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The Tiara: 5 Ways to Reign as Queen of Your Castle by Lakia Shauntee Brandenburg



Paperback
December 20, 2013
Perfectly Imperfect Publishing Company
Lakia fulfilled her journey by saying “I do.” Now she’s learning how to effectively communicate with her husband, love him, and keep their intimacy alive. But these lessons were not learned without a little help from an imaginary headpiece. For wives and wives-to-be, Lakia is back to present you with The Tiara, an acronym that details what a wife should do after saying, “I do.” In The Tiara, Lakia reveals five principles that will give a wife the power to strengthen the love, intimacy, and communication that she has with her spouse. Sharing personal stories and providing practical steps for any wife to follow, The Tiara is a must-read if you want to understand how to reign as queen of your castle.

All I Ever Wanted (Grayson Friends series, Book 8) by Francis Ray

A new novel from  New York Times and USA Today author Francis Ray. The Grayson Friends contemporary romance series  book 8, All I Ever Wanted will be released on February 26, 2013.

 

Naomi Reese is a divorced mother with a small daughter named Kayla, a new life in Sante Fe, and, finally, some distance from her abusive ex-husband. All she wants now is a home of her own where she and Kayla can finally feel safe. With one bad marriage behind her, she can’t even dream of falling in love again. Until she meets Richard…

A tall, handsome veterinarian with a warm smile and big heart, Richard Youngblood is the kind of man any woman could fall for. Not only does he have a wonderful way with animals, he’s great with little Kayla and—Naomi has to admit—he’s easy on the eyes. Richard definitely has his sights set on her, too. But first, Naomi has to free herself from her past—and learn how to love again—before she can have all she ever wanted with the man of her dreams…

All I Ever Wanted will be available February 26, 2013.

How to Get Real About Dating by Lauren and William Hamilton

How to Get Real About Dating: A Father and Daughter’s Guide to Finding Love at Any Age
by Lauren and William Hamilton

Hamilton Writing
Available September 19, 2011 in Paperback

Isn’t it time that you started seeing major results on the dating scene?

Lauren and William Hamilton offer a fresh, hip point of view in their book How to Get Real About Dating: A Father and Daughter’s Guide to Finding Love at Any Age. They are the best team dedicated to improving your dating game without forcing you to change who you are!

With Lauren representing the new school, she’s here to say that you can still date and have fun while dealing with student loans, budget restrictions, career goals, a tough economy, monthly expenses, and all of the things that pop up in life as a younger person.

For the old school crowd, William’s 30+ years of experience as a Ladies’ Man turned happily married father of three has given him the knowledge of what it takes to find long-term relationship success. He believes you can still find love even with kids, divorces, a full-fledged career, and any other baggage that comes as you get up there in age.

“Our book is a dating guide that helps single people come up with a personalized game plan that suits their lifestyle, regardless of age or income level.” Everyone deserves to find love and How to Get Real About Dating: A Father and Daughter’s Guide to Finding Love at Any Age does that plus much more.


ABOUT US

William Hamilton
was raised by two wonderful parents who have been together for over 50 years. They always taught me the importance of family and my childhood was a great one. Growing up around their love and support made me see the importance of family and commitment at a young age. Right after college, I married and started a family. Not too long into it, I was divorced. I realized that I was ready for another marriage and focused on dating. I turned into a Ladies’ Man and enjoyed having fun, being with women, and sharing their company. Over the years I have dated many women, been married three times, and learned a lot about myself. As a man in his 60’s who is happily married with three children, I enjoy giving advice to my kids about love and life. I’d say after six decades, I finally figured out what it takes to have a healthy, fulfilling long-term relationship. But if it wasn’t for those failures as a Ladies’ Man, I’d have no clue.

Lauren Hamilton, at the age of eighteen, I was dateless, obese, and very lonely. Food was my best friend until one day something clicked in me and I decided to change. I lost over eighty pounds, started to wear nice clothes, made friends, and flirted. In other words, I found my DATING MOJO. Since my transformation over six years ago I have dated many people and been in relationships as well. Now, at the age of 26, it’s all about dating while focusing on me. As a younger person, there are many things to think about: career, home, bills, debt, etc. Adding a long-term relationship or a major commitment will distract from those things. That’s why it’s important to keep YOU as number one. At the same time, it’s important to create a good foundation for dating techniques and strategies so that you know what it takes to one day have a successful relationship. Despite what you’ve gone through in your life, you can improve your dating game. It doesn’t what your age or income is. YOU can do it, just like I did!

How to Get Real About Dating: A Father and Daughter’s Guide to Finding Love at Any Age

Author Francis Ray

Author Francis Ray
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Francis Ray is a native Texan and lives in Dallas. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. Her literary fiction series- Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends have consistently made bestseller’s lists, and are enjoyed by readers world-wide. She has written forty-nine books to date. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, Atlantic Choice, and Borders 2008 Romance Award for bestselling Multicultural Romance for NOBODY BUT YOU. IF YOU WERE MY MAN was selected as Written 2010 Book of the Year.

Ms. Ray had four books published or re-released in 2011, and six scheduled for 2012. She enjoys writing fiction, where intelligent women through hard work and perseverance triumph over adversity, just as they do in real life.


I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

In her mind’s eyes, she could see Wes, tall and elegant in his tailored tuxedo with a patterned vest, black tie, and snow white pocket square. Her red Valentino slip gown highlighted her honey-eyed complexion and chocolate brown eyes. The gown also picked up the red in Wes’s vest and the red in the rose in his lapel.

They were the perfect couple and it was show time. And she wanted to scream.

Madison Reed, popular talk show host and America’s darling and her husband, well-known TV correspondent Wes Reed is everyone’s idea of the perfect couple. But now after the loss of their child, they became no more than polite strangers, maintaining the facade, revealing only picture perfect happiness. But Madison’s world is turned upside down when Wes is critically injured in a car accident and a woman is killed. Before he dies, Wes confesses that the woman who was killed was his mistress—and that he is the father of her nine-month-old daughter, Manda. He begs Madison to raise the child. Unsure if she can, Madison struggles to take charge of her fate and put her life back together. Overwhelmed, she accepts the help of Zachary Holman, her husband’s best friend, only to discover that his life is also shrouded by lies. Can she forgive and forget—not just once, but twice?

St. Martin’s Paperbacks
October 30, 2012
Mass Market Paperback

When Morning Comes, Book 2 of the Family Affair series

Dr. Cade Mathis learned early that he was not the son of the man who raised him. His adoptive father, a cruel, bitter man had always been quick to tell him that he was a bastard and an embarrassment to the rich society family whose daughter got pregnant with him. So when Cade received a full scholarship to college, he was only too happy to leave the only home he had ever known behind and never looked back.

Now a successful doctor and one of the best neurosurgeons in the state, the only thing he still wants are answers about where he came from. What he doesn’t expect to find is Sabrina Thomas, the new patient advocate at his hospital or how this woman will lead him to the family he has been searching for and a love he never expected to find.

A Dangerous Kiss, book 3 of the Kiss Trilogy and book 7 of the Grayson Friends series

Payton “Sin” Sinclair lives up to his name when it comes to the ladies: this hot-bodied athlete is all about playing the field. But when it comes to love, Sin plays it safe. Sin hides a dangerous secret from everyone, even his sweetly supportive friend, Summer. She’s a breezily efficient restaurant owner with her own secrets, and over the years she’s relied on Sin for emotional support. Everything changes when Sin’s friends start coupling off, leaving him lonely and worried about his heart’s future. Then Summer gets involved with planning her cousin’s wedding, and you know how weddings play on the emotions. Suddenly, Sin finds himself flirting with Summer, and she’s surprisingly receptive. But they both know danger lurks in every kiss.

“Love & Regrets” by Sheryl Mallory-Johnson



“Love & Regrets” follows the lives of three African American women – Carmen, Tempest, Dana – and their struggles with commitment, family drama, betrayal, lies, secrets, sexual exploits and love that spirals out of control.

