Many thanks to Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, and especially Greg Newton for hosting the book launch party for The Seventh Pleiade.
It was a great time!
My husband Genaro took a few shots during the night.
This will be my first time at a ‘con’ of any type, and I’m incredibly excited. While cons are known for comics and superhero fanaticism, this LGBT event will also feature authors and film-makers in the varied genres of fantasy, sci-fi and romance. And I’m told there’s a pool party with real, live, actual Mermen.
If you will be passing through, please stop by Bold Strokes Books’ exhibition booth. I’ll be signing copies of The Seventh Pleiade and giving away swag.
The September 19th Boundless Tales event was an amazing experience!
I was in a line up with four tremendously talented writers and/or poets. The vibe was enthusiastic and supportive. Many thanks to the fabulous co-hosts Aida Zilelian and Audrey Dimola. One of the nicest parts of the event was milling around during intermission and after the show with people from the audience and the other writers. What a great feeling of community!
Here’s a group shot of all the readers.
My apologies for disappearing for a little while. I took a Labor Day trip up to Buffalo, returned to an apartment under siege by contractors (which means showering at a friend’s house down the block), and I had to hole up for a few days to do the final proofreading of The Seventh Pleiade (yay!).
In the midst of that jazz, I booked a reading at the Boundless Tales series for September. All are welcome to come to the Waltz Astoria, in Astoria, NY on Thursday, September 19th 7:30 – 9:30pm. You can check out the event posting here.
I’ve been too busy to get nervous about it (yet). The theme of September’s reading is: “my private war.” I’ll be reading an excerpt from Werecat: The Rearing, which deals with a young man’s struggle with his hybrid nature.
Meanwhile, I thought I’d post my latest obsession to bring some music to my blog. In my wild fantasies, I see this song figuring into the Werecat soundtrack.
I’m really excited to be participating in Marlena Fitzpatrick’s Full Moon Paranormal Storytelling Series.
It’s an open-mic style reading/storytelling event with a paranormal/horror theme. I’ll be reading a passage of Werecat: The Rearing along with featured authors Marlena Fitzpatrick and Charlie Vazquez.
The event takes place on August 21st 6:00 – 8:00pm at La Casa Azul Bookstore in Manhattan.Tickets are just $7 and can be purchased in advance here.
Come out for some great paranormal readings!
Genaro and I were away in Puerto Rico for the past week or so. You wouldn’t have known because I’m private and paranoid about announcing being away from home, burglars lurking on the Internet y’know. Sadly, we had to leave Chloë behind. She would have liked the beach, but you just can’t travel with a cat. We’re reunited again, and she’s not letting the two of us leave her sight.
Here’s some photos of our trip from my iPhone.
Did I get inspired while away on vacation? You bet. Some of the stories I’m working on take place in tropical places, and it was great to get a feel, taste and smell for that setting.
I also brought a book with me for reading on the beach, and it got my creative gears churning. I tore through, and nearly finished Helene Wicker’s The Golem and the Jinni. This is a rather superlative fantasy book, a bit Neil Gaiman-esque in its imagining of folk legend creatures trying to survive in a modern world. Wicker’s world is not quite so modern; the story is set in New York City in the late 1800s. She brings to life the fascinating and frightening experience of Jewish and Syrian immigrants coming to America, and the Golem and Jinni mythology is really well researched and beautifully portrayed.
Werecat and I will be hopping around the blogosphere a lot throughout July so here’s a little programming alert.
This Thursday, July 11th, Fiction with Friction is running a feature and a book excerpt.
July 15th, I’ll be a guest at Chris Cochet’s Purple Rose Tea House .
I’ll leave you with some sounds from Puerto Rico.