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May 2017: Omar Tyree

March 2018  Book of the Month "If I Can't Have You" by author Mary B. Morrison
Mary B. Morrison   
New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison delivers a seductive, mesmerizing tale of "love" gone dangerously wrong.










September 2015 
Join us as we welcome the talented Shelia Goss.

April 2015

Savvy Book Club selection of the month is GOLIATH by author Tawaii Taylor Black. 

February 2016

February 2016

Join Savvy as we welcome the Prince of Drama back. 

Author Brian W. Smith 


June 2014

May 2014

 

September book of the Month

Mary Monroe's

"Deliver Me From Evil"

 

Description of the Book

A beautiful, resourceful woman is caught in a high-stakes game of money, sex and betrayal—all in the name of a better future… Christine Thurman had the perfect marriage. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she made good by marrying Jesse Ray Thurman and helping him build a business worth millions. Together, they were the perfect couple—attractive, successful, and deeply in love. Christine was convinced she’d spend the rest of her life by her handsome husband’s side.

But twelve years later, J.R. has become obsessed with building his video store empire and is taking his wife for granted. Feeling trapped and alone in a dead-end marriage, Christine finds herself tempted by her old haunts and the people she thought she left behind long ago. Suddenly, without J.R. even realizing it, their seemingly unshakeable bond has started fraying at the seams—and Christine will do anything to break free.

Enter Wade Eddie Fisher, a bad boy with good looks from Christine’s past. Wade left their hometown long ago to follow his Hollywood dreams, but now he’s back, penniless, and as tempting as ever. Even though Wade is far from dependable, he offers Christine something she can’t seem to resist. Soon she’s immersed in a sultry affair, and before she knows it, she’s concocted a scheme so risky that it promises to deliver everything she could possibly want—or shatter the lives of everyone close to her…

 

 

 

 August's Double Features Two Books of the Month

The Pastor's Wife

"The PASTOR'S WIFE"

An Essence Magazine Bestseller! 

Most men barely survive one mother, but Terrance Ellis has three -- his aunts. His grandmother Essie's sisters -- Eva, Dorothy Mae, and Mamie -- lovingly raised him after Essie died in a tragic accident. They made sure that troubled young Terrance got on the right path and made something of his life. And now that he's all grown up and the rising pastor of Houston's Lily Grove church, the endlessly argumentative sisters agree on one thing: Terrance needs to find a wife. And not just any wife -- but the right young woman to stand beside him as First Lady of Lily Grove at the fast-approaching one-hundredth-year Christmas service.

Humble and handsome, Terrance is focused on preaching more than dating and has kindly fended off the advances of more than a few perfectly available ladies. So why, of all women, is outrageous, flirtatious Savannah McKinney drawing him in? Seeing Terrance falling under her seductive spell has got his aunts frantically matchmaking since time is running out and gossip is flying. Who will be the pastor's wife? Only heaven knows for sure...and before he finds her, some surprising and dramatic revelations are in store for Terrance, his congregation, and the three aunts who love him most in the world.

Also In August

"In Her Presence A Husband Dirty Secret" By Nancy Weaver

Take an intriguing journey with Nancy through three hundred pages of drama: blind love, greed, betrayal, lust, passion, suspense, and an old vendetta, that affects the lives of one of the wealthiest black families in the Mississippi delta during the 1950s.

The surreal, gripping saga of a young, desperate, rich Negro mother and her children, and her courageous teenage daughter in the south in the 1950s is inspired by real life events.

The book will take you 360 degrees.... It will make you laugh, make you furious, make you eager for revenge--in the end, it will leave you with some satisfaction.


 

July's Book(s) of the Month

Faith Under Fire   by LaJoyce Brookshire

Imagine the joy of being swept away by your very own Prince Charming, and the excitement of marrying him. Imagine starting a life together. Imagine discovering a side of him that you never knew existed -- a controlling and explosive side. Imagine watching him slowly, inexplicably dete-riorate before your eyes. Imagine his doctors telling you, "He has AIDS."

That was the reality for LaJoyce Brookshire, and in this page-turning, astoundingly moving memoir, she tells the full story of her marriage to her first husband, who knew he was HIV positive at the time they wed but kept this information hidden from her -- until his body betrayed him.

