THE eSPEC BOOKS AUTHOR READING SERIES – 5/27/20


Good morning, my lovelies!

We’ve posted a few videos, so it is time for an update on our two reading series.  Below are links to the recent offerings. Now that the channel has been built up a bit we are spreading out the posts every three days, instead of every two days. We hope you enjoy them. If you are interested in the books, we have provided purchase link with each video. 

If you are an author and would like to participate in one of these series, please visit the eSpec Books Author Reading Series Facebook page for details.

The eSpec Books Author Reading Series

Featuring eSpec authors reading works published by eSpec Books.

Keith R.A. DeCandido reading an excerpt from his novel Mermaid Precinct.

Brenda Cooper reading Chapter One from her near-future dystopian novel POST. 

Gail Z. Martin reading her story “Ruin Creek” (co-written with Larry N. Martin) from The Weird Wild West, edited by Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw.

The eSpec Books Guest Author Reading Series

Featuring eSpec and outside authors reading works published by other publishers.

CJ Henderson reading his short story “Seller’s Market” from But Seriously, Folks. (Posted with the permission of the Henderson estate.)


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FROM THE PUBLISHER – 2018 BESTSELLERS


Just out of curiosity, we looked over our sales for the year and are delighted to share with you the following bestsellers to date for 2018. You can click on the image to check out the book.

eBook Best Sellers – from left to right

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Print Book Best Sellers – from left to right

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eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


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This one seems to be aimed at teens and older elementary (and grandfathers) and it was a fun read. – 5 Stars, F. David Porter, Amazon


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Generally a very entertaining read, with several superlative stories – 4 Stars, ggibson, Amazon


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Brenda Cooper is always a good bet for an entertaining and thought provoking read. – 5 Stars, Mickey Elam, Amazon


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This collection does more than entertain. It enthralled me.

I don’t remember the last time I read a collection of stories, single author or otherwise, where I found each story to be so good. – 5 Stars, Frank Luke, Amazon

FROM THE PUBLISHER – MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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We are doing something different this year. Instead of trying to grab everyone’s attention during this gift-giving season, we are having a sale AFTER the holiday.  From January 1 through January 7, all ebooks will be a mere 99 cents. So, if you’ve gotten some e-gift cards, or are just looking to treat yourself, here is your chance to score our amazing books for a steal! 

You can access the titles on Amazon by clicking on the below images. We’ll repost this when the sale goes live.

Anthologies

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Solo Collections

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Short Stories

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eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


It’s been a busy week for eSpec on the review front. Here are our favorites. Click on the links to view the full review:

“The stories were imaginative, well-written, and included characters who evoked emotional responses, both good and bad. I can’t identify a single story that I’d not recommend.” 5 Stars, V. Hartman DiSanto, Amazon

0528161248a-1“Throughout Gaslight and Grimm, the stories are illustrated with the delicate woodcuts of Dustin Blottenberger which add a further folkloric feeling to the collection of super, sinister and delightful tales.

If you love the grimness of Grimm and the weird whimsy of Steampunk them this anthology will be a most pleasurable experience. Should you love Grimm but have yet to venture into the weird realms of Steampunk then here is enlightenment!”
4 Stars, N.O.A. Nawle: Reviews

“I’m definitely interested in this genre as a whole and will be keeping an eye out for more books in this vein.” 3 Stars, Cara, Goodreads

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“This is such a wonderful book of short stories with a western twist. Space cowboys and aliens..who doesn’t love that? Very original stories, the authors take you to their worlds with vivid descriptions and highly lovable characters.” 5 Stars, Jami Riegel, Amazon

LAUNCH PARTY UPDATE – THE PRIZES #8


For those who missed our earlier posts, Gaslight & Grimm will be launching at Balticon 50 this year, along with our other three anthologies: The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Weird Wild West, and Dogs of War – Reissue.

The convention has moved back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at the Renaissance Hotel, over Memorial Day Weekend. The launch party will be the Sunday of the convention.

  • Where: MD Salon B (The New Garden Room)
  • When: Sunday, May 29th
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm

Our Final Batch of Featured Prizes

These are some of our contributor prizes. The books are donated by their respective authors: Kelly A. Harmon (Gaslight and Grimm) Jean Marie Ward (Gaslight and Grimm) and James Chambers (The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, and Gaslight and Grimm); the Fairy Catmother tote bag (x2) is donated by Gaslight and Grimm editor and contributor Diana Bastine; and  the amazing steampunk snowman is both created and donated by Dogs of War contributor Judi Fleming of Fleming Gourds. 

