Racial Justice Resources

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Like millions of my fellow Americans, I am outraged by the race-based police brutality, injustice, racism and human rights violations that continue to poison our country.

I want to share resources for racial justice for anyone else looking for how they can help:

Page will continue to be updated.

#RomBKLove 2020

Trope: Wrapped around your pinky

See, don’t ever set me free
I always want to be by your side

You Really Got Me/The Kinks

May 2020 is #RomBkLove, a social media celebration of romance tropes and romance-related conversations. I’m a romance author, but a reader too, and as part of the fun, I’m talking about the trope wrapped around your pinky

To me, this about softness. Who, or what, makes the MC show their soft side? Who enchants the tough cookies or melts icy hearts? What does that normally stoic character get mushy and adoring for? 

I think this trope can go beyond love interests, too. Maybe that stern and imposing MC has an adorable child that owns their heart, or even a puppy or another pet they care for. It’s seeing someone who guards their emotions form a special relationship where they can be soft.

The phrase can also be used in a negative way, but for me personally, if someone’s being taken advantage of, I’m not going to enjoy reading about it. I like this trope best when you’ve got two MCs who already have a power differential–and the one with more power is the one who ends up smitten. Or perhaps combined with some of my other favorite tropes, like grumpy/sunshine and hurt/comfort. 

I’ve been writing queer historical romances for the last couple years and you’ll also find histroms filling my TBR stacks. One of the anthology authors, Cat Sebastian, also has a wonderful historical romance, It Takes Two to Tumble, an utterly charming grumpy/sunshine love story between a naval captain and a vicar that’s reminiscent of The Sound of Music. I also absolutely loved seeing competent, no-nonsense Pat become smitten with the lovely Fenella in KJ Charles’s Proper English.

Readers (me included!) love Jordan Hawk’s blend of historical and paranormal romances. I adored how he handled this trope in the first of the vivid and imaginative Hexworld books, Hexbreaker, with a witch policeman thoroughly enchanted by his cat-shifter familiar in an alternate 1890s New York. Mixing historical and contemporaries is a wonderful recent anthology, He’s Come Undone, with five stories of tightly-wound, starchy heroes finally losing their control.

What books do you love where we see a stoic MC’s softer side? Who’s got your favorite romance characters wrapped around their pinky?

Release week guest posts!

Starcrossed is here! To celebrate, some lovely bloggers invited me to share on their sites. You can catch me at the below (will be updated again later this week):

Author Q&A with Evie Drae

Talking about my (hypothetical) wrestling entrance theme song, my demon of self-doubt, and my car, Swift Wind, over on Evie’s site.

The Archive Appreciation Post

Queer Books Unbound hosted me shouting out my thanks to librarians and three of the archives I used while drafting a 1920s America-set novel.

Six Romance Series With Stellar Queer Sophomores

I’m over on Joyfully Jay talking about second books that I loved.

How I Incorporated the Supernatural into the MiM Series

Find me on Smexy Books with thoughts on how paranormal and fantasy arcs fit into romance.

Fresh Fiction’s Get to Know Your Favorite Authors

Twenty questions about STARCROSSED and more at Fresh Fiction.

Guest Post for The Old Shelter

The incredibly lovely Sarah Zama, a fellow historical fiction author, invited me to write a guest post for her dieselpunk blog, The Old Shelter! When I was working on Spellbound, one of my go-to research resources was New York historical newspapers. In my guest post, I share 1920s advertisements for things found in Spellbound–and a spoiler-free peek at two things that will be found in the upcoming Magic in Manhattan #2!

You can learn more about Sarah’s 1920s fiction here, and you can read my guest post on her blog here.