1.29.2011

Blasian Lit Thread #6

More books with Blasian themes seem to get released every month. That's a good thing, however at this point in time I'd really like to read a piece of fiction with Blasian themes that was not romance and/or erotica.


Shards of Ecstasy by T.J. Michael
De’alla Isaacs is a typical executive business woman in Seattle, but away from the day job she lives another life. She is Chosen. Her job-carry and protect a precious jewel. Each Piece of Eight is part of a key, the only thing standing between this world and complete demonic devastation. Dee’s job would be easy except for one problem-Faison Dow, R&B singer, celebrity playboy and all-out dog appears on the scene.

If he’s such bad news why does he make her heart pound, body temperature soar, set her crystal to buzzing and send her mind on a one-way trip to Gimme Some? Is it his sultry voice? His pursuit of her as if she’s the only woman for him

Whatever it is, they’d better hurry and figure it out because the Prince of Hell…has arrived.

Ellora's Cave; Amazon

A Lover's Wish by Kadian Tracey
All her life, Kianna Sanderson has wanted to travel. On her sixteenth birthday, she got her first job and began hoarding money away in a secret account to go to the first place on her list, China. Over the years she developed an obsession with Chinese culture and she wanted to live it first hand.

After her mother's death, she had to use her savings to pay for her mother's funeral and that leaves her defeated, depressed and dying slowly on the inside. She begins going through her days just on automation until she meets her new boss. Dao Zhi takes one look at Kianna Sanderson and something inside of him snaps. He wants to get to know her better so he hires her to be his personal assistant in the record label he owns.

But soon, a family emergency has him rushing back to China, taking Kianna with him. Now, he has to deal with Kianna's low view of herself, his family's emergency and everything else that comes with courting a woman outside his culture.

Amazon; Smashwords

We All Scream by Nona Wesley
Dealing with business problems and a romantic betrayal leaves Diahann Marshall frustrated. Her sister suggests she order takeout and feast on a handsome delivery boy, but Diahann doesn?t expect the restaurant's owner to show up at her door.

Sun Li believes in a strong work ethic, it's why he delivers Chinese food when his employees are sick. Meeting lovely customers is a plus, but when Sun realizes Diahann thinks he is a lowly delivery boy he is determined to help save her ice cream parlor, and win her heart.

Phaze; Smashwords

Princess and The Emperor by  Mechelle Downes

(Yeah I know, the man on the cover has blue eyes. I haven't read the book but I believe it is a piece of science-fiction involving aliens or vampires, possibly.)
Princess Life served Princess Amanda Jones one heartbreak after another. She loses her mother and stepfather in a car accident. The hardworking graduate student toils day and night. Until one day she wakes up in the arms of a handsome stranger, Maximillian Tan-Shin.

It takes a lifetime to find the love of your life. The Collector worked, bringing her to his world. Believing they are destined to be together, Tan-Shin whisks Princess off to his underground castle. Is he an actor taking a role too far? Or is he the real thing? He has to convince her to stay. Could Maximillian heal the aching hole in her heart? Or is he endangering her life? Princess might be exactly where she needs to be, discovering a love that's out of this world.

21 comments:

  1. however at this point in time I'd really like to read a piece of fiction with Blasian themes that was not romance and/or erotica.

    Seconded.

    Desperately Wanted: Blasian stories with intricately woven plots, preferably a trilogies.

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  2. Disappointed in the covers and the plots. *sigh*

    I get it; a lot of people love writing. A lot of people want to see their work in print and they want people to buy their books.

    Well then, duh...make the book buyable.

    Take Lena Matthews, for example; she makes "buyable" books. Her covers are stunning and work is edited. Even if the plot isn't what you're looking for, you have no regrets purchasing a book from an author like Matthews because you can tell actual work went into her work, feel me?

    If you truly love the art, then respect it as well. But if you have no imagination, no patience, no sense of style, no idea of basic marketing, then stick to blogging and writing fanfiction. However...if you want to convince people to actually pay for your work, then you need to bust your ass, sacrifice your money, your sleep, and your free time. You'll have learn the resources available to you - editors, photographers, artists/designers, publishers - and then create a workable budget to accommodate them all.

    It's not as hard as one would think. There are plenty of starving artists who work for cheap, and if your editor has at least a BA in English, you're good to go. Couple that with the fact that modern word processors come with grammar and spell checks, as well as thesauruses, and supposedly devout writers really have no excuse to produce mediocre to downright shitty work.

    And speaking more towards Blasians here, we can't afford this. We don't have a vast endless supply of AM/BW media and so what we do get needs to be top-notch.

    /rant

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  3. Well then, duh...make the book buyable.

    ROTFLMAO...Gee, ya think? Perhaps us serious authors take our writing too serious in that we want to produce a respectable piece of work.

    Every time I read a book by an incompetent writer (I refuse to call them "authors") I want to gnash my teeth and either throw the book across the room or shoot my laptop and I wonder how in the hell did such tripe make it to print.

    If you truly love the art, then respect it as well. But if you have no imagination, no patience, no sense of style, no idea of basic marketing, then stick to blogging and writing fanfiction.

    Amen. Co-sign. Seconded. Agreed. Preach!

    However...if you want to convince people to actually pay for your work, then you need to bust your ass, sacrifice your money, your sleep, and your free time.

    This doesn't sound difficult to me. It sounds like standard operating procedure. True authors respect the craft and will do any and all of the above to give birth to the best piece of writing that is within them at the time.

    I'm new to Blasian fiction, but the sentiment is the same no matter the genre. Readers want a coherent, cohesive story. If it's got good sex in it, that's a bonus in my book. Pun intended.

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  4. I wouldn't mind seeing a Blasian scifi myself. Or even a supernatural/horror. *throws big ol' hint to Ankh*

    An on-line graphic novel would be great too. *adds to Bucket List*

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  5. @Hateya

    Seconded!

    @Ankh

    Yeah, that was a righteous rant. Perhaps, it is time for me to start been selective with the kind of books I include in these lit threads? Only problem is considering my current location, I don't have access to much books (even ebooks if I want to buy them).

    @Amaya

    Readers want a coherent, cohesive story.

    Exactly.

    @leoprincess

    I was thinking more along the lines of a YA fantasy set in an alternate universe or the long dreamt of historical novel based on historic Sino-African or Indo-African relations.

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  6. I remember reading two stories by the Author Rea Lori. She did a series called "Cimmerian City" and it was a Scifi/Supernatural thriller. They were pretty good even thought I never got finish them. The 2nd book in the series "A Feast of Shadows" involved AM/BW couple with some romantic element but it was mostly a thriller. Both books a due for Re-release early this year since the author changed some things in the story.
    http://www.raelori.com/mybooks.html#sff

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  7. If these authors on this list need someone to make better book covers, they need to give a sistah a call because these are horrible. Maybe graduating from a commercial arts college made me a snob, but I will not purchase a book with thoughtless covers like these.

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  8. @Kyo,

    Thanks for letting us know about Rea Lori's books. I love scifi/supernatural thrillers!

    @Leoprincess and EccentricYoruba,

    Ladies, you're speaking my languages! All people of color in the Western world need more Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Speculative fiction. After all, if we don't write ourselves in these genres, we won't be in them. If we are, I'm sure we'll regret it.

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  9. @Hateya

    I am a fan of of Sci-fi and fantasy but I was always in love with psychological thrillers. A battle of the minds type of theme. I love writing those type of dramas and putting Blasian protagonist's just makes it more exciting. I am working on something for my own pleasure and maybe in the future I'll work up the nerve to try and get it published. For now I'm satisfied creating AM/BW manga and comics.

    @Ankhesen Mié

    I'm not going to lie, I enjoy a good erotic scene a little more than other but I have to agree and say that the sex just doesn't make up for a book that has no sustenance. Sex does sell and that what makes it "buyable". Also I believe since the Blasian themed novels are still in it's infancy people tend write about the "taboo" element of these to people getting together as more of a priority(same as BW/WM novels). I think as the years go by the stories will get better.

    Hey some of us can probably get the ball to start rolling.

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  10. @The Girl in Question

    need someone to make better book covers, they need to give a sistah a call

    If I ever write something worth publishing, I'll be knocking down your door.

    @Kyo
    I am working on something for my own pleasure and maybe in the future I'll work up the nerve to try and get it published. For now I'm satisfied creating AM/BW manga and comics.

    Good luck with your writing, Kyo. Could we possibly take a peep at your BW/AM manga and comics? Forgive me if you've posted links before.

    I'm working on something for screenplay writing practice. Basically, I'm not ready to put my heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into novel writing. I already have a calling and I've learned the hard way that I cannot serve two masters. Screenplay writing might be useful for someone like me. Good, bad or ugly, I need the novel first. This short-term project is sci-fi/fantasy/speculative...

    Perhaps we can collaborate one day.

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  11. ...but I have to agree and say that the sex just doesn't make up for a book that has no sustenance.

    I've been saying this for years. In some writing circles, I'm infamous for being a smut queen, but above all else, there must be an actual PLOT to drive a story. Who cares about sex between undeveloped characters or in a less-than-stellar storyline?

    Sex for sex's sake is impossible to write because a story can't sustain itself if the characters are doing nothing but screwing.

    ...Hey some of us can probably get the ball to start rolling.

    Why the hell not? As Hateya said, if we don't do it, who will?

    @ The Girl In Question...

    If these authors on this list need someone to make better book covers, they need to give a sistah a call because these are horrible. Maybe graduating from a commercial arts college made me a snob, but I will not purchase a book with thoughtless covers like these.

    Do you mind if I take a look at your work? Ankh and I are always on the lookout for artistic talent.

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  12. Wait, AMBW manga? Please share the info very interested manga fan here.

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  13. @Amaya I will link you to my website as soon as I post new stuff on there. It's in the rough stages right now, so I kind of don't want a lot of people looking at it at the moment XD

    In about a week, I will be happy to send you a link! :D

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  14. Gotcha! Looking forward to seeing your work...and take your time making it look the way you want. Thanks!

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  15. @Hateya and asummermoon

    Sorry I didn't respond earlier, I've been busy with school.
    I do all my work by hand so I don't have much scanned. I'll show some once I get it into a file.

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  16. @Kyo

    I understand. We'll wait patiently to see scans of you work when you have time to share. Undoubtedly, your work will be awesome.

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  17. Hey ladies!

    Thanks so much for mentioning my books. What a surprise! The books didn't get much notoriety so it's nice to hear that readers enjoyed it. Cimmerian City was my very first book release so it's near and dear to me along with the sequel.

    My apologies for the delay in the re-release. It's been a rocky year for me personally and I'm now circulating the books at a few publishers hoping they will get picked up. If not, I will definitely release these myself!

    I also have another blasian sci-fi book in the works. This one will be a mix of cyberpunk with a side of romance that will develop between the main characters. I'll keep you guys posted on all of books though!

    This is such an awesome site with great commentary (and man candy pics hehe). I've subscribed so I'll definitely be popping in from time to time. :-)

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  18. Hey Rae!

    I've been waiting to get a copy of Cimmerian City and I'm looking forward to more works from you.

    I subscribe to your blog (I guess I lurk over there too). I found your discussions on steampunk to be very enlightening (I am interested in reading and writing Blasian steampunk).

    Welcome to the Blasian Narrative!

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  19. Thanks Ankhesen! So glad to stumble on your blog. :-) I've been catching up on your previous posts and been having a blast.

    Hey Eccentric! Thanks for the lurkage and the welcome. Blasian Steampunk would be very awesome to read. I'm not a huge fan of Steam (although I do find the aspects of it intriguing) but I'm pretty sure if got my hands on more Multicultural and IR Steam, my interest will most likely pick up. Please keep me posted on your stories and thanks for the previous recs! My reading list has grown after seeing some of the books you guys mentioned here. :-)

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  20. I don't mind reading romance novels. I just like /good/ romance novels. I do think those exist; I've read them.

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