Christmas Movies II (you know… just checking it twice)

keepcalmchristmasmoviesThis list may be a little redundant but if you look closely, you’ll find some updates. Don’t forget to set your DVR! Of course I’ll send out reminders… I’m just #ChristmasGeeky like that!

Saturday November 3rd

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 Sunday November 4th

            7:00 pm            The Christmas Switch                            Up

*8:00 pm  Road to Christmas     Cute movie and a decent amount of diversity. Christmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.png

            9:00 pm           Marrying Father Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

           

Saturday November 10th

 8:00 pm               It’s Christmas, Eve                                          Hallmark Channel

 

Sunday November 11th

7:00 pm               Chandler Christmas Getaway                      Up

8:00 pm               Christmas in Love                                        Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                 A Soldier’s Christmas                                Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

(A Veteran’s Christmas)

 

Saturday November 17th

8:00 pm                 Christmas at Graceland                                 Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm               A Godwink Christmas                                     Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Sunday November 18th

7:00 pm               Christmas on the Coast                                  Up

8:00 pm               Christmas in Evergreen (Letters to Santa)        Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm               Return to Christmas Creek                           Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Monday November 19th

9:00 pm                 Last Vermont Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Tuesday November 20th

9:00 pm               Hope at Christmas                                Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Wednesday November 21st

Christmas bells8:00 pm               My Christmas Inn                                            Lifetime

                              Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid, Erin Gray

8:00 pm               Christmas at Grand Valley                            Hallmark Channel

10:00 pm             A Christmas Arrangement                            Lifetime

 

Thursday November 22nd

8:00 pm               Christmas at the Palace                                 Hallmark Channel

8:00 pm               The Christmas Contract                                 Lifetime

10:00 pm             ‘Tis the Season:  One Tree Hill                     Lifetime

 

Friday November 23rd

8:00 pm               Poinsettias for Christmas                              Lifetime

8:00 pm               Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe                  Hallmark Channel

10:00 pm             Every Other Holiday                                        Lifetime

 

Saturday November 24th

Christmas bells8:00 pm               Christmas Everlasting                                    Hallmark Channel

                              Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield

Christmas bells8:00 pm               Every Day is Christmas                                  Lifetime

                              Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton, Michael Jai White

9:00 pm               Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

10:00 pm              Christmas Harmony                                        Lifetime

Sunday November 25th

8:00 pm                       A Shoe Addict’s Christmas                Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells8:00 pm                               Jingle Belle                                Lifetime

                                              Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr., Loretta Devine

                                              Valarie Pettiford, Obba Babatunde,

                                              Keshia Knight Pulliam & Tempestt Bledsoe

9:00 pm                       Welcome to Christmas                       Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Christmas bells9:00 pm                      The Truth About Christmas                 Freeform

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9:00 pm                       Christmas Cupid’s Arrow                   ION

10:00 pm                     Christmas Perfection                           Lifetime

 

Friday November 30th

8:00 pm                               A Very Nutty Christmas                                 Lifetime

 

Saturday December 1st

8:00 pm                               Mingle All the Way                          Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells8:00 pm                   A Twist of Christmas                       Lifetime

                                              Vanessa Lachey

10:00 pm                             Love for Christmas                           Lifetime

Sunday December 2nd

Christmas bells7:00pm                      Christmas Catch                               Up

                                                Yanic Truesdale

Christmas bells8:00 pm              A Majestic Christmas                     Hallmark

                                                Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent

Christmas bells8:00 pm              The Christmas Pact                         Lifetime

                                               Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

9:00 pm              Northern Christmas Lights            Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm           Life Size 2                                           Freeform

Christmas bells9:00 pm           A Wedding for Christmas                   Ion

Vivica Fox

 

10:00 pm            A Star for Christmas                           Lifetime

 

Friday December 7th

Christmas bells8:00 pm             Christmas Lost and Found                Lifetime

                                             Tiya Sircar

Saturday December 8th

8:00 pm                         Santa’s Boots                                     Lifetime

8:00 pm                         Homegrown Christmas                      Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells9:00 pm           Memories of Christmas              Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

