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5 Black Speculative Fiction and Fantasy Actresses to watch on SYFY

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In honor of #Blackspeculationfictionandfantasy month, I’d like to put a spotlight on some of the lesser known black actresses in the SciFi genre.

SYFY Channel has been producing some of the best black characters (both male and female)  in Speculative Fiction/Science Fiction and Fantasy in lead roles on television. It actually lived up to its motto to “Imagine Greater” by doing just that. Diversity in not only the ingenious show premises but also in the wonderfully multicultural casting. It makes for more exciting viewing by far and allows true creativity to be explored. It opens up doors to make characters so outstanding that people are inspired enough to write reviews like this one:

Z Nation has managed to successfully take an organic step towards this radical notion to make a female character who happens to be Black, carry a series where she’s simultaneously intelligent, courageous, mournful, desirable, sharp, witty, beautiful, tough, caring, loyal, vulnerable, sexual (not sexualized, and if so, on her terms), and influential. Warren is not a leader but the leader. She very clearly is looked to for guidance and revered without malice, jealousy, or in-credulousness.

Thus far in the series’ early history, Warren has shown herself to be one of the most revolutionary characters of color on a genre television show. If ever. She’s so beautifully established as not only a central player who exudes resilience, but someone worthy of a tender backstory, an active sexual appetite, and someone who consciously considers the well-being of others while taking care for her own physical and emotional needs. Roberta Warren can not be put in a box, and that’s glorious!

1) THE EXPANSE

Naomi Nagata (played by British actress, Dominique Tipper) is a space ship engineer, and the Executive Officer of the Rocinante. (Yes, that’s Tyreese (Chad Coleman) from The Walking Dead in a Space Opera Drama. I love this show!

The Expanse is an American space opera / mystery science fiction drama television series on Syfy, based on the series of novels by James S. A. Corey. Set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System.

2) KillJoys

 Dutch (played by British actress, Hannah John-Kamen) is the leader of RAC team 25698-A[1], one of the top teams of bounty hunters in the Quad and the captain of their modernized space ship.

Killjoys is a space adventure drama that follows a trio of hard-living bounty hunters – Dutch, John, and D’avin. Working for the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (RAC), they work in a four-planet system known as the Quad.

3) Z Nation

Roberta Warren (played by  actress, Kellita Smith) is the woman in charge of Team Bite Mark, the group dedicated to getting Murphy, the only known survivor of a zombie bite, to the CDC. In the words of http://rhiannonfrater.com/

On several recent lists of television shows with women of color in the leads, Roberta Warren (Kellita Smith) has been left off. This is such a shame because she’s one of the best representations of female leadership on television in a very long time. She’s one of the many reasons you should watch Z Nation.”

Z Nation begins three years into a virus-caused zombie apocalypse, which has already killed most humans.Several years since a zombie virus swept across America, there’s only one person — who goes by just Murphy — known to have survived the infection — the world’s last hope at creating a vaccine.

4) Van Helsing

Doc ( played by Canadian actress, Rukiya Bernard) is an intelligent,  complex and  introverted scientist, who was turned into a vampire but was watched over and protected by a marine, who has the biggest crush on her named, Axel.

Van Helsing  is set in the near future after vampires have taken control of the world. It centers on Vanessa Helsing, the descendant of famous vampire hunter and Dracula nemesis Abraham Van Helsing.

5) Dark Matter

Nyx Harper (played by British actress, Melanie Liburd) is a strong, caring, kind and a fierce warrior.  She is extremely physical and has a particular fondness for weapons.

Dark Matter is a science fiction space opera that follows six individuals who wake up in a spaceship with no memory of their past.

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Tamara Philip is a blogger and author of Interracial romance novels like The Trouble with Playing Cupid and the sequel, The Trouble with Romance as well as several novellas, such as The Art of Forgiveness  and Romancing the Grinch.
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Review for The 5th Wave (book and movie)

