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Necronomicon is a local science fiction, fantasy and horror convention my family and I go to every year we don’t have a conflict. I’m very excited that we’ll be back this year and to see the special guests Shanna Swendson and Ken Mitchroney. For those interested, the conference is being held this coming weekend at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore and has a host of interesting events including the masquerade, where it’s just possible I’ll be sporting a classic Wonder Woman costume I put together myself. Aside from that, here’s my schedule, the better to find me, hopefully with scads of my books to be signed! (Although I’ll have some with me for the noon signing on Saturday.) I look forward to seeing some of you there!

Friday
5:00 PM: How to Know When You Need An Agent; Panelists: Ire, Diver, Labud
Saturday
11:00 AM: Steampunk Cosplay panel
12:00 PM: Signing (along with Elle E. Ire)
5:00 PM: Getting out of the Medieval Fantasy Rut; Panelists: Wilkerson, Hogarth, Swendson, Byers, Iriarte, Diver
Sunday
11 AM: Care and Feeding of your Creative Process; Panelists: Zelinski, Diver, Stark, Iriarte, Michroney

It’s been a crazy week thus far, but I still wanted to jump on quickly for a few brief things. Number 1 (cue Kermit flail!):

alice I’m truly excited to announce that ALICE by Christina Henry (that amazing novel I raved about to everyone who would listen) made Amazon’s list of Best Books of the Year: Science Fiction and Fantasy in addition to the semifinal round of the GoodReads Best Books of 2015: Horror!

Speaking of great books, I finally read ANCILLARY JUSTICE, the sf novel by Anne Leckie that everyone else has been talking about for so long and which has taken home a host of awards. It took me a while to get into the story, but once the larger implications of things were unveiled, I couldn’t put the book down. Next order of business: pick up ANCILLARY SWORD and ANCILLARY MERCY to (hopefully) read over Thanksgiving. Also, pay this book forward, since it was given to me.

That’s one of the wonderful things about meetings with editors and authors, they have such fantastic taste, and I get to add to my teetering TBR pile. Another great thing, I get to contribute to theirs! Oh, I have mailings going out this week which will hopefully brighten up some holidays.

So, I promised a write up of the past week. Again in brief, because…time… It hit the ground running last Tuesday morning (despite one of the wheels falling off on my rollerbag!) for several really productive meetings in New York, followed by dinner with my longtime friend (and former boss) Eleanor Wood, in our old stomping grounds in Chelsea. Sadly, our old watering hole had closed, but the Trattoria was still open and still absolutely wonderful. The next day involved a breakfast meeting where Rebecca Brewer and I got to cheer on Christina Henry’s success, a coffee meeting, a lunch meeting, more coffee…you get the idea. The high point of the day was dinner with Michelle Belanger and Elyria Rose at Bareburger, followed by her Q&A with Damien Echols and her reading at the KGB Bar to celebrate the launch of her first novel, CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS (she’s well known in non-fiction of the occult)! You can see the video we took of the talk here on Michelle’s Facebook page.

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The World Fantasy Convention has always been one of my favorite, because it’s all pros, all in one place. Everywhere you look are absolutely amazing people and the stunned realization that you belong among them. Okay, there’s always a certain amount of imposter syndrome, but the reality is there you are. In meetings. On panels. Breaking bread with your literary heroes and heroines. Twenty-two years in the business and I still find it little short of amazing. This year I got to meet my newest client James Alan Gardner and to see long-time clients Carol Berg, J. Kathleen Cheney and David Mack. I got to spend time with the brilliant Esther Friesner, Deborah Blake, Ellen Asher, Brenda Carr and Nancy Holzner (see pic here with the aforementioned Carol Berg).

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I got to share a meal with L.E. Modesitt, Steve Saffel, Dana Hayward, Deanna __ and a new friend we picked up along the way, Ian McKinley, the man in the kilt. I bumped into a lot of people from the Seton Hill Writers Conference, which I’ve been brought in for a couple of times and which is an absolutely fabulous program and to rub elbows with amazing authors F. Paul Wilson, Anne Bishop, Marianne de Pierres, Meg Turville-Heitz and others and to see “rival” (in quotes only because we’re friends, not because they’re not formidable) agents Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Literary Agency and Barry Goldblatt of his own agency, and editors Diana Gill and Anne Sowards of Penguin, Anne Groell of Del Rey, David Pomerico and Kelly O’Connor of HarperCollins, Marco Palmieri, Whitney Ross and Diana Pho of Tor, Lee Harris of Tor.com, Simon Taylor of Transworld, Oliver Johnson of Hodder Stoughton, Rani Graff of Graff Publishing, Marc Gasgoine and Michael R. Underwood of Angry Robot Books…and OMG, I know I’m forgetting someone and please, please don’t be offended if I inadvertently left you off the list!

Anyway, enough of the name dropping. Not so long ago there’d have been a ton of pics as well, but I was so busy I didn’t even think of bringing my camera out most of the time and when I finally did, it decided not to play nice.

But I did take a picture of this great haul of books in the conference bag and on the freebie table!

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I’m looking forward to World Fantasy next year when it’s in Columbus, Ohio, which is where Michelle Belanger’s CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS is set. That’s right, Michelle, you’ll have to go!

I’m about to head up to NY for a host of meetings and the World Fantasy Convention, thus, only a brief write-up of the 2050 Convention that took place this past weekend in Daytona Beach.  This was the first year for the 2050 Convention, and the timing was unfortunate, both that it was Halloween weekend and that it was up against the established Spooky Empire Convention only an hour or so away in Orlando.  It was set up as a huge gaming, media and cosplay con and had some wonderful guests, like my client Keith R.A. DeCandido, Michael Biehn (Reese from the first Terminator film), Gigi Edgley from Farscape and many others, and a well laid out dealers room, where I had the good fortune to sit between Bill Hatfield (author and friend) and John Stanko (artist), but… Well, hardly anyone came. Still, Bill, his wife Karen, and I had a blast at the zombies vs. gypsies pub crawl, where we listened to a fabulous band.  Pete (my husband) and I saw two beautiful sunrises along Daytona Beach. And…well, there is no and.

I hope the con will do better next year.  It’s a beautiful setting, right there on Daytona Beach, and potentially a good con, but I feel badly for the vendors and the special guests who came expecting so much more.

You can see a more extensive write-up and photos over at Comic Coverage, but for here and now, my pictures…

Wonderful time once again at Necronomicon!  Great people, fun costumes and talent show (where I came in 3rd for my rendition of The Flash Girls’ classic “A Girl Needs a Knife”) and wonderful panelists.  Perhaps my favorite thing to come of it is my very own Cerberus, courtesy of Rebecca Foreman, which arrived just yesterday.  My dogs have already accepted him as one of their own.  Ginger has already given him kisses.  (Then, of course, tried to run off with him.)  Anyway, meet the newest addition to our family.  Isn’t he cute?

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Yes, a little shameless self-promotion for the Later-Day Olympians series there, where Cerberus might have some part to play, perhaps long about book 2…

Another shameless plug, Samhain is doing special pricing on the first book, BAD BLOOD, starting October 20th.  I will post links and shout to the rafters and would love any boosting of the signal y’all want to give me at that time.  Got to keep Cerberus in kibble.  I’m a little terrified of the alternative!

I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked at Necronomicon, but here are some of the fun costumes I did get!

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Since I started yesterday’s post with a note about how Lynn Flewelling and I met, I thought I’d start today off with the same about Karen Whiddon.  Karen and I met years ago at a writing conference, which ties in perfectly with the piece I did for our recent Knight Agency newsletter.  (I believe it was Dreamin’ in Dallas or maybe Desert Dreams, but I could be wrong.)  Karen was already published at that point.  She’d written a few novels for Kensington and had her first paranormal romance, POWERFUL MAGIC, out from Leisure Books.  She was looking for an agent to build on the career that was already underway.  I left there with a copy of POWERFUL MAGIC, a very good impression of a professional, put-together writer, and motivation to read.  POWERFUL MAGIC hooked me right away, and many, many books later, Karen and I are still going strong.

Karen’s latest Pack novel (werewolves and so much more!) is THE WOLF SIREN, out solo in digital (ex. Kindle and Nook) and combined in mass market with Bonnie Vanak’s DEMON WOLF, which is what Harlequin Nocturne is now doing for print – bundling two books together into one attractive package.  Cover and copy are below.

the wolf siren THE WOLF SIREN by Karen Whiddon (Harlequin Nocturne)

When a werewolf and the beautiful siren he once saved meet again, resistance is futile…

As Pack Protector, Kane McGraw never gets involved with the victims he saves. But Lilly Gideon may be the one exception. She has intrigued him ever since he helped free her from a religious compound called Sanctuary. So when he learns that she’s still in danger, he can’t stay away—not even if it means exposing Lilly to the fanatics she’s trying to escape.

Years of psychological torture have left Lilly without the ability to control her shifter nature. Any man she touches is driven mad by an all-consuming desire. Though she wants Kane more than any man, she’s forced to deny him the release they most crave. That is, until he decides it’s time to take matters—and her—into his own hands….

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

Over Labor Day weekend, I attended my first-ever Dragon*Con, and I just have to say…WOW.  Huge, amazing, such a sense of community.  Loved it.  Yes, there will be pics at the end of this post.  Before I get to that, a few things:

More than Publicity debuted the music video for my Vamped series at Dragon*Con.  You can view it here.  It’s not quite final yet.  As soon as it is, I’ll be blasting it out there, posing on my website…you name it.  I think the song is addictive, which I can say because while I had input, all the credit goes to the amazing artist, Catriona, and to Shannon Aviles at MTP.

I was up yesterday on Mike Kabongo’s Agent Incite blog with “The Real: Lucienne Diver.”  Hope my answers do justice to the spirit of fun inherent in the questions themselves.

Also yesterday, the amazing DEAR BULLY anthology released from HarperTeen.  This is a collection of essays and other non-fiction formats written by 70 young adult authors about bullying, complete with an index of resources for those who need to know how to reach out.  A portion of the proceeds to to the Stomp Out Bullying campaign.  Yes, I’m a contributor to the anthology.  Yes, this is a subject matter very near and dear to my heart.

Charles de Lint gave Steven Harper’s WRITING THE PARANORMAL NOVEL a nice write-up in his September/October “Books to Look For” feature in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

And now, some pics from Dragon*Con! (1-Magical Words gathering; 2-Rachel Caine and I as we begin booth set-up; 3-Jessi Vail, Kaylan Doyle, me, Samantha Sommersby, Melisa Todd and Sarah Weiss post booth set-up; 4-Part of The Knight Agency dinner (Marley Gibson, Deidre Knight, Tyler, Jennifer St. Giles, Jade Lee and Patrick Burns); 5- Another part of The Knight Agency dinner (Peter Wheeler, Kalayna Price, David B. Coe, Riley, Jud Knight and Faith Hunter); 6- Pete and I done up as Perseus and Andromeda for the masked ball; 7- The sith and I; 8- The Wizard of Oz (the first thing I saw upon entering my hotel!); 9- Zombie Cows; 10- Puppet Pal Snape & friend)