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Guest Fest: Lea Nolan Discusses her Gullah Root Worker in her Upcoming Novel "Conjure"

Lea_NolanThanks so much for having me, Alicia it is truly a pleasure to be here for Guest Fest!

Since this post is supposed to address paranormal and color, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce one of the characters in my upcoming debut, CONJURE, the first book in The Hoodoo Apprentice series.

 In CONJURE, Miss Delia Whitaker is a ninety-seven year old Gullah root worker who lives on St. Helena Island in the South Carolina low country. Miss Delia’s not just any conjurer, she’s the island’s premier hoodoo practitioner and wise woman. When my heroine, Emma Guthrie, her brother and their best friend unleash a wicked flesh-eating curse that threatens their lives, they turn to Miss Delia for help in learning the magic to break the hex.

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Interview: Author L.M. Davis Discusses the Symbolism of her Black Panther Shifters

 Alien_Encounters_005Can you tell me a little about your background for my blog readers? 

I have been a writer all of my life.  I have written short stories, novels, news articles, every possible genre, but for some reason fantasy always pulls me back. I have had several fantasy stories published in small literary magazines.   Interlopers:  A Shifters Novel is my first book length work.

 

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Alien Encounters: Panelists Tackle Tough Issues That Impact YA Black Speculative Fiction

Alien_Encounters_PanelI was pleased to attend the authors' discussion and book signing at Auburn Avenue Research library. This Alien Encounters topic was "Beyond Twilight and Harry Potter: Speculative Fiction for Young Adults of Color." The dicussion was timely, interesting, and important. I'm sad that I missed the other sessions, I was knee deep in finishing Breaking Free. Sadness. But what I heard at this panel was awesome.

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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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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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How the Heck Does Sherrilyn Kenyon know about Sisterlocks? A Closer Look @ Menyara in the Chronicles of Nick

Infinity_Nick_ChroniclesAs a YA author, I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's new series. I already loved reading Nick's adult story and now I thoroughly enjoy learning more about his story as a teen.  When I approached the series, I  knew that it was going to be good. Sherrilyn Kenyon knows how to tell a great story. Can you tell I'm a fan girl? So here I was minding my own business when wham! She introduces me to the character of Menyara! I love this character but more importantly, Menyara has Sisterlocks!

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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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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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