Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Author Feature: Larry Ivkovich

Larry Ivkovich’s speculative fiction has been published in over twenty online and print publications including Penumbra, Afterburn SF, Shelter of Daylight, SQ Magazine, Tower of Light Fantasy, Shoreline of Infinity, Beyond the Karlan Line, Star Quake I, and Triangulation.

He has been a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest and was the 2010 recipient of the CZP/Rannu Fund award for fiction.

The third book in Larry’s Spirit Winds Quartet urban fantasy series, Orcus Unchained, is due out later this year, following the novels, The Sixth Precept and Warriors of the Light,  published by IFWG Publishing. At this year’s Author Fest, he will also be promoting PARSEC, Pittsburgh’s premiere SF and Fantasy organization, and the group’s upcoming conference, CONFLUENCE. Copies of Triangulation, Parsec Ink’s annual speculative fiction anthology, will be available for purchase.

Larry is a member of WorD and the Pittsburgh Mindful Writers Group East and North, three local writing groups, as well as the statewide group Pennwriters.

Find more about Larry and his books on his Website

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Author Feature: Arlon Stubbe

Arlon Stubbe loves words and wanted to write from the very beginning. As early as 5th grade, he wrote a play about St. George and the Dragon, and acted in it as . . . guess who?

More reading and writing followed during his career as a Lutheran pastor (41 years of sermons), member of a creative writing group at Penn State - Shenango Campus and creator of op-ed pieces on social issues in three local newspapers.

Nearing retirement, Stubbe turned to fiction, completing poems, producing a small novella and working on full-length novels. In April of 2017 his tenth novel - INTRUDERS - a ghost story set in Philadelphia was released.

Other novels trace the life of St. John Chrysostom, the career and escapades of Nicolo Paganini, a treatment of gun violence that places Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in Arizona in 2012, and six other works of contemporary fiction. The characters and subject matter vary widely, due to Stubbe's diverse interests - life and relationships in the 60's, journalism, U.S. and world history, various geographical sites, and a lone religious novel that portrays the 'Jesus saga' through the eyes and experiences of the high priest's chief servant - Malchus.

 The “Julie Richards trilogy” — After a tragic love affair (book #1, WPF), Julie attends the U of Wisconsin-Madison seeking a degree in education, and experiences two younger roommates and further discouraging relationships with men (book #2, MS). When she moves to a northwest suburb of Chicago (book #3, BH) she encounters a former Chicago Bulls player who’s hired to coach the high school’s basketball team. She spurns all his advances, but eventually they get together and develop a loving, lasting relationship — despite a number of hardships.

Find Arlon's books on the following sites:

Leana's Books & More (in stock at store)


Barnes & Noble