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

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Hello friends and welcome to Color the Shelves!

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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Hello friends and welcome to Color the Shelves!

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

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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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

Did I like the books my best friend chose for me?

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Hello friends!

Around the start of this year (2019), my best friend, Laura from Green Tea and Paperbacks, and I had given each other 5 books to read during the year, in this post here, to 1/ force the other one to read our favourite books and 2/ see if we know each other’s taste in books well enough. So the year has come and gone (seriously, wtf?) and I’m here today to wrap it up and let y’all how good/bad Laura fared. If you’re curious to know how *I* did on Laura’s TBR, you can check out her wrap-up here. Continue reading

Work for It – Steamy romance with brilliant mental health representation

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Publication date :  September 3rd, 2019

Publisher : Nixon House

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 237

Synopsis : For men like us, trust doesn’t come easy.
In this village, I’m an outcast: Griffin Everett, the scowling giant who prefers plants to people. Then I meet Keynes, a stranger from the city who’s everything I’m not: sharp-tongued, sophisticated, beautiful. Free. For a few precious moments in a dark alleyway, he’s also mine, hot and sweet under the stars… until he crushes me like dirt beneath his designer boot.

When the prettiest man I’ve ever hated shows up at my job the next day, I’m not sure if I want to strangle him or drag him into bed. Actually—I think I want both. But Keynes isn’t here for the likes of me: he makes that painfully clear. With everyone else at work, he’s all gorgeous, glittering charm—but when I get too close, he turns vicious.
And yet, I can’t stay away. Because there’s something about this ice king that sets me on fire, a secret vulnerability that makes my chest ache. I’ll do whatever it takes to sneak past his walls and see the real man again.
The last thing I expect is for that man to ruin me.
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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune & Ayesha at Last – Two ~romances~ that were slightly disappointing

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Okay let’s do this! It’s been…quite a few months since I last read both these books! August? I think? So I have a hard time recalling the details of each one of them but what I do recall are the positives and negatives of each and the way they made me feel, which, wasn’t all that good. But not completely bad either. A mixed bag if you will. Continue reading

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them & Color Me in – Books worth the detour

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Yes, YES! I still know how to write positive reviews, I promise, I did not turn into a grump-who-likes-nothing in the time I have been away, I was just unlucky in the book I’ve been picking up the last few months and that reflected in the review I posted, but today I’m talking about books I actually LIKED. Continue reading

Color Outside the Lines – Why must anthologies always make me sad?

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Publication date :  November 12th 2019

Publisher : Soho Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Anthology

Page Count: 312

Synopsis : This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.
When people ask me what this anthology is about, I’m often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it’s about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer’s much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.

—Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines
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