8.25.2010

Black woman and Native American romance?

Update - Here is one link to a list of Black woman - Asian and/or Native American man books at Amazon.com

I'm going to give these a try:
1) Come with Me by J.S. Hawley
2) Chayton's Tempest by Aliyah Burke
3) The Westmoreland Books 1-5 by Brenda Jackson (I don't know if her books fall into our category, but it appears as though she takes good care of her characters, so I'm going to Kindle her first five books for only $11.99.

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I know I should be working or at least doing something productive. Instead, I clicked over to Amazon.com in search of books. I wasn't particularly looking for the Black Woman/Native American theme, but when it popped into my mind, I did a search.

I found M. Lee's Nights of Desire and... well... let's try an experiment. Based on the summary below, would you buy this book? Please understand that I am not attempting to bash Miss Lee. My main goal is to discuss black women and love. First things first though.



Nine years after the death of her fiancé shattered her hopes of love, marriage and kids, thirty-year-old Tempest Marshall feels her biological clock ticking away. Afraid she will never love again, she decides to become a single mother -- giving her child her dead lover's name. Her plan to carefully choose a stranger to father her child is upset when the morning after the annual office party she wakes naked in her boss's bed.

Layton Grayhawk has been impatiently waiting until time and circumstances finally contrive to land the woman of his fantasies just where he wants her -- in his arms and bed. Just as things finally seem on track for him to claim her as his own, she reveals her plans -- plans that threaten to tear the two apart.

26 comments:

  1. to be honest, i won't buy this book. it sounds too typical, like something i've read before. i was a huge fan of romance novels when i was a teenager and though now i'm more into speculative fiction, i still read a lot of romance novels particularly interracial ones. most of the interracial romance novels i've read feature black women and white men. i have a few with black women and Asian men but i don't think i've read any with black women and Native American men...that's interesting.

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  2. it sounds like one of the CNN headlines about desperate black women

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  3. It sounds a bit too much like the romance/comedy films that pop up on HBO in the middle of the day when nothing else is on lol. It actually makes me think of the new movie "The Switch" with Jen Aniston. I might pick up the book, if I was craving a romance novel...

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  4. I'd just skip to sex scenes, skim 'em, and then place the book back on the shelf.

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  5. At eccentricyoruba: Okay, would you please share some of the romance novels involving black women and asian males with me...I'm looking for something a little different other than black & white interracial couples, Italians and so forth...haven't read any Asian and Black female novels yet....so hey share a few, if you don't mind? Peachez916

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  6. If you Google "Blasian Novels" a whole list of them on Amazon pops up.

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  7. The first thing I thought was, "Why didn't she just go to a sperm bank?"

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  8. @Ankh
    If you Google "Blasian Novels" a whole list of them on Amazon pops up.

    Good lookin' out. I now have several books on my list to buy, including yours. (yay!) It's so nice to have another type of IR to read that doesn't involve a WM and a BW. It seems as if the AM/BW pairing is really picking up steam. Nice.

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  9. @ Cinnamon

    I now have several books on my list to buy, including yours.

    I'm waiting for my copy of "Ebony Eyes." Go easy on "Folklore". I wrote that a looooooong time ago and had to cut out a bunch of important parts.

    It's so nice to have another type of IR to read that doesn't involve a WM and a BW. It seems as if the AM/BW pairing is really picking up steam. Nice.

    My interview with Sam Cacas is going to blow your mind.

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  10. @eccentricyoruba and modest-goddess

    I'm with you. Long before I read the comments, the summary had me wanting to run kicking and screaming from the room tearing my hair out. Nine years? One night stand? Failing to recognize that the man cared for her? Failing to act upon his affections? Good gods, no!!! I'm already skittish enough about romance novels and desperate women of ANY color/ethnicity.

    I can't help but wonder how many of these novels are written by people who've actually been one half of a blasian romance. Not just a humping session, but a full blown relationship. I fear many of the blasian relationships will be interchangeable with the black/"white" pairing or even a all-"white" pairing.

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  11. @Everyone

    I decided to be more open-minded about this romance novel thing, so I'm going to invest in the works of a couple of sisters and give it a try. See... I can be flexible! :D I updated the original post with a link to a list of Blasian stories at Amazon. I chose the books I intend to buy because it appears as though these writers take good care of their characters and that is very important to me.

    The Husband is going to kill me!!!

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  12. Those sound interesting enough for me to be more than curious. . .

    http://blackwomanasianman.wordpress.com

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  13. I've read a few of Brenda Jackson's books and she's solid. Her characters are well fleshed out and her plots are well written.

    I have to check out this series. I've been meaning to buy a kindle for ages. Will be buying one this month. Hooray!

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  14. Btw, ladies, this reminds me...we need a thread for "Blasian Lit". Anyone want to volunteer to compile the first list (including links)?

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  15. the easiest way to find these types of romance novels is through Google as Ankhesen Mié suggested. i've read No Ordinary Love, A Drummer's Beat to Mend, Gold Mountain (i really recommend this one) and most of Shiree McCarver's works, you can find all these books at the Amazon link. i like to joke that i've read all the Blasian romance novels out there (i know that i haven't).

