SOTS Books 2 Check Out – June 2013

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

37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon

Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isn’t exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years, the result of a construction accident, and her already-fragile relationship with her mother is strained over whether or not to remove him from life support. Her best friend fails even to notice that anything is wrong and Ellis feels like her world is falling apart. But when all seems bleak, Ellis finds comfort in the most unexpected places.

Life goes on, but in those four fleeting days friends are lost and found, promises are made, and Ellis realizes that nothing will ever quite be the same.

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis

Teenage twins Ysabel and Justin Nicholas are lucky. Ysabel’s jewelry designs have already caught the eyes of the art world and Justin’s intelligence and drive are sure to gain him entrance into the most prestigious of colleges. They even like their parents. But their father has a secret–one that threatens to destroy the twins’ happy family and life as they know it.

Over the course of spring break, Ysabel and Justin will be forced to come to terms with their dad’s new life, but can they overcome their fears to piece together their happy family again?

Midnight Comes with the Dawn: The Vampyir Plague by Darlene Burns

Women. Infected blood. Rotting corpses.

Welcome to the world of Katrine Baten aka Midnight. She is one of the oldest existing Vampyirs and only surrounds herself with eye candy. But something is destroying not only her world, but the human world as well. Together with her lesbian coven by her side, she tries to seek a cure.

And what she discovers may change the course of how she lives as a lesbian Vampyir forever!

Out of Ignorance (Out Of Ignorance 1) by Sandi Webb

In Sandi Webb’s riveting debut novel, the first in the series, meet Toni Wells, nineteen-year-old stud, a drug dealer for the LA Bloods by night and worker for her transit job by day. A troubled young woman, Toni is wrapped in a world of gangbanging and unhealthy relationships, which involve a young woman named Bree.

You will laugh and you will cry as you follow her journey to adulthood and her endless struggle to feel loved. With the assistance of therapy, Toni realizes that she must deal with the traumatic events from her childhood so they can stop affecting her present day relationships. This is a gritty, bold look at the issues of sexuality, identity, and responsibility. This coming-of-age story of an African-American lesbian from a foster care background will long be remembered.

The Womon by Seconya Y. Bagby

In the six years since her divorce, YVONNE has not had much luck when it comes to finding love. What she does find however, is that the bond she shares with her closest friend, CORRINE, is unrivaled to any connection she has yet to find with a man.

On an all girls trip to St. Thomas, Yvonne also comes to favor a gentleman by the name of DORIAN. She is soon challenged in finding the balance between fact and fiction, head and heart, as well as love and lust.

Unable to live in her head any longer, Yvonne must decide who her heart truly belongs to; the man or THE WOMON.


SOTS Books 2 Check Out – May 2013

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

2 Sides: The Lesbian Breakup by Phenomenon (Author)

There will always be two sides to a story. It’s easy to judge and pick a side when you’ve only heard one. In 2 Sides, black lesbian women tell their true life version of what happened in their break ups; what was to blame? Who had sex on the floor? Where’s my money? After brokenhearted lovers submit one side of the story, we reached out to the exes and allowed them to provide their rendition of what happened. The drama begins when the stories don’t match. Before you know it the secrets are flying and the women are crying. Some couples reconcile and others don’t. You’ll never find one truth until you read 2 SIDES.

The Absolution of ZERO by Meleisa Betts

The Absolution of Zero is a fiction novel told from a first person narrative. It involves Angiel Royal, a psychologically troubled woman who seems to have inexplicably “lost” blocks of time in her life. Throughout her existence she is at times both sinner and victim, but also the primary cause of her suffering, usually due to her self-possessed ambition and greed. To discover the reason for her actions as well as the lost life episodes, she is referred by medical mandate to Dr. Karen Oppenheim, a psychologist. Through their intense dialogue, Angiel unearths some eye-popping and scandalous aspects of her persona, most of which depict her as an extremely ruthless and manipulative seducer of women and men, doing or saying whatever it takes to gain her objective. The objective generally vacillates between money to sex.

However, there is “something” happening to Angiel which makes her feel at times as a spectator to things that she cannot either control or comprehend. As Angiel looks for personal forgiveness and vindication, she and others who have wronged her, for some reason have not been lucky as there has been nothing but tragedy and punishment doled out to them by some force; be it by man or just the karmic action of the Universe. The term “Absolution” means forgiveness by God, yet Angiel as well as those who oppose her, are finding a difficult if not impossible road to redemption.

Curious Kisses by Siren

Curious Kisses is the erotic self-discovery tale of Jasmia Bailey, a college transfer student who struggles with her own sexuality and naive nature coming from her strict background.

