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!

GIVEAWAY: ‘The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin’ by Jonathan L Ferrara

RSAGARCIA:

A new writer is on the scene! Welcome, Jonathan!

Originally posted on Dragonwell Publishing Blog:

CoverTo celebrate yet again the release of the YA fantasy novel, The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin, by Jonathan L. Ferrara, Dragonwell Publishing is offering another giveway. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this novel, which keeps garnering rave reviews, or a gift certificate to shop at the publisher’s bookstore.

The winner will be announced the 5th of March on this blog.

Please help launch the work of this talented young author and share this post with your social media!

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This the latest one from Portland Book Reviews:

“[The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin] twists biblical scripture into the current era while sending the reader back to a place as close to Hell as can be, and is an exciting read during the whole ride. Not only is it impressive to see small parts…

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You Haven’t Seen Snowpiercer Yet? Say It Ain’t So!

Because that movie rocks. It literally rocks. When did you last see a movie that uses horror to highlight social injustice in an entertaining and thoughtful way?

South Korean and Australian cinema, particularly the thrillers and horrors, have become my new favourite source for good movies. When I saw the trailer for Snowpiercer I knew I was going to see it. I even posted it on here as one of my must-see trailers. But the movie itself turned out to be far better than I expected. It was one of the best I saw last year. I reminded me of some of the other great South Korean movies I’ve seen, like ‘The Host’, and those I plan to see, like ‘Mother’.

I started thinking about the movie again today because I came upon this article which mentions the scientific concept used to such great effect in Snowpiercer. It nicely breaks down the premise and it’s possible effects. Which is damn scary, frankly. Especially since China is doing this already.

Was also explaining 3D printing to my Dad on the way to work this morning. He was fascinated by it, and totally got how much the method would strengthen certain constructs, like spaceship parts.

Some days I’m just struck by how much future-world we’re living in. Mostly, it’s not the one we expected. But I think that’s because growing up alongside technology makes it seem much more mundane than it really is. I love that about life, actually. In my writing, I like trying to capture how tech is just no big deal to the world now, while at the same time being pretty amazing. I mean, think about trying to explain the stuff we use today to someone born 100 years ago. Insane, right? In one hundred years, the advances we’ve made have been incredible in some areas. Sadly, once you step out of the arena of technology, we still have a lot of stuff to work on. Right, Emma Watson?

But yeah, this is a strange and wonderful future we live in. Hope we make the right choices so we can advance together from here. Some days, I’m not sure we will. Other days, I think it will all work itself out somehow.

Either way, I think we’re all in for a wild ride.

And much like the residents of Snowpiercer, we’d better make sure we’re on a train we can all live with.

Carnival Time Again

It’s Carnival time here again in Trinidad and Tobago and if you know me, you know I love to talk about my country’s biggest festival. It literally sweeps everything from our mind and gets the body moving to the music. It’s just one week away, with this Friday being Fantastic Friday and I’m looking forward to the long, long weekend as I’ve taken vacation for the entire week! I might even go to town and chip with the bands on Carnival Tuesday this year because I’ve got time to rest and recover.

In any case, as with every year, there are new tunes out for the season. I haven’t done a music post for a while so I thought I’d treat you to a few of the more popular Carnival tunes this year. See which you think will be the most popular and win the people’s award–the Road March!

(Hint, it’s the first one up lol.)

Enjoy and stay thirsty, my friends.

 

 

SFWA opens doors to small press- and self-published authors

RSAGARCIA:

Exciting news for self-published or indie authors!

Originally posted on Anna Kashina:

The voting has ended in January, with the striking count of 6:1, in favor of admitting small press- and self-published authors as full members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). These coveted memberships have previously been open only to traditionally published authors with sales to a particular and rather small list of book and magazine publishers.

By the new rules, the list is far more open, and anyone can be considered for membership with one very big stipulation: this person has to earn $3000 or more per single title within a 12 month period. From what I know, this number is fairly steep for most small presses and self-published authors. Still, this is a huge step in the recognition of the current publishing trends.

I have seen many discussions about the exclusiveness of SFWA. Unlike the Romance Writers of America, who accept everyone interested in the…

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In Which She Has A Little Laugh At Game Of Thrones

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I love that graphic. Freaking love it. I have yet to finish A Game of Thrones, far less the others, but I do love the television series and I’m determined to read the books after the series is done. So yeah, George, love you and all and love you more when you’re writing.

And yes, I know the writers of the show know all. Which, by the way, should be a clue to some people constantly grumbling about why they aren’t seeing some character or plot-point they love from the books (because they probably don’t matter/die before the end, or it’s a red herring). But I’d like to have the books to read before the show ends, so sue me.

Also, yes, I don’t read the books before the movie/tv show anymore if I can avoid it. That’s because except for a few instances (I’m looking at you Circle of Friends, and Shining Through), the book is better than the film. I’d like to have the best experience last please. Because I tried it the other way around for Star Wars and let me tell you, that did NOT work.

Anyway, I was puttering about in my Pinterest and thought, why not put up a few of my favs for fun? So here they are. Some of my Game of Thrones laughs.

You’re welcome.

Oh, and feel free to follow me at https://www.pinterest.com/rsagarcia/

I would do the same thing.

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No need for bracing

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Annie vs. Arya. No contest.

Stay thirsty, my friends!