May 1, 2020—Rock Hill, South Carolina   

Mocha Memoirs Press, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the second book in The Windshine Chronicles, an ongoing fantasy series. There Will Be One is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Todd Sullivan’s exciting novel, Hollow Men.  Both titles are available in ebook and paperback.

Readers are praising the Windshine Chronicles, calling book one “exquisite and and intrepid.”

“There is a quiet authenticity to the book which meshes well with the concise but thrilling prose.” – Adam Bezecny

Desmond White calls Hollow Men a “snappy Korean-infused fantasy that examines what makes a hero and what makes a legend.”

The Windshine Chronicles follow the journeys of the men from South Hanguk as they undertake epic quests to prove themselves heroes. 

For generations, Windshine has chronicled the exploits of young men on quests to become heroes. Most suffered brutal deaths, and distrust of the Dark Elf grew until rogue officials offer sixteen-year-old archer, Woo Jin, the chance to eliminate her. If he succeeds, they will name him hero. If he fails, he can never return home.

There Will Be One: Book Two of the Windshine Chronicles is available at the Mocha Memoirs Press website, Amazon, and other fine online retailers. You can also order the paperback from brick and mortar bookstores.

Contact:

Publisher

Nicole Givens Kurtz

mochamemoirspress@gmail.com

www.mochamemoirspress.com

Press Release

March 16, 2020 — Rock Hill, SC.

From the publishers of Black Magic Women, An Improbable Truth, and The Grotesquerie comes yet another groundbreaking anthology. Committed to amplifying marginalized voices in speculative fiction, Mocha Memoirs Press is on a mission to publish diverse and inclusive stories featuring protagonists not often found in mainstream publishing. In that vein, Mocha Memoirs Press is proud to present SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire — a revolutionary anthology celebrating vampires of the African Diaspora. Featuring anchor stories by award winning authors Sheree Renee Thomas, Craig L. Gidney, Teri Clark, Jessica Cage, Michele Tracy Berger, and Steven Van Patten, SLAY aims to be the first anthology of its kind.

To provide professional Horror Writers of America rates, Mocha Memoirs has launched a crowdfunding campaign. The Indiegogo campaign will run until March 31, 2020. Interested parties can pledge at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/slay-stories-of-the-vampire-noire#/

Contact:

Publisher

Nicole Givens Kurtz

mochamemoirspress@gmail.com

www.mochamemoirspress.com

Horror Fiction Podcast Nightlight — known for their captivatingly creepy audio dramas written by Black authors and performed by Black actors — recently produced and aired two episodes featuring stories from Black Magic Women by Valjeanne Jeffers and Sumiko Saulson.

Episode 301 Features The Lost Ones: a chilling account of werewolves, sorcerers, and demons by Valjeanne Jeffers.

Episode 302 Features Sumiko Saulson’s Tango of a Telltale Heart: a terrifying tale of hellhounds and conflicting ancestry.

If you enjoy reading spine-tingling stories, you can find both of these and more in our best-selling anthology, Black Magic Women.

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Sci-Chai Offerings:
Warriors of the Four Worlds by Ronald T. Jones
Redeemer by Balogun Ojetade
RieTales by Rie Sheridan Rose

Sword and Mocha Offerings:
Hollow Men by Todd Sullivan
The Soul Cages by Nicole Givens Kurtz
The Light at the End of Judgement and Day by Marcia Colette
The Portal Guards by Marcia Colette
Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet by Balogun Ojetade

Dark Mocha Bites Offerings:
Bloody Rain by Rie Sheridan Rose
Dead Heat by Ren Thompson
Haunted by S. H. Roddey
Hunted by Siobhan Kinkade
Mooner by Selah Janel

Steamy Mocha Amour Offerings:
Psychic Flames by RaeLynn Blue
An Open Lure: An Otherworld Attendant Story by RaeLynn Blue
An Open Melody: An Otherworld Attendant Story by RaeLynn Blue
Mocha’s Decent by Drea Riley
Strange Bedfellows: His Phantom Caress by Alexandra Christian
Under the Mistletoe by Siobhan Kinkade
C.A.K.E. The Complete Series by RaeLynn Blue

Consent matters. We all know consent matters – at least we think we do. But how often do we actually practice consent? As an aunt to several rapidly maturing children (who range in age from pre-school to high-school) and the adult most likely to be asked awkward questions, I have grown especially sensitive to seeking consent. Every time I want to hug or kiss them, I ask. We talk about how important that is, why it matters, and how to respond if someone doesn’t respect your right to consent.

We watch movies together, and this is where it gets hard. They ask me why Sleeping Beauty would marry a man who assaulted her, and I say it’s because she doesn’t know any better, that she was taught to think rape is love. I say this because it was what I was taught, quite literally; I am a survivor of childhood abuse and Sleeping Beauty was always my princess as a child. Honestly, she is not alone in being a problematic princess. Many poignant satire videos which point out the copious lack of consent present in media have been posted on YouTube and other sites.

Media is a cultural expression of who we are as a society. We grow up thinking the things we see in it are normal; we internalize the books we read and the characters we love as a part of ourselves. When we consistently consume media which portrays love as something easily mistaken for abuse, it’s no accident that we find ourselves in a society where bodily autonomy is rarely recognized and good people fall in love with abusers. We were taught that’s what love looked like.

When I sat down to craft a romantic relationship, I made very deliberate choices in how it would be portrayed. I knew that I – as a writer, as an aunt, as a survivor of sexual assault – needed to see for myself and show to others what consent looked like. Raven consistently asks Kara’s permission every time he kisses her, even before their first kiss as a married couple. It was especially important to me that he ask before this specific kiss. Why?

I live in a country where there are lighter punishments for spousal rape. In some cases, these acts are not even considered rape unless the husband issues a direct threat of violence. Spousal rape wasn’t even prosecutable as rape in the US until the 1970’s, thanks to a 17th century English Common Law which states a “husband cannot be guilty of a rape committed by himself upon his lawful wife, for by their mutual matrimonial consent and contract the wife hath given up herself in this kind to her husband which she cannot retract.” This country spent two hundred plus years believing women give up consent in marriage. I don’t think the last fifty years has changed this outlook much.

When I wrote The Laws of Entanglement: A True Love Story, I wanted Raven to be the sort of man who never takes his partner’s consent for granted, not even when they are married. Kara’s feelings matter to Raven, so he always asks for permission because he acknowledges her autonomy as a separate person and values her feelings above his own desires. This insistence upon consent turns out to be the very thing that Kara loves most about Raven. She knows that he will always consider her thoughts and feelings.

I recognize this may be radical and uncomfortable at first for most readers, and that’s the point. As writers, we possess a singular power to sway people’s minds and hearts simply by showing them a new perspective. I wanted to use my power to talk about consent, especially after marriage. I want to write the sort of stories that can be made into movies my kiddos watch one day and say, “Yes, this is what love looks like. Love asks, every single time.” 

The Laws of Entanglement:
A True Love Story
by Maya Preisler

Paranormal romance is a genre full of human and supernatural pairings: vampires, shifters (of every type), witches, elves, angels (and demons)… but very few ghosts. Horror stories have their fair share of all the supes, but love stories seem to be limited to a select few types.

From a Freudian perspective, there’s probably a reason for that. Romance stories represent our subconscious desires. More specifically, they have traditionally represented the subconscious desires of women. As diversity, gender inclusivity and awareness come into our collective social consciousness, our love stories should change as well.

Traditional supernatural pairings often reflect gender roles and stereotypes of their era: Vampires became sexy in Victorian times because they symbolized penetration without being crude or immoral, and their victims were innocent — and therefore free to indulge in passion because the vampire mythos absolved them of any responsibility. Werewolves reflect a desire for strong dominant “alpha male” types, promising an escape from the drudgery of modernity by reconnecting with our animal natures.

Ghosts are a different class of supernatural characters altogether. Aside from witches, they are the only supernatural creatures whose existence is studied by credible research institutions and are most likely to exist. They represent an inevitable truth many find terrifying — one day we will all die.

Ghost romance then represents our longing for our loved ones who have passed on, a desire to connect with something beyond the physical, a need fo believe in life after death. Ghost romance is about longing and loss, but also faith and hope — the promise of a chance to see our most beloved ones again. And really, don’t we all want that?

02/02/2020- ROCK HILL, SC

Mocha Memoirs Press and new author, Maya Preisler, releases the perfect love story, The Laws of Entanglement: A True Love Story. This first novel by Preisler has generated positive reviews.

“Non-linear storytelling done excellently!”- 5 Stars from Anglea Blackwell

“A wonderful addition to the Paranormal Romance genre!”-5 Stars from Greg A.

In The Laws of Entanglement: A True Love Story, Preisler asks, “What if your thoughts really do determine your reality and true love is stronger than death?” What follows is an adventure into the truth of love, unconditional and true. 

The story is of Kara Riordan. Who when she’s fifteen, she meets her soulmate. Unfortunately, he was already dead. Convinced their relationship was a product of her imagination, she moved on. Twenty years later, she is still haunted by the memories of a love she cannot forget. Determined to find peace of mind and uncover the reason a dead man was her destiny, Kara embarks on a journey which will require her to confront her past, her inner demons, and the gods themselves.

Maya Preisler has been creating art and writing stories since she could hold a pencil and scribble. You can discover her works at www.mayarenee.com and www.mayapreisler.com. Mocha Memoirs Press continues to produce bold, fearless fiction. 

Contact: Nicole Givens Kurtz

mochamemoirspress@gmail.com

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Since 2010, Mocha Memoirs Press’s mission is to amplify marginalized voices in the areas of speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, and fantasy).

SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire will follow the steps of our previously published bestseller anthologies: An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters.

