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)


  • Buy the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover for $27 (+shipping)


  • Buy both together for $38—save $5 off the pair (+shipping)



  • And, as an added bonus, if you preorder before June 1st, you will also receive a FREE ebook copy of Heidi Ruby Miller’s novel, Ambasadora.
    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.

    Thursday, March 02, 2017

    EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Nicole Peeler

    EVENTS


    UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
    2017 AUTHOR SERIES



    NICOLE PEELER





    NICOLE PEELER

    "Setting My Series in Pittsburgh"

    Saturday
    March 4, 2017

    4:00 - 6:00 PM








    Join us for an afternoon with Dr. Nicole D. Peeler, who writes urban fantasy for Orbit Books and, in her spare time, is a professor at Seton Hill University, where she co-directs their MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Having recently finished the final book of her award-winning Jane True series, she is working on the second book of her jinni series. The first is Jinn and Juice, about a cursed jinni living in Pittsburgh. Nicole also lives in Pittsburgh, although she’s neither cursed nor a jinni.






    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.


    Wednesday, February 08, 2017

    WORKSHOP: UPL Writers Workshop with Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller

    WORKSHOPS

    This week (Wednesday, February 8) at the UPL Writers Workshop, we'll be learning how to format a manuscript and do a critique of another writer's work. Hope you can join us!


    ~~~

    The Uniontown Public Library offers a Writers Workshop led by authors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller each Wednesday afternoon. The weekly meetings will include a short writing lesson, writing tips and advice, and a discussion about members’ work. We'll be using lessons from Many Genres One CraftEach lecture and activity will be self-contained in case you can't attend every week. 

    This is a great opportunity to meet fellow writers, talk about your ideas, and explore your creativity. The UPL Writers Workshop is a free program and writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome!

    The Writers Workshop will meet every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Meeting Room A.

    If you have any questions, please contact UPL at (724) 437-1165.



    Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller started as travel writers more than a decade ago and continue to explore the globe, but now as research trips for their fiction. In their spare time, they teach in Seton Hill's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. Between them, they have published six novels (with two more forthcoming this year), a hundred short stories, poems, articles, and essays, and a travel guide. They chronicle their adventures on Instagram and YouTube under their own names, as well as their shared project Small Space Big Life.

    Thursday, February 02, 2017

    BOOK: The Best of Farmerphile

    BOOKS

    I am very honored to have my essay about Philip José Farmer's Tongues of the Moon selected for this collection. You can preorder it from Meteor House now in two editions: trade paperback (shown with a collage of the covers making up Farmer's portrait) and hardcover (shown with Farmer as Sherlock Holmes). The full table of contents is available if you scroll down on the preorder page.

    ABOUT
    Farmerphile: The Magazine of Philip José Farmer was a quarterly fanzine that ran fifteen issues from July 2005 to January 2009. Michael Croteau served as Publisher for all fifteen issues; Christopher Paul Carey and Paul Spiteri coedited the first ten issues, while Spiteri and Win Scott Eckert coedited the last five. Thanks to the generosity of Philip José Farmer and his “Magic Filing Cabinet,” Farmerphile published—for the first time anywhere—short stories (mostly not science fiction), excerpts, articles, speeches, and letters written by Farmer. It even serialized the novel Up from the Bottomless Pit (not included in this collection, but forthcoming from Meteor House).

    Farmerphile also contained articles and appreciations from Farmer’s fans and from his fellow science fiction authors, from critiques of his work to stories of personal encounters, and everything between. A complete list of the original contents of all fifteen issues can be found here.

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Lee McClain

    EVENTS

    UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
    2017 AUTHOR SERIES


    LEE TOBIN MCCLAIN




    LEE TOBIN MCCLAIN

    "How Romance Grows"

    Saturday
    February 11, 2017

    4:00 - 6:00 PM








    Join us for an evening with Dr. Lee Tobin McClain, professor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and author of numerous books and stories, including her latest The Soldier and the Single Mom. Lee will discuss how the romance genre has grown since its Regency days, but how love always remains the central theme. Perfect Valentine's topic! Refreshments will be served and a Q&A session with the author and book raffle will follow.


    FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN DESK!







    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.




