Thursday, August 15, 2013

A precursor to the Pepper Pace interview for those of you who don't know her, yet.

Pepper Pace

photo is courtesy of Goodreads
I have so many great things to say about Ms. Pace and her writing. Where to begin? There is no one place to start, so I will just say this; I have read everything that she has written except for two books, and they are my 'to read' list. For me this author is up there with Anne Rice and Stephen King, but a little better because she writes more diverse characters with 'real' issues. And as a staunch non-girl (Don't send me flowers, or chocolates. I prefer a foot or scalp massages) that lives in suburbia, Ms. Pace has introduced me to homeless characters, heroes with disabilities and made physical deformities sexy. Don't believe me? Read Beast, I dare you not to want to lick that scar too! Yes she gets points for being a fellow Ohioan, but more points for teaching me to enjoy reading  people with 'real' problems. Check out her reading list here and buy some of her books. Or like me, all of them! 

My top 5  P.P. books:
Beast: interracial fairytale is the story of Beast; a marine with a destroyed face and a plus sized beauty who has identity issues. A lesson learned is that beauty is not what is on the outside... In this romance that is taken from the Beauty and the Beasts' fairytale, it will leave you questioning 'who is the beauty and who is the beast?'
Juicy:  This interracial love journey is the tale of Juicy who has spent much of her adolescence being bullied because of her dark skin and her weight, until circumstances forced her to stand up for herself. And Troy, whose mental illness forced him into the streets. After exploring mutual stereotypes and attempting to understand their differences, Juicy and Troy find themselves drawn to each other. Out of a sense of loneliness and true friendship the two outcasts finally find something deeper than friendship and their journey to self discovery begins.
Crash: This multicultural romance begins when a young man is brutalized and raped. He finds an ally in Sophie Baxter, a reclusive writer of interracial fiction. When Sophie initially meets Lucas she believes he is a young teen and takes him under her wing. By the time she realizes her mistake it’s too late—this polite and sweet kid has found a way into her heart. Lucas wants Sophie to see that he is no child even though he has an innocent baby face. And Sophie thinks that anyone looking at them together would mistake the older black woman for being some young white boy’s care giver. She can’t fathom breaching that trust…not with her history. 
Wheels of Steel: Jason, better known as Top, is an up and coming DJ. He’s a white guy that knows more about Hip Hop than most and he also has cerebral palsy. His group, Wheels of Steel is comprised of self-proclaimed misfits that are made cool by their talent. But despite his talent and popularity Jason is plagued by issues of trust and anger. Robin is a shy black girl that takes a job as his home healthcare aid. Her crippling shyness makes everything difficult for her, and not just her bad tempered client with cerebral palsy, but also his close knit friends, and even her mother with her best intentions. Their saga takes them along a musical journey of self-discovery and love. This three part interracial love story explores the spirit of love and acceptance between a person with an obvious disability—and someone whose disabilities are not always quite so obvious.

Urban Vampire: Kim woke up one morning to find that she was dead...well UNDEAD. Unfortunately her Vampire after-life is a big mystery. The ones that know are out to kill her for being turned by a rogue and her allies happen to be her food. In order to survive the Vampire Nation, Kim will have to outsmart and out think her enemies. Their big mistake; underestimating a black woman with the will to survive.

The last thing Kim wants or needs are the three gorgeous men vying for her attention; one chocolate, one vanilla and the last caramel. How do you choose between the gorgeous protector, the charming and tasty food, and the scary dangerous elder? 

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