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rdspress:
These were some of my favorite books as a kid. It’s weird to see them in antique shops these days.

When I was much younger, I had a large collection of Hardy Boy books and Nancy Drew books that I`d often read.

rdspress:

These were some of my favorite books as a kid. It’s weird to see them in antique shops these days.

When I was much younger, I had a large collection of Hardy Boy books and Nancy Drew books that I`d often read.

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powells:

How many of these have you read? 

Of those on the list, the only ones I’ve read are:
Handmaid’s Tale
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Maus
To Kill A Mockingbird
Where the Wild Things Are
I’ve not heard of many of the others, though there’s a couple I have but felt no interest in them (like Slaughterhouse 5).

powells:

How many of these have you read? 

Of those on the list, the only ones I’ve read are:

  • Handmaid’s Tale
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Maus
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Wild Things Are

I’ve not heard of many of the others, though there’s a couple I have but felt no interest in them (like Slaughterhouse 5).

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A different kind of shameless self promotion

I’ve read many many different posts about being inclusive, adding more diversity, and about how books, TV, comics, and movies still have a long way to go.

I’m still learning about a lot of this myself, and I’ve been trying to use this knowledge in the rewrite of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  However, the original work is still available, and I’ll leave it available because even with it’s bumps and bruises, I’m proud of the work that went into it.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider for Barnes & Noble Nook

The book features not one, but two women.  Shani Wennemein and Pania Alow.  Both come from very different backgrounds and in the rewrite I’ll be much more clear that Shani’s ancestry is First Nation/Native American.  And let’s not forget, both characters are elves.  Elves exist in more than just European folklore.  Mohawk/Iroquois folktales have stories about elves, as do Miqmak folk tales of the Maritimes.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider at Amazon.com

It also features a lesbian.  Pania Alow makes no apologies for her sexual orientation, and doesn’t just hand wave it away.  It’s as much a part of her as is being a singer.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider at iTunes iBook Store

In the rewrite, there will be some expansion, as two more characters are being added.  Wren, Shani’s sister, and Abisayo, a Yoruba elf.  The rewrite will also explore more of the friendships and relationships between the four.  But as I said, the original work will still be available because I think it will be just as much a part of the series as the new work.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider lulu.com epub edition

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider lulu.com paperback edition

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

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Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

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Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

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Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

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iTunes iBook store

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Ya know what I love

I love the theme tumblrs that I follow (most of which are book blogs) and suddenly in the midst of all these pictures of books, or talks of writing, or a discussion of a book series, or how diversity in books is important BAM! there’s fandom stuff.

Like Orphan Black or OITNB or Doctor Who or the Avengers movies or Pacific Rim or Harry Potter movieverse.  Just out of the blue this stuff comes up.  And I half to remind myself that the blog isn’t just a random generating blog, that there’s person back there doing the blogging, and they also like stuff.  And they will share the stuff they like and get excited over the stuff they like.

And that kinda makes me happy.

…plus dragons.  Dragons also make me happy.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

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The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
medievalpoc:

ktempest:

anikamyerspalm:

anikamyerspalm:

More from the Oh-So-You-Like-Game-of-Thrones-files:
This is David Anthony Durham. He’s another black American writer who is hitting it right now in the fantasy genre.
He’s two books into what he’s called the Acacia trilogy. It’s about politics, assassination, sibling rivalry, sex, slavery, magic — oh, and a dragon. Both books, Acacia: The War with the Mein and The Other Lands, are extra boss.
Durham first came to my attention with an earlier book, Pride of Carthage, which is a a historical novel about Hannibal Barca (yes, that Hannibal), with whom I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid. 
The Sacred Band, the third book in the Acacia series, should be out later this year.

I posted this in 2011.
I’m not sure why, but it’s been been reposted/liked more than 100 times within the past three or four days.
IIRC, it was one of three or four posts I wrote that week highlighting fantasy work by living POC. In addition to Durham, I also fangirled work by writers such as N.K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl and Nalo Hopkinson in those posts, so please check those authors out, too!

Might have been reblogged cuz David just did a workshop with Nisi and myself (among others) last week. Just as an update, the third book in the trilogy has been out for a while and now David is working on another historical. Can’t wait :)

I’ve recommended Acacia before, and probably will again!

See, this is why I like Tumblr.
Y’all are gonna make me buy more books, and I’m okay with that.

medievalpoc:

ktempest:

anikamyerspalm:

anikamyerspalm:

More from the Oh-So-You-Like-Game-of-Thrones-files:

This is David Anthony Durham. He’s another black American writer who is hitting it right now in the fantasy genre.

He’s two books into what he’s called the Acacia trilogy. It’s about politics, assassination, sibling rivalry, sex, slavery, magic — oh, and a dragon. Both books, Acacia: The War with the Mein and The Other Lands, are extra boss.

Durham first came to my attention with an earlier book, Pride of Carthage, which is a a historical novel about Hannibal Barca (yes, that Hannibal), with whom I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid. 

The Sacred Band, the third book in the Acacia series, should be out later this year.

I posted this in 2011.

I’m not sure why, but it’s been been reposted/liked more than 100 times within the past three or four days.

IIRC, it was one of three or four posts I wrote that week highlighting fantasy work by living POC. In addition to Durham, I also fangirled work by writers such as N.K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl and Nalo Hopkinson in those posts, so please check those authors out, too!

Might have been reblogged cuz David just did a workshop with Nisi and myself (among others) last week. Just as an update, the third book in the trilogy has been out for a while and now David is working on another historical. Can’t wait :)

I’ve recommended Acacia before, and probably will again!

See, this is why I like Tumblr.

Y’all are gonna make me buy more books, and I’m okay with that.

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On my reading list

I am presently reading The Goblin Market: Into the Green by Jennifer Melzer.

Once I’m finished, I’ll post a review.

Of note: all the books I’ve read this year have been on my Kindle.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider: Prologue

talesofsixgunsorcery:

The original draft as it was originally posted, made easy in a pdf download.  Make sure you have a pdf viewer on your device to view the pdf properly.

Black Mask & Pale Rider: The Prologue

Creative Commons License
The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider by Tim Holtorf is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License.
Based on a work at http://taholtorf.wordpress.com/bmamppr/the-series/.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://taholtorf.wordpress.com/.

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That new blog smell!

talesofsixgunsorcery:

It’s that new blog smell.  Smells fresh, smells brand spankin’ new.

This tumblog will be dedicated to all the things I’m writing in the world of Black Mask & Pale Rider, hence forth known as Tales of Six Gun & Sorcery.  This is a writing blog.  Here, images done by myself and Clarissa Renee Hummel (who did all of the artwork for the original publication of The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider), along with original drafts of the work and poetry will be posted.  New information will be posted as well, as it’s made available.

Welcome to the blog!  Take a seat by the fire in one of the comfy chairs, take down a book, curl up and read, and join in an adventure.

Just letting the evening crowd in on it.  Tales of Six Gun & Sorcery (formerly Black Mask & Pale Rider) now has it’s own home.  Artwork, stories, character bios, poetry and more will be made available on this tumblog, along with any news regarding the writing process for the new series.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider