Called “the Aretha Franklin of black publishing” by Kwan Foye, Karen Quinones Miller’s self-published first novel, Satin Doll, sold nearly 30,000 copies. The author of six Essence bestsellers, including Using What You Got, Passin’, and Uptown Dreams, she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction. Miller worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for nine years and is currently a literary consultant and the CEO of Oshun Publishing. An Angry-Ass Black Woman is an autobiographical novel about the racial tensions, adversities, and bonds formed while growing up in impoverished Harlem.
An award-winning Philadelphia Daily News columnist, Solomon Jones is the author of the Essence bestselling novel The Bridge, as well as the critically acclaimed books Pipe Dream, Ride or Die, C.R.E.A.M., and Payback. A former columnist for Philadelphia Weekly, Jones is the founder of Words on the Street Literacy Program. He previously taught creative writing at Temple University and served on the boards of several committees to end homelessness, and he has been featured nationally on NPR and CNN. The Dead Man’s Wife is his eighth novel and the latest in the Coletti crime series.