The year is 1978. The Duncan brothers and their tough-as-nails women have vanquished their rivals and taken their place as the leaders of Waycross, Georgia's criminal enterprises. However, their rise to power has not gone unnoticed, and the family is rocked when their mother, Miss Bettie, is kidnapped and her body is found in a swamp. No one knows who the killers are, but instead of drawing closer, the family is split when their grief-stricken leader, LC, is offered membership in the South's most powerful black organization, the Council. Membership has its privileges, but they do not include his brothers. LC packs up his growing family and moves to Atlanta to open his first car dealership. Unable to deal with their mother's death, Lou Duncan searches for her killers with the help of an unlikely ally - LC's ex-fiancée. Her presence may cost him his relationship with his brothers, but Lou is resigned to that fact because Donna's help is instrumental in finding Ms. Bettie's abductors. What he will soon learn is that his search for the truth will also lead him to discover a long-buried Duncan family secret.
©2017 Carl Weber. 2017 La Jill Hunt (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
When Noni married the love of her life, she finally thought she would get everything she deserved. Riches, success, status, influence - she had it all as the wife of Mr. Dominick Meyer. But there is more to her title than meets the eye. When she catches Dom cheating and discovers that he isn't the businessman he portrayed himself to be, her life is changed forever. Finding out that their wealth was amassed from drug money and that Dom has never truly been faithful, she wants out. With a messy divorce pending, Noni empties her husband's bank accounts and goes on the lam in an attempt to run away from her daunting reality. She never expected to find a new love along the way. But when Dom comes knocking and a debt has to be paid, her world spirals out of control. Join Ashley Antoinette as she pens an explosive short story series that takes you through love, loss, truth, lies, drugs, money, and death. Love has a way of leaving you burned in the end, and Noni only hopes she can escape its clutches unscathed.
©2015 Ashley Antoinette (P)2017 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks
Walk with Halleigh and Malek as they introduce you to a new struggle in a new city...a place called Flint, Michigan, one of the roughest little cities in America. It's a place where the good die young, loyalty is a rarity, and everybody has a hustle. In Choosing Sides, Malek became affiliated with the North Side's biggest kingpin, and Halleigh was manipulated into the streets by his South Side adversary. North versus South, love versus loyalty, and lies versus truth. Now the saga continues in Working Girls, as we are introduced to the Manolo Mamis, the baddest chicks in the game. They're playin' for keeps, and their services come with a price - an expensive one. Halleigh is knee-deep in the game. She has become lost, turned out at the hands of her pimp, Manolo. Will she and Malek ever meet again? And if they do, will they share the same love that they once had, or is it too late? Welcome to Working Girls. The saga continues.
©2008 Treasure Hernandez (P)2017 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks
The saga of love, loyalty, and crime continues.... After the tragic and bloody end to The Cartel's reign, Carter is forced into isolation to evade the law. With his wife, Miamor, facing federal charges and his dear brother six feet under, Carter has never been more alone. His empire is at his feet, and he has no idea how to rebuild his kingdom. The only thing that is certain is that he has to stay out of the way and off the radar of the feds until he can figure out how to get his lady out of prison. Miamor's freedom is guaranteed - provided Carter helps create and distribute a drug that will take the streets by storm. Rubbing elbows with the most notorious, ruthless leaders of the underworld will get him what he wants. But can he win at their game of murder and money?
