Latest in Urban Fiction

I can't believe it has been over a year since I blogged about Urban Fiction.  Where did all that time go?  Patrons come in regularly to ask for titles by their favorite authors.  The genre is as popular as ever and publishers keep us supplied with new titles.  The following are a sample of newly-released titles.  Descriptions are from the publisher.

Philadelphia: Street JusticePhiladelphia: Street Justice  by Treasure Hernandez (6/13)
When Billie was eight years old her father was murdered. Ever since that day, she has vowed to bring every criminal to justice, especially the man responsible for her father's death. Twenty years later, Billie is still on a mission to rid the streets of criminals. If she can't do it legally, then she takes matters into her own hands.
Billie is the hottest lawyer in the district attorney's office. Her record for winning cases is unmatched. If she keeps it up, she could one day be mayor. Her boyfriend, Walter, is a hard-nosed detective in the Philadelphia police department. Together they are on track to become the power couple in Philly—that is, if no one finds out about Billie's secret.

Dirty Rotten LiarDirty Rotten Liar  by Noire (7/13)
What can go wrong when con-mami Mink LaRue joins forces with her slick-tongued look-alike Dy-Nasty Jenkins to run a three-hundred-grand hustle on the super-rich Dominion oil family?  With the conniving Philadelphia stripper Dy-Nasty seeking to dip her fingers into the same pot of gold, Mink knows she has to play her hand right and hustle at the very top of her grind. But when Mink is suddenly called back home to be at the bedside of her sick mother, she is forced to leave Dy-Nasty alone at the mansion to work a solo scam on the Dominions and possibly claim the entire jackpot for herself.

On the Come Up
On the Come Up  by Hannah Weyer (7/13)
Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a school for pregnant teens, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she's due to give birth--she lands a lead role. For a time, AnnMarie soars--acting for the camera, flying to the Sundance Film Festival, seeing her face on-screen. But when the film fades from view and the realities of her life set in, AnnMarie's grit and determination are the only tools left to keep her moving forward.

Busy Bodies: Chocolate Flava 4
Busy Bodies: Chocolate Flava 4  ed. by Zane (8/13)
Zane Presents serves up its eighth anthology, an impressive compilation of short stories by twenty-five up-and-coming writers of erotica plus Zane, who dishes out a tale about a town that once visited will leave memories that last forever. Busy Bodies is filled with erotic escapes and sexy scenarios. From the student in a faraway place who encounters a mysterious man with a supernatural attraction, to a boyfriend who gives his girlfriend a birthday surprise she never saw coming, this diverse collection of stories is an express train to all points of passion and pleasure.  Get on board and get busy.