05.13.14

A is for Apocalypse Cover Reveal Day

Posted in Event at 1:59 am by Amber

I love the premise behind A is for Apocalypse and I believe you will too.

What do you get when you take twenty-six amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse

A is for Apocalypse contains twenty-six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war–the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves.

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

This collection was edited by Rhonda Parrish and the cover was designed by Jonathan Parrish. Expected date of publication is August 2014.

A is forApocalypse
Isn’t that a nice cover? Very simple. I think the sunset with the ghost text of the contributor’s names is a haunting image.

As part of the cover reveal, Rhonda asked some of the authors about their favorite “A” word. My favorite “A” word is Accoutrement. It’s a word that for a long time I just passed over whenever it was used in a book. But then it was used by Steve Carell in an episode of The Office and I’ve been hooked on it ever since.

If you’d like to get updates about A is for Apocalypse (including giveaways) there’s a mailing list signup here: http://eepurl.com/TzDN9

Without further ado, here’s Rhonda…

In choosing a theme for this, the first of a series of anthologies, I considered and rejected a great many “A” words. Tell us about your favourite word that begins with the letter A.

 

Alexis A. Hunter– As an author — ‘acceptance’ has a beautiful ring to it.  As a sci-fi writer — ‘apex’ is particularly engaging.  In general — ‘angel’ is one of my favorite words, because they’re one of my favorite ‘creature types’ to play with in stories.  Plus I have a thing for wings and feathers.

 

Michael Kellar – My “A” word would be arachnid. I’m a spider person. (You could consider this when you get to “S is for…”)

 

Damien Angelica Walters – My favourite word that begins with the letter A is anathema. It rolls off the tongue like a whisper, hiding its dark meaning in pretty syllables.

 

Marge Simon – Alliteration because it’s a beautiful word.  Sorry if it doesn’t connote anything bad, like assassin. 😉

 

Simon Kewin My favourite A word is (possibly) Archaeopteryx. I love the shape of the word. It’s exotic and fantastical and ungainly all at the same time – a little like the creature itself. It derives from the Greek archaeo (ancient) and pterux (wing). So, “Ancient Wing”. Archaeopteryx is a lovely illustration of the forces of evolution in progress; it’s a snapshot of a species in the process of changing from dinosaur ancestor to modern avian descendent. Here was a creature with a bony tail and teeth and feathers. And claws on its wings. I’d love to have seen one…

 

Sara Cleto – My favorite A word is amethyst, a purple-violet quartz often used in jewelry (particularly at Renaissance Faires!) As a little girl, I was obsessed with the color purple, and my mom’s amethyst jewelry was the subject of much fascination- I was sure the stones had some sort of magical property, and I seem to recall trying to do spells with them… And now, in my old age, I’m deeply amused by their purported ability to prevent excessive intoxication.

 

Beth Cato – Tricky question since my absolute favorite word begins with B. For A words, I have to say I like “anaphylactic.” It’s morbid, I know, since the meaning is a severe allergic reaction, but I like the word because it has a cool poetic rhythm.

 

Suzanne van Rooyen – This is really tough to answer! There are so many great words starting with A like analogy, allegory and awesome! But I think my favourite is actually a name. Atreyu. Atreyu – the character from The Never Ending Story – was my first major crush as a kid and that film was such a huge part of my childhood. If I ever have a son one day, his name is going to be Atreyu.

 

Brittany Warman – The first of my favorite words that begin with A that I thought of was “aurora” – not only is it frequently the name of the princess (or her daughter) from “Sleeping Beauty,” a favorite fairy tale of mine, but it was also my very first online screen name! I just love the concept and the way the word flows off the tongue too. It seems to convey mystery, beauty, and strength to me.

 

C.S. MacCath – My favourite ‘A’ word is ‘atonement’, because unlike ‘forgiveness’, it places the onus for righting a wrong where it belongs; upon the head of the person who committed it. If we were socialized to atone as much as we are already socialized to forgive, we might learn to be more careful with one another.

05.10.14

Upcoming Cover Reveal

Posted in Event at 6:20 pm by Amber

Gals! Guys! I’m participating in a cover reveal on the 13th. I can’t tell you anything about it until then. Just know I saw the cover today and additional promo material got me excited to read this book. I hope you’ll find the premise interesting. Come back on the 13th!

