Tuesday, July 28, 2015

August - "Diverse Books Month" on Rivka Spicer's blog

*Just received an update from Rivka. The event will commence July 31st at 7pm and run until August 31 at 7pm*
I thought I'd post this a few days in advance so you could mark your calendars if interested. Author Rivka Spicer is hosting a whole month of diverse books, and the diverse authors who write them, on her blog. A list is posted, there and down below, of the participants. And guess who's on it? Say it out loud. C'mon. My day is scheduled for AUGUST, 9, 2015. Ms. Spicer tweeted her intention of hosting this event and asked for comers. I answered the call.

Now if you drive by my blog every now and then, you know I'm opinionated but not nasty. I shoot straight from the hip in a polite but direct way. So the piece I wrote for the event is in the same vein. It's not sugar-coated, or Kumbaya-ish, or "really?" The romance industry is a BUSINESS. A dog-eat-dog BUSINESS. The industry stays with the tried and true UNLESS some self-pubbed writer or indie press breaks out with the unusual. THEN the Big 5 jump on that person's bigger vision and runs with it. Trendsetters they are not. But there is one field of romance they wanna break out in, if not dominant - Multicultural. (Again, how I loathe that word) BUT the Big 5 loves that word because it categorizes a thing. For what it's worth, the Big 5 have not been able to duplicate success in building MULTICULTURAL into big money.

In any case, just read my post when it's up (and all the other writers posts too) to see my take on this fiasco. Here are the links to all the festivities.

Follow Rivka's blog all month to get some new book recs.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Oh boy, oh boy. Time for some good, friggin' news! I do not have a release date yet but here is the cover for da, da, da, da...GAMBIT! It's book 5 in my paranormal/sci-fi romance series, THE FELIG CHRONICLES. Nate and Tina, my very much in love pair, who also have made exterminating the Earth-grabbing Felig a priority, are back. The Felig have regrouped from a major ass-kicking and have licked their wounds well. Healed, full of payback, and under new management, the Felig have developed another even more sickening plan to make the big, blue marble their free buffet.

But not if Nate and Tina have anything to say about it. There are conniving baddies plus a few, unexpected, unlikely allies on board to help smack the Felig around. GAMBIT, book 5 of THE FELIG CHRONICLES. Look for a Fall release from eXtasy Books! In the meantime, gaze at that cover. Tina looks a little like Jada Pinkett-Smith I think. So beautiful. Nate looks a little like Daniel Craig, right? Yum. Just your typical alien-erasing, loving couple.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jul/Aug edition of BTS eMag is here. Late. But here.

Take a gander to the top left of this page and thumb through the latest issue. You're welcome.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Who's a 2015 Swirl Awards finalist? ME, that's who!


I, P. J. Dean, made the list as a finalist for The Swirl Awards! BOTH of my 2014 releases got nods. In the Science Fiction/Fantasy category, PARADOX was nominated. In the Historical category, KINDRED, AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY was nominated. As the site says, The Swirl Awards acknowledges the overlooked and unrecognized books/authors for their contribution to IR/Multicultural romance writing. Follow the process of final selection at

More Sandra Bland commentary

I found them! I found the missing words concerning Sandra Bland. Except they aren't mine. They belong to the brilliant Jesse Williams. Thank you for being succinct and on point, Jesse!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer

Here we go again. Racist or bigoted or clueless? If I cared I'd vote clueless. She's the current, blonde, fresh face of the moment. She's 36. And we know how old that is in Hollywood years. So her shelf life is limited. Oh and folks' underpants were in a twist about her pictorial with Disney-owned Star Wars' characters. "Cuz the brand? Oh please. Take several seats. There are more urgent issues to discuss and solve. Look. Who's zoomin' who? We all know that girlfriend could say something offensive about the Dalai Lama, the Pope and Jesus in alphabetical order on any given holy day and as long as she makes BANK for a studio, they will do damage control and she will come up smelling like roses. I have zero effs to give for La Schume and the fabricated tizzy around her. She looks like every plain chick I went to college with who got ALL the hot guys attention because she was "accommodating" and marginally interesting. I suppose it served her well. Whatevs. It'll be over soon. Was that harsh? Good. NEXT!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sandra Bland - A bright future meets a deadly end

Sandra Bland, Sandy Bland

First of all, my heart is heavy. For this young woman. For her family. For whatever went down in that Texas jail cell where she was found hanged with a garbage bag. Her family has asked that no social media hashtags be created to talk about this tragedy. I wish folks would respect that. I'm all out of words. Just so sad and frightening.