Friday, September 27, 2013

Michael West's Skull Full of Kisses Cover Reveal

For Immediate Release
September 27, 2013

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Matthew Perry for the reissue of Michael West's Skull Full of Kisses, a collection of short stories that horror fans are sure to enjoy!

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Featuring a forward by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Gary Braunbeck, Skull Full of Kisses includes a diverse range of tones and settings that display the horror virtuosity of Michael West.  The release also unites Skull Full of Kisses with Michael's other Seventh Star Press titles such as Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, and Poseidon's Children.

"I am so pleased that this, my first short fiction collection, is now back in print.  Ten tales, including a lot of fan favorites such as 'Jiki,' my ode to Asian Horror; 'To Know How to See,' my first real stab at Sci-fi Horror; and 'Goodnight,' which was named Best Horror Short Story of 2005 in the annual P&E Readers Poll. Those stories hold special places in my heart as well, and I'm so happy that they are now available again to both new and faithful readers alike."

Skull Full of Kisses will be released in eBook format on Monday, September 30th, with availability for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBookstore, and other types of eReaders, with the print version to follow 1 week later.

For further information on Michael West and his releases, visit the author's site at www.bymichaelwest.com or www.seventhstarpress.com



Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based out of Lexington, Kentucky.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Three SSP Authors Begin Virtual Tours On Monday!

Starting this monday, you will have the opportunity to get to know three SSP authors very well through a week-long series of online events that each of them will be engaged in.

J.L. Mulvihill (for The Boxcar Baby, Book One of the Steel Roots Series, steampunk), Eric Garrison (for Four 'Til Late, Book One of the Road Ghosts Trilogy, paranormal/urban fantasy) and John F. Allen (for The God Killers, Book One of The God Killers Legacy, urban fantasy), will each have a series of guest posts, reviews, interviews, and more concentrated between September 23 and September 29.  There will be contests as well, giving you a chance to win some great eBook bundles, softcovers, and more.

Be sure to check the virtual tour page for each of the tours offered to see the schedule of dates, hosting sites, and events. Link is under each image here:

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We invite you to enjoy these tours and visit many of the online stops along the way this coming week!



Monday, September 16, 2013

True Blood Cast Members Sign SSP Book for Cancer Research Fundraiser


True Blood Cast Members Sign SSP's Vampires Don't Sparkle Anthology for Cancer Research Fundraiser

Five members of the cast of HBO's hit television series True Blood signed a copy of the Michael West-edited SSP anthology Vampires Don't Sparkle! to be auctioned with 100% of proceeds from this event going to support cancer research. The auction will be conducted through eBay starting the second week of October and ending on Halloween, October 31st.

“It is a very personal cause for me, " says Michael West, the author of highly-acclaimed novels such as Poseidon’s Children, Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game and Spook House. "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.”


Signing the copy of Vampires Don't Sparkle! were:

Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara Thorton 
Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte 
Jim Parrack, who played Hoyt Fortenberry 
Janina Gavankar, who played Luna Garza  
Jessica Clark, who plays vampire god Lilith



This will be a great opportunity for True Blood fans to get a one-of-a-kind collectible!  Even better, Vampires Don't Sparkle! honors the true spirit of vampire storytelling, making for a perfect match!





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? Anything 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."

Edited by Michael West

Foreword by Michael West


"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 Fuck 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 Vampires Don't Sparkle are donated to cancer research institutions to fight the real horrors of Cancer.


Available in print and also eBook formats such as:

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Friday, September 13, 2013

AshleyRose Sullivan Welcomed to SSP Author Family!

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2013

Seventh Star Press Proudly Welcomes AshleyRose Sullivan to Our Author Family!





Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome AshelyRose Sullivan to its author family with the addition of two fascinating and imaginative new series!

The first series, Cape and Cowl, is a super hero fairy tale that brings to life the world of Awesome Jones.  The series gets underway with the release of the first book, The Astonishing Adventures of Awesome Jones and Lona Chang, in early 2014.

Readers of the first book will discover that the only thing Awesome Jones wants is to be a super hero. Until he falls in love.

