Archive | July 2015

A shiny new look

Spent yesterday creating new headers for both my Facebook and WordPress pages to better reflect the stories that I write. Also made new business cards with this new design, too. I’m really happy with how they turned out!

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Rainbow Con 2015 – Where an extrovert comes out of her shell

RainbowbadgeI’ll admit I was trepidatious about attending Rainbow Con. First, because I did not have a good experience at GRL in Chicago last year and I was afraid RC would turn out the same way. Second, because the three friends who said they were attending all canceled, leaving me all by myself. While I am very much an extrovert and outgoing, I’m much more comfortable at conventions for Star Trek and Supernatural than I am at writer’s conventions.

But I was committed to going, so off I went to Tampa last week. And boy, am I ever glad I did. 🙂

I need to give special shout outs to two great women – K-lee Klein and Tammy Middleton – and one great guy – Will Prater.

K-lee let me tag along with her to Ybor City, to Dirty Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, on my first evening in Tampa. (It’s on, bitches!)  And I have to say, it really set the tone for the rest of the convention. I had a blast, made my first new friend and I don’t think I was alone for more than ten minutes after that for the next five days. 🙂

The next day, I’d just gotten back from Busch Gardens and I was starving. I hit up the Grab N’ Go in the hotel lobby, picking up a sandwich and juice. As I sat down at a table I noticed two other women sitting together at a back table. I was too focused on my food to pay much attention, so quickly sat down to eat. I’d only taken one bite when one of the women appeared next to me. It was Tammy. I recognized her as we’d met briefly at GRL. She invited me to join her and Morticia Knight. The next thing I know, I’m part of this huge group of people, making new friends left and right. I never would’ve expected to be out well past midnight that night, and I loved our shared Magic Mike experience! LOL!

I mentioned I didn’t have a good time at GRL last year, but there was one person who was very nice to me – Will. He was a volunteer and helped me out more than once and made me feel welcome as a newbie. So I was excited to see him again at Rainbow. I had such an amazing time hanging out with him! We talked, we laughed, we hugged and we danced. 🙂

The convention started the following day and I had a volunteer meeting first thing in the morning. I decided to volunteer so that I’d meet more people. And that worked out well, too! [waves to Sheri Spell] When I first saw that I had a shift in the dealer’s room for an hour I thought it would be kind of boring. It was anything but! It was my chance to go up to practically every table and spend time chatting with a bunch of authors [waves to Wade Kelly, Hans Hirschi, AE Via, Andrea Morgan Goodell and Anastasia Vitsky].

Thanks to the generosity of my friend Elizabeth Noble who couldn’t attend and gifted me with her Author membership – I had a dealer’s table in the hallway. At first I thought that would kind of suck, not being in the dealer’s room with everyone else, and having to break down and pack up my table each day. Once again, I couldn’t have been more wrong! The placement of the table turned out to be absolutely perfect – it was the first one as people came into the convention space and it was also next to the bathroom. Do you know how many people I got to talk to because of where I was? Like, a zillion. 🙂  Again, I was making new friends left and right – like Liz and Michelle who so graciously brought me lunch so I didn’t have to leave my table, and Gloria and Gareth at the table next to me and Sarah Madison at the table across from me.

Another great side effect of being where I was – I was selling books like crazy! I was stunned! I sold a whopping two books at GRL. At Rainbow I SOLD OUT of two books and only ended up with 2 copies of one and 4 of another that I took home with me. I also gave away 90% of the swag I brought with. I was such a happy camper!

I don’t think I ever ate one meal alone, except for breakfast one morning. I was always included in a group. Things may not have always worked out like planned (Cheesecake Factory and the Cuban restaurant) but it didn’t matter because we still had a good time.

Taking the field trip to the Big Cat Rescue was awesome, despite the rain and feeling like a baked potato steaming inside our plastic ponchos. 🙂  Not only was it educational and amazing to see all of these animals, it was another chance to mingle and meet even more people [waves to Lili Mateo, Brynn Stein and daughter].

I didn’t make it to many panels because I was either at my table or doing my volunteer work. But the ones I did make it to I enjoyed. Honestly, this was my ONE quibble with the con – the programming. I applaud the organizers for wanting to offer so many choices, but it was TOO many – sometimes 6 tracks running at the same time, with 4-5 moderators on each panel. What that did was water down the available audience members, with many panels only having 3-4 people in attendance. For 2017, keep it to 3-4 tracks of programming and a max of 3 moderators per panel, is my suggestion.

Since the next RC in 2017 will also be at the same Holiday Inn, I thought I’d mention the hotel briefly. The rooms are basic, but nice and clean. Though I did have some spotty housekeeping a few days (Washcloths, AE Via! Washcloths!). The outdoor pool area was nice and I enjoyed my swim and soak in the hot tub. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food in the restaurant. Everything I had was delicious, and I heard the same from nearly everyone else. I have to give a shout out to the staff. Every single person there was amazingly pleasant and helpful. Kudos to their customer service.

To wrap things up – I had a spectacular time. I’m so pleased with myself, that I was able to throw myself into the deep end of the pool and not drown. Although I missed my friends who were supposed to attend, it was kind of a good thing that I didn’t have that “safety net”. It forced me to break out of my shell and go up to people and talk to them. And now my life is so much richer because of all the new friends I made. 🙂

I’m bummed that the next RC isn’t until 2017, but rest assured, I’ll be there!

Are you a fan of LGBT romance?

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Are you in the Tampa, Florida area and a fan of LGBT romance? Then stop by RainbowCon this week – July 16th thru July 19th. The author signings, author readings, and vending areas are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC throughout the con.

I will be there with a dealer’s table and at the author signing on Saturday at 11:00 am. Stop by and say Hello! I’ll have all 4 of my paperbacks for sale along with ebook formats. FREE tote bag with every purchase!

RainbowCon is held at the Holiday Inn Westshore, right near the Tampa airport.

Website: www.rainbowconference.org

Hotel: http://www.tampahi.com/

Not able to make RainbowCon? You can purchase my books at Amazon or AllRomanceEbooks.com

All Romance® eBooks releases a shiny, new site for mobile phones and tablets!

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AllRomance.com, the largest online bookstore specializing in the sale of digital romance, has launched a new, responsive platform that will give our 480,000+ registered readers with smart-phones and tablets the opportunity to browse, buy, download, review, rate, and gift all the romance they need from all the publishers they love–24 hours a day/7 days a week. We hope you will try the new site using any mobile device or tablet. We’ll be promoting the launch and encourage you to promote the books you have on our site over the next few days using the hashtag #AReMobile.
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Please visit  www.allromance.com/mobile to view and bookmark the new, mobile site.
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The mobile site offers customers the ability to view featured books, best sellers, deals, trending titles, and an array of recommended reads based on each buyers individual purchasing history. Readers can search using a combination of category, title, author, publisher, series name, and tags. Search results can then be further sorted by best selling, top rated, recently added, length, title, heat level, price, and discounts.
Purchases can be made with the click of a mouse or the touch of a link using All Romance’s secure “Buy Now” option, or users can elect to pay with Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, or their available eBook Bucks – the company’s in-store currency. Books are then immediately delivered to the buyer’s online library where they can be gifted or downloaded for viewing. Books in the library can be sorted by purchased date, published date, title, or author. There’s even an archive function to help readers distinguish between the books in the ir virtual to be read pile or on their keeper shelf from those that will remain in the stacks. Those who like to maintain a wish list will be able to do that too. And, those who need a little extra help will be able to access troubleshooting tips and initiate support requests directly from their device.
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All of my ebooks are available at ARe!

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