                                              Christina Milian, Mark Taylor

Christmas bells9:00               Rent-an-Elf                                       Ion

                                    Sean Patrick Thomas, Debbie Morgan

 

 

Sunday December 9th

7:00 pm                       Christmas with a Prince                      Up

8:00 pm                       Once Upon a Christmas Miracle        Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

8:00 pm                       A Christmas in Tennessee                  Lifetime

8:00 pm                       Christmas Wonderland                       Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                       A Snow White Christmas                   Ion

Monday December 10th

9:00 pm                       No Sleep Til Christmas                       Ion

Friday December 14th

8:00 pm                       Christmas Around the Corner             Lifetime

 

Saturday December 15th

Christmas bells8:00 pm                    A Gingerbread Romance               Hallmark Channel

                                              Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry

8:00 pm                      Christmas Pen Pals                              Lifetime

9:00 pm                       Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas   Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm                      A Country Christmas Album             Ion

Sunday December 16th

7:00 pm                       Christmas on Holly Lane                    Up

8:00 pm                       Hometown Christmas                         Lifetime

8:00 pm                       Entertaining Christmas                       Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                       Reunited at Christmas                        Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm                       A Christmas in Royal Fashion            Ion

Friday December 21st    

8:00 pm                               A Christmas Kiss                                Lifetime

 Saturday December 22nd

8:00 pm                               Christmas Copy                                 Hallmark Channel

(Jingle Around the Clock)

8:00 pm                               A Golden Christmas                        Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Small Town Christmas                    Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Sunday December 23rd

7:00 pm                               Hometown Holiday                         Up

8:00 pm                               Christmas Made to Order             Hallmark Channel

8:00 pm                               3 Holiday Tails                                    Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Christmas Bells are Ringing          Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Tuesday December 25th

8:00 pm                               When Calls the Heart Christmas Hallmark Channel

Saturday December 29th

Christmas bells8:00 pm                    Focus on Love                                    Hallmark Channel

                                             (A Midnight Kiss)

 

 

No Dates or Times for

Christmas bellsCoins for Christmas                         TV One

Stephen Bishop, Essence Atkins

 

Christmas bellsA Holiday Calendar      Netflix

Kat Graham, Quincy Brown

 

A Christmas Prince (The Royal Wedding) Netflix

The Christmas Switch                     Netflix

Christmas in the Wind                    Netflix

 

For all things Christmas Movies

Cool Link for all things TV Christmas Movies

http://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2014/09/christmas-movie-tv-schedule-hallmark-up.html

Lifetime Movies

https://deadline.com/2018/09/lifetime-decks-its-halls-with-23-holiday-themed-movies-more-cheer-1202469310/

Hallmark Channel

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas/new-movies-countdown-to-christmas-2018

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/miracles-of-christmas/new-movies-2018

Up TV

https://www.uptv.com/featured/christmas/page/2/

Freeform

Ion Television

https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a22515811/freeform-25-days-of-christmas-2018/

 

 

XOXO

Carolyn

 

Watch, DVR, or Save for Later…Your Guide to 2018 Christmas Movies

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Here’s a Christmas Game to play that I like to call ..Watch, DVR, Save for a snowy Rainy Day (’cause this is Florida and it’s more likely to rain). I am such a Christmas Geek.Here’s my handy guide for 2018 Christmas Movies to help me keep track of the new movies….At least these are the ones I found far. I hope they help you.

I love love love holiday movies. Last year I was bothered because a particular channel had a total white-out … but they’ve stepped up their game. So I stalked combed through… yeah.. uh, combed through the websites and compiled a list to help me figure out what game to play. I put a little string of lights by the movies with POC characters that are the main characters.

