Multicultural Romance Rocks in July… JOIN NOW (it’s free Author Promo)

Multicultural romance is HOT this summer! So much diversity is introduced in love stories filled with romance, angst, conflict and passion. This summer my goal is to introduce romance readers to new (or new to them) multicultural romance novels and authors. What is Multicultural Romance?

The Multicultural Romance genre includes romance novels in which the cultural, racial, or ethnic background of one (or both) of the main characters (hero/heroine) is from an Asian, African, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern and/or Pacific Islander heritage.  Any sub-genre is acceptable (LGBT, Historical, New Adult, Paranormal, Contemporary,… etc..).

In 150 characters or less tell about your book (make sure you include the title).  It’s kind of challenging to put all of that info in a tweet so be creative. During the month of July I’ll be tweeting multicultural romance info to my followers (around 1700). This is a great FREE way to get EXPOSURE for your book!!  Interested? Great- Here’s how to join.

Leave a comment below with the tweet you would like tweeted. While I can’t guarantee a specific date-I can guarantee you will be tweeted on a Monday in July. I will be taking the first forty authors that leave their required info below. This number will allow me to tweet (and retweet) eight books every Monday.

I can’t wait to Tweet your books 🙂

Questions? Leave it below and I’ll answer it as soon as possible 🙂

Later…Yolanda A.

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Magnificent Man Candy Monday

Today’s Magnificent Man-Candy Monday pic is of the absolutely stunning Boris Kodjoe. This actor, model, father and husband is very easy on the eyes. Enjoy!

Boris Kodjoe#4


Now that I have your attention-If your an author I’m offering wonderful guest posting opportunities on Monday and Thursday.

1. Multicultural Monday

Got a multicultural romance you want exposure for? Every Monday I will feature a multicultural romance book (blurb, excerpt, cover, buy links). Perfect for new releases or an oldie that needs fresh exposure.

2. New Release Friday

Got a new release (in any romance genre) that needs some exposure? I would love to feature it on Friday. Your book cover, blurb, excerpt (optional), buy links or guest post.

Interested? Great send an email to yolanda.ashton at yahoo dot com. Please put Guest Post in the subject line.


Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon presents Delaney Diamond

It is my pleasure to feature Delaney Diamond! She has an interesting yet controversial subject. Enjoy 🙂 

Is It Wrong Not to Want Kids?

 The desire to procreate is not only part of life, it’s a popular theme in romance novels. But what about people who don’t want children? Is there something wrong with them? People who do have kids always talk about the joys of parenthood, but they omit the very valid reasons why someone shouldn’t have any. I, personally, can think of four perfectly good reasons. Here they are in order of least to most important:

Four. You get a good night’s sleep. My four-year-old niece recently spent the night with me, and she took over the bed. How someone so tiny could take up that much space is beyond me. It wasn’t enough to have me hanging off the edge of the mattress, she had to throw her arm around my neck, too, and wake me up in the middle of the night. I guess that’s better than when my nephew was her age. Somehow the kid would wind up upside down in the bed and his feet would invariably find their way to my face.

Three. You can sleep in late. I’m not a morning person, so this is very important to me. There’s nothing like lying around in bed and not having to worry about small bodies rushing in and jumping all over it to wake you up because they’re hungry. Usually this happens on the weekend. During the week when they have to go to school, you’d think they were dead based on their comatose state. Go figure.

Two. You can make spontaneous plans. There is no spontaneity if you have children. You can’t suddenly decide to go watch a movie or join friends for dinner at the last minute. No, my friend. You need a babysitter and must plan all activities at least six weeks in advance.

One. The number one reason why it makes sense not to have kids, is that you can finally have a conversation on the phone. Is it me, or do children purposely start screaming and yelling and running around with scissors the minute their parents are on the phone? I swear they do it on purpose. By the end of the conversation, you’re so exhausted from repeating yourself, you realize it’s better to just send a text or email the next time you want to catch up with your friend.

All joking aside, I love kids. I have a niece and nephew whom I adore, but in my latest release, Unforgettable (Book 1 of the Johnson Family series), I wrote about a hero who didn’t want children. Lucas Baylor made that clear when he had a fling with Ivy Johnson nine years ago. When you read the story, you’ll get a better understanding of his reasons. She ends up pregnant and has his child anyway.

Often in romance novels, the heroine is forced to marry the hero or she’s forced to seek him out because she needs something from him. Usually she needs a financial bailout, but Ivy has her own money. Her family is famous and owns a multi-billion dollar beer and restaurant corporation. So she doesn’t need Lucas’s money, and she offers him the option to walk away from his responsibilities, which turns out not to be that easy to do.  



She offered everything he never knew he needed…

Ivy Johnson is stunned when Lucas Baylor makes an appearance at her family’s event in Seattle. She hasn’t seen him in nine years and never expected to again. Avoiding him is a must. She can’t let him uncover her secret, but Lucas won’t be denied. When her deception is revealed, it throws his life into a tailspin and forces them to face the truth of their feelings for each other—feelings they’ve both tried in vain to forget.


“What do you want to do?”

“I don’t want to be a father,” he grated.

He never had. He’d been cautious all along, always using condoms and had even played around with the idea of a vasectomy. Only the finality of the procedure had kept him from having the surgery. Because even though he knew without a doubt he didn’t want the trappings of fatherhood, part of him held out just in case he ever changed his mind.

“Then don’t be a father,” Ivy said evenly.

“We crossed that bridge eight years ago.”

“I said you could walk away and no one will blame you. She doesn’t know you, and far as she’s concerned, her father is dead. You can go back to Atlanta with a clear conscience.”

He stilled. “Is that what you want?”

“I want you to have what you want. Our lives don’t have to be disrupted and neither does yours.”

She was giving him a way out—freedom. Freedom from responsibility, freedom to continue his life in the way he had been living it without interruption. The travel, the women, his work—everything would remain the same. Yet he hesitated to seize the opportunity she offered. 

“I could just walk out of here?”

“Free and clear.” Same cool voice, same impassive features. He couldn’t read her at all.

“I didn’t want this, Ivy.”

“You think I don’t know that?” A quivering smile crossed her lips. “I understand and I don’t blame you. You can make your choice the same way I did. What do you want to do?”

The same question again.

He thought about the little girl he’d just spent a few moments with. He didn’t know her and she didn’t know him. He could leave and she wouldn’t know the difference because she already thought another man was her father. He’d just be some random guy that she’d met and would soon forget.

Instead of the excitement he would have expected, the thought knocked the wind from him. He sank onto the edge of the desk and stared at his shoes. His lungs didn’t seem capable of providing enough oxygen. He gulped air into his nostrils, finding it hard to breathe all of a sudden.

“What do you want to do?” Ivy asked again.

His head snapped up. “Can’t wait to get rid of me?” he asked in a biting voice.

“Like I told you before, I have lunch plans.”

“Well I wouldn’t want to disrupt your goddamn lunch plans. You must be f**king starving.”

She flinched at his tone.

There was nothing more to say. “You want me to leave, Ivy, I’ll leave.” A huge knot settled in his stomach. Why didn’t he feel better about this decision?

“I never said I wanted you to leave, but you can.” She held her body rigid. “And I’d understand.”

Their gazes locked on each other.

Still he didn’t move. He could walk out and be a free man, or stay. This should be an easy decision, but it was turning out to be much harder than expected. He thought again about Katie. She had uncles, grandparents, and billions of dollars. Anything she wanted she could have, including a gold-plated cell phone when she turned nine years old. She didn’t need him. He had nothing to offer. He didn’t come from money, and he didn’t know who he was or where he came from.

He bolted from the desk. He had to get away before he suffocated. He swung the door open and without looking at Ivy again, walked out the door.

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Delaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet, sensual, passionate romance novels. Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, she now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. She speaks fluent conversational French and can get by in Spanish.

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Prize: One reader will be gifted their choice of an ebook from my Love Unexpected interracial series or my African-American series, the Hawthorne Family. (The first book in the Hawthorne Family series – The Temptation of a Good Man – is now a free download! Make sure you get your copy while it’s free for a limited time.)

How to Enter: Answer the following question: Is it wrong not to want kids?

Deadline to enter: 11:59 PM EST on May 25, 2014.

Multicultural Blog-A-Thon Presents Falguni Kothari

Hello! I want to start by thanking Yolanda for this opportunity to guest blog on her blog-a-thon about love and romance the multicultural way. I strongly believe that love is a universal language even if different cultures express it in individual ways. To show you what I mean, Dear Readers, I’ve selected an excerpt from my just-released Harlequin Mills and Boon romance.  

BOOTIE AND THE BEAST by Falguni Kothari  

        Beauty Mathur: Flirting with the Fairytale. The bold, black caption was scrawled across Diya Mathur’s burlap-clad hips gracing the cover of last month’s Pomp Adore India. The tattoo of a red rosebud teased upwards over her left hip, inking a path to the limpid oval of her bellybutton that apparently had the power to send men into fits of irrepressible psychosis. A year ago, an online tabloid had made Diya’s bellybutton infamous by citing that world famous men—movie stars, princes, sheikhs, Fortune 500 list-makers and the like—fought to sip champagne from it.            

Krish Menon stared at the glossy image of Diya’s navel for a deliberately prolonged moment and snorted when it failed to induce in him any kind of flight of fancy. Admittedly, he wasn’t a movie star or a sheikh or a prince or a tycoon. That must be it, he mused, and the fact that Diya was a bud and not a babe might have something to do with it too. Plus, if he jogged his memory hard enough he could almost visualize the ugly, knotty umbilicus it had once been. Diya was the first baby he had been allowed to hold all by his five-year-old self. Diya’s parents, good friends and neighbors to his own parents, had trusted him not to drop her on her perfectly round 33-centimeter head. He hadn’t. Not two months later, his own sister, Alisha, had been born and by then he had been a veteran baby handler.           

  Krish drew his eyes up from the fantasy button to Diya’s fabulously toned, religiously worked-out abs. Above the abs, her perfect handfuls of breasts—a different tabloid had run that story and yes, the writer’s completely arbitrary form of measuring had irritated Krish to no end. It still did. Anyway, Diya’s “handfuls” were flimsily covered in a swatch of burlap, artfully peeking through her explosion of black hair that spilled over peaches and cream skin. Smoky black eyes stared out from a fresh and healthy face and nude, rosebud lips parted slightly, showcasing the tips of her twin rows of white teeth that were poised to take a bite out of the big red apple that she cupped in her right hand. The picture merged innocence with the sensual, as if Snow White had been superimposed on the biblical Eve.       

       Krish flipped the widely read and respected fashion magazine open to the dog-eared center where the main article ran. Cinderella laughed out of the page fortified by a mountain of shoes. On the adjacent page, Belle coyly offered a blood red rose to a starry-eyed Beast. The theme of the article was bang on target for its model. Diya’s head forever wallowed in the clouds. She skipped through life dressed in designer clothes, smiling and waving at the world with a pair of rose-tinted sunglasses perched on a slightly stubby nose. Even the cute imperfection of her nose did nothing to skew Diya Mathur’s fairytale take on existence. Would the rumor that had gone viral across the media change that status quo?      

       Krish rolled the magazine close with a few deft twists of his hands and stashed it into the dark-grey glove compartment of the Range Rover as a private jet made a smooth landing on the far end of Dallas Executive Airport. It started sailing down the airstrip, towards the open hangar in front of which he was parked. He watched the white and grey plane with a capital JES written on its tail in—what was that color? Red? Pink? He shook his head, gaze riveted, as the plane rolled to a stop a few dozen feet away from the Rover.        

     No, not a mere fairytale, he amended, Diya’s life played like a Cannes Film Festival these days, complete with palatial villas, race cars, jets, yachts and glamour-red carpets to strut on.

 About the author:

 A Mumbaikar at heart, Falguni Kothari lives in New York with her family and a sweet as chocolate Maltese named Truffles. She loathes cooking and flying and holds a fervent hope that teleportation become a viable travel option within her lifetime.

When she is not playing Domestic Goddess, Soccer Mom or Canine Companion, she is found embroiled in some or other scandal—sorry, creating stories—on her ever-faithful laptop. She loves tales of all kinds and is partial to sassy ones with happy-ever-after endings. She’s the author of It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! and Scrabbulous Impressions, a short story. She lurks about a whole smorgasbord of Social Media daily and lives to engage with her readers. Tweet her @F2tweet or find out more at  

Blurb: It’s Your Move, Wordfreak!


Wordfreak and Worddiva hit it off right from their first online Scrabble game. Playing game after game every night leads to fun and flirty online chats and a cerebral attraction so powerful that it sizzles and burns the broadband connection between them. The Scrabble crazy duo cultivate the perfect relationship—a virtual one. A bond where the past doesn’t matter and neither do their names. A bond fused by cheesy words and raucous laughs. But their simple and uncomplicated connection is shaken when Alisha Menon, parental-divorce survivor and successful divorce lawyer meets Aryan “Save-the-Planet” Chawla on a blind date. As reality intrudes on their online idyll, the rules of the game change forever. Soon, the two realize that some words cannot be taken lightly. Can the real Wordfreak and Worddiva spell love in capital letters or is the game of life a deal-breaker for them?

 Blurb: Bootie and the Beast.


Opposites attract!

Diya Mathur (aka Beauty), celebrated supermodel and Party Princess of India, is adored by everyone. She works hard, plays hard, and has the biggest shoe fetish on the planet! But after she purchases one baby bootie, Diya’s reputation is in ruins! There’s only one place to escape the rumors—Texas, under the protection of her life-long friend, and secret love, Krish Menon (aka the Beast). Financial whizz-kid, CFO and entrepreneur, Krish is a brooding workaholic with a charisma that still brings Beauty Mathur to her knees! He has no idea, of course. They’ve shared a bond since childhood—a special friendship that thrives on sparring, teasing and goading—but with Diya back in his life and under his roof Krish finds his latent desire for her explodes. And when he finally admits to the secret that has never allowed him to commit to any woman—especially Diya—everything changes. Krish might finally realise how much he wants his Beauty—but he won’t get her until Diya has finally tamed her Beast!


 Question for the Giveaway:

 Opposites may attract but once the infatuation wears off can they truly get past their differences to have a Happily Ever After? Answer the question with anecdotes and/or opinions. The best answer (picked by ME within 48 hours) will win a signed copy of either one of my books—winner’s choice.  Thanks for reading! Have a lovely day J  

Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon Presents Tai Jamison



Starbucks, work, eat, sleep, repeat. Lucy Phillips’s life has been on a loop, save the occasional girl talk with her best friend Trudy and badgering phone calls from her mother. After a flopped dance career and a shattered engagement, she swore off men, along with her dreams of achieving fame, and buried herself in her job in retail management. But she never expected to remain buried for a whole five years, losing sight of her happiness. Now a tall, dark, handsome Adrian McCray has entered her life and he quickly pulls her out of her rut and into his fast-paced world of international success, wealth and fame. Lucy must decide if she will give up her own dreams and aspirations to be a part of Adrian’s life- a life she’s not so sure she will ever fit into.

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Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon Presents Rae Lori

Thanks so much to Yolanda for having me on her blog for this awesome event! As a reader and author of IR/MC fiction, I’m always excited to help spread the word about the genre, meet my fellow authors and add new books to my reading pile.

Ever since Genesis Press made waves bringing IR/MC fiction to readers, I’ve been ecstatic to see heroines like myself, heroes like my husband and different situations to lose myself in. Finally there were stories with complex characters like the ones I wrote since I put pen to paper! 🙂

I came into romance later than most readers of the genre. I started out loving sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers and suspense. I first started writing horror stories and some dark sci-fi stories that finished with some pretty downer endings. Definitely not HEAs! Later on, I began to write some lighter work and explore more of the emotional side of storytelling. That’s one reason I love the romance genre. The fast paced action books like their movie counterparts kept me on the edge of my seat and the thrilling characters made me root for them to get the baddie in the end.

As a fan of La Femme Nikita, The Professional, Strange Days, The Terminator movies, Blade Runner and so many more action flicks, I wanted to see more heroines like me right in the middle of the action. Over the course of my writing career, I raked up a ton of unpublished stories that never saw the light of day (some that never will *smiles*) but a few that did. One was my romantic suspense novel Before Dawn Breaks (to be re-released this July), my screenplay turned novel Wild Manhattan (now called The Comfort of Strangers – Coming this May) and my upcoming action suspense thriller On the Cut (Coming this Summer). For a long time, I thought the only thing readers wanted was contemporary romances. Although I liked reading them, contemporaries were the go-to popular romance stories. It wasn’t my forte, but still I decided to hop wholeheartedly into learning more about them and getting to love them. In the back of my mind, I still wanted to write the action, suspenseful, noir and speculative works that were my true passion.

As time went on, I felt like a square peg trying to fit myself into a circle. I wanted to garner a large reading base but at the same time, I wanted to write what I loved. 2014 was my year. After taking a hiatus to get married, move across country (not once, but twice in the same year) I wanted to make some changes in my professional life as I had in my personal one.

Now, as I’m ready to hop right back into the writing foray once again, I’m excited to bring out some books that are close to my heart including the last in my Ashen Twilight series and a brand new, spiffy romantic suspense that I’m excited to post as a cover reveal right here.

I may be a bit of an outlier not only in romance but also IR romance. My stories may not be traditional but I love writing them and, who knows, there may be some readers looking for what I like to read and write. And that’s what makes the writing experience all the more rewarding for me.

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Coming Summer 2014

 Enter now until May 31st to win a $30 Gift Card to the online bookstore of your choice PLUS a book of your choice from my backlist! Just leave a comment below telling me what you love about multicultural and interracial fiction. Thanks for stopping by!

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or B&N Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

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Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon presents Alyssa Cole

Black Patriot

History, in Technicolor

Close your eyes. Wait, you need them to read this post…okay, just use your imagination, then. When I say the words “historical romance” what comes to mind? Sexy Scottish highlanders? Delicious dukes? Heroines with flame red hair and milky skin, right? Historical romance, more than any other subgenre, is automatically equated with white heroes and heroines. Why is this? Most of the earth’s population is some shade or other of brown, and they have been so for time immemorial. People of color have been traveling the world, freely and by force, and part of many historical societies (check out Medieval POC if you doubt me). So why is it that mainstream historical romance seems to be reserved for those who pass the (white) paper bag test?

I know some of you will say, “But what about the Lord so-and so’s man-servants and Lady Fiddle-dee-dee’s maids?” Stop right there. The token magical Negroes, mystical South Asians, and Noble Savages that grace the pages of many a historical don’t count. We don’t need historical romances in which the people of color are only there to clumsily shore up historical reality; we need romances in which they are historical reality. Well-rounded, smart, strong characters with lives, loves, and adventures of their own.

What about Beverly Jenkins, you might ask. The woman is a godsend and I worship at her alter, but she shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of multicultural historical romance alone. And readers should have easy access to more than one person’s vision of history for people of color.

I’m not writing this to disparage historical romance—I love it dearly. I just want to encourage more diversity in historical romance. History, American history in particular, is chock-a-block with AMAZING real-life people and settings that would make for wonderful, vivid historical romance, yet these stories are generally overlooked, leaving readers to believe that people of color were…somewhere else?…while all of the action was happening.


To remedy this, I’ve started writing historical fiction that features characters of color. My first endeavor is Be Not Afraid, a story in the Revolutionary War anthology For Love & Liberty: Untold Love Stories of the American Revolution. It follows Elijah Sutton, a black slave fighting for the Patriots, and Kate Foster, a runaway who has thrown in her lot with the British. With this story, I hoped to entertain the reader, but also provide a view that isn’t often represented: that of the enslaved people in this country who fought and bled for the Colonies and were then written out of the history books for their troubles.

The other authors on the anthology, Lena Hart (who kicked off the blog-a-thon by writing about our book), Kate McMurray, and Stacey Agdern, are also committed to providing a more diverse view, and their tales follow a Native woman and the British soldier she falls for; a white man and his mixed race valet who must decide where the war will take them; and a Jewish couple struggling to stay united when the coming war would tear them apart.

For those of you who love historical romance and wish that you could see more reflections of yourself in the genre: your time is coming! Learn more about For Love & Liberty, here. Also, leave a comment with your thoughts on multicultural historical romances to win a copy of Beverly Jenkins’s NightHawk!


About the Author

Alyssa Cole is a Brooklyn-based romance writer; she hosts a Romance Book Club and teaches romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC.




Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon featuring P.J. Dean

Thank you, Yolanda for the opportunity to share my work on the Blog-a-Thon. I write both interracial historical romance and interracial paranormal romance but my present series is paranormal. My series, THE FELIG CHRONICLES, follows an interracial pair who join together to fight Earth-invading aliens and growing feelings for one another. Book three, UNION, the latest in the series was released in November 2013. I’m had a blast creating this alternate Earth and continue to have fun. I hope readers find it intriguing.



A shape-shifting, alien race (The Felig) has invaded Earth. To live, they must siphon human energy. When the story opens, the Felig have been here for several years. The world population has coped somewhat but lives in a state of total paranoia. No one can trust anyone because no one knows who anyone really is. My African-American heroine and my Caucasian hero, Tina Cain and Nate Lowe, meet at a time of mutual crisis and need. Both have secrets that they want to remain hidden otherwise these truths may break apart the fledgling union.

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Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon presents Carolyn Gibbs

Hi everyone, I’m Carolyn Gibbs and first I’d like to thank Yolanda for hosting the Multicultural Blog-A-Thon. What a great way to celebrate Multicultural Month and to discover new authors. I’m very happy to be featured along with all the other talented authors who are writing love stories in all its beautiful shades and ethnicities.


Murder in Paradise


Romance author Claire Jenkins thought the Hawaii Writer’s Conference would be the perfect getaway. While relaxing on the beach she makes a gruesome discovery which involves a wealthy newlywed couple and one of her biggest fans.

Sam Stewart’s got his hands full, protecting his writing partner, Claire, while keeping his true feelings for her under wraps. His job got even more difficult as he and Claire pose as a couple. Will they suppress their shared attraction to continue working together, or will they give into their feelings, throw caution to the island breeze, and begin a new chapter in their lives?

 Buy links Secret Cravings Publishing


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 Give Away


Commenters on today’s blog post will have the chance to win a free copy of the novella, Love and the Economy.  Please leave your email address. I will contact the winner and announce on FB and my blog tomorrow. Emotions ran the gamut when Andrea and Daren a divorced couple, are forced to share a house again… just when Andrea is starting to date.

 Carolyn Gibbs a recovering news professional writes women’s fiction and romance. She lives in New York City with her fiancé and their adorable and very spoiled calico cat, Gizmo. When she’s not writing, she’s catching a movie or reading from her fully loaded Kindle.