April 2019 Fiction: Romance

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    9781250294739 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date: April 16, 2019 Print Run: 25000
    $14.50 CAD 6.7 x 8.24 x 0.93 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Square Fish
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      Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky YA Regency romancefrom the author ofLove, Lies and Spies andDuels & Deception.

      Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

      Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother's intended.

      But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of "accidents," it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .

      InSuitors and Sabotage, author Cindy Anstey delivers another witty young adult historical fiction novel that is the perfect mix of sweetly romantic and action-packed.

      A Junior Library Guild Selection

      "Anstey’s tale embraces a self-reliant main character, a loyal friend, innocent romance, witty conversation, and English country settings, each more splendid than the last. This is a delightful salute to Jane Austen and will be a treat for her fans." —VOYA

      "Mystery and romance are delightfully intertwined . . . Taking inspiration from Jane Austen novels, Anstey’s latest is a lighthearted and romantic read." —Booklist

      Bio
      Cindy Anstey, author ofLove, Lies and Spies,Duels & Deception, andSuitors & Sabotage, spends her days painting with words, flowers, threads, and watercolors. Whenever not sitting at the computer, she can be found—or rather, not found—traveling near and far. After many years living as an expat in Singapore, Memphis, and Belgium, Cindy now resides with her husband and their energetic chocolate labrador, Chester, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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      Praise forSuitors and Sabotage:

      A Junior Library Guild Selection

      "Anstey’s tale embraces a self-reliant main character, a loyal friend, innocent romance, witty conversation, and English country settings, each more splendid than the last. This isa delightful salute to Jane Austen and will be a treat for her fans." —VOYA

      "Mystery and romance are delightfully intertwined . . . Taking inspiration from Jane Austen novels, Anstey’s latest isa lighthearted and romantic read." —Booklist

      Praise forDuels & Deception:

      "Jane Austen fans in need of a good new book, look no further. Cindy Anstey’s new YA novel,Duels & Deception, is your next regency romance treat." —Entertainment Weekly

      "A great introduction to historical romance novels for younger YA readers. . . . Anstey’s novel isa wonderful coming-of-age journey filled with entertaining characters and wild adventures." —School Library Journal

      Praise forLove, Lies and Spies:

      "It’s Jane Austen meets Jane Foster in Anstey’s debut novel, which serves up a delightful combination of Regency romance, scientific curiosity, and spy intrigue for a tale thatwill have readers rooting for love and science." —Entertainment Weekly

      "A great recommendation for teens who are not quite ready to tackle the complex language of Austen’s classics. . . . A cute premise and cover make this a solid purchase for budding historical romance readers." —School Library Journal

      "Love, Lies and Spies isan adorable little romp in Regency-era London, perfectly-paced and delightfully entertaining. It had me grinning from ear to ear, cover to cover. And the best part of all is that it seems to be a stand-alone with none of those ridiculous miscommunications. It really was just a pleasure to read!" —The Starry-Eyed Revue

      "Fantastic romance that I fell completely in love with. Theamazing characters and intriguing mysterywill make this a big hit with all YA regency fans!" —Dark Faerie Tales

      "I never want it to end. I cannot tell you how much I love this book. Juliana, Spencer, Bobbington, ALL of them are just so utterly wonderful. This is BETTER than Georgette Heyer. YEP, I SAID IT. It even reminds me of my absolute favorite—the regency romances by Jude Morgan. . . . Just wonderful!" —Kelly Zekas, co-author ofThese Vicious Masks

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    Relight My Fire The naughtiest rom-com you will read this summer! Joanna Bolouri
    9781786488589 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date: April 16, 2019
    $15.99 CAD 5.13 x 7.88 x 0.88 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Quercus Publishing
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      The naughtiest rom com you will read this year, from the bestselling author of ebook sensation THE LIST.

      'Gutsy and hilarious' Sun


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      When Phoebe and Oliver had their happy ending, they thought the hard part was over. And now, with a five year old daughter, they are far from the blissful hedonistic lifestyle of when they first started dating.

      Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they've ever wanted in bed - or out of it. But with distractions aplenty, will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?

      From mix tapes to 'sex jars', this is the naughtiest rom com you will ever read. From the bestselling author of The List.


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      Readers love RELIGHT MY FIRE, Joanna Bolouri's latest hilarious novel!

