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Peripheral People – 2016 Bi Book Awards Finalist!

Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards Performers

Michelle and I are going to New York!

Let me backtrack.  Peripheral People has been named a finalist in the Speculative Fiction category at the Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards.  We’ll be attending the awards ceremony and reading in NYC on Friday, June 3rd, 2016.  Want to join us, and hear some wonderful authors and artists do readings and celebrate diverse art?

Get tickets, directions, and event info here.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it- if we win, you’ll be able to hear our squee from space.


2014 Frederick Book Festival

I’m pleased to be participating in the second annual Frederick Book Festival on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  This year the event will be held at the Hampton Inn (5311 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21074), and it’s FREE for readers!  Please come out to join a host of authors, ranging across just about every genre you can imagine, from 10am to 6pm.  There will be a book signing event from 2-3pm, as well as diverse and lively panel discussions and readings all day.

Due to a conflict, Michelle won’t be attending, but I’ll be there, eagerly awaiting the chance to say hi, and hand out chocolate.  Stop by our table to try out the newly-minted Cabinet of Wonders, talk sci fi, romance, fantasy, or anything else… and did I mention chocolate? Because chocolate.

I look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Balticon 48 Draws Nigh!

Woman playing fiddle made of fire and ice, Balticon 48 title banner.

Michelle and I are once again participating in the festivities at Balticon.  We’ll be around Friday-Monday, so if you’re attending, please feel free to say hello.  Our books will be for sale at the Broad Universe table, and we plan to spend a fair amount of time there between panels.  The GoH is Brandon Sanderson, and I’m really excited to see Melissa Scott, Maria V. Snyder, and Myke Cole, as well.  Not to mention all the lovely people I only ever seem to run into at cons.

If you’d like to see the dog and pony show in action, please drop in to our panels!  Our schedules are below:

 

Michelle

Kicking Yourself Into Gear (Panel) (Participant), Friday 20:00 – 20:50, Parlor 1026

Broad Universe Reading Rapid Fire Reading Saturday Afternoon (Panel) (Participant), Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Pimlico

Open Heart Surgery with a Chain-saw: Deep Edits (Panel) (Participant), Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Parlor 1026

How to write Polyamory and not a train wreck (Panel) (Participant), Mon 09:00 – 09:50, Chase

 

Reesa

Kicking Yourself Into Gear (Panel) (Participant), Fri 20:00 – 20:50, Parlor 1026

Broad Universe Reading Rapid Fire Reading Saturday Afternoon (Panel) (Participant), Sat 16:00 – 16:50, Pimlico

How and Why Romance is 53% of the Market (Panel) (Moderator), Mon 08:00 – 08:50, Derby

How to write Polyamory and not a train wreck (Panel) (Participant), Mon 09:00 – 09:50, Chase

 


Featured Authors at the Frederick Book Festival

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be Featured Authors at the first annual Frederick Book Festival, in Frederick, MD.  Please, join us on May 18, 2013 at the the E-ventplex at the Frederick Fairgrounds from 9 AM – 6 PM for a day filled with literary fun.  The festival is free, and promises to be a lot of fun.  Plus, if you get there in the morning, you can enjoy the Frederick Farmer’s Market.  We’ll be contributing a basket to the charity auction, which benefits The American Cancer Society and Heartly House, a crisis service serving victims of domestic violent, rape/sexual assault, and child abuse in Montgomery County.

We’ll post more information on our schedule, panels, and reading time as it becomes available.  Can’t wait to see you in Frederick!

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Balticon and Magical Cupcakes

Balticon was *mumbledymumble* weekends ago, and I am a terribly inefficient blogger.  I got to moderate the “When Bad Guys Go Good” panel, featuring Maria V. Snyder, Patrick Scaffido, Pete Prellwitz, and the GoH, Jody Lynn Nye.  People came to our reading.  Even people who were not related tous/obligated by friendship to attend.  We participated in our first Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, which was heavily-attended and an amazing way to connect with people.  We sat at the Broad Universe table and gave away vast amounts of free stuff.  I got to meet Heather Dale, who is charming and wonderful in person.

I forgot to take a single picture, all weekend.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the chance to hold a release party.  The Cupcakes and Con Men party took place on Sunday.  We went through 50 cupcakes, 50 free reads, 12 “Cuff the Con Man” prize bags, and a prodigious number of giggles.  Thank you to everyone who attended, and special thanks to our road crew, Alex, Debbie M., Debbie P. (Two Debs are better than one!), Kevin, and Tammy.  Our entourage came to join us from California, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, and made the entire con something I’ll remember forever.  Also thanks to Mary S., who pimped the party to a bunch of her lovely friends.  Thank you all!

