African American History - Romance In Color
Hello everyone. I hope you're all doing great this month. 2013 is ticking along nicely for me.
In last month's post I mentioned it was Black History Month in the US, though the focus was on the Valentine season. This month I'm bringing you books in the historical romance category, African-American history to be exact.
Anyone who knows me will know I love historical romance which is why I write as well as read it. The events in history tend to drive the conflicts and the characters have to be strong enough to deal with those issues before they can arrive at their happy ever after.
And African-American history is full of such conflicts, whether you're dealing with slavery or segregation. One thing all these stories give you is a happy ending. Check them out.
Escape to Falmouth by Lena Joy Rose
When a feisty, Cherokee beauty and a strong-willed, male, runaway slave lock their destinies together in a headlong pursuit of freedom, they unleash forces that deny their liberty, threaten to destroy their love and propel them into dangerous exploits.
Displaced by a presidential edict in 1838, Awanessa, and her entire Cherokee tribe, must leave their homeland in the Southeast United States to march thousands of miles on the arduous Trail of Tears. Meanwhile, Awanessa wages a personal battle that leads her to rescue Jeremiah, a slave on the run, who is being attacked by trackers and bloodhounds. As the couple's lives intersect, they yearn to find their place in an intolerant world.
In a desperate race for survival, Awanessa and Jeremiah flee the Smoky Mountains to the Okenofee Swamps of Georgia with the Seminoles, and later, St. Augustine, Florida. By a twist of fate, they end up in post-emancipation Jamaica where they discover a new world of possibilities while confronting jealousy, mistrust, deception and obeah.
As they boldly stake a claim for their future, vengeance strikes, loyalties are put to the test, a life is perilously at risk and they wonder, what price will they have to pay for freedom?
Given by Lisa G Riley and Roslyn Hardy Holcomb
Despite the danger of working on the Underground Railroad and being stalked by vengeful witches, Eshu shifter Jacob is determined to wed and bed the gorgeous Mary Katherine, though not necessarily in that order.
As a member of Eshu, those who can shift into any animal at will, Jacob Adams is used to knowing and getting what he wants. And when he meets Mary Katherine Day as they work together on the Underground Railroad, he not only knows that she’s going to be his wife, but he expects her to accept her fate willingly. A businesswoman of independent means, Mary Katherine has no interest in marrying, which to her mind is bondage only slightly less vile than the slavery she works so hard to help others escape.
Jacob embarks on a campaign to lure her into his bed by awakening her virginal body to the delights to be found there. Though she struggles against her sensual nature, Mary Katherine eventually succumbs to the irresistible lure. Initially she’s convinced that they can maintain their sexual relationship without marriage, but their passion is too intense to hide in such a small town.
But marriage is just the first hurdle; then there's the enemies and the secrets that threaten to destroy their lives.
Vivid by Beverly Jenkins
It's 1876 and Dr. Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all Black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca is one of the few nineteenth century Black women to graduate from the prestigious Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, so she knows all about fighting for her rights. But she may need more than determination to face down the distractingly handsome Nate Grayson, the Grove's bull-headed mayor.
Nate Grayson goes to the train station expecting Dr. V. Lancaster to be a man. Of course he does. But when the lovely dark-skinned Viveca introduces herself, he is at first speechless…then full of some very loud and very choice words, ordering her back on the train and out of his town! It's 1876 and women aren't supposed to be doctors, men are. Nate Grayson is prepared to fight for that belief.
However, he isn't prepared for this extraordinary beauty’s stubbornness and fire, nor for the vivid way she heals, then steals his heart.
Love Rules by Rita Hestand
Confederate officer, Lieutenant Jesse Coleman is ordered to bring in the most dangerous spy in the area, the "Black Widow." Problem is, Jesse's already gotten a look at Maggie and decided she's about the most alluring woman he's ever seen. When he meets her, she stirs every lustful thought he’s ever had. Despite their attraction, he still has a duty, but if he obeys orders, he'll lose the one thing he wants most….Maggie.
When the war ends, things have changed, although a lot of people haven't, and Maggie is on the run for her life. She has a big surprise for the man who promised to help her.
Once Maggie shows up again, Jesse seizes the chance to have a life with her, but even if they survive all the dangers ahead of them, can he live with her Love Rules?
Buttercup by Sienna Mynx
Ain't nothing sweeter than the forbidden. Her name is Buttercup. And he'll kill them all before he'll let her go...
It is the 1930s, the era of Al Capone, John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Ma Barker, and Bonnie and Clyde. When gangsters, bootleggers, bank robbers and racketeers ruled the night and the law. Amongst them, a young bank outlaw is blazing his way to infamy. He's known as Silvio 'Bloodshot' Garelli. Bitter over the untimely death of his childhood friend and his wrongful incarceration, Silvio is a man who lives by his own rules and the gun. Silvio's chance encounter with a colored hooch dancer at a carnival haunts him with painful memories of love lost.
Her name is Buttercup. Born and raised in a dustbowl carnival by a midget named Tiny and a fading beauty ex-Vaudeville dancer, she's got a secret. Fate intervenes. Silvio and his band of brothers stumble upon a rural country town--and Buttercup's carnival. She fears he wants revenge for all he's lost due to their brief love affair. But what he wants will ignite passions, and fury, beyond either of their imaginings. And when the gun smoke settles, so does the matter of love between them.
Passion's Furies by AlTonya Washington
Jacinta McIver is a free woman of color in 1860s Charleston. Her grandfather, a slave, won the favor of his master and was richly rewarded. Now Jacinta moves in circles that other blacks can only dream of. However, revolution is brewing in Charleston. Denmark Vesey is trying to incite a slave rebellion, and Jacinta is throwing herself right into the thick of it. Her father is at his wits' end, trying to figure out how to insulate her from the growing conflagration, when the perfect solution walks in the door: Solomon Dikembe. Solomon, a mulatto, lives in the North, where he has become a wealthy businessman. When Jacinta turns Solomon's head, Jason thinks his troubles are over. Unfortunately Jacinta has prejudices of her own and cannot get past the fact that Solomon is half white. Now Solomon must figure out a way to overcome her resistance and get her out of danger before it's too late.
Columnist: Kiru Taye is the award-winning author of His Treasure.
She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romances. Her stories are sensual and steamy, her characters passionate and sassy and her settings atmospheric and exotic.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hanging out with family/friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and two children.
You reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest
Follow her blog for latest news and giveaways: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com
Read book excerpts and free short stories on her website: http://www.kirutaye.com