Ann Jeffries, the critically acclaimed author of the Family Reunion—Wisdom of the Ancestors Series, is a native of Washington, DC. As an only child, she enjoyed the benefits of a private school education at Allen in Asheville, North Carolina, and a public education at the University of Maryland. Ann began writing fiction for her own amusement.
Ms. Jeffries is the recipient of many awards for leadership and public service. A keynote speaker at colleges, universities, conferences, and conventions, she has extensively traveled the North American continent, Asia, and Europe. Among other endeavors, she is an entrepreneur, an avid supporter of public television, a genealogist, and a voracious reader.
Her pride and joy are her family members, particularly her Fabulous Four grands. She lives in Maryland and South Carolina.
Follow Ann on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and at her publishing house site. Her novels are available in both e-book and paperback. Her autographed copies can be found through her website and also un-autographed on Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. All of her novels are available in audio-book format through Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.
The Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Series
Romance, Contemporary Women, Multi-cultural Romance, Sagas, Mystery, Black & African American Women’s Fiction
Southern Exposures: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 1
Law school student Vivian Lynn Alexander could no longer fight the undeniable truth that she had to end her three-year love affair with her college sweetheart, Carlton Andrews, to have the career as a lawyer she dreamed about. Nor could she deny a growing interracial passion that she felt for former basketball icon Chuck Montgomery—that is, until she met his best friend, Derrick “Dunk and Jam” Jackson, who was an even bigger star than Chuck. Both medical doctors now, Chuck and Derrick find that they have no medical skills to keep them both from falling hard for the attractive, young Georgetown Law student.
Kenneth and Benjamin Alexander are brothers and best friends, but as different as night and day. Kenneth, the older, the cool, calm and collected President of his San Francisco-based telecommunications company, and Benjamin, the dashing young US Air Force jet fighter pilot, stationed in San Diego. Yet they came to the same conclusion: They were both falling in love with the same woman—the beautiful and alluring JeNelle Towson, owner of INSIGHTS, a Santa Barbara emporium of style and grace.
Despite their individual and desperate problems, the three of five Alexander siblings rally at perilous risk to themselves and others they care about when everything is on the line and the weight on all of them is the greatest. Two is company, but three is a family.
Another Point of View: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 2
Kenneth Alexander should have every reason to be happy. He heads his very prosperous electronics and telecommunications business and he has just married the woman of his dreams and the love of his life, JeNelle Towson. While on their Alaskan honeymoon, Kenneth learns that they have every reason to be concerned about a vengeful, narcissistic man, who threatens their happy-ever-after life. Upon the newlyweds return to their Santa Barbara, California, home Kenneth is summoned to a top-secret meeting with the President of the United States. Not only is national security at stake, but also world defense if Kenneth refuses to complete a project. Kenneth soon discovers that the dangers are more pervasive than originally thought.
His brother, Benjamin, a US Air Force jet fighter pilot, is about to lose the one woman he didn’t realize that he loved.
As if the situation couldn’t be worse, their sister, Vivian, an attorney who works on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and her billionaire husband are intricately involved in the classified project. Little do the siblings know that all of the events causing eruptions in their lives have the same source. The dangers involve not only immediate family, but also lead close friends to journey as far away as Spain and as close as the Navajo Nation of New Mexico before it’s too late.
While Kenneth sorts through the pitfalls, aid comes from an unsuspected source. The government operative holds the key to the deployment of the project through a woman who is coming to mean more to him than is comfortable for a man in his covert line of work. Though Oceanographer, Dr. Cecil Jordon’s invention, ROVERS, was designed as a weather detection system, it is the link that creates a worldwide protection grid. It takes the Alexander family and friends to try to stop a sadistic multi-billionaire from wreaking havoc on the world’s electronic systems.
Northern Exposures: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 3
US Air Force Colonel Benjamin “Benny” Alexander has been raising his daughter alone while continuing to search for the woman they both love, US Navy Lieutenant Stacy Greene. She has been deployed and the fact that no one in the Pentagon will reveal her mission to him gives him reason to suspect that where ever she has been is dangerous to her life. His search will lead him from Tokyo, Japan, to the Blue Ridge Mountains around Asheville, North Carolina. He’s on a mission of his own: to find the mother of their child and the woman he loves more than his next breath.
Vivian Alexander, one of Benny’s younger sisters, and her law school cohorts and housemates are on a parallel mission without realizing that they are putting their lives at risk. Vivian has other issues to resolve that for her may also be life-altering. While on a romantic rendezvous on one of the secluded islands of Bimini, she is uncharacteristically caught in a prism of emotions, commitments, and obligations. Only her family’s support can see her through her crises of conscience.
