Our friend, Kennedy Ryan, helped us out by providing a preliminary list of works if you're looking to try something new.
Issa Rae - The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (non-fiction. NYT Bestseller)
Nicki Salcedo - All Beautiful Things
Alyssa Cole - Radio Silence, Agnes Moore's Wild Knight
Ambrielle Kirk - Rugged Riders series
Rebekah Weatherspoon - Treasure
Victoria Smith - The Space Between
Piper Hughley - The Lawyer's Luck
Yvette Hines - Bear's Gold
Fiona Zedde - Bliss (Af-Am/LGBT)
Yolanda Wallace - Rum Spring, The War Within (Af-Am/LGBT)
Lena Matthews - Happily Ever After
BeBe Moore Campbell - 72 Hour Hold, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine
Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Alice Walker - The Color Purple, Meridian
Toni Morrison - Beloved, The Bluest Eye
K.M. Jackson - Bounce and Creative Hearts series
Rhonda McKnight -Unbreak My Heart
Pat Simmons -The Keepsake
Belle Calhoune - Heart of A Soldier
Candace Shaw - My Kind of Girl
Sheryl Lister- All of Me
Ann Christopher -Trouble
Keith Thomas Walker- Brick House
Sharon Cooper -Sin City Temptation; Legal Seduction
Ravi Howard- Driving the King
|Seressia Glass - Spice (A Sugar and Spice Novel)|
Shelly Ellis - Gibbons Girls series
Prolific With A Great backlist:
There's a hashtag that has gained some momentum #BlackWomenInRomance
RT had a great feature about it:
blog/82364/ blackwomeninromance-10- romance-authors-i-cant-wait- read-more-2015
Also Book Riot (on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr) often features articles on diversity in fiction.
If you follow us on Twitter (@mustreadbooks_), we've been retweeting WeNeedDiverseBooks and there are a TON of blogs on Tumblr making a point to diversify what we see in our reading and promoting the authors who write it.
As Courtney and I come across more great writers who feature POC and characters embracing their sexuality as the norm that we all know it is and should be treated as, we will continue to showcase these and share them with you.
We'd love to hear from you and if we handled this totally wrong, we'd love to know that too.
Shelley and Courtney