It’s one of my favorite months of the year. National Reading Month! I get to shamelessly promote my books for people to read…all in the name of a national holiday! LOL.
Just kidding! While I will definitely send out some promos of my own work, I’m excited just the same for my own reading endeavors! This first week of the month-long holiday, I’m working on finishing up Stacey Abrams book, Lead From the Outside.
You probably already know this about Stacey Abrams, but I’m here to tell you, she is one of the most influential and motivational figures of recent times. She’s dropping major gems throughout this book. I find myself needing a notebook, pen, and highlighter when I’m reading this book.
I definitely recommend this book if you ever need reassurance that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
Connie Briscoe is another one of my favorite authors. Her novel, Big Girls Don’t Cry, holds a special place in my heart. As I teenager, at the time, I identified so much with the main character, Naomi Jefferson, who was also a teen at the start of the novel. The story followed the character into adulthood, which gave me a vision of the possibilities ahead for me as an adult. I’ve read a lot of books over my life, but very few are as memorable as this one.
I have long gotten rid of most fiction paperback novels in my personal library, but this one, I keep for sentimental value. Even if I ever get my hands on a hardcover copy I still may not toss it. When I checked out her feature books on her website, I’ve read nearly all of them. I’m glad to see she’s turned her attention to helping aspiring writers!
I spent the first 1/2 of the month celebrating the legends of Black writers. For the remainder of the month, I’m presenting some of my personal favs. Now this ONE right now here…Beverly Jenkins!
Her historical romance novels reignited my love for reading in my post-high school years. Out of all the books I’d read in my life up until that time, it was her novel, Vivid, that inspired me write a book of my own! OMG! Just learned it’s the 25th anniversary of the book! Yes, I bought it! Anyway, keep reading to learn about fellow Michigander and most loved authors!
Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured both in the documentary “Love Between the Covers” and on CBS Sunday Morning.Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR.