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Hello everyone, my name is Marc A. Beausejour and I'm a new author based out of Atlanta, GA. I was born July 28, 1987 in Queens New York. I've been writing since I was twelve years of age. I started writing poetry first and have participated in poetry readings, talent shows and even read poems at weddings and funerals. I have written three books, two of them are spiritual poetry books and the third book is my first young adult fiction novel entitled "The Preacher's Web" which was published on…See More
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Posted by Marc A. Beausejour on November 24, 2015 at 2:41am 0 Comments

Hello everyone, my name is Marc A. Beausejour and I'm a new author based out of Atlanta, GA. I was born July 28, 1987 in Queens New York. I've been writing since I was twelve years of age. I started writing poetry first and have participated in poetry readings, talent shows and even read poems at weddings and funerals. I have written three books, two of them are spiritual poetry books and the third book is my first young adult fiction novel entitled "The Preacher's Web" which was published…



Posted by Carrie Alexander Colella on February 25, 2015 at 11:27am 0 Comments

Since writing my book on "Communication" in the work environment, I've come to better appreciate that communication between individuals is of major importance. If we could learn to give each other the time and respect needed during conversations, there is a guarantee that better outcomes will result.

When it's in you...

Posted by Tonyia Renee on November 25, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

I find it funny that no matter what I do or where I go, I always come back to the one thing that makes me happy and bring me peace. I've been writing and writing ALL my life, I thought that it was normal and that everyone did it. Given a topic I can make it rhyme sound sad, give words character or simply make a joke of what would normally hurt. I thought it was normal, I thought everyone did that, and anyone that wanted could just needed to try. But the more I get to understand things,…


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I began my writing career in the eighth grade at Northwestern Junior High School, when I would hand- write my stories for fellow classmates to read. I’m proud to say some of those same classmates are still Brenda Jackson readers today!!

I have published more than 100 novels and novellas. Additionally, I have over 3 million books in print. My professional writing career began in 1994 when I signed on with Kensington Arabesque. My first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then I have introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, the Steeles and the Grangers, just to name a few. A listing of my books can be found on this website.

Over the years I have received numerous awards and made many trail-blazing accomplishments by being the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today’s Bestseller’s List and the New York Times Bestseller’s List for the series romance genre. 


ReShonda Tate Billingsley always did have an active imagination. From making up stories to crafting award-winning poems, the national bestselling author has always maintained a love for the written word. After numerous rejections from publishers, ReShonda stepped out on faith, established her own publishing company, and released her debut novel, It’s a move that paid off. ReShonda’s novel was picked up by megahouse publisher, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books. They re-released the novel and to date, ReShonda remains one of their top African-American authors.

ReShonda’s current books include Mama’s Boy, What’s Done in the Dark, The Motherhood Diaries 1 & 2A Family AffairThe Secret She Kept, Sinners and Saints, Friends & Foes and Fortune & Fame (w/Victoria Christopher Murray), Say Amen, Again, A Good Man is Hard to Find, Holy Rollers, The Devil is a Lie,Can I Get a WitnessThe Pastor’s WifeLet the Church Say AmenEverybody Say AmenI Know I’ve Been Changed and My Brother’s Keeper. She has a new, edgy teen series called Rumor Central (with six books in the series). Her other teen novels include Drama Queens, Caught Up in the DramaNothing But DramaBlessings in DisguiseWith Friends Like TheseGetting EvenFairweather FriendsFriends ‘Til the End, and Caught up in the Drama. And the anthologies Finding Amos, Have a Little Faith and Four Degrees of Heat. She has another non-fiction title, Help! I’ve Turned into my Mother.


Victoria Christopher Murray always knew she would become an author, even as she was taking an unlikely path to that destination. A native of Queens, Victoria first left New York to attend Hampton University where she majored in Communication Disorders. After graduating, Victoria attended New York University where she received her MBA.  

Victoria originally self-published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Time Warner published that novel. Since Temptation, Victoria has written over twenty other adult novels, including: JOY, Grown Folks Business, The Ex Files, The Deal, the Dance and the Devil and the popular Jasmine Cox Larson Bush series.

Victoria 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 nine African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year — Female. After four nominations, Victoria finally won an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literary Work for her social commentary novel, Stand Your Ground.

