RE-COVER REVEAL – TRANSCENDENCE


Good morning! We have a handful more of these to do, refreshening old titles that have proven to less effective than we would like. Today we bring you Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Transcendence.

The one on the left is the original cover from the previous publisher, which we initially continued. On the right is the redesign, by Mike McPhail of McP Digital Graphics.

Definitely more eye-catching…

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What Will You Discover Between the Darkness and the Light?

When the mortal coil wears thin and the great unknown draws nigh you might spy the narrow gap between the mystical and the mundane. You might even notice something’s looking back.

Transcendence takes a hard look at humanity in nine tales of difficult choices, great rewards, and journeys beyond expectation.

  • In Skippy, Don does not like what he sees in the mirror…
    but will he survive it?
  • A Fury finds form—and retribution—in The Kindly One.
  • If I Had the Chance takes do-overs to a new level.
  • Aisa has a death-ly choice to make in The Misses Moirai.
  • Ruby Red sweeps you away in a dance on the edge of madness.
  • Purgatory is when you think you’re damned…hell is when you are right…
  • Fredrich tries to drown his sorrows, in Stoli and Solitude.
  • For Camirel finding purpose means total transformation in The Emberling
  • Transcendence…where you look into the heart of a star and find yourself.

The extraordinary awaits… will you step beyond the bounds of commonplace existence?

PRESS RELEASE – EVEN IN THE GRAVE


NeoParadoxa Steps into the Shadows with Even in the Grave

A new anthology of chilling tales edited by James Chambers and Carol Gyzander

Pennsville, NJ—January 10, 2021—NeoParadoxa, an imprint of eSpec Books, is excited to announce a new anthology of original ghost stories, edited by award-winning authors James Chambers and Carol Gyzander. The book will be supported by a crowd-funding campaign set to launch in February 2022. 

“The ghost story as a literary device offers endless opportunities for storytelling,” said editor, James Chambers. “Ghosts exist in some form in nearly all cultures and societies and have long fascinated readers. From traditional tales of ghosts, like those of M.R. James, to the wild reinventions of modern authors, tales of spirits and the world beyond death provide authors opportunities to tackle almost any theme. I’m thrilled to bring readers this new collection of ghostly tales.”

This anthology of creepy and evocative ghost stories assembles tales from twenty talented authors, including award-winners Marc L. Abbott, Teel James Glenn, Caroline Flarity, Robert Masterson, and Steven Van Patten. Haunted from beyond, these stories travel from the modern city to the shadowed moors to feudal Japan to the jungles of Central America to the prehistoric past, each providing a spine-chilling glimpse into the shadows not even death can restrain. 

“Just as early religion can be seen as an attempt to explain of the world around us and our place in it, ghost stories can be one way to explore what happens after we are gone,” said editor, Carol Gyzander. “Some are spooky and scary, offering social commentary or cautionary words about how to live our lives, while others are heart-warming and reassuring. I love that we run the gamut with the ghost stories in this collection.”

Even in the Grave also features stories by Meghan Arcuri, Oliver Baer, Alp Beck, Allan Burd, John P. Collins, Randee Dawn, Trevor Firetog, Patrick Freivald, Amy Grech, April Grey, Jonathan Lees, Gordon Linzner,  Robert Ottone, Rick Poldark, and Lou Rera.

“I have to tell you something,” said publisher Danielle McPhail. “I am not a horror person. As a writer or a reader. That’s me, my preference, not a smack-down of the genre. I tell you merely so you can appreciate that if I have accepted these manuscripts for publication it is because the authors have impressed me so very much, enough to overcome my own personal preferences.”

Other books to be featured in the campaign are Ty Drago’s Rags and Eyes of the Dead, the final volume in James Chambers’s Corpse Fauna Saga.


For More Information contact Danielle McPhail, especbooks@aol.com

RE-COVER REVEAL – CONSIGNED TO THE SEA


We don’t do this very often… though this is right on the heels of the last one we did, but occasionally a book is in need of a refresh. We’ve been wanting to do this for some time now with a few of our older titles and the need to adjust our retail prices made this the perfect opportunity. There are a few other titles likewise getting a fresh coat of paint, but for now…

Presented for your appreciation, the brand new Consigned to the Sea, by Danielle Ackley-McPhail.

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Original cover designed by the author in 2014

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’Tis Said We All Return to Whence We Began…

Is it any wonder then why so many are drawn to the sea? Throughout the history of Man the crash of the waves has been a siren song…a promise…a curse. Above the waves is a challenge that makes or breaks many a man or woman. Below is another world both magical and menacing.

In Consigned to the Sea you will find the vast spectrum of what the oceans have to offer. The wonder of a mermaid yearning to reach the sky… The wrath of the selkie protecting its own… A dragon waging war against pirates…

Whether you root for the sailor or the sea, here is a collection you can treasure.

“Dripping with tension, Consigned to the Sea is a powerful tale with interesting twists toward the end and a strong lead. Recommended.”—Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Rise Reviews

 

WEEK IN REVIEWS – THE CLOCKWORK SOLUTION


Delighted to say that Michelle D. Sonnier received an amazing review in Publishers Weekly for her upcoming novel, The Clockwork Solution. You can click the link to read the full review, but below is the take-away! Want to pre-order a copy for yourself? Receive a 25% discount on all orders over $20 from the eSpec store using promo code HDAYCHEER, good through January 31.


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Sonnier keeps the story light and fast-paced, balancing Arabella’s mission with the tangled relationships in the witch community. Closing with a deliberate setup for the next volume, this is sure to hook fans of gaslamp fantasy.

—Publisher’s Weekly

RE-COVER REVEAL – THE CLOCKWORK SOLUTION


It isn’t often that we do this–or need to do this–but there are occasions when a book goes out with a cover we later wish were better. It’s not that they are bad, but often we learn new tricks or upgrade the systems and suddenly we are capable of so much more. This is one of those cases.

I give you the revised cover for The Clockwork Solution by Michelle D. Sonnier, art and (re)design by Mike McPhail of McP Digital Graphics.

The book releases on February 1, but you can pre-order it on Amazon or direct from the eSpec Store. Also, now through the end of January, if you use promo code HDAYCHEER on the eSpec Store, you will receive 25% off all order of $20 or more.

COVER REVEAL – DAIRE’S DEVILS


Just under the wire, but yet another project done for 2021! We are excited to present to you the cover for Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Daire’s Devils, a novel twelve years in the making. The book is scheduled to release on February 1, 2022. We hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are!

The commercial links aren’t available yet, but the book can be pre-ordered on the eSpec Online Store.

Add Daire’s Devils to your GoodReads List.


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At the ass-end of the galaxy, Allied Forces—including the 142nd Mobile Special Ops Team, better known as Daire’s Devils—stand ready to defend the contested colony planet Demeter from military invasion and corporate exploitation.

 But when the ranks are infiltrated by those determined to secure the secret designs of AeroCom’s new prototype flagship, the Cromwell, the newest member of the Devils, Corporal Katrion Alexander, finds herself facing off against an unexpected menace, synthetic operatives indistinguishable from living beings.

She and the Devils must neutralize this new threat, but how when the enemy wears a trusted face?

Advance Reviews

“War is tough, so is writing about it. Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Daire’s Devils rises to that challenge and comes away triumphant.” David Sherman, Marine and bestselling author of the Starfist, Demontech, and 18th Race series

“A hard-hitting military science fiction with plenty of action, mystery, and intrigue—where do I sign up?!” Maria V. Snyder, New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning Navigating the Stars

“Plenty of action along with corporate and political intrigue in the finest tradition of Elizabeth Moon’s Familias Regnant novels, with just a dash of Blade Runner-esque mystery to add a little spice to the mix.” Dayton Ward, Marine and New York Times bestselling author of The Last World War and Star Trek: Agents of Influence

“Once again, eSpec Books delivers another thrilling glance at future military action […] Ackley-McPhail shows an acute awareness of military terminology and command structure [as] the complex, multilayered plot of Daire’s Devils unfolds.” Bud Sparhawk, Air Force veteran, multi-Nebula finalist, and author of Shattered Dreams


Danielle Ackley-McPhail 2021About the Author

Award-winning author, editor, and publisher Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books.

