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Announcing: Far Orbit, anthology coming April 2014

Coming Soon with World Weaver PressWorld Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has announced Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures, a new anthology of modern space adventures edited by Bascomb James, will be available in trade paperback and ebook Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Modern space adventures crafted by a new generation of Grand Tradition science fiction writers. Smart, readable, and engaging stories that take us back to a time when science fiction was fun and informative, pithy and piquant—when speculative fiction transported us from the everyday grind and left us wondrously satisfied. Showcasing the breadth of Grand Tradition stories, from 1940s-style pulp to realistic hard SF, from noir and horror SF to spaceships, alien uplift, and action-adventure motifs, Far Orbit’s diversity of Grand Tradition stories makes it easy for every SF fan to find a favorite.

Featuring an open letter to SF by Elizabeth Bear and stories from Gregory Benford, Tracy Canfield, Eric Choi, Barbara Davies, Jakob Drud, Julie Frost, David Wesley Hill, K. G. Jewell, Sam Kepfield, Kat Otis, Jonathan Shipley, Wendy Sparrow, and Pete Wood.

Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures will be available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Kobo.com, and other online retailers. You can also find Far Orbit on Goodreads.

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BBC Radio Interviews Amalia Dillin

By Amalia Dillin. 

When I got the email from the producer of BBC4’s BEYOND BELIEF radio show, I was 100% sure it was some kind of spam. It was, fittingly, completely beyond belief that somehow the BBC would find me and want to talk about Eve and Forged by Fate – in fact, I’d wager this is the kind of felicitous web-searching which happens once in a lifetime.

And thus began the most challenging interview of my life. Because the BBC? They don’t mess around. They ask the hard questions and want strong answers, and if there were, somewhere, a final exam on the contents of my book, this interview had definitely picked all the most challenging essay questions – and then told me I only had 5 minutes to answer them, so I’d better be concise.

To be honest, it was incredibly rewarding. Even though a lot of the best questions (and the answers I’d come up with) didn’t make it into the show, it was a lot of fun to think about and take apart my own motives for writing Eve the way I had. And more than that, also to think about Eve, her interpretation in the modern world, and how it still influences us today. (And the roundtable guests certainly had a lot to say about that, too!)

BEYOND BELIEF is a 30 minute radio program, and the episode about Eve is available in the archives for your listening pleasure, now. My interview begins around the 14:50 mark, but I encourage you to listen from the beginning, and I’d love to know what YOUR answers are to the questions raised in the roundtable! Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comment section!

Program is available to steam online for a year, or you can download the podcast on the BBC Radio 4 website: Listen now.

Amalia DillinAmalia Dillin began as a biology major at the University of North Dakota before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn’t stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats — to pull her chariot through the sky, of course.

More on Amalia Dillin’s Fate of the Gods novels and novellas:

Forged by Fate, Fate of the Gods Trilogy, Amalia Dillin, World Weaver PressFate Forgotten, Fate of the Gods, Amalia Dillin, World Weaver PressTempting Fate, Amalia Dillin, World Weaver PressA Winter's Enchantment, Elise Forier Edie, Amalia Dillin, Kristina Wojtaszek, World Weaver Press

Announcing: Glamour, YA novel coming March 2014

Coming Soon with World Weaver PressWe’re pleased to announce that Glamour, a YA urban fantasy by Andrea Janes, will be released March 18, 2014.

Stealing the life she’s always wanted is as easy as casting a spell.

Townie. That’s what eighteen-year-old Christina Sundy is. All year round she lives in a one-stoplight town on Cape Cod, and when summer comes, she spends her days scooping ice cream for the rich tourists she hates. So when one of them takes a job in the ice cream shop alongside her, she’s pissed. Why does a blonde and perky Harvard-bound rich girl like Reese Manning want to scoop ice cream anyway?

