8 Black Indie Authors on TikTok to Follow and Support
We’re here with another Black History Month post!
When it comes to marketing, authors have to be creative about how they present themselves on social media to bring attention to their novels. So far, they’ve used blogs, Twitter, Facebook, even Instagram. And as TikTok has risen in popularity, we’ve been surprised to find so many indie authors finding their niche on the platform!
However, as with almost any other platform, finding the Black indie authors can be difficult. But once we found them, we were glad to see several of them had excellent stats, and their novels deserve to be on your TBR lists, especially this month.
We were extremely excited to find these talented authors garnering so much attention on TikTok, and we highly encourage you all to support them if you have an account. In addition to promoting their books, they also post relatable content for writers, goofy skits, and gripes about being taken seriously in their fields (steamy romance, Black rep, etc).
Here are eight authors that you may not have known about that have risen in the ranks on TikTok and merit your attention.
1. Jessica Cage
Jessica Cage has over 78k followers on TikTok and over 800k likes across all of her videos. She’s a USA Today best selling author, and primarily writes fantasy books with characters of color. She has quite literally over a dozen titles under her belt, but just one of her more popular titles includes Jinn: An AA Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy (Djinn Rebellion Book 1)
Jinn: An AA Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
In a post-apocalyptic world, the earth is divided and magic rules all.
For centuries, Jinn watched from afar as the powers-that-be fought to stake their claim to sectors of the world. Out of equal parts fear and respect of the notorious loner, the djinn’s wishes to remain a neutral party in this melee are honored. Yet everything changes when his old friend, Mike, presents Jinn with a startling truth.
The love he thought he’d lost forever is still alive.
Mike wants his people freed from the slums and only Jinn has the ability to make that happen. Armed with a map to the location of the djinn’s beloved, Mike is prepared to embark on a quest to the darkest corner of the earth to find her, in exchange for Jinn rescuing his Slither kind.
With Jinn back in the game, the shift of power is palpable within the supernatural community. Alliances are tested, and unease crackles through the staked domains. One thing is painfully clear: Jinn will go to hell and back for the woman he loves, and he’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way. While love is his motivation, the djinn soon discovers he has far more to fight for.
Fans of gripping, urban fantasy adventures are sure to love the Djinn Rebellion Series, written by USA Today Best-Selling Author Jessica Cage!
2. J.B. Vample
J.B. Vample has over 4k followers on TikTok and over 49k likes across all of her videos. She’s the author of “The College Life Series” novels, a series of NA contemporary novels featuring Black young women facing their four years in college. We’ll start you off with the first volume.
College Life 101: Freshman Orientation
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.
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/College-Life-101-Freshman-Orientation/dp/0996981705/
3. Mel Dau
Mel Dau has over 12k followers on TikTok and over 110k likes across all of her videos. She writes romance and fantasy and has several titles available. One of her most popular releases just came out; Summers’ Howl, which reached #1 Amazon bestseller for new releases in Black and African American Fantasy Fiction.
Just when you thought Claire Summers’ story is over, it has just begun. Finding out that her family tradition
has now extended to her, she has to make the adjustment in her life when she returns to Forks,
Washington. As the manager of her father Alo’s Casino, she is placed in a position of power that she never wanted and more importantly is not ready for. Will her father’s hiring of an out-of-town security firm be the answer to her reservations or will it be more problematic? Not just on a career level but a romantic
level as well. Will Claire be able to get her life back after her mayor fail in Columbia, South Carolina or will
it be the same story, different city, and state?
Mason Lourie is the head of a security firm established by his late father and now run by him and his two brothers Kyle and Kirk Jr. The team has been enlisted by Alo Summers to run all aspects of Security for his casinos in Forks and Port Angeles, Washington. A part of the contract stipulations is they must move to Washington which is a newfound world to this family. A family secret that must be protected will prove difficult in this new setting. When he is assigned to be Claire’s right-hand man, will that be the only
assignment he fulfills, or will his family secret and Claire’s family tradition become the Clash of the Beasts?
Take a ride with Claire on her journey to find herself as a woman and a lover in this explosive paranormal
romance, Summers’ Howl.
4. Sade Rena
Sade Rena has over 6k followers on TikTok and over 40k likes across all of her videos. She writes steamy, diverse romance, and has several titles currently available for preorder.
One of her most popular books on Amazon that’s currently out is Dirty Calls: Dirty Love Duet #1
It all started with the wrong number. I never expected he’d have me calling his name.
New to town and overworked, all she wants is to put herself to sleep, but gets more than she bargains for when she answers a misdialed call. Curiosity takes hold and instead of hanging up, she joins in, enjoying herself way too much. Once satisfied and slightly embarrassed, she ends the call, finding comfort in knowing she’ll never have to hear from him again.
After a long day in the office, he needs a release and is pleasantly surprised when he learns the call to his on again off again fling, is answered by another woman. Intrigued by her boldness and the sensuality of her voice, he rings her line the next day to finish what they started.
This is crazy, right? Of course it is, but against her better judgment, she begins to long for his obsessive nature. An easy choice to make considering they’ve never seen each other and never will. But just as their connections heat up, Jessica learns shocking news that makes this whole affair of dirty calls somewhat forbidden, yet still sexy as hell.
DIRTY CALLS is a steamy BWWM accidental romance novella and is book one in the Dirty Love Duet. This story was previously published in the Obsessive Temptations Collection and now includes bonus content.
5. Storm Song
Storm Song has over 134k followers on TikTok and over 1.8M likes across all of her videos. She’s a best-selling author of steamy romantic fantasy, including reverse harems. One of her most popular novels is Vampire Trials: The Summoning: A Reverse Harem Fantasy Novel.
Vampire Trials: The Summoning: A Reverse Harem Fantasy Novel
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.
6. Jasmine Garner
Jasmine Garner has over 10k followers on TikTok and over 100k likes across all of her videos. She’s a steamy romance writer and has several titles available to choose from. One of her popular releases is Mr. January: A Firefighter/Gym Romance.
Mr. January: A Firefighter/Gym Romance
A firefighter with a dark family secret meets a gym owner with a painful past of her own…
Seth cares too deeply. It’s why he’s a great firefighter. It’s also why he can’t get over the morbid scene he just witnessed during his last shift. And then he meets Tisha, who understands the emotional turmoil he’s going through. She ends up saving his life in the most embarrassing way possible, and he can’t get her out of his head.
Tisha can’t think of the last time she’s laughed, yet she’s content with her life. When you’ve experienced indescribable trauma, sometimes good enough is, well, good enough.
She meets Seth and suddenly wants more. But with both of them healing from the darkness in their pasts, a healthy relationship may not be possible. And she’s perfectly fine with rejecting his advances, until she learns that he is Mr. January in a smoking hot firefighter calendar. Suddenly, saying no isn’t as clear-cut as she thought it would be.
Seth’s personal commitments and darkness prove to be too overwhelming to fully give himself to Tisha, although he’s trying his best. But his best may not be good enough.
The logical part of her mind and the broken part of her heart say no, but they’re no match for the fire he kindles within her body.
This BWWM romance is book one in the Hot Boys firefighter series. Each book can be read as a standalone and in any order. No cheating and a guaranteed happily ever after.
Are you ready to step into the fire?
7. Kendra Joyce
Kendra Joyce has over 100k followers on TikTok and over 1.4M likes across her videos. She writes erotica, among which is It’s the Curves for Me, an erotic anthology collection featuring plus-sized protagonists.
It’s The Curves For Me
Sensational, bold, captivating and plus size with dangerous curves to match. Erotic tales is an anthology collection of the hottest escapades of different curvaceous women giving into all their deepest, sexual fantasies in its most illicit form. It’s the curves for me gives you passion and sexy-gritty erotic fiction guaranteed to have you gravitating for more.
8. Eden O’Neill
Eden O’Neill has over 14k followers on TikTok and 145k likes across all of her videos. She writes steamy romance, and one of her most popular titles, They The Pretty Stars is currently an Amazon best seller.
They The Pretty Stars
A town full of secrets. A dark elite.
A girl who crossed the wrong king.
They call them the Court, an elite boys club who rule Windsor Preparatory Academy like gods among men. And, of course, they’re led by Hercules himself.
Royal Prinze–yes, that’s actually his name–walks around both the school and the town like he owns them. His affiliation to the prestigious Court only gives him more clout. These boys do anything they want. They take anything they want, and they f*ck anything they want… in that order.
Then there’s me.
I came to Maywood Heights to live with my virtually indifferent father because my sister went AWOL. She chose to move with him after our father decided to uproot years ago and forget anything related to our late mother. I stayed with our aunt, but my sister and I had always remained close.
She’d never gone off the grid.
The new girl, I arrived at Maywood Heights to find her. The last thing I imagined when enrolling at her school was that she’d be connected to a group like the Court, and boys like Royal. She’s nothing like them and so much better than Royal and his elitist attitude…
So, why then are they saying he’s her best friend?
Warning: This enemies-to-lovers, high school romance contains some dark themes and light bullying. The book is not a standalone and is book one in a four-part series of full-length novels. Royal Prinze is the only hero of this tale… good luck getting him to share.