The bestselling African American books by or about African Americans, published in November 2013.
- Saving Face (Mount Faith Series: Book 1) by Brenda Barrett
(Jamaica Treasures, 2013-11-13, Kindle Edition)
Edward Carlisle, the president of Mount Faith University is dead. Natasha Rowe and her partner Harry Campbell are asked to go under cover to investigate what appears to be a murder.
- Cross My Heart (Alex Cross) by James Patterson
(Little, Brown and Company, 2013-11-25, Kindle Edition)
James Patterson raises the stakes to their highest level, ever-when Alex Cross becomes the obsession of a genius of menace set on proving that he is the greatest mind in the history of crime.Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart–nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex’s strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson’s career.When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. If he does anything to protect them, they will die.CROSS MY HEART is the most powerful Alex Cross novel ever, propelled by the ever-ingenious mind of James Patterson, the world’s #1 bestselling writer.
- SERGEI (Her Russian Protector #5) by Roxie Rivera
(Night Works Books, 2013-11-12, Kindle Edition)
After losing her older brother in a violent robbery, wedding gown designer Bianca Bradshaw refuses to date men with criminal ties. She’s never been tempted to cross that line—until Sergei.
- Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson
(Blue Rider Press, 2013-11-12, Kindle Edition)
A bare-knuckled, tell-all memoir from Mike Tyson, the onetime heavyweight champion of the world—and a legend both in and out of the ring. Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon—Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time—and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Years of hard partying, violent fights, and criminal proceedings took their toll: by 2003, Tyson had hit rock bottom, a convicted felon, completely broke, the punch line to a thousand bad late-night jokes. Yet he fought his way back; the man who once admitted being addicted “to everything” regained his success, his dignity, and the love of his family. With a triumphant one-man stage show, his unforgettable performances in the Hangover films, and his newfound happiness and stability as a father and husband, Tyson’s story is an inspiring American original. Brutally honest, raw, and often hilarious, Tyson chronicles his tumultuous highs and lows in the same sincere, straightforward manner we have come to expect from this legendary athlete. A singular journey from Brooklyn’s ghettos to worldwide fame to notoriety, and, finally, to a tranquil wisdom, Undisputed Truth is not only a great sports memoir but an autobiography for the ages.
- Massive Monroe (Things You Can’t Tell Mama) by D T Pollard
(Book Express, 2013-11-15, Kindle Edition)
Kevin “Massive” Monroe seemed to be on top of the world. Women flocked to him because of his special gift, but that was not always the case. Kevin Monroe was once a young man with a body image problem. Due to the unusually large size of a particular body part Kevin was ridiculed by other boys when he started playing sports in school and was given the nickname of Massive Monroe. Kevin was embarrassed and thought he had a physical defect which caused him to become shy and withdrawn. A woman unexpectedly came into Kevin’s life and convinced him that nothing was wrong with him at all, in fact, what was once a source of embarrassment became a point of pride. The woman that turned his attitude around left his life for years before suddenly returning, but she told Kevin that his future needed to be with someone else. Kevin “Massive” Monroe did things to women that other men never had before, but would that help or hurt him in his quest to find the love of his life?
- There’s A Thin Line: Book 1-Legal Reichs (Josef and Blair Series) by Ronin Schtihl Daire
(Trisha A. Lindsey, 2013-11-15, Kindle Edition)
Finally, the first book in the finished Josef and Blair Series is available! Blair Aikman is a Female Black Anti-Terrorist Agent, who works for the new Shadow Agency, which has been formed to combat the new threat of terrorism within the borders of the United States. Her directive: Eliminate the threat posed by Robert Lee Dyson, leader of the Aryan Brotherhood Nation, who is determined to join the strength of the thirty major Neo-Nazi Organizations in the U.S.
- Real Bitches Do Real Things by Keesh Washington
(Felony Books, 2013-11-10, Kindle Edition)
Los Angeles detective, Matt Figg, has been having a hard time nabbing Kamau and Neeta Bryant, two of America’s most wanted drug kinpins. And when a prominent member of their criminal empire is finally apprehended, prosecutors give her immunity to tell her story. Detective Figg is the expert interrogator.
