Checkmate

This is news I’m all to happy to boost the signal for.

My buddy and fellow author, A.L. Olson, has a new book out entitled, Checkmate. This is a title you’l want to check out but more importantly, all the proceeds go towards a very special and important cause.

 

Checkmate

 

I have not had the opportunity to read the book yet (I’m on some writing deadlines at the moment) but the premise definitely caught my attention and I’ve already purchased it and downloaded it on my iPad. One of the reviews indicated that the book has more than a few surprise twists, something that yours truly loves. Game on! Um, pardon the pun.

 

Additional details can be found here. Go show a talented writer and an awesome writer some love. And by all means please repost and spread the word.

 

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And it’s official. Yours truly is going to be a guest at this year’s Geek Media Expo which will be held at the Cool Springs Conference Center & Franklin Marriott on Oct. 26-28.

I’m very excited about this. Epic fun will be epic. If you’re in the Nashville area, you definitely don’t want to miss this. Some most excellent people will be there and an awesome time will be had.

 

 

Introducing: A More Diverse Universe Blog Tour

So last week I signed up for this most important event. Why is this important? Aarti explains why.

“I’ve spoken on this blog (and in other forums) about the lack of diversity in fantasy fiction, particularly fantasy fiction of the epic nature.  If epic fantasy has diversity, it is often present in a fashion that mirrors the stereotypes of Medieval Europe, with Viking-like invaders from the North and Infidels from the East and uneasy peaces and petty wars with those that look most like the heroes of the stories.  This is unfair for many reasons that I hope I don’t need to enumerate here.  And of course, there are absolutely amazing authors whose books are populated by characters of every size, shape, color, and species.  But it’s still difficult and frustrating to be a fantasy reader who comes up against the same tropes in every book.  Because while fantasy novels can be, well, fantastic, they can also be very repetitive and tell the same story with different character names.  And I can’t help but think that at least part of the reason is because of the lack of diversity in fantasy book authorship.  Because it is hard to break into the fantasy genre as a new author, generally.  And even more difficult if your book is about a person of color.  And most difficult of all if you yourself are a person of color writing stories about characters of color.

“Did you know that there are more books in publication about people of color that are by Caucasian authors than there are by people of color authors?!  That means that if you are white and write a book about an Indian girl named Aarti and her life in Chicago (and perhaps a fantastical journey to Fairyland) you are more likely than I am to get that book published.  That’s messed up.

“And so a small group of bloggers got together to create an event to fight this.  And, as bloggers do, we decided to organize a blog tour.  For one week in September (the week of the 23rd), we want ALL OF YOU fantasy/sci fi/magical realism readers (with blogs and without) to read a fantasy/sci fi/magical realism novel written by a person of color.  And to write a review of that book.  You know as well as I do that books succeed based on word of mouth and mentions and conversation, and this is where bloggers can help the MOST.  Just read one book.  And share your thoughts on that one book.

I know your TBR list is huge.  I know your commitments are many.  I know that there are so many things on which you must take a stand, and it can be exhausting to make reading a political activity.  But this is so important to me, and I really think it should be important to you, too.  None of us lives in a monochromatic world, and yet the fact that terrifying hate crimes still occur makes it clear that we do not fully understand or trust each other.  And maybe part of the reason is because the media we consume does not accurately reflect the diversity of our society.  And books are such a massive part of the media we consume that we should demand and fight for those that do represent minorities and those that do present the world from a different perspective than the one we are used to.  So please – participate.  You may just discover a character or an author or a setting or a story that will completely change your life.”

So what can you do? A lot of things, in addition to boosting the signal on this excellent event,  you too can read a spec fic book written by a person of color and discuss it on your blog during the week of  Sept. 23.

Need recommendations? We got you covered:

Want to participate, but don’t want to commit to a full-length novel?  Here’s a list of short fiction.

Love YA fantasy?  (Who doesn’t?)  Here’s a list just for you.

Here’s a few more reading suggestions.

And a few more.

And don’t forget yours truly has a little novel entitled Hollowstone.

And like Aarti, ” I am so excited to see what you read and your reaction to it – have fun making a positive difference!”

You Got That Moxie Baby!!!!

So as many of you know, my novel, Hollowstone, was released through Parker Publishing.

A fine indy press that celebrates quality fiction for readers of distinction, Parker celebrates black, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic literature. In addition, it’s been the home to some world class authors, including the late L.A. Banks.

While romance has been Parker’s tour de force, they’ve recently made a concerted effort to expand and to branch out into other genres through various imprints. I was honored to learn that Hollowstone was in fact one of their first titles for their Moxie line.

Moxie focuses on the multi-ethnic Young Adult stories which ranges from the contemporary to paranormal. These tales explore the young adult’s journey while embracing the diversity of culture.

In addition to Hollowstone, Moxie also some other excellent titles. Excellent titles whose signal should be boosted.

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The Gene Apocalpyse
By Suki Michelle & Carlyle Clark

Global pandemic is raging.

