Sunday, April 21, 2013

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy Available!

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2013

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy is now available in eBook format, with print availability in trade paperback on Wednesday.  Featuring contributions from a sensational list of writers such as Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Harry Turtledove, Joe Haldeman, and many other top names in genre fiction, Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy is a highly valuable contribution to the speculative fiction community developed by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Knost.

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews by and with many of the movers-and-shakers in the industry. Each contributor covers the specific element of craft he or she excels in. Expect to find varying perspectives and viewpoints, which is why the reader will find many find differing opinions on any particular subject. It is a book with something to offer all levels of writers, from those seeking to get published for the first time to others who have numerous releases to their credit.

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy features essays and interviews with:
Neil Gaiman
Orson Scott Card
Ursula K. Le Guin
Alan Dean Foster
James Gunn
Tim Powers
Harry Turtledove
Larry Niven
Joe Haldeman
Kevin J. Anderson
Elizabeth Bear
Jay Lake
Nancy Kress
George Zebrowski
Pamela Sargent
Mike Resnick
Ellen Datlow
James Patrick Kelly
Jo Fletcher
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon Van Gelder
Lou Anders
Peter Crowther
Ann VanderMeer
John Joseph Adams
Nick Mamatas
Lucy A. Snyder
Alethea Kontis
Nisi Shawl
Jude-Marie Green
Nayad A. Monroe
G. Cameron Fuller
Jackie Gamber
Amanda DeBord
Max Miller
Jason Sizemore

This edition also features several original illustrations from award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson. In addition to their own illustrations, a special collaborative piece created by the two artists is featured in the book.

Available by mid-week in trade paperback format, Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy is now available in eBook format for the Kindle and Nook at the following links for just $4.99

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What's on Jan Moran's Bookshelf?

Editor's Note: Today, we bring you another wonderful author guest, Jan Moran, on her blog tour for Scent of Triumph!  Jan's post is about what's on her bookshelf, so check out what Jan likes to read, and find out about her latest novel!  Special thanks to Jitterbug PR for the opportunity to have Jan as a guest today!

What’s on Your Bookshelf?
By Jan Moran

Hello, and thank for sharing your blog with me today! I’m often asked, what’s on my bookshelf? That’s a tough question to answer, because I enjoy many different genres, but here are a few of my favorite classic romantic stories.

As you can see, I love to read about different countries, cultures, and time periods. My reading tastes skip around the world with the ease of a well-worn passport. This is such a lean list, but it’s enough to get begin a savory feast. I had to stop somewhere, but it nearly broke my heart to do so.

1. Journey through Asia
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee
Fortune is a Woman by Elizabeth Adler

2. Historical Sagas
Harem by Dora Levy Mossanen
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Hawaii by James Michener
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

3. Contemporary
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster
The Prisoner’s Wife by Gerard Macdonald
Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

I hope you’ll enjoy my bookshelf snapshot. Like many writers, I find that the more I read, the more my creativity is sparked. I love to escape into a different world, but I also like to learn something new. I hope that when you read my novel, Scent of Triumph, you, too, will find an escape, and along the path you’ll discover new details about perfumery and history. Enjoy!

Always love to hear from readers and fellow writers. Stop by or visit me on twitter @janmoran

About Jan
Jan Moran writes smart, stylish, sensual sagas. She’s also written several books on perfume.
“My most recent book, SCENT OF TRIUMPH, was inspired by my love of perfumery and history. In writing, I drew upon my own family history and my mother's memories of World War II, imagining a young entrepreneur whose talent, determination, and fearlessness catapult her to the pinnacle of success, despite mounting personal tragedies and the elusiveness of love.
“I write about strong, capable, female entrepreneurs. I’m a world traveler, so I also enjoy writing about different destinations.”

Jan Moran is the author of SCENT OF TRIUMPH, a historical novel, and FABULOUS FRAGRANCES I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list. She is at work on more series in fiction and nonfiction. 

As a fragrance and beauty expert, she has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN and Extra, Women's Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel for a variety of publications.

About Scent of Triumph
Scent of Triumph is the story of Danielle Bretancourt, a talented young French perfumer with a flair for fashion and a natural olfactory gift. In the language of perfumery, she is a Nose, with the rare ability to recognize thousands of essences by memory. The story opens on the day England declares war on Germany, and Danielle and her family are caught in the midst of a raging disaster sweeping across Europe.

Her life takes a tragic turn when her husband and son are lost behind enemy lines. She spies for the French resistance, determined to find them, but is forced to flee Europe with fragments of her family. Destitute, she mines her talents to create a magnificent perfume that captures the hearts of Hollywood's top stars, then gambles again to win wealth and success as a couturier. Her intelligence and flair attracts the adoration of Jonathan Newell-Grey, of England's top shipping conglomerate, and Cameron Murphy, Hollywood's most charismatic star.

Danielle charts her course through devastating wartime losses and revenge; lustful lovers and loveless marriages; and valiant struggles to reunite her family. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, here is one woman's story of courage, spirit, and resilience.

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