Domestically Cursed: A Story on Partnership Violence by Renair Amin

This empowering book chronicles the author’s personal experience of being on the receiving – and later, the giving – end of domestic violence/abuse in a same gender loving relationship. “I was led to share this chapter of my life because I have encountered too many individuals whose stories sound like mine,” says Renair. “I tell this story for those same-gender loving individuals who have called the cops only to be ridiculed or told that they ‘should be able to fight back in “this” type of situation.’ We deserve the same protections, laws, understanding and compassion.”

It seems the universe agrees. Recently, the United States Senate passed a re-authorized Violence Against Women Act, which for the first time in the legislation’s history extends protection to members of the LGBT community. The timing of Domestically Cursed could not be more perfect.

For more information about this or Renair’s other offerings, please visit her website at

Hersband Material (The Cartel Publications Presents) by C. Wash

Mystro Mason longs for a family, complete with a beautiful wife, but she has a problem with falling in love with the wrong women. It is not until a Washington DC judge threatens her with a jail sentence, after an order of protection was issued, that she slows down her stalker tendencies. But, she discovers it is easier said than done. Native Houston, Mystros roommate and comrade, is all about clothes, shoes and her lust for a multitude of women. But after losing her job for trying to bed the boss, she soon realizes that her careless actions are coming back to haunt her. Church is a vixen who enjoys the company of women, but the only thing she loves more is money. When Mystro meets Church, it is love at first sight in her eyes. But, everything that looks good is not always good for you. Although Mystro is busy falling in love, again, Native can see Church for who she really is, and tries to warn her friend before it’s too late. The problem is that once Mystro has her mind made up, there is no stopping her, even if she goes too far. Hersband Material booms with craziness, drama and betrayal, as Mystro and Native attempt to discover who they really are.

Sappho International (Songs of Silk II) by Max Amillion

What if there existed an ancient secret society of wealthy and powerful lesbians whose sacred duty was to carry on the legacy of Sappho? And what if you were recruited to join the ranks of their entertainment company–Sappho International–whose sole purpose was to provide pleasure to the members of this sacred organization for riches and a jet-setting lifestyle? To what extent would you pledge your allegiance and to what end would you keep its secrets?

Sappho International: Songs of Silk II is the modern sequel that captures the escapades of Max Silk, as she continues to make her formidable rise through to the upper echelons of the Sapphic Trust. Our androgynous heroine, Silk, begins this new chapter of her journey by fulfilling her pleasure-driven duties as an on-call stallion. And the travel abroad that comes with answering her Alices’ beckoning call becomes a much-needed distraction to the many dilemmas that surround her.

But just when the altitude seems to have reached an acceptable median, she gets a call that changes everything for her.

Silk’s spirit is tested, as she must hurdle the obstacles that continue to mount against her. She learns to conquer mind & soul over body, as she taps into the rich history of her bloodline to live up to the expectations of the illustrious reputation that precedes her and as she shoulders the weight of the future of the Trust.

Sunshine After Rain by T’mara

After a bad break up Madison had given up on love and had become content with the satisfaction she got from her career and hanging out with her girls. That is until she met Sam, the person who would be her lover, companion and pillar of strength through a family ordeal that threatens her relationship with her friends and forces Madison to deal with secrets that had been hidden for years.

SOTS Books 2 Check Out – April 2013

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

Aggressive State by Ariel Nickens (A2THEPUBLISHER)

Aggressive state is life base fiction for those who know and those who want to know more about how TRUE A.G.’s or STUDS live love and play. This book is a sexy gritty thoughtful glimpse into the stud/femme dynamic of the lesbian lifestyle and a story that A2THEPUBLISHER wishes to share with the world.

Dying to Live by Harmonie Reigns

When Naomi Harris met her girlfriend, Sheena, at one of her close friend’s birthday party, she never expected that her life would change forever. In the beginning things started out beautifully. Sheena was caring and loving.  Almost all of Naomi’s friends and family loved Sheena, but things quickly changed. Sheena became abusive in many ways. She was jealous, controlling, and disrespectful. When Sheena’s verbal and mental abuse turned into physical abuse, Naomi tried to hide it. She made excuses and she began to isolate herself from her friends and family. Even when the abuse sent Naomi to the hospital with broken bones she still hid it. When Naomi decided that enough was enough, she finally ended the relationship. Was it too late? Would Naomi make it out alive? Would her friends get hurt trying to protect her? Naomi finds herself in the fight of her life with Sheena. It’s kill or be killed. The question is does Naomi have the strongest will to survive and if she does will she be able to cope with the aftermath?

Forever Tangled: A collection of poems and stories from the heart and between the thighs. (Volume 1) by Monique Being True Thomas

Forever Tangled: A collection of stories from the heart I and between the thighs is 112 pages that will hit your literary senses. If you are a dreamer of love and a lover of lust then this book is for you with titles like “Watched”, “Heightened Desire” and “When the house of love is robbed” readers are definitely readers are in for a treat.

