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WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists for 2017 Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists for 2017 Award
for stories published in 2016.

The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is pleased to announce the
finalists for the 2017 WSFA Small Press Award:

“Foxfire, Foxfire,” by Yoon Ha Lee, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);

"Jupiter or Bust," by Brad R. Torgersen, published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, ed. by Scott Roberts, (March/ April 2016);

"The Mytilenian Delay," by Neil James Hudson, in Hyperpowers, ed. by Bascombe James, published by Third Flatiron Publishing (May 2016);

"Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left," by Fran Wilde, published in Shimmer Magazine, ed. by E. Catherine Tobler, (September 2016);

"Radio Silence," by Walter H. Hunt in Alien Artifacts, ed. by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, published by Zombies Need Brains, (2016);

"A Salvaging of Ghosts," by Aliette de Bodard, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);

"The Tomato Thief," by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine, ed. by Jason Sizemore, (January 2016);

"Vengence Sewn With A Fey Cord," by Christine Lucas, published in The Future Fire, ed. by Djibril al-Ayad, (April 2016);

"The Witch's Knives," by Margaret Ronald, published in Strange Horizons, ed. by Niall Harrison, Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, An Owomoyela, and Vajra Chandrasekera, (October 2016).

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2016). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction
Association (www.wsfa.org) and will be presented at their annual
convention, Capclave (www.capclave.org), held this year on October 6-8, 2017 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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Cathy Green
for WSFA Small Press Award Committee
Award Sponsored by Washington Science Fiction Association and
Capclave -- Where Reading is not Extinct

Rising for Autumn Release

Book three of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles by Katherine McIntyre releases today! Get your copy of Rising for Autumn now: www.loose-id.com/rising-for-autumn

Crisis and danger have become second nature for Alanna Carrington. After all, as the boss of the Philadelphia Coven, she’s responsible for upholding the laws amongst the supernatural. Which means when the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head, this time with the most powerful necromancer this city’s ever seen, she’s the one person who can keep Philly safe. Ex-Order djinn and now ally, Samuel Karim, happens to be the best-suited guy to help. Except he’s also the first man who’s stoked her interest in far too long, and ever since she commandeered the lamp he’s tethered to for safekeeping, he also hates her guts.

As the Order gathers the necromancers of her city and sparks a dangerous alliance, she finds herself working with Samuel Karim more and more. Hatred turns to passion, and when he exhibits a strength and compassion that breaks through her ironclad defenses, she finds herself falling deeper despite the complications between them. Yet with her city under siege and their lives on the line, the sharp desire between them erupts into the temptation to break their own rules, before the Order of the Serpent robs them of the chance permanently.

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!

EKO Resonates: Flying Ships and Family Drama Abound in RI Author’s World

51AhIlRH-JL._SX322_BO1204203200_PROVIDENCE (August 19, 2016): Octopus & Elephant Books is pleased to announce the paperback and e-book release of EKO, a fantasy novel from Rhode Island author Loren Walker, and finalist in the Half the World Global Literari competition.

In this first installment of the planned four-part series, EKO follows a teenage medical apprentice, and the trio of siblings tasked with the girl’s protection, and later rescue, from malevolent forces. Set in a parallel world to Earth, and featuring technological wonders, fast-paced action, detective work, brother-sister drama, and a touch of romance, EKO creates a captivating foundation for sequels. EKO also features two powerful, but very complex female protagonists, a subject that Ms. Walker is passionate about. "I use the example of [the film] Iron Man to explain my goal," she says. "Tony Stark is a superhero, but he's also a genius, an alcoholic, a sarcastic jerk, funny and infuriating, and tragic in some ways. I've longed to see more powerful female characters with that same complexity, and I sought to achieve it through EKO's protagonists." Walker's ambition paid off when EKO was recently shortlisted for the Half the World Global Literari Award, a competition seeking stories, novels and screenplays that "brought fresh insight into the lives of women."

Even with such recognition, the road to publication has been difficult; Walker established her publishing company Octopus & Elephant Books after collecting over 100 rejections from literary agents. "I rewrote EKO at least twenty times over two years," Ms. Walker says. "And in the end I still loved my characters, I was still proud of what I’d done, and I wanted to share it. And I'm lucky that technology has advanced so far that I could teach myself about the publishing process, form my own imprint, and be in charge of my own promotions." In time, she adds, she hopes to publish other mixed-genre fiction from New England authors, while releasing the sequel to EKO in 2017.

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Walker came to Boston, Massachusetts in 2000, and later settled in Providence, Rhode Island. Earning a Master of Arts in writing and poetry from Rhode Island College. Ms. Walker became an American citizen in 2015, and today works in the non-profit sector as a freelance writer. She will appear at the Narragansett Meet the Authors Pier Event (September 10th, 2016), the Books Under the Tent event at Rhode Island College (October 1st) and at the Rhode Island Authors Expo (December 3rd, 2016).

For author interview or book signing requests, contact the author directly: loren@lorenwalker.net

Author Photos and Media Kit Available at: http://lorenwalker.net/press--appearances.html

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Scrying for Summer Release!

Book two of my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles released today with Loose Id! Scrying for Summer is out!

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Yeah, all right, Jev said she was looking for adventure, but she meant the garden variety, like stomping out nasty fae in the city as an enforcer of the Philly Coven. She didn’t mean handsome-as-sin Liam O'Reilly showing with word that the worst organization of fae they'd ever dealt with was on the rise again. She definitely didn’t mean anything to do with Liam O’Reilly—traitor, asshole, and the absolute last person she wanted to work with.

Of course, her life doesn’t tend to give her those kind of choices. So it’s adventure, cliffhanging variety, and the gorgeous asshole. Jev tells herself it’s just work, a mission like any other, but the longer she works with Liam, the more the fire between them burns, turning from rage and irritation into something primal. And as she gets to know the real Liam O'Reilly behind the charming smiles and sexy lines, he becomes so much deadlier. Because the protective, self-sacrificing man underneath his facade is just the sort she could fall for.