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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  R M Johnson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1968 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.rmnovels.com
-- R M Johnson on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=r+m+johnson


Illinois Connection

RM was born and raised in Chicago. After graduating from Morgan Park High School in 1986, he enlisted in the United States Army as a radiologic technologist. He spent time stateside and abroad. After an honorable discharge, he started school at Columbia College in Chicago as a film major.

Biographical and Professional Information

RM started his career in the arts as a young scetch artist. RM attended a total of four undergraduate schools and graduated after four years from University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Science. While in college, he had written plays, one of which became the basis for his first novel, The Harris Men, which was published in 1999 by Simon & Schuster. RM published a series of books after that. In 2004, RM enrolled in Chicago State University to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, which he earned in 2006. He is currently searching for talented writers to publish under his small publishing company, and putting the finishing touches on the much anticipated sequel in The Million Dollar saga, Deceit & Devotion.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Love Frustration: A Novel
ISBN: 0743448731

Simon & Schuster. 2003

Have you ever been frustrated because you are in love with someone you can't have?

Jayson Abrahms wants nothing more than to settle down. Thankfully, in less than a week he will marry Faith Sheppard, the love of his life. But there is one issue -- Jayson's best friend, Asha Mills. Not only is she gorgeous, but Asha and Jayson also used to be lovers. Concerned about Asha's intentions, Faith delivers an ultimatum, forcing Jayson to make the toughest decision of his life: Either Asha goes, or Faith will.
Jayson cannot bring himself to end the friendship. When he lies to Faith and tells her Asha is out of the picture, he never expects Faith to learn his secret, but when she does, she decides to get even. Jayson, still believing that things are as they should be, plans to meet Faith at a hotel room for her surprise party. Instead, it is Jayson who receives a horrible shock. He soon learns that not just Faith has been harboring secrets Asha turns out to be a very different woman from the one he fell in love with years ago.
Sexy and real, Love Frustration candidly confronts what happens when people have what they don't want and love what they can't have.

Dating Games: A Novel
ISBN: 074346480X

Simon & Schuster. 2004

Though both gorgeous, the two Rodgers sisters couldn't be more different. Hennesey, a brilliant straight-A student, is soon off to college on a full scholarship. She's in a strong relationship with Rafe, a recently released convict who's trying to turn his life around after being unjustly jailed. He took a drug rap for his old friend Smoke, who has since become the most ruthless drug dealer in Chicago. Rafe wants nothing more to do with his old friends -- especially when he falls for Hennesey.
On the other hand, Alizé is perfectly comfortable relying on her undeniable sex appeal to get what she wants. When Livvy, the girls' mother, announces that they have to move out of her apartment because she is getting a smaller place to save up money and go back to school, Alizé panics as she is in desperate need of some money of her own. She and her girlfriends come up with an outrageous plan to score some fast cash -- persuading the men with fat pockets they meet at clubs to take the girls to a hotel and then drugging them and making off with their wallets and jewelry. Unfortunately for Alizé, one of their first victims is none other than Smoke, Rafe's old buddy. Once robbed, he's bent on revenge -- and the violent chain of events that follow will change the Rodgers family forever.

The Million Dollar Divorce: A Novel
ISBN: 0743258177

Simon & Schuster. 2005

RM Johnson, the Essence bestselling author of Dating Games and The Harris Family, delivers an absorbing and provocative new novel about the lowdown schemes and broken dreams that follow a fractured marriage.

Successful business entrepreneur Nate Kenny is thrilled to marry the beautiful and intelligent Monica, chiefly because it means he can at last fulfill his lifelong dream of having a family. While he isn't happy about it, he agrees with Monica to wait three years before trying for pregnancy. Once those three years are up and the couple discovers that she is unable to bear children, any love he once felt for Monica is gone, and Nate wants out of the marriage. But he’s worried about losing half of his sixty-million-dollar fortune in a divorce settlement. Desperate for an out, he searches for a way to exploit the infidelity clause in the couple’s prenuptial agreement.

Enter Lewis Waters. With his baby's mother addicted to drugs, Lewis is already seriously down on his luck when he accidentally smashes his car into Nate’s Bentley. Without auto insurance or any way to pay for the repairs, Lewis is at the end of his financial rope. But the scheming Nate sees another way for the attractive young man to repay his debt: as sexual bait for Monica. And so Nate sets up Lewis with all of the accessories he believes Lewis will need to earn Monica's love, or at the very least, her lust: a big house, a fancy car, expensive clothes, and a full bank account. But as is often the case when it comes to matters of the heart, things don’t unfold according to plan. When Monica falls hard for Lewis, Nate panics—was protecting his fortune more important than trying to save his marriage? As he finds himself overwhelmed by second thoughts, Nate is willing to do anything to get Monica back.

An inspired fusion of realism and romance, The Million Dollar Divorce is an unpredictable caper of lust, betrayal, and family ties.

The Harris Men
ISBN: 0743482441

Simon & Schuster. 2003

When Julius Harris is diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 55, he sets out to make amends for his past mistakes, most notably leaving a wife and three sons 20 years ago. As he races to reunite the family he once lost, he finds his sons are now men facing trials of their own -- trials that resonate with the impact of their father's abandonment so many years ago. With a compassionate voice that takes inspiration from his personal family history, R.M. Johnson's compelling novel provides a provocative glimpse into the ever-growing problem of absentee fathers as his characters grapple with a subject that will forever be an issue of great complexity and debate: what it means to be a man.

