Quote of the Month

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 

― Toni Morrison


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Alumni Publications

Magic & Mayhem: Just Like Magic by Virginia Nelson (Romance Short Story)
Part of Robyn Peterman’s Magic & Mayhem Kindle World

Elite Elements by Virginia Nelson (Romance Omnibus)
Book Three of the Elite Warriors series

Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology by Virginia Nelson (Romance Omnibus)
18 romances with smoking hot heroes–both on and off the ice. 20% of all royalties from sales of Hot on Ice will go to Homes for our Troops.

Prison Made of Mirrors by Jennifer Loring (Fantasy Novella)
Brenna must face and conquer death itself if she is to save the land that rightfully belongs to her, and to break her mother’s terrible spell on the man she loves.

The Trouble of Tigers (a.k.a. Katrina’s Homicidal Urges) by Amy Culey writing as A.J. Culey (Young Adult Novella)
Katrina Tiger battles her predatory instincts. It’s all her bunny siblings’ fault! If they didn’t want her to take a nibble, they shouldn’t smell so divine! Besides, there are so many of them, surely her parents won’t miss one, or two, or ten.

The Resurrection Pact by Jay Smith (Adventure Novel)
It’s like “Fletch” going underground to expose a resort for live-action role-players and fantasy enthusiasts that is a front for a cult of human traffickers run by an evil Neil Gaiman.

Daily Grind by Ann Kopchik writing as Anna Zabo (Romance Novel)
Brian Keppler doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his coffee shop, which is falling apart despite his best intentions. The arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. With his sharp wit and easy charm, Rob quickly becomes a fixture in Brian’s life, but will Brian be able to find happiness now that he has a chance, or will his shop destroy this relationship, too?

Four Quarters: an homage to T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets by Lana Hechtman Ayers (Literary Poem)
Four Quarters is a dialogue and dance with Eliot’s Four Quartets. Preserving Eliot’s distinctive stanza structures and syntax throughout, Ayers, creates an utterly unique poem sequence that simultaneously celebrates the master poet, while taking him to task over his pessimistic stance on humanity.

Edge of Sorrow (Fortunes of Fate, 6) by Lori Phillips writing as Alexa Grave (Fantasy Short Story)
The mage Jasp’s memory of his wife Yetta spurs him to save the women trapped in the trees. But it’s not as simple as freeing them. It never is.

How to Breathe on Venus by Symantha Reagor (Sci-fi Poem)


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Quote of the Month

“A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind


March 15th, 2017 is the final day to submit workshop proposals for the 2017 workshop! Have an idea? Then click here to submit your workshop or panels!


The 2017 Guest Author is…Diana Rowland!


Alumni Publications

Blood Bound by Traci Douglass, Romance
Anna Frost goes undercover in an notorious Otherworld biker gang to try and find her missing sister and teams up with Dante, half demon, half human. Working together, they discover white-hot passion in each other’s arms, but will her quest for the truth cost him more than he ever bargained for?

Blood Freed by Traci Douglass, Romance
Wild child Liz Frost is ready to turn over a new leaf and what better way to prove she can be responsible than by volunteering to answer a call for help. Dex MacCallahan is tasked with guarding Liz on a mission he can’t refuse. Together, Dex and Liz must search for the information they need, but when their simmering chemistry boils over into searing hot passion, will they risk losing their hearts to save the ones they love?

Defending the Future 7: Man And Machine Anthology byJudi Fleming, Science-Fiction Short Story

The plan had been to un-man the battlespace, replacing flesh and blood with steel and carbon fiber. Machines, both remote-controlled and autonomous A.I.s, would fight and be destroyed in the name of freedom; sparing the troops at the cost of the nation’s treasure. However, as with any arms race, the opposing side’s technology eventually catches ups to yours, resulting in the need to put lives back in harm’s way on the frontline; to deal with, and adapt to the unknown, as only humans can.

