Brenda Jackson is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Gerald, for forty-one years and has two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon. A few years ago she retired after working 37 years in management for a major insurance company, and she is now writing full-time and enjoying every minute of it.
She has published more than 100 novels and novellas, becoming the first African American author to accomplish such a feat. Additionally, she has over 3 million books in print. Her professional writing career began in 1994 when she signed on with Kensington Arabesque. Her first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then she has introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, and the Steeles, just to name a few. She has written for the following publishers: St. Martins Press, BET, Kensington, NAL, Harlequin/Silhouette and Harlequin Kimani Romance. Presently, and she’s now writing exclusively for Harlequin, and excited to have all my books under one dynamic publishing house.
Over the years she has received numerous awards and made many trail-blazing accomplishments by being the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today’s Bestseller’s List and the New York Times Bestseller’s List for the series romance genre.
A listing of her books can be found on her website. And because she loves writing connecting stories, she has a listing of how my books connect in my various family saga series. www.brendajackson.net
Ms. Jenkins is the nation’s premier writer of African – American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She’s a USA TODAY best-selling author, an NAACP Image Award nominee and has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards and a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She has over thirty published novels.
Joyce A. Brown
Joyce A. Brown is a motivational speaker and author who uses her creative energy to give voice and meaning to the challenges women face in all walks of life. She grew up in Rockford, Illinois in a household of strong women, but her professional career expanded her reach into Peoria, Illinois and Battle Creek, Michigan. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has served as a direct services worker, executive director, program director for a major foundation, and an entrepreneur. Joyce has experienced many uplifting moments as a professional and as a dedicated parent and strives to bring those events and lessons to life through her characters in the contemporary fiction novels she pens. Visit her website: livingthedreampublishers.com
Lutisha Lovely is the national bestselling author of over two dozen novels, including several which have been RT Booklovers Best Multi-Cultural Fiction finalists. Her latest work, The Shady Sisters Trilogy that begins with a suspense-filled page-turner, The Perfect Affair, is already being entertained by Hollywood execs for film possibilities. As an actor herself, this would bring Lutishia’s career full circle! When not writing contemporary fiction, she lends her muse to her EMMA and African-American Literary Award-winning alter-ego, Zuri Day, and writes steamy romances. Lutishia resides in southern California’s wine country and loves to create delicious vegan cuisine for family and friends to go along with a good “glass of grapes.” She also enjoys sports, the arts, travel, and most of all hearing from readers. Contact her at LutishiaLovely.com.
The First Lady of Gospel Comedy, Pat G’Orge-Walker is the Essence ® bestselling author of almost a dozen novels and contributor to anthologies, Proverbs for the People and Letters from my Mother. Growing up a preacher’s kid gave G’Orge-Walker a quirky perspective on the church community and inspired her to create a one-woman comedy show centering on Sister Betty, an elderly super saint whose un-Christian-like behavior blocks her blessings. With the success of the Sister Betty comedy show, G’Orge-Walker turned her humor and imagination to writer. She resides in Long Island, New York. Visit her online at Sisterbetty.com, patgorgewalker.com; Twitter@pGorgeWalker, and Facebook. Her latest novel Sister Betty Says I Do landed on several bestseller lists before its debut.
Martha Kennerson is a bestselling author who has penned two gripping novels about survival titled Choices and Consequences. She has enjoyed a successful career in executive management, marketing, and community outreach for over twenty years. Her love of reading and writing is a significant part of who she is and she uses both to create the kinds of stories that touch the heart and relay a message of healing and forgiveness. In addition to Choices and Consequences, Martha has contributed to two additional books; Baring it All: The Ins and Outs of Publishing and Signed, Sealed, Delivered…I’m Yours, a romance anthology penned with the members of Macro Literary All-Stars (M-LAS) an author support group. Protecting the Heiress is her first romance novel for the Harlequin Kimani line The Blake Sisters series. Martha lives with her family in League City, Texas. She believes her current blessings are only matched by the struggle it took to achieve such happiness. To find out more about Martha and her journey, you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. www.marthakennerson.com
Greatest Poet Alive
G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive) aka James Gordon is the author of six books of Poetry, including the award winning Revenge of the Orgasm and Hi My Name is Bobo(A Weekend in the Life of a 5th Grader). Over the last few months, he has been a dominant force on Chicago's Live Lit scene, as well as quite prominent on television (Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Sirens, and Shameless) and movies(Persian Version and Animals). G.P.A. and all things associated with him can be found at www.iblowyourmind.net
Author Sierra Kay, recently released her second novel “From Behind The Curtain”, a clever suspense fiction that will leave you on the edge of your seat, as you guess the outcome down to the very last chapter. In 2011, Sierra Kay won a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Short Story Slam in New York. In the fall of 2011, Kay released her first novel Unhinged, in which deception, friendship and betrayal took center stage. Sierra Kay holds a M.A. in Writing from DePaul University in Chicago. Over the last ten years, she has been focused on writing and digital marketing for energy and financial companies in the Chicago area. Kay’s other creative writings include short stories and poems. Visit her on the web at www.sierrakay.com
Zuri Day snuck her first Harlequin romance from her older sister’s “off-limits” collection and was hooked from page one. Knights in shining armor and happily-ever-afters were fitting fantasies, and she could get lost for hours in this world of positive possibilities. That Zuri now creates these stories as a full-time author is a dream come true! She splits her time between the stunning Caribbean islands and southern California. Having written more than a dozen novels, she is currently busy writing the next. She loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Zuri@ZuriDay.com.
Renee Daniel Flagler
Renee Daniel Flagler is a marketing professional, an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of three novels, Miss-Guided, Mountain High Valley Low, In Her Mind and Raging Blue. Renee currently pens a relationship column online at www.ximagonline.com and she is the founder of SheBiz.net (www.shebiz.net) a lifestyle blog for women pursuing their passions. Renee resides in New York with her wonderful husband and children, and is currently at work on her next novels, Still Raging, The Houseguest and Like it’s My Last. www.reneedanielflagler.com
Susan D. Peters
Award-winning author Susan D. Peters, is a native Chicagoan an and alumni of DePaul University. She lived in Liberia, West Africa for eleven years. The spellbinding account of her family’s escape during the Liberian Civil War is chronicled in her memoir Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot. Broken Dolls, Susan’s second book, represents her foray into mystery writing and is the first of a series featuring Detective Joi Sommers. Susan produces a weekly talk radio program and manages community relations at a prestigious academic medical center. www.susandpeters.com
Pat Simmons is the bestselling author of several Christian novels. She is a two-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. As a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth, Pat is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She believes God is the author who advances the stories she writes. Pat has a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, she oversees the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions. Visit her at www.patsimmons.net.
Christine Pauls is a Delawarean, born and raised in the city of Wilmington. As a self-published author, her first novel, To Begin Again, was released in April of 2012, but the manuscript was completed a little after her 50th birthday, back in December, 2010. She has worked in the field of Finance for 36 years and counting, currently an Accountant in the Banking industry. Christine is the youngest of 12 siblings, four are deceased, has two adult daughters, one son in law, and two grandsons. She is working on her second project, Belinda's Song, which is a heart-wrenching tale of a child's life events, after her mother is murdered when she was six years old. You can find Christine's book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kindle and Nook devices. Her book also is available in her hometown's public library in Wilmington, DE.
Bestselling author, Denise Jeffries is known for bringing the characters alive while adding a touch of wit, mystery, suspense and romance. Her books aren't called a wild ride or romance and intrigue for nothing. She loves traveling, reading and killing off people ‘in her books’ and she kills each one with flare and pizzazz. www.DeniseJeffries.com
Janice Pernell is a developmental, content and line editor. Her clients have been picked up by major publishing houses such as Simon & Schuster, Harlequin, and independent houses and agents. A proud member of M-LAS, she made her writing debut as a co-contributor to Baring It All: The Ins and Outs of Publishing, which the group released in 2014. Her first fiction novel, entitled No Right Way to do a Wrong Thing, is set to be released in 2015. www.janicepernell.com
Tanishia Pearson-Jones is the Founder/President of Characters Book Club. Her love for reading and writing has led to her to establish Pearson Literary Group. As an avid reader, with a strong English background, Tanishia is a Book Reviewer who also provides Manuscript Evaluation services. She has nationally best-selling authors, such as Naleighna Kai, author of Open Door Marriage, as her clients.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her background boasts years of public speaking and speech writing. She provides well-thought-out reviews that are honest and fair. She enjoys traveling the country attending literary events meeting authors and fellow readers. She resides in Delhi, Louisiana with her husband, Aaron and their two incredible children. Let her take a look at your book! You’ll be glad that you did!
Chicago native, DJ McLaurin, is the author of the provocative novel, What if it Feels Good and contributor to two anthologies titled Signed, Sealed, Delivered…I’m Yours, and Baring It All: The Ins And Outs of Publishing. A graduate of DePaul University and a Certified Public Accountant, DJ has worked in various fields including banking, auditing, a twenty-two year stint in radio, and, most recently, the Theatre Industry. Prior to venturing into the world of writing contemporary fiction, DJ wrote plays for local venues which are still in circulation today. She resides in South Holland, Illinois, with her husband and her two daughters, where she is working on Age of Consent, Falling Up, Metamorphosis, and Pretty Boy, all riveting follow-ups to What If It Feels Good, as well as a new anthology contributions and a venture into the genre of the supernatural titled In The Company of Ghosts. www.djmclaurin.com
Michele Grant is an award-winning writer, lover of all things purple, and speaker of mind. Her popular blog, Black ’n Bougie (www.blacknbougie.com), is an irreverent look at pop culture, people, politics & personal stuff...with a bougie twist. The blog won the 2010 Black Weblog Award for Best Series and was named a finalist in 2011 for the categories Best Writing in a Blog, Best Series, and Blog of the Year. She has been nominated four years in a row for RT Book Reviews Best Multicultural Romance and the past two years for an RWA Golden Heart Award. Her articles have been posted on Essence.com, UptownMagazine.com, Ebony.com, and ForHarriet.com. Her website is www.MicheleGrant.net. An alum of the University of Texas, Michele currently resides in Dallas where she continues her career as an author and Human Resources Consultant. You can find her tweeting as @OneChele or @MGrantAuthor, on Facebook (MGrantAuthor), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York native, Joan Vassar is an avid reader and storyteller. Joan graduated from the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in NYC which ensued from her heightened interest in journalism. She has always had the in-depth ability to astutely relate, interpret and bring words to life. Joan is the author of the novels “Introduction to Love and Self” and “BLACK” which is her latest pubication. Her male characters will heighten the pride in her male readers and romance her women readers. Ms. Vassar currently resides in Georgia and is still weaving great tales.