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Let’s Get Lit fest: Featured Books for #Black Authors Week

Check out the awesome featured books for the Let’s Get Lit fest Black authors week! Remember! For every confirmed purchase of a featured book, you get a Lit badge, which gives you an extra entry in the giveaway at the end. All you have to do is take a snapshot of your receipt and DM the Let’s Get Lit Twitter account (the current one 😂)

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Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
 
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.

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Twelve-year-old Maya is the only one in her South Side Chicago neighborhood who witnesses weird occurrences like werehyenas stalking the streets at night and a scary man made of shadows plaguing her dreams. Her friends try to find an explanation—perhaps a ghost uprising or a lunchroom experiment gone awry. But to Maya, it sounds like something from one of Papa’s stories or her favorite comics.

When Papa goes missing, Maya is thrust into a world both strange and familiar as she uncovers the truth. Her father is the guardian of the veil between our world and the Dark—where an army led by the Lord of Shadows, the man from Maya’s nightmares, awaits. Maya herself is a godling, half orisha and half human, and her neighborhood is a safe haven. But now that the veil is failing, the Lord of Shadows is determined to destroy the human world and it’s up to Maya to stop him. She just hopes she can do it in time to attend Comic-Con before summer’s over.

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Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength, and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It’s a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people―all of whom mistrust anyone who’s different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find the cure for her father’s wasting illness. She will not fail.

No one warned her about the dragons. Especially not about him.

Yet there is something powerful and compelling about the violet-black dragon known as Weysh. In human form he’s muscular, beautiful―and completely infuriating. What kind of arrogant creature claims a stranger as his Given; as his destined mate? Yenni is no man’s―or dragon’s―plaything. But other magics must be at work here, because Weysh might just be her best hope at finding the answers she seeks.

Only now Yenni can’t tell if she’s fighting an attraction to a dragon . . . or fighting fate itself.

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It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

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Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold – the colour of impurity, of a demon – she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed…

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The first in a gripping fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction-from debut author Roseanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renee Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir. For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts his younger sister, Nadia, as payment to enter the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal-kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom. But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition. When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

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As desperate Lagrimari flee their barren land for a chance at a better life in Elsira, a shadowy group with ties to the Elsiran government launches an attack on their own soil. With threats of more violence, an unlikely crew is assembled to investigate. Among them are Lizvette Nirall, a disgraced socialite seeking redemption for past mistakes, and Tai Summerhawk, a foreign smuggler determined to keep a promise he made to a dead man.

It’s a race against time in this world of deadly magic, secret agendas and court intrigue to discover those responsible before the next assault. And in another land a new enemy awakens―one that will strike terror into the hearts of gods and men.

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Susan B. Anthony. Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Alice Paul. The Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls. The 1913 Women’s March in D.C. When the epic story of the suffrage movement in the United States is told, the most familiar leaders, speakers at meetings, and participants in marches written about or pictured are generally white. The real story isn’t monochromatic. Women of colour, especially African American women, were fighting for their right to vote and to be treated as full, equal citizens of the United States. Their battlefront wasn’t just about gender. African American women had to deal with white abolitionist-suffragists who drew the line at sharing power with their black sisters. They had to overcome deep, exclusionary racial prejudices that were rife in the American suffrage movement. And they had to maintain their dignity – and safety – in a society that tried to keep them in its bottom ranks. Lifting as We Climb is the empowering story of African American women who refused to accept all this. Women in black church groups, black female sororities, black women’s improvement societies and social clubs. Women who formed their own black suffrage associations when white-dominated national suffrage groups rejected them. Women like Mary Church Terrell, a founder of the National Association of Coloured Women and of the NAACP; or educator-activist Anna Julia Cooper who championed women getting the vote and a college education; or the crusading journalist Ida B. Wells, a leader in both the suffrage and anti-lynching movements. Author Evette Dionne, a feminist culture writer and the editor-in-chief of Bitch Media, has uncovered an extraordinary and underrepresented history of black women. In her powerful book, she draws an important historical line from abolition to suffrage to civil rights to contemporary young activists – filling in the blanks of the American suffrage story.

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Al was special.

Al was talented.

Al had so many dreams … so why did he do it?

Convinced that his brother was in trouble, Nathan decides to retrace Al’s footsteps. As he does, he meets Megan, Al’s former classmate, who is as determined as Nathan to keep Al’s memory alive.
 
Together they start seeking answers, but will either of them be able to handle the truth about Al’s death when they eventually discover what happened?
 
An extraordinary novel about loss, understanding and the importance of speaking up when all you want to do is shut down, from an incredible new talent, perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Gayle Foreman, Jennifer Niven and Nikesh Shukla.

#BurnBright

Warning – this novel contains themes that some readers may find upsetting, including suicide and intense bullying.

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Alise and Jaylen have had a few years of relative peace since J.J.’s death. That all comes to an end when Charlie reveals she’s herself and is out of revenge. Charlie’s return couldn’t come at as worse time, as Alise finds out about a couple secrets Jaylen has been keeping for weeks.

Facing what she feels is the ultimate betrayal by Jaylen, Alise is determined to keep moving with her life and doing what she feels is best for her and her kids.

In her effort to get her revenge against Alise, Charlie accidently kills someone important in Alise’s life. Charlie realizes that taking everyone and everything away from Alise is more satisfying than killing her would ever be.

Which one of Alise’s loved ones is next on Charlie’s kill list? What is Alise willing to do to stop her?

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Orphaned at the age of thirteen, Ester DuTain dreams of the day she can leave her small town and join the ranks of the prestigious planetary force, the Rean Coalition of Rangers. Ever since bandits slaughtered her family, she has wanted to become a ranger so she can stop atrocities like what happened to her family from happening again.

