The collection of 10 absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients' dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too-human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Not since Freud has an author done so much to clarify what goes on between a psychotherapist and a patient. The audio version of the book includes an exclusive interview with Dr. Yalom.
©1989 Irvin Yalom (P)2013 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
She's the ultimate madam with a heart of gold. But can she fulfill her own dreams - and stay at the top? In the business of high-end, no-limits desire, Desdemona Dean is the best there is. This gorgeous madam can provide any sensual fantasy, ignite any insatiable hunger. She fiercely protects the women who work for her and helps them attain the lives they deserve - especially when it comes to her beautiful, troubled new protege, Portia. But for Desi, having it all is no longer enough. She wants everything her shattered childhood denied her. And as she pursues an education and a normal life, she's falling hard for her handsome tutor - and can't resist schooling him in ways that are turning into more than just passion... But as Portia spirals out of control, she's exposing any number of dangerous secrets. And as Desi desperately tries to save her and manage the damage, she's putting everything she's worked to build at risk. Now with her empire in peril, Desi must discover if she can survive...and truly be free.
©2019 Niobia Bryant (P)2019 Recorded Books
Ke'yoko and Ka'yah are identical twins with two totally different personalities. As young girls they formed a bond that could not be broken. It isn't until they become grown women that their loyalty is tested by secrets, deception, and lies. Growing up with a strict and controlling father and a weak and sniveling mother, Ke'yoko's only goal is to get as far away from them as possible, even if it means leaving Ka'yah behind. Being rescued by Ja'Rel is like a dream come true. Ke'yoko thinks her world with Ja'Rel is perfect until she starts unraveling the truth behind it. To secure her future, Ke'yoko decides to get into the dope game with her best friend, Nadia, who is the breath of fresh air Ke'yoko needs to escape the harsh reality of the fake life she's been living. Ke'yoko puts together a crew, all while trying to keep her squeaky-clean image. Ka'yah, the more laid back of the twins, always has her sister's back, even if it means putting herself and her son last. Having her hands full raising her young son on her own, she always seems to be in Ke'yoko's shadow. Just once she wants to come out ahead of her sister, to have something or someone for herself. How far is she willing to go to have that?
©2016 Brandi Johnson (P)2016 Recorded Books
Follow Treasure Hernandez as she gives you the heart-wrenching story of love and blood. Young and naive, Tiara Rogers learns the hard way what happens when you are green in the game. She has everything a girl could ever want, except a normal life. Not understanding that being the daughter of Dallas, Texas kingpin, makes her a walking target, she does everything she can to defy her father, including losing her virginity when she falls hard for the charm of a boy she barely knows. She's unaware of the boy's true plans for her, and truths soon turn to deadly lies. Before she knows it, she is left alone, with nowhere to go. She is tossed into a world that she knows nothing about, and the cruelties are unimaginable. Lost in the underworld, with no friends or family, she realizes that her father hadn't done her any favors by keeping her sheltered. He came up from the mud, and she wishes he would have shown her how messy it could get. But now it is too late. With his empire up for grabs, it turns the people that she once trusted into bloodthirsty hounds. Will she be able to reclaim what is rightfully hers, or will she be too broken to even stand up on her own two feet?
©2018 Treasure Hernandez (P)2018 Recorded Books
New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber has brought together eight of the best urban street writers to participate in the most highly anticipated series of 2015 - the Kingpin series. Every city has an underworld leader. In the Kingpin series, we will visit eight cities and ride along with that city's kingpin as he rules the streets. The story starts out in Miami with Nikki Turner and will end with a compilation of all kingpins, written by New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber.
©2015 Nikki Turner (P)2015 Recorded Books
Sometimes death births new life, and that is fact for sisters Rhonnie and Ahli Malone. After facing the wrath of Madame, the young women take on the job of being security detail for none other than Sadie Thomas, the head of The Last Kings. With a new drug, Vita E Morte, doing numbers under her belt, it is apparent that Sadie has plans to distribute it all over the United States. However, after seeing the deadly side effects of the drug, Sadie agrees to get rid of the formula and take it off the market for good. Only somebody doesn't want her to. In fact, they'll do anything to get the formula for themselves, including taking out the leader of The Last Kings. With a phantom gunning for her head and her own camp's loyalty being tested, Rhonnie and Ahli are the only ones that Sadie can trust with the location of the formula: Trap Street. It's a place only spoken of in hood myth. Legend is that not only is Trap Street a neutral ground for the most elite hustlers, but it's a fortress for their secrets. Once there, the only objective is to destroy the formula for Vita E Morte so no one can ever sell or take it again, but not even Sadie is prepared for the gory nightmare that awaits her.
