Black Women Warrior Goddesses and Mythology!
I’d like to introduce the wonderful readers of RNIC to my upcoming urban fantasy series—African Elementals. For those who crave mythology, controversial issues, and kick-butt heroines with romantic elements, this is the series that you’ll want to read.
If you’re like me, you have secretly enjoyed reading books, watching TV series and going to movies that deal with the strange, different, and paranormal. LOL! I hid my love of these for years, but not anymore. On my blog, I often proclaim loudly, my obsession with hit TV shows such as Game of Thrones, Warehouse 13, Sinbad and Supernatural. I also really enjoy authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, and Patricia Briggs.
What I found myself missing were the protagonists of color. I was tired of not seeing black women at all or as sidekicks. I wanted them to be the center of the romance and of those awesome stories. It became my mission to show the strength of black women facing paranormal adversity in multicultural worlds. Thus, the African Elementals series was born.
Iniko is the prequel to the series, and in it you’ll be introduced to Iniko, who is a kick-butt warrior goddess that must save her child from her husband who has been possessed.
This book, as well as the entire series, is filled with sword action, an evil demonic force, and both African and Norse gods. It is my hope that readers will enjoy reading the stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
Every magical tale has a beginning…
Iniko, daughter of a West African goddess and a Norse god, struggles with her estranged husband, who abducted their child and is intent on murdering the girl in a blood-soaked ritual to gain power for his ancient demonic master. Iniko travels to a West African castle during the slave trade to battle possessed vampire-like beasts with her sword and dagger to rescue her child. Can she find the strength to kill the man who once held her heart and the key to her magic?
Kuumba has hunted his wife for ten years, slaughtering her adopted family in retribution for tricking him into sharing his magical power in the mate bond with Iniko. But when he learns the truth about the true source of his magical power, will he have the strength to rebel against his master, especially if it means he must sacrifice himself for his wife and child?
This villain novella is the prequel to the highly anticipated Soul Eaters novel. It is approximately 16,000 words.
Bonus material includes the mythology behind the West African pantheon of the African Elemental series and Iniko’s birth mother, the goddess Mawu.
Iniko sat up on her sleeping mat in the windowless shrine hut. She scanned the darkness pressing closer than the night. In the stillness, whispers of an approaching danger made her skin twitch in warning. Iniko’s father-in-law launched himself towards her from the pitch-black corner. She had little time to think, and her body reacted as a young mother desperate to protect her newborn baby.
Her heart drummed in her ears as she slipped her hand under the smooth reeds of the sleeping mat and frantically patted the dirt until she claimed the dagger the Akan midwife had given her for protection. With reflexes a sixteen-year-old girl should not have, she gripped the hilt of the blade and stabbed the fetish priest twice. She pulled back the second time but left the dagger in his belly because the raw sulfur in his blood became overpowering and made her eyes water.
Her father-in-law’s eyes blazed then he tumbled forward, howling as he ripped out the dagger and flicked it across the room.
“Is that all you have, little girl? It’s not enough you tricked my son into sharing his magic and lied to him about being a virgin. Now, you come into my shrine and try to kill me! My gods will bring their wrath on you.”
Iniko wiped her eyes and ignored the strong smell as her heart hammered in her chest. She slowly scooted away from him to shield her child.
Iniko is available for immediate download at most e-book retailers. Visit for more details: http://www.aliciamccalla.com/index.php/projects/iniko-novella#
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Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: Three lucky commenters will each receive an e-copy of Iniko.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Leave a comment about paranormal romance or scifi romance. In fact, I’d love to know who your favorite Multicultural or IR relationship might be in books, TV, or movies in the paranormal or fantasy world. Is it Allison Blake and Detective Carter on Eureka? How about Gwen and Arthur on Merlin? Or Tara and Eggs on TruBlood? Ooh, how about sharing your “hunky” multicultural paranormal icon, too. Sterling K. Brown from Supernatural is hot but what about Drogo (Jason Momoa) from Game of Thrones? This is gonna be fun! I love it when people discuss my secret love (you do not have to include your email address).
Deadline to enter: July 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes open to U.S. entrants only, unless stated otherwise.
About the Author:
Alicia McCalla writes multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Visit www.aliciamccalla.com to sign up for sneak peeks of upcoming releases, free reads, or to discuss the controversial world of ffpincolor.