The Ceiling Man by Patricia Lillie, Horror Novel

The stranger only Abby, an autistic teen, sees and hears introduces her to evil. When her mother falls under the stranger’s sway, she must solve the puzzle of The Ceiling Man and save them both. A Kindle Scout selection.

Satisfying Silicon by Virginia Nelson, Romance Anthology
Lady Dead may be number five on his hit list, but she trusts that Silicon will come for her. Save her or kill her… either way, it’ll be a hot ride.

Killing Cancer: When Dad And I Fought A Titan by Donna J. W. Munro, Other Short Story

Jeff: Ghost-buster Extraordinaire by Elsa M Carruthers, Horror Short Story
A comical horror short. Reprint

Coppelius by Kristina Elyse Butke, Fantasy Poem
A poem inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Sandman.”

A Strange and Distant Safety by Jennifer Loring, Romance Short Story
For one young man, the nightmare scenario of abduction and torture becomes the key to unlocking his ultimate fantasy.

No One on Earth by Jennifer Loring, Romance Novella
Will two timelines that have always intersected, no matter when or where, finally be forced to diverge?

Arizona Impulse by Tiffany Avery writing as B. Leslie Tirrell, Science-Fiction Novella
Celebrity chefs, politicians, and the holidays combine to create scandal due to a looming famine.


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Our world is rife with darkness. Even a cursory glance at current events reveals suffering, death, destruction, and hate. As a person with a highly-sensitive empathy response (I literally feel what others feel—I can’t stop it), I can’t pay attention to too much, or I make myself physically ill.

I’ve had conversations with other writers at genre conventions about the current rage for “grim-dark” stories. These are tales like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad, where the world itself is suffused with despair and everyone can die. The draw seems to be a sense of realism, of not “shying away” from the darker aspects of life.

While a tone of foreboding and despair is perhaps “realistic,” I don’t find that a compelling reason to partake of that kind of fiction. I go to fiction to imagine a world that could be, a better world. If I want to read about genocide, plague, catastrophe, rape, murder, and war, I can go to any news website on the internet.

Instead, I prefer stories of hope—where justice prevails and where love conquers. I don’t feel that this makes me naïve (although it does make me an optimist). I am a warrior, writing in defense of what I believe to be absolutely true: that if we, as a species, embraced love, accepting our differences and understanding our similarities, that our world would be radically changed. The beating heart of every world religion is love and acceptance, despite what man tries to twist and change about each prophet’s words to justify their rage and hate.

So I write love stories, and I try to add a little love into the universe. I model relationships that I feel are healthy, based on mutual respect and attraction—not on manipulation and abuse. My characters enjoy vigorous sex lives, again based on an understanding that sex is not and should not be shameful, hidden, or vilified. Women and their desires are elevated, celebrated, and equal to men and theirs. They are not made to feel dirty or broken because they feel and experience physical passion.

I made a promise, when I started this series, that none of my characters would ever be raped, either within the story or to create a backstory conflict. Not because I am disconnected from reality, but because I am very, very connected to it. Nearly every woman I know has been sexually assaulted. And if not outright assaulted, has been the victim of misogyny and oppression—has been catcalled, touched inappropriately, or had to deal with unwanted advances that quickly progressed to violence when they politely declined.

So my books will never, ever go to that conflict well. My world is a safe place for my female characters. They have plenty of other problems, but rape isn’t one of them. Instead, I allow my stories to wallow in hope. Hope that things will get better, that we can make a better world, that love and acceptance and understanding and empathy and compassion can and should be the strongest forces in the world.

In my books, love conquers all. Doesn’t that sound like a world you’d want to live in?


ABOUT CARA

Cara McKinnon wrote her first fantasy romance at the age of six, about a unicorn couple that falls in love and has adventures (there is also pie). Now she writes about humans falling in love and having adventures, but she can’t quite stop including magic.

She loves history and historical romance, so she decided to set her books in an alternate Victorian era where magic is not only real but a part of everyday life.

