Thursday, April 24, 2014

A to Z Challenge: U is for Miranda A. Uyeh! *Bonus Author Interview!*


Miranda A. Uyeh is an assistant lecturer at a local college in Makurdi City, Nigeria, where she teaches two geology courses. Her love for books goes as far back as when her father placed Disney’s Rapunzel in her hands—her very first storybook! By the time she was thirteen she knew she was going to be a writer. You can find Miranda on her blog where she shares her love for books, entertainment and Christian spirituality with her readers. Miranda holds a B.Tech (Hons) in Applied Geology from ATBU, Nigeria. To Die Once is her debut novel, #1 of the Child of Grace book series.

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*Author Interview*

What is your favorite letter of the alphabet?

I can’t say that I have one.

What is the name of the first book you ever read or that was read to you?

This question brings back lovely memories! Disney’s Rapunzel!

Who is your favorite Speculative Fiction Main Character of Color?

Eugenia Green of Rafael by K. Victoria Chase

Is there an author who inspires you?

There are a few: Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, MaryLu Tyndall, and Julie Lessman. I’ve learned a lot from them.

What speculative fiction subgenre do you feel needs more diversity?

Christian Interracial Romance

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on the second book in the Child of Grace Series, To Lie Once, sequel to book #1, To Die Once. It’s a “good girl gone bad” sort of story.

Have you always written characters of color?

Being that To Die Once is my first published book, I can safely say “yes”. I hope to write more in the future.


Miranda's romantic suspense novel, To Die Once, is available May 21st! Win one of 10 copies by entering the A to Z Giveaway!




A NOVEL


Two men, one woman, a rosebush …

… a terrible past, an uncertain future

Jennifer, a woman unexpectedly trapped in a path of love and passion against everything she believes.

Rodrigo, a man set to get what he wants at the cost of what matters most.

Stefano, a man with a past, a story to tell and passion to offer.

Chidi, a friend in need, a friend indeed. Or not?

From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does, and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking truth that shakes both her world and his.

Then he is gone.


Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life, old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled.


Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions.


Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?



… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A to Z Challenge: T is for Tananarive Due!



Tananarive Due is a novelist and a creative writing teacher who has worked as a journalist. She won the American Book Award in 2002 for her novel The Living Blood.

If you haven't read any of her books, you should! In fact, I'm going to try to start you off by throwing a paperback copy of My Soul to Keep, the first book in The Living Blood Series, into our A to Z Challenge Giveaway pot. Check out the giveaway in the left sidebar and good luck!


  


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A to Z Challenge: S is for Skinless by L.M. Davis! *Bonus Interview and Book Trailer!*

L. M. Davis loves great storytelling. She needs nothing more than a good book and a comfy chair to be happy. She was born in the south, raised in the north, and has a few degrees under her belt. She doesn't like to admit it, but she may have something of a "shifter" fetish. She still hasn’t gotten her black cat, but she thinks about it everyday. Her thoughts go something like this: "I really should get a cat." For now, she contents herself with spoiling the pets of her friends and family. She is the author of Interlopers: A Shifters Novel, Posers: A Shifters Novel, and skinless.

Author Interview

What is your favorite letter of the alphabet?

L. It's all about family.

What is the name of the first book you ever read or that was read to you?

Besides Berenstain Bears, The People Could Fly. It's one of my favorite books to give to young children now.

Who is your favorite Speculative Fiction Main Character of Color?

Such a hard question. Honestly, I can't answer, from Butler and Bank's kick butt heroines to Chesnutt and Schuyler's antiheroes, I really can't choose.

Is there an author who inspires you?

So many. Right now, I'm all about language, so James Baldwin, Oscar Wilde, Toni Morrison and Edgar Allen Poe. They are all so amazing in the ways they use weave the written word.

What speculative fiction subgenre do you feel needs more diversity?

Umm, all of them, especially in terms of what's being published by traditional publishers.

What are you working on right now?

Finishing up my Shifters Novel series and a couple of short stories.

Have you always written characters of color?

Yes, having people of color as central characters has always been important to me.


L.M. is the author of Skinless: A Novel in III Parts (Part I) . Check out the blurb and trailer below!



Looking at Luca, who’s just saved my life, I can’t respond. No explanation I might offer will satisfy after all of the extraordinary things he’s just witnessed. —Ankh

AnCaela Murphy's body is a ticking bomb that only her mom can defuse. The problem: her mother is missing and presumed taken by the Skinless, bogeymen from Ankh’s home world who have been hunting her and her mother for two years--ever since they fled that world and certain death.

With help from Luca, a boy whose touch confuses and who refuses to back down, Ankh races against time to find her mother before the bomb inside of her detonates, taking her life. Tracking the Skinless across the country, the pair search for her mother and uncover the horrifying truth behind the generations-old war.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

A to Z Challenge: R is for Cecilia Robert!

Introducing another Diverse Pages blogger.
The lovely Cecilia Robert!


I write YA, NA and Adult. My motto: Passion rules. I enjoy writing stories about people finding love in the most unexpected places, coupled with adventurous journeys, whether it's urban, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary or paranormal romance. There's always a happy ever after, no matter how long it takes to get there. When I'm not working in my full time job, I don my supermom cape, or in most cases find myself trapped between the pages of a book in search for a hero who'll make me swoon with just a look or a word. My favourite form of therapy is knitting. Best. Therapy. Ever.




