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Name:  Kimberla Lawson Roby  

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Audience: Adult;

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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.


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

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 [mailto:publicity@kimroby.com email] or by calling (815) 988-6604. '''Agent ''' Elaine Koster 55 Central Park W New York , New York 10023

Selected Titles At Your Library

A Christmas prayer
ISBN: 9781455526031. OCLC Number: 925479073

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Alexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas since losing her mother. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season, and wishes her family could be whole again. And even as Alexis prepares to start a new family with her fiance, Chase Dupont, outside forces threaten to destroy her potential happiness. But fate has one more surprise in store for Alexis, and it might be exactly what she needs to finally embrace the one holiday that has brought her nothing but heartache--

A Christmas prayer /
ISBN: 1455526045. OCLC Number: 872419976

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"Alexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas since losing her mother. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season, and wishes her family could be whole again. And even as Alexis prepares to start a new family with her fianceĢ, Chase Dupont, outside forces threaten to destroy her potential happiness. But fate has one more surprise in store for Alexis, and it might be exactly what she needs to finally embrace the one holiday that has brought her nothing but heartache."--

A deep dark secret
ISBN: 9780616828779. OCLC Number: 1012114020

CNIB,. .

A seemingly perfect 12-year-old girl harbours a terrible secret - one that threatens to tear her world apart. But the girl also houses a surprising inner strength, and the power to hope may just be what saves her. 2009.

A deep dark secret /
ISBN: 0061443107. OCLC Number: 310171787

William Morrow,. .

In the outside, twelve-year-old Jillian Maxwell is the perfect child. She's helpful with chores around the house, gets straight A's in school, has plans for college, and stays out of trouble. She seems to have everything a girl could want: a beautiful new home, an adoring little sister, a mother who cares about her, and an attentive stepfather. But inside, Jillian harbors a terrible secret.

A house divided
ISBN: 9781455593002. OCLC Number: 927168829

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After an argument sends their son's girlfriend into early labor, Reverend Curtis Black and his wife experience a rift between them that may send her into the arms of another man.

A house divided /
ISBN: 1455526061. OCLC Number: 806014795

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After an argument sends their son's girlfriend into early labor, Reverend Curtis Black and his wife experience a rift between them that may send her into the arms of another man.

A sinful calling
ISBN: 9781455559602. OCLC Number: 949143787

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Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of an 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance. Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone and for very good reason.--

A sinful calling /
ISBN: 1455559598. OCLC Number: 921166347

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"Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of an 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance. Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone and for very good reason."--

A taste of reality
ISBN: 9780061755255. OCLC Number: 877890299

HarperCollins e-Books,. .

Kimberla Lawson Roby returns with another moving and triumphant novel about a woman who, against all odds, battles the most blatant kind of workplace discrimination while dealing with a crumbling marriage and a trusted friend's betrayal. On the surface, Anise seems to have it all: a successful career, a solid marriage, and good friends. But when she applies for a promotion at work, she loses out to a white colleague who isn't nearly as qualified for the job. However, the problem at work is only the beginning of Anise's troubles. After being married for four seemingly blissful years, she discovers that her husband is having an affair. And to make matters worse, her best friend at work is keeping dangerous secrets. But Anise is no quitter. As brave as she is determined, she reaches deep inside her soul to find the strength and courage to overcome heartbreak and stay her course. Ultimately, she will discover that what is worth having is worth fighting for -- in her career and, most importantly, in her heart. With a compelling plot and writing that captures every emotion, A Taste of Reality is a deeply poignant and unforgettable story.

A taste of reality /
ISBN: 0060505672. OCLC Number: 49775430

W. Morrow,. .

As her seemingly perfect life begins to crumble around her, both at home and at work, putting her job and marriage on the line, Anise is forced to muster all of her courage and faith to triumph over adversity and realize her dreams.

Be careful what you pray for
ISBN: 9781456114756. OCLC Number: 744537899

Recorded Books ;. .

