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Conspiracy Theory, Anyone?

Conspiracy Theory, Anyone?

Our answer to the raid.

By now, most of you have probably heard about the Raid on Area 51. Supposedly it all started as a joke, but it has now developed into a possible festival of some kind.

The locals are apparently not amused and neither is the military.

Regardless of intent, attending the raid may end up being more hazardous than heroic, so the delightful Terri A. Wilson had a better idea;

  1. Gather some of the best indie authors anywhere and prompt them to write their best short story – any genre – any style – based around the mysterious desert outpost known as Area 51.
  2. Donate all proceeds to a reputable charity benefitting U.S. Veterans.
My answer to the call.

And it worked! Twenty-five authors answered the call, lending their pens and plot lines to create a wide variety of stories. From romance to adventure, to horror, we have all the relevant details on Area 51, past, present, and future. Now you don’t have to go to the raid to enjoy it. Just pick up the book, kick back, relax and read.

To celebrate the launch on September 20th, we gathered some of our favorite bloggers for a hop. Blog links can be found here. Plus, we’re having a Facebook party at the Red Hatter’s Book Hangout on the 22nd. Come and help us celebrate the raid from the comfort of your own home. (Hint: It’s sure to be fun, and there might be surprises!)

Meanwhile, keep your tinfoil hats handy and carry on.


I ❤️ Books

A fantastic event for readers and authors alike. Join us at the Alachua County Main Branch Library on May 11th, 2019 for a great time.

For VIP and General admission reader tickets, visit FloridaWriters.net 


A New Start

Hi there.

Remember me? That author you signed up to see posts from about a million years ago?

The sci-fi and fantasy writer?

The one with the cat?

Yeah, that’s me. Can’t blame you if you didn’t remember right away. It’s been a minute since I posted. The official reboot began last week when I put up a guest post by the awesome Leslie Halpern. Her post was the first one in a new posting schedule that I hope you will enjoy. It’s going to work like this:

Every Thursday a new post will go up. Because there are so many stellar authors out there, and I thought you’d like to hear from a few of them, I’ve offered guest spots to a wide range of sci-fi and fantasy authors. So I’ll be posting at least once a month, on the second Thursday, but the rest of the month it will be a guest author.

At least, that’s the plan.

I have the schedule mostly filled through November, but there are a lot of open slots after that. If you have an author you’d like to hear from, drop me a line in the comments. Come to that, if there’s a topic you’re dying to know more on, let me know. I’m always open to suggestions.

This represents a sort of reboot for this blog. I started it a while back when I set up the website. With it, I’m hoping to connect to readers and spread the word about my books and the indie world in general.

I hope you’ll join me.


Moving Day

Well folks, it’s been awhile.

Since March, in fact.

I have no excuse, except the usual, which is, you know…

Life.

There were several conferences, a book launch or two, new platforms, editing other authors, becoming a board member for FWA (Yay!) and a ton of other stuff, but really, it all comes down to just one word: Life.

And now I’m moving.

Which is also life, but more like, a life interrupted or something, which sounds a great deal more ominous than it, in fact, is. But highly stressful all the same. I am not looking forward to it.

Or rather, I am, but mostly to the after part. New house, closer to my daughter and her family, a whole new office with a tad more distance between my work and my private life – all of that will, in the end, make it worth it.

But in the meantime…

Yeah, not looking forward to the actual moving part.

So, before I run off and leave you for a week of some of the most stressful adulting a human being has to endure, here’s what’s been happening.

March:

Jax Book Fest was a blast. Got to meet some new readers, give out some prizes and hang out with some of my most awesome writer peeps.

  It doesn’t get much better than that. 

A little later in the month, I took a research trip to Cassadaga Florida, where one of the stories in Changelings is set. It was one of the most interesting trips I’ve taken in a long time. So much so, that this week me and my bestie, Tracie Roberts, are going again.  I can’t wait! I’m hoping we’ll get to see even more than I did on my first trip. 

Then came April, when I facilitated the FWA Focus Day on Craft. We had four presenters and learned a great deal. I am so lucky to work with such great people!

In May I was a featured author at I ❤ Books here in Jacksonville. It was a great experience, and a psychic informed me that my thirteenth book would be a blockbuster! Here’s hoping.

I also started a new hobby ~ rock tumbling. My grandson thinks this is the greatest thing ever and can’t wait to do it again. I have to admit, we came up with some very nice stones.

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses in May. We lost our cousin and dear friend, Mitch. We will always miss him.

In June it was off to the races again with another conference.

This time we were Cocoa Beach for the SCBL reader/writer conference and it was, as usual, fabulous. I got to give out more prizes, AND I launched my new book, Changelings. Could not have asked for a better time. 

