Thursday, November 02, 2017

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library 2017 Author Series: Jason Jack Miller

EVENTS


UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES



JASON JACK MILLER




JASON JACK MILLER

"Fiction and the Power of Belief"

Saturday
November 4, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Jason Jack Miller knows it’s silly to hold onto the Bohemian ideals of literature, music, and love above all else. But he doesn’t care.

His own adventures paddling wild mountain rivers and playing Nirvana covers for less-than-enthusiastic crowds inspired his Murder Ballads and Whiskey series. The first three books are currently available: The Devil and Preston Black, Hellbender, and The Revelations of Preston Black. The next installment, All Saints, is due out in February 2018.

Hellbender was Jason's thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program, where he is now a mentor and guest lecturer. The novel won the Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award.

His career got its start when he co-authored an outdoor travel guide with his wife in 2006. Since then his work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones, and in the award-winning writing guide Many Genres, One Craft.

When Jason isn't writing he's on his mountain bike or looking for his next favorite guitar.

He is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, Littsburgh, and International Thriller Writers. He lives just outside of Pittsburgh with his wife, Heidi, with whom he shares a lifestyle and travel channel on YouTube called Small Space Big Life. Tweet him @jasonjackmiller. Gram him @jasonjackmiller. Email him at jasonjackmiller at gmail.com. And peruse his website at www.jasonjackmiller.com.


UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES

Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow.

These events are free and open to the public — you do not have to be a member of the Uniontown Public Library to attend! Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library’s main desk before each author’s visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early.





Monday, October 23, 2017

VIDEO: THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT NEW PULP with Fred Adams

VIDEOS

I interviewed award-winning author Fred Adams, Jr., about New Pulp for my YouTube series Three Great Things About. Fred will be presenting at the Uniontown Public Library tonight, Monday, October 23, 2017 from 6-8 PM as part of the UPL 2017 Author Series.

Monday, October 09, 2017

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Shara White at Speculative Chic

INTERVIEWS

I share My Favorite Things with Shara White over at Speculative Chic.
Do we have any in common?


"Growing up I just assumed all my friends, whether male or female, liked what I liked. It’s a conceit of youth that I admit still surfaces in me today. Back then, I figured everyone had watched MacGyver and later X-Files, that they designed lasers and read G.I. Joe comics. (You know, the usual.) Imagine my surprise when one of my best girlfriends said, 'I don’t really like that sci-fi stuff.' I took her statement as anyone would — riotous laughter then sobering shock. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read my collection of Robotech books or stay up late to watch Battlestar Galactica (the original one where Muffit was a supporting character), or take a bunch of extra computer classes during the summer?"

READ MORE AT SPECULATIVE CHIC.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

BOOK: Steel Blood (Steel Empires Book 3) by J.L. Gribble

BOOKS

STEEL BLOOD (Steel Empires Book 3)

by J.L. Gribble


As her children begin lives of their own, Victory struggles with the loneliness of an empty nest. Just when the city of Limani could not seem smaller, an old friend requests that she come out of retirement for one final mercenary contract—to bodyguard his granddaughter, a princess of the Qin Empire.

For the first time in a century, the Qin and British Empires are reopening diplomatic relations. Alongside the British delegation, Victory and her daywalker Mikelos arrive in the Qin colony city of Jiang Yi Yue. As the Qin weredragons and British werewolves take careful steps toward a lasting peace between their people, a connection between the Qin princess and a British nobleman throw everyone’s plans in disarray.

Meanwhile, a third faction stalks the city under the cover of darkness.

COVER BY BRADLEY SHARP

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. She is currently working on the Steel Empires series for Dog Star Books, the science-fiction/adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Previously, she was an editor for the Far Worlds anthology.

Gribble studied English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where her debut novel Steel Victory was her thesis for the program.

She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram.



