Joel Eisenberg

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Chronicles of Ara: Creation, Epic Fantasy

Quick description: What are the repercussions if the muse who inspires all of art and invention is corrupted? What is the endgame?

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Brief biography:
I am proud to announce that the first of my new book series, The Chronicles of Ara, an epic 8-volume fantasy saga created with Stephen Hillard, has been released by Incorgnito (not a misspelling) Publishing’s Topos Books imprint.

Otherwise, I am a partner in Eisenberg-Fisher Productions and former head of EMO Films@Paramount Studios, feature film production companies. I am the co-founder of All Cities Media, an entertainment industry networking group. Our events have been hosted by Warner Brothers, Paramount Studios, Sunset-Gower Studios and the Law Offices of Greenberg-Traurig, among others. Feature projects include Out of the Black, Unreleased and April Showers, the latter based on the Columbine school shootings tragedy.

Writer of several award-winning independent feature films. Producer of a slate of past and upcoming feature film and television projects, including Mirkwood, based on the amazon.com bestseller and The Chronicles of Ara fantasy novel series.

For more, check me out on IMDb.

In early 2007, I was fortunate to have received substantial international publicity by locating, identifying, organizing and archiving a long-considered lost handwritten John Steinbeck archive, collectively valued at nearly $1 million.

Author, How to Survive a Day Job, Championship Networking. Blog: You’re Too Smart to Go Down Stupid. Contributor: Tales of the Dead and numerous others.

Links to buy Joel’s book:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iTunes/iBooks
For Signed Copies

Joel’s promo links:
Authors’ Website
Book Website
Facebook
Joel’s Facebook
Linkedin
Twitter
YouTube

What are you working on now?
Just completing the second book of The Chronicles of Ara 8-book series, entitled The Chronicles of Ara: Perdition, out in September.

Joel’s reading recommendation:
I’m re-reading Frank Herbert’s original Dune series, and also Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, both sagas being big literary influences. Anything by Anne Rice and Clive Barker is always worthwhile.

Robert Runté Recommends Dave Duncan

When Robert Runté suggested recommending Dave Duncan on this blog I jumped at the chance to feature an author whose work I’d known since I first began selling books in Calgary in 1978. The Guild Gallery did not stock many science fiction or fantasy books, but we did sell those written by local author, Dave Duncan! He was a best-selling author back then, and I was so pleased when Robert mentioned he was recommending Dave’s 50th book – and that Dave didn’t even begin writing until he was in his 50s. What an inspiration to every writer!

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The Eye of Strife
by Dave Duncan
Genre:
Fantasy (with equal parts mystery, political intrigue, swashbuckling adventure, and wry humour)

Quick description: The high priest has summoned an improbable group of witnesses/suspects to explain what they know of the Eye of Strife—a powerful religious relic. As each tells their overlapping tales of high adventure, the listeners have to work out who is lying and what really happened.

dave Why I recommend this book: Actually, I recommend all of Dave Duncan’s books (all of which are still in print and readily available) but what makes Eye of Strife particularly remarkable is that it’s his fiftieth published novel. And he started writing in his mid-50s after a long and successful career as a petroleum geologist.

Dave’s illustrious writing career always inspired me in my own writing—in contrast to the usual coverage of the latest wunderkind, which often seemed to imply that if one hadn’t hit it big by age 22, one never would. If Duncan can write fifty great books after age fifty, then maybe there is hope for the rest of us yet!

Duncan may have started late, but he came out of the gate with a bang (his early Reluctant Swordsman and Man of his Word series remain his most popular to this day) and has never faltered. Duncan has always been in the top three of my favourite authors, whether he was writing fantasy or science fiction; whether writing under his own name or one of his pseudonyms (adopted because he was always more prolific than any one publisher could handle); or whether writing a series or a standalone novel. There isn’t a single lemon in the bunch. On the contrary, Duncan is always pushing himself to try new things, to move forward, to renew himself in his writing. He is constantly surprising me, except in the consistently high quality of his story-telling and imagination.

