17 Mocha Girl Romances + Romance Is In The Air Giveaway

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We could all use some happily ever afters, so I put together a list of  17 new romance novels written by or about mocha girls dropping in 2017. Scroll to the bottom to enter to win either:


1.  Back To Your Love by Kianna Alexander


This new series follows line brothers who pledged Theta Delta Theta fraternity in college and the women  they fall in love with. I’m reading this now and if you are from North Carolina you will so appreciate this book. Release Date: April 4th 2017






2. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole


A former slave and British  spy go undercover together  in Richmond, VA to spy for the Union Army during The Civil War. Release Date: March 28th 2017







3. To Me I Wed by K.M. Jackson


Fed up with marriage expectations Lily Perry decides to marry herself. Chef Vincent Caro thinks she is crazy, but he also think she might be everything he’s ever wanted. Release Date: April 25th 2017






4.  The Left of Love by Love Blevin


In Belvin’s new series an overindulged suburban princess meets an aspiring entertainer from the inner city. Release Date January 1st 2017.







5. Winter Wonderland by B. Fel


A winter time short story collection. Release Date: January 8th 2017.







6. The One Missing Piece by Alida Alana


Unfinished business and regret leads a woman to her ex-fiance’s Brooklyn book signing. Release Date: January 5, 2017.








7. He Said, She Said by Danielle Burton


A Hollywood scandal forces Carlie DuBois back home to Honeywell, Alabama where she meets a blast from her past. Release Date: January 3, 2017







8. Playing by the Rules by Reese Ryan


Meredith Jones risks it all when she starts falling for her ex boyfriend’s older brother. Release Date: January 3, 2017






9.  How to Steal the Lawman’s Heart by Kathy Douglass


A widowed police chief gets his second chance at love. Release Date: January 17th 2017







10. Breathless by Beverly Jenkins


An Old West story from historical romance legend Beverly Jenkins. Release Date: January 31st 2017







11. Ante Up by Christina C. Jones


A dark, suspenseful contemporary Las Vegas romance. Release Date: Jan. 31st  2017







12. Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson


Reformed bad boy Striker Jenning’s latest assignment is to protect Margo Connelly.






13. The Inheritance by Rochelle Alers


In this new series a group of friends leave their bustling lives in Manhattan to open an inn in New Orleans. Release Date: February 28th 2017






14. Lessons That Taught Love by G.L. Thomas


A soldier returns to his small town a changed man. Can he find happiness with a woman with secrets of her own ? G.L. Thomas  is a pen name for the sisters behind the Twinjas book blog.






15.  A Pleasing Temptation by Deborah Fletcher Mello

Kamaya Bordeaux secretly own a lucrative male strip club and falls for Wesley Walter–an infamous stripper who stepped out the limelight to climb the corporate ladder. Kimani has a lot of books releasing  in 2017 and I picked this one mostly because it reminded me of Jada Pinkett Smith’s character in Magic Mike XXL. Release Date: March 21, 2017






16. Hot on Ice by Various Authors


This hockey anthology has 18 stories about the players of the New Orleans Cajun Rage hockey team and features quite a few  black romance authors including Robin Covington, Xio Axelrod and Nana Malone. Release Date: March 21, 2017 (The Kindle pre-order is only .99 !)






17. To Marry a Prince by AC Arthur


An LA hairstylist meets a Caribbean Prince and add a little more melanin to the term royal wedding. Release Date: May 1st 2017






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Top Children Book Trends for 2017

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How great is your book-sense for child literacy? Sourcing new books to keep children excited about their imagination can be challenging so we are here to introduce and reacquaint you with some of this years go-to books to keep the momentum going. To keep our I Love Reading Month going, here is a little support. [Read more…]

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MGR Reading Challenge: 2017 Book Bingo Rec List II

This year Mocha Girls Read book club is doing a Book Bingo Reading Challenge.  There will be one bingo card from January 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017.  There is a total of 24 square (1 Free Space) with each square containing a unique genre or description of a book to be read.  Once you fill two (2) lines in the square you get a Bingo.  That is when you can come back here and enter the giveaway.

Here are some book suggestions to help you fill a few of the squares.  Click the covers to go the books Amazon page.  Purchase the book or anything while you are there and a portion of your purchase goes to support the giveaways on this site.

Books With More Than 400 Pages










Pure by Julianna Baggott

A quiet journey for truth in post-apocalyptic Baltimore.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

An 849 page doorstop where an English teacher goes back in time to stop Kennedy’s assassination.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

771 pages follows the journey of how one man came into the possession Carel Fabritius’ The Goldfinch.


Memoir of A Woman


Being Jazz Jennings  by Jazz Jennings

Reality Star and Youtuber Jazz Jennings writes about life as a transgender teen.

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

Jefferson’s life growing up in  post-war wealthy black america

The Taliban Shake Up (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)

A down on her luck journalist heads to The Middle East at the start of the second gulf war.


Part One Of A Series


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A YA re-imagining of four fairy tales with a sci-fi twist

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

In this three book series as blue haired girl finds a doorway to a war-torn alternate universe.

Naked In Death by J.D Robb

One out of a 40+ futuristic crime series  featuring New York City detective, Eve Dallas


Main Character is a POC


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

A seventeen year old Puerto Rican boy searches for happiness at an institute that can make even the worse memories disappear.

The Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

In an alternate version of the 21st  century slavery is still legal  and a runaway slave is conscripted to catch other runaways.

Blackwater Rising by Attica Locke

A fledgling lawyer gets caught up in a thrilling mystery.


A Romance Novel


Dark Needs At Night’s Edge

The ghost of a murdered ballerina  falls for the mad vampire living in her house.

Heated Moments by Phyllis Bourne

A disgraced model ends up in a small town where she falls for the local sheriff.

When A Scot Ties A Knot

A bookish British heiress discovers the fake fiance she made up is a real  person.


New York Times Bestseller


The Sun Is Also Star by Nicola Yoon

A day in the life of an interracial teen couple and all the little coincidences that throw them in the right place at the wrong time.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A historical novel set in France during World War  II.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

A celebrated  Olympic athlete is drafted into the US Air Force during World War II.


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Nominations for March’s Book of the Month: Female Memoir


 Ladies, it’s that time to pick a new book for the month.  The theme for March’s book nominations will be…Female Memoirs (Any book that is a collection of memories by a woman about moments or events in her life.)

Note: If you are nominating a book in a series then only book 1 is allowed. And all nominations should be published in e-book and physical form.

Nominations are from 2/6/17 – 2/12/17

For selecting our book of the month Mocha Girls Read uses a democratic system for monthly selections. What do I need to do? In the comments section below, tell us what you want to read next (author and title).  How many books can I nominate? Just pick 1 title off your TBR (to be read) list. Then what? We will put the list of nominations up for everyone to vote on.  Once the voting is over, the winner will be selected as the book of the month. What if there is a tie? We will put the two books to a head to head competition. The two books will be re-posted and everyone will be able to vote again but only in a 48 hour window of time. When do the nominations start and end? The nominations start today and will close on February 12, 2017 at 11:00pm. Voting will start the next day.

Let us know what you want to read next in the comment section below.

Here are some suggestions.  Click the book covers to read or buy the books on Amazon.

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I Love To Read Month

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February is considered I Love To Read Month for many schools across the country to celebrate and promote reading and literacy.  Because we are Mocha Rockstars, this month is a great way to share all of our fun on a pint-sized level – with the little ones in our lives. [Read more…]

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