Story Behind the Picture

Behind the smile is sadness

Behind the clothes are scars underneath

Behind the tattoos is the meaning of unspoken truths

Behind the hairstyles is a personality change

Behind the eyes is the place many tears fell from

The story behind the picture

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Urban Fiction Books You Should Read

Finding urban fiction books are tough if you don’t know any good authors or bookstores who sell those type of books. Even when I was younger it was hard for me to find books by black authors. When I finally discover where to get urban fiction books it felt like heaven. In this article, I will list good urban fiction books you should read. All the books I list are books I read before.

That Girl is Poison by Tia Hines – Desiree Jones was abandoned by her mother. She had to stay with her uncle and his abusive wife. Everything gets worse when she gets involved with this dude name Malik who leaves her pregnant and with HIV. Check out the book review I did on this book. Amazon price: $14.95 USD (paperback) $4.99 USD (Kindle price) 

The People vs. Cashmere by Karen Williams – Family tragedy happens which leads Carmen and Cashmere to live with their hateful aunt. To survive the sisters turn to drugs and prostitution. Carmen starts to get jealous when their pimp falls in love with her sister Cashmere which led to crazy events to happen. Amazon price: $6.99 USD 

Moth to a Flame by Ashley Antoinette – Raven’s dad is over the drug trade. He tries to keep her away from the street life but she falls in love with a stickup kid name Mizan who wants a come up. This book is really good. I believe I cried when I read it too 😂. It had drama you would’ve never seen coming. Amazon price: $3.99 USD

Mina’s Joint by Keisha Ervin – Mina gets out of the hood and is engaged to the Mayor’s son in her city. Everything seems perfect but things are not what they seem. Her life goes downhill when her childhood crush Victor Gonzalez comes back into her life. This book took so many twists and turns I wasn’t expecting at all. If you enjoy this book then you can read part 2. I haven’t read part 2 yet.  Amazon Price: $7.26 or $6.99 USD (the two cheapest prices I saw) 

Home Wrecker by Dwayne S. Joseph Lisette is a beautiful woman who works at a elite firm as the head fashion designer. One day her co worker Marlene comes to Lisette about a business deal that will make her wealthy. The business deal is to set up Steve (Marlene’s husband) to expose him as a cheater. While working her regular 9 to 5 job Lisette starts getting paid to ruin marriages as a Home Wrecker. Everything is going well until a strange caller threatens her life. I am just going to say this everyone got what they deserved in this book. Click here to read my review on the book. Amazon price: $6.99 USD 

Full Circle by Ayana Ellis: Carin is a young girl who was a stick-up kid with dangerous thugs in Brooklyn, NY. Then her lifestyle changes when she meets Monty. He is the guy who knocked her off her feet. Monty is an influential man in the streets of Brooklyn. Everything is going well between him and Carin until their relationships turn abusive and came with other hellish events. Man if I am not mistaken I cried when I read this book. It’s a thick book but worth reading. Amazon Price: $6.99 USD 

Diary of a Street Diva by Ashley Antoinette & JaQuavis Coleman: This book is truly a page-turner. It’s about the wife of a hustler name Caesar dying from a fatal gunshot. He has to go on trial for her murder. On the morning of the trial, he discovers her diary that holds hidden secrets of her past he never knew about. Amazon Price: $5.26 USD

The Prada Plan by Ashley Antoinette: This was the first urban fiction book I read. After I read this book I got hooked on the book genre. To be honest, this might be one of the wildest books I ever read. The story is about a girl name Diaysa Morgan who falls in love with a guy name Indie and tries to hide her treacherous lifestyle. The lifestyle is filled with drugs and prostitution. This book has a whole series. I didn’t get to finish the whole series though. Amazon price: $5.99 USD

After reading this article I hope you go and check out the books. Let me know if you want a part two of urban fiction books you should read. If you have read any of these books tell me in the comment section. Have you ever read urban fiction books before? Also, before you go I will list stores where you can buy urban fiction books.

