Like much of the world, I am sickened by the death of George Floyd. Since he was killed, I’ve donated to BLM, The Southern Poverty Law Center, to the NAACP Legal fund, and to the National Bail Out fund. (You can support all or some of these organizations via ActBlue.) I’ve talked to my kids about what we–white, privileged, and safe–can do (listen, support, validate, vote). I’ve wept. I’m sure I’m making mistakes and getting it wrong. It’s not enough but it’s something.

I’ve been thinking about AAR and how we can help. One thing we can do is promote black authors, especially in romance, because we need stories of black love and black joy. 

We have an Amazon storefront dedicated to diverse love stories. Currently it has 135 ebooks on it and we add more every week. You can access it here. (AAR makes 4% of any book we sell on Amazon. This month we will donate all monies made from this list to ActBlue.) We have tags, too. Some day I hope to incorporate them in our Power Search but in the meantime you can access many of them through these two blogs (here and here) that Caroline has put together. AoC books are by authors of color and PoC books feature protagonists of color. We do not currently have a tag specifically for black authors/protagonists, but we are open to adding it.

And if you haven’t read any recent books by black authors, here are some that AAR reviewers have loved. Please suggest more in the comments!

Dread Nation and A Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

Stay with Me Forever by Farrah Rochon

A Love Hate Thing by Whitney G. Grandison

Blitzed by Alexa Martin

The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

Promise Me a Dream by Wayne Jordan

The Write Escape by Charish Reed

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Work for It by Talia Hibbert

Grading Curves by Naima Simone

Inevitable Conclusions by Christina C. Jones

Sweet Heat by Zuri Day

One Day to Fall by Therese Beharrie

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

As Good As The First Time by K. M. Jackson

How to Stay by Christina Mitchell

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Red Carpet Redemption by Yahrah St. John

Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon

Sugar Pie Guy by Tabitha True

Midlife Crisis by Audra North

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Men of Valor: His Treasure by Kiru Taye