The Eye of Strife is as good as anything that has gone before. An incredibly fun romp, it is a great place to dip one’s toe into the Duncan canon because it has all the Duncan trademarks: compelling and consistent world-building; action that arises logically out of the characters’ differing motivations; page-turning adventure; and an underlying current of wry humour. This is Duncan at his best, but in an easily accessible standalone novel—in contrast to, say, the much darker Chronicles of the King Blades series, or committing oneself to the seven sequel addiction that inevitably follows from reading The Magic Casement (my personal favourite.) An easy breezy summer read, I cannot recommend Eye of Strife too highly whether Duncan is new to you, or you have been a long-time fan.

Links for people to buy Dave’s book:
Kindle
Print

runte2 Robert Runté’s latest title or project: My own latest publication was ‘Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading” in Canadian Fantastic In Focus: New Perspectives. Allan Weiss, ed. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland, 2014. [The original conference presentation of this paper won an Aurora Award, 2014] The article examines both the impact of the peer group on reading, and Canadian themes in Canadian SF.

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Robert Runté was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Oct. 2014.

N. N. Light

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Princess of the Light is Urban Fantasy Romance

Quick description: Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God – yeah that Gabriel, visited Mary Miller. He told her, as the key she is destined to spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore the soul of the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough until she’s thrown in the face of evil, and then Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she loves.

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Brief biography:
N. N. Light was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada, to marry her beloved husband MR N. She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking. Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest.

Part of the proceeds of Princess of the Light will go directly to food banks in order to feed the hungry and help those in need. With only 7,500 books sold, N. N. Light will be able to set up a monthly endowment for the local food bank.

Links to buy N. N. Light’s book:
Smashwords – eBook
Barnes and Noble – eBook and paperback
Amazon US – eBook and paperback
Amazon Canada – eBook and paperback
Amazon UK – eBook and paperback
Kobo – eBook
Indigo/Chapters – eBook
iTunes/iBooks – eBook
Createspace – paperback

N. N. Light’s promo links:
Website
Blog
Goodreads
Twitter
Pinterest
Email: nnlight (at) outlook.com
Facebook
LinkedIn
Google+
Triberr
Amazon Author Page
Independent Author Network
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What are you working on now?
Currently I am about to go on a much needed vacation. My WIP is the second book in the Princess of the Light series. Mary continues the adventures and there is more at stake than a homeless man’s soul.

N. N. Light’s reading recommendation:
The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip – A Fan’s Guide to Major League Stadiums 2nd Edition – by Josh Pahigian and Kevin O’Connell

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M. Doerner-Miller

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Chronicles of a Clocksmith. Children’s Fantasy (5-10)

Quick description: One day, a bored little boy finds himself inside an old clock store. And while the boy is generally uninterested in most of the old and dusty clocks within the store, one particular clock strikes up his curiosity. And then everything changes for this bored little boy.

Transported into a wonderful world of mystery and magic – this average little boy soon learns why he just might not be so average after all.

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Brief biography:
Canadian, currently residing in Stockholm, Sweden, and moonlighting in banking and finance in my spare time.

Links to buy Matt’s book:
Amazon – eBook

Matt’s promo links:
Twitter

What are you working on now?
Loppan’s Garden is an interactive iPad children’s story that I wrote and co-developed in conjunction with StrangeFish Studios. It’s set to release in January 2015. Other than that, I have a few ideas that are very different from the children’s/middle age genres that I am still trying to reconcile. We shall see….

Matt’s reading recommendation:
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies – Nick Bostrom

Therin Knite – update on a new novel

Therin Knite was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in April, 2014, and is back now to tell us about a new novel just published!

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Solace
by Therin Knite
Teen & YA, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Corina Marion’s father is dead.

Off to a never-ending war as a Red Cross doctor before Corina was even born, Luther Marion has been a constant but increasingly distant presence in his daughter’s life for sixteen years. Damaged pictures. Short letters. And three brief phone calls received before Corina was old enough to walk.

Now, Luther Marion has returned home at last—as a body in a box to be buried. Corina’s mother is devastated. Her small, backwoods town mourns the loss of its local hero.

And Corina…isn’t sure how she feels about the death of a father she never really met.