    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    BOOK: JAX MARLIN: To Catch a Marlin by T.K. Toppin

    BOOKS


    JAX MARLIN: TO CATCH A MARLIN

    by

    T.K. TOPPIN


    In the tail end of the 24th Century, Special Inspector Michael Pedroni pursues Jax Marlin, a beautiful and elusive vigilante. It’s a wild cat and mouse chase that will take him from Earth to the Bacchus Dome and beyond.

    Jax Marlin is not your average criminal. She seeks out evil-doers and law-breakers,doling out justice in whatever way she sees fit. But lately, she finds she’s been gift-wrapping criminals specially for her favorite copper. Four of the world’s leading criminals are lining up to form an alliance. Jax is determined to stop them.

    Hot on her heels, Inspector Pedroni finds himself questioning the difference, if any, between her justice and his. More than that, he wonders why, when he’d had her in his grasp, he was unable to slap on the restraints and bring her in.

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    WORKSHOP: UPL Writers Workshop with Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller

    WORKSHOPS

    Jason and I are excited to be involved with this free writers workshop! We'll be using lessons from Many Genres One Craft, beginning with Gary A. Braunbeck's "You Have to Start with SOMETHING, So It Might As Well Be Something Like This." Each lesson will be self-contained in case you can't attend every week.

    ~~~

    Beginning on Wednesday, January 25th, the Uniontown Public Library will offer a Writers Workshop led by authors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller. The weekly meetings will include a short writing lesson, writing tips and advice, and a discussion about members’ work.

    This is a great opportunity to meet fellow writers, talk about your ideas, and explore your creativity. The Workshop is a free program and writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome!

    The Writers Workshop will meet every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Meeting Room A.

    If you have any questions, please contact UPL at (724) 437-1165.



    Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller started as travel writers more than a decade ago and continue to explore the globe, but now as research trips for their fiction. In their spare time, they teach in Seton Hill's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. Between them, they have published six novels (with two more forthcoming this year), a hundred short stories, poems, articles, and essays, and a travel guide. They chronicle their adventures on Instagram and YouTube under their own names, as well as their shared project Small Space Big Life.


    Monday, January 23, 2017

    BOOK: Til Death by Janice Leach and James Frederick Leach

    BOOKS

    Available for pre-order from Raw Dog Screaming Press

    Til Death
    by Janice Leach and James Frederick Leach

    TRUE LOVE IS NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH

    Love is forever, until death do us part, but the heartaches and nuances of marriage are not always pleasant. This collection is a dialogue on the trials and tribulations of sharing a life together. It casts a shadow, and a light, on the mornings spent baking, and the evenings spent crying, on the afternoons spent napping, and the late nights of endless contemplation. These poems detail urges and familiarities that emphasize how love and sex aren’t simply about physical attraction, but about a state of mind, too, a willingness to embrace the every-day happenings, and the cosmic upheavals that life throws at us.

    A collaborative effort by Jim and Janice Leach, their poetry is full of dark delights that cut as well as kiss, starve as well as satiate. This bouquet of vows speaks to endurance and passion, emphasizing the necessity of understanding the needs of your partner while still following your heart and moral compass. Let it serve as a practice, a study of dark passions and a meditation on star-crossed stirrings in the household of fate.

    WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT ‘TIL DEATH
    “I was expecting poems grim and terrifying, but to my surprise, Janice and James Leach serve portions of their experiences together — both dark and light — on a speculative plate. It is a simply excellent collection, blending both styles and perspectives perfectly.” —Marge Simon, Naughty Ladies

    “…a voyeuristic journey into the heart and mysteries of a couple, impossible to turn away from or to put down.”—Peter Adam Salomon, All Those Broken Angels

    “There is a phrase in one of their poems, the ‘mad Poetry of listening, which stuck with me as the feeling I had the entire time I was reading this collection. There is a terrible beauty to their verses, like an unsettling mirror. Their words make you ache for something ephemeral and fleeting. Long to capture and hold it, if only for an instant, because you will know in that moment that everything was worth it.” –Maurice Broaddus, Buffalo Soldier

    “ ‘Til Death is a darkly delightful banquet of poems about marital love in all its forms. By turns magic, domestic, mythic, and scientific, this slender book offers a feast for readers who enjoy excellent verse.”—Lucy Snyder, While the Black Stars Burn

    “Romantic, yes, but with bite, a few shudders, and lots of sensual teasing…Buy two copies: one for yourself, one for the one you dream of.” —Mary A. Turzillo, Nebula and Elgin winner, author of Bonsai Babies

    “Exemplary of two knotted lives twists, turns, secrets, and the monotony of wanting to be untied, untethered, but not exactly free… ‘Til Death: Marriage Poems is that mind-space of falling in and out of love with your best friend, stranger, confidant, enemy, and lover as all-in-one, over and over again. With the additions and subtractions of life on Earth, of course, as it cruelly allows.” —Rain Graves

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    PHOTOS: Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction MFA Residency January 2017

    PHOTOS

    Just a few photos from the January 2017 Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction MFA residency. It was a cold one this year, but fun and inspiring, as always.

