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Urban Lit

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Urban lit

Raw, uncensored stories of struggle, violence, tragedy and ultimately hope are set against the gritty reality of contemporary street life (and a couple of biographies).

FIC AZA  Heart of the Hustle by A’Zayler

FIC ALL  Thicker than Water series by Takerra Allen

FIC ASH  The Cartel series by Ashley

FIC BIL  Mama’s Boy by ReShonda Billingsley

FIC CLA  Thug & Payback series by Wahida Clark

FIC COL  The Wives We Play by Briana Cole

FIC DIA Queen Divas by De’Nesha Diamond

FIC EUR  Torn By the Code by Eureka

FIC GOM  La Familia series by Paradise Gomez

FIC HAI  When Vows are Broken by Samuel Hair

FIC HAM  How Can I Be Down? by Brenda Hampton

FIC HOL  Caught Up by Shannon Holmes

FIC JAQ  The White House by JaQuavis

FIC KAR  Country Girls by Blake Karrington

FIC KWA  Lawless by K’wan

FIC MOO  No Home Training by Michel Moore

FIC OAS  White Heat by Oasis

FIC SAP  Push & The Kid by Sapphire

FIC SAU  A Hustler’s Queen by Saundra

FIC SIN  Blood Ties  by Shaun Sinclair

FIC SOU  Midnight series by Sister Souljah

FIC SWI  Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless by Kiki Swinson

FIC TI  Power & Beauty series by T.I.

FIC TYR  The Last Street Novel by Omar Tyree

FIC WEB  The Family Business series by Carl Weber

FIC ZAN  Vengeance by Zane

YA FIC 50  Playground by 50 Cent

YA FIC FRO  Keesha’s House by Helen Frost


B 50  From Pieces to Weight by 50 Cent

B ICE Street Poison: the life and times of Iceberg Slim by Justin Gifford


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450 S. Jefferson St. 317-852-3167

Updated 3/19 JL

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Hot (But Not Too Hot) Contemporary Romance Authors

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Hot (But Not Too Hot)

Contemporary Romance

Like your romance a little less explicit than 50 Shades of Gray?  Here are some great authors who deliver heart-stopping romance with plenty of (but not quite *that* much) sizzle.


FIC ASH  Kristen Ashley

Start with: The Gamble

FIC BAL  Stacey Ballis

Start with: Off the Menu

FIC BRO  Suzanne Brockmann

Start with: The Unsung Hero

FIC CAR  Robyn Carr

Start with: Virgin River

FIC COL  Alyssa Cole

Start with: A Princess in Theory

FIC CRU  Jennifer Crusie

Start With: Bet Me

FIC GUI  Jasmine Guillory

Start with: The Wedding Date

FIC HOA  Helen Hoang

Start with: The Kiss Quotient

FIC JAC  K.M. Jackson

Start with: Insert Groom Here

FIC KLE  Lisa Kleypas

Start: Smooth Talking Stranger

FIC KRE  Jayne Ann Krentz

Start with: Eye of the Beholder

FIC LOW  Elizabeth Lowell

Start with: Love Song

FIC MAL  Susan Mallery

Start with: Chasing Perfect

FIC MIL  Linda Lael Miller

Start with: Big Sky Country

FIC PHI  Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Start with: What I Did For Love

FIC ROB  Nora Roberts

Start with: Jewels of the Sun

FIC ROB  Sheila Roberts

Start with: The Nine Lives of Christmas

FIC RYA  Jennifer Ryan

Start with: The Return of Brody McBride

FIC SHA  Jill Shalvis

Start with: Animal Magnetism

FIC SWE  Alison Sweeney

Start with: Scared Scriptless

FIC WIG  Susan Wiggs

Start with: Summer at Willow Lake

FIC WIL  Lori Wilde

Start with: All Out of Love

FIC WOO  Sherryl Woods

Start with: Stealing Home


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450 S. Jefferson St., 317-852-3167

Updated 3/19 JL


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Alternative Histories

What if just one moment of history was different?  How far-reaching would the changes be?  Some of these stories have elements of horror, romance and fantasy; some are highly realistic interpretations of what small difference could mean to the big picture of our history.

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