Authors Combat Academy Registration and Discount



Hydra Publications owner and publisher attended last years Authors Combat Academy and loved it. Now, through a partnership between Hydra and ACA, if you use the Hydra promotional code, you can attend at a discounted rate. Here’s the information.

Fight Scenes can make or break a book, and researching them can be tough.

At AUTHORS COMBAT ACADEMY, you’ll learn to write amazing, accurate, and memorable fight scenes AND save $25 off your registration when you enroll in September!
Learn more and sign up at

Use Promo code: G40WH6 for your savings!

Ever been in a prison riot? Experienced combat as a Navy SEAL? When was the last time you got punched in the face? The good news is: you don’t have to actually do any of these to write them well. Authors Combat Academy will open up the world of fighting like never before. See fighting techniques from medieval to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Learn what happens from the first punch to the last man standing to the ER. Get tips on pacing, wording, and accuracy from our NYT Bestsellers.

Write it Right with Authors Combat Academy!
APRIL 8-10, 2016
The Inn at Opryland
Nashville, TN

Lynn Tincher Signs With Hydra Publications


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Hydra Publications is excited to announce the addition of talented thriller author Lynn Tincher. She is moving her Mind Bending series to Hydra and we look forward to future books in the series. Here is a press release announcing the signing.


September 16, 2015, Prospect, KY – Author Lynn Tincher announced today she has signed with Louisville, Kentucky based publishing house, Hydra Publications.  Tincher has previously released four books in her mind-bending series, including the latest August 15, 2015 release of Where There is Light.

Owner/Publisher Tony Acree states, “Hydra Publications is thrilled to have the incredibly talented Lynn Tincher join the Hydra family.”

Tincher first introduced Louisville, Kentucky based Detective Paige Aldridge and her ability to read minds in Afterthoughts, released in 2008.  The mysterious drama continues in the second and third books, Left in the Dark, and Buried Deep and most recently Where There is Light.

“I am thrilled to join Hydra Publications,” states Tincher. “Growing my business in the Louisville area is important to me.  I’ve known Tony for a long time, it feels like family.”

Tincher’s book that started it all, Afterthoughts has been optioned for film and is currently in pre-production. For more information on the entire Mind Bending Series, author, Lynn Tincher, and the upcoming Afterthoughts film, please visit

About Lynn Tincher

Author, Public Speaker, Screen Writer, and Executive Producer, Lynn Tincher was born just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful city of La Grange. She studied Theater Arts at Eastern Kentucky University and had several articles published in local magazines and online. Inspired by Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, and Greg Isles, Lynn wrote Afterthoughts, the first book in the Mind Bending Series, a fictional psychological crime series that follows the life of a young Louisville Police Detective named Paige Aldridge.  Blackwyrm Fiction picked up Afterthoughts for publication in 2008. Since then, Lynn released the second and third books, Left in the Dark, and Buried Deep. Lynn’s fourth book, Where There is Light released in August, 2015.  Afterthoughts was optioned for movie production by Kilted Pictures and Dancing Forward Productions in Los Angeles. It is currently in pre-production with plans to shoot in Louisville, Kentucky.

Between Writing Afterthoughts and Left in the Dark, Lynn was diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, a rare and fatal genetic heart disease. She is determined to help spread the word about Brugada Syndrome and hopes to help others who are dealing with it or other heart diseases. Lynn was the 2014 Red Cap Ambassador for the American Heart Association Heart Walk where she was the guest speaker at several events, as well as a runway model alongside her mother for the Go Red for Women luncheon.  Lynn is actively involved in the Louisville Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women, Greater Louisville Inc., The Louisville Film Society, the American Heart Association, and was a Champion Member of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce. She currently lives with her family and three dogs outside Louisville.

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Imaginarium 2015



Hydra Publications is a proud sponsor of Imaginarium, one of the largest writers’ conferences in the Midwest. The event runs from September 11th through the 13th. Hydra’s own Tony Acree will be Toastmaster.

There are panels on any kind of writing imaginable. Most writing conferences with amount of content will run you hundreds of dollars. Imaginarium is only $65 for the entire weekend. You can find a list of the available panels here.

In addition to the panels there will be a book fair which you can attend for FREE. Hundreds of authors will have their books on sale at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

There is even a masquerade ball Saturday night. Come and get your costume on.

Today Imaginarium creator Stephen Zimmer posted an open letter to writers in the area.

I wanted to write an open message to the group here with Imaginarium just two days away in Louisville, to say a few things about what this event is and ask for all of our Kentuckiana Authors to help make it what it definitely can become. There are enough Kentuckiana authors in this group alone to make this weekend a very big step forward.

Imaginarium is a unique convention. It is one where creative writing is the centerpiece, not something on the side or just another track among many others. This is not a convention where the focus is on celebrities and autographs, nor is it an expensive writer conference where a registration can be in the hundreds of dollars. This is a convention that offers everything and more than a major writing conference offers and puts it in an environment that is welcoming, non-intimidating , accessible, and fun.

At Imaginarium, it does not matter whether you are a newer author who hasn’t been published yet or a New York Times bestseller. Imaginarium’s environment brings everyone together, of all levels on their career path, in a way that accomplishes so much…from learning, to networking, to making new friends in the business, to raising awareness of one’s work and talents. We saw all of this transpire during our first year, last September, and we know that the more who participate the more this dynamic will flourish. Writers, publishers, editors, cover artists…this IS the event for all of you.

I would love to see our Kentuckiana authors discover what this event is and what it can be for this region for years to come. While it would be wonderful if you decide to come participate in all 3 days of the events and activities, if you cannot, I’d like to ask you to consider participating in full for one day (such as Saturday, which is loaded with events, panels, workshops and activities), or even making a visit to the Imaginarium Expo which is free to the public.

