Raynetta Manees is an African-American romance novelist.
Raynetta Manees (also shown as Mañees) was born and raised in Detroit, and is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University, with a degree in Mass Communications. She retired as a Federal government executive administrator after a 28 year career. Manees now writes full-time, as well as owning an online antique and collectible shop, "Raynetta's Romantiques."
Manees is the best selling author of six print published novels and has announced that all of her books will soon be available as e-Books on Kindle and on Barnes and Noble.com. Manees is currently working on her seventh print novel. She lives in Michigan.
Mañees had published several short stories and newspaper articles before All for Love, her first novel, was published in 1996. All for Love was a finalist for the Best Contemporary Ethnic Romance of 1996, Affaire de Coeur Magazine, and made Ingram's list of best selling romance novels.
Ms. Mañees’ second novel,Wishing on a Star, was also a best seller and was critically acclaimed even before its official release.
Ms. Mañees’ third novel, Follow Your Heart, was rated a 4½ star Gold Medal Top Pick classic by Romantic Times Magazine. The novel was also awarded the “Award of Excellence” from RomanceInColor.com
Romantic Times rated four stars to Ms. Manees' fourth release, A Mother's Touch, May 1999, an anthology which contains Ms. Manees’ novella "All the Way Home." Also in 1999, Mañees released her fourth full length novel, Fantasy.
Her fifth novel, Heart of the Matter, reached the top ten of Amazon.com list of best-selling multicultural romances.
Other artistic work
Ms. Mañees’ love affair with the fields of entertainment and communication began at age five, when she began her performance career as a vocalist. She has performed as a solo artist in numerous venues in Detroit, Chicago, Lansing, and the Caribbean. Her singing rapidly led to stage performances in musicals, which in turn led to numerous non-musical acting roles.
Ms. Mañees was a 1994–1996 member of the Board of Directors of the Riverwalk Theater of Lansing, Michigan, and she has appeared on the Riverwalk stage in several productions, including "West Side Story", and was the leading lady in the Afro-American drama "Sty of the Blind Pig." She also appeared in the role of Mrs. Murphy in the Pulitzer Prize–winning play "JB" at the Spotlight Theater in Grand Ledge, Michigan.
Ms. Mañees’ acting led to an invitation to do commercial radio, and she was for two years an on-air personality on AM 1180, WXLA, in Lansing. Ms. Mañees 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
- Wishing on a Star, released August 1997, ISBN 0-7860-0423-1
- All for Love, released September 1996, ISBN 0-7860-0309-X
- Osborne, Gwendolyn. "Follow Your Heart (Review)". The Romance Reader. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
- Raynetta Manees Website