©2017 Ashley & JaQuavis (P)2017 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks
"That's right! You are 100 percent guaranteed to succeed in any aspect of life when you never give up!" (Percy Miller) Percy Miller is living proof of the truth and power of that statement. He was born and raised in poverty, but today he's a successful multimillionaire. In this book, he shares the wealth wisdom that he has gained through his life's journey. When you never give up you: Achieve your goals Make money work for you Build "generational wealth" Live a prosperous and purposeful life
©2007 Percy "Master P" Miller (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
You've seen them in print before, and their books are hot, hot, hot! Now see what Edd McNair, Keisha Ervin, and Brenda Hampton can do when they join forces to bring you three stories in the latest installment of Girls from da Hood. Being married to notorious gangsta rapper Sean Pynn isn't as glamorous as it appears to be. Behind closed doors, Queen is dealing with knock-down drag-out fights, verbal abuse, and neglect. When her bodyguard, Ahsim, comes into the picture, things change in a hurry. When a man thinks his woman is cheating, he keeps tabs on her. When a woman thinks her man is cheating, she calls Jakki. Rochel "Jakki" Thomas' way of catching a man in the act is a little risky, but she's worth every penny. Niecy Brickhouse and her twin sister Naquel are living the glamorous life - until Naquel is shot by their older sister's boyfriend. Everyone is calling it a suicide, but Niecy knows the painful truth about her sister's death, and it sets her on a dangerous, self-destructive path. Will she be able to overcome her depression, or will her new life on the streets be the death of Niecy?
©2009 Keisha Ervin, Brenda Hampton, and Edd McNair (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
All it takes is one murder to change a million lives, and that's exactly what happens to Kasheef Williams on a cold, black Friday. After a reunion with an old friend goes wrong in a Long Island nightclub, Kasheef is forced to protect himself by any means necessary. The only problem is that prying eyes see everything. Those eyes belong to Alija Bell. After walking in on a situation she was never meant to see, she runs; but Kasheef sees her face, and he tells her that it's best for her to get temporary amnesia. Afraid for her life and the safety of her daughter, she keeps her mouth shut, but when a tape of the murder surfaces, the only face that is visible is Alija's. Now the police are looking for their eyewitness, and Kasheef has to get to Alija before her day comes to testify against him in court. In this dramatic, hood-savvy tale, things aren't always as they seem. Somebody holds the ticket to the jury's verdict. Lies and truth collide. Everyone has a different angle, but the only question is: who has the most influence over Kasheef's fate?
©2012 Ashley & JaQuavis (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks and Blackstone Publishing
JaQuavis Coleman chillingly chronicles the life and crimes of Harlem resident Hazel Brown as she rises to the highest highs and spirals into an inevitable, devastating downfall. Hazel has nothing and no one in her life; the only thing she "owns" is an insatiable addiction to heroin. Her addiction brings her to the slums, where she quickly learns the tricks of surviving - of hustling and getting her street smarts. She'll do anything to feed her habit, even if it means robbing and conning and selling her own body. Yet no matter how much heroin she does, the pain that has cut deep within her never goes away. The Dopefiend is a story so intimate and compellingly written, you'll feel like you're walking in Hazel's shoes.
©2009 JaQuavis Coleman (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
When a set-up goes wrong and Six finds herself sleeping with the enemy, who will she choose: the man she loves or the man she's supposed to hate? Detroit hustlers Free and Six have been together seven years, but their relationship has been nothing but drama. Free hasn't been faithful, and Six has taken out her hurt by physically hurting the other women. Free ends up in jail for three years, and when he's sprung, he's not happy to learn that Six has been living the high life on his dime and has blown through $100,000! Then Six gets entangled in one of Free's schemes and finds herself in a role almost too good to be true - posing as the woman of another man who actually treats her with respect. Though you can bet there won't be a happily ever after for anyone involved.
