Niobia Bryant

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Niobia Simone Bryant
Born November 24
Newark, New Jersey
Pen name Niobia Bryant,
Meesha Mink,
Simone Bryant
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater Seton Hall University
Period 2000–present
Genre Romance,
Urban fiction,
YA Fiction

Niobia Bryant (born November 24 in Newark, New Jersey) is an African-American novelist of both romance and mainstream fiction. She also writes urban fiction as Meesha Mink and young adult fiction as Simone Bryant.


Niobia Bryant was born and raised in the Central Ward of Newark, New Jersey[1] to Letha and Ernest. She has one brother, Caleb. Bryant was raised in a single-parent home and credits her mother for introducing her to books at an early age.[1]

Bryant was educated in the Newark Public Schools system and graduated from University High School, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Science with an accompanying Psychology minor from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.[2]

Bryant finished her first book, an African-American romance she entitled Down Home Girl in 1999 and submitted it to several publishers. After offers from two publishing houses, she accepted the deal with BET Book/Arabesque. The title was changed to Admission of Love and her debut was released August 2000 to rave reviews. Her second book from BET Books, Three Times a Lady (2001), became her first national bestseller. In 2003 Three Times a Lady was selected by the Books for the Blind (Talking Books) program to be transcribed into an audio recording supplied free of charge to people who are blind or visually impaired.[3] Her romances, "Make You Mine" and "Red Hot" won for the 2009 and 2013 Romantic Times Best African-American Romance Awards, respectively. In 2015, in celebration of her anniversary as a published author, she will reissue earlier out of print romances (Admission of Love, Heavenly Match, Three Times a Lady, Can't Get Next To You, Let's Do It Again, and Count on This) as Special 15th Anniversary eBook editions via her own Infinite Ink Presents...[4]

In 2007, her first mainstream Live and Learn was published by Kensington Publishing. In her mainstream books the subject matter steered away from the happily ever after of romance and took on more complex and darker themes like adultery, drug addiction, and domestic violence. Since Live and Learn Bryant has written several mainstream novels that have showcased her diverse writing ability, including her bestselling Mistress series (Message from a Mistress, Mistress No More and Mistress, INC.). The Pleasure Trap was nominated for a 2014 RT Award for Best Multicultural Fiction and Message from a Mistress has been optioned for a film to be released in 2017.[5]

In 2008, Bryant teamed up with a fellow romance author to write the urban fiction Hoodwives series for Simon & Schuster/Touchstone. Writing as Meesha Mink and De'Nesha Diamond, their first collaboration, Desperate Hoodwives, was released in January 2008, followed by Shameless Hoodwives in August 2008, and the highly anticipated The Hood Life in January 2009. The books have been featured in many national publications and has received critical praise for the writers' skill at storytelling and character development. The New York Post listed Desperate Hoodwives as Required Reading and Essence magazine listed Shameless Hoodwives as one of their "Top Ten Summer Sizzlers" in 2008.[6] In 2011 she released her first solo project as Meesha Mink for Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, the "Real Wifeys" trilogy (Real Wifeys: On the Grind, Real Wifeys: Get Money, and Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard) about three wifeys from three different hoods who each fight their own demons.[7] Mink's Kiss the Ring, the first book in the author's on-going urban fiction/ mystery "Queen" series centered on a modern-day Foxy Brown-like character,[8] received rave reviews from Ebony Magazine,[9] The Library Journal,[10] and Publisher's Weekly.[11] The second book, All Hail the Queen, was released February 2015.

The Meesha Mink website credits the author with saying:

The stories about inner cities need to be as diverse as the people who live in these environments. Growing up on 16th Ave in Newark all my life, I knew in a one block radius you could either have: a single mother or a married couple raising their family; dope dealers or people working forty hours a week; a homeowner or someone renting a low income apartment. For me, urban fiction isn't about glorifying the negatives in the 'hood, but simply telling the real stories that do exist. As a writer and a reader I can always respect the gift of storytelling of ALL stories.

In 2010, with the addition of her YA series for Harlequin Enterprises/Kimani Press Tru line,[12] written for the pre-teen through teen readers, Bryant now had the distinct honor of writing simultaneously in four different genres for three powerhouse publishers: Simon & Schuster (urban fiction), Kensington Publishing (romance and commercial mainstream fiction), and Harlequin Enterprises (young adult fiction).

Bryant felt the addition of young adult fiction was necessary because her under-aged family members were anxious to read one of her books. Feeling her romance, mainstream, and urban fiction were too mature for them, she created the Pace Academy series centered on the Pacesetters clique and a fictional private school for celebkids.[13] The first book in the series, FABULOUS and book two FAMOUS are currently available. The third book in the series, GLAMOROUS, currently does not have a release date.

Since her 2000 debut, Bryant's books have consistently received top reviews; hit bestseller lists; been released as audiobook, book club and large print editions; and garnered award nominations/wins. Two of her books, "Real Wifeys: On The Grind” and “Mistress No More”, simultaneously made the list of Black Expressions’ Best Books of 2011. Her books have appeared in many national publications including Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, The New York Post, Star Ledger, Dallas Morning News, Upscale, Smooth Magazine, Juicy Magazine, The Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Black Hair Magazine UK, and Parle Magazine.[14][15]

Currently Bryant writes full-time and lives in South Carolina.[16]


Writing as Niobia Bryant (romance mass-market paperbacks)[edit]

