Saturday, April 21, 2012

BOOK IT! Readers. . .

If you share a passion for the written word as much as I do, you must check out these new releases and/or coming soon from two of my favorite websites, Black Expressions and DoubleDay Book Club. Follow the links to setup your own account and Book It! (http://www.blackexpressions.com) and (http://www.doubledaybookclub.com). Please note these books are Hardcover only, which I know you Old School Readers love! I’m sure if you check, many of these books will most likely be on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for you Kindle and Nook Digital Fans! Spring it Forward and add to your reading lists! Get Your Read On!!





Death of a Cheating Man: What Every Woman Must Know About Men Who Stray
by Maxwell Billieon and Ray J

For years, multi-platinum performer Ray J was an infamous celebrity playboy. Relationship after relationship came to a well-publicized end because Ray wouldn’t stay away from the Hollywood hotties. His cheating ways spawned two hit TV series but made Ray J miserable. Now, to turn over a new leaf, he wants to learn why men cheat. So he turns to relationship expert Maxwell Billieon. In Death of the Cheating Man, Billieon shows Ray J how to change his ways.

A former cheater himself, Billieon has taught thousands of men to stop cheating. He reveals that the reason many men cheat is that they are born conquerors who need to be taught how not to cheat. In this fun, informative book, the two men reveal myths about why men cheat and what goes on in a cheater’s mind. As he teaches Ray J to overcome his addiction to infidelity, Billieon teaches women how to spot a cheater, how some women enable cheating, and how to keep a man faithful.

Deceitfulness is causing the demise of the human family, Billieon cautions, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As Ray J (and the reader) learns the Six Virtues of the New Man, he finds out how both sexes can evolve beyond cheating and find fulfillment in faithfulness.





Betrayal
by Danielle Steel

 Betrayal, the title of Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, is the last thing on the mind of 39-year-old film director Tallie Jones. After all, having garnered worldwide acclaim for her productions, Tallie has never failed to graciously acknowledge those central to her success. What’s more, for all the accolades, Tallie is a down-to-earth woman who cherishes her college-age daughter and aging father far more than her job’s requisite fame and fortune, as does her collaborator—and lover—Hunter Lloyd. In other words, Tallie leads a “normal” life that she owes, in part, to her long-time friend and personal assistant, Brigitte Parker; her glamour balances Tallie’s natural beauty, and her fathomless drive has benefited them both. Then, abruptly, Tallie’s smooth-sailing life hits a major squall….

An outside audit that uncovers troubling discrepancies in Tallie’s financial records soon leads to the disclosure that someone has been funneling off enormous amounts of her money. Suddenly faced with the dark side of celebrity, Tallie casts herself in a real-life drama as she sets out through a minefield of hurt to trap a predator and, if necessary, forge a new beginning.




An Accidental Affair
by Eric Jerome Dickey

In Hollywood, the only thing rarer than a snowstorm is a faithful spouse. High-powered screenwriter James Thicke thinks his wife, movie star Regina Baptiste, is the exception—so he doesn’t hesitate to write a steamy part for her in his latest film, one that tests the boundaries of on-screen sexuality.

But James’ faith in his wife is shaken when a scandalous sex video suddenly sets the gossip machine abuzz. It seems Regina was filming a hot love scene with buff leading man Johnny “Handsome” Bergs when the “acting” got out of hand—and it’s all over the Internet for everyone to see.

In a fit of rage, the impulsive James succumbs to his violent inclinations and beats Johnny senseless. He goes on the run, trailed by police and paparazzi alike. Meanwhile, Regina’s accidental affair has made her more famous than ever before—but she’s been seduced by cocaine and now she’s threatened by a blackmailer. As their marriage crumbles under the weight of lust and lies, James faces a difficult choice: Protect his wife from herself…or get revenge.

Eric Jerome Dickey is back to doing what he does best—sensuous storytelling packed with high-intensity action and peopled with complex, unforgettable characters.





Guilty Wives
by James Patterson

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks all of fabulous Monte Carlo, and it doesn’t take the women long to surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the endless flow of Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they are free to live a lifestyle reserved for the rich and famous. And as the weekend takes them into pulsating discos, opulent, high-stakes casinos and beyond, Abbie experiences the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.

But in the morning’s harsh light, Abbie awakens on a magnificent private yacht, surrounded by police! Something awful has happened—something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime—for survival. Guilty Wives is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of nonstop thrill ride of excess, friendship, betrayal and danger that could only come from #1 bestselling author James Patterson.




Dear Drama
by Braya Spice

Have you ever had a friend who just seems to attract trouble, no matter what she does? That’s Allure. Just 21, she barely made it out alive from an abusive relationship with her psycho baby daddy, Greg. Poor girl just wants to be loved, but the harder she tries to find the right man, the more wrong her life gets. Whether it’s Lavante, who has to stuff socks in his pants to make himself feel manly; or Derek, who would be a fine catch if his bipolar disorder didn’t almost get Allure killed; or Bryce, a sweet and sexy cop whose first love is the crack pipe; Allure bounces from one drama to another. Then there’s James, strong and stable—until he knocks her up and hits the road. Get ready to laugh—and cry—at Allure’s crazy love life.






