Saturday, July 15, 2017

BOOK: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng

BOOKS

A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES

by Christina Sng

Hold your screams and enter a world of seasonal creatures, dreams of bones, and confessions modeled from open eyes and endless insomnia.


Christina Sng’s A Collection of Nightmares is a poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows, an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Here are ramblings at the end of the world and a path that leads to a thousand paper cuts at the hands of a skin carver. There are crawlspace whispers, and fresh sheets gently washed with sacrifice and poison, and if you’re careful in this ghost month, these poems will call upon the succubus to tend to your flesh wounds and scars.

These nightmares are sweeping fantasies that electrocute the senses as much as they dull the ache of loneliness by showing you what’s hiding under your bed, in the back of your closet, and inside your head. Sng’s poems dissect and flower, her autopsies are delicate blooms dressed with blood and syntax. Her words are charcoal and cotton, safe yet dressed in an executioner’s garb.

Dream carefully.
You’ve already made your bed.
The nightmares you have now will not be kind.
And you have no one to blame but yourself.


Christina Sng is a poet, writer, and artist. She earned her BA in Criminology and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and spent most of her career as a web consultant, content producer, UX strategist, and information architect.

Since 2001, Christina’s work has appeared in numerous venues worldwide, especially her poetry which garnered many accolades over the years, most notably nominations in the Dwarf Stars and Rhysling Awards, as well as Honorable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Her recent collections include A Constellation of Songs, Astropoetry, and Catku. An Assortment of Sky Things, her chapbook of space poems, was nominated for the 2017 Elgin Award. A Collection of Nightmares is her first full-length book of dark poetry.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES
“Christina Sng’s A Collection of Nightmares knits a magic quilt of surreal and unique portraits turning the stuff of nightmares and pain into beautiful, even when bloody, images of release and redemption.”
—Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend

“Participating in a Grand Guignol tradition that traces back to Shelley and Poe…there’s a simultaneously more poignant and more disturbing undertow moving just beneath these spiny surfaces: the notion that, against terrifying events beyond our control, the compassion we carry with us will be our only line of defence, our last light shining through the kindness we show, all the more precious for how briefly it flashes.”
—Mike Allen, author of Hungry Constellations

“This is a book of breathtaking artistry. In verse that ranges widely in subject matter and metrical form, Christina Sng invariably focuses on just those words and images that evoke terror, otherworldliness, and fantasy. But deep emotional resonance is not absent, and Sng can evoke poignancy and melancholy as effortlessly as she can evoke fear and dread.”
—S. T. Joshi

“Christina Sng’s poetry gives me the same feeling as observing a Kandinsky painting or hearing a Nine Inch Nails song: something immediate, deeply complex and intensely profound. It is, in short, a wonder.”
—Jason Erik Lundberg, author of Strange Mammals

“As I read this collection, I found myself exclaiming aloud, for there were so many I could relate to, and that is rare for me. Herein are poems that bite you by surprise, delight you with the weave of fresh fabric…A goodly number are dark SF story capsules, from alien interventions to surviving on a world ruined by mankind. I could not pick a single favorite. I loved them all.”
—Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award® winning poet

“Each of these fifty or so potent poems are actually stunning little stories about terrifying transformations. Each of the tales she tells are chilling, but her poetic and playful approach spins you around in a vortex of exquisite language and a swirling miasma of wildly terrifying imagination until you yourself are transformed… left dizzy and eager for the next time around. A brilliantly twisted collection, sure to turn a number of heads.”
—Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Freakcidents and The Gorelets Omnibus

Saturday, June 10, 2017

VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Paris!

VIDEOS

This is a transfer of a Windows Movie Maker project Jason did back in 2014. It was our second trip to Paris. Some of the quality is old school, but that's part of what we like about it. You can check out our other lifestyle and travel videos on our YouTube channel SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

BOOK: The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

BOOKS

THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER

When the notorious child abductor, “The Marsh King,” escapes from a maximum security prison in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula wilderness, Helena Pelletier is sure she can use the hunting and tracking skills she learned as a child to find him. After all, no one is The Marsh King’s equal when it comes to navigating the marshland—except Helena herself, his daughter.

But as Helena hunts her father to return him to prison, gradually she realizes that his escape is the first step in an elaborate scheme to kidnap her and her two young daughters. As their cat and quarry game unfolds, she must use all of her wilderness skills not only to thwart his plan, but to survive it.

Selected by iBooks and Publisher’s Weekly as one of the BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER!

“Exceptional. . . . Helena’s conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity elevate this powerful story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Karen Dionne is cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held every other year on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.

Karen’s short fiction has appeared in Bathtub Gin, The Adirondack Review, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Thought Magazine, as well as First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors, an anthology of short stories from bestselling and emerging authors edited by Lee Child.

Karen has written about the publishing industry from an author’s perspective for AOL’s DailyFinance, and blogs at The Huffington Post. Other articles and essays have been published in Writer’s Digest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, Guide to Literary Agents, and Handbook of Novel Writing (Writers Digest Books).

Karen has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar for her body of work as an author, writer, and as co-founder of Backspace. She enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Tee Morris and Philippa Ballentine on The Shared Desk

INTERVIEWS


I was chatting with Tee Morris and Philippa Ballentine on The Shared Desk podcast during the 2017 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference. Here's a partial from the transcript:

We get a visit from Heidi Ruby Miller who is rocking this cool retro sci-fi pattern…

And just like that Heidi’s on the podcast.

Yes, there is a ball app and Tee travels with one.

Heidi has snuck away from the Pennwriters Conference to hang with science fiction authors.

What was Heidi up to at the Pennwriters Conference?

What Heidi and her husband, Jason Jack, are up to on social media?

Check out Small Space, Big Life on YouTube.

Listen to Episode #75 in its entirety at The Shared Desk.

Monday, May 29, 2017

BOOK: A LIFE OF DEATH Book 1 by Weston Kincade

BOOKS

A LIFE OF DEATH Book 1

Ghosts are speaking to Alex, but can he bring them justice?


Alex is a troubled teen with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability: psychometry. When he touches items murder victims held in their final moments, he relives the events in gruesome detail. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when murders implicate the town’s founding family?

If you like amazing supernatural stories that are intense, powerful, and fraught with emotion, then you'll love Weston Kincade's suspenseful coming-of-age trilogy, A Life of Death. Ghosts are speaking, and they want answers. Heed the call. Buy A Life of Death.

“Full of emotion and angst, and some wonderful imagery, you will feel this story as you read it.”
~ Mark Matthews, author of Milk-Blood

Published by Books of the Dead Press, the rights to the first two books in the A Life of Death Trilogy were returned to Weston January 1, 2017. The new release will be in late May 2017 in conjunction with the official release of the third and final book in the trilogy, Sacrifices. Until the trilogy's official release, the podiobook of book one is still available. To listen to A Life of Death, visit Podiobooks.com.

Weston Kincade writes fantasy, paranormal, and horror novels that stretch the boundaries of imagination, and often genres. His current series include the A Life of Death trilogy and the Priors. Weston's short stories have been published in Alucard Press' "50 Shades of Slay," Kevin J. Kennedy's collected "Christmas Horror" and "Easter Horror," and other anthologies. He is a member of the Horror Writer's Association (HWA) and has helped invest in future writers for years while teaching English. In his spare time Weston enjoys spending time with his wife and Maine Coon cat, Hermes, who talks so much he must speak for the Gods. Visit him at Fantasy and Fiction by Weston Kincade.






Sunday, May 28, 2017

VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Magic Kingdom Fireworks Cruise

VIDEOS

For my parents' 45th Wedding Anniversary all the kids took them on a Magic Kingdom Fireworks Cruise at Walt Disney World and we captured the highlights over at our YouTube channel SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE. This was our second specialty cruise at WDW and it was just as magical. If you'd like to book your own cruise, visit the Disney site.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Hilary Hauck at Pennwriters

INTERVIEWS


I was recently interviewed by Hilary Hauck for my upcoming appearance at the 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh May 18-20, 2017. Here's a peek:

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Migraine headaches. I was so debilitated by them last year that I had to take a hiatus. Worst of all, I had to tell a publisher for the first time ever that I might not finish a contracted book. Lucky for me, said publisher was quite understanding and gave me a year’s extension. I’m happy to say the book, Man of War, is coming out this year from the wonderful people at Meteor House. Though I am back to writing, I have slowed down considerably and may never be able to reach the word counts I did before. But I’ll do what I can because even a little is better than nothing.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Man of War. Simply because I truly didn’t believe I would ever finish it, let alone write anything again. That book symbolizes a very long and painful journey toward healing. Oh, and did I mention it is a sequel to a Philip Jose Farmer book?! It took two years to get the contract finalized to begin with using a chapter by chapter outline initially to show them the concept. That long summary went through three editors at Meteor House, Farmer’s agent, and two of my agents (I changed agencies when the project was in its early stages) before I actually started the first draft. Even as excited and honored as I was then, I couldn’t have known what Man of War would mean to my life personally.


