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Genesis Press Authors

A. C. Arthur

Artist C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she currently resides with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love of reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school, and she hasn't stopped since.

Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, racy characters and fresh dialogue, thus keeping readers on their toes!

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A.J. Garrotto

A.J. Garratto was born in Santa Monica, CA and now lives in Martinez, CA with his wife and two teenage daughters. He works as a freelance writer. He began writing fiction after an eighteen-year career as a Roman Catholic priest, during which he served as a parish priest and retreat director. His life in the ministry is credited with providing a novelist's insight into human nature, with all its heroism and cowardice, its passion for love and life and its shadowy side of withholding affection, obsession with power, and desire for control. In addition to his writing career, he is a partner in a small computer-oriented book and software publishing company (Bridge Learning Systems, Inc.) Drawing on his earlier training in the ministry, he also serves as a part-time Pastoral Associate at his local parish church, Christ the King, in Pleasant Hill, CA.

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Adora Bennett

Adora Bennett is the pen name for an international business executive whose career encompasses experience in advertising, fashion writing, global marketing and a masthead position at a major metropolitan newspaper. She has traveled extensively and lived in several cities across Europe. She divides her time between homes in Boston and the south of France.

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Africa Fine

Africa Fine has published two other novels, Katrina (2001) and Becoming Maren (2003), along with short stories and essays in print and online journals. She holds a bachelor's degree in public policy and African-American studies from Duke University and a master's degree in English literature from Florida Atlantic University. She is an associate professor in South Florida.

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Alicia Wiggins

Alicia Wiggins read her first romance novel when she was in the seventh grade and has remained an avid romance reader ever since. As a writer, she draws on her professional background in computer science to create characters who are strong, independent, and successful, yet who are also vulnerable, believable, and, most importantly, true romantics. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her three children. Read more about Alicia at www.Aliciawiggins.com.

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Altonya Washington

Altonya Washington published her first novel, Remember Love, in April 2003 for BET Books' Arabesque imprint. The novel received a 4 star rating from Romantic Times Magazine and went on to be nominated by the magazine as the Best First Multicultural Romance for 2003. Her second novel, Guarded Love, was released in December 2003 and was granted a 4 1/2 star rating from Romantic Times Magazine. Altonya released her third novel, Finding Love Again, in October 2004 under the BET Arabesque imprint. Altonya has been acknowledged by South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn following the publication of South Carolina’s Community Times newspaper’s 31 Leaders Under 35, a cover story for her accomplishments. In April 2004, Shades of Romance Magazine readers chose Altonya as the Best New Multicultural Romance Author of 2003.

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Alysha Adams

Alysha Adams has been an avid reader of fiction since childhood. She left a teaching career to become a free lance writer and editor. Her Southern roots, humor and love of dogs are fully displayed in Shadows of the Past.

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Andrea Jackson

Andrea Jackson, the Paperback Diva, writes romance and science fiction novels. She has been awarded recognition in the Heart and Soul Aspiring Writer's Contest (Romance Slam Jam, 2002), as well as other romance writing contests. Her short stories have appeared in various national magazines and on-line. She's written non-fiction articles for Internet topic sites, daily newspapers, public relations and community newsletters, as well as editing for various publications. Visit her website at www.pbdiva.com to find book excerpts, news, a variety of writing links, and more.

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Angela Weaver

A Southern girl by way of Tennessee, Angela Weaver has lived in Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York and Japan. An avid reader and occasional romantic optimist, she began writing her first novel on a dare and hasn't stopped since. She is the author of two Arabesque books and is currently at work on her next goal, that being her next novel.

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Angie Daniels

Angie Daniels was born on the South side of Chicago, IL but preferred spending her summers running up and down the streets on the West side with her eight cousins, playing softball, roller skating (with only one skate) and jumping double dutch. At night, she would spend hours creating soap operas with her younger sister until the two drifted off to sleep. Angie attended Maria Montessori. During the fifth grade she started the first school newspaper and later went on to write, direct and star in a Christmas play. It was at that time she began spending her summers filling yellow notepads with love stories. During high school she decided to pursue a career in acting, and landed the starring role as "Puck" in a "Midsummer Nights Dream." During her sophomore year, her mother relocated to Columbia, Missouri, a small college town, where she landed a role in the musical "The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd." Her pursuit of acting was short-lived. Shortly after graduation, she married and started a family. She later attended Columbia College, where she received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration and went on to pursue a professional career in Human Resource Management. In 1999, the corporation where she was employed as Personnel Manager went out of business. It was at that time Angela decided it was finally time to return to her love of writing. With her husband's blessings, she took a year off to write her first book, Intimate Intentions, which started off as a simple romance novel that later escalated into 542 pages of romantic suspense. After two submissions, Angela was offered a four-book contract with Genesis Press. She currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and three children. Read more about Angie at www.angiedaniels.com

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Anita Ballard Jones

Anita Ballard Jones is a native of Brooklyn, New York. In her mid-twenties she and her family relocated to Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. She earned an associate degree in early childhood education at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmindale, and continued her studies in elementary and special education, earning a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Greenvale, New York. Anita is retired from New York State after working twelve years as a teacher and twenty one years as a treatment team leader with children and adults who have various forms of developmental disabilities. She is married and has three adult children and five grandchildren, all of whom have been very supportive of her endeavor as a writer. Write her at aballardjo@aol.com


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Ann Clay

Native of Belleville, Illinois

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Anna Forrest

Native of Philly

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Annetta P. Lee

Annetta P. Lee grew up on the farm of her grandparents in Starkville, Mississippi. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for over thirty years. After graduating from The Institute of Children’s Literature in 1997, Annetta obtained a life long dream of becoming a published novelist. She also finds great pleasure in serving her community and church as lay-minister. “It is very gratifying,” she says, “to channel the passion for writing through the eyes of my faith.” It has given her opportunity not only to write about the distresses of living life, but also a way to touch others in the midst of it. She lives in Oklahoma City, where she met and married her husband, Kenneth. They share their lives with a daughter, son-in-law and six grandchildren. She later moved to Oklahoma, where she now lives with her husband, Kenneth. Annetta has worked as an Administrative Assistant for a Worldwide Accounting Firm for seventeen years and is currently a Chiropractic Assistant. www.annettaplee.com

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Barbara Keaton

My mother, who is the light of my life, says I always wrote stories. She often relays how my stories were about characters with strange names who fought amongst each other, mostly vying for power. I have been writing since I could put pencil to paper! I was born in 1964 in Chicago, and, as a native, I loved my city and could not imagine living anywhere else. I attended Catholic schools up until the twelfth grade, but it was in grammar school, at the hands of the Oblate Sisters of Prividence, where I solidified my love and respect for written words. My maternal grandfather, the late Thomas Hill, instilled in me my passion. At the Oblate's, this little-known order of black nuns taught with an iron hand and truly believed in the future and success of black children. Outside of my mother, I owe much of who I am to my Grandfather and those incredible nuns! In 1987, I received a BA in Communications from Columbia College. After graduation, I worked as a Bus Operator for the Chicago Transit Authority for nearly 3 years. I found this period of my life as one of profound growth in that it allowed me to address and face my fear of success. I resigned in 1990 from CTA and went on to hold various professional positions, mostly in print news and public relations. Professionally, I have nearly 13 years experience in public, government, and community relations. In addition, I've had several articles and editorials published in various publications: Today's Black Woman Magazine; The Chicago Crusader; The Chicago Defender; and The Chicago Reader. My first book, All I Ask, was published by Genesis Press under its Indigo Imprint in 2000. And my second book, An Unfinished Love Affair, also published by Genesis, was released in March, 2002. Currently, I am a Government and Community Relations Officer for the Chicago Transit Authority. In May of 1999, I received my Master of Science in Journalism from Roosevelt Univerity in Chicago. I belong to several civic and professional organizations; namely the Masonic Order of the Eastern Star. In my spare time I am an avid reader, writer and bid whist player. Though I have no children of my own, I do have "babies", my niece and nephew, Stephanie and Matthew; and my Godchildren, Kenny and Lauren. I'm divorced and share my personal space with my cat, General Patton. My personal creo is: I ANSWER TO TWO - MY GOD AND MYSELF!