But when a mysterious old man confronts Corina at her father’s funeral, she finds herself drawn to his impossible offer: a chance to know the late Luther Marion. And in a moment of uncertainty, Corina makes a choice with consequences she can barely fathom. A choice that sends her to the last place she ever expected to go.

Her father’s hometown. Six hundred miles south.

And twenty-five years in the past.

Where to purchase Therin’s book:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iBooks
Google Play
Scribd

Robert Runté – update on a new publication

Dr. Robert Runté was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Oct. 2014, and was a contributor to another anthology also featured on Reading Recommendations in Oct.

978-0-7864-9592-4The Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives
Allan Weiss, Editor
Literary Criticism: Canadian Speculative Fiction

Bringing together papers presented at the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy from 2005 to 2013, this collection of essays includes Veronica Hollinger’s keynote address, “The Body on the Slab,” and Robert Runté’s Aurora Award-winning paper, “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading” along with 15 other contributions on science fiction and fantasy literature, television and music by Canadian creators.

Authors discussed include Charles de Lint, Nalo Hopkinson, Tanya Huff, Esther Rochon, Peter Watts and Robert Charles Wilson. Essays on the television show Supernatural and the Scott Pilgrim comics series are also included.

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Dr. Robert Runté with the 2014 Prix Aurora Award he won for this essay in the category of Best Fan Related Work.

From Robert Runté:
I grew up in an age when speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and so on) was still considered beneath the dignity of serious scholarly attention. Indeed, one of my early deans once told me that he considered “scifi” of lower literary value than Harlequin Romance (which to his mind was the worst comparison he could draw), and that he was more embarrassed by my interest in SF than if I had written porn. So I am pretty relieved to find that the new generation of scholars has dropped such pretensions and is eagerly and capably delving into Canadian science fiction and fantasy. Drawn from the most outstanding papers of the last seven years, this collection provides a representative cross-section of both this new generation of energetic, innovative and insightful Canadian academics, and of the brilliant Canadian authors they have chosen to review.

Allan Weiss’ introductory essay provides an excellent overview of the history of scholarship on the Canadian contribution to the genre, and I like to believe that my own essay provides an overview of the themes that have dominated Canadian speculative fiction and distinguish it from the American and British versions of the genre. I have also tried to explain the social dimension of reading: why we need to create spaces where our youth can explore what it means to be Canadian, to find their own voice by creating their own interpretations of popular tropes.

I confess to being particularly proud of my essay, not just because it represents a summation of everything I’ve been arguing for the past 35 years, but because the essay won a major award even while the book was still in press. My presentation at the 2013 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy won a 2014
Aurora Award (Canada’s answer to the American Hugo Awards). Apparently, the suggestion that Canadian authors address themes that resonate particularly well with Canadian readers hit a responsive chord with the Award’s voters.

Links for people to buy it:
McFarland Publishing (publisher’s catalog)
Amazon – eBook and Paperback

Robert Runté is Senior Editor with Five Rivers Publishing, and a freelance development editor /writing coach at SFeditor.ca.

Jane Dougherty

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Beyond the Realm of Night, the third volume of my fantasy series, The Green Woman.

Quick description: The Green Woman Series starts with The Dark Citadel in Providence, a dystopian society run by priests, a thuggish militia and a sinister secret police—if secret police can be anything but sinister—following Deborah in her flight to find her mother and the Garden she has created beyond the desert wastes. The final volume of the trilogy reunites Deborah with her mother and the battle begins for the hearts and minds of the citizens of Providence. Will they follow Deborah and a dream, or will they choose to stay with the evil they know and understand? The Green Woman is a utopian, ecological, feminist fantasy. The protagonists are teenagers, but the message is universal.

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Brief biography:
An Irish national, I was brought up in Yorkshire, educated at Manchester and London, then moved to Paris to work in the wine trade. I now live in Bordeaux with my family of five children, a Spanish greyhound, and various cats. I write fantasy with a touch of history and mythology and enjoy retelling Celtic legends. I have published The Green Woman Trilogy, a dystopian/utopian fantasy series, and several spin-off stories. I am a sucker for anything Viking. Following a family tradition, I also writes poetry and have been published in Poetry Nook Magazine and The Bamboo Hut.