I expect there will be other prizes I haven’t cataloged, but hey…you get the idea 😉

So remember, it’s all fun and games…until someone else wins the prize! Don’t let that happen to you. Join us at the launch for your chances to win!

How it Works

Just a note on how you can win said prizes. At any event where we are holding a launch party we have a standing practice that whoever buys one of the books launching gets a free raffle ticket for each one. Once you have a free ticket, if you wish you can purchase additional tickets for $1 each, all the way up until the drawing. Once you arrive at the party you can peruse the prize table and see if any of them interest you. At that point you take your two-part raffle ticket and separate the perforated sides. You put one half of the ticket in the bin in front of the prize you want to win, the other half you put back in your pocket until it is time for the drawing. No need to put your name on either half of the ticket because you–or someone representing you–must be present at the time of the drawing to collect your prize.

LAUNCH PARTY UPDATE – THE MENU #4


For those who missed our earlier posts, Gaslight & Grimm will be launching at Balticon 50 this year, along with our other three anthologies: The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Weird Wild West, and Dogs of War – Reissue.

The convention has moved back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at the Renaissance Hotel, over Memorial Day Weekend. The launch party will be the Sunday of the convention.

  • Where: MD Salon B (The New Garden Room)
  • When: Sunday, May 29th
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm

As a part of our updates leading toward the grand event, here is another peek at what we’ll be serving.

What?! You didn’t think we’d forget the sweets, did you? I don’t go for sheet cakes or anything…I found that much of the time the cake went to waste because we had so many other yummy things to eat first. Instead we go for other bite-sized yummies you can eat along with your savory items. This year I delegated so I only had to make one batch of cookies…my famous Limoncello Coconut cookies with Candied Ginger. These come with the CJ Henderson Seal of Approval. It is mostly the only cookie I make anymore because I just can’t beat it with anything else. (If you ask REAL nice I might give you the recipe 🙂 )

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Trust me, a photo doesn’t do them justice, but here they are 🙂 I took them to a party today and was surprised to hear someone say the cookies were a mistake…then they went on to say they’d already had FOUR. I’ll also be making rice krispy treats, but not until closer to the event

Now…about that delegating I mentioned. We have four other industrious bakers slaving over a hot oven to ensure there are tasty treats for everyone on May 29th.

Gaslight & Grimm contributor Jean Marie Ward will be serving up molasses cookies and snowballs with pecans, The Weird Wild West contributor Robert E. Waters will be bringing his wife’s famous peanut butter brownies, and my wonderful sister Barbara Miller will be making yummy, crispy chocolate chip cookies! (Disclaimer: the below photographs are for demonstration only and do not represent the actual baked goods my minions are working on, which may or may not have already been baked.)

In addition to these home-baked goods, we generally supplement with my favorite cream puffs and other commercially obtained treats. Will it be enough? Who knows! Will we endeavor to have no con-goer go hungry? You bet!

Have we tormented you enough? Because, you know…the party at this point is just four days away! Oh, and…don’t fight over the canapes, please!

LAUNCH PARTY UPDATE – PRIZES #7


For those who missed our earlier posts, Gaslight & Grimm will be launching at Balticon 50 this year, along with our other three anthologies: The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Weird Wild West, and Dogs of War – Reissue.

The convention has moved back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at the Renaissance Hotel, over Memorial Day Weekend. The launch party will be the Sunday of the convention.

  • Where: MD Salon B (The New Garden Room)
  • When: Sunday, May 29th
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm

Today’s Featured Prizes

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These are our miscellaneous prizes. The top image is a superman pendant donated by S. Iserman and a pair of Side of Good/Side of Evil magnets donated by eSpec Books. The middle image is a limited edition print, #1 of 500, by Grendel’s Den. The final image is a Sharper Image motion-sensor candy dispenser donated by a local construction firm. 

Now, the prizes we’ve featured in these posts are not our only prizes, but they are the only ones we have available to photograph. To see what other cool items are up for grabs you’ll have to join us at the launch party and help us celebrate. We certainly hope you will!