Before you meet these characters, you must know….”Love & Regrets” is NOT a romance novel – it is about relationships. Not just romantic, but family, friendship and everything in between. Relationships are the cornerstone of Sheryl Mallory-Johnson’s work. Why, because the former social worker-turned novelist  is fascinated with human behavior. Why we do what we do.

Now, here’s a glimpse of the women you will meet (and fall in love with) in “Love & Regrets” ….

Carmen, a thirty something mother of one, is happily married to her loving husband Devon ─ so she thinks.  At the wrong time in her life, along comes Kendall, the man who awakens a side of Carmen that is better left slumber – her oversexed side. Carmen can’t seem to get enough of Kendall, even at her wits end. Facing a sure divorce isn’t Carmen’s worse fear; losing her prestigious job has her equally petrified; and Kendall, who happens to be her employee, is out to make sure both take place. Can Carmen salvage her life or has she done irreparable damage?

Second to God, no one is more important to Tempest than Sterling. Her every waking moment is spent planning to wed the “Cinderfella” of the NFL, that is until media sensationalism comes into play. Desperate to uncover the truth, Tempest sets out to prove naysayers wrong. Is Sterling up to no good or should Tempest hold fast to her belief in fairytales and happily ever after? 

Dana has one desire ─ to own a home, marry and start a family by her 27th birthday. That sounds simple enough, if Omar, the man Dana loves, would step up. Enter into the picture Matthew, a modest rich man who woos Dana with romantic excursions and exciting adventures. No sooner than Dana allows Matthew to encroach upon her heart, Omar proves her perceptions of him wrong. Has Dana just made the biggest mistake of her life or is Matthew more than meets the eye?

 “Love & Regrets” exposes the struggles of commitment, the human capacity to rise above hatred and revenge, and the power of love and kinship. 

Published by Wanasoma Books (December 2011)

ISBN# 978-0-9822085-2-6

Interview with Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi

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Lorna O Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi aka Lorna O. is not your average love coach. She is a life changer with an uncanny knack for vividly identifying self-help strategies. Her witty yet practical style underscores a nurturing demeanor that is a gateway way to big advice. A film and television host and producer of her own show “Yin N Yang” in Hollywood, Lorna O. graduated magna cum laude from Texas Woman’s University. The native Christiansted, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands is the byproduct of parents who have sustained a 40-year marriage. With two older and younger siblings in 20 and 10-year marriages, respectively, Lorna has seen and heard the gamut of ups and downs in both relationships and marriages. The happily married advice diva continues to live bold daily and has plans for a series of additional inspirational books. Be BOLD and uncover Lorna O’s guidance at http://www.lornaonline.com and http://www.mylobsterforlife.blogspot.com.
Becoming Bold unleashes a straightforward guide for delving deep and mining one’s inner audaciousness. With the goal of unmasking and releasing latent deterrents to success, “Becoming BOLD” serves as the definitive guide to self-actualization and transformation. By going for the gusto, we set the pace for achieving ideal love and life. Becoming Bold

(1) Among the many volumes of self-help, self-improvement, and self-sustaining that
weigh heavy on the store shelves, what makes Becoming Bold stand out?

The Orange Lady! Most people love the cover and people have told me how compelling it is. It encapsulates how they feel either as a person stuck in the row or the Orange Lady breaking out of the mold to become the person they want to be. Personally, I am inspired by the Orange Lady!

(2) What were your inspirations in writing it? What is the message that you want to
impart to your readers?

I always wanted to be writer growing up. I wrote articles for my school newspaper, I wrote poems, and short stories, but I got serious about having a career as a writer after college. It then decided to pursue a career as a television film writer and ended up working as as Assistant to Executives on a variety of popular shows and on the movie “Get Him To The Greek”. My career expanded early on as a talk show host/producer and with each episode I researched for Yin N Yang, I came up with more and more ideas about how to help people have healthier relationships and fuller lives with themselves and others. I drew from my own journey and my own struggles on how to achieve success, and knew if I was having to become a stronger, bolder person and overcome challenges, that others were going through the same thing. I wanted to tell people that they could change. I wanted to share what I discovered: that with a little bit of courage, fearlessness, your entire life could change for the better. Mine’s did! This is where the idea for Becoming Bold was sparked.

