Francis Ray is a native Texan and lives in Dallas. A graduate of Texas Woman's University, she is a School Nurse Practitioner with the Dallas Independent School District. In 1999 and 2000 she was nominated for Texas Woman's University Distinguished Alumni Award.
THE TURNING POINT, her first mainstream, was a finalist for the prestigious HOLT Medallion Award. At the release event for THE TURNING POINT in May 2001, she established The Turning Point Legal defense Fund to assist women of domestic violence to help restructure their lives.
In plotting I KNOW WHO HOLDS TO MORROW (reissue November 2012), I asked a question: would you raise the infant daughter of your deceased husband as your own. I learned of fathers who had "another family." I thought what kind of man did that and, what kind of woman let him.
In I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW, Madison Reed's husband asks her to raise his child moments before he dies. Another man in the book bragged about his “bastards” he’d never claim. I wondered about those unwanted children and how this affected their lives.
The answer begins in When Morining Comes (06/05/12). Placed for adoption the day he was born, Dr. Cade Mathis is a successful neurosurgeon, but his childhood scars run deep. He doesn’t expect an encounter to lead him to the family he’s been searching for and a love he never expected.
"When Morining Comes is an entertaining and touching tale
about family secrets and the power of love and forgiveness."
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
A new novel in Francis Ray’s Grayson Friends contemporary
romance series is always a treat, and today it is our pleasure
to reveal the lovely cover for book 8, All I Ever Wanted.
EVERY RULE ' A Falcon Novel
Mass Market Paperback: 253 pages
From New York Times bestselling author Francis Ray comes a novel
about a woman who's unlucky in love'until she decides to take
matters into her own hands...
OF THE FALCON - A Falcon Novel
From New York Times bestselling author Francis Ray comes a novel
about a woman who's all business'and the one man who can teach
her how to play...
You (The Graysons, Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 352
Pierce Grayson is a marked man: if his mother, Ruth, has her way, his carefree single days will soon be over. But Pierce isn't going down without a fight. He's ready to take action against his mama's matchmaking'but what he's completely unprepared for is the feeling that hits him when he meets Broadway actress Sabra Raineau. She's in Santa Fe helping Ruth with a production at the University. With her luscious lips and long legs, Sabra is temptation personified'and Pierce isn't in the habit of resisting temptation.
With Hollywood calling and another play in the works, Sabra has no time for romance. And, after one heartbreak too many, she's happy to stay unattached. But Pierce has other ideas'the kind that can curl a girl's toes. Sabra's not above a little extracurricular activity, but she can't afford to risk her heart on anything serious. Still, the closer she gets to Pierce, the harder it is to deny him'and to keep a secret that could tear them apart....
Rich Man Will Do
In this new novel from the national bestselling author Francis Ray, a bad girl falls on hard times, and forgiveness and redemption are the only things she has left.
Broke and living in a shabby motel, beautiful bad girl Jana Franklin has become an outcast in the elite Dallas society she once ruled. With her divorce from wealthy Gray Livingston, her dubious past, and no skills to claim, Jana is unable to support herself. Without friends and without hope, she has no one she can depend on but herself.
Then one night she stumbles (literally!) into Olivia Maxwell's store, Midnight Dreams. There she meets Tyler Maxwell---the first man she can't maneuver, toy with, or fool. After this chance meeting, tough girl Jana learns that it takes more than scheming to get her man.
Four bestselling authors deliver four larger-than-life stories of big, bold, and beautiful women looking for A Whole Lotta Love'
In Donna Hill's Over the Rainbow, voluptuous restaurateur Jessica Morgan has been looking for love in all the wrong places. But then she poses for a plus-size magazine'and discovers, under the stars of a Caribbean night, that her soul mate may have been dining in her Harlem soul food restaurant the whole time.
In Brenda Jackson's Tempting Fate, full- figured Virginia beauty Justice Manning is talked into a lingerie modeling job'and forgets her reservations after she meets the sinfully gorgeous photographer. When the shoot turns hot and heavy, the last thing she pictures is that lust might turn to love'
Monica Jackson shows Kansas City singer Topaz Sinclair what happens When Wishes Come True. Blowing out her birthday candles, the curvaceous bombshell has just one wish: to find true love. No one is more surprised than the birthday girl when someone from her past walks back into her life'looking for happily ever after.
