of Hope, Triumph and Inspiration.
Gabrielle...Author, Publisher, Poet, & Visionary is
the author of two poetry books and three novels.
We first met this incredible talent with her debut collection
of strong and moving verse, Stand and Be Counted. Focusing
on themes of love, race, religion, inspiration and society,
Elissa Gabrielle has put together a collection of inspirational
poetry geared toward positive change that is both moving
and entertaining. Through insightful visions and strong
declarations, Gabrielle instills confidence in readers
as she illuminates the path to a more self-rewarding and
Utilizing the resurgence of her desire to write and "a
God given talent that wouldn't go away,” Elissa
Gabrielle was inspired to pen Peace In The Storm, which
has testimonials from some of the entertainment industry's
finest. Peace In The Storm came to Gabrielle while reflecting
real life experiences, both her own and from the lives
Elissa is the Creator and CEO of Greetings From the Soul:
The Elissa Gabrielle Collection which is a greeting card
line that features poignant messages and heartfelt poetry
and themes. Find out more at www.greetingsfromthesoul.com.
Elissa has graced the covers of Disilgold Soul Magazine,
Big Time Publishing Magazine and Conversations Magazine.
Gabrielle is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting
and also holds a degree in Communications, and a certificate
in Business from Tulane University. Gabrielle is a member
of NABFEME, the National Association of Black Female Executives
in Music and Entertainment, a professional empowerment,
networking and support base for African American women
in radio, recorded music, the media, and related entertainment
Elissa Gabrielle is the Media Consultant for both First
Bethel Baptist Church and the Baptist Ministers Conference
of Newark & Vicinity in Newark, New Jersey.
Tilles, A native of Washington, DC, is the best-selling
author of Anything Goes, In My Sisters' Corner, Apple
Tree, Sweet Revenge, and Fatal Desire, Unfinished Business
and editor of Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage. Tilles
is co-creator of J.T.'s Book Corner, contributing writer
for Black Men In America.com and staff writer for Awareness
Magazine (AMAG! Online). Her writing can be seen in
Black Romance magazine and on Sexuality and Erotica.
She has been featured in Booking Matters magazine, The
Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS, and on Black Men In America.
Imes is the author of the Hold On Be Strong Teen Series;
a young adult and mature teen series that focuses on social
issues that young black men face. Jarold currently serves
as the Editor of OurTeenVoices.com, a newsmagazine promoting
and interviewing authors of young adult and mature teen
titles for African American teens. He anticipates the
release of his first Christian fiction title in 2008.
He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University
and a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Elzia is a paralegal, literary artist, editor and author.
She has published pieces in two of the Chicken Soup
for the Soul Anthologies; The Katrina Anthology, Surfacing...Phenomenal
Women on Passion, Politics and Purpose; and Gumbo for
the Soul. She is Co-Moderator of Essentially Women Writing
and Co-Owner of Eve’s Literary Services www.evesliteraryservice.com.
Lorraine has always had an admiration for both the spoken
and written word. That love affair coupled with an addictive
need to express herself, gave birth to a compulsion
to write, which is a gift she is constantly nurturing.
Contact Lorraine via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dawn is the author of By the Grace of God, a new thought-provoking
Christian novel slated for release under Urban Books'
Urban Christian imprint in July 2008. Previously self-published
in 2003 with the same title, Keshia won Sormag's 2003
Short Story of the Year with her short story, I Do. Adding
her literature, Stroke of Purpose to the anthology, The
Triumph of My Soul, has returned Keshia to her first love.
July 2008 will mark the touring date for Keshia as she
is one of the founders of, Literarily Saved www.literarilysavedontour.com,
a Christian tour that is composed of other Christian authors.
James, a new and upcoming author, recently penned her
first Christian Fiction novel, Back and Forth: a fresh
young adult novel that taps into the collegiate world
(November 2007 - Tucker House Publishing).
