Thursday, May 21, 2015

EVENT: The SFR Brigade Summer Cafe

EVENTS



Space Opera 1 - JUNE 1-7
Weird Science - JUNE 8-14
Dystopia - JUNE 15-21
Androids and Aliens - JUNE 22-28
Supernova Hot - JUNE 29-JULY 5
Space Opera 2 - JULY 6-12

I'm participating in the last week of The SFR Brigade Summer Cafe, sponsored by the brigade and SFR Station. Each week will have prizes, stories, recipes, and lots of fun!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Tor Maddox: Unleashed by Liz Coley

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS

TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED

AUTHOR: LIZ COLEY

DESCRIPTION: TOR MADDOX, A HEROINE FOR OUR TIMES

When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?

Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.

CHARACTERS:



Maia Mitchell as TOR MADDOX

Tor Maddox is a heroine for our times, a girl who care about the world she’s growing into. But she’s not going to sit around and wait for permission to fix it. Favorite quote: “I’d been pretty good at extricating myself from sensible adult influences in the past. That’s when the good stuff happens, after all.”




Ansel Elgort as RODY MADDOX

Tor’s brother Rody, nine months younger, in the same grade at school, could be any big sister’s nightmare. They get on each others nerves like any siblings, but he would follow her into any battle—and does.






Dakota Fanning as SIOUX-SAN

Tor’s BFF is Sioux-san, blond bombshell and secret genius science geek, whose favorite color is pink. PS Rody has secretly liked her for years.





Colin Bates as ALEXANDER "SASHA" BROMWELL

Tor’s GBF Sasha Bromwell has been dancing ballet with Tor since they were both six years old. There’s no deeper bond.






Harry Connick, Jr. as AGENT STEVE TURNER

Steve Turner, Man in Black, mysteriously shows up at Tor’s front door flashing a government badge and demanding answers. Sure, Cocoa likes him, but can he be trusted? Is he a good guy or a bad guy?




Grant Daugherty as COLLEGE STUDENT AND AGENT-IN-TRAINING RICK TURNER

College student and agent-in-training Rick Turner is Steve’s practically clonal son. His hypnotic eyes, kind heart, and sharp mind entrance Tor. But that nagging question remains—whose side is he on? Can he be trusted?






SNEAK PEAK FOR BOOK 2!
TOR MADDOX: EMBEDDED


Josh Hutcherson as HAMILTON PARKER

Follow him? Tor’s first assignment to embed herself as the agency’s eyes and ears in her own school could turn explosive when the subject of interest is state swim champ Hamilton Parker.


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LIZ COLEY’S internationally best-selling psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 has been published in 12 languages on 5 continents and been recognized by the American Library Association on two select lists for 2014 including Best Fiction for Young Adults.

Liz’s other publications include alternate history/time travel/romance Out of Xibalba and teen thrillers in the new Tor Maddox series. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine and numerous anthologies.

Liz invites you to follow her as LizColeyBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit her website at LizColeyBooks.blogspot.com.



Monday, May 11, 2015

EVENT: Science Fiction in Thrillers Workshop by Heidi Ruby Miller at Pennwriters Conference 2015

EVENTS


SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2015
9:05 – 10:00 - Heidi Ruby Miller – Science Fiction in Thrillers - Robinson

