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GUEST POST: Thank You Beverly Jenkins By Funmi Baker

Thank You Beverly Jenkins

By Funmi Baker

@when_funmi_met_romance

4D61FFA4-3A38-4655-B302-B41C7C54A561The Lust & Found blog (@lustfoundreads) has done a wonderful thing. She created #JenkinsJuly. A wonderful month to celebrate a living legend in the genre of romance, Beverly Jenkins. She is my favorite author in the entire world. All month, I’ve been mulling over what to say about her works, or how to say it. One thing is for sure, I couldn't let #JenkinsJuly go by without adding my two cents.

 

I grew up wonderfully black. I lived in a black neighborhood. I went to black schools. I had a mother who could drown out my whining perfectly when she had a Sepia, Arabesque, Dafina, or BET book in her hand. She surrounded me with illustrated books of girls who looked like me. I went to Juneteenth celebrations. It was easy to be black. I never understood exactly how hard she was working to make me understand that my blackness is a positive thing. In many ways, I was sheltered. A black life was the de facto for me.  

 

I, like my mother, am a voracious romance reader. Living a one minute walk from the library, it was my key to worlds unknown. I became particularly enamored with historicals. In high school, I entered a world of dukes, barons, and earls. They were all very good but all very white. I never read into it because I was young. Black was normal. Black was everywhere in my life. I was simply reading for the joy of reading. Before I knew it, I had read hundreds of historical books about white people. I was in every history class at my high school answering all the white-washed questions. There was no AP history test I couldn’t pass. Now, my mom had noticed that my reading was white and my history knowledge was fairly white. She tried steering me toward the things she had been surrounding me with since I was a kid. However, I was a high schooler. I knew it all. She was a single mom with four kids and two jobs. She didn’t have much time to really sit down with me.  

 

So speed forward. I’m 18. I’m at Purdue University. For the first time in my life, I felt the weight of my skin. Now, I’m the only fly in the buttermilk. I’m the only black person in my major in years. I’m the only black person in my friend group. I’m the only black person in my classes. I’m isolated. I stopped reading altogether. I spent five years fighting to be seen as a person as I pursued higher education.    

 

When I graduated, I decided I wanted to live the blackest, BLACKEST life I could. I wanted to be unapologetic. I wanted the luster to return. So I returned to my favorite thing in the world--reading. This time, I wanted to see myself. I wanted to see brown happily ever afters. Kinky happily ever afters. Full-lipped happily ever afters. This is how I found Beverly Jenkins.  

 

637D76F4-F2C6-4AB5-B4C2-349EAAB1E096I ordered her book, BREATHLESS. I remember when the Amazon package came--I just stared at the cover. I was thinking, “Where have you been all my life?” I devoured that book. With my first adult paycheck, I ordered EVERY single historical title of hers. With the help of my mom, I consumed at a voracious rate every single Beverly Jenkins historical. I felt my soul warming with each word. The excitement, the sighs, the tension. I had never been more engrossed in my life.  The power of representation--of reading your culture’s love stories--is unparalleled.  

 

Not only was I reading some swoon-worthy things, I was learning. Before you know it, I’m checking out the books from her bibliography. I’m reading books on black women in the west and wealthy black business owners in Louisiana. I had no idea cowboys were not white. As I learn the history of my people, I find that I’m also learning about myself. When I look at black people, we aren’t just made of struggle and suffering. We are the product of love. We are the product of fighting. We are the product of WINNING.

 

Reading Beverly Jenkins books as an adult, I now understand what my mom was fighting to do. You have to understand your history, the good and the bad. Black people are amazing. Black women are awe-inspiring. There is not one Beverly Jenkins title that lets you forget that. We’ve been falling in love, fighting for our rights, and saving the day since the beginning of time.  

 

Thank you so much Beverly Jenkins. Thank you for restoring some color into a lost black woman’s life. Thank you for inspiring a journey of black knowledge that won't stop until I’m six feet under. Thank you for always showing Black Love.


#RomBkLove May 2019– Thank You!

 

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Thank You!

I’m humbled each year by everyone who takes the time to participate and shares recs and book memories close to their hearts. I’m humbled when readers and bloggers devote so much time and effort on their rec posts.  Thank you for the gift you are to our diverse romance community.

 I hope that your TBR’s and Wishlists are full of new books and authors to explore.  I hope most of all that you’ve made a connection with other romance readers. That you may have found other people who love romance like you do.  

And I hope that you continue to celebrate Inclusive Romance all year-long. Celebrate it by buying, reading and reviewing books by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx Authors. Celebrate it by supporting Reviewers of color & LGBTQIA+, Disabled reviewers. 

Resources:

Twitter list of #Rombklove contributors 

Master List of Posts & links to tweet archives 

#readRchat : Monthly topical romance reader discussion.  Next chat will be June 8th, 4pm EST/10CET. They also organize the #readRchatawards, an inclusive reader award, that each year introduces me to fabulous authors. 

#RomBkBlog : Find romance reviews and blog posts by romance readers. (Brainchild of Wendy the SuperLibrarian).  

Sign up for the Diverse Romance Release Press List Newsletter to hear about upcoming releases by AOC & LGBTQIA & Disabled authors. 

Joyfully Reviewed’s WOC Romance Bloggers & Reviewers List 

 

I’m going to try to catch up on my sleep after I link to all my May Love in Panels reviews! Love you and I look forward talking about inclusive romance with you on Twitter all year long!

 

 

 

 


#RomBkLove May 2019, Day 31: Change-Makers

 

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#RomBkLove Day 31: Change-makers is hosted by Leigh Kramer !

 

Leigh loves MCs that are passionate about making the world better, whether thinking globally or acting locally. What are your fave roms with change-maker MCs ?

 

 

Find her recs on her blog:

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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/2019/04/rombklove-may-2019-celebrating-inclusive-romance.html


#RomBkLove May 2019, Day 30: All the Pairings: Beyond Hetronormitivity

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#Rombklove Day 30: All The Pairings is hosted by @JenniferRNN !  

 

What are your favorite books that go beyond couples in romance? 

 

 

Find Jen’s Recs on her blog: https://bit.ly/2W9zmKW

 

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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/2019/04/rombklove-may-2019-celebrating-inclusive-romance.html


#RomBkLove May 2019, Day 29: Geeky Romances

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Corey Alexander, romance/erotica author , reader and list-maker extraordinaire returns to #Rombklove with a list of favorite geeky romances.   What are your favorite Geeky romances?

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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/2019/04/rombklove-may-2019-celebrating-inclusive-romance.html


#RomBkLove May 2019, Day 28: Romancelandia/Found Family

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Meka and Melinda found each other in Romancelandia and talk today about the power of found families.

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Melinda: Romancelandia can be good and bad as we all know but the best thing about it to me is the sense of community that can come with it. Meka and I are sharing this post for a specific reason – we met because of #RomBkLove. I didn’t really understand how to interact via twitter even though I had joined years ago - I hadn’t really used it at all - but Ana’s amazing initiative REALLY interested me because I love romance so much. Having a pre-made reason to interact with people was perfect for me because I didn’t feel as awkward about jumping into conversations. It also led me to see who had the same interests as I did…and one of those was definitely Meka!

Meka: I never imagined that when I started reading romance, I would find such a vibrant, fun community of incredible people. These books that include so many happily ever afters have brought me so much more than that. #RomBkLove only helped expand that community. I have met some of my dearest friends through romance and now #RomBkLove in particular. Last year, I met Melinda through one of the myriad discussions listed. I never realized what that would come to mean for me.

