Monday, February 25, 2013

Beating Rejection - Guest Post from Siobhan Kinkade

Editor's Note:  Today we have the great pleasure of sharing a wonderful guest post from a highly talented author, Siobhan Kinkade, on her Loki's Game Blog Tour.  There is some wonderful wisdom contained in the post below and we hope that you enjoy it!  Special thanks to the great team at Jitterbug PR for this blog tour visit. 

Beating Rejection 
by Siobhan Kinkade

I chose to talk about rejection today for a specific reason. The wonderfully awesome Seventh Star Press has agreed to host me , and as a publisher, the SSP crowd knows what it’s like to be on the nasty side of a rejection letter. Not that either side is really better than the other, but still. It makes sense here.

You see, I used to have this horrible fear of rejection... that if I submitted anything I wrote, it would be read by others, judged, and then laughed at for being the worst drivel to ever be committed to a page. I was always afraid that I wasn't good enough, that I was wasting my time, and that my writing would never take me anywhere. I say this because to get where I am, I had to face that fear. In January 2011, I received my very first rejection letter.

Yes, it hurt like hell. Yes, I got mad. Yes, I got upset and wanted to cry and scream and throw a tantrum. Yes, I wanted to call the editor and yell at her and tell her she was a fool for not buying that story.

But I didn't.

I had that moment of absolute panic - that knife-in-the-chest pain and the fear that I truly wasn't ever going to be good enough to achieve my goals. I became extremely upset and considered deleting the file containing every bit of writing I've ever done. I almost reached the point, staring at that sad little form rejection letter, that I cried.

Then I got over it.

Once I was able to think rationally again, I realized two things: First, I am good enough. I've been writing since I was able to hold a pencil. I used to win awards in school. I had another contract.


Second, I realized that the reason it was rejected is because the story wasn't finished. I started looking at it again the next night after I cleared my head, and the more I read, the more I realized that there were multiple loose ends that need to be tied up. Some of the story seemed rushed, and parts of it were stilted.

Once I got over the anger and frustration, I was sort of relieved that it wasn't contracted because I would have gone back through edits and very likely hacked it to bits. I wasn’t happy with the story as it is - don't get me wrong, I love the idea and the characters. But I knew when I looked at it that it still needed a lot of work and had a long way to go before I could actually publish it.

So I put it off to the side for awhile. A good long while, actually. I found my mojo and worked on other things. I contracted another story, then a third. Then I wrote a horror story and sold it under another name. Another pair of romance stories hit the market. In between those successes, my writing resume became scattered with rejections. Twenty-one of them, to be exact. That first book, the one that I loved so desperately yet hated so vehemently, came back to mind and I picked it up for revision.

Then my father died and my world came crashing down around me. I forgot how to function. I lost all motivation and sense of self. I hit a rock-bottom depression that, when looking back on it now, scares me.

Somewhere in the middle of that cloud of darkness, I pushed out a few more stories, picked up a few more rejections, and finished revisions. Then I took that pitiful book and I handed it off one last time to a publisher with the internal threat of the permanent delete key if it failed.

That book, ladies and gentlemen, was the first draft of Loki’s Game. It started on a whim, took a beating, and ultimately helped me through the absolute worst period of my life. Revising the story allowed me to sink back into two things I love – writing and mythology. It kept me distracted yet focused, and gave me a place to vent my frustrations.

Today, I’m very proud to present this work of art, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a personal triumph.

Ladies and gentlemen, I beat the rejection letters.

Loki's Game Synopsis: Unemployed museum curator Lily Redway responds to an advertisement in the newspaper, thinking she is applying for a job. On the other side of that small, black-and-white box waits two things: a fantasy world come to life and a man named Rowan Keir.

Rowan is a man with many secrets. He is a shape-shifter, a descendent of old world mythology, and the guardian of a rare and valuable Nordic artifact. He is also being hunted by the god Loki and has spent the last six hundred years outsmarting and outrunning him.

With the fury of Asgard on Rowan’s trail, Lily finds herself caught up in a real-life fantasy story, a love triangle, and an ages-old war that pitches her into a different world and one very hard truth: All is fair in love and war.