Saturday November 27th

            8:00 pm            Christmas at Pemberley Manor               Hallmark Channel 

Saturday November 3rd

            8:00 pm            Christmas Joy                                       Hallmark Channel

 Sunday November 4th

            7:00 pm            The Christmas Switch                            Up

            8:00 pm            Road to Christmas                                 Hallmark Channel

            9:00 pm           Marrying Father Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

            9:00 pm          My Santa                                                      Up

 

Saturday November 10th

              8:00 pm            It’s Christmas, Eve                                Hallmark Channel

 

Sunday November 11th

7:00 pm               Chandler Christmas Getaway                      Up

8:00 pm               Christmas in Love                                             Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                 A Soldier’s Christmas                                      Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

(A Veteran’s Christmas)

 

Saturday November 17th

8:00 pm                 Christmas at Graceland                                 Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm               A Godwink Christmas                                     Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Sunday November 18th

7:00 pm               Christmas on the Coast                                  Up

8:00 pm               Christmas in Evergreen (Letters to Santa)        Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm               Return to Christmas Creek                           Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Monday November 19th

9:00 pm                 Last Vermont Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Tuesday November 20th

9:00 pm               Hope at Christmas                                Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Wednesday November 21st

images8:00 pm               My Christmas Inn                                            Lifetime

                              Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid, Erin Gray

8:00 pm               Christmas at Grand Valley                            Hallmark Channel

10:00 pm             A Christmas Arrangement                            Lifetime

 

Thursday November 22nd

8:00 pm               Christmas at the Palace                                 Hallmark Channel

8:00 pm               The Christmas Contract                                 Lifetime

10:00 pm             ‘Tis the Season:  One Tree Hill                     Lifetime

 

Friday November 23rd

8:00 pm               Poinsettias for Christmas                              Lifetime

8:00 pm               Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe                  Hallmark Channel

10:00 pm             Every Other Holiday                                        Lifetime

 

Saturday November 24th

images8:00 pm               Christmas Everlasting                                    Hallmark Channel

                              Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield

images8:00 pm               Every Day is Christmas                                  Lifetime

                              Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton, Michael Jai White

9:00 pm               Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

10:00 pm              Christmas Harmony                                        Lifetime

Sunday November 25th

8:00 pm                               A Shoe Addict’s Christmas                            Hallmark Channel

images8:00 pm                               Jingle Belle                                                         Lifetime

                                              Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr., Loretta Devine

                                              Valarie Pettiford, Obba Babatunde,

                                              Keshia Knight Pulliam & Tempestt Bledsoe

9:00 pm                               Welcome to Christmas                      Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm                               The Truth About Christmas                          Freeform

10:00 pm                             Christmas Perfection                                      Lifetime

 

Friday November 30th

8:00 pm                               A Very Nutty Christmas                                 Lifetime

 

Saturday December 1st

8:00 pm                               Mingle All the Way                          Hallmark Channel

images8:00 pm                   A Twist of Christmas                       Lifetime

                                              Vanessa Lachey

10:00 pm                             Love for Christmas                           Lifetime

Sunday December 2nd

images7:00pm                      Christmas Catch                               Up

                                                Yanic Truesdale

images8:00 pm                    A Majestic Christmas                     Hallmark

                                                Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent

images8:00 pm                               The Christmas Pact                         Lifetime

                                               Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

9:00 pm                               Northern Christmas Lights            Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

10:00 pm                             A Star for Christmas                        Lifetime

 

Friday December 7th

images8:00 pm                  Christmas Lost and Found            Lifetime

                                             Tiya Sircar

Saturday December 8th

8:00 pm                               Santa’s Boots                                     Lifetime

8:00 pm                               Homegrown Christmas                  Hallmark Channel

images9:00 pm                   Memories of Christmas              Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

                                              Christina Milian, Mark Taylor

Sunday December 9th

7:00 pm                               Christmas with a Prince                 Up

8:00 pm                               Once Upon a Christmas Miracle   Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

8:00 pm                               A Christmas in Tennessee            Lifetime

8:00 pm                               Christmas Wonderland                  Hallmark Channel

Friday December 14th

8:00 pm                               Christmas Around the Corner     Lifetime

 

Saturday December 15th

images8:00 pm                    A Gingerbread Romance               Hallmark Channel

                                              Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry

8:00 pm                               Christmas Pen Pals                          Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Sunday December 16th

7:00 pm                               Christmas on Holly Lane                Up

8:00 pm                               Hometown Christmas                    Lifetime

8:00 pm                               Entertaining Christmas                  Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                               Reunited at Christmas                    Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Friday December 21st    

8:00 pm                               A Christmas Kiss                                Lifetime

 Saturday December 22nd

8:00 pm                               Christmas Copy                                 Hallmark Channel

(Jingle Around the Clock)

8:00 pm                               A Golden Christmas                        Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Small Town Christmas                    Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Sunday December 23rd

7:00 pm                               Hometown Holiday                         Up

8:00 pm                               Christmas Made to Order             Hallmark Channel

8:00 pm                               3 Holiday Tails                                    Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Christmas Bells are Ringing          Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Tuesday December 25th

8:00 pm                               When Calls the Heart Christmas Hallmark Channel

Saturday December 29th

images8:00 pm                    Focus on Love                                    Hallmark Channel

                                             (A Midnight Kiss)

 

 

No Dates or Times for

imagesLife Size 2                                             Freeform

No Sleep ‘Til Christmas                  Freeform

A Christmas Prince (The Royal Wedding) Netflix

The Christmas Switch                     Netflix

Christmas in the Wind                    Netflix

Coins for Christmas                         TV One

 

For all things Christmas Movies

 Cool Link for all things TV Christmas Movies

http://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2014/09/christmas-movie-tv-schedule-hallmark-up.html

Lifetime Movies

https://deadline.com/2018/09/lifetime-decks-its-halls-with-23-holiday-themed-movies-more-cheer-1202469310/

Hallmark Channel

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas/new-movies-countdown-to-christmas-2018

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/miracles-of-christmas/new-movies-2018

Up TV

https://www.uptv.com/featured/christmas/page/2/

Freeform

https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a22515811/freeform-25-days-of-christmas-2018/

 

 

XOXO

Carolyn

And yes… I know we ought to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first .. but as you know…there are two types of Christmas people.

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Oh yeah! And to kick off a holiday book… My friend Vanessa Riley is having a #TheButterflyBride #Giveaway #Christmas #Contest … Look at all the goodies you could win by entering. Click here 

 

 

 

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In the Mood…for the holidays?

There are 87 days before Christmas…64 days until you can get your hands on Her Mistletoe Bachelor but 0 days to wait to pre-order it! What are you doing to get into the mood…. for the holidays (besides celebrating Halloween & Thanksgiving)?

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HMB countdown

Oh The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry! The 1st time I recalled a romantic Christmas story. How about you? Do you have a favorite Christmas book old or new? Let me pass out a few good names!

The Firefighter’s Christmas Reunion Christy Jeffries and The Maverick’s Christmas to Remember 

Their Mistletoe Baby by Karin Baine

The Butterfly Bride by Vanessa Riley follow her #ButteflyBride contest 

Diamonds for the Holidays by Nicki Night

A Perfect Holiday Fling by Farrah Rochon

All He Wants for Christmas by Elle Wright

A Chase for Christmas by Candace Shaw

A Very Merry Romance by Brenda Jackson

Little Secrets : Holiday Baby Bombshell by Karen Booth

The Perfect Present featuring Rochelle Alers, Cheris Hodges, Pamela Yaye

A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie

So do you love Christmas movies?

Before I started writing, I loved (and still love) watching movies. I always dreamed of having one of my books played on TV. So here’s a list did giving you a view of some of the diverse Christmas/Holiday movies….some I’ve seen, some I look forward to watching. Tell me about your favorites. Let me know if I missed your favorite diverse holiday movies.

Also! Make sure you come back… I plan on giving you a guide to help out your holiday TV movies!

