We have a lot to celebrate here at Garden Avenue Press! Last night we learned that SIX of our authors were nominated for Building Relationships Around Books (BRAB) awards! The online book club is made up of over 1600 members, and every year the awards are announced at the annual readers' retreat. Needless to say, it's quite an honor to be nominated when you consider the hundreds (maybe thousands??) of books read by the members. Below are all the nominees and their categories.
Beverly Jenkins Author of the Year Award – Delaney Diamond
Best Interracial – Princess of Estoria, Delaney Diamond
Adrianne Byrd Queen of Comedy Romance – Two Nights in Paris, Delaney Diamond
Book Husband of the Year – Stephan Brooks from Two Nights in Paris, Delaney Diamond
Couple of the Year – Jacob and Lena from Endless Love, Nyora René
New Author - Nyora René, S. Taylor, Tiye Love, Colette Miller Watkins
Brenda Jackson Romance of the Year: Endless Love by Nyora René
Best Villain – Diane Blythe from The Heart of Things, J.L. Campbell
Congratulations to the nominees, and best of luck to each of you!
The Heart of Things is part two of the Doug and Khalila duet by J.L. Campbell. If you haven't read part one yet, pick up The Thick of Things to find out how they meet and fall in love. Then get ready for the conclusion on March 14th.
Travel to Jamaica, Antigua, and Miami as problems arise when Doug's ex-wife and children enter the picture, and Khalila asks Doug for the one thing he's unwilling to give.
Love and sacrifice go hand in hand when it comes to matters of the heart.
After a year-long, Jamaica-Miami romance, Douglas Blythe succeeds in putting a ring on Khalila Skyers's finger. Though gun-shy, Khalila is willing to marry Douglas, under one condition. She wants a baby.
Doug can't go back on his promise to give her anything she wants, but sees trouble on the horizon with two teenage girls, a hectic business schedule, a devious ex-wife, plus a household turned upside down by a baby he doesn't want.
Their commitment to each other is unquestionable, but will this couple's differences bind them together...or force them apart?
This month we're going to introduce you to one of our authors every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each short interview ends with what they're thankful for because, it is after all almost Thanksgiving, and the time of year when we often reflect.
Here's J.L. Campbell telling us what she's currently working on and more!
When you were a kid, what career did you want to have?
I’m not even ashamed to admit that when I was growing up, I had no idea what I wanted to be. For a bit, when people asked me, I’d say I wanted to be a teacher. But, I knew I didn’t have the patience to teach anybody anything. The irony is that several years ago, I conducted writing workshops for a short stint.
What genres do you like to read?
My first love is romance, in particular I enjoy romantic suspense. I also enjoy thrillers and women’s fiction, but I’ll read almost anything.
If all your clothes had to be one color forever, what color would you pick?
Purple. Doesn’t matter what shade.
Writing-wise, what are you working on?
I’m half-way through the second book in the In Medias Res series, The Heart of Things. Khalila and Douglas are now settling into their relationship, but some storms are brewing on the horizon. They want each other, and their life together, but they also need different things which make their relationship a bit rocky.
What’s the best part about being a writer?
I absolutely love getting a flash of inspiration and then building an entire world and story around that one spark, knowing that readers will appreciate the end product. It is plain fun (and humbling) doing something I enjoy that touches the lives of others in a meaningful way.
What are you thankful for?
I’m thankful for good health, family, friends, faith, and a happy life. I’m also grateful for the gift of storytelling and that I have the opportunity to share my writing with readers. It’s wonderful being able to let my imagination run with no limits.
J.L. Campbell features Jamaican culture in her stories and writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women's fiction with compelling characters. Visit her website at www.joylcampbell.com or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Come back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to meet another author!
November 5: Chanta Rand
November 7: S. Taylor
November 9: Nyora Rene
November 12: Tiye
November 14: Colette Miller Watkins
November 19: J.L. Campbell
November 21: Delaney Diamond
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