Friday, August 22, 2014

A new anthology!


ADA, OKLAHOMA—Many Rivers Harbor announces the publication of Blackbirds First Flight, an anthology of thrilling stories and chilling poems by new and established writers. The book will go on sale October 1, 2014, on and soon after on and other online retailers.

Blackbirds First Flight is an anthology of stories and poetry with a dark, sensual twist,” said Pru Simmons, MRH associate editor. “The stories run the gambit from thrilling Gothic adventure to modern urban fantasy to fantastic encounters with the macabre. The poetry is uniformly excellent and tells dark stories of its own, many related to mythology.”

Simmons said the book might become an annual anthology. “We have had many inquiries about the book and its theme,” she said. “We definitely think there is an interest in dark, twisty fantasy that tells a satisfying story and follows traditional narrative arcs. We hope there will be another flight next year.”

The book will retail for $12. For more information on Blackbirds First Flight, readers can visit

The book features works from Stephen B. Bagley, Kent Bass, Wendy Blanton, Gail Henderson, Tamara Siler Jones, and Jean Schara.

Stephen B. Bagley wrote Tales from BethlehemMurder by Dewey DecimalMurder by the AcreFloozy and Other Stories, and EndlesS. His works have appeared in Creations 2014Creations 2013Creations 2012ByLine MagazineFree StarNautilus MagazineOKMagazine, and other publications. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. He is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.

Kent Bass enjoys writing and reading Gothic action/adventure stories. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and from the University of Oklahoma, with a Master of Science in Accountancy. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas, where he works for the nation’s leading tax software company. He is a member of Ada Writers. Blackbirds First Flight is his first publication.

Wendy Blanton published three fantasy novels, The Dragon’s LadyRogue Pawn, and Sword and Scabbard under the pen name Elizabeth Joy with co-author Scott Carman. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management from the University of Mount Olive and served in active duty for the United States Air Force for eight years. She is an apprentice bard and tells Celtic folk tales at Scottish Highland Games and other venues.

Gail Henderson collaborated with noted Oklahoma photographer Michael Duncan to produce Bare, a book of poetry and photography. Red Bird Woman, a collection of her poetry, was published in 2013. Her work has appeared in Creations 2014Creations 2013Creations 2012, and ByLine Magazine. She holds a Masters of Education in English and Social Studies from East Central University. She is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.

Tamara Siler Jones is a wife, mom, writer, quilter, and cat-wrangler from rural Iowa. She has three novels in print/eBook (Ghosts in the Snow, winner of the Compton Crook Award for best first novel of the year in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genre; Threads of Malice; and Valley of the Soul; all published by Bantam Books), two more books (Morgan’s Run and SPORE) being marketed in New York, three novels in progress, and a screenplay in first draft.

Jean Schara retired from a 28-year career in the United States Air Force in 2008 and took up residence in Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and of the Troy State University with a Master of Science in Adult Education. She has had several book reviews published in the Air Power Journal and several articles published in Vision: A Resource for Writers.


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