Imagine how you would react. What would you do? Contemplate murder? Divorce? Live in denial? Or would you turn to God?

That's what LaJoyce chose to do in the face of her husband's health crisis -- and every other challenge life has presented: With her faith firmly planted and with God beside her at all times, LaJoyce faced the deadly secret that had been kept under wraps by her husband -- and by his family, who knew of his condition but revealed nothing. She stayed by his side, coordinating his care and even changing his diapers, until the end.

Faith Under Fire tells the story of a marriage tainted by lies, but it also tells much more: a capsule portrait of the specter of AIDS facing African-American women today, it reveals how fear, ignorance, and secrets perpetuate the disease. In a poignant narrative overflowing with her gutsy humor and vibrant spirit, LaJoyce Brookshire shares her faith in all of its richness. She offers a living testament to relying on God's strength through any ordeal, and shows how His truth is all we need to believe in, every day of our lives.

Too Little, Too Late by Victoria Christopher Murray

Jasmine Larson Bush returns to her devious ways in this tale of two marriages -- each threatened by lies and betrayal.

She took marriage vows to be honest and true, but Jasmine's still hiding secrets to keep her husband, Minister Hosea Bush, by her side. When Hosea's ex-fiancée, Natasia, suddenly appears in New York, Jasmine knows it's not a coincidence. A former manstealer herself, Jasmine is very aware of Natasia's motives -- even if Hosea is not.

Complicating Jasmine's life is the secret she's kept from her baby's daddy. Luckily for her, Brian Lewis has problems of his own. His wife, Alexis, is convinced he's cheating on her -- but Brian's real betrayal is much worse. Revealing the truth to his wife could lead him back to the biggest mistake of his life...Jasmine.

Two marriages are in desperate jeopardy. Will Jasmine be able to scheme to save her own? Or will she have to choose between protecting her past and compromising her future? Even if Jasmine and Brian find the courage to stop the lies, it may be too little, too late....

June's Book fo the Month

Carl Weber, the New York Times bestselling author of The First Lady and So You Call Yourself A Man, represents with a straight-up novel about friendship and love, sex and betrayal, and how getting some on the side is never as simple as it seems.

Meet Tammy, Egypt, Isis, Nikki, Coco, and Tiny—the bodacious women of the Big Girls Book Club. There's only one rule to being a member. You must be at least a size 14.

BGBC president Tammy loves everything about her life—her two kids, her fierce friends, her BMW. She especially loves taking care of business for her husband, Tim, for whom she'd do anything. This year, she intends to top all his past birthdays by having a threesome with her best friend, Egypt. Now, if only Egypt will agree to grant them this very special favor . . .

Isis's boyfriend, Tony, romances her every chance he gets—and he knows how to turn up the heat, which makes Isis willing to lay down and die for him. That is until a man from her past steps back into her life with only one goal in mind: win back the woman he's never been able to forget.

But not every BGBC member is lucky with men. Once upon a time, single mom Nikki would have made love to her man in the middle of Times Square for the entire country to see. Now that he's her ex, it takes everything she has not to kill him (or let her roommate, Tiny, do it for her), especially since he has a way of disappointing their son every chance he gets and then making her look like the bad guy.

And then there's hot-to-trot Coco Brown, who has a habit of messing around with married men. It doesn't bother her, as long as they don't try to deny it. But now that she's hooked up with a man who makes his living being every woman's fantasy, all she cares about is making sure he doesn't stray.

As insatiable about books as they are about love—or lust—these friends are about to discover how tough it is to keep it real when they all have Something on the Side.

May's Book of the  Month

Brittney Holmes' "Living Consequences"                 

Living Consequences (Urban Christian) (Urban Christian)
 

 

Nevaeh Madison is a senior at Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia.  At seventeen years of age, she lives the epitome of the perfect life.  She's the captain of the Varsity cheerleading squad and a straight "A" student with a near-perfect boyfriend.  Ronald McAfee is the star quarterback on the high school's football team.  He and Nevaeh have been dating for nearly three years and the love that they share is immutable...or so she thought.  Sexual intimacy had never been an issue in their relationship because it was strictly off limits, but when their relationship is put to the test, Nevaeh's faith is shaken and she can only hope and pray that she stands firm in her beliefs.