DESCRIPTION:
Where would you shelve a book about scientists cloning dinosaurs for a theme park or a man turning into a chimera or how about the unleashing of a zombie plague? I asked authors and editors for insights into how the industry categorizes thrillers with expansive science fictional elements. If you write these types of stories, where do you think you fit in?
~~~
The Pennwriters Conference is in Pittsburgh this year on the weekend of May 15 - 17 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. Keynote speaker is Ridley Pearson.

Friday, May 08, 2015

BOOK: Flight to Opar by Philip Jose Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey

BOOKS

FLIGHT TO OPAR
Volume 2 of the Khokarsa Series


The exciting adventure-filled sequel to Hadon of Ancient Opar!

Hadon of Opar was the winner of the Great Games and the rightful claimant to the throne of Khokarsa, a mighty empire that stretched along the shores of ancient Africa’s great inland seas. But the old king has refused to surrender his power, and Hadon finds himself caught in the middle of a bloody civil war between the zealous priests of the sun god and the beneficent priestesses of the great mother goddess.

Now a divination of the oracle hurls Hadon on his most dangerous adventure yet. With a tyrant’s armies and warships hot on their heels, Hadon and his companions must set out on a journey through perilous jungles and across storm-wracked seas to reach the city of his birth—for only in far-flung golden Opar can he fulfill the oracle’s prophecy and save the land from utter doom.

Meteor House is excited to announce the never-before-published Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s classic novel Flight to Opar, the second volume of his acclaimed Khokarsa series. This new edition—available as both an affordable trade paperback and a collectible limited edition hardcover—features nearly 4,000 words that were cut from Farmer’s original manuscript when the novel was published in 1976. Meteor House’s Restored Edition is the first and only publication of the novel ever to include the excised material, which encompasses long passages of narrative, dialogue, and rich world-building details on Ancient Opar and the civilization of Khokarsa that readers have never previously been able to enjoy—until now.

Meteor House’s Restored Edition of Flight to Opar also features cover art and a frontispiece by Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton as well as rare and previously unpublished bonus material, including:

A Preface to the Restored Edition by Christopher Paul Carey (coauthor with Philip José Farmer of The Song of Kwasin, the third novel in the Khokarsa series)*

A brand-new introduction by S. M. Stirling (New York Times bestselling author of the Change series)*

The Khokarsan Language by Philip José Farmer**

Khokarsan Glossary by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey

A Guide to Khokarsa by Christopher Paul Carey

Early Notes on the Khokarsa Series by Philip José Farmer*

Original Outline to Flight to Opar by Philip José Farmer*

Cross-section Map of Opar by Philip José Farmer*

* Never before published.
** Only previously available in an out-of-print and extremely hard-to-find signed limited edition.


The trade paperback edition is $20 (plus shipping).

The hardcover limited edition is $30 (plus shipping).

Or you can buy them together for only $45 (and save even more on the combined shipping)!


Due out in the Summer of 2015, be sure to preorder early to ensure you get a copy of the limited edition hardcover, signed by editor Christopher Paul Carey. As always, the print run will be determined by the number of preorders received. Not many copies beyond those reserved will be printed.

While the trade paperback edition will not have a short print run, if you preorder a copy before publication, it will also be signed by editor Christopher Paul Carey.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

BOOK: what if i got down on my knees by Tony Rauch

BOOKS

what if i got down on my knees? presents romantic misadventures and entanglements of absurd, whimsical, existential longing, featuring discovery, secrets, identity, escape, strange happenings, endurance, regret, and hope. The stories are little postcards from the lonely regions of the human heart.

These tales of wonder are about people trying to find meaning and a place in an indifferent world, and their discoveries, revelations, secrets, failures, struggles, connections, and odd encounters along the way—

—two unemployed men steal dogs and run them through buildings around town.
—a man goes on what turns into the worst date in recorded history.
—you are asked to baby-sit for a neighbor, only to find a giant baby waiting for you.
—a man comes home to find his entire yard and home paved over by a long lost rival.
—a clerk at a used record store finds a man has passed away on one of the couches.
—some young adults go into the basement to get sad, in order to impress girls.
—a stranger extracts a baby from a man waiting for the bus.

With themes of longing, fragility, uncertainty, impermanence, regret, the mysteries hidden in everyday life, discovery, ennui, loneliness, irresponsible behavior, confusion, change, identity, and absurd situations, Tony Rauch is a worthy successor to the artistry and absurdism of Donald Barthelme and Steve Martin.

“For those open to having their heartstrings tangled and tugged repeatedly, this book can become a classic on their bookshelf.”
—The Hoya, Georgetown University

“Tony Rauch is reviving the bodies of love and mystery and laughter. He knows where the bodies are buried and is digging them up beautifully. And we are all the better for it.”
—Patrick Wensink, author of Broken piano for President and Black Hole Blues

"The quirky and wholeheartedly original book, what if i got down on my knees? by Tony Rauch is the epitome of what literature needs more of.
what if i got down on my knees? is easily one of the most creative books I’ve read in a while. Rauch’s style is exciting, novel and imaginative.