2018 Coins for Christmas TV One Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop
2018 My Christmas Inn Lifetime Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid, Erin Gray
2018 Christmas Everlasting Hallmark Channel  Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield
2018 Every Day is Christmas Lifetime Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton, Michael Jai White
2018 Jingle Belle Lifetime Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr.
2018 A Majestic Christmas Hallmark Channel Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent
2018 A Twist of Christmas Lifetime Vanessa Lachey
2018 The Christmas Pact Lifetime Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy
2018 Christmas Lost and Found Lifetime Tiya Sircar
2018 Memories of Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christina Milian, Mark Taylor
2018 A Gingerbread Romance Hallmark Channel Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry
2018 Focus on Love Hallmark Channel
2018 The Truth About Christmas Freeform Kali Hawk
2018 Life Size 2 Freeform Tyra Banks, Francia Raisa
2018 No Sleep ‘Til Christmas Freeform Odette Annable
2018 The Christmas Switch Netflix Vanessa Hudgens
2018 Coins for Christmas TV One Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop
2017 Enchanted Christmas Alexa Penavega
2017 Almost Christmas movie Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Monique
2017 Miss Me This Christmas Netflix Erica Ash, Redaric Williams
2017 You Can’t Fight Christmas Netflix Brely Evans, Andra Fuller
2017 A Christmas Cruise Ion Vivica A. Fox,  Kristoff St. John
2017 Second Chance Christmas TV One McKinley Freeman
2017 Wrapped Up in Christmas Lifetime Tatyana Ali
2016 The Mistle-Tones ABC FAMILY Tia Mowry-Hardrict
2016 Merry Christmas, Baby Up Network Malinda Williams, Karon Riley
2016 A Husband for Christmas Hallmark Vivica Fox
2016 The Christmas Swap TV One Christian Keyes and Dondre Whitfield
2015 A Baby for Christmas Up Network Malinda Williams, Karon Riley
2015 A Royal Family Christmas TV One Tichina Arnold
2014 Marry Us for Christmas Up Network Malinda Williams, Karon Riley
2014 Seasons of Love Lifetime Letoya Luckett, Cleo Anthony
2014 An Envogue Christmas Lifetime EnVogue
2013 Christmas Bounty ABC FAMILY Francia Raisa
2013 A Snow Globe Christmas Lifetime Donald Faison, Christinia Milian
2013 Marry Me for Christmas TV One Malinda Williams, Karon Riley
2013 A Christmas Blessing TV One Omari Hardwick
2013 Dear Secret Santa Lifetime Tatyana Ali
2013 The Best Man Holiday movie Morris Chestnut
2013 A Very Larry Christmas movie Tatyana Ali, DeRay Davis
2013 Black Nativity movie Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker
2012 Christmas in Compton Keith David, Omar Gooding
2012 Hitched for the Holidays Lifetime Incorporates Hanukka
2011 A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas movie
2011 Deck the Halls Lifetime Kathy Najimy
2010 Christmas Cupid ABC FAMILY Christina Milian
2009 The Christmas Hope Madeline Stowe
2008 Nothing Like the Holidays movie John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peña, Luis Guzmán, Jay Hernandez, and Melonie Diaz
2007 Holiday In Handcuffs ABC FAMILY Mario Lopez
2007 SnowGlobe ABC FAMILY Christina Milian
2007 This Christmas movie Idris Elba
2007 A Perfect Christmas movie Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut
2006 The Last Holiday movie Queen Latifah, LL Cool J
2006 6 Hours to Christmas movie Damilola Adegbite, Chris Attoh
2004 Christmas at Waters Edge movie Keshia Knight Pulliam, Pooch Hall
2002 Eight Crazy Nights movie Adamn Sandler
2001 The Kudzu Christmas John Lawhorn, Chrystale Wilson
2001 Call Me Claus movie Whoopi Goldberg
2000 Holiday Heart movie Alfre Woodard, Ving Rhames
2000 A Diva’s Christmas Carol VH1 Vanessa Williams
1999 ¡Feliz Christmas, Merry Navidad! movie Carlos Soriano
1996 The Preacher’s Wife movie Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas movie Vanessa Williams, Michael Warren

Tempting the Beauty Queen

Tempting the Beauty Queen
Three weddings, a gala, and a beauty pageant – Oh My!
It’s gonna be a busy summer!
Miss USA has been crowned 👑 Gowns are being cleaned & properly stored 👑 Shoes are back in the box or on the rack👑
 

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Not ready to say goodbye to the sparkle? Check your local stores for the latest installment of the Once Upon a Tiara series, Tempting the Beauty Queen 👉https://tinyurl.com/ycgzpk62

 
If Kenzie Swayne didn’t require a date for a string of upcoming weddings, she’d turn Ramon Torres’s offer down flat. The gorgeous entrepreneur stood her up once, unwillingTempting the Beauty Queen Cover to let emotion interfere with his ambition. Ramon needs Kenzie’s expertise for a new business venture, so he agrees to escort her. But when secrets from their pasts are revealed, can Ramon make Kenzie his—forever?
 
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You Can’t Sit With Us, Still

Why are we fighting to sit at a table where we are not wanted…by the majority?

Let’s imagine there’s a dinner and a presentation. You may be allowed to sit at the table but you’re not allowed to eat. If you want to eat, you have to sit at a smaller table mixed with a bunch of people you don’t know but are placed there simply because you have similar hue.

What am I talking about? The RWA Ritas. Every year the members of RWA pay $50 to submit their release of that year if they want a chance at winning a RITA.

RWA acknowledged in a statement  that basically, no Black author has won a Rita. Just to be clear, Beverly Jenkins (I say her name and bow down like Wayne and Garth “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy”, won RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award without ever winning a Rita.

If you follow twitter you will find that many Authors of Color #AOC are upset at this glaring mark.

In January of 2017 a group of #AOC got together and decided we are all going to

1-Judge the RWAs

and

2-Enter an eligible book. I was a part of this group.

As we all know by now, I have 6 kids in my house, 21, 17, 15, 14, 14, and 13. Five boys, one girl. Four of them are my nephews and they are growing like weeds. So between feeding 5 boys and keeping them in shoes that fit and are not torn at the bottom (the asphalt is a killer on their soles at our basketball goal). One kid plays soccer, two ran track, one does mock trial and debate. Between my kids’ schedule, work, my books on deadline, I managed to make time to read the seven entries I was given.

I gave everyone a fair shot and read from front to cover. Two of the authors in my group made it to the finals… so yay! But I also noticed, not one book given to me was written by a Black Author. It wasn’t until AFTER the Ritas were announced that we began to scratch our heads. Mind you… there are like at least 10 of us who entered and judged. That’s of the ladies I know. … not including the #AOC who may have entered (we don’t all know each other). But given that plenty of authors were upset… I believe there were more than 15 entries.

Now, with me being a newbie author and first time entering, but some of the folks I know who entered didn’t final. I’m like What the Entire EFF!!

So let’s fast forward after the hint of #RitasSoWhite got out, the statement came out and some truly nice, genuine authors offered to pay the entree fee for #AOC. And in this case I mean African American authors because two Latinx authors finaled. Alexis Daria and Priscilla Oliveras and their books are yummazing!

Back to the entree fee… it sparked more conversation. o-MATH-ON-CHALKBOARD-facebookOne fabulous author broke down the entrees of AOC/POC vs Non-AOC and times the number of people reading, percentages, math work, carry the two… anyway… as you can see, it sparked more conversation.

The twitter conversation brought up how Harlequin is ending their Kimani line. I am a Kimani author. A lady popped on and said she always thought that Kimani’s were for AA people only and what can she do to help? My initial knee-jerk reaction while at the orthodontist’s office with my son was to list my Kimani sisters and said start there… but I asked first.. what her favorite trope was. Click here if you want to see a list I found and I’m going to weave in some recommendations later on.

I do not want this lady to think I am knocking her or making fun of her for thinking Kimani books are only for African American women. She did reach out for some recommendations. But when I want to buy a book, I read the blurbs. I love anything Presents…but I don’t pull my hand back from grabbing Caitlyn Crews’ latest off the shelf because she is white and I am not. I don’t pick my movies that way. I like a challenge. I like to see what the heroine is up against and go from there. How are they going to to fall in love, back in love, and whatever. Folks, we all fall in love. We all fall for a type of guy. These guys exist in every color. It’s not rocket science. If-you-prick-us-do-we-not-bleed

Let’s go back to the tropes. Love a Small Town romance? Globe trotting romance? Science fiction? Fantasy? (don’t get me started about the co-worker who didn’t really get into my books because they’re not relate-able yet she devoured vampire books.

