Dossouye II by Charles R. Saunders

Charles Saunders is back and he’s badder than ever! Dossouye II is the second book about the wandering Ahosi warrior and her bovine companion. Where Dossouye I was a collection of stories Charles wrote over the years combined in one volume, Dossouye II is a completely new novel. In the Dancers of Mulukau, Dossouye has traveled beyond the perimeters of the forest that encompasses her world to a land of different people, different culture and different dangers. Where women warriors were known and feared in her homeland, the idea of a woman warrior in this new land is not only an oddity, it is vehemently opposed. But Dossouye holds her own, aided by her skills and the indomitable Gbo. Dossouye finds herself defending the Dancers of Mulukau, a special group of individuals who are respected for their powers but reviled because of their ways. It’s this similarity that draws the Dancers and Dossouye together for an exciting and emotional adventure.

As with Imaro, Charles takes us on an exciting Sword and Soul adventure. But what sets Charles’s work apart from other writers of the heroic fiction genres is the deep emotions in his prose. You not only know each characters’ story, you feel it. The emotions are evident between friends and foes. I think this quality of his writing came to prominence in Imaro IV and it continues in Dossouye II. Charles seems to have totally shed himself of Howard’s influence and has set off on a completely different path. And we are all the lucky recipients of this transition.  Couple this amazing prose with the cover art of Mshindo Kuumba I and you have a book that is a must for every Sword and Soul, Sword and Sorcery and heroic fiction library. If you’ve never read a Dossouye story or novel you owe it to yourself to do so. You won’t be disappointed.

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The State of Black Sci Fi – Possibilities

This is it. The last post of what has been a great experience. I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts on the state of Black Science Fiction and I’ve also enjoyed reading and commenting on the thoughts and opinions of my fellow writers  There are so many possibilities for us, so many opportunities waiting for us to experience. The future is only limited by our imaginations.  The possibilities are endless, and all we need is a simple symbol to take us to the highest heights. An object as simple as a bracelet…

Amazons in Atlanta

Her sandaled feet slapped against the brick pavement as she and her sisters crept cautiously up Peachtree Street. The Union guns rumbled in the distant north, driving the confused and weary confederates toward the city in ragged ranks. The greycoats did not know what waited for them.

She worked the glowing bracelet around her wrist, a strange talisman that did not match her other accoutrements. She could not remember where she procured it, whether it was given to her or whether she sought it from a powerful shaman. It comforted her at that moment, just  as it had during the long journey in the belly of the British man-o-war, as it had when they stormed the docks of Savannah, and as it had when they hard marched through swamps and farmland to Atlanta. The British told them if they captured Atlanta this new land would be theirs to control.

She slipped into the darkness with her sisters and waited. Their banners appeared first, ragged red flags criss-crossed with blue bars inlaid with white stars. Dirty bearded men in tattered uniforms trudged up the road as their officers shouted encouragement from their horses. She worked her hand around the stock of her musket as she raised it to her shoulder. The strange world she’s entered months ago became familiar as she set her sight on one of the officers. This was what she was trained for; this was her destiny.

A piercing scream came from the darkness and she squeezed her trigger. Smoke blinded her for a moment; when it cleared the horse twirled about rider less. Together she and her sisters shrieked, dropping their rifles and unleashing their machetes from their leather sheaths. They charged into the streets, barreling into the stunned soldiers; hundreds of black skinned woman warriors attacking with unbridled fury. In moments the battle was done.  But there was no time to celebrate, no time to claim trophies. The Union soldiers would not be far behind. She returned to the shadows, picked up her musket and reloaded. The bracelet felt warm against her sweating skin. This land would be theirs. This land would be New Dahomey…

My State of Black Sci Fi Grand Prize Winner is Alicia McCalla! Alicia will receive a free signed copy of each of my books.

Make sure you visit my fellow bloggers and discover more possibilities.

Winston Blakely, Artist/Writer– is a Fine Arts/Comic Book artist, having a career spanning 20 years, whose achievements have included working for Valiant Comics and Rich Buckler’s Visage Studios. He is also the creator of Little Miss Strange, the world’s first black alien sorceress and the all- genre anthology entitled – Immortal Fantasy.  Both graphic albums are available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other online book store outlets. Visit him:   http://blakelyworks.blogspot.com/or  http://blakelyworkstudio.weebly.com/

L. M. Davis, Author–began her love affair with fantasy in the second grade.  Her first novel, Interlopers: A Shifters Novel, was released in 2010, and the follow-up Posers:  A Shifters Novel will be released this spring.  For more information visit her bloghttp://shiftersseries.wordpress.com/ or her website www.shiftersnovelseries.com.

