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May 2011 News from Xpress Yourself Publishing

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2008 Independent Publisher of the Year | Minority- and Woman-Owned Company

Happy Spring!

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Xpress Yourself Publishing, and we're celebrating with a BANG with 7 new releases, 1 new author and 2 pieces of great news!

Xpress Yourself Publishing welcomes new author Toney Rowe into our literary family. Born a female, but living her life as a male was not an easy road for Toney. Read her fascinating story in her memoir, Trapped Inside A Female's Body.

Some of your favorite authors have returned and have truly written novels that will not disappoint! See them all below under New Releases.

Lastly, I am happy to announce that Cost of Our Affairs by Linda R. Herman and Loving Simone by Jessica Tilles was selected by Black Expressions Book Club and are now available in hardback! If you're not a member of Black Expressions Book Club, you can join up and get our books for only $0.50! Whomever heard of buying a hardback book for $0.50? I think it's fantabulous, and I couldn't resist and purchased both books for $1.00! I love a great buy, and I know you do, too. If you're a member of Black Expressions, you can get both books for $12.95 each—an excellent price for hardback, and cheaper than our prices for trade paperback! :-)

That's it for now, but I'll leave you with words that were given to me at my 6th grade commencement by my 100-year-old aunt:

"Love many, trust few, learn to paddle your own canoe!" —Aunt Fena

Literally yours,

Jessica Tilles
Proud Publisher of Phenomenal Writers


  New Releases

Trapped Inside A Female's Body
by Toney Rowe


Xpress Yourself Publishing, April 19, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0-9845273-9-7
5˝ x 8˝ inches
Trade Paperback
, 248 pages
Retail: $14.95



June 7, 1964.

The stage was set.




A baby girl was born.




Starring in that role was hard and uncomfortable. As years passed, Toney Rowe convinced herself into believing she was really a boy. She was exclusively attracted to females. She changed her appearance and even changed the tone of her voice to portray the male image. Her family thought she was going through a tomboy phase. Deep inside, those were her inner feelings, and they were not going to change.


Another Man's Treasure
by Tina Martin

Xpress Yourself Publishing, March 15, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-9845273-8-0
5˝ x 8˝ inches, 325 pages
Trade Paperback




To onlookers, Tiphani Water and Reggie Howard’s close, platonic friendship is enough to make people believe that a man and woman can be friends and nothing more. But when Tiphani has a dream about Reggie the night before their college graduation, she can no longer lie to herself. She has deep feelings for her best friend—her best friend who sort of knows that Tiphani has a crush on him. Her best friend who plays on her emotions to manipulate her. Her best friend who has a girlfriend. W


hen Tiphani goes on a blind date with Derrick Brooks—a charming, good-looking marketing executive—they hit it off and she suddenly isn’t spending all of her time daydreaming about Reggie. Jealous of Tiphani’s new relationship with Derrick, Reggie abruptly ends his relationship with his girlfriend with sole intent of stealing Tiphani away from Derrick. He comes up with every reason why Derrick is not right for his best friend. In his eyes, no one is good enough for her – only him.


Still, Tiphani presses forward with her new man, keeping Reggie on the backburner, but her strong feelings for Reggie just won’t die. What’s a girl to do when she loves two men? Another Man’s Treasure is an emotionally-charged novel packed with great intensity and heartbreak. It is a story about not appreciating the one you have until you see them in the arms of someone else.


What's A Wife To Do?
by Linda R. Herman

Xpress Yourself Publishing, March 15, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-0-9845273-6-6
5˝ x 8˝ inches Trade Paperback




What's A Wife to Do? is a question that only a wife scorned, deceived, and betrayed by the man she loves can answer. Elise Edison, with a little help from family and friends, and a whole lot of faith in God, does just that in Herman's third novel, What's A Wife To Do? Not every wife can forgive her husband for fathering a child with his mistress, especially when the other woman is hell bent on claiming the man as her own by any means necessary.

Angel Crush
by Violette L. Reid

Xpress Yourself Publishing, March 16, 2011 ISBN-13:978-0-9845273-8-0
5˝ x 8˝ inches
Trade Paperback




A Supernatural Thriller!


Sadie Covington was living a good life of prosperity and true love. Everything seemed to be perfect until she became the obsession of a celestial stalker who forced her to become the bearer of bad news. Now her life has taken a frightening turn and the powers that be have relinquished her of all control. Creation is groaning and destruction is begging to be released. Nothing will ever be the same.


Angel Crush is a modern thriller that brings to life the lore of antiquity and challenges the limits of love. The age old battle of good and evil begins again as the supernatural and natural world marry to create a new saga that promises an eerie journey you will crave to take again and again.