The Love Chain (Tribulations) by Rari Kani Chie

Gia Roberson always had it easy. New car, new clothes, and the hottest woman in Durham, North Carolina’s lesbian community. The only problem is her girlfriend doesn’t treat her as an equal. After almost thirteen years of being with her lover, Gia’s heart starts to stray when another woman enters her life and gives her everything that’s been missing. The affair opens up new feelings within Gia that she didn’t know existed. As she starts to explore these feelings, a stranger walks into her life and changes her whole life and those around her.

Olivia Stephenson always scored when it came to playing sports and the ladies in high school. Years after entering the “real world,” she discovers that love doesn’t always win. Her relationship with her long-term girlfriend is threatened when the bad times start outweighing the good, and her trophy starts getting polished by someone else.

When these two women decide to go their separate ways, their relationship towards each other is forever changed.

Gia finds herself in a chain of love games and Olivia finds herself falling weak to temptation. With all of the tribulations they have been through, will they find comfort once again in one another?

Misconceptions (It’s Complicated) by Erika Land

An unexpected tragedy causes Laila to weave a web of heartbreak, betrayal, and deception, with three women, all of whom fall have fallen deeply in love with her. Laila’s dilemma explores how, in the blink of an eye, jealousy and doubt can cause everything to spin completely out of control. Laila finds herself caught up in her thoughts, and making the tough decision to disconnect from Tori, the wife she thought she’d love forever, when Tori appears to be cheating.

What happens next is more than she bargained for. She finds lust with a stripper and romance with a personal assistant.

Will love be enough to keep Laila with any of her women, or will deception, heartbreak, and betrayal take their toll?

Niya: Rainbow Dreams (The Dreamers) (Volume 1) by Erotic Bliss and Fabie J

Do you know who you are? Are you comfortable in your skin? Outed by her best friend in front of the whole neighborhood, Niya is trying to come to terms with being a lesbian, and it isn’t easy. Although everyone around her seems to know the secret she is trying to hide, she is still battling the fact that she likes girls. Filled with dreams of becoming a rap star, she must first learn to accept who she really is before taking over the music industry. Jamilla is drowning in the reality of her home life. Forced to face a real life monster on a daily basis, the shame of her past is slowly killing everything beautiful about her. Just when she thinks life isn’t worth living, she befriends Niya. Armed with a pen, journal, and true friendship, this writer will find the courage to overcome her past. With Jamilla’s self-imposed restraints and label of being straight, feelings will emerge, but will also be stifled. Both of these women will be confused by an extremely close unconventional friendship and high sexual tension. Afraid of disrupting their budding friendship, Niya fights to keep her true feelings for Jamilla under wraps. How long can this game of friendship last when love is the stronger opponent? How will these ladies triumph over pain, murder, and so much anger? The secret lies within the pages of Niya… Rainbow Dreams. The story of forbidden love, friendship, music, and destruction.

Stars & Straps: A Few Short Stories to Make You Horny by Samantha Underwood

This steamy Lesbian Erotica Anthology will surely become your favorite as you flip through the pages and meet each couple. From tales of sexy quickies and heart break to tales of rebuilding and epic love stories, these 10 detailed short stories will give you a little piece of everything you look for in an erotica. The Author introduces many new characters, all with different personalities while still giving you a glimpse into one of your favorite couples.  Extended love scenes, and taboo pairings make this collection unique and unforgettable.

Technical Difficulties (Happily Sexually After) by Lee Loveless

Do you believe in lust at first sight? Well neither did Raquel until she caught her first glance at the exquisite female form of one Ms. Jackson Lovette. With time working against her, she knows she will do whatever it takes to make this woman hers! All bets are off as she pulls out all the stops to get this divine creature to notice her.

SOTS Books 2 Check Out – February 2013


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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

Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland, and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut, 1854-1868 – Farah Jasmine Griffin (Editor)
Rebecca Primus was the daughter of a prominent black Connecticut family who was sent south during Reconstruction by the Hartford Freedmen’s Aid Society to teach newly freed slaves. Addie Brown was a domestic servant in Connecticut and New York City – as well as Rebecca’s best friend and romantic companion. These two spirited, intelligent women wrote letters in this astonishing, historically priceless volume. Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends breaks the long silence surrounding the lives of black women in America and reveals an amazing world until now unknown.

“I have today put my second class into the third Reader,” wrote Rebecca from the school in Maryland’s Eastern Shore that was later to bear her name. “I hear the President Johnson expect to be in Hartford the 26th,” exclaimed Addie. “I wish some of them present him with a ball through his head.”

Shared passion, ambitions, frustrations, politics, gossip, all the fascinating minutiae of daily life, give these unique letters extraordinary flavor and richness–and offer us an unprecedented piece of American history.

Codename: Viper – Jaden
Who is the Viper?

Agent Adanna Taylor, known only to those in her field as “The Viper,” is an elite government assassin working for the CIA’s covert intelligence network called, “The Agency.”

