Ep #210


This week host Melinda continues our Paranormal & Urban Fantasy theme with special guest author Chencia C. Higgins as they discuss the scarcity of inclusive paranormal romance


> 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

> ANA COQUI (she/her) A lifelong genre reader, Ana grew up reading fantasy, sci-fi & mystery novels in Puerto Rico, before finally wandering into the romance section of the library in search of HEA’s after bawling through one too many dystopian novels. When she is not reading, knitting, writing about romance for Love in Panels or running #RomBkLove on Twitter as @anacoqui, Ana is a school librarian


CHENCIA C. HIGGINS (she/her) Chencia C. Higgins is just a girl from Texas who writes stories in which Black women are loved out loud. In 2019 she won an RSJ Emma award for her debut paranormal romance, Janine: His True Alpha. She resides in Houston with her family. You can visit Chencia’s website at www.therealchencia.com or follow her on Twitter @therealchencia and on Instagram @ohchencia



NOTE: These notes include affiliate links to Bookshop.org and Amazon.com to support the RBP transcript project

NOTE: This episode was recorded in mid-October during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020

> Meka was not able to join us this month, but she sends her love! Love you, Meka!

> Alyssa Cole recs The Wolves of West Texas

Link: https://twitter.com/therealchencia/status/1215670860373164032

> Beverly Jenkins recs The Wolves of West Texas

Link: https://twitter.com/authorMsBev/status/1261303028696694784

> Title: Janine: His True Alpha (Wolves Of West Texas #1)

Author: Chencia C. Higgins 

Relation to theme: Shifters

Representation: Black, queer author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: slavery references, paranormal violence

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/35aRHdr

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42935975-janine

> Title: Lenora: His Omega Mate (Wolves Of West Texas #2)

Author: Chencia C. Higgins 

Relation to theme: Shifters

Representation: Black, queer author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: slavery references, paranormal violence

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/32qkXeo

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48658876-lenora

> Wolves of West Texas #3 Alicia is due out Dec 7th 2020

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54835448-alicia

> Chencia mentions the Animorphs series as a childhood gateway read to paranormal fiction

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/40442-animorphs

> We love female alphas too!

> Title: The Shifter Bachelor (The Rare & the Unknown #1)

Author: Shai August 

Relation to theme: Shifters

Representation: Black author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: paranormal violence

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2IhMhEJ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42098424-the-shifter-bachelor

> Title: The Cause and the Cure is You

Author: Jessica N. Watkins

Relation to theme: Superhero, urban fantasy

Representation: Black author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: none identified

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/36hLnQF

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35377318-the-cause-and-cure-is-you

NOTE: This is a duet with the HEA at the end of the second book


Kindle: https://amzn.to/3n5lXwG

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39836976-the-cause-and-cure-is-you-2

> Title: Haunted (Eternally Tethered #1)

Author: Christina C. Jones

Relation to theme: Psychic, supernatural

Representation: Black author, black MCs

Content Warnings: none

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3n4BBIt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25174427-haunted

> Melinda and Chencia highly recommend Wonder by Christina C. Jones, a dystopian retelling of Alice in Wonderland, especially the audio

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54545355-wonder

NOTE: This book was previously discussed on the RBP Best of 2019 episode

> Title: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Big Bad Wolf #4)

Author: Charlie Adhara

Relation to theme: Shifters

Representation: White, queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: murder, non-consensual medical procedures, past trauma: child abuse, torture

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2U9ifWq

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50818771-wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing

> Melinda and Ana highly recommend Charlie Adhara’s Big Bad Wolf series 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/226484-big-bad-wolf

NOTE: This series follows a single couple and each book ends with an HFN

> Title: Binding Shadows (Tooth & Spell #1)

Author: Jasmine Silvera

Relation to theme: Witchcraft, shifters

Representation: Black author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: references to parental death off page, death of minor characters, work harassment

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3k9qNak

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49231123-binding-shadows

> The Tooth & Spell series is a prequel to the Grace Bloods series by Jasmine Silvera

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/234986-grace-bloods

> Title: Bear With Me

Author: Lucy Eden

Relation to theme: Shifter

Representation: Black author, bi MC

Content Warnings: animal attack resulting in injuries, fated mates scenario, accidental marking

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3eFpmPC

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48588208-bear-with-me

> Melinda mentions Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert which is another great shifter read

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55517826-mating-the-huntress

> Title: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)

Author: Zoraida Córdova

Relation to theme: Witchcraft

Representation: Latinx, queer author, Latinx, bi MC

Content Warnings: animal death

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/358p94u

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40510987-labyrinth-lost

NOTE: This is YA trilogy with romantic elements

> Book #3 in the Brooklyn Brujas series, Wayward Witch, is on Melinda and Ana’s TBR

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53739717-wayward-witch

> Melinda highly recommends Things Hoped For by Chencia C. Higgins which is NOT paranormal or urban fantasy, but it is an f/f romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53009242-things-hoped-for

> After the recording ended we also discussed another Chencia romance with paranormal elements:

>> Title: An Illicit Seduction

Author: Chencia C. Higgins 

Relation to theme: Supernatural

Representation: Black, queer author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: 

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2U6w87z

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50726461-an-illicit-seduction

> What are your #InclusiveRomance paranormal and urban fantasy favorites? Tag us @RomBkPod or share with us in the comments

Happy Reading!


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