Several of Victoria’s novels have been optioned to become movies, including The Deal, the Dance and the Devil and the Ex Files series.


Iris Bolling’s published her first novel, Once You’ve Touched the Heart in 2008. This self-published work was the first of the five additional books to complete the Heart Series. The popular Heart Series has captivated the hearts of readers and awarded Iris the Emma Award as Debut Author of the Year in 2010

In May of 2011, Iris introduced a new cast of characters in her in Night of Seduction Series. The second book in the series, The Pendleton Rule was reviewed in USA Today and received, the 2014 Emma Award for Suspense of The Year.

In 2012, she began the Gems & Gents series with her novel Teach Me, which generated an importune shoe contest on Facebook that spanned the international waters. It continued with the release of the very popular Book of Joshua I and Book of Joshua II. The series has earned Iris several awards including 2014 Hero of The Year and 2015 Heroine of The Year.

The beginning of her third series, The Brooks’ Family Values, was introduced in her novel Sinergy in 2014, followed by book 2 Fatal Mistake and Propensity For Love, both released in 2015. 

In 2014, Iris stepped into a new venture geared towards bringing books to film. She produced The Heart, a television series based on her popular novels. Season two will air in the spring of 2016.


 Maurice Butler was born and raised in northwest Washington DC. He is a proud product of DC public schools, having graduated from Cardozo High School and Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME). He served as a DC public school teacher, varsity coach and administrator for thirty-five years most of which was at Theodore Roosevelt High School.  He has been happily married to Patricia J. Butler for thirty-six years and has two sons, Steven and Cardell. His desire to write and publish resulted from his affiliation with the DC Area Writing Project, which is the local site for the National Writing Project. 
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Author, C. Scott, is a loving mother of one daughter.  She resides in Hanover, MD. By trade she is a social worker but enjoys writing in her spare time. Curls and Coils is C. Scott's first published children's book, released in 2015. In 2016 she also published the books entitled, "The All-Star"; "Sweet Dreams"; and "Beautiful Shades". In honor of her deceased mother, proceeds from "Sweet Dreams" are donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Curls and Coils is also the new business operated by C. Scott. Curls and Coils offers natural hair related merchandise and reading materials. The business is also home to the new literacy program named Reading Rocks.  Reading Rocks is set to provide young readers with new and used books; bookmarks; coloring pages; and more to encourage literacy in the home.   Curls and Coils is also the home for the new young girl mentoring program entitled, Little Curls and Coils, for ages 4-12. The program is located within Van Bokkelen Elementary twice a month.

Stay tuned for more literary adventures, available merchandise and community events.  Email:


Cheryl Barton is an author who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has worked for the Federal Government for the past 28 years.  In her spare time she loves writing, line dancing, sci-fi movies and eating Maryland steamed crabs.  

As a romance novelist, Cheryl released her first novel, ‘Bachelor Not for Sale’ in April 2013.  Following this release, she has authored ten other romance novels, including two follow-ups to her first novel, ‘A Designed Affair’ and ‘A Perfect Combination’. She also released ‘The Artist’, ‘The Bookkeeper’, ‘The Chef’, ‘The Dancer’ and ‘The Electrician’, the first five novels in a twenty-six romance novel series called Amorous Occupations.  She also released a holiday short story, ‘Holly for Christmas’, three Valentine novellas in, ‘Second Chances’ and one of her favorites, Heartthrob, a steamy romance which is her most recent. Cheryl has two romance novels which are slated for release in Spring 2016.  

For more information and to peruse Cheryl’s novels, visit her website at



Dee Grissett, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.  She furthered her education at Johnson C. Smith University (BS - Computer Information Systems/Business) in Charlotte, North Carolina and Fayetteville State University (MBA/Management) in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  She was lead to publish her first book "In Sickness and In Health: A Journalized Account of Coping with Multiple Myeloma" after being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. Dee's goal in publishing this book is to share her experiences in hope of encouraging and inspiring others who may be in the same or similar situation.  Her biggest highlight of being an author was being invited to the White House to share her book and story with others. Dee resides in Lumberton, North Carolina with her husband and two sons.   Visit Dee Grissett at


Kemi Sogunle is an award-winning author international speaker, certified professional coach.  She is also the Founder/CEO of the nonprofit organization (501c3), Love Not Hurt, an organization that promotes self-development, building healthier and stronger relationships while living with purpose.  She is dedicated to helping others transform their lives through self-development and growth, gaining knowledge and understanding of self-love and who they are before becoming involved in a relationship, find what works best and how to stay true to oneself while connecting with others to build solid relationships that will make their lives better not bitter.

