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Fave Paranormal Type (vamp, were-creature, ghosts, psychics, etc.) Angel
Beach or Mountains Beach
Coffee or Tea Grande decaf sugar-free carmel soy latte with extra foam.
Wake early or sleep in Early
Ugliest thing in your closet Dust Bunnies.
Favorite breakfast cereal Quisp. It was around in the early 70’s and had an alien and a space ship on the front. My mother would only let us eat it on special occasions and by the time I got old enough to go out and buy my own breakfast cereals it was long gone.
The Two Moons of Rehnor was started more than twenty years ago as one giant epic saga. Today it is available as a 5 part series with each novel more than 70,000 words. The complete series was written and finished before any of the books were released.
But I really like fantasy and comic stories.
June was a whirlwind. With the release of my latest paranormal novel, A TOUCH OF MADNESS, and the e-release of it’s predecessor, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS, I was launched into full promotion mode. This means blog tours, local festivals, and conventions.
While the concept of blog tours is known to me, I can state this is my first. And, believe me, it has been
one helluva a bit of a learning curve. And exhausting. Festivals, on the other hand, are old hat. They’re hot and busy, but overall relaxing and a lot like a family event to me. A community I know who, in turn, already know a little about me, but are still interested enough to learn more. Then there is THE CONVENTION.
While I’ve promoted at conventions before, I have never before tackled one (or two in this month’s case) A) so far from home, and/or B) so fricking busy.
The first convention I picked to attend this year was Con-tamination in St. Louis, a horror and pop culture con. In a frenzied push, I
foolishly worked the entire night before this con then suicidally drove up (more than three hours away) to set up and promote, promote, promote. To top it off, I chose to stay up late that same night (in order to hang with some StL friends), then get up early again Sunday to set up and promote, promote, promote. Followed by crazily choosing to drive home after that, only to have the car break down still two point five hours from home requiring an overnight stay and frenzied attempt to locate A) a family member to come haul me home, and B) a car dolly to tow my little baby back.
The end result? A couple of books given away. One to a wonderful neighbor at the convention – Kitten Natividad. (Be advised, clicking on this site WILL lead to ADULT images and subject matter. Ms. Natividad is a wonderful and sweet lady. She is also an adult film star.) (Me and Kitten to the right and above)
What else? Something that is always nice for an author – I sold some books. Not as many as I’d like but, given the smaller turnout of this convention in compared to years past (from what I’ve been told), I’m not unhappy. Especially since I am not well-known or
yet well-loved in St. Louis. This convention was my “gate way” year into the state of Missouri.
What is this “gate way”, you ask? Or maybe you aren’t asking, but I’m going to tell you anyway because it’s my blog.
Na, na, na, na, na, na! My brilliant marketing theory, given I only have so many weekends off from the dreaded but necessary Paycheck every so many months and so much money to spread around for travel and promotional items, is to pick 1 state near me every year and branch that way. Since I live on the Indiana/Illinois border, these two states are combined automatically. Plus, I’ve already hit these decently over the years since my initial publishing. This year I’d selected (mainly due to convenience and learning about these opportunities) Kentucky and Tennessee (more on both these states later). However, a good friend introduced me to Con-tamination, opening up St. Louis. (See side picture for good friend – author J. Travis Grundon.)
So, I guess, I’m branching into three states this year. Which has definitely left me exhausted, frazzled, but invigorated.
I’m exhausted because of the reasons you already read about – travel, late nights, early mornings. I’m frazzled for those same things you read about – car trouble, harried rescuer contacting, and additional monies shelled out for overnight hotel and car dolly and extra fuel for truck big enough to haul my baby, Lola, home. But I’m invigorated for reasons tied to these. A) I sold books to people I do not know and probably would NEVER come in contact with otherwise (ahem, Ron Jeremy’s business associate, hello!), and B) I genuinely like meeting new people and interacting with them (potential readers and other potential business associates a like), and C) getting to meet business associates I’ve only interacted with on a digital level before – i.e. the Web. (See known business associate John F.D. Taff <——– to the left and above.)
The best thing I can say about the trip was that it was a fun adventure. Exasperating, exhausting, but exhilarating overall and a fun adventure.
As follows are a few pictures from the trip: 1) a view from our first table, and Trav taking a picture for his own records, 2) a view from our second table, 3) B and myself headed home in the car (prior to break down) – it was so fricking hot that S was gracious enough to let me borrow one of her gorgeous scarves to pull back my hair away from the wind of the rolled down windows, and 4) a great costume of Hunter S. Thompson.