How it Works

Just a note on how you can win said prizes. At any event where we are holding a launch party we have a standing practice that whoever buys one of the books launching gets a free raffle ticket for each one. Once you have a free ticket, if you wish you can purchase additional tickets for $1 each, all the way up until the drawing. Once you arrive at the party you can peruse the prize table and see if any of them interest you. At that point you take your two-part raffle ticket and separate the perforated sides. You put one half of the ticket in the bin in front of the prize you want to win, the other half you put back in your pocket until it is time for the drawing. No need to put your name on either half of the ticket because you–or someone representing you–must be present at the time of the drawing to collect your prize.

LAUNCH PARTY UPDATE – PRIZES #6


For those who missed our earlier posts, Gaslight & Grimm will be launching at Balticon 50 this year, along with our other three anthologies: The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Weird Wild West, and Dogs of War – Reissue.

The convention has moved back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at the Renaissance Hotel, over Memorial Day Weekend. The launch party will be the Sunday of the convention.

  • Where: MD Salon B (The New Garden Room)
  • When: Sunday, May 29th
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm

Today’s Featured Prizes

This is our Robert E. Waters library prize. The first book is Fantastic Futures 13, published by Padwolf Publishing, with stories by both Robert E. Waters and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, the second books is Hides the Dark Tower, edited by G&G contributor Kelly A. Harmon and includes a story by Robert E. Waters, and the final book is Wild West Exodus, with a story by Robert E. Waters. And, you’ve guessed it, this bundle has been donated by Robert E. Waters. 

How it Works

Just a note on how you can win said prizes. At any event where we are holding a launch party we have a standing practice that whoever buys one of the books launching gets a free raffle ticket for each one. Once you have a free ticket, if you wish you can purchase additional tickets for $1 each, all the way up until the drawing. Once you arrive at the party you can peruse the prize table and see if any of them interest you. At that point you take your two-part raffle ticket and separate the perforated sides. You put one half of the ticket in the bin in front of the prize you want to win, the other half you put back in your pocket until it is time for the drawing. No need to put your name on either half of the ticket because you–or someone representing you–must be present at the time of the drawing to collect your prize.

LAUNCH PARTY UPDATES – PRIZES #5


For those who missed our earlier posts, Gaslight & Grimm will be launching at Balticon 50 this year, along with our other three anthologies: The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Weird Wild West, and Dogs of War – Reissue.

The convention has moved back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at the Renaissance Hotel, over Memorial Day Weekend. The launch party will be the Sunday of the convention.

  • Where: MD Salon B (The New Garden Room)
  • When: Sunday, May 29th
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm

Today’s Featured Prizes

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These are our book bundle prizes. The top image is autographed copies of Diana Bastine’s three novels, donated by the author. The middle image is issue #1 of Grimm’s Faerie Tales graphic novel donated by the Philcon freebie table. The last image is the eSpec Books book bundle, donated by the publisher.  

How it Works

Just a note on how you can win said prizes. At any event where we are holding a launch party we have a standing practice that whoever buys one of the books launching gets a free raffle ticket for each one. Once you have a free ticket, if you wish you can purchase additional tickets for $1 each, all the way up until the drawing. Once you arrive at the party you can peruse the prize table and see if any of them interest you. At that point you take your two-part raffle ticket and separate the perforated sides. You put one half of the ticket in the bin in front of the prize you want to win, the other half you put back in your pocket until it is time for the drawing. No need to put your name on either half of the ticket because you–or someone representing you–must be present at the time of the drawing to collect your prize.

LAUNCH PARTY UPDATE – THE MENU #3


For those who missed our earlier posts, Gaslight & Grimm will be launching at Balticon 50 this year, along with our other three anthologies: The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Weird Wild West, and Dogs of War – Reissue.

The convention has moved back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at the Renaissance Hotel, over Memorial Day Weekend. The launch party will be the Sunday of the convention.

  • Where: MD Salon B (The New Garden Room)
  • When: Sunday, May 29th
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm

As a part of our updates leading toward the grand event, here is another peek at what we’ll be serving.

This weekend saw more of Mike’s homemade dough, this time for the creation of homemade stromboli. If you aren’t familiar with that word, its also often called pepperoni bread because that is the most common ingredient, paired with mozzarella cheese. We like to be a bit more diverse, though.

The fillings we used this time around are:

  • Baby Spinach
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Sweet Italian sausage
  • Fresh garlic
  • White onion
  • Green pepper
  • Black olives
  • ricotta cheese
  • parmesan

We roll the dough flat into as close an approximation of a square as we can, lay out our toppings, then roll the whole thing into as tight a spiral as we are able, like we were making pinwheel cookies, only we skip the slicing step until AFTER we’ve baked 😉 .

