Ebony4 logo_kmbaKiss the Ring (Touchstone $14.99) by Meesha Mink is a fast, hard-boiled urban tale. The elements are all there: explicitly detailed sexual acts, drug use, mystery and murder. You’ll find the prose strong, the premise compelling, and a cast of dynamic well-developed characters. When a mother goes undercover to discover who in a crew of thieves killed her son, she isn’t ready for all that entails. Enjoy the ride. This is a sure fire winner, as is Mink’s Real Wifey series. Find out more at

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INTERVIEW: The Star Ledger


Growing up The Star Ledger (formerly The Newark Star Ledger) was a staple in the homes of my family. I remember my grandmother (Granny) reaching for the Comics section first to help select a number to play from her dream book based on the Dennis the Menace cartoon. lol. For me, I was a skinny brown girl using her finger to trace the words as I read the BOOKS section and dreamt about my chance to be showcased in the largest paper in New Jersey.

That day has come.

This is hometown love and I will always love my hometown. Feeling very happy, very blessed, and very accomplished.

I bet my fam back in Newark was nice and surprised when they flipped through the paper Sunday morning. Ha!

“Conversation with Niobia Bryant” (The Star Ledger) Interviewed by Jacqueline Cutler

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REVIEW: Library Journal’s “Top Pick of the Month”

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The wild streets of Newark are the backdrop for Meesha Mink’s urban tale that quivers with the tension of a hard-boiled mystery. It’s my pick of the month.


OrangeReviewStar 	 When Dreams Turn Into Obsessions | African American Fiction (and More!)Mink, Meesha. Kiss the Ring: An Urban Tale. Touchstone. Aug. 2014. 271p. ISBN 9781476755304. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476755342. F  kissthering 196x300 	 When Dreams Turn Into Obsessions | African American Fiction (and More!)
Naeema Cole knows her way around Newark’s rough streets but is vexed about who brutally executed her son Brandon. Naeema was 16 and unable to face motherhood when Brandon was born, so she gave him up for adoption 14 years ago. She now realizes one of the fellas in the Make Money Crew murdered her son, and this street chick is all about an eye for an eye. She hooks up with the crew, earning their trust by carrying a gun in a bank heist, but she ultimately wants inside info on who ordered her son’s hit. The one good thing in her life is estranged husband Tank always has her back. What Naeema doesn’t count on is falling for sexy Bas, the leader of Make Money Crew.  Careful girl, don’t let those lust blinders keep you from seeing the truth!

VERDICT Mink (Real Wifeys: On the Grind; Shameless Hoodwives) writes with street flair while sliding in a few erotic sex scenes, yet her tale is one of hard-boiled noir. Naeema plays the noble soul seeking the truth, determined to right all wrongs, and she’s willing to off anyone who blocks her path. Sex, bloody violence, betrayal, and a crackling mystery come together in a resounding crescendo of a finish. Take a bow, Meesha Mink, this one’s a winner.

LOVE it! Yesssss….

To read the full article, please visit the Library Journal’s website.

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