Category Archives: appearances

What’s Coming Down the Pike

A few updates on what I’ve got cookin’…

Weekend after next, I’m heading over to Birmingham for the Southern Magic Romance reader luncheon. I’ll be co-hosting a table with the fabulous Aidee Ladnier. There’s still time to sign up if you’re in the area!

On the writing front, my next novella, Heart & Soul, is all set to release on November 14. It’s a contemporary M/M about a jazz pianist and a former pro football player. Links are in the sidebar over to the right.

Next is Graphite & Glitter, my first F/F story, which I’m revising now for a release date in January. It’s a contemporary about an artist/architect and a bass player/violinist. I’m eagerly awaiting the cover!

In November, I’ll be working on Help Wanted: Boyfriend, my first M/F category romance contemporary romance. I’m not officially signing up for NaNo this year, but I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of the month anyway. (I’m about 8k into it already.) I’ll be going the publisher route with that one, so it’ll be a while before I have any idea of a release date.

A college sports series is next on my list, though scheduling is always subject to change. I have a backlog of story ideas that’ll keep me going for a while—and that’s not counting the new plotbunnies that always crop up!

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Moonlight & Magnolias and What’s Up Next

I had a great couple of days at the Georgia Romance Writers’ Moonlight & Magnolias conference. Vanessa North and I gave a workshop on writing LGBTQ+ characters that was well received, and I had some agent and editor appointments that went well. I heard two great talks by Jennifer McQuiston and Roxanne St. Claire over lunches and spent some time chatting with Nicki Salcedo and Janet Nye and meeting several new people. I also got quite a bit of writing done, thanks to the special writing room the conference set up for those who felt particularly inspired!

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be working on prepping my next novella, Heart & Soul, for publication on November 14. The cover reveal will be this Friday, October 7, at The Novel Approach, and preorder links will be available starting then. I’ll also be working on finishing the following novella, Graphite & Glitter, and getting it sent off to my editor.

After that? Well, it looks like finishing my first M/F novel (!!!) might be next on the agenda. That could become my pseudo-NaNo project. (I don’t plan to actually sign up for NaNo this year, but I’ll definitely be writing during November.)

Speaking of November, a month from now will be my next appearance, November 5 at the Southern Magic Romance Writers’ annual reader luncheon in Birmingham. Tickets are still available, so if you’re in the area, come join us!

Currently writing: Graphite & Glitter (~52%)

Moonlight & Magnolias Schedule

grwThis weekend, I’ll be at the Georgia Romance Writers’ Moonlight & Magnolias conference here in Atlanta. The conference is at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. At 3 p.m. on Friday, Vanessa North and I will be presenting a workshop titled “Writing the Rainbow: Creating Authentic LGBTQ+ Characters and Stories.” And on Saturday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., I’ll be signing at the Book Fair & Author Autographing for Georgia Literacy. The book fair is open to the public, so Atlanta folks, come on out!

Where to Find Me at RT

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Next week, I’ll be in Las Vegas for the RT Booklovers Convention. Woot! Here’s where you can find me (barring any last-minute complications):

Tuesday, 8PM: Cinema Craptastique. I’ll be in the audience throwin’ shade (and giving away a prize pack) while we mock a Taylor Lautner movie.

Wednesday, 8:30PM: Vintage Vegas Romance Casino. Look for me in an animal-print dress. Rawr!

Thursday, 10AM: Dreamspinner Reader Party. I’m throwing in some goodie bags as prizes for the Apples to Apples games.

Friday, 10AM: Wheel of Romance. I’ll have another prize pack to give away!

Saturday, 10:30AM: Giant Book Fair. I’ll have Unfortunate Son and Nobody’s Son up for sale (and if you buy both, you can get Wayward Son for free!)

Saturday, 6PM: FAN-tastic Day Party. I’m in the first group of authors featured at this Dreamspinner-sponsored event, so get there early!

Saturday, 8:30PM: An Evening with the Bat Pack. Look for me with devil horns at this one. 😀

Currently writing: Tongue & Groove, M/M novella (~28%)

 

Coming Next Week, It’s RWA Time!

I am just a wee bit excited that a week from tomorrow I’ll be getting on a plane headed to New York for the 2015 Romance Writers of America conference. In addition to three full days of panels and workshops focusing on the profession of romance writing, I’ll be visiting friends, meeting new ones, and attending the Saturday night ceremony for the RITA and Golden Heart awards (the “Oscars” of the romance genre).

