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It’s been 14 years since author Sister Souljah released her bestselling novel, The Coldest Winter Ever, and now the sequel as finally hit bookstores.

A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story is an urban tale about Winter’s sister, Porsche Santiaga, as she fights to survive in the streets and in foster homes after her family is torn apart by hustling.

If you are familiar with the storyline you may wonder if Winter and her lover Midnight make an appearance in the new sequel. The answer is yes. There stories are told in detail The Coldest Winter Ever, prequel Midnight: A Gangster Love Story and the third novel Midnight and the Meaning of Love.

Will Smith hosted a love and relationships discussion called “Real Talk” with author Sister Souljah last week in his hometown of Philadelphia.

The event, sponsored by the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, highlighted A Deeper Love Inside, which was named one of the most anticipated books of 2013.

Congrats to Sister on her new release! Have you been following the series? Will you be reading the latest addition?

  • Chelley5483

    I got into the first few pages of this book and she almost pulled me in, she’s an incredible storyteller. But, I’m hesitant of urban novels these days. I can’t get into them like I was able to in my high school days when I read “The Coldest Winter Ever.” Would love to know other girls’ thoughts on this book after reading it before I touch it.

    I would also love for Sistah Souljah and other great black authors (ahem, Eric Jerome Dickey) to write books like they did in the early 90′s, about relationships and family, real sh!t. I don’t think I can stomach another book about drugs and street life.

  • AM

    I’m going to get this book, especially for the very fact that Midnight makes an appearance and it is detailed.
    She is THE best street lit fiction writer I’ve EVER come across. This chick, weaves a story so damn good, it feels like I’m eating some lip smacking chicken wings dipped in hot sauce. Long live Sister Souljah! YAZZ

  • jessib

    REading the reviews, Midnight’s appearance isn’t very detailed. If you want more about Midnight, you should pick up Midnight: A Gangstar’s Love Story and the sequel to that.

  • baucemag

    I can’t wait! I’ve been waiting for her next read since Midnight. Sistah Souljah is a talented urban fiction writer.

  • AM


    I’ve already read, Midnight: A Gangstar’s Love Story, so what I’m looking for is the sequel, Midnight and the Meaning of Love. LAWD hammercy. I’m deeply in-love/lust with that character.

  • Danisha Dawkins Allen

    I already read it. It’s an awesome book and is somewhat of a break from Winter and her antics. The story really touched my heart as it deals with children that just want to be loved. It’s a must read.

  • Kay

    I loved “Coldest Winter Ever,” and I will read this one, though “Midnight,” was a huge disappointment. The writing was rushed, the scenes were unrealistic and it was filled with diatribes against American Black women. I surely do hope this one is a lot better.

  • DaVonne Evans

    I am reading this book now – its long but I am more than 2/3 done. Sista Soulja is indeed a great storyteller. That said, everybody claims the book to be a sequel to TCWE and its not. Where TCWE was in the voice of Winter from a youngste to young young adulthood, A Deeper Love Inside is Porsche Sangiaga’s story from the time her papa was “tooken.” Although I was disappointed that it didn’t pick up where TCWE left off and wthout giving the store away, I will say that Porsche is a smart, determined and thinks beyond her years and you will find yourself rooting for as the story progresses. A definite must read.

  • crystal

    I found that too. i stopped reading after skimming through the book, and learning that these women who Midnight had sworn to protect were Japanese. Well, one was part Japanese. To me, for every stereotype, and social ill that Souljah tries destroy, she still found a way to invoke this one. Which is that darker skinned black men prefer White/light skinned women. Really disappointing. And it’s a little confusing that she wrote Midnight’s character to be one that would be disgusted by a young woman like Winter, instead of a young man who tried to educate and enlighten the misguided young woman. Calling her hoes and bitches most certainly was not the way to do it. It’s more troubling that the Winter continued to have an interest in a man who looked down on her simply because of her upbringing, but Souljah never allowed Midnight to be Winter’s inspiration for change. He could have been the key to helping her change, and helping to turn the lives of sisters around. It’s disheartening to read that a ratchet hoodrat or hoe could never be more than that simply because of how she was raised. I wish Souljah could have written this more carefully.

  • EST. 1986

    His (EJD) last several books were terrible!

  • EST. 1986

    I currently have this book checked out from the public library.

  • MommieDearest

    I read “The Coldest Winter Ever” years ago and really enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of urban lit, but this book was great. It told a story about the hood life, without being hood itself.

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  • WhatMeThinks

    The Coldest Winter Ever, Midnight: a Gangster Love Story, Midnight and the Meaning of Love and A Deeper Love Inside are often clumped into the “urban” genre, but are so much more. I actually prefer to think of them as modern literature. Sister Souljah crafts these books to look at social issues, address problems within our communities, and provoke thought through dynamic characters and creative tales, some outlandish and others that hit uncomfortably close to home. Each detail of these stories seem to be so carefully thought out-and when I personally asked her about quite a few of these things at her last book signing I found out this is no accident. I would encourage you to read this book, I would even go as far as to encourage you to re-read The Coldest Winter Ever to see if you get something more from it than you may have in high school. It is often thought that these books are like the other urban books (i.e. Eric Jerome Dickey) but I beg to differ. On the surface they may seem to glorify drugs, fast money, and promiscuity, but these books are more than that. I come from a university where a social science course is taught and these books are included as mandatory course material…there’s a reason for it. They are about family life, moral code, relationships, politics, etc. Continue reading, I think you’ll enjoy it!

  • newby25

    I’m reading this now. Huge disappointment glad I don’t pay for this. Get it from the library if possible. No where near as good as the coldest winter ever

  • Troy Johnson (@aalbc)

    Note “Santiaga” is misspelled in this article’s title.

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