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  1. Dec. 7, 2013 - FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- MVmedia, LLC, a science fiction and fantasy publisher specializing in books by and about people of African descent, announces the release of Griots: Sisters of the Spear anthology. The second anthology of the Griots series, Sisters of the Spear contains 17 Sword and Soul stories featuring women of African descent as the main characters. Editors Milton J. Davis and Charles R. Saunders have gathered a selection of excellent stories written by veteran and first time writers that expertly mesh African history, culture and spirituality with heroic and fantastic fiction. This anthology addresses the lack of black female characters in heroic and epic fantasy, presenting exciting stories and characters that will long be remembered. The anthology includes stories by Charles R. Saunders, Milton Davis, Balogun Ojetade, Carole McDonnell, Valjeanne Jeffers, Cynthia Ward and others. Griots: Sisters of the Spear is availabe as an e-book for Amazon Kindle and Nook. It will be availble in paperback edition in January 2014, distributed through Ingram. It will be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookstores. For more information visit our website at http://www.mvmediaatl.com/
  2. Thanks, Troy. I have the privilege to work with some great artists. This brother is James Eugene. Books will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in a week. I just approved the proof today and I'm ordering copies for my inventory and pre-orders tomorrow.
  3. Dec. 19, 2013 - FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- MVmedia,LLC, a small publisher specializing in African Amercan Speculative Fiction, announces the release of Amber and the Hidden City, the first young adult novel by Milton J. Davis. Thirteen year old Amber Robinson's life is full of changes. Her parents are sending her to a private school away from her friends, and high school looms before her. But little does she know that her biggest transformation waits in a mysterious city hidden from the world for a thousand years. Why? Because Amber's grandmother is a princess from the magical kingdom of Marai. She's been summoned home to use her special abilities to select the new king but she no longer has the gift, and her daughter was never trained for the task. That leave only one person with the ability to save the city: Amber! But there are those who are determined that Amber never reaches Marai and they will do anything to stop her. Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure that spans from the Atlanta suburbs to the grasslands of Mali. It's a story of a girl who discovers her hidden abilities and heritage in a way that surprises and entertains. Amber and the Hidden City is the eighth novel by Milton Davis and his first YA novel. The novel is available in paperback at MVmedia's website, http://www.mvmediaatl.com/, as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers. Amber and the Hidden City is also available in e-book format for Kindle and Nook.
  4. I agree, especially with Amazon. That's why I now sell my books through Nook, Kobo and iTunes. I think Facebook's dominance will eventually wane. Remember MySpace? Sooner or later the young folks will discover a cooler way to communicate and they'll flock to it, leaving Facebook in a bad spot, especially now that Facebook had gone public. It sounds like a good article to me, especially if you provide solutions and alternatives.
  5. An excerpt: They traveled a good distance before stopping by an open field to let the oxen rest. Mama busied herself about the wagon while Sadatina lounged in the grass enjoying the bitter stimulation of her kola nut. Her mind drifted to the shumba cubs. It had been hours since she fed them last, but not long enough for them to starve in her absence. Most of all, she hoped they had not forgotten her. Sadatina’s attention drifted to the road behind them. Someone was coming, moving at a running pace. She sat up and strained her eyes. What she saw chilled her blood. She jumped to her feet and ran to the wagon. “Mama! River men!” Mama looked up, her face twisted with dread. She jumped into the wagon at the same time as Sadatina and cracked her whip at the oxen. “Run!” she shouted at them. Sadatina scrambled among the grain and found her bow and arrows and Mama’s muder. She turned to face the road. The river men were coming fast, much faster than the oxen could run. She looked back at Mama working the reins and the whip and made her decision. She grabbed the weapons, took a deep breath and leaped from the wagon. Her feet hit the dirt and she tumbled, rolling the way Baba taught her long ago. She came to her feet and trotted toward the men. She recognized the man from the market immediately and a fearful chill ran through her body. He had come for her despite her refusal. The men flanking him stared at her coldly and she began to realize she’d made a grave mistake. “See?” the man said to his cohorts. “She comes to greet her new husband!” Something in his tone pierced her fear and transformed it to intense anger. She raised the bow and aimed. It was a small bow only meant for hunting, but a well-placed shot could