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Name:  Kimberla Lawson Roby  

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Audience: Adult;


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Kimberla was born in Rockford and attended Rock Valley College. She still resides in Rockford today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kimberla Lawson Roby is a New York Times Bestselling Author. She is author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels ''Casting the First Stone'', ''Here and Now'' and her debut title, ''Behind Closed Doors''. She has participated in national book tours and is currently attending book club discussions, expos, writers' conferences, colleges, universities and other literary events throughout the country on request.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Casting the first stone /
ISBN: 1575664895. OCLC Number:

Kensington Books,. New York :. ©2000.

When Tanya is betrayed by her husband, Curtis, she finds herself learning new lessons about love, loyalty, and sensual temptation and discovering the wisdom to celebrate victories that are hers alone.

Too much of a good thing /
ISBN: 006056850X. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2004.

Despite his status as a married man, minister Curtis Black's good looks, charming demeanor, and charismatic personality make him especially attractive to his female parishioners--as well as nearly every other woman he has ever met.

The best-kept secret /
ISBN: 0060734442. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2005.

Possessing a renewed commitment to behaving himself after landing a new job and wife, Curtis Black quickly finds himself tempted to fall into his old pattern of seducing women but wonders if he may actually have met his match in his third wife.

Love and lies /
ISBN: 006089251X. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2007.

Increasingly disgusted with her celebrity preacher husband's absence and continuing falls from grace, Charlotte Black remembers her disastrous affair with schizophrenic Aaron Malone, and receives a disturbing visit from her brother-in-law.

Sin no more /
ISBN: 0060892528. OCLC Number:

Avon :. New York, NY :. 2008.

A man who thrives on wickedness and counts on forgiveness, Curtis Black proclaims to his wife, Charlotte, that he will sin no more. He's finally learned his lesson about straying, and he's got the repercussions of his past misdeeds to remind him. First there's his new baby daughter, Curtina, and her mother, Tabitha, Curtis's former mistress, who demands that the preacher be a part of their lives - or else!.

The best of everything /
ISBN: 0061443077. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2009.

The Reverend Curtis Black's daughter, Alicia, reaches adulthood determined not to repeat her father's mistakes, but her love of money and the things it can buy threatens to destroy her marriage to Phillip, the assistant pastor of her father's church.

Be careful what you pray for /
ISBN: 0061443123. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2010.

Her first marriage didn't work out, but that isn't going to stop Alicia Black, the privileged daughter of the charismatic Reverend Curtis Black, from getting what she wants. One month after her wedding to her second husband, she can't believe her good fortune. God has heeded her prayers, blessing her with Pastor JT Valentine, a handsome, dynamic man of the cloth with his own large congregation, just like her father. Unfortunately, Alicia doesn't understand just how much like Curtis her new husband truly is. She doesn't know that JT has been sneaking around town with other women-or that he only married her to get close to her father's money and fame. But while Alicia is blinded by love, her dad certainly isn't. He warned his little girl that JT simply can't be trusted. After all, it takes one to know one, and who better to see into the darkness of a sinner's heart than Curtis? It will take a miracle to save the day. But God acts in mysterious ways, and soon a host of lies, longtime secrets, and acts of betrayal comes to light, and Alicia must face some very crucial and life-changing decisions. This time, she's got to be careful what she prays for.

Love, honor, and betray /
ISBN: 0446572446. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. 2011.

After the Reverend Curtis Black and his wife, Charlotte, must take in the illegitimate child he fathered with a mistress, who is now deceased, the two-year-old's arrival puts stress on their marriage, and soon each begins to stray, all the while suspecting the other of infidelities.

The reverend's wife :
ISBN: 0446572489. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. 2012.

Maintaining a cordial relationship with the unfaithful Charlotte while planning a divorce when their son graduates from high school, the Reverend Curtis Black resists his wife's efforts to reconcile and considers a proposition by a woman who desperately wants to marry him.

A house divided /
ISBN: 1455526061. OCLC Number:

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After an argument sends their son's girlfriend into early labor, Reverend Curtis Black and his wife experience a rift between them that may send her into the arms of another man.

The prodigal son /
ISBN: 1455526134. OCLC Number:

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"The new book in the bestselling Reverend Curtis Black series! After dropping out of Harvard to be with his girlfriend Racquel and their new baby, Matthew Black discovers that fatherhood isn't what he expected. His relationship with Racquel has become strained, and while he wants to be a good husband, he soon finds himself attracted to another woman. Meanwhile, Curtis and Charlotte are having their own problems. Curtis's long-lost-son Dillon has settled into their household and Charlotte feels he's trying to take Matthew's place in Curtis's heart. She is determined to get Dillon out of the house, but doing so won't be as easy as she thinks. Dillon quickly figures out what Charlotte is up to and launches his own plan to turn Curtis against her"--

The ultimate betrayal :
ISBN: 1455559563. OCLC Number:

