Tana Jenkins 
Award-Winning Author


Welcome to the official website of author Tana Jenkins. As a prolific writer of sweet romance and urban fantasy, her mission in life is to tell stories of all kinds. Take a look through the site to find everything from her latest work to past projects.

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About Tana

A Life in Words

Named 2022's Debut Author of the Year by RSJ, Tana was born and raised on the Great Lakes which often feature prominently in her books. Like many a path in life, hers to writing was not straightforward. After graduating from law school in New York, she spent over fifteen years handling high-profile criminal defense and civil litigation, first in New Jersey and then on the beautiful island of St. Croix. During that time, her childhood love of stories persisted. 

Prior to her legal career, that love of story led Tana to earn her B.A. in film and fiction writing from Columbia College, Chicago. She also worked in film and publishing in New York. In 2020, a few years after studying at VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), Kweli, and Yale under the great Julia Quinn, Tana answered the call to write full-time. 

She hasn't looked back since. Always passionate about the magic of love, her storytelling brings this magic to life using richly imagined plots featuring characters that are often as lovable as they are quirky. And as a multi-racial/African American writer, Tana is particularly interested in writing diverse characters in interracial romances—a nod to the notion that love knows no boundaries.

In 2022, her book Slow Dancing in a Black Storm was awarded an EMMA for Best Sweet & Clean Romance. In 2021, her paranormal romance, Midnight Beacon was awarded second place in RWA's On the Far Side literary competition.

She's now returned to her Great Lakes roots where she's living her own HEA with her college sweetheart and their adorable rescue. 

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Slow Dancing
in a Black Storm
EMMA Award-Winner 2022!

Paperbacks available on Amazon.
Ebook and audiobook available now on Scribd.

Career-focused prosecutor Mila St. James doesn’t dance. Nor does she break the rules. She works. Hard. And she’s spent the last few months preparing for the biggest hearing of her career. The one thing she doesn’t anticipate is the public opposition. She gets her first taste in court, when the judge repeatedly silences her, leaving her in a state of humiliation as she storms out of the courtroom—right into the incredibly sexy Sergio Gomez.

Also known as the “Playboy Fisherman,” the musician and former professional soccer player is actually a sensitive soul who keeps his family’s restaurant afloat by catching fish with his rooster friend. While Sergio and Mila are stuck together overnight riding out a treacherous storm, he glimpses the truth beneath her tough exterior. Now he just wants to convince her to be the exception to all of her carefully crafted rules.

But when Sergio’s named as the primary suspect in her case’s criminal investigation, Mila must decide whether to risk her career to save him. Can their budding love weather his secrets, the storm’s aftermath, and this tango of the heart? Or will jealousy, betrayal, and conflicts of interest tear them apart?

Set on the beautiful island of St. Croix, Slow Dancing in a Black Storm is Book Two in the St. James Sisters interracial romance collection.  

Sailing into the Heart

Ebooks available on Scribd and Amazon,

Audiobook available now on Scribd,
Paperbacks available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

A childhood marriage dream comes crashing into the rocky reality of adulthood in this love story between a woman who is an island unto herself and a man for whom the world is not enough.


As the two navigate conflicting ideas about the future of a small island's boat-building school, Sydney St. James realizes Devin Fox might be the life raft she didn't know she needed.


Will Devin realize that Sydney, his first friend, first kiss, and first marriage proposal (at the tender age of nine), is a safe harbor for his heart — the last and only woman he's ever truly loved?

Set in Mackinac Island, MI, this is Book One in the St. James Sisters collection. 

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Little Black Ugly

  a short story

Pushcart Nominated love story for the chronically underestimated.

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Coming Soon! (Check back, or drop me a line in the contact section for the release dates.)

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Shades of Love Limited Edition Boxset of Black, Multicultural and Interracial Contemporary Romances




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