Antiguan and Barbudan Fiction Writings

I started putting together a list a list of books by Antiguan and Barbudan authors and books about Antigua and Barbuda back in 2005 for the Independence literary arts exhibition at the national Museum;  I’ve been editing and updating it ever since. That’s the main list of Antiguan and Barbudan Writings; this is the sub-set of that list specific to fiction writing. There are other sub-sets for poetry, non-fiction, published plays etc.  These lists include books by Antiguan and Barbudan writers, both born and adopted, and may even include books by non-Antiguans and Barbudans that feature Antigua and Barbuda. I have, also, started a list for non-Antiguans and Barbudans with books that mention Antigua and Barbuda or use it as a backdrop. There was an issue in the past with broken links when I linked directly; so search for any content referenced here using the search feature to the right. It’s here. Some listed books are out of print, some are ebooks only, etc. I’m just trying to make the lists as complete as possible. Any errors and/or omissions are unintentional. Just let me know and I’ll do the research and add them. Before you do, though, check the main list ‘Antiguan and Barbudan Writing’; as there are multiple genre lists, writers are, as much as possible, assigned to at least one of the genres they write in plus the main list. Also some writers write in multiple genres, and so may have multiple listings as the books are, as much as possible, listed in their appropriate genre. Again, all lists are searchable using the search feature to the right. All lists are works in progress. I have not and cannot promise that I will read all listed books. So, this is not a list of recommended reading; rather, more broadly every book in the stated genre that could arguably qualify as Antiguan and Barbudan writing (do your own research re the quality of the books listed and feel free to search the site for reviews of Antiguan and Barbudan books for those books that have received critical treatment). Some of the ‘Abouts’ are taken from the descriptions found, if not on the book jacket, then on Amazon or Google Books. Some books are traditionally published (i.e. the rights acquired by trade publishers for sale with writers receiving an advance and royalties per contract), published with a small or independent press (still traditional but on a different scale), published via a hybrid press (a mix of traditional publishing and self-publishing), or self-published (including vanity press or any mechanism through which the author pays to publish). Finally, no problem with people utilizing or sharing the list, but a lot of time went into creating this record, so please give credit where due and link back . Thanks.

Name: Rilzy Adams


Just for Tonight. 2021.

Before We Fall (Unexpected Lovers Book 2). 2021.

Treble. 2021.

Surrender: An Erotic Short. 2021.

150233852_10165554606925393_4434204611268282214_o Love Scammed. 2021.

Deeper. 2021.

ho-ho-ho Ho! Ho! Ho!: A Christmas Short. 2020.

ateATE!  An Erotic Novelette. 2020

birthday-shot Birthday Shot. 2020.

go deep Go Deep (Unexpected Lovers Book 1). 2020.

41t6yfSIHsL Yours Always (Falling Like a Johnson Book 6). 2020.

rilzy2804+(6) Love in the Time of Corona. 2020.

Brand-New-Kindle Brand New: A Love on the Rock Novelette. 2019.

youmebabycover You, Me + Baby (Love on the Rock Book 2). 2019.

rilzy Twelve Dates of Christmas (Love on the Rock Book 1). 2019.

Screenshot+2019-09-02+09_08_08 The Sweetest Escape (Falling like a Johnson Book 5). 2019.

Screenshot+2019-04-09+09_28_11 When love Ignites (Falling like a Johnson Book 4). 2019.

One Just One More Time (Falling Like a Johnson Book 3). 2018.

off-key Off Key. 2017.

Will you be Mine? (Falling like a Johnson Book 2). 2017. 2020.

The Gift (Falling Like A Johnson Book 1). 2017.

Love Bites. 2015.

Cover Design by Damonza ( Sail with Me: Unexpected Lovers, Book 1. 2015.

About the Book:

Just for Tonight – Giselle Lorde hasn’t had a man catch her eye in years. That goes out the window in the lead up to her best friend, Danie’s, island elopement when she meets Roman Brathwaite. Roman is Danie’s fiance’s best friend, but he and Giselle have orbited around each other during their best friends’ entire relationship. Until Now. The lust is instant and sparks fly. It mightn’t be forever but Giselle is willing to let Roman rock her life… even if just for tonight!

Before We Fall – the second book in the Unexpected Lovers series following up Xander and Navaya’s journey in Go Deep. The events of Go Deep and Before We Fall partially overlap but Before We Fall is a contained story and there is no need to read Go Deep before delving into it.

Treble – A spilled chai tea latte and a swipe to the right thrust Sadie headfirst into Hendrix’s and Novah’s life. Although the couple has been polyam for almost their whole relationship, they have never been interested in the same person… until now. Hendrix and Novah are not prepared for the heady, wondrous heat of the ride the three of them take, but they know one thing for sure: their lives will never be the same.

Surrender: An Erotic Short – The pact was so ridiculous, Yara forgot about it soon after it was made. What were the odds she and Lennox would still be single in twelve years? What were the odds they’d still have the hots for each other? Practically zero, right? Until they weren’t. Yara is tempted to decline when Lennox emails her plane tickets and a reminder she promised him two nights for the full exploration of her body, but her curiosity gets the best of her. What follows is more than either of them could ever bargain for and Yara learns that sometimes the key to indescribable pleasure is to surrender.

Love Scammed – It’s the blind date to end all blind dates. When Monae Alexander turns up to Miami International Airport to meet her best friend, Tempest, for their anti-Valentine’s Day girls’ trip to Turks and Caicos, she realizes she’s been scammed. Tempest is nowhere in sight and soon Monae finds out that the trip was an elaborate scheme to get her to meet Hudson Bradley, a man Tempest had been trying to set Monae up with for months. Hudson has been played too, thinking he was heading overseas for a business trip and not a five-day Valentine’s Day getaway with a woman he’s never met before. It is the Valentine’s Day trip neither Hudson nor Monae asked for, but could it turn out to be just what they need?

Deeper – Navaya and Xander made the transition from best friends to lovers seamlessly, as if they had been destined to be the love of each other’s life all along. Now they are ready to take the step of becoming one knowing that there is no magic deeper, purer or more fated than their love.

Ho! Ho! Ho! – Myla is forced to take a long, hard look at her marriage and she hates what she sees. She visits a lawyer to get the divorce proceedings started on her way to the pharmacy to pick up antibiotics, determined to rid herself of both the infections in her life. A few months later, as Christmas looms, Myla’s divorce is complete and she has a clean bill of health but she can’t help but think of all the experiences she missed out on trying to be a good woman to a bad man. 

ATE! – Tempest Clarke has something to celebrate. She has signed the biggest contract of her career and books a private chef for a celebratory dinner with her best friend. She goes through with the dinner after her best friend unexpectedly cancels. The private chef, Russ Bradley, is nothing like Tempest expected and she definitely isn’t prepared for the chemistry that smolders between them like the hottest flame. It doesn’t take long before Tempest decides that the dinner Russ cooks up won’t be the only thing to get ATE. 

Birthday Shot – Shae Abbott has always had a soft spot for her older brother’s best friend, Kofi. But that is old, old news. It was just a childhood crush. When Kofi returns to Antigua for her brother’s engagement party, Shae realizes maybe her crush isn’t such old news after all. But could Kofi be interested in the woman who used to follow him around with hearts in her eyes? Shae’s thirtieth birthday is approaching and she wonders if maybe it is finally the time to shoot her shot. After all, everyone knows birthday sex doesn’t count. Or does it? Birthday Shot was a nominee for the Rebel Women Lit’s Caribbean Readers’ Awards and the Romance book industry’s Swoonies for best novel and best romance novella, respectively.

Go Deep – It was all supposed to be so simple. Navaya Howard is an erotic writer in a rut. Her readers are fed up of her stale plots and Navaya can’t blame them. She’s been celibate for over a year and a half since finding her now ex-boyfriend’s side chick’s positive pregnancy test on her bathroom counter. How can she write steamy romances if she can barely remember which body parts go into the other? Navaya enlists the help of her best friend, Xander, to revive the inspiration that used to have her sitting comfortably at the top of her game. What happens when the sex hits deeper than either of them expected and the tender emotions can no longer be denied?  Navaya and Xander’s arrangement has gone far deeper than intended. Will their friendship and their hearts survive the fall? Go Deep was a semi-finalist for the Romance book industry’s Swoonies for Best Erotic novel.

Yours Always is the continuation of Orlando and Katrina’s story. They first appear in Book 3 of the Falling Like a Johnson series: ‘Just One More Time’.  

Love in the Time of Corona – Could you survive being trapped with your ex for fourteen days? Alyssa Chase-Osborne and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Kingsley, have been at each other’s throats since she filed for divorce. The tension is sky high between them and things only get worse when they find out they’ve been exposed to the Coronavirus and are required to quarantine together in the apartment they’ve been “spite sharing” for the past three months. Alyssa is convinced she will murder Kingsley before the quarantine period is up and Kingsley is desperate for them to give their love another chance. What will happen now that there is nowhere to run or hide from the sparks that fly?

Brand New: A Love on the Rock Novelette – Quentin Brown is the kind of man Regina Jonas is desperate to avoid. She believes antagonizing him will keep her safe from the underlying attraction she can’t deny. But what happens when a faulty lock lands them trapped together as the brand new year approaches? Can she fight her lust as the tensions begin to rise? Or, will Regina have to accept she’d never been safe at all?

You, Me + Baby (Love on the Rock Book 2) – Fran Piper lives by the rules but after being attracted to Andre Jonas for months, she throws caution to the wind. One night of passion turns into an eighteen year commitment when Fran discovers she’s pregnant on Christmas day. She doesn’t expect Andre to step up to the plate, but he steps up in a major way. Fran finds herself falling for Andre as the months go by. Their baby was conceived in lust but will it be born into love?

Twelve Dates of Christmas (Love on the Rock Book 1) – Rashad Cole and Zia Ralph weren’t just friends. They were friends plus. Friends, plus fondness. Friends, plus undeniable chemistry. Friends, plus passion. Zia cuts off their friendship unexpectedly and six years fly by. After an unexpected meeting, Rashad wants a chance to convince Zia that although they had been good as friends, they would make better lovers. Can these twelve dates throughout Christmas convince Zia to give their love a chance? Or will Rashad spend another Christmas without her by his side?

The Sweetest Escape – Jasper Johnson played with fire and is still trying to sift through the charred ruins of his life. When his sister-in-law suggests he disappears for a while to put himself back together, Jasper jumps at the opportunity. The sweet, beautiful, tropical island of Antigua provides the perfect backdrop for the healing he needs but he is not prepared for Reign. Reign Thomas is battling demons of her own but she holds them at bay by keeping herself painfully busy. When Jasper walks into her bar on a rainy evening, Reign could hardly imagine he would make her want to slow down. Jasper and Reign soon find that there can be no future unless you conquer the pain of your past. And, sometimes, the sweetest escape can be found in the person wrapped in your arms.

When love Ignites – Jasmine Johnson and Alec Alvarez hate each other. Alec believes Jasmine got her job in their prestigious law firm because her father owns the firm and won’t stop reminding her about it. Jasmine needs to stay as far away from Alec as possible because she can’t practice law with a criminal conviction. And, Alec is an assault conviction waiting to happen. When they are paired to work together on the murder case of the year, Jasmine and Alec realize they have to find a way to work together. Yet, they get more than they bargained for when passions burn and flames ignite. Jasmine and Alec are about to find out that the line between love and hate is paper thin.

Just One More Time – When Orlando Johnson walked out on Katrina Bolton nearly a decade ago, he swore to anyone who would listen that he would never regret it. Now fate has tossed them back together in the form of a little boy who needs their love and protection and Orlando realizes leaving Kat was the worst mistake of his life. Orlando is determined to get her back, but can he convince her to let them try their hand at love just one more time?

Off Key – When Zoë Caldwell’s record label threatens to drop her unless she pretends to date the embattled, disgraced Liam Trafford, she almost gives up on her dreams. But she had come too far to just fail, so she makes a deal with the Devil. When Liam Trafford’s manager suggests he pretended to date a beautiful girl with an angelic voice to save his career he reluctantly agrees. He doesn’t want to rehabilitate his reputation. He wishes he could go back in time to fix the mistake that ruined both his life and that of an innocent girl. Soon they both realize that the past cannot be fixed but the future is wide open and maybe, just maybe, they can save each other.

Will You be Mine? – JT Johnson has been in love with his best friend for as long as he can remember. Hallie, however, seems clueless or deliberately obtuse. When she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for her ex-best friend’s wedding, JT hesitantly agrees. Will their escape to the Caribbean be Heaven or Hell in Paradise?

The Gift – When Maya’s best friend, Charlotte, asks her to be her surrogate, she reluctantly agrees. Although pregnancy and motherhood were things Maya didn’t plan to deal with for years, she was willing to sacrifice nine months of her time for her best friend’s happiness. Her world is turned inside out when Charlotte is murdered just as Maya gets confirmation of the IVF’s success. Now, Maya must raise the child she never intended to keep and preserve peace with Charlotte’s widower, Jaxon. Soon Maya finds that pregnancy and impending motherhood are the least of her worries. She must fight against the tenderness she’s begun to feel for her best friend’s husband and she must atone for the sin she desperately tries to keep hidden. Maya Jenkins killed her best friend.

Love Bites is a collection of romantic short stories geared at those needing a quick shot of love! From the sweet to the saucy to the bittersweet – Love Bites is sure to have a story which fits your taste in love.

In Sail with Me, Emerson Crane wins a 12-night all expenses paid Caribbean cruise with her made up boyfriend; finding a stand-in with the same name seems to be an error proof solution. Enter Jonathan Swift who believed that the use of his birth certificate and smiling for a couple of photos in return for a luxury cruise was the bargain of a lifetime. What happens though when the line between reality and pretend washes away with the ocean waves?

About the author:

Rilzy Adams (pen name of Rilys Adams) is a crown counsel in Antigua and Barbuda. The past Wadadli Pen finalist entered the world of publishing with a spoken word CD.


Name: Sonalli Andrews


August #1 (graphic novel) illustrator with Tameka Jarvis-George as Fallen Angel T. J. G. Psykhead Productions. 2017.

About the Book:

August #1 – August Gabriel is a barefoot in the dirt kind of girl. She is aware that there is something innately different about her, but has no idea what the source is. Her ridiculous physical strength, strange intuitions / visions, she writes off as her normal. She forcefully dumbs down her own senses, just to stay sane. Things begin to unravel in her life, when one of her unsavory customers, attacks her. Secret things done since before her birth are unearthed in that moment, putting her on a path of dark spiritual awakenings and a power she could never even dream of. The complete narrative is an ongoing series that takes us through August trying to come to terms with and control powers that are unknowingly bestowed upon her, prior to her birth, because of her family’s link to ‘Obeah’ and trying to understand her vague past, through the eyes of her equally mysterious caretaker / surrogate father, and the only family she’s ever known.

About the artist:

Sonalli owns Redninko, a graphic design company in Antigua and Barbuda. Memorable creations include one of a handful of commissioned graphics for Antigua and Barbuda’s first TEDx event and a super hero graphic featuring Team Antigua Island Girls – the first all black female team to complete the Talisker Whiskey row challenge. Sonalli also launched something called the Quickfire Design competition in 2014 and runs a graphic arts summer camp.


Name: Barbara Arrindell.


A Life…A Spirit…A Name in The Black Notes: Fresh Writing by Black Women and Girls edited by Althea Prince (co-edited by Gayle Gonsalves and Aisha Wilks). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2017.

Chasing Horses from The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other Antiguan Stories in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

UntitledThe Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2012.

Antigua my Antigua [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2011.

About the Books:

Black Notes. This collection contains stories and poems written by 12 Black women; it is serendipitous that their voices blend seamlessly, and beautifully, even though the writers are intergenerational. The storytelling crosses local, national, and international cultural sensibilities, giving the reader a glimpse of the way the storytellers ‘receive’ and share ‘Story’. The poets cut through emotional lines to caress the reader, just before they unleash a shaft of insight that rattles your consciousness. Contributors to Black Notes include Motion, Trey Anthony, Itah Sadu, D’bi Young, Sister Souljah, Brenda Lee Browne, Jully Black, and Jemeni.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

The stories in Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories are fictionalized retellings of actual events; and Antigua My Antigua is a colouring book featuring sites of interest in Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Author:

Barbara Arrindell is the manager of the Best of Books bookstore in Antigua and former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee among other things.

