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Street Lit for Your Shelves

Drama, mystery, romance, and more abound in these new and forthcoming urban fiction titles:

THE CARTEL 6: THE DEMISE by Ashley & JaQuavis
The Cartel’s plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but comes with great sacrifice: a dead girl, a scorned wife, traitors, and one hole in the desert will launch a chain of catastrophic events and a fight with the Arabian mob. “The story’s turns and surprises, paired with its unflinching studies of emotional pain and physical pleasure make this an excellent, exciting read for newcomers, longtime Cartel followers, and all urban-lit fans.” — Booklist

THE REAL MRS. PRICE by J.D. Mason
Two women, both married to the same man, come together to find out where he is—and who he really is. “Mason writes a murky whodunit with a touch of the supernatural… Push this one to readers who enjoy an atmospheric novel with plenty of twists and turns.” — Library Journal

DIAMONDS AND PEARL by K’wan
In this street lit take on Romeo and Juliet, a young gangster in New Orleans falls for the daughter of a Harlem drug kingpin. “The author of HOOD RAT and GUTTER excels in his latest title, and his ear for street slang remains sharp and on point. The abrupt ending leaves readers thirsty for more. Let’s hope there’s a sequel in the mix as this is one of the top urban fiction novels of the year.” — Library Journal, starred review & pick of the month

LUXE TWO: A LaLa Land Addiction by Ashley Antoinette
In this sequel to LUXE, Bleu Montclair is addicted to the luxe life and it has led her down a road of self-destruction. Now two separate loves want to rescue her—will she let them? Or will she be lost to her addictions? “Throughout the novel, Antoinette provides a sobering viewpoint of addiction and how drug use destroys not just one life but whole families. On her own or as part of the popular married urban fiction duo Ashley and JaQuavis, Antoinette is one of the genre’s hottest writers. Buy multiple copies to meet demand.” — Library Journal

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The Word on White Lines II: Sunny

Reviewer Rollie Welch of Library Journal's "The Word on Street Lit" column recently took a look at the latest White Lines book from Essence bestselling author Tracy Brown, WHITE LINES II: SUNNY.

Welch said, 

Sunny Cruz has it all—at least on the surface. Just shy of 40, this Manhattan girl still can bring it on the modeling runway, and business ventures allow a lavish lifestyle. But she mourns Dorian, the love of her life who died ten years ago. A movie offer brings her to L.A. where she meets Malcolm, a sexy lawyer who brings in a six-figure salary. So what’s the problem? Nothing that alcohol and Percocet can’t fix. That is until Sunny stumbles onto her old love—cocaine. Now living two lives, Sunny struggles to keep her dark side a secret. She finds that Malcolm is all wine, cheese, and jazz, while she knows she’s Hennessy, chicken wings, and hip-hop. Opposites attract but only to a point.

VERDICT Brown’s (WHITE LINES; AFTERMATH) latest is more of an intricate romance than a street novel; relationships grow complicated as jealousy builds. Still many of the characters, although they live in luxury, have a street background that comes out under pressure. When Sunny lets loose her inner Brooklyn side, look out! Brown has a big following. Buy multiples.

Read Welch's full article, "The Word on Street Lit: From Strip Clubs to Law Offices." 

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Lots of Love for K’wan and Ice-T

What's the only thing hotter than these two covers? Their reviews!

Highlighted in yesterday's Library Journal article, The Word on Street Lit, both EVICTION NOTICE and KINGS OF VICE got a lot of love.

"K’wan, K’wan, K’wan. You hooked me hard, and now I’ll read anything you write. [...] K’wan has risen from 'just another street lit author' to a writer who produces thrilling plots, and his descriptive prose holds its own against many top-selling authors. Load up with copies. Demand will soar." —Library Journal (starred review)

As for KINGS OF VICE, Library Journal says, "Ice-T, what’s going on? Last month you reeled me in with your ICE: A MEMOIR OF GANGSTER LIFE AND REDEMPTION—FROM SOUTH CENTRAL TO HOLLYWOOD, and now you hit me with a cool novel about the streets! Slow down, dude. No, check that—write more!"

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LJ Best Books 2010: Genre Fiction

LJ Best Books of 2010: Genre Fiction


 


 


 

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