BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #5

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS VALJEANNE JEFFERS

VALJEANNE JEFFERS

VALJEANNE JEFFERS

Valjeanne Jeffers is a graduate of Spelman College and the author of the SF/fantasy novels: Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend, Immortal III: Stealer of Souls, and the steampunk novels: Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds and The Switch II: Clockwork (includes books 1 and 2).

Valjeanne’s fiction has appeared in Steamfunk!, Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction, Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, LuneWing, PurpleMag, Genesis Science Fiction Magazine, Pembroke Magazine, Possibilities, 31 Days of Steamy Mocha, and Griots II: Sisters of the Spear (in press). She works as an editor for Mocha Memoirs Press and is also co-owner of Q and V Affordable editing.

Her two latest novels: Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective and Colony: Ascension will be released later this year.

Preview or purchase her novels at:

http://www.vjeffersandqveal.com

Contact Q & V Affordable Editing at:  http://qandvaffordableediting.blogspot.com/

Valjeanne blogs regularly at: http://valjeanne.wordpress.com

She has a podcast as “Crystal Temptress” (with co-host Quinton Veal as “Loyal Fang”) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/vjeffersandqveal

 

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #4

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS CED PHARAOH!

CED PHARAOHMy name is Ced Pharaoh, I was born in Chicago, IL and was married in front of thousands at The African Festival Of Arts. I’m a lifelong bookworm; my earliest favorites were, of course comic books/graphic novels but that branched out into mysteries (Encyclopedia Brown, Sherlock Holmes etc), thrillers, poetry, non-fiction biographies and sci-fi/fantasy! However, a book called The Legend of Tarik by Walter Dean Myers really got me. It wasn’t spelled out but I KNEW that Tarik was a Blackman..it was a thin book but was packed with excitement and adventure……

Fast forward and I’ve used my love of photography, reading and writing in past marketing positions and opportunities to create bios, media releases, advertising copy, voice-over scripts, interviews, blog posts and social media content. However, I’ve always written poetry and short stories, in particular Sci-Fi/Fantasy where the only boundaries are the limits of your imagination and the only rules are…there are none! The possibilities are endless! So here it is, inspired by the people I’ve met, by the genres I love and the inspiration of the rich African Culture and History, the mythologies and My People. I invite you to Follow & Connect with me to learn more about the cool stories I will tell. Comment and Critiques are welcome!

Here is a list of some of his work:

* Watch The Shadows: The Legacy Chronicles Book 1

Available through Amazon for the Kindle (click the above title to purchase)

* Urban Mage

Learn more about Ced Pharaoh by clicking the link his website:  http://www.cedpharaoh.com/index.html

 

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #3

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHTED AUTHOR IS SERESSIA GLASS!

SERESSIA GLASSSeressia Glass is an award-winning author of more than twenty contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories. Her current series (Shadowchasers, Sons of Anubis)  (see below) are steeped in Egyptian mythology. She lives north of Atlanta with her guitar-wielding husband and two attack poodles. When not writing, she spends her free time people-watching, belly dancing, and watching anime.

Seressia has always been a voracious reader and turned to writing at an early age, using her fantastical tales for extra credit in school. Her proudest writing moment remains winning the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “Living the Dream” essay contest as a high school senior and getting to meet Coretta Scott King and read her essay to the King family. Since then, she’s gone on to write a motley crew of characters and creatures including werewolves, djinn, demons, Egyptian deities and jackal shapeshifters with a few humans thrown into the mix. No matter who or what she’s writing about, Seressia weaves in the universal themes of acceptance and being comfortable in one’s own skin.  Her stories have won numerous awards including an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Emma Awards, and finalists in a variety of contests.

When not working on her next story, Seressia is an instructional designer for an international home improvement company, writing and developing training materials.

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See the synopsis for SHADOW BLADE, BOOK ONE in the SHADOWCHASER SERIES!

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For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.

Kira’s day job as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she’s got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside-down in search of a four-millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira’s hands.

Then there’s Khefar, the dagger’s true owner-a near-immortal 4000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit. looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow force, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever. . . .

