Friday, November 30, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Wolf Smoke (Langyan Series) by Poe Casavant


They were chosen to save their country. First, they'll have to save themselves. 

Following a decade of nuclear war, the population has plummeted, forcing the world to find a civilian-saving alternative. They settle on the Langyan Series, where, in order to decide international disputes, twelve-person teams from each country will compete in paintball battles inside a specially designed arena.

Sarah Charlton—a depressed, destructive, and anxiety-ridden college dropout—is the last person anyone expects to lead the USA team. Cut off from the outside world, she and her eleven teammates, including an old friend and an old flame, must rely on one another for safety and support. To prove her worth as a leader, Sarah first has to learn to trust in herself.

But then the Series turns deadly, and as the team fights to stay alive, Sarah fights to hold onto her humanity.

A thrilling science-fiction story by Poe Casavant

Cover art by l0cke

February 26, 2019 from Sky Forest Press

Add it to your Goodreads today

About the Author: Poe Casavant is the author of the first book in the Langyan Series and its upcoming sequels. By day, she designs robotic props and hairpieces for the fashion world. When not working, you can find her crashing through waves in her sea kayak, jumping out of airplanes, or training for her current goal of climbing the highest peak on every continent. (Five down, three to go!) Poe’s passion is creating high-octane stories with characters who shatter traditional stereotypes.

Poe lives in sunny Silicon Valley with her husband, cat, and two parrots.

Find Poe on Twitter and her website.
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Cover artist: l0cke,

Friday, October 26, 2018

VIDEO: Newfoundland Vlog - July 2018 - Day 1 - Travel Day


I started a new vlog series called Away with Heidi on our Small Space Big Life YouTube channel. Here's the first one. It showcases our travel day to Newfoundland, Canada.

We have lots of other travel videos from Paris, Cinque Terre, Quebec City, and Walt Disney World, just to name a few. Don't forget to like and subscribe while you're there!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

BOOK SPOT: Ambasadora Books at Carpe Librum


I am happy to report that my AMBASADORA books have been spotted among the cats (Stan Lee and Spencer) at Carpe Librum Bookstore & Art Gallery! This online store, run by Melissa Eisenmeier, has fun pop-up shops around the country throughout the year. Follow them on Instagram for updates.

Monday, October 01, 2018

ARTICLE: The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes at The Big Thrill by Heidi Ruby Miller


"'I wish I could take you into my office,' Holmes says, 'but it’s currently a cluttered disaster zone. I’m in the middle of preparing reader boxes that need to get mailed.' She elaborates on the reader boxes she’s assembling: 'I’ve put together a few of my favorite things, like a special reading mug, chocolates, tote bag, etc., along with a signed copy of THE FORGOTTEN ONES, for those in my awesome reader group. Thanks to the crazy mess in my office I’ve been writing up in my bedroom.'”

Read the entire interview in The Big Thrill Magazine.

Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of titles including Saving Abby, Stillwater Rising, and The Memory Child. Named to the “20 Best Books by Women in 2015” list by Good Housekeeping and Redbook, Steena won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Steena lives in Calgary, Alberta, and is a self-proclaimed “travelholic” who can’t resist a good cup of coffee. To find out more about her books and her love of traveling, you can visit her website or follow her journeys on Instagram @authorsteenaholmes.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ARTICLE: The Children's Game by Max Karpov at The Big Thrill by Heidi Ruby Miller


"It’s early morning in Florida, that time before the heat really sets in, and Max Karpov, author of the political thriller THE CHILDREN’S GAME, is writing under the canopy of trees in his yard and listening to the canal flowing behind his house. A runner, traveler, and journalist, Karpov always finds inspiration from the outdoors, which is why he initially plans his books at the beach."

Read the entire interview in The Big Thrill Magazine.

Journalist and novelist Max Karpov spent several years researching and writing THE CHILDREN’S GAME. A Washington, D.C. native, Karpov has written for The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and elsewhere.

(Max Karpov is a pseudonym).

To learn more, please visit his website at

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller at Monessen Public Library


I am happy to be reading from my thriller novel ATOMIC ZION for the 2018 Monessen Public Library Author Series this Saturday, April 7, from 1-3 PM. This event is free and open to the public! Refreshments will be served. Thank you to Carrie Gessner for directing this promising series.

