An interesting experiment regarding diverse books, A romance documentary, Some Movers & Shakers, and as usual some Books Shelf porn.
A year in Training…
This article was published a few weeks ago, but I felt it was worth a mention. The need for more diverse books across ALL genres, written by diverse authors and starring diverse characters, is not a secret amongst many readers of this site. Often, I find myself wanting to either scream or roll my eyes, when people tell me they just can’t find diverse books or authors. But then I remind myself, that unless they specifically go looking for diversity, most readers are left with only bestseller lists, advertising and reviews to find their next read. Unfortunately, those avenues are often devoid of diverse authors and their stories.
This Washington Post article addresses the issue of “white-washed” media exposure, via an experiment. The writer of the article, made a concious decision to read only books by minority authors and was faced with challenges she didn’t expect”
But it was much harder than I expected to discover books by nonwhite authors. The resources most readers use to find good literature left me with all the usual suspects. White authors reign in book reviews, bestseller lists, literary awards and Amazon.com recommendations. In a survey of New York Times articles published in 2011, author and cultural commentator Roxane Gay discovered that nearly 90 percent of the reviewed books were authored by white writers. Among Amazon editors’ top 20 picks of 2014, just three authors were minorities.
You can read the complete article here.
Everyone Hates the Popular Girl…
A new documentary titled “Love Between the Covers” takes a look at the romance genre and romance publishing and came to the conclusion, that a lot of people are snobby $%#!s when it comes to romance, despite the fact that it is a billion dollar business. That is nothing new to many of us who;ve, been asked “Why are you reading that?” The question is usually accompanied by a facial expression that is equal parts pitying and scandalized. I’ve dubbed the expression jackass face.
Anyway, the people making the documentary came to the conclusion you and I already know, the romance genre is like the popular girl everyone hates. Snobs, just can’t get over the fact that the genre makes so much more that others, and that the community is just plain freaking awesome:
Romance writers may get little respect from the literary world, but they are, without a doubt, its rock stars. “We don’t really care what the establishment thinks, because we’re paying off our houses,” says Bates. “Readers vote with their wallets. I think the big-publisher business models will have to become more author-friendly if they want to retain their authors.”
The full details are here.
Movers and Shakers
Deeper by Allyn Lesley
Everything Avianna Linton thought she knew was shattered in one traffic stop. With her life turned upside down, she flees to the bright lights of New York City hoping for anonymity and a new life.
Rising from nothing, Noah Adams holds onto his power and control with a bone-crushing grip. No one dared challenge his authority until her…
Avi’s disdain for Noah is barely contained, and Noah does everything he can to restrain himself—a concept he has little experience with.
There’s more between the two than either of them realize. A force looms near, hovering with deadly precision and motivated solely by revenge.
Avi wonders who her new friends truly are and if she’s already in too deep. Noah, accustomed to getting what he wants, will do whatever it takes to draw Avi in deeper.
Lick & Devour by Francette Phal
Anticipating the arrival of her ex-husband after spending two long agonizing weeks apart, Eden Mercer has every intention of spending a hot and heavy night with Dominic Armstrong. But she’s horribly disappointed when the media mogul puts work once again ahead of their fledgling relationship, opting to remain overseas instead of returning to her and their son.
So Eden resolves to spend her nights at home alone, eating the expensive chocolates he sent her and eagerly wearing out the AA batteries in her “special friend”.
But Dominic has other plans in mind for his wife, none of which include being replaced by a sex toy. With every intention of licking and devouring every inch of her delectable body, he’ll give her a night she won’t soon forget.
Lick & Devour is an erotic novelette meant to stoke your flames so you can Lick & Devour your own special someone.
Ironic by HArper Miller
I’ve got a funny story for you. A funny story I need to get off my chest. I can’t share it with any of my friends, so I’m sharing it on a kinky message board full of strangers. Well, it is the Internet. . . .
Although the Internet provides a sense of anonymity, names have been changed to protect the innocent (and not so innocent). Job-related details have been distorted to protect my identity, but despite the ambiguous details, this is a true story. A story very worthy of the acronym FML.
Ghost Girl by C.J. Archer
Cara Moreau is dying from a supernatural curse. Her only chance of survival lies with the warrior, an enigmatic man who comes from a realm “in between.” Quin St. Clair lived hundreds of years ago, but now exists solely to protect the world he once called home. That’s all he will tell Cara, the woman he must keep alive by remaining close to her. Very close.
But Cara is determined to discover more answers as she grows to like her warrior. While they search for the book of spells and the cure contained within its pages, their feelings for one another can no longer be denied. But what will happen when Cara is cured and Quin’s assignment is complete? And can she trust this mysterious man with the book if they find it?
As friends and family from the previous Freak House novels help them, and old and new foes vie for power, Quin and Cara must not allow their feelings to get in the way of their task. Or Cara’s life, and Quin’s afterlife, may be cut short.
Some Bookshelf Porn
This picture is from the top floor of a book store in Los Angeles, The Last Bookstore. I love it because it reminds of what everygood book does, beckons you down a long hall towards pages filled with adventure, love, horror or fantasy.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. Come back on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to get her romance industry news…with a colorful twist.