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.

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The journey started in the air…

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

But quickly involved books and stress cubes.

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

Hey, poetry!

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith
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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

The books and their Davros. Muahaha.

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Scott’s fortune cookie predicted a photo bomb.

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And there was this yummy croissant.

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Photograph by Claudette Peercy

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

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Photograph by Claudette Peercy

After Red Lobster. Don’t we look full?

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I found this steer at the airport.

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My last view of Dallas.

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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 Fraynhttp://juliebird.ca

James Peercy: http://www.jameswilliampeercy.com

Amber Jerome-Norrgard: http://amberjeromenorrgard.com

Stacey Roberts: http://www.trailertrashbook.com

Paula Walker Baker: https://paulawalkerbaker.wordpress.com

Jacqueline E. Smith: http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com

Debbie Watts Reece: http://www.beebopbooks.com

Susie Clevenger: http://www.susieclevenger.com

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IndieVengeance Day 2014

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting my friends in Dallas for a book signing. I hit the open road with a pocketful of dreams and enough Diet Coke to kill a rhinoceros. Stacey Roberts and I carpooled from Kentucky. We soon found ourselves in Memphis, Tennessee.

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We followed the red brick road… which isn’t really brick.

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Soon, our eyes beheld the Mighty Mississippi.

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And I saw these restrooms in Texas.

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Scott Morgan, Stacey Roberts, James Peercy, me.

Later that night we arrived in Dallas and met up at Cheddar’s.

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The next day everyone signed books at Cafe Brazil and read from their respective works. This is Stacey Roberts reading from his book: Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name.

Photograph courtesy of Jacqueline E. Smith

Me reading from my book, Inhale the Night.

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More books!

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Jacqueline E. Smith had one of the coolest tables. The flowers were a nice touch.

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Cinta Garcia had the coolest by far. I did some serious spellwork with her wands.

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Authors Julie Frayn and Jacqueline E. Smith helped me hand extra balloons out to the local children. I imagine you might be confused, and that’s perfectly within your rights. Just know, that Jackie has mad skills convincing children to take balloons. I think it helps when you’re pretty.

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From back left: Tracy James Jones, Julie Frayn, me, Scott Morgan, Stacey Roberts

Front left: Jacqueline E. Smith, Jeanne McDonald, Cinta Garcia, Amber Norrgard

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After the signing, I went with Stacey, Cinta, and her husband Mark to see where Kennedy was shot. This is Stacey in the book depository building, now a museum.

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The spot where the tragedy unfolded is marked with an X in the road.

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On our way back I took one more photo of the Mississippi. I felt a lot like the Voyager 1 space probe.

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It was an incredible time with even more incredible people. My deepest thanks to Amber Norrgard for all the hard work she did setting up the event.

You can find information on all the amazing authors in attendance here:

Julie Fraynhttp://juliebird.ca

Tracy James Jones: http://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com

Jeanne McDonaldhttp://www.jeannemcdonald.com

Scott Morgan: http://www.write-hook.com

Amber Jerome-Norrgard: http://amberjeromenorrgard.com

Stacey Roberts: http://www.trailertrashbook.com

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa: http://cintascorner.com

Jacqueline E. Smith: http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com/

Melissa Zaroski: http://melissazaroski.com

Susie Clevenger: http://www.susieclevenger.com

Writing Spaces

I recently read an article on where famous authors do their writing. There were some remarkable and inspiring locations and it made me wonder where the authors I know (the majority being small press and indie) write their words. I collected photographs from ten authors including myself: we span the spectrum from poetry and comedy to horror and high fantasy. Thank you to all the writers who let me into their homes (and other special places) through photographs: Ciara BallintyneSusie Clevenger, M.E. Franco, Helle Gade, Nadia Hasan, Natasha Head, Jon Konrath, C L Raven, and Stacey Roberts.

Ciara Ballintyne
Ciara Ballintyne, author of Confronting the Demon
Susie Clevenger
Susie Clevenger, author of Dirt Road Dreams
M.E. Franco
M.E. Franco, author of The Dion Series and The Rustler’s Daughter
Ben Ditmars
Ben Ditmars, author of Night Poems and Haiku in the Night
Helle Gade
Helle Gade, author of Silent Dreams and Savage Rose
Nadia Hasan
Nadia Hasan, author of From the Cafe and Beyond
Natasha Head
Natasha Head, author of Pulse and Nothing Left to Lose
Jon Konrath
Jon Konrath, author of Sleep Has No Master and Atmospheres
Cat Lynx Raven
C L Raven, authors of Disenchanted and Romance is Dead
Stacey Roberts
Stacey Roberts, author of Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name

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