So proud my buttons want to bust!

In the last few years, with the generous help the Kent County Public Library, which hosts the support group, I have had the honor of being a mentor for young writers.

Unfortunately, due to COVID, the library has had to suspend our meetings for the time being. But my kids aren’t daunted, they are still writing!

This morning I received an email from one of the brilliant young people in the group to tell me she has finished the novel she was working on. It is 77k words, and she wanted advice on how to edit. This lovely, intelligent young lady has finished a 77k novel and if my memory serves me correctly, she’s only thirteen. THIRTEEN!

I cannot wait until we resume meeting – I miss all my kids, but I need to give this girl a HUG!!!

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10th Annual Authors and Audiences – and Nancy Springer

Yesterday I was honored to be a small part of the 10th Annual Authors and Audiences at the Kent County Public Library with Special Guest Nancy Springer!

We were so glad she could stop and spend time at our event before flying off to New York and London to meet The Powers That Be for the movie that is to be made out from her books on Enola Holmes. She gave us a presentation and answered questions before signing books.

Other authors in attendance were Charlotte Ward with her book, The Forgotten Americans, Keith Bosco, author of The Sloppy Okapi and owner of Yellow Light Publishing, WritersBloxx creator Gary Zenker, children’s author Leetress M. Burris, Irelynn Farrington, young author of The Perfect Unicorn, and last, but most certainly not least, the talented Christy Shaffer, my friend and the cover artist for some of my books!

Christy and I bounced (not kidding – we have so much fun when we get to do presentations together!) through a panel on social media marketing, and Keith Bosco did a fantastic workshop about publishing.

I was remiss in taking photos of everyone, but snuck in one of Christy while she talked to a reader about one of her books:

Since I took so few photos, I’m going to link to the library’s FB posts so you can see photos of this fun event:

KCPL’s 10th annual writers conference: Authors & Audiences

It was a thrill for many of our visitors to meet Nancy Springer

Authors and Audiences

And thanks so much to Library Director Hilary Welliver, to Michele Lapinski, also to Deb Lawhead, Friends of Kent County Public Library President, and everyone at KCPL for the work put into organizing this event and for the luncheon provided as well!

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Dover Comic Con and new books in my series!

Tomorrow is Dover Comic Con, and I’m thrilled to have two new books in the Sword’s Edge Chronicles to offer at my table!

For those who aren’t close enough to attend (and if that’s the case I’m sorry, I’m so sorry), you can still snag the two new titles, or if you perhaps haven’t started the series yet, now is the time, because the fourth book in that series is due out this fall. You can get the first book, Sword’s Edge, online in print or ebook (in lots of different formats).

The two new books of the series are (in published order): Children of the Enaisi, which continues hard on the heels of the first book, Sword’s Edge, and book three, entitled Unlikely Prophet, a prequel which takes place 1,000 years in the past, and adds to the depth and understanding of their world.
Book four, Laws and Prophecies, as I said will be out soon.

And in case swords, capes, castles, aliens, portals, bio-tech, and telepathy aren’t your thing, I also have two novels in a space opera series: Deuces Wild. It’s about a cowboy and a space pirate. Or is he a mercenary? Or an assassin? Perhaps you’ll figure it out.

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2016 Kent County Library’s Authors & Audiences

Tomorrow is the day!
The Annual Kent County Public Library’s Authors and Audiences event!
With lots of exclamation points!!!!!!!1 <—and a one at the end to show how really excited I am! Come and visit if you wish to see in person just how excited. ๐Ÿ™‚

Authors and Audiences 2016

Being lazy, instead of typing out details, I’m posting this invitation from the Kent County Library:

You are cordially invited to attend Kent County Public Library’s sixth annual Authors and Audiences event on Saturday, April 16 from 1-3 pm! We are excited to present so many local authors and give you the opportunity to meet with them. The books the authors have on display are for sale. Donโ€™t hesitate to ask for a signed copy โ€“ they would make perfect gifts, too!

Our distinguished group of showcased writers and illustrators includes USA Today Bestselling Author MINDY L. KLASKY. We are also pleased to present

L.S. KING
LIZ DEJESUS
CHRISTY SHAFFER
JUDITH REVEAL
LEONCIO OPIO
LIZ REYES
JOREEN Y. SYKES
PASTOR ALEXANDER COLE
YOLANDA SOTO
GRACE ATEA AMPOFOH
KIMBERLY A. WILLIAMS
HAROLD O. WILSON
RAMONA DEFELICE LONG
GIGI WILLIAMS
WILL HAHN
RAMONA LONG
BROCK KALIM
JUDY WILSON
JEAN DAVIS
MAGGIE ROWE

At 2:00 that afternoon, USA Today Bestselling Author Mindy Klasky will be giving a presentation. Ms. Klasky is the author of multiple short stories, nonfiction essays, and novels including The Glasswrightsโ€™ Apprentice, which was discussed in libraries across Kent County this Spring.

Please be sure to visit the conference room during your stay for some refreshments provided by the Friends of Kent County Public Library.

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Authors & Audiences

Greetings and Felicitations all!

Don’t forget, tomorrow (Saturday, 18 April) is the fifth annual Authors & Audiences at the Kent County Public Library. Over twenty authors will be there from 1 – 3 p.m. Come on by!

It’s the perfect chance to meet authors and buy signed copies of our books. Also, Luis Carlos Montalvan, New York Times best-selling author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him will speak at 2 p.m.

I look forward to seeing you!

(The Kent County Public Library is located at 497 S. Red Haven Lane Dover, Delaware in the Longacre Village Shopping Center on Route 13.ย  Please call 302-698-6440 for more information.)

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