My Name Is Karma
by N. A. Cash
The terrifying aftermath of an encounter with a schoolyard bully shocks young Karma into awareness. She’s not like other girls. Realizing that she is the amalgamation of her family’s supernatural gifts, Karma must now do battle with forces seen and unseen. She must struggle with the strength of her abilities, the emotions that frequently drive them out of control, and the dilemma of using her powers for good or for her own selfish purposes. A thrilling voyage of self-discovery takes Karma across the years, from the rural forests of New Orleans to an outside world that is actively hostile to her and her kind as she seeks to solve the mysteries of the lives, loves, and circumstances that merged to result in her very existence…
The Lights of Home
by Marin Frederique
Outrunning the demons that dog her in Miami, Troy escapes south to the Bahamas, the land of her birth. In paradise, she finds work as a Spanish tutor to Evie, a rebellious teenager whose life uncannily parallels her own. However, it is Simon, Evie’s uncle, who makes his mark on Troy. For seven years, Simon has kept his promise to Deanna, his dead twin sister, protecting her daughter Evie, despite her painful and vicious rejection of him. Desperate, he hires Troy, expecting that she would be just another tutor that Evie runs off with undue speed. Until fate intervenes… Troy and Simon have a lot in common—painful loss, a cautious nature, and a shared heritage that has inextricably linked the Bahamas and communist Cuba across the decades. Eventually, proximity, circumstance, and love for Evie soften Troy’s jagged edges and melt the permafrost around Simon’s heart. Simon offers Troy a ready-made family and shelter from the storms of life. But demons don’t give up so easily. When Troy’s past comes back to haunt her in the present, she must decide whether to take the path of least resistance that leads in the opposite direction… or whether to head toward the lights of home.
Back to Life
by Wendy Coakley-Thompson
1989. Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. An Italian mob murders a black teenager named Yusuf Hawkins. That same night, across the Hudson River in New Jersey, Lisa and Marc meet at a party. Lisa’s black. Marc’s Italian. They eventually hook up. But interpersonal conflict, racist family and friends, and previous relationships loom. Their lives also play out in the charged political context of New York City’s mayoral race, which pits David Dinkins, African-American Democrat, against Rudolph Giuliani, law-and-order Republican. Back to Life is a heady mix of taboo relationships, racial politics, and social commentary that begs the question: Can love really conquer all?