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native of south Louisiana, 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 garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers' Choice Awards.
When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading her favorite romance novels. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.
Jennifer Lohmann is a Rocky Mountain girl at heart, having grown up in southern Idaho and Salt Lake City. She's always been a reader--of romance novels, mysteries, nonfiction, cereal boxes, etc. If it had words, she tried to read it.
Jennifer had been writing, on and off, for many years when she won the Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year award in 2010. Being at the RWA conference reminded her how much she loved writing and she became more serious about it. As part of Harlequin's "So You Think You Can Write" Contest, she was offered a contract on her first book in 2012. She spends her days surrounded by people, talking about books, and creating community. Her nights (and early mornings) are spent imagining the loves of other people and writing their stories.
She lives in the Southeast with a dog, five chickens, and four cats.
New York Times Bestsellling Author Zane, has a new movie, Addicted coming to a theater near you on October 10th. The movie is based on her bestselling book, Addicted . Addicted displays an extremaly talanted and sexy all star cast. The buzz around this movie is astonishing! This is a movie that you do not want to miss!
Her latest book, The Other Side Of The Pillow is receiving rave reviews. Zane is a one stop entertainment shop,.She is a force to to reckon with.
Zane is the New York Times Bestselling Author of ten titles: Dear G Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love, Afterburn, Skyscraper, Nervous, The Sisters of APF, Gettin’ Buck Wild: The Sex Chronicles 2, The Heat Seekers, Shame on it All, Addicted and The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth. She is also an editor or a contributor to several other titles including: Love is Never Painless, Caramel Flava, Chocolate Flava, Breaking the Cycle, , Best American Erotica 2004, Best Black Women’s Erotica, Brown Sugar 2, Twilight Moods, Dark Dreams, and the essay collection Becoming Myself: Reflections of Growing Up Female edited by Willa Shalit, the producer of the famous Vagina Monologues.
In addition to writing, Zane is the Publisher of Strebor Books International, an imprint of ATRIA/Simon and Schuster. Under Strebor, Zane is responsible for acquiring dozens of titles per year and currently has nearly fifty authors under her imprint. In December 2005, Strebor Books became the first major publishing house to implement an independent sales representative program.
J.L. King is a New York Times best selling author, publisher, and HIV/STD activist. Subjects of his work include the nature of human behavior, effects of health issues on minorities, and sexual orientation and its impact on schools. King’s first book, On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of Straight Black Men Who Sleep with Men appeared on The New York Times best seller list for more than 30 consecutive weeks.In 2006 King produced, “The DL Exposed”, an award winning documentary that was broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET). The documentary was the number one watched program on BET that year.
Anna Black is a native of Chicago and the bestselling author of the Now You Wanna Come Back series. Her desire to become a published author didn't develop until her late twenties, and she didn't take her writing seriously until several close friends and family members encouraged her to go for it. After signing with Delphine Publications in November 2009, Anna became a bestselling author for her debut release, Now You Wanna Come Back, within a matter of weeks.
Shemeka Mitchell has always had stories playing themselves out in her head. As a child, she wouldn't go anywhere without a pen and a notebook to write it all down. As much as she loved writing; she loved reading more. Books were her best friend in growing up and continued being that in adulthood. She is the mother of two and an advocate for Lupus Awareness.
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Carol Hill Mackey has been instrumental in getting authors of color in front of readers!
Carol Hill Mackey is the former editor-in-chief of Black Expressions Book Club,author and motivator speaker. She was named among the "50 Most Powerful African Americans in Publishing" by Black Issues Book Review, Carol's career has included work at Newsday, as well as for The New York Times and Essence Communications. Carol has appeared on the CBS-TV Morning Show and is frequently interviewed by Publishers Weekly on the state of African American publishing.
