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Monday, June 8, 2015

Spotlighting Kimberla Lawson Roby

I’m so honored and humbled to spotlight my good friend and big sister, Kimberla Lawson Roby. Kimberla's latest title, The Ultimate Betrayal releases tomorrow. This is the 12th novel in The Curtis Black Series.

Check out what’s going on in The Black Family this time around.

Alicia to her ex, Levi:  “Levi, I can’t do this with you.  I’m hanging up, and if you care anything about me you’ll never call me again.  You won’t send me messages, you won’t send me anything.  You’ll just leave me alone, so I can remarry Phillip in peace.”

Levi to Alicia: “You don’t mean that.  I know you think you do, but you really don’t.  Your mind is telling you one thing, but deep down, you know where your heart is.  You wanna be with me as badly as I wanna be with you.”

Phillip to the church congregation about his fiance, Alicia:  "I simply couldn’t be happier about remarrying her again, and I thank God for giving us a second chance.  I love and adore her."

Melanie to her husband, Brad:  "You lost ten thousand dollars, and you’re acting like it’s no big deal?”

Brad to Melanie:  “I never said it wasn’t a big deal...I promise it won't happen again.  I know I lost a lot of money last, year, too, but this really was the last time.”


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?

Series: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel (Book 12)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 9, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455559563
ISBN-13: 978-1455559565

New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 21 novels which include A CHRISTMAS PRAYER, THE PRODIGAL SON, A HOUSE DIVIDED, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, THE REVEREND’S WIFE, SECRET OBSESSION, LOVE, HONOR, and BETRAY, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR, A DEEP DARK SECRET, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, ONE IN A MILLION, SIN NO MORE, LOVE & LIES, CHANGING FACES, THE BEST-KEPT SECRET, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, A TASTE OF REALITY, IT’S A THIN LINE, CASTING THE FIRST STONE, HERE AND NOW, and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press. She has sold more than 2.6 million copies of her novels, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble,, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few, and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997.

Kimberla is the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the 2014 AAMBC Award for Female Author of the Year, the recipient of the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and in 2001, Kimberla was inducted into the Rock Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame (Rockford, IL).

Kimberla’s novels deal with very real issues, including corruption within the church, drug addiction, gambling addiction, infidelity, social status, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry and jealousy, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, and overweight issues to name a few.

Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.  Her 22nd title, THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL will be released June 9, 2015.

Contact Kimberla via:
Twitter: KimberlaLRoby

Thank you Kimberla!

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