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Under the Bali Moon

Reunion in paradise  

Exotic Bali is the perfect place to stage a wedding. If ambitious attorney Zena Shaw has her way, it’ll also be the perfect place to prevent one. Zena loves her younger sister too much to watch her rush into a marriage she’ll later regret. But Zena’s mission hits an obstacle in the form of gorgeous Adan Douglass, the groom-to-be’s brother—and the man who once broke Zena’s heart.

Adan was just a college kid when he chose career ambition over love, but years later he regrets it. Now he’s hoping to persuade the beautiful workaholic to join him at their siblings’ union…and think about rekindling their own. From stunning beaches to magnificent temples, he’ll show her everything this lush island has to offer—and hope these magical nights are only the beginning of forever…

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His Last Wife

In Essence® bestselling author Grace Octavia’s most exciting, volatile novel yet, charismatic bad boy mayor Jamison Jackson has finally taken a spectacular fall. But that doesn’t mean he’s going down alone. . .

Since the night Atlanta mayor, self-made millionaire, and womanizer Jamison Jackson plummeted from the top floor of a downtown hotel, everyone seems to have profited, from vicious criminals to corrupt politicians. Everyone except his jilted first wife, Kerry. Once a socialite, she’s now the prime suspect in Jamison’s alleged murder. But she swears she’s no killer–and surprisingly, Jamison’s widow, Val, agrees. For all they know, it was Coreen, the mother of Jamison’s secret love child. After years of extortion, Coreen’s cash flow has come to an end. The reality is, Jamison had a murky past and a legion of enemies old and new who will do whatever it takes to cover up the truth–and it’s even more scandalous, unexpected, and filled with secrets than anyone suspects. . .

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“Beats of My Heart” in Endless Summer Night

Sunshine Embry has been pushing her own dreams aside as the assistant to a spoiled R & B diva. Then an invitation to record in Rio brings her back in contact with music sensation Marlo Simmons, who is also her boss’s sexy brother! Is this their chance to make sweet, sweet music together?

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What He’s Been Missing

The road to romance can be filled with second thoughts and second guesses, and in Essence® bestselling author Grace Octavia’s captivating new novel, one woman can’t quite make peace with her choices. . .

Atlanta celebrity wedding planner Rachel Winslow has it all–except what she wants most: true love. Her friends are convinced that her college ex-turned-best friend, Ian, is her Mr. Right–even though he’s in a relationship. And when Ian confides to Rachel that he plans to propose, she suddenly wonders if she’s letting her best chance at happiness slip through her fingers. In a panic, Rachel becomes determined to win Ian back. But her plan backfires in ways she couldn’t have imagined. . .

Heartbroken, Rachel finds herself making a series of disastrous decisions–including an affair that leaves everything she values most hanging in the balance. To get her life back on track, Rachel will have to let go of the illusions of the past–and her fears about the future.

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His Third Wife

Octavia has a unique way of approaching love and heartache. –APOOO Book Club

In her award-winning novel His First Wife, Essence® bestselling author Grace Octavia introduced Jamison Jackson, a man on his way up. But in this explosive follow-up, he discovers the top isn’t the safest place for a man with a past. . .

A secret dark past and a string of messy affairs haven’t stopped self-made millionaire Jamison Jackson from becoming mayor of Atlanta. But while he may have a gorgeous new wife and new alliances, he can’t quite escape his past and those who want to see him fail. There’s his jilted first wife, a lover he’d rather forget, and a ruthless faction of old guard politicians and power lords who have no problem getting blood on their hands. And the fact that Jamison’s ambitious current wife, Val, schemed and blackmailed her way into his arms–despite his mother’s not-so-subtle warnings–is far from the least of his problems. Because everyone’s got something to gain from Jamison’s losses–and as the games begin, more than his career may be at stake.

Praise for Grace Octavia

“The final revelation is shocking.” —RT Book Reviews on His First Wife 

“Octavia doesn’t pave an easy road to love, which makes the journey  much more interesting and satisfying.” –USAToday.com on What He’s Been Missing

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“LA Confidential” in Reckless

Stevie Silver, Black Hollywood’s sitcom sweetheart, is in for a run of very bad luck. Her conniving assistant, Kristine, has her sights on Stevie’s career — and on her television producer husband. When a series of betrayals comes to a head, more than stardom is at stake.

