Friday, December 21, 2018

Suleikha's 18 Favorite Reads of 2018

I haven't been a very diligent blogger during 2018, but I have been a diligent reader! Here are 18 books that stuck with me over the course of a very turbulent year! From jaw-dropping fantasy debuts to tried-and-true historical favorites to excellent contemporary romances...I crawled into so many special books and found comfort, escape, and entertainment. Books save lives. The following titles definitely helped save mine.

1. Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

2. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

3. Unfit to Print by KJ Charles

4. Luck of the Draw by Kate Clayborn

5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

6. A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole

7. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

8. The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

9. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

10. Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

11. Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau

12. Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

13. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

14. Ivan by Kit Rocha

15. Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

16. Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

17. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

18. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Born To Be White: How Biracial Historical Heroes Reinforce The Status Quo

I was in the shower, thinking about how much I enjoyed KJ Charles’ Unfit to Print and its two POC leads, when I had a revelation about books I don’t enjoy so much. Why do half-Indian heroes in most historical romances continue to bother me so damn much? Not just because they don’t engage with biracial identity or transracial adoption or anything of that nature in any meaningful way, but also because they reinforce the relationship between white adjacency and white supremacy. When that hit me, I practically skidded across the tub from the force of the “duh!” The whole point of these sexy dukes and earls and generally wealthy hunks with tans is that they can move in white worlds. They “belong” in ballrooms, in clubs, in the House of Lords. It’s aspirational, inspirational. I mean, heavens, we wouldn’t want them otherwise, would we?

Friday, April 20, 2018

I'm Going Rogue!

My next release is coming up on May 8, in the fourth installment of the Rogue anthology series! This short story, "In Her Service," started knocking around in my head after I mainlined Star Trek: Discovery on CBS: All Access and fell head over heels for the very complicated pairing of Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Ash (Shazad Latif). Using that couple as a jumping off point, I started thinking about real-world politics and the government, and amazing women like Kamala Harris and Maxine Waters. And, lo, Letty and Shahzad* were born!     

*Yes, I know; I have no shame — I totally named my hero after the actor!  

Pre-order Rogue Hearts now!

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From high office to the heartland, six brand-new romances about #resistance for readers who haven’t given up hope for a Happily Ever After…
In Her Service by Suleikha Snyder
U.S. Vice President Letitia Hughes has one thing that’s hers and only hers: her relationship with much younger Secret Service agent Shahzad Khan. When push comes to shove, what will take precedence: political ambitions or protecting their hearts?
Run by Emma Barry
Public defender Maddie Clark doesn’t want to be a candidate for the state senate—but she’s running. Her high school nemesis turned campaign advisor Adam Kadlick shouldn’t be back home managing campaigns—but he is. They definitely should avoid falling for each other—but they won’t.
The Rogue Files by Stacey Agdern
Reporter John DiCenza wants to go back. To New Jersey, to his life, the hockey team he covers, and the fanbase he’s proud to know and support. Back to before he had the Rogue Files, documents rumored to be the final nail in President Crosby’s term.
Journalist Sophie Katz wants to move forward. Toward her new TV show, and a life where the stories she tells will make a difference. She needs the Rogue Files and the story behind them to get there.
But when life comes at them, John and Sophie realize that the true story behind the files is standing up for the truth right where you are.
Coming Up Rosa by Kelly Maher
When her mother’s health crisis forces Rosa Donnelly back to her hometown, she crosses paths with her former crush, and town golden boy, Ian Stroman. Ian’s shine is even brighter thanks to his advocacy work to fight inhumane government policies. However, their past hurts and a current business threat may spike their chance at happiness.
The Sheriff & Mr. Devine by Amy Jo Cousins
There’s a new sheriff in Clear Lake and he has Eli Devine, the town librarian, on edge. Between arguing with the town council about inclusive library programming and keeping his three grandmas from getting into trouble, Eli has enough on his plate already. He doesn’t need the imposing Sheriff Baxter to be so very . . . distracting. Luckily for Eli, John Baxter is full of all kinds of good ideas, both for the town and for one stubborn librarian in particular.
Good Men by Tamsen Parker
Laid-back Benji Park is the keyboard player for the world’s hottest boy band, License to Game. While LtG is no stranger to charity gigs, Benji’s never been what you’d call a social justice warrior. But when smart, sexy, and ruthless immigration lawyer Jordan Kennedy comes along and asks Benji for a favor, he just may change his tune.