MMM Writers

It’s a midyear ‘out with the old and in with the new’ as IdahoSinC have shifted direction as of 1 June.

“Idaho Sisters in Crime” started up in January 2023 with the plan of establishing a local/regional chapter of the international Sisters in Crime organization, for writers of crime fiction, from procedurals to cozies.

After careful deliberation by its interim board, and having reviewed the results of their annual survey, the group will no longer seek affiliation, but will instead organize as a no-dues, in-person, and online presence supporting writers of “mystery” — which, of course, is a component of all good genre fiction.

Their first events in June include an in-person meet-up in Meridian on the 11th as well as a planned online Write-In or Sprints Session.

A Book Fair in October is also on the planning calendar.

Further information available at MMMWriters.com.

Futuristic, with a Twist

Coming 12 September. Available for pre-order.

Promise collects Christi Nogle’s best futuristic stories ranging from plausible tech-based science fiction to science fantasy stories about aliens in our midst: chameleonic foils hover in the skies, you can order a headset to speak and dream with your dog, and your devices sometimes connect not just to the web but to the underworld.

These tales will recall the stories of Ray Bradbury, television programs such as Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone, and novels such as Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin or Under the Skin by Michel Faber.

They are often strange and dreadful but veer towards themes of hope, potential, promise.

Promise is available from online booksellers, from Rediscovered Books and Barnes and Noble in Boise, select bookstores nationwide, and direct from the author.

Weird Weather? Submissions Open

Smoking Pen Press is pleased to announce a new Call for Submissions for a short story anthology for our Read on the Run series. We’re seeking stories about weather. But we aren’t interested in fair winds or ordinary weather, we are looking for Ill Winds and Wild Weather. All genres are considered.

  • Submissions accepted 15 March – 30 April 2023
  • 1,200 to 7,000 words
  • Attach to email as DOC or DOCX file

Contact spp (at) smokingpenpress (dotcom) for more information.

Photo by NOAA on Unsplash

Alan Heathcock’s New Disaster

This looks so great. Heathcock has envisioned an American future riven with war and spectacle… (Yes, I’ve ordered my copy.)

Here’s the blurb:

In a future America ravaged by natural disaster, pandemic, and political unrest, a fundamentalist faction emerges. As the Novae Terrae gain power, enticing civilians with bread and circuses, a civil war breaks out between its members and the US government. —- Mazzy Goodwin, a young soldier, only wants to find her little sister, Ava Lynn. One day, she wakes in a bomb crater to find wings emerged from her back. Has she died? Been gifted wings by God? Undergone a military experiment?

Read the accolades on Alan Heathcock’s website then pick up a copy at Rediscovered Books or your favorite local or online book vendor. Not to be missed!

Follow the author on Twitter @alanheathcock

Write Sci-Fi?

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It’s all free. Register and learn more on their site.

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