Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Exhibit A Posse Grows

Yesterday we announced Carac Allison as the latest Exhibit A author, and today, we're delighted to tell you that Rob Hart is ours for another book!

Read on to see why these books grabbed us, and why they'll hopefully grab you!

Dark Digital Sky - May, 2015

A gripping high-tech crime novel mixing the pulpy spirit of the past and the security threats of today.

Chalk is an ex-FBI agent whose specializations are cults and computer forensics. The tools of his trade as a PI are a Porsche 911, an unregistered Glock, modified cellphones, radios, and an eclectic collection of computers. He suffers from bipolar disorder, lives alone and hopes, one day, to be able to see his son without the constraints placed on him by the courts.

Chalk’s mission is simple: find three biological sons of one of Hollywood’s sleazy successes whose origins lie in a sperm bank donation he made decades ago. Chalk finds all three, each as twisted as the father in very different ways. It seems his task is complete when Chalk discovers all three are being recruited by a demented General who is looting vast pharmaceutical warehouses and planning a major domestic terror attack.

As Chalk digs further into the brothers’ plot, he uncovers a secret military weapons program embedded deep in the Hollywood special effects and technology industry. It will take every bit of techno savvy he has to strip away the illusions and the politics and find the real source of the threat.

City of Rose (Ash McKenna Book #2) - Autumn, 2015

Ash McKenna is living in Portland, bearing the scars of his mistakes, working as a bouncer at a vegan strip club. It’s a paradox for someone pursuing a life of non-violence, but given Portland’s genial atmosphere, he hasn’t had to hit anyone in months—and he’s quite happy about that.

So when Cordelia, one of the dancers at the club, asks for help finding her daughter, Ash is hesitant. It doesn’t even sound like a hard gig. The girl, Rose, was taken from daycare by Cordelia’s junkie ex-husband, and she doesn’t want to involve the cops. Compared to what he used to do, it sounds like cake. But he doesn’t want to go back to that life.

A few hours later, he’s tossed in a trunk, put on his knees behind a warehouse, and threatened at gunpoint to stay away from the girl. Instead of scaring him off, it pushes him to take the case. Facing unfamiliar terrain and a desire to keep things bloodless, Ash sets out to get the girl back. The hunt stretches from drug dens on the outskirts of town to the halls of government—and challenges his newfound philosophy of non-violence.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Baryon 128

Bryon 128 is up on the web site for those who haven't seen it.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Some Fine Day

Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty.

She knows that when the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.

She knows that the only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.

Most of all, she knows there’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.

Jansin has been lied to. On all counts. Faced with the truth in the form of a charismatic young survivor named Will, Jansin vows that her former masters will regret making her what she is…

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

THE FALONER American Release

THE FALCONER by Elizabeth May will be released on May 6 in the USA.

The second volume has been turned in for the first round of editing.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

THE FALCONER, Elizabeth May, Gollancz, £9.79, ISBN: 9780575130401, reviewed by Jim Brock.

This is the British edition of Elizabeth May’s inaugural novel featuring Lady Aileana Kameron, an 18 year old aristocrat in a 19th century Edinburg, Scotland that is somewhat different from the one in our history. Aileana’s Edinburg is one of steam powered machines and weapons and a city under assault from assorted types of faeries.

One year before, Aileana’s mother was assassinated by a murderous faery. In the interim Aileana has suffered the suspicions of her fellow aristocrats, the cold indifference of her father, and now the pressures and restrictions of her ladylike position. During that year, she has allied and trained with a mentor named Kiaran MacKay, a faery who is at war with his own kind, and is a powerful force both in killing faeries and enabling Aileana to extract some vengeance for her mother.

After a year of kills, Aileana finds that there is more at stake than her personal vendetta. A golden seal that has kept thousands of faeries trapped beneath the city for centuries is weakening and, unless reinforced, will soon fail and allow then to escape to bring death and destruction to Edinburgh.

