Lone Star LesFic is here! Plus, a new book?!?!

Come see me this Saturday, April 2nd from 8:45am to 6:30pm at the Lone Star LesFic Festival! It’ll be at the Norris Conference Center at Northcross Mall, 2525 West Anderson LA, Austin, TX 78757.

For all the details, visit the Lone Star LesFic Festival Facebook page. You’ll see fab authors, have the chance to win some great prizes, pick up some free swag, bid on some great items in the silent auction, and most importantly, BUY BOOKS! Including this little beauty:

Books, books, books!

Books, books, books!

That’s right, you can get your hands on Paladins of the Storm Lord a whole month early. Now, you don’t want to miss that, do you?

Here’s where you can catch me specifically:
10:30 -11:30 – I’ll be moderating a panel called Bad to the Bone: Profiling Villains. We’re gonna have a blast.

2:30-3:30 – I’ll be doing a ten minute reading from Paladins during this hour-long reading block.

4:45-5:15 – I’ll be autographing with the others authors, and

5:15-6:15 will be a giant group discussion featuring all the authors!

Best news of all, this event is totally FREE. No, you’re not hallucinating. If you’re in or near Austin, please come and see us. Don’t make me put on my hypno glasses.

YOU WILL NOT RESIST.

Also, also, check the wallpaper for one of my books coming in 2017!

House of Fate Wallpaper

It’s a space opera. Can’t give any more details right now, but you’ll have them soon!

Any new releases for anyone else on the horizon?

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ConDFW schedule, two release dates, and the Liz McMullen show!

Here’s my ConDFW schedule! I’m moderating the first one. On the rest, I’ll be like everyone else. 😉

Friday
MAIN PROGRAMMING (JEFFERSON)
Friday, 6pm: Humor Recipes for the Soul
Panelists: Barbara Ann Wright (M), John Scalzi, Rhonda Eudaly, Kathy Turski, Bill Crider, K. B. Bogen
With all the talk of mashups and combining genres, we need to talk about humor in various genres. What is considered funny in Science Fiction? What is considered funny in Epic Fantasy, or even Urban Fantasy? We bring our distinguished panelists to the kitchen table and get them to spill their delicious secrets.
Saturday
PROGRAMMING 3 (HAMILTON)
Saturday, 2pm: The Short Story: Advantages and Benefits.
Panelists: David Gray (M), Mary Gearhart-Gray, Rhonda Eudaly, Barbara Ann Wright, Larry Atchley Jr., Dantzel Cherry
The short story is often overlooked by the average reader unless they read certain literary magazines or short story collections. However, they are a gem that should not be discounted so readily. Our short story writers talk about the benefits of writing short stories as opposed to writing novels.
PROGRAMMING 3 (HAMILTON)
Saturday, 5pm: Where do Heroes Go to Die?
Panelists: Tracy S. Morris (M), Barbara Ann Wright, Patrice Sarath, Gloria Oliver, Michelle Muenzler
Last year we heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing Legend of Conan (eventually? Maybe? Now it looks like November 2016) as a direct sequel to the first Conan, where it ended with him being King, old and grizzled. As a concept, the idea is neat, and is something that Howard dealt with in his original stories as well. Just how do you write old heroes? Our writers of sword and sorcery discuss these topics and more.
Sunday
MAIN PROGRAMMING (JEFFERSON)
Sunday, 1pm: The Pantheon that Shaped the Universe: Roman Mythology
Panelists: Larry Atchley Jr. (M), Barbara Ann Wright, Adrian Simmons, Michelle Muenzler, Frances May
One of the more popular mythologies out there, the Roman mythos was just like the Roman culture – it assimilated them from each culture it conquered. Foreign gods were actually invited into the Roman Pantheon as they were conquered, which is a novel way of getting the new natives to be peaceful after getting beaten. Our researchers talk about the Roman mythos, and how it can be used in your stories.
Sound exciting? I’m pretty excited, too. I think some of these are going to be very lively indeed.
More exciting news, I have release dates for Coils and Widows of the Sun-Moon!
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 September 13, 2016 for Coils and January 17, 2017 for Widows!

