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

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!
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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!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Michael Gills

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


MICHAEL GILLS

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
In 2014, we were pilgrims on Camino de Santiago–my wife, daughter and I--from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic we biked across norther Spain. After the Navarro heat and the wine fields of Rioja, Leon’s dazzling stained glass and the climb over O’Cebreiro, on the last day’s ride to Santiago, three of us pushed bicycles the last fifty yards. There was a man in a green kilt who played bagpipes in the shade of the stone arch entrance. The high notes soared through the passway and delivered us to the field of light before the cathedral. And when we walked onto the courtyard and beheld the time-worn stones of its face, the three spires rising and rising before us, the mid-afternoon sun full on it, and above, the man-sized James, a fishermen, as lore had it, beckoned and I forgot the flesh wound in my side and thought to fall down and weep jubilantly, just as all of the others who made the trek of the soul and body, through space and time to this place. For such a moment, there was no preparing.

There was another thing–the day we topped a hill at noontime and the land fell away in a panorama so I spun on a foot gazing on fields of blood red poppies, as far as the eye could see, blooming in the sun even to the reaches of an ancient church where the Camino winded, and the three of us--mother, father and daughter–hugged on the roadside with heartfelt joy, this after the hard ride. We sipped wine and broke bread in the cloister marked by the cross of St. James. And it was good, this life.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
Here where we live now, in the foothills beneath the mountains, we raise chickens, grow tomatoes, make homemade wine and Applejack whiskey. For the Applejack, here goes:

14-16 lbs apples or 1 gal juice
1/3 lb Sugar
1/2 tsp Pectic Enzyme (find all this stuff at your local beer making shop)
1/2 tsp Energizer
1 Campden, crush
1 pkg Champagne Yeast

1. Put juice into fermentor container; immediately add crushed Campden tablet and Pectic Enzyme to prevent browning. Stir in all ingredients except Yeast. Cover.

2. After 24 hours, add Yeast. Cover.

3. Stir daily. After 5 days, syphon Cider off sediment into a glass jug.

4. After ferment is complete, around 3 weeks, syphon Cider off sediment into a clean container. Stir in 1/4 cup dissolved sugar per gallon of Cider.

5. Wait for a hard freeze. When one is coming, take container outside, cover, leave overnight. Next morning, scoop off all slush and ice. What’s left is Apple Jack Whiskey. Bottle. Age for 3 months. Give thanks. All be joyful.


5. Who are you reading right now?
I’ve just finished teaching the first semester of a year-long novel writing workshop for undergraduates, a class where ten hand-selected student writers contract to write a full-length novel over the course of an academic year. The contract requires them to rise at 4:30 daily, write two pages a day, ten pages a week, thirty pages a month, and a hundred and sixty pages by finals at the end of fall term. Beside my desk, right this second, are 1,650 pages of new American literature, some of it not so bad. That’s what I’m reading now.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find inspirations to write?
I find inspirations to write at 4:30 each morning in my writing room built onto the back of my house which has fifty or so four-leaf-clovers buried inside the steps I walk down to sit at my desk, turn on the typewriter and go. Most often, I’m done before first light, do it again the next day. That close to your dream state, your inner-censor is turned full off. Get stuck, walk out and rouse the chickens. Plenty of inspiration there.

9. Food you could eat every day?
Apple Jack Whiskey–it’s what got all the apple trees in New England cut down by the Puritans.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Out here in the wild west, after the snow melts, we float the rivers–the Green, Colorado, Salmon, San Juan, Snake. The white water is huge, and every big rapid has taken lives. The only way to row that sort of stuff is to stay in shape and stay a little crazy, so I work out hard twice a week on dead weights, do windsprints, hike the foothills on Sunday, ski hard in winter. This keeps me honest, and a little crazy. And hopefully out of deep water.

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.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Michael Gills is author of three collections of short fiction, including The House Across From the Deaf School (Texas Review Press, fall 2016), two novels, including Emergency Instructions (Raw Dog Screaming Press 2017), and White Indians, a visionary memoir, part two of which is forthcoming. He is Associate Professor/Lecturer of Writing for the Honors College at the University of Utah. Gills’ collected papers are archived at Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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The House across from the Deaf School

Michael Gills’ third collection of short fiction, continues the life and times of Joey Harvell, whose stepfather, in “Last Words on Lonoke,” gives him a .30-06, tells him not to aim at anything he doesn’t want to kill, and “that’s pretty much it for [his] gun safety lessons.” Later, in “What The Newly Dead Don’t Know But Learn,” his uncle swims Joey and a group of fake cowboys across a creek on Camp Robinson, only a fisherman’s trotline is stretched across the S-curve, and the result, like the book as a whole, is a hard fight there’s no recovering from.

