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We love coffee and we love books. The two are made for each other. We’re Mocha Memoirs and we’re dealers of diverse speculative fiction. Like a favorite coffee house, we offer new flavors for every reader. Taste one of our delicious and daring titles today!

The Balm of Brackish Water

By Sumiko Saulson We have a special treat for Black Speculative Fiction Month! Award Winning Author, Sumiko Saulson, has generously offered to let us re-post her winning story from the 2018 Afrosurrealist Writer Award. My feet soaked at the edge of the lake in a balm of brackish water. Lake

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In Praise of Octavia Butler

­By Todd Sullivan ­My first memorable experience with black speculative fiction was from the works of Octavia Butler. My oldest brother moved from our hometown of New Orleans to Chicago in the mid-1990s, and came back with Parable of the Sower. For those who haven’t read it, go out and

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Speaking With Our Own Voices: A foreword to Black Magic Women

By Sumiko Saulson “Saulson has collected magic in ways that hypnotize, entertain and make the reader shudder. In these stories desire and greed are answered with magical justice and getting what is wished for comes with ultimate, soul level prices. Walk with these women, through fables of magic, spells, werewolves,

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New Release: Dead Heat is Bringing the Sizzle to your Fall Horror

Rock Hill, SC- Newly relocated small press publisher, Mocha Memoirs Press, has released a horror romance that will keep the heat burning well into the fall. Canadian author, Ren Thompson’s latest novel, DEAD HEAT offers the terror of a zombie apocalypse and the fire of a LGBTQ romance. Blurb: The

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Did I Just Make A Miniseries?

By H.E. Roulo All books require a relationship between reader and text. The reader is searching for the book that’s right for them, but how can they be sure? A good cover image and blurb, goes a long way, but that’s the bare minimum for even a Tinder match. For

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Taking the Time to Listen

In my middle-grade chapter book, The Right Hand of Velachaz, the twelve-year-old hero asks his companions a question that no one else seems to have considered…if dragons are intelligent, why not talk to them before attacking with sharp pointy things? Taking the time to do that winds up saving the

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Why Elven Pirates?

From the moment I conceived the idea of Mutiny on the Moonbeam, I knew my pirates would be elves. This is not the usual profession for those enigmatic beings, and that’s part of the fun. Aidrian is a bored aristocrat who wanted to go off and have adventures. While he

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Women in Horror by Selah Janel

It’s become a fact of life that fear follows you as a woman. Fear of safety, fear of getting something wrong, fear of misinterpretation, fear of being labeled, fear of failure (because it can follow, because it could feasibly affect everything else you do forever), just plain fear. I grew up

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