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Upcoming Summer Reading Fest and Breaking Free Giveaway!

Summer_ReadingWil Smith’s Summertime always brings back memories. One of the things I remember most is being able to spend hours upon hours reading until my heart was content.

 

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Guest Fest: Don’t Judge a Book by its Color By Christine Leo/ Christine Collier

Christine_CollierOnce upon a time, there were two little girls born into two very different worlds. One was from an affluent family who enjoyed summer vacations and regular trips to the orthodontist. Her father was a doctor and her mother was a nurse. She grew up in a nice neighborhood where they owned a great big house with a lovely green yard. When the girl finished high school, she was given a brand new car and her parents sent her away to the college of her choosing, all expenses paid.

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Remembering LA Banks: Rest in Peace

LA_BanksI just heard the news of the passing of LA Banks.  Leslie Banks has been an inspiration to me. I've always felt a kinship with her because of her love of writing paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  I was so sad to learn that she was ill with adrenal cancer. I prayed that she would regain both her health and strength.  I'm so struck with her death, that I had to stop for a few minutes and remember her warm personality, comforting smile, supportive nature, and awesome storytelling ability. 

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NY Times Bestselling Author LA Banks Touched a Group of African-American High School Students during a Saturday visit…

 

LA Banks and Mrs. ThybulleI had the pleasure of visiting the media center at Parkview High School in Gwinnett County, Georgia a couple of years ago on a Saturday. To my surprise, Mrs. Roschell Thybulle’s students waited patiently for the arrival of LA Banks. The students were overly excited and ready to discuss the books. What struck me the most, were that these students were reluctant readers. Here’s an interview with the teacher, Mrs. Thybulle, who spearheaded this event.

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Biracial Shapeshifter celebrates Native American heritage in the Urban Fantasy, River Marked

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I’ve been following Mercy Thompson’s story since the first book. I love the world that Patricia Briggs has created but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed River Marked. In this series novel, Patricia Briggs slowed down the story pacing to allow the reader to connect with a more intimate side of Mercy. In fact, I was quite enthralled with this “softer” side of Mercy that highlighted her relationship with Adam and the acceptance of her Native American heritage.

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Jennifer Estep Does Race with Dignity and Integrity in Spider’s Bite

I always get super excited when a mainstream author creates real multicultural worlds.  There are so many Urban Fantasies that pass on race. I don’t know maybe they’re afraid to tackle portraying the real world or maybe their everyday world is white.  Authors miss a great opportunity to add flair, depth, and interest to their works.

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