Wadadli Pen connection: As manager of the Best of Books bookstore, Barbara Arrindell has been involved with Wadadli Pen since 2004 given the bookstore’s patronage of the annual Challenge from year one, but that relationship deepened in 2011 when the Best of Books began hosting the Wadadli Pen awards ceremony (sometimes, as in 2013, serving as actual host) while continuing its patronage in the way of gifts of books. Barbara Arrindell has also donated copies of her books Antigua My Antigua and The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Stories plus (in one year) a training on oral storytelling, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018. In 2013, she also pushed for an Anansi art/illustration competition (set up the submission guidelines, and selected and awarded the winner). She is a part of the Wadadli Pen core team set up in 2016.


Name: Romenita Barrett

Book:31964357_10155472100956188_9083169074359304192_n The Cleansing of the Souls. Discovering Diversity Publishing. United Kingdom. 2017.

About the Book: A young boy who is very creative and continually asking questions in the hope that one day he would fulfil his dreaming of flying. Abe knew his Nan always answered his questions but what he did not know that day as they stood waiting at the streets lights was that the answer to his latest question would change the course of his life and impact every soul in the universe. A journey of discovery begins for Abe when he learns that his is no ordinary family and as the magic and mysteries are revealed to him he encounters a blackness he has never known.

About the Author: Born in Antigua in 1957, Romenita Barrett has lived in the UK most of her life – with stints in Germany and the US.

Wadadli Pen connection: Barrett’s Cleansing of the Souls was in the running for the Wadadli Pen 2017-2018 Readers Choice Book of the Year. 2019.


Name: Clinton U. Benjamin


Belinda. Pentland Press. USA. 2000.

About the Book:

Abandoned by her father, rejected by her mother and molested by her uncle, surviving young adulthood is a task in and of itself.  Belinda must find faith deep inside herself that there Is a life beyond the pain of present.

About the Author:

Clinton U. Benjamin was born on the Caribbean island of Antigua.  He works in telecommunications and speaks French, Spanish, German and Italian.  Benjamin also writes poetry.


Name: Shermain Bique

Book: Jasmine: Shedding My Skin. 2021.

About the Book: Jasmine was not your typical teenager. She was on outcast. But when a plan to take advantage of her vulnerability fell flat, she changed the lives of those around her. Including the one who thought she was a nobody.

About the Author: Shermain Bique-Charles is originally from Dominica but moved to Antigua and Barbuda where she shares a home with her husband and family. She is the mother of three boys. The 40-year-old has been a journalist all her life and has travelled the world during her career. She has participated in several international journalist fellowship programmes and internships.


Name: Brenda Lee Browne


Gully, Miss Jean’s Cane Journey, and White Hall in The Black Notes: Fresh Writing by Black Women and Girls (co-edited by Althea Prince, Gayle Gonsalves, and Aisha Wilks). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2017.

London Rocks. Hansib. UK. 2017.

Broken House Rules in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon [excerpt] in New Writing: Poetry and Prose. Shoe String Press. England. 2001.

Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon [excerpt] in The Hoot and Holler of the Owls: An Anthology of Writers from Hurston-Wright Writers Week. USA. 2003.

About the Book:

Black Notes. This collection contains stories and poems written by 12 Black women; it is serendipitous that their voices blend seamlessly, and beautifully, even though the writers are intergenerational. The storytelling crosses local, national, and international cultural sensibilities, giving the reader a glimpse of the way the storytellers ‘receive’ and share ‘Story’. The poets cut through emotional lines to caress the reader, just before they unleash a shaft of insight that rattles your consciousness. Contributors to Black Notes include Motion, Trey Anthony, Itah Sadu, D’bi Young, Sister Souljah, Brenda Lee Browne, Jully Black, and Jemeni.

(re London Rocks) This is the story of Dante Brookes, a young man growing up in London in the late seventies and early eighties when sound systems ruled the party scene for young, Black British youth of Caribbean heritage. He navigates the loss of friends, police harassment and being a teenage father while forging a career as an MC. Dante stumbles into the acting profession and also becomes a writer. It is through these disparate experiences that he learns that the pen and mic at mightier than the sword.

(from my review in Blogger on Books II) “Brenda Lee Browne does a great job of capturing the rhythm of the island in her Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon and I was starting to get invested in the characters when the snippet ended.”

About the Author:

Brenda Lee Browne was born in London to Antiguan parents. She studied journalism and started her career in in the Black media before moving to Antigua in the mid-1980s where she began writing and publishing short stories and poetry. In the mid 1990s, she returned to the UK and gained an MA in writing from Sheffield Hallam University. She returned to Antigua in 2003 and established Just Write creative writing workshops and has worked with government agencies, adults, and inmates at HMP in Antigua. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies in the USA, UK, and Canada, as well as online. Brenda is the mother of one and a lover of cricket, chocolate, and handbags.


Name: Tammi Browne-Bannister


Perilous Journey in So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans (edited by Nicholas Laughlin with Nailah Folami Imoja). Peekash. 2017.

Once upon a Blood Moon in New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean (edited by Karen Lord). Peepal Tree Press. UK. 2016.

The Visitor (as TamBrann) in Senseisha: Memoirs of the Caribbean Woman (edited by Shakirah Bourne and Juliette Maughan). 2014.

Batten Down in Jewels of the Caribbean. Potbake. Trinidad & Tobago. 2014.

The Night You Left in Arts Etc/NIFCA Winning Words Anthology. National Cultural Foundation & Arts Etc. Barbados. 2011/2012.

About the Books:

So Many Islands brings together stories from the distant shores of the island communities in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Pacific. Giving voice to their challenges and triumphs, these writers paint a vibrant portrait of what it is like to live, love, and lose the things most precious to them on the small islands they call home. This enchanting collection will transport you to Marakei, ‘the women’s island’, where a female statue stands guard at each compass point, and introduce you to colourful characters like Leno Humphrey, a small-time cricketer from St. Vincent & the Grenadines who buys his own trophies to take back to his wife. Voicing global issues such as nuclear testing in the Pacific and climate change- a fight close to the heart of these precariously poised islands – to petty politics, the gaps between generations, and the suffocation of small communities who form their own islands within islands, readers everywhere will find universal connections with these words and worlds.

New Worlds, Old Ways:  Here you will find the recent past and ongoing present of government and society with curfews, crime and corruption; the universal themes of family with parents and children, growth and death, love and hate; the struggle to thrive when power is capricious and revenge too bittersweet. Here too is the passage of everything – old ways, places, peoples, and ourselves – leaving nothing behind but memories, histories, stories. This anthology speaks to the fragility of our Caribbean home, but reminds the reader that although home may be vulnerable, it is also beautifully resilient. With contributions by Tammi-Browne Bannister, Summer Edward, Portia Subran, Brandon O’Brien, Kevin Jared Hosein, Richard B. Lynch, Elizabeth J. Jones, Damion Wilson, Brian Franklin, Ararimeh Aiyejina and H.K. Williams.

Senseisha is a collection of truly intimate, non-fiction stories written by Caribbean women. From a girl’s first period to the elation of a first orgasm, Senseisha takes us on a journey of love, lust, pain and pleasure, and the ongoing internal conflict between love for God, and love for sex.  Experience intimacy only shared between close friends, where female writers aren’t afraid to describe who they are and how they feel. These memoirs will make you giggle, laugh, cry, curse, coo and yes, climax!

Jewels of the Caribbean was the 10th publication by Potbake; it features 15 emerging Caribbean writers.

Winning Words  features 25 award-winning pieces. It is the fifth such anthology in the Winning Words catalogue which spotlights selections from the annual NIFCA Literary Arts competition.

About the Author:

Tammi Browne-Bannister was born in Antigua and lives in Barbados. She learned everything about writing from The Barbados Community College under the capable hands of Canadian-Barbadian writer, editor and writing competition judge, Robert Edison Sandiford. She attended the Cropper Foundation’s 8th Residential Creative Writers’ Workshop in Trinidad. In 2016 Tammi Browne-Bannister was awarded The Marguerite Cobb-McKay Prize for an emerging Caribbean fiction writer, and in 2015 she was nominated for the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction. She’s been published in the NIFCA ArtsETC Winning Words Anthology (2011/2012), POTBAKE’s Jewels of the Caribbean: An Anthology of West Indian Short Stories (2014), The Caribbean Writer: Vol. 29 (2015), POUI: Cavehill Journal of Creative Writing No: XV (2014), Akashic Books Mondays are Murder Noir Series (2014), and Susumba’s Book Bag Issue 5. (2015).


Name: J. Carie Ann Burton

Book: Frigid Summer. Impress Publishing. USA. 2014.

About the Book:

A single thoughtless act proves costly; the tragic event ruins the lives of many. A young girl’s innocence is stripped away during a brutal attack; in spite of this, she refuses to hide in the shadows.  She is determined to carry on with her life. Her mother carries a burden of guilt as she cares for her daughter; this is her redemption. The girl’s father is out for justice and is determined to get it by any means necessary. He vows to keep his promise to protect her; no matter the cost. As one family reunites another is torn apart.

About the author:

J. (Judith) Carie-Ann Burton was born in Antigua. After completing her secondary education, she migrated to the United States; she now resides in New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Management and an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a Financial Analyst in the healthcare industry.


Name: Frieda Cassin

Book: with-silent-treadWith Silent Tread (Caribbean Classics). G A Uphill. St. John’s. 1890./Macmillan (Caribbean Writers Series). UK. 2002.

About the Book:

First published in Antigua in the 1890s, With Silent Tread is a superbly understated evocation of a claustrophobic island community struggling with the bitter legacies of slavery.


Names:  Joy Clarke


A Visit to an Arrowroot Factory in St. Vincent in Nelson’s West Indian Readers 4 (ed. by Undine Guiseppi). Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd. UK. 1984.

De Trip in Backfire. Macmillan. UK. 1973.

About both Book and Author:

Antiguan Joy Clarke’s ‘De Trip’  was one of several Caribbean stories published in Macmillan’s 1973 anthology Backfire. This was a collection of seventeen Caribbean short stories compiled for use in secondary schools. It embraced old and new West Indian writing from the 1930’s up to the time of its publication.


Name: Christal Clashing

Book: Yemoja's Anansi _cover onlyYemoja’s Anansi: A Short Story. 2022.

About the Book: A photo-illustrated story exploring black aquatic culture and heritage. A re-imagining
of the Anansi folklore stories brought to the Caribbean on slave ships from Africa. 

About the Author: Christal Clashing is a pioneer in aquatic spaces in her home country of Antigua and
Barbuda. In 2004, at the age of 14, she became the first female swimmer to represent her
country at the Olympic Games in Athens. She later joined Team Antigua Island Girls who
would become the first all-black team and first all-female Caribbean team to row any ocean
when they crossed the Atlantic in 2018/2019. She began writing travel and adventure
lifestyle pieces in 2016 and in 2020 transitioned to writing tech and culture articles for
Caribbean diaspora audiences. 


Name: Alvin Glen Edwards

Book: Once in an Island. Authorhouse. USA. 2011.

About the Book:

The story is built around a Jamaican family who chose to leave Jamaica in search of a different life in another island; ‘a small island’ as it’s referred to by many Jamaicans in condescension. They face challenges generated by their new environment and issues having its genesis in their own island. It is a story about relationships in the pursuit of our greatest ambitions in life and plays on the national sentiments that exist between island nations in the Caribbean. The book is adapted from Edwards’ 2009 film of the same name.

About the Author:

Dr. Alvin G. Edwards is a medical doctor by profession, who has specialized in ophthalmology. He has always had a wide interest in the arts and has had formal training as an actor. He wrote a number of plays (unpublished) and acted on stage and in films. He played ‘Mr Benjamin’ in the television series ‘Paradise View.’ A native of the Caribbean, he has lived in St. Kitts, Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Nassau, Nashville and New York while in pursuit of his profession. He first wrote the screen play for ‘Once in an Island’, then decided to write the book. He wanted to capture more of the lessons to be learnt from the story and to give the reader a chance to see themselves and Caribbean people in a realistic, revealing and self-reflecting light.


Name: Shakeema  Edwards

Book: Chapter Forty-Five in Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (by Joanne C. Hillhouse). Insomniac. Canada. 2014.

About the Book:

Chapter Forty-Five was the winner of a next chapter contest organized in 2008 by the Best of Books bookstore for the novella Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, chronicling the romance between Michael and Selena. This was the second book by Joanne C. Hillhouse and the Chapter was included when the book was re-issued in 2014 as Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings.

About the Author:

Shakeema is a former Wadadli Pen finalist. She’s also won the Women of Antigua V-Day Literary Competition, the Best of Books/Joanne C. Hillhouse Dancing Nude in the Moonlight Next Chapter contest, the Floree Williams Childhood stories competition, and the Independence Literary Arts Competition. She has gone on to work in publishing in the US.

Wadadli Pen connection: Shakeema is a former Wadadli Pen Challenge finalist. 2010, 2011 .


Name: Tawhida Tanya Evanson


Book: Book of Wings. Esplanade Books. 2021.

About the Book: The book traces a global journey from Vancouver to the United States, Caribbean, Paris, and Morocco as a relationship between lovers and travel partners disintegrates.

About the Author: Tawhida Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Québecoise poet, performer and producer. Author of two books of poetry, Nouveau Griot (Frontenac 2018) and Bothism (Ekstasis 2017), Book of Wings is her first work of fiction. With a 20-year practice in spoken word, she performs internationally and has released several studio albums and videopoems. Evanson is program director of Banff Centre Spoken Word. She has been named Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and has received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the spoken-word genre. Born and based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, she moonlights as a whirling dervish.


Name: Oliver Flax


Cruising in the Caribbean 1 and 2, and Some of the Fishes in our Waters in Nelson’s West Indian Readers 4 (ed. by Undine Guiseppi). Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd. UK. 1984.

The Adventures of Kikiboom (Yellow Bird Readers Series). Macmillan. UK. 1976.

Jenkins Jumbies and Other Stories (Pikney Books for Caribbean Children). Key Caribbean Publications. USA. 1975.

Tantie Gertrude in Backfire. Macmillan. UK. 1973.

About the Author:

In addition to being a published writer, Antiguan Oliver Flax was also a member of the Little Theatre.


Name: Al Flemming


Trouble in Paradise. 2014.

About the Book: A detective wishing to escape a tragic event in his life, travels to the peaceful island of Nevis. His quiet getaway quickly transforms into a race against time as an international criminal finds his way upon Nevis’ shores. Will Detective Stronghold give up on retirement to track down this madman or will the criminal succeed uncontested?

About the Author: This author is not from Antigua but has lived here for extended periods.


Name: Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis  


claudiaSix Steps: An African-Barbudan-Caribbean Story. Europe Books. England. 2022.

Missing (Lion Family Series). Leeward Publishing. Antigua. 2013.

The Road to Wadi Halfa. SPS Publications. Florida.  2008.

Tides that Bind.

A Bigger Island.

Island Issues. 2003.

About the Books:

Six Steps is an African-Barbudan-Caribbean story. Charity is born in the city of Leicester in England in 1950. She is an orphan. She lives in a number of foster homes. At the age of ten, she receives a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school and hopes that her loneliness will lessen in her new environment. It is during this period that she discovers her ability to commune with her African ancestors. Charity learns that her grandmother five times removed was kidnapped from Africa in 1813. She is able to relive her ordeal and is introduced to the lives of her subsequent grandmothers born on the island of Barbuda in the Caribbean. Eventually Charity meets her mother and, together with her female forebears, she learns the history of Barbuda, the sister island to Antigua, part of the Leeward Islands. But in 2022, is the island at risk from climate change, home grown gold diggers, foreign designs, and re-colonization?  

Missing. Formerly from London in the UK, thirty-five year old Lennox Lion has spent ten years in the Sudan working in refugee camps. In 2011 as the north and the south split, the world awaits independence of the newest nation in the world, the Republic of South Sudan. As the south celebrates, the girl Lennox loves is abducted together with other aid workers. His journey to find her take him to the borders of the two Sudans and south to the Imatong massif bordering Uganda. This mountainous region with its tropical rainforests is home to notorious rebels whose vicious tactics rival the corruption rife in the UN and the military. Lennox and his quest to find Malika take the reader on a journey of thrills and suspense and for Lennox falling in love changes his views on his past and his future. This is the fourth book in the Lion family series.

