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Boosting the Signal for a Good Cause and a Fun Promotion

Nope, no RavenCon pictures…yet. But give a girl a break. I’ve got over a hundred photos and three interviews to assemble.
Meanwhile, I thought I’d join the chorus pimping David Farland’s Book Bomb. Per the Book Bomb Facebook page, David’s son Ben suffered catastrophic injuries earlier this month. Conservative estimates, place the cost of his care at over $1 million. I don’t know David or his family personally, but like many folks, I’ve learned a lot from his journal and frequent kicks in the pants. Now’s the time to say thanks by helping out.
On a much happier note, my good friend and frequent co-conspirator Danielle Ackley-McPhail has an interesting promotion in the works. In her own words:

DA-M book cover

Hi, All.

I received a wonderful review yesterday for my solo science fiction collection, A Legacy of Stars (DTF Publications/Dark Quest Books). It made my day, but it came with something of a mystery, which I’ll quote here: “One of the cleverest first contact stories to come along in a long time.” (Analog, June 2013 issue)

Where is the mystery, do you ask? See…there are two first contact stories in the collection. Now I could just ask the reviewer which one he thought was the cleverest, but where is the fun in that? I say this calls for a contest.

For the next week I will be taking a poll on what you thought was the cleverest first contact story in the book. How it works: If you really like me and want to give some support to a small press author buy the ebook version of the book for $2.99 and give it a read.



Or, email me at greenfirephoenix (at) and I will send you a PDF file of the two stories in question. Whichever route you take, read the stories: “Building Blocks” and “To Look Upon The Face of God” and click the rafflecopter below by April 20 (EST) with your pick for which is the cleverest. Afterwards the reviewer, Don Sakers, will answer the question on my Facebook page. Two people will win a free, autographed copy of the print version of A Legacy of Stars.


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Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Posted 5 years, 10 months ago at 10:00 am.

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Coming Soon to a Balticon Near You

Normally I wait until I’ve got my schedule in my hand to do a long Balticon promo post, but I think this merits a special post. Danielle Ackley-McPhail—writer, editor and hostess of some of the wildest con parties around—will be launching not one, not two, but three anthologies at Balticon from 7-9 p.m., Sunday May 30, at the Hunt Valley Marriott outside Baltimore, Maryland.

On the surface dragons, fairies and vampires might not seem to have a lot in common, but as Dani says, fiction readers never grow tired of them. “Each of these anthologies takes one of those legends and gives the reader what they want…and so much more.”

Since one of my favorite short stories, “Lord Bai’s Discovery”, is included in Dragon’s Lure, I must heartily agree. :-)

As always with Dani’s parties, there will be scads of writers, great refreshments and marvelous prizes, including a hand-sculpted dragon box by acclaimed artist Linda Saboe. There will also be readings by the anthology contributors including Dani, Linda, Elaine Corvidae, Keith R.A. DeCandido, John Grant, Kelly Harmon, C.J. Henderson, Brian Koscienski, Jeffrey Lymon, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Terri Osborne, Chris Pisano and me, Me, ME!

Well, to be honest, I won’t be reading three times. But I do plan to read “Lord Bai’s Discovery”. Hope to see you there. In the meantime, if you want to learn more, check out Dani’s launch page.


Posted 8 years, 9 months ago at 12:32 am.

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Library of Congress… Squeee!

The Library of Congress Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum has invited four Broad Universe members–Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Susan Avery, Christine Norris and me–for a Rapid Fire Reading at the Library’s Madison Building at 12:10 p.m., April 13. You can see the details (and our neat flyer) here.

This is not Broad Universe’s first RFR at the Library of Congress this year. We were preceded by Catherine Asaro, Kelly A. Harmon, Ellen Kushner and Sue Lange earlier this month. Which means we’ve got a tough act to follow.

I’m bringing Bai.

Hope to see you there!

Posted 8 years, 11 months ago at 11:29 pm.

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