Modern Mythology: New Stories of the Gods, open call for submissions – revisted

This is a revised and updated re-posting of our call for submissions for the Modern Mythology: New Stories of the Gods anthology.

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Saturn Return Publishing

Saturn Returns Publishing is seeking submissions for an anthology of Pagan fiction.

Modern Mythology: New Stories Of the Gods is a collection of shorts telling the stories of the Gods and Goddesses from new and unique perspectives. Olympus in Space? Asgard in Manhattan? Abydos the seat of computer commerce? Taking the myths and figures of mythologies from around the world, Pagan authors take a twist and tell these stories in an entirely different light. Continue reading

Early April Update

time management quoteAs 2017 progresses into the 4th month, we at Saturn Returns Publishing are working towards further expansion of our offerings to readers and authors alike. Working towards that kind of expansion is a real juggling act. As the picture to the left implies, time management is of the utmost importance, but is a misnomer. Prioritizing projects and commitments is more important. Our authors and their projects come first on our list of priorities. We must balance them with growing and expanding our catalog. Continue reading

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.


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).