Friday, August 25, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Continuum

Albuquerque, NM (August 23, 2017) – World Weaver Press has announced The Continuum, a new time travel novella by Wendy Nikel, will be available in trade paperback and ebook on Tuesday, January 23, 2018The Continuum follows Elise Morley, an expert on the past who's about to get a crash course in the future.

From the gilded past to a shiny, new future.

For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency's ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn't abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations.

But when a dangerous secret organization kidnaps her and coerces her into jumping to the future on a high-stakes assignment, she's got more to worry about than just the time-space continuum. For the first time ever, she's the one out-of-date, out of place, and quickly running out of time.

The Continuum will be available in trade paperback and ebook via World Weaver Press and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram.

Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Fantastic Stories of the ImaginationDaily Science FictionNature: Futures, and various other anthologies and e-zines. For more info, visit or subscribe to her newsletter here!

 World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.
Publication Date: January 23, 2018 • Science Fiction
$9.99 trade paperback, 170 pages  • $2.99 ebook

ISBN-13: 978-0998702223



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Spotlight: Virtue Inverted

About the Book
Virtue Inverted is the first novel of a hard-hitting sword and sorcery trilogy by Piers Anthony and Ken Kelly. Benny Clout is a poor mountain boy who has found true love in Virtue the vampire. However, Virtue is not an ordinary vampire; she's actually a very nice girl. Her bites contain extraordinary power, but will that power be enough to combat the evil that awaits them?


About the Authors:
Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.

Kenneth Kelly is a 26 year old native of Plant City, Fl. He has been an avid writer his whole life, and has had a number of short works published during grade school and college. He has a Bachelor's degree in English Professional Writing form St. Leo University.

Website for Dreaming Big Publications!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Interview and Giveaway: Harkworth Hall

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Caroline Daniels must marry, and marry well. But in her remote corner of England eligible suitors are few and far between, and none hold a candle to her closest friend, Diana Fitzroy.

When Sir Edward Masterson arrives, he seems the answer to Caroline’s financial worries, though she instinctively dislikes the reticent, older merchant. Soon Sir Edward has set his sights on acquiring both Caroline and the decaying Harkworth Hall.

Caroline’s future seems secure, save that Sir Edward’s enigmatic secretary hints at a dark secret, and Sir Edward shows an unusual interest in the nearby bay. To discover Sir Edward’s true purpose, Caroline will have to face the horror beneath Harkworth Hall—and the woman who will change her life.

The author was kind enough to answer some of my questions. I'd like to welcome her to the blog!

What was your inspiration for Harkworth Hall?

My inspiration was actually twofold … I started writing Harkworth in November 2016, which depending on your politics was either a very good or a very bad month in the U.S. For me it was very bad, and it capped off an already difficult year. I wanted to write something with a happy ending when everything felt so hopeless … and then, as so many writing projects do, it took on a life of its own.

My other inspiration was to write a kind of book that I think teenaged me needed and never got. I am in my 40s now, and when I was young everything was male hero/female love interest. I was a voracious reader, and yet all my reading boiled down to that same configuration. In a way, it helped kickstart my interest in writing, as I began writing what’s now called fanfiction, rewriting books and movies so that the woman was the hero. But to have found stories that just straightforwardly presented different protagonists, with different sexualities and ethnicities … I think it would have helped me tremendously to not feel so isolated, and to understand parts of myself that I’m only unraveling now.

What sort of research went into writing this book?

Well, it was more of setting the book in a time and place where I had already done a lot of research. I have a MA in Humanities and did a fair amount of work on Enlightenment-era Europe, and about five years ago I started putting together a larger trilogy set in mid-18th century Europe. That project is still in progress—it’s got so many moving parts it’s hard to work on in conjunction with any other writing—but in the meantime I had five years of research already done and begging to be used. I did drill down a little more into daily life in England, the Northumberland coast, and reached out to some local historians for Harkworth. Also, I’ll be going back to England this fall for a family event, and will be visiting a couple towns to research settings and maritime details for Leviathan (the sequel to Harkworth Hall.)

One of my goals with Harkworth, as well as the other trilogy, is to try to present a more middle- and working-class sense of the period. What we know of this time tends to be wide dresses and big hair, all the rococo and baroque flourishes … but for every noble prancing about there were hundreds of folks living in every variety of poverty imaginable, from the gutter to the kind of genteel penny-pinching Caroline practices. They are part of this time too.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I work part-time for a church, and I index and proofread books, mostly textbooks. I worked in publishing for twelve years as a production manager, but around the 10-year mark I started burning out. Now I produce the printed matter for an open and affirming congregational church, and I’ve indexed everything from cinematic theory to teen behavioral studies, global economics to firefighting. It’s a bit crazy-making, but it’s never boring.

What do you think is unique/important about writing a f/f romance?

I must confess I’m still learning about genres, where one ends and another begins, and I struggle with applying those definitions to my own work. People have told me Harkworth is a romance, but to me it’s first and foremost Caroline’s story—what she faces at the Hall and what she starts to understand about herself. Is it paranormal romance? Gothic horror? Weird fiction? Historical fantasy? I think it could fit all these categories, and more besides.

That being said, in its own way this little book felt important to write. Representation matters, and while things are getting better we still have a long ways to go. Nowadays I see a lot of women protagonists who are powerful—superhuman, highly trained, born into power, that sort of thing. I wanted to write a woman who is like many of us, who has myriad constraints upon her and still chooses to wield what agency she has. I wanted to write a woman who is slowly becoming aware of herself and her desires. And I wanted to write in a time when so many lives were simply unacknowledged, or were at best footnotes in a record-book.

If you only had five words to use to sell your book, what would those words be?

Ugh, I’m terrible at this sort of thing, but here goes: Two Georgian lesbians fight monstrosities.

If Harkworth Hall were to be made into a movie, what would be the most important thing for them to get right?

The relationship. We can quibble about the historical details, but yanno, all things considered I don’t think the book will ever qualify as “factual.” It’s getting their relationship right—not presenting it to titillate, or to check boxes—that would make or break a movie version for me. Everything else would be gravy.

About the Author:
L.S. Johnson lives in Northern California, where she wrangles four cats and a spouse; in her free time she writes weird fiction and fantasy. Her first collection, Vacui Magia, won the 2nd Annual North Street Book Prize and is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Her novella Harkworth Hall is now available. Find out more about her and sign up for her mailing list at

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