Let me start this review off by saying that I didn’t see any commercials for The 5th wave coming out in the cinemas. Not one single trailer, which is a big fault on the marketing and promotions department for that film studio. Nevertheless I stumbled upon it when the DVD came out. I had no clue what it was about until I googled and saw Chloe Moretz was starring in it and that it was apocalyptic, aka my favorite genre. (Also it was based on the first  book  in the series by Rick Yancey). An easy win-win for me. fiveth_wave_ver5_xxlg-500x500
However after getting bored 40 minutes in, and still not knowing any of the characters names (just like with Jurassic World)
There was no soul to the movie, but Chloe Moretz as lead had me intrigued. She wasn’t just competent, she was efficient. Was this just Chloe being awesome, in spite of the shallowness of the movie or was the character in the book written that way? So I decided to read the book it was based on by author, Rick Yancey. I needed to see if Hollywood destroyed his vision or was it always a weak story with an exciting plot?
Needless to say, I decided to read the book it was based on and then rewatch the movie.
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Between you and I,  I’m one of those people who compare books to movies. However, I usually give the movies plenty of  leeway if I know it’s a super long book and/or the film version’s plot and actors are solid. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m an annoying book-to-film purist.  Leave your creativity at the door, screenplay writers, the book has already been written!! All you have to do is love it and make it come alive!
It’s a shame that the 5th wave’s theatrical version doesn’t fall into a positive category completely. While the actors were( or could have been solid if given the chance), the adaptation itself via the director and screenplay were subpar. The book and cast deserved better.
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After reading Rick Yancey’s novel, which I fell madly in love with, I was able to truly pinpoint what was wrong with the film.
The main difference between the book and the movie was that the book didn’t believe in cliches only, while the movie unfortunately stuck to the overdone, overused tropes that has proves, time and time again, that Hollywood Film makers are out of touch with the average movie goer, which includes the target demographic.
The film stripped The Fifth wave of all it’s noncliched goodness. It robbed the characters of depth, and the audience of truly getting a kick ass teenage heroine navigating through an Alien invasion/Post Apocalyptic earth. Instead they dissected it into easy to swallow clunky chunks of shallow fluff that’s been sanitized of all flavor.
In lieu of the moving  and incredibly relatable bus scene where Cassie realizes something is wrong with the Army separating families, and while her father sees it too, he chooses to believe a comforting responsible adult lie, than his own intuition and Cassie resents him for it. Instead the movie has him hastily mansplain away the abrupt and frankly, suspiciously unbelievable arrival of the Army and she sulkily sucks it up in a stereotypical argumentative teenaged girl fashion.
They completely remove the bad ass  scene where she crawls through the air ducts bleeding but determined to save her brother in the middle of the enemy’s base camp after skillfully sneaking through their screening process,  they decided that it would be better to have her awkwardly and unconvincingly go through the process before finally meeting up with the equally unconvincing Ben Parrish.
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Cassie Sullivan is amazing. She has the grit and gumption to be a not so reluctant heroine, her love of her brother Sammy is the reason why she keeps going for so long, but her competency and inherent bravery is what keeps US the readers going for so long. She’s the heroine that we want and deserve, dammit. Cassie is pragmatic, skeptical and relatable. The author, Rick Yancey did great work because I believed fully that Cassie Sullivan was a teenage girl struggling to deal with this new cruel reality alone.There wasn’t a whiff of middle aged man pretending to know what a  teen girl would do or say and failing miserably, which is a real thing that happens wayyy too many times to count.
Unfortunately, the director J. Blakeson hasn’t become as enlightened. He downplays Cassie to nearly unlikeable status by cutting out every scene that would move the character into the 2 dimensional realm. Where the book has her being whip smart and wisely paranoid, the movie has the boring, soulless version who only has flashes of the Cassie found in the novel. She could have been an icon in the new wave of competent female heroines’ that Katniss Everdeen/The Hunger Games heralded in. Instead Cassie is made redundant by J.Blakeson’s short sighted directorial skills.
And the way the script robs Ben Parrish, one of the male co-leads, of his own experiences, his own agency, his own storyline, it’s mind blowing.  I didn’t give two shits about movie!Ben Parrish but when I read the book I was shocked and delighted to find that he was a fully fleshed out character with his own tragic back story, and desperate reasons for believing in the crap Vosch (the main antagonist) and the “Others” were spewing. Even after all of his bootcamp training, I didn’t believe one bit that movie!Ben could have saved anyone, let alone Cassie.
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The pacing of the movie  felt completely rushed and ill thought out. I couldn’t completely grasp the passage of time because the director couldn’t be bothered to world build or truly bring to life a damn good Female led post apocalyptic YA novel. It was confusing and forced. All director!J.Blakeson had to do was actually read the book himself before undertaking the role of director.
I honestly believe that should be the absolute baseline standard for every single book to movie cast and crew, to have READ the book. And not just the cliff notes version. It’s the difference between successful book to film franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight versus the failed ones like Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (to be fair, it made a much better Netflix tv series) The difference being that the director, screenwriters and actors all read the work and wanted to do it justice. 
 
