Welcome to my stop on the Rainbow blog tour. Read on for book details, an excerpt AND a chance to win a signed copy of the book!
Publication Date: December 2019
Genre: LGBTQ/ Black Fiction/ Novella
Taylor has room for exactly two things in her life: improving her performance as a college basketball player and maintaining the grades she needs to stay on the team and someday play in the WNBA. But when she meets the beautiful and confident Melony, Taylor’s whole way of life is called into question. RAINBOW is a coming-of-age queer love story with a Love Jones kind of vibe. It’s the first of many queer black novellas by the author Verde Arzu.
Rainbow is everything I hoped and more. What an inspiring novella. I’ve been really wanting to find a representative story, and Rainbow was offered through my email. I absolutely adore this story and I’m giving it 5 stars even though it deserves more!
This is a queer, coming of age story that is wonderfully written. Taylor is a perfectly relatable character. I was immediately connected to her and I loved learning more about her.
I wanted this to be longer because I absolutely didn’t want the story to end. Highly recommended! Don’t miss out!
*I received a free copy of this book from R&R Book Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Signed Copy of Rainbow (Everyone)
Verde Arzu is a passionate, middle school special education teacher. She graduated from Fisk University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) located in Nashville, TN. There she earned a B.A in History.
Her love for teaching pushed her to go on to graduate school where she earned a Master of Science in Special Education from National University. Verde is not only a teacher but an advocate working to ensure equity for students of color, especially those with learning disabilities.
Verde is excitedly working toward completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in writing from UC Berkeley Extension. Upon completion of the program, she plans to continue to publish novellas, short love stories, centered on realistic lesbian and queer relationships.
Verde recalls writing her first piece of fiction as a kid on the front stoop of her two-flat home on the south side of Chicago. She traces her passion for writing stories about African American queer characters from her desire to see more characters’ voices she can relate to.
A native Chicagoan, she currently resides in Northern California with her beautiful wife and two furry, four-legged children, Bob and Marley. She enjoys reading books written by African Americans—with her favorite genre being romance. She is a die heart Chicago sports fan. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, basketball, biking, binge-watching her favorite TV shows, and of course, cuddling up with a good book!
Blog Tour Schedule
Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com
Phoebe’s Randoms (Review) https://phoebesrandoms.wordpress.com/
The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com
Purple Shelf Club (Review) https://www.purpleshelfclub.com/
I Smell Sheep (Spotlight) http://www.ismellsheep.com/
B is for Book Review (Interview) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
Lecari Live (Review) http://www.lecari.co.uk
Book Dragons Not Worms (Spotlight) https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/?m=1
Bookish Lifetime (Spotlight) http://www.bookishlifetime.wordpress.com
Cup of Toast (Interview) https://cupoftoast.co.uk
Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/
Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/
Breakeven Books (Spotlight) https://breakevenbooks.com
Cup of Books (Review) https://cupofbooksblog.wordpress.com/
It’s a Novel Life (Review) https://lifesanovelty.blogspot.com/
The Book Dragon (Review) https://thebookdragondotblog.wordpress.com/
Bookish Ends (Review) https://www.bookishends.com/
Misty’s Book Space (Review) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com
Rajiv’s Book Reviews (Review) https://www.rajivsreviews.com/
Sophril Reads (Spotlight) http://sophrilreads.wordpress.com
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