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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Earl Sewell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Sewell was born in Chicago and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Fiction Writing and Radio Broadcasting from Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shortly after college Sewell wrote his first novel but after receiving more than twenty rejection letters from publishers, he abandoned the dream of becoming a published author. Years later, after losing his mother to heart failure, Sewell gave writing another shot. He completed his second novel and decided to publish the book on his own. He launched his own publishing company called ''Katie Books'' - named in honor of his mother. His second effort was a hit and two years later he signed a publishing agreement with a major publisher.

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Titles At Your Library

Taken For Granted
ISBN: 1583145540

Kimani Press. 2005

When Nina comes to terms with her unhappy marriage and underachieving adult daughter, she seeks a change, finding unlikely solace in Richard, who has own marital issues.

Keysha's Drama
ISBN: 0373830793

Harlequin Kimani TRU. 2007

Sixteen-year-old Keysha Kendall is a judge's signature away
from foster care when she's sent to live with the father she
never knew. Suddenly she has her own room in his big fancy
house, a high-powered stepmother and a popular half brother
who can introduce her to all the right people at her new school.

But Keysha can't forget where she came from. And she won't let
anyone else, either. Why should her father and his perfect family
have it so easy when she and her mother had it so hard? And
so Keysha hooks up with a rough crowd and does whatever she
wants…until what she wants changes real fast….

Lesson Learned (Keysha's Drama)
ISBN: 0373831161

Harlequin Kimani TRU. 2009

Whoever said "family comes first" never met Keysha's mom, Justine. Fresh out of jail, Justine wants to reconnect with her daughter—despite abandoning her to a father she hardly knew. Keysha is sure Justine's troubled past is going to play havoc with her own present and future. To add more drama to the mix, her younger brother, Mike, is now a wannabe player, determined to get with a girl Keysha just knows is trouble.

For once, all of Keysha's hunches are right on target. And now it's up to her to untangle a dangerous mess…before the life and new family she's just begun to build come crashing down around her….

If I Were Your Boyfriend (Keysha's Drama)
ISBN: 0373830920

Harlequin Kimani TRU. 2008

Social zero meets unlikely hero

How had Keysha gone from popular to social outcast? One word: frenemy. A girl Keysha thought was her friend planted drugs on her—and Keysha got caught. The media blitz on their wealthy suburb turned everyone against her. First day back at school, and Keysha is stared down in the halls. Whispered about. No one will talk to her. And the girl who ruined Keysha's reputation laughs in her face. So when a guy with his own bad rep offers to help, Keysha's first reaction is yeah, right. Talk about an unlikely hero.

But soon she realizes that Wesley Morris is more than just hot, more than just talk. He's been there, done that and turned his life around. But no one wants this so-called bad-news boyfriend anywhere near Keysha. Including her family. Still, Wesley isn't willing to walk away and let Keysha Also Available pay for someone else's crime. He'll even risk everything to save her…and their relationship.

Love, Lies And Scandal
ISBN: 0373831404

Harlequin Kimani Sepia. 2008

It's no wonder Angela Rivers feels satisfied—maybe a little too satisfied—with her life. Married to handsome congressman Will, with a successful career as an investigative reporter turned talk-show host, Angela has everything under control. Then a tape surfaces of Will having sex with an underage girl. Suddenly, Will is in jail, Angela is broke and jobless, and their marriage is over.

Humiliated to be in the middle of a media firestorm after turning the spotlight on others for so long, Angela flees California for Chicago. There, with the support of her friend Regina, she begins to get her career back on track. Dating is the furthest thing from her mind—until she meets marathon coach Jesse, who's also piecing his life together after a breakup. In spite of their wariness, and the problems caused by Jesse's teenage daughter, the attraction blossoms. And when Will returns, vengeful after losing everything, Angela must find a way to defend her good name, her reputation and the unexpected love that has come to mean so much.…

Myself and I (Keysha's Drama)
ISBN: 0373831765

Harlequin Kimani TRU. 2010

Lately, Keysha feels like a magnet for trouble—especially boy trouble. Her last love interest turned out to be a major fraud, and her ex, Wesley, refuses to accept that they're finished. Swearing off relationships and concentrating on herself seems like her smartest move.

