Romance by authors of color

Over the past week, there’s been a spirited discussion on Romance Twitter (yes, it’s a thing) about the way the industry and publishers treat authors of color as well as readers of color. Authors told stories about being shunted to “ethnic” imprints, seeing books by white authors featuring characters of color with racist tropes in them, and, in one thoughtless thread, someone asked if people of color even wanted to read or write romance.

If you’re wondering how to find an author of color writing good romance, here are some great recent choices available at the Seattle Public Library:

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Time to Wine Down

One of my favorite activities for wine o’clock is to curl up with a book.

Maybe a Full Bodied Murder mystery or A Case of Syrah, Syrah by chance.

For more of a darker blend you could try a Deadly Tasting.

If you prefer a lighter read, like me, you could try Blush for Me or a story that was Once Upon a Wine.

But as with all good wines its good to Let It Breathe.

~posted by Kara P.

Dragons, wolves and bears in love – oh my!

Are you stuck in the winter doldrums? Perhaps you need some sexy romance novels to spice up these last winter days – why not add some steamy shapeshifting surprises to raise the temperature?

Isabel Cooper has a number of books about the dragon shapeshifting clan the MacAlasdairs. Her latest trilogy, Dawn of the Highland Dragon, takes us back to medieval Scotland during its time fighting for autonomy – a fight to which the MacAlasdairs bring their special fire-breathing skillset. Highland Dragon Warrior, the first book in the trilogy, introduces us to Cathal MacAlasdair. With a friend cursed by a wizard, he must enter into a partnership with alchemist Sophia Metzger, sacrificing part of himself in the process.

In Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, Silver Merchant is a telepath and the head of an aid organization that responds to terrorism. When her life is threatened, a bear changeling clan takes her in to protect her. Protected in their heavily fortified compound, Silver comes into increasing contact with the alpha of the clan, Valentin Nikolaev. As Silver and Valentin leave the compound to track down a shadowy faction that wants to undermine a peace treaty, they’ll have to balance work and their attraction. This is a prequel to the long running Psy/Changeling series, and is a good place to hop in. Continue reading “Dragons, wolves and bears in love – oh my!”

New Fiction Roundup – February 2018

From historical fiction to romance, mystery, and more, check out this selection of new titles coming out in February.

2/6: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – Newlyweds Roy and Celestial are navigating their first year of marriage when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Eventually exonerated, Roy returns to a different home than he left. A novel that examines love, family, loyalty, and issues of race. A Peak Pick selection; look for it on display at your library branch!

2/6: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday –Halliday weaves together the story of a young American editor in love with a famous older writer, and the story of an Iraqi-American man on his way to Kurdistan and stuck in an immigration holding room in Heathrow airport.

2/6: Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin – A collection of stories about women’s unexpressed desires and needs, and the unexpected Continue reading “New Fiction Roundup – February 2018”

New fiction roundup – January 2018

1/2: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – Recluse Anna Fox stays in her New York apartment, drinking wine, watching old movies, and spying on neighbors. Then she sees something shocking happen with the new family across the way. Twisty psychological suspense for fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Continue reading “New fiction roundup – January 2018”