IndieVengeance Day 2015

Last week I traveled to Dallas for an annual book signing known as IndieVengeance Day. We get together, the indies and I, once a year and hang out. We also sell books: small books, big books, books that climb on rocks. Okay, none of them climbed rocks, but a couple have ghosts, and that’s just as good.


The journey started in the air…


Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

But quickly involved books and stress cubes.


Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

Hey, poetry!


Photograph by Jacqueline Smith


Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

The books and their Davros. Muahaha.


Scott’s fortune cookie predicted a photo bomb.


And there was this yummy croissant.


Photograph by Claudette Peercy

The Justice League prepared to fight evil… and sell books.


Photograph by Claudette Peercy

After Red Lobster. Don’t we look full?


I found this steer at the airport.


My last view of Dallas.


It was an incredible event filled with my favorite people on earth. Once more, my deepest thanks to Amber Norrgard for all the hard work she did setting everything up.

You can find information on the authors in attendance here:

Julie Frayn

James Peercy:

Amber Jerome-Norrgard:

Stacey Roberts:

Paula Walker Baker:

Jacqueline E. Smith:

Debbie Watts Reece:

Susie Clevenger:


Book Review: Jack Learns to Grill by Paula Walker Baker


Jack Learns to Grill (Volume 1)

by Paula Walker Baker

5/5 stars

Jack Learns to Grill is a great story. People may not think this of children’s books, but it’s true. Jack is an adopted dog taken in and nurtured by a loving family. He finds his way in the world through curiosity and playful humor calling his owners “mom” and “dad” respectively. Not only will children love hearing and reading this book, but I think there’s a more important message behind it. We should treat animals kindly and with love; not only because they need us, but because we need them too.

Writing Spaces: Part Deux

I read an article last year on where famous authors do their writing. There were some remarkably inspiring locations and it made me wonder where the authors I know (the majority being small press and indie) write their stories, poetry, and other words. I collected photographs from ten talented writers last year. This year, I invited twelve more to do the same. They span the spectrum from paranormal to poetry and children’s fiction. Thank you once again to all the writers who let me into their homes and special places with their photographs: Paula Walker Baker, Melissa Craig, Michelle Franklin, Kelly Stone Gamble, Tracy James Jones, Dan Leicht, Dionne Lister, Jeanne McDonald, Charity Parkerson, Poppy Ruth SilverJacqueline E. Smith, and Danielle Thamasa.

Paula Walker Baker 1

Paula Walker Baker, author of Jack Learns to Grill

Melissa Craig 1

Melissa Craig, author of The Unblemished Librarian

Melissa Craig 2

Melissa Craig, author of The Unblemished Librarian

Michelle Franklin

Michelle Franklin, author of Khantara

Kelly Stone Gamble 1

Kelly Stone Gamble, author of They Call Me Crazy

Tracy James Jones

Tracy James Jones, author of Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose

Dan Leicht 1

Dan Leicht, author of Blissfire

Dan Leicht 2

Dan Leicht, author of Blissfire

Dionne Lister

Dionne Lister, author of Shadows of the Realm

Jeanne McDonald 2

Jeanne McDonald, author of The Truth in Lies

Jeanne McDonald 4

Jeanne McDonald, author of The Truth in Lies

Charity Parkerson

Charity Parkerson, author of A Dash of Desire

Poppy Ruth Silver

Poppy Ruth Silver, author of Soon to Melt

Jackie Smith

Jacqueline E. Smith, author of Cemetery Tours

Danielle Thamasa, author of Project Death: Ressurection


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