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* Jacqueline to attend LepreCon
* Jean Lorrah wins award
* Jacqueline's moving progress report
* N3F Short Story Contest
* New Reviews
* New Personnel
* Contest Opportunity
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***** Feature Articles *****
** Jacqueline to attend LepreCon
Jacqueline has been invited to be on the LepreCon program May 17-19, 2002.
LepreCon is an annual science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by LepreCon, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation. LepreCon 28 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, from Friday May 17th through Sunday May 19th 2002 at the Embassy Suites North, Phoenix, AZ (I-17 & Greenway).
Their confirmed guests of honor include:
Artist Guest of Honor: Monte M. Moore
Author Guest of Honor: Peter David
Music Guest: Jeff & Maya Kaatherine Bohnhoff (sponsored by the Phoenix Filk Circle)
Local Artist Guest of Honor: James Reade
Regular memberships are currently $35 until May 5th (5/5/02; thereafter the rate rises to $40 payable at the door. Address is LepreCon 28, PO Box 26665, Tempe, AZ 85285. Web: LepreCon .
LepreCon conventions emphasize the art of science fiction and fantasy. There will be a large art show, a variety of art demonstrations and hands-on art workshops, and regular art programming. But LepreCon isn't just art! They will also offer plenty of programming on literature and writing, the science in science fiction, and both audio & visual media. In addition, there will be a dealers' room, gaming, filk singing, masquerade contest, videos, anime and a terrific con suite.
She has been encouraged to promote any projects she is working on. About five hundred fans are expected to attend.
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
2577 W. Greenway Rd.
Room Rates: $79 S/D, $89 T, $99 Q (plus tax)
These are Two Room Suites that include a made-to-order breakfast and evening happy hour!
** Jean Lorrah wins award
Each year the Lord Ruthven Assembly gives awards for the best fiction and nonfiction works on the subject of vampires. The winners for the year 2001 are
Fiction: BLOOD WILL TELL by Jean Lorrah
Non-fiction: FOOD FOR THE DEAD by Michel E. Bell
There were over 150 vampire novels published in 2001, including new books by Anne Rice and P. N. Elrod. The Lord Ruthven Assembly is the group of scholars of vampire literature and lore who meet every year in association with the International Conference on the Fantastic.
Jean reports, "I wasn't expecting the honor, and didn't even know my book was being considered. It's always exciting to win an award, and this one comes from people who really deeply study vampire literature, so it means a great deal to me."
Jean Lorrah is co-owner with Jacqueline Lichtenberg of simegen.com and Sime~Gen Inc. You can find out more about her work at her site .
Called back from exile to a beleaguered court, the seer Phillipe foresees bloodshed and destruction, unless he can guide the young duke onto an alternate path. The duchy's only hope lies with the Lady Zuli -- who refuses to believe a word Phillipe says. Phillipe makes one perilous psychic journey after another, as Zuli sets her own desperate, opposing plans into motion. "...a well-written and detailed historical novel of intrigue and romance." SFSite
. Read the first three chapters at www.speculationpress.com.
by Marguerite Krause
Called back from exile to a beleaguered court, the seer Phillipe foresees bloodshed and destruction, unless he can guide the young duke onto an alternate path. The duchy's only hope lies with the Lady Zuli -- who refuses to believe a word Phillipe says. Phillipe makes one perilous psychic journey after another, as Zuli sets her own desperate, opposing plans into motion. "...a well-written and detailed historical novel of intrigue and romance." SFSite . Read the first three chapters at www.speculationpress.com.----------Please Support the Advertisers Who Support Us------
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** Jacqueline's moving progress report
"My ... move to Arizona has been progressing nicely, though taking up most of my time.
"... we got a shelf unit and assembled it - [with help from friends].
"... we had our brand new water softener repaired (turns out if we hadn't called service, we'd have had water on the garage floor at 2am one day soon). The gas grille that they said would take 6-8 weeks to deliver came in about 2 weeks. The car they said would take 1 week to fix might be ready sometime after 2 weeks. My husband found a good doctor and some of our subscriptions have actually started reaching our new address. ... we have a new thermostat being installed for the AC/Heat, and some more cabinets should be delivered (I hope).
"I counted well over 80 boxes yet to be opened -- I think they're mostly books and office files and supplies, but who knows? My husband's tools, a leaf for one table, and a number of other items are still "missing" somewhere in this mess. Plus there are all the wall-hanging boxes leaning against walls. Oh, and ... I got a LIBRARY CARD!!! (and some books) and I also bought a book (well, everything's packed). I still have a defective cable plug attached to one TV, and I'll know [soon] if I've got the other two VCR's programmed. So far I've taped an ENTERPRISE episode I hadn't seen before."
** N3F Short Story Contest
The National Fantasy Fan Federation is having its Short Story Contest this year. It's open to all unpublished writers who have not been published at professional rates. If you've been published two times or more, please do not participate. For more information, send SASE to Elizabeth Caldwell, 27975 Belgrave Road, Cleveland, OH 44124 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THL Kaíres Tévesu announces the latest 'Special Edition' of SimeCenter, which has three new recipients:
- The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund centralizing donations to 13 charities in NYC
- Federal Employees Education & Assistance Fund focusing on aid to families of Pentagon victims
- National Association for Victim Assistance crisis-response teams in NYC, DC, and Pennsylvania
Please take the time to visit their pages, and donate to these worthy organizations, by way of thanking them for their efforts...and in return for enjoying the excellent stories and artwork our contributors have donated.
...Don't forget to tell them that you were 'referred' by SimeCenter.
In the Art department, we have the final entry in the inspiring set of artworks from Tracey Palmer. This entry is called "Liberty Bell." (What you've seen these last three editions are graphic arts, but Tracey has contributed a wide range of art forms in the past...and we hope to see more in the future.)
We also have a fantasy image from Michael Cox, "Summer Night." (Michael is one of our most faithful contributors. According to a comment in his bio, his motive is "to present opportunities, visually, for us to arrive at a better place, emotionally.")
And an awe-inspiring landscape called "Canyon-iii" from Geoffrey Chew. (This is our first contribution from this prolific artist, but won't be the last. He, too, has a wide range of styles, all most enjoyable. My heartfelt thanks to him for joining our group of talented contributors.)
Our first story is a play by Lois June Wickstrom: "Order of the Virgin Mothers." It presents a unique and practical solution to some modern problems. (Lois is not only a frequent contributor to SimeCenter, but she was also its administrator for the entire first year of its existence.
Our second story this month is a repost from a bit over a year ago: "Creekside" by Ed Murphy, which presents a lesson about love and friendship in a small town. (Look for another of his stories in later editions.)
The third story is "Masks - A Modern Fairy Tale" by Lillian Caldwell, which retells a well-known lesson in a contemporary context. (Long-time readers will recall her intriguing "Joys of Spring" last Summer on SimeCenter. It won honorable mention in a competition overseas.)
2002 EPPIE Winner COUSIN FEELY now at Double Dragon Ebooks! COUSIN FEELY by J. B. Jones is about courage in the face of small-town prejudice. Set in a football-crazy town in the 50s, Bob Junior, high school football star, is bodyguard to his cousin, William, a dwarf, football-hating misfit. William destroys the football team and changes the lives of everyone in town. Buy the Book at Double Dragon Ebooks . See the haunted bridge that inspired the story at http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cousinfeely/ .
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** New Reviews
The following reviews have been posted in the mainstream reviews area. Enjoy.
OUT OF WHACK by Jeff Strand
THE MYSTERY OF THE OCTAGON HOUSE by Gay Toltl Kinman
NEVER FADE AWAY by William Hart
HARRY MCCREEDY by James Jeffrey Paul
ORACLE OF DELPHI by Elizabeth Rose
FLIGHT OF ANGELS By Marilyn Gardner
CHRISTMAS TALES AND TREATS by Christiana Lewis
REPENT 2000 by Michael Anka
MYSTERY OF THE MISSING MINIATURE BOOKS by Gay Toltl Kinman
NEVERLAND: THE EARLY ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN by R. Scott Leatherwood
THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING ARABIAN by Gay Toltl Kinman
A BALLPLAYER'S CHOICE by Reed Lengel
SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER by Kevin L. Donihe
GYPSY RIZKA by Lloyd Alexander
THE ROAD GOES ON by Brian E. Turner
VAMPIRE REVIEWS BY GENRE
THE SACRAMENT by Susan Squires Reviewed by Carol Castellanos
FROM THE HEART by Jenna Kay Francis Reviewed by Carol Castellanos
RAPTURE IN MOONLIGHT by Rosemary Laurey Reviewed by Carol Castellanos
HUNTERS OF THE SHADOWS by Mark Haeuser Reviewed by Carol Castellanos
KIT: THE CYBERBLOOD CHRONICLES by Jonathan H. Amsbury Reviewed by Carol Castellanos
15 REASONS WHY I LOVE MY DAD by Samantha, Benjamin and Cassidy Kapple Reviewed by Carol Castellanos 3/14/02 (Children's)
WINDREAPER, WINDLEGENDS SAGA BOOK V by Charlotte Boyette-Compo Reviewed by Carol Castellanos 3/14/02 (Dark Fantasy)
SELENA'S SEDUCTION by Jewelann Butler Reviewed by Glorianna 3/14/02 (Historical Romance)
THE CITY: THE WILD KIDS OF NEW CITY by Dale Taylor Reviewed by Carol Castellanos 03/14/02 (Futuristic Horror)
ON THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS: TALES OF THE TRAVELER by Lauren C. Hudson Adrian Drake Reviewed by Carol Castellanos 1/16/02 (Inspirational)
SEX, DEATH AND OTHER.... by Jade Walker Reviewed by Carol Castellanos 3/14/02 (Poetry)
SOUTHERN FRIED SCI-FI AND JAMBALAYA GENRES by Various Authors Reviewed by Carol Castellanos 3/14/02 (Science Fiction)
NEWLY ADDED: PURELY EROTIC REVIEWS LIONHEART by Kate Douglas Reviewed by Carol Castellanos
LIONHEART by Kate Douglas Reviewed by Jessica Holmes
And still more reviews:
SINS OF THE FLESH by J. C. Wilder
WHITE AZALEAS by Margery Harkness-Casares
MOONFIRE by Anne Clarke
GABRIEL'S GHOST by Megan Sybil Baker
ICE PRINCESS by Catherine Snodgrass & Bryndis Rubin
MAGICK by Mary Tafts
REDEMPTION by Shelby Morgen
THE GHOST OF HAWKTHORN PLAYS CUPID by Patty Deans
THE TALISMAN by Marilyn Lee
THE ALLIANCE by Patricia Waddell
LIONS OF JUDAH by Elaine Hopper
LOVE'S CAPTIVE by Myra Nour
A DANGEROUS DECEPTION by J. M. Jeffries
TWO FOR THE SHOW by Dorothy Compton
ALWAYS FAITHFUL by Catherine Snodgrass & Bryndis Rubin
THE NEXT HEIR by Fran Keighley
BLIND OBEDIENCE by Brandi Michaels
THE WRONG BRIDE by Susanna Carr
THE GROTTO by Evelyn Rogers
** New Personnel
Spatium Arena is happy to announce that Amy Harlib is doing movie and TV reviews. She already has three reviews posted there. We also have a new Horror Gatemaster who is settling in, Deb Quaife. She has excellent qualifications.
** Contest Opportunity
The British fantasy/horror/science fiction zine, THE ETERNAL NIGHT, is currently open for submissions in a short story contest. Some of you might like to check it out. Could be fun. The complete rules are in this month's issue; but the gist of it is that the theme is Night, and the story should either take place entirely at night or night should feature prominently in the theme. Minimum of 3000 words with no upper limit. No limit on number of entries, and no entry fee. First prize is a GORGEOUS print and $50 American as well as publication in the zine. Deadline is July 31st. Have at thee!
Go to http://www.eternalnight.co.uk/chronicle/c11/writingcontest.html for more details.
Karen MacLeod, Sysadmin Assistant and editor of the Sime~Gen online fanzine COMPANION IN ZEOR is one of the editors of a new professional anthology, PLEASURE OF THE HEART. It will be available 3/25/02. The publisher says "A portion of all sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society to fight Breast Cancer." And so it would make a great Mother's Day gift. To find this anthology, go to http://www.novelbooksinc.com .
BLOOD WILL TELL by Jean Lorrah is up at Barnes and Noble, but the author's name is misspelled as Jean Lorr. Jean, author of many Star Trek and Sime~Gen novels also has novel series in her own universe. She is CEO and co-owner of Sime~Gen Inc. and teaches in our writing school here. Search at B&N on her name and you won't find her newest novel. Try amazon.com and you get sixteen results.---------Advertisement-----------
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