    Shiny new faculty name tags

    Congratulations to this term's graduates!

    Waiting for graduation with Jason Jack Miller



    Friday, January 13, 2017

    EVENT: Uniontown Public Library 2017 Author Series: Carrie Gessner

    EVENTS

            
    “Creating a Fantasy World”
    Saturday, January 21, 2017
    4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


    Join us for an evening with Carrie Gessner, author of The Dying of the Golden Day. Carrie will discuss how a rich setting built on magic, culture, history, and more can enhance speculative fiction. A Q&A session with the author and book raffle will follow.


    Free tickets available at the Main Desk!
    ~~~
    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.



    Wednesday, January 04, 2017

    VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Year in Review 2016

    VIDEOS

    It was a wonderful travel year for us that started with Occoquan on New Year's Day, then saw us through DC, Louisville, San Francisco, Columbus, Walt Disney World, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Florence, Chianti, Sienna, San Gimignano, Paris, Cincinnati, Lewes Beach, and Broadkill Writers Resort. You can see it all condensed into 2 minutes with this SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE video below and on our Instagram feeds: @heidirubymiller @jasonjackmiller @smallspacebiglife.

    HAPPY 2017!


    Thursday, December 22, 2016

    CELEBRATION: 500,000 Views at Heidi Ruby Miller: Pennwriters and Pretty Girl-13

    CELEBRATIONS

    Welcome to the third day of the 500,000 views celebration here at www.heidirubymiller.com. I'm now at 507,000 and STARRIE is #162 free in all of Kindle on Amazon, #2 in science fiction, and #1 in space opera.





    STARRIE is still free until Saturday, December 24, 2016.

    Many thanks to my readers and fans as well as the multitudes of authors who have been gracious interviewees since I began this site back in 2005


    As of today, the number 6 all-time viewed post is EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller Guest Editor at Pennwriters 2013. That PW Conference was held in Pittsburgh (it alternates between the Burgh and Lancaster each year) and I was the managing editor at Dog Star Books, the science fiction imprint I created for Raw Dog Screaming Press. I took dozens of pitches, a few of which ended up as acquisitions. John Edward Lawson and Jennifer Barnes were also editor guests, and Jason Jack Miller and Matt Betts were author guests so we had a busy, but wonderful time.

    You can read the original post here or see photos from the event here.

    And, continuing with the Pennwriters theme, we move ahead to the number 2 spot with the registration post for last year's PW Conference held in Lancaster. This year it's back in Pittsburgh and Jason, Matt, and I are all guests again. I tell everyone that the Pennwriters Organization, especially through their annual conferences, has aided our writing careers beyond anything, except for maybe Seton Hill. The people are friendly and appreciative of all types of writing from essays to fantasy novels. And, you don't have to be a PA resident to join.

    Here is the link to this year's Save the Date for the 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference in May 2017.

    Jumping back to number 5 on my most viewed list is CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley. This international bestselling novel garnered Liz most-deserved praise for her YA work. She is also the author of the popular (and much lighter) Tor Maddox and Captain's Kid series. I've known Liz for almost two decades and she just keeps getting better and better. Truly one of the smartest and nicest women writing speculative fiction today.

    See who Liz cast for Pretty Girl-13.

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    CELEBRATION: 500,000 Views at Heidi Ruby Miller: Hellbender and Frostburg

    CELEBRATIONS

    The 500,000 views celebration is in full swing here at www.heidirubymiller.com. I'm now at 506,000 and STARRIE is #51 free in all of science fiction on Amazon and #2 in space opera.



    STARRIE is still free until Saturday, December 24, 2016.

