Seventh Star Press Announces New Speculative Fiction Romance Imprint, Seventh Starlight

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce a brand new imprint, Seventh Starlight, which will feature paranormal and speculative fiction romance novellas, novels, and anthologies. The brand new imprint will issue releases in both digital and print formats.  The first titles will be released later this fall and a new website for Seventh Starlight will be unveiled soon.

The new logo for Seventh Starlight is below, created by David Rupp of Ninth Circle Designs:

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Spearheading the new imprint as the edtior for Seventh Starlight titles is Jessica Glanville. Jessica  holds an M.A. in English from Winthrop University and is a graduate of the SC Governor’s School of the Arts in creative writing.  She was a teaching assistant in composition in graduate school at Winthrop and taught composition and communications at York Technical College before becoming a published author.

Under various pseudonyms, she has published nine works of fiction, including a TV tie-in novel published by Berkley Books (Penguin Group), six historical paranormal romances published by Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), one self-published short story collection, and a horror romance published by Purple Sword Publications.  Seventh Starlight represents her first post as an editor-in-chief.  She lives in Chester, South Carolina, with her husband, artist Justin Glanville.

Continuing the Seventh Star Press tradition of presenting titles featuring high quality artwork, Seventh Starlight titles will also feature illustrated covers. The artist selected for cover art on the new imprint is Anne Rosario. Anne is a self-taught Filipino visual artist specializing in both digital and traditional mediums.  Her style is a unique mix of the naturalistic and the whimsical, combining the elegance of fine art with the edgy grit of contemporary Manga. She has worked as a 2D artist in the game development industry since 2006, and has recently branched into creating illustrations and exhibiting her traditonal artworks in group exhibits.

She’s also a part of two local organizations, “Ang I.n.K” (Illustrador ng Kabataan – a group that promotes the rights and artworks of artists in children’s book illustration industry) and “Kasibulan” (Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibol na Kamalayan – a group composed of filipina artists in different fields and genres of visual, literary, and performing arts.)

Three exceptional authors will be spotlighted in the first wave of  releases from Seventh Starlight, Alexandra Christian, Crymsyn Hart and Siobhan Kinkade.

Alexandra “Lexxx” Christian

Alexandra “Lexxx” Christian’s work primarily involves paranormal erotic romance and horror. Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who has published several novels, novellas and short stories with Ellora’s Cave, Purple Sword Publications, Mocha Memoirs Press and most recently, Seventh Star Press.

Crymsyn Hart

Crymsyn Hart is a best-selling author who has written over eighty novels all falling in the paranormal romance, supernatural, dark fantasy erotic category.  Her latest is the Seventh Star Press release Death’s Dance, Book One of the Deathly Encounters Series. With a love of the macabre and a bit of a Goth, Crymsyn worked as a psychic medium while she went to college in Boston at one of the country’s oldest tearoom. She attended Emerson College and graduated with a degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing.

Siobhan Kinkade
Pronounced Shi-von, Siobhan Kinkade originally started out as a Dungeons & Dragons character. True story! She was an obnoxious little blonde-haired, violet-eyed half-elf rogue who had a bad habit of screaming at random and stealing things from her fellow travelers. She made the transition from fantasy RPG character to fantasy literary character in 2011. S.H. Roddey wrote a story out of her usual genre, and she decided she needed a pen name rather than confuse her audience. The romance is strong with this one. Some is sweet and some is spicy. It’s about half and half on the paranormal/contemporary fields, and all of it is quite good!
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Fans of romance and speculative fiction everywhere should look to the stars, as Seventh Starlight will be shining down upon the book world very soon!
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For further information on Seventh Star Press or Seventh Starlight, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com
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Cover Reveal for Peter Welmerink’s New Zombie-filled Thriller Transport!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the new cover art by Jason C. Conley for Peter Welmerink’s Transport, the first book of an exciting new post-apocalyptic trilogy by the same same!

Transport brings together the elements of a military thriller and zombie-laced horror in a character-driven adventure and will be released in print and all eBook formats in May. The book will also feature a pair of brand new interior illustrations from internationally renowned artist Tim Holtrop.

Transport tells the story of the HURON, a 72-ton heavy transport vehicle and an army of four; tracked, racked and ready to roll, to serve and protect the walled metropolis of Grand Rapids—both her living and her undead. Captain Jacob Billet and his crew patrol the byways, ready for trouble.

William Lettner, the North Shore Coalition High Commissioner, has enemies from the mainland to the lakeshore and needs to be covertly transported home after his helicopter is shot down en route to Grand Rapids. He has no love for a city that give unliving civilians the right to survive. Lettner’s venomous outbursts assaults Billet and his crew along every mile travelled as they are assigned to safely bring him through the treacherous landscape outside the city back to his hometown.

The HURON and her crew will have to face domesticated zombies and the feral undead; marauders holding strategic chokepoints hostage; barricaded villages fighting for survival, and a group of geneticists who’ve lost control of one of their monstrous experiments if they want to complete their mission.

The crew will need to stay strong and trust one another in order to finish the mission and bring their “precious” cargo home, even knowing, all the while, the terrible deeds Lettner has done.

Travelling through West Michigan was never so dangerous.

Peter Welmerink has been published in various online and wood pulp publications, mainly in the realms of Dark Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. Peter’s biggest novel endeavor to date was a collaborative effort with Steven L. Shrewsbury, entitled Bedlam Unleashed. His most recent published short story prior to Transport was published in Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous. His is married with a small barbarian horde consisting of three rambunctious boys.

For further information on the Transport trilogy or Peter Welmerink, visit the author’s site at peterwelmerink.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

Irredeemable, Jason Sizemore’s new SF/Horror/DF Collection, Now Available on eBook!

Now available in eBook format!  Jason Sizemore’s Irredeemable, a great new collection of science fiction, dark fantasy, and horror tales featuring a special introduction by Geoffrey Girard.

Many people know of his amazing work as an editor with Apex Magazine that has garnered Jason no less than three Hugo Award nominations, but now everyone has the chance to discover for themselves the very talented and creative writer that he is in this wonderful collection of 18 tales.

Pick Irredeemable up today in Kindle or Nook formats for $3.99.  Kobo, iBookstore, and other channels will be live shortly.

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Synopsis of Irredeemable: Flowing like mists and shadows through the Appalachian Mountains come 18 tales from the mind of Jason Sizemore. Weaving together elements of southern gothic, science fiction, fantasy, horror, the supernatural, and much more, this diverse collection of short stories brings you an array of characters who must face accountability, responsibility, and, more ominously, retribution.

Whether it is Jack Taylor readying for a macabre, terrifying night in “The Sleeping Quartet,” the Wayne brothers and mischief gone badly awry in “Pranks,” the title character in “The Dead and Metty Crawford,” or the church congregation and their welcoming of a special visitor in “Yellow Warblers,” Irredeemable introduces you to a range of ordinary people who come face to face with extraordinary situations.

Whether the undead, aliens, ghosts, or killers of the yakuza, dangers of all kinds lurk within the darkness for those who dare tread upon its ground. Hop aboard and settle in, Irredeemable will take you on an unforgettable ride along a dark speculative fiction road.

About Jason: Jason Sizemore is a writer and editor who lives in Lexington, KY. He owns Apex Publications, an SF, fantasy, and horror small press, and has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award for his editing work on Apex Magazine. Stay current with his latest news and ramblings via his Twitter feed handle @apexjason.

Anderson O’Donnell Comes Aboard Seventh Star Press With Kingdom and Other Tiber City Novels

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that Anderson O’Donnell is coming aboard with his highly-acclaimed dystopian/noir novel Kingdom and future books featuring Tiber City!

Kingdom will be released as a second edition by Seventh Star Press during the summer of 2014, with future Tiber City novels to follow!  It will be issued in trade paperback in all eBook formats.

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Kingdom became an indie book sensation in 2012, when Kirkus Reviews made it one of their top 25 Indie Books of 2012, saying this about the novel: “A taut, brilliantly conceived thriller with impeccable pacing bursting with ideas…For fans of noir-laden science fiction in the vein of Philip K. Dick that is in equal measures suspenseful, gripping, darkly funny and philosophically challenging.”

Kingdom takes the reader into a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, where a covert bioengineering project—codename “Exodus”—has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul.

Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation’s collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries.

In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead—an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide.

And in the streets below, a young man races through an ultra modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution….closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus—and one man’s dark vision for the future of mankind.

Welcome to Tiber City.

Obsessed with Dystopian/noir fiction, the Clash, and his two sons, Anderson O’Donnell holds an undergraduate degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross. He has studied creative writing extensively with biopunk genre master Jack O’Connell and poet Robert Cording, whose work influenced Kingdom’s high/low culture dynamic. Anderson lives in Washington, DC, with his family.

For more information on Anderson O’Donnell, Kingdom, and the forthcoming Tiber City novels, please visit Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

SSP Proudly Reveals Cover Art and Release Information for Selah Janel’s Olde School!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Jason C. Conley for Selah Janel’s Olde School, Book One of the cross-genre series The Kingdom City Chronicles!

Olde School introduces you to Kingdom City, which has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.
Illustration by Jason C. Conley for
Selah Janel’s Olde School

Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.

Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians.
Illustration by Jason C. Conley for
Selah Janel’s Olde School

Olde School will be released in eBook formats, including for the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBookstore tomorrow, with trade paperback to be available next week!

For further information on Selah Janel, Olde School, or the Kingdom City Chronicles, please visit her site at www.selahjanel.wordpress.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

 

About Selah: Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination and a love of story since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Learning to read and being encouraged by those around her only made things worse. Her work ranges from e-books to traditional print, and she prefers to write every genre at once rather than choose just one. The stories Holly and Ivy, The Other Man, and Mooner are available online through Mocha Memoirs Press. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond, Stories for Children Magazine, The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, Thunder on the Battlefield: Sorcery, The Grotesquerie, and the short story collection Lost in the Shadows, co-written with S.H. Roddey. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to have adventures and hold their own.

Catch up with her thoughts and projects at www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

Cover Reveal for Hades Disciples by Best-Selling Author Michael West!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art from award-winning artist Matthew Perry for Hades Disciples, the 2nd Book in the acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series from best-selling author Michael West!

Hades Disciples takes you on the urban/dark fantasy journey that began in Poseidon’s Children. Terrifying creatures exist all around us, hiding in plain sight. Ancient. Deadly. They gather in secret, conspiring, dreaming of nothing less than humanity’s destruction, and their numbers are growing.

Earl Preston knows the danger all too well. After tangling with a horde of mythological sea monsters in Colonial Bay, he has been tasked with finding these beasts and exposing their plans whatever they may be. But Earl is not the only one with a mystery on their hands. At the very top of the world, Carol Miyagi has stumbled onto an artifact from Earth’s past, something magnificent held captive in a prison of ice and snow. Now, Carol and Earl must work quickly to decipher the will of the gods–a plot that defies imagination–and to stop their followers from carrying it out.

They thought the nightmare was over, but they are about to discover that the horror has only just begun.

Regarding the upcoming release of Hades Disciples, Michael West commented, “Whenever I write a story, I hope it appeals to people, that the characters will feel real and connect with my readers, and I am so pleased that readers all around the world have fallen in love with my Carol, Earl, and the rest of my diverse cast. With Hades’ Disciples, I get the chance to dive more deeply into the mythology introduced in Poseidon’s Children, and the stakes are much higher now. Fans who thrilled at all the action, excitement and twisted weirdness of Book One will not be disappointed.”

Hades Disciples will be released in late April in trade paperback and all eBook formats, including Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and for the iBookstore.  The book will feature new interior illustrations from Matthew Perry and also brings back Poseidon’s Children editor Amanda DeBord.

For further information on The Legacy of the Gods series or Michael West, please visit the author’s site at www.bymichaelwest.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

About the Author: Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, Skull Full of Kisses, The Wide Game, Spook House, and the critically acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

West avoids manhole covers and sidewalk grates whenever possible. He just doesn’t know what’s down there, and he’s not sure he wants to find out.

Cover Reveal for AshleyRose Sullivan’s Superhero Fairy Tale Awesome Jones!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art by AshleyRose Sullivan for her debut novel Awesome Jones. A superhero fairy tale, Awesome Jones will be available in eBook in one week with print to follow the week afterward.

While a novel, this release features a series of art inserts created by AshleyRose, which along with its style of layout reflects the spirit of the comic book realm.  The book introduces the character of Awesome Jones, who will be featured in future novel adventures by AshleyRose.

The only thing Awesome Jones wants is to be a super hero. Until he falls in love.

Despite his colorful name, Awesome Jones is a painfully average man who dreams of being a super hero, just like the ones who patrol his city. It’s been that way since he was a little boy, raised by his grandfather after his parents’ death.

The day Jones starts his new job as a file clerk at Akai Printing Company he meets secretary Lona Chang and everything changes. Lona sees something in Jones that no one ever has and the two quickly become inseparable. But when the perfect pair’s domestic bliss is threatened by a super-powered secret from the past, Awesome Jones has to make a choice. He must decide whether he should play it safe or find the strength to live up to his name and risk everything he’s come to love to save the day like he always dreamed.

Born and raised in Appalachia, AshleyRose Sullivan has a BS in Anthropology and an MFA in Creative Writing. She lives, writes and paints in Los Angeles with her husband and their many imaginary friends.

For further information on AshleyRose Sullivan and Awesome Jones, please visit the author’s site at www.ashleyrosesullivan.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com


A. Christopher Drown’s A Mage of None Magic Cover Reveal and Release Announcement!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art by A. Christopher Drown for his novel A Mage of None Magic, along with the interior illustrations created by Jason C. Conley. The first book in The Heart of the Sisters series, A Mage of None Magic will be released on eBook tomorrow with print availability next week!

A Mage of None Magic will be available for the Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, Kobo, and other devices on Friday, with the trade paperback version to follow next week.

Interior illustration by Jason. C. Conley
for A Mage of None Magic

Within the pages of A Mage of None Magic, Myth tells how magic came to be when the fabled gem known as the Heart of the Sisters was shattered by evil gods. The same tale speaks of the Heart being healed one day, unleashing a power that will bring the end of humankind.

While traveling to begin his magical studies, young apprentice Niel finds himself suddenly at the center of the Heart’s terrifying legend. Caught in a whirlwind of events that fractures the foundation of everything he’s believed, Niel learns his role in the world may be far more important than he ever could have imagined, and ever would have wished.

A Mage of None Magic begins an extraordinary adventure into a perilous land where autocratic magicians manipulate an idle aristocracy, where common academia struggles for acceptance, and where after ages of disregard myth and legend refuse to be ignored any longer.

Interior illustration by Jason. C. Conley
for A Mage of None Magic

A. Christopher Drown is a native of Brunswick, Maine, who currently resides in Memphis. His work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies. The first edition of A Mage of None Magic won the 2010 Darrell Award for Best Novel. His story, Path of an Arrow, received the 2012 Darrell Award for Best Novella. He recently completed his second novel and is at work on The Book of Sediahm, the next book in the Heart of the Sisters series.

For further information on A. Christopher Drown, A Mage of None Magic, and The Heart of the Sisters series, please visit the author’s page at www.fb.com/achrisdrown or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

Cover Reveal and Release Announcement for Jason Sizemore’s Irredeemable!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the new cover art by Tomasz Trafiał for Jason Sizemore’s Irredeemable! The single-author collection features stories of a dark SF and horror nature, many with an Appalachian tone. The eBook and print versions will be made available the second week of April, and those wanting a softcover version signed by Jason can take advantage of a special pre-order offer that includes a copy of the eBook version.

