Tuesday, March 31, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Indelible Ink by Matt Betts

COVER REVEALS

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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


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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

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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

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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.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

BOOK: Shadow Study (Soulfinders Book 5) by Maria V. Snyder

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New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

SHADOW STUDY

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job and his life are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous…

When I was in sixth grade, I learned about meteorologists and decided I wanted to be one. My visions of chasing tornados throughout the Midwest and flying through hurricanes didn't pan out. Mostly because I wasn't good at forecasting, and my grades weren't exactly stellar. Let's face it, I'm a daydreamer--always have been, always will be.

I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist--try and say that five times fast ;) and I started writing when bored at work. It's never a good idea to get caught just staring out the window, so I wrote my daydreams down. After fooling around with short stories, I wrote my first novel, Poison Study. It was published sixteen years later. A lesson in patience and persistence! I had caught the writing bug and Magic Study and Fire Study soon followed.

Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is evident in my Glass Series (Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass), and I still consider myself an environmentalist. The green part of me comes out in both Inside Out and Outside In. Trella's world is contained inside a big metal cube and they must reuse and recycle everything. One thing they got right in one otherwise messed-up world!

My latest series is about a healer and I happily let my nurturing side take over. Touch of Power starts the series with Avry on the run in a world recovering from a devastating plague. Scent of Magic is the second book and the third, Taste of Death will be out December 2013.

Aside from a writer, I'm also a teacher and mentor for students enrolled in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. I enjoy working with aspiring writers and helping them complete their novels. I've won a half dozen awards and been on the New York Times bestseller list, but nothing compares to being the proud mentor come graduation day!

Other things I enjoy are playing volleyball, photography and traveling. I'll go anywhere at anytime - much to my mother's dismay since my husband and I frequently bring along our son and daughter on our adventures.

I love my job. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and get a personal tour of a maximum security prison and call it all research? I'll give you a hint--not working as a meteorologist.




Tuesday, March 03, 2015

BOOK: Diner Stories: Off the Menu Edited by Daniel McTaggart

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My husband and some friends are in this one!

Diner Stories: Off the Menu is a collection of exciting stories and real tales, all serving up a fantastic fare about the one place we all know, love to go to, and enjoy no matter your walk of life. Cozied up inside this collection are people who love and hate, learn and squirm, and above all, eat—maybe some meals that might surprise you. Come on in and join us for a selection of great stories all garnished with sensory delights, served up on a platter of fun and imagination!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
"Flying Lessons over Lunch with Saint Joseph Cooper Tina" by Eric Fritzius
"Layers and Pockets" by Karyn Cantees Stagg
"Julian's Restaurant" by Erin Nicole Cochran
"All the World's a Stage (But the Diner is my Church)" by Joey Madia
"Bleu Plate Special" by Jason Jack Miller
"The Bread Bowl" by Rich Bottles, Jr.
"Just Think about It" by Mary Lucille DeBerry
"Midnight at the Oasis" by Todd Ludy
"The Most Important Miracle" by Scott Emerson
"Genevieve from the River" by Steven Anthony George
"Words in Rain" by Vicki Crawford
"Donovan's Intuition" by Sarah B. Robinson
"White Smoke and Mirrors" by Jolene Paternoster
"Mary's Place" by Chris Leek
"Hungry for More" by Frank Larnerd
"All Night Diner" by Garland Steele
"Is Freedom on the Menu?" by Theodore Webb
"Love's Old Sweet Song" by Susanna Connelly Holstein
"Desert Diner" by Julie Cunningham
"Old Blue's Treasure" by Jennifer Dietz Weingardt
"Snapshots" by Eliot Parker
"The Slaving Hen" by Mike Mehalek
"The Last Stop" by Kathleen McClure and K. Ceres Wright
"The Teddy Bear" by Mary Lou Pratt
"Theoretical Cheese" by William F. DeVault
"Frank's Place" by Daniel McTaggart