Read the rest at the Pennwriters website.

Friday, May 12, 2017

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller at 2017 SFWA Nebula Mass Autographing

EVENTS

I'll be signing my books at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Mass Autographing on Friday, May 18 at 8:00 PM, alongside 100 other authors, including Phillippa Ballentine, Neil Clarke, Lawrence C. Connolly, Gardner Dozois, Scott Edelman, Timons Esaias, Laura Anne Gilman, Joe Haldeman, Larry Ivkovich, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rhonda Mason, Seanan McGuire, Jason Jack Miller, Connie WIllis, and Jane Yolen. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the SFWA Nebula Conference website.

Monday, May 08, 2017

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library 2017 Author Series: John Edward Lawson

EVENTS


UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES



JOHN EDWARD LAWSON







JOHN EDWARD LAWSON

"Poetry: As a Writer, As an Editor"

Saturday
May 13, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 PM




Join us as John Edward Lawson shares a multi-media presentation about his award-winning poetry collections and being co-owner of a successful publishing company with four imprints, a myriad of awards for its works, and an upcoming movie by Ridley Scott.

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

He currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.



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.




Friday, April 07, 2017

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller at 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference

EVENTS


Here is my tentative schedule at the 2017 Pennwriters Conference. The organization is celebrating its 30th conference and I'm happy to be a guest. This time around I'll be team teaching some long sessions which focus on using media, social or otherwise, to gain exposure and have some fun.

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
2:30 - 3:30

In Case The Tonight Show Calls with Heidi Ruby Miller & Matt Betts (PART ONE)

Charm interviewers and audiences on TV, radio, online, and in print with help from two creators who have sat on both sides of the couch. Attendees will have a chance for interviews on YouTube and a podcast with Heidi Ruby Miller and Matt Betts.

3:45 - 4:45
In Case The Tonight Show Calls with Heidi Ruby Miller & Matt Betts (PART TWO)

Charm interviewers and audiences on TV, radio, online, and in print with help from two creators who have sat on both sides of the couch. Attendees will have a chance for interviews on YouTube and a podcast with Heidi Ruby Miller and Matt Betts.

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
9:30 - 10:30

Your Own YouTube Channel with Heidi Ruby Miller & Jason Jack Miller (PART ONE)

Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller (who have three active YouTube channels between them) work with you to set up a YouTube channel, create your first content (or better content), decide if monetizing your account is preferable for you, and help you understand why writers would even want to do this.

10:45 - 11:45
Your Own YouTube Channel with Heidi Ruby Miller & Jason Jack Miller (PART TWO)

Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller (who have three active YouTube channels between them) work with you to set up a YouTube channel, create your first content (or better content), decide if monetizing your account is preferable for you, and help you understand why writers would even want to do this.

4:15
Book Signing


To see the entire schedule, click here: 2017 Pennwriters Conference Schedule

To register for the conference, click here: 2017 Pennwriters Conference Registration

To view photos from past Pennwriters Conferences, click these:
2015 PW Conference

2013 PW Conference

2011 PW Conference

2010 PW Conference


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Michael A. Arnzen

EVENTS


UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
2017 AUTHOR SERIES



MICHAEL A. ARNZEN





MICHAEL A. ARNZEN

"Humor in Writing"

Saturday
April 1, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 PM




Join us to celebrate April Fool’s Day with Dr. Michael A. Arnzen for a look at the power of comedic writing to disturb, disrupt and delight. A short talk, followed by an upbeat reading of his strangest and silliest stories and poems, will get you giggling.

Michael Arnzen holds four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his disturbing (and often funny) fiction, poetry and literary experiments. An expanded, 10th anniversary edition of the “best of Arnzen,” his Stoker-award winning story collection, Proverbs for Monsters was recently published by Dark Regions Press. Other recent titles include his novel, Grave Markings, a non-fiction study, The Popular Uncanny, and helpful books for writers, including, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side and, as co-editor, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. He has been teaching as a Professor of English in the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University since 1999.