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See the synopsis for SEDUCING THE JACKAL, BOOK ONE in the SONS OF ANUBIS SERIES.

Seducing_the_JackalThe Sons of Anubis are jackal shapeshifters—they have a human form and a jackal form. Millennia ago, the god Anubis called jackals from the grasslands beyond the Great Western Desert and imbued them with his power, giving them the ability to assume human form and charging them to aid him in his duties as lord of the underworld.

Helping them do this were the Daughters of Isis. For thousands of years they worked together, lived together. Some even loved together. Then the witches betrayed the jackals, and an unending war thus began.

 

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Awards and Accolades

  • 2006 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner, Through the Fire
  • 2006 Emma Award for Best Anthology Winner, Vegas Bites
  • 2006 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee, Genesis Press Book of the Year, Through the Fire
  • 2006 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee, Anthology of the Year, Vegas Bites
  • 2006 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee, Novella of the Year, Double Down from Vegas Bites
  • 2006 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee, Author of the Year
  • 2001 Emma Awards nominee, Best New Author
  • 2000 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards winner, New Author of the Year
  • 2000 Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards winner, Genesis Book of the Year, No Commitment Required
  • 1986 Winner, “Living the Dream” essay contest, inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration

4+ Rating “This could be the start of a very promising career.” –Wayne Jordan, Romance in Color

“A wonderful read when you want a romance with more feeling than sexual posturing.” –The Midwest Book Review

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! “A pleasure that’s sure to ease and tantalize from beginning to end.” –Romantic Times Magazine

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Seressia Glass has been a personal writing inspiration to me and one of my sheroes.

Check out her website @: http://seressia.com/

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #2

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHTED AUTHOR IS THE LEGENDARY STEVEN BARNES!

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is an American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and is married to writing peer and legendary speculative fiction author, Tananarive Due. The couple reside in California with their son. Barnes also has a daughter from a  previous marriage.

Besides being an author, Barnes is a certified hypnotherapist and an avid practitioner of the martial arts. He holds black belts in Kenpo Karate and Kodokan Judo. Barnes also practices Kali stick and knife fighting, Wu-style Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido among other styles. He also studies Yoga and is a life coach with Diamond Hour.

Dream Park Novel CoverHis first published fiction work was a Hugo Award nominated novelette titled, “The Locusts”, he co-authored with Larry Niven. Barnes has since gone on to write a popular series of novels with Niven, titled “The Dream Park Series.”

Several novels in the series followed and a legion of fans devoured them. The writing duo maintained a successful writing arrangement and went on to produce other series together as well.

 

 

Street Lethal Novel Cover

He has also penned solo works of note, including The Aubry Knight series, which featured one of my personal favorites, “Street Lethal.”

Steven’s work became a very powerful, influential and inspiring voice in Black Speculative Fiction and science fiction in general.

Several other series followed, both solo and co-authored.

 

Barnes has also written screenplays for The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, as well as writing novelizations for popular science fiction franchises such as: Star Trek and Star Wars.

Danger Word

He is still very active in writing and recently co-authored a screenplay with his wife Tananarive Due for a short film titled, “Danger Word” which stars actor Frankie Faison.

Over the course of his career, Barnes has written nearly thirty novels. A bibliography can be found at the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Barnes

 

Steven Barnes is a personal writing inspiration to me and one of my heroes.

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OCTOBER IS BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH!

EACH DAY WILL FEATURE A SPECULATIVE FICTION AUTHOR/ARTIST OF COLOR!

Greetings Staunch Perusers!

The month of October is BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH! During this time we celebrate the work and contributions to speculative fiction by People of Color. Many people are either unaware and/or simply choose to ignore the various creative works of ethnic minorities in the genres of: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror to name but a few.

I will be listing a speculative fiction writer or artist of color for every week of the month starting today and spotlight that author/artist with background info and a listing of their work(s).

I challenge my readers to pick up a novel or purchase a piece of artwork from each of the featured creators each week in support of them and BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH in general!

