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Friday, July 5, 2013

R.I.P. to Bestselling Author Francis Ray

My condolences and prayers to the family of Francis Ray who recently passed away. She was one of my favorite authors and a benevolent person. She gave books to me on several occasions to giveaway on my blog. She would also send my winners nice notes in the mail. I'll never forget her kindness and generosity. Thanks Ms. Ray for your contribution in my life. It means so much when successful authors reach back to help those trying to ascend on their own journey. I will always remember your kindness.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Francis Ray is a native Texan and lives in Dallas. A graduate of Texas Woman’s University. In 1999 and 2000 she was nominated for Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumni Award. Ms. Ray’s titles consistently make bestseller’s lists such as Blackboard and Essence Magazine. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. She has written over fifty titles to date. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, The Atlantic Choice, and Borders 2008 Romance Award for Bestselling Multicultural Romance. IF YOU WERE MY MAN was selected as Written magazine Book of the Year.THE TURNING POINT, her first mainstream, was a finalist for the prestigious HOLT Medallion Award.

Ms. Ray will have five titles released in 2013. First up is her 50th book ALL I EVER WANTED, February 26, 2013, then $1.99 eBook ALL OF MY LOVE, May 14, 2013. Next is AFTER THE DAWN, June 18, 2013. ALL THAT I NEED, is slated to hit stores July 2, 2013. At the end the year, we will get a chance to catch up with the Graysons series, Rio Sanchez in ALL THAT I DESIRE, October 29, 2013.

Below is the announcement given to fans of Francis Ray on her Facebook page.


Dear Readers and Friends!

I am writing with great loss and sorrow in behalf of Francis Ray's family to inform you of Francis' passing and that an Official Announcement will soon be forthcoming from Francis' family and Publisher. Pertinent information will be provided at that time and the family appreciates the love and support you are showing.

This is a huge tragedy for everyone who has been a fan of Francis Ray and to all who knew her. Therefore, you can understand that the family would appreciate respecting their need and desire for privacy during this sad time.
Please do share that the family has made the decision to only communicate through this Francis Ray Fan Facebook Page.

The family would appreciate help in sharing this information and directing all to Francis' Facebook Fan Page where all expressions of support and love can be given to Francis' family.

Shannon Aviles
More Than Publicity

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