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World Anvil Anthology

July 27th, 2019 – We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with World Anvil to create a unique new writing competition! We are thrilled to have been asked to not only participate in this process, but to be the publisher for the anthology that will be produced as a result. We look forward to showcasing the amazing talents of the World Anvil community.

What is World Anvil?

World Anvil is a website founded in October of 2017 by Janet Forbes and Dimitris Havlidis. It is a place where authors, table-top RPG (role playing game) dungeonmasters, and hobbyists can develop, maintain, and display fictional worlds in a wiki-style system. More than that, it is a growing community of almost half a million members all working together to advance their own worldbuilding and writing skills.

Did you say writing competition?

Yes! We are looking for the best speculative fiction novelettes from the amazing community of World Anvil members. This can be sci-fi, fantasy, speculative horror, alternative history, and so forth. While it is not required to have a detailed world associated with the story on World Anvil, it is encouraged. All entries must be in English to qualify. The word-count range we are looking for is 7,500 – 12,500. The deadline is September 21st, 2019. Winners will be announced on a World Anvil live stream on December 14th, 2019.

This is a very unique competition that encourages community involvement and is intended to showcase the talent of World Anvil members. All entries must be written on World Anvil using their Prose article template. It will not be possible to submit for this competition via email.

How does this work?

The first thing you’ll need is a World Anvil account, and it’s free to sign up! Once you’ve gotten logged in, you’ll need to create a world–don’t worry, it’s easy! After that, you can start your entry using the Prose template. Once you’re done writing, make sure the article is not a draft or hidden, save it, then click the button on the right side of the editor to enter the competition!

The Selection Process

The first round of the competition will be based on likes, so you’ll want to get involved with the community and promote your work. We recommend joining World Anvil’s Discord server to facilitate this.

Forty entries will be selected based on likes, after which they’ll be qualified and judged by the World Anvil staff. Of those, twenty finalists will be passed along to us for evaluation.

The Prize(s)

From there, we will select ten entries to be published in the anthology. 

We will also select one that we feel has great potential to grow into something more, and the author will receive a contract offer for their own stand-alone book of novella or novel length.

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Launching Tomorrow: Murder in Mind by Majanka Verstraete

What if we lived in a world where the government could assess your mental health, without any criminal activity or precursor, and commit you to a facility against your will? That’s the future Majanka Verstraete explores in Murder in Mind, led by a protagonist who’s been institutionalized after watching her parents murder. If you’re interested in science fiction, psychological thrillers, and/or dystopian futures, you may find yourself devouring this phenomenal story in one sitting.

You can purchase Murder in Mind directly from us, or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other online retailers. You can also request a copy at your local bookstore, you’ll just need the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The hardcover ISBN is 978-1-949645-50-7 and the paperback ISBN is 978-1-949645-49-1.

You can support the author by adding the book to your list(s) on Goodreads, sharing it with your friends and family, and amplifying our posts on social media!

*Note, if you sign up for the Kyanite Collector’s Pass, you’ll get access to the eBook as well as all the eBooks we’ve published so far and every eBook we have yet to publish in your membership term. Read more about it here!

If you’d like to interact with the author, join us on Twitter on Monday, July 22nd for an interview about Murder in Mind and her other books!

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Transcript: Our Twitter Chat with Michael D. Nadeau

Our chat with Michael D. Nadeau, author of The Darkness Returns, A Lythinall Novel: Book One begins now! Thank you for hanging out with us on your big day! What else do you have planned to celebrate your release?

Michael: I’m having a book signing at my local Barnes and Noble (Manchester, NH) with some other authors (a lot more famous than myself I might add) and generally having a great day handing out coloring pages to kids there as well!

Us: That’s right! We wish we could be there to support you. We will be in spirit! 🙂

Michael: I could use a good couple of ghosts there with me to keep things light – LOL.

Us: Getting right into it, here’s a question submitted by Sam Hendricks. “The characters in The Darkness Returns are so real, and the world is so lived in, that at times I forgot I wasn’t really there with them. How long did it take you to build such a realistic world?”

Michael: I’ve been building worlds for so long in our weekly games that it just kind of happened without much thought. Steal a piece from this adventure, a castle from that one and it just fell into place. So really if you fall in love with Lythinall, you’re actually playing in all of our games and worlds reimagined in book form. Kind of surreal now that I think of it.

