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Launch Party a Great Success!

book launch 1We had a full house at the When Words Collide launch party for our annual anthology, this year entitled Enigma Front: Burnt.

Enigma Front: Burnt is the second publication launched by Analemma Books. I have been privileged to serve as Senior Editor this time around and also have had my short story “The Cure” chosen for inclusion in the book, which contains contributions by award-winning authors such as Robert J. Sawyer, Jayne Barnard, and Ron S. Friedman, as well as many exciting upcoming and brand new authors. We are also honored to have Craig DiLouie as the author of our forward this year.

Thank you so very much to all the wonderful people who came and listened to our authors read passages from their stories. And congratulations to the lucky winners of our door prizes: books, posters, and bottles of Enigma wine!

We even managed to wrangle together most (but, sadly, not all) of our authors and editors for a group photo.

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Included in photo are (roughly left to right and front to back): Kristine Saretsky, Elizabeth Grotkowski, Renee Bennett, Colin Maheu, Adria Laycraft, Robert Bose, Tim Reynolds, David Worsick, Celeste A. Peters, Rick Overwater, Valerie King, Craig DiLouie, Susan Forest, Christopher M. Chupik, Chris Patrick Carolan, Katie Harse, Brent Nichols, Sandra FitzPatrick (aka Lee F. Patrick), Erin Sneath, Chris M. Jessop, and (at the far right) Justin Acton. Not shown: Robert J. Sawyer, Ron S. Friedman, and Jayne Barnard,.

 

Copies of the anthology are now available for purchase in print or as e-books from Amazon.com and Kobo.

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Enigma Front: Burnt Anthology Set to Launch in August

Burnt Ebook Cover smallerThis is it, folks. The anthology I spent all winter working on as Senior Editor for Analemma Books. The collection of 21 great stories includes works by award-winning authors such as Robert J. Sawyer, Jayne Barnard, and Susan Forest right alongside with the imaginative expressions of first-time authors and those of us with varying degrees of publishing success. (Yes, I have a story in the book too–my new work entitled “The Cure”.)

Enigma Front: Burnt will receive a formal launch Saturday, August 13, 2016, 2 pm, at the When Words Collide Festival, complete with author readings and door prizes! The event will take place in the Acadia room at the Delta Calgary South Hotel and you don’t have to have a When Words Collide membership in order to attend. Sure hope to see you there!

“Shackling God” Receives Honorable Mention

In Places Between 2015 CoverMy short story “Shackling God” was a finalist in the 2015 Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest. Results of the judging were announced at this year’s When Words Collide readers’ festival on Sunday, August 16th, where the In Places Between chapbook of finalist entries was also launched. What a weekend (see entry below)!

Enigma Front Is Here!

We launched our new anthology, Enigma Front, Friday, August 14th, 2015, at the When Words Collide readers’ festival in Calgary. Thanks so much to all our supporters who came out and joined in the celebration!

Enigma Front Team

The Enigma Front team: (from left to right) Justin Acton, Michael Gillett, Calvin Jim, Chris Jessop, Lesley Sackett, Selene O’Rourke, Adria Leycraft, Renee Bennett, Celeste A. Peters, Shannon Allen, Erin Sneath, Robert J. Sawyer, Ron S. Friedman, Brent Nichols, Hayden Trenholm, and Timothy Reynolds. Not shown: Christopher Chupik, Jayne Barnard, Les W Kuzyk, Chantal Gallant, and Kristine Saretsky.

 

Enigma Front Anthology CoverCopies of the anthology are now available for purchase in print or as e-books from Amazon.com and Kobo.

Enigma Front is the first publication launched by Analemma Books. I have been privileged to serve as co-editor and also have had my short story “A Fable for Those Who Would Mess with Fate” chosen for inclusion in the book, which includes contributions by award-winning authors such as Robert J. Sawyer, Hayden Trenholm, Jayne Barnard, and Ron S. Friedman, as well as many exciting upcoming and brand new authors.

Indigogo Campaign Surpassed Our Goal!

Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who made our Indigogo campaign to raise funds for the Enigma Front launch party a total success. We were aiming for $500 and reached $641 by the end of the campaign. The excess is being split between author royalties and start-up funds for the next anthology.

Indigogo Campaign Now Underway to Raise Funds for Enigma Front Launch

Can you help us out? Just go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/enigma-front-book-launch-party#/story. We have some great perks to say ‘Thanks’ for your generous donations.

Coming Out in August 2015: Enigma Front

For the past few months, I’ve had my nose to the grindstone co-editing an exciting new anthology called Enigma Front. Our theme is “a wave of possibility rolls across the land and nothing remains the same in its wake”. Anything can, and does, happen! We’ve got dragons, dinosaurs, earthquakes, aliens, sinister artists, clowns… Never a dull moment!

The volume will feature eighteen stories written by members of our Imaginative Fiction Writers Association (IFWA), including works by Robert J. Sawyer, Brent Nichols, Tim Reynolds, Adria Laycraft, Renee Bennett, Ron S. Friedman and a bevy of others–me too.

We’re aiming to launch Enigma Front in August at the When Worlds Collide festival. It will be available in both print and e-book format. Our awesome cover artwork has been done by Brent Nichols.

Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction Made the 2015 Aurora Aurealis Awards Shortlist

Close, but no cigar…again. Darn. That’s three missed in a row now. (First, the 2011 In Places Between Aurora nomination, then the 2014 Urban Green Man nomination.) Nonetheless, congratulations to Amok anthology editor Dominica Malcolm and authors for a job well done.

Listen to “Caesar’s Soliloquy” Podcast

Calgary voice actor Elijah Lucian has included my piece of flash fiction entitled “Caesar’s Soliloquy” on his first volume of flash fiction readings. You can listen to it by clicking HERE, or go to his website and listen to other stories he recorded as well. Thanks, Elijah. It sounds great!

Urban Green Man Anthology Shortlisted for an Aurora Award!

While Urban Green Man didn’t win the ultimate prize on October 4th, it was wonderfully exciting to have a story in a publication that was in the running. Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting process.

“Caves of Noble Truth and Dangerous Knowledge”

Yep. I have another short story being published this spring. Watch for Solarwyrm PressAmok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction slated for launch in May 2014.

The cover artwork has been done by Junhunyap. Click here to see other covers he’s created.

“Without Blemish” Is in the Urban Green Man Anthology

The Urban Green ManLast August, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing‘s Urban Green Man anthology launched at the When Words Collide 2013 convention in Calgary. My short story “Without Blemish” is included among the 31 tales contained between the covers. This is my first official sale of fiction, so I’m very excited!

Green Man legends show up in the mythologies of cultures from around the world and focus on the theme of renewal. This anthology brings the Green Man, traditionally a forest entity, into our modern-day cities and towns, with magic along for the ride.

If you would like to order a copy, just click on the book cover image at the left.

“A Fable for Those Who Would Mess with Fate”
Wins Award

In Places BetweenYipee! My initial foray into the world of fiction has been well received, winning Honorable Mention in the Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest. It can be found in the chapbook of winning entries entitled “In Places Between”.

Contest results were announced August 13, 2011, at the When Words Collide conference in Calgary, Alberta. If you are an aspiring or established genre fiction author seeking to improve your craft and receive encouragement from your peers, I can’t think of a better event to attend. Keep an eye on their website for details of next year’s event and registration information.

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