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To celebrate the cover reveal for Greenshift, the e-book will be temporarily 99 cents at Amazon!

A tale set within the world of Ambasadora.

Mari's rare eye color makes her a pariah within Upper Caste society, which is why she prefers plants to people...except David, the former Armadan captain who shuttles scientists around on a refurbished pleasure cruiser.

But someone else is interested in Mari and her distinctive look--an obsessed psychopath who tortures and murders women for pleasure.

When the killer chooses Mari as his next victim, the soldier inside David comes alive, but it is Mari who must fight for her own life and prove she isn't as fragile as the flowers she nurtures.

Greenshift by Heidi Ruby Miller

Cover Art by Bradley Sharp

Foreword by Dana Marton

Space Opera/Science Fiction Romance paperback coming from Dog Star Books in August 2013

The Revelations of Preston Black cover reveal


Coming June 2013 from Raw Dog Screaming Press

Cover Art by Brad Vetter

Preston and Katy face a new darkness....

Sometimes a battle between good and evil doesn't look much like the ones they show in movies. The good guys don't always wear white, and they don’t always walk away with the win.

And sometimes you're better off with the devil you know.

The last time Preston went down to the crossroads, his best friend died and he nearly lost his brother. But Old Scratch doesn't take kindly to fools, especially not those who come knocking at his front door. And before all is said and done, he's going to teach Preston a thing or two about what it really means to sacrifice.

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Trailer Reveal for ODDS AND ENDS

From the Back of the Book:
Prepare to be ferried to an unfamiliar realm on the bony back of despair. Author Dustin LaValley takes us down face first with rapid-fire flash fiction in the form of Odds and Ends: An Assortment of Sorts. Already associated with the dark and bizarre, LaValley expands his repertoire to experiment with form and literary introspection. These harrowing meditations on the nature of the world–and the very purpose of humanity–not only provide chills, but strangely the effect of this read is vastly disproportionate to its length, leaving us with scars to contemplate for a long time to come.

Advance Praise:
“Extraordinary. Hauntingly poignant.” -Thomas Ligotti, author of My Work Is Not Yet Done

Official Author Links:
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Happy Birthday Preston Black

Preston Black may believe he's under the curse of 27 but to me he's been a bit of a good luck charm. This week we've finally released THE DEVIL AND PRESTON BLACK in its first widely available print edition so I've been thinking a lot about Preston. Meeting him was a casual affair (I realize he's a fictional character but feel I know him very well, as if we've met many times). See THE DEVIL AND PRESTON BLACK was never officially submitted to RDSP. Instead it was indirectly acquired.

When we were introduced to Jason Jack Miller and Heidi Ruby Miller at the Frostburg Indie Lit Festival by our mutual friend Michael Arnzen we were instantly impressed by how publishing-smart the Millers were. Then Jason mailed me a copy of his Seton Hill thesis novel that he'd had printed up with a note that basically said 'feel free to read this if you want.' I was curious and began reading.

That's when Preston cast his spell. Hard-headed but passionate, determined to do his worst, Preston was endearing and infuriating at the same time. As I read I began to contemplate adding Miller to the RDSP team. But he'd already successfully published an ebook edition of THE DEVIL AND PRESTON BLACK and was well on his way to releasing the follow-up, HELLBENDER. Would he even be interested? But you don't run across an author with as much business savvy and writing talent as Miller has every day so I figured it couldn't hurt to sit down and talk.

The awesome and unique partnership that has come from that is pretty well documented (see this post and Preston Black's Opening Act). So I wanted to take some time out to wish Preston Black a happy birthday: Glad the Curse of 27 didn't get you, bro! Anxiously waiting to see where THE REVELATIONS OF PRESTON BLACK will take us next.

ODD MEN OUT Cover Reveal

BOOK: Odd Men Out
AUTHOR: Matt Betts
ARTIST: Bradley Sharp
PUBLISHER: Dog Star Books
GENRE: Steampunk/Alternate History

The Civil War went on far longer than anyone expected, prompting the North and South to call a truce to fight their common enemy: The Chewers – dead men come to life to attack the living. As a result, a peacekeeping force called the Office of Military Operations is created to watch over the tenuous peace.

Cyrus Joseph Spencer didn’t fight in the war and couldn’t care less about the United Nations of America that resulted from it. His main concern is making money and protecting his crew from all manner of danger. To escape a horrible tragedy, Cyrus and one of his wards, Lucinda, board a U.N. dirigible for safety. They quickly discover their situation has not improved as the U.N. team is chasing a group of rogue soldiers in hopes of stopping them from obtaining a terrible weapon.

