Pennwriters Area 5 September News

Happy September! With the changing weather comes less time outdoors and more time to write. So, settle in to your favorite writing chair and DO IT!!!!!

Perhaps an online writing coarse is what you need.

Announcing Pennwriters Online Writing Course:

CHARACTERS, CLUES and CREATIVITY

Characters make a story but getting to know them isn’t easy. This enlightening, hands-on workshop will teach novice and intermediate writers how to look for, understand, and utilize clues given by the creative imagination. Decoding and unencrypting those clues leads to “story people” that readers will delight in.

WHEN: October 1 – 31

Catherine E. McLean, author of numerous short stories in many genres, will be the instructor.

COST: $79.00

Visit Pennwriters website to find out more! 

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Recent Publications:

1. Sherry Knowlton’s new novel, DEAD OF AUTUMN, has been released by Sunbury Press.

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1. Norma Huss’ new YA novel, CHERISH, is now available on Amazon in paperback and e-book. CHERISH is a ghost for all lovers of the genre.

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Congratulations to Lynn Dempsey whose novel TAKE THE DOG OUT is a 2014 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Children-Animals category! Way to go, Lynn!

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Pennwriters Area 5 August News

Just a reminder, Pennwriters membership renewals are past due. If you have not renewed yet, it is not too late. Here is the link: Pennwriters Membership Renewal

 

Member Publications

1. Demi Stevens‘ children’s’ book WRITE AWAY has been published and can be found on Amazon.comUnknownMore about the book and Demi’s buy one/give one to the library can be found HERE.

2. Written in collaboration with his 11-year-old great-grandson, Joel Moore has just published BLAKE’S STORY, REVENGE AND FORGIVENESS.  Find it at Barnes & Noble, in paperback and ebook formats.

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Appearances

Maria Snyder will be participating in the Lancaster County Literary Festival on December 5, 6-8pm at the Ware Center in Millersville University.

 

Member Achievements

Maria Snyder’s middle grade novel, STORM WATCHER, has been nominated for a 2014 Silver Falchion Award and is one of the final nominees for the Texas Bluebonnet Award from the Texas Library Association.

 

Upcoming Events

The Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop in Mechanicsburg, will be hosting a one-day mystery conference on September 20, at the Eagle View Middle School Caferteria, 6746 Carlisle Pike. Preregistration required. More information is found HERE.

(*please note, this is not a Pennwriters event)

Pennwriters Area 5 July News

I don’t know about you, but I find myself doing very little writing during the summer months. Too many distractions. The garden, the trails, the bike, the kayak, the kids, the road…they all call my name. If you are feeling the same, remember to carry a pen and a note pad wherever you go. Summer is the time to gather your ideas. The rain may come without the power-outage soon!

Keep writing!

And now for the news:

Congratulations to Jon Sprunk. His latest novel, BLOOD AND IRON, made Amazon’s “Top Books of 2014 So Far” for the scifi-fantasy genre.

Recent Publications:

1. Julie Myers’ has published a choral piece with Shawnee Press, entitled “LO! IN THE COLD OF WINTER DEEP.” It is an anthem for Advent.

2. Stephen DeBock’s new e-publication, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” a crime/romance novella, was released July 1 by Gypsy Shadow .

Society has made the death penalty obsolete; instead, convicted killers are condemned to       serve humanity as living organ donors. Paparazzo Patsy Galiardo publicly contends that former friend turned backstabber Peter Serafin belongs in that select prison population. True, the coroner has ruled the suspicious death of Peter’s affluent first wife a suicide. But when Peter later remarries, his bride this time a wealthy supermodel, Patsy vows to pursue his personal vendetta with even greater zeal. Further, because the paparazzo has designs of his own on the newest Mrs. Serafin, Patsy has even more motivation to get Peter out of the picture—thus giving Peter more motivation to get Patsy out of the picture. Permanently.

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3. Stephen DeBrock’s YA scifi/fantasy novel, “The Bridge Between Worlds,” is now available in paperback.

Alden Walker—sport pilot and skydiver—finds himself and his light airplane mysteriously transported into an alien world: a parallel Earth peopled by exotic-looking humans as well as a host of animals that have evolved into human-like form, with human-like powers of thought, but which have retained their appetites for flesh and blood.

Especially human flesh and blood.

Accompanied by a beautiful indigenous woman with a score of her own to settle, Walker must set out upon a covert mission to retrieve a vital element from the creatures who have stolen it, employing his piloting and parachuting skills in combination with her superb swordsmanship. On their quest they will encounter a host of anthropomorphic predators, until they finally reach their goal: a mountain fortress occupied by a coldly calculating race of humanoid vampire bats.

And upon the success or failure of their mission hangs the fate of both their worlds.

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Appearances:

Catch Lisa Lawmaster Hess at book signings for “Casting the First Stone” at the following places:

This Sunday, July 13 from 4 to 6pm at the Starbucks in Gettysburg (1275 Lincoln Highway)
Tuesday, July 29 at 7 pm at Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach, DE and
Friday, August 1 at 10 am at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

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New Critique Group:

Melanie Thomas has started a new critique group on the third Monday of the month at the Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover Pa. from 6:30 until 8:00. Please contact Melanie for more details at  melaniethewriter@gmail.com

Pennwriters Area 5 June News

Announcing the next Pennwriters Online class!

Camera Angle Matters: Using Point of View and Indirect Characterization to Develop Your Writing.

Next Pennwriters Online Class
June 9th through June 30th, 2014
With instructor:
Val Muller
http://www.ValMuller.com

In this class, participants will examine how point of view can help shape a reader’s reaction to scenes and characters. They will examine techniques in indirect characterization and incorporate the techniques into their own writing. Participants can use a work in progress or create new characters and scenes for this workshop. All participants will receive a free one-chapter critique at the end of the class.

Week 1: Point of View

Week 2:  Indirect Characterization using your main character and first person POV

Week 3:  Indirect Characterization using other characters and third person POV

Week 4:  Putting it all together: using POV and indirect characterization to make your scenes work harder

Cost: $79.00
Register at http://www.pennwriters.org

 

Membership Dues

Within the next few weeks, membership renewal notices will be sent out. Dues are due by June 30. Please contact Jess Williams at jesswilliams0638@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.

 

Critique Groups

There are three critique groups listed for our area 5 members. If you are willing to start one in your area, please inform me so that we can provide information to our members.

 

Pennwriters Conference Wrap-up

I hope everyone had a successful conference. To be in the company of so many gifted writers is truly an honor. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard as I did during Saturday night’s impromptu comedic event. It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Next year’s conference will be held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott on May 15 – 17, 2015.  Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author, will be the Friday night keynote speaker, and Don Helin, Author of THY KINGDOM COME, DEVIL’S DEN and SECRET ASSAULT will be the Saturday afternoon keynote speaker.  Save the date.

Here are some highlights from the conference:

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Enjoy Yolanda Renee’s new book trailer, Murder, Madness and Love:

Pennwriters Area 5 May News

The 27th Annual Pennwriters Conference will be here in a few short weeks. If you have not registered, there is still time.

Lancaster Eden Resort

222 Eden Road

Lancaster, Pa  17601

The schedule is up and can be found on the Pennwriters Facebook page. Once in the page, go to FILES and you will find it there.

 

The following Area 5 members will be speaking:

Jon Sprunk –  Friday; Pitching to Agents & Editors  Sunday; Novel Outlining: Organizing Your WIP

Don Helin – Saturday; Through the Lens: A Look at POV 

 

If I have forgotten anyone, please let me know.

 

Area 5 critique groups

As of this date, I am aware of two critique groups that serve our members. Books-a-million in York and the New Cumberland Public Library in New Cumberland. If there is another out there, please let me know so that the members can be aware. I would like to gauge the interest of forming more groups in different areas of Area 5. If you are interesting in joining one or becoming a moderator for one, let me know.

- Hope to see everyone at the conference!

-T.

Pennwriters Area 5 April News

Only one month away!  The Pennwriters Annual Conference 2014 will soon be upon us. Don’t miss the big event: May 16 -18 at the Eden Resort, Lancaster PA. For details and registration information visit Pennwriters.org.


New from our members:

1. Steve DeBock’s second novel in The Pentacle Pendant series, Metamorph, will be published in trade paper and e-formats by Gypsy Shadow Publishing (www.gypsyshadow.com) on May 1.

