Cover Art and Pre-Order Offer for Stephen Zimmer’s Thunder Horizon, the New Rayden Valkyrie Novel!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art from the award-winning Bonnie Wasson for Thunder Horizon, the latest Rayden Valkyrie Novel and the second book of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy from Stephen Zimmer!

Fans of sword and sorcery, fantasy, and heroine protagonists will love the follow-up to Heart of a Lion. The adventures of Rayden Valkyrie continue and the dangers are even greater in this action-packed novel full of twists, revelations, supernatural elements, and fearsome entities.

Thunder Horizon will be released in both print and eBook formats on May 23rd.

Pre-order the Kindle version of Thunder Horizon right now for just $3.99 and have it delivered automatically to your device the moment it becomes available!

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You can also pre-order a paperback signed by Stephen Zimmer, which will be delivered around the release date.

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Synopsis of Thunder Horizon: A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake.

Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her.

With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden’s survival in the gravest of peril.

Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon.

Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Saga.

About Stephen Zimmer: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), and the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

Find Stephen online at:
Find Stephen online at:
Website: www.stephenzimmer.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephenzimmer7
Twitter:  @sgzimmer
Instagram: @stephenzimmer7

Seventh Star Press Announces Michael Williams as Newest Member of Author Family!

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce Michael Williams as the newest member of our author family with his visionary literary project, the mythical realism City Quartet novels!

The City Quartet represents an ambitious and unique literary project from the highly-acclaimed author of early novels in the best-selling DRAGONLANCE series such as Weasel’s Luck and Galen Beknighted. The project will see revised editions of the novels Trajan’s Arch and Vine: An Urban Legend, and the releases of the third and fourth books in the City Quartet, Dominic’s Ghosts and Tattered Men.

Release dates for the revised editions of Trajan’s Arch and Vine: An Urban Legend will be announced very soon, along with the release date for Dominic’s Ghosts. Tattered Men will have a 2018 release date. The City Quartet novels will be released in both print and eBook formats.

“It is a great honor to be able to work with Michael to bring this project to readers everywhere,” Stephen Zimmer of Seventh Star Press commented. “The City Quartet weaves together exceptional literary quality and masterful storytelling, and these books represent a great contribution to the literary world, as well as being engaging, entertaining reads. A project like this does not come along often for a press and we are thrilled to be a part of bringing Michael’s vision to life.”

About the City Quartet: Four books (to be read in any order) centering on a mid-Southern city in which familiar human stories—coming of age, romantic triangles, political conspiracies, and crime investigations—take mythic form, and characters, anchored in the everyday, glimpse larger, inevitable patterns in the world around them.

The first book of the City Quartet is Trajan’s Arch, where a young man’s coming of age is haunted by his past, both figuratively and literally. The second book is Vine: An Urban Legend, in which an amateur performance of Euripides’ The Bacchae is disrupted by the god himself. The two novels may already be familiar to Williams’ readers, but they are the first members of the quartet, revised and re-visioned to fit a new, mythically charged world.

They will be joined by two other volumes: Dominic’s Ghosts, in which a silent film festival sparks an invasion of the city by figures from Central Europe’s nightmarish past, and Tattered Men, in which a burnt-out middle-aged writer, investigating the apparent murder of a homeless man, finds that the victim has traveled through worlds unimaginably large and ancient.

Each of these books can stand alone, but readers will discover that plots, characters, and patterns spill from one book to another, until the City Quartet forms a coherent, mythical world that celebrates our own mysteries and interconnections.

More about Michael: Over the past 25 years, Michael Williams has written a number of strange novels, from the early Weasel’s Luck and Galen Beknighted in the best-selling DRAGONLANCE series to the more recent lyrical and experimental Arcady, singled out for praise by Locus and Asimov’s magazines. His most recent books are Trajan’s Arch and Vine, an Urban Legend—novels he characterizes as “mythical realism”: in Trajan’s Arch, stories fold into stories and a boy grows up with ghostly mentors, and Vine mingles Greek tragedy and urban legend, as a local dramatic production in a small city goes humorously, then horrifically, awry.

