Thursday, November 20, 2014

GIVEAWAY: International Thriller Writers 1000 Thrillers


International Thriller Writers is holding the biggest book giveaway ever! You could win a brand new thriller every week for a whole year. Just sign up to receive The Big Thrill, and get thriller news, reviews, and interviews in your inbox once a month. You might even hit the 1000 thriller jackpot!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

BOOK: Want You Dead by Peter James


The 10th book in James' series, Want You Dead (November 18, 2014) is a gripping thriller featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace. In this novel, a virtual romance blossoms into a terrifying obsession when the smoldering Red Westwood meets the handsome Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency. As their instant attraction solidifies, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved – and then her too.

Peter James is an established film producer and scriptwriter, James (@peterjamesuk) lived in the U.S. for a number of years and produced films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with James overseeing all aspects, including scriptwriting, In 2009, James was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community. He is Patron of Crimestoppers in Sussex alongside Vera Lynn and in 2012 was made Patron of The Whitehawk Inn. In 2011, James became Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. He has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize for Perfect People in 2012.

James’ novels have been translated into thirty-six languages and three have been turned into films. All of his novels reflect a deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research and has unprecedented access, as well as science, medicine, and the paranormal. James divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and near Brighton in Sussex.

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What they're saying about Peter James, #1 international bestsellingaAuthor with 11 million copies sold:

“James really knows how to plot a procedural thriller, and he enjoys a sly joke.”
The New York Times Book Review

“James writes his books in crisp, short chapters that hop in and out of myriad characters’ minds… Convoluted plots and wildly inventive homicidal setups in rich supply.”

Houston Chronicle

“...With over 14 million book sales, there’s no arguing with James’ lethal talent but even by his stellar standards this terrifying, excruciatingly tense tale of twisted obsession is outstanding.”
The Daily Record

“James continues to impress with his great imagination, conjuring up grisly murders and improbable crime scenes.”
RT Book Reviews

Other novels in the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series:

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EVENT: RDSP Writing Retreat



December 5-7 • Bourbon Ridge Retreat in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Join RDSP editors and authors Friday, December 5th – Sunday, December 7th for a weekend of writing! The primary focus will be on writing but you’ll have the chance to talk with other editors and authors over meals. Accommodations are in a luxurious lodge in scenic Hocking Hills, OH. Get away from distractions and make time for your writing! Come for just one day or the whole weekend. We’ve tried to offer many options to fit people’s schedules. For questions and a line up of participating authors and editors, email

Each overnight guest will have a private room, some rooms have attached bathrooms but others will have shared bathrooms. Rooms either have King or Queen beds, if you want to share with several people there are rooms with bunk beds available.
Activities, weather/time permitting: campfire with smores, hiking, hot tub, movie viewing in the home theater.

Friday night stay includes smores/snacks & breakfast the next morning
Saturday night stay includes lunch & dinner on Saturday & breakfast on Sunday
Saturday (day only) includes lunch & dinner
The earliest you can come on Friday is 6pm and latest you can stay on Sunday is 10am.


The Bourbon Ridge Retreat is about 30 minutes from any restaurants or stores. There will be wifi access but cell service is not dependable. However a land line is provided that includes free long distance.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AWARD: John Fortunato Wins 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize


Congratulations to fellow Seton Hill alum John Fortunato on winning the 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize for his thesis novel Dark Reservations.

The Hillerman Prize, which began in 2006 in recognition of Tony Hillerman, is awarded annually to the best debut crime fiction set in the Southwest. John will receive a contract with St. Martin's Press for publication of the novel and $10,000.

John Fortunato was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, who served at the Pentagon during the early part of the global war on terrorism. He is now a Special Agent with the FBI and has earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A native of Philadelphia, he currently lives in Michigan with his wife and three daughters.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

READING: Nalo Hopkinson at CMU


PARSEC, the premiere science fiction organization of Pittsburgh, is excited to announce that award-winning YA author Nalo Hopkinson will speak about "Keeping it Un)Real" at the PARSEC YA Lecture Series on Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

11 am – 1 pm - Caroline Carlson, Writing Workshop: "Blueprints for Enchantment: Constructing a magical world for your fantasy novel"
Danforth Lounge in the University Center
[advance registration required; $10 suggested donation to Parsec, Inc.]

2 pm – 3 pm - Nalo Hopkinson, YA Author Lecture: "Keeping it Un)Real"
McConomy Auditorium in the Jared L. Cohon University Center.
[Lecture is free and open to the public, no registration required.]