Ja Ja (DjaDja) N Medjay , Author—DjaDja Medjay is the author of The Renpet Sci-Fi Series. Shiatsu Practitioner. Holistic AfroFuturistic Rising in Excellence. Transmissions from The Future Earth can be found at: http://authordjadja.wordpress.com/ ,www.renpetscifi.com or on Facebook – www.facebook.com/RenpetSciFiNovel or on Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/Khonsugo .

Margaret Fieland, Author– lives  and writes in the suburbs west of Boston, MA with her partner and five dogs. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines http://tinyurl.com/LifelinesPoetry/ is available from Amazon.com  Her book, “Relocated,” will be available from MuseItUp Publishing in July, 2012. The Angry Little Boy,” will be published by 4RV publishing in early 2013.  You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com.

Valjeanne Jeffers, Author – is an editor and the author of the SF/fantasy novels: Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend and Immortal III: Stealer of Souls. Her fourth and fifth novels: Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds and The Switch: Clockwork will be released this spring. Visit her at: http://valjeanne.wordpress.comhttp://wwwsistermoon.blogspot.com/andhttp://qandvaffordableediting.blogspot.com/

Thaddeus Howze, Authoris a veteran of the IT and Communications industry with over 26 years of experience retooling computers to best serve human needs. Unknown to humanity, our computers have another agenda. Thaddeus recently released his first collection of short stories, Hayward Reach. In a coded format, he has secretly informed Humanity of the impending computerized apocalypse. You can read parts of the code here: http://ebonstorm.wordpress.com or http://ebonstorm.weebly.com

Alicia McCalla, Author—writes for both young adults and adults with her brand of multicultural science fiction, urban fantasy, and futurism. Her debut novel, Breaking Free is available in print or immediate download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and other booksellers. The Breaking Free theme songcreated by Asante McCalla is available for immediate download on iTunes and Amazon. Visit her at: www.aliciamccalla.com

Carole McDonnell, Author–She writes Christian, speculative fiction, and multicultural stories. Her first novel is Wind Follower. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and have been collected in an ebook, Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction. Visit Carole: http://carolemcdonnell.blogspot.com/or http://writersofcolorblogtour.blogspot.com/

Balogun Ojetade, Author—of the bestselling “Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within” (non-fiction), “Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman” (Steampunk) and the feature film, “A Single Link”. Visit him: http://chroniclesofharriet.wordpress.com/

Rasheedah Phillips, Author–is the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly. She plans to debut her first spec/sci-fic novel Recurrence Plot in Spring 2012. You may catch her ruminating from time to time on her blog, AstroMythoLosophy.com.

Nicole Sconiers, Author-is also a screenwriter living in the sunny jungle of L.A. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and she recently published Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage. Visit her:http://nicolesconiers.com/index.html

Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed. is owner & operator of TheDigitalBrothers.com, BlackScienceFictionSociety.com & BlackCommunityEntertainment.com. Visit him: http://www.blacksciencefictionsociety.com/profiles/blog/list?user=2stjwb1h216fd

Charles R. Saunders: My Sword and Soul Brother

When I first sat down  to pen my books I couldn’t believe that no one had attempted to do what I was attempting to do. Africa’s history and culture in rich and varied, a fruit waiting to be picked as a reference for exciting and adventurous tales. Frequently during my writing I would pause and search the web for somebody, anybody who had done what I was striving to do. My searches came up empty until 2005, when Nightshade books re-released Imaro, the groundbreaking novel by Charles R. Saunders.

I’m not going to go into detail here on how we met. We both described that experience in our introductions in Griots as well as on our individual blogs. What I will restate is that I am not the kind of person to lay praise on anyone I don’t know personally.  Although we have never met face to face, I am proud claim Charles R. Saunders as a friend. Since the first time we made contact he has been friendly and supportive. His words and advice have guided me since my first book, and his wisdom and support had been invaluable. I’ve met a number of published writers since entering this field but I’ve met few as encouraging and helpful as Charles.  It’s because of him that the genre of Sword and Soul exists, and it’s because of his continued writing and nurturing that it will continue to grow.

