New Release from Brenda Jackson: An Honorable Seduction (The Westmoreland Legacy)

Brenda Jackson is an O.G. in the romance genre, particularly the black romance genre, so when Mrs. J. dropped her latest An Honorable Seduction, she had a sista going…

I see you, ma’am!

Ol’ boy on the cover definitely does not look like a Westmoreland, but he still gets a “Hey, boo” from me. To me, he’s a cross between J.T. Halstrom from Y&R and Chad Michael Murray. And sis’s curls are poppin’.

Synopsis:

David Holloway is used to hard assignments. Now he faces his most difficult yet: cozying up to the soft curves of Swan Jamison. He wants to know the island beauty…in every way. But romancing Swan as part of his SEAL team’s mission tests his honor, even as his feelings become increasingly real. Soon he must make a choice: duty…or desire?

An Honorable Seduction is a Harlequin Desire title (Who else used to or still subscribes to these?) and is available now. Click it up!

 

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New Release from Delaney Diamond: Do Over (Brooks Family Book 2)

I swear Delaney Diamond must write in her sleep because before I can get to the latest book, she’s already dropped a new one. Write them stories, sis!

BOMB ASS COVER ALERT!!!! BOMB ASS COVER ALERT!!!!

Synopsis
She’s devoted to her daughters.
Years ago, when her cheating husband left, Ella Brooks realized how much she’d changed and wasn’t sure how to get back to the woman she used to be. When she meets Tyrone Evers, the last thing she’s looking for is another relationship, but it turns out the police detective is just too tempting to resist. 
 
He’s devoted to his job.
Tyrone meets Ella when he’s investigating a break-in at her home, but ends up paying more attention to the wealthy socialite’s case than normal, and to her. After his wife cheated on him, he’s not looking for romance, he’s not looking for commitment, and he’s definitely not looking for love. But you don’t have to be looking for any of those things for them to find you. 
And when life gives you a second chance, do you take it or run for cover?
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This sound sounds like some grown folks ish to me…Yaaaaassss! Now I understand how Do Over got its title. Click it up today!!

New in the Decades ( A Journey of African American Romance) Series

This month’s spotlight in the Decades series features a two-for since I was MIA in April.

If you are new to the series, Decades spans twelve decades of black love, starting from the 1900s to present day. Each month features a new release in a new decade.

April’s Release: The Art of Love by Suzette D. Harrison

Decade: 1930s

Blurb:

Ava Lydell is chasing her dream. A gifted artist, she’s fled the violence of the Deep South for the seduction of sunny California. As luck would have it, the economic crisis of The Great Depression interferes with her hopes and plans. Without patronage and reliable sales, her fledgling art studio fails. Now, she faces poverty, eviction…and the distraction of a mysterious, young stranger engaged in a questionable trade that delivers danger to Ava’s front door.

In an age of Prohibition and poverty, Chase Jenkins has more than most Colored men. He’s savvy, successful, and hazardously employed. A bootlegger living on the wrong side of the law, he’s determined to discover who murdered his baby brother. He has no time for diversions, especially one packaged in the form of a “midnight beauty” with sultry lips and curvaceous hips. Unable to deny her allure, he involves himself in her affairs despite better judgment. What begins as a crisis quickly becomes a risky romance. Join Chase and Ava on their journey to outlive danger and indulge in the art of love.

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May’s Release: Love’s Sweet Melody by Kianna Alexander

Decade: 1940s

Blurb:

Autumn, 1946

Warner Hughes returns home from war with the lingering effects of battle. Abandoned by his sweetheart and ostracized by his community, he feels he has no real home.

Elizabeth “Betty” Daniels has one love: music. Betty’s family wants to see her married and busy with affairs of the home, leaving no time to pursue her art.

Warner’s only solace is in the sweet melody of Betty’s music. To Betty’s mind, marriage means giving up the freedom to pursue her art. Can Warner let love in, and can Betty make room for love?

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Can I just say that these covers are all bomb af?! They all wonderfully and beautifully capture the aesthetic of the decade, and I love seeing actual couples in their decade-appropriate garb, looking all fly and regal in spite of how black folk were treated during these times. Whew! I live!!!!

Debut Release: The First by Mel Wildes

Brand new release by first-time author Mel Wildes! Sis is all the way from down under, and The First is aptly titled in more ways than one.

Remember in the movie The Holiday where Kate Winslet’s character was helplessly in love with that cad Jasper, played by Rufus Sewel and he played her for his own benefit until she finally moved on? Yeah, this story is kinda reminiscent of that…

The cover: GLORAYYYYYY!

Zadie and Alfie have been BFFs since grade school, and Zadie has carried a torch for him since she realized what a torch was. Alfie never really saw Zadie as anything but a friend, but he did recognize that she had a lil sum’thin going on, but it wasn’t until Alfie announced that he was getting married that he realized that maybe his feelings for Zadie had grown beyond friendship.

And this is where the drama ensues!

The First is the first (snort) of a two-part series. Click it up and find out if Zadie gives in to her feelings for Alfie or chucks up the deuces and gets her life like Kate…

Monday Musings: Intra-Segregation?

Ok, here goes… Y’all know by now that I talk about “uncomfortable” subjects, and I make no apology for that, but I want to put this out here, and I welcome all thoughts and opinions.

Is there a form of segregation or, dare I say, “blacklisting” among black authors when it comes to the genre they write?

I ask this question because I quietly observe what gets liked/shared/blogged by authors and other bloggers, for that matter, and overwhelmingly (Receipts, please, if I’m wrong), if the genre isn’t one in which you write or read, or if the hero ain’t the right color, it gets no love. Yes, I went there because that’s the vibe I’m getting.

I find this all very interesting because I constantly see tweets and FB posts about the lack of diversity in romance, yet, I don’t always see the diversity in my own back yard, so to speak. Shouldn’t we collectively share the works of authors who write and represent heroines of color (specifically black ones) and not just the ones who fit our aesthetic or preferred genre? Just to get it in front of a new pair of eyes that may be interested or looking for something different could open up a whole new fan base for an author.

OR

Is it not so much genre but affiliations and alliances? Is it more of a “I don’t know that author or I haven’t read or don’t like her/him, so I’m not touching it?” Not gon’ lie—I’ve been there a couple of times myself, and I’m working overtime to change this mindset (Unless I find the author extremely problematic for some reason…)

I even notice in the views, shares, likes, and tweets of my own blog posts that certain genres or authors get more love than others, based on the genre of the book. This is the very reason that I changed my blog model from an “IR” blog to a more inclusive one that showcases all genres of romance that feature black heroines.

So, what are your thoughts? Am I tripping? (I’m going to deny it if you say yes, so don’t even bother 😛 )