Rauch provides the reader with an incredibly unique and exceptional piece of literature. If you’re on the market for something new, unpredictable and oddly comical, look into what if i got down on my knees? — it won’t disappoint.
– Daily Nexus, University of California–Santa Barbara student newspaper

“This is a wonderful book of believable absurdities, inviting us to join in the fantastic madness of a truly original voice. You will celebrate how uncomfortable some of these stories will make you feel. You will know when ‘the strange’ is strangely close to the truth.”
—Jim Heynen, author of Fishing for Chickens and Ordinary Sins

“Tony Rauch’s magical, manic and lonely narrators navigate the margins of a cartoon world carefully and uncannily crafted to distort our vision. Yet these stories somehow reflect the strangeness of our lives with distressing accuracy. In what if I got down on my knees? Rauch writes with his trademark surprise, humor and joyous confusion.”
—John Colburn, author of Psychedelic Norway and Invisible Daughter

“Reading Tony Rauch’s what if I got down on my knees? is like going to a really good magic show, and the whole time you’re at the show, you’re thinking about it being over, so you can see someone you know and tell them, ‘You gotta go see this guy’s stuff.’ There are a lot of good fiction writers out there making believable magic, but Rauch’s show is different. You gotta go see it. Yeah, it’s that kind of show.”
—Jeff Vande Zande, author of the novel American Poet

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Tor Maddox 2: Embedded by Liz Coley

COVER REVEALS


INTRODUCING

Tor Maddox, a heroine for our times

“I know that one day, I’m going to have to live in the real world. I’d like it to be a decent one.” - Tor

Book 2 Tor Maddox: Embedded

Life has been way too quiet for Tor Maddox since her fifteen minutes of CNN fame. Then agent-in-training Rick Turner reappears with what sounds like a simple assignment—to embed herself as his eyes and ears in her own high school. When she agrees to keep tabs on high school state swim champ Hamilton Parker for the Feds, she is plunged into the deep end of a sinister plot. Knowing that freedom, justice, and lives are at stake again, Tor jumps in feet first, but has she gotten in over her head this time?

When observe and report becomes kiss and tell, Tor’s first mission may blow up in her face.

Liz Coley has been writing long and short fiction for teens and adults for more than ten years. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine and several speculative fiction anthologies: The Last Man, More Scary Kisses, Strange Worlds, Flights of Fiction and Winter's Regret.

In 2013, psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 was released by HarperCollins in the US and UK. Foreign translations have been published in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Czech, Slovakian, and Chinese (simplified and traditional).

Her independent publications include alternate history/time travel/romance Out of Xibalba and teen thrillers in the new Tor Maddox series.

Liz lives in Ohio, where she is surrounded by a fantastic community of writers, beaten regularly by better tennis players, uplifted by her choir, supported by her husband, teased by her teenaged daughter, cheered from afar by her two older sons, and adorned with hair by her cats Tiger, Pippin, and Merry.

Liz invites you to follow her as LizColeyBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit her website at LizColeyBooks.blogspot.com.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller on Pennwriters Presents

EVENTS


FROM PENNWRITERS:

Writer, Traveler, Educator Heidi Ruby Miller will be our Guest Star on our Pennwriters Presents program Monday, April 27, 2015 from 9 am to 9 pm. She will answer your questions on several topics, including:

BEING A HYBRID AUTHOR (I’m published with the big publishers, small presses, and have self-published.)

HOW MENTORING MAKES ME A BETTER WRITER (My ongoing learning as faculty at Seton Hill)

COLLABORATING (How my husband and I write our thriller series together and still remain married)

WRITING IN MULTIPLE GENRES (Branding is second only to good books.)

WHY TRAVELING IS ESSENTIAL TO MY WRITING (It’s more than simply inspiration for me.)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Samantha Holloway

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Samantha Holloway

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
When I was a baby, my dad got a job as a teacher for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools--DoDDS. We moved to Turkey before I was three (my sister was born there and my brother was born right before we left). Then Italy before I was four, Japan when I was six, Scotland at eight, and back to the States when I was eleven. I had no idea how to be American! This is a weird country! Since then, I've been to several states, Canada, and a glorious two weeks in London for a mini-study-abroad. I try to travel as much as possible, but it's not nearly enough to keep back the wanderlust! One of my favorite things is just wandering around some old part of a new city and eating things I've never eaten before!


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea! I drink at least one cup almost every day (though after I was keeping warm all winter with up to eight cups, I've had to cut back for a bit!), usually unsugared, though sometimes British style when I'm feeling homesick.
I love the smell of coffee, but after I worked at a cafe for two years in undergrad, and lived off the stuff, I just have very little tolerance for the acid and caffeine. Also I'm way snobby, and no one lets me clean and work the espresso machines myself!


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
This minute, I'm reading Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly for review, and it's quirky in a way I'm really liking. I've got Cassie Clare's The Bane Chronicles lined up for next, and then maybe one of the stack of travel memoirs or poetry books I picked up from the last library book sale!


