BOOK CORNER: ‘Punishment Is Due’ tells story of love and loss

August 10, 2018

By Marissa Wells

Contributing Writer

It seems like Diana has the world at her beck and call. She is an executive at her father’s prestigious public relations firm, but the wealth and status she has acquired won’t be enough to derail the tragedies awaiting her.

For Jay, success did not come easy but he has managed to become one of Houston’s top attorneys. But when tragedy strikes, Jay may be pulled back into the streets he fought so hard to escape.

In the midst of it all, Diana and Jay must face their hearts’ deepest desires while learning to live with the punishment that is due.

So goes “Punishment Is Due” by Tonia.

Tonia, a rising author in the urban novel community, is known for producing authentic and unpredictable stories that keep readers hooked from cover to cover. Her love for reading and storytelling inspires her to keep spinning tales that readers relate to.

“In the same way that I love to get lost in a great book, my goal is to keep my readers on the edge of their seats and reading into the wee hours of the night,” Tonia said.


Her stories are filled with real people experiencing real issues ultimately coming to a realization about what they need.

“My goal for each character is that by the end of the book or series, readers will be able to see that the character has evolved from whatever fatal flaw defined them,” Tonia said. “By the end of the book, hopefully they’ve had to learn the tough lessons to overcome whatever was holding them back from reaching their full potential.”

In “Punishment Is Due” Tonia continues her trend of sending readers on emotional journeys with her characters as couples navigate love and loss.

In addition to being an author, Tonia is a travel blogger and plans travel through her curation company. She is also looking into screenwriting. Tonia lives in Houston. To learn more about the author, visit

“Punishment Is Due” is available for $12.99 (paperback) and $2.99 (Kindle) on It’s also available for $8.50 (paperback) on


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