Update November 2020: Sadly, Audible has discontinued the Audible Escape program. But, of course, you can still buy all these amazing audiobooks by Women of Color on Audible or Amazon! Many of them have Whispersync deals so you can pick them up for less than the cost of an Audible credit.
Alexandria House writes Contemporary Romance. Her Audible Original “Teach Me” was among the most popular Audible Escape books of 2019!
Talia Hibbert is a British author of witty Contemporary Romance. Her novel “Get a Life, Chloe Brown” with a chronically ill heroine is very successful and is one of the best audiobooks of all time!
The Ravenswood series is included in Audible Escape. Add it to your library**!
Courtney Milan is mostly known for her Historical Romance. All of her audiobooks, including her diverse Contemporary Romance, are available in Audible Escape.
Start with The Brothers Sinister series**!
Alyssa Cole writes Contemporary and Historical M/F and Lesbian Romance. She is also the author of a recent Audible Original, The A.I. Who Loved Me, which was among the most popular Audible Escape books of 2019!
With her book Long Shot, Kennedy Ryan became the first Black author to win a RITA Award for Contemporary Romance (Long).
Apart from Long Shot, you can also listen to the Soul Series** in Audible Escape.
Nyrae Dawn is an author of Young Adult Romance, both M/F and M/M. In Audible Escape, you can find several stand-alone novels by this author and the Free Fall series** with co-author Christina Lee.
Brittainy Cherry is an author of Contemporary Romance and has a great selection of very popular audiobooks in Audible Escape.
Some of Nalini Singh’s most popular Paranormal and Contemporary series are available for Audible Escape subscribers. You can find her Guild Hunter series** up to book 10, the entire Psy-Changeling series**, and the Rock Kiss series** in AE.
Stacy Reid writes steamy red hot Historical Romance. Start with her Scandalous House of Calydon series** in Audible Escape!
One thing I took away from the RWA dumpster fire on Twitter and the ongoing underrepresentation of Authors of Color in traditional publishing (as we just saw again with American Dirt), is that I want to consciously listen to and support #OwnVoices stories and books by Women of Color and Black authors.
Traditional publishing used to be the tastemakers. We’d read what was available. And what was available was what the publishers put into the book stores. These days, thanks to indie- and self-publishing, we as readers can turn that around! We get to decide what we like and who we want to support. And successful indie authors are approached by traditional publishing because we as readers said: “This is what we like and this is what we want to read!”
I honestly love this! And I hope you found some of your future favorite books by Women of Color on this list (in addition to the ones who are already among your favorites).