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Beatrice M. Hogg

Beatrice M. Hogg is a coal miner’s daughter from southwestern Pennsylvania. She has a BA in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and a MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has worked in governmental social services and nonprofit areas for over twenty years in Pennsylvania and California. Her stories, poems and essays have appeared in many publications, including Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sacramento Bee, Reminisce, Black Issues Book Review, Astronomy, Sacramento News and Review and BUST. Her work has appeared in over ten anthologies and several websites. She is working on essay collections about music influences and her mining hometown. She is the recipient of several local writing awards and once won roundtrip tickets to London by writing a letter to a radio station. For four years, she facilitated a writing workshop at a Sacramento women’s shelter. She lives in Sacramento, California with her cat, Ozzy. Three Chords One Song is her first book.

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Bella McFarland

A native of Kenya, Bella McFarland was raised in Nairobi, where she obtained her bachelors degree in chemistry at the University of Nairobi. In 1991 she came to the US to pursue a doctorate degree in Organic Chemisty at Utah State University. Occasionally, Bella works with her husband while raising her three daughters and one son, but for the most part she is a stay-at-home mom.

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Bernice Layton

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Bernice Layton works full-time and is an avid reader of novels, mostly romantic suspense. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and happily resides with her husband. She is the mother of one daughter. Visit her on-line at www.bernicelaytonauthor.com.

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Beverly Clark

Working in the editorial department of the L.A. Herald Examiner, Beverly Clark was given her first exposure to professional writing. From there she wrote fillers for the newspaper and magazines such as Red Book, Good Housekeeping, and McCall's. She also wrote one hundred and twenty romantic short stories with Sterling/McFadden Magazines. Clark joined the RWA, a national writers organization that helps writers, published and unpublished, reach their writing goals. In order to gain more knowledge, she attended creative writing classes and other related courses at Antelope Valley College, and classes and seminars at L.T.U. This talented writer, who once managed a second-hand bookstore, The Book Nook, for two years, has since completed eight full-length books. She is now currently working part-time for Walden Books. She also helps a group called Friends of the Libraries, encouraging children and adults to read and enjoy books. Her goal is to have several of her works adapted into movie and television scripts. She lives in the High Desert Community of Lancaster. Her hobbies are reading and sewing. She is a widow.

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Beverly Lauderdale

Born and reared in the Midwest, Beverly Lauderdale graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College. After moving to California, she taught public school and received her Master of Arts in English Literature from Holy Names University. In love with writing since she could hold a pencil, she has published hundreds of articles and short stories. She lives with her husband, Bob, in Martinez, California, where she leads classes in the craft of writing.

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Billy Casper

Billy Casper is a golfing legend.

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BK Reeves

Writer of western, science fiction, contemporary, and historical novels, Barbara Reeves was born and raised in the West Texas ranch country. She is also the estate manager for her family's property in Kent Country and runs a vending company she and her late husband established thrity years ago in Houston. She continues writing genre and mainstream fiction, teaches workshops at writers' conferences, and speaks to writers' groups and other organizations all over the country.

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Blue Dawson

Blue Dawson is a Professor of English and a successful statewide educational and legislative policy maker in California. She has traveled throughout the world and plans a series of novels depicting strong woman in perilous, faraway places. Her writing to date has been on educational policy.

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Caroline Stone

Native of Philly

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Carolita Blythe

Carolita Blythe, a Syracuse Univeristy graduate, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a script supervisor on television shows. An avid traveler, she counts standing in the shadows of the Taj Mahal and boating down the Nile as two of her most inspiring travel moments. She spends her summers worshipping the New York Yankees and her winters looking forward to summer so she can worship the New York Yankees.

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Carrie Elizabeth Greene

Carrie Elizabeth Greene resides in Columbus, Mississippi. She is a native New Yorker and writes inspirational non-fiction under the name Valerie L. Dodson. You may e-mail her at carrie@avoicebehindthunder.com or visit her web site at www.avoicebehindthunder.com.

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Cassandra Colt

Native of Manitoba, Canada

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Celya Bowers

Celya Bowers was born and raised in a small central Texas town, just south of Waco. Being the youngest of six children, and having strict parents, she started reading at a very early age. The writing bug hit soon after that, and she began creating stories that looked and talked more like she did.

After attending Sam Houston State University, she relocated to Arlington, Texas, just east of Dallas. She currently works at a mortgage company. Her dream destination is to visit the Emerald Isle, so she can finally get a stamp on her passport.

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Chamein Canton

Chamein Canton is a published writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is also an on-line columnist for Venus Divas and Elegant Plus with a loyal plus size readership. Her book Down That Aisle in Style: A Wedding Guide for Full Figured Women was published by WindRiver Publishing in November 2006.

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Charlene Berry

Native of Irvington, New Jersey

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Charlotte Harris

Native of Royal Oaks, Illinois

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Charlotte Roy

Charlotte Roy is a veteran newspaper feature writer and public relations professional. An avid reader and traveler, Ms. Roy currently resides in New Jersey. Love in High Gear is her first, but definitely not last, novel. Romance literature is, and always has been, her first love, and she promises much more to come.

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Charlyne M. Dickerson

Charlyne Dickerson, a retired educator, has been writing novels with African American characters for the past five years. Charlyne taught English, Creative Writing, and Humanities in high schools, community colleges and universities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California for over thirty years before retiring and devoting her time to writing.

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Cheris F. Hodges

     The writing bug bit hard and early for Bennettsville, SC native Cheris F. Hodges. As a student at Marlboro County High School , Hodges knew she was going to be a writer. She joined the school's newspaper staff and decided journalism was the way to go.
     Upon graduating in 1995, she enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University and majored in journalism, all the while working on her novels.
     While working at the Covington News in
Covington, Georgia
, Hodges wrote and self-published "Searching For Paradise."
     "After covering police and courts all day, I needed an escape. So, I pulled out my laptop and started writing 'Searching,'" she said. Fiction had always been an escape for Hodges, she said.
     After completing her first novel, she tried, unsuccessfully, to find an agent and publisher.  Determined to share her work with the world, Hodges used the internet publisher

     A year later, she completed her first romance novel, "Revelations." This time, she found an agent and a publisher that saw the value of her work.
     Maryland agent Sha-Shana Crichton signed Hodges to her agency and, within months, she had a two-book deal with Genesis Press Inc.
     "Revelations" went on to become one of Genesis's best sellers. Fans and critics alike lauded her second Genesis Press novel, "Cautious Heart".
     Hodges sticks to her
South Carolina roots in her new novel, "A Love of Her Own," setting it in Columbia
     "A lot of people write books about the south and don't really capture the flavor of the
Carolinas . I want to put South Carolina and North Carolina
on the literary map. My next novel is even set in Bennettsville," she said.

