It is such a pleasure that during Smithsonian Black History Month (SBHM) we have an exclusive excerpt from new to ALBTALBS author Sheryl Lister. Sheryl is a participating author in the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance series. Her novel will be released on March 1st, and will bring readers into the 1920s Harlem’s jazz scene. Based on the excerpt below, this book is going to keep me reading until the wee hours!
Welcome, Sheryl, to ALBTALBS!
Note:Love’s Serenadeis the third book in theDecades: A Journey of African American Romanceseries. This series consists of 12 books, each set in one of 12 decades between 1900 and 2010. Each story focuses on the romance between African American protagonists, but also embraces the African American experience within that decade. Join the journey on theirFacebook page.
Escaping an arranged marriage, Leigh Jones flees her southern hometown for Harlem’s vibrant jazz scene to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. She finds more than she expected, namely Miles Cooper. The smooth-talking musician walked out on her three years ago, taking her music and her heart with him. Leigh has no intentions of falling for Miles or his charms again, until he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a recording contract. But when her past comes calling, she realizes Miles is the one person who can save her from a man who won’t take no for an answer.
Miles isn’t one for putting down roots or staying in one place for longer than a season. Yet, memories of Leigh’s sultry voice, beauty and sass make him long for the life and love he forfeited. Having walked away once, but never again, Miles sets out to prove he’s a changed man willing to go to any lengths to protect his woman. He’s determined to show Leigh, one passionate note at a time that the music they make together will last a lifetime.
Last month we introduced you to Decades: A Journey of African American Romance, a unique twelve book series written by twelve talented authors, and to the first book in that series. This month we have first time guest author Kaia Danielle joining us at A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet (ALBTALBS) to share with us her contribution to Decades. I hope you enjoy this peek inside life as an African American woman in the 1910s as much as I did!
Note: A Secret Desire is the second book in the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance series. This series consists of 12 books, each set in one of 12 decades between 1900 and 2010. Each story focuses on the romance between African American protagonists, but also embraces the African American experience within that decade. Join the journey on our Facebook page.
Welcome to A Secret Desire, the 1910s installment in the Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance series. I have been interested in the history of African-American women in the early 20th Century long before this series came along. What interested me about this 1910s decade is that American women found themselves in a very rigid social position. The Cult of (White) Womanhood was in full swing. They were expected to be homemakers. To Perpetuate the image of being a lady. They were thought to be too delicate to handle their own financial affairs or live independently. A father, husband or some other male relative was expected to take care of them. A “proper” lady lacked the intelligence to run her own business.Continue reading →
One of the things we enjoy doing is to share with you new and unique writing projects we think you will love. And today is no exception as we welcome first time guest author Lindsay Evans, to A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet (ALBTALBS). Linsday is one of twelve talented authors who are part of a 12 book romance series unlike anything we, or at least I, have ever seen! Let’s give Lindsay a warm ALBTALBS welcome!
Between the Sheets, 1900s style
Note:A Delicate Affair is the first book in the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance series. This series consists of 12 books, each set in one of 12 decades between 1900 and 2010. Each story focuses on the romance between African American protagonists, but also embraces the African American experience within that decade. Join the journey on our Facebook page.
Golden and Leonie, the couple in my novella A Delicate Affair, the first book in the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance series, are all kinds of hot for each other. Blazing up the sheets, clawing down sweaty backs, screaming the house down kind of hot. They’re impulsive. They’re in lust. The moments of passion between them in the novella are all sensual and beautifully raw. But in the beginning, I was over thinking every move they made. Continue reading →
It’s that time of year when I start to turn to holiday themed romance novels to help put me in a cheerful holiday spirit. Today ALBTALBS friend <3Sophie Barnes is joining us to share how her new Christmas novel almost wasn’t and what she did to make sure this story got into the hands of her readers. And I for one am thrilled that Christmas at Thorncliff Manor is out today!