Adanna has just completed a six-month assignment overseas and can’t wait to get back into the arms of her girlfriend Brenda. However, it is not long before she gets called back into the field. Her quality time with Brenda is cut short when she gets an emergency message from Daniel Jamerson, her boss, and he orders her to go to Miami, Florida and locate government informant Patrick Collins.

Collins has been targeted for elimination by the terrorist organization La Pesta Negra. Still not wanting to take the assignment, Adanna changes her mind when finding out that Deso Alomar, the man she holds responsible for killing her former lover, Elena, is involved.

Faced with an opportunity for revenge, Adanna agrees to go to Miami. She soon discovers her line of work is hitting too close to home and is a serious threat to her personal life. This means that the people she cares about most may pay the ultimate price. Quick, precise, cold-blooded, and deadly… this is The Viper. Normally this equation equals death, but her perspective changes when matters of the heart and loyalty become more important.

Will the Viper complete her Mission or save the ones she loves?

The D in Drama – Christiana Harrell
Short story turned novel, The D in Drama is the popular tale from Girl: A Story for Every Les Being of Rose Anderson, a flawless model type chick who is used to having her way and getting everything that she wants all from her looks alone and Sasha “Snapps” Adams, the “most wanted” pretty-boy stud with charm for days and has had girls falling at her feet since the day she stepped out of the closet and labeled herself a stud. Rose knows exactly what she wants and who she wants until some unfortunate incidents in her life throw her off her path. Snapps vows to be her knight in shining armor wanting nothing more than to protect her from herself, but Snapps learns all too soon that she just may be doing too much. Get the whole story and see what happens when jealousy, betrayal, and heartache are mixed. It’s a new tale of misery loves company.

First Breath – Robin G. White
Divided in six sections, First Breath begins with mildly sexual and heavily romantic poetry and prose in Sighs and Inhalations respectively and smolders on in the same format through Exhalations and Gasps. In the fifth section, White fully ventures into the world of BDSM and heavy gender role play. The section is true to its title, Breathless, and is not for the faint of heart. It will leave readers burning and fanning flames for oxygen.

The final section, Pranayama, is one final sweet, romantic romp about rekindling love when it is nearly lost. Because at the end of the day it is the moments that take your breath away that bring us the greatest joys and finding that one true love that is the vital air of life.

First Taste: Kendra (True Colors Book One) – Portia M. Delaney
Working upwards of sixty hours every week with no semblance of a life otherwise, Kendra Holliday never expected to be bitten by the lust bug, especially for co-worker, Lea Jacobs.

After suddenly discovering a pulsating attraction, Lea challenges Kendra to loosen a few buttons and dive into the ultimate stress reliever: lots of hot, mind-numbing sex. Problem is, Kendra is a lifelong hetero and the reality of “dealing with” another female sends her running. Can she overcome her fears and embrace her true colors before the window of opportunity (and Lea’s legs) closes?

Warning: this book is meant for adults only. It contains explicit and plentiful sexual situations, language, thoughts, and deeds between two grown-ass women that many may find objectionable. It is erotica, so if you don’t enjoy stories where approximately 70% of it is, well…erotic, you may object to its contents. Of course you might be tempted to try it anyway.

First Taste is the 12,500 word-count first installment of the True Colors series although it can serve as a stand-alone title. This title also creates a level of steam that will require subsequent extinguishment by either a handheld device or an enthusiastic partner, so please have either or both available – you’ve been warned.

Gilding the L.I.L.L.(y) – T. Jurrette
Nicolas is on top of the world personally and professionally, Camille is a woman trying to get there. The interwoven threads of their personal and professional relationships appear to be seamless, yet are rapidly unraveling. Family and business keep Nicolas on her toes; she also proves a welcome distraction for Camille. A murder brings a cloud of suspicion; the resulting investigation takes no prisoners. Who killed Maddie and why? Will Nicolas and Camille hold it together against the odds or will it all fall apart?

Love Relived – Monique ‘Being True’ Thomas
Photographer Mahogany Williams has beauty, brains and success in San Francisco, California. Knowing the right people had launched her career into the limelight and she was enjoying the benefits of it all. When her Nana becomes confined to a wheel chair, Mahogany goes back home (New York) to care for her. While doing so she also tries to undo the pain that caused her to leave so many years ago.

Cheryl James is a quiet sensible and known to be “too serious” woman. She enjoys her job working as a head educator at the famed Museum of Natural history. It is the theme of history, however, that caused old feelings to resurface when she finds out that Mahogany is coming back into town. Will she be able to handle it after the bitter way things were left between them? Can forgiveness be enough? Can love be revisited?

Pit Crew: How to Survive a Spiritual Pit Stop – Renair Amin
Pit Crew: How to Survive a Spiritual Pit Stop is a short pocket book birthed from the spirit of “Life Styler” Renair Amin. Filled with accounts of how she overcame her own personal tragedies, she uses racing as a metaphor for life to give the reader two essentials – instructions on track navigation and insight on developing their own support structure, affectionately known as the Pit Crew.