  • Admission of Love (2000) BET Books/ Arabesque (To be reissued as Special 15th Anniversary eBook)
  • Three Times a Lady (2001) BET Books/ Arabesque (To be reissued as Special 15th Anniversary eBook)
  • Heavenly Match (2004) BET Books/ Arabesque (To be reissued as Special 15th Anniversary eBook)
  • Can't Get Next to You (2005) BET Books/Arabesque (To be reissued as Special 15th Anniversary eBook)
  • Let's Do it Again (2005) Harlequin/Arabesque (To be reissued as Special 15th Anniversary eBook)
  • Heated (2006) Kensington/Dafina Romance (Novella in the anthology You Never Know)
  • Could It Be?" (2006) Harlequin/Arabesque
  • Count on This (2006) Harlequin/Arabesque (To be reissued as Special 15th Anniversary eBook)
  • Hot Like Fire (2007) Kensington/Dafina Romance
  • More and More (2009) (Novella in a charity anthology)
  • Make You Mine (2009) Kensington/ Dafina Romance
  • Give Me Fever (2010) Kensington/Dafina Romance
  • The Hot Spot (8/2011) Kensington/Dafina Romance
  • Heat Wave (7/2011) Kensington/Dafina (Anthology)
  • Red Hot (9/2012) Kensington/Dafina Romance
  • Strong Heat (12/2013) Kensington/Dafina Romance
  • Want, Need, Love (12/2014) Kensington/Dafina Romance
  • Just Say Yes: A Strong Family Novella (10/2016) Infinite Ink Presents...
  • Love Without Limits (7/2017) Infinite Ink Presents...
  • A Billionaire Affair (4/2018) Harlequin Kimani Romance

Writing as Niobia Bryant (mainstream trade-sized paperback)[edit]

  • Live and Learn (2007) Kensington/ Dafina (Reissued as Mass Market 2/2010)
  • Show and Tell (2008) Kensington/ Dafina (Reissued as Mass Market 5/2011)
  • Message From a Mistress (2010) Kensington/ Dafina (Reissued as Mass Market 5/2013)
  • Mistress No More (6/2011) Kensington/Dafina (Reissued as Mass Market 9/2013)
  • Reckless (5/2012) Kensington/Dafina (Anthology)(Reissued as Mass Market 3/2013)
  • Mistress, Inc. (6/2012) Kensington/Dafina
  • Never Keeping Secrets (6/2013) Kensington/Dafina
  • The Pleasure Trap (11/2014) Kensington/Dafina
  • Mistress for Hire (Fall 2018) Kensington/Dafina

Writing as Niobia Simone (erotica)[edit]

  • Caramel Flava edited by Zane (2006) Simone & Schuster/Atria (Anthology Collaboration)

Writing as Meesha Mink (urban fiction)[edit]

  • Desperate Hoodwives (1/2008) Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (Reissued as Mass Market 10/2013)
  • Shameless Hoodwives (8/2008) Simon & Schuster/Touchstone
  • The Hood Life (1/2009) Simon & Schuster/Touchstone
  • Real Wifeys: On The Grind (1/2011) Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (solo debut)
  • Real Wifeys: Get Money (1/2012) Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (solo)
  • Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard (1/2013) Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (solo)
  • Kiss The Ring (8/2014) Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (solo)
  • All Hail the Queen (2/2015) Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (solo)

Writing as Simone Bryant (young adult fiction)[edit]

  • FABULOUS: A Pace Academy novel (2/2010) Harlequin/Kimani Tru
  • FAMOUS: A Pace Academy novel (1/2011) Harlequin/Kimani Tru
  • GLAMOROUS: A Pace Academy novel (TBD)

Film Adaptation[edit]

  • Message from a Mistress (2016) - released straight to DVD

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • Featured, Barnes & Noble’s “Nook Press Presents” for October/November 2016 (Just Say Yes: A Strong Family Novella)
  • Nominee, 2016 Romance Slam Jam's Emma Award/ Steamy Romance of the Year (Want, Need, Love)
  • Nominee, 2015 African American Literary Awards/ Best Urban Fiction (All Hail the Queen)
  • Nominee, 2014 RT Award/Best Multicultural Fiction (The Pleasure Trap)
  • Awarded, Library Journal’s Best Books 2014/African-American Fiction (Kiss the Ring)
  • Awarded, Library Journal’s Top Pick of the Month/August 2014 (Kiss the Ring)
  • Awarded, Library Journal’s Top Pick of the Month/May 2013 (Never Keeping Secrets)
  • Winner, 2012 RT Awards/ Best Multicultural Romance (Red Hot)
  • Awarded, RT's Top Pick of the Month/2012 (Red Hot)
  • Charted, BlackExpressions' Best Books/2011 (Real Wifeys: On The Grind and Mistress No More)
  • Nominee, 2010 Romance Slam Jam’s Emma Award/ Best Steamy Romance (Make You Mine)
  • Winner, 2009 RT Award/ Best African-American Romance (Make You Mine)
  • Winner, 2006 eHarlequin’s Reader’s Choice/Favorite Steamy Novel (Count on This)
  • Winner, 2006 Romance in Color Award/ Best Anthology (You Never Know)
  • Nominee, 2006 African-American Literary Awards/ Best Romance (Heated)
  • Nominee, 2005 RT Award/ Best African-American Romance (Can't Get Next to You)
  • Awarded, RT's Top Pick of the Month/2005 (Let's Do it Again)
  • Awarded, RT's Top Pick of the Month/2005 (Can't Get Next to You)
  • Awarded, RT's Top Pick of the Month/2004 (Heavenly Match)
  • Awarded, Romantic Times (RT) Top Pick of the Month/2002 (Three Times a Lady)
  • Winner, 2000 Romance in Color Award/Best New Author (Admission of Love)
  • Winner, 2000 Shades of Romance Award/Best African-American Romance


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