Ari from Reading In Color! Yay Ari! I'll be emailing you shortly for your mailing info. If the winner doesn't respond within 48 hours, I'll have to select an alternate.
Anyone who's followed this book blog for the almost year it's been in existence knows that I champion authors of color. One of the first things I became aware of as a new book blogger was virtual tours and immediately thought it was a brilliant idea. I knew that I had to make such a service available focused on authors of color. Then I met Yolonda Spinks and we became fast friends over our mutual frugal lifestyles and even better friends because of books. Spinks, as we love to call her, is an amazing activist, journalism major, and staunch supporter of literature by people of color. When I approached her about working together on a virtual book tour company, she revealed that she already had a book related venture in mind. Well, we thought that our two ideas combined would be a good match and Books And... was born.
Initially I was apprehensive about cross promoting too much on my personal blog. I know, I'm weird like that and I know that a hardcore business person would call me a fool. But, I didn't want any of my readers to feel like BrownGirl Speaks was becoming a constant pitch zone for my business. This is one of the reasons I don't have ads on my site. I want this to be a blog not be a billboard. So, Books And... is here to provide virtual tours for authors of color and plans for expansion into local events. I hope that those of you who follow my blog and Notorious Spinks Talks will support Books And... and know that we are working hard to bring much needed attention to authors of all shades of brown, black, and olive.