The holiday season was packed with new book releases, and the month of January is no different. Check out our list of books released in December and books slated for release in January.
A Hustler’s Queen By Saundra
A hard-working daddy’s girl, Precious Cummings is sure she’s going to college. But when her father is murdered, she discovers he lied for years about money they never had—and hid a shocking family secret. Shattered and lost, she starts hangin’ with savvy hood chick Keisha—and falls hard for DaVon, LA’s most powerful drug dealer. As his new lady, Precious soon gets the best of every luxurious thing—and fast learns the ropes of her lover’s lethal hustle . . .
Suddenly DaVon is brutally gunned down, and Precious steps up to run his empire. But she’s got to stay ahead of rivals planning to ice her out, treachery from DaVon’s rebellious crew . . . and her mysterious twin sister who appears out of nowhere and has nothing to lose. Escaping the game is not an option. Trusting anyone equals a death sentence. And Precious has just one shot to flip betrayal, deception, and killer lies her way—and survive to rule for keeps. (December 2018) Kindle Amazon Paperback
Ethic 3 By Ashley Antoinette
Healing requires separation. When Ethic discovers malice in a woman he thought was perfect, he walks away from their love. Keeping his family safe is his main priority and falling for Alani Lenika Hill is dangerous. The history of their love haunts him however, and getting over her isn’t easy. Alani has beguiled his two youngest children and they crave her presence as much as Ethic. They want a mother. He wants a woman, but with ghosts and lies between them the couple is forced apart yet again. With love comes pain and Ethic feels all of it. He can’t focus on anything and while he is distracted by heartbreak, his eldest daughter, Morgan is caught up in a deceptive affair. With bad boy Messiah, pledging allegiance to Morgan she is willing to defy everything and anyone to keep his love forever. This story is a soul-stirring journey of love, loss, and forgiveness. Will Ethic finally receive everything he deserves? Or will karma circle back for him and destroy him for good? Ashley Antoinette has penned a new classic with the Ethic series. Ride with her as she paints a poignant picture of Ezra “Ethic” Okafor, the imperfect man who gives perfect love. (December 2018) Kindle Amazon Paperback
The Wives we Play By Briana Cole
Kimera Davis finds comfort in dating married men. It’s easier that way. Her needs are taken care of and she doesn’t have to give more of herself than she wants to. No messy feelings involved. But when the man she’s seeing poses an unexpected question, Kimera quickly realizes that she’s not the only woman pulled in by his charm.
Their new arrangement doesn’t require much from Kimera, but she soon discovers that someone else is pulling the strings. She’s not looking for complications, yet she can’t help feeling that there’s something devious at play.
And the truth is more complicated than she could ever imagine . . .
The Perfect Love Storm By Anna Black
Chase Storm is a rich, young bachelor with no intention of settling down. His reputation as the town’s playboy is ruining his family’s name, so his brothers decide to take action. To tame their youngest brother’s appetite for women, they offer him a sweet deal. Unwilling at first, Chase finally agrees to take on the challenge and is introduced to Madison Atkins-Morgan.
Madison, a widow, has moved back to her hometown of Tyler, Texas. After losing her husband and twin sons in a car wreck, she needs a fresh start. When things don’t go as planned, she finds herself in a slump. Four years later, after having isolated herself, she decides to rejoin the real world and start living again. Unaware of Chase’s reputation for being a ladies’ man, she accepts his dinner invitation.
They’ve met before, but he hadn’t seemed interested in her during any of those brief encounters. Now, however, there is a definite connection between the bachelor and the widow. When his reputation comes to light, she chooses to continue their budding relationship. She is falling in love with the person the whole town warned her about, and she couldn’t be happier–until she discovers she was part of a wager that could cost both of their hearts. (December 2018) Kindle Amazon Paperback
Carl Weber’s Kingpins: Houston By Treasure Hernandez
Life is perfect for Donna and Kim Boon when they move in with their Aunt, until her murder unearths a secret that will alter everything they’ve ever known.
Donna and Kim Boon moved to Houston, Texas with their aunt Lisa when they were orphaned at ten years old. Lisa raised the girls as her own, showering them with everything a young woman could want. The girls have grown up into beautiful and privileged Houstonites and are two of the most eligible bachelorettes in the city, with more suitors than they know how to handle. Life seems perfect, but when Aunt Lisa is gunned down in cold blood, the girls discover a family secret that will change their lives forever. (December 2018) Kindle Amazon Paperback
Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women By Kevin Curry
The fitness influencer and creator of the #1 bestselling Food & Drink app, FitMenCook, shares 100 easy, quick meal prep recipes that will save you time, money, and inches on your waistline—helping you to get healthy on your own terms.
We like to be inspired when it comes to food. No one enjoys cookie-cutter meal plans, bland recipes, or eating the same thing every day. Instead of worrying about what to eat and how it’s going to affect our bodies, we should embrace food freedom—freedom to create flavorful meals, but in a more calorie-conscious way; freedom to indulge occasionally while being mindful of portions; and freedom to achieve wellness goals without breaking the bank.
