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On The Plus Side: Lunch with The Literary Ladies Book Club & Friends

Lunch with the Literary Ladies Book Club & Friends is an event that brings notable African-American fiction writers and their readers into one space, to chat about books, the industry, and much more. The event will offer author readings and Q&A sessions hosted and moderated by author Moody Holiday, who is well-known for her riveting tales of seduction and drama.

Guest authors are Renee Daniel Flagler, Brenda L. Thomas, Sharon Lucas, Tia Williams, Lutishia Lovely, Brother Dash, and Sadeqa Johnson.


Michelle Cuttino - Renee Daniel FlaglerRenee Daniel Flagler is an award-nominated author, award-winning journalist, creative writing teaching artist, and a speaker who is passionate about encouraging women and girls to pursue their passion and purpose. Flagler is an advocate for empowering youth by influencing literacy in the United States and abroad. She is the Program Manager for Girls Inc. of Long Island, whose mission is to empower girls to be strong, smart and bold. She is also the former Board Chair for LEAP (Literacy Empowerment Action Project) Global, an organization with a mission to provide innovative literacy, youth empowerment programming, and high school scholarships to students in Ghana, Africa. Renee resides in New York, and is currently at work on her next novel and her first, nonfiction book entitled, Passion is a Lifestyle. Renee’s book, Society Wives, has been optioned for film. She also pens romance novels under the pseudonym Nicki Night. Learn more at


Michelle Cuttino - Brenda L. ThomasBrenda L. Thomas is the bestselling author of Threesome, Fourplay, The Velvet Rope, Every Woman’s Got a Secret, Woman On Top, Secret Service and the deeply moving memoir of her 15-year struggle with domestic violence and drug addiction, Laying Down My Burdens. A sought-after and compelling speaker, she’s appeared on such shows as CNN, ESPN, Dateline and Entertainment Tonight. A native of Philadelphia, Brenda is currently serving as Executive Producer of the movie adaptation of Laying Down My Burdens. Learn more at


Michelle Cuttino - Sharon LucasAfter retiring, it seemed the natural next step for Sharon Lucas to combine her passion for event planning, reading and book clubs. In 2015, she answered a longing to share her “best practices” in her first published work, Plan It!, a non-fiction resource guide for authors, book clubs and literary event planners. Encouraged to write fiction, Sharon is elated to have her short story “The Circle of Life” included in the soon to be released, Ex Chronicles, anthology. Sharon lives in Bowie, MD. Learn more at


Michelle Cuttino - Tia WilliamsCalled “impossibly talented” by Lucky magazine, and “Carrie Bradshaw with melanin and a blowout” by Heart and Soul, Tia Williams is the ultimate style insider. Known for her witty, sexy, tell-it-like-it-is style, the novelist is a veteran magazine beauty editor (she’s worked Elle, Lucky, Glamour, Teen People, and, and in 2005, she created one of the first beauty blogs, the award-winning Shake Your Beauty. She’s the best-selling author of The Accidental Diva, the It Chicks series, and co-writer of Iman’s The Beauty of Color. Her blog and books have been featured in The New York Times, Essence, WWD, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Currently a copy director at Estee Lauder Companies, Tia lives in Brooklyn with her 7-year-old diva daughter and all of their various accessories. Learn more at


Michelle Cuttino - Lutishia LovelyLutishia Lovely is the best-selling award-winning author of almost thirty novels, including romances penned by her alter-ego, Zuri Day. In addition to the wildly popular, Hallelujah Series (formerly Hallelujah Love), Lovely has a trilogy about a soul food dynasty called The Business, and a thrilling threesome of romantic suspense, the Shady Sisters Trilogy. From radio personality to actor to managing editor and senior writer for a holistic magazine, words have always been the magic that made her world turn. One claim to fame that would probably most surprise readers is that Lutishia was a rap artist! In the 90s she billed herself as “The Rhaptress” (the combination of a rapper and an actress), and toured with other singers and musicians throughout southern CA and London. While she’s happy to beat out a rhythm on her computer keyboard…songs in the key of “writer” – one that she hopes will inspire and entertain – she recently pulled out her songwriter, producer and rap cap to pen and produce the title soundtrack to A Date With Destiny, the 9th Hallelujah installment and her latest release. Learn more at


Michelle Cuttino - Brother DashBrother Dash is an American author and poet, who writes in the romance, thriller, suspense and women’s fiction genres. His novels are page turners with a healthy dose of intrigue, copious amounts of drama, a lot of steak and a few shakes of spicy sizzle. Brother Dash is a proud Brooklyn native who resides in New Jersey with lots of green grass and a family of deer in his backyard. Dash released his debut novel, The Donor: When Conception Meets Deception, a sensual drama in the Spring of 2016. He is currently writing book one of a sensual thriller series. Learn more at


Michelle Cuttino - Sadeqa JohnsonSadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Award for Best Fiction. She is also the author of Second House From the Corner and And Then There Was Me. A native of Philadelphia, she has recently relocated to a suburb of Richmond. She is a motivational speaker, inspirational blogger, runner, wife and mother of three incredibly busy children. Learn more at


Lunch with the Literary Ladies Book Club & Friends will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT at Luciano’s Italian Ristorante and Lounge, 1579 Main Street, Rahway, NJ 07065.

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