Urban Fiction | M. Mink

The stories about inner cities needs to be as diverse as the people who live in these environments. Growing up on 16th Ave in Newark all my life, I know that in a one block radius you could either have a single mother or a married couple raising their family, dope dealers or people working forty hours a week, a homeowner or someone renting a low income apartment. For me, urban fiction isn’t about glorifying the negatives in the ‘hood, but simply telling the real stories that do exist. As a writer and a reader I can always respect the gift of storytelling of ALL stories.” –Meesha Mink aka Niobia Bryant



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 THE “QUEEN” SERIES


ahtqALL HAIL THE QUEEN | February 2015

Series: Queen #2

In this heart-pounding sequel to the explosive novel Kiss the Ring, Naeema “Queen” Cole races against the clock to figure out who attacked her man and why—before it’s too late.

Life finally seems to have calmed down for Naeema “Queen” Cole. After she brought down the Make Money Crew, Newark’s most notorious bank robbing gang, she was able to make peace with the son she never knew. His memory is even starting to feel like a blessing, rather than a curse. She and her on-again off-again husband Tank are back on and stronger than ever. But just when she thought she could put away her undercover identity as “Queen” and just be Naeema, Tank is attacked while out on a job guarding a high-profile celebrity.

Everyone thinks it was the celebrity who the target, but Naeema knows the attack was personal. With Tank in critical condition and everyone else looking in all the wrong places, it’s up to her to find out which of Tank’s enemies would dare to mess with her man.

Hailed for her “fast-paced action, sizzling erotic sex, and a heartwarming kick-ass heroine,” (Publishers Weekly), Meesha Mink is back with another thrilling tale following Naeema on the hunt for a killer, because she’ll die before she lets anyone take away her king.


KISSTHERINGKISS THE RING | August 5, 2014

Series: Queen #1

Awarded- Library Journal’s Best Books 2014/African-American Fiction

  • Awarded- Library Journal’s Top Pick of the Month/August 2014

From one of the most daring voices in urban fiction comes a sexy new novel about a modern-day Foxy Brown who goes undercover in a dangerous quest for revenge.

Naeema ”Queen” Cole takes care of herself. From the death of her parents when she was just eleven years old to when she found herself pregnant and alone at sixteen, Naeema has had to make her own way in the world. She gave up her son for adoption and became an apprentice at a barber shop, making just enough money to pay the bills and get high off medicinal weed. She tried being a wife, but ultimately found that she and Tank, now her ex-husband, are better friends and occasional lovers than partners. Naeema prefers to be on her own; no responsibilities, no rules.

But the sudden and brutal murder of Brandon, the son she never knew, forces Naeema to reconsider the way she has lived her life. Brandon was involved with a notorious band of Newark bank robbers, and Naeema is convinced his gang life was her fault. Desperate to avenge her son’s death and determined to take justice into her own hands, Naeema becomes “Queen” as she infiltrates the gang to discover her boy’s killer. But when she starts to fall for the leader of the crew, will she still have the resolve to do what must be done?


THE “REAL WIFEYS” TRILOGY


Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard | January 2013

The final novel in the racy Real Wifeys series teems with crime, sex, and betrayal as Sophie “Suga” Alvarez confronts the demons of her past and gets pulled into a dangerous criminal lifestyle.

Suga Alvarez, who first appeared in Real Wifeys: Get Money as Luscious’ former best friend, is all about loving her man and making her money. Suga is the wifey of Dane, a man whose criminal lifestyle as a loan shark is in total contrast to her successful career in business. Dane swears to go legit before they get married, but when their house is raided, Suga has to decide between avoiding jail time by turning on him or standing by the man she loves. Things get more complicated when she steps in to run Dane’s business and has to use her book and street smarts to stay out of the line of fire. Meanwhile, when Suga learns the truth about her father’s criminal past, she uncovers a secret that will change her relationship with Luscious forever. Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard is the third and most explosive installment in a fierce, gritty series from one of today’s boldest voices in street lit.

Real Wifeys: Get Money |  January 2012
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SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE, AND LUSCIOUS WILL DO ANYTHING TO SETTLE THE SCORE. . .

In the new novel from the author of Real Wifeys: On the Grind, rapper Make$’s wifey, Harriet “Luscious” Jordan, finds herself out in the cold financially after Make$ is imprisoned for his role in the brutal rape of Luscious’ friend and his business partner, Kaeyla “Goldie” Dennis–a misguided young woman who once ran a strip club out of her apartment. But Luscious is a first-rate hustler and soon becomes a successful party promoter. There is really only one thing on Luscious’ mind: destroying Goldie. Luscious has never forgiven Goldie for sleeping with Make$ behind her back before the rape, and she’ll stop at nothing to exact revenge. Yet how far can Luscious go in her blazing quest for payback without destroying herself, too?
Real Wifeys: Get Money is the second installment in a fierce and gritty new trilogy from one of the most daring voices in street lit.

Real Wifeys: On The Grind | January 2011
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Charted – BlackExpressions’ Best Books of 2011
CASH RULES EVERYTHING AROUND HER AND GOLDIE WILL USE ANYTHING TO GET IT. . .
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In the hood every day is about struggle and survival, and no one understands that more than twenty-two-year-old Kaeyla “Goldie” Dennis. So when the affair she’s been having with a wealthy married man comes crashing to an end, Goldie doesn’t waste any time getting back on her grind. Her new hustle? Running a strip club where she also happens to be the main attraction. Pretty soon she’s knee-deep in the skin game with more money than she ever imagined. Enough to bring more girls on and even hire a security detail. But as the saying goes, More money, more problems. When one of her dancers becomes the victim of a vicious assault, Goldie must decide whether to remain silent and continue her lucrative business or tell the truth and lose everything she’s worked for. Her decision will test her devotion to the motto she seems to live by: Get Rich or Die Trying . . .
Real Wifeys is the first installment of a fierce and gritty new series by the coauthor of one of the classics of street fiction, Desperate Hoodwives.

 THE “HOODWIVES/BENTLEY MANOR” TRILOGY

THE HOOD LIFE | January 2009

Series: Hoodwives #3

A pimp, a killer, a playa, and a drug dealer struggle to get their game right in a sizzling novel where leaving the life and trying to go straight is a deadly option…
Tavon,better known as “Sweet,” would pimp his own mother — and he does. Convinced that the prostitution game chose him, Sweet loves his high-rolling life. But when he unexpectedly becomes a father, will Sweet be able to choose between the family trade and his grown, not-so-innocent daughter?

After ten years in prison, the drive-by Demarcus committed still haunts him. Determined to stay above the law, he’s found Allah, promised to change his ways forever, and finally do right by his girl, Zoey. But when an opportunity arises that will set him and Zoey right for life, Demarcus may have more faith in his killah reputation than the Koran….

Kaseem runs every single drug going in and out of Bentley Manor. His empire provides clothes, cash, and his satisfaction of his wifey, Quilla — along with the company of other ladies, of course. But when Kaseem’s crew becomes more violent, will he be able to escape the life — and the gangsters — he created?

The best playa on the block, Rhakmon can get a woman to do anything he wants. His latest girlfriend, Shaterica, lets him steal, lie, and cheat — smitten to be under his spell. But when Rhakmon’s devious deeds are finally brought to light, the revenge Shaterica plans may ultimately be more horrible than anything he could have imagined…

From the ladies who brought you Desperate Hoodwives and Shameless Hoodwives, the streets of Atlanta are hotter than ever with drama, sex, and danger — profilin’ four men desperate for anything but their hood life.


SHAMELESSSHAMELESS HOODWIVES | August 2008

Series: Hoodwives #2.

Hearts break, lives shatter, and liars prevail at Bentley Manor, where everyone sins shamelessly. In the second novel from the authors of Desperate Hoodwives, four women will try to escape Bentley Manor — a place no one has ever left unscathed…

Keisha married the high school basketball star, but now Smokey’s addicted to crack. Unable to feed her children, Keisha feels that she’s not only hit bottom but has taken her children with her. When Smokey’s brother offers to help, will it come at the ultimate price?

 Takiah abruptly fled her pimp husband with her baby. Desperate to start over, she finds a hiding place. Living with Grandma Cleo means returning to church — but Takiah’s salvation is the last thing on the pastor’s mind…

Princess is lucky to have found a ride-or-die friend in Lucky, who helps protect her from her mom’s abusive ways. With a voice to rival Mary J. and Whitney, at just seventeen Princess holds a ticket out. But when Lucky is gone, will she have the courage to follow her dreams?

Woo Woo has escaped the projects with her suburban husband — the type of man every woman wants. But she can’t resist sneaking back to Bentley Manor for steamy sexcapades with her drug dealer boyfriend. It’s not only WooWoo who has a secret…


DESPERATE HOODWIVES | January 2008
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Series: Hoodwives #1

DREAMS OFTEN DIE IN THE PROJECTS

In the first book of a drama-drenched new series, four unforgettable women will do anything to escape the hood.

From their front stoops at Bentley Manor, longtime residents Miz Osceola and Miz Cleo have seen just about everything and know all too well that there’s no happily-ever-after in the projects. There’s only the desperate need to get out by any means possible.

Aisha has what every other ghetto girl envies: a loving man who supplies her with all the fashion, money, and accessories that scream “hood success.” Now that her husband’s in jail, Aisha may have to put something more precious than her designer gear up for sale in order to maintain her image. The cost may be too high even for her expensive tastes.

Devani knows she’s found her way out of the hood when she sleeps with Tyrik, a star pro athlete. When Tyrik’s calls get further and further apart, Devani’s mother suggests the perfect scheme: become his baby momma. Will Devani’s plans force her man to commit, or backfire with the worst of consequences?

Molly is so in love with her husband, Junior, that she doesn’t care if she’s the only white girl in the hood. Blinded by her love, Molly lets everyone walk all over her. But Junior may cross the line, forcing Molly to give back all the abuse she’s taken.

Lexi has five children – and four broke baby daddies. Now she is married to Luther, Mr. Right in every way but in the bedroom. Determined to finally provide a good man for her kids, Lexi must struggle to fight her cravings for sex with her ex. Will she stay faithful to her husband or give in to a passion that may very well prove deadly?