Magical Ties is coming out in July 2016!

  • June 30, 2016
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It will be available on Amazon as both an ebook and paperback.

The Hero With No Superpowers

  • June 30, 2016
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When I was a little kid, I’d fantasize about being the hero with superpowers. Who didn’t want to be a Superman? But as I got older, it became harder to put myself in the same situations that my fantasy superheroes on TV and in books and movies went through because when I did—well, I croaked. Or was captured. I couldn’t fly or read minds or have the strength of ten people or—well, you get the idea.

So I looked for other types of stories to immerse myself in the genre of fantasy. I discovered that I love the ones where the hero is vulnerable.

Writing, Editing, Exercise—Are You Doing It?

  • June 27, 2016
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The other day I peeled wallpaper off my bathroom walls. (The harder part of removing the backing and glue will be done by someone with the right tools. I’m not crazy.)

I was surprised at how much fun I found it, pulling the strips from the walls and ceiling. My arms stretched and flexed in ways that washing dishes or sweeping the floor don’t require. And then I sat down and went back to looking over my final proof pages with renewed interest.

Phoenix Comicon! (Part 3)

  • June 20, 2016
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Sadly, this is the final part of my time spent at Phoenix Comicon.

 

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I loved watching people in costume. One woman floated down a long staircase wearing a blue gown from Frozen but I wasn’t quick enough with my camera.

As before, I enjoyed chatting with the authors. They were very patient as I tried to get a good photo of each of them. 😉

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Matthew O. Duncan, author of The New Terra Sagas.

 

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Erin Quinn, author of The Mists of Ireland Series and The Beyond Series. I adored her tee shirt and need that message on a mug.

 

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Mark Rude, artist and author of The Cindra Corrina Chronicles.

 

And finally, another taste of the goodies for sale. I had to keep reminding myself about the size of my suitcase (not to mention closet space).

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I was glad to have attended. May you all get to go!

 

Phoenix Comicon! (Part 2)

  • June 13, 2016
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Okay, yes, I was tempted. But really, there’s no room to swing a light saber in my house and somehow I didn’t think the airline would have been too happy. So I took this photo, drooled, and moved on.

Continuing from last week’s post, it’s a pleasure to feature the authors I met at the Con. They were welcoming and generous with their time and I enjoyed talking with them. I thought this was going to be a two-part entry but decided that there will be another post about the Con and the authors I met so stay tuned. 🙂

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Mimi Sebastian, author of the Necromancer Books. (I certainly have a lot of books to check out from the Con!)

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Joseph Nassise, who gave me the publisher’s copy of Urban Allies, and autographed it, as well as:

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Weston Ochse, who autographed it as well! I love anthologies because it helps me find new authors to read.

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KC Klein, whose card reads, “Writing Love Letters to the World One Book at a Time.”

And what would Comicon be without costumes? Here’s a cool one, also from the Star Wars universe:

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(I didn’t catch his name but I did get his permission.)

See you next week!

Phoenix Comicon!

  • June 06, 2016
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While I wasn’t there for long, I did have a blast. This year, Phoenix Comicon supported Kids Need to Read. Their booth was staffed by enthusiastic volunteers:

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And of course I stopped by the rows of authors–both indie and traditionally published, to chat and take photos. Here are a few of the authors I spoke with (more next week):

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Arabella Thorne, author of I Swear My Roommate is a Vampire and The Elf Lord’s Revenge, as well as others.

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Howard Tayler, writer and illustrator and Michael Stackpole, author of many, many books.

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Alan Black, author of the Metal Boxes series.

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I couldn’t help taking a picture of this sewing machine (courtesy of Xaos Studios) creating a patch with no human hands. As a friend quipped, “The original 3-D printer.”

Stay tuned for more from the Con next week.

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