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‘Love in the Age of Dragons’ is the Gold Medal Winner for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction–Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Thank you to the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for awarding Love in the Age of Dragons a gold medal for Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi.

I had a wonderful time in Traverse City, Michigan meeting all of the winners and learning about all of the wonderful books debuting in 2022.

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Love in the Age of Dragons is a 2022 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Multicultural Fiction and Science Fiction: Post-Apocalyptic

I am so excited to announce that Love in the Age of Dragons is a finalist in the 2022 American Fiction Awards in the categories of Multicultural Fiction and Science Fiction: Post-Apocalyptic.

Congratulations to all of the winner and finalist of the 2022 American Fiction Awards! View the full results listing here.

American Fiction Awards Finalist
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Praise for Love in the Age of Dragons

“Love in the Age of Dragons is an excitingly paced ride through dangerous stakes. Ayanna, selfless and brave, carries a heavy burden tied to her father’s past actions. The twist and turns to her heroic journey through Terra—a final safe haven for humans—and the dangerous dragon-infested surface test her determination and trust in both herself and others.
Yodassa Williams, author of The Goddess Twins

The author describes an extraordinary world through a thrilling and addictive narrative. The characters embedded in this dynamic tale are complex and very well written. Ayanna is a strong and brave yet believable main character that sets a healthy role model for anyone who might pick up this book. The people that surround her are as three-dimensional as she is. Henson pays attention to details. The result is a fast-paced but not rushed story, perfect for dystopia/fantasy lovers.

Readers’ Favorite, #1, 5-star review

Besides the wonderful story, the book is beautiful to look at with fantastic cover art and decorative details. Love in the Age of Dragons perfectly blends together young love, suspense, danger and magic to create a story that I loved…I absolutely loved the magic of this story. Fatima R. Henson took me on an adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait for a sequel!

Readers’ Favorite, #2, 5-star review

Fatima R. Henson crafted this dystopian-style story with an edge of fantasy, making this an original view of what technology could open…Readers who like to read post-apocalyptic stories filled with unknown dangers with fantasy creatures included will like Love in the Age of Dragons.

Readers’ Favorite, #3, 5-star review

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Leprechaun: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Series–Magical Creatures

In this Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Series I will provide sci-fi/fantasy writers with a wealth of information concerning subjects that they may wish to use in their work.

The series will name and describe some of the magical or fantastical creatures that you may want to use in your stories.

Leprechaun:

A leprechaun is a creature from Irish folklore. Leprechauns are generally presented as a type of fairy in the form of a tiny old man. He is often dressed in a cocked hat, wearing a leather apron.  Legends present him to be solitary by nature and to live in remote places where he spends his time making brogue shoes. Traditionally, he also possesses a hidden crock of gold which he guards jealously. The word leprechaun derives ultimately from the Old Irish word luchorpan meaning “little body.”

By birth the Leprechaun is of low descent. His father is said to be an evil spirit and his mother a degenerate fairy. His nature is that of a mischief-maker, the “Puck of the Emerald Isle.” He is of diminutive size, about three feet high, and is dressed in a little red jacket or roundabout, with red breeches buckled at the knee, gray or black stockings, and a hat, cocked in the outdated style of the eighteenth century, over a little, old, withered face.

In mythology, the leprechaun is neither entirely good nor entirely evil. He often is characterized with a mix of both qualities. Sometimes he is portrayed as having a generous nature and performing a kind service. Other times, he is seen as descending into pettiness and meanness. However, his character is such that he is never completely noble nor wholly depraved.

Stories originating from Clare and Galway, Ireland report that the favorite amusement of the Leprechaun is riding a sheep or goat, or even a dog, when the other animals are not available. Herdsmen are reported to have found their sheep looking weary in the morning or found their dog in a state of muddy disarray and worn out with fatigue. This, the herdsman understands, means that the local Leprechaun has used his animal to travel a great distance rather than walk to his destination on foot.