Royal BLU (Volume 1) – Feral Kitty
The story follows DJ Royal and her three closest friends down an L shaped road of love, lust and lies.

After 3 years of loathing one another Royal Ann Hanson (DJ Royal), a 28 year old arrogant and promiscuous lesbian DJ and Asia Curry, a 22-year-old sassy, out spoken lesbian college student and poet becomes an unlikely couple.

Katrina (KC) Carter, a 26-year-old white butch lesbian, was always a tomboy growing up and knew she was attracted to women at a very young age, usually black women. Her nightmare began after meeting the love of her life Ebony Greer, a cold-hearted hood rat with a fowl mouth and a bad attitude.

Paul (Pauline) Williams and her wife, Candi, have been together 17 years. Both having full time jobs, raising a 12-year-old daughter and running a popular lesbian nightclub, needless to say the romantic side of the relationship has become almost nonresistant.

Tiana Allen, 20 year old college student, sidekick and protégé to her best friend, Royal. She desperately tries to keep up the stereotypical image of a dominate lesbian and her delusional player reputation.

Surviving Love – Charlie B.
In the thriving city of Chicago, where the wind blows cold, self-proclaimed fashionista Lailani Drew learns the true meaning of trust, family, love and sacrifice.

Lailani was raised by her traditional yet attentive grandmother from the age of two due to the death of her mother from a drug overdose and the absence of her father from birth. After opening up to a friend in school, she becomes aware that her sexual preference may not be that of the norm and would one day have to face her sexuality head on.

In high school, she is introduced to three very different girls that would soon become the only family she’d ever known, and throughout the years, deal with their drama and life infliction so much so that she loses sight of her own importance. Trying not to be judgmental about her friends choices, Lailani becomes a voice of reason for Essence, career-oriented law student; Davina, the outspoken single mother; and Autumn, the free-spirited lesbian with a heart of gold.

When she decides to live life for herself, Lailani’s friends grow distant unsure of how to react to her sudden since of independence. Having to deal with a crazy ex who she can’t seem to let go of due to mind blowing sexual escapades and becoming engulfed in a new love interest, Lailani forgets what’s most important to her and is ill prepared for the tragedy to come.

Amid the discrepancies in her life, Lailani is forced to choose between her career and her friends, what she knows and what she’s wanted for so long and in the end makes a decision no one was prepared to accept, not even her.

The Unsimple Truth – J. Renee’ LaCour
Jordan has the man that every woman dreams of – Kevin. He’s a handsome marketing executive who loves her deeply and wants to marry her. After three years of living with Kevin, Jordan meets Leslie, a gorgeous New York record label exec, who shares an open marriage with an Italian billionaire. While working together, the two women discover that they have chemistry. Jordan confides in her best friend, Daphne, who doesn’t react quite the way that she expected. Will Jordan succumb to her feelings for Leslie or will she marry “Mr. Right”? Can Jordan and Daphne’s friendship withstand this new revelation?

Evan, a twin, lives the life of a DL man in New Orleans, Louisiana. He dates women by day and has sex with men by night. He’s the father of a six-year old adorable boy, and because of that, believes he must find a wife and secure a steady home for his child. When he meets a lovely church-going woman named Sandra, he thinks that he has found the ideal solution to his problem. Then, he attends church with Sandra and encounters Deacon Mike and the Men’s Ministry. Does Evan find salvation or take a path that leads to self-destruction?

The Unsimple Truth weaves these lives together and reveals the answers to those who dare to face it….once and for all.

SOTS Books 2 Check Out – December 2012

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

The Best of Friends Can Be Lovers – Vickey Simmons

A chance meeting in an on the job training class is the genesis of a friendship that gained momentum over the years. They were with each other through good times and bad. Through a string of fortunate events, they find themselves as the best of friends on the brink of so much more.

FeMail: The Lesbian Letters – T’mara
If someone were to read your mail, what would it reveal about you?

FeMail is a peek into the private lives of 12 lesbian women; a snapshot of their lives at a moment in time when it was necessary to abandon verbal communication and take pen to paper or manicured fingers to keyboard. With their correspondence, each woman gives a unique unfiltered look into everyday lesbian life, the life of any woman. One closing the door on the past before stepping into her ideal life, one explaining why those three little words will never be uttered from her lips, and one seeking a solution when self-pleasure becomes obsession.

Which one of the 12 letters could have been written by you?

Lesbian: Come Walk With Me – Talisha Mallory
Meet Desire, a 34 year-old mother of two children who grew up in the hood, but made it out once she went to college and then worked her way to the top. Desire opened up a small law firm in the heart of Chicago. She has run into countless men that were shit for brains. So she turned to the one lifestyle she has always been curious about. Desire, on the verge of curiosity, then meets Shania in a shopping mall, and everything is Gucci until that one faithful day when Tiffany, Shania’s ex-girlfriend, shows up. Let’s let this story unfold as you take a walk with me thru the mind of the curious….

