Jul 5, 2012
Since I have spent most of my time on my other site, SpecFicMedia.com, I thought I should add a welcome post here to possible new visitors.
Hi, I’m P.G. Holyfield. I am a podcaster and wrote a novel called Murder at Avedon Hill. I produced an audio version of an early draft of the novel from 2007-2009, which you can find on iTunes and over at podiobooks.com. If you do not use iTunes or some other ‘podcatcher,’ and would like to just download the audio files from here (or listen to them directly on this site), here is the best place to start.
If you are interested in the novel, you can read the first few chapters of the novel here, and you can find print and kindle versions of the novel on Amazon.com
After I finished the podcast of the novel, I started producing a short story anthology called Tales of the Children, based in the ‘world’ where Murder at Avedon Hill takes place. These are stories written mostly by other authors, and I will return to that podcast at some point… soon. What was fun about this anthology was it allowed me to delve into video as well. I did live readings of the stories through stickam.com, then followed with podcasted audio versions of the stories. You can find more information on this short story anthology here.
Currently I am one of the hosts of the Beyond the Wall, a Game of Thrones related podcast where we talk about the HBO series and the books by George R.R. Martin. I am a frequent guest at conventions such as Balticon and Dragon*Con, where I am usually on panels around new media, podcasting, and self-promotion.
I live in Charlotte, NC and have given talks on self-promotion, self-publishing and working with a small publisher, both at local venues and at regional conventions. If you are interested in this or for any other reason, please email me at pgholyfield at gmail dot com
Sep 14, 2013
“Canary in a Coal Mine”
A few years ago I wrote a short story (short for me, in any case, around 8K words) for Matthew Wayne Selznick’s The Sovereign Era: Year One anthology. It was called “Every Breath You Take.”It’s the story of high school senior Christian Murphy, who has it bad for a foreign exchange student named Stacey… ‘but in a world where thousands of people are learning they possess unique, incredible powers, what exactly stands in the way of Christian getting what he wants?’
Last Fall, Matt did a Kickstarter for his second novel set in this universe, and I offered to write a ‘sequel’ to my first story as a pledge reward for his fans. Matt allowed me to play in his universe once again, and this story became more of a ‘novelette,’ with a word count of nearly 14K. Now that Matt has fulfilled his Kickstarter obligations, we’re getting this puppy out as an e-book on Amazon and B&N for $3.99. The name of this novelette? “Canary in a Coal Mine.”
“Canary in a Coal Mine” on Amazon.com
“Canary in a Coal Mine” on B&N.com
So, more about ‘Canary,’ which can be read as a standalone story (although there are characters from the first story that appear in this one as well, so go get ‘Breath’ for 1.99 at Amazon or B&N… it’s good)
“Sovereign Conduct Enforcement Team (S.C.E.T.) investigators Adoette Smith and Joshua Wolff team with a local police officer to investigate what happened at the end of ‘Breath,’ and the disappearance of the potential Sovereign, Stacey Miller
When circumstances bring Adoette’s violent, troubled past to the surface, will she be able to utilize her own Sovereign abilities in time to find Stacey?
I had fun with this story, and doing it got me back in the writing mood, in a big way. I hope you enjoy it. And if you enjoy the setting and haven’t read Matt Selznick’s Sovereign novels, please do!!
May 24, 2012
I won’t be there until tomorrow, but if you are around, here’s where you can find me:
Saturday, 8 pm – Beyond the Wall (Derby)
Saturday 10 pm – Dramatization or Straight Read (Salon B)
Sunday 9 am – Religious Systems (Salon B)
Sunday 9 pm – Stargazers audio Drama (Derby)
Sunday 10 pm – Reading (Chase)
Monday 11 am – Serialized Science Fiction – the New Pulps (Derby)
Of course, the big one for us is The Beyond The Wall live show Saturday night. It should be a LOT of fun!
Apr 16, 2012
Last week I was a Guest Host on The Roundtable Podcast, a great new podcast that does two different things really well. Their primary purpose is to do story-workshops with new/budding writers, which is a lot of fun to do, and to listen to if you are interested in writing. They (hosts Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey) also take time to interview their guests hosts about their writing and the process of writing.
My interview with Dave and Brion is up on the site now and the workshop episode should be released in the next day or so. I hope you enjoy it!
Dec 25, 2011
Almost two years ago my friend Matthew Wayne Selznick released an anthology called The Sovereign Era: Year One. I was thrilled to have my first published short story be in this anthology. I recommend the anthology highly, along with Matthew’s novel Brave Men Run, the “universe” in which my story takes place. But a couple of days ago Matt released my story as a standalone e-book product. See the description below for more info (text from Matthew’s website).
It’s classified as a short story, but it weighs in at around 8K. Long enough to be called a “novella?” Maybe not. But definitely a good lengthy read for those that missed it when the anthology came out.
“Every Breath You Take” by P. G. Holyfield
P. G. Holyfield is the author of the award-winning fantasy mystery “Murder at Avedon Hill,” a podcaster, and speaks at many conventions in the science fiction and new media fandom community. His “Every Breath You Take” has the distinction of being the single longest piece of Sovereign Era fiction to date (not counting “Brave Men Run — A Novel of the Sovereign Era.”)
“Every Breath You Take” is a tale of teen aggression and obsession. Chris has it bad for Stacey… but in a world where thousands of people possess unique, incredible powers, what exactly stands in the way of Chris getting what he wants..?
Get “Every Breath You Take” for the Nook or Kindle, or buy the epub / Mobi bundle right here… and be sure to visit P. G. Holyfield’s own site for more from him!
Jul 25, 2011
I was on the kickoff panel at Dragon*Con 2010 for the podcasting track. I got to sit next to Veronica Belmont on the panel, so everything else after this was just gravy. Just kidding of course. Lovely lady, and one of my favorite podcasters out there. Please visit Dragon*Pod for more audio from the podcasting track of 2010.
This panel also featured the diverse talents of: Tom Merritt (Sword and Laser, Tech News Today), Veronica Belmont (Qore, Sword and Laser), Len Peralta (Jawbone Radio, Geek a Week), Brian Ibbott (Coverville) and Bobby Blackwolf (The Bobby Blackwolf Show).
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Jun 30, 2011
ForeWard Book Reviews holds a yearly Book of the Year Awards. Murder at Avedon Hill was nominated (along with eight other titles) for the 2010 BoTY award for the category Fiction – Fantasy. Last week it was announced that MaAH was given the Silver Medal.
I want to once again thank everyone out there that listened to the podcast and/or supported the book by purchasing it when it came out last year. I also want to thank my editor, Gabrielle Harbowy, for her tireless work as my editor, and Gwen Gades, my publisher with Dragon Moon Press.
Apr 4, 2011
Today we have the Tales of the Children short story “Love’s Sacrificial Song,” by Tabitha Grace Smith. This episode was c0-produced by Paulette Jaxton of The Empress Sword podcast and novel.
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Mar 22, 2011
Murder at Avedon Hill wins the inaugural Dr. John William Polidori Award for Best Vampire Novel of 2010. Head on over to the Out of the Coffin podcast, check out episode 70, and listen to the awards and my brief acceptance speech.
Thanks to everyone that went over and voted last month. This was a people’s choice award and your votes pushed MaAH past a wonderful set of nominees, including books/novellas by Gail Carriger, Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, and Seth Grahame-Smith. You guys rock!!
Mar 18, 2011
ForeWord Reviews has a yearly BOTY awards program. Murder at Avedon Hill is a finalist in the category Fiction – Fantasy.
From the website:
ForeWord‘s Book of the Year Awards program was created to spotlight distinctive books from independent publishers. What sets the awards apart from others is that final selections are made by real judges—working librarians and booksellers—based on their experiences with patrons and customers.
The awards are given out in June. Wish me luck!
Feb 13, 2011
Murder at Avedon Hill was reviewed by the Midwest Book Review. You can see the details of the review in the comments section of the Amazon book page.
Feb 11, 2011
Hey everyone. It’s been a while, and I’ve got no real news to share about the podcast, other than to say I’ve got audio for two stories to edit and get out to you. When that will happen, I’m not sure, and I won’t make a promise I won’t keep, so let’s just say I’ll do my best to get it out before you forget who I am.
I’d like to say I’ve made great progress on my next novel, but that wouldn’t be true. I have had some personal setbacks that have left me… unfocused, let’s just say. Or, I could say I’m just focused on what’s most important to me, which is my two young daughters code-named Wallflower and Cannonball. They mean the world to me, and sometimes that means not making the time to be creative. And other than feeling guilty for not getting new things out to you guys, it’s worth every minute of it.
Now, that’s not to say I haven’t kept busy with things that might interest you. In November we held the first annual TuacaCon. Head on over to the official website and you’ll find some fun videos from the evening and some created either before or after the event. The evening also included a reading from yours truly, a superhero (or super-villain, rather) short story called Dr. Mercury: Queen of Hearts.
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