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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What is it about spies that make them such fantastic romance heroes? Is it the air of danger? The ability to write in code? Or maybe it’s that, when a hero is a spy, you know that eventually they’ll have to let down their guard and expose their secrets to the woman they love, proof of how she’s changed him and captured his heart. If you’re looking for heroes in service to the crown, this is a good start.
In Sherry Thomas’ His At Night, Elissande is virtually a prisoner of her uncle and the only way to escape is through marriage. In desperation, she sets her sights on Lord Vere, a notoriously vapid marquis. Once married, she’ll have freedom from her uncle, and with a husband who’s not very smart, she’ll have freedom within her marriage to do as she pleases.
Vere has spent years cultivating his reputation of idiocy, a man with no interests deeper than fashion, gaming, and skirt-chasing. But his secret is more than just his intelligence, it’s that he’s a spy in the service of the British government. When he’s cornered into marriage by Elissande, at first it’s only physical passion that unites them. But as they slowly learn to reveal themselves, they find that it’s love. Sherry Thomas writes intelligent and original heroes and heroines, with angsty, passionate plots. Continue reading “The Spy Who Loved Me”
-Posted by Eric G.
The Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2015 RITA Awards at their annual conference on July 25th. The RITA is one of the most prestigious awards for romance writers and its numerous subcategories showcase the variety within romance publishing. That being said, there were many excellent books nominated that didn’t walk away with the prize this year.
Best First Book nominee: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
Despite not winning Best First Book, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more winning romance from the past year than Sonali Dev’s debut. This joyful love story is steeped in rich Indian culture and was a library favorite that ended up on numerous staff-curated lists. Pick it up and join us in singing its praises.
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For the past two years we have been highlighting the robust and diverse romance genre on Wednesdays. Despite its staggering popularity, the romance genre doesn’t always get respect or recognition from mainstream press and book awards. It’s been our goal with this column to give romance the love it deserves (pun intended) and acknowledge its massive readership, which includes many librarians at The Seattle Public Library. As we prepare to take a hiatus from this regular column, we asked these librarians to give a shout out to some of their favorite books and authors. Feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments, and happy (ever after) reading!
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By Jessica W.
Historical romance can be somewhat limited in where the romance happens. Is it this ballroom or that ballroom? Rotten Row or a country house party? In the public eye, rules can’t be broken. But in the gambling clubs and hells of London, the rules of society take a second place to the rules of chance. When a hero or heroine is no stranger to Lady Luck, their willingness to risk it all can pay off in love.
Sarah MacLean just released the final book of her Rule of Scoundrels quartet, Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover. While it’s a wonderful finale, it really is best appreciated after you’ve read the first three. The series begins with A Rogue By Any Other Name, the story of the Marquess of Bourne and the very proper Lady Penelope. Bourne is a societal outcast with only his title, but has made his way as a co-owner of the most notorious gambling club in London, The Fallen Angel. Penelope has everything he does not: society’s acceptance, and piles of money. He plans their marriage as one of pure convenience for him, but Penelope has other plans, starting with exploring the forbidden pleasures offered at the Angel. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: The Gamblers”