Welcome to Romance SParks Joy

Romance Sparks Joy is a book club that aims to amplify the voices of underrepresented romance authors and promote their stories of happiness for everyone and anyone.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. You can find out more about our project, the books we’ve read, the books we’re looking to read, and the people behind the scenes that keep it all running here. Join in the monthly discussions on Twitter by following @sparkjoyromance and say hello to all of the wonderful people participating in RSJ.

Latest stories

Romance Report
September 30 – October 6, 2019

One day in Romancelandia lasts approximately 1.3 Earth years. Now imagine a week. To help you keep up, we’ve gone through the tweets about last week’s highs (and lows) of representation in romance to bring you our Weekly Romance Update. These tweets are from or about issues affecting BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, and/or otherwise underrepresented writers, reviewers, and list curators. If...

Romance Report
Special Edition October 1, 2019

Another week, another poorly-researched think piece on supposed trailblazers for Black romance authors. We won’t link to the piece because it’s mostly a rehash of all the others, which are rehashes of press releases. We’d rather focus on the many other Black voices in romance in this mini mid-week thread. First of all, Alyssa gets straight to the point. There is no nice way to...

Romance Report
September 23-29, 2019

One day in Romancelandia lasts approximately 1.3 Earth years. Now imagine a week. To help you keep up, we’ve gone through the tweets about last week’s highs (and lows) of representation in romance to bring you our Weekly Romance Update. These are tweets from or about BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, and/or otherwise underrepresented writers, reviewers, and list curators. If you don’t already...

Romance Report
September 16-22, 2019

One day in Romancelandia lasts approximately 1.3 Earth years. Now imagine a week. To help you keep up, we’ve gone through the tweets about last week’s highs (and lows) of representation in romance to bring you our Weekly Romance Update. #RomanceSparksJoy #RSJWeeklyUpdate These are tweets from or about BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, and/or otherwise underrepresented writers, reviewers, and list...

Directory Update

We’ve received some feedback about the Representation in Romance Directory project that led us to reflect on intention versus impact and how this project othered people.  While we have had authors eager to share their info, we also understood that it was not something everyone wanted to participate in. With all of this in mind, we re-examined our mission statement of amplifying the voices of...