Aside from riding sheep and dogs almost to the point of death, the Leprechaun is credited with small acts of mischief around the house. Legend insists that Leprechauns will make the pot boil over and put out the fire, then again, he will make it impossible for the pot to boil at all. He will steal food such as bacon and potatoes, or fling babies down onto the floor. Occasionally, he is thought to throw articles of furniture around a room with a strength and vigor altogether disproportionate to his diminutive size.

But his mischievous pranks seldom go further than to drink up all the milk or despoil a homeowner’s bottle of poteen, sometimes, filling the bottle with water. Additional stories portray the mischief-making Leprechaun as growing very angry and stoking the flames in a fireplace or hearth, startling the homeowner.  

Work Cited:

  1. D. R. McAnally, Jr., Irish Wonders:  The Ghosts, Giants, Pookas, Demons, Leprechawns, Banshees, Fairies, Witches, Widows, Old Maids, And Other Marvels Of The Emerald Isle Popular Tales As Told By The People, Edition 1, Weathervane Books – New York, Copyright © 1888. In the Public Domain. Found at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/19486/19486-h/19486-h.html#toc67.
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Fatima R. Henson Will Attend the 2022 Atlanta Self Publishing Conference on April 23 at The Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, GA

The Atlanta Writers Club describes the Atlanta Self-Publishing Conference, ASPC, as an event that is dedicated to serving self-published authors and the independent publishing market. There inaugural conference will be on Saturday, April 23, 2022 and it will showcase a full day of speakers and networking for all those who attend.

More information about the event can be found at https://www.atlantaselfpublishingconference.com

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Banshee: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Series–Magical Creatures

In this Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Series I will provide sci-fi/fantasy writers with a wealth of information concerning subjects that they may wish to use in their work.

The series will name and describe some of the magical or fantastical creatures that you may want to use in your stories.

Banshee:

A banshee (“woman of the fairies”) is a supernatural being in Irish and other Celtic folklore whose mournful “keening,” or wailing screaming or lamentation, at night was believed to foretell the death of a member of the family of the person who heard the spirit.

The name banshee seems to be a contraction of the Irish Bean Sidhe, which is interpreted by some writers on the subject “A Woman of the Faire Race,” whilst by various other writers it is said to signify “The Lady of Death,” “The Woman of Sorrow,” “The Spirit of the Air,” and “The Woman of the Barrow.”

In Ireland, banshees were believed to warn only families of pure Irish descent. The Welsh counterpart, the gwrach y Rhibyn (“witch of Rhibyn”), visited only families of old Welsh stock.

Banshees may be divided into two main classes, the Friendly Banshees and the Hateful Banshees. The former exhibiting sorrow on their advent, and the latter, exultation. But these classes are capable of almost endless sub-division with the only feature they possess in common being that they are both female in nature. The cause of a banshee haunting is varied. Some authors suppose that banshees appear because of affection or a crime, but others point to an origin in sorcery and witchcraft.

Some writers portray banshees as very beautiful women—women with long, luxuriant tresses, either of raven black, or burnished copper, or brilliant gold, and whose star-like eyes, full of tender pity, are either dark and tearful, or of the most exquisite blue or grey; some, again, are haggish, wild, disheveled-looking creatures, whose appearance suggests the utmost squalor, foulness, and despair. Additionally, some stories portray banshees in the form of something that is wholly diabolical, frightful, or terrifying in the extreme.

As a rule, however, the banshee is not seen, it is only heard, and it announces its arrival in a variety of ways—sometimes by groaning, sometimes by wailing, and sometimes by uttering the most blood-curdling of screams. These screams are described as resembling those of a dying woman who was dying in a violent manner. Occasionally, banshees are described as clapping their hands, and tapping and scratching at walls and windowpanes, and, not infrequently, they are described as the signaling their arrival by terrific crashes and thumps.

Work Cited:  

  1. Elliot O’Donnell, The Banshee, London And Edinburgh Sands & Company, 1907, In the public domain found at: https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/34263/pg34263-images.html