Kimberla Lawson Roby

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General Information

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Name: Kimberla Lawson Roby

Born in: 1965 in Rockford, Illinois





Illinois Connection

Kimberla was born in Rockford and attended Rock Valley College. She still resides in Rockford today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kimberla Lawson Roby is a New York Times Bestselling Author. She is author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels Casting the First Stone, Here and Now and her debut title, Behind Closed Doors. She has participated in national book tours and is currently attending book club discussions, expos, writers' conferences, colleges, universities and other literary events throughout the country on request.

Published Works

The Reverend Curtis Black Series:

  • Casting the First Stone, Kensington Publishing, 2000
  • Behind Closed Doors, Lenox Press, 1997
  • Here and Now, Kensington Publishing, 2000
  • Too Much of A Good Thing, Morrow, 2004
  • The Best Kept Secret, Morrow, 2005
  • Love and Lies, Morrow, 2007
  • Sin No More, Morrow, 2008
  • The Best of Everything, Morrow, 2009
  • Be Careful What You Pray For, Morrow, 2010
  • Love, Honor, and Betray, Grand Central Publishing, 2011
  • The Reverend's Wife, Grand Central Publishing, 2012
  • A House Divided, Grand Central Publishing, 2014
  • The Prodigal Son, Grand Central Publishing, 2015
  • The Ultimate Betrayal, Grand Central Publishing, 2015
  • A Sinful Calling, Grand Central Publishing, 2016

Stand Alone Titles:

  • Behind Closed Doors, Morrow, 1997
  • Here and Now, Kensington, 2001
  • It's a Thin Line, Dafina, 2002
  • A Taste of Reality, Morrow, 2003
  • Changing Faces, Morrow, 2006
  • One in A Million, Morrow, 2008
  • A Deep Dark Secret, Morrow, 2010
  • Secret Obsession, Grand Central Publishing, 2012
  • The Perfect Marriage, Grand Central Publishing, 2013
  • A Christmas Prayer, Grand Central Publishing, 2015
  • Best Friends Forever, Grand Central Publishing, 2016
  • Copycat, Grand Central Publishing, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Casting The First Stone

ISBN: 1575664895
Release Date: 2000-01-01

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The Best-Kept Secret (The Reverend Curtis Black Series)

ISBN: 0060734442
Release Date: 2005-12-27

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Love and Lies (The Reverend Curtis Black Series)

ISBN: 006089251X
Release Date: 2007-12-26

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Sin No More (The Reverend Curtis Black Series)

ISBN: 0060892528
Release Date: 2008-12-30

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The Best of Everything: A Novel (The Reverend Curtis Black Series)

ISBN: 0061443077
Release Date: 2010-01-05

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Be Careful What You Pray For: A Novel (The Reverend Curtis Black Series)

ISBN: 0061443123
Release Date: 2010-12-28

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Love, Honor, and Betray (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel)

ISBN: 0446572446
Release Date: 2011-08-10

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A House Divided (Reverend Curtis Black)

ISBN: 1455526061
Release Date: 2013-05-07

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The Ultimate Betrayal (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel)

ISBN: 1455559563
Release Date: 2015-06-09

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A Sinful Calling (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel)

ISBN: 1455559598
Release Date: 2016-06-21

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Behind Closed Doors

ISBN: 0060593652
Release Date: 2004-09-21

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Here and Now

ISBN: 0758202105
Release Date: 2000-01-01

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It's A Thin Line

ISBN: 1575667444
Release Date: 2002-10-01

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One in a Million

ISBN: 0061442968
Release Date: 2009-05-26

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A Deep Dark Secret: A Novel

ISBN: 0061443107
Release Date: 2010-10-12

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Secret Obsession

ISBN: 0446572411
Release Date: 2012-08-14

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A Christmas Prayer

ISBN: 1455526045
Release Date: 2014-10-28

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The Perfect Marriage

ISBN: 1455522465
Release Date: 2013-01-08

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Best Friends Forever

ISBN: 1455526088
Release Date: 2016-01-05

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ISBN: 1455569712
Release Date: 2017-01-31

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Literary Awards

Behind Closed Doors

  • Fiction Book of the Year Award, Blackboard, 1997

Casting the First Stone

  • Fiction Book of the Year Award, Blackboard, 2001

A Taste of Reality

  • Atlanta Choice Award, finalist, Atlanta Daily World, 2004

Too Much of a Good Thing

  • Patron Choice Award, Central Mississippi Regional Library System, 2004

Other Awards

  • First-Time Author Award, Chicago's Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, 1998
  • Author of the Year Award - Female, African-American Literary Award Show, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013
  • Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, NAACP, 2013
  • Female Author of the Year, AAMBC, 2014

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes

If you would like to schedule a speaking engagement, booksigning event, or media interview with Ms. Roby, please contact her assistant, Connie Dettman via email or by calling (815) 988-6604.


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External Links

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