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Monday, September 17, 2012

About the Authors of Grandmothers, Incorporated

L. Barnett Evans and C.V. Rhodes are the joint authors of the hilarious Grandmothers, Incorporated book series, which features the characters from their play of the same name.  Their novels include: Grandmothers, IncorporatedSaving Sin City and the soon to be released There’s Something Wrong with Miss Zelda.  Their first novel, Grandmothers, Incorporated, was selected as Best Book of the Year by two review websites Visit their website at www.grandmothersinc.com. Read their book review blog at wewritebookreviews.blogspot.com.

L. Barnett Evans is a novelist, playwright and award-winning storyteller who appears regularly in venues across the country. As a playwright her works include the Christian-oriented plays: Is God Calling My Name? North Star and The Body of Christ. The play, Grandmothers, Incorporated, co-written with C.V. Rhodes, and based on the book of the same title, is her first collaborative playwriting effort.  Evans has written for newspapers and magazines and through her company, Skye Writing Enterprises, she is available as a speaker and workshop facilitator.  A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Evans holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Visit her web site at www.lilliebarnettevans.com.

Crystal V. Rhodes is an award-winning playwright and author whose plays have been produced in theatres throughout the United States.  Among her works are:   The Trip , Mama’s Man , Please Don’t Bury Me Before I Die , The LootLady Day Don’t Come This Way No More, StoopsToo ToughCrystal PalacesBlue Jazz CabaretCountry Girl Suite…Waiting RoomA Woman’s PlaceWho Killed Black Pride, Slow Driving on a Fast Track to NowhereThe Middle PassageThe AfricanThe African School Touring ShowCivil Wrongs, Independence DayRaisin’ Cain , Lost  and Grandmothers, Incorporated, co-written with L. Barnett Evans.

Ms. Rhodes has been nominated for the Hollywood Reporter Award for Best Original Writing for a Comedy (The Trip), the Jefferson Award for Best Original Writing (Stoops) and by the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre Awards for Best Original Writing (Stoops).  She is the recipient of the Black Theatre Association Award for Best Original Writing (Stoops) and was nominated in 2010 for a second Black Theatre Association Award for Best Original Writing for The Trip. 

A prolific writer, Rhodes has received numerous accolades as an author. She is the author of numerous romantic suspense novels including: Sin, Sweet SacrificeSinful Intentions, Singing a Song… Small Sensations, Still Waters..., and her latest release Secrets.  Her novels have received numerous honors including the BlackRefer.com Annual Reviewer’s Choice Award as Best Romance Novel.  Two of her novels have been selected as reads by the national Black Expressions Book Club. Her 2010 release, Still Waters… was selected as one of the Top 40 Books of the year by Black Pearls Magazine.  Written Word Magazine has named Rhodes as one of the Ten Up and Coming Authors in the Midwest.  Rhodes has a Masters degree in Sociology and has written for stage, television, radio, newspapers and magazines.  Her web site is www.crystalrhodes.com.  Visit her blog at sinseriessentinel.blogspot.com.

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