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

AtomaCON This Weekend!

Yes, you heard me right. This weekend is AtomaCON and I can’t wait. Last year was the first year I attended–and a I think a first for this con–and I loved it! So, if you’re in the Charleston area, come check it out. For more details: http://atomacon.org/index.html

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.

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.

Heading to AtomaCon

That’s right! I’ll be a panelist at AtomaCon this year, which is a new convention for me. I can’t wait. Fingers crossed–I “should” have an updated version of The Spider Insider Her ready for release by then, including a new cover.

Once I know what the schedule looks like, I’ll be back with more information.

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.