      'I read this book in less than 24 hours... Uncontrollable laughter at a volume I just couldn't keep down' amazon reviewer

      'Loved the sex jar! Real true to life. Good serious parts with a lot of laughs along the way. Highly recommended' amazon reviewer

      'Snorted with laughter from the first page! Some hilarious one liners from Phoebe and Lucy. Couldn't put this down and read it in a day. Thoroughly enjoyed this book' amazon reviewer

      'A brilliant, sexy and deliciously filthy but also romantic read' netgalley reviewer

      Bio
      Joanna Bolouri worked in sales before she began writing professionally at the age of thirty. Winning a BBC comedy script competition allowed her to work and write with stand-up comedians, comedy scriptwriters and actors from across the UK. She's had articles and reviews published in the Scotsman, The Skinny, the Scottish Sun and the Huffington Post.
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      Bloody hilariousIsabelle Broom, Heat on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
      Very very naughty and lots of fun—Sun on The List
      Sexy, smart and scandalous—Victoria Fox on The List
      Scotland's answer to Bridget Jones's DiaryDaily Record
      Page after page of pant-wettingly hilarious scenes...Without a doubt the best and funniest book I have read so far this yearNovelicious on The List
      If you hear someone snorting beside the pool this summer, they'll be reading thisGrazia on I Followed the Rules
      Gutsy and hilariousSun
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    Bound to You Alyssa Brandon
    9781250294692 Paperback FICTION / Romance Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date: April 09, 2019 Print Run: 25000
    $20.99 CAD 8.4 x 6.84 x 0.81 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Square Fish
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      A stubborn werewolf faces off with her brooding, indifferent (but super hot) soulmate in this unique and sexy take on a classic paranormal romance story.

      She's met her mate . . . and he's met his match.

      Megan Ross has been waiting her whole life for her mate to come and sweep her off her feet. But the wolf she meets on the beach is NOT the sweet gentle boy she's been dreaming of. Instead, he's a warrior, one whose suffering has led him to lock his heart away in a prison as cold and hard as a diamond, who fights to resist the bond and their deep attraction.

      Far from home, with a soulmate who is still a stranger, Megan learns that the path to true love isn't quite as straight and easy as she thought . . .

      Alyssa Brandon’s debut novel Bound to You is guaranteed to make readers swoon, sigh, and maybe even cry before it's over.

      Praise forBound to You from the Swoon Reads community:

      To put it simply I was hooked.” —Cinda Edana, reader on SwoonReads.com

      “This book had melaughing, crying, and swooning a lot!” —Ronda Rigdon, reader on SwoonReads.com

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      Alyssa Brandonis a recent college graduate from Sweden who enjoys reading, doing yoga, puzzles, and, of course, writing.Bound to You is her debut novel.
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      Praise forBound to You:

      "When alpha werewolf Megan meets her one true mate, alpha warrior James, she inherits more than she anticipates—his dysfunctional pack, moodiness, and dangerous secrets. . . . Megan's wry voice makes her likable. . . . The writing will draw teens into this quick, enjoyable read." —School Library Journal

      Praise forBound to You from the Swoon Reads community:

      “Holy hotness!I love Megan for being a spitfire and there are no words for James and his, well, everything. . . . Loved it.” —Gabby Benson, reader on Swoon Reads.com

      To put it simply I was hooked. One of the best werewolf stories I've read.” —Cinda Edana, reader on SwoonReads.com

      It is so totally swoonworthy. And James was just plain sexy. I want one of him.” —E.E. Annavas, reader on SwoonReads.com

      “This book had melaughing, crying, and swooning a lot!” —Ronda Rigdon, reader on SwoonReads.com

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    She Said It's Your Child Sherene Holly Cain
    9781601629074 Paperback FICTION / African American On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.48 x 8.21 x 0.59 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Urban Renaissance
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      How far would you go to have a baby for the man you love? Would you stay with a man who constantly betrays you? Would you walk away from true love for a forbidden affair? Sherene Holly Cain explores these themes in her dramatic tale, She Said It’s Your Child

      Darica and Dolan Rogiers appear to have the picture-perfect marriage, but the one thing they are missing is a child to love. When Nolan, Dolan’s estranged brother, shows up, he seems to be the only person who can help them.
      Sometimes the very thing we think is the solution to our problems is really our worst nightmare. The brothers’ relationship is not only complicated, but it has its own special rules, baggage, and skeletons, leaving their women to deal with pregnancy problems, commitment issues, and baby mama drama.
      With the help of her mother and new man, Rolanda is lucky enough to get out of the abusive relationship she had with her kids’ father, Brandon. Although he’s no longer around to stir up trouble, his sons carry on the family curse, and the damage may be irreversible.


