2019 Writers Conference

Thanks once again to the wonderful speakers who came to our Writers Conference (postponed from a snowy January). We all had a wonderful time and much was learned!
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Unlikely Friends

Irwin is not only the local Librarian; he’s also a book snob and an all-around grouch. There’s nothing he values more than his privacy. As a loner, he’s happy to be surrounded by books instead of subjected to the incessant blatherings of dysfunctional people.Front Cover

The one thing Irwin despises more than people is change. He’s content in his predictable, routine existence … until a young girl barrels her way into his dreary life and turns it upside down.

Harper is witty, smart, free-spirited—but most of all, stubborn. Baffled by her need to gain his friendship, Irwin does his best to brush her off, but Harper refuses to budge. In fact, it only makes her latch onto him even more. Friendship, after all, can be found in the most unusual places.

Pocono Liar Sahar Abdulaziz‘s latest novel UNLIKELY FRIENDS is now available! You can order or download a copy here!

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Postponing the Writers Conference

Due to the huge snowstorm coming this weekend, we have had to reschedule the Writers Conference.  Believe us, we didn’t want to do it, but after the governor declared an emergency and placed restrictions on travel, we decided it was for the best. We would feel terrible if someone had an accident trying to drive home in the snow.

The next date where we could get the room at the library and all of the participants to attend?  April 13th.  At least there is not a great chance for snow by then.

We’re sorry once again.

If you can’t make it, please go to the Event page and take your name off so someone else can make it. If you paid for a session, contact the person whose session it is because they can possibly just do a Skype meeting or something with you so you don’t lose their input!

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Release the Virgins!

Pocono Liar Michael A. Ventrella‘s latest anthology RELEASE THE VIRGINS was based on an overheard phrase, which led to the concept of stories all of which had to contain the phrase. Included are some of the top award-winning and best-selling authors in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

They even made a hilarious promo video which features all of the writers:

It’s available in hard cover, paperback, kindle or nook versions, and upon its release, was in the top ten on Amazon in the category “science fiction anthologies.”

The table of contents includes:virgins cover jpg

“Valedictory” by Lawrence Watt-Evans
“Sidekicked” by Hildy Silverman
“Command Decision” by Steve Miller
“Are You There, Cthulhu? It’s Me, Judy” by Beth W. Patterson
“Innocence Lost” by Gail Z. Martin
“How Mose Saved the Virgins of Old New York” by Allen M. Steele
“The Fires of Rome” by Jody Lynn Nye
“Salvage” by Shariann Lewitt
“The Midwinter of Our Discontent” by Keith R.A. DeCandido
“Coming Attractions” by Daniel M. Kimmel
“Cracking the Vault” by Matt Bechtel
“The Coffee Corps” by Alex Shvartsman
“The Vestals of Midnight” by Sharon Lee
“Paradisiacal Protocols” by Gordon Linzner
“Brass Tacks” by Cecilia Tan
“Old Spirits” by Brian Trent
“The Running of the Drones” by Patrick Thomas
“Dangerous Virgins” by David Gerrold

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Big Stick

In 1897, Beverly Haddad is well aware that her sex and race will keep her from investigating the deadly and mysterious lightning strikes that have plagued New York. She seeks help from Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, and soon the two find themselves hunted by a vast conspiracy known as Gideon’s Trumpet which has access to amazing new scientific devices never before seen. With the help of Mark Twain and others, they launch an attack, aided by Teddy’s new massive lightning gun, which he lovingly calls BIG STICK.Big Stick cover

Pocono Liar Michael A. Ventrella‘s latest novel BIG STICK is now available in paperback from Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press, with the kindle version coming soon! Click here for more details and reviews, here to read the first few chapters, and here to order your copy!

“Full steam ahead! With Big Stick, Michael Ventrella gives us a wild and thoroughly entertaining steampunk adventure featuring an improbable cast of historical figures, plenty of action, and lots of fun! Highly recommended!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Silence and V-Wars

“Memorable characters, snappy dialogue and plenty of action and adventure. Big Stick has it all. One of the best books I’ve read in a long while!” – Gail Z. Martin, author of Vengeance: A Novel of Darkhurst

“Full of the best kind of steampunk adventure with one of the biggest personalities in American history. A great fun ride!” – Philippa Ballantine, co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

“Big Stick doesn’t have everything. It has more than everything! A dynamic PoC secret agent! Teddy Roosevelt! Steampunk inventions! Real dirty politics in a fantastic might-have-been world! Rayguns! Airships! Assassinations! Teddy Roosevelt with a raygun! And a cover by Phil Foglio! What the heck are you doing looking at this stupid blurb? Buy this book and read it!” – Ryk Spoor, author of Grand Central Arena and Princess Holy Aura

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The Case of the Disappearing Director

Cincinnati, September 1963: Augusta McKee, former opera singer and current professor of voice on two college campuses, finds herself immersed in mystery from the top of her well-coiffed head to the tip of her beloved stilettos. 41YIboKt5rLAugusta’s beau, handsome Homicide Detective Malcolm Mitchell, is dealing with a tough case: the murder of a “John Doe”—a victim shot gangland-style and dumped from a car near Parkside Playhouse in lovely Eden Park, not far from a pagoda reputedly haunted by the ghost of a woman murdered decades earlier. And to add to the mystery, a possible eyewitness has vanished into thin air. While Malcolm is busy chasing down leads, Augusta’s attention is focused on the student production she is directing, dramatic scenes from opera which feature on-stage ghosts—just in time for Halloween. Offstage, eerie happenings on the Conservatory campus and a menacing ex-student become increasingly troubling distractions, until Augusta begins to wonder: could Malcolm’s case and her mysterious spirits somehow be connected? Her search for the answer soon leads our favorite sleuth to the alarming realization that ghosts are the least of her worries.

Pocono Liar Susan Moore Jordan’s next book in her “Augusta McKee” series has just been released and is now available! Click here to order your copy!

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Building Forever

A new town, a new neighbor, and a new chance to build a forever.

Pocono Liar Kelly Jensen‘s new book is now available!

Charlie King is doing fine. Sure, he’s a widower raising a teenage daughter who just got her first boyfriend, his book series isn’t writing itself, and he has a crush on his new neighbor—the guy next door. But everything’s just fine.BuildingForever_400x600 (1)

Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn’t part of the plan, but the attraction between them is too hard to ignore.

But when Simon’s ex follows him to Pennsylvania to reconcile, and Charlie’s life starts to feel like a video on repeat, everything comes apart. Charlie fears that he’s failing as a father, and Simon is a distraction he can’t afford. Meanwhile Simon doesn’t know if he could survive being left again, and he hasn’t come all this way to make the same mistakes. Despite their fears, it’s only together that they’ll find the strength to slay old foes and build the forever they’ve been waiting for.

You can order the book from Amazon now!

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