When Dreams Turn Into Obsessions | African American Fiction (and More!)

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Sure, dreams can come true but chasing them can be obsessive. In this month’s selections characters are hell-bent on gaining revenge, marriage, wealth, love. and lust by any means necessary. You know the old saying. Be careful for what you wish for, it may come true.

Attention-Grabbing Stories | African American Fiction (and More!)

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Overworked plot devices can destroy readers’ enthusiasm, so it’s such a thrill to discover fresh out-of-the-ordinary action in this month’s selections.

Intrigue and Inspiration | African American Fiction (and More!)

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My background evaluating young adult books has me always noting a novel’s first sentence. A teenage audience has to be hooked early and fast. Most readers are familiar with famous first lines such as these three that grab readers’ attention: You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of […]

Couples on the Rocks | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections feature couples in crisis. Some will salvage their relationships, and others will meet an unfortunate end

Fuel to the Flame | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s authors throw gas on urban fiction’s constantly smoldering fire of sex and violence. Brace yourself for decapitations, group sex, girl-on-girl knock-down, drag-out fights and of course stellar trash talking.

Church Ladies, Preachers, Gangstas | African American Fiction (and More)

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Put on your best Sunday going-to-church hat but be sure to pack some heat with that Bible. Four solid African American inspirational titles populate this month’s column, but also included is a major urban fiction author’s latest work. Wahida Clark’s writing is loaded with thrills, but her characters’ faith relies on a .38 Special pistol.

What’s in a Name? | African American Fiction (and More)

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Urban fiction dialog weighs in on the rough side laced with insults and profanity. There’s also name calling to challenge a rival or just to be a hater. While male characters are quick to pull pistols in a fight, women enter frays with cut-to-the-bone verbal insults, as this month’s selections reveal.

There Will Be Blood | African American Fiction (and More)

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The three selections this month deal with blood—whether there’s actual blood flowing from vicious wounds, or the strong bond of family blood in a household determined to make it through controversy. Either way, these folks—like Lady Macbeth—are confronted with removing traces of blood.

Desperate Times | African American Fiction (and More)

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The phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” is especially true for December’s selections. Whether plunging into a gang war or jockeying to be plucked as a millionaire’s wife, the characters in these novels find themselves caught up in desperate situations. Some will turn to God and others will rely on superior firepower.

Best Books 2013: African American Fiction

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The best African American fiction of 2013.

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