(3) What does “mining one’s inner audaciousness” mean?
Audacious means invulnerable to fear or intimidation, which is essentially being bold! Boldness also includes being direct, clear and honest even in the face of opposition. But I believe everyone has a level of boldness and audaciousness inside of them except the fire burned out. The switch was turned off. Fortunately, that switch is still there. It exists! The ability to be bold, audacious is possible, it’s just deep inside of us. It calls for us to make choices and moves that ignite those bold fires so we can turn that switch back on. When we do we’ll our life will change for the better. I love the quote that I use in the book because it so true and encompasses the ideas in Becoming Bold: “Courage [Boldness] is the greatest of all virtues. Because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.” (Samuel Johnson, Novelist, Poet)

(4) What are you doing to promote Becoming Bold?
I’ve been doing radio interviews across the U.S. I’ve also been sited in news articles. I was featured on Tom Joyner’s Black America Web.Com with Erica Taylor; and I’ll be a part of the Author’s Circle at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida next month. With my own dating and relationship talk show, Yin N Yang, I’m able to promote my book and discuss different ideas that I talk about in Becoming Bold. I’m also planning a book tour. Basically, I’m promoting my book in every way possible!

(5) What has been the response like to Becoming Bold?
The response has been fantastic! A friend told me that just by looking at the cover she felt stronger. She made a “bold” decision that she was vacillating on that ended up saving her $3000.00 dollars and she was motivated by the cover of Becoming Bold. Stories like that are what I’ve been hearing. It’s truly a blessing to be a blessing to others. It makes every second I spent writing the book worth it!

Interview with Pretty Tony

Pretty Tony offers an urban perspective to the age-old quest of men trying to understand women by first examining themselves with honesty. His first two novels, “Playaology” and “Playa Step Your Game Up” sent ripples throughout the community as his ‘keep it real’ street logic laid it bare. With “Who is she & What is she to you?,” Pretty Tony emerges as a seasoned street master decoding ultimate truths, bring hip hop flavor to the never ending questions men really have about women. He lends great insight from the mindset of a self professed “womanizer” with a perspective that is still relevant to everyday relationships.


(1) Tell us about the “who” in “Who is she & What is she to you?” Who is your book written for?

THE WHO IS OF COURSE WOMEN, IN GENERAL AND THE BOOK IS PRIMARILY AIMED AT MY BROTHERS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD.

(2) If you were to break down the book, is there a philosophy or a key insights that are shared?

THE BOOK IS BASED ON THE ‘PLAYAOLOGY’ PHILOSOPHY THAT PROMOTES A WAY OF LIFE THAT IS BASED ON COMMON SENSE AND CONSCIOUS THINKING TO ENABLE A GOOD AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE.

(3) Why do so many relationships seem to need “counseling”?

BECAUSE MOST OF US DON’T TAKE ENOUGH TIME TO DEAL WITH THE MAN/WOMAN IN THE MIRROR AND ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT WE’VE HAD OVER OUR LIFETIME, THEN WE GET INTO RELATIONSHIPS AND NOW WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH MORE ISSUES FROM OUR PARTNERS, AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IS TOO BUSY FRONTING.

(4) Are men missing something in being able to be involved in a relationship?

THATS A GOOD QUESTION THAT COULD HAVE SO MANY ANSWERS BUT I’LL ROLL WITH THIS, MOST MEN ARE EMOTIONALLY DETACHED AND HAVE A ”BETTER THEM THAN ME ” MENTALITY, SO WE NEVER TRULY PARTAKE IN FORMING THE BONDS OF LOVE NEEDED TO TRULY LET A RELATIONSHIP BLOSSOM, BEING IN THE STREETS, POPULAR CULTURE AND SINGLE PARENT HOMES HAVE HAD QUITE AN EFFECT ON US, AND SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE WE’VE LOST THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, WHEN IT COMES TO BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP OR EVEN LOOKING FOR WHAT WE WANT FROM OUR PARTNERS.

