March 2015

Romance Slam Jam 2015

Romance Slam Jam 2015

Hanging out with fellow authors and readers at Slam Jam in Dallas.

Romancing Family Feud game

Romancing Family Feud game

I was waiting for the first question.

The plot thickens

The plot thickens

Fellow authors, Ann Clay, Piper Hughely, and me host 'MAKE THE BEST MAN WIN' game. Each group had to come up with a story line.

Christian authors unite!

Christian authors unite!

Ann Clay, Piper Hughely and me.

The story is coming together

The story is coming together

The breakout workshop where readers and authors create their own man of their dreams.

Bookmanics

Bookmanics

They were 32 members strong, resembling at SlamJam.

Fans and friends

Fans and friends

Family of Shavon Johnson who came with her books

Faithful reader Jackie Roberts

Faithful reader Jackie Roberts

Somehow, we meet up in Dallas and we both live in Missouri--KC and STL

Kerry and me

Kerry and me

We arrive for the Emma Awards

Emma Award banner

Emma Award banner

No Easy Catch was up for an award as best inspirational romance.

Ms. Emma Rodgers

Ms. Emma Rodgers

The award is named in her honor as she was the driving force behind many of the authors' success.

Piper walked away with two awards

Piper walked away with two awards

Debut author and best cover. Yay.

Mom and daugher

Mom and daugher

Our debut in our first selfie.

Cousins

Cousins

Helen and me are two sisters daughters and we look like our mothers too.

Author Kimberley Kaye Terry

Author Kimberley Kaye Terry

How awesome that we ran into each other in Texas.

Simmons in the house

Simmons in the house

We both married into a Simmons household, but we're not related.

Divas in the industry

Divas in the industry

Editor Latoya C. Smith and author Sheila Goss.

The Millers

The Millers

Kerry and I ended our road trip by worshipping with Tony and Angella "AJ" Miller in Dallas.

May 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

I walked through the door and thought they were from hubby. Nope, my baby girl sent them.

Bishop Johnson Ice Sculpture

Bishop Johnson Ice Sculpture

One of the centerpieces at Bishop Johnson's celebration as pastor of Bethesda Temple Church for 65 years.

Perfect pose

Perfect pose

I thought this would be a great back drop for a picture since Bishop Johnson married us.

Preach Bishop

Preach Bishop

One presentation at the party.

Cousins at the celebration

Cousins at the celebration

The Simmons and Taylors hanging out at Bishop Johnson's celebration.

Me and Kim Potts

Me and Kim Potts

High school friends, now church sisters.

Kerry and me with the Butlers

Kerry and me with the Butlers

First lady Butler was the soloist at our wedding more than 30 years ago.

Simmons and McMullens

Simmons and McMullens

Friends for more than 50 years, attending the 65th pastoral anniversary.

Bishop Johnson at his party

Bishop Johnson at his party

Unfortunately, this was the last time most of the church members saw him alive.

Another sermon

Another sermon

Even through a video, we could feel the power of the Holy Ghost.

It's crazy at the RT Booklovers Con

It's crazy at the RT Booklovers Con

More than 5,000 books in boxes to be opened, sorted and then given away.

Bags for treats and books!

Bags for treats and books!

Steampunk decorations

Steampunk decorations

Some of them were amazing.

Just some of the registration bags

Just some of the registration bags

There were so many tote bags with books to take home.

The RT Publicity Team

The RT Publicity Team

Me, Lisa Watson and Lissa Woodson

Me and  author Tina deSalvo

Me and author Tina deSalvo

A breast cancer survivor, Tina gives back to every city where RT goes.

Me and author Sandra Brown

Me and author Sandra Brown

She has made a name for herself as a NYT bestselling author.

LaToya!!

LaToya!!

Favorite RT picture

Favorite RT picture

So proud of Latoya Smith

Outside the awards ceremony

Outside the awards ceremony

LaToya and me at the awards gala event.

Diane!!!

Diane!!!

A selfie.

Having fun

Having fun

Another selfie

Am I wearing a crown?

Am I wearing a crown?