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I don't usually outline. I don't like feeling hemmed in, and if I write it all out it feels like I've already written it and makes the actual writing feel like repetition. What I mostly do is break it down into arcs, then after each day's writing, list three or five things I can do the next day.


If I do make an outline, it's because I'm doing an intensive project like NaNoWriMo (which is fun but usually somewhat disastrous because it's too fast--I missed literally half the needed plot in my last one and I'm still wrestling with it!), and then I make the barest skeleton of an outline to leave space for inspiration and magic!

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
Oh god, I'm like that girl on Teen Girl Squad--"I'm in love with all the boys!" Right now, my top five are David Tennant, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aaron Stanford, and Chris Hardwick. I love a good cheekbone, an expressive face, and a goofy smile.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Anne McCaffrey's Pern books were the first things I read that made me go "damn, I need to write a thing", and I did and it was awful, but I never stopped writing since that day!

I've read almost every book Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman have ever written, and I'm working on getting my grubby paws on the rest. I love Cassandra Clare, Jim Butcher, and Jasper Fforde's stuff is awesomely mind bending.

When I started out, though, I think I was more influenced by Narnia and a hundred 80s fantasy movies. Now I've got two writing degrees adding literary theory and lots of classics I don't like to the mix! I mean, who decides on what's a classic? So many of them are the opposite of how I want to write!


15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Samantha Holloway is unfit for anything but writing expansive fantasy and the occasional science fiction story, so she does it full time. She's the author of the new epic fantasy novel Married to the Wind, and has published dozens of book reviews, TV reviews and a few short stories. In between writing and thinking about writing, she lives in North Carolina with a cat aptly-named Ninja, wears too much jewelry, runs a home made nail polish company for a lark, and subsists mostly on tea. Find her at Herding the Dragon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Liz Coley

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

LIZ COLEY

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
At the moment, I am re-reading Scott Lynch’s wonderful Gentleman Bastards series The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas under Red Skies, and The Republic of Thieves. Scott spins a great yarn, creating both romance and bromance in the midst of these intricately plotted caper/adventure stories. His descriptions are to die for. So besides really enjoying myself, I’m immersing in great writing while I polish up my own caper stories.


6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The toughest scene I ever wrote is in a currently unpublished manuscript. I had to realize my protagonist’s worst fear of loss and disfigurement and make it happen to her. Worse yet, I had to make her choose it willingly. Authors are so cruel to the people they love. I know people will say, “Why did you have to do that to her?” And the answer is, because that’s where the story was leading all along; you just didn’t know it yet. Maybe I’ll call that “the Veronica Roth defense.”


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Most of my inspiration comes from listening and reading and daydreaming. I listen to public radio, which is great for offering up stories. I listen in on conversations, as does every other author on the planet. And I make a point of talking to strangers, because some really great ideas have come out of left field that way. I read a lot of books, about fifty to sixty a year. But I also read Time magazine, Discover Magazine, Cosmos Magazine, MIT Tech Review, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and whatever else ends up on the bathroom floor. It’s all fodder for connecting ideas from wildly different places. Daydreaming is the act that smushes it all together, bringing that AHA! moment.


9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
When I first did this quiz in 2007, the answer would have been “hardly!” But I’ve been playing weekday ladies’ doubles team tennis regularly for a long time now, and I’ve been a captain numerous times, so I guess that means I’m into it! Tennis is my great social as well as physical outlet. I never considered myself coordinated or athletic as a kid, but the past eight years of tennis play have developed my skills and endurance more than I ever expected. Also, we make lunch for each other after every weekly match, so that’s a good thing! The only downside is wearing out my knees ahead of schedule, but it’s a fair tradeoff.


11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
I’m in the thralls of a character crush at the moment. I find myself madly, passionately, and of course, hopelessly in crush with Sidney Chambers of Granchester (Masterpiece Mystery). This is very unexpected. I’m usually not like this. I wept during the last episode of the season—like really. I miss him so much, it hurts my heart. There’s something about this wounded soldier’s passion, demeanor, sensitivity, smile, and lovely British accent (not to mention he looks great in everything from army beret to clerical collar to pullover sweater) that has captured me.

My daughter says, “Now you know what it’s like to be a teenage girl.” As if I didn’t!


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
I really admire the authors who create rich, memorable characters facing emotionally charged moments in beautifully plotted stories with a heart of adventure. I’d include Lois McMaster Bujold, Scott Lynch, and Patrick Rothfuss among these. Something they all have in common is injured heroes. (That seems to go along with my character crush as well!) Since I cut my reading teeth on seventies (and earlier) science fiction, I guess my sense of aesthetics was formed around larger than life stories. I enjoy an excellent contemporary, romance, or mystery story, but the stories that I aspire to tell take “ordinary” people into extraordinary circumstances.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Liz Coley has been writing long and short fiction for teens and adults for more than ten years. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine and several speculative fiction anthologies: The Last Man, More Scary Kisses, Strange Worlds, Flights of Fiction and Winter's Regret.