    Many thanks to my readers and fans as well as the multitudes of authors who have been gracious interviewees since I began this site back in 2005


    Here's another CAST YOUR CHARACTERS for the number 7 spot of all-time most-viewed posts (as of today), and this one belongs to my husband, Jason Jack Miller, and his award-winning novel HELLBENDER, part of the Murder Ballads and Whiskey series.

    Since Jason isn't one for shining a light on his own accomplishments, I'm quite happy to: Hellbender (Raw Dog Screaming Press) won the Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction, the McLaughlin Scholarship, and was a finalist for the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year in 2013.

    See who was cast for HELLBENDER at the original post.


    Coming in at number 8 is the Western Maryland Independent Lit Fest, which is hosted each autumn by Frostburg State University's Center for Creative Writing and its director, Gerry LaFemina. Frostburg will always hold a special place in our hearts because that's where we first met Jennifer Barnes and John Edward Lawson of Raw Dog Screaming Press (and Dog Star Books and Guide Dog Books and Anti-Oedipus Press, and Imaginary Books), which began a relationship that continues today.

    You can see photos at the original post.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    CELEBRATION: 500,000 Views at Heidi Ruby Miller: Sour Candy and The Curiosity Killers

    CELEBRATIONS

    To celebrate 500,000 views and counting at www.heidirubymiller.com, I'm highlighting my most visited posts this week and...



    ...making my latest book, STARRIE, free on Amazon for the first time ever. The celebration (and free books) run from Tuesday, December 20 - Saturday, December 24, 2016.

    Many thanks to my readers and fans as well as the multitudes of authors who have been gracious interviewees since I began this site back in 2005

    Counting down my most visited posts (as of today), we start with Number 10 - BOOK: The Curiosity Killers by K.W. Taylor.

    Published in 2015 by Dog Star Books, The Curiosity Killers was K.W. Taylor's thesis novel in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, and I was one of her mentors, along with Tim Waggoner. We both gave her back cover blurbs because it was such a great book. Here's what I had to say:

    "From the moment you read that first paragraph, K.W. Taylor zaps you through
    time and space and alternate history at a thriller pace with some of the most engaging
    traveling companions anyone could ask for."


    You can find out more about this unique book by reading the original post.

    In the Number 9 slot is CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke.

    The CAST YOUR CHARACTERS series is almost as popular as HEIDI'S PICK SIX, both of which you can peruse if you scroll down on my INTERVIEWS page. The casting for Sour Candy with stars like Rami Malek and Carla Gugino is only part of the appeal here--the biggest draw, I believe, is Kealan Patrick Burke himself. A Bram Stoker Award-winning author, owner of Elderlemon Design (which created the iconic cover for the book), and self-proclaimed road-tripper.

    His work has garnered critical and fan praise and earned him a dedicated readership. And, he's just a nice guy. To find out more about who Kealan cast in Sour Candy, click on the original post.


    Monday, December 19, 2016

    CELEBRATION: 500,000 Views at Heidi Ruby Miller: Tom Monteleone and Starrie Giveaway

    CELEBRATIONS


    To celebrate 500,000 views and counting at www.heidirubymiller.com, I'm highlighting my most visited posts this week and...



    ...making my latest book, STARRIE, free on Amazon for the first time ever. The celebration (and free books) run from Tuesday, December 20 - Saturday, December 24, 2016.

    Many thanks to my readers and fans as well as the multitudes of authors who have been gracious interviewees since I began this site back in 2005
    .

    My very first post was a book review of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel by Thomas F. Monteleone. Tom was my first mentor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program and remains very dear to my heart. Jason and I still bring out bits of advice from his book and from chats with Tom at school.

    He is known, of course, for his international bestselling and critically acclaimed Blood of the Lamb, as well as numerous other novels and short stories, and as co-editor with his wife Elizabeth Monteleone on the groundbreaking, Borderlands series.

    The novel that Tom was instrumental in helping me bring to life was my thesis, AMBASADORA BOOK 1: Marked by Light (Dog Star Books 2013). I remember fondly the monthly notes (written on printed out manuscript pages!) and phone calls during that very developmental first year of my graduate studies. The book and my career today would not be what they are without Tom. I always say there are less than a dozen people to whom I attribute the majority of my success--Tom Monteleone is certainly one of them.

    The best thing he ever said to me, and what I live by as a writer today, is "write a book you'd be proud to have on your own shelf, then you'll always have something around that you want to read."

    That's how I feel about every one of my books.

    Thanks, Tom!