3 days, 2 nights, meals, 5 author events (readings, meet and greet, late night chats, one main event on Saturday. Meals are NOT tied to events. You have a special card to eat any time and anywhere on the resort you like.
$200 deposit due by November 28.


 The 16th Annual Cavalcade of Authors will be held during the Black Women’s Expo April 3-5, 2020. USA Today Bestselling author Naleighna Kai, along with National bestselling authors London St. Charles, Karen D. Bradley, Sierra Kay, MarZe Scott are the hosts.   This year we welcome Bestselling and award-winning author, Brian W. Smith to the Cavalcade. Many others will be added to the author lineup each month. 

Cavalcade 2020 Participating Authors Chicago & Bahamas

Naleighna Kai


is a national bestselling and award-winning author of several controversial novels that plumb the depth of unique love triangles and women's issues, contributor to a New York Times bestseller, a Mercedes Benz Award Nominee, and the E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction. In addition to successfully cracking the code of landing a deal with a major publishing house, she continues to "pay it forward" by providing literary consulting services which including editing, marketing, graphic design and also organizing the annual Cavalcade of Authors which gives readers intimate access to the most accomplished writing talent today. She was born and raised on the Southeast side of Chicago, the setting for most of her novels and where she is currently working on her next books: Slaves of Heaven and Mercury Sunrise. 

J. L. Woodson


 a native Chicagoan, and graduate of Columbia College Chicago, creative director for 9Mag and Macro Marketing & Promotions Group, began his career in the literary industry at sixteen-years-old and became an award-winning and NAACP Image Award nominated author. His career area shifted to Graphic Design in 2009, creating Book Covers, websites, and other marketing materials for New York Times, National bestselling, and independently published authors. During that year he also founded, Woodson Creative Studio, and has dedicated his company to providing branding, high-quality book cover design as well as other graphic and Web Design support for his clients. He splits his time working on design projects for businesses, corporations as well as traveling for different Design, Brand Management, and Literary Events.  

Brenda Jackson


is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 novels and novellas, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-six and thirty-four, respectively. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her professional writing career began in 1995 with the release of her first book, Tonight and Forever. Since then she has written over 100 titles, which includes a made-for-television movie by BET, One Special Moment as well as the movie, Truly Everlasting. 

Michelle D. Rayford

is a National Bestselling author who has stories featured in several anthologies. Her first novel, M

 is a National Bestselling author who has stories featured in several anthologies. Her first novel, Moment of Truth, was released in 2017 and she is currently working on her next book. Michelle lives in a Southern city where she spends any free time reading, writing, listening to 80’s music and playing NBA2K. She loves to interact with readers and can be contacted at or through her website  

Pat G'Orge-Walker


is in a league of her own. This accomplished National Bestselling Christian author and comedienne has an amazing mind and talent for turning her observations of church life into gems of sidesplitting humor. It is her own special gift from God that enables G'Orge-Walker to depict the often ridiculous antics of church folk without subverting the Good News or watering down the potency of its message. 

The Queen


  A Queens, NY native, The Queen is the Author of Tapioca Pudding Next Door and the Between Sisters series. The Queen has been writing for many years, ranging in short stories, poetry, songs, plays, professional, and other writings, with the anticipation of writing for television and the silver screen. When she's not writing, she loves to travel to sunny climates with clear and turquoise waters or near the mountains for inspiration. 

Nakia LaShaul


was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and now resides in Houston, Texas with her lovable teenage son. She is a poet, novelist, and entrepreneur. Nakia is a real people person so, in her free time she enjoys spending it with her family and participating in many social activities. She has always loved to read and early on in life guessed that writing would play a major role in her future. Like many others, Nakia ran away from what she loved, immersed herself in work and concentrated fully on being a mother. 

Sierra London


a former naval officer, is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary and paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and crime fiction. A native Floridian, her love of coastal towns and bustling cities shines through in her witty and dramatic storytelling.
Currently, she resides in southern California with her husband and a color patch tabby named Frie.
She can be found online at  

Ann Black


  is a native of Chicago and the bestselling author of the I'm Doin' Me series. Her desire to become a published author didn't develop until her late twenties, and she didn't take her writing seriously until several close friends and family members encouraged her to go for it. In November 2009, Anna became a bestselling author for her debut release, Now You Wanna Come Back, within a matter of weeks. She has since released over two dozen novels, short stories, and collaborations.