Being a part of the writing community is like getting a back stage pass for your favorite concert. You become privy to information and experiences few others get to enjoy. Whether those experiences are the inside on a book special made public, or an upcoming release of an author’s book, or even an in depth discussion with authors about what inspires them while gaining insights into their stories. I think back to when I would have to hope writers or publishers would post some information. Mostly though, I would get busy and miss these announcements until they were long past, finding out after others, and they became old news.
Lately, TTMM made Wednesdays a focus on Writer’s Hangout, giving a little insight into writing from not only my perspective but also from others in the field. This week, I would like to do something a little different. I want to give a “backstage pass” to some events and news. So, let’s take a peek beyond the barricade, past security, and behind the curtain at some of our favorite authors to see what they are up to.
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Eli Constant- Facebook Release Party for Dead Trees 2
Eli Constant is gearing up for her release of the second book in her Dead Trees series. With a set release date of May 2nd, she has begun teasing readers with information on the book through her social media. Recently, I received an invite to Constant’s Facebook Event page and have been following the progress of the book’s release.
Eli Constant is one to watch in the coming years. I have read some of her short stories and recently purchased two of her books. Both of which I am eager to start reading. Her new book will be coming out soon, along with some stories in different anthologies- there is no slowing her down. I have heard rumors she is hard at work on the final wrap of her new cover (which will hopefully make an appearance on her event page). Here are some ways to join in with Eli Constant and become early fans as she takes off to stardom.
Claire C. Riley – Odium II Cover Reveal
This week, Claire C. Riley, author of Odium and Odium: Origins, will be revealing the new cover for Odium II. For those of you who have not read some of Riley’s previous releases, her style has been described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements in to develop storylines paying homage to cult-classics, while still feeling fresh and cutting-edge.
Recently, I did a Weekly Spotlight on Riley’s website and had the chance to chat with her on the upcoming release. In the conversation, I asked if TTMM could be part of the cover reveal and share with readers. She graciously agreed. Let’s take a first look at the Odium II cover reveal
Dying Days: Siege 1 & 2 Special Box set Price
Armand Rosamilia and Tim Baker announced a special box set for their joint novella series, Dying Days: Siege 1 & 2. Previously released as a two separate novellas, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village and Dying Days: Siege 2, both are now in a combined box set at the limited edition price of $0.99 through Amazon. This special offer was announced earlier in the week and has had a promotion push on social media.
Both books contain characters from Rosamilia’s Dying Days world as well as Baker’s books. In addition to the novella stories, the books contain both shorts and excerpts from the authors’ other books. The collection is a great introduction to both authors and their characters. Don’t miss out on this special deal.
“Glimpses of the Undead” by Julianne Snow
A couple of months ago, I purchased a few books from author Julianne Snow. The first one I read was her collection of short stories and flash pieces titled Glimpses of the Undead. Snow spins tales that have readers turning pages and falling into the stories. Snow’s style includes creating rich settings and multi-faceted characters- telltale signs of a polished storyteller drawing you into her world. Glimpses of the Undead is a book that every horror fan should read. As a bonus, Snow includes an excerpt from her book, Days with the Undead: Book One.
Julianne Snow’s website, dayswiththeundead.com was recently featured on Weekly Spotlight. Snow is an author whose works will be on everyone’s reading list in the future. Check out Glimpses of the Undead today and immerse yourself in a world only Snow can create.
State of Horror Anthology News
As many of you may have seen in previous posts, I jumped on an exciting opportunity becoming a part of Rymfire Books’ State of Horror Anthology project. Over the past couple of weeks, many milestones have been reached as the project moves forward.
Cover Reveal: On February 27th, Rymfire Books revealed the covers for the upcoming State of Horror: Illinois and State of Horror: New Jersey books. The new covers are branded as the template for all the books in the series to follow. Check out the new covers at this article.
Announcement for upcoming open submission: February 28th brought the announcement of the next two states for the anthology opening for submission on May 1, 2014. The upcoming books will follow the format of re-release of a previous title and a new state. The re-release, with additional stories added, will be State of Horror: Louisiana. The new anthology will be State of Horror: North Carolina. For more information on these states and the submission rules for State of Horror, visit the Rymfire Books submission page.
Coming to a close: The current open submission call for State of Horror: Illinois and State of Horror: New Jersey will be closing on April 1, 2014. After the submission closes, 12 stories will be selected with an additional story included by author Armand Rosamilia, for a total of 13 tales of horror from each state. If you are working on, or planning on submitting to these books, the deadline is quickly approaching. I am looking forward to reading each story.
I hope you enjoyed the little look at some of the events, news, and featured authors from this month’s Writer’s Hangout: What’s Happening. If you would like to have an event included in an upcoming What’s Happening, send me an email at email@example.com. I look forward to bringing more news next month from Writer’s Hangout.
Until next time…
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