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.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BOOK: Man of War by Heidi Ruby Miller

BOOKS

I can't tell you what an honor it is to write a sequel to a Science Fiction Grandmaster's novel. Thank you to Meteor House and the Philip José Farmer estate for this incredible opportunity. Thank you also to Christopher Paul Carey for writing the introduction and to Mark Wheatley for such beautiful cover art. And, of course, thank you to Michael Croteau and Paul Spiteri at Meteor House for their skills as editors.

Man of War: A Two Hawks Adventure

by

Heidi Ruby Miller


In Philip José Farmer’s novel Two Hawks from Earth, Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks flew through his first “gate” while on a bombing run over Romania during World War II. The gate brought him to Earth 2, a world where the Americas never existed. Since then he has continued to fight battles on Earth after Earth, each more strange than the next.

In Heidi Ruby Miller’s short story “Dakota’s Gate” (Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools and rock shelters. But that’s where Two Hawks met another gate traveler, Dakota Cummings. It was Dakota, a woman turned friend and lover, who pulled him through a gate to her Earth, the most alien and deadly of all.

Earth 4. Two hundred years in the future. A war thirty-six thousand feet underwater. Two Hawks must draw upon all he’s learned during his gate travels in order to survive war between technologically advanced humans and their far-future hybrid cousins. This time more than just his and Dakota’s lives are at stake—the fate of an entire world is in his hands.

Featuring cover art by Mark Wheatley, an introduction by Christopher Paul Carey, and the short story “Dakota’s Gate” as a prelude, Man of War is a 24,500-word novella full of the action and adventure you’d expect of Philip José Farmer’s Roger Two Hawks.

Available in both a Signed Limited Edition Hardcover and a Signed Limited Edition Trade Paperback. As always, the print run with our Limited Editions is determined by the number of preorders. That’s why the names of those who preorder the book appear on its acknowledgments pageyou make this book happen! (As long as you preorder by June 1st 2017.)

Man of War will be published simultaneously in both hardcover and paperback signed limited editions!

  • Buy the Signed Limited Edition Trade Paperback for $16 (+shipping)




  • Buy the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover for $27 (+shipping)




  • Buy both together for $38—save $5 off the pair (+shipping)





  • And, as an added bonus, if you preorder before July 1st, you will also receive a FREE ebook copy of Heidi Ruby Miller’s novel, Ambasadora.
    If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?
    Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are. 
    In their multi-partner, caste-ruled society, love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. Relationships and conceptions in this world obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power are based on DNA and lineages…or should be. But not everyone believes in the ruling traditions of the all-powerful Embassy. A quiet rebellion prowls the dark underground of this shiny world where techno-militants calling themselves fraggers grow in numbers and bravado. The Embassy intends to silence the fragger movement before the heresy of equality spreads throughout the system.
    Sara Mendoza is part of the Embassy’s plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy’s intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she’s already in love with him.
    Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn’t value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

    Again, the print run will be determined by the number of preorders received. Not many copies beyond those reserved will be printed—another reason to place your order today!

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    BOOK: The Freedom Broker by KJ Howe

    BOOKS


    THE FREEDOM BROKER

    by

    KJ Howe


    There are twenty-five elite kidnap and ransom (K&R) specialists in the world. Only one is a woman: Thea Paris. And she's the best in the business.

    Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's brother has never been the same.

    This life-shattering experience drove Thea to become what she is today: a world-class freedom broker. Most hostage-recovery work is done at the negotiation table, but when diplomacy fails, Thea leads Quantum Security International's black-ops team on highly sensitive rescue missions to political hot spots around the globe.

    Her childhood nightmare resurfaces when her oil magnate father, Christos Paris, is snatched from his yacht off Santorini on his sixtieth birthday, days away from the biggest deal of his career. The brutal kidnappers left the entire crew slaughtered in their wake, but strangely, there are no ransom demands, no political appeals, no prisoner release requests-just obscure and foreboding texts written in Latin sent from burner phones.

    Knowing the survival window for kidnap victims is small, Thea throws herself into the most urgent and challenging rescue mission of her life-but will she be able to prevent this kidnapping from destroying her family for good?


