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VIDEO: THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT GODZILLA with Matt Betts

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VIDEO Matt Betts shared three great things about Godzilla for my YouTube interview series . He was the final guest for the Uniontown Public Library 2017 Author Series .

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library 2017 Author Series: Jason Jack Miller

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EVENTS UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY 2017 AUTHOR SERIES JASON JACK MILLER JASON JACK MILLER "Fiction and the Power of Belief" Saturday November 4, 2017 4:00 - 6:00 PM Jason Jack Miller knows it’s silly to hold onto the Bohemian ideals of literature, music, and love above all else. But he doesn’t care. His own adventures paddling wild mountain rivers and playing Nirvana covers for less-than-enthusiastic crowds inspired his Murder Ballads and Whiskey series. The first three books are currently available: The Devil and Preston Black , Hellbender , and The Revelations of Preston Black . The next installment, All Saints , is due out in February 2018. Hellbender was Jason's thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program , where he is now a mentor and guest lecturer. The novel won the Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award . His career got

VIDEO: THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT NEW PULP with Fred Adams

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VIDEOS I interviewed award-winning author Fred Adams, Jr. , about New Pulp for my YouTube series Three Great Things About. Fred will be presenting at the Uniontown Public Library tonight, Monday, October 23, 2017 from 6-8 PM as part of the UPL 2017 Author Series.

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Shara White at Speculative Chic

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INTERVIEWS I share My Favorite Things with Shara White over at Speculative Chic . Do we have any in common? "Growing up I just assumed all my friends, whether male or female, liked what I liked. It’s a conceit of youth that I admit still surfaces in me today. Back then, I figured everyone had watched MacGyver and later X-Files , that they designed lasers and read G.I. Joe comics. (You know, the usual.) Imagine my surprise when one of my best girlfriends said, 'I don’t really like that sci-fi stuff.' I took her statement as anyone would — riotous laughter then sobering shock. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read my collection of Robotech books or stay up late to watch Battlestar Galactica (the original one where Muffit was a supporting character), or take a bunch of extra computer classes during the summer?" READ MORE AT SPECULATIVE CHIC.

BOOK: Steel Blood (Steel Empires Book 3) by J.L. Gribble

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BOOKS STEEL BLOOD (Steel Empires Book 3) by J.L. Gribble As her children begin lives of their own, Victory struggles with the loneliness of an empty nest. Just when the city of Limani could not seem smaller, an old friend requests that she come out of retirement for one final mercenary contract—to bodyguard his granddaughter, a princess of the Qin Empire. For the first time in a century, the Qin and British Empires are reopening diplomatic relations. Alongside the British delegation, Victory and her daywalker Mikelos arrive in the Qin colony city of Jiang Yi Yue. As the Qin weredragons and British werewolves take careful steps toward a lasting peace between their people, a connection between the Qin princess and a British nobleman throw everyone’s plans in disarray. Meanwhile, a third faction stalks the city under the cover of darkness. COVER BY BRADLEY SHARP By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genre

PODCAST: ArtsReviews's: Heidi Ruby Miller Readings

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PODCASTS Thank you to Art Sippo for recording my readings at Pulpfest/Farmercon 2017 on his wonderful podcast Art's Reviews . I read short excerpts, which included complementary chapters from Greenshift and Starrie , which I have always wanted to do because this particular bad guy from Greenshift doesn't get his comeuppance until Starrie . And, of course, I read from Man of War in honor of its launch that weekend. Enjoy!

Good-bye, Puddahs. You Were the Best Kitty.

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Last week we lost Puddahs, and I'm still trying to deal with the heartbreak. Some of you knew her from visiting our little home, some of you knew her from Instagram, Twitter, and this blog. She was sweet and never judging. Always consoling, always the presence that Jason and I needed when life was tough. We named her Francesca after Frances Mayes because I watched Under the Tuscan Sun constantly when we first got her. The movie and Francesca were a type of therapy for me because I had been assaulted in the classroom where I taught and never returned to the profession after that day. There were many dark days to come as I healed, and Puddahs was right there. Then last year when the migraines debilitated me, she was also there, comforting, just being. (I miss you, Puddahs.) Jason and I still feel her in the house, but the emptiness is slowly creeping in. Thank you to my mum for staying at her side during those last days as we rushed home from Lisbon to say good-bye. I belie

BOOK: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng

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BOOKS A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES by Christina Sng Hold your screams and enter a world of seasonal creatures, dreams of bones, and confessions modeled from open eyes and endless insomnia. Christina Sng’s A Collection of Nightmares is a poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows, an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Here are ramblings at the end of the world and a path that leads to a thousand paper cuts at the hands of a skin carver. There are crawlspace whispers, and fresh sheets gently washed with sacrifice and poison, and if you’re careful in this ghost month, these poems will call upon the succubus to tend to your flesh wounds and scars. These nightmares are sweeping fantasies that electrocute the senses as much as they dull the ache of loneliness by showing you what’s hiding under your bed, in the back of your closet, and inside your head. Sng’s poems dissect and flower, her autopsies are delicate blooms dressed with blood and syntax. Her words ar

COVER REVEAL AND PRE-ORDER: MAN OF WAR by Heidi Ruby Miller

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COVER REVEALS ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO PRE-ORDER a signed, limited edition of this beautiful hard cover (BY ARTIST MARK WHEATLEY) of Man of War, my new book from Meteor House. It is a sequel to Philip José Farmer's Two Hawks from Earth. Foreword by Christopher Paul Carey.

VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Paris!

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VIDEOS This is a transfer of a Windows Movie Maker project Jason did back in 2014. It was our second trip to Paris. Some of the quality is old school, but that's part of what we like about it. You can check out our other lifestyle and travel videos on our YouTube channel SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE .

BOOK: The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

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BOOKS THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER When the notorious child abductor, “The Marsh King,” escapes from a maximum security prison in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula wilderness, Helena Pelletier is sure she can use the hunting and tracking skills she learned as a child to find him. After all, no one is The Marsh King’s equal when it comes to navigating the marshland—except Helena herself, his daughter. But as Helena hunts her father to return him to prison, gradually she realizes that his escape is the first step in an elaborate scheme to kidnap her and her two young daughters. As their cat and quarry game unfolds, she must use all of her wilderness skills not only to thwart his plan, but to survive it. Selected by iBooks and Publisher’s Weekly as one of the BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER! “Exceptional. . . . Helena’s conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity elevate this powerful story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) Karen Dionne is cofounder of the onlin

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Tee Morris and Philippa Ballentine on The Shared Desk

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INTERVIEWS I was chatting with Tee Morris and Philippa Ballentine on The Shared Desk podcast during the 2017 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference . Here's a partial from the transcript: We get a visit from Heidi Ruby Miller who is rocking this cool retro sci-fi pattern… And just like that Heidi’s on the podcast. Yes, there is a ball app and Tee travels with one. Heidi has snuck away from the Pennwriters Conference to hang with science fiction authors. What was Heidi up to at the Pennwriters Conference ? What Heidi and her husband, Jason Jack , are up to on social media? Check out Small Space, Big Life on YouTube . Listen to Episode #75 in its entirety at The Shared Desk .

BOOK: A LIFE OF DEATH Book 1 by Weston Kincade

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BOOKS A LIFE OF DEATH Book 1 Ghosts are speaking to Alex, but can he bring them justice? Alex is a troubled teen with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability: psychometry. When he touches items murder victims held in their final moments, he relives the events in gruesome detail. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when murders implicate the town’s founding family? If you like amazing supernatural stories that are intense, powerful, and fraught with emotion, then you'll love Weston Kincade's suspenseful coming-of-age trilogy, A Life of Death. Ghosts are speaking, and they want answers. Heed the call. Buy A Life of Death. “Full of emotion and angst, and some wonderful imagery, you will feel this story as you read it.” ~ Mark Matthews, author of Milk-Blood Published by Books of the Dead Press, the rights to the first two books in the A Life of Death Trilogy were returned to Weston January 1, 2017. The new release will be in late May 2017

VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Magic Kingdom Fireworks Cruise

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VIDEOS For my parents' 45th Wedding Anniversary all the kids took them on a Magic Kingdom Fireworks Cruise at Walt Disney World and we captured the highlights over at our YouTube channel SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE . This was our second specialty cruise at WDW and it was just as magical. If you'd like to book your own cruise, visit the Disney site .

