Scott M. Sandridge

A Work in Progress

Writerly Update 4/20/14

Been a while since I’ve done a simple basic update.

Almost finished with a new short story, one involving Arnelda and Roland…and an alcoholic hillbilly troll. (don’t ask).

Marcon will be on May 9-11 here at Columbus, OH. I’ll be there for a few panels, even moderating one. And this is my official schedule:

FRI4:00PMUnion CLiterary-WritersI`m Making This Up as I Go Along
FRI8:30PMUnion CLiterary-Writers*m* Character Torture 2.0
FRI10:00PMUnion CJust For FunSci-Fi vs. Fantasy Character Battles 
SAT8:30PMUnion CLiterary-WritersWhere Should You Publish Your Work?
SAT10:00PMUnion CLiterary-WritersPublishing Mishaps
SAT11:30PMUnion CLate NightSex vs. Violence
SUN10:00AMRegency BallroomAutographsSunday 10:00 am Autographs

I recently got interviewed over at Heroic Fantasy .com. Here be linky link, arr!: http://www.heroicfantasywriters.com/2014/04/words-with-scott-sandridge-editor-of.html

Also, coming up for SpecMusicMuse: I’m currently reviewing two books written by Janet Morris (who wrote for the Thieves World series). WOOT! And a couple other possible reviews and interviews in the works as well.

Also, a blog tour for the A Chimerical World anthologies is coming up in may. If you like to take part in it, go sign up here: http://www.tomorrowcomesmedia.com/a-chimerical-world-anthology-urban-fantasyfantasyparanormal/

That’s all for now! :)

April 20, 2014 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Three Pleasant Saturday Surprises

Had some pleasant surprises this weekend so far: two for me and one for you.

First off, I discovered that the Sci Phi Show is back! WOOT! http://sciphishow.com

Secondly, the Raflecopter giveaway contest is going better than I had expected (and “better than expected” is always pleasant).

And last but not least, I got to be part of a Round Table interview over at Bad Girls, Good guys, and Two-Fisted Action, titled The Opening Salvo – Grabbing Readers from the First Sentence.

Enjoy! :)

March 22, 2014 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rafflecopter Giveaway, March 19-24

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March 19, 2014 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , | Leave a comment

3/19 Bitten By Books Author Interview and Amazon Gift Card Contest

Author Scott Sandridge Interview and Amazon Gift Card Contest 3/19 – RSVP at this link! http://bittenbybooks.com/author-scott-sandridge-interview-and-amazon-gift-card-contest-319-rsvp-here/

Be there! Or I’ll have Arnelda Verina sing off key until your ears explode.

March 16, 2014 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The SSP Spring Fling 99 cent ebook extravaganza starts TODAY!

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Can’t beat a deal like that.

Originally posted on Eric Garrison:

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My publisher is having a series of 3 day 99 cent book sales from March 16th – April 10th. My own Four ’til Late (Road Ghosts #1) goes on sale March 31 – April 2nd.  Click the banner above to join the Facebook Event to get updates as different books go on sale!

Come one, come all to the SSP Spring Fling! Starting Sunday, March 16th, Seventh Star Press titles will be offered for $0.99! That’s right, folks, just ninety-nine little pennies for the best of the best! Not sure what you need? That’s okay! We have something for everyone!

With the kind assistance of BookBub, BookGorilla, and BookTastik we’re putting the word on the streets. So step right up and take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Here’s what’s coming up for sale, so mark your calendars to hit Amazon and pick up all the books you want for a…

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March 16, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SpecMusicMuse Review—Philistine by Steven Shrewsbury

PhilistineCoverSteven Shrewsbury breathes life into an iconic Biblical character in his new sword & sorcery novel, Philistine. Shrews paints Goliath as something more than the two dimensional villain as he’s portrayed by the Israelites. To the Philistines, he was their champion, their hero. And something more.

From Goliath’s Nephilum heritage to the macabre portrayal of the Mesopotamian magic systems and cults, it’s clear that Shrews has done his homework in his quest to show the giant as a product of his culture and time period. He bathes the ancient world in blood in ways that only a supernatural sociopath can, yet at the same time proves to have a soft side when it comes to children. While caught up in the political intrigue of kings, cultists, and magicians, he proves time and again that he’s more than just a big final-chamber-webstack of muscles as he outwits his foes as often as he caves in their skulls.

Despite Goliath’s crass brutality, I actually found myself wanting to like him. More antihero than hero, I cheered him on as he battled monstrous beasts and villains so vile they’d make Hannibal Lector seem like a harmless kitten in comparison. This was a Sword & Sorcery tale that would’ve made Robert E. Howard proud.