Francis Ray helps a commitment-shy businessman realize that The Wright Woman can make all the difference. Stephanie Wright, assistant manager of an upscale Dallas boutique, is sexy, savvy, and a stunningly beautiful size twenty. But it will take everything she's got to prove to her newest customer that they're destined to make a perfect fit.
Trouble Don't Last Always
(reissue of The Turning Point)
Lilly Crawford files for divorce from her abusive husband and hopes to start life anew in Louisiana with another man, but no such luck; her husband reappears and creates chaos.
"Trouble Don't Last Always is a story of hope and triumph, of self-discovery
and second chances. I am very proud of this book which touches on a tough
topic... domestic violence. However, rather than focusing on the abuse, Trouble
Don't Last Always tells the a story of hope and triumph." 'Francis Ray
Rockin' Around That
Christmas Tree: A Holiday Novel
Tis the season to be merry and the Morrison family are about to have their lives turned upside down.
Denise has always been the faithful wife and dutiful mother. As a matter of
fact, it seems that is all she has been in the twenty-plus years she and her
husband, Edward have been married. But the kids are grown and out of the house
and now she's ready to live a few dreams of her own. Edward, however, would like
to keep things just the way they are and Denise realizes that if she doesn't do
something drastic, then all she will ever be is a mother and a wife. So when she
drops the bomb at Thanksgiving dinner that she is leaving their father and
selling the house, everyone is stunned to say the least. And her announcement
opens the door to Morrison Family Dysfunction 101. Edward is now living with his
crazy aunt Etta and uncle Eddie, who's sex life is more active than his own;
their daughter, Christine has moved back home because she suspects her husband
is cheating on her; and their son, Anthony is simply dazed and confused. And in
the midst of it all, Edward hatches a plan to get his wife back--no matter what.
Not only does he plan to be back in their home and back in their bed, but come
Christmas he and Denise will be Rockin' Around that Christmas Tree.
Format: paperback, 368 pages
From Essence and Blackboard best-selling author Francis Ray comes a novel about a man's struggle to come to grips with his violent past in order to find love in the present.
still carries the physical and emotional scars of the abuse he suffered at his
father's hands growing up. He has cut himself off from everyone who loves him
and friends are a luxury he doesn't think he can afford. After all he is his
father's son and it is only a matter of time before the violence he fears lurks
beneath the surface, spills over. Then Kirsten Wakefield steps into his life and
for the first time he finds himself longing to open his heart to someone. That
is until he gets word that his father is dying and wants him to come back home.
Old wounds are reopened and Rafe doesn't know if love is enough to make him
whole again. Somebody's Knocking at My Door is a poignant and
unforgettable sequel to
Don't Last Always (reissue of
The Turning Point)
that will speak to every reader's heart.
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
Format: paperback, 352 pages
Madison Reed, popular talk show host never imagined that her life would be turned upside down forever when her husband, Wesley dies in a tragic car accident. True they had been no more than polite strangers, but she is shocked to her core when Wes confesses that has a daughter, a nine-month-old daughter by his long-time lover, who also died in the car crash and begs her to care for Manda. Now she is not even sure if she can trust Zachary, her husband's best friend, the man who had been privy to all his secrets. But it's his strength that gets her through the rough times. And as she grows closer and closer to this child, she finds herself also drawn a man who's past is shrouded in lies. Together they must learn to face the truth if they ever hope to heal the pain.
"Definitely recommended." --- New York Times best-selling author, Eric Jerome Dickey
"With flair, Francis Ray gives each
character immense heart and humanity. . ." --- Yolanda Joe, author of This Just
"When you have a passion for love this big, bold, and
beautiful, you're...LIVING LARGE"
There Was You
After surviving a traumatic assault, author Catherine Stewart seeks refuge in
a mountain cabin, where she helps others in need. Luke Grayson isn't too happy
to find he has a roommate at the cabin, but he becomes drawn to Catherine's
unselfishness. As their mutual attraction grows, they must face their pain and
mistrust to love completely.
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