B-More Careful takes sex, lies, and betrayal to the next level in this action-packed, fast-paced, suspense-filled novel. Growing up on the cold, mean, inner-city streets of Baltimore is Netta, leader of an all-girl clique called the Pussy Pound.
In Bad Girlz 4 Life, #1 bestselling author Shannon Holmes returns with the explosive sequel to his national bestseller, Bad Girlz. Tonya Morris a.k.a. "Tender" is back and this time the ride is wilder than ever.
Is the Badd family strong enough to survive the takeover? While focused on surviving, an alarming chain of events lead to a discovery that threatens the family's structure and sheds new light on the Mamma Badd mystery. Is Mamma Badd dead or alive? Bobby and Lera's love seems to be permanently damaged, but can broken trust be repaired?
This first edition of the action-packed urban series centers on a young Brooklyn hairstylist who finds herself in the wrong place at the right time.
A New York Times Bestseller
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!
“Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.”
—Colson Whitehead, author of The Nickel Boys
“A hilarious, gleaming satire as radi
After the death of a police officer, assassin Kahllah (aka the Black Lotus) is forced out of retirement in an attempt to clear her name while outrunning a mysterious enemy.
"Black Lotus 2: The Vow is full of the cinematic action and drama that K'wan is known for. Readers will be anxiously waiting for the next installment."
Kiki Swinson's bestselling "tension-packed" (Library Journal) and "unrelenting" (Publishers Weekly) novels burn with extraordinary characters, triple-down twists--and a raw portrait of urban life only she can deliver. Now she turns up the heat as a young woman cashes in on a sure thing--only to find some addictions are always killer...
Break the rules
Life in the fast lane is more than making money: It's a gamble between life and death.
One of the biggest names in urban-fiction. - Red Carpet Crash on Butterfly
CACHÉ PRICE didn't always have it easy, but she felt destined for the good life. Surrounded by those who had that kill or be killed mentality when it came to the CREAM, Cache adopted that same mind mixed with a whole lot of feminine seduction. But will that lead her to a glamorous lifestyle or a cold grave?
Kalif is everything his adoptive family wants him not to be: treacherous, conniving, and coldhearted. As much as he wishes to please them, he can't deny who he is and what he is destined to be. The hot-tempered young man is indeed his father's son.
Anissa Burke has one goal, and that's to be the baddest bitch to ever walk the earth. Using seduction to her advantage, she stays laced in designer clothes, in the best homes, and behind the wheel of fancy cars. Things are good, and when Anissa meets a pimp named Leon, he promises to make them even better.
Within D.C.’s ruthless halls of power, the conspiracies are killer—and the endgame is anything but fake news . . .
A man's quest to escape his past life is an uphill battle. After seeking a Cuban voodoo doctor to receive a spiritual advantage on his upcoming court case, Saint opens up Pandora's box. The Santeria voodoo seemed to work, but at what cost?
DEATH BY ASSOCIATION
On the east side of Allentown, Pennsylvania, sits the most drug-infested projects. Outsiders consider them a death trap because there is only one way in and one way out. It has birthed hundreds of hustlers, but none compared to these two.
Just when they thought a couple of shots would be all it took, Mack is back and stronger than ever. The beef between him and 2nd street was getting more and more intense by the minute. His little brother was stuck in the middle of the whole thing. Tragedy was just a trigger away.
After being left for dead by her mother, dissed by her peers, held responsible for her siblings, and forgotten by society, Murdonna Carter finds herself in one hell of a predicament. With no money, food, or electricity, she learns quickly how to survive.
From the #1 Essence bestselling author of Sheisty and Still Sheisty, Dice is the explosive novel of a man who might just lose his greatest love after playing the wrong game.
With a history filled with lies, murder, and constant disrespect, all parties seem to be tied together in ways they never imagined. With Meagan's world crumbling to pieces, their lives form a murderous love letter that is signed, Disrespectfully Yours.
Every war has casualties, but some come with a heavier price than others. In order for CLAUDETTE to rebound and remain worthy of the title A DOPE BOY'S QUEEN, she has to master life while wisely, dealing in the ugly business of death.
After proving she can master the drug game as proficiently as her male counterparts, TORI has risen to the top. Her strict adherence to the codes of the streets, and her uncanny DOPE GIRL MAGIC has her name ringing hard. Everyone wants to rock with the Queen.
The Kendalls are in the business of family— and business is good. After decades of building the family name and reputation in the streets, Box and Gene have prepared Ty and Meli, the heirs to the throne, to continue their legacy. But what happens when the family's business creates envy? The streets don't take prisoners, just the souls of the soldiers and each soldier is out to climb the ranks.
Nick Johnson has always been an underachieving, borderline alcoholic...but he soon finds himself in over his head.
FEAR has proven his gangsta time and time again, and along the way, he has secured plenty of money, but his appetite for murder remains as strong as ever. Now, with CONSTANCE, an attractive psychopath with an insatiable thirst for blood at his side, Fear is ready to extract vengeance on those who have wronged him.
