Happy last Monday of March! Can you believe we’re almost four months in to 2018?! I can’t recall a single damn thing of personal significance I did in January, February, or this month for that matter. I’ve got to do better…
Anywho, I want to close out this month’s musings by talking about blurbs. Blurb, blurb, blurb, blurb, blurb (in the tune of Work by Rihanna..)
I have talked with many authors who have, at one point, stressed, sometimes to the point of despair, about writing the blurb for their newest release. I’ve helped write a few blurbs, and believe me, they’re tricky af. You want to include some inkling of what the story is about without retelling the entire story. A hint of intrigue always works, but you don’t want to go so far off the rails that the prospective reader literally asks, “WTF is this book supposed to be about?!” Whew..
A few of the many variations I’ve seen of a book blurb:
- A tidy summary that identifies the lead character(s) and their plight
- A cryptic statement that basically dares you to click it (Gotta admit, these usually get me…)
- An actual passage from the story. No summary. No expectations. Here’s a passage; now click it to read the rest…
- A summary that basically gives the whole damn story away
That last one…boy, I’ll tell ya…
What’s your take on da blurb?
I always preface my “reviews” by stating they’re technically not reviews because I’m basically expressing my reaction to the story. With that being said, let’s talk about Tea and Tomahawks by Dahlia DeWinters.
Sometimes, you can look at the title of a book and have some inkling of what it’s about or what to expect. Well, this ain’t one of em… It’s not until I got into the story that the title makes sense, and up until that point, I had no idea what to expect. I only knew it would either be a WTF or an OMG. Guess what? It was both! And I enjoyed every page of it — in spite of ole fuckboy Richard.
Tea andTomahawks is part romance, part southern gothic, part mystic, and a whole lotta reading this was worth my time. Let me say, as I was reading, I was instantly transported into the story itself. The storytelling, the imagery is so vivid, I felt like a bystander, watching it all play out in front of me.
Annalise (I love that name…) is married to an abusive jerkhole (that would be fuckboy Richard) whose sole agenda is to control her and get his pale paws on her grandmother’s scrilla. Grandmother is in her twilight years, but she ain’t no fool. She smells Richard’s filth and knows his ulterior motives. And so do the other “inhabitants” of the house.
Although the story is engrossing from beginning to end, it angered me to the point I felt I was going to pop. Annalise was weak in mind and spirit most of the story, which is one of the many pitfalls of a battered woman, but whew, the story itself… it was deep, infusing the evils of the past with the evils of the present. Vengeance is oh, so sweet, however, as Annalise rises from the depths of bad choices and despair to realize her destiny, which is one of a woman who is deserving of love and not one who is destined to be bound to an insecure, dusty coward.
Tea & Tomahawks is a short story, but it reads like a full-length novel, and I give it a big ole click it up!
GENRE: women’s fiction with romantic elements, contemporary romance
Life has a way of going awry when you least expect it, and Khalila Skyers learns this lesson the hard way. In one devastating blow after another, she loses her cosy existence. Then Douglas Blythe overtakes her life like a flood, and she’s not equipped to deal with an attraction that seems forbidden and overwhelming. But her body and heart want what they want, and leave her wondering if she ever knew herself at all.
Douglas is determined to help Khalila move beyond her obsession with the past and reach for love a second time. No matter how long it takes. No matter the distance. He’s going to prove he’s worth the risk.
The Thick of Things is available now at all of these e-tailers. Click it up!
B & N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thick-of-things-jl-campbell/1128105800?ean=2940159080509
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Thick-Things-Media-Res-Book-ebook/dp/B07B7B8JY2
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thick-Things-Media-Res-Book-ebook/dp/B07B7B8JY2
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!
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.
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, www.NovelsbyLaQuette.com, Facebook/LaQuetteTheAuthor, Twitter at @LaQuetteLikes, Instagram at @la_quette, and via email at LaQuette@NovelsbyLaQuette.com.
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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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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…