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Happy 2014! Only Kick-A$$ Black Women Heroines Need Apply…

faerie in the cityIt’s no secret that I love Urban Fantasy. It’s one of my favorite genres along with SciFi, Dystopian, and dark Paranormals. I adore Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series and Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series. But when it comes down to it, I get all excited when I see kick-a$$ black women heroines like in Kenya Wright’s Habitat series or Seressia Glass’ Shadow Chasers series. So, there I was in the middle of writing the Soul Eater when Noelle Pierce unveils this awesome dragon fairy with two guns drawn.  Why did she agree to redesign my website? Why did she provide me with this distraction? The dragon fairy princess would not stop assaulting my sleep until I wrote her introduction. I guess, it’s fitting, she is now the main focal point of my awesome website re-do so why shouldn’t I write her tale? Happy 2014! Let me know what you think of my new 2014 web design and meet Aisha, the Dragon Fairy Princess and descendant of darkness: 

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Interview Conducted By Grad Student at University of Texas at San Antonio

EStewartI was very excited to learn of a course where students studied Black women’s speculative fiction. I would have enjoyed taking a course like that in Grad school.  Several of my sister writers are being interviewed for this assignment (Kenya Wright and Crystal Connor are two that come to mind).  After working with Elizabeth, I thought it’d be neat to bring Academia into the world of the writer.  Here are Elizabeth’s very conscientious and thoughtful interview questions. I appreciated her hard work and thoroughness. 

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Nanowrimo 2013 Births the Soul Eater

 

SoulEater 300x200 2I’ve been diligently working on the Soul Eater book for Nanowrimo.  Each morning, I’ve been waking up to write 1700 words.  The Soul Eater gushes out in a deep purge. Most mornings, I have no idea the direction that this story will take.  The process is mindboggling. In fact, this entire African Elementals series has taken me for a ride.  As I unveil the Soul Eater cover,  here’s some of my thoughts about this dark urban fantasy series that just refuses to let me go.  Let me know what you think:

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Guest Interview: A.D. Koboah’s Darkling Series has African Magic and Vampires

AD KoboahA.D.  Thank you for agreeing to interview with me.  I’m so excited about your work.  When I read Dark Genesis, I became enamoured with the story and plight of the lovers and the family. You did an amazing job at weaving ancestors, slavery, family history, vampires, and a to-die-for love story. 

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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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Summer Reading Fest: Flee (The Short Story Prequel to The Soul Eaters) Chapter Five

Flee small - CopyThis is the last chapter. I hope you all have enjoyed my Summer Reading Fest.  Don’t forget that I’ll blog next week about why I chose to include domestic violence and female genital mutilation in my paranormal romance. This is the last week to participate in the free drawing for Breaking Free so make sure you RT/Tweet, like my FB page, or sign-up for my subscriber’s list. 

 

I’m hoping that you’re on the edge of your seat. Shania’s got that creepy priest after her baby, her memories are all messed up and Corbin’s about to go through an evil awakening.  Do you agree that she should run? Finish Chapter Five of Flee.

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Summer Reading Fest: Flee (The Short Story Prequel to The Soul Eaters) Chapter Two


Flee small - CopyIs everyone ready for Chapter Two? This week proves to be interesting with Corbin’s knowledge of Shania’s pregnancy. What will he do?  Is it ok for him to propose at her grandmother’s funeral?

 

Hope you all leave me some comments today. Here’s Chapter Two.

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Summer Reading Fest: Flee (The Short Story Prequel to The Soul Eaters) Chapter One


Flee small - CopyWelcome to my summer reading fest.  I’d like to introduce everyone to my heroine, Shania. Her grandmother has passed away and left her an interesting wood box that hums and glows.  Nobody else can see that part, though. This box is opening up her earth elemental magic. It's awakening her lost memories. 

 

I’m hoping to inspire conversations around the Africana symbols, Shania’s creepy ex-boyfriend, Thor, her dog, or even if a romance heroine is allowed to have an abortion.Let me know what you think.

 

BTW, Don't forget to RT/Tweet, like my FB fan page or sign-up for my subscriber's list to win a free e-copy of Breaking Free.  Without further adieu, Here’s Chapter One. 

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On My Way to a Mammogram Fear Happened

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People know how wild my imagination can get.  So it's no suprise when I say that I've been having an unusual amount of fear, trepidation, and weirded out dreams when I think about getting a mammogram. I try to conquer my fear by tapping into my Marine experience but then my mind realizes that most Marines are men and men don't take Mammograms! Back to that crazy fear again.

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Interview with Author Nicole Sconiers: Beckyville has the Snarky, Racial Humor of Undercover Brother Mixed with the Sophistication of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

Escape_From_BeckyvilleI met Nicole Sconiers at OnyxCon 3 in Atlanta. I immediately downloaded the Beckyville short stories and dug-in. I couldn’t stop reading them. The stories push the envelope of issues that pertain to African-American women such as issues surrounding hair, attitude, rage, and injustice. These stories are not for the faint of heart. Sconiers uses speculative fiction to share those internalized emotions and feelings that some Black women have towards being victimized and treated as if they are racially inferior but it’s done in a snarky, satirical manner. I especially love the stories that expose issues surrounding Black women’s hair. I know I am always asked about my Sisterlocks. LOL!

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