So my admiration and respect goes to my Sword and Soul brother, Charles R. Saunders. Sword and Soul Forever!

Next week signals the end of the State of Black SciFi 2012 blog tour and we have a special treat for y’all. Make sure you check out the posts of my fellow bloggers:

Winston Blakely, Artist/Writer— is a Fine Arts/Comic Book artist, having a career spanning 20 years, whose achievements have included working for Valiant Comics and Rich Buckler’s Visage Studios. He is also the creator of Little Miss Strange, the world’s first black alien sorceress and the all- genre anthology entitled – Immortal Fantasy.  Both graphic albums are available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other online book store outlets. Visit him:   http://blakelyworks.blogspot.com/ or  http://blakelyworkstudio.weebly.com/

L. M. Davis, Author–began her love affair with fantasy in the second grade.  Her first novel, Interlopers: A Shifters Novel, was released in 2010, and the follow-up Posers:  A Shifters Novel will be released this spring.  For more information visit her bloghttp://shiftersseries.wordpress.com/ or her website www.shiftersnovelseries.com.

Ja Ja (DjaDja) N Medjay , Author—DjaDja Medjay is the author of The Renpet Sci-Fi Series. Shiatsu Practitioner. Holistic AfroFuturistic Rising in Excellence. Transmissions from The Future Earth can be found at: http://authordjadja.wordpress.com/ ,www.renpetscifi.com or on Facebook – www.facebook.com/RenpetSciFiNovel or on Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/Khonsugo .

Margaret Fieland, Author— lives  and writes in the suburbs west of Boston, MA with her partner and five dogs. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines http://tinyurl.com/LifelinesPoetry/ is available from Amazon.com  Her book, “Relocated,” will be available from MuseItUp Publishing in July, 2012. The Angry Little Boy,” will be published by 4RV publishing in early 2013.  You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com.

Valjeanne Jeffers, Author — is an editor and the author of the SF/fantasy novels: Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend and Immortal III: Stealer of Souls. Her fourth and fifth novels: Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds and The Switch: Clockwork will be released this spring. Visit her at: http://valjeanne.wordpress.comhttp://wwwsistermoon.blogspot.com/ andhttp://qandvaffordableediting.blogspot.com/

Thaddeus Howze, Authoris a veteran of the IT and Communications industry with over 26 years of experience retooling computers to best serve human needs. Unknown to humanity, our computers have another agenda. Thaddeus recently released his first collection of short stories, Hayward Reach. In a coded format, he has secretly informed Humanity of the impending computerized apocalypse. You can read parts of the code here: http://ebonstorm.wordpress.com or http://ebonstorm.weebly.com

Alicia McCalla, Author—writes for both young adults and adults with her brand of multicultural science fiction, urban fantasy, and futurism. Her debut novel, Breaking Free is available in print or immediate download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and other booksellers. The Breaking Free theme song created by Asante McCalla is available for immediate download on iTunes and Amazon. Visit her at: www.aliciamccalla.com

Carole McDonnell, Author–She writes Christian, speculative fiction, and multicultural stories. Her first novel is Wind Follower. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and have been collected in an ebook, Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction. Visit Carole: http://carolemcdonnell.blogspot.com/ or http://writersofcolorblogtour.blogspot.com/

Balogun Ojetade, Author—of the bestselling “Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within” (non-fiction), “Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman” (Steampunk) and the feature film, “A Single Link”. Visit him: http://chroniclesofharriet.wordpress.com/

Rasheedah Phillips, Author–is the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly. She plans to debut her first spec/sci-fic novel Recurrence Plot in Spring 2012. You may catch her ruminating from time to time on her blog, AstroMythoLosophy.com.

Nicole Sconiers, Author-is also a screenwriter living in the sunny jungle of L.A. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and she recently published Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage. Visit her:http://nicolesconiers.com/index.html

Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed. is owner & operator of TheDigitalBrothers.com, BlackScienceFictionSociety.com & BlackCommunityEntertainment.com. Visit him: http://www.blacksciencefictionsociety.com/profiles/blog/list?user=2stjwb1h216fd

My favorite Black Sci Fi Event is Onyx Con!

I’m not much of a fan person. As a DJ back in the day and a huge music fan I can count the number of music concerts I’ve been to on one hand. This lack of enthusiasm extends into the sports realm as well. I’ve been a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1974 yet I do not and have not owned any hat, jersey, t-shirt or boxers with the Steeler emblem displayed. It’s just not me.

So until I took my own foray into speculative fiction I’d never attended any type of speculative fiction event, not even the famous Dragon Con, which had been held for over twenty years ‘up the street’ from me. And then came Onyx Con (http://www.onyxcon.com/). For those of you who don’t know, Onyx Con is an annual convention held in Atlanta to celebrate and display the creative diversity of the African diaspora. It was created by Joseph Wheeler, III after being inspired by similar events in Chicago (The Black Age) and Philidelphia (ECBACC). My initial participation was partially mercenary; here was an opportunity to sell my books to my focus audience. I also know Joseph and responded to his call for volunteers to help him put on this event.

Maybe I’m partial to Onyx Con because I’ve been involved since it’s inception, but I think the reason is that it offers a unique experience of combining all the visual and literary arts to create a unique vibe. I’ve attended a number of local cons since then, including Dragoncon, but Onyx Con is still my number one. There’s a feeling of family, especially as we move into our fourth year. To fellowship with returning attendees and to interact with the young and old people experiencing what we offer for the first time is a rewarding and encouraging experience. I hope to attend The Black Age and ECBACC in the near future, but for now my home is Onyx Con.

Check out the other members of this Online Black History Month Event:
Winston Blakely, Artist/Writer— is a Fine Arts/Comic Book artist, having a career spanning 20 years, whose achievements have included working for Valiant Comics and Rich Buckler’s Visage Studios. He is also the creator of Little Miss Strange, the world’s first black alien sorceress and the all- genre anthology entitled – Immortal Fantasy.  Both graphic albums are available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other online book store outlets. Visit him:   http://blakelyworks.blogspot.com/or  http://blakelyworkstudio.weebly.com/
L. M. Davis, Author–began her love affair with fantasy in the second grade.  Her first novel, Interlopers: A Shifters Novel, was released in 2010, and the follow-up Posers:  A Shifters Novel will be released this spring.  For more information visit her bloghttp://shiftersseries.wordpress.com/ or her website www.shiftersnovelseries.com.
Ja Ja (DjaDja) N Medjay , Author—DjaDja Medjay is the author of The Renpet Sci-Fi Series. Shiatsu Practitioner. Holistic AfroFuturistic Rising in Excellence. Transmissions from The Future Earth can be found at: http://authordjadja.wordpress.com/ ,www.renpetscifi.com or on Facebook – www.facebook.com/RenpetSciFiNovel or on Twitter – http://www.aliciamccalla.com/blog/76-state-of-black-scifi-2012-giveaways-and-an-upcoming-paranormal-romance-from-alicia-mccalla#%21/Khonsugo .
Margaret Fieland, Author— lives  and writes in the suburbs west of Boston, MA with her partner and five dogs. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines http://tinyurl.com/LifelinesPoetry/ is available from Amazon.com  Her book, “Relocated,” will be available from MuseItUp Publishing in July, 2012. The Angry Little Boy,” will be published by 4RV publishing in early 2013.  You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com.
Valjeanne Jeffers, Author — is an editor and the author of the SF/fantasy novels: Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend and Immortal III: Stealer of Souls. Her fourth and fifth novels: Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds and The Switch: Clockwork will be released this spring. Visit her at: http://valjeanne.wordpress.comhttp://wwwsistermoon.blogspot.com/ andhttp://qandvaffordableediting.blogspot.com/
Thaddeus Howze, Authoris a veteran of the IT and Communications industry with over 26 years of experience retooling computers to best serve human needs. Unknown to humanity, our computers have another agenda. Thaddeus recently released his first collection of short stories, Hayward Reach. In a coded format, he has secretly informed Humanity of the impending computerized apocalypse. You can read parts of the code here: http://ebonstorm.wordpress.com or http://ebonstorm.weebly.com
Alicia McCalla, Author—writes for both young adults and adults with her brand of multicultural science fiction, urban fantasy, and futurism. Her debut novel, Breaking Free is available in print or immediate download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and other booksellers. The Breaking Free theme song created by Asante McCalla is available for immediate download on iTunes and Amazon. Visit her at: www.aliciamccalla.com
Carole McDonnell, Author–She writes Christian, speculative fiction, and multicultural stories. Her first novel is Wind Follower. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and have been collected in an ebook, Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction. Visit Carole: http://carolemcdonnell.blogspot.com/ or http://writersofcolorblogtour.blogspot.com/
Balogun Ojetade, Author—of the bestselling “Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within” (non-fiction), “Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman” (Steampunk) and the feature film, “A Single Link”. Visit him: http://chroniclesofharriet.wordpress.com/
Rasheedah Phillips, Author–is the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly. She plans to debut her first spec/sci-fic novel Recurrence Plot in Spring 2012. You may catch her ruminating from time to time on her blog, AstroMythoLosophy.com.
Nicole Sconiers, Author-is also a screenwriter living in the sunny jungle of L.A. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and she recently published Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage. Visit her:http://nicolesconiers.com/index.html
Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed. is owner & operator of TheDigitalBrothers.com, BlackScienceFictionSociety.com & BlackCommunityEntertainment.com. Visit him: http://www.blacksciencefictionsociety.com/profiles/blog/list?user=2stjwb1h216fd

What I Do… and What You Won!

We’re into week four of our State of Black Sci Fi Blog tour and I’ll have to say I’m having a grand time. This week we get to talk about what’s going on in our literary lives. We also announce the winners of our first giveaway! Just so you didn’t catch in at the beginning, we are having two giveaways. This is giveaway one; the next giveaway will be a few weeks from now. How do you win? It’s easy. Visit my blog and leave a comment (a relevant one, hopefully). The person with the most comments wins. So don’t be shy and speak up. Let us know what you think about the State of Black Sci Fi. Your comments while fuel the discussion and you might just win a prize.

By now you know I specialize in Sword and Soul, which is heroic fiction based on pre-colonial African history, culture and traditions. Last year I released two books, Changa’s Safari and Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology. Changa’s Safari is a four book series that follows the adventures of Changa Diop. Changa fled his homeland of Kongo at a young age to escape the wrath of Usenge, a sorcerer who murdered his his father and took his kingdom. Changa eventually became a successful Swahili merchant and now travels the 15th world hoping to build his wealth and return home to reclaim his inheritance.  Book one was released January 2011; Book two will be released in two weeks.

Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology

Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology is a collection of short stories and artwork by various writers and artists. It’s meant to be a representation of what Sword and Soul is and could be. I was priviledged to co-edit Griots with Charles R. Saunders, the founder of Sword and Soul and a great friend. The anthology has received great reviews and yes, a Griots II is in the works.

Changa's Safari Volume 2

Changa’s Safari Volume 2 is my first release for this year. Changa and his crew are returning from the Far East with dhows laden with goods. There are more adventures to be had and profound changes with Changa and other members of the crew. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so pick up your copy and join the journey. To take a look at all of my titles, check me out at http://www.mvmediaatl.com/. There’s much more to come.

Now to announce my winners.  Two books each go out to Nicole Sconiers and Alicia McCalla. Both ladies will receive two signed books of their choice.  Please continue to follow us. There are more discussion in store and you might just be the winner of our second giveaway.

Winston Blakely, Artist/Writer http://blakelyworks.blogspot.com/or http://blakelyworkstudio.weebly.com/

L. M. Davis, Author–  For more information visit her bloghttp://shiftersseries.wordpress.com/ or her website www.shiftersnovelseries.com.

Margaret Fieland, Author– You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com.

Valjeanne Jeffers, Author – Visit her at: http://valjeanne.wordpress.com and http://qandvaffordableediting.blogspot.com/

Thaddeus Howze, Author–Visit him: http://ebonstorm.wordpress.com or  http://ebonstorm.weebly.com

Alicia McCalla, Author—Visit her at: www.aliciamccalla.com

Carole McDonnell, Author–Visit Carole: http://carolemcdonnell.blogspot.com/or http://writersofcolorblogtour.blogspot.com/

Balogun Ojetade, Author—Visit him: http://chroniclesofharriet.wordpress.com/

Rasheedah Phillips, Author–ou may catch her ruminating from time to time on her blog, AstroMythoLosophy.com.

Nicole Sconiers, Author-Visit her:http://nicolesconiers.com/index.html

Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed. is owner & operator of TheDigitalBrothers.com, BlackScienceFictionSociety.com & BlackCommunityEntertainment.com. Visit him:  http://www.blacksciencefictionsociety.com/profiles/blog/list?user=2stjwb1h216fd