Showing posts from October, 2015

EVENT: 9th Annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Fest (Photos)

EVENTS Had a great time at the 9th Annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Fest , hosted by Frostburg State University's English Department and Center for Literary Arts . Among the guests were Scott Edelman , Timons Esaias , Wayne Lockwood , Andy Duncan , and of course, Jason Jack Miller and myself. Here are just a few photos from the event, which we've nicknamed mini-AWP.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Linda Ciletti

HEIDI'S PICK SIX LINDA CILETTI 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I love all my characters, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Draegon in “Draegon’s Lair”. His external struggle is life-threatening. His internal struggle is palpable. Throughout the story, his lady ward teaches him to see himself as he truly is and not what he thinks he is. My heart actually hurt for him, but I knew it would all turn out okay. (smiles) 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Tea. Especially in colder weather. I love to sit down with a good book, a cup of hot tea, and a piece of fudge, lady lock, or cookie (none of which I need.) and read. I do recommend not holding your teacup in bed while reading. After nodding off and dumping an entire cup of tea on my white down comforter, I have since learned to sip, then sit the cup on the nightstand before turning the page. 4. What else can you do besides write? So many things and so little. I was an educationa

TWEET LOVE from @MikeArnzen for Field Notes

TWEET LOVE Sign up for SF Romance queen, MGOC coeditor and thriller writer @heidirubymiller 's "Field Notes": @MikeArnzen — Michael Arnzen (@MikeArnzen) October 21, 2015

MENTION: JC Cassels Talks About Greenshift at Gotta Name My Blog

MENTIONS JC Cassels , author of the wonderful Black Wing Chronicles ( Sovran's Pawn , Hero's End , Baron's Last Stand ), talks about the worldbuilding and characters in my science fiction space opera novel Greenshift , part of the expansive Ambasadora-verse , at Gotta Name My Blog . To check out Greenshift (From the World of Ambasadora) and some more reviews, visit Amazon.

BOOK: Old Flames and Heroes by Mord McGhee

BOOKS OLD FLAMES AND HEROES A swashbuckling tale of luck and love and lake monsters. Mord's first fantasy novel. Pirates? Lake monsters? Bigfoot? Volcanoes? A world of magic, mystery, luck, and love that is very much like our own, if we simply stop and look around ourselves! Hold onto your peg legs and eye patches for this delightful romp. Mord McGhee is about to redefine the meaning of FANTASY for our generation. ​Includes original Foreword by world famous cryptozoologist and Director of the International Museum of Cryptozoology, LOREN COLEMAN, who says, "A uniquely intellectual American fantasy." Mord McGhee is known for writing razor sharp science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He is known as a cryptozoology, serial killer, and Muppet matter expert. He is a Global eBook Award winner and his writing can be found in competitive markets around the globe. Mord loves books. He loves to write. He's from Western Pennsylvania (Allegheny County) and has been

EVENT: 9th Annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Fest

EVENTS 9th Annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival Downtown Frostburg, Maryland   October 24, 2015 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, is excited to announce that the ninth annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival is scheduled for Oct. 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., at Main Street, Frostburg. The event brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators of the local community. Panel discussions and roundtable sessions include topics on various creative genres, DIY publishing, self-publishing, promotion and marketing, writing local, and reading and writing online. In the days leading up to the Indie Lit Fest, we've scheduled several kickoff events: Thursday, October 22: Poetry Slam at Dante's Bar (14 W. Main Street). Writers of any experience level are invited to bring self-written poems verbally duke it out for cash prizes. $2 t

BOOK: The Empress Game by Rhonda Mason

BOOKS THE EMPRESS GAME One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled, that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat in the ancient tradition. Now that tournament, the Empress Game, has been called and the females of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds. Kayla Reinumon, a supreme fighter, is called by a mysterious stranger to battle it out in the arena. The battle for political power isn’t contained by the tournament’s ring, however. The empire’s elite gather to forge, strengthen or betray alliances in a dance that will determine the fate of the empire for a generation. With the empire wracked by a rising nanovirus plague and stretched thin by an ill-advised planet-wide occupation of Ordoch in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top. "Mason delivers an old fashioned space

BOOK: Dead of Autumn by Sherry Knowlton

BOOKS DEAD OF AUTUMN Alexa Williams is a successful lawyer, volunteers weekly at a women’s clinic, and has a sexy weekend boyfriend—not to mention an endearing best friend in her giant English mastiff, Scout. But one autumn day, when Scout takes off into the Pennsylvania woods, Alexa discovers a nightmare she’d never imagined. From that fateful day, Alexa becomes entangled in a murder mystery—one that she tries to unravel by linking it to experiences and symbols in her own life. Dewilla Noakes, a child of the Depression, has recently lost her mother. Her father, packs up the girls—and their attractive cousin, Winnie—and hits the road to look for a job on the east coast. Along the way, money becomes tighter, food becomes scarcer, and relationships become strained. Dewilla’s father fears he’s failing his daughters. Running out of options, he begins to consider the unthinkable to end the misery he’s brought upon his family ... Alexa soon finds herself amidst violence aimed at the

