Thursday, March 28, 2013

SSP Proudly Announces Cover Reveal of The End Was Not the End Anthology

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2013

SSP Proudly Announces Cover Reveal of The End Was Not the End Anthology

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the brand new cover art by the award-winning Bonnie Wasson for The End Was Not the End: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales, a fantasy-themed anthology from editor Joshua H. Leet.



In regards to the theme of The End Was Not the End: Post Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales:

Heroes prevail… usually.

You sit close to a campfire, depending on its faint, flickering light to ward off the darkness. Yet the fire cannot hold back dark memories, thoughts of your fallen kingdom, of monsters across the land, of magic gone awry. Around fires like yours are seated other travelers, refugees from catastrophes none dare mention. Kings and queens huddle shoulder to shoulder with peasants, wizards share scraps with slaves, and each wishes only to be saved. Some will be lucky, for heroes yet remain in their lands. For others, hope was not among the provisions stuffed into a pack when fleeing home.

Eventually the silence of the night grows too heavy, and someone speaks. They tell a tale of loss, of foolish pride and tragic mistake. With bravery stoked by company, others speak up, each sharing their own sorrows.  Before long, there are enough tales to fill a volume. The conversations continue through the night, and by the time dawn has filtered through the gnarled tree limbs, journeys must continue, and one by one, the strangers trudge away. Their worlds may have ended, but they have survived another night. They will continue on, seeking to rebuild upon the ruins of great dreams. Their stories linger upon the air, drifting into time like the smoke from their extinguished fires, fed only by faint embers.

This book contains eleven stories set in worlds where an apocalypse has already come, but the characters you’ll read about aren’t quite ready for the end.

The authors and stories featured in The End Was Not the End: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales include:

Deedee Davies - "The Halls of War"
Desmond Reddick - "Blood and Fire"
Scott Sandridge - "Make Way for Utopia"
Jay Wilburn - "Twenty Year Plan"
Mandi M. Lynch - "Nightmares and Dragonscapes"
Magda Knight -  "The Stone-Sword"
William Ransom - "In the Hills Beyond Twilight"
Steven S. Long - "Blade of Fire"
Bill Blume - "Waist Deep"
Darra L. Hofman - "Ben"
Nathen Gallagher - "Story's End"

The End Was Not the End: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales will be released in the first week of April in Trade Paperback and eBook formats. For further information and updates on The End Was Not the End: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales, please visit the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com





Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Southern Haunts and Perfect Flaw Anthologies Now Available!

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2013


Southern Haunts and Perfect Flaw Anthologies Now Available!

Seventh Star Press is proud to share the good news that two brand new anthologies, Southern Haunts: The Spirits That Walk Among Us, and Perfect Flaw, are now available in softcover, Kindle, and Nook formats!



Southern Haunts: The Spirits That Walk Among Us
is a wonderful new anthology from editors Alexander S. Brown and J.L. Mulvihill featuring 16 tales of ghosts and the paranormal. The book also features 16 illustrations from Robert. K and cover art by Enggar Adirasa.

The list of stories and authors are as follows:

Windsong Levitch – “Interview for a Ghost Hunter”
H. David Blalock – “An Eclipse Over Elmwood”
Richard Parks – “Sydney’s Cotton”
Jason Hughes – “Ghost Road”
Herika R. Raymer – “Cal’s Cutoff”
Diane Ward – “The Shack”
Roland Mannn – “Haints”
L.S. Nadler – “You Will Come to Meet Your Demise”
M.R. Williamson – “Hell’s Gate”
William R. Eakin – “Maddness”
Roman Merry – “Wellspring”
Kalila Smith – “The Bequest”
Miguel L. Viscarra – “The Cleansing”
J.L. Mulvihill – “Bath 10″
Angela Lucius – “Nightmares at Moccasin Bend”
Alexander S. Brown – “The Top Floor”

The ebook version is just $3.99 and the direct links for the Kindle, Kindle UK, and Nook links are here:

Southern Haunts: Kindle Version

Southern Haunts: Kindle UK Version

Southern Haunts: Nook Version

The link to the softcover version on Amazon.com is:

Southern Haunts: The Spirits That Walk Among UsSoftcover version on Amazon.com



The second brand new release, Perfect Flaw, from editor Robin Blankenship, will satisfy those with a hunger for the dystopian, with 17 tales included! The book features cover art by Enggar Adirasa.

