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.