Reminders

Saturday last, I took part in a group book signing to launch The Big Bad II, an anthology edited by John Hartness and Emily Lavin Leverett. See?

Anyway, most of the folks there had been published before, either in other anthologies, by traditional publishers or by the self-pub route. Except Riley Flynn (the dark-haired woman sitting next to me.) This was Riley’s first professional publication, and she was as delighted as a child at Christmas. Her mom made the trip to be there for Riley’s first signing, and lots of her friends and family also showed up. It was adorable watching her sign books. Every single one was a thrill for her.

Sometimes when you’ve been at this for a while, signings become a less-than-wonderful experience. Too often you only remember the people who rush past the table as if they fear you’ll force them to stop, or […]

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It’s Been A Rough Week

On Thursday, we lost Sir Terry Pratchett. He’d been diagnosed with a rare, early-onset Alzheimer’s a while back, so it wasn’t a complete surprise. But he was only 66 years old (every year that passes makes that number sound younger and younger to me) and I don’t think anyone was ready for him to go. I’m grateful he never had to deal with losing his identity. I also admired his determination to die on his own terms, instead of letting the disease transform him into an empty shell of what he once was. I don’t know if he died by his own hand or not – they’re keeping the specific reason for his death very quiet – but I do know that the world of fantasy is a little less bright now that he’s moved on.

Within hours after hearing about Sir Terry, I got word that a wonderful man […]

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Reminder – Signing Event on May 28!

Don’t forget that David B Coe, Faith Hunter and Misty Massey, joined by their friend Gail Z Martin, will be signing books and chatting with fans (and each other!) on Thursday, May 28 at the Carolina Place Barnes & Noble. The festivities begin at 7 pm, so come on out!

Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Post it on your blog. Put a sandwich-board sign on your dog when you walk him. Throw biodegradable flyers from a hot air balloon. Whatever it takes…we’re shameless, and we’d love to see a crowd. *grin*