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INTERVIEW: The Lost Geek Girl Interview with Jennifer Barnes

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INTERVIEWS One year ago I interviewed my good friend Jennifer Barnes for a column about geek girls. I'm happy finally to bring it to my readers and show her how much I appreciated the time she took out of her busy schedule to do the interview for me. Please welcome publishing tycoon and figist—yes, you heard right, figist—Jennifer Barnes! A Love Affair with Books I have always been a geek about books. As a child learning to read I struggled with dyslexia but once it clicked I read EVERYTHING. I spent a lot of time on classics and then works from outsider groups like women's and African-American lit. I also read a lot of horror novels. Of course I majored in English in college and worked in a library—I was in charge of the circulation desk on Saturdays and would read all day. Eventually I went into the graphic design field but when my husband began to get interested in a writing career I helped edit his work. Together we took over operations of an ezine called The Drea

COVER: Corpus Chrome, Inc. by S. Craig Zahler

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COVERS   Who should be given a second chance at life?  Decades in the future Corpus Chrome, Inc. develops a robotic body, dubbed a “mannequin,” that can revive, sustain and interface with a cryonically-preserved human brain. Like all new technology, it is copyrighted. Hidden behind lawyers and a chrome facade, the inscrutable organization resurrects a variety of notable minds, pulling the deceased back from oblivion into a world of animated sculpture, foam rubber cars, dissolving waste and strange terrorism. Nobody knows how Corpus Chrome, Inc. determines which individuals should be given a second life, yet myriad people are affected. Among them are Lisanne Breutschen, the composer who invented sequentialism with her twin sister, and Champ Sappline, a garbage man who is entangled in a war between the third, fourth and fifth floors of a New York City apartment building. In the Spring of 2058, Corpus Chrome, Inc. announces that they will revive Derek W.R. Du

EVENT: Friends of the Cheat Foodshed Benefit Dinner

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Watershed = Foodshed Benefit Dinner Thursday, December 5th, 2013  6:00 pm 140 High Street, Morgantown, West Virginia hosted by Friends of the Cheatat Madeleine's watershed Friends of the Cheat is a non-profit organization, committed to restoring and protecting water quality in the Cheat Ri

The SFR Brigade Presents: Starrie 1.2 by Heidi Ruby Miller

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STARRIE 1.2 Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post two.  Read the beginning here . BTW, I'm looking for a more original tattoo for Ben, so if anyone has any suggestions.... Check out other wonderful posts at http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/p/sfr-brigade-presents.html?spref=fb . STARRIE  (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller All in all, they had been fortunate. Ben rubbed the spot of ink encircling his left wrist for some more luck. The black chain tattoo may not have been what kept him safe during his missions, but he wasn't going to take a chance and alter his routine. Matt exited last, the team's eternal sweep. They joked that he always knew more about the landscape behind him than in front of him. Ben switched on his co-com and quietly addressed the men and women tucked in and around the shuttle craft-sized boulders. He c

IF YOU LIKE... A LIST FOR READING SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE

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I've done many workshops and interviews about Science Fiction Romance (SFR), and I'm often asked what to read in the genre. As part of a multi-blog tour, I've compiled just a few helpful comparisons. If you like Jacquelyn Frank's SEDUCE ME IN DREAMS (THREE WORLDSSERIES) , read Heidi Ruby Miller's GREENSHIFT (AMBASADORA SERIES) Similarities: military science fiction, spicy romance, virgin female, expansive world, alpha male, thriller elements  If you like Sara Creasy's SONG OF SCARABEUS , read K. Ceres Wright's COG Similarities: cyberpunk, corporate espionage, strong female characters, subtle romance, thriller style If you like Jenna Bennett's FORTUNE'S HERO , read Patti O'Shea's RAVYN'S FLIGHT Similarities: military science fiction, action sequences, alpha male, rescue mission, expansive world If you like Joel Shepherd's KILLSWITCH , read Cary Caffrey's THE GIRLS FROM ALCYONE Similarities

The SFR Brigade Presents: Starrie 1.1 by Heidi Ruby Miller

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STARRIE 1.1 Enjoy some Science Fiction Adventure from the Ambasadora-verse! I'm posting my novel Starrie in order starting from chapter one. This is post one.  Check out other wonderful posts at http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-sfr-brigade-presents-18th-24th.html . STARRIE  (FROM THE WORLD OF AMBASADORA) by Heidi Ruby Miller Ben Anlow squeezed out of the craggy basalt passage of Monmouth Cave and into the shadow of Durstal Ki, Tampa Three's second tallest peak. The frigid air crystallized on his nose hairs, but he breathed in the freshness of the night, happy to have this open darkness instead of the oppressive rock that he and his twelve-member team had traveled under for the past three days.   As he moved for cover among the boulder field halfway up the giant mountain, Char's slender form slid easily out of the diagonal split of rock in his periphery. Her prime, Duncan, poked his head through next. He was having a more difficult