Denise Turney is a full-time writer, radio talk show host and author of the books Love Pour Over Me (new book!), Portia, Spiral, Long Walk Up, Love Has Many Faces, Gada's Glory and Rosetta's Great Hope. She has been published in national magazines, newspapers and journals like Madame Noire, Sisters in Style, Today's Black Woman, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, Obsidian II and the Bucks County Courier Times.
Love Pour Over Me, a story about restored love, recounts Raymond Clarke’s tumultuous, yet triumphant life experiences. The cradle of Raymond’s life is steeped in unpredictability. His father struggles with alcoholism. His mother abandoned him when he was two years old, leaving him alone to fend for himself with a father who parents with an iron fist. Raymond’s track and field successes, not only make him one of America’s top middle-distance runners, they also earn him a scholarship to a prestigious university, where Raymond meets a motley sort of friends, some famous, some from other countries, each with an intriguing story of his own. But, just when Raymond thought he was free from his alcoholic father, he finds himself pulled into an unresolved murder. His efforts to go unscathed by the pull and tug of intimacy also threaten to keep him from the one woman he's ever truly loved, the woman he was born to love.
Ja’Nese Dixon is an Oklahoma native living in Houston, Texas. As a child, she spent most of her days reading anything she could grab. Her love for writing gave birth to a large collection of poetry and short stories. She continued to nurture her love of reading and writing until entering graduate school. As a wife and mother of two small children, she found little time to write but her reading continued.
In late 2004, she decided to quietly pursue her writing career by entering contests and ghost writing articles. After ranking in several contests, she began writing her first novel, Black Diamond, scheduled for release in June 2010.
Ja’Nese Dixon is still an avid reader, she loves to write, run, cook, crochet, watch romantic comedy movies, attend live concerts, volunteer in several ministries in her church, and most importantly spend time with her family.
Ja’Nese Dixon spends her days marketing small businesses and her nights writing. To learn more visit www.janesedixon.com.
Camille Blackwell, an undercover FBI agent, poses as a jewelry purchaser in an international diamond trading company in hopes of identifying the domestic players in a vicious rebel group suspected of trafficking conflict diamonds.
The Bureau requests CIA renegade Marc Fulton’s assistance with sweeping international intelligence to identify the major rebel organizations with finances and stateside connections strong enough to evade criminal prosecution, despite Camille’s objections.
Sparks fly when Marc and Camille meet, their attraction is instant and tense. However, both resolve to focus on the case. But when Camille receives an encrypted memory stick from a murdered co-worker Marc may be the only person she can trust.
Black Diamond is the eagerly anticipated debut novel by Ja’Nese Dixon. True love, like black diamonds, is rare and precious; but when murder and a persistent criminal threaten a frail relationship, can love triumph?
In a borderless game of cat and mouse, will a chance at happily ever after be thwarted at the deadly scheme of the faceless leader of the Imperial Dynasty?
A native of Texas, with paternal roots in the Carolinas, Gwendoline Alpha Young Fortune has lived most of her life in Illinois. She is an educator in Interdisciplinary Social Science and a classically trained soprano. She wrote regular columns for Illinois and North Carolina newspapers and guest columns for magazines and journals.
Gwen Fortune’s intent and goal are to share a perspective on American life that differs from the stereotypical model of people of color. Her experience is a reflection of African-European-Indigenous American heritage, study, and travel on five continents equips her for her chosen role—communicator of multi-cultural history and life.
Following a career in education, she moved to North Carolina where she was co-organizer for Macon County Writers, member of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and 2008 judge of the “Heritage Poetry Contest,” for the North Carolina Poetry Society. Her awards include a Blumenthal Readers and Writers from the North Carolina Writers’ Network, QBR-Poets and Writers Toni Cade Bambara Fiction Contest. Notable authors have been generous with highly favorable reviews of her novels.
She remains active in academia, giving papers at Meredith College in North Carolina, the African American Association of Historical Research and Preservation at Seattle University, and essays in anthologies.
She has recorded and offers a thirteen program recorded series titled, “We do it all, classical music composed and performed by people of African descent.”
Fortune lives in Gainesville, Florida. She has three adult sons and three granddaughters. She writes daily, with much more to complete.
When 11-year old C.J. asks her grandmother, "Noni, where did I come from," a memorable quest begins. Weaving the Journey: Noni and the Great Grands is a multi-generational saga of family, culture and race that begins with Sariah, a slave in the early 1800s, and concludes with Sariah's descendants in the 21st Century. The reader will meet a multi-ethnic cast of characters--black, brown, red and white--who move through space and time in a compelling landscape. This is the sympathetic and ultimately healing story of the intermingling--the weaving--of a truly American family.
