Call for Submissions: Untreed Reads

The Killer Wore Cranberry edited by J. Alan HartmanBetsy Bitner forwards this call:
Untreed Reads is pleased to announce a call for submissions.
Moon Shot: Murder and Mayhem on the Edge of Space will be a short story anthology showcasing mystery and crime stories that combine the genres of science fiction and mystery/crime/suspense. We’re looking for great stories that take these genres into new territory, whether on our planet or another.
Please note that we have already accepted a story that takes place on the International Space Station, therefore we are not looking for any other stories that do (it was the inspiration for this call).
This is an open call and may be reposted anywhere and everywhere. This anthology is expected to be published in August of 2013.
This anthology will be edited by J. Alan Hartman, Editor-in-Chief of Untreed Reads and the editor of the bestselling anthologies The Killer Wore Cranberry, The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping and Year’s End.
1. All stories must be between 1500-5000 words.
2. Deadline for submission for consideration is May 30, 2013. This is a firm date; no submissions after this date will be considered.
3. All submissions should be sent to Jay Hartman at with the words MOON SHOT in the subject line.
4. Stories may take place in the past, present or future of our galaxy, but may not introduce aliens or undiscovered planets. Stories may take place on Earth, but must be somehow related to the space program if they are.
5. Stories should lean more towards mystery/suspense/thriller than the science fiction side.
6. Submissions must be in DOC, RTF or ODT format.
7. We will not be publishing the stories individually. Only the anthology will be available.
8. Authors will receive royalty, but not upfront payment. Authors will each receive a share of royalties of 50% of net (net = cover price – vendor commission) based on the number of authors in the final anthology.
9. Characters appearing in other Untreed Reads series or other series not published by us are strongly encouraged. Please check your contract with your publisher to make sure you may legally do so.
10. Stories not used for the anthology may be resubmitted for future calls.
11. Previously published works are fine providing that electronic rights have reverted to the author.
12. Stories currently published through a self-publishing venue (i.e.: Smashwords, Amazon KDP, etc.). will not be accepted.
13. There are no restrictions whatsoever on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, etc in the work.. Just tell us a great story!
Jay Hartman
Untreed Reads Publishing

Upcoming Mystery Events

799px-albanynewyorkfromrensselaer.jpgHi all,

This turns out to be a jam packed weekend for mystery events in the Albany area so I wanted to send out a reminder to make sure you were aware of them all.

Tomorrow, March 23rd, Susan Sundwall will be signing copies of her Minnie Markwood mystery, The Red Shoelace Killer, at the Barnes and Noble in Colonie Center at 12:00.

Also, tomorrow there’s a mystery reading by various authors in the Albany area and the Berkshires at the East Greenbush library at 1 pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and SinC New England. Our own Kate Laity (writing as K.A. Laity) will be reading from her new mystery. The event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, March 24th, there’s a Murder Mystery Reading and breakfast from 10-12 at the Schenectady JCC, 2565 Balltown Rd, Niskayuna. Forensic dentist Stanley Woods-Frankel will read from his latest novel. The reading is free, there’s an optional bagel and lox breakfast for $5. For more information, go to <>

Also on Sunday, The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany will host a panel discussion on writing and publishing at 2pm. Panelists are Dennis Mahoney, Coleen Paratore, Elizabeth Brundage, Jenny Milchman and Peter Goldman. The event is free.

Have a great weekend!


E-Books discounted!

The Killer Wore Cranberry featuring Maven Betsy Bitner is currently discounted as part of Untreed Reads anniversary sale: get it for just 99¢! Tip of the hat to Angie Hogencamp for sharing the news.

The Killer Wore Cranberry edited by J. Alan Hartman

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Save: 80% off

Nothing says Thanksgiving like food and murder. If you’ve ever thought about knocking off Uncle Seymour when he grabs the last slice of pumpkin pie or you think the turkey might be giving you the evil eye, this is the anthology for you!

Authors Barb Goffman, Stephanie Beck, Laird Long, Beth Mathison, Earl Staggs, Lance Zarimba, Lesley A. Diehl, Jack Bates and Kathleen Gerard bring you servings of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes with a dash of mystery and a hearty helping of humor.

You may still have to deal with the in-laws, but this anthology may make Aunt Esmerelda’s green bean casserole a bit more tolerable to handle.

Think you’ll be too full trying to digest an entire anthology? Each short story is also available individually.


Also on 99¢ [for Kindle only] this week: Maven K. A. Laity‘s sexy thriller Chastity Flame, also part of an anniversary sale for Tirgearr Publishing.
Series: The Chastity Flame Series
Author: K.A. Laity
Released: September 2012
ISBN: 9781301415397
Length: Novel
Genre: Thriller, Erotic Thriller, Romatic Suspense, Erotic Romance

Get your copy here:

If she only scorches, you’re lucky…

Chastity Flame works for a nameless organization. You won’t hear about the work she does either. But if you run into her, you won’t be able to resist trying your luck. Maybe it’s her amber eyes, or maybe it’s her dangerous curves. Whatever it is, you’ll be in for a memorable night — as long as you’re not on her “to-do” list.

Chastity Flame loves her job as a secret government operative. She foils criminal masterminds, travels the world, and finds new lovers in every city. When she meets art historian Damien Michelet in front of one of her favorite paintings, she discovers there’s more to life than just lust (although there’s plenty of that, too).

But Chastity doesn’t have time to think about what this sexy distraction. Her job is amusing herself with various lovers across the continent in an effort to try and uncover a vast computer virus scheme that will destabilize European currency.

Saving the world is hard work — it can be lonely, too. Before Chastity can make a decision about what to do about Damien, she takes part in a daring rescue of a geek genius, only to discover the fellow operative lending assistance is none other than Damien! On the plus side, now she won’t have to explain her job — but what to do about her rule . . . no romance between agents? Will she risk the security of her country for some really wild sex . . . and the possibility of love?