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OnyxCon Fills the Gap in Speculative Fiction for African Americans

Alicia_and_Asante_at_OnyxconI'm so excited to say that I attended this year's OnyxCon in Atlanta.  What's OnyxCon? The short version is that it's an  event that highlights authors, artists, game designers, comics, and websites that support African-American speculative fiction.  It's a small event but the impact is huge.

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YA Indie Carnival: On How Being a Journal Freak Inspires Alicia McCalla to Create Her Wild Ideas

sidebar.indieSince I was a very little girl, people have always asked me where I get my "wild" ideas for my stories.  Sometimes people meant it in a nice way and other times, well, they weren't so nice. I certainly received that "you need therapy" look more than once. LOL. For as long as I can remember, I have journaled.

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YA Indie Carnival: Suprise! Readers Don't Know The Difference

sidebar.indieThis week on the YA Indie Carnival, we're all discussing "your biggest suprise going Indie."  This was a tough topic.  I believe that as an Indie author, I am much more empowered and have creative freedom but I'm not sure if that's what's important to readers.  Sometimes authors focus on the wrong issues. What suprises me the most about Indie publishing is that readers often don't know or don't care about how a novel is published. They only look for a high quality purchase at a discounted cost.

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Haven's Bad Boy Has a Steamy Interracial Love Affair

Duke_and_EviThe second season of Haven has picked up. I've got so many questions about each of the main characters. I want to dig more and dig deeper. One character that I think is a "hot" bad boy is Duke Crocker played by Eric Balfour. He is always engaged in some form of criminal behavior that involves smuggling something to a secret location.  He is the gothic hero because I still feel like he's got some good values buried underneath. So imagine my suprise when Evi Ryan played by Vinessa Antoine steps-in.

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YA Indie Carnival: YA Indie Authors Worth Checking Out

sidebar.indieThe other day one of my favorite former students said that she wanted to find new material to read. I got the feeling that she was a little burned out with the "same old" books. It's wonderful to be able to share a few suggestions that are on my shelf to read. Indies are a great way to try something different for a great price. It's so wonderful to support other Indie authors. Let me know what you think of my suggestions.

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Remembering LA Banks: Rest in Peace

LA_BanksI just heard the news of the passing of LA Banks.  Leslie Banks has been an inspiration to me. I've always felt a kinship with her because of her love of writing paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  I was so sad to learn that she was ill with adrenal cancer. I prayed that she would regain both her health and strength.  I'm so struck with her death, that I had to stop for a few minutes and remember her warm personality, comforting smile, supportive nature, and awesome storytelling ability. 

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YA Indie Carnival: Something Happened on the Way to my RWA PRO Pin. Why Indie?

sidebar.indieSorry folks, I'm a little late getting started in the YA Indie Carnival. If you'd like to know why I write YA Scifi, please visit my first blog post "Black People Don't Read Science Fiction." It'll give you a good idea of the craziness inside my mind. LOL! Today, I'd like to talk about my journey to becoming an Indie author.

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Visited the Afro-Futurism Exhibit at the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia

Alicia_at_Tubman_Museum_in_MaconMy husband and I visited the Riffing on the Real: Afro-Futurism in the Arts Exhibit at the Tubman African-American Museum in Macon, Georgia. It was an easy drive from metro Atlanta to Macon.  The exhibit was wonderful.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  The subject of Afro-futurism encompassed various motifs like sci fi, fantasy, futurism, comics as well as other art and artifacts from African masks to contemporary or visionary art. It was a true sci fi experience.

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Check out the Book Cover for Alicia McCalla's Breaking Free: Book Launches February 2012

I'm so excited.  I've been fast at work on my rewrites and deep edits for my novel Breaking Free.  I'm also totally in love with the book cover from Graphic Designer Eithne Ni Anluain. She did a terrific job on XJ's book cover. It's exactly the image I had in mind.  I absolutely love the […]

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Interview with Trisza LeAnn Ray: RWA’s 2011 Golden Heart Winner in Paranormal Romance

Trisza_Leann_RayTrisza, I was so excited to see an African-American win in the Paranormal Romance category. I cried along with you at Nationals. Thanks so much for agreeing to interview with me. I’m totally excited. 

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