      Story Locale: NY
      Bio
      Sherene Holly Cain is an author of urban fiction/romance. She loves to read and write. Her debut book, Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart, was released in 2015. She continues to work on her craft and has plans to release many more urban romance novels in the future.

      Author Residence: California
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    The Case Manager Shattered Lives Series Latoya Chandler
    9781601629050 Paperback FICTION / African American On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.45 x 8.23 x 0.8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Urban Renaissance
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      Could you survive when life is set on punishing you for existing? When you’re backed up against the wall, do you continue to fight, or do you crumble in defeat? Secrets are revealed, betrayal is exposed, trust is damaged, and bonds are broken. Can Candice succeed when all the odds are stacked against her?

      “In my family, misery didn’t just love company; it wanted hostages!”
      All Candice Brown ever wanted was to belong, but when your mom resents you, that’s not a reality. Turmoil seems to follow Candice. She dreams of feeling the one thing she lacks in her life—love—but love only leaves Candice alone as a teenage mother.
      Being sent away by her mom seems like the escape she needs, but is it? She is placed with a case manager who appears to be a source of solace and acceptance, but who, in reality, could leave Candice more damaged than she already is.


      Story Locale: New York
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      Latoya Chandler lives in New York and works as an executive assistant to the CEO of a non-profit organization. Her creative spirit awoke in October 2013. Latoya’s life changed drastically when she realized she wasn’t crazy, and the voices in her head were actually the voices of her characters. The writing began, and before she knew it, Mrs. Chandler had penned her first novel. When Latoya is not writing or reading romance novels, she enjoys spending time with her family. She has five loving children and dotes on her very patient better half.

      Author Residence: New York City
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    Series: Belt Revivals
    The Marrow of Tradition Charles W. Chesnutt, Wiley Cash
    9781948742344 Paperback FICTION / African American Age (years) from 15 On Sale Date: April 05, 2019
    $22.50 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Belt Publishing
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      On November 10, 1898, a mob of 400 rampages through the streets of Wilmington, North Carolina, killing as many as 60 citizens, burning down the newspaper office, overthrowing the newly elected leaders, and installing a new white supremacist government. The Wilmington Race Riots—also known as the Wilmington Insurrection and the Wilmington Massacre, is the only coup d’etat on American soil. The violence was prompted by the increasing political powers African Americans in the town were gaining during Reconstruction.The Marrow of Tradition is a fictionalized account of this important, under-studied event. Charles W. Chesnutt, an African American writer from North Carolina who lived in Cleveland as an adult and was the first black professional writer in the nation, narrates the story of “Wellington” North Carolina through William Miller, a black doctor, and his wife, Janet, who is both black and the unclaimed daughter of a prominent white businessman. Along with dozens of other characters, including a black domestic servant whose speech is rendered in vernacular dialect, they create a composite of Reconstruction and the violent racial politics created in backlash. The novel is also a masterful work of art that stands on its own: gripping, nuanced, and wholly original.
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      Wiley Cash is theNew York Times bestselling author of the novelsThe Last Ballad,A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. The founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center. He serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their two young daughters.
      Charles W. Chesnutt (1858–1932) was an African-American author, essayist, political activist and lawyer, best known for his novels and short stories exploring complex issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil War South.
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    Series: ALEX & ELIZA TRILOGY, THE
    All for One Melissa de la Cruz
    9780525515883 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 On Sale Date: April 09, 2019
    $23.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.56 x 1.26 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 12 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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      In this dazzling finale to the trilogy that began with the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story, the curtain closes on the epic romance of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler

      1785. New York, New York.

      As a young nation begins to take shape, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler are on top of the world. They’re the toast of the town, keeping New York City buzzing with tales of their lavish parties, of Eliza’s legendary wit, and of Alex’s brilliant legal mind.

      But new additions to Alex & Eliza’s little family mean change is afoot in the Hamilton household. When they agree to take in an orphaned teenage girl along with Eliza’s oldest brother, John Schuyler, Eliza can’t help but attempt a match. It’s not long before sparks start to fly…if only Eliza can keep herself from interfering too much in the course of true love. After all, she and Alex have an arrival of their own to plan for, though Alex’s latest case brings a perilous threat that may destroy everything.

