Local Author Launches New Multi-Genre Fiction Anthology

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Cars, Cards & Carbines Boasts a Who’s Who of Bestselling Genre Authors

“Cars, Cards & Carbines grew from a desire to see more of the kind of stories that set my little writer brain on fire as a kid."

Denver-area author Travis Heermann has assembled an all-star roster for a new genre fiction anthology, Cars, Cards & Carbines. On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, he launched a crowd-funding campaign via Kickstarter to fund the publication. If funding is successful, the anthology will be released as an e-book, a trade paperback, and a limited edition hardcover.

“Cars, Cards & Carbines grew from a desire to see more of the kind of stories that set my little writer brain on fire as a kid,” Heermann says. “But nowadays I want to merge that fire and fun with adult sensibilities, complex themes, and sheer literary awesomeness. We think readers will agree that our roster of authors is capable of pulling that off.” However, the Kickstarter campaign runs until December 19, 2013, “so the clock is ticking.”

This anthology was originally conceived as “Mad Max meets Maverick and The Wild, Wild West (the TV series, not the awful film),” Heermann says, but he wants the writers to take that general concept and run with it, stretching the boundaries of the central themes without restrictions on genre.

Lead authors on this project are:

  •     Mario Acevedo – Denver-area author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series from HarperCollins.
  •     E.C. Ambrose – Author of Elisha Barber, the first of "The Dark Apostle" historical fantasy series about medieval surgery.
  •     Kevin J. Anderson – An author from Monument, Colorado, Anderson has published 120 books, more than fifty of which have been national or international bestsellers, in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, plus others.
  •     Jay Bonansinga – New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books, including the Bram Stoker finalist The Black Mariah (1994), and the wildly popular WALKING DEAD novels.
  •     Nancy Holder – Five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner and New York Times bestselling author of approximately 80 novels and more than 200 short stories, essays, and articles.
  •     D.B. Jackson - Author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.
  •     Mur Lafferty - Author and a pioneering podcaster, winner of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer. Her book, The Shambling Guide to New York City, is on sale from Orbit.
  •     Jay Lake - Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards.
  •     Nick Mamatas - Author of Love is the Law and The Last Weekend. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction and Tor.com, and in the 2013 volume of Best American Mystery Stories.
  •     Seanan McGuire – Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the “Velveteen vs.” superhero shorts.
  •     Norman Partridge – Bram Stoker Award-winner and author of six short story collections and several novels, one of which, Dark Harvest, was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2006.
  •     Cat Rambo – Editor and Nebula Award nominee, Cat Rambo has published over 200 stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Tor.com, and others.
  •     Kristine Kathryn Rusch – Worldwide bestselling author, winner of two Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award, former editor of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
  •     Ken Scholes – Award-winning author of four novels and over forty short stories, including his novel series, The Psalms of Isaak, acclaimed as "a towering storytelling tour de force" by Publishers Weekly.
  •     Dean Wesley Smith – USA Today Bestselling author of over a hundred novels and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres, including Star Trek novels, Men in Black, Spider-Man, and X-Men.

Travis Heermann is a freelance writer, author, and award-winning screenwriter, recently transplanted to the Denver area. He is available for interviews.

For more information, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1883407/cars-cards-and-carbines-multi-genre-fiction-anthol

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