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Twilight Times Agency
Twilight Times Agency was formed September 1999 to represent authors of speculative fiction, fantasy artists and web page designers. The literary agency is not currently open to submissions from the general public.

Twilight Times Books
Twilight Times Books was established January 1999 as an Internet epublisher. In 2004, we expanded our operations and evolved into a small trade publisher. Due to an exceptional front list of books, all with four star reviews, the print division of Twilight Times Books launched twenty-one titles in trade paperback in 2004. Over fifty titles are currently in print and we plan to release fourteen titles in 2008.

TT Books is a traditional small trade publisher. By traditional we mean our books have national distribution and the author pays nothing for publication of his/her book. We currently publish literary works that are exemplary, that transcend genres and/or are beautifully written. We are highly selective as to what we will accept for publication.

Our books are distributed internationally through BCH and Florida Academic Press (FAP Books, Inc.). Members of the media, booksellers and retails can download flyers, sell sheets, reviews and chapter excerpts from our media room.

Paladin Timeless Books
An imprint of Twilight Times Books, a traditional small trade publisher. "Tomorrow's classics today..."

"Doc" Taylor has placed his latest science fiction thriller Extraction Point with Twilight Times Books.

Extraction Point is the start of an exciting new hard science fiction action-packed thriller series from "Doc" Travis S. Taylor, author of the Warp Speed series, co-author of the Amazon bestseller Von Neumann's War (with John Ringo), and co-author of the #1 Amazon nonfiction bestseller An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion.

2007 award winners at Twilight Times Books!

"Warp Point" by Darrell Bain is a Dream Realm award winner in the category of science fiction.

Additional ebook award winners include "Fire Owl" by Gerald Mills, an EPPIE winner in the category of action/adventure. "Infinite Space, Infinite God" by Karina and Robert Fabian, Editors is an EPPIE winner in the category of science fiction. "Hudson Lake" by Laura Mazzuca Toops is a finalist in historicals and "The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow" by Annette Marie Hyder is a finalist in the category of poetry. "Valley of the Raven" is a winner of the 2007 Ariana award for best YA cover artwork.

"The New Bedford Samurai" by Anca Vlasopolos and "Valley of the Raven" by Ken Ramirez were recently accorded the LiFE Award: Literature For Environment.

Linda Langwith's short story, "The Boat," has been short listed for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award.

Visit with publisher Lida E. Quillen on Sept. 6, 2007 from 8:00 - 10:00 PM EST at FabChat.

The 2007 Summer book catalog is up.

Special Sale

Fall 2007 book sale at Twilight Times Books!
All current print books will be 20-40% off.

Back issues of FMAM Magazine published in 2005 or 2006 will be 10-20% off retail price plus $1.50 shipping. Place magazine back issue orders via PayPal -or- check.

Books make great gifts. Check out our recommendations.

Book News

New releases!
Twilight Times Books is pleased to announce the recent release of Antonia’s Daring Deception, historical by Jamie Richards; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: Antonia Moreson struggles to realize her ambition to become a physician in 1812. She disguises herself as a male and this scheme works well until she falls in love with her patient, Captain Lord Robert Quentin.

Author Profile: Jamie Richards has retired from university teaching and now writes historical romance. He met his wife at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio back in the 1950s, has three children and four grandchildren, all of whom are very special. Jamie enjoys family, traveling, reading, and writing.


Darrell Bain’s World of Books, an autobiography of Darrell Bain; ebook.

Promo blurb: Over the last five or six years, he has won just about every award possible in the ebook industry and the name Darrell Bain has become synonymous with successful ebook author. Even his newsletter, appearing monthly on his web site, has become extremely popular with readers and writers and just ordinary people all over the world. Now, with most of his e-books in print or scheduled for print, his first hardcover due for release in the fall of 2007, his current collaboration with a well-known and best-selling print science fiction author, and the continuing and extremely happy marriage to Betty, he feels as if his dreams and aspirations have finally been fulfilled.

It is Darrell's sincere hope that this autobiography, expanded from memoirs posted on his web site, will be an inspiration not only for writers but for anyone who has ever had to struggle in their life and for those who think things will never get better. They can, despite all the odds against them, if they will only keep trying. That's the key, he thinks. That and the right partner in life, like Betty is for him.

Author Profile: Darrell Bain is the author of over two dozen books in many genres. He has become well known for his fast-paced tales and unusual plots. For the last several years he has concentrated on humor and science fiction. Darrell is currently writing the fourth novel in the series begun with Medics Wild.


Infinite Space, Infinite God, SF collection by Karina & Robert Fabian, Editors; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: An anthology of fifteen stories about how the future Catholic Church uses--or fails to use--its faith, wisdom and imagination to grow with the changes of the future. 2007 EPPIE Award winner.

Reviewer comments: "Infinite Space, Infinite God is an excellent collection of science fiction short stories. These authors' imaginations are astounding, pulling me into each and every story from the first paragraph, and then masterfully entwining their writings with Catholicism. The characters come alive in vivid detail making each story's uniqueness stand on their own merit. Highly recommended, not only to devoted sci-fi readers, but to those who have never read the genre before." ~ Reviewed by PJ for Scottieluvr's Chewing the Bone reviews

Author Profile: Karina L. Fabian is a homeschooling mother of four who writes articles and craft books to bring in extra money and fiction to placate the many characters in her head who insist on having their stories told. Her short stories have appeared in magazines like Eternal Night and in the award-winning Christian SF anthology, Leaps of Faith.

A cradle Catholic and SF geek, she's had a great time thinking about the future of the Catholic Church for Infinite Space, Infinite God, which she edited with her husband, Rob. She finds collaborating with her husband, whether about children, stories, or anthologies, extremely romantic.

Author Profile: Rob is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF whose training is in military space operations, but whose career has ranged from ICBM maintenance to speechwriting for the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force. He has written several articles on the military and commercial use of space, the most recent of which appeared in Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Power and Policy. Rob handles the technical/detail side of the Fabian writing team.


Purple Snowflake Marketing: How to make your book stand out in a crowd, non-fiction by Dave and Lillian Brummet; ebook.

Promo blurb: A reference guide for self-marketing authors who want their book to stand out like a purple snowflake in a snowstorm. Includes over five hundred direct links to promotion resources, a holiday/event calendar and images of sample promotion materials. The contents of this e-book provides a comprehensive resource for authors who want to design an effective marketing plan and utilize frugal promotional tools with the click of their mouse.

Author Profile: Canadian authors, Dave and Lillian Brummet, have been writing together since 1999. The Brummet's have published two non-fiction books. Towards Understanding depicts the healing process one goes through and the steps taken in a life to get past the pain and towards understanding of both the purpose in life, and the value of life. Trash Talk shows readers how they can save money while making their community become a more prosperous, attractive and healthier place to live.

The Brummet's were honored with an award for "outstanding use of various media in ongoing outreach work to reduce waste in our environment" by the Recycling Council of British Columbia. Seeds of Diversity awarded them with a Certificate of Appreciation for volunteer contributions and Dave won an award for his photography through Cottage Magazine. They have also been recognized by the Boundary Family Read, Columbia Basin Alliance For Literacy for their support of this group.


Savage Survival, SF suspense by Darrell Bain; Limited Edition Hardcover.

Promo blurb: Millions of earthmen have been captured by aliens and are being put through the strangest and most terrifying survival tests ever imagined. Young Lyda Brightner’s first experience after being thrown into the midst of undisciplined humans is so horrible that she vows she will never let it happen again.

Reviewer comments: "Savage Survival is more than a story of survival, it's a cautionary tale that blows open the standard concepts of strength and power. Lyda is an amazing heroine, one whose strength lies in her ability to adapt and a personal sense of honor she refuses to compromise. Darrell Bain has written a truly fascinating story, one that will stay with the reader long after the book is closed. I highly recommend Savage Survival to anyone looking for a book that has it all—a fast and furious plot, powerful characters and a message as frightening as it is empowering." ~ Kate Douglas, author of Wolf Tales.

Author Profile:  Darrell Bain is the author of over two dozen books in many genres. He has become well known for his fast-paced tales and unusual plots. For the last several years he has concentrated on humor and science fiction. Darrell is currently writing the fourth novel in the series begun with Medics Wild.


Shadow Worlds, SF suspense by Darrell Bain and Barbara M. Hodges; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: "Shadow Worlds" is a science fiction thriller. Frank Winston and Linda Vesprie race against time to save Earth from a lifeform that has already destroyed many worlds before.

Reviewer comments: "Two voices have fused perfectly to create an action packed story that will hook you from the first page. Action and romance balance perfectly, making this a story appealing to a wide audience." ~ Reviewed by Amanda Kilgore for The Eternal Night.

Author Profile:  Darrell Bain is the author of about three dozen books, in many genres, running the gamut from humor to mystery and science fiction.

Author Profile:  Barbara M. Hodges lives in Nipomo, California, a small town on the central coast. She shares her life with her husband, a sassy cat, and two basset hounds who are her role models for Maggie.


The New Bedford Samurai, historical by Anca Vlasopolos; Limited Edition Hardcover.

