Mink & Diamond presents…


| The Streets Are Talkin’ |
Here’s some of the buzz for the HOODWIVES series:
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THE HOOD LIFE: A Bentley Manor Tale
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 Listed on LibraryJournal.com as one of the “40 Titles for Black History Month”
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Nominee of BlackExpressions Bookclub’s Best Books of 2008
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A great page turner! It’s easy to get lost in this novel.  The story is so vivid…it will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole ride of this book about four men in their story of struggle in Urban America”. -The Savvy Book Club
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“A scandalous tale of four men who found themselves always at the wrong end of the track. They ultimately got what they deserved. This book was definitely a page turner.”- Q.U.E.E.N.S. Book Club of Mississippi

 
 

 

June 2008 issue

Shameless Hoodwives by Meesha Mink & De’Nesha Diamond (aka Niobia Bryant and Adrianne Byrd) is listed  as one of the magazine’s TOP 10 Summer Sizzlers!!!  It’s recommended as one of the “new thrillers and love stories to toss into your beach bag”   

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (JUNE 9, 2008) 

Shameless Hoodwives: A Bentley Manor Tale
Meesha Mink and De’nesha Diamond. Touchstone, $14 paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-4165-3754-0

The women of Desperate Housewives and The Real Housewives of New York City have nothing on the shameless ladies of Atlanta’s Bentley Manor. This follow-up to Desperate Hoodwives finds Miz Cleo and Miz Osceola still reigning over an enclave haunted by poverty and crime, and there’s plenty to talk about. Miz Cleo’s crack-addicted granddaughter, Takiah Ray, and her baby, Tanana, return to Bentley to get away from Takiah’s husband, who has begun pimping her out. Jamillah “Princess” Unger, long abused by her mother and a string of deadbeat men, may be able to use her musical talent to finally break free. Keisha Williamson, an aspiring beautician, cares for four children while her husband, Smokey, struggles with drug addiction, and Keisha seeks dangerous solace in his brother’s arms. Woo Woo Moore moves to the burbs after marrying a dentist, but an affair with a drug dealer from the hood may destroy her new life. Mink and Diamond tell it like it is with breathless passion. (Aug.)

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LIBRARYJOURNAL.COM (WORD ON STREET LIT no.6)

This second installment in the “Hoodwives” series (after Desperate Hoodwives) is as sexually explicit and entertaining as its predecessor.” ( Recommended) –Library Journal

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“Diamond and Mink deliver a compelling hood tale that is a true page-turner.” –RAWSistaz

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“This is the ghetto Wisteria Lane, called Bentley Manor and anything can and will happen here.” –Coast2Coast Readers

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“Invigorating plots magnify the intensity of each scene that creates a breathless anticipation as you delve further and further into the sordid lives of the people that occupy this notorius neighborhood.” (TOP SHELF 5 0ut of 5 Star Rating)–UrbanReviews.com

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 February 2008 issue

“Osceola Washington and Cleo Thomas, fictional snoop sisters who anchor a stoop in Hotlanta’s Bentley Manor project, tell all of their neighbours business in Desperate Hoodwives (Touchstone, $14), a can’t miss new series by Meesha Mink and De’Nesha Diamond, known to many readers as romance writers Niobia Bryant and Adrianne Byrd. If you’re hooked from the first page, stay tuned for Shameless Hoodwives, coming late this summer…”

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 If nothing else, we like this one for the title. It’s the first book in a new series on the women of Bentley Manor. Aisha, Devani, Molly and Lexi are each desperate to get out of their Atlanta project and into a better place. Let’s just say this sassy, sexy streetwise story could kick some butt over on Wisteria Lane. (Listed as REQUIRED READING) –New York Post

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The title only hints at the freaky-deaky content in the first installment of a street lit series that could also qualify as urban erotic horror. In Atlanta, Bentley Manor is a cage for four young women. Aisha, whose pampered lifestyle takes a big hit after her dealer husband gets locked up, goes to dangerous lengths to keep up her ghetto fab image. Devani is single and, at her mother’s direction, plans on tricking NFL star Tyrik Jefferson into marrying her by getting pregnant. Lexi has five kids by four men and hopes Luther, the man who finally married her, will buy them a house, but will his sub-par sack performance tank her dreams? Molly is the white trash wife of oversexed, abusive and often absentee Junior; she, like the other women, dreams of getting up out Bentley Manor. The authors, who also publish under Niobia Bryant and Adrianne Byrd, hold back little in this cautionary tale dripping with sex, vice and yearning. (Feb.)–Publisher’s Weekly

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Mink (Hot Like Fire) and Diamond (Feel the Fire) portray four young women trying their best to escape the hood in this first in a series of street lit novels set in the Atlanta housing projects. Named Bentley Manor, this development is also home to two longtime residents who know how difficult it is to leave the ghetto.–Library Journal

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DESPERATE HOODWIVES is the first in the Hoodwives series. Meesha Mink and De’Nesha Diamond have written a drama-entrenched novel that leaves no stone unturned. Erotic and explosive, DESPERATE HOODWIVES is a well-written and I could not put down. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel, Shameless Hoodwives because DESPERATE HOODWIVES is a classic. Part erotica, part urban fiction, part horror, DESPERATE HOODWIVES has a little something for every reader.–RAW Sistaz

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“Desperate Hoodwives has quickly become one of the best books I’ve read this year. The plot and characters had me hooked from the beginning until well past the end of the book. This book is filled with it all. Romance, drama, suspense. Definitely a must have! I look forward to reading more from Meesha Mink and De’nesha Diamond.”  –Mahogany Book Club

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Praise from Other Blazing Hot Authors:

 “A wonderfully written story with colorful characters that will keep you flipping the pages—I loved it.”
–K’wan, Essence bestselling author of Hood Rat, Gangsta, and Street Dreams

“Move over Wisteria Lane. Drama and Scandal has permanently moved to Bentley Manor. Desperate Hoodwives is a wonderfully written novel that is sassy, smart, and unadulterated!”
–Danielle Santiago, Essence bestselling author

“A sexy tale that will keep you gasping as you turn the pages…”
—Miasha, author of Diary of a Mistress and Secret Society

Desperate Hoodwives  by Meesha Mink and De’nesha Diamond (Touchstone)

Living in the hood is not easy, but people have choices although sometimes the options are painful. The men select crime to include murder, pimping, drug peddling and more until revelations (mostly the next generation) makes each of them reconsider what they have done as others pay the price for their folly. As with DESPERATE HOODWIVES and SHAMELESS HOODWIVES, the return to THE HOOD brings out the worst and best of Atlanta with an overarching message of hope.” -Harriet Klausner

“A great page turner! It’s easy to get lost in this novel.  The story is so vivid…it will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole ride of this book about four men in their story of struggle in Urban America”.

-The Savvy Book Club

(Jackson, MS)

 

 








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