About Siobhan Kinkade: At a very early age, Siobhan developed a love of reading. By first grade she was on a fifth grade level, and by the time she was a teenager she spent every penny she earned on new books. Oddly enough she gravitated toward science fiction, fantasy and horror while avoiding the romance genre at all costs. It wasn’t until her mother introduced her to Nora Roberts that she realized romance could be fun.

Not much has changed since then. She is still a voracious reader and recovering grammar junkie.

Left to her own devices, she plots interesting ways to seduce, frighten, and destroy. While she finds herself drawn to the dark and eerie, she is also very much a free spirit and hopeless romantic. With multiple stories in publication and several more on the way she spends her time writing happy-ever-afters for the underdogs.

Siobhan writes both contemporary and dark paranormal romance (and a little bit of fantasy and horror under another name, omitted to protect the guilty), much of it of a highly erotic nature. Having never really enjoyed reading romance, she finds writing it to be a cathartic act. By manipulating the characters, she can make the happy endings much more satisfying for herself, and hopefully for her readers as well.

Be sure to connect with Siobhan Kinkade at:

Facebook Author Page:
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Announcing Call for Entries on Hero's Best Friend Anthology

For Immediate Release
February 19,  2013

Announcing Call for Entries on Hero's Best Friend Anthology

Seventh Star Press announces a call for entries on Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions.   Edited by Scott Sandridge, the speculative fiction anthology brings the spotlight to the noble animal companions of heroic characters.

Hero's Best Friend welcomes stories of between 2,000 and 10,000 words from all genres of speculative fiction.  All kinds of cultural settings, types of animals, and genres are encouraged for these tales.  The stories should center on the perspective of the animal, in the way that a story would focus on Shadowfax rather than Gandalf, to use one well-known example of a heroic character and animal companion.

Residing in Ohio, editor and author Scott M. Sandridge’s first short story, “Treecutter,” was published in The Sword Review in July 2005. Since then, he’s gone on to publish over 26 more short stories, and over 60 reviews. He has also been a columnist for the Double-Edged Publishing webzines, a Submissions Editor for Ray Gun Revival, and the Managing Editor of Fear and Trembling.  Scott is also an active blogger whose site can be found at:

Hero's Best Friend will be released in trade paperback and eBook formats in late 2013.  The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013, and full information on the anthology can be found at

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at)

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dragon Shield Tour Visit With Dianne Gardner

Editor's Note: I am very excited to present a stop on Dianne Gardner's Dragon Shield Tour, presented by the wonderful folks at Jitterbug PR! To get you started, I'll share the trailer for Dragon Shield, and then we're featuring a brand new guest post from Dianne. She's an extremely talented author and artist, and we definitely encourage you to check her work out. She has some excellent titles out on Hydra Publications!
-Stephen Zimmer

First of all, thank you Stephen Zimmer and SSP for having me on your blog! What an honor.

I asked Stephen what he’d like my guest post to be about and this was his response:

"I would like to know how you select the right image to portray to represent a title as a whole. What goes into the composition to reflect the theme of the book?"

I’ve done the cover of all my novels as well as my short stories. I’ve also created a few book covers as commission work for other writers, and that is a completely different ball game, by the way, because usually the writer has their own idea of what they like their cover to look like.

So I’m going to talk about my own covers.

As a side note, may I add here that my painting style is impressionism, which is different than what you typically see for fantasy. That’s just the way I paint.

In Deception Peak, the story is about Ian and his dad entering this awesome Realm. It’s an absolutely beautiful place. That is until they near the mountain where sorcery separates the two and Ian’s father is lost in the caves. The ominous presence of the mountain, the dragon’s lair, is the title for the book, and of course a mountain needed to be on the cover. Not just any mountain either. It’s described as having tall slate pillars, blackened from lightning and desolate cliffs. It reeks of danger the closer you get to the peaks.

I kept the colors surrounding the mountain grays and teal, complimented by the orange hues of the foothills and along the shoreline where the Meneks live. That cover was fairly simple to design.

As far as the dragon on The Dragon Shield Cover, you need to know that painting was actually painted before the book was written. It did, in fact, inspire the series. As The Dragon Shield came closer to publication I realized that the story was more about a shield than it is about the dragon.

