Athena Johnson-social justice warrior

Civil War released this weekend, and like my first protagonist Achilla Johnson, Athena Johnson is designed to answer a question. What does it mean to be a social justice warrior? The answer does not lie in the derogatory context used to mock people who are passionate about social justice movements, but it can be found…

Sneak Peek! Introducing a chapter from Civil War!

So with my fifth novel, Civil War, releasing this Saturday, I’ve decided to share a chapter for your reading pleasure. If you want more, and you likely will, you know what to do. Order your copy! For now, happy reading! * Two days earlier… Athena stood with her fists at her sides, and her eyes…

An Amazon’s confidence- why Wonder Woman is an empowering character.

  ***WARNING! SPOILERS!*** After watching Wonder Woman this weekend, I’ve decided to write a review. First and foremost, Wonder Woman is an excellent film. The scenes are beautiful. The casting is perfect. The dialogue is strong. Aside from a few hiccups(when did Diana learn to fly, how did an American Steve Trevor end up working…

Cover Reveal- Civil War!

Behold the cover for Civil War, the fifth novel of the Nephilim Chronicles Series. Read the description below, and pre-order your e-book at Smashwords! * Dr. Athena Johnson just wants to help people. That’s why she runs Jacob’s Ladder to aid those addicted to manna during Connecticut’s newest drug epidemic. While Athena pulls addicts off…

Achilla Strong: the case for ferocious women.

  During Women’s History Month, I would be remiss to neglect discussing the characters who keep the Nephilim Chronicles alive. Ferocious women are the driving force behind my fiction writing and with good reason. Strong women in real life provide enough motivation for a lifetime’s worth of novel writing. As of late, women have shown…

Get Out: Chris’ rebellion.

So before I start this essay on Chris’ role in the new movie Get Out, I must warn you. This will have spoilers. I REPEAT: SPOILER ALERT! Now that that’s out of the way, Rotten Tomatoes got it right giving Get Out a 100 percent rating. Jordan Peele loaded it with racial symbolism that would be…

A Protagonist’s Pain: why heroes must suffer

“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” -Rocky Balboa. If there is one thing I’ve learned as…

The Purpose-Filled Villain: Artemis Harris’ development

Last week I asked people on social media(Facebook and Instagram) their opinions on villains and heroes. When I asked about personifying social problems into a villain, I didn’t get many answers. I could only assume that was because social ills are also complex. To think of a villain who personifies one takes research and a…

Words of the Serpent-sneak peek!

As is customary on this blog in the event  of an upcoming book release, here is a sneak peak of Words of the Serpent. In this scene, Apollo remains in Artemis'(the girl in the cover photo) headquarters, but she’s not the only enemy Apollo must contend with. Enjoy. *        Oh,” Artemis laughed. “Oh,…

Mass desensitization-Words of the Serpent introduces propaganda.

“Time for final thoughts. This week two officers were ambushed in Des Moines, Iowa. We lost two blue lives. That’s blue. Notice how I didn’t say we lost two white people in Iowa? See there seems to be some confusion from the Black Lives Matter community on exactly what it means to back the blue,…

Like Water-Words of the Serpent and Achilla’s adaptability.

“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” –Bruce Lee.  Many people…