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 […]
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.
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."
What's the only thing hotter than these two covers? Their reviews!
"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!"