If The Fifth Wave trilogy wants to become the next big YA franchise, I’d suggest they lose the director and screenplay writers and start afresh. The cast deserves better. Chloe Moretz is perfect as Cassie Sullivan, Nick Robinson is likeable and could be an adequate Ben Parrish if only the director remembered that he is a main character, the dude who played Evan Walker is goodlooking so you forgive alot but boy, did they rush the romance with Cassie so much so that it seemed forced and irrelevant to the story. (P.S It wasn’t irrelevant, Evan’s journey back to humanity is just as necessary as Cassie’s. and the romance that blossoms between them is natural and meaningful because it’s Evan’s sole reason for joining on the fight)
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Book: 9/10 would definitely recommend
Movie: 6/10 needs to focus on the amazingness of the source material instead of what every other movie is doing.


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SYFY’s WYNONNA EARP Rant

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From the very first commercial, I was into the idea of this show so when it premiered I was watching. And it did not disappoint!

I love this show because Wynonna is a hot mess but she’s tough. She kicks ass, loves hard and she’s funny. Problem is her hotmessedness is why I want to strangle her each week. Wynonna is so impulsive she doesn’t think of the long term ramifications of what her impulsiveness creates. I’m happy that the show doesn’t shy away from commenting on how many times she screws stuff up. Which is ALOT. And that’s where Agent (I think he’s an agent??) Dolls comes in. He calls her on her b.s, secretly thinks she’s the bee’s knees but scowls when she’s looking and he’s the only one with one foot in reality in Purgatory. Dolls understands responsibility and productivity when everyone else seems to forget that there is this thing called LAWS and accountability.

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 Actual footage of Wynonna losing her gun for the billionth time.

I’m going to start keeping a count on how many times Wynonna loses that gun of hers. The most important gun in the war against demon/Revenants, Wyatt Earp’s gun. She either drops it in fright, shock or leaves it on the counter or hell, someone might  just grab it out of her hand.  It’s so infuriating! and the fact that her and Waverly never exchanges any kind of communication that would help them deal with the situation in a timely, more efficient manner, absolutely kills me.

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Her little sister, Waverly found out the truth about Doc Holiday and her first stop wasn’t to call Wynonna ASAP and tell her, nope not in this little world. She also found out that she has a certain connection  with Bobo (the resident bad guy who isn’t that bad?) and she chose to stomp away and be frivolous. I just wish they would exchange information. I don’t blame Dolls for being grumpy and suspicious, I would be too, given who he’s working with. They literally leave him out of the loop EVERY TIME, so he has to sift through the wreckage to find out the truth every single episode.

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Those Earp girls would drive anyone to drink as they spin their wheels until the next Revenant shows up and conveniently DOES NOT KILL THEM FOR REASONS UNKNOWN although they’re basically sitting ducks. P.S Doc Holliday is totally NOT TO BE TRUSTED!

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I like Waverly, she’s sweet and spunky but she’s also a terrible spy and it’s just luck that no one has dragged her out from behind her hiding space and strangled her, just to teach Wynonna a lesson.

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My face every time someone catches Willa in her hiding spot.

Still, I’m greatly enjoying Wynonna Earp as it gets stronger and better with each episode which seems to be the case with all the new SYFY original tv shows.

 

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Catch episodes of Wynonna Earp on SYFY channel every friday at 10pm/9c

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Tamara Philip, the author of The Art of Forgiveness, The Trouble with Playing Cupid and The Trouble with Romance can be found obsessing over Pinterest  and watching everything and anything on the SYFY channel. Connect with her on Twitter or Facebook.

 


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Tree of Life: A colouring experience

Today is the cover reveal for Trees of Life: A Colouring Experience by Jenna Lyn Field. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

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By Jenna Lyn Field
Genre: colouring book/ non-fiction
Age category: for all ages

Blurb:
Trees of Life is a wonderful colouring experience that will relax your mind and bring peace to your soul. Inspired by life itself and what it means to others, each and every image is an original artwork just begging to be filled with colour.

