Hello there!

We weren't sure we'd have a newsletter for Spring, but turns out we were still pretty busy, even from the comfort of our own home. The productivity and creativity levels have remained high, so much so that we've completed the first book and are well into the second book in our new Middle Grade series (writing as HJ Miller). We call it the Hank series because it's for our nephew Hudson "Hank" Ruby. We're also working on an adult thriller series set in the 80's. One and a half books done on that one too. We'll keep you updated.

And, like most of the world, we've been binge-watching tons. Revisiting old favorites like Magnum, P.I., 30 Rock, and Community as well as new content like Altered Carbon 2, The Witcher, and What We Do in the Shadows. There were also new seasons of Westworld, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Schitt's Creek, and of course, every Marvel movie in chronological order. 

Anyway, enjoy the photos from our online events, some exclusive, extra special newsletter poetry, and a huge list of reading recommendations. In case you missed any of our other newsletter issues, you can find links to them all here:

Hope you're all managing to stay safe and healthy. Here's to seeing you some time soon! 

Heidi and Jason  
A huge thanks to Dr. Nicole Peeler, our MFA Director at Seton Hill University, for starting thrice weekly write-ins on Zoom back in March!! Heidi even hosted her own write-ins and we joined others by Lee Tobin McClain,  Michael Arnzen, and Carrie Gessner. Part of why we've been so productive is because we have been writing online with friends almost everyday. That really boosts the word count. Oh, and did we mention there are theme nights? The photos below were from fantasy and ears/hats week, respectively.
Here's a shout out to some attending writers you might know: Michael Arnzen, David Berkowitz, Rosanna Cappelluti, Jen Cilia, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, AJ Culey, Emily Daily, Timons Esaias, George Galuschak, Madeleine “Mac” Gagne, Carrie Gessner, Rebecca Glazer, J.L. Gribble, Anne Harris, Suz Jay, Jered Johnstone, Zachary Llanza, Liz Haigney Lynch, Lee Tobin McClain, Candace Moonshower, Diane Patterson, Nicole Peeler, Marx Pyle, Jeannie Rivera, Stacey Rubin, Victoria Scott, Rhonda Schlumpberger, Demi Schwartz, Jeff Shoemaker, M.D. Smith, Angela Sterf, Jean Thomas, and Albert Wendland.

snow in the sky
but not on the ground
carried away by streams


The Science Fiction
Heidi loves cyberpunk, so she finally got around to ALTERED CARBON by Richard K. Morgan after watching the Netflix series a dozen times and finished William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy with MONALISA OVERDRIVE. She also read WOLF SMOKE by Poe Casavant and the SHUWPF anthology LOVE ACROSS THE UNIVERSE with Elsa M. Carruthers, M.T. DeSantis, Traci Douglass, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, L.J. Longo, Oriana Maret, Cara McKinnon, Sheri Queen, Mary Rogers, Emmerite Sundberg, and K.W. Taylor.
We both read Adrian Tchaikovsky's award-winning duology featuring CHILDREN OF RUIN and CHILDREN OF TIME. Absolutely incredible and completely mindblowing. They're a lengthy escape into the future, or possible future.
The Fantasy
The beautifully exotic and emotionally rich CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi was the group read for SHUWPF Summer Residency. Also exotic is  CARSON OF VENUS: THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS by good friend Matt Betts. This book launches the brand new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe. And, maybe not so exotic in the English countryside and downtown London, but every bit as entertaining, are the next two books in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch: THE HANGING TREE and THE FURTHEST STATION.
The Graphic Novels 
And since one can never have enough Ben Aaronovitch in one's life, we also started reading the companion Rivers of London graphic novels, which he writes with Andrew Cartmel. The illustrator is Lee Sullivan and colorist is Luis Guerrero. These adventures happen within the timeline of the main arc of the novels, but Heidi read some of them (there are around nine so far) out of order and still enjoyed them.

The Horror
Heidi read her first ever Dean Koontz with IN THE HEART OF THE FIRE, the first in the Nameless series and followed it up with the YA ghost story THOMASINE by Jordan Elizabeth before launching into a new monster series by friend Lee Murray. INTO THE MIST takes place in Lee's native New Zealand and is exactly the kind of old school jungle thriller Heidi loves.
The Poetry
Albert Wendland traverses time and space in TEMPORARY PLANETS FOR TRANSITORY DAYS (cover by Brad Sharp), a sublime collection written by the main character of his novels, Mykol Ranglen, while Lori Joseph keeps her reflections here and now within the warmth of MY EMBRACE.
The Non-fiction
Looking back at his previous reads, it's obvious Jason is an avid Grateful Dead fan. Recently, he read THE GRATEFUL DEAD AND PHILOSOPHY by Steven Gimbel, which touched upon two of Jason's favorite topics, though it didn't have half the heft (or page count) of Dennis McNally's  A LONG STRANGE TRIP.

snow nestled in tree roots, 
nobody told it winter was gone

snow nestled in trillium,
nobody told it winter was over 

snow nestled around trillium,
did you forget winter was over?

snow nestled in trillium,
nobody told you winter was over


We were involved with lots of online events these past few months and have a bunch more ahead.  Here's a little recap. Heidi's workshop "Space Opera is Still Queen" was based on a class she taught at Seton Hill. She also did a reading and had a virtual booksigning, where she signed real books for fans on camera for AllAccessCon, the convention platform owned by Raw Dog Screaming Press
Heidi also taught a workshop for Headline Books, Inc., publisher of Many Genres, One Craft, her textbook, which was co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen and includes articles from 65 different authors, including Jason, Tess Gerritsen, David Morrell, Maria V. Snyder, and Susan Mallery. "Write the Book They Can't Put Down" was based on one of her articles in the book and will now be a class in Seton Hill's MFA program. 
We were both on a panel at another AllAccessCon event aptly called "Staying Home, Staying Creative." Along with authors John Edward Lawson, D. Harlan Wilson, and Matt Betts, we discussed how we've maintained our productivity during the stresses of the covid-19 pandemic then gave a workshop about flow and how to get into it. 
Heidi was a guest on the Positively Pop Culture Podcast where she discussed cyberpunk, Altered Carbon, and her own work with hosts Carrie Gessner and K.W. Taylor, both wonderful authors and editors in their own right. Carrie Gessner also owns Sky Forest Press, a speculative fiction publisher who promotes strong female characters.  

Heidi interviews Albert Wendland at the book launch for TEMPORARY PLANETS FOR TRANSITORY DAYS on AllAccessCon Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 6 PM ET. Tickets are free at

Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction Summer Residency (online) June 23 - 28, 2020.

Everything else is TBD.
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