September 15, 2010


Warm Hues. Island Breeze. Good Reads.

It’s TheIslandReader Way!

Launched in 2014, The Island Reader was created to support and increase the visibility of romance writers of color.

For a long time, I looked for reviews and updates of works from my favorite storytellers and came up short. Who was reviewing my favorite Rochelle Alers book? Why wasn’t an update on Maureen Smith or AlTonya Washington’s latest novel easily accessible?  I saw a void, my goal is to help fill it.



 About Natalya


Florida born, Turks and Caicos Islands raised; this Caribbean girl has always been an avid reader but the first time I snuck a Brenda Jackson novel off of the library’s shelf I knew that whatever career path I chose, I would always be linked to books. In addition to writing about books and TV shows, I am a freelance writer and editor for authors & multi-passionate creatives helping them to create clear & engaging content. At my full-time job, at a Tampa-based promotional product agency, I help clients stand out in competitive markets by providing brand building products.

When I am not creating content or buying new books, I’m usually watching old scenes from General Hospital on YouTube or scouring my local TJ Maxx for new stationery.


Fun  Facts


Favorite movie(s): Casablanca (I am a sucker for a great love story),  American Gangster

Classic film I haven’t watched: Citizen Kane

Current favorite show(s): Scandal, Grey’s AnatomyQueen Sugar, Underground ( I AM STILL MAD THAT THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.)

Last great book I read: I read great books all the time, tbh.

A Classic that I haven’t read: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Favorite Dish: hashed lobster and grits

Favorite romance novel: Very hard to choose but if I had to pick just one, I would say Behind Those Eyes by T.P. Carter

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