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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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Guest Blogger: Alexis Vorpahl Talks About Writing Aliens That Are Based in Polynesian Culture

Alexis_VorpahlThe dim moon barely lit up the night sky; the air was fragranced with the smell of plumeria. Lit torches surrounded us as shadows danced along the tables. The mumble of voices and the stirring of bodies shifting like the waves of the ocean were but a dull sound as the drums sounded off in erratic composition. … The sounds of voices, hands slapping, and pounding feet permeated the air with visions of a distant past; a distant place where people danced to tell a story….

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Guest Blogger: Margaret Fieland Discusses Her Dark Skinned Aliens

Margaret_FielandI'm a way back sci fi fan, but until I started planning "Relocated" last fall, I'd never written any, so partly to get myself past my "sci fi" block, I decided to write a sci fi novel for 2010 NANO.

In my YA sci fi, "Relocated," the main character, 14 year old Raketh (Keth) Frey is an Aleyni/human mix. Aleynis are dark skinned, gray eyed, aliens with psi abilities. In the Terran Federation, use of psi is illegal, and relations between the Aleyni and the Terran Federation are strained at best.

Why dark skin? Well, I wanted my aliens to look distinctive, and I liked the idea of casting against type and making the dark skinned guys the good guys. Plus that's just how they looked in my head.

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Guest Blogger Deleyna Marr: It's All About POV. The Need to Write Multicultural SciFi.

Deleyna_web_2I do not believe I am a racist. And yet I can make thoughtless comments, be oblivious, be hurtful without realization or intent. Like when I offered a hairdrier to a black friend. Hey, I thought I was being helpful. Forget color-blind. I can be down-right blind.

I don’t classify people by race. Why? I grew up with parents who were from the deep south. They would whisper things like, “well, he’s black...” as if that would explain something. Those comments made me ill. I grew up in Silicon Valley in the middle of the dot com boom. My early jobs were so multi-cultural that to me the world was a rainbow. I tour guided at a museum that drew international tourists and tried to learn phrases in as many languages as I could.

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White Authors Fear Being Called a Racist: When Inclusion is Done Wrong

white_man_with_a_prejudice_blindfoldSome authors of Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal stories get race all wrong and the work that they produce is seen as racist.  I'm one of those people, though, who hold back on the "R" word until I completely read the entire work. So, when a book came across my desk, I gave pause.

 

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Signing a Book Contract with Heart Ally Books

heartlogo3I'm so excited about my decision to Indie publish with Heart Ally Books. I've been waiting for the opportunity to push my work to the next level and I've found it! I think Lisa Norman is absolutely fanatstic and I've enjoyed working with her on my website. I'm more than pleased to take the next step with her in launching my digital novel.

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Black People Don’t Read Science Fiction: New Blog Tackles Multiculturalism in Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Stories

Alicia Mccalla and her uncle at a young ageAlicia and her uncle old

 One of the worse fights I’ve had was with my uncle who was a few years older than me.  It wasn’t just a battle of words but a knock down drag out physical fight with me clutching hold to my weird books and him trying to pry them out of my skinny little hands.  I think he was trying to save me. Some 20 years later; I get it. He didn’t want anyone to think that his quirky niece was weird.

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Breaking Free

Available in print and immediate download! What if your mom was abducted? What if the people who held her hostage wanted to erase her mind? Seventeen year old XJ Patterson is genetically enhanced. So is her revolutionary mother, Dorothy. CAGE, the Coalition to Assimilate Genetically Enhanced Persons, abducts Dorothy because she crossed the wrong person. XJ wants to […]

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