Friday, May 29, 2015

MEME: The 777 Meme for Red Plague


I was tagged in a variation of The Lucky7 and 777 Memes. Thank you to Sherry Knowlton for the tag. You can check out her latest book DEAD OF AUTUMN.

1. Go to the 7th line of the 7th page of your work in progress.
2. Post the next full 7 lines.
3. Then tag 7 friends.

(The Fourth Department)
by Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller

The officer in command motioned from the landing below for Dimitri to open the connecting door. He did...and immediately closed and locked it again once the last of the omonovsky were through.

The men crept past cabinets and equipment. The flickering sodium lights reflected from the muzzles of automatic rifles. One soldier stopped and stared at the ground in front of him, then motioned to a nearby comrade. With the next flicker, Dimitri caught a glimpse of a white lab coat sleeve and the top of a hand. Mecklin?


Here are my memes from years past:
2014 - ATLATL

I tag:
Matt Betts
Cary Caffrey
Liz Coley
John Edward Lawson
Mike Mehalek
Jason Jack Miller
K. Ceres Wright

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOOK: Lionel's Grand Adventure Book 3: Lionel Goes to Camp by Paul R. Hewlett


Lionel Goes to Camp

Lionel is dying to go to summer camp to try to learn more about his dad. But did his mom even sign him up, or is the joke on him waiting for a letter that will never come? Lionel has never met his dad, and his mom never talks about him, but Lionel’s magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot has him convinced the answers are at Camp Bonine.

Lionel does get his letter during a disastrous trip to the Post Office; he’s going to camp! His excitement for camp is quickly doused when he learns he’s rooming with the biggest bully in school—Tad Winters. After being tripped, pranked, and set up by Tad, Lionel finds himself stuck doing dishes with Martha the kitchen lady. Lionel finally gets his chance to get even when the day of the big scavenger hunt arrives. The boy and girl winners get to spend the day at Lake Yellowhorn .

Will Carrie win for the girls? Will Lionel beat Tad and get to go with her? Lionel will have to endure Martha, wander through the desert in the old west, find his way through the woods, escape bad guys, and collect all the items before everyone else if he wants a chance to spend the day with Carrie at Lake Yellowhorn, survive summer camp, and find out the mystery of his dad. Luckily, Lionel has his magical charm to help him out, or will it land Lionel in a mess-and-a-half he can’t get out of?

Paul R. Hewlett writes books for children. His first book is Lionel's Grand Adventure: Lionel and the Golden Rule. It is an early chapter book for ages 7-10. It is the first book in the Lionel's Grand Adventure series. Paul is a US Air Force vet who is married and has a "senior" dog named Joe that he and his wife adopted from the local rescue facility. His aim is to increase and foster children's interest in reading by combining entertainment and values.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

BOOK: Airship Hunters by Jim Beard and Duane Spurlock


Limited Edition

A thrilling novel of turn-of-the-century intrigue and mystery!

It is 1897 and the skies are haunted by mysterious airships and unfathomable secrets.

Tasked with hunting down these strange vehicles of the air and determining their origin and intent, two U.S. government agents toil under unusual conditions to supply their shadowy superiors with information. But that information proves to be as elusive as the airships themselves.

Ride with Agents Valiantine and Cabot across the Midwest as they encounter reports of strange lights, phantom soldiers, unreliable witnesses, and the ultimate source of their airborne prey.

They are the Airship Hunters, and they cannot be waylaid from their path to uncover the greatest mystery of them all.


Cover art by M. S. Corley

Jim Beard hunts the biggest of all game: good storytelling. With years of comic book collecting and obsessive amounts of science fiction, fantasy, and pulp reading under his belt, he frequently startles his Northwest Ohio neighbors with his constant muttering and note-making. Beyond that, Jim’s works include Sgt. Janus Spirit-Breaker, Monster Earth, Monster Aces, the Captain Action pulp novels, and Gotham City 14 Miles, a comprehensive look at the 1966 Batman TV series.

Duane Spurlock comes from a long line of long-winded storytellers and near-sighted doodlers. He writes in a number of genres and occasionally illustrates books, including Brian J. Showers’ The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories, which won the 2008 Children of the Night Award from The Dracula Society. He lives with his family in Kentucky, where they garden, whistle, read folktales, and tell one another stories when not climbing bean stalks and hunting trolls.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

EVENT: The SFR Brigade Summer Cafe


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





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.

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.

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?

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?


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.


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

Monday, May 11, 2015

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


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

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


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


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



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