Then Keysha meets her new neighbor Jerry, who has every girl in town vying for a summer fling. Working as lifeguards together, Keysha realizes that Jerry has more to offer than a great car and a sexy smile, and the harder she tries to ignore him, the more interested he becomes. But is it Keysha that attracts him or the chase itself? And when the biggest party of the year gets dangerously out of line, and Wesley's jealous new girl pins the blame on Keysha, she'll learn exactly who she can trust. Only problem is, it might be too late to save herself….

Decision Time (Keysha's Drama)
ISBN: 0373831722

Harlequin Kimani TRU. 2009

After a chaotic few months, Keysha's life is looking up—and so is her love life. She's scored the lead in the school play, and her tried-and-true boyfriend, Wesley, has moved back home. Perfect, right? Except that a backstabbing rival is scheming to get her role, and rehearsals leave zero time for Wesley in Keysha's already overbooked schedule.

But while Keysha is busy with the play, Lori—the girl Wesley risked his life to save from a jealous ex—is busy trying to show Wesley just how grateful she can be. And with junior prom on the horizon and Keysha's hot leading man making his interest known, the one relationship that Keysha thought she could count on is looking shakier by the day….

Maya's Choice (A Keysha and Friends Novel)
ISBN: 0373229984

Harlequin Kimani TRU. 2011

Maya's summer is shaping up to be unforgettable—in both good and bad ways. First she's sent to stay with her grandmother for a month. Living in the city, Maya is too far from her friend Keysha and her boyfriend, Misalo—and too near her rebellious cousin Viviana. When Maya finally comes home, her parents drop a bombshell—Viviana is moving in with them.

Her cousin has barely unpacked before she's creating chaos. Truth is, Maya kind of likes the way life is a whole lot less predictable with Viviana around. But her motives are up for debate—especially when it comes to Misalo. And as Maya's little sister, Anna, grows more fascinated with her cool older cousin, Maya begins to see that following where Viviana leads has its price. And it could cost Maya her reputation, her relationship…and maybe even her future….

Back to Me (A Keysha and Friends Novel)
ISBN: 0373534663

Harlequin Kimani TRU. 2012

This is not how Maya Rogers hoped to get famous. First her boyfriend, Misalo, dumps her, and then the revealing photos that she sent to him go viral. Maya's reputation is in shreds, and now she's getting all the wrong kind of attention from guys in her neighborhood. How did life get so out of control so fast?

One answer: Viviana. Maya and her cousin were close once. But guilty secrets and long-buried resentments changed all that. Viviana wants to make Maya miserable by stealing away Misalo, but she may be stirring up more trouble than anyone can handle. At least Maya knows that her best friend Keysha always has her back. But with so much bad blood flowing, will these family ties be severed for good?

Cougars: A Novel (Zane Presents)
ISBN: 1593092695

Strebor Books. 2012

Now in mass market paperback—a forty-something woman, who only dates younger men, mixes romance with her pharmaceutical job when a handsome chemist joins her research team.

Jasmine Sallie is a forty-year-old chemist employed by a pharmaceutical company. She begins an erotic relationship with Travis Adams, a young, sexy, and brilliant chemist who joins her research team. Travis and Jasmine work together to manufacture a drug with the goal of heightening sexual pleasure for women. She and Travis manufacture a product, but the side effects cause disastrous medical problems and even death. Jasmine orders the project to be ceased and the research is shelved. However, Travis secretly continues to do research. Finally, he manufactures a good formula, but the side effects and potential risk for death are significant. Still Travis believes the benefits outweigh the hazards. He calls his new aphrodisiac Cougars.

Travis decides to sell Cougars on the black market. Several women who ingest the drug suddenly and inexplicably die, while others become gravely ill. An investigation starts and Travis is suddenly on the run. Now Jasmine must help authorities hunt Travis down as well as find an antidote for those ailing from the effects of the drug.

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