The list of stories and authors are as follows:

Leslie J Anderson – “Michael’s Gate”
Jason Campagna – “Hope Unknown”
Frank Roger – “Cracks in the Concrete”
Mandi M. Lynch “Under a Pomegranate Sky”
Shaun Avery – “The Job Hunter”
Cathy Bryant – “Cost Benefit Analysis”
Carolyn M. Chang – “Smilers”
SC Langgle – “The Bird Below Ground”
Delphine Boswell – “Tomorrow’s Children”
Tanith Korravai – “Your Comfort is Important to Us”
DeeDee Davies – “The Ultimate Sale”
Ellen Brock – “Useless”
Herika R. Raymer – “Seventh Degree”
H David Blalock – “Guardian”
H.S. Donnelly – “First Head”
Jay Faulkner – “System Error”
Michael O’Connor – “The Choosing”

The eBook version is just $3.99 and the links for the Kindle, Kindle UK, and Nook links are here.

Perfect Flaw: Kindle Version

Perfect Flaw: Kindle UK Version

Perfect Flaw: Nook Version

The link to the softcover version on Amazon.com is:

Perfect Flaw- Softcover version on Amazon.com



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



Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Friday, March 15, 2013

Announcing Call for Submissions on New Faerie-themed Anthology from Editor Scott Sandridge

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2013



Announcing Call for Submissions on New Faerie-themed Anthology from Editor Scott Sandridge

Seventh Star Press announces a call for entries on A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court/Tales of the Unseelie Court. Edited by Scott Sandridge, the anthology is planned for a special flipbook format which will feature tales fitting the Seelie Court on one half, and tales fitting the Unseelie Court on the other.

Bring out the Fey!  Stories about the Sidhe? Sprites? Pixies? Boggans and Goblins? How about Gnomes?

Looking for fictional stories involving the Fey Folk, both Seelie and Unseelie. From the campy to the deep and esoterical, from traditional faeries to the not-so-traditional (changeling kangaroos, anyone?), Western to Eastern, and perhaps even Martian!

Stories should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words, and the final flipbook will feature approximately 11 stories per side.

Residing in Ohio, editor and author Scott M. Sandridge’s first short story, “Treecutter,” was published in The Sword Review in July 2005. Since then, he’s gone on to publish over 26 more short stories, and over 60 reviews. He has also been a columnist for the Double-Edged Publishing webzines, a Submissions Editor for Ray Gun Revival, and the Managing Editor of Fear and Trembling. Scott is also an active blogger whose site can be found at: http://smsand.wordpress.com

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court/Tales of the Unseelie Court will be released in trade paperback and eBook formats in late 2013. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2013, and full information on the anthology and submission guidelines can be found at http://www.seventhstarpress.com/submissions/





Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Travis Simmons Guest Post-Space Exploration

Editor's note: Our friends at Jitterbug PR have brought us a great guest post and author to introduce to all of you. His name is Travis Simmons, and the book is The Mirror of the Moon. Read the guest post below, and then learn more about the book and Travis. Be sure to enter the giveaway too!
-Stephen





Space Exploration
by Travis Simmons

At the end of 2012 I was browsing news headlines when I came across one that said NASA believes we would find life on other planets in 2013. There are some topics I can breeze past, and then there are those topics that make me sit back and say “WOW!” Immediately my brain started thinking. There are so many planets in our galaxy that could support life and daily more and more are added to that list. Some of these planets aren’t that far away. And you have to think, we are only categorizing planets that could support life as we know it. That means if there are life forms out there that live a way we don’t know about, there could be even more.

Lets look at a number really fast. 54 is the number of planets found between 2009 and 2011 believed to have liquid water, an essential building block to life as we know it. That is just two years. And that is just planets they know about, planets they have found. Our galaxy could contain more than 50 billion planets. People far smarter than I have already done the math, and it rings in at about 500 million planets that could be in the “Goldilocks” zone, the perfect distance from their host star to support life (as we know it).