    @Hateya i've also read Come with Me by J.S Hawley. it was just okay but not special or memorable. i don't think most of these stories are written by people who have actually being part of a Blasian relationship for example 'A Drummer's Beat to Mend' was actually written by a white woman. i believe these stories would be interchangeable with black/white pairings if emphasis is not placed on culture and cultural differences. most of these novels actually address cultural differences so i guess they are okay.

    @Ankhesen Mié i like the idea of a 'Blasin Lit' thread and i wouldn't mind helping out with compiling lists!

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  16. opps i meant 'Blasian Lit'

    another thought, most of the Blasian romance novels out there have heros that are either Chinese or Japanese, there's one book other there with a Pakistani hero but i've seen none with heros of other Asian nationalities, i wonder why.

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  17. @ eccentricyoruba

    I've sent you an author invite so you can post here. You also appear to be something of an historian (read your most recent blog post), so feel free to post that information here as well.

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  18. thanks Ankhesen Mié, i'm just a history nerd and i'm working on cross posting it here right now.

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  19. @Sam

    Which stories pique your interest?

    @Lenoxave

    The Kindle is too addictive, especially after I learned how to work the damned thing. I downloaded 10 of Brenda's books (#6 - #10 by accident- this can be undone easily). I love how she fleshes out characters and as a cognitive psychologist I'm quite appreciative of how she respects lust as a perfectly natural emotion that should not be steeped in shame. Her writing style makes it easy to skip over the romance when it gets too be too much; therefore, I'm fairly happy with the series. I also didn't return the books because I'd seen your support of her work.

    @eccentricyoruba

    I don't mind that Hawley's work isn't memorable or special. I've found redeeming qualities in every book I've ever read, even Dan Brown's plagiarized Da Vinci Code, which to date is the only book I've ever thrown in the garbage. Only tree-hugger guilt forced me to retrieve it. I'm sure I gifted it to some unsuspecting soul.

    I'm reluctant to place trust in the cut/paste ethnicity e authors is because I know very little about Asian-Americans and I'd rather be educated (even on this limited level) by someone who has legitimately been one-half of a blasian relationship.

    Regarding the neglect of other Asian men - Hollywood has neglected them as well. Perhaps it's as simple as a lack of knowledge and/or interest. Many of those men are also dark; therefore, writing about them probably can't satisfy those who require a significant contrast in skin colors. I have been trying to bake The Husband to obtain the vaunted golden hue I've read about. It isn't working. He's just getting browner and hotter. ;)

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  20. @ Hateya

    The Kindle is too addictive, especially after I learned how to work the damned thing.

    Mmmhmm. Kindle be deadly.

    I'm reluctant to place trust in the cut/paste ethnicity e authors is because I know very little about Asian-Americans and I'd rather be educated (even on this limited level) by someone who has legitimately been one-half of a blasian relationship.

    I tend to agree.


    Regarding the neglect of other Asian men - Hollywood has neglected them as well. Perhaps it's as simple as a lack of knowledge and/or interest. Many of those men are also dark; therefore, writing about them probably can't satisfy those who require a significant contrast in skin colors.


    Fascinating. Annoying, because the dark caramel men from the East are fine. I had a crush on Dante Basco (and Ernie Reyes Jr.) of epic proportions.

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  21. @Ankhesen

    I tend to agree.

    Kei Swanson proved both of our points. Foul!!!

    Fascinating. Annoying, because the dark caramel men from the East are fine.

    Yes, they are!!! I think one of the Westmoreland books I attempted to read featured a sista and a fine sheik!!

    Oh yes... the Kindle do be deadly! I despise reading on my laptops. I love physical books and Kindle is the next best thing.

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  22. I would just like to say that I appreciate your web-site for showing that other relationships exsist for black women instead of black/white relationships. There are quite a few romance books on black women and native american men from marilyn lee. Her web-site is www.marilynlee.org and they are listed under interracial romances. These are very good books with beautiful endings. I am not being racist when I say this but a lot of black women get tired of black/white romances because it makes us seem as if no other men of a different race would be interested in a black woman, which is not true. Also black women are interested in other men such as native american, asian, latino and middle eastern men, and not always white men. There need to be more books out there about these relationships because they do exist. It will also make society more believing that black women can be loved by men of other races other than a white man.

    sincerely

    blackindian

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  23. "but a lot of black women get tired of black/white romances because it makes us seem as if no other men of a different race would be interested in a black woman, which is not true."

    *raises hand* That's all me. If I followed the media like gospel, I'd think our only options were literally Black or White.

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  24. @BlackIndian,

    There need to be more books out there about these relationships because they do exist. It will also make society more believing that black women can be loved by men of other races other than a white man.

    I agree. There needs to be more stories and more discussions along these lines; however, these books aren't going to sway society because American is what it is. These books will only bring happiness and peace of mind to those who are either already on this journey or intending to undertake it. One of the pieces I'm plotting involves a Black woman/Lakota man and their offspring. I'll probably share a prequel story regarding the couple with everyone at the end of the year.

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  25. I would love to read your story about a Lakota Man/Black Woman relationship because I am in one! Can't wait to see the prequel!

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