Read Between the Vines

I’ll be at the Snus Hill Winery on Saturday, September 17 along with many other writers for the event Read Between the Vines. If you enjoy books and wine, come out for a visit!

There will be authors who write science fiction, epic fantasy, historical fiction, romance, children’s fiction, paranormal romance, women’s fiction, urban fantasy, romantic suspense, mystery, thriller, horror, contemporary fiction, poetry, biography, and young adult fiction. Something for everyone!

North Iowa Book Bash

I’ll be in Clear Lake on April 30 for the North Iowa Book Bash. Crossing my fingers that Sun Adept, the third book in the Words of Power series, will be done. A lot more work to go on in, but I’m working hard. If you’re in the area that Saturday, I’d love to see you!

A signing event like North Iowa has never seen!!! Come spend the day mixing and mingling with some amazing authors from a multitude of genres. There will be something for everyone.

Attending authors will have signed books available for sale. There will also be a break-out panel session in both the morning and the afternoon for you to get up close and personal with some amazingly talented writers!

Entry fee is $2 – tickets available at the door.

You don’t want to miss it! THREE Kindle Fires will be given away, along with some other great prizes!


? Bethany Lopez
? Pam Godwin
? Maggi Myers
? Fabiola Francisco
? Micki Fredricks
? Rachel Smith
? Ashley Erin
? Karen Fields Carr
? Cheryl Corbin
? Dennis Maulsby
? Jordyn Meryl
? Emma Robuck
? Heidi Hutchinson
? Tamara Siler Jones
? Savannah Verte
? Michael Koogler
? Melissa Christopherson
? K. M. Hutzel
? Blogger Terri LeBlanc – Second Run Reviews
? C.J. Baty
? Christy Pastore
? Bartenn Mills
? Robyn Byrd with Take Wing Virtual Assistant Solutions
? A.R. Miller
? A. M. Wilson
? Terry Maggert
? HJ Bellus
? KT Webb
? Kelly Van Hull
? Cassie Leigh
? Bria Starr – Author
? Alicia Kobishop
? Ella Dominguez
? Jewel E. Ann
? Lori King
? Elle Boon
? K. J. Farnham
? Jed Quinn
? Amalie Silver
? Stacey Lynn
? Teresa Michaels
? Jenna Jacob
? Leia Madison
? Klassy Editing and Writing Services /Matti Snook, Author
? Anita Cox
? Ashlynn Monroe
? Lindsay Lake
? Amanda Maxlyn
? Sidda Lee Rain
? J. A. Fredericks
? Aaron Bunce
? Tina Susedik
? Jennifer Ann
? Marci Boudreaux

ICON40 – What a Weekend!

Once again, ICON did not disappoint! This is not a huge scifi and fantasy convention. Instead, this is an intimate, fun con with so many familiar faces each year.

Highlights of the weekend!

AR Miller and I at La Cantina.

AR Miller and I at La Cantina.

My Genre Rules for Book Covers panel with Jim C. Hines. So much fun! We had a presentation with lots of examples of beautiful covers and had a guessing game with the audience – What Genre is This? Tons of great discussion about how book covers tell the reader what to expect inside. And Jim is such a hoot to present with. I love him!

Dinner on Friday night at La Cantina with AR Miller, Aaron Bunce, Jed Quinn, and Anna Kathryn Davis. So much fun and got to enjoy seeing Jed with his super manly mango drink!

DreamCon was awesome again! About 30 high school students came to talk to all of us authors about writing and publishing. I saw Nicholas and his sister again this year. Always so fun to see them and I can’t wait to read the story that Nicholas is working on. Get writing, Nicholas!

Jed Quinn's manly mango drink!

Jed Quinn’s manly mango drink!

My five minutes of fame – I was running to my first panel Friday night and got into an elevator with another ICON attendee and two well-dressed couples who appeared to be staying in the hotel. I asked the other ICON attendee to push the button for floor 3 as I was late to my panel. She turned around and said,”Oooh, look. Someone famous.” Both of the couples in the elevator turned to me and stared, as if wondering who I was and should they know me? At that moment, the elevator doors opened and I scooted out with a smile. Famous for 10 seconds! I met my fellow ICON goer, Kei, in the consuite later. Thank you, Kei!

Aaron Bunce, Josie and me at the Author Meet and Greet.

Aaron Bunce, Josie and me at the Author Meet and Greet.

On Sunday afternoon, near the end of ICON, I had a panel of one (just me!) about how to design a magic system. Great big room, little tiny me. I sat on the edge of the stage and had people pull up chairs into a circle. What a terrific discussion with the audience! I had about fourteen people there and we spent the entire time debating the effects of different magic rules in a story world.

The Tardis! Want to take a trip?

The Tardis! Want to take a trip?

I slipped over to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and had a fabulous time walking around the exhibits. So much fun to look at art, especially this graphic story by artist Ryan Bentzinger. Amazing science fiction story done in watercolors with monster-like characters in a post-apocalyptic world. Such a pleasure to be able to view it and absorb the story.