Her published works include seven novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, Daire’s Devils, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections Eternal Wanderings, A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, Transcendence, Between Darkness and Light, and the non-fiction writers’ guides The Literary Handyman, More Tips from the Handyman, and LH: Build-A-Book Workshop. She is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Side of Good/Side of Evil, After Punk, and Footprints in the Stars. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

In addition to her literary acclaim, she crafts and sells original costume horns under the moniker The Hornie Lady Custom Costume Horns, and homemade flavor-infused candied ginger under the brand of Ginger KICK! at literary conventions, on commission, and wholesale.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and four extremely spoiled cats.

FROM THE PUBLISHER – HOLIDAY CHEER


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It has been quite a year, hasn’t it?

As we close the door on 2021, here’s hoping 2022 is kinder and gentler on our bruised souls.

We at eSpec Books would like to thank you for being a part of our family by choice. We love what we do and we couldn’t do it without all of you. This has been a very busy and eventful year with not only new books, but new imprints and series, with NeoParadoxa and Systema Paradoxa propelling us forward into new realms of interest.

If there are gaps in your library you’d like to fill, we’d like to help you accomplish that. As a thank you and a bit of a holiday gift we have created the promo code HDAYCHEER which will get you 25% off all orders over $20 on the eSpec Books Online Store now through the end of January.

We hope you have (or have had) a wonderful holiday of your choice and an amazing New Year!

With love and well wishes,

Danielle, Mike, Greg, John, and Ef

FOR THE FUN OF IT – DAIRE’S DEVILS


I know I posted the test render yesterday. But after I posted it, Mike McPhail surprised me with this cool character portrait:

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and profile shots highlighting the patch branding, along with documenting images of the actual patches. The patches are available for sale at the eSpec Online Store. The novel can be pre-ordered there as well, Daire’s Devils.

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It is so exciting seeing these characters come alive after living so long with them just in my head.


Based on Daire’s Devils by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Images created by Mike McPhail/McP Digital Graphics

Patch Designs by Mike McPhail/McP Digital Graphics

Programs used: Daz3D, IRay, and FilterForge

Patches embroidered by American Patch and Emblem Company.

PROJECT UPDATE – DAIRE’S DEVILS


We are getting closer! Now it is just a matter of fine-tuning and putting everything into position!

Here is a test render of Corporal Katrion “HellKat” Alexander, but mostly referred to as just Kat, unless you’re Scotch and get away with calling her “Kittie”. She is the main character of Daire’s Devils.

It is quite exciting to participate in the process of forming this image.

Can’t wait to show you the final art and get these books ordered!

Hope you are all enjoying this holiday season, however you may celebrate.

PROJECT UPDATE – DAIRE’S DEVILS


Just a little update. Progress continues to be made on Daire’s Devils. The book itself is done and set. In fact, I must restrain myself from going back over it yet again… for the fifth or so time… while I wait for the cover to be done. But no worries. I am certain it will be worth the wait!
Here is a test study as we work out the poses for the individual characters on the cover:

This is Scotch and Spec. You’ll learn more about them later. Scotch’s expression is a little goofy, but don’t let that put you off. We are just testing body poses right now and haven’t yet fine-tuned the expressions.
I am so excited to see this cover come to life!
More news for you soon…

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – JOHN L. FRENCH


Devilish & Divine

 

Just sharing a link to an exclusive interview with John L. French over on Paul Semel‘s blog. Paul hold exclusive interviews for newly released titles, this time Devilish & Divine, which John co-edited along with Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Enjoy!


Hell Bound or Heaven Sent?

Some of us will never know until it’s too late.

From an infernal fiend reduced to baking cookies to distract a small child, to a pastor’s kid rescued from a fall from grace by an unlikely pair, and every iteration in between, Devilish & Divine explores the spectrum of mankind’s encounters with beings of power beyond our comprehension.

Are you ready to explore otherworldly hosts—both heavenly and otherwise?