Angela and me in front of a Paris tower replica in the grag as many books as you can party.

Award winner

Award winner

Rebekah Weatherspoon

Kathryn Falk

Kathryn Falk

The founder of the RT Bookreviews Magazine and my boss with Kate and my Australia friend.

Another diva author

Another diva author

But I forgot her name. It could be Kathy Reichs, the bones TV show creator.

A family affair

A family affair

On their way to the steampunk party.

Okay

Okay

Which party was this? Anyway, it had food.

Touching lives

Touching lives

I met this author at a book singing in San Antonio. I told him about the conference and he drove to Dallas to meet with agents and editors. Yay.

Librarian Ollie

Librarian Ollie

Ready for the Steampunk party

Character costumes

Character costumes

It wouldn't be RT without costumes.

It's not what you think

It's not what you think

A self-defense workshop for your characters. Hmm-mmm

Clowning around

Clowning around

Yeah, sometimes I have fun at the convention.

Cover model Charles Paz

Cover model Charles Paz

Some things never change. Charles is not one of them. Every RT his getup gets stranger and stranger.

I remember when

I remember when

Charles Paz was clean cut. Who is this bearded man?

Mom and daughter

Mom and daughter

Simi and me Sunday at the RT Roundup book fair.

Me and my friend "AJ"

Me and my friend "AJ"

She's catching up again. She held my hand when I first started writing. God knows I needed a friend to encourage me along the way.

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Rolling with the big dogs

Rolling with the big dogs

I'm always in awe of these diva authors who has arrived and don't act like it.

Let the book signing start

Let the book signing start

800 + authors in the house??

The bones lady

The bones lady

Author Kathy Reichs

Me and author Lisa Wingate

Me and author Lisa Wingate

I signed between two power house authors. Lisa and Francine Rivers.

My signing table

My signing table

On inspirational lane

Award-winning author

Award-winning author

Francine Rivers

Christian author Tamera Alexander

Christian author Tamera Alexander

Right before the book signing

Authors before their TV interview

Authors before their TV interview

Heather Graham and Sylvia Day.

WFAA TV interviews

WFAA TV interviews

On set with the big dogs

TV interview on site

TV interview on site

Reporter interviewing St. Martins Press editor Monique Patterson.

Jubilation that RT coming to an end

Jubilation that RT coming to an end

They gave Kerry an applause for his volunteer work during the conference.

Sponsor of new Gospel radio station

Sponsor of new Gospel radio station

This was at 99.5 FM Inaugural pastoral brunch.

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Me and legendary KMOV assignment editor Ann Holmes.JPG

Me and legendary KMOV assignment editor Ann Holmes.JPG

Great to see her.

Me and Pat Washington

Me and Pat Washington

Longtime colleague in journalism and the former St. Louis American reporter.

Tyrone Simmons and his twin

Tyrone Simmons and his twin

Clara

Blended family

Blended family

The Simmons family and friends

The city salutes you Bishop

The city salutes you Bishop

Bethesda Temple's loss was felt not only at our church, but throughout the world.

The Bethesda Temple Heritage Choir

The Bethesda Temple Heritage Choir

The music was anointed at Bishop Johnson's home going.

Sing Donna

Sing Donna

"Safety" was one of Bishop's favorite songs.

Clips of Bishop's sermon

Clips of Bishop's sermon

This was part of the home going service. Tidbits of some of his sermons about God, holiness and heaven.

At the repast

At the repast

Elder RubenJohnson with Mellody Andersen (my twin), Brother Frank and Deacon Jeans.

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First Lady Juana Johnson

First Lady Juana Johnson

She had been a blessing to our pastor.

The fallen soldier

The fallen soldier

We salute the soldier of the Cross. Bishop Johnson lived what he preached. Without holiness, no man shall see God.

The void

The void

Bishop Johnson fought the good fight. Ephesians 6:17 says for the saints to take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Amen.

June 2015

Like Momma, like daughter

Like Momma, like daughter

I get my crazy personality honestly from this chick. :)

Write That Book Seminar

Write That Book Seminar

I was one of the guest speakers at New Life Christian Church who participated in a program to take aspiring writers from unpublished to published authors.

