I’m guessing the folks at Google consider lynching a legitimate way of meting out punishment to African-American criminals, huh?
Just to make sure I wasn’t making a fuss out of nothing, I deleted the “African” in front of the “American” and typed in “Italian-,” “Chinese-,” and “Irish-.” Nope, nada. Kind of funny, no?
Once again, the Smart Bitches and Dear Author have launched a campaign to save the contemporary romance. Apparently, since romantic suspense and paranormal romance/urban fantasy have taken over the landscape, the existence of a single title contemporary romance has been rare. This time there are even better prizes, AND Borders has chipped in to offer $1 off the selected title!
Now isn’t that nice of them?
However, I can’t believe that in all the issues of RT that have been released since romantic suspense and the paranormal began to dominate women’s fiction, reviewers and readers have had a difficult time finding straight contemporary romance. I find it even more skeptical to believe that OMG, the selected works have been needles in the proverbial haystack. And further, that Borders would emerge from its sleepy corner to offer a coupon specifically for this book through a popular and influential romance website when there are books released each month that could use this sort of promotion.
Yes, I’m flogging that “black romance” horse again.
Every month, Dafina and Kimani Press release quality contemporary romances. Kimani may be published by Harlequin, but it’s treated like a ST line. And hey, after my quick email to RT, they label the Dafina releases according to their genre ( [C], [RS], MF], etc).
When I logged onto the internet and visited the aforementioned websites, I couldn’t help but scream with laughter over this campaign.
And I couldn’t help but feel justified for my contempt over the scores of non-black authors falling over themselves in fear and agony after all the publishing house shake-ups: Oh noes! I might not get that “very good deal” I would have received in the past! For fear, I might not get the distribution I deserve! *Gasp* Editors might not take my copy-cat Regency/Paranormal/Romantic Suspense!
I kept my mouth shut to keep from responding to the ignorant arrogance of these authors. If you’re going to suffer, think about all the black authors who will suffer even further because of this. If your book might not get into all the bookstores because of a low print number, think of all the black authors who’ve always been shut out of the big box chains. If your book doesn’t get a good deal, think of all the black authors who’ve never had a chance to have their genre fiction sold at auction or pre-empted or for $50,000+.
All I can say to the bitching and moaning, and honestly, the “save the contemporary” campaign is stuff it. If the playing field is not level, and never will be level, I cannot rightfully support anything that other writers will rarely, if ever, have a chance to experience.
I don’t have any prizes, or big box chains supporting me, but since a lot of non-blacks voted for Obama, and most people coo over their PDA, maybe readers will feel more comfortable purchasing romance with the following covers (click to buy or read an excerpt!):
The men of the prominent Deveraux clan knew plenty about romance, and Lucien Deveraux was the biggest player of all. But that changed after Hurricane Katrina devastated his beloved city. Now Lucien’s ready to dedicate himself to one woman: Nicole Argonne. Trouble is, Nicole has no time for what she calls “pretty men.” If Lucien wants her, he needs to prove himself…and Nicole’s not going to make it easy.
Lucien is sexy, smart and charming—just like the man who broke Nicole’s heart before. But Lucien has his own plan to win her. And when his scheming ex arrives in town, Nicole must decide whether she has the courage to trust again.…
Decorated police detective Lawrence Hightower’s instincts click into high gear when a beautiful but suspicious stranger appears in his stakeout zone. Soon he realizes Minerva Jones is in danger and needs protection. He can’t trust her. But he can’t get this tough, feisty, stubborn siren out of his head.
Desperate to keep a low profile, the last thing Minerva needs is a sexy cop getting too close for comfort. Not that she’s guilty of anything, except her own intense attraction to the too-fine detective. But she’s got a few secrets, and trouble is closing in. Dare she surrender to the promise this sensual hero holds in his strong, protective embrace?
The feisty women who sell Tender Loving Care body products are hiding a secret: they’re undercover operatives in The Ladies Cartel—the flip side organization of TLC Cosmetics. They’re sworn to an oath to never reveal their clandestine activities, and not even their families know about their alternate lives.
Danielle Holloway is the newest member of the group. Her first assignment: infiltrate a ring of identity-theft criminals. With cool wit and seductive charm, Danielle uses her skills to piece together the clues, and she’s shocked to discover a cloud of guilt hovers over her beau, the very sexy and charismatic Nick Mateo.
Playing glorified babysitter to a reluctant executive isn’t quite the job life coach Kennedy Fitzgerald had in mind. Even so, she’s sure that grooming Salim Washington to take over as head of a TV studio will be a breeze…right until he delivers a kiss that rocks Kennedy’s perfectly ordered world to the core.
Unconventional, impulsive and sexy as sin, Salim would rather be traveling the globe helping others than trapped behind a desk. He also doesn’t trust Kennedy’s motives one bit. Yet beneath her prim exterior is a tempting, sensual woman who makes him long to turn every business meeting into an adventure in soul-searing pleasure.…