Friday, September 08, 2017

PODCAST: ArtsReviews's: Heidi Ruby Miller Readings

PODCASTS


Thank you to Art Sippo for recording my readings at Pulpfest/Farmercon 2017 on his wonderful podcast Art's Reviews. I read short excerpts, which included complementary chapters from Greenshift and Starrie, which I have always wanted to do because this particular bad guy from Greenshift doesn't get his comeuppance until Starrie. And, of course, I read from Man of War in honor of its launch that weekend. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

BOOK: Charity Anthology Pets in Space 2

BOOKS


EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2

Release Date: October 10, 2017

The pets are back!

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, features twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors. Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world.

Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of all preorders and the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Good-bye, Puddahs. You Were the Best Kitty.


Last week we lost Puddahs, and I'm still trying to deal with the heartbreak. Some of you knew her from visiting our little home, some of you knew her from Instagram, Twitter, and this blog. She was sweet and never judging. Always consoling, always the presence that Jason and I needed when life was tough.

We named her Francesca after Frances Mayes because I watched Under the Tuscan Sun constantly when we first got her. The movie and Francesca were a type of therapy for me because I had been assaulted in the classroom where I taught and never returned to the profession after that day. There were many dark days to come as I healed, and Puddahs was right there.

Then last year when the migraines debilitated me, she was also there, comforting, just being. (I miss you, Puddahs.)

Jason and I still feel her in the house, but the emptiness is slowly creeping in.

Thank you to my mum for staying at her side during those last days as we rushed home from Lisbon to say good-bye. I believe Puddahs knew she as loved and ws ready to rest. Such a good little kitty.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

BOOK: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng

BOOKS

A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES

by Christina Sng

Hold your screams and enter a world of seasonal creatures, dreams of bones, and confessions modeled from open eyes and endless insomnia.


Christina Sng’s A Collection of Nightmares is a poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows, an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Here are ramblings at the end of the world and a path that leads to a thousand paper cuts at the hands of a skin carver. There are crawlspace whispers, and fresh sheets gently washed with sacrifice and poison, and if you’re careful in this ghost month, these poems will call upon the succubus to tend to your flesh wounds and scars.

These nightmares are sweeping fantasies that electrocute the senses as much as they dull the ache of loneliness by showing you what’s hiding under your bed, in the back of your closet, and inside your head. Sng’s poems dissect and flower, her autopsies are delicate blooms dressed with blood and syntax. Her words are charcoal and cotton, safe yet dressed in an executioner’s garb.

Dream carefully.
You’ve already made your bed.
The nightmares you have now will not be kind.
And you have no one to blame but yourself.


Christina Sng is a poet, writer, and artist. She earned her BA in Criminology and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and spent most of her career as a web consultant, content producer, UX strategist, and information architect.

Since 2001, Christina’s work has appeared in numerous venues worldwide, especially her poetry which garnered many accolades over the years, most notably nominations in the Dwarf Stars and Rhysling Awards, as well as Honorable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Her recent collections include A Constellation of Songs, Astropoetry, and Catku. An Assortment of Sky Things, her chapbook of space poems, was nominated for the 2017 Elgin Award. A Collection of Nightmares is her first full-length book of dark poetry.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES
“Christina Sng’s A Collection of Nightmares knits a magic quilt of surreal and unique portraits turning the stuff of nightmares and pain into beautiful, even when bloody, images of release and redemption.”
—Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend

“Participating in a Grand Guignol tradition that traces back to Shelley and Poe…there’s a simultaneously more poignant and more disturbing undertow moving just beneath these spiny surfaces: the notion that, against terrifying events beyond our control, the compassion we carry with us will be our only line of defence, our last light shining through the kindness we show, all the more precious for how briefly it flashes.”
—Mike Allen, author of Hungry Constellations

“This is a book of breathtaking artistry. In verse that ranges widely in subject matter and metrical form, Christina Sng invariably focuses on just those words and images that evoke terror, otherworldliness, and fantasy. But deep emotional resonance is not absent, and Sng can evoke poignancy and melancholy as effortlessly as she can evoke fear and dread.”
—S. T. Joshi

“Christina Sng’s poetry gives me the same feeling as observing a Kandinsky painting or hearing a Nine Inch Nails song: something immediate, deeply complex and intensely profound. It is, in short, a wonder.”
—Jason Erik Lundberg, author of Strange Mammals