Just stopping by the expo for a couple hours, and maybe picking up a book or two from the authors there, makes a real difference and adds to the overall environment. The more who participate on some level, whether full registrant, a day pass, or even a visit to the Expo, the more dynamic the environment becomes.

We have a group of dedicated individuals who have been working hard, some for many months, to build a very special event for writers this weekend and continue the progress that was made in 2014. I’d like to ask our Kentuckiana authors to really stand with us this weekend and make an event that is content-rich, accessible, welcoming, and friendly to writers of all genres everything it can be.

Please look over our site, our programming, what we have to offer, and give some thought to participating in some way this weekend, even if just a day or a visit to the Expo. You can make a difference.

Thank you in advance for your consideration,



Join us this weekend for a great time of learning, networking and book sales.

From The Hand of God to KSR: An Introduction to Tony Acree


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Kentucky Sports Radio is the largest sports blog in the country with millions of unique visitors to the site. Today, Hydra Publications owner Tony Acree is featured in an article by Josh Juckett. They met during FandomFest and discussed life, writing and the life at a comic con. You can read the article here.

Hydra Summer Bash III


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Hydra Publications will host the Hydra Summer Bash III with selected titles from some of Hydra’s best selling authors on sale for only 99 cents. The sale runs from August 17th until August 23.

Books from Tom Wallace, Rachael Rawlings, Stuart Thaman, Dave Creek, Tony Acree and many others offers a wide range of genres, from mystery and thrillers, to scifi and horror. Pick up your new end of summer reads today!






FandomFest 2015




This week at Fandom Fest, several of Hydra Publications most talented authors will be at the table offering up a wide variety of genres. Stu Thaman will have his terrifying physiological thriller, For We Are ManyRebekah McAuliffe will be signing her Hydra bestseller Gears of Golgotha, a steampunk grand slam, Rachael Lanham Rawlings will have her mystery, The Parrot Told Me along with her YA paranormal romance Grave Reminder series, Dave Creek will have his scifi novel Some Distant Shores along with his collection of Analog short stories, The Human Equation and I will have my bestselling Victor McCain paranormal crime noir series. A bit of something for everyone!

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Thought That’s Thin by James Peercy


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In this fast paced followup to Without A Conscious…, James Peercy, hits a home run with …Thought That’s Thin..., the latest in the latest Cliff Fulton mystery. Each title in the series are clues pointing to a thrilling final chapter.

About …Thought That’s Thin…

Cliff has a secret, and everyone wants to bury him for it.Walk into the arena of a world gripped in dark secrets, where friend could be foe, and power corrupts absolutely.  It is a place of misleading facts, hidden venues, and unexpected choices.When Cliff attends his grandmother’s funeral, things thought buried come back to life, flames erupt, and his world is blown apart.  With captives taken and a line drawn in the sand, Cliff turns to face an insane assassin, an unlikely hero, and a faceless power that is plotting to steal his soul.”…Thought That’s Thin…” is the second book in a five book series.  It follows “Without A Conscious…”, the first book in the series.  Each of the book titles go together to form a clue in the final book.  The clue so far is, “Without a conscious thought that’s thin…



James William Peercy spent his early years in California (fifteen minutes from Disneyland!). As to the effect of this experience, we can only guess, but imagination seems to make the top of the list.

His later years in Texas, he holds a BA in Computer Science with a minor in Math. Although analytical, the creative side has to find a way out. To ease the pain, he designs websites, programs code,

Sins of Retribution


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Love vampires who don’t sparkle? Like your stories of the dead to be gritty and dark? Then Sins of Retribution is for you. The newest in the Paul Isaac Vampire series by James C. Gillen, is here.

Being a vampire assassin is a deadly way to make a living, but when you’re also considered the new master vampire of Orlando, things can get complicated. It’s a dilemma that has become Paul Isaac’s reality. A late night knock at the door forces Paul to make promises he knows he won’t be able to keep. But when human lives of old friends hang in the balance of vampire politics and law, no choice is easy. After an attempt on his life by a couple of old adversaries, Paul learns no matter which side of the grave or which side of the law, nothing can be trusted. This game of death had become personal and only his spilt blood can stop it. Something is out there hunting him. Old. Powerful. Deadly. And killing it will only make matters worse.

About James:


James C. Gillen is an award winning author in Orlando, Florida. His book, Tortured Skin has won the Royal Palm award for Best in Horror for Florida writers and was a Finalist for Horror book of the year in 2009 by USA Book News for American and International authors. He has been a member of the Disney Writers Group as well as O.W.L. (Orlando Writers League). Besides writing, James enjoys days on the back of his Harley, playing bass in a jazz quartet called Standard Blu, and graphic design. James resides with his wife, Mindy, three daughters and American Bulldog, Pursey.

Bill Noel Joins Hydra Publications


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Hydra Publications is thrilled to announce talented mystery writer, Bill Noel, will be writing his next book for Hydra, titled Boneyard Beach. This will be the 10th book in the Folly Beach Mystery series. Look for Boneyard Beach later this year.

A bit more about Mr. Noel:
Bill Noel’s career as a novelist began in 2007 with the publication of Folly, the first book in the immensely popular Folly Beach Mystery series. Fans of the series have been treated to a new book each year since then. The Folly Beach Mysteries are fast-paced stories mixing humor and intrigue and have been described as “perfect beach reads.” The ninth book in the series, First Light, was published earlier this year.

Mr. Noel is a retired university administrator who now spends his time between writing fiction and photography. He has sold his photographs at local and regional juried art shows as well as galleries in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky.