Posts Tagged ‘Books’

When the Villain Comes Home Nominated for ForeWord Book of the Year Award!

March 19, 2013

WHEN THE VILLAIN COMES HOME, edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood, has been nominated for the Foreword 2012 Book Of The Year in the Short Stories (Adult Fiction) category!

Congrats to two incredible editors and all the authors in it! (Congrats, me!)When The Villain Comes Home

Heroes can save the world, but villains can CHANGE it.

We’ve assembled a great mix of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Come with us while we explore villains of all stripes — sons and daughters, lovers and fighters, minions and masterminds, in this giant volume of thirty great stories by award winners, rising stars, and bold new voices. With masterful tales by: Camille Alexa, Erik Scott de Bie, Chaz Brenchley, Eugie Foster, David Sakmyster, Marie Bilodeau, Richard Lee Byers, K.D. McEntire, Peadar Ó Guilín, Jim C. Hines, Ari Marmell, Karin Lowachee, Jay Lake, Julie Czerneda, J.M. Frey, Clint Talbert, Rachel Swirsky, Tony Pi, Leah Petersen, J.P. Moore, Ryan McFadden, Todd McCaffrey, Erik Buchanan, Gregory A. Wilson, Rosemary Jones, Gabrielle Harbowy, Ed Greenwood, Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon, Chris A. Jackson, Steve Bornstein.

Cover Reveal! CASCADE EFFECT!

March 18, 2013

 

CASCADE_EFFECT_COVER_webDo I sound excited? I’m a bit excited.

This one scared me to death on several occasions as delays, life, and just silly things got in the way of bringing Cascade Effect to you at the promised time. Made all the worse by the fact that people seemed to actually WANT this. They’d ask me when they could get one and everything!

Well, it’s almost here. There’s a cover and everything! 😉

Next? Details about the launch party at great folks at Ad Astra Con hosted by the amazing Futurecon folks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Schedule for Ad Astra 2013

March 14, 2013

Got it! Here’s where I’ll be at Ad Astra Con. Stop by and check out these great panels–and the PARTY–if you get a chance.

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Friday 9 – ? Suite 1401 CASCADE EFFECT Launch Party!
Sunday 12 pm Beaufort East Science of Science Fiction
Sunday 1 pm Franklin Things Your Editor Needs to Know
Sunday 2 pm Arctic Save The Cat: Writing Has Rules

It looks like I’m free all day on Saturday, which means I’ll likely have my butt glued to a chair at the Dragon Moon Press table in the dealer’s room, so stop by to say hi. But I bet they’ll let me up for water breaks, so maybe I’ll catch some of the other panels as well.

See you there. Oh, and don’t miss the PARTY! It’s being hosted by Futurecon and it’s shaping up to be a blast! I’ll have more details soon, but there’s going to be a great live band, among other things. And the Futurecon folks are fantastic and help support great causes. So check them out too.

5MinuteInterview with Nicole Wolverton!

March 13, 2013

Welcome, Nicole!

If you’ve been around here very long, you’ll already know Nicole. She was an early and frequent participant in 5MinuteFiction, back when it lived here. But life got busy for me with the release of Fighting Gravity, and I asked for someone to take care of and look after my baby, 5MinuteFiction, and love it like it deserved. Well, Nicole has been doing that for over a year now. In fact, with the release of her new novel, The Trajectory of Dreams, she’s passing the baton as well. But more on that later.

Because now we’ve got a 5MinuteInterview with Nicole, and at the end, there are PRIZES!!

You’ve got a novel out now, The Trajectory of Dreams, give us your novel pitch in 140 characters.

Mentally disordered woman stalks astronauts to keep shuttle safe; when a Russian cosmonaut on loan to NASA invades her space, no one is safe

The Trajectory of Dreams is billed as a psychological thriller. Where do you think your interest in things creepy or frightening started?

Rumor has it that my father forced my mother (and me, of course) to see The Exorcist at a drive-in movie theatre when I was about a year old. I don’t remember the experience, but I think it sort of set me up for a lifetime of being warped. I also grew up in a very rural area–it’s just way too quiet, and there’s a cornfield next to the house where I grew up. Bad things happen in quiet cornfields . . . or at least I always imagined it that way. So I guess I blame my hometown (Berwick, PA) for making me the twisted woman I am today.

One of your non-writing related pursuits is promoting locally grown foods and sustainable living. Tell us a little bit about this.

My grandparents were dairy farmers for a lot of years, so I grew up hearing about how hard it is to farm. A lot of people, and I was one of them, never think about the difference between small farmers and commercial growing operations, and we really never think about the chemicals commercial food producers use or about they way they treat their animals. After I moved away from my hometown and finally learned to cook, I started reading about commercial food production, and it wasn’t comforting. It’s more than just food miles or supporting your local economy or keeping smaller farmers afloat–it’s really an issue of biodiversity and food safety on a mass scale. I started gardening (in the heart of South Philly, no less), growing a small portion of my food, and trying to find a greater portion of my food grown by small producers from the immediate area. At the time, it wasn’t easy, so I founded Farm to Philly in 2007, a website devoted to locally grown foods and sustainable living. There are about half a dozen writers or so, and we write about everything from federal and local food policies to local farm markets. It’s been a real thrill to see Philadelphia become a food town devoted to keeping our local artisan food producers afloat and be a part of all that’s happened.

For a year or so, you’ve hosted 5MinuteFiction. How was that experience and what do you think you, and the participants, got out of it?

When I inherited 5 Minute Fiction from you, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’d been submitting entries while it was hosted here, and I think I guest-hosted once or twice, but you never really know what it’s going to be like to take over something so established. It’s been really great to host–I’ve met some amazing people and had fantastic opportunities because of it. I will say that I missed participating, though, which never feels possible–I’m such a worrywart, I’m always camped out over my email in case anyone has trouble submitting! When I was a participant when you hosted, though, and I assume this is true of all participants, it was a rare chance to think fast and make snap decisions without any consequences. There’s a freedom to being forced to just blurt things onto the page without obsessing about it. My writing got sharper, or at least I’d like to think so! Now that the care and feeding of 5 Minute Fiction has passed to Wendy Strain, I hope I have some time to play again!

Many thanks for the interview, Leah!

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WIN a signed copy of Fighting Gravity!

March 6, 2013

2012-11-03 20.49.00It’s coming soon! The sequel to Fighting Gravity:

Cascade Effect

Jake has married his emperor, but happily ever after is for fairy tales.

The empire is restless. The nobility isn’t hiding their distaste for Jake, the unclass who married the emperor. The unclass see him as proof that they can be more, and they’re not going to sit by and wait any longer.

And someone is trying to kill Jake.

As friends become enemies, and enemies become allies, Jake has to discover the catalyst that has his world cascading into chaos, and protect those he loves, even the ones he doesn’t know about yet. And he has to do it before the empire comes crashing down…or the assassin stalking him succeeds.

To celebrate the release, during the month of March I’m giving away two signed copies of Fighting Gravity.

GET ONE!