Balticon Book Recommendations!

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be on a fantastic panel at Balticon called ‘Weirding the Regency: Fantasy of Manners, Napoleonic Space Opera, and More.’ It was the panel I was most excited about all weekend, since the program description read like it had been written just for me! Historical fantasy and space opera are two of my absolute favorite genres as a reader AND a writer! I was joined by awesome co-panelists John G. Walker and Melissa Scott, and together with a fantastic audience we got to nerd out extravagantly.

I promised while I was there that I would write up the huge list of books I blurted out as recommendations, since I’m a fast talker (and an overly enthusiastic hand-waver). So if you were there, here you go! And if you weren’t, you should definitely still keep reading, because these are some awesome books and I highly recommend you read them. (And if you want to nerd out about them with me, I’m ALL FOR IT! Get your wavy hands ready.)

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My Balticon Schedule

I’m so excited to be a guest at Balticon this weekend! This is my local SFF convention, and I attended for years as a fan before I ever became an author, so I’m beyond flattered that they keep inviting me back! I’m on five panels over three days this weekend, and I’ll be wandering around the con for most of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you’re around, I’d love to see you! You can check out my schedule of panels below, and the entire con schedule can be found here. Looking forward to a great weekend!

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A World Of Octobers

Well, hello there. Welcome to autumn, my favorite season (unless you count ‘the holidays,’ which is totally a season. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). But weather-wise and decor-wise and general existence-wise, autumn is great. And BUSY. So busy! There is inevitably a lot going on in people’s lives in autumn, and I’m no different. Want a list? You’re going to get one anyway, because I like lists.

  • My kids are in the full swing of ‘preschool.’ It’s in quotes because they’re two. But they love it deeply, and I love it even more, because the particular program they’re enrolled in offers parents a coworking space above the school space. So I get three hours twice a week to procrastinate on the internet write. (Guess where I am RIGHT NOW?)
  • I’m a featured author at Virtual FantasyCon’s paranormal/urban fantasy Facebook event tomorrow, where I’ll be posting and commenting and generally having fun (thank goodness they scheduled it for Wednesday, my babysitter day!).
  • I’m running an Amazon Giveaway for the next couple of weeks; you can sign up to follow my Amazon author page and thus be notified of new releases by the juggernaut that is Amazon automation, and enter to win a copy of THIEVES’ HONOR! Super fun.
  • I’m also recruiting ARC reviewers! If you’re interested in getting my books for free before they’re out and posting reviews (honest ones, please!), you can fill out this form. Limited spots are available, so act fast!
  • This weekend I’m heading to the New Jersey Romance Writers’ conference. This is doubly exciting, because a) I get to hobnob with other writers, get creatively inspired, and get all kinds of useful publishing advice and b) my children are staying home, so I get to pretend like an adult who doesn’t spend six days a week in rumpled yoga pants (on the seventh day, I wear no pants).
  • Sweater weather.
  • Football food (for the record, in my house, we wear purple on Sundays).
  • Food in general. Autumn is for eating, if you ask me.
  • I’m breaking out the holiday spreadsheet and getting started (woefully late, for me) on gift shopping. There’s a basket hidden away in a certain closet of my house slowly starting to fill with delightful things that I can’t wait to give to people.

What do you have going on this autumn? I hope you’re making time to eat delicious food and enjoy delicious fall colors in the midst of this busy season!

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Image credit: Lasso The Moon

Author Events!

I just wanted to post a quick note here about some upcoming author events I’ll be at. If you’re in Maryland (or close to Maryland, or willing to make your way to Maryland), I’d love to see you.

I’ll be at the Towson Library on Sunday, August 28th (my birthday!), to celebrate Read A Romance Month with the Baltimore County Public Library and the Maryland Romance Writers. Fellow MRW authors Magda Alexander, Christi Barth, Stephanie Draven, Elodie Nowodazkij, and L. Penelope will join me to discuss why reading and writing romance is so darn great.

I’ll also be at the Baltimore Book Festival, an amazing festival spanning an entire weekend right in downtown Baltimore. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it – it’s basically filling downtown with as many readers as will fit and talking about books all weekend, which is a noble goal in my opinion. I’ll be on two panels – one on Friday, one on Sunday – and will also be staffing the MRW stage on Saturday.

My BBF panels:

  • Friday, 2 PM: Heroines Get Stuff Done
  • Sunday, 12 PM: Historical Romance – Kilt or No Kilt or Why Jamie Fraser Isn’t All There Is…

You can find the entire BBF schedule – including panels and events on the MRW stage AND on a lot of other cool organization’s stages (my friends at SFWA, for one!) right here.