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#RomBkLove 2021 Day 1: Survival

#rombklove 2021 DAY 1 SURVIVAL
As we begin this 2nd Pandemic #RomBkLove, we've all had to grapple how life-changing this experience have been. Some have left jobs, relationships, communities in order to do what they need to survive.  Even from positions of comfort and privilege (able to work remotely, access to vaccines, etc.)  I have witnessed the gaps communal safety net, how social isolation can leave people unprotected and how so many live on a razor's edge.  In times like these romances that grapple these issues, which stark stakes, remind me of our human resilience and the power we have to help those arounds us, strangers or friends when they are in need.  I find comfort in these exercises of hope that are happily ever afters even after trauma and disaster.

WILD-RAIN-final-252x400Beverly Jenkins writes survivors.  So many of her MCs have survived traumatic pasts, including enslavement, abandonment & abuse, defiantly flourishing despite the many obstacles racism and bigotry place in their ways.  Be it Hester & Galen in Indigo, Maggie & Preacher in Night Hawk, Rhine & Eddy in Forbidden or Spring & Garrett in Wild Rain  her MCs, stand their ground, face down bullies and oppressors and do more than simply survive, they thrive, building families and communities.  US Based Historical Romance, (CW: Racism, abductions, guns, violence, threats of bodily harm, grief, Past trauma: Enslavement, sexual assault, emotional & physical abuse) (Rep:  cis BM/BW, Black author) 

Rebekah Weatherspoon is another author I turn to when I want to read survivors in a contemporary setting. Her MCs face everything from financial insecurity (Sugar Baby Series), family rejection (Xeni's Angus) to attempted murder (Beards and Bondage series)!   Her MC's creative solutions, devotion to found family and persistence in the midst of traumatic events are inspiring and comforting to me as a reader.  I love how the rejected and abandoned find home in others, how trauma is overcome and fails to define them. IR Contemporary romances  (CWs: attempted murder, betrayal, familial abandonment, secrets, kink, grief past trauma: biphobia.)( Rep: cis BW/WM, Queer Black author)

I started out 2020 by reading Anna Zabo's Reverb, little knowing how much it themes of authenticity and survival would come to mean to me. In Reverb, a when Mish, a certifiable Rock Goddess is being stalked and despite her desires to ignore it, she finds her life, band, and voice threatened,  she must come to trust David not just with her safety but with her heart and David must figure out how protect and love Mish.

David and Mish are both survivors. Both have made many sacrifices and endured much to live authentically and are able to navigate power imbalances, career demands to find love in each other.  Contemporary romance with RS tinge, bodyguard / rock queen, (CWs: stalking, grief, loss) (Rep: trans WM /WW bi, White Trans author)

In Olivia Waite's The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics,  Lucy and Catherine have survived different kinds of intellectual stifling due to sexism and abuse at the hand of the men in their lives.  In each other they find enthusiastic support, and unexpected attraction.  They are able to reclaim their intellectual and social agency, and strike blows against sexism in science, reclaiming their confidence, art and work.  Sexy and full of longing and pining.  They are stronger for what they have endured and will strive to make room for others. UK-Based Queer Historical (CWs: betrayal, intellectual theft Past trauma: domestic abuse) (Rep: bi WW/WW, Queer White Author).

 

What kinds of survival stories draw you?  What do you find compelling? Do these high stakes stories comfort you?

Archive: Day 1's Tweets

For a full list of prompts visit: https://www.anacoqui.com/2021/04/rombklove-2021.html

 


Surprise Cover Reveal: Trouble & Strife by Lara Kinsey

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Elizabeth Percival is sweet. Professionally. She left behind a life of stifling luxury to work in Cadwell’s chocolate shop. After over a decade, she’s itching to take over.  She’s not about to let some broad-shouldered brawler mess it up. Even if his arms are to die for. 
 
Sidney Chance isn’t an enforcer…anymore. After a decade of smacking heads together in the name of the Chance Brothers, he’s lieutenant to the city’s most powerful family, but he’s not sure what to do with himself. Sid’s made some bad choices, but maybe the worst is mooning over a girl who keeps making good choices for him. Suddenly he has clean socks and wooly sweaters, and he’s not sure he minds, exactly, but it’s not doing his fearsome reputation any favors. But one taste of sweetness isn’t enough. 
 
Can Sid convince Elizabeth he’s worth the trouble?
 
 
 
Trouble & Strife: Chances Limited Book 2 is M/F with a bisexual hero and a plus-sized heroine and will be released 7/30. The heroine is dealing with chronic pelvic pain.
 
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Hammer and tongsTrouble and Strife is the second book in a series book works as a stand-alone.  However you can get the first book in the series, Hammer and Tongs for free today and tomorrow!
 
 
 

#Rombklove 2020 Thank You!

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Okay, we made it. This year has been marathon and I am so thankful to all the folks that said that they value Rombklove and chose to take time during this stressful and exhausting period to help out in big and small ways.  You can follow them all on twitter, and they will make you feel part of Romancelandia.

I am so thankful to each of the readers, reviewers and writers who took the time to write rec posts this month.  I hesistated to go out and recruit bloggers like I usually do, but these folks raised their hands and said they wanted to help!  They strove to create inclusive lists and to highlight things they love in our genre.  It can make you vulnerable to share what you love and I really appreciate it.

Over the years folks have volunteered to take up some of the admin tasks behind Rombklove and I just haven't known quite how to share the load. This year out of necessity I did. And I am so thankful. So thankful.  I am thankful to Charlotte for creating all these great graphics, staying one step ahead of me.  I love making graphics, but I loved having someone help me even more. Plus the graphics were great.  

I'm so thankful to Noemi for her hard work translating prompts for us all month. As a Spanish speaker, who is not gifted in translation, I can really appreciate the work she put in to capture the spirit of the prompts, and make them catchy and interesting in translation.

I am so thankful to the archiving team (Vicky, Helen, Noemi, Lauren, and Nicole) that took on the task of creating GR lists for each day, sorting through hundreds of tweets and providing great trend reports.  If you want to know what was named each day, visit their GR lists.

I am also thankful to Julie, Taryn, Jen, Sarah, and Subwayreads for rounding out the Rombklove Support team this year and helping write prompts and being a sounding board when I need to think something through this month.

These folks carried me this year and I hope that you find something joyous in Rombklove.  We will be back next year, hopefully under better circumstances. 

 

 


#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 31: Trope Mashups/Cóctel de temas

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What are your favorite Trope Mashups?  What tropes go well together? Which do you never want to see mixed? Share the books that combine tropes in unexpected ways! Ask for recs trope mashups you would love to read!  

¿Cuáles son tus mezclas de temas favoritas?  ¿Cuáles van mejor juntos? ¿Y cuáles no querrías ver nunca mezclados? Comparte los libros que combinan temas de forma inesperada ¡o pide recomendaciones de algún cóctel de temas que te encantaría leer!

 

Archive

GR Lists


How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes. Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it. You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation. Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo.

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 30: Made me Laugh/A carcajada limpia

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#Rombklove 2020 Day 30 Humor can be the best medicine, especially these days. Which romances made you LOL? Is there a point when there is too much humor? Do you prefer subtle wit, sharp banter, or outrageous giggles in your rom-coms?

#Rombklove 2020 Day 30 El humor puede ser la mejor medicina, especialmente en estos tiempos. ¿Qué romances te hicieron morir de risa? ¿Hay un punto en que el humor llegue a ser demasiado? ¿Prefieres el humor sutil, el flirteo ingenioso o reír a carcajadas en tus comedias románticas?

 

Archive

GR Lists


How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes. Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it. You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation. Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo.

