Monday, December 29, 2014

I'm Dreaming of a Humid Christmas

Let it Snow 
White Christmas 
Jingle Bells 
Sleigh Ride 
The Christmas Song 

All of these songs bring to mind an image of a cold, snowy Christmas. It's become the ideal that people wish for, but it's something that so few people ever get. Living in Florida, I know that I am far more likely to get a humid, sticky Christmas rather than a white one, and hearing the songs year after year makes me a little sad that I will never achieve the ideal. Sure, people try. A plastic "ice skating" rink pops up in Celebration every year. You can find "snow" (soap bubbles) falling at Celebration, Disney, Universal, and a host of other places around here. But it's just not the same in shorts and flip flops.

And if you think about it, you know that a white Christmas is not the norm. Heck, half the world celebrates Christmas in the summer time. This makes me wonder where the idea came from in the first place. Did it come from songs? Paintings like those done by Norman Rockwell? A Visit From St. Nicholas? A Christmas Carol? Who was the person who got everyone dreaming of a white Christmas? Any thoughts?

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Locally Grown Words Book Fair


Back in December, my critique partner, Amy Christine Parker, and I got to participate in the Locally Grown Words Book Fair. It was held in an absolutely adorable little place called the East End Market that features locally grown food.

And here's the best part, next month a bookstore is going to open up in the East End Market, expanding the idea to local authors. It's called Bookmark It, and Kim, the lovely and gracious owner will have my books in stock. If you're in the Winter Park area, check it out.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival

Earlier this month, I got to participate in the Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival. Small Child joined me.


It was a blast, because it was also a Halloween fest. The zombie makeup table was right beside me. Plus, there was a dog show, so I got to see all of the adorable little dogs in costumes running around.

Of course, the event carried with it the inevitable learning lesson. I set up my table and was smiling at the passersby. My husband took Small Child off in his stroller to find some food. They hadn't been gone five minutes when my first customer approached and wanted to buy a copy of Spirit World. She had a $20. I had change. In my wallet. In the stroller.

Head desk.

Ah well. It was still an enjoyable experience, and next time, I will make sure to have my change in the same box as my books so this does not happen again.

What about you? Do any of you have learning experiences from events that you'd like to share?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gated Launch Party

Last month, I had the honor of attending Amy Christine Parker's launch for her debut book, Gated. If you haven't read it, you will definitely want to check it out. It's about a teenage girl named Lyla, who is raised in a cult and finds herself questioning their teachings. It's a thriller. It's contemporary. It's a romance. It's got it all. But anyway, onto the party.

First, Amy read a section from the first chapter. 



Then, she answered some questions and discussed the cults she researched in order to write the book. It's fascinating stuff, delving into the minds of people who lead and join cults. After the questions, she signed copies of her books and took photos with everyone.


Just look at that cake. Yum!


Amy is critique partner, but I'm definitely a fan of hers too, and I can't wait for the next book.

If you want to read more of Amy's writing, check out our short story blog, Fiction Femme Fatale.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tracy Tam - An Artist's Rendition

As many of you know, WriteOnCon was last week. Among the attendees was a very generous author/artist who offered to sketch everyone's characters. I'm not sure she knew what she was in for, but she has been diligently working on her drawings for over a week now. Here is her rendition of Tracy Tam. I love the devious smile.

 
Make sure you check out some more of Larua's work here:

In the Clouds
Deviant Art
NA Graphic Novel: "Geode Corner: Love is Conplicated"


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

And the winner of the Gated/Legasea/Spirit World giveaway is ...

Millie Burns!

Congratulations, Millie! An email has been sent your way. Please respond by Monday, August 19th, or we will chose a new winner.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Happy Book Birthday to Amy Christine Parker

Amy's book, Gated, has been released into the wild today. And to celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway for my books as well as hers in a huge contest. Check out the prizes below, and make sure you enter on the right hand side of the page. 

One winner receives all of the following - autographed paperback of Legasea and bookmark, ecopy of Spirit World, Spirit World bookmark and sticker, The Caged Graves bookmark, autographed bookmarks by J. A. Souders for Renegade and Revelations, autographed copy of Gated, Gated shirt, bookmarks, and owl bracelet.