Laurel Ann Hill Interview at Worldcon 74

At World Con 2016, SciFi4Me Genre News requested to interview a member of Broad Universe. A couple of the volunteers at the BU table elected Laurel Anne Hill to respond. While she had no statements prepared, she was happy to  promote BU and did a terrific job! Thanks, Laurel Anne!

Broads in Wicked Witches Anthology

Broad Universe members Morven Westfield, Trisha Wooldridge, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, and Jeremy Flagg, all members of both Broad Universe and New England Horror Writers have stories in the NEHW anthology, WICKED WITCHES.

Available now on Amazon (short link - http://amzn.to/2epbyJU), the book will also be available at the Salem, MA open market the weekend of October 29-30, 2016.

Grab a hot cider (or your tipple of choice) and curl up to a good read of chilling stories with well-crafted stories.

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: NEHW Press (October 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 099818540X
ISBN-13: 978-0998185408
Book Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

Author pens Vatican conspiracy thriller with Islamic backdrop

Incognito120750x1125Who would have thought amid all the religious thriller novels out there, there could still be room for an original idea?

INCOGNITO, an upcoming international thriller by Khaled Talib, is such a novel. It will be released some time in 2017 as part of World Castle Publishing’s thriller line.

Set in Switzerland and Italy with action scenes in several other countries, protagonist Ayden Tanner, a former British SAS commando, is dispatched with a small team by the global hacker group, Anonymous, to find the Pope, whose absence is raising questions and speculations. Tanner must rely on his survival skills against lethal assassins as he darts into the hidden and unseen worlds of questionable agendas and sinister plans.

Packed with action, intrigue, political and religious drama, the storyline also draws a variety of inspirations from the European migrant crisis and the continent’s edgy relationship with the Muslim world. But don’t expect the current conventional yarn as INCOGNITO tells an insightful yet sly tale of deception to drive the story forward into a vicious truth.

“INCOGNITO is a humdinger of a story. The author’s secret formula is injecting a well-researched and well-plotted story, characterization and pacing that will leave readers with a jolting surprise,” said Karen Fuller, publisher of World Castle Publishing.

INCOGNITO contains elements that will appeal to all thriller fans. The novel will be available in both trade paperback and electronic editions. It can also be purchased online through major booksellers as well as though the World Castle Publishing’s virtual book shop.

About the Author
INCOGNITO is Khaled Talib’s second thriller novel. His debut spy novel, Smokescreen, was published in 2014 where he received praise from New York Times bestselling authors, Keith Thomson (Once A Spy), Ruth Harris (Hooked & Brainwashed) and Jon McGoran (Drift). Born and raised in Singapore, Talib is a former magazine journalist with local and international exposure. His articles have also been published and syndicated to newspapers worldwide. He is a member of the UK Crime Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers organization. The author’s official website is www.khaledtalibthriller.com

About the Publisher
World Castle Publishing is a traditional, independent publisher of high quality fiction. Founded in 2011, World Castle Publishing is based in Florida. Visit World Castle Publishing online at: www.worldcastlepublishing.com

For more information, please contact:
Karen Fuller, Publisher
World Castle Publishing
Email: karen@worldcastlepublishing.com
Toll Free (855) 390-8234
Fax:(866) 305-2632

News Report in The Oslo Times about Khaled Talib’s upcoming thriller, Incognito

The Oslo Times ran a report about Khaled Talib's upcoming thriller, Incognito. The story tells about a specialist assigned by Anonymous to find the pope, who is missing.
To be published in 2017, Incognito, is Talib's second thriller novel. His debut, Smokescreen, was published in 2014 and features blurbs from several New York Times bestselling authors.

http://theoslotimes.com/article/author-khaled-talib's-new-thriller-'incognito'-to-be-released-in-2017

Phoebe Wray, A Founding Mother and Past President of Broad Universe, Passes Away

Phoebe20Wray-1Phoebe Wray, 81, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016, in Ayer, Mass., after a lengthy illness.

Phoebe Rae Gregory was born January 23, 1935, in Franklin, Pa., to the late Clifford and Dorothy Gregory and was raised in near-by Cochranton, moving to Santa Rosa, California, with her parents for high school. She lived in San Francisco, Hollywood, Los Angeles, and New York City before settling in the Boston area in Ayer, Massachusetts in an 1860 farmhouse with her three cats, Max, Mouse and Jenny. She was a longtime resident of the Ayer community, and taught theater arts at the Boston Conservatory, retiring in June 2013. Phoebe was a writer, director, actress, and environmental activist who loved animals above all. Her many interests included theater, music, science fiction and fantasy, environmental ethics, conservation, and history.

