COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Alechia Dow, author of The Sound of Stars

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Today’s interview is one I’m really excited to share because I had a lovely chat with Alechia Dow, the author of the upcoming THE SOUND OF STARS! A debut I read a couple months ago and fell head over heels for. It’s an exploration of humanity and an ode to arts that stroke a chord with me, a book and music lover, and I have no doubt it will do the same for many, many of you. It also brings to the table a different twist on aliens, different species of aliens that I had a lot of fun getting to know, and it was just all around a really soft and hopeful book that put a crack in my heart and filled it with light, thus restoring my faith in humanity with just a little over 400 pages. But enough of me waxing poetry about this book and let’s dive into the interview: Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: A “The Worst Best Man” dream cast – by Mia Sosa

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If you know me, you know that romance is my comfort genre, the one genre that I never get tired of and that I’m never in a slump from. My brain can consume ridiculous amounts of it without ever saying enough. So knowing that, you really wouldn’t expect this feature to come and go without featuring a romance author, in fact I have a few of those cooking up. But for today, I have joining me, Mia Sosa, the author of the upcoming THE WORST BEST MAN, which is an enemies to lovers romance that sounds super sexy and right up my alley. So I’m really happy that Mia is going to be sharing with us today, her dream cast, the actors she would love for her characters to be played by in a hypothetical movie. And said dream cast is very melaninated (is that eve a word?) to my greatest joy!! So without further ramblings on my part, I’ll let her take over, and introduce you to them.

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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

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

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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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

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Anna-Marie Mclemore, author of Dark and Deepest Red

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Hello friends and Happy New Year!

And welcome the first ever COLOR THE SHELVES post! I’m so excited to have you all reading this post, and to be sharing the works of so many wonderful Authors of Color who have books coming out in 2020 with you. And for this first post, I’m ecstatic and honored to be hosting one of my favorite authors ever, Anna-Marie McLemore, who’s here to talk about their upcoming January 2020, release DARK AND DEEPEST RED, the inspiration behind it as well as other fun things! I will be keeping this introduction short, because I’m sure you’re way more interested in what they have to say, so I hope you enjoy and stay on board for the rest of my weekly Color the Shelves posts! Continue reading