Jean Marie Ward

fiction, nonfiction and all points in between

Athena’s Daughters Has Achieved Cover

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 | Author: jmward14 | jean marie ward, short story | Comments Off

Isn’t the print cover just gorgeous? Click the image for a larger view if you don’t believe me. I can’t wait to hold this book in my hands. Even better, from a purely selfish point of view is the illustration for my story, “The Gap in the Fence” (below).

Want to know more? Well, you can read a taste of my story here. Or better yet, pre-order the entire book here. You won’t be disappointed!

Posted 2 years, 11 months ago at 9:30 am.

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Looking ahead

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 | Author: jmward14 | capclave, cons, jean marie ward, short stories, short story | Comments Off

Art by Kelli Neier

Those of you who obsessively check sidebars (there’s gotta be one of you, right?) will have noticed the release of Hellfire Lounge 4: Reflections of Evil has been pushed back again, and I still don’t have a release date for Gaslight & Grimm. (Boo.) But a new story and a new convention have joined the list. (Win!)
First and foremost in any writer’s mind is the latest acceptance. “The Gap in the Fence” is one of my favorite contemporary fantasies, but I wasn’t sure it would find a home. Then Janine Spendlove and Ron Garner of Silence in the Library Publishing invited me to submit a story to Athena’s Daughters. The fit between story and anthology was so close, it’s almost as if I wrote it with Athena’s Daughters in mind.
Athena’s Daughters will be the subject of a Kickstarter later in the year. The first level will fund the ebook, which features the beautiful cover by Kelli Neier shown here. As we go up the levels, there will be additional authors, illustrations and a paper edition. You better believe I’ll have more about that as we get closer to launch.
Also listed is my first confirmed con of 2014: World Fantasy Con. The 2014 edition will be happening just a few minutes from my home. But this is one local on I won’t be commuting to. I plan to party!
I also plan to party at next weekend’s Capclave, and I’ll be posting my schedule early next week. Hope to see you there!

Posted 3 years, 5 months ago at 10:00 am.

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News, News, News, News

Sunday, February 13th, 2011 | Author: jmward14 | writing | Comments Off

No sooner did I finish the story that kept me hunkered down in the writing cave all January, when another New! Shiny! request landed in my email box. So I’m going to play prairie dog and head back to the burrow until sometime this spring. But before I do, I wanted to catch everyone up on all the good stuff.

First, if you want to get a taste of the story that occupied my January, head over to Beyond the Veil, the Samhain Publishing paranormal writers blog, for a discussion of how I developed one of the names for that story, aka “Fixed”. Yes, there is a cat involved, and a shelter, and the cat winces a lot.

The next two items are personal appearances that might be of special interest to folks in the Washington DC area. On March 5, from 10 a.m. to about noon, I’ll be moderating a panel of comprising noted science fiction and fantasy authors Catherine Asaro, Mindy Klasky, Pamela Palmer, Diana Peterfreund, Rebecca York and special guest Colleen Gleason. The panel is part of an all-day seminar hosted by Washington Romance Writers at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center, Bethesda, MD. It will continue after lunch with Colleen’s workshops on the hero’s journey and world-building. Click here for more information (including links to driving directions). This event is free and open to the public, and I know from personal experience, WRW always offers prizes, including books signed by the participating authors.

The spiffy logo belongs to SynDCon II, the Washington DC area’s premiere gaming convention, set for the Rockville Hilton (former home of Capclave), April 1-3. The convention will feature board games, role-playing games, miniature war games and a host of special events, including a writing workshop and panels targeted to the needs of gamer writers and developers. The cast of characters will include Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Kelly A. Harmon, Diane Whiteside and me. I’ll post more details on the program as they become available.

Finally, I’m celebrating the release of “Person Demons”, my short story about a Tibetan-American sorceress practising her craft in America’s most romantic city, Alexandria, VA. The story appears in Hellebore & Rue, an anthology celebrating queer women magic users. It was was a big stretch for me on a number of levels. I’m one of those writers who follows characters around taking dictation, and I was very worried about getting it right when the lead character was so different from me. But some things are universal: love, hope–and devils manipulating people’s emotions for their own ends. I hope you’ll check out the anthology, if only for the cover, which is as lovely as any I’ve ever seen.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted 6 years, 1 month ago at 1:21 pm.

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A New Short Story & Balticon Reminder

Friday, May 28th, 2010 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

I took a page out of S.J. Willing’s book today and posted a short short story for my Samhain blog. Consider it a free pass into the weirder corners of my mind. It’s "All About the Flies". Really. ;-)

Also want to remind everyone that I’ll be heading out to Hunt Valley, Maryland, for Balticon early tomorrow–er, today.  Hope you’ll join me, especially for my five panels.  The Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading and the Legendary Triple Launch will have cooookieeeees.  And the Triple Launch will have Dragon’s Lure, where you can make the acquaintance of the Estimable Lord Bai.

Posted 6 years, 10 months ago at 12:19 am.

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Cover Glee

Sunday, December 6th, 2009 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

It’s now live: my cover for “Hoodoo Cupid”, coming February 4, 2010, from Red Rose Publishing.

Isn’t it gorgeous? The artist is Red Rose’s Art Director Shirley Burnett, and she totally aced it.
Cheers and big, big smiles,

Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 10:23 pm.

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Short Story Video: “Duzell’s Due”

Friday, August 21st, 2009 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Decided to start working on my book video skills in anticipation of all the different projects scheduled for next year. Yeah, yeah, I know I need to invest in a music editing program, but one thing at a time. Happy weekend!

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 11:28 pm.

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