Its Happy Cook For Your Pets Day! What are you cooking?
1- I’m rethinking my life as a writer. Damn, she can write.
2- I’m still midway through it … listening to it while running errands, cooking and washing dishes. Last night I was in the kitchen when Iris & August step out of the closet and Caleb is there.
I was Ralphie and my kids were the dad.
Christmas in July means Christmas movies on Hallmark and HMM! I am still going through my list of movies saved on my DVR. Check out my reviews over on my FB page if you’re interested. It’s exciting.. but what’s most exciting is the countdown to the 2019 Holiday movies. I am totally looking forward to it. It seems everyone is getting wise with the diversity. This year there’s going to be a Hanukkah one (maybe 2)! So far there isn’t a time and date for the 2019 list but this is what I’ve found so far.
Clearly I’m on a deadline because I have taken the time to even research how many movies these repeat offenders has been in.
I can’t help myself. I have goals I tell ya!
|2019 Christmas Movies||Xmas Movie Repeat Offender||Reason to watch||Diverse story||Diverse Cast|
|2nd Chance for Christmas||AA characters||Vivica Fox|
|Merry & Brite||Andrew Walker|
|The Christmas Song|
|Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses|
|Holiday for Heroes|
|A Very Vintage Christmas||Tia Mowry-Hardrict|
|A Merry Christmas Match|
|Christmas Town||Candace Cameron Bure|
|Christmas in Rome||Lacey Charbet|
|A Christmas Wish||AA characters||Pam Grier,|
|Five Cards for Christmas||Chad Michael Murry|
|A Very Country Wedding||Harlequin Book|
|A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby|
|Christmas in the Wild|
|Holiday Rush||African American||AA Cast|
|The Knight Before Christmas||ehh|
|A Family Under the Christmas Tree (WIP)|
|Christmas Duet||African American||Rome Flynn|
|Two Turtle Doves|
All this Christmas talk gets me all in the mood for some holiday romance books. I feel like I just might be a Christmas Repeat Offender #DebbieMacomberGoals
PS… there are 23 weeks and 5 days until Christmas.
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)?
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!
Their Mistletoe Baby by Karin Baine
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|
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
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. One 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.
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
(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
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!
clearly this is a work in progress but uh…
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!
And remember… You don’t have to be a Beauty Queen to read my books.