Wednesday, February 28, 2007


HEIDI'S PICK SIX with K. J. Howe is up at ambasadora.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Kaye Dacus Blog Series

Kaye Dacus is doing a daily blog series at Write Place, Write Time about finding a writer's unique voice. Here is today's line up:

Tuesday, February 27:
Deb Raney (Romance & Women's Fiction)
Chip MacGregor (Literary Agent)
Terry Burns (Westerns, also a Literary Agent)

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Monday, February 26, 2007


HEIDI'S PICK SIX with Mike Resnick is up at ambasadora.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007


Here is the line up for this week over at ambasadora:

MONDAY - Mike Resnick / Science Fiction

WEDNESDAY - K. J. Howe / Romantic Suspense

FRIDAY - Anne Harris / Fantasy and Manga

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Friday, February 23, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Nancy Kress

HEIDI'S PICK SIX with Nancy Kress is up at ambasadora.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Author Website Giveaways - Joshua Palmatier

Joshua Palmatier is having a book review contest and the prize is an ARC of his latest novel The Vacant Throne. To enter, read either The Skewed Throne or The Cracked Throne and post a review on your website, your blog, your MySpace account, on, or at Send him an email at: with your name and a link to your review and you'll be entered. Post a review for both books and be entered twice. Post the same review on multiple sites and be entered once for each site.

The Contest ends on May 31, 2007.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Joshua Palmatier

HEIDI'S PICK SIX with Joshua Palmatier is up at ambasadora.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Publication News

#1: Christopher Paul Carey will be editing the upcoming Philip Jose Farmer anthology from Subterranean Press titled Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories. Pre-orders will be available this fall.

#2: The premier issue of Doorways is now available through Lulu in print or for download. It features work by Michael A. Arnzen, Jack Ketchum, and others.

#3: K. J. Howe is giving away two $100 Victoria's Secret gift certificates to celebrate making the final round of the American Title III Contest. You can vote for her by emailing with ONE SHOT, TWO KILLS in the subject line.

#4: A. G. Devitt reports that Fantasist Enterprises' latest fantasy anthology Bash Down The Door And Slice Open The Badguy is available for pre-order from Barnes and Noble. It is edited by W. H. Horner, illustrated by Chris Chua, and has works by Lawrence C. Connolly, Jim C. Hines, A. G. Devitt, Susan Sielinski, and others.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Shelley Bates

HEIDI'S PICK SIX with Shelley Bates is up at ambasadora.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007


Here is this week's line up over at ambasadora:

MONDAY - Shelley Bates / Women's Fiction and Inspirational Romance

WEDNESDAY - Joshua Palmatier / Fantasy

FRIDAY - Nancy Kress / Science Fiction

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Friday, February 16, 2007


HEIDI'S PICK SIX with Penny Dawn is up at ambasadora.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Scott A. Johnson

HEIDI'S PICK SIX with Scott A. Johnson is up at ambasadora.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Horror News

#1: Michael Arnzen's poetry contest is in full swing in his gorelets newsletter. Check it out here to win a copy of Mike's movie Exquisite Corpse.

#2: Doorways Magazine is having a Horror Film Festival and looking for entries.

We're proud to present:

The First annual “Doorways Unhinged” Horror Film Festival

We decided to do this to give you a chance to show your talent. We want to be scared and hypnotized by your sinister imaginations. The film can be no longer than 5 minutes. A challenge yes, but, I've seen a lot of good ones done at that length or even shorter.

You're probably wondering why you should spend time entering our contest. Why would we be able to judge your work and say if it's good or not, if we don't make movies ourselves? I have found three judges that will look at your pieces:

Director: Greg Lamberson ---
Director: Christopher Alan Broadstone ---
Artist: Peter Mihaichuk ---

As you can see your work will be judged professionally. This is a way of letting you show your work to the public and we want contestants who are serious about being discovered.

Prizes will be awarded and the top three winners will be interviewed for Doorways magazine.

The movies will also be posted linked on Doorways so people can make recommendations to our judges. This will allow you to see how a general audience views your work.

There will be no theme but we do want one thing. There must be a Doorway in your piece. Doorways can lead to anything, show us what's behind yours.

The entry fee is only $10.00.

All entry fees must be received and all films must be posted no later than October 1st, 2007. First, Second, and Third place winners will be announced here on October 31st, 2007. Prizes and awards will be announced on the Doorways site and in the magazine.

For more information visit the forum.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Nalo Hopkinson

HEIDI'S PICK SIX with Nalo Hopkinson is up at ambasadora.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007


Tomorrow begins the HEIDI'S PICK SIX blog series over at ambasadora where I present fifteen questions or prompts to dozens of authors, but they can only respond to six.

You'll get to see which questions they answered and what they had to say.

Here's the line up for this week:

MONDAY - Nalo Hopkinson / SF

WEDNESDAY - Scott A. Johnson / Horror

FRIDAY - Penny Dawn / Romance and Erotica

Tell your friends! ;)

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

PARSEC - Joshua Palmatier

Jason and I went to our first PARSEC meeting tonight at the Squirrel Hill Library thanks to nudging from Diane Turnshek.

Along with some familiar faces (Anne and Kevin) were some new people full of great conversation, interesting stories, and warm welcomes.

The guest speaker was Joshua Palmatier, author of The Skewed Throne and The Cracked Throne. He did a nice reading from his second novel and answered lots of questions from the crowd, then joined us all for dinner afterward.

It was an inspiring evening.

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More Random Writing Bits

#1: Asimov's Reader's Choice Award Winner Timons Esaias has three poems in Bathtub Gin #19. Look for "Domain", "A Break for Freedom in the 61C Cafe", and "To Demur".

#2: In case you hadn't heard last month the Offworld Report is back at SFcrowsnest. The UK SF Book News Network, Locus Online, SF Site, SFX, SF Signal, Sci-Fi Storm, and William Gibson all supply news headlines to the report.

#3: Perseus Books Group is planning to merge with Avalon. Here's part of the press release they sent us:

"Perseus and Avalon share a similar history, both being built through a series of acquisitions and having strengths in general fiction and non-fiction, and the wellness category. Avalon is also the largest independent travel publisher based in the U.S., with the Moon and Rick Steves series of travel guides."

Because Jason and I have a contract with Avalon which calls for us to revise our guidebook Moon Pennsylvania Camping for redistribution every three years, we're watching this to see what happens.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Scifaikuest #15

I have a joined scifaiku titled Five Parsecs Away in the February 2007 print edition of Scifaikuest edited by Teri Santitoro. The featured poet in this issue is Deborah P. Kolodji.

This was my first published poem. :)

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Blog Contest Winner - Hannah G.

Hannah's name was drawn from all the entries for a copy of our guidebook MOON Pennsylvania Camping.

Thanks for the links, Hannah, and hope you enjoy your travel guide.

Christopher Paul Carey also drew a winner for his blog contest. Congrats to Betsy who won a copy of Myths for the Modern Age.

Watch for more contests at ambasadora and jaguarpaddler.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

More Author Website Giveaways

Lisa Logan - author of Visions

Thursday, February 01, 2007

More Author Website Giveaways

Susan Crandall - author of Back Roads

Gary Frank - author of Forever Will You Suffer

Barry Lyga - author of Fan Boy and Goth Girl