DJGBC Authors Spotlight: ReShonda Tate Billingsley

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is an award-winning and national best sellingauthor and journalist. She has authored 23 books
and was involved in three anthologies. She writes both adult and teen fiction. Several of her books have been optioned for movies, including her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, which is being directed by actress Regina King. ReShonda has also been a television reporter/anchor for NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City and Fox affiliate KRIV in Houston, Texas. A former reporter for The National Enquirer, she currently hosts a literary talk show, From Cover to Cover and a public affairs show on KTSU, 90.9FM in Houston. A highly sought-after motivational speaker, ReShonlkjda also appeared in the stage play, Marriage Material by Je’Caryous Johnson. She is also a graduate of the University of Texas and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Jack and Jill of America.

Her novel Say Amen, Again won the NAACP Image Award, proving that ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s storytelling “scores a direct hit” (Publishers Weekly), delighting and inspiring with powerful, soul-searching situations and unforgettable characters.

“The Secret She Kept” 

By Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley 

Released July 2012

How far will you go to save someone you love and trust when they’ve kept a dangerous secret for years? That’s the question facing Lance Kingston, a successful Houston magazine executive whose recent marriage to beautiful, high-powered attorney Tia Jiles seemed to promise a bright future for both of them. But under the surface, a fierce and frightening storm was brewing. That’s because Tia never revealed to Lance what she and her family have known since Tia was seventeen—she has an illness that takes over her mind, transforming her into a raging, violent woman hell-bent on destruction. Bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia. Or crazy, as Lance’s grandmother continually reminds him. “Crazy leaves clues,” she told him point-blank, and perhaps Lance should have listened. Tia’s mother tries to pray the problem away . . . and Tia’s doctors can’t help her if she won’t do what they advise. Now there’s more than their marriage and Tia’s survival at stake: Tia is pregnant, and Lance will stop at nothing to keep his troubled wife and unborn daughter safe. But at what price?

Other Books By This Essence Best Selling Author:


  • African American Literary Award for Best Teen Fiction for Drama Queens (2011)
  • Rolling Out Magazine’s Top 25 Woman of Houston
  • Five time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words
  • Christian Fiction Book Award by the Library Journal (2004)
  • Essencebest selling author
  • 2007 Texas Executive Woman on the Move
  • Gold Pen Award for best new author

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