What others have said about Gills' work:

"Each word is a spark, every sentence a sizzling fuse. The whole...is a
sun-white conflagration, cleanly and cleansing. Michael Gills sojourned
in the heart of light and he has returned to his home world with that
light still cling to his ever utterance.."—Fred Chappell

"Michael Gills' prose reeks with accuracy and bulls-eye
intensity..."—William Harrison

"These stories are, scene by scene, sentence by sentence, beautifully
written--clean, gorgeous prose, perfectly pitched. The detail work is
exquisite. Suffering and loss are given their necessary place in these
stories, but so too are grace and mercy.”—Donald Hays

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Monday, December 05, 2016

BOOK: KNOCK BEFORE YOU ENTER: Book 3 of The Bartender Babe Chronicles by D.A. Bale

BOOKS


KNOCK BEFORE YOU ENTER (Book 3 of The Bartender Babes Chronicles)

Your favorite bartender is headed on vacation - and this time it isn't all high heels and handsome hunks.

Try gators, a grandmother, and gold.

The De'Laruse matriarch carries a secret from the Civil War era, and it's high time to tear down the accompanying rumor mill. More than a hundred and fifty years ago, French gold was captured when the ship aiding the Confederacy tried to run the Union blockade. Addie enlists the help of Vicki Bohanan and her granddaughter, best bud Janine De'Laruse, to decode the clues left in a Union soldier's journal to solve the mystery once and for all concerning what happened to the bars emblazoned with the fleur-de-lis imprint.

As if Vicki doesn't have enough concerns to occupy her week. Between fighting off Janine's oversexed younger brother, a mysterious maid of questionable conduct, and the sperm donor breathing down her neck - not to mention those grumpy gators again - all Vicki wants is one uninterrupted night's sleep.

Fat chance - even in the land of Fat Tuesday, as Vicki jets off to Louisiana for the holidays.


About D.A. Bale:

Sometimes life emulates fiction.

Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale's writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining...even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.

In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes "not so pretty" reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.

She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.

Visit her blog, leave a comment, or send a personal message at http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

BOOK: Jennara in Flux (Beneath the Willow Book II) by A. J. Culey

BOOKS


JENNARA IN FLUX (Beneath the Willow Book II)

They released the ancestral magicks of Lutia upon an unsuspecting world.
Now they must find the courage to spin that wild power.


After one hundred and thirty years, the magicks have finally been released. With them, though, come unexpected dangers and blessings. Wild and unclaimed, the magicks are transforming the world faster than its people can comprehend, infusing the lands with new life while bringing its people to the brink of war.

The Royals have decreed that none may spin the magicks, upon penalty of death, sparking whispers of rebellion everywhere. Sehmah and Takeem, considered traitors to the throne for releasing the magicks, have been forced to retreat into the mountains of Lixor to escape execution. Separated from them and taken against her will into spinner territory, Jennifer struggles to adjust to the magicks she’s unexpectedly absorbed and the pivotal role she now plays in a war she never wanted to be part of, in a world she never believed could be real.



A.J. Culey is a teacher, world traveler and writer whose imagination is often out of control. When driving around town, standing in lines at the grocery store or doing chores around the house, her brain is frequently filled with images of cats in flight, antlers on a rampage and rabbits wrestling with tigers. She regularly gets caught giggling at nothing and when asked for an explanation simply says, “I crack myself up.”

An avid animal lover, A.J. volunteers for local rescue organizations and participates in Trap-Neuter-Release programs for feral cats. If wrangling cats and bunnies were a sporting event, she’d be an Olympic gold medalist. 

A.J. recently completed her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her thesis project was the YA fantasy, SEHMAH’S TRUTH, and perhaps the only thing she’s ever written that was completely serious in nature.

