Black History Month – 6 Black Authors You’ve Been Missing Out On
It’s Black history month, and after a year that highlighted the appreciation of Black effort, or lack thereof, we’re taking a moment, for a month, to highlight all the Black books and authors that deserve attention all year long, but will especially get it this February.
We have best book lists, Black authored book announcements, interviews, and more in store for this month, and we can’t wait to get started.
First up on the list are these 6 Black authors you’ve most likely been missing out on. Luckily, the Fox is here to change that. Almost all of these are indies, but have incredible track records that have been overlooked. They have always deserved your attention, but this month we’re highlighting them especially. If your TBR has lacked Black titles, get ready to be filled to the brim, because these six authors have been writing while you weren’t looking. A lot. And they’re just getting started.
1. Jessica Cage
This author has published many books we feel the world has gone too long without acknowledging. Even so, she’s a USA Today best-selling author, and has two books coming out this year alone. If you didn’t know about her before, now you do. And you have a plethora of fantasy series of hers to read. You’re welcome. She writes about jinns, sirens, demi-gods, and more. She has everything from vanilla magical reads to spicy red-hot fantasy. We have linked below her most reviewed book on Amazon, the start of the Sirens series. But there’s so much of her work to see, you’d be better off checking out her author page on Amazon to pick from among her amazing titles.
A Siren for a mother, A Warlock for a father, and a Family tree that wants her dead…
Snatched off the street and drugged, Syrinada wakes strapped to a bed with a predator in the next room. At that moment, a side of her, she never knew existed emerges. While relieved to be free, she finds herself plagued by questions she can’t answer.
When Malachi—a longtime friend—witnesses her tapping into this unknown power, he steps in to help. Soon she realizes he knows far more about her heritage than he lets on. After diving into secrets of the past, mounting truths of fin and scales challenge everything Syrinada thought she knew.
Despite Malachi’s warning to stay hidden, the call of her newfound heritage is a strong one.
Can Syrinada deny her welling urges? Or will the ravenous darkness closing in consume her?
“Author Jessica Cage delivers a knockout African American fantasy in Siren’s Call! This is one sizzling mermaid adventure sure to leave readers gasping!”
Siren’s Call is a Reader’s Favorite 5-star read and Silver Medal Winner! Grab your copy today!
2. Ashia Monet
This author is talked about, but not nearly enough. Black Veins, which came out in 2019, has everything you could ask for in an urban fantasy. Magic, Black and queer rep, and a road trip. It’s the first in the Dead Magic series, and we can’t wait for the sequel! She also has a patreon where you can gain access to her short stories and excerpts from her future projects. All is linked below.
The Black Veins
In a world where magic thrives in secret city corners, a group of magicians embark on a road trip—and it’s the “no-love-interest”, found family adventure you’ve been searching for.
Sixteen-year-old Blythe is one of seven Guardians: magicians powerful enough to cause worldwide panic with a snap of their fingers. But Blythe spends her days pouring latte art at her family’s coffee shop, so why should she care about having apocalyptic abilities?
She’s given a reason when magician anarchists crash into said coffee shop and kidnap her family.
Heartbroken but determined, Blythe knows she can’t save them alone. A war is brewing between two magician governments and tensions are too high. So, she packs up her family’s bright yellow Volkswagen, puts on a playlist, and embarks on a road trip across the United States to enlist the help of six strangers whose abilities are unparalleled—the other Guardians.
3. Porsha Deun
This author came out with her first book in 2018 and has put out three other books since, with more in the works. She writes Black erotica, but has plans to broaden her range out into kids books, fantasy, and more. This is an author with range. To start with, we’ve linked below her most popular title, which is the start of the Love Lost series. Again, you’re welcome.
The one that got away. That’s what Alise hoped went through Jaylen’s head whenever he thought about her. Years after he broke her heart, Alise still wanted him back in every way, or at least she thinks she does. Alise is sent on an emotional whirlwind when she finds out that Jaylen wants her back too.
Trust issues, insecurities, and past hurts are all hurdles Alise and Jaylen know they will have to work through. What they weren’t expecting was the number of people willing to do whatever it takes to tear the apart, especially one from within Alise’s inner circle.
What is Alise willing to lose in order to have the love she’s always wanted?
4. J. B. Vample
This author has not one, not two, but nine books in her College Life 101 series. In a time where we always see high school dramas but the time between graduation and entering the workforce is often ignored, it’s refreshing to see a series centered around five Black women and their journey through their four years of college at Paradise Valley University. Here’s the first in the series. This one should keep you for a while.
When it comes to life, class is always in session
Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone.
Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control.
These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.
5. Alechia Dow
This author is traditionally published, but she debuted just as the quarantine hit, and it seems like she’s always dancing just outside of popular best reads lists, so we’ll do it for her. The Sound of Stars is an amazing soft read about music, Black girls, and aliens. Not to mention a road trip. Black sci-fi reads are so hard to come by and we’re glad Alechia is working to fix that. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.
Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves pop music work together to save humanity? A beautiful and thrilling debut novel for fans of Marie Lu and Veronica Roth.
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.
Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie still keeps a secret library.
When young Ilori commander M0Rr1S finds Ellie’s library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more.
Humanity’s fate rests in the hands of an alien Ellie should fear, but M0Rr1S has a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous journey with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
6. Storm Song
This author specializes in spicy fantasy. Vampires, witches, bounty hunters, she’s got everything. And it’s all red-hot. If you’re looking for fantasy with a tang to it, you need to check her books out. We’ve included her most popular title on Amazon below for you, which is the first in the Vampire Trials series. It’s highly rated and has an absolutely stunning cover. Storm Song does not disappoint.
Drax. Colt. Finn.
The three vampire bad boys that have been terrorizing the night life of this city since they were old enough to know what a party was. On top of being insanely rich and handsomely supernatural there’s one more thing that makes them untouchable- they’re next in line to rule this city.
For the last hundred years humans have been at the bottom of the food chain since the rise of supernaturals, and in our city vampires rule the roost.
Divided into three different triads, each section of the city has a vampire governor who is fit to do as he pleases.
Drax, Colt, and Finn are next in line for those thrones.
To keep their subjects in line every five years they do a purge where every adult man is fair game for any vampire to feed on for twenty-four hours. To determine which triads need to participate in the purge and which one will be exempt, three people from each triad are summoned to partake in a sick and twisted game to survive. The winner gets to guarantee safety for their community.
The losers die.
For years I had kept my head down, followed every triad law, and focused on keeping my mother alive. But an announcement that women will now be included in the summoning turns my world upside down.
The first person to be summoned from triad three is me.
I came into this prepared to fight for my life, but what I didn’t expect was the city’s supernatural playboys’ attraction to me.
In the Vampire Trials only one thing matters to me- getting home to my mom. And when I say I’d do anything to get there, I mean it.
But piece by piece the trials chip away at who I thought I was and what I thought I knew about supernaturals.
The worst part? I love it.
But wait, there’s more! If you’re looking for more slept on Black authors, you need to check out https://www.melaninlibrary.com/ for exclusively Black titles of all genres, and Jessica Cage’s page Celebrating POC authors here: https://www.jessicacage.com/blog/categories/pocauthorsinfantasy
Making sure Black and marginalized authors get the recognition they deserve means supporting them in their independent ventures as well as their traditionally published ones. Add these books to your goodreads, share them on social media, talk about them with interested friends, all of which is free support that helps these creators a lot.
And you always have your local neighborhood Fox serving out the best of them for you to choose from *fox emoji*