EDC Creations Celebrates the Life of Francis Ray

Ella Curry of EDC Creations has put together a nice tribute honoring Romance Writer Francis Ray.  I’m still speechless. Please keep her daughter, family and friends in your prayers.

Celebrating the Life of 
Literary Legend Francis Ray

 
Sunrise: July 20, 1944 – Sunset: July 2, 2013

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that literary legend Francis Ray has made her eternal transition. She passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 after a lengthy illness.  Ms. Ray will be laid to rest on Saturday July 13, 2013 at 11 am. While I am brokenhearted, I know: Death ends a life, not a relationship!

I will never forget her and the example she set for me as a business owner and publishing PR agent.  I still remember the first day she called my house to ask about the work my company, EDC Creations,  provided for authors. I was screaming like a teenager gone wild when I was told she was on the phone!  I was jumping up and down, telling my family that FRANCIS RAY, YES, THE FRANCIS RAY was on the phone!  When I settled down, breathing heavy and came to the phone, she was cracking up!  Our relationship started that day. I have worked on her book projects since August, 2006! The first book I worked on was DREAMING OF YOU – Book #3 of the Graysons of New Mexico series.

Over the years I had come to love this gentle spirit. She was sooo funny, approachable, intelligent, patient and always compassionate!  She was one of the biggest supporters of my first BAN Radio Shows.  Whenever I felt like this industry was about to overcome me, she would give me a wonderful written boost, to continue on.

We were both sick at the same time, yet she was sending me pearls of wisdom. Every time I was in the hospital, she called! I have a folder with more than 100 emails that will NEVER be erased. I love her! While I’m sad that she has left us, I say to you all again: Death ends a life, not a relationship!

Her legacy as a prolific author will forever live on in her 54 printed worksand her work in the community with The Turning Point Legal Fund.  Ms. Ray was loyal supporter of  homeless families and women involved in domestic violence.  She left us her awesome legacy!  It’s up to us to carry it forward!  In the Spirit of Sankofa, I will never let it die.  We have her books to promote!  She celebrated her 50th book with me, us, the world, and we are going to continue on…

God bless Michelle and the entire Ray family!  My prayers and condolences go out to them all. I’m listing the details for Ms. Francis Ray’s  home going services below.
Public Viewings
Friday,  July 12, 2013     at  4:00-7:00 PM
Saturday, July 13, 2013  at 9:30-11:00 AM
Concord Church
6808 Pastor Bailey Dr
Dallas, TX  75237
(214) 331-8522
Funeral Services
Saturday July 13, 2013,  11 AM
Concord Church
6808 Pastor Bailey Dr
Dallas, TX  75237
(214) 331-8522

Conducting the funeral services is the Tri-Four Funeral Home, located at:  3114 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215.  I’m only sharing this address in case people want to send flowers.

For those wanting to send cards to the family, please send to:
Francis Ray
c/o Michelle
P. O. Box  764651
Dallas, TX  75376

Ms. Ray actively worked on the Legal Defense Fund for Victims of Domestic Abuse. Memorial contributions can be made to  The Turning Point Legal Defense Fund.  Information below:

The Turning Point Legal Defense Fund
c/o The Family Place
P.O. Box 7999
Dallas, Texas  75209

Leave your online messages and condolences at her fanpage: 
Francis Ray’s  Legacy Lives On

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Francis Ray  was a native Texan and lived in Dallas. A graduate of Texas Woman’s University. In 1999 and 2000 she was nominated for Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumni Award. She was honored to give the 2010 winter commencement address. 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 fifty-four titles to date,  view here.

 

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.

At the release event for THE TURNING POINT in May 2001, she established The Turning Point Legal Fund to assist women of domestic violence to help restructure their lives. Her second mainstream, I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW, May 2002, made the bestseller’s list of The Dallas Morning News, Blackboard, Black Expressions Book Club, and Essence Magazine. The book was one of five titles selected as Book Club Favorites for Black Issues Book Review Best of 2002.SOMEBODY’S KNOCKING AT MY DOOR, her third mainstream, was released May 2003 and made bestseller’s lists across the country.