3 pm - 5 pm - Book Signing
Conan Room of the University Center
[Books for the signing can be purchased in the CMU bookstore in the University Center or brought from home.]

Nalo Hopkinson received Honourable Mention in Cuba's "Casa de las Americas" literary prize. She is a recipient of the Warner Aspect First Novel Award, the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Award for emerging writers, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Locus Award for Best New Writer, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic (twice), the Aurora Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and the 2014 Andre Norton Award for Best YA Fiction of the Year. Nalo is a graduate of Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program, where she was also adjunct faculty.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Thursday, November 06, 2014

EVENT: Pennwriters Conference 2015


The 2015 Pennwriters conference "Building Bridges" will be held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott on Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, with Thursday pre-conference intensives on May 14.

The Friday keynote is Ridley Pearson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 48 novels, divided almost equally between adult suspense and young adult adventure. Over the years, his work has been published in two dozen languages and has been adapted by network television and for the Broadway stage. Right now he is set to tour for his latest YA final Kingdom Keepers novel – The Insider. He also has a Risk Agent Novel coming out in June called the Red Room. His website is

The Saturday luncheon speaker is Don Helin, a Pennwriter for ten years and the author of Thy Kingdom Come, Devil’s Den, and Secret Assault.

Thursday intensive speakers include Jessica Morrell, Hank Phillipi Ryan, and Pennwriters Bobbi Carducci and Susan Meier.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

BOOK: A Lady of Spirit by Shelley Adina


A Lady of Spirit is Book 6 in the Magnificent Devices series!

You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family … or can you?

Under normal circumstances, Maggie and Lizzie would be delighted to meet their long-lost relatives and be reunited with those who had believed them dead, but when are the Mopsies’ circumstances ever to be considered normal? With her half-brother Claude Seacombe, Lizzie travels to Cornwall to meet her mother’s parents. Maggie goes along, too, since she is part of the family … or so one might assume. But the more time she spends in her grandparents’ clifftop mansion, the more she realizes that something is not right, and the events surrounding her own mother’s death are more mysterious—and dangerous—than anyone alive suspects.

For an old nemesis is preying on the weak and proud, and no matter how well dressed or well educated a young lady might be, she cannot stand by and watch evil destroy a beloved cousin’s future. Maggie must straighten her spine and plunge into danger for Lizzie’s sake … and prove that no matter the name she bears, she is first and foremost what the Lady of Devices believes her to be … a lady of spirit.

RITA Award-winning author and Christy finalist Shelley Adina wrote her first novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Shelley is a world traveler who loves to imagine what might have been. Between books, she loves playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.

You can buy all six of the Magnificent Devices books at Amazon.

BOOK: Covenant: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Benulis


Covenant is the sequel to the haunting gothic tale started in Archon-a mesmerizing work of the paranormal in which a young woman discovers that she is caught in a labyrinth of intrigue where angels, demons, and all the creatures between Heaven and Hell will stop at nothing to possess her.

A year ago, Angela Mathers, a talented artist with a tortured soul, enrolled at the Westwood Academy and encountered the angels who haunted her dreams. Then she discovered the dark truth … she is the Archon, a being of supreme power who will determine the fate of the universe. But with such power comes great danger, and for every force seeking to aid Angela there is another burning to stop her. After a scheming demon kidnaps the Book of Raziel, Angela must find her way through a nightmarish game and enter the Door to Hell to rescue her only friend before it is too late.

The perilous fate of both Heaven and Hell rests on her success.

Sabrina Benulis graduated with a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She currently resides in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband and a sweet but spoiled cockatiel. When Sabrina isn't writing, catch her reading a book, wasting time on YouTube, or better still, getting some much-needed sleep.

Buy the first two books of the Raziel series at Amazon.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEWS: Ambasadora and Greenshift on Kindle Unlimited


For a limited time both Marked by Light (Book 1 of Ambasadora) and Greenshift (From the World of Ambasadora) are available for borrowing and sampling on Amazon.

Marked by Light is the first book in the Ambasadora science fiction adventure series. This space thriller contains elements of space opera, science fiction romance, cyberpunk, military science fiction, a galactic empire, and anthropological science fiction.

"AMBASADORA has a lot to say about the human spirit and it says it well."
-Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author

"This author's many strengths include complex world building, complex societal structure, complex technology. The plot was well-crafted as well...I just couldn't put it down..."
-J. Wells, Amazon Vine Voice

Click for an excerpt and reading guide to Marked by Light.

Greenshift is the first book in a new science fiction romance series set within the world of the Ambasadora science fiction adventure series. This space thriller contains elements of futuristic romance, military science fiction, a galactic empire, cyberpunk, and space opera.