If you’ll be in the New York area on Wednesday, July 22, you can get to see many of your favorite romance authors, including me, at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. More than 480 authors will be signing books, with all proceeds going to benefit three literacy-focused charities. You can get more information and check out the full list of authors here.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

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One Does Not Simply GO to @DragonCon

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Well, once again it’s time for me to gird my loins for a week at Dragon Con. Yes, I’m well aware that Dragon Con is a four-day convention. I am a crazy person who volunteers, so I’m on site Wednesday afternoon, and I don’t schlep out of there until lunchtime in Tuesday. In between, I’ll mostly be in the Chicago Room of the Hyatt Regency or snoring into a pillow in my hotel room, though I do hope to be able to emerge into common areas and maybe catch a meal or a drink with friends here and there.

logoThis will be my ninth trip to Dragon Con, my eighth straight as a volunteer. I went for a day once in about 1998, when I was deep into fandom for “The X-Files,” but it wasn’t until 2007, after I moved back to Atlanta from my New Jersey exile, that I looked into going again. I discovered the Daily Dragon, the on-site publication, and contacted the editor, Eugie Foster, asking if she needed any volunteers. She did, as it turned out. She’d tried several people to do layout for the print issue that’s handed out each morning, but none had gotten the job done. She’d been ready to give up, but she gave me a shot… and at the end of the weekend, begged me to come back. I told her I’d be delighted. LOL

My tasks have morphed and grown over time. I now do editing work for the larger publications department, including editing guest bios and panel descriptions, and this year I helped out with some film festival editing, too. August always gets a little hectic with everything needing to be done at once—including planning and packing for the actual con!—but it’s all too much fun to give up.

I did decide to simplify things this year and forgo costuming. I’m going to stick to jeans and geeky t-shirts in the name of comfort. Plus, I usually end up in what amounts to jammies for my late-night volunteer shifts anyway. I might go for some interesting hair color to make up for the lack of costuming, though.

Despite the listing of Dragon Con on my appearances list, I won’t actually be doing anything as my author self. No panels this year, and none of my publishers are doing anything. But I’ll be there, of course, and anyone who’d like to meet up is welcome to email or tweet at me, and I’ll do my best.

Really, though, the best way to find me will be to find the Daily Dragon offices, especially after 10 p.m., and ask for Shae. Because that’s where I’m most likely to be!

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Coninsanity

I’ve spent the last almost-three weeks in my own personal “con season.” It’s been an amazing time, albeit exhausting. The bulk of the insanity was a 12-day, cross-country excursion to Tampa and Portland. I left home on April 16 and didn’t return until April 27—and then Outlantacon was 5 days after that!

I started my trip in Tampa for RainbowCon, which was pretty awesome. We had some great panel sessions—I sat on panels about author etiquette and stereotypes in fiction—and the vendor room stayed pretty busy. I left with just one book left from the ones I brought, though of course I had a stack of new ones I purchased from others! I shared a table with the fabulous Nicole Dennis, and we were set up right next to Grace R. Duncan, so we had a great time. It was so great to see so many friends again and to meet some new people. Best surprise: Brandon Shire stopping by! (He’s freaking adorable, too. LOL)

Once RainbowCon ended, I went home with cousins who live nearby for a couple of days off. I mostly did as little as possible: soaked in the hot tub, sat by the pool, ate some great food, and slept a lot. I did write a blog post and worked on plotting my next books, but I focused on resting up because I knew I’d need it!

On Wednesday, April 23, after a quick trip to St. Pete beach, I hopped a plane to Portland by way of Detroit, getting to the hotel at 10:30 local time. Naturally, my body felt like it was 1:30 a.m., so after unpacking the absolute bare minimum and drinking a little chocolate milk, I crashed hard. Thursday, I took care of two Portland touristy essentials: lunch from a food truck (a really good gyro) and doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts. When I got back, I started meeting up with people, and if I tried to list them all, I’d leave people out. But I got to see many of my favorite people and meet a bunch more, and that is always awesome.

The workshop itself was fun and interesting. Lots of information about sales and marketing, suggestions for writing specifics, and plenty of laughter. I had a good talk with Elizabeth North, pinning myself down to a three-book series commitment in the process (eep!), and several other Dreamspinner staffers, in addition to a bunch of authors. Nothing like feeling like you’ve found your people. 🙂

I did manage to squeeze in dinner with a local friend, though plans with another fell through just because I was too tired to think by then. I did hit up a couple more food trucks and wander through the Powell’s location at the airport. Portland is a lovely city, and I’d love to go back at some point.

