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Below are a list of the African-American books on sale during the month of JUNE 2012.  Click on the title for review of the book. Click on ISBN to purchase.

INSPIRATIONAL | CONTEMPORARY/SERIES | MAINSTREAM


SPECIAL RELEASE


LOVE BITES - Brenda Jackson et al

HQN

| EBOOK

Five of today's hottest romance authors celebrate the special place animals hold in our hearts in one unforgettable new collection. From matchmaking parrots to proposing puppies, the animals in these enchanting stories are determined to lend a helping paw on the road to happily ever after. Don't miss these never-before-published "tails" of couples whose pets give them a new leash on love!

The authors are donating all of their proceeds from Love Bites to the Animal Adoption Foundation of Hamilton, OH, a charitable organization.

 

INSPIRATIONAL FICTION


THE MARRYING KIND - Monique Miller

Kensington Dafina

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Travis Wayne Highgate has been dumped by his wife. Now he's decided that trying to do things the right way got him nowhere, so he's becoming a player. He changes like a chameleon for each of his new relationships. Once the good guy, now he's devious, conniving, sneaky, and underhanded.

Travis is having the time of his life, until his plan is foiled in ways he never expected. He realizes his wife is the one he should have worked to stay with in the first place, as chance encounters with her and his new relationships teach him that the grass is not always greener on the other side.


GOD DON'T MAKE NO MISTAKES - Mary Monroe

Kensington Dafina

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These days, Annette Goode Davis has a pretty full plate--literally and figuratively. Although she's trying to reconcile with her husband, Pee Wee, she's still seeing other men on the side. A woman's got to cover her bases, right? With her love life hopping, Annette should be as pleased as punch. Instead, the stress has her eating everything in sight and packing on the pounds along the way. Meanwhile, Annette's best friend, Rhoda O'Toole, has her hands full--as usual--dealing with her wild child daughter. Jade has always been a cross to bear, but when her antics almost cost Rhoda her man, Rhoda throws Jade out on the street. But Jade soon finds a way to make Rhoda regret her choice….


DESTINY'S DIVAS - Victoria Christopher Murray

Simon & Schuster/Touchstone

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Sierra, Raine, and Liza are Destiny’s Divas, a fresh, new gospel group whose unique blend of singing and testifying has gained them fans across the country. They tell the world about how good God has been to them, but each is harboring a secret that could ruin them all. Twenty-something Sierra Dixon speaks about the joy of being single and celibate, though she is anything but, drifting from one relationship to another. Raine Omari has hit her breaking point with her mother-in-law and is ready to take drastic steps. And when Liza Washington discovers that her pastor-husband is in the middle of a scandal that could bring down more than just their ministry, she knows she must do something to stop him. One fateful evening their secrets are exposed, and one diva commits an act that could land her in prison for the rest of her life. Each has motive—who will crack?


THE GUILT TRIP - Pat Simmons

Lift Every Voice

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Aaron "Ace" Jamieson is living a carefree life. He's good-looking, respectable when he's in the mood, but his weakness is women. When a woman tries to ambush him with a pregnancy, he takes off in the other direction. Responsibility as an option is something he learned from his absentee father.  Talise Reed has a bright future ahead of her. She's pretty and has no problem catching a man's eye, which is exactly what she does with Ace. Their chemistry is undeniable and their passion explosive. Trapping Ace is the furthest thing from Talise's mind, when she learns she is pregnant. When Ace rejects her she lets him know, " I want nothing from you Ace, not even your name," and she means it. But Ace's big brother and cousins don't plan to let the child who represents the twelfth generation descendant of a royal African tribe leave the fold. Whether Ace decides to accept his responsibility or not, his family embraces Talise and baby.


FALLING INTO GRACE - Michele Stimpson

Kensington Dafina

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Camille Robertson had her fifteen minutes of fame in the late '90s with the sexy R&B girl group Sweet Treats. Now she works as a telemarketer and longs for the past. With her thirtieth birthday around the corner, Camille is determined to break back into the music industry. But her new agent says her only chance is to reinvent herself—as a gospel singer. So Camille joins the nearest mega church, headed by handsome worship leader, Ronald Shepherd. She quickly wows the choir and orchestrates a plan to secretly record herself and make a demo. But when she and Ronald sing a duet together, it ignites a spark for them both—and leaves Camille conflicted. Camille is grateful for the relationship developing with Robert, but she's not willing to let go of her dream—even if it means using him to get there. Before long, Camille finds herself betraying the people she cares about most. Can she have love, forgiveness, faith—and fame?


 

CONTEMPORARY/SERIES ROMANCE


DESIRE A DONOVAN - A. C. Arthur

Harlequin Kimani/Romance

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The sexy, fast-living heir to a multimillion-dollar news-and-entertainment dynasty, Dion Donovan is the man every woman wants. Despite his playboy rep, Dion's heart belongs to Lyra Anderson. He's never forgotten the kiss they shared?right before she left Miami for a new life in L.A. Now she's back, a successful photographer—and more desirable than ever. And this time, Dion's not letting her get away. Lyra will always be grateful to the family who took her in and raised her like one of their own. But it's her childhood friend Dion who's haunted her for the past ten years. Working together at the Donovan magazine empire makes Lyra crave Dion's embrace even more. She knows the pitfalls of falling for the seductive bad boy. She also knows that loving this special Donovan may be worth every risk.


