The Dark Lord’s Minion

While at the Author Expo (NEAE) in Danvers, MA, yesterday, I encountered a LOT of authors and illustrators, a mythical fey creature, and three wizards.

And those three wizards wouldn’t stop staring at me, like I was one of the Dark Lord’s minions.

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Ron, Hermione, and Harry Preparing to do battle with Author, Kristina Schram

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Look at that stink-eye they’re giving me!

But by the end of the expo, I convinced them I wasn’t evil and we became friends. Sort of…

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Happier times with Harry and those other two…

I made new contacts and did a fun, brief interview about monsters with Christopher Ouellette for an upcoming podcast for bestselling author, Jeremy Robinson’s Beware of Monsters, which I’ll link you to when it comes out. To top it off, I developed a new story idea for a paranormal gothic romance. I think my new wizard friends were helping me out. It pays to have wizard friends, don’t you think?!

New England Authors Expo

The New England Authors Expo (NEAE)

For those of you in the New England area who love to read, write, or draw, or are interested in the publishing experience, this expo is the place for you. Here are some details:

What is it?  “It’s the largest grassroots literary event in New England” and is organized by Pear Tree Publishing (visit the link for more info.)

When is it?  July 29th, 2015. Opens to the public from 4:00 – 9:00. This event is FREE!

(Authors, publishers, illustrators, businesses, etc. can start setting up by 10:00 a.m. – a  fee is required to reserve a table)

Where is it?  Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts

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Who is it?  Authors, illustrators, businesses, writers groups, schools, publishers, and YOU!

And…there’s a free gift bag to the first 100 visitors!

I’ll be in the Garden Terrace Ballroom with my 11 books – two YA fantasy series (The Chronicles of Anaedor and The Forest Immortal Saga), two paranormal gothic romances, and two Pandora Belfry Adventure books. Oh, and I’ll have free book markers, too!

 

A Magical World

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On the way to Lost Gorge

My latest trilogy series, the Forest Immortal Saga, stars three brothers, a dark woods, and a secret. The more you get to know me, the more you’ll see that I have a thing for dark woods. And for magic and the paranormal. And for all things Native American/Indian. And for caves. And for waterfalls, too.

One of the settings in Oswald’s Revenge (Book Two of the FIS) has a number of these elements all gathered together in one location. The area-it’s a hideout-is set in a large ravine with a rock-strewn river, numerous waterfalls, several caves, and giant boulders perfect for climbing. Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in New Hampshire served as the inspiration for the hideout and it is gorge-ous!

It’s also magical and mysterious…

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Revelations

Did You Know…?

The word bedlam (uproar, confusion) comes from the nickname given to Bethlehem Royal Hospital, an insane asylum that once had a horrible reputation. It’s also the name of the town in the Pandora Belfry Adventures series.

Alone

In Need of Nepenthe

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Ghosts in a Graveyard

Twin gravestone for a husband and wife.

First off, I’m a writer of paranormal gothic romances, so it’s pretty obvious I love all things spooky and strange. Lately I’ve been posting photos on my Facebook and Twitter sites relating to the paranormal, romantic, gothic, and the haunted. I thought I’d like to do a little more from the paranormal angle so I tried coming up with ideas on what to post.

It wasn’t hard. Having lived in New England for 17 years now, I’ve noticed this area has a LOT of graveyards. Just within a couple miles of our house, there are five that I know about. Our yard even has one! Believe it or not, that was a selling point in its favor when we bought the house.

So I grabbed my cell phone and traveled to the various graveyards, five in all. I took numerous photographs of gravestones, stone entryways and walls, wrought-iron gates, and the like. It was a nice time – graveyards are so peaceful – and I looked forward to going to others another day.

Then I found something.

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