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Monday, 7 March 2011

SEEN This Week 3/7/11

Thirteen days until the start of Spring 2011 in the US, yet many authors and other luminaries are getting a head start on the upcoming season of everything new.

Let's begin with a little humor: I initially saw this "book" posted on Facebook, and at first, I was rather insulted, considering how many authors work hard on writing books with actual words. Turns out, however, What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex is a "gag" of sorts - full of blank pages. More can be read about the book at this link.

In its first year, Night Publishing added 59 writers to their roster: Andrew Morgan, Andy Rausch, Andy Szpuk, Bob Ellal, Brendan Gisby, Carolyn Allen, Andy Rausch, Catherine Chisnall, Cerys Black, Charlotte Castle, Christine Hall Volkoff, Colin T. Mercer, Danny Bent, Danny Birch, David Cooke, David Kupisiewicz, Eden Tyler, Gail Metcalfe, George Fripley, George Polley, Geraldine Murfin-Shaw, Gerry McCullough, Janice Donnelly, Jillian Brookes-Ward, Jessica Degarmo, Jiri Orten (as translated by Lyn Coffin), Joanne Ellis, Joe Hakim, John Booth, Kat Ward, KJ Rigby, LA Dale, L. Anne Carrington, Lael Whitehead, MA McRae, Maria Kuroshschepova, Melanie Ray, Michelle Young, Mike Watts, Minnette Coleman, Nigel Lampard, Olivia Reed, Patrick Barrett, Paul Morris, Paul Perry, Poppet, Robert Adams, Robert Craven, Samantha Towle, Sheila Mary Taylor, Stacey Danson, Stephen Sangirardi, Shah Wali Fazli, Steven Jensen, Stuart Ingram, Teresa Geering, Terry Gould, Theodore Knell, Tom Winton and Tim Roux. Who will be the magical number 60?

The Fine Line’s inaugural short story competition is now open for entries.  Whatever your taste, style or inspiration, submit your tale and you could win £200 ($320/€230) and publication in The Fine Line Short Story Collection.  A percentage of all entry fees goes to charity so you’ll be doing good while getting your work out there. For additional information, go here.

Robb Grindstaff's Desert Rain, his first attempt ever at a horror piece, was published in Horror Bound magazine. Home page here contains a brief bio and a direct link to the story. At the bottom of the page, click on the printer icon for a more readable version of the story.

Author Liza Bakewell sold out at the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe February 28 with her book Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun.

Daily Cheap Reads recommended Tom Winton's Beyond Nostalgia February 28, with excellent reasons.

A certain shy Authors On Show team member likes to keep things to herself - check out Sessha Batto's art and story on Eight Cuts.

William J. Booker had his book Trippers published to mark the 40th anniversary of those psychedelic times still hanging on in 1971.

Gerry McCullough wrote an article in Verbal Magazine titled A Divided Inheritance. Her novel, Belfast Girls, received a review in the March issue of Ulster Tatler and is their Book of the Month. UT doesn't put its whole issue online, only sample photos, but you can read the review on Facebook.

Jake Barton interviewed Poppet: One of the Most Remarkable Women I’ve Never Met. An interview with the Enigmatic and Utterly Fascinating Poppet. Writer, Blogger, Force of Nature.

Jane Hammons has a poem, Headstone, in Ramshackle Review and her story, The Unknown Substance, was nominated for a Derringer Award by the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Marie: An Inspector Monde Tale of Strange and Terrible Adventures (The Inspector Monde Tales), the latest work by John Booth, is now available on Kindle.

Kristal McKerrington's upcoming book, A Different Life: Three Lane Highway, is set to be released by XoXo Publishing in upcoming weeks.

Ed Lynskey's Appalachian noir title, Lake Charles, is published by Wildside Press and up for pre-orders on Amazon.

Michael Pollack is joining the PfoxPub family of YA authors. His novel, November Knight, will be out in print mid-summer or sooner.

My news for the week:

The Gold Star Segment of Anthony Valvo's March 3 WrestleView column, From the Desk of Mr V mentioned the following: "L. Anne Carrington – I almost completed the book The Cruiserweight, and I must say it makes time fly. It is a very good read."

Special thanks to Kristal McKerrington for giving me yet another plug during her seventh live chat show on March 4 and Louise Wise, who, along with Kristal, gave The Cruiserweight its fifth and sixth five-star reviews on Amazon.

Also thanks to Lorraine Holloway-White for her five-star review of The Cruiserweight on Amazon UK.

The Cruiserweight ranked #66 on Amazon UK's Kindle Store Top 100 in the Individual Sports-Wrestling category.

As of last weekend, my interview on KJ Kron's Saint Peter Killed God blog had 94 hits!

I'm now listed on the Independent Authors Network site. My page is located here.

During Smashwords' site-wide promotion through March 12, The Cruiserweight can be downloaded for free (a $1.99 value).

Do you have news that you'd like to share in an upcoming column? Either just post it on a related website or email me directly at Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

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