“As I read this collection, I found myself exclaiming aloud, for there were so many I could relate to, and that is rare for me. Herein are poems that bite you by surprise, delight you with the weave of fresh fabric…A goodly number are dark SF story capsules, from alien interventions to surviving on a world ruined by mankind. I could not pick a single favorite. I loved them all.”
—Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award® winning poet

“Each of these fifty or so potent poems are actually stunning little stories about terrifying transformations. Each of the tales she tells are chilling, but her poetic and playful approach spins you around in a vortex of exquisite language and a swirling miasma of wildly terrifying imagination until you yourself are transformed… left dizzy and eager for the next time around. A brilliantly twisted collection, sure to turn a number of heads.”
—Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Freakcidents and The Gorelets Omnibus

Saturday, June 10, 2017

VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Paris!

VIDEOS

This is a transfer of a Windows Movie Maker project Jason did back in 2014. It was our second trip to Paris. Some of the quality is old school, but that's part of what we like about it. You can check out our other lifestyle and travel videos on our YouTube channel SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

BOOK: The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

BOOKS

THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER

When the notorious child abductor, “The Marsh King,” escapes from a maximum security prison in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula wilderness, Helena Pelletier is sure she can use the hunting and tracking skills she learned as a child to find him. After all, no one is The Marsh King’s equal when it comes to navigating the marshland—except Helena herself, his daughter.

But as Helena hunts her father to return him to prison, gradually she realizes that his escape is the first step in an elaborate scheme to kidnap her and her two young daughters. As their cat and quarry game unfolds, she must use all of her wilderness skills not only to thwart his plan, but to survive it.

Selected by iBooks and Publisher’s Weekly as one of the BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER!

“Exceptional. . . . Helena’s conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity elevate this powerful story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Karen Dionne is cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held every other year on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.

Karen’s short fiction has appeared in Bathtub Gin, The Adirondack Review, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Thought Magazine, as well as First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors, an anthology of short stories from bestselling and emerging authors edited by Lee Child.

Karen has written about the publishing industry from an author’s perspective for AOL’s DailyFinance, and blogs at The Huffington Post. Other articles and essays have been published in Writer’s Digest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, Guide to Literary Agents, and Handbook of Novel Writing (Writers Digest Books).

Karen has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar for her body of work as an author, writer, and as co-founder of Backspace. She enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Tee Morris and Philippa Ballentine on The Shared Desk

INTERVIEWS


I was chatting with Tee Morris and Philippa Ballentine on The Shared Desk podcast during the 2017 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference. Here's a partial from the transcript:

We get a visit from Heidi Ruby Miller who is rocking this cool retro sci-fi pattern…

And just like that Heidi’s on the podcast.

Yes, there is a ball app and Tee travels with one.

Heidi has snuck away from the Pennwriters Conference to hang with science fiction authors.

What was Heidi up to at the Pennwriters Conference?

What Heidi and her husband, Jason Jack, are up to on social media?

Check out Small Space, Big Life on YouTube.

Listen to Episode #75 in its entirety at The Shared Desk.

Monday, May 29, 2017

BOOK: A LIFE OF DEATH Book 1 by Weston Kincade

BOOKS

A LIFE OF DEATH Book 1

Ghosts are speaking to Alex, but can he bring them justice?


Alex is a troubled teen with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability: psychometry. When he touches items murder victims held in their final moments, he relives the events in gruesome detail. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when murders implicate the town’s founding family?

If you like amazing supernatural stories that are intense, powerful, and fraught with emotion, then you'll love Weston Kincade's suspenseful coming-of-age trilogy, A Life of Death. Ghosts are speaking, and they want answers. Heed the call. Buy A Life of Death.

“Full of emotion and angst, and some wonderful imagery, you will feel this story as you read it.”
~ Mark Matthews, author of Milk-Blood

Published by Books of the Dead Press, the rights to the first two books in the A Life of Death Trilogy were returned to Weston January 1, 2017. The new release will be in late May 2017 in conjunction with the official release of the third and final book in the trilogy, Sacrifices. Until the trilogy's official release, the podiobook of book one is still available. To listen to A Life of Death, visit Podiobooks.com.