You can find Trees of Life: A Colouring Experience on Goodreads

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Interior Pictures from the book:
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Other titles by Jenna Lyn Field include:
From the Colour Me Funky range:
Alphabet Graffiti
Alphabet: Quake
Christmas
Advanced Colouring
Anti-Stress Colouring
Swirls & Curls

From her picture book range:
The Rabbit With Terrible Habits
Noah’s New Room
Pink Hair, Blue Hair

Jenna Lyn FieldAbout the Author:
Author of children’s picture books, Jenna Lyn Field is the pen name of adult author J.A. Belfield. She lives in Solihull, England, with the best husband in the world, aka Mr B, a couple of back-chatting but pretty cool kids, a pooch she treats likes the baby of the house, and a scrawny cat that drives her insane.

Jenna also writes adult fiction under the name J.A. Belfield.

You can find and contact Jenna Lyn Field here:
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There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Trees of Life: A Colouring Experience. These are the prizes you can win:
– a paperback copy of Trees of Life: A Colouring Experience by Jenna Lyn Field (UK and US only)

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Best Seller Mother’s Day Magic Anthology

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Instead of begging your mother for forgiveness or Art she won’t really like, This Anthology is the perfect gift for all the women in your life, especially your the Magic that is your Mother on Mother’s day!!

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5 Star Review for The Art of Forgiveness

Tamara Philip’s “The Art of Forgiveness” is an incredibly touching installment to this series. It is the type of book that grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. The unique and insightful writing perspective allows you to feel as if you are a true part of the main character, and challenges you to think about forgiveness in your own life. I highly recommend it!

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Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in 12 new, previously unpublished-stories, by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Captivating tales of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.

10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the National MS Society for research.

Felt by the Heart by Angela Ford (#1 Bestselling, Amazon Top 50 & Award-Winning Author)
Rachel Winters’s fiftieth birthday approached the forever she’d found with Ryan ended with heartache. And for her daughter, the second chance of having a dad. Will Rachel find the strength to rebuild her life and her daughter’s?

I Love You More by Cornelia Amiri (Best-selling author, Celtic Romance Queen)
On turning sixty, Garland recalls memories of her life’s journey from an abusive childhood to a bad marriage to the ups and downs of a single mom. She is rewarded with a magical mother’s day with her loving family.

Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson (#1 Bestselling Author &TRR Readers’ Choice Award Winner)
Retired air force captain and wounded warrior, Zach Logan, discovers that his scars are more than skin deep, when he falls in love with Beth Bowen; the lovely single mother of an autistic son.

December Roses by Daisy Banks (Bestselling Author)
A present day gift of flowers sets off delightful memories for Jean. The recollections of the day love first bloomed, and trust overcoming a frightening challenge, are carved deep into her heart.

Maddie’s Project by Anna Celeste Burke (Award-Winning, Bestselling Author)
Laura’s mother, Maddie, led a life bursting at the seams, filled with family and a million projects. May changed everything. More than a decade later, Laura reflects on Maddie’s biggest project, and how it changed all their lives.

Vision of the Heart by Mary Crawford (#1 Bestselling Author)
Facing the vision loss caused by macular degeneration is hard enough, but it’s causing Julia Concord to question everything she knows about herself as a wife, mother, and nurse. Can she handle a reunion when she’s a shadow of the person she once was?

An English Rose by Allyson R. Abbott (#1 Bestselling Author)
A compelling and humorous insight of past years and present dilemma’s as Rose reflects on her usefulness in later life. Just as she acknowledges and accepts her sell-by-date is approaching, life suddenly becomes interesting again, in more ways than one.

The Art of Forgiveness by Tamara Philip (Angie Ovations Outstanding Interracial Romance)
The story of one woman’s journey to find out the truth surrounding her adoption decades earlier. Amidst the tragedy of the past, she finds connections to her complicated history and a gentle reminder about the transcendent power of forgiveness and time.

The Illusion of Happiness by Neva Squires Rodriquez
Divorced and having lived under the illusion of happiness for over thirty years, Graciela struggles to find her strength. With her fiftieth birthday and Mother’s Day weekend approaching, a surprise visit helps put things into prospective for her.