It turns out that Aileana is also the last remaining Falconer, humans with special powers and abilities in dealing with faeries. The term comes from their use of falcons as their flying spies back in the days before the faeries were trapped and under seal. Now Aileana finds her true nature, that her destiny is more than just vengeance, and what she must do to restore the seal.

I totally loved this book, the setting, the characters (especially Aileana’s pixie friend, Derrick) and the nature of her battle. She is an inventive and attractive heroine and the action is fast. Her world is so unique that it was hard for me to visualize and the book seemed to end a bit abruptly at the height of battle.

The good news is that an American edition of THE FALCONER is due soon and there should follow at least two more books in the series; the sooner the better.

From her website, Elizabeth may is obviously brilliant, exotically beautiful, and a new name on for my must watch-for list.

Friday, April 18, 2014

To Every Vietnam Veteran

“To every Vietnam Veteran.”

A Vietnam Vet who wishes to remain
anonymous sent this to a friend of mine.
It's a must read, and to the VET, thank you.

To that one person who is protesting this war,
thinking you are anonymous in a crowd among
thousands ...

I know you. I met you many years ago.

You were the only stranger at my going away
party in 1968 and, you offered this toast;
"Here's to hoping you don't come back".

I know you.

As our troop bus headed for the plane that
would take us to Vietnam, you, and hundreds
of your highly organized “friends”, lined the
street, spat at us and shouted "baby killers
go home."

I know you.

You frolicked in Hanoi on a publicity stunt,
giving aid and comfort to our enemy,
betraying American POWs ...even while
so many of my brothers were making the
ultimate sacrifice.

Yet, you were never brought to justice for
that atrocity or even offered a sincere apology.

I know you.

With your delight of every GI body count
reported through the American media, with
your every protest of “make love, not war”,
you emboldened our enemy... supported
their cause, lengthened the war... resulting
in even more Americans being wounded
and killed.

I know you.

You were so pleased with yourself...
your protests made me too ashamed
go home at the end of my tour...
to face my family... to even question
my own patriotism.

I thought I was fighting the noble fight
... to free people... people I didn't even
know, but who deserved freedom.

Yet, I told myself, even you have the
right to protest, to dissent, to be free.

I and my brothers gave you that right.

I know you.

For the next thirty years, you were there
... reminding me of that shame.

Laughing at my silent and hidden pain.

Your enormous ego and arrogance never
once allowed you to apologize for your
words and actions.

Or, to genuinely honor my fallen comrades.

Oh yes, I know you.

In fact, I know you so well that now,
I no longer fear you... I pity you.

Eventually, I did regain my pride, my patriotism
and my self worth.

I am content in the fact that I paid my dues
to be an American... you did not.

I looked into the eyes of those I fought to
free and protect.

I saw the gratitude.

You did not.

I accepted that we did not lose the war
... we quit the war... because of people
like you... making all that I and my
brothers sacrificed moot ...meaningless.

I know you very well.

I have the warm memories of my fallen
comrades whom, in the greatest act of
humanity, gave their lives so strangers
could have the chance to experience
the wonderful sensation of being free
... the same freedoms you had then...
but did not earn... can't understand
now, and will never fully appreciate.

You have nothing.

My conscience is clear for the millions
who lost their lives because we left Vietnam
... that the South Vietnamese lived for years
under great hardships... because of you.

I know you better than you know yourself.

You hated our president more than you
loved your country.

You are weak.

You thrive on being politically correct... not
because you believe, but because you have
nothing else to justify your weakness.

Like the rest of your life, it's simply a game.

Now you say you support our troops,
but not the war... that is an impossibility.

And, you know it.

Again, games.

You have paid no dues to be an American.

To me, you are a non-entity, without cause
nor voice.

Finally, you ignore the fact that true
Americans remain loyal to America and
it's defenders, no matter who is in the
White House.

We are Americans...

You are a person with an incredible
sense of narcissistic, self-righteousness,
but, a person without a country.

I wrote this during the first Gulf War, when
the protests against Bush started and Jane
Fonda was promoting her new book.

Once posted on, I got hundreds
of responses.