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What happens when Beauty becomes the Beast …    A vampire who has slaked his taste for terror through centuries of history’s darkest eras puts a hold on his covert attacks on America in order to pursue a secret vendetta against a beautiful bi-racial woman who has scorned him.werewolf and the needs that accompany both. Needs that conflict with her strong moral code; needs which compel her to conceal her extra-human identity from the mortal man she has grown to love.But the woman has a secret of her own. She is a metamorph, a hybrid shape-shifter with the healing powers of the vampire, the heightened senses and strengths of the  werewolf, and the needs that accompany both. Needs that conflict with her strong moral code; needs which compel her to conceal her extra-human identity from the mortal man she has grown to love.     

Metamorph combines known history with speculative fiction, a strong female protagonist, and the pitting of a creature of unmitigated evil against a pair of unsuspecting lovers in a complex cat-and-mouse pursuit.

2. Justina Ireland will be in Haverford PA doing a signing on Friday April 18, at Children’s Book World, 17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford, Pa  19041. On Saturday April 19th you can find her at the YA Fest in Easton Pa.

3. The Perry County Council of the Arts presents A Novel Idea: A year long workshop to help you complete your novel. More information and downloads can be found on this website under UPCOMING EVENTs or visit the website HERE.

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Area 5 Critique Groups

If you are looking for a critique group, there are two currently in our area. The New Cumberland Public Library and Book-a-Million in York. Information about these groups can be found on this blog under Area 5 Critique Groups. If you know of any others or would like to start one, please pass this information along. Critique groups are a great way to meet other writers and to refine your craft.

Area 5 News

Greetings from the Area 5 press room. Registration for the 27th Annual Pennwriters Conference is now open! Registration and downloads can be found on the Pennwriters web page.  The agent/editor spots go quick, so don’t wait too long.

Congratulations to the following members for their recent publications:

Vicki Thompson published MURDER IN MURRAY HILL, through Berkley Prime Crime, hardback coming May 2014, and MURDER IN CHELSEA, paperback due out May 2014

Don Helin published SECRET ASSAULT, coming May 2014.

Justina Ireland published VENGEANCE BOUND and PROMISE of SHADOWS, both through Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Jon Sprunk published BLOOD AND IRON, through Pyr Books, coming out in March of 2014

Lynn Dempsey published TAKE THE DOG OUT! Print version will be available in April 2014

Tina M. Crone published a short story, “River Path,” in Phobos Magazine, winter 2014.

Bob Walton published FATAL SNOW through Sunbury Press, coming out March 2014

Norma Huss published DEATH of a HOT CHICK, and YESTERDAY’S BODY

Joel Moore published a four-part Civil War historic fiction novel, JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS.

Bill Peschel published THE COMPLETE, ANNOTATED SECRET ADVERSARY  in Dec. 2013

Lisa Lawmaster Hess published CASTING THE FIRST STONE through Lighthouse Publishing, Jan. 2014

Seth Scharon’s third book in his MOUNTAIN GATE CHRONICLES is coming out this spring.

The following have upcoming appearances. Come out and support them if you can.

Justina Ireland has a book signing event on March 29th, 4014 at the Exton Books-a-Million, 298 Exton Square, Exton, PA

Bob Walton’s release party for FATAL SNOW will be Friday March 7 at Sunbury Press Books, 50 West Main St., Mechanicsburg, Pa from 7 – 9pm.

Bill Peschel will be at the Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Store giving a presentation on Agatha Christie, Sunday, March 30.

Lisa Lawmaster will be participating in a multi-author event at Barnes & Noble in Lancaster on March 15, 2014.

Jon Sprunk will be at Susquehanna Comics on Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, Saturday, March 22, 2014 signing his new book, BLOOD & IRON.

In conjunction with the Perry County Council of the Arts, Don Helin has formed a group of published authors to help writers finish a novel.  They’ll be meeting at the Landis House in Newport the first Saturday of each month for a year beginning in May to discuss a different subject. If you are interested contact Don at DHelin@copper.net

Highlights Foundation offers scholarship for weekend conference end of March in Honsdale, PA for authors of children and teen books. Contact authorterrywebb@gmail.com for details.

I apologize for missing anybody’s good news. If you have a recent release, upcoming appearance, or other news to share, please send it my way and I will share it with the group.

– Tina