She believes that living truthfully is paramount to long-lasting relationships and healthy living.


My name is Dominique Jones! I am a 39yr old mother of 5 blessings. I was born and raised in Severn, Maryland by my late grandparents Shirleen & Author Jones since I was 3 days old. I grew up in a christian home and our upbringing was taught that God is our priority. I knew my life would be different when someone violated me as a teen. I knew one day I wanted to write a book of my life and having kids of my own that someone special brought out of me what I knew I had to share with the world.  So I decided to write my very first Autobiography and share with everyone my testimony.  Shattered My Silence is my book title.


About Lynn Calvin
Lynn resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She has three grown daughters, Monique, Khristina and D’Anita and four granddaughters, Taylor, Cierra, Shawntae and Shawna. She attended Coppin State University, formerly Coppin State College, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She is the CVO of CYLS-KIDS, LLC which is a new company inspiring children to read and learn about  God through traditional, interactive, and multicultural books and toys.  As an active member of Providence Baptist Church, she is the coordinator of the Visionettes Liturgical Dance Ministry (children and youth between the ages of 3-18) and the Ministry of Dance (adults between the ages of 19-50). In addition, she is a Girl Scout Leader, a member of Bible Study for Todays Living Sunday School class, the Board of Christian Education, and the Psalmodists of Praise Choir. She is also a member of Restoration Dance Ministry which is a community based liturgical dance ministry and a partner with the International Liturgical Dance Fellowship located in Baltimore.  Lynn loves the Lord and loves to teach children about the Lord.  Visit Lynn Calvin at:
The Author, Sade Rena, currently works, lives, plays and attend school in the Washington, D.C. Area. With the help of mentors and friends of the DC Creative Writing Workshop, she realized early on just how important writing is to her. At age 12 she dabbled in poetry while attending Charles Hart Middle School, where she's written several pieces for "Hart Works", the school's magazine. But it was during her time at Goldsboro High School, in Goldsboro, NC, that she decided that the life of a writer was perfect for her.   Visit Sade Rena at: 



J. Reid, author of "Trapped," is a born and bred resident of Baltimore. A graduate of Towson University, she spends her time with her two children, Caim and Symone .

Shona is a mother is four, wife, and entrepreneur. All these hats Shona wears proudly. Determined to be a servant to God, her family, her Church, and the publishing industry.

Shona has spent the last 13 years working as a Call Center Manager. In that position it has taught her strong communication skills, people skills and the importance of teamwork. Although Shona enjoys her job she recently took the leap of faith to become self-employed. Shona is enjoying the freedom of being able to write, do motivational speaking, tax and business consulting, and a travel consultant full time.

Shona portrays in her writings that we all fall down but we can get back up. No sin to great or too small for God to forgive.

Shona is an advocate for fighting for greater revenue for authors in the publishing industry. Through her fight and dedication birth a new beginning of the Queen City Bullies, LLC.

Although Shona enjoys the many hats that she wears nothing is more important than her relationship with God, and her family.


C. NaTasha Richburg is a wife and mother of four grown children with a catalog of books focused on the reality of the Hip Hop generation. 

Mrs. Richburg is also the visionary for Jeremiah's Kall, an urban Spoken word and Hip Hop music platform presented in a manner that is "Real-Raw-Responsibly Rebellious" with indie artists accountable to the Word of God. 

Mrs. Richburg's brand of motivation includes promoting Jeremiah's Kall concerts and having inspiration sessions with audiences of all ages that combine her wisdom with artistry to present an electrifying brand of edutainment that motivates positive change.


Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Bernice Layton works full-time and is an avid reader of romantic suspense novels.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Black Writers' Guild of Maryland. Happily married, Mrs. Layton resides with her husband and is the mother of one daughter, NaTiki who inspires her to keep writing with this phrase in mind, "all things are possible with love and friendship, and the endless possibilities of past, future, and present encounters."

Mrs. Layton has published four romantic suspense novels for Genesis Press, Inc. Promises Made, Crossing the Line, Lies in Disguise and Mind Games.  


