Category: Sword and Soul

My Sword and Soul Reference Library

This week I’ll participate on two panels at DragonCon that involve developing alternate histories and stories based on non-European cultures. Inevitably I’m asked to provide a list of books I used for my research. So to make it easy, I’m posting the title and list of every book in my Sword and Soul reference library. [...]

Sunday August 24th, 2014 in Sword and Soul | No Comments »

Me and DragonCon 2014!

So this year will be my third year attending DragonCon, second as an attending pro. I have five panels this year, but one will not be the Current State of Black Science Fiction.  The powers that be chose not to do it this year despite our standing room only turnout.  I’ll leave it at that. [...]

Thursday August 7th, 2014 in Sword and Soul | No Comments »

Meji Book III?…Meji Book III!

Eight years ago when I completed Meji, I had no intentions for a sequel. It was my first novel, a homage to African culture, spirituality and tradition. To me, the book was less about the characters as it was a book about fate. As some of you know, Meji was meant to be one book, [...]

Tuesday June 10th, 2014 in Sword and Soul | No Comments »

The Butler/Banks Blog Tour: Balogun Ojetade returns!

Today Balogun Ojetade returns to feature his latest book, Fists of Africa!
For those who know me, I am a writer.
For those who don’t know me, I am a writer.
I write speculative fiction – mainly Steamfunk, Dieselfunk, Rococoa and Sword & Soul.
Recently, I have expanded my writing into the  Fight Fiction – aka Action / Adventure, aka Pulp – [...]

Wednesday April 30th, 2014 in Sword and Soul | No Comments »

The Butler/Banks Book Tour: Crystal Conner!

Our next Butler/Banks black speculative fiction author is Crystal Conners! Instead of my boring prose, Crystal is taking over my blog to describe her latest project in her own words. Take it away, Crystal!
An entire year ago, I swore an oath of secrecy when I agreed to co-write a book with paranormal-romance author Lori Titus [...]

Wednesday April 30th, 2014 in Sword and Soul | No Comments »

The Butler/Banks Blog Tour: Zig Zag Claybourne!

Today we continue the Butler/Banks Blog Tour with author Clarence Young, aka Zig Zag Claybourne. Zig Zag is a lifelong fan of speculative fiction and of writing. As Clarence Young, he writes humor and drama. As Zig Zag Claybourne he writes fiction and poetry, ranging from science fiction to street-lit satire to magic realism.
Zig  Zag [...]

Monday April 28th, 2014 in Sword and Soul | No Comments »

The Butler/Banks Authors Tour: DaVaun Sanders!

Today I have the privilege to share the information of one of my favorite writers, DaVaun Sanders. His two novels are some of the best YA science fiction I’ve read in quite some time. Not best independent writer science fiction, or best mainstream science fiction; best, period.
If imagination was a mutant power, DaVaun could have [...]

Sunday April 27th, 2014 in Sword and Soul | Comments Off

The Butler/Banks Blog Tour Author of the Day: K.Ceres Wright!

And the Butler/Banks tour keeps rolling! Today’s author is another favorite of mine (they all are favorites of mine, actually!) K. Ceres Wright. K. Ceres Wright graduated from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program in 2007. Her book, Cog, will be published in 2013. Her other works have appeared in Hazard Yet Forward; Genesis: [...]

Thursday April 24th, 2014 in Sword and Soul | Comments Off

The Butler/Banks Book Tour presents Kai Leakes!

The Butler/Banks Book Tour continues with another fabulous author: Kai Leakes.
From Iowa, but later relocating to Alton, IL and St. Louis, MO, Kai Leakes was a multifaceted Midwestern child, who gained an addiction to books at an early age. Sharing stories with her cousins as a teen, writing books didn’t seem like something she [...]

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 in Sword and Soul | Comments Off

Today’s Butler/Banks speculative fiction spotlight focuses on author Keith Gaston. Keith is the author of more than a dozen books ranging from Speculative Fiction to Crime novels. His first book was published in 2007. After serving five years in the military, he began college, earning a degree in Computer Science. Since earning his degree he’s [...]

Monday April 21st, 2014 in Sword and Soul | Comments Off