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Upcoming appearance in Reno

96b7abfd-50c6-451c-9d1a-447e89293616It’s almost here! This week marks my 7th RT Convention. This convention holds a special place in my heart because its where I finally met one of my favorite people, Rene, in person. We’d met online at fanfiction.net, becoming fans of each others stories. My username is ruthless527 and she is DaphneRene.

When I saw that the convention was close to her in Southern California and they had a 2 day beginning writers workshop, I asked if she would be willing to attend with me. We’ve gone together almost every year since. *I missed the one in New Orleans a few years back due to life getting in the way.

formalRT2013The second year we went was in Chicago and that’s where we met our fabulous friend, Amanda. We’ve been the Three Musketeers at RT ever since. This is where we get to let loose and party and geek out at all the amazing authors we’ve been admiring for years. I thought I was going to pass out when I met Richelle Mead and then Cassandra Clare.

This year RT is in Reno, NV which is only a 2 hour drive from my home. Which means I can bring home as many books and swag as I can fit in my car, not just my suitcase. Whoo hoo!! A couple of my favorite writing buddies are also going this year so we’re going to have a blast!

So, if you’re in the Reno area, come to the Giant Book Fair on Saturday, May 19th at the Peppermill Resort. The cost is only $10 for the fair or free with a library card. Or stay the whole day for $55 and mingle with a room of amazing authors and then party with us in the evening. And make sure you find me in YA Alley and pick up some swag, buy a signed copy of Pucker Up in the original cover which is going to be a collector’s item, or just say Hi! I’ll also have copies of Mr. Whiskers to sign.

Stop by and get a sneak peek of the next book in the Damsels of Distress series, Sucking Face, coming out in late July. I’ll have pre-order information and details about a Goodreads giveaway I’ll be launching soon. You can also check back here for the 411.

I can’t wait to meet you at RT Reno!

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Happy birthday to me!

As I sit and contemplate on the last 44 trips around the sun, I realize how fortunate I have been to Birthday-Cake-Pictures-with-Candleshave had the experiences that have shaped the person I am today and all the people who have come in and out of my life. I especially appreciate the friends that have stuck around. I’m humbled by the love I’ve been shown throughout my life.

As I embark upon my 45th voyage around our blazing star, I anticipate a great year. I plan to release two books; Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up, and the still yet untitled Laney and Kody story set after the events of The Tenth Life of Mr Whiskers. I’m in revisions for both so be on the lookout for the release dates. I may even have What the Fae? close to release. I depends on how fast and if I can recover the document from my dead laptop. Let this be a lesson to you – always backup your work every time!

I also plan to attend a couple writing conferences to hone my craft, including RT2017 in Atlanta, GA. So if you’re going to be in the area the beginning of May, stop by and say hi. I’d love to meet you.

So in celebration of the anniversary of my birth, I’m dropping the price of Pucker Up tFinished Pucker Up (2)o $0.99 for the rest of June at Amazon and Smashwords. Yay! Tell your friends.

Have a fabulous summer and happy reading!

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RT Convention 2013 – the workshops

As I mentioned in my last post, I attended the RT Convention at the beginning of the month and had a fabulous time. Not only were the parties spectacular in the evenings, but the afternoon was filled with wonderful workshops, and not just for writers, but readers and booksellers as well.

This is Len, the cover model I've been stalking since my first RT convention

This is Len, the cover model I’ve been stalking since my first RT convention

One workshop I attended mainly out of curiosity was one about writing realistic BDSM. Now, I never read past the first few chapters of 50 Shades of Grey( I was beginning to wonder if the character had a real medical condition with all the blushing she did) but I thoroughly enjoyed a BDSM Snape/Hermione fanfic story, For the Potion Master’s Amusement. It’s a long but gripping story and if you also ship this couple – 50 points to Slytherin! The presenters of the workshop debunked a lot of myths society has about this lifestyle that some books have perpetrated.

Speaking of 50 Shades of Grey, the author E. L. James was at the RT Convention to support a friend and I heard from the Twitter rumor mill that she stood up during one of the workshops and demanded the panel to stop trashing her book. I wasn’t there and have no idea what was said, but I applaud her for standing up for herself. She could’ve sat back and smiled, counting in her head all the millions of dollars in her bank account now because of her books and just ignored the obvious petty jealousy of the others. That’s probably what I would’ve done.

Another workshop I attended was American Idol – Writers Edition. It’s a contest held by the Seymour Agency that awards the winner a one year contract/mentorship with literary agents Nicole Resciniti and Louise Fury of the L Perkins Agency. Before the convention, I sent in my first 3 chapters of my current WIP, What the Fae?. The contest is about finding a unique writing voice. Out of over 80 entries, I made the top 20. And after reading the first pages of all the finalists and being scored by a panel of judges(agents and editors) and votes from the audience members,  I was awarded the prize, and a bouquet of flowers. So exciting!!

Me being an author

Me being an author

Then, if that wasn’t exciting enough, I was able to sign and sell my book Pucker Up at the Giant Book Fair along some amazing authors like Richelle Mead. I totally talked to her and got her autograph, too. It was a surreal experience to autograph my book for readers. I also autographed a few shirts, tote bags and even someone’s Kindle. One person wanted to get her picture taken with me, too. You’d think people actually knew who I was. So much fun.

I know this is just the beginning. Soon I’ll have a mile long line of fans waiting to see me and have their own fangirl(or boy) moments. So now, I am busy writing away to get What the Fae? finished and in the hands of my two new agent mentors and hopefully have it ready by the next convention. Life is good!

 

 

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