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New romance fiction

In Laws and Play Cousins by Robyn Gant

“Childhood friends are inadvertently exposed to an accidental murder and as they grow older, circumstances in their lives cause them to reflect back to the tragic event. Nubia Jamison is a filmmaker with a successful company, a volatile love life and an in-law who competes for her man’s attention; Tina Campbell becomes a lawyer and dedicates part of her time to appealing a wrongful conviction; Her cousin Eva Gaultier passes the state bar but spends her time engaged in promiscuity; and Tracie Chesterson, a computer expert, uses her technological wizardry to wreak havoc and revenge into the life of an unsuspecting man and his family.”

From the heart of Los Angeles to the South of France, In Laws and Play Cousins tells a story about love and heartbreak, success and envy and the price it ultimately commands.

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/in-laws-and-play-cousins/8736989

Give Me Fever by Niobia Bryant

Dafina
Available 05/01/10 in Paperback

She had everything she needed–until she met him

It looked like it would take a miracle for sexy nature guide Jade Prince to notice quiet accountant Kaeden Strong. Then a camping vacation left them stranded together, sharing a sleeping bag and a wild encounter that burned up the cold night. When it comes to making heat, they’re compatible in every way, except. . .He’s a workaholic who’s allergic to the outdoors. She’s an adventuress with a vixen’s body and a tomboy heart. He’s wanted Jade from the moment he saw her, but so do a long line of men–including her business partner, Darren. On paper, Kaeden is all wrong for Jade–but can he prove he’s right in all the ways that really matter?

Coming Together: At Last

Coming Together At Last
Volume 1 and Volume 2
by Alessia Brio (Editor), L.A. Banks (Introduction)

CreateSpace
Available 02/24/10 in Paperback

Celebrate the diversity of desire!

A multi-author anthology of interracial erotic fiction edited by Alessia Brio with an Introduction by NY Times Bestselling author, L.A. Banks. Volumes 1 and 2 feature stories by Bridget Midway, Saskia Walker, Seressia Glass, Aliyah Burke, Alessia Brio and Will Belegon, and many more! All proceeds from the sale of these special anthologies benefit Amnesty International.

Sensual Confessions by Brenda Jackson

Sensual Confessions (Madaris Family)
by Brenda Jackson

Kimani Press
Available 04/01/10 in Mass Market Paperback

Blade Madaris has watched the men in his family surrender their single status one by one, and he has no plans to join them. But the gorgeous attorney he meets at his cousin’s wedding would make a fine notch on his bedpost. And when circumstances bring them together for six months, Blade formulates a plan to sweep Samari Di Meglio off her feet and into his arms.

Though Blade is the kind of player Sam has spent years avoiding, a no-strings one-night stand is too tempting to resist. But their sizzling night together comes with unforeseen complications. Blade can’t walk away from the most passionate woman he’s ever met. To break through her resistance, the consummate bachelor will have to bare his soul and confess everything that’s in his heart.

I’m Your Girl by J.J. Murray

Kensington
Available 03/01/10 in Paperback

For public library clerk Diane Anderson, reading romance novels and living vicariously is far easier than attracting a flesh-and-blood man of her own. She’d love to add some real spice to her life, but it seems she’s too voluptuous in the wrong places to attract the kind of black man her mama requires as a son-in-law…and just exotic enough to attract the kind of white man Mama forbids. But there’s something about that lost-looking guy who comes wandering into the library one January afternoon. And when he reveals that Diane is his muse, well, she can’t help being intrigued…After months spent mourning a personal tragedy, novelist Jack Browning is struggling to get back to work. Under pressure by his editor to write his second novel, Jack decides to hit the library for ideas. The clerk who helps him is smart and sassy – not to mention curvy in all the right places. He finds himself thinking of Diane as he creates the heroine of his book. Now, against all odds, she’s knocking down the wall he’d built around himself, becoming the inspiration for his art…and maybe even for his life…

Snapped by Tracy Brown

Snapped: A Novel
by Tracy Brown

St. Martin’s Griffin
Available 01/05/10 in Paperback

As the pampered wife of Frankie Bingham, Camille wants for nothing. After all Frankie and their life together are her whole world. So Camille tries not to be bothered by his closeness with his coworker and dear friend Gillian. But it soon becomes clear that Camille’s suspicions are correct. When his indiscretions become a public matter for the world Camille is pushed to a dangerous breaking point that spells disaster for them all.