New author Jennifer ‘Je’ Wilford introduces a heart felt true story, that will capture your attention and touch your heart from the very beginning. In an attempt for self searching, Jennifer surveyed several higher educational programs to assist her in identifying her skills. Wanting to follow in her cousin, Dr. Michael K. Butler’s footsteps, she peeked an interest in medicine. She continued to purse that dream in high school by enrolling in the medical program at Belaire High School in 1988. After graduating in 1992, her interests turned to the field of Architecture Design while attending Southern University in Baton Rouge. Still trying to find her niche, she pursued other venues, such as Pharmacy and Law Enforcement, until she was re-introduced in 2006 to her first love, which is design. However, the gift of Grahic Design did not occur overnight. She began drawing at the tender age of 7 and designed her first T-Shirt at the age of 10.
With God’s direction, she used the talents that he had given to her and took a leap of faith and became the sole owner of Je’Designs, a freelance graphic design and promotional company. Je’ always had a mature level of thinking and writing, but it wasn’t until the sudden death of her mother and father, that she picked up the pen to write again. Not knowing any other way to cope with their death, she counts God as being her source of strength, enabling her to write through her pain. She has stated on several occasions, that God gave her the name, “Blessed Therapy”. ” My mother taught me at an early age that anytime you want something in your life to prosper, you must keep God first. I have always considered it to be a blessing to be able to help others with their problems by simply listening to them and telling them about the changes that I have been through in my life. It helped them, but it was my therapy”.
After living an alternative lifestyle for 18yrs, Jennifer decided to walk away and give her life back to Christ. She states, ” It has been a difficult road, but there is no situation that I can’t overcome, as long as God is with me. I want to see Jesus when I die; and I want to see my parents as well. I’ve learned in life that you will always fear what you don’t know. This time, I turned fear, into Faith and I let God lead the way”. Jennifer currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is a member of the Friendship West Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Fredrick D. Haynes III.
Blessed: Therapy is the long awaited book of freelance Graphic Designer, Jennifer ‘Je’ Dixon Wilford. After loosing her father in January 25,2008, she lost her mother 10 months later on November 9, 2008. Je’ states that her parents’ death, gave her a chance a new chance at life, because she walked away from nearly 20 years of being in the alternative (lesbian) lifestyle. Looking for direction and peace of mind, she began writing, which became her form of therapy. “Anything that you have and you want it to be a success, you must keep God first”, says Je’. Journey with her, through her eyes, as she takes you on the most difficult path she has ever had to cross in life. You will laugh, you will cry and you will be blessed.
K.L. Brady is a D.C. native and grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the setting of her debut novel. When she hit her “tween” years, her mother packed the family and moved to Bellaire, Ohio, where she eventually graduated from Bellaire High School. She attended the University of Akron for a few semesters, where she pledged Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., before moving back to the D.C. area. She discovered a love for reading and writing at the age of three, by her mother’s accounts. Through the years, she has maintained diaries and journals, but the journals she wrote as an adult provided the inspiration for The Bum Magnet.
“Journaling allowed me to keep my writing a secret from the world. I’d write things and crack myself up, but I just never conceived of actually pursuing writing as anything other than an emotional outlet, that is, until I turned forty. With the real estate slump (my second love), and a high dose of Oprah’s Best Life series, I realized that I was suppressing a major part of who I was. I wanted to share my voice, experiences, and wacky sense of humor. The convergence of all those things was the kick in the pants I needed to get off my duff and write the novel. Although most of the novel consists of figments of my imagination and stretched truths, the main character’s life does mirror my own in some respects (unfortunately).”
A single mom, Brady lives just outside of D.C. in Cheltenham, Maryland, with her son, William. She works for a government contracting firm and is an active real estate agent with Exit Realty. Brady is also an alumnus of the University of the District of Columbia and University of Maryland University College, earning a B.A. in Economics and M.B.A., respectively.
“If I have on regret, it’s that I didn’t pursue my love of writing before I took out over $30,000 in student loans to get my M.B.A. Hopefully, my degree will serve me well in the marketing and business phases of the publishing industry because, God willing, I’m here to stay.”
Real estate agent Charisse Tyson seems to have it all-a great job, a dream car, and a McMansion in high-and-mightyville. Everything in her life is just right…except the Mister. While lamenting the break-up with her most recent “the one” during a holiday meltdown, Charisse realizes she has a type when it comes to men—players, players, and more players. A magazine article motivates her to swear off men and examine the complex roots of her romantic fiascos.
Just five simple steps to turn her life to the stuff of legends, right? Life is never that easy…
Charisse commences her do-it-yourself therapy project and barely cracks open her emotional toolbox when she encounters the monkey wrenches: an irresistible new beau, two persistent ex-flames, and an FBI agent with life-altering secrets threatening to turn her world upside-down.
A tug of war ensues and Charisse is dead center, trying her best to distinguish the Don Juans from the Romeos. As her love life is propelled into unpredictable twists not even she could imagine, will a twenty-seven-year-old secret keep Charisse from finding the right “one”?
Laugh loud and often as Charisse discovers whether her choices in men reflect more than a penchant for good looks, great sex, and bad judgment.
I was born October 10, 19… in good ole Queens, New York. I had a difficult childhood, though it’s not your usual abuse story. I developed severe eczema and most of my schoolmates shunned me until high school. Books became my friend.
Early in life, I found myself fascinated by the macabre. I would actually set my alarm if one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling or One Step Beyond was coming on late at night. These kept me up ‘til the wee hours of the morning.
Being raised in Amityville was the icing on the cake. My biological mother died when I was thirteen, the age where puberty reared its ugly head. Needless to say, I was a wife and mother by the time I was seventeen, divorced at twenty. Then I met Fred, my second, current and final husband. We’ve been together 34 years. He helped me become an adult although I went kicking and fighting the whole way. Together, we raised six children.
Reading was my education. I can’t list my degrees or college affiliations. I learned from the masters; Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Jean Auel, even Sidney Sheldon. I love you all.
Lead Homicide Detective Shevaughn Robinson has gone from the cop everyone, including herself, doubted to the "golden child" of the Portsborough Police Department with a record of sensational arrests and closed cases.
But when Helene Elliott is found dead from an apparent suicide, her family insists it was murder and pressures the Portsborough Police Department to take on the investigation. Detective Robinson is assigned to the case at a time when she is struggling to strike a balance between her personal and professional life following the death of Tony O'Brien, the love of her life. Elliott's case awakens a complicated relationship with Terri Becker who harbors resentment towards Shevaughn for the death of Eric Becker, the serial killer dubbed Ace of Hearts.
Was the Elliott death a suicide or the work of a cold-blooded predator? Will life throw Shevaughn another unexpected blow? And will Shevaughn's attempts to move forward inadvertently lead death to her front door yet again?
DeiIra Smith-Collard is an exciting new author from Houston, Texas. The 1st of 4 children, she has always had a strong passion for writing. She currently works in customer service for a telecommunications company while practicing her craft. To her the beauty of the world is that it's not perfect and there is somehow comfort in life's imperfections. Her writing style embraces those imperfections and compels her to write from the heart. DeiIra Smith-Collard is a multifaceted writer exploring more than one genre. She also writes poetry, short stories, and children's fiction.
DeiIra currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children.
Five years have passed since a storm of betrayal and deception swept through the halls of Synergy Wireless. Everything seems calm, but just as things have settled and everyone is back to the comfortable norm, long forgotten secrets and lies threaten to expose sins, both past and present.
Nicole, still hungry for love and craving attention is desperate to find a man to show her true affection. True to her nature she is willing to have it at all cost. Carmell constantly longs for Louis, but is she willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of his love? Natina is devastated by loss, and blames others for her misfortune. Anger causes her to employ her by any means necessary tactics of revenge. Years after, Kendra is still torn between desire and obligation, as she struggles to find her way, can she end up finding herself?
Secrets, Sins and Shameful Lies will again satiate your appetite for drama. Some secrets will be revealed while others concealed. Get ready for another turbulent voyage.
Author and Minister Paulette Harper has made her presence known with her first inspirational book That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored has become a National Best Seller.
A heart-wrenching account of one woman’s true story of determination, loss and triumph. In her book, she outlines how a heart attitude of surrender allows God to use a broken vessel for His ultimate plans of Glory.
A native of Pittsburg, Ca, Paulette travels as an Inspirational speaker teaching people how to overcome life’s unexpected experiences by delivering a strong message of hope.
Beyond her writing ability she has a passion to lead people to a clear and precise understanding of how life challenges can become one’s ultimate source of victory by sharing solid, biblical principles that will enable people to find a way out of every trial so they can reach their God given potential.
Paulette resides in Northern California and is a member of New Birth Church in Pittsburgh under the leadership of Pastor Carl Smith.
