Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Week Three of OUR Favorites, Day Three: Diversity in Fantasy Art- KiraTheArtist + Ellen Oh's Prophecy/Warrior & Sarwat Chadda's The Savage Fortress/The City of Death giveaway!

Hooray for Hump Day!

So for Wednesday, it was between two artists. Both were women of color, who drew women of color beautifully!

 However, since we try to cater to younger audiences as well, as beautiful and tasteful as the art was(beautiful interracial couples, some showing their attraction to each other in sensual ways), we just wanted to cater to people who are sensitive to nudity and sensuality.

 Our next highlight draws tons of black women in fantastical settings, without gore or nudity, and she's much easier to access, as her online presence is much stronger, and she actually takes commissions for her work.


"Kira The Artist"


Image by Kira the Artist

What we like about Kira The Artist is the diversity in how she draws black women in fantasy settings. She doesnt just go for the appealing "caramel" hue(and lower) most people have set in their minds is the only attractive way to draw a black woman.

 Image by Kira the Artist

She draws them of multiple hues, multiple hair textures, colors, and lengths. She draws black women as mermaids, warriors, evil queen's, and unconventional ways to see black women.

 Image by Kira the Artist

Image by Kira the Artist

The character donning the shaved head and red dreads actually slightly reminds us of a character of a WIP we have(granted, hers is her own creation, but the piercings and half her head being shaved is so similar!).

 Image by Kira the Artist

Her work is likely to inspire images in a lot of people who write fantasy and with women of color in mind.

On some real ish, don't steal her work! Or post it without crediting her. She will find you. Draw you. Possibly file a law suit, so yea, respect the artist!

If her work interests you, support her. Contact her for commission, follow her on social media. Here are ways how.




Cant believe we're already half way through the week!

 Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Ellen Oh's "Prophecy/Warrior" and Sarwat Chadda's "The Savage Fortress/The City of Death!" Did away with the Rafflecopter for this month to make things fun! All you have to do is comment answering what draws you to book covers and YOU'RE ENTERED! Simple, right? There will be TWO lucky winners! Why not be one of them!





Monday, August 18, 2014

Week Three of OUR Favorites, Day Two: Diversity in Fantasy Art-Peculiar Ink+ Ellen Oh's Prophecy/Warrior & Sarwat Chadda's The Savage Fortress/The City of Death giveaway!

So were on to the second day of Week Three of our favorites conceptual ideas of Diversity depicted in Fantasy/Sci-Fi art.

Some days will be a particular artist's work, or the conceptual mind behind the art...Or a little bit of both!

Today's Highlight:

Peculiar Inc.

One of the to-reads on the Twinjas shelf is a book by author C.S.R. Calloway, called "Peculiar Inc." While it's has strong Christian themes(not a bad thing, but not being Christian ourselves, were open to religious diversity in books)it also has strong diversity representation.

Amongst five of the main characters, four are people of color. Each of them have amazing super powers, which is totally awesome!
Image by Asia Kendrick-Horton

 The face of the series features a darker hued black teenage girl, which we absolutely love, and makes us buy often instantly!
Artwork done by Autumn-Sacura

The author, amongst team behind Peculiar Inc., held an amazing contest on Deviantart in early 2014, and these are just a few samples of what was depicted by artists willing to get in on the fun!

Artwork done by Autumn-Sacura

If you'd like to support C.S.R Calloway's diverse fantasy work in any way, here's where you can find him!



And there you have it! Day Two under wraps!

 Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Ellen Oh's "Prophecy/Warrior" and Sarwat Chadda's "The Savage Fortress/The City of Death!" Did away with the Rafflecopter for this month to make things fun! All you have to do is comment answering what draws you to book covers and YOU'RE ENTERED! Simple, right? There will be TWO lucky winners! Why not be one of them!







Sunday, August 17, 2014

Week Three of OUR Favorites, Day One: Diversity in Fantasy Art-Julie Dillon+ Ellen Oh's Prophecy/Warrior & Sarwat Chadda's The Savage Fortress/The City of Death giveaway!

So were half way through the month of our favorites! There are so many topics to choose from, and this week's subject was actually a last minute thing!

So Libertad and I were thinking....What are the types of websites we go on to see diversity in SFF, or anything for that matter? 

Whenever on the search for anything with diversity, artwork are typically the most visually stimulating it gets. We spend so much time on Deviantart, Pinterest and Tumblr, that it seemed most appropriate to highlight artists, or concept creators of multicultural Science Fiction and Fantasy art.

First on the list:

Julie Dillon

I think she'll be the one artist most people are familiar with. She's designed for major publishing houses, such as Simon & Schuster and Tor Books.


For many of you, you'll recognize her work on the cover of the "Long Hidden" anthology, which features works from Nnedi Okorafor, Tananarive Due and other amazing authors!

She even has a kickstarter campaign, which only has about three days left! It features diverse artwork of fantastical characters of many races, and it looks awesome!

If you're interested in checking it out before the clock runs out, here's the link!


Here are ways to support her through social media:
Tweet Her!
Like her on Facebook!
Tumblr Page

Now wasnt that fun?


 Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Ellen Oh's "Prophecy/Warrior" and Sarwat Chadda's "The Savage Fortress/The City of Death!" Did away with the Rafflecopter for this month to make things fun! All you have to do is comment answering what draws you to book covers and YOU'RE ENTERED! Simple, right? There will be TWO lucky winners! Why not be one of them!













