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.



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.





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.



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


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