Camille’s sister Misa is newly divorced and clueless about men. She smothers men with phone calls, emails and pops up unannounced at their homes. She hacks into their voicemail and email and causes drama. So when she sets her sights on Baron, he has no idea what hit him. Will her quest to win his heart cost her everything?

Dominique Storms appears to have it all – a great career, a beautiful NYC condo and a gifted teenaged daughter. Her only problem is that the man she loves is incarcerated. While trying to juggle the demands of motherhood, work, and friendships, she manages to make her man Jamel a priority in her life. But is he doing the same? And is she too distracted to notice what is going on with her daughter?

Latoya Blake seems to be the one who has life all figured out, that is, until some skeletons are discovered in her closet. When her well-put-together façade crumbles, will she crumble as well?

Big Girls Do Cry by Carl Weber

Kensington
Available 02/01/10 in Hardcover

New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber cranks up the heat in this explosive follow-up to Something on the Side–a novel of friendship, family ties, and the bonds–and betrayals–of love. . .

Isis and her sister, Egypt–two of the original curvaceous members of the Big Girls Book Club–have hightailed it out of New York and settled in Richmond, Virginia, where they’ve started a new chapter of the BGBC. The same rules apply here: You must be at least a bodacious size 14 to join. Living in the plush suburbs, Isis has it all–almost. The thirty-seven-year-old plus-size beauty is happily married to Rashid, and they’re living in the lap of luxury. There’s just one thing missing. They want to start a family. Enter Egypt, who’s moved into her sister’s McMansion with dreams of starting over. There’s just one hitch: before her sister married Rashid, he was Egypt’s man for ten years. Egypt thought she was over him, but the close quarters are giving both her and her sister doubts. She’s ready to pack her bags until Isis and Rashid ask her for a serious favor. Egypt knows she shouldn’t get involved, but she can’t say no to her sister–even if the price might be way too high for them all. Egypt isn’t the only one with drama. Rumor has it that Loraine–Isis’s brilliant boss and one of BGBC’s newest members–is in the running to be her sorority’s next national president. But Loraine has more than one secret that will ruin her if they ever see the light of day. Thank goodness only one other person knows them–BGBC’s first male member, Jerome–and what he knows just might destroy him. As friendships and family and past and present collide, these book lovers are about to learn that drama can follow you wherever you go–and that big girls do cry…

Reverend Feelgood by Lutishia Lovely

Dafina
Available 02/01/10 in Paperback

In Lutishia Lovely‘s wickedly sexy new novel, an energetic young pastor works overtime to keep the ladies in his congregation deliciously satisfied. . .

Nathaniel “Nate” Thicke is a preaching prodigy. At only twenty-eight years old, he’s the senior pastor of The Gospel Truth Church. In addition to carrying on the preaching tradition begun by his great-grandfather, Nate is also just plain carrying on, wherever the spirit–and the flesh–lead him. And when it leads him to three women from the same family, bickering and backstabbing follow…

Content with having his pick of the flock, Nate is surprised to discover he’s fallen head-over-heels in love, and decides to become a one-woman man. But the other ladies aren’t about to give him up so easily. They’re prepared to do whatever it takes to get their man back–even if it means adding a few more shocking sins to their list…

Nappily in Bloom by Trisha R. Thomas

St. Martin’s Griffin
Available 09/15/09

Airic and his famous televangelist wife, Trevelle Doval, make the evening news when Airic is accused of domestic battery and his life is suddenly turned upside down. But when Venus and Jake try to suspend Airic’s visitation rights with Mya, they discover that Airic isn’t willing to go down without a fight.

Meanwhile, Jake’s best friend, Legend, turns up on his doorstep with trouble not far behind. The past is back with a vengeance, including blackmail, murder and enemies who are looking for payback. But everything takes a dangerous new turn when Venus goes missing. For Jake it’s now a race against time to save the woman he loves.

What Looks LIke Crazy On an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

What Looks LIke Crazy On an Ordinary Day
by Pearl Cleage

Avon A
Available 02/01/09

After a decade of elegant pleasures and luxe living with the Atlanta brothers and sisters with the best clothes and biggest dreams, Ava Johnson has temporarily returned home to Idlewild — her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits by cold reality. But what she imagines to be the end is, instead, a beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since Ava left, all the problems of the big city have come to roost in the sleepy North Michigan community whose ordinariness once drove her away; and she cannot turn her back on friends and family who sorely need her in the face of impending trouble and tragedy. Besides which, that one unthinkable, unmistakable thing is now happening to her: Ava Johnson is falling in love.

