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It’s Time to Talk About Black Tudors

RSAGARCIA:

An excellent article on new research that is changing the way we view history. Let’s hope it also changes the way we represent it.

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by  Rowena Mondiwa

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A criminally neglected part of British history is the true scope of the African diaspora in Britain that reaches as far back as Renaissance Europe. A new book by Onyeka Nubia seeks to rectify the problem, examining the lives of the thousands of blacks that lived in the UK in Tudor times. In Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Onyeka Nubia shares research conducted in uncovering early evidence of Black existence in the United Kingdom, and proves that black presence was evident a lot earlier than is usually assumed. Nubia’s research focuses on the Tudor era (1485- 1603), specifically looking at the four English cities of London, Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable.

This is not the first book published about African presence in England. Black Lives in the English Archives by Imtiaz Habib (2008) and Gustav Ungerer’s The Mediterranean…

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LEX TALIONIS by R. S. A. Garcia won the silver medal at the Independent Publishers Book Award

RSAGARCIA:

Hey, that’s me they’re talking about!

Originally posted on Dragonwell Publishing Blog:

We are all very excited to congratulate R. S. A. Garcia on receiving a silver medal at the Independent Publishers Book Awards (affectionately known as IPPY) for her debut novel Lex Talionis.

LEX TALIONIS is a highly critically acclaimed debut science fiction thriller that has received a starred review by Publishers Weekly and has been endorsed by the bestselling award-winning author Elizabeth Bear. R. S. A. Garcia lives and works in Trinidad and Tobago and is rapidly gaining recognition wordlwide as an emerging talent in speculative fiction.

Follow this link for the IPPY Award press release:

http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1936

Or, check out LEX TALIONIS on Amazon:

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LEX TALIONIS Has Won An IPPY Award!

I’ve been sitting on this for a few days, ever since my last day at the BOCAS Lit Fest actually, and I still can hardly believe it myself.

But the proof is right here.

LEX TALIONIS, my debut novel, was just awarded the Silver Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook by the Independent Publishers Book Awards. It’s the first award for my book, and the first time I’ve won a prize in a writing competition since I was a teenager.

How do I feel about this, you ask?

Hmmm…let me see…

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Any more questions?

No?

Then excuse me because I have alcohol to drink.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

My Life As A Panelist or Bocas Lit Fest 2015

So last week was my birthday, and the day after I went to my first literary festival as a panelist. This was all new to me, and I was nervous at first, but lucky me, I had some really lovely people at my side to keep me grounded and help me feel confident. I got to do two readings, exchange ideas and chat with Nalo Hopkinson, Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell, and best of all, got to meet young writers and talk to them about Caribbean speculative fiction. It was very inspiring to be in a room full of people who love reading and writing and want to do nothing else but talk about it.

All in all, the festival ran smoothly and I think I did pretty well. One bookseller ran out of my books and another appeared to have good sales. I gave a couple of autographs. Made some connections. But best of all, I met some great people I think I’ll be corresponding with in the future, and hung out with new friends.

Here are some pics of me being a real writer:

With Tobias and Karen!

All of us at a fiction masterclass.

I have a few others with me on the actual panels where we talked about our books and the history and future of Caribbean speculative fiction, but I will spare you those.

No need to thank me.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

Games of Thrones and the Bocas Lit Festival

Yes, in my world, these two actually go together!

First, I’ve been gone for quite a while because my computer died on me and for several weeks I had nothing to write on. No blogging, no writing, nothing. This was me the entire time:

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Then, when I found someone who could fix it without demanding my first born child in return–literally the day I took it to the shop–I came down with bronchitis.

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After being nebulized and medicated to within an inch of my life and completely losing my voice along the way, I have emerged this week firmly on the tail end of this thing and getting stronger every day.

That’s when the world got awesome.

First off, while I was caught up in ‘no computer’ land, I found out that I had been invited to be a panelist at the Bocas Lit Festival, the premiere literary festival of Trinidad and Tobago. This is, by itself, a dream come through. But add to that I would be participating in several panels, over several days, and I was beyond jazzed.

Then they told me I would be on those panels with Karen Lord, Tobias Buckell and Nalo freaking Hopkinson.

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It’s okay. I’m much better now. It hardly even hurt, I promise. Anyway, I’m over the shock. But the awesome of it all just keeps growing, you know?