The Road to Wadi Halfa is the sequel to Tides That Bind and continues the lives of the Lion brothers and their families. In 1998 London born Roosevelt Mohammed Lion is chairman of a property empire in the UK. While overseeing a hotel project in his father’s native island in the Caribbean he is kidnapped by Islamic extremists. Roosevelt struggles to survive life in a training camp and to understand the philosophy of his colleagues in the Sudan. He meets the Sudanese beauty, Allaya, on the road to Wadi Halfa. Will he learn to trust her or is she plotting her own agenda? Will Al Qaada succeed in their mission to avenge western missile attacks by bombing foreigners in Khartoum? Will Roosevelt be in a position to prevent such an atrocity? Lennox Lion sets out to find his father, but will he rot in jail?

Tides That Bind is an edited version of the first two novels in this popular three-part series. Will the Lion family survive to build a successful dynasty or will The Lion Property Empire fall apart when Chancellor dies and Roosevelt disappears?

About the Author:

Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis was born in the UK of Barbudan and Canadian parentage. She is a graduate of Cardiff and Westminster universities, and a Fellow of Trinity College in the Theory and Practice of Speech. She worked in the business sector of London for twenty years. Her interests are many and include global history and the politics shaping African History on the continent and in the diaspora. She was also an activist and is widely travelled – Africa, The Caribbean, Europe, Canada, and North America. Her passions include the welfare and education of children wherever they might be. Francis has lived for several years in the Caribbean, contributing as feature writer and editor to The Food & Drink Series in Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis; and also the series Caribbean Homes & Lifestyle distributed throughout the Leeward Islands.  She is also a contributor to TABLEMANNERS which went on to be awarded the prestigious GOURMAND award in Paris for the best designed cookbook in the world 2012. In 2016 Ms. Francis wrote the introduction (What we are famous for…) in Simply Antigua Barbuda-The Book, the most recent complete tourism book and the second book in the coffee table book series.  As of 2017/8, she was still writing for Simply Antigua Barbuda, the annual publication which incorporates Food and Drink and The Art House Magazine.

Wadadli Pen connection: Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis donated copies of her books Tides that Bind and Road to Wadi Halfa to the Wadadli Pen Challenge, 2013, 2017.


Name: Jill Fuller


Lay with Dogs. YouWriteOn. 2009.

The Family Life of Brenda Greene. YouWriteOn. 2008.

About the Books:

Lay with Dogs – Tilly has spent most of her adult life in the Caribbean, working and bringing up three children. Divorced from their lawyer dad, she remains part of his large family, until, in her mid-forties, to the surprise and consternation of all, she becomes involved with an old friend of her former husband, and a known drug dealer. A series of events lands her in prison, from which he emerges with a new belief in herself and a new understanding of justice.

About the Author:

Jill Fuller’s website lists her as a UK-trained counselor and visual artist who has lived in Antigua since the 1970s.


Name: Gayle Gonsalves



My Stories have No Endings My Stories have No Endings. Yellow Bell Publications. 2021.

9781554831753_cover_coverbookpage-v2Dear Daddy in The Black Notes: Fresh Writing by Black Women and Girls edited by Althea Prince (co-edited by Gayle Gonsalves and Aisha Wilks). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2017.

Painting Pictures and Other Stories. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2013.

Jumbies don’t sleep in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

A Good Woman in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Tamarind Stew in The Bluelight Corner Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love. (edited by Rosemarie Robotham). Broadway. USA. 1998.

About the Books:

My Stories have No Endings. Kai is a spiritual child who dips her ears into the wind where she hears the voices that tell stories from the forgotten past. Though she grows up in poverty in the Caribbean, her quick mind wins her a scholarship to the island’s most prestigious all-girls’ school where she’s catapulted into a very different world. Her newfound friendships lead her to the joy of an unlikely love with Hayden, the handsome green-eyed son of one of the richest families on the island. The taboo surrounding their love forces her to confront the conflicts seeking to tear her from Hayden. Through heartache and upheaval, Kai claims her storytelling voice, using the folklore of the Ancestors that is whispered in the wind to make the lost stories from the past come to life.

The Black Notes. This collection contains stories and poems written by 12 Black women; it is serendipitous that their voices blend seamlessly, and beautifully, even though the writers are intergenerational. The storytelling crosses local, national, and international cultural sensibilities, giving the reader a glimpse of the way the storytellers ‘receive’ and share ‘Story’. The poets cut through emotional lines to caress the reader, just before they unleash a shaft of insight that rattles your consciousness. Contributors to Black Notes include Motion, Trey Anthony, Itah Sadu, D’bi Young, Sister Souljah, Brenda Lee Browne, Jully Black, and Jemeni.

Painting Pictures and Other Stories features eight stories of discovery, betrayal, and passion. The stories depict the emotional turmoil that results from decisions: a little girl who migrates to Canada on a hot August day is flabbergasted to discover there’s no snow; a graphic designer leaves her husband each morning to meet her lover; an inconsolable heartbreak leads a woman to the brink of sanity as she desperately wanders city streets seeking answers in dark places; a young woman gives a touching eulogy to the woman who raised her; a wife is torn between her love for her husband and his brother; a college graduate moves across the country to keep a secret and recover from the lover who abandoned her, only to meet him again; a young woman experiences the joy of first love, its passionate awakening, and the moment when it’s questioned; and three women bond while shopping for dresses for their fictional weddings. In these stories, set in Canada and the Caribbean, the day-to-day incidents set the stage for events that impact and change lives.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

A collection of the very best writing by African-American women, The Bluelight Corner: Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love explores and reveals all the rich and varied dimensions of Black women’s romantic lives. A dramatic, touching, lively, erotic, tender, tragic, fierce, bawdy, heartfelt, and utterly surprising collection of voices, this is a one-of-a-kind gem of fiction and memoir.

About the Author:

Gayle Gonsalves spent her childhood in both Canada and Antigua. She holds a BA from York University, and lives and writes in Toronto.


Name: Kevroy Graham

Book: Kamesha Grey Sex Tales from 1735. Dog Ear Publishing (self-published). 2018.

About the Book: Wrongly accused and locked in a cell on death row, found guilty of a triple murder, Kameshia Grey is the youngest female ever to be convicted and sentenced to die by lethal injection in Georgia.  Although she claims her innocence in the three murders discussed in court, she knows she is guilty of other crimes, thanks to her choices in life. It will take a miracle to save her now. This book is classified as erotica.

About the Author: Kevroy is or was director at Hype TV in Antigua where he moved after 10 years in the US (he seems to be originally from Jamaica). He is also a part of Wadadli Plus, an independent film company producing fictional shorts. His acting career includes the films Baby Mama Drama, Redemption of Paradise, Cry Cry, and Secret 21.


Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse


‘The Other Daughter’ in Windrush (anthology curated by Justina Cruickshank). Heady Mix book box subscription service. UK. 2021.

MUSICAL_YOUTH_Nov1MUSICAL_YOUTH_Cover_FRONT_Final.jpgMusical Youth (2nd placed for the inaugural Burt award for Young Adult Caribbean Fiction). Caribbean Reads Publishing. St. Kitts/USA. 2014, 2019.

“Evening Ritual” in New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent. Edited by Margaret Busby. UK. 2019.

“Amelia at Devil’s Bridge” (excerpted) in The Concise Revision Course for CSEC® English A. Harper Collins. UK. 2017.

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight: 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (first printing as Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. 2004. Macmillan. Oxford). Insomniac. Canada. 2014. 

Dancing 10 cover

“Breaking with Tradition” in Round My Christmas Tree. Caribbean Reads Publishing. St. Kitts/USA. 2014.

“Amelia at Devil’s Bridge” in Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. Peekash. USA/UK. 2014.

“After Glow in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

“Sexy Sadiein For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone (edited by Debra Powell-Wright). Black Classic Press  & MZWrightNow Productions. USA. 2012.

“Man of her Dreams” in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Oh Gad! – Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster. USA. 2012.

The Boy from Willow Bend (first printing 2003. Macmillan. Oxford). Hansib. UK. 2009.

About the Books:

Windrush – (from the official synopsis) “In 2012, the Windrush generation, British citizens who had arrived in the UK to help rebuild the country after WWII, found they were considered illegal. They were denied access to healthcare, unable to work and systematically removed from the “system”, some were threatened with deportation, others sent ‘home’ to countries they had not been to since they were very young. The hostile environment created by the UK government, not only demonstrates the fragility of belonging, it shattered a generation’s sense of it too. And the policy highlighted the pervading belief that people from the Caribbean are “other”, easily disregarded and removed. This is at the heart of our (Spring 2021) theme Windrush as we celebrate writers and stories from the Caribbean and of Caribbean descent.” Heady Mix is a UK-based collective which curates diverse reading options for subscribers – showcasing books by and about underrepresented groups but also stories, essays, and flash fiction which it collects in to anthologies under different themes. Heady Mix’s first theme of 2021 is Windrush. The anthology includes ‘The Other Daughter’ – previously published on Adda (2017), the Commonwealth Writers platform, and included in the Denmark Ministry of Education’s national assessment (2019).

Musical YouthMusic, Discovery, Love. Can one summer make the difference of a lifetime? Zahara is a loner. She’s brilliant on the guitar but in everyday life she doesn’t really fit in. Then she meets Shaka, himself a musical genius and the first boy who really gets her. They discover that they share a special bond, their passion for music, and Zahara finds herself a part, not just of Shaka’s life, but also that of his boys, the Lion Crew. When they all get roles in a summer musical, Zahara, Shaka, and the rest of the Lion Crew use the opportunity to work on a secret project. But the Crew gets much more than they bargained for when they uncover a dark secret linking Shaka and Zahara’s families and they’re forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about class, colour, and relationships on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Musical Youth placed second in the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Cover design by Antiguan and Barbudan artist Glenroy Aaron. A second edition and hard cover edition of Musical Youth were issued in 2019.

New Daughters of Africa – Following up Margaret Busby’s landmark 1992 anthology Daughters of Africa, this companion volume brings together the words of writers from across the globe—Antigua to Zimbabwe, Angola to the USA—to honour a unifying heritage while showing the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora particularly in the past 25 years. Arranged chronologically, New Daughters of Africa illustrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood and the links that endure from generation to generation, as well as common obstacles writers still negotiate around issues of race, gender and class.

The Concise Revision Course for CSEC® English A provides comprehensive and authoritative guidance to preparing for the Paper 1 and Paper 2 examinations.

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight: 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings. Young Dominican single mother Selena Cruz is trying to make a new life for herself in Antigua, dealing with prejudice, poverty, and her interfering sister. When she meets handsome cricket coach Michael Lindo, her world is turned upside down. The course of true love is never smooth, and Michael and Selena’s story is no exception as they try to bridge the gap between their two cultures and their personal expectations of love. Romantic and delightful, this novella by Joanne C. Hillhouse looks at immigration and cross-cultural relationships in a warm and very human way. Dancing Nude in the Moonlight was first published in 2004, and it is reissued here along with selected poems and stories from Joanne C. Hillhouse’s wide collection of work. She has been published in Caribbean, North American, and African literary journals.

In ‘Round My Christmas Tree you’ll find a little bit of everything that makes Christmas Christmas in the Caribbean. Stories, poems, recipes, and art that range from the sacred to irreverent and from heart-warming to just down-right funny. This collection of work features artists from many regions of the Caribbean, from seasoned authors such as Joanne C. Hillhouse of Antigua and Barbuda and newcomers such as Jamie Gangoo from Trinidad and Tobago.

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, two of the foremost publishers of Caribbean literature, launch a joint Caribbean-focused imprint, Peekash Press, with this anthology. Consisting entirely of brand-new stories by authors living in the region (not simply authors from the region), this collection gathers the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, including a mix of established and up-and-coming writers from islands throughout the Caribbean. The story ‘Amelia at Devil’s Bridge’ was shortlisted for the Small Axe Prize in 2014 and has since been taught at the college/university level. In 2017, it was excerpted in Collins Revision Course – English A – a Concise Revision Course for CSEC.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA. The story ‘After Glow’ was first published on Tongues of the Ocean. It can also now be found in the anniversary edition of Dancing Nude in the Moonlight.

For Women: in Tribute to Nina Simone was created by African American Debra Powell Wright in tribute to the great songstress and the spirit of one of her most iconic songs Four Women. It features women writing from around the world and was funded by the Leeway Foundation.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

Oh Gad! A stirring novel about a woman facing cross-cultural odds and redefining everything she understands about her family, herself, and the country she’s never really been able to call home.

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. Selena’s ex has left her in a strange land with a baby and two younger sisters to care for. It’s hard for Spanish-speaking immigrants to get work, and Selena earns little from the crochet dolls and doilies she makes to sell. Then Selena meets Michael.

The Boy from Willow Bend tells the story of Vere, an Antiguan youth, with an irrepressible spirit which is tested as he comes of age amid poverty, loss, and hard knocks.

About the Author: Joanne C. Hillhouse, born in Ottos Antigua. Her writing also appears in several anthologies and various international publications. She freelances as a writer, editor, writing coach, and course/workshop coordinator. For other books, see the Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Children’s Fiction lists.

Wadadli Pen connection: Joanne is the founder of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and has served as its coordinator and – at various times – Challenge judge, Wadadli Pen workshop facilitator, fundraiser, media liaison, administrator, blogger,and more. 2004 – ongoing. She has also contributed copies of her books Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary and Other Writings, The Boy from Willow Bend, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, ¡perdida! Una Aventura En El Mar Caribe (Spanish Edition) (the latter two in the running for the Wadadli Pen 2019 Book of the Year), and other prizes (e.g. CDs, books by other authors, literary journals and magazines, scholarships to her Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project workshops, one on one coaching sessions, and other gifts) to the annual Wadadli Pen challenge: 2004, 2011 – 2014, 2016 – 2018. Ongoing. She is a part of the Wadadli Pen core team set up in 2016, becoming one of its original directors after it became a legal non-profit in 2021.


Name: D. Gisele Isaac


Photo by Sonji Davis


“The Rainmaker” in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Considering Venus. Seaburn Publishing. NY. 1998.

“Curses come home to Roost” in Young Antiguans Write: Prize-winning Selections in Poetry and Prose from School Creative Writing Annual Competition, 1968-1978. Ministry of Education and Culture. Antigua. 1979.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

Considering Venus explores the almost-unacknowledged issue of lesbianism among Caribbean women and adds to it the complication of a heterosexual perspective.  It asks, “What happens when girlfriends becomes more than friends?”

Young Antiguans Write is the result of a 10 year schools’ creative writing competition designed to improve the qualitiy fo writing in schools in Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Author: D. Gisele Isaac, a founding partner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and donor for many years, was for two terms, beginning 2004, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Antigua and Barbuda and before and after that executive secretary of the Board of Education. Subsequently, with a change of government back to the Antigua Labour Party in 2014, the by then Dame D. Gisele Isaac was suspended and subsequently fired from her job at the BoE and criminal charges brought against her by the government. As of this 2018 update, a Standing with Gisele campaign has been ignited to press for hearing of all pending cases. During this embattled period, Isaac became chairperson of the main opposition political. Before all of this D. Gisele Isaac was a newspaper (Antigua Sun), online (, The Crier) and magazine (Business Focus, Essential, Independence, Carnival, and other special publications) editor, college instructor, media commentator and award winning journalist, and, of course, writer. Notably, she’s also written Antigua and Barbuda’s first and second feature films The Sweetest Mango and No Seed. She is a former president of the Professional Organization of Women in Antigua and Barbuda. She wrote Considering Venus while still living in New York where she was resident for many years.

Wadadli Pen connection: Gisele is a founding partner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize (working behind the scenes in the Prize’s early years assisting with crafting the media message and securing prizes, among other things) and was the Challenge judge, 2004 to 2006, and was a judge again in 2010. She has contributed cash to the prize package 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, and to the Wadadli Pen Book of the Year, awarded in 2019.


Name: Naomi Jackson.

Book: The Star Side of Bird Hill.

(cover art by Bajan artist Sheena Rose)

(cover art by Bajan artist Sheena Rose)

Penguin Press. USA. 2015.

About the Book:

The Star Side of Bird Hill is a lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centered on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, age 10 and 16, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister Dionne live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother, Hyacinth. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life. This tautly-paced coming of age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family.

About the Author:

Brooklyn born of Barbadian and Antiguan parentage, Naomi Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of Williams College. Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Camargo and Wurlitzer Foundations. Her storyLadies was a 2011 Bloom Chapbook Selection.


Name: Yvonne H. Pamela James


“Glory Alley, Potter’s Village, Antigua & Barbuda” in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Author:

Yvonne H. Pamela James, a retired teacher, was born in Potter’s Village, Antigua and Barbuda. She studied at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and the University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica to become a teacher. Before immigrating to Canada, she was placed in administrative positions at Jennings and Antigua Girls’ High School.


