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My NEW website...

Advertiser Extraordinaire I am not.  I do not think I am every going to be able to do the Sales Things I need for books -- readings, cons, contacting PEOPLE for God's sakes.  I will keep on writing of course, but I am starting a new website for my friends to talk about writing and books.  As another sign that I have the marketing prowess of a hedgehog, it is called:


When we all lived in the forest and no one lived any where else.  If you are a friend, or would like to be (and we're not talking Facebook "friends" or whatever the hell that is supposed to be), please visit.  I'm making this new site for you.
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My Publisher, Pill Hill Press

These are so much fun -- Pill Hill Press challenges other publishers to writing Shoot Outs.  The last one was so cool, even though I died on the first round.  My friend John Kratman won the entire thing!

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THE CROWS OF BEDU -- March Press Release

Title: The Crows of Bedu                                   

Author: Nye Joell Hardy

ISBN#: 78-1617060083

$15.99, Paperback, 322 pages

Publishing Date: March 1, 2010

Publisher: Pill Hill Press, 343 W 4th St.

                 Chadron, NE 69337

Contact: Nye Joell Hardy

               (831) 277-0784



Please Release Immediately



Local Author turns Monterey Bay into Mythological Fantasy


Prunedale, CA – Although the new novel The Crows of Bedu is a fantasy featuring Greek mythological characters, lonely teenagers, and a menagerie of crows and other animals, readers will recognize, among other things, the old Holman building in Pacific Grove and Lover’s Point.  It is no coincidence: the author grew up and lived in many of the towns edging the Monterey Bay, including La Selva Beach, Watsonville, Salinas, Castroville, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel.  

She still lives in the area.  Nye Joell Hardy completed a B.A. in Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz, and went on to a career in agriculture.  She began writing in her late twenties and has sold science fiction and fantasy to magazines for fifteen years.  The Crows of Bedu, her first novel, was released this March by
Pill Hill Press.  The cover art was also done by a local artist, Tamlin A. Barlowe.  

“I wrote this before there was a real Young Adult market, before Harry Potter and vampire romances,” she says, “So it was written for both adults and kids. And it captures the mysterious feel of this area, even on a sunny day.”

The first chapter is available for free at www.pillhillpress.com.  The book is available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
Pill Hill Press also offers free copies for libraries and reviewers.


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The Crows of Bedu: now available on Amazon


I am putting the link here because it is not showing up when I type my name or the title in... yet.

Pill Hill Press, my publisher, has just been wonderful.  They made arrangements for a web radio interview at  www.blogtalkradio.com/search/nye-joell-hardy/ .  Ugh.  I hate hearing my voice!

Okay.  That's enough shameless self-promotion for now...

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My first novel, The Crows of Bedu, will be published by Pill Hill Press.  It's a wonderful Christmas gift for me, certainly.

What is it about?  Well, let me see...

An immense scraggly black tree. 

A hoard of juvenile pickpockets.

Vengeful Amazons.

Murder by bow and arrow.

A thief turning into a white owl.

Teenage sirens.

Frogs blurting out symphonies.

A prison of famous paintings.

A sky that screams like a dying girl.

A dead Queen reigning for hundreds of years.

An ancient belt of crystal and silver links.

A palace which only exists in

the determined memory of one

beautiful, angry enchantress.

And thousands and thousands of crows.

I love this story, and I hope you will, too!
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Other Stories

 "The Glass Forest and the Gilded Sky"
"Pandora's Box Anthology," Pill Hill Press 2010  

"The Four Horsemen Anthology," Pill Hill Press 2010  

"Press "1" to Begin"
The "Futures" column of Nature, December 2009 

Abyss & Apex, August 2008 

"Chess's Game"
The "Futures" column of NATURE, Feb 2008

“Dellith’s Child” 
Sold to BLACK GATE in September 2006   
And published as "Nye Marnach":
“Blind Lion”
Criminal megalomaniac finds God. You either love or hate this story.
Most hated it. Published Fall 2003 in the clever ‘zine Full Unit Hookup.
“Losing Face”
This was my response to T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock.”
 It almost sold to a lot of magazines, including Omni, but it ended up in David
Switzer’s beautiful print version of Challenging Destiny in January 2002
“Demon in the Sea”
When I was a kid, I wanted to work at Sea World.   This is a natural
extrapolation, with terraforming. Challenging Destiny, July 2000
“Forgotten Fairy”
Remember Scavenger’s Newsletters? For those of us desperate
to break into print, it was the gateway drug. This little fantasy poem was
tucked into the November 1998 issue.
“Persephone & Hades”
Another poem, published in 1997 for the last issue of the great
horror magazine, Stygian Articles. 
“The Chindl”
Author James Maxey used to have a hot print zine called Pursuit. 
This Navajo vampire (I know, I know, it’s creative license!) tale was
in the Fall 1997 issue. He also published the…  
“The Straw Man”
A story where good and evil draw straws, in Pursuits May 1997 issue.
Written a few years before high school shootings came into vogue.
Published by NUTHOUSE. Autumn 1997.
My first big sale, about a dolphin-brain implanted in a human. Seriously, I didn’t
think any editor would go for it, but Warren Lapine of Absolute Magnitudedid.
Then it made Locus’s “100 Best Science Fiction Stories of 1996.”
“Last Train to Clarksville
A psychedelic short-short published by Pirate Writings in 1995, under the pen name
Jan McKaye.
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My Background

In my writer's life:

  •  Since 1995, I have sold science fiction and fantasy to NATURE, BLACK GATE, ABYSS & APEX, CHALLENGING DESTINY, and other wonderful magazines. 
  • I read 100 science fiction authors to learn more about the genre and about writing.  Halfway through my list, I was convinced I needed to go to Clarion.
  • I stopped my life to attend the 2006 Clarion, the last to be held in Michigan.  Our instructors were Samuel (Chip) R. Delaney, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Joe and Gay Haldeman, Kelly Link, and Holly Black.  It left sparkles in my brain.
  • I critique stories with my other writing friends, especially Arwen Spicer and John Kratman.
In my professional life:
  • Somehow, I ended up with a Bachelors in Biology, remarkable in that I have the mathematical prowess of a guppy.
  • Also quite unexpectedly, I am running the food safety department for one of the largest produce companies on the planet. 
  • I am getting a Masters in Food Safety (the company won't pay for a Masters in English).
  • No one is more surprised than me that all of this has occurred.

In my private life:

  • I am 44 years old. 
  • My husband Chris and I were married at Portmerion, in Wales in 2005.  If you don't know where that is, google "The Prisoner."
  • I have had two best friends since I was thirteen years old., Taryn and Shasta.  Have you heard the saying "Friends help you move; real friends help you move bodies?"  These two are the real kind.