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BOOKS: Goodreads 2014 List


In 2011 I read 34 books--you can see them all here.

In 2012 I read 40 books--you can see them all here.

In 2013 I read 20 books--you can see them all here.

In 2014 I managed to surpass my goal, just barely, and read 33 books. They are below.

2014 Reading Challenge

Heidi has
completed her goal of reading 30 books in 2014!
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(NOTE: The Goodreads widget shows 34 books because for some irritating reason it counts Corpus Chrome twice. I didn't, as I just thought that was cheating.)

23 - print books (5 signed)
16 - books from Big 5 publishers
12 - books by authors I have read previously
10 - female authors
10 - science fiction books
9 - books from 8 different series
7 - books by Seton Hill Writers
7 - holiday books
6 - books by ITW Members
6 - fantasy books
5 - children's books
4 - books by Pennwriters
4 - non-fiction books
3 - books by SFR Brigaders
3 - anthologies
2 - audiobooks
2 - horror books

BOOK: Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler


Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler, set in a world of immortal curses, powerful jinni and belly dancing.

Cursed to be a jinni for a thousand years, Leila nears the end of her servitude — only to be bound once again against her will. Will she risk all to be human? Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry — by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself.

If she can remain unBound, Leila’s curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans.

Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh’s steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more — it could risk her…

BOOK: Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe

Life in the No-Dating Zone

After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrown into new relationship drama—her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.

Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help with pursuing Lindsey. Hesitant at first, Claire finally agrees—anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, Claire has to fight the sparks of attraction flying everywhere.

Because she can't be with Gray unless she gives up her vow. And how can she handle the pain that'll come from confronting her parents with the reasons for that vow? Claire has to decide . . . unless, of course, Gray decides first.

Patricia B. Tighe is not the writer who'…

BOOK: Lionel's Christmas Adventure by Paul R. Hewlett


Lionel's Christmas Adventure

Have you ever wanted something you couldn’t have? Lionel desperately wants a new sled and he will do almost anything to get it. This fun Christmas story follows Lionel from Larrystown to the North Pole. Filled with great Christmas imagery, this book is perfect for young readers and school or family story time. This holiday season, be careful what you wish for, you never know what might happen!

Paul R. Hewlett writes books for children. His first book is Lionel's Grand Adventure: Lionel and the Golden Rule. It is an early chapter book for ages 7-10. It is the first book in the Lionel's Grand Adventure series. Paul is a US Air Force vet who is married and has a "senior" dog named Joe that he and his wife adopted from the local rescue facility. His aim is to increase and foster children's interest in reading by combining entertainment and values.

BOOK BUNDLE: Preston Black Mix Tape by Jason Jack Miller


The PRESTON BLACK MIX TAPE bundle is a literary box set! (Almost 220,000 words of Preston Black goodness.) You get both Preston Black novels—THE DEVIL & PRESTON BLACK and THE REVELATIONS OF PRESTON BLACK, plus two short stories that were only available in other anthologies. ALMOST A NEW YEAR is a vignette that shows how family and friends deal with the loss of a deployed soldier, in this case Stu Croe. RHYTHM OF WAR is Ben Collins’ first person account of his role in the Battle of Fallujah.

In addition to the stories above, you get the following essays, articles, and non-fiction bits Jason published in various places over the course of writing the first two Preston Black novels:

THE DEVIL & PRESTON BLACK Reading & Resource Guide

EVENT: World Fantasy 40 Recap in Photos


I had an unforgettable time at World Fantasy 40 held at the Crystal City Hyatt this year. Saw so many old friends (including 21 Seton Hill Writers!), finally made face-to-face contact with social media acquaintances, and met a ton of new writers and readers.

Kudos to Peggy Rae Sapienza, Michael J. Walsh, Colleen Cahill, Bill Lawton, and the entire WFC 40 committee on a job well done. Looking forward to next year.

Photo from Jason Jack Miller

Photo from Jason Jack Miller

Photo from Jason Jack Miller

Photo from Maria Alexander for her Mr. Wicker launch party

Photo from RDSP
Photo from Jason Jack Miller

Photo from Jason Jack Miller

GIVEAWAY: International Thriller Writers 1000 Thrillers


International Thriller Writers is holding the biggest book giveaway ever! You could win a brand new thriller every week for a whole year. Just sign up to receive The Big Thrill, and get thriller news, reviews, and interviews in your inbox once a month. You might even hit the 1000 thriller jackpot!