Lost Love Found (London’s Burning) – Shanayah Tailor
Aidria Watson is deeply in love with her best friend. For seven long years she’s kept that fact close to her heart out of fear that Sharon may not feel the same way and she ends up losing her.

Sharon Mitchell was sure that marrying and settling down would cure her of her love for her best friend, Aidria, but being in a loveless marriage only left her feeling hopeless. She was determined to be true to her vows and tried to bury her love for Aidria deep inside her.

Although both women had decided to go on without telling each other of their love and preserve their friendship, fate had other plans for them. Will they be ready this time to step through the door of opportunity when it opens for them?

Playing Games – Kendra Spencer
Playing Games is a lesbian love triangle in which Ronnie a stud is caught between love and lust. On one hand she has a young feisty fem by the name of Kenni. On the other hand, lust from a beautiful older woman is throwing itself in the most provocative way possible at Ronnie. What’s a young stud to do but play the game and see who wins?

The Preludes – Ninamaste MaTuri
The Preludes is the first book written by Ninamaste MaTuri. It is a collection of three short stories that provide a sneak peek into the early years of Melanie, Adrianna, and Nicole. The book is about how each one learned how to understand and navigate the world around them by way of manipulation, fantasy, and reality.

Melanie discovers a way to keep her sassy and abhorrent cousin in check.

Adrianna finds a way of dealing with the tragic loss of her mother and how to accept the inevitable — change.

Nicole lives with her mother’s unhappiness and it encourages her to be true and honest with herself.

The Preludes sets the stage for what is to come in a collection of books that follow Melanie, Adrianna, and Nicole throughout their adolescent and adult years.

Return to Me: A Remi/Claudia Story – Fiona Zedde
Rémi and Claudia have been together for over two years. During that time, their families have grown to accept what the twenty-nine year old reformed player and her fifty year old lover mean to each other. But a ghost from Rémi’s past rises up to threaten what the two women have found together.

Can they put these demons to rest or will their love scatter like ashes to the four winds?

Rose from the Bayou – Teryn Williams
Rose from the Bayou is a novel centered in New Orleans during the 1990’s. It is a dark and unthinkable tale of friendship between Scarlet Rose Laveau and Koral Baptiste. This sinister journey between two young and beautiful women spirals out of control in an inconceivable way. Hold on to the edge of your mind as Scarlet and Koral create a web of love, lies, and the ultimate betrayal.

Is there such a thing as unconditional love? Find out as these two tests the depths of the true meaning.

SOTS Books 2 Check Out – August 2012

Looking for a good book? Here’s a round-up of a few novels you should check out (the titles in pink are linked to where you can purchase the book):

21 Days to Crazy – Eunice Hargett
Reese Harris had been living the dream. She had just gotten tenure at Warford University, just bought her dream home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her partner of almost five years, and was two weeks away from attending the party of all parties to celebrate those five years. There was no reason to suspect that her happiness would soon be destroyed. When her partner Angela decides she’s not happy and splits, Reese is left to pick up the pieces of her personal life without losing her professional one. Selena Castle enters Reese’s life like a breath of fresh air, new, exciting, full of possibilities. She also brings with her complications. Aside from being a former student, Selena is 21. When this innocent meeting turns into more, Reese Harris begins a journey that often feels crazy, often feels impossible, but must be taken. 21 Days to Crazy: “Sometimes you have to go back, before you can move on.”

Closet Space – T’Ego
Mathematics teacher Monika Lewis is your typical woman of 20-something. She is attempting to live her American Dream; marriage, 2.3 children, a dog, and that white picket fence. Though she seems happily engaged in her relationship with Glen, she still has her secrets; one of them being an active love affair with her co-worker, Ms. Jasmin. A story of unintended deception and untruths, this Art Novel is sure to captivate your passions, as well as, your senses.

High – On Love & Addiction – April Joy Bowden and Jeanie “Rainbow” Bell
High – On Love & Addiction follows the relationship between two women. During the relationship, it is discovered that one of the women is addicted to crack cocaine. After years of dealing with the addiction, April runs away to another state. When tragedy occurs, it brings the two back together. The book chronicles the ups and downs of the relationship and Jeanie’s struggle to get clean.

Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood Among Black Women – Mignon Moore
Mignon R. Moore brings to light the family life of a group that has been largely invisible–gay women of color–in a book that challenges long-standing ideas about racial identity, family formation, and motherhood. Drawing from interviews and surveys of one hundred black gay women in New York City, Invisible Families explores the ways that race and class have influenced how these women understand their sexual orientation, find partners, and form families. In particular, the study looks at the ways in which the past experiences of women who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s shape their thinking, and have structured their lives in communities that are not always accepting of their openly gay status. Overturning generalizations about lesbian families derived largely from research focused on white, middle-class feminists, Invisible Families reveals experiences within black American and Caribbean communities as it asks how people with multiple stigmatized identities imagine and construct an individual and collective sense of self.

