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.
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About the Author
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!
I have given Rainbow by Verde Arzu three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I really enjoyed how Rainbow was written, it kept the book flowing so well that I managed to read this in one sitting. Verde Arzu is an exceptionally great author who really knows how to engage her audience with her words.
This book is about two college students who meet during a trip organised by their black student union from college to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Million Man March. It’s about self-acceptance and finding themselves on a path to start a relationship together. I loved how realistic this story was and enjoyed learning about Taylor and Melony, and following them on their journey together.
I thought the cute drawings and passages of a poem at the end of each chapter was a really lovely touch to this novella. Also, I liked how each chapter was divided my basketball play, which you soon come to realise that basketball is a big part of Taylor’s story.
I understand that this is a novella, however I wish Rainbow was a longer story, as there were times throughout reading it that I thought that happened a little too fast or that I wish they’d go into more detail in some parts, especially the intimate scenes between Taylor and Melony, there’s something so beautiful when an author describes intimate scenes in detail.
This queer novella had a really insightful look into the struggles that some LGBTQ+ women go through when they find themselves, but are afraid of what others will say, react or the actions that they will take against them. I find this really saddening to know that so many people around the world go through this time in their lives where people are still not accepting towards them.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novella and shall definitely be keeping an eye out for more of Arzu’s material in the future!
Blog Tour Schedule
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