Books 2 Check Out – Feb. 2014

Looking for something new to read? Here’s a round-up of a few novels you should check out (the titles are linked to Amazon, but most are available for purchase at Barnes & Noble, as well):

Back To You: Series Premiere by Rebelle

When war rips through their relationship Penny and Sophie are forced to fight their way back to each other. Penny Price and Sophie Mitchell are U.N. Peace Keepers on a mission to protect their love and preserve the peace in a war torn country. But how can they safeguard peace when there is no peace to keep? How can their relationship survive when death draws nearer with each passing day?

Join them on an epic journey to nurture a blossoming romance rooted at the epicenter of war and peace. They vow to defend their love even in the middle of a murderous place where ethical lines are etched in stones of social unrest and political turmoil.

This thrilling new series will have you on the edge of your seat all season. New bookisodes are released bi-weekly. Visit for future release dates, discounts and exclusive details about your favorite bookisodes. Back To You: Bookisode 2 (Expiration Day) is available now.

Feeling for the Wall by Monique ‘Being True’ Thomas

Feeling for the Wall explores a relationship that is in crisis. What happens when one person is forgotten or taken for granted? Adanna Johnson is a successful bank manager who may be a bit of an over achiever but everything she does is for her wife’s happiness. The love they have is deep even if their marriage may be in the eye of the storm. Erica Johnson thought that she would never see the day when she would question the love that Adanna and her share. However, lately that seems like all she can think about. Adanna’s changing behaviors has turned the warmth in their home pure ice. Erica doesn’t know if she can take being treated as an afterthought any longer. Marriage can be beautiful but when the balance of things tumble over will Adanna and Erica leave or fight for their love.

G.R.I.T.S. – Girls Raised In the South: An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyns’ Voices and Their Allies Edited by Poet On Watch and Amber N. Williams

G.R.I.T.S. – A MARVELOUS AND DIVERSE COLLECTION OF WRITINGS AND WRITERS! This cutting-edge anthology G.R.I.T.S : Girls Raised In The South- An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyns’ Voices and Their Allies, edited by Poet On Watch & Amber N. Williams, can be compared to the pioneering anthology Home Girls which featured writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. G.R.I.T.S. is a critical self-analysis and celebration with multicultural queer women voices and their allies through essays, short stories, poetry, photo stories and healing comfort recipes. The perspectives are of womyn who live in the Southern region of the United States and/or have a strong affinity for this locale. The theme of the publication surrounds the subject matter of erotica while enjoying food, our connection to the South, the bonds created between lovers, and in sisterhood, personal growth, be it spiritual or otherwise and our best G.R.I.T.S. recipes. Come and sit a while on the porch and bask in this Southern hospitality. We have the iced tea waiting. Welcome to our lives.

K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood by La Toya Hankins

K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood chronicles the strength of sorority life for three Copper Road University sophomores. Track star Kiara Michaels didn’t expect to find two lifelong friends at her sorority membership interview. But life had other plans, leading her to meet Donna-a Bible quoting straight talker-and Gloria-a loquacious high achiever. In the semesters following membership induction, Kiara confesses a festering secret, Donna steers a bumpy course with her unfaithful boyfriend, and Gloria can’t find a love match. When a lustful encounter and brutal assault turn Kiara’s collegiate experience upside down, the two friends are her saving grace. Fast-forward ten years later and Kiara can’t balance life’s increasing responsibilities, Donna has departed a broken marriage, and Gloria can’t reconcile feelings of attraction for a close friend. Join Kiara, Donna, and Gloria on a dark, clear night at Copper Road to discover how these friends find happiness through sorority redemption, relationship forgiveness, and best friend intervention as you savor the sweet taste of sisterhood.

Living as a Lesbian by Cheryl Clarke

Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. Living as a Lesbian is Cheryl Clarke’s paean to lesbian life. Filled with sounds from her childhood in Washington, DC, the riffs of jazz musicians, and bluesy incantations, Living as a Lesbian sings like a marimba, whispering “i am, i am in love with you.” Living as a Lesbian chronicles Clarke’s years of literary and political activism with anger, passion, and determination. Clarke mourns the death of Kimako Baraka, “sister of famous artist brother”; celebrates the life of Indira Gandhi; and chronicles all kinds of disasters natural and human-made. The world is large in Living as a Lesbian but also personal and intimate. These poems are closely observed and finely wrought with Clarke’s characteristic charm and wit shining throughout. In 1986, Living as a Lesbian captured the vitality and volatility of the lesbian world; today, in a world both changed and unchanged, Clarke’s poems continue to illuminate our lives and make new meanings for Living as a Lesbian.

Pieces of Me by Vickey Simmons

A compilation of four original short stories from Vickey Simmons:  Toni Knows Best, In Love & Lust, Spring Fever, and Go See The Doctor.

Placencia by C.A. Clemmings

Elodie decides to sojourn in Placencia, Belize for a few days. This comes as a surprise to her girlfriend, Andrea, who is waiting for her in Honduras where they planned to meet up for their vacation together. Elodie says she is “coming to terms” with some things. Also visiting Placencia – a beautiful woman named Sage, who is not afraid to go after what she wants: Elodie.

Sageburner: Simple Pleasures by Poet on Watch

“Do you know why some text sticks to your soul, plays havoc with your perceptions of love, life and truth; while others fall short, leaving you unsatisfied and wanting? The erotically expressive and humorously honest words of Poet On Watch are displayed like art in a gallery; after indulging in reading Sageburner: Simple Pleasures you will text your lover “Let’s meet in a hour, make passionate love and plan world peace.” Trust, when making love is the start to world peace, then we’ve truly understood the political erotic messages of Poet On Watch. – Sunshine Vega

Tastes Like Cherry by Renee Cronin

Sherry “Cherry” Milton has had six months to get over Anya Prye, her ex-fiancé. Six months to accept that what they had was over and that she needed to move on with her life. Cherry was certain she had done so, until Anya reappears. Anya Prye has come to the realization that life was not complete unless she had the love of her life to share it with. Six months ago, she made a decision that changed everything and now she’s back to make amends. Can she convince Cherry that they were meant to be together? What will it take to prove it? Or is it too late?

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