Online Article On African American Romance Novels

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I have been a black romance novelist since 1996. “The Rumpus” website has just posted a fabulous article on black romance novels,  “ ‘Happily Ever After’ for African-American romance novelists, by Christine Grimaldi.”

This article is a breath of fresh air, and makes very insightful comments on this very important, but often overlooked book genre, as well as astute observations on the African American woman in today’s  society.

The article quotes romance author Beverly Jenkins at length.  I have known Beverly for many years and she is as dynamic a speaker as she is a writer. Beverly is a remarkable woman, and I am proud to know her.

The article is far too lengthy for me to post in its entirety here, but the following are the opening paragraphs.  Please take the time to follow the links and read the entire article.  You’ll be glad you did.

“Beverly Jenkins wants others to help her grow the historical branch of the African-American romance tree, but she can’t deny the perks of growing it largely alone. “Every time you buy a book, you help a sister pay a light bill,” Jenkins said as the standing-room-only audience startled the Library of Congress conference room with laughter. She sobered, though no one could be heard shushing us. Any librarians in attendance might have been absorbed in the many climaxes of Destiny’s Captive, one of Jenkins’s historical romances (“his lips were searing the bare skin above her corset and chemise”) or Sexy/Dangerous, a contemporary romantic suspense where the heroine swaps the corset for a thong (“the sexiest bits of froth ever invented”). The quiet allowed Jenkins, typically as sharp with the one-liners as she is with her prose, to make a more serious point. “It would be great to be able to expand that canon to include more stories, more bibliographies so that the readers can not only enjoy the love stories but also enjoy the history that goes with it,” she said.”

“In the United States, black women find their bodies and their desires constantly devalued not just by the publishing industry, but also by the very institutions designed to protect them. Sandra Bland is the latest black woman to die in police custody, joining the ranks of the fallen from which #SayHerName launched to draw attention to the invisible women whose bodies and lives have been lost and devalued because of their color. Additionally, media representations of black women are hard to find and can be even harder to watch because of how they are framed, given the media’s penchant for slim and, more often than not, white bodies. When Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video failed to garner an MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year nomination, she offered a valid critique of entrenched racism that Taylor Swift initially misconstrued as personal attack. Minaj summed it up on Instagram: ‘Nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn’t credit black women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others. We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs.’ “

http://therumpus.net/2015/08/happily-ever-after-for-african-american-romance-novelists/

 

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My New Blog, “My Head Rap”

0000Today I am introducing my new blog, MY HEAD RAP.  It’s a blog of social, political, and cultural commentary from the viewpoint of a “mature” Black woman.  I will retain this, my author website, RManees.com, but this website will now address just my books, literature, and other writing related subjects. MY HEAD RAP will tackle anything and everything; it will truly be me rapping about the thoughts in my head (hence the title).  I hope you’ll stop by to sign up.  You may not agree with everything I say, but I promise you won’t be bored!

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Author Beverly Jenkins New Book – FORBIDDEN!

Click on the picture to purchase FORBIDDENMy friend, Beverly Jenkins’ new book, FORBIDDEN, will be released Jan. 26, 2016. Beverly is a USA Today best-selling author who has been nominated for an NAACP Image award.  Please join the campaign to put FORBIDDEN on the NY Times best seller list.  Pre-order the book now or as soon as you can, or be sure to order on its release day.  If you don’t already know her work, I promise you will thoroughly enjoy the book—Beverly is a fantastic writer!  Click on the links or the picture to go to the book’s Amazon page.

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ALL FOR LOVE, By R Manees – Where are the Sequels, Girlfriend?

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With the release of my new non-fiction book, I’ve been hearing from long-time readers: “Hey!  What up with the sequel to ALL FOR LOVE?”

This is the status: I’m planning two sequels to ALL FOR LOVE.  One is Tiffani and Alex’s story, but the other is something completely unique!  I’m about half way through the unexpected one.  Sorry that I can’t tell you the title of the book (yet), but that would totally give away the unique quality of the book, and I want to keep that a secret until the book’s release next year.  2016 will be the 20th anniversary of ALL FOR LOVE, and the unexpected one will be released on or near the anniversary date.  Tiffani and Alex’s story will follow in 2017.

I had to stop work on the romance novels to complete my new non-fiction book, “My Alzheimer’s Diary.”  With so many in my family dying from Alzheimer’s, including my mother, I felt compelled to get this book out before the others.  It was just released June 21, and is currently on three Amazon Top 100 lists. Now that’s it is out, I’m going back to the romance novels full time.

Thanks for hanging in there with me, ya’ll.  I know it’s been a long wait, but I promise you the sequels will be worth it!

Warm Regards,

Raynetta

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Raynetta Manees Books on SALE — Limited Time!

For a limited time three of my books are on SALE exclusively on Amazon.com!  The prices for each are discounted to 20% off!  CLICK the book picture or title to purchase!  The three books are:

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FANTASY,

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FOLLOW YOUR HEART, AND

ALL THE WAY HOME.

 

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All three books are rated 4/5 Star by Amazon readers.  Don’t lose out!  The sale is only for a limited time.

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“My #Alzheimer’s Diary” – Now Released on Amazon and BN.com!

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My latest book, “My #Alzheimer’s Diary: My Journey Through the Shadow of #Alzheimer’s Diagnosis,” was just released today, June 21, 2015, International #Alzheimer’s Day (#LongestDay).

As you may know, for the last 20 years I have written romance novels, which I love.  But Alzheimer’s has taken so many family members, including my mother, I had to write this book, in their memory.

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Book Release Next Sunday: “My Alzheimer’s Diary”

Release date: next Sunday, ‪#‎International‬ ‪#‎Alzheimers‬ ‪#‎LongestDay‬, June 21

ALZ BOOK COVER COMPLETE 900X572Many people that I am very close to don’t know about my Alzheimer’s testing a couple of years ago. I didn’t want anyone to worry about me or feel sorry for me. But my grandma, my mother, and my brother all had Alzheimer’s, and it killed them, or at least largely contributed to the deaths of all three. So in time I came to feel it wasn’t right for me to keep this story to myself. I owed it to them to tell it.

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