In 2013, psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 was released by HarperCollins in the US and UK. Foreign translations have been published in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Czech, Slovakian, and Chinese (simplified and traditional).

Her independent publications include alternate history/time travel/romance Out of Xibalba and teen thrillers in the new Tor Maddox series.

Liz lives in Ohio, where she is surrounded by a fantastic community of writers, beaten regularly by better tennis players, uplifted by her choir, supported by her husband, teased by her teenaged daughter, cheered from afar by her two older sons, and adorned with hair by her cats Tiger, Pippin, and Merry.

Liz invites you to follow her as LizColeyBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit her website at LizColey.com.

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOOK: Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened by Pippa Jay

BOOKS


Imagine waking up to find the world has ended, but unfortunately you're not alone...

For Connor Innis, awakening from a year-long coma with no memories, no ability to move, and unable to speak was bad enough. Then he learns that a bioweapon set off a zombie apocalypse—for real—while he was sleeping, and the world he can't even remember no longer exists.

Rehabilitation might be torture, but far worse awaits him outside. All too soon, the hospital Mentor declares him fit to leave but with nothing to go home to except a city full of mindless, flesh-eating monsters. That is, until he forms a strange relationship with the one he nicknames 'Zombie Girl'.

PRE-ORDER ZOMBIE GIRL AT LYCAON PRESS!

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favourite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

NEWS: Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light on SFR Station

NEWS




Marked by Light (Book 1 of the Ambasadora series) is currently a featured title at SFR Station. Browse by sub-genre, pairing type, author, and series to find the romantic science fiction read you're in the mood for today!




Friday, April 17, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Rising from the Darkness by D. A. Bale

COVER REVEALS


RISING FROM THE DARKNESS

It’s finally here – the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series.

Samantha Bartlett has a new mission – and this time it’s one of her own choosing. Armed with information worth killing for, Samantha pieces together secrets spanning generations and uncovers the key to Debrille’s plans, including the horror of his true identity. But will it be enough for redemption? Especially when facing the bridges she’s burned?

Life was once clearly black or white, but now Joe Roberts has a target on his back – and it’s sighted by his boss at the FBI. It’s not just from running off with their primary suspect in President Warner’s murder and then allowing her to escape. No. He’s the Elite’s latest scapegoat. That alone begs the question. Is Sam a cold-blooded killer or a mere pawn used in a global chess game?

World War III looms on the horizon as the Middle East threatens to implode, world alliances are scrapped, and a once tenuous truce with a former enemy collapses – all under President Durksen’s watch. Shadowed by the Elite’s constant and vigilant guard, Durksen must find a way out of the hole he dug for himself long ago. But can he accomplish it in time, or will the United States die like so many nations before it?

Explosions light up the night. Friend becomes foe. Sister against sister. Lives are lost. Sacrifices made. But in order to realize true freedom, evil must be defeated.

No matter the cost.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Tor Maddox: Unleashed by Liz Coley

COVER REVEALS


INTRODUCING

Tor Maddox, a heroine for our times

“I know that one day, I’m going to have to live in the real world. I’d like it to be a decent one.” - Tor

Book I Tor Maddox: Unleashed

When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?

Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.

Liz Coley has been writing long and short fiction for teens and adults for more than ten years. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine and several speculative fiction anthologies: The Last Man, More Scary Kisses, Strange Worlds, Flights of Fiction and Winter's Regret.

In 2013, psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 was released by HarperCollins in the US and UK. Foreign translations have been published in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Czech, Slovakian, and Chinese (simplified and traditional).

Her independent publications include alternate history/time travel/romance Out of Xibalba and teen thrillers in the new Tor Maddox series.

Liz lives in Ohio, where she is surrounded by a fantastic community of writers, beaten regularly by better tennis players, uplifted by her choir, supported by her husband, teased by her teenaged daughter, cheered from afar by her two older sons, and adorned with hair by her cats Tiger, Pippin, and Merry.

Liz invites you to follow her as LizColeyBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit her website at LizColeyBooks.blogspot.com.

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOOK: Married to the Wind (Wisewoman's Daughter Part 1) by Samantha Holloway

BOOKS

MARRIED TO THE WIND (WISEWOMAN'S DAUGHTER PART 1)

Everything she thought she knew was wrong.

Annissa of Yorra knew she was the Wisewoman's daughter. She knew she was to be married in just a few short months. She knew her tiny village near the Wall was unimportant. She knew her country was safe, the sacred homeland of the First Lady's Chosen People.