Name: Akilah A. Jardine


Marisha’s Drama. DMS Publications. Antigua. 2007.

Living Life the Way I Love It. DMS Publications. Antigua. 2006.

About the Books:

Marisha’s Drama is the story of Marisha, a regular fun-loving teenage girl who is trying to balance the sometimes-opposing virtues of fun, friends, family and school. Then Devon comes along, and instantly they experience a mutual attraction for each other. He is a really nice guy, and she likes being around him. She would have never thought in a million years that meeting him would lend her to discover the startling secret that her own mother was hiding.

Living Life the Way I Love It is the story of Andrea, a typical modern day Caribbean teenager: she just wants to enjoy the life she’s living. This summer, she plans to do just that although she finds obstacles, such as an annoying younger brother and a clash of two romances, in her way. With the help of supportive friends, a fashion flavoured sister and her natural teenage spunk, Andrea manages to live through the ups and downs of school life and the adventures that the summer brings.

About the Author: Akilah Jardine wrote her pair of books while still in her teens. She has since gone on to pursue studies in law.


Name: Tameka Jarvis-George


August #1 (graphic novel) as Fallen Angel T. J. G w/art by Sonalli Andrews. Psykhead Productions. 2017.

Unexpected. Enaz Publications. 2010.

About the Book:


August #1 August Gabriel is a barefoot in the dirt kind of girl. She is aware that there is something innately different about her, but has no idea what the source is. Her ridiculous physical strength, strange intuitions / visions, she writes off as her normal. She forcefully dumbs down her own senses, just to stay sane. Things begin to unravel in her life, when one of her unsavory customers, attacks her. Secret things done since before her birth are unearthed in that moment, putting her on a path of dark spiritual awakenings and a power she could never even dream of. The complete narrative is an ongoing series that takes us through August trying to come to terms with and control powers that are unknowingly bestowed upon her, prior to her birth, because of her family’s link to ‘Obeah’ and trying to understand her vague past, through the eyes of her equally mysterious caretaker / surrogate father, and the only family she’s ever known.

Unexpected – Free from the clutches of a six year relationship with a violent and serially unfaithful partner, Xion Taylor was finally in control of her life. Or was she? Xion, a 26-year-old Antiguan national, decided to take charge of her situation. Not wanting to waste any time being sad and pathetic, by putting up with what seemed like the typical Caribbean man mentality when it came to love, she began find her focus.

About the Author: Tameka is a married with two children. She lives in Antigua and works in the field of architecture.  She is , also, working on her second novel. In the interim, she has produced a short film, her own fashion line, and other writings.


Name: Marie Elena John 


Unburnable. Amistad. USA. 2006.

About the Book: Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian Baptiste fled Dominica when she was fourteen after discovering she was the daughter of Iris, the half-crazy woman whose life was told of in chanté mas songs sung during Carnival—songs about a village on a mountaintop littered with secrets, masquerades that supposedly fly and wreak havoc, and a man who suddenly and mysteriously dropped dead. After twenty years away, Lillian returns to her native island to face the demons of her past.

About the Author: Marie Elena John was born and raised in Antigua. She has worked as a development specialist of the African Development Foundation and with the United Nations. She was the first black woman valedictorian of New York’s City College. She is married with two children. Her debut novel, Unburnable, was short listed for the Hurston Wright Legacy Awards, named Best Debut by Black Issues Book Review, among other accolades.

Wadadli Pen connection – Marie Elena John participated in the fundraiser/literary showcase Word Up! 2006. She, also, donated copies of her novel Unburnable to the Wadadli Pen challenge, 2012 – 2013.


Name: Franklyn Jones

Book: At the Rainbow’s Very End. Gg LLC Publishing. 2014.

About the Book:

At the Rainbow’s Very End – In the community of Celadon (on a Caribbean island) the residents – family, friends and neighbors – helped each other, shared food, and responsibilities. On weekends they drank a little, quarreled some, cooked big meals, and attended church. The community was unique on the island, which was experiencing the heavy hand of developers as it made the transition from agriculture to industry – tourism industry.


Name: C. K. Joseph

Books: Fortunes and Cookies 192761778_10159042949359373_1595783482848435738_n (w/M. H. Atwell). 2021.

About the Book: Jasmine is a young teen who lives a simple life, avoiding any situation that would give her unnecessary attention. She is convinced by her best friend to tackle her self doubts and start having a high school experience instead of hiding away in the background. She decides to finally confess her feelings to her crush which leads to a clever plan involving a fortune cookie. However, Jasmine did not plan for the chaos that followed.

About the Author: C. K Joseph’s love for writing started during her teens, and has been a hobby of hers since then. She lived and worked in China for  4 years+, and has a love for Asian culture. Her co-author, M. H. Atwell is South African and also lives and works in China.


Name: Jamaica Kincaid 

*Kincaid’s books have enjoyed many printings; listed, in each case, is the first printing.

See Now Then. Farrar Straus and Giroux. USA. 2013.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas (National Geographic Directions). National Geographic Society. 2005.

“Columbus in Chains” from Annie John. Stories from Blue Latitudes (edited by Elizabeth Nunez). Seal Press. USA. 2005.

“Blackness”.The Oxford Book of  Caribbean Short Stories (edited by Stewart Brown and John Wickham). Oxford University Press. 2002.

Talk Stories. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2002.

Mr. Potter. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2002.

My Garden (Book). Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2001.

My Brother. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1997.

The Autobiography of My Mother. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1996.

Lucy. Plume. NY. 1991.

“Mariah in Stories from the American Mosaic (edited by Scott Walker). Greywolf Press, Minnesota, USA, 1990.

“Girl” in Wayward Girls, Wicked Women: an Anthology of Subversive Women(edited by Angela Carter). Penguin Books. 1989.

A Small Place. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1988.

Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam and Tulip. Whitney Museum Limited Edition. NY. 1986. Alfred A Knopf. 1989.

Annie John. Penguin Books. NY. 1985.

At the Bottom of the River. USA. 1983.

About the Books:

Seen Now Then is the first new novel from Jamaica Kincaid in ten years. In it, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas is part memoir and part travel journal of a trip into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist friends in search of native Himalayan plants that will grow in her Vermont garden.

Talk Storiesis a collection of Jamaica Kincaid’s original writing for the New Yorker‘s “Talk of the Town,” composed during the time when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983.

Ignoring the legacy of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease amid his surroundings: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, and to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters—one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies and tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy.

In My Garden (Book), Kincaid she gathers all she loves about gardening and plants, and examines it generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination.

My Brother is Jamaica Kincaid’s incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother Devon Drew’s life is also the story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer’s mother. In it, she speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families. My Brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

In The Autobiography of My Mother, Xuela Claudette Richardson, the daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own. It is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of character, an account of one woman’s inexorable evolution, evoked in startling and magical poetry.

Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. She begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers’ world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is. Lucy is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest.

Wayward Girls, Wicked Women includes stories by various women writers including Kincaid. In her story, Girl faces a litany of her mother’s strictures and admonishments.

A Small Place is lyrical, sardonic, and forthright in its examination of colonialism and its effects on Antigua.

Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam and Tulip was ‘originally intended as a part of the 1983 collection At the Bottom of the River, Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam and Tulip (and) was published in 1986 as the fourth in a Whitney Museum limited edition “artist and writers” series. Only one hundred and forty-five copies were printed, though it was re-released in trade edition by Alfred A. Knopf in 1989. Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam and Tulip consists of Jamaica Kincaid’s text with Eric Fischl lithographs on facing pages. … (the) story narrates a moment of first contact between Caribbean natives and conquistadors, from the point of view of the Caribbean natives who are also constituted by the history that will result from that meeting. …Annie, Gwen, Lily, Pam and Tulip takes the form of a conversation between five girls who tell each other, in an unspecified post-colonial moment, stories of their meetings with the arriving men. … Annie Gwen Lilly Pam and Tulip emblematizes not only the thematics of Caribbean girlhood, erotic play, nostalgia, and colonialism that run throughout Kincaid’s work, it also exemplifies the range of her experimentation and interest—perhaps most manifest in her gardening and plant collecting work but also, in and beyond those, her willingness to try collaborative projects, to accept invitations into the world of fine art like that represented by the Whitney, to, in her words, “take, just take” what colonial and neo-colonial traditions lay out and make them, inimitably, her own.’ (Source: A is for Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam, and Tulip (1983) by Keja Valens @kvalens in the Caribbean Literary Heritage online project on forgotten or little known Caribbean books).

Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua.

At the Bottom of the River is a short story collection that leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things–a house, a cup, a pen; telling us something we didn’t know, in a way we hadn’t expected.

About the Author:

Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson in Antigua. She’s lived, written, and lectured in America for many years. She is easily the best known and most acclaimed writer from Antigua.


Name: Edgar O. Lake


The Devil’s Bridge. Athena Pr Pub Co. 2004.

About the Book:

Masquerading, migration and the ghosts of history haunt this richly-veined fable steeped in the myths and legends of West Indian and African tradition.

About the Author:

Edgar Lake is a playwright, poet, filmmaker, journalist, and more.


Name: Vivian Luke

Book: F.A.K.E.! 2018.


About the Book:

F.A.K.E.! traces the lives of four professional African American women who have it all until life altering circumstances crash into their lives and they realize their lives are not perfect — they are FAKE! The quartet of “forty something” super moms are connected by their decades long friendship and their lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. To the outside, these women are well connected, busy and beautiful, but secretly each of them knows their lives are inauthentic and shallow – simply put, FAKE! Each of these women discovers her marriage and/or health (and, possibly all they’ve worked so hard for) is on the brink of destruction and must make life-changing decisions. It is their deep rooted, life long friendships that get them through some of the toughest periods in each of their lives.

About the Author: Vivian E. Luke is a professional woman and the mother of two daughters. F.A.K.E.! is her debut novel, loosely based on her own experiences with divorce and that of many friends. Vivian has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University. She is a published author with several articles on relationships and self-motivation for online magazines and – under the pseudonym Laine Ward. Vivian is of Antiguan parentage and spent many summers in Antigua while growing up. She is the daughter of Elaine Edwards (Luke) of Ottos who moved to Curacao at the age of nine and Vincent Luke – son of Richard “Tuckie” Luke and brother of Conrad and Winston Luke of Campsite (and owners of R.K. Luke & Sons Hardware store in St. John’s).

Wadadli Pen connection: Vivian’s book won the 2017-2018 Wadadli Pen Readers Choice Book of the Year prize, 2019.


Name: Marcel Marshall


Butterfly. 2021.

Tales from My Mother’s Bosom. 2015.

All that Glitters is Not Gold. Dorrance Publishing. 2008.

About the Books:

Butterfly is a romance in which the titular heroine copes with betrayal.

Tales from My Mother’s Bosom finds the author sharing tales told by her mother Gwendolyn Merchant.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold explores the significance of romance and sexuality in modern life through the journey of Te’Kare Hulford, a beautiful, successful, and very unhappy young journalist.

About the Author: Marcel Marshall was born, grew up and still resides in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. From an early age Marcel Marshall’s passions were reading and writing and vowed to become a published writer one day.

Wadadli Pen connection: Marcel Marshall donated copies of her book All that Glitters is Not Gold to the Wadadli Pen challenge, 2011.


Name: Ian McDonald

Books (select):


Inheritance, the Story of a West Indian Family. Paria Publishing. 2020.

Poems for Mary. Middle Road Publishers. 2020.

An Abounding Joy, essays on sport by Ian McDonald (compiled, edited, and annotated by Clem Seecharan). Hansib. UK. 2019.

The Hummingbird Tree. Heineman and Macmillan. UK. 1969 and 2004.

Between Silence and Silence. Peepal Tree Press. UK. 2003.

Jaffo the Calypsonian. Peepal Tree Press. UK. 1994.

Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry (co-edited with Stewart Brown). Heinemann. UK. 1992.

Mercy Ward. Peterloo Poets and Caribbean Press. UK and Guyana. 1992 and 2010.

Essequibo. Peterloo Poets/Story Line Press. UK/US. 1988.

“The Tramping Man” (one-act play) in A Time and a Season (a collection of eight Caribbean plays). UWI’s School of Continuing Studies. 1976.

About the Books:

Inheritance – McDonald journeys down the generations of his family, describing with a loving and fascinated eye his ancestors, including warriors, poets, actors, doctors, merchants, sportsmen and civil servants, and concluding with his grand-parents and beloved parents.

Poems for Mary – Poems inspired by Ian’s wife Mary.

An Abounding Joy – This book comprises 100 of his essays on sport, covering ennis, squash, and boxing, but it is McDonald’s revered sport, cricket, that predominates in this collection. The latter encompasses the history of the game, including its place in the soul of the West Indian people, in addition to its contemporary problems and challenges.

The Hummingbird Tree was filmed by the BBC in 1992. It has been in almost continuous print since its original release, and deals with the involvement of a young white child on a sugar estate with two Indian children from the village.  The book is considered a classic of Caribbean literature.

Silence is a collection of poems and was winner of the Guyana Prize for Literature 2004.

Jaffo the Calypsonian embraces Caribbean possibility with romantic fervour but still acknowledges what is harsh and painful in the region.

Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry is described as the most comprehensive and up-to-date selection of contemporary Caribbean poetry, including major names like Derek Walcott, John Agard, and Merle Collins, alongside new poets of the region.

Mercy Ward is made up of poems derived from McDonald’s experiences visiting the terminally sick in hospital ward where the poor are left to die.

Essequibo was the 1992 winner of the Guyana Prize for Literature.

“Tramping Man” was performed in Guyana in 1969, broadcast by GBS in 1972, and published in A Time and A Season ed. Errol Hill, 1976. It is about a Dionysian carnivalesque figure, a spirit of unquenchable freedom who is seen by the state to challenge its power. The play has been frequently staged.

About the Author:

Describing himself as “Antiguan by ancestry, Trinidadian by birth, Guyanese by adoption, and West Indian by conviction,” Ian McDonald’s Antigua connection is through his father (who is of Antiguan and Kittitian extraction, while his mother is Trinidadian). He himself was born in Trinidad in 1933 and went to Guyana in 1955. He has lived there ever since. From a white West Indian family, he worked in the sugar industry, pre-and-post retirement.  He wrote a weekly newspaper column and worked to revive the seminal literary journal Kyk-over-Al. His writing began in the 1950s with publications in BIM and New World. He has considerably more publications than mentioned here, including appearances in The Caribbean Writer, Poui, and the Caribbean Review of Books. He has received an honourary PhD from the University of the West Indies. Adept at sports – specifically tennis – he was Guyana’s 1957 Sportsman of the Year. His backstory includes a five times great-grandfather Edward Dacres Baynes, 1790 to 1863, who served as a soldier in Jamaica just after emancipation and after that a colonial civil servant in the Leeward Islands including the post of President of the Council of Montserrat, who eventually settled in Antigua with his wife and fifteen children. Bayne published a poetry collection entitled Child Harold in the Shades. His family line also includes a great-uncle Donald McDonald, an Antiguan trader, businessman and Assembly member who also wrote verse and published a volume in London in 1917. His grandmother, Hilda McDonald was the first female member of the Antiguan House of Assembly and author of a small booklet of verse, Sunflakes and Stardust. His Antigua-based sister Gillie McDonald’s book Gillie’s World is also listed in this data base.


Name: Kimolisa Mings


The Bacchanal Tu’n Up: African American Erotic Short Stories (Eros Book 2). 2021.

The Bacchanal Sweet: African American Erotic Short Stories (Eros Book 1). 2020.

pleasure The Pleasure is Mine: A Caribbean BWWM Romance (A Sapodilla Resort & Spa Novel). 2020.

A Very Merry Ex-Mas. 2019.

42641653_10155580427792633_8062224016313679872_nInto the Black Widow’s Web (as K. N. Mings). 2018.

A Friend Indeed. 2017.

If the Shoe Fits. 2017.

I Do…NOT. 2017.

Oration. 2016.

Kim Ming

Loving The Wrong Man. 2016.

Integration (BWWM SciFi Erotic Romance). 2016.

The Millionaire and the Gentleman. Smashwords edition. USA. 2016.

Tomorrow’s End (Lovers & Friends Book 4). 2015

Yesterday’s Gone (BWWM Interracial Romance Novella) (Lovers & Friends Book 3). 2015.