This is astounding! Do you know what that means? Nothing is confirmed yet (more on that in a minute) but there is no way we are alone in the universe. These planets are in our cosmic back yard! Even more exhilarating there is mention that Venus could have water on the surface, and there is evidence that Mars had water on it at one time. Personally I think Mars had life on it. Personally I think we were implanted from Mars to Earth via a meteor shower that brought parts of Mars to Earth and bacteria with it (in a panspermia display of implanting life).

But the headline definitely said we would find life in 2013. You know what that translates to for me? We have already found life; we just need to confirm our findings before we release the news. Where would this life be? The red planet in my opinion. We are already there with Curiosity, analyzing minerals. They even found carbon at the landing site, and carbon IS the building block of life. But they largely suspect the carbon went into the Martian atmosphere with Curiosity.

But what will this life be? Most likely we will find some form of bacteria when we find actual life, but that is still alien life. The possibilities are endless though. Cosmically speaking, humans are a pretty young species, which means there could certainly be (in all probability there is) older forms of civilization out there.
This is the type of stuff fantasy and science fiction authors live for. These discoveries drive us and we start imagining all of these strange worlds, some of them similar to our own, but many of them aren’t. If you pick up any science fiction book, it is completely possible a world similar to the one written of could be out there somewhere, undiscovered.

Every day there are amazing discoveries in science. Some of the stuff in science fiction of times past is already coming into play. It is only a matter of time before real life space exploration catches up to science fiction. At that point, will it even be called science fiction any longer? Will it, instead, be called science? Probably not because, by then, the science fiction authors will have more evidence and information to build off of, and more theories to create that might eventually be supported by scientific discovery. It is an amazing time to live in, and an amazing time to write in. I am just so glad I am alive to see it.



About The Mirror of the Moon: With the death of one of the companions, Grace must answer for the secrets she’s kept. The path before them is ever lengthening in their quest for Amber. There are changes they all must face, and when Joya enters her trials of sorcery, danger lurks around every corner. The power within Angelica and Jovian is strengthening and with it comes confusion. What are they? It is painfully obvious nothing like them has ever existed before. Why is it at times they seem more one person than two separate people? With all the mystery surrounding their latent power, Angelica stumbles upon a passage in a book of sorcery indicating she is evil. Could she be the Mask prophecy speaks of? Is she destined to turn against her own flesh? To make matters worse, the Well of Wyrding (a giant well that controls all sorcery) has been breached and wyrd itself is spiraling into chaos.



About Travis Simmons: "I have been writing since I was 14. I began writing a book called "The Calling of the Two" and while writing that on and off I started uncovering another idea.

"Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?" I always knew there was a "before" and as I started wondering about it I got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as I discovered the names for my characters a whole story about them emerged.

I started working on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and I am very happy I did because hearing and documenting Jovian and Angelica's story has been one wild ride.

I live in a remote part of upstate New York and honestly just hoofing around my neck of the woods gives me a ton of inspiration for my novels. I love research, and I love speculating on different ideas and theories."


Connect with Travis at the following links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest Post by Jennings Wright and Start of IXEOS Blog Tour

Editor's Note: Today we bring you the start of the IXEOS tour with author Jennings Wright, and we have a great guest post about the foundation of IXEOS and Jennings' experiences in writing the novel. Special thanks to Jitterbug PR for letting us share another gifted author with all of you!
-Stephen





The Genesis of IXEOS and Surprises in Writing 

by Jennings Wright


I don’t know if all writers feel this way, or if it’s just because I write in so many genres, but I am constantly surprised by the stories that I write. Sometimes I think, “Where the heck did all that come from?!” when I’m reading through a draft, especially on the first go-round, since I never edit while I’m writing.

IXEOS is no exception, and may, in fact, be the most surprising book so far, for several reasons. First off, I don’t really read science fiction, and my fantasy reading has been, until I discovered some indie authors I wanted to read, limited to low fantasy stories like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. I do watch those kinds of movies sometimes, but still, I’m not at all what you’d call a buff in those genres.

So why, you’re probably wondering, would I choose to write this story? That’s a good question, and I’ll contribute to your confusion when I say that, at first, I didn’t even realize it had sci-fi elements to it! My daughter had to inform me. So. Here’s the story behind the story…

First off, I don’t usually decide to write a book in a genre before I have the idea for a book. I dream up the idea first, and then write it, and then have to choose a genre for publishing. I know genres are important for people who are looking up new books to read, but honestly, I just like well written, entertaining stories and rarely think about genre. I’m the same with movies, although I guess I lean towards action in all genres.