INTERVIEW: Heidi Ruby Miller by Hilary Hauck at Pennwriters

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INTERVIEWS I was recently interviewed by Hilary Hauck for my upcoming appearance at the 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh May 18-20, 2017. Here's a peek: What is the most challenging aspect of your work? Migraine headaches. I was so debilitated by them last year that I had to take a hiatus. Worst of all, I had to tell a publisher for the first time ever that I might not finish a contracted book. Lucky for me, said publisher was quite understanding and gave me a year’s extension. I’m happy to say the book, Man of War , is coming out this year from the wonderful people at Meteor House . Though I am back to writing, I have slowed down considerably and may never be able to reach the word counts I did before. But I’ll do what I can because even a little is better than nothing. Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career. Man of War . Simply because I truly didn’t believe I would ever finish it, let alon

VIDEO: THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT POETRY with John Edward Lawson

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VIDEOS I video interviewed author and editor John Edward Lawson for my Three Great Things series . His latest work is SuiPsalms . John was the May guest for the 2017 Author Series at Uniontown Public Library .

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller at 2017 SFWA Nebula Mass Autographing

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EVENTS I'll be signing my books at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Mass Autographing on Friday, May 18 at 8:00 PM, alongside 100 other authors, including Phillippa Ballentine, Neil Clarke, Lawrence C. Connolly, Gardner Dozois, Scott Edelman, Timons Esaias, Laura Anne Gilman, Joe Haldeman, Larry Ivkovich, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rhonda Mason, Seanan McGuire, Jason Jack Miller, Connie WIllis, and Jane Yolen. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the SFWA Nebula Conference website .

BOOK SPOT: Starrie in Boston

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BOOK SPOT Fellow author Mike Mehalek of Boston holding his copy of Starrie (From the World of Ambasadora) . Thanks much for the support, Mike! Check out his urban dragon fantasy, Only Human .

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library 2017 Author Series: John Edward Lawson

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EVENTS UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY 2017 AUTHOR SERIES JOHN EDWARD LAWSON JOHN EDWARD LAWSON "Poetry: As a Writer, As an Editor" Saturday May 13, 2017 4:00 - 6:00 PM Join us as John Edward Lawson shares a multi-media presentation about his award-winning poetry collections and being co-owner of a successful publishing company with four imprints, a myriad of awards for its works, and an upcoming movie by Ridley Scott. John Edward Lawson is an author, editor and poet living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He is the author of 16 books of fiction and poetry, and numerous chapbooks. Over 500 of his poems, stories, and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers worldwide. John was a winner of the 2001 Fiction International Emerging Writers Competition; in addition to being a finalist for the Stoker Award (2006, Superior Achievement in Poetry) and the Wonderland Award for Bizarro Fiction (2007, collected

VIDEO: SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE: Montreal

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VIDEOS Here's one from Montreal from SMALL SPACE BIG LIFE , the travel and lifestyle blog I share with Jason Jack Miller .

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller at 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference

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EVENTS Here is my tentative schedule at the 2017 Pennwriters Conference . The organization is celebrating its 30th conference and I'm happy to be a guest. This time around I'll be team teaching some long sessions which focus on using media, social or otherwise, to gain exposure and have some fun. FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017 2:30 - 3:30 In Case The Tonight Show Calls with Heidi Ruby Miller & Matt Betts (PART ONE) Charm interviewers and audiences on TV, radio, online, and in print with help from two creators who have sat on both sides of the couch. Attendees will have a chance for interviews on YouTube and a podcast with Heidi Ruby Miller and Matt Betts. 3:45 - 4:45 In Case The Tonight Show Calls with Heidi Ruby Miller & Matt Betts (PART TWO) Charm interviewers and audiences on TV, radio, online, and in print with help from two creators who have sat on both sides of the couch. Attendees will have a chance for interviews on YouTube and a podcast with Heidi Ruby Miller

