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EVENT: Coffee with an Author at Frostburg State University

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EVENTS Thank you to Gerry LeFemina , Michelle Yost , and Nina Forsythe for honoring me as the guest at their May Coffee with an Author at Frostburg State University's Creative Writing Center . Of course I had some wonderful English Breakfast tea instead. Also, thank you to Jason Jack Miller , John Edward Lawson , and Daniel McTaggert for traveling a ways just to have some pastries with me. Not only did we chat, but I also read from "The Surrender," a flash piece originally published at Every Day Fiction then picked up for the 2008 Best of Every Day Fiction anthology; Ambasadora , my thesis novel from Seton Hill's Writing Popular Fiction program; and "The Islands of Hope," a short story originally published in Fantasist Enterprises' Sails and Sorcery anthology and recently resold to Galaxy's Edge , edited by Mike Resnick . This July I am part of the Nightsun Writers faculty and will be discussing Science Fiction , Fantasy , and Horr

EVENT: Americanism Day Parade in Uniontown

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EVENTS I was an emcee for the Americanism Day Parade in Uniontown, PA along with Matt Dowling of GoingLIVE on FCTV .

BOOK: Death Perception by Lee Allen Howard

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BOOKS "Lee Allen Howard's DEATH PERCEPTION is a red hot union of Gothic crime thriller and grim humor that burns with supernatural tension. Beneath the sickly sweet scent of caramelized sugar lies the wildly entertaining tale of a man who delivers justice to the dead while fanning the fires of the living. Ever hear the expression, 'laughing in a morgue'? DEATH PERCEPTION feels just like that. Howard has a gift for crafting eccentric characters and clever plots. This is dark fun at its best." --Jason Jack Miller, author of The Devil and Preston Black and Hellbender DEATH PERCEPTION by Lee Allen Howard Release date: May 15, 2013 Available in Kindle, Nook, and in trade paperback 308 pages ISBN: 0615800696 ISBN-13: 978-0615800691 Front cover art by Neil Jackson DESCRIPTION: Kennet Singleton cremates the dead... and then they speak: "Avenge us!" Nineteen-year-old Kennet Singleton lives with his invalid mother in a personal care facili

PHOTOS: Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

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PHOTOS To chase away the winter blues, Jason Jack Miller and I took a trip to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh this spring. Among the gorgeous flora were glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly .

BOOK: Speculations: Short Stories by Matthew Duvall

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BOOKS Matt Duvall has a new book-- Speculations: Short Stories . DESCRIPTION: All proceeds from the sales of this book will go to my brother, Steve, who is battling lymphoma. He (and I) thank you. This book collects eight stories and one novelette of speculative fiction, originally published in magazines such as Chizine, Horror Garage, The Ultimate Unknown, Eye Contact and more. What would happen if your shorts grew eyes? What could be creepy about Christmas? And why shouldn't you rent your spare room to a stranger? These questions, and more, are answered inside. - http://www.amazon.com/Speculations-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00BF5XOSO

BOOK: Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus

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BOOKS Kaye Dacus has a new novel out-- Follow the Heart is the first book of A Great Exhibition series. DESCRIPTION: Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age. Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money. At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America. Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest

EVENT: Coffee With An Author: Heidi Ruby Miller

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EVENTS Have some coffee and pastries with me at Frostburg State University's Creative Writing Center !

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Mercedes Yardley

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Mercedes Yardley 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I have a special affinity for a character that I simply call Ray the Vampire. I wrote my first Ray story when he was a kid in high school, running around with all of his tragically anemic friends. He has since grown up and works in the back room of a sandwich shop. He’s too hot-headed to be around the customers. He’s sarcastic and has no respect for anybody except for the girl he loves. 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? Right now I’m reading some Ennis Drake, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aimee Bender, and I’m starting some Jim Butcher. It’s a little eclectic. I have a difficult time sitting down and reading one thing at a time. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? I killed off a favorite character, and it was the first time I had done so. I cried like a baby