17- year- old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.

Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her.



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A to Z Challenge: Q is for "Q" from They All Fall Down by Angela Brown!

Q is the only character to get his own post during this challenge. And I have to thank him (and Angela Brown of course!) for coming through to help fill this spot. In Angela's novel They All Fall Down, Q is The Devourer and Master of Hell. Despite his rather intimidating titles, he has graciously agreed to an interview. You will soon find he's quite a character.

Enjoy!


Kelbian: Welcome to Diverse Pages, Q. You're making history with us today as the first character ever interviewed on the blog. I'm looking forward to getting to know you a little better.

Q: I do that a lot, you know, making history...oh and making deals. We can discuss the latter one if you're interested. *quirks eyebrow above shades*

Kelbian: Deals you say? Okay...let me get back to you on that one. First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? How old are you?

Q: I am some people's nightmare and the dream-come-true maker for those willing to pay a tiny price. I mean, really, what are you going to do with your soul when you die? I'm the one who can give it new purpose...give you new purpose.

As for my age, well, I don't have one. Let's just say I've been around for a very, very long time. And my origins are more heavenly than most would want to accept. Although, this latest mutation, transformation - whatever - belongs to the body of a priest from India.

Kelbian: What about your family? Can you tell us about them? Are you all close?

Q: I don't speak with my brothers and sisters much, not since I was banished from heaven. They aren't exactly interested in keeping up with their brother, the first fallen angel. But this host, this Father Quanon has a brother. Seems he didn't keep up with him either.

Kelbian: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Q: Aw, what a cute question. How about you tell me what you want to be? I can make it happen...for a small price. *smirk*

Kelbian: *laughs nervously* Well, I've kind of got that in the bag. But thanks for the offer. Tell me, what group did you hang out with in high school?

Q: High school wasn't something I did.

Kelbian: Interesting. Is there anything you're passionate about these days?

Q: Wait, are you asking me that because you also think I'm obsessed with Abby? Well, I'm not. I just want what was promised to me...by any means necessary.

Kelbian: Oh...kay. Something tells me I'm going to want to meet this Abby. You seem a bit high strung. Or maybe it's just me. In any case, what do you normally do to unwind and relax?

Q: I have Samaya, my highly favored Harvestor, for relaxing and undwinding and other such things.

Kelbian: Also interesting. Another person I'll have to add to my interview list. Might be a great way to find out how the people in your life see you. Tell me, is there a single scariest moment in your life? How did you deal with it?

Q: Scariest moment? I don't experience fear; I feed off of it.

Kelbian: I'll keep that in mind. If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

Q: I apologize to no one.

Kelbian: What would we find in your closet? And I don't mean skeletons. If I opened the door, would everything fall on top of me? Or would it be neatly categorized and labeled?

Q: I keep things rather organized in hell, everything in its place. But you won't find a closet, although you may find some real skeletons.

Kelbian: *ha, ha* Okay, so what makes Q happy?

Q: Devouring souls filled with extraordinary amounts of fear.

Kelbian: I'll give you this, Q. You're an incredibly interesting and intimidating guy. In your opinion, what one word best describes you?

Q: Patient

Thanks for joining us, Q. I'm sure you've kept our readers thoroughly entertained!

Hey guys. Want more Q? I'll bet you do :) You can win a copy of They All Fall Down and Neverlove by entering our giveaway! Check it out in the left side bar and more about They All Fall Down below!




***Read Neverlove , where forbidden love blossomed and a seed of obsession was planted...***

Now...
Abby and Basil no longer cross in between life and death to protect lost souls...or steal them. But their former duties as Cleanser and Harvestor hover close, threatening the new path they've chosen.

In the shadows, Q, the new master of hell, embraces his role as the Devourer. With a crave that refuses to be denied, he sets a plan in motion to claim his deepest desires for the fall of mankind and the one woman constantly slipping from his grasp: Abby.

True love is put to the test and salvation is only possible if Abby and Basil choose the right path. Or the world could be destined for, “ashes, ashes, we all fall down.”

***This new adult paranormal romance contains sexual situations, a few swear words, and is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***

Friday, April 18, 2014

A to Z Challenge: P is for Patricia McKissack!

Patricia McKissack (born August 9, 1944 Smyrna, Tennessee) is an American children's writer.[1] She is the author of three Dear America books: A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North, and Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl. She has also written a novel for The Royal Diaries series: Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba. Patricia currently lives in St. Louis. Her husband, Frederick McKissack, with whom she co-won the Regina Medal in 1998, died in April of 2013 at the age of 73; before marrying her and joining her in writing full time, he had an accomplished career as a U.S. Marine, a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and had owned a contracting business in the St. Louis area.[2]

Patricia McKissack is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_C._McKissack)

Patricia is the author of several children's books. Check out her speculative fiction series The Clone Codes and my personal favorite The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural .


Thursday, April 17, 2014

A to Z Challenge: O is for Octavia E. Butler!


Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.




Kindred! I love this book. I discovered Octavia Butler during a writing class in college. This is the first book of hers I read. I loved it and it changed the way I thought about characters in speculative fiction. Octavia Butler was way ahead of her time, a wonderful writer with an amazing mind. Don't miss out on any of her stories!


 

 Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.