My testimony

My testimony

I always want to encourage people that they can do anything if they put God first. I received a rejection letter for Guilty of Love the same day it it the bookshelves.

My oldest son

My oldest son

Jay stopped by to visit. Who would have thought he was a preemie baby.

James Simmons III

James Simmons III

He's my husband's third cousin and one of the groomsmen in his sister's wedding.

Third cousins

Third cousins

Apart many say James and Jared Simmons resemble. Up close, you call it.

Simmons men

Simmons men

What a sight to behold, four generations of Simmonses in the family. I love it! Kerry with his first cousins, Uncle Jim, then his second and third cousin--I think that's the number.

One happy groom

One happy groom

Dwight Johnson wasn't shy about his happiness as he and his bride, the former Renoda Johnson, processioned back into the banquet room.

Dwight re-entered the room in a danc

Dwight re-entered the room in a danc

I guess he was happy to have his wife.

Awwww

Awwww

The dress! whew. Love it. No words to describe its elegance.

Kerry and I at wedding #1

Kerry and I at wedding #1

This was my first time attending a wedding where the ceremony and reception was in the same place. It was nice.

Kerry and I with his second cousin

Kerry and I with his second cousin

The former Renoda Simmons. She was a beautiful bride.

Flower girls--the second wedding

Flower girls--the second wedding

Flower girls are always a big hit, couple that with the ring bearer, and it was a memorable sight.

Best wedding photo

Best wedding photo

Well, besides the bride and groom--adorable dresses on the bride's granddaughters.

Finally, they made it to the altar

Finally, they made it to the altar

It was a beautiful ceremony.

I just love the JESUS sign

I just love the JESUS sign

A marriage to honor God. Sigh, a husband and wife can't go wrong.

The ceremony is over

The ceremony is over

And the special guests on chilling while others go through the receiving line.

I like the look of love and promise

I like the look of love and promise

Gary wasn't shy about reciting his vows and professing his love.

It's official

It's official

The new Mr. and Mrs. Gary Riley

The Mixing of the Sands

The Mixing of the Sands

This was the first time I've seen this done during the ceremony and it was beautiful.

Cake cutting

Cake cutting

I had two cupcakes. I love the display.

Guests of Honor table

Guests of Honor table

At the reception

Momma Simmons w/ her oldest daughter

Momma Simmons w/ her oldest daughter

Family celebration at the wedding of Angie and Gary.

Kerry and Deacon Meeks

Kerry and Deacon Meeks

They were chatting it up at Angi and Gary's reception.

Some of Bethesda Temple's Deacons

Some of Bethesda Temple's Deacons

Plus my Hubby at the end. Deacons Meek, Coleman and Crossley. Kerry's grandfather was a deacon at Bethesda Temple.

Kerry and me got in a picture

Kerry and me got in a picture

We seem to show up at everybody's weddings.

July 2015

I'm the reporter's top story

I'm the reporter's top story

This was a twist. My longtime friend and former colleague at KMOV Julian Grace wanted to take a picture of me with one of my books. It was great seeing him. I coi;dn't get enough hugs!

His expression is comical

His expression is comical

Julian looks painful as he's about to pay my husband for his copy of Still Guilty.

Julian and his wife

Julian and his wife

I was so glad to see them at the Expo

Happy Reader

Happy Reader

Stacy Campbell showed up at the expo to get her signed copy of IN DEFENSE OF LOVE.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST

A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Former grade school classmate Diane (Dice) Turner. Boy, do we go way way back. The coincidence is we share two mutual friends. One is from high school and the other friend I met when our children were small.

Helping a fellow author out

Helping a fellow author out

Here is my sister-in-law at the Indy Black Expo manning the booth for author Vanessa Miller who is still recovering from an auto crash.

Another supporter

Another supporter

Carol showed up at my booth to bless me with a purchase of IN DEFENSE OF LOVE, a hot seller at the expo.

August 2015

This is the best selfie yet!

This is the best selfie yet!

Our niece Ashlee thought she was taking a selfie, but she didn't know her uncle got in on the fun. Haha

Simmons group picture in Cleveland

Simmons group picture in Cleveland

Where is everybody?

The folks just kept coming

The folks just kept coming

So many kinfolks joined in that we couldn't get them in on the photo.

The Simmons Family Reunion

The Simmons Family Reunion

Yep, this is our cousin Sammy on the dance floor. Shaking my head.

St. Louis in the house

St. Louis in the house

While our other cousins were on the dance floor at the Simmons reunion, Kerry and I were posing for pictures.

Author signing

Author signing

Of course, what family reunion would be complete without an author? Family love.

An author is born chat in Columbus

An author is born chat in Columbus

Ms. Joylynn Jossel Ross opened the door for me in the book industry. She is the one who blessed me to bless the world with my Jamieson men and Grandma BB.

First Fan

First Fan

Leslie Hudson has been an extra special person in my life since Guilty of Love was released. She posted my first review and twice, she has driven across town to see me at a book event. Praise God for friends!

New fan

New fan

She just wandered into the library and became nosy. In the end result was a friendship and fan.

Fabulous Fan

Fabulous Fan

Krystal has been with me since book one. She came out to the Langston Hughes Library in Cleveland and presented me with a beautiful candle teacup set.

Malcolm and Christina in Baltimore

Malcolm and Christina in Baltimore

Weddings are a family affair. Congrats to our nephew and our new niece.

Uncle of the groom

Uncle of the groom

I remember when my son was little, and Trey, Malcolm and Trey were inseparable. Times flies.

The receiving line after saying I do

The receiving line after saying I do

I think Malcolm and Christina are in their own world.

Blushing bride, happy groom

Blushing bride, happy groom

Family affair

Family affair

Five of my mother-in-law's children, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter grace this picture.

Mother and grandmother of the groom

Mother and grandmother of the groom

Dr. Collins and Moma Simmons

The rehearsal dinner

The rehearsal dinner

Kerry with his mom, sister and brother.

Siblings

Siblings

A mini reunion with six siblings together.

Laura Gilbert and James

Laura Gilbert and James

Beautiful mother and second camera ready.

Melissa!

Melissa!

The sister of the groom. I think this is such a beautiful picture of my niece. Gorgeous!!!

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

First cousins!

John John John John

John John John John

My nephew from California and his son who is the third John in the Gilbert family.

The flower girls

The flower girls

Nothing like two little princesses in the house.

Can we say GQ

Can we say GQ

Check out my nephew's shoes. I asked him if they were Stacy Adams like Grandma BB's.

Kerry and Me chillin'

Kerry and Me chillin'

The wedding was like a family reunion. Celebrate good times.

The night before the big day

The night before the big day

My sister-in-law, Joyce, with her great niece, Caden, the flower girl.

Chillin'

Chillin'

The Gilberts in D.C.

The Gilberts in D.C.

This was one traveling family.

Little James on the dance floor

Little James on the dance floor

My great nephew doesn't need a dance partner like his Aunt Bunnie.

Party over here

Party over here

A celebration wouldn't be complete without my sister-in-law, Aunt Bunnie, on the dance floor. She is too funny.

Clear the tables

Clear the tables

The D.J. kept the floor packed. I never knew there were so many dance steps.

Saints in the House in Baltimore

Saints in the House in Baltimore

I enjoyed the message at Emmanuel Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., members. Shout out to First Lady Elaine Jefferson who hosted my signing.

Baltimore bring up the rear

Baltimore bring up the rear

It's always wonderful to see sisters from my home church away from home. Tina!

September 2015

A winner's smile!!

A winner's smile!!

Look what I won from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown at Romcon. It's a leather laptop case and a Kindle Fire. Do you hear me shouting Hallelujah?

It's mine

It's mine

I grabbed my prize and took off!

The prize

The prize

Here's a closeup. To say I'm grateful is an understatement. Before now, I've never owned a Kindle. Yay for me.

