Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Phoenix Comicon!

When I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona for the first time, I discovered dozens of amazing things and one deeply, painfully disturbing thing: my phone carrier has no service in the state. This meant that I was not able to text, tweet, phone, or post anything for five days, except for the few moments a day I was in my room. And that means that I have to borrow other people's photos while trying to explain what a COMPLETELY AMAZING time I had.

First there was the secret guest consuite, which was basically Willie Wonka's kitchen. Julie and the other volunteers had an amazing array of everything my heart desired, including cookies, candies, cookies, food, a nice toothbrush, cookies, a razor, and almonds.

They even made a packed lunch of cookies for me on Saturday. SQUEE.

And I may have squeed all over them. Because ZOMBIE COOKIES!

Then there were the people. TEAM CAPYBARA = MY HOMIES.

Cherie Priest, Kevin Hearne, Sam Sykes, Leanna Renee Hieber, John Scalzi, Shawn Speakman, and Peter Orullian were a great crew to be stationed with all weekend.

That's most of us in Writer's Alley, along with bonus Greg van Eekehout.

Here's me and Cherie doing a one-time DUCKFACE SELFIE with some public sculpture.

Here's me being a Jedi. I'm really a Mando, but I'll still mess you up.

That's Scalzi, Sam, Leanna, and me in our Author Chairdancing panel. 
There was no moderator, no topic. We were just supposed to be a live version of Twitter.
So we acted like a bunch of nine-year-old boys.
It was awesome, and you can watch it here.
tl;dr = I admitted to eating kittens but not guinea pigs. Knowing is half the battle!

On Sunday afternoon, I met my Uncle Lee, Aunt Tammy, and niece Drea for hanging out, snake-handling, desert-viewing, delicious cookies, and some amazing food at Z Tejas. I had a spicy mango bacon margarita, and it was UNBELIEVABLE.
You can see the bacon hanging out, on the right. 

This next one might be my favorite photo of all, at least until someone posts the pic of me fangirling all over R2-D2.

Because I love these people.

One of my very favorite things about my newly sprouted authorial career is the people. I still can't believe people read my books, so I freak out whenever someone knows who I am or asks me to sign anything. And the friends I've made among other authors are some of the most amazing people I've ever met. I finally found my tribe. And they're just as weird as I am. And just as obsessed, too.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make my weekend at Phoenix Comicon super awesome.

Except that horrible person on my Delta flight from PHX->ATL on Monday who got mad at me for not giving her husband my assigned window seat and broke my Mac screen while I was in the bathroom. She can go to hell.

Otherwise, I'm the luckiest girl on earth!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Are you ready to join the Ministry?

I'm so excited to be part of this Kickstarter! My original short story, OUR LADY OF MONSTERS, includes a Parisian sleeper agent for The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences... and also gargoyles.

But the Kickstarter is about so much more than that! This video can fill you in on what Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris have created in their world-- and invited several amazing authors to revisit with new stories.



Galileo Games and Imagine That! Studios have teamed up to bring you an ambitious steampunk project! The Ministry Initiative is a two-part creative endeavor that will not only premiere new fiction from the steampunk world of the Ministry but also present a brand new role playing game from the makers of Bulldogs! and the ENnie Award winning game Shelter in Place. Thrill to the tales in Ministry Protocol anthology, or join in as an Agent in The Ministry Initiative RPG.
Find out more about this endeavor and support the Kickstarter here: http://bit.ly/ministry-initiative

I have a two prizes:
(1) free e-copy of my story, OUR LADY OF MONSTERS
(1) signed copy of WICKED AS SHE WANTS, the second book in my Blud series!
To enter, just leave a comment with your email/Twitter handle and answer this question:
If you were a secret agent for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, 
what kind of steampunk gadget would you wish to have on hand? 

Winner will be chosen using random.org. Bon chance!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A new Kickstarter, a new story...

See a familiar book and name in there? I'm Agent 008!

If you like steampunk, spies, adventure, anthologies, RPGs, or me writing short stories about gargoyles, I hope you'll consider backing this amazing project.


Monday, May 13, 2013

t.rex is back, now with more t.rex.

My son says weird things. I started a tumblr to do them justice.

You can find it at http://littledudesays.tumblr.com.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

get WICKED AS THEY COME for only $2.99!

Step right up, folks!


also known as Blud book 1,
also known as Criminy Stain is My Book Boyfriend

is now on sale for $2.99 across ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS.

I hope you'll check it out. If you already have it, it makes a great gift for a friend, a long-distance Mother's Day gift, or a nifty teacher's gift.

Because your friends, mom, and teachers love to read about 
dark, whimsical carnivals with sexy guys in top hats, yes?



Sunday, May 5, 2013

my new author photo


p.s. The afterparty for the book launch party got... weird.


Saturday, May 4, 2013


A quick rundown of the Wicked as She Wants launch party:

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with me! 
Enormous thanks to everyone who helped out, including Elizabeth, Meghan, Ericka, Debbie, Jim, Danielle, Tuck, other Jim, Kevin, the fabulous Foxes of FoxTale Book Shoppe, and Andrea. 
King Kong-sized thanks to Seth and Leah of Red Door Playhouse for hosting a spectacular shindig. Thanks to Wendy for coming all the way from Mississippi!

More later. For now: CAKE FOR BREAKFAST!