     Hodges, 28, is the features editor of The Charlotte Post and resides in Charlotte, NC . She is currently working on her next novel.
     A Love of Her Own, the story of finding a love where you least expect it, is in stores in February 2005.


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Chris Parker

Chris Parker is a married father of two. Born and reared in Madison, MS, he now lives in the greater Atlanta, GA area. He first began writing while in the U.S. Marine Corps. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Louisiana State University and Emory University of Atlanta, he now works with the federal government. In this position he has worked in a number of cities, including Miami. He enjoys reading, writing and sports.

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Christal Jordan-Mims

Christal Jordan-Mims is a freelance writer and president of Enchanted PR, an entertainment PR firm in Atlanta , Ga. Besides penning an advice column for a local magazine, she contributes to several hip-hop/R&B magazines and is the originator of Caramelized, a T-shirt line celebrating the strength, beauty and grace in women of color. Her writing focuses on women’s issues, specifically women of color.

Christal received her BA in organizational communication from the University of Oklahoma . She resides in Atlanta with her husband and two children. She is working on her next novel.

You can learn more about Christal Jordan-Mims at her site, www.get-caramelized.com.

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Coco Morena

Coco Morena was born in Philadelphia and educated in the Philadelphia public system. She received a degree in English and Education from the University of Dayton. While teaching high school English in the Dayton Public Schools, she attended Wright State University where she recieved a Master of Humanities Degree with a concentration in Film and Fiction. While there she became one of the founding members of Spoken Journey, a trio of performing artists. In 1997 she was one of two first place winners in Philadelphia Festival of Worl Cinema's "Set in Philly" screenplay writing competition. She is dedicated to serving her community and presently serves as a Community Teacher, helping adult learners to receive their GED and improve their literacy skills.

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Colette Haywood

Colette Haywood was born in the Midwest, but moved to Atlanta in her teens. After high school, she went to college, but quit after a year and a half to work in film. Her career in film work was very short lived, so she returned to Atlanta to finish school. After the birth of her daughter, she entered cosmetology school and began working in a salon. It didn't take long for Colette to decide that a career in hair was not for her. By that time she was married, with a daughter and a newborn son. Colette had more jobs than she could count. She did everything from acting to modeling to office work to advertising and the list just continued to grow. Colette soul's thirst was quenched when she enrolled in a novel writing workshop. Something clicked; she had found an outlet for all of her creative energy. Peace Be Still is her first novel.

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Crystal Hubbard

Crystal Hubbard's debut novel was Suddenly You. She followed it up with Only You, and, in March 2007, Crush, which was her first inter-racial romance. A former reporter and sports copy editor, Crystal is a full-time writer who works from home so she can also be a full-time mother to her four children. Crystal has had an interesting career history that has allowed her to "Gump" her way into extraordinary situations, from arguments with Tipper Gore to being sideswiped by a limo containing Bishop Desmond Tutu. She celebrates real-life characters through her efforts as an award-winning children's book author. Crystal is an accomplished cake decorator and also enjoys boxing, tennis and seeking out new confectionaries when she travels.

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Crystal Rhodes

Crystal V. Rhodes is an author and an award-winning playwright.  Her first novel, Sin, received critical acclaim.  Her second novel, Sweet Sacrifice, was nominated for the Romance Suspense Book of the Year, while her third novel, Grandmothers, Incorporated, co-written with author, L.  Barnett Evans, was selected as Best Book of the Year by two online websites and made its debut as an Off Broadway play in 2010.    Her next novel, Sinful Intentions, received the BlackRefer.com Annual Reviewer’s Choice Award as Best Romance Novel.  Her novel, Singing a Song… was selected by Genesis Press to help promote the 2009 Genesis Press Writing Contest.  Both Sinful Intentions and Singing a Song… have been selected as reads by the Black Expressions Book Club.

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Dar Tomlinson

At 55 years old, a successful interior decorator and mother of two grown children, Dar Tomlinson got the impulse to take a creative writing class at Arapahoe Community College in 1993. She is now the author of three published novels, and has three more in the works. Read more about Dar at www.nettrends.com/dartomlinson

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Deatri King-Bey

Caught Up is Deatri King-Bey's first novel. Currently a Chicago area resident, she works as an editor. Three children, two dogs and a husband keep her days pretty full. An avid reader since childhood, her idea of a good time is a trip to the bookstore, followed by hours curled up on the sofa with her newly-purchased novel. Please visit her website at www.deewrites.com.

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Debra Phillips

Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, but raised in south-central California, D.Y. Phillips has spent many years doing what she loves: writing. For more than a decade D.Y. Phillips has been a school secretary in California, but has always had a dream of writing that won't fit in the school filing cabinet.

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Delilah Dawson

Native of California

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Denise Becker

Native of Hockessin, Delaware

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Diana Nyad

Native of Los Angeles, California

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Diana Richeaux

Native of Houston, Texas

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Dolores Bundy

Dolores Bundy is a native New Yorker and premier political consultant, media/entertainment manager and freelance writer who spearheads her own international firm, DB Networks Corporation. In her capacity as CEO, she has successfully directed the marketing and field operations for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral campaigns in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Bundy recieved her B.S. degree in Political Science and Communications from New York University. She serves as a political consultant to the African American Institute, The Carter Center and International Foundation For Election Systems (IFES). She has acted as coordinator and resource person to numerous International Observer Groups, and Election Official on the continent of Africa for seven years. She has also been rewarded for her work in the enternainment media. In 1977, she founded Carousel Artist Management Company as a subsidiary of Third World Cinema and Carousel Communications. In that executive role Ms. Bundy became one of the first African American women to form a company to manage the careers of African American artists, including The Temptions, singer Ali Woodson and reggae superstar Bob Marley.

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Dominiqua Douglas

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Donna Hill

Donna Hilll lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family, and works by day as a public relations associate for the Queens Borough Public Library System. She was recently contracted to write her first feature screenplay. She conducts writing workshops and seminars for community colleges and other venues, and produces author-centered events under her promotional management company, Arnod Productions. She has been featured in Essence Magazine, Newsday, The Daily News, Publisher’s Weekly, Black Enterprise, The Washington Post, The Amsterdam News and USA Today, among others. She has appeared on B.E.T., The McCreary Report, Good Day New York, Lifetime Television and numerous cable and radio programs across the country.

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Dorianne Cole

Native of Silver Spring, Maryland

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Dorothy Elizabeth Love

She's known for writing memorable characters and intriguing plots with wonderful endings. She is also a motivational speaker who teaches workshops on developing and improving the art of writing. She has self-published an instructional guide for aspiring writers called "Putting the Pep in Plotting" which outlines the basics for developing a novel from scratch. Writing is her passion. She is a business major who consults with technology companies and travels internationally. Born in Florida, she has lived in both North and South America, love cats and is eagerly looking for the next place to move to. Her travel experiences are fueling her new line of novels called TLC (Travel and Love Collection).

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Duncan L. Hunter

Duncan L. Hunter was the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 2003-2007. His sons served in Iraq: Sam Hunter with the US Army's Fourth Stryker Brigade and Duncan D Hunter with the First Marine Division.