My road to becoming a published romance author began in 2009 when I made my first attempt at writing a novel. Once finished, I submitted it to every publisher I could find and received more than fifty rejection letters in return. It wasn’t easy being told my story wasn’t good enough, but being the determined sort, I wasn’t about to give up either. So I put that story aside – re-reading it now I’m glad it never saw the light of day – and went to work on a new one, the one that would turn me into an established author.Continue reading →
We are having so much fun with guest posts for Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Month we decided to continue with one more! We have another new to ALBTALBS author, and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s always fun to read new authors, and here is a chance to get to know debut author Danni Rose a little better!
Angel Food Cake to Tortillas
My mother is an excellent cook, me—not so much. My lack of skill was apparent the first time I made a cake. Using a box cake mix, I planned to make the perfect cake. I mixed the batter, put the cake in the oven, and waited anxiously for it to be done. Imagine my disappointment when, instead of a cake, I pulled out an angel food Frisbee. Continue reading →
Today we welcome author Andie J. Christopher to ALBTALBS! Andie joins us with a guest post for Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Month, and we are thrilled to have her! We also hope you are enjoying our SHHM guest posts as much as we have. Please give Andie a warm ALBTALBS welcome!
White, Black, and Puerto Rican All Over
My mom is white. Specifically, her ancestors were Irish, French-Canadian, and German/Polish. My father was black, French, and Puerto Rican, although he identified simply as black. My paternal grandmother was a jazz singer who fluttered around the margins of fame for about sixty years. She smoked like a chimney, drank like a fish, married about as many times as Elizabeth Taylor, and had a wolfish laugh I’ll never forget. She also had an affair with a Puerto Rican musician during the 1950’s, which produced my father. My father never knew his father and grew up as the cherished child in a matriarchal household. (I think my grandmother would have enjoyed being referred to as a “matriarch.”)Continue reading →
Welcome to another Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Month post! Can you believe it’s almost the end of September already? Today we welcome to ALBTALBS author Mia Sosa. Mia also has a book out this month (Acting on Impulse) so be sure to check that out as well.
“You don’t look Latina.”
As I was trying to brainstorm what to write about in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, I came across a tweet from Zoraida Córdova that resonated with me. For context, here’s the tweet:Continue reading →
Happy Tuesday! Today we have another wonderful author joining us for Smithsonian Hispanic History Month, delightful debut author Liana De la Rosa. Liana is also a first time ALBTALBS guest, so on behalf of Lime and the rest of us, welcome!
I don’t speak Spanish.
I used to be embarrassed to admit this. The questioning looks. The perplexed questions. “But if you’re a Latina…why not?”Continue reading →
We at ALBTALBS welcome Carmen Baca for her debut guest post. Carmen joins us for Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Month, sharing how she incorporates pieces of her life into her debut romance novel El Hermano. We hope you enjoy!
Using Nuestra Cultura in Romance
The night of his brother’s wedding, she came to him in a dream. Although the details were lost in a misty fog, her dark brown eyes and jet black hair haunted him in the days which followed. He was twenty-six, a bit long in the tooth for a man to still be a bachelor in the 1920s. Hell, all his primos and compadres had been married for years, and he didn’t even have a single prospect in sight. So when the dark-eyed beauty came into his dreams night after night, he became obsessed with finding her.
*ETA from Priscilla: To all our family and friends in Puerto Rico, our hearts and prayers go out to you. For those interested in donating to help those devastated by hurricane Maria, please consider this organization: https://hispanicfederation.org/donate
We are super excited to have author Priscilla Oliveras join us at ALBTALBS for Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Month! Not only is Priscilla guest blogging, but her first novel debuts this month on September 26th. Congratulations, Priscilla!
Nourishment for My Latino Soul
The Latino culture is rich and vibrant. Full of color and essence. Of different flavors and sounds. Within our culture, you’ll find nuances unique to specific countries and areas. Evidence of this is readily apparent in the beautiful homage titled “Latino Cultures in the US” compiled by Google Arts & Culture.