Francis Ray

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Francis Ray (July 20, 1944 – July 3, 2013) was a New York Times and USA Today bestselling African-American writer of romance novels. Her literary fiction series – Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends – have consistently made bestseller's lists. She lived in Texas.[1]

Biography[edit]

She was born in Richland, Texas, and studied nursing, receiving a bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University in 1967.[2] She began writing in 1987, while continuing to work as a nurse, and had her first book published in 1992.[2]

Fiction[edit]

  • Fallen Angel – 1992 reissue 2003 (Odyssey Books/St. Martin's Press)
  • Undeniable – 1995 (Kensington/Arabesque)
  • The Bargain – 1995 (Kensington)
  • Incognito – 1996 (Arabesque Bet's first made-for-TV movie in 1999)
  • Silken Betrayal – 1995 (Arabesque)
  • I Know Who Holds Tomorrow – 2002 (St. Martin's)
  • Rockin' Around That Christmas Tree – 2003 (St. Martin's)
  • Spirit of the Season (Sarah's Miracle novella) – 1994 (Kensington/Arabesque)
  • Rosie's Curl and Weave (The Awakening novella) – 1999 (St. Martin's Press)
  • Winter Nights (Until Christmas novella) – 1998 reissue 2004 (Kensington/Arabesque)
  • Della's House of Style (A Matter of Trust novella) – 2000 (St. Martin's)
  • Welcome to Leo's (novella) – 2000 (St. Martin's)
  • Going to the Chapel (Southern Comfort novella) – 2001 (St. Martin's)
  • Getting Merry (The Wish novella) – 2002 (St. Martin's)
  • Living Large (Strictly Business novella) – 2003 (NAL)
  • Whole Lotta Love (That Wright Woman novella) – 2004 (NAL)
  • Let's Get it On (Blind Date novella) – 2004 (St. Martin's)
  • Big Girls Don't Cry (His Everything Woman novella) – 2005 (NAL)
  • How Sweet the Sound (Then Sings My Soul novella) – 2005 (Harlequin)
  • Chocolate Kisses (novella) – 2006 (Signet)
  • On the Line (novella) – 2007 (Sepia)
  • Twice the Temptation- 2010 (St. Martin's Press)

Series/Related Titles Grayson Friends Series[edit]

  • The Way You Love Me- September 2008 (St. Martin's)
  • Nobody But You – March 2009 (St. Martin's)
  • One Night With You – November 2009 (St. Martin's)
  • It Had To be You – April 2010 (St. Martin's)
  • A Seductive Kiss – January 2012 (St. Martin's)
  • Just With a Kiss – February 2012 (St. Martin's)
  • A Dangerous Kiss – June 2012 (St. Martin's Press)
  • All I Ever Wanted -February 2013 (St. Martin's Press)
  • All of My Love – May 2013 (St. Martin's Press)
  • All That I Need-June 2013 (St. Martin's Press)
  • All That I Desire- Rio's book October 2013 (St. Martin's Press)

Invincible Women Series[edit]

  • Like the First Time – May 2004 (St. Martin's)
  • Any Rich Man Will Do – September 2005 (St. Martin's)
  • In Another Man's Bed – February 2007 (St. Martin's)
  • Not Even if You Begged – February 2008 (St. Martin's)
  • And Mistress Makes Three – July 2009 (St. Martin's)
  • If You Were My Man – March 2010 (St. Martin's)

Taggart/Falcon Series[edit]

  • Forever Yours – July 1994(Pinnacle Books)(reissued March 2010 )
  • Only Hers – April 1996 (reissued August 2004 in a 3-in-1 edition entitled Falcon Saga)
  • Break Every Rule – August 1998 (reissued August 2004 in a 3-in-1 edition entitled Falcon Saga)
  • Heart of the Falcon – April 2000 (reissued August 2004 in a 3-in-1 edition entitled Falcon Saga)

The Graysons of New Mexico Series[edit]

  • Until There Was You – April 2000 (reissued November 2008 )
  • You and No Other – March 2005 (St. Martin's)
  • Dreaming of You – September 2006 (St. Martin's)
  • Irresistible You – March 2007 (St. Martin's)
  • Only You – October 2007 (St. Martin's)

Against the Odds Series[edit]

  • Trouble Don't Last Always – February 2004 (reissue of The Turning Point from April 2001)
  • Somebody's Knocking at My Door – May 2003

Family Affair/Hidden Legacy Series[edit]

  • I Know Who Holds Tomorrow- April 2002 reissue October 30, 2012
  • When Morning Comes- June 2012
  • After the Dawn- June 2013

Awards[edit]

  • Romantic Times Career Achievement
  • EMMA
  • The Golden Pen
  • The Atlantic Choice
  • Romantic Times 2008 Reviewers' Choice Award Winners for AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROMANCE Reviewers' Choice Awards – Best Books Not Even If You Begged, St. Martin's Griffin (February 2008)
  • Borders 2008 Bestselling Multicultural Romance Award for Nobody but You
  • Written's 2010 Readers Choice Book of the Year for If You Were My Man

Screen adaptations[edit]

  • Incognito: TV 1999

References[edit]

[3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

  1. ^ Francis Ray Page at Macmillan Publishers.
  2. ^ a b Joe Simnacher, "Francis Ray, Dallas school nurse who became prolific romance novel writer, dies at 68", Dallas News, July 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Johnson, Troy. "Francis Ray talks about her titles", African American Literature Book Club, Atlanta, December 3, 2008. Retrieved on February 3, 2011.
  4. ^ G,Sue. "Francis Ray True Romance", BordersBlog , Dallas, February 28, 2010. Retrieved on February 3, 2011.
  5. ^ Bradley, Deborah. "Romance of a Different Color", The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, August 2, 1994.
  6. ^ Rosen,Judith. "Arabesque Sets Events To Mark 10th Anniversary ", Publishers Weekly,LA, May 24, 2004. Retrieved on 2011-2-3
  7. ^ Vey,Barbara. "WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs", Publishers Weekly, LA, June 10, 2009. Retrieved on 2011-2-3
  8. ^ http://books.google.com/books?&as_brr=0&as_epq=Francis+Ray
  9. ^ Sledge, Lena. "Trouble Don't Last Always book review", Lena Sledge Blog, LA, December 1, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-12-1
  10. ^ Beasley,Teresa. "Authors & Readers Book Corner: Holiday Blog Tour: Francis Ray", Authors & Readers Book Corner , IN November 30, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-1-12.
  11. ^ Landgraf,Greg. "PopTop Stage Hosts a Day of Romance", American Libraries Magazine , IN January 22, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-1-23.

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