Heir to the Lamp cover art has arrived! This YA novel comes out July 16, 2013. First in the Genie Chronicles by Michelle Lowery Combs.
Publication date: July 16, 2013
A family secret, a mysterious lamp, a dangerous Order with the mad desire to possess both. Ginn thinks she knows all there is to know about how she became adopted by parents whose number one priority is to embarrass her with public displays of affection, but that changes when a single wish starts a never-ending parade of weirdness marching through her door the day she turns thirteen.
Gifted with a mysterious lamp and the missing pieces from her adoption story, Ginn tries to discover who…or what…she really is. That should be strange enough, but to top it off Ginn’s being hunted by the Order of the Grimoire, a secret society who’ll stop at nothing to harness the power of a real genie. Ginn struggles to stay one step ahead of the Grimms with the help of Rashmere, Guardian of the lamp and the most loyal friend a girl never knew she had. The Grimms are being helped, too—but by whom? As much as she doesn’t want to, Ginn’s beginning to question the motives of her long-time crush Caleb Scott and his connection to her newest, most dangerous enemy.
Our weekly round-up of news and factoids, articles and more that struck our fancy, tickled our interest, and had us scratching our heads. For readers, writers, and genre fans of any form.
Zombies. They are everywhere in media lately as the zombie apocalypse threatens to end the human race anytime now. Yet the question still remains what will cause this feared event. The latest videogame, The Last of Us, features what are being called the most “realistic” of zombies. Find out here why these zombies are the most believable.
Warp speed ahead! Scientists may have found a loop hole in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity that could make science fiction’s warp speed a reality. Check out why NASA has hopes of making every Star Trek fan giggle with glee at the possibility of bringing their favorite space story to life.
Racial diversity in literature. The U.S. Census Bureau released that “minority” races are now the 50.4% majority of births taking place in America. Yet only 7.5% of a 3,600 books surveyed include these now-majority races. Dive into the conversation about what this could mean for characters featured in future children’s literature.
We’ve got a new author! If you missed her introduction last week, now’s a great time to meet Andrea Janes and read about her NYC ghost tour business and her forthcoming YA novel Glamour.
Science fiction benefiting from ebook publishing. As ebook publishing grows more and more popular, here is an interesting article featuring the benefits it has for the science fiction genre.
Obstacles. Writing can be a challenge, but is it the words or the anxiety slowing you down? Check out this writer’s means of overcoming the obstacle course that comes with authorship.
Thirteen writing tips that cut to the quick. Matt Haig’s advice is a bit profane but brutally truthful.
This week’s list compiled by our super cool intern, Kaitlyn Koby. For more links to interesting articles and genre related cartoons, check out World Weaver Press’s Facebook page, updated daily, or follow our Twitter, and Pinterest accounts. Or catch the Editor-in-Chief on Google+.
Chicago, IL (May 14, 2013) – World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has announced Tempting Fate by Amalia Dillin, a new novella in the “Fate of the Gods” series will be released in ebook on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
Mia’s lived in her sister’s shadow long enough. Now that Abby is getting married to a Frenchman, Mia scents freedom. In fact, Jean DeLeon, the groom’s too-charming cousin, seems like the perfect place to start. But the House of Lions is full of secrets, and what started out as an exciting fling is quickly becoming more frustration than fun. Mia wants answers, or she wants out, and it isn’t like she doesn’t have other options. Ethan Hastings, for example. Tall, handsome, and gray eyes like nothing she’s ever seen before. The fact that Jean seems to hate him is just a bonus.
(This novella takes place during the events of Forged by Fate.)
Tempting Fate will be available in ebook via amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, kobo.com, and other online retailers. You can also add Tempting Fate to your Goodreads‘ lists right now!
Praise for Forged by Fate, first in the Fate of the Gods series:
“You won’t be able to deny that Miss Dillin is a genius … This story was absolutely amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve read before … a complete game changer.”
“A beautiful, sweeping story…I couldn’t put it out of my mind for days.”
— Trisha Leigh, author of The Last Year series
“Amalia Dillin is a fresh, exciting voice and Forged by Fate is not to be missed!”
— Saranna DeWylde, author of the 10 Days series
The Dark and Bookish Tour promises to be one hell of a ride. Several months ago we were approached by the tour — they were looking for small presses who were doing interesting stuff with speculative fiction to be part of a documentary about the current era of publishing. Oh yeah, we wanted to help wrangle and ride that pony. Today Dark and Bookish crowdfunding starts. We hope you’ll take a look and become a part of this bookish documentary.
From the campaign site:
Dark and Bookish – Authors’ Tour and Documentary – Summer 2014
Struggling writers, small presses, independent bookstores, conventions, and the modern era of publishing.
There is a very interesting story to be told here. This tour and an accompanying documentary will attempt to open up this world of horror writing and speculative fiction publishing in the current age of writing and reading.
5 authors are featured on a summer 2014 tour across the United States followed by a documentary crew. The tour promotes for the authors and publishers while serving as a stage for exploring the worlds of small authors, small publishers, and small bookstores.
The tour would cover approximately 30 days from the beginning of June through possibly mid July of 2014. The tour would cover 8-10 cities including 4-5 horror, sci fi, and general fandom conventions. The tour would include events at local, independent bookstores in the convention cities and in cities in between conventions. There would be 5 featured authors traveling for the entire tour with guest authors included for short stints or single events. The documentary, Dark and Bookish, will focus on struggling/ rising authors in the horror and speculative fiction genre, the work and struggles of small presses within these genre, and the experiences and struggles of independent bookstores within the current age of publishing.
This campaign will be phase one of multiple phases to fund the tour and the documentary.
What You Get:
You are onboard for the ride. In addition to the perks you select, you will be a part of the experience including updates before, during, and after the actual filming. The Dark and Bookish channel on YouTube will provide a picture into the lives of many authors in this world of publishing.
The Dark and Bookish Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DarkAndBookish
You will also be connected to the authors and publishers involved in this project. You will see the lives and stories unfold through the process along with the finished product of the documentary.
There is an interesting story to be told about the people and publishers producing dark fiction for readers today.
The funding for this phase will be focused on Convention costs, travel expenses, and lodging for the authors on the tour. Future phases will address costs of the documentary crew, filming, post production, distribution, and travel costs to conduct interviews with other authors and publishers. Read the rest of this entry
“Once I began to read this collection, I couldn’t stop. Just as with those secretive princesses with their silken slippers gone to shreds, I danced among these pages until dawn!”
—Terrie Leigh Relf, Illumen
“Wolves and Witches is a fabulous collection of re-imagined fairy tales. I made the mistake of starting it late one evening and couldn’t go to sleep until I had read it all. With their dark prose and evocative poetry these sisters have done the Brothers Grimm proud.”
—Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine
“Dark and delicious revenge-filled tales! I Highly Recommend this fun and small collection of short stories.”
—Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust.
“Davis and Engelhardt’s Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection is a joy, start to finish. At times eloquent, at times written in a bare-bones style, this collection of verse and prose takes familiar fairy tales and turns them into something darker, deeper, and delicious. My very heart was stolen by a cobbler with a bad leg. That’s good storytelling.”
—Mercedes M. Yardley, Author of Beautiful Sorrows
“Sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt are the female Brothers Grimm.”
—K. Allen Wood, Shock Totem
“In their collection of re-envisioned fairy tales, Wolves and Witches, Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt deliver an assortment of poetry and short fiction that entertains the ear and tickles the mind. The prose is assured, clever, and insightful, and the stories, which often experiment with perspective, dance from the page.”
—Stephen Ramey, author of Glass Animals, and editor for the Triangulation anthology series from Parsec Ink
“It’s in the details that Davis and Engelhardt get you. I don’t know if it’s love or obsession or maybe just succumbing to the spell, but what stays with me is the tenor and texture of these tales retold — whether the fabric of a dancing shoe, the hollowness of bones in the wind, or the sharp critique of stereotyped social norms. Let yourself be enchanted and enjoy.”
—Dan Campbell, Bull Spec
Read the trade paperback edition for $7.95 from these and other online retailers:
Beyond the Glass Slipper cover art has arrived! This paperback and ebook cover art replicates the aesthetic of a well-loved old-timey-leather edition — what could be more fun for a book that promises to shine a light on old, neglected fairy tales in such a way as will surely make you fall in love with them?
Publication date: April 16, 2013
*Don’t be fooled by the faux-leathery awesomeness — this is indeed a paperback and ebook!
When the lovely and talented WWP editor Eileen Wiedbrauk asked if I’d like to write a blog post on science fiction fan writing, I thought that sounded like fun. I thought I would get to explore some topics that I hadn’t gotten a chance to before. She directed me to the blog of Jim C. Hines, and especially his recommendations for great science fiction fan writers (and more fan writers). Several of the writers Hines linked to are just what you would expect: excellent and insightful reviewers of science fiction. But many of the writers were notable for their commentary on sexism.
I’ll bet there are warning lights going off in your head right now. But I promise, gentle reader, that I will not accuse you of anything. Let me just tell you what’s out there. And by there, I don’t just mean in the speculative fiction community, but in many communities all related to each other.
Because it turns out that my explorations didn’t lead me to completely new places, but to places that were familiar to me. The pieces written and recommended by Hines described things that I’ve seen in the communities surrounding comics and graphic novels, video games, films, atheists, skeptics, computer techs, scientists, and geeks and nerds in general.
Hines is probably most well known for his recreations of speculative novel covers, the ones that feature the female main characters in scanty clothing and spine bending poses. Yes, a balding middle aged white man in glasses recreates these covers, starring himself. Hines’ emphasis on the visual objectification of female characters runs parallel to a long and ongoing discussion of women in comic books, where bodacious female superheroes run around in what appears to be scraps of spandex and dental floss. Even the wildly successful comic movie of the summer The Avengers is not immune. The marketing campaign received a lot of guff for featuring front-on views of all the male heroes, and Scarlet Johannsen’s ass. Read the rest of this entry
Parajunkee gives Forged by Fate a four star review that gushes praise and excitement! The review site touts Forged by Fate, the first novel of the new trilogy, as “absolutely amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve read before and I’m happy about that.”
Further stating that “What really made this story brilliant was Amalia Dillin’s ability to seamlessly combine the different stories, mythology, and religions into one…you won’t be able to deny that Miss Dillin is a genius.”
Read the full review at Parajunkee.com.