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Kimberla Lawson Roby Books In Order

Publication Order of Reverend Curtis Black Books

Casting the First Stone (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Too Much of a Good Thing (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best-Kept Secret (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love and Lies (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sin No More (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Everything (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be Careful What You Pray For (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love, Honor and Betray (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reverend's Wife (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A House Divided (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prodigal Son (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ultimate Betrayal (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Sinful Calling (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Behind Closed Doors (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Here and Now (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's a Thin Line (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Taste of Reality (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Changing Faces (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One in a Million (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Deep Dark Secret (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secret Obsession (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Perfect Marriage (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Christmas Prayer (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

Best Friends Forever (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Kimberla Lawson Roby is one of the New York Times bestselling author from America. She has written a number of successful novels in her writing career based on the Literature & Fiction genre. Kimberla Lawson was born on May 3, 1965, as Kimberla Marie Lawson in the city of Rockford in Illinois. Her parents were Arletha Tennin Stapleton and Lucious Lawson. Many of the novels written by her depict the real life issues of the world and written in the fictional format, for which she is well known. Author Kimberla’s novel series, The Reverend Curtis Black is quite famous all over the world for its depiction of temptations for the worldly materials and physical pleasures by a pastor, which cause a lot of problems in his married life. This series is also based on the real life issues in the married life of the people of the world, described through the fictional characters. Initially, author Kimberla had stopped writing the further novels of the series after the publication of its 5th novel. But, after the frequent requests from her readers she finally penned the 6th novel of The Reverend Curtis Black series, which went on to become the first New York Times bestselling novel of her writing career.

The huge success of this novel encouraged her to write a few more novels in the series. In fact, she still contributes to the series with at least one novel every year and has continued it as an ongoing series. Before going on to become a full time write, author Kimberla Lawson Roby completed her graduation from the Academy Program of the Auburn Senior High School located in Rockford, Illinois. She had passed a year early in the year 1982. Later, she received her Associate Degree in Business from the Rock Valley College located in Rockford, Illinois, in the year 1987. Then in the year 1993, author Kimberla earned her BSc in Business Administration from the Cathedral Stritch University located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She had completed the course with an academic distinction status. After the completion of her studies, author Kimberla began working in various jobs in the city Rockford, both in the corporate and at the state and the city government sectors. Eventually, she decided to give up all the jobs and become a full time author. She went on to write her first novel at the age of 30. It was completed in 7 months, after which Kimberla began searching for a literary agent and a publisher.

After facing a lot of difficulties in getting her novel published, she decided to start her own publishing company by borrowing money from her husband and taking a small loan from a credit union. As a result, the Lenox Press was founded in the year 1996 which published her first novel titled ‘Behind Closed Doors’. The novel was initially sold at independent Afro-American bookstores all over the nation and then in the major chains of bookstores like Waldenbooks, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble. Seeing the successful sale of the novel in just two months after its publication, Kimberla Lawson was approached by a literary agent who agreed to represent her for her future writing projects. Hence, the second book written by author Kimberla was sold to the Kensington publishing house in New York. In the year 1998, she went on to hire a different literary agent named Elaine Koster, who helped her to get her writing works published by the famous publishing houses like the HarperCollins publishers and the Grand Central Publishing. As of today, Kimberla Lawson Roby continues to write her novels and appear as a keynote speaker at a number of literary events. She lives in Illinois along with her husband named Will. Most of the novels written by Kimberla Lawson are particularly popular because they deal with the real issues such as sibling rivalry, infidelity, social status, sexual abuse, corruption, single motherhood, overweight issues, infertility, gender and racial discrimination, gambling, etc.

The Reverend Curtis Black series written by author Kimberla Lawson Roby comprises of a total of 12 books published between the years 2000 and 2015. One of the initial novels of the series was titled ‘The Best-Kept Secret’. This novel was published by the William Morrow publishing house in the year 2005 and was set in The United States. The plot of the novel once again revolves around the popular negative character Curtis Black. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, author Kimberla has once again described Curtis Black as a self-justifying, womanizer, greedy, and one of the biggest rascals to have ever entered a church. He appears to be starting all over again in his life after his failures in the initial novels of the series. Curtis finds a new job and also a beautiful new wife. Also, he seems to be pretty convinced that he will remain clean in his life from here on. However, he is known to break all the promises that he has ever made and very soon begins following his old tricks once again. But, this time there is a big difference in that his third wife does not seem to be like any other woman that has met before in his life. Soon, it appears that Curtis Black might have found his right match.

One of the other novels written by author Kimberla in the series was titled ‘Love & Lies’. In the opening sequence of this novel, it appears that Curtis Black has learned to live a straight life. He has become a bestselling author and, along with his lovely wife Charlotte, is raising a couple of adorable children. However, Charlotte still suspects that Curtis has not put behind his womanizing habits. So, when he goes on to promote his latest book in another city, she sends one of her aides to keep a watch on his activities. Charlotte herself seems to be no angel and keeps a few secrets from her husband, while he is away. Soon, their daughter Marissa starts behaving bizarrely, that reminds Charlotte about her affair that she had with a man around 5 years back. Also, the brother-in-law of Charlotte begins making disturbing visits to her house. She does not like him to be in his vicinity because of the fact that he is involved with drugs and has been tried under the law many times. Even Curtis has warned him to stay away from his family, but he does not pay any heed to his warning and keeps visiting again and again. The only thing that Charlotte prays for is for Curtis to come back home as soon as possible and solve the problem of her brother-in-law himself. However, she must be ready to take some tough decisions after his return in order to save her marriage. Both of them have created a web of lies in their married lives and love is not the possible solution to this problem.

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