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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!

5:00 PM: How to Know When You Need An Agent; Panelists: Ire, Diver, Labud
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
11 AM: Care and Feeding of your Creative Process; Panelists: Zelinski, Diver, Stark, Iriarte, Michroney

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?



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!


So many things today!  First, as you probably know by now, Amy Christine Parker and I are Tuesday’s YA Rebels.  Today we’re up with an ambush…er, interview…of YA writer Heather Burch, author of the Halflings series for Zondervan/HarperCollins.

Next, I promised you all a write-up and some pics from this past weekend’s Necronomicon, so there they are:

For a quick write-up: Necronomicon had a variety of intriguing programming and wonderful guests, including Christopher Paolini, Timothy Zahn, Richard Lee Byers, Pamela LaBud, Aria Kane and my new friends K.L. Napier and William Hatfield.  Do I wish they’d tapped into more of the local writing talent, like the great YA authors who were part of the Sunshine Tour earlier this year and who are now part of Hot YA Reads, yes, and I’m going to suggest some names for next year, but the conference was really well run and everyone was wonderful.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if the Necronomicon people and the Tampa Bay ComicCon people got together on programming, it could be the start of something really big.  Also, I love that every year Necronomicon partners with a charity, like Kids & Canines, which “works with at-risk teens, teaching them how to train assistance dogs. The bond between student and dog help these at-risk youths succeed . . . and then the dogs go on to have productive working lives, providing independence to individuals with disabilities.”  A really great organization.

Also, I participated in this year’s “Necronomicon’s Got Talent”.  I won, even though I didn’t, because I overcame my lifelong fear of signing in front of people, and while I wasn’t perfect, I didn’t come down with my psychosomatic laryngitis or anything of the sort.  I tremble even as I type this, but if you’d like to see how I did, here’s the video my husband took standing way in the back of the room.  I’m so tiny, you can’t even see me shaking!

In other news, The Crossroads Blog Tour continues.  Today, P.J. Hoover, Carrie Harris, Patrice Lyle and I are over at, where we play Animal, Vegetable or Mineral.  Follow the tour for a chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with books from many of the tour’s participating authors.  Here’s our schedule for the rest of the week, though you don’t have to wait to check out these other blogs, who are currently hosting other wonderful Crossroaders:





We’ve also been at Most-Wanted Monsters and Confessions of a Bookaholic. Hope you’ll swing on by.

Chloe Neill is hosting “Show Your Work Week” this week on her blog.  Already, she’s had Jennifer Estep and Jaye Wells.  Tomorrow, she’ll have postings from me and from Faith Hunter.  Thursday and Friday are Yasmine Galenorn and Vicki Pettersson in that order, so you won’t want to miss a thing!

More soon!


Posted: October 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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For anyone looking to find me at Necronomicon this weekend, here’s my schedule!  Also, I’ll have an author table and special deals!


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1 PM      Salon A                 Writing Basics- Creating Fantasy Worlds

Author discussion of the processes they use to define the fantasy setting in which their story will be set. Host: K.L. Nappier, Panel: Lucienne Diver, Christopher Paolini, Aria Kane, E. Rose Sabin

3 PM      Salon G                                Grossing Genres: the Good and the Bad

Find out how authors mix genres to create something new and wonderful and how they avoid making a mess of things. Host: Thomas Macheski, Panel: Lucienne Diver, Pamela Labud, R.M. Garcia, Michael L. Joy, Vicy Cross

Necronomicon’s Got Talent – Yes, I will be singing.  Tremble in fear!


9 AM     Salon B                 Fantasy Romance: Rising Star

More and more we are seeing the combination of fantasy with traditional romance writing. The panel discusses why this is so. Host: Lucienne Diver, Panel: Vicy Cross, Pamela Labud, Johanna M. Bolton, Aria Kane

12 PM   Salon C                 Small Presses: Taking Risks the Big Guys are Afraid to Take

If you want to find fiction that is innovative or deals with subjects the major publishers shy away from, you go to the small presses. The panel discusses why small presses are risk-takers. Host: K. Piet, Panel: Eric Beebe, Ed Howdershelt, Lucienne Diver, Christopher Helton, E. Rose Sabin

4 PM      Salon B                 Religion in Science Fiction and Fantasy

A soon to be ordained minister, an ethics professor and three authors delve into the topic of how you deal with religion in the societies you create in your fiction. Host: Tracy Zielinski, Panel: Glenda Finkelstein, Will Ludwigsen, Kat Heckenbach, Michael Pinsky, Lucienne Diver


11 AM   Salon C                 Dress for Success: What Your Fantasy Characters Wear

Our authors discuss what they tell their character to and not to wear. Host: Tracy Akers, Panel: Lucienne Diver, Christopher Paolini, Pamela Labud