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Selah Janel’s Olde School Virtual Tour

Selah Janel’s Olde School Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour 
Author: Selah Janel
Featured Book Release: Olde School
Book One Kingdom City Chronicles
May 26 to June 1, 2014

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SelahJanel-smallerAbout the Author: Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination and a love of story since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Learning to read and being encouraged by those around her only made things worse. Her work ranges from e-books to traditional print, and she prefers to write every genre at once rather than choose just one. The stories “Holly and Ivy”, “The Other Man”, and “Mooner” are available online through Mocha Memoirs Press. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond, Stories for Children Magazine, The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, Thunder on the Battlefield: Sorcery, The Grotesquerie, and the short story collection Lost in the Shadows, co-written with S.H. Roddey. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to have adventures and hold their own.

Catch up with her thoughts and projects at
http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

OldeSchoolCoverFinal_650X433Book Synopsis Olde School: Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.

Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.

Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians

Olde School if Book One of The Kingdom City Chronicles

Author Links:

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/authorSJ

Twitter:
@selahjanel

Website:
http://selahjanel.wordpress.com/

 

Tour Schedule and Activities

May 26        SpecMusicMuse                                      Review/Interview
May 26        Vampires, Witches, and me oh my!      Guest Post
May 27        Alexx Momcat’s Gateway Book Blog      Character Post
May 27        Watch Play Read                                    Review
May 28        Fantastical Adventures in the Paper Realm     Review
May 28        Sheila Deeth Blog                                     Character Post
May 28        Close Encounters with the Night Kind      Review
May 29        Deal Sharing Aunt                                     Promo/Spotlight
May 29       Workaday Reads                                       Reviews
May 30       Exquisite Corpse                                       Guest Post
May 31      Bee’s Knees Reviews                                Review
May 31      I Smell Sheep                                             Character Post
June 1       Seers, Seraphs, Immortals and More!        Interview

Amazon Links for Olde School
Print Version
http://www.amazon.com/Olde-School-Selah-Janel/dp/1937929655

Kindle Version
http://www.amazon.com/Olde-School-Kingdom-City-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00J4UGVIM

May 24, 2014 Posted by | News & Rants | , , , | Leave a comment

F.I.R.I.!!!

Yes, this is a rant! A big, fat rant!

 Some editors are too polite to rant about this particular topic, but I’m not known to be a polite fellow, so I’ll go ahead and say what we all feel.

 There’s this problem, see: a big damn mistake that keeps getting made, and not just by aspiring noobs, but also by published writers who should know better. To be honest, this particular mistake makes me sometimes wonder how the hell they even got published in the first damn place!

 The problem? Improper formatting!

 No. Not just improper. PISS POOR formatting!

 Not only do they SUCK at following guidelines (y’know, 12 point font, New Courier or Times New Roman, as a .doc or .rtf only), the dummies can’t even do basic formatting right! It’s like none of them have ever read Vonda N. McIntyre’s Manuscript Preparation; before.  The only time that article shouldn’t be followed with religious zeal is when the editor specifically says something different in his guidelines, like “single spaced, no indents, space between paragraphs.” If he asks for that, then that’s what you give him. If he doesn’t specify, than standard format is what you do. Seriously, how damn hard is that to understand?

 But I decided I’d be a nice editor and not get all tricky with you. I kept it simple. Standard formatting, 12 point font, Courier or Roman. And I was perfectly fine with people getting “creative” with the formatting so long as they kept it readable. But some, it appears, can’t even do that!

 Okay, not all seem to fail at it, but a lot do. So much so, that I give up wasting time to ask folk to “Please follow correct formatting. After all, you wouldn’t go to a job interview without looking your best, so why would you do the equivalent to your manuscript?”

 Instead, from henceforth, I shall reply with the following term: F.I.R.I.! Which stands for: Format It Right, Idiot!

 So repeat after me: “Vonda N. McIntyre is God, and her ‘Manuscript Preparation’ article is Law.” Now repeat that over and over until you finally get that in your head.  

 Now repeat: “The Editor is God, and his/her guidelines are Law.”

 And for the love of all that is holy! If you submit a story to a faery-themed anthology, the least you can do is have a damn faery or two in the damn story! Sheesh!

 

Rant over.

May 8, 2013 Posted by | News & Rants, Writerly Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Announcing Call for Submissions on New Faerie-themed Anthology from Editor Scott Sandridge

For Immediate Release March 15, 2013

Announcing Call for Submissions on New Faerie-themed Anthology from Editor Scott Sandridge

Seventh Star Press announces a call for entries on A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court/Tales of the Unseelie Court. Edited by Scott Sandridge, the anthology is planned for a special flipbook format which will feature tales fitting the Seelie Court on one half, and tales fitting the Unseelie Court on the other.

Bring out the Fey!  Stories about the Sidhe? Sprites? Pixies? Boggans and Goblins? How about Gnomes?

Looking for fictional stories involving the Fey Folk, both Seelie and Unseelie. From the campy to the deep and esoterical, from traditional faeries to the not-so-traditional (changeling kangaroos, anyone?), Western to Eastern, and perhaps even Martian!

Stories should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words, and the final flipbook will feature approximately 11 stories per side.

Residing in Ohio, editor and author Scott M. Sandridge’s first short story, “Treecutter,” was published in The Sword Review in July 2005. Since then, he’s gone on to publish over 26 more short stories, and over 60 reviews. He has also been a columnist for the Double-Edged Publishing webzines, a Submissions Editor for Ray Gun Revival, and the Managing Editor of Fear and Trembling. Scott is also an active blogger whose site can be found at: https://smsand.wordpress.com

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court/Tales of the Unseelie Court will be released in trade paperback and eBook formats in late 2013. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2013, and full information on the anthology and submission guidelines can be found at http://www.seventhstarpress.com/submissions/

 

 

Contact: C.C. James Public Relations, Seventh Star Press ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

March 17, 2013 Posted by | News & Rants, Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Announcing Call for Entries on Hero’s Best Friend Anthology

For Immediate Release February 19,  2013

Announcing Call for Entries on Hero’s Best Friend Anthology

Seventh Star Press announces a call for entries on Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions.   Edited by Scott Sandridge, the speculative fiction anthology brings the spotlight to the noble animal companions of heroic characters.
Hero’s Best Friend welcomes stories of between 2,000 and 10,000 words from all genres of speculative fiction.  All kinds of cultural settings, types of animals, and genres are encouraged for these tales.  The stories should center on the perspective of the animal, in the way that a story would focus on Shadowfax rather than Gandalf, to use one well-known example of a heroic character and animal companion.
Residing in Ohio, editor and author Scott M. Sandridge’s first short story, “Treecutter,” was published in The Sword Review in July 2005. Since then, he’s gone on to publish over 26 more short stories, and over 60 reviews. He has also been a columnist for the Double-Edged Publishing webzines, a Submissions Editor for Ray Gun Revival, and the Managing Editor of Fear and Trembling.  Scott is also an active blogger whose site can be found at: https://smsand.wordpress.com
Hero’s Best Friend will be released in trade paperback and eBook formats in late 2013.  The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013, and full information on the anthology can be found at http://www.seventhstarpress.com/submissions/

Contact: C.C. James Public Relations, Seventh Star Press ccjames (at) seventhstarpress.com
Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

February 19, 2013 Posted by | News & Rants, Writerly Updates | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy Cover Revealed

Cool cover, bro!

 

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Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy Cover Revealed

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the new cover created by award-winning artist Matthew Perry for the upcoming release of the Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Developed by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Knost, the Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is a treasure trove for writers of all levels looking to develop their craft in the speculative fiction genres.  Featuring contributions from several of the best speculative fiction authors in the world such as Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Harry Turtledove, James Gunn, Alan Dean Foster, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joe Haldeman, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, and many, many more, the book features a wealth of essays and interviews focusing on the writing craft as it pertains to the genres of fantasy and science fiction.