And she knew her life would be unremarkable, though such quiet left her restless.

She didn't know destiny had so much more in store for her.

When she rescues a boy who falls from the sky the same moment an impossible evil returns from Over the Wall, everything changes. Soon, she must make a choice--safety, or the truth?

Samantha Holloway is unfit for anything but writing expansive fantasy and the occasional science fiction story, so she does it full time. She's the author of the new epic fantasy novel Married to the Wind, and has published dozens of book reviews, TV reviews and a few short stories. In between writing and thinking about writing, she lives in North Carolina with a cat aptly-named Ninja, wears too much jewelry, runs a home made nail polish company for a lark, and subsists mostly on tea. Find her at Herding the Dragon.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

BOOK: Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

BOOKS

OBLIVION

One year ago, Callie was found shivering in an abandoned apartment, the walls covered in her red-inked scrawls. She remembers nothing of that night. Nothing of the thirty-six hours before. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, hasn't been seen since. Neither has Hannah Rynes, a young girl from the parish.

Since that night, Callie has been plagued by graphomania--a compulsion to write. The words that pound in her head and flow through her red felt-tip pen onto the pages of her notebooks (onto her jeans, onto her limbs) make no sense, yet they may be the key to unlocking her memory.

The anniversary of Hannah's disappearance is approaching. The words are coming faster and faster. Then Callie meets a guy at school who might be able to help her sort through the jumbled nonsense and piece the puzzle together, revealing her past.

But some secrets are better left buried...

Starred review: Kirkus Reviews and ALA
Recommended read: School Library Journal
Best Books for Teens 2014: New York Public Libraries


Sasha Dawn, writer, philosopher, and collector of tap shoes, started writing when she was seven years old and hasn't stopped since. Her debut novel is the acclaimed Oblivion. Find her at www.sashadawn.com.

Friday, April 10, 2015

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller as Guest for Pennwriters Presents

EVENTS


Here is the spring line-up for Pennwriters Presents, a members-only online program of Guest Star authors, editors, and agents. You can submit questions to be answered during each program from 9 AM ET - 9 PM ET.

Find out more about the guests, the topics, and the program at the Pennwriters site, including how to become a member.

Friday, April 17 Carol Silvis

Monday, April 27 Heidi Ruby Miller

Tuesday, May 5 Catherine E. McLean

Monday, May 11 Annette Dashofy

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Fred Adams, Jr.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


FRED ADAMS, JR.

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
That’s like asking which of my children is my favorite. I’d have to say Mister Smith, henchman of the arch villain The Whisperer in my novel Hitwolf. Mister Smith is murderously evil and jovially enjoys every minute of it. He is a tall, snaggle-toothed hunchback who has apparently been wearing the same brown suit for twenty years and has never taken it off long enough to send it to the cleaners.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I am a working musician; I have played the guitar since 1958 when I started taking lessons and have been playing in bands and solo since 1963. I also perform annually at the haunted attraction Castle Blood and at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival under the monicker Cedric the Balladeer.


5. Who are you reading right now?

6. Pop culture or academia?
Despite my degrees and academic career, pop culture hands down. Love the cheap, trashy thrills.


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The toughest scene for me was one in a story I wrote for an anthology of new Sherlock Holmes stories in which Holmes explains to Watson (and thus to the reader) the issue of causality related to time travel. The problem was maintaining reader interest while presenting ideas essential to Holmes’ deduction; I didn’t want it too talky. I set the discussion over breakfast and interspersed the dialogue with the mechanical side of dining (sawing at a sausage, pointing with a jam-laden table knife, etc.).


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I usually know how they start and how they end. My stories have a tendency to fill the space between organically as I play with the characters and ideas present themselves.


13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
The pulp writers, Shakespeare, and the Romantic poets: Byron, Shelley, Keats, Blake, Wordsworth and Burns.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Fred Adams, Jr. is a lifelong Western Pennsylvania native who started writing fiction when he was six years old and finally was published at the tender age of twenty. Since then he published over forty short stories (almost exclusively horror and science fiction) in amateur and professional publications plus hundreds of newspaper features as a staff writer for the (now) Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Now retired from his job as an English Professor for Penn State University, Fred is able to devote his attention to what he’s always wanted to do: write.

Two of his novels, Hitwolf and Six Gun Terrors: Volume One were published by Airship 27 Productions and three more, Dead Man’s Melody, Six Gun Terrors: Volume Two, and Monsters and Mobsters: the Adventures of C. O. Jones are due out from Airship 27 over the next year. In addition, he writes genre stories for Airship 27’s many new-pulp fiction anthologies. His story “Masks” recently appeared in Laurel Highlands Publishing’s horror anthology Moonshadows and his story “Astrotrash” will soon appear in LHP’s science fiction anthology Across the Kármán Line. Fred’s novella The Chaos Spawn has recently been re-released after being out of print in a 40th anniversary special edition on Amazon Kindle.

