COLOR THE SHELVES: Exclusive excerpt of CONQUEST by Celeste Harte

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I am so excited today to be hosting my first sneak peek of the series and it’s for none other than CONQUEST by Celeste Harte, the first installment in a Black Fantasy/Science-fiction series about a girl who wants to escape the ruler she’s meant to marry by spying on him for his enemies just to find out that the two of them share more than she ever imagined. This sounds like the angsty romance filled SFF to win my heart and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! And hopefully, you will be feeling the exact same as me once you read the first chapter of the novel. So, without any further delay or ramblings on my part, let’s get the goods and dive into this excerpt. Continue reading

My 2020 reading and blogging goals

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I am here today with a post that is supposed to go up a teeny tiny bit earlier in the year, but OH WELL! I was busy posting other things and I’m only now getting around to talking to you all about all the goals I have for my platforms and my reading this year. I do have more goals that are geared more towards my career and my personal life but I will spare you those since that’s not what you’re here for AND I do not feel comfortable with sharing most of them haha. Continue reading

My 2020 reading spreadsheet template

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A few days ago, I posted screenshots of my reading spreadsheet + stats charts on Twitter not thinking much of it and asking if by any chance people would want me to make a template available for public use. Lo and behold, the engagement was WILD! So many people loved the spreadsheet and showed interest in wanting to use it for themselves so who am I not to oblige? Which is exactly what I’m doing in this post! I have two types of templates linked below. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: How the “A Phoenix First Must Burn” cover was born – by Patrice Caldwell

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I am so over the moon to be bringing this post today!! Do you ever look at a book cover, gasp at how gorgeous it is and then start wondering and marveling at how the artist, designer and whole team put it together? Well I do! A lot! And the cover for A Phoenix First Must Burn was no different. This book is, hands down, in my Top 5 most anticipated releases of the year, and how could it not be? It’s a an anthology of 16 tales that range in genre that center and celebrate the Black experience and specifically the queer Black experience and Black Girl Magic, and that means so much to me. Like Patrice says later in the post, it’s something I wanted as a teen. I’m here for it, and to scream about this book at the top of my lungs. Cherry on top is that some of my favorite authors are featured in it. Continue reading

Looking back at my 2019 anticipated releases

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This is a call-out post to myself!

So, twice a year, I make these huge lists of my most anticipated releases of the year like every other bookish content creator, right? But here’s the thing, it dawned on me that once I post those lists I kind of uh…forget about them? I mean, I remember most of the books as I’m excited about them and see a lot of people talking about them on Twitter but at the same time they take a backseat in my brain or the initial excitement dies down or, or… and I end up not reading most of them. Which is all good because I also want to give some love to backlist titles and reading for me is all about balance between the two. BUT! I thought that I should at least start going through them at the end of every year to see where I stand with books I was initially anticipating. Is it still the case? Did I read them? Do I still want to read the ones I didn’t get to? We shall find out!

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Francesca Flores, author of Diamond City

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I’m joined today by the first (of many) 2020 debut authors I’ll be chatting with all throughout the year, and I couldn’t be happier that’s by Francesca Flores is joining me to chat about her upcoming book DIAMOND CITY and all things gangs and assassins, especially because her book was one of my most anticipated releases. We also managed to squeeze music as well as some other fun books in there because of course, and I really had a lot of fun reading Francesca answers so I hope you will too!

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Neighborly & Xeni – Black authors are the gift that keeps on giving

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Today I’m bringing you two speedy reviews of one erotica and one romance book written by Black authors that were an absolute treat to read and couldn’t recommend enough if you read either genre and are looking for quick fun reads. I don’t think I have whole ton to say about either besides GOOD! FUN! So let’s get on with these reviews.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: The Importance of Found Family for Children of Immigrants – by Mike Chen

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I’m so happy to be hosting my first guest post of this series and for it to be on such an amazing topic as the importance of found family for the children of immigrants. Especially one written with so much heart and honesty as the one Mike Chen wrote. I wrote this post a few times already and keep on rereading it or excerpts of it every now and then because of how much I loved it, so I hope you’ll all love it as much as I did and that some of you will be able to see pieces of yourselves in it. Continue reading

My best friend picks my TBR… AGAIN!

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As promised in last week’s post, I am back with another edition of “My Best Friend Picks my TBR”. Here are the original 2019 post as well as the wrap-up for that one. But the gist of it is that Laura basically chose 5 books for me to read throughout the year and I did the same for her. We’re doing the same thing this year, the only difference is that we’re going for 6 books instead of 5. Continue reading

Word Wonders’ Blogging and Reading Round-up – 2019

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Another year has gone by which means it’s time again for one of my favorite posts to compile, and that’s the end of the year round-up, summary, wrap-up, or whatever you want to call it!! This year was SO WEIRD, because although it started off being one of my greatest years reading and content creating wise (and it objectively still is), the last few months, it all slowly went downhill and I’m not as happy with everything as I was anymore. But OH WELL! It’s okay! Things happen! 2020 is a new year and a good time to strive and hope for better!

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