Haki Ammi is a best selling author, radio host, entrepreneur, community organizer, speaker, job and career coach, network marketer. A United States Navy veteran and currently a 9 year veteran serving as an EMT/FF in Baltimore City Fire Department. Business Marketing Major which experience having lead to starting and joined several network marketing companies from 1998 to present. Community organizing work consisting of culturally conscious raising, economic empowerment events.  Haki Ammi work has been featured in, Baltimore Afro and the Baltimore Times Newspaper. Haki Ammi has hosted radio programs on and 1590 AM WURD in Baltimore.   He has been on the Newsmaker Line for the Larry Young Morning Show on 1010 AM in Baltimore.


Born and raised in Charlotte, NC. My desire to write came at a time in my life when I felt there was nothing for me to do. I was sitting on my job one day and started to write poetry. From poetry I went to short erotic stories. Not really having the desire to write a novel I continued to write and until my first novel “When Church is Over” was formed. Try to decide which passion is greater the passion to read or the passion to write a conflict but I continue to do both. My literary interest include mysteries, and urban fiction. 


 Fanita began her career as a Juvenile Probation Officer and later worked in Adult Probation before taking a short break to pursue her love of teaching as a Criminal Justice Instructor at a local technical college. Recently Fanita stepped back into law enforcement, and is now a Parole Officer.  Fanita blazed on the scene with her Criminal Romance Series: Shoot First Ask Questions Never 1-3, Fist Full of Tears 1-2, The Moscato Diaries, MOET: Money Over Everything, Moet’s Revenge, and Open Marriage. An avid reader, Fanita holds a special place in her heart for the unsung genre of Urban Crime and Urban Romance Dramas, and in her youth, devoured the works of such greats as Donald Goines, and Iceberg Slim. She is an author with SBR Publications and a card carrying member of The Bank Roll Squad #TBRS Family.  Fanita is Owner of Blaque Diamond Publications an Urban Moon Productions Company where she is now giving young authors their shot at making their dreams come true.


Blaque Diamond is a rare diamond. Her composition sets her apart from other writers and from other authors of all kinds. Diamonds range is from children books to memoirs, but it is Blaque Diamond's uniqueness that makes her most interesting. Blaque Diamond is the owner of BlaqueDiamond Enterprise (BDE) and the author of In My Mother's House. He mission is to support individuals and families as they go through the journey of parenting, kinship care, foster care, and adoption.    

Blaque Diamond has three biological children raised nine nieces and nephews, four of whom are now adults, two of whom she was granted custody, two she adopted and one of whom she will adopt from the NYC foster care system. Diamond currently lives in Dundalk Maryland and is working on the sequel to "In My Mother's House" and her third children's book to be released December 2015.  As a model for family advocacy she demonstrates strategies for strength perspectives for professionals and parents as they identify their own strength.  
Aquilla Daniels is a newly published author of fictional children's books.  She has a bachelor's degree in business, and over the years, she has worked with young children and teenagers in various settings.  Aquilla love for children's literature, child development, and business economics is what prompted her to become a writer, and her goal as an author is to publish as many books as she can.  Aquilla lives in New Jersey with her family.  To learn more, contact her at
Robyn Franceen Evans grew up between Baltimore, Maryland and York, Pennsylvania. The daughter of a pastor and an administrative assistant, Robyn was always surrounded by sermons and letters. Her earliest compositions date back to pre-school, when she would write poetry about everything she saw, from street lights to her mother’s red 1978 Monte Carlo. She is an author, speaker, health enthusiast and freelance writer determined to use her writing to open eyes to spiritual truths and win hearts to Jesus.


Leticia A. Fitts was born in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Morgan State University, she earned her B.S. Degree in Psychology in 1998. As an innovative and spirited educator, she excelled as a teacher and reading specialist. In 2003, she received her M.A. Degree in Education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. With certifications to teach grades 1-6 in all subject areas, in addition to providing reading instruction for K-12 curriculums by the Maryland State Department of Education, she is a proven subject matter expert. She has published the educational workbooks, African American Sheroes and Heroes and Telling Our Tale.