Acclaimed playwright, essayist, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist Pearl Cleage has created a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding, in a remarkable novel that sizzles with sensuality, hums with gritty truth, and sings and crackles with life-affirming energy.

Excess Baggage, a romantic thriller by Sean Gardner

Excess Baggage

Excess Baggage is the tale of two love stories. In one, a lawyer falls in love with a witness during a high profile trial where the opposing side vows to win at all costs, including murder. In the other, an advertising director and a record label exec fall in love, only to have their relationship interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious (and dangerous) person from the past. Each of these stories is linked by the guys, who are long-term friends and share a common childhood tragedy. The ladies also have more in common than they would like to share. Before the tale ends, the quartet must re-examine their priorities in order to save their love & their lives.

The Bum Magnet by K. L. Brady

The Bum Magnet
by K. L. Brady

LadyLit Press
Available 07/15/09

Charisse Tyson seems to have it all-a great job, a dream car, and a McMansion in high-and-mightyville. Everything in her life is just right…except the Mister. While lamenting the break-up with her most recent “the one” during a holiday meltdown, Charisse realizes she has a type when it comes to men-players, players, and more players. A magazine article motivates her to swear off men and examine the complex roots of her romantic fiascos.

Laugh loud and often as Charisse discovers whether her choices in men reflect more than a penchant for good looks, great sex, and bad judgment.

She Had It Coming by Mary Monroe

Dafina
Available 08/01/09

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe delivers a powerful and provocative new novel about one woman’s search for love in a world where secrets don’t always stay hidden, friends don’t always have our backs, and the choices we make in one rash moment can change everything…

If there’s one thing Dolores Reese knows, it’s how to keep a secret. It’s a skill she learned early in life, watching her best friend Valerie Proctor do whatever it took to protect her family from her violent stepfather. Back then, Dolores was in foster care — just like Floyd Watson, a local boy who intrigues Dolores from the moment they meet. Even in high school, Dolores knows with certainty that she and Floyd are soul mates. When one bad decision sends an innocent Floyd to prison for life, Dolores pays clandestine visits and — out of a mix of love and pity — promises to stick by him.

While Floyd’s world stands still, Dolores’s horizons open up in exciting new ways when she lands a position working for a cruise line. There, she meets Paul Dunne, an accomplished businessman who promises her the kind of future she’s always wanted — the kind she once imagined having with Floyd. Dolores is sure she can continue to visit Floyd without revealing that she’s now married to another man. But when Floyd is suddenly freed on new evidence, Dolores is torn and makes a fateful decision — to live a double lie, devoting herself to two different husbands in two different cities. With Valerie as her confidante and accomplice, Dolores hopes to pull off the ultimate deception. But into this risky situation comes another man, one Dolores can’t resist. And if she isn’t careful, Dolores just might find out what happens when love, dishonesty, and dangerous jealousy collide…

Captured by Beverly Jenkins

Avon
10/01/09

She was the most irresistible treasure of all . . . Dominic LeVeq, the most notorious privateer ever to command the high seas, has just captured a coveted prize: a British frigate. On a dangerous mission against the Crown, Dominic should be thinking only of his ship’s safety. But the rebel captain is utterly entranced by Clare Sullivan, the stunning slave on board. Consumed by desire, desperate to have her, Dominic offers Clare her freedom in exchange for a forbidden night in his bed — a night he assures her will be most pleasureable indeed. Clare believes that Dominic is nothing more than a seductive rogue used to getting what he wants. But she too feels a tantalizing passion between them, and so she submits to just one night of bliss. She’ll soon realize that Dominic has captured more than her body. He’s captured her heart . . . and she doesn’t want him to ever let go.

Flames Of Deception by Marcia E. Woodruff

Flames of Deception

I am pleased to announce the publication of Flames of Deception which will be released in September 2009.

Flames of Deception, published by City Stone Publishing, is a fictional based story that involves deception, lust and revenge.

How many women do you know has put up with a man’s infidelities time and time again? If you can relate to someone who has been there, then this is the book for you.

My character, Candice George has been in this situation and has finally had enough of her man’s cheating ways. She decides to put the shoe on the other foot. As she finally takes a walk on the wild side, her man can’t take it and decides to destroy her (like most men can’t…LOL)

My story is based on this reality of men being able to cheat hundreds of times, but when the tables are turned, they lose their minds. Flames of Deception will spark the interest of both men and women alike.

