Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hailing On All Frequencies

Here are reports and recaps of all the latest SFR-related news. Contact me at Lgreen2162 (at) aol (dot) com (in the usual email format) with your news, releases, contest finals or wins, awards, conferences, workshops, activities, guest posts or anything of interest to fellow Brigaders.  (This may be one of our last HOAF installments.  The community is still very much in need of a new Communication Officer.  See notice below.)


T. K. Toppin's SFR novel THE LANCASTER RULE has been nominated by her publisher, Champagne Books, as Novel of the Year 2010! 

(She'll have to hold her breath until April to learn the results though.)  Congratulations on your nomination, T.K.!


Darynda Jones' debut novel FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT will be released Feburary 1 from St. Martin Press.  This much anticipated novel, winner of the RWA 2009 Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance, features subtle SFR elements. This is the first novel in a series.

Congratulations, Darynda!

In addition to her work with the Australian flood relief Book Appeal, Jess Anastasi has a new release coming on the 14th of February, SEVERANCE. This is the sequel to the novel SANCTUARY, from Noble Romance Publishing. 

Congratulations, Jess!


You can help support Senate Bill 3804, also known as the "Combating Online Fringement and Counterfeits Act." Members interested in reading the legislation can click here. RWA also has information on their web site about their efforts to support this bill.  To read their press release, click here.


We are in desperate need of a new HOAF Communication Officer or team. Thinking about it? Want to try the Communication Officer cap on for a time to see how it fits? Able to report for duty once or twice a month?  Step right up!

As I prepare to de-orbit into a serious round of revisions, I regretfully announce I won't be able to continue these regular news roundups. If we have no volunteers, I'll have to jetison the current format and return to posting individual notices in the old Incoming Transmissions format. 


If you missed Jessica Subject's article on this blog, be sure to check out the Six Sentence Sunday phenomenon--a great exercise for writers. (Six Sentence Sunday is the brainchild of fellow Brigader Sara Brookes.) Several Brigaders participated last week in what was quite a healthy turn out. Prepare a post on your blog and register with the Six Sentence Sunday site no later than Saturday.  Then grab yourself a cup of coffee on Sunday morning and sit down to read some great excerpts and enjoy the fun.


We're taking a roll call on the SFR Brigade web site and asking members to identify their respective regions in hopes we can coordinate future activities, conferences and cons by region. Please stop by the web site and let us know the force is with you. Thanks to all who have reported in so far.


A letter from Brigader Kylie Griffin discusses the devastating floods in Australia on the SFR Brigade web site News.  Kylie also forwarded an appeal for books to replace those lost in the libaries of affected communities which was posted on the main blog here.  Jess Anastasi, another Brigader, is also involved in the RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal.  Click the links to read more and see how you can help.


Marva Dasef would like reviews of her novel, ULTIMATE DUTY, and will provide PDF's of the story to prospective reviewers. If you'd like to play amateur New York Times critic for Marva, please contact her at :


Brigader A.R. Norris announced Guest Blogging Opportunities which can include book or series reviews, author interviews, character interviews, themed articles or showcases. Please email her at


If you missed our Thursday Book Tagging Party CLICK HERE to see what novels we tagged on Amazon this past week.


The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is underway. Members set their own goals with an objective to earn 50 points by the end of February. A special web site was introduced on January 6th that includes a chatroom, special pointers and inspiration, and swag! Good luck to all participants.


"An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.

- Irwin Shaw


A.R. Norris said...

Great news! Wish I could step up into the communication role but I'm gearing up for my June release and have a trilogy to finish in the next couple of month.

Kylie Griffin said...

Fantastic round up, Laurie! I enjoyed reading it.

Pauline B Jones said...

Great roundup! I feel like I missed so much while I was gone! Congrats to one and all!

TKToppin said...

Great little news flashes! And thanks for the mention (I'm still grinning like a fool!)

Kaye Manro said...

Good going on the roundup, Laurie. I know you are doing it alone now and I hope someone will help soon. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things. So I hope to be here more often soon...

Thanks for all you do.


Laurie A. Green said...

Kaye and Pauline, welcome back!

Congrats again, TK. I'd be very excited, too.

Pauline B Jones said...

Thanks, Laurie! Glad to be home! Found out I've got an SFR short in an anthology releasing in February. Excited about that. (I've actually got two stories in the anthology, but only one of them is SFR.)

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