Secondly, I would say that IXEOS is somewhat “low” sci-fi, definitely low fantasy, and has as many dystopian elements as either of these. When I think of science fiction I picture space ships and laser guns and robots. IXEOS doesn’t have these, although it does have aliens. That look like humans.

I know, you’re still confused. Here’s the genesis of the story:

Late last winter, I picked up a National Geographic magazine in a doctor’s waiting room and read a fascinating story about the almost-200 miles of tunnels that are under Paris. There is a whole community that uses these tunnels (illegally) called cataphiles, and there are others who work for the City who check the tunnels for safety, cave-ins, and that kind of thing. Miles of the walls are covered with artwork and amazing graffiti, and there are walls of bones, which have been made into decorative patterns from the bones of an over-full cemetery. In short, it’s really fascinating, and I knew right away that those tunnels would be in a novel one day.

The second event was the following summer, when my daughter and I were kayaking around Beaufort, NC. We beached on Carrot Island, which is a narrow barrier island in front of the town, and walked over the dune to see what was on the other side. We expected more water, but not what we found: a perfectly round pond that was teeming with water birds, including a flock of mallards. We were looking around the area, noting the feed station for the wild horses that live on the island, when we realized the ducks were gone. Just gone. They hadn’t flown away, but they were nowhere to be seen. We walked around the whole pond, thinking they’d snuck into the reeds, but we never saw them again.

For a couple of weeks after that, my daughter and I sent each other funny, random texts about “where the ducks went.” They went all over the place in our imaginations! And then one day, I realized that the ducks could go to those tunnels in Paris, and IXEOS was born.

Having the McClellands follow the ducks into a tunnel and end up in Paris meant that there could be fantasy elements in the story. I researched other cities in the world that had tunnels and was surprised to find how many do. That led to the idea of portals in the Paris tunnels that led the outsiders all over the world. And from there the plot really took off.

I didn’t expect the book to become a trilogy, but I realized that I wouldn’t be able to fully resolve the problem of the humans and the Firsts in just one book. It was a relief to be able to spread it out and really explore the world and the characters rather than trying to cram such a large plot , involving the whole world, into one book.

So obviously, there were a lot of surprises with this book. That’s one of the best parts about being a writer, and especially an independent one. I can write the stories that fascinate and surprise me, make them the length I think the story deserves, and smash three different genres into one novel. Life doesn’t get much better than that!



Synopsis of IXEOS

The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader.

The aliens aren't the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved.

The worst part? There's no way home.





About the Author

Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She's written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.

Author Links

Facebook – www.Facebook.com/JSWwrites
Twitter – @JenningsWright

Thursday, March 7, 2013

SSP Proudly Announces Cover Reveal of Southern Haunts Anthology

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2013

SSP Proudly Announces Cover Reveal of Southern Haunts Anthology

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the brand new cover art by Enggar Adirasa for Southern Haunts, Spirits That Walk Among Us, a paranormal-themed anthology from editors Alexander S. Brown and J.L. Mulvihill.




From the shadowed realms of the paranormal comes 16 chilling tales that dwell in the South and South West. Resurrected in your very hands are stories that will make you laugh, ponder, and shiver as the reader is introduced to spirits that are humorous, saddened, and vengeful.

From 16 authors, learn of haunted homes, buildings, landmarks and roads where restless entities from beyond the grave desire acknowledgement amongst the living.

Become acquainted with the aftermath of an eclipse that awakens the dead in a Memphis cemetery, see what horrors dwell in the woods at Hell’s Gate, learn the dark secrets of Sidney’s Cotton, and dare to travel down Ghost Road.

These and many other tales are sure to keep you awake as you are introduced to what makes the South and South West so unique…. History and GHOSTS!!!!!

So, sit back, dim the lights and prepare yourself to face the spirits that walk among us.