Something else weird is happening to Christina: tiny blue sparks seem to be shooting off her fingers. It isn’t long before she realizes the truth about herself — she’s actually a powerful hereditary witch. But her newfound powers are too intense for her to handle and, in a moment of rage, she accidentally zaps Reese into another dimension.

So that no one will notice that the rich girl has disappeared, Christina casts a disguising spell, or “glamour,” and lives Reese’s life while she tries to find a retrieval spell. But as the retrieval spell proves harder than anticipated, and as she goes about living Reese’s life without anyone on the outside noticing the switch, Christina realizes that there’s nothing to stop her from making the glamour permanent… except, of course, her fellow witches, a 16th century demon, and, just maybe, her own conscience.

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Andrea Janes, World Weaver PressAndrea Janes writes horror, dark comedy, thrillers, and historical slapstick. She is the author of Boroughs of the Dead: New York City Ghost Stories. She is also a licensed NYC tour guide, and offers a variety of ghostly tours around the city. Her many obsessions include New York City history, old photographs, Mabel Normand, all things nautical, and beer. She maintains a personal blog over at Spinster Aunt, where she discusses these obsessions in more detail than is probably healthy.

Out now! New release: The Weredog Whisperer (Cleo Tidwell Paranormal Mystery #2)

The Weredog Whisperer, Susan Abel Sullivan, World Weaver PressAlpena, MI (January 2, 2014) – World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) is happy to announce The Weredog Whisperer by Susan Abel Sullivan, a new novel in the “Cleo Tidwell Paranormal Mystery” series is available in trade paperback and ebook today.

Note: While The Weredog Whisperer is the second novel in the series, it can also be enjoyed as a stand alone without having read the first novel, The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama.

The Tidwells are supposed to be on spring break on the Florida Gulf Coast, not up to their eyeballs in paranormal hijinks … again. Bertram wants a baby, but Cleo isn’t real keen on the idea. After all, her sister, Molly, has four of ‘em—who needs more? Hoping to throw Bertram off the baby trail, they adopt Luna, a white pit bull terrier, and take her to Florida with them, along with Bertram’s mother and Cleo’s nieces. Everybody loves Luna, especially the goofy little dog at a tacky tourist trap touting something called a “weredog whisperer,” so much so that he puts the moves on Luna and gives her a love bite during the throes of puppy love.

But when Luna shape shifts into a teenage girl on the first night of the full moon, the Tidwells wind up with an instant were-daughter. Poof! Just add moonbeams. A video of Luna’s transformation goes viral and the Tidwells are hounded by an array of reporters, sight seers, animal rights kooks, Hot Diggity Dog Pet Foods, a couple of hungry weresharks, a motley crew of weredogs, and AASS—a secret society of shape shifters that considers Luna an abomination and orders her immediate extermination.

The Tidwells’ vacation has gone to the dogs—literally—as they jump through hoops to protect their unexpected new were-daughter from a dog-eat-dog world.

Praise for The Weredog Whisperer:

“If The Weredog Whisperer doesn’t have you busting a gut then your sense of humor has definitely gone… well, you know the rest.”
—Scott Barnes, NewMyths.com

“The Weredog Whisperer is LOL funny… Whether readers are from the southside of Dee-troit or south of the Mississippi, Sullivan’s true Southern humor and charm are sure to appeal to them all.”
—Michelle Lowery Combs, award-winning author of Heir to the Lamp and the forthcomingSolomon’s Bell

“Cleo Tidwell’s wacky adventures rank right up there with Stephanie Plum’s and Sookie Stackhouse’s; what fun to enter the world of author Susan Abel Sullivan’s novels!”
—Barbara Rowell, Director Jacksonville (AL) Public Library

“Even better than the first! The Weredog Whisperer puts Cleo Tidwell firmly on my must-read-her-next-adventure list.”
Jeep Diva Reviews

The Weredog Whisperer is a delightful, fun-filled fantasy! Engaging, humorous, and full of surprises.”
—Beth Duke, Author of Delaney’s People and Don’t Shoot Your Mule

Read the digital edition for $7.49 exclusively from these ebook retailers:
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Read the trade paperback for $14.95 from these retailers:
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Warm the Coldest of Your Winter Nights

A Winter's Enchantment, Christmas ebook discountFrom the editor:

This winter, I’m so pleased to have the chance to share with you the work of three exquisite fantasy authors in A Winter’s Enchantment.