Weston Kincade writes fantasy, paranormal, and horror novels that stretch the boundaries of imagination, and often genres. His current series include the A Life of Death trilogy and the Priors. Weston's short stories have been published in Alucard Press' "50 Shades of Slay," Kevin J. Kennedy's collected "Christmas Horror" and "Easter Horror," and other anthologies. He is a member of the Horror Writer's Association (HWA) and has helped invest in future writers for years while teaching English. In his spare time Weston enjoys spending time with his wife and Maine Coon cat, Hermes, who talks so much he must speak for the Gods. Visit him at Fantasy and Fiction by Weston Kincade.






Sunday, May 28, 2017

VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Magic Kingdom Fireworks Cruise

VIDEOS

For my parents' 45th Wedding Anniversary all the kids took them on a Magic Kingdom Fireworks Cruise at Walt Disney World and we captured the highlights over at our YouTube channel SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE. This was our second specialty cruise at WDW and it was just as magical. If you'd like to book your own cruise, visit the Disney site.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Hilary Hauck at Pennwriters

INTERVIEWS


I was recently interviewed by Hilary Hauck for my upcoming appearance at the 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh May 18-20, 2017. Here's a peek:

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Migraine headaches. I was so debilitated by them last year that I had to take a hiatus. Worst of all, I had to tell a publisher for the first time ever that I might not finish a contracted book. Lucky for me, said publisher was quite understanding and gave me a year’s extension. I’m happy to say the book, Man of War, is coming out this year from the wonderful people at Meteor House. Though I am back to writing, I have slowed down considerably and may never be able to reach the word counts I did before. But I’ll do what I can because even a little is better than nothing.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Man of War. Simply because I truly didn’t believe I would ever finish it, let alone write anything again. That book symbolizes a very long and painful journey toward healing. Oh, and did I mention it is a sequel to a Philip Jose Farmer book?! It took two years to get the contract finalized to begin with using a chapter by chapter outline initially to show them the concept. That long summary went through three editors at Meteor House, Farmer’s agent, and two of my agents (I changed agencies when the project was in its early stages) before I actually started the first draft. Even as excited and honored as I was then, I couldn’t have known what Man of War would mean to my life personally.


Read the rest at the Pennwriters website.

Friday, May 12, 2017

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller at 2017 SFWA Nebula Mass Autographing

EVENTS

I'll be signing my books at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Mass Autographing on Friday, May 18 at 8:00 PM, alongside 100 other authors, including Phillippa Ballentine, Neil Clarke, Lawrence C. Connolly, Gardner Dozois, Scott Edelman, Timons Esaias, Laura Anne Gilman, Joe Haldeman, Larry Ivkovich, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rhonda Mason, Seanan McGuire, Jason Jack Miller, Connie WIllis, and Jane Yolen. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the SFWA Nebula Conference website.

Monday, May 08, 2017

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library 2017 Author Series: John Edward Lawson

EVENTS


UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES



JOHN EDWARD LAWSON







JOHN EDWARD LAWSON

"Poetry: As a Writer, As an Editor"

Saturday
May 13, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 PM




Join us as John Edward Lawson shares a multi-media presentation about his award-winning poetry collections and being co-owner of a successful publishing company with four imprints, a myriad of awards for its works, and an upcoming movie by Ridley Scott.

John Edward Lawson is an author, editor and poet living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He is the author of 16 books of fiction and poetry, and numerous chapbooks. Over 500 of his poems, stories, and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers worldwide. John was a winner of the 2001 Fiction International Emerging Writers Competition; in addition to being a finalist for the Stoker Award (2006, Superior Achievement in Poetry) and the Wonderland Award for Bizarro Fiction (2007, collected fiction), other award nominations include the Dwarf Stars Award, the Elgin Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Rhysling Award.

John is also a founding editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press. He spent four years as editor-in-chief of The Dream People online literary journal of bizarro fiction and poetry. Other editorial projects include three print anthologies, four e-anthologies, and freelance work for such companies as National Lampoon and Double Dragon Publishing.

