Kimani Press

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Kimani Press was formed by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. in December 2005, with the purchase of the Arabesque, Sepia and New Spirit Imprints from BET Books. Arabesque is the first line of original African-American romance novels from a major publishing house, and will publish two single-titles each month. The Sepia imprint features commercial women’s fiction, and New Spirit serves the growing African-American inspirational marketplace with both fiction and non-fiction releases.

In July 2006, Harlequin launched Kimani Romance, the only African-American series imprint in the marketplace today, with four new releases each month. In February 2007, Kimani TRU was launched targeting a young-adult, multi-cultural audience with one new release each month.

Since 2005, Kimani Press novels have been available in eBook format, a portable downloaded alternative to the standard paperback.

Kimani Press Imprints[edit]

The name 'KIMANI' is of Kikuyu Origin.

Arabesque: the leading line of African-American romances. An-award-winning imprint of traditional and contemporary romance novels written by African-American authors.[1]

Kimani Romance: series romance.

Kimani Tru: young-adult fiction featuring African-American youth.

Kimani Press Special Releases : Special Releases from favorite Kimani Press authors.

External links[edit]

  •—for information about Kimani Press print and digital books, authors, writer’s guidelines, and submissions.


  1. ^ African-American Books from Kimani Press