INTERVIEW: Newark Star Ledger


Growing up The Star Ledger (formerly The Newark Star Ledger) was a staple in the homes of my family. I remember my grandmother (Granny) reaching for the Comics section first to help select a number to play from her dream book based on the Dennis the Menace cartoon. lol. For me, I was a skinny brown girl using her finger to trace the words as I read the BOOKS section and dreamt about my chance to be showcased in the largest paper in New Jersey.

That day has come.

This is hometown love and I will always love my hometown. Feeling very happy, very blessed, and very accomplished.

I bet my fam back in Newark was nice and surprised when they flipped through the paper Sunday morning. Ha!

“Conversation with Niobia Bryant” (The Star Ledger) Interviewed by Jacqueline Cutler.

REVIEW: Kiss the Ring is the Library Journal’s Top Pick! (Updated)

* Since the posting of this article, Kiss the Ring has also been awarded a coveted spot on the Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014 in the African-American Fiction category. #thankful

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The wild streets of Newark are the backdrop for Meesha Mink’s urban tale that quivers with the tension of a hard-boiled mystery. It’s my pick of the month.


OrangeReviewStar 	 When Dreams Turn Into Obsessions | African American Fiction (and More!)Mink, Meesha. Kiss the Ring: An Urban Tale. Touchstone. Aug. 2014. 271p. ISBN 9781476755304. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476755342. F  kissthering 196x300 	 When Dreams Turn Into Obsessions | African American Fiction (and More!)
Naeema Cole knows her way around Newark’s rough streets but is vexed about who brutally executed her son Brandon. Naeema was 16 and unable to face motherhood when Brandon was born, so she gave him up for adoption 14 years ago. She now realizes one of the fellas in the Make Money Crew murdered her son, and this street chick is all about an eye for an eye. She hooks up with the crew, earning their trust by carrying a gun in a bank heist, but she ultimately wants inside info on who ordered her son’s hit. The one good thing in her life is estranged husband Tank always has her back. What Naeema doesn’t count on is falling for sexy Bas, the leader of Make Money Crew.  Careful girl, don’t let those lust blinders keep you from seeing the truth!

VERDICT Mink (Real Wifeys: On the Grind; Shameless Hoodwives) writes with street flair while sliding in a few erotic sex scenes, yet her tale is one of hard-boiled noir. Naeema plays the noble soul seeking the truth, determined to right all wrongs, and she’s willing to off anyone who blocks her path. Sex, bloody violence, betrayal, and a crackling mystery come together in a resounding crescendo of a finish. Take a bow, Meesha Mink, this one’s a winner.

LOVE it! Yesssss….

To read the full article, please visit the Library Journal’s website.

PRESS: Dallas Morning News


Check out my recent interview in the Dallas Morning News. Here’s a brief snippet:

After 15 years, dozens of novels and numerous awards, author Niobia Bryant is  trying something new. She’s launching an urban fiction series under her pseudonym, Meesha Mink.Kiss The Ring, which hits store shelves on Tuesday (Aug 5), may appear similar to the other popular titles she’s written for the genre, but according to Bryant, Naeema “Queen” Cole faces dilemmas that anyone can relate to, even those dwelling outside of “the hood.”

Kiss The Ring cover“What I love about her is that she’s not perfect,” she stated during a recent phone interview from her South Carolina home. “Queen is strong, but still growing to better herself, so while she’s out there being a vigilante and trying to save a little piece of the world, there’s a part of her that also needs saving.

Cole adopts the “Queen” identity in order to infiltrate the vicious gang she holds responsible for the death of her teenage son.

To read the rest of the interview, please open this pdf:

Kiss the Ring – Dallas Morning News