(5) What has been the feedback like for “Who is she & What is she to you”?

THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN POSITIVE BECAUSE THE BOOK IS SO REAL AND COMES ACROSS WITH RAW HONESTY, SO THAT ANYONE THAT READS IT CAN FEEL WHERE I’M COMING FROM AND THE FACT THAT ITS COMIN FROM A GENUINE PLAYA MAKES IT ALL THE MORE INTERESTING.

How could my husband be GAY?

by Ondrea L. Davis & J’son M. Lee

Love between a man and a woman remains a mystery to many of us. The differences between the sexes will perplex our minds until the end of time. Love is parallel to none when it comes down to the impact that it has on our lives. For adolescents, it can change the course of emotions and academic performance. For adults, it can add purpose and fulfillment to our daily lives. For seniors, it can bring a warm feeling of comfort that embodies the ideal of twilight years.

How could my husband be GAY? is an autobiographical look into the life of Ondrea L. Davis. On the outside, Ondrea’s life is nothing short of a fairy tale. She has a dream home, the perfect husband and three beautiful children. Ondrea soon discovers that her husband, Marceous King, is not the man she thought she married. Exhausting all efforts to salvage her marriage, Ondrea finds herself in the fight of her life. In the process, she uncovers a highly sophisticated web of deception and shocking secrets. Marceous will stop at nothing to keep Ondrea from exposing the truth and derailing his plan – even if it means destroying her in the process.

Listen to Ondrea’s voice and hear her thoughts as scripted by J’son’s pen. Feel her pain as she struggles even until this very day. This painful experience is riddled further by a diverse conglomeration of talent: the mastermind behind such a powerful novel – a married family man, a single mother of three beautiful children and an urban gay professional. This team birthed a poignant, true tale of pain, distrust and at times fervent passion. This work is a testament of what life really is about – LOVE without boundaries.

Have you ever ignored any red flags regarding your mate? How could my husband be GAY? may cause you to never make that mistake again.

You can purchase your copy today at www.foresight-publishing.com. For the ebook format, visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Available May 12, 2011 as a Kindle Edition

Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm at Night

Witty, crass, insightful, and uproarious, The Champ and Panama Jackson of VerySmartBrothas.com combine a unique blend of past experiences, tongue-in-cheek observations, timely pop-culture references, and outlandish analogies to create their occasionally exasperating but always entertaining relationship expertise. And, whether they’re addressing the importance of Facebook chivalry, listing signs that he’s a “pretend playa”, outing the “Diva Dudes”, or outlining why a working sense of humor is so critical when recording a personal sex tape, Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm at Night is the definitive guide for the contemporary dater.

Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm at Night: The Very Smart Brothas Guide to Dating, Mating, and Fighting Crime
by Damon Young and Panama Jackson

CreateSpace
Available January 31, 2011 in Paperback

Black Passenger Yellow Cabs by Stefhen F.D. Bryan

Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: Of Exile and Excess in Japan
by Stefhen F.D. Bryan

Kimama Press
Available August 29, 2008 as Kindle Edition

Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs: A Memoir Of Exile and Excess In Japan, provides a gritty, explicit rendering of a life ravaged by sexual addiction in a land little known for such wanton exploits. Born in the Caribbean, Stefhen F.D. Bryan describes in frank detail an abusive childhood from which he emerged with an obsessive lust that would plague him for nearly 40 years.

Bryan immigrated to Japan solely to indulge his extreme fixation on East and Southeast Asian women. But rather than merely penning a series of sexual conquests, he interweaves his story with extensive research on the sociology and psychology of women in modern-day Japan, exploring the societal norms that made them easy prey to the sexual deviance he could not control.

The memoir describes Bryan’s carnal adventures through a cultural lens that touches on interracial relationships, promiscuity, patriarchy and abortion. Included is sex research that one reviewer asserts “would make Kinsey proud.”

