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Cover Reveal: The Truth of Things by @tashalharrison

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So excited to be doing my first cover reveal for Tasha L. Harrison! She’s been writing the kind of smut I’ve been missing in my life XD So I answered the call when she needed folks to spread her new cover to the world!

Without a moment’s hesitation….

“Where I come from, cops aren’t super heroes.”

Photojournalist and wedding photographer, Ava Marie Greene, doesn’t ever want to fall in love and not in the I-just-haven’t-met-right-man kinda way either. Ava is a hopeless romantic, but too much hurt and disappointment has her hiding behind the camera. Through her lens, she sees the truth of things, the difference between real and fantasy, and she thinks she has a good handle on it until she has a run-in with her friendly neighborhood policeman, Levi Raymond.

“Not all cops…”

A tad arrogant, and a bit of a cornball, Ava knows that this Levi could make her second-guess every thought she ever had about cops. She tries to make it clear to Officer Friendly that she doesn’t need saving, but he when Ava finds herself on the wrong side of the law, will he be the hero she needs or toe the “thin blue line?”


So those drooling over the cover, here are ways you can get the latest scoop on when it drops.  #TheTruthofThings pre-order goes live August 15th on Pronoun to support a September 5th release date. To get updates when it drops, follow her Author Page on Pronoun, or if you’re interested in getting an ARC copy for review, subscribe to her newsletter, or join Tasha’s FB group, The Filth Mob, they get first dibs.

I’m joining today, hope to see you there!

Cover Reveal and $250 cash giveaway #booklover

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We are rearing for our first release of the year Lesson That Taught Love, our first book in that’s Contemporary Romance( traditional romance that isn’t New Adult) and its quite different from our normal style of writing, so we hope people like it!

But did you know we’re nearly complete with a second release? We just got the cover done for it, and it’s super pretty that we just had to share it!
But I’m Not a Robot does have a similar style to both our new book and New Adult books, as it’s inclusive with trans, bi, non-binary and religious diversity representation, so when it’s ready we also hope people like it!

Let me not forget to mention a chance to win some after-the-holiday money!

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When you can fix what you broke…(A tale in self publishing)

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We’ve been going through the motions of what it’s like to be self published, and we’ve learned a few interesting things along the way.

Disclaimer:

All our experience is with Independently publishing books, and this post isn’t meant to scare folks away from going a more traditional route.

But back to the post. What if you had a project you were interested in exploring, spent months with blood, sweat and tears, and money you could never get back, but it didn’t connect with people?

Would you throw in the towel? Or would you research where you went wrong to fix the problem?

We’re releasing an Erotic Romance named “F*THS”. It was meant to be a lot of things. It was supposed to explore themes that are typically shunned in Romance, including friends with benefits themes we got to explore in Same Page, but with people who were single.

The main character Theodora King, like us is Afro-Latina(our first venture making an Afro-Latinx character, yay!) but entertained two love interests. This is what the original cover looked like, which we loved!fthsBut as we put it on Amazon for pre-order, we noticed very little, if any connected to the cover highlighting a girl with two love interests. Romance readers can be very protective of monogamy, and polyamorous relationships are often shunned unless they’re intentionally meant to be Menage a Trois story.

We admit, the main characters are both bisexual. Both are attracted to emotionally, sexually and psychologically to folks who identify as a man or woman(cis or trans). It could’ve easily been geared to be a Menage book for that reason, but there was a fear the audience we were writing it for would feel alienated.

After all, the main female character does gear more toward one than the other. And most of her open door love scenes were only with one.

Same Page, despite how readers responded to the blurb and cover, one-clicked like it was nothing. Two attractive people on the cover sparked an interest that having three people on a cover did not.

When we realized that, we took F*THS down(and lost our pre-order privilege, but hey…)and went back to the drawing board.

We heavily emphasized the relationship between the two main characters more, and while it garnered a less brave story, it allowed the audience we’re writing it for to seek it out more. All of these changes were literally made overnight. All of it required reworking chapters, a new blurb, and a new cover.

Traditional publishing is awesome. The resources in comparison are unmatched. But they want books to win. They spend a ton of money trying to make something win. Storify-ed conversations about diversity in romance by Alisha Rai and K.M. Jackson highlight it better than we could, especially since they’re traditional/hybrid authors.

