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  1. Geeks, Grab Your Towels! A Legendary Podcast Returns!

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    September 26, 2014 by FPP

    O&FPlogoThe Once and Future Podcast Announces Blockbuster Fall Guests

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014—New York, NY—Host and curator of content Anton Strout is pleased to announce that The Once and Future Podcast, his science fiction and fantasy show, is back for its third season and promises to be more powerful than ever before.

    How can that be, when in the past the show played host to the likes of Patrick Rothfuss, Amber Benson, Lev Grossman, and Charlaine Harris? Well, for starters, how about upcoming guests like Jim Butcher, Tad Williams, Robin Hobb, Chuck Wendig, and more? The show will also have weekly segments focusing on news and events from around the nerdiverse, as well as the laughs and lively discussion listeners have come to expect.

    Strout, himself a successful urban fantasy author, started the podcast in 2011. “I listen to a lot of podcasts. Thing is, no one out there was doing exactly the kind of one I wanted to be hearing, so for the past three seasons I’ve taken it upon myself to fill that void,” says Strout. “I love books and I love my fellow authors. I am pretty keen on celebrating that. I wanted a place where I could talk about all things happening within my chosen genre.”

    There are many podcasts out there these days. Why should one listen to this particular show? The Once and Future Podcast offers listeners a unique opportunity to hear authors chat in relaxed conversation. They’ll hear about informative things, like an author’s recent release or convention happenings, but they’ll also catch a glimpse of who these people really are behind the scenes. Because of the casual format, topics come up that aren’t usually covered in conventional interviews. Authors and other industry professionals become real people. Every episode has laughter and geek-talk in abundance.

    Anton Midtown Comics 030511For the first time, The Once and Future Podcast will be hosting sponsors as well—but not just any sponsors. Strout explains: “Listeners of The Once & Future Podcast love reading, but have a host of other nerdy little interests as well. We would rather speak passionately about the things we love in our sponsorships rather than run ads simply for the sake of running ads. Testimonial love holds a power other ads simply don’t.” These ads won’t be regurgitated copy. Whenever possible, Strout will discuss what these companies or products mean to him, and why his readers will want to know about them.

    The first episode of the new season will air on September 29, when Strout will be welcoming legendary cartoonist/illustrator/writer/game designer/muskrat loving Dork Tower creator John Kovalic to the podcast. Why not head to iTunes and subscribe? With over 51k (and growing) listeners to back it up, this doesn’t seem to be the kind of show folks will want to miss.

    Anton Strout is the author of the Simon Canderous paranormal detective series as well as the Spellmason Chronicles, both from Ace Books. His most recent book, Incarnate (book 3 of the Spellmason Chronicles), is coming out on September 30, 2014. You can find him wandering the halls at www.antonstrout.com or talking to your favorite genre authors at www.theonceandfuturepodcast.com.

    For queries, questions, or advertising opportunities, please contact onceandfuturepodcast@gmail.com


  2. Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley

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    September 23, 2014 by FPP

    pldgMonday, September 8thCrestview Hills, KY—“Murder and whimsy.These things may sound incompatible, but dark fantasy author Mercedes M. Yardleys latest novel manages to entwine the two concepts with lyrical language, beautiful imageryand a high body count.

    Ragnarok Publications is proud to announce the release of Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, coming on September 29th. A dark but lovely fairy tale, this is Yardley at her finest: a tapestry of lush imagery, poetic prose, and beautiful violence about a woman destined to be murdered and her flight from Fates inevitable—yet seemingly terriblemarksmanship.

    Yardleys fans are no strangers to her lovely, tragic style. She is also the author of the acclaimed novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, winner of the 2013 Reddit Stabby Award for Best Short Fiction, and the novel Nameless: The Darkness Comes, the first of The Bone Angel trilogy.

    The creation of Pretty Little Dead Girls was something special for Yardley, however: Pretty Little Dead Girls was created out of sheer joy,” Yardley says. “I’ve never experienced anything like it. This novel was written in three weeks. It bled from my pores, it was so intense. But so joyful.

    Hugo award-winning artist Galen Dara was commissioned to create a cover image that would capture the idea of lovely murder. The result, coupled with the design skills of J.M. Martin, is absolutely stunning. So stunning, in fact, that Ragnarok Publications has decided to release a special, limited hardcover edition of the book. Only one hundred of these signed hardcovers will be available, and preorders have already begun.

    Also included in the package for the preordered hardcovers is a signed print from artist Orion Zangara, renowned for creating fairy tales with his lavish pen and ink drawings. Dark and evocative, this stunning image by Zangara was made with a particular scene from Pretty Little Dead Girls in mind.

    Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is not just a novel; with the poignant words of Mercedes M. Yardley, and the haunting images of both Dara and Zangara, it is, without a doubt, a work of art.

    A special signed hardcover edition of Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, along with the Orion Zangara print, is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER. http://www.ragnarokpub.com/#!apocmon-boneangel/c234g.

    mercedesAbout the author:

    Hi. I’m Mercedes. I have two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although I try my very best. I like to write stories. I like to write poems. I like to write essays and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they aren’t. I’m the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the “serial killers in love” novella  Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, and my debut novel Nameless: The Darkness Comes. Nameless is the first book in The Bone Angel trilogy.  I specialize in the dark and beautiful.

    You can contact me at mercedesyardley(at)gmail(dot)com or follow me on Twitter.  @mercedesmy.