Tag: YA

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

Mountain Clouds

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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I Can’t Help It If I’m Weird

 
Wednesday Rules

I grew up reading The Addams Family and The Shining, watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest when I was probably way too young, learned how to throw a tomahawk and knife from my mom, and concocted strange herbal remedies that often included a bit of my own blood (I think I still have a vial of the vile stuff somewhere).

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Don’t Forget Us

I’ve recently launched a new book series: The Pandora Belfry Adventures, which combines my love of writing with my morbid sensibilities and my wish to help people. I’m excited because these aren’t just books, they’re atypical commentaries on how our society treats the mentally ill. I wanted to take my background in counseling psychology and apply it to the world of Nepenthe Manor in a way that would make people want to read about mental illness – I hope I succeeded in doing that.

The first book is called Mayhem at Nepenthe Manor. It’s pronounced like this…Nuh-pen-thee. Just click on the highlighted word because it does a better job of showing you how to say it than I just did. Nepenthe is the last name of the family that built Nepenthe Manor back in the 1880s.

So you might be wondering…where did I get the name Nepenthe? Actually, I don’t remember where I came across the word, which is ironic being that nepenthe means “something that makes you forget.”

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A Cool Marketing Tool for Authors!

Trailers – short video clips – are growing in popularity as a method for various creatives to market themselves and their wares over the internet. As an author, I decided that doing a book trailer for my first book, The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Prophecies, might not be a bad idea. I love movie trailers…well, the good ones. Why not make one for my book?

What hooks you into watching a movie? A great trailer. What’s a great trailer? One that engages you, tantalizes your senses, and makes you eager to see more, more, more! A good book trailer should do the same. That’s why you need an expert to put one together. Timing, too many words or too little explanation, picture quality…all can make or break your trailer.

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