About Us

Founders’ Mission

Authors Charlotte L. Jenkins, LaTonya Branham and Valerie J. Lewis Coleman founded the Dayton Book Expo in 2009 to connect avid book lovers with local and national bestselling authors. The Kidz Zone fosters a fun and interactive environment for children while promoting the importance of reading. Aspiring authors have access to publishers, editors and publicists in the writing and publishing sessions offered at the Dayton Book Expo. Our relationships with community, business, educational and private sponsors are valuable for helping us promote literacy. This spring event boasts annual enhancements that allow visitors from near and far to experience a fabulous, family-friendly literary affair in Dayton, Ohio. Ultimately, the Dayton Book Expo is where book lovers connect!

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman The bestselling author of Blended Families An Anthology, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman has helped thousands of families navigate the challenges of child support, visitation, discipline and more. With over twenty years of experience in family and relationships, she has given advice on varying issues including baby-momma drama, defiant children and disapproving in-laws. On her journey to assist others with building strong families, she shares her testimony and provides practical tools to help you stop the stepfamily madness in your home!

Valerie has helped women find relational fulfillment by identifying the four types of male hunters, avoiding seventy percent of men who only want the goody box and winning the heart of Mr. Right-For-You. She explains how she overcame struggles and offers proven techniques to help you get off the crazy cycle of relational demise in her bestselling novel The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box!

As a bestselling author and award-winning publisher, Valerie has helped aspiring authors from across the world navigate the challenges of self-publishing. With over ten years of experience in the book business, this expert divulges industry secrets on avoiding the top five mistakes made by new authors, pricing your book to sell and identifying dishonest publishers. Her dynamic presentation and knowledge of the business takes writers from pen to paper to published as they master self-publishing to make money! Coming soon Self-Publishing Made Easy!

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Charlotte L. Jenkins
 owner of 31 Woman LLC and a freelance writer for Jo Magazine. In her spare time Charlotte loves to spend quality time with her family and holding spa parties for BeautiControl and Heaven Essence as a skin care consultant. Through her journey as a business owner Mrs. Brown found her ministry in the literary world. She debut in Vanessa Miller’s Anthology called “Have a Little Faith” as a contributing writer. She is currently writing her first novel, When the Power Goes Out.                                                                    

www.CharlotteLBrown.com   www.31WomanLLC.com


LaTonya BranhamLaTonya M. Branham  is a native of Dayton, Ohio. She is the author and editor of CultureSeek (1st and 2nd edition), Spirit Seek (2007), and The Academic Prayer (2013). She is also a two-time contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Soul series: Devotional Stories for Women (2009) and Here Comes the Bride (2012). LaTonya earned a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University McGregor and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University. She is currently completing doctoral studies in Leadership & Change in Higher Education at Antioch University. LaTonya is the founder and CEO of the Reader2Leader Foundation, and Branham Consulting, LLC. She served as a college administrator and adjunct professor in the College of Education at Central State University. LaTonya and her husband currently serve in community outreach (First Fruits) and youth initiatives. Reading and sharing books is an important element of her life.