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Celebrate Black Speculative Fiction Month: Meet Author Crystal Connor

Crystal ConnorLike the sweet nectar of a picture plant I want to lure you closer to me w/the tip of my pen.

Wielding the dominance of my prose w/the dangerous skill of a powerful alchemist, I want to distort your senses until the only thing you see, the only thing you want, the only reason you breathe is to breathe…for me.

I want to run my fingers thru your imagination. 

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Guest Interview: Meet Author Kelbian Noel and her Diverse Pages!

Kelbian NoelI have a special guest this month.  Here’s my guest interview with author, Kelbian Noel.  She has a wonderful series and also runs a terrific website, Diverse-Pages, that features main characters of color in Scifi, Fantasy, and Paranormal. Check out her interview and be sure to leave her a comment or two. 

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Iniko Novella Available as an e-book Summer Read

Iniko 300x200I’ve been working on my latest project. Iniko is a short novella about the bi-racial daughter of the West African goddess, Mawu.  This project has been intense and emotional but I believe that readers of the African elemental series will be excited.  There’s plenty of sword action and of course, controversial issues that relate to Africana women.  So far this series has tackled, domestic violence, female genital mutilation and now trokosi slave wives. 

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Guest Blog: Alien Star Books has a Multicultural Mission

Terrence adult league hockey 10-28-2012Alicia kindly asked me to come and talk about my website, Alien Star Books, how it all came about, and what I’m doing with my vast proceeds of 54 cents for the past year. (Ummm, nothing, they don’t pay out until you’ve reached $10!)

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Can African Americans come to know the African Gods and Goddesses like the Greek, Roman or Norse Ones?

flee72dpiwebOver the last couple of months, I’ve been working on the foundation of my upcoming African Elemental series.  In some ways, it’s been an adventure.  Research always does that to writers.  It’s a form of the creative process or creativity.  Because I write dark paranormal, I don’t have to be as historically accurate or as precise as other authors.  But it begs the critical question, when you’re unfamiliar with a culture or tradition, how far should you go?  Then it dawned on me, why am I so unfamiliar with West African gods and goddesses? I don’t seem to have this disconnect with Greek, Roman, or Norse ones. What’s up with that?

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Interview with Kenya Wright: Bringing Africana Culture to the Center of Dark Urban Fantasy

Kenya WrightI’m too excited about my interview with author Kenya Wright.  She’s agreed to give away a free e-copy of her book.  I’ll also give away one e-copy of her book. So I’ll announce two winners on Friday after 5pm from the commenters on my blog about her interview.  So, get your questions and comments ready. Here’s her interview.

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Thank Grimm It’s Friday!

Russell Hornsby1K. It’s truth time. I love Grimm! It’s one of my all-time favorite shows.  I have to admit, in the beginning I was simply intrigued with the “fairy tale” storyline.  When Grimm was in Season 1, I thought it was just another “fairy tale” show that would flop.  Really, I believed that there was only so much that could be done.  This season I have been pleasantly surprised and now I consider myself a legitimate “Grimm” fan.

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Election Day: State of Black Science Fiction Anthology Released

Early VotingToday is Election Day! I’m so excited about the possibilities that this day brings.  Not only have I already “early voted” for my favorite candidate but I have the wonderful opportunity to share the release of the long-awaited SOBSF flash fiction anthology. Before I share the details about the anthology, I wanted to share my views about the State of Black Science Fiction 2012.  What’s even more amazing is that the other authors in the anthology are sharing their views so don’t forget to hop over to their blogs and read their opinions. Here’s my observations:

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Book Two in the Genetic Revolution Series is Coming...

doubleIDWithin the last couple of months, I received lots of tweets and emails asking about Book Two in the Genetic Revolution Series.  Double Identity is scheduled to come out 2014.  I’m working hard to build or create a series that readers will continue to love and enjoy.  I’m hoping readers will enjoy book two. Double Identity picks up where Breaking Free ended.  Here’s the description.

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Domestic Violence Victim Viewed as Weak & Dumb in My Paranormal Romance

flee72dpiwebOctober is Domestic Violence Month. So it was difficult when I received a 1-star review for my short story, Flee with the words that the heroine (a domestic violence victim) was dumb, weak, and boring.

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