The Day before Eclosion by Adrienne Ruvalcaba
Sharon’s only daughter, Gracie, is ready to move out on her own. What should be an exciting transition is complicated by Gracie’s disability. Can Sharon learn to accept Gracie’s need for autonomy before irreparable damage is done to their relationship?

The Light We Found by Q.D. Purdu (Texas Writers’ Winner)
Calla has survived divorce and developed her first newly-single crush on Ben, the special guy in her triple-two-step class. Life is rocking until her ex confesses a long-hidden betrayal, and Ben reveals the most hurtful secret of all.

Forever Sunshine by Cary Allen Stone & Tyler Hosea (Multi-Bestselling Author)
A letter containing the last request of their mother was handed to the son and daughter at the funeral service. They were told to read the letter at her gravesite on the year anniversary of her passing.

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Cover Reveal for Mother’s Day Magic

Today is the cover reveal for the boxset that I’m part of called Mother’s Day Magic. My latest work called, The Art of Forgiveness is included as one of the 12 stories by 13 amazing authors!

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I usually write sweet romantic novels like The Trouble with Playing cupid and the sequel, The Trouble with Romance but I wanted to give another genre a try! so check it out and let me know what you think via reviews on amazon or goodreads!!

Buy Links Below

Mother’s Day Magic/ The Art of Forgiveness

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid

The Trouble with Romance

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HeartWorks: Eight Stories of Love, Passion, and Romance

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Eight Great Stories of Love, Passion, and Romance from Vanilla Heart Publishing Authors Charmaine Gordon, Paul Zunckel, Chelle Cordero, Neva Squires-Rodriguez, Lauren Shiro, Tamara Philip, Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, and Angela Kay Austin.

Gleason’s Greetings
by Charmaine Gordon

Liz Gleason brings laughter and joy into the neighborhood when she opens a card shop. Designing her own humorous greeting cards, business booms and romance blossoms. Is it all too soon when a TV producer shows interest in Liz and her shop?

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(A Love Story)
by Paul Zunckel

Piet van Zyl finds himself like a fish out of water on meeting the lovely Peggy. The man that will stand down a charging buffalo…the man who is never without a quick chirp…the man, who has an answer for everything has finally met his match…now he is out of his depth, for cupid was around and his arrow hit the burly South African dead center.

Always, One More Time
by Chelle Cordero

Disowned by her parents because of an interracial love affair, Callie Sanders is left alone to raise her son after his father, Jimmy Bernerd, dies fighting in a war on the other side of the world. Desperate to give her son a family she goes to the Bernerd household — what she finds is a second chance at love, acceptance, and family.

The Fourteenth Floorboard
by Neva Squires-Rodriguez

Valentine’s Day uncovers a new world hidden in her home that no one, including Gabriela, can understand. Not even scratching her own arm helps Gabriela understand that this place is real, and part of the reason is that she uncovers a secret bigger than life itself. Her family tries to convince her to never go to this place again, but Gabriela soon learns for herself, the price associated with getting her there, and that some things are better left unknown.

Love, Upside Down
by Lauren Shiro

Chantal is sure of two things: her general contracting business, and her love for her old flame, Desiree. A serious car accident changes everything, causing her to stop working; and she meets someone new in Grace, a friend of a friend who becomes her care giver. This accident turns her world upside down, even her love.

Feeding Romance by Tamara Philip
Excerpts from Tamara’s award-winning debut novel, The Trouble with Playing Cupid along with the recipes for delicious meals the lovers feed each other along the way, including December’s Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes, Tom’s Creamy Pasta Primavera for Two, and Cupid’s Hot Chocolate (guaranteed to inspire love and adoration from all who drink it).

D0n’t forget to check out the sequel, The Trouble with Romance.

Heart of Night
A Nightlife Short Story
by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard

Lady Jannessa Guillory was the daughter of an ambassador, and therefore it was her duty to marry to her station, and to help her father. Yet, the night called to her in such a way she couldn’t deny it. And when a voice found her in the dark, she knew she couldn’t stop her own passions.

Sweets for Your Sweet
by Angela Kay Austin

Excerpts from Angela’s Sweet Victory, along with the recipes for a few of the sweet treats Victoria makes after her move back home to Memphis – and too near to Chad. Includes Sweet Victory itself: a delightful chocolate no-bake treasure of coconut and pecans, and Victoria’s favorite comfort food – baked macaroni and cheese.

Buy the book here!  or here for Amazon Kindle