Fred is also a professional guitarist who performs with bands and as a solo singer-songwriter. He has recorded two CDs of original songs, The Doctor is In and Searching for a Vein. Visit Fred’s website: http://drphreddee.com/author

TERROR ON THE PLAINS

Former Union scouts and saddle tramps Durken and McAfee are more than satisfied with their lives as cattle-punchers for Homer Eldridge and his Triple Six ranch. When a mysterious, black clad preacher arrives in town leading a congregation of dwarfish foreigners, strange things begin to happen. First cattle from various spreads are found savagely butchered out on the range for no apparent reason. Then several Triple Six hands go missing.

McAfee begins to suspects there is something very sinister about the new reverend and his people. Something that will bring more horror and destruction with it.

Writer Fred Adams, Jr. spins a weird western tale that will have readers on their edge of their seats and jumping at shadows. Mixing a heady brew that is half H.P. Lovecraft and half Louis L’Amour, SIX-GUN TERRORS is a creepy adventure not soon forgotten.

HOWL OF THE WOLF

It is 1969; Newark, N.J. Former Green Beret Jim Slate comes home from Vietnam to live a quiet, peaceful life. His wish is cruelly denied him when he is kidnapped by Michael Monzo, a local gang boss who wants to rule the entire city. To do this he must bring down his rivals.

Monzo recruits an occult practioner who can turn an ordinary man into a vicious werewolf and then control his actions by the use of a magic amulet. But to carry out this heinous plan, he needs a subject. And so Jim Slate is snatched and turned into a “Hitwolf.”

But Slate is no one’s puppet and, despite the curse put on him, he will not be controlled. After he manages to escape his master, Slate disappears into the thousands of acres of New Jersey woodlands known as the Pine Barrens. But Monzo has no intentions of losing his pet killing machine. Now the manhunt begins to capture Jim Slate…dead or alive!

“The secrets of the Universe are here. I can’t stop now. I have to know it all.”

In this modern tale of the Cthulhu Mythos graduate student Harlan Baker discovers ancient evil while cataloging a trove of antique books donated to the Wakefield college library by the estate of an eccentric alumnus. Baker's workmate Carl Barnes becomes obsessed with the project, a sinister stranger arrives claiming that some of the books belong to him, and then young women begin to disappear. Originally published in 1974 and out of print for decades, Fred Adams Jr.'s The Chaos Spawn returns in a special 40th Anniversary digital edition featuring new cover art by the talented Christopher Miller. Read it tonight and leave on the lights.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Indelible Ink by Matt Betts

COVER REVEALS

PREORDER NOW!


It's what's inside that counts.

Something lurks inside Deena Riordan. She never once questioned her life in the criminal underworld as the star of Mr. Marsh’s illegal empire and his youngest assassin. Her ruthless demeanor and dark magical powers have kept her at the top of the heap for years. But one day she pushes the sorcery too far and something snaps. Only then does Deena realize she’s always been a puppet of that dark power with no true will of her own.

Now, in order to get out of the crime business for good, she needs to save her sister from Marsh’s angry clutches. It won’t be easy. She’ll have to make her way through friends turned foes, dodge determined federal agents, and stay out of a particularly stubborn fellow hitman’s sights. Worst of all, Deena will have to wrestle with the darkness inside to keep it from swallowing her up again.

Cover Art by Bradley Sharp

Foreword by Heidi Ruby Miller

Urban Fantasy Paperback coming from Dog Star Books in June 2015


PREORDER NOW!

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What they're saying about Matt Betts:

"It's impossible to say this too strongly: this steampunk-horror-historical-thriller crossbreed is an amazing book. Word of mouth could turn this from an under-the-radar debut novel from a little-known imprint into a genre-busting cult classic. Get on board now."
-David Pitt, Booklist (starred review)

"The stakes are high and the action and surprises are nonstop as Betts skillfully mixes elements of steampunk, alternate history, science fiction, and horror."
-Publishers Weekly

"A compelling story line, light humor, and a steampunk vibe make this an interesting and fun read."
-Library Journal

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Also by Matt Betts and Dog Star Books:
ODD MEN OUT

BOOK: Killer Kung Pao (Health Nut Mysteries Book 1) by Patricie Lyle

BOOKS

Killer Kung Pao (Health Nut Mysteries Book #1)

Dr. Piper Meadows heads to the Body, Mind & Spirit Expo expecting to solve health problems, not murder. But her first day starts off wrong when famous psychic Mystic Ming compares her hair to a "dung beetle's nest" and tries to get her kicked out of the show. But Piper's bad-hair day gets worse when her Aunt Alfa gets in a public scuffle with Mystic Ming, where he accuses her of trying to poison him with her peanut oil-based essential oils. When Mystic Ming drops dead from his serving of killer kung pao laced with peanut oil, it's no surprise that Aunt Alfa is fingered as the prime suspect.

Unwilling to let her auntie squander her golden years in prison, Piper orders a set of How To Be a PI flashcards and sets out to find the real killer. Secrets and suspects sprout up faster than wheat grass, including a handsome tattoo artist, Tattoo Tex, who intrigues Piper more than she'd like to admit. But can she trust him? Piper had better solve the case of the killer kung pao before the murderer turns his sights on victim number two...one sleuthing doctor!