Diversity in Romance-Why it matters

We Need Diverse Romance

But we’ve since redid the cover to reflect the changes:fthis(1)The cover has a sleeker look, different models, and an interesting design. I can’t say whether it’s better or worse, but it’s definitely been better received.

I hope to be braver, and be able to introduce relationships that aren’t always monogamous. Being polyamourous isn’t negative, it’s just modern society isn’t used to a relationship with more than one person.

Maybe these changes were for the better =D

We received our first advanced review, and it was well received. All the fears we had are still there.

Fear of an Afro-Latina character who doesn’t have long cascading hair, or looser curls, with much darker skin. Fear of two characters who identify as bi-sexual. Fear of friends with benefits stories. Fear of creating a Black woman with a chronic illness. ALL of these things were the things some of the advanced reviewers connected with. There are other topics in the story(along with a cliffhanger, which folks hate!) they wont connect with. So we’re preparing ourselves for those who wont connect to it now XD

But we regret very little about self publishing. It’s not every day you can fix something you broke…

You can request F*THS on Netgalley =D Click the link or book above for details!

Not on Netgalley? Shoot us an email at rebelliousvalkyriepress at gmail dot com! We’d be happy to provide advanced copies to those willing to provide reviews for it’s release!

The Color of Love Blog Hop

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Oh how excited we are to participate in our first Color of Love Blog Hop. We’ve been following it for a few years now(Libertad even one a grand prize one year, talk about luck) and it was an exciting moment to finally be an author on the roster of such seasoned writers as well as some of our favorite Romance bloggers.

Look of that list of people below and would you look at the prizes being offered! Anytime you have a giveaway featuring a Kenya Wright, Laurel Cremant or L.Penelope(sorry for fangirling but we totally met her this October and she was everything a fangirl could hope for) book you know you’re in for some excellent reads.same_pagefthis(1)

We ourselves are offering Same Page, an erotic romance, which will be out December 8th everyone, squee. And another Erotic Romance titled F*THS, which is slated to release February 10th 2016. Multicultural and Interracial Romance are definitely our absolute go-tos in terms of buying taste so trust me when we say, we’re visiting everyone’s spot(And so should you…)and showing their blogs a hell of a lot of love! Be sure to check out all the other ladies on the hop. Discovering new authors are the absolute best!

Interested in any of our up and coming releases? Consider signing up for our newsletter for our NA and Adult Romances here. Like YA too? The newsletter to our YA new releases can be signed up for here. Happy reading, everyone!

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We’ve upped the ante on prizes! Here’s what’s up for grabs

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1st Prize $75 6
2nd Prize $50 5
3rd Prize $30 5
4th Prize $15 5
5th Prize $10 5
6th Prize $5 5

 

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Our first post! So excited!

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*Waves* *Blows kiss*

For those of you guys just tuning in, you may know us on Twinja Book Reviews where we celebrate diversity in speculative fiction with all age groups and YA/NA of any genre.

Or you may know us(highly unlikely lol!) via Rebellious Cupid Book Reviews where we celebrate diversity in the Romance genre, as well as it’s subgenres in YA/NA and Adult!

We’ve recently justified getting an author website, separate from our review sites, so we continue to review, unbiased and honest.

But now that we’re authors, clearly we need a website!

The tabs and posts will go through some major face lifts over the new few weeks, but we hope folks enjoy what they’ve seen of the site so far!

We’ve even got a few WIP covers in our slider!

I think we’re more appropriately Romance writers, because most our works deal with Romance in ways the plot wont allow the story to be told without it, but we love having fun and writing Speculative Fiction too!

The Mark of Noba is our first release, and we think it appeals to YA audiences, and can cross over to folks who like YA. It’s a mix of Portal Fantasy and Science Fiction/Time Travel, heavy on the fantasy, but we pride ourselves in making folks laugh, so we hope people also find it funny!9781943773015

Everything we write may not appeal to every audience and we’re okay with that! We’re bloggers too, so we know not every genre appeals to every reader, but we try to write inclusively, with more than one marginalized group in mind, so we hope that shows, and that we always learn from past hiccups!

We’ll try to have all the tabs updated with the appropriate information on them soon! We’ll even write about our spooky new release coming soon!

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