04.02.14

Yesterday’s Reviews

Posted in Event at 3:09 pm by Amber

I apologize if your RSS feeds were inundated with my book reviews yesterday. I’ve had some sitting around (and there are still more) in my drafts for a year or longer and thought the best day to publish them so many of them was April Fool’s Day. I may turn it into an annual way of trying to clear out my drafts queue.

03.24.14

2014 Niteblade Fundraiser

Posted in Event at 8:54 am by Amber

It’s time for the annual Niteblade fundraiser! This year’s perks include original art, Niteblade submission feedback, books, subscriptions and story critiques.

02.23.14

A Month of Letters – Update #3

Posted in Event at 8:30 pm by Amber

A Month of Letters challenge is once again underway. The idea is to send out mail for each day the postal service runs. The kicker is replying to anything you receive.

The third week I received more mail than I sent out. Below is what I sent:

  • 2/19/14 – I sent off some medical supplies to a doctor’s office to use for training classes.
  • 2/20/14 – A short post card to friend in Wisconsin.

I was surprised this week with a post card and two letters in my mailbox. The post card was from my Mary Kay Beauty Consultant/wife of a former co-worker just to say “Hi”. Letters came from Suey of It’s All About Books… and my buddy, Rhonda Parrish.

By my count I’m at 22 items sent and need to send out 3 replies.

If you write letters, what is your favorite part? Picking out stationary/notecards, reflection while writing the letter, looking at the pretty stamps, finding them in your mailbox? Do tell!

02.17.14

A Month of Letters – Update #2

Posted in Event at 10:56 am by Amber

A Month of Letters challenge is once again underway. The idea is to send out mail for each day the postal service runs. The kicker is replying to anything you receive.

The second week I sent out more mail. My Valentine of choice to friends was a Harry Potter card which included a bookmark.

  • 2/10/14 – 2 Valentines.
  • 2/11/14 – A Thank You card for a former co-worker who gave me a “farewell” card with a Tim Hortons gift card inside. 1 post card for the postcrossing event in Portugal. 8 Harry Potter Valentines to friends. And Valentines to my in-laws and parents after buying the cards at the grocery store. (The post office was next door and I had stamps on me.)

That’s a total of 14 items for the week. How is your Month of Letters coming along?

02.11.14

A Month of Letters – Update #1

Posted in Event at 11:27 am by Amber

A Month of Letters challenge is once again underway. The idea is to send out mail for each day the postal service runs. The kicker is replying to anything you receive.

This year I’ve had a slow start.

I did get a Valentine’s Day card from my mom with a huge bag of Brach’s Tart and Sassy Conversation Hearts. I think I like the plain old sugar conversation hearts better.

Are you doing the challenge this year?

12.30.13

Final NaNoWriMo 2013 Update

Posted in Event, Writing at 11:51 am by Amber

I did a good job catching up that first week but it was all downhill from there this year. I manged to write 11912 words altogether.

My plan is to finish up the story for my niece and nephews before it’s time to go on next year’s beach vacation. That way they’ll have something to read which will get them in the mood for it. Not that they need any additional help in getting pepped up for a beach house vacation but you know what I mean. 🙂

I spent quite a bit of the month watching Orange is the New Black. Have you read the memoir? That’s on my list of books to read next year.

06.17.13

Niteblade Fundraiser a Success!!

Posted in Event at 9:11 pm by Amber

The Indiegogo fundraiser for Niteblade was a rousing success! This was the second annual fundraiser and it raised $604. I’m sure Rhonda will be able to do lots of fun things with the pledges. Someone bid on the theme issue. So December will have a ghost theme! It should be a challenge to pick the poems and stories for the issue.

As for me, I donated $20 for a Ashton Krafton’s Bleeding Hearts goodie package. I received an ebook copy (that’s my Kindle with a stand-up case), a tote bag, t-shirt, bookmarks and magnets. All goodies I’ll put to use.

Bleeding Hearts Package

05.11.13

It’s Ohioana Book Festival Time!

Posted in Event at 1:07 pm by Amber

Today is the annual Ohioana Book Festival where Ohio authors and book lovers come together. It’s a good time so if you’re in the area, stop on by! They’ll be open until 4:30pm.

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