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#Rombklove 2021: Our second Pandemic edition!

Insta 2021#RomBkLove (2) Welcome back to #RomBkLove!

For the 2nd time in the midst of a pandemic we are taking a little time to celebrate inclusive romance. 

This is our fifth year and our 7th go around!  This year we welcome a new crew of romance readers and lovers sharing their inclusive recs lists and inviting you to share your favorite books.  Our crew of reader volunteers will also gather each of day's tweets into a daily archive we will link to below each day and they will also create GR lists for each prompt.

I can't wait to share this conversation with you.

How to Participate:

Each day a tweet & instagram post with a prompt and link to rec post for each topic will be posted from my @anacoqui and @anacoquireads accounts.  Follow the #RomBkLove & Reply to the tweet with the #RomBkLove hashtag to make sure your reply is archived.  Bookmark this post as I will update it each night with links to rec lists and archives!

As a Latinx (Puerto Rican), bi romance reader I want #Rombklove to be inclusive space for LGBTQIA +, Disabled & POC readers. If you have read and loved a book by Disabled, LGBTQIA+ 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.  

Here is list of our topics for this month:

Day 1:  Survival  by Ana Coqui  Archives: Day 1's Tweets, Good Reads

Day 2: Escapist with recs by Melinda, Ingrid, Vicky & Jaycee Archive , Good Reads

Day 3: Book Fashion Show by Nick  ArchivesGood Reads

Day 4: Captivating Audiobooks by Kat C from Books & Sensibility Archive, Goodreads

Day 5:  Ménage & Polyamory by Jaycee Jarvis Archives, Goodreads

Day 6: Comforting Kindness by Tabs  Archives, Goodreads

Day 7: Bad Decisions Book Club by Melanie  Archives, Goodreads

Day 8: Romance Remix: Retellings by The Smut Report  Archives, Goodreads

Day 9: Parenting  with Recs from the #RomBkLove team  Archives Goodreads

Day 10: Impossible Relationships by Stacey Archives Goodreads

Day 11: Fake Relationships by Jen Twimom  Archives, Goodreads

Day 12: Weird & Wonderful Powers in PNR by Melinda  Archives, Goodreads

Day 13: Musicians by Vicki Archives, Goodreads

Day 14: Inclusive Wolves by Sarah Archives, Goodreads

Day 15: Low Heat by Reina Archives, Goodreads

Day 16: Steamy & Inclusive by Charlotte  Archives, Goodreads

Day 17: Animal Companions by Jessica  Archives, Goodreads

Day 18: Mental Health & Therapy by Hannah  Archives, Goodreads

Day 19: Traveling Together  by Mina Archives, Goodreads

Day 20: Inclusive Historicals  by Audra Archives, Goodreads

Day 21: Personal Canon by Allie Archives, Goodreads

Day 22: Cultural Representation by Royaline Sing Archives, Goodreads

Day 23: Action & Adventure by Ana Archives, Goodreads

Day 24: Redemption Arcs  by Nix  Archives, Goodreads

Day 25: Duty vs. Love by members of the #RomBkLove team Archives, Goodreads

Day 26: Your "Thing" by Angela James Archives, Goodreads

Day 27: Gothic Romances by Geek Girl Archives, Goodreads

Day 28: TV & Movies  by Katrin Davidson Archives, Goodreads

Day 29: In the Public Eye by Tara Archives, Goodreads

Day 30: City/Small Town by Sarah V  Archives, Goodreads

Day 31: Inclusive Cozies  by Sarah Archives, Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 


#RomBkLove 2021 Day 4: Captivating Audiobooks

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#RomBkLove 2021 Day 4: What audiobooks captivate you? Which narrators or novels keep you plugged in? What is your favorite thing about listening to romance?

@Books_Sense has a list of her favorites: https://romanceandsensibility.com/2021/05/02/rombklove-2021-day-4-captivating-audiobooks/

Archive: Day 4's Tweets

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


#RomBkLove 2021 Day 3: Book Fashion Show

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#RomBkLove 2021 Day 3: Dress up or pair up your favorite romances books covers with amazing fashion  Check out @nickofthebooks post for inspiration.

http://www.theinfinitelimitsoflove.com/2021/05/a-bookish-fashion-show-rombklove.html

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Archive:

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


#Rombklove 2021 Day 2: Escapist

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When people refer to romance as escapist is rarely done in a positive light but I want us all to revel in it today.  I love romance, I love it when it is deeply mundane and grounded in our nitty gritty realities (but with all the orgasms) and when it sweeps me away to a different world or way of life.  

Here are some recs from the RomBkLove 2021 team:

A TASTE OF HER OWN MEDICINEFrom Vicky (https://twitter.com/romancingread) recommends:

A Taste of Her Own Medicine by  Tasha L. Harrison

Escape for me is safe spaces, strong supportive relationships between friends or family, a sense of belonging and a cinnamon roll hero. A Taste of Her Own Medicine has all of those things: Set in a small town, it’s an age-gap erotic romance between Sonja Watts, an older divorced woman who is on a journey of self rediscovery, and Atlas James, a man who looks like ‘he could plow her north field without a horse.’ It’s all about affirmation, growth and owning your own desires, needs and histories. And it’s very hot. The best of both worlds: steamy and cozy!

Representation: Black f MC, Black m MC, Black author

Content Warnings: sex without a condom

 

 Jaycee (@JayceeJarvis) Recommends: Binding shadows jasmine silveria

Binding Shadows by Jasmine Silvera

When I’m looking to escape I want an immersive otherworldly setting and a love story with all the feels. Binding Shadows delivers both in spades. Set in Prague in an alternate universe where the world is controlled by power hungry necromancers, the setting is rich and interesting, with plenty of vivid details that swept me away. Magic is real and forbidden, so the growing attraction between a reluctant shifter and a woman with a touch of “grace” involves delicious layers of secrets and learning to trust each other and their own powers.

Representation: biracial MCs, Black author

Content Warnings: death of a parent figure, difficult family dynamics (bully older brother), sexism in the workplace

 

Ingrid from The Smut Report (@smutreport) recommends:

Magical Midlife Madness by  K.F. Breene

Kf breene magical midlife madnessWhen I’m looking for an escape I find it most satisfying when the character gets to escape too—I want to see someone just busting through limitations and I want to feel just really, really good while I’m reading it. In the Leveling Up series by K.F. Breene, I was positively euphoric to find a mature (40’s) main character starting her life over after a divorce. The focus stays on Jessie’s future and her unflaggingly glass-half-full attitude. Her kid is fine, she’s got a life to live, and that life has a possessed house, an army of murderous dolls, and neighbors with witty banter and weird quirks who are ready and willing to live and die for her (so she’s pretty busy, obviously). When I need to escape, I want to feel myself escape into the possibility of big dreams, even if it’s based in total fantasy--and I want to walk away feeling inspired and free. This absolutely bananas series will make you feel invincible and glorious in the skin you’re already in. 

Representation: mature main characters

Content Warnings: divorce, some violence

 

 

 

Absolutes 1Melinda (@MelindaEdits) recommends:

Your Heart Will Grow  by  Chace Verity

This year when I wanted an escape I literally wanted a different world, but also an author I can trust. For me, Chace Verity fits both of those. They’ve delivered for me repeatedly and Your Heart Will Grow has such a fully fleshed out world that I just wanted to stay in for a while. Kelpana is a cis pansexual mermaid who is supposed to be the peacekeeper between other mermaids and humans, and Morgan is a trans prison guard who falls for her, while he’s supposed to be guarding her. From there, there’s so much adventure and fantasy and I’ve revisited this book multiple times since first reading it.

Representation: pansexual author, she/they

Content Warnings: - Offers of sex as currency/bargaining tool, multiple instances of a character being drugged, Slut-shaming, Abusive family members

 

 

 

What takes you away?  The setting, the kinds of characters, or specific genres?  Tell us your about your fave escapist rom?

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

 

 


#RomBkLove 2021 Day 1: Survival

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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

 


#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