Cara attended the best writing school in the world, Seton Hill University, where she received an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and found her writing tribe. She lives on the East Coast of the US with her husband, two kids, and an oversized lapdog named Jake.

Visit her on her website caramckinnon.com, where you can find more information about the Fay of Skye series, writing and romance, and ways to get in touch!

Writer Quote of the Month

“Every book you’ve ever read, at one point in time, was just an idea in someone’s head. It didn’t become a book until they sat down and wrote it.” ― Unknown


Ask An Editor

In Your Write Mind has teamed up with some incredible editors to offer you the chance to get your questions about story, revision, and more answered! Email your questions to SocialMedia.IYWM@gmail.com and you might see them answered in an upcoming newsletter or blog post.

Until then, here are a couple good articles to brush up on what an editor can do for you.

NPR: “What Exactly Does An Editor Do?

Dead Good: “What Does a Book Editor Do?


Alumni Publications

Essential Magic by Cara McKinnon.
A witch driven to excel. A mage ashamed of his past. A desire that could lead them to bliss…or peril.

Steel Magic by J.L. Gribble
Book 2 in the Steel Empires series, an urban fantasy/alternate history adventure

Winner Takes All by Meg Mims,
Cora Peterson is dead set on winning the Fourth of July Barrel Auction with her Mile High Apple Pie. She expects her rival might best her once again, but what she doesn’t expect is a bid for love from the handsome newcomer to Cady Corners…


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So you have a book published.

Great!

You’re selling it online, you’ve got it in stores, and you’re waiting for the sales to roll in. When lo and behold, it’s time for a convention or conference! This gives you the chance to have a signing and selling table, and you’ve decided to take the plunge. But we’ve all seen the authors who fail to generate sales at such events. How can you ensure you’re not one of them?

I’ve sold my books at half a dozen different events. I’ve had both extreme success and sold every copy I brought, and I’ve had events where two copies were all I was able to move. I’ve sold through a central convention vendor, through my publisher’s central table, and myself. I’ve carried my novels, novellas, and anthologies. I’ve never had an event where I sold no copies, but over time tweaking my sales pitch, varying my table display, and altering my “writer uniform” a bit, I’ve hit upon some strategies that work.

Here are things I’ve done that have generated more sales at an event, whether this is your first book or your fifteenth.

In my non-author life, I currently teach English and cultural studies courses to college students but have worked in college recruitment and retention, and even spent many years in retail (including as a bookseller) and customer service work. I’m not, by nature, super extroverted. You don’t have to be an extreme extrovert to hand-sell your books, but you should probably practice being comfortable talking to strangers one-on-one.

Remember: convention attendees are already into reading; you’re just talking to someone else who, like you, loves books. You already have an in with them; it’s simply a matter of closing the deal.

First, I wear something I feel extremely physically comfortable in, but that is just the tiniest bit different from what other people might be wearing. Even if your “writer uniform” is mostly psychological, you want to feel good, you want to look your best, and you don’t want to wear something complicated and fussy that will have you tugging at your clothes all night. Look good, but be able to move freely and easily.

I now have a lucky event outfit that I once sold out in, so now I try to wear it or a variation of it to all my events. It also gives me a visual brand, but it’s extremely low-key.

Maybe your writer uniform is jeans and a blazer, maybe it’s a favorite dress that you look really good in, or maybe it’s a lucky necktie or a pair of earrings. You don’t have to go fancy, and you don’t have to spend money. But dirty, worn clothing isn’t going to impress your fan base.

Imagine you’re in a band—you don’t have to wear a tuxedo or ball gown or anything, but you should look like one of the musicians, not one of the roadies. Don’t wear a T-shirt advertising the convention you’re attending, for instance. You will look like any other attendee or perhaps a con volunteer. You are advertising yourself and your work, not the event. If there’s an outfit you’ve gotten compliments on, that’s a good choice.

When you’re selling your books, you’re technically at work, so think about how you’d dress for a job while still being yourself, and consider adopting a few visual signatures, even if you vary them up a little.