Melinda: For those of us who have barriers to finding our people Romancelandia can mean so much more than just online interactions. Meka and I both have additional barriers – like many people do. I live in a small town, which, okay, isn’t exactly a barrier while it may FEEL like one sometimes, but having the extra layers of anxiety and depression, and then combining those with multiple invisible disabilities/illnesses such as fibromyalgia makes my life an uphill battle to do many things. Knowing that I’m not alone with struggling with depression when I can barely get out of bed? That was astonishing to me. Meka deals with these things too so when I saw she was having a rough time I offered some help.

Meka: In September, I started struggling with depression again and finally reached out for help. Melinda was instrumental in talking me through the process of dealing with what was happening and acting as a sounding board. Other friends that I met through Twitter's Romancelandia community let me talk to them, day or night through some of the most hellacious times ever. I was also going through a major book slump and often I would handle horrible anxiety by simply looking to see what my friends were saying about books. This is a family and I wanted to team up with Melinda about writing a post on Romancelandia and found family in particular. I am the product of a flourishing found family where I live and so to find characters discover this on the page and find out that they don't need to isolate themselves has been my catnip, even before I knew that there was a name for this trope.

Melinda: All of that to say…finding our people can be seriously amazing. And sometimes life changing. Knowing there are people out there who get us on a fundamental level is so meaningful. I love a messy heroine who just can’t get her shit together but still finds love but I don’t know a single person in my local real life who would be able to get that. But online? I can name probably 20-30 people who loves those heroines too. And knowing there are other people in Romancelandia that can relate to us on different issues, whether that’s depression, being childfree, or being a single mom...that *can* be amazing.

Meka: I, too, love a messy heroine, although it has taken me quite some time to appreciate what that brings to the table. Much like real life found family, the found families in these book recommendations are not always perfect and often can shed a gaze on what we most do not want to admit about ourselves. It has taken me a long time to enjoy a flawed heroine because there are flaws within my own life that make me believe that I am unlovable for them. If I feel such self-loathing about my own flaws, how could anyone else be loved for the same things that I dislike within myself? This became all too easy to criticize others and always want to be on the side of those who found such traits annoying. I am not saying that characters with flaws don't deserve love, but I struggled to a huge degree to like them.

To bring this back to the topic at hand, it has been gazing through a different lens which were often products of discussions from within this community that has allowed me to shed light on this and to love myself a little more. You know, maybe I ought to cut everybody, including myself, a little slack. Why? Because supportive family does the same.

This is why I love this found family of the online romance community so much. We can have these nuanced discussions and learn to grow, not only in terms of reading habits, but in how we can begin to delicately cut ourselves some slack and love ourselves just a little bit more, just as we navigate the messy dynamics of the family on the page.

It has been through meeting people like Melinda and so many others that has helped shape the landscape of my reading and appreciate in characters what I often dislike but am learning to care about in myself, and that alone is a gift beyond price.

When it came to books that exemplified community and found family it took us forever to pare back our list! Glasglow lads series covers

Avery Cockburn created a beautiful sense of community in her Glasgow Lads series, which is set in Ireland with an extremely inclusive Soccer team. The series deals with a lot of political issues in the country and I loved that while the bio families may not be supportive the characters had each other and this huge community to fall back on.

CW: Homophobia, political violence,

Spies who loved her seriesKatrina Jackson’s The Spies Who Loved Her has such a great found family and each book builds on that. It also has excellent sex worker rep in it. This series is delightful in that it has suspense, humor, and seriously fiery sex scenes.

On the topic of depression AND finding your people - Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime trilogy has it all. The three heroines win the lottery but that doesn’t mean their bio family is magically amazing, however the three of them create this fantastic tight-knit family of three.

CW: depression, grief, death off page, anxiety, illness

Others series coversAnne Bishop’s The Others series has a LOT going on with it but the community aspect delights me to no end. It opens with Meg escaping a horrible situation but finding a town and a new family that accepts her and loves her for who she is.

CW: Violence, cutting

Graham delicacies cover cake piecesEm Ali’s Graham’s Delicacies is a fluffy delight featuring 3 different couples in a queer AF bakery. They form a tight knit supportive family and it’s inclusive as hell across the board.

