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THE BUILD UP by Tati Richardson

On episode 29, Y. M. Nelson is joined by fellow author Tati Richardson to discuss her debut romantic comedy, The Build Up. Tati shares with Y. M. how she thought of the premise of this novel, her thoughts on portraying middle-aged relationships, and why it felt like we were really tooling around Atlanta in … a broke-down car?!

Topics we discuss: Atlanta restaurants, corporate America and the architecture industry, being forty-something and in love, muses, and more. I felt like I was talking to a friend about a great book, just as I felt when I read the book–very conversational and down-to earth.

About the book:

A truly unfortunate first day of work leads to unexpected love in this sparkling debut from Romance in Colour podcast cohost Tati Richardson.

Rumpled and ragged was not how architect Ari James envisioned kicking off her first day at a new firm. And few things can top the horror of her new—and extremely hot—colleague walking in on her at the worst moment ever. Learning that she’ll be working with him on the project that’s supposed to get her career back on top makes it harder than ever to focus on her big comeback.

With a partnership at his firm on the line, nothing is going to stand in the way of Porter Harrison absolutely killing it on his new project: not his obnoxious rival, not his unpredictable brother and definitely not his new coworker whose gorgeous curves he accidentally saw and now can’t get out of his head.

Though neither of them is looking for love, once their creative juices get flowing, Ari and Porter’s connection is obvious. But when their shared goal has always been winning at work, building a solid foundation for a relationship might end up costing them everything…

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About Tati Richardson:

Tati Richardson is co-founder of the Romance in Colour Podcast and debut contemporary romance author of The Build Up. A higher education professional for two decades,Tati holds degrees in English from Clark Atlanta University and University of North Carolina-Greensboro. A native of Atlanta,Tati lives in the suburbs with her husband and daughter. She collects red lipstick, Wonder Woman memorabilia, and unique eyewear.

Tati Richardson’s Social media:
Check out the author Tati Richardson. You can found her on instagram @richardwriteson.

Other Books, Stories, and authors mentioned


  • Beverly Jenkins
    • Night Song
    • Indigo
  • Brenda Jackson
  • Terry McMillan
  • Omar Tyree
  • Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Jackie Collins
  • Danielle Steele
  • Nalini Singh
  • Judith Krantz’ Scruples
  • Kilby Blades


  • Brown Sugar

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