Please Don’t Forget About Africare

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Ebola is better in some countries, but worsening in others, any it’s still hitting black women harder than any other demographic. Remember, donate in any amount, send me the receipt and I’ll send you a copy of ANY book in my backlist, or any future book (though you’ll have to remind me of that!!! -lol-) And again, thanks so much to all who’ve donated.

CHALLENGE! CHALLENGE! CHALLENGE! Step Up Interracial Romance Authors!!!


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I just got a brand spanking new royalty check from Amazon, which I’ve donated to Africare for Ebola relief. I’m challenging all my fellow interracial romance authors to donate as well. Come on ladies, do it for the sisters.

And for those of you who aren’t authors, make a donation to Africare through Gina’s link between now and midnight on October 3rd 2014 and get a FREE copy of any book from my backlist. Simply email me the receipt and tell me which one my books you want and in what format. Now come on, you can’t beat that one with a stick.

Three Out of Four Ebola Deaths are Black Women

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As the primary caregivers during this epidemic women are more likely to be exposed to this disease. Gina McCauley of What About Our Daughters has started a fundraiser with Africare to purchase protective gear for those women. Imma need all y’all to do me a solid and help out our sisters in this time of crisis. Please give what you can, and thanks ever so much.

According to their site, a $25 donation will buy 200 exam gloves, $50 can purchase 5 isolation gowns, $100 purchases a complete set of personal protective equipment including a body suit, goggles, gloves and shoe/boot covers, $250 purchases 10 pairs of rubber boots and $500 purchases 5 cases of face masks and 10 boxes of sterile syringes and needles.

This is a post on Gina’s page directly from Africare explains in detail what an “unrestricted” donation means.

We completely understand that an unrestricted donation can feel, at times, like a bit of a risk for an individual. Currently, all unrestricted money raised is being directed to Ebola. What does that mean? It might mean direct cash contributions to families who have lost loved ones, and thus lost income which sustained an entire family. It might mean paying for gas for our staff in Liberia to deliver personal protective gear to healthcare workers in more remote locations. It might include equiping microphones and sound systems to trucks to blast messages to communities about ebola, educating them on methods of contraction and prevention. It might include working with local organizations to trace individuals who have come in contact with disease. As What About Our Daughters notes, unrestricted money allows our Liberian staff in Liberia to direct the funds to where the need is the greatest. We are audited every year, and 92 cents to every dollar, including unrestricted money, is allocated to projects. Please do check out our ebola page — http://www.africare.org/ebola, but also, our president’s message on how money is allocated http://bit.ly/1aaqpNC The rate has decreased slightly due to the cost of doing business, however, the premise is the same. Please feel free to contact us on twitter with any other questions! @africare

If you want your money to go only to Ebola specific items, please use this link and indicate you heard about it from Gina’s page where indicated.

http://www.africare.org/how-you-can-help/africare-ebola-outbreak-relief/

Are Interracial Romance Novels Propaganda for the IR Romance “Movement?”

I got an email the other day asking if most women who write interracial books are interracially mating/dating. Now, obviously I don’t know everyone who writes interracial romance novels, but from what I’ve seen we run the the gamut. I know some who are with men of their own race, some are with men of another race, and some are happily single. When I asked the correspondent why she wanted to know she went on to say that she’d seen books encouraging black women to date interracially and wondered if the romance novels were a part of that “movement.” Well, if you’ve read this blog you know how I feel about the notion of calling who somebody chooses to pull cover with a “movement,” but I was intrigued when she said she was unaware of the existent of these books until a few months ago.

As you know I think that’s a MAJOR problem. So, here are a few questions for you, my beloved readers. Do you think interracial romances are propaganda? Do you think others might feel that way? If so, do you think that’s positive or negative for the genre? And when I speak of benefitting the genre I’m talking in term of sales. I want to make sure every black woman on this planet knows these books exist, but I am concerned that they might feel some of the same misgivings this particular emailer apparently felt. Could we be losing potential readers because they think these books are nothing but propaganda? What do you think?

Do Black Women Read Romance Novels?

And if they don’t, why not? A few weeks ago Monica Mingo posted a question on her über-popular blog asking how many people there read romance. (No, I didn’t put her up to ask the question, though I probably should have. I’m not sure why she asked it.) Well, the result was about the loudest chorus of crickets I’ve heard in a long time. I don’t have demographic information on Monica’s blog, but I would guess it’s primarily black women with a generous helping of other races and genders (I could be wrong, though). Of course, my first thought was, “I really do need a new gig.” But I got to wondering, Monica posts topics about books on a regular basis. These women are all very well-read and seem to be prolific readers of just about every genre, EXCEPT romance. So the burning question is, Why? I’ve noticed a lot of black women seem to dislike romance novels and wonder the same thing. Oprah, who’s never met a pathology porn story she didn’t like dismisses romance out of hand. So how do we go about changing that? What is it about romance that turns these people off? I mean, I think I write some pretty awesome books full of interesting characters and story arcs, but if I’m missing out on a sizable segment of the population I need to do something to rectify that. What do you recommend? I’d be more than happy to give them free books to try to lure them to the pink side, anything else?

Oh, and before anyone say this I’ll say it myself, I know there’s a general disdain for romance, though how that can be when romance is the best-selling genre out there I’ll never know, but I’m focusing on black women because that’s my target audience.