Kimberla Lawson Roby Releases “Better Late Than Never,” the 15th and Final Novel in her Bestselling Reverend Curtis Black Series, July 31, 2018

DALLAS, TX – It’s been nearly twenty years since Kimberla Lawson Roby released Casting the First Stone, the debut novel in what would become a bestselling family and church saga spanning fifteen novels that detailed the tribulations and triumphs (but mostly the tribulations) of Reverend Curtis Black, his family, and his ministry.

The series, which began as a from-the-headlines cautionary tale of corruption and desire in the church, is coming to its close this month with the release of Better Late Than Never, the final novel which promises to reveal Reverend Curtis Black’s “deepest, darkest secrets.”

No stranger to scandal, Black has done much in the public eye, both good and evil. But what most people don’t realize is that Curtis has been hiding an abusive childhood that has affected him in horrifying ways.

When his estranged sister becomes alarmingly ill, his buried past returns without warning, and his youngest daughter, twelve-year-old Curtina, becomes the kind of problem child he never thought she could be…and this is only the beginning. Worse, all the public scandals they’ve experienced over the years now seem like mere child’s play compared to the turmoil they are facing in private. And who could have known that their deepest wounds would come from within?

No doubt, Roby – an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author many times over – spins an intricate and compelling tale that will deliver a satisfying series-end for her legions of loyal readers.

The author of 27 books that have sold nearly 3 million copies will be on tour to promote Better Late Than Never following its release on July 31st. She will visit Rockford, IL, Dallas, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Memphis, TN, Charlotte, NC, and several other cities. More details can be found on her website

Better Late Than Never is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, WalMart, and IndieBound.

Roby’s books have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence, Upscale, Black Christian News,, Barnes and Noble,, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin Chronicle, and many others.

Over the years, she has spoken to thousands of women at churches, conferences, expos, workshops, luncheons, libraries, colleges, universities and bookstores. She shares her own personal journey straight from her heart and has a strong passion toward helping women discover their God-given purpose.

Roby is also the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2017 SOAR Radio Trailblazer of Honor award, the 2017 Southwest Florida Reading Festival Distinguished Author award, the 2017 AAMBC Christian Fiction Author of the Year award, and the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001, among numerous other accolades and achievements.

She resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.

Speaking engagements, book signings, and media interviews can be scheduled by sending an email to or by calling 815.885.4053.