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Our annual countdown of 2011 begins with the hottest books by some of the most talented and creative writers. These authors gave us something to look forward to when it came to good books, great stories, and intriguing plots.

We came up with our list of books that kept us glued to the pages, and yearn more from these authors.

In no particular order, these are the hottest books of 2011 that everyone should have on their shelves, and consider passing along as great Christmas stocking stuffers.

All books are available on Amazon or at your local book seller.

MOGUL: A Novel by Terrance Dean

Dean writes a fascinating fast-paced un-put-down-able book that gives reader’s an insiders a look into the down low world of the “Family” that makes up the music industry. And, they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their family at the top at all costs.

A Silken Thread by Brenda Jackson

As secrets old and new are revealed, a couple finds themselves caught between the bonds of the past and an uncertain future, each making painful discoveries about who to believe and trust.

Allure of the Game: A Novel by Danielle Santiago

Sexy, suspenseful, and unflinching, Allure of the Game gives fans exactly what they’ve been hoping for—a deeply satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy, packed with insight into the mean streets she knows so well.

Big Girls Do Cry by Carl Weber

The Big Girls Book Club, where members have to be at least a size 14; Sibling rivalry can escalate to open hostility, especially if your sister has married your rich ex-fiance.

Football Widows: A Novel by Pat Tucker

During football season, when NFL coaches gear up for war on the gridiron, their wives are left to fend for themselves. And what better way to exact that revenge than to air everyone’s dirty laundry in a juicy tell-all book!

Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark

Following the action of Thug Lovin’, the story rejoins the saga’s favorite couple, Tasha and Trae, as they try to overcome their troubles and make their marriage work.

Murderville: First Of A Trilogy by Ashley & JaQuavis

This is a story of love and redemption that will leave you breathless from the unpredictable and mind-blowing ending.

My Soul To Take: A Novel by Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due weaves a tangled web in this novel, including beloved characters from her bestselling Joplin’s Ghost, in a war of good against evil, making My Soul to Take a chilling and thrilling experience.

No One In The World: A Novel by E. Lynn Harris & RM Johnson

E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson— two powerful voices of a generation—unite with an insightful and emotional project that tackles themes of family, loyalty and identity.

Say Amen, Again by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding—and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama.

Silver Sparrow: A Novel by Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle.

Snitch: A Novel by Booker T. Mattison

In Jersey City the code of the streets is simple. No matter what, you don’t talk to the cops. You don’t snitch. But when young bus driver Andre Bolden witnesses a murder on his route, the code gets personal and every decision leads him deeper into worlds that he never intended to enter.

The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray

The recession hits and rips apart a family’s financial stability. Unable to support their three children and other relatives, Adam and Evia find themselves drowning in financial trouble and teetering on the brink of complete disaster. With nowhere to turn, the Langstons have no idea what to do. Until Shay-Shaunté, Evia’s multimillionaire boss, comes to the Langstons with a five-million-dollar offer that seems so hard to refuse.

The Goat Woman of Largo Bay: A Novel by Gillian Royes

The Goat Woman of Largo Bay begins the detective series featuring Shad, a bartender in a fishing village in Jamaica, who is the community problem solver and right hand of Eric, an American who owns the bar and a hotel left in ruins by a hurricane.

The VIPs: A Novel

On a steamy June day in New York City, mega-star rapper TNT gathers a group of four successful men together, childhood friends who called themselves “the VIPs,” signaling the big dreams they all once had. The VIPs, who haven’t seen one another in years, are greeted at the Hotel Gansevoort by an openly hostile TNT, who asks them the bombshell question: “Which one of you bastards is my father?”

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