Here's what I've read so far:
Decadence by Eric Jerome Dickey.
Four years have passed since the events of Pleasure, and Nia’s success as a writer has grown, bringing her from Atlanta to Los Angeles. But she remains on a quest to quiet her inner storm, to draw on her well of emotions and explore them fully before leaving this season of her life and moving on to what could be the next stage: marriage and motherhood.
Drawn to an exclusive pleasure palace, where patrons try on roles as they actively shun their respective realities, Nia’s ability to balance truth and fantasy becomes increasingly blurred. What has happened to the compartments she has so carefully created for the different aspects of her life? Will her relationship with the mysterious, often unavailable Prada survive the countless temptations? Will her successful literary career be given over to impulse indulgence? Does decadence know any bounds?
When Nia’s past comes back to mingle with her present, and when her staid public persona clashes with her fantasy life of decadence, readers will be stunned by the outcome. Eric Jerome Dickey’s newest tale of excess—and its sky-high costs—is a thrilling portrait of a glittering world.
Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray
When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey,
dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is
over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she
survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and
Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up
together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can
to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the
funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has
a future. But all the time that they spend together—grieving, sharing, and
reminiscing—brings the two closer in ways they never planned. . . .
Graye by Deborah Fletcher Mello
Disrupting what should have been a joyous family celebration, Graye McAdams celebrates his mother’s birthday by shooting his best friend Tate Butler. Killing his wife Angelette had been next on his list, but fate had other plans for Angelette McAdams, a desperate young woman searching for her own worth and value.
Graye’s mother, Miss Jen Pearl has lived Angelette’s desperation, having walked in the girl’s shoes with Graye’s father, Otis McAdams. Miss Jen Pearl has answers learned from her own mistakes and as she reflects on what she didn’t do, she’s able to guide Angelette in a better direction. But intent on retribution for Angelette’s sins, Graye has plans of his own for his adoring wife, ignoring his own transgressions in the process.
Hot Mamas AlTonya Washington and Loretta R. Walls have me about to miss deadlines as well.
Taboo Tree by AlTonya Washington
Rivalries, secret romances and scandals fed the feud between the Gwaltneys and Augustines for decades. The two families shared an uneasy co-existence, until terrible tragedy touched the Gwaltneys. Years later, the two eldest Augustine children, chose to chart their family history. In doing so, they made a devastating discovery. Their family shared more than hatred with the Gwaltneys. They shared blood. The kids decided to cover the explosive revelation. The decision would have consequences none of them could have foreseen. Many years later, tragedy struck again. History would repeat itself as new romances bloomed amidst the pain of the loss and vows for revenge. The truth would have to be revealed. Whether the secret would ruin the families forever or finally unite them, was a chance they would have to take.
Sagacity by Embue (Loretta R. Walls)
Ferndell Payne is a "PK" also known as a "Preacher's Kid," which carries a weight most couldn't understand. Pastor Calvin and First Lady Londa-Jean Payne are looked upon as pillars in the City of Richmond, Virginia, yet their daughter has a sexual habit that could rock their community. Upon twisted fate, Fern encounters a man that could change everything. Pressure, finger-pointing and a chance at love...can it justify...Sagacity.
Zane by Brenda Jackson
No woman walks away from Zane Westmoreland. But when Channing Hastings does just that, it leaves the rancher reeling—and then she returns to town, engaged! Zane will do whatever it takes to show her that there is no man for her but him.
And I'm still writing a thousand words a day. I'm trying my hand at woman's fiction because I have this character, Mimi Collins, who is not going to find a happily ever after. Last night, she found musty balls. I'm still laughing at that scene.
Happy summer and happy reading.