The First Cut Is Always The Deepest
by Stacey Covington-Lee

Xpress Yourself Publishing, March 15, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-0-9845273-7-3
5˝ x 8˝ inches
Trade Paperback



Tameka Williams has spent the last seven years of her life in state prison. Now she is being set free. Unfortunately, all of the anger and resentment that she's lived with during her incarceration is being freed as well. While Brook Mansfield-Banks was not pleased with the idea of her mortal enemy being released, she was ready to take Tameka on head first. She would not allow Tameka another opportunity to cause her family harm. But, Brook has forgotten just how deep Tameka's wickedness runs. Now the fate of her child will once again be determined by Tameka.


Mia Purcell has always been the loving and supportive friend. She was there for Brook through all of her trials and tribulations. But with her marriage falling apart, she's the one that will now need the strength of a true friend. There's only one problem, her marital issues have a strange connection with Tameka. Mia and Tameka find themselves working together in order to uncover the truth about the men in their lives. But is this unlikely duo more than Brook can stand? She will have to dig deep and put her hatred for Tameka aside if she wants to be the friend that Mia desperately needs.

No One Has To Know
by Jessica Tilles & William Fredrick Cooper

An Xpress Quickies!

Title available on Amazon Kindle


From the warmly sensual to the explosively cutting-edge, from the playfully amoral to the profoundly moving, this sensual erotic quickie will tease, touch, seduce, arouse, inspire you, and get you hot!

Within the euphoric trip lies the hottest, sensual stimulating quickie you will have the pleasure of reading—a beautifully written piece that will surely make you hot through mental stimulation and by tickling your erogenous zone.

So, quickly pour your favorite libation, kick off your shoes and cuddle up with your partner. You, my friend, are in for one hot, lovemaking night! The best part of it all, No One Has To Know.

Crossing Sisters
by Jessica Tilles

Xpress Yourself Publishing, June 15, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0-9792500-
˝ x 8˝ inches
Trade Paperback



COMING JUNE 15, 2011

Crossing Sisters is the spin-off of Jessica Tilles's best-selling novel, In My Sisters' Corner, and picks up where the original story left off.

China is trying to put the pieces of her life back together after Ron's suicide.

Free is madly in love with Sam, and is elated to accept his proposal of marriage. However, Free's love life is turned topsy-turvy when a secret is revealed.

Maya...a complete ball of mess...is able to turn her life around when she meets Reginald, a successful lawyer, but not before she allows her lust for men to be the demise of Free's business.

Jade is happily in love with Jon, and so far all is just peachy until a fatal accident shakes them to the very core.

The sisters are still at each other's throats. That will never change. However, they are able to find a happy medium and learn that the bond between sisters will always be unbreakable. And most importantly, they really do love each other.


  Now Available in Hardcopy at Black Expressions Book Club
Cost of Our Affairs
by Linda R. Herman

Xpress Yourself Publishing, June 2, 2009
ISBN-10: 0-9779398-7-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-9779398-7-9
5.5 x 8.5
Trade Paperback



Thinking about indulging in an affair? Think again!

Raising another woman's child proves to be more than India Joiner is mentally and emotionally prepared to handle. Though she loves her husband and his daughter, Ariel, the negative influence of Ariel's mother is driving the happy couple apart.

India never imagined herself in the arms of another man, but when she can't get the love and attention she craves at home, she soon turns to her boss, Mario Thomas for comfort and the excitement that has long abandoned her marriage. With Mario, she's reminded of how a woman should be treated but sadly for Mario, India's a reminder of his deceased wife.

 What India doesn't know about Mario can prove to be fatal when he convinces himself that she is Sharon, the wife he lost to cancer. Mario will stop at nothing to recapture the essence of their fairytale love. He's determined to let nothing or no one tear them apart, even if he has to kill—again.

Xpress Yourself Publishing, March 13, 2009
ISBN-10: 0-9818094-5-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-9818094-5-8

˝ x 8˝ inches
Trade Paperback




This is the story of a young woman who explores questions about her marriage, her sexuality and herself.

From the outside, Simone has the perfect life and family. However, the inside tells of a different story.

After ten years of being the faithful, dutiful wife and mother, Simone desperately struggles with releasing the hidden desires of pleasure she can't seem to get from her husband, causing her to turn to self-fulfillment and outside influences.

Jackson is too busy focusing on the women who work for him, self indulgence, and sticking his pole in every hole, rather than his wife.

Darius is every woman's dream and has had a crush on Simone since he was a teen. When their paths cross, all of Simone's inhibitions are released and finally someone is Loving Simone. 

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