Blazing star, creative spirit, author, bookworm and basketball fanatic. Loves music, loves to dance and a lover of the arts.



Nascha A. Joli was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. She grew up in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem where she was educated in the New York City public school system. Ms. Joli graduated cum laude from the City College of New York, with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in English.

Nascha discovered her love of books at an early age and began creating her own stories and plays at the age of five. She spent many hours in the New York Public Library absorbing as much as she could and developed her craft over the years. She began sharing her work with others in middle school which helped her to further develop her confidence and writing style. 

After college, Nascha began writing and editing professionally for various online publications and independent media firms based in New York and California.  Nascha’s articles have appeared in various online publications including Suite 101, About.com and eHow.com.  Many of her articles have been quoted in other online publications and have also been translated into many different languages. 

At the same time, she continued writing creatively; having some of her fiction and poetry published in anthologies.  She began working on her debut novel in college while also studying literature and film. In addition to writing literature, Nascha also writes plays and screenplays.

Nascha’s debut novel, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, the first in the La Rue book series is now available on Amazon, KOBO and Barnes & Noble. Purchase here.

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When Diamond La Rue begins college, she is young, naïve and very protected by the close-knit La Rue family.  From the cocoon of her grandmother’s brownstone in Sugar Hill, Harlem, Diamond must set out into the world and find her own way.

Smart, ambitious and loyal, she seeks to balance her family life and education with the new relationships she’s formed as a student at Columbia University.  At the same time, Diamond is expected to maintain the family secrets that surround her---the very secrets that could push the La Rue family over the edge.

Can Diamond have a life of her own and avoid the mistakes and traps that have hurt those around her?

Diamond’s loyalties are tested when family and friends begin to question her allegiances.  Alliances are challenged, boundaries are re-drawn, and misunderstandings bring about rivalries and destruction.

Set against the backdrop of a Harlem on the cusp of change, Diamond’s journey takes her from the hills of Harlem down to SoHo and out into the rich suburban enclaves of New York City and everywhere in between.  

Will Diamond La Rue find everything that she is looking for or will smoke get in her eyes?