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And it’s official. Yours truly is going to be a guest at this year’s Geek Media Expo which will be held at the Cool Springs Conference Center & Franklin Marriott on Oct. 26-28.

I’m very excited about this. Epic fun will be epic. If you’re in the Nashville area, you definitely don’t want to miss this. Some most excellent people will be there and an awesome time will be had.

 

 

MidSouthCon: Review

MidSouthCon was an absolute blast. I had an amazing time and I can’t thank the people behind the con enough for inviting me nor can I thank the attendees and fellow guests for making me feel welcomed.

The panels were excellent. We had some great discussions on the broken people panel and the audience really got into it.

The diversity in spec fic panel was both eye-opening and bittersweet. I was reminded that progress is being made and yet….at the same time, we still have our work cut out for us.

The critiquing panel also had some excellent discussion and both the panelists and audience members had some memorable experienes about good and bad critique

What was really both awesome and humbling is that a number of people spoke to me after the panels. They thanked me and were really impressed with what I had to say. Apparently I’m good at that speaking thing.

Also signed some autographs and sold some books so win all around.

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Into The Woods

So the past few weeks I’ve been really slammed. But it’s a good kind of busy so by no means am I complaining.

I just submitted a proposal to my publisher and an editor for an upcoming project I was recruited for.  At this time I can’t say anything about it, but I really want to because it’s really awesome. I can’t wait to show you all the finished product because I think you all will be just as stoked as I am. Okay I will drop one hint. It’s steampunk.

In other writing news, I’ve been working on a novella which I’m proud to announce I’ve finally found a name for it: West Of Sunset.  The story features young gay wizard detectives, vampire biker gangs and witchy heroines. It’s been a romp and I’m only at the halfway point. I’ve been working on it everyday and it’s coming along nicely. I can’t wait until it’s finished. More than that, I can’t wait until it’s published.

As you all know, I’ve got some upcoming appearances in the next few weeks and I’ve been preparing for that as well. I’ll be posting more on said appearances in the not-too-distant future.

And this past weekend, I had an impromptu photoshoot. I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have some updated headshots. Below are the results of some of my fave pics.

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Homecoming: Full Circle

The Great Escape was true to its name for me as a kid. On many Friday nights, I would go in and grab a stack of my favorite comic books.  Even as a child the one thing I wanted to be, other than the larger than life superheroes, was a storyteller whose work would one day be on shelves like those that held my favorite series.

When I came home for college break, it was a ritual that I would stop by the Great Escape and pick up my favorite titles.

When I moved back to Nashville, I actually worked at the Great Escape for a few years. While there I had some great times and made some lifelong friends. It was also while working there that I began developing Hollowstone.

As many of you know, yesterday was my book signing. For me it was only right to have my first book signing at the one store in Nashville I call home. Sort of a homecoming, if you will. During the signing yesterday, I realized how much I had come full circle. I went from the wide-eyed kid with the ambitious dream of one day becoming a storyteller to the storyteller coming home.

To Doug, Monk, Ben, Russ, the rest of the gang at the Great Escape, and to everyone who stopped by yesterday, thanks for making Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, a special day I’ll never forget.

It should be noted that this flawless pic was taken by my 4-year-old nephew, Braylin. 

And Captain America approves of this book signing. And if Cap approves then it must be awesome.

My man Monk holding down the buying counter and the store.

Benjy, having a Revlon/Maybelline moment.

The lovely Katherine and yours truly.

My gorgeous sister Beyonce Ashley, and me looking like a dork….as usual. Or adorkable, maybe? I can go with adorkable.

My adorable and very precocious nephew, Braylin.

My uncle Louis and my cousin Caleb.

The two of us proudly displaying the other’s books. Louis is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Treat Me Like A Customer . I can’t recommend it enough.

Hollowstone? Don’t Mind If I Do

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HUGE NEWS!

Did you miss the Hollowstone Giveaway? Here’s another chance.

In celebration of the first anniversary of the Outer Alliance podcast, the lovely Julia Rios is hosting a giveaway. In addition to a signed copy of Hollowstone, a signed edition from my good friend Steve Berman as well as many other awesome prizes.

The contest is open until the end of November. Winners will be drawn in December. To enter, send Julia an email (julia@juliarios.com) with “Podcast Contest” in the subject line. She will ship anywhere in the world so everyone is actually eligible. Yes, that means you.

    No really. That means you.

    

And in other news of AWESOME…..don’t forget, this Saturday, Nov. 19th:

 

Hollowstone Book Signing

 

It’s official gang. I have a book signing.

I’ll be signing copies of Hollowstone at the Great Escape on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 pm.  If you’re in the Nashville area, stop by, say hi, grab a copy of Hollowstone.

Fun times will be had by all.

Man, Hollowstone is gaining so much momentum and we’re only getting started. And none of this would be possible without the support from you fine folks.

I’ll see you on the 19th.