THE GAME preview: A word from author R.P. Steeves

When I first started Seven Realms Publishing, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to see happen with it. I knew, for instance, that it would lean heavily into the action/adventure realm of fiction simply because that’s the kind of stuff that I like to write. I knew that, for the most part, I would want it to be comprised of relatively family friendly fiction (with a few exceptions to the rule possibly in extreme circumstances). And I pretty much had a vision of exploding out of the gate and accomplishing amazing things with the first couple of years. Well, I’m proud to say that those things have happened. 
But of course, I wanted more. My literary tastes don’t simply end with the adventure thriller. Oh no! If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I have a soft spot for mysteries (though I’m not fond of procedurals very much…perhaps because it hits too close to home in regards to my “day job”) and have featured, on a number of occasions, books about Special Agent Pendergast by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. But perhaps the genre I’ve raved about the most during my time as a glamorous Internet blogger is…Urban Fantasy. I’ve talked about Jim Butcher and his immensely entertaining (and often, believe it or not inspiring) wizard detective Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. I’ve talked non-stop about Anton Strout’s psychometric detective Simon Canderous and his vampire/zombie slaying Department of Extraordinary Affairs. I say all this simply to help you understand this…when I started Seven Realms Publishing, I had my eyes wide open for the next great urban fantasy hero. And I found it in a woman with a silly nom du jour and an even more ludicrous career title. I’m talking, of course, about Misty Johnson…scourge of the Washington D.C. Underworld Underworld and tough as nails “Supernatural Dick”.
When R.P. Steeves manuscript came across my desk, I was simply beside myself with excitement and devoured it rather quickly. A few weeks later, Rich had signed the contract to publish his very first book and the rest, as they say is history. Well, Rich is bringing his paranormal detective into the realm of short fiction in Seven Realm’s upcoming anthology THE GAME. So I’ve asked him to talk to you guys a bit about what he has coming up in the near future. So without further ado…here’s Rich!
It’s always a pleasure to guest blog on the site of my friend and mentor, J. Kent Holloway. And, to be given an opportunity to talk about myself? Well, I never pass that up!
First off, I am thrilled to be a part of the upcoming anthology THE GAME from Seven Realms. The story that inspired the collection, “The Most Dangerous Game,” has always been a favorite of mine, and getting a chance to drop my character, Misty Johnson, into an adventure inspired by that tale has been a blast. And the story itself was a great opportunity for me. Since Misty has been wandering the earth for hundreds of years, well, it’s a chance to fill in some gaps.
If you’ve read the first Misty Johnson book, Capitol Hell, then you’ll surely recognize several characters who appear in the story. You might not recognize Misty at first though, as she is in a very different mental state from how she appears in 2010. And, if you are thinking of picking up the second Misty Johnson mystery, subtitled The National Maul, then you’ll be getting a preview of some of the antagonists and ideas that will be popping up in that tome. Plus, it’s fun to see what Misty was up to in the early 30’s.
And, if you are interested in what Misty Johnson was up to in the later 30’s, you will want to check out an upcoming crime anthology from Ravenwood Press. In that book, we’ll learn a little bit about what Misty Johnson was up to in an earlier stint as a Paranormal Investigator. She hangs up her shingle in California in the mid-thirties and investigates “The Case of the Chinese Phoenix.” If you like noir—including fedoras, pistols, femme fatales and succubi, then this is the story for you. It’s due out in early 2012!
Also due out in 2012 is that second Misty Johnson novel: The National Maul. It picks up a month or so after the events of Capitol Hell, following Misty’s latest case, the new addition to her investigative team, and the burning mystery that readers were left with at the end of her previous adventure. In addition to the return of some of her most stalwart allies and deadliest enemies, the book will feature rival werewolf packs, zombie masters, manipulation of space-time, customizable card games, moon rocks, mysterious toilets, clay golems, shy vampires and lots and lots of fire.
Another project I have in the works is an exciting project with the folks at New Pulp. I am writing a chapter in PARIAH AND THE PURPLE PRINCE, a collaborative novel which boasts over 20 of the greatest pulp writers of today. In addition, proceeds from this work will go to the Stan Lee Foundation, an exciting charity founded by the Generalissimo himself! For more info, check out
Finally, I have a few of my own projects in the works.  I am finishing up a science fiction manuscript whose idea came to me over a decade ago. It’s been a long time coming, but it is shaping out to be a strong work, with plenty of Shakespearean inspired madness.  Look for more details to come on that. In addition, I am finishing up two brand new short stories to fill out my first self-published short story collection, including several of my previously published works.
Thinking long term, I am working on a few ideas for comic book scripts, as well as a film project and a possible sitcom pilot. I also have a pulp mystery novella kicking around in my brain that needs to see the light of day soon. I also write about technology issues in my day job for  More information on my writing projects can be found at my blog:

Thanks for reading!  See you in the funny pages!

Thanks Rich, for a great post! For those who haven’t read Misty Johnson’s first adventure/mystery, you should totally check it out! Here’s a link to Amazon! (It’s also available in all the major ebook formats)

Oh…and big news! THE GAME anthology NOW has a PRE-ORDER page on Barnes and Noble’s website! If you act now, you can pre-order the book for a substantial discount on the cover price. I promise, this is one of those books you’ll want to have on your bookshelf for years to come…so pre-order your copy today. Oh, if you’d like to help spread the word, simply click on the “Like” button and it will show up on your Facebook page!

Here’s the back cover synopsis:

“I wanted the ideal animal to hunt,” explained the general. “So I said, `What are the attributes of an ideal quarry?’ And the answer was, of course, `It must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason.'”
“But no animal can reason,” objected Rainsford.
“My dear fellow,” said the general, “there is one that can.”
In 1924, Richard Connell’s THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, captivated readers with the tale of one man hunting another man for sport.  It became an instant classic.
Now, witness the next evolution of hunt, with twelve all new tales of cunning and survival.
THE GAME is on!

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