Do you remember where you were during the mass shooting as Las Vegas? I do. A week before that, we had taken my 10-year-old down to that area for a concert. The morning of the shooting, I was in that area with my parents. I was participating in a book reading and it was their first time watching me. They were so proud.
While the shooting happened, I was on social media and the phone, checking in with people I love. Everyone was affected. Everyone knew somebody who had been shot. It was a horror. My kids’ classes at school were missing 2/3 of their children because people were grieving and lying low for a few days. Ever go to school on a normal school day and see a nearly empty playground at recess? It’s chilling.
19 authors, including me, got together and created the #VegasStrong anthology. All proceeds are donated to the Code Green Campaign. Please join us Monday, July 2 at 7 pm at the Clark County Library for a discussion and signing. Much love.
It was a fantastic conference. It’s one of my favorites. Storymakers is a writing conference for LDS authors (although you certainly don’t need to be LDS to attend) to help us elevate our literary work. The classes are phenomenal. If you have the opportunity to go, you should definitely try it. Hold on to your hats, because it is intense.
I was honored to not only teach a class, but be a workshop mentor on Thursday. We had six hours of intensive discussion about my eight attendees’ pieces, which we had read previously. IT WAS AWESOME!
I taught my “Creating Sympathetic Villains Your Readers Can Root For” class, which was just super cool. This was my first PowerPoint presentation ever, which means that I’m now an adult! Even though I used THIS DEVIL SLIDE. Or maybe especially because I used this slide. We also had an incredible mass signing.
A highlight for me was meeting Dan Wells in person, who is just everything I had hoped he would be. Dan was kind enough to write the foreword for Little Dead Red and Other Stories. He thinks he looks like a cardboard cutout in this picture. Perhaps I didn’t really meet him at all, but after this shot, tucked him under my arm and ran for the hills.
I left inspired and exhausted, which is a good way to do things. Here’s to aspiring higher! ❤
I’m delighted to be attending the Henderson Libraries Local Author Showcase. It’s their fifth year doing this event and my third time taking part. It’s beautifully ran and has a fun, friendly atmosphere.
Please stop by and meet some of the many local authors in the area! We’ll be there to chat, sell and sign books, and enjoy each other. This is such a fun event and I look forward to it every year! I’ll be there from 1:00-2:30, so please stop by and say hi.
Saturday, March 17
Paseo Verde Library
280 S. Green Valley Parkway
I’ll be selling my books at a special discounted price and will, of course, sign them to you directly. Or to “Dear Ebay.” Whichever you prefer. 😀
I’m delighted to announce that on Saturday, January 13, I’ll be participating in my first panel and book signing of the year! Come down and join us! Eric James Miller, Paul Papa, and I will be on the panel while Brian Rouff moderates. It will be so much fun!
Grouchy John’s Coffee
8520 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV
1:00 – 2:30
Beginning the blanket you’ll win!
I’m absolutely delighted to be reading at the Joe Maxx Coffee Company’s Dime Grinds this Sunday, October 1. Dime Grinds is a free live reading program from 2-4 PM where you can listen to readings, ask the authors questions, buy books, and enjoy book signings. Coffee is ten cents a cup, so kick back and enjoy!
I’ll also be holding a free raffle for a soft, flannel Halloween blanket that I made. I started it in my hotel room during the Storymaker’s conference (which is one of the best writing conferences I’ve ever been to) and I’m finishing it up now. In fact, it’s lying on the floor in pieces as we speak. Everybody who attends the reading get a ticket. If you purchase one of my books online or at the reading, you get a second ticket. The winner will be drawn out of a hat there at the reading, and boom! You go home with a handmade blanket for the darkest of holidays. Your chances of winning are exceptional, so come on by! I hope to see you. 🙂
Joe Maxx Coffee Company
2:00 -4:00 pm
…are the ones where kiddos do all of the work for you!
We had the best time! It was super cool to talk about writing with four other local authors. I enjoyed them so much! Then we had a signing and a chance to chat with each other and the readers who came to visit. It was such a pleasure.
It was also a dream come true to see my books on the Barnes and Noble wall. That whole row behind me? It’s full of Nameless and Pretty Little Dead Girls. I kept turning around to look at them. When I was a child, I dreamed of having my books in a real book store and maybe even (gasp) signing there. Now I realize one of my favorite dreams has come true. It’s a fantastic feeling.
Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated B-Fest all across the nation. It really was a fantastic time.
I’m delighted to be part of the Henderson Libraries 3rd Annual Local Author Showcase! It’s a really stellar thing they’re doing, and I can’t wait to meet the other authors. I’ll be at the Paseo Verde Library selling books from noon until 1:30. I’m also bringing my Middlest with me, who claims she wants to see Mama in action. Please come say hi!
Also, today is release day! Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love and Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy are both on sale for 99 cents today and tomorrow only. I’m so excited to have my books out again! ❤
I forgot to update you guys on the Barnes and Noble book signing!
“Take me, I’m yours” wasn’t meant literally.
We had a lot of fun, and there was a great turn out. Especially for Kathy-Lynn Cross, who was signing her debut novel! It was very exciting.
It was even more exciting when somebody grabbed a copy of Erica Keifer’s book and a copy of mine, and then ran out the side door with them. Alarm bells rang, but they didn’t catch her.
Perhaps she’ll leave a good review.
“Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love was good enough to steal! I’d rip it off a second time.”
I’m joking about it and it’s funny at this point, but I don’t suggest anybody try it later. I’ll be prepared next time. 😛
Kathy-Lynn Cross, Erica Keifer, and I will be at the Rainbow Barnes and Noble signing books today!
Northwest Barnes and Noble
2191 N Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
It’s going to be extra special. This is Kathy-Lynn’s first signing (yay!) and Erica will be promoting Vanishing Act. I’ll be selling Nameless and Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. These books are currently out of print and I have some of the only existing copies, and the last put out by Ragnarok Publications. Hopefully we can announce the new versions soon.
Please stop by! See you in a few hours. 🙂