As a former journalist and freelance writer, Fon's full-name
byline has appeared in numerous daily newspapers and
publications including: The Houston Chronicle, Contra
Costa Times, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and Westchase
Today. She served as writer/editor for Intele-Card News,
and H Texas Magazine. She holds a B.S. in Mass Communications
from Jackson State University and an MBA from the University
Fon resides in Houston, TX with her husband. She’s
an active member of The Fort Bend Church and Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. Her favorite scripture is Philippians
Moore is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in
religion at Liberty University and offers spiritual words
of encouragement daily on her website www.virtuousliving.com,
and on her myspace page www.myspace.com/mamajacq.
She and her two sons, James and Joseph reside in Detroit,
Jackie is a Christian writer of non-fiction and fiction.
She is currently working on a complication of her devotionals
and has written a nonfiction book on "Virtuous
Women" from which she has developed a workshop/seminar.
Jackie is also a staff writer for Bahiyah Magazine, The
Blessed Room Magazine, and is a contributing author to
Deese is an author, poet as well as a student majoring
in Medical Office Administration who resides in North
Carolina. The talented twenty-two year old has been
writing poetry for most of her life. Her unique blend
of poetry, and real life circumstance set along an inspirational
backdrop inspired Allyson to pen her poetry into the
pages of her fictional stories of multiple genres. "Discovering
the Joy Within" is the author's first work of fiction
to be published.
Monique is a proud alumnus of Florida A&M University.
The Tampa, Florida native started writing early in life.
A hardcore entertainment and music enthusiast, Ebonee
Monique has dubbed herself “The 80’s baby
authoress.” Inspired by many authors, including
the late BeBe Moore Campbell, mentor Sheneska Jackson
and her late grandmother poet Margaret Naomi Curle, Ebonee
Monique definitely has the passion and drive to succeed
in doing what she loves: writing. Ebonee Monique currently
lives in Tallahassee, FL with her dog, Sophie, and she’s
just finished her first full-length fiction novel, titled,
Robinson is confident that her writing will be a catalyst
to help souls who are in negative downward spirals.
Born and raised in Compton, California, Kim Robinson
did what she had to survive. After a long and intense
journey, she now resides in a suburb of Dallas, Texas
with her husband and three children. Kim speaks to abused
woman and children in churches across the country letting
others know that they can change their lives as she
She is the author of her ancestor’s history, The
Roux in the Gumbo and has two cookbooks featuring over
two hundred authors; Food for the Soul and Sweet Satisfaction.
Her next book is based on her own life story, entitled,
Street Life to Housewife.
Wattley is a published writer who began her first work
of art with poetry. The poem, "I Wish" appeared
in the Poetry Gems of the American Poets Society. For
over twelve years she had her own religious/philosophical
column in the Frosted Illustrated Newspaper titled:
The Best Will Show Themselves. In her weekly column, Wattley
shared a unique voice revealing her understanding of the
heart of God. Heading into her thirteenth year of writing,
she realized God had imparted a message to her that she
must share with the world. In the beginning, this message
was founded on love and God's desire that His people knew
Him individually and wholeheartedly. Linda Wattley's heartfelt
desire is to use her gifts and talents to assist in the
healing process of victims who have experienced all forms
of abuse. She is presenting The Healing Trilogy: Something
about an Angel, Deeper than Love and This Thing Called
Love. This series is for those who have been abused and
those who love them and would like to understand the soulful
altering experience. She has also poured her heart into
two self-help books that promises to bless the hearts
and minds of readers who seek spiritual renewal and understanding
of the heart and mind of God. LAST DAY OF VICTIMIZATION
is a tool for every living soul facing the evils of the
world as innocent victims. I KNOW MIXED SIGNALS reveals
the truth about molestation and the secrets about it the
world does not want us to know.