- The Pastor’s Lover 2 – The Pastor’s Lover 2 (Things You Can’t Tell Mama) by D T Pollard
(Book Express, 2013-11-12, Kindle Edition)
The Pastor’s Lover 2 – Unholy Triangle – Sequel to highly acclaimed The Pastor’s Lover
Tasha Johnson, the wife of Reverend Kendrick Johnson, found her soul in turmoil after she stopped by the church offices after hours and heard a woman screaming in sexual ecstasy behind the closed door of her husband’s office. Tasha also heard her husband’s voice urging this unknown woman to give herself to him. Tasha ran from the church and eventually ended up in the arms of a most unlikely lover, but that’s not where everything ended. Kendrick, Tasha and Tasha’s secret lover all collided in the most unexpected fashion ever as Kendrick caught them in the act and he was shocked to discover the identity of his wife’s lover. Would Tasha and Pastor Kendrick Johnson’s marriage and church survive the shock waves caused by their unholy love triangle?
- Rayqelle’s Risk -Book 2- (RATCHET) by Shon Cole Black
(Clandestine International, 2013-11-13, Kindle Edition)
Straight from the streets of Miami’s Liberty City. Angell Epps is the daughter of a strict Pentecostal preacher who grows up seeing the world through the rose colored glasses of the church, until she meets Chance, a very handsome and mysterious stranger that threatens to turn her whole world upside down! But where is Rayqelle?
- Big Girls One Night with a Prince: Short Erotic Romance – Book 3 by Ulriche Kacey Padraige
(, 2013-11-15, Kindle Edition)
Big Girls One Night with a Prince: Short Erotic Romance.
- Tiberius – Rap’s Rainmaker (Things You Can’t Tell Mama) by D T Pollard
(Book Express, 2013-11-18, Kindle Edition)
T The Rainmaker is the hottest new rapper in hip hop and he is on the mind of every act in the business because they need to work on stepping up their game or get run over. Tiberius Jones burst onto the rap scene with his raw energy and lethal flow. Determined to be the realest rapper in the game he lives above a strip club that he owns in a second floor apartment. In his quest to be number one, T the Rainmaker pulls a stunt that angers one of the biggest names in rap music and leads to a deadly confrontation at an awards show that rocks the rap world to it core. While in the midst of his chaotic career a woman captures Tiberius’ interest, but can he conquer his own suspicions long enough to build a relationship? Tiberius Jones is hiding a surprise he will spring on the public that could either send him down a road of rap royalty or hip hop infamy.
- Moving To Jamaica: Hey Joe (Culture Shock Series) by Jerry Beller
(Jamerica Publishing, 2013-11-09, Kindle Edition)
River Adams is a hot shot congressional staffer, a major mover and shaker on the DC scene with a bright future ahead of him. Shocking his colleagues, friends and family, one day, without warning, he walks away from it all and boards a plane destined for Jamaica.Leaving the rat race behind, River moves to Jamaica. . .Now known as just another white Joe, River attempts to redefine himself and his life as he settles into his new home in Port Antonio far away from the power plays and politics of DC. As he works on his novel, a historical fiction about the Vietnam War era, River finds himself falling deeply in love with the wonders of Jamaica, from the colorful people he interacts with on a daily basis to the heart-stopping majesty and beauty to explore each and every day.River falls in love with nature, Jamaica and Jamaicans. . .As he sheds his old life and embraces the new, River’s natural curiosity and spontaneity becomes an unstoppable force. His philosophers mind combined with a desire to make a difference in the world will soon make his stay in Jamaica far richer than anything the average Joe will ever experience.
- Big ‘n’ Nothin’ by James Edward Allen
(G. Meyer Books/Spiritual Traveler Press, 2013-11-10, Kindle Edition)
“Big or nothin’” is the credo of Pepper Hotwell, a professional gangster who specializes in armed robbery. Set in the ghetto of Gary, Indiana and Chicago’s south side in the late 1960s, his story is a raw, desperate, gun-slinging roll-of-the-dice fueled by drugs, sex, ambition, and pure will to survive. As he swashbuckles his way through a series of high profile heists, he demonstrates his willingness to follow his credo to its ultimate conclusion in his quest for the big score.
