Monday, July 28, 2014

Deborah Bailey Returns as my Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

I'm delighted to announce that Deborah Bailey is returning as my guest author tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio. She'll be reading an excerpt from her new sci-fi romance novel, BURN, Book 2 of the Hathor Legacy series.

Show time is 11 pm et/10 pm ct
You don't want to miss it!

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On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp.  When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.

Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to Jonathan Keel.

When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.

As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Top 5 Things I Learned at the RWA 2014 Convention

5. Everyone is so friendly. I wore a newbie badge, and whenever I got confused or lost, or just plain felt like an outsider, someone always came up to me to talk, offer help, or to welcome me to the con. I've made new friends!

4. Many (if not all) traditional authors are moving to self-pubbing. At least, the ones I heard speak at panel discussions all said they were. Some are still sticking with legacy publishers, but by and large they're taking their backlists and uploading them themselves.

3. Get to the panel discussions very early. Or else you'll have to sit on the floor or stand for the session. I got to one ten minutes before it was to begin, and the room was already SRO. So I sat. Bad, bad mistake. Thank goodness there were several ladies who helped me back up and into a vacated chair. Otherwise I may still be sitting there!

2. There is no such thing as "do this and you'll be successful". What works for one author may not for another. But I did get a few good ideas and tips.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Went On a Ghost Tour of SA

We heard the most gruesome tales of murder, entombment, decapitation, and mass burials. Best part was when our host J.R. hauled out the divining rods, EMF meters, Ovilus, and infrared detectors.

Well worth the time (2 hrs.) and effort (briskly walking 2+ miles in the dark in the middle of San Antonio!)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How About a Picture With a Hunky Cowboy...or Two?

People were lining up during the Amazon/Kindle social to get their photos snapped with some very obliging cowboys!

The Gate at the Witte Museum

After a day of listening to panel discussions, I decided to check out the Witte and see what all they had. Maybe come away with an idea or two for a book.

Saw this gate at a side entrance and had to snap it. Note the fine detail like the horned toad at the bottom right, the rattlesnake, and the caterpillar. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I Love the Sight of the Carriage Rides at Night

The Marriott Hotel, where the RWA 2014 convention is taking place, is back-to-front with the Rivercenter Mall and Alamo. If you go down to Alamo Plaza, you can see these carriages going up and down the street.

Welcome to San Antonio and the Riverwalk

Off to the 2014 RWA Convention!

For the next three days I'll be attending the Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio. Pictures to come!