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SFFS: Snippet #1 from "Dakota's Gate" in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3

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"Dakota's Gate" from The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3: Portraits of a Trickster DESCRIPTION: "Dakota's Gate" is a continuation of Farmer's novel Two Hawks from Earth . I fell in love with Roger Two Hawks' character--he's a displaced, romantic soldier just trying to get home. He relies on his instincts as much as his intellect to see him through one crisis after another, and never loses his spirit, though he is quite lonely. What's not to love?! So, I gave him a special someone by introducing a new character, Dakota Cummings, into the Farmer-verse. Now about the anthology... A third venture through the works of Philip José Farmer focusing on his penchant for literary tricksterism featuring essays by Frederik Pohl, Michael Bailey, Steven Connelly, Bruce Sterling, Chris Garcia, Tom Wode Bellman, Jonathan Swift Somers III, David M. Harris, Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor, and Rick Lai and fiction by Charlotte Corday-Marat, Win Scott Eckert, Heid

Event: Novel d'Tales Blogiversary

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EVENTS I'm helping Hily Bee over at Novel d'Tales celebrate her one year Blogiversary (September 1-2) by giving away 5 eBooks: AMBASADORA , GREENSHIFT , MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT , HAZARD YET FORWARD , and TWISTED TALES ! And I wrote a love letter/thank you note to my readers. It's the last one in the post: http://noveldtales.blogspot.com/2012/09/blogiversary-thank-you.html Here's more from Hily Bee about the event: Novel d'Tales will be turning ONE YEAR OLD!! *annnddddd cue fireworks* Events will be held on September 1st and 2nd. September 1 *Welcome to Novel d'Tales Blog Anniversary post *Prizes galore! *Twitter Hangman, Scavenger hunts *Twitter Party *Facebook Party *Tons of fun people to meet and chat with - you don't want to miss this! September 2 *The surprises will continue! *Flash giveaways *MORE Twitter Hangman! *MORE scavenger hunts! *MORE Twitter and Facebook parties! The event times will vary so check out @HilyBee on Twi

SFFS: Snippet from "Feeling Blue Today" in Hazard Yet Forward

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"Feeling Blue Today" from HAZARD YET FORWARD DESCRIPTION: "Feeling Blue Today" is an excerpt from my current speculative thriller ATOMIC ZION. I decided not to use this piece in the novel, but it worked well as a short story. And about the anthology... Seventy-six writers connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program have created a multi-genre charity anthology entitled Hazard Yet Forward . All proceeds from this project will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program. Munro, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery - and everything in between. Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominees Lawrence C. Connolly and John Edward Lawson, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica War

Event: Morgantown B&N Weekend Signing

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EVENTS I'll be joining a wonderful group of West Virginia authors plus Many Genres One Craft editor Michael A. Arnzen, and contributors Jason Jack Miller, Timons Esaias, and Diane Turnshek for a book signing event this weekend at the Morgantown Barnes & Noble . You can catch me both Saturday and Sunday at the University Town Center B&N from 1 - 4 PM. Literary agent Christine Witthohn of Book Cents will also be available to hear pitches. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/417139628322815/permalink/420084961361615

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Leland Pitts-Gonzalez

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Leland Pitts-Gonzalez 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I think my favorite character in the book is the daughter, Sylvia. As the writer, I was able to develop a lot of empathy for her; plus, in the beginning, she’s very rambunctious and rebellious, morphs into someone who is more introspective, but still has a lot of verve. Sections which involved her were a lot of fun to write because I allowed myself the freedom of messing with the language, as well as mimicking her internal voice. She seems to be the smartest, most empathetic, and most humane character in the novel. 2. Tell me about your travels. Ah, jeez. I have traveled to very few physical places, and with even fewer physical people. I did, though, discover myself in a trance while traipsing through the Duomo di Firenze; full of rage in the hot-springs of some remote out-birth of a Canadian province; and being kicked out of a restaurant in Rome simply for saying "hi." Do

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Larry Ivkovich

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Larry Ivkovich 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I'd have to say Kim Yoshima, my protagonist in The Sixth Precept. I originally created Kim in three previous short stories (one of which, "Time Noir," was published in M-Brane SF; another "A Concerned Citizen" was a runner-up in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and is now available from IFWG Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook) so it's fair to say I do like her and wanted to continue her adventures. She’s intelligent, strong, compassionate, has an interest in history and old traditions, but she’s weighed down by these esper/telepathic abilities she’s acquired, didn’t ask for, and is trying to cope with the consequences of using them. She’s an ordinary person thrown into really extraordinary circumstances. 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? SEEKER by Jack McDevitt

Book: Hazard Yet Forward Anthology

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BOOKS Giant multi-author anthology on sale Tuesday, August 7 to benefit cancer fighter. My story "Feeling Blue Today" is part of the charity anthology, Hazard Yet Forward . This story is a tie-in to my thriller Atomic Zion . And I am in excellent company. Matt Duvall , Natalie Duvall , and Deanna Lepsch compiled the nearly 700 page, multi-genre eBook with stories from seventy-six writers who are connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program . All proceeds from this project will benefit Donna Munro , a 2004 graduate of the program. Munro, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. An active member of the SHU WPF alumni committee , Munro helps organize the school’s annual writing conference, the In Your Write Mind Workshop . To aid Munro and her family, faculty members, alumni, students and friends of the Writing Popular Fiction program quickly responded to compile this massive anthology. The boo