Kit Rocha is the writing duo of Bree Bridges and Donna Herren and Beyond book coverstheir Beyond series is the epitome of found family. This dystopian series features Lex (who I would kill for pretty much) and Dallas essentially collecting people who feel tossed aside and lost. Their family grows and is one of the fiercest, best families in all of Romancelandia.

CW: violence

Twisted wishes coversAnna Zabo’s Twisted Wishes series is an excellent queer rock star found family series I highly recommend. I just finished this and I love their writing. Each book draws you in and I love that whether the MC is asexual, trans, or bisexual it is just part of the story and not a huge coming out plot point.

CW: involuntary drugging, invasion of privacy, anxiety

Beverly jenkins blessingsAnd of course there’s Beverly Jenkins, the Queen of Romancelandia. There’s so much found family in her books! Her Blessings series is found family all over the place. Bernadine Brown gets $275 million in a divorce settlement and instead of spending it on cars or trips she buys a town. And the whole reason she buys the town is to devote it to adopting foster children in need. The entire town becomes a huge found family and I could not love this any more than I do.

There’s so much found family in romance and Meka and I can’t wait to see all of your recs!

 

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/2019/04/rombklove-may-2019-celebrating-inclusive-romance.html

 

 


#RomBkLove May 2019, Day 27: Rebellious Readers

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Kat, Rudi & Gabby of Bookthingo talk about Rebellious Readers and what that phrase means to them on their podcast today. 

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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/2019/04/rombklove-may-2019-celebrating-inclusive-romance.html


#RomBkLove May 2019, Day 26: Travel/Road Trip

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Trisha a contributor to Bookriot, part of the When in Romance podcast duo (with Jessica Pryde) and romance lover, is on the road for the next ten months and so she is bringing us a rec post full of romances where love blooms on the road!

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On the window of Magic City Books in Tulsa, OK, you’ll find a quote from author Jhumpa Lahiri: “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

 

It’s an incredible thing to experience new places and perspectives through a story. But I’ve undertaken a multi-month road trip through the continental United States (hence that stop at a Tulsa bookstore) and it’s made me even more interested in what one or both characters hitting the road does to romance stories.

 

Plunging the characters into a new context offers a different lens for character development and tension, and a skilled author takes those things and uses them to move and mold a story in a way I find incredibly satisfying. It’s not just a matter of throwing a couple of suitcases and maybe a plane ticket into the mix. Different kinds of travel dynamics – traveling together, traveling out of necessity, traveling with responsibility for the lives or livelihoods of others – all create different kinds of complicated circumstances. Throwing a love story into the mix could be a disaster, and sometimes it is…right up until the HEA.

 

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Let’s start with some of those “blazing the trail together” romances in which our romantic leads venture out to attend a book convention, enjoy a fake honeymoon or save the world. That last one isn’t an exaggeration. Alyssa Cole is often sending her characters to different corners of the planet, but my favorite of her road trip romances is
Signal Boost, the second in her Off the Grid series. Following the mysterious and disastrous collapse of the electronic grid in Radio Silence, John Seong finds an opportunity to help get things up and running when he decides help a mysterious young astrophysicist named Mykhail get to the university that may hold some answers. The way the dangerous roads and the high stakes require John and Mykhail to build a trusting partnership adds dimension to an already poignant and vulnerable romance.

 

Woamn with knivesThere are some similar themes in Jennie Lin’s Butterfly Swords. Set in China during the Tang Dynasty, Princess Ai Li has no choice but to flee before her wedding once she learns a secret about her prospective groom. When she encounters Ryam, a western traveler with secrets of his own, they decide to travel together, navigating not only another dangerous road, but also disappointments and challenges related to family, loyalty, and honor.

 

White man holding black woman that kind of guyI know, I know – that’s a lot of very intense time on the road. But sometimes people travel for fun! Or at least mostly for fun. Take Talia Hibbert’s That Kind of Guy, the third in her Ravenswood series: Rae wants to take a date to a book convention at which she’s nominated for an award, and her friend Zach offers to go and be her fake boyfriend. Taking the two out of their small town and dropping them in a hotel (complete with a room with only one bed) allows for Hibberts’ trademark combo of humor and authenticity as her characters work toward their HEA.

 

Yellow cover unhoneymooners_Also on the lighter side is The Unhoneymooners, a new rom com by Christina Lauren in which Olive finds herself offered a free trip to Hawaii…as long as she goes with her new brother-in law/nemesis, Ethan. Oh, also, they have to pretend they’re married. The trip itself is full of the hijinks and banter Christina Lauren is known for, but things get real once the unhoneymoon is over. That tropical getaway is all well and good, but you can go home again. And in fact, you MUST go home again – and when you do, you often have to confront all of the real life problems and people from which vacations grant us a temporary reprieve.

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My favorite group of road warriors, though, have to be Twisted Wishes, the band from Anna Zabo’s
Twisted Wishes series. As a band, they’re on the road all of the time which requires the kind of tight quarters that can put a lot of pressure on any budding relationship. But it does allow for sexy tour bus shenanigans, so it all works out. Each of the three books in the series is fantastic, so just read them all:
Syncopation is #1, Counterpoint is #2, and Reverb – admittedly my new favorite – is #3.

 


BridetestI’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention a couple of the fantastic romances in which a traveler is (often literally) flying solo. In many of these books, a character sets out in search for independence, a fresh start, a better life, or even all three. Newly on the shelves is
The Bride Test, Helen Hoang’s new romance about Khai, a handsome math and numbers whiz who’s autistic, and Esme, the hardworking and driven Vietnamese woman his mother recruits to marry him. The story is beautiful and unique in so many ways, but the way a struggling Esme is determined to succeed in a new country and culture hooked me into this book as much as anything. As my brilliant Book Riot colleague Annika Barranti Klein has pointed out, The Bride Test is at least as much a book about an immigrant experience as it is about romance. Beverly jenkings rebel

 

Beverly Jenkins is another author who likes to send her characters far and wide, and her newest book, Rebel, is no exception. Set in 1867, Rebel’s Valinda Lacy has come to New Orleans from New York City so that she can teach. Her plan is to do so temporarily – even after she meets the handsome and wealthy Drake LeVeq – and then to return north when her fiancé comes back from Europe. But life and circumstance have a way of disrupting any traveler’s plans. (Falling in love can also throw a bit of a wrench into the works.) Jenkins’ extensive research and exceptional attention to historic detail makes Rebel even more captivating for anyone who is reading along as Valinda’s plans shift. (Rebel will be out May 28.)

 

There are so many other great travel books out there – let us know your favorites! Make sure to use the #RomBkLove hashtag when you share on Twitter and other social media so that I know what I should be reading while on the road.

 

-Trisha

 

Instagram: @trishahaleybrown

Twitter: @trishahaleybrwn

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/2019/04/rombklove-may-2019-celebrating-inclusive-romance.html


#RomBkLove May 2019, Day 25: Someone Famous

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Alex stepped in and took over this prompt when one our original bloggers, @Gerireads had to step aside to deal with some health issues (she is on the mend!).  Alex is part of the #EuroRomTalk crew. 

Alex asks: "What are your favourite romances featuring famous people?" and "Do you know of romance featuring trans/non binary (or in general not cis) famous people?"

 

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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/2019/04/rombklove-may-2019-celebrating-inclusive-romance.html


#RomBkLove May 2019, Day 24: Retellings

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Isa is a European romance blogger and reader who adores retellings. 

  • Which retellings do you love?
  • What titles are you still missing?
  • What is the most important thing for you to have a perfect retelling? Do you care that it is close to the original or do you like changes?

 

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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/2019/04/rombklove-may-2019-celebrating-inclusive-romance.html