Williams was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and spent much of his childhood in the south central part of the state, the red-dirt gothic home of Appalachian foothills and legends of Confederate guerrillas. Through good luck and a roundabout journey he made his way through New England, New York, Wisconsin, Britain and Ireland, and has ended up less than thirty miles from where he began. He has a Ph.D. in Humanities, and teaches at the University of Louisville, where he focuses on the the Modern Fantastic in fiction and film. He is married, and has two grown sons.

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Seventh Star Studios Announces Sól Geirsdóttir for Rayden Valkyrie Role in TV Pilot

Seventh Star Studios is proud to announce the casting of Sól Geirsdóttir to bring the heroic Rayden Valkyrie character to life onscreen in the TV pilot Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart.

 

Sól will star as Rayden Valkyrie, an iconic warrior in a dark age who leads a mercenary war band to rescue a group of captives destined for slave markets. When some of the surviving raiders take a pair of female captives with them, seeking escape into an ancient forest said to harbor deadly perils, Rayden does not hesitate to pursue them. In the shadows of the forest, Rayden and her companions must overcome monstrous threats and deadly sorcery to prevail.

“Sól Geirsdóttir is our Rayden,” Director/Screenwriter Stephen Zimmer said. “During our extensive search, we have seen many very talented actresses, but Sól conveyed the right kind of presence needed for this pivotal character. Sól has a passion for the genre, for history, and loves a good sword fight. I know that Sól is dedicated to bringing the best performance possible to the screen, and I am absolutely confident that audiences are going to love Sól and the Rayden Valkyrie character when they see this show. Rayden Valkyrie is my favorite character to write, and I am thrilled that Sól will be the one to portray her onscreen.”

 

Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart represents the first onscreen portrayal of the Rayden Valkyrie character. The character’s literary debut occurred in Stephen Zimmer’s sword and sorcery novel Heart of a Lion. The story in the TV pilot is not an adaptation of the novel, but rather an original storyline envisioned to be the foundation for a series of episodes filled with Rayden Valkyrie adventures.

Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart is scheduled for production late spring on locations in Kentucky and represents the first visual media project for Seventh Star Studios, a division of Seventh Star Press, a publisher of speculative fiction based out of Lexington, Kentucky.

More about Sól Geirsdóttir: Sól Geirsdóttir made her stage debut at the age of 13, performing traditional norwegian folk songs. Since then she has been creating and producing music with her band Vǫluspá, who will be releasing a full album in 2017. Sól has also appeared in several theatrical plays and was given a part as “Jora” in the TV pilot ‘Rangers: A Shadow Rising’ in 2014. She has worked with Ron Newcomb, Ian Hencher, John Wells, Marita Tathariel and many more.

Sól is an alternative model and has been featured in several magazines such as Fae Magazine and Dark Beauty. She currently attends the University of Oslo pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In addition to this, she is a trained vocalist, an accomplished belly dancer and a seemstress specialized in Viking Era clothing. Sól is thrilled to embark on the epic journey of playing the role of “Rayden Valkyrie” in the Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Follow Sól Geirsdóttir online at the following links:

Website: www.thevikingqueen.com
IG: @thevikingqueen 
Twitter: @solgeirsdottir 

To follow the Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV pilot on Twitter and Facebook, use these links:
Twitter: @RaydenValkyrie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/raydenvalkyrie

 

Gray Widow’s Web Special Signed Pre-order Offer!

Get a signed copy of Gray Widow’s Web, the next exciting installment in the Gray Widow Trilogy from Dan Jolley!

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Visit the following pre-order page to see full information on this offer, as well as a special video introduction from Dan regarding the new book!

http://www.seventhstarpress.com/gray-widows-web-signed-pre-order-offer/

Cover Reveal for Dan Jolley’s Gray Widow’s Web, the 2nd Book in the Gray Widow Trilogy!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the brand new cover art by John Nadeau for Gray Widow’s Web, the 2nd installment in the Gray Widow Trilogy from USA Today best selling author Dan Jolley!

 

Fans of superhero fiction, science fiction and urban fantasy are sure to love the followup to Gray Widow’s Walk! Featuring heroine Janey Sinclair, the Gray Widow, this action-packed novel is filled with an array of great characters, twists, and turns.

Gray Widow’s Web will be released on May 26th in print and eBook formats.

Pre-order the Kindle version now for $3.99 and have it delivered automatically to your Kindle on release day! 

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For a few words from Dan Jolley about the new book, check out the video clip below!


Synopsis of Gray Widow’s Web: JANEY SINCLAIR never knew how or why she gained her ability to teleport. She never wanted it, and for years tried her best to ignore it. But when horrible violence shattered her world, she vowed to use her mysterious talent to protect the citizens of Atlanta, in an effort to prevent anyone else from suffering the kind of agony she had. Wearing a suit of stolen military body armor, Janey became known to the public as the GRAY WIDOW.

But now the extraterrestrial source of her “Augmentation” is about to reveal itself, in a revelation that will profoundly impact Janey’s life and the lives of those closest to her—

TIM KAPOOR, who barely survived the assault of twisted, bloodthirsty shapeshifter Simon Grove and still struggles to pull himself together, both physically and mentally.

NATHAN PITTMAN, the teenager who got shot trying to imitate Janey’s vigilante tactics, and has since become obsessed with the Gray Widow.

SHA’DAE WILKERSON, Janey’s neighbor and newfound best friend, whose instant chemistry with Janey may have roots that neither of them fully understand.

And Janey’s going to need all the help she can get, because one of the other Augments has her sights set on the Gray Widow. The terrifying abomination known as APHRODITE LUPO is more powerful and lethal than anyone or anything Janey has ever faced. And Aphrodite is determined to recruit Janey to her twisted cause…or take her off the field for good.

Unrelenting ghosts of the past clash with the vicious threats of the future. Janey’s destiny bursts from the shadows into the light in GRAY WIDOW’S WEB, leaving the course of humanity itself forever changed.

(photo by Nick Maro)

About Dan Jolley: Dan Jolley started writing professionally at age nineteen. Beginning in comic books, he soon branched out into original novels, licensed-property novels, children’s books, and video games. His twenty-six-year career includes the YA sci-fi/espionage trilogy Alex Unlimited; the award-winning comic book mini-series Obergeist; the Eisner Award-nominated comic book mini-series JSA: The Liberty Files; and the Transformers video games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron. Dan was co-writer of the world-wide-bestselling zombie/parkour game Dying Light, and is the author of the Middle Grade Urban Fantasy novel series Five Elements. Dan lives somewhere in the northwest Georgia foothills with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert cats.

Learn more about Dan by visiting his website, www.danjolley.com, and follow him on Twitter @_DanJolley.

Nathan Day Welcomed To Seventh Star Press Author Family

Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome Nathan Day into our family of authors. Orphan Surfacing, the first novel in the epic-scale, cross-genre Orphan Saga, will be released in print and eBook editions this summer!

“Nathan Day is a tremendous addition to the Seventh Star Press family,” said Stephen Zimmer, a founding member of Seventh Star Press. “Readers are going to be enthralled with the Orphan Saga, which defies categorization. Truly a brilliant cross-genre series with loads of action and intellectual depth. This series definitely speaks to our times, and Nathan’s talent brings it alive.”

Synopsis of Orphan:

God is dead.

The war between Heaven and Hell had waged for eons, spiraling towards its inevitable conclusion as the Book of Revelations began to unfold. Mankind, most unknowingly or unbelievingly caught in the crossfire, had played small but critical roles throughout its history. But when an unimaginable act resets the balance of power, no outcome remains guaranteed and all of creation teeters on the brink of oblivion.

A dark stage has been set.

Heaven falls silent. Its once glorious armies plunge into disarray while their hellish counterparts thrive unattested. The demon Uzahl sews corruption as it stalks Traci Nicholas and her son, Solomon, whose mysterious gifts surge in strength.

Something stirs.

After turning from God, Athiel had spent four decades in the depths of the Pacific reconciling his lost faith with the suffrage he had witnessed. Suddenly he is jolted awake and inexplicably drawn back to the surface and the world of man, no longer sure to which world he belongs.
Kings advance their pawns.

The enigmatic Manuel Valdez watches events unfold, sending deadly S.W.A.R.M. assault teams to eradicate angelic and demonic targets to further his shadowy agenda.
Hope remains.

In the city of Lanza del los Santos, the Big Apple of the West, stands the Cathedral of Saint Michael. Within its walls the angelic captain Dycliasses safeguards Joseph, a charismatic young priest scarred by a terrifying vision. If they can survive the enemy at their gates they may yet have a chance to stem the growing darkness.

About Nathan Day: Nathan Day has been called a Renaissance Man, passionately expressing himself as an actor, director, screenwriter, songwriter, producer of film and music and now author. A Kentucky native, he won The Young Author’s Award in the fourth grade and harbors an obsession for telling and collecting stories through any medium. He has appeared in over 30 film and television projects including Stash and Bulletsong, the latter of which he also wrote and directed. Orphan: Surfacing and the Orphan Saga are his first published work.

 

Follow Nathan Day on Twitter at: @akagenre
Follow Nathan on GoodReads at: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/64512889-nathan-day

Carl R. Moore Welcomed to Seventh Star Press Author Family

Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome Carl R. Moore into our family of authors.  His collection of horror, crime noir, and alt-mythology titled A Slash of Crimson and other Tales, was edited by Margie Colton, and is set to be released in early summer of this year in both print and eBook formats.

“We are thrilled to have Carl aboard with us,” said Seventh Star Press founding member Stephen Zimmer.  “Carl worked with a fantastic editor in Margie Colton, in developing this collection, and the results are exceptional.  Carl is very dedicated to the craft of writing, and I have no doubt that readers of many different genres are going to love his work.”

Synopsis of Slash of Crimson and Other TalesSlash of Crimson and Other Tales offers two novellas and six short stories that combine an intoxicating mix of horror, crime noir, and alt-mythology. From its title story about a young guitarist and street rough who takes a harrowing journey with a red-eyed beauty who claims she’s from Atlantis, through the half-dozen brutal and bitterly sardonic tales of souls tortured by demons and far worse, to the final novella of trust-destroying lust, the collection delivers a deliciously disturbing feast full of fire, shadow, and infernal intrigue.

About Carl R. Moore: Carl R. Moore lives in upstate New York with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Maddy and Izzy. His fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Macabre Cadaver, and numerous other magazines and anthologies. When he’s not writing or working the night shift, he enjoys listening to heavy metal, plucking steel-string guitar, and walking miles through the woods.

Follow Carl on Twitter at: @carlrmoore
Carl R. Moore’s Blog: https://carlrmoore.com

Bedlam Unleashed from Steven L. Shrewsbury and Peter Welmerink Available Today!

Bedlam Unleashed from Steven L. Shrewsbury and Peter Welmerink is available today in eBook formats from Seventh Star Press!

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All eBook formats are just $2.99 and here are the direct links:

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Featuring cover art from Tim Holtrop, Bedlam Unleashed takes readers on an action-packed journey into the Viking Age with the berserker Erik Bedlam and the warrior Alanis.  The print version of Bedlam Unleashed will be available next Tuesday in trade paperback format.

Synopsis of Bedlam Unleashed: In the tradition of Robert E. Howard, Fritz Lieber, Stephen Lawhead and George R. R. Martin.

Hulking Norse berserker Erik Bedlam lives and fights with a piece of steel lodged in his skull. Ever hallucinating the netherworld, his unpredictable behavior provides no end of challenges to his traveling companion, mercenary Alanis Johansson. After the battle of Clontarf in 1014 A.D., the two launch into a series of bizarre circumstances and horrors that tackle their courage, meddle, and strength.

Through these warriors, thrown into a series of horrific events in what seemed like pure chance, cruel fate starts to form into a design. Though hopefully guided by Odin, the All-Father, when contacted via the power of the one-eyed mage Kendrick Prescott a greater mystery awaits. The trio moves onward, facing dragons, neo-druids, cannibal Highlanders, vampire dwarves, and a Lovecraftian horror, to name but a few obstacles. Through it all, Kendrick proves to be not all he appears, but uses the mercenaries as his vehicle to cross the land.