Attached, please find an excerpt of this first, steamy chapter per your review.  I am sure you are going to love it.

If you would like to contact me for an interview/completed novel, I can be reached via email at smoothmarmar@comcast.net. Also go on my publishers website at www.citystonepublishing.com.

Peace & Love,

Marcia Woodruff

http://marciawoodruff.webs.com

One Night with the Wealthy Rancher by Brenda Jackson

One Night with the Wealthy Rancher by Brenda Jackson

Silhouette
Available 08/11/09

Texas Cattleman’s Club member Darius Foster is tired of women chasing after his millions. But his jaded heart is about to get a jump-start.

The wealthy rancher never expected to see Summer Martindale in his part of Texas. Darius was still trying to forget that incredible night they’d spent together…a night that never should have happened. Certain she had relocated just to get close to him — and his money — the ex-lawman vowed to keep his distance. But when danger came calling, Darius knew he was the only one who could protect Summer. And that meant getting closer to her — in every way!

Intimate Seduction by Brenda Jackson

Intimate Seduction by Brenda Jackson

Kimani Romance
Available 06/27/09

When a man finds a beautiful woman asleep in his bed……he has only one choice. To seduce her with a night of lovemaking she’ll never forget. Trouble is, Donovan Steele’s sultry new housekeeper is just as determined not to become the legendary playboy’s latest conquest.

Trading the Ivy League for down South, Natalie Ford is helping out with her ailing aunt’s housecleaning service. But she finds that this powerful, potent man of Steele ignites a different kind of chemistry–one that defies every law of attraction the science professor ever learned.Natalie knows she has to come clean to Donovan about who she really is…especially when he starts believing she’s out to sabotage his family business. Will she lose her chance to love the real man behind the seductive legend?

When I’m Loving You by K. Lowery Moore

When I’m Loving You
by K. Lowery Moore

So Sophisticated Publications
Available 04/01/09

When you are in love, nothing else seems to matter. For three best friends, falling in love was not an easy thing to do. Despite their personal struggles, Natasha Inglewood, Dianne Marshall, and Lynda Davis, have all found the kind of love they always desired. Natasha, a hard-working, single mother gets a second chance at love after the tragic loss of her only child; Dianne, learning that love at first sight is real, is happily married until she becomes the stepmother of a child she didn’t know existed; and Lynda finally realizes that she can focus and love only one man, until her “love them and leave them” ways catch up with her.

If you still believe in love, this emotional story is for you. When I’m Loving You is a sassy, erotic, love story touched by death, abuse, and violence that many of us have encountered in our own lives. The question is, how do you manage love in the midst of it all?

All I’ll Ever Need by Mildred Riley

All I’ll Ever Need
by Mildred Riley

Genesis Press
Available 05/01/09

Newly married, both Elyse and her husband Barry want to have a child. But before this hope can be realized, Barry is called to active duty in Iraq. Due home just before Christmas, he is killed by a roadside bomb. Six months after his death, Elyse is summoned to their lawyer’s office, where she learns that he made a deposit in a sperm bank before shipping out. Despite objections from her family and friends, she decides to undergo in-vitro fertilization and gives birth to a baby girl. What she doesn’t know is that her husband had a daughter as a result of a teenage relationship. Complicating her life still further, she is beginning to have feelings for Ace Brimmer, owner of a local art store. Ace truly loves her, but what will it take for her to realize that he is all she will ever need to live a happy and fulfilling life?

Lady Jasmine: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray

Lady Jasmine: A Novel
by Victoria Christopher Murray

Touchstone
Available 06/02/09

Juicy Jasmine Larson Bush is at it again — battling her past in order to save her future.

With her own lies, she nearly destroyed her marriage to Pastor Hosea Bush. Why, Jasmine was forced to reveal every secret she’d ever kept from her husband, right down to her real age, weight, and shoe size! She thought she had told Hosea everything.

But when Jasmine is blackmailed with a terrible truth from her past that she “forgot” to tell Hosea, more than just her marriage is in jeopardy.

Surprisingly, her first instinct is to tell the truth. Jasmine knows, however, that this is one part of her life that can never be exposed. Determined to keep the life she fought so hard to save, Jasmine is willing to commit any sin — even murder — to leave her past behind her. No one can know the truth about the First Lady of City of Lights at Riverside Church. No one can know that beneath the veneer of a redeemed Christian wife, there lies a sinner — especially not her trusting husband.