Olivya Wright-Ono’s once loving home has been converted to a hospice for the dying.• Her ability to see auras forces her to witness, with agonizing detail, the vibrant colors of life consumed by malignancy.

The beautiful and troubled, Mikah, is an elite Empath in the ancient Kindred clan, led by the brooding, ever-morphing, monster named Prime. Mikah has learned a terrible truth . . . the plague is linked to Kindred origins. When Olivya sees evidence of disease creeping into her mother’s aura, she has no one to turn to but Mikah. Can he unearth the Kindred secrets and find a cure?•

Can she trust this boy whose power allows him to• manipulate her very emotions? With her mother’s life, and that of the world, in the balance, Olivya and Mikah embark on a quest to stop the Pandemic, only to discover it is far, far more than a mere disease . . .

 

Nascha and the Medicine Man
By Leah Leonard

When her mother is killed by a drunk driver and her grandmother is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Sasha Johnson’s life is changed forever.

With nowhere to go, she leaves New York for New Mexico to live with a father she never knew she had—a Navajo Medicine Man.

Sasha hates her new home but when her grandmother dies, her father is the only person she has left.

As Red Feather teaches Sasha about the Navajo way, she develops her own path toward acceptance in this strange new world, reaching for happiness even as she develops her own frightening abilities—abilities that include seeing and communicating with the Chindi—the spirits of the dead.

 

Coins of Power
By J. A Lesley

Paige loves stories about myths and monsters but she never thought she’d become part of one. When Paige’s crazy Welsh aunt sends her the last in a series of ancient talismans for her fifteenth birthday gift, her whole world turns upside-down.

Cam, the new boy in school has mystical secrets too and when he sees Paige’s birthday gifts he realizes his grandfather’s warnings weren’t nonsense, after all. Danger looms in the form of Balor and his band of sea monsters.

Along with friends Tegan and Jacko, Paige and Cam must learn how to wield their mysterious powers if they are to protect their treasures, their families and maybe even the world.

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Each of these titles are highly excellent, and if you’re like me and think diversity in writing is not only important but long overdue, here’s an opportunity to show your love and support some great titles and some gifted writers.

Help Middle Child Press Reach 1000 Copies

“We wear our weird on the outside.”

Middle Child Press is a publishing company that was founded by and is for women of color. Their goal: to meet the needs of WOC who have been marginalized, ignored and denigrated by mainstream media. What makes MCP unique is that they not only provide traditional literary titles but also Blasian, gothic, experimental and speculative fiction as well.

And now they need your help. With the release of their latest title, The Woman from Cheshire Avenue, MCP is aiming to sell 1,000 copies by Oct. 15, 2011 with the aims to expand their titles, promote other POC authors, and produce more POC titles.

MCP founders Amaya Radjani and Ankhesen Mié discuss why we desperately need more publishers like MCP.

Hellbent To Do The Devil’s Business

Have a busy day today, doing that editing thing but I definitely wanted to boost the signal on the releases of two good friends of mine.

First up, Devil’s Business, the 4th Book in the Black London series by my girl Caitlin Kittredge is out now.

 

Pete Caldecott did everything she could to save Jack from Hell, even reigning in the dark machinations of the Morrigan to help bring him home. Still, Black London has not welcomed Jack back with open arms. . . So when a friend in Los Angeles asks for help tracking a sorcerous serial killer, Pete and Jack decide a change of scenery couldn’t hurt. . .

But the shadow side of the City of Angels turns out to be more treacherous than they ever imagined. Together, Pete and Jack must navigate a landscape teeming with hostile magic-users— and fight an unknown enemy. When their investigation leads to a confrontation with the demon Belial, Jack learns that he wasn’t the only thing to escape from Hell. Now it’s up to him and Pete to track and eliminate an evil older than the Black itself—before it turns L.A. into Hell on Earth. And destroys life as they know it back at home…

Yeah, you’re gonna want to get this book like yesterday. More information about the novel can be found here.

Next up is Hellbent by my partner in crime Cherie Priest. Book #2 in the Cheshire Red Reports, the novel releases on Tuesday Sept. 6.

 

 

Vampire thief Raylene Pendle doesn’t need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex-Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can’t resist an old pal’s request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy sorceress determined to stomp anyone who gets in her way. But Raylene’s biggest problem is that the death of Ian’s vaunted patriarch appears to have made him the next target of some blood-sucking sociopaths.  Now Raylene must snatch up the potent relics, solve a murder, and keep Ian safe—all while fending off a psychotic sorceress. But at least she won’t be alone. A girl could do a lot worse for a partner than an ass-kicking drag queen—right?

With the upcoming release, Priest has goodies to share and is kicking off a very special giveaway called Operation: Negotiable Handbasket. To enter, all it takes is an act of kindness and you being an awesome you.

Ladies, congratulations on your success. I can’t wait to read your books. Now if you all will excuse me, I have some writing to do and some Kindle orders to make.