Shades Within Us releases today!

Hey hey hey, it’s release day! Shades Within Us is out today!

Here’s a link to Laksa Media’s page, where you can see all the places and ways to buy Shades Within Us!

Don’t forget the snippet I showed you a few days ago as well, as a teaser for my contribution to the anthology!

Have fun reading!

Preview of my story “Superfreak” in Shades Within Us

Hey hey hey, it’s almost book release day! Shades Within Us will be out in the world on September 8th, including my story SUPERFREAK!

You can start reading here, then you can follow the Amazon links & buy the book, because it’s honestly just a really really good anthology!

Something biting cold brushed the back of Danielle’s neck. She reached  back to flick it way and felt a breath. Jumping in her seat, she looked around.
“Yo.” A black guy stood  to his full height, chuckling. “You look sweet.”
What was funny about intruding on her space?
“Wassup?” He took a swig at a cup of coffee. He seemed to have thought he’d started a conversation.
Danielle didn’t know what do to. She turned back round, joining the others watching television.
“Yo. Yo.”
Danielle took a deep breath and tried to concentrate on the television.
“Yo, fucking bitch. Yo.”
Danielle’s hands clamped together. Her palms became sweaty. She didn’t know what it was like in this place yet; it was her first day. She didn’t want a conflict.
But someone seemed to have smelt the new on her and came picking for one anyway.
“Yo, fucking bitch.” A kick thumped the back of the sofa for emphasis. “Yo.”
Someone pushed themselves  in between Danielle and the sofa . A black girl , sporting a long, unstyled mohawk in a fan of fractalized colours. “Yo make some space, I wanna sit.”
Danielle moved as much as she could.
The colours in the female’s hair changed, coruscating frantically. The girl  turned around to the back of the sofa. “Darien, what you doing standing there? Ain’t you got some bush to lift your leg up on or something?”
“Shut up, man.”
“Don’t you dare tell me to shut up. You know what happened last time.”
Finally a staff seemed to ken onto what was happening. “What’s going on over there now?”
“Just Darien bothering people again,” the female said.
“Darien, you have enough warnings already.”
“Yo, miss, I wasn’t talking to this bitch…”
“Yeah, go an’ get yourself kicked out of here again.”
“Fucking bitch,” he muttered under his breath. “Stupid bitch,” he said, kicking the sofa lightly and backing away.
“Mmmhm. Icebreath,” the black girl said.  “With all that coffee you drink, fucking bad breath. Who gonna kiss you with that mouth?” She turned around, sucking her teeth and adjusting her leather jacket. The colours in her hair calmed , undulated more smoothly.
She looked to Danielle. She put out a hand. “Hi.”
Danielle took her hand, shaking it.

Here’s a link to Laksa Media’s page, where you can see all the places and ways to buy Shades Within Us!

Publisher’s Weekly calls my story “A Stitch In Time” a “Standout” story!

Standout stories include Tonya Liburd’s “A Stitch in Time,” in which a young man uses his gift of time travel to relive moments with his deceased girlfriend only to sink into an addictive pattern…

The Survivor anthology appears to be slated for an August release, according to the review’s tag.
You can read the whole review here:

Table Of Contents revealed for Shades Within Us (an anthology I am in!)

The Table Of Contents was revealed a couple of hours ago, and I am sharing the TOC with so many good authors!

More info at :

Here are the selected reviews Derek Newman-Stille did for the upcoming anthology, including one of my story, Superfreak, titled “Bordered By Change”
Bordered by Change

I made Rich Horton’s Campbell Recommendation List!

So, yesterday, I got a private message that I made Rich Horton’s Campbell Recommendation List and I had to see it for myself.

From his website:

Finally, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. This is given to the best writer whose first professional publication in the SF or Fantasy field appeared in the past two years (2016 or 2017). Writertopia has a page, not guaranteed to be complete, with a list of eligible authors: .

I went through that list and came up with the following writers who have done something that impressed me:

G. V. Anderson (who already has a World Fantasy Award!)
R. S. Benedict
J. R. Dawson
Giovanni di Feo
Tonya Liburd
Benjamin C. Kinney
Finbarr O’Reilly
Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Rebecca Roanhorse
D. A. Xiaolin Spires

(…just WHAT…!?!?! THERE I AM!!!)
So excuse me I’m a be passed out on the floor with the vapours…

Review of my story in the upcoming anthology “Shades Within Us”!

I am extremely honoured that Derek Newman-Stille has reviewed my story from the upcoming anthology “Shades Within Us” edited by Lucas K. Law and Susan Forest!

“Tonya Liburd’s “Superfreak” is an intensely powerful and intensely painful tale that examines ideas of safety, security, and home.”

” “Superfreak” is a story that cuts to the quick, but it also reveals a great deal about the sort of lasting pain that comes from abuse and trauma.”

You can read the full review here:
Abuse and Ideas of Home