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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.
uthor Kai Storm is a new face in the Urban Literary world, has brought us shining jewels called Alani's Bigger Hustle & Alani's Hustle Gets Bigger. Kai was born in Panama in 1972 and came to New York in 1981 with her mother. She discovered her writing gift as a junior at Boys & Girls High School when an English teacher gave her an assignment to develop a story from just one paragraph and since then, her pen was hot. Thru the years, Kai continued to write any and everything not only to keep her gift alive but also for therapeutic reasons, either way her pen and paper kept her sane. In December 2007, Kai was working at a hospital as a temp and even though the assignment was over the first week of December the hospital kept her on for two more weeks just so that she would have money for Christmas presents but there was nothing for her to do during those two weeks so she decided to pen the first three chapters of Alani's Bigger Hustle.
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.
Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. After putting writing on the back burner for several years, she became serious about her craft in 2009. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three and pediatric occupational therapist. She is a member of RWA, CIMRWA and is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
Rebekah L. Pierce is an avid playwright and author with her works focusing on contemporary women and their search for purpose and identity. She received her MA in English with a concentration in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002, which is where she wrote her first play,The Myth. In 2006, Mrs. Pierce placed as an alternate in the 2006 Virginia Commission of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship for her works, Perfect and The Myth, which were produced and staged in local theaters in Richmond, VA in 2004 & 2005. In 2007, she wrote and produced her third play, Bell Blu, the story of a young woman determined to fight poverty, marital rape, and domestic violence for the chance to live her own life. This play placed 3rd in the Venus Theatre Festival 2013 in New York.
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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
Colette Harrell is the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It. A motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels. She is cofounder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company.
"God's Cheerleader," Vanessa Davis Griggs is an author and motivational speaker. She is the recipient of many honors; including the 2010 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition presented by Congressman Sanford D. Bishop.
Carol Mackey is former editor-in-chief of Black Expressions Book Club.. 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.
DiShan Washington was married at the age of 16, she became one of the youngest known First Ladies at the age of 17, and with this feat came incredible challenges that led to bouts of low self-esteem, depression and two suicide attempts She survives to share of God's Glory.
Cassandra is a new author, minister and advocate. She is known as a mighty prayer warrior and guest speaker. She is also an advocate for people with aids.
Selena Thornton is a minister and guest peaker. She is passsionate about women issues and struggles.
La Shaunda Hoffman is a force of postive enegry in the liteary world. Her magazine, Shades of Romance has given several authors, bloggers, and publishers the chance to reach readers. Her ideas and postive thinking has empowered many.
In addition, she also organizes virtual conferences. The conferences are held to create a learning and nertworking environment for literary professionals. In her spare time she mangages to blog and host podcast.
Patricia Haley-Glass, who writes under the pen name of Patricia Haley, is an award winning national bestselling author. She earned the title of ‘trailblazer’ after achieving remarkable success with her first faith-based novel in 1998. The self-published novel, Nobody's Perfect, sold nearly 20,000 copies in an industry where selling 5,000 copies at the time was highly regarded. The novel was the first of its kind to repeatedly make numerous national best sellers list, including #1 on the Essence list. Her next book, No Regrets, tackled the marital, personal, and financial impact breast cancer has on a family. It was popular among readers and followed Nobody’s Perfect onto the best seller’s list
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.
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.
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