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Susan D. Peters, a native of Chicago’s south side, is a graduate of DuSable High School and DePaul University. Always adventurous, Susan’s curiosity lured her to Liberia, West Africa for eleven years. Her family’s escape during the brutal Liberian Civil War is the spellbinding account of her memoir, Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot. Sweet Liberia, received the 2010 Black Excellence Award for Non-Fiction by the African American Alliance of Chicago and in 2011 the book was awarded a prize for Non-Fiction from the Illinois Press Women's Association.
Broken Dolls, Susan’s second book, represents her foray into the mystery market and is the first of a series featuring Detective Joi Sommers as its heroine. Additionally her work is featured in three anthologies, Baring It All, the Ins and Outs of Publishing, Signed, Sealed, Delivered … I’m Yours, a romance anthology running the gambit of nice and naughty and The Anthology of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association.
Susan currently and produces and hosts a weekly talk radio program on WVON1690AM and manages community relations at a prestigious academic medical center. In addition to her busy career, she has raised five children and is a proud grandmother.
Shelia M. Goss is a screenwriter, national best-selling author and a 2014 Emma Award Finalist. Her book, Montana’s Way, was nominated in the mystery category for a 2013 African American Literary Award. She has over eighteen novels in print and numerous ebooks. She writes in multiple genres: romance, women’s fiction, suspense, Christian fiction, and young adult. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…”
Shelia has recently signed with Samhain Publishing to write three romance novels for one of their imprints. She will continue to write books in other genres, but she’s excited about getting back to her first love – romance.
Spiritual Food for Thought Global Radio The Power of the Pen Her handle is “That Literary Lady,” and Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant wears many hats. She is an author of women’s fiction and women’s non-fiction, freelance writer, columnist, editor and ghostwriter. In addition, she is a literary, social media, marketing and branding consultant. Visit: http://yolandamjohnson.com/
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Author and public speaker Sierra Kay's love of the written word was predestined. Her mother concerned with the state of the public education system in Chicago encouraged her to read anything that she could get her hands on, including the spelling bee word list that appeared in the Chicago Tribune each year.
She was weaned on books like Anne of the Green Gables and Tale of Two Cities. She snuck in romance novels that she hid between her mattresses. However, her favorite book growing up was Aesop's Fables, which she feels puts her in an excellent position to share the moral's of her personal stories, whether people are interested or not.
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 writing novels, she is a member of N2O Comedy in Chicago.
Janice Pernell is a sought-after developmental, content, and line editor whose skills were discovered by two phenomenal people. Dr. Dennis Woods (President and CEO of publishing company Life to Legacy, LLC) noticed that as she turned his clients’ audio recordings into typed manuscripts, she edited the material in the process. He wasted no time opening the door for her to do content edits on the many books he publishes. A short while later, Janice crossed paths with National Bestselling Author Naleighna Kai, who immediately recognized Janice’s eye for editing. Through Naleighna Kai’s mentoring, Janice’s editing skills shined even brighter. Janice edited Naleighna Kai’s novel, Open Door Marriage, which hit national bestselling lists as soon as it was released in 2014. Naleighna Kai continues to entrust Janice with the task of editing her books and those written by her publishing consulting clients.
Janice now edits for several National Bestselling Authors and Independently-published authors. Some of her editing projects have sold to traditional publishers such as Brown Girls Publishing and Harlequin/Kimani Press. One editing project became a finalist for the Indie Excellence Award, while others have been picked up by literary agents. Five of her edited works hit the Top 10 in AALBC's 2014 National Bestseller List.
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 and Battle Creek, Michigan. She is a proud member of AKA 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.
AlTonya Washington has been a romance novelist for 10 years. Her novel His Texas Touch was selected for Romantic Times Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award 2012. She lives in North Carolina and works as an Academic Reference Librarian.
As T. Onyx, AlTonya will release her next erotica title Ruler of Perfection II: Ravenous this summer. Her latest Harlequin Kimani title is Provocative Territory and she will release a follow-up title in June Provocative Passion.
AlTonya rounds out the year with A Lover’s Debt. The title marks book 17 in her Ramsey Tesano Series.
Michelle Stimpson is an author, a speaker, and an educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College in 1994. She earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. She has had the pleasure of teaching elementary, middle, and high school as well as training adults.
In addition to her work in the field of education, Michelle ministers through writing and public speaking. Her works include the highly acclaimed Boaz Brown, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), and Falling Into Grace. She has published several short stories for high school students through her educational publishing company, Right Track Academic Support Services, at www.wegottaread.com.
Michelle serves in women’s ministry at her home church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,in Dallas, TX. She regularly speaks at special events and writing workshops sponsored by churches, schools, book clubs and other positive organizations, and she has taught writing classes at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Michelle lives near Dallas with her husband, their two teenage children, and one crazy dog.
Washington, DC author, Candy Jackson is a cosmetology teacher who loves to create poetry and short stories. Her reading rose to a brand new height with the discovery of many black writers whose work exploded in the '80's. An avid reader, she began to tap into her own creative side and decided to write stories of her own. Candy is the mother of three young adult children and one grandson. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Mary Perez is the author of Running in Heels. Running in Heels is more than a memoir. It is a promise of hope and survival to anyone who woke up hungry and went to bed hungrier every day, for anyone who was abandoned as a child or an adult, for every wife who has loved a husband who left bruises on her heart and on her body.
Tyora Moody is an award-winning author and literary entrepreneur. Tyora has coined her fiction books as Soul-Searching Suspense. Her debut novel, When Rain Falls, was released March 2012. This is the first book in the Romantic Suspense driven Victory Gospel Series. The second book in the Victory Gospel Series, When Memories Fade, was released in April 2013. The final book in the series, When Perfection Fails was released March 2014. The series was published via Urban Christian/Kensington.
Hostile Eyewitness, the first book in the Serena Manchester Series will be released April 2015. This is a spin-off series from the Victory Gospel Series.
Tyora also writes Cozy Mysteries. Deep Fried Trouble, the first book in the Eugeena Patterson Mystery series was released June 2013. The second book in the series, Oven Baked Secrets, was released January 2015.
As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her company, Tywebbin Creations LLC since 1999. Popular services include online publicity, social media management, book trailers and book covers.
In 2012, Tyora started Tymm Publishing LLC. Under her publishing company, she has published the Eugeena Patterson Mystery Series, Stepping Into Victory Anthologies and The Literary Entrepreneur’s Training Series. On the 1st and 3rd Mondays, Tyora hosts The Literary Entrepreneur Podcast.
When Tyora isn’t working for a client or doing something literary, she enjoys spending time with family, catching a movie on the big screen, and traveling. For more information about her literary endeavors, visit her online at TyoraMoody.com.
Starting a business from the ground up can be one of the most stressful, time-consuming and gut-wrenching challenges that one can endure. With 85% of business owners failing before year five, many entrepreneurs who chase their dreams end up emotionally and financially bankrupt in the process.
Jeff Hastings knows all about the good intentions that pave the road to success. He has been in your shoes and experienced great triumphs and tribulation and has lived to tell the tale. As a small business owner, he developed one of the largest and most productive sales teams in the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies. His team of over 60 insurance agents and 150 support staff generated an estimated $85 million in annualized premium. In one year, his district generated over $13 million in profit making him one of the most profitable district managers since the company’s inception in 1928. Often being recognized for his performance, the pinnacle of his insurance career came in 2005 when he received the CEO’s top award, District Manager of the Year.
The Annual RT BOOKLOVERS Convention is brought to you by RT BOOK REVIEWS Magazine. This year's convention will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, Texas May 12th -17th.
Misha Elliott is an old movie watching, wine drinking, book-lover. Once a northerner she now calls the sweet state of Alabama her home. She can’t remember a time when books weren't a part of her life. Writing gives her a reason to talk to the voices in her head. When she isn’t writing you will find her talking about books with friends or at the beach with her toes in the sand.
Regina Jennings is homeschooling mother of four from Mustang, Oklahoma. She enjoys watching musicals with her kids, traveling with her husband and reading by herself. Regina is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Caught in the Middle, Love in the Balance and Sixty Acres and a Bride.
Anderson Harp is the author of the thrillers “Retribution” and “Born of War” (Kensington). He served in the Marines, taught artic survival, mountaineering, and was stationed around the globe. He created the USO’s Operation Thriller and did two tours in the Persian Gulf visiting the troops. He is a recipient of the Non-Sibi Sed Patriae Award.
Tina DeSalvo's debut book, Elli, a Second Chance Novel, has received five star reviews and praise. Tina brings her love and passion for the rich culture, unique traditions and interesting people of Cajun Country and New Orleans where she has lived and worked. Before becoming a fiction writer, Tina was a television sports broadcaster where she is said to be the first woman football play-by-play announcer in Louisiana.
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