Rochelle Alers

Rochelle Alers

Infobox Writer

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name = Rochelle Alers
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pseudonym = Rochelle Alers,
Susan James,
Rena McLeary
birthdate = August 7, 19??
birthplace = Manhattan, New York United States
nationality = American
occupation = Novelist
period = 1991 - present
genre = romance
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Rochelle Alers (born August 7 in Manhattan, New York) is an African-American writer of romance novels. She also wrote as Susan James and Rena McLeary.


Rochelle Alers was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. After earning degrees in sociology and psychology, she taught pre-school for a time before entering the business world.cite web | last = McDonald | first = Lora | coauthors = | title = February Author of the Month: Rochelle Alers | work= | pages = | language = | publisher = The Romance Reader's Connection |date=February 2002 | url = | accessdate = 2007-04-10]

Alers began writing her first novel in 1984, after a decade of reading romance novels. She finished her first manuscript, which became the novel, "Hideway" in 1985. After several rejections because her attempt did not fit the formula of a category romance novel, Alers perfected her style and was first published by Doubleday Books in 1988.cite web | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = Rochelle Alers | work= | pages = | language = | publisher = BET Books Arabesque Romance News | date = May 1999 | url = | accessdate = 2007-04-10] She has since been published through St. Martin's Press, Ballantine Books, Odyssey, Arabesque, and Genesis Press, as well as through Silhoutte's Desire line.

Almost two million copies of her novels are now in print, and they have regularly appeared on the Waldenbooks, Borders, and Essence bestseller lists. Alers has been awarded the Gold Pen Award, the Emma Award, the Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award.cite web | last = | first = | coauthors = | title =About Rochelle | work= | pages = | language = | publisher = RochelleAlers.Com | date = | url = | accessdate = 2007-04-10]

Alers writes for two hours every morning, before leaving for her full-time job as a Community Liaison Specialist for state-funded substance abuse programs on Long Island. She lives in Freeport, New York.cite web | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = Rochelle Alers | work= | pages = | language = | publisher = Simon and Schuster | date = | url = | accessdate = 2007-04-10]


As Rochelle Alers

ingle Novels

*"Careless Whispers", 1988/09
*"My Love's Keeper" 1991/11
*"Happily Ever After" 1994/09
*"Home Sweet Home" 1995/12
*"Gentle Yearning" 1998/07
*"Summer Magic" 1999/05
*"A Younger Man" 2002/11
*"Secrets Never Told" 2003/07
*"Lessons of a Lowcountry Summer" 2004/05
*"All My Tomorrows" 2005/08
*"A Time to Keep" 2006/09
*"Pleasure Seekers" 2007/03
*"Stranger In My Arms" 2007/03
*"After Hours" 2008/04
*"Long Time Coming" 200jijhnui8/07
*"The Sweetest Temptation" 2008/07

The Hideaway Series


#"Best-Kept Secrets" (January 09

First Generation

#"Hideaway" (May 1995)
#"Hidden Agenda" (April 1997)
#"Vows" (December 1997)
#"Heaven Sent" (July 1998)

Daughters and Sisters Trilogy

#"Harvest Moon" (December 1999)
#"Just Before Dawn" (May 2000)
#"Private Passions" (January 2001)

ons and Brothers Trilogy

#"No Compromise" (February 2002)
#"Homecoming" (November 2002)
#"Renegade" (June 2003)

To Be Released

*"Stranger In My Arms" (April 2007)

The Blackstones of Virginia

#"The Long Hot Summer" (February 2004)
#"Very Private Duty" (October 2004)
#"Beyond Business" (April 2005)

Anthologies in collaboration

*"Fresh Fruits" in "Holiday Cheer" (with Angela Benson and Shirley Hailstock) 1995/12
*"Hearts of gold" in "Love Letters" (with Donna Hill and Janice Sims) 1997/02
*Novella in "Rosie's Curl and Weave" (with Donna Hill, Felicia Mason and Francis Ray) 1999/02
*Novella in "Island Magic" (with Shirley Hailstock, Marcia King-Gamble and Felicia Mason) 2000/02
*"Sweet Surrender" in "Della's House of Style" (with Donna Hill, Felicia Mason and Francis Ray) 2000/07
*Novella in "Welcome to Leo's" (with Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson and Francis Ray) 2000/12
*"Stand-in bride" in "Going to the Chapel" (with Gwynne Forster, Donna Hill and Francis Ray) 2001/06
*"First Fruits" in "'Tis the Season" (with Donna Hill and Candice Poarch) 2001/10
*"From the Heart" in "Island Bliss" (with Carmen Green, Marcia King-Gamble and Felicia Mason) 2002/02
*"Anniversary" in "Twilight Moods" 2002/09
*"Reunion" in "Living Large" (with Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson and Francis Ray) 2003/01
*"Summer Madness" in "Four Degrees of Heat" (with Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Brenda L. Thomas and Crystal Lacey Winslow) 2004/07
*"Love Lessons" in "Let's Get it On" (with Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson and Francis Ray) 2004/11
*"Lost in Sensation" & "Very Private Duty" (with Maureen Child) 2005/01
*"The Long Hot Summer" with "Private Indiscretions" by Susan Crosby 2005/02
*"Very Private Duty" with "Beyond Control" by Bronwyn Jameson) 2005/07
*Rules Of Attraction & "Beyond Business" (with Susan Crosby) 2005/07
*"A Younger Man" in "When You Least Expect It" (with Brenda Jackson) 2005/09
*"Shepherd Moon" in "A Season of Miracles" (with Adrianne Byrd, Kayla Perrin and Janice Sims) 2005/10
*"Beyond Business" with "Apache Nights" by Sheri Whitefeather 2006/09


*"Getting Political: Stories of a Woman Mayor" (2002) (with Alice Crozier and Joan Darrah)

As Susan James

ingle novels

*"Reckless Surrender" 1997/04


External links

* [ Rochelle Alers Official Website]

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