from author’s website – in her own words

I’m Preslaysa Williams, an author and actress. I played the role of Cindi on Nickelodeon’s The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (nee, Preslaysa Edwards). I have also been on This Is Us and Homeland. You can read more about it here.

I write own voices, contemporary romance and women’s fiction with an Afro-Filipina twist. My stories center and celebrate this rich heritage.

I started writing these books because I didn’t see them in the stores. After reading of the great historical contributions of my African and Filipino ancestors, I wanted to center their voices and their narratives.

My stories celebrate modern-day Black and Filipino people who are in search of love and their happily ever after. I write about people who’ve suffered seasons of loss and found restoration, new strength, and a healing of their broken hearts.


A heartwarming Avon debut of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings set in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry.

Maya Jackson has worked for a renowned New York City bridal gown brand for years and dreams of becoming its Head Designer. She has the talent, she just needs a chance to showcase her unique style. Due to an illness, she’s always prioritized her career over her personal life until Maya’s father fractures his hip and she returns to Charleston, SC. While home for only a few months, she’s thrilled to find an opportunity at the local bridal gown boutique, never expecting sparks to fly with its owner…

A military veteran and widowed father, Derek Sullivan hopes to save Always a Bride from bankruptcy in order to preserve the legacy of his mother. He also wants to reconnect with his estranged, twelve-year-old daughter, who is still recovering from the loss of her mother. The last thing he needs is a relationship with a beautiful, smart, complicated woman who will be leaving soon.

When Derek begins to fall for the lovely Maya, he knows there’s no future. But destiny has its own plans, and these two lonely people with big hearts discover that coming home to love is the best gift life can give.

Available for purchase here.


“Twenty twenty-first is bringing us the Black romances we deserve!”– Essence

“With this heartwarming tale, Williams has created a budding family that readers will root for.”  — Publishers Weekly

“With superb character development and great emotional depth, Afro Filipina writer Williams stitches together a quietly powerful love story that is beautifully enriched by the deft and insightful incorporation of weighty issues such as grief and medical conditions into the compelling plot and brightly enhanced by glimpses into the vibrant culture and history of Charleston.” — Booklist (starred review)

“I absolutely adore this book…love story begins slow—like a delicious low country boil—but heats up to the perfect ending.”  — Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of The Black Midnight

“Full of heart and faith, Preslaysa Williams’s A Lowcountry Bride marries weddings, identity, second chances in all forms, and sweet romance into one lovely book.”   — Tif Marcelo, USA Today bestselling author of The Key to Happily Ever After

“Emotionally stirring debut.” — Oprah Daily

“A sweet and chaste romance featuring an ambitious wedding dress designer who takes a break from her intense career in New York City to return home to Charleston to care for her father — only to find love and her ideal career too.” — NPR


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