Many were positive and supportive.

Most were vial. So I took the post down.

Even though I experienced all the above,
this was not written from one person to
one person.

It is a composite statement of what all
Vietnam Veterans experienced, to,
all those who could not, or would not,
understand the long-term effect of their

But, I did want to make it personal to the reader.

And, no, I did not mean the only way one
can “pay dues” to be an American is to serve.

Of course, millions of Americans pay dues
every day.

Bottom line, these people can no longer
get to me because I no longer recognize
them as Americans.

I see them as the pests that invade a home.

Cockroaches, hiding deep in the woodwork
that swarm in the middle of the night to
spread filth and breed other roaches.

Since 1969, I finished my degree, built a
great career, traveled the globe, working
at the corporate level with some of the
world's largest companies, just celebrated
our 40th anniversary, have two incredible
grand kids, another on the way, my son
is finishing his ph.d at Loyola, I was able
to semi-retire at 61.

This is re-posted from FACEBOOK and I credit it to Shannon Locke and is copyright 2014 by Shannon Locke. If I am not correct please let me know.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LibertyCon Information

LibertyCon 27
June 27-29, 2014

Literary Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye

Artist Guest of Honor
Kurt Miller

Science Guest of Honor
Dr. Travis Taylor

Master of Ceremonies
Jim Minz

Special Guest
David Cherry

Chattanooga Choo-Choo
1400 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402


LibertyCon will once again be hosted at the historic Chattanooga Choo-Choo hotel. Those of you familiar with LibertyCon know that we have a tendency to sell out our hotel quite early.

We are rapidly filling our discounted room block ! Because of this we highly recommend that you make your reservation as soon as possible. Be sure to say that you’re with LibertyCon to not only get our $112 per night rate ($181 standard), but also to make sure that you actually get a room! If you don’t get into the Choo-Choo, please check our website for info about other close hotels.

If you’re planning on throwing a room party or have any special requirements, you can let us know on our website (“Room Parties” under the Registration menu). We’d love to have you host one and if you give us your info, we can not only make sure that you are placed in the right part of the hotel, but we will also advertise your event in our various schedules. The Chattanooga Choo-Choo 1400 Market Street Chattanooga, TN 37402 Toll-Free: (800) 872-2529 Local Call: (423) 266-5000

Right in the middle of downtown, the Choo-Choo is within easy walking distance of quite a number of restaurants, and houses the terminal for the free CARTA bus line which allows for easy access to the Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, and the rest that downtown has to offer. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle, as well as limited transportation assistance for fans with mobility impairments.


Feel free to use our online registration at:
 Adults: $40 until May 31, 2014 and $50 thereafter.
 Children 7 - 12 years old: $20 until May 31, $30 after.
 Children 6 and under are free
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a LEGAL GUARDIAN.
Children under 7 are welcome at LibertyCon, but they must be accompanied by parent or guardian at all times.
A valid photo ID is required for an Adult Badge.


We love our Art Show, and from what we hear, you guys do too! This year two of our main guests will be featured there. Artist Guest, Kurt Miller, and Special Guest, David Cherry, are only a couple of the artists that you will see on display this year.

Over the last few years our Art Show has grown and it continues to grow. This year we expect it to be even bigger and better to allow for all of the great pieces that will be on display. Please join us Friday night for our Artists’ Meet & Greet. If you haven’t met our guests, you owe it to yourself to do so.

While some conventions charge as much as 15% commission on art sales and a hanging fee to show your work, LibertyCon is happy to be different.

Our Art Show fees are:
 4' x 4' panel $12
 Half table (4’ x 30”) for 3D Art $8
 Mail-In Art handling fee $10
 Print shop fees $15 per artist

Additionally, the Art Show sponsors the Charity Auction. The Charity Auction is an event in which guests, artists and fans donate items to be auctioned during the Art Show auction Saturday night. All items created in Saturday’s ‘Iron Artist’ session will be included in the Charity Auction, so you can even buy artwork that you watched being created and support local causes! This year we’ve selected the Chattanooga AIM Center, and all money raised from the Charity Auction (along with other events) will go directly to them.