From the dirty streets of a Jamaica that tourists never see to a pastoral Japan, Bryan takes the reader on an eye-opening journey of discovery.

Myself and I by Earl Sewell

Lately, Keysha feels like a magnet for trouble — especially boy trouble. Her last love interest turned out to be a major fraud, and her ex, Wesley, refuses to accept that they’re finished. Swearing off relationships and concentrating on herself seems like her smartest move.

Then Keysha meets her new neighbor Jerry, who has every girl in town vying for a summer fling. Working as lifeguards together, Keysha realizes that Jerry has more to offer than a great car and a sexy smile, and the harder she tries to ignore him, the more interested he becomes. But is it Keysha that attracts him or the chase itself? And when the biggest party of the year gets dangerously out of line, and Wesley’s jealous new girl pins the blame on Keysha, she’ll learn exactly who she can trust. Only problem is, it might be too late to save herself!….

Kimani
Available September 1, 2010 in Paperback

Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man by Steve Harvey

In the instant Number 1 “New York Times” bestseller “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man“, Steve Harvey gave millions of women around the globe insight into how men really think about love, relationships, intimacy, and commitment. In his new book, he zeros in on what motivates men and provides tips on how women can use that knowledge to get more of what they need out of their relationships, whether it’s more help around the house, more of the right kind of attention in the bedroom, more money in the joint bank account, or more truth when it comes to the hard questions such as: Are you committed to building a future together? Do you find me intimidating? Have you cheated on me?

In “Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep and Understand A Man“, Steve Harvey shares information on:
How to Get the Truth Out of Your Man – Tired of answers that are deceptive? Harvey lays out a 3-Tier, CIA-style of questioning that will leave him no choice but to cut to the chase and deliver the truth.
Dating tips Decade-by-Decade – Whether you’re in your 20s and just starting to date seriously, in your 30s and feeling the tick of the biological clock, in your 40s and reentering the dating field after a divorce, or old enough to join that online dating-for-seniors community that your friends are talking about, Steve provides insight into what men are looking for in a mate, decade-by-decade.
How to Minimize Nagging and Maximize Harmony at Home – He said he’d cut the lawn on Saturday and you may have been within reason to think that meant Saturday before 10 in the evening. But exploding at him is only going to ruin the mood for everyone, which means no romantic dinner, no trip to the mall, no cuddling while watching the game.

Steve shows you how to talk to your man in a way that moves him to action and keeps the peace, and more…Drawing on what a lifetime of experience has taught him about manhood and the feedback women have shared with him in reaction to “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man“, Harvey offers wisdom on a wealth of topics relevant to both sexes today. He also gets more personal, sharing anecdotes from his own family history. Always wise, often funny, and incredibly perceptive, media personality, comedian, philanthropist and (finally) happily married husband, Harvey proves once again that he is the king of relationships.

Amistad
Available December 1, 2010 in Hardcover

The Library: A Novel by Joyce Fay Fletcher

Welcome to the unpredictable world of Washington D.C.’s Sojourner Truth Regional Library where the psychiatric hospital and homeless shelters drop off clients every day.  Driven by addictions, obsessions and temptations of all kinds, library staff and patrons alike fill each workday with its share of scandal and drama.  Anthony Broadnax, an impulsive young crack-addicted circulation desk technician, is accused of assault and theft at a smaller branch.  He must report to Sojourner Truth while his case is being investigated.  Assistant regional library manager, Jackie Ramsey, declares all-out war against her underhanded and ambitious rival, Brian Cole.  Brian, however, is trapped in a web spun by his irresistible attraction to Jackie’s best friend. 

 Ursula Swann is an industrious, straight-laced reference librarian who is wearing herself out trying to keep order in a branch spiraling out of control.  Will she succeed in saving Sojourner Truth Regional, or will her own secret Dewey demons drive her mad?  Check out this fresh urban library adventure that you will never forget!