Alicia Black's first marriage didn't work out, but she's still praying for a prince. And so enters the magnetic Pastor JT Valentine. Has Alicia finally found the man of her dreams--or has love blinded her once again?

Be careful what you pray for /
ISBN: 0061443123. OCLC Number: 419855796

William Morrow,. .

Her first marriage didn't work out, but that isn't going to stop Alicia Black, the privileged daughter of the charismatic Reverend Curtis Black, from getting what she wants. One month after her wedding to her second husband, she can't believe her good fortune. God has heeded her prayers, blessing her with Pastor JT Valentine, a handsome, dynamic man of the cloth with his own large congregation, just like her father. Unfortunately, Alicia doesn't understand just how much like Curtis her new husband truly is. She doesn't know that JT has been sneaking around town with other women-or that he only married her to get close to her father's money and fame. But while Alicia is blinded by love, her dad certainly isn't. He warned his little girl that JT simply can't be trusted. After all, it takes one to know one, and who better to see into the darkness of a sinner's heart than Curtis? It will take a miracle to save the day. But God acts in mysterious ways, and soon a host of lies, longtime secrets, and acts of betrayal comes to light, and Alicia must face some very crucial and life-changing decisions. This time, she's got to be careful what she prays for.

Behind Closed Doors
ISBN: 9780061873935. OCLC Number: 933482961

HarperCollins,. .

Regina Moore and Karen Jackson, lifelong best friends, are living the kind of life most women only fantasize about. With beautiful homes, fulfilling careers, and two adoring husbands, their joy could not be greater, their worlds could not be richer. But suddenly, shattering truths about the loving men they thought they knew turn happiness into anguish and rage. For Karen and Regina, nothing they believed in or cherished can ever be the same as it was. Yet, in the painful process of starting over, new doors will open, and two women who once had it all will rediscover the power of honesty and friendship ... and learn the true scope and meaning of love.

Behind closed doors /
ISBN: 0060593652. OCLC Number: 56554536

Avon Trade,. .

Regina Moore and Karen Jackson, best friends since childhood, must offer each other support in restoring their foundering marriages and dealing with the inevitable changes in their lives, in a new edition of the first novel from the author of Too Much of a Good Thing.

Best friends forever
ISBN: 9781455526086. OCLC Number: 908704853

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Things are falling apart in the Richardson household. Angry arguments between Celine and her husband, Keith, have become routine. She resents that he's working long hours and staying out all night, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves. Their marriage is at a cross-roads and Celine worries how her 10-year-old daughter, Kassie, will be affected. But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her relationship with Keith deteriorates, Celine worries that she'll be left to navigate the difficult process of cancer treatment alone. But comfort and support come in the form of Celine's best friend, Lauren. They've been attached at the hip since they were children and it is Lauren who's there for Celine in her darkest moments. Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions-about her marriage and otherwise-and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late? --

Casting the first stone
ISBN: 1496716396. OCLC Number: 981846697

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When Tanya discovers disturbing truths about her husband, the Reverend Curtis Black, she is plunged into a bittersweet journey of discovery. For while she learns painful new lessons about love, betrayal, and sensual temptation, she also discovers the victories that are hers alone.

Casting the first stone /
ISBN: 1575664895. OCLC Number: 43326075

Kensington Books,. .

When Tanya is betrayed by her husband, Curtis, she finds herself learning new lessons about love, loyalty, and sensual temptation and discovering the wisdom to celebrate victories that are hers alone.

Changing faces
ISBN: 9780792744559. OCLC Number: 76945071

BBC Audiobooks America,. .

Whitney is a plus-sized woman who just can't turn down a box of Krispy Kremes or find a man who'll stick around. Taylor is in a long-term relationship with a boyfriend who won't commit to marriage. Charisse is married, with two adorable children, but somehow doesn't have what she wants or needs. When her doormat husband threatens to go public with some very shady practices that Charisse had hoped to keep hidden, only a very risky scheme and the help of her best friends will save her. In a witty, rollicking and ultimately poignant story, Kimberla Lawson Roby demonstrates the storytelling magic that has won her legions of adoring fans and made her novels bestsellers.