    Born in Toronto, Canada, KJ Howe enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle during her early years, living in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean, which gave her an insider’s view into many different cultures. While abroad, she read every book she could find, which triggered in her a desire to create her own stories.

    She attended Salzburg International Preparatory School, Neuchâtel Junior College, and Albert College before earning a Specialists Degree in Business from the University of Toronto. KJ found success in the corporate world, but her passion for travel, adventure, and stories drew her back to school where she earned a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She also won several writing awards, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

    While honing her fiction skills, KJ worked as a medical, health, and fitness writer. She then became involved with the International Thriller Writers as the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, the organization’s annual conference held every July in New York City.

    In preparation for writing THE FREEDOM BROKER series, which focuses on elite kidnap negotiator Thea Paris, KJ spent extensive time researching the dark world of kidnapping. She has interviewed former hostages, negotiators, hostage reintegration experts, special forces operatives, and K&R insurance executives.

    KJ is an avid tennis player, cyclist, and swimmer. Travel and adventure still rank high on her priority list. She has had the pleasure of riding racing camels in Jordan, surfing in Hawaii, ziplining in the Costa Rican jungle, diving alongside Great White Sharks in South Africa, studying modern combat in the Arizona desert, and working with elephants in Botswana. Home is in Toronto, Canada, but she is often missing in action.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    EVENT: Pennwriters Conference 2017 Registration is Open

    EVENTS




    Registration for the
    30th Annual Pennwriters Conference
    is now open: http://bit.ly/2l7oOos

    Join us May 19-21, 2017, at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott for the 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference. Our Friday evening keynote speaker will be CHUCK SAMBUCHINO, a bestselling humor book writer, a freelance editor, and a former editor for Writer’s Digest Books. He was named by Forbes as one of the top influencers in publishing. Our Saturday luncheon keynote speaker will be ANNETTE DASHOFY, the USA Today bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series. We are also pleased to have the following agents and editor as conference participants:

    Noah Ballard, agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
    Louise Fury, agent, The Bent Agency
    Mark Gottlieb, agent, Trident Media Group
    Liz Kossnar, editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Eric Myers, agent, Dystel and Goderich Literary Management
    Roseanne Wells, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

    In addition to three days of workshop sessions, tickets for the following special events are available:

    Friday Published Penns Luncheon
    “From Idea to Publication”

    Learn how a writer can be part of the team that positions a book to get it into the hands of readers. Topics: tweaking your manuscript for the marketplace, learning to be a good literary citizen, and how to plant the seeds of your own success. The panelists are the founders of Littsburgh—agent Rachel Eckstrom, author and marketer Nick Courage, and publicist and publishing professional Katie Kurtzman. In honor of our 30th Annual Conference, this luncheon is open to all. Join us to celebrate!          

    Friday Keynote Dinner with Chuck Sambuchino
    “10 Ways to Advance Your Publishing Career"


    Saturday After-Hours Social
    Pirate Party! Set yer sails and don't be scairt to dress the part! A finer gatherin o’ scoundrels an’ saucy wenches ye never did see. Mayhap ye be lucky 'nuff to grab some swag. Swap yer doubloons fer drinks (3) at ye cash baaarrrrrrr!

    Additional conference details can be found on the Pennwriters website:  pennwriters.org/30th-annual-pennwriters-conference/

    You can preview the schedule at http://pennwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PWC2017_preliminaryschedule.pdf

    Read workshop descriptions and faculty bios at http://pennwriters.org/2017-pennwriters-conference-workshops-and-faculty/

    Pitch sessions and Read & Critiques are limited to a certain number of participants. Register today!  http://bit.ly/2l7oOos

    If you have issues with your online registration, contact Registration Coordinator Mark Boerma at ConferenceRegistration@pennwriters.org.

    We are looking forward to seeing you in May! Email us at conferencecoordinator@pennwriters.org if you have any questions.
     
    Heather Desuta & Carol Silvis, conference coordinators

    Thursday, March 09, 2017

    BOOK: The Resurrection Pact (Winston Casey Chronicles Book 1) by Jay Smith

    BOOKS


    THE RESURRECTION PACT (Winston Casey Chronicles Book 1)

    by

    Jay Smith

    Welcome to Aeternus Online!