Widows of the Sun-Moon is the sequel to Paladins of the Storm Lord, which comes out in May! That’s not a bad wait at all!

Speaking of things you don’t have to wait for, I was on the Liz McMullen Show! Please go have a listen. We’re very entertaining people, and it’s all for you. All for you!

My 2016 schedule so far

Here’s where to find me this year! As each event draws closer, you’ll hear more about it in detail, but if I’m going to be near you, please mark your calendars to come out and say hello!

February 12-14: ConDFW, Dallas, TX. They have a preliminary schedule up on their website and are finalizing it now. You’ll get more detailsfrom me next week.

April 2: Lone Star LesFic Festival, Austin, TX. A great event that just keeps getting better. It’s free for all, and you get a chance to see lots of fab authors!

April 12-16: Romantic Times convention, Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be doing a panel called Writing F/F Sex for Romance and Erotica on Wednesday, April 13, from 1:30pm-2:30pm in Tropical E at the Rio.

May 10: I’ll be on the Bold Strokes Author blog because…

May 17: Paladins of the Storm Lord comes out! Now available for pre-order on the BSB site! Blurb:

Paladins of the Storm Lord 300 DPISurrounded by dead crewmates, marooned above an unknown planet, the bridge crew of the Atlas awakens from a crash with extraordinary mental abilities. When their most powerful member jettisons their passengers to the planet below, they have an unprecedented opportunity: they can become gods.

Two hundred years later, Lieutenant Cordelia Ross is a paladin serving the Storm Lord, her city’s patron deity. Her faith is absolute until her people are attacked by a native species, harmless creatures turned devious by an unknown hand. Cordelia tries to solve the mystery of their development before they kill anyone else, but the secrets surrounding them are too deep. As orders from the Storm Lord begin to value obedience over integrity, Cordelia wonders whose side her god is really on.

See how I just slipped that blurb in there? Smooth.

Also on May 17: Jewel Book Club, Dallas, TX. The wonderful ladies of Jewel are inviting me up to talk about Paladins!

June 18-19: Denver Pride, Denver, CO. Come see the BSB booth, now with even more authors hawking even more books!

June 25: Houston Pride, Houston, TX. Come see the Texas BSB authors as we slowly melt…and sell books. 🙂

July 26-31: The Bold Strokes Retreat. Okay, so you can’t see me at this one unless you’re with BSB, but I just thought I’d throw it in here in case you wanted to marvel at how much I’m traveling. Also, this is the same weekend as ArmadilloCon this year, so I won’t be there. I’ll miss you, too.

September 18: Dallas Pride, Dallas, TX. Less hot than Houston, but we’ll still be there, selling out! In a good way. I hope.

That’s it so far, but I might be adding more as the year goes on. I hope you can make some of these. I’ll be looking for you. AND I’ll have swag. Sweeten the pot for you? Maybe?

Anyone else have their year all planned out?

You have fifteen minutes

If you’re an aspiring writer, no doubt you’ve heard this before. Writing experts are always pushing to write for just fifteen minutes a day. Like workout machines, they promise results if you can spend a little time doing this one thing every day.

And you know what? They’re right. If you use some of my note-taking methods and jot down bullet points of what you did in your previous writing session, you’ll be able to spend fifteen minutes writing the next day instead of reviewing what you’ve written and getting bogged down with the urge to edit. At fifteen minutes a day, you can write a novel.

I hear you saying, “That’s easy for you to say. You don’t have kids. You don’t have another job. You don’t know me. You don’t know my life.”

It’s true. I only have my four furry kids, and the only other things I have to do in a day besides writing are the chores everyone else has to do, but I still know you have fifteen minutes. I won’t bore you with an endless parade of parents or employees that still manage to write. You know they’re out there. You’ve probably met some. And if your family or your job leaves you too wiped at the end of the day to write, do as my friend David R. Slayton recommends and get up earlier in the morning to write while your brain is still fresh.

“What is the point of this?” you ask. “Is it just to make me feel guilty about how much I’m not writing?” Not at all. If the occasional spurt of writing is all you want to do, go for it, but that is a very long, difficult path to finishing a novel. Write short stories or blog posts or articles, but novel writing is a commitment, and long periods of no writing can slow you to a crawl and make you forget everything you’ve done before. Even bullet points can’t save you.

If you really want to write a novel and finish it, find fifteen minutes in a day to do so. And if you can’t find those minutes, ask yourself if you really want to write a novel and why. And for heaven’s sake, stop beating yourself up if it’s not something you really want. I’m asking you to let go of guilt, to let go of this slog if you don’t actually want to do it. And if you finish soul searching, and find that writing a novel is something you really want, I’m asking you to find those fifteen minutes. You might become addicted to them. Fifteen might become thirty or an hour or two hours.

And now I hear you saying, “Goddamn it! With all this other shit I have to do, what is so wrong with wanting a little me time! Why does everything have to be work!” And I’m trying to tell you that writing IS me time. If you’re a writer, if writing and finishing a project gives you the rush it gives me, writing is the best me time ever. You will be the greatest champion your work will ever have; it’s all about you. Everything you write will live on after you, whether it storms the bestseller lists or not. It will be out there forever, a legacy that is wholly yours.

You have an idea.
You have the tools and the will.
You have my support.
You have fifteen minutes.
Go.

A new cover, an outpatient surgery, and a lump

All things I’ve had to deal with since we last spoke. First of all, I turned in my draft for Coils on time! High fives all around. Look for that one late next year. For November and NaNoWriMo, I’m getting a jump start on the sequel to Paladins of the Storm Lord (due out in May) called Widows of the Sun-Moon. Take a peek at the covers!
Paladins of the Storm Lord 300 DPIWidows Of the Sun-Moon 300 DPI

Though I conceived of these stories a long time ago, this will be their first time in print. I hope you’re as excited as I am to take a journey into outer space!

As for the surgery, I had my first lithotripsy this past week. It’s a treatment to break up kidney stones, which I have in both kidneys, lucky me. It went very well, though, and I have my next one in December. Fingers crossed that I’ll be free of the little bastards after that.

Blurry, because there's too much to do to sit still

Blurry, because there’s too much to do to sit still

And for the lump, it wasn’t mine but Polly’s. She had a mass removed from her back that’s been sent off for analysis. The vet described it as not looking like cancer, but still looking “weird.” Only the best from this dog. Here she is with Daisy. You can just see the scar on her back. And now that I’ve got her attention for this pic, she keeps snuffling my hands as I try to type. Well, I did invite her to pay attention.

Anyone else racking up the health visits at the end of the year?

This weekend, 11/14

Join the Lone Star LesFic organizers this Saturday, November 14th from 2pm to 4pm for the fundraiser for the next Lone Star LesFic Festival. From the press release:

Time to hone your trivia game skills! BSB authors Barbara Ann Wright, Carsen Taite, and Laydin Michaels say they’re ready to compete with you for prizes.

We’re raffling off some great books, too! Affinity and Bold Strokes have generously donated their latest publications. What a deal – free admission and refreshments, too!!!

The Trivia Event is in Austin at 1607 Colony Creek Drive. I’ll see you there!

Provincetown!

Had a great time at Ptown this past weekend, going from event to event for Bold Strokes Books at Women’s Week.

