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Harlequin to Close Five Lines Including Kimani

Bad news for black female authors

Musings of Sharita Lira

Harlequin to Close Five Lines Including Kimani

As a black female author writing romance, opportunities to write love stories showing other women of color is already an uphill battle. Unfortunately, publishing still lags behind when it comes to showcasing main characters who are also people of color. And black females, well, there just aren’t enough of those romances out there in the mainstream market. Often times, the black females in romance are the sidekick of the Caucasian female or a supporting character not involved with the main story. And let’s face it, the way some authors have portrayed women of color in mainstream romance has been downright dreadful. However, that’s a topic for another day.

Back to the topic at hand. About three weeks ago, Harlequin made the announcement it would be closing five lines. Those include: Nocturne, Love Inspired Historical, Superromance, Harlequin Western, and Kimani.

KIMANI?

*screeching brakes*

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What’s Up Amazon?

amzn-amazon-stock-logoGreetings readers. I hope you’ve been enjoying my thoughts and no worries, I will be writing some free fiction to give you an idea of what I’m about very soon. In the meantime, this would be my first writing/publishing post. *bounces* Ahem… sorry I’m a little excited. The more time Shar spends with me, the easier it’ll be to get her to writing some Veronica stories. *winks*

Anyways, my post today is about Amazon. What? You haven’t heard? Well, Amazon is playing morality police. Suddenly they’re deciding what’s good for you to read and what’s inappropriate. Hey Amazon… knock knock… what happened to free speech? And as Shar says, if you’re taking part of the money which is 35 or 70 percent depending on the book price, you shouldn’t get to decide what I want to publish nor keep the public away from their porn, erotica, and or fetishes. Readers should be able to fucking choose what they want to read, whether it’s monster erotica, daddy/son incest, or Harry Potter, the world should have a choice.

This has been covered by many bloggers especially authors everywhere. Recently, an article was published about an author who was bringing home some serious bucks just to write stories of bigfoot ravaging a young girl. Read the article here. Now, I’m not into the whole monster erotica thing but I’m not gonna stop people from making money. Heck, it’s hard enough to make a buck in this freaking country without a company telling you how to do it. Geez people, it’s fiction, get a grip!

Want an example? MonFrerePlusOneWell, this hit home for Shar’s muses with brother muse Michael Mandrake. Michael does a series of books involving vampire twins in love called Mon Frere. The books don’t outwardly say that it’s twincest but the covers are a little suggestive. Now I know a lot of these kind of  books gross people out but again, it’s fiction! And hell, I’m sure there are twins in the real world who love one another just like Ryland and Ryder do. Mind you, just like the author’s monster erotica with sasquatch, there are people who like reading this as well. Flowers in the Attic anyone?  Many of you know about Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews. It’s one of the classics and it features…yes…wait for it… incest between a brother and sister. Is this that much different from Michael’s twin books? The only thing is it’ s two brothers meaning a gay relationship. We wonder if that’s why it’s targeted but we’ll save that topic for another Veronica thought. flowers

The thing is, Amazon shouldn’t be telling people what to read. Folks spend their hard earned moolah on books, more so on e-books and if they wanna read some dirty twin sex, then let them. Who the heck gave Amazon the right to decide what erotica I want to read? And if they’re gonna make a decision to pull twincest, then they need to take a harder look at some of the other books they’re not pulling. Sure they’re getting a lot of them but perhaps they should just stop publishing erotica all together? If that was the case, a lot of books would be gone from the shelves and that, my friends, might lead to loss of the dollars. Would that topple the giant? I doubt it. Still, it’s ridiculous. As a grown working woman I should be able to decide for myself.

Shame on you Amazon! Free speech, no censorship. Give me my erotica!