Alretha Thomas

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Shortly after graduating from USC with a degree in journalism, Alretha soon realized her interest in her major was not heartfelt. Instead of writing news stories, she wanted to write plays and books. Several years later, her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the community response was overwhelming.

This led to plays outside of the church, including Alretha’s “One, Woman Two Lives,” starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by four-time NAACP Image Award Best Director recipient, Denise Dowse. The production garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences.

In between plays, Alretha’s first novel, “Daughter Denied,” wa
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Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve given birth to another literary baby. This one is called “A Penny For Her Heart.” She’s the third book in my standalone Detective Rachel Storme series. She’ll be coming into the world July 2017. And I am her proud mother. For those of you who have actually conceived and given birth to flesh and blood babies, please know that I’m aware that giving birth to literatu... Read more of this blog post »
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This was a very interesting book. Many will believe that Don Piper spent 90 minutes in Heaven, and many won't. I believe anything is possibe with God. No matter what actually happened, Don experienced something that changed his life and because of th ...more
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Reba Rose Parker, the protagonist in Jenna B. Neece’s debut novel, is an irascible but loveable and irresistible character that takes her small town in Oklahoma by storm. Out walking one morning engaging in her profe
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“I sit bolt upright in bed, my heart pounding, and my mind racing with thoughts about my twin. I pull my knees to my chest, wrap my arms around them, and rock back and forth. The movement calms me. When I turn toward my nightstand, my gaze locks onto the clock. It can’t be one-thirty. The”
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Alretha Thomas Lawrence wrote: "Thank you Alretha for accepting my friendship into your circle of friends. I look forward to sharing books and reviews with you. Happy Reading!! :o)"

Lawrence wrote: "Thank you Alretha for accepting my friendship into your circle of friends. I look forward to sharing books and reviews with you. Happy Reading!! :o)"

Thank you do much, Lawrence. Please forgive my delay in responding!!!


Lawrence Thank you Alretha for accepting my friendship into your circle of friends. I look forward to sharing books and reviews with you. Happy Reading!! :o)


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