They also have to contend with a larger threat (Drago del Vapore) a giant lizard attacking the West Coast and wreaking havoc on everything it encounters. As the two sides face off against each other and the huge beast, Cyrus feels more and more like an Odd Man Out and finds it harder and harder to stay out of the fight.


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Help us celebrate the release of The Devil and Preston Black this week. Anyone who shares this graphic along with the book's link,, will receive a Valentine pack from Preston Black himself.

The Valentine pack includes:

• card signed by Preston Black
• limited edition Preston Black guitar pick
• limited edition "Preston is My Valentine" 4.25 x 5.5 graphic print
• Hellbender postcard
• access to an online 'sneak peak' of the next book - The Revelations of Preston Black

Due to mailing costs this contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada

To receive your prize send an email to books at with your mailing address.


 ARnzstigation Days

How it works
Now through the end of January post a short story, poem, piece of art, excerpt from a longer work instigated by Arnzen or even a blog reflection on his influence. Then post a link here, on the RDSP FB page or send it directly to I will share it through our page, our twitter account and collect the links in a permanent blog entry on the RDSP blog. This will support the cause and also showcase your project.

The catch—you've got to include a link to the kickstarter: Invisible slimy bonus points to those who include some explanatory text such as: Be an instigator, support the Fridge of the Damned poetry magnet kickstarter.

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Arnzstigation Gallery

Emory Barrett Pueschel offers a sicko short

Donna Munro shared these wonderful Arnzstigations: "Do you know, love, loath Mike Arnzen? All of the above for me. He is my writing dementor/teacher, a fount of knowledge and gore, from SHU's Writing Popular Fiction program. What did I learn from him?
1. If you can make zombie romance work, you'll be the next great thing (said in 2004, coming true in 2013).
2. American gore doesn't hold a candle to Italian/European gore.
3. Don't just see it, push a piece of glass over it and poke on it to make it move (Mike's novel Grave Markings)
4. Just keep writing!
5. Horror can be poetry and often is.
I am supporting his fantastic project to inspire some sick fiction...Because he is the greatest!!"

Heidi Ruby Miller posts a series of photos

Nora Thompson talks about Arnzen's impact on her work

Scott Emerson: "'Longing' wasn’t inspired by any one specific Instigation or Twisted Prompt; it’s part of the flash fiction flood unleashed in my brain after reading Arnzen’s excellent flash collection 100 JOLTS."

Mike Mehalek gives us "Uncle Mike's Band."

Blake Burkhead contributes a poem inspired by Arnzen

Matt Betts helps us experience a writing conference with the mad doctor

Zoe Whitten gives a magical piece that uses an everyday object

Jason Jack Miller takes us to the dojo with "Excerpt from ZEN AND THE ART OF ARNZEN, a.k.a What is the sound of one dog dying?"

Jessica McHugh continues Arnzen's story "The Curse of Fat Face" with outrageously disgusting style.

John Edward Lawson gets all Shakespearean and whatnot with an Arnzstigated sonnet

Lee Allen Howard explains how Arnzstigation set him free to write better

Madeleine Swann's Arnzstigation is a little ditty about an eyeball

Teffanie White gives us proof that sometimes Arnzen is right.

Douglas Hackle shares an appropriately twisted micro short

Mike L. Kinshella serves up a truly diabolical Arnzstigation

• What goes around comes around - Arnzstigations instigate Arnzen

Why Arnzstigate?
The Fridge of the Damned poetry magnet kickstarter is now fully funded but I'm not ready to rest yet. Mike Arnzen has his heart set on achieving our stretch goal of uber-cool tins to store the magnets in. I want to make sure he gets them!

Over the years that I've known Michael Arnzen I've seen the amount of time he devotes to supporting other writers and…well…instigating them. Every writer, every creative person, needs this kind of kick in the pants at some time or other. And I want to pay tribute to the inventive way in which Mike has goaded many, including myself, to higher heights of creativity. The magnets themselves are a great example of his kind of madness. Throughout his career Mike has often involved others in a unique writing dialog using his contests, his newsletter and his instigation prompts. Granted that dialog is often icky but it's also fun and challenging.