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Should Have Known Better

“This is truly an amazing read.” —RT Book Reviews

When your dreams come crashing down, what’s next?

Dawn Johnson’s sorority sisters thought she made a huge mistake marrying blue-collar Reginald. But Dawn and Reginald have built a beautiful life for themselves and their two children. Dawn can’t wait to show everyone how wrong they were–especially when her mega-successful best friend, Sasha, comes to visit. She never expected Sasha and Reginald would hit it off so well. She never expected they’d betray her in the most shocking and hurtful way imaginable–by running off together. And she never knew how much rage she could hold in her broken heart. . .

With her life now in shambles, Dawn will do whatever it takes to regain what she’s lost. But the road back will mean risking more than she ever imagined. . .

“I recommend Should Have Known Better to readers looking for a book that will have them talking out loud.” –APOOO Book Club

“Octavia skillfully adds dimension and hidden aspects to her characters while offering surprises aplenty. . .” —Booklist on His Third Wife

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Playing Hard to Get

They’re gorgeous, sophisticated, and successful—but the lives of these three New York City “It Girls” are about to be turned upside down…

With her career as an attorney on the rise, and her millionaire boyfriend about to propose, Tamia has it all. Then she meets Malik, a sexy Harlem brother who makes her second-guess everything. Love struck, Tamia’s on a mission to convince Malik to stop playing hard to get and come along for the ride…

Since she married a pastor, Troy has gone from smokin’ hottie to Bible-quoting church lady. Everyone thinks Troy is happy until some dirty secrets turn her life—and her marriage—upside down…

As the wife of a pro basketball player and mother of two, Tasha has traded her fabulous city life for the suburbs. Bored and starving for action, Tasha’s desires spin out of control, and she finds that being the new “It Girl” has its drawbacks…

“Octavia gives Sex and the City a smart Afrocentric update.” —Publishers Weekly

“It’s clear that Octavia is talented with a great imagination and storytelling ability.” —RT Book Review

“Entertaining and packed with drama.” —RT Book Reviews

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Something She Can Feel

For a woman with her future all mapped out, life’s about to go in a whole new direction…

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, may not be glamorous, but for Journey Cash, the small Southern town has always been enough. She has a loving husband, a great family, and she brings the house down at church with her beautiful, thunderous singing voice. But Journey wonders if her years as an obedient preacher’s daughter have kept her from living the life she is meant to live…

When Dame, one of her former students, comes to visit after striking it big as a rap star, Journey gets a taste of the fast-lane life that has passed her by. Dame is exciting, unpredictable, and sexy, and Journey is ready to trade in her seemingly perfect existence to simply feel one thing that’s real. Soon, she finds herself running from everything in her world into the arms of Dame—and the ride of her life…

“This wonderful book holds your attention from beginning to end. There are surprises at every turn, and no detail is left unexplained…This book will inspire you to take charge of your own life.” —Romantic Times

“Entertaining from the start.” –APOOO Book Club

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His First Wife

Kerry Jackson knows exactly where the other woman lives–the one her husband, Jamison, denies exists. He tried to convince Kerry that pregnancy is making her paranoid. But out at 5 A.M., she’s determined to catch him in the act. Instead she ends up arrested, wondering how she went from wealthy Atlanta debutante to jilted wife. But the stakes are too high for regrets, even if it means igniting a chain of events that will have shocking consequences for everyone. Because Kerry is Jamison’s first wife, and she plans to be his last, even if it means taking her biggest gamble ever.

“Octavia creates a wonderful story of love, betrayal and life.” –APOOO Book Club

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

At the age of 16, Kerry and her domineering mother, one of Atlanta’s elite, plan her whole life. She is going to be a doctor, so she studies hard, does well at Spellman College, and applies to the top medical schools. But the schools do not accept her, and she falls in love with a Morehouse man. Jamison is not what her mother wanted, nor is Kerry what Jamison’s mother wanted, a spoiled rich girl nicknamed Black Barbie. Ten years later, a very pregnant Kerry is arrested for hitting her husband at his girlfriend’s house. How did this very-much-in-love couple come to this? Kerry starts to think back through the years, and Jamison does as well. They love each other, and for the first time, Kerry must think for herself without her mother’s input. Octavia’s second novel is a truly wonderful story with wide appeal about love and what it takes to make a marriage in modern African American society. –Patty Engelmann –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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