His hobbies include travel, games of strategy, and collecting Hong Kong comic books. He has an intense interest in films. During the 1990s he kicked around in the DC industrial-electro-goth scene in the band Dead Letter Office and owned Rack and Ruin Studio. He has been involved in the production of numerous short films, including award winners Party Girl and Uberman: An Experiment in Consciousness. Director Jayson Densman has collaborated with John for years spawning a trilogy of PoVids derived from his poetry.

He currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.



UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES

Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow.

These events are free and open to the public — you do not have to be a member of the Uniontown Public Library to attend! Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library’s main desk before each author’s visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early.




Friday, April 07, 2017

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller at 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference

EVENTS


Here is my tentative schedule at the 2017 Pennwriters Conference. The organization is celebrating its 30th conference and I'm happy to be a guest. This time around I'll be team teaching some long sessions which focus on using media, social or otherwise, to gain exposure and have some fun.

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
2:30 - 3:30

In Case The Tonight Show Calls with Heidi Ruby Miller & Matt Betts (PART ONE)

Charm interviewers and audiences on TV, radio, online, and in print with help from two creators who have sat on both sides of the couch. Attendees will have a chance for interviews on YouTube and a podcast with Heidi Ruby Miller and Matt Betts.

3:45 - 4:45
In Case The Tonight Show Calls with Heidi Ruby Miller & Matt Betts (PART TWO)

Charm interviewers and audiences on TV, radio, online, and in print with help from two creators who have sat on both sides of the couch. Attendees will have a chance for interviews on YouTube and a podcast with Heidi Ruby Miller and Matt Betts.

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
9:30 - 10:30

Your Own YouTube Channel with Heidi Ruby Miller & Jason Jack Miller (PART ONE)

Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller (who have three active YouTube channels between them) work with you to set up a YouTube channel, create your first content (or better content), decide if monetizing your account is preferable for you, and help you understand why writers would even want to do this.

10:45 - 11:45
Your Own YouTube Channel with Heidi Ruby Miller & Jason Jack Miller (PART TWO)

Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller (who have three active YouTube channels between them) work with you to set up a YouTube channel, create your first content (or better content), decide if monetizing your account is preferable for you, and help you understand why writers would even want to do this.

4:15
Book Signing


To see the entire schedule, click here: 2017 Pennwriters Conference Schedule

To register for the conference, click here: 2017 Pennwriters Conference Registration

To view photos from past Pennwriters Conferences, click these:
2015 PW Conference

2013 PW Conference

2011 PW Conference

2010 PW Conference


Monday, April 03, 2017

BOOK: Crazy Little Spring Called Love

BOOKS

CRAZY LITTLE SPRING
CALLED LOVE
Eight Magical Stories of Fantasy Romance
Stars and Stone Books

Featuring: Heather Bythesea, Elsa Carruthers, M.T. DeSantis, Traci Douglass, L.J. Longo, Cara McKinnon, Sheri Queen, and Mary Rogers


Spring 07 Ebook Final 01
One night. Two star-crossed immortals. Will their vibrant connection
survive beyond sunrise?

A story of courage and sacrifice--and finding love where you never
thought to look.

Sometimes mortals need a little push from a god and goddess to fall in
love…

Can a djinn and a clueless guy beat the clock, avoid the curse, and
maybe even find true love?

A mermaid: hundreds of miles from her home on the ice, on a ship with a
troll, a goblin wizard, and a pack of wolves. What else can go wrong? Oh,
right. A flippin’ sea monster.

A druid’s bargain gives Carson revenge against his former lover
Carrie–at the price of her memories of them together. But did she truly steal
his magic all those years ago? Or was the real theft his heart?


STARS AND STONE BOOKS: http://starsandstonebooks.com/
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34686292-crazy-little-spring-called-love
ANTHOLOGY WEBSITE: http://starsandstonebooks.com/crazy-little-spring-called
-love

Friday, March 31, 2017

BOOK: PATH TO OLD TALBOT by Jordan Elizabeth

BOOKS


PATH TO OLD TALBOT

by

Jordan Elizabeth


Thirteen-year-old Charity can escape her unpleasant reality by stepping through the parlor closet of her mother’s new home, a mansion built in the 1800’s.


