After a year that has brought us from Ferguson to Baltimore to Charleston, I've wracked my brain to figure out a way to foster tolerance, understanding, and acceptance. This is what I've come up with.
One Love. An online event for readers and writers of romance. We're gonna mingle, chat, and get to know each other. And every attendee will leave the event with 2 shiny new ebooks. You CANNOT walk out the door with just one.
The event has a simple premise. We have gotta get together. We have to find common ground, and as a romance author, I thought, what simpler way to start than to read a book with a heroine from a different culture than yours?
I write both Interracial and non-interracial titles. I know many authors who write one or the other...and many readers who read one or the other, but few who write or read both.
How could we change the world if we read books for their content and didn't segregate our Kindles?
As an author, you're committing to gift one book, via Kindle docs or as an Amazon gift, to any attendee who asks, no matter how many or how few that might be. (ARCs are fine)
As a reader, take time to browse the collections offered by the authors in attendance, mingle with all the authors who participate, and at the end, choose TWO titles, which you will receive as a gift from the authors. You MUST CHOOSE one IR (interracial) title and one non-IR title. Furthermore, you agree to READ both. Reviews are optional, but I know most of us would appreciate them.
Authors, post the link to your Amazon pages, starting now. Show off your cover art, blurbs, and anything else that helps us know who you are as a person, as well as an author. Add anyone and everyone you know who will agree to gift their work, or read two free books, in the spirit of changing the world.
Words matter. Diversity matters. Because there's just one love, let the change start with us, the readers and writers of romance. I don't trust politicians, but I trust a romance author to show us how to love.