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Dyanne Davis

Dyanne was born in a small town in Alabama. She moved to Chicago with her mother and sister when she was eleven where she remained. She's happily married to William Davis, her newest critique partner. They live in a nearby Chicago suburb with their only child, William Davis Jr. A love of the written word began at the age of four when she began reading. Her passion for reading carried over into a desire to write. Dyanne retired from nursing three years ago, with her husband's encouragement, to pursue her dreams of writing full time.

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Edwina Martin-Arnold

Edwina Martin-Arnold lives with her husband and three children in Des Moines, Washington. She attended the University of Washington, and then went to law school at the University of Puget Sound. She practiced seven years as a prosecutor before she left to spend more time with her family. Eve’s Prescription is her previous Indigo title. Read more at www.edwinamartin-arnold.com

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Elaine Sims

Pursuit of graduate degrees in architecture and engineering provided Elaine Sims the opportunity to work on an archeological dig in Hallas, Greece , and was the inspiration for Unearthing Passion. She worked in the field of commercial architecture for eight years before putting it aside to pursue a second career in computer programming. Now she’s working on her third career as a novelist. She lives in Atlanta, Ga. , with her husband and daughter.


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Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose lives with her husband and two children in the suburbs of Chicago. Her first book, Eden's Garden, was released by Genesis Press in 2000 as part of the Tango Two line. Elizabeth and her husband traveled to Peru, the heroine's home, and instantly fell in love with the people, their culture, and their land. After this experience, she knew she had to bring it into one of her novels. Her own photograph of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, is featured on the cover. She also loves to write fantasy, paranormal and medieval romance, and has combined these into her next three releases. She also writes short stories. She loves to hear from her readers. You can email her at lizrose@juno.com. Please stop by her website at http://scribesworld.com/elizabethrose/ and sign her guest book.

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Elsa Cook

Native of

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Eugenia O'Neal

Native of the British Virgin Islands

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Gail McFarland

Gail McFarland was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Cleveland State University, where she was a psychology major with a minor in special education. She is a certified aerobics and American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid instructor. Her hobbies include reading, writing, yoga, Pilates, swimming, cycling and enjoying far too many of Atlanta's wonderful restaurants.

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Gay G. Gunn

Gay G. Gunn is a native of Washington and a product of the D.C Public Schools. She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She majored in sociology and completed a double minor in psychology and education. Mrs. Gunn attended the Howard University School of Social Work on a two year fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and, upon graduation, was employed as a social worker for the D.C. Superior Court. Mrs. Gunn's career in education includes working as the Director of Guidance at Archbishop Carroll High School. While employed there, she introduced career testing for the sophomore and junior classes. Each year of her tenure 97% of Carroll's seniors were accepted to college and received over two million dollars in scholarships and financial aid. On March 5, 1996, the Council of the District of Columbia honored Mrs. Gunn by presenting her with a Ceremonial Resolution. She was recognized for her significant educational and literary contributions. In 1993, Gay G. Gunn received a two-year appointment from the Board of Education of Montgomery Country, Maryland and served on the advisory Committee on Counseling and Guidance. She is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the East, 1989/1990 and Who's Who in the World, 1991/1992. She has two sons and resides with her husband in Maryland, where she continues to celebrate what is strong, positive, and resilient about African American women and men.

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Giselle Carmichael

Giselle Carmichael is a pseudonym for an author who lives in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. An Alabama native, she is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. Daughter and wife of career airmen, she has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. An avid fan of African American fiction and romance, Magnolia Sunset was her debut Indigo novel.

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Gloria Greene

Native of Laurelton, New York

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Grayson Cole

Grayson Cole was born and reared in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she graduated college. Grayson developed a love for travel early in life and lived for brief stints in Europe and Asia. She has been a writer since she can remember, and when she’s not writing she is either in flight, painting, or cooking for family and friends. For more information please visit her website at www.grayson-cole.com.


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Gwyneth Bolton

Gwyneth Bolton was born and raised in Peterson, New Jersey. When she was 12 years old, she became an avid reader of romance by sneaking her mother's stash of novels. In the nineties, she was introduced to African-American and multicultural romance novels, and her life hasn't been the same since. While she had always been a reader of romance, she had never been inspired to write them until the genre opened up to include other voices. She has a BA and an MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in English. She teaches classes in writing and women's studies at the college level. When she is not working on her own African-American romance novels, she is curled up with a cup of herbal tea, a warm quilt, and a good book.


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Gwynne Forster

            Gwynne Forster is national best-selling and award-winning author of six novels of general fiction, twenty-four romance novels, and eight mainstream and romance novellas. 

            Among her many awards and forms of recognition, Gwynne is most proud of her election in 2006 to the Affaire de Coeur Magazine Hall Of Fame. Ecstasy, Obsession, Naked Soul, Against The Wind, Fools Rush In, Swept Away, Secret Desire, Scarlet Woman were all nominated by the magazine for “Best Romance Novel of the Year with an African-American Hero and Heroine.” Gwynne was one of the magazine’s top 10 favorite authors in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2006.

            Romance In Color internet site and reviews gave its 1999 Award of Excellence to Against The Wind and voted Gwynne Author of the Year. Gwynne was also awarded a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. 

           Visit Gwynne on-line at www.gwynneforster.com and read her blog at gwynneforster.blogspot.com. She may also be contacted via e-mail at GwynneF@aol.com.



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I.L. Goodwin

Born and reared in the heart of California's Central Valley, I.L. Goodwin began a love affair with books at the age of five while living in Madera with her 81-year-old grandmother, a wise Southerner and survivor of domestic violence. During those lazy summer afternoons spent listening to her grandmother's timeless wisdom, the desire to chronicle the experiences of strong women burned deep within her heart. The death of her own mother years later at the hands of a violent partner allowed what was once held captive to finally be released on paper. At age 13 she wrote her first full-length manuscript, and several years later completed A Perfect Place to Pray, her debut novel. She currently lives in Stockton, Ca., where she is hard at work on her next novel. 

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Irma Jenkins

Irma Lewis Jenkins is a graduate of Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia and Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her professional career of thirty years was served in Essex County, New Jersey, in the social work arena. She is now retired and lives in southern New Jersey. She is currently working on her second book, a historical study of the Davis family of Fairfield County, South Carolina from 1698 to 1995.

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J.M. Jeffries

Born in Boston, Mass. J.M. Jefferies attended college at UCR. Her occupation is a writer of romance and suspense. She has spent some of her free time traveling all over Europe and the U.S. Read more at www.jmjeffries.com.

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Jahmel West

Using the pen name Jahmel West, Jameelah Madyun had to go through years of typing the details to finally be published. A graduate of Lew Wallace High School in Gary, writing and being published was a dream come true.

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James W. Parkinson

James W. Parkinson is a lawyer, author and businessman. He is a long-time supporter of the Republican Party, both on a national and local level. Mr. Parkinson has served on the board of the Lincoln Club of the Coachella Valley -- California -- as well as the founding Chairman of the Republican Trial Lawyer Caucus of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Parkinson has supported numerous Republicans for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, including but not limited to Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Congressman Duncan Hunter of California. Mr. Parkinson established the Orrin G. Hatch Distinguished Trial Lawyer Lecture Series at Mr. Parkinson's Alma Mater, Brigham Young University, and has served as its Chairman for the past five years.