    Every day, 50 million people log into the most immersive role-playing experience ever developed.
    Thousands more wake up in a Las Vegas paradise built around the themes of the game, where the rich profit from producing virtual merchandise and real estate and members escape their mundane lives to live as warriors, wizards, or woodland elves in a sprawling Vegas playground resort.

    But while Aeternus can be an exciting and bizarre experience, it conceals an underworld of fetish porn, drugs, and human trafficking.

    When a decorated soldier dies trying to uncover the dark secrets at the core of the global criminal empire, he can only trust one person to finish his investigation.

    Unfortunately, Winston Casey is just an unremarkable suburbanite dealing with a divorce, a miserable job, and remission from the leukemia that nearly killed him. He is still mourning the loss of his old friend when a message from beyond the grave inspires him to embark on what he believes will be a harmless, well-deserved adventure.

    Out of his depth in a world of decadence and excess, can Winston rise to the challenge, save thousands of innocent strangers, and expose the conspiracy? Or will he succumb to the pleasures and vices offered by the Cult of Aeternus?

    The Resurrection Pact is the first of five Geek Noir thrillers following Winston Casey through mysteries and adventures involving comic conventions, rock and roll tours, weird cults, underground movements, conspiracies, and murder.

    Jay Smith is the creator and executive producer for the Parsec Award-winning audio drama series HG World. Since 2009, Jay and his company of players and producers have been telling the story of survivors in the middle of a global zombie uprising. Now in its third season, this "satellite" production has featured dozens of actors across four continents making it a production truly on a global scale. Since its debut, episodes of HG World and its spin-off series, the Parsec finalist The Diary of Jill Woodbine and The Googies have been downloaded close to a million times.

    Hidden Harbor Mysteries is a pulp era adventure with a stellar cast of voices produced by award-winning producer Bryan Lincoln. Check it out at www.hiddenharbormysteries.com.

    Jay’s books include the gamer-geek satire Rise of the Monkey Lord, Blue Collar Gods, Seven ‘til Sunrise, The Diary of Jill Woodbine, HG World: The Audio Scripts, and Hidden Harbor Mysteries: Anatomy of A Modern Audio Drama Series.

    Jay holds a BA in Creative Writing and is working on his Master of Fine Arts from Seton Hill University’s innovative Writing Popular Fiction program. He attends and speaks at various science fiction and literary conventions about podcasting, writing, audio drama, and zombies.

    Thursday, March 02, 2017

    EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Nicole Peeler

    EVENTS


    UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
    2017 AUTHOR SERIES



    NICOLE PEELER





    NICOLE PEELER

    "Setting My Series in Pittsburgh"

    Saturday
    March 4, 2017

    4:00 - 6:00 PM








    Join us for an afternoon with Dr. Nicole D. Peeler, who writes urban fantasy for Orbit Books and, in her spare time, is a professor at Seton Hill University, where she co-directs their MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Having recently finished the final book of her award-winning Jane True series, she is working on the second book of her jinni series. The first is Jinn and Juice, about a cursed jinni living in Pittsburgh. Nicole also lives in Pittsburgh, although she’s neither cursed nor a jinni.






    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, February 08, 2017

    WORKSHOP: UPL Writers Workshop with Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller

    WORKSHOPS

    This week (Wednesday, February 8) at the UPL Writers Workshop, we'll be learning how to format a manuscript and do a critique of another writer's work. Hope you can join us!


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    The Uniontown Public Library offers a Writers Workshop led by authors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller each Wednesday afternoon. The weekly meetings will include a short writing lesson, writing tips and advice, and a discussion about members’ work. We'll be using lessons from Many Genres One CraftEach lecture and activity will be self-contained in case you can't attend every week. 

    This is a great opportunity to meet fellow writers, talk about your ideas, and explore your creativity. The UPL Writers Workshop is a free program and writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome!

    The Writers Workshop will meet every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Meeting Room A.

    If you have any questions, please contact UPL at (724) 437-1165.



    Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller started as travel writers more than a decade ago and continue to explore the globe, but now as research trips for their fiction. In their spare time, they teach in Seton Hill's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. Between them, they have published six novels (with two more forthcoming this year), a hundred short stories, poems, articles, and essays, and a travel guide. They chronicle their adventures on Instagram and YouTube under their own names, as well as their shared project Small Space Big Life.

