Thursday, February 16, 2017

IWSG Hero Lost Anthology Thunderclap, Reading, and a Small Update

I have the most awesome team of anthology authors to work with for the #IWSG Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life anthology release! I will be having these authors for guest posts through March, April, and May but before then, I just want to give a short introduction for each of them here.

Born and raised in the deep, dirty South, Jen Chandler cut her story-telling teeth in the old folktales of Appalachia. She grew up chasing ghosts and gods, devouring the myths and legends of Egypt, Greece, Ireland and the British Isles. Now happily ensconced beneath the moss laden oaks of Savannah, GA, Jen delights in rummaging into the dark corners of stories, re-imaging mythology and collecting ghosts, goblins, and other strange things that tap at the back door of her imagination. When not writing, Jen can be found drinking copious amounts of tea, designing and stitching fabric patterns, studying folk herbalism, and re-reading old copies of British Country Living with frightening regularity. She may or may not be addicted to gummy candy. 

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L. Nahay is an author of fantasy and an independent publisher through Midnight Tomorrow Books. She has always ever written. She is a mom to two monsters, and while she’d love to live the more wild way most of her characters do, she currently resides in 
Chicago Indiana. For reminders of life outside her stories, she enjoys reading, creating, camping, hiking, exploring, and time with those monsters of hers. To date, she has published the first book of her fantasy series entitled Red Moonglow on Snow, and an urban fantasy short story called The Dryad.  She has also recently stepped into the world of Steampunk and bought 
herself the monsters a telescope. Be forewarned.

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Olga is a writer and journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Both her children, a son and a daughter, have already flown the nest. To sustain her nurturing instincts, she now collects toy monkeys. She has over 300 monkey figurines in her collection. As a journalist, Olga writes personal profiles of the local artists, actors, and musicians. As a fiction writer, she prefers fantasy. In the past few years, her fantasy and magic realism short stories have been published in multiple internet and print magazines. Her book SQUIRREL OF MAGIC is a collection of urban fantasy short stories. Her novels EAGLE EN GARDE and ALMOST ADEPT are parts of her ongoing sword-and-sorcery fantasy series.  In 2015, EAGLE EN GARDE won EPIC eBook Award in the Fantasy category.

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Elizabeth is a multi-published author of women’s fiction and romance. The mother of four boys, five if you count their father, she needs all the fantasy girl time she can get. A graduate of Marshall University, she is a licensed social worker who spent years working with at-risk teens. She is a member of WV Writers Association and an active blogger.

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Renee uses her years of experience as a developer to write about the what-ifs of magic and technology. When she is not suspiciously peering at her computer in between her writing, she can be found roaming the streets with her family or gaming (whether it’s video games, board games or table-top RPGs) with her similar-minded friends.

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Roland Yeomans has been a teacher, counselor, and book store owner. Everything but a pirate. Oh, wait, he was even that as he once worked at a tax preparation firm. He now is a rare blood courier day and night. And instead of sleeping, he writes.

In addition to contributing short stories to anthologies, Yvonne Ventresca is the author of two young adult novels and two nonfiction books for teens. BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES was published by Sky Pony Press in October 2016. Her debut YA novel, PANDEMIC, won a 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Yvonne’s other works include the short story “Escape to Orange Blossom,” which was selected for the dystopian anthology PREP FOR DOOM, along with two nonfiction books, PUBLISHING (Careers for the 21st Century) and AVRIL LAVIGNE (People in the News). Yvonne blogs regularly about creativity and writing-related resources.
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Sarah Foster is a blogger and an aspiring novelist and poet. She lives with her stand-up comedian husband and an overweight cat in a studio apartment above a movie theater just south of Boston, Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over Broadway musicals or baking cupcakes, she is usually working on finishing—and hopefully someday publishing—her debut novel. You can read about her writing adventures (and the love/hate relationships with her characters) on her blog, The Faux Fountain Pen.
Ellen Jacobson writes mystery and sci-fi/fantasy stories. She is currently working on the first in a cozy mystery series about a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth, as well as tales set on imaginary worlds. She lives on a sailboat with her husband, exploring the world from the water. When she isn’t working on boat projects or seeking out deserted islands, she blogs about their adventures.
Writer, author, dreamer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way. Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than fifteen years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking. In 2013, her first short story “Stage Fright” published in One More Day anthology. Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.
Sean McLachlan is a former archaeologist who worked for many years on excavations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Now a full-time writer, he has written numerous novels and is working on three series: Toxic World (post-apocalyptic), House Divided (Civil War horror), Trench Raiders (WWI action), plus many standalone titles. His newsletter, Sean’s Travels and Tales, comes out every two months or so and includes a travel article, a short story, and a coupon for a free or discounted book.
The Thunderclap Campaign is live and we would love to have your support - we need at least 100 supporters to go live on May 2nd! Click here to support!
Erika Beebe created the Thunderclap banner with the cover art!

As you might know, I've been sick so I've been sitting a lot or sleeping. I've been taking a bit of my mind off the pain and frustration of things by reading a bit.
The most notable trilogy I've read in the last few weeks is Brandon Sanderson's The Reckoners - a fractured superhero tale. In a not-so-distant future, some humans have been granted superpowers. Unlike the comic books, they are all evil. The Reckoners are fighting back, but not everything is as it seems. David's father was killed in front of his eyes and David wants nothing but vengeance, despite his father's belief that some of the superhumans could be good. David joins the Reckoners and begins an action-packed journey that takes him places he never expected to go. The first book, Steelheart, is extremely good. The second book, Firefight, includes a long dark night of the soul that I didn't appreciate until I read through book three, Calamity. If you're a fan of science fiction and superhuman tales, I recommend these books. 

 Small Update: I will have the first of my surgeries next week. Because of that and my health in general, I have not been commenting well - I am more likely to visit your blog and comment there after I've read your comment here and it might take me several days. My "Goals" post will be pre-scheduled and include a fuller health update, but will be much shorter than this post as a whole.


CWMartin said...

Just take care of yourself... the rest will have time later. Very interesting cast of authors there!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I agree with CW. Just take care of your health and family right now. If you don't have time or energy for blogging right now, we understand. Hope your surgery goes well and that you feel better.

And great to meet the anthology authors.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You comment whenever you can. Will be praying for you.
I'll set up a pinned Tweet for the Thunderclap.

Karen Lange said...

Take it easy, Tyrean. Praying for you! :)

Erika said...

Please take care of yourself and I am thinking of you and hoping you have a speedy recovery. :)

Julie Flanders said...

Take care of yourself, Tyrean. Will be thinking of you and hoping for the best with your surgery. *hugs*

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Will be thinking about you and praying next week.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sending positive thoughts your way.... Take care, Tyrean!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

What a smart post idea!! Don't we look great together?

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you for reminding me that I need to buy and read Calamity. I hope your surgery goes well. *hugs*

Rachna Chhabria said...

Nice to meet the anthology writers! Take care of yourself Tyrean!

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Thanks for the shout-out!Feel better. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Totally understand, Tyrean. I have horrible internet and haven't been able to visit my commenters' blog. It's not a happy feeling not being able to reciprocate. Get well, eh.

Stephanie Faris said...

All signed up! I'll also feature it on my blog that day.

Juneta Key said...

Support added. Prayers with you.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit