10 romance authors I want to try out in 2020

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So uh… you know how I am self-proclaimed romance trash? Well, I recently came to two realizations that aren’t very pleasant to me and make it harder to hold onto that title, which are as follow:

  1. Out of all my reading this year so far, romance makes up a whooping 8%, which is a grand total of two books. I’ve read two romance books in the past three months. And I hate it.
  2. I tend to circle back to the same authors and rarely if ever branch out.  Talia Hibbert, Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai, Rebekah Weatherspoon, and a couple others. But that’s it. I mean they’re phenomenal, but I’d like to see what else is out there.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: The inspiration behind “Forbidden Promises – by Synithia Williams

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The minute I read the synopsis for FORBIDDEN PROMISES I knew two things: 1/ it sounds exactly like the kind of romance book I’d gobble up, full of angst and drama and 2/ I needed to have the author over on the blog to chat about the book. And I definitely did not regret that decision. Having Synithia Williams talk about soap operas, drama and the inspiration behind FORBIDDEN PROMISES made the need to have it between my hands and devour the story inside of it intensify. Like, what else could I need in times of stress than a woman in love with her sister’s ex-husband fighting those feelings while he simultaneously fights the ones he has for her? Nothing, me thinks. Especially if you add a backdrop of rich people to it. So enough ramblings on my part, here’s what Synithia has to say: Continue reading

The Electric Heir – I’ve read it twice and I’m still not okay

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Series: Feverwake #2

Publication date : March 17th, 2020

Publisher : Skyscape | Amazon Publishing

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 483

Synopsis : In the sequel to The Fever King, Noam Álvaro seeks to end tyranny before he becomes a tyrant himself.
Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Prerna Pickett, author of If You Only Knew

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Today’s interview is with Prerna Pickett, the debut author one of a YA contemporary story I’m really excited to read, IF ONLY YOU KNEW, which is  a story about a boy coming out of jail, a girl plagues by guilt, teens messing up, redemption and second chances. Full of secrets, said secrets coming to light, and maybe even a cute romance thrown in the mix (and by maybe I mean definitely). I had a lot of fun asking the author questions and her answers only made me want to read the book more, and hopefully it’ll convince you to pick it up as well! Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: A “Island Affair” soundtrack – by Priscilla Oliveras

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*takes deep breaths to tame excitement* Do you ever read the synopsis of a book and know immediately you’re going to love it so you’re brain starts chanting NEED! THIS! NOW! This is what happened when I came across ISLAND AFFAIR! It’s the story of a social media influencer recovering from an eating disorder who starts a fake dating scheme with a paramedic when her boyfriend is a no-show. FAKE DATING!!!! This trope is my kryptonite, the build up of sexual tension that comes with it and the budding feelings are *chef’s kiss. And add to that some mental illness exploration? You’re sure to win me over. And today’s, I have invited the author over to share the book soundtrack with you and the story behind each song, which is only going to make you read it more. Trust me.

(I might or might not have been listening to it while typing this post up)

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The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – Hail the Bitch Queen and her character driver story

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Publication date :  February 18th 2020

Publisher : Orbit Books

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 496

Synopsis : A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice.

“I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.”

Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. Her upcoming marriage to the son of her father’s rival heralds peaceful days to come.
But his sudden departure before their reign begins fractures the kingdom beyond repair.
Years later, Talyien receives a message, urging her to attend a meeting across the sea. It’s meant to be an effort at reconciliation, but an assassination attempt leaves the queen stranded and desperate to survive in a dangerous land. With no idea who she can trust, she’s on her own as she struggles to fight her way home.(from Goodreads) Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Mayra Cuevas, author of Salty Bitter Sweet

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I’m presenting you today a book that released only a couple days ago, SALTY BITTER SWEET by Mayra Cuevas, which is a story about family and grief filled with delicious food and messy teenagers trying their best to reconcile the different aspects of their lives…in Paris. The entirety of it is set in Paris, following a French-Cuban American main character whose dream is to become a chef, so it’s guaranteed to make you dream of beautiful sights and mouth-watering delicacies. And the author is joining me to talk about all of that and more, so without further ado, here’s what we chatted about: Continue reading