Adult Book Fair

Blu Moon Fiction is sponsoring a book fair in Philadelphia. If interested in participating please email blumoonfiction@gmail.com. 

I’m currently evaluating dates and locations based on particpants response. Currently aiming for a Saturday. Bring as many books as you’d like, it’s an opportunity to make some sales as well as to increase and meet your audience. (Target Market)

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Featured Author – Octavia Butler


“Why aren’t there more SF Black writers? There aren’t because there aren’t. What we don’t see, we assume can’t be. What a destructive assumption.” Octavia E. Butler, in “Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories.


I myself discovered this author because I was asking the same exact question. I am a black woman and a writer of fantasy. Yet, when I go to conferences or awards ceremonies for fantasy the genre I write, I cannot find many like me.


I’ve met wonderful friends not of color who are amazing fantasy writers. But clearly I’m not the only one. So a few Google searches later brought me a list of authors. Octavia Butler was at the top of that list.


A career that spanned 36 years, Ms. Butler has been awarded both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as being the 1995 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.


It started in the culturally blended community of Pasadena, CA. Her mother a housemaid, she’d witnessed firsthand racial inequalities between her mother’s employers and the staff.


A shy girl she sought solace in books and sci-fi magazines at her local library. Her writing career truly began in 1974 with the Seed to Harvest series. 




At age 13, her well-intentioned aunt Hazel conveyed the realities of segregation by telling her, “Honey … Negroes can’t be writers” Butler persevered in her desire to publish a story anyway, even asking her junior high school science teacher, Mr. Pfaff, to type the first manuscript she submitted to a science fiction magazine.


Her first work published was Crossover in the 1971 Clarion Workshop anthology. She also sold the short story Childfinder to Harlan Ellison for the anthology The Last Dangerous Visions.


“I thought I was on my way as a writer,” Butler recalled in her short fiction collection Bloodchild and Other Stories. “In fact, I had five more years of rejection slips and horrible little jobs ahead of me before I sold another word.”


I’d been advised that the best of her collection is Kindred. I am owner of a copy and it has proven to be one of her most awarded novels.


Kindred, is all about Dana, an African-American woman transported from 1976 Los Angeles to early nineteenth century Maryland. She meets her ancestors: Rufus, a white slaveholder, and Alice, a black freewoman forced into slavery later in life.

I won’t spoil it for you but there’s a reason why she’s so well known.


In 2006 Butler was found outside her home after years of struggling with depression possibly caused by medications for hypertension, she had a stroke.


Prior to her death she’d continued writing despite struggling with writer’s block and taught at Clarion’s Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop regularly. In 2005, she was inducted into Chicago State University’s International Black Writers Hall of Fame.



What’s your favorite Octavia Butler novel? 

Featured Author: Renée Ahdieh

Born in South Korea, Renee Ahdieh is a NY Times bestseller and celebrated author for novels such as, The Wrath and the Dawn;  The Rose and the Dagger and her latest, Flame in the Mist.

Most of Ahdieh’s novels involve female leads who disguise themselves as men to save themselves from danger. She draws inspiration from Tamora Pierce’s,  Alanna as well as Norse mythology following the same theme.  

Flame in the Mist as a direct homage to Mulan, the largest tale if cross dressing we’ve ever heard. 

Renee Ahdieh, though primarily a YA author has written for adults in the past. She was advised her writing style was better suited for young adult fiction and the rest is history.

A very hands on researcher, she prefers to come into contact with artifacts from that time period.

She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and dog Mushu.

Monday Writing Prompt

There was a single chair tucked in the corner. A beam of light from overhead spilt through a hole in the ceiling. 

My watch a 25th birthday present was stopped at 7:45pm. The face had cracked and bits of glass distorted the numbers. There was a drip of water from a rusted pipe running alongside the ceiling.

There was no visible door.

600 drops had fallen since my watch stopped. There were no windows. A single black 7 was spray painted on the inside. No shadows crept under the door.

An overwhelming absence surrounded me. The drips an deafening echo. My last murky memory a stranger and an envelope. Undoubtedly my insatiable greed led me to this box.

The sun had risen and set before any sign of life emerged. A few crackers slid under the door. Nothing more…
Who had made this makeshift cell, my would be tomb…

All That Reunion Coming This April

All That Reunion

It seems the days of reunion shows actually being a reunion of full cast, and a new storyline are over. All That!  will be airing a reunion special on Nickelodeon’s “The Splat” but the show won’t be a happy blend of old faces and new sketches.

The show will be a montage of old footage we’d seen in the 90s. Returning cast; Danny Tamberelli, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, Josh Severn and Keenan Thompson will have squishy spots on a All That Reunion2couch while discussing all the fun they had when the show first aired.  Sad considering Keenan’s current job is on SNL.

Amanda Bynes was not invited to do the reunion show and reports that she’s too busy focusing on fashion to attend either way.

The series ran from 1994 – 2005 and spawned spin-off shows such as The Amanda Show, Keenan and Kel and The Nick Cannon Show. Reruns of the show can even be found on one of Nick’s many teen targeted channels.

The All That! Reunion Special will be airing on Nickelodeon April 22, 2016

Shemar Moore Leaves Criminal Minds

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I watched in awe, partially on the verge of tears as we all said farewell to Agent Derek Morgan of the BAU. He isn’t dead Shemar Moore just left the show.

After 11 seasons of playing the BAU’s hunky chocolate hitter, Shemar Moore bid farewell in the final episode “A Beautiful Disaster”.  The final episode features Derek hunting down the man responsible for shooting his pregnant wife Savannah (special guest star Rochelle Aytes plays Mrs. Morgan).

derek and savannahWeek after week we were prepped for Morgan’s departure, after he was kidnapped and tortured in “Derek” I was just happy he wasn’t killed off. Moore’s final episode aired March 23, 2016, though Morgan is leaving to spend more time with his wife and new son. Moore is leaving the show to puruse new oppurtunities.

The most heartbreaking goodbye, was between him and character Penelope Garcia, who’s friendship has kept us all enamored with the show since it started in 2005. Moore stated in an interview with TV Guide that he’d happily return in some capacity later down the line. Noting his occasional appearances after leaving the soap Young and the Restless.

Did you forget he was on that?

Criminal Minds still comes on CBS Wednesdays @ 9pm. Be sure to also catch the new spin-off Criminal Minds:Beyond Borders which airs just after @ 10pm.

Legends of the Hidden Temple Movie!

Legends of the Hidden Temple

Debuting in 1993, Legends of the Hidden Temple ran for 2 yrs before going off the air. It was later brought back for re-runs on Nickelodeon’s G.A.S. (Games and Sports network).

The action adventure game show revolved around a temple filled with lost treasure; protected by magical menacing Mayan temple guards. Teams of two would complete mental and physical challenges for a chance at tackling the hidden temple and making it out with cash prizes.

The original show; hosted by Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker as the announcer and voice of Olmec the giant talking head and temple spirit, is making it way back to TV. Legends of the Hidden Temple3Nickelodeon announced around March that they would be airing a “Legends of The Hidden Temple” TV movie starring, Daniel Cudmore, Isabela Moner, Jet Jurgensmeyer. The trio play siblings who break away from a boring temple tour in a jungle. They find themselves faced with real life temple challenges, they have to solve to survive and escape the temple.

Legends of the Hidden Temple is slated to air on Nickelodeon, November 26,2016.

Re-runs of the show occasionally air on Teen Nick’s “The Splat” block which features throwback shows from the 90s.

If you’ll be in the Philadelphia area and would like you Legends fix early be sure to check out the Legends of the Hidden Temple: Adult Game at the Penn Museum