Exciting Times

As I have probably mentioned several times, JR Murdock and I have collaborated on a YA Steampunk Superhero mashup novel.

Well, today we received the cover art to share with you.


I know I speak for JR when I say, we cannot wait to share the book with you.

You can find out more about the book at: Champagne Books


Did I Mention There’s a Contest?

When I was in the final edits of Mik Murdoch: The Power Within,Mik2 my publisher (Lorina Stephens) suggested I add an element to the story that we could use as a contest.

I did that and so, now that the book is available, so is the contest. Here are the details directly off the 5 Rivers’ site:

So, here’s the deal. Get yourself a copy of Mik Murdoch: The Power Within as soon as you’re able. Read it. All of it. And while you’re doing that remember all your best scouting lessons, because you’re going to need them. In fact, mapping skills is what you’re going to need. Why? Because there are coordinates you’re going to need, and once you find them you have to pinpoint the exact location for us, email us what you’ve found with your super-mapping powers. If you’re the first, you’ll wOut+of+Timein a free digital copy of D.G. Laderoute’s fabulous YA fantasy, Out of Time.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and pick up a copy for yourself (if you haven’t already done so). Here, I’ll even give you a couple links :):


Convention Fun

This weekend marks the third When Words Collide (A Festival for Readers and Writers). For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to attend, it is one of my favorite conventions. It started out fantastic and has only gotten better.

I approach these types of events with several goals in mind:

  • meet and network with people – this is a wonderful opportunity to meet my readers and get to know other writers, editors, publishers and marketers in a friendly environment. It is also wonderful to catch up with friends I’ve made in the past.
  • sell books – obviously, with this being a Reader (and writer) festival, there will be people there looking to be introduced to new authors. Since I happen to be a (relatively) new author, this is a great chance to sell some books and gain new readers.
  • participate on panels – I love talking about writing. It is uber-cool to be discussing various topics with other writers who love it as much as I do.
  • let off a little steam – the socials that happen after hours are always fun.
  • learn something – with the variety and number of panels at the convention/festival, I would have to be dead not to pick up something new.
  • try out new marketing ideas – I have a number of eBook cards that I’m going to use as prizes in my various panels. I will also be doing a bit of bundling using the cards too.

If you are going to be attending WWC this weekend, please make sure you track me down and say hello. I would love to see you.

If you are not attending, it is a convention worth going to.

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