To learn more about A.J.’s books, visit her website at www.ajculey.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ajculey.author or follow Rex on Twitter @Tyrabbisaurus(Disclaimer: A.J. takes no responsibility for the rabbit’s ridiculous tweets.)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

BOOK: The Pain Season by Libby Doyle

BOOKS

THE PAIN SEASON

ON THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, ZAN O'GARA'S LIFE WILL CHANGE.

Tonight’s the night. Rainer Barakiel is going to tell me all his secrets. I thought I’d be excited, but I feel like someone shoved a knife into my gut.

Heh. Fitting, considering I met Rainer because of his expertise in edged weapons. The daggers used in that ritual sacrifice became our best lead thanks to him. What kind of omen is it, that I met the love of my life because someone found a human spleen in the bushes?

I didn’t expect someone like him. When he opened his door I couldn’t talk, I was so stunned. God, how I flirted with him. Hell of a way for an FBI agent to act. This whole relationship is a hell of a way for an FBI agent to act. I didn’t want to face that he was hiding things from me.

What if he has something to do with this murder?

I’m being paranoid. He’s denied being a criminal and I believe him. I don’t see how my instincts could be so wrong. He can’t be bad. He can’t.

He’s hiding things from me, but he loves me. I feel it. Maybe he didn’t expect to fall in love with me, but he did, and now he wants out. He’s going to confess, leave it all behind. For me.

I wonder, after he tells me all his secrets, will this become a wacky story we love to tell? Or a story I tell only to myself, alone in a stale-smelling apartment, stewing in pain? The story of how my heart got damaged beyond repair.

WARNING: This book contains foul language, violence, and explicit sex. Adults only, please. Although not a cliffhanger, this is not a stand-alone novel. The story began in The Passion Season, and will continue in The Vengeance Season.






Libby Doyle is an attorney and former journalist who took a walk around the corporate world and didn’t like it. She escapes the mundane by writing extravagant yarns, filled with sex and violence. She loves absurd humor, travel, punk rock, and her husband. You can discover more about Libby’s world at http://www.libbydoyle.com.








Publicity via Narelle Todd of Get My Book Out There

Saturday, October 22, 2016

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Carrie Gessner

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


CARRIE GESSNER

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I like all of them for different reasons! But just in The Dying of the Golden Day, even if I lean toward Aurelia, I have to go with Mira. She’s smart, funny, confident, and badass enough to have conquered an empire. She’s kind of everything I want to be (yes, including the empire conquering!).


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea! My favorite is black Earl Grey.


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
For a writer, I have terrible reading habits and hop between a bunch of books at once. My primary books right now are The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years by Chingiz Aimatov, The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, and Bombshells Vol 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage.


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 every day.
Pizza. I have simple tastes.


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Sometimes it’s hard for me to classify music genres, but I’d say my favorite is folk-pop or folk-rock, I guess, because the lyrics are often poetic and thoughtful. Stuff like The Waillin’ Jennys and The Swell Season. Right now, I can’t stop listening to the Waitress Broadway soundtrack by Sara Bareilles. It’s fun and sweet, but it also has more serious moments that make me think about life and happiness and all that. While writing, I listen to film and TV-show soundtracks to help keep me focused.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Outline. My writing sessions are more productive when I know where I’m going with a story. It’s worked so well that my outlines have been getting longer. My outline for The Dying of the Golden Day was a page. Very bare bones. The outlines for my current projects are all at least ten pages!


13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Carrie Gessner received a BA in English from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes speculative fiction and literary fiction and drinks a lot of tea. When she's not writing or reading, she likes to go for walks in the park with her greyhound.



Marked by gray eyes that prophesy the death of magic, Aurelia seeks to avert her destiny by serving as advisor to the prince of Sunniva, but a chance to reunite two broken kingdoms soon forces Aurelia to decide where her loyalty lies--with her prince or with her magic. Meeting Brennus, the first male born with magic in centuries, further complicates her choice. When Edana, the first seeress in generations, receives a vision concerning the end of the kingdom, she embarks on a mission to locate the subjects of the prophecy only to stumble upon a threat to all those with the gift of magic. As prophecy becomes clearer and the future darker, they discover there are two sides to every coin--good and evil, hope and destruction, fate and chaos. Only they can restore balance, and only they can plunge the world into eternal darkness.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

EVENT: Whiskey and Words at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden

EVENTS


We hope you can attend our upcoming event Whiskey and Words on Wednesday, October 12th from 5pm- 9pm at Wigle Whiskey's Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden in Pittsburgh's Northside. In addition to our fabulous line-up of authors, we will also have delicious Whiskey cocktails, Burgh Bites Food Truck and the Mangini Trio.

