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September 2015 Round-Up

Xina Uhl’s history book for kids is now available – The Passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 51H0BxWZQUL._SX386_BO1,204,203,200_at: http://www.amazon.com/Passing-Civil-Rights-Stories-Movement/dp/1624038832/

Xina has completed the audio recording for The Ruling Elite and Other Stories, and it is now on sale at Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Ruling-Elite-and-Other-Stories-Audiobook/B0153VWA26/

Her Icebound stories are making the rounds at publishers. One publisher said they wanted to publish it but their contract terms made Xina wary. Another publisher is looking at it now so we’re all keeping our fingers crossed.

She also continues adding to her photo series about the Camino de Santiago (Spain) on her blog – https://xuwriter.wordpress.com/tag/100-spanish-photos/

In between graduate classes in Crisis Management, Janet Loftis took a September vacation to New Mexico, looking for inspiration – and a setting – for a story collection about the enigmatic Arijia (a magical race of creatures mentioned in “Wedding Night” and “In the Service of the Queen”). Although their appearance is behind the scenes, the Arijia are highly important to both stories, which are related to one another (you’ll note the surname of the main character in each is the same – although Janet has not yet decided if they are father and son, or grandfather and son, or perhaps separated by several generations). The tales of the Arijia and the Diallo family are still evolving.

61rUqPC7+9L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Janet’s short script “Santa Needs a New Red Suit” made it to the semi-finals of the 2015 Shriekfest Film Festival which will be held next weekend. This marks her fourth try and her fourth placement (she has twice now been a semi-finalist and twice a finalist). Janet is considering including the four scripts in a print edition of her short story collection: Skin and Bones http://www.amazon.com/Skin-Bones-Janet-Loftis-ebook/dp/B00E19DQHA/ (via Createspace) which recently received its first five-star ***** review!

Cheryl Dyson finished a new book which has no title yet. It’s off to a few pre-readers for more feedback prior to sending it off again for editing. It’s a young adult horrorish book that was inspired by her daughter. She’s still trying to finish the Gauntlet series, frustrated by her characters whose most recent accomplishment is their dancing three steps ahead of her and her will to bring their story – and their fate – to a close. Could it be that a certain someone doesn’t want to be killed off? or married? or wants an even greater challenge? Indeed, perhaps it was a vengeful Gauntlet character she’s already killed off that jinxed her laptop recently, causing the hard drive to fail, and who wants their fate rewritten? A bejeweled steel gauntlet sits upright in a stone archway. Cover art for The Gauntlet Thrown by Cheryl Dyson & Xina Marie Uhl

Deb Ochery remains in hiberation. Occasionally, she wakes up and scribbles a few words before sinking back to the soft dirt of her cozy den.

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