For more information about the Art Show, please contact the Art Show Director, Shannon Souvinette. Email soon, space is going quickly. Also, if you’d like to volunteer, drop Shannon a line. With such a large show, she could definitely use the help!

LibertyCon 27 Art Show
Shannon Souvinette


Returning to LibertyCon this year will be the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company. These fine folks are purveyors of New Old-Time Radio, and famous for their serial, “Rory Rammer, Space Marshal.” If you are a fan, then you already know how great they are. For the rest of you, you're in for a treat. For more information on ARTC, please go to their website at


LibertyCon 27 will have a minimum of five tracks of programming each day of the con (we keep adding to it!). These include autograph sessions, panels on Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Art, and one of the best Science tracks you’re likely to see. You can keep up to date with our Programming Schedule, as well as information on our guests, on our website, If you want to in participate or help out in programming, please contact us at


Munchkins, zombies, and Cthulhu – oh, my! “Rev. Bob” Hood, and the gang will have board, card, and role-playing games, specializing in the very latest releases from Steve Jackson Games. For more info, or to volunteer, please contact Bob at

Kevin ‘Fritz’ Fotovich and Daniel Jean will be bringing their ‘Large Dice’ gaming to LibertyCon 27. You think you’ve played Zombie Dice before? Not with dice like these you haven’t! Just wait till you’ve seen the Yellow Sign on a Cthulhu Dice the size of a soccer ball!

Computer Gaming will once again be set up in the Southern Room during the convention. Please remember, Computer Gaming IS NOT a babysitting service. It is a great place to frag the heck out of your friends.

Kids 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult in gaming areas.


LibertyCon’s Dealer’s Room will again be located in the Choo-Choo’s Imperial Ballroom. With almost 40 tables housing books, collectibles, weaponry, and just about everything else you can think of, we’re sure that you’ll love it. There will even be tables that our authors will cycle through to make it easy for all the fans to get their books personalized, or to just say hello.


LibertyCon is well known as being a family friendly convention. As a matter of fact, a lot of people say that the kids are running the show now!
With that in mind, we haven’t left the little ones out. LibertyCon 27 will be running a series of Children’s Programming events which will include the popular ‘Make It & Take It’, magic and balloon ‘twistology’ with Darrell ‘Doctor’ Osborn, and the puppetry of James Ward.

Be sure to check the website for a complete list!


The Choo-Choo is a pet friendly hotel, but please notify the hotel if you will be bringing your pet with you to the convention.


LibertyCon believes that fans are mature and responsible people. Weapons are permitted, but they must be peace bonded at all times. In case of actual projectile weapons, they MUST BE UNLOADED AS WELL! The only exceptions to this policy are during Programming Events and Dealers displaying their wares. LibertyCon Security Forces will peacebond your weapons for you at the registration desk.


Advertising space is available in the LibertyCon Program Book. If you want to become a salesperson and help pay your membership costs, do we have a deal for you!

Our Program Book Ad Bounty Program will allow you to apply 10% of the cost of any and all ads you get for the LibertyCon 27 Program Book toward your LC27 memberships. There is no limit for each household, so you can apply the bounties to memberships for you, your spouse and/or your children.

Program Book Ad Prices:
 Professional advertisers (Full Page ≈ 6” x 7.5”) $100 - full page
 Half Page (≈ 6” x 3.75”) $60 - half page
 Quarter Page (≈ 3” x 3.75”) $40 - quarter page
 Amateur advertisers and fan conventions 50% off rates
For more information email


Once again Mark Paulk is in charge of the Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament. Be sure to register for the tournament at the con and pit your skills across the card table against some of the most fearsome opponents in the country. Do you feel lucky, punk? Now do ya? For more information on the tournament, check out our webpage at


LibertyCon loves parties, but some people do not like room parties next door to them. To accommodate those who wish to party all night, as well as those who actually want to sleep, ONLY certain sections of the Hotel Building 2 will be used for parties.

