Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dedicated Page up for Limited Ed. Storm Guardians Pre-orders (only 75)

This is a brief note to announce that there is a dedicated pre-order page up for the Limited Collector's Edition Hardcover sets for The Storm Guardians. There is an option for pre-orders of softcovers as well.

Be sure to visit to see what's in the Limited Collector's Edition set!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stephen Zimmer's The Storm Guardians to launch at Hypericon!

Below is the full press release regarding the launch of Stephen Zimmer's The Storm Guardians, Book Two of the Rising Dawn Saga, at Hypericon in Nashville June 4-6.

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2010

Stephen Zimmer’s The Storm Guardians, Book Two of the Rising Dawn Saga, Set For Launch at Hypericon

Seventh Star Press will be launching Stephen Zimmer’s second Rising Dawn Saga novel, The Storm Guardians, at the Hypericon science fiction and fantasy convention in Nashville, TN, taking place from June 4-6, 2010.

Book two in the epic urban fantasy series, the release reflects the commitment of Seventh Star Press to have a new title out each year in the Rising Dawn Saga. The Storm Guardians follows the events and characters introduced in The Exodus Gate, and is an installment full of action and intrigue set in a parallel world very similar to Earth.

With a multi-threaded style that focuses on a diverse range of characters, the novel appeals to readers of epic and urban fantasy alike. The danger rises and the stakes grow throughout all of the story threads in The Storm Guardians: A massive battle looms in the spirit realms, as the Fallen Avatar Beleth's legions pour into the Middle Lands. Babylon Technologies prepares to unveil its greatest invention, a technology that will impact every living being on the face of the world. The shape-shifting An-Ki find themselves in grave peril, as the Night Hunt resumes once again. A small group of high school students make an incredible discovery, even as tensions swirl in a small town over a law enforcement deadlock that causes a sheriff to question his own part in the course of events. The Convergence continues its steadfast march towards a global legal and economic order, using all means at its disposal. The question is: Who will be the guardians against the storm?

The Rising Dawn Saga is just one of two active fantasy series by Stephen Zimmer, whose epic medieval Fires in Eden series was set in motion with the release of Crown of Vengeance, in November of 2009. The second book in the Fires in Eden series is slated for winter of 2010.

Amanda DeBord, chief editor at Seventh Star Press, and who was the editor for Zimmer’s The Exodus Gate and Crown of Vengeance novels, said about the new book, “I'm so excited for the release of The Storm Guardians, and happy to be one of the first to tell readers that they're going to love the developments in this second installment of Zimmer's Rising Dawn Saga. Fans of The Exodus Gate will be happy to see the return of familiar faces, and some real heroes arising from the action. However, Stephen has taken care to ensure that new readers to the series will be able to jump right in to the story.”

The Storm Guardians also continues the artistic collaboration between fantasy artist Matthew Perry and Stephen Zimmer, featuring no less than thirteen brand new, full page illustrations, as well as the cover art. Along with The Exodus Gate and Crown of Vengeance, Matthew has now done more than 40 full page illustrations and three covers in his association with Stephen’s literary works. “Stephen's narratives cover the gamut of deep introspectiveness to epic, world-changing events. To have that range, and to be to able to go in and out of those possibilities, makes it an adventure for me to see what emerges from the empty canvas,” said Matthew.

One of the most active fantasy authors in productivity and appearances, Stephen will be visiting numerous conventions and bookstores throughout 2010 in support of The Storm Guardians and his other literary works and film projects.

The Hypericon visit from June 4-6th in Nashville kicks off the support of The Storm Guardians, along with a June 7th appearance at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis, TN. “I am really honored to be launching the new book at Hypericon, which has always been a wonderful event, with many special friends, readers, and amazing guests, like this year’s guest of honor, a living literary legend, Ramsey Campbell. I’m very thankful to Fred Grimm for this opportunity. I can’t wait to find out what readers think of The Storm Guardians, as I believe it shows how I build upon my foundations in a series. Expect loads of action, and many surprises!” Stephen said.

A special collector’s edition hardcover, limited to 75 copies, is now being offered with a full package of collectibles, with trade paperback, hardcover, Kindle, and eBook editions to follow.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site for Seventh Star Press, at , or at the author's site at

Hypericon’s official website can be found at:

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
Seventh Star Press Mailing Address:
3801 Dylan Place Suite 116, #7
Lexington, Ky. 40514-1062

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Andy Deane's Werewolf Tour de Force-The Sticks: A Review

I met Andy Deane while attending ConNooga, a great sci-fi and fantasy convention located in Chattanooga (hence the name!). Andy and I shared a few panels together, as he was wearing a couple of different hats at the convention. Well, to be accurate, he wasn’t wearing a hat literally, as he was sporting a very eye-catching purple mohawk, but he was participating at ConNooga both on behalf of his band, the very highly acclaimed gothic/rock band Bella Morte, as well as representing his emerging career as an author.

The panels went great, and Andy certainly showed why he is an excellent frontman in the music arena, as he was quite the audience pleaser on the panels. We even had a rather amusing few moments where Andy mimicked the “I am Spartacus” scene from the epic movie to involve me during panelist introductions.

There is no question that Bella Morte has been a great success, having toured internationally and released no less than six studio albums. (When I told my sister upon my return about meeting Andy, and telling her that she should check the band out, she replied, “Hell yeah, Belle Morte’s a great band, and I have several of their CD’s!) But this introduction is more concerned with Andy as a writer. I received a copy of his horror novel, The Sticks, while at the convention. The cover art gave me a great feeling from the beginning, as werewolves are my favorite creatures in all of fantasy and horror literature.

From the first page to the last, I wasn’t disappointed at all! Delirium Books is a fantastic publisher, and I have to say that they made a great choice in bringing Andy Deane into their fold. His writing stands on its own merit, apart from what he has built and accomplished in his musical career.

Andy’s the kind of guy that isn’t hesitant about telling you what he thinks, and he’s also the kind of fellow that wears his heart on his sleeve. Genuine in nature, honest in his approach, and multi-talented, Andy is reflected strongly by his novel, The Sticks. Definitely recommended!

-Stephen Zimmer, for the Seventh Star Press Blogsite, May 9, 2010

A Werewolf Tour de Force: Andy Dean's The Sticks

The Sticks (Delirium Books, ISBN: 978-1934546147), by author Andy Deane, is one of those novels that you have a good feeling about from the moment that you look at the cover. Kudos to artist Zach McCain, for delivering cover art that represents the book very well. Set against a stark backdrop, with a few scattered, naked tree branches, is the figure of a hulking werewolf with eyes blazing and jaws spreading. And that is just what this book delivers: a hard-hitting, well-paced werewolf tale, with the appropriate depths of character development and plot construction to bring the horror reader a very satisfying lycanthropic adventure.

The book centers around a young man named Brian, in a small Virginia town, who is having an incredibly awkward evening as a misfit at a party of pretentious snobs. He has been dragged there by his girlfriend Alicia, and is more or less at the end of the line with her. An incident occurs at the party, and Brian finds himself walking down the road, sans Alicia.

While on the road, he is picked up by a woman that he saw at the party, named Jessica. It is fortunate that he was, as they have one hell of an encounter with something huge, large-fanged, and very fast. Right away, you get an idea of the type of werewolf featured in The Sticks. They are a tour de force of primal power, and Andy executes the action beautifully from the first encounter to the last. You feel the danger, as well as the sense of an ongoing hunt. The story is dappled with enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Deane’s tale is populated by some colorful and outrageous characters. Brian’s neighbors Myrtle, a rather crazy older lady that likes to run out of her house and expose herself, and Hank, a reclusive, edgy guy whose house is among a heap of odds and ends, make for some very interesting moments as the mayhem breaks out. Another highlight involves a pair of dull-headed, rather uncultured guys encountered at the town diner later in the book.

Yet what separates Deane’s work from the pack are the subtle touches and depth that he places at the right moments throughout the book. The relationship between Brian and Jessica, and the nascent friendship that develops with Nate Smith, is what elevates The Sticks above a decent action-horror story into something more special. Andy gets you to relate and care about some of the characters without going on a tangent, or taking away from the suspense. Brian himself comes off as a very genuine protagonist, a live and let live rocker/metalhead who is thrown into a full moon maelstrom.

The scenes are believable and visceral, painted well-enough to give you a great mental picture without getting bogged down. The werewolf encounters, and how Brian deals with them, are creative and might well cause some readers to keep their lights on.

The Sticks is a highly gratifying read, especially for a fan of action-packed horror novels featuring werewolves. It is my hope that Andy Deane revisits werewolves again, and forges ahead with his writing endeavors, as he is a rising literary talent.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Seventh Star Press, Steven L. Shrewsbury, and a New Novel

Below is the official press release regarding Steven Shrewsbury joining the Seventh Star Press family with his new dark-fantasy novel Thrall. Get ready for some new articles and podcasts coming very shortly!

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2010

Seventh Star Press Announces New Steven L. Shrewsbury Novel

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the addition of Fantasy/Horror writer Steven L. Shrewsbury to its family of authors, with the forthcoming release of the dark-edged fantasy novel Thrall.

Thrall tells the tale of Gorias La Gaul, an aging warrior who is thrust into a maelstrom involving warring factions, demonic forces from his past, and a grandson who is in the shadow of necromancy. Set in an antediluvian world, around the mythical city of Khabnur, Thrall brings to life a tale of adventure, adversity, and courage. From Nephilums to undead dragons, the world revealed in Thrall is as dangerous and unpredictable as much as it delivers resoundingly to those who love well-crafted, hard hitting fantasy in the vein of Robert E. Howard and David Gemmell.

Shrewsbury is no stranger to fantasy and horror fans, with a great number of novels and short stories published. Some of his recent, well-received works include the novels Tormentor (Lachesis Publishing), Hawg (Graveside Tales) and Stronger Than Death (Snuff Books). He also had a short story recently published in the anthology Harlan County Horrors (Apex Publications)

Amanda DeBord, editor-in-chief at Seventh Star Press, commented on the acquisition of Thrall: "I'm so excited to add Steven Shrewsbury to the Seventh Star label. Steven's a prolific writer, and he's got a ton of fans already, but I hope we're able to introduce him to some new readers. From the first few paragraphs of Thrall, I knew the story was in very capable hands. Gorias, the main character, is the fantasy-lovers' John Wayne, though with a harder edge. All of the characters are real and engaging, and Shrewsbury tells their story as if he were there to watch it all happen. This is going to be a hit."

Thrall will reunite Shrewsbury with editor Louise Bohmer, who worked with him on his novel Tormentor (Lachesis Publishing). Bohmer is also a familiar figure in the publishing world, with a host of editing credits spanning novels to short fiction and anthologies. The chemistry and previous history between the author and editor forecasts an outstanding first edition of the book.

“"It's a pleasure to edit for Steven Shrewsbury. A walk through one of his novels is a thrilling adventure, often with a breathless pace that makes you feel as if you've lived a part of the story with its hero,” said Bohmer, in regards to working with Shrewsbury again.

The book will feature cover art and additional artwork from fantasy artist Matthew Perry, whose illustrations and cover art are featured in both The Rising Dawn Saga and the Fires in Eden series from author Stephen Zimmer (Seventh Star Press).

The projected release date for Thrall is for October/November of 2010. A special, short-run limited edition hardcover will be offered with a package of collectibles, with trade paperback, hardcover, Kindle, and eBook editions to follow.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site for Seventh Star Press, at , or at the author's site at

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
Seventh Star Press Mailing Address:
3801 Dylan Place Suite 116, #7
Lexington, Ky. 40514-1062

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky.