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 June 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.