Mr. Parkinson is co-author of the book Soldier Slaves, Abandoned by the White House, Courts and Congress. That book tells the story of Mr. Parkinson's legal representation -- with others -- of American soldiers from World War II who were used as slave laborers by large private Japanese companies and the struggle of these men to obtain justice some sixty years later. Mr. Parkinson lives with his wife, Susan, in California.

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Janice Angelique

Native of Princeton, New Jersey

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Jeanne Sumerix

Jeanne Sumerix resides in Northern Michigan with her husband of forever. She has three daughters, LeAnn, Lynelle and Lisette, and eight grandchildren. Writing is literally in her blood; her mother was a published author and a descendant of Walt Whitman. Jeanne loves writing multicultural romances for and about women. Jeanne claims three Genesis' romances: From the Ashes and Meant to Be, which she co-authored with the late Kathleen Suzanne and published under the Love Spectrum imprint, and Rendezvous with Fate, under the Indigo imprint. Read more at www.geocities.com/jeannesumerix/

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Joan Early

Joan Early lives in Kingwood, Texas, with her husband where, together, they own an automobile dealership.

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John Brown

John Brown is a risk manager who provides financial services for a Fortune 100 Detroit automaker. He holds a BS in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University, an MA in Economics from the University of Kansas, and an MBA in Finance from Clark Atlanta University. He was formerly a Senior Financial Analyst for CIGNA Corporation in Bloomfield, Connecticut. He resides in Michigan, is single, and enjoys travel, reading and watching soccer events.

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Joyce Jackson

Joyce Jackson is from a small rural community forty-five miles northwest of Houston, TX. She has a degree in Business Education from Prairie View A&M University. She has also been pursuing a Masters Degree in Counseling. She currently works at the University as a Certified Professional Public Buyers and Business Manager. She enjoys cooking, antiquing and reading. Joyce collects Ebony Visions figurines designed by Thomas Blackshear. She lives with her three dogs. Readers can write to Joyce Jackson at P.O. Box 326, Hempstead, Texas 77445, or email her at JJackson5174@Yahoo.com.

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June Michael

After working for many years as an administrative librarian, J.J. Michael decided to pursue her life-long dream of writing and traveling. She is the author of Path to Truth: A Spiritual Guide to Higher Consciousness and is the editor of Path2truth.com, an ezine promoting universal healing and peace.

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K.T. Richey

K.T. Richey is a minister who resides in South Carolina. After earning degrees in social studies and counseling, she went on to practice social work for almost twenty years. Lady Preacher is first in a series of novels that will explore the lives of women in ministry and their efforts to find balance in life, love and the church.

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Kathleen Suzanne

Native of Wolverine, Michigan

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Katrina Spencer

Katrina Spencer lives in Texas with her husband and daughter. And yes, most of the teasing and insults found in Six O'Clock were drawn from her real life. Find out more at www.katrinaspencer.com.


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Kayla Perrin

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kayla Perrin lives in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Toronto on a four-year scholarship, where she obtained a B.A. in English and Sociology. Later deciding she wanted to be a teacher, she attended York University and obtained a B. Ed. Teachers were being laid off in Toronto when she graduated, so, frustrated, she used her time to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a published author. Not landing a teaching job was a blessing in disguise; in four years, she had thirteen original releases hit the shelves, the beginning of a long and fruitful career.

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Kei Swanson

A native Texan, Kei Swanson's career has been that of a Registered Nurse whose specialty is Labor and Delivery. She now lives in San Antonio with her husband and is the mother of two grown sons. She began writing in high school, influenced by 1940's author Rose Franken and her Claudia books. Her second inspiration was her interest in Japan. This resulted in her blending romantic relationships and the exotic land of the samurai.

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Keisha Mennefee

Keisha Mennefee has had the pleasure, stress, and amusement of working for several high-profile celebrities in both the music and sports industries.  The opportunity provided an all-access glimpse into the lives entertainers have both on-stage and off.  Those observations and her love of fiction re-ignited a childhood passion for writing, inspiring stories reflecting her former career.  The mother of four resides in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Visit her on-line at www.keishamennefee.com.

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Keith Thomas Walker

Keith Walker is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English. He enjoys reading, poetry and music of all genres.  He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and two children and currently works in administration in one of the city's largest hospitals. Visit him on-line at www.keithwalkerbooks.com.

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Ken Divine

Native of Stone Mountain, GA

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Kenneth J. Whetstone

Kenneth Jerome Whetstone was born and raised in the Brownsville and East New York sections of Brooklyn, NY. A former high school and college women's basketball coach, he is now a certified men's and women's basketball official and works as a Human Service Professional and as a sports instructor for the Children's Aid Society. He founded the Imperial Crew girls basketball program in 1986, which he evolved into the New Attitude Basketball Program in 1989, and then took a step further in 1992 to form the New Attitude Sports Association Phoenix and Lady Phoenix programs.


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Kimberley White

Multi-published author Kimberley White is a Detroit native who received her education in the Michigan school system. A proud graduate of Murray-Wright High School (Go Pilots! Class of 1985), she devotes a great deal of time speaking about self-empowerment and discovering one’s inner beauty. She is a registered nurse with sixteen years experience in trauma and critical care, and is currently pursuing her masters in nursing at Madonna University. She uses her nursing experience to address topics such as domestic violence, hypertension, and sexual harassment in an entertaining and informative manner. Founder of the Write2Win educational seminars, she is a frequent presenter at writing conferences and teaches various writing courses at several Michigan colleges. She writes the How to Manage Your Career column for EOP. She is a mentor for the Linkage Project, bringing recently released prisoners in touch with the publishing world. Ms. White’s novels include: “Sweet Tomorrows” (Genesis Press, April 2001).

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Kymberly Hunt

Kymberly Hunt works in the healthcare field and resides in the New York suburb of Rockland County. A life-long lover of music, history, and, especially, creative writing, she has been inventing stories since early childhood. She is also involved in spiritual pursuits and is currently at work on her second novel.

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L.S. Childers

LS Childers is a native of the Washington, DC area. Since early childhood, she knew she wanted to become a writer. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied journalism and went on to become a crime reporter for a local newspaper. She is now editor at a trade journal in Virginia.

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LaConnie Taylor-Jones

LaConnie Taylor-Jones holds advanced degrees in community public health and has written for several scientific research publications for the past fifteen years. An active member of the San Francisco Area chapter of the RWA since 2003, Taylor-Jones has combined her writing skills with a twenty-five-year passion for reading romance in the completion of her first full-length multicultural contemporary romance novel, When I'm With You.

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LaFlorya Gauthier

Laflorya Gauthier was born in French Canada. She began her writing career when a Washingston, D.C. publisher suggested she write a book about her life. Her vocation is writing romance novels, poetry, short stories and articles. She also hosts a weekly French-language radio show. Laflorya is the founding president of W.A.R.M (Writers for Romance and Mainstream), and is a meber of RWA and other local clubs and associations. She has been a fashion model in Paris, Morocco and Quebec, where she lives with her husband, two cats and one dog. She has five children, who are all grown.

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Latisha Brandon

Latisha Brandon is a poet and author of romantic, but socially conscious, African-American literature. Her tales are intimate journeys of love, sensuality, and self-discovery. Latisha is a native of Maryland, but currently resides outside of Miami. She is an avid reader of character-driven fiction. She’s also an affectionate wife and mother of three. When she isn’t taking one of her kids to the playground or the library, she can be found trying new recipes, nose deep in a salacious book, or better yet, happily tapping away upon the keys of her battered and bruised, but faithful laptop.


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Leah Latimer

Native of Miami,FL

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Lesego Malepe

Lesego Malepe left South Africa and earned her Ph.D at Boston University. She taught political science at a college near Boston for many years before she turned to writing full-time. She has contributed op-ed articles to national newspapers including USA Today, Baltimore Sun, and St. Louis Post Dispatch. She has been profiled in several newspapers and interviewed on television.

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Leslie Esdaile

Leslie Esdaile is a native Philadelphian, Philadelphia High School for Girls alumnae and Dean's List graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Undergraduate Progam. With many awards to her credit, and a Mayorial Tribute for Entrepreneurial Excellence from The City of Philadelphia for blending art with small business efforts within the community, Esdaile also holds a Masters of Fine arts Degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University of Philadelphia. She adds the dimension of filmmaking and visual media to her writing and other artistic and business endeavors. After a decade as a coporate executive for several Fortune 100 technology firms, Leslie Esdaile now writes full time and enjoys being a wife, a mother of a blended household of four children, while coping with an energetic Labrador Retriever, "Girlfriend". Always on the go, she stays involved in community activities, which keep her busy and well fueled with dramatic content. She draws from life experience in her novels and adds a zany bent of humor to all her projects. Lesle Esdaile has authored fourteen novels and four anthology novellas to date. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia with her husband, children and dog. Most of her books use Philadelphia as a dramatic backdrop. Read more about Leslie at www.esdailebooks.com

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Libby Hughes

Libby Hughes is an author, editor and playwright. She has freelanced for major newspapers in Africa and Asia. For ten years Libby was a drama critic and feature writer for a chain of newspapers on Cape Cod. She edited Ginger Rogers' autobiography and won the Maxwell Anderson Playwritghts Series in 1984. She has written biographies for young readers of such noted personalities as Nelson Mandela, Colin Powell and Margaret Thatcher. Simon and Shuester and Desert Stargield Productions have published her children's books. After writing about many notable people she decided to turn her attention to Tiger Woods, the spectacularly successful young golfer who had attracted legions of young people to the game. His book was noted as being highly readable with may photos, extensive bibliography and glossary of golfing terms. Libby is listed in the "Who's Who in American Women," "Who's Who in America," and the "World's Who's Who of Women." She resides in Cape Cod, writing books and showing her champion Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

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Lisa G. Riley

Lisa G. Riley was born in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Marquette University and received her Bachelors of Art in Journalism. She is currently occupied as a Public Relations Consultant.

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Lisa Jones Johnson

Lisa Jones Johnson is a television executive in Los Angeles. Earlier in her career she worked as a screenwriter and originally began as a corporate attorney in New York on Wall Street. She has always been fascinated with the thin veil between this life and the next, and thus inspiration for A Dead Man Speaks. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

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Lizzette G. Carter

Native of Hallieford, Va

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Malcolm Boyd

Malcolm Boyd is a native of Los Angeles, California. He is an Episcopal priest who has written over twenty books.

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Martin Brant

A writer for twenty years, Martin Brant has studied the works of Norman Mailer, Ken Follett, Anne Rice, Larry McMurtry and many of the classics to learn and establish his own writing style. As an advocate of gay rights, this genre has given him the opportunity to create entertaining and thought-provoking stories that celebrate human diversity.

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Maryam Diaab

Maryam Diaab was born in Detroit, Mich., and received a degree in Arts and Sciences from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn. She currently works as a fifth grade reading and language arts teacher in the metro Detroit area, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

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Michele Cameron

Michele Cameron, a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a graduate of North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro with a BS degree in professional writing and English education. She currently teaches high school English in Orlanda, Florida. Cameron's first novel, Never Say Never, was given a four star rating. Romance in Color named her the New Face Among African-American Writers. Her second novel, Moments of Clarity, received a five star rating from Affaire de Coeur. Cameron has been a featured guest on numerous notable BAN radio stations including Mr. Media Interviews, Conversations Live with Cyrus Webb, Black Author"s Network, I Just Finished, Coffee With an Author, EDC Creations, the morning show "Who You Calling Old?", The Write Vision with Celeste Kelley, Circle of Seven with Austin Camacho and The Literary Diva. She has written numerous articles on the internet including the websites APOO Book Club, Affaire de Coeur, Black Author's network, Sormag and The Book Place. Cameron's third novel, When Lightning Strikes, is coming out in August 2009, and will be followed by Unclear and Present Danger in February 2010.

Visit her on-line at www.michelecameronblog.com.


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Michele Sudler

Michele Sudler lives in the small East Coast town of Smyrna, Delaware. Busy raising her three children, Gregory, Takira and Kanika Lambert, she finds time for her second passion, writing, in the evenings and on weekends. After attending Delaware State College, where she majored in business administration, she began work in the banking industry.

Her newest book, One of These Days, tells the story of Shelia, a med student who has carried a torch for her brother's best friend Charles since childhood. She bumps into Charles, now an up-and-coming R&B singer, at a wedding, and decides it's now or never. When their union brings unforeseen complications, their whole world is threatened.

One of These Days is her second novel. Genesis Press published her first novel, Intentional Mistakes, in April 2005.

Besides spending time with her children and writing, she enjoys playing and watching basketball, traveling and reading.


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Mildred E. Riley

Mildred Riley is a grandmother (of 6) and was a registered nurse for 40 years. She wrote her first, and the industry's first, historical romance with an African American theme. Mildred has written seven titles in all since her first release Yamilla, in 1990. Her real love is tracking down history; she and her husband of 50 years are enjoying the excitement of her new writing career. “Writing has made our retirement quite lively. We meet new people and lots of writers. We visit bookstores and research at fascinating little museums and libraries. He is quite helpful in the search for documentation,” she says.

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Miriam Shumba

Miriam Shumba has had several short stories and articles published in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States.  She earned her teaching degree at Rhodes University in South Africa and continued her education at Walden University. Miriam has taught elementary school in several countries.  She moved to the United States in Zimbabwe in 2001 and now lives in Michigan with her husband.  Show Me the Sun is her first novel.  You can read more about her writing and life journey at www.miriamshumba.com.

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Monica White

Native of Douglasville, Georgia

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Montana Blue

Native of Omaha, Nebraska

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Natalie Dunbar

Natalie Dunbar is a Detroit area engineer and University of Michigan graduate who has never been able to resist a good story. From creating plays to performing with her sisters at the age of eight, to writing romantic episodes for Star Trek's Mr. Spock, and finally penning romance novels that encompass all her favorite heroes, she has always enjoyed romance. For Natalie, romantic fiction represents the great escape into the most exciting adventure imaginable: LOVE. Married to her high school sweetheart, Natalie lives in the Detroit area with her husband and their two boys. Best of Friends is her first Indigo love story. Read more about Natalie at www.nataliedunbar.com.

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Nia Dixon

Native of New York, New York

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Nicole Green

Nicole Green received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia and she currently attends law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Visit her on-line at www.nicolegreen.webs.com.

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Nina Sheridan

Nina Sheridan considers herself a native of the world.