However, before she can become a ranger, she has to outrank the hundreds of other ranger hopefuls. To make matters worse, she can no longer stay at the orphanage once she turns eighteen, meaning she has to get in soon, while she still has a roof over top her head. She has the will and determination, but she can’t afford to get distracted, even if it means putting her old dreams aside.

As Ester runs full speed towards her goals, strong forces work in the background. Forces that may prove to be stronger than anything she has ever faced. Will Ester’s actions save her world or be the catalyst that destroys it?

The Distance Between is book one in the Ceapeaya’s Awakening trilogy, a trilogy about the tangled fates of two families rooted in a mystery that could destroy their galaxy.

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With her only son murdered in a banned sacrificial ritual, Nkem flees with her young daughter, Obiageli, to find her king and bring her abusive husband to justice. However, it quickly becomes clear that the powerful, oppressive, and malefic king had allowed the brutal ritual to continue—including the sacrifice of his own son—and Nkem becomes the hunted. As Nkem tries to find sanctuary, aided by the king’s sympathetic head henchman, Odera, her dead son, Dike, reaches out to her from the spirit world to comfort and protect her in any way he can. Children of the Shadows: Unearthing the Ritual is the first in a trilogy that explores an ancient ritual still practiced in some African countries to this day and one woman’s fight for justice and peace for the innocent child victims.

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Stanford Solomon has a shocking, thirty-year-old secret. And it’s about to change the lives of everyone around him. Stanford Solomon is actually Abel Paisley, a man who faked his own death and stole the identity of his best friend.

And now, nearing the end of his life, Stanford is about to meet his firstborn daughter, Irene Paisley, a home health aide who has unwittingly shown up for her first day of work to tend to the father she thought was dead.

These Ghosts Are Family revolves around the consequences of Abel’s decision and tells the story of the Paisley family from colonial Jamaica to present day Harlem. There is Vera, whose widowhood forced her into the role of single mother. There are two daughters and a granddaughter who have never known they are related. And there are others, like the house boy who loved Vera, whose lives might have taken different courses if not for Abel Paisley’s actions.

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Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie still keeps a secret library.

When young Ilori commander M0Rr1S finds Ellie’s library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more.

Humanity’s fate rests in the hands of an alien Ellie should fear, but M0Rr1S has a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous journey with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

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At one point everyone who lived and eventually was murder in Downers Grove thought it seemed easy to exist and breathe in a beautiful place where nothing even remotely bad ever happened…not since The Beckwith Brothers went missing in the wooded mountains just outside of city limits fifteen years ago. The year is 1995, Seraphim ‘Sierr’ Blake is a 17-year-old odd beauty who is awkward, lean, and lanky and she’s all too aware of it. Despite her inner and subtle outer beauty her confidence is barely there. Her drive comes from her thirst for the life of her dreams which she is determined to work hard and pray even harder to reach. She is a film producer, bestselling author, and happily married wife to the best husband who she is madly in love with 20 years from now in her own mind. Currently as an insecure teen with a super confident peers, Sierr is surrounded by her close knit group of distinctive childhood friends: Fierce Fashionista Willow, Girly Girl Carmen Cameron, and the Forever Skeptical Likable Loner who only goes by the initials of his name, JSF. They all live in a seemingly quaint and quirky small town in Northern California called Downers Grove…A place steeped in secrets.

The Beckwith Brothers are rumored to have killed their own parents when they tried to abandon their children in the woods causing none of the Beckwith family to ever be seen again. These boys were a myth to the media and skeptics, legends to the intrigued and curious, foreign entities to be worshiped by a fringe group of outsiders, and a tool for the fame of a power hungry. However, when strange happenings start up just before the 15th Anniversary of The Beckwith Brothers’ mysterious disappearance the past intertwines into the present unearthing reserves of supernatural power, targeted obsession, forbidden romance, paranoia, and a string of murders all culminating with world changing events on Halloween night 1995.

Leading up to the climatic events initiated by The Beckwith Brothers emergence from the forests, Sierr is thrust into the perfect storm of self-awareness, infatuation, temptation, and angst as she, her small town, and her friends find themselves battling high-school drama, predatory males, a violent secret society, serial killings, and being objects of twisted affections. All while learning that the truth can be really be stranger and more frightening than fiction. Including the truth about herself which is that she may just be a girl who loves playing with fire….especially when she knows the fire loves her back. Forces beyond anything Sierr could have imagined are determining the conclusion of this story including the code of the wild where The Beckwith Brothers raised themselves.

In an atmosphere where conspiracies run rampant, Downers Grove cannot anticipate the fallout when the myths, the legends, the fully grown boys finally….come home.

The Beckwith Brothers is a Young Adult Thriller novel set in the 1990s rich with visuals, nostalgia, and emotional depth of angsty teenagers navigating life, dreams, hurts, love, and death. Interspersed with Dark Humor, Mystery, and Suspense BEWARE because The Boys Are Coming Home! This story will be perfect for fans of There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins, The Lost Boys (1987), The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas, The Shadow and Bone Trilogy (A Demon in the Wood: A Darkling Prequel) by Leigh Bardugo, and Beauty and the Beast (1994).

Author Ivana Sanders is a Graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Counseling. She works as a Freelance Book Trailer Creator and Manuscript Editor. She maintains her Book Blog, The Writer’s Block, and enjoys reading, writing, reviewing books, and interviewing authors on her Instagram LIVE series. The Beckwith Brothers will be Ivana’s debut novel!

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Fifth-grade witch April Appleton can’t believe her eyes: a boy just made a large tree branch fall on her dad’s car in the middle of the night! When she gets to school, the mayhem continues, the heat is cranked way up, birds are flying through the hallways and there’s a boy standing in the corner quietly observing all of it. While her friends try to help, April trust in the magical powers of herself and others to make things normal again.

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