I’ve become known for always wearing crazy shoes—platforms, boots, what have you—and these serve several purposes. The rest of my outfit is pretty staid (typically jeans and a white shirt and black blazer), so having one crazy thing that also acts as a conversation starter is fun. But also, as a short person, it adds some height that I can use to my advantage in order to better hear tall people talking to me as well as lending me a visual form of authority in a way.

For you, maybe a pair of TARDIS earrings or a Star Wars necktie can do the trick—it’s like having a superpower. No one knows you’re secretly a Jedi or a Time Lord or not as tall as you look, but you’re magically able to project an air of confidence because of this secret “power” item in your uniform. Look like your version of polished and writerly to allow you to work from the outside in on your self-assurance and poise. We don’t want to believe that appearance matters, but on a basic level, being neat and clean and professional does help quite a bit.

When navigating customers, smile at everyone who passes your table. Always look friendly and approachable. Say hi to anyone who lingers even a second. Make eye contact. Ask if they’re having fun at the event. Ask them what kind of books they like to read or (if appropriate) write. Comment on another book they’re holding or compliment their outfit or a piece of jewelry.

These are nerdy people at many of these events. If you’re at an SF con, there will be some Whovians or Whedonites with let’s say a Firefly T-shirt or maybe a TARDIS jewelry piece. Comment on it. Ask if they got it there. Link their interest to your book(s) somehow. Just get them talking about what they like, and see how it might parallel your own work. Ask who they’re shopping for and what other books they like.

Talk to the authors selling beside you. Tell each other about each other’s books so you can recommend each other’s work. Be willing just to do trades with other authors. “Would you like a copy of my book for a copy of yours?” If they don’t want to trade, that’s fine, but again, cross-selling is a great networking tool.

When talking to your fellow authors or your customers, be a good listener, but make sure you can also be heard. Speak more loudly than you think you need to. Those places are terrible for hearing people well. When someone approaches, stand up. You can sit back down to sign, but try to stand up as much as possible. If you’re chatting with the author next to you, stop (even if you must ignore the other person for a moment) and stand up and talk to your customer.

And finally, when customers are dithering, don’t be afraid to say, “Would you like a copy?” Be kind even to people who don’t buy. Offer them some swag. Give them a postcard with a QR code on it where they can at least buy the e-book. If someone is hesitating and the sale is open for another 15 minutes, consider a “fire sale.” Offer a bundle price if they buy multiple titles or offer them a little extra discount. Claim it’s so you don’t have to take any copies home with you. If I’m making my own sales, I pre-program a few different types of discounts in my sales software depending on what type of event I’m going to. Most of these apps will also allow you to add a one-time discount in, too, so you can make these decisions on the fly.

So, in sum, make sure you look and feel confident, be friendly, and get people talking about their interests. Network with your fellow authors. Consider discounts to help close the sale. After a few events, you’ll discover what works best for you personally, where you feel the most confident, and what tends to make sales happen or not happen. I’ve managed to sell books even at events without all the best conditions. Make the most of what you’re best at. Make your table look visually appealing. Be positive and upbeat.

And most of all, have fun. Your enthusiasm for your product will be infectious.


BOOKS-thecuriositykillers

 

Kathleen W. Taylor Kollman received her MFA from Seton Hill University in 2015 and is now a Ph.D. student at Bowling Green State University. As K.W. Taylor, she writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her latest novel, The Curiosity Killers, was published by Dog Star Books in spring of 2016. Find her at kwtaylorwriter.com.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Writer Quote of the Month
“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”
– Dorothy Parker
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There’s Still Time to Register
Registration is now open for the 2016 In Your Write Mind Workshop for just $165.

Register Now!

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Guest Speakers

AGENT GUEST OF HONOR
Kimberly Brower represents a wide range of authors, particularly those who write contemporary romance, women’s fiction, thrillers and young adult. Her clients are New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best selling authors, who are both traditionally and self published. She graduated with a business degree from California State University, Northridge and a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She is originally from New Jersey, but is happy to be back on the east coast, living in New York City.