Here’s a few random pics:

signing This is a signing after one of the panels with (from left): Kris Bryant, Jean Copeland, me, Aurora Rey, Jennifer Lavoie, and Carsen Taite. We had just finished doing our reading and then went to Recovering Hearts to sign books for adoring hordes of fans (not pictured.)

group pic

Here’s a nice group shout after the signing of (from left): me, D Jackson Leigh, VK Powell, Missouri Vaun, Ali Vali, and Carsen Taite. This was after the signing when someone asked to take a pic of us. I believe it’s all over facebook.

publishing talk

Here’s one shot from the panel on the writer’s life. (From left again): Sandy Lowe, MJ Williamz, me, and Sophia Kell Hagin. Almost all of us were thirsty.

reading

And this last one is just me. It’s from my reading, and at this point I believe I’m telling the audience that writing romance is “All about the frickin’.” Always go for the laugh, people.

The panels were all very entertaining and informative. The readings were fantastic. I attended all of them but didn’t get very many pictures because I was suffering the pain of kidney stones at the time and was either in too much pain to move or too high to know what the hell a camera was. Thankfully, my cell reception was so bad in Ptown that I actually couldn’t text or call anyone, or I probably would have drunk dialed everyone I know. I am feeling a bit better now that I’m home, but as I have several kidney stones, I’m not out of the woods yet. I’ll keep you posted.

In other news, I’m hard at work on Coils to turn it in by the end of October, so you might not see me around very much. I’ll check back in when I’m less busy, I promise.

Women’s Week!

Next week is Women’s Week in Provincetown, MA. This is not a drill, people.

Here’s where you can find me all week long! If I’m not doing a panel or reading, I’ll be attending the others, so you can always look for me at Bold Strokes Books events. I’ve put my special appearances in bold because it’s my blog and all. 😉 Hint, I’m doing panels or readings on Wednesday and Saturday.

Wednesday Oct 14

10am-11:30am Bold Strokes Books Author Panel Discussion and Q&A
Provincetown Public Library
The Writer’s Life with Moderator Sandy Lowe
Melissa Brayden, Sophia Kell Hagin, Barbara Ann Wright, MJ Williamz

1pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Read!
The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s
It’s a Zoo in Here: Four Legged Heroes with Moderator Barbara Ann Wright
D. Jackson Leigh, Franci McMahon, CA Popovich, Radclyffe, Jo Victor, Dena Hankins

2pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Read!
The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s
Chatty Cathy: Readings with Great Dialogue with Moderator Kris Bryant
Missouri Vaun, Justine Saracen, MJ Williamz, CF Frizzell, Jo Victor, Sophia Kell Hagin

3:15pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Signing
Recovering Hearts
D. Jackson Leigh, Franci McMahon, CA Popovich, Radclyffe, Jo Victor, Dena Hankins

4pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Signing
Recovering Hearts
Missouri Vaun, Justine Saracen, MJ Williamz, CF Frizzell, Jo Victor, Sophia Kell Hagin

Thursday Oct 15

10am-11:30am Bold Strokes Books Author Panel Discussion and Q&A
Provincetown Public Library
The Author-Reader Partnership with Moderator Sandy Lowe
D. Jackson Leigh, Missouri Vaun, Carsen Taite, Radclyffe

1pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Read!
The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s
Between the Sheets: Erotic Readings with Moderator Missouri Vaun
Dena Hankins, Tina Michele, Nell Stark, Ali Vali, D. Jackson Leigh, MJ Williamz

2pmBold Strokes Books Authors Read!
The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s
Pen…Paper…Action: Action Scenes with Moderator D. Jackson Leigh
Jackie D, Justine Saracen, CF Frizzell, Carsen Taite, Laydin Michaels, VK Powell

3:15pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Signing
Recovering Hearts
Dena Hankins, Tina Michele, Nell Stark, Ali Vali, D. Jackson Leigh, MJ Williamz

4pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Signing
Recovering Hearts
Jackie D, Justine Saracen, CF Frizzell, Carsen Taite, Laydin Michaels, VK Powell

Friday Oct 16

10am-11:30am Bold Strokes Books Author Panel Discussion and Q&A
Provincetown Public Library
How Books Changed My Life with Moderator Sandy Lowe
Ali Vali, Kris Bryant, Jennifer Lavoie, Nell Stark

1pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Read!
Provincetown Public Library
Love Hurts: The Hardest Scene to Write with Moderator Nell Stark
Fiona Riley, Tina Michele, Emily Smith, Kris Bryant, VK Powell, CA Popovich

2pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Read!
Provincetown Public Library
Sweet Romance Readings with Moderator Ali Vali
Melissa Brayden, Rachel Spangler, Jackie D, Nell Stark, Holly Stratimore, Jean Copeland

3:15pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Signing
Recovering Hearts
Tina Michele, Emily Smith, Kris Bryant, VK Powell, CA Popovich

4pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Signing
Recovering Hearts
Melissa Brayden, Rachel Spangler, Jackie D, Nell Stark, Holly Stratimore, Jean Copeland

Saturday Oct 1710am-11:30am Bold Strokes Books Author Panel Discussion and Q&A
Provincetown Public Library
Authors, Readers, and Publishing with Moderator Sandy Lowe
Radclyffe, VK Powell, Ruth Sternglantz, Laydin Michaels, Emily Smith

1pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Read!
Provincetown Public Library
Forever Romance with Moderator Melissa Brayden
Jennifer Lavoie, Barbara Ann Wright, Aurora Rey, Kris Bryant, Jean Copeland, Carsen Taite

2pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Read!
Provincetown Public Library
Readings that Define the Author’s Voice with Moderator Dena Hankins
Franci McMahon, Ali Vali, Justine Saracen, Jo Victor, Melissa Brayden, Missouri Vaun

3:15pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Signing
Recovering Hearts
Jennifer Lavoie, Barbara Ann Wright, Aurora Rey, Kris Bryant, Jean Copeland, Carsen Taite

4pm Bold Strokes Books Authors Signing
Recovering Hearts
Franci McMahon, Ali Vali, Justine Saracen, Jo Victor, Melissa Brayden, Missouri Vaun

If you’re anywhere up near Massachusetts, I hope you can make it out. All the readings and such are free, and Provincetown is really a neat place with a great assortment of shops and places to eat. Seriously, you should go there.
Anyone ever been to Massachusetts? New England is one of my favorite places to visit.

Back from Dallas, watch me work

photo courtesy of Carsen Taite

photo courtesy of Carsen Taite

Just got back from Dallas Pride, and a truly epic time was had by all. In the photo above from left, that’s VK Powell, Laydin Michaels, David Swatling, Carsen Taite, and yours truly. An epic time was had by all as we sold books.

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I have only one copy of The Pyramid Waltz left and none of Thrall, so I call that a good day. 🙂

Coils 300 DPINow I’m hard at work on Coils. I have to turn it in this fall in the hopes that it will come out next fall or winter. Publishing thinks far in the future, y’all. After I finish Coils, I will start working on the sequel to Paladins of the Storm Lord which doesn’t come out until May 2016, which means I will be working on the edits for Paladins while writing the sequel, which is actually pretty handy as both will be fresh in my mind, and I can spot any dots which I might have failed to connect.

After that, I’ll be working on a brand new idea, a space opera, which I’ll tell you more about as I begin working on it in the latter half of next year.

I’m so happy to be busy. 🙂

Where can you find me between now and then?

In October, Women’s week!

On Saturday, September 14th, I’ll be participating in a LesFic trivia event. It’ll go from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at The Settlement Home, 1600 Peyton Gin RD. Austin, TX 78758.
From the press release:

We have a larger venue and more prizes! Admission is free and the Sapphic Reading Group is providing refreshments. All proceeds from donations and the book raffle will go toward expenses for the 2016 Lone Star LesFic Festival. We hope you can join us for a fun time!

Then in Febuary, I’ll be a panelist at ConDFW in Dallas.

In April, I’ll be speaking at The Romantic Times Convention in Las freakin’ Vegas!

More details on all these events as they draw closer.

What are you working on? It doesn’t have to be writing. Share your work-related sorrows and joys. 🙂