If you haven’t seen #23for23 before, it is a challenge created by romance authors. Read 23 books by authors of color between now and the end of 2023. I found out about the challenge from my indy writer friend, Carla Luna, author of five contemporary romance novels: Blue Hawaiian, Red Velvet, White Wedding, Field Rules, and Troy Story. She attended Steamy Lit Con in Marriott, California where the challenge was put to 1000 readers and writers in attendance. It’s spreading and the challenge is a perfect way to make new fans of AOC. Visit 23for23.net to join.
I’m taking on this challenge, but not exclusively to romance. There are so many American classics I’ve yet to read by authors like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. But first on my list is NEVER CROSS A HIGHLANDER by Lisa Rayne. You know how much I love a great Highland romance. When I heard about a new release about a black Highland warrior, I was jazzed. I just finished listening to the audio book (beautifully narrated by Michael Abubakar) and was not disappointed. Great story, great writing, hot romance, a heroine one can really embrace and a swoon worthy hero. I highly recommend NEVER CROSS A HIGHLANDER and the best news is that this is the first book in a series!