Not a Damsel in Distress

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The experience of setting up at conventions is still quite new to me.  I’ve been doing it for about a year now, started last fall when I was promoting Human 76.  Though I’ve doing conventions as a fan since 2005, being behind the table is still a anxiety attack waiting to happen.

Last weekend I had advanced copies of Howling Moon at Willcon in Williamson West Virginia and it went well.  I sold quite a few copies of Howling Moon. But it was the first event where I actually had my novel.  And though I had gotten good at describing the plot of the story  I guess I wasn’t prepared really to talk about the book in public.  So I know I had the deer in the headlight look about me each time someone asked me something beyond the plot.

The most asked question about the book was about the lead character, Emily Meyer.  More to the point just about everyone who bought the book asked the same thing.  Was she a helpless character.  Did people have to come to her rescue.  Most of the readers wanted a strong, independent female lead and as one put it, not be a damsel in distress.  From my perspective, as biased as it may be.   That is what Emily is.  She is fiercely independent and certainly not a damsel in distress.  She is a very strong willed character that I hope everyone loves!  I don’t want to spoil it.  And I really hope everyone enjoys the book!!  And obviously I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts as they read the book.

 

Pre-order links:

Amazon Softcover

Kindle Edition

Barnes and Noble

Itunes ebook

 

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Geeky Rocking Chairs

So if you’ve been following me on facebook recently or seen me set up at one of the cons i’ve been too, you’ve probably seen the chairs i’ve been making!  I just wanted to do a blog post to spotlight them some!!

 

Batman

 

Wonder Woman

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Little Mermaid

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Mickey Mouse

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So if you’ve got a chance to stop by at a convention i’m attending, come check out these cool chairs!

 

 

 

 

Pikeville Comiccon

Last weekend was Pikeville’s very first Comic con!!!  It was a smashing success, okay.  From the view point of a geek from the hills of Eastern Kentucky it was a smashing success.  But I’m guessing it was for others as well.  It was already announced that there will be another next year!  And I’m so looking forward to it!  For all those who were involved in putting it together, Kent Leedy, The Estore, a most heartfelt thank you for the event!  And thanks for having me!

Follow Pikeville Comiccon on facebook, the first place to get news on next years event!

 

Also, for those who entered to win a free copy of Howling Moon upon it’s release, follow me here or on facebook.  As soon as I have physical copies the drawing will happen and I will announce the winner!!!

 

 

Howling Moon

So if you’ve been following me on Facebook for the past month or so you probably heard the news!  I have a book coming out!  The cover has been revealed and everything!!!!!!

 

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“”Emily Meyer’s life is blessed…until a mysterious animal attacks her one night in rural West Virginia.

 
Now nothing is the same. She can’t eat. She can’t sleep. And her dreams are filled with terrifying nightmares that leave her exhausted and worried she’s losing her mind.
 
Something is watching her every move. Now she’ll have to fight to survive…and to keep her humanity.””
It comes out September 12th!!!!!!!!

Human 76 on Kindle

For those who have been waiting, Human 76 is now on Kindle!  Okay, okay, it has actually been on kindle for awhile but I’m not the best blogger in the world.  Something I have to work on.  But I just wanted to let everyone know it is now available on Kindle for those who prefer it!  There is more news to come very soon, but wanted to put it on in the world.  I really hope everyone is enjoying the book as much as we all did working on it!

 

Human 76 on Kindle!

The Evolution of Waya

First and foremost, if you haven’t read The Hunted, my addition to the Human 76 Fragments of a Fractured World anthology.  You may want to stop now.  There may be some spoilers in the following blog post.

The following post is all about the lead character and his story, how Waya came to be.

The name Waya is Cherokee for Wolf.  Also something I used in his mutation, his wolf like eyes.  And really anyone who is familiar with much of my writing…a wolf in some for is almost always represented somewhere in my writing (pretty much there is either a wolf, raven/crow or dragon always present in some form or another).  Here Waya himself is meant to be a wolf, a predator in his own right especially in his youth.

I wanted Waya to be a character, who had a dark past.  He was born innocent enough but he was taken captive by the very sort of men he is being hunted in this story.  And for awhile, he was trained to be like them, to fill their ranks.  So in his past he has done dark and horrible things that may not have been by choice but they are there.  And one of the things that brought him out of that world and into the almost peaceful existence was love.  Olathe is part of the reason he escaped and started a new, very different life than the one he was trained into.  Olathe herself also shares much the same story as him, Ahyoka being their true savior in turning them into better people.  He knew what kind of men they were that were hunting him, not just cannibals, but cold blooded killers.  Men who just wanted to destroy anyone who they crossed paths with.

In appearance I wanted Waya to be someone when you picture him, you’re wary of him.  Not someone you would trust on approach and in this world he would almost seem villainous.  His thick messy beard.  His braided and matted hair with as much gray as his youthful black.  He is a rugged looking man.  Thin but muscular, and almost serpent like with his frame and movements, hence part of why Ghabrie uses the phrase she does about a serpent shedding their skin.

For those who may be curious about the other two characters, Waya’s family or more particular their names.

Ahyoka means “she brought happiness” (also Cherokee).

Olathe means “lovely” (also with native american origins).

I think it may go without saying that I may have other stories to tell in this world, maybe a view back on Waya’s past as well as where he and his family go at the end of The Hunted.  Do they find the peaceful community he tells his daughter about at the end of the story?  Or will his dark past come back to haunt him?  Guess time will tell.

Again I feel like just pointing out how amazing the whole experience of working on Human 76 was.  And how truly amazing the book is, biased as an opinion as it is.  I didn’t truly realize it myself until I had a physical copy of my own.  You should get a copy as well and let us know what you think!!

 

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Human 76!

Sorry for the delay!

Human 76 has been released.  I can’t really describe how amazing the experience of working on this anthology has been.  Everyone involved is just so amazing.  Really didn’t want to use the word again but I really no other way to describe my experience with working on this book.  From the other writers,  the editors, just the entire Human 76 community.  You are all amazing!!!!

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I know I’m a couple weeks behind with this post but here are some of the places you can find Human 76!!!

Lulu Paperback

Lulu Ebook

Amazon Paperback

Barnes and Noble Paperback and Nook edition

 

And on top everything the book is also on Goodreads!!!  If you have an account go mark yourself as interested!!  And if you read the book, give us a review!  Nothing helps authors out more than reviewing the book!

 

Human 76 on Goodreads!