And I just happened to have a real shield! The gentleman who played Alex in the trailer actually made the shield that he carries in the short film. It’s a replica of the one that Alex gave to Ian in the book—the one with the rubies. I was thrilled to have it and I’ll bring it to book signings with me, by the way!

I had to put the image of that shield on my cover, even though it isn’t the magical Dragon targe that the children made. Still, Ian’s shield plays a big role in the story. The magical shield would, in fact have been too busy for the book cover.

Since the trilogy book covers are actually part of a triptych (a 9 ft 3 panel oil painting) they had their own unique process of becoming reality. The Four Wizard book covers are a little different and I think I can explain what Stephen is asking for a little better by using those for an example.

We have four individual wizards; all are patriarchs of a different part of the Realm, all with their own unique stories, and yet all related in some way. Silvio and the old tree stump have a connection. And without giving the story away, I wanted the reader to know that the tree stump is an extremely important part of not just Silvio’s story, but the Realm’s as well. Of course, Deception Peak is in the background of that book cover.

Meneka’s was a fun cover to do. He’s the dragon wizard, and I think you’ll find that his story has a fascinating twist as to why the Meneks worship the dragon. I choose one of the most climatic parts of the story, put a little artistic license to it (he’s not really on the beach when he performs this act but I wanted the beach in the painting because the water plays an important part in the story). His cover is brighter with the red dragon. Meneka is a fiery personality!

The most important scene in the story Kaempie was when he sacrificed his powers to the Northern Winds. It is the turning point for the entire history of the Realm. It was a stormy evening, the wind was blowing, and he was afraid. Those were the elements I wanted to convey in the title. Whether they work or not, or draw the reader in, you’ll have to tell me.

The final short story, which was just published, is the story of the wizard Reuben. This painting was actually a plein air sunset painting I did last summer with a few alterations. The story of Reuben is a romance. Reuben being rowed to the Island of Refuge by two gypsies while he longs for his true love is the scene portrayed here. I thought about doing a little more with the romance aspect in the painting, but I didn’t want to give the story away.

To me a good cover suggests the atmosphere of the story, and draws the-would be reader in, just like a hook would in the first line of your book. You cover is seen even before your first line. But you don’t want to tell your viewer everything…just a taste.

I hope mine have that effect.

Thanks for asking Stephen. I hope it answers some of your questions!

Synopsis of Dragon Shield

Ian's Realm: The Dragon Shield
Available Now at

As a young man, Ian returns to the Realm to fight against the tyranny that has befallen his friends. But the Realm is a different place, the forest is dying, the Kaermperns have lost the shield that protected them from the dragon, and Ian has a hard time proving his allegiance when trouble follows him through the portal. His struggle to do right buries him in confusion, and he must fight his own will to prove his integrity.

Be sure to connect with Dianne at the following social media links:


Hydra Publications link

Facebook Ian's Realm link

Twitter @DianneGardner

Monday, February 11, 2013

Seventh Star Press Announces Call for Entries on New Anthology Co-Edited by David J. Guyton and Stephen Zimmer

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2013

Seventh Star Press Announces Call for Entries on New Anthology Co-Edited by David J. Guyton and Stephen Zimmer

Seventh Star Press proudly announces a call for entries for Fires of Liberty (Volume One): A Speculative Fiction Celebration of Freedom, the first release of an exciting new anthology series that will be as inspiring as it is thought-provoking.

Co-edited by David J. Guyton and Stephen Zimmer, the anthology challenges authors to explore what freedom really means, and the unique value of the individual, within a speculative fiction environment.  Fires of Liberty is an invitation to exploration, celebration, and self-discovery.

The project welcomes stories of 2,000 to 10,000 words in size  from all corners of the speculative fiction world, including science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, alternate history, dystopian, and more.  Special consideration for inclusion is being given to stories that are prequels, or preludes, to an author's existing or upcoming series.  Fires of Liberty is scheduled for a Fall 2013 release in trade paperback and eBook formats, and will feature cover art from one of SSP's award-winning artists.

The themes of the anthology are very close to heart for both of the project's editors, who are speculative fiction authors with ongoing series that explore the kinds of themes to be featured in Fires of Liberty.

David J. Guyton is a fantasy author and artist currently residing in the eastern United States.  He is known for his Legend of Reason series, a fantasy saga which currently features three titles, Mighty Hammer Down, Blood and Bronze, and Soul Under the Mountain.

Stephen Zimmer is an author and filmmaker residing in Lexington, Kentucky.  His work as an author includes the epic-scale, urban fantasy Rising Dawn Saga, the epic fantasy Fires in Eden series, the Harvey and Solomon steampunk tales, and the forthcoming Hellscapes horror stories.

"David and I are really excited about Fires of Liberty," Stephen remarked.  "The themes are very important to both of us, and we are really looking forward to seeing some very inspiring and insightful stories brought to life as a result of this project.  The life of an author requires an independent streak, the pursuit of a dream, self-determination and self-motivation, so I am very confident that all kinds of writers will be able to connect and resonate with the themes featured in this anthology."

The deadline for story submissions is June 1, 2013, and full information on the anthology project can be found at:

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at)

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Friday, February 8, 2013

Seventh Star Press Announces New Trilogy From Steven Shrewsbury

For Immediate Release
February 8, 2013

Seventh Star Press proudly announces A Story of Goliath, a brand new, epic-scale sword and sorcery trilogy from Steven Shrewsbury.  The trilogy gets underway with the first book, Philistine, to be released in early summer of 2013.
Set within the same world as Shrewsbury's increasingly popular Gorias La Gaul stories, A Story of Goliath takes place many centuries later and follows the adventures and exploits of the legendary biblical figure Goliath.  Readers of the trilogy can expect a gritty, hard-hitting take on the great warrior, set within a world rife with dark supernatural dangers, violence, lust, and all manner of elements both villainous and heroic that Shrewsbury's sword and sorcery tales are known to contain.

In Philistine, Goliath, rumored to be the offspring of a fallen angel, is a champion warrior of Philistia, a land with five great cities each ruled by a king.  Serving the Kings of Philistia, Goliath is pulled into a great conflict as a rogue general named Samien seeks to establish a new confederation, and throw off the yoke of older rulers and gods alike.

With his shield bearer, Abimelech, and a company of soldiers, Goliath sets out on missions for the five kings and encounters alchemists, the rising of ancient cities, bizarre creatures, cannibal wizards and dire dreams of death for his people.  The schemes of demons and humans intertwine, and Goliath discovers that humanity sometimes rivals the demonic horde in desire, greed and hate.

The trilogy will bring the team behind the Gorias La Gaul novel Overkill together again, as Joshua H. Leet will be handling editing duties, and award-winning artist Matthew Perry will be creating cover designs and interior illustrations for the novels.  A limited edition hardcover is planned, along with trade paperback and eBook versions.

Residing in Illinois, Steven Shrewsbury is a fantasy and horror author whose work has appeared in numerous short stories and novels.  His Gorias La Gaul tales include the novels Thrall and Overkill (both from Seventh Star Press), as well as the short stories "Beginning of the Trail", "Author and Finisher of Our Flesh", and "Insurmountable", which are all available as eBooks from Seventh Star Press.  Other novel credits include Hell Billy (Bad Moon Books) Tormentor (Lachesis Publishing), Hawg (Graveside Tales) and Stronger Than Death (Snuff Books).

For further information on Steven Shrewsbury releases or Seventh Star Press, please visit or the author’s site at:

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at)

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Announcing D.A. Adams' Between Dark and Light Virtual Tour

For Immediate Release
Februrary 6, 2013

Seventh Star Press proudly announces the Between Dark and Light Virtual Tour featuring author D.A. Adams from February 18th to March 16th.  The tour will feature a wide range of activities at a number of great speculative fiction blog sites, including guest posts, interviews, character interviews, excerpts, promotional spotlights, and many reviews.

Between Dark and Light is the fourth book in the increasingly popular and highly-acclaimed Brotherhood of Dwarves Series.  The latest installment in the YA fantasy series is now available in eBook and softcover formats, and a special limited hardcover edition is going to be announced and made available for ordering during the tour!

