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Francis Ray

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Francis Ray is a 2 time AALBC.com Bestselling Author

Francis Ray is Currently #11 in Voting for Favorite Author of the 21st Century

Francis Ray (July 20, 1944 – July 3, 2013) 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.

Ms. Ray's titles consistently make bestseller's lists such as Blackboard and Essence Magazine. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. She has written forty titles to date [2010].  Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, The Atlantic Choice, and Borders 2008 Romance Award for Bestselling Multicultural Romance.

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 Morning 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 Morning Comes is an entertaining and touching tale about family secrets and the power of love and forgiveness."
 —Kimberla Lawson Roby New York Times Bestselling Author

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