Links to buy Jane’s book:
Amazon US – eBook and print
Amazon UK – eBook and print

Jane’s promo links:
Blog
Twitter
Facebook Author Page

What are you working on now?
At the moment I am revising a YA sci fi/fantasy duology, the first volume of a series that picks up the story of Deborah and her friends three years after The Green Woman, and an adult alternate history of tenth century Ireland and Norway, or Atlantis maybe. I have started a NA paranormal romance set in London and a few other places and another YA fantasy story, but there’s quite a queue and these two will have to wait a while.

Jane’s reading recommendation:
I have been reading quite a few indie authors over the last couple of years, and I’d like to give a shout out to a few if I may: John Collick’s The Book of the Colossus Series, Kate Wrath’s E (the second book is out soon) all of *Tricia Drammeh’s books, Nicola McDonagh’s Song of Forgetfulness, and Kate Jack’s Silver Flute Trilogy. All well worth investigating.

*Tricia Drammeh was previously featured on Reading Recommendations.

Dale Furse

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Justice (Book 3 of the Wexkia Trilogy) Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fanatsy

Quick description: In the final installment of the fast-paced SciFi/Fantasy trilogy, Nell has more mounting questions she wants answered.

Nell thinks she is safe on Earth but she battles to defend her family and her home against an alien attack. She realizes she must learn to use all her wexkian talents to save her father who is dying from a deadly virus. However, she too succumbs to sickness before she can put her training into force.

Nell needs to fight the disease and engage in the bloodiest of battles to save not only her extended family, but an entire alien race. Will she be willing to pay the price for victory?

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Brief biography:
Dale Furse lives in North Queensland, Australia. If she isn’t staring through her closest window dreaming of far flung worlds and people, she’s writing tales, be they Science Fiction, Fantasy or a little Horror.

As a university drop out, she decided to follow her passion, endeavouring to learn all she could about the craft of writing. She holds a Diploma of Professional Writing (Children’s Writing and Publishing) and she has completed more writing courses than she can count.

Having written novels, short stories, plays, songs and poems for over thirty years, Dale still works to improve her craft.

Links to buy Dale’s book:
The full trilogy
Amazon – eBook and Paperback
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Amazon – eBook

Dale’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Pinterest

What are you working on now?
I’m finally getting to the end of the last re-write of another Young Adult novel. The working title for the YA is Beyond the Wall but I don’t like it anymore. 

Here’s a short blurb: God’s bird-brained servants lose the wall responsible for two boy’s hapless excursion to an alien world.

Dale’s reading recommendation:
I don’t write in the Mystery genre but I’ve just finished Three-Ways: A Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery by Mike Markel. I bought it on a promotion and although it isn’t the first book in the series (I didn’t know that at the time), it read like a stand alone book. Detective Karen Seagate is a great lead character and she is a character. I loved the way she talked and the author’s writing had me right in the action. I love stories that take you in like this one did.

Jennifer Priester

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest release is Mortal Realm Witch: Realms Unite? The genre is children’s fantasy.

Quick description: The book is about a witch who is tired of mortals hating witches without getting to know them first. Ever since she was a young witch living in the Mortal Realm she has dreamed of uniting the Realms and creating a peaceful relationship between witches and mortals. Now she is finally getting her chance to attempt this as the current Head of the Witches Council. To accomplish her goals she sends many different characters on unique missions all of which have the same end goal of changing mortals’ opinions about witches and magic.

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Brief biography: I am an author, artist, and publisher. I have currently written over 200 stories in the areas of animals, the relationships between humans and animals, magic, superheroes, and more. Some of my favorite activities include; taking my dog for bike rides, spending time outdoors, taking photos of animals, horseback riding, reading, listening to music, watching TV and movies, and playing video games. I love animals and have owned several, most of which have been adopted from rescue centers. I currently have a Chihuahua whose name is Taco, a Mini Rex rabbit named Kojikaki, and an 11 year old goldfish whose name is Pumpkin. In addition to the Mortal Realm Witch Series I have two stories in an anthology called Read for Animals Anthology #2.

Links to buy Jennifer’s book:
Amazon – paperback
Barnes and Noble – paperback

Jennifer’s promo links:
Mortal Realm Witch Series Website
Jennifer Priester Author Website
My blog
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads

What are you working on now?
Currently I am working on the last 6 books in my Mortal Realm Witch Series, a crossover novel called The Shadow of All Worlds which will be free on Smashwords and should be available January 2015, several short story collections including; Heroes United, an unnamed book of animal adventure stories, an unnamed book of different stories about cats and/or horses, an unnamed collection of dog stories, an unnamed collection of stories about random animals, an unnamed collection of different magical, supernatural, and sci-fi stories, and a currently unnamed collection of Christmas stories. Several books that include interconnecting short stories that I am working on include: The Dogs That Saved the World, Back to the Wild, The Young Animal Psychics, and “Good Luck” Animal Shelter. Some chapter books I am working on include; Becoming Human and Cursed among other potential ones. I am also working on a second person story featuring my superheroes of Black Cat, Chihuahua and Star Power, a comic book/graphic novel about the relationship that my two dogs had called Spider & Jackal, some nonfiction books including: Animals in the Shelters, Animal Snippets: Memories of My Pets and Anipals, and Just Dreaming: The Dreams I Had and the Stories They Became. I am also working on an educational fiction series currently titled Animal World which will also have a split off series called Animal World: Endangered.

Jennifer’s reading recommendation:
At the time I took this interview, out of the latest batch of books I had read at the time, I particularly enjoyed Wizards of the Game by David Lubar. However, my most recent author obsession at the time was with Tui T. Sutherland’s books.

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Jennifer’s October 4th release and book signing at Half Price Books in Mayfield, OH.

Gary Phillips

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice. I’d say this collection of short stories is a mash-up of several genres – pulp, crime, adventure, sci-fi … even a bit of fantasy. In one compound word; super-heroes.

Quick description: Astonishing Heroes is a collection of 10 prose stories about meta humans, private eyes and vigilantes in the mold of ‘70s paperback series like the Baroness and the Destroyer. In its pages you’ll find the square-jawed and flawed heroes American Black, the Envoy, Ghost Wolf, Kidd Vee, Onyx Adams, the Reclaimer, the Silencer, Terror Flame and Victory Angel. They do battle against villains such as the Blonde Ghost, Stalin (yes, Stalin!), conniving one percenter gentrifiers and Dr. Knightgloss.

Bobby Nash, who has been featured on Reading Recommendations said of the collection, “Everything you’d expect from a Gary Phillips story collection — solid, kick-ass pulp.”

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Brief biography:
Weaned on the images of Kirby and Steranko in comic books, and Hammett and Serling in prose, Gary Phillips draws on his experiences ranging from teaching incarcerated youth, director of a shadowy political action committee to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. He is the past president of the Mystery Writers of America Southern California chapter, and has won the Himes and Brody Awards for his fiction.

Links to buy Gary’s book:
iPulpFiction.com – paperback and ebook
Amazon – eBook and paperback

Gary’s promo links:
Website
Blog
Amazon Author Page
I’m on Facebook and don’t really have a author’s page per se, but you can always reach me though my website.

What are you working on now?
Hoping to sell a second story to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; have a story in the upcoming Asian Pulp from Pro Se Productions; working on a revival in comics of a 1940s character, Lady Satan. She’ll be from indie outfit Emerald Star Comics, in the Velvet and Lazarus mold; working as well on my second Decimator Smith story, my 1930s era L.A. boxer turned public hero who first appeared in the Black Pulp Anthology I also co-edited. This will be for Black Pulp II, again from Pro Se.

Gary’s reading recommendation:
He hardly needs the publicity, what with winning the Pulitzer, but read Tom Reiss’ magnificent biography The Black Count. The book is about the real life adventures of Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling papa General Alex Dumas, the inspiration for his son’s characters. Slated to be a big budget movie but read the damn book, I tell ya.