It’s also my birthday during the week of the Bocas Lit Festival, so I’d taken to thinking of my participation as my early birthday present. That was before I got the invitation from the Chilean Embassy for the cocktail reception in honour of the Lit Festival.

No biggie. I totally have a dress for that.

But then I got a phone call from my cable company yesterday. Normally, that is a phrase that would strike fear in the hearts of cable customers, but in my case, it was just the universe giving me a better birthday present.

I won a competition for two tickets to the advance screening of the premiere episode of season 5 of Game of Thrones.

That’s right. My awesome sister and I are going to see the new Game of Thrones season begin on a big screen on Saturday night–a day before most of the rest of the world.

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So you see, I have a lot to be thankful for.

And I think you will have a lot to read about here in the weeks to come as things get really exciting. If you so desire and all.

Nalo Hopkinson, people. Nalo Hopkinson.

And here I come, Saturday night!

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Stay thirsty, my friends!

Cover Reveal: ASHAMET, DESERT BORN, by Terry Jackman

RSAGARCIA:

Welcome to the Dragonwell family, Terry! So glad it’s finally out so I can read it!

Originally posted on Dragonwell Publishing Blog:

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Dragonwell Publishing is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Ashamet, Desert Born, by Terry Jackman, and with it its beautiful cover!

Publication date: May 30, 2015

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“Headstrong was the least I knew they said about me. Unpredictable, a wicked sense of humour? Gods, I hoped so.”

A desert world. A population of 100 males to every female. And for Ashamet, its prince, a suddenly uncertain future…

All Ashamet wants is the warrior life he already has. But then a divine symbol appears on his arm, closely followed by an attempt on his life. Now nothing’s simple any longer, even less so when a new and very foreign slave seems shocked by both his new surroundings – and his master’s amorous attentions.

Could this innocent young male hold the key to Ashamet’s survival? And to his heart?

“Ashamet, Desert Born”, is a debut adventure fantasy with an exotic…

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In memory: Sir Terry Pratchett

RSAGARCIA:

A very good friend wrote a beautiful piece on Terry Pratchett and what he meant to her. That final line…so say we all…

Rest in Peace and Eternal Memory, Terry.

Originally posted on Anna Kashina:

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In the past year and a half, I lost too many loved ones. Today’s news of the very untimely death of Sir Terry Pratchett, one of my all-time favorite authors, made me re-live those losses and cry for a person I barely knew. Or, did I?

My first introduction to Sir Terry’s works was nearly accidental. Back in late nineties, I — at the time an aspiring fantasy author — decided to attend an author’s event at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena, to see a bestselling author with my own eyes. Terry Pratchett.

Waiting for his appearance, I picked up one of his books from a stand, attracted by the promise of witches and elves. I opened it on a random page near the beginning and read one phrase: “You could bounce rocks off her pride.” Those of you familiar with Sir Terry’s Discworld series may recognize the description of young…

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Celebrate “Read an Ebook Week” with Dragonwell Publishing!

RSAGARCIA:

Great, cheap books need a new home!

My book is only $1.50 if you buy it from my publisher’s site, Dragonwell Publishing. And there are other deals too, including a free book! Go ahead and spend a little change and feel free to spread the word.

Originally posted on Dragonwell Publishing Blog:

To celebrate “Read an Ebook Week” (March 1-7), Dragonwell Publishing is offering one title for FREE and discounted six others to only $1.50. The deal will run from now until March 7th. Don’t miss it!

Just click on the title to go to the download page, and feel free to spread the word!

“Sorrow” by John Lawson

A historical fantasy/mystery/adventure.

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“Lex Talionis” by R. S. A. Garcia

A fast-paced science fiction thriller with a starred review by Publishers Weekly.
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An award-winning dark fantasy based on Russian fairy tales.

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“Nine Planets” by Greg Byrne

A pre-apocayptic dystopian fantasy, highly critically acclaimed.

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“The Garden at the Roof of the World” by W. B. J. Williams

A medieval romantic quest with spiritual elements.
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An Arthurian tale of chivalry and dark magic.

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Guest Blog: Limits of the Imagination

I have a new guest blog post up on my friend Tonya’s awesome Spec Fic Genre Love website.

You can check out the Limits of the Imagination by clicking here.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Stay thirsty, my friends!