Just Friends (BWWM Interracial Romance Novella) (Lovers & Friends Book 2). 2015.

More Than Friends (BWWM Interracial Romance Novella) (Lovers & Friends Book 1). 2015.

Red. Smashwords edition. USA. 2015.

Saving Babylon. 2014.

The Cottage. 2014.

Martine. 2012.

About the Book:

The Bacchanal Tu’n Up: African American Erotic Short Stories (Eros Book 2) – At the ultra exclusive, ultra secret Eros Bacchanales, pleasure is what party-goers seek, but it doesn’t always turn out the way they planned.

The Bacchanal Sweet: African American Erotic Short Stories (Eros Book 1) – At the ultra exclusive, ultra secret Eros Bacchanales, pleasure is what party-goers seek, but it doesn’t always turn out the way they planned.

The Pleasure is Mine – Working as a waitress at the all-inclusive Sapodilla Resort & Spa, single mother, Kailah Browne has done well for herself. Nice home. Happy daughter. Dancing in the streets of St. Paul’s with the legendary Eros Mas Troupe… and a relationship with a man her daughter adores. That is until a gut wrenching betrayal results in Kailah doing the unthinkable to a guest of the resort. When heir to the Carlson Group of Hotels, Theo Carlson, has a front seat to the action, he’s more intrigued by the employee than enraged. But with the hotel closing for three months, he may never discover what about the waitress has caught his interest. Or so he thinks…While attending an Eros bacchanale, Kailah comes face to face with the man that knows what she did…But she’s not the only one with a secret.

A Very Merry Ex-Mas – Weeks before Christmas, Aijah Washington is dumped by her perfect on paper boyfriend. Instead of facing her extended family after another failed relationship, the marketing executive rents a cabin in the countryside to lick her wounds and get over the man she believed was the one. But she’s not the only one escaping Christmas with the family…

Into the Black Widow’s Web – Audra Kellman is found dead in a place that is said to be where demons cross over to the human world. Now Three People Want To Find The Killer. The head of an underground narcotic distribution ring. The CEO of an influential group of companies. And a reluctant private investigator who is more interested in finding out the true identity of the person who hired him than finding out who killed the innocent woman execution style. As D’Angelo Marshall, a private investigator who walks on the razor edge of the law, investigates the case he finds himself caught up in a web of secrets. And the case takes him in a new direction that would change his life forever.

A Friend Indeed – A ocean away from the only life she knows, Jade Johansen can’t seem to find her place in her husband’s home city of Aarhus, Denmark that is until she befriends a man from her husband’s past. As the friendship blossoms so does her guilt for not telling her husband about the other man in her life. A man whose intentions are far from noble and may lead to the end of Jade’s marriage. Will Jade’s husband forgive her for not telling him about the other man? And when he finds out that she’s pregnant, will he take Jade’s word that the baby is his?

If the Shoe Fits – It’s The Perfect Frame Job, The Only Problem Is She Is The one Being Framed.  Waking up in the midst of a gruesome crime scene, Cindy Ellington can’t remember the night before. She narrowly escapes it and is now on the run. Stumbling onto the city’s biggest murder case, Detective Sam Masterson discovers two bodies. But one is very much alive and now is the chief suspect in the death of a city official. But is she the killer? The more Sam investigates, the more he doubts that Cindy commited the heinous crime, even though all the evidence points to her, chiefly the murder weapon, a red stiletto. With the law on her trail, Cindy seeks the truth only to discover that it is closer to home than she thinks.

I Do…NOT – Attorney at Law, Alexa Marsh, has everything going for her. A successful career. A great social life. And the perfect man. But all that glitters is not gold, or in her case, platinum. After returning the ring, bringing the short lived engagement to an end, Alexa embarks on the single life. But this, too, is short lived. Instead of meeting one Mr. Right-Now, she meets two. Alexa tells herself that she’s just dating, but the more she spends time with the men, the more they seem to be Mr. Rights. But which Mr. Right should she choose? The self-made millionaire with the heart of gold? Tall, dark and handsome who caters to Alexa’s needs? If she doesn’t choose, the choice may be taken away and the results may change her life forever.

Oration Dr. Selassie Ousab travels to the Planet Ondu to speak to the heads of the galaxy and to the contingency of alien life forms who are requesting the unthinkable. In front of the most powerful men and women of the galaxy, she makes a plea for a place in the galaxy for her unborn child. In the audience sits the father of the child, Ambassador Helix Thorne. His position requires that he opposes integration but his heart wants the family that could never have a home in the segregated galaxy. Can Selassie convince the powers that be that they must integrate for the survival of man? Will Helix give up his position for the family he can never have in the galaxy divided by race?

Loving the Wrong Man – Amanda is the good wife. She takes a job in the Whitfield household to secure a job for her husband, but with the job comes temptation….Maxwell Whitfield is a playboy who doesn’t respect the institution of marriage and out of all the women at his finger tips he wants the one who strives to be faithful to her husband – that is until Maxwell puts her in a position that forces her to cheat on her husband. But Amanda isn’t the only one in her marriage who has been unfaithful. The more she tries to keep her marriage together, the more secrets come to the fore, some that are unforgivable. Can the good wife forgive and forget? The playboy. The unfaithful husband. Who is the wrong man to love? A Steamy, Western, BWWM with a HEA.


Integration (BWWM SciFi Erotic Romance) – Is it lust or is it prophecy…..In a galaxy divided by race, can a black doctor looking for a cure allow herself to give in to her attraction to a white ambassador whose missions takes him beyond their stars? Upon his return from from a mission to a neighboring galaxy, Ambassador Helix Thorne finds himself drawn to the daughter of the Zaiu Ambassador. Wanting to spend more time with Dr. Selassie Ousab, he invites her to his home in the rural lands. In their short time together, he falls in love with her, but in a segregated galaxy, there is no place for their love. Visiting her father in the Sira solar system, Dr. Selassie Ousab is looking for a cure for her people, the last thing she expected to find was love. During her stay at his home, Selassie gives in to her attraction to the ambassador, but is conflicted. Is her attraction genuine or is it part of an ancient prophecy? Is it lust, love or a prophecy that would lead to the integration of a galaxy? Does the doctor even have a choice in the matter? When all seems impossible for the forbidden lovers, help comes from the most unexpected corners of the universe.

The Millionaire and the Gentleman re His Secrets More Than She Can Handle? Nia Armstrong, the founder of a growing beauty empire, is a self made millionaire, but her success in business does not translate over to her love life. Returning home to attend her beloved grandmother’s funeral, she is reunited with a childhood friend who has grown into everything Nia is looking for in a man.The Gentleman has a secret, more like a few. After much hesitation, Andy Smith agrees to join Nia as she travels through Europe acquiring new customers for her beauty lines. As they get to know each other, Andy refuses to share what he has been doing since graduating from college. What could he possibly be hiding? Will uncovering his secrets turn the elusive Andy Smith into Mr. Wrong? When Nia discovers Andy’s secrets, can she look past what he is for who he really is, the man who loves her and who she loves?

Tomorrow’s EndAll Things Must Come To An End. After starting her business, Imani James Consulting, Imani is threatened by a lawsuit that may bankrupt her. But help comes from the last person she waned involved in her life. In trying to move on from a  relationship that could never be, Imani may lose more than her business. Ian Hunte is happy and in love, but when the woman he once loved (and still loves) needs his help he comes close to compromising his current relationship, a relationship with promise. But when Imani is really in trouble will he come to the rescue or turn his back on the past to save his future.  The final book in the series, Friends & Lovers, finds the once friends, once lovers, moving on with their lives, but when faced with life and death, they are forced to come to terms with their true feelings for each other.

Yesterday’s Gone Is this the beginning or the end? From the ashes of an old relationship emerges a new one, but with it comes unresolved hopes and fears. Although Imani had moved across the country to start anew, her ties to the past have only grown stronger. But her inability to follow her heart promises to break the ties that bind her to the man she loves, once and for all. Ian still loves Imani and wants her back, but how long will he be strung along? When the only thing Imani can offer him is her friendship, will he accept it?In losing Ian, Imani cannot deny her feelings for him, but is it too late?

Just Friends Can their love withstand this? After taking the leap from being friends to being lovers, Imani James is more than content with her relationship with Ian Hunte, but a mistake in Ian’s recent past threatens their new relationship. Ian is about to be a father and Imani is not the one pregnant with his child. With the birth of Ian’s son, Imani uncovers a secret. One that may lead to the end of their perfect relationship. But it isn’t the secret that brings everything crashing down. With every revelation, the couple remains strong and committed, but when faced with losing his son, Ian makes a decision that breaks Imani’s heart.

More Than Friends (BWWM Interracial Romance Novella) (Lovers & Friends Book 1): Would they risk a great friendship for love? Imani James, a beautiful, black grad student, wasn’t looking for love but she discovers that Mr. Right is right at her finger tips. But when faced with having a friend become a lover, Imani hesitates, a decision she now regrets. Over the short time he’s known Imani, Ian Hunte, an attractive, white law student, has fallen for his close friend and now he wants to be more than friends. Faced with rejection, he goes in search of love in all the wrong places only to discover that Imani is the only woman for him. In trying to preserve their friendship, Imani brings it close to destruction, but when given a second chance will she accept Ian as a lover?

Red. Death by Stiletto. Waking up into a nightmare, Cindy Ellington narrowly escapes a murder scene to become a wanted woman. Driven by the desire to clear her name, Cindy tries to find the real killer only to discover that the person behind it all will do everything in their power to destroy her. Sam Masterson, a seasoned detective, falls for an elusive stranger who is the person of interest in a high profile murder investigation. The more he and his partner learns about Cindy Ellington, the more he believes she is innocent. If only he could find her before the real killer does. A fast paced whodunit that will have you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Saving Babylon. Babylon is the premiere house of pleasure in New Gotham, it is also a house of secrets. Those who reside within its walls are the keepers of the secrets of New Gotham’s rich and powerful, but someone is trying to change that. Someone is doing everything in their power to destroy Babylon.

The Cottage. Angela was happy with the life she built, but her meddling mother has other plans. Plans that include a man from Angela’s past. Matthew is newly divorced and has his own plans for Angela. Plans that are revealed one evening in the little cottage Angela calls home. A dinner between friends takes a kinky turn. One that leaves Angela wanting.

Martine Carter has the perfect life. She is a Junior Professor in the Foreign Language Dept. of a community college. She has a loving husband and two daughters who are a handful but the loves of her life, but Martine has a secret. A secret from her past has come looking for her and she now has to figure out how to make him a part of her life.

About the Author:

Kimolisa Mings started writing poetry after she was encouraged to do so by her English teacher, Ms. Joseph. Although her body of work grew with the passing years, it was only in 2005 that Kimolisa started to share her work at local open mic events. In 2008, she started a blog called Kim or Lisa, where one can find her older poems and her latest poems. In 2011, Kimolisa won the Independence Literary Award for Poetry in the adult division. In 2012, one of her poems was featured in ‘When a Woman Moans’, a local twist on the Vagina Monologues. Kimolisa’s first book was the short story ebook Martine, self-published in 2012.

Wadadli Pen connection: Kimolia Ming’s A Friend Indeed, I Do…Not, If the Shoe Fits, and Into the Black Widow’s Web were in the running for the Wadadli Pen 2017 – 2018 Readers Choice Book of the Year. 2019.


Name: Sharon D. Moore


Hidden in Plain Sight (Under the Shadow of the Almighty Volume 1). New Season Books. USA. 2016.

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About the Book: When Philly-born playboy, Jason White, discovers a devastating family secret about the identity of his biological father, he launches an angry quest to find and confront the man. A lengthy investigation into his father, a prominent pastor of a large church in North Carolina, spurs a quick, covert, out-of-town visit to the pastor’s church on Easter Sunday. Will Jason follow through on his desire to destroy the man he believes left him alone and in poverty? In Raleigh, North Carolina, the greedy and lecherous Bishop Quincy Stewart’s less than discreet history of deceit and all around messiness is threatened with exposure when he loses control over his manufactured persona. A chance encounter and life-changing lunch unlocks the chains holding Stewart s wife, Lucy, hostage and sets the stage for a much needed shift in her life. In a desperate act to break his wife s spirit and force her into compliance, Bishop Stewart does the unthinkable. Will he go down for his horrific actions? Will Lucy ever be set free from the pain he has caused her? The Camelot-like existence of popular and honorable Bishop James Collins becomes shrouded in an indefinable dark cloud when his wife, Victoria, invites an unstable element into their lives. Will Bishop Collins overcome being blindsided by the ugly truths he s forced to face or will his life and ministry be forever changed?

About the Author: Sharon D. Moore is a writer, people watcher, and avid reader. A former world-traveling, military brat, Sharon lives in North Carolina with two cats and a host of other wildlife that stop by regularly for meals, protection, and affection. Moore has Antiguan roots – Looby on her mother’s side, Salmon on her father’s side.


Name: Motion


“Locks and Love” in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

*For more of her writing, see Poetry.

About the Books:

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

About the Author:

Motion is a prolific urban artist. Possessing charismatic agility in rap, songwriting, and poetry, this award-winning artist is a keen composer, and intense performer. Motion’s was the first female Hip Hop artist to be nominated for MuchMusic’s Best Rap Video. Her pioneering presence continued into the millennium when her commentary on urban life and love in Toronto made her the winner of the CBC National Poetry Face-Off with her nationally acclaimed poem, “Connect the T.Dots.” Motion is the first Hip Hop artist in Canada to publish a collection of writings.


Name: Jelani Nias



Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly. Jeshiann Publishing/Store House Media. Canada. 2014.

“The Return” in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

“Bottles’ Hustle” & “Graduation” in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

About the Books:

Where Eagles Crawl and Men FlyWelcome to Warri, Wadad, where some of “God’s children” got real wings and the devil’s earthy brood brandish shotguns. But it’s hard to tell the good from the bad in this marvelous mash-up of action and fantasy. (George Elliot Clarke, from the book jacket).

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

About the Author: Jelani “J Wyze” Nias was born on the island of Antigua in 1977, has lived in Bermuda and now resides in Toronto, Canada. He has been writing professionally for 16 years. In 2013, his short stories were featured in two anthologies “In The Black: New African Canadian Literature” and “So The Nailhead Bend, So The Story End” an Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing”. An accomplished spoken word artist, his poetry can be found in “Word Up: Spoken Words In Print” and on EMI Canada’s companion audio compilation also entitled “Word Up”. His articles have been published by the Toronto Star and included in Canadian civics high school texts. He has also had various poems incorporated into syllabi for the University of Alberta’s English courses. Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly is his first novel.


Name: Vellie Nicholas-Benta

Book: Poisoned Arrows. 2022.

About the Book: After the stunning Igneri-Arawak beauty, Barbe, and Xamba–the innocent, pubescent daughter of an Arawak chief–are kidnapped from their village on Saba by Kalinago warriors and taken to St Kitts, their seventeenth century lives become a series of island hoppings. Poisoned Arrows, carved from the shafts of historical facts and embellished with unbridled imagination, is the result of exhaustive research into the lives of island people who beachcombed, island-hopped and spearfished. The stories of the Arawaks and Caribs–the West Indian indigenous people–in ways never told before. 

About the Author: Vellie Nicholas-Benta is also known as Miss B, Auntie Vellie, and Teacher Vellie. As a Caribbean writer, she enjoys excavating the past and unmuting once silenced voices and views the reconstruction of official historical narratives as a means of interrogating the past. She is originally from Dominica but lives in Antigua and Barbuda.


Name: Claytine Nisbett

Book: Life as Josephine. 2017.


About the Book: Life As Josephine takes place in the 1990s, chronicling the formative years of a strong-willed Bronx, New York teenager, Josephine Peters.

About the Author: Antiguan-born, New York raised author, Claytine Nisbett hit the scene with her first book, Life As Josephine. Claytine received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City. She has a passion for the non-profit field and is a social activist for women’s empowerment, specifically Violence Against Women Awareness. She returned to the Caribbean after living in the USA for over 20 years. She is an entrepreneur who enjoys traveling, writing, trying different foods, and most of all encouraging other women to live to their full potential.

Wadadli Pen connection: Claytine’s Life as Josephine was in the running for Wadadli Pen 2017-2018 Readers Choice Book of the Year. 2019. Nisbett was also a Wadadli Pen patron and partner in 2012.


Name: Dobrene E. O. Marde


Send out you hand

Send Out You Hand. Hansib. UK. 2012.

