This month romance author Rebekah Weatherspoon started the #BlackWomenInRomance hashtag, which she uses to profile different African American female romance authors. Today, Rebekah is here on the blog sharing some of her favorites. You know, in case your TBR pile wasn’t big enough already.
Black History Month is always a little strange to me, mostly because I’m Black every day, but also due to the contributions Black people have made globally for centuries. I could find a reason to celebrate blackness all the time, but when February 1 arrived, as it does, I wanted to do something to mark the contributions of Black women in the romance genre.
My To-Read list is now almost as long as the digits in Pi, and I’m sure a lot of you could say the same (So many dang good books out there. Geez!), but here are ten authors whose work I’ve been able to sample and want to read more of in the months and years ahead.
Alyssa Cole (Historical/Fantasy) – Alyssa hooked me with her short story, Be Not Afraid in the collection For Love Liberty: Untold Loves Stories of the American Revolution. Her fantasy romance Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight is just begging for a read.
Victoria A. Smith (New Adult) – Victoria has been a leading voice in the New Adult genre. Check out her debut romance The Space Between.
Yvette Hines (Contemporary/Paranormal) – Some books find you at just the right moment. I inhaled Yvette’s Den County Werebear Series in a matter of days, books that mix classic fairy tales with naughty humor. The series starts with Bear’s Gold.
Fiona Zedde (LGBT Paranormal/Contemporary) – Fiona has crafted a catalog of passionate lesbian romances featuring young black women. Start with Bliss. You won’t be disappointed.
Lena Matthews (Contemporary) – Lena writes such damn good interracial romance. I really enjoyed Happily Even After. He’s So Shy is next on my list.
Shelly Ellis (Contemporary) – Just read the blurb for Can’t Stand The Heat (book 1 in her Gibbons Gold Diggers series). Just give the blurb a read and I’m sure you’ll be drooling just like me. Oh and did I mention that Shelly was nominated for an NAACP Image award this year? Yeah.
Piper Huguley (Historical) – Oh man, you better watch out for Piper. The Lawyer’s Luck hit the streets with a bang and I have a feeling she is going to be the one to watch in Historical Romance, joining the ranks with greats like Beverly Jenkins. I can’t wait to read more of Piper’s work.
Yolanda Wallace (LGBT Contemporary) – Yolanda adds something I love to the romance genre, versatility. Each and every one of Yolanda’s stories brings something new and different to the table. Check out her debut novel Rum Spring, or her most recent title, The War Within.
Ambrielle Kirk (Contemporary/Paranormal) – Every time I turn around Ambrielle is out with something new. I’m trying to keep up. First up, Driven By Desire (book 1 in her Rugged Riders series).
For more titles, visit my tumblr where I’ve compiled this month’s #BlackWomenInRomance authors. If you have more authors and titles to share, please give them a shout out with the hashtag #BlackWomenInRomance. After all, what’s a TBR pile without a never ending stream of recommendations.
— Rebekah Weatherspoon
Rebekah Weatherspoon writes contemporary and paranormal romance, both New Adult and adult, featuring heterosexual, lesbian and bisexual couples. She was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives and writes in Southern California. You can find her works at www.rebekahweatherspoon.com.
Do you have a favorite black female romance author? Share it with us in the comments! And be sure to check out our time line of milestones in African American romance.