Book News, Romance, Uncategorized

Pride and Prejudice gets colorized

I am a fan of  Jane Austen’s work. I have read most of her books at least twice and Pride and Prejudice more than dozen times. Despite my great love for Lizzie, Darcy and rest of the gang, I never could quite saw myself in the Regency world of Longbourn and Pemberley. This year, three writers of color are taking on the task of retelling Pride And Prejudice. I am so excited. Austen has gotten colorized!

First up on the list is

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Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on.  Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement between Khalid and Hafsa is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself. But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. And he just can’t get this beautiful, outspoken woman out of his mind.

 

On Sale: 06/12/2018

Next on the list is

Pride

Pride by Ibi Zebui

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

In a timely update of Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.

 

On Sale 09/18/2018

 

Last, but not least is

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UnMarriageable by Soniah Kamal

This was pitched as a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice set in modern Pakistan and reimagining Lizzie Bennett as a teacher who uses the literature of Jane Austen and others to show her students there is more to life than marriage. I am not quite sure when this book will come out. However, it’s being published by Random House so will keep an eye.

On Sale Fall 2018

So different three writers of color retelling a well-known classic. But their perspective might give us all chance to fall in love with Austen all over again. And that’s a joy I look forward to.

Happy Reading!

 

 

Romance, Uncategorized

Exploring images of Black Love

As the evening star rises, I want to share my favorite images of Black Love. When I started exploring Black History Month, I was afraid it was always going to be a story of overcoming. Achieving despite the many obstacles in the way. I don’t see love like that. To me love something that should happen to everyone.

So I was afraid, I would only find images of failed love or loneliness. With the exorbitant amount of data about destruction of the black family, the divorce rate, perpetual singlehood of black women and the insane number of black men in jail where was I going to find happy joyous images of black love.

But as the day wore on, the universe showed I have had many examples of it.

Here are few:

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Barack and Michelle Obama

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The Cosby Show

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Brown Sugar

And  my own parents!

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My Parent’s Wedding Day

Happy Valentine’s Day  to everyone!

Black Histoy Month, Book News, Romance

Day 7 of Black History Month- Historical Romance Edition

In the publishing world, the romance novel reigns — at times an underappreciated, resented, and mocked monarch, but the sales numbers don’t lie. Historical romances are among the most popular books in the genre. However, they are also the most homogeneous and very focus on one view of history.

In recent years, new areas of the historical romance landscape have emerged. Historical romance that features people of color as the heroes and heroines. Since in February we celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, I thought post of list

7 books that mix Romance with Resistance

  1. Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

  2. The Preacher’s Promise (Home to Milford College Book 1) by Piper Huguley

  3. Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

  4. The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology

  5. Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole

  6. For Love & Liberty: Untold love stories of the American Revolution

  7. Cali’s Hurricane by Afton Locke

Romance

A Smart bitch, Trash Books — POC edition

I am going let you in on secret ….I READ ROMANCE NOVELS! HOT DASHING HEROES, SASSY LADIES, SEXY TIMES AND LOVE!

so yeah. I really, really, really, really like to reading them. I am sucker for happy ending. They guarantee a happy ending every time. Sometimes I need that because….well, life.

Reading romance novels are like eating movie popcorn. (Side note: I love movie popcorn and the day I discovered how many calories I was eating I was devastated. I just less of it now.) I would read them all the time. However, my brain would rot and I would end thinking like a character in rom-com movie or soap opera. And that would not be good! Now I only read them as “palette cleansers” or on vacation.

Guess what? We just had a four holiday…whoop, whoop!  Check out what I read:

Body and Soul can be best describe as black Bridget Jones with lots of sex. While I found the sex scenes quite fun, the plot of British Idol meets Scandal left me a little disappointed. I wanted to be wowed but I wasn’t. This was a bit of clunker.

While Mystic Park,  however, was home run. It had some of my favorite things: a small town, first love being revisited, close knit community, a sassy mother-figures, a passionate man and a smart stubborn woman. It’s a story about learning to appreciate the little things. It is a journey of growth and change. It takes a trip back home to Trinity Falls for Benita (leading lady) to learn the value of all she has left behind. Regina Hart’s heartwarming tale of life’s surprising moments is a wonderfully written look at the stages of life and the lessons learned.

And the upside there are 3 more books in “Finding Home” series. Mystic Park is the latest installment. All the stories are based in Trinity Falls, Ohio. A small college town with a large thriving black community. If you are in the mood for reading cozy romantic romp, I heart it.