The Alexander family of Summer County, South Carolina, is richly steeped in their ancestral traditions and embrace life living it to the fullest. The strength and selflessness of the family links them together as tightly as the gold chain that each family member wears. Their relationships with others in their extended family promise that what threatens one will be faced by all. The bonds that hold them together are strong, but the challenges that they face may be stronger.
Uncommon Choices: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 4
Oceanographer Cecil Elizabeth Jordon, PhD, is not only cold on the outside, but also on the inside. Stunningly attractive, her perfectly-shaped swimmer’s body makes men sizzle and she knows it. Tougher than nails and honed from the roughest parts of East Los Angeles, she slams against the norms and mores of conventional society. If she wants a man, she has him on her terms and then brushes him aside like so much lint . . . but Don Dixon would not be moved.
Handsome, virile and mysterious, a lethal combination Donald Dixon operates in the shadows everywhere. Like thin air, he leads an invisible life. In his profession, he could not risk being with a high-profile woman…until he sees Cecil and knows he will risk everything…including his life…to be with her.
Caught in the milieu of the dichotomies between their private and public personae, they make all the wrong choices for all of the right reasons. Risky business for them both with danger lurking too close for comfort.
Touch Me In The Morning: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 5
In Summer County, South Carolina, Satarah Whitfield, head Emergency Room nurse, battles to save the lives of countless accident victims of a record-breaking blizzard. She did not have time to think about her husband’s and sister’s betrayal when they absconded with every dime she had and the only family car leaving their twin boys behind for her to raise. For one patient, a young boy whose name she did not even know, she risks her career to save his life by performing an unauthorized surgery that, if it goes wrong, could land her in prison. She only hopes that, if her own missing son needed extreme measures taken to save his life, someone would step up to save him.
In Richmond, Virginia, firefighter, Deputy Battalion Chief, Douglas Johnson, is battling to save his career after giving testimony in court against his fire department for malfeasants. That would be enough pressure to contend with, but his young, defiant adopted son is driving him to distraction with his preteen angst. If Doug’s wife hadn’t committed suicide, perhaps he would not feel like throwing in the towel. When the chips were down, neither Satarah nor Douglas have been quitters. So when Douglas learns that his boy was in a near-fatal school bus accident on his way to Walt Disney World, a trip that Douglas knew nothing about, his fear for his son’s life chases him to a South Carolina community he has never heard of and to a woman the likes of which he had never met. When these two bruised, but no broken people come together, they battle together to save their future.
An Unguarded Moment: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 6
Otis Redding probably said it best in his rendition of “If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right.” An affair between two married people can sometimes be more, mean more than just sex and infidelity. It can mean everything to two love-starved people.
Former Texas beauty queen, JaiHonnah Reise Chapman, of African and Native American ancestry is finally moving back to the United States after studying abroad for the last four years and completing her doctorates in architecture and structural engineering at Arcadia Laboratories, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. A new career opportunity awaits her in Washington, D.C., away from her wealthy, powerful, and manipulative father, Jake Hawkins, and the brutal man she married, international financier, Calvin Chapman. The last thing she needs or wants at the beginning of her professional life is to have An Unguarded Moment with another woman’s husband, her new boss.
J. Roderick Baylor, known as the sports icon JRock, had shed the highlights of his illustrious, professional basketball career, and the lowlights of his disastrous marriage to Monique, a would-be starlet. Now he has his twin, five-year-old daughters, Shelly and Shelby, a highly successful construction and development business and loving, supportive family and friends around with which to build a new life. Little did he know that an illicit affair with another man’s wife, his new employee, had the power to refurbish the torn parts of his life and erect a monument to the power of love.
Moments to Remember: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 7
When the tall, tan, tantalizing Texan strode into her brother’s business office with his bodyguards like he owned the joint, Kelley Baylor didn’t know him from a can of paint. He cast his obsidian gaze on her like she was on the menu of his favorite five-star restaurant and today’s special seven-course meal complete from soup to nuts. At nearly forty, she instinctively knew that men like him came packaged with a capitol “D” for Dangerous. Still, she would do anything for her younger brother and fight by his side to save Baylor Construction no matter what it took.
Jake Hawkins hadn’t decided whether he would start a hostile takeover of the Baylor Construction Company or save it from others who were plotting something far worse. His daughter and grandsons’ happiness was at risk in this high-stakes game of corporate raiding. It only took one look at the
brown-eyed beauty, Kelley Baylor, to seal the deal for him. She led him on a merry chase, but he was biding his time, letting her have her head until she ran out of real estate to run. Then he would have the woman and her brother’s company in his stable, lock, stock and barrel.
The Better Part of Valor: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 8
Abandoned at birth and a loner all her life, Dakota Sinclair had no ties, no history, and maybe no future, which made her an ideal asset for the super-secret, world, security organization that didn’t even have the benefit of an acronym. Being a superb triathlete, multilingual, and of African American and Native American ancestry made her an invaluable resource , as she could infiltrate groups in the Middle East, North Africa, Central or South America or any country of color. Although skilled in a thousand ways to silently kill or capture, she never learned how to protect herself from a man like Ambassador Jefferson Alden Logan.
Jefferson Logan often had the weight of the world on his broad shoulders, and an unfaithful and bipolar wife who made him pay dearly for his dedication to duty. What he did not need now was more grief from his wife’s rich and powerful family over the custody of his three, young sons. Even less attractive was a challenge from a woman he could neither possess nor control. Not getting what he wanted and needed in his private life was rare…and this was definitely one of those times when he would stop at nothing to have the elusive and mysterious Dakota Sinclair.
A plot to capture and kill the Ambassador involved the safety of people both Dakota and Jefferson held dear.
Walking on Uneven Ground: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 9
Wesley Greenfield, aka Ice or the Iceman, a self-professed “corner boy” has no intention of stepping up to Dr. Rosalyn Hunter, his high-school heart throb, even though she has stepped up to help him protect three abandoned neighborhood kids. As the principal of the local elementary school, in his view, she ranks too far above his lowly position as the owner and operator of a struggling community center.
Ice had to grow up fast when, at nineteen, someone shot and killed his only living parent. All he has now are the childhood friends who share his dreams of a better life and help run his center. Though he would relish the opportunity to be with Rosalyn, he is trying to build a future without her as best he can in his old inner-city neighborhood.
Dr. Rosalyn Hunter is not about to let an opportunity to be with the man she cares so deeply for slip through her fingers. She is bound and determined to prove to Ice that her doctorate and status in life are no barriers to the intimate relationship she has long wanted to have with him since their high school days. To save the three minor children, they must move in together and join forces. Will that be enough to prove to Wesley that he and Rosalyn aren’t walking on uneven ground or will he continue to believe that they are walking on shaky ground?
Ask Me No Questions…I’ll Tell You No Lies: Family Reunion-Wisdom of the Ancestors Book 10
What is a southern, gentile, society lady of impeccable taste, breeding, and education to do when her husband of nearly twenty years announces he is divorcing her on the day they deliver their youngest son to college? Loretta Hill Mason, Head Mistress of the Columbia Academy in South Carolina, did not see her husband’s declaration coming and had no idea what she should do next. She couldn’t just emulate Miss Scarlet and say “Fiddly dee, I’ll think about it tomorrow.” Her soon-to-be ex-husband, Randolph, gave her a few weeks to clear her belongings out of the home she made into a showplace once featured in Southern Living, listed on the Fabulous Gardens Tour, and envied by their circle of high-society friends and relations. Now she didn’t even have a bank account or credit card in her own name or any other resources to fall back on.
Multi-billionaire Justin W. McCoy learned the hard way from the background of a meager beginning to becoming a titan in the hotel industry. Though he stumbled a few times along the way with an ill-fated marriage, he is now happily divorced, and his teenage daughter is the brightest spot in his life. Business is good and would be better when he closes the deal to acquire the Delaware Group’s hotel chain. That acquisition would make McCoy Hotels, Resorts and Conference Centers one of the top ten travel industry chains in the world. Yet it could come with a dangerous price tag. A pilgrimage to the first resort he ever purchased suddenly reunites him with a woman he fell in love with from afar over twenty years earlier but had never met. Tagged with the nickname, The Rejuvenator in the hotel industry, he never lets an opportunity slip through his fingers in business and he won’t let it happen in his private life this time. Fate is a fickle finger when the Delaware Group’s criminal syndicate wants more than a sale of their hotels to McCoy Enterprises and they will stop at nothing, even involving Justin’s daughter, Jessica, and anyone else they can use to their advantage, to get what they want. Justin gambles it all to save his business from the criminal element, win his safety, and the safety of the ones he holds most dear, including Loretta.