[#NEWBOOKALERT]: Quarantine Reads & More April Black Book Releases

Just in time for quarantine, here is a list of April Black Book Releases. This list includes new books from Eric Jerome Dickey, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Takerra Allen more.

Read the complete list of April Black Book Releases below.

The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey

Unlike their younger brother, André, whose star as a comedian is rising, neither Dwayne nor Brick Duquesne is having luck with his career—and they’re unluckier still in love. Former child star Dwayne has just been fired from his latest acting role and barely has enough money to get by after paying child support to his spiteful former lover, while Brick struggles to return to his uninspiring white-collar job after suffering the dual blows of a health emergency and a nasty breakup with the woman he still loves.

Neither brother is looking to get entangled with a woman anytime soon, but love—and lust—has a way of twisting the best-laid plans. When Dwayne tries to reconnect with his teenage son, he finds himself fighting to separate his animosity from his attraction for his son’s mother, Frenchie. And Brick’s latest source of income—chauffeur and bodyguard to three smart, independent women temporarily working as escorts in order to get back on their feet—opens a world of possibility in both love and money.

Penny, Christiana, and Mocha Latte know plenty of female johns who would pay top dollar for a few hours with a man like Brick… if he can let go of his past, embrace his unconventional new family, and allow strangers to become lovers. Eric Jerome Dickey paints a powerful portrait of the family we have, the families we create, and every sexy moment in between. African-American Fiction Dutton (Amazon)

Influence: Death On the Beach

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Family Business crime series comes the next installment in his provocative legal thriller series about the Hudson family, owners of a powerful law firm in Harlem.

Singing sensation Savannah Kirby has won thirteen Grammys and married the man of her dreams in superstar rapper/ actor Kyle Kirby. Together they are of one of the most dynamic and powerful couples in entertainment—until Kyle is found murdered and Savannah is arrested for the crime.

Things don’t look good for the singer when she can’t keep her stories straight and her bloody fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. Even with famed attorney Bradley Hudson and his family of lawyers handling her case, it looks like Savannah is headed to jail. However, this isn’t Bradley’s first rodeo, and he’s always got an ace up his sleeve. Urban Fiction Urban Books (Amazon)

On God by Keisha Ervin

An in-depth guide to creating and publishing your first best-selling novel, with personal testimonies from the critically acclaimed author, Keisha Ervin. “On God” will feature step by step guidance on composing, editing, and publishing your literary masterpiece. Keisha Ervin offers readers a cheat sheet to the industry while baring her soul and encompassing the raw, uncut truth of her personal journey of fifteen years in the literary industry. Urban Fiction Color Me Pynk Publications (Amazon)

I Don’t Want to Die Poor: Essays by Michael Arceneaux

Ever since Oprah Winfrey told the 2007 graduating class of Howard University, “Don’t be afraid,” Michael Arceneaux has been scared to death. You should never do the opposite of what Oprah instructs you to do, but when you don’t have her pocket change, how can you not be terrified of the consequences of pursuing your dreams?

Michael has never shied away from discussing his struggles with debt, but in I Don’t Want to Die Poor, he reveals the extent to which it has an impact on every facet of his life—how he dates; how he seeks medical care (or in some cases, is unable to); how he wrestles with the question of whether or not he should have chosen a more financially secure path; and finally, how he has dealt with his “dream” turning into an ongoing nightmare as he realizes one bad decision could unravel all that he’s earned. You know, actual “economic anxiety.”

I Don’t Want to Die Poor is an unforgettable and relatable examination about what it’s like leading a life that often feels out of your control. But in Michael’s voice that’s “as joyful as he is shrewd” (BuzzFeed), these razor-sharp essays will still manage to make you laugh and remind you that you’re not alone in this often intimidating journey. African-American Non-Fiction Atria Books (Amazon)

The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by Andre Leon Talley

During André Leon Talley’s first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, André moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild’s Women’s Wear Daily, befriending fashion’s most important designers (Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta). But as André made friends, he also made enemies. A racially tinged encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella.

There, he eventually became creative director, developing an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour. As she rose to the top of Vogue’s masthead, André also ascended, and soon became the most influential man in fashion.