Alanis, also a man of secrets, struggles under so many horrors, but the unpredictable, jovial and violent Bedlam staggers through it all, be it episodes of demonic possession, jousts, or hallucinatory substances.

Painted on a canvas of actual historical events, the body count rises as the travelers make their way down the coast of England, seeking passage off the island.

A story of heroism, malevolence, and ferocity; BEDLAM UNLEASHED shows how courage can propel individuals beyond the borders of the human spirit.

Come trod through the bloody footprints of history and hold on tight to one’s self and one’s soul.

stevenshrewsburyAbout Steven L. Shrewsbury: Award-winning author Steven L. Shrewsbury lives, works and writes in rural Central Illinois. Over 365 of his short stories have been published in print or digital media since the late 80s. His novels include WITHIN, PHILISTINE, OVERKILL, HELL BILLY, BLOOD & STEEL, THRALL, STRONGER THAN DEATH, HAWG, TORMENTOR and GODFORSAKEN.

He has collaborated with other writers, like Brian Keene with KING OF THE BASTARDS, which won the 2016 Imadjinn Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Peter Welmerink in BEDLAM UNLEASHED, Nate Southard in BAD MAGICK, Maurice Broaddus in the forthcoming BLACK SON RISING and Eric S. Brown in an untitled project.

He continues to search for brightness in this world, no matter where it chooses to hide.

 

petewelmerinkAbout Peter Welmerink: Peter Welmerink was born and raised on the west side of pre-apocalyptic Grand Rapids, Michigan. He writes Fantasy, Military SciFi, and other wanderings into action-adventure. His work has been published in ye olde wood pulp print and electronic-online publications. He is the co-author of the Viking berserker novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, written with Steven Shrewsbury. TRANSPORT was his first solo novel venture. He is married with a small barbarian tribe of three boys.

Find out more about his works and upcoming projects at:
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Between the Lines Anthology from Bram Stoker Award-winning Editor Michael Knost Available Now!

Between the Lines challenged the writers in Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Knost’s online writing class to create stories while using the same opening and closing line. The result is an anthology filled with an array of great tales and excellent writing, covering many different genres.

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Now available in print and eBook formats from Seventh Star Press, and featuring a cover design from Aaron Drown Design, Between the Lines delivers a unique kind of reading experience that showcases many outstanding writers.

Here are the direct links for several versions of Between the Lines

eBook versions (all $2.99)
Kindle
Nook
Kobo
iTunes

Print Version
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Within the pages of Between the Lines you will enjoy stories from the following authors: (in order of their appearances in the book)

Elizabeth Gaucher
Trace Conger
Angela Lambert
J. Mace
Katherine Sanger
C.J. Brooks
Ben Eads
Cynthia Dawn Griffen
Marty Young
Nicole E. Castle
B.D. Prince
Lynn Butcher
Kenneth W. Cain
Lee E. E. Stone
Roxanne Crouse
Denise Wyant
LRH Rendell-Hayes


Synopsis of Between the Lines:
Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and author Michael Knost gave his online writing students an opening sentence and a closing sentence and asked them to write a story Between the Lines.

Every story opens with: “Kelvin pressed against the wound as blood seeped around his hands.”

And ends with: “Watching the train disappear into the night, he brought the flower to his nose before tossing it to the tracks.”

This anthology is the amazing results.

Now, prepare yourself for the wonders you’ll find BETWEEN THE LINES.

knostauthorphoto_bwAbout the Editor: MICHAEL KNOST is an author, editor, and columnist of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and supernatural thrillers. His Writers Workshop of Horror won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in nonfiction in Brighton, U.K. His critically acclaimed Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy came out in 2013. His debut novel, Return of the Mothman was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in first novel. The Horror Writers Association recently honored Michael with the prestigious Silver Hammer Award for his work as their mentorship program chair. He resides in Chapmanville, West Virginia with his wife, daughter, and a zombie goldfish. To find out more, visit www.MichaelKnost.com.