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Af/Am Fiction

From contemporary to urban fiction, these three new books by African American writers are perfect for patrons who love romance and drama:

AND THEN THERE WAS ME by Sadeqa Johnson
The story of Bea, a woman wrestling with motherhood, an unfaithful husband, and a friend who may not be who she seems, all while trying to make sense of her new neighborhood. “Combining the warmth and sisterhood of Terry McMillan’s novels and the tragedies and healing of those from Kristin Hannah, this book should find a wide, satisfied readership.” — Booklist

THE STREETS HAVE NO KING by JaQuavis Coleman
After 7 years of prison, multi-millionaire drug mogul Kane Garrett is back on the streets, but this time he’s teaching a college class, infusing business principles with his signature ruthless edge he developed in the streets. When a student—and heavy heroin dealer—named Basil catches Kane’s eye, Kane takes him on as a protégé and together, they build the biggest, smartest drug trafficking business the state has ever seen. But when Basil meets Moriah, Kane’s only daughter, lines get crossed and their dominant business union becomes a deadly rivalry. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (4/4/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to five new works of fiction waiting to be snapped up by your patrons:

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
An April 2017 Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Debuts with FOUR starred reviews! An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review

A LITTLE MORE HUMAN by Fiona Maazel
An April 2017 Indie Next pick! Meet Phil Snyder: new father, nursing assistant at a cutting-edge biotech facility on Staten Island, and all-around decent guy. Phil also has a special talent he doesn’t want to publicize—he’s a mind reader and moonlights as Brainstorm, a costumed superhero. But when Phil wakes up from a blackout drunk and is confronted with photos that seem to show him assaulting an unknown woman, even superpowers won’t help him. “Maazel takes a dark, inventive look at the cost of pushing humans to their limits.” — Booklist

THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN by Karen Katchur
Perfect for fans of Lisa Scottoline and Heather Gudenkauf, a suspenseful novel in which a small-town murder forces two sisters to face the secrets and lies that have torn them apart. “Katchur weaves a suspenseful tale of family secrets and what it means to keep quiet. For readers who relish complex family mysteries.” — Library Journal

CASTLE OF WATER by Dane Huckelbridge
Castaway meets The Notebook in this beautifully written adventure/romance set on a deserted island from first-time novelist Dane Huckelbridge. “…a diverting if sentimental story with just enough detours from the obvious path to keep it from predictability.” — Booklist
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Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month! To celebrate, we’re having an e-Book sale all month long, and we’ve put together an Edelweiss collection of nearly 200 titles (History! Biography! Fiction! Culture!) to help you with collection development. Here are some highlights:

Nonfiction
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
A CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT: The Legacy of Barack Obama by Michael D’Antonio
THE MEANING OF MICHELLE: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King & Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.

Fiction / Graphic Novels
AND THEN THERE WAS ME by Sadeqa Johnson
BOSS by Tracy Brown
THE STREETS HAVE NO KING by JaQuavis Coleman
THE SUPREMES SING THE HAPPY HEARTACHE BLUES by Edward Kelsey Moore
FIRE!! THE ZORA NEALE HURSTON STORY by Peter Bagge
THREE-FIFTHS A MAN: A Graphic History of the African American Experience by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colón

Click here to view the Black History Month Edelweiss collection.

All’s Fair in Love – LJ Genre Spotlight on Romance

Love is in the air at Library Journal! Their recent genre spotlight on romance includes these steamy Macmillan reads:
HISTORY OR HER STORY?

Kerrigan Byrne’s THE DUKE (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fourth installment in her “Victorian Rebels” series, features a nurse by day/spy by night who gets tangled up with a duke who has lost a hand as a prisoner of war.

PLAYTIME

Addison Fox’s AT LAST (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Nov.) stars a former NFL hero who walks away from the pros and clashes with a Brooklyn brewery owner.

While the traditional games will continue to thrive, the genre is broadening to include new and ever more exciting sports. Consider Rebecca Yarros’s WILDER (Entangled, Sept.), which features a five-time X Games (extreme sports) champion.

MORE THAN BRAWN

Romantic suspense is also getting tech-savvy with a heroine computer hacker in Sarah Castille’s new “Ruin & Revenge” series, which begins with NICO (St. Martin’s, Dec.).

