April Fool Launch of Backfire

today is the dayToday is the day! Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings Vol 1: Backfire goes live on Kindle! Saturn Returns Publishing and author Philipp J. Kessler are very excited about this release. It is Philipp’s first novella and the beginning of a several volume series of shorts and novellas to be released about once a month for the foreseeable future.

The Kindle edition has been available for pre-order for about a week now. It is also available in paperback through Amazon and will be available soon through CreateSpace and other online retailers. Signed paperbacks can be purchased through the author or by backing him on Patreon.

To celebrate the release of Backfire, Philipp is hosting a seven hour author takeover and release party on Facebook. He’s got a wonderful line up authors from several genres to entertain and delight the readers and fans who drop in for a little bit of fun. With an April Fools theme it should prove to be a lot of fun!

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3pm: RevKess – Philipp Kessler – launch the event
4pm: Andy Peloquin
5pm: Kayla Kirby
6pm: Rebekah Dodson
7pm: Sarah Buhrman – Author
8pm: Courtney Cannon
9pm: Heather Marie Adkins
10pm: Diane Morrison (Sable Aradia)

There will also be games and giveaways from some of these very same authors. Drop in and have some fun, maybe win something, and just have a fab April Fools’ Day!

A Fool & His Writing: an April Fools’ Day Author Takeover

Backfire Pre-Order.pngWe’re less than a week away from the official launch of Philipp J. Kessler’s first novella from SRP. Philipp will be hosting a short author takeover and release party on Facebook on April 1st to celebrate. You are all invited to join in the fun. There will be games, giveaways, and LOTS of author talk throughout the evening.

Here’s a little teaser to get you going:

Sandra opened the window a crack to let a bit of fresh air into the room. The incense smoke swirled in the breeze as it was sucked out the window. As the air cleared she blinked the smoke from her own eyes.

“Well that sucked,” she muttered under her breath. “Back to square one.” She pushed her hair away from her forehead, brushing the sweat away from her brow.

She looked about the now smoke free room and sighed. Picking up the athame she began to put her ritual and spell tools away. Sandra put each tool into its place in the box she pulled out from under the altar table. The wand, the incense burner, and the athame each had a special compartment in the ornately carved oak box. As she put the pentacle plate and the bowl into their pouches she gazed into her own reflection in the blade of the boline. Continue reading

Backfire on pre-order

Backfire1We are thrilled to announce that Backfire is now available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle. We’re so excited! Can you tell?

Backfire was started in February of 2016, Philipp tabled it indefinitely because of his bills-paying-job taking up so much of his time. Situations change and time appeared in abundance. He decided to take that time and turn this “failed attempt” at a short story into something. He had set out to write approximately 10k words, but before he knew it things had blown into over 30k! Not quite a novel, but good enough.

Some might say that he is putting the cart before the horse, but Philipp went ahead and got the manuscript up on Kindle today. While he was there he decided to make it available as a print-on-demand. If you prefer your books to be actually paper and ink, the print edition of Backfire should be available by April 1, 2017 for your ordering and reading pleasure.

Philipp is also having a release party and author takeover on Facebook. Please check out the link and attend if you can. There will be all kinds of games and giveaways. Several other authors are participating in the takeover. Should prove to be a lot of fun for everyone!

The Written Activist, cover reveal

The Written Activist.pngThough The Written activist is not due out until around the first of the year, RevKess has released his cover design to Saturn Returns Publishing. The Written Activist is a collection of articles, essays and poems by RevKess himself. RevKess is an activist of both the Pagan and LGBTQIA-etc communities. He has hosted radio and podcast programs that address the issues that are important to both communities, frequently with overlap.

RevKess has written for multiple websites and blogs over the years. Including several that have gone fallow, some of which might return in the near future. He has written for Pagan Activist, Hail Columbia!, the Pagan Newswire Collective (their music page), Off the Beaten Path (currently offline), and other sites. He has been quoted on The Wild Hunt more than once.

