A native of south Louisiana, USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine's Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers series, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers' Choice Awards.
In September 2010, Farrah joined the Harlequin Kimani Romance family with the launch of her series that follows the lives of the fictional New York Sabers football team. The second book in the Sabers series, I'll Catch You, was nominated for the prestigious RITA Award given by the Romance Writers of America. Additionally, the second book in her Bayou Dreams series, Yours Forever, was a RITA nominee in 2015. A Forever Kind of Love, the first book in the Bayou Dreams series, was a 2012 RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award nominee. In 2015, Farrah won the Emma Award for Author of the Year.
When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading her favorite romance novels, hanging around on Twitter, visiting Disney World, and trying to attend as many Broadway shows as her budget will allow. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.
Naleighna Kai is the national bestselling author of Open Door Marriage, Every Woman Needs a Wife, co-author of Signed, Sealed, Delivered ... I'm Yours, and Baring it All: The Ins and Outs of Publishing. She started writing in December of 1999, independently publishing her first two novels before acquiring a book deal with an imprint of Simon & Schuster and most recently a book deal with an independent publishing house. She is a contributing author to a New York Times Bestseller, an award-winning author, and The E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction.
Naleighna is the CEO of Macro Marketing & Promotions Group, the founder of Macro Literary All-Stars (M-LAS), as well as the marketing consultant to several national bestselling and aspiring writers. She is also the brainchild behind the annual Cavalcade of Authors events which takes place in her hometown of Chicago. Naleighna pens contemporary fiction, erotica, and speculative fiction and is currently working on her next novels: Rich Woman's Fetish and Slaves of Heaven.
J. L. Woodson's writing career started with the critically acclaimed novel, The Things I Could Tell You!, an English assignment written at age fifteen that was published by Macro Publishing Group when he was sixteen followed by becoming a co-author of How to Win the Publishing Game with Avalon Betts-Gaston, Esq. and Dr. Trevy McDonald at sixteen; a contributing author to the NAACP Image Award-winning anthology, Breaking the Cycle at seventeen, and Superwoman's Child: Son of a Single Mother at age nineteen which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature.
He is the recipient of Fisk University's Talented Tenth Award, listed in the Who's Who Among American High School Students, Recipient of Coca-Cola, Clear Channel, State Farm Insurance and McDonald's Youth Leadership Award, Chicago Urban League's 1st Place Winner in Citywide Stock Market Competition, Winner of Chicago Urban League's Young Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition, OHMC Most Professional Award, OHMC Most Dedicated Student Award, MGCA's Best Young Author Award. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Inc.
J.L. Woodson is also the Senior Graphic and Website Designer for Woodson Creative Studio. He is currently at student at Columbia College Chicago.
Michele Grant is a writer, lover of all things purple, and speaker of mind. Her popular blog, Black ’n Bougie (blacknbougie.com), is an irreverent look at pop culture, people, politics & personal stuff...with a bougie twist, and attracts over 40,000 visits a week. 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 was a finalist two years in a row for RT Best Multicultural romance. Her articles have been posted on Essence.com, UptownMagazine.com, Blackenterprise.com, and ForHarriet.com.
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
Maurice Gray is the owner/operator of Write The Vision, and the author of two novels (To Whom Much Is Given and All Things Work Together) and a novella, Like A Brother. He is a contributor to five anthologies, including the recently released The Soul Of A Man 2: Make Me Wanna Holler. Maurice also provides editing and other literary services to assist fellow authors. He serves on the faculty of the annual Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, where he evaluates manuscripts for conferees and teaches workshops as needed.
Maurice is a member of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, DE, a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of Toastmasters, International. He lives in New Castle, Delaware with his family.
You can find more information about him at www.writethevision.biz.
Carrie H. Johnson
Carrie H. Johnson has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald, and Worcester Telegram and Gazette. She received her MA in Journalism from Northeastern University and is currently a business and communications professor. She lives in Framingham, MA. Readers may visit her online at www.CarriehJohnson.com.
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Born and raised in Southeast Michigan near Ann Arbor, Elle learned the importance of reading from her mother. There was never a time when she wasn’t going read, in the process of reading, or just finishing a book. It was also her mother who, later on in her life, gave Elle her first romance novel: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. From that moment on, Elle became a fan of Ms. Jenkins for life and a lover of all things romance. An old journal she wrote back in college became her first book (which she still wants to publish one day).
Ella D.Curry is the president and CEO of EDC Creations Media Group. She brings more than 25 years of PR and marketing experience to clients in film, music, publishing and corporate event planning. Her expertise as well as her love for all things literary, and collaborative approach with clients have earned her a reputation as a respected leader in the publishing industry.
Ms. Curry has enjoyed an extensive tenure in media promotions and book publicity. She started out as a corporate event planner and website developer; later becoming a buyer for the legendary Karibu Book Store chain. Her career now includes services such as keynote speaker, blog tour coordinator, book coach, video journalist and literary publicist.
Ms. Curry lives in Maryland with daughter and partner. When she's not working, she loves to travel, write short stories, and chatting in Internet groups with her international group of friends. As her entrepreneurial spirit guides the way upward, she continues to involve herself in challenging, life enhancing projects.
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James Gordon is a multi international award authorand poet from Chicago, as well as a four time storytelling champion. Also known as G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive), he can be seen on episodesof Empire, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. James Gordon can be found at www.iblowyourmind.net and on Twitter at gr8estpoetalive.
Karen D. Bradley while being a creative mind, English and Grammar were never her strongest subjects. As life would have it, her weakest link would become her saving grace. It was during college she penned her first suspenseful drama to help her cope with the death of her father, the upheaval of emotions, and her changing family dynamics. Writing fiction soon became one of her favorite pastimes. She has since published a total of five novels. What she enjoys most about being an author are the lively real talk sessions with readers about topics from her books.
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Pat is the multi-published author of thirty Christian titles and is a two-time recipient of the Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat is passionate about researching her ancestors and then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, life-altering experience. Pat is currently overseeing the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions and has a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more about Pat by visiting www.patsimmons.net or on social media.
London St. Charles
London St. Charles is an aspiring author who debut contemporary fiction novel, The Husband We Share, releases in October 2016. Driven by wanting to be more present in her children’s lives, she resigned from a successful sixteen-year career as a Pharmacy Technician, and opened a business as a Licensed Childcare Provider. She has found tremendous joy in securing a safe and loving environment for families seeking affordable childcare for their little ones, while being able to be available to her own family as well. London has experienced many uplifting experiences, as well as interesting life lessons which she plans to give a voice to through the fictional characters she pens in her writings. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her loving husband and three children.
Author Sierra Kay’s second novel “From Behind The Curtain” is 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.
Kay’s love of the written word was predestined as a child. Her mother, concerned with the state of the public education system in Chicago, encouraged her to read anything, and everything, that she could get her hands on including the spelling bee word list that appeared in the Chicago Tribune each year.
Kay was weaned on books like, Anne of the Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery and A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. She was entranced with romance novels, which she would hide between her mattresses. However, her favorite book growing up was, Aesop's Fables, a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller said to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Kay credits Aesop's Fables, in helping her to look for the lessons in every event, and in every story.
Kay has an M.A. in Writing from DePaul University, won a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Short Story Slam and participated in Women’s Funny Fest as a member of the comedy troupe Spankx. In addition to working on her third novel, she writes sketch comedy for N2O Comedy in Chicago.
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Jessica Cage is a bestselling and award-winning author from Chicago, IL. She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it's the pen that her hand itches to hold. Jessica had never considered following her dream to be a writer because she was told far too often "There is no money in writing." So she chose the path most often traveled. During pregnancy, she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers. She did this with hopes to inspire not only her son but herself. Inviting the world to tag along on her journey to become the writer she has always wanted to be. She hopes to continue writing and bringing her signature Caged Fantasies to readers everywhere.
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Mona Lysa is a native of Chicago, who currently resides in the state of Florida. She retired after seventeen years of being a Police Officer and moved to Florida to pursue her dream of becoming a writer in hopes of helping women realize that, through prayer and perseverance, you too can do anything you put your mind to.
Brenda A. White
Brenda A. White decided to make her life-long dream of becoming an author a reality. Through faith, she decided to explore her options then executed the plan to putting the stories on paper. Subsequently, her debut novel, "The Best I Have to Offer" was born. Her sophomore novel, “The Final Offer” was released in June 2015 and she has over 20 titles on her vision board. Her novels are humorous and drama filled love stories of bringing your complete self into a relationship while being pruned through joy, pain, and adversity. Brenda has impacted the lives of countless individuals throughout her career, church, The Church Without Walls in Houston, TX, and work as an active member of the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She enjoys volunteering her time to various not-for-profit organizations, mentoring, and coaching individuals in developing life plans. She encourages herself and others to think big and work the power within. In addition to the love of writing, her family holds her heart; she gets extremely excited while watching football, especially the Dallas Cowboys; she makes a good attempt at golfing, and she’s addicted to books, bags, journals, and shoes.
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