Denise Wiggins is the Author of 'My Struggle, God's Glory', a book that chronicles Denise's life as a single Mother that made ends meet to raise her three children, then turned her pain and turmoil into success. She worked hard and built a life that is sure to leave a positive legacy for her family. Denise started Lip Synk Cosmetics in 2014. Mrs. Wiggins has always had a passion for helping others, especially women. Mrs. Wiggins has learned many valuable lessons from being a single mother raising 3 children independently; struggling to make ends meet by working 2-3 jobs; and realizing opportunities missed due to a lack of education. She now, inspiringly shares those lessons in hopes of empowering women from all walks of life to know that whatever situation you may find yourself in, as long as you can dream and have faith – there is no mountain too big to overcome. Mrs.Wiggins’ motto is “You must believe that all things are possible through Christ.” Mrs. Wiggins always remained a faithful servant of God, and her dream of encouraging, inspiring and giving hope to other women is now being realized through LipSynk Cosmetics. Read more at



Carrie Alexander Colella received a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from the graduate school of Business and Management from Argosy University, Washington, DC campus in November, 2013. She received a Masters of Social Work degree from Howard University, Washington, DC and a Bachelors of Science from the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia.  She has worked in the child welfare profession for over twenty years post masters degree and has a particular interest in the communication practices in large organizations and how these practices directly affect those working in the organizations as well as how these practices can affect outcomes for children.  


John believes the one who sits in the chair of authority and leadership has the loftiest and the most challenging of responsibilities, namely, leading people, developing and imparting vision, and ensuring that organizations and their missions come to fruition. Because of his belief that all things rise and fall on leadership, John has weaved together his human resources expertise, organizational effectiveness capabilities, and his purpose and gift of coaching and advising people and businesses and is focused on leading leaders and being the visionary to visionaries.  With a wealth of experience spanning various industries, including, start-up, government contracting, architecture, engineering, internal development, energy, manufacturing, and commercial land care, and having advised leaders across the nation, in Canada, and internationally, John holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University and has become a coach through the Life On Purpose Development Institute.


Haikeem Stokes, a South Philly native, is the eldest of three brothers and three sisters. He first fell in love with writing in the third grade. In junior high school, he wrote several short stories, then later illustrated and penned a series of comic strips. In the eighth grade, he used those creative-writing skills to transform short stories into rhymes. By the twelfth grade, he won first place trophies for rapping in talent shows. It was during his high school years that Haikeem’s skills in rhyming had evolved into poetry. He has taken his passion for word play and literary arts and cultivated it into realizing the dream of creating, “Works of Heart.” These “Works of Heart,” include 2 novels, I Need You Too and At 12, After and 2 books of spoken word, Reality Life Conscious Struggle and Earlixer. Haikeem believes that the gift of writing allows one to blend imagination and reality to create a wonderful universe. He writes from his heart in order to convey his message of life and love. 


The daughter of two educators; C. Lucine Chinonn grew up to be exactly what she admired most, an elementary school teacher in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.  Currently working with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, she continues to be a passionate advocate of sparking a child's imagination.  A zealous creator of wacky stories and their illustrations from a very young age; Chinonn went back to basics- making up stories and drawing pictures.  Ironically, after writing her first children's book, she’s never been more excited to be an adult!

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Competition For Best Indie/Self-Published Book

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Competition for Best Indie/Self-Published Book. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.



Dr. Fraser is also the publisher of the award-winning SuccessGuide Worldwide: The Networking Guide to Black Resources. He is the founder of the national annual PowerNetworking Conference, where thousands of Black professionals, business owners, and community leaders gather learn the art and science of networking, entrepreneurship and wealth creation.

Dr. Fraser is the Chairman of Phoenix Village Academy; which consists of three afro-centric charter schools that serves Cleveland inner city children. A popular speaker and author, George C. Fraser’s inspiring talks on success principles, effective networking, wealth creation, business ethics, and valuing diversity, are as popular among corporate professionals as they are among college students.

George C. Fraser is Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc. A company he founded some 25 years ago with the vision to lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent. He is considered by many to be a new voice for African Americans and one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships.


Jan Gaye is the former wife of the legendary superstar Motown Artist Marvin Gaye.  Her book After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye was co-written with award winning author David Ritz who is the quintessential expert on the Prince of Motown.  David Ritz is best known for his book Divided Soul, the go to biography of her late husband.  Jan is the mother of two adult children, Nona and Frankie and grandmother to her only grandson, Nolan.  Jan is a survivor of breast cancer, drug addiction, sexual and physical abuse.  After spending most of her life in Los Angeles, she currently resides in Rhode Island along with her children and grandson.  Jan and her children continue to work tirelessly to protect Marvin’s legacy, that struggle is ongoing.  


