Open Discussion: Must Read AA Books

It’s Black History Month!

This month always gets me so excited to share the many accomplishments found in the Black community. And since this is a blog about books, what better thing to discuss! I want to know what are your must read African American books. If you can list clean/Christian fiction reads that would be great. But if your must read is not, please leave a disclaimer letting us know why it’s a must read despite the language or situation that removes it from clean/CF category.

I’ll go first. My top 3 recommendations are:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

*It’s not clean or CF due to the language.

This book is a phenomenal look at the struggles the Black community faces. Not just going back in forth between the Black community and the world but the struggles they face with racial profiling from law enforcement. If you haven’t seen the movie either, I’d highly recommend it.

Hidden Blessings by Kim Cash Tate

*Christian fiction

This book had me sobbing my eyes out. I’m not even going to lie or pretend otherwise. The powerful message of God’s goodness and mercy cannot be denied. Ms. Tate is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. I’ll read anything she writes.

Watercolored Pearls by Stacy Hawkins Adams

*Christian Fiction

It’s been awhile since I read this book but I still remember how I felt afterward. Books like that are ones I consider a must read. Because even though time has passed I remembered that this is a book I had to keep close to me.

So what say you. What are your top 3 (AA books) must reads?

 

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Book Spotlight: A Handful of Hope

Happy Wednesday! We’re that much closer to FRIDAY – woohoo!

Today, I’m spotlighting book 4 in the Taste of Romance series of contemporary Christian romance novels set in the metro Washington, D.C. area.

ABOUT THE BOOK

a handful of hopeShe wants to be worth loving.

Repeated heartbreak has convinced Jen Andrews she’s unlovable. When the groomsman she’s paired with at her best friend’s wedding shows interest, she wonders how long it will be before he realizes his mistake.

David Pak is ready to settle down with the right woman. After a disastrous first date with Jen, he’s determined to look elsewhere. But he’s haunted by the wounded look in her eyes.

How will David set aside his hesitations and see past Jen’s barriers to find love? And if he tries, will she let him?

If you like stories of love and hope in the fast-paced modern world with realistic characters and heartwarming romance, then you’ll love Elizabeth Maddrey’s latest journey with this beloved circle of friends.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

elizabeth maddreyElizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

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Book Spotlight: The Marriage Bargain

Hi, reader friends! Today’s featured title is a sweet romance that brings the marriage of convenience trope up to modern day standards with two orphans and a ready-made family by a new-to-me author!


About the Book

Jules Sheehan will do anything to keep custody of the two orphaned girls in her care—including a marriage of convenience with their uncle.

Cam Quinn crosses the globe as a travel writer, but he’s ready to settle down.

Now tough, tender Jules is offering the home he’s secretly longed for.

Can this marriage in name only become a family of the heart?

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook

 

About the Author

Award-winning author Stephanie Dees lives in small-town Alabama with her family, two spoiled dogs, and a very bossy cat. A Southern girl through and through, she loves sweet tea, SEC football, corn on the cob and air conditioning. Visit her website!

 

This series is on my wishlist! What do you say, reader friends?
Does this story sound appealing to you?

 

POST CREATED BY BETH ERIN

 

Book Review: Music of My Heart

Happy Friday, Reader Friends!

Can you believe it’s the first Friday of the new year? Tell us what diverse book you wish to read this 2019 in the comments!

Our first book review of the year is Music of My Heart by Sophia Isaac. Have you read it?


About the Book

Alyson believes her divorce is the end. Marcus wants to help mend her wounded faith. Will these friends become lovers or will the pressure to change cause their new friendship to crumble?

Alyson Stefanelli pushes everyone away. She’s convinced she is marked by her divorce and unworthy of love. The young mother of two is determined to start over on her own and doesn’t want help from anyone, especially not her good-looking temporary employee who reminds her of her ex. She must maintain tight control of her world, or risk everything falling apart. If life has taught her anything, it’s that you can’t depend on anyone but yourself.

Marcus Powell is a gifted musician who plans to write movie scores in Hollywood someday—but someday never seems to come. Instead, he’s still dodging his family’s expectations that he’ll take a pastorship in his father’s church.

When Marcus uses his talent to help Alyson on the job, their friendship blossoms. He sees how hurt she is and wants to help mend her wounded faith. He persuades her to spend Christmas with his large family so she and her sons won’t spend Christmas alone.

Over the holidays, their defenses break down, secrets come out, and the feelings between them grow stronger than either ever imagined.

But getting involved with a young mother will surely curtail Marcus’s Hollywood dreams. And Alyson refuses to let herself fall for someone again when it can only result in heart break.

Sometimes, a broken heart is a blessing in disguise.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads


My Thoughts

This was my first read by Ms. Isaac and it won’t be my last. I loved the faith thread that was woven into this story. It was tender with the hand prints of God.

