IYWM January 2015 Newsletter

Workshop Proposals!


It’s time once again to gather your ideas for classes for the In Your Write Mind Workshop (June 25–28, 2015). Classes last year included “Extreme Grammar,” “Writing for Teens Who Don’t Like Reading,” and “Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult…What’s the Difference?”
Please e-mail your proposed class titles, along with a 200-word summary of the content and a 200-word bio to K. Ceres Wright . We ask each person to submit two classes, just in case there is an overlap in classes or duplication of workshops. Each class will last 50 minutes, so please be sure the content fits the time allotted. Also, please indicate if you have any day or time restrictions. We must also know if you have audio/visual needs for your presentation. Keep in mind that there are about 25 slots with the special guests. We try to include everyone, but spots are limited.
The deadline for proposal submissions is March 1, 2015.

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Alumni Publications


Mary DeSantis, To Forever

Short story published in Fiction Vortex, where it won the editor’s choice and reader’s choice for November 2014 and was reposted as one of the magazine’s best stories of 2014.


Dana Marton, Forced Disappearance

“When wealthy American businessman Glenn Danning goes missing in Venezuela, investigator Miranda Soto volunteers to track him down. It’s her first assignment for the Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit, but this mission is about more than salvaging the remnants of her shattered military career. Glenn was Miranda’s best friend and first lover, and she’ll do anything to save him from danger…especially since she just lost everything that mattered to her.”


Victoria Thompson, Murder in Murray Hill (Gaslight Mystery Book 16)

“Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he’s assigned to a new case—finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston.”


Melanie Card, Ward Against Disaster

“Ward de’Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman’s gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.”


Maria V. Snyder, Shadow Study

“Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job and his life are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers. Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous… ”


Ronald Shannon, The Hedgerows of June

“It’s late June 1944. The allies have invaded Normandy and Chris Weymouth, an allied spy, has been living in a French village at the edge of the Bocage playing piano in a local cabaret at night while passing bad intelligence to the Germans. He has been expecting orders to leave at any time but is taken aback when they are delivered by a young Catholic nun named Sister Mary. Sister Mary however, is much more than her habit and wimple, she has her own secrets too. She informs Chris that he’s been ordered to help her transport four young children across the dangerous French farmland known as the hedgerows to St. Lo. Espionage, passion, intrigue, and danger surround them on all sides as they head directly into one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the battle of the hedgerows!”


Tonya Burrows, Broken Honor

“Travis Quinn is not a coward—except when it comes to sweet, softhearted Mara Escareno. After spending one beautiful, intense, and completely terrifying night of passion with her during a routine bodyguard assignment, he goes into full retreat mode. He’s still reeling from the car accident that destroyed his SEAL career and left him suffering from blackouts that are threatening to end his job with HORNET, and he knows he’s not the right kind of guy for a good girl like Mara. Having lived her entire life sheltered by her overbearing stepfather, all Mara wanted from Quinn that night was a forbidden taste of freedom. What she got was a positive pregnancy test and her family’s scorn. Kicked out of her home with nowhere else to go, she tracks Quinn down to his hometown of Baltimore—and walks directly into the hands of his enemies.”

Tonya Burrows, Vision of Darkness

“Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan doesn’t believe in the paranormal, despite the exhausting nightmares that reveal things he shouldn’t know. When sleep deprivation causes him to make a horrible mistake on the job, he is driven to find answers. Dreams guide him to a lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine, where he finds an inexplicable and comforting familiarity in the arms of the lighthouse’s beautiful keeper, Pru Maddox.”


Ann Kopchik, as Anna Zabo, CTRL Me in anthology Rules to Live By

“A night out between friends turns hot and tempting when Gabe deliberately pushes Tom’s submissive buttons. Then Tom discovers rope in Gabe’s glove-box—and not the type for securing luggage.”


Meg Mims, Home for the Holidays

“Jodie Watson’s in the animal rescue business — with her best friend Phil. Their non-profit organization, Fur and Feathers, is teetering on the brink of disaster, with trouble from the city condemning their rented building. They soon have a worse fight on their hands, though, when donation money goes missing. Will their blossoming romance turn sour? Or can they work some Christmas magic to survive and find a new home for the holidays for their precious rescues?”


Cody Langille as C.R. Langille, Joe Borrelli as Justin Bailey, Daniel K. Godard as Viktor Demors, and Nick B, short stories in Old Scratch and Owl Hoots: A Collection of Utah Horror

“The West has always been a symbol of the wild frontier, rugged adventure, and dangerous exploration. However, if it wasn’t for fear of the unknown, the West would just be another cardinal direction. Old Scratch and Owl Hoots delves into that fear and captures it in fourteen tales of terror set in the West ranging from the 1800s to the present day.”


Sally Bosco, Double Crush

“What would you do if you inadvertently developed crushes on both a guy and a girl while working on a summer film shoot? That’s what happens to seventeen-year-old Piper Handy. Will she take the more accepted path and go out with Evan? Or will she follow her heart and begin a relationship with Mia? In the process of trying to decide, Piper comes to learn some surprising lessons about herself.”

Sally Bosco, Cevin’s Deadly Sin

“Cevin’s worst nightmare comes true when he and his mom move to a small Florida town where high fashion is a flannel shirt with the sleeves chopped off, and the only entertainment is the Friday night football games. Cevin wants nothing more than to blend in and get through the year so he can graduate and leave Tilapia forever. When he meets Tessa, an introverted Goth girl, his plans to “not have a life” are forever ruined. She’s friendly to him, and he’s at first suspicious, but her poetic nature draws her to him, and he starts to believe she might be the only one who can accept him for what he is … if he could just get up the nerve to tell her about his cross-dressing.”


Susan Bradley, as S.X. Bradley, Uncovered

“Last year sixteen-year-old Autumn solved her sister’s murder. This year, she is part of a high school forensic dream team that assists the police when teens are kidnapped. When it’s discovered the kidnappings are part of a secret online survivor game, the police and team focus on the game maker—the man behind the game. The focus of the investigation shifts when Autumn is singled out and becomes the target of the Game Maker’s sick game. Through encrypted messages hidden in steganographs, Autumn must discover who the last kidnapping victim is if she hopes to save him in time.”


John Dixon, Phoenix Island

“A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island ”

John Dixon, Devil’s Pocket

“With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he’ll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he’ll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face…and possibly a way out.”

John Dixon, as Bill Braddock, Brew

“A novel of survival horror that unfolds in a single, apocalyptic night, when hard-partying College Heights swaps beer pong and karaoke for arson, murder, and cannibalism. An embattled cast of unlikely heroes, including a charismatic drug dealer, a disenfranchised army vet, and a smart, tough-as-leather girl, struggles to survive, while Herbert Weston, the brilliant sociopath who engineered the entire catastrophe, strolls the chaos, fulfilling sadistic fantasies.”


April Serock sold three stories to Woman’s World magazine. “Sweet Treat” published August 2014, “For You” January 2015, and “Something Sweet” in February 2015.


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