AUTHOR GUEST OF HONOR
Daniel José Older is the author of the ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna and the adult books in the Bone Street Rumbaurban fantasy series. His short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons as well as the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. His debut YA novel Shadowshaper has garnered several starred reviews, was listed as a 2015 Kirkus Prize finalist and on several Best Books of the Year list. Please visit him online at www.GhostStar.net for his thoughts on writing, his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and to listen to his music. Follow him on Twitter @djolder.

EDITOR GUEST OF HONOR
Diana M. Pho is an associate editor at Tor Books and blogs for Tor.com. She is also an academic scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser. In the steampunk community, she is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk. She has published numerous articles on science fiction and its community, and written introductions to The Anatomy of Steampunk, Steampunk World, and The Best of Spanish Steampunk. She has been interviewed for many media outlets about fandom, including CBS’s Inside Edition, MSN.com, BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel. Follow her on Tumblr at writersyndrome.tumblr.com and Twitter at @writersyndrome.

AGENT GUEST OF HONOR
Eric Ruben is an attorney with over 25 years experience. His clients are authors in numerous genres. Eric got his start in publishing when suggested that NY Times best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann write about Navy SEALs as heroes and helped create the genre of romantic military suspense. He is an award-winning performer and writer who has appeared in films, commercials, and Off-Broadway theater. Also a producer of film and theater, Eric’s experience gives him a unique perspective that benefits all his showbiz clients. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheEricRuben.

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IYWM Scholarship Raffle Baskets

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Booksigning
We’re throwing a booksigning with readings at the McKenna Salvitti Gymnasium. See between 15 and 25 different authors available for book signings and personal questions about their craft.
Friday, June 24, from 7 pm – 10 pm

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IYWM 2016 Schedule!
Check out the schedule of events  for the 2016 In Your Write Mind Workshop!

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Alumni Publications
Murder in Morningside Heights  by Victoria Thompson
In the latest from the bestselling author of Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue, former police sergeant Frank Malloy and his wife adjust to life in New York high society as they investigate a death in the field of higher learning…

Winner Takes All by Meg Mims
Cora Peterson is dead set on winning the Fourth of July Barrel Auction with her Mile High Apple Pie. She expects her rival might best her once again, but what she doesn’t expect is a bid for love from the handsome newcomer to Cady Corners…

The Margarita Chica Finds Love: Boxed Set by Jacki King
Leslie Stetler is here to sell you sex. And lots of it. Welcome to her sassy, sexy world, Southern California’s “Inland Empire” where fortunes and fantasies boil together under the blazing sun.

The Trouble with Antlers (a.k.a. Melvin’s Rampant Rack) by A.J. Culey
Melvin Moose has a problem. Anytime a girl gets too close, his antlers go on walkabout, popping out of his human head at the most inopportune moments. As if that weren’t bad enough, a human girl just enrolled at his school, and if she catches sight of his unruly rack, it’s all over for Shifterville.

The Zombie Mishap by Samantha Lienhard
When two scientists accidentally create a zombie, they find themselves in a terrible predicament. Determined not to let anyone learn what they did, they embark on a desperate mission to stop their creation before it’s too late.

A Mother’s Love ~ An Anthology of Murder and Mayhem, “Balad of a Mother and Slave” by Donna Wagenblast Munro
A mother’s love has no boundaries. In every species, mothers risk their own lives and sacrifice themselves to save their children. Throughout the animal kingdom, even the most gentle of creatures attack and kill to protect their young.

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Everyone here at IYWM wishes all of you and your’s a magical holiday! May your new year be filled with many good books, fulfilled dreams, and may the muse be ever on your side!

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Writer Quote of the Month
“In order to write about life first you must live it.”
― Ernest Hemingway
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“Inspiration Station
Exoplanets renamed after scientists, gods and the undead (Wired UK)
“Arion, Taphao Kaew, Poltergeist and Tadmor are just some of the new official names given to distant planets and their alien suns by the International Astronomical Union…”

How to spot a psychopath according to a psychopath (Independent)
“Self proclaimed pyschopath Jacob Wells shares the tell-tale signs you might be hanging out with a pyschopath…”

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Write Better, Write Now!

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Industry News
A Side of Relish: Little Pickle Adds YA Imprint (Publishers Weekly)
Curious commonality among books that get banned (Upworthy)
11 Common Publishing Terms All Writers Should Know (Writer’s Digest)

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Give the gift of good books!
The 24 Best Science Fiction Books Of 2015  (BuzzFeed Books)
The 32 Best Fantasy Books Of 2015 (BuzzFeed Books)
Top 10 Horror: 2015 (Booklist Online)
Top 10 Best Romance Novels of 2015  (Heavy)
Best mystery books and thrillers of 2015 (Washington Post)
The best young adult books of 2015 (Telegraph)

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Alumni Publications
Aileen O’Conor Latcham writing as Aileen Erin, Alpha Unleashed (Alpha Girl Book 5)
Luciana may have failed to steal Tessa McCaide’s magic, but she’s just getting started on her crusade for magical domination. If Tessa doesn’t find a way to stop her demonic summoning, it could mean the end of everything.

Lauren Stone writing as Lola Dodge, Quanta
Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.

Mary DeSantis writing as Deanna Dee, Finish Him
When Sonya Black’s sister is drugged, Sonya launches an amateur investigation only to end up, answerless, at the feet of Jaxon Nyles. Can Sonya find the perp and avoid (or give in to) the chemistry brewing between her and Jaxon?

Mary DeSantis writing as Deanna Dee, The First for Noelle
A Christmas short set in the Games of Love world. Can Noelle work up the courage to approach Trey and maybe get her first kiss this holiday season?

Mary DeSantis writing as Deanna Dee, A Merry Little Christmas Solo
Haley’s been competing with Gavin in choir for years, but is he really her enemy?

Jennifer Loring, Firebird (The Firebird Trilogy Book 1)
Stephanie Hartwell is a journalist chasing the story of her career: hockey superstar Aleksandr Volynsky, an Olympian, Stanley Cup Champion, and her first love. Romance rekindles, but tragedy soon reveals Aleksandr’s dark side. When he discovers the truth behind his self-destructive behavior, will his newfound self-awareness be enough to convince Stephanie to give him one last chance?

Kathleen W. Taylor writing as K.W. Taylor, Method Writing
Method actors inhabit their characters. Method writers do, too. John goes to elaborate lengths to study the habits, physiology, and needs of a vampire.

Shelly Bates writing as Shelly Adina, Devices Brightly Shining: A steampunk Christmas novella
When Sydney and Hugh Meriwether-Astor (two young cousins of Gloria Meriwether-Astor) arrive in London, the inhabitants of Carrick House are happy to welcome them. But when Maggie learns that Sydney has his own plans for the family business she decides it’s time for someone with a spine, an airship of her own, and reasons to put fields of air between herself and decisions about her future to pull up ropes and warn Gloria that betrayal is closer than she thinks…

Kristin Dearborn, Stolen Away
Trisha doesn’t have much going for her, but she is a good mother. That’s what she’s always told herself, anyway. She wakes in the middle of the night to hear her infant son has been taken. Her daughter, who saw the kidnapping, tearfully tells her a monster took him. Her ex-boyfriend Joel owes the Russian Mafia a million dollars, but that’s nothing compared to the trouble Trisha’s got herself into. Searching for her son, Trisha and Joel won’t let gangsters, demons, or Joel’s overbearing mother stop them.

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“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
—George Orwell
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Alumni Publications

Aileen O’Conor Latcham writing as Aileen Erin, Alpha Unleashed (Alpha Girl Book 5)

Luciana may have failed to steal Tessa McCaide’s magic, but she’s just getting started on her crusade for magical domination. If Tessa doesn’t find a way to stop her demonic summoning, it could mean the end of everything.