COURTING JUSTICE - Brenda Jackson

Harlequin Kimani/Arabesque

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Winning a high-profile case has given a huge boost to New York attorney DeAngelo Di Meglio's career—and his love life. Too bad fame hasn't helped him win the woman he's been infatuated with for years. Tired of waiting and wondering, Angelo books a trip to the singles-only Bahamas resort where Peyton Mahoney is celebrating her thirtieth birthday. And just as he hoped, when they finally connect, the chemistry is mind-blowing?. Two weeks in paradise has given Peyton some sizzling memories. That's all she expects—or wants—from a legendary player like Angelo. Having grown up on Chicago's South Side, she is worlds away from his life of privilege. Then a controversial case puts them on opposing sides. And as sexual tension spills over from the courtroom to the bedroom, there's no way they can ignore the undeniable attraction.


AN ISLAND FOR TWO - Beverly Jenkins/Elaine Overton

Harlequin Kimani/Romance

Hawaii Magic by Beverly Jenkins: Workaholic attorney Anita Hunt is on the job 24/7. She's looking to make partner, not party. While on a forced vacation in Hawaii, she meets gorgeous pilot Steve Blair. When engine trouble forces them to make a crash landing, the seductive airman shows her a side of the exotic island and herself she never expected—and a passion that could make them partners in paradise forever.?

Fiji Fantasy by Elaine Overton: Connie Vaughn will never forget her thirtieth birthday present to herself: a passion-filled week in Fiji with a sensual stranger who knew her only as Contessa. But Michael Hillard is about to reenter her life in a big way. And from the moment the corporate playboy meets his mystery lover again, he wages an all-out campaign of seduction. This time the stakes are much higher—a love to last a lifetime!


SURRENDER MY HEART - Kayla Perrin

Halequin Kimani/Romance

All sports, for that matter. Her pro-athlete husband cheated on her—and she's not sure she'll ever be ready to give her heart again. Now she's single and working at a children's charity, and it's not just event planning that has her putting in overtime. Local football celebrity Michael Jones is organizing a gala affair with Natalie. And the sexy jock has made it crystal clear he'd like to kick off with seduction. But can Natalie let down her guard and fall for another professional athlete? Michael Jones is used to women falling at his multimillion-dollar, cleat-covered feet. But Natalie is giving him a run for his money. With the vulnerable beauty arousing his fierce protective instincts—and a desire neither has the power to resist—Michael is ready to let his playboy past go. If Natalie's willing, together they can surrender to their future. Body, heart and soul.


WHEN MORNING COMES - Francis Ray

St. Martin's Press

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Dr. Cade Mathis learned early that he was not the son of the man who raised him. His adoptive father, a cruel, bitter man had always been quick to tell him that he was a bastard and an embarrassment to the rich society family whose daughter got pregnant with him. So when Cade received a full scholarship to college, he was only too happy to leave the only home he had ever known behind and never looked back. Now a successful doctor and one of the best neurosurgeons in the state, the only thing he still wants are answers about where he came from. What he doesn’t expect to find is Sabrina Thomas, the new patient advocate at his hospital or how this woman will lead him to the family he has been searching for and a love he never expected to find.


ISLAND PURSUITS - Heather Rodney-Diaz

Crimson Romance/Spicy

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When former U.S. Marine Adrian Mendez decided to return to his beautiful twin-island homeland of Trinidad and Tobago in the southern Caribbean, he didn’t expect to find the woman of his dreams. But one chance encounter with the captivating Cory Phillips was all it took. Adrian quickly realizes once just isn’t enough with this beautiful but feisty island goddess.

Headstrong and set in her ways, Cory struggles tremendously with the military stereotypes of the island. But when this gorgeous, sensual—and deadly—soldier offers her his help, how could she resist him? After many sultry and pleasure-filled steamy Caribbean nights with Adrian, Cory finds herself going against everything she once believed in. Their lustful island pursuits lead to a sizzling romance in paradise—but what they both discover about the past threatens to destroy any chance of a happily ever after. Can their love survive this tropical turbulence even as danger and deception lurks?


EVERYTHING TO ME - Simona Taylor

Harlequin Kimani/Romance

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When she jets down to the Caribbean, Dakota Merrick doesn't expect to spend the night with Trent Walker at his luxurious island hideaway. The bad blood between the music columnist and the ultra-charming jazz producer vanishes with their first kiss. Dakota's enchanted by the erotic atmosphere of the world-class resort and the passionate music she and Trent are making together. Trent knows he shouldn't trust the ambitious reporter. But living out his most sensual fantasies with Dakota is a temptation no man can refuse. Until a breaking scandal threatens their tropical idyll. Will Dakota choose ambition over a future with him? Or can Trent find the right notes to play a love riff straight into her heart?


HARLOT - Keith Thomas Walker

Genesis Press/Indigo

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Pastor Benny Humphries didn't realize he'd created a monster. He didn't know his daughter Shayla was aware of his affairs. He certainly didn't think she'd still be reeling from the pain two decades later. Now 34, Shayla is confident and sexy and hell bent on unmasking fornicators and false prophets like her dad. With the prowess of a black widow, Shayla seduces, exposes, and leaves the tattered lives of deacons and pastors in her wake. But some of her victims vow revenge. Not until her own life is in danger does Shayla stop to consider whether she's doing God's will, or if she's simply the harlot her adversaries paint her out to be.


A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - Pamela Yaye

Bitter Creek Books

EBOOK

Bandit Creek native, Savannah Vaughn, returns to her small, picturesque hometown to help care for her ailing grandparents, and hasn’t once regretted her decisiont to leave her glamorous, fast-paced life in the Big Apple behind. After being callously dumped by her ex, Savannah throws herself into her work to forget the pain, the heartache that seems to engulf her. Savannah’s been burned so many times by love, she’s given up all hope of ever finding Mr. Right, or having a family of her own. Then, suave, charasmatic businessman, Michael Mosely walks into the restaurant she manages, and turns her quiet, univentful life upside down!


 

MAINSTREAM FICTION


   
 
 


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RATING SCALE - An Award of Excellence will only be given if at least two reviewers agree on a 5-star rating.