To hold a party, you must request a "PARTY ROOM" when making your reservations. After you make your reservation, let us know via the Room Parties link on our website. We will use the information to not only make sure you’re placed in the right section, but also to promote your party in our Schedule! (Or you can email Brandy at

The drinking age in Tennessee is 21, and all party hosts are required to observe Tennessee laws. We are making a special request of the hosts of room parties this year:

"Please card anyone receiving alcoholic beverages at your party!"


In accordance to Tennessee laws, there is no smoking in the hotel or the LibertyCon Function Spaces. Designated guest rooms and the outside areas of the hotel are the only places smoking will be allowed at the convention. And please, use the butt cans provided and do not throw butts on the ground.


Once again Michael Ankenbrandt will be the host at the Road Kill Café and Y’all Come Back Saloon. There will always be great eats for guests and fans. He’ll be cooking up homemade soups and pasta dishes, as well as a salad bar and Pimento Cheese sandwiches. Add all the snacks and soft drinks and you won’t have to go far to find something to fill that empty spot. Also, for those with an adult badge and proper ID, the consuite will be serving two brands of beer.

If you are interested in slav…er…working for Michael in the consuite, need more information about the consuite, or just want to chat, you can contact him at:


Literary Guest of Honor
Jody Lynn Nye

Artist Guest of Honor
Kurt Miller

Science Guest of Honor
Dr. Travis Taylor

Master of Ceremonies
Jim Minz

Special Guest
David Cherry

You can find out more information about all of our guests, as well as updates and changes to our attendee list as we hear about them on our website at

Also Expected to Attend:

Atlanta Radio Theatre Co.
Larry Atchley, Jr
Scott W. Baker
L.R. Barrett-Durham
Glenn Baggott
Scott Baker
Jim Beall
Barbara Beck
Michael Bielaczyc
Paul Bielaczyc
Tim Bolgeo
Walt Boyes
Susan Brady
David L. Burkhead
Paul Cagle
Anna Grace Carpenter
Rigel Carson
Sabrina Chase
Stephen E. Cobb
David B. Coe
Jason Cordova
K.S. Daniels
Anna Kathryn Davis
Ben Davis
Ernest Dempsey
David Drake
Bill Fawcett
Jack Finley
Fritz Fotovich
Mark Fults
Melissa Gay
Charles E. Gannon
Peter Grant
Ed Graham
Rich Groller
Michael H. Hanson
Sara M Harvey
Louise Herring-Jones
Dan Hollifield
G. R. Holton
Daniel M. Hoyt
Robert A. Hoyt
Sarah A. Hoyt
Daniel Jean
Les Johnson
Paula S. Jordan
Robert Kennedy
Bart Kemper
Jeremy Levitt
D. Allen Lewis
Robert Lightfoot
Tamara Lowery
Cindy MacLeod
John Manning
Gail Z. Martin
Holly McClure
Joe McKeel
Anita Moore
Darrell 'Doc.' Osborn
Stephanie Osborn
Beth Waggoner Patterson
Kevin Pulliam
Louis Puster
T. D. Raufson
Reinhardt Legacy
Fight Team
John Ringo
Tedd Roberts
Richard T. Rorabaugh
Ken Roy
Jaye Roye
Cedar Sanderson
Stephen J. Simmons
Cathe Smith
Chris Smith
Sumie Tsuboi
Patrick Vanner
Mark Wandrey
James Ward
Toni Weisskopf
Michael Z. Williamson
Philip Wolrab
Jim Woosley
Tim Zahn


June 27-29, 2014
You may register for the convention online at:

Or else send this form to: LibertyCon 27
P. O. Box 695
Hixson, TN 37343-0695

NAME: ________________________________________________________ AGE: _________
NAME TO APPEAR ON BADGE: __________________________________________________
ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________________________
CITY: _______________________________________ STATE: _______ ZIP: ______________
PHONE: (___) ___ - ________ EMAIL: ______________________________________________

Others at this address attending the Con and being registered on this form. For other attendees not at this address, please copy this form and send in additional memberships on copies.
NAME: _______________________________________________________ AGE: __________
NAME TO APPEAR ON BADGE: __________________________________________________
NAME: _______________________________________________________ AGE: __________
NAME TO APPEAR ON BADGE: __________________________________________________
NAME: _______________________________________________________ AGE: __________
NAME TO APPEAR ON BADGE: __________________________________________________

Use separate sheet of paper for additional registrations in this household.