With stories by

James Chambers, John L. French, Robert E. Waters, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Christopher J. Burke, Michelle D. Sonnier, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Russ Colchamiro, Michael A. Black, Patrick Thomas, Hildy Silverman, and John G. Hartness

Buy it now on:  the eSpec StoreBNKobo – Amazon

eSPEC BOOKS AUTHOR READING SERIES CATCH-UP #4


eSpec-ReadingBannerFinalAnd this, my friends, brings us up to date! This is an author-specific post just by chance. The last three videos are all by John L. French, so I am posting his bio at the top here:

JOHN L. FRENCH is a retired crime scene supervisor with forty years’ experience. He has seen more than his share of murders, shootings, and serious assaults. As a break from the realities of his job, he started writing science fiction, pulp, horror, fantasy, and, of course, crime fiction. John’s first story “Past Sins” was published in Hardboiled Magazine and was cited as one of the best Hardboiled stories of 1993. More crime fiction followed, appearing in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, the Fading Shadows magazines and in collections by Barnes and Noble. Association with writers like James Chambers and the late, great C.J. Henderson led him to try horror fiction and to a still growing fascination with zombies and other undead things. His first horror story “The Right Solution” appeared in Marietta Publishing’s Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak. Other horror stories followed in anthologies such as The Dead Walk and Dark Furies, both published by Die Monster Die Books. It was in Dark Furies that his character Bianca Jones made her literary debut in “21 Doors,” a story based on an old Baltimore legend and a creepy game his daughter used to play with her friends. John’s first book was The Devil of Harbor City, a novel done in the old pulp style. Past Sins and Here There Be Monsters followed. John was also consulting editor for Chelsea House’s Criminal Investigation series. His other books include The Assassins’ Ball (written with Patrick Thomas), Souls on Fire, The Nightmare Strikes, Monsters Among Us, The Last Redhead, the Magic of Simon Tombs, and The Santa Heist (written with Patrick Thomas). John is the editor of To Hell in a Fast Car, Mermaids 13, C. J. Henderson’s Challenge of the Unknown, Camelot 13 (with Patrick Thomas), and (with Greg Schauer) With Great Power … You can find John on Facebook or you can email him at him at jfrenchfam@aol.com.

We hope to have more videos to share with you soon.


John L. French reading an excerpt from his novel Chessie at Bay, Volume 8 in the Systema Paradoxa series, as featured in Cryptid Crate. This is a sneak peek as the book doesn’t release until April 2022, but it is available for pre-order. As a special note about this title, it was written as a special volume for ChessieCon, a local Baltimore convention that takes its name from this cherished cryptid.

John L. French reading a second excerpt from his novel Chessie at Bay.

There are creatures lurking in our world. Obscure creatures long relegated to myth and legend. They have been sighted by a lucky—or unlucky—few, some have even been photographed, but their existence remains unproven and unrecognized by the scientific community. These creatures, long thought gone, have somehow survived; creatures from our nightmares haunting the dark places. They swim in our lakes and bays, they soar the night skies, they hunt in the woods. Some are from our past, and some from other worlds, and others that have always been with us—watching us, fearing us, hunting us. These are the cryptids, and Systema Paradoxa tells their tales.

***

Same ol’ Syn, all new mischief… Just when Theodore Syn starts thinking about sinking roots, the military comes calling, needing a man with his… unique qualifications to deal with a need-to-know problem that’s cropped up in the Chesapeake Bay.

Something is out there, frightening fish and fishermen alike.

But that’s not the real problem. Someone is masquerading as a military official on American soil, and with war on the horizon, steps need to be taken to safeguard the East Coast, before the Axis Powers drive a U-boat—or something more unexpected—right up the mouth of the Bay.

John L. French reading his short story “What Tales He Knows” from The Society For the Preservation of CJ Henderson, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Greg Schauer, a tribute anthology published to raise funds for the iconic author’s family after his passing.  

On July 4th, 2014 the world lost CJ Henderson, an iconic author and all-around great guy. He lost his battle with cancer, but he did not go quietly and he will not be forgotten. His work is immortalized in over 70 novels and works of non-fiction, and at least as many collections, anthologies, and magazines.

