Sunday, December 28, 2008 - Best Reviewed Books of 2008

Best Reviewed Books of 2008

Below is a listing of books reviewed on the website that we noted as being the best of the best!

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5 out of 5 'Top Shelf Rating' 'Classic'

(This is a comprehensive list of those no particular order.)

Not His Type - Chamein Canton
A Preacher's Passion - Lutishia Lovely
Red Light Special - Risque
Against The Grain - Freeze
Love Lost Da Game - Reginald Rose
Bite The Bullet - L. A. Banks
A Different Kind Of Blues - Gwynne Forster
Beneath The Bruises - Dywane D. Birch
Erotic City - Pynk
Keep The Faith - Faith Evans with Aliya S. King
Corporate Corner Boyz - Anya Nicole
Murder on the Down Low - Pamela Samuels Young
A Sticky Situation - Kiki Swinson
Nan: The Game of Trife - Moses Miller
When A Man Loves A Woman - LaConnie Taylor-Jones
Street Legends - Seth Ferranti
In Those Jeans - Chantel Jolie
The American Journey of Barack Obama - The Editors of Life Magazine
Gutter - K'wan
Keyshia And Clyde - Treasure E. Blue
Careful of the Company You Keep - Angie Daniels
Whip Appeal - Meta Smith
Indecent Proposal - A.C. Arthur
Thug Politics - Dutch
Life Is Never As It Seems - JJ Michael
My Man's Best Friend - K. Elle Collier
Prison Stories - Seth Ferranti
Who's Loving You - Mary Morrison
Jewel - Beverly Jenkins
Can I Get A Witness - ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Betrayal: A Black Door Novel - Velvet
Guarding His Body - A.C. Arthur
Protect And Serve - Gwyneth Bolton
Shameless Hoodwives - Meesha Mink and De'nesha Diamond
Shortie Like Mine - Ni-Ni Simone
Just Too Good To Be True - E. Lynn Harris
The Shadows: A Vampire Huntress Legend - L. A. Banks
Long, Hot Nights - Candice Poarch
That's What's Up - Paula Chase
Promiscuous - R. Moreen Clarke
Daughter Denied - Alretha Thomas
Like Never Before - Sylvia Lett
Better Than - Leslie Esdaile
You, Me and He - Brooke Green
Payback With Ya Life - Wahida Clark
Shyt List - Reign
Never As Good As The First Time - Mari Walker
Running From Mercy - Terra Little
Pleasure - Eric Jerome Dickey
Jezebel - Jacquelin Thomas
Something He Can Feel - Marissa Monteilh
Murder Mayhem And A Fine Man - Claudia Mair Burney
Death, Deceit And Some Smooth Jazz - Claudia Mair Burney
Things In Between - Nathanial Portis
Unexpected Interruptions - Trice Hickman
Something On The Inside - T. N. Williams
Reasonable Doubt - Mark Anthony
Passin' by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Desperate Hoodwives - Meesha Mink And De'nesha Diamond
Hot Like Fire - Niobia Bryant
Insatiable - Allison Hobbs
The Climax (Insatiable II) - Allison Hobbs
Something On The Side - Carl Weber
On The Line (Anthology) - Donna Hill
The Darkness - L. A. Banks
Conception - Kalisha Buckhanon
The Sweetest Taboo - Risque
In Too Deep - Dwayne S. Joseph
Kissed By The Devil - Dashawn Taylor
Blood of My Brother - Zoe and Yusuf T. Woods


(There are our honorable mentions since they are very close to a top shelf rating!)

Floss - Monica Marie Jones
16 Isn't Always Sweet - Cassandra Carter
Big Juicy Lips - Allison Hobbs
A Rich Man's Baby - Daaimah S. Poole
Holy Ghost Corner - Michele Andrea Bowen
Things Forbidden - Maryam Diaab
Gaming For Love - Nancy Weaver
Don't Ever Tell - Brandon Massey
The Legacies - Michelle Larks
Trading Dreams At Midnight - Diane McKinney-Whetstone
A Rare Groove - Sophia Shaw
Too Little, Too Late - Victoria Christopher Murray
Show And Tell - Niobia Bryant
Whiskey Road - Karen V. Siplin
Up All Night - Delilah Dawson
Once Upon A Project - Bettye Griffin
Whatever Gets You Through The Night - Teri Denine
Deacon's Circle - Derek Vitatoe
From The Extreme - Renea Collins
Happily Ever Now - Nicole S. Rouse
After The Dance - Lori Johnson
The Liar's Truth - Ty B. Moore
Tappin' On Thirty - Candice Dow
Lost Hours - D. K. Gaston
Sexual Exploits of a Nympho Part II - Richard Jeanty
From My Soul To Yours - Dywane D. Birch
Sex In The Sanctuary - Lutishia Lovely
Love Like Hallelujah - Lutishia Lovely

Leave your thoughts on your favorite reads from 2008!!!!

Congrats to all the phenomenal authors that excelled to the highest level this year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Forthcoming: Terra Little - Where There's Smoke

Terra Little
Where There's Smoke
Available December 30, 2008
In Where There's Smoke, Alec Avery gets an unwelcome blast from his drug-dealing, street-running past that turns his life upside down. Back in the day, he was known as "Smoke" and Anne Phillips was one of his customers. So how did they end up with a teenage son together? You do the math. Dollars make sense, but Anne didn't always have the money to pay for what she wanted. Now Alec is paying the price.

These days he's a military vet and a well-respected high school teacher. Just about the last thing he expects to encounter is a son he never knew he had and a bunch of foolishness that he thought he was done with. His son is out of control, experimenting with drugs and running with a rough crowd, and the last thing he expects to encounter is a long-lost father who is hell-bent on making his presence felt in a very meaningful way.

Before long, Smoke has no choice but to come out of hibernation to put some heads to bed, starting with the thugs who don't want to turn his son loose (see book cover graphic). They didn't count on old school meeting new school, which is their first mistake. And Alec didn't count on drooling over the woman his son's mother has become, but whether or not he's making a mistake remains to be seen.

Old school contemporary fiction meets new school urban fiction between the sheets, and the resulting twisted flame won't be easily contained.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 - November / December 2008 Newsletter Monthly Newsletter

November/December 2008- Keeping You Up-To-Date On African-American Fiction, Hip-Hop, and R&B!

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

On The Line With Radiah Hubbert - December 2008 - Earl Sewell

December 2008

Earl Sewell talks to Radiah Hubbert about:

- His newest release 'Love, Lies And Scandal'
- His upcoming YA title 'Lesson Learned' and adult title 'Have Mercy'
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