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:

Also by Peter James


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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

READING: Atomic Zion and Starrie by Heidi Ruby Miller at #WFC40


I will be narrating as an ensemble of writers and fans acts out scenes from STARRIE and ATOMIC ZION at World Fantasy 2014 (#WFC40) 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. We'll have treats!!

Thanks to Jason Jack Miller for the awesome fliers!

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, November 02, 2014

COVER: The Revelations of Preston Black by Jason Jack Miller



Coming June 2013 from Raw Dog Screaming Press

Cover Art by Brad Vetter

Preston and Katy face a new darkness....

Sometimes a battle between good and evil doesn't look much like the ones they show in movies. The good guys don't always wear white, and they don’t always walk away with the win.

And sometimes you're better off with the devil you know.

The last time Preston went down to the crossroads, his best friend died and he nearly lost his brother. But Old Scratch doesn't take kindly to fools, especially not those who come knocking at his front door. And before all is said and done, he's going to teach Preston a thing or two about what it really means to sacrifice.

Read the first 100 pages of The Revelations of Preston Black!

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