Available to download from the following retailers:
iTunes
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo

Lauren Stone writing as Lola Dodge, Quanta

Mary DeSantis writing as Deanna Dee, Finish Him
When Sonya Black’s sister is drugged, Sonya launches an amateur investigation only to end up, answerless, at the feet of Jaxon Nyles. Can Sonya find the perp and avoid (or give in to) the chemistry brewing between her and Jaxon?

Mary DeSantis writing as Deanna Dee, The First for Noelle
A Christmas short set in the Games of Love world. Can Noelle work up the courage to approach Trey and maybe get her first kiss this holiday season?

Mary DeSantis writing as Deanna Dee, A Merry Little Christmas Solo
Haley’s been competing with Gavin in choir for years, but is he really her enemy?

Jennifer Loring, Firebird (The Firebird Trilogy Book 1)
Stephanie Hartwell is a journalist chasing the story of her career: hockey superstar Aleksandr Volynsky, an Olympian, Stanley Cup Champion, and her first love. Romance rekindles, but tragedy soon reveals Aleksandr’s dark side. When he discovers the truth behind his self-destructive behavior, will his newfound self-awareness be enough to convince Stephanie to give him one last chance?

Kathleen W. Taylor writing as K.W. Taylor, Method Writing
Method actors inhabit their characters. Method writers do, too. John goes to elaborate lengths to study the habits, physiology, and needs of a vampire.

Shelly Bates writing as Shelly Adina, Devices Brightly Shining: A steampunk Christmas novella
When Sydney and Hugh Meriwether-Astor (two young cousins of Gloria Meriwether-Astor) arrive in London, the inhabitants of Carrick House are happy to welcome them. But when Maggie learns that Sydney has his own plans for the family business she decides it’s time for someone with a spine, an airship of her own, and reasons to put fields of air between herself and decisions about her future to pull up ropes and warn Gloria that betrayal is closer than she thinks…

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As many members of the Seton Hill Writer Popular Fiction program and In Your Write Mind Workshop attendees may already know, we lost one of our own very recently. Ron Shannon was a kind and vibrant colleague and friend.  In February of this year, Ron wrote a guest post for this blog, which is republished below in his memory.

Ron, you were one of the best of us. Though you are gone, you will always live on as part of our family.

Donations to the Seton Hill Scholarship fund can be made in memory of Ron at alumni.setonhill.edu/give

Links to purchase Ron’s books.

The Hedgerows of June & Gabriel’s Wing

Anticipating the 2015 In Your Write Mind Conference

Time is drawing near. It’s time for writers of different genres to congregate at an amazing Catholic University, a dreamscape structure, situated on a hill in Greensburg Pennsylvania. This sort of thing doesn’t happen. Conferences are genre specific. Horror people get together to discuss how to scare their readers to death. Romance writers are drawn to a huge convention and I wonder if they ponder the merits of erotic and sweet.  I’m sure when science fiction writers assemble they transform their surroundings to a realm of marvel and inventiveness. Fantasy stretches reality to undiscovered dimensions hidden in the cosmos. Is there a place for the genre that chose me? Adventure sprinkled with romantic elements.

What is applicable to In Your Write Mind is not genre. It doesn’t matter if you are published and about to hit the big time, or if you are struggling to get noticed. It’s not important what your sales are; well at least for this conference. What is important is that you write, you are a writer and you identify with that tribe. You can come here and be at home, accepted, and you won’t be demoralized because your writer’s heart is filled with insecurities.

I normally arrive on campus early the first day. Others don’t usually show up until around noon. I like to get there and wander the halls, find a place to sit with what I am currently reading, and be alone to absorb the ambiance of the school. Old and haunted, it is a living, breathing organism that tells me I’m where I belong. I daydream, like any writer, and think about what it would be like if I could spend more time on campus, maybe teach. I allow my imagination to spin off in all directions. It’s story time and I think about taking notes. I should take notes, but I don’t worry about such things. I don’t want to lose the moment. I go back to reading, but I find I’m too excited to concentrate. Stories and characters float in my head. Like turbulent clouds they change shape, radiate youthful ideas, and create fresh memories. I should be cautious, guard my visions, like a schoolboy in class, but it’s not going to happen. I take out my notebook and scribble. I have a character, a story, perhaps an answer to a peculiar dilemma. It doesn’t matter. I smile to myself and take another walk. People will show up soon. If the weather is nice I will go out and sit on one of the benches or swings. More notes, more reading.

People are showing up now and they stop to talk. We catch up. Chat about things important to writers. What are you writing? Have you published? I saw your note on Facebook. Congratulations on your short story, your award, finishing that first draft. Yes, my thesis is published. I am happy, but I wish sales were better. Don’t be troubled. We will talk about that blog, that virtual tour, that review you loved.

This is why I came here, the friendships, the discussions outside of the classroom, the time with people who have my dreams, aspirations, and interests. I escape my day job, uninteresting careers, and office politics. The normality of life is good fodder, but not what I seek. I am part of this group. I am not the introverted outsider. I am not the pitiful daydreamer. I am another writer and we are working to help each other to succeed. I am home.

This is what this conference is all about. If you are not alum of the Writing Popular Fiction program it’s okay. You are welcomed here. You are part of the tribe. Yes, you are introverted and find it difficult to mingle. That’s okay because you’ll find most of us are the same. We suffer from the same maladies, but in this world the malady is essential. It provides the capacity to sit in isolation for hours and live through our characters. It’s what makes us whole and our lives worth living. We accept fellow travelers. You will fit in here. Just say hello, someone will ask what you write, ask about your current project. How did you hear about In Your Write Mind? We’re glad you’re here.

I am looking forward to Seton Hill. I know it will end before it begins. I know I will not recover for weeks. I will dream about the campus. I will reach out for inspiration. I will take new experiences and in some way I will grow from them. My writing will improve and I will find the label of writer an honor and a privilege.

Writer Quote of the Month

Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of Lincoln’s Melancholy I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly.

– Joshua Wolf Shenk

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Alumni Publications

Mary Karlik

Book title: Horseplay: A Hickville High Companion
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
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Chris Von Halle
Book title: The Fourth Generation

Genre: YA Dystopia
On the verge of perishing from a plague that kills all seventeen-year-olds, a curious Gorin spies on the rulers’ off-limits mansion and makes a discovery that, although horrifying, just might save everybody in town from their tragically shortened lives.

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Mary DeSantis writing as Deanna Dee

Book title: Summer Crush
Story title: Boarderline Love

Genre: YA Contemporary

Nearly drowning wasn’t part of Dalya’s vacation plans. Neither was being rescued by a guy with a perfect six pack and a haunted look in his eyes. Mason reminds Dalya too much of her over-protective older brother, but when he offers to teach her to surf, she can’t say no. Can Dalya get past her frustration with her brother to realize how much Mason means to her?

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Aubry Gross

Book title: Big Girls Need Love Too

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Plus-size Molly has had it–with herself and her best friend Benjamin. And, well, his perfect girlfriend Emery, too. It’s time to get over Benjamin. Stat. Except, well, getting over Benjamin shouldn’t be this hard; after all, there are only so many bad dates, secretive guys, and ill-timed declarations of love a girl can handle.

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Harper Shaddock
Book title: Bad Alpha
Story title: Becoming the Alpha’s Mate

Genre: Romance (Heat Level 3 of 4)

After escaping an abusive ex, lone-wolf Brenna is looking for a fresh start. She never expected to stumble across a pack’s territory, or that the Alpha would claim her for a mate. Remy had enough on his plate dealing with a rival pack, but it was love at first howl and he’s not about to lose his mate…even if it means fighting her past her fears.
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