So They Said
Author: Chloris Hall
"If you believe in something without doubting it, trusting in God along the way, one day you will wake up to a dream that has become a reality. The people who once said it wouldn't come true have all faded away. As a result, you become closer to God. God, whose son was crucified for our sins, has proven his value yet another day. All he asks is that people who witness his blessing inform others where it came from. If this is ingrained in each one of us, he can continue to live forever." This is a fiction story about a woman who beat the odds, based on today's real-life obstacles.
A Biography of Class and Color
Author: Cherene Sherrard-Johnson
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Dorothy West is best known as one of the youngest writers involved in the Harlem Renaissance. Subsequently, her work is read as a product of the urban aesthetics of this artistic movement. But West was also intimately rooted in a very different milieu—Oak Bluffs, an exclusive retreat for African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard. She played an integral role in the development and preservation of that community. In the years between publishing her two novels, 1948’s The Living is Easy and the 1995 bestseller The Wedding, she worked as a columnist for the Vineyard Gazette. Dorothy West’s Paradise captures the scope of the author’s long life and career, reading it alongside the unique cultural geography of Oak Bluffs and its history as an elite African American enclave—a place that West envisioned both as a separatist refuge and as a space for interracial contact. An essential book for both fans of West’s fiction and students of race, class, and American women’s lives, Dorothy West’s Paradise offers an intimate biography of an important author and a privileged glimpse into the society that shaped her work.
Author: Louisa Luna
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Melody is just out of prison. Faced with the absence of her brother, who's serving life in San Quentin, and hardened by her own experiences in lock-up, Mel sturggles to adjust to the harsh realities of life on the outside. She quickly discovers that freeedom is relative...she has no money, no prospects, no guidance. Forced to return to her mother's apartment in Marin County and take a job houling portable toilets, Mel finds herself drinking too much and hanging out with her old gang again. Haunted by glimpses of her own harrowing girlhood and of the mysterious circumstances that put her in prison in the first place, she slowly, bravely begins to forge a potential path toward redemption and escape.
Author: Ian J. Findlay,Saunie Brown
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Women: The New Doggs relates the story of four bestfriends who have fl own to the peak of excitement and ecstasy through various rendezvous they have with random men. Their coquettish and siren like styles keep men calling and answering to their every whim and sexual desire. You have Shawn, an insatiable cheater and seductress of men, whose actions turn to bite her in the butt when her daughters father Terrance fi nds out about her deceitful ways. Her friend Bobbi was born to be wild and rebellious, living life on the edge and basically not giving a WHAT! about what anyone has to say about it. Cris, heartbroken from previous relationships completely resents men and displays an FNGM attitude to the fullest. Of course, Toni, whose escapades are incomparable, is gifted with the knack for playing mind games with men and she enjoys every moment of it. They all have different stories to tell and while trying to fi nd themselves, they use their freedom to enjoy their lives. Consider men their specially selected tools used to their advantage for convenient purposes. With these men they like to hang around and have fun, sleep with them to satisfy their sexual yearnings, while trying to keep the men who may truly care for them unaware of what they are doing. But what will happen if they get caught?
Author: Joe R. Lansdale
Overturning the reign of a misogynist local lawman to become the new constable of sawmill settlement Camp Rapture, Sunset Jones investigates the murder of a pregnant woman, the truth about which forces her to draw on an inner strength she never knew she possessed. 40,000 first printing.
Author: D. Simone
Leah Black raped at age seven by her first cousin and diagnosed with a Bipolar Disorder at age nine, vowed never to allow herself to ever again be anyone's victim. As a college student, she established The Understanding to set boundaries for all her encounters with the opposite sex. Leah quickly became an emotional perpetrator that used sex, deceit, manipulation, and violence to satisfy her selfish wants. With Leah's obsessive and bizarre behaviors she destroys many lives including her own. Reality will have no mercy on her when she is exposed as the cold, heartless, spoiled, and promiscious person she's been all her life.
Author: Kalisha Buckhanon
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
"Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my father?" So begins Upstate, a powerful story told through letters between seventeen-year-old Antonio and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Natasha, set in the 1990's in New York. Antonio and Natasha's world is turned upside down, and their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves them wondering if they will ever find their way back together. Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is an unforgettable coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope. Brilliant and profoundly felt, it is destined to speak to a new generation of readers.
How Girls' Delinquency Develops in the Context of Maturity and Health, Co-occurring Problems, and Relationships
Author: Margaret Kerr,Håkan Stattin,Rutger C. M. E. Engels,Geertjan Overbeek,Anna-Karin Andershed
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Understanding Girls' Problem Behavior presents an overview of recent studies by leading researchers into key aspects of the development of problem behavior in girls. Integrates interdisciplinary research into girls’ problem behaviors (e.g. aggression, antisocial behavior, rule breaking) Unique in seeking to understand girls’ problem behaviors in their own right Follows the maturing girl from adolescence to adulthood, concluding at the point where she herself becomes a parent and forms new relationships Gives attention to the critical contexts of problem behavior development—society and neighborhood, as well as family and peer contexts
Author: Lavyrle Spencer
New York Times bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer, “famous for her heartrending slices of Americana,”* is at her best in this sweet, small-town romance about a country music star discovering the true meaning of love... Eighteen years ago, Tess McPhail left her tiny hometown of Wintergreen, Missouri for the bright lights of Nashville and never looked back. Now, one of country music’s biggest stars, “Mac” is a hardworking woman with little time for a personal life—until her sister insists she come home to help care for their widowed mother. The welcome Mac receives is less than warm, especially from her former next-door neighbor Kenny Kronek. With a teenage daughter to raise, the handsome divorcé refuses to give Mac the time of day. But when Mac discovers that Kenny’s daughter is a promising country talent, she begins mentoring the girl in the music of love—and opening her own hardened heart to a man who makes her soul sing...
Author: Jonathan Copeland
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Hustle: Street Power is the captivating story of Nice Davidson, a young man near the end of his high school career who looks forward to moving on in life. When the street life that was present during his early childhood reappears in the form of his mother’s body strewn in pieces across the back porch, Nice incorporates creative thinking to find answers as he completes his educational goals. He creates a business that catches the attention of the current street king, someone who wants to take advantage of Nice’s status as the child of a previous kingpin. Nice needs to know who he can trust to have his back when he can no longer distinguish the line between friend and foe.
Author: Linda Ladd
BAD OMEN Homicide detective Claire Morgan has a bad feeling when a man's body is found in a Missouri State Park. The crime scene is buried in snow. The corpse is frozen in ice. And nearly every bone has been broken, shattered, or crushed. . . BAD BLOOD Claire's suspicions only get worse when the body is thawed and identified. The victim was an ultimate fighter on the cage-match circuit. His wife blames her ex-husband, a Russian mafioso. But Claire knows this is no mob-style execution. This is something worse. Something evil. . . BAD BONES Raised from childhood to inflict pain, the killer uses rage as a weapon. Punishing without mercy. Killing without conscience. Upholding a dark family tradition that is so twisted, so powerful, it destroys everything in its path. And Claire is about to meet the family. . . Praise for Linda Ladd's Claire Morgan Thrillers "One of the most creepy, crawly, and compelling psychological thrillers ever." —Fresh Fiction "Chilling, compelling suspense. . .be prepared to lose sleep!" —Eileen Dryer "Exciting, thrill-a-minute!" —Midwest Book Review "Plenty of suspense and surprises." —Publishers Weekly 136,500 Words
Author: Brenda Smith