NUMBER REGISTERING ________ X (see prices below) $ _________
until May 31, 2014: Adults - $40.00, 7 –12 - $20, 6 and under - free
after May 31, 2014: Adults - $50.00, 7 –12 - $30, 6 and under - free

All checks and Money Orders must be in US Dollars

(Sorry, there will be a $45 charge on all returned checks.)

Do you want a copy of your receipt e-mailed to you? Yes [ ] No [ ]


For general information, please contact us at or call us at 423-842-4363.
No Pre-Registrations will be processed if postmarked after June 1, 2014

LibertyCon 27 T-Shirts

There will be a limited number of T-shirts available at the convention. To make sure you get the one you want, please pre-order your T-shirt. You may use the T-shirt order form on the previous page or order online at
The T-shirt art will be the amazing Kurt Miller piece that you see at the beginning of this mass mailing.
Shirts will be offered in 5 styles:
Short Sleeve (SS), Long Sleeve (LS), Polo Shirt (PS) (S-4X only) **
Tall Short Sleeve (TALL) ( XL-3XL only), Girl Cut Short Sleeve (GC) (S-3X only) (**Polo’s are printed on the back only)
The shirt colors are: Black (Staff Only), Grey, Navy, Brown, Green, & Red
Availability in adult sizes and prices according to style and size listed below:
Short Sleeve (SS) Long Sleeve (LS) Polo Shirt (PS)
Logo on Front Logo on Front (Pocket/Logo on Back) S (small) $18.00 $18.00 $27.00
M (medium) $18.00 $18.00 $27.00
L (large) $18.00 $18.00 $27.00
XL (extra-large) $18.00 $18.00 $27.00
2X (double X) $18.00 $18.00 $28.00
3X (triple X) $19.00 $19.00 $29.00
4X (quad X) $19.00 $19.00 $30.00
5X (five X) $19.00 $19.00 $30.00
All Prices include Sales Tax
TALL Style Short Sleeves are XL-2XL only, $20.00
‘Girl Cut’ styles are also available: (S-2X, $18.00) and (3X $19.00)
LibertyCon Shirts may also be pre-ordered online at:

NAME: _____________________________________________________________________
ADDR: ________________________________________________________
CITY: ________________________ STATE: ___ ZIP: ___________

Send this order form with a check or money order to:
LibertyCon, P.O. Box 695, Hixson, Tennessee 37343-0695.


T-shirts will be available for pre-order for the following prices in the styles and adult sizes listed (All prices include sales tax):
Sizes: S – small, M – medium, L – large, XL – extra large
Style & Price: SS – short sleeve, LS – long sleeve, PS – Polo
GC – Girl Cut Short Sleeve TALL – Tall Short Sleeve (XL-3XL)
SS: S-2XL-$18, 3XL-5XL-$19, TALL: XL-3XL-$20(XL-2XL Only in TALL)
LS: S-2XL-$18, 3XL-5XL-$19, GC: S-2XL-$18, 3XL $19
PS: S-XL-$27, 2XL-$28, 3XL-$29, 4XL--$30 (Polo Printed on Back Only)
Specify number & type of each shirt size in color block below:
Size Black Navy Grey Red Amount
(staff only) specify # & specify # & specify # &
specify # & type type type
S _____ _____ _____ _____ $_____
M _____ _____ _____ _____ $_____
L _____ _____ _____ _____ $_____
XL _____ _____ _____ _____ $_____
2X _____ _____ _____ _____ $_____
3X _____ _____ _____ _____ $_____
4X _____ _____ _____ _____ $_____
5X _____ _____ _____ _____ $_____
Check or Money Order Total $_____

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kim Harison anounces the name of the last HOLLOWS novel

WITCH WITH NO NAME is the 13th and final novel in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, and we can *finally* announce the on-sale date: 9/9/14.