Elise Forier Edie’s The Devil in Midwinter beautifully blends Mexican folklore with the modern Pacific Northwest. But it’s not just a treat for fans of fairy tales; the novella’s language is deliciously ripe and layered. The heroine struggles to know who to trust her heart and body to, and just when she seems like she’s in need of a good rescue, she finds the strength to rescue herself—now, that’s my kind of heroine.

Next in Taming Fate, we move to 15th century France and the long awaited story of Eve and Ryam, a love affair that is much referenced in the Fate of the Gods trilogy but one the reader hasn’t been witness to until now. I’m thrilled to see that Ryam, the family patriarch, the man who defines the duty of the DeLeons as Eve’s family for the next six centuries, has an anything-but-smooth start to his own relationship with the goddess. Amalia Dillin’s prose easily invites the reader into a story that spans millennia, and a world so like our own yet with an amazing fantasy world hidden just beneath the surface. Her stories immediately catch my attention and inevitably ensnare my heart.

Finally, we enter the forests of the Fae in the second-world fantasy Opal. When I first received this manuscript by Kristina Wojtaszek, I thought I’d stumbled into a lost Patricia McKillip story, so rich was Opal in the tradition of lyrical fairy tale fantasy retellings. The intertwining voices of Fire and Stone, a girl born an owl and a prince born a captive, tore at my heart in the most beguiling way.

I hope you’ll find each of these novellas as enchanting as I have. May they warm the coldest of your winter nights.

Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief

December 23-26, 2013, enjoy the special Christmas discount on the ebook of A Winter’s Enchantment: All three stories for only $3.99 (regularly $6.99)  from these ebook retailers:
Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble

Read the trade paperback for $15.95 from these retailers:
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Winter’s Reading

World Weaver Press - Curl up with a book and chase the darkness away - 2013

World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has released A Winter’s Enchantment, a fantasy romance anthology with works by Amalia Dillin, Elise Forier Edie, and Kristina Wojtaszek, in trade paperback and ebook, available now through Amazon and other online retailers.

A Winter's Enchantment, Elise Forier Edie, Amalia Dillin, Kristina Wojtaszek, World Weaver PressThree novellas of winter magic and loves lost and regained, A Winter’s Enchantment features The Devil in Midwinter, a new modern-day mystery with a fantastical twist; Taming Fate, a never-before-read installment in the critically-acclaimed “Fate of the Gods” series; and Opal, the hauntingly beautiful retelling of Snow White previously released by World Weaver Press.

Read more about the anthology, download a sample, or order your own copy through these sites:

Read the digital edition for $6.99 exclusively from these ebook retailers:
Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Read the trade paperback for $15.95 from these retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

If winter magic and romance doesn’t suit, see our recent suggestions for other World Weaver Press titles available now.

Heir to the Lamp Cover Unveiling

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.

Heir to the Lamp, Michelle Lowery Combs, World Weaver Press

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.

Add this book to your Goodreads to-read list!Add Heir to the Lamp to you Goodreads lists today! And if you missed the Goodreads giveaway of the Heir to the Lamp ARC, you can enter now for a release day version of the paperback!

Books and Pieces

WWPOur 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.

Want to know how a spec fic magazine gets started and becomes a Hugo Award winner? Video interview with Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld produced by Fast Forward TV.

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+.

Announcing: Tempting Fate (novella in the Fate of the Gods series)

Coming Soon with World Weaver PressChicago, 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.”
— Parajunkee

“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

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