It is also my latest obsession. I love when an author shares their vision of their work with their readers. This not only includes the characters, but locales. Fill my head with these images! Give me some perspective! Enlighten me! But…sometimes their vision of a character is completely different from mine and I’m like WHOAAAAAA…But that’s the glory of it. There is no right or wrong. Just different. With that being said, here are a few boards that I love. Check them out and give the author a follow while you’re at it 😉
It’s Friday, so you know what time it is!!! I have already purchased 6 of the books on this week’s board and have read 3 of them already! Have I mentioned that my TBR is up to 166 and growing by the day?! Yes, I’m a hoarder. The thought of not having “a lot” of books to read frightens me. It’s a sickness that I have no intention of curing anytime soon. Anyway, on to this week’s releases (L to R):
Cause sometimes I have some shit on my mind that can’t wait til Monday Musings…
This week’s thoughts have been brewing in my mind for a minute, and they aren’t directed toward anyone specifically LIES, but merely a reflection of some things that bother me and keep me tossin and turnin at night.
1. I HATE am disillusioned when an author tags their book as IR only for the main character(s) who are the IR couple not to end up together at the end. I’m not talking about the stories where they end up in a different interracial relationship, but the ones where the man or woman (where one or both of them are the lead) is in an existing IR relationship, but some shit goes down, and they meet and fall in love with another person who happens to be their race. I don’t read IR for this trickery! I want my HEA to be for an IR couple because that’s what I paid for (or at least I thought). I won’t lie: I always skip to the end of the book first to see how it ends, then go back to the beginning, and if I don’t get my (notice I said my) HEA, it’s the Kindle graveyard. I have been burned more than a hooker at the point to fall for the okey doke… CocoFierce, you know what I’m talking ‘bout!
2. Books that are labeled as “Part II” but have nothing to do with the first book or is not a continuation of the first book. The main characters are totally different and may feature the main characters from Book 1 in a supporting role, but they essentially have nothing to do with the new story. A fair warning would be nice. I read a book about 2 years ago that I absolutely loved. It ended on a major cliffhanger, and when the author was asked by more than one reader if she planned to do a sequel or a follow-up, she was very coy, non-committal, and frankly unbothered. Her response was something along the lines of “You never know…” Now what kind of shit is that?! Seventy-five percent of the book was about the struggle of this couple becoming a couple only for them to finally get together, then break up over some bullshit which is how it ended, but then you leave your audience hanging? Yeah, ok…By the way, she released Book 2 last year which got everybody hyped only for us to discover that it wasn’t a sequel but a new story featuring a new couple. The couple from Book 1 just played the background because the 2 women were friends. The woman in Book 2 played the background in book 1, so this book was her turn I guess. Woulda been nice to know this was the goal when you promote your work as ABC, Book 2! It wasn’t like okay, I’ve created a series that will feature a bunch of stand alones where all the characters are connected in some way. This was like the author wrote a book. It got really popular (FYI, this author doesn’t traditionally write IR) because of word of mouth and great reviews, so she decided to do a follow up on the friend. That, I have absolutely no issue with, but I’m pissed because we never got closure from the first book! Just tidbits and had to sorta piece together the rest.
As you can see from this rambling rant, I’m feeling some kinda way lol…Til next week.
Where all my Vera Roberts fans? If you are like me, you’ve been waiting on this one (see how I spelled coming lol). While the release date has yet to be announced, the fact that there’s a cover makes it a reality. This is me now:
Follow Vera’s blog for the latest dish and scoop on when the book drops!
When a man with an ancient grudge meets and falls in love with the innocent girl who’s life was ruined by his vendetta, complicated isn’t word enough to describe the situation he finds himself in. His chance with her would be shot to hell if she were to find out his role in her family’s death. She would probably take the news that he was 325 year old werewolf much better.
About the series:
– Sweet Romance.
-Interracial, Multicultural, New Adult, Paranormal, Werewolf.
-Hero is Native American, heroine is African American with East African origins.
-It’s a saga with five installments.
-Fate Reborn begins with 18th Century Native America before leaping to the 21st Century.