The authors and stories featured in Southern Haunts, Spirits That Walk Among Us include:

Windsong Levitch - "Interview for a Ghost Hunter"
H. David Blalock - "An Eclipse Over Elmwood"
Richard Parks - "Sydney's Cotton"
Jason Hughes - "Ghost Road"
Herika R. Raymer - "Cal's Cutoff"
Diane Ward - "The Shack"
Roland Mannn - "Haints"
L.S. Nadler - "You Will Come to Meet Your Demise"
M.R. Williamson - "Hell's Gate"
William R. Eakin - "Maddness"
Roman Merry - "Wellspring"
Kalila Smith - "The Bequest"
Miguel L. Viscarra - "The Cleansing"
J.L. Mulvihill - "Bath 10"
Angela Lucius - "Nightmares at Moccasin Bend"
Alexander S. Brown - "The Top Floor"

In addition to the collection of short stories, Southern Haunts, Spirits That Walk Among Us also features a series of 16 interior illustrations created by artist Robert K.  Each of the illustrations was themed and paired with a particular story, creating a unique collection of artwork that resonates with the literature.

Southern Haunts will be released towards the end of March in Trade Paperback and eBook formats. For further information and updates on Southern Haunts, please visit the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com



Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Limited Edition Hardcover Version of Between Dark and Light Announced and New Illustration Revealed

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2013


Limited Edition Hardcover Version of Between Dark and Light Announced and New Illustration Revealed

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the limited edition hardcover version of Between Dark and Light, Book 4 of the Brotherhood of Dwarves series by D.A. Adams.

Limited to only 75 signed and numbered copies issued, the limited edition hardcover version comes in a sharp, full-color dust jacket, features an additional illustration from the award-winning Bonnie Wasson, has a special signature page, and other features that make this version highly collectible and a welcome addition to book collections.

 New illustration of Roskin, created by Bonnie Wasson and featured in the limited edition hardcover version of Between Dark and Light.
Books are slated for shipment in the second week of April, with a pre-order window now open at http://www.seventhstarpress.com/pre-orders/ The price to reserve one of the 75 copies is just $27.95, and the books will be sent with a pair of Between Dark and Light bookmarks.

For further information on D.A. Adams releases or Seventh Star Press, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com or the author’s site at: www.daadams.com


Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky



Cover Reveal of Vampires Don't Sparkle! and Special Pre-Order Offer

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2013

Cover Reveal of Vampires Don't Sparkle! and Special Pre-Order Offer

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art created by award-winning artist Matthew Perry for Vampires Don't Sparkle!, the new anthology from editor Michael West. Featuring authors such as Gary A. Braunbeck, Tim Waggoner, Lucy A. Snyder, and Maurice Broaddus, the anthology contains some of the best writers in the speculative fiction arena today.

A special, short pre-order window is also being offered until March 16th for those wishing to have copies signed and personalized by editor Michael West.



Vampires Don’t Sparkle! poses the question: What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?

Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else?

The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.”

Authors and stories featured in Vampires Don't Sparkle! include:

“A New Life” by J. F. Gonzalez
“What Once was Flesh” by Tim Waggoner
“The Darkton Circus Mystery” by Elizabeth Massie
“Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan
“Beneath a Templar Cross” by Gord Rollo
“The Weapon of Memory” by Kyle S. Johnson
“The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer
“Skraeling” by Joel A. Sutherland
“Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman
“Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues” by Gregory L. Hall
“I F*** Your Sunshine” by Lucy A. Snyder
“A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus
“Rattenk├Ânig” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon
“Curtain Call” by Gary A. Braunbeck

Readers may pre-order a first edition softcover signed (and personalized if desired) by editor Michael West at the Seventh Star Press website (http://www.seventhstarpress.com/pre-orders/ ) . Pre-orders must be received by March 16th, 2013, with shipping to occur the following week.

Additionally, and very importantly, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the anthology will be going to cancer research institutions. Michael West, the author of highly-acclaimed novels such as Poseidon’s Children, Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game andSpook House, comments.  “It is a very personal cause for me.  One year ago, I lost one of my closest friends, author Sara J. Larson, to cancer, and then my wife was diagnosed with the disease last fall.  I hope that, with this anthology, we can help win the fight against this real-life horror.”

