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Friday, August 23, 2019

Watt O'Hugh and the Innocent Dead by Steven S. Drachman



Series: Memoirs of Watt O'Hugh the Third (Book 3)
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Chickadee Prince Books LLC (September 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1732913935
ISBN-13: 978-1732913936

Praise for WATT O'HUGH AND THE INNOCENT DEAD

“Touching tragedy, dead-pan comedy and a time-roaming cowboy? Part three of Drachman’s epic fantasy series is indeed fantastic!” ―David David Katzman, award-winning author of A Greater Monster (Bedhead Books)

“[An] engaging tale of Western science fiction and amazing fantasy … Fast-paced, energetic and fun; a dime novel for modern intellectuals.” ―Kirkus Reviews

"The third entry in Drachman'sseries (after Watt O'Hugh Underground) dives right into a complex world of time travel, lost love, faith, war, and the afterlife. The titularRoamer -- a time traveler with cowboy flavor -- is hoodwinked into getting good and dead. He wakes up in the Hell of the Innocent Dead, a place of Chinese myth devoted to those unjustly dead whose murderers still walk free.... VERDICT: Genre mashup devotees should get some good laughs and thrills from this Western/adventure/sf/fantasy blend." ―Nicole Steeves, Library Journal


On the morning of Wednesday, September 24, 1879, I awoke in a prison in Montana.

I did not imagine that evening might find me sprawled beneath a great and ferocious sand crab on a rancid beach, deep in the Hell of the Innocent Dead.

But that is indeed where I wound up.

The moral, if there is one: never plan your day too inflexibly.

THE WAIT IS OVER: THE CLASSIC ADVENTURE CONCLUDES....

In this, the final book of the trilogy, Watt O'Hugh, the dead/not-dead, time Roaming Western gunman, travels the length and breadth of the sixth level of Hell, recruiting a shadowy army that might storm the borders of the Underworld, free humanity and the inscapes from the clutches of the Falsturm and his Sidonian hordes, and stave off the Coming Storm.

He'll need a little luck.

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Steven S. Drachman is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The Boston Phoenix, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Entertainment Weekly. He has also written on the Middle East for the IsraelPalestinePeace e-zine and in the Kindle single, Enough Already: A Framework for Permanent Peace, which was the the basis for a Ted Talk in 2014.

His first novel, a Western sci-fi historical fantasy entitled The Ghosts of Watt O'Hugh, was named one of the Best of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and Winner, Best Fantasy Novel by Indie Excellence Book Awards 2012. Book 2 of the Watt O'Hugh trilogy, Watt O'Hugh Underground, was published by Chickadee Prince Books in 2014, to equivalent acclaim. The final book of the trilogy is Watt O'Hugh and the Innocent Dead.

    

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

SDCC - JC Lee Interview


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JC Lee, Daughter of Stan Lee will be Debuting the “Stan Lee Forever” Apparel at San Diego International Comic Con in San Diego, CA July 17-20, 2019. This will be the first San Diego Comic Con she will be attending without her Legendary father Stan Lee. For as long as JC can remember, she has always attended these shows with her Dad. His memory will live on through his work in creating some of the most Iconic and Famous characters in Comic Book History.
    


JC Lee with JBN Journalist, Joseph Flores during SDCC.

Born in 1950, Joan Celia Lee’s real name is Joan Celia Lieber. Her hometown is in New York City, NY, USA. She is a daughter of Stan Lee and Joan B. Lee. She is 68 years old as of now, who celebrates her birthday in April every year. Her education and childhood information is not provided yet.

JC’s father, Stan Lee is no more with us. The editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics sadly left this world because of pneumonia. After her father’s death, she poured her condolence to her father claiming him to be the greatest man.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH JC LEE
JOURNALIST: JOSEPH FLORES

LOCATION: SAN DIEGO, CA

CONVENTION DATE: COMIC CON JULY 17TH - 21ST
INTERVIEW: JULY 21, 2019


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JOAN CELIA LEE
Joan Celia Lee, daughter of Stan Lee, is the one and only person surviving her father. The legendary comic author Stan Lee passed away on 12th November 2018, which also led her into headlines. She is also known as an actress, who has worked in Iron Man, The Cool World, and No Actor Parking.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Guest Post with Janalyn Voigt


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Janalyn Voigt is a writer and professional speaker with a photography habit and a passion for travel. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary.