Despite his colorful name, Awesome Jones is a painfully average man who dreams of being a super hero, just like the ones who patrol his city. It’s been that way since he was a little boy, raised by his grandfather after his parents’ death.

The day Jones starts his new job as a file clerk at Akai Printing Company he meets secretary Lona Chang and everything changes. Lona sees something in Jones that no one ever has and the two quickly become inseparable. But when the perfect pair’s domestic bliss is threatened by a super-powered secret from the past, Awesome Jones has to make a choice. He must decide whether he should play it safe or find the strength to live up to his name and risk everything he’s come to love to save the day like he always dreamed.

Also to be published by Seventh Star Press is the cross-genre/alt-history YA series Quicksilver, which will debut in 2014 with the first book Silver Tongue, followed by Silver Coat, and then Silver Smith.

Silver Tongue introduces Claire, a daughter of Sky Clan, who carries the power of persuasion, a way with words that is more than just skillful; it's supernatural.  When a dear friend's family is murdered, Claire must embark on a journey with her companions that will see them cross paths with a host of characters from both antiquity and literature, including Auguste Dupin, an idealistic P.T Barnum, and the mysterious, alluring William Frankenstein.

Claire's story is a mix of fantasy and fact, full of magic, monsters, and mystery on the Mighty Mississippi. Weaving together fantasy themes like loyalty and self-discovery with tropes from classical literature and an off-kilter American history, Silver Tongue promises to be a bright new addition to the speculative fiction realms!

On coming aboard Seventh Star Press, AshelyRose stated, "I'm so excited to be working with Seventh Star Press. I've been a fan for some time. Their consistently beautiful artwork, dedication to marketing and promoting their authors, and their connection to fans is second to none."

Born and raised in Appalachia, AshleyRose Sullivan now lives, writes, and paints in Los Angeles. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Her work has been published in places like Word RiotThe Medulla Review, and Scape: YA Zine.

She can be found at her website or her daily blog My Year Of Star Trek.





Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington Kentucky.  For further information on the press or the forthcoming AshleyRose Sullivan titles, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Peter Welmerink Welcomed to SSP Author Family!

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2013

Seventh Star Press Proudly Welcomes Peter Welmerink to Our Author Family!


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Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome Peter Welmerink to its author family with the addition of the Transport Series, a military thriller of the post-apocalyptic kind, with zombies! The horror-laced series debuts with the release of the first novella, Transport, in early 2014.


Transport begins in the year 2025. When Commissioner Wilhelm DeGage's helicopter goes down in hostile territory, it is up to Captain Jacob "Jake" Billet and his crew to bring the official home. With only an armored personnel carrier, Jake and his crew brave the infected lands, pushed to the limits of their honor in order to protect DeGage despite the horror of his past transgressions.

And then there are the zombies.

Getting from Point A to Point B has never been so dangerous.

Regarding coming aboard Seventh Star Press, Peter said, "Outside of the kick-ass books/titles SSP puts out, from the people I have spoken to who have worked or are working with SSP, SSP seems a very author-centric publisher, meaning they seem to really work and care for their crew of literary artisans. I want to work just as hard for a publisher if they appear to want to work just as hard for me, the author. Like I said, the people I have spoken to who have or do work with SSP say this is so. I want to be under that roof, in that family."

Peter Welmerink has been published in various online and wood pulp publications, mainly in the realms of Dark Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. Peter's biggest novel endeavor to date was a collaborative effort with Steven L. Shrewsbury, entitled Bedlam Unleashed. His most recent published short story was published in Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous. His is married with a small barbarian horde consisting of three rambunctious boys.


Peter can be found at his website peterwelmerink.com

or his blog grandrapidsaltered.blogspot.com/






Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington Kentucky. For further information on the press or the forthcoming Peter Welmerink titles, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com




Wednesday, September 11, 2013

S. H. Roddey Welcomed to SSP Author Family!

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2013

Seventh Star Press Proudly Welcomes S. H. Roddey to Our Author Family!

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Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome S. H. Roddey to its author family with the addition of a wonderful new genre-crossing series, The Soul Collectors, which debuts with the release of Damnation Day in early 2014.