I also loved that this was an interracial relationship. You don’t see that too often in writing so I always enjoy seeing how the authors handle that aspect. I think Ms. Isaac addressed stereotypes and misconceptions very well and I didn’t feel like it was contrived. In fact, I think it helped to see how sometimes we assume what the other is thinking and how it can be wrong. Everyone has a back story we’re not privy too.

All in all, the romance was sweet. The story engaging. And I look forward to book 2.


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Book Spotlight: A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing

Hi, reader friends! Today’s featured title is a deliciously complex family drama and sweet romance with kids and cowboys to boot!


About the Book

Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd’s Crossing for good – until he learns his family’s unspoken secrets.

Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother’s run-down estate.

Love wasn’t part of the plan… but Jace soon finds himself wishing Melonie could become part of his unexpected family.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook

review on Hope By The Book magazine website

 

About the Author

Ruth Logan Herne has more than a million books in print, including over twenty Love Inspired contemporary novels. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone.

Ruthy is also a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing-collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruthy and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

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Don’t these two look cozy?! I love the two little girls in this story too!

 

POST CREATED BY BETH ERIN

 

Book Spotlight: Diverse Christmas Books

Happy Wednesday!

We at Diversity are getting in the Christmas spirit around here! And what better way to do that by diving into some Christmas stories. So today, we’re spotlighting as many diverse Christmas books as we could find.

Happy Reading!


Holiday Town by Jenn Faulk

It’s Christmas in Namibia, and the season is full of drama, love, and faith in the holiday town of Swakopmund.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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If You’re With Me by Kim Cash Tate

From the Promises of God Series – Read after Book 2: IF I BELIEVE.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Follow: Facebook


Love, Laughter, and Luminarias by Jaycee Weaver

He has his books. She has her fandoms. They’ve always had their friendship. Could Christmas projects, snowball fights, and local traditions spark feelings neither knew were there?

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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A Merry Navidad novella collection

4 Latino Christmas novellas – each story with a set of traditional Latino Christmas recipes

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Follow: Kathi Macias, Allison. K. Garcia, Linda K. Rodante, Cynthia Marcano


Missing the Gift by Traci Wooden-Carlisle

Her life depends on her ability to hide her identity.
Loving him may cost her everything.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Santa’s Secret by Linda Leigh Hargrove

During the most wonderful time of the year, Chelsea Parker is struggling to find some Christmas spirit.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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A Sidelined Christmas by Toni Shiloh

Will Jahleel and Bebe take a chance on love or let life sidelined them at Christmas?

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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The Winter Reunion by Rhonda McKnight

Everyone knows the woman in the “viral” video that hit two million views on YouTube.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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Book Review: Chances Are…

Happy Friday and last day of November!

If you’re trying to finish your reading goals before the end of the year and need a book suggestion, I’ve got one! Check out Traci Wooden-Carlisle’s Chances Are…


About the Book

It took a 15-second play to bring his career to a halt for the season.
It only took one second for her to bring his heart to a stop.

A bone shattering hit sidelines Antoni Cahill from his top spot as the Scranton Sparrows top-rated kicker, but he is dealt a crushing blow with the news of his grandfather’s passing. To keep his grandmother happy Tony helps her relocate to her childhood town of Chance, VA. His growing suspicion of her true physical health causes him to seek out a nurse/companion for her while he’s away. The woman standing on their doorstep may be exactly what the doctor ordered for his grandmother, but she takes his breath away.

For Meagan Rowe, Sweet Grove has been a place of refuge after the death of her twin brother. For years her decision to become a nurse practitioner was the only one that made sense, both to her heart and the financial preservation of her family. Her budding career and most recent client brings her face-to-face with the extremely handsome yet adorably awkward football star.

It could be a match made in heaven if she wasn’t forced to keep his grandmother’s true health a secret or if his foundation hadn’t failed to help her family in their most desperate time of need.

***Formerly ‘Love’s Bittersweet Beginning’ but with extended alternate ending***

Links: Amazon, Goodreads


My Thoughts

This was my first read of Ms. Wooden-Carlisle and it certainly won’t be my last. I picked this read up for a few reasons.

1) the cover. I’m a cover snob. I admit it and don’t feel any shame for it.
2) The hero is a football player. As an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, I had to know what this tale would be about.
3) I had never read this author before. I like trying new authors because I never know when I’ll find one who will enter my always read list.

I was happy that the cover didn’t fail me and revealed a wonderful story within. And football, yes there were football parts but it was not about that alone. And yes, I’ll be reading this author again.


About the Author

Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that to create worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. A native of Los Angeles, California, she grew up attending United Methodist Church under the leadership of a pastor whose heart was for youth. Once she finished college at she found herself at a loss. She felt caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. She surrounded herself with saints and volunteered her services as a graphic artist. Through the early-morning prayer, all night Friday prayer and 3-day shut-ins she started on her journey toward her most desired gift, an intimate relationship with God.

She enjoys writing stories that provoke thought and evoke emotions that draw readers into the lives of her characters. The messages in her books speak to her way before they speak to her readers.

