Happy Book Birthday to A SONG BELOW WATER, YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN, and A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN -- Please Purchase From Black-Owned Bookstores!

Happy Book Day to...

A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow, YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN by Leah Johnson, and A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A. Brown!

This week, let's purchase these three books (or check them out at our library if we can't buy them -- mine has virtual copies of all three of these that I could download right now!) and help them get to the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Support Black Authors and raise up their voices, especially this week.

Even better, purchase the books (and any others you might want) from Black-Owned bookstores such as my local Philadelphia stores Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books or Harriett's Bookshop, or one of these 124 Black-Owned bookstores! If an indie bookstore you wish to support is closed (As both the Philly stores are; we're still on lockdown during the pandemic), using Bookshop.org will give the stores a portion of the proceeds and help fund them while they can't operate normally!

From my upcoming Instagram post later this week. 

There is something for everyone here. YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN is a perfect way to start off Pride Month, taking place at high school and revolving around important teen moments such as prom and applying for college scholarships. A SONG BELOW WATER features mermaids, is full of magic realism, and also brimming with social justice. A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN will take you away from our reality and into a brand-new realm inspired by West African Folklore!

Check out the full summaries below and help promote these new releases. 
Black Lives Matter, Black Authors Matter. 
Not just today, but yesterday and all of our tomorrows. Let's help boost their voices and consume their stories, not just our own.
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Author: Bethany C. Morrow
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she's also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she's also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

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Author: Leah Johnson
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down . . . until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?
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Author: Roseanne A. Brown
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Balzer + Bray // HarperCollins

The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?