- FeMALE TRAITS “The Trilogy” by Lurea C. McFadden
(Bruce Publishing, 2013-11-10, Kindle Edition)
– the story of sexy, smart and very married Grace Trufant and her playa lifestyle. She is married to a successful, loving husband but somehow she requires more attention than this fine upstanding man can offer. She plays hard; in fact she is a playa in her own right. But Grace forgets that Game recognizes Game when she runs into Sonia, her husband’s best friend. This is the tale of Grace’s extra-marital love affair, love and support of good friends, and lessons learned along the way.
- Profiling or Prejudice by Michael Jones
(Createspace, 2013-11-14, Kindle Edition)
Profiling or Prejudice is a funny fictional mini-novel based on a short period in the life of Tyrone Jenkins, a college graduate who experiences profiling, prejudice, and stereotyping enough to last him a life time while falling in love with a woman who has a specific agenda all of her own.
- The Pleasure of pain by Shameek Speight
(True Glory Publications, 2013-11-15, Kindle Edition)
In this twisted tale you will be introduced to Tess, Iris, Vanessa, Ebony and Bless who find out that The Pleasure of Pain is a true testament that we always want what we shouldn’t have. Tess is a strong determined business woman by the day and queen of the streets by night. She will stop at nothing to get the life she wants for herself and her three best friends along with her man, even if it means breaking old bonds and creating lifetime enemies. What she doesn’t realize is in the game of cut- throat there are no rules. Bless emerges on the scene after being recently released from prison only to find that things are not the way they were before he got locked up. The worst part is the person he has to fight is the person he least expected would betray him. He is out for blood and hell bent on destroying anyone who gets in his way. Iris is secretly in love with Tess, but plays the friend card in order to get closer to her. She knows that Tess is in love with another man, however that doesn’t stop her from plotting to get Tess’ heart. Vanessa and Ebony are sisters who share the same father and they happen to be Tess’ top lieutenants. Their loyalty and love run deep for Tess and has never been questioned until now… With pleasure there is always a little pain as Tess and her girlfriends will soon find out. Will they break under pressure or will they show why women rule the world?
- Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
(Little, Brown and Company, 2013-11-05, Hardcover)
It’s Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again–a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything–and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.
- Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
(Atria / 37 Ink, 2013-11-19, Hardcover)
The story that inspired the major motion picture, with an introduction by the bestselling author of Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery.Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo. What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free.In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound did he realize the strangers were kidnappers—that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit. Thus began Northup’s horrific life as a slave.Dehumanized, beaten, and worked mercilessly, Northup suffered all the more, wondering what had become of his family. One owner was savagely cruel and Northup recalls he was “indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse.” Just as he felt the summer of his life fade and all hope nearly lost, he met a kindhearted stranger who changed the course of his life.With its firsthand account of this country’s Peculiar Institution, this is a book no one interested in American history can afford to miss.
- White Girls by Hilton Als
(McSweeney’s, 2013-11-12, Hardcover)
White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women fourteen years ago, finds one of The New Yorker’s boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of white girls,” as Als dubs theman expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Malcolm X and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.
- Animal 2: The Omen by K’wan
(Cash Money Content, 2013-11-19, Paperback)
Secrets are revealed, sides are chosen and bodies are dropped…it’s on! After being thought dead, Animal resurfaces on the streets of New York to keep true to his promise, and make it rain blood over Harlem. All those who had wronged him would feel his wrath, including Shai Clark, boss of the New York underworld. However, touching a man like Shai Clark proves to be easier said than done. Using Animal’s soul mate Gucci as bait, Shai sets a trap for the young killer. Once again Animal finds himself captured, but this time there would be no trial. He is sentenced to die at the hands of Shai’s executioner, a man known only as Priest. The assassin is ordered to kill Animal, but instead of death he gives him the truth of his shadowed past and how their destinies are intertwined. The man ordered to take Animal from the world is also the man who brought him into it. Animal finds himself torn between his hatred for the father who had abandoned him and the man who had taken everything from him. An uneasy truce is formed between father and son to take down a common enemy and finally grant Animal his freedom from the blood debt he’s carried for so many years, but when the ghosts of Animal’s past catch up with him he learns that nothing is what it seems, and everything is subject to corruption, even his love for Gucci.