"I was born in 1964 in Chicago, and as a native, I love my city and cannot imagine my living anywhere else. I attended Catholic schools up until the twelfth grade, but it was in grammar school at the hands of the Oblate Sisters of Providence where I solidified my love and respect for the written word. My maternal grandfather, the late Thomas Hill, instilled in me my passion. As to the Oblate's, this little known order of black nuns taught with an iron hand and truly believed in the future and success of black children! Outside of my mother, I owe much of who I am my Grandfather and those incredible nuns!
Professionally, I have over 15 years experience in public, government and community relations. In addition, I've had several articles and editorials published in various publications: Today's Black Woman Magazine; The Chicago Crusader; The Chicago Defender; The Chicago Reader; Bronze Thrills and True Confessions. My first book, All I Ask, was published by Genesis Press under its Indigo Imprint in 2000. Since then, Genesis has published an additional six pieces of work from me ' one anthology and five single titles. Currently, I am a Transportation Manager for the Chicago Transit Authority.
In May of 1999, I received my Master of Science in Journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. I belong to several civic and professional organizations, namely the Masonic Order of the Eastern Star. In my spare time I am an avid reader, writer and bid whist player. Though I have no children of my own, I do have 'babies,' my niece and nephew, Stephanie and Matthew. I'm divorced and live by a personal credo: I ANSWER TO TWO'MY GOD AND MYSELF"
One in a Million
Publisher: Parker Publishing Llc (October 17, 2008)
When high-powered attorney Deena Walls walked into the police station searching for her client the last thing she expected was to feel the immediate heat brought on by Detective Charles Henry Harris. As they both work on a case that would not only test Deena's will and mettle, but how deep her attraction is to the handsome detective, they would have never guessed that theirs would be a relationship of searing passion and emotional healing.
Love for All Seasons - Anthology
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Parker Publishing (August 17, 2007)
Love for All Seasons will keep you aroused with
four sensually-erotic romances that melt winter's
snow with steamy sexual treats, drenches the spring
in a downpour of forbidden love, blazes through
summer'hot, lusty, and bold, then falls into autumn
for an erogenous delight.
Join A.C. Arthur, Sapphire Blue, Barbara Keaton and Maureen Smith for a rollicking jaunt through the four seasons of love. Barbara contributes "Spring Fling," the story of two professors, one geek and one nearing middle-aged, who find love and passion during a hot spring break!
Nights Over Egypt
Publisher: Genesis Press (December 1, 2006)
Ashalon El Asab, Professor of Egyptology at Cairo
University in Cairo, Egypt is not too happy to have
another American coming to his country to dig among
the ruins of his ancestors. A direct descendant of
Ramesses XI, Ashalon vows to make it difficult for
the upstart American who was granted permission to
dig by the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Oh yes,
he is determined to make her life in Egypt
difficult, impossible even. That is, until he meets
his nemesis: Corina Camden.
Professor Camden, expert in both Arabic and Latin, is a tenure-tracked Associate Professor of Egyptology and Egyptian History at the University of Chicago. She has received the coveted permission to excavate the royal tombs at Tanis in search of the reported remains of two mummified bodies from the Twenty First and Twenty Second Dynasties. The only thing, or person, who can turn this dream into a nightmare, is the man who has been assigned to oversee her project: Ashalon El Asab. Yet sparks fly when Corina actually meets the Egyptian professor. Despite himself, Ashalon finds her equally as attractive and sets out to claim not only her emotions but her heart itself.
Publisher: Genesis Press (June 1, 2006)
Cupid's arrow has just got to hit her, muses Morgan Paige's cousin, Yavette. Yet, she insists on setting her favorite cousin up on three blind dates. Unfortunately, each date turns out more disastrous than the last. As Morgan goes through with them, she also meets the handsome Jarrod, a brother who smiles a wicked smile and acts as her waiter/bartender every time she steps into Nick's Sports Bar and Grille. What Morgan doesn't know is that he actually owns the bar. With the insistent help and interference of a cast of meddlers -- including Nick's brothers and Morgan's cousin -- consistently shooting Cupid's arrows, will this pair ever find their way to each other, and to a promise of true love?
Publisher: Genesis Press (December 1, 2005)
Engine Company #19 hadn't known how tough their captain could be. Desiree Charles, a third generation firefighter and the first African-American female captain of a Chicago Fire Department station house, overcame sexism and racism to show the men in her charge that she not only belonged, but was a more than capable leader. Just when things seemed to have settled down, an arsonist targets her station's coverage area, raising the stakes following a horrific incident. And Joshua Davis, head of the Chicago Fire Department's Arson Unit, is determined to find the perpetrator of the fires in Engine Company #19's area.
Publisher: Genesis Press (December 1, 2003)
Shari Thomas, the optimistic voice of reasoning and love in 'All I Ask' is back, but after ending a long term relationship, Shari isn't so sure she's ever been truly in love'as experienced by her two closest friends. As Shari resigns herself to examine her heart and her dream of owning her own design company, a dark angel in the form of Hamilton Edmunds, Jr. threatens to show Shari what true love 'is all about . By Design is a story of being true to your heart and to yourself.
Homeland Heroes & Heroines Anthology
Publisher: Genesis Press (October 1, 2002)
by Wanda Y. Thomas, Barbara Keaton, Giselle Carmichael
An exclusive collection featuring three women in different branches of the military, all fighting for their country and a chance for love, this book contains three stories by Giselle Carmichael, Barbara Keaton (Wishing For Tomorrow) and Wanda Y. Thomas.
An Unfinished Love Affair
Publisher: Genesis Press (March 1, 2002)
Kayla and Allen left a lot unfinished. Can they come together ten years later and find a love that eluded them the first time around?
All I Ask
Publisher: Genesis Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
A broken heart, unhealed pain, and closed emotions ' all these have become an ingrained part of the beautiful and smart Deborah Anderson. After a bitter breakup, she resolves never to love again'but then she meets Darrin Wilson, who wants to take away her pain. Is his love too good to be true? All I Ask is a story of the power of love and one man's quest to show how his love can conquer all.