Published by Xlibris Press Orders@Xlibris.com

ISBN Softcover 978-1-4535-5522-4

ISBN Ebook: 978-1-4535-5523-1

How to Marry a Loser Without Even Trying by Dee Sanderson

Cell 3116 or How to Marry a Loser Without Even Trying
by Dee Sanderson

D. Sanderson
Available September 17, 2009 in Paperback

Lots of intelligent, attractive women with a lot going for them wind up with losers and I bet you’re just dying to know how you can nab one for yourself. Well, look no further. Based on true events, this searingly funny yet sobering tale explores all of the choices we make in relationships without ever realizing how they will impact our lives. This “how to” guide can help you recognize the warning signs before you end up in “Loserville” or help you get there faster . . . if that’s what you really want!

The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships by Hill Harper

The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships
by Hill Harper

Gotham
Available 09/08/09

In his first book for adults, New York Times bestselling author Hill Harper invites you to join the Conversation: an honest dialogue about the breakdown of African-American relationships.

For generations African Americans have turned to their families in times of need but now, this proud and strong legacy is in peril. Black men and women have stopped communicating effectively and it threatens the very relationships and marriages necessary to sustain the Black family. Today, less than a third of Black children are being raised in two-parent households, a sharp decline from past generations. So, why is it so difficult for Black men and women to build long-term, loving and mutually beneficial relationships? What is happening in the community that makes it so hard for women and men to find their way to each other? And why are there so few people who manage to hold a marriage together, even after finding a person to love?

In his moving yet practical book, Hill Harper undertakes a journey both universal and deeply personal in search of answers to these questions. He has conversations with friends and strangers — married, single and divorced — and learns about their private struggles, emotional vulnerabilities, and real concerns, and begins to see common themes emerge. As his journey picks up momentum, Hill begins to recognize his own struggles in other people’s stories, and is encouraged to more deeply examine his own relationship issues. Why does so much misinformation and mistrust exist between the sexes? Hill addresses the stereotypes that have developed in the Black community, in the hope that by addressing the challenges, Black men and women can find their way to common ground. The Conversation aims to open up the lines of communication, and offers inspiration to those who want to take control of this crisis and start building successful, sustainable relationships.

Something Desirable

Something Desirable
by Sherlyn Powell

Adrienne Baxter is a brilliant young architect on the fast track to the top of her field. When Adrienne reunites with Brian Stevens, a college sweetheart, she’s ready to begin a new chapter in her life. Brian is steady, dependable and successful and seems to be everything Adrienne wants and needs. She convinces herself that she and Brian are meant to be together. Then Dexter Hughes walks into her life. Dexter was not supposed to happen!

As a strong, independent and beautiful African American woman, Adrienne becomes uncharacteristically weak and unsure of herself. She can’t help but find herself enjoying the attention of both men.

Slowly working through her conflicting feelings, Adrienne embarks on a journey of ups and downs, of enchantments and disappointment as she experiences love, excitement and heartbreak. Her life changes forever as she faces both personal and professional challenges. Adrienne knows she must make a tough decision to move forward with her life.

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man:
What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment
by Steve Harvey (Author), Denene Millner (Contributor)

Available 02/01/09

Steve Harvey, the host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, can’t count the number of impressive women he’s met over the years, whether it’s through the “Strawberry Letters” segment of his program or while on tour for his comedy shows. These are women who can run a small business, keep a household with three kids in tiptop shape, and chair a church group all at the same time. Yet when it comes to relationships, they can’t figure out what makes men tick. Why? According to Steve, it’s because they’re asking other women for advice when no one but another man can tell them how to find and keep a man.

In Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Steve lets women inside the mindset of a man and sheds lights on concepts and questions such as:
* The Ninety Day Rule: Ford requires it of its employees. Should you require it of your man?
* How to spot a mama’s boy and what if anything you can do about it.
* When to introduce the kids. And what to read into the first interaction between your date and your kids. * The five questions every woman should ask a man to determine how serious he is.
* And more…

Sometimes funny, sometimes direct, but always truthful, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is a book you must read if you want to understand how men think when it comes to relationships.