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Monday, 11 April 2011

SEEN This Week 4/11/11

SEEN This Week has lots of big news to report from around the Web, and it wasn't easy to keep up with all of it. Read on for the latest among the writing community:

If you're a member of Night Reading, be sure to stop by and cast your vote for its 2010 Book of the Year. Be sure to read the rules, which are simple. Deadline for voting is April 24.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline's Look Again was optioned for a movie by Richard Sapirstein's Elysium Films. Her newest book, Save Me, is on pre-order until its April 12 release.

Authors on Show's fearless leader Lorraine Holloway-White is writing her first fiction book, Justice is Served. Read sample chapters now on Authonomy.

Matt Hammond's son's band, Recommended By Your Mom, advanced to the final three out of 107 bands in the ZM Online's "Big Break". Though a band from Auckland, NZ was the winner, the radio station subsequently contacted Recommended By Your Mom and said both they and Good Charlotte were so impressed by the quality of both runners up, they have been invited to play an hour's set on the main concert stage at midday next Saturday - a potential audience of around 20,000!

Lindsey Barrett's story, Toronado, won Honorable Mention in the 2011 Bacopa Fiction Award, and will appear in Bacopa in May.

Check out the banner advertisement for Simon Swift's upcoming release, Black Shadows. The banner appeared on the Thrilling Detective website.

Kristal McKerrington had a busy week; in addition to her regular webcast on Justin TV and her tireless efforts to prepare for the 2012 RT Book Lovers Convention , she also stopped by both Night Owl Reviews and Coffee Time Romance for live chats with book lovers. She also has an interview printed this week on the Authors on Show web site.

Never one to slow down, So Shall Ye Reap author Mat Jackson has yet another project in bloom. Have a look at his latest, Going On Around You - Series One in photos.

Come and meet Geraldine Solon, author of Love Lettters, April 18, 2011 on the One World Singles Magazine Blog. On her virtual book tour, she will be discussing her book, sharing her thoughts on what it takes to write a great novel and offering pertinent advice to aspiring authors.

Vivian Faith Prescott's creative non-fiction piece The Language of the Landscape appears in the current issue of Praxilla. She also has three poems published in Milk Sugar from her soon-to-be-published collection The Hide of My Tongue (Plain View Press, 2011). The poems depict the struggles of those involved in the Tlingit language revitalization. Of the eight hundred Native American languages, more than five hundred are in danger of extinction. Lingit Yoo Xatangi.

Debra Ann Gray-Elliot's short story, Please Forgive Them, was published in the April issue of the online magazine JournEzine.

A book launch celebration for Terry Kirby Erickson's third collection of poetry, In the Palms of Angels (Press 53) was held at the Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, NC on April 7. 10% of book sales for the evening went to the Cancer Center's Simstein Fund for patients who cannot afford the costs associated with their cancer treatments such as medicine, transportation, etc.  The event featured music by Lee and Susan Terry, and original painting for the book cover by Terry's uncle, acclaimed artist Stephen White (whose work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art), was also on display.

Diane Nelson signed a contract with Red Sage for Portals: Spar with the Devil, book one in a saga of betrayal, revenge and unbridled passion.

My news for the week:

The Cruiserweight is among books published under the Night Publishing imprint nominated for Night Reading's 2010 Book of the Year.

Kristal McKerrington and I have our first backer in our quest toward the 2012 RT Book Lovers Convention! Kristal met with owner of the British promotion One Pro Wrestling April 8 to discuss booking talent and possible sponsorship. Further details will be announced at a later date when bookings are confirmed.

I got the opportunity this past weekend to have an impromptu chat with a few female wrestling students in my area, discussing obstacles women have in the business and how far female wrestlers have advanced since early days of sports entertainment. They were a fine group of young ladies and I wish them well in their future aspirations.

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