I never thought I would be here again. When I shutdown my blog, Love To Read For Fun, 3 years ago I thought that I was done with blogging forever. I’d fallen out of love with the romance industry. It was the same ol’ same ol’ and to be honest, I got tired of reading about white people. I wanted to see myself in some of these stories. Also, I didn’t have time to read like I used to. I didn’t want to make the time to read. Last year something changed. I signed up for Kindle Unlimited. I started reading authors that I’d never heard of. I purposely searched for romance books that were not what I used to read and review on my blog. In by doing that I found a treasure of self-pubbed black romance writers. I was so excited. I didn’t care if the book was KU or not. I was going through their backlists and inhaling everything they wrote. I was hungry for them. This is what I’d been missing!!! I started getting anxious, waiting for new releases. Amazon is terrible with their search function so trying to find new releases was frustrating. So my next step was to find blogs that posted reviews or releases. Imagine my disappointment (but not surprise) that there aren’t that many out there. Well, that’s what author’s websites are for, right? I’ll just sign up for their newsletter. But I wanted to read reviews as well. There aren’t a lot of reviews on Goodreads for black romance and it’s a damn shame.
I took my frustrations to twitter hoping that I could get some info there. The same two websites kept popping up, Girl Have You Read and WOCinRomance. I use both sites to get new release information. The twitterverse was able to only provide 2 sites for black romance? T W O?!?!?! This sent me on a twitter rant (shocker). I expressed my disappointment on how mainstream romance sites still don’t show black romance any love. Yeah they talk a good game about Diversity in Romance on twitter and use the hashtag to show their “support” but where is that diversity on your site??? Put your money where your mouth is! Put up or shut up.
My frustration continued to simmer. I’ve been reading some bomb ass romance novels written by some bomb ass black women and they are getting zero shine and IT SUCKS! And because it sucks, I made the decision to start blogging again.
Reading Romance in Color will focus on romance stories written by WoC. My goal is to shine a light on all of the black romance authors that I have discovered over the past year and a half. I will also review works by other AoC as well but my main focus will be black authors.
My intent is not have a shitload of followers and clicks and impressions and all that nonsense. And getting ARCs before everyone else. Worrying about that nonsense is one of the reasons why I shut down my previous blog. It stopped being FUN. My purpose is to continue doing what I’m doing – reading romance written by black women featuring black women (I don’t say black couples cause there are a lot of BWWM books out there and some of them have been pretty good).
Depending on how this all goes, I may spend the money and pay for blog hosting and all that nonsense but I’m not going to do that yet. I may change my mind next week and delete the entire thing. LOL!
So here I go….