Welcome to the Valentine’s Day blog hop
While you’re reading this, I’m still away on vacation in New Orleans. I’ve been here since Sunday the 7th and returning Sunday the 14th.
Yeah, yeah, I know, you say why didn’t I stay for an additional day?
Well, Mardi Gras is our annual trip and because it was so early this year, we had to make sure we were back. You know responsibilities, EDJ’s, kids? Yeah, this is Shar talking not BLMorticia.
Anyhow, here is one of my favorite topics and since it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, I figured, why not do a little update of Interracial romances?
Hope you enjoy it!
I’ve done quite a few posts on interracial romance in books and since the last one I did, I’ve seen a lot of changes. IR seems to be hot at the moment with more people writing them regardless if they are people of color or not. A lot of the storylines are similar, Caucasian billionaire takes a girl straight from the hood and treats her like a queen. Sort of like Pretty Woman but the female MC in there was white and the ladies in our stories aren’t prostitutes. And then there’s also been a small boom in m/m interracial which makes me very happy since I write a lot of interracial gay romance.
However with any boom, especially in the publishing industry, there comes problems. As I’ve mentioned before, the same storylines, the misrepresentation of characters on covers as well as some of the terms and/or dialogue used in stories. Now, I’m not going to gripe here. The more interracial romances there are the better. We need more racial diversity in all genres whether it be romances, sci-fi, horror, children’s books, whatever. The world is not fully one color and the publishing world should reflect that. Still, when we do these romances, we as authors must take into account who reads these stories. Again, not everyone is schooled on how every culture is. We don’t need to be, because again every culture is different. You can’t base characters or settings on what you see on television. Every black person isn’t from a bad neighborhood, they aren’t always poor, and they don’t talk slang. Every Asian isn’t meek or overly suspicious, nor is every Hispanic person a hot head or an illegal alien. While it’s true some minorities fit the so called “mold” not every person of color is the same. Think about it, a lot of people take what they see on TV or read as the truth and when you paint people in a certain light you run the risk of offending them.
Here’s another thing; you’re not going to write the perfect book that doesn’t offend someone because everyone takes things a different way. In my own book Something About Jayden, the person reading found my comments about Caucasian blonde to be troublesome. Not only that, he or she said my character was a racist because he wanted to work for a minority owned company. Even though I didn’t find any issues with this, the reader did and as I stated you run that risk every time you put pen to paper. If I can answer to that without pissing anyone off, I’m a black woman married to a Latino man. I have a biracial child so I know a little bit more about Latino culture than some. A lot of minorities whether they be black, Asian, or Latino want to support their own. That’s not true in every case, but in my character’s life, he felt close to his heritage and wanted to support a minority owned company. I don’t see an issue with bringing that out but again, it’s all how someone takes it.
in my latest book under BL, Under the Gun 2, the Hispanic secondary character offends Camdyn by assuming he’s a racist because he’s from the south. Immediately Camdyn takes offense because he doesn’t want to be painted a certain way. I did that t show it can work both ways. Assumptions aren’t always made towards minorities, they can also go the other way around. It’s my little statement in the book. Perhaps some people are bothered by it or don’t like it, but I showed those flaws in the characters to prove that anyone, regardless of color can make an ignorant and hurtful statement. The character does apologize which I hope will show someone owning up to their mistakes. Books imitate life so I thought it was important to point that out.
So what am I saying here? Be more conscious in writing interracial romance and how you show your characters but don’t let the “unknown” or fear of getting it wrong bother you. Just don’t make assumptions. Write this character the way you want but don’t dumb them down or make them a “lesser” being because of their differences. While some stereotypes are true of some people of color they aren’t the norm. If they aren’t going to be used to advance your plot, you don’t need them.
I hope this post clears up some confusion about interracial romance. Keep writing them and hopefully, multicultural and or interracial won’t be a “fringe” or boom, it will be mainstream.
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After Malik has successfully completed the tests to be a private investigator, he moves in and makes improvements to the Hardy and Day agency. Though Camdyn isn’t thrilled with the changes, he goes along with them because he loves Malik first and foremost. He only wishes that Malik would tell his parents to get off his back and let him be.
With Hardy and Day PI agency fully operational, Malik and Camdyn get their first case; a millionaire checking out a potential man for his daughter. He wants him followed, everything checked to the letter before he allows them to marry, but just before they deem him squeaky clean, the young man has a secret that could conflict with their work as independent investigators.
Malik and Camdyn have to do what’s right for them as well as they’re clients, but how will they satisfy everyone without compromising their personal beliefs?
Somewhere in California, near Los Angeles
“Ah shit!” Camdyn exclaimed, sucking on his injured nail. He wagged it and grimaced in pain, thinking perhaps he should have taken his lover’s advice and hired a professional to fix the hole in the wall and paint. Why would he when he knew how to do things himself?
I am a DIY’er after all!
Recalling the work he’d done on his own home, he shook his hand out and kept sanding the wall to smooth over his mistake. He’d taken out his frustrations on the wall about the last case he’d do without Malik; a cheating husband who somehow avoided his trap in getting caught by his wife. The bastard went to another restaurant instead of the one he’d followed him to a week prior. Mrs. Lawrence wanted to actually see it on camera and she threatened to take her business elsewhere if the Mister wasn’t caught.
Thankfully, she bumped into Malik on the way out and he convinced her with those sparkling good looks and army boy charm, to give Camdyn another chance. He promised – even though he couldn’t officially help until he was licensed – he would make sure Camdyn got the job done exactly to her specifications.
Camdyn grinned to himself, remembering the subtle touches and winks she gave Malik and then the surprised and disgusted look on her face when he said Camdyn was his partner in life, love, and career.
Despite this, she still decided to keep her case with Camdyn, just so she could get a look at the hot man up close when she came in for weekly updates. And who could blame her? Those deep chocolate brown eyes complementing his coffee colored skin. The massive muscles in his chest looked amazing in a spandex black t-shirt.
And that ass!
“Whew, dayum baby!”
Just thinking about his new man caused his pants to tighten in the crotch. Still, there was work to be done.
Camdyn finished sanding and was ready to apply the plaster.
“Where’s my hot man anyway?” Perplexed, he jumped down from the ladder and glanced at the screen on his cell. “Almost five? Malik, you should’ve been here almost an hour ago.” Camdyn dialed to ask where he was. It wasn’t that he didn’t trust Malik. Camdyn wondered where his man could be instead of in the office with him.
The incident with Camdyn’s last lover still haunted him and he didn’t want the same to happen with Malik. They were getting along so well, but he still worried about other men trying to take his dreamy lover away.
Never had Camdyn been so insecure in a relationship until now.
Ah well, first time for everything.
While pushing number one to dial Malik’s number, Camdyn ran his fingers through his hair. His eyes darted around the room, checking out the changes he’d made to the office to suit his lover. Malik desired more of a modern feel for the office since they’d be working on a lot more cases. Camdyn’s main concern was how much easier they could play and make love on downtime.
If you haven’t read book one, it’s also available at Amazon and B&N Both 99 cents!
Pre DADT Repeal…
Jaded by his lover leaving him for a woman, Camdyn Hardy is looking for love and partnership. When he goes to the local shooting range, he only wants to let off a little steam, but meeting Malik Day, a discharged army serviceman is a welcome surprise.
Malik’s issues go farther than just a lack of love. Discharged for defending a fellow gay soldier got him kicked out of the Army and back at home with his bible thumping parents. When Malik meets Camdyn, the sparks are there, but both of them are too afraid to make their desires known to each other.
After several conversations and dates, Camdyn and Malik are hot for one another and ready to take the next step. When they do, they discover they have a lot more in common than just a need for a committed relationship.
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|Stephen del Mar||http://www.stephendelmar.com|
|Verity James & Cassie Donoghue||http://www.dirtydameserotica.com/blog|