©2020 C.N. Phillips (P)2020 Recorded Books
Carl Weber presents the second installment of an eight-book series, Kingpin. Carl Weber brings the best of urban street lit authors together, all telling their own dramatic tales of life in the streets in known cities across the USA. The second installment continues with Treasure Hernandez telling the tale of the Dirty South.
©2015 Treasure Hernandez (P)2015 Recorded Books
In Wahida Clark's phenomenal, gritty new novel, Angel is getting ready to marry the man of her dreams - but his past isn't about to let go.... Angel, Jaz, Tasha, and Kyra are four girlfriends pulling themselves out of the ghetto - and trying to bring their hearts up to higher ground with them. Now Angel has started her own law practice and new life with Kaylin. But when an unwanted guest crashes their wedding, all the rage and bloodlust from the hood comes bustin' out - and Angel's gonna need every prayer in heaven to make it to the altar alive....
©2007 Wahida Clark (P)2016 Recorded Books
National best-selling author Niobia Bryant detonates an explosive, relentlessly shocking tale of betrayal, desire, and revenge as a dish best never served.... She cheated with one of her best friends' husbands - and turned scathing publicity into cash-money celebrity. But Jessa Bell has reformed. She's trying to make amends to those she did wrong, and she's started a successful business catching rich unfaithful spouses. Her agents are beautiful lost girls who get a shot at the good life. And when Jessa's sizzling affair with private detective Hammer turns into love and marriage, she's sure she's finally doing things right.... Until she catches Hammer sleeping with one of her agents just months after their wedding. His betrayal, plus the return of someone from her past who is being used by her deadliest enemy, makes Jessa go back to her old ways with a vengeance.... Now Jessa's leaving no secret buried as she pursues every forbidden passion - and shatters the lives of those who cross her. But it's the enemies Jessa doesn't see coming who have her dead in their sights. And she'll need to up her game past the limit to face a devastating truth - and survive.
©2018 Niobia Bryant (P)2018 Recorded Books
The untimely death of St. Louis kingpin King David has left a vacuum in the underworld. He leaves behind his vast empire to his surviving heirs, David Jr. and Davita. Born barely one year apart, they were raised in very different worlds. David Jr. is college educated. His mother always pushed him to do the best he could, so he could one day legitimize and run the East St. Louis crime family. She thinks she's above and beyond the game. All she wants is the money that she believes she and her son are due. Davita, born to and of the streets, was also raised by a money-loving momma, but her mother taught her a different set of rules. Davita has been raised to use anybody and everything to get that money by any means necessary. She has embraced the business of the streets, and she is ready to ascend to the throne that her father has unexpectedly left behind. The question remains: Will the family ties that bind keep the families together, or will sex, greed, drugs, and their mothers' divisive ways tear it all to hell, bringing St. Louis down with them? David Jr. and Davita have decisions to make!
©2016 Keisha Ervin (P)2016 Recorded Books
New York Times best-selling author Mary B. Morrison delivers a sizzling, twist-filled tale of four competitive friends, a dangerous bet-and high-stakes consequences no one can afford to win. From childhood games to career challenges, Trymm, Dallas, Kohl, and Blitz have stayed the best of friends - and each others' toughest competition. These bachelors live to party up, sex it down, and get it all. And now they're betting on which of them can "date-and-dump" the most women in a month - and post the proof on social media. Winner takes all: a cool million dollars. But this game is about to get all-too-real. Trymm has no problem bedding married women looking for quick-and-dirty satisfaction - until he falls hard for one he can't have. A cynical ex-soldier battling PTSD, Dallas woos a hopeful bride to exhaust her savings for picket-fence promises - just to humor his boys. Kohl enjoys his best one-night stand with a mysterious beauty - but his recklessness backfires big time after he exposes her. And Blitz thinks he's giving a powerful Fortune 500 executive the business - until he gets played. Now everything they care about most - money, family, and friendship - is on the line. All the right moves won't keep them safe - especially from each other. And the only way out of the game is to concede or risk everything on a dangerous gamble they can only lose.