In fact, new works by CJ Henderson will publish for years to come thanks to his heroic efforts to finish and find homes for those projects as-yet-unpublished at the time of his illness, two of which are printed here. CJ always did what he could to give other authors a boost. Encouraging them, mentoring them, sending opportunities their way.

With that in mind those of us who called him friend feel there is no better tribute we can raise in his memory than an anthology filled with people he has helped over the years, writing stories inspired by CJ or his work. We hope you enjoy these tales of fantasy, science fiction and horror, and that they might inspire you as well. Featuring stories by: John L. French, Jean Rabe, Patrick Thomas, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeff Young, Leona Wisoker Robert M. Price, Leona Wisoker, James Chambers, and, as always, CJ Henderson.

CONVENTION SCHEDULE – CHESSIECON 2021


Sorry for the delay in posting this, but for those attending virtual ChessieCon this weekend, the below is my schedule. As mentioned earlier this year, I am Guest of Honor and so I shall be quite busy. Initially the convention was supposed to be in-person, but an unanticipated issue with the hotel forced the organizers to take the event virtual at the last minute. I will, however, return as Guest of Honor next year for an in-person event.

For the weekend of the convention until 11/30, use promo code CHESSIECON to receive 20% off all orders over $20 from the eSpec Store. This is a great way to celebrate Small-Business Saturday, not to mention update your library with eSpec titles released during the shut-down.

We will be launching several books this weekend. Well… a pre-launch, really,  for my novel Daire’s Devils, John L. French’s Chessie At Bay, and Robert E. Waters Eyes of the Wolf, all three of which will be officially releasing in the spring. For Daire’s Devils there will be a limited number of collectable hardcover editions available. There will be a chance to win prizes, for everyone who purchases one of the books launching, as with our in-person launch parties.

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Friday

6:00 P.M.     Zoom 1      Large Publishing Houses? Small Publishers? Self-publishing? Who to go with?

Do you need an editor (HINT: YES!)? Do you need an agent? If you self-publish, where does the funding come from? If you use a large publishing house, will you get screwed by a bad contract? If you choose a small publisher, will your story get tossed in the slush pile immediately because, like any other business, they need to make money? So many choices, but which one is right for you?

Presented by: Harrison Demchick (M), Danielle Ackley-McPhail, D H Aire, Aleksandr Poryshkin

7:30 P.M.     Zoom 1      Writing Without a Net

How do you write a story without an outline? Tips and tricks to pantsing a novel, novella, or short story.

Presented by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, D H Aire, Scott Edelman (M), Intisar Khanani

Saturday

10:00 A.M.     Zoom 2     How Has Diversity Affected SF/F?

Scicence Fiction has diversified not only in its subject matter through the years, but also in its writing cast, portrayals of its protagonists, and even of its situationss and internal politics. What all has changed?

Presented by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Elizabeth Schechter (M), J J Smith

11:30 A.M.     Zoom 1     Do Series Go On Too Long?

Television, movie, books: when has your story line jumped the shark?

Presented by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (M), Elizabeth Corrigan, Linda Adams

2:30 P.M.      Zoom 3     Where Is the Indigenous American Fantasy?
Why is American fantasy so Eurocentric? If you believe our fantasists, American cities are populated with imported Romanian vampires, Russian werewolves, Celtic faeries, Nordic gods, Germanic witches, and the (very) occasional African god or Arabic djinn, but scarcely a homegrown magical being to be found. In fact, indigenous magical beings abound in the Americas and their stories of magic, wonder and horror are widely told by spoken and written word. North American mythology is rich with magical beings. Do these stories get adequate air time? Is it easier to imagine an Old World teeming with supernatural beings than to visualize a North America enchanted with indigenous mythical beings? Is it difficult to believe that we live in a naturally magical place? And if we did, what would it look like?

Presented by: J J Smith (M), Cathy Hird, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Elizabeth Schechter

5:30 P.M.     Zoom 1      Author Reading: Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle will read from her work: “Mama Bear,” from the anthology “Bas-Ass Moms”. There will be a question and answer opportunity at the end of the reading.

