Thursday, May 25, 2006

Run, Simon, Run!!

The lovely and talented author, Mr. Simon Wood, is donating his time and sneaker tread for a great cause, The Relay for Life, an overnight team event to benefit the important lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society.

Take a minute to check-out his Team Page, and click-on SIMON WOOD at the bottom of the list, and help him surpass his modest goal that directly and indirectly will help us all. Remember, even a few dollars can make a BIG difference when we all chip in. So make Simon's donation of time and tread worth the effort...

CLICK HERE and Share the Love!

From the Relay for Life website:

"Relay For Life® is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer, and empower individuals to fight back against this disease. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team keeps at least one team member on the track at all times.

"Relay is much more than a walk around a track. It is a time to remember those lost to cancer and celebrate those who have survived. It is a night for people who have shared the same experience to comfort and console one another. --Relay for Life

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Get Your ELEMENTAL Relief!!

ALL of the publisher's and authors' profits for this book will be donated to the Save the Children Tsunami Relief Fund.

Some great colleagues of mine have put together an AMAZING book of stories for the benefit of people they've never met, but whom they deeply care for. Spend a few dollars, get a fantastic book and continue the much needed aide to those that suffered in the Tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in 2005!

From the ELEMENTAL website:

"In the winter of 2005, after the horrifying natural disaster of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, Steven Savile and Alethea Kontis joined forces to raise money to help the distressed survivors and have created Elemental. They solicited SF and fantasy stories, all new and never published elsewhere, from many of the top writers in the genres today, and received immediate responses in the form of the excellent stories here in this book. They created in Elemental one of the most important genre anthologies of the year, but more than that: in giving real value for the purchase price, everyone who sells this book can be proud, and everyone who buys it will be richly rewarded for supporting the tsunami relief effort."

The Illustrious List of Generous Contributors:

Jacqueline CAREY
Arthur C. CLARKE
William C. DIETZ
Nina Kiriki HOFFMAN
Kinley MacGREGOR
(Sherrilyn KENYON)
Sharon SHINN
Michael Marshall SMITH
Martha WELLS

Elemental is available at your local bookstore and these fine websites: hardcover paperback hardcover paperback
Clarkesworld Books: hardcover paperback
Barnes & hardcover paperback
Powells: hardcover paperback hardcover paperback

The talent represented in this book is HUGE. Under any circumstances ELEMENTAL should be on your reading list, but knowing that your money will be well spent makes it even more compelling. Get ELEMENTAL Relief...don't miss your chance for some great reading and a great cause!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Who Done It? Cover Fascination...


Since the HL announced its new horror anthology, The Horror Library, Volume 1, there have been A LOT of comments about the amazing cover art. This incredible piece of work is the first thing bringing attention to the anthology so I thought it was high time to introduce you to the talented artists who created the HL anthology's cover art.

GROUNDFROST (from their MySpace bio):

"Groundfrost Illustration and Design is the combination of the artistic talents of Antti Isosomppi (anatheme) and Shelley Bergen (nebu). Long time friends on opposite sides of the planet, they share the same love of art and its creation. Both bring a great deal of dedication, talent and experience to Groundfrost. Since its launch in October 2004 they have been working almost non-stop on commissioned projects. Some of their clients to date include The Killers, The Higher, Kayne West, God Forbid, Black Eyed Peas, Symbiontic and Telos Publishing. Groundfrost specializes in cd cover art and inserts, posters, t-shirt designs and also offer full website solutions for your band. Groundfrost will take your band's visual style to a new level. " --Groundfrost

The original piece of artwork that inspired the cover for The Horror Library, Volume 1, is Mouthfull of Sorrow which, seen to the right, can be viewed in a larger format at The Horror Library Gallery page. The image is near the bottom of the Gallery page - just click on it for a better view. In addition to Groundfrost's fine work, in the gallery you'll find a smorgasbord of amazing dark art by many fine artists from around the world. Be sure to feast your eyes on these images and then have a taste of some free fiction in the Fresh Meat section and The Vault.

You'll even find a sampling of free Friel fiction on the shelves of The Horror Library.

You can visit Groundfrost at MySpace and see more of their amazing work at

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

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