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The Colors of Love


After years in which the romance fiction field was dominated by caucasian writers and characters, the publishing industry in the past 10 years has greatly expanded the number of romance novels which are written by authors of other ethnicities and featuring lead characters from non-caucasian backgrounds. Specific publishing lines, such as Arabesque, BET and Kensington/Pinnacle have cropped up to meet the increased interest in multi-cultural romance publishing. The following is a listing of romance fiction written by authors (and featuring protagonists) with an African-American background. This list also incorporates the recently popular category of Urban Romance, also frequently written by African-American authors.

Selected Fiction Titles

(see also: Other titles by these authors)

Bad Men and Wicked Women – Eric Jerome Dickey
Material Girl – Keisha Ervin
Show & Tell – Nelson George
His Sexy Bad Habit – Sheris Hodges
Forbidden – Beverly Jenkins
My Fine Lady – Yolanda Joe
No Shade – K’Wan
Flash House – Aimee Liu
How Stella Got Her Groove Back – Terry McMillan
If I Can’t Have You – Mary B. Morrison
What’s Done in Darkness – Kayla Perrin
The Wedding – Dorothy West

Suggested Fiction Authors

Rochelle Alers
Kianna Alexander
Bridget Anderson
Ilona Andrews
Ashley & Jaquavis
Angela Benson
Tyrone Bentley
Venise Berry
Phyllis Bourne
Connie Briscoe
Mary Calmes (all eBook)
Bebe Moore Campbell
Naomi Chase
Wahida Clark
Pearl Cleage
Alyssa Cole
Zuri Day
Eric Jerome Dickey
Keisha Ervin
Valerie Flournoy
Bette Ford
Gwynne Forster
Michele Grant
Shirley Hailstock
Suyin Han
E. Lynn Harris
Donna Hill
Brenda Jackson
Beverly Jenkins
Margaret Johnson-Hodge
Christina Jones
Sandra Kitt
Kim Louise  — Nebraska Author!
Nana Malone
Felicia Mason
Bernice L. McFadden
Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Terry McMillan
Rebel Miller
Mary B. Morrison
Jacqueline Powell
Francis Ray
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Farrah Rochon
Melanie Schuster
Janice Sims
Maureen Smith
Jacquelin Thomas
Erica Simone Turnipseed
Omar Tyree
Margie Walker
Valerie Wilson Wesley
Chassie West
Synithia Williams
Ruth Wind (a.k.a. Barbara Samuel— Nebraska Author!
Genesis Woods

And a few authors not in our collection…

Robin Allen
Robyn Amos
Bridget Anderson
Jane Archer
Nefertiti Austin
Angela Benson
Bertice Berry
Anita Richmond Bunkley
Loure Bussey
Adrianne Byrd
Francine Craft
Anita Doreen Diggs
Lynn Emery
Leslie Esdaile
Suzanne Falter-Barnes
Cheryl Faye
Arthur Flowers
Carla Fredd
Roberta Gayle
Monique Gilmore
Layle Giusto
Carmen Green
Gay G. Gunn
Monica Jackson
Doris Johnson
Marcia King-Gamble
Jake Lamar
Anna Larence
Shelby Lewis
Marcus Major
Raynetta Mañees
Gail McFarland
Rosalyn McMillan
C.C. Medina
Chinelu Moore
M. Louise Quezada
Karen E. Quinones-Miller
Evelyn Palfrey
Candice Poarch
Adrienne Ellis Reeves
Mildred Riley
Jane Gilmore Rushing
Rebecca Ryman
Sonia Seerani
Janice Sims
Eboni Snoe
Niqui Stanhope
Barbara Stephens
Simona Taylor
Jacquelin Thomas
Tracey Tillis
Erica Simone Turnipseed
Marilyn Tyner
Patricia Vaughn
Linda Walters
Carl Weber
Chassie West
Amanda Wheeler
Amberlina Wicker
Crystal Wilson-Harris
Shawn Wong

Interested in more information about African-American romance writing? Check out the Web site It’s All About Love.

Printed List February 1999 bwc
Updated and expanded for the Web February 2005 sdc / Last updated February 2018 sdc
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