Monday, September 1, 2014

New Cover Art Unveiled for Michael West's Straightjacket Memories

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art by Natasha Alterici for Michael West's new short-story collection, Straightjacket Memories!


Featuring 10 tales of horror, including both previously published stories and brand new ones, Straightjacket Memories will be released Friday in eBook format with a print version in trade paperback to follow one week after. Straightjacket Memories is Michael's second collection of short fiction, following the critically-acclaimed Skull Full of Kisses.

On the new release, Michael said, "I am just so crazy about this collection! Gathered from various magazines, anthologies, and eBooks--some in print for the very first time--these stories represent some of my best work to date. I'm very happy with the way in which Seventh Star Press has put them all together, and excited that my faithful readers will be able to share in more of my nightmares and slightly twisted imaginings!"

Straightjacket Memories includes the following stories:


"Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite"
"Flowers in Winter"
"The Grove"
"Sandwalkers" 
"In Vino Veritas" 
"For the River is Wide"
"Masako’s Tale"
"Hell’s Hollow"
"Inner Goddess"
"Unknown Caller"

The new release continues a banner year for Michael that saw his novel Cinema of Shadows become a national bestseller in horror on Amazon.com and his Legacy of the Gods series take the next step with the recently-released Hades Disciples.

For further information on Michael and his work, please visit his site at www.bymichaelwest.com



Synopsis of Straightjacket Memories: There is a fine line between love and madness, between insanity and pure evil.

This is Michael West at his terrifying best! From heart-stopping horror to the strangest of fantasies — these are tales from the darkest regions of his twisted imagination! All the usual tropes are here — vampires and shapeshifters, ghosts and witches, gods and monsters, mummies and zombies — but none of them are exactly what you would expect...

A dream vacation takes a nightmarish turn when a couple finds they did not come home alone...

A man agrees to a meeting with his estranged wife and learns the horrible, obscene truth of the old saying: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned...”

An American platoon, cut off from the outside world, discovers an unbelievable enemy they were never trained to fight...

And a man struggling with depression and grief receives text messages from beyond the grave, messages that push him to the edge of sanity...and beyond...

Ten more reasons to say your prayers.

Ten more reasons to check beneath your bed.

Ten more reasons why you may never want to close your eyes again.



About Michael West: Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

Writing keeps him sane.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Seventh Star Press Announces New Speculative Fiction Romance Imprint, Seventh Starlight

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce a brand new imprint, Seventh Starlight, which will feature paranormal and speculative fiction romance novellas, novels, and anthologies. The brand new imprint will issue releases in both digital and print formats.  The first titles will be released later this fall and a new website for Seventh Starlight will be unveiled soon.

The new logo for Seventh Starlight is below, created by David Rupp of Ninth Circle Designs:





Spearheading the new imprint as the edtior for Seventh Starlight titles is Jessica Glanville. Jessica  holds an M.A. in English from Winthrop University and is a graduate of the SC Governor’s School of the Arts in creative writing.  She was a teaching assistant in composition in graduate school at Winthrop and taught composition and communications at York Technical College before becoming a published author.

Under various pseudonyms, she has published nine works of fiction, including a TV tie-in novel published by Berkley Books (Penguin Group), six historical paranormal romances published by Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), one self-published short story collection, and a horror romance published by Purple Sword Publications.  Seventh Starlight represents her first post as an editor-in-chief.  She lives in Chester, South Carolina, with her husband, artist Justin Glanville.  

Continuing the Seventh Star Press tradition of presenting titles featuring high quality artwork, Seventh Starlight titles will also feature illustrated covers. The artist selected for cover art on the new imprint is Anne Rosario. Anne is a self-taught Filipino visual artist specializing in both digital and traditional mediums.  Her style is a unique mix of the naturalistic and the whimsical, combining the elegance of fine art with the edgy grit of contemporary Manga. She has worked as a 2D artist in the game development industry since 2006, and has recently branched into creating illustrations and exhibiting her traditonal artworks in group exhibits.

She's also a part of two local organizations, "Ang I.n.K" (Illustrador ng Kabataan - a group that promotes the rights and artworks of artists in children's book illustration industry) and "Kasibulan" (Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibol na Kamalayan - a group composed of filipina artists in different fields and genres of visual, literary, and performing arts.)

Three exceptional authors will be spotlighted in the first wave of  releases from Seventh Starlight, Alexandra Christian, Crymsyn Hart and Siobhan Kinkade.

Alexandra "Lexxx" Christian
Alexandra "Lexxx" Christian's work primarily involves paranormal erotic romance and horror. Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who has published several novels, novellas and short stories with Ellora’s Cave, Purple Sword Publications, Mocha Memoirs Press and most recently, Seventh Star Press.

Crymsyn Hart
Crymsyn Hart is a best-selling author who has written over eighty novels all falling in the paranormal romance, supernatural, dark fantasy erotic category.  Her latest is the Seventh Star Press release Death's Dance, Book One of the Deathly Encounters Series. With a love of the macabre and a bit of a Goth, Crymsyn worked as a psychic medium while she went to college in Boston at one of the country’s oldest tearoom. She attended Emerson College and graduated with a degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing.

Siobhan Kinkade
Pronounced Shi-von, Siobhan Kinkade originally started out as a Dungeons & Dragons character. True story! She was an obnoxious little blonde-haired, violet-eyed half-elf rogue who had a bad habit of screaming at random and stealing things from her fellow travelers. She made the transition from fantasy RPG character to fantasy literary character in 2011. S.H. Roddey wrote a story out of her usual genre, and she decided she needed a pen name rather than confuse her audience. The romance is strong with this one. Some is sweet and some is spicy. It’s about half and half on the paranormal/contemporary fields, and all of it is quite good! 

Fans of romance and speculative fiction everywhere should look to the stars, as Seventh Starlight will be shining down upon the book world very soon!


For further information on Seventh Star Press or Seventh Starlight, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com




Friday, June 27, 2014

New RJ Sullivan Trailer for Haunting Blue, First of the Adventures of Blue Shaefer!

RJ Sullivan has released a new video trailer for Haunting Blue, the first book in the Adventures of Blue Shaefer!  View the trailer below and be sure to share with the paranormal and urban fantasy readers you know!




Pick up Haunting Blue today!





Synopsis of Haunting Blue: Punk, blue-haired "Blue" Shaefer, is at odds with her workaholic single mother. Raised as a city girl in a suburb of Indianapolis, Blue must abandon the life she knows when her unfeeling mother moves them to a dreadful small town. Blue befriends the only student willing to talk to her: computer nerd "Chip" Farren.

Chip knows the connection between the rickety pirate boat ride at the local amusement park and the missing money from an infamous bank heist the townspeople still talk about. When Blue helps him recover the treasure, they awaken a vengeful ghost who'll stop at nothing--not even murder--to prevent them from exposing the truth behind his evil deeds.

Haunting Blue is Book One of the Adventures of Blue Shaefer.




About the Author: Haunting Blue is the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona “Blue” Shaefer. This is the 2014 revised edition by Seventh Star Press. Seventh Star also released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, and Virtual Blue, the second book in Fiona’s tale. R.J.’s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith: Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don’t Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes.

R.J. resides in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks coffee from a Little Mermaid mug and is man enough to admit it. www.rjsullivanfiction.com

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