Fate Reborn (Dukkha Fate Series #1) Blurb:
Ashat is a werewolf who’s lived three centuries in sorrow and torment after his family was killed by an enemy-Baku. The only way he is able to bear his long life is drinking himself into a drunken stupor, women and hunting down Baku. His world suddenly changes when he meets Merilee and he is finally able to love and be happy again.
Merilee lost her family in a fire when she was five. However she isn’t too sure about that, her nightmares show her something very different to what her shrink has been telling her for thirteen years. She was raised by her two adoptive sisters Ann and Maria in an orphanage. She has a fear of letting people in and losing them. This fear makes her put up with an obnoxious boyfriend Steve until she’s finally gets the courage to get rid of him.
She finally meets a man who she instantly has a crush on and ultimately falls in love with after their first night together.
But Merilee and Ashat have met before in the worst of situations.
Christina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. She is the author of Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Regency Romance books and a poet of currently 3 titles. She loves reading novels that take her on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She’s always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. She always imagined scenarios and wondered how they would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions they would invoke. Thus began her writing career.
53% of 9-year-olds read for pleasure daily, and by the time they turn 17, that number drops to 19%.
The National Book Foundation and Penguin Random House designated today, January 24th, as National Readathon Day. This is a nationwide marathon reading session from noon-4 PM (in respective time zones), and a fundraiser for The National Book Foundation’s literacy programs.
Just in time for February – Black History Month
I definitely plan to dedicate some D.E.A.R. time today. I will Drop Everything And Read (or begin reading) a couple of non-fiction books that have been on my TBR list for at least a year.
If you can’t read during the marathon hours today, please give yourself some D.E.A.R. time this weekend. Your body and spirit will appreciate the calm and peace of mind that reading a good book will bring. Happy Reading!
For week ending 1/23. I truly try to make this board as eclectic and original as possible while maintaining the integrity of the genre. You will never see me promote fetish titles no matter how popular the book may be. I will also never promote titles that I feel are blatantly disrespectful to black women-those that treat us as nothing more than sex objects, gold diggers, or any of the above…What you will see is a mix of popular IR authors, seasoned authors who are new to the genre or under the radar, and first-time authors. So, with that being said, let’s go!
Cause sometimes I have shit on my mind that just can’t wait til Monday Musings…
Today’s thought is about beta readers, and I’m addressing this specifically to any author who is willing to answer truthfully. My thought question is this: Why do authors solicit other authors as their beta readers? And I ask this because I see it a lot, and I’m just a naturally nosy curious person.
Is it because authors can relate better to each other because of the kindred writing thing? Or…
Can other authors pick up on little nuances that a non-writer may not initially get? Or…
Are they simply more reliable in pointing out errors, inconsistencies etc than a reader with no writing experience?
See, the paranoid broad in me would be like oh hell nah, I ain’t giving this heffa (friend or not) my book to read because,
She (or he) may be out to sabotage me by giving me some fucked up advice. Or…
They may steal my ideas and plagiarize my shit then they will catch these hands…
So, authors, what’s the deal? I’d think you’d want to get a couple of reliable, well-read readers (like me and Coco Fierce) who will keep it real with you, but hey…
I love books! I love to read books! But interestingly enough, I love to analyze and break down the books I read, as in what worked for me. What didn’t. How that passage have been written more effectively. Were there any unanswered questions? You know that kind of stuff…It’s gotten to the point where I can barely read a book for the enjoyment. It’s maddening and thrilling at the same time, so I’ve decided to do something about it: I’m going back to school! To learn the mechanics of editing! Yes, ya girl wants to be a book editor!
It may sound like hard work and boring stuff, but I’m a pretty boring person so it works for me. But more importantly, I want to help writers realize their potential. I cannot tell you how many poorly-written books I’ve read be it spelling and grammar, plot, characterization, or an unfortunate combination of all of the above. I have wanted to reach out to these authors, but I have no credentials, and I don’t want to offend anyone. “Hey, I see your book has a lot of negative reviews because of poor editing. Work with me…” I wish…
I’m really excited for this next phase in my life. I hate school with a passion, but I’m so determined to do this. It’s only one class so far, so we’ll see how it goes. Maybe we can work together someday soon 😉
And on another note, Happy MLK Day! I’ll be doing some local volunteering with some friends. Should be fun 🙂