Race and Ethnicity

Fire & Shadow by T.G. Ayer – Book Review

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Race and Ethnicity, Review | 0 comments

Fire & Shadow (The Hand of Kali Series, Book #1) by T.G. Ayer – Book Review by Kelly Matsuura From the Blurb: Normal people sneak out to a party and have fun. Maya Rao ends the evening by incinerating the guy who attacks her. Nik Lucas, sexy, new in town and totally forbidden, happens to walk in on her. Normal guys would run for the hills. Nik knows a whole lot more than he’s telling. Maya doesn’t believe the gods are real, doesn’t waste her time with mere mythology. But when gods, demons and hellhounds become the new normal and wielding fire becomes her new...

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Rider by Joyce Chng – Guest Post/ Book Preview

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Guest Posts, LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity | 2 comments

Li-Fang has a way with nature. So she is sent against her will to train as an Agri-Seer, though she dreams one day of joining the Rider Corps like her sister Lixi. Partnered with an arrogant Rider, Daniel Kelso, Lifang must forget the wild Hunter Quetz she met by a hidden waterfall near her home, and accept who she is. Until, that is, a wild Quetz is captured. Lifang discovers she can communicate with the creature, a skill no Rider has ever demonstrated, and must now confront her destiny all over again. Will going against convention be worth the cost?   I started writing Rider, the first...

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Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Fantasy Crowdfunded Anthology – Guest Post

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, Guest Posts, LGBTQIA, News, Race and Ethnicity | 0 comments

Today I want to welcome two special guests to the blog, Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios. Alisa and Julia are currently in the process of raising money for a very exciting young adult anthology. Here’s what they have to say about the project: We’re the editors of a new anthology of diverse YA fantasy stories called Kaleidoscope. We’re crowdfunding on Pozible until the end of this month, and if you visit our Pozible page you can watch a couple of videos we’ve made, and learn a bit about the project. In this post, we wanted to go into a little more depth to talk about...

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New in Fiction – Braids by Anne E. Johnson

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Fiction, LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity | 0 comments

Braids Anne E. Johnson The class trip to a farm doesn’t sound like much fun to Lateesha, but when her friend Paulie drags her along, she discovers getting out of the city might be just what she needs. Read Online | Kindle | ePub | PDF About the Author: Anne E. Johnson lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of several novels from small publishers. Drawing on her eclectic background, which includes degrees in classical languages and musicology, she has published in a wide variety of topics and genres. As the author of over thirty published short stories, she has won writing...

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Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young – Book Review

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity, Review | 0 comments

Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young – Book Review by Kelly Matsuura  From the Blurb: When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth’s elemental guardians – what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel – stamped with...

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Why stories with diversity don’t need to be about being different.

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, General Discussions, LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity | 0 comments

Here’s the thing about writing characters from diverse backgrounds: their story doesn’t have to be about being different. Once upon a time literature was overwhelmed by straight, white, able men and occasionally women. In response, a diverse and inclusive culture had to break through the barrier of expectation. We had to come out, explode forth, and express ourselves as the new freak nation. Fighting to find a place in culture, we had to announce our difference, explain, re-explain and declare our right to be different and a part of the culture all too keen to place us in tidy...

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