Quickie ConGregate Wrap-up and Other Stuff

I’m fresh off the ConGregate wagon and home relaxing. Okay, so more like home catching up on bills because I purposefully didn’t feel like paying them before I left. Sad, but true, and that’s unusual for someone who’s as anal about paying her bills as I am. 

Anyway, ConGregate was absolutely awesome!! For their first time con in Winston Salem, NC, they did a fabulous job. Next year, the convention will be in High Point and I’ll be there. Only, I might not stay in the con hotel because it was the same one used by StellarCon. I hate that hotel with a passion. 

So some of my highlights were meeting fabulous friends like Lexxx Christian and Nicole Given-Kurtz. Their respective incredible spouses, Tally Johnson and Randy Richards. Sharon Strogner has been a LOT of fun hanging out with, too. We FINALLY got to share some panels together, including Fandom Feud. Yeah, we lost, but who cares. Everyone did because the only prize you got were bragging rights. Which means, we won because we didn’t rack our brains that hard for nothing. LOL! Panels were especially fun when you get to spend it with folks like Janine K. Spendlove, Stuart Jaffe, and Faith Hunter, too. ;) Oh, and cross your fingers for me because I’ll be working on something for Janine this week. Here’s to hoping it pans out. 

One of my favorite panels, though I wished it was longer because we didn’t scratch the surface was the Self-Publishing panel. People tend to forget that there is a such things a “hybrid” author who does both self-publishing and traditional. It’s another option other than going all the way if you’re not quite ready for that. Yes, it’s hard to get into traditional, but at the same time, you can still self-publish while you’re waiting for the traditional iron to strike. You build your name, and ultimately, that’s what sells books.

The urban fantasy panel will and shall always be one of my favorites because I love love love talking about the things that got me into writing in the first place.

So what’s next on my horizon? Well…I got my official invite to Imaginarium in Lexington KY in September. I’m thoroughly stoked about that one because I’ve never been and I’ve been hearing extremely cool things about it. After that, it’s Atomacon in Charleston, SC! I discovered this convention late last year and was only able to be a panelist, which means you didn’t see that much of me. But this time, it’s different. I’ll be a full-fledged guest, which means more face time with the audience and I can’t wait. :D

 

Happy Birthday, Mocha Memoirs Press!

HB balloonsI had no idea Mocha Memoirs had been in the business for four years. For most ebook companies today, they’re lucky enough if they survive their first year. Kudos to MMP!

So what does this mean for readers? Some really good stuff. Like discounted books and the chance to win a gift bag filled with MMP books and other goodies. Make sure you check out their website today!

My ConCarolinas Schedule

I this is late, but it took me find out where I’m going to be at ConCarolinas. Here’s my schedule and I hope to see you there!

Romance in Fantasy
Friday 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Spanish Moss and Magic Spells 
Saturday 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Brigands, Thieves and Pirates 
Saturday 8:00 - 9:00 pm

The Art of the Sex Scene
Saturday 11:00 pm - 12:00 am

 

Welcome to Charlotte!

movingIn case you haven’t been keeping up with my Facebook entries (the few and far between because that became a victim to my absence, too), we’ve moved to Charlotte, NC! And that picture couldn’t be more accurate in terms of how I felt after the move. I won’t say it’s been a nightmare, but it’s been one heck of an adventure.

It all started when I started looking for a new job and got an offer I couldn’t refuse in Charlotte. The crappy thing was I had to move within 2.5 weeks after getting the offer. That sucked beyond all get out. I had to pack up my family, make arrangements with movers, look for a house to rent, and factor in I still own my house in Raleigh and what to do with that.

Well, we survived, although there were two casualties. Two of our zebra fish survived about two days later before we accidentally fed them to death. There was also the fact that Little Bit had gotten a urinary tract infection about a week after our move-in. The house is nice, but the neighborhood sucks. Honestly, your neighbors are so close on either side that you can reach out and touch someone. It’s been about five weeks and we STILL haven’t finished unpacking. But that last part was intentional. We’ve decided to look for another house because we just can’t take it at our rental anymore. It’s an okay house, but it’s obvious that the landlord is nothing more than a gimme man who has no clue about the condition his last deadbeats had left the house.

So where does that leave my writing? Well, for starters, my apologies to anyone who might have been looking for me at The Novel Experience. It turned out the same week I had to move from Raleigh to Charlotte fell right on top of that. So, I wasn’t able to make it. I’ll be at the other cons, of course. I’m still debating on going to Authors After Dark because I don’t know if my grandmother will be visiting. I still might go regardless. After all, I pass by the hotel that’s hosting the convention everyday on my walk back to my car. But like I said, the good news is I’ll still be a guest at ConCarolinas and Atomacon this year. I’m anxiously awaiting for guest applications to open up for Mysticon 2015. I’ll definitely be there!

As for writing, I’m starting to pick it back up again. I’m hellbent on getting Stripped 3 completed. Stripped 2 is done, but it needs to be polished. I want both of them done before I submit. Also, ideas for some short stories and novellas have been percolating in my brain. I blame Mocha Memoirs Press for that. ;) But for now, I’m focused on the Stripped series. I really want to get that done and even resurrect a YA short centered around Alexa and her first encounters with the Hunting Club.

So that’s all I have for now. I’m moved, I’m tired, and I’m actually liking my new job.

COVER REVEAL (Again) – Bittersweet

E-book on sale for $2.99 at Amazon.

Bittersweet_Print Cover

A HUGE thanks to Kat at Aeternum Designs! For the anniversary of Bittersweet’s release, I wanted it to have a facelift. It’s taken me a couple of months of on-and-off searching before I finally found something that I really liked. I absolutely LOVE this cover!

Before you ask, this will be available for The Novel Experience book signing event. If you don’t get me at The Novel Experience, then there are several other times where you can catch me throughout the year. Just check out for where and when on my website.

What I’ve Been Working On

So, there are a couple of updates that I have, and hopefully they’re good ones.

New bookcover for Bittersweet. That’s right! I have a new book cover coming soon for Bittersweet. I’ve seen the draft and it’s gorgeously haunting. I’ll share as soon as it’s finalized. What that means in terms of the story, not much, since the content will remain the same. Which leads me to the second update.

The Novel Experience update. I’ve been wanting to update Bittersweet‘s book cover for a long time now, and there’s no better time than The Novel Experience.  This is pretty much a huge book signing event that will be taking place the last weekend in March and will be held in Atlanta, GA. Check out the link for more details because this will be something you don’t want to miss, especially when you think about the parties, the reader-author get-togethers, the corsets and tattoos. You name it! I’ll be participating in the preview session on Friday and the mega book signing on Saturday. I’m planning to have print copies of Bittersweet with the new cover, too.

Stripped, Book 2 – Untitled. I’ve been saving what I think is the best for last.  Not only have I gotten the rights back for Half-Breed (which I’ll be revising and changing the title), but I’ve been working on the follow-up story to Stripped. The only reason why I feel okay talking about it is because I have about 5,000 words left and I wanted to make sure I could finish it. I’m pretty sure of that now. :) So what’s it about? Well…all I’ll say at this point is that my favorite human hybrid is in the middle of a supernatural mess that involves factions, treachery, and hopefully an ending you won’t see coming. Oh, and did I mention that she’s got the scoop on who’s in love and who’s in denial? Given her familiarity with matters of the heart, navigating those waters as an unwilling cupid might be the most dangerous mission of all.