Here's a link to enter:

Tweet them: @thrillerwriters

BOOK: Want You Dead by Peter James


The 10th book in James' series, Want You Dead (November 18, 2014) is a gripping thriller featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace. In this novel, a virtual romance blossoms into a terrifying obsession when the smoldering Red Westwood meets the handsome Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency. As their instant attraction solidifies, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved – and then her too.

Peter James is an established film producer and scriptwriter, James (@peterjamesuk) lived in the U.S. for a number of years and produced films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with James overseeing all aspects, including scriptwriting, In 2009, James was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton in…

EVENT: RDSP Writing Retreat


December 5-7 • Bourbon Ridge Retreat in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Join RDSP editors and authors Friday, December 5th – Sunday, December 7th for a weekend of writing! The primary focus will be on writing but you’ll have the chance to talk with other editors and authors over meals. Accommodations are in a luxurious lodge in scenic Hocking Hills, OH. Get away from distractions and make time for your writing! Come for just one day or the whole weekend. We’ve tried to offer many options to fit people’s schedules. For questions and a line up of participating authors and editors, email

Each overnight guest will have a private room, some rooms have attached bathrooms but others will have shared bathrooms. Rooms either have King or Queen beds, if you want to share with several people there are rooms with bunk beds available.
Activities, weather/time permitting: campfire with smores, hiking, hot tub, movie viewing in th…

AWARD: John Fortunato Wins 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize


Congratulations to fellow Seton Hill alum John Fortunato on winning the 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize for his thesis novel Dark Reservations.

The Hillerman Prize, which began in 2006 in recognition of Tony Hillerman, is awarded annually to the best debut crime fiction set in the Southwest. John will receive a contract with St. Martin's Press for publication of the novel and $10,000.

John Fortunato was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, who served at the Pentagon during the early part of the global war on terrorism. He is now a Special Agent with the FBI and has earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A native of Philadelphia, he currently lives in Michigan with his wife and three daughters.

READING: Nalo Hopkinson at CMU


PARSEC, the premiere science fiction organization of Pittsburgh, is excited to announce that award-winning YA author Nalo Hopkinson will speak about "Keeping it Un)Real" at the PARSEC YA Lecture Series on Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

11 am – 1 pm - Caroline Carlson, Writing Workshop: "Blueprints for Enchantment: Constructing a magical world for your fantasy novel"
Danforth Lounge in the University Center
[advance registration required; $10 suggested donation to Parsec, Inc.]

2 pm – 3 pm - Nalo Hopkinson, YA Author Lecture: "Keeping it Un)Real"
McConomy Auditorium in the Jared L. Cohon University Center.
[Lecture is free and open to the public, no registration required.]

3 pm - 5 pm - Book Signing
Conan Room of the University Center
[Books for the signing can be purchased in the CMU bookstore in the University Center or brought from home.]

Nalo Hopkinson received Honourable Me…

READING: Atomic Zion and Starrie by Heidi Ruby Miller at #WFC40


I will be narrating as an ensemble of writers and fans acts out scenes from STARRIE and ATOMIC ZION at World Fantasy 2014 (#WFC40) on Sunday, November 9 from 10:30 - 11:00 AM in Fairfax, right after Courtney Schafer's reading, so settle in for the hour and enjoy. We'll have treats!!

Thanks to Jason Jack Miller for the awesome fliers!

EVENT: Pennwriters Conference 2015


The 2015 Pennwriters conference "Building Bridges" will be held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott on Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, with Thursday pre-conference intensives on May 14.

The Friday keynote is Ridley Pearson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 48 novels, divided almost equally between adult suspense and young adult adventure. Over the years, his work has been published in two dozen languages and has been adapted by network television and for the Broadway stage. Right now he is set to tour for his latest YA final Kingdom Keepers novel – The Insider. He also has a Risk Agent Novel coming out in June called the Red Room. His website is

The Saturday luncheon speaker is Don Helin, a Pennwriter for ten years and the author of Thy Kingdom Come, Devil’s Den, and Secret Assault.

Thursday intensive speakers include Jessica Morrell, Hank Phillipi Ryan, and Pennwriters Bobbi Carducci and Susan Meier.