The new release features a special introduction by Geoffrey Girard, author of Cain’s Blood (Simon and Schuster).

Irredeemable brings together many of Jason’s previously published fiction and includes two brand new stories. The tales to be found within the pages of Irredeemable include:

A Flash of Light
An Ingenious Adventure
Art Imitating Life
Caspar
City Hall
Faithless
For the Sake of Pleasing
Hope
Ice Cream at the Falls
Little Digits
Mr Templar
Plug and Play
Pranks
Samuel
Shotgun Shelter
Sonic Scarring
The XX Agent
The Dead and Metty Crawford
The Sleeping Quartet
Useless Creek
Yellow Warblers

Jason is a writer and editor living in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also the owner of Apex Publications, a highly acclaimed SF, fantasy, and horror small press. He has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award for his editing work on Apex Magazine.

This is one collection of stories that you do not want to miss!  As Maurice Broaddus, author of the popular Knights of Breton Court series from Angry Robot, said regarding Irredeemable:  ” Jason Sizemore doesn’t want you to know that he’s a writer. He’ll hide behind being a publisher or an editor, but in the wee hours of the night, he puts pen to paper. With this collection, the secret’s out.

These short stories are like 18 shots in a chamber. No matter how you spin the barrel, you will end up with a live round. His stories are dark, powerful, and unsettling.”

Those wanting to get a signed and personalized copy of Irredeemable can reserve one today, at a special offer page that runs until April the 2nd on the Seventh Star Press website!

For more information on Jason, follow him on Twitter @apexjason, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jason.sizemore1. For further updates and news aboutIrredeemable, visit the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com.

Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness Cover Reveal and Release Announcement!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the brand new cover art by Enggar Adirasa for the newest installment in the popular Southern Haunts Anthology series, Devils in the Darkness.  Featuring 20 tales of horror and dark fantasy, from editors Alexander S. Brown and Louise Myers, the eBook version of Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness will be released this Thursday, with print availability to follow next week!  The release also features 20 brand new interior illustrations from Robert K!

From the fiery abyss of the underworld comes 20 hellish tales from the south and southwest. Within these charred pages are stories that will introduce you to the many demons that stay hidden but are always nearby…

20 authors provide stories of possessed people, objects, houses, highways, and the devil’s favorite playground – the forest.

Dare to meet Deidless, a demon who is a buyer of souls. Discover what kind of demons men can summon. Read of battles between good and evil. Learn of ancient artifacts and stones that crave sacrifice. Finally, become acquainted with legions of evil.

Again, we invite you, sit back, dim the lights, and prepare yourself to meet the devils in the darkness.

Featured stories and authors in Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness:
The Demon of the Old Natchez Trace by J L Mulvihill
Battle for Vicksburg by Della West
Dediless by Linda DeLeon
What Goes Around by Herika Raymer
Dead End by C.G. Bush
Sorry Charlie by Angela Dalton Lucius
The Misconception about Demons by Phillip Drayer Duncan
The Blackberry Man by Diane Ward
The Devil’s Stone by Melodie Romeo
And There was Nothing Left but Ash by Miguel L. Viscarra
Barred for Life by Louise Myers
The Devil’s Doorway by Kalila Smith
What Demons Men Make by Windsong Levitch
Ancient Blood by Ethan Nahte
Let Demon Dogs Lie by Pamela K. Kinney
Jack in the Box by H. David Blalock
Dorm Rat by E. G. Glover
Beleth by Roman Merry
Are You Ready? by L R Barrett- Durham
Attachment by Alexander S. Brown

The eBook version for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBookstore will be released on Thursday, with a trade paperback version next week.

For further information on Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness and the Southern Haunts Anthologies, please visit the series’ Facebook Page at or www.seventhstarpress.com