        


DawnSinger  (Tales of Faeraven #1) 
By Janalyn Voigt 
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy 
June 29, 2012 by Harbourlight Books
Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages 

Praise for DAWNSINGER

Janalyn Voigt is a fresh voice in the realm of fantasy. Her writing is crisp, her verbs muscular, and it's all wrapped up in a lyrical style. Blending action and romance, DawnSinger is a journey through fear, failure, and faith, and I look forward to its sequel. ―Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Valley of Bones and One Step Away

In DawnSinger, Janalyn Voigt has penned a novel full of surprises. With adventure, mystery, and an unlikely romance, this beautiful, epic fantasy debut will leave you scrambling for the next book in the trilogy. ―Jill Williamson, Christy Award-winning author of By Darkness Hid

DawnSinger is a delightful fantasy spun with bardic prose and threaded with danger and intrigue. ―Linda Windsor, author of Healer, Thief and Rebel, Brides of Alba Historical Trilogy

Janalyn Voigt builds an exciting world, tranquil on the surface but filled with danger, ancient enemies, and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. DawnSinger leads you into a land only imagined in dreams. I can't wait to read the second book in the Tales of Faeraven trilogy. ―Lisa Grace, best-selling author of the Angel in the Shadows series.



Funny how childhood memories embed themselves in your mind, but only parts of them. I can still feel the rough paper as I turned another page in a novel from my parent’s bookcase. A precocious reader, I’d advanced long ago into adult books. I don’t remember this one’s title, but the story followed the journeys of Sir Francis Drake, an early explorer. Specific phrases are lost to me, but the vivid imagery remains. I can still hear the ship’s creaking, bask in sunlight breaking through the clouds, and taste sea salt on my lips.

I’d read many books by the time I was twelve, but this was my first brush with a writing style that could transport me into a world of vivid color. I was hooked. Many daydreams, involving tall ships and pirates, followed. When my sixth-grade teacher instructed his students to write short stories, it wasn’t hard to come up with a topic. Using a Bic pen with blue ink and lined paper, my preferred writing tools, I drafted an adventurous tale.

I wish I still had that manuscript, but it is lost to time. I can still feel my hands tremble while several sheets of lined paper shook before me. At my teacher’s request, I read my story to the class. A moment of silence passed, and then one of the boys spoke. “I know how we can get an ‘A’—have Janalyn write our stories.” It was high praise from a classmate, not to mention a relief after my nervousness. It felt amazing, knowing that I had carried my listeners into a world that existed only in my imagination.

My teacher gave me an ‘A’ on the assignment and also a talk after school. Most of what he said eludes me, but the most important sentence--the one that changed my life—stands out. “You should think about becoming a writer.”

The words resonated, and everything shifted. Being a writer vindicated the daydreaming that often got me in trouble. It explained my preoccupation with books, the late nights spent scribbling, and my quirky habit of reading dictionaries and encyclopedias. It even justified lying awake spinning tales way past my bedtime.

I’d found my calling.



The High Queen is dying...

At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.

On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.
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Thank you JANALYN VOIGT for making this giveaway possible.
One winner will receive a fantasy-themed basket, hand-painted Pegasus mug, hand-crafted beaded votive candle bowl, dark chocolate bar, and a Tales of Faeraven bookmark (US only)

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

|Podcast| A Double-Minded Man - Bill Prickett


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Bill Prickett grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, the “Bible Belt” of the Deep South. He served more than five years in youth ministry, eleven years as Pastor of a Southern Baptist Church, and four years as Pastor of an independent, evangelical congregation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Religion, with a double minor in English and Psychology. His seminary training included advanced theological studies and biblical languages.

To comply with the teachings of his conservative Christian faith, he spent more than eight years trying to change his sexual orientation. Eventually, he became Executive Director of an “ex-gay” ministry, working with others who also struggled with homosexuality. He wrote curriculum, spoke at churches and conferences around the country, was interviewed by national and local media, and became a go-to consultant for evangelical organizations and Christian counselors.

Since abandoning those futile efforts, he’s spent decades speaking out about the deception and dangers of programs now known as Conversion Therapy. It’s a regular topic on his popular blog, and numerous publications have featured his survivor story or sought out his personal insights on this subject.

After leaving the ministry, he built a successful career in public relations and communications. Now retired, he lives outside Dallas, Texas with his husband and their rescue mutt.



JEANBOOKNERD PODCAST 2019: THIRTY ONE
GUEST: BILL PRICKETT
JOURNALIST: ERIK WERLIN
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When we first Nate Truett, in January of 1982, he’s returning to work after a leave of absence following the death of his wife. He’s ready to get back to a familiar routine, as a Christian Counselor on staff with an Evangelical church in Birmingham, Alabama.

A chance meeting with openly gay Trey Stravos disrupts that plan, revealing that Nate has a secret. Because of the rigid teachings of his religious faith, as well as a commitment to his ministry and his marriage, he’s always successfully disregarded or suppressed these attractions.

Nate and Trey start out playing racquetball and working out together. As their friendship grows, these “sinful temptations” surface in ways he’s not experienced in the past, and his self-imposed constraints dissolve.

Over time, the inevitable happens as Trey introduces Nate to once-forbidden pleasures.

There’s a connection and intimacy with Trey he’s never known.

But what they’re doing goes against everything Nate’s been taught to believe.

Not to mention, if anyone found out, it would ruin his career.

The guilt, shame and fear is overwhelming.

Nate panics!
Under the guise of observation and research, he begins attending a support group built on the promise that it’s possible to change sexual orientation.

The decision to get involved with this ministry does bring change, but not what Nate anticipated.
It also sets in motion events he never expected, thrusting him into the media spotlight as a reluctant national spokesperson for successful transformation.

All while he struggles with unanswered questions and unresolved doubts.

To reconcile his internal conflict, Nate will have to question the faith he's always embraced and confront the desires he's always denied.




SOW THE WIND, REAP THE WHIRLWIND
Peter Brossard wants to make a difference in his new job. He also hopes the cross-country move will give him a renewed sense of purpose and peace from his own troubled past.

What he finds is blatant bigotry, internal power struggles, lack of social consciousness, ongoing conflict with his superiors, amorous advances from his beautiful next-door neighbor, an unpopular friendship, illegal drug use, child abuse and a bounty of sexual secrets.

It’s certainly not what he expected as the youth minister in a Southern Baptist Church.

Like any new job, his first weeks are spent acclimating to the new surroundings and meeting the people who encircle this new position: the no-nonsense Senior Pastor who holds much different views of ministry than his own, his beautiful neighbor who envisions more than ministry with him and his ever-efficient secretary who stirs long-repressed feelings in him. Then there's the array of teenagers who comprise the youth group, with more problems than he expected, but with more potential than he could imagine. And he'll learn about the incredible bureaucracy imbedded in the church, and the amount of energy exerted to maintain a stable status

But he's also impacted by people he meets who are working to change their world for the better.

In the first weeks at his new job, Peter meets the director of an inner city mission actively involved in helping with the physical and economic needs of the predominately poor section of the city. Peter is so impressed that he volunteers to help out in his spare time. And he meets a black, ex-junkie who also works at the mission. Their friendship is unpopular with some in his church.

Working at the inner city mission causes Peter to question his own ministry and motivation. He determines there's something missing in his own life–what he comes to call the Wind–a clear awareness of divine purpose in life and joy in fulfilling that purpose. The search for this absent element drives Peter, and in the end, it's the force that sustains him in the face of devastating tragedy, doubt and grief. It provides him with the courage to confront his past and make the decisions required to transform his future.




THE MIND SET ON THE FLESH
Barnabas “Thumper” Rivers is a gregarious party boy trying to break free of his strict religious upbringing. His father is a nationally-known hellfire-and-brimstone preacher with a relentless crusade against those living a “sinful lifestyle” (like his son).

Thumper probably knows more Scripture than most Bible teachers and likes to quote verses at the most unusual times and in the most unlikely places. He also has a unique ability to discern those who are hiding secret desires behind a “stained-glass” facade.

He doesn’t believe in love, but is a devoted disciple of lust—an ambassador to the pleasures of the flesh and a walking testimony to the flesh out of control. His quick wit, outgoing personality and good looks score him ample attention and plenty of one-night stands.

After being brutally beaten by a mentally unstable man, Thumper is left with little memory of his past and a desperate desire to remember his forgotten life and his friends. He’s unaware that his parents and his doctor are determined to prevent that from happening.

The aftermath and repercussions of Thumper’s tragic incident also ripple through a circle of people around him, forcing them to face their own reality.

The Mind Set on the Flesh is a story of deception and manipulation in the name of religion. 

But what happens when the truth comes to light?

A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE
Bailey Stewart recently lost the love of his life.
He has attended too many funerals of friend who died of AIDS. His own future is uncertain.
In the depths of grief and despair, he decides to end his life.

But on the night he intends to carry out this fatal plan, an unconventional, flamboyant angel appears in his bedroom, with an offer to help. He angrily rejects her proposal, and proclaims that everything would be fine if AIDS had never existed.

Unknown to him, he will get that wish. However, first he must travel with three Guides who show him various eras in gay and lesbian history in order to provide perspective on his own life and times, and hopefully prevent his deadly decision.

In the end, Bailey finds a world that was never impacted by AIDS. Unfortunately, it’s not the “dream come true” existence he imagined. And he’s faced with the another grave decision: live where he’s not infected, or return to his own life…where he might die.

The choice is not as clear-cut as it might seem.
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Guest Post with Christopher Ruocchio


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Christopher Ruocchio is the author of The Sun Eater, a space opera fantasy series from DAW Books, as well as the Assistant Editor at Baen Books, where he co-edited the military SF anthology Star Destroyers, as well as the upcoming Space Pioneers, a collection of Golden Age reprints showcasing tales of human exploration. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where a penchant for self-destructive decision making caused him to pursue a bachelor’s in English Rhetoric with a minor in Classics. An avid student of history, philosophy, and religion, Christopher has been writing since he was eight-years-old and sold his first book —Empire of Silence— at twenty-two. The Sun Eater series in available from Gollancz in the UK, and has been translated into French and German.

Christopher lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he spends most of his time hunched over a keyboard writing. When not writing, he splits his time between his family, procrastinating with video games, and his friend’s boxing gym. He may be found on both Facebook and Twitter at @TheRuocchio.


        
  


WHAT WERE YOUR INSPIRATIONS FOR YOUR MAIN CHARACTER'S DEVELOPMENT?
You know how J.K. Rowling talks about seeing Harry Potter one day on the train? Or how Robert E. Howard says Conan strode into his mind one day fully formed?

Hadrian was nothing like that. The truth is, some version of the character’s been with me since I was about 8-years-old. Kids will often make up characters and drawn pictures, tell stories, annoy their parents with them—I just kept mine. So I don’t really remember where he came from. I loved Batman, and Luke Skywalker. But Hadrian’s gone through so many changes now that he’s nothing like he used to be. A good deal of him, I think, is Lord Byron. “Mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” as one woman said, a poet with the soul of a knight.

The first book sees Hadrian as a very young man. He’s unsure of himself and makes mistakes, but simultaneously convinced he’s the smartest person in the room, which of course gets him into trouble. This next book shows a man more confident and a hair wiser, someone who’s earned a bit of that “smartest guy in the room” mentality. To me, Hadrian’s greatest asset—and his curse, sometimes—is his moral center. The galaxy is a harsh place, and Hadrian is someone who wants very much to do the right thing, even when he’s not sure what that is. And so he’s someone who gets pulled in both ways, which I think is part of the pain of growing up. I’m only 26, but I remember being 18 and thinking that all the adults I’d met were fools—because I was 18! I think most of us feel that way at some point—and Hadrian certainly does. That’s part of why Peter Pan doesn’t want to grow up in his story...because the only example of adulthood he has to look forward to is Captain Hook, and who the hell wants to be Captain Hook? Hadrian had his father, who was/is a stone-cold tyrant. I think a lot of young people reject the entire concept of competent authority (except themselves) because all they see are examples of bad authorities like that.

But though I’ve gotten only a little older, I’ve noticed that the adults I thought were stupid as a kid are actually just doing the best they can in a tight spot or a hard world, and a lot of Hadrian’s development in book 2 isn’t just to question assumptions—but to question his assumptions about assumptions. Because part of developing as a person is realizing that maybe you can be wrong, too.

Sometimes about everything.

For those people who read Empire of Silence and have been scratching their heads as to how a nice kid like Hadrian could do some of the terrifying things he described in the beginning of the book, Howling Dark has a few of those answers.

The second novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire.

Hadrian Marlowe is lost.

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded, and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails...the galaxy will burn.


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Thank you CHRISTOPHER RUOCCHIO for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Howling Dark (Sun Eater #2) by Christopher Ruocchio.

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