Us: That’s actually very surprising. Everything fits together so well, I would never have imagined it came together like that!

Michael: All I had to do was draw a rough map and it was like…”Oh yeah, I’ll use that piece here, and OH that story with the faeries I sent to my friend Kevin would fit there…”

Us: Your answers to that last question apply to this one as well, so maybe you can expand on it. This is a question submitted by one of your editors, B.K. Bass. “I know you’ve done a lot of tabletop roleplay gaming. How did that influence your writing and worldbuilding?”

Michael: It’s a huge influence. That’s how I started to tell stories after all. Once I started running games and realized I had to come up with details for the players I kind of found my little piece of heaven. It was like breathing clean air after living in smog. It was so much fun to create taverns and cities that sometimes that’s all we did, and when I learned to create Gods and pantheons, along with entire worlds…well let’s just say we went through our fair share of burning them down as well. And the fun part is that even my wife played. That’s who Shyi is in the beginning of the book. My beloved Shyi was her character. We had so much fun that writing just came as part of the deal. I started even writing short stories for my friends for gifts and such.

Us: That’s amazing. Speaking of characters, here’s a question submitted by another one of your editors, Sarah LaChance. ” If you had to pick only one of your characters to have a drink with, who would it be and why?”

Michael: Wow… Ok, I would have to say Karsis. Even though he is the personification of my oldest character, mixed with all the sarcasm I have bottled up inside of me at any three moments, I would love to just talk shop with him and see what trouble we could get into… epic.

Us: The Darkness Returns is the first novel in the series. Without giving away any spoilers, what’s next? Is the whole series already written? Do you have a plan for how many there will be? Will you ever open the world and let others write in it?

Michael: LOL! Well yes, the main story is all written so don’t worry I won’t let anyone hang. The next book is The Darkness Within where we see the rest of the Companions of Everknight and everyone meets in that great city. Then I have a set of short stories based on side characters and tertiary characters. explaining some of the little things in the other books. Then we move on to the finale, The Darkness Falls. War, bad guys, and a finish that gave me goosebumps and tears. I honestly can’t freaking wait for all of you to see it, and I have plans to pull a Star Wars thing. Go back and tell the companions stories and then jump back forward to the Kings messengers as well, maybe expand to the other nations around Lythinall.

Reader Questions

*We’ll try and keep this updated as new questions are posted on Twitter (July 12th, 2019).

DK Marie: What inspired you to write The Darkness Returns?

Michael: Besides the role-playing? Well, I was telling a friend to find a job that included the things he liked to do and he turned it back on me saying that I haven’t done that. So I took a step back and said, “Shit he’s right.” So I decided to try my hand at a fully fledged story. Viola!

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The Darkness Returns, A Lythinall Novel: Book One Launches Today!

The Darkness Returns: A Lythinall Novel, Book One launches today!

Launch Day Events

*Author Michael D. Nadeau will appear for a live interview on Twitter at 1:00 PM ET. Follow us there to read the transcript!

*Meet Michael and score a signed book at the Manchester, NH Barnes and Noble from 5-7pm! The event is also a benefit/book drive for the Manchester Public Library and will feature other authors.

You can order the book directly from us, or find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through other online retailers. Prefer to support your local independent bookstore? They’ll order in a copy at your request, all you need is the title and author name or ISBN, which is 978-1-949645-60-6 for the hardcover and 978-1-949645-61-3 for the paperback.

Thanks for supporting this talented author and our growing small business!

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Kyanite Press Volume 1 Issue 6

Volume 1, Issue 6 of the Kyanite Press is now available for pre order! CLICK HERE to be sure to get a copy from the first print run!

Returning to the feel of the first ever issue back in September of 2018; rather than having a single theme, we have assembled here a mixture of fantasy, science fiction, and weird tales. Everything from space travel to sword-wielding heroics can be found within these pages. One of the most wonderful outcomes of publishing the journal has been discovering a variety of stories with styles and themes we might have never otherwise dreamed of, and this issue showcases that.