©2010 Ashley & JaQuavis (P)2017 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks
When two former members of Los Angeles' most nefarious rival gangs decided to unite under one oven, they had no idea that they would be creating an empire. Trap Kitchen is more than just a cookbook. It's a glimpse into the meals that have now become famous in the LA streets thanks to the series of pop-up restaurants that continue to bloom throughout the area. Celebrities and residents alike flock to the locations for soulful meals, but it's more than that. Having lost friends and family to violence, we learn how the masterminds behind Trap Kitchen sought to change the paths they were on, using cooking as their driving force. While other cookbooks may boast a level of urban-skewed appeal in their realness, this cookbook also delves into the stories of why they became involved in cooking in the first place. It's a heartfelt and stomach-filling experience to learn how two men changed their stars by seeking out peace and good food for themselves and their community. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2017 Malachi Jenkins, Roberto Smith, and Marisa Mendez (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
The Dopeman: Memoirs of a Snitch is a complex tale about the life and times of one the biggest drug traffickers the Midwest has ever seen. In the summer of 2009, the FBI has launched an intricate plot to take down one of the most prolific drug organizations, and Seven Smith is their main target. Seven establishes a relationship with an up-and-coming hustler and takes him under his wing. But unbeknownst to Seven, his protégé works for the authorities. The young hustler falls in love with a woman who is off-limits, and he has to make a difficult decision that puts many people's lives at risk. Lola Banks is the daughter of a well-known hit man and street legend in Ohio. When she lays her eyes on the out-of-towner/snitch, it becomes a forbidden love. She is caught in a web of lies and deceit, only to learn the hurtful truth in the very end. This is a hustler's love story at its absolute finest.
©2012 JaQuavis Coleman (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
Jaylin Jerome Rogers, an investment broker worth millions, lives a high-class life with plenty of women to share it with. Nestled in his lavishing home in Chesterfield, Missouri, he captures women with his wealth, charm, nine-plus inches of goodness, and amazingly good looks. Although his bed is never empty, his heart is. He feels nothing for the women who love him dearly and continues his search for the "perfect" one. When Scorpio Valentino, an attractive, seductive, and charming woman saunters into his view, she offers Jaylin a life of altering changes. Her intention is to make his life a living hell; however, Jaylin is not about to take the fall. Surprisingly, soon, love presents itself. Not for the women in Jaylin's life, but he experiences love through becoming a father to Scorpio's five-year-old daughter, Mackenzie. She's his guardian angel and is there for Jaylin through the tough times he's bound to face.
©2010 Brenda Hampton (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
Dylan Monroe is the kind of chick females love to hate, but children and dogs mysteriously adore. She's a material girl, living in a material world filled with diamonds, furs, limousines, celebrities, and private planes. To the world, she has it all, but behind closed doors, she has nothing. Almost bankrupt, she finds solace with State, a wealthy entrepreneur with a heart of steel, the man who breaks her heart time and time again. When State leaves her heart in shambles, she turns to Angel, her best friend's brother. She's had a secret crush on him for years. Swept off her feet by her new love, but still mending from the pain of the old one, Dylan finds herself caught up in a web of lies, lust, love, and betrayal. Nationally best-selling author Keisha Ervin delivers a sophisticated love story filled with laughter, witty banter...and excessive shopping!
©2012 Keisha Ervin (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
When Candice "Candy" Hardaway, the daughter of deceased New York drug kingpin Eric "Easy" Hardaway, set out to get revenge on the people who killed her entire family, she positioned herself knee-deep in the game. While getting close to her father's alleged enemies, Candy uncovered some long-buried secrets that were never meant for her to find out. These secrets also destroyed the only family member she had left - her Uncle Rock. With Uncle Rock dead, Candy is back to find out more about her father's buried past; but this time, Candy quickly goes from being the hunter to the hunted, and more than one bounty is put on her head. Who will fulfill their need for revenge first - the people who really destroyed her family, or the hustlers that Candy wrongfully targeted? Will Candy be able to use her skills as a "cleaner" to stay alive, or will someone have to ultimately save her from her enemies?
©2012 Amaleka McCall (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
Can the daughter of a notorious drug kingpin be just as bold and bad as her daddy was? Candice Hardaway is about to find out in this exciting street tale! When Candy arrives home from school to find her entire family murdered, she turns to the only one she trusts, her uncle, Joseph "Rock" Barton. Rock's a reclusive hitman and "cleaner" who's been in service to Candy's father for years. He takes her in, and together they vow to avenge the murders. When she turns 18, her plans go into effect as she knocks off all her father's enemies, one by one, going up against some of the most dangerous killers in the game. But has she put her trust in the right hands? Or is she destined to face the same grisly fate as the rest of her family?