Executive Producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show

Multi-media personality, Social Media and Personal Branding Coach, Motivational Speaker and Voice-over artist, NIKKI WOODS is the senior producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the most successfulsyndicated urban radio show in history reaching more than 8 million people on a daily basis. Born in Rock Hill, Missouri, Woods studied education at HowardUniversity in Washington D.C. and journalism at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Her journey in broadcasting landed her in various markets, including St. Louis, Boston and Chicago, before Woods became senior producer of the acclaimed, nationally-syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” (TJMS) where she is responsible for the engaging on-air content heard each morning on the over-100 affiliate radio stations that air the award-winning program. Tom Joyner says, “I completely trust her judgment and know that she brings her A game every day. You can see (the) result(s) of that in the ratings and listener response.”



In her new memoir, Dr. Hattie N. Washington reveals how a country girl, from the backwoods of Meherrin, Virginia, succeeded through life with optimism, drive and a belief in God to become an honor student, a teacher, a parent to two successful daughters, and a foster parent to over one hundred foster boys over a twenty-year period. She writes about family, relationships, and the complexities of growing up during the segregation and desegregation era, where the strike at R.R. Moton High School, in Farmville, Virginia in 1951, led to the historic landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education.

She shares her personal sacrifices and accomplishments in her memoir that overflows with warmth and wit. She also shares the long journey she had starting a non-profit foster boys home in Baltimore, Maryland that she affectionately named Aunt Hattie’s Place, and the challenges of opening a third eco-friendly home for boys in May 2010, in Sandy Spring, Maryland. You’ll read how an ongoing series of personal setbacks brought on many stumbling blocks, yet she broke down barriers by becoming the first female vice president of Coppin State University.

Dr. Hattie N. Washington’s Driven to Succeed: An Inspirational Memoir of Lessons Learned through Faith, Family and Favor is complete with historical photographs from the R.R. Moton Strike and personal photographs of her life. Her riveting story provides inspiration for generations to come.


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Participating Organization at the 2015 A.A.A.E

Shade will produce books of various genres as well as, paraphernalia that support each book, such as bookmarks, mugs, hot cards and t-shirts. Authors accepted by Shade will also be available for a service fee to deliver speeches, seminars and do social appearances. Shade will offer new authors the opportunity to be published and promoted based on genre. Services provided will include, printing, marketing, sales, book signings arrangements, and enrollment in a distribution program with the hired company distributor.


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Literary fiction author Lynda Jones-Burns is a Washington, DC native. She was influenced by inner-city realities of boarded-up storefronts, abandoned brownstones, 1970s empowerment movements, and the punk-rock attitude of the 1980s. She learned and fell in love with the power of the pen at Cardozo High School and honed her craft, concentrating in written communications at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has operated a successful technical publications company for more than 20 years.

Jewel Amethyst Daniel & Lynelle Martin

Jewel Amethyst Daniel is a scientist, author, and educator who enjoys combining her love of science and writing to teach kids about exciting science concepts.  Jewel also writes under the name "Jewel Amethyst".  Her first full length novel, "A Marriage of Convenience" was released August 2009 and received a four star rating from Romantic Times. Jewel Amethyst's new romance novel, "Hurricane of the Heart" will be released in summer 2015.

Lynelle Martin is currently a sixth grader in Baltimore County.  She has an avid interest in science and loves adventure.  Inspired by her mother's writing, she began penning her first novel at the age of 8 and enjoyed seeing her labor of love come to fruition when her debut novel, "Zapped! Danger in the Cell" was published in 2014.   Lynelle enjoys soccer, playing the clarinet and gymnastics.  But even more fun, is letting her imagination run wild while writing her stories.


During my pursuit to overcome paralysis and the confines of a wheelchair, I also continued my education. In 2000, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Andrews Presbyterian College followed by a Professional Master’s of Business Administration in 2003 from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Today, I’m assigned to the NAVAL Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Program Office (PMA-290) as a procuring contracting officer where I’m responsible for executing and managing the performance of contracting actions. March 2015 marks fourteen years of service to the Department of Defense (Navy).
In my book, “GET UP! I can’t, I will, I did”, you will learn more about my story. But most importantly, I am confident you will find yourself inspired and motivated to never let adversity stifle your personal growth. Remember-it is a part of life. However, how you respond to the adversity is what defines your journey. There were few that believed I’d ever walk again. But I knew I would. Personally, that confidence and trust in my vision for the future is what kept me going. 


A domestic violence survivor with a story to tell the world.  It is not just "a" story – it is "one of the many" stories built on the experiences of domestic violence and the depths of its terror. After her children were kidnapped and her inability to go on living without them, she began the silent struggle of looking for them, knowing that if she exposed herself, John Allen Muhammad would locate her and kill her.  She was triumphant in her struggle to get through those 18 months of not knowing where her children were and re-gained full custody of them.  She fled from her estranged husband and moved to Maryland with the children.  She was frightened during the horrific sniper shootings, sat through court proceedings during the trial, and last but not least, began re-gaining her strength to start a 501©3 non-profit organization, After The Trauma, to assist survivors of domestic violence. 


Brenda Leigh Wells, aka"Born2Praizz", is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She has been graced to be a minister, entrepreneur, poet, author, playwright, actress, and media personality. Brenda began writing poetry as an outlet to cope with daily life and spiritual frustrations.  She found that they gave her an emotional release, as well as, internal hope. Her favorite poem that ministers to so many people including those who are incarcerated is entitled "Quitting Is Not An Option...I Choose To Win!"  Brenda's passion and concern for the youth of today motivated her to pen her first book in the series entitled "The Adventures of Pete and Repeat...I Am You-Nique".  It is based on the speech that she enlightened the youth with at their back to school revival in 2011 and was released nationally in November, 2013.


KRBankston is an escalating serial novelist, following in the famous footsteps of her idol, VC Andrews. She is CEO and Founder, of Kirabaco (ki-rah-buh-ko) Publishing LLC, which houses her works. She has written and published to date some 25 novels. KR's "BookOpera" series “Thin Ice” was voted Serial Novel of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Her other series, “The Gianni Legacy” has been touted as The Godfather of modern day. Her novel, Christian was voted #75 of Top 100 Books of the year. Her novel X-Mafia was voted 2014 Urban Fiction of the Year.


Joy T.J. Riley began writing at age eleven to channel feelings she could not express in spoken word surviving child sexual abuse. Yes, becoming an author was always a dream but she had no idea that by submitting to God her dream would come true. Get Your JOY In The Morning is not just about finding faith, but to show that it is through faith that one finds purpose.

Joy has dual Bachelors of Science degrees in Marketing and General Business Management from the University of Maryland College Park. She was commissioned as a teacher of the Word of God in August 2006. On December 15, 2007 Joy accepted God's call upon her life to be an evangelist. 


Mary Detweiler worked as a mental health professional for 27 years and served as a recovery ministry leader for 10 years. She is the author of When Therapy Isn't Enough, When Religion Isn't Enough, and When Doing Isn't Enough. All of her writing is rooted in her own life. She writes in the hope that others will benefit from her experiences and the lessons she learned from them. She and her husband live in Lancaster PA. They have two adult children.


Patricia A. Saunders is Self-Published Author who was inspired to release her work after the passing of her mother who had Alzheimer’s.  Patricia is dedicated to leaving her legacy of poetry by releasing a book every year.  Her books have been on coast to coast book tours, interviews with Stu Taylor, and featured on various blog talk radio shows. Not knowing if the disease will knock at her door one day her passion is releasing her words that are influenced by life to paper. She collaborated on her first nonfiction this past fall. Saunders lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works in management for a financial institution. In her spare time she likes to travel, cook and go winetasting.


In 2005, Gerald obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University and in 2008 he obtained his Masters of Administration degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Cincinnati.  In 2010, Gerald released his first book entitled “We Come in Peace”.  In 2012, he released his second book, 27 Hours (What Would You Do If Faced The End?) through his own publishing company, Gerald C. Anderson Publishing and it is currently available through Amazon. In 1992, Gerald turned his life over to Jesus Christ and a life with Christ at the head. He is currently a musician in church and teaches piano to a select few students. He also manages his own blog and designs web sites.  Gerald continues to reside in Maryland and has one son.


