Harlequin Kimani Event Hostess:
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.
Event Hosts & Emcee’s
Lutishia Lovely - Author Bio
Lutishia also wrote the Business Series (All Up In My Business, Mind Your Own Business, Taking Care of Business) and the Shady Sisters Trilogy (The Perfect Affair, The Perfect Deception, The Perfect Revenge). Her novels regularly appear on bestseller lists including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Black Christian Book Review, and have been nominated for several awards, among them Best Contemporary Fiction (Sex In The Sanctuary) by the Southeastern Arts Association, Best Multi-Cultural Fiction (A Preacher’s Passion, Heaven Forbid) by Romantic Times Book Review and Best Mystery/Suspense (The Perfect Deception) by African-American Literary Awards Show. Lutishia’s novels were voted one of 2014’s Top Reader Picks by Black Pearls Magazine. In 2015, she received a Legends and Leaders award from the same publication. A Literary Quest award from the Cameron Jackson Library was presented in 2011.
While writing currently takes up much of her time, Lutishia is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, song writer and producer. She was recently certified as a spiritual life coach and is a Master Reiki practitioner. Her professional memberships include the Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America and OSB Screenwriters. Follow Lutishia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @ LutishiaLovely, and visit her website, LutishiaLovely.com.
Lutishia’s Moto: “Live the life of your dreams . . . and not the result of your fears!”
For even more info, visit: http://lutishialovely.com
Zuri Day - Author Bio
Find out more at http://zuriday.com.
Sistas' Thoughts from Coast to Coast (STCC) - Book Club Bio
The STCC Book Club was established in 2007 by a group of ladies throughout the United States who found that they all had a common bond: their fondness for reading and their love for romance and women’s fiction novels where the authors wrote about adventure, suspense, thrilling love sequences, but most importantly, about a happy ending. JOIN TODAY!
J.M. Jeffries - Author Bio
Miriam and Jackie live in Southern California.
Miriam has a deep and passionate love for shoes, amber jewelry and purebred cats. Jackie collects red lipsticks, Animaniacs memorabilia and steals pens.
For more info, visit J.M.Jeffries on facebook.
Lisa Rayne - Author Bio
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, debuted as an Amazon Best Seller in Multicultural Romance and Sports Genre Fiction. And both her novels, as well as the 2016 anthology containing her first novella, hit Amazon Best Seller lists. In 2013, she was a Top 10 Finalist in the prestigious, global Harlequin So You Think You Can Write contest with her first manuscript (a contemporary romance targeted for the Harlequin Desire line).
After graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature, she went on to obtain a law degree and pass the bar exam in two states. Her passion for the creative arts led her to practice intellectual property, entertainment, and media law (representing Grammy Award winning singers/songwriters, Fortune 500 companies, and cutting-edge entrepreneurs) for over two decades before she decided to start producing her own creative works instead of simply representing others who did. As a former practicing attorney and current business strategist, Lisa is passionate about helping creative artists become savvy entrepreneurs. Following the advice she’s given clients for years, she’s building an indie author portfolio designed to bring her fans hours of reading pleasure.
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
Pamela Samuels Young- Author Bio
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 . . . because of her desire to see women and people of color depicted in the legal thrillers she read. That required her to rise at 4 a.m. to write before work, after work and any other spare time she could find.
Dubbed “John Grisham with a sister’s twist” by one reviewer, Pamela is now the award-winning author of seven legal thrillers and one non-fiction book. Her thriller Anybody’s Daughter (2013), a gripping tale of a teen unwittingly drawn into the world of child sex trafficking via a Facebook scam, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction and was a Top Ten pick by In the Margins, the best books for at-risk teens. Her other novels include Every Reasonable Doubt (2006), In Firm Pursuit (2007), Murder on the Down Low (2008), Buying Time (2009), Attorney-Client Privilege (2012) and Lawful Deception (2015).
Pamela is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide, a book dedicated to empowering women to discover the true beauty of their kinky coils.
The prolific writer’s repertoire also includes the short stories Unlawful Greed, featured in the anthology The Funeral (2013), Easy Money, featured in the anthology Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes (2012) and The Setup, featured in the Sisters in Crime anthology, LAndmarked for Murder (2006). She also has an essay in the anthology A Letter for My Mother (2013).
Prior to her legal career at Toyota, Pamela served as Employment Law Counsel for Raytheon Company and spent several years as an associate with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, in Los Angeles. A former journalist, Pamela began her broadcasting career at WXYZ-TV in Detroit and later worked as a news writer and associate producer at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.
A graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Law, Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from USC and a master’s degree in broadcasting from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a diehard member of Sisters in Crime-L.A., an organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers.
A frequent speaker on the topics of sex trafficking, fiction writing and pursuing your passion, Pamela is single and lives in the Los Angelesarea where she attends Hope in Christ Community Church in Compton. To read an excerpt of her books or to schedule her for a speaking engagement or book club meeting via Skype, speakerphone or in person, visit her website at www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com.
Earl Sewell - Author Bio
Earl is powerful and inspiring speaker who has the unique ability to connect diverse audiences. He has been a featured speaker for the Texas Library Association, the NAACP, The Illinois School Library Media Association, executive sales meetings, and countless universities and colleges.
In addition, Earl Sewell is an endurance athlete who competes in Ironman Triathlons, marathons, and long distance bicycle touring.
Earl lives in the Chicagoland area where he writes, teaches, trains, and inspires people to chase their dreams, and become the best version of themselves.
For even more info, visit: http://www.authorearlsewell.com
Wayne Jordan - Author Bio
In 2006, Wayne won the Emma Award for Favorite New Author of 2005 at the annual Emma Award Ceremony of the Romance Slam Jam Conference. He is currently putting the finishing touches on Promise Me Forever, his next Kimani Romance release.
For even more info, visit http://waynejordan.net.