New York Times, USA TODAY, and National Bestselling Authors
The 16th Annual Cavalcade of Authors will be held during the Black Women’s Expo April 3-5, 2020.
Meet and greet the following authors in the LITERARY CAFE, and Booths 120, 124, 126, 128
Naleighna Kai, J. L. Woodson, Brian W. Smith,
J. L. Campbell, Karen D. Bradley, Janice M. Allen, Lisa Watson, Sierra Kay,
Terri Ann Johnson, Michelle D. Rayford, MarZe Scott, London St. Charles,
Betty Clawson, Ehryck F. Gilmore, Ann Clay, Janine Ingram, Sesvalah,
S. F. Hardy, Michele Sims, Dr. Tanesha House, and others.
FREE writing and publishing workshop at the Black Women’s Expo on Saturday, April 4 from 11:00 to 12:30 pm and marketing and promotion workshop on Sunday, April 5, from 12 to 1:30 pm
Special cafe pricing on Autographed books!!! Some will be 2 for $20.
Genres: Contemporary fiction, romance, Christian Fiction, suspense,
mystery, erotica, thrillers, self-help, memoirs, and Children’s books
Free book with purchase. Stop by and say hi and pick up
the free downloads from Tribe, LaVerne Thompson, and Naleighna Kai.
Special Performance by SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE
(as seen at Chicago’s Second City), sponsored by Sierra Kay.
Three authors will read from their books at the top of every hour.
Giveaways and raffles every hour, sponsored by the authors,
Dudley Beauty College, Book Lover’s Con, Genesis Print and Copy Services
WE ARE HOSTING A READER APPRECIATION EVENT on
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm at the Hilton McCormick -
123 E. Cermak in the Auburn & Cord Ballrooms.
Sponsored by Dudley Beauty College and Plano Eye Center (free eye screenings on site)
Attend as our honored guest. Please email an RSVP with the name and email of your guests (4 max per person) to Naleighnakai@gmail.com.
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.
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.
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.
National bestselling and award-winning author Earl Sewell has written over twenty novels and has had his work featured in several anthologies and magazines. Sewell is also a voice-over talent and has narrated several books written by other writers and has done voice-over work to promote products and inspirational videos. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College in Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in creative writing from Goddard College
has always had a passion for the pen, paper, and books. She is a Chicago native who uses the Windy City as a backdrop to the romance, suspense, and contemporary fiction stories she writes. London published her debut novel, The Husband We Share in 2017 and is one of nine authors in the anthology, Sugar. She also composes an online newsletter, London Writes, that keeps readers abreast of what's going on in her world.
lives in Southern Illinois with her family. She enjoys reading, writing, crafts, and traveling. She began writing in 1999. She is a freelance writer for several on-line magazines and a member of Romance Writers of America. Ann is currently working on several new romantic novels as well as a sweet Thanks to the support of family and friends, Ann shares her heart-warming stories with readers of the heart.
Award-winning, national bestselling author and public speaker, Sierra Kay's love of the written word was predestined. Her favorite book growing up was Aesop's Fables, which she feels puts her in an excellent position to share the morals of her personal stories, whether people are interested or not. Kay has an M.A. in Writing from DePaul University, won a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Short Story Slam and participated in Women’s Funny Fest as a member of the comedy troupe Spankx. In addition to writing novels, she is a member of N2O Comedy in Chicago.
is a National Bestselling Author who has always been an avid reader of fiction. She even edited the work of other authors for several years. But she gets an incomparable thrill from creating stories that entertain readers and cause them to reflect on real life issues. No Right Way To Do A Wrong Thing is her first novel, followed by her short story Cayenne.
is an award-winning Jamaican author who has written over thirty books in several romance subgenres. Campbell, who features Jamaican culture in her stories, is a certified editor, and also writes non-fiction. Visit her on the web at www.joylcampbell.com.
is a Life Coach/Motivational speaker and Author who was featured in Newsweek magazine. Ehryck's gift of insight has captivated audiences all over the country from Boston to San Diego, from Seattle to Miami which has lead to requested interviews on NBC, NPR, PBS, SIRIUS-XM, CBS, & Newsweek etc. This certified life coach uses his “take no prisoners” style to empower seeker to use their natural intuition, to secure their goals, dreams and desires using his books and in his Q & A seminars.
National bestselling author, Lisa Watson, is a native of Washington D.C., and writes in the Multicultural & Interracial, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, and Sweet Romance genres. Her novels memorable novels for the Harlequin's Kimani line, The Match Broker series was listed as one of 2014’s Top 25 Books of the Summer, and Top 50 Best Reads. Lisa lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband of twenty-two years and two teenagers, and is avidly working on book one, Alexa King: The Guardian, in her second new Romantic Suspense series, The Lady Doyen and Book 2 in the Love and Danger Series. www.lisawatson.com
is a certified etiquette instructor, motivational speaker and an advocate for the Youth Against Bullying Campaign (YABCA). She is the parent of three children, has five grandchildren, and understands the true meaning of raising teenagers in today’s changing society. She graduated from Columbia College, University of Phoenix, and Barbizon School of Charm & Modeling. She uses a common sense approach in her workshops and seminars in teaching and reaching today’s teens.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website www.michelledrayford.com
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.
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.
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.
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 www.sieralondon.com
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.