It Can Happen To You – Phette Ogburn
The first installment in the It Can Happen To You series features the three short stories: S & M: Sexts & Messaging, The ID and Organized Karma. Come follow Sabra, Nya and LaTrease on their journeys as they cope with issues of loneliness, lust, sex, betrayal, deceit and love.

Lion’s Den – Azure
Chaz struggles with her sexual appetite and self-esteem coming from a religious background in a small town. Her love for basketball got her to the big city, and this is where she quickly learns the ins and outs of being a grown woman.

Going through the motions of finding out who she is, this life leads her to sex, drugs, and deceit. Chaz soon learns just how corrupt this game is.

Love Or Obsession A Woman’s Touch – Brooklyn Phoenix
Enter the Kamikaze world of Dr. Anniyah Williams, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Annaiyah has realized her dreams of becoming a partner in a prestigious pediatric practice in New York, NY.

After discovering that her husband to-be led a separate life, she tries to pick up the pieces of her life for the sake of her children.

Upon running into her childhood best friend “Zale” Annaiyah turns to her for emotional support, leading to unanswered feelings. Giving in to those feelings and turning her back on the world, she offers Zale the life she that she claimed she desperately wanted, only to discover that Zale has a “Pandora’s Box” of her own.

“Are you gay if you are only attracted to “one” person of the same sex?”

“Is a same sex relationship any different or easier than a heterosexual relationship?

The Nikki DaVinci Code: A Collection of Poetry and Prose – Shanica L Stewart
A torrid journey through the alleys between love and lust make for a poetry/prose collection worth getting lost in. Nikki DaVinci’s debut collection invites you to take off your shoes and fall under the spell of her erotic wordplay.

Once and Future Lovers – Sheree L. Greer
A busted bicycle mocks a broken heart, a magical mirror struggles to sustain an interracial fantasy, a teenage girl discovers the truth about desire in the heft of her grandmother’s breast, understanding parenthood as the daughter of a sometimes father. These are the stories hearts tell. Once and Future Lovers illuminates these and other tales by shining a light on the critical moments in which men and women take the great risk that is loving. In this provocative collection of short fiction, characters grapple with the courage it takes to love once while discovering the inherent challenge put to all lovers: embracing or denying the possibility of loving again, and again.

the other – amir

Internal issues run deep… the battle with self is never-ending…

He’s old fashioned with a modern twist. Tyrell believes in spoiling his woman and making sure all her wants and desires are fulfilled but by his terms.

Jewel has done a total revamp of her life since college. She controls everything in her life, except her emotions. She falls for Kyree, who lives a double life, dating two women at once and promising Jewel the world, yet causing nothing but heartache for her. Until she meets Max, the breath of fresh air she was looking for, but Max’s dark past sneaks back up on her unexpectedly.

Alex is a writer, looking for his big break. He also used to be a girl. Going through the mental, physical, and emotional trials of transition, he has worked hard to erase every part of his past. He lives a life similar to his work; poetic and original, and has had his share of women, but under the surface he battles within to find peace with his decisions or perish on a journey…

SOTS Books 2 Check Out – April 2012

Looking for a good book? Here’s a round-up of a few novels you should check out (the titles in pink are linked to where you can purchase the book):

Bi-Curious 2: Life After Sadie – Natalie Weber
Natalie Weber takes you on another erotic ride to the bi-curious side! Serenity’s started a new life in Detroit after the death of her lover-turned-enemy, Sadie. She’s even begun a hot-and-heavy hetero relationship with a hood-smart restaurateur named Cass. But Serenity can’t deny the sexual satisfaction she can get only with a woman…so she sleeps with Cass’s sister, Heaven! And it’s goooood, so good…but she can only get so much Heaven before Cass finds out—or before someone from her past finds out. Soon, she’s ensnared in a scheme masterminded by the late Sadie’s murderous brother, Shawn P, and it seems like Heaven may not be so heavenly after all. When the stakes skyrocket to life and death, will bi-curiosity kill Serenity?

Even the Rain Was Crying – Juanese Brooker
After the Ku Klux Klan murders her father in 1950s South Carolina, Chancie and her mother, Clara, move to Hicks, Georgia, for a better life. Clara works for the Parsons, a well-to-do black family. For a while, Chancie believes her life will return to normal. But when Clara unexpectedly dies, Chancie soon discovers that she is alone-and the odds are stacked against her.

Her luck changes when the Parsons take her into their home. Chancie is fine for a while until her new family’s daughter, B.J., seduces her. Before long, domineering B.J. pulls Chancie into an abusive relationship by possessing and controlling her every move.

