Black Author Spotlight: Aziza Sphinx

Welcome to my first black author spotlight!

Brand new for my 1st Wednesday post, the goal of this segment is to highlight black authors who are often marginalized and ignored in the industry. Black writers usually turn to self-publishing--an already densely populated industry--to have their stories seen, and it is said that we have to work twice as hard to get half of what our white counterparts have. Hopefully, shining a little light on these authors will help to signal boost the work they are putting out there.

First up is speculative fiction author Aziza Sphinx.

From her website at

Aziza is a firm believer that reading and writing go hand in hand. A southerner through and through she loves her peaches and pecans while curling up with a good book. A master of resourcefulness, her love of research leads her down paths of discovery that touch every aspect of her writing. Her love of reading ignited her passion for writing, leading her to frequently fill page after page with tales of her beloved characters’ adventures. 

An influence and an adversary she loves to sprinkle facts about her beloved Georgia throughout her fictional worlds.

Here is a look at her current book, A Licentious Storm:

(A cover of a pair of violet eyes in the background. In the foreground, a black man, kissing a white woman from behind. Upper text: Danger, Mystery, and Sex, All rolled into one unforgettable story. Title text: A Licentious Storm. Author: Aziza Sphinx)

Family Secrets creep into Gianina Marcello’s life through the one thing she loves most, art. A mysterious painting arrives at her gallery doors. Power and intrigue soon follow as her quaint artistic escape becomes the backdrop of a budding romance with artist Neimiah Richardson. But as much as Gianina desires a life of roses and rendezvouses, a nasty secret from her past returns to haunt her present.

Caught between ravaging lust and murderous madmen, Neimiah struggles to juggle the responsibility of keeping his Vampyre master sane and mending that which was sundered. As the lone male of broken bindings, he must navigate the human world in an attempt to woo the great-grand daughter of the one who deserted them long ago.

With their Master’s control nearly gone, a vengeful ex and a lover scorned, can this couple mend a broken bond or will the world succumb to a licentious storm?

Autographed copies are available on Aziza's website. The book and e-book are also available on Amazon. For all other platforms, visit

Follow Aziza on Instagram and Twitter: @AzizaSphinx!

If you are a Black author who would like to be in the spotlight, email me the following information at 

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Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you're featuring minority authors. I hadn't heard of Aziza's book yet so am glad you shared it with us.

talklady said...

Debra Rene Byrd, you have an awesome author name, plus I think you are an awesome writer to spotlight other authors. The adage "what goes around comes around" is real, so it's a good law of life to enact, especially for writers.

Aziza Sphinx (your pal?) is an awesome author name, too.

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Awesome! Thank you, Natalie!

kjmckendry said...

Love your spotlight feature! And Aziza's book looks amazing!

Fundy Blue said...

Thank you for featuring minority writers, Debra! I think I would enjoy Aziza's book. Take care!