RevKess is also one of the voices of the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. As program manager and head of music acquisitions for the channel, he fills multiple rolls on the channel. He cohosts the main show, Pagan-Musings, and the weekly news program, Pagan Weekly News, with his friend KaliSara. He hosts Musica Pagani on the channel as well. As Phil, he co-hosts Murphy’s Magic Mess and Lavender Hill on KZUM-Lincoln/KZUM-HD in Lincoln, NE. The Mess is the world’s oldest and longest running Pagan content program on the airwaves and the Hill is the only LGBTQIA-etc news and talk program of its kind in the state of Nebraska.

The Written Activist is slated for a January 2018 release. Visit the Facebook page for updates on this and other projects that RevKess is involved in.


Update from the Bookats – March 2017

20160521_102907Mistress Freya Growly Cat has been in a mood the last week and a half. She seems to think that we should be moving along faster. She’s not a very patient kitty. She needs to take a lesson from Misty Avalon, the laid back fat cat who only gets uppity if the food and water bowls are “empty”. Remember, a food bowl is empty when the cat can see the bottom of the bowl, even if there are mountains of food along the rim. Little Renny isn’t quite so little anymore, but he’s still the baby in the Library. He keeps trying to get in the way when SRP authors Philipp J. Kessler and Josef Kastle are trying to write. Maybe Freya should be looking to him when she gets impatient with things.

But things are moving along nicely. Philipp is just about on schedule with volume 1 of Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings. What started out as an allegorical short is turning into a short story-long form. Meaning that is has exceeded 35 pages and just keeps getting longer, and better. RevKess is looking at The Written Activist and deciding on a final order for the articles and essays, as well as picking out those that might not be applicable to current situations in the Pagan and political worlds. Josef is taking a backseat for now, working on  in his off time – things are really heating up there.

That brings us to the Pagan fiction anthology Modern Mythology. Submissions are trickling in at a steady pace and Sarah Buhrman has agreed to co-edit the anthology with Philipp. Things are getting exciting in the little corner of the world that SRP occupies. Keep checking back here and on Facebook for further updates.

Backfire cover reveal

Backfire1Saturn Returns Publishing is pleased to present the cover reveal for their next title. Backfire is a short story by Philipp J. Kessler. The beginning of a monthly to bi-monthly serial called Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings.

In this first installment Sandra, Elaine, and Malcolm,  are introduced to the reader. Sandra is a hereditary witch whose best friend Elaine has recently gone through a bad breakup with Malcolm. As the story starts out we see Sandra in her ritual room after casting a spell of peace for her friend. A spell that seems to have backfired. Light bulbs blow at random in Elaine’s apartment and mirrors begin to crack all around Sandra.

Will Sandra and Elaine figure out what went wrong with the spell? Did Malcolm do something that might have caused the backfire?

Backfire is the first of a planned 24 stories. Each one will teach a lesson of magic and witchcraft through allegory. Bridging the gap between fiction and teaching, Dark of the Moon will both entertain and educate the reader. Intended for a general audience of paranormal fantasy readers, this series will also draw the interest of the Pagan and Witchcraft communities.

Backfire is scheduled to be released to Amazon Kindle on April 1, 2017 with each volume in the serial following approximately each month for two years. Follow Philipp and Saturn Returns Publishing on Facebook to keep up with the journey of Sandra and her cadre of friends.

Follow this blog to keep up to date on this and other releases.


Historical Fiction & the Ides of March

Image result for et tu brute gifEt tu, Brute, one of the most often used lines, especially on March 15th. Beware the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was warned. Did he listen? Apparently not.

Shakespeare was one of the first creators of historical fiction. He based his plays on events from the past with his own twist on artistic license. His play Julius Caesar being one of his more famous takes on history.

The famed Sir Thomas Malory, author of Le Morte D’Arthur, incorporated the ideals of chivalry and knighthood with the legends and stories of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Whether the life and times of King Arthur are a true part of history or just a figment of the worlds’ imagination, it falls into the category of historical fiction when you look at the references to the times. Some may disagree there.

Along with Shakespeare’s plays and Malory’s famous work, there are many other literary figures from history that would be placed under historical history today. Alexandre Dumas comes to mind as well. Whether you enjoy reading historical fiction or not, you have to admit that the thrill of watching the film adaptations of these novels and plays from our own history are quite fun!

Now, let’s step away from the famous authors and playwrights and look at what historical fiction in.

Historical fiction takes a person or event from history and tells their story with fictionalized elements. One of the owner’s favorite historical authors is Judith Tarr. Among other books she wrote Ars Magica, the story of Gerbert the farmer’s son who became a mathematician and later Pope Sylvester II. About the only thing in the book that is factual is that he was born Gerbert to a humble farmer and became Pope. His relationship with the young Holy Roman Emperor and his penchant for magic is pure speculation on Tarr’s part. Certainly made for some good reading!

The Heretic & the Inquisitor.pngSRP author Philipp J. Kessler is working on his own historical fiction, The Heretic & the Inquisitor. The figure from history is Robert le Bougre, an inquisitor in France in the mid-13th Century. According to the Church he was a heretic of the Waldensian flavor who later recanted his beliefs and became a Dominican monk and inquisitor. That much is true.

Kessler is taking that and running with it. Adding in an element of psychology to the story of this person from the Church’s history. Whether any of it might even be considered true is beyond him to say. He is using the modern idea of dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder, to explain some of the war being waged on the supposed heretics of the time. Were they mentally ill? Or were they, as the Church claimed, in league with the Devil and possessed by demons? You’ll have to keep an eye out for this release in 2018 to find out how Kessler tells the tale.

SRP Author does Wyrd West Takeover

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Saturn Returns Publishing author Philipp J. Kessler is taking part in another author
takeover on Facebook
. The Wyrd West Chronicles are by friend of the publisher Diane Morrison, wyrd west imagealso known as Sable Aradia. Showdown is Diane’s first book in her series. Diane has ventured into the genre of the weird west, where steampunk meets western. You could view the old tv show Wild Wild West or the Will Smith movie of the same name as part of the weird west genre. Even Brisco County Jr that was on Fox in the 1990’s might qualify.

Philipp doesn’t write in this genre, but that’s not the point. An author takeover is meant to help indie authors get their names out there. Some takeovers are genre specific, like the LGBTQ erotica takeover that Josef Kastle did last weekend. Many are wide open, like the Pagan Fiction Authors takeover Philipp took part in at the last-minute Sunday night.

Friend of the publisher Sarah Buhrman, author of Too Wyrd and other books, has put together a fun little vlog that talks about author takeovers. She will also be presenting a workshop on that topic at this spring’s Nebraska Writers Guild conference.

Philipp will be doing Diane’s takeover at 3pm Pacific time (5pm Central) on Saturday the 18th. He looks forward to seeing you there!

SRP Author does Dark Fiction takeover

Image may contain: plant, flower and textSRP’s Philipp J. Kessler is participating in a dark fiction author takeover this weekend on Facebook. Tales of the Banshee: a dark twist on St. Paddy’s Day is a chance for authors of dark fantasy, dark romance, horror, dark fiction, etc to pimp their works and meet fans. Philipp will be focusing on his dark thriller Only the Paranoid Survive, due out late this year from Saturn Returns Publishing.

Below is the schedule for Sunday’s part of the weekend long event. Times are Pacific. Be sure to scroll through and look for Saturday’s authors to find out more about them.

12pm- Tam May
1pm- Patricia Stover
2pm- Ava Vixion
3pm- Jennifer Demeter
4pm- Adam Reese / Kim Christensen Byrd PA
5pm- Andy Peloquin
6pm- Julia Clare
7pm- Lila Vale
8pm- Author R. Phoenix
9pm- Philipp Kessler

For those of you playing along at home, that means that Philipp will be on at 11pm Central.

SRP Author in Takeover – MM Erotica

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Saturn Returns Publishing author Josef Kastle is participating in a one day author takeover on Facebook. Author S.I. Hayes is celebrating the release of her new novella Manhattanites Xander & Asher.

Josef will be sharing teasers from him his upcoming release Faeries Do Wear Boots, a story of fae bikers, mortal men, lust, and a little something more. He will also be doing a giveaway for an e-copy of Joe C. Winters’ A Fair Exchange. Check out the takeover and look for the posts from Philipp Kessler (Josef Kastle).