<strong>Zuri Day</strong>
Zuri DayNational Bestselling Author

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National Bestselling Author Zuri Day

Zuri Day is the national bestselling author of almost two dozen novels, including the popular Drakes of California series and the fan favorite Morgan Men Trilogy, which earned her a coveted Publisher’s Weekly starred review. Of her latest series, Blue Collar Lovers, Publishers Weekly wrote, “Day is boldly bucking the billionaire trend,” and named the first release, Driving Heat, a Spring 2014 Top 10 Romance across all romance genres. Day is a winner of Emma and AALAS (African-American Literary Award Show) Best Romance awards, among others, and a multiple Romantic Times Best Multi-Cultural Fiction finalist. Her work has been featured in several national publications including RT Booklovers, Publishers Weekly, Sheen, Juicy, and USA Today.

Find out more at http://zuriday.com.

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Event Hosts & Emcee’s

<strong>Emma Rodgers</strong>
Emma RodgersHonorary Host
Emma Rodgers is one of the co-founders of the Romance Slam Jam annual booklovers event, and the namesake for the Emma Awards (the premier awards for black authors of romance). The awards ceremony takes place annually during the RSJ Convention and honors the great works of the authors we love. The impetus to create the Emma Awards sprang from remarks by the RSJ 2000 guest speaker, well-known historical romance author Beverly Jenkins. The following year in 2001, the first Emma Awards ceremony was held. Today, the Emma Awards continues its journey of highlighting outstanding creative literary works by African-American authors.
<strong>Lutishia Lovely</strong>
Lutishia LovelyKeynote Speaker
Lutishia Lovely is a multi-faceted creative artist and the national bestselling author of more than two dozen novels. Her latest release, A Date With Destiny, is the 9th installment of the wildly popular Hallelujah Series. A companion original title soundtrack, written by Lutishia and produced by her company, The Lovely Day Experience, is available for download on all popular music websites. Other Hallelujah novels include Sex In The Sanctuary, Love Like Hallelujah, Heaven Right Here and Divine Intervention. Lutishia also wrote the . . . ~ Read Full Bio
<strong>STCC Book Club</strong>
STCC Book ClubHost Book Club
Sistas’ Thoughts from Coast to Coast (STCCbookclub.com) has become a premiere facilitator in bringing together authors and readers of Black Romance. Meeting by conference calls that connect members and authors located throughout the world, their focus is to have an authors join in on the book club discussion at meetings when their book is being featured. Members are able to ask the author questions and discuss what they liked and/or disliked about the novel. The authors bring a wealth of knowledge and information to . . . ~ Read Full Bio
<strong>J.M. Jeffries</strong>
J.M. JeffriesHost Authors
J.M. Jeffries is the award winning writing team of Miriam Pace and Jacqueline Hamilton. Authors of romantic suspense and romantic comedies, they can’t decide if they like killing people more than they like making them laugh. Miriam and Jackie have been writing together for fifteen years, though it seems longer on occasion when they are on deadline. Miriam thinks Jackie is a master manipulator. Jackie knows Miriam is a bulldozer. Together they’ve written over thirty romance novels and novellas, including the award winning . . . ~ Read Full Bio
<strong>Lisa Rayne</strong>
Lisa RayneHost Author
Lisa loves how words turn into stories whether in books, movies or music. Always an avid reader and fan of romance, thrillers, and horror stories, she writes sensual contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers with strong romantic elements. Her stories feature smart, sexy characters of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Her debut novels showcase her penchant for writing strong, contemporary women and her passion for love, law, and football. Her first novel (Counselor Undone) earned 2016 Emma Awards for Debut Author of the Year and for Interracial Romance of the Year. Her second novel, Quarterback Casanova, . . . ~ Read Full Bio
<strong>Pamela Samuels Young</strong>
Pamela Samuels YoungFeatued Women's Fiction Author
Attorney, author and anti-trafficking advocate Pamela Samuels Young has always abided by the philosophy that you create the change you want to see. While growing up in Compton, California, Pamela set giant-sized goals and used her talent, tenacity and positive outlook to accomplish them. She consequently achieved success in both the corporate arena and literary world at the same time.
For fifteen years, Pamela served as Managing Counsel for Toyota in Southern California, specializing in labor and employment law. While still practicing law, Pamela began moonlighting as a mystery writer . . . ~ Read Full Bio
<strong>Earl Sewell</strong>
Earl SewellKeynote Emcee
Earl Sewell holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in writing and literature from Goddard College. He is a professor of literature and English at Harold Washington College and Ivy Tech Community College. He is a national bestselling and award-winning author who has published over 20 novels and shorts stories in multiple genres. He has been featured on Fox News, National Public Radio (NPR), and . . . ~ Read Full Bio
<strong>Wayne Jordan</strong>
Wayne JordanAspiring Author Contest Facilitator - Satellite Host
Wayne Jordan is a high school teacher who lives on the island of Barbados. He holds a B.A. in English and Linguistics and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. As founder and Editor-in-Chief of Romance in Color, his passion has always been the promotion of romantic fiction featuring heroes and heroines of color. Wayne is the author of ten full length novels from Harlequin Kimani Romance. His debut release, Capture the Sunrise, part of . . . ~ Read Full Bio

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