What we are looking for: Vampires have been around in the horror genre for centuries. We are looking to tell a different vampire story. Ones where they may sparkle, but it is a dark one. This call is seeking unpublished short stories that tell stories of the vampire noire, the black vampire. We want stories of vampire hunters, of anti-vampiric heroes/heroines, and more. If you can take the story out of westernized culture, we’d love to see those, too! We want stories that speak of inclusivity. So, if your vampire is disabled or suffers from an alignment, send those stories too. LGBTQ+ stories are also encouraged. To point, we want stories from the African diaspora.

If you do not follow the guidelines, your submission will be deleted unread. Read the guidelines. Follow them.

Upon results of a successful crowdfunding campaign, we will pay HWA pro-rate of .05 per word for publication for First World Rights.

GUIDELINES:
• Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 5,000 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology, meaning the protagonist must from the African Diaspora. Remember, this entire anthology is dedicated to stories of the black vampire. They can be in space, superheroes, but they must be from the African Diaspora.
• Manuscripts should be in Shunn manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on the top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.
• Attach the story in either .docx, .doc, and send it to mochamemoirspress AT gmail.com
• Subject: SLAY Submission: Title of Short story-Author Name
• Save your File as STORY TITLE-AUTHOR NAME

DON’Ts:
• No revenge stories.
• No erotica.
• No bestiality.
• No underage sex with minors.
• No racist rants/racist storylines.

DEADLINE and TIMELINE:
• The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2020.
• Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of July 2020.

by Nicole Givens Kurtz

Collecting Stories

Before people could write, they spoke; when they spoke, they told stories. At first, stories helped us record our histories and to pass down learning from one generation to another. Those stories explained who we are and where we come from; they unravelled the mysteries of the universe. We are but a collection of stories.

As a writer, I grew up with stories read by my mom and other stories told by my grandmamma, who only had a sixth grade education. They’re embroidered on my personality, on who I am and how I carry myself in the world. This is also true of my fictional private inspector, Cybil Lewis.

Recently, my short story collection, titled Collected: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Collection, was released by Mocha Memoirs Press. These four stories are prequels of sorts. They occur before the first book (in my already three book series) Silenced: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery. The purpose is to show readers who Cybil is prior to her first appearance in Silenced. As I said earlier, we are but a collection of stories, and these tales highlight how Cybil — a new PI — crafts her personality, her ethics, and her approach to regulation violations in the three core novels of the series.

Writing these stories provided me an opportunity to look back at Cybil’s growth as a character and where she needs to go. It is funny how a character can become so much a part of you that their existence, albeit in your head, is very much tangible and in your face. A great deal of who Cybil is spun up from these stories. She makes mistakes, she missteps, she errs, and in some instances, is almost killed.

I invite you to explore Cybil’s stories for yourself. I also suggest you share your own collection of stories with those in your life. Those tales may influence others to do more, to feel included, or to feel empowered. Or, they may just bring you closer together.

For we all are simply a collection of stories.

PRESS RELEASE: MOCHA MEMOIRS PRESS RELEASES SHORT STORY COLLECTION COLLABORATION WITH ARTIST JULIA LACQUEMENT

Collected: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Collection

November 14, 2019—Rock Hill, South Carolina    Mocha Memoirs Press, LLC released a short story collection of Nicole Givens Kurtz’s popular Cybil Lewis private inspector futuristic noir series. This collection of stories contain illustrations from former DC Comics’ illustrator and renowned artist, Julia Lacquement. The title is available in ebook and paperback. A hardcover limited edition will be available later this month.

Early reviews are buzzing with Cybil Lewis’s voice and character as being engaging and one to follow.

Julie Dismukes writes in her 5-Star Amazon review, “I’m nominating Cybil Lewis as a new favorite detective to keep up with. The world of Cybil Lewis is mysterious: there has been some extreme disaster, humanity has had to pull itself together and remake society. Cybil works in a futuristic Washington, DC that is falling apart even as it is being rebuilt. Cybil is a war veteran, as are most of her surviving cohorts…The stories get more interesting as they go along. Each novella is worth buying by itself—this collection of novellas is a wonderful deal. I could not put the book down as soon as I picked it up.”

Here’s the blurb from the collection: Before the Change, before Jane, and before she became a PI badass, Cybil Lewis cut her teeth in the District as a solo, brand new private inspector. At last, those stories of her early years are collected into this volume of short stories and novellas. Offering beautiful illustrations by comic book and brilliant artist, Julia Lacquement (DC Comics), Collected: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Collection provides action-packed, mystery stories set in the futuristic territory of D.C. (the District).

Whether this is your first time meeting Cybil or are a long-time fan, this collection should be a part of yours.


You won’t be disappointed.

COLLECTED: A CYBIL LEWIS SF MYSTERY COLLECTION is available at the Mocha Memoirs Press website, Amazon, and other fine online retailers. You can also order the paperback from brick and mortar bookstores.

Contact:

Publisher

Nicole Givens Kurtz

mochamemoirspress@gmail.com

www.mochamemoirspress.com