Slated for a late February release in eBook and a trade paperback release following soon after, the Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy will be an important contribution to the speculative fiction literary community.  Whether just beginning a writing journey or extensively published, writers of all degrees of experience are certain to find this book to be an invaluable reference source.

For further information on the Seventh Star Press and its titles such as the Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy, please visit http://www.seventhstarpress.com

January 30, 2013 Posted by | News & Rants | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blackwyrm Publishing Open House

Blackwyrm is having an open house on Amazon today, with several authors including the three touring ones with free books.

Today through Wednesday (Dec 3-5), all the following are free on Kindle:
Georgia L Jones:  http://www.amazon.com/Remnants-Life-Legends-Darkness-ebook/dp/B007K9WIXQ

Michael Williams:   http://www.amazon.com/Vine-An-Urban-Legend-ebook/dp/B008G5WHHA

Christopher Kokoski:  http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Halo-ebook/dp/B008G5WF2W

Full List (all free on Kindle through Wednesday from Blackwyrm Publishing):

* Burning the Middle Ground (religious thriller): http://www.amazon.com/Burning-the-Middle-Ground-ebook/dp/B00AFHHT7K

* The Man in the Box (fantasy): http://www.amazon.com/The-Man-Box-ebook/dp/B00AFHHZN8

* Seasons of Death (mystery): http://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Death-Mountain-Murders-ebook/dp/B008TC1WAS

* Deadly Pose (mystery): http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Pose-ebook/dp/B00A81XKBC

* Vine, An Urban Legend (mythic): http://www.amazon.com/Vine-An-Urban-Legend-ebook/dp/B008G5WHHA

* The Thieves of Genesis (fantasy): http://www.amazon.com/The-Thieves-of-Genesis-ebook/dp/B00A81XIKU

* Legends of Darkness (fantasy) http://www.amazon.com/Remnants-Life-Legends-Darkness-ebook/dp/B007K9WIXQ

* Dark Halo (horror): http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Halo-ebook/dp/B008G5WF2W

* Silent Voices (romance): http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Voices-ebook/dp/B007WNZ814

* Iron Fist Velvet Glove (thriller): http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Fist-Velvet-Glove-ebook/dp/B007WNZ7JM

* The Official 2012 Survivalist Handbook (humor): http://www.amazon.com/Official-2012-Survivalist-Handbook-ebook/dp/B00A80PUAC

* The Wisdom of Weng Shu (humor): http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Weng-Shu-ebook/dp/B00A80ZYBW

December 4, 2012 Posted by | News & Rants | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Overkill Blog Tour

For Immediate Release

April 5, 2012

 

25 Date Overkill Blog Tour and Cover Art Unveiled for Steven Shrewsbury’s Latest Gorias La Gaul Adventure!

 

 

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art and illustrations created by award-winning artist Matthew Perry for Steven Shrewsbury’s newest Gorias La Gaul novel, Overkill, as well as announce the dates and sites for the Overkill Blog Tour.  A pre-order window for a limited edition hardcover is also being opened in advance of the book’s official release.

(Illustrations by Matthew Perry from the first edition of Overkill)
The Overkill Tour is being hosted by Babs Book Bistro, and will feature 25 blog sites over 25 days, beginning April 20th and running through May 14th .  The tour will feature a number of activities, from interviews, to reveiws, guest blog posts, and contests/giveaways.

 

Overkill is the second novel featuring the iconic sword and scorcery figure Gorias La Gaul, following the debut of the character in the novel Thrall, released in late 2010 from Seventh Star Press.  Gorias La Gaul is also featured in two short stories, Author and Finisher of Our Flesh, and Insurmountable, both available in eBook format in the Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul collection in the Seventh Star Singles catalog.

 

The story told in Overkill takes place in an ancient time, before a great flood wiped clean the earth, destroying everything upon it.  Before the deluge, in a time now forgotten, the world was a place of warriors and witches, conflicts between kingdoms, and, until their extermination, dragons.  In this world, men may live centuries, fallen angels have begotten terrifying spawn, and sometimes, the best hope can be found in a brothel.

 

In the land of Transalpina, a new religion spreads, and important men are dying mysteriously, slain by what can only be the fire of dragon breath.  Summoned by the Queen Garnet, the legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul

returns to the place where he once saved the queen’s young granddaughter from treachery and enslavement. The Princess Nykia is gone, and soon others may try to claim the throne.  The queen has little choice but to turn to the only man who ever told her no.

 

With the aid of one of the queen’s elite guard, the battle maiden Alena, and the young palace servant Orsen, the old mercenary will face pirates and traitors, monsters and foul magic in the quest to find the missing heir and learn the truth behind the disconcerting murders.

 

Overkill will be released in softcover and Kindle versions during the third week of April.  The novel is now available for pre-order in a beautiful hardcover edition that is strictly limited to 75 copies.

 

The limited hardcover edition will be signed and numbered by Steven Shrewsbury and includes a bonus illustration from Matthew Perry not included in other editions.  It will be accompanied by an assortment of collectibles, including a set of glossy art cards, bookmarks, and magnets.  The limited edition hardcovers will also be bundled with the eBook version (provided as a direct ePub file for users with Nooks, iPads, or Sony eReaders, and gifted as a Kindle file for Kindle users).  Those interested in securing one of the 75 limited hardcovers can place a pre-order at: http://seventhstarpress.com/documents/pre_orders.html

 

The Overkill Blog Tour Dates and Participants Are As Follows:

 

 

April 20  Watch Play Read

April 21   SpecMusicMuse

April 22  Splash of Our Worlds

April 23   Edi’s Book Lighthouse

April 24   Sci-Fi Guys Book Review

April 25   Jess Resides Here

April 26   Book Den

April 27   That Book Place Blog

April 28   Urban Fantasy Reviews

April 29   Evie Bookish

April 30   Eva’s Sanctuary

May 1     Azure Dwarf Horde of Sci-Fi & Fantasy

May 2     Darlene’s Book Nook

May 3     Ginger Nuts of Horror

May 4     Ali’s Bookshelf

May 5     The Magick Pen

May 6    Book and Movie Dimension Blog

May 7    The Cabin Goddess

May 8     Bee’s Knees Reviews

May 9     I Smell Sheep

May 10   Once Upon A Time

May 11   Ritesh Kala’s Book Review

May 12   Goatfairy Review Blog

May 13   Fantasy Book Review

May 14   Babs Book Bistro

Contact: C.C. James

Public Relations, Seventh Star Press

ccjames@seventhstarpress.com
Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

April 7, 2012 Posted by | News & Rants, SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Avaaz Needs Your Support to Help Syrian People

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May 7, 2011 Posted by | News & Rants | Leave a comment

Vipers Trailer

February 12, 2011 Posted by | News & Rants | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Egyptian Revolution 2011

From Tunisia to Egypt and the rest of the middle East, revolutions are occuring. February 4th marked the first day Egyptians were finally allowed to protest without having to fight off Mubarak’s brutal and despicable goon squad. The below video made by “eyeinside” gives tribute to the brave Egyptian protestors and shows a small example of what they had to endure. And, believe me, on at least one day they had to endure far worse than what you see below.

The sooner that bastard, Mubarak, steps down the better.

My heart also goes out to the brave journalists in the field, especially al-Jazeera, and for the independent bloggers, etc., al, for refusing to back down to the brutal regime so that the world could know what was going on.

And thank you, Anonymous, for all your help in getting the information out onto the Web even during a total Internet blackout in Egypt.

To the governments of the world who still think that you can censor the Internet and thus protect your crimes from coming to light:

We are the People,
And we, the People, are Anonymous,
We do not forgive,
We do not forget,
Expect us.

The totalitarians have finally met their match.

February 5, 2011 Posted by | News & Rants, Operation Leakspin | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment