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2012 Romantic Times Best Book Awards (Updated!!)


My newest romance, RED HOT, has been nominated for a Romantic Times’ Best Book Award in the category of Best Multicultural Romance.  This is my third nomination and I am very honoured, especially with the large number of African-American romance released in 2012 alone.  Very happy. Very proud. Feeling very blessed.

Also: I am just honored to be nominated. 😉

Congratulations to the other nominees in the Best Multicultural Romance category:

  • Deception by Naomi Chase
  • Courting Justice by Brenda Jackson
  • Pretty Boy Problems by Michele Grant
  • Forever by Rochelle Alers

Also, big congrats to the nominees of the Best Multicultural Fiction category.  MISTRESS, INC. did not get the nod, but I am very happy for those who did:

  • Forever Soul Ties by Vanessa Davis Griggs
  • A Wish and a Prayer by Beverly Jenkins
  • The Reverend’s Wife by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • The Secret She Kept by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
  • Another Man Will by Daaimah S. Poole
  • Almost Doesn’t Count by Angela Winter

For more of the many categories/genre nominees, please visit the RT site.


UPDATE: I won, y’all. My second RT win. I’ve known since February and I’m happy to finally announce the good news.  This is huge. I’m happy. Not AT ALL ashamed for chinning and grinning all over again. –N.

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“It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you…” –Eric B. & Rakim

LOL. So I have been extra busy finishing up four (yes FOUR) releases for 2011.  Because I am an internet junkie, I make myself stay away from the internet when I am near a deadline. But I’m back and up for some air. Lots of news, lots of upcoming projects, lots to catch up on. Sooooo….let’s get it!


For those who don’t know my romance book MAKE YOU MINE won Romantic Times Magazines 2009 Best African-American Romance Award. Ow! Loves it, especially since I was up against four icons (Brenda Jackson, Rochelle Alers, Francis Ray, and Beverly Jenkins) and won.  I am woman enough to say that I hope to have the longevity and status of each of these women in our field.

The book also was nominated for Romance Slam Jam’s Emma Award for Steamiest Romance. Congrats to Kimberly Kaye Terry on the well deserved win.

To order your copy of this “Sexy, Funny & Oh So Real”, award-winning, bestselling book, please visit all of the online book retailers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book A Million) or order it at one of your local bookstores.


The entire 3 book Hoodwives series, Make You Mine, Give Me Fever, Message from a Mistress, and the upcoming Mistress No More will all be available as audiobooks from various audiobooks retailers.  I am so excited about this. 7 audiobook deals came in this summer. This has been one helluva a ten-year anniversary for me.  Definitely feeling blessed.

As of August 15, the Message from a Mistress audiobook is available via Recorded Books for sale or rental:

Stay tuned for release dates and more info on the other audiobooks.


REAL WIFEYS: ON THE GRIND (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone) drops JANUARY 2011.  This is the first of my new series featuring three wifeys from three different hoods and is a loose play on the popular ”Real Housewives ” franchise. First up is the scandalous life of Kaeyla Dennis aka Goldie a hood-fabulous wifey from Newark who uses her sex appeal and street smarts to make it big.  This book is sure to please readers of the explosive Hoodwives series I co-authored.  Please visit my Urban Fiction | Meesha Mink page for the book description.  Be sure to PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW and be the first to have your order shipped on January 11!

FAMOUS (Harlequin/Kimani TRU) drops JANUARY 2011 also. This is book 2 in the popular teen series, Pace Academy, written as Simone Bryant.  Very excited about revisiting the Pacesetters clique and seeing just how these celebkids tackle the high price of fame.  There’s new crushes, new drama, and a new addition to the clique.  Great book for reluctant readers and for parents looking for age appropriate books for the tweens and teens. (No cursing and no premarital sex). This definitely is not my romance, mainstream or urban fiction books. lol.  For more info on FAMOUS, please visit my Teen Fiction | Simone Bryant page.

MISTRESS NO MORE (Kensington/Dafina) drops MARCH 2011. *Sighs* Okay, Message from a Mistress was my most controversial book to date. Either you hate it or you love it. Tried something different with the ending and Lawd people went left on me. lol. I’m a big girl, I’ve written over twenty books, I can take it. Still, I can’t change it now and in hindsight I’m not 100% sure I would. Depends on what day you ask me and what review I recently read. Anyhoo, Mistress No More is the follow-up and all questions will be answered. Stay tuned for more details on this one.

HEAT WAVE (Kensington/Dafina ) drops JULY 2011. This is a sexy, summer anthology with Donna Hill, Zuri Day and myself. More info to come but definitely pencil in this sexy beach read.