They don’t always turn out pretty…but are definitely delicious!

Right now there are TEN stromboli waiting in my freezer. Four pepperoni/mozzarella, one ground beef with peppers, onions, and black olives, one sweet italian sausage with peppers, onions, and black olives, one spinach/mozzarella, one sweet italian sausage with fresh garlic, spinach and mozzarella, and two that are three-cheese! 

I must confess, this time around we didn’t behave ourselves, we made two for ourselves to nosh on. 

The first is the traditional pepperoni/mozzarella, the other is a spinach/ricotta. Me, I will go for the pepperoni EVERY time (I taught myself to make this recipe because I LOVE pepperoni stromboli and couldn’t get it anymore when I moved for school)…but we know not everyone can or chooses to eat meat, so we make sure to have vegetarian alternatives.

LAUNCH UPDATE – AUTHORS IN THE WILD


We took a day trip up to the Steampunk World’s Fair today so that Gail and Larry Martin could sign books….LOTS of books. About two hundred in all. They were great sports about it. See, Gail will be at Balticon and the Launch, but Larry will be holding down the homefront and making sure the one remaining teenager doesn’t get up to mischief 😉

Knowing this, and with SWF taking place just a little over an hour away from our home base, we decided it was more than worth the trip to get the additional scribble in Gaslight & Grimm, The Weird Wild West, AND The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, because, well…you guys are worth it! Besides, who knows the next change we’ll get to meet Larry in person!

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eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEW


Happy Friday, everyone.

We didn’t get any reviews this week. Apparently everyone is too busy reading the books 🙂

So, this week we are giving you an event review.

Weird Wild West editors Margaret S. McGraw and Emily Lavin Leverett attended Ravencon last weekend and the convention was kind enough to host a launch party for them. Here is a write-up from Margaret:

The Authors
Left to Right: Emily Lavin Leveret, Gail Z. Martin, RS Belcher, and Margaret S. McGraw

RavenCon hosted a Weird Wild West book launch party in Williamsburg, VA, featuring editors Emily Lavin Leverett and Margaret S. McGraw, and contributing authors Gail Z. Martin and Rod “RS” Belcher. Attending guests included Darin Kennedy, Matthew Saunders, Jeanne Adams, Nancy Northcott, Jim Nettles, and several others.

The Guests

Gail Martin read from her short story “Ruin Creek” and shared wonderful stories about her parents, to whom the book is dedicated, and their experiences living with the Lakota tribe, as well as the unusual legacy they left behind.

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Dr. L.R. Zehner (Choker 68, talon & bead 69, peace medal 67, breastplate 73, shirt 72, pants 63, mocc 70, pipe bag 64, pipe 61) and Frances Zehner (dress 6, belt 4, mocc 2) 

Photo credit: Frank Bennett Fiske, dated Oct 23, 1950.

LAUNCH PARTY UPDATE – PRIZES #3


For those who missed our earlier posts, Gaslight & Grimm will be launching at Balticon 50 this year, along with our other three anthologies: The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Weird Wild West, and Dogs of War – Reissue.

The convention has moved back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at the Renaissance Hotel, over Memorial Day Weekend. The launch party will be the Sunday of the convention.

  • Where: MD Salon B (The New Garden Room)
  • When: Sunday, May 29th
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm

Today’s Featured Prizes

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These are our steampunk-themed prizes. The costumer’s bundle containing a feather fan, vintage gloves, wire-rimmed glasses, brass key and opera glasses is donated by Danielle Ackley-McPhail. The airship painting is an original work of art painted by contributor Christine Norris expressly for the launch. The stuffed airship is donated by contributor David Lee Summers and was hand-crocheted by his wife, the talented Kumie Wise.

How it Works

Just a note on how you can win said prizes. At any event where we are holding a launch party we have a standing practice that whoever buys one of the books launching gets a free raffle ticket for each one. Once you have a free ticket, if you wish you can purchase additional tickets for $1 each, all the way up until the drawing. Once you arrive at the party you can peruse the prize table and see if any of them interest you. At that point you take your two-part raffle ticket and separate the perforated sides. You put one half of the ticket in the bin in front of the prize you want to win, the other half you put back in your pocket until it is time for the drawing. No need to put your name on either half of the ticket because you–or someone representing you–must be present at the time of the drawing to collect your prize.