The Kyanite Press is a journal of speculative fiction.  Inside this homage to the pulp magazines of the last century you will find tales of science fiction, fantasy, and horror from some of the most imaginative authors in the genre.  Every issue is packed with fiction and NO commercial advertising, just information about Kyanite Publishing books and authors!  Explore amazing new worlds, travel to exotic realms, and delve inside the human mind in ways you will never see anywhere else!

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Coming Friday 5/24/19: Blood Shadow by Enkelli Arn Robertson

Hello, readers!

We’re excited to announce that Blood Shadow: A Vera Shadow Mystery by Enkelli Arn Robertson will be coming out this Friday!

You can pre-order it here from our website, through Barnes and Noble, or via our other online retailers on 5/24/2019.

“A mysterious woman hires Vera Shadow, Private Detective, to find a missing college student. The trail leads Vera from the dormitory of Dorwich Institute of Magic to a seedy nightclub, an upscale penthouse, and the docks. Little does she know, the rabbit hole goes deeper than she thinks.”

Don’t forget, you can leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon, request that your local library carry a copy, or order it through your local independent bookstore (who can find it by ISBN and order it through our distributor, Ingram).

As always, thanks for supporting our independent press!

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Preview the July/August Issue of the Kyanite Press!

We’re excited to offer a preview of the July/August issue of the Kyanite Press! This is our last issue in Volume 1 featuring stories across all sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy, just like the first issue (Sept/Oct 2018)!

Stay tuned for more details, including who will be contributing and who won the feature spot!

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Cover Reveal – Life2 by Aisha Tritle

We are so excited to reveal the Life2 cover! This awesome science fiction story by Aisha Tritle is a thrill ride with deep themes and amazing characters.

Astrid was brought back six months ago for one purpose: to help restore balance in the city.

Cursed with a past she can barely remember, Astrid fills her role as an assassin with ease. Every day, she kills Unworthies – those deemed unfit to be a part of the society so carefully constructed after the Infirmum swept through the earth a hundred years ago, leaving all of the children dead and all of the adults infertile.  

Humanity now relies on a weekly injection of Curat to survive. Everyone is young, beautiful, and almost immortal – including the enigmatic doctor who renewed her, Michael.   

As the city is pushed into a new ice age, Astrid realizes she knows dangerously little about the place she lives and the people she kills for. Her trigger finger begins to fail her, and she fears she might be labeled as Unworthy next. When Michael draws her into a rebellion, secrets begin to come out, and the worst one might belong to the past she forgot. As she starts to remember and Michael tells her the true reason he’s been able to survive for so long, Astrid finds out she won’t just have to save the city, she will also have to decide what it truly means to be human.

Pre-order it here!

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What Once Was Home: Cover Reveal

We are very excited to reveal the cover of What Once Was Home, the first full-length novel from our very own B.K. Bass!

When his world is torn apart, one man must learn to survive in What Once Was Home.

Jace Cox’s life is changed when an overwhelming alien force invades the Earth with no warning or provocation.  In the years that follow, he must not only fight to survive; but also learn what it means to be a man and a leader.  As the situation grows more dire, he realizes that his greatest challenge isn’t the alien invaders or even his fellow man; it is holding onto his own humanity despite living in a world gone mad.

What Once Was Home will be launching on October 25, 2019, and pre-orders are available now! Click HERE for more!

Genres: Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Alien Encounters, Military Science Fiction
Length: Novel – Approx 300 pages
Release Date: October 25, 2019

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The Magician’s Sin is Out Today!

That’s right! The Magician’s Sin by Alexander Thomas is celebrating its book birthday!

Titan City: 1933

Anson Walker is a retired wizard who has spent the last two decades trying to put his past to rest. His cynical retirement is thrown into chaos when the daughter of his ex-wife hires him to rescue her mother from the dark forces who’ve taken her. The kidnapping is only days before the Aberration, a time every century when the rules of magic don’t apply. Anson’s investigation reveals an ancient conspiracy, the return of a decades-old nemesis, and feelings he thought long gone. Will he rescue his old flame, or succumb to the forces against him?


Want to help us celebrate and spread the word?

*Check out recent reviews on Goodreads and add it to your list(s)

*Order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or our website

*Share our social media posts with your fantasy-loving friends and family

*Request it from your local library

*Review it when you’re done reading!

To learn more about the author, visit his website!