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Monday, 28 March 2011

SEEN This Week 3/28/11

Things in the author world never seem to stop, and this past week is no exception. There was a lot of news blooming along with the spring blossoms!

Let's begin by taking the time to acknowledge two notable deaths this past week, legendary actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor and the first woman candidate for vice president, Geraldine Ferraro.

A couple of Night Publishing's new books have just hit and Kindle:
  • The Abandoned Edge of Avalon, by Eden Tyler - Amazon / Kindle
  • From the corners of a wounded mind, by Theodore Knell - Amazon / Kindle
Coming up as fast as Night Publishing can get them out:
  • Buying Time by Janice Donnelly
  • Not a Man by MA McRae
  • Pinpoint by Sheila Mary Taylor
  • Get LENON by Robert Craven
Be sure to check out all the latest Night Publishing releases here.

Minnette Coleman was invited to read as one of the New Voices in Fiction for Women's History Month at the Queens Library on Northern Blvd in Corona, New York. The event took place March 26 n the Langston Hughes Room. Minnette read from both of her novels, The Blacksmith's Daughter, and No Death by Unknown Hands.

Robb Grindstaff's short story, Desert Rain, published in the most recent edition of Horror Bound, has had more than 800+ reads, which is phenomenal.

Tantra Bensko had plenty of news to report: Christopher Higgs picked a few writers to interview on What is Experimental Fiction, including Debra DiBlasi, and Tantra. Feel free to join the discussion. Tantra was also interviewed by writer and teacher Tamara Sellman, which came out last week. Several reviews of her chapbook are at this link.

Gary Ponzo's latest story, The Birthday Present, appeared in Spinetinger Magazine March 22.

Claire Light is organizing a submission party for women in response to the Vida study on women's representation in elite magazines. They plan to get together and submit work to those magazines. San Francisco Bay Area. RSVP on Facebook.

Jane Hammons' story The Unknown Substance has been nominated for a Derringer Award by the Short Mystery Fiction Society in the flash fiction category.

Lisa Manterfield will discuss her new book I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood April 6 from 5:30-7:00PM in the First Republic Bank Community Room, 279 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA.

Melanie Ray announced that a virtual Dam Good Party will be held throughout the week of June 4, 2011 on Twitter, with everyone at the hashtag #Damgoodparty. It will also take place on Freado, chatting with bloggers, sharing new books, favorite books, sharing twitpics of books and people, and hanging out. Two partiers shaking it up the most will receive an exclusive advance print copy of Phobic Dawn, which will be officially released July 4, 2011.  Here is a link to a video for the party, and the thread on Night Reading for additional details on how you can participate. Another Dam Good Party will happen around November for WiSpY by Rob Andrews.

My news for the week:

Special thanks to the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross, who held their annual Red Cross Ball last weekend. I had the honor of being part of their delightful event and meeting many brilliant and talented people from various walks of life.

Kristal McKerrington and I are preparing for a possible panel appearance at the Romantic Times book convention next year. To get updates on our progress, be sure to like the Facebook page.

Do you have news you'd like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email to be included in the following week's feature. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

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