Yes, that’s THIS YEAR! She couldn’t wait…and we can’t tell you how amazing the finale to this reader-favorite, #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy series is!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Three from BlackWyrm

Vine: An Urban Legend
Michael Williams
BlackWyrm, $11.95
ISBN: 9781613181256

Stephen Thorne teaches English and drama at North High School in Louisville, a far cry from the dreams Muriel had for him before the shootings at Kent killed his fantasies. He directs the senior play and an amateur summer theater. The production he leads this season is the Greek tragedy The Bacchae by Euripides

The crew and cast consist of eccentric individuals, making it difficult to create a cohesive production. However, Thorne’s efforts are well received by arcane forces who with his abetting them want to turn the tragedy on the stage into a real life tragedy in the theater and beyond.

Vine: An Urban Legend is a fascinating whimsical look at how individuals perceive their lives especially when mortality hits the gut. The cast whether they are Thorne, muses and other ancient ilk or townsfolk are fully developed with each major player containing critical flaws. At times difficult to read as the storyline shifts rather quickly, but worth the effort as fans will relish this twentieth century paranormal update of The Bacchae. Harriet Klausner

Lust For Life
Jeri Smith-Ready
Pocket, $7.99
ISBN: 9781439163504

Con artist Ciara Griffin had to choose adhering to her parents’ grifter advice of keep moving or staying in one place permanently buried in a cemetery as she was dying. Thus the manager of radio station WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll, chooses life of a sort when she voluntarily becomes converted into a vampire.

Concerned for her safety, Ciara’s vampire fiancé Shane McAllister vows to protect her ever since Jim the vampiric DJ attacked her. Though Jim is incarcerated his loyal horde targets Ciara and anyone close to her for sun-bathing eradication.

The latest Ciara Griffin vampire thriller (see Bring on the Night, Bad to the Bone and Wicked Game) is an exciting tale as fanatic frenzied fans (of Jim) literally want the heroine’s blood; while her guitar playing cross bow trainee fiancé risks his undead-ness to keep her safe. Fast-paced, readers will en joy this entry wondering whether the wedding dress will be virginal white, bloody red or grieving black. Harriet Klausner

The Legend of Gwerinatha: Chaos' Corner
Brad Parnell
BlackWyrm, $11.95
ISBN: 9781613181119

Teenage slacker Robert has returned from his harrowing adventures in Gwerinatha where he and Louie the wolf rescued Branwen (see Branwen’s Garden). His best friend Cameron Gray, who was with him when Robert vanished, decides to enter Gwerinatha, but only for a short while as he wants to be back in time for lunch.

However, Cameron, to his chagrin, learns that entering was easy, but leaving impossible. With no fast food available, Cameron must adapt to the strange Land of Gwerinatha if he is to survive. Over the next few years Cameron becomes an adept hunter. However, Cameron soon realizes he is part of an Originator ethnic cleansing plot to rid the Unfinished Lands of Gwerinatha of the unwanted humans like Seren.

The second Legend of Gwerinatha is a fabulous twisting middle school coming of age fantasy starring a slacker who has the grow up fast to survive only to find himself caught in the crosshairs of a diabolical genocidal scheme. Action-packed yet character driven by Cameron, Seren and others, fans will relish Chaos' Corner as the protagonist feels like Alice entering an eerie “Looking Glass” version of the Eagle’s “Hotel California”. Harriet Klausner

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The arrival of Morningside Fall, the second book in the Duskwalker Cycle, by Jay Posey is due in a couple of weeks.

Morningside Fall

The lone gunman Three is gone, and Wren is the new governor of the devastated settlement of Morningside, but there is turmoil in the city.

When his life is put in danger, Wren is forced to flee Morningside until he and his retinue can determine who can be trusted.