How could God have a purpose for me amidst this mess? Why do such bad things happen to good people? If you’ve recently asked yourself these questions, Paulette Harper’s That Was Then, This is Now has the answers. Struggling to recover from a broken marriage and disappointed dreams, Paulette Harper gropes for meaning and understanding, and through her searching, God reveals Himself to her in ways she never before imagined possible. By sharing her struggles with transparency, she illustrates how a heart attitude of surrender allows God to use a broken vessel for His ultimate plans of glory. That Was Then, This is Now ministers to hurting hearts in every season of life, reminding them that God restores shattered lives, intent on using them for His sovereign purposes.
Danyelle is a Author, Pastor, Teacher, Inspirator, Wife, and a Mother. Behind this great woman is a life story of pain and promise and the reality of who she is Christ. It is this reality that has caused Danyelle to become a great author whose books are dedicated towards changing the lives of God's children.
Danyelle was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana with her parents Milton and Helen Hall and her three siblings: Zeldnett, Sylvia, and Rayshun. Because she was a preculiar child, her grandmother, the late Missionary L. B. Ford, took her under her wings and made sure that she was in church whenever the doors were opened. She was baptized at an early age at Greater Hope Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverand Leonard Jones. As a child she spent a lot of her time at her father's family church, Mt. Nebo Baptist Church as well, under the leadership of Pastor George Green Sr.
Because there was unmistakenly a plan for Danyelle's life, her teenage years spiraled out of control causing her to become a teenage mother. Danyelle married at the age of seventeen and became the proud mother of three beautiful children: Raiyawna, Dobrielle, and Dwight Gatlin Jr. After living in Yokosuka Japan, small stints in San Francisco, Corpus Christi, Philidelphia, and later in Jacksonville Fla, she divorced and started seeking God for her purpose.
After some very painful relationships, Danyelle began to seek God's divine revelation towards relationships. It is this revelation that took her back to a very unique childhood gift...writing and then God called her into the ministry. Because of the negativity behind women preaching, she all but tried to turn her back on the calling. Through a past relationship, Danyelle ended up in jail for four days. During these four days, she made a vow to God to do whatever He told her regardless to what people said. She preached and taught diligently for four days and was then bailed out by a Pastor from Corsicana, Texas. This led to a ministry that is designed to shake the atmosphere, cause demons to tremble, and usher God's children into the acceptance of the most precious and sweetest gift given to man...Salvation.
As a reward to her diligence, God allowed her to be found by Pastor Reynard Scroggins, with whom she's been married to for almost a ten years. Together with her husband she pastors New Vessels Ministries. Danyelle has altogether now dedicated her life to helping people heal through the Word of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and her books.
In the world that we live in today, it is normal for a single or divorced female to set out on a quest to find a mate. It is this very quest that often leads to heartache and heart break. In “Not Until You’re Ready” the author takes you through a channel of events that the she experienced after divorce on a quest to find a mate. The author gives candid details of how she struggled with the spirit of loneliness that led to a pit of destruction.
It is with this work, the author sets out to break the chains of the enemy concerning relationships. She encourages women of all ages to allow God to prepare them to be found while explaining to women that God will send them mates and other desires of their hearts, but “Not Until You’re Ready.”
With her deepest regards to God’s daughters, she pours out of her spirit a mandate for women of God to prepare themselves for God’s use and His male vessels. “Not Until You’re Ready” not only meets you in the situations you’re in, but it helps you to arrive in your place of purpose.
C. M. Jones recently authored her debut novella, I Still Do, but she is no stranger to writing creative and inspiring stories. Her love for writing began at a young age, she has written countless poems, musicals and short stories that explore themes of redemption, forgiveness and a real picture of the things that can happen in life.
C. M. Jones is a wife and mother who draws inspiration from her husband, children and her relationship with Jesus Christ.
I Still Do, tells the story of three women, Deborah, Leslie, and Karen, who must overcome many adversities until they decide to surrender their lives to Christ.
Deborah is an accomplished attorney who is considered to be, “perfect Patty,” until everyone finds out that her past is not so far behind her. Leslie owns a child psychology practice and suffers from trauma in her own childhood. Karen has two children and a failed marriage, which has forced her to be a stay at home mom. At the same time these ladies are dealing with infidelity, betrayal, and deciding whether they even want to be loved at all.
By the end of the story they have learned some things about themselves and their families that they never knew. But, will they truly overcome life’s challenges and surrender their lives to the will of God?
Get to know the women of I Still Do. If you liked Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married, then you will love C. M. Jones’ debut novella.