List of Stores

Walmart (in the book department in the African American section)

Thriftbooks (randomly search up an urban fiction author then click on a book buy them then you should get other suggestions of other urban fiction books)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble (have to find the books by the author name. You may have to write down a list of authors before you go in the store unless you have specific books you are looking for)

Books- a- Million (they used to have an African American section like Walmart but I believe they got rid of it. So, just find the books by the title or author)

If I find more stores I will update this list. I only list the stores I purchase books from.

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Far Away From Home

People stare

They view me as a monster

Far away from home

No family

Surrounded by strangers

I’m the one in danger

Kidnap from the only place I knew

Finding my way back doesn’t exist

Temptation came to me

Now I have to survive in this unknown world

Far away from home…

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She Waits in the Park Part 2

Before you read part 2 make sure you first part 1 of She Waits in the Park.

Part 2 Begins

Josh is down on one knee waiting for Melissa response. She hesitates for a while. Melissa wants to say yes but she’ll be wrong. There is a confession she needs to make. How can she tell him that she’s pregnant with twins by his father? Yes, you read that right. Melissa is pregnant with Josh’s father baby. Melissa starts to speak “Josh, I have to tell you something.” What is it, Melissa? Josh said. “I’m pregnant baby but… Josh gets excited “I can’t believe you’re pregnant! The baby came at a perfect time. What else you have to tell me?” Melissa tells Josh she’s pregnant by his father.

After Josh heard that come out of Melissa’s mouth he wanted to rip her head off. At that moment his world crashes down. Melissa could see how hurt and angry Josh was. She felt guilty but relieved the secret is finally out. Baby, I know you’re hurting. I didn’t me– “Melissa would you shut the hell up? How could you do this to me? That’s the lowest thing you could ever do to someone!” Josh yells out in frustration. Everyone in the park is staring now. Josh walks off and rushes to his car. Melissa gets up to chase after him. She’s moving too slow to catch up with him.

Josh isn’t finished yet

Josh gets in his car and starts speeding to his dad house. He couldn’t wait to curse his dad out. This situation hurt Josh real deep. Josh gets to his father house. He gets to the front door and starts banging on it. “OPEN UP THE DAMN DOOR!” No one is coming to the door. This is weird because it never takes longer than 2 minutes for someone to come to the door. Josh decides to try his luck. His right-hand turns the doorknob. To his surprise, the door opens. When he walks in he sees his dad dead on the floor laying in a pool of blood…

Should I do part three to this story? How did part two make you feel? Share your thoughts in the comment section. Who do you think killed Josh’s father?

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STORYTIME: I SAW THE MAN IN MY DREAM!

I uploaded a storytime on my YouTube channel. It’s about a time I dream about this strange man and I actually saw him in person. Watch the video it’s worth watching. Also, it’s not a super long video so I won’t take up too much of your time lol. Enjoy it and tell me your thoughts on the video. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention this to everyone. I am aware that I say the word “like” a lot in the video. It annoyed me. Please ignore it.

 

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Farrah Brings Love and Peace to the World

If you could bring love and peace into the world would you take the chance? Well, Farrah finds herself in this situation. Farrah is eating dinner with her family in the living room. They are watching the news as they are eating dinner. The news reporters were going over the usual stories like houses getting robbed, raising money for charities, and someone dying in a car accident. Farrah always hated hearing bad stories on the news. She wonders why can’t we live in a world with love and peace. It breaks her heart to hear the stories about criminals killing or hurting others for no apparent reason. Farrah finishes eating dinner and went to her bedroom.

Who is Knocking?