    Thursday, February 02, 2017

    BOOK: The Best of Farmerphile

    BOOKS

    I am very honored to have my essay about Philip José Farmer's Tongues of the Moon selected for this collection. You can preorder it from Meteor House now in two editions: trade paperback (shown with a collage of the covers making up Farmer's portrait) and hardcover (shown with Farmer as Sherlock Holmes). The full table of contents is available if you scroll down on the preorder page.

    ABOUT
    Farmerphile: The Magazine of Philip José Farmer was a quarterly fanzine that ran fifteen issues from July 2005 to January 2009. Michael Croteau served as Publisher for all fifteen issues; Christopher Paul Carey and Paul Spiteri coedited the first ten issues, while Spiteri and Win Scott Eckert coedited the last five. Thanks to the generosity of Philip José Farmer and his “Magic Filing Cabinet,” Farmerphile published—for the first time anywhere—short stories (mostly not science fiction), excerpts, articles, speeches, and letters written by Farmer. It even serialized the novel Up from the Bottomless Pit (not included in this collection, but forthcoming from Meteor House).

    Farmerphile also contained articles and appreciations from Farmer’s fans and from his fellow science fiction authors, from critiques of his work to stories of personal encounters, and everything between. A complete list of the original contents of all fifteen issues can be found here.

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Lee McClain

    EVENTS

    UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
    2017 AUTHOR SERIES


    LEE TOBIN MCCLAIN




    LEE TOBIN MCCLAIN

    "How Romance Grows"

    Saturday
    February 11, 2017

    4:00 - 6:00 PM








    Join us for an evening with Dr. Lee Tobin McClain, professor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and author of numerous books and stories, including her latest The Soldier and the Single Mom. Lee will discuss how the romance genre has grown since its Regency days, but how love always remains the central theme. Perfect Valentine's topic! Refreshments will be served and a Q&A session with the author and book raffle will follow.


    FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN DESK!







    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.




    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    BOOK: JAX MARLIN: To Catch a Marlin by T.K. Toppin

    BOOKS


    JAX MARLIN: TO CATCH A MARLIN

    by

    T.K. TOPPIN


    In the tail end of the 24th Century, Special Inspector Michael Pedroni pursues Jax Marlin, a beautiful and elusive vigilante. It’s a wild cat and mouse chase that will take him from Earth to the Bacchus Dome and beyond.

    Jax Marlin is not your average criminal. She seeks out evil-doers and law-breakers,doling out justice in whatever way she sees fit. But lately, she finds she’s been gift-wrapping criminals specially for her favorite copper. Four of the world’s leading criminals are lining up to form an alliance. Jax is determined to stop them.

    Hot on her heels, Inspector Pedroni finds himself questioning the difference, if any, between her justice and his. More than that, he wonders why, when he’d had her in his grasp, he was unable to slap on the restraints and bring her in.

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    WORKSHOP: UPL Writers Workshop with Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller

    WORKSHOPS

    Jason and I are excited to be involved with this free writers workshop! We'll be using lessons from Many Genres One Craft, beginning with Gary A. Braunbeck's "You Have to Start with SOMETHING, So It Might As Well Be Something Like This." Each lesson will be self-contained in case you can't attend every week.

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    Beginning on Wednesday, January 25th, the Uniontown Public Library will offer a Writers Workshop led by authors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller. The weekly meetings will include a short writing lesson, writing tips and advice, and a discussion about members’ work.

    This is a great opportunity to meet fellow writers, talk about your ideas, and explore your creativity. The Workshop is a free program and writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome!

    The Writers Workshop will meet every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Meeting Room A.

    If you have any questions, please contact UPL at (724) 437-1165.



    Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller started as travel writers more than a decade ago and continue to explore the globe, but now as research trips for their fiction. In their spare time, they teach in Seton Hill's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. Between them, they have published six novels (with two more forthcoming this year), a hundred short stories, poems, articles, and essays, and a travel guide. They chronicle their adventures on Instagram and YouTube under their own names, as well as their shared project Small Space Big Life.


    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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    PHOTOS: Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction MFA Residency January 2017

    PHOTOS

    Just a few photos from the January 2017 Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction MFA residency. It was a cold one this year, but fun and inspiring, as always.

    Shiny new faculty name tags

    Congratulations to this term's graduates!

    Waiting for graduation with Jason Jack Miller



    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.