The dark fantasy/horror series introduces the character Lydia St. Clair, a bounty hunter who is a collector of souls due to the deal she made with the Devil to save her father's life.  In the first book of the series, Damnation Day, she awakens from a troubling dream, only to find a charred piece of parchment with the word "Armageddon" on it.

The document contains her upcoming assignment, which will send her on an adventure filled with twists, turns,  and an assortment of deities, strange creatures, powerful artifacts, supernatural realms, and more!  An apocalypse looms, and it is up to Lydia to unravel mysteries and put a stop to the most diabolical of plans.

All of it is just part of the job for a collector of souls!

On bringing The Soul Collectors Series to Seventh Star Press and joining its author family, S.H. Roddey commented, "I like the family atmosphere. It's nice to see that there's still a publisher in this world that isn't just about the money - that that an old-fashioned place still exists where the doors are always open and the people are always willing to help each other. It's cozy, but still professional."

South Carolina native S.H. Roddey brings a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark themes and strong characters.  Her previously published works include the novel Lost in the Shadows (co-written with Selah Janel) and a number of short stories featured in anthologies such as The Big Bad and Thunder on the Battlefield. In addition to writing, she is also a voracious reader, wannabe chef, and video game addict with two full-time jobs: administrative social media professional, and mom to two cats, a teenager, and a precocious toddler with an affinity for computer keyboards.

She can be found online at http://creepyauthorgirl.wordpress.com





Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington Kentucky.  For further information on the press or the forthcoming S.H. Roddey titles, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bob Freeman Welcomed to Seventh Star Press Author Family!

For Immediate Release
September 10, 2013

Seventh Star Press Proudly Welcomes Bob Freeman to Our Author Family!
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Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome Bob Freeman to its author family, with the addition of two exciting series!  Both cross-genre in nature, the two series contain a diverse array including dark fantasy, horror, and supernatural thriller elements!

The Cairnwood Manor Trilogy, which includes the titles Shadows Over SomersetKeepers of the Dead, and In Time's Shadow, tells the story of a clash and curse with roots in 14th century Scotland.  In a world of werewolves, witches, and vampires, a descendant of the Cairnwood clan named Michael Somers must come to terms with his family's legacy while preparing to confront an ancient evil that awakens in the town of Somerset. Readers can expect the Seventh Star Press release of Shadows Over Somerset in early 2014.


The Landon Connors Trilogy consists of the titles First BornDescendant, and Born Again. Introducing federal agents Selina Wolfe and her undead partner Martin Crowe, the series invites readers along for the ride on their occult-savvy investigations delving into the mythical, supernatural, and horrific. Faced with adversaries of the demonic and monstrous kind, Wolfe and Crowe spearhead occult detective thrillers like no other!  Readers everywhere can look forward to the Seventh Star Press release of First Born in the first part of 2014.

Regarding joining the Seventh Star Press family with these projects, Bob commented, "I couldn't be more excited to be working with Seventh Star Press. It's an honour and privilege to be published alongside writers such as Michael West, Steven Shrewsbury, and Peter Welmerink, and I have been clamoring to work with Stephen Zimmer for years. I'm proud to be counted among their number and look forward to a bright and prosperous partnership."

Bob lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.  In addition to his pursuits as an author, he is a card carrying paranormal adventurer who founded Nightstalkers of Indiana in 1983.  A lifelong student of witchcraft, magic, and religion, Bob’s studies are reflected in his art, both as an author and illustrator.

He can be found online at occultdetective.com





Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington Kentucky.  For further information on the press or the forthcoming Bob Freeman titles, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com



Monday, September 9, 2013

A. Christopher Drown Welcomed to SSP Author Family!

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2013

Seventh Star Press proudly welcomes A. Christopher Drown to our author family!
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Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome A. Christopher Drown to its author family, with the addition of his Heart of the Sisters Series.  The fantasy series gets underway with the reissue of the first novel, the award-winning A Mage of None Magic, to be released in the beginning of 2014.

Readers of fantasy everywhere can expect well-crafted, original storytelling in the Heart of the Sisters Series.   The story unleashes a clash of science and magic like no other in a world where powerful magicians strive to keep knowledge suppressed in order to maintain their authority and the status quo.

