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The South Jersey Writers’ Group 2014 Anthology

Welcome to the South Jersey Writers’ Group!

About the Group

The South Jersey Writers’ Group, founded in 2006, provides networking and development opportunities for local writers in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. The group meets regularly several times during the month for topic-based discussion about the craft of writing and the publishing industry.

The group welcomes writers of all ages, backgrounds, genres, and experience levels. Among the events offered by the group are Write-Ins, Topic Discussions, Critique Sessions, Book Signings, Author Appearances, and Blogfests. For more information on the group, visit the website, Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter.

The Next Big Adventure

In December 2012, the group published their first short story anthology, Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey, which is available in paperback on Amazon, select local coffee shops, and other vendors. The book was a labor of love, but it’s highly entertaining and showcases the diversity of our writers. It turned out to be a neat little book, and for being such a hyper-local focus, sales are still going really well, and it has generated a lot of interest in the literary community of South Jersey.

Now we’re planning the next one, taking the lessons learned and building on success. The 2014 Anthology will feature longer, more intricate stories, aligned along a theme or within a genre. With the support of our backers, we’ll be able to pay the authors and designers for their talents and skills.

We are doing this through Kickstarter, a terrific way to raise money for creative projects and also offer great incentives to those who donate. We are trying to raise $3000 by June 23. The details are here, along with the many incentives available depending on the amount of your donation.

Upcoming Book Signings

  • July 13 at Book Asylum in Blackwood NJ, 12-3 PM
  • September 14 at Authors on the Greene in Smithville NJ 11 AM – 5 PM
  • October 5 at the Collingswood Book Festival in Collingswood, look for our table.
  • November 2 at Bogart’s Books & Cafe in Millville NJ 10:30 AM – 2 PM
  • Please see our schedule for added events and details.

    Now Accepting New Members

    The South Jersey Writers’ Group is accepting new members through the end of June. The special discounted fee for half-year membership is $15, and then will be closed until October. Act now!

    Contact Info

  • Amy Hollinger
  • Marie Gilbert
  • southjerseywriters@gmail.com
  • www.southjerseywriters.com
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    Mind Slices by Kevin R. Tipple

    Kevin R. Tipple is a dear friend, or at least as good a friend as one can have online. That said, he’s a good man, a great book reviewer, a terrific writer, and a wonderful fount of writing knowledge. We’ve known each other for years, and have supported each other in various projects over that time. Now Kevin has released a short story collection, Mind Slices.

    The collection offers a glimpse into the mind of the man. Having read sadly very little of his fiction before, I was a bit surprised. Kevin’s got a bit of a weird streak, and I like it. His twists are unexpected and fun, as well as edgy. The man is a hell of a writer, I’m in awe.

    Much of the collection is previously published elsewhere, but there’s also quite a bit of new flash fiction that is quite good, and that’s not a form I usually like. One of my favorite parts of the book is the individual introductions to each story. I first fell in love with short stories under the pen of Harlan Ellison, and this was one of his practices – and this brought me back.

    All that said, I loved Mind Slices, and not just because Kevin’s my friend. Seriously that has nothing to do with it. On the contrary, being a friend means I’d really give it to him if it sucked, but this was really good.

    Mind Slices can be found on Amazon and on Smashwords, check it out, highly recommended.

    You can find Kevin at his website, his blog, and on the Twitter as well.

    Pies and Prejudice

    From my friend C.L. on the Facebook: “My thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer Stanley aka Ellery Adams. She lost her sister-in-law to complications following a C-section earlier today. She is a great writer and this is the first in her new Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. She will be too busy with family to promote her new book, so her friends are trying to get the word out. You can help by asking for it at your local library or ordering from your favorite book store.”

    Here’s the official description for Pies and Prejudice: “When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren’t just delicious. They’re having magical effects on the people who eat them–and the public is hungry for more.

    “Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn’s fiancé is found dead–killed with Ella Mae’s rolling pin–it’ll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.”

    Pies and Prejudice is available at your local bookstore, or at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Bio from her website: “Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.”

    The Hungry Heart Stories Blog Tour

    Welcome to The Hungry Heart Stories Blog Tour. For the next eleven days, various blogs across the internet will be talking about THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES and talking with author Fran Metzman, and it all starts right here.

    THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES is a short story collection that deals with the universal search to fill a void. Fran Metzman, co-author of UGLY COOKIES, serves up a plate of quirky and disparate characters in these captivating stories. A grieving husband in the darkly funny Right Seasoning conjures up his deceased wife’s presence in the beloved kitchen they once shared. From My Inheritance that tells of a grown daughter, trying to find the love and peace she has always craved with her dying mother to Getting Closer, the story of a woman left with the violent legacy of food that defined her life – we find the characters reaching the low points and triumphs of human emotions. Particularly poignant is the story, The Reunion, about a woman born into poverty who reaches the pinnacle of success but with questionable sacrifice.

    Each of the twelve stories and one essay incorporates food as a means to some end or fulfillment. In Metzman’s sure hand we get these fully realized worlds, leavened with passion and sprinkled with humor. THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and from the publisher Wilderness House Press.