N. Sophronia Crosby is a teacher, a writer and a leader. She has had an extensive and diverse career where she has used her personable, charismatic, people skills to teach everything from job readiness to Standard English. As a writer, she recently published her memoir entitled - Five Loves: Stories of Misguided Love, Lust and Betrayal.

After graduating from the City University of New York (CUNY) with highest honors and receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Ms. Crosby entered the non-profit arena. She has worked with prominent organizations including the New York Urban League, The Community Service Society of New York as well as Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the CUNY and transitioned from College and Career Coach to a teacher of English as a Second Language. For the last three years she has taught English to students from around the world who recently arrived in the United States. N. Sophronia Crosby was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Staten Island with her two sons where she enjoys reading, writing and travel.


Oumar Hill was born in the USA and raised by southern parents from the Atlanta, GA and Greenwood, SC. Based on his extensive life experiences, Mr. Hill has dedicated his life to being a catalyst for change and a voice for generations to come by becoming a motivational speaker and life coach. Mr. Hill prior experience comes from serving the federal government the past twelve years in project management and writing position. Through the power of experience, a commitment to serving others and a desire to teach, Mr. Hill has connected with people with his signature from-my-heart-to-yours approach which has inspired many and instilled motivation and possibility in others. 


B.A. Pinkney is a retired federal employee and resides in Baltimore, Md. She has always had a passion for reading and writing. She won her first writing contest while an employee of the Veterans Administration, Baltimore, Md. The essay was entitled "What it means to be a Black Woman living in America." In October 2011, her short story was one of four chosen out of over a thousand plus entries to be published in a local magazine called "The Urbanite." The "OTHER SIDE OF LIGHT," is her first fiction novel. She has also written and published the children's book "NAYA AND THE MAGIC WHITE HAT.


CEO, at Griot’s Roll Film Production & Services Inc., Author of The Marketing Mogul Manual: Improve Your Marketing Brand &I Built It But They Ain’t Coming: The Marketing Mogul’s Manual on How to Pursue, Date, and Engage Your Customer. Graduated from City-As-School, with an academic high school diploma, Associates degree from Queens Borough College, majored in Performing Arts and minored in Business Management and Marketing, Bachelors Degree from Brooklyn College in Film Production.  Mr. Guest is pursuing his masters in communication. Mr. Guest was the 2011 winner of the Charles B. Benenson Project Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2011 British Airways Face of Opportunity Video Marketing Contest, his company was flown to the UK for the British Airways Face of Opportunity Small Business Conference. 


Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor, a native Baltimorean, graduated from Edmondson High School in 1963 and attended Community College of Baltimore and Morgan State University to study business and law.

Rosa’s trade name is “Rambling Rose”, a name that was given to her by the late great Nat “King” Cole when she was touring in the 50’s as his opening act. The color red has always been her favorite color and when she used to perform, she always dressed in red exotic, sexy gowns and gave out her favorite flower, a long stem red rose, which became her signature. During this time, Rosa was not only a singer, but a musician, playing piano and saxophone; she was a recording artist, record producer and song writer.


Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor was the Entertainment Editor, Account Executive and Entertainment Columnist for the Baltimore Times and the Annapolis Times for ten years. “Rambling Rose”, as her readers affectionately call her is currently an entertainment columnist and reporter with the Afro-American Newspaper, and has been since 1998; The Informer Newspaper, The Northwest Voice and she freelance for other periodicals and have over 200,000 readerships. Since May 2011 she is back writing also for the Baltimore Times Newspaper. Rosa is a long time member of the National Association of Black Journalist, (NABJ).

Rosa is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, Inc. created in 1991.  The fund provides money for gifted and talented children aspiring musicians, ages 5-17 years old to help pay for tuition, voice and music lessons and purchase instruments. Her organization is the only one of its kind in the country. She is also the Co-founder & CEO of an entertainment company with her husband, William “Shorty” Trusty, called “RoseGarden Entertainment Enterprises, Inc.”. This is a company that provides entertainment, local and national for clubs, casinos, hotels, social events and racetracks, (but not active at this time).


In 2001, Rosa became Mrs. William (“Shorty”) Trusty. They are partners in Business and soul mates! She is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 22 and great- grandmother of 17. For additional information her email address is 


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