**** UPDATED >>>>BURN (Kensington/Dafina) drops  AUGUST 2011.  This is book #4 in the Strong series.  Zaria Ali and Kaleb Strong are up next in this game of finding love.  Can a sexy cougar who looks younger than her age tame a sexy playboy cowboy? Find out in August. I am currently working on this project and I am enjoying my trip back to Holtsville. I hope you all do too. 😉

NETWORKING SITES:Just a heads up that I am considering shutting down my Niobia Bryant News yahoo group.  With well over three hundred members over the last few years, I am reluctant to let it go but my interaction with readers via Twitter and Facebook are more instant. I don’t know. What do you think? Hit me up:

For those busy on the net I am on Facebook, Twitter, Shelfari, and yes, my yahoo group, Niobia Bryant News.

That’s it for now.  There’s a lot to digest–which means I have a lot to do. So let me go get busy.

Love y’all.


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Another Award Nomination!

Make You Mine has been nominated for Best Steamy Romance in the 2010 Emma Award presented by Romance Slam Jam.

Since I will be cruising in April for the 2010 Romance Slam Jam it would be just fine with me to come home with my suitcase just a little heavier with an award. 😉

Thank you to everyone who nominated me. This is the second recognition for Make You Mine and I appreciate every drop of love.

For more on the 1st Award Nomination click here.

For more on the Romance Slam Jam cruise click here.


Oh Shyt!!(Update: I WON!!!!)

2009 Nominee for Best African-American Romance 

Romantic Times Magazine Awards!!!



“Oh shyt” is exactly what I said when I found out about the nomination. LOL.

This is the book my Mom pushed me to write.  Several editors wouldn’t mess with it because the heroine was unemployed, $200.00 from being broke, and about to be evicted from her apartment. Real ish that happens to good people all the time. (Love is not just for the wealthy. Hello.) But I digress…

I was steady pumping out books and my Mom would say “what happened to the one about the pregnant lady that moves into the man’s house while he’s away”.  My answers:

  • I’ll get to it, Ma.
  • This editor wants something less realistic.
  • That editor wants me to change the story. I wouldn’t, so it didn’t sell.
  • As soon as I finish this book or that I’ll get to it.

Well, I finally did submit it to Dafina.  They brought it, published it, its selling well, and it just was nominated for an award by a publication well-respected in the romance writing industry. (UPDATE: Since this original post, Make You Mine has also been nominated for another award and I just got a deal for it to be published as an audiobook with a well-known record company branching into audiobooks. POW!) (NEW UPDATE: I won!!!!)

I know my Mama is in heaven telling all the nay-sayers “Humph. That’s my baby girl”.

But this is also a huge milestone for me for one other reason.  Peep the other nominees in the Best African-American Romance category:

  • Francis Ray (Nobody But You)
  • Beverly Jenkins (Bring On The Blessings)
  • Brenda Jackson (Taste of Passion)
  • Rochelle Alers (Man of Fate)

Say what. Say who? These four icons of African-American romance…and me? Say what you want, but when discussing African-American romance and its trailblazers every last name on the list  has been mentioned. (DISCLAIMER: I’m not throwing shade on anyone but I like a good dose of reality and there is not one up and coming romance author who wouldn’t give a big toe to have these women’s career.)

I have read them all (especially Francis. Heart of a Falcon. Classic. All time favorite romance book.)  I respect them all for all they’ve done to make it a bit easier for me to get my job done.  I am so pleased and proud of myself to be ranked among them. I’m proud to be the up and comer with just 8 romance books under my belt compared to their substantial release amounts.  I’m still building my brand and honing my craft.  I still have a way to go and I’m excited to know that with each book I will only get better.  When it comes to my writing career, I feel like God is preparing me for  my breakthrough and this nod is a testament to that.




Update: African-American Literary Award Winners

The 2008 African American Literary Awards show was held on Thursday, September 25, 2008  at the Harlem Gatehouse in New York.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and especally the winners.


2008 Winners

Here are the winners from 2008 African American Literary Awards Show

Winners are in bold.


  • Eric Jerome Dickey – PLEASURE 
  • Victoria Christopher Murray – Too Little Too Late 
  • Karen E. Quinones Miller – Passin
  • Kimberla Lawson Roby – One In A Million 

Science Fiction

  • Tananarive Due – Blood Colony   
  • Stefanie Worth – Where Souls Collide  
  • LA Banks – Bad Blood (Crimson Moon Novels) 
  • Brandon Massey – The Other Brother  

Magazine – Non Literary

  • (Oprah) Magazine
  • Uptown Magazine
  • Black Enterprise
  • Upscale Magazine

Magazine – Literary

  • Booking Matters
  • SLR
  • Mosaic Literary 
  • Harlem World


  • Walter Mosley – The Tempest Tales 
  • Jean Holloway – Ace Of Hearts
  • Angela Henry – Diva’s Last Curtain   
  • Valerie Wilson Wesley – Of Blood and Sorrow: A Tamara Hayle Mystery


  • Francis Ray – Only You (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Brenda Jackson – Her Little Black Book (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Trice Hickman – Unexpected Interruptions 
  • Beverly Jenkins – Jewel (Avon Books)

Christian Fiction

  • Kendra Norman Bellamy –  Battle of Jericho  
  • Dwan Abrams – Divorcing The Devil (Urban Books)
  • Sherri Lewis – My Soul Cries Out (Urban Books)
  • Jacqueline Thomas – Jezebel (NAL Hardcover)

Street Fiction

  • J.M. Benjamin – Ride Or Die Chick
  • Jason Poole – Victoria’s Secret
  • Mikal Malone – Pitbulls In A Skirt
  • Dutch – Dutch: The Finale


  • Zane – Honey Flava
  • Allison Hobbs – Climax
  • Risque – The Sweetest Taboo: A Novel
  • Hazel Mills – Bare Necessities: Sensuous Tales of Passion


  • C. Vivian Stringer – Standing Tall 
  • DaShaun “Jiwe” Morris – War of the Bloods in My Veins: A Street Soldier’s March Toward Redemption  
  • Felicia “Snoop” Pearsons – Grace After Midnight: A Memoir
  • Stacey Patton – That Mean Old Yesterday  


  • Mayme Hatcher Johnson – Harlem Godfather: The Rap on my Husband, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson  
  • Lily Ratliff – The Life of a Lily: Growing in His Strength, Blooming in His Love  
  • Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins  – The Bond  
  • Tony Dungy  – Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life

Children’s /Young AdultBooks

  • Denene Milner & Mitzi Miller – Hotlanta No. 1
  • Sharon M. Draper – November Blues
  • Stephanie Perry Moore – Pressing Hard: Perry Sky Jr. Series #2
  • L. Divine – Frenemies  


  • Valerie Washington – Soul Passion
  • Alice Walker – Why War Is Never a Good Idea
  • Jill Scott – The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott  


  • Hill Harper – Letters To A Young Sister  
  • Dawn Marie Daniels & Candace Sandy   
  • Terrie M. Williams – Black Pain  
  • Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint – Come on People


  • G. Garvin – Make It Super Simple
  • Willey Mullins – Salad Makes The Meal
  • Wilbert Jones – Smothered Southern Foods

Humorist Award of the Year (Stand Up Comic)

  • Sherri Sheppard
  • Katt Williams
  • Steve Harvey
  • Mike Epps

Comedy Book Author of the Year

  • Pat G’Orge-Walker – Somewhat Saved
  • Finesse Mitchell – Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much: A Brother’s Take on Dating and Mating for Sistas
  • Tamara A. Johnson-George – Player HateHer: How to Avoid the Beat Down and Live in a Drama-Free World 
  • Henri Edmonds – The Georgia Avenue Bus

Break-out Author Of The Year

  • Darn Oldham – Scent Of An Angel
  • Carleen Brice – Orange Mint and Honey: A Novel 
  • Terrance Dean – Hiding In Hip Hop
  • Dutch – Dutch: The Finale

Short stories/Anthologies

  • Stacy Hawkins Adams, Kendra Norman-Bellamy, Linda Hudson-Smith – THIS FAR BY FAITH 
  • Renee Alexis, Sydney Molare and Fiona Zedde – Satisfy Me Again –
  • Zane – Succulent: Chocolate Flava II
  • Tracy Price-Thompson, TaRessa Stovall, Elizabeth Atkins and Desiree Cooper- Other People’s Skin: Four Novellas

Comic Strip

  • Keith Knight – The K Chronicles
  • Ray Billingsley – Curtis
  • Robb Armstrong – Jump Start
  • Stephen Bentley – Herb & Jamaal

Author of the Year –  Female 

  • Victoria Christopher Murray – Too Little Too Late 
  • Nikki Turner – Black Widow: A Novel (Nikki Turner Original)
  • Diane McKinney-Whetstone – Trading Dreams at Midnight- Harper Collins
  • Virginia DeBerry & Donna Gant – Gotta Keep on Tryin’

Author Of the Year – Male

  • Eric Jerome Dickey – Pleasure  
  • Walter Mosley – The Tempest Tales 
  • Shannon Holmes – Bad Girlz 4 Life  
  • J.D. Mason – You Gotta Sin to Get Saved  

Self-published Author of the Year

  • Brittani G. Williams – Sugar Walls
  • Elissa Gabrielle – The Triumph Of My Soul
  • Shani Greene-Dowdell – Mocha Chocolate: Taste A Piece of Ecstasy
  • Dutch – Dutch: The Finale

Independent Publishing House of the Year

  • KNB Publications
  • The Cartel Publications
  • Urban Books
  • Xpress Yourself Publishing

Publishing House of the Year

  • Simon & Schuster
  • Random House
  • Kimani Press
  • HarperCollins

Book Club of the Year

  • OOSA
  • Sugar & Spice
  • The Virtuous Women Book Club
  • Black Expressions  

Television Writer of the Year

  • Angela Nissel – Scrubs
  • Shonda Rhimes – Grey’s Anatomy
  • Mara Brock Akil – The Game
  • Ali LeRoi – Everybody Hates Chris

Screenwriter of the Year

  • Tyler Perry – Meet The Browns
  • Malcolm D. Lee – Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  • David E. Talbert – First Sunday