More than a few people asked me for the recipes I used, especially the killer brown sugar icing on the spiced peach cupcakes.  Because I like to share, here they are.

I’m going to admit to something- anyone who snagged one of the Deep Space Chocolate cupcakes had a defective baked good.  I was flying around like a crazy person while making them, and I didn’t put the fresh raspberries in the cupcakes.  The whole reason I chose such a rich, dry crumb cake was that the raspberries tend to make a moister cake overly soggy.  My apologies to anyone who was desperately wishing for a glass of milk!

A Spot of Brown Sugar Frosting (used with Spiced Peach Cupcakes)

Deep Space Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Deep Space Dark Chocolate Frosting

Spiced Peach Cupcakes

Enjoy, bake in good health, and if we met you at Balticon, feel free to drop a comment.  We’d love to hear from you.

 

(You can also access these on the Recipes page, under Free Reads.)

 


Appearance – Balticon 46, May 25-28, 2012

Hey! Look at me, remembering to tell people things while there is still time to plan for them!

Michelle and I will be appearing at Balitcon 46, Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28, 2012) in Baltimore, MD.

We don’t have our full panel schedule yet, but we do know for sure that on Sunday evening, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., you can join us in Parlor 1041 for the Cupcakes and Con Men party, to celebrate the paperback release of The Slipstream Con. We’ll be plastering wanted posters and party details all over the various nooks and crannies of the hotel, but you can firmly state that you heard it here first. Please stop by for free cupcakes, party games, and frivolity of a Ylendrian bent. We will have paperback copies of The Slipstream Con for sale at the event, and would be thrilled (giddy, perhaps, given the amount of sugar we intend to have on offer!) to personalize a copy to send home with you.


Michelle and Reesa Go To RavenCon

Our schedules for RavenCon are as follows:

Friday

4 p.m. – Room E – Space Cowboys and Fantasy Noir

7 p.m. – Room E&F – Opening Ceremonies

8 p.m. – Board Room – Reading

Saturday

12 p.m. – Room F – From Print to Electronic Publishing

1 p.m. – Cove – Self-Promotion and Social Anxiety: At least your Mom still loves you. (Maybe.) (Moderating)

11 p.m. – Cove – Non-Monogamy in Speculative Fiction: Threesome doesn’t mean erotica (Moderating)

Sunday

9 a.m. – Room F – Rethinking “Write What You Know”

10 a.m. – Cove – Our Favorite Non-Genre Shows (Reesa only.)


Reesa Makes Penis Jokes In Public, Or, An Authors After Dark 2011

I maybe have mentioned this before, but I’m really, really bad at travel posts.

Because I can never get it together enough to post actual, thoughtful write-ups, you’re getting a list of highlights from my experience at Authors After Dark 2011.

Events and Things

  • Moderating a panel for the first time, even if it was by accident.  Writing With A Partner featured panelists Larissa Ione, Jess Haines, Augusta Li, and Eon de Beaumont.  I was really worried about filling up all the time, but the audience had great questions, and everyone on the panel was funny and insightful.
  • The Menage and More panel, where Michelle and I apparently broke the brains of 80% of the room (including all our other panelists) by telling them that The Slipstream Con is a “sweet” romance, even though it features a polyamorous relationship.  Another great panel, with lots of fun readers who were really engaged and enthusiastic.  Loved it!
  • Giovanni’s Room, an amazing gay bookstore just a few blocks from the hotel.
  • Getting an actual Philly cheese steak, and being totally vindicated in my choice of Cheez Whiz, when it turned out that Michelle’s, with provolone, wasn’t anywhere NEAR as good. Ha! (To be fair, I feared the Whiz when I ordered it, but it had to be done.  That’s me, you know, always willing to take one for the team.)
  • Max Brenner’s Chocolate restaurant.  We were going to Appleby’s, but then we smelled chocolate across the street.  We had the most adorable table, right in the window, facing onto the street, and you guys, the chocolate eggrolls were so good that I -dreamed- about them the following night.  Completely amazing.  (Apparently we missed the floor show at Appleby’s, though.  Dancing cockroaches.)
  • I won a huge goody bag of books, some of which I’ll be giving away in the next couple of weeks.  Watch this space.
  • And my favourite part of the whole weekend- the book signing.  Getting to talk to readers, potential readers, and the people kind enough to stop by and tell us how much they loved our books, was worth the traffic, the drive itself, the BURNING TRACTOR TRAILER we passed in Maryland, and pretty much blew me away.  I’m sure I said it at the time, but in case I missed gushing at you when you were standing in front of me- if you stopped y our signing table, you made my month.  Thank you for your kind words, your enthusiasm, and your smiles.

