Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

Following a brave battle with esophageal cancer, Washington DC based author, essayist and journalist Christopher Hitchens passed away December 15 of pneumonia. He was 62.

The British-born Hitchens wrote an essay about his illness that appeared in the August 2010 issue of Vanity Fair: “I love the imagery of struggle. I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.”

George Orwell, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson.were three people Hitchens admired in his lifetime.. During his career, he was critical of many well-known public figures, including Mother Teresa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Henry Kissinger. He became known as controversial for his confrontational style of debating.

In addition to Vanity Fair, where he became contributing editor in 1992, Hitchens’ works appeared in The Nation, Foreign Policy, Prospect, and Slate, among others.

He also spent part of his early career in journalism as a foreign correspondent in Cyprus. Hitchens received a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 1991. In 2007, his Vanity Fair works won him the Columns and Commentary honor at the National Magazine Award, and the National Magazine Award for Columns about Cancer in 2011

A complete bibliography of Christopher Hitchens’ work may be found at this link.

Strong Female Characters by Female Authors

When you think of strong female characters written by female authors, which come to mind?

Jane Austen. The Brontes. Margaret Attwood. Harper Lee. Alice Walker.

Among those greats, a few Night Publishing authors are also listed, according to a Strong Female Characters by Female Authors on Goodreads.

Three Night Publishing books on the list include Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson, Impending Justice by Mel Comley, and of course, The Cruiserweight.

If you’d like to vote for your favorite authors in this category, click here to make your choice(s).

Authors on Show Accepting Submissions

Authors on Show began in May 2010 as a showcase web site for authors who were yet to be published and seeking representation.

Within the next year, the original team dwindled due to other commitments, things changed as there was little time to check all the submissions that came in due to AOS’ resounding success. In the first seven months of its launch, Authors on Show was not only visited by top agents and publishing houses, but also its blog was nominated as one of the best writing sites in the world, placing in the top twenty.

Authors on Show is returning to its roots, aiming to showcase those who want an agent or a traditional publishing deal and seeks help to find the best books and writers.Ian Smethurst is stepping into the lead spot and it was he who suggested AOS change things back to its original concept.

Keep checking the site and blog for upcoming changes, and if you’re an author who would like to submit your work or have any suggestions to make about another author you think worthy of promoting, please send an email to

Coming Soon: A Mother-Daughter Book Project

Love Lisa Scottoline? Then you will want to mark November 22 as the date for the release of her latest book with daughter Francesca Serritella.

The hardcover edition of Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The book will also be available in Kindle and Audiobook editions.

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies is inspired by the weekly Philadelphia Inquirer “Chick Wit” column and praised as “one you’ll have to put down—just to stop laughing.”

Be sure to pre-order your copy today to join in the amusement of mother/daughter life as only this New York Times bestselling team can write about it!

Live Author Chat on Night Owl Reviews November 7

Come join authors L. Anne CarringtonLisa Kessler,  Natalie J. Damschroder,  Sarah Gilman and Darynda Jones for a live chat on Night Owl Reviews Monday, November 7, 2011.

The real-time chat event will begin at 8:00PM Eastern/5:00PM Pacific. Each author will discuss her work and take questions from fans in attendance. The chats usually last an hour, but sometimes may go longer.


L. Anne Carrington: Author of best-selling wrestling romance novel The Cruiserweight and upcoming book, Fifty, to be released in 2012.

Lisa Kessler: Author of Across the Veil and Night Walker.

Natalie J. Damschroder: Author of Fight or Flight, Behind the Scenes, and Under the Moon.

Sarah Gilman: Author of Out in Blue.

Darynda Jones: Author of First Grave on the Right, Second Grave on the Left, and Third Grave Dead Ahead.

For those who attend, you can also be considered for prize giveaways in addition to chatting with the authors. Mark you calendars for November 7 and hope to see you there!

From Self Published to Major Deal

Think being self-published doesn’t get your work noticed? Here’s an excellent example to the contrary!

The Best Authors Lounge is pleased to present another best selling author on a powerful teleconference you will not want to miss!

Tune in November 10, 2011 at 8:00PM EST to learn how Trice Hickman went from being turned down by every agent & publisher to self publishing three bestsellers, and then landing the book deal of a lifetime with a major publisher.

Ms. Hickman is constantly asked by aspiring authors how did she do it, what advice can she give them about how to publish their own book and/or how to get a book deal with a major publisher.

She is now pleased to show other authors how it is done. Click here for additional details on the upcoming teleconference.