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jennifer Foehner Wells

HEIDI'S PICK SIX JENNIFER FOEHNER WELLS 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Ei’Brai is my favorite character to write. His arrogance is on steroids. His mind is astoundingly powerful but as an individual he is supremely vulnerable and needy—that’s a fascinating juxtaposition to explore. He’s also a completely different species—so his thoughts and actions should feel alien to us. That gives me a chance to really dive deep into my imagination, to try to imagine what life would be like for a sentient species that isn’t a bipedal hominid. This character has taken me to some really interesting places and I’m excited to keep plumbing that depth. I always look forward to writing him—and in the sequel to Fluency, I get to write from his point of view! That’s something I didn’t dare to attempt when writing Fluency for fear of it being too hard to not to give too much away too soon or to maintain his mysterious air. 2. Tell me about your travels. I haven’t had the opportun

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University YA Lecture Series with Maggie Stiefvater and Rachel Grinti


BOOK: The Black Wing Chronicles Book 2: Hero's End by JC Cassels

BOOKS THE BLACK WING CHRONICLES BOOK 2: HERO'S END Given the choice between Love and Duty, which does one sacrifice for the other? Bo Barron has it all: a ship of her own, a formidable reputation as one of the Sub-Socia’s most dangerous criminals, and the sexiest man in holofeatures – Blade Devon. She’d trade it all to find her father, clear her name and reclaim her rightful place as the Chief of Barron Clan… well, maybe she’d hang on to Blade. He’s also a very resourceful Inner Circle Agent with a penchant for coming to her rescue. When sabotage of his hovercycle results in serious injury, Blade fears that state secrets entrusted to him are in danger of exposure. He’ll go to great lengths to keep that from happening. Looking for answers to the questions that plague them, each plays a dangerous game of blackmail and extortion — with Bo’s father and their future together on the line. Author of THE BLACK WING CHRONICLES series, JC Cassels was born and raised in sunny Ta

EVENT: Pennwriters Area 1 Mini-Conference: A Writer's Road Trip 3

EVENTS Registration for the Area 1 Mini-Conference- A Writer's Road Trip 3 is open until October 13, 2015! Not sure if you are going? It’s a great day filled with exciting classes, knowledgeable instructors and networking to enhance your craft and career. If you are from Area 1 or near Erie, this is an event you don't want to miss. Know a writer from the area? Please let them know about the Mini-Conference and all it has to offer. Find out more about the Mini-Conference and register over at Pennwriters . You can download the day's agenda there as well. The schedule has also been pasted below. Get motivated and supported. Travel the write road. Buckle-up and join with like-minded peers for this fast-paced ride. If you’re looking for a chance to take your writing to the next level, then set your GPS for “A Writer’s Road Trip 3” Mini-Conference. LEARN HOW TO: Enhance Your Fan Base Explore Marketing Strategies Navigate the Potholes Finally Cross the Finish Line!

TWEET LOVE from @SEEichorn for Greenshift

TWEET LOVE I'm going to give this a try when I have time. @heidirubymiller is an author to keep your eye on. — Shannon Eichorn (@SEEichorn) October 8, 2015

BOOK: You Are Dead by Peter James

BOOKS YOU ARE DEAD The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone. That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years. At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing - and yet another body from the past surfaces. Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its

BOOKS: Khokarsa and Ancient Opar Series Re-release

BOOKS FROM CHRISTOPHER PAUL CAREY AND METEOR HOUSE : Entire Khokarsa / Ancient Opar Series Back in Print! "With the announcement that a new standalone edition of The Song of Kwasin will be released in December 2015, the entire Khokarsa/Ancient Opar series is now available to be ordered. Titan Books put out a new edition of the first volume in the series, Hadon of Ancient Opar , in 2013 (which includes my introduction and “Guide to Khokarsa”) before Meteor House picked up the torch and released the second volume, Flight to Opar (in a new restored edition), and the fourth volume, Hadon, King of Opar (my continuation of the series based on Farmer’s notes) this past summer. The aforementioned publication by Meteor House of the third volume, The Song of Kwasin , brings  the entire main series back into print. Philip José Farmer’s prelude to the series, Time’s Last Gift , is also in print and available, and although the new limited edition hardcov

MENTION: Rhonda Mason Talks About Ambasadora at Lady Notorius

MENTIONS Rhonda Mason , author of the hugely popular The Empress Game , recommended Ambasadora during a discussion on her Lady Notorius blog about subgenres of science fiction. It's a great post highlighting just how an author tries to explain what she writes to audiences with multiple levels of interest and understanding about SF. To check out the first book in the Ambasadora series, Marked by Light, and some reviews, visit Amazon.


HEIDI'S PICK SIX MORD MCGHEE 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I'm partial to a character named Ariel. She is a lake monster. 2. Tell me about your travels. This novel in particular is the direct result of a road trip from Pittsburgh to Lake Champlain in Vermont. I took every step that the book takes. It spanned the length of the historic Niagara Highway and then back through Corning and Cooperstown NY. I also spent the summer visiting with Loren Coleman at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Maine. Loren provided a foreword. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. I'm a wereparent without it... 4. What else can you do besides write? I play guitar and sing... which I've done professionally for years. I sustained an injury that forced my retirement. I don't play much as it takes too may painkillers to achieve anything worthwhile. I maintain an ASCAP membership, but under a pseudonym. I also cook and have a professional background in high tec