Today, Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband, David Carlisle. When she isn’t writing she assists people with their physical fitness, creates graphics and designs jewelry and swag for authors.

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Book Spotlight: Santa’s Secret

Happy Wednesday, Reader Friends!

I hope you’re in the Christmas spirit because I have a great book spotlight for you today: Santa’s Secret by Linda Leigh Hargrove.


About the Book

During the most wonderful time of the year, Chelsea Parker is struggling to find some Christmas spirit. Mistletoe and ‘Ho Ho Ho’ remind her of the man who left her at the altar two years earlier.

Can charming and successful Marc Waterman, the town’s newest businessman, help Chelsea heal from past hurts and find a way to love again? Or does he have too many secrets himself?

Links: Amazon, Goodreads


About the Author

Linda Leigh Hargrove blends suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America. Her writings include three novels, two romance novellas, and two works of nonfiction.

Linda has taught workshops on fiction writing to adults and teens. To further help would-be writers realize their dreams of publication, she plans to launch “TheFaithToWrite.com” in Spring 2018.

She is a native of Washington County, North Carolina and currently resides near Charlotte with her husband and three sons. Connect with Linda on your favorite social media platforms.

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Book Review: Love, Laughter, and Luminarias

Happy Friday, Reader Friends!

We’re bringing you another book review here on Diversity Between the Pages. This day Toni is sharing her thoughts on Jaycee Weaver’s Love, Laughter, and Luminarias. Have you had a chance to read it yet? If not, add it to your TBR pile!


About the Book

The Blurb: “Surprisingly successful action-suspense author Garrett Wilson is struggling to write a summer novel in December. That is, until he witnesses his best friend, Nina, chase down a shoplifter and realizes that maybe his tough, attractive heroine might not be based solely in fiction.

Geeky-chic Nina Trujillo finds herself contemplating a God she’s never believed in after her brush with danger taking down a thief. That one decision could change the whole course of her life, and quite possibly, her feelings for the one guy she’s never considered more than a friend.

When Nina dives head-first into a series of Christmas projects and ideas for new traditions, she drags Garrett along for the ride. Will her newfound courage and all the extra time together bring their feelings out into the open, or will Nina escape back into the comfort of her fandoms and lose him forever?”

Links: Amazon, Goodreads


My Thoughts

Y’all Jaycee Weaver is quickly becoming one of my must-read authors. I quickly jumped at the opportunity to read Love, Laughter, and Luminarias. First of all, the cover is gorgeous and inviting. Second of all the hero, Garrett, is a writer!

Y’all, I can’t remember how many books I’ve read where the hero is the writer but when it happens, I love the book. Every. Single. Time!

But besides the awesome aspect as a hero writer is the heroine. Nino Trujillo is fierce and I so want her to be my friend. We could talk comic books together and dreamy writer friends.

I loved how Ms. Weaver weaved the Christmas spirit through the book, Latino culture, and a swoony romance that will have your cheeks splitting with happiness. Be sure to pick this read up soon!

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not required not influenced.


About the Author

Jaycee Weaver lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her amazing husband, three daughters, a crazy shih-tzu, and a dwarf rabbit. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in hot pursuit of her 90 million other hobbies or shuttling the kids around. Jaycee loves to read books in multiple genres, drink too much coffee (honestly, when are they going to make the coffee IV a real thing?!), sing, take landscape and floral photos, sew, cook, bake, and craft nearly anything. She considers herself a recovering perfectionist and sometimes hot mess. She does her best to live her faith in action, being open, honest, and real; letting God be Lord over the good, the bad, and the ugly even when it’s hard.

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Book Spotlight: A Merry Navidad

Hello, readers! Today’s featured book spotlight is shining on a collection of Latino Christian Fiction Christmas novellas! Preorder is now available for only $0.99!


about the book

La Familia Es Todo by Kathi Macias
A large, once-close family that has drifted apart for various reasons. Will their longtime tradition of making tamales on Christmas Eve be enough to bring them back together? 

Navidad & Familia by Allison K. García
When a blizzard traps the Campana family in their trailer on Christmas Eve with no electricity, internet, gifts, or Christmas decorations, will they drive each other crazy or will they discover the true reason for the season?

A Tamale Christmas by Linda K. Rodante
She’s an unwed mother at a Christian college. He’s a Latino student who left home and career to attend. Will the secret one of them carries keep them apart or will God perform another Christmas miracle?

Have Yourself A Merry Little Cocoa by Cynthia Marcano
Every Christmas, Isidora Lopez tries to spend her way into the hearts of those she loves, while Firefighter Gabriel Ramirez has spent his, trying to move on from a lost one, until a chance encounter unexpectedly sparks both their lives.

Goodreads | amazon

 

about the authors

 KATHI MACIAS | Allison K. Garcia | Linda K. Rodante | Cynthia Marcano

 

Pick up a few of these sweet ebooks for stocking stuffers!

 

Spotlight by Beth Erin