Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What I'm Reading

Sister Betty is all set to marry Freddie Noel-but she knows the chances of having a peaceful ceremony in the Crossing Over Sanctuary Church are slim to none. Still, she's got enough sense and Scripture to keep church busybodies Bea Blister and Sasha Pray Onn fromsowing even more chaos-until a rehearsal disaster and an unexpected secret cause Freddie to break off the engagement without explanation! While this no-nonsense prayer warrior needs all the holy backup she can get, Pastor Leotis is desperately dodging temptation as Mother Pray Onn's niece Ima Hellraiser and Betty's young cousin Sasha compete to become his First Lady. Sister Betty will need to kick some spiritual butt-and fight for some major soul-saving miracles.
From New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison comes I'd Rather Be with You, the sizzling tale of two very competitive friends and the provocative bet that forever changes their lives. Now, with both of their futures up in the air, the question is which "friend" will play one vengeful game too many? And who will wish she wasn't the one left standing? Madison's life was almost perfect before Loretta Lovelace introduced her to Granville Washington and initiated the bet that ruined Madison's marriage. Now her marriage is on the rocks, a baby is on the way-and there's a family business empire to save. Madison knows it's time for her to make some tough decisions. To get her life back on track, she'll have to settle the score with Loretta. It's payback time-big time.No doubt about that. Treacherous habits die hard for this spoiled beauty, so doing what she has to do to come out on top won't be a problem. And the sexy billionaire who can't seem to get enough of her is just the weapon she needs to escape a messy scandal and settle old scores at the same time. Too bad her newest play will put her in way over her head. And making things right will mean gambling with everything she wants most.
A new Terry McMillan novel is always cause for celebration-and her newest is one of her wisest, wittiest, and most heartwarming.Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, then promptly disappears. BJ already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams-all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect and full of surprises.

With his typical flair, Carl Weber presents The Family Business 2, another riveting tale of African American life in this second installment of his New York Times bestselling The Family Business series. Adding to the excitement is his co-author, Treasure Hernandez, who has helped him add more drama to the mix. By day the Duncans are upstanding citizens running one of New York's most respected car dealerships-but by night, they're criminals who control most of the East Coast drug traffic. And whether they're on their day or night jobs, one thing is true about the Duncans-there is never a dull moment. Baby momma drama has taken over the Duncanclan as a mad scramble ensues to find out who has fathered the Duncan sisters' new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family's new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando has only one obstacle in front of him, and it's not law enforcement or one of his family's rivals-it's his mother. And she may be his most formidable opponent to date, because she's making the family take sides.Can a civil war be averted before it tears the Duncan family apart?

In Love Him or Leave Him, Loni Love, one of the highest-paid female standup comics in the United States, makes a very convincing case that putting yourself first is the path toward lasting love.In this fresh and funny advice book, Loni doles out an ample serving of her down-to-earth take on love, sex, and dating. She delivers answers to women's most pressing relationship questions with the central message that you may stick with him, you may bail out, but don't ever get "stuck with the tab" or taken advantage of.Juicy tidbits of romantic advice in an easy-to-read Q&A format, with hilarious been-there-done-that-tales, consistently carry the message of Loni's laugh-out-loud humor: Put yourself first and love will follow.
Helen wasn't just born the devious vixen of the New Day Temple of Faith. No, there has to be something rooted deep within her to make her feed off the pain she inflicts on other people. Maybe it's her own pain that she has suppressed for so many years. It's an unimaginable pain that creates an internal prison in which her mind is the only captive.Whatever the cause, once the demons within herbreak free, those around her had better beware.Helen feels no shame about the fact that she isn't saved. But will the New Day Divasaccept Helen despite her sordid past? What they don't know is that God wants to save Helen not only from her past, but from herself. I Ain't Me No More begins a new series that brings fresh new drama to the Divas!
"It’s been said that in a marriage you only get 80 percent of what you need. When the other 20 percent is too tempting to turn down, do you decide to stick with your family life, or do you take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Simone, Te’Nae and Shay are picture-perfect wives and career women. All three juggle prestigious jobs, motherhood and wifely duties with ease. But they share a dark secret that, if it’s exposed, could ruin everything they’ve worked hard to maintain. They will only get one chance to figure out if their families and marriages are worth more than the risks they’re taking. They’d better hope they make the right decision, because once good wives go bad, there is no turning back...ever."