Truly, an awesome weekend. If you haven’t been to an ICON, yet, you’re missing out!


Just a week left until ICON 40 arrives. It’s the Cedar Rapids scifi and fantasy convention and if you’ve never been to it, you’re missing out. The organizers put on a great convention with lots to participate in. ICON 40 is this weekend – Oct. 16-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex.

This year, I’m pleased to be on several panels again. You can find me at the following:

DreamCON III – Friday, Oct 16 • 1pm

DreamCON is a writing workshop for high school and college students running in conjunction with ICON. Participants who are aspiring writers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our guests of honor and honorable guests to learn more about the writing craft and the publishing world.

Genre Rules for Book Covers – Friday, Oct 16 • 6pm

An interactive presentation on the genre expectations for book covers. Lots of examples of great covers. Can you guess the genre?

Author Meet & Greet – Saturday, Oct 17 • 10:00am

There will be over 30 authors will be gathered and waiting for you to ask questions about their craft. This is your opportunity to fawn over your favorite authors and learn about new ones. Buy a book (or two or three), get it signed and watch your to-be-read pile GROW!

Self-Publishing 101 – Sunday, October 18 • 11:00am

You wrote A Thing. Now you want to publish The Thing. What are your options? What are your first steps? Learn the common missteps and tips about self-publishing Your Thing.

Designing a Magic System – Sunday, October 18 • 2:00pm

Creating a magic system that makes sense in your fantasy world can be tricky. Join author Cheryl Corbin as she shares some tips and tricks for creating and maintaining magic system.

Carroll Con

Another awesome book event! This Saturday, August 8, I’ll be in Carroll, Iowa at Carroll Con, a FREE mini-con (Comic Con) hosted by the Carroll Public Library at the Carroll Recreation Center during Carroll Fest.

A.R. Miller, Rachel Aukes and I will be speaking at 2 p.m. about writing and publishing.

There will be costumes, cosplay, comic books, artists, food, dancing… a lot of fun! For more information, check out the Carroll Con Facebook page. If you’re in the Carroll area, join the festivities!


Fort Dodge Book Fair

Fort Dodge Book FairAnother book fair! This one is at Central Perk and Dessert in Fort Dodge. This Saturday, July 11, there will be 10 authors there with books and coffee and dessert!

You can meet Jessica Danow, Rich Griffith, Micki Fredricks, Tamara Jones, Michael Koogler, AR Miller, Jed Quinn, Rachel Smith and Sparkle Abbey and me!

If you’re in the area, come see us between 1 and 4 p.m. at Central Perk & Dessert, 14 S 14th St in Fort Dodge.

Demicon 26 – Jim C. Hines and Me

This weekend marks the start of Demicon. It’s the Des Moines SciFi and Fantasy convention and a lot of fun, if you’ve never attended. The theme this year is Magic. It will run May 1-3 and is being held at the Holiday Inn Northwest in Des Moines.

I’m pleased to be speaking at Demicon this year with Jim C. Hines. We’ll be walking you through Designing a Magic System on Saturday night.

“It’s tempting to use all-powerful magic when creating a world, but it makes for a boring story. Magic with limitations and consequences adds drama and intensity to your world.  We’ll discuss how to design a believable magic system for your created world, including the different types of magic, the ways they can be used, and how to decide the rules that govern magic in your world.”

If you’re attending Demicon this year, stop in to say hi to us!


North Iowa’s Author Event

I’ll be at the North Iowa’s Author Event on April 18. The event is hosted by BF Bookies.

It will be a gathering of amazing authors from Iowa and surrounding states.  Come mix & mingle & pick their creative minds.  Books will be available for purchase.

Date:  Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place:  Best Western Holiday Lodge, Clear Lake, IA

  • 20 confirmed authors!
  • Door Prizes!
  • Goodie Bags for the first 100 people!
  • Meet & Greet on Friday night at the Bennigan’s Bar from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

**To see a list of attending authors, visit Facebook and find the event:  North Iowa’s Author Event

Ankeny Authors Fair

Ankeny Authors FairI’ll be participating in the 3rd Annual Ankeny Authors Fair on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Kirkendall Public Library is once again hosting 50 authors from across Iowa, including Rachel Eliason, AR Miller, and C. Deanne Rowe from the Saturday Writers group.

The authors will be on hand to talk about their writing, sell and sign their books. Last year, the event included authors from every genre – mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, thriller, memoir, childrens, young adult, and non-fiction.

If you love to read, come out and join us:

Saturday, April 11 from 9 am to Noon

Pinnacle Club
4100 NE Otter Creek Dr
Ankeny IA 50023

More Tinkering!

I’ve been working on my book covers lately. I needed a cohesive look for the Words of Power series and I’ve struggled to come up with something that I thought would work.

Success! I have new covers for Spirit Adept and Stone Adept now.

What do you think?

Spirit Adept








Stone Adept








I’m still working on updating the paperback copies.

And next up is the cover for Sun Adept, book three in the series. I hope to have that ready for release by the first of May. Cross your fingers.