can their newfound friendship survive through all the madness?

Retails:$15.00
C&B Price:$14.00
ISBN-10: 0977880486
ISBN-13: 978-0977880485
Publisher: Triple Crown Publications (July 15, 2007)
Paperback: 260 pgs



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