Presented by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail

7:00 P.M.     Zoom 1     eSpec Book Launch

New Books, readings, and other wonderful stuff from our Guest of Honor’s publishing house.

Presented by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, John L French, Robert E. Waters

10:00 P.M.     Zoom 1      Turkey Awards Presentation & Hallelujah Chorus

And we all find out just who wrote the worst, and how bad the worst actually is. Followed immediately by the Hallelujah Chorus

Presented by: Awards: Aleksandr Poryshkin, Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Chorus: Filthy Pierre

Sunday

11:30 A.M.     Zoom 1     Has Fantasy Lost Its Wonder?

How and why the stories of Wizards, Space Wizards, Alternative Worlds with magic, and/or psychic abilities may have done itself to death.

Presented by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Linda Adams (M), Elizabeth Schechter (Note: ES may have to cut out early)

eSPEC BOOKS AUTHOR READING SERIES – CATCH-UP #3


Almost caught up… a little sad to say. That means I haven’t posted a view in a while. Time to do a few myself now that I have some new content to read. Anyway, here are a few more author readings for you to enjoy!


eSpec Books Author Reading Series

As these readings are all from the anthology Devilish & Divine, I’m posting the book description first:

Hell Bound or Heaven Sent?

Some of us will never know until it’s too late. From an infernal fiend reduced to baking cookies to comfort a small child, to a pastor’s kid rescued from a fall from grace by an unlikely pair, and every iteration in between, Devilish & Divine explores the spectrum of mankind’s encounters with beings of power beyond our comprehension.

Are you ready to explore otherworldly hosts—both heavenly and otherwise? With stories by James Chambers, John L. French, Robert E. Waters, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Christopher J. Burke, Michelle D. Sonnier, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Russ Colchamiro, Michael A. Black, Patrick Thomas, Hildy Silverman, and John G. Hartness

Russ Colchamiro reading an excerpt from his story “Irradia’s Gauntlet”, featured in Devilish & Divine, edited by John L. French and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and published by NeoParadoxa (an imprint of eSpec Books). 

About the Author

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking time travel/space adventure, Crossline, the SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SF mystery anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author of the noir anthology Murder in Montague Falls, all with Crazy 8 Press. His newest novel, Crackle and Fire, the first in a new scifi mystery series featuring his intergalactic private eye, Angela Hardwicke, launched in September 2020. He has also contributed short stories to more than a dozen anthologies. Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and crazy dog Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. For more on and Russ’s books, you can visit http://www.russcolchamiro.com, follow him on Twitter @AuthorDudeRuss, and ‘like’ his Facebook author page http://www.facebook.com/RussColchamiroAuthor.

Robert E. Waters reading an excerpt from his story “A Bluebird from Aspen”, featured in Devilish & Divine, edited by John L. French and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and published by NeoParadoxa (an imprint of eSpec Books). 

About the Author

Robert E Waters is a technical writer by trade, but has been a science fiction/fantasy fan all his life. He’s worked in the computer and board gaming industry since 1994 as designer, producer, and writer. In the late 90’s, he tried his hand at writing fiction, and since 2003, has sold over 7 novels and 80 stories to various on-line and print magazines and anthologies, including the Grantville Gazette, Eric Flint’s online magazine dedicated to publishing stories set in the 1632/Ring of Fire Alternate History series. Robert’s first 1632/Ring of Fire novel, 1636: Calabar’s War, (co-authored with Charles E Gannon), was recently published by Baen Books. Robert has also co-written several 1632 stories, including the Persistence of Dreams (Ring of Fire Press), with Meriah L Crawford, and The Monster Society, with Eric S Brown. Robert is the author of The Mask Cycle, a Baroque fantasy series which includes the novels The Masks of Mirada and The Thief of Cragsport (Ring of Fire Press). For e-Spec Books, Robert has written several stories which have appeared in the widely popular military science fiction anthology series, Defending the Future. All seven of his stories which appeared in the series were recently collected into one volume titled Devil Dancers. Robert currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Beth, their son Jason, and their two precocious little cats, Snow and Ashe.