 

 

 

Also in June, I facilitated the second and final FWA Focus Day for 2018, this one on DIY Marketing. Again, great presenters and staff made for a wonderful, helpful event that I think all the attendees enjoyed.

Now it’s July and I’m working on finishing my next book, The Heart’s Last Hope. I’ll be launching it after the move, some time in late August/early September.

In the meantime, I’ll be counting my blessings. Looking back over these past few months, it strikes me that I have a lot to be thankful for. If I’ve been busy, it’s been mostly great things, and I don’t want to ignore that, so I won’t.

For now, I have to shift my focus to moving. Not far, but still…

Moving.

So, until next time ~ Live, Laugh and Love, because after all, what else is there?

 


Guest Post From Val Penny: Why We Love To Write Crime Novels

People like crime, at least in novels! Often, I meet dentists and bank managers with clever plot ideas, or nurses who read every crime novel they can lay their hands on. If I visit a writing group, there are always members keenly producing new murderous plots. Lawyers and convicts show equal enthusiasm for this genre. For those who want to write a crime novel, there are several reasons to want to do so. Here are a few of them.

Emotional Release

Often, those who write crime novels find an emotional release in their craft. Crime novelists deal with the dark things that people usually push to the side of their minds in order to get on with everyday life. The cathartic attraction of writing can be decisive.

Some crime authors tell of poor sleep patterns, punctured by nightmares that are repaired when they start to write. Others, panic, constantly scanning doorways for signs of danger. The stiffening fear that afflicts them resolves when they are busy writing crime.

The Story-Telling Urge

The sources for crime novels are many and varied. Ideas can spring from the news and current affairs; memories from the past and historical events or things that puzzle or fascinate the writer. Once an author begins to exercise their creative muscles, they often find that they run into stories demanding to be told. The stories demand to be told and will not stop coming.

For Companionship

It is often said that writers can be difficult people: gloomy, competitive and quarrelsome. However, for the most part, I have found crime writers to be an inclusive and convivial bunch. They are certainly hard-working. The pressure of producing a book a year is intense, yet they never seem to turn their backs on fun. If you have a chance to go to a crime-writers’ convention, do take it. They are exhausting, exhilarating and irresistible.

An Outlet for Aggression

Most crime-writers will tell you that they are good company because they channel all their belligerent thoughts into their stories, so in real life, the authors are meek and mild. It is not always true, but I can confirm the crime novel is an excellent place to park your rage! The prospect of giving vent to righteous anger in a safe form can be a particularly pleasing device. When characters require to act in a violent way or commit violence the reader is willing to witness this on the page but they would shy from it in real life. Crime writers can let rip on the page in a way they avoid doing in the real world.

The Thrill of Research

I can personally confirm that the research you do for crime novels and for academic purposes are equally satisfying. It is also extremely diverse. It may involve visiting prisons, refuges, police stations or drug dens. Police are often very willing to be of assistance to crime writers, even if it is just to avoid being irritated when otherwise the writers would get police procedures wrong. This information is most useful and helpful. Indeed, when you are writing a novel, no information or experience is wasted!

Author Bio

author pic 2Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland will be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’.

 

 

 

 

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until EdinburghHunter's Chase book cover is safe.

 DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taut crime thriller.

To find out more about Hunter’s Chase and its awesome author, check out the links below:

www.authorvalpenny.com

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2nd Annual I ♥ Books

A Book Signing Event

Florida Writers Association is holding their 2nd Annual I ♥ Books event, and I get to be there!

I ♥ Books is a multi-genre book signing that will bring our two favorite types of people together—readers and authors!

This year we have a new venue, a new city, and all sorts of great things for everyone to look forward to.You may attend as a reader (free), a VIP reader with special privileges, or an author (space limited).

Readers

Come and meet 50 authors including some new-to-you writers and perhaps a few favorites! Purchase books, have them signed, and talk to the authors.

General admission is absolutely free.

But if you want more perks, become a VIP Reader, and enjoy a brunch with the authors, get into the signing early, and grab some raffle tickets for cool prizes!

General Admission Readers – No Tickets Needed

Free!

  • Enjoy meeting authors from noon until 4:00 PM
  • Join the Facebook event page to let us know you plan on attending, and help to make the event great by inviting your friends.
VIP Readers – Limited to 25 Tickets

$50 Fee Includes:

  • Brunch with authors from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Early admission to the book signing room following the brunch
  • Swag bag loaded with goodies from the attending authors

We invite all readers to join the I ♥ Books Facebook group to learn about the authors and the books they write.


Jacksonville Book Fest

Jacksonville Book FestJoin us for the

Jax Book Fest

The Jacksonville Public Library’s inaugural event will feature children’s authors and illustrators, zine creators, young poets, and local Florida authors.Saturday,

March 25th from 10AM- 3PM

Main Branch Library


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