Patrice Lyle loves green smoothies, dark chocolate, mysteries, and humor. She wove these elements together when she created the Health Nut Mysteries, a cozy series about a naturopathic doctor who solves mysteries at health expos. Patrice also writes paranormal young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as holistic medical suspense. She has an MA in Writing Popular Fiction and a PhD in Holistic Nutrition. She's also a Certified Traditional Naturopath. She now lives in Florida with her husband and two kitties, and is a firm believer in the theory that laughter is the best medicine.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EVENT: Pennwriters 2015 Conference Schedule

EVENTS


The schedule is out for the Pennwriters 2015 Conference - Building Bridges.

Here is where you can find me officially, but make sure to stop and say hello anytime during the weekend!

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 - Published authors’ lunch & retreat with Jane Friedman - Ohio
5:30 - Cocktails - Salon A, B, C Foyer
6:00 – 8:15 - Dinner & keynote address with Ridley Pearson- Salon A, B, C


SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2015
8:00 – 9:00 - Breakfast/General meeting - Three Rivers Ballroom
9:05 – 10:00 - Heidi Ruby Miller – Science Fiction in Thrillers - Robinson
12:10 - 1:40 - Lunch, awards & speaker Don Helin - Three Rivers Ballroom
4:15 - 5:30 - Authors’ tea and book signing - Hospitality Suite


SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2015
11:30 – 12:30 - Closing ceremonies - Hospitality Suite


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Deanna Dee

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

Deanna Dee

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?

6. Pop culture or academia?
Pop culture. It’s kind of what I write about. That said, I do enjoy school. I’ll eventually get my doctorate because I’m a glutton for punishment…or something.


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Life. So many funny, geeky things happen all the time. I go out in the world and see something that’s vaguely geeky. BAM—book fodder.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I do something in-between. I start with an opening scene, a closing scene-ish, and a general direction. Then, I write and let the wind take me where it will. That works, and I’m keeping it.


13. Celebrity crush.
Orlando Bloom with the long hair and pointy ears, much to my co-cap’s (bf’s) chagrin. Though, he has long hair, so maybe he’s not so upset.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Douglas Adams, Ernest Cline, Kevin Hearne, Cora Carmack. The first three are geeks like me, so it’s a no-brainer how they influenced me. Cora Carmack is my fav new adult author. She made me realize that NA could be light and fun, and I ran with that idea.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?
I have a DVD shelf in my room. It is full of Disney movies. Enough said. :)


Deanna Dee is strictly human and does not, to her knowledge, own a hyena. She lives by the sea, which she takes full advantage of in the summer time. Nerd culture and pop culture make up the shameless downtime of her life. The rest of it is writing, and she’s okay with that. Her debut novel of gamer romance is Critical Hit-On.

CRITICAL HIT-ON
Roll for attraction.

Molly Moreau used to be a geek with the best of them—role playing games, multi-user dungeons, trading cards—the works. Then she found her long-time boyfriend in a dark corner with a girl dressed as Lara “boobs and guns” Croft. That was it for the relationship and for her geekiness. After moving back home, she got a job at a normal bar and grill with normal people to live a normal life. That is until Craig shows up with his RPG character sheet.

Craig Lawrence has been rolling 1s on the relationship front ever since his last girlfriend broke up with him because he apparently spent too much time playing guardian to his rebellious little sister. When he meets Molly, he wants more than anything to win her heart, and this time he’ll do anything to keep his family problems from interfering.

When fate (Molly’s best friend) brings Craig and Molly together (sets them up on a date), will this relationship roll yet another 1? Or will it score a critical hit?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

BOOK: Keys of Heaven by Adina Senft

BOOKS

KEYS OF HEAVEN

Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can’t be resolved with Sarah’s remedies—a woman who, in Sarah’s mind, would flourish anywhere other than where she lives. Meanwhile, as Sarah’s relatives attempt a little matchmaking between her and a visiting Amish man, she struggles to let God show her His choice of partner … and not allow her friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler, to grow into anything more.

Henry has seen some success as a potter since a major store commissioned his work for their catalog. But the trouble is they want to market him as Amish. Though he was raised in the faith and lives in Amish country, Henry has never joined church and doesn’t plan to. Which also means, despite the attraction between them, he must keep his distance from Sarah. But what will happen when Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway whose Englisch family is blind to how lost their son has become? The plant Sarah calls Keys of Heaven can grow in impossible places, but it’s hard for people to find their own place, which creates quite a temptation for Sarah to take matters into her own hands …

Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she was often asked by outsiders if she was Amish (the answer was no), she made her own clothes, and she perfected the art of the French braid. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty.

Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and, writing as Shelley Adina, was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award for book of the year. Of her fiction, publisher and industry blogger W. Terry Whalin has said, “Readers will be lost in the vivid world that [she] paints with incredible detail and masterful storytelling.”

A transplanted Canadian, Adina returns there annually to have her accent calibrated. Between books, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing the piano and Celtic harp, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens. These days, she makes period costumes and only puts up her hair for historical events and fun.