I flew home last Sunday, along with Nessa Warin and Paul Richmond, which led to quite a bit of insanity, some of which might actually make it into a book (pokes Nessa). Of course, by the time I got home, I was dead on my feet and pretty much only had time to collapse into a bed. I did have to work the next day. 🙂

I survived last week, barely, and picked up J.P. Barnaby and Kage Alan from the airport on Thursday to kick things off. I went to the Eagle with J.P. and William Cooper for the Outlantacon kickoff party, had to work briefly Friday morning, and then spent the weekend doing the panels I listed on Friday and the rest of the time in the dealer room, selling books. We had a big pile of print copies of Butt Ninjas from Hell and sold quite a few. And of course we’re already planning for the next anthology or two. 😉

I’m finishing this up Sunday night, and I’m so tired it’s taking me twice as long to parse things as I go. I should probably stop writing and go get some sleep. Back to the EDJ in the morning!

Outlantacon Panel Schedule

GconThumbnailI’ll be at Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon this weekend, mostly doing things related to the Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology. When I’m not on a panel, I’ll have a spot in the vendor room, but here’s where you can come to listen to me blather:

Butt Ninjas from Hell: The Back Story
Saturday, May 3, 3:00 PM, Dekalb Room
It’s the sequel to Butt Pirates from Space! Meet the authors of the new Butt Ninjas from Hell Anthology prior to joining them for their book signing party. Presented by: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, and Eden Winters. 

Writers Workshop Series: Fan Fiction vs Pro Writing

Saturday, May 3, 4:00 PM, Decatur II

Some rules are universal, but there are a few distinct differences between writing fan based fiction vs the big leagues. Our experts share their secrets. Mentors: Shae Connor, JP Barnaby, and Kayelle Allen.

 

Butt Ninjas From Hell Book Release Party

Saturday, May 3, 7:00 PM, Magnolia Room (Con Suite)

Check out this ninja themed party and get to know the authors of the hot sequel to Butt Pirates in Space. Refreshments provided. Presented by: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, Eden Winters

 

Whedon Universe!

Sunday, May 4, 12:00 PM, Decatur I

Can’t get enough Avengers, Buffy, Angel, or Firefly? Neither can we! Let’s talk about it. Presented by: Shae Connor, Kage Alan, and TC Blue

 

Potter

Sunday, May 4, 2:00 PM, Dekalb Room

Potter-verse, Pottermore, and beyond. We’re just wild about Harry. Presented by: JP Barnaby and Shae Connor.

 

Inspiration and Process

Sunday, May 4, 3:00 PM, Decatur I

How does an aspiring author find creative inspiration, stay motivated, and get from the blank page to editing the final draft? Presented by: Shae Connor and JP Barnaby.

I’m Going to RainbowCon…

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LisaT started a silly little game for those of us going to RainbowCon. I like silly little games, so here you go!

I’m going RainbowCon, and in my suitcase I’m bringing…

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Are they not the cutest little ninjas you’ve ever seen?? I’ll have a few to give away, and who knows what you might find inside? 😉

RWA Plans and Schedule

This week is the Romance Writers of America national convention here in Atlanta. I’ll be heading down to the host hotel on Wednesday (after picking my roomie J.P. Barnaby up at the airport!), and over the next few days, I’ll be trying to cram in as much as I can manage without killing myself (or my brain). I have an agenda of workshops laid out, and I’m hoping to meet lots of people I’ve gotten to know via social media these past few months. 🙂

My (very general) schedule:

Tuesday: Dinner with M/M author friends
Wednesday: Literacy Autographing, then the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books mustache party
Thursday: Workshops, workshops, workshops, and possibly the Georgia Romance Writers party
Friday: Workshops, workshops, workshops
Saturday: Workshops, workshops, oh yeah, and moderating a workshop (A Nose for Love: A Romance Writer’s Guide to Smell and Taste, 3:15–4:15, M303/M304). If I feel up to it after all that, then the RITAs. (Maybe.)

Otherwise, I’ll be hanging out in the atrium bar some of the time, and hiding in my room other times, because it’s gonna be a heck of a lot of information and people. Decompression time will be a must!

If you see me wandering or sitting around, please feel free to accost me… er, come up and introduce yourself. Especially if you give good hugs. 😉