©2011 Amaleka McCall (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
The Red Bottom Bandits may be the world's most fashion-forward gang of masked outlaws. They're the talk of DC for their daring robberies and fly gear. And their latest caper is penned by Ashley Antoinette (of Ashley & JaQuavis) at her sultry, streetwise best. When the innocent, naïve Gucci recognizes ringleader Sunny Raegan during a holdup, that's her "in" with the Bandits. Knowing she's got a lot more beauty than brains, Gucci sees the gang as her meal ticket. More likely, they'll be her ticket to the morgue! The Bandits may be lawless, but they play by a few simple rules: Get in and get out, shoot first and ask questions later, never leave without the money, and innocent people don't get hurt. But it's only a matter of time before all these rules get broken - and that's when Gucci gets caught! If there's one thing a girl needs, it's a little help from her friends. But her "friends" have skipped town without giving her a second thought. And Sunny is distracted by her new baby and her violent ex-lover. So Gucci's on her own. She's on trial for her life, and she must decide whether to snitch on the girls - or take the fall all by herself. Whichever she chooses, it may be her death sentence.
©2012 Ashley Antoinette (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
In the third installment of the runaway hit series Girls from da Hood, street-fiction veterans KaShamba Williams and Mark Anthony are joined by newcomer MadameK as they turn up the heat with fiery stories that will leave the listener breathless. KaShamba Williams returns with those feisty Brooklyn gals Fire and Marcy as they find out what life in Miami has to offer them. It couldn't have been easy for them as they watched their mother's heroin abuse take her to a near-death experience. No matter what others thought of their mother, Fire and Marcy loved her to death, loved her enough to put their own lives on the line to stand up against the men that committed such a gruesome act. Miami's heat won't be enough to stop "Brooklyn's Finest" from getting revenge the sweet and simple way. Stripping in one of the hottest clubs in the country affords you a nice "hood rich" living. Well, that's how it is for Latisha Lovely and her roommate, Lexi. With nothing but money on their minds, the two agree to take part in a more lucrative hustle than stripping. But when things start to turn bad, Latisha and Lexi must decide their own future in "Snakes or Snitches". In "Star Quality", R&B diva Star Marshall is the envy of every woman and the desire of every man. However, her superstar status doesn't come without problems. Onstage and in the studio, she is a puppet, controlled by her record company, manager, and the whims of her fans. But behind closed doors, Star turns the tables, engaging in a secret life that, if exposed, could cost her everything - including her sanity.
©2007 Mark Anthony, KaShamba Williams, and MadameK (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
This collection is full of gritty stories of strong, spirited women who deal with everything from homicide and drugs to all sorts of turmoil - all while showing the men of the streets of Brooklyn that they are not afraid of anything. Perhaps the edgiest of all the Girls from da Hood books, this drama-filled installment follows a drug-fueled crime operation, which could put the girls and their extravagant lifestyles in permanent danger. But these girls from da hood are trying to find a way out of their troubles, by any means necessary. Featuring doomed romances, fast cash, hustlers, tragedy, and dreams of escape, these are tales of tough, resilient women who cope with drugs, murder, and mayhem - and show the men of the streets what they're made of.
©2011 Ashley & JaQuavis and Amaleka McCall (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
Remy Morgan, a young girl born and raised in the heart of the ghetto, gets caught up in the life when she meets a drug lord who offers her the world. Young and naive, she is trapped in a game of lies, deception, and greed and learns the hard way that everything that glitters ain't gold. After her love is slain, Remy is forced back into the life that she desperately tried to forget. Remy has kept a diary of her life for the past two years. What she writes inside is a tale of love, passion, money, and secrecy - and ultimately a witness to her tragic end. Ashley and JaQuavis take you into the world of Remy Morgan, and not until after her death is the truth revealed. You think you know, but you have no idea.
©2009 Ashley & JaQuavis (P)2017 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks
Jewel is young and beautiful, and with several hustles under her belt, she's all about making money. This doesn't leave much time for friends, but she'll always make time for Touch, the local hustler. He's been her friend since grammar school, when they made a lifelong pact to look out for each other. Lucky for them, their promise has never been put to the test - until now. When Michael Burroughs arrives on the scene from LA, he floods the East Coast with top-notch product and quickly earns his title as the California Connection - "Calico" for short. He's also a smooth brotha with a knack for getting whatever he wants out of women then tossing them to the side. When he meets Jewel, sparks fly, and things quickly spin out of control. Touch knows how Calico operates and doesn't want to watch his friend get used and abused. Little does he know, he doesn't have to worry about her because Jewel has a few tricks of her own. When Calico shows his true colors, Jewel knows just how to get revenge. Will her plans backfire, or will she be the last woman standing?
©2008 Chunichi (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
The Romeo and Juliet of the streets are still struggling to find their way back to each other after fate has cruelly separated them. In order to move up in rank on the streets of Flint, Michigan, Malek knows that he's going to have to deal with some jealous players in the game, but when he's forced to go up against players on his own team, the rules change. Halleigh, on the other hand, learns that everything isn't always how it seems. Those who she thought had a foot on her neck, keeping her held down and imprisoned in a life she didn't freely choose for herself, are, in fact, the same ones who might be able to help her escape. In Flint, Book 3, will Halleigh and Malek end up on the same team? But more importantly, will it be the winning team?
©2008 Treasure Hernandez (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
Welcome to the fast-paced, high-stakes world of Rasheed, an antihero you'll love to hate, much like Scarface. Caught up in a game of fast money, faster women, and a hustler's dream, Rasheed's secrets and lies threaten to sever his alliance with his baby's mother, Michelle. Trapped in an emotional whirlwind of sex, love, and mistrust, Michelle attempts to hold the threads of their lives together. With the passing of each day, their bond unravels further, forcing Michelle closer to a decision to either confront the reality that is her life or suffer in silence. Once she makes her decision, some bitter and surprising cards are dealt to her son's father. Now Michelle is finally looking forward to leading a normal, quiet family life. However, there is nothing quiet about the secret lives people around her are leading. Michelle finds herself drawn in by the allure of her budding real estate career, catering to the likes of models and basketball players and enjoying the sex-fueled spoils of the rich and shameless lifestyle. This only highlights the unsettling fact that her marriage and home life aren't as picture perfect as she once imagined. When things begin to fall apart and fingers start pointing, it leads her down a dark and dangerous path. Her present is united with a past that could potentially destroy everything. Will the lies, secrets, twists, and turns of life prevent this baby momma from achieving her goals and living out the life she dreamed of?
©2012 Ni'chelle Genovese (P)2017 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks
There's a sayin' that if you come from my part of town, that you're from around the way. Around the Way Girls 4 is a look at the life of some street-smart women who think they have the world in the palm of their hands but are about to find out that things aren't always what they seem. For talented artist Jovia Grant, life has gone from one extreme to the other. Being raised by a single mother living in a lavish home, her much-needed break from home comes when she is accepted into a summer art program where she rediscovers old friends and meets a few new ones. In "Thug Passion", La Jill Hunt, Essence magazine best-selling author, brings in the drama as these two worlds collide and Jovia's family discovers that she has been learning more than art. In "All for Love", Dwayne S. Joseph weaves a dramatic tale of love and betrayal. After the turmoil she suffered in her 20 years, Rayne is thankful for the safety and companionship given to her by her boo Love. Unfortunately for Rayne, the drama and heartache are about to come back into her life in a major way when she finds out she is pregnant with Quincy's baby. In "All About the Money" by Roy Glenn, it truly was about the money for Jada West. From dancing at the best club to becoming the city's top madame, whatever it took to make piles of paper, that's what she was about. In this tale of power and money, Glenn bring a different flavor to this around the way girl as Jada discovers that, in the end, there is something more important than money.
