Recommended Read: Leveling The Field by Megan Erickson

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Happy Saturday!

Real talk: Whenever I read a romance featuring a black heroine and written by a non-black person, I brace myself because I never know what I’m going to get. Am I going to get a stereotype or a caricature of how this writer perceives black women or does this writer know a black woman intimately and asked questions because as much as we’re all the same, we’re also different in many, many ways, from our ideals, views on society, and our culture, of course. And I’m saying all this to say: Megan Erickson did the damn thang in Leveling The Field!

Lissa Kingsman is everything in a young black woman that I wish we all were: proud of who she was as a black woman, living carefree in the skin she was born in, turning her passions into her profession, and owning her sexuality to the fullest. And girlfriend carries an emergency headscarf in her bag, cause yeah, you gotta be prepared for unexpected overnight trips…Now don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t some preachy, this is how you should live your life narrative because it is far from that. But these are the things that I took away. I was just so overjoyed to read about this young woman. There wasn’t just telling but showing, and I was all kinds of

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Now, let’s get on to the story, lolol…Yeah, this is an actual romance…

Ethan Talley is a sexy gamer turned hermit after a tragic accident left him physically and emotionally scarred. He blames himself for the death of his sister and has shut himself off physically and emotionally from the world-until he meets Lissa Kingsman. It wasn’t love at first sight, but lust at first sight, and the feeling was mutual. And BLAM! There was no buildup, they acted on it like any two consenting adults would, and I loved it! Now that’s the sweet part.

While Ethan and Lissa agree that their attraction is purely physical, you know you can’t connect with someone physically without at least one person catching feelings. Yup, feelings got caught, thrown back, and caught again. This story is a rollercoaster of emotions, and yes, there is an HEA. You know I don’t mess with no romantic story otherwise.

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Throwback Thursday: Ain’t No Sunshine by Leslie DuBois

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When I finished this book,  I could only think of one word to immediately summarize my thoughts: Bruh

Let me also say this: You will read this book and come away feeling one of three things:

  1. Loved it.
  2. Hated it.
  3. What the fuck did I just read???

Ain’t No Sunshine is set in 1960’s Virginia, and let me tell you: the title of the story lives up to its name. Stephen is raised in an abusive home, and his only hope for a happy life is his black neighbor Ruthie, whom he’s loved since he was a little boy. His racist, redneck, fucked up in the head daddy ain’t having it, though, and everything that happens in between til the very end is a virtual mindfuck. Yes, I’m spewing expletives because, dammit, this story got me still feeling some kind of way two years after reading it.

This book should have come with a slew of trigger warnings, and I feel like if I name them, then I will give away the entire plot. I’m not trying to conceal anything intentionally, but let’s just say, if you have no problems reading about abusive (in all forms) situations and forming your own opinions about what you’ve read, then I do recommend this story. There are mega plot twists throughout, and let’s just say that nothing is what it seems. Or is it?

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Monday Musings: HEA Or Bust!

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So, I was talking with an author friend, and she told me she’s working on a novella of a new couple she’d introduced in one of her earlier stories, and she told me, “This is going to be a lighthearted, summer romance; however, the couple probably won’t end up to-

STOP THE MUFUGGIN PRESSES!

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Internally, I’m thinking, “This heffa done lost her mind.” No ma’am. Now you don’t wanna end a fruitful friendship cause you can’t act right (snort.) Thankfully, I talked her off the ledge, and I know some of you are going to say I’m wrong for that, but I give nary a care. I 👏 do👏 not👏 read👏 romance👏 for👏 the👏 couple👏 not👏 to👏 end👏 up👏 together.

You wanna break the couple up? Write a murder mystery or sum’n, and do not label it romance! I don’t even care for HFN to be honest.

Yes, I’m one of “those”. How y’all feel about this? Do you need an HEA, or do you not care as long as the story’s good?

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Black Girl Magic Lit Mag!

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When I found out about Black Girl Magic Lit Mag, I was all kinds of…

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Black Girl Magic Lit Mag is a literary magazine created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority voices and characters in speculative fiction, especially Black women’s voices. Black Girl Magic Lit Mag believes that by showcasing stories featuring Black female voices and characters we can create a reflection of ourselves in the literature that we love, in a world where our images are constantly controlled, shaped, and distorted by those outside of our experiences .

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How gorgeous is this cover art?

Black Girl Magic Lit Mag features a genre of fiction that often excludes women of color, specifically black women. The stories include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and steampunk. Issues 1 and 2 are available on Amazon.

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Issue 3 just dropped and can be purchased here in a variety of formats. And: Use code 3peat to save 10% on this issue! Our support of such publications is vital to get the exposure we need that is often lacking in mainstream publications. And, it’s an opportunity to discover new writers and a genre you may not have read before. I got mine, now get yours! We outchea, and it’s lit!

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Throwback Thursday: Unexpected Interruptions by Trice Hickman

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In this edition of Throwback Thursday, I present a book that I don’t think I’ve ever fully recovered from, lol. Seriously, though, this story is a nailbiting, who is she gon’ choose down to the last few pages, and I’m like, Damn, son! This is the first book that I consider both an interracial and an AA romance because ol’ girl gets down with both dudes. While this is a love triangle, I also felt like I was reading two different stories because chickiepoo is almost two different people when she’s with each man. Unexpected Interruption by Trice Hickman is not necessarily a black vs white thing (Although, some may argue against that), but a who will be the better man for me in the end? One man just happens to be black, while the other is white. MESS-Y!

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Victoria Small is an upwardly mobile sista who has two, professional, hot dudes who want to wife her. And she wants them both, but whom will she choose: Ted, the sweet, charming, white CEO or Parker, the sexy, charismatic, black MD? Honestly, as I was reading this, I found myself flipping coins because they were both on point. Two very different men with one thing in common: Victoria. And they both fight to the very end to claim her. I’m not saying neither dude is perfect, but I wouldn’t mind being in this predicament. Definitely worth the read, especially if you love romance and drama.

PS-There is a sequel, but I’m not gonna list it here because then you’d know who she ends up with, and I want you to experience the intensity of the story without knowing the outcome. Yeah, yeah, a simple Amazon search would give you your answer, but where’s your sense of adventure and element of surprise?

Book Blitz: Wander This World by G.L. Tomas

Book Blitz:
Wander This World
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G.L. Tomas
July 18th – July 25th
Some people are just attracted to darkness…Penley thought he had his life figured out. So why does his world turn upside down when Melanie Blue walks back in it?

Melanie’s lived a thousand lives–possibly taken even more. Targeted by serial killer, she’ll find she has more to worry about than resisting own her nature.

When Penley and Melanie’s path collide, they’ll find that want and need often lead to the same thing.

Will Melanie lose everything when she meets her match?

 

Guinevere and Libertad go by many superhero aliases. Whether you know them by G.L. Tomas, the Twinjas, or the Rebellious Valkyries, their mission is always the same: spreading awareness of diversity in books. Oh, and trying to figure out the use for pocketless pants!They host other allies and champions of diversity in their secret lair in Connecticut.

 

   

 

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Monday Musings: It’s Okay To Be Socially Conscious In Romance

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This week’s musings will be short and sweet-like me (snort).

In light of everything that’s going on in the world (and truthfully, when has it not been going on), I know that some readers read solely for escapism. And I am admittedly one of those readers. But sometimes, I’ll come across a story that is so engrossing, and not just because the author gave me some good romance, but because she spoke on some thangs that touched me in the most profound way.

They acknowledged, without shoving it down my throat, that although they’re writing fiction, the shit they’re writing about also has an agenda. And I’m not just talking about race. It could be misogyny, rape culture, homelessness and economic injustice, politics, whatever…I soak it up, and I genuinely appreciate a writer who’s willing to go there-even if I don’t always agree with what they’re saying.

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Do these types of stories turn you off, or is it not an issue as long as there is also healthy dose of romance to balance out the heaviness of the subject matter?

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New Release: Another Man’s Treasure by Joy Avery

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Book Title: Another Man’s Treasure
Publication Date: June 18, 2016
ASIN: B01HAKBZ0QGenre: Contemporary Romance

By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds—creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after.

Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen.

Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you’ll find in a Joy Avery romance. Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.

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Graphic artist Trinity Hargrove never knew real passion until she sleeps with her boss’s son. Mistake number one. Mistake number two…liking it too much. But they agreed to only one night. Simple enough, right? Wrong. He may be out of her bed, but their intense night together still burns in her memories. As long as she keeps her distance from the oh-so-desirable Xander Duval, everything will be okay. Unfortunately, fate won’t go along with her plan.

Restaurateur Xander Duval agrees to Trinity’s “one night” stipulation, but only in theory. He has no intentions of not being with her again. Especially when his mind—nor body—will allow him to forget the fire that blazed between them until the wee hours of the morning. When Trinity is injured in an automobile accident, he jumps at the opportunity to be her arms and legs. He plans to show her just how determined he is to make her his…for far longer than just one night.

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Website: http://www.joyavery.com

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Tour hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours www.wnlbooktours.com

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New Release: Love In the Read Zone by Love Belvin

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Brand new from author Love Belvin: Love In the Red Zone (Connecticut Kings Book 1)

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Blurb:

Can you tell the difference between a distraction and a blessing? It should be simple, but sometimes what we think is a distraction can actually be a turning of the tide required to bring life full circle, to a place of blessing.

Meet Trent Bailey, who is fighting for the right to continue his stellar professional football career after enduring striking legal woes in the recent past. Trent cannot and will not blow his second chance for anyone; after all, this is the blessing he’s been praying for. After receiving confirmation that staying focused is all he needs, it’s what he aims to do. No distractions. That’s until he bumps into two unexpected overnight guests.

Jade Matthews is doing everything she can for herself and her young son, Kyree. After journeying through her own bumps in the road, she’s finally getting it together. She’s doing what she has to do to make sure her family of two stays afloat. Life’s setbacks won’t stop Jade from providing for her little one, even though she fumbles each pass thrown at her.

What starts out as a temporary favor turns into rapid passion. There’s one agenda here, but getting to the same meeting point has never been more difficult. Fighting their way through trust and self-esteem issues, the two must meet in the right zone; the red zone, where you may think you’re safe, but life has a way of intercepting blessings and…turning the tide.

Love In the Red Zone is available exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

Monday Musings: My Heart and Mind Are Heavy

I try to keep things lighthearted and book-related on this blog, but I am a human being who feels and internalizes things deeply, and  this is all on my mind right now… And do not attempt to  derail what I, as a black woman living in America, am feeling  in any way ’cause I’m not here for the bullshit. You will be blocked…

And in parting:

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