The annual Romcon banner

The annual Romcon banner

One winner went home with this banner signed by all the authors who attended. Unfortunately, you can't see my name. :) But I was there!

Romcon organizer Jennifer Zane

Romcon organizer Jennifer Zane

This author knows how to throw a party.

Speed dating is not for the faint

Speed dating is not for the faint

Sitting next to Allie Pleiter again in the speed dating author event, it was an non-stop flow of readers taking the chance to get to know us. Whew.

Sweet & Sassy Bingo

Sweet & Sassy Bingo

There were 9 authors in charge of this game where the winner's choice of prizes came out of the sweet basket or the sassy. For fun, the chips were chocolate kisses and Starburst pieces.

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas

What a heartwarming keynote speech to inspire authors to reach for their dreams.

The author husbands

The author husbands

Kerry with Carolyn Brown's hubby Charles Brown from OKC at the book signing.

Best selling author Melody Anne

Best selling author Melody Anne

This author is big time and down to earth.

She made me a winner.

She made me a winner.

Sweetheart author Carolyn Brown. Boy, did she know how to give a gift.

Reader and fan Shannon Bostwick

Reader and fan Shannon Bostwick

She's hanging in there with me at Romcon.

Author signing at Romcon

Author signing at Romcon

I'm positioned between S.E. Smith and Jill Scott.

A family and friend affair

A family and friend affair

Some Simmonses living in Denver. Authors Lisa Watson and Michelle Callahan brought up the rear.

Witnesses of my jubliation

Witnesses of my jubliation

The author luncheon at Romcon

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Catch a Bunch of Authors

Catch a Bunch of Authors

I was a featured panelists at the Aurora Library. Here are two of my supporters Mary and Carolyn. You have to love folks that love you.

Sharing the author table

Sharing the author table

Side by side with inspirational author Allie Pleiter in Aurora, IL

Congrats to my cousin Christine

Congrats to my cousin Christine

I'm so proud of her as the business owner/franchise.

More well wishers

More well wishers

Christine and staff members at her grand opening.

Grand Opening

Grand Opening

Christine is the proud owner of D'Oliver Salon in Spring, TX.

Salute to our Soldiers

Salute to our Soldiers

Shout out to Kimberly who showed us some love.

October 2015

Give me flowers!

Give me flowers!

I didn't expect to receive recognition.

Thank you

Thank you

The flowers were an act of kindness from friend and organizer for the 2015 Cavalcade of Authors 2015. Lissa Woodson.

Representing My New Release

Representing My New Release

During the Cavalcade, I could set up fast enough before readers were stopping by my table. I didn't come home with many books.

Me and Radiah

Me and Radiah

Radiah has reviewed many of my books throughout the year.

Melody Bartel-Vernon and Rene

Melody Bartel-Vernon and Rene

Melody has been faithful reading and posting reviews. Rene Daniel Flager is aka Nikki Night with Kimani romance. Happy for her.

Denise Jeffries and Beverly Cooley

Denise Jeffries and Beverly Cooley

Two ladies in my corner. Denise is an author with an alter ego and Beverly was once a Guilty Captain for me,

Author Tanisha with Kerry & me

Author Tanisha with Kerry & me

New fan from the Cavalcade

New fan from the Cavalcade

Carla, Baton Rouge in the house!

Carla, Baton Rouge in the house!

It's always humbling meeting fans that I've never met before.

Having Fun

Having Fun

Me with Tanishia Pearson-Jones and Shannan Harper. Great supporters and friends.

I look like my mother in this hat

I look like my mother in this hat

My admin assistant at the Glove & Tea party.

Tea Time

Tea Time

What a time, what a time, what a time, The food, fellowship and ambiance was superb.

The Miss Evelyn Mosely

The Miss Evelyn Mosely

Event planner extraordinaire. She was not only a lovely host, but a great ambassador for Christ and her church.

Tea time with Tina

Tea time with Tina

This is Evelyn's daughter and I'm so glad she could join us.

The hat ladies

The hat ladies

Although her hat is sharper than mine. She was responsible for me attending the first tea party at Faith Mission in Omaha.

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