A Mage of None Magic follows the story of a nineteen year old apprentice, Niel, a thousand years after a major cataclysm unleashed by the legendary magician Uhniethi razed the College of Magic that the young man now seeks to attend.  Unforeseen events diverting him from his journey to the College, Niel soon finds himself at the center of a quest involving the Heart of the Sisters, an ancient gem reputed to hold the power to destroy all magic in the world.

Niel's quest will take him deeper into the legend, where he will discover the truth of magic, the College itself, and other revelations that have the potential to transform the world.

Commenting on joining Seventh Star Press, A. Christopher Drown stated, " If I had to distill the multitude of reasons for my excitement over joining Seventh Star Press, the word at which I'd arrive would be "enthusiasm." As an onlooker, the happy and pervasive zeal with which the folks at SSP approached all their endeavors was enticing and contagious. Now, as a member of their amazing assemblage of writers, I'm eager not just to have that collective energy working on my behalf, but to lend my support to others who share my love of storytelling, and to play a role in SSP growing and achieving everything I'm convinced it can."

A. Christopher Drown is a native of Brunswick, Maine, and currently resides in Memphis. His work has appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated, Shots!, and Alien Skin magazines, and in such anthologies as Beacons of Tomorrow, Sky-Tinted Waters and A Tall Ship, A Star, and Plunder. His first book, A Mage of None Magic, won the 2010 Darrell Award for Best Novel. His story, Path of an Arrow, received the 2012 Darrell Award for Best Novella. He recently completed his second novel, A Sister to Butterflies, and is at work on the follow-up to A Mage of None Magic.





Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington Kentucky.  For further information on the press or the forthcoming A. Christopher Drown titles, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com




Friday, September 6, 2013

Hellscapes Available Now on Kindle and Kobo!


Stephen Zimmer's new horror collection Hellscapes, Volume 1, is now available on Kindle and Kobo.  It will be available on Nook and iBookstore at some point today as well, but we wanted to get the live links out on release day.  The print edition will be available next week.



Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Hellscapes-ebook/dp/B00F01WWKA

Kobo
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/hellscapes


Synopsis:
Journey into realms of darkness and explore the regions where angels fear to tread! Welcome to the Hellscapes, featuring tales of the infernal in settings where the horror never ends and the inhabitants experience the ultimate nightmare.

In “Blood Dreams” follow the tale of a woman who knew great political authority and influence in life, as she discovers the reward awaiting her in the next world.

“The Grove” welcomes a new arrival, a wealthy man who is looking forward to a weekend of indulging in lust and libation, as he has for many years in this secluded convocation for the elite. Something is different this time, though, and he soon finds that his visit will be taking a very different turn.

In “The Smallest Fish”, the story is told of a ruthless business mogul who finds himself in an abandoned, ruined version of the city he knew well, in life. This city won’t be remaining vacant for long.

“Drowning in Tears” tells the story of a young man’s unhealthy obsession for a suicidal girlfriend that leads him on a path of severe transformation.

The final tale of Volume 1, “Lords of War”, follows the story of a man who wielded military power on a worldwide scale as a Secretary of Defense, who now learns the deeper nature of war and what kinds of monstrosities it breeds.

Hellscapes, Volume 1 is the first release in an exciting new themed horror collection from Stephen Zimmer.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cover Reveal for Stephen Zimmer's Hellscapes, Vol. 1

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art by Matthew Perry for Hellscapes, Volume 1, the first of a brand new horror collection from author Stephen Zimmer.




The novella-sized release features five stand-alone short stories that have a connection in that all of the tales are set in different aspects of Hell.  Readers can look forward to some recurring characters as the collection unfolds, as well as a wide variety of environments and styles of stories.

"I'm really excited about this collection," Stephen commented.  "I love the horror genre, as it gives writers some great options for storytelling that are not as readily accessible in other genres.  Some of my fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk readers might be surprised about this release, but there are plenty of moments in my other books that show this side of me. I've always been a big fan of the genre, and Clive Barker is one of my all-time favorite authors. Having been long enthralled with more medieval-type depictions of Hell such as Dante's Inferno, and other representations such as can be found in Milton's Paradise lost, I've wanted to explore a theme like this for quite awhile.  This project has been wonderful to undertake and readers can expect much more in the future."

