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EVENT: Hazard Yet Forward at IMJ Halloween Blitz

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EVENTS Visit Ian and Jose at Inveterate Media Junkies (IMJ) for a Halloween Blitz benefiting the Hazard Yet Forward charity anthology. The IMJ Nation has generously donated three of our monthly columns (Heidi Ruby Miller's Geek Girl Underground, Irene L. Pynn's The Princess and Her PS3, Jason Jack Miller's Sound Check) to promote breast cancer awareness and introduce you to some wonderful authors. They answered some questions and talked about their stories. And you'll find out just how each of them plans to deal with a zombie apocalypse. Now, 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 roma

COVER: COG by K. Ceres Wright

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COVERS In a futuristic world where personalities can be downloaded at will, who's a girl to trust? COG by K. Ceres Wright Cyberpunk Science Fiction coming from Dog Star Books in Summer 2013 Cover Art by Bradley Sharp

SFFS: Snippet #1 from Atomic Zion

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Atomic Zion DESCRIPTION: This is the beginning of my SF Thriller, Atomic Zion , which is in its final revisions. It was influenced by my time as the Educational Marketing Director at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob and by reading stories from Michael Crichton , Robert Ludlum , James Rollins , and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child . Back Cover Blurb... On the night of his 90th birthday, a former Wright Apprentice is thrown from the fifth floor of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The only clue to clear his grandson of the murder is a note written in Navajo code which warns "The Bear has awakened." These four words throw Nick Vanko into the middle of a decades old international cover-up where Wright Apprentices encoded WWII-era secrets about genetic experimentation into their blueprints. In order to stop a being who isn't quite human from unleashing a biological weapon upon the U.S., Nick must find Broadacre City, the fabled utopia designed by Wri

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Daphne J. Riordan

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Daphne J. Riordan 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I totally have the travel bug! I was an Army brat growing up, and when I was little we lived in Germany for three years. My parents wanted to take advantage of our location--Europe! No airfare!--so we did a lot of traveling and managed to get to most of Western Europe. (It was the middle of the Cold War, so going to Eastern Europe was another thing entirely.) Later, in High School, my family traveled to England, Scotland and Ireland--we'd gone there when we lived in Germany, but it deserved a second trip. And in college, I traveled across the southern part of the U.S. with my mother then spent three weeks on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona. It probably bears mentioning that I've also lived in a lot of places--Texas, Kansas, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, California, and of course Germany. Since venturing out on my own a

NEWS: Heidi Ruby Miller Editor at Dog Star Books

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NEWS I am thrilled to announce that I was named the managing editor of Dog Star Books at DogCon this past weekend. DSB is a new Science Fiction Adventure imprint from mother company Raw Dog Screaming Press , who also owns Guide Dog Books and Imaginary Books . See the announcement by RDSP co-owner Jennifer Barnes and my speech about the imprint: To find out more about Dog Star Books , visit the blog at http://dogstarbooks.blogspot.com

MEME: Tag! I'm it!

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MEMES Tag! I'm It! Hope your shots are up to date… I’ve been tagged by Ann Laurel Kopchik in a game of author infection! The rules are simple: 1) Search your work in progress for the first use of "look" . 2) Copy and paste that paragraph and the ones immediately before and after into a blog post. 3) Then tag five other authors: John Edward Lawson Deanna Lepsch Mike Mehalek Jason Jack Miller K. Ceres Wright This is from my supernatural thriller ATOMIC ZION: Half of his comrades marching with him now had been there in Warsaw when it happened. A tip had come in, anonymous, as all tips were, accusing a math teacher of holding anti-party meetings in his house. When they came to arrest the grey-haired teacher, Skovajsa was struck by how much the man looked like his own geometry teacher from years ago, the one who had opened the world of art to him through angles and lines. The teacher they went after that day had put up no fight, but his wife shouted and

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama by Susan Abel Sullivan

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CAST YOUR CHARACTERS THE HAUNTED HOUSEWIVES OF ALLISTER, ALABAMA AUTHOR: SUSAN ABEL SULLIVAN PUBLISHER: WORLD WEAVER PRESS (2012) DESCRIPTION: Who knew a gaudy Velvet Elvis could lead to such a heap of haunted trouble down in Alabama? When Cleo Tidwell said, “I do,” for the third time, she had no idea her marriage vows would be tested by a tacky piece of art. But Cleo’s not the kind of woman to let a velvet-offense-against-good-taste just hang--oh no, she’s on a mission to oust the King. Trouble is, Elvis won’t leave the building. And he’s attractin’ all manner of kooks, fanatics, and lookie loos to Cleo’s doorstep, including the entire congregation of the Church of the Blue Suede Shoes. Everyone wants a piece of the painting, but Cleo’s starting to suspect that whatever’s haunting the Velvet Elvis wants a piece of her husband. Why else would he trade in his car for a ’56 pink Caddy, moonlight as an Elvis impersonator, and develop a sudden hankering for fried peanut b

Event: Countdown to DogCon #6 - Jennifer Barnes

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EVENTS DOGCON COUNTDOWN #6 October 20-21, 2012 The first ever DogCon , hosted by Raw Dog Screaming Press , will be part Halloween party, part writer's weekend, part State of the Dog address. This is an invitation only event but if it goes well could be a public event next year! GUEST SPOTLIGHT - JENNIFER BARNES Jennifer Barnes is co-founder and managing editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press. She graduated from the University of Maryland with an English degree and a concentration in Poetry and Creative Writing. She has had numerous poems and articles published both in print and online. Most recently her poetry appeared in The Greatest Chapbook Ever, A Little Poetry, Ascent, and sidereality. BETTER HAUNTED HOMES AND GARDENS, Jennifer's children's book with artist Kristen Margiotta, was released with Imagination Books. Jennifer is also a graphic designer with over ten years of web and print design experience. Spy on her at the Raw Dog journal . Books by Jennifer Barn

Event: DogCon Countdown #7 - Natalie Duvall

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EVENTS DOGCON COUNTDOWN #7 October 20-21, 2012 The first ever DogCon , hosted by Raw Dog Screaming Press , will be part Halloween party, part writer's weekend, part State of the Dog address. This is an invitation only event but if it goes well could be a public event next year! GUEST SPOTLIGHT - NATALIE DUVALL Natalie Duvall received her undergraduate degree in English (the best subject ever) from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. While there, she was able to further the love of Jane Austen that she first developed when watching Emma Thompson's adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and reading her sister's copy of Pride and Prejudice. Through the tutelage of Dr. JoAlyson Parker, Natalie was able to experience ALL of Jane's works, though she admits to disliking Persuasion and really liking Northanger Abbey. It was during this time that Natalie also picked up the Regency anthology, A Christmas Holiday. This was Natalie's first taste of "co

Event: Countdown to DogCon #8 - Nathan Rosen

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EVENTS DOGCON COUNTDOWN #8 October 20-21, 2012 The first ever DogCon , hosted by Raw Dog Screaming Press , will be part Halloween party, part writer's weekend, part State of the Dog address. This is an invitation only event but if it goes well could be a public event next year! GUEST SPOTLIGHT - NATHAN ROSEN Nathan Rosen , the founder and editor of MicroHorror.com , lives in a crumbling old Victorian in Baltimore with his wife Jenesta Matthews and three spoiled cats. A mild-mannered paralegal by day, by night he can be found singing and carousing with Pirates for Sail as the dread pirate Black Dog Nate. He also keeps a personal blog at NathanRosen.com , where he talks about various horror and non-horror topics. Spy on him at his blog . Projects by Nathan Rosen: Toe Tags Deadlands: The Rising The Book of Apex: Volume 1 of Apex Magazine Pirates for Sail: A Shot Across the Bow Pirates for Sail: Band on the Rum

Event: DogCon Countdown #9 - Deanna Lepsch

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EVENTS DOGCON COUNTDOWN #9 October 20-21, 2012 The first ever DogCon , hosted by Raw Dog Screaming Press , will be part Halloween party, part writer's weekend, part State of the Dog address. This is an invitation only event but if it goes well could be a public event next year! GUEST SPOTLIGHT - DEANNA LEPSCH Deanna Lepsch lives in Minnesota's gorgeous Twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul with her husband and two mischievous dogs, Brigs and Holly. She is a graduate of Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction program and co-editor of the charity anthology Hazard Yet Forward. Some of her interests include (but aren't limited to): Social Dancing - especially Swing and Polka. (Yes, polka! She's originally from the land of beer, cheese, and German music. That would be Wisconsin.); Screen Printing; Sewing; Reading; Writing; Travel; Music - both listening and performing; Vintage clothing - Mid-Century is her favorite. Deanna can be found most Sund

BLOG HOP: The Next Big Thing - WEEK 16

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Blog Hops The Next Big Thing - Week 16 UPDATE: BRINGING NEW LIFE TO THIS POST BECAUSE THE WONDERFUL MÉLINE NADEAU JUST TAGGED ME AGAIN ON JAN. 24, 2013! Thank you to Broad Universe member Jennifer Allis Provost for tagging me. Check out her post , then hop on over and visit these authors, all part of my #WordWar2 Twitter crew. We're all finishing our WIPs by Halloween and checking in for daily word counts and encouragement. Then it's onto #WordWar3 ! I've also included their Twitter handles so you can follow them there and get in on the #WordWar action! John Edward Lawson ( @bizzaroguy ) - http://www.johnlawson.org Deanna Lepsch ( @dlepsch ) - http://deannalepsch.blogspot.com Mike Mehalek ( @MikeMehalek ) - http://mikemehalek.blogspot.com Jason Jack Miller ( @JasonJackMiller ) - http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com What is the working title of your book? ATOMIC ZION Where did the idea come from for the book? I was the educational marketing directo

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jo-Anne Mason

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jo-Anne Mason 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I like them all but I guess my current favorite is Hattie the hermit crab since we have a garden full of them. They wander in and out, some have been coming for years, very social. 2. Tell me about your travels. I love to travel! Been all over the U.S., Paris is my favorite city in the world but Barcelona is now a close second. Italy, England, Ireland and Belgium. We love to just get a car and drive around Europe. Also been to Russia and all over the Caribbean. I enjoy the trip as much as the destination. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee, actually Café con leche is my current favorite since a recent trip to Spain. 4. What else can you do besides write? I am an artist and illustrator and I love to cook and bake. I have my own wood burning pizza oven, if you are ever in Anguilla, stop by. 5. Who are you reading right now? Moonwalking with Einstein - Joshua Foer 6. Pop culture or academia?