Changing faces /
ISBN: 0060780800. OCLC Number: 57573794

William Morrow,. .

Whitney, Taylor, and Charisse have been best friends for years, but they are about to face an unexpected wave of troubles when Charisse's husband threatens to go public with a secret that she has been desperately trying to hide from her mother.

Copycat /
ISBN: 1455569712. OCLC Number: 949143687

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"The new standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author who "writes with high-octane levels of emotion" (USA Today)"--

Here and now
ISBN: 9780616828762. OCLC Number: 1012113622

CNIB,. .

A poignant story of two strong, intelligent women facing tragedy, surviving loss and terrible sorrow, and ultimately learning that only with each other's help can they heal the hurt and celebrate the joy in their lives. 2001.

Here and now /
ISBN: 0758202105. OCLC Number: 43383823

Kensington Books,. .

The story of two black sisters, each jealous of what the other has. Sister Marcella is a single mother with two children and is dreaming of a career. Sister Racquel has both husband and career, but is longing for a child, the couple undergoing treatment for infertility. The jealousy creates trouble between them.

It's a thin line
ISBN: 1617738166. OCLC Number: 53092783

Dafina Books,. .

It's a thin line /
ISBN: 1575667444. OCLC Number: 49750562

Dafina Books/Kensington Pub. Corp.,. .

Their mother's stroke puts a strain on the lives of Sydney, Gina and Rick.

Love & lies
ISBN: 9781538459614. OCLC Number: 77547734

Sound Library/BBC Audiobooks America,. .

Best friends Charlotte and Janine have serious problems with their love lives. Charlotte's husband, the flashy preacher Curtis Black has her living in luxury, but his book tours and evangelism mean he's never home. Charlotte suspects he is cheating on her. Her friend Janine, a college professor, also is worried her boyfriend Antonio is cheating on her and getting heavily into drug dealing.

Love and lies /
ISBN: 006089251X. OCLC Number: 69594065

William Morrow,. .

Increasingly disgusted with her celebrity preacher husband's absence and continuing falls from grace, Charlotte Black remembers her disastrous affair with schizophrenic Aaron Malone, and receives a disturbing visit from her brother-in-law.

Love, honor, and betray /
ISBN: 0446572446. OCLC Number: 548641990

Grand Central Pub.,. .

After the Reverend Curtis Black and his wife, Charlotte, must take in the illegitimate child he fathered with a mistress, who is now deceased, the two-year-old's arrival puts stress on their marriage, and soon each begins to stray, all the while suspecting the other of infidelities.

One in a million
ISBN: 9780792755609. OCLC Number: 233042764

BBC Audiobooks America,. .

Ask Kennedi Mason and she'll say she and her husband, Blake, have a good marriage. That's why she can't wait to tell Blake the fabulous news--that something he's always wanted has finally happened. But when Blake arrives home that evening, he has an announcement of his own, one that shocks Kennedi into silence. A poignant and witty story of hope and perception, expectation, and illusion, One in a million beautifully shows us that sometimes what we think we have and what we think we want aren't real at all.

One in a million /
ISBN: 0061442968. OCLC Number: 262886454

Avon,. .

In the first novella by the New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series, a wife and a husband receive a few surprises that will change their lives forever. A poignant and witty story of hope and perception, expectation, and illusion.

Secret obsession
ISBN: 9781410443908. OCLC Number: 700205688

Grand Central Pub.,. .

Tired of living her entire life in the shadow of her sister Camille, Paige Donahue plots to steal her brother-in-law and ruin their marriage.

Sin No More
ISBN: 9780061851902. OCLC Number: 841323559

HarperCollins,. .

