Reshonda Tate Billingsley
My Brother's Keeper (2001)
Aja James is a survivor. Her outward beauty and strength artfully conceal
the scars within... Scars inflicted by a horrific family tragedy. Aja has
managed to leave her troubled past behind and begin again. The new chapter
in her life begins with hope, and one of the most sought after bachelors in
town, handsome sportscaster, Charles Clayton. But just when Aja starts to
enjoy her new life, she’s forced to deal with some old demons. While Aja
seems to have rebounded from the family’s history, her brother, Eric, a
promising NBA prospect, is unable to get past it. His uncontrollable rage
and inner turmoil sideline his basketball career and wreak havoc on his own
personal relationships. When Aja sees her brother heading down the same
violent path that destroyed their family, she makes it her business to stop
the cycle --even if it means putting her own life, and love, on hold.
Through it all, both Aja and her brother learn a lesson in forgiveness, from
their little sister, Jada. Although she was hit hardest by the family
tragedy, her resilience proves sometimes you have to forgive in order to
find the strength to move on.
Keeper is a captivating novel that takes a poignant look at how deep
childhood issues can run. Both humorous and heart-wrenching, this exciting
debut novel will leave you wanting more.
Let the Church Say Amen
Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to
lead and he’s done a good job of it, transforming his small Houston church
into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the
good Reverend’s been busy tending his flock, his family’s gone astray. His
19-year-old daughter, Rachel, gives new meaning to “baby mama drama.” Crazy
in love with her son’s father, she’s wreaking havoc on the man’s life, even
though he’s about to marry another. David, Simon’s oldest at 27, has been
spiraling downward ever since a knee injury ended a promising football
career. These days he’s seeking solace in drugs—even feeding his habit by
stealing church offerings. Blessedly, 23-year-old Jonathan, a college
graduate and the apple of Simon’s eye, is poised to take his father’s side
as associate pastor—or so everyone thinks.
Let the Church Say Amen is a powerful journey through one family’s
trials—and a remarkable story of reconciliation and love.
Help! I've Turned Into My Mother (2005)
Admit it. At some point, you've looked into the mirror and saw your mother
looking back. Or maybe you caught yourself talking, laughing, simply
exhibiting some of her traits.
Don't be ashamed, you're not alone.
Help! I've Turned into My Mother takes on the transformation we all hate to
Sharing anecdotes of her own drama-filled relationship with her mother,
ReShonda interviewed over 500 women who talked about the good, the bad and
the ugly of turning into their mothers. Through humor and wit, these women
share stories that are bound to not only help you build a better
relationship with your mother, but recognize that turning into your mother
isn't all bad.
Know I've Been Changed (2006)
Raedella Rollins left the dusty town of Sweet Poke, Arkansas on a
Texas-bound bus with four mismatched suitcases, a newsroom job offer, and a
promise to herself: never look back. Now, less than a decade later, she’s a
top-rated talk show host and fiancée to Houston’s star councilman. The
future looks bright for Rae, and Sweet Poke is nothing more than a distant
memory.But now that she’s reached the top, her ragtag family comes knocking.
Mama Tee, the grandmother who raised her, calls with unwelcome family
updates, and Shondella, her jealous older sister, guilts her into sending
money. To Rae, nothing could be worse than an unexpected reunion with her
over-the-top relatives. But when her picture-perfect life turns out to be an
illusion, Rae’s family calls her back to Sweet Poke and to the life she left
behind. Can Rae let go of the heartache of her childhood and open her heart
to the healing that only faith and family can provide?
Nothing But Drama (2006)
The first book in an exciting and inspiring new series from national
bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Their lives are nothing but drama. . . .
Camille can't believe her bad luck when she's ordered to join a church youth
group after hiding her boyfriend from the police. She'll bide her time if
that's what it takes to get everyone off her back, but it's the last place
she ever expected to make a new friend. Angel has a secret that's got her
running scared, so when she sees a flyer for the group, she heads to the
church, hoping to find an answer to her problem. Now Rachel, their group
leader, has a task for them that may just end their daily dramas and give
them a whole new beginning.
They just have to take a leap of faith. . . .
Along the way, they meet tough-as-nails Jasmine and society-darling Alexis,
forging friendships built on strength, loyalty, and faith. As the girls take
up Rachel's challenge to honor their parents, they find that walking a new
path isn't always the easiest way to go. But together, Camille, Angel,
Jasmine, and Alexis will embark on adventures that only the best of friends
Blessings in Disguise (2007 release)
Everybody Say Amen (2007 release)
With Friends Like These (2007 release)
Four Degrees of Heat (2004) by
CBrenda L. Thomas,Crystal Lacey Winslow, Rochelle Alers, and ReShonda Tate
Anthology includes Billingsley's sizzling story,
""Rebound" in which a jilted bride heads to the islands to drown her
sorrows. What she doesn't count on finding is good food, good fun and good
Have a Little Faith (2006) by J.D. Mason, Jacquelin Thomas, ReShonda
Tate Billingsley, and Sandra Kitt
Faith, family, and forgiveness are at the heart of this
powerful story collection from four bestselling African-American authors.
Meet a group of unforgettable women in these tales of hope and inspiration
and discover how doors can open if you just have a little faith
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