      The sweeping love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler comes to a close in All for One, the riveting final installment of the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza trilogy.
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      Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed books for readers of all ages, including the Alex & Eliza trilogy, Disney’s Descendants novels, the Blue Bloods series, and the Summer on East End series. Her books have sold over eight million copies, and the Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network. Visit her at melissa-delacruz.com

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA
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        Author Website: melissa-delacruz.com

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      Praise for Alex & Eliza: A Love Story:

      A NYT Bestseller!

      “This charming historical romance is a must-read for any fan of Hamilton who felt drawn in, first and foremost, by the sweeping love story.” - Booklist

      “de la Cruz has struck while the iron is hot and shone a light on the extraordinary wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Eliza Schuyler…. Fans of the musical will be excited to see this novel.” - School Library Journal

      “Broadway fans and lovers of Melissa de la Cruz’s romance and page-turning intrigue will unite over her new book.” - Justine
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    Before We Were Wicked Eric Jerome Dickey
    9781524744038 Hardcover FICTION / African American On Sale Date: April 16, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.32 x 9.28 x 1.19 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Dutton
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      In Bad Men and Wicked Women, readers met Ken Swift, a boyfriend, father, and enforcer in the midst of the worst day of his life. But every story has a beginning, as New York Times bestseller Eric Jerome Dickey reveals in this engrossing, sexy prequel of star-crossed lust.

      I saw her standing in the crowd; my eyes touched hers. Then she smiled. All it took to start trouble was a smile.

      They say the love of money is the root of all evil, but for Ken Swift, it’s the love of a woman.

      Ken is twenty-one, hurting people for cash to try to pay his way through college, when he lays eyes on Jimi Lee, the woman who will change the course of his entire life. What’s meant to be a one-night stand with the Harvard-bound beauty turns into an explosion of sexual chemistry that neither can quit. And when Jimi Lee becomes pregnant, their two very different worlds collide in ways they never could have anticipated.

      Passion, infidelity, and raw emotion combine in Eric Jerome Dickey’s poignant, erotic portrait of a relationship: the rise, the fall, and the scars—and desire—that never fades.


      Story Locale: Los Angeles

      Series Overview: The prequel to Bad Men and Wicked Women, following a low-level enforcer in Los Angeles as he meets the woman who will become his ex-wife.
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      Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five previous novels as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles

      Author Hometown: Memphis
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      Praise for Eric Jerome Dickey and his novels:

      “Dickey sets in motion a fascinating cast of characters and creates compelling arcs for their stories…Readers will be cheering for the kindhearted Ken and his family in this dark yet ultimately hopeful novel.”—Booklist on Bad Men and Wicked Women

      “Dickey’s fans flock to his readings…. He’s perfected an addictive fictional formula.”—The New York Times

      “Dickey has the knack for creating characters who elicit both rage and sympathy.”—Entertainment Weekly

      “Dickey steadily generates a taut, deadly atmosphere throughout the book, and readers will not be able to predict who will be the last man standing.”—Booklist on Finding Gideon
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    Hot Dog Girl Jennifer Dugan
    9780525516255 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $23.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.56 x 1.06 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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      A fresh and funny contemporary YA rom-com about teens working as costumed characters in a local amusement part.

      “I’m wrecked with love for this funny, joyful, bighearted book.”—Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

      Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

      She’s landed a job at Magic Castle Playland…as a giant dancing hot dog.

      Her crush, the dreamy diving pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the princess of the park. But Lou’s never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.

      Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, has always been up for anything, but she’s decidedly not on board when it comes to Lou’s quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou’s scheme to get close to Nick.

      And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland—ever—unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

      Jennifer Dugan’s sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love—and themselves—in unexpected people and unforgettable places.

      “Both classic and new, hysterical and heartfelt, and packed with all the awesomeness and awkwardness of first love, first job, and the painful thrill of growing up.”—Mackenzi Lee, bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
      Bio
      Jennifer Dugan is a writer, a geek, and a romantic. In addition to being a young adult novelist, she is also the writer/creator of two indie comics. She lives in upstate New York with her family, her dogs, and an evil cat that is no doubt planning to take over the world. Hot Dog Girl is her young adult debut. Learn more at JLDugan.com and on twitter @JL_Dugan.
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      “I'm wrecked with love for this funny, joyful, bighearted book.” —Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