Meanwhile, Nevaeh's best friend, Shimone Johnson, tries to be the shoulder her friend needs while struggling with problems of her own.  Finding herself pregnant at eighteen, Shimone tries to deal with the repercussions that are sure to follow.  She knew the hardest part would be telling her boyfriend, Marques Anderson, who has a reputation of being unfaithful to any girl he's with, and her mother, Misty, who has lived a hard life herself and is disappointed to find that her daughter may be headed down the same path.  Having to deal with this new trial in her life just may take Shimone down the road she needed to be on from the very beginning.

Sierra Monroe has led a promiscuous lifestyle for years.  Losing her mother when she was only two years old and then being neglected by her father caused her to look for comfort and pleasure in the wrong places.  After giving herself to many men, she finds that her actions have major consequences.  With the help of her best friend, LaToya Thomas, and her new love interest, Cory Thomas, Sierra strives to deal with her issues that never seem to go away.

Dynah Zale's "Heaven Sent"

Heaven Sent
 

Heaven is a recovering drug addict who was just released from prison to a female Christian halfway house. The problem is that she is convinced that she doesn't have a drug problem. She has no intentions of staying clean until she meets Deacon Washington, a young father whose wife died during childbirth. Heaven seduces the newly widowed deacon until she becomes the next Mrs. Washington and mother to his three young children.

Heaven is very resentful of the deceased Mrs. Washington and plots to make her husband's first wife look like a lying adulterer. All this deceit leads Heaven to start shooting up heroin again, and her addiction again takes over her life. Secrets are uncovered that threaten Heaven's new life with her new family, and have everyone asking if she was HEAVEN SENT.

 

April's Book of the Month

Author: Miasha's "Diary of a Mistress"

 

Diary of a Mistress: A Novel                     

 

Book Description:
What should a wife believe? The words of her husband or the diary of his mistress? From the author of Secret Society comes a tale of love and jealousy in which two women struggle to separate fact from fiction.

Monica counts her blessings -- she has a husband who is not only devoted to her but is also committed to being a strong, caring father to their twin sons. When Carlos surprises her with an unforgettably romantic getaway, Monica knows her husband is still very much in love with her -- and she with him. But an unexpected package threatens to change everything Monica's ever believed about her husband.

Angela has adopted a sex-them-and-leave-them attitude toward the married men she's bedded over the last five years. Then she met Monica's Carlos. Now she will stop at nothing to get him for herself -- even if that means destroying her own life and another woman's family.


 February's Book of the Month

Author: Dewayne Joseph's "In Too Deep"

                         

Book Description:

Brother’s Randy, Abe, and Travis Lincoln’s lives couldn’t be any different. Randy’s got baby momma drama that’s driving him nuts. Abe’s having an affair with his boss while his wife suffers with daily pain. Travis is struggling with his all-too-frequent trips to the hospital due to his boyfriend’s violent outbursts. Different lives. Different paths. How can brothers stick together when they hate and love each other all at the same time? In Too Deep is by far Dwayne S. Joseph’s most intense novel to date.

 

March's Book of the Month

 Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby's "Sin No More" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Description: 

 In Sin No More the infamous Reverend Curtis Black, the protagonist everyone loves to hate, is actually trying to do right by his wife - though convincing Charlotte he will fulfill his promise to remain faithful and is finished playing the “pimping from the pulpit” game may be harder than he thinks. Unfortunately, the idealized couple is confronted with situation after situation that will put their love for each other and their faith to the ultimate test.

Curtis and Charlotte are not only dealing with baby’s momma drama, but the interim pastor at their church is making blackmail threats towards the good reverend. Not to mention that Charlotte needs to work out her own infringements with humility and compliance. With the odds rising against them, they must both be willing to be ready for the fight of their lives if they want their family to survive.

In Sin No More the infamous Reverend Curtis Black, the protagonist everyone loves to hate, is actually trying to do right by his wife - though convincing Charlotte he will fulfill his promise to remain faithful and is finished playing the “pimping from the pulpit” game may be harder than he thinks. Unfortunately, the idealized couple is confronted with situation after situation that will put their love for each other and their faith to the ultimate test.