They arrive at the border outpost, Ninestory, only to find it has been infested with Weir in greater numbers than anyone has ever seen.

These lost, dangerous creatures are harbouring a terrible secret – one that will have consequences not just for Wren and his comrades, but for the future of

what remains of the world.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Three from Harriet

Devilishly Wicked
Kathy Love
Kensington Brava, $9.95
ISBN: 9780758265890

Demon of lust Tristan McIntyre becomes editor-in-chief of fashion magazine Hot! replacing Finola White the devilishly Diva of the damned. Tristan exiles his predecessor to the mailroom; ordering her to identify undercover demon slayers allegedly working inside the organization.

Tristan is upset with himself because he is attracted to his artless human assistant Georgia Sullivan instead of focusing on the fashion magazine and sending souls to Hell. He flirts outrageous with Georgia; but though she is attracted to her Devilishly Wicked boss, she knows her overly ample curves look too abundantly fat next to the perfect size two models Tristan can have whenever he lusts for it.

The latest Devilishly heated romantic urban fantasy (see Devilishly Hot and Devilishly Sexy) is a fun lighthearted tale due to the pairing of opposites, a sophisticated sexy demon and an ultra-naive human. Although Tristan’s transformation from wicked soul dispatcher to born again human lover never feels right as he ignored his hellish mission, readers will appreciate this amusing tale. Harriet Klausner

Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters
Edited by Mercedes Lackey
DAW, Dec 3 2013, $7.99
ISBN 9780756409593

The second “All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters” collection (see Elemental Magic) contains nineteen very short stories; with most occurring outside of Victorian England. Tanya Huff returns to Nova Scotia (see Elemental Magic’s "Tha Thu Ann") in “Arms of the Sea” as Marie struggles with what happened to her and her dad. The “Fire’s Daughter” by Elisabeth Waters focuses on “to thine own self be true” (Shakespeare). Diane Paxton leaves "A Song of the Sea" (from the previous compilation) to a “Fire Song”. Readers return to Jody Lynn Nye's La Parfumier Rupier (see Elemental Magic’s "Air of Mystery") in “Air of Deception”. Mercedes Lackey ends the collection with a strong trek “Into The Woods”. With a sense of newness caused by the most contributions set outside Victorian England and includes few weak entries, readers will appreciate the latest entertaining Elemental Masters expansive historical fantasy anthology as many of the same writers from the opening act provide fans with a return engagement. Harriet Klausner

The Doctor And The Dinosaurs
Mike Resnick
Pyr, Dec 10 2013, $18.00
ISBN: 9781616148614

In 1885 as John L. Sullivan comes from the east, emaciated dentist Doc Holliday cannot enjoy the boxing festivities since his entire focus in on his next breathe while dying from Consumption at the Leadville Sanitarium. The once deadly shooter’s companion Kate Elder has begun auctioning off his dental equipment as he has less than a week left.

While Doc wheezes, Theodore Roosevelt and Apache medicine man Geronimo sign a treaty that allows whites to enter the previously forbidden West. However the ink is not dry on their pact when two bitter rivals Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh arrive in search of dinosaur bones. Neither adversarial paleontologist cares about the fact that where they dig might upset the local population as long as they achieve greater finds than the other. When both desecrate holy burial grounds, irate Comanche medicine men angrily inform Geronimo they will reanimate dinosaurs to dine on these despicable miscreants. Fearing the medicine men may lose control of the dinosaurs leading to unintended consequences of the beasts feasting on their respective tribes, Geronimo offers Holliday a deal he cannot refuse. In return for one year of good health, Doc, using any means necessary, rids the west of these two odious desiccators.

The latest Weird West fantasy (see The Buntline Special) is an enjoyable thriller even with a thin storyline based on the real “Bone Wars” feud between Cope and Marsh. The cast is strong; especially Doc with his graveyard humor adding fun to an engaging clash between the American worship of the manifest destiny of science and the tribes’ belief in the cultural heritage of their magic; with dinosaurs uninterested in either human tenet. Harriet Klausner