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 29 Summer reading/Lecturas estivales

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#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 29 Summer reading/Lecturas estivales is hosted by Rombklove vet, Agata Weronika @Aqueda_Veronica  has recs over on Tumblr

#Rombklove 2020 Day 29
Summer reading, What books are you looking forward to this summer? Do you prefer beach reads or a certain style for your summer reading, or does anything go?

#Rombklove 2020, día 29: Cuando calienta el sol… ¿qué te gusta leer? ¿Qué libros tienes pensado devorar este verano? ¿Prefieres los libros de sol y playa o algún otro género concreto en vacaciones? ¿O lees todo lo que cae en tus manos?

Archive 

GR Lists: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148780.RomBkLove_2020_Summer_Reading

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes. Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it. You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation. Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo.

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 28 : Wrapped Around your Pinky/Comiendo de la Mano

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#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 28: Wrapped around your Pinky/Comiendo de la Mano is hosted by author Allie Therin, @allie_therin

Which tough characters hide a softer, smitten side? Are they grumps who've been enchanted a sunshine, or buttoned-up stoics who adore a kid or a pet?

Who's got your favorite romance characters wrapped around their pinky?


#Rombklove 2020, día 28: ¿Qué personajes duros esconden un lado tierno? ¿Son gruñones que terminan embelesados por un rayo de sol o adustos estoicos que caen rendidos ante un niño o una mascota?

¿Quién consiguió que tu personaje favorito acabara comiendo de su mano?

GR Lists: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148694.RomBkLove_2020_Wrapped_Around_Your_Pinky

Archive


How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes. Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it. You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation. Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo.

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 27: Bodyguard Romances/Romances con guardaespaldas

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#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 27: Bodyguard Romances/Romances con guardaespaldas is hosted by Micaela @Siempreromances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They must protect you...at all costs. What makes a good bodyguard romance? Do you have a favorite bodyguard character?

#Rombklove 2020, día 27 Romances con guardaespaldas

Te protegerá... cueste lo que cueste. ¿Cuáles son los ingredientes de un buen romance con guardaespaldas? ¿Tienes algún protagonista favorito?

Archive

GR List: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148684.Rombklove_2020_Bodyguard_Romance


How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes. Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it. You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation. Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo.

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 26: Religious and Cultural Communities/Comunidades culturales y religiosas

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Day 26: Religious and Cultural Communities by Stacey Agdern @nystacey
#Rombklove 2020 Day 26

Cultural and Religious communities come in all different forms. Large, small, found, you name it. Cultural and religious traditions can be the touchstone of friendships and relationships, new or old. They can also be the source of the  aunties, tias, uncles,  grandmas, bubbies, zaydes, Tantes and other elders that watch over you, whether you want them to or not ;)   Which ones have stood out the most?  Which would you like to see more of ?

 

 

#Rombklove 2020, día 26: Existen comunidades culturales y religiosas de todo tipo. Grandes, pequeñas… Sus tradiciones pueden ser la clave de amistades y relaciones, nuevas o antiguas. ¿Cuáles son las que más te han llamado la atención? ¿Cuáles querrías ver representadas más a menudo?:)

 

 Archive

GR Lists: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148644.RomBkLove_2020_Religious_and_Cultural_Communities

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes. Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it. You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation. Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo.

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 25 : Activist MCs/Protagonistas activistas

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Today's #Rombklove's theme is Activist MCs  by Carolina @wutheringreads



#Rombklove 2020 Day 25
What are your favorite romance novels with activist MCs? Why do you love them?
Has any romance featuring activism changed your outlook on any issue?
Do you like the activism to be a central part of the plot?


#Rombklove 2020, día 25 Protagonistas activistas
¿Cuáles son tus novelas favoritas con protagonistas activistas? ¿Por qué las amas?
¿Alguna vez una novela que lidie con el activismo ha cambiado tu perspectiva con respecto a alguna cuestión?
¿Te gusta que el activismo sea una parte central de la trama?

Archive

GR Lists:https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148586.RomBkLove2020_Activist_MCs_1

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes. Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it. You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation. Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo.

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html