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Category Archives: Interracial

A romance in which the racial background and/or ethnicity of the main characters are part of the plot.

My Way to You by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #contemporaryromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

My Way to You by Lyndell Williams

Genre contemporary romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

Lawyer Simon Young is smart, confident, and adept at keeping things with women casual—until he meets his best friend Marcus’s sister, Regina. Immediately intrigued by Regina’s beauty, Simon becomes increasingly enthralled and ultimately risks his friendship to have her for himself.
Social justice writer and activist Regina Kent is usually cautious and savvy. Yet, unable to resist her attraction to the handsome Simon, she plunges into a torrid affair, knowing that she chances angering big brother and her less tolerant followers, many of whom will not accept that one of their most popular pro-Black bloggers is dating an Asian man.
As their clandestine romance evolves, Simon and Regina fall deeper in love. Making sure that things stay between them becomes progressively impossible, and neither knows how much longer they can keep Marcus in the dark and the world at bay.
Why did you write this book?

I had a few reasons for writing My Way to You, the primary one being that I wanted to write a romance centering what I gleaned as the increasing lines of solidarity between Blacks and Asians in the country. I also wanted to highlight the growing Black Woman-Asian Man (BWAM) subculture, where members of two social groups deemed less desirable are learning to appreciate each other as love matches.
Black women and Asian men have to tackle with a contrived lack of appeal stemming from stereotypes masculinizing one and feminizing the other. My Way to You and other romances centering BWAM love interests pushes back against that and offers representation for couples in similar relationships as well as interracial couples in general.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Oh, romance, romance, and then—romance. I became hooked on it as a teenager and never looked back. When I was presented with a choice of genre to study for my master’s thesis, I selected romance. I think the genre is integral to revealing and influencing how people navigate a quintessential human emotion eros love.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
My favorite fictional character is Sofia in The Color Purple by Alice Walker. She’s an amazingly-strong character that shows the layers of racism and sexism that Black American women encounter from Black men as well as White men and women.
Sofia constantly fights against people’s attempts to degrade and dehumanize her. She paid for her quest for dignity and humanity with her physical well-being and liberty, which is also in jeopardy for real Black women daring to do the same. Even though she was crushed by society, her spirit wasn’t. Her raising like a phoenix from the ashes after years of torment is the profoundest moment in literary history.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a couple of projects that require different styles of writing. I am working on Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit, book two of the Brothers in Law romance series. The story features Marcus and Toni from My Way to You (book one) and their struggles to keep their perfect marriage from falling apart.
I am also writing an essay about African American Muslim romance to be added to an anthology on American Muslim popular culture as well as a short story for an American Muslim story collection. Although it can be demanding, I love the different directions my writing takes me.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I plan to have books two and three of the Brothers in Law series ready for readers to dive into.
Hopefully, readers will get to enjoy Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit in early 2019. After that, there will be Building on Broken Dreams (book three), my first Muslim romance in the series. It features a steamy interracial couple—Adam Kane and Maryam Avery—as they build a beautiful life together that is threatened to be torn down by Maryam’s past.

Where to buy My Way to You

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/LyndellWilliams/e/B07FQTMRCG
Layla Writes Love (signed copies) https://laylawriteslove.com/merch/

Lyndell Williams Social Media

Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) has a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She presently teaches history as an adjunct instructor.
Williams a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She is the managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos and a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA.
Blog https://laylawriteslove.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/abdullahpoulos/lyndellwilliamsauthor/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon Author Page http://amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove

 

Today’s featured book is Sweeter Than This by Samara King.

About the Book

Title  Sweeter Than This
Genre  Interracial Romance
Author  Samara King
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
With her best friend murdered, the man believed to be partly responsible under the nose of her gun and a stranger looming in the shadows out for blood, Officer Elle Taylor is running out of time and people to trust. Will Elle risk crossing the line between attraction and revenge to take help from an unexpected source, before the murderer strikes again and leaves her life in flames? 
Durant Kane is no stranger to trouble, especially the kind that comes with a gun trained on his face and an angry woman attached. But Elle’s something different, something unexpected and sweeter. He never could have imagined coming to feel so deeply about her, even if his own disastrous path in relationships hadn’t left him so wary. But he’ll have to take the risk if he doesn’t want to lose the woman he’s come to realize he can’t even think of living without.

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About the Author

Samara King is the author of over twenty published novels, novellas, short stories and as well as poetry. Since her days of sneaking romance novels to the back of the library in grade school; romance fiction has been a consistent staple in Samara’s world, soon after, the desire to write her own tales unfolded. In 2011, she was nominated for Poet of the Year by African Americans On The Move Book Club and is a member of The Romance Writers of America and several sister chapters.
Samara has penned sexy tales for a host of publishers and also self­publishes under her imprint, Crave Novellas. Previously she co­hosted SoundNOff, a poetic format for poets and spoken word artists and hosted InCharacterN10, a former showcase for authors on Blogtalkradio.com/samaraking. Samara’s first poetry collection, The Ebony Kryptonite, was well received and was followed with Stripped Barefoot, a sultry mix of poetry and spoken word, which went on to reach #20 in Chicago’s Top 40 on Reverbnation in September 2013.
Currently, Samara is hard at work on her next series.

Author Social Media

Blake Legacy
Rhonda Laurel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Blake Legacy (The Blake Boys Series #3).
Genre: Contemporary Interracial Romance
Tagline: Two lovers. Two dreams. One hell of a hard decision…
Publisher: Etopia Press
Cover artist:
Length: 213 Pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Blurb:
NFL quarterback Seth Blake is having an unbelievable hot streak–he’s
won his third Super Bowl title the same day his wife Morgan gave birth to their
son. Life couldn’t be better for the new father and MVP. His contract with the Philadelphia
Titans expires in a year, giving him a chance to make a professional dream come
true: to play in his home state for the Texas Wildcats and return to his much-missed
Twelve Horseshoes Ranch–this time, for good.
Morgan Reed-Blake has never been happier. She’s got the best
husband, the cutest baby, and she’s successfully juggling career and family. Her
bookstore is expanding, her charitable organization is growing, and she’s been offered
her dream job on the literacy council. Everything in her Philadelphia world is coming up roses. Until Seth’s
contract with the Titans expires, and his dream of returning home comes close enough
to touch…and the powers that be in Texas
start romancing Seth in earnest. Morgan and Seth both have dreams. But a choice
has to be made…
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Seth Blake – 30 yrs.
old – Quarterback for Philadelphia Titans
Morgan Reed-Blake – 27
yrs. Old – Bookstore Owner/Literary Philanthropist 

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start many years
ago when a small magazine published a short story I had written during down time
in college. Several years later I decided to pursue it again and to take the tumble
down the rabbit hole.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
A book needs nurturing
even after publication. I strategize more about where I am headed with the stories
I write and what I am trying to accomplish by writing it.
What websites do you visit daily?
I always tune into Twitter
and Facebook.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy creating worlds
with unique characters that take on a life of their own.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Being a late bloomer
is a good thing!
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I don’t force the words
to come. If that means some time away from the laptop, then I do it for the sake
of the story I’m trying to complete.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think traditional publishing
is finding a way to work successfully with new technology. I believe printed books
and e-books can live in harmony with a mutual respect for each other.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only
one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview.
What will you take with you and where will you go?
I would go to California and I would take
an overnight bag filled with essentials like my laptop, iPod, camera and few clothing
items.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I like Christmas because
people are a bit nicer because they are filled with the holiday spirit.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
I would be the color
blue. Blue is cool, fluid and it puts people at ease.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with Dr. Pepper soda.
I’m always ready for a Golden Girls marathon.
When I’m alone, I like to watch television.
You’d never be able to tell, but I like to crochet.
If I had a halo it would be glowing.
If I could travel back in time I’d learn how to sky
dive.
I can never have a cat because I’m a dog person.

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