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Tuesday, November 28, 2017


 by Sarah Raplee

I'm so excited to announce that Romancing the Genres blog is once again trying something new in the coming year! We have partnered with Patricia Sargeant, the author in charge of publicity for the twelve-book, year-long, multi-author, Historical Romance series, Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance, to support this epic project. Beginning in December, the First Tuesday of each month will feature a blog post about an author and their book in the series.

According to series creator Wayne Adrian Jordan, years ago Harlequin published a twelve-book series titled A Century of American Romance. Each book was a love story set in the 20th century told against a background that focused on events in a different decade. Not one of the books featured a black hero or heroine.

In response to this oversight, award-winning, multi-published author Wayne Adrian Jordan wanted to publlish a similar project, a love story set in each decade that also looked at the black experience. He pitched the idea to a few publishers but none of them were interested.

While attending the 2016 Romance Slam Jam conference, Wayne asked a few authors whose work he admired if they would be interested in working on this Historical Romance series. Every author wanted to participate.
The result is Decades: A Journey of African American Romance. On January 1, 2018, the series begins with the publication of A Delicate Affair by Lindsay Evans, set in the early nineteen-hundreds.

2018 Decades Journey release dates are:

Lindsay Evans: 1900s, A Delicate Affair, January

Kaia Danielle: 1910s, A Secret Desire, February

Sheryl Lister: 1920s, Love’s Serenade, March

Suzette Harrison: 1930s, The Art of Love, April

Kianna Alexander: 1940s, Love’s Sweet Melody, May

Carla Buchanan: 1950s, Pride and Passion, June

Wayne Adrian Jordan: 1960s, Promise Me a Dream, July

Keith Thomas Walker: 1970s, Election Day, August

Elle Wright: 1980s, Made to Hold You, September

Zuri Day: 1990s, Thug Love, October

Denise Jeffries: 2000s, Inconsequential Circumstances, November

Patricia Sargeant: 2010s, Campaign for Her Heart, December

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 16, 2017!!!
You are all invited to a Facebook Event celebrating the holiday season and the launch of the historical romance series, Decades: A Journey of African American Romance.  

Meet the authors on Facebook! (Times are EST - subtract 3 hrs for PST)

11 am to 12 pm: Lindsay Evans
12 pm to 1 pm: Kaia Danielle
1-2 pm: Sheryl Lister
2-3 pm: Suzette Harrison
3-4 pm: Kianna Alexander
4-5 pm: Carla Buchanan
5-6 pm: Wayne Adrian Jordan
6-7 pm: Keith Thomas Walker
7-8 pm: Elle Wright
8-9 pm: Zuri Day
9-10 pm: Denise Jeffries
10-11 pm: Patricia Sargeant

Like the Facebook page, Decades: A Journey of African American Romance, to join their journey.


Judith Ashley said...

Sarah, I am so very excited about Decades: A Journey of African American Romance joining us at Romancing the Genres! This time next week we'll be able to read about Lindsay Evans' A Delicate Affair set in the 1900's.

Maggie Lynch said...

What a great idea to support amazing writers.

Sarah Raplee said...

2018 is going to be AWESOME!!!, Judith!

Sarah Raplee said...

Thank you, Maggie!

Diana McCollum said...

Sounds like an interesting concept. As Maggie said, a great way to support amazing authors.

BeverlyD said...

Looking forward to this series. Fantastic covers and each story will be a peak at what things were like. Decades of #blacklove

Sarah Raplee said...

Right, Diana! And a great way to find new-to-me authors.

Sarah Raplee said...

I'm so excited, BeverlyD! Can you tell I'm a history buff as well as a romance buff? I love the covers, too!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

I've heard about this series on Facebook--looking forward to hearing more about it in the coming months!