The presenting authors are from all over the United States, from communities both urban and rural. They are amazing women with beautifully crafted stories to tell. They are dynamic and diverse in many ways. They share the commonality of belief in the power of the words to create narratives that represent the way they view the world. They are from all social economic backgrounds. Some were afforded financial stability throughout their lives; yet, many reside in impoverished communities with all the attendant negatives of high crime, poor educational systems and impoverishment. Many have been or are exposed to trauma in their personal lives. Some are working several jobs to provide for their families and living paycheck-to-paycheck. Some don’t have needed electronic devices; such as, computers, laptops or printers. Others are writing and publishing books from their cellular devices. It is a fact, too many who have written amazing stories, are limited by finances to having their books professionally edited or printed. And yet, they continue to write and their greatness is gleaming!
"Write Your Name is a mirror into the love that I have experienced in my own life. Their story starts off with a bang when the heroine, Sunny Hill, learns of the infidelity in her marriage through her husband’s mistress. In the heat of the moment, she runs her husband over with her car. Realizing her worth, she returns back to Slauson California, and runs into her childhood crush, Wisdom Price.
Their story highlights childhood trauma, mental health, and breaking up with fear to follow your heart. I wrote this story to highlight mental health in the black community and showcase black love. Through the lens of Wisdom Price, who has grown up before his time and comes from an unemotional mother, he learns through Sunny what it’s like to be loved unconditionally. True to her name, she’s the sunshine that has invaded the dark crevices of his life."
"Her most popular series to date is Heartbreak U, a story about four diverse young women attending their freshman at an HBCU. Wrote from each girl's distinct point of view, Johnni shares their unique journey to both womanhood and sisterhood. This series was written for not only those in college but also those readers wanting to be transported in time, remembering when navigating freshman year was all so tough–for those wanting to remember what it was like to fall in love and have your heart crushed for the very first time. In this two-book series, Johnni targets real life themes; faith, sex, love and loss. It's a page-turner and a must-read."
"I wrote 'A Beast Captured My Heart' with mental health in mind. The goal was for me to touch on true topics that can touch the hearts of many. A lot of people dance around mental health and make it as if it’s not important. Growing up, I watched my mother battle hard with mental issues and often wondered how society would view and accept her. I researched and took classes and even worked hands on with people that battled different mental disorders and saw that they too deserved to be loved. All of my books touch on different shapes, sizes and shades. Mainly the plus size community as well. However, “A Beast Captured My Heart” is very dear and close to home with me."
"Salvage My Soul sheds a light on the mental health of two individuals who’ve undergone tragic losses without properly grieving. It depicts multi-layered family dynamics and their positive or negative effects on the characters’ healing. This novel touches on sensitive topics, such as therapy and substance abuse, that are deemed taboo in many households. Recovery, healthy coping mechanisms, and finding the courage to ask for help are all the main themes of this novel."
"The Soul Series showcases romance with a realistic flair. Set to the gritty backdrop of my hometown New York City, the story captures the essence of blossoming love between two souls. I wrote this series to highlight issues such as mental illness and trauma from a first-person perspective. I wanted to show that even through the trials and tribulations of such issues, the ability to thrive in life and love is possible."
"The Things Unseen series revolves around a group of friends born and raised in an impoverished area known as Uptown. Years have passed since most of them were residents of the crime-filled district but the lingering traumas they'd experienced and situations they’d been exposed to still haunt many of them even into their adulthood. This series highlights the journey these characters take to overcome those wounds and achieve their healing while finding a love
that many of them once thought themselves unworthy of."
Nalo J. Stewart
"Years ago, Heather Prescott made a heart-wrenching decision. Her life took a dark turn down a self-destructive path. It took time and a lot of work to find her footing. She fought her demons and redirected her downward spiral. Though never completely free from the choices she once made, she's in a comfortable place.She found her version of peace.Then he entered, barreling into her life, and making her feel things she wasn’t prepared to feel. Heather thought the significant chapters of her life were already written. But fate wasn’t through with her. In one unforgettable moment, the collision of her past, present, and future force her to grapple with past choices and one looming question…If we are the sum of our mistakes, then should we ever expect a happily ever after?Lost in a Quiet Storm is a contemporary romance novel with a little something extra."
"If I had to pick a book that shows me, it’ll be Tattoo Your Name On My Heart. This book shows my diversity as an author and shows how important plot and character development is to me. I also say my books are about complicated characters who find a path to love, and both characters in this one book alone represent that. Although it might be a little heavier read from my normal writing it shows all the elements of me as an author and gives readers clue on what to expect when it comes to style and development."
"My Breadcrumbs series is about five brothers maneuvering through life. They are unapologetic and toxic but have genuine intentions. The series will make you laugh and cry but most importantly, It’ll make you smile and understand who The Coalman brothers are. You’ll definitely fall in love with one, if not all, of them."
"The Sun Series highlights unconventional black love while intertwining social justice issues that are dear to my heart as a social worker, such as mass incarceration, gun violence, racial inequality, recidivism, and education. Each story follows the journey of a different couple and contains all my favorite elements of a soul-stirring romance—compelling characters, hair-pulling romantic tension, and of course happily ever afters."
"Los Angeles native Shvonne Latrice is back with another novel set in her hometown titled Applying Pressure: A Love Story. This time she depicts PR agent Myomi Ford, and her inability to find a man that can be faithful to her. Although her current beaux hasn’t been caught red handed, Myomi’s women’s intuition provides a nagging feeling that he is just like her past romances. She soon runs across the handsome and overly persistent NFL player Ocean Pendrell, who not only plans to be the man of Myomi’s dreams but will do just about anything, no matter how shocking, to be sure he becomes the man in her life.
This standalone effort of Shvonne’s is true to her urban romance style, with a thrilling and suspenseful twist. The love story between heartbroken Myomi and the lightly off kilter Ocean will be sure to keep you on your toes."