Do You Take This Woman?: A Novel
ISBN: 0743285204

Simon & Schuster. 2008

RM Johnson, the Essence bestselling author of Dating Games and The Million Dollar Divorce, once again creates a riveting and enthralling novel that explores the bond between two childhood friends when they both fall in love with the same woman.

Pete and Wayne grew up side by side and have lived their entire lives as best friends -- as brothers. And as brothers, they have always been rivals when it came to women. The fateful night when Carla walks into the bar where Pete and Wayne are having drinks brings Wayne his customary luck with the ladies, and soon enough, Wayne and Carla are engaged. But Wayne's need for one last conquest tempts him into bed with another woman, and the ensuing guilt leads him to confide in his best friend -- a mistake that will haunt the three of them forever.

Jealous of his friend's relationship, Pete tells Carla of Wayne's infidelity and provides more than just a friendly shoulder to cry on. As a result, Carla leaves Wayne and further breaks his heart by accepting Pete's marriage proposal only one year later. Just when old friends seem to be settling down with their choices, old feelings surreptitiously sneak to the surface, and a rift between husband and wife leads Pete astray and drives Carla into the most familiar arms she can find. Finally, guilt, lust, and redemption come together in a heartbreaking and tragic love triangle, and Pete, Wayne, and Carla are forced to face the consequences of decisions that may end up being their last.

Do You Take This Woman? is a sexy blend of friendship and romance that will take you on a startlingly real and emotional roller-coaster ride of betrayal, sex, lies, and ultimately, love.

Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can't Commit
ISBN: 1439101493

Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing. 2009

Offers insight into the myriad issues influencing commitment fears for men, counseling women on why men cling to bachelorhood, how to discern a man's actual interest in marriage, and how to understand the ways men perceive various situations.

The Million Dollar Deception: A Novel
ISBN: 1416540415

Simon & Schuster. 2009

Now in paperback, the sequel to the #1 Essence bestselling author’s sensational The Million Dollar Divorce—a novel that takes the surprises and sensuality of the first book to new heights.

• Bestselling author: RM Johnson’s The Harris Family was a #1 Essence bestseller. The Million Dollar Divorce, which launched this series with a bang, is a favorite amongst the author’s loyal—and growing—fan base.

• Universal appeal: Like its exciting predecessor, The Million Dollar Deception appeals to women with its brilliantly unpredictable plotting. It also hooks men with the brotherhood angle that garnered so much praise with Johnson’s last novel, Do You Take This Woman?

• Enthralling story: An emotionally complex novel about desire, commitment, and excruciating choices, The Million Dollar Deception is about Monica Kenny, whose love life has become a confusing labyrinth of doubts. Lewis Waters, the younger man who may or may not be right for Monica, will do anything to hold on to her. And Nate Kenny, Monica’s unscrupulous ex-husband, realizes now how foolish it had been to give her up a year ago—and is about to plot the destruction of Lewis Waters to get her back.

No One in the World: A Novel
ISBN: 1439178097

Simon & Schuster. 2011

E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson— two powerful voices of a generation—unite with an insightful and emotional project that tackles themes of family, loyalty and identity.

The untimely passing of the beloved New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn Harris has left fans pining for more. With this collaboration, fans are given the book they’ve been clamoring to read—and the book that Harris and Essence bestselling author RM Johnson long wanted to write.

Cobi Winslow, a handsome, well-educated district attorney, knows nothing about the life of his estranged twin brother, Eric Reed, a career criminal raised in the foster care system. Following their parents’ death, Cobi searches for and finds his brother, hoping to regain lost years.

Meanwhile, Cobi navigates the pressures of society as he lives life in the closet. The stress comes to a head when he learns that in order to inherit the wealth of his father’s estate and save the struggling family business, he must marry a woman before he turns thirty-five. The task becomes more convoluted when Cobi’s sister proposes to pay Austen Greer, a once-successful and wealthy businesswoman who lost everything in the recession, to be Cobi’s wife.

Eric discovers Cobi is gay and promises to keep it a secret. Instead, he entrusts the information to his former prison cellmate, Blac, who endears himself to Cobi in hopes of securing a $150,000 loan from him to pay back a debt racked up by cocaine sales. As the clock runs down both on Blac’s efforts to pay his deadly creditor and on Cobi’s attempts to save the family company, rash moves are executed, family and friendship bonds are tested, and life-altering sacrifices are made.

Deceit and Devotion
ISBN: 1439180571

Simon & Schuster. 2012

Essence bestselling author RM Johnson returns with the hotly anticipated follow-up to Million Dollar Demise.

This electrifying novel features the Million Dollar characters fans have grown to love coming face-to-face with members of the Harris family, the unforgettable characters of Johnson’s other bestselling series. It’s his most dramatic—and passionate—installment yet.

When Nate Kenny convinces Daphanie Coleman to sign over custody of her newborn baby to the father, his ex-wife Monica vows to help the young woman. But Monica is still recovering from a gunshot to the head that put her in a coma. Daphanie hires Austin Harris to help win her baby back, but divorced and lonely, Austin falls for Monica and tries to pull her into a relationship—one she is reluctant to start.

Meanwhile, Caleb Harris, Austin’s brother, must pay back a loan shark to save his family from home eviction. But debt isn’t his only problem—his son has fallen deeper and deeper into crime. And as Daphanie struggles to win back her child, she must decide whether or not she will live by the rules of a man she despises in order to stay in her child’s life.

Deceit and Devotion is a gripping story of passion and revenge, and a tapestry of family, love and loyalty that must not be missed.


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