This event is free to attend. 21+. 

Link:  http://mandeline28.wixsite.com/whiskeyandwords 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802307836654674/

Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

EVENT: PARSEC Talk "How Chronic Pain Has Made Me More Autotelic" by Heidi Ruby Miller

EVENTS


Meeting October 8, 2016 - Heidi Ruby Miller
"How Chronic Pain Has Made Me More Autotelic"

What started as a forced transition due to health concerns has turned into a wondrous full-circle journey as a creator, both metaphorically and globally. This is how I found my way back from writing as a daily business to embracing my words as the artistic endeavor it is.

Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library
Room B - Next to the Rear Entrance
1:30 - 4:30 PM

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Michael A. Arnzen at SIGMA

INTERVIEWS


EXCERPT: Last year I gave a talk on “The Popular Uncanny” at Parsec, and Heidi Ruby Miller (my colleague in the MFA program at Seton Hill U, and my co-editor for the book, Many Genres One Craft), kindly interviewed me about the subject for SIGMA. I decided to return the favor, as she’s coming to speak to the group again on October 8th. If you haven’t met her before, you’ll see that Heidi is always effervescent and excited to talk about genre fiction. Here’s a taste of her wide range of interests and passions.

MIKE: Tell us briefly about your latest book, STARRIE.

HEIDI: Starrie was a nice side project within the Ambasadora-verse that adds to the main series’ mythos and sets up some events in Book 2: Scarred by Light. Surprisingly, it’s been my most critically acclaimed book so far, even though it’s not part of the original series.

Read the entire interview in SIGMA.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

EVENT: DogCon 5 at Broadkill Writers Resort

EVENTS


DogCon is a big shindig that publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press holds every year to celebrate books, authors and all our supporters. It’s a chance for the RDSP family to get together, meet each other, show off the latest works and begin new creative ventures.

DogCon 5 at Broadkill Beach in Milton, DE!

At last year’s DogCon we announced that we were acquiring a beach house writing resort. This year, we’re inviting you to come see it! Activities will be running Friday to Monday but Saturday, October 1st and Sunday October 2nd will be the main event.

Each DogCon is different and this one will be more about strengthening the RDSP author community than having public book events. Activities on Saturday & Sunday afternoon/evening will be aimed at the public but other times will be more for the authors. However, anyone is still welcome to hang out the whole time. Plans are evolving but here are some of the things we will definitely do:

Group meals/snacks (likely a shrimp boil, s’mores, Gooey donuts and a cookout)
Readers Choice Award winner announcement presentation of the championship belt
State of the Dog Address, what does the future hold for RDSP?
Beach bonfire (weather permitting)
Visit to Dogfish Head Brewery (tours are available but are 1st come, not guaranteed)
Guest speaker publicity expert Beverly Bambury will give tips on book promo
One-on-one sessions with Beverly will be available for a fee
A live writing Instigation led by Mike Arnzen
Story Swap: authors will swap short pieces & perform each others’ work aloud
Thunderdome death matches (just kidding…maybe)
Authors will share promo tips
Readings by RDSP authors

Eventbrite - DogCon5

For more information, follow the updates on the Broadkill Resort Blog, RDSP Webinar, and Eventbrite.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

AUDIOBOOK: Audiovile by Michael A. Arnzen

AUDIOBOOKS


Audiovile: The Expanded Digital Edition

Audiovile was originally released as a CD in 2007 by Raw Dog Screaming Press, breaking new ground in spoken word horror. Now, this newly "Expanded Digital Edition" includes high quality digital versions of all the tracks, including those featuring Jason Jack Miller on banjo, then DOUBLES the size of the original release, featuring EXCLUSIVE performances which were not included with original 16-track CD, most appearing here for the first time. And if you purchase the full album, you get access to BONUS FEATURES: an ebook companion with stories and related articles; printable CD inserts; a photograph gallery; the "Brain Candy" music video (animated by Jennifer Barnes); and a secret bonus audio track to add to your collection!