This is not a novel for weak stomachs, but if you’re a fan of sword & sorcery then this is one novel you’ll want to have clutched in your cold dead hands.

Best to read while listening to: Slayer, Helloween, Iron Maiden, the heavier the better.

March 3, 2014 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , | Leave a comment

Got Paperback?

All three anthologies, now in paperback at both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble!

Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Heros-Best-Friend-Anthology-Companions/dp/1937929515/ref=sr_1_2_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392559682&sr=1-2

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heros-best-friend-scott-m-sandridge/1118591414?ean=9781937929510&itm=1&usri=scott++sandridge

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court/dp/1937929477/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392560601&sr=1-3

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-chimerical-world-scott-m-sandridge/1118591415?ean=9781937929473&itm=1&usri=scott+m+sandridge

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court/dp/1937929493/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392560601&sr=1-1

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-chimerical-world-scott-m-sandridge/1118591426?ean=9781937929497&itm=1&usri=scott+m.+sandridge

If you’re a fan of animal stories, a fan of faeries, or just a fan of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories in general, you will love these. Enjoy! :)

February 16, 2014 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SpecMusicMuse Double Whammy – Review of Unburning Alexandria plus an Interview with Paul Levinson

Got a nice two-in-one special for y’all today: a review of Paul Levinson’s new book, Unburning Alexandria, plus an interview with the great Lev, himself, an author who has been a mentor to many among both the big and small press. So, without further ado, on with the show!

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SpecMusicMuse Review—Unburning Alexandria by Paul Levinson

I spent the past few days trying to figure out how to write this review without sounding like a gushing fanboy. Post-biopsy, I’m no longer worried about anything that involves the word, “gushing.” And as for the fanboy part, I finally decided, “Screw it. Who cares if I sound like one?”

Those who’ve read my review of The Plot to Save Socrates, the book which Unburning Alexandria is the sequel of, knows how much I liked it. Well, Unburning Alexandria by Paul Levinson is one of those extremely rare sequels that end up better than its predecessor. It could be because it’s the second part of a pre-planned trilogy, and we all know how much better the “middle” part of a larger story can be (Cough! *The Empire Strikes Back* Cough!), or it could simply be because it’s just that damn good.

In Unburning Alexandria, our time-travelling heroine, Sierra Waters, disguises herself as Hypatia in order to save as much of the knowledge that got lost when the Library of Alexandria got burned down as she can. Any history buff knows that Hypatia didn’t have a pleasant end, so already the reader is presented with the question of “How is Sierra gonna’ get herself out of that mess(pun intended)without significantly altering history and causing those damnable paradoxes? And with the scrolls to boot?”

That situation, alone, would be worthy of the title, blockbuster, if this were a movie. But there’s also her arch-nemesis, Heron, to deal with—who has personal motivations of his own to insure the secrets in the library meet their untimely demise—as well as a few time-shattering (hehehe) plot twists for her to deal with as well. Like with the last book, you get acquainted with quite a few historical figures of the time period, none of whom get treated as cardboard cutouts, and all of whom have integral roles in the story as opposed to merely making “cameo appearances.”

This book will keep you turning the page from start to finish, twisting your brain like a paradox pretzel while keeping the action hot and heavy (and in a couple scenes, steamy!). If you didn’t fall in love with Sierra in the first book, you will in this one. Indeed, every character, even Heron, has qualities about them that make them worth caring for. Long story short, Unburning Alexandria is by far the best time travel story I’ve ever read. Levinson manages to navigate his way around the paradoxes like a seasoned pro, almost as if he, himself, has travelled through time….

Nah. Can’t be….

Can it?

Best to read while listening to: Epica’s The Divine Conspiracy, with a smidgen of the soundtrack to Gladiator.

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SpecMusicMuse—Interview With Paul Levinson

What sparked the idea for The Plot to Save Socrates and Unburning Alexandria?

The Plot to Save Socrates came from my dissatisfaction with the story in The Crito, in which Plato has Socrates refusing Crito’s good offer to escape Athens and its death sentence of hemlock.  I know that had I been sentenced to death by a corrupt government – democracy or otherwise – I would have been on that boat out of Athens in a New York minute!  Humanity as a whole, and mine in particular, come before any government.

In writing The Plot to Save Socrates, I hit up another part of history – the burnings of the Ancient Library of Alexandria – that I wanted to undo.   The loss to humanity of those manuscripts – more than half of Aristotle’s works alone – is immeasurable.  This seemed like a good problem for Sierra Waters, my time traveler, to jump into.

Where’d you get the idea for an awesome character like Sierra Waters? Also, how did you come up with her name?

I always wanted to have a woman protagonist – the heroes of my other novels are all male – and a graduate student in classics seemed like a good place to find her.  I came up with her name as follows:  someone by the name of Sierra Phillips wrote a great review of my first novel, The Silk Code.  I really liked that name.  But I wanted something a little more eternal and flowing through time.  Hence: Sierra Waters.

Time travel stories can get pretty complex. How did you keep all the paradoxes from unraveling the time-space continuum while you were writing the book?

In my first draft, I just write wherever the plot takes me.  But when I go over that draft, I get focused like a laser on making sure all of those loops and twists in the space-time continuum hold up to logical scrutiny.   On the one hand, time travel may well be impossible precisely because of all of those paradoxes at every turn.  On the other hand, if you’re going to write time travel, you’ve got to respect them and give some sort of rational explanation for the events in your story. Stories that ignore the paradoxes or just give them lip service leave me cold.  I tried to better in Socrates and Alexandria.

I have this feeling Sierra’s story isn’t yet over….

No, it isn’t.  I’m writing her third novel right now.  All I can tell you that there will be some changes in the world based on what she’s done in the first two novels.  And there will likely be a part that takes place in the Renaissance.

So, in addition to being a university professor and an author, you also do music. Anything cool out?

Donny Frankel, who played organ and accordion on my original 1972 Twice Upon a Rhyme album, has teamed up with Robbie Rist (Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch) to form a new band called Sundial Symphony.  They’ve recorded two songs from Twice Upon a Rhyme – “Looking for Sunsets (in the Early Morning)” and “Today Is Just Like You” – both written by me, and I’ve released the first on my record label HappySad Records.  Twice Upon a Rhyme and the new Sundial Symphony recording are both on iTunes. The new “Today Is Just Like You” will be there soon.  And there’s a great new Sundial Symphony video of “Looking for Sunsets” which will be up on YouTube by the time everyone reads this.

Anything readers need to know that hasn’t already been covered above?

I’m also writing my fourth Phil D’Amato novel, in which weather is used as a weapon, and my third Phil D’Amato novel, The Pixel Eye, will be published as an ebook by JoSara MeDia any day now.  My first two Phil D’Amato novels – The Silk Code and The Consciousness Plague – are already available as ebooks. If any reads these and has any questions, I’m on Goodreads, Twitter – as PaulLev – and all the good online places.

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Paul Levinsons’s novel The Silk Code won the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 1999, and was published as an “author’s cut” Kindle edition in 2012.  His other science fiction and mystery novels include Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002, 2013), The Pixel Eye (2003), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006; author’s cut Kindle 2012;  Entertainment Weekly called it “challenging fun”), and Unburning Alexandria (2013). His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards.  Nine nonfiction books, including  The Soft Edge (1997), Digital  McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009, 2nd edition 2012) have been the subject of major articles in the New York TimesWired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Polish, and eight other languages. He appears from time to time on MSNBC, Fox News (“The O’Reilly Factor”), The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, NPR, BBC Radio  and other TV and radio programs - he likes talking just as much as writing. He’s also a songwriter, and has been in several bands over the years – one had two records out on Atlantic Records in 1960s.  His 1972 album Twice Upon a Rhyme (on HappySad Records) was re-issued on CD by Beatball/Big Pink Records in 2009, and on re-pressed vinyl by Whiplash/Sound of Salvation Records in 2010. He was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Top 10  Academic Twitterers” in 2009, and review the best of television on his Infinitte Regress.tv blog and on Starpulse. Last but not least: he have a PhD in Media Theory from New York University and is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City.

February 11, 2014 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , | Leave a comment

Faeries & Animals & Anthos! Oh My!

Today’s the day!

For the ebook release of the three anthologies we’ve all been waiting for!

And now for some press release copypasta! Yum!

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http://seventhstarpress.blogspot.com/2014/02/fey-faeries-and-animals-3-new.html

Fey, Faeries, and Animals!  3 New Anthologies Out Today!

Seventh Star Press is pleased to announce that three brand new anthologies are now available in eBook format!

