January was a great month full of hot new releases from URBAN AINT DEAD! Not only did we release dope books, but we also brought you intriguing and thoughtful new content from our authors and gave you an insightful look into our beloved genre. Make sure to check out the URBAN AINT DEAD Blog to catch up on great content readers and aspiring authors will love. For now, here are the HOT new drops from the UAD team:
Good Girls Gone Rogue By Manny Black
Shannon is a normal fourteen-year-old student attending Camden High School. She’s smart, intelligent, and has big plans for her future. Sometimes too smart for her own good. Right by her side is her not-so-smart best friend, Cynthia and the two are thick as thieves. The young teens find themselves influenced by two young men, Boo-Juan and Deshawn, two low-level drug dealers that they meet while taking a walk during their lunch break.
It doesn’t take the girls long before they find themselves caught up in the essence of young love, or so they thought, and are diverted from their original good girl paths. Soon after meeting the boys, Shannon, the brains of the group, comes up with a brilliant plan to take Boo-Juan and Deshawn’s petty drugs, and flip it into a successful drug operation that extends out to family and friends.
During this journey, Shannon and Cynthia find out just how cold, cruel, and unfair the dope game can be when things begin to cause more harm than good, and they begin to lose members, money, and respect. It’s then that Shannon is able to understand the consequences of a good girl gone rogue.
If you are fan of books with young and dynamic characters with lots of drama and action, then you'll love this fast-paced story.
The State's Witness: An Unwanted Dilemma by Kyiris Ashley
Growing up in the foster care system, Nakia snatched up her baby brother as soon as she turned 18 years old and jetted away from her foster home, taking care of him on her own. Fast forward years later, Nakia is a beautiful, hard-working, single mom of a 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter with her brother still by her side. After tragically losing her children's father, love hasn't been on her radar until a setup by her best friend caused her to change her mind.
Working as a front desk associate at the Courtyard Marriott, her only focus is to make a living for herself and her children, bringing as much joy and laughter into their lives as possible. Although a lot of unsavory things go down at the hotel, Nakia minds her own business until a suspecting guest starts exhibiting suspicious behavior, causing concern for the company that he keeps. When Nakia and her co-workers witness a potentially volatile situation, they alert the proper authorities, unknowingly putting their lives at risk and their jobs in jeopardy.
With her life heading in a new and positive direction, Nakia is unaware of the imminent danger that's lurking in the shadows, especially one that's living right under her nose. Placed in an unwanted dilemma, check out how Nakia gets caught up unintentionally in becoming an unofficial state witness in this thrilling, action-filled drama.
If you are a fan of thrilling and captivating stories with unexpected twists, turns, and jaw-dropping endings, then you will love this tale!
Ridin' For You by Telia Teanna
SHARING IS CARING… UNTIL FEELINGS ARE INVOLVED.
This is certainly the case for twin brothers, Zyan and Zyair. The brothers share a close bond and tell each other mostly everything but some secrets are held close to the vest. However, one woman is definitely not a secret but is absolutely their weakness—McKenzie. But is their weakness more trouble than she’s worth?
With Zyair being a heavyweight in the streets, he needs a down ass woman to be by his side and wants Kenzie to fulfill that role. When she declines, Zyair gets engaged to the next woman, in an attempt to make her jealous. However, his plan backfires but leaving Kenzie alone is not an option. Keeping Kenzie is a priority but things are shaken up when his twin comes home.
After doing a three-year bid, Zyan is back on the scene, expecting things to resume as normal. However, he gets a rude awakening when the pause button is pushed. While trying to adjust to his new normal, Zyan is yearningly pulled into an uninhibited zone while searching for long overdue answers.
For as long as McKenzie could remember, the twins have always been apart of her life. They are the yin and yang to her soul, filling her in different and pleasurable ways. However, her heart is twisted and tangled and her mind is confused and clouded —especially since she has soul ties to both Zyan and Zyair.
The lines are blurred, souls are stirred, and hearts are in shambles when sharing becomes a problem and feelings intensify. Damning truths are revealed, haunting secrets are disclosed, close connections are severed, and familial ties are restored. With lives hanging in the balance, find out the costly consequences that happen when a decision is rectified and loyalty is proven in book one of this urban fiction series, Ridin’ For You.
If you love messy, drama-filled, erotic books, then this is the story for you. This tale will have your mind reeling and thirsting for more by the end of it.
A Setup For Revenge by Ashley Williams
Cameron aka Babygirl is what most would consider a lost girl just trying to make it the best way she knows how. Growing up in an unhealthy environment with a pimp for a father and a drug addict for a mother, she seems almost invisible to both. Babygirl finds solace in knowing that there’s at least one person who cares about her well-being; her stepmother, Alice. Alice takes on the role as protector for Babygirl, and her first order of business is getting her away from her abusive father. The decision is not only best for Babygirl but Alice as well.
Finding themselves in another state, it isn’t long before Babygirl’s father hunts them down and snatches that dose of freedom right from under Alice and Babygirl’s sense of security. With no one left to lean on after being left to fend for herself, she befriends a girl with a story similar to her own. Lily, has had it rough, but had quickly learned that she was all she had in life. It made perfect sense for her to bond with a girl like Babygirl and show her the ropes of life as she’d learned it.
While Babygirl comes to know Lily as a loving friend who takes risks and marches to the beat of her own drum, she’s oblivious to the red flags. With a past that could very well predict the future, will Babygirl be able to look past her love for her friend and see her for who she really is or will she fall victim to the cross? In this fast pace drama, you’ll quickly learn the definition of friend or foe.
If you are a fan of stories with cautionary tales and toxic friends, then you will love this warning tale.
January was an amazing month for the URBAN AINT DEAD team and we would like to give a special thank you to Manny Black, Kyiris Ashley, Telia Teanna, and Ashley Williams for doing their thing and bringing readers dope new books!