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SFFSat Snippet: "The Islands of Hope" in Galaxy's Edge

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"The Islands of Hope"

This story was originally published in Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy, then picked up again by Galaxy's Edge. It is one of my personal favorites. In this scene the crazed captain comes out of seclusion long enough to show his first mate, Julian, a secret set of sea charts, which at first looks to be their salvation....


"They're the Islands of Hope, Kami's home," the captain said.

"Are they nearby?" Julian hadn’t heard of them before, but new islands were being discovered and added to the charts every year.

"Hope is always near." The captain flopped in his chair. "But it fades…like the islands. When we first set sail there were thirty. Now…."

Julian ran his hands over the smooth paper, trying to understand the captain's ravings. "There are only five here."

While Julian watched, another island faded until dis…

PHOTOS: Pennwriters 2013 Conference


I finally had time to post a photo recap from the Pennwriters 2013 Conference. It was such a wonderful time with wonderful people. Very inspiring!

Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller
Photo by Matt Betts
Timons Esaias, John Edward Lawson, Matt Betts, Jason Jack Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jonathan Maberry, Jennifer Barnes
Shawn Nicholls and Hank Phillippi Ryan
Jason Jack Miller
Jack Hillman

Matt Betts

Jason Jack Miller and Nancy Martin
Jason Jack Miller, Nancy Martin, K. M. Walton, Jenna Bennett, Jack Hillman
John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, Matt Betts, Heidi Ruby Miller, Joe Crawford
John Edward Lawson, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Jennifer Barnes, Jess Williams

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Dana Faletti


Dana Faletti
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite character in the Whisper Trilogy is Silas. He is a miniature angel called a Micro, and he is one of Callie's trainers who show her the ropes of being an Arc. I love him because he is hysterically funny without meaning to be. He steals Callie's scarves and other accessories and reads her teen Cosmo magazines. He is a die hard radio Disney fan, especially when it comes to boy bands, and he can't get 21st century lingo right to save his life. He drives Callie nuts, but, although she wouldn't admit it for all the noodles in China, she has a soft spot for him.

2. Tell me about your travels.
I love to travel, especially in Europe.

My favorite place in the world is Reggio, Calabria in Southern Italy, where my grandmother was raised and my father was born. Much of my family - aunts and uncles and a million or so cousins - still live there. There is a beach there called Saline that is all ti…



Mary Sutton
Photo by Dawn Biery Photography
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Any character from any story? Wow. Um, I'm rather partial to my PA State Trooper from my Laurel Highlands series. I think he looks like a younger Mark Harmon, so that might be why. But I also like my protagonist from Hero's Sword - she's got the spirit I wish I had when I was 13.

2. Tell me about your travels.
Travels? I don't travel that much, and when I do it's usually because of a taekwondo tournament or something. But I did get the opportunity to spend 6 months in Puerto Rico and St. Croix courtesy of the federal government (temporary job), which was amazing. I learned SCUBA, dove to a 100-foot depth, ate some amazing food and met some awesome people. I would go back to Puerto Rico in a heartbeat. In fact, my fantasy best-selling author writing retreat is in the mountains of Puerto Rico.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea. Never got the taste for coffee. I am esp…



Blue Banner Biography: Taylor Swift

After publishing 9 non-fic children’s books with the same publisher, I chose to work with a new children’s book publisher for 2 titles that should be released in 2013 and 2014 (can't say much about the company or the books just yet). I can say that I’m excited about them as one is an ethnic cookbook for kids and the other a biography of a popular pop singing group (Guess who!?)

-Kayleen Reusser
August 2013

Kayleen Reusser has written 11 non-fiction children’s books, including biographies on Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Leona Lewis; Celebrities Giving Back; Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia; and 3 books on Greek gods. She writes regularly for newspapers and magazines and has had several articles published in Chicken Soup books. She enjoys speaking to children and adults about the life of an author.

Taylor Swift gave up going to slumber parties at age 10 to sing at karaoke contests, fairs and festivals. When she was 11, Tayl…