 

BUT an author decided she had an answer for it all. Separate awards. For reals folks! Here is the blog…  Here’s the picture that conjures up in my mind though

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(photo credit goes to http://talesforallages.com/)

 

Does she see the dangers of going BACK in time like that? Multicultural is not a genre. Was this person afraid that by giving #AOC a chance…that it would take away from her? Did the judges who didn’t score #AOC high so they’d place worry that their spot at the table would be taken? Did the success of The Black Panther freak people out? Please take a moment to read this article where the success was said to be Hollywood’s worst nightmare. *le sigh*

And everyone has a feeling on diversity. NPR got in on the discussion. The Billion-Dollar Romance Fiction Industry Has A Diversity Problem And we found out a few hours after that posted…the interviewer was given SIX names. Five of the authors were African American and one was a POC but not African American. The topic was about the exclusion of African American romance authors. Can you guess who the interviewer chose? I’m not surprised. I once saw a clip of this TV show (it was canceled) but the horrible ex girlfriend made the comment… “I want to eat Ethiopian food without being around Ethiopian people”..I mentioned the show was canceled, right.

I have this question. Why are we getting our feelings hurt… getting frustrated over seeking acceptance from folks who DON’T want us? In high school, did we keep trying to sit at the table where there were no seats? Or they flat out said you cant sit with us

 

Why bring in our own table and invite those who WANT to sit with us–no matter the color/creed.. and what else do we say with that? Religion too. No one will be judged… unless you order your tea unsweetened, bite into string cheese rather than pull it apart, and/or sleep with socks on your feet.

I want to start my own group! Lower the membership fee. We’ll have a monthly bracket for the romance that come out that month. Each author will advance in their trope. Best Hometown Hero. Best Alpha Hero. Best.. you get it.

And we’ll name this table ..Be Our Guest.. or Best Guest.. oh! whatever!

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At this table we’ll have those who “get it” and those who are “woke” and down for the cause.. the cause being ROMANCE… the HEA Darlings!

 

Remember my favorite tropes.. these are just a few and my recommendations of #AOC if we share the same taste in these tropes.

 

This list, by far, does not equally represent the plethora of talented authors. My imaginary table is going to be filled with tons of people… folks on the list.. and folks I’ve met and read along the way.

 

Look! I’ve already picked out our dishes!

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And remember… You don’t have to be a Beauty Queen to read my books.

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Makeup artist Zoe Baldwin can’t believe the gorgeous guy she flirted with on the way to a job interview was her potential boss. So when Will Ravens, CEO of his family’s cosmetics company, tells Zoe her innovative approach isn’t right for his brand, she agrees to work alongside him at a beauty pageant to prove her skills. But where there are sparks, there’s certain attraction…

Will is fighting to keep his family legacy afloat. He’s going back to basics at Ravens Cosmetics, leaving no time for romance or Zoe’s avant-garde ideas. But despite his intentions, he finds himself falling deeper under Zoe’s sensual spell. Amid the chaos caused by company sabotage, can both their career dreams and passionate fantasies come true?

Of course I like to cast my books to help me as I write…. Here’s my vision for Zoe and Will…

Tiara-clip-art-to-download-clipartcowA lil’ teaser of the chemistry….

……As she bounced backward with a prolific apology, the wooden rails creaked. The last thing she needed to do was fall into the water with her tablet. She welcomed the strong pull around her was, and she reached for the impeccably muscular arms.

“Whoa,” the deep and now familiar voice said into her ear.

“Mr. Ravens.” Zoe gasped. Once her eyes began to focus, she narrowed in on his lopsided smirk.

“Let’s see, we’ve shared a plane, shared a seat on a plane, and I’ve walked in on you taking a shower.”

Heat burned her cheeks. Zoe held her index finger up to correct him. “Almost in the shower.”

Will inclined his head. “Okay, almost. However, I do believe we are beyond the formalities. Please call me Will.”

Zoe bit the right corner of her bottom lip. “Alright, Will. You’ll have to call me Zoe.”

“It’s a pleasure, Zoe.”

He had no idea what a pleasure it was to still be in his arms.

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Back in July Will did an interview with Kimani Press on Facebook

Click here for Will’s interview

 

Happy Reading!

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