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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I'm a stop on the Paranormal Love Wednesdays Blog Hop today!

This blog hop promotes the paranormal sub-genre of romance. Hosted by author, Clare Dargin, her site sponsors PARANORMAL LOVE WEDNESDAYS on her site to introduce paranormal writers' work to readers. 

I'm P. J. DEAN and I pen THE FELIG CHRONICLES series. The books follow the exploits of alien-fighting couple, Tina Cain and Nate Lowe. No, the Felig aren't vamps or shifters or weres. They are life-sucking winged baddies who'll leave you a shell when they are done. But not if Nate and Tina have anything to say about it. There are four books so far in this series which cover the Feligs arrival, their missions, Nate and Tina's initial meeting, their developing love story, and their joint vow to rid Earth of the invaders. Give the saga a try. It's not over yet.  You won't be disappointed.

Follow the blog hop at the list above or here:
http://paranormallovewednesdays.blogspot.com/2015/04/paranormal-love-wednesdays-blog-hop.html?zx=c3ddbbd3f2a211ba

READING ORDER FOR THE SERIES:

1) THE FELIG CHRONICLES
2) SOMETHING ELSE WICKED
3) UNION
4) PARADOX


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gentrification? In New York City? Nothing new. Read about Seneca Village

Gentrification happens. And it is painful as it rips apart a neighborhood. Anyhoo, the current phase of gentrification going on now in big cities is not new. It's a long, time-honored tradition of moving settled folk from where they could afford to live, and where they had been TOLD to live, to someplace else to make room for loaded folks who want convenience. Makes no difference that these previously undesirable neighborhoods house close-knit communities. Pshaw! (Did I just use pshaw? oh my.) Somebodies want it now because the spots are convenient to the theater, to restaurants, to...PARKS! Nice segue if I do say so myself. Read about the demise of Seneca Village, NYC. Think of Seneca Village NYC every time you hear a hipster, or a white-collar commuter who is tired of the long commute back to that McMansion in the 'burbs, gush about that steal of shell of a house in the city not far from the PARK that they got a leg up on from a realtor. Seneca Village. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

http://blackamericaweb.com/2015/04/02/little-known-black-history-fact-seneca-village/

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Billie Holiday - April 7, 1915 would have been her 100th birthday. Happy Birthday, Lady Day

The legendary songstress, Billie Holiday would have reached 100 years today if she had lived. Lady Day hails from my hometown, Philadelphia, PA, a place that consistently churns out folks who have great chops. She was one of the first Black singers to be backed by a White band (Artie Shaw). But segregation of the time made it impossible for her to continue with the group as the logistics of trying to tour were a nightmare (it was a given that she would have to board at a separate "Coloreds Only" hotel from the rest of the band, but more specifically, the fact that the act was mixed did not sit well with Whites in the South. so a complete tour couldn't do the nightclub circuit and would have to not play the southern states and hence, money would be lost too). After living a life of euphoric highs and abysmal lows, Billie passed on July, 17, 1959, succumbing to the effects of hard drinking and hard drugs. She was 44. God Bless you child for sharing your talent.

 http://blackamericaweb.com/2015/04/07/little-known-black-history-fact-billie-holiday/

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"FREEDOM!" - MONTH-LONG GIVEAWAY! SFR Station's April Fools in Love Event and Giveaway!

Welcome to the SFR Station's month-long "April Fools in Love Event!" Follow my colleagues on this blog hop at the list provided and don't forget to enter the big, fantastic Rafflecopter giveaway that will cap this happening. Follow along on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1545629019032391/

My topic? Why you need to fall in love with Sci-fi Romance.



"FREEDOM!" No. It's not Mel Gibson in "Braveheart." It's me, P. J. Dean, writer of SFR/PNR and the occasional historical. Now that I have gotten your attention, listen up. For writers and readers of SFR/PNR, freedom is the keyword, or nowadays is it the safe word? Hee, Hee. But I digress. Anyhoo, if one has been called to pen SFR/PNR, this time in the subgenre is the most free it has ever been for authors. Especially if you write for a small press or self-publish. The sky is the limit as far as what one's imagination can dream up, and what one can put out there. An author has no boundaries in creating a SFR/PNR tale. The stories run from sweet to heat, with all manner of characters, with plot lines from static to multi-layered. My sole concern is that some faceless panel somewhere will institute boring "routine industry standards" (as in other subgenres) and kill all the fun and originality. Until then (Deity forbid), writers, keep milking the teat of singular inspiration.



Psst! Psst! Readers of SFR/PNR. I hope you realize that you are truly blessed to be alive and able to read this subgenre during this huge shift in creative expression and how it is presented. Never before in publishing has the variety of stories been so varied, abundant and available. Appreciate it. Savor it. Bask in it. Explore outside your comfort zone. There is a writer out there waiting for you to discover their talent. And while you are at it, look up my SFR series, THE FELIG CHRONICLES which has 4 books so far and has a cast of diverse characters you've NEVER seen before. In fact the first book in my series is part of this event's 3rd prize package.

Check out the prize list below and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for all the goodies. Be an April Fool in Love. Again, Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, March 22, 2015

"EMPIRE" is King! All hail the King!

It's official! Fox's series EMPIRE set a record last Wednesday night for viewership. With the second season a go...Go on wid yo' bad selves! It's gonna be a cruel, cruel summer. Sniff! Hey, I like Bananarama. Anyhoo, I'm gonna miss Boo Boo Kitty and la famille Lyon. Hurry back now! Y'all hear?


http://blackamericaweb.com/2015/03/19/empire-finale-sets-viewership-records/

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