The Professionals
by Owen Laukkanen

Four friends, recent college graduates caught in a terrible job market, jokingly talk about turning to kidnapping to survive. But what happens when the joke turns serious? A windfall. For two years, the strategy they devise—quick, efficient, low risk—works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man.

Now, two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them—the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback. The chase is on. Over the course of the novel, all three groups will match wits in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game that will take them from the Midwest to Seattle to Miami and back again, the pursuit escalating into a series of increasingly explosive confrontations that will force each player to recognize the truth: that the true professionals—cop or criminal—are the ones willing to sacrifice everything.

A finger-burning page-turner, filled with twists, surprises and memorably complex characters, The Professionals by first-time writer Owen Laukkanen is a debut of uncommon skill. It marks the arrival of a bright new talent in suspense fiction.




Taking Care of Business
by Lutishia Lovely

The Livingston family serves up soul food with a heaping helping of drama in this thrilling climax to the Business Trilogy. On the surface, things seem to be cooking nicely: Toussaint is consolidating his Food Network stardom, and Bianca’s cutting-edge tapas-style restaurant is getting great press. But Martin, the patriarch, gets a shock when a young man appears out of nowhere, claiming to be his son. Meanwhile, Jefferson, bitter about his cousin Toussaint’s success, suddenly finds himself in a position to throw some weight around—and he’ll need it, to protect the family’s restaurant dynasty from an old nemesis. Still, all of this is small potatoes compared to the explosion that rocks Bianca’s restaurant—and it may not be an accident!






The Wind Through the Keyhole
by Stephen King

Beginning in 1974, gaining momentum in the 1980s and coming to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003-2004, the Dark Tower epic fantasy saga stands as Stephen King’s most beguiling achievement.

Now, with The Wind Through the Keyhole, King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story-within-a-story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man,” Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” he says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.”

Sure to captivate the avid fans of the Dark Tower epic, The Wind Through the Keyhole is also the perfect introduction to Roland’s world for those discovering the series for the first time, and a vivid reminder of the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.





Payback Ain't Enough
by Wahida Clark

Shan’s back—and she’s back in trouble—in the third installment of this bestselling series! Wahida Clark amps up the riveting drama, steamy seduction and life-or-death stakes to a shattering new level in Payback Ain’t Enough.

Forever Johnson is serving a life sentence in prison—and in a wheelchair. Shan saw to that after Forever killed her brother and knocked her up. But his former lieutenant, Dark, is getting out in 48 hours and revenge is on his murderous mind. Meanwhile, Shan is trying to make a new life for herself with reformed hustler Calvin, a.k.a. Briggen, and her son, Lil’ Peanut. But when Forever turns up dead, his wife, Nyla, blames Shan and Briggen. Before long, Briggen’s in police custody, and it seems like everyone on the outside is aiming to do Shan in.

From Vegas’ glamorous world of luxury limos and 1000-watt bling to the lethal thug world of Detroit’s dirty streets, Shan tangles with steely-eyed men who know no mercy and fashion-plate women who don’t know the meaning of the word “no.” She’s playing a dangerous game, where the only rule is power—and she’ll have to use all her wits and wiles to stay one move ahead. Because the only way this game ends is sudden death!





Silenced
by Allison Brennan

A number of prostitutes—with scores of high-profile clients—are turning up dead all over D.C. Is this the work of a depraved killer? Or is something even more insidious at play?

In Allison Brennan’s Silenced, it’s up to Lucy Kincaid to find out. Determined to expose the truth and ensure that justice is served, she sets out with her P.I. boyfriend, Sean Rogan, to locate and protect the only witness who can identify the killer. But in an investigation that will take her into an underground network of prostitutes, the chambers of the country’s most powerful players and her own dark past, that means putting herself in the line of fire! And with an enemy who always seems to be one step ahead, her first mistake could be her last….





You Have No Idea
A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other)

by Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams has been through the highs and lows of life in the spotlight—from growing up starstruck in the ’burbs; to her out-of-nowhere victory in the Miss America pageant; to losing her crown because of a youthful indiscretion; to bouncing back into an electrifying career in movies, Broadway, music and Ugly Betty. And right by her side has been Helen Williams, holding “Ness” down to earth with some no-nonsense mama wisdom and “The Look” that says more than words. The two hold nothing back, dishing on Vanessa’s 30-year showbiz career, and sharing dozens of intimate family photos. Wait ’til you read about her encounters with Robert DeNiro and other top stars. Because whatever you can imagine about Vanessa’s life, you have no idea.






The Family Corleone
by Ed Falco

The Family Corleone is the novel fans of The Godfather have been waiting for! Based on a screenplay written by Mario Puzo, author Ed Falco continues the saga of The Godfather in this thrilling prequel.

New York, 1933. The end of Prohibition is coming and a battle is looming that will determine which crime families will rise and which will face a violent end.

 For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important than his family’s future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo and Connie, are in school, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is in college, Vito pushes his eldest, Sonny, to be a businessman. But Sonny—17 years old, impatient and reckless—wants something else: To follow in his father’s footsteps. And he’s already started….





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