Hockessin Art and Book Fair – crazy, fun times!

What a day!

First, I overslept my alarm. Then, my secondary alarm failed me (my dog, who always needs to go out before I’m ready to get up – really, she had to pick today to cuddle close and oversleep?).

So I woke up at 9:54 when I was supposed to be at the event and set up by 10 a.m. And I live over an hour away. I didn’t get all my cosplay on, or my cosplay make-up—shucks, I didn’t even brush my hair, I just pulled it up with two flexis. Anyway, I was up, dressed, and out the door with my books and sundry by 10:06. Now if that isn’t some kind of record then it should be!

I managed to make it to the event before 11:30 and without getting a ticket. *whew*

My table buddy, Will Hahn, seemed relieved when I arrived, which was nice of him because he could have spread his stuff out over our whole table if I had been a no-show. After that, things went well, fun even. Although Will declined to have a sword vs ray gun duel. He seemed of the opinion he might not fare well. And alas, I have no photos of his brilliant cosplay because my phone had died. Boo.

I did manage to get a cup of coffee after I arrived, and Will seemed concerned by this as well, because he compared me to post-caffeine Twitchy of Hoodwinked, and that was before I had my coffee. I think I frightened him a little, er, especially after I went back for a second cup. No clue why I was so hyper, but ah well, he survived, so it’s all good I suppose. 🙂

So on to the book sales, because that, of course, is the main reason I go to author events. It’s always cool when someone comes up and says, “I bought the first book of Deuces Wild last year, and it was great, so now I have to get book two!” (Wheee!)

It’s also great (but sad) when folks come up and point to Sword’s Edge and ask, “Is book two out yet? When will it be out?” (When I get the cover. Soon, I hope!) But at least I was able to say “Soon,” then go on to say that the prequel is done and going through editing, and book three is being written, and I hope the rough draft of that is done before Christmas. I wasn’t able to be quite so hopeful about book three of Deuces Wild, but I’m working on that as well. Never fear!

So all in all, despite a rough start, it was a good day. Thanks to all the hard-working people who put together such a well-run event; it’s a joy to attend the Hockessin Art and Book Fair every year! And thanks to Will Hahn for being my table buddy and putting up with my Twitchy behavior! (By the way, if you like epic fantasy, you might meander over to his site and take a peek.)

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Can’t stop the signal? Perhaps. But who will pay attention or believe it?

I’ve always had one big problem with the movie Serenity. They risked everything to get the government’s big, horrible secret out:
“Can’t stop the signal.”
Like that would solve everything. But it’s a crock. It doesn’t matter if you break open Big Secrets, because most folks won’t believe it, or say it’s all garbage dreamt up loonies, or by those on the fringes (either left or right, depending on which side *they’re* on).

I just watched Stranger Things 2, and in episode 5, one character hit it on the head:

“Them… The world at large. They won’t believe any of this. They don’t spend their lives trying to get a look at what’s behind the curtain. They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, definition. This…this would open the curtain, and the curtain behind that curtain, okay? So the minute someone with an ounce of authority calls bullshit, everyone will nod their heads and say, ‘See? Ha! I knew it! It was bullshit.’ That is, even if you get their attention at all.”

I sort of mention this briefly in one of my books. In Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, Slap doesn’t understand how the people on Eridani wouldn’t want to know the truth. His friend replies:

“Most people aren’t interested in truth.” Tristan paused and sipped his tisane, then added, “Unless it’s convenient or advantageous.”

sigh

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Deuces Wild – The Space Romp You’ve Been Waiting For!

I have recently read several articles or posts from people who are tired of the overly serious, dark, dystopian science fiction that seems to dominate the scene right now.

If you’re tired of DDSF, why not try my Deuces Wild series? It’s adventurous, and yes, has some desperate moments, but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

From the forward of the first book, Beginners’ Luck:

“There is something intriguing about the prospect of throwing two different temperaments together and watching the sparks fly. Especially when one party is a rigorously meticulous death-dealer, and the other is a happy-go-lucky life-giver.

In Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, we get to see the beginning of a classic, literary friendship. Two diametrically opposed personalities work together to forge their uneasy bond, thrown together by cruelty, circumstance, and sealed by something as old-school as “honor.”

Author L. S. King gives us a series which combines the best Western vibe of Butch and Sundance with the space-faring vigor of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. This is a new series whose elements feel familiar, but whose treatment is entirely fresh.”

Johne Cook
Editor, Ray Gun Revival magazine

And endorsements for Stacking the Deck show the second book keeps the same spirit:

“Recommended reading to all lovers of space opera, science fiction, and unlikely buddies saving the universe.”
Keanan Brand

“It’s fast-paced, fun, and well-written. …you probably won’t put it down until you finish.”
Lou Antonelli

“In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor.”
Mike Resnick

So what are you waiting for? The Deuces Wild books are available in print or in e-book format.

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Dover Comic Con 2017 Was the Best Yet!

Arise, arise, Fandoms of Comic Con!
Fun deeds awake: LARP and laughter!
pics shall be taken, bling shall be gotten,
a geek-day, a hot day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride now to Dover!
(with profound apologies to Prof. Tolkien)

Yesterday was the most amazing Dover Comic Con yet!
I saw many friends and there were some I looked for but didn’t find, although I know they were there: Everett De Morier, Liz DeJesus, Kristen L Corbett, Will Hahn, Jason Mears, Kerri Hollyday, James Dufendach, Frank Dawson Jr, Christy Shaffer, and Becky Palmer. (Especially Liz DeJesus, who helped me set up, and came by just to see if I was okay later on. Hugs, my friend!)
If I’ve forgotten anyone, I’m sorry, but I came home and collapsed almost immediately and slept for over twelve hours straight. I’m still not totally awake and coherent.