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Pamela Leigh Starr

Pamela Leigh Starr, a wife and mother of three, works to aid teachers in creating readers, and hopefully future fans, as a national staff trainer for an educational publishing company. Ms. Starr traces the budding of her love for writing back to her very first creation, entitled The Terrifying Night, an approximately 20-page comedic thriller illustrated by a fellow seventh-grade classmate. Long after the writing of The Terrifying Night, Ms. Starr found the courage to develop love stories that were thrilling and romantic and continues to do so. She has fallen in love with presenting the never-ending cycle of two people meeting, opening their hearts and finding their way to love.

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Pamela Ridley

Pamela Ridley, a native of St. Louis, Mo., writes romantic suspence novels that often center on murder. A thread of faith also runs through her stories, with major characters relying on God to help them weather the worst life has to offer.

Ridley's latest novel, Lies Too Long, tells the story of Laurel Novak, a woman who gets more than she bargains for when she falls for her best friend's boyfriend, former professional basketball player Dennis Butler. She finds herself pregnant by Dennis, and he makes it abundantly clear that he will stop her pregnancy...at any price. When someone makes an attempt on Laurel's life, she and a sympathetic Christian cop must pay the price for lies that are allowed to fester for too long.

Visit Pamela Ridley on-line at www.pamelaridley.com.


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Phyllis Hamilton

Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Hamilton is a former college administrator and a graduate of the University of Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and has worked as a freelance writer in the Dallas, Texas area for the last twenty years. Along with writing, she is a mediator affiliated with a Dallas area law office. She has a keen interest in the world economy, the influence of politics on the stock market. While developing the story line and back life of her characters, she often searches for poetry that encapsulates the essence of her story. For her, poetry sets the mood much in the same way as music does it for others. Phyllis says that she thoroughly enjoys the craft of writing. She states, “For me, there is nothing more pleasurable than to lose myself in the groove of melding what’s in my imagination with research and reality. Adding to this pleasure is experiencing the metamorphosis of the story and its characters.”

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Regena Bryant

Regena Bryant is a training and organizational development specialist, motivational speaker and registered corporate coach. She holds a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education. She has educated and encouraged groups that range in perspectives from corporate executives to concerned parents. She has delivered multiple programs in leadership, communication skills, personal growth and wellness.

In 2004 she made a pact with her nephew, “…if you give me a college degree, I’ll write a book.” For the next five years she actively worked on the craft of writing and her first novel. An active member of the Windy City Chapter of RWA, she serves as the chapter secretary and writes a column for the newsletter, “Letters to my Unpublished Self.” She lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and three children; her nephew’s college diploma graces the mantle.

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Renee Alexis

Born and reared in Detroit, Michigan, Renee Alexis has always loved the arts. She began her writing career at a very young age with short stories for school newspaper contests. Please contact her at www.reneealexis.net .

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Renee Wynn

Renee Wynn fell in love with romance when she peeped at a romance book her friend was reading in their high school biology class. After the encounter, she was hooked for life. She is married to her romantic hero, her college sweetheart, Michael. She and her husband live on the East Coast. They have one son, Derek, who brings much joy to their lives.

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Reon Carter

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Reon Laudat

Reon Laudat is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a features and lifestyle reporter, her beats include pop culture, trends, fitness and fashion. Her work has appeared in newspapers across the country via the Gannett News Service. She resides in Michigan with her husband. She has penned three Indigo romances for Genesis Press including: Picture Perfect (which is under her maiden name Reon Carter), Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Promise and It's In His Kiss. Readers can visit her website at reonlaudat.com.

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Richard Perry

Richard Perry was born in the Bronx and raised in Monticello, New York. He graduated from the City College of New York and holds an MFA from Columbia University. No Other Tale to Tell is his third novel. His second novel, Montgomery’s Children, won the Quality Paperback Books’ “New Voices” Award in 1985. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and is three-time winner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Award for Fiction. He teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and lives Englewood, New Jersey.

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Rob Dalby

Robert Dalby is a native of Natchez, Mississippi, currently living in Tupelo, MS. He is a graduate of the University of the South.

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Robin Hampton Allen

Native of Marietta, Georgia

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Rochelle Alers

A native of New York, Rochelle Alers is now residing in a quaint fishing village on Long Island with her family, where she draws the inspiration to write her sensual novels and short stories. Formerly a pre-school teacher, she changed her career for the corporate world. Rochelle holds a degree in sociology and psychology. Both help her to create the sophisticated, sexy characters who, in her novels, dare to risk everything for love.

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Ronald Rychlak

Professor Rychlak is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Mississippi, where he had been on the faculty since 1987. He teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Gaming Law, and Environmental Law. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Rychlak was with the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block, and he served as clerk to the Hon. Harry W. Wellford of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt and his B.A. from Wabash College.

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Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Roslyn Hardy Holcomb was born and reared in North Alabama. Born at the time of the civil rights movement, she grew up and married interracially six years ago. Many of the themes that abound in Rock Star, particularly the taboos against relationships between black women and white men, are issues she and her husband routinely confront. Roslyn began reading her mother's romance books at the age of nine. At first, a lifelong devotion to needle arts and crafts let to a stint on the editorial staff of a major craft publisher, but regular volunteer work and a passion for child welfare led her to leave that field and pursue an advanced degree and a career in social service. Shortly after her son was born, she decided to become a stay-at-home mother and pursue romance writing full-time.

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Ruthie Robinson

Ruthie resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two teenage children. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Clark College and a master's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for more than a decade in the banking industry before turning her love for writing into a second career.

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S.R. Maddox

S.R. Maddox is a native of Biloxi, Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a Masters in Public Administration, and is currently working to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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Sammie Ward

Sammie Ward has written over forty short stories for Black Romance, Black Confessions, Black Secrets, Bronze Thrills, True Black Experience, and True Confessions magazines. She was recognized as a literary diva in Heather Covington's Literary Diva: The Top 100+ African-American Women in Literature. Sammie Ward is also the CEO/founder of the online publishing company Lady Leo Publishing. Email her at ladyleopublishing@comcast.net or contact her via snail mail at PO Box 14283, Silver Spring, MD 20911.

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Sandra Bell Calhoune

Sandra Bell Calhoune lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her husband and their two daughters. Sandra grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, where she developed a fondness for reading romance novels and mysteries. After attending Syracuse University she began a thirteen year career as a Federal Investigator for the EEOC in Boston, Massachusetts. In the last few years she has focused her energies on writing romantic fiction. Liar's Web is her first novel.

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Sandra Foy

Originally from Tunica, Mississippi, she is now a stay-at-home mom as well as a writer. She resides with her family in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Sean Young

Sean Young wrote her first story at age twelve, when she wrote the Easter play for the youth department at her church. She lives in northeast Indiana with her family.

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Seressia Glass

Seressia Glass was born in Atlanta, GA, and attended Georgia State University but never decided on a major. She currently works as a Human Resource Trainer for an international office supply company. Visit Seressia at www.seressia.com

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Sharon Robinson

In 1997, Sharon Robinson was named the Director of Educational Programming for Major League Baseball. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Ms. Robinson had a twenty-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator, teaching at such prestigious universities as Yale, Columbia, Howard and Georgetown. She is the author of Jackie’s Nine (Scholastic May 2001), a personal tour guide through the nine heartfelt, hard-won values that helped her father achieve his goals, and Stealing Home is her memoirs about growing-up in the public eye. Still the Storm is her first Indigo novel. She has a son and resides in New York City.

