Multicultural Romance in the 1940’s Guest Post Kenya Carlton

Today on Bookswagger we have a guest post by Kenya Carlton a multicultural and interracial romance author. She is talking 1940’s movies and inspiration.

Kenya Carlton, Author Guest Post

sweet as sin books 1Games Devils Play is an interlude between Sweet as Sin and my third novel in the series, Sinfully Ever After. The main characters are Sienna Devilin, a black witch, and her scientifically altered white husband, Captain Drake Devilin. This story takes place from 1933-1945, a time when this type of relationship was unheard of, but not impossible. There’s been a wave of interracial books released in this time period, so what’s the draw? My take is liberation.

Liberation from slavery was a good 80 years in the past, and blacks worked side by side with whites during the war. Sure segregation still existed, but the veil was lifted. Without a steady stream of propaganda, people could make up their own minds about who they could or couldn’t love.

However, the number one reason I believe this era is chosen for the backdrop of these taboo relationships is simple. Through the test of time, this era was simply sexy. The biggest issue—besides the wars—was prohibition, which was forbidden fruit in those days. In other words, anything forbidden needed to be found, conquered, and taken a big bite out of.

There are a few old movies that represent the romance of interracial relationships.  Island in the Sun is one of them. However, Hollywood would rather portray the aftermath of those doomed relationships … Imitation of Life anyone? I believe authors tackle this era to show historical readers that interracial couples have staying power.

In Sweet as Sin, race is brought up between Drake and Sienna, but it’s not the main focus. In Games Devils Play, other characters refer to Drake and Sienna’s relationship, but to them it’s no longer an issue. The big romance in my paranormal series is the evolution of these two magical people.


17995126Devils Play (Sweet as Sin, 2), Kenya Carlton

Snuggled within the warm embrace of marital bliss, biologically altered army Captain Drake Devilin and his supernatural bride Sienna face their biggest challenge to date. Called back for duty in World War II, Drake must leave his amazing life behind and join his troop to fight the Nazis.  Although he’s certain his new mission is merely a rouse to obtain his most precious commodity, his wife, Drake leaves, but not before giving Sienna a magical necklace in the hope it will protect her against unknown enemies.

Lured from her prosperous island by a sorcerer who is convinced she was always meant to be his bride. Sienna is challenged to play three magical games to ensure her husband’s safe return. In each game, a limited time is given to Sienna to immerse herself into a new world, situation, and persona; find Drake; and have him acknowledge her by name. And she can’t use her powers to make it happen.

Everything dear to Sienna’s heart is put in jeopardy. Willing to fight for the love of her life and her happiness, Sienna takes on the sorcerer in his own game of cat and mouse.

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Posted on May 19, 2014, in Bookswagger and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I know myself I still cannot get through Imitation of Life without balling and I love the historical channel specials about prohibition era and they do talk about the blending of the cultures in the speakeasies so I bet their was some great MC/IR love taking place in those day. Thanks for the great post.


  2. Thanks for having me!


  3. I haven’t watched that movie in such a long time, but I remember crying my eyes out. I wish hollywood would give more representation on interracial relationships though. Great post & I’m adding your books to my wishlist 😉 I’m always looking for new authors and reads in the genre so I’m glad I came across this post.


    • I know! We need more movies & more with happy endings. I am a old movie lover but if they have AA in them they tend to not end well. I think the last IR couple I enjoyed in a movie was Star Trek:/ . Little off topic I know your on instagram there is this page I follow that shows IR/IG love such a pretty page I will have to tag you in one of the pictures (so off topic). Really promotes they beauty of love across race, gender all that.


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