      “I never expected I'd fall so hard and so fast for a girl in a hot dog suit. Both classic and new, hysterical and heartfelt, and packed with all the awesomeness and awkwardness of first love, first job, and the painful thrill of growing up. So if you need me this summer, I'll be at Magic Castle Playland with the hot dog girl.” —Mackenzi Lee, bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

      Hot Dog Girl is a treat of a book packed with scheming, queer romance, and amusement park food. This laugh-out-loud debut made me hungry and stole my heart.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

      "A great, fizzy rom-com... The setting is ingeniously imaginative—an amusement park, where over one summer teens dressed as princesses, pirates, and (yes) hot dogs are left to flirt and gossip and fall in love. And [Dugan's] heroine, Lou, is beautifully realized: a complex bisexual woman who finds her desires and expectations challenged by a strangely magical world." —Entertainment Weekly

      "A hilarious delight. This wonderful romance novel set at a theme park makes for one of the best reads of the year, hands down." —Paste Magazine

      “Funny, relatable, and oh-so-cute.” —Girls’ Life Magazine

      “A story of friendship growing into love. Elouise’s big ideas don’t always execute well but her foibles feel real.” —The Washington Post

      "Relatable and funny, Dugan’s character dialogue and voice capture the awkward/messy/magical summer and keep both the characters and plot real and winning throughout this amusement park ride." —Publishers Weekly

      "Dugan's debut has a clear and confident voice, and her characters are sympathetic in their desire for happiness and fear of change; the supporting cast members have their own fully-developed personalities without overwhelming the main storyline. Lou's inner narration is funny, clear, and emotional... A fun romantic comedy that evokes the pleasures of summertime." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Lou’s energetic, readable voice makes her a sympathetic character even when, or especially when, she is confessing her flaws. Readers looking for a frothy summer read won’t regret this." —BCCB

      "A sparkling summer romance. Dugan’s amusement-park setting is entertaining, as is her likable cast of characters." —Bookpage
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    Series: BRANCH AVENUE BOYS, THE
    Know Your Place Shelly Ellis
    9781496718976 Paperback FICTION / African American On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.2 x 0.76 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Dafina
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      Success didn’t come easy for three best friends from the streets. And now dangerous choices and reckless desire will push their bond to lethal limits…
       
      A stint at the Branch Avenue Boys’ Youth Institute taught Ricky, Derrick, and Jamal to unite when the going got tough. But fallout from their very different adult lives is making loyalty something they can’t afford—and igniting drama they never saw coming…
       
      Arrested during a city-wide raid, Ricky must inform on D.C’s drug king pin, Dolla Dolla—and find the woman who loved and betrayed him. But revenge is a slippery slope that’s putting a target on his back…
       
      Institute head Derrick hopes reuniting with his fiancée will keep his secret affair with a colleague in the past. Unfortunately, one of his students is hiding Dolla Dolla’s major stash—and Derrick’s attempt to do the right thing will have shattering consequences…
       
      Jamal’s backroom deal with D.C.’s corrupt mayor is giving him everything he thought he wanted: money, power, and women. But murder and the unexpected return of the woman he’s always loved is getting him in way over his head. His attempts to manage the damage will put him and his friends at killer odds to be the last man standing…
       
      “Ellis makes a promising start in her new Branch Avenue Boys series, which expertly melds elements of gritty urban fiction with contemporary multicultural romance and tells a captivating tale from three different perspectives…Corruption, greed, lust, and betrayal set the stage for this edgy, romantic, diverse series, which is sure to please fans of De’Nesha Diamond and Victoria Christopher Murray.”
      —Booklist


      Story Locale: major city
      Bio
      Shelly Ellis is an award-winning journalist who earned her journalism degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her novel, Another Woman’s Man, was nominated for a 2014 NAACP Image Award. The romance and women’s fiction author is also a film buff and amateur painter. She lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, not far from Washington, D.C., with her husband. Visit her online at www.shellyellisbooks.com.

      Author Residence: Upper Marlboro, MD
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      Praise for Shelly Ellis

      “Secrets abound in this full-bodied tale.” - USAToday.com on Best Kept Secrets

      “Sizzling chemistry ignites between the main characters, developing from a slow simmer as anticipation and plot build to a full rolling boil. The book features sparkling dialogue, delicious romance, and a masterfully constructed story with a strong, well-developed cast of characters whose varying viewpoints provide depth and layering.” - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW for Can’t Stand the Heat

      “Soap opera fans will love this solid work by an author who continues to shine.”- Library Journal on Bed of Lies

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