©2018 Mary B. Morrison (P)2018 Recorded Books
This sizzling tale by national best-selling author Niobia Bryant is the sequel to her Message from a Mistress. Since receiving a text saying their husbands may have cheated on them, Jaime, Aria, and Renee have been trying to move past the heartbreaking situation. But regardless of whether the text was a lie, the three cant deny that the way they see their husbandsand themselveshas changed.
©2011 Niobia Bryant (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
From the author of Mistress No More comes a sexy, exciting novel thats sure to thrill fans everywhere. Niobia Bryants Mistress, Inc. follows Jessa Bell, an ex-mistress who decides to turn over a new leaf when an affair with her best friends husband ends in his death and Jessa lying in a hospital bed. After landing a book deal and time on national talk shows, Jessa appears to be a changed woman. But leaving the past behind is harder than she thought, and when her darkest secrets are exposed, events take a decidedly nasty turn.
©2012 Niobia Bryant (P)2012 Recorded Books
The most ruthless ride-or-die women of Memphis saved their empire by nearly destroying the streets. But as unexpected new rivals rise and brutal secrets shatter lives, betrayal means winner rules all. Putting out chaos with gasoline is one play that even the women of the Dirty South can't control. One merciless kill vaults good-girl-gone-bad Ta'Shara into gangland's power elite - but an enemy she doesn't see is targeting everything she can't afford to lose. For former Vice Lord chief Lucifer, taking back her power means all-out war on her lethal lover, no matter what the cost. Gorgeous Cleo at last has her sister's killer in her sights - if she can survive one deadly game too many. And as Queen G LeShelle's lies finally choke hold her life, trusting someone more vicious than her husband, Python, may be the last mistake she'll ever make. Now these king divas will leave nothing standing - because if they can't reign, no one will.
©2015 De'nesha Diamond (P)2015 Recorded Books
Life is perfect for Donna and Kim Boon when they move in with their aunt, until her murder unearths a secret that will alter everything they've ever known. Donna and Kim Boon moved to Houston, Texas, with their Aunt Lisa when they were orphaned at 10 years old. Lisa raised the girls as her own, showering them with everything a young woman could want. The girls have grown up into beautiful and privileged Houstonites and are two of the most eligible bachelorettes in the city, with more suitors than they know how to handle. Life seems perfect, but when Aunt Lisa is gunned down in cold blood, the girls discover a family secret that will change their lives forever.
©2019 Treasure Hernandez (P)2018 Recorded Books
Antonio Roberts and Paige Tillary are from vastly different backgrounds, so when they meet and fall in love, it wont be easy. Antonio, born of an affair between a beautiful actress and a notorious crime boss, lost his mother to drugs and was forced to navigate foster care and survive on the streets of the Bronx. He is ignored by his father, the infamous head of a powerful crime syndicate, and his half-brothers are living the life Antonio used to dream about. Antonio has turned his struggles into a career in the NBA, but when a devastating injury sidelines his basketball career and he finds out he has been duped out of millions by his best friend, Antonio is forced to turn to the father who never claimed him. Paige came from money. Private schools, trips around the world, and extravagant shopping sprees were all part of her upbringing. Her father is a well-respected politician who is not happy when his daughter falls in love with a man who represents everything the senator despises. But Paiges father harbors many secrets of his own, including one that will soon rock his family to the core. In spite of their own marital issues, Paiges parents try to exert pressure on her to leave Antonio. She lets love guide her, and despite her parents threats to disinherit her, she marries Antonio anyway. When secrets, lies, and ties to a dangerous criminal underworld cause their opposing worlds to collide, the young couple is torn between their love for one another and their competing family loyalties. Family secrets, power, money, fame, and love are the ties that bind in this emotionally charged street tale.
©2018 Marcus Weber (P)2018 Recorded Books
The most lethal ride-or-die women in Memphis now run their gangs and the streets. But the aftermath of an all-out war means merciless new enemies, time-bomb secrets... and one chance to take it all... Bullets have no names and collateral damage is the game as the women of the Dirty South push to secure total control. Vice Lord chief Lucifer goes after the upstart Crippettes gang one by one - but locking down her power will put everything she lives to protect at risk. Ta'Shara straps on her training wheels to prove she can ride with the best of the Flowers - but does this good-girl-gone-bad really have what it takes to survive? And as Queen G LeShelle viciously body-drops to keep her bloody secrets buried, her husband Python may be the one person that can put her in check. Now these boss divas will go head-to-head for complete domination - because in the end only one can rule...
©2014 De'nesha Diamond (P)2014 Recorded Books
Nationally best-selling author Niobia Bryant lays down smooth and sexy fiction for her adoring fans. Here, four friends must deal with a shocking betrayal from within their group. Jaime, Renee, Aria, and Jessa have stuck together through it all. But the group is stunned when Jessa texts the other three a confession regarding an affair with someones husbandand she wont reveal whose man shes been sleeping with. Now, with rumors flying and innuendo rampant, the three remaining friends must pull together or risk losing their bond forever.
©2010 Biobia Bryant (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
Yara Samuels has experienced her fair share of hurt in life. Growing up in a home ridden with domestic violence, Yara was taught at a young age that if it isn't painful, then it isn't love. It takes watching her mother be beaten to death by her stepfather for young Yara to learn that love taps shouldn't send you to the grave. All grown up, she searches for a man who knows how to love a woman with his heart and not his fists. After years of looking, Yara believes that she finds the embodiment of this philosophy in her boyfriend, Amir, until she discovers that while he may provide physical peace, the mental isn't there. With her sense of self-worth challenged, Yara is content with loving Amir when Quade comes hurtling into her life. The youngest of the infamous Townsend Brothers, Quade isn't your run-of-the-mill hustler. A walking oxymoron, Quade has a baby face with a heart bred cold courtesy of the streets. Quade has been given the gift of sticky fingers, a trap king philosophy, and a trigger finger that hasn't missed a target yet. When his aim leads him straight into the path of Yara while in the midst of a hit, Quade's heart melts and he's drawn to the mysterious Yara, who for some reason unbeknownst to him, can't stand him. Never one to back down from a challenge, Quade pursues Yara with the same recklessness that he handles business, and it makes for the start of a memorable love affair. Beneath her expensive clothing and designer handbags, Yara's best friend, Cashmere, is a woman tired of being kept at the expense of her sanity. While putting on a brave face for the world, Cash hides her frustration with her boyfriend behind her Chanel sunglasses. There's nothing picture perfect about the couple, and with each of Vitos antics worse than the last, Cash finds herself seeking a backup plan in the event that her days of being a hustlers princess are cut short. When Cash is greeted with an opportunity to secure the bag, she jumps at it immediately and finds herself on the path to becoming the queenpin that the streets have been begging for. What's standing in her way? Savion Townsend. Cash has got it bad for one of the Townsend Brothers, but between forming her own empire and her complicated relationship with Vito, Cash has to decide if she's willing to risk it all in the name of love.
©2018 Tya Marie (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.
DeNesha Diamond scores with audiences looking for gritty, streetwise tales from the hood. Gangsta Divas puts listeners on the streets of Memphis, where gang wars are heating up thanks to the arrival of dangerous new players - the Cripettes. Tashara is planning to knock her sister off her perch and climbing to the top of the game. Qianas deal with the devil places her directly in the crosshairs of forces ready to take her out. And Queen G LeShelles list of enemies keeps on growing. But for these gangsta divas, its all part of the game - one theyre determined to win.
©2012 Denesha Diamond (P)2013 Recorded Books
Life is great for thick-boned Keisha Jackson. With a good education, well-paying job, and a promising future, she has everything a young woman could ask for, including high self-esteem. But after a chance meeting with Rico, the neighborhood "bad boy", her fairy-tale life is quickly dismantled. Blinded by emotion, she gives in to all his cruel intentions. Under the false claim of love, Rico vindictively tears down all that good-girl Keisha has built. His sole purpose seems to be to make her miserable. Rico has no limits on the grief he causes and the disrespect he shows. Having endured physical, mental, and sexual abuse, Keisha finally sees the light, and she's not having it anymore. The tables are turned, and Rico feels her well-deserved wrath. It ain't no fun when the rabbit got the gun, and Rico will soon find out what A Big Girl's Revenge truly feels like.
©2019 Ms. Michel Moore (P)2019 Recorded Books