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Brandi L. Brown hears the fate of a college student who experiences hazing and is leaving the college because it is more than she can bear. Images of the distraught young lady evoke memories of her own college days, ones that had lain dormant for a couple of decades. She leaves work with the intent of writing a letter of consolation to the university student who is returning home. Under the watchful eye of her husband, she begins to tell her own story. The protagonists own story takes place during early integration, and she is among the first colored students to get a scholarship to Claxville University. Her parents do not want her to attend, but she does. While at the university she does experience some hazing and other acts that support her parents arguments about her being unable to succeed at the college. There are also wonderful experiences and good friends to be had, an interracial relationship with a fellow university student (one that is brief, but poignant, passionate, and one that she cannot tell her parents about.) Brandi also has a chance meeting with a taxi driver who proves to be more than thatThaddeus Jerome Pennington becomes her friend, that listening ear that she needs, and soon is the love interest and support she needs to continue at the school. The story has chapters like the Bus Ride, which tells of her trip to the school; Wash Day Folly in which some girls in the dorm steals her underwear from the laundry room; Cross Cultural Comparison Class (CCCC) which starts out comparing romance languages and culture, but soon turns to a comparison of Brandis culture with that of her classmates; and Flo, which helps the reader know who Taxi really is. Insane Circumstances has twenty-two chapters which aid the reader in knowing Brandis story and comprehending how it would serve to help the injured girl. Each action causes a reaction; some that she is proud of and some that she is not so proud of. When the story begins, it is Brandi Leigh Browns story. As events happen, the male character (Taxi) frequently appears. Soon, the novel becomes her story, his story, and their story. In spite of the acts of hazing, etc., she does succeed. She does graduate, and marry this man who becomes her friend for a lifetime. And Thaddeus is there to support her when she writes the letter to the girl she had seen on television, the one who enacted all the memories that lay dormant for so long. Insane Circumstances starts with the desire to write a letter of support to the girl who experienced hazing, and ends with the actual letter.
Author: Keisha Ervin
Publisher: Urban Books
After everything Farrah's been through, it's safe to say things are finally going her way. Her company, Glam Squad, has skyrocketed, and her career as a celebrity stylist has taken off faster than she can keep up. Partnering with her best friend London, she has styled and done makeup for multiple celebrities. The unstoppable duo is working hard and getting paid! On the personal side, Farrah is happier than ever. Despite everything Mills put her through, she made the right choice when she decided to give him a second chance. Mills has made up for all the lying and sneaking around he did behind her back, and he treats her like a queen. After months of bliss, he has made Farrah's dreams come true by asking her to marry him. On top of the world, Farrah is busy planning her wedding. Unbeknownst to her, however, Mills has been keeping a dark secret that will destroy everything if she finds out. Mills has been giving his ex-girlfriend Jade money to keep her quiet and take care of the baby she claims is his. He plans on taking a paternity test, but his busy schedule keeps getting in the way. In the meantime, he is doing everything in his power to keep Farrah from finding out he's cheated. Everything comes crashing down when Farrah finds out about what Mills has been up to, but she gives in to his begging and goes through with the wedding. Once they're married, things just keep getting worse as Mills keeps putting off the paternity test. He's been seeing a lot more of Jade and baby Jaysin, who looks a lot like Mills. Farrah, feeling confused and betrayed, decides to focus on her career. While on a business trip to Paris, she finds herself falling for a rapper named J.R. She still loves Mills, but after what he did to her, she's not sure their marriage will last. People always say you can't help who you love, but what happens when love gets all tangled up and no one seems to know how to set it straight? Will true love prevail, or will it break under all the lies?
Author: Naiomi Pitre
In a marriage not unlike your very own, Dominic and Yvonne Long struggle day by day to make it work. Life is looking up for the young Christian couple until jealousy arises, causing trouble in paradise. Lose yourself in a world of lust, love, and crossing the lines of mainstream sexuality.
Author: S. D. Crockett
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Set in the haunting and barren landscape of a new ice age, AFTER THE SNOW is the story of fifteen-year-old Willo, a 'straggler' kid who loses his family in the opening pages. Completely alone, he is immediately flung into an icy journey of survival, adventure, friendship and self-discovery - with only the dog spirit inside his head to guide him. Meanwhile, across Britain, outlawed followers of survivalist John Blovyn are planning an escape to the fabled Islands talked of in a revolutionary book . . . Raw, compelling and unforgettable - this powerfully voiced novel is a YA classic in the making.