Going Out With a Bang

13923590_1627370550926644_4494081479866663912_oomg – Where did my summer go??

Just yesterday, summer stretched out before me like the open prairie: vast and laden with possibilities. Now it’s slipping through my grasp, on the verge of a rapid descent into the start of classes, and the beginning of that long, uphill slog toward the winter holidays.

It’s been a good summer. I wish it wasn’t so close to being over. I celebrated a friend’s wedding, visited Costa Rica (for a not-so-pleasant purpose, but still, it was Costa Rica!), played with my little girl nieces and caught up on the news with my college-age nephews. I released one novel, finished writing another, even sold a few books along the way.

What I haven’t done is [ahem] prepare for my fall classes. But there’s still time. There’s always time. Más tiempo que vida, as I’ve learned to say.

These last two weeks before the start of classes are packed with activities, so I wanted to take a moment to give you the full list of events:

August 12-14 Kansas City ComicCon, Bartle Hall, KCMO

This weekend, I’ll be with my fellow Uptown Authors in Writer’s Alley. Stop by booths 1225 and 1227 to visit and peruse our books on display, including everything from children’s stories to sci-fi/fantasy to adult erotica.

We also are running a four-person panel on Saturday,  August 13, entitled “Hitting the Wall: How Not to Crash and Burn Before Publishing Your Story.” We’ll cover important benchmarks and hurdles in the writing process, and how to manage them on the way to completing your novel. Look for us at 1:00pm in room 2504.

August 13 Inklings Books and Coffee Shop, Blue Springs, Mo

From 6pm to 9pm, Uptown Authors will be at one of our favorite Kansas City area independent book stores, Inklings. This will be an informal evening with great conversation, story telling, and snacks and refreshments. And yes, we will have books available for purchase and signing. I LOVE this store!! I really hope you will come by not only to spend time with us, but to peruse Inkling’s wonderful shelves, filled with an awesome collection of new and used books.

August 17-24 Midamerica Con II (74th WorldCon), Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO

Yes, World Con is coming to Kansas City! This will be my first WorldCon ever, and I am very excited. In an effort to maximize my enjoyment, I’ve decided not to bother with vendor tables or panels this time around. I just want to hang out and have fun.

Look for me in the audience, at the coffee shop (afternoon) or the bar (evening). My publishing alma mater, Hadley Rille Books, is hosting a party Saturday evening that I plan to attend, so that would be another good place to find me. If you’re going to WorldCon, please drop me a line so I can look for you, too.  Get ready to geek out, Kansas City style!

Other End-of-Summer News

I’m preparing blog posts and interviews for an upcoming virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. We’ll be featuring Sword of Shadows, Book Two of The Silver WebThe tour runs for three weeks starting September 5, and will include two Amazon/Barnes&Noble gift card giveaways: one for readers who follow the tour, and another for the tour hosts.

Interested in hosting? There may still be time to sign up. Please stop by the Goddess Fish web site for more information.

Well, that’s more than enough to keep me busy until the end of the summer. I hope you, too, are enjoying your last days in the summer sun!

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