In her hometown of Talbot, New York, in the year 1880, she doesn’t have to worry about her depressed father skipping his medications or her mother flirting with her coworker. Instead, she gets to know the hatter’s son, who shows her a lifestyle of manners and pride. Few have ever accepted Charity’s old-fashioned ways…until now.

However, old Talbot can’t banish the present. Charity can stay in the mansion, with access to the hatter’s son in the past, and the prospect of a steady family unit with her mother and the new man in her mother’s life, or she can go back to her father, who has been given the option to straighten out his life and join them in their new home. Instead, his world unravels, and he spirals into violence and self-harm.

Torn between two worlds, Charity knows that if she doesn’t help him, she may lose him forever if he follows through on his threats of self-destruction.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Michael A. Arnzen

EVENTS


UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES



MICHAEL A. ARNZEN





MICHAEL A. ARNZEN

"Humor in Writing"

Saturday
April 1, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 PM




Join us to celebrate April Fool’s Day with Dr. Michael A. Arnzen for a look at the power of comedic writing to disturb, disrupt and delight. A short talk, followed by an upbeat reading of his strangest and silliest stories and poems, will get you giggling.

Michael Arnzen holds four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his disturbing (and often funny) fiction, poetry and literary experiments. An expanded, 10th anniversary edition of the “best of Arnzen,” his Stoker-award winning story collection, Proverbs for Monsters was recently published by Dark Regions Press. Other recent titles include his novel, Grave Markings, a non-fiction study, The Popular Uncanny, and helpful books for writers, including, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side and, as co-editor, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. He has been teaching as a Professor of English in the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University since 1999.





UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES

Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow.

These events are free and open to the public — you do not have to be a member of the Uniontown Public Library to attend! Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library’s main desk before each author’s visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BOOK: Man of War by Heidi Ruby Miller

BOOKS

I can't tell you what an honor it is to write a sequel to a Science Fiction Grandmaster's novel. Thank you to Meteor House and the Philip José Farmer estate for this incredible opportunity. Thank you also to Christopher Paul Carey for writing the introduction and to Mark Wheatley for such beautiful cover art. And, of course, thank you to Michael Croteau and Paul Spiteri at Meteor House for their skills as editors.

Man of War: A Two Hawks Adventure

by

Heidi Ruby Miller


In Philip José Farmer’s novel Two Hawks from Earth, Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks flew through his first “gate” while on a bombing run over Romania during World War II. The gate brought him to Earth 2, a world where the Americas never existed. Since then he has continued to fight battles on Earth after Earth, each more strange than the next.

In Heidi Ruby Miller’s short story “Dakota’s Gate” (Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools and rock shelters. But that’s where Two Hawks met another gate traveler, Dakota Cummings. It was Dakota, a woman turned friend and lover, who pulled him through a gate to her Earth, the most alien and deadly of all.

Earth 4. Two hundred years in the future. A war thirty-six thousand feet underwater. Two Hawks must draw upon all he’s learned during his gate travels in order to survive war between technologically advanced humans and their far-future hybrid cousins. This time more than just his and Dakota’s lives are at stake—the fate of an entire world is in his hands.

Featuring cover art by Mark Wheatley, an introduction by Christopher Paul Carey, and the short story “Dakota’s Gate” as a prelude, Man of War is a 24,500-word novella full of the action and adventure you’d expect of Philip José Farmer’s Roger Two Hawks.

Available in both a Signed Limited Edition Hardcover and a Signed Limited Edition Trade Paperback. As always, the print run with our Limited Editions is determined by the number of preorders. That’s why the names of those who preorder the book appear on its acknowledgments pageyou make this book happen! (As long as you preorder by June 1st 2017.)

Man of War will be published simultaneously in both hardcover and paperback signed limited editions!