Phoebe Wray started as a stand-up comedienne in San Francisco and by a happy but circuitous route toured as narrator/dancer with refugees from the Beijing Opera, was the leading lady at several Shakespeare Festivals (Merry Wives, As You Like It, Henry VIII, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and others), a part of the comedy/jazz trio Shelton, Blake & Wray moving from one bistro to another (including the old Sands in Las Vegas and the Bon Soir in NYC), acted and directed in a number of summer stock venues, and did significant work in the Off-Off-Broadway movement of the 60’s as an actress and director at La Mama’s and Caffe Cino. She was Artist in Residence at Colby College and a Mellon Fellow at Yale; taught at the University of Southern California, Skidmore, and Bradford College. She taught Acting for Dancers, History of the Theatre and Cultural Perspectives at The Boston Conservatory and wrote poetry, science fiction novels and non-fiction on endangered wildlife.

She left New York for Boston, and founded a non-profit international environmental education group and started writing teaching materials and public information on endangered species and marine mammals. She was an advocate as well, and three times served on the official United States delegation to the International Whaling Commission. She attended University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California, Harvard University, The University of Akron, The New School (NYC), and CCNY. She taught at USC, Bradford College, and The Boston Conservatory and retired in June 2013 after 45+ years of teaching Acting and History of the Theatre to undergrads, and Cultural History in the grad school. Her published fiction novels includeJemma 7729, In Adam’s Fall, and J2. She was a founding member and past President of Broad Universe, an international organization supporting women authors of science-fiction, fantasy and horror.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dorothy Cummings and Clifford Lafayette Gregory, her sister Mary Gregory Wagner and husband Bruce, brother Clifford Lafayette Gregory and niece Crystal Gregory Christen. She is survived by sister-in-law Carol Gregory, nieces and nephews Rae Lawley of Akron, Ohio, Bruce (Candy) Wagner of Tallmadge, Ohio, Jan (Keith) Dague of Tallmadge, Ohio; Mark Gregory of Carmichael, California, Pam (Alan) Jennings of Elverta, California; many great nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Jenny.

“I’ve been writing since I could write, and was telling stories before then, much encouraged by my family. My early dream was to be a newspaper reporter, especially a foreign correspondent. I started to pursue that but instead ran away with the circus, so to speak, and became a stand-up comic. From there I went into the theatre, studying and working, eventually also writing plays and songs and directing. But I didn’t stop writing. I had poems published, did theatre reviews, and have always kept a journal.

I started making up stories before I could actually write, encouraged by my family, especially my Dad, who was a great story-teller. My nick-name was “Phoebe the Fibber,” not because I told lies, but because I would make up a story on demand. Adults indulged me shamelessly, I’m afraid, but it only made me eager to learn to write and read. My first poem was published in the local weekly newspaper of my small hometown when I was nine. It was dreadful doggerel but had perfect rhymes. I was the editor of our class newspaper in the 5th grade.

My ambition was to be a journalist, especially a foreign correspondent. That had a romantic, exciting allure, and I went slinking around in a trench coat. I majored in journalism at Santa Rosa (California) High School, was editor of the school newspaper in 11th and 12th grades, and worked as a reporter and music critic for the daily Santa Rosa Press Democrat. I also served briefly as Assistant Editor of The Montgomery Village News.

Then I ran away with the circus, so to speak, and became a stand-up comic in the avant-garde cabaret clubs of San Francisco. I had always harbored a secret desire to be an actress-well, what else is a story-teller?-and finally wrote my own comic material and started a long career in the theatre. I quickly moved from clubs to the stage, settled down to serious study of the art, and eventually made it to New York City. I had a nice career for a dozen years, mostly Off-Off-Broadway (the avant-garde, again!), Off-Broadway, cabaret revues, summer stock, and regional theatre.

But I never gave up writing. I supported my theatre habit by writing travel brochures for travel agencies and airlines, promotional copy, song lyrics, an occasional scholarly essay for journals such as Modern Drama, poetry (in Cat’s Magazine, Quartet), and, of course, plays, some of which were done in NYC, Boston, London and, I think, elsewhere.

I switched gears again, left New York for Boston, and founded a non-profit international environmental education group and started writing teaching materials and public information on endangered species (especially the neglected ones like bats, manatees, and the unarmored three-spine stickleback), and marine mammals. I was an advocate as well, and three times served on the official United States delegation to the International Whaling Commission, the treaty organization that meets annually to divvy up what’s left of the whales, not always a happy time. I wrote white papers, teaching kits, articles, fact sheets.

I’m still writing for the environment, most recently an essay on people’s involvement with dolphins for The Encyclopedia of Nature and Religion, but spend my “other” time teaching in the Theatre Division of The Boston Conservatory. I had always promised myself that “someday” I would get around to writing fiction. And so I have.

I write dystopias, although I consider myself an optimistic person. I'm interested in how we govern ourselves--how we find the balance between power and personal freedom.

Goals: teach, write, read, love, enjoy every single day.”

Phoebe Wray

Memorials may be made in Phoebe’s name to the Humane Society, Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or an animal charity of your choice.

Comments in the guestbook of the funeral home handling Phoebe's service can be made at the following URL: http://www.badgerfuneral.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1855774