Raynetta Mañees

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Raynetta Mañees
BornDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materCass Technical High School
Wayne State University

Raynetta Mañees is an African American romance novelist and entertainer.

Personal life[edit]

Raynetta Mañees was born and raised in Detroit. After she graduated from Cass Technical High School, she attended Wayne State University, obtaining a degree in Mass Communication.

She worked as an executive administrator in the US Federal Government for 28 years before retiring.

Today, Mañees works as a full-time author. Additionally, she owns an online antique and collectible shop called "Raynetta's Romantiques."[citation needed]

Mañees has published novels, all of which have also released as e-Books. She is currently living in Michigan and working on her seventh print novel.

Writing career[edit]

Mañees had published several short stories and newspaper articles before publishing her debut novel, All for Love, in 1996.[citation needed]

Her second novel, Wishing on a Star, was also became a bestseller and earned positive reviews from critics by critics.[citation needed]

Mañees' third novel, Follow Your Heart, received a distinguished 4½-star Gold Medal Top Pick Classic rating from Romantic Times and earned the "Award of Excellence" from RomanceInColor.com.[citation needed]

In May 1999, Romantic Times gave her fourth release, A Mother's Touch, a four-star rating. This work is an anthology featuring Mañees' novella All the Way Home. Additionally, in 1999, Mañees introduced her fourth full-length novel, Fantasy.

Her fifth novel, Heart of the Matter, reached the top ten of Amazon's list of best-selling multicultural romances.

Other artistic work[edit]

When Mañees's was five, she started her career as a vocalist. She has performed as a solo artist in numerous venues in Detroit, Chicago, Lansing, and the Caribbean. Her previous performances led her to perform in musicals, which in turn led to numerous non-musical acting roles.

From 1994 to 1996, Mañees was a member of the Board of Directors of the Riverwalk Theater of Lansing, Michigan, and she has appeared at the Riverwalk in several productions, including West Side Story, the Afro-American drama "Sty of the Blind Pig" where she played the leading lady. She also took on the role of Mrs. Murphy in the Pulitzer Prize winning play "JB" at the Spotlight Theater in Grand Ledge, Michigan.

Following her acting career, Mañees did commercial radio, and was an on-air personality on AM 1180, WXLA in Lansing for two years. She has also performed in radio and television commercials.


  • Heart of the matter, released January 2002, ISBN 1-58314-262-2
  • Fantasy, released August 1999, ISBN 1-58314-030-1
  • A Mother's Touch, an anthology containing Manees' novella, "All The Way Home", released May 1999, ISBN 1-58314-015-8
  • Follow Your Heart, released September 1998, ISBN 0-7860-0560-2[1]
  • Wishing on a Star, released August 1997, ISBN 0-7860-0423-1
  • All for Love, released September 1996, ISBN 0-7860-0309-X


  1. ^ Osborne, Gwendolyn. "Follow Your Heart (Review)". The Romance Reader. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010.

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