Learn more about these talented creators and their work(s) while finding NEW exciting entertainment and enlightenment.

THIS WEEK’S SPOTLIGHT CREATOR IS THE LEGENDARY L.A. BANKS!

L.A. BANKS

L.A. BANKS

Biography

Leslie Esdaile Banks: New York Times and USA Today Best-selling author, L.A. Banks has penned over 40 novels and 12 novellas in a wide range of genres and is the recipient of the 2009 Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention Career Achievement Award for Paranormal Fiction and the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award, as well as the 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award for the State of Pennsylvania. Recently she was featured as a speaker on the HBO Special on Vampire Literature and Legends as a prelude to the True Blood premier.

A native of Philadelphia, Banks is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program, and alumnae of Temple University’s Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking program. She writes under the pseudonyms; L.A. Banks, Leslie Esdaile, Leslie E. Banks, Leslie Banks, and Leslie Esdaile Banks. She has won several business as well as literary awards, and writes in genres as diverse as romance, women’s fiction, crime suspense, and paranormal. She has contributed to magazines, newspaper columns, and has written commercial fiction for a variety of major publishers: St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, Harlequin, Kensington Publishing, BET/Arabesque, Dark Horse Press, Genesis Press, Parker Publishing, Harper, and Tor. Her non-fiction work includes the riveting and motivational story of Bank’s life journey in her contribution to the Chicken Soup for the African American Soul anthology.

Banks’ writing career took a new twist when she won the coveted contract with Paramount/Showtime in collaboration with Simon & Schuster/Pocketbooks to write a book series for the popular cable network television series, Soul Food. Banks was also contracted to write the Universal Studios/Dark Horse Press novelization of the movie, Scarface, which takes a look at the main character Tony Montana’s life two years before he immigrated  from Cuba to American in 1978. In addition, Banks penned a four-book crime thriller for Kensington/Dafina, beginning with Betrayal of the Trust, under her alternate pseudonym, Leslie Esdaile Banks. From there, Banks transitioned into another hot genre in the world of paranormal fiction, where she has penned a 12 book Vampire Huntress Legend series under the pseudonym, L.A. Banks, for St. Martin’s Press.

MINION: Book One of the Vampire Huntress Series

MINION: Book One of the Vampire Huntress Series

There is one woman who is all that stands between us and the eternal night.

Here is an account of her legend….

All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons—predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. But Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires have been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music. Strange attacks have also erupted within the club drug-trafficking network and drawn the attention of the police. These killings are a bit out of the ordinary, even for vampires. No neat puncture marks in the neck to show where the life’s blood has been sucked from the body. These bodies have been mutilated beyond recognition, indicating a blood lust and thirst for destruction that surpasses any Damali has encountered before. Damali soon discovers that behind these brutal murders is the most powerful vampire she has ever met, and this seductive beast is coming for her next. But his unholy intentions have also drawn the focus of other hellish dark forces. Soon Damali finds herself being pulled deeper into the vast and horrifying vampire world.

 

 

She also penned a hot werewolf series titled the Crimson Moon Series (a six book series.)

BAD BLOOD: Book One of the Crimson Moon Series

BAD BLOOD: Book One of the Crimson Moon Series

Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world is unaware of the existence of the paranormal—and that the government would like to keep it that way.

As a highly trained Special Ops soldier, Sasha and her team are an elite group of individuals who are survivors of werewolf attacks, now trained to be loyal to only to each other and their government. But when she returns from a solo mission, she finds that her team has mysteriously gone missing. Shocking government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and a host of stunning revelations about who—and what—she really is are only just the beginning…

 

 

 

 

Vampire Huntress: The Graphic Novel

Vampire Huntress: The Graphic Novel

Banks has also moved into ebooks with Red Rose Publishing, graphic novels, comics, manga and even a new YA, entitled, Shadow Walker, for her thriving Vampire Huntress Legends series, as well as a young adult paranormal series that is under development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly, L.A. Banks passed away August 2, 2011 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Ms. Banks was an inspiration to me as a writer and I owe her a lot. She is sorely missed.

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