My Funny Valentine: Romance In Color Feature

LaTessa Montgomery

 

Exciting news!  I’m the featured author for RomanceInColor!  Not only that, but I’m the special Valentine’s  feature for the rest of the month.  See, I told all you doubters I was actually sweet….well, sometimes… LOL

Stop by and check out me out.  I’m discussing all sorts of things, including some of my favs, personal inspiration & thoughts behind my debut short story, Found Rhythm, and all sorts of Valentine’s Day thoughts, including who my dream celebrity date is. 🙂

You know you wanna check it out!  While you’re there, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a paperback copy of Seven Dress Sizes!

Good luck!

 

 
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State of the Industry: African American Romance

LaTessa MontgomeryWith it being Black History Month, I wanted to spark a bit of conversation about a genre I’ve loved since the mid 1990’s:  African American romance.  I’ve seen its popularity grow over the years, but it’s still not at the level of its mainstream counterparts.

Today, I am over at Savvy Authors sharing my thoughts about African American romance, its place in today’s market, & its possible place in the future and what this means for writers and readers of this genre.

Head on over and join in on the discussion.  I’ll see you over there. 🙂

Romance Slam Jam 2014

Romance Slam JamI know it’s early, but it’s about that time!  Romance Slam Jam (RSJ) 2014 will be held in The Big Easy!

Yup, you read that right!  RSJ 2014, the preeminent event for readers and writers of African American romance and fiction, will be taking place in THE melting pot of good music, flavorful food, and diverse culture.  I’m telling you about it now you so can put it on your radar. I’m definitely in for a trip to New Orleans and the opportunity to meet some of my fav AA authors.

Head on over to the conference website for registration details and an early program overview.  Oh, and there are discounts for early registration and for groups of 5 or more!

Hope to see you there next year!

 

RSJ Flyer 2014

 

Here is the early event flyer, but it is sure to get updated as new authors sign on and plans cement, so be sure to check with RSJ often for updates.

Sunset for Ms. Francis Ray

Francis Ray, LaTessa MontgomeryToday, I learned Francis Ray, NY Times and USA Today best selling author of AA romance and fiction, has passed away.  I am incredibly saddened by this news.  I’m honored to have met Ms. Ray several times over the years. She was always gracious, always smiling, and always had time to share a pearl or two of wisdom with me.

My first time meeting her was back in 2008. She was in town on a book signing tour and agreed to let me interview her for RIC.  I sat off quietly to the side (well, as quiet as I can be) with my notebook and camera and watched her interact with her fans (some of whom had driven a couple of hours to see her) for as long as they were there.  And every time I ran into after that, she always had that lovely smile of hers on and gave me a hug.

Ms. Ray, I will always remember you for the kind and gentle soul I knew you to be.  I’ve enjoyed your work over the years and have doubly enjoyed introducing your titles to those that had not heard of you, and getting them hooked. 🙂

You will be missed Ms. Ray.