Even our favorite professionals, librarians, are coming out in force with Dawn Ryder’s suspenseful DEEP INTO TROUBLE (St. Martins, Mar. 2017). This third title in her “Unbroken Heroes” series matches up a library worker with a special agent.

LOVE FROM ANOTHER WORLD

Romance writers have taken on the epic fantasy and sf tales with crossovers that transcend genre boundaries. Jacqueline Carey is no stranger to epic fantasy that also delights romance readers with strongly sensual, erotic plots, such as her “­Kushiel’s Legacy Trilogies.” Carey here retells Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a tale of forbidden love, MIRANDA AND CALIBAN (Tor, Feb. 2017).

For sf romance lovers, marriage and divorce give way to seven-year contracts in Erin Lyon’s I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Forge, Jan. 2017).

Paranormal romance interest remains strong. Cathy Clamp’s second “Luna Lake” title, ILLICIT (Tor, Nov.), features shifters from dueling bear clans.

HIT AND MYTH

Fairy tale and myth retellings are also keeping paranormal romance in view. Monique Patterson, executive editor and editorial director of romance for St. Martin’s Press, thinks that “retellings never waned in romance and have been happening across all the romance subgenres.” The press is releasing Kerrelyn Sparks’s new “Embraced” series, which opens with a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (Mar. 2017).

Christine Warren proves that animals are not the only shifters around with HARD TO HANDLE (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fifth entry in her “Gargoyles” series.

In debut author Madhuri Pavamani’s new dark and erotic “The Keeper” series, an assassin must kill a target that has nine lives. The series begins with DUTCH (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), quickly followed by JUMA (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Mar. 2017).

A DIVERSE UNIVERSE

All readers deserve books that represent their individuality. For years, many publishers have developed imprints dedicated to multicultural fiction, others to ­LGBTQ+ works, while still others increasingly offer a broader selection of materials, whether related to ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, age, or body type. Diverse titles we’ve seen are predominantly from African American authors (and feature African American characters).

Tracy Brown’s BOSS (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Jan. 2017), a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, has been likened to the immensely popular TV shows Empire and Scandal. readmoreremove

NYPL F16 Romance Book Buzz

This morning Anne presented her favorite new and upcoming romance novels at a New York Public Library Romance Book Buzz.

While she only discussed the titles listed below in detail, there’s a full Edelweiss collection of 350+ red-hot reads spanning contemporary/paranormal/historical romance to sizzling hot erotica, New Adult, and books OK for YA! Want more? SMPRomance.com and Heroes & Heartbreakers have all the romance books your heart desires.

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb (Eve Dallas/In Death series) | ISBN: 9781250123114 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
BECAUSE I’M WATCHING* by Christina Dodd (Virtue Falls series) | ISBN: 9781250028457 | Out Now
THE DUKE by Kerrigan Byrne (Victorian Rebels series) | ISBN: 9781250118240 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE LEGENDARY LORD by Valerie Bowman (The Playful Brides series) | ISBN: 9781250072597 | Out 11/1/16
I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS by Erin Lyon | ISBN: 9780765386106 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT by Giovanna Fletcher | ISBN: 9781250077110 | Out 4/25/17 (LR: 2/20)
INTENSE PLEASURE* by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts series) | ISBN: 9781250105417 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE HERO by Donna Grant (Sons of Texas series) | ISBN: 9781250083395 | Out 12/6/16 (LR: 11/20)
FIRESTORM by Donna Grant (Dark Kings series) | ISBN: 9781250109538 | Out 3/7/17 (LR: 1/20)
A FARE TO REMEMBER by Opal Carew | ISBN: 9781250116680 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 12/20)
BOSS by Tracy Brown | ISBN: 9781250043009 | Out 4/4/17 (LR: 2/20)
NICO by Sarah Castille (Ruin & Revenge series) | ISBN: 9781250104038 | Out 12/6/16 (LR: 11/20)
MUST LOVE WIENERS by Casey Griffin (Rescue Dog Romance series) | ISBN: 9781250084675 | Out Now
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore | YA | ISBN: 9781250058669 | Out 10/4/16

Download the handout of presented titles (including four pages of backlist essentials) and don’t forget to check out the Edelweiss collection!

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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

Coming in 2017:

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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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