BOOK: Crazy Little Spring Called Love

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BOOKS CRAZY LITTLE SPRING CALLED LOVE Eight Magical Stories of Fantasy Romance Stars and Stone Books Featuring: Heather Bythesea, Elsa Carruthers, M.T. DeSantis, Traci Douglass, L.J. Longo, Cara McKinnon, Sheri Queen, and Mary Rogers Traci Douglass - "When Hermes Met Eos" One night. Two star-crossed immortals. Will their vibrant connection survive beyond sunrise? Sheri Queen - "The Girl with a Broken Wing" A story of courage and sacrifice--and finding love where you never thought to look. Cara McKinnon - "Love at Dawn" Sometimes mortals need a little push from a god and goddess to fall in love… M.T. DeSantis - "A Hunt for Love" Can a djinn and a clueless guy beat the clock, avoid the curse, and maybe even find true love? L.J. Longo – “Seaweed and Silk” A mermaid: hundreds of miles from her home on the ice, on a ship with a troll, a goblin wizard, and a pack of wolves. What else can go wrong? Oh, right. A flippin’ sea monster

VIDEO: THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT HORROR with Michael A. Arnzen

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VIDEOS I video interviewed Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winning author Michael A. Arnzen for my Three Great Things series . His latest work is Proverbs for Monsters . Mike will be the April 1 guest for the 2017 Author Series at Uniontown Public Library .

BOOK: PATH TO OLD TALBOT by Jordan Elizabeth

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BOOKS PATH TO OLD TALBOT by Jordan Elizabeth Thirteen-year-old Charity can escape her unpleasant reality by stepping through the parlor closet of her mother’s new home, a mansion built in the 1800’s. In her hometown of Talbot, New York, in the year 1880, she doesn’t have to worry about her depressed father skipping his medications or her mother flirting with her coworker. Instead, she gets to know the hatter’s son, who shows her a lifestyle of manners and pride. Few have ever accepted Charity’s old-fashioned ways…until now. However, old Talbot can’t banish the present. Charity can stay in the mansion, with access to the hatter’s son in the past, and the prospect of a steady family unit with her mother and the new man in her mother’s life, or she can go back to her father, who has been given the option to straighten out his life and join them in their new home. Instead, his world unravels, and he spirals into violence and self-harm. Torn between two worlds, Charity know

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Michael A. Arnzen

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EVENTS UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY 2017 AUTHOR SERIES MICHAEL A. ARNZEN MICHAEL A. ARNZEN "Humor in Writing" Saturday April 1, 2017 4:00 - 6:00 PM Join us to celebrate April Fool’s Day with Dr. Michael A. Arnzen for a look at the power of comedic writing to disturb, disrupt and delight. A short talk, followed by an upbeat reading of his strangest and silliest stories and poems, will get you giggling. Michael Arnzen holds four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his disturbing (and often funny) fiction, poetry and literary experiments. An expanded, 10th anniversary edition of the “best of Arnzen,” his Stoker-award winning story collection, Proverbs for Monsters was recently published by Dark Regions Press. Other recent titles include his novel, Grave Markings , a non-fiction study, The Popular Uncanny, and helpful books for writers, including, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side and, as co-editor, Many Genres, One C

BOOK: Man of War by Heidi Ruby Miller

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BOOKS I can't tell you what an honor it is to write a sequel to a Science Fiction Grandmaster's novel. Thank you to Meteor House and the Philip José Farmer estate for this incredible opportunity. Thank you also to Christopher Paul Carey for writing the introduction and to Mark Wheatley for such beautiful cover art. And, of course, thank you to Michael Croteau and Paul Spiteri at Meteor House for their skills as editors. Man of War: A Two Hawks Adventure by Heidi Ruby Miller In Philip José Farmer’s novel Two Hawks from Earth , Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks flew through his first “gate” while on a bombing run over Romania during World War II. The gate brought him to Earth 2, a world where the Americas never existed. Since then he has continued to fight battles on Earth after Earth, each more strange than the next. In Heidi Ruby Miller’s short story “Dakota’s Gate” ( Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3 ), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools an

BOOK: The Freedom Broker by KJ Howe

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BOOKS THE FREEDOM BROKER by KJ Howe There are twenty-five elite kidnap and ransom (K&R) specialists in the world. Only one is a woman: Thea Paris. And she's the best in the business. Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's brother has never been the same. This life-shattering experience drove Thea to become what she is today: a world-class freedom broker. Most hostage-recovery work is done at the negotiation table, but when diplomacy fails, Thea leads Quantum Security International's black-ops team on highly sensitive rescue missions to political hot spots around the globe. Her childhood nightmare resurfaces when her oil magnate father, Christos Paris, is snatched from his yacht off Santorini on his sixtieth birthday, days away from the biggest deal of his career. The brutal kidnappers l

EVENT: Carrie Gessner at Uniontown Public Library (Photos)

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EVENTS Here are some photos from Carrie Gessner's talk and signing for the Uniontown Public Library Author Series 2017 :

VIDEO: THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT PITTSBURGH with Nicole Peeler

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VIDEOS I video interviewed urban fantasy author Nicole Peeler for my Three Great Things series . Her latest novel is Jinn and Juice . Nicole was the March guest for the 2017 Author Series at Uniontown Public Library .

EVENT: Pennwriters Conference 2017 Registration is Open

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EVENTS Registration for the 30 th  Annual Pennwriters Conference is now open:  http://bit.ly/2l7oOos Join us  May 19-21, 2017 , at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott for the 30th Annual Pennwriters Conference. Our Friday evening keynote speaker will be CHUCK SAMBUCHINO, a bestselling humor book writer, a freelance editor, and a former editor for Writer’s Digest Books. He was named by  Forbes  as one of the top influencers in publishing. Our  Saturday  luncheon keynote speaker will be ANNETTE DASHOFY, the  USA Today  bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series. We are also pleased to have the following agents and editor as conference participants: Noah Ballard, agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd. Louise Fury, agent, The Bent Agency Mark Gottlieb, agent, Trident Media Group Liz Kossnar, editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Eric Myers, agent, Dystel and Goderich Literary Management Roseanne Wells, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency In additio

BOOK: The Resurrection Pact (Winston Casey Chronicles Book 1) by Jay Smith

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BOOKS THE RESURRECTION PACT (Winston Casey Chronicles Book 1) by Jay Smith Welcome to Aeternus Online! Every day, 50 million people log into the most immersive role-playing experience ever developed. Thousands more wake up in a Las Vegas paradise built around the themes of the game, where the rich profit from producing virtual merchandise and real estate and members escape their mundane lives to live as warriors, wizards, or woodland elves in a sprawling Vegas playground resort. But while Aeternus can be an exciting and bizarre experience, it conceals an underworld of fetish porn, drugs, and human trafficking. When a decorated soldier dies trying to uncover the dark secrets at the core of the global criminal empire, he can only trust one person to finish his investigation. Unfortunately, Winston Casey is just an unremarkable suburbanite dealing with a divorce, a miserable job, and remission from the leukemia that nearly killed him. He is still mourning the loss of

EVENT: Uniontown Public Library Author Series: Nicole Peeler

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EVENTS UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY 2017 AUTHOR SERIES NICOLE PEELER NICOLE PEELER "Setting My Series in Pittsburgh" Saturday March 4, 2017 4:00 - 6:00 PM Join us for an afternoon with Dr. Nicole D. Peeler , who writes urban fantasy for Orbit Books and, in her spare time, is a professor at Seton Hill University , where she co-directs their MFA in Writing Popular Fiction . Having recently finished the final book of her award-winning Jane True series , she is working on the second book of her jinni series. The first is Jinn and Juice , about a cursed jinni living in Pittsburgh. Nicole also lives in Pittsburgh, although she’s neither cursed nor a jinni. UNIONTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY 2017 AUTHOR SERIES Throughout 2017, the  Uniontown Public Library  will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject r