Battling the Bulge: Why?

Tea N Strumpets

After writing monthly for some time about the crazy goings-on in a busy newsroom, I’ve decided to give cranky readers a rest and switch gears to something a bit more practical: battling the bulge.

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Yes, I mean that bulge – the one around the mid-section that hangs over the top of the waistline if the pants are a bit tight…or that causes people to ask, in tones from solicitous to shocked: How far along are you, dear?? (Okay, I’m a bit old to get that second one, but the first….that comes at any age.)

First, let me clear the air about body image.

I’m glad to see the new ad/marketing campaigns encouraging women of all sizes to be happy with their bodies. I’m glad that many of today’s women don’t see their size as impediments to success or happiness. I’m glad they’re happy with themselves. I…

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Monday Musings: No More Shhhh…Let’s Talk About The “R” Word

Musings of A Romance Junkie

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This post has been brewing in my mind and in my heart for a minute, and truthfully, it’s been the reason I’ve decided to change the primary focus of this blog from interracial romance to include both African-American and multicultural romance. The “r” word I wanna briefly touch on is race-the big damn elephant in the room when it comes to not only interracial romance but mainstream romance as well.

More importantly though, I really wanna talk about what I perceive to be the deliberate bashing of black men that I often read about in some of these IR romance novels. I mean these brothas are portrayed as if Satan himself birthed him the way they do these sistas so dirty. Then she meets Mr. White Savior who rides to the rescue to save her from her brutish, black ex. I literally want to SCREAM when I come across…

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Monday Musings: Ch…Ch..Changes

Musings of A Romance Junkie

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Hello Friends!

You may or may not have noticed a few subtle changes that we’ve made to the blog and Facebook page recently, but it’s something that’s been in the works for a while. Interracial romance will always be of our favorite genre, but we’ve come to realize that good love stories go far beyond interracial. There are many wonderful authors out here who write good, quality stories who do not have a platform to get their work seen or read because they don’t fit a certain “aesthetic.”

We hope to change that by expanding our recommendations, spotlights, features, and reviews to include not only interracial romance, but African American, and multicultural romance as well as women’s fiction. As always, we will never include a fetish or offensive title that we feel is degrading to women. Our mission will always be to promote and advocate books that portray us (black…

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