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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Earl Sewell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Sewell was born in Chicago and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Fiction Writing and Radio Broadcasting from Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shortly after college Sewell wrote his first novel but after receiving more than twenty rejection letters from publishers, he abandoned the dream of becoming a published author. Years later, after losing his mother to heart failure, Sewell gave writing another shot. He completed his second novel and decided to publish the book on his own. He launched his own publishing company called ''Katie Books'' - named in honor of his mother. His second effort was a hit and two years later he signed a publishing agreement with a major publisher.

Published Works

  • Taken for Granted, Kimani Press , 2005
  • Keysha's Drama, Harlequin Kimani, 2007
  • Lesson Learned, Harlequin Kimani, 2009
  • If I were Your Boyfriend, Harlequin Kimani, 2008
  • Love, Lies and Scandel, Harlequin Kimani, 2008
  • Myself and I, Harlequin Kimani, 2010
  • Decision Time, Harlequin Kimani, 2009
  • Maya's Choice, Harlequin Kimani, 2011
  • Back to Me, Harlequin Kimani, 2012
  • Cougars: A Novel, Strebor Press, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Taken for granted /
ISBN: 1583145540. OCLC Number:

BET ;. Washington D.C. :. 2005.

When Nina comes to terms with her unhappy marriage and underachieving adult daughter, she seeks a change, finding unlikely solace in Richard, who has his own marital issues.

Keysha's drama /
ISBN: 0373830793. OCLC Number:

Kimani Press,. New York :. ©2007.

Sent to live the wealthy father she has never known, street-smart sixteen-year-old Keysha Kendall, bitter about her troubled childhood, refuses to forget--or let anyone else forget--where she came from as she struggles to belong.

Lesson learned /
ISBN: 0373831161. OCLC Number:

Kimani Press,. New York :. 2009.

Keysha's mom is just out of jail and wanting to reconnect with her after abandoning her and her father. She's skeptical that her mother's past is not going to wreak havoc on her current life. Not only that, but her brother, a wannabe player, is determined to get with a girl Keysha is sure will be trouble.

If I were your boyfriend /
ISBN: 0373830920. OCLC Number:

Kimani Press,. New York :. 2008.

How had Keysha gone from popular to social outcast? One word: frenemy. A girl Keysha thought was her friend planted drugs on her and Keysha got caught. The media blitz on their wealthy suburb turned everyone against her. First day back at school, and Keysha is stared down in the halls. Whispered about. No one will talk to her. And the girl who ruined Keysha's reputation laughs in her face. So when a guy with his own bad rep offers to help, Keysha's first reaction is yeah, right. Talk about an unlikely hero. But soon she realizes that Wesley Morris is more than just hot, more than just talk. He's been there, done that and turned his life around. But no one wants this so-called bad news boyfriend anywhere near Keysha. Including her family. Still, Wesley isn't willing to walk away and let Keysha pay for someone else's crime. He'll even risk everything to save her and their relationship.

Love, lies and scandal /
ISBN: 0373831404. OCLC Number:

Kimani Press,. New York :. 2008.

Humiliated to be in the middle of a media firestorm after turning the spotlight on others for so long, Angela Rivers, investigative reporter turned talk-show host, flees California for Chicago. There, with the support of her friend Regina, she begins to get her career back on track. Dating is the furthest thing from her mind--until she meets marathon coach Jesse, who's also piecing his life together after a breakup. In spite of their wariness, and the problems caused by Jesse's teenage daughter, the attraction blossoms. And when he ex returns, vengeful after losing everything, Angela must find a way to defend her good name, her reputation and the unexpected love that has come to mean so much ...

Myself and I /
ISBN: 0373831765. OCLC Number:

Kimani TRU,. [New York] :. ©2010.

Lately, Keysha feels like a magnet for trouble--especially boy trouble. Her last love interest turned out to be a major fraud, and her ex, Wesley, refuses to accept that they're finished. Swearing off relationships and concentrating on herself seems like her smartest move. Then Keysha meets her new neighbor Jerry, who has every girl in town vying for a summer fling. Working as lifeguards together, Keysha realizes that Jerry has more to offer than a great car and a sexy smile, and the harder she tries to ignore him, the more interested he becomes. But is it Keysha that attracts him or the chase itself? And when the biggest party of the year gets dangerously out of line, and Wesley's jealous new girl pins the blame on Keysha, she'll learn exactly who she can trust. Only problem is, it might be too late to save herself.--Cover.

Decision time /
ISBN: 0373831722. OCLC Number:

Kimani Tru,. New York :. ©2009.

Keysha tries to cope with a rival trying to steal her star role in the school play, play practice leaving her little time to spend with her boyfriend, Wesley, and Wesley showing interest in another girl.

Maya's choice /
ISBN: 0373229984. OCLC Number:

Kimani Tru,. Toronto, Ont. :. ©2011.

"Maya's summer is shaping up to be unforgettable-- in both good and bad ways. First she's sent to stay with her grandmother for a month. Living in the city, Maya is too far from her friend Keysha and her boyfriend, Misalo-- and too near her rebellious cousin Viviana. When Maya finally comes home, her parents drop a bombshell-- Viviana is moving in with them. Her cousin has barely unpacked before she's creating chaos. Truth is, Maya kind of likes the way life is a whole lot less predictable with Viviana around. But her motives are up for debate-- especially when it comes to Misalo. And as Maya's little sister, Anna, grows more fascinated with her cool older cousin, Maya begins to see that following where Viviana leads has its price. And it could cost Maya her reputation, her relationship-- and maybe even her future--"--Publisher's web site.

Back to me /
ISBN: 0373534663. OCLC Number:

Harlequin Kimani,. New York :. ©2012.

This is not how Maya Rogers hoped to get famous. First her boyfriend, Misalo, dumps her, and then the revealing photos that she sent to him go viral. Maya's reputation is in shreds, and now she's getting all the wrong kind of attention from guys in her neighborhood. How did life get so out of control so fast? One answer: Viviana. Maya and her cousin were close once. But guilty secrets and long-buried resentments changed all that. Viviana wants to make Maya miserable by stealing away Misalo, but she may be stirring up more trouble than anyone can handle. At least Maya knows that her best friend Keysha always has her back. But with so much bad blood flowing, will these family ties be severed for good?

Cougars /
ISBN: 1593092695. OCLC Number:

Strebor Books,. Largo, MD :. [2012], ©2010.

At forty-three, Jasmine Sallie is a beautiful and successful chemist, and director of a pharmaceutical research team that has been given the task of creating a female sexual enhancement drug. When Travis Adams, a brilliant and handsome chemist, joins the research team, Jasmine's penchant for younger men ignites a sizzling affair that is a hair trigger away from dangerous consequences. The two manufacture an addictive and unstable designer drug which gets shelved because of its fatal side effects. Impatient and ambitious, Travis secretly keeps experimenting until he creates a new and improved formula that hits the black market with a lethal impact. A senator dies, a criminal investigation is launched, and when Travis disappears suddenly, Jasmine's world is tossed into a chaotic spin. With incriminating evidence pointing toward her, Jasmine finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the ultimate double-cross, unforgivable betrayal and the wicked world of sex and drugs.

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