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If You Like Zane…
Try These Authors

book coverZane is an African-American author of erotic fiction, who, after starting in the obscurity of self-publishing, has managed to achieve tremendous success in the field of mainstream erotic romance publishing. Her greatest strengths as a writer are her straight-forward and frank treatments of sex — each and every one of her works features at least one (and often more than one) steamy sex scene. The relationships between her characters can be complicated, and her heroines range in age from their teens to middle-age. The characters are always well-defined, and memorable — usually black, urban professional women, frequently in the Washington D.C. area. They’re not always likeable, but they usually have a character growth arc to experience, in their (often raucous and bawdy) search for love. Zane’s novels deal almost exclusively with the African-American community, and usually have strong subtexts of black culture and history. You will often find social issues addressed in the context of the characters’ lives — abuse, unexpected pregnancy, infidelity, racism. However, Zane isn’t particularly preachy, and most of her novels feature upbeat or happy endings.

Zane’s success in both the self-publishing and maintream publishing fields has caused a literal explosion of African-American themed erotic romances. Mainstream publishers have launched regular series, such as the Arabesque and Kimani “series romance” lines, although these are generally less “steamy” than the average Zane tale. Zane’s success has also contributed to the proliferation of Urban Fiction, characterized by the works of E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey and Omar Tyree — all male authors with the male perspective on the same types of relationships that Zane explores from the female perspective.

Not all of the authors listed here will have the same erotic “steaminess” factor as Zane, however for readers seeking more of Zane’s style of writing, these are all worth trying. The author names (and titles) in the list below are hotlinked to their holdings in our catalog, so that you may check on the availability of their titles in print, audio or downloadable formats.

book coverHome Sweet Home
or other titles by Rochelle Alers

book coverGod’s Gift to Women
or other titles by Michael Baisden

book coverMake You Mine
or other titles by Niobia Bryant

book coverBefore I Let You Go
or other titles by Angie Daniels

book coverPleasure
or other titles by Eric Jerome Dickey

book coverSex, Lies, Murder, Fame
or other titles by Lolita Files

book coverCan’t Get Enough of You
or other titles by Bette Ford

book coverWords of Seduction
or other titles by Dara Girard

book coverMirror Image
or other titles by Shirley Hailstock

book coverA Love of My Own
or other titles by E. Lynn Harris

book coverHeart’s Reward
or other titles by Donna Hill

book coverUnfinished Business
or other titles by Brenda Jackson

book coverMidnight
or other titles by Beverly Jenkins

book coverCome Fall
or other titles by Marcia King-Gamble

book coverDistant Lover
or other titles by Gloria Mallette

book coverSweeter Than Honey
or other titles by Mary B. Morrison

book coverShow & Tell
or other titles by George Nelson

book coverCandy Licker: An Urban Erotic Tale
or other titles by Noire

book coverFreefall to Desire
or other titles by Kayla Perrin

book coverOnly You
or other titles by Francis Ray

book coverSin No More
or other titles by Kimberla Lawson Roby

book coverMidnight
or other titles by Sister Souljah

book coverDirty Red
or other titles by Vickie Stringer

book coverBrown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction
or other titles edited by Carol Taylor

book coverWhat They Want
or other titles by Omar Tyree

book coverAs Good As the First Time
or other titles by AlTonya Washington

book coverPlayer Haters
or other titles by Carl Weber

book coverCaramel Flava: The Anthology
or other titles edited by Zane

book coverChocolate Flava: The Anthology
or other titles edited by Zane

book coverPurple Panties: An Anthology
or other titles edited by Zane

book coverSucculent: Chocolate Flava II: An Anthology
or other titles edited by Zane

last updated March 2018 sdc