Other wonderful authors featured this year are Jamie Lackey, Jason Jack Miller, Amy Lee Heinlen, Joshua David Bellin, Cat Bruno, Stephanie Keyes, K.W. Taylor, Mary Soon Lee, A.M. Rycroft, Tara Manderino, and Liz Milliron/M.E. Sutton.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BOOK: All Saints by Jason Jack Miller



In some dark corners of Mexico, All Saints’ Day isn’t merely a time to remember the dead. It’s an invitation to commune.

When a woman cursed with immortality and a man haunted by a bloody war stumble headlong into this strange mélange of mysticism and cosmology, they learn that a return home may entail more than a voyage of mere miles. It will require them to traverse space and time.

A groundbreaking work as tenacious as a hurricane and as radiant as Van Gogh’s STARRY NIGHT, this contemporary myth amplifies the conventions of genre and literary fiction to take us on a journey in a way that only a book can, and reminds us that even in
darkness there is light.


"The author of Hellbender is back with a new book that proves beyond a doubt that 'there's more than one way to chase the devil around a stump.' This genre-bending book reads like Gabriel Garcia Marquez getting in a bayonet fight on the battlefield. The plot explodes with action and fabulism. The dialogue stuns with its craftiness and then settles in with a deep afterburn. All the words zing like handmade bullets. And amidst all the fireworks of his imagination, the book just bleeds with so much heart you want to keep turning the pages. All Saints speaks to those among us whose candles are sputtering and beaten down to the wick by the winds of life, but still defiantly flaming on with the will of a wildfire, eager to dream, live and love. The novel stands on its own, but this addition to the Murder Ballads series is a gift to fans of the series, because Jason Jack Miller is an artisan crafting fiction at the top of his game."
-- Michael Arnzen, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Play Dead

"What I love about Jason Jack Miller’s fiction is the way he pulls me deep into his characters’ milieus and doesn’t let me out again--not that I want out--until long after the final page. His Murder Ballads and Whiskey series made me see my beloved/hated Appalachian landscape with clearer vision, beyond the littered streets of dying towns and into the magic, where screaming guitar riffs and dangerous love compete with evil for dominance over everybody’s soul. His new novel, All Saints, has evil still in fevered pursuit, but this time his hero--Ben, a war vet suffering from PTSD--is assisted (i.e. restrained from destroying himself) by three native boys, a yellow dog, and a beautiful, eternally young woman while they carom through Central American jungles and villages in search of the magic that can save them all. The writing is so rich that you will smell the jungle or feel the sand between your toes as you read; the characters are authentic and believable, and the mysticism will beguile. Miller writes with authority, but don’t expect to be in safe hands. He will take you where you might not wish to go--but will be glad you did."
-- Randall Silvis, Fulbright Award-winning author of The Boy Who Shoots Crows

"Action sequences and mystical elements are skillfully written."
-- Publisher's Weekly

Jason Jack Miller knows it’s silly to hold onto the Bohemian ideals of literature, music, and love above all else. But he doesn’t care.

As a record store clerk at a time when record stores mattered, as a whitewater raft guide on some of Appalachia’s wildest rivers, and as a concierge in one of Florida’s finest hotels—he has always sought every opportunity to be involved with and affected by the world around him. He chases experiences and then transforms them into stories

Some of these stories can be found in his Murder Ballads and Whiskey series. The first three books are currently available: The Devil and Preston Black, Hellbender, and The Revelations of Preston Black. Hellbender was Jason's thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program. The novel won the Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award.

The next installment, All Saints, came out February 2018.

His career got its start when he co-authored an outdoor travel guide with his wife in 2006. Since then his work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones, and in the award-winning writing guide Many Genres, One Craft.

He is a high school science teacher, and is now an instructor and mentor in Seton Hill University’s prestigious Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. He lives just outside of Pittsburgh with his wife and Small Space Big Life co-creator, Heidi, and a cat named Francesca. Find him at, on YouTube as Jason Jason Miller or Small Space Big Life, and on Twitter and Instagram @jasonjackmiller.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

ARTICLE: High Treason by Diann Mills at The Big Thrill by Heidi Ruby Miller


"DiAnn Mills, author of the new thriller HIGH TREASON, lives up to her tag line: Expect an adventure. One look at her Instagram feed (@diannmillsauthor) gives you the big picture of not just a writer, but also a community leader, a traveler, a fashionista, and a coffee connoisseur."

Read the entire interview in The Big Thrill Magazine.

And check out more about Diann Mills, High Treason, and the rest of her books at