Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award-Arsenic and Adobo

Award Who: Eleanor Taylor Bland, an African-American pioneer of crime fictionWhat: for an emerging woman of color crime writer When: annually since 2014Prize: a $2000 grant- "This grant is intended to support the recipient in crime fiction writing and career development activities."- from the sister's in crime websiteOther winners: https://www.sistersincrime.org/page/eleanor-bland-past-winners Novel Arsenic and Adobo (Tita… Continue reading Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award-Arsenic and Adobo

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank

Rhodes hired mercenaries to slaughter the Matabele people who lived along the South Africa-Zimbabwean boarder, clearing the land for his mining endeavors. Diamonds are ubiquitous. They are in fact not a precious stone. This is the story of how the De Beers corporation turned diamonds into a "girl's best friend," while they oppressed the people living… Continue reading Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Named as one of the 10 Best Books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review. After Macdonald's dad passes away she decides to put all the sadness from her grief into training a Goshawk. Everything about the hawk is tuned and turned to hunt and kill. Yesterday I discovered that when I suck… Continue reading H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

RITA Award-I’m Watching You

Award Who: Rita Clay Estrada, Romance Writer’s of America’s first presidentWhat: Novels and novellas - best first book; contemporary; historical; erotic; romanic suspense; paranormal; young adult; religious or spiritual elementsWhen: 1982-2019 replaced by the Vivian Award in 2020 because it was receiving criticism for a lack of diverse authors Prize: NAOther winners: https://www.rwa.org/Online/Awards/RITA/Past_RITA_Winners.aspx Novel I'm… Continue reading RITA Award-I’m Watching You