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Simone Harlow

Native of hot and sexy California.

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Sinclair LeBeau

Sinclair LeBeau makes her home in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband and three children. She has been a freelance writer for sixteen years. Many of her works appear frequently in women’s magazines affiliated with the Sterling/MacFadden Women’s Group.

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Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime currently lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, and works as a media technician. She is a four-time Aurora Award finalist, and the author of over thirty short stories.

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Stephanie Salinas

Stephanie Salinas grew up in Northeastern Vermont and eventually wound up in St. Helens, Oregon. She is a personal assistant to a nationally renowned jewelry designer.

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T.T. Henderson

Tanya (T.T.) Henderson grew up in and around the Denver Metropolitan area. Even though she once lived in the low income housing area she fondly refers to as "The Projects", she says she learned from her mother to never settle for what was, but to strive for what could be. She recieved a college education at Colorado State University. After marriage and two children, she put the stories that ran through her mind as a child down on paper. She now holds a full time position as an assistant vice president for a Fortune 500 company.

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Tammy Williams

Tammy Williams caught the writing bug when a sixth-grade assignment called for the creation of an illustrated short story. From that moment, the idea of breathing life into characters took on a life of its own.

A resident of Denmark, S.C.,  Tammy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Lowcountry Romance Writers of America.

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Trisha Haddad

Trisha Haddad is a writer who lives in San Francisco. She began a career in the publishing industry straight out of college, first at a literary agency and then in academic publishing. Her passions include writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and best friend, Derek. Her life as a writer has been inspired from childhood by her grandmother, Helen Haddad, a mystery writer.

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Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is a writer and an engineer. He was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. Varian is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Words of Wisdom Writers’ Society, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Varian now lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Crystal. A Red Polka Dot In A World Full Of Plaid is his first novel.

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Vernon Baker

Vernon Baker lives in northern Idaho and is the only living black World War II Medal of Honor recipient. On January 13, 1997, fifty-two years after his World War II military service, President Clinton presented him with the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor, the Medal of Honor.

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Veronica Parker

Veronica Parker holds an MFA in Creative Writing and graduated cum laude with a degree in English Literature from American University. A Lover’s Legacy is her second novel.

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Vicki Andrews

Vicki Andrews was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but was raised in Denver, Colorado. She now lives in San Diego, where she is a published novelist, poet and lecturer. She is currently the vice president of The African American Writers & Artist, Inc. of San Diego. She is active in giving her time, talents and attention to incarcerated young women at the San Diego Rehabilitation Facility.

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Wanda Thomas

When a college history professor asked, "Who in this room thinks that they could be President of the United States?" Wanda Y. Thomas immediately raised her hand, then looked around to see that she was the only person with a hand in the air. As a twenty-four year veteran (or casualty - her words) of the cable television industry, Wanda has worked in various administrative and affiliate sales & marketing management positions. In 1994, God led Wanda to the dusty desert and the decadent city of Las Vegas, Nevada. "Though God may have had a hand in it," says Wanda. "It was actually a home shopping network, which relocated about 100 people from across the country to Las Vegas, and then laid us all off within a month." That experience, and the lessons learned, prompted Wanda to review the goals on her life's list and to pursue the one that said: write a book and get it published. Currently writing for Genesis Press, Inc and their Indigo Romance line, Wanda's first novel TRULY INSEPARABLE was released in hardback form in October 1998, and in soft cover in December 1999. Her second, FOREVER LOVE, was released in November 2000, and a third, SUBTLE SECRETS, was released in June 2001 and was nominated by Romance In Color in the categories of Book Of The Year and Genesis Press Release of the Year. Wanda was also nominated as Author of the Year. Wanda is single and lives in Denver, Colorado with her teenaged son.

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Wayne Wilson

Wayne L. Wilson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to establishing a career in writing, Wilson co-owned and operated an international publishing company specializing in innovative multicultural designs for fifteen years. Subsequently, Wilson was contracted to interview influential Latino men throughout the country and write over 160 biographies for Encuentros: Hombre A Hombre (Encounters: Man To Man), a comprehensive vocational education book published by the California Department of Education in 2000. In 2001, Pomegranate Publishing asked Wilson to research and write quotes for a desktop calendar on African American humor called Black Humor: Satire, Comedy, & Wit, which was featured in major bookstores such as Barnes & Nobles during the 2002-2003 season. Wilson has also written nine published books targeted toward children and young adults for Mitchell Lane Publishers. His short stories and essays have been published in commercial and literary magazines. During this same time period, Wilson's first original screenplay was optioned by Magic Johnson Entertainment. In addition, he was hired by Casey Silver Productions to write an original screenplay for Universal Studios. Wilson recently completed his third original screenplay. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America. Genesis Press acquired the rights to publish Wilson's first novel, Soul Eyes, as the first book in a trilogy. Soul Eyes will be released in fall 2005 and will launch the publisher's new Obsidian fantasy imprint.

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Wendy Byrne

Wendy Byrne lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband. She has several decades of experience in social work, and now teaches at a local university.

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Wilbur O. Colom and James W. Parkinson

Wilbur O. Colom, a businessman and lawyer, is a veteran Republican with over 30 years of active party participation. He started, in 1975, working for the Mississippi Republican candidate for governor, and continued to work for Republican candidates for the next three decades. Mr. Colom served in numerous roles for the Mississippi Republican Party through much of the 1980s and ran unsuccessfully for State Treasurer as the Republican nominee in 1987. In national politics, Mr. Colom served on the Ronald Reagan transition team in 1980, and as a delegate or alternate to two Republican National Conventions (most recently in 2004). He is a long-time friend, supporter and major contributor to most Republican luminaries in Mississippi, including Governor Haley Barbour, Senator Thad Cochran and former Senator Trent Lott.

Mr. Colom is the Founder and Chairman of the Colom Foundation and is the owner/President of the Genesis group of companies, which include: Genesis Press, Genesis Real Estate, and Genesis Leasing Company. Mr. Colom lives with his wife, Dorothy, in Columbus, Mississippi.

James W. Parkinson is a lawyer, author and businessman. He is a long-time supporter of the Republican Party, both on a national and local level. Mr. Parkinson has served on the board of the Lincoln Club of the Coachella Valley -- California -- as well as the founding Chairman of the Republican Trial Lawyer Caucus of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Parkinson has supported numerous Republicans for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, including but not limited to Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Congressman Duncan Hunter of California. Mr. Parkinson established the Orrin G. Hatch Distinguished Trial Lawyer Lecture Series at Mr. Parkinson's Alma Mater, Brigham Young University, and has served as its Chairman for the past five years.

Mr. Parkinson is co-author of the book Soldier Slaves, Abandoned by the White House, Courts and Congress. That book tells the story of Mr. Parkinson's legal representation -- with others -- of American soldiers from World War II who were used as slave laborers by large private Japanese companies and the struggle of these men to obtain justice some sixty years later. Mr. Parkinson lives with his wife, Susan, in California.

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Yolande McVey

Yolande McVey was born in 1966 in Frankfurt, Germany, the daughter of an Army sergeant. Her family eventually moved to Chicago. She began writing at a very early age, a habit that she has carried for a lifetime. She graduated from high school and enrolled in the University of Chicago (Urbana/Champaign campus) at age 16, but left school to marry and start a family at age 20. After her marriage ended, she had the idea to write romance novels, and, at age 40, completed her first manuscript.

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