Promo blurb: No traveler in the nineteenth century became a greater catalyst of change than Manjiro Nakahama, a man revered in Japan and virtually unknown in the U. S. Manjiro began his adventures as a runaway, illiterate boy from an island nation locked tight against the world, ruled by a strict caste system, and by and large ignorant of six hundred years of progress. By the end of his life, Manjiro had circumnavigated the globe five times, saw (and helped) his country change from the feudal Shogunate to a nation committed to playing a major role in global affairs.

Reviewer comments: "A brilliant fusion of a nonfiction novel and an ecologically concerned memoir, Anca Vlasopolos, latest book, The New Bedford Samurai, takes the reader on multiple journeys. She takes us back through time, bringing to life the true saga of a nineteenth-century Japanese castaway, Manjiro Nakahama, and through space, taking us with her to Japan, where we learn of the plight of the short-tailed albatross. What's more, this creative, eloquent, and heartrending book makes us care." ~ Susan Morgan, author of Place Matters: Gendered Geography in Victorian Women's Travel Writing about Southeast Asia.

Author Profile: Born in Rumania, at fourteen Anca Vlasopolos immigrated to the U. S. with her mother, an Auschwitz survivor. She is professor of English at Wayne State University and author of an award-winning memoir, a collection of poems and two chapbooks, a detective novel, a scholarly monograph and numerous academic articles and chapters.


Valley of the Raven by Ken Ramirez; trade paperback

Promo blurb: Ty Dettin and his friends are not especially looking for an adventure when they head out on their dirt bikes, but they stumble into several deadbeat criminals. Desperate men who plan to blow up a dam in an effort to uncover a hoard of gold.

Reviewer comments: "Valley of the Raven is an exciting adventure, filled with plenty of action, history, mysticism, and animation." ~ Reviewed by Nancy Morris, AllBooks Reviews.

Author Profile: Ken Ramirez holds bachelor degrees in Maricultural Science and Biology, a minor in art, and a secondary teaching credential from Humboldt State University in northern California. He presently teaches high school science and coaches the Alpine Ski team at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, Ca. The characters in Ken’s books are inspired by the students he has educated over the past 24 years.

Upcoming releases
Awkward Grace by Jeff McCord; inspirational - $16.95 trade paperback

Far Come the Eyes of Light by Geoff Geauterre; SF/F - $16.95 trade paperback

Learning to Write the Easy Way: for fun, profit and posterity by Dorothy Ann Skarles; non-fiction - $16.95 trade paperback

Power of Promotional Groups by Karen Wiesner; non-fiction - $5.50 ebook

The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow by Annette Marie Hyder; poetry - $16.95 trade paperback

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards; non-fiction - $18.95 trade paperback

Touch of Fate by Christine Amsden; paranormal mystery - $18.95 trade paperback


Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine (FMAM).

"FUTURES Magazine is a welcome member to the small number of gallant publications open to the new and the more established mystery writers and artists. The magazine is well worth reading carefully. Every issue has gems that I would have been sorry to have missed. May they keep up the solid, supportive work of love." -- Stuart M. Kaminsky

Twilight Times ezine

The October 2007 issue of Twilight Times will soon be up. Twilight Times is an award winning digital journal of speculative fiction, fantasy artwork and poetry. Online since July 1998. Twilight Times pays $5.00 for original fiction, artwork, articles or poetry. Check submission guidelines.

Articles of possible interest

Article on guerilla media by Clive Thompson

Building Your Writing Platform
How Writers Build & Sustain National Visibility by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Cory Doctorow has an article in Locus about e-books.

Lillian & Dave Brummet, authors of Purple Snowflake Marketing, discuss how they publish and market their work in an interview with Writers in the Sky.

Mayra Calvani's article on "How To Get Celebrity Testimonials."

Paul J. Krupin’s article about writing news releases for fiction books:

Smart Questions That Will Super Charge Your Life
by K. Stone, author of Life Learning Today, a blog about daily life improvements.

"PLUG IN to Turn On Your Book Sales" by Steve Weber

Web sites of interest

Book Award Programs

The Writing Show’s 2007 First-Chapter-of-a-Novel Contest
Sponsored by Literary Market Place


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Upcoming Events

Visit with publisher Lida E. Quillen on Sept. 6, 2007 from 8:00 - 10:00 PM EST at FabChat. Ask your publishing questions and learn more about Twilight Times Books and Paladin Timeless Books.

Ken Ramirez, author of Valley of the Raven, will appear on September 29, 2007, Saturday, 12-4 PM PDT, at Barnes & Noble #2031, 1256 Galleria Blvd. Roseville CA and also on November 10, 2007, Saturday, 12- 3 PM PDT, at Barnes and Noble #2942, 4972 Dublin Blvd. Dublin CA.

Author Celia Leaman, will be hosting two informal workshops for writers and readers, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the South Delta, and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ladner branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. To register for these free events, simply call the library of your choice.



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