WINNER Fiction: African American 2023 Best Book Awards
Mr. Slow took his time in life. Love, family, and the job were functions performed by the man he needed to be. A phone call in the middle of the night transformed him into the man he’d always wanted to be. Everything he ever wanted for himself was within his grasp, but he was reluctant to reach for the happily ever after he craved.
Abigail Barnes was the cherry on top of the ideal sundae. A woman who is not willing to be tied down by any man, for any reason. When her cousin goes missing, she makes the one phone she’s been dreading for nearly five years. She needed to call the man who turned her emotions on end, making her want all the things life didn’t have time to give her, but she needed his help.
Arriving in the middle of the night to help the woman who made him lose sleep, he discovered the two of them shared more than three hot nights in a cheap hotel in Mexico.
Prepare to turn the pages and learn of the man the technicians call Mr. Slow, but also the man, Gabriel Neary, the Archangel, calls his cousin.
WINNER African-American Fiction 2023 American Fiction Awards
A troubling series of missing person cases lead back to Mercy Hospital, but the truth is far more terrifying than you could ever imagine . . .
After receiving a promotion, Dr. Jacqui is thrilled to begin a career helping infertile women conceive. However, her excitement soon turns to fear when she realizes what her patients must give up in exchange.
But Jacqui cannot walk away. She has more at stake than just her career: her daughter’s life.
When Cara, a patient at the fertility hospital, is run off the road in a mysterious accident, police start asking questions. And after a disturbing trend of missing young Black women emerges, all evidence points to Mercy Hospital.
And the nightmare is only just beginning for Jacqui, the dedicated doctor, protective mother, and unhappy participant in a scheme where the most precious gift in the world comes with deadly consequences . . .
WINNER Fiction: African American 2023 International Book Awards
It started the day she heard Daddy slur, “She ain’t mine. You had the nerve to name her Dawn. Look at her! You shudda named her Midnight!” Then Daddy left . . . for good. And the loving music that had filled Dawn’s life went silent.
That was the day that a “Midnight” Duckling appeared in the mirror, took up residence in her chest, and controlled her ability to breathe. That was the day she learned to recognize “leaving time” . . . her superpower.
Couched in speculation, Jus Breathe is the tale of a young Black woman’s struggle to defy her inner “Duckling” and embrace her true self. Set in New York City during the turbulent sixties, it’s an improbable love story with precarious impulses, secret pasts, and inner demons.
Dawn, a survivor, flees her stepfather’s violent home. While struggling to go to college, she perfects sofa-surfing and hones her ability to leave situations in an instant. But in the mist of the chaotic uprising that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, serendipity spins Dawn into Danny’s world.
Toxically in love, no longer a “leaver,” Dawn realizes that in order to survive, she must break free of Danny’s dominance. But that Duckling, who’s allied with Danny, threatens to squeeze the life-breath from her if she dares to leave . . . that ugly, midnight-black Duckling, she has to kill.