About the Book:

Send Out You Hand follows the intersecting lives of business men and women, socio-political activists and academics across the Caribbean as they attempt to chart a course to regional unity. The characters are examined around issues of love, sex, health, race and relocation as it relates to this tumultuous social and political climate. It takes place across six Caribbean countries, providing a galloping travelogue through the region.

About the Author:

Dorbrene O’Marde (b. 1950) is an Antiguan playwright and calypso song writer; also former publisher of Calypso Talk magazine. He is also an analyst-commentator in the media. O’Marde is at the forefront of the reparations lobby as president of Antigua and Barbuda’s government-appointed Reparations Support Commission.

Wadadli Pen connection: O’Marde contributed copies of Send Out You Hand to the Wadadli Pen Challenge, 2013.


Name: Timothy Payne


Dawn Disturbed: Bloody Benna. 2019.

deadDead Beat. 2019.

About the Books:


Dawn Disturbed follows the path of a young, Jamaican immigrant, from his homeland to his adopted country (Antigua) and his flirtations with serious crime. The climax is a failed kidnap and ransom attempt and the shooting death of the perpetrators and their hostage at the hands of security forces. Mysteriously, once the main character is introduced to Benna music, he quickly grows fond of a song, by King Short Shirt, that appears to follows his movements at critical points throughout this story. This includes moments before the Palm Sunday incident. (Though a fictional presentation, this book is based on real events and some place and character names might be recognizable.).

Dead Beat is set in the second half of the 20th century. It is about a village musician who has trouble maintaining his daughter and runs afoul of her vindictive mother and an opportunistic police officer and the law. He battles a nervous breakdown brought down by a near-drowning incident along with his fatherhood issues. He, however, rebounds well in the end through the assistance of George, Mackie and Palicks, his fishing buddies. He owes most to the lovely and musically talented, Diana, who had recently moved to the fishing village.

About the Author:

Timothy Payne was born in Barnes Hill Village, St. George’s, Antigua and Barbuda. He attended the New Winthorpes School, Convent School, St, Joseph’s Academy, and The Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, Canada. Timothy has been a teacher at various institutions of learning for over four decades. The list includes The St. Joseph’s Academy, Irene B. Williams, The Youth Skills Training Programme, and Government’s Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) Programme. He worked at Sun Printing and Publishing Ltd. for more than a decade with his last post there being that of managing editor. He was the proprietor of News Pages Antigua, a weekly paper he produced for four years. He has one previous book, Village Life, a collection of humorous anecdotes related to the community he lives in. His most recent accomplishment is receiving a Faithful and Meritorious Service silver medal from the governor general of Antigua and Barbuda for service to the country of Antigua and Barbuda in the area of preservation of heritage and culture.


Name:  Dr.Althea Prince



The Black Notes: Fresh Writing by Black Women and Girls(co-edited with Gayle Gonsalves and Aisha Wilks). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2017.

Re-imagining the Sky: an Anthology by Newcomer Women. (edited). Tsar Publications. Canada. 2013.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited, contributor). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Editor, author – “Push”, “They Buried her Mother Twice”). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

The Politics of Black Women’s Hair. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2009.

Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women’s Studies Reader [edited by Althea Prince with Susan Silva-Wayne with assistance from Christian Vernon]. Women’s Press. Canada. 2004.

Being Black. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2001.

Loving this Man. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2001.

Ladies of the Night and other stories. Sister Vision. Canada. [Reissued in 2005 by Insomniac Press]. 1998.

How the Starfish got to the Sea Sister Vision. Canada. 1992.

How the East Pond got its Flowers. Sister Vision. Canada. 1991.

About the Books:

The Black Notes. This collection contains stories and poems written by 12 Black women; it is serendipitous that their voices blend seamlessly, and beautifully, even though the writers are intergenerational. The storytelling crosses local, national, and international cultural sensibilities, giving the reader a glimpse of the way the storytellers ‘receive’ and share ‘Story’. The poets cut through emotional lines to caress the reader, just before they unleash a shaft of insight that rattles your consciousness. Contributors to Black Notes include Motion, Trey Anthony, Itah Sadu, D’bi Young, Sister Souljah, Brenda Lee Browne, Jully Black, and Jemeni.

Re-imagining the Sky: an Anthology by Newcomer Women. These stories, poems, and one essay are the outpourings of women who spent time writing together at the Newcomer Women’s Services (NEW), Toronto. In their creations they move their words from their hearts, from their bellies, from their souls. Losing all shyness, self-doubt, worry, and concern about being judged, they have written about themselves, their families, and issues of power over life. They have found their voice within; and dashed their words onto paper with abandon, hurrying to bring them to light, lest they run
back to their secret hiding places.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

The Politics of Black Women’s Hair. More than just a fashion statement, a Black woman’s choice of hairstyle can reflect her self-image, childhood experiences, and personal beliefs as well. Using interviews, memoirs, and personal essays, this book sensitively charts Black women’s journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society’s standards of beauty.

Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women’s Studies Reader brings together theory and practical application, so that feminist discourse interacts as a partner with the lived experience of women’s social action. The selections combine classics in feminist thought with work from modern theorists and offer a solid foundation in international feminism.

Being Black. Prince tackles the complacency she sees in some manifestations of Black Canadian culture — such as Toronto’s popular Caribana festival — as well as in white society’s attitudes towards Black culture, as revealed by Prince’s involvement with the notorious Writers’ Union of Canada-sponsored Writing Thru Race conference.

Loving this Man beautifully traces a woman’s struggle to negotiate the transition from life in the Caribbean to life in the concrete utopia of urban North America. It is about politics and class, but more than anything, about the mother-daughter bond that exists in these women’s lives.

Ladies of the Night and Other Stories. With women’s loves and lives as their focus, the stories contain dramatic twists and turns: some humorous, others shocking and disturbing, all leaving a haunting melody behind.

How the Starfish got to the Sea is a Caribbean story set in 1800s Antigua. It features characters like the elder Papa Biggis and the healer Mother Sillah. The story is about a star lost its ability to shine after falling to earth.

How the East Pond got its Flowers is also set in Antigua; it is the story of Mother Sillah and Tullah, a young girl destined to do great things despite being enslaved in colonial era Antigua

About the Author:

Award-winning author, Dr. Althea Prince was born in Antigua and has resided in Canada since the 1960s. She has taught Sociology, first at York University, and the University of Toronto; she now teaches at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Prince was Managing Editor of the publishing company, Canadian Scholars’ Press & Women’s Press. Her awards include, The Children’s Book Centre ‘Choice’ Award for her children’s book, How the Star Fish Got to the Sea. In 2007, she received the Antigua and Barbuda International Writers’ Festival First Annual Award for Literary Excellence.

Wadadli Pen connection: Althea and her publishers donated Being Black, Ladies of the Night, and So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End to the Wadadli Pen Challenge, 2005, 2010, 2013.


Name: Glenda Prince

Book: “Giving Thanks” in Black Notes (co-edited by Althea Prince, Gayle Gonsalves, and Aisha Wilks). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2017.


Name: Ralph Prince


“Experience During the Eruption”  (Excerpted from novel, Fire Mountain) in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

“Sharlo’s New Bargain” in The Sun’s Eye: West Indian Writing for New Readers (compiled by Anne Walmsley). Longman Group/Pearson Education/Lexicon/Carlong Publishers. Trinidad, Jamaica. UK. 1968, 1969, 1989, 2011 (29 editions in all).

Jewels of the Sun. Nelson Caribbean. England. 1979.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

This new edition of The Sun’s Eye brings one of the most widely-used and long-lasting anthologies to a new generation of young readers.The Sun’s Eye retains all its proven favorites, but almost half the stories and poems are new, selected from the past 20 years’ wealth of Caribbean writing. The Sun’s Eye again includes its unique feature ‘Notes about the Writers’, prepared by each author specially for this book. In addition, at the request of many teachers, there are now questions at the end of each piece of writing, to further the students’ understanding and appreciation and to encourage their creativity. The centre illustration on the cover and many inside, are by Caribbean artists.

Jewels of the Sun was a short story collection. Ralph’s nine stories, one of which is set in Antigua and the rest in Guyana, relate Caribbean folk tales without presenting them as myths. Along with Michael Anthony’s King of the Masquerade, Time Out by Monica Skeete, and C. Everard Palmer’s Hummingbird People, it was part of Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd’s Authors of the Caribbean educational series. Unlike many literary works designed for the schools’ market, the volumes in this series have no para-textual framing with suggested topics for discussion or further reading.

About the Author:

Born in 1923,  Ralph Prince lived in the U.K. for many years, working as a journalist for the BBC. Later, while resident in Guyana, he edited ‘The Demba Digest’, a publication of the Demba Bauxite Company. He later returned home to Antigua, where his pursuits included archeological research, before his death, of natural causes, in 1985.  Throughout his writing life, Prince, eldest brother of famed scribe Althea Prince, contributed to several anthologies, a dictionary of Caribbean language, and his short story collection, Jewels of the Sun. After his death, a literary journal, entitled ‘Prince Literary Journal’, was created in his honour.


Name: James Ryan

Book: A Certain Paradise. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013.

About the Book: This novel paints a picture of British West Indian island life and renders a behind the scenes view of a luxury resort. The novel is based on a two week visit to a Caribbean island resort by Morton, its English managing director. The resort is open but the final stages of construction are still in progress. Morton is seen to be at odds with his fellow workers, his Maker and himself and the story details the sometimes painful, sometimes laughable misunderstandings he has with those around him – and they with each other. Interweaved with his life are the lives of the expatriates and islanders – the educated West Indians and the peasant farmers – each involved with the resort in some way but each living their own very different lives and holding quite dissimilar views of their place in the scheme of things. Morton struggles to establish order but this proves to be no easy thing. As the story unfolds the odds stacked him seem to increase and increase. But surely paradise is close at hand.

About the Author: James Ryan is dual national British and British West Indian and has lived equal amounts of his adult life in both places. A published writer with degrees from English universities he has worked in the Caribbean tourist industry for many years on
both the hotel and marine sides. As a yacht captain he is familiar with Caribbean, Atlantic and European waters. Off-duty he lives the island village life, trying to understand the old time wisdom and find what is true and kind and useful in all the changing times and with all the differing people.  Folks in Antigua may remember him as the Monk who facilitated meditation sessions at the Museum.


Name: Bridget Samuel Charles

Book: No Regrets: The Story of Elline Merle Derene. 2021.

About the Book: No Regrets chronicles the life of Elline Merle Derene George from the time she was a little girl. Set in the Caribbean island of Antigua, Elline faces many hardships. Her response to adversity reveals her priorities in life. As her story unfolds, the reader is drawn into the Antiguan culture, starting in the early twentieth century. Will Elline grow up to be the strong, fearless woman she aspires to be? Will she be a beacon of hope to her mother, siblings, and community members?

About the Author: Bridget Samuel Charles was born and raised in Antigua. She emigrated to the United States and has devoted most of her life to being an educator, mostly in the middle school grades, as well as a lay minister. She has taught all grades from First Grade to High School, and was an adjunct professor. Mrs. Charles has written a children’s book entitled Grandma’s Kisses and several plays, including The Urgency of Now and Complications. This is her first full-length novel. Mrs. Charles lives in New Jersey with her husband.


Name: Heidi Skerrit


“Suffering in Silence” in  So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Author:

Heidi Skerritt was born in Kent, England. The older child of Antiguan parents, she immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s with her family. Heidi lived and grew up in Ontario, where she acquired a love for the arts. In 1998, she emigrated to Antigua where she currently resides. She is a voracious reader, and founder of the Sistas with Books (Antigua) Book Club. She writes mostly in her spare time.


Name: Elaine Spires


Sweet Lady Amazon Digital Services/ 2013.

Singles’ Holiday. Amazon Digital Services/ 2012.

About the Books:

In Sweet Lady, nothing is as it seems. When celebrity artist Eleanor and her daughter Victoria go to Antigua for some winter sun it is to charge their batteries before Eleanor’s upcoming exhibition. But when beach-boy Tyrone walks into their lives things change for ever.

Singles’ Holiday. Antigua. . . the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful. . . silver sand, cobalt sky, warm turquoise sea. . . and a bunch of complete strangers, who only have one thing in common: they’re single. Some are looking for romance, some for something else. But they’ve all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before. And pretty soon, some will become good friends, some enemies and some lovers. And many of them will experience things they never expected. There are several books in the Singles series (with episodes set in different parts of the world) including the penultimate book 2019’s Singles, Set and Match set partly in Ibiza and partly in Antigua, where it reunites Travel Together’s Eve with her one true love Melv; and the sixth and final book 2020’s The Single Best Thing which sees these two main characters from  Singles’ Holiday in England, figuring it out.

About the Author:

Elaine Spires is a Brit who made Antigua her second, or maybe third, home.  As a result some of her books and some of her writing for stage and film has been set in Antigua – enough of it that she rates a place on this list though not being a born Antiguan. Her books featuring Antigua are listed here. But they are only the top of the pile. As a novelist (not to mention an award-winning playwright and actress), her other books include What’s Eating Me which was originally a play that she then expanded on, Singles and Spice part of the singles trilogy set in India, Holiday Reads and Holiday Reads 2, The Christmas Queen, Weak at the Knees, and The Banjo. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels.

Wadadli Pen connection: Elaine Spires has contributed prizes (including a coaching session and copies of her books Singles Holiday, Sweet Lady, and What’s Eating Me) to the Wadadli Pen Challenge – 2012, 2013, 2014.


Name: Leon Chaku Symister

Chaku reading at the Wadadli Pen Word Up! fundraiser in 2006. (Photo by Laura Hall)


Under the Calabash Tree: Caribbean Short Stories. Caribbean Diaspora Press, Inc., NY. 2000.

From the Depths of My Naked Soul: Chaku Writes.  Caribbean Diaspora Press Inc., NY. 1999.

About the Books:

Under the Calabash Tree was intended to give Caribbean children living outside the region an idea of what life was like in the islands not so long ago. It is a short story collection.

About the Author:

Leon Chaku Symister (b. 1955) is the chairperson of the United Progressive Party and a practicing attorney. Symister was co-founder and artistic director of the local Third World Theatre Group during the 70s.He – see the playwriting and screenwriting page.

Wadadli Pen connection – Symester participated in the Wadadli Pen fundraiser/literary Word Up! 2006. He contributed his book Under the Calabash Tree to the Wadadli Pen challenge, 2004.


Name: Ashfield Thomas


Klassland. Antigua and Barbuda. 2016.

Not a Lie. Antigua and Barbuda. 2016.

Brickdam. Antigua and Barbuda. 2009.

The Place of Music. Antigua and Barbuda. 2009.

About the Book:

Not A Lie is a collection of work  that includes a woman seeing through men’s head, a monster called Brush, innocent Adamah Anon, a contented pipe smoking old man, a bloodless coup, breasts milk, reggae music, a betrayed stranger…. a demon with a political agenda…

In Klassland, a hermaphrodite malevolent force lamenting, a black girl dancing to reggae music in a Hindu camp preparing for war, a slave prosecuted for plotting a revolution, a rainbow dragon, voluntary exile, love-making on the beach, a crystal dildo, a strange beautiful woman, Toblerone collide and create the colors within this compilation of previous works and fresh pickings from the gardens of Ashfield Thomas.


Name: Weldon Turner


Turner.jpgMr Fitch and Me and Other Stories. CreateSpace. 2014.

About the Book:

In the title story of Mr. Fitch and Me and Other Stories,  a successful young lawyer, faced with the probability of a career-ending indictment and a mounting personal crisis, finds comfort in a church congregation, but also finds himself subtly challenged by one of its older members. In other stories two women struggle with the isolation brought on by the perfect appearances they feel compelled to present to society; a university student is forced to come to grips with his ideas of what feminine beauty really means; and a young man keeps a vigil at his sister’s bedside and desperately tries to articulate his true feelings for her.

About the author:

Weldon Turner is a writer and songwriter who lives near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has Antiguan familial connections. He blogs on faith, social justice, and culture. His career in marketing – specifically data mining, and the statistical analysis and design of marketing campaigns – has financed his passion for music and writing.


Name: Barbara Anne Waite


The Colour Box. Palomar Mountain Bookworks. USA. 2021.