"The action and romance are seamlessly woven together, transporting us and leaving us petulant for more when the story is over."
-from the foreword by Dana Marton, best selling author of THE THIRD SCROLL

"Miller's characters blaze with life and lust and depth, and her world is a dichotomy of the glamorously sensual and the brutally dangerous."
-Mary SanGiovanni, Bram Stoker nominated author of THE HOLLOWER trilogy

Click for an excerpt and reading guide to Greenshift.

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOOK: Devil Entendre by John Edward Lawson


This collection of horror stories asks: are there moments in your past you ignore...pretend never happened...moments you hide from yourself and others? What if the only thing imbuing our past with a sense of dread and terror is the fact that our future is based on it? And every evil incident has given the devil a foothold to step inside and make himself at home in our hearts. Be it a secret vice, a childhood trauma, or disturbing holiday traditions, Devil Entendre is a Petri dish in which the dark moments of our lives are allowed to evolve unencumbered.

Downloadable Reading Guide

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 two for the Dwarf Stars Award, the Elgin Award, the Pushcart Prize, and two for 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.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller Reading at World Fantasy


I hope to see some of you at the World Fantasy Convention next month (Thursday, November 6 - Sunday, November 9, 2014) in Arlington, VA at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Guests of honor are Guy Gavriel Kay, Les Edwards, Stuart David Schiff, Lail Finlay, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Other wonderful attendees are listed on the Membership Page.

I will be narrating as an ensemble of writers and fans acts out scenes from STARRIE and ATOMIC ZION on Sunday, November 9 from 10:30 - 11:00 AM in Fairfax, right after Courtney Schafer's reading, so settle in for the hour and enjoy. I'll have treats!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOOK: Grave Markings 20th Anniversary Edition by Michael A. Arnzen


Grave Markings follows the tortured mental breakdown of Mark Michael Kilpatrick—an artist driven to purge visions of hell from his tainted mind by permanently working his ink into the skins of unwilling victims...the flesh of both the living and freshly dead.

News reporter Roy Roberts finds himself drawn into an obsession with tattoo culture, at the same time as Kilpatrick's own compulsions produce sicker and sicker masterpieces that attract media attention, twisting in a spiral that inevitably brings Roberts and his loved ones into Kilpatrick's morbidly perverse universe, and the artist's deadly inkgun turns toward them...

Now, for the first time in trade paperback, readers can find out why this novel won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Critics Guild Award, and such widespread acclaim across the horror genre. Included in this special Twentieth Anniversary edition are 50 pages of insightful BONUS material by Arnzen: a new preface, five literary essays, and four short stories (two never before published) involving bikers, tattoos and terror.

What they're saying about Grave Markings:
"Grave Markings is a high-speed chase into madness, unpredictable and twisted as a mountain road, written by one of the most inventive and outrageous new talents in the horror genre." -- Karl Edward Wagner, Author

"Michael Arnzen's debut novel is garish, unsettling, and darkly beautiful -- just like the artwork of its main character. Like that artwork, it makes a statement that simultaneously fascinates and repels. You want to turn away. You must turn away. But, oh God, you can't. Arnzen's definitely a writer to watch." -- Paul F. Olson, Author

"The ink gets into your blood and the needle goes straight to your bone."-- Jason Jack Miller, Author

"A Horse's Mouth from hell. A piercing look at art's illegitimate underbelly. Michael Arnzen is an excellent writer, and Grave Markings is a uniquely disturbing debut." -- Bentley Little, Author

"Michael Arnzen pulls the reader into the world of Grave Markings with a vivid, surreal hook, then makes it impossible to escape as the nightmares are unveiled. A great thriller." -- Sidney Williams, Author

"An authentically painful read, which conveys a real sense of a mind and a culture dangerously out of control." -- Ramsey Campbell, Author

Michael Arnzen is an award-winning author of horror and dark suspense fiction, a poet, and an English professor. His trophy case includes four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his often funny, always disturbing stories. The best of these appear in the Bram Stoker Award-winning career-length retrospective, Proverbs for Monsters, which Dread Central called "a guided tour of insanity and the macabre, with a few moments of touching grace combined with repulsive terror...[which] serves to document the evolution of a great writer."

Arnzen holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon (where he researched his non-fiction book, The Popular Uncanny) and he is presently a Professor at Seton Hill University, where he teaches horror and suspense fiction in the country's only graduate program in Writing Popular Fiction (

Arnzen resides near Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife of many years, Renate, and a brood of deranged cats.

Buy Grave Markings and all of Mike's books at Amazon.