Holmes, an Award-winning, ESSENCE Best-Selling author
is an artist who has dared to dream in the face of adversity
while recognizing the divine nature of life and its
infinite possibilities. As a respected poet, writer
and author on the Philadelphia spoken-word scene, Bill
has touched many souls through his creative endeavors
by striving towards excellence in everything he does.
His performances have captivated many audiences through
his unique style of humor, insight, spirituality, pride,
and most importantly, love and appreciation of a woman.
By no means is Bill afraid "to keep it real when
expressing the importance of self-love." He is
also the author of the ESSENCE best-selling fiction
novel, One Love, the full-length poetry book Straight
From My Heart, and the spoken word CD, The Air I Breathe.
Bill has been featured and has performed at various
poetry venues from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, opening
for artists such as the Last Poets and award-winning
jazz musician Roy Ayers. His work has been published
and featured in the Philadelphia Tribune, ESSENCE Magazine,
and the anthology Journey Into My Brother’s Soul.
He is also a contributing writer and poet for the forthcoming
anthologies Step Up To The Mic: A Poetic Explosion and
The Triumph of My Soul.
In April 2007, Bill received the 2007 Alternative Soul
Award for Best Novel for his debut novel, One Love.
R. Herman is a new author on the scene. She's an avid
reader who finally tested her writing skills in 2005 when
she decided to enter Chapter 1 of her unpublished novel
into the Black Expressions annual fiction writing contest.
To Linda's surprise, she won first place honors for her
work, Cost of Our Affairs. It was then that the 911 dispatcher
decided to pursue her career as a writer. Linda is the
mother of two and has been married for nine years. Linda
has been signed by Xpress Yourself Publishing and will
release her first novella in 2008.
Lacey-Donovan is an author, educator, and inspirational
speaker. Her first book, Women What the Hell are You
Thinking: An Inspirational Guide to Becoming a Virtuous
Woman of God was released on May 1, 2007. The book remained
in Amazon’s top 10 hot new releases during the
entire first two months of its release. Cheryl is also
the host of “Worth More Than Rubies” an
internet radio talk show that airs on redchurchradio.com
each Friday from 11:00am – 12:00 CST. She has
been a mentor for Christian Women Today for one year
and is the founder of A Virtuous Woman-31.
B. Levine, is a fresh new author from Maryland. Her unique
collection of work, “Cooling Well Water: A Collection
of Work From An African-American Bi-Polar Woman”
is planned for a Spring 2008 release and promises to keep
readers spiritually rejuvenated. Agnes is also a playwright,
screenwriter, poet, and has been published in the Eintouist
e-zine; a poem, “Res Ispo” and short essay
in the Do-It-Yourself Publishing e-zine; “I Write
Because...;” Agnes maintains a webpage in the www.authorsden.com.
To be placed on the mailing list for the release of her
first book, please e-mail Agnes at email@example.com
and put Cooling Well Water in the subject line.
Okoro teaches African American literature and writing
courses at Olive Harvey College, Chicago. He is a Sam
Walton Fellow with Students In Free Enterprise (USA)
at the same institution. Okoro received the MFA in Creative
Writing from Chicago State University. Widely anthologized,
his book reviews, essays, poems, and interviews have
appeared in Black Issues Book Review, Quarterly Black
Review, Drum Voices Revue, Chimurenga, Sentinel (UK),
Afrique, and Washington Square Review. His book of poems,
Dance of the Heart, is forthcoming (MSU Press, 2007).
He is also a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin
Russell is a native of Redford, Michigan. She is a poetic
author who writes from her own personal experiences in
life. Through all the personal pain she has endured, this
author is still standing. She has taken to the pen and
turned her pain into poetic prose. Casche a wife and mother,
is busy composing her first book of poetry, which she
hopes to have published very soon. She credits her desire
to succeed to God above, her late grandmother, her husband
and kids, and her guardian angel, Daizhjon, the son she
lost to domestic violence. He inspired her short story,
"Breaking the Chains of Abuse."