A man who once thrived on wickedness and counted on forgiveness, Curtis Black has changed his ways. Back in the heart of his congregation and his family, he will no longer stray from the beaten path. Or so he's promised his long-suffering wife, Charlotte. But the sins of the past have strange ways of coming to light. First, Curtis's former mistress shows up with their newborn baby daughter?named Curtina?and insists that Curtis be a part of their lives. Charlotte has forbidden her husband to have anything to do with them, but the trouble is, Curtis's newfound conscience is leading him to have uncomfortable thoughts of responsibility. Also, the interim pastor who took over while Curtis was on a book tour is threatening blackmail. He's gotten too used to life at the pulpit and will do everything in his power to stay there. Meanwhile, Charlotte has her own previous transgressions to deal with. The man who claims to be her son's biological father has turned up and wants to make amends for the past thirteen years. If Charlotte gives in to his increasing requests, she may lose the only child she has left. However, Curtis and Charlotte have been through too much together to give up now. They must work harder than ever?as a mother and a father, as husband and wife?to save their family, their marriage, and their souls.

Sin no more /
ISBN: 0060892528. OCLC Number: 299172816

Avon :. .

A man who thrives on wickedness and counts on forgiveness, Curtis Black proclaims to his wife, Charlotte, that he will sin no more. He's finally learned his lesson about straying, and he's got the repercussions of his past misdeeds to remind him. First there's his new baby daughter, Curtina, and her mother, Tabitha, Curtis's former mistress, who demands that the preacher be a part of their lives - or else!.

The best of everything
ISBN: 9780061984082. OCLC Number: 316866779

HarperCollins e-books,. .

Alicia Black Sullivan swore to never repeat the mistakes of her father, the Reverend Curtis Black: she would never tell lies, she would never break any promises. And most important of all, when she got married, it would be for good. Alicia really does love her husband, Phillip, the assistant pastor of her father's church. She just happens to love money?and the things it can buy?as well. Alicia was born to the good life, she's entitled to the best, and she'll do anything to get it. Even if it means piling up thousands of dollars in debt. Even if it means denying to everyone?even herself?that her love of shopping has gotten way out of control. Even if, deep down, she knows a whopper of an emotional bill is coming due. And all the regrets in the world won't change the fact that she may be more like her infamous father than she could have imagined?or feared.

The best of everything /
ISBN: 0061443077. OCLC Number: 226911766

William Morrow,. .

The Reverend Curtis Black's daughter, Alicia, reaches adulthood determined not to repeat her father's mistakes, but her love of money and the things it can buy threatens to destroy her marriage to Phillip, the assistant pastor of her father's church.

The best-kept secret
ISBN: 9781494529857. OCLC Number: 1035055406

Tantor Media, Inc. :. .

Kimberla Lawson Roby's fans can't get enough of the Reverend Curtis Black, that self-justifying, greedy, womanizing flimflam man who is one of the biggest rascals ever to step into a church. In this outing, Curtis is starting over. He has a new job and a new wife, and of course he's convinced himself that this time he'll be good. But Curtis hasn't ever made a promise he could keep, and before long, he's up to his old tricks. The difference now is his third wife. She's unlike any woman Curtis has met before. And for the first time in his life, Curtis just might have met his match. Watch the sparks fly! Contains mature themes.

The best-kept secret /
ISBN: 0060734442. OCLC Number: 55220180

William Morrow,. .

Possessing a renewed commitment to behaving himself after landing a new job and wife, Curtis Black quickly finds himself tempted to fall into his old pattern of seducing women but wonders if he may actually have met his match in his third wife.

The perfect marriage
ISBN: 9781455522460. OCLC Number: 792941534

Grand Central Pub.,. .

Watching her parents struggle with their drug addictions, their loss of control, and diminishing family unity, Mackenzie Shaw takes matters into her own hands.

The prodigal son
ISBN: 1455526118. OCLC Number: 857879467

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The new book in the bestselling Reverend Curtis Black series! After dropping out of Harvard to be with his girlfriend Racquel and their new baby, Matthew Black discovers that fatherhood isn't what he expected. His relationship with Racquel has become strained, and while he wants to be a good husband, he soon finds himself attracted to another woman. Meanwhile, Curtis and Charlotte are having their own problems. Curtis's long-lost-son Dillon has settled into their household and Charlotte feels he's trying to take Matthew's place in Curtis's heart. She is determined to get Dillon out of the house, but doing so won't be as easy as she thinks. Dillon quickly figures out what Charlotte is up to and launches his own plan to turn Curtis against her--

The prodigal son :
ISBN: 9781478984061. OCLC Number: 879328664

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After dropping out of Harvard to be with his girlfriend Racquel and their new baby, Matthew Black discovers that fatherhood isn't what he expected. His relationship with Racquel has become strained, and while he wants to be a good husband, he soon finds himself attracted to another woman. Meanwhile, Curtis and Charlotte are having their own problems. Curtis's long-lost-son Dillon has settled into their household and Charlotte feels he's trying to take Matthew's place in Curtis's heart. She is determined to get Dillon out of the house, but doing so won't be as easy as she thinks. Dillon quickly figures out what Charlotte is up to and launches his own plan to turn Curtis against her. As jealousy builds and secrets pile up, both of Curtis' sons will be pushed over the edge and forced to take drastic action. Can these two troubled young men find their way back into the Black family fold, or will their family ties be undone once and for all?

The reverend's wife :
ISBN: 0446572489. OCLC Number: 747331802

Grand Central Pub.,. .

Maintaining a cordial relationship with the unfaithful Charlotte while planning a divorce when their son graduates from high school, the Reverend Curtis Black resists his wife's efforts to reconcile and considers a proposition by a woman who desperately wants to marry him.

The ultimate betrayal
ISBN: 9781478933649. OCLC Number: 904287285

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It's been four years since twenty-eight-year-old Alicia Black, daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, divorced her second husband, the most womanizing and corrupt man she has ever known. Since then, Alicia has been dating her first husband, Phillip Sullivan, a wonderfully kind and true man of God whom she'd hurt terribly by cheating on him. Alicia has worked hard to prove herself worthy of his trust once more, and when he asks her to marry him again, she couldn't be happier.

The ultimate betrayal :
ISBN: 1455559563. OCLC Number: 891610001

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"It's been four years since twenty-eight-year old Alicia Black, daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, divorced her second husband, the most womanizing and corrupt man she has ever known. Since then, Alicia has been dating her first husband, Phillip Sullivan, a wonderfully kind and true man of God whom she'd hurt terribly by cheating on him. Alicia has worked hard to prove herself worthy of his trust once more, and when he asks her to marry him again, she couldn't be happier. But Levi Cunningham, the drug dealer Alicia had an extramarital affair with, has just been released from prison, and he has completely turned his life around for the better. Still head-over-heels in love with Alicia, he will do whatever is necessary to win her back. Remarrying Phillip is the one thing Alicia has wanted for years, but she can't get Levi out of her mind. Alicia and Phillip aren't the only ones in the middle of a crisis. Their best friends, husband and wife Brad and Melanie Richardson, are struggling to keep their marriage together. Workaholic Brad is never home and has begun losing thousands on bad investments. Or so he says. Melanie, who is certain there's more to the story, is determined to get at the truth. At the same time, her frustration and stress cause her to eat a lot less, and she behaves in an extreme fashion. Alicia worries that she could be suffering from anorexia, but Melanie steadfastly denies it. Their friendship begins to suffer, and it isn't long before they're talking to each other like enemies. Fresh betrayal leads to consequences no one saw coming, and Alicia's relationship with Phillip might not be the only thing that needs saving. But is it already too late? "--

Too much of a good thing
ISBN: 9780062896049. OCLC Number: 1046991526

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Despite his status as a married man, minister Curtis Black's good looks, charming demeanor, and charismatic personality make him especially attractive to his female parishioners--as well as nearly every other woman he has ever met.

Too much of a good thing /
ISBN: 006056850X. OCLC Number: 52813991

William Morrow,. .

Despite his status as a married man, minister Curtis Black's good looks, charming demeanor, and charismatic personality make him especially attractive to his female parishioners--as well as nearly every other woman he has ever met.