ROCKIN’ AROUND THAT CHRISTMAS TREE, a holiday collaboration with Donna Hill, came out in November 2003. Other books include SOMEONE TO LOVE ME December 2003, TROUBLE DON’T LAST ALWAYS January 2004, FIRST TOUCH February 2004, WHOLE LOTTA LOVE February 2004, LOVE AT LEO’S July 2004, and THE FALCON SAGA August 2004. Her fourth mainstream, LIKE THE FIRST TIME, was released in May 2004 and also made the Essence bestseller’s list. January 2005 continued the Living Large stories, a concept of Ms. Ray’s of fashionable and fabulous full-figured women with BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY.

February 2005 was a major personal triumph with the release of her first Christian fiction, Then Sings My Soul, in a trade anthology from Harlequin/Steeple Hill titled HOW SWEET THE SOUND. March 2005 saw the release of the long-awaited continuation of The Graysons of New Mexico series with YOU AND NO OTHER. Her fifth mainstream and thirtieth title, ANY RICH MAN WILL DO, was released October 2005 and made the Essence list two months in a row. In 2005 two of Ms. Ray’s titles, SOMEONE TO LOVE ME and I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW were released in hard cover with large print by Thorndike.

In 2006 TROUBLE DON’T LAST ALWAYS, HOW SWEET THE SOUND, and ANY RICH MAN WILL DO were also selected by Thorndike as well.IN ANOTHER MAN’S BED, her sixth mainstream and Book #3 of the Invincible Women Series was released February 2007. NOT EVEN IF YOU BEGGED – Book #4 in the series came out January 2008 and made #3 on Essence Magazine’s bestseller’s list.IRRESISTIBLE YOU – Book #4 of the Graysons of New Mexico – hit stores March 2007. Book #5 – ONLY YOU – was released October 2007. THE WAY YOU LOVE ME is Book # 1 of the new and exciting Grayson Friends Series and was released August 2008.

 

 

Book #2 of the series, NOBODY BUT YOU, hit stores March 2009 and promptly made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller’s list. ONE NIGHT WITH YOU, Book #3 was scheduled for November 03, 2009. Leading off 2010 was IF YOU WERE MY MAN, book # 6 in the Invincible Women series. March 30th saw the reissue readers have clamored for, FOREVER YOURS, book # 1 of the Taggart series.

A brand new release, IT HAD TO BE YOU, book # 4 in the Grayson Friends series, hits bookstores April 27, 2010. ONLY HERS, book # 2 in the Taggart series came out August 2nd. Closing out the year on December 7th was the reissue of HEART OF THE FALCON, book # 1 of the Falcon series.

 

2011 was just as exciting. BREAK EVERY RULE, book # 2 of the Falcon series, hit stores March 29th. Was released on June 21st are UNDENIABLE and TWICE THE TEMPTATION, Ms. Ray’s first short story collection. TROUBLE DON’T LAST ALWAYS hit stores November 1st. The Wish, a holiday ebook will be released November 29, 2011.

In 2012, the KISS SERIES was launched with SEDUCTIVE KISS, WITH A KISS  and A DANGEROUS KISS closed the series on  June 26, 2012. She had another awesome title, WHEN MORNING COMES, to hit stores on June 5, 2012. Riveting emotion and charismatic scenes made Ms. Ray’s books captivating year after year!

 

Ms. Francis Ray will have five titles released in 2013. First up was her 50th book ALL I EVER WANTED, February 26, 2013, then a eBook ALL OF MY LOVE, May 14, 2013.  Next is AFTER THE DAWN, June 18, 2013. ALL THAT I NEED, it hit stores July 2, 2013.  She will end the year with one of the most requested incredible men in the Graysons series, Rio Sanchez in ALL THAT I DESIRE, October 29, 2013.

Francis Ray was a trailblazer in the romance world.  We will all miss her sweet soul and special style of writing. She was a class act in every sense of the word. She left an outstanding legacy of work. Visit her website to view all of her books and to read excerpts:  www.francisray.com.

 

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