©2007 Roy Glenn, La Jill Hunt, and Dwayne Joseph (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
There's a saying that if you're from my part of town, you're from around the way. Following in the footsteps of its successful predecessors, Around the Way Girls Seven showcases three popular Urban Books authors and their versions of some very tough, street-smart girls. Nina and Mouse are a couple just trying to survive the hater nation. Only problem is Nina's a little paranoid when it comes to other women, and Mouse is usually guilty as charged. Fed up with Mouse's cheating, Nina begins to creep a little herself, but will her revenge blow up in her face? Diamond hates her messed-up life, her sorry-behind county recipient daddy, and his broke, crack-smoking girlfriend. Most of all, Diamond hates her mother, who didn't love her enough to stick around. But there are two sides to every story, and Diamond is about to hear the other side to hers. Homegirls Whakelah, LaShawn, and Misha have big dreams to make it out of Webster Projects. There was a time their bond seemed unbreakable, but now that Misha has found love and a ticket to the big time, her friends want to go along for the ride. How far are they willing to go to chase that paper?
©2009 Chunichi, Karen P. Williams, and B. L. U. N. T. (P)2017 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks
Following in the successful footsteps of its predecessors, Around the Way Girls 6 features three popular authors presenting their versions of the tough, street-smart girls that everyone loves. Yana and Kiki had to grow up much too fast, thanks to their mother's drug habit. They've got each other's backs, but even that might not be enough to protect them from the ruthless drug dealer who's got them under his thumb. Connie is tired of struggling to get by, so when a shady corrections officer introduces her to a sure thing, she jumps at the chance. It doesn't take long, though, for her to recognize that her new hustle is bringing more drama than she bargained for. Quiana wants nothing more than to do the right thing. After bearing witness to her mother's heinous murder at the hands of her drug-addicted boyfriend, she is struggling with the ramifications of losing the only person in the world who truly loved her.
©2009 Mark Anthony, Meisha Camm, and B.L.U.N.T. (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
There's a saying that if you come from my part of town, you're from "around the way". Around the Way Girls 3 is a look at the life of some street-smart women who think they know it all but are about to get the lesson of their lives. Sugar and Candy Cane are 24-year-old identical twins from around the way. These ladies aren't as sweet as their names imply, and people quickly come to know them as double trouble. The Cane twins have a love-hate relationship, which keeps them at odds, but when all hell breaks loose, there's no question as to whether they'll have each other's backs. As the daughters of the infamous gangster Timmy Barnes, it was only natural that Tamara and Tamia would follow in his footsteps. But in their pursuit of the spoils of the fast life, a family secret is unraveled that may tear their lives apart. Twin sisters Paris and Porsha McCain have a score to settle when their sister, Alex, is found brutally beaten and dead on the streets of South Central LA. Instead of waiting for the police to catch the killer, Paris and Porsha set out to exact their own kind of justice.
©2006 Pat Tucker, Alisha Yvonne, and Thomas Long (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing
Animal 4 Re-Issue featuring Bonus material. Also includes a sneak peek at Hoodlum 2: The Good Son: From the moment Animal's former lover Red Sonja showed up on his doorstep, he knew trouble wouldn't be far behind. It wasn't because the last time he'd seen her, he had been fleeing for his life from a strange island. Nor was it because of the little girl she had in tow, claiming Animal was the father. It was because women like Red Sonja carried trouble around with them like designer purses. He knew getting involved with Sonja again would come at a price, but he had no idea how steep the price would be until it was too late. With his wife gone and his children abducted by a ruthless drug cartel, Animal must lead a suicide mission into the lair of one of the most dangerous assassins in the world, a woman who calls herself Tiger Lily. To go against Tiger Lily and the cartel Animal would need an army, so the call to arms is put out and the streets readily answer. Leading a handful of loyal souls against seemingly insurmountable odds, Animal races against the clock to save his children and put a stop to Tiger Lily and the cartel's plans, while trying to stay one step ahead of the two detectives following the trail of bodies. Things take an unexpected turn when Animal learns a dark truth hidden beneath what he had been led to believe that changes everything, including who can be trusted. When the Grand Design his father had always spoken of is finally revealed Animal will be forced to make the hard choice between love, loyalty, and vengeance.
©2017 K'wan Foye (P)2017 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing