Ep #102

This week Meka hosts the podcast with guest Melinda as we discuss romance as a method for educating yourself including the rewards of diversifying your TBR


> MEKA WHITE (she/her) is the voice behind BookAbility.me where she writes about her adventures in reading romance and being visually impaired. Meka loves pushing books and can’t wait to share her favorites with you. When she’s not reading, Meka also enjoys singing and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her guide dog, Treble. Follow her on Twitter @MekTastic


> MELINDA UTENDORF (she/her) was that child reading Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High books with a flashlight until 2 a.m. and checking out stacks of books from the library every week. After getting sick of ‘important’ books in her English degree classes, she turned to romance and HEAs and hasn’t looked back since. Melinda spends her time doing puzzles, listening to podcasts, and helping as admin for @RomanceSparksJoy. When she’s not busy with all of that, she’s a freelance editor or talking about books as @MelindaEdits


> “Melinka” is Meka and Melinda’s cute portmanteau

> WOC in Romance (http://www.wocinromance.com/) is a fantastic website which catalogs new romance releases written by women of color on a weekly basis. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @WOCinRomance

> The Book Queen (http://www.tbqsbookpalace.com/) is a great blog for romance book reviews and daily ebook deals. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @The_Book_Queen

> @Lillie_80 is a professional proof-reader who also provides additional literary services to authors like creating series bibles (https://lilliesls.wordpress.com/)

> Title: A Sweet Way to Freedom (From the anthology The Brightest Day)
Author: Piper Huguley
Relation to theme: Teacher MC
Representation: Black author, Black MCs
Content Warnings: Pregnancy
Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25175753-the-brightest-day

> Title: Better Off Red
Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Relation to theme: Student MCs
Representation: Black author, Queer MC
Content Warnings: Death, mention of rape, car accident
Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10161265-better-off-red

> Title: Vows
Author: Rochelle Alers
Relation to theme: Discovery through reading
Representation: Black author, Black MCs
Content Warnings: none
Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1179472.Vows

> Rochelle Alers presented an award at the 2019 RWA RITA Awards ceremony and her presentation can be seen in this video of the ceremony at approximately 42:18 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4uqBSIuZbQ)

> The 2019 RWA RITA Awards ceremony also included a “Romance Trailblazers” feature that can be viewed on the RWA website, which included Rochelle Alers (https://www.rwa.org/Online/Awards/RITA/romance_trailblazers.aspx)

> Title: Wicked Sweet
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Relation to theme: Student MC
Representation: Queer author, Queer MCs, ADHD
Content Warnings: none
Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42396347-wicked-sweet

> Which #InclusiveRomance favorites of yours did we miss? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram @RomBkPod

Happy Reading!

Music: “Lift Off” by Jahzzar
From the Free Music Archive
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