State of Black Sci Fi 2012–Winners and Posers

Yay!  We have made it to our first big giveaway for the Black Sci-Fi 2012 Blog Hop!

So without further ado, the two winners of their very own autographed copy of Interlopers:  A Shifters Novel are:

Narcel Reedus


Marianne Dyson

I will be in touch with you soon, to get your addresses for shipment.  Also I want to thank all of you that have participated so far, by tweeting, liking, responding, and following these blogs.  Remember, we will have another giveaway for the last blog on February 27 and the rules are still the same (check them out here).  So keep those comments coming.   We  love to hearing your thoughts.

This week is all about our most recent work.   I have been reading from Posers: A Shifters Novel since about October of last year, but I have yet to debut any of it online.  Since the release date is fast approaching, now is the perfect opportunity to give my blog readers the first taste.

From Posers

“Will you look at the lovebirds.”  “The Wall’s” sneer was evident in his voice as he slipped out from behind one of the book stacks.   He was not alone.  Like little insects, two of his ever-present cronies scurried  out from behind him, blocking the aisles and all roads to escape.

Abruptly, Charlie snatched her arms from around his neck and just as suddenly, the warmth that had infused his body disappeared leaving him feeling weirdly cold and drained.  He felt her take a step backward, though he was not sure whether she was trying to distance herself from him or the giant of a boy that towered over them.  Instinctively, he stood up and placed himself between Charlie and the boys.

“What are you doing with this loser?”  The Wall’s voice quaked through the silent library and he neither cared about nor acknowledged the angry “shhhs” that followed his question.
“Why don’t you just mind your own business!” Charlie cried over his shoulder and two of the bullies snickered.
“Having a girl fight his battles for him,” said the smallest, though size was definitely relative, olive-skinned one.  He wore a jacket that had his last name, Rodriguez, embroidered above a basketball on the left side.
“That’s about what I would expect,” “The Wall” rejoined.  Nate’s cheeks burned.  He did not need anyone to fight his battles for him.  He looked back at Charlie and to his surprise, rather than looking scared, she was incensed.
“I told you someone would be looking for me,” she said, seething.  Her words slipped through tightly clenched lips like a hiss.
Nate’s eyes shot open in surprise.   He had always assumed that she was talking about her friends.  He never imagined that she meant these guys.  The realization and her obvious anger sparked something in Nate.  It was one thing for them to pick on him.  He had gotten used to that, but he was not about to sit back and let them torment the one person in the whole school that had the guts to befriend him.
“Don’t you guys have anything better to do,” he asked stalling as he scanned for a way out.  The three grinned like ravenous wolves and a chorus of nos went around.
“Well, that sucks for you, because we do,” Nate rejoined.  He grabbed his lunch bag and reached his other hand back to Charlie.  As she grasped his hand, he felt a warm surge of energy that entered through his hand and swiftly filled his entire body.  In that moment, he realized what was so familiar about it.
Her touch felt like the fuerza.
Shocked, he looked down at their intertwined fingers and then back up at the girl.  Everything else was momentarily forgotten as he peered at her wondering how such a thing was possible.  Then, “The Wall’s” menacing voice brought him back to the reality.
“You’re not going anywhere with her.”  Nate looked up to see “The Wall” taking another step closer.  The other two did the same.  Another time, he would have made a run for it, but feeling Charlie’s hand tremble in his made him stand his ground.  He took a step forward, pulling her with him as he did.  Looking up into “The Wall’s” dark brown eyes, he took a deep breath.
“Get out of my way.” He almost did not recognize his own voice.  It was a deep, raspy growl.   “The Wall’s” eyes widened, but he did not back down.
“Or what?” he sneered in response.
“Nate, don’t,” Charlie said  from behind.  “You don’t have to.  I’ll just tell…”  But Nate ignored her.  He was too far gone.
“Or. I. Will. Make. You.”  His voice was quiet and more recognizable.  He had been angry, but now  he felt a cool, clear rage.  Now, all he was, was deadly serious.  He dropped his bag as he used a finger to punctuate each word.  Into each little poke, which he aimed squarely at the center of the football player’s chest,  he channeled just the slightest bit of shifter strength.  With each word, “The Wall” rocked backwards a little on his feet.
” The Wall” looked down at his chest, shocked that Nate had managed to move him at all.  Then the boy gave a strangled cry.  “What did you do?” he yelled.
Four pairs of eyes swiveled to the massive boy’s chest.  On his thick, white polo there was suddenly one small little red dot.  To Nate horror, the spot was spreading, getting bigger.  Through the hole that he had somehow torn in the boy’s shirt, Nate could see a tiny little puncture wound from when drops of blood fell….

Wondering who these guys are?  Don’t know about the fuerza?   Check out the excerpt and read Interlopers:  A Shifters NovelI will be posting more about the book in the next few weeks; important back story elements for some of the characters in Posers.  For more about Nate, check out the Meet Nate archive on this blog.


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: or
Milton Davis, Author– Milton Davis is owner/publisher of MVmedia, LLC . As an author he specializes in science fiction and fantasy and is the author of Meji Book One, Meji Book Two and Changa’s Safari. Visit him: and
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:  or on Facebook – or on Twitter –!/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 is available from  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,
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: , and
Thaddeus Howze, Author— is a veteran of the Information Technology and Communications industry with over twenty-six years of experience. His expertise is in re-engineering IT environments using process-oriented management techniques. In English, that means he studies the needs of his clients and configures their offices to optimize the use of information technology in their environment. Visit him: or
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:
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: or
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:
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,
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:
Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed. is owner & operator of, & Visit him:

5 thoughts on “State of Black Sci Fi 2012–Winners and Posers

  1. I enjoyed the excerpt, L.M. “Posers” definitely sucks you in, and that “small little red dot” makes me want to turn the page. I’m so excited about the blog hop and exposure to such intriguing works from my fellow sci-fi and fantasy writers. I just purchased Alicia’s new book “Breaking Free,” and I look forward to reading “Interlopers.”

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