Jessica N. Watkins was born April 1st in Chicago, Illinois. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts with Focus in Psychology from DePaul University and Masters of Applied Professional Studies with focus in Business Administration from the like institution. Working in Hospital Administration for the majority of her career, Watkins has also been an author of fiction literature since the young age of nine. Eventually she used writing as an outlet during her freshmen year of high school as a single parent: “In the third grade I entered a short story contest with a fiction tale of an apple tree that refused to grow despite the efforts of the darling main character. My writing evolved from apple trees to my seventh and eighth-grade classmates paying me to read novels I wrote about kids our age living the lives our parents wouldn’t dare let us”. At the age of twenty-eight, Watkins’ chronicles have matured into steamy, humorous, and realistic tales of African American Romance and Urban Fiction. Keep on reading!
I am a mother, student, and teacher. My first love is reading which over the years pushed me into writing stories to share with others. Janae M. Robinson is my pen name dedicated to my 3 children. My goal is to write stories that will captivate my readers while teaching a lesson.
I also enjoying singing. Music, books, and writing are my outlets. Keep on reading!
Tell Me Lies
(Nothing But The Truth Book 1)
by Michelle Lindo-Rice (Author)
A broken heart…When Sydney Richardson meets Pastor Noah Charleston it was practically love at first sight. Sydney has battled so much deception in her personal life and in her work as an attorney, she is glad to have a perfect man she can depend on. But her Prince Charming has some secrets that are worse than Sydney could have ever imagined. What will she do when Noah’s past life come to light?
A broken truth… Pastor Noah Charleston has come a long way since his troubled youth. A respected Man-of-God, Noah’s long buried past emerges in the form of blackmail and threats. Noah not only fears for his safety but also for his newfound love. Will he take a chance on the truth before it’s too late?
A broken trust…Newly converted Christian, Belinda Santiago, harbors a secret that could end her friendship with Sydney. She’s in love with Lance Forbes, Sydney’s ex-fiancé. When Belinda and Lance’s relationship is exposed she may have to choose between her man and her best friend.
A broken man…Lance Forbes returns to Port Charlotte to make things right with Sydney, but his feelings for Belinda are in his way. Lance knows for him to become a do-right man, he must face his childhood pain. Will Lance get his act together and take a chance on love or run again?
Michelle Lindo-Rice is an award winning, bestselling author who enjoys crafting fiction centered about the four “F” words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. Her debut novel, Sing A New Song was a Black Expressions Bestseller and Editor’s Choice Feature Selection. She is the 2015 winner of the Black Writers And Book Clubs Rocks Female Author of the Year Award.
My Steps Are Ordered, the second book in the “On the Right Path” series made the AALBC bestseller lists on May/June 2014 and August/September 2014. My Steps Are Ordered was also #1 in UBAWA’s 2014 Top 100 list. The Fall of the Prodigal made Black Christian Reads National Bestsellers Fiction Top Ten List several times in 2015.
Michelle was honored to a nominee for Christian Fiction Author of the Year with AAMBC Book Club in 2014 and with Building Relationships Around Books (BRAB) Bookclub. Her “Able to Love” Series was nominated for Swirl Awards in the areas of best Interracial Series and Best Cover in 2015. Silent Praise was also selected as a USA Today Must-Read HEA romance in April 2015. Michelle was also a proud nominee in 2016 for an AALS Christian Fiction Award for Tell Me Lies.
Originally from Jamaica West Indies, she sees herself as a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Teachers College Columbia University and Argosy University. A pastor’s kid, Michelle uphold the faith, preaching, teaching, and ministering through praise and worship.
Her published books are:
Sing a New Song (Feb. 2013)
Walk a Straight Line (Jan. 2014)
Color Blind (May 2014)
My Steps are Ordered (Aug. 2014)
Unbound Hearts (Dec. 2014)
The Fall of the Prodigal (Jan. 2015)
Silent Praise (May 2015)
My Soul Then Sings (Sept. 2015)
A Piece of the Pie (Nov. 2015)
Tell Me Lies (Jan. 2016)
Lie To Me (Jul. 2016)
A Reason to Sing (Mar. 2017)
You can read her testimony, learn about her books, PLEASE join her mailing list, or read sample chapters at michellelindorice.com Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter (@mlindorice), Tumblr, Google +, YouTube, StumbledUpon, Goodreads
Michelle’s blog: michellelindorice.blogspot.com
Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia
by Ashley & JaQuavis (Author)
In this final installment of The Murderville saga, Ashley and JaQuavis bring you the grit, treachery, and street perspective that they have become legendary for.
This thrilling page-turner introduces the story of the black Dahlia and her bloodstained ascent to power. After establishing a connection with “The Five Families,” Dahlia becomes literally untouchable. Her brazen tactics and mafia-style antics become infamous and she is set to take over the country’s black market. But there is only one thing still standing in her way – she is a woman. The competition doesn’t respect her so Dahlia sets out on a bloody mission to ensure the protection of her new kingdom. Liberty has relocated to her hometown only to get a knock on the door by a man she hasn’t seen in years. She reacquaints herself with the past and gets connected with some of the biggest bosses in the country. When fate brings her face-to-face with Dahlia, who will end up victorious? Will Dahlia’s newfound power make her invincible? Or, will Liberty finally get the revenge she deserves? What happens next is the most shocking ending that Ashley & JaQuavis have ever created. This is storytelling at its greatest. Welcome to Murderville 3: the Black Dahlia.
Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman
Husband-and-wife urban lit writing team Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman are at it again with the release of their Third installment to the Murderville series, The Black Dahlia. Ashley Antoinette Coleman is one of the most successful female writers of her time. The feminine half of the popular married duo, Ashley and JaQuavis, she has co-written over 40 novels. Several of her titles have hit The New York Times bestsellers list, but she is most widely regarded for her racy four-book saga, The Prada Plan. Born in Flint, MI she was bred with an innate street sense that she uses as motivation in her crime filled writings.
Beautiful Mistake: The Rise And Fall Of The Barnes Brothers
by Nikki Brown (Author)
“Blood don’t make you family, loyalty does” is a saying that the Barnes Brothers live by. Their troubled childhoods lead them all to the woman who would change their lives forever, Ann Barnes. Her and her brother Ray take the boys in and raise them to be the men they are today but sometimes the past has a way of destroying what’s built.
Kayson Barnes, a born leader is focused on taking over his uncle’s business and he refuses to let anyone or anything get in his way. When “the one that got away” comes back within his grasp will he be able to handle the stress of keeping her happy along with what comes with being in the game?
Jaako Barnes is in a complacent relationship with his long time girlfriend Krista but his patience for her constant nagging is wearing thin. The only thing he looks forward to is the time he gets to spend with the woman he really loves, his lawyer Yameka. The thought of losing Jaako is not something Krista is willing to do but with the secret she’s holding she may not have a choice.
Omari Barnes lives his life day to day, all he wants to do is make money and keep his younger brother Denari out of trouble. Omari is put in an awkward position when he stumbles upon a situation that leaves him stuck knowing that either way he turns he’s gonna be betraying one of his brothers. Will he make the right decision?
Denari Barnes is as reckless as they come and he doesn’t care about anyone but himself. He gets himself into a sticky situation when he chases after the wrong man’s woman. Will his actions interfere with the family business? Or will the family have to handle his?
With lies and deceit at every corner, the journey to the top may prove to be impossible but the question becomes is it worth it?
Nikki Brown, born and raised in Mooresville, NC. She comes from a very large, close-knit family. Nikki is married and has 2 beautiful children. Her passion for writing began several years ago with writing poetry and pouring her heart into her poetry notebook. She has always had an extreme love for urban fiction which planted the seed for composing her very own series. With her husband and best friend at her side offering persistent motivation and encouragement, she conclusively decided to wake up and follow her dream of writing. After sharing her love for urban fiction with her friends and family for several years Nikki is thrilled to be sharing her passion with avid readers across the nation.
by LaChelle Weaver
Three sisters and a baby equal family drama…
Bridgette, Ivy and Savannah have always been close…but their sisterhood hasn’t been without its challenges. Yet these sisters always manage to come together in times of need.
When Savannah, the youngest sister, is faced with a life-altering illness, which threatens her lifelong desire to have children, one of her sisters offers to give her the ultimate gift- to become her surrogate.
While Savannah is overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude about her impending motherhood, not everyone in the family shares her sentiments. In fact, the upcoming bundle of joy has created a discord that this family may never be able to overcome.
LaChelle Weaver is one of the bestselling authors of Brown Girls Books’ #1 and award-nominated anthology, The Dating Game where you can read her short story, “We Ain’t the Huxtables”.
LaChelle is a native North Carolinian and avid reader whose love for writing and storytelling spans back to childhood. An English graduate of North Carolina State University, she’s always had a passion for weaving words together to create an entertaining and engaging reading experience. Her debut novel, Sister Surrogate released July 12, 2016 also under Brown Girls Books. For more about LaChelle and to stay informed about her future projects you can visit her at http://www.lachelleweaverwrites.com and sign up for her mailing list.
by B. Love (Author)
Raleigh Simone couldn’t tell you anything about love and family. After watching her mother suffer from the abuse of her father for years, Raleigh decided love would never be worth the possibility of pain.
Haven Jackson didn’t have a normal childhood growing up. He didn’t experience the love and nurture that his friends received from their mothers, or the guidance and teachings they gained from their fathers. It was because of his lack of a loving family that Haven made finding a wife to love his priority.
There’s just one problem–the woman he chose to love doesn’t want to have anything to do with it or him.
The second Raleigh laid eyes on Haven she knew he would be trouble. He stirred up feelings within her that no other man ever had. Between her pushing him and his offer to love her away, and him pulling for her to give him and his love a chance… someone is bound to fall.
The question is… which one will it be?
Will Raleigh fall into Haven’s love and find peace in what she’s been running from for years? Or will Haven fall for Raleigh and find himself shattered by her inability to catch him or pick him up?
B. Love is a fast paced story teller who specializes in love stories and urban romance. B. focuses on pulling out her character’s innermost thoughts and feelings – sending her readers on a thrilling and satisfying emotional roller coaster ride with each book she pens.
B became addicted to love at the age of sixteen; now almost ten years later she satisfies her craving for love by writing about it in poetry and urban romance novels. B’s stories are what she calls realistic romance with enough fantasy to draw you from your reality. Her writing style cannot be defined nor her talent contained. She currently resides in Memphis, TN where she hopes to inspire her fellow artists to express themselves originally and passionately.