In Fit Men Cook, Kevin Curry, fitness expert and social media sensation with millions of followers and hundreds of thousands of downloads on his app, shares everything you need to live a healthy life each day—from grocery lists to common dieting pitfalls to his ten commandments of meal prep—as well as his personal story of overcoming depression and weight gain to start a successful business and fitness movement. This guide also includes 100+ easy and flavorful recipes like Southern-Inspired Banana Corn Waffles, Sweet Potato Whip, Juicy AF Moroccan Chicken, and many more to help you plan your week and eat something new and nutritious each day. With Fit Men Cook, you can create exciting, satisfying meals and be on your way to losing weight for good. (December 2018) Kindle Amazon Paperback
Heart of the Hustle By A’zayler
They inherited ultimate power …
Heir to the infamous DeLuca drug cartel fortune, Angel DeLuca walked away from it all for a normal life—until a wrenching betrayal shattered his belief in anything but saving his family’s hard-won legacy. He’s come back to lead the DeLuca empire—no matter the cost. But his most dangerous rival is the one woman whose fierce determination he can’t resist …
How far will they go to keep it?
Emilia East grew up in the game—virtually a daughter to Angel’s mother. In fact, she’s been the one enforcing the cartel rules and expanding the business, so she’s not about to step aside for someone who threw everything away. But when two rival cartels put a target on her back, going on the run with Angel is her only chance to survive. And his unexpected strength—and concealed passion—sparks a love Emilia can’t get enough of. Now they have one last shot to save their empire … and themselves. (January 29, 2019) Kindle Amazon Paperback
Lawless By K’Wan
Bernie excels in life, but love is another story. Being gorgeous, smart and from a well-to-do family, she has no shortage of high society suitors vying for her attention, but when measured against her father, none seem good enough. This changes when she meets Keith Davis, a hot shot lawyer recently hired at her father’s firm.
Keith is handsome, financially stable, and as skilled in the bedroom as he is in open court, with an infectious personality that draws people, including Bernie, to him. Being new to Atlanta from New Orleans, Keith’s past is somewhat of a mystery, but that doesn’t stop Bernie from falling head over heels for him. The day Keith gets down on one knee and proposes to Bernie is one of the happiest of her life. She has found a kindred soul who seems to bring everything to the table… including a dark secret.
When Keith is unexpectedly summoned back to New Orleans to attend the funeral of a relative killed under questionable circumstances, Bernie insists on being by his side. Their trip to the Big Easy will find the couple in the middle of a murder mystery that Keith has been reluctantly charged to solve. During the investigation into the slaying, secrets will be unearthed about Keith’s past that cause Bernie to question everything she thought she knew about the man she’s agreed to marry. (January 29, 2019) Kindle Amazon Paperback
Blood Ties By Shaun Sinclair
Strong, loving father. Hard-working loyal son. They are the best hit men in the business. But one woman’s revenge will put the ultimate target on their backs …
Trained to be a Special Forces killer, Leader came back from his tours of duty broke—and near-broken. So when the streets came calling, he rose from ruthless hood enforcer to a powerful international cartel’s most feared “cleaner.” And when tragedy hit home, his sensitive son, Justus, turned out to be a natural assassin—and unshakably loyal to his father.
Together they are an unstoppable team who leave no trace behind … Until a mysterious woman from nowhere begins working Leader’s deep-hidden weaknesses. Slowly, she’s exploding all his secrets—and turning Justus’ devotion into a weapon. Now with father and son gunning for each other, survival is down to sheer killer instinct, nothing left to lose—and shattering betrayal only family can deliver … (January 29, 2019) Kindle Amazon Paperback
The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers By Bridgett M. Davis
In 1958, the very same year that an unknown songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found Motown Records, a pretty young mother from Nashville, Tennessee borrowed $100 from her brother to run a Numbers racket out of her tattered apartment on Delaware Street, in one of Detroit’s worst sections. That woman was Fannie Davis, Bridgett M. Davis’ mother.
Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, granddaughter of slaves, Fannie became more than a numbers runner: she was a kind of Ulysses, guiding both her husbands, five children and a grandson through the decimation of a once-proud city using her wit, style, guts, and even gun. She ran her numbers business for 34 years, doing what it took to survive in a legitimate business that just happened to be illegal. She created a loving, joyful home, sent her children to the best schools, bought them the best clothes, mothered them to the highest standard, and when the tragedy of urban life struck, soldiered on with her stated belief: “Dying is easy. Living takes guts.”
A daughter’s moving homage to an extraordinary parent, The World According to Fannie Davis is also the suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to “make a way out of no way” to provide a prosperous life for her family — and how those sacrifices resonate over time. This original, timely, and deeply relatable portrait of one American family is essential reading. (January 29, 2019) Kindle Amazon Paperback
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America By Ibi Zoboe, Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds, and more
Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.
Black is…sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renée Watson.
Black is…three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds.
Black is…Nic Stone’s high-class beauty dating a boy her momma would never approve of.
Black is…two girls kissing in Justina Ireland’s story set in Maryland.
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