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by Tananarive Due
by Walter Mosley
by Victoria Christopher Murray
by Brenda Jackson, Joylynn Jossel, Kayla Perrin, and Tamara Sneed
by Carl Weber
|From the award-winning writer of
The Good House, The Living Blood, and more,
Joplin's Ghost is a chilling tale of a star-in-the-making whose
life goes haywire as she is haunted by the ghost of a long-dead music
When Phoenix Smalls was ten, she nearly died at her parents' jazz club when she was crushed by a turn-of-the-century piano. Now twenty-four, Phoenix is launching a career as an R & B singer. She's living the life young artists envy and seems destined for fame and fortune. But a chance visit to a historical site in St. Louis ignites a series of bizarre, erotic encounters with a spirit who may be the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin.
The music of Scott Joplin is strange enough to the ears of the hip-hop generation, but the idea that these antique sounds are being channeled by the protegee of rap superstar G-Ronn is nothing short of ludicrous.
With growing violence in G-Ronn's inner circle and a ghost bent on living forever through her, Phoenix's life suddenly hangs in the balance," writes Tananarive Due. Can the power of her own inner song and the love of a music writer who believes in her give Phoenix the strength to fight to live out her own future? Or will she be trapped forever in Scott Joplin's doomed, tragic past?
|As shown in the superb 10th
entry in Mosley's Easy Rawlins series (Devil in a Blue Dress, etc.), Easy's progress is never smooth and his achievements (responsible job, son
and daughter both flowering, loving woman in his house, friends and even a
grudging respect from local authorities) always fragile. Now, at the
height of the Vietnam War era, it all threatens to collapse. Daughter
Feather's mysterious illness is the proximate cause, and only an expensive
Swiss clinic offers hope. Needing the nearly impossible sum of $35,000,
Easy considers assisting his dangerous pal, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander,
with a robbery. But he decides instead to try his luck on a missing
persons job brokered by white friend and PI Saul Lynx. Easy leaves Los
Angeles for San Francisco, where his new employer puts him on the trail of
a wealthy and eccentric lawyer and the lawyer's exotic lover, a girl known
as Cinnamon, who have disappeared. As ever, Mosley is able to capture the
era—hippies, Watts, communes—in brief strokes that provide a brilliant
background to Easy's search for solutions to both a convoluted mystery and
complex personal problems.
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| After fleeing Los Angeles
when her attempt to break up her best friend's marriage fails, Jasmine is now a changed
woman...and a Christian. She vows to attend church every Sunday, swears off married men,
and begins her search for the soul mate she is sure God has for her. Now living in the
Big Apple, she has shed twenty-five pounds, shaved ten years off her age, filled her
expensive apartment with designer clothes...all to begin her man-finding mission.
She quickly meets her dream mate -- a preacher -- who falls head over heels in love with her. Surely, God is good! But things start slipping when another man from Jasmine's past refuses to stay there, and an unexpected pregnancy threatens to sabotage all of her dreams. Will Jasmine's lying and scheming continue? Or will she finally learn that honesty is the only path to redemption?
|Brenda Jackson: "The Hunter" Mallory Standish and Hunter Sloan share a steamy one night stand. But, the next morning, Mallory learns that the P. in P.I. doesn't stand for "private." In Hunter's case, it stands for "playa."Joylynn Jossel: "Just Wanna Love Ya"Jai is out for a night on the town. She certainly isn't looking for love. But, after a night of passion with Sloane, she realizes that she's found more than an all night man. She's found an all night, all day, every day man. Kayla Perrin: "Never Satisfied" Rachel is sick of set-ups, bad dates, and boring one night stands. Then, a mysterious man from her past shows up and reminds Rachel that relationships should be anything but boring. Tamara Sneed: "Fantasy Man" Olivia, a high powered PR executive, is supposed to entertain Clark, one of Hollywood's cutest bad boys. Olivia, who is usually no-nonsense, thinks that they will have dinner, talk business, and call it a night. Clark, however, has very different ideas. . .||
The acclaimed national bestselling author returns with a tale of three best friends who’ve grown from boys to men
together. But now that they’re each either married or about to be, they’re coming up against some of the real tests
of manhood… James Robinson and his wife, Cathy, have had their rough patches. But seven years into their marriage,
things are better, and hotter, than ever—until the not-so-distant past catches up with
Meanwhile, James’s best friend, Brent Williams, has got his own romantic complications. He’s a fine brother who’s had women throwing themselves at him all his life, but it’s taken Brent a while to find someone who wants him for the man he is on the inside. He thinks he’s found her in his fiancée, Alison Jones. The plus-size beauty isn’t his usual type, but more important to Brent, she’s a born-again Christian, like him. They seem like a match made in heaven until a sexy third party threatens to come between them—someone Brent has been praying to resist.
Ever since he got married and moved to Seattle, Sonny Harrison has missed his friends in New York. But that’s going to change now that James has pulled some strings and gotten him a job at UPS. There’s just one problem—Sonny’s wife. When Sonny tells her the good news, she promptly sends him packing. Sonny’s heartbroken—until he reunites with his high school sweetheart, Tiffany. But his quick devotion soon turns suffocating—and scary. Tiffany wants out, but the harder she tries to end things, the harder Sonny hangs on. As his behavior becomes more and more obsessive, Brent and James may be the only ones who can intervene. But will helping Tiffany mean losing their friend forever?
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