Showing posts from April, 2015

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller on Pennwriters Presents

EVENTS FROM PENNWRITERS: Writer, Traveler, Educator Heidi Ruby Miller will be our Guest Star on our Pennwriters Presents program Monday, April 27, 2015 from 9 am to 9 pm. She will answer your questions on several topics, including: BEING A HYBRID AUTHOR (I’m published with the big publishers, small presses, and have self-published.) HOW MENTORING MAKES ME A BETTER WRITER (My ongoing learning as faculty at Seton Hill) COLLABORATING (How my husband and I write our thriller series together and still remain married) WRITING IN MULTIPLE GENRES (Branding is second only to good books.) WHY TRAVELING IS ESSENTIAL TO MY WRITING (It’s more than simply inspiration for me.)

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Samantha Holloway

HEIDI'S PICK SIX Samantha Holloway 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. When I was a baby, my dad got a job as a teacher for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools--DoDDS. We moved to Turkey before I was three (my sister was born there and my brother was born right before we left). Then Italy before I was four, Japan when I was six, Scotland at eight, and back to the States when I was eleven. I had no idea how to be American! This is a weird country! Since then, I've been to several states, Canada, and a glorious two weeks in London for a mini-study-abroad. I try to travel as much as possible, but it's not nearly enough to keep back the wanderlust! One of my favorite things is just wandering around some old part of a new city and eating things I've never eaten before! 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Tea! I drink at least one cup almost every day (though after I was keeping warm all winter with up to eight cups, I've ha


HEIDI'S PICK SIX LIZ COLEY 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 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? At the moment, I am re-reading Scott Lynch’s wonderful Gentleman Bastards series The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas under Red Skies, and The Republic of Thieves. Scott spins a great yarn, creating both romance and bromance in the midst of these intricately plotted caper/adventure stories. His descriptions are to die for. So besides really enjoying myself, I’m immersing in great writing while I polish up my own caper stories. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? The toughest scene I ever wrote is in a currently unpublished manuscript. I had to realize my protagonist’s worst fear of loss and disfigurement and make it happen to her. Worse yet, I had to make her choose it willingly. Authors are so cruel to the people they love. I know pe

BOOK: Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened by Pippa Jay

BOOKS Imagine waking up to find the world has ended, but unfortunately you're not alone... For Connor Innis, awakening from a year-long coma with no memories, no ability to move, and unable to speak was bad enough. Then he learns that a bioweapon set off a zombie apocalypse—for real—while he was sleeping, and the world he can't even remember no longer exists. Rehabilitation might be torture, but far worse awaits him outside. All too soon, the hospital Mentor declares him fit to leave but with nothing to go home to except a city full of mindless, flesh-eating monsters. That is, until he forms a strange relationship with the one he nicknames 'Zombie Girl'. PRE-ORDER ZOMBIE GIRL AT LYCAON PRESS! After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In be

NEWS: Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light on SFR Station

NEWS Marked by Light (Book 1 of the Ambasadora series) is currently a featured title at SFR Station . Browse by sub-genre , pairing type , author , and series to find the romantic science fiction read you're in the mood for today!

COVER REVEAL: Rising from the Darkness by D. A. Bale

COVER REVEALS RISING FROM THE DARKNESS It’s finally here – the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series. Samantha Bartlett has a new mission – and this time it’s one of her own choosing. Armed with information worth killing for, Samantha pieces together secrets spanning generations and uncovers the key to Debrille’s plans, including the horror of his true identity. But will it be enough for redemption? Especially when facing the bridges she’s burned? Life was once clearly black or white, but now Joe Roberts has a target on his back – and it’s sighted by his boss at the FBI. It’s not just from running off with their primary suspect in President Warner’s murder and then allowing her to escape. No. He’s the Elite’s latest scapegoat. That alone begs the question. Is Sam a cold-blooded killer or a mere pawn used in a global chess game? World War III looms on the horizon as the Middle East threatens to implode, world alliances are scrapped, and a once tenuous truce

COVER REVEAL: Tor Maddox: Unleashed by Liz Coley

COVER REVEALS INTRODUCING Tor Maddox, a heroine for our times “I know that one day, I’m going to have to live in the real world. I’d like it to be a decent one.” - Tor Book I Tor Maddox: Unleashed When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action? Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all. Liz Coley has been writing long and short fiction for teens and adults for more than ten years. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Maga

TWEET LOVE : Starrie's Done!

TWEET LOVE It's done & coming at you @CaryCaffrey @MikeMehalek @dsjolander @JasonJackMiller & soon to @Dog_Star_Books @RDSPress — Heidi Ruby Miller (@heidirubymiller) April 2, 2015

BOOK: Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

BOOKS OBLIVION One year ago, Callie was found shivering in an abandoned apartment, the walls covered in her red-inked scrawls. She remembers nothing of that night. Nothing of the thirty-six hours before. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, hasn't been seen since. Neither has Hannah Rynes, a young girl from the parish. Since that night, Callie has been plagued by graphomania--a compulsion to write. The words that pound in her head and flow through her red felt-tip pen onto the pages of her notebooks (onto her jeans, onto her limbs) make no sense, yet they may be the key to unlocking her memory. The anniversary of Hannah's disappearance is approaching. The words are coming faster and faster. Then Callie meets a guy at school who might be able to help her sort through the jumbled nonsense and piece the puzzle together, revealing her past. But some secrets are better left buried... Starred review: Kirkus Reviews and ALA Rec

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller as Guest for Pennwriters Presents

EVENTS Here is the spring line-up for Pennwriters Presents , a members-only online program of Guest Star authors, editors, and agents. You can submit questions to be answered during each program from 9 AM ET - 9 PM ET. Find out more about the guests, the topics, and the program at the Pennwriters site, including how to become a member. Friday, April 17 Carol Silvis Monday, April 27 Heidi Ruby Miller Tuesday, May 5 Catherine E. McLean Monday, May 11 Annette Dashofy

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Fred Adams, Jr.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX FRED ADAMS, JR. 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? That’s like asking which of my children is my favorite. I’d have to say Mister Smith, henchman of the arch villain The Whisperer in my novel Hitwolf. Mister Smith is murderously evil and jovially enjoys every minute of it. He is a tall, snaggle-toothed hunchback who has apparently been wearing the same brown suit for twenty years and has never taken it off long enough to send it to the cleaners. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I am a working musician; I have played the guitar since 1958 when I started taking lessons and have been playing in bands and solo since 1963. I also perform annually at the haunted attraction Castle Blood and at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival under the monicker Cedric the Balladeer. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? Despite my degrees and academic career, pop cultur