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).

Call for Submissions: Pagan Fiction Anthology

Image result for writing quillPagan Fiction Anthology: Modern Mythology, new stories of the Gods (updated 3/25/17)

Call for Submissions

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.

For the purposes of this anthology the term “Pagan” is broadly defined as any spiritual or religious path that embraces Earth, poly-, pan-, and non-traditional monotheistic paths, nontheistic paths may also fall into this definition. Pagan themes or characters are central to this anthology. The scope is not limited to any one genre, time frame, or world. Please see below for more details on genres.

Accepted submissions will be edited for grammar, spelling, and continuity. Submissions included in the anthology will remain the property of the original author with the requirement of waiting one calendar year from date of the anthology’s publication before they may be released in any other format. The first run of the anthology will be in eformat on Amazon Kindle and paperback version will be available at the same time through Amazon. Future runs will be available in both formats through other online vendors. Authors included in the anthology will be compensated with one free copy of the anthology and reduced purchase rate for additional copies.

What we are looking for in this anthology: Fantasy. Urban Fantasy. Paranormal. Sci-Fi. Historical Fiction. Religious Fiction. Dark Fantasy. Dark Fiction. Young Adult. Horror. Romance. Paranormal Romance.

What we are not looking for in this anthology: Children’s stories. Erotica. Poetry. The publisher is not looking for graphic depictions of sex or unnecessary violence. SRP does publish these genres, but is not looking for submissions of those flavors for this anthology. Please contact SRP with submissions for these genres separate from this anthology.

Minimum word count: 1500

Maximum word count 5000 (longer submissions will be considered on a case by case basis)

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2017. Please send submissions to saturnreturnspub@gmail.com attention “Pagan Fiction Anthology”. Planned release date is December 1, 2017. Visit Saturn Returns Publishing for more information about the publisher.

 

Creating and living

The owner has found himself without his bills-paying-job due to a simple mistake and a strict company policy. For the last week he has been floating in a state of limbo. But through the help of many friends and associates he has become even more motivated to make things happen with SRP.

One associate sent him to a website where he can make graphics. He’s become rather obsessed with making ad graphics for various projects. This morning he made a new on for SRP. The Bookats approve, but he wants to know what you think.Saturn Returns Publishing (1)

The owner didn’t have this ready before he did an author takeover last night on Facebook. He did have several other graphics ready to go, including a short video that still needs some work. The video and some of the graphics were well accepted.

He was of course talking about more than SRP in his one hour of the takeover. Check out the video and read what the owner and other authors, editors, etc said during their segments of this fun takeover.

The owner is happy to say that not only did he have a fun time with the takeover, he also has some nibbles for new authors coming to SRP.