Showing posts from September, 2015

BOOK: Dead of Summer by Sherry Knowlton

BOOKS DEAD OF SUMMER In a tale of suspense that travels from Southcentral Pennsylvania to Africa to the iconic Woodstock Festival of 1969, Dead of Summer embroils Alexa Williams in the dangerous world of sex trafficking. With help from friends, family, and her yoga practice, Alexa Williams is finally starting to recover from last autumn’s trauma of finding a dead body and the violence that ensued. The young attorney can’t believe that her summer has begun with the discovery of another body. This time, the dead woman was famous for her worldwide campaign against sex trafficking. The murder hits close to home: the late activist was a friend and mentor to Alexa’s best friend, Melissa. While the town mourns, Alexa stumbles into a burglary at Melissa’s home, barely escaping serious harm. A client asks for help in convincing the police that her foster child is not a runaway, and Alexa learns that other local girls have gone missing. Drawn into the fight to save lost and exploited chi

IN MEMORIAM: Ron Shannon, Author

IN MEMORIAM RON SHANNON Ron Shannon discovered a passion for storytelling at a very young age: while listening to his teacher read the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to the overly-excited members of his sixth grade class. Later, he went on to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated with the unlikely degree combination of accounting and English. Later he completed his Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He wrote two novels, The Hedgerows of June and Gabriel's Wing . Ron lived, daydreamed, and wrote at the New Jersey shore until he passed away in September 2015. On a personal note, when I think of Ron Shannon, I will remember how he was the type of author who understood how important community was and knew how to pay it forward. He was always kind to me, and that can be rare in this business. I will miss you, Ron.


HEIDI'S PICK SIX PIPPA JAY 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Don’t tell the others, but my time hopping heroine Quin is my favourite. Mostly because she’s been with me the longest, and was the person my teenage self wanted to be. Also because she’s a redhead like me. 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? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? I had to write the death of a character’s mother, and my beta reader made me re-write it twice because she didn’t feel there was enough emotion and she knew I could do better. Since it was based on losing my own mum when I was nineteen, it brought a lot of those bad memories back up and left me in tears. But since it was important to the story and I’d committed myself to writing it, I couldn’t just cut it out and no do it. That scene was one that sparked my hero’s transformation, so couldn’t be

EVENT: Pennwriters 2015: Building Bridges (Photos)

PHOTOS As always Jason Jack Miller and I had a wonderful time at the Pennwriters Conference this year. Since it was held in Pittsburgh , the theme was quite appropriate: Building Bridges . It was great to connect with old friends and meet so many new writers and editors. Here are just a few photos of the event.

BOOK: The Scarlet Jaguar by Win Scott Eckert

THE SCARLETT JAGUAR Winner of the 2014 New Pulp Award for Best Novella! When we last saw Patricia Wildman, daughter of Doc Wildman, the bronze champion of justice, six months had passed since the main events of The Evil in Pemberley House. She and her associate Parker, an ex-Scotland Yard Inspector, had set up Empire State Investigations at her Pemberley House estate—and she just received a mysterious phone call from her supposedly late father . . . Several months later, Pat receives a visitor, a young girl named Emma Ponsonby, whose father, a British diplomat to a small Central American country, has been kidnapped by the Scarlet Jaguar. Pat, following in her father’s footsteps of righting wrongs and assisting those in need, agrees to help, but before they can set off on their quest the Scarlet Jaguar sends a gruesome warning. Undeterred, the investigation takes Pat, Parker, and their young charge from Pemberley House in the Derbyshire countryside . . . To New York, where the