Just when we thought the New Year would bring a fresh start in 2019 shenanigans, Romance Writers of America attempted to drop a sneak diss against Authors of Color. If you are unaware of the inciting incident that led to the implosion of RWA all the drama can be found under the Twitter hashtags, #IStandWithCourtney and #RWAShitShow.
To be complete honest, as a black female author I was unsurprised by the attempts to silence and discredit an author of color by an establishment that had proven time and again that voices of color are not their priority. (see #RITASoWhite). Likewise, I was not surprised by all the NWL’s calls for “calm” explanations of the trauma inflicted by their inability or unwillingness to accept systemic racism and microaggressions exist.
If anything, the entire situation is a prime example of how far people are willing to go to invalidate the accomplishments and concerns of marginalized groups. RWA circumvented their own bylaws to punish an author of color for calling out a racist book, attempted to lie to their own membership about the reason behind their shady behavior, offered a non apology and made several statements filled with veiled threats against any member who continued to speak out against the board. Even going so far as to attempt to stop a petition demanding the resignation of Damon Suede and recall of all board members involved.
I was hesitant to join RWA because of my own experiences with racism, both blatant and systemic that I saw within the organization. I joined last year when I saw that there were people stepping up to correct the wrongs of previous years. I volunteered to judge the RITA in order to promote diverse perspectives in the judges pool. I submitted my novel, Ferocious, in the hopes that it would be judged just as fairly as my non poc counterparts works. My hope for a more diverse and inclusive RWA has proven to be a mistake.
There is only so much fight and effort that I can expend on one thing and RWA has officially tapped me out. I have withdrawn my intent to judge as well as my entry of Ferocious. Which at this point doesn’t matter as the numerous other authors and participants have taken a similar stance the RITA Awards have been cancelled. I am still a current member because I want my recall vote to count but I have no intention to renew my membership when it is up.
RWA is a sinking ship with its current leadership turning it further out to sea when the shore was still within reach. At this point, I’m glad I am safely on the shores and not at all saddened to see it go.
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I have great news to share about my upcoming giveaway beginning Monday, November 18th, 2019!
This is your chance to win a signed copy of one of my books as well as signed copies of books from two other amazing Indie Authors.
Our participating authors Ann McQueen, B.L. McGrew & Stella Williams all write in different genres, including YA, Paranormal Romance and Poetry, giving you the opportunity to expand your personal book collection.
Entry Rules are as follows:
•contestants must follow each participating authors Instagram page.
•Contestants must also “like” and “tag” a minimum of two friends in the comment section on EACH participating authors post that announces the giveaway.
*Please Note: Multiple entries are welcomed. However, each contestant MUST “tag” additional friends in order for additional entries to count.*
One Winner will be announce on each participating Authors instagram post on Friday, November 29th, 2019 (Black Friday)!!!!
If you are selected as the lucky winner, I would love to receive a picture of your prize package once you receive it to share with our awesome followers.
I am a big promoter of Authors Supporting Authors. We were all readers once and most of us still are. This year in an effort to put my money where my mouth is. I have been chatting it up with some of my contemporaries on social media and low and behold, a book swap happened. Author Ursula Visser is my new book buddy and she sent me the most fantastically wrapped books I have ever received. Check out this evidence of her packaging mastery.
Yes! That is wooden confetti!
Carefully wrapped in paper and tied with gold laced thread, I was almost to amazed to open it. Of course, she was gracious enough to send some promotional material as well as provide me with delicious tea to relax and read. So what was inside the wrapping, you ask?
Not One but Two Books!
I am beyond grateful for the generosity of the writer’s community and I hope to be able to participate in more book swaps in the future! In the meantime, I will be diving right into Ursula’s Dragon Queen Series.
Want copies of your own? Both books are available on Amazon Here If you would like more information about Ursula Visser and her work check out her website and social media:
“Give it Away, Give it Away, Give it Away Now!” – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
If you haven’t already, head over to Facebook and check out Paranormal in Color Online Book Fair. There are plenty of Black Paranormal Authors strutting their stuff, answering readers questions and most exciting giving away free stuff! Who doesn’t like free stuff, especially books! So pop on over and support some fabulous Authors of Color in their creepy and steamy endeavors!
Also if you haven’t had a chance to get your hands on books from my Maura’s Men series. I am hosting a giveaway as well! Prizes include both print and digital copies of Xander’s Claim and Claude’s Conquest. One lucky winner will also have a chance to win a digital ARC of Shane’s Redemption, the third novel in the series which isn’t set to be released until December 2018! So GO NOW and Check Out my booth. Run! I mean it!
I am super excited to announce that I will be participating in the Paranormal In Color online book fair! The event will be hosted on Facebook by Priscilla’s Bookshelf Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018 and Sunday, Oct. 28th, 2018 from 11am to 11pm both days.
Join me from 2:30pm-3pm EST Sunday for insight into the world of Maura’s Men as well as giveaways of Maura’s Men Novels! One lucky winner will receive an advance copy of Shane’s Redemption the third installment of my Maura’s Men series which isn’t set to be officially released until December!
This installment of Sidekick Shenanigans is a little different. Since I’m spending my free time in the studio working on my new audio book it features my studio buddy Chewy, an adorable long haired miniature dachshund. He was the perfect companion to unwind with during breaks from recording. Just look at those soulful eyes!