People

If I try to list everyone I met, I am inevitably going to forget someone I meant to mention.  So I’m going to say this- meeting readers was amazing.  And since I don’t know a single author who isn’t also a reader, I think that’s going to cover everyone.  The people made this con for me, the open, friendly smiles, and the welcome extended to us, despite our slightly skewed contributions to the romance genre.  If I met you, I enjoyed the experience, and coming from someone with pretty intense social anxiety, that’s saying a lot. I was sick all weekend, and I still left with a smile on my face.

Thank you to everyone who made AAD 2011 such a great weekend.  It was an honor to meet you.


Reesa Goes to Balticon 45

Last weekend (yes, I’m a terrible travel blogger.  Why do you ask?) Michelle and I trekked (and trekked, and trekked again) to the wilds of  Look, I got a participation prize! Maryland for Balticon 45.  It’s my third year attending, and my first as a panelist.  I got a ribbon!

Our first panel was Start Up Rituals of the Pros, where we shared a table with Myke Cole and James Knapp.  Rather august company for our first panel as pros, given that James had just won the 2011 Compton Crook Award, and Myke’s book, due out in 2012, looks pretty damn awesome.  We were down a couple of panelists, including a moderator, so Myke jumped in to moderate.  If any of you noticed that my hands were shaking so hard that I almost spilled my water, thanks for not pointing it out.  Myke kept us on a pretty clear track, talking about discipline in writing, how we get ourselves going on a project, and what our daily writing routines were like.  Four people, four almost entirely different styles of psyching ourselves up (or, in Myke’s case, psyching himself out) but I think in the end we all made the same point- if you want to write a book, the key is to actually WRITE it.  Thinking up ideas for writing is fun, talking about writing is fun, but at the end of the day, the only thing that puts words on the page is actually writing.  Fun panel.  (And a shout out to Heather, and the gentleman whose name I didn’t catch, who both came up to talk to use after.)

Our readings were scheduled for Saturday afternoon, back to back, and we got there with plenty of time to set up.  The person reading before us wasn’t done, and not wanting to be rude, we waited in the hallway to claim our room.  This was fortuitous, as while we were milling around, trying not to be freaked out by our first public reading, we ran into the lovely book blogger, Mary Spila!  We chatted with Mary until it was time to go in, and then Michelle took the floor.  She read excerpts from both of the Ylendrian Empire books, The Balance of Silence and The Slipstream Con.  Because we had back-to-back readings, I waited a few minutes and picked up where she’d left off, reading another short excerpt from Slipstream, and then a longer scene from my post-apocalyptic/solarpunk WIP, The Memory Keeper.  I tried to remember to read slowly, keep my voice clear, and infuse the words with the emotions I was portraying with them in the story, and I think it went well.  Again, special thanks to everyone who didn’t point out how badly my hands were shaking!  (And a world of gratitude to Mary, for showing up, and the other fine people who listened to us tell them stories for an hour.)  The reading was recorded, though I don’t know if it will ever be publicly available or not.  If it is, I’ll be sure to link it here, so my Mom can hear it. 😉

This is the point in the recap where I admit to making a terrible mistake.  It’s one I’ve made before, but I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that it’s not one I’ll make again.  We did not book a room for the weekend. You heard me right.  Somehow, I thought that driving an hour and a half (4 hours on Friday afternoon, actually.  Yay.) each way, for three days, would be a great idea.  I do it every year.  It’s just Baltimore!  It’s not that far away!

Yes, Reesa.  It IS that far away.

Next year, my right knee has informed me that we will be renting a room on-site.  I can learn from my mistakes.  Apparently it just takes me three years of 500+ mile weekends.

We ran into our fellow Starbucks denizen, Patrick, and talked with him a bit before we scurried off to some more panels and readings.

Sunday, we were scheduled for the Small Press Round Table.  I got to sit on a panel with Maria V. Snyder, even if she wasn’t sure why she was on it! (These are my victory arms \O/)  We were joined by a fellow Samhain author, D. Renee Bagby, as well.  Very cool to meet her.  It was an interesting panel that I think got a little bogged down in small press vs. New York publishing, and if my level of shaky-handed water consumption is anything to guess by, it got a bit tense for awhile.  I think small press publishing has a lot to offer the readers of the world, and goodness knows, it’s been great to me.  I wish the panel could have focused more on what small press publishing is doing, rather than how it’s different from working with a larger house, but I still think the information the panelists offered was helpful to someone looking into both options.

There was a ton of other stuff going on.  The Masquerade, the Art Show, catching up with friends, meeting new ones.  I’m forgetting a ton of it, but I had a blast.  I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.


My public awaits.

I think, out of all the advice and rules for attending public events that I’ve read in the past couple of days, I’m going to narrow it down to a core value:

Don’t be a douche.

I’ll do my best.