MarQue is a native of Staten Island, NY and has performed professionally as well as internationally as a Worship Facilitator/Singer/Dancer/Actress/ & Model. Performing professionally for the past 25 years. MarQue earned a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre from The United States International University in San Diego, CA. Her credits include: Live performances, Studio Sessions, CDs, Commercials(National, International & Regional), Film, Television(National & International), Cable, Radio, Print, Runway, Conventions, Piano Bar, Wedding Bands, Theatre (Regional & Off-Broadway), National & International Tours.
Her heart is focused on woman & children ministries and the development of a womans first love relationship being with God. The release of her debut Contemporary Christian CD, "Partner in Life," walks you through the process of focusing first on God and then keeping that focus while navigating daily life. MarQue has a series of Pilates exercise DVD's featured in Pilates Style magazine. She recently shared her "Christinexercise" program at Worship, Inc Christian dance conference, Aug 2011. P
In his debut novel, Rejected But Still Prevailing, Keith Taylor II explores rejection and how it affects individuals in their lives.
We have all been affected by a form of rejection at some point in our lives, but it is how we’ve dealt with the rejection that shapes who we become. Keith Taylor II shares his passion and knowledge to change readers’ minds about rejection. In Rejected But Still Prevailing, Keith Taylor II helps readers understand the meaning of rejection, how to handle it and how to overcome it.
Ms. Jenkins is known for her historical romance novels that highlight African-American life in the 19th century. Her latest book Destiny's CaptiveShe has received numerous awards for her works, including: six Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writers Guild; and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AALBC, the nation's largest online African-American book club.
Katharine Ashe is the author of How To Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the Ten Best Romances of the Year, and eleven other historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent.” Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She was a 2014 finalist for the Romance Writer’s of America prestigious RITA® Award and three-time nominee in the Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including Historical Romance of the Year for 2013, as well as winner for Best Historical Romantic Adventure.
This is a night of knowledge and entertainment that you don't want to miss! This show features three dynamic women who have proven their prowess in the publishing and business world.
Naleighna works for a major international law firm and is the CEO of Macro Marketing & Promotions Group, the Director of Marketing & Promotions for Brown Girls Publishing, 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.
Vanessa Davis Griggs God's Cheerleader," Vanessa Davis Griggs is an author and motivational speaker. She has recieved many honors. The #1 Bestselling Christian fiction with BCNN1 for August 2011. The Other Side of Goodness, The Other Side of Dare. and The Other Side of Divine an RT Book Reviews 4.5 Star, Top Pick! and nominated for Romantic Times 2013 Best Multicultural Fiction.
Victoria Christopher Murray has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African American Fiction. Since 2007, Victoria has won six African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year - Female. Her 2013 NAACP Image Award nomination for Destiny's Divas was her second Image Award nomination.
Latoya C. Smith, formerly an editor at Grand Central Publishing, is the current Executive Editor of Romance at Samhain. Latoya will be overseeing the publication of the erotic romance line.
In addition, Samhain will launch two new lines under Smith’s direction including an African American line of romances showcasing voices of color as well as a romance line with love stories told by and for the LGBT community.
Latoya Smith worked for Kensington Publishing and was most recently Associate Editor at Grand Central Publishing. She has acquired a variety of titles from hardcover fiction and non-fiction, to digital romance and erotica titles and has worked with NYT bestselling authors Carl Weber, Mary B. Morrison and Mimi Jean Pamfiloff to name a few. She was also the acquiring editor of Cecilia Tan’s award-winning Slow Seduction series. Smith was awarded the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year and has been featured in Publishers Weekly, USA Today and C-Span2.
This show is guarantee to entertain, inspire, and educate.
Roni Teson's dream to become an author was realized after she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and wrote her first novel, Heaven or Hell, which received an award at the 2013 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards and the 2013 Los Angeles Book Festival. Twist, her most recent novel is a suspense driven romance story that is delivered through a cast of characters who will leap off the pages and stay in your heart long after the last word has been read.
Nikkea Smithers is an author, poet, publisher and motivational speaker amongst other attributes.. Her goal for AAP is to inspire people through her work. She plans to tackle topics that need to be addresses without remorse. She is also working on a non profit organization which will tie into her volunteer efforts.
Loretta Walls is in innovative thinker, Loretta enjoys taking her audience to places most dream of visiting and all the while, making her readers feel as if they are among it all. The author enjoys taking risks with her creativity, always striving for a new level of interest with her characters she places in the forefront.
In 2006, she also became a top ten finalist in Cushcity.com's "Best New Author Contest", which featured over a hundred new authors vying for a finalist position. In December 2007, Ms. Walls established Nu Cherte Publishing.
Iris Bolling he inception of Iris Bolling's writing career began with combining her passions for education, politics, and romance into her first novel, Once You've Touched the Heart. This self-published work, released in March of 2008, was the first of the five additional books to complete the Heart Series. She executuive produced The Heart Series for television. Her current book, The Book of Joshua II-Believe is a current bestseller.
This show is sure to delight romance lovers Deborah Mello and Gwyneth Bolton, are two authors who know how to pleasure their readers
For Deborah Fletcher Mello, writing is as necessary as breathing and she firmly believes that if she could not write she would cease to exist.Her first novel, TAKE ME TO HEART, earned her a 2004 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Best New Author. In 2005 she received Book of the Year and Favorite Heroine nominations for her novel THE RIGHT SIDE OF LOVE. In 2008, Deborah won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Series Romance for her ninth novel, TAME A WILD STALLION. Her current book, CRAVING TEMPTATION, is heating up bookshelves.
While she had always been a reader of romance, she didn't feel inspired to write them until the genre opened up to include other voices. And even then, it took finishing graduate school, several non-fiction publications, and a six-week course at the Loft Literary Center titled Writing the Romance Novel; before she gathered the courage to start writing her first romance novel.
Gwyneth has a BA and an MA in English/Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English/Composition and Rhetoric. She teaches classes in writing and women's studies at the college level. She has won several awards for her romance novels, including ten Emma Awards and the Romance In Color Reviewer's Choice award for new author of the year.
This show highlights a few of the gems that are cultivating at Brown Girl Publishing.
Portia A. Cosby is a novelist, poet and screenwriter. Her body of work has left an impact on everyone who has come across it. Her distinct style separates her from most as she addresses controversial issues and relates them to the African-American community. Her latest book, It's complicated, is a crowd pleaser.
Lorna “L.A. Lewis” is an author, educator, and motivational speaker. L.A. was hit by the writing "bug" in the spring of 2009, she self-published her first novel Dirty Little Secrets and her daily devotional The Gift of An Abundant Life within weeks of each other.L.A. Lewis landed a book deal with Brown Girls Publishing. A publishing company owned by two of her literary idols, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray. L.A's next novel Sex, Lies, and Secrets is expected to be released Summer 2014.
Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts is a writer, educator, and consultant who speaks nationally on subjects related to identity, faith, and purpose within the multicultural context. With wit and transparency, the author effectively challenges church leaders and laypersons who seek authenticity and relevance in ministry.
One of our continual struggles, as women, is to believe in our value in spite of our pain and past mistakes. I am a pearl will empower you to accept God’s love and forgiveness, recognize that no matter what you have done or what you have experienced you were created for a purpose, and that God sees you as a pearl of great value.
Based on the parable of the pearl found in Matthew 13:45-46, I am a Pearl unfolds key principles in overcoming painful pasts, improving the present, and embracing the future.
One may ask, “Why a pearl and not a diamond?” When you study the pearl--the meaning, the value, the symbolism, and the creation process--it is a natural comparison. The pearl is the only gem that emerges from nature requiring no cutting or sculpting to enhance its splendor. Like a pearl, you entered into the world as God created you; man cannot take credit for your magnificence.Prepare yourself for a life changing perspective on your experiences, and confirmation of God’s unfailing love.Always remember, "You are His perfect creation, created for His glory."
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