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Hey, all, a review of the anthology Close Encounters of the Urban Kind just popped up yesterday and it mentions my short story "Mastihooba" as one of the good ones. *grin* Check it out!



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A few notes regarding the Close Encounters of the Urban Kind anthology which contains my short story Mastihooba. First off, it will be on sale October 18th at 40% off! This is a one-day-only sale, so you must order it today! The official plug for the anthology is below.

Also, for any of you who are members of the HWA or know members of the HWA, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE URBAN KIND has been recommended for the Stokers award already. But it needs a minimum of 5 recommendations to be considered for the long list. If any of you are members of the HWA, I encourage you to recommend the anthology for the long list. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, use this sale as an opportunity to grab a copy! One story, Lollo, is up on the website for free. My review of the anthology is here.






If you have ever wanted to be frightened in a new way by old stories of urban legends or alien encounters, this is the anthology for you. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE URBAN KIND is a science fiction horror anthology by Apex Publications assistant editor, Jennifer Brozek. Especially at today's one day sale (Oct 18) of 40% off. Drop by the Apex Publications Store and get yours now.



Don't forget, any customer who buys any book between Oct 15th and Oct 30th will have their name put in for a raffle of awesome prizes: A critique from Apex Magazine Fiction Editor, Cat Valente, or a $25 gift card for Amazon.com, or an Apex Minion pack, or a $10 gift certificate to the Apex Store.



http://www.apexbookcompany.com/close-encounters-of-the-urban-kind/
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A few notes regarding the Close Encounters of the Urban Kind anthology which contains my short story Mastihooba. First off, it will be on sale October 18th at 40% off! This is a one-day-only sale, so you can't preorder it today. You'll have to swing by tomorrow and order it then. The official plug for the anthology is below.

Also, for any of you who are members of the HWA or know members of the HWA, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE URBAN KIND has been recommended for the Stokers award already. But it needs a minimum of 5 recommendations to be considered for the long list. If any of you are members of the HWA, I encourage you to recommend the anthology for the long list. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, use the sale tomorrow as an opportunity to grab a copy. One story, Lollo, is up on the website for free. My review of the anthology is here.


If you have ever wanted to be frightened in a new way by old stories of urban legends or alien encounters, this is the anthology for you. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE URBAN KIND is a science fiction horror anthology by Apex Publications assistant editor, Jennifer Brozek. Especially at tomorrow's one day sale (Oct 18) of 40% off. Drop by the Apex Publications Store and get yours now.



Don't forget, any customer who buys any book between Oct 15th and Oct 30th will have their name put in for a raffle of awesome prizes: A critique from Apex Magazine Fiction Editor, Cat Valente, or a $25 gift card for Amazon.com, or an Apex Minion pack, or a $10 gift certificate to the Apex Store.



http://www.apexbookcompany.com/close-encounters-of-the-urban-kind/
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I've been busy with finishing off my revision of LEAVES OF FLAME (sequel to WELL OF SORROWS), starting work back up on another novel, and messing with a project that can't be announced yet because contracts haven't been signed (announcement coming shortly). But a few things have popped up on the web in the interim, so I figured I'd point you all towards them.

First, I did a podcast with Gail Z. Martin for Ghost in the Machine, which you can find here. It's an informal chat where I talk about the competition between urban fantasy and epic fantasy. I'm definitely an epic fantasy writer and I've been finding it harder and harder to find epic fantasy on the bookshelf. For some reason I felt out of breath the entire interview and I don't know if it shows in the podcast or not.

My monthly post over at the APEX blog has also appeared. This is a short one about the real reason why I write: the euphoric feeling I get when I finish something and I know it's good. Maybe not perfect, but good. There are other reasons to write, but I wouldn't keep doing it if I didn't have this reaction at the end.

Also, I've just gotten a replenishment shipment of copies of the anthology Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, which contains my short horror story "Mastihooba," from APEX. I figured this was a good time to put up the book selling offers that I have at the moment. Check those out at the end of the post.

Another anthology called Beauty Has Her Way will be released shortly (so I'm told) as well. This one will contain my short story "Tears of Blood", which is a Throne of Amenkor story (but doesn't feature Varis). Any fans of the Amenkor books should let me know if they want a signed copy of this short so I can get a rough idea of how many I should preorder. I believe it will be available on Amazon.com and other places online, but I'll have some copies for sale here as well when they become available.





Hardcovers:

The Skewed Throne: $10
The Cracked Throne: $10
The Vacant Throne: $10

Trade Paperback:

Well of Sorrows: $15
Close Encounters of the Urban Kind: $20 (includes my short story "Mastihooba")

Mass Market:

The Skewed Throne: $8
The Cracked Throne: $8
The Vacant Throne: $8
All three Throne books: $20

All prices include shipping in the US. Email me at jpalmatier@sff.net if interested. Also email if you're overseas and would like a price quote for shipping to your address. All books are signed and can be personalized. Free Well of Sorrows magnet with purchase! *grin*
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A while ago you heard me all complaining about writing a short story. I don't normally do that, sticking to the novels because that's what most of my "short" stories turn into, but I was invited to this anthology called Close Encounters of the Urban Kind and so I wrote a short story for it. The main premise is to take an urban legend and twist it somehow so that it involves aliens. I worked with a local urban legend from the Binghamton, NY area about a man called Masti Huba. I ended up with the short story that I called "Mastihooba" and it was chosen as one of the stories for the anthology.





So, if you're interested in short stories about urban legends mixed with a little alien flair, preorder your copy at the discounted rate today!
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HA! The Table of Contents for the anthology Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, edited by Jennifer Brozak and being published by Apex, has been announced. You can read the announcement here. Congrats to all of my fellow authors who made the cut! Here's the ToC:

Alma Alexander - I Am Sorry for Talking So Rarely to Strangers
Erik Scott de Bie - Racing Lights
Richard Lee Byers - End of Life
Nate Crowder - Frames of Reference
Ivan Ewert - Waterheads
Robert Farnsworth - A Late Night Snack
Pete Kempshall - Dead Letter Drop
Carole Johnstone - The Invitation
Rosemary Jones - Two Out, Wendigo
Martin Livings - Lollo
Eric Lowther - It Came from the Backseat
Ramsey Lundock - Tea Cups & Saucers
Shannon Page - The Hippie Monster of Eel River
Joshua Palmatier - Mastihooba
Jennifer Pelland - Headlights
Rick Silva - Roadkill
Jeff Soesbe - Green Tears on Black Velvet
Eddy Webb - Gloomy Sunday

Look for the anthology, coming in April 2010!

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