Before she goes to bed she says a prayer. Her prayer is about how she wants to put love and peace into everyone’s heart. Right, when she is about to end her prayer there is a knock on her bedroom window. The knock on the window scares her. Farrah was about to run out of her room. She decides not to though. Putting her fear aside Farrah walks up to the window. A fairy appears in front of her. Seeing the fairy right in front of her eyes seems unreal. For some odd reason, she felt comfortable with letting the fairy in her room. The fairy came flying through the window. She smiled at Farrah and told her she’s the fairy of love and peace. Why are you here? Farrah asked. “I heard your prayer,” the fairy said. I want to grant your wish.

Should Farrah Believe the Fairy?

Farrah wanted to believe what the fairy is saying. She doesn’t know if she could trust her though. So, she had to ask one more question. How will I know if I can trust you? Farrah asked. “I can prove it to you.” fairy of love and peace said. Farrah is still unsure. Even though she felt that way she took a chance to get her wish granted by the fairy. The fairy explained to her that the wish she granted is hers to keep forever. Farrah can use her wish whenever she wants. There is no limit to using it.

Did the Wish Work?

The fairy left after she granted Farrah wish. She had wished her luck and told her she’ll visit her again soon. The next morning came around. Farrah couldn’t wait to put her wish to the test. When she rode the city bus an argument started going on. There is a black man getting angry at a white woman because she is acting racist towards him. Farrah thought this is a way to use her wish to bring love and peace. She got up from her seat and yelled: “STOP ARGUING!” All eyes are on her. She gets nervous. She starts off by saying why can’t we all get along? That is the issue in the world now. Everyone wants to give off hatred instead of loving each other genuinely.  I wish everyone would put more love and peace into their hearts.

The Change is Happening

Farrah’s wish goes into full effect. The atmosphere on the bus changes. You can tell the tension disappears. Everyone appears calm now. When they heard her speech, they started to agree with what she is saying. The chaos calmed down. Everyone acted like nothing ever happen. Thanks to her speech and the wish she made that day. Farrah started hearing more good news than bad. It made her happy that she secretly changed the world and most people didn’t know it. The fairy did come back to visit her too. Fairy of love and peace told Farrah that she is happy that the world is changing in a positive way. When she heard Farrah prayer she knew she was someone special. This is why she had no limits on using the wish she asked for.

So, after reading this short story would you want to change the world into a good place? If someone came to you about bringing love and peace into the world would you take the chance? Tell me what you think about Farrah wanting to make a change.

More Short Stories to Read…

The Diary Trap

Café Visit Turned into Death Note

Jeffery Uncover Secrets

She Waits in the Park

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The Diary Trap

What would you do if you discover a diary or journal full of secrets? Maybe you do have a story like this one. In this short story, you’ll learn Carla will get herself in a situation she will regret. Who would’ve thought to discover a diary would cause your life to change forever!

Carla is walking home from school. She couldn’t wait to get home, so she could get her homework assignments done. Then take a nap from the long school day she had. On her way home, she walks through the field of orange flowers as she usually does. Carla trips over something sticking out the ground. The object has brown muddy dirt on it. Out of anger from tripping up on the object. Carla decides to pick up the object and was about to throw it until she realizes what it was.

Discovering that the dirty object is a diary she decides to wipe off some of the mud with her hands then continues to open it up. Inside of the diary on the first page, it says “This diary belongs to Amy Sue.”  Carla thought the name sound a bit old fashion. Flipping through the pages she starts to read the diary entries.  What she started reading made her sick to her stomach. It was something she wasn’t expecting. Also, there was a wave of fear that took over her body.

The diary entries are detailed stories about victims that have been murder. Some of the stories told how the victims are tortured before taking their last breath. One of the victims was stabbed 52 times.  Little did Carla know the owner of the diary is a serial killer. Amy Sue always made sure she wrote down every little detail about her murders.

It’s Part of the Plan

You’re probably thinking why would a serial killer carelessly leave their diary in a random place. Well, that’s part of Amy Sue plan. She leaves her diary in secret locations that she knows someone will find the diary. Once the person discovers the diary that becomes her next victim. She watches them from a distance without them knowing. Amy Sue calls this “the diary trap.” Will Carla be able to survive when the killer comes after her? What would you do if you found a diary with information about murders that have happened?

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Café Visit Turned into Death Note

Tristan sits in the cafe alone drinking his espresso. Espressos always make him happy on stressful weeks. Especially the one he is having this week. He tries not to get himself upset about the current events that are happening at work. As he is getting up from his seat to get another refill. He notices a note in his seat. Thinking to himself “was that note there the whole time I was here?”

What Does the Note Say?

Since Tristan’s curious mind wouldn’t let him leave without finding out what the note says. He picks it up off the seat. The letter reads “Tristan meet me at 2:00 pm in Forest Hill or you will die.” Fearing what the note said Tristan immediately ran out of the café. His phone is left sitting on the table ringing. The caller ID is showing an unknown number calling. Tristan doesn’t have long to get to the secret place. The clock in the café is showing 1:55 pm.

Will Tristan Make it in Time?

As Tristan runs out of the door trying to make it across the street to his car. A car is speeding down the street heading straight towards him. Taking a quick glance in the direction of the car. Tristan hurries and moves out-of-the-way of the car. He almost had a death call before making it to Forest Hill. When Tristan gets into his car he is greeted by a stranger that is sitting in the back seat. The stranger stabs him with a sharp 10-inch blade in his chest.

Do you think the stranger in the back seat was the person Tristan is supposed to meet? If so, tell me why you think that. Do you believe that Tristan dies in his car? If you were in Tristan’s situation what would you have done?

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Jeffery Uncover Secrets

Everyone has their embarrassing moments. Some of those moments we won’t dare to talk about. We make sure it’s a secret we take to the grave. Then there are embarrassing ones that we reflect on and laugh at. Well, I don’t think anyone will feel ashamed about their embarrassments after you find out what happens to Jeffery. There are secret/secrets that might uncover. Keep reading and you’ll find out.

Jeffery big day starts

The clock shows 5:00 am it’s time for Jeffery to get ready for the day he has ahead of him. A 7:00 am business meeting is scheduled for him to attend. As usual in the mornings he brushes his teeth, take a shower, get dressed, and have a light breakfast. After he is finished with everything. He gathered all his material for the meeting. Arriving at his job at 6:45 am Jeffery gets out his car and proceeds to the building. He greets everyone with a hello and good morning.

The Meeting Starts

It’s 7:00 am on the dot. Jeffery is ready to start the meeting. Everyone arrives on time. All 22 seats are filled with Jeffery’s colleagues. Standing at the front of the room Jeffery starts off by saying “Hello, everyone in this meeting today I guarantee you it will leave an unforgettable mark in your memory.” As Jeffery is getting deep into the business plan he is presenting to his colleagues. They are giving him their undivided attention.

What does everybody focus on? 

Even though, Jeffery has their undivided attention they aren’t focused on what he is presenting in the presentation. Everyone eyes focus on the red spot that is forming in the crotch area of his pants. They unconsciously stare at the bloody spot while Jeffery is too busy talking without noticing their stares.  No one can think of the proper way to let him know what’s going on. Suddenly, Chase came to Jeffery rescue and interrupted the meeting. Chase says “Jeffery, I don’t mean to interrupt your meeting, but I think we should stop your presentation right here.” Jeffery pause and simply told him “okay Chase.” Jeffery is upset that Chase had the nerve to stop his meeting.

Chase tells Him…

Pulling Jeffery in his office Chase explains to him that the reason why he stopped the meeting is that everyone noticed the bloody stain on his pants. If embarrassment could kill Jeffery would’ve died in that office. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. The expression on his face clearly showed what he was thinking. Jeffery thanked Chase for telling him about the stain and rushed out of the office. He left his job to go straight home.

Secrets Uncover

Now I know you’re anxious to read the big secret Jeffery is hiding. Don’t worry you’re about to find out what it is. Anyways, back to the story. As Jeffery is on his way to his house all he could think about how humiliating he feels. Everyone might make speculations that he doesn’t want to think about. The reason Jeffery is so worried about what everyone is thinking of him because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he is a woman. He’s getting his or shall I say her gender changed. Jennifer, I mean Jeffery body is still functioning as a woman, but he is taking pills to gain male hormones. He thought the pills were working fine until the incident happens in the meeting. He didn’t expect his period to come on.

Secrets Still Unfold

Another thing that worries Jeffery is maybe he was careless in doing his laundry and mistakenly put on dirty pants. The bloody stain on the pants could be Hilary’s and not his. She’s a new “boo” of his to feed the fetish he has. Before you read the next line please brace yourself. Jeffery fetish is having sex with women when their periods are on. Seeing the blood oozing out of a woman on her period cycle excites him.

The secrets are out now. How do you feel about them? What kind of rumors do you think Jeffery colleagues will spread about him? Do you think at least one of his secrets invaded their curious minds? Let me know in the comment section. If you have any other theories about the story, feel free to share.

More Short Stories

She Waits in the Park Part 1 

She Waits in the Park Part 2

The Diary Trap

Cafe Visit Turned into a Death Note

Farrah Brings Love and Peace to the World

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She Waits in the Park

Before I get into the short story. I want to let everyone know this is my first time doing something like this. The story will be about a girl looking around for someone and waiting for them at a park. The question is who is she waiting for. Can you guess who she was waiting on? Use your first guess. You can think inside or outside of the box. Keep reading because you’re about to find out.

She’s waiting on…

She I mean Melissa is waiting for her boyfriend at the park. Earlier he sent her a text saying “We need to talk. Meet me at the park at 4 pm.” Melissa let him know she will be there at 4 pm. Like any other person in a relationship, she’s worried about what he will talk to her about.  She knows that she hasn’t done anything wrong but for some reason, after receiving the text she feels guilt.

The Overthinking Starts

As Melissa is sitting at the park waiting for Josh (her boyfriend) she starts to over think. As her thoughts are running through her head she’s thinking “well he has acted weird lately.” He hasn’t let her touch his phone in the past month. Usually, he doesn’t care if she’s on his phone. That’s one thing Melissa notice that was different lately. Now she starts wondering if he’s cheating on her. Thinking about that makes her blood boil. Then she tells herself Josh wouldn’t try to cheat on her. He proves every day (except for lately) that she is the only woman he loves. Stopping herself from over thinking Melissa looks down at the phone checking the time. The time on the phone shows it is 5 minutes after four. “What’s taking him so long,” Melissa thinks while sitting on the bench anxiously.

His arrival

Just as she was about to dial Josh number to see where he is. Josh is walking straight towards her. He looks nervous and has a worry expression on his face. It gives Melissa conformation something is going on. Finally, Josh approaches Melissa. He explains to her that he would’ve made it on time if the traffic wasn’t backed up. Now that he is in front of her he can tell her what’s been on his mind. He starts off by saying “Melissa you’re a gorgeous, intelligent, and a very ambitious woman.” Everything that I ever wanted in a woman is all the qualities that you have, Josh explains. Then he tells Melissa that his life is complete with her in it. Melissa appreciates and admires the love Josh is expressing to her but she is still curious about what’s about to happen next. When she brings herself out of her thoughts that’s when she hears Josh say “there is one important question I have to ask you, Melissa.” Bending down on one knee in front of Melissa. Josh asks Melissa “Will you marry me?”

What’re your thoughts? 

Now that you read the story do you think Melissa said yes to Josh? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section. Let me know if you think I did well in writing the story. In the beginning, did you guess correctly on who Melissa was waiting on? Also, before you start commenting did the story give you a plot twist? I want to hear everyone feedback. Maybe there will be a part 2…

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