kill the most formidable of beasts, and Sadatina was a very good shot. The river man was still laughing when her arrow found his throat. It took him a moment to realize what had happened. He clutched the arrow and fell to his knees, blood running from the wound and his mouth. His cohorts ignored his gurgling, springing toward her like dogs released from their chains. Sadatina only had time to let loose one more arrow before the men were upon her with nets and knives. She swung at them with her muder, careful not to get it tangled in their nets. The hungry smiles on their faces faded as they realized she would be no easy catch. They stepped away and circled her, one man waving his net, the other holding a knife in each hand. Sadatina turned with them, her hands sweating against the warm iron of the muder. She had no idea what to do. She’d practiced with Baba and Terte, but never had she hit them with the sharp edge. But never had she shot a man with her bow either. She looked at the river man writhing on the ground and felt sad for him despite his intentions. She did not wish death on anyone, but it seemed death was the only way to keep these men from claiming her. The man with the net moved in. He feinted at her head then swung the net at her ankles. Sadatina almost jumped over it, but the wet cords wrapped about her left foot. “Ha!” the man exclaimed. He yanked the net toward himself and Sadatina crashed onto her back. Her grip loosened on the muder but she did not lose it. The knife man appeared above her and she jabbed. His face crunched and blood burst from his mouth and nose. He cried as he clamped his hands over his wound and stumbled away. The net man kept pulling at her but wouldn’t come close. He watched the muder intensely as he scowled. He raised a trident, a wicked weapon with a three-pronged tip. If he had any intentions of claiming her as a wife, he had apparently forgotten them. He pulled at the net and jabbed at her with the trident. Sadatina winced as the tip scraped her neck, barely deflected by the wavering muder. She twisted and turned as she dodged the spear. Tears welled in her eyes; she was getting tired but the river man seemed relentless. His strikes drew more blood; she bled from her shoulders and the side of her head. “Sadatina!” Mama’s wail ripped through the deadly silence of her struggle. She turned to her right to see Mama charging toward the river man on the back of one of the oxen, flailing her whip against the bovine’s flanks and forcing it to run faster than it probably ever had. The river man was quick, but his instincts were flawed. He twisted about and threw his trident. The spear bounced harmlessly off the ox’s horns as the river man crumbled under hooves and ox flesh. Sadatina watched Mama tumble off the ox then lay back on the ground. She dropped her muder and threw her arms open. Her breath came heavy, her chest heaving as her wounds began to sting. By the time Mama reached her side she labored for breath. “Sadatina? Sadatina!” Sadatina could not speak. Her throat felt like it was packed with cotton. The fire from her wounds had spread throughout her body; sweat ran from every pore. She barely felt something being shoved in her mouth and her mouth worked by familiar hands. Moments later the burning subsided although she still felt terribly weak. She drifted in and out of consciousness, her body vacillating between hot and cold. She remembered throwing up at least twice, once a food-filled spewing and again a painful dry heave. Then she rested, her mind wrapped in a fog of peace, while voices whispered from what seemed far away. She strained to hear them but the fog muffled the words. She knew it was Baba and Mama, but she could make out nothing they said. She gave up and released herself to the fatigue reaching out to her.
  6. LOL! I'll have to admit the artist's interpretation was a bit more than I expected. But it's a great image and I paid good money for it so here it is. Believe it or not I've received more complements on this cover from women than men.
  7. This is good news. Congratulations to The Book Look!
  8. July 1, 2013, Fayetteville, Georgia MVmedia, LLC announces the release of Woman of Woods, the new novel by Sword and Soul author Milton Davis. Davis returns to the land of Meji, the amazing world of Uhuru. Woman of the Woods is the story of Sadatina, a girl on the brink of becoming a woman living with her family in Adamusola, the land beyond the Old Men Mountains. But tragic events transpire that change her life forever, revealing a hidden past that leads her into the midst of a war between her people and those that would see them destroyed, the Mosele. Armed with a spiritual weapon and her feline 'sisters,' Sadatina becomes a Shosa, a warrior trained to fight the terrible nyokas, demon-like creatures that aid the Mosele in their war against her people. Woman of the Woods is an action filled, emotionally charged adventure that expands the scope of the world of Uhuru and introduces another unforgettable character to its heroic legends. Woman of the Woods is available directly from MVmedia at their website: http://www.mvmediaatl.com/ It is also available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo as a paperback and e-book.