    I’ve known Fran for a long time, more than a decade actually. We met at her writing workshops at Borders Books in Marlton with the writers group that soon became known as Rainy Tuesdays, and still meet on a weekly basis for critiques and writing discussion. She knows her stuff, especially writing, and has taught me so much, and folks who know me know I can’t be taught easily. Today I consider Fran a mentor, a fellow writer, and most of all a friend. Simply put, she rocks.

    And THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES is a book that rocks too. And I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t believe it, not even for a friend. Over the next eleven days you will get to know Fran better and learn more about this short story collection, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

    I also want to say a few words about the wonderful lady writers who are helping me with this project. From Robin whom I’ve known since high school and is also a fantastic musician, to Shelley who writes great young adult fantasy, to Becca who I know from The Writer’s Chatroom and my online group Writer Circle, to all the terrific women in the South Jersey Writers – they are all fabulous writers, and you should not just check out their blogs on the days of the blog tour, but every day as well. Always great content from great writers. Don’t forget to comment on everyone’s blogs and make new friends!

    Here are the stops for THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES Blog Tour:

    Tuesday, February 14th
    “Writing – Art – Metaphysics” by Shelley Szajner

    Wednesday, February 15th
    “BeccaButcher’s Blog” by Becca Butcher

    Thursday, February 16th
    “Gilbert Curiosities” by Marie Gilbert

    Friday, February 17th
    “The Author-in-Training” by Mieke Zamora-Mackay

    Saturday, February 18th
    “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers or “Learn from My Mistakes”” by Jennifer M. Eaton

    Sunday, February 19th
    The Tour makes a return trip to Marie’s blog

    Monday, February 20th
    And then the Tour makes a return stop at Becca’s blog

    Tuesday, February 21st
    “The Dream Between” by Robin Renee

    Wednesday, February 22nd
    “Literary Debauchery” by Krista Magrowski

    Thursday, February 23rd
    Finally we return here to Welcome to Hell for the close of the Tour.

    Everybody ready to roll? Let’s do this! See you tomorrow at Shelley’s blog!

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    After These Messages, We’ll Be Right Back…

    Writers are a brotherhood. And by brotherhood, I mean brotherhood and sisterhood. I don’t want to leave the ladies out by virtue of the wrong word, cuz I know too well that the best writers are often women, as exampled by female writers I know personally. Wow, how’s that for a tangent?

    Anyway, as I was saying, in simpler language, writers stick together. When one of us is in trouble we band together to help them. Well, a friend of mine, a fellow writer who I admire, am grateful to know, and has helped me untold times in my day-to-day endeavors – is in trouble. For some time Kevin Tipple has been in medical and financial crisis, and it seems to be coming to a head now. The man’s in trouble and needs your help. Please help in any way.

    I’ve got a unique way to help with this particular blog. Kevin’s son Karl runs an online business specializing in, yeah, you guessed it, videogames and videogaming equipment. The family is trying to keep afloat, and you can help out by shopping at his Amazon storefront if you’re looking for gaming stuff. Karl says if you don’t see a game, he can get it, and he does special orders on request. He’s a good guy, and it’s for a good cause. I trust Karl as much as I trust Kevin, so check him out.

    The site again is http://www.amazon.com/shops/thundercatsnyy. Thanks, folks!

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    Author Susan Tepper on Tour

    Author, poet and essayist Susan Tepper is touring to promote her new short story collection “Deer & Other Stories” from Wilderness House Press, where all of the tales within are tied together by the enigmatic appearance of a deer.

    She’ll be appearing on September 21st at the Grub Street Fiction Workshop in Boston, MA at Grub Street, 160 Boyston Street, at 7 PM.

    On September 22nd, Susan will Doug Holder‘s live guest on “Poet to Poet” at 5 PM on Somerville Community Access Television, in Somerville, MA.

    October 6th, at Watchung Booksellers, Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ at 7:30 PM.

    October 9th, at the KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street in New York City at 7 PM.

    Then Susan comes down to Philadelphia on October 14th to Borders Books at 1 South Broad Street, at 12:30 PM.

    Later that day at 7 PM, author Fran Metzman joins Susan for a Publishing Workshop at famous Robin’s Bookstore, 110A South 13th Street, also in Philly.

    Check out Susan Tepper’s website here, and buy “Deer & Other Stories” at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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    The Alphabetical List of Would-Be Princes

    The Alphabetical List of Would-Be Princes, by Fredric Joss Shelley

    “Even when you follow the rules you’ve set on yourself, you have no idea who you will eventually fall for or why those rules no longer apply.”

    Jack Bradley has lived a life of order – from neatly arranged sock drawers to alphabetically-memorized shopping lists. Even his chance encounters with “would-be princes” happen to be occurring in alphabetical order. First Aaron, then Ben, and so on…

    This is the story of one bachelor with twenty-six possibilities, from A to Z.

    The Alphabetical List of Would-Be Princes is a heartwarming novel about wanting to hold on and learning to let go; looking for love and allowing love to find you; and figuring out the rules and knowing when to break them. With the help of enduring friendships and a few random guiding voices, Jack learns to navigate his way through the alphabetical list in the hopes of finding his prince and a happily-ever-after to call his own. This inventive, inspiring tale will take you on an unforgettable journey full of amorous pursuits, zinger-spouting friends, and all the letters in between.

    The Alphabetical List of Would-Be Princes

    Get it at Lulu and Amazon.

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