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"It's been four years since twenty-eight-year old Alicia Black, daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, divorced her second husband, the most womanizing and corrupt man she has ever known. Since then, Alicia has been dating her first husband, Phillip Sullivan, a wonderfully kind and true man of God whom she'd hurt terribly by cheating on him. Alicia has worked hard to prove herself worthy of his trust once more, and when he asks her to marry him again, she couldn't be happier. But Levi Cunningham, the drug dealer Alicia had an extramarital affair with, has just been released from prison, and he has completely turned his life around for the better. Still head-over-heels in love with Alicia, he will do whatever is necessary to win her back. Remarrying Phillip is the one thing Alicia has wanted for years, but she can't get Levi out of her mind. Alicia and Phillip aren't the only ones in the middle of a crisis. Their best friends, husband and wife Brad and Melanie Richardson, are struggling to keep their marriage together. Workaholic Brad is never home and has begun losing thousands on bad investments. Or so he says. Melanie, who is certain there's more to the story, is determined to get at the truth. At the same time, her frustration and stress cause her to eat a lot less, and she behaves in an extreme fashion. Alicia worries that she could be suffering from anorexia, but Melanie steadfastly denies it. Their friendship begins to suffer, and it isn't long before they're talking to each other like enemies. Fresh betrayal leads to consequences no one saw coming, and Alicia's relationship with Phillip might not be the only thing that needs saving. But is it already too late? "--

A sinful calling /
ISBN: 1455559598. OCLC Number:

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"Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of an 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance. Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone and for very good reason."--

Behind closed doors /
ISBN: 0060593652. OCLC Number:

Avon Trade,. New York, NY :. [2004], ©1997.

Regina Moore and Karen Jackson, best friends since childhood, must offer each other support in restoring their foundering marriages and dealing with the inevitable changes in their lives, in a new edition of the first novel from the author of Too Much of a Good Thing.

Here and now /
ISBN: 0758202105. OCLC Number:

Kensington Books,. New York, NY :. 2000, ©1999.

The story of two black sisters, each jealous of what the other has. Sister Marcella is a single mother with two children and is dreaming of a career. Sister Racquel has both husband and career, but is longing for a child, the couple undergoing treatment for infertility. The jealousy creates trouble between them.

It's a thin line /
ISBN: 1575667444. OCLC Number:

Dafina Books/Kensington Pub. Corp.,. New York, NY :. 2001.

Their mother's stroke puts a strain on the lives of Sydney, Gina and Rick.

A taste of reality /
ISBN: 0060505672. OCLC Number:

W. Morrow,. New York :. ©2003.

As her seemingly perfect life begins to crumble around her, both at home and at work, putting her job and marriage on the line, Anise is forced to muster all of her courage and faith to triumph over adversity and realize her dreams.

Changing faces /
ISBN: 0060780800. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2006.

Whitney, Taylor, and Charisse have been best friends for years, but they are about to face an unexpected wave of troubles when Charisse's husband threatens to go public with a secret that she has been desperately trying to hide from her mother.

One in a million /
ISBN: 0061442968. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York :. 2009, ©2008.

In the first novella by the New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series, a wife and a husband receive a few surprises that will change their lives forever. A poignant and witty story of hope and perception, expectation, and illusion.

A deep dark secret /
ISBN: 0061443107. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York, NY :. ©2009.

In the outside, twelve-year-old Jillian Maxwell is the perfect child. She's helpful with chores around the house, gets straight A's in school, has plans for college, and stays out of trouble. She seems to have everything a girl could want: a beautiful new home, an adoring little sister, a mother who cares about her, and an attentive stepfather. But inside, Jillian harbors a terrible secret.

Secret obsession /
ISBN: 0446572411. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. 2011.

Tired of living her entire life in the shadow of her sister Camille, Paige Donahue plots to steal her brother-in-law and ruin their marriage.

A Christmas prayer /
ISBN: 1455526045. OCLC Number:

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"Alexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas since losing her mother. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season, and wishes her family could be whole again. And even as Alexis prepares to start a new family with her fiancé, Chase Dupont, outside forces threaten to destroy her potential happiness. But fate has one more surprise in store for Alexis, and it might be exactly what she needs to finally embrace the one holiday that has brought her nothing but heartache."--

The perfect marriage /
ISBN: 1455522465. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. ©2013.

Watching her parents struggle with their drug addictions, their loss of control, and diminishing family unity, Mackenzie Shaw takes matters into her own hands.

Best friends forever /
ISBN: 1455526088. OCLC Number:

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"Things are falling apart in the Richardson household. Angry arguments between Celine and her husband, Keith, have become routine. She resents that he's working long hours and staying out all night, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves. Their marriage is at a cross-roads and Celine worries how her 10-year-old daughter, Kassie, will be affected. But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her relationship with Keith deteriorates, Celine worries that she'll be left to navigate the difficult process of cancer treatment alone. But comfort and support come in the form of Celine's best friend, Lauren. They've been attached at the hip since they were children and it is Lauren who's there for Celine in her darkest moments. Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions-about her marriage and otherwise-and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late? "--

Copycat /
ISBN: 1455569712. OCLC Number:

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"The new standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author who "writes with high-octane levels of emotion" (USA Today)"--


Behind Closed Doors

  • Fiction Book of the Year Award, Blackboard, 1997
  • Casting the First Stone

  • Fiction Book of the Year Award, Blackboard, 2001
  • A Taste of Reality

  • Atlanta Choice Award, finalist, Atlanta Daily World, 2004
  • Too Much of a Good Thing

  • Patron Choice Award, Central Mississippi Regional Library System, 2004

    Other Awards

  • First-Time Author Award, Chicago's Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, 1998
  • Author of the Year Award - Female, African-American Literary Award Show, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013
  • Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work Fiction, NAACP, 2013
  • Female Author of the Year, AAMBC, 2014

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    If you would like to schedule a speaking engagement, booksigning event, or media interview with Ms. Roby, please contact her assistant, Connie Dettman via email or by calling (815)



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