To get further information on Michael West, or the Vampires Don’t Sparkle! anthology, please visit Michael’s site at www.bymichaelwest.com or the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com



Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Seventh Star Press Unveils Cover Art For Perfect Flaw Anthology

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2013


Seventh Star Press Unveils Cover Art For Perfect Flaw Anthology

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the brand new cover art by Enggar Adirasa for Perfect Flaw, a dystopian-themed anthology from editor Robin Blankenship.


Perfect Flaw features a variety of speculative fiction stories, spanning many genres, that involve the exploration of society gone wrong. From "utopian" societies masking an underlying controlled state, to stories of people fighting back against repression in hopes of a better world, the flaws that create a dystopian atmosphere are identified and challenged.

The authors and stories featured in Perfect Flaw include:

Leslie J Anderson - "Michael's Gate"
Jason Campagna - "Hope Unknown"
Frank Roger - "Cracks in the Concrete"
Mandi M. Lynch "Under a Pomegranate Sky"
Shaun Avery - "The Job Hunter"
Cathy Bryant - "Cost Benefit Analysis"
Carolyn M. Chang - "Smilers"
SC Langgle - "The Bird Below Ground"
Delphine Boswell - "Tomorrow's Children"
Tanith Korravai - "Your Comfort is Important to Us"
DeeDee Davies - "The Ultimate Sale"
Ellen Brock - "Useless"
Herika R. Raymer - "Seventh Degree"
H David Blalock - "Guardian"
H.S. Donnelly - "First Head"
Jay Faulkner - "System Error"
Michael O'Connor - "The Choosing"

Perfect Flaw will be released towards the end of March in Trade Paperback and eBook formats. For further information and updates on Perfect Flaw, please visit the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky



Friday, March 1, 2013

Seventh Star Press Announces Upcoming Release of Vampires Don't Sparkle! Anthology

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2013


Seventh Star Press Announces Upcoming Release of Vampires Don't Sparkle! Anthology

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the upcoming release of Vampires Don't Sparkle!, an exciting new anthology from editor Michael West that features the talents of many of the best writers in the speculative fiction arena, including Gary Braunbeck, Tim Waggoner, Maurice Broaddus, Lucy A. Snyder, and several more exceptional authors.  Featuring cover artwork from the award-winning artist Matthew Perry, the anthology will be available in trade paperback and eBook formats by the end of March.

Vampires Don't Sparkle! poses the question: What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?

Would you...go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you...spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you...do something else?

The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be "vampyre."

Below is a full list of authors and stories included in Vampires Don't Sparkle!

"A New Life" by J. F. Gonzalez
"What Once was Flesh" by Tim Waggoner
"The Darkton Circus Mystery" by Elizabeth Massie
"Robot Vampire" by R. J. Sullivan
"Beneath a Templar Cross" by Gord Rollo
"The Weapon of Memory" by Kyle S. Johnson
"The Excavation" by Stephen Zimmer
"Skraeling" by Joel A. Sutherland
"Dreams of Winter" by Bob Freeman
"Dracula's Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues" by Gregory L. Hall
"I F*** Your Sunshine" by Lucy A. Snyder
"A Soldier’s Story" by Maurice Broaddus
"Rattenk├Ânig" by Douglas F. Warrick
"Vampire Nation" by Jerry Gordon
"Curtain Call" by Gary A. Braunbeck

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the anthology will be going to cancer research institutions, which was a prime motivation for editor Michael West in putting the project together. The author of highly-acclaimed novels such as Poseidon's Children, Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game and Spook House, Michael decided to take on the editor's role for Vampires Don't Sparkle! for some personal reasons.

As Michael recently stated, "It is a very personal cause for me.  One year ago, I lost one of my closest friends, author Sara J. Larson, to cancer, and then my wife was diagnosed with the disease last fall.  I hope that, with this anthology, we can help win the fight against this real-life horror.

And what an anthology it is!  My fellow horror and dark fantasy authors will take you down some very twisted paths, each putting his or her own unique spin on the age-old legend of the vampire. Some of these tales are fanciful, some humorous, and some as black as an endless night. These are stories that will once more strike fear into your heart and make you dread sundown. These are tales to make the vampire cool again."

To get further information on Michael West, or the Vampires Don't Sparkle! anthology, please visit Michael's site at www.bymichaelwest.com or the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com





Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

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