Week Two Favorites End of the Week Wrap Up!

Soooo......

We highlighted some awesome blogs this week! Hopefully ones many could take something from, and maybe even come back to for future discussions!

If you missed it, here's who we featured:

Donnie Darko Girl

Jennifer of book blog Donnie Darko Girl


(un)Conventional Bookviews


elfswood
Amanda of Elfswood: Dream,Escape, Read


Marieke Nijkamp of Diversif_YA


Kody, Corinne and Kayla of Disability in Kidlit

See??? Awesome blogs! That's why we follow them!

Now that we've finished with blog/bloggers, on to next week's theme:

Diversity in Fantasy Art


We have alot going on this month! Between gaining more Tour Hosts for Diverse Book Tours(with a hefty giveaway to bat!) we are also hosting our own giveaway on Twinja Book Reviews! In homage to our two favorite authors Ellen Oh and Sarwat Chadda, we are hosting a giveaway to win Ellen Oh's first two books, "Prophecy" and "Warrior" or Sarwat Chadda's first two books, "The Savage Fortress" and "The City of Death".


The way to enter is simple! All you have to do is comment on either one of those posts and you're entered!







Friday, August 15, 2014

Week Two for OUR favorites, Day Five: Blogs and Bloggers, Last but not least "Disability in Kidlit"+ Ellen Oh's Prophecy/Warrior & Sarwat Chadda's The Savage Fortress/The City of Death giveaway!

Some of the best book blog sites online by far are the ones who bring up subjects, topics and discussions most might never think to consider having. When you're marginalized, you have no choice but to have these conversations, as they are the only way to truly shed light and kick stereotypes about marginalizations in the butt.

The first YA fantasy series Libertad and I wanted to release features a main character, who with time becomes a character with a disability. But not having a disability ourselves, there are A LOT of wrong ways to go about making a character with a disability.

There are several book or entertainment blogs that bring up characters with disabilities, many of which we've highlighted in March during our Blogoversary.

But the one we find the most beneficial has to be...
*Disability in Kidlit*


We genuinely feel Disability in Kidlit needs to be here. We talk about race, religion, sexuality, but most people avoid characters with disabilities in books. So most likely, most also avoid talking about characters with disabilities who intersect with these marginalizations as well.

When it comes to characters with disabilities, it's extremely important to research EXTENSIVELY first. There are disabilities one can see, but many that cant be see. There are disabilities people are born with, and many individuals aren't. Like writing outside one's race or religion, writing a character with a disability, especially when you don't have that particular disability, or don't have any at all requires much more research if it is to portrayed with an acceptable accuracy, that wont be offensive.

So if you are considering writing a character with a disability, you need to be following this blog.

Disability in KidLit is managed by three talented authors by the names of Kody Keplinger, Kayla Whaley, and Corinne Duyvis. Outside of yesterday's blog favorite Diversif_YA, I dont think we follow a blog more avidly.



Corrine has even been on our blog with a guest post titled A Confession and a Plea, and Kayla chimed in on Day 10 of our Blogoversary with post All The Great Places Disabled Characters Can Go !

Maybe were over doing it, but you should be following Disability in KidLit!

So you can see how we saved the best of the book blogs/bloggers for last!

 
 Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Ellen Oh's "Prophecy/Warrior" and Sarwat Chadda's "The Savage Fortress/The City of Death!" Did away with the Rafflecopter for this month to make things fun! All you have to do is comment answering what draws you to book covers and YOU'RE ENTERED! Simple, right? There will be TWO lucky winners! Why not be one of them!
 



 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Week Two for OUR favorites, Day Four: Blogs and Bloggers, Next up "Marieke Nijkamp" @ DiversifYA*+ Ellen Oh's Prophecy/Warrior & Sarwat Chadda's The Savage Fortress/The City of Death giveaway!

We don't know if there was one book in particular that have truly inspired us fellow book bloggers to start our book blog. Maybe it was the promise of free books? Or was it the chance to connect with other book lovers like yourselves. 

For us it was a blog. A called DiversifYA

I'm sure we talk about this ALL the time. Too much maybe. But when we started our book blog, we were really frustrated that there weren't a lot of blogs that highlighted diverse books, writers and stories. DiversifYA isn't really a book blog per say. It's more of a blog that tries to shed some light on some interesting topics, themes and interviews you often see missing from book discussions:

Diversity in books.

DiversifYA is run by Marieke Nijkamp, who describes herself as a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, and proud-to-be-geek. We just describe her as TOTALLY DOPE!
(Check us out, we actually got the chance to meet her at this years BookCon via the #weneeddiversebooks presentation.)

Marieke Nijkamp is extremely dedicated to the cause of Diverse Books and wants to be your Pitch Wars mentor. Isn't that awesome?

Blogs like DiversifYA are a total gem and we always learn something new peeking through it's blog posts. Trying to be a writer that incorporates diversity? Afraid of getting it wrong?

 Marieke's blog is the right place to start to read about different people's experiences so you know some things to avoid!

Check her out on all these social networks! She's fun to connect with and learn more about. You may even find yourself head over heels obsessed with her musings!
Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Ellen Oh's "Prophecy/Warrior" and Sarwat Chadda's "The Savage Fortress/The City of Death!" Did away with the Rafflecopter for this month to make things fun! All you have to do is comment answering what draws you to book covers and YOU'RE ENTERED! Simple, right? There will be TWO lucky winners! Why not be one of them!