The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last fifty years of fashion. At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how André not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived—despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry—to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion. African-American Non-Fiction Ballantine Books (Amazon)

Navigate Your Stars by Jesmyn Ward

For Tulane University’s 2018 commencement, Jesmyn Ward delivered a stirring speech about the value of hard work and the importance of respect for oneself and others. Speaking about the challenges she and her family overcame, Ward inspired everyone in the audience with her meditation on tenacity in the face of hardship. Ward’s moving words will inspire readers as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives, whether, like Ward, they are the first in their families to graduate from college or are preceded by generations, or whether they are embarking on a different kind of journey later in life.

Beautifully illustrated in full color by Gina Triplett, this gorgeous and profound book will charm a generation of students—and their parents. Ward’s inimitable voice shines through as she shares her experience as a Southern black woman and addresses the themes of grit, adversity, and the importance of family bonds. Navigate Your Stars is a perfect gift for anyone in need of inspiration. African-American Non-Fiction Scribner (Amazon)

Suga Hill: A Love Jones Kinda Tale by Tamika Newhouse

Imagine meeting Mr. Right at the wrong time. Throwing herself into her career, Dani settles for a passionless relationship with Jacob. Hardcore and shielded on the surface, passion and love are the last things on Dani’s mind. Until one day, a conversation with a friendly stranger gives her that good ole feeling back and ready to risk it all.

A night of passion triggers something Dani hasn’t felt in a long time. But do you trust a feeling with the one you just met, or do you trust your history with the one that you’re with? In this romantic but sexy comedy, discover a story so hilariously relatable that you have to ask yourself, what if the person that you’re supposed to be with is already here? Urban Fiction Delphine Publications (Amazon)

Seasons of Fidelity: End Game by Takerra Allen

The first season was one of contemplation.
The second, of choices.
The final…? Consequences.

Regina and Ray have begun to rebuild atop destruction. But have they cleared all of the rubble away? What happens when a solid union is constructed on shaky foundation? Will it stand or will it crumble?

Derrick and Aleeya are not Derrick and Aleeya. For the second time, they’ve entered a new season apart. Is it destiny or doom that await if they should connect? With so many odds stacked against them, will the dice ever roll in their favor?

Yael has gone missing at a fragile turn in Justice’s life, leaving him feeling more isolated than before meeting her. With time to reflect, he begins to analyze why he’s so dedicated on saving others. Should he toss out the raft once more, or stop himself from drowning this time? The Finale packs answers to the burning questions. Urban Fiction Angelic Script Publishing (Amazon)

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

In his early twenties Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent rose to the heights of fame and power in the cutthroat music business. A decade ago the multi-platinum selling rap artist decided to pivot. His ability to adapt to change was demonstrated when he became the executive producer and star of Power, a high-octane, gripping crime drama centered around a drug kingpin’s family. The series quickly became “appointment” television, leading to Jackson inking a four-year, $150 million contract with the Starz network―the most lucrative deal in premium cable history.

Now, in his most personal book, Jackson shakes up the self-help category with his unique, cutting-edge lessons and hard-earned advice on embracing change. Where The 50th Law tells readers “fear nothing and you shall succeed,” Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter builds on this message, combining it with Jackson’s street smarts and hard-learned corporate savvy to help readers successfully achieve their own comeback―and to learn to flow with the changes that disrupt their own lives. African-American Non-Fiction Amistad (Amazon)

Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage and Sex by Michael Todd

Realer than the most real conversation you’ve ever heard on the topic, Michael Todd’s honest, heartfelt, and powerful teaching on relationships has already impacted millions of people in all seasons of life around the world. Now, in Relationship Goals, Michael tells his own story of heartache and healing, unpacks explosive truths from God’s Word, and tells it to you straight to help you win at relationships in every part of your life.

Where did the idea for relationships come from in the first place? Does God really care who I hang out with? Is it even possible to avoid relational train wrecks? From his plan for intentional dating to handling break-ups well to doing family instead of just being in a family, Michael tackles the questions we all have about relational success.

As he candidly examines our most common pitfalls in relationships and the start-today ways to get past them, Michael helps you align your longings with God’s awesome desires for your life. Now, that’s a good relationship goal. African-American Non-Fiction Water Brook (Amazon)

The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson-Hernandez

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