RUGOR and LIL C hail from Harlem. Both young savages come from similar gangbanging backgrounds that has elevated their names in the streets. But Lil C has a bright future away from the gang set. While Rugor is on his way to gangster immortality.
When they cross paths, a solid friendship is formed but will it survive the drama that waits on the horizon?
Pain is a survival mechanism of fundamental importance. It plays a crucial role in our lives and eventually molds us into whoever it is that we become. At least it did for Zuri.
Two Essence® bestselling Urban Books authors have teamed up to bring the Motor City drama in this latest installment of the popular Girls from da Hood Series.
All the Way In by Treasure Hernandez
Bloodthirsty and thrumming, an original take on the source material. ... The writing is skillfully evocative, and readers will appreciate the excitement of a high-stakes power play - Kirkus Reviews
A brilliant retelling of William Shakespeare's Othello with an urban twist by New York Times best selling author SLMN
Does fiction get much darker ... Deliberate and creepy, this taps into genuine human traits like fear, greed, and stupidity.
--Library Journal' on Sunfail
Three stories about one story ..The God Particle is told out of chronological order, and follows three main interrelated stories. Hitwomen Egypt & Asia & Persia arrive at an apartment to retrieve a briefcase for their boss. A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. Warning: there will be blood.
Jakia thinks her young-girl love and innocence can turn setup thug Spencer "Spade" Johnson into the man of her dreams. But the fairy tale she lives in her mind is soon knocked straight by the power of his fist.
Spade abuses, disrespects, and manipulates Jakia into believing she's not worth anything more than the hell he's created for her within their home.
No fairytales or games are being played in Valley Pines... Will you survive?
Latavia Carter can't face the present because she's stuck in her past. Lies, secrets, and infidelity have caused her life to spiral out of control. But is it her fault? How can it be, when just about everyone in her immediate circle has a secret of his or her own? Who can she trust? Better yet, how can she trust anyone when she can't even trust herself?
Life for the young and beautiful Ivy Richardson takes a dramatic turn for the worst when a murder is committed right before her eyes. Terrified, she takes off running in the other direction, afraid that if she's caught she'd face the same unlucky fate. Luckily for her, that doesn't end up being the case.
Two years ago, aspiring model Devyn was on the on the fast track to success and living her best life as D’Morgan, engaged to a rising hip hop star, mentored by one of the world’s biggest supermodels, and the center of attention for thousands of adoring fans and followers. Then, it all came tumbling down, and in a matter of minutes, she lost everything she loved and more.
Bernadette "Bernie" Hunt prides herself on never settling. At college, she was an outstanding athlete, and after graduating from Ole Miss, she landed a job at one of Atlanta's top marketing firms. She lives by her father's motto, "The best of everything, or nothing at all."
From Yona comes an invigorating, page-turning urban romance finale, Leah & Dre 2, that will conclude in ways you'd never expect. This story picks right back up where it left off. After dealing with some major betrayal, Leah finally feels like she has found love. However, everything soon came crashing down in one traumatizing car crash.
Alana Kim is the definition of crazy, sexy, cool. This wild child lives life on her terms and couldn't care less what the world thinks of her. Seeking something she never experienced in her home growing up, Alana relishes the affection and attention she receives from the opposite sex.
A family curse is chasing Damien and trying to destroy his life.
Greed is defined as an excessive desire to possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially wealth and power. A gold-digger is defined as a person who dates someone simply to extract money from them.
Bradley has worked hard to be a dependable, loving man and capable automotive engineer. He much prefers debugging a new assembly line, which might help preserve a withering way of life in his Midwest industrial town than grapple with the meaning of his black identity. As if he had a choice.
Who knows the true meaning of the word success? René Martin surely does. She is young, beautiful, talented, and dedicated to her two wonderful children and her husband, Jalen. A successful executive, she brings home a six-figure salary that keeps them living comfortably.
In part 3 of the dramatic Never Again, No More Series, Trinity, LaMeka, Lucinda, and Charice are back with brand new drama. Although they seem to have escaped their pasts, they find out saying never again, no more is easier said than done.
Donald Goines, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, has influenced many of today's urban writers with his gritty, realistic look at the streets.
BABY RED always had dreams of being a big-time drug dealer, but things hadn't worked out for him until he is sent to prison and meets Milwaukee's legendary kingpin, BILLY GUNZ.
Now available in mass market! Urban lit stars De'nesha Diamond and A'zayler join forces to bring you two gritty, sexy, suspenseful thrill rides in No Loyalty.
Dangerous Liasons by De'nesha Diamond
Liberty Heights is one of the last historic black communities left in South Carolina. But it's quickly on the decline, as its residents have been plagued for years with drug trafficking, health disparities, business failures, and gentrification; among many other issues that affect the masses of Black America.
Renee is queen of the city and runs it with an iron fist, but everything changes when people from her past resurface to seek revenge. They will stop at nothing until she's dead. Will Renee find happiness and let go of her demons, or will she allow her past to finish what it started?
Grand larcenist Cole has been on the run for two years. When he's not doing a heist job with his most trusted friend Don, he spnds his time alone in his cramped one bedronn house or having a beer at Bashi's, Silverdale's friendly corner restaurant owner. But all that changes after an unexpected encounter with a young woman named Nala, who is trying to outrun the rich and powerful Dante Pierce.
"Some secrets you have to be prepared to take to the grave, but if you truly want to keep a secret, you must hide it from yourself."
"Does fiction get much darker ... Deliberate and creepy, this taps into genuine human traits like fear, greed, and stupidity."
--Library Journal' on Sunfail
In the lively, but desperate world of D.C.'s underbelly, a Black homeless man must quickly learn the ropes of being a detective after a wealthy ex-government official sets him up to take the fall for a brutal crime he didn't commit. Christopher Chambers, author of A Prayer for Deliverance and Sympathy for the Devil (NAACP Image Award nominee) brings a 21st-century take on hard
Darica's world is turned upside down as she becomes aware that her desires, her husband's selfishness, and her lover's past have created a perfect storm that leaves her knocking on death's door. But realizing the error of her ways won't turn back the hands of time and undo the unthinkable things she did to get to this point.
Isaiah Quintabe—an unlicensed detective for all seasons—and his best friend and masterful sidekick, Juanell Dodson, are at a crossroads in this latest installment of the "aggressively entertaining" IQ series (New York Times).
Rose and Diesel have found love, but war is all around them. After they struggled to accept they were meant for each other, a scorned ex lover clothed in evilness won't allow them to have their happily ever after. While Delilah once held Diesel's heart captive, she now wants who Diesel has-Rose.
In this thrilling, plot-twisting tale, a grieving painter receives an unexpected visitor in his travels who turns his world upside down for a novel that will change your views on storytelling forever.
She was chasing a sexual fantasy, and he was just plain curious. Her dream to explore the land of chocolate matched his longtime need to know if there was truly magic in the snow.
A product of the system, Terrell is haunted by his past, but he's determined not to let anything stop his shine.
Even while facing a federal indictment for a slew of felonious crimes, DIAMOND plots his return to the streets of Milwaukee. Hellbent on reclaiming his position of power, he will stop at nothing when it comes to reestablishing himself as the unchallenged TRAP GOD.
Be careful what you wish for never rang truer After years of plotting, Mason Louisville finally has what he always wanted. Upon selling Blaire Petit into believing that she was his wife post her brain injury, he expects things to be smooth. But the more Blaire becomes accustomed to their lives together, the more she starts to feel like something is wrong.
Blood isn't always thicker than water, especially in matters concerning love, lust, and passion. Family ties no longer bind the once close King siblings, Zach and Jay.
Two years of confinement in Leesworth Women's Federal Corrections Facility have taken their toll on Jay King. Her incarceration has given her lots of time to think about her sins, especially her failed attempt to have her brother Zach murdered in cold blood.
After surviving almost seven hard years of federal prison, Ray "Assa" Jones returned to his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his mind on trading his past life of illegal hustling for a new legal one that wouldn't take him away from his family again.
With Ray and Donna back living together, Ray having custody of his daughter Pooh, and a steady stream of income from his multiple businesses, things seem to be looking up for the Jones family. Ray's even just two flips away from getting out of the game for good. But old habits die hard, and Donna never stops partying, cheating, and stepping out on her family.
Achim Jeffers had no illusions of being a hero or some savior. He was again faced with another a covert mission. This one, involving dangerous and lawless cops. Achim's shadowy bosses needed him to expose the cop's secrets and obtain justice for the beleaguered black citizens of New Orleans. This was the very profession Achim left his Sunday pulpit to pursue.
Reincarnation, karma, and past lives are just some of the things that unfold in Whispers from the Past. Simone Kelly sends readers on a jaw-dropping ride of steamy, erotic moments, comedy, suspense, and supernatural thrills.
The godfather of urban lit, Donald Goines knows life on the streets is a one-way ticket to life behind bars, where suffering is the one and only daily bread. For the first time in over a decade, his classic White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief is now repackaged and reissued in trade with a whole new look to attract new readers, as well as long-time fans of the legend himself.
Samantha Miller didn't have an easy start. Molested as a child and subsequently forced into prostitution by her drug-addicted mother, she learned at an early age that men were not to be trusted. Being constantly preyed upon taught her to be a predator. Her target was womenstraight or married.
Gianni Porter: Life It's been one let down after another but I'm not one to complain. I've lost more than I've gained but still, things could be worse. I've lived my best life until life started getting the best of me. With no place to live and only a car to call my own, I've had to make some tough decisions. I learned at a young age not to depend on anyone, family included.