News/Updates…(Updated)

“It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you…” –Eric B. & Rakim

LOL. So I have been extra busy finishing up four (yes FOUR) releases for 2011.  Because I am an internet junkie, I make myself stay away from the internet when I am near a deadline. But I’m back and up for some air. Lots of news, lots of upcoming projects, lots to catch up on. Sooooo….let’s get it!

AWARD WINS/NOMINATIONS:

For those who don’t know my romance book MAKE YOU MINE won Romantic Times Magazines 2009 Best African-American Romance Award. Ow! Loves it, especially since I was up against four icons (Brenda Jackson, Rochelle Alers, Francis Ray, and Beverly Jenkins) and won.  I am woman enough to say that I hope to have the longevity and status of each of these women in our field.

The book also was nominated for Romance Slam Jam’s Emma Award for Steamiest Romance. Congrats to Kimberly Kaye Terry on the well deserved win.

To order your copy of this “Sexy, Funny & Oh So Real”, award-winning, bestselling book, please visit all of the online book retailers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book A Million) or order it at one of your local bookstores.

AUDIOBOOK RELEASES:

The entire 3 book Hoodwives series, Make You Mine, Give Me Fever, Message from a Mistress, and the upcoming Mistress No More will all be available as audiobooks from various audiobooks retailers.  I am so excited about this. 7 audiobook deals came in this summer. This has been one helluva a ten-year anniversary for me.  Definitely feeling blessed.

As of August 15, the Message from a Mistress audiobook is available via Recorded Books for sale or rental: http://www.recordedbooks.com/index.cfm?seaction=rb.show_prod&book_id=84772&prod_id=CF425

Stay tuned for release dates and more info on the other audiobooks.

2011 RELEASES:

REAL WIFEYS: ON THE GRIND (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone) drops JANUARY 2011.  This is the first of my new series featuring three wifeys from three different hoods and is a loose play on the popular ”Real Housewives ” franchise. First up is the scandalous life of Kaeyla Dennis aka Goldie a hood-fabulous wifey from Newark who uses her sex appeal and street smarts to make it big.  This book is sure to please readers of the explosive Hoodwives series I co-authored.  Please visit my Urban Fiction | Meesha Mink page for the book description.  Be sure to PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW and be the first to have your order shipped on January 11!

FAMOUS (Harlequin/Kimani TRU) drops JANUARY 2011 also. This is book 2 in the popular teen series, Pace Academy, written as Simone Bryant.  Very excited about revisiting the Pacesetters clique and seeing just how these celebkids tackle the high price of fame.  There’s new crushes, new drama, and a new addition to the clique.  Great book for reluctant readers and for parents looking for age appropriate books for the tweens and teens. (No cursing and no premarital sex). This definitely is not my romance, mainstream or urban fiction books. lol.  For more info on FAMOUS, please visit my Teen Fiction | Simone Bryant page.

MISTRESS NO MORE (Kensington/Dafina) drops MARCH 2011. *Sighs* Okay, Message from a Mistress was my most controversial book to date. Either you hate it or you love it. Tried something different with the ending and Lawd people went left on me. lol. I’m a big girl, I’ve written over twenty books, I can take it. Still, I can’t change it now and in hindsight I’m not 100% sure I would. Depends on what day you ask me and what review I recently read. Anyhoo, Mistress No More is the follow-up and all questions will be answered. Stay tuned for more details on this one.

HEAT WAVE (Kensington/Dafina ) drops JULY 2011. This is a sexy, summer anthology with Donna Hill, Zuri Day and myself. More info to come but definitely pencil in this sexy beach read.

**** UPDATED >>>>BURN (Kensington/Dafina) drops  AUGUST 2011.  This is book #4 in the Strong series.  Zaria Ali and Kaleb Strong are up next in this game of finding love.  Can a sexy cougar who looks younger than her age tame a sexy playboy cowboy? Find out in August. I am currently working on this project and I am enjoying my trip back to Holtsville. I hope you all do too. 😉

NETWORKING SITES:Just a heads up that I am considering shutting down my Niobia Bryant News yahoo group.  With well over three hundred members over the last few years, I am reluctant to let it go but my interaction with readers via Twitter and Facebook are more instant. I don’t know. What do you think? Hit me up: niobia_bryant@yahoo.com

For those busy on the net I am on Facebook, Twitter, Shelfari, and yes, my yahoo group, Niobia Bryant News.

That’s it for now.  There’s a lot to digest–which means I have a lot to do. So let me go get busy.

Love y’all.

N.

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About Niobia Bryant

National bestselling author. Also writes as Meesha Mink.
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