About the Book: I’m not sure I’m categorizing this right as it seems to be historical with a number of fictionalized people and situations. But it features the Hart sisters, Anne and Elizabeth, of Antigua who were born in the 1700s on the then British colony. Their free mulatto father inherits a working sugar cane plantation and enslaved people, while his daughters become ameliorationists and/or abolitionists, and educators who face conflict and legal battles over their endeavors. The island does not know what to make of them. The sisters’ determination to educate the enslaved people eventually leads them to follow a pattern of teaching school on Sunday. Set in St. John’s and then the Dockyard in English Harbour, this story interweaves imagined vignettes with research about Anne and Elizabeth and actual events leading up to the 1834 Emancipation. 

About the Author: Barbara Anne Waite is (not Antiguan-Barbudan) an American author who lived in Antigua-Barbuda nearly 40 years. She has authored two previous books.


Name: Shana Jahsinta Walters


Claimed By The Alphas Volume #1 (BBW Paranormal Urban Fantasy Werewolf Ménage Romance). Ultimate Fast Access Press/Amazon Digital Services (self-published). 2015.

Take Me; Stuck Me 4 (BBW New Adult Billionaire Romance.). Amazon Digital Services. 2014.

Claim Me; Stuck Me 3 (BBW New Adult Billionaire Romance.). Amazon Digital Services. 2014.

Play Me; Stuck Me 2 (BBW New Adult Billionaire Romance.). Amazon Digital Services. 2014.

Remember Me; Stuck Me 1 (BBW New Adult Billionaire Romance.). Amazon Digital Services. 2014.

About the Books:

Claimed By The Alphas Volume #1 – This first Werewolf/BBW Romance installment chronicles the life of Blush Dupree after her mother’s tragic passing. It comes to her attention that she is to be claimed by two alphas from the silver werewolf clan. But that is the least of her troubles. The story contains strong sexual themes and ménage romance, and is not intended for readers under the age of 18. It is a sequel and not a standalone episode.

Take Me; Stuck Me 4 – Elisha Landon is madly in love with Harbin Lung. She refuses to stand aside and watch him marry another woman. Her mind is made up to be with him no matter what the cost. Should she deliberately get pregnant with his baby and force him to end his engagement?

Claim Me; Stuck Me 3 – Lily Hudson feels completely lost in a daze after watching her fiancé get it on with another woman. Nicholas Chen shows up one day and shows her how much of a desirable woman she really is. Now he is determined to make her call off her wedding. Should she do the right thing or follow her heart?

Play Me; Stuck Me 2 – Alexia Phoenix gets a challenge from Leonard Liu to go out on a date with him. No one wants her to date him. His reputation in Paradise as ‘Leo The Bad Boy’ is known far and wide. Can she really turn a bad boy into her boyfriend?

Remember Me; Stuck Me 1 – Nicole Chan has a deep, dark secret that she has been keeping from her husband, Trent Chan. But she doesn’t even know what it is because of her current state of amnesia. Can she recover her memories in time before anyone gets hurt by her past life?

About the Author: Shana Jahsinta Walters was born in Antigua. Starting from her very early years in secondary school, she believed she would write books to entertain people all around the world. Besides writing and reading books, Shana also enjoys watching Kung Fu movies.


Name: Andy E. Williams


In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction. Browne’s Avenue Press. 2009.

Anthology of Words [Ed]. Browne’s Avenue Press. 2009.

About the Books:

In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction is a collection of lively stories from the rare perspective of a boy who has not only emigrated back to the islands in the reverse direction of so many other countrymen and women, but who also sees the world with eyes much more ancient than his own. The stories are adapted excerpts from the author’s upcoming novel Ghosts of Our Ancestors, which preserves the cadence and language of these shorter pieces, while drawing them out into a more sustained work of powerfully vivid and enduring imagery.

Anthology of Words is a book of poetry written by a working group of poets with roots in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Each author s poetry is preceded by a revealing and insightful commentary on their approach to it.

About the Author:

Andy E. Williams is a Toronto based writer and photographer of Antiguan heritage. Andy was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in New York, Antigua, and the Greater Toronto Area. Andy attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a degree in Physics before pursuing a career in the software industry, all the while with a latent interest in the arts. This latent interest eventually expressed itself in the books Anthology of Words, and In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction.


Name: Floree Williams


Through the Window. Create Space. USA. 2010

About the Books:

Through the Window is the story of 23yr old Anya, a complex and often complicated woman who has to navigate through a maze of friendships, love, a dysfunctional family and finding love for herself. Anya’s journey is one filled with drama, betrayal, tears, laughter and the strength/weaknesses of relationships.

About the author:

Floree Williams born and raised on the island of Antigua is a young and upcoming author. She cherishes the little things in life that often go unnoticed like laughter and the beauty of the night sky. She firmly believes in the quote “Never let fear stop you from dancing on the moon.”

Wadadli Pen connection: Floree has served as a Wadadli Pen judge, 2012-2018, and is now a partner, 2016 – present. She has contributed copies of her book (Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses – 2011, 2013, 2014) to the Wadadli Pen Challenge and her book The Wonderful World of Yohan was in contention for the Wadadli Pen Readers Choice Book of the Year, 2019. She is a part of the Wadadli Pen core team set up in 2016, becoming one of its original directors after it became a legal non-profit in 2021.


Name: Roxy Wilson


Friends to Forever (w/Keyah Naomi). 2018.

Meant to Be. 2018.


RoxyGreer’s Alphas: A Paranormal Menage. 2017.

Roxy2My Guardian Vampire: a BBW Paranormal Romance. 2017.

Roxy 3Be With You: a Valentine’s Romance. 2017.

Until the Bell Rings (an MMA fighter romance). 2016.

Playboy Prince (A Royal BWWM Romance). 2016.

Smitten: a BWWM Romance. 2016.

Blindsided: a BWWM Baby Romance. 2016.

Take This Ring: a BWWM Romance. 2016.

I love me some him (Roxy Wilson writing as Shari Michaels). 2016.

Wynter Wonderland: a BWWM Holiday Romance. 2016.

The Gift of Maggie: African American Holiday Romance (Merry Matrimony Book 2). 2015.

A Holly Jolly Christmas (Merry Matrimony Book 1). 2015.

I Only Have Eyes for You (Westbury Ranch Book 3). 2015.

This Time Baby (A Bundle of Joy Book 5). 2015.

Nya’s Wolf. 2015.

Fur-ever Yours. 2015.

Mr. Perfectly Imperfect: the BBW BWWM Interracial Romance. 2015.

Stay with Me: Westbury Branch Book 2.

Just Getting Started: Westbury Branch Book 1. 2015.

Secret Baby Seduction: BWWM Interracial Romance (A Bundle of Joy Book 4). 2015.

Loving St. Nick: BWWM Interracial Romance. 2015.

Love in Black and White (anthology with Jamallah Bergman, Sam Crescent, Stacy Deane, Lena Hart, Alela Marsh, and Mahalia Levey). Secret Cravings Publishing. 2014.

The Christmas Cupid. 2014.

A Christmas Kiss. 2014.

Second Chance Christmas. 2014.

Misteltoe Miracles: BWWM Interracial Romance. 2014.

Baby You’re Mine (A Bundle of Joy series Book 3). 2014.

The Baby Proposal (A Bundle of Joy series Book 2). 2014.

Baby Wanted: (BWWM Interracial Romance) (A Bundle of Joy Book 1). 2014.

Work It Out. 2014.

He’s So Into You: Healing Hearts Series. Secret Cravings Publishing. 2013.

The Right Kind of Love. Secret Cravings Publishing. 2013.

About the Books:

Friends to Forever (w/Keyah Naomi). Sadie Lawrence is a professional wedding planner who excels at making a couple’s big day perfect. Now, her best friend Hunter is getting married, and Sadie’s feelings are more than a little conflicted. She wants him to be happy … but the truth is, she wants him. Period. No matter how hard she tries not to. Hunter Galloway is battling constant temptation. The more time he spends with Sadie, the more he hungers for her touch. And the fact that his fiancée can’t be bothered to help plan her own wedding makes him wonder why they’re getting married at all. After the two succumb to their feelings and spend a passionate night together, everything starts to go wrong. Hunter feels trapped into going through with the wedding … and Sadie learns that Hunter has given her more than memories.

Meant to Be: A BWWM Friends to Lovers Romance (Loving A Morrison Book 1). Sloane Stevenson has always had a skewed concept of what love is. Her first memories of it are of her parent’s marriage, which crumbled during her childhood. To add to her dismal notion of love, she watched firsthand as her grandparents drifted away, which Sloane attributed to their disapproval of her parent’s interracial marriage. But now, Sloane, an intelligent attorney with a heart brimming with compassion, finds herself repeating history when she falls in love with Blake Morrison, a Caucasian man, with his smoldering gaze, who makes her dreams take flight. Although Sloane’s heart yearns for him, their relationship is bombarded with verbal attacks, and her past experiences only serve to reinforce her idea that interracial marriages never work. She even contemplates online dating. But then Blake gets into a serious accident and, suddenly, she’s forced to confront her true feelings and realizes their love is worth any obstacle. Unfortunately, it seems Blake has also had a change of heart. Five years pass and the pair has not set eyes on one another since Blake left town. However, some things are not meant to live in the past. His brother’s bachelor party is the wake-up call he needs to return to town to chase down his lost love. Unbeknownst to Sloane, her best friend works alongside Blake to finally get the pair back together. But the obstacles and societal demands haven’t changed in the past five years. Sloane must overcome her distorted beliefs about love and need to play love safe if she’s to find true love and happiness with Blake. Otherwise, they’re both destined for a life of emptiness. Note for readers: MEANT TO BE was previously published as The Right Kind of Love. This new edition has been revised.

Greer’s Alphas: The unthinkable takes place when she’s leaving a long, grueling shift at the hospital—just after she has lost a young patient…Dr. Greer McAdams is attacked by a beast, a wolf. And now an evil force is hot on her trail, seeking to destroy her. Falling for Dr. Bryce ‘McDirty’ Trevino seems inevitable, but the enigmatic billionaire, Conan Stormwater, has set his sights on her. Two men, two different personalities, what can this newly formed werewolf do?

My Guardian Vampire: On a night that should have been an ordinary one, curvy BBW Lacey Parker is accosted by a knife-wielding mugger, but is soon rescued by a charismatic stranger. Not even 24 hours later, Lacey’s life is once again at risk and her rescuer of the previous night snatches her from the jaws of death. Vampire Aric Thornton knew Lacey from the moment of her birth. His existence revolves around watching her every footstep and protecting her from the enemies she knows nothing about. He loves her with every fiber of his otherworldly being, but the crazy thing is she didn’t even know he existed… until one night in the darkened alley. Lacey can’t stand it; one minute Aric is all over her, can’t get his hands off of her, and the next he is giving her the cold shoulder. It doesn’t help that Damian is also vying for her affections. Can she and Aric defeat the forces that are conspiring against them and still have the love of a lifetime before it’s too late?

Be With You: Tameko ‘Meko’ Sampson has worked her butt off to make her detective agency a success. It means, however, that there are times her life is at risk, but she pushes on to ensure her clients are satisfied. Then in walks Seth Hollander, a man she barely noticed when they were in high school a decade ago.Seth has always been enamored by Meko, but she barely noticed him when they were teenagers and when tragedy struck, he had to move away. Now he’s back and this time, he wants Meko to be his…for keeps. As Meko and Seth get to know each other, they have to wrestle with Meko’s ex, as well as the soon-to-be ex-husband of one of her clients. And if that isn’t all, it seems as if Seth is secretly involved with another woman.Can Meko lay aside her distrust, or is Seth really a man who’s not worthy of her love? Will her Valentine’s Day be another lonely one like the ones before?

Until the Bell Rings: Zahra – Riley Dern is exactly the kind of man I need to avoid.
I’m a youth social worker — helping my clients stay on the right path is what’s important.
Not some bad-boy, hot-as-sin MMA fighter. I am not falling for him. I’m not. Riley – I fight so I can pay off my brother’s loan sharks. And yeah, some of those matches are the underground type. It never mattered before, but Zahra makes me want to clean up my act. She makes me want a lot of things. I’ve got one last fight to face. Am I the kind of man who’ll take a fall for his brother’s sake? And if I am, will Zahra forgive me?

Playboy Prince: Prince Ethen Phillips loves the freedom of being second in line to the throne. His elder brother is stuck with all the official duties, while Ethen gets to spend his time partying and seducing as many women as possible. When a neglected leg injury starts giving him trouble, he grudgingly agrees to treatment at a private hospital — but his mood improves when he sees the beautiful woman who’ll be helping him. Dr. Aryn Jackson has worked hard to become one of the best physiologists in her field. She’s glad that her sacrifices have improved people’s lives, but her single-minded dedication to her career hasn’t left any room for relationships. Getting involved with a patient would be completely inappropriate…but Ethen makes her feel things no man ever has. Before long, flirtation has become much more–but their problems are just beginning. Can Aryn and Ethen cope with an unethical doctor, nosy reporters, and their own misgivings? Or will their happy ending be forever out of reach?

Blindsided: Eden Winters has risen from humble beginnings to become an attorney at one of the nation’s top firms. Eager to prove herself and succeed in her chosen career, she’s intent on making partner; so when one of the firm’s big clients is getting divorced she offers to assist on the case. If only billionaire Declan Stone weren’t so arrogant…and attractive. Declan can’t overlook Eden’s beauty. He’s used to women pursuing him, but her feisty resistance is fuel to the fire. Still, his wife’s infidelity has made him wary and cynical about relationships. As Eden and Declan work together on the case, the chemistry between them gets harder to deny. A moment’s indiscretion leaves Eden filled with regret–but also with a lasting memento of their time together. Can she trust Declan with her secret? And if she does, can he overcome his bitterness and make a new start?

Take This Ring: Peyton Cross’s IT job barely pays enough to cover her student loans, the rent on her tiny NYC apartment, and the money she puts toward her father’s medical bills. She hopes her hard work will get her a promotion — but the last kind of attention she expects is a dinner date with her sinfully sexy boss.She’s even more shocked when he offers her a temporary marriage contract. The money involved would take care of her problems and then some…but if she agrees, she can’t let on how attracted she is to him. She’ll get her heart broken if she doesn’t treat this like a business transaction.Thane Wainwright started with nothing and earned his money. He works hard and gets what he wants…and he’s wanted Peyton since the moment he laid eyes on her. But his aspirations — for himself and for her — go far beyond the business world.The contract is the perfect way to make sure Peyton is right for him…but he worries that when their time is up, she’ll take his money and walk away with her heart unchanged. How can he show her he deserves her trust — especially when his no-good ex gets involved?

I love me some him: Faye Bostic knows that not everyone approves of her position as editor-in-chief of Missy Magazine. She has to stay strong, even if it makes people think she’s hard-hearted…but when she hires Dalton Cartwright, her sexy young intern makes her feel anything but cold. Dalton admires his take-charge, independent boss. Like her, he wants to earn his own success. But her beauty makes him want impossible, forbidden things that fire his fantasies. Temptation is a constant battle, until the night they finally give in to their desires. Their forbidden relationship quickly becomes a target for everyone who’d like to pull Faye down. She and Dalton are up against jealous rivals, a press hungry for scandal—and their own secrets. Can Faye and Dalton accept each other for who they really are? Or will the truth be too much for them to handle?

Wynter Wonderland: After losing a bet among friends, Wynter Ayers is convinced she’ll never find love, but things take a turn for her after meeting the handsome and suave Korbin Pederson. The only problem is, that’s not the only thing in her life that’s going to change. When an accident leaves her with amnesia, Korbin comes to her aid, but only having just met her, he’s not sure how to reunite her with those she loves. Not even a Facebook appeal helps solve the mystery of who she is and where she comes from. Turbulent times are ahead for them as she deals with her emotions and fights with her growing attraction to Korbin. He does everything in his power to make her feel comfortable and keep her happy. Although their budding relationship isn’t conventional, it does become the most important thing in their lives until someone almost knocks her off her feet and propels her back to the life she once knew. Struggles lie ahead for Korbin and Wynter. Will they ever get to really be together? Can they have their happily-ever-after?

The Gift of Maggie:When Magdalena ‘Maggie’ Reyes meets her new patient, famous R&B singer, Wesley Benton, his bold demands are more than the long-time nurse is willing to tolerate. Soon to-be-released from the hospital, Wesley demands that Maggie be the one to nurse his wounds and take care of him at home. Maggie is less than thrilled about that offer, considering the singer just suffered a gunshot wound at the hands of someone who very much wants him dead. After Maggie reluctantly moves into Wesley’s house to care for him, she discovers that his intentions are more than just professional and soon finds herself melting from a kiss she’ll never forget. As if that isn’t life-changing enough, another attempt on Wesley’s life is made and, this time, Maggie’s caught in the cross-hairs. Mixing business and pleasure may cost Maggie a lot more than she thought. Will she ever be able to trust that what she and Wes have can last?

