New Release: To Buy a Vow by Chencia C. Higgins

I never feature enough women’s fiction or urban drama on this blog, and that’s gonna change. I know I bill myself as a romance blog, but I don’t just read romance.

Anywho…Here’s a new one by Chencia C. Higgins that’s women’s fiction, urban drama, and romance all rolled into one.


What if we could buy a vow to right our wrongs?

For Nedra Phillips, the strain of portraying a strong Black woman to outsiders is finally taking its toll on her. Her marriage to her college sweetheart has begun to fizzle out, with conversations dwindling down to nothing and intimacy becoming sporadic at best.

Unwilling to endure the stigma of being a 30-something divorcee, she does everything in her power to hold onto her marriage, but Chris isn’t just on a different page, he’s in a whole other book entirely. Despite their disconnect, her vows meant something to her and marriage is supposed to be forever. When all seems lost, she makes a last-ditch effort in hopes of generating results, but what exactly does a Hail Mary look like between friends and lovers?

Jermaine Hawkins is nearing the end of a prominent career playing professional basketball and is ready to put his retirement plan into action. That plan includes many things but most important on the list is putting an end to his status as a hermit and starting a family. A chance encounter with a firecracker of a woman makes him think he’s found his capital F. But whether that F is for “future” or “frustrating” is to be determined. Can Jermaine convince Nedra that everything happens for a reason while also getting her to give him a chance at something real?

To Buy a Vow is available exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Check it out!


New Release and Giveaway by LaQuette!

Book Title: Wicked Wager: Texas vs. Brooklyn 1
Order Links: Amazon & iBooks
Release Date: March 15, 2018
Genre: Contemporary
Dr. Mandisa Avery is a Brooklyn chemist who’s lost sight of her life outside the dreams her late mother left her to fulfill. With too many late nights spent in her office working, she’s burned out and desperate for a change.

Slade Hamilton is a Texas businessman who adores ranch life. He’d love nothing more than to spend his days tilling his land. However, his inherent need to protect his family legacy from his hateful father keeps him and his future tied to a desk at Logan Industries.

When a lucrative business opportunity forces their paths to cross, Mandisa and Slade must each make a decision: risk it all on undeniable attraction, or hedge their bets to save their hearts and their respective businesses from ruin.

Will they fold, or will they risk it all on a wicked wager?

This novel is a fun and sexy, 80,000-word, erotic romance. It features a hot cowboy from Texas who meets his smart, fiery competition in the form of a concrete princess from Brooklyn. Place your bets on who’s going to win this wicked wager.

Author Bio:
LaQuette is an erotic, multicultural romance author of M/F and M/M love stories. Her writing style brings intellect to the drama. She often crafts emotionally epic, fantastical tales that are deeply pigmented by reality’s paintbrush. Her novels are filled with a unique mixture of savvy, sarcastic, brazen, and unapologetically sexy characters who are confident in their right to appear on the page.

This bestselling Erotic Romance Author is the 2016 Author of the Year Golden Apple Award Winner, 2016 Write Touch Award Winner for Best Contemporary Mid-length Novel, 2016 Swirl Awards 1st Place Winner in Romantic Suspense, and 2016 Aspen Gold Award Finalist in Erotic Romance. LaQuette—a native of Brooklyn, New York—spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator.

At the age of sixteen, LaQuette read her first romance novel and realized the genre was missing something: people that looked and lived like her. As a result, her characters and settings are always designed to provide positive representations of people of color and various marginalized communities.

She loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble. Contact her on her website,, Facebook/LaQuetteTheAuthor, Twitter at @LaQuetteLikes, Instagram at @la_quette, and via email at

But wait! There’s more:

Interested in winning this super cute & functional mini blow dryer (with a mini diffuser & concentrator attachments)? Follow the steps below for a chance to win:
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2: Share my Wicked Wager Post

3: In the Shared post, tell people why you love reading my books.

4: Tag me in the shared post (LaQuette – Romance Author)

That’s it! A random winner will be selected and announced Thursday, March 29th, 2018. The winner has twenty-four hours from the announcement to claim prize before a runner-up is chosen.

Black Bloggers Aren’t Supportive? Chile, Bye

This is not a musings but a PSA: We exist! We outchea! We support authors (black and others) who tell our stories and represent us in their narratives. The sentiment that we do not is bullshit. I will admit that we do not always have firsthand knowledge of a new release or project because we’re often indirectly (or not) excluded because our social media presence isn’t large enough for a writer’s or publisher’s liking or there’s this ridiculous belief that black women (or people) don’t read.

I am proud to be part of a collective of black women bloggers. We all maintain separate blogs (which I encourage you to follow and support), but we’ve formed a sisterhood beyond blogging where we actively discuss the state of black fiction in all its forms. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know I concentrate specifically on romance, but my blogging sisters represent the black narrative in all its genres. WE EXIST!

If you are a blogger who reps black fiction and black womanhood in fiction, please link in the comments. Make your presence known!




Brazen Babe Reviews




Monlatable Book Reviews


And you already know how I roll…


I’ve given you four black bloggers who will rep your black narrative. Four is better than none. And while you’re at it, join our Goodreads group, The Black Bookcase. I post romances, old and new, every Tuesday and Friday, but we represent all genres of fiction that feature black women in a leading role.

New Release: Savannah’s Secrets (The Bourbon Brothers) by Reese Ryan

One of my favorite kinds of series are the ones that feature a bunch of brothers who are all different in personality but share that impenetrable bond.

Reese Ryan has a new series about a family of whiskey moguls who burn in the boardroom and the bedroom. Up first is the story of eldest  Abbott brother Blake. He’s a cutie. And Savannah is looking fine herself. I love pretty couples…

Savannah’s Secrets is available on Amazon, Harlequin Romance, and Barnes & Noble .

New Release: A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole

First of all, a black royal…


Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?


Didn’t Prince Hakeem of Zamunda also pretend to be poor to find his woman? No, I’m not saying this book is like the movie (because I haven’t read it yet), but it was the first thing I thought of, lol.

A Princess in Theory is the first in the Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole.

Monday Musings: Reading This Book Felt Like Eating Unseasoned Chicken

Tis the first Monday of the month; therefore, I muse…

You ever read a book that was well-written, at times, engaging, and just an all-around productive use of your time? But while you’re reading, you’re constantly asking yourself, “When is the bottom going to drop?” “When is the crazy ex gonna pop up and try to re-stake their claim?” “When is something dire from the past gonna resurface and threaten the couple’s happiness?”

You get through the entire book, and NOTHING! There’s no seasoning! You just read the equivalent of a two-piece white broiled with a splash of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. I mean, it fills you, but it isn’t savory. There are no lingering feels. You are already thinking about what you are going to read next.

Or is it just me? You don’t mind a romance with zero conflict. I just…can’t see how a couple meets, goes out a few times, falls in love, and marries. The end. What?! I need something to drive a wedge between them—a new job on a different continent; political differences; the “pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza” debate; SOMETHING!!!!

Look, I live a drama-free life, so I get my jollies through these books. I needs the seasoning!

ps-I’ve surpassed the 500 post mark! I can’t believe it. I should do a giveaway or sum’n. Stay tuned…

New Release: Bad At Love by Emeline Piaget

Just when I was bitching about the lack of older woman/younger man romances, I snagged another one! Stella ain’t the only one getting her groove back. Meet Georgina and her hot young bae Rocco!

This book starts off with a bang and ends with an awww… Unbeknownst to her, Georgie married a fuckboy, and when she rightfully dumps him, she swears off men and relationships for good — until she meets a fine tenderoni at her BFFs wedding.

All I’ma say is when you have nothing to lose, don’t let the “what-ifs” stop you from exploring what could be. If he got a job, his own business for that matter, his own place, his own ride, and got good credit, DAMN AN AGE DIFFERENCE!

Bad At Love is the story of a woman who wants no more drama, but when you’ve got a salty ex and a sexy right now, there will be drama. How it all plays out, you’ll just have to click it up and see…

New Release: A Song For You by Chicki Brown

First of all, is sis’s face on this cover not beat to the gawds?!


Breelyn Jarrett had the reputation of being a wild child in the small town of Eufaula, Alabama. Now that she’s passed her thirtieth birthday, she spends her days enjoying her single life without any commitments and her nights singing karaoke at clubs in nearby Dothan. Even though she has a beautiful voice, she has never attempted to go any further than the karaoke clubs. Her life takes a sudden turn when her best friend’s husband records her performance and sends it to a friend who works at an Atlanta record company where she meets Pierce Devereaux.

Pierce is enjoying the good life as the Chief Financial Officer of an Atlanta record company, but at this point in his life, he’s tired of dating and meaningless sex. He meets the beautiful Breelyn at her contract signing meeting, and he is mesmerized. Her freewheeling personality and life outlook are the distinct opposite of his conservative professional image. And the last thing Bree seems to want is a serious relationship with any man. Determined to change her mind, Pierce pursues her with the same focused intention he applies to his career.

Is Breelyn and Pierce’s attraction enough to overcome their differences?


A Song For You is available now

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Monday Musings: The Cliffhanger Conundrum

Let me officially go on record and state that it ain’t no conundrum for me. I lives for a good cliffhanger. What pisses me the hell off, however, is waiting till the next leap year for the conclusion or next installment. I, mean, really!!!

Look, I know that “life” happens, but don’t play with my emotions! If the previous book ends with a death, a surprise resurrection, or a whodunit, then dagnabit, you better be dropping the follow up sometime between soon and sooner.

PS-Dear reader, don’t leave a 1-star review because a book ends in a cliffhanger. That’s just petty and foul. Most authors now disclose the book ends in a cliffhanger for this very reason. If the blurb clearly states the book ends in a cliffhanger, and you know you hate cliffhangers, don’t be a Petty Betty and bash the book.  Wait for the completed series or better yet, support another author while you wait…


New Release: fued. by Phyllis Bourne

First of all, sis wrote a shitload of books, and I’m just discovering here. I hate when that happens! I am slipping…

fued. by Phyllis Bourne is on some Hatfield and McCoys, Montague and Capulet ish…


An inherited house that comes complete with a tall, dark and sexy neighbor – it’s a romance no-brainer, right?

Until Alexandra Bridges learns of the hundred-year old family feud that makes the hunk next door her sworn enemy for life.

The man has a body that makes Alex want to make love, not war. But there is an additional quarter million-dollar inheritance at stake. She’ll have to run him out of the neighborhood to become the legendary feud’s sole survivor – if he doesn’t run her out first.


feud. is available exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Check it out!