Another BookRiot post up from yours truly.

This time, I'm talking about how I came to stop caring about reading the book before watching a screen adaptation of a story (sacrilege, I know!).

Here's a clip for you:

The more creative writing I do, and the more time I spend with other writers and creatives, the less high-minded I am about art and creativity in general.

I am less worried about holding onto that one new magical idea (they tend to come back to me, and I already have more than I can deal with); I am less concerned about making sure the words at the end of a chapter are utterly perfect (I’ll fix it in rewrites); and yeah, I’m a lot less precious about where and how I consume stories from the rest of the world.

Read the full article here.

Rainy spring days don't have to be a drag. Curl up in your favorite chair, brew up some coffee, and voila, perfect reading day.

Over at Book Riot, I've created a collection of amazing science-fiction themed mugs for you.

Check it out!

My debut novel, Mud, turned a year old last week. I've been celebrating with my email subscribers all week long iwth a $.99-sale on the novel, and a series of secrets about the novel's sequel, Tides, which releases in August.
It's been a blast! And as it turns out, I'm a terrible secret-keeper, because as fun as it's been to explore these secrets one-by-one, I couldn't resist extending the sale one last day (buy Mud before midnight, ya'll!) and sharing a recap of the secrets:

7 Little Secrets about Tides:

1. Adem looks really different from another character's eyes.
2. Rona takes no shit on a good day ... and she has no good days in Tides.
3. Jordan may be grown up now (barely), but that doesn't mean he's ready for what's about to strike.
4. That thing in Adem’s box? Our crew of heroes isn’t finished with it yet.
5. Remember that border between the realms Adem shattered? All sorts of creepy crawlies are creeping into Terath through it.
6. The gods aren't as engaged as you think.
7. The Tides ... are about to change.
More awesome tidbits about Tides, including a cover reveal and more insights into my thought process as I wrote it, will come as that release date creeps closer.
But for now, get ready by reading the first book in the series. Again, ya'll it's just $.99 if you buy before midnight!

Buy it here:

It's been an entire year since Mud hit the bookshelves.

Can you believe it? I can't--it seems like just yesterday I was walking into tables and losing my mind, trying to prepare for its release. But looking back, the journey has been amazing.

I've met incredible pros at my publisher, I've read your lovely reviews, and I even won an award. Best of all, I got to meet some of you at conferences and book festivals.

This would not be a true celebration unless you were a part of it.

So guess what? You're all getting gifts. 

If you don't already have Mud, I want you to make it easy for you! So, Mud is just $.99 on ebook for an entire week, starting today.
Buy it at these fine establishments:

 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

And as an extra bonus, my email subscribers are getting another aweome gift, too. Every day for the entire week, I'm sharing a secret with you about Mud's sequel, Tides, which is scheduled to release in August.

They're pretty juicy, guys, if I do say so myself. Want in? Join my email list here. (You'll also get a free copy of the series' prequel novella!)

And, hey, thank you for making this first year as a published author amazing. An author is nothing without readers.

There are times when we should all stand up and speak on behalf of something. Then, there are times when the best way to advocate is to step aside and let someone else speak.

African American History Month is one of those times.

So here's a roundup of great articles celebrating African American science fiction and fantasy authors. Hope you're ready to add a ton of amazing books to your to-be-read list!

A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction

Freedom to Read: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In

7 Black Women Science Fiction Writers Everyone Should Know

13 Coretta Scott King Award and Honoree Books to Read Now

This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look to the Future

Read Harder: Read a Classic by an Author of Color