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EVENT: Seton Hill WPF MFA Residency / In Your Write Mind Conference (Photos)

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EVENTS This past June was by far the busiest residency I've had at Seton Hill since my own graduation back in 2007. Busy, but fun! Congratulations to all the graduates, including my seven mentees: Amy Culey , Jenni Dillard , Sheri Queen Fleming , Caroline Gessner , Catherine Oswald , K. W. Taylor , and Chris Wilk . Below are a just a few photos of my time at the combined residency and alum-run In Your Write Mind conference. THANK YOU, KENYA WRIGHT, FOR THIS ONE. IT'S THE ONLY PHOTO OF JASON AND ME TOGETHER!

TWEET LOVE from @CharPrincessa for Starrie

TWEET LOVE I'm reading a novel by @heidirubymiller that has a character with my name. I fear for Char's life like it's my own. https://t.co/9LqVH7MKL9 — Char Duff (@CharPrincessa) June 3, 2015

NEWS: Greenshift at SFR Station

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NEWS Greenshift (From the World of Ambasadora) is currently 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!

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Steel Victory by J.L. Gribble

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CAST YOUR CHARACTERS STEEL VICTORY AUTHOR: J.L. GRIBBLE PUBLISHER: DOG STAR BOOKS DESCRIPTION: One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries-long mercenary career. She settled in Limani, the independent city-state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent. Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability. Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the human and supernatural populations within Limani. Her daughter Toria is a warrior-mage, balancing life as an apprentice mercenary with college chemistry courses. Tomorrow, the Roman Empire invades. CHARACTERS: Jaimie Alexander as VICTORY . The vampire Victory has taken on the hardest challenge of her long life—trading warfare for politics. But the mercenary skills of Victory’s past are what she must turn to in order to confront the enemies that beset the city of Limani, her adopted home. Lauren Cohan

BOOK: Storm and Steel (The Book of the Black Earth 2) by Jon Sprunk

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BOOKS STORM AND STEEL An empire at war. Three fates intertwined. The Magician. Horace has destroyed the Temple of the Sun, but now he finds his slave chains have been replaced by bonds of honor, duty, and love. Caught between two women and two cultures, he must contend with deadly forces from the unseen world. The Rebel. Jirom has thrown in his lot with the slave uprising, but his road to freedom becomes ever more dangerous as the rebels expand their campaign against the empire. Even worse, he feels his connection with Emanon slipping away with every blow they strike in the name of freedom. The Spy. Alyra has severed her ties to the underground network that brought her to Akeshia, but she continues the mission on her own. Yet, with Horace’s connection to the queen and the rebellion’s escalation of violence, she finds herself treading a knife’s edge between love and duty. Dark conspiracies bubble to the surface as war and zealotry spread across the empire. Old alliances are

MENTION: Paul R. Hewlett Talks about the Ambasadora-verse at The Moose Room

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MENTIONS Paul R. Hewlett , middle grade author of the entertaining Lionel Snodgrass series , talks about the worldbuilding in the Ambasadora books during a recent interview with Lisa A. Tortorello at The Moose Room . You can also find out about his latest work Lionel Goes to Camp ! And to check out the first book in the Ambasadora series, Marked by Light, and some reviews, visit Amazon.

BOOK: Hadon, King of Opar by Christopher Paul Carey

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BOOKS A brand-new tale in Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa series from Christopher Paul Carey, the coauthor of The Song of Kwasin! In Hadon of Ancient Opar , the hero Hadon entered the Great Games, battling in the arena for the chance to become king. Instead, he found himself at odds with a vengeful tyrant who sent him on a fool’s errand to retrieve a living god’s bounty. In Flight to Opar, civil war has erupted across the queendoms of Khokarsa, and Hadon must take his quest back to his home city of Opar if he is to fulfill a prophecy of the oracle and protect his loved ones and his homeland from utter doom. In The Song of Kwasin, Hadon makes an appearance following the adventures of his giant herculean cousin, surveying a world torn asunder by a continent-wide earthquake. Now, in Hadon, King of Opar, fourteen years have passed since the great calamity threw the mighty queendoms of Khokarsa from their foundations, and Hadon is king of Opar, charged with protecting his far-flung jungle

INTERVIEW: Samantha Holloway Interviews Heidi Ruby Miller at Herding the Dragon

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INTERVIEWS Thank you to Seton Hill WPF alum Samantha Holloway for asking me some fun questions at Herding the Dragon for her 5 + 1 series . Find out what made me start writing, which part of the process I hate, and what I wish someone would ask me in an interview.

BOOK: Tethered by Pippa Jay

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BOOKS TETHERED She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war? For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless. For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way. Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than huma

BOOK: Steel Victory by J.L. Gribble

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BOOKS STEEL VICTORY One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries-long mercenary career. She settled in Limani, the independent city-state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent. Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability. Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the human and supernatural populations within Limani. Her daughter Toria is a warrior-mage, balancing life as an apprentice mercenary with college chemistry courses. Tomorrow, the Roman Empire invades. By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Previously, Gribble studied English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Steel Victory

COVER REVEAL: Tor Maddox 3: Mistaken by Liz Coley

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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 3 Tor Maddox: Mistaken Eight leotards and a ball gown—that’s what Tor Maddox packed for her summer ballet intensive in New York. Pity she never arrived. Kidnapped once by the good guys and once by the bad ones, Tor finds herself involved in a high seas adventure featuring princesses and pirates, a wedding ring, and the guy she thought she’d never be allowed to see again, junior man-in-black Rick Turner. 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 Magazine and several speculative fiction anthologies: The Last Man, More Scary Kisses, Strange Worlds, Flights of Fiction and Winter's Regret. In 2013, psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 was released by HarperCollins in the US and UK. Foreign translations have