Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Loving Day Blog Hop - Interracial Dating What If?

At a high school conference, I met an African-American man at a dance. The connection was so strong I didn’t notice or care what color he was at first. Other students thought it was cool, but the family was not so supportive because they tended to be kind of uptight in my dating years. When the guy invited me to his prom, I wanted to go, but the disapproval was too high a price. I lived with my family so tension would be 24/7. I also had other guys asking me out, so I cut my losses.

I remember the scent of his cologne and can’t help wondering what if I’d been stronger? If that situation happened now, and if I knew he was the love of my life, I would fight to be with him, no question. My heroine in Rose, Exposed struggles with the same issue.

I started writing interracial romance because it adds another dimension of conflict, making the happily ever after an even sweeter reward. I set these books in historical time periods because racial tensions were even stronger then.

Rose, Exposed


When Leroy gets promoted at the new oyster plant on Pearl Point, all he cares about is working hard. Then he meets flirtatious artist Rose, and soon nothing matters except getting her to the altar and into bed. He’s healing from a recent loss, and isn’t about to let her go too.

Because Rose’s strict, social-climbing father doesn’t approve of dark-skinned Leroy, they court in secret. Although Leroy’s raw passion can convince her to do almost anything, why can’t he understand she needs freedom, not marriage? However, in the 1930s, freedom for any woman is hard to come by.

In Leroy’s arms, Rose finds unimaginable sensual pleasures, but she’s torn by desire and duty. Her father wants her to be white; Leroy wants her to embrace her black heritage. Playing both sides of the fence leaves this young biracial beauty exposed in more ways than one.

Also check out the prequel, Plucking the Pearl.

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One winner will receive a copy of Plucking the Pearl, the first interracial erotic romance in the Oyster Harbor series. Leave a comment related to my post to be eligible.

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cherryce said...

i have this book on my tbl. i look forward to reading it

Afton Locke said...

Great, hope you enjoy it, Cherryce.

Meghan said...

This book sounds steamy! This is such a great idea for a giveaway hop! IR couples are beautiful and I honestly think they create the most beautiful babies!!
Thanks for the giveaway! I'm gonna keep hopping along!

mestith at gmail dot com

Afton Locke said...

Thanks, Meghan. All my books are steamy!

Shadow said...

Hi! Great post! I love this hop! Its great to see so many on here! :) I love the sound of your book! Im sorry that you never got to know the guy. Its great that you think of him, of the what if's, and you wrote a story about it. And i love the happy ending! People make way to much a fuss on skin color. Its ridiculous. Its a color, were all the same. People are so simple minded and i feel sorry for them. IR couples are beautiful and i love it that, in our society, they dont give a damn about what others think. People should chase there happiness. When i look at people, i dont see color. I see personalities, uniqueness, difference. And i love it! People who are racist need to quit. Grow up, open there eyes and embrace others. Our world would be terribly boring if we were all the same. I love that were all different. Thank you!

Afton Locke said...

Well said, Shadow.

I didn't even know about anti-miscegenation laws until recently. My first reaction was disbelief that there'd be a law against loving someone. I have an old I/R manuscript that takes place in the 1960s. I think I might dust it off and revise it.

Belinda G said...

Afton you said: "I remember the scent of his cologne and can’t help wondering what if I’d been stronger?"

Those "what if" moments are always tough to judge in hindsight. Obvious there was some connection because you are talking about it to this day. Have you ever tried to find him? That would be interesting and perhaps some closure. Your new book seems to address some of these issues. But it seems we haven't moved too far from that mark which is a shame.

Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to also share!

Belinda G
belgre AT Comcast DOT net

Afton Locke said...

That's a good point, Belinda. Being married, I'm not in a position to rekindle anything, but the closure would be good, to explain what went through my mind then.
It would be a great plot for a second-chance-at-love romance!

Afton Locke said...

Congratulations, Shadow. You have won a copy of Plucking the Pearl!

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Anonymous said...

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Afton Locke said...

Well said, Christina. I finally watched the Loving Day documentary. It showed a close-up view of the struggles the couple endured. I recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

Unknown said...

well, love is just love. interracial love or interracial dating is people's choice. and you see there so many interracial dating websites for people .so it's not a taboo.