Cecil Con 2019 is here!

I will be at Cecil Con tomorrow – with bells on!

Look for me in the artists’ alley – table 15.

Come on and get your Con on!

 

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My bare-bones report on the Smyrna Opera House 2nd Annual Book Festival

The Smyrna Opera House 2nd Annual Book Festival yesterday was fantastic with so many talented local authors in attendance. I saw author buddies I knew, and met some new ones. I couldn’t find social media for them all, but I tried to find author links or other sources.

Alas, I didn’t get a chance to chat with them all, but I think I have managed to list all the attendees!

Nancy Schlott sat right next to me and we had a chance for a nice chat. I found out she was a ballet teacher for many years, as well as the author of Finding Art Through Letters.

Jill Marie Denton , author of Emmi’s Pride was there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to bore her with chatter (she’s sooo lucky!).

Dr. Clara Small, a retired professor and historian, has written four volumes on local African-American history (I could not find social media for Dr. Small, however she requested that anyone who wished for more information or to purchase her books go to Salt Water Media.)

Katie Robles’ Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating is a hilarious look at life after childbirth! And book two is out as well!

I had a chat with the delightful 13-year-old Irelynn Farrington, author of The Perfect Unicorn. And she’s going to be our guest speaker at the Kent County Public Library’s Teen Writing Group on May 18!

Former teacher Judi Folmsbee, author of several children’s books was there, and so was Judith V.T. Wilson, author of Growing Smarter.

I saw Debbie Gill, author of Struck by Lightning: My Journey from the Shadow to the Light.

My “con buddy” Bobby Palmer was there, but other than hello as we came in, I didn’t get the chance to talk to her too much. She will, however, be at Galactic Con next week!

Also there, and I’m so sorry I didn’t get the chance to do more than smile at you from across the room:

Doris K. Taylor, author of the Vail Family Series
Lisa Heather Torbert
Charlotte Ward
Ingrid Wolfenden, author of children’s books
Lois Hoffman
Frank Hopkins
Clover S. Laurel

All in all, it was a fun day, with lots of readers wandering about and chatting (and even buying!). Thank you to the Smyrna Opera House for hosting such a wonderful, fun event!

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Kent County Public Library’s Authors and Audiences

Hey, guys! There was an fantastic event at the Kent County Public Library today. The (I believe) 9th Annual Authors and Audiences.
 
We had lots of wonderful authors and illustrators there, had panels for various aspects of writing/publishing, and I got to meet best-selling author Jeri Smith-Ready! Whoo hoo! Check it out!
 
Besides meeting Jeri, and being fascinated by her publishing journey, and her books, I was able to spend some time with some wonderful folk – authors I’ve known for a long time (nods at Christy Shaffer) and some I just met today. Among them was Mark C. Collins, and he writes children’s books. I read one and was impressed. Seriously, if you have little ones, check him out!
Thanks to Hilary Welliver for all her work in putting this grand event together, and for the staff at the library (especially Michele Lapinski, who I saw running around constantly taking care of so many little details)!
I can’t wait for next year!
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Dover Comic Con was fantastic!

Today was so superb! Not only did I have a booth in between two great writers and author friends (Will Hahn and Bobbie Palmer), but I saw many other friends as well and some great cosplay. (And I got to hug lots of the Doctor! Wheeeee!)

So all of that in and of itself made it a fantastic day, but something else made it even better. I had folks come up to my table exclaiming about my new book. It wasn’t always the same one either. Quite a few wanted the second book of the Deuces Wild series, Stacking the Deck, and some wanted Children of the Enaisi (book two of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles). When they found out there was also a prequel that takes place 1,000 years before, quite a few snatched that one up too.

I got home to a private message from someone who wants book four (when its released) for a gift for a family member who is a big fan of my books. And a FB post mentioning me from someone at the Con who loves my writing.

Wow! Just…wow!

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Cecil Con Cosplays

I love taking photos of Cosplayers, but many of them didn’t come to the Artists’ Alley, and of those who did, they didn’t all mosey down the aisle where I was. So I asked my minion, since she wanted to go see the Cosplayers, if she would take some photos of them for me. She did, and also showed off in the Jurassic Park jeep. LOL

There was one that passed right by me, and I was so in awe that I didn’t think until it was too late to snap him, and that was Solomon Kane. And my friend Will Hahn (who, by the way, has a great epic fantasy series – check it out!) was geeking about him too since one of his characters is sorta based on him, but I don’t think he got a photo either. 😦

Cecil Con was great, by the way. I had a blast, and I have to say it is a well-run Con. 🙂

And yes, I had folks happy to see my newest book out, but what was funny was that I mostly sold my Deuces Wild books! You just never know. LOL

Without further ado, here are the photos!