The panel on “What an Editor Wants” was fun – lots of folks showed up. I hope I didn’t frighten them, because that wasn’t my intent. But the business is so cutthroat, I wanted to emphasize that you must be on your best game, and be as professional as possible. Will Hahn co-hosted with me, and I think he un-scared them after I got finished terrorizing them.

I’m uploading the cosplay photos to my FB author page, and I apologize because I didn’t get lots of pics because my booth was so busy!

Folks constantly stopped, asking about my books – I didn’t have to do any hawking, which is great because I’m lousy at it. LOL
I had some few run up with gasps or squeals and saying, “Is that book two?” about Deuces Wild: Stacking the Deck (one man marched over, picked up Stacking the Deck and held it high, and huffed, “FINALLY!”  I told him book three was already being written, to which he replied, “Good!”), and others who were groaning because the sequel to Sword’s Edge wasn’t yet released. I made sure they either took a business card or took advantage of the QR code for my website so they could keep up with news about the release of the sequel.
A few even slowed walking past and called out to the effect of, “I have her books, they’re great! Can’t wait for more!” as folks were huddled at my booth.
It’s a strange but fantastic feeling to know you’re an author with fans, and that they’re eagerly awaiting more stories!

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Dover Comic Con Is Almost Upon Us!

It’s less than a week until the Dover Comic Con, and I’m getting excited! Cosplay, spending the day with My People, geeking out about geeking – I cannot wait!!!

Since it’s so close to the Con, I thought I’d do a little self-promotion. I don’t do this well. But it’s part and parcel of being an author, so I sorta have to if I want my stories read. And I do want my stories read! Makes sense, eh?

If you haven’t yet gotten Sword’s Edge, now is the time to buy it, so you can be ready to read the sequel – and no, it’s not published, but it’s close! The sequel is finished, it’s just techy/business/marketing stuff at this point. But soooooon!
And it’s called Children of the Enaisi. Remember that. Soon. Honest. Very soon!

And what are these two books about, you ask? They’re all about swords, capes, and fun medieval-ish culture, but no, there’s no magic. Not what we would call magic, although some of the people on that world might. It’s forgotten ancient technology, and it’s being rediscovered.

From the review by the TLC Librarian: “King creates wonderful characters, unfolding them naturally… [She] weaves science fiction with the setting and atmosphere of the medieval period in a way that is believable and thrilling. From swords and candles to artificial light and automatic doors, she makes it all fit together. Sword’s Edge is another triumph for Lee King. I’m already asking for the sequel.”

And if you come to the Con, you can buy Sword’s Edge, and get it signed by the crazy dame that wrote it! 🙂

And about my other series, Deuces Wild – there are two novels published in that series. Beginners’ Luck and Stacking the Deck.
Cowboys and space pirates; lassos, horses, and ray guns; ranchers and galactic governments; and all with lots of swashbuckling and just plain fun.
Don’t take my word for it:

“It’s fast-paced, fun, and well-written. …you probably won’t put it down until you finish.”
Lou Antonelli

“In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor.”
Mike Resnick

So there you have it!

And again, if you don’t have the books, you can pick them up at Dover Comic Con this coming Saturday, 19 August, 2017, at booth #52.
I’ll be there.
With bells on!

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Summertime Reading Suggestions

If you want something to read this summer, perhaps lazing by a pool or on the beach, or even in your backyard, (or like me, perhaps just reclining on your sofa) might I suggest some raygun-zapping space adventure with my Deuces Wild series? Two books are published so far, and there’s some serious fun in those pages:

 

“It’s fast-paced, fun, and well-written. … Make sure you don’t have anything on your schedule the day you start reading it – you probably won’t put it down until you finish.” – Lou Antonelli

“Recommended reading to all lovers of space opera, science fiction, and unlikely buddies saving the universe.” – Keanan Brand

“In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor.” – Mike Resnick

 

 

 

Also, it’s a great time to be introduced to Tam, Alcandhor, and their kin in Sword’s Edge. Book two of the series, Children of the Enaisi, will be out this fall. In case you can’t tell by the title, there’s swordplay to be had in the book, and some cape-swishing too, if you like that sort of thing – which I do. I blame Zorro and Johnston McCulley.

 

 

 

 

(And just in case you enjoy holding a real book, but like to have e-books for when you’re on the go, my books all have the Amazon Matchbook price: buy the print book and you can purchase the Kindle version for a lower price: only $0.99 for each Deuces Wild, and $1.99 for Sword’s Edge.)

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Deuces Wild on Friday the 13th

Today has always been my special day, so maybe I’ll get someone to notice and want to buy my books. Specifically, my Deuces Wild series, because the titles have to do with cards/gambling and it’s Friday the 13th. Does that make sense to anyone but me? Probably not, but do I care? My mind does its own thing.

So, about Deuces Wild – y’know, I’ve actually got endorsements from Real Authors™. People like Keanan Brand, Lou Antonelli, and Mike Resnick.

So if you like space opera, why not give my books a go? They’re available in paperback and e-book. And they’re a fun read. If you don’t believe me, check out the endorsements.

http://loriendil.com/

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