  • Buy the Signed Limited Edition Trade Paperback for $16 (+shipping)




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    If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?
    Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are. 
    In their multi-partner, caste-ruled society, love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. Relationships and conceptions in this world obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power are based on DNA and lineages…or should be. But not everyone believes in the ruling traditions of the all-powerful Embassy. A quiet rebellion prowls the dark underground of this shiny world where techno-militants calling themselves fraggers grow in numbers and bravado. The Embassy intends to silence the fragger movement before the heresy of equality spreads throughout the system.
    Sara Mendoza is part of the Embassy’s plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy’s intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she’s already in love with him.
    Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn’t value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

    Again, the print run will be determined by the number of preorders received. Not many copies beyond those reserved will be printed—another reason to place your order today!

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    BOOK: The Freedom Broker by KJ Howe

    BOOKS


    THE FREEDOM BROKER

    by

    KJ Howe


    There are twenty-five elite kidnap and ransom (K&R) specialists in the world. Only one is a woman: Thea Paris. And she's the best in the business.

    Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's brother has never been the same.

    This life-shattering experience drove Thea to become what she is today: a world-class freedom broker. Most hostage-recovery work is done at the negotiation table, but when diplomacy fails, Thea leads Quantum Security International's black-ops team on highly sensitive rescue missions to political hot spots around the globe.

    Her childhood nightmare resurfaces when her oil magnate father, Christos Paris, is snatched from his yacht off Santorini on his sixtieth birthday, days away from the biggest deal of his career. The brutal kidnappers left the entire crew slaughtered in their wake, but strangely, there are no ransom demands, no political appeals, no prisoner release requests-just obscure and foreboding texts written in Latin sent from burner phones.

    Knowing the survival window for kidnap victims is small, Thea throws herself into the most urgent and challenging rescue mission of her life-but will she be able to prevent this kidnapping from destroying her family for good?


    Born in Toronto, Canada, KJ Howe enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle during her early years, living in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean, which gave her an insider’s view into many different cultures. While abroad, she read every book she could find, which triggered in her a desire to create her own stories.

    She attended Salzburg International Preparatory School, Neuchâtel Junior College, and Albert College before earning a Specialists Degree in Business from the University of Toronto. KJ found success in the corporate world, but her passion for travel, adventure, and stories drew her back to school where she earned a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She also won several writing awards, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

    While honing her fiction skills, KJ worked as a medical, health, and fitness writer. She then became involved with the International Thriller Writers as the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, the organization’s annual conference held every July in New York City.

    In preparation for writing THE FREEDOM BROKER series, which focuses on elite kidnap negotiator Thea Paris, KJ spent extensive time researching the dark world of kidnapping. She has interviewed former hostages, negotiators, hostage reintegration experts, special forces operatives, and K&R insurance executives.

    KJ is an avid tennis player, cyclist, and swimmer. Travel and adventure still rank high on her priority list. She has had the pleasure of riding racing camels in Jordan, surfing in Hawaii, ziplining in the Costa Rican jungle, diving alongside Great White Sharks in South Africa, studying modern combat in the Arizona desert, and working with elephants in Botswana. Home is in Toronto, Canada, but she is often missing in action.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    EVENT: Pennwriters Conference 2017 Registration is Open

    EVENTS




    Registration for the
    30th Annual Pennwriters Conference
    is now open: http://bit.ly/2l7oOos

    Join us May 19-21, 2017, at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott for the 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference. Our Friday evening keynote speaker will be CHUCK SAMBUCHINO, a bestselling humor book writer, a freelance editor, and a former editor for Writer’s Digest Books. He was named by Forbes as one of the top influencers in publishing. Our Saturday luncheon keynote speaker will be ANNETTE DASHOFY, the USA Today bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series. We are also pleased to have the following agents and editor as conference participants:

    Noah Ballard, agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
    Louise Fury, agent, The Bent Agency
    Mark Gottlieb, agent, Trident Media Group
    Liz Kossnar, editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Eric Myers, agent, Dystel and Goderich Literary Management
    Roseanne Wells, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

    In addition to three days of workshop sessions, tickets for the following special events are available:

    Friday Published Penns Luncheon
    “From Idea to Publication”

    Learn how a writer can be part of the team that positions a book to get it into the hands of readers. Topics: tweaking your manuscript for the marketplace, learning to be a good literary citizen, and how to plant the seeds of your own success. The panelists are the founders of Littsburgh—agent Rachel Eckstrom, author and marketer Nick Courage, and publicist and publishing professional Katie Kurtzman. In honor of our 30th Annual Conference, this luncheon is open to all. Join us to celebrate!          

    Friday Keynote Dinner with Chuck Sambuchino
    “10 Ways to Advance Your Publishing Career"


    Saturday After-Hours Social
    Pirate Party! Set yer sails and don't be scairt to dress the part! A finer gatherin o’ scoundrels an’ saucy wenches ye never did see. Mayhap ye be lucky 'nuff to grab some swag. Swap yer doubloons fer drinks (3) at ye cash baaarrrrrrr!

    Additional conference details can be found on the Pennwriters website:  pennwriters.org/30th-annual-pennwriters-conference/

    You can preview the schedule at http://pennwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PWC2017_preliminaryschedule.pdf

    Read workshop descriptions and faculty bios at http://pennwriters.org/2017-pennwriters-conference-workshops-and-faculty/

    Pitch sessions and Read & Critiques are limited to a certain number of participants. Register today!  http://bit.ly/2l7oOos

    If you have issues with your online registration, contact Registration Coordinator Mark Boerma at ConferenceRegistration@pennwriters.org.

    We are looking forward to seeing you in May! Email us at conferencecoordinator@pennwriters.org if you have any questions.
     
    Heather Desuta & Carol Silvis, conference coordinators

    Thursday, March 09, 2017

    BOOK: The Resurrection Pact (Winston Casey Chronicles Book 1) by Jay Smith

    BOOKS


    THE RESURRECTION PACT (Winston Casey Chronicles Book 1)

    by

    Jay Smith

    Welcome to Aeternus Online!

    Every day, 50 million people log into the most immersive role-playing experience ever developed.
    Thousands more wake up in a Las Vegas paradise built around the themes of the game, where the rich profit from producing virtual merchandise and real estate and members escape their mundane lives to live as warriors, wizards, or woodland elves in a sprawling Vegas playground resort.

    But while Aeternus can be an exciting and bizarre experience, it conceals an underworld of fetish porn, drugs, and human trafficking.

    When a decorated soldier dies trying to uncover the dark secrets at the core of the global criminal empire, he can only trust one person to finish his investigation.

    Unfortunately, Winston Casey is just an unremarkable suburbanite dealing with a divorce, a miserable job, and remission from the leukemia that nearly killed him. He is still mourning the loss of his old friend when a message from beyond the grave inspires him to embark on what he believes will be a harmless, well-deserved adventure.

    Out of his depth in a world of decadence and excess, can Winston rise to the challenge, save thousands of innocent strangers, and expose the conspiracy? Or will he succumb to the pleasures and vices offered by the Cult of Aeternus?

    The Resurrection Pact is the first of five Geek Noir thrillers following Winston Casey through mysteries and adventures involving comic conventions, rock and roll tours, weird cults, underground movements, conspiracies, and murder.

    Jay Smith is the creator and executive producer for the Parsec Award-winning audio drama series HG World. Since 2009, Jay and his company of players and producers have been telling the story of survivors in the middle of a global zombie uprising. Now in its third season, this "satellite" production has featured dozens of actors across four continents making it a production truly on a global scale. Since its debut, episodes of HG World and its spin-off series, the Parsec finalist The Diary of Jill Woodbine and The Googies have been downloaded close to a million times.

    Hidden Harbor Mysteries is a pulp era adventure with a stellar cast of voices produced by award-winning producer Bryan Lincoln. Check it out at www.hiddenharbormysteries.com.

    Jay’s books include the gamer-geek satire Rise of the Monkey Lord, Blue Collar Gods, Seven ‘til Sunrise, The Diary of Jill Woodbine, HG World: The Audio Scripts, and Hidden Harbor Mysteries: Anatomy of A Modern Audio Drama Series.

    Jay holds a BA in Creative Writing and is working on his Master of Fine Arts from Seton Hill University’s innovative Writing Popular Fiction program. He attends and speaks at various science fiction and literary conventions about podcasting, writing, audio drama, and zombies.