The eBook will be available on Friday, September 6, and print availability will arrive in the following week.

Here is the official synopsis:

Journey into realms of darkness and explore the regions where angels fear to tread! Welcome to the Hellscapes, featuring tales of the infernal in settings where the horror never ends and the inhabitants experience the ultimate nightmare.

In “Blood Dreams” follow the tale of a woman who knew great political authority and influence in life, as she discovers the reward awaiting her in the next world.

“The Grove” welcomes a new arrival, a wealthy man who is looking forward to a weekend of indulging in lust and libation, as he has for many years in this secluded convocation for the elite.  Something is different this time, though, and he soon finds that his visit will be taking a very different turn.

In “The Smallest Fish”, the story is told of a ruthless business mogul who finds himself in an abandoned, ruined version of the city he knew well … in life.  This city won’t be remaining vacant for long.

“Drowning in Tears” tells the story of a young man’s unhealthy obsession for a suicidal girlfriend that leads him on a path of severe transformation.

The final tale of Volume 1, “Lords of War”, follows the story of a man who wielded military power on a worldwide scale as a Secretary of Defense, who now learns the deeper nature of war and what kinds of monstrosities it breeds.



More volumes of Hellscapes are forthcoming.  For further information on Seventh Star Press, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com and for information on the author visitwww.stephenzimmer.com
Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington, Kentucky.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chronicles of Ave eBook Links! Available Today!

Chronicles of Ave, a brand new collection of short stories from Stephen Zimmer set in the world of Ave (fantasy/epic fantasy) is now available on Kindle and Nook! (Kobo and iBookstore will be going live sometime today as well).

Pick up a copy today and spread the word. Softcover will be available next week (328 pages, including the novella length "Winter's Embrace")



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Monday, September 2, 2013

Cover Reveal for Stephen Zimmer's Chronicles of Ave Volume 1!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Matthew Perry for Stephen Zimmer's Chronicles of Ave, Volume 1, a brand new collection of fantasy short stories set in the world of Ave that is the primary setting for his Fires in Eden Series.


The new release features six tales, including the novella-length "Winter's Embrace".  It will be issued in eBook formats on Wednesday, September 4, with the print version to be released the following week. 

The tales are stand-alone short stories that do not require familiarity with the Fires in Eden novels.  However, those who have read the novels will find their experience of the world of Ave broadened and deepened.

"These stories give me a chance to explore many things I am only able to briefly mention or reference in the Fires in Eden Series," Stephen explained.  "They also give me a chance to allow readers an introduction to areas of Ave that have not been portrayed in the novel series as of yet."

The stories exhibit a range of settings, styles, and characters displaying the diverse kinds of cultures and lands to be found in Ave.  Volume 1 features the following tales:

“Into Glory Ride” tells the story of a young Trogen Warrior who is called to go up against insurmountable odds when Elves raid his homeland.  The Trogens have only begun training winged steeds for combat, but time is of the essence and a choice has to be made by the young warrior.

In “A Touch of Serenity” a conscript laborer working on a massive wall constructed under the orders of the Divine Emperor begins to hear ghostly voices asking for help.  His response leads him on a journey that will test his courage, wisdom, and compassion.

In “Moonlight’s Grace” a young man goes to help his people when a Midragardan raid strikes Gael.  He seeks to prove his worth to the chieftain whose daughter he loves with all his heart.

The novella-length “Winter’s Embrace” follows a warrior-monk deep into dangerous woodlands in the heart of winter.  There he will find his faith tested in ways he never anticipated, when he must help a forest witch against an enigmatic, immortal being known as the Undying.

“Lion Heart” introduces the heroic Sigananda of the Amazu people, who must confront things that transcend the laws of the physical world when powerful Wizards threaten his homeland.

In “Land of Shadow”, a knight who is part of a band of Avanoran mercenaries discovers how perilous the mysterious Shadowlands are when they undertake a journey to locate a site to build a fortress.

More volumes are forthcoming.  For further information on Seventh Star Press, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com and for information on the author visit www.stephenzimmer.com



Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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