My MystiCon Schedule

If you’re going to be in the Roanoke area, drop by MystiCon. Here’s where I’ll be…

Friday

10pm: Iron Author

Saturday

Noon: Exposition in SF and Fantasy

2pm: Ending Stories with a Bang or a Whimper (M)

Sunday

11am: How to Get Rejected

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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. 😀

 

My ConGregate Schedule

congregate alienIf you’re in the Winston Salem, NC area and you’re into Sci-fi and Fantasy, you might want to check out ConGregate. Here’s what my schedule looks like, so stop by. I’d love to see you there. Oh, and I’ll have some swag and some books on hand for signing, too. 🙂

 

 

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.

SOLD Again and Book Signing Event

This has been delayed because I have so much going on these days, but ImageI sold my short story The House on the Corner of Brim and Stone to Mocha Memoirs Press for their In the Blood anthology. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about this one because I’ve had this little short story in my back pocket for a while and had no idea what to do with it. It’s finally found a home, and I’m thinking about a sequel. 😉

As for other news, I’ll be doing a book signing with a group of fabulous authors and I can’t wait. It’ll be at the Chester County Library in Chester, SC. Haunted Chester will be on October 26th and I’ll be signing as many books as I can sell. And just in time for Halloween! I’m also hoping to have a new book cover for The Spider Inside Her by then, so we’ll see.

 

Short Story Update and MystiCon News

MystiCon

I have my MystiCon schedule and it looks fabulous.  As always, they put me on panels with the wonderful Lexxx Christian, which means there will be plenty of fun to be had.

So, if you’re around the convention, here’s where I’ll be…

Fri 7:00 PM Ballroom E – WritingYA Lit: Breathing New Life Into SF/F

Fri 10:00 PM Boardroom 1 – Adult Characters with Benefits

Fri 11:00 PM ‐ 1:00 AM Rm 533 – Paranormal Erotic Paranormal Romance Reading

Sat 12:00 PM Ballroom E – Writing Making Old Stories New

Sat 7:00 PM Signing Table

Sat 11:00 PM Rm 438 – Writing Did That Really Happen?

Sun 10:00 AM Ballroom D Literature – What Will You Be Reading in 2020?

Sun 12:00 PM Rm 533 – Reading Koffee Klatch

Given that I usually bring my family to these things, I don’t have the heart to tell my mom that I’m on a 18+ panel where they’ll ID you before letting you in.  How cool is that?  😀

Short Story

I found another short story that I decided to resurrect.  I know I said I’d never write a vampire book, but I wanted to write this one because single moms need love, too.  Single women without kids shouldn’t have a monopoly on sexy vampire encounters.  The rest of us need some love, too.  😉  There’s also the fact, that I’ve mentioned this book at MystiCon 2012, so it’s time to ante up.

At 17,000 words, If I Should Die is about a single mom whose first vampire encounter left her broken and battered, and a second one that dooms her to repeat a terrifying history.

Even though I’m still fiddling with the cover art, the story is in the hands of my editor.  I’m hoping to release If I Should Die on March 4th, but we’ll see.

Feeling Great About 2012

So I’m still on the edge of my seat waiting for Wal-Mart to contact me that they have my DoPo ready for pickup.  I so hope all of the five-star reviews are true and not some people Wal-Mart hired to post them.  I’m so glad I ordered mine when I did because they’re all sold out now.

A few great things have happened to me today.  First, my horoscope is rockin’!  Even though I don’t regularly follow these things, this one might be worth remembering, since it starts off with “This is a year of fabulous fortune for you, Leo, especially in the career realm.”  Oh, baby, can I live with that.  😉

Also, I got an email from one of the coordinators at MystiCon.  There’s still room for book signings, so I signed up for Sunday morning.  Yeah, I know, there’s a lot of partying going on the night before, which means nobody will show up to my signing.  But, that’s okay.  At least I can say I tried.  Of course, that’s not the really cool part.  I LOVE me some panels!  I love talking with readers about books and having a blast goofing around with audience members.  Seriously, it’s my favorite part of conventions, which is why I like doing them whenever I can.  Oh, and did I mention Sherrilyn Kenyon will be there?  I’ll definitely pass out on the cold, hard floor if they put me on a panel with her.  She is one of my top 10 favorite authors of all-time.

It could also be that I’m reading too much into things and those 2.5 hours of sleep I had last night are turning me into a potato head.  I hope not because I finished polishing Hazardous Environment while waiting for the sun to come up.  I still feel like I need one more read through before I send it off to my editor, so we’ll see.  The goal is still to release this book later this month, so keep your fingers crossed.