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Friday morning started out with me setting out my jewelry, as I do a few times a year at conventions. As you might guess, as a full-time agent and part-time writer, I don’t have a ton of time for much else, but I’ve never learned how to relax, and so I must be productive at all times. Thus, when I’m not reading or writing or negotiating, I’m generally beading or scrapbooking or traveling. Every once in awhile I lay about on the beach, but even then I have a book in hand, market reading if not a client manuscript on my Kindle. Not that I’m complaining! I got into this business because I love books and twenty-three years later, that love has only deepened.

Shortly thereafter I had the privilege of participating on the Mystery & Suspense panel with Katie Reus, Tonya Burrows, Graylin Fox, and Jana Oliver. As you may or may not know, my latest release is a young adult suspense novel entitled Faultlines (definitely one of the books of my heart), though my previous series have also employed mystery/suspense elements. You have to write what you love!

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That afternoon, Alethea Kontis, Hildie McQueen, Lisa Kessler, Deborah Blake, Mari Mancusi, Jana Oliver and I banded together for the Tea & Tiaras meet and greet. There were, of course, tiaras and other largess from each of us princesses, plus giveaways. We started off very well behaved.

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But then, of course, things devolved….

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Or evolved, as I like to think of things, because, as you all know, well behaved women seldom make history!

That night we had the Movie Magic Mixer. There were some truly great costumes, including Mari Mancusi as Jedi Rapunzel, Chelle Olson as Katniss Everdeen, Graylin Fox as a fairy queen, Paige Tyler as a Star Trek character… I wore the same goddess outfit from the meet & greet and decided that I was Athena from the Percy Jackson books/films so that I could stay in theme! We danced our booties off and had a great time with the selfie spots that Jennifer Morris and her team had set up! If only my camera had been cooperating, I’d have more shots to share.

Whoo, and that’s all just Friday!

Saturday started out with the Remaking Mythology panel (and others, of course, but I can only speak to where I was at any given time!). Alethea Kontis, Asa Maria Bradley, Deborah Blake, Gail Z Martin, Eric R Asher and I talked about merging mythology into our stories and had a darned fine time doing it!

This was followed by a very nice conference Lunch with an Author and then, one of my favorite events, one I both look forward to and dread every yearthe Flash Fiction panel, where the audience throws things at us like post-apocalyptic vampire penguins and my fellow panelist throw out things like “scientific nipples” and…ahem, well, since I write young adult fiction, maybe I should leave out the rest, although I’m sure there are clips and perhaps a few write ups of some of the more outrageous elements! My notes below might give some indication as well. They certainly don’t do the panel justice, but maybe the looks on our faces will! (Most pics courtesy of Graceful Art & Photography. Flash Fiction panel L to R: Amy Lane, Julie Kenner, Dee Davis, Becky McGraw, Damon Suede, me, Kiernan Kelly.)

The book signing was amazing, as always, and once again I got to share a table with the wonderful Poppy Dennison. Dinner at Bubba Gump’s and a rousing few rounds of Cards Against Humanity finished off an awesome evening.

Sunday, Deborah Blake and I reprised our Mythological Jeopardy using our low-tech board and high-brow antics. (Well, antics, anyway!)

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Then, with sadness, I bid Coastal Magic good-bye, and drove two and a half hours home… Or almost, anyway. Two hours and ten minutes in, give or take, my car started running rough and then making a terrible noise. I was just getting off at an exit near home and hoping to make it to somewhere I recognized when the noise turned into smoke and then an explosion like someone had set off a bomb beneath my car. I managed to steer it to the shoulder, but alas, my oil leak had led to a crack in the engine block and the car I’d been hoping to save for my son when he gets his license (any time now) was no more. We could possibly have raised it from the dead, but the repairs wouldn’t have been worth it. The car had made it twelve years and around 144,000 miles. Better it should die with me behind the wheel than our son. He’ll now have a much newer car coming to him when the time is right!

And that’s all I have to say about that.

I’ve been trying to find time since I returned from the Olde City, New Blood conference to post pics and blog about the general fabulosity of the event and the people involved.  Unfortunately, as usual when I return to the office from a con, I’ve been swamped.  But since today started with an ultrasound on my not-so-little-boy’s belly, I needed a pick me up this morning.  Posting about Olde City, New Blood was just the thing.

First off, its unbelievable to me that this was the first time for Jennifer Morris pulling together a convention.  She did an amazing job.  I’m still in awe of all the incredible authors, bloggers and readers she managed to pull in for the conference and how warm everyone was.  Picture one big coffee klatsch or bar round table, and you’ve pretty much summed up the weekend.  Jennifer also came up with some really fun concepts like the Mystery Science Theatre-esque movie showing, which I heard Damon Suede rocked, the flash fiction panel in which the audience gave up prompts leading to fun things like a horror/romantic comedy featuring a heroine on a space ship with a hyperdrive dealing with a platypus infestation.  (Let’s just say that by the time we were done, they were venomous, shape-shifting platypi aliens who wanted our heroine to breed with them to create a whole new race.)  Possibly the most fun, though, was the Character Dating Game, where many of us portrayed the characters from our book, a la the cheesy 70s game show.    In the first match up, our bachlorette was Agent Parker Adams (aka her author Karina Cooper), definitely a take-charge kind of girl.  Her dating options were (from L to R) Daemon, the hero from Jennifer Armentrout‘s Lux series, Deacon Chalk, from James R. Tuck‘s Occult Bounty Hunter series, and Criminy Stain, Delilah S. Dawson‘s creation for her Blud series.  In the second match up, we had Karina Cooper again, playing her colorful heroine Jessie, Tawdra Kandle, playing her mind-reading heroine Tasmyn Vaughn, me in the guise of Gina Covello, fashionista of the fanged (she asked me to fill in for her since she doesn’t show on camera) and Criminy Stain, who’d failed to find “his” perfect match the first time around.  I’m happy to say that wasn’t true in the second dating game!

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The charity signing was a HUGE success, and I’ve posted some pics below for your viewing pleasure:

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Pictures:

1- Damon Suede of Dreamspinner Press sweeping me off my feet

2- Lea Nolan, Me with my eyes closed, J.A. Souders and Janice Hardy, ready, willing and able to sign books at a moment’s notice

3- Janet Breakfield, Pamela Palmer and Cynthia Eden

4- Elisabeth Staab, Tes Hilaire and Elisabeth Naughton

5- James R. Tuck, Karina Cooper and Alex Hughes

6- J.A. London, aka Loraine Heath

7- Jenna Bently/Jennie Bently and Lexi George

8- Amanda Carlson and Kristen Painter

9- Erin Quin and Rosalie Lario

10- Alex Hughes, Delilah S. Dawson and Jess Haines

11- Nancy Haddock and her new friend Vlad

12- Caridad Piniero and Dianna Love

12- Amanda Carlson and Jennifer Armentrout showing off each others’ books

13- Don’t know what’s more fab – Kristen Painter or her poster

14- our event planner Jennifer Morris with author Amy Lane

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1-Delilah S. Dawson and Karina Cooper all dressed up for the steampunk panel and James R. Tuck because he’s awesome

2- Dinner: Sarah Nicolas, Janice Hardy, James R. Tuck, Alex Hughes and Sarah M. Ross

3- Dinner continued: blogger Sarah-with-an-h whose last name I have to catch from The Book Life, Micki (ditto on the last name), Amy Christine Parker and J.A Souders