A Holly Jolly Christmas: A drunken bet between friends seems innocent enough until up and coming interior designer Holly Middleton finds herself in the middle of a snowstorm while vacationing at a cabin in the woods. Her plans for a much-deserved break are foiled when a man knocks on her door in the middle of the night and collapses. Hot on the trail of an escaped fugitive, handsome FBI Agent Jason Spark is sure that the woman in the woods must be one of the fugitive’s groupies, but with phone line downs, a snowstorm wreaking havoc, and an inkling that he can garner information about the fugitive from Holly, he takes his chances and settles in for the time being. In the meantime, Holly is convinced that the handsome stranger must be the escaped fugitive and with no other options she’s forced to pretend she trusts him. What neither of them anticipate is the heat that sizzles between them with each passing moment. As their mutual attraction grows, they struggle with their preconceived notions and fight to keep things above board. How long will they be able to hold back the inevitable? Will they be able to justify their actions?

I only have Eyes for You: All Paige has ever wanted was to return to Westbury Ranch and make her dream of opening an equestrian school a reality. Unlike her sisters, Paige isn’t ready for something as distracting as a long-term relationship. Instead, she’s focused and determined to make her dreams a reality; but just when she thinks she has everything figured out, a handsome Spaniard captures her attention. Lando Saldana is the epitome of rugged good looks and brawn. A year after a nasty breakup with his model girlfriend, Lando isn’t looking for a relationship; but Paige is unlike any girl he’s ever met and soon he can’t help but be drawn to her. But, his ex isn’t quite ready to let go of him and does everything she can to ensure that Paige and he won’t be together. As Lando struggles over the chaos his ex has created in his life, Paige is met with danger and it will be up to Lando to save her and to say goodbye to his past in order to move forward. He’ll stop at nothing to rescue Paige and prove that what he feels for her is real. Can he find Paige and proclaim his love before it’s too late?

This Time, Baby: Tasha Millien never gets drunk. Heck, she doesn’t do one night stands, either. But that’s exactly what she did when she attended her friend’s Christmas party. After barely getting over a divorce that took him totally by surprise, Heath Dawson knows that falling into sex with a perfect, yet beautiful, stranger is a definite no-no, but that’s exactly what he did. When Tasha drops the bomb on Heath that she’s pregnant with his baby, will they part ways, or will they try to make things work out this time around?

Nya’s  Wolf: Nya Haywood, a curvy forest ranger, is not afraid of hard work. When she stumbles over a body seconds after an eerie encounter with an Alpha wolf and a bear, she finds herself in the middle of a battle, caught between a wolf clan and those who believe the gorgeous man she’s just met is the murderer.Reese Madison is hard to resist. With rugged good looks, sex appeal oozes from his veins, but could he be dangerous? All clues lead to him being the murderer. Nya is warned to steer clear of him, but that would mean she’d have to ignore her attraction to him and believe he’s capable of such a heinous crime. Is Reese worth the risk? Has Nya unknowingly gotten herself caught up in something darker than she’s ready to face?

Fur-ever Yours: Devyn Serrant is hired as a nanny and teacher for a millionaire’s only son, Justin. She’s terribly attracted to her new boss, Keran Underwood, but he doesn’t notice, which is good—great, actually—because as one of the most qualified nannies, with fluency in three languages, Devyn has a professional reputation to uphold. When Justin is kidnapped, she finds out Keran is more than what he seems; but what’s worse, he blames her for his son’s disappearance. The last thing the Alpha, Keran Underwood, expects is that he and his inner wolf would be captivated by his newest employee. But with threats from a rival pack and managing his business interests, he has enough on his plate. Then the unthinkable happens—his son is kidnapped and all fingers point to the person he least expects to be the culprit. Devyn Serrant. Follow the romance between Keran Underwood and the curvy, BBW, Devyn Serrant and their quest to find the missing boy they both love.

Ms. Perfectly Imperfect: Twenty-four-year-old, plus-size model, Layla Turner has sacrificed much and worked hard to be at the top of her game, concrete evidence that she was able to rise from the ashes of her past. Then her life suddenly changes when she starts losing her signature creamy, caramel brown hair that helped to set her apart from the rest of the pack. This mysterious illness could mark the end of her career—and the demise of her two-year relationship with her fiancé, Gage Shelton. Pediatric oncologist, Dr. Clint Collins is a highly respected physician in his field. He has an excellent track record, as well as the love and confidence of the kids in his care. But something sinister is causing some of his young patients, who seem to be making a full recovery, to lose their battle with cancer. Not only does Dr. Collins feel somewhat responsible, but he also risks losing his job as he tries to uncover the truth behind his patients’ deaths. Layla and Clint’s worlds collide when they meet each other for the first time at the General Hospital. Their attraction to each other is tangible, but while Clint is ready to give his heart, his love to Layla, she holds back, thinking that since she isn’t good enough for Gage, she certainly isn’t good enough for him. Can the balding, plus-size model learn to appreciate her perfectly imperfect self and to give love a chance?

Stay with Me: Saying goodbye is never an easy thing… When Shayne Westbury turned 18, she couldn’t wait to see the back of the family’s ranch and to go make a fortune in the big city. But when she loses her philandering, physician husband to his nurse and quits her high-paying job because she was tired of running herself ragged, she returns to Westbury Ranch, where she plans to lead a much simpler, forever-single life. Then she meets Juston Hughes, the sexy ranch hand her sister, Cullen, recently hired. Will Shayne hold fast to her resolve, or will she ride off into the sunset with a sexy cowboy? This BWWM WESTERN ROMANCE series features strong, passionate women and the sexy, alpha men who can’t help but fall in love with them…

Just Getting’ Started: Starting over is never an easy thing… The death of her father was the catalyst for Cullen Westbury to take over the running of her family’s ranch. Because of her desire to expand the family’s business and make it more efficient, she hires the handsome and capable, yet enigmatic, Graeme Burton. But with her ex coming back into her life to stir up trouble on the ranch and her newest employee stirring up trouble in her heart, how can Cullen keep business strictly professional between them, when she’s so attracted to him? This BWWM WESTERN ROMANCE series features strong, passionate women and the sexy, alpha men who can’t help but fall in love with them…

Secret Baby Seduction: Dayna Sheppard faced some hard decisions in the past, but she moved on and made an exciting life for herself. Now ten years later, she returns to her hometown in San Diego, California. Her plan is to kill three birds with one stone: attend her tenth high school reunion, take a much-needed sabbatical from her years of travel as a photojournalist and recover from the recent break-up with her live-in boyfriend. Ten years after leaving San Diego, Aron Mateo Rodriquez, attends his high school reunion. What he doesn’t expect is to be just as smitten with Dayna as he was when they were sophomores in high school. He’d always regretted that his father’s job at the UN prevented Dayna and him from having a long-lasting relationship, but he’s prepared to change that from the moment he sets his eyes on her at the reunion. Aron and Dayna do lots of reflecting and reminiscing together as they work on rebuilding their relationship. Their fiery attraction is still very much alive too. But Dayna is plagued by guilt because of a secret she holds. Can she face her fears and tell Aron what happened ten years ago, at the risk of losing him? Is she destined to be alone?

Loving St. Nick: Detective Nicholas Duncan had it all. A beautiful marriage. A successful career. Then one day—his wife, Lee—leaves him. Nicholas suspects she’s having an affair and he can’t imagine why she would be so cavalier about what they had together for all those years. Believing she’d thrown their marriage away for the sake of a fling with another guy, Nicholas desperately pursues her. Months pass while he tries to contact her. If he can’t restore what they once had, he thought perhaps he could at least discover why she left him. If she would just tell him what she apparently didn’t want to say months back, he would at least be able to accept it. It isn’t until that Christmas when he finally got his answer and—it’s not even close to what he expected.

The Christmas Cupid: Janay Riley can always spot a match made in relationship heaven, but, when it comes to her own love life, she hasn’t quite found her perfect match. Although her love life isn’t thriving, her business is growing and, for now, that’s enough for her. When longtime friend and admirer, Randy ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald finally wants to make his feelings for her known, the consummate matchmaker springs into action. Thinking that he’s asking for assistance, Janay sets out to find him the perfect match. As part of Fitz’s ploy, he adds fuel to the fire by seeking advice about his dating woes. That seemingly innocent conversation between friends results in a night neither he nor Janay will soon forget. Will Fitz’s game ruin any chance he has of having a relationship with Janay, or will love conquer all and bring the two longtime friends together?

A Christmas Kiss: Cole Davenport doesn’t expect to be jilted by his fiancée, but that’s exactly what happens on his wedding day, the day that is also Christmas Day. He should be grateful when the attractive CEO of Grand Events comes to console him, but instead he does the unthinkable—he kisses her. Alexandria “Lexi” Riley has kissed a few frogs in her life, hoping that one day she’ll finally find her prince. But, what she doesn’t bargain for is a prince who used to be her client—a client whose wedding she was paid to organize and whose pride she had to protect when his bride-to-be left him. Months later, Cole and Lexi meet again. Friendship and then a romantic relationship develop between them. But, unexpectedly, two things happen: a crime against Lexi and a reentry of Cole’s ex-fiancée into his life. Will this Christmas turn out to be a fiasco like the one the year before?

Second Chance Christmas: Caterer Brielle Riley-Foster can’t believe her luck when she runs into her ex-husband, Toby, at a pre-Christmas party. Four years after he suddenly filed for divorce, her heart still pines for him and the pain of losing him still sears. For Toby, the sight of his ex-wife brings back the sting he felt when she cheated on him. Unwilling to let her back into his life, Toby does his best to avoid contact, but Brielle has cooked up a scheme that is sure to make her indiscretion pale in comparison. Her desperate attempt to make her ex-husband answer her long-held questions isn’t winning her any sanity points, and things get worse when heavy snow begins to fall and old hurts resurface. With no way out, the exes are forced to communicate with each other and soon discover some surprising things, things they never expected. Has too much time passed for Brielle and Toby to find their way back to one another, or is this love lost for good?

Mistletoe Miracles: Still reeling from the tragic loss of her husband, Kerrie Bramble struggles to move forward. With a young son to support along with the ever-present memories and regrets still plaguing her, this fateful anniversary—Christmas Eve—proves to be just as difficult as those before it. Having so many emotions already stirring, Kerrie’s resolve is once again tested, when she’s denied a loan for the new bakery business that she’s counted on to support her and her willful son, Jayden. A surprise visit from long-time friend and her deceased husband’s best friend, Dwight Thornton, complicates matters further. With more than their shared loss working against them, Dwight and Kerri must work past new difficulties in order to have the lives they’ve both wanted for far too long. Old friendships are tested. A marriage must come to an end. While a young boy and his mother must begin to breathe again, move past their pain to welcome love back into their lives. Will this Christmas be the one that heals wounded souls and unite those left behind?

Baby, You’re Mine: Jamie Alexis’s fast-paced life comes to a screeching halt when she’s summoned by her terminally ill friend, Brandi, who asks her to care for her two-year-old daughter after she’s gone. Brett Carrington knows it’s too late to make amends to Brandi, the woman he left at the altar, but it’s not too late to be a dad to his little girl. The only thing standing in his way is the curvy woman who sets his heart and libido ablaze. Jamie isn’t about to allow that blue-eyed, heartbreaker to stop her from keeping her promise to Brandi. But, can she avoid the temptation of this seemingly unstoppable multicultural romance? She knows what type of man Brett is: after all, she was supposed to be maid-of-honor at his wedding. And if it means using a little creativity to get her own way, she’ll do what she has to in this sizzling interracial romance.

The Baby Proposal: Selene Alexis is a recent casualty of her company’s cost-cutting measures. With a sister to support and no close relatives to lend a helping hand, she grabs the opportunity to become a surrogate mother. By getting pregnant, she’ll be able to meet her monthly expenses and make a small dent in her debts, at least for the next nine months. Former soldier, Triston Walker, struggles to adjust to civilian life after tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. A glimpse of Selene, the girl he left behind to serve his country, is a breath of fresh air, until he realizes she’s pregnant. He’s never fallen out of love with her, and now he wants to take their multicultural romance one step further. So he proposes a long-term solution to Selene’s current woes. Marriage. With Selene’s hormones raging, her due date fast approaching, and doubts about Triston’s feelings for her, can she trust herself to make the right decision? Will she take the plunge, or dash Triston’s dreams of an eternal interracial romance between a black woman and a white man?

Baby Wanted: Heather Lovey’s almost thirty-five, and she wants a baby. Badly. With no prospects in sight, she turns to Sean Johnson, her BFF. Sean has been in love with Heather since forever, but she’s always kept him at arm’s length. When she proposes he father her child, he jumps at the chance, hoping a baby will lead to lasting romance. He demands one favor in return: that they have a baby as a married couple. She’s free to divorce him after a year. Marriage is the last thing on Heather’s mind. She only wants the unconditional love a child can give, something she lacked during her years in foster homes. She agrees to give Sean a year in this sham-marriage, never thinking this could turn into a friends to lovers romance. Is one year enough time for Sean to change Heather’s way of thinking and make their marriage the kind that will last? Will Sean and Heather end up with more than they planned in this captivating interracial romance?

Work it out: Forty-two-year-old Marcelle “MJ” Jeffreys knew it was time to get rid of the excess baggage weighing her down. She had a list: Divorce her cheating husband. Check. Quit her dead-end job. Check. Return to the Big Apple. Check. Only one item remains: Get rid of the junk-in-her-trunk. The last thing she expects is to be attracted to her personal fitness trainer. Not only is Dylan McCoy a man from her past, he’s younger, which gives the prospect of pursuing this interracial romance a bit daunting for “MJ”. Dylan owns his own business, has a body made in the gym, and the pick of any woman he wants. Yet none of those women have the qualities he wants in a life partner. When “MJ” walks into his fitness center, her warm smile and sexy curves knock him down like a hundred-pound weight, and he wants nothing more than to start a steamy multicultural romance with this stunning African American. Now all he has to do is prove to her that age is just a number and he’s counting down the moments until she’s his. Forever.

He’s so into you: Being badly injured in a plane crash and feeling responsible for losing his fiancé keep Jordan Cooper from getting involved with another woman, but his best friend Caleb talks him into going on a blind date. He’s surprised that in a short time his feelings for Raina Abbott runs deep. Jordan wants more than just one night with her, but he has to convince her first. Leaving an abusive ex and ending an unhealthy relationship with food still aren’t enough to help Raina Abbott overcome her feelings of insecurity, but her best friend Jayce convinces her that going on a blind date is the first step to boosting her self-confidence and feeling good about herself again. Jordan Cooper shows her that she’s beautiful, both inside and out, but can a date and one night of passion assure her that he’s really into her?

The Right Kind of Love: New Yorker Sloane Saunders has just about given up on love. She’s thirty-something and very single. A magazine article jolts her from her malaise and motivates her to do something she’s never tried before, online dating, and is the website of choice. Attending his brother’s bachelor party was the wake-up call Blake Morrison needed. Memories of a passionate relationship from his past drive him to return to claim his woman, Sloane. Despite the sizzling chemistry between them, it’s not as easy as he thought. With a family crisis and Sloane’s preconceived notions about love and relationships getting in the way, can Blake convince Sloane they have the right kind of love and that a love like theirs can last?

About the Author: Roxy Wilson, a self-professed book junkie, was born and bred in a beautiful island in the Caribbean. As a graduate with a degree in Education, she writes blogs which help readers to think critically about and appreciate poetry. Recently, however, she decided to delve into the world of writing interracial and multicultural romance stories. Roxy is also the Reviews Coordinator of Romance Novels in Color (RNIC). Check the non-fiction category for her listing as Sharon R. Wilson-Strann.

Wadadli Pen connection: Roxy’s books Be With You, Friends to Forever, Greer’s Alphas: A Paranormal Menage, Meant to Be, and My Guardian Vampire were in the running for the Wadadli Pen Readers Choice Book of the Year, 2019.

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4 responses to “Antiguan and Barbudan Fiction Writings

  1. Reblogged this on Wadadli Pen and commented:

    The Fiction list has new entries by Wadadli Pen alum, Rilys Adams (writing as Rilzy Adams). Big up to her!

  2. I had no idea that this website even existed nevermind to have my name on it. Thank you so much for doing this.

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