John L. French reading an excerpt from his story “Let’s Make a Deal”, featured in Devilish & Divine, edited by John L. French and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and published by NeoParadoxa (an imprint of eSpec Books). 

About the Author

JOHN L. FRENCH is a retired crime scene supervisor with forty years’ experience. He has seen more than his share of murders, shootings, and serious assaults. As a break from the realities of his job, he started writing science fiction, pulp, horror, fantasy, and, of course, crime fiction. John’s first story “Past Sins” was published in Hardboiled Magazine and was cited as one of the best Hardboiled stories of 1993. More crime fiction followed, appearing in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, the Fading Shadows magazines and in collections by Barnes and Noble. Association with writers like James Chambers and the late, great C.J. Henderson led him to try horror fiction and to a still growing fascination with zombies and other undead things. His first horror story “The Right Solution” appeared in Marietta Publishing’s Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak. Other horror stories followed in anthologies such as The Dead Walk and Dark Furies, both published by Die Monster Die Books. It was in Dark Furies that his character Bianca Jones made her literary debut in “21 Doors,” a story based on an old Baltimore legend and a creepy game his daughter used to play with her friends. John’s first book was The Devil of Harbor City, a novel done in the old pulp style. Past Sins and Here There Be Monsters followed. John was also consulting editor for Chelsea House’s Criminal Investigation series. His other books include The Assassins’ Ball (written with Patrick Thomas), Souls on Fire, The Nightmare Strikes, Monsters Among Us, The Last Redhead, the Magic of Simon Tombs, and The Santa Heist (written with Patrick Thomas). John is the editor of To Hell in a Fast Car, Mermaids 13, C. J. Henderson’s Challenge of the Unknown, Camelot 13 (with Patrick Thomas), and (with Greg Schauer) With Great Power … You can find John on Facebook or you can email him at him at jfrenchfam@aol.com.

NOVEMBER NETGALLEY LISTINGS


I am a little late in this–(story of my life)–but we have two titles listed on NetGalley this month. Both are backlist titles by Danielle Ackley-McPhail as we are working to post titles that missed listing when they released for one reason on another.


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Get Your Bad-Ass On!

The rumble of a Harley…
The gleam of black leather…
The shine of polished chrome…
The freedom of the open road…

Motorcycles meet magic and mayhem as Lance Cosain, the halfling leader of The Wild Hunt MC, protects his turf and his people from attacks ordered by Dair na Scath, the high king of the fae.

Holding his own against rogue fae, redcaps, and pissed-off road gremlins, all Lance wants to do is settle down with his lady. Instead he goes toe-to-toe with the high king’s champion over an ancient dagger and his claim to the throne.

Who will triumph? The king of the road or the king of the realm? Either way, the Hunt is on!

Request on NetGalley.


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The Hunt is On!

When strength becomes weakness…
And hope becomes doubt…
As the past collides with the future…hard…

Can Suzanne—Wild Hunt biker chick and one-time member of the fae High Court—stand strong as her world falls apart? She survived an assault by redcaps, an all-out battle with the High King’s armies, and her first encounter with roller derby… but how will she fare against her inner demons? Caught in the midst of a transformation she scarcely realizes and does not understand, her hard-won convictions are tested as never before.

Suzanne is left with only one question—what if they’re wrong?

The truth could mean the difference between saving her sanity and losing her soul…

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Award-winning author, editor, and publisher Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house.

Her published works include seven novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, Daire’s Devils, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections Eternal Wanderings, A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, Transcendence, Between Darkness and Light, and the non-fiction writers’ guides The Literary Handyman, More Tips from the Handyman, and LH: Build-A-Book Workshop. She is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Side of Good/Side of Evil, After Punk, and Footprints in the Stars. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

In addition to her literary acclaim, she crafts and sells original costume horns under the moniker The Hornie Lady Custom Costume Horns, and homemade flavor-infused candied ginger under the brand of Ginger KICK! at literary conventions, on commission, and wholesale.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and four extremely spoiled cats.