Between Dark and Light also brought back the talents of award-winning artist Bonnie Wasson, who created the cover and new interior illustrations.  Her artwork for the series landed an  Artist Choice Award for Best Warrior in the 2012 Dragon*Con Art Show, for the cover artwork of the first book, The Brotherhood of Dwarves.

Below is the schedule of dates, blog sites, and activities for the Between Dark and Light Tour:

2013 Between Dark and Light Virtual Tour

2/18 I Smell Sheep                                 Guest Post
2/19 Watch Play Read                            Interview
2/20 Read 2 Review                               Character Interview
2/21 Page Turner Book Tours                 Contest/Giveaway
2/22 The Oaken Bookcase                      Excerpt
2/22 Louann Carol                                   Promo/Spotlight
2/23 GMTA UK                                      Interview/Excerpt
2/24 The Independent Review                   Review
2/25 From the Bootheel Cotton Patch       Excerpt
2/26 Beauty in Ruins                                  Guest Post
2/27 Full Moon Bites                                 Character Interview
2/28 Ali’s Bookshelf                                  Review
3/1 Bee’s Knees Reviews                          Review
3/2 Bookishly Me                                      Excerpt/Spotlight
3/3 SpecMusicMuse                                  Review
3/4 GMTA                                                 Excerpt
3/5 Angela Meadon                                    Interview
3/5 D Renee Bagby Presents YA First Chapters        Excerpt
3/6 Pandragon Dan                                    Review
3/6 A Book Vacation                                 Excerpt and Contest
3/7 Lost Inside the Covers                         Review
3/8 Darlene’s Book Nook                          Guest Post
3/9 Sheila Deeth                                         Guest Post
3/10 John F. Allen                                      Promo/Spotlight
3/10 Spellbindings                                      Review
3/11 Workaday Reads                               Review
3/12 Celticlady’s Reviews                          Promo/Spotlight
3/12 Horsham Writers Circle                      Review/Interview
3/12 The One Saga                                    Review/Excerpt
3/13 WTF Are You Reading                      Review
3/13 Beagle Book Space                            Promo/Spotlight
3/14 Urban Fantasy Reviews                      Guest Post
3/15 The Cabin Goddess                            Fourth Wall Friday
3/16 Jess Resides Here                               Review

For further information on D.A. Adams releases or Seventh Star Press, please visit or the author’s site at:

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at)

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Monday, February 4, 2013

Seventh Star Press Proudly Announces Selah Janel as Newest Member of Its Author Family

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2013

Seventh Star Press Proudly Announces Selah Janel as Newest Member of Its Author Family

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the addition of Selah Janel to its author family with an exciting four book, cross-genre series called The Kingdom City Chronicles.  With its unique blend of humor, urban fantasy, horror, fantasy, and iconic figures from folk tales and legends, The Kingdom City Chronicles will appeal to a wide range of speculative fiction readers.

The first novel of The Kingdom City Chronicles, Olde School, is projected for a Fall 2013 release window.  Subsequent titles will follow at a pace of one per year.

In The Kingdom City Chronicles, readers can look forward to a lot of familiar fantasy creatures and ideas, although those latter two elements will be turned completely on their heads!  Kingdom City is a fantasy world caught between tradition and modernization.  All the characters are trapped between past history and progression.

Readers will encounter trolls and princesses, dwarves and magical creatures, but they will be seen in a whole new light. Some renowned fairy-tale and folk story characters will make appearances, but readers will see the real story behind the legends. If fantasy characters can be caught in their own version of urban fantasy, where their world is the “real” and “urban” world, then Kingdom City and the surrounding areas is where it happens!

"I’ve wanted to work with Seventh Star Press first, because they produce amazing series that feature new variations on the fantasy, horror, and sci-fi genres," Selah commented.  "Seventh Star Press genuinely loves the genres they publish. Then also because of the huge sense of community they have. Every Seventh Star author I’ve met always has great things to say about everyone else, and it’s wonderful to be part of a group that thinks like that."

Joshua H. Leet will be working with Selah as the editor for The Kingdom City Chronicles .  Interior illustrations and cover art from SSP's award-winning artists will be featured in all versions of Olde School and subsequent titles, from a special limited hardcover edition to the trade paperback and eBook editions.

A Midwest girl at heart and in residence, Selah Janel is fueled by a love of ideas, stories, and the potential of magic hiding in the mundane. She mostly writes fantasy and horror, but is known to stray into other genres if the idea beckons. She is the author of several short e-books with Mocha Memoirs Press and No Boundaries Press. Her first novel, the urban fantasy story In the Red, blends dark fantasy with fairy tale themes and rock n’ roll. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond, Stories for Children Magazine, and several upcoming anthologies.  She’s also worked as a performer, puppeteer, and in costume design and construction.

"Selah's got more energy than a high-end nuclear reactor running at full capacity," fellow SSP author Stephen Zimmer remarked.  "As a writer, she's got a wonderful range, in that she could thrive in any sub genre of speculative fiction.  Add to that an iron work ethic, generous nature towards authors and readers alike, and a rock star flair, and you've got a real literary force to be reckoned with!"

For further information on Selah Janel releases or Seventh Star Press, please visit or the author's site at:

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at)

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Friday, February 1, 2013

Seventh Star Press Proudly Announces John F. Allen as Newest Member of Its Author Family

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2013

Seventh Star Press Proudly Announces John F. Allen as Newest Member of Its Author Family

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the addition of John F. Allen to its author family with a six book deal that launches the Ivory Blaque series for urban fantasy readers and those who love well-crafted speculative fiction.  The upcoming releases will feature a pair of story arcs that each comprise three novels, with The God Killers Legacy to be published first, and The Blood Legacy following after.

The first novel of The God Killers Legacy, The God Killers, is slated for a summer release in 2013.  It will be followed by The Conclave, and The Magistrate, to complete the first story arc.

In The God Killers, former professional art thief Ivory Blaque is hired to procure a pair of antique pistols and gets much more than she bargained for when several attempts are made on her life.

Her client turns out to be a shadowy government agent who reveals that she is descended from a race of immortals, that the pistols are linked to her unique heritage and the special psychic gifts she possesses, he uses the memory of her father to guilt her into working for him.

Ivory eventually gives in to his request, and in return, he presents her with her father’s journal, which was written in an unbreakable code. Bishop believes that she is the only one capable of breaking the code and unlocking the plans of the vampire hierarchy. But when the city’s top vampire is a sexy incubus with the hots for her and she’s assigned a hot new lycan enforcer to protect her, she finds herself caught between two sets of rock hard abs.

To regain her autonomy, clear her name, unlock the secrets of her past, and protect the lives of those closest to her, Ivory must play along with the forces trying to manipulate her. Ivory’s life is rapidly spiraling out of control and headed for an explosive conclusion which she just might not survive.

"I was introduced to Seventh Star Press through Rodney Carlstrom and RJ Sullivan," John commented.  "Once I got to meet Stephen Zimmer and the other SSP writers, I felt completely at home. It was the sense of family and friendliness as well as the professionalism which drew me to want to be a part of the Seventh Star Press family!"

Karen M. Leet will be working with John as the editor for The God Killers Legacy .  Interior illustrations and cover art from Enggar Adirasa, the most recent addition to SSP's growing team of artists, will be featured in all versions of The God Killers, from a special limited hardcover edition to the trade paperback and eBook editions.

Living in the Indianapolis area with his wife and two children, John F. Allen is a member of Indiana Writer's Center and Indiana Horror Writers, and serves as its Vice President. He studied Liberal Arts with a focus on Creative Writing at IUPUI and has written numerous short stories, as well as articles and reviews on his blog.  The God Killers represents John's debut as a novelist.

"I am absolutely thrilled to have John with us," fellow SSP author Stephen Zimmer stated.  "In addition to being a highly talented writer, readers will find him very approachable.  When you are around John, you get a really strong sense of his dedication to his writing, and you also see how much goodwill he has towards fellow authors.  He's definitely a wonderful addition to our family at SSP, and readers can look forward to some big things ahead from John!"

For further information on John F. Allen's releases or Seventh Star Press, please visit or the author's site at:

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames (at)

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky