Saturday, February 28, 2015

7 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels By Authors of Color Coming in 2015

Science fiction and fantasy are two genres typically associated with white males, but that's slowly changing. Minorities are growing among the ranks of genre writers, and introducing their unique perspective. Our Lady of Black Scifi created this list of Science Fiction & Fantasy novels written by writers of color that will be coming out in 2015. While by no means comprehensive, it's a great start.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (7th of April, 2015) Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (5th of May, 2015) A prequel to World Fantasy Award-winning novel, Who Fears Death. Phoenix is raised among other genetic experiments in New York’s Tower 7. She is an accelerated woman, only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix’s abilities far exceed those of a normal human.

Apex by Ramez Naam (5th of May, 2015) In the concluding volume of the Nexus trilogy, mankind has evolved. They call them the Apex—humanity’s replacement. They’re smarter, faster, better. And infinitely more dangerous. 

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu (7th of July, 2015) In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (4th of August, 2015) In a world that has suffered frequent, repeated Extinction Level Events for millions of years, and all life (and magic) in this world has adapted to it, Essun must fight to save her daughter at the risk of breaking herself.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (April 2015) The story of two teenagers fighting to survive under the Empire’s brutal, militaristic regime, which has outlawed reading among the once-powerful Scholar class; the Scholars live under the oppression of the Martials, who silently assassinate insurgents.

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (14th of July, 2015) After an alien ambassador’s arrival outside Lagos, Nigeria is leaked via YouTube, it’s up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle First Contact and prevent mass extinction.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"The Girl Who Played With the Dragon Tattoo's Nest" is a Featured Story on Wattpad

Just a heads-up that my parody, The Girl Who Played With the Dragon Tattoo's Nest is a featured story on Wattpad. You can read it with their sweet story widget.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"The Boy Next Door" Made The Dumbest Book Blunder Ever

(Jennifer Lopez/Universal Pictures)
Wow, there is a real shortage of English literacy in this world. The best evidence came recently from The Boy Next Door, the Jennifer Lopez thriller about a teacher who has an affair with her student. I haven't seen it, but apparently in one scene, Lopez's character is given a "first edition" of The Iliad.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang"

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Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. I admit, I was first inspired to read it from the 1960's movie of the same name. I just discovered October 2014 was its fiftieth anniversary, so here's some trivia as a delayed memorial for the occasion.

1. Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang was written by Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series of novels.

2. Fleming would often tell his son Caspar a bedtime story about a wondrous car every night.

3. While recovering from his second heart attack, Fleming was encouraged by a friend to write his bedtime stories into a book. Chitty is the only children's book he ever wrote.

4. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang was inspired by Chitty Bang Bang, a series of customised Mercedes built and raced by Count Louis Zborowski in the 1920's. Zborowski allegedly named his cars after the noises the engines made.

5. Chitty-Chitty's flying ability was inspired by the aerodynamic designs of Zborowski's cars, which incorporated parts from zeppelins.

6. Jemima Pott, the daughter of the main character, is named after the daughter of Fleming's previous employer.

7. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang was originally serialized in the Daily Express newspaper in five episodes over the course of a week, from October 19-23, 1964.

8. The original manuscript had a recipe for fudge that, in real life, wasn't good. Fleming's editors spent a whole day trying different fudge recipes to make a better one.

9. Fleming died of a third and final heart attack two months prior to the book's publication.

10. In 2011 and 2012, author Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote two sequels in the collection, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time.

Image source: "ChittyChittyBangBang". Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.'

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Friday, February 13, 2015

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

There are a lot of different elements that go into a story. This infographic, designed by James R. Harris, is a collection of story elements collected from TVTropes arranged in a periodic table.

You can view an interactive version at his website. You can also buy a print at his DeviantART site

[Via ebookfriendly.com]

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Friday, February 6, 2015

"The Girl Who Played With the Dragon Tattoo's Nest" is Free and Finished

My parody of Dragon TattooThe Girl Who Played With the Dragon Tattoo's Nest, is finished. It actually ended up a full novella, covering the entire length of the novel. I might expand and publish it as an ebook later on, but you can enjoy it in all its Swedish glory at Wattpad right now for free.

And there's still time before February 15 to pre-order my next novel Seizure for only 99 cents.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Preorder My Next Novel, "Seizure" For Only 99 Cents!

As I said in my last post, I'll be releasing my next thriller Seizure on February 15, 2015. New info, I'm going to be trying out the new pre-order feature on Amazon for it. Right now, you can order it for only 99 cents. Once it's released, the price will go up to $2.99, so this is a good chance to get it at a reduced price.

Here's the description:
When Kent Reynolds' closest friend dies of a fatal seizure, he thinks it's just another tragedy in his life, like the death of his wife years earlier. But as more people die the same way, he uncovers a horrifying conspiracy. Someone has found a way to make computers trigger lethal seizures in anyone who uses them. And it's spreading around the world. Kent must race to find the truth behind the murders and stop them before the Internet becomes a weapon to wipe out Mankind.
Click here to pre-order Seizure for 99 cents today!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Seizure" is Coming on February 15

My next novel, Seizure, is going to be released on February 15, 2015. It's the second in what will end up being a trilogy of computer related thrillers, along with Dead Links. I'll have more information coming soon, but here's an overview.
When Kent Reynolds' closest friend dies of a fatal seizure, he thinks it's just another tragedy in his life, like the death of his wife years earlier. But as more people die the same way, he uncovers a horrifying conspiracy. Someone has found a way to make computers trigger lethal seizures in anyone who uses them. And it's spreading around the world. Kent must race to find the truth behind the murders and stop them before the Internet becomes a weapon to wipe out Mankind.
Stay tuned for more details!

Oh, and speaking of Dead Links, it's on sale for only 99 cents until 1/23/2015. If you haven't read it, this would be a good time to get caught up.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NPR's Ira Glass Explains Why Your Writing is Not Good Enough

It's a common fear among writers that their work isn't good enough, that it's actually pretty bad. And while there's a lot of stuff out there on fighting through that and believing in yourself, the truth is that sometimes...you're right. Your writing isn't that good. But writer and host of NPR's This American Life Ira Glass explained in his series "On Storytelling" why that's not a bad thing. Sometimes, it's that very gap between your writing and your expectations that makes you a good writer. Here's the animated text version.


[Via Goins, Writer]
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Monday, January 12, 2015

New Release: "TOONS 4 - The Anime Way"

With all my recent releases out of the way, I finally had time to edit and release the next book in the TOONS series, The Anime Way. In this installment, Crafty Wolf, Bizzy Beaver, Lucky Elf, and their new buddy Meany Wolf journey to the anime-inspired world of Neo-Neeyo.

When the gang lands in the futuristic city, they stumble across the Cybotech Five, a misfit team of Japanese warriors who use their giant robot to fight an evil alien empire. It's a world of martial arts, robots, and people talking without moving their lips. But when the Cybotech Five's leader goes down for the count, it's up to Bizzy and the crew to save the city.

Download The Anime Way today at the special introductory price of only 99-cents today! If you're new to the series, I've also dropped the price on the first installment, Living in Looneyville. And stay tuned for the final installment in the epic showdown, The Wonderful WonderWoods!

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