I'd like to recognize that collaborative attitude and harness your collective creative powers for good (a rotten, putrescent kind of good in this case). So from now until the end of the month RDSP will be hosting Arnzstigation Days, a creative challenge to post something instigated by Mike Arnzen.

If you don't already have a work, no worries, there is plenty of instigation to be had:


BOOK: A Miracle of Rare Design

AUTHOR: Mike Resnick

ARTIST: Bradley Sharp

PUBLISHER: Dog Star Books

GENRE: Anthropological Science Fiction

SUMMARY: The best way to learn about an alien species is not only to live among them, but to become them in both physical form and function, but could a human really learn to think like an alien, and at what cost to his humanity?

Journalist and adventurer Xavier William Lennox becomes obsessed with the rituals of the Fireflies, an alien culture of gold-skinned inhabitants living on the planet Medina. When he gets too close to their mysterious society, he's captured, tortured, and banished for his curiosity, but vows to learn what it is that the aliens are so desperate to hide, even if it means becoming one of them.

But his curiosity doesn't end with the Fireflies. As opportunities arise to study more alien races, Lennox undergoes a series of cosmetic surgeries so that he can blend in with their cultures. But each time his humanity is stretched until he faces his biggest challenge—trying to return to the ordinary life of a man who has experienced the universe in ways he was never meant to.

RELEASE: Summer 2013

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RDSP's top 12 of 2012

These are in no particular order except that #1 was definitely the top:

1. DogCon was legendary and we have the pics to prove it! It was way more fun and went way better than we expected.

2. Plans were laid for a new Science Fiction Adventure imprint, Dog Star Books, with author and editor Heidi Ruby Miller at the helm and authors Mike Resnick, K. Ceres Wright and Matt Betts onboard for releases in 2013.

3.  The D. Harlan Wilson Book Prize was established in cooperation with Wright State University. The first prize of $1000 and publication will be awarded in 2013. Wilson secured a sizable grant from the university for the re-design of our website by the talented folks at Merge Design.

4. RDSP was mentioned in an article about Timothy Olyphant being set to star opposite Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins, and Jennifer Carpenter in Bone Tomahawk. The movie will be directed in 2013 by Craig Zahler who recently signed a deal with RDSP for Wraiths of the Broken Land.

5. John Wayne Communale joined the team as ebooks review editor and secured many reviews of our books this year. We also welcomed editor and poet Stephanie Wytovich as our new poetry editor.

6. We were guests of honor at Seton Hill's In Your Write Mind Writer's Workshop where we met tons of talented writers and proved to ourselves that we really are experts in the publishing field.

7. Leland Pitts-Gonazalez signed copies of The Blood Poetry at BEA and the book was featured in Shelf Unbound.

8. The Morgantown Poets hosted RDSP at the MAC with readings from Michael A. Arnzen's The Gorelets Omnibus and Jason Jack Miller's Hellbender. It was an awesome event with an awesome afterparty.

9. Black Bear Burritos made a special Hell(ham)bender Burrito to celebrate Jason Jack Miller's Hellbender. It was possibly the most delicious thing we ate all year! They also hosted a sneak peak event for The Devil and Preston Black called Preston Black's Opening Act which featured live music and book signing.

10. The Fellengrey blog tour was the first we've organized and it captured so much of Scott Thomas' artistic process and the magic of the book itself.

11. Copies of Guide Dog Books' fantastic writer's guide, Architectures of Possibility by Lance Olsen and Trevor Dodge, flew off the shelves with many requests from professors who wanted to use it for teaching.

12. John Edward Lawson launched SuiPsalms, the follow-up poetry collection to The Troublesome Amputee, with a reading hosted by The Morgantown Poets.

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11/27/12    Cast Your Characters hosted by Heidi Ruby Miller
(Scott Thomas chooses a fantasy cast for FELLENGREY)

11/28/12    reKiosk features the FELLENGREY ebook as an exclusive

11/29/12    "Destroying Calenders and Resetting the Clock of Literary Fantasy" John Edward Lawson

11/30/12    Tribute Books Interview and book giveaway

12/03/12    Matt Betts hosts an excerpt from FELLENGREY

12/04/12    Jeffrey Thomas blogs about collaborating with his brother Scott

12/05/12    Scott Thomas Picks Six

12/07/12    Jason Jack Miller hosts Scott Thomas on magic in FELLENGREY

12/12/12    Novel d'Tales features Scott Thomas on Authors-Not-So-Anonymous

12/17/12    Scott goes "In the Madhouse" with Stephanie Wytovich

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