Life is supposed to be easy and carefree when you are young, but if you live in Washington D.C., that's not always the case. Flashing back to the 1990s, readers enter the lives of four black men looking to gain money, power and respect. These four come from different walks of life, but they have one thing in common: they are trying to make fast money in the harsh inner city. However, when the money comes too easily there's usually a price attached...
Against her better judgment, Charisma Canton has a one-night stand that changes her life forever. Turning over the family business to her cousin, she leaves behind her past. Charisma moves to Miami, where she meets Mr. Manny Manifesto aka Mr. Baseball. Manny is coming off his best season ever, bringing with him a freshly inked $250 million-plus contract. After a chance meeting, Charisma sees an opportunity to start anew, and she and Manny attempt to build a relationship. The sex might be good, but will their omissions and the deeds of their past come back to haunt them?
They say that good girls like bad boys, and this was especially true for Pearl Stone. A child born of privilege to a drug baron and reputed killer known in the streets as Big Stone. Although the flashy, fast-paced nature of the streets calls to Pearl, she's been brought up to look but not touch. But when a young hustler named Diamonds crawls up from the swamps of Louisiana and sets up shop in New York City, everything Pearl was taught flies out the window.
"Ethic has power, but love has always been evasive. After ordering the hit that mistakenly killed the love of his life, Ethic is haunted with guilt and he refuses to love again. Focused on being a better man and keeping his family safe, he is raising three children, one of which is a defiant teenaged girl, Morgan. When Morgan finds herself in a vulnerable position, Ethic is pulled back into the deadly game where he was once king. In this explosive spin-off to Ashley Antoinette's, Moth to a Flame, Ethic gambles on love and in the streets, in hopes that this time he will win."
As a hit man from the time he was very young, money, women, and danger have always ruled Gideon's life; but for the first time, it's taking its toll. Still, Gideon is about to launch his biggest act of revenge yet... one he believes will destroy his adversary, Midnight, once and for all.
In the entertainment industry, there is a secret society of women vying for an opportunity to live a lavish lifestyle by snagging a famous young millionaire. Betty Blaise, or Fly Betty to those who truly know her, was not in it to be a wife. She had her sights set higher. But when she encounters a man that she would never have anticipated falling for, the very rules Betty once lived and died by are going to be put to the test.
Get It Girls is a gritty urban drama packed with the consequences of revenge and the hope that has the power to save us. Jessica Jones never thought living her teenage dream would lead to a living nightmare. A tragic incident turns a night of high school achievement into a crime scene, and Jessica and her girls are left with bloody hands and shattered futures. After spending years paying off a debt that wasn’t theirs, Jessica and her friends return to Harlem to find it very different from when they left. Now Jessica and the girls must pass the ultimate test in order to preserve their lives, their families, and their Harlem.
The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire's unforgettable heroine, Precious. Left alone by his mother's death to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood. The Kid is a soaring tale of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul.
Handsome, young, Muslim, and married to two women living in one house along with his mother, can Midnight manage? He is surrounded by Americans who don't share or understand his faith or culture, and adults who are offended by his maturity, intelligence, or his natural ability to make his hard work turn into real money. He is calm, confident, and cool, but one moment of rage throws this Brooklyn youth into a dark world of dirty police, gangs, guns, drugs, prisons, and prisoners.
In the little city of Flint, MI, the good die young and the people left standing are the grimiest of characters. With reign over the city's drug trade, Benjamin Atkins made sure that his precious daughter, Raven, was secluded from the grit that the city had to offer. But when Raven's young heart gets claimed by Mizan, a stick-up kid in search of a come-up, there's nothing Benjamin can do about losing her to the streets. She chooses love over loyalty and runs off with Mizan, but her new role as wife soon proves to be more than she can handle.
Liberty is dying of a fatal heart condition, though she desperately wants to survive until her 25th birthday when her sister has promised to visit her. A'shai blames himself for not protecting Liberty, but all Liberty asks is for A'shai to tell her a story, to help her remember what brought them to this point. He knows that this is the last story he will ever tell and the last she will ever hear. As Liberty lies dying, A'shai walks her though their past, reliving their ill-fated journeys through the streets. Ultimately, this is a story of love and redemption that will leave you breathless from the unpredictable and mind-blowing ending.
This is the story of Iceberg Slim's life, as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. A trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the tale. The dangers of jail, addiction and death that are still all too familiar.
Identity theft mastermind Lauren Kelly has always had a taste for the finer things - including Matt Connors, her lover and accomplice. When their partner, Yancy, stumbles onto a tycoon's multi-million dollar bank account, Lauren expects everything will go smoothly - until she discovers Yancy and Matt are planning the ultimate betrayal.
A street thriller of kidnapping, murder, trickery, and love that will have you at the edge of your seat. Welcome to a world where the kings meet their end and no one stays at the top for long. The crown always lies heavy on he who commands the streets--and Kane and Basil will fight to claim their rule, before power is toppled again.
Mega bestselling author Zane returns to the world of her hugely popular novels Addicted and Nervous in this dark and exhilarating follow-up featuring a beautiful but emotionally damaged pop star desperate and determined to enact revenge on those who have caused her to hide behind her fame.
From one of the most revolutionary writers of the 20th century, the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today's street lit and hip hop culture. Whoreson Jones is the son of a beautiful black prostitute and an unknown white john. "All those [other black] writers, no matter how well they dealt with black experience, appealed largely to an educated, middle-class, largely white readership. They brought news of one place to the residents of another. Goines' novels, on the other hand, are written from ground zero. They are almost unbearable. It is not the educated voice of a writer who has, so to speak, risen above his background. It is the voice of the ghetto itself." --Michael Covino, The Village Voice