Seeking refuge, Chancie meets Cynthia and falls in love with the older, more experienced woman. Cynthia showers her with love and affection. Then a frightening pattern emerges as Cynthia begins to be abusive too.

Chancie’s future happiness is in jeopardy. Can she break the cycle of abuse before it’s too late?

Everything I Miss At Home – Dawn
What’s love when the world is at your fingertips? Crosse Point, Virginia’s most notorious residents come together in a race for love, money, and lust while doing every dirty trick in the book to win at any cost. The allure of power and respect turns personal and professional relationships into bartering tools for the next big score. Erin Powell, slick talking sales guru, Devyn McAllister, the clueless and vilified vixen, and angry former basketball star Nikki Brown throw caution to the wind to feed the needs they lack in Everything I Miss at Home, the debut novel from author Dawn Marbury. This page turning corporate sex thriller is a soap opera on steroids that somehow feels like real life. As the players succeed in making their wildest dreams into reality, reality returns with a vengeance in a karmatic tornado that simultaneously spares and destroys. C’est la vie.

Finding Us – T. Jurrette
Te’anna Marks is full figured, business savvy, sexy and smart. Dana Reynolds is quietly cool, laid back, and equally smart…and sexy. She knows what she does and doesn’t want out of life and is the go to person when you want results at the state attorney general’s office. Te’anna and Dana find love when they find each other. Although their union appears idyllic, ghosts from the past and present day solecism threatens their relationship and brings questions of loyalty to the surface. Will their love and careers survive attempts to compromise them?

GIRL (A Story For Every Les Being) – Christiana Harrell
Christiana’s first novel introduces you to the life of women who love women and sometimes men too. Studs, femmes, doms, pillow princesses, no labels, butches, FTMs, and bisexuals, meet them all between one cover as your eyes explore fictional stories that will make you laugh and cry, both at the same time. None of these ladies are the same, but there is one thing that that they all have in common, WOMEN! Heated arguments, fist fights in the club, closet cases, and passionate sex scenes fill these pages leaving nothing to the imagination. There is something for every lesbian that walks the earth, lonely or attached. This is just the beginning, keep your eyes open for more.

Indiscretions – Skyy
Indiscretions is a fast paced ride through the lives of the unfaithful and the ones who love them. Relationships are tested, hearts are broken, but revenge is sweet in these four short stories by Skyy – the author of the popular series, Choices, Consequences and Crossroads.

You can feel the storm coming in your bones, but after the hurricane only the strong will be left standing? When love is involved is there really such a thing as no strings attached? What do you do when you catch your mate with a person you also crave? And a man learns that he can’t have it all, or can he?

Take a seat and enjoy this steamy ride.

Inside Out (A Perri Stone novel) – Juin Charnell

Rape, murder, and drug overdoses are normal. But not in one week. Can Perri Stone, prison investigator, find a connection before more inmates die needlessly? Will Perri use the prison incidents as an escape from the personal upheavals outside – threatening to break up her happy home?

It’s not easy working in a prison. But sometimes the prison on the outside can keep you from acting. Between the inside drama and the outside drama, Perri is missing the things she normally sees.

A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ – Imani True
When is the truth not true?

When it’s been a lie for twenty years!

Fatimah Briggs has thrown her whole self into a marriage that’s falling apart. Her husband cheats and he’s extremely violent.

But that’s not even the worst part.

Once Fatimah decides to start her new life, Malcolm has a plan to make the transition a living hell for her. And he’s going to enjoy every minute of it.

But he never counted on Fatimah getting help from her sexy new boss, Xiomara Stallworth, who wants to be so much more than just a boss.

All of this opens up a huge can of worms, forcing Fatimah to re-examine her life and interpret “a little sumthin sumthin” in ways that she never imagined.

A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ is a story about survival, finding inner strength, and accepting what is. It’s a tale of overcoming devastating heartbreak that makes you question yourself and everything that you once believed to be true.

Love, Lies and Basketball – Rita Rashad
Kendra Michael is now a professional basketball player with the WNBA. While her popularity as a professional basketball player grows, so does her ego–threatening her relationship with her lover, Simone. In the meantime, Pete, Kendra’s good buddy from back in the day is hiding a secret. What will become of Kendra and Simone’s relationship? Will Pete’s secret threaten his relationship with Kendra? Follow the story as love and friendship is truly put to the test. This is the sequel to Rashad’s Love At Half-Court. The third and final book in the trilogy, Love Don’t Cry, will be released summer 2012.

The Weight of the World – Renee Huggans
A lesbian erotica about La’Tischa Mitchell, a smart, full-figured, and independent black lesbian living in Washington, DC. She meets and falls in love with Kelly, a Brazillian hottie from the South. Their relationship goes through all types of highs and lows before coming to an end. That’s when La’Tischa stumbles upon her deep dark secret.