I know I promised to do a post on what I’d learned so far as a debut author releasing in pandemic-era 2020. And I will report back, pinky swear.
However, that’s not where my head or heart are at right now. Instead, you get a list of my favorite SF/F and Romance reads by Black authors.
Why? Because the fact that there’s still a world where a list of Black writers is necessary is telling. That it still means White is the default “normal.”
The Belles and The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
If you’re looking for lush descriptions, gorgeous fantasy worldbuilding, and political intrigue, here ya go.
Dread Nation and Deathless Divide By Justina Ireland
A favorite I’ve mentioned before, that I read in one go. Book 2 is equally good. Alternate history +enemies to friends heroines+zombies.
A Blade So Black, A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
This is one of my Top Ten Urban Fantasy series, an Alice in Wonderland retelling set in contemporary Atlanta, with a kickass heroine.
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
One of my favorite space opera reads of 2020.
The Conductors by Nicole Glover
More alternate history, with the underground railroad plus magic.
Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon
I’ve probably already recommended this one too, but who cares. It’s a low-angst, high steam favorite with my favorite giant of a Scotsman.
Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan
Separated childhood friends, business empires, feuding families and forbidden love.
Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
The first book in this new series, Get A Clue, Chloe Brown, was adorable. This rom-com features a second sister, although it can be read as a stand-alone, a grad student heroine dropped in the middle of an internet shipping frenzy with requisite fake dating.
A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Amnesia trope. I will fight you for a well executed amnesia trope. Plus cowboys. And yes, this is my second rec from the same author. While we’re at it, go check out her contemporary man-nanny, Rafe, as well.
Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera
Set in Addis Ababa, this contemporary is all about what parts of your heritage to keep and honor, and what to put aside. Also check out her American Dreamer series.