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#RomCon 2012, The Aftermath

Moonday Mania

 A blog for the Craft of writing, or maybe the craziness of the writing Biz

I survived Rom Con 2012. I need the t-shirt.

Totally unprepared for what I was about to go through, I left my job 45 minutes early, thinking that would help me get organized. Because I truly wasn’t organized.

Melissa Mayhue, ML Guida, Jessica Aspen, Hillary Seidl

Melissa Mayhue, ML Guida, Jessica Aspen, Hillary Seidl

Even though I had signed up for Rom Con 2012 in August of last year, I had never attended a promotional event like this as an author. I’d attended as a reader. And they are different. Readers are there to be entertained. To have fun. To get to know their favorite authors, meet some new ones, and maybe get a little loose.

Jessica Aspen mints

Jessica Aspen Mints and stickies

Authors are there to meet readers and have fun, but really we’re there to spread the word about ourselves and our books. As fun as that is (and it really was fun) it’s still a lot of work. I should have started about three months ahead of time, strategically planning my swag orders and my appearances. What I would wear, and what my image should be. I didn’t do any of that. I winged it. And I had a blast!

But it was draining, and I want to thank everyone who supplied me with the asprin, Tylonal and Advil to get through my migraine. My buddies came through for me, even though we never quite managed the buddy meet, they were fantastic! Thanks ladies!

Do’s and Don’ts for the next author promo event.

Little Red Riding Wolf chocolate postcard

Little Red Riding Wolf postcard with kisses

Do buy swag. I have a terrible time deciding what to buy and how much to spend. As a working author every dollar counts, so where is the best place to put your money? If I had to do it again I would buy something small, like pens, to shower the event with. I had the mints, and they were great. Everyone liked them, and I would definitely do them again. And the chocolates stapled to the postcards were also a hit. Everyone loves chocolate, although maybe not the night of the Chocolate Mangasm event!

Do fork out the money and bring print books.

Rom Con is full of dedicated readers, and they all have e-devices, so I thought my books on a disk would be attractive. But they all went for the print books with their shiny covers first. It took me talking and handing them out to readers to get them into their hands, but that’s the better way anyhow. Readers are there to get to know you and they want a personal connection. They were all so nice and friendly. Great people to go have fun with. We rocked the casino event and I’m keeping secrets about the chocolate mangasm event, shh!

Jessica Aspen and Hillary Seidl at Chocolate Mangasm, Rom Con 2012

Jessica Aspen and Hillary Seidl at Chocolate Mangasm, Rom Con 2012

Do have fun!

No matter what you are there to have fun with a fun group of readers. And authors are readers too, so enjoy the event, make new friends and have a blast! I hope to see all my new friends next year! WOOT!

Have you ever gone to a reader event? What swag do you like to take home? Candy, bookmarks? Books?

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Mystic Month of May Continues

Thursday’s Bite

Usually a paranormal blog, today featuring the Mystic Month of May

Thanks to everyone for stopping by my blog post on Helen Hardt’s blog HERE, and for visiting with Hillary Seidl on my blog HERE. CRW’s Mystic Month of May is full of prizes and discovery so be sure to hop to every site and meet all our wonderful authors.

And if you missed Wednesday’s blog hop on over to Hillary Seidl’s site and read about JL Bowen’s Goddess’s of May.

Today, Thursday, the CRW bloghop features Lori Corsintino on JL Bowen’s blog. You can read all about her upcoming release of her first novel in the Tales of the Fey Trilogy HERE.

Friday visit website www.LoriCorsentino.com. not just to see the very cool website she has (I love the picture she chose and someday I’ll have a website just as mysterious and pretty) but also visit with ML Guida and find out about her latest release and her take on the month of May.

Next week the schedule is as follows:

May 21: M.L. Guida guest Lizzie T. Leaf

May 22: Lizzie T. Leaf guest Marie Sexton

May 23: Marie Sexton guest BJ Hayes

May 24: B.J. Hayes guest Lia Slater

May 25: Lia Slater guest Jenn Le Blanc

May 28: Jenn LeBlanc guest Clare Austin

May 29: Clare Austin guest Holley Trent

May 30: Holley Trent guest Elizabeth Haysmont

May 31: Elizabeth Haysmont guest Helen Hardt

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Celebrating Being Odd

Colorado Romance Writers celebrates it’s published authors with a blog hop, the Mystic Month of May. Every day there are chances to win new prizes and enter the final prize drawing. Click HERE to see a list of all the wonderful authors, a different one each day, that you can follow from blog to blog. Click HERE to find my guest spot yesterday on Helen’s Haven. And read on today to find Hillary Seidl and her take on what authors are really like and don’t forget to leave a comment to enter to win a free e-copy of Desperate Soul: Sia.

Celebrating Being Odd

                Hi Jessica!  Thank you for having me on your blog today!  I’m honored.

Coming into my own has taken a long time. I’m still not on the level that I would like but these things take time.  And I’m convinced that it’s a life journey.  Okay, enough of the reflection and on to a funny story.

You should have seen the face of the dishwasher repairman face when he entered our condo.  When I tried to figure why he had a confused expression, I decided to look at the rooms from his point of view. First, I had a compromising (racy) scene on my TV, a re-run of True Blood.  The particular scene of naked Sookie, ahem.

Second, he asked why I have a sign in my living room that says, ‘Vampire on Duty’.  What could I say?  I told him it just sort of stayed there from Halloween and I thought it was funny.  His eyebrows raised another half-inch.  Great.  Now I’m a super freak.  Pshhaa!  I was fine.  I didn’t care.  It’s my house.  My taste.  Whatever.

Third, he says, “Nice lights.”  Fine.  This one is on me.  *Hangs head in shame*  I still have my Christmas lights up.  I love the lights at night.  Plus, my dear mini-dachshund, Leela knocked over my living room lamp and it shattered. EVERYWHERE.

We didn’t chat much after that but he eyed my writing table full of notes, papers, books that were scattered everywhere.  I wanted to scream!  Look guy, I’m a writer and I’m sort of weird.  Deal!

That’s half of the reason why I write odd heroines.  I like to have a bit of fun and paranormal.  I should’ve mentioned that I’m very suspicious of normal folk.  Nobody can be that vanilla. Those are the people that have the stuff in the closet nobody supposed to find.  0.O

I like the odd in the world, odd places and odd people. That’s what makes life fun and interesting!  Celebrate being different!

Desperate Soul by Hillary SeidlDesperate Soul is my paranormal contemporary novella.  I’m so excited to promote this book because its sequel is coming out later this year.  Grand Rock is my fictional paranormal little town in Colorado.  Trust me.  There’s a lot going on.

Desperate Soul: Sia a paranormal novella to be released by 5 Prince Publishing Available now!  Amazon, B&N, and All Romance E-books

Thank you so much Jessica!  I would love to give a free e copy of Desperate Soul to one lucky commenter!  Good luck and happy reading! Hillary Seidl

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Other People’s Book Reviews

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I did it. I played hooky and I took yesterday off. It was a spur of the moment thing, so the blog didn’t get posted. Yesterday is supposed to be my paranormal book review, but I put off writing it. Why? Because I haven’t been able to squeeze a paranormal book into my reading schedule. So instead I am providing links to other people’s book reviews.

Just so you know I’m not typically a slacker, here is what happened this month to throw me off schedule. First of all I had my edits come through, and there were more things to do then I realized. Then I’m running CRW’s AOE contest. Wow! That takes a lot of work during January, and I didn’t realize how crazy it was going to be. And I’m judging a panel for RWA’s Golden Heart as well as a panel for CRW’s AOE. That is a ton of reading.

And even if I were reading the paranormal category (which I’m not, since that’s one of the categories I’m organizing) it would be unethical to post a review. So I’m reading five books that I can’t review. Oh and there is the CRW book club book, a nice contemporary suspense from Julie James, A Lot Like Love, not paranormal this month. What else… oh, family member in hospital for a week. Everything is fine now. And then there is just life. Crazy life.

So I couldn’t squeeze a parnormal book in this month, but here are are a few people who did. Hillary Seidl did a wonderful book review on The Fallen Queen by Jane Kindred. You can always find great Paranormal book reviews on RT, this week they reviewed Wild Cat by  Jennifer Ashley. And Literal Addiction reviewed Lara Adrian’s latest, Darker After Midnight.

I hope to be reading more paranormal after this month, so look for another review in February! Don’f forget to enter my contest HERE, you might win a copy of Little Red Riding Wolf or a Rocky Mountain Chocolates gift certificate

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Who’s Lurking in the Shadows?

Thursday’s Bite

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Welcome to Thursday’s Bite! Today’s Halloween Treats guest blogger is Hillary Seidl. Hillary is a regular contributor and team member at Paranormal Freebies and will be blogging there on Friday at her regular blog, Hillary’s Haunts. Hillary also has the novella Sia debuting in the anthology Finding Mrs. Wright with fellow authors Lori Corsentino and ML Guida. ML Guida will be here as my guest on November 3rd, so you can check out Hillary’s fellow author. Thanks for being here Hillary!

            Thank you so much for having me, Jessica!  I’m very excited to announce that my paranormal novella, Finding Ms. Wright: Sia, is being published by 5 Prince Publishing November 15th in e-book format and November 25, 2011, print on demand.  The world of the paranormal has always fascinated me.  Writing about it is so much fun!
            Sia was inspired by what ghost hunters call “shadow people”. Seeing dark figures out of the corner of your eye, quick blurred figures that you see and do a double take.  Ghost hunters have documented this phenomenon of shadow people in several hauntings.  Most of the shadow people are perceived as dark, malevolent beings.
            Sia starts out being tortured by these shadow figures and hushed voices whispering in her ear.  Needless to say, she’s freaked out.  Poor girl!
            Enter Andrew Grant, sexy stud.  He can find supernatural objects but finding his brother, Ben, is his main concern!  The town of Grand Rock is a hotbed of paranormal activity and Andrew and Sia are smack in the middle of it!
Here is an excerpt:
Sighing wistfully, she rose and grabbed her empty coffee cup. And to her incredible joy the lunchroom was empty. She poured herself a cup of coffee. She saw something out of the corner of her eye. It was the dark shadow figure. Her hands stilled and her heartbeat increased.
She closed her eyes. This was not happening. It was her imagination. Slowly, she opened her eyes and another shadow darted from right to left.
No!” she said to the empty room. Forgetting her coffee entirely, she set the cup on the table and walked quickly. She looked back over her shoulder — and ran right into Hailey, sending them both flying.
Sia hit the wall, but Hailey landed on her butt hard. “Ooommpphh!”
Sia bent down and offered her a hand. “Oh my God! I’m so sorry!” As much as Sia thought she was a snooty bitch, she was horrified at actually knocking her down.
Hailey stood up, ignoring Sia’s hand. She flipped her vibrant red hair, totally dyed, over her shoulder and starred daggers at Sia. “Ugh! You’re so clumsy!” She tugged her short skirt back down.
Sia’s back straightened at the angry words. “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you.”
Hailey sighed. The anger was clear in her eyes.  “Yea well, just get out of my way.” Hailey walked by, her shoulder hitting Sia’s as she stormed past.
Sia stood there trying to get a hold of her temper. The anger made her shake. She tried to breathe.
“What happened?” Delina’s nasally voice shrieked when Hailey went into her office. Both of them stood while a red faced Hailey pointed at Sia. The more Hailey talked the more she got dirty looks from Delina.
It was all that Sia could take. 
Sia’s hands clenched at her side while the helplessness and anger boiled inside of her. “I said, I was sorry,” she whispered. Her hair lifted as a great wind came out of nowhere and she watched as a cloudy line went from her through the office.
Sia watched in fascination, and horror, as the wind rose up and blew papers everywhere in Delina’s office. Books flew of the shelf, the chair was knocked over, and Hailey and Delina screamed as the intense wind continued.
Grayson came out of his office. “What’s happening out here?”  Sia’s concentration broke as Grayson ran past her. Delina’s office was now calm. No wind just a few papers settling. Delina and Hailey were standing close to each other, starring at Sia.
“I d-don’t know,” Sia sputtered, still trying to understand what had just happened. As Grayson rushed into the main room, Sia ran back to her desk and yanked the drawer open, quickly grabbed her purse. With everyone yelling and running around, she slipped out of the office quickly and quietly headed for the safest place she could think of.
The library.
At twenty-five it seemed to be, as she feared. She was losing her mind just as her mother had. The hallucinations were getting more intense and soon the darkness would claim her mind, body and soul.

Thank you so much for having me on, Jessica!  A lucky commenter will win a $10.00 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!
Check out my monthly blog at http://paranormalfreebies.com/
“Where the paranormal world meets extraordinary love.”

When you leave a comment to enter today’s Halloween Treat’ book from my fellow Passion in Print author Lizzie T. Leaf, Beyond Magic you’ll also have the chance to win Hillary’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Gift certificateAnd don’t forget to come back on Monday for my final Halloween Treats giveaway of three swag bags and B&N gift cards!

Monday’s winner is Kelda! Send me your address through my contact box and I’ll send your book out.

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Who’s Haunting the House on Third Street?

Thursdays Bite

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I’ve written my first ghost story. Brrrr.

I was inspired by watching My Ghost Story on the Bio Channel, which I was inspired to watch after reading Hillary Seidl’s blog Hillary’s Haunts on ParnormalFreebies.com. I frequently watch historical programs on hauntings because I love hearing the old stories about castles and haunted inns, but My Ghost Story has a more personal bent. On My Ghost Story modern people tell the stories, although they may be about older ghosts and spooky mansions.

This particular story was written also because I had a need to fill. On Paranormal Freebies we will be having a sign up for our e-zine and as a bonus for signing up we are going to be giving away free fiction! So I needed something to give away. Something short, for our anthology and something paranormal. For some reason I had trouble writing a short romance. But a ghost story, ah, now that came fast.

I love ghost stories. I have those collections I bought as a kid, and some I’ve purchased as an adult. I love to go on the tours (especially the night tours) and get scared. Stories about tragic deaths, murders and lost souls turn me on. I guess I’m a little twisted.

I have ghosts knocking around in my head that want to have a full length novel too, but I’ve told them they have to wait in line. The elves and witches and were-wolves were there first. No, no! Say the ghosts. We were here first. We’ve always been here.

And they are right.

Ghost stories have been with us as long as we’ve had death, and they’ll be with us until the end. We even have stories of ghosts in space. Want to see a truly scary movie, watch Event Horizon. You won’t sleep.

We write stories, make movies and even sing songs about ghosts.The Highwayman, Have You Seen the Ghost of John? are two examples that come to mind. “Wouldn’t it be chilly with no skin on?”

One would think ghosts were a new phenomenon. Suddenly there are almost enough shows on TV to have an entire network. You can watch celebrity’s share their stories, go on ghost hunts, and sleep in haunted rooms. If you want ghosts, they’re out there.

I prefer the older types of ghost stories, so The House on Third Street is modern but has an old fashioned feel. I think it’s something about ghosts, that even the newest ones feel old. Like they’ve been there forever. Maybe it’s because they will be.

What kind of ghost stories do you like? Are you a fan? Do you love to secretly watch them bang around in the dark with all that equipment on TV? Or are you like me and love the historical houses with their years of tragedy. Ghost layered upon ghost. Leave me a comment and share how you get your ghost fix.

And if you want to read The House on Third Street it’s  available HERE.

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