  9. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE STEAMFUNK! Anthology PRLog (Press Release) - Feb. 19, 2013 - The Steamfunk! Anthology is here! MVmedia, LLC releases the Steamfunk! Anthology, a collection of steampunk stories that incorporates the history and experiences of people of African descent. Fayetteville, GA – February 19, 2013 – Mvmedia, LLC , a publisher specializing in speculative fiction by and about people of African descent, releases the Steamfunk! Anthology, a collection of steampunk stories told from an Afrocentric point of view. Steampunk is a genre that has recently gained popularity. It is a form of speculative fiction that uses the foundation of the Victorian era and steam technology for fantastic storytelling, be it science fiction, horror, alternate history or fantasy. Recent discussions have centered on the lack of minority representation not only in characters but in historical references. The Steamfunk! Anthology was conceived as a response to such discussions. The anthology contains 17 stories that highlight people of African descent as well as incorporate their unique history. The Steamfunk! Anthology will make its debut February 22, 2013 during the Anachrocon Alternate history convention in Atlanta, GA. The anthology is also available at www.mvmediaatl.com as well as through online book sellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million. The anthology is also available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook and Kobo. About the Editors Milton Davis is an author of black speculative fiction and the owner of MVmedia, LLC. He currently has 5 published novels and two anthologies available. Balogun Ojetade is the owner of Roaring Lions Productions and author of three novels; The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman, Redeemer and Once Upon A Time in Afrika. He is a frequent blogger and expert on all things Steamfunk and Steampunk. For more information about the Steamfunk Anthology, please visit www.mvmediaatl.com or contact MILTON DAVIS at 470-219-2292.
  10. I have question. Are any of you selling PDF books from your own sites? I've considered it but many of my computer savvy friends have warned me away from it, stating that it opens me up to having my work pirated. What's the deal?
  11. There are a few statistics to bear in mind. I'll have to find the article, but it stated that 28% of readers own e-books. Of those who read and don't own e-readers, 80% say they have no plans on purchasing them. Now that may be because many folks are reading books on their phones. I think books will remain. Just like people are beginning to return to buying vinyl records, folks will continue to buy books. That being said, the majority of my book sales are e-books. But my books aren't in Barnes and Noble nor in any significant amount of bookstores. Would the ratio be the same if they were? I don't know. I"m taking a wait and see attitude.
  12. I used to read MAD magazine when I was very young. It used to crack me up. Spy vs Spy was my favorite.
  13. The State of Black SF authors have created a flash fiction anthology that opens imagination to the idea of what Black speculative fiction can become. What’s the flash fiction prompt? A mystical bracelet. Specially created Black SF images along with the 500-word super short stories are morsels of raw potential. Join artist Winston Blakely and authors L.M. Davis, Milton Davis, Margaret Fieland, Edward Austin Hall, Valjeanne Jeffers, Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Balogun Ojetade, Rasheedah Phillips, Wendy Raven McNair, and Nicole Sconiers as they endeavor to explore the possibilities of Black SF in the broad ranges of Science Fiction from Paranormal to Steampunk. Readers will see the immense possibilities of Black SF. Possibilities is available free on Smashwords or for $0.99 at Kindle. Amazon would not allow us to post if for free. Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.co...=Alicia McCalla Smashwords Version: http://www.smashword...oks/view/251712
  14. I was referring to Ebony. I know Robert Johnson cashed out a while back.
  15. While I agree with what you say Troy, there is the other side of the coin. Another reason people start businesses is to build wealth. Once that business is successful the owner(s) have two choices; continue to grow the business or to sell out. In many family owned situations the children have no interest in the business so the parents must find buyers. I have a friend who is a third generation family owner of the business he runs and faces such a situation. The dilemma is many times those who step up to purchase are not black. Johnson is lucky that the children have continued to run the business. Although many businesses are started for noble causes, in the end it's just a business that at some point will be sold. We can only hope that as we prosper as a people there will be more black business folk with the acumen and the finances to keep our business institutions in the proper hands.
  16. Enjoyed this very much, especially the song. You are a renaissance man!
  17. I you are a member of a bookclub or if you know of a bookclub that may be interested in our titles, please contact us directly at mv_media@bellsouth.net. We offer bookclub discounts through a special direct invoice plan. Check out our titles at www.mvmediaatl.com
  18. Thanks, Troy. I'll use it. I'm not the best editor myself, which is why I pay folks to do it for my novels. Short blurbs like this I do myself, and when I'm rushing to get something out, which I was, mistakes ensue. I'm contacting LSI now so I can make the changes. Amazon and B&N just copy whatever LSI sends them. I hope to have it changed soon.
  19. An exciting Sword and Soul tale by Balogun Ojetade, Once Upon a Time in Afrika tells the story of a beautiful princess and her eager suitors. Desperate to marry off his beautiful but "tomboyish" daughter, Esuseeke, the Emperor of Oyo, consults the Oracle. The Oracle tells the Emperor Esuseeke must marry the greatest warrior in all Onile (Afrika). To determine who is the greatest warrior, the Emperor hosts a grand martial arts tournament inviting warriors from all over the continent. Unknown to the warriors and spectators of the tournament a powerful evil is headed their way. Will the warriors band together against this evil? Buy your copy today at www.mvmediaatl.com Also available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com http://www.amazon.co...pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3 http://www.barnesand...n=2940015313925 You can read an excerpt from Once Upon a Time in Africa here: http://www.scribd.co...n-Afrika-Excert
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