Links for the Kindle and Nook versions are live and can be found as follows.  Kobo, iBookstore, and others will be live at any time.
Hero’s Best Friend Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Heros-Best-Friend-Anthology-Companions-ebook/dp/B00IAHEI1W
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heros-best-friend-scott-m-sandridge/1118591414?ean=2940148285502
A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-chimerical-world-scott-m-sandridge/1118591415?ean=2940148285519
A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-chimerical-world-scott-m-sandridge/1118591426?ean=2940148285526

Synopsis are below:
Hero’s Best Friend Synopsis: How far would Gandalf have gotten without Shadowfax? Where would the Vault Dweller be without Dogmeat? And could the Beastmaster been the Beastmaster without his fuzzy allies? Animal companions are more than just sidekicks. Animals can be heroes, too!
Found within are twenty stories of heroic action that focuses on the furries and scalies who have long been the unsung heroes pulling their foolish human buddies out of the fire, and often at great sacrifice—from authors both established and new, including Frank Creed, S. H. Roddey, and Steven S. Long.
Whether you’re a fan of Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Science Fiction, or just animal stories in general, this is the anthology for you!
So sit back, kick your feet up, and find out what it truly means to be the Hero’s Best Friend.
Synopsis of A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.
Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.
But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.
Synopsis of A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the second volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Unseelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “evil” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.
Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Unseelie Court, from authors both established and new, including Michael Shimek, Deedee Davies, and Nick Bryan.
But don’t be surprised if these faeries decide to play with their food.

February 8, 2014 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Chimerical World 2-Volume Anthology Cover Art Reveal!

And two new covers for two more anthologies that’ll be joining the SSP family. :)

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Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the new cover art by Enggar Adirasa for the anthologies A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, and A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, edited by Scott M. Sandridge.

The anthologies compliment each other, with A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court containing 19 tales focusing on what humans typically refer to as the “good” faeries, while A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court contains 19 tales centered around those humans would deem the “evil” faeries. Yet as editor Scott Sandridge points out, Good and Evil are human constructs, things unfamiliar to the Fey themselves.

Both titles will be available in eBook format at the end of the first week of February, with the print version to follow one week afterward.

Here is a list of the authors and stories to be featured in A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court:

“Extra-Ordinary” by BC Brown
“Dead Fairy Doormat” by George S. Walker
“Taggers” by Christine Morgan
“Wormwood” by Alexandra Christian
“The Harpist’s Hand” by Steven S. Long
“Sanae’s Garden” by Chantal Boudreau
“Mark of Ruins” by SD Grimm
“Birdie’s Life at the School for Distressed Young Ladies” by JH Fleming
“Cultivated Hope” by Jordan Phelps
“Seelie Goose” by Eric Garrison
“I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” by Brandon Black
“The Body Electric” by Sarah Madsen
“The Last Mission” by Cindy Koepp
“The Beggar-Knight & the Lady Perilous” by Matthew A. Timmins
“The Filigreed Lamp” by Edward Ahern
“Keys” by Michael M. Jones
“Like a Sister in the Proper Court” by Lisa Hawkridge
“Gnome Games” by Saera Corvin
“The Goat Man’s Garden” by Marten Hoyle

Synopsis of A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.

But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.

Here is a list of the authors and stories to be featured in A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court:

“In Plain Sight” by Rebecca Leo
“The Wunderhorn” by David Turnbull
“Treehouse” by Kim Smith
“I’ll Watch Over You” by Angeline Trevena
“The Enemy of my Enemy” by Deedee Davies
“Maestro” by Nicholas Paschall
“Prey of the Boggart” by Rony Blechman
“Fear of Little Men” by Mike Pieloor
“Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” by Carmen Tudor
“Gifts” by Michael Schimek
“Djinn and Tonic” by S. Clayton Rhodes
“The Bet” by Jodi Ralston
“The Fool and his Money” by Nick Bryan
“The Yielding” by J. A. Ironside
“The Tamer of Beasts” by Doug Blakeslee
“The Last Sword of Barrow Thorns” by Matthew A. Timmins
“The Rose and the Dragon” by Steven S. Long
“The Brothers Doran” by John A. McColley
“Wonderland” by Stephanie Jessop

Synopsis of A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the second volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Unseelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “evil” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Unseelie Court, from authors both established and new, including Michael Shimek, Deedee Davies, and Nick Bryan.

But don’t be surprised if these faeries decide to play with their food.

About Scott M. Sandridge: Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, blogger, freedom fighter, and all-round trouble-maker. His works with Seventh Star Press as an editor include the anthologies Hero’s Best Friend, A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, and A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court.

You can find him at http://smsand.wordpress.com

January 31, 2014 Posted by | Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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