By Veronica Scott
Special to the Daily
In view of the events taking place all around our country and the world right now, I thought I should devote this month’s column to recommending science-fiction and fantasy books written by black authors. Part 1 was published June 21.
A source I turn to often is the Women of Color in Romance webpage at wocinromance.com. They update periodically and have the books slotted into genres and tropes for easy searching. I’ve discovered many new-to-me authors on their various lists.
Here are some black authors and book recommendations from me:
For something a little different, Christa Tomlinson has a superhero romance series and the first book is “Blaze: A Superhero Romance” (Arch City Guardians Book 1).
Here’s the beginning of the blurb: “A dark hero is irresistibly drawn to the man he saves from danger. In the dark of night, Blaze wages war against St. Louis’ criminal masterminds. Once the sun rises, he’s Jordan Wells, quiet custom body shop owner. Jordan has accepted that it’s his destiny to walk alone in the shadows … until he meets Daniel, a sweet, untrained submissive. …”
Erin Ashley Tanner
Erin Ashley Tanner writes more in the paranormal vein with her Demi-God Daughters series. Book one is “Goddess of Legend” and the blurb begins thusly: “Cameryn Kane is a private investigator with a spirit problem. She can talk to spirits, solve any homicide, and has no love life. When an unexpected death sends her world into a tailspin, Cameryn finds comfort in the arms of a tall, dark and handsome stranger — Hades, god of the Underworld.” I’ve always been fascinated by Hades myself, so this was a fun read.
L. Penelope’s Earthsinger Chronicles pull the reader into the world she’s created and never let go. The first book in the series is “Song of Blood and Stone” and here’s a bit from the blurb: “A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. The kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar have been separated for centuries by the Mantle, a magical veil that has enforced a tremulous peace between the two lands. But now, the Mantle is cracking and the True Father, ruler of Lagrimar and the most powerful Earthsinger in the world, finally sees a way into Elsira to seize power.”
Alyssa Cole just released the eBook version of “The A.I. Who Loved Me,” which is thoroughly enjoyable and her post-apocalyptic Off the Grid series is a classic. The first book in the series is “Radio Silence.” Here’s a taste of the blurb: “No one expects the apocalypse. Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the ‘off’ switch on the world. …” I’m always ready for a good apocalyptic tale.
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author N.K. Jemison’s “The City We Became” is an amazing book, as is “The Fifth Season” (The Broken Earth Book 1). From the blurb for “The City We Became:” “Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She’s got six. …” The concepts are fairly dizzying in this novel, in a very good way.
To be continued
USA Today bestselling author Veronica Scott is a seven-time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Scott is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances. For more information, visit her blog at veronicascott.wordpress.com or find her on social media such as Twitter, @vscottheauthor, or Facebook, @VeronicaScottAuthor.