Readers: Meet me at Penned Con…and help kids with autism!

Readers — don’t miss this chance to get a FREE general admission ticket ($18 value) to the gigantic PENNED CON book fair Sept. 28-29 in St. Louis! Just leave your email address in the comment box for this post between now and Aug. 31. To make things interesting, I’ll select some winners at the end of July and others at the end of August. The earlier you enter, the better chance you have to win. 🙂

PENNED CON brings readers and authors together while raising money for charity — 100% of the profits goes to Action for Autism in St. Louis to provide therapies and schooling needs to local autistic children.

This year, I’ll be selling my books at PENNED CON, along with my friends Candace Carrabus, George Sirois, Jennifer Lynn, and about 180 other authors. Fun times!

At noon Saturday, Sept. 29, George and I will share our insights with authors on how to launch their audiobooks into the world.

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Free panels offer readers chance to meet authors

Don’t miss the FREE! Reader Panels at the Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention June 16-18 at the Renaissance Hotel near the airport in St. Louis!

All Reader Panels are in Concourse B


5pm – Basic Storytelling, Internet Promotion, and Publishing Options

Ellen Parker, LaShaunda Hoffman, and Phyllis Wheeler


10am – Why We Love Romance? (MORWA – Missouri Romance Writers of America)

11am – How did Harry Potter Influence You? Meredith Tate, 

Emily Hall, Jennifer Stolzer

12pm Collaborative Writing, Authors of Swaying

1pm The World of Jules Verne – Reginald R Van Stockum Jr. and Brad R. Cook

2pm From Tolkien to Star Wars, Fantasy and Sci-fi Authors – James L Young, Jennifer Stolzer, Ryan Freeman, George Sirois

3pm Best Women in Fiction (MORWA)

4pm Best Place to Bury a Body? Ask these Mystery Authors (SIC- Sisters in Crime)

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Master Classes “for everyone” June 16-18

If you’ve attending the Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention June 16-18 in St. Louis, you already know about the master classes with four literary agents and a writing coach. However, even if you aren’t able to attend the full conference, you can still sign up for the master classes–each $50!

And you can attend the FREE Reader’s Fair, including presentations by many of the 20 authors in the Author’s Hall.

Here are the Master Classes:

  • Friday from 2 PM to 4 PM: Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Writing Workshop with Kathleen Kayembe
  • Saturday from 2 PM to 4 PM: Query Letter Critique with literary agent Kathleen Ortiz
  • Sunday from 10 AM to Noon:
    • Writing 3-D Characters with literary agent Margaret Bail
    • Query Letter Critique with literary Agent Justin Wells
    • How to Format and Publish Your E-Book with Jennifer Geist

To learn more about the presenters, click HERE.

  • We have learned of a glitch in the registration for them. It will be fixed for next year, but we can’t fix it in the short time left for this year conference. The glitch is that the registration lets you pay for the class, but it doesn’t say which class it is you are paying for.
  • How do we know which one you want?
    • If you purchase it online, we will email you and ask
    • If you want, you can email me right away and say “Hey, I just paid for a Master Class. I want to attend [insert instructor’s name]
    • Or you can purchase it at the conference.
  • Each class is $50. How do you purchase it online? Please visit this link:
  • Can you attend more than one Master Class? If they are not on the same day, then yes. You would just need to pay for each class and let us know.

Find out more about the master classes and the Reader’s Fair at



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See you at Gateway Con June 16-18!

Readers, don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear some of your favorite local and regional writers talk about their books at the FREE Reader’s Fair during the first annual Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention at the Renaissance Hotel near the airport. Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author Ann Leckie and New York Times bestselling authors Angie Fox and Eileen Dreyer are among those you will have the chance to meet. Others include award-winning authors Cynthia Graham and Nicole Evelina, Peter H. Green, James L. Young, Reggie Van Stockum, and ME! We’ll be in the Author’s Hall 

My book signing is Friday at 4 p.m.!

In addition, at the paid Writer’s Conference, I will speak:

Saturday, 10 a.m. — Lauren Miller and I will talk about the St. Louis Writers Guild’s literary magazine, The Scribe, and answer questions about the Guild.




NEW TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m. — ACX to DIY: Audiobooks — George Sirois and I will give pointers on how to get your books into audio, whether you want to narrate it yourself or not. It’s easier than you think!

Writers — if you haven’t already signed up for the conference, it’s not too late. And there’s a special retreat package for those who stay two nights at the hotel.

Register now!


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June has ‘micromoon’ & ‘supermoon’

Reprinted from

Click HERE to learn what “micromoon” and “supermoon” mean.

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Get Away with Gateway Con’s Book Fair/Writing Retreat Package June 16-18 in St. Louis

Looking for a place to write, but don’t want to spend all weekend in a writer’s conference? Escape to the Renaissance Hotel for a writing retreat and book fair! Find a quiet place in your room to write, with scenic views and more luxury than home. Afterward, let your brain relax while your muse is energized at the exciting book fair events going on all weekend. Author and Writing Workshop Coordinator, Kathleen Kayembe, will host a series of write-ins and writing times throughout the weekend. Plus, don’t miss her AWA Master Class on Sunday.

To register for the conference:
Want to sell your books at the book fair? Click here:

Register for your hotel room before the $109 per night special rate goes away (just able to get an extension on the rates until June 5): The conference rate includes free parking and free wi-fi.

Book at least TWO nights at the Renaissance Hotel during Gateway Con, June 16-18, and receive…

  •  Exclusive Access to the Gateway Con Write-In events – Special writing times and gatherings with Kathleen Kayembe. Plus, a discount on her Master Class.
  • Full Access to the Book Fair, book signings, and reader panels. Plus, an invitation to the Documentary Film Premiere and Genre Talk Cocktail Party on Friday night
  •  Invitation to Lunch with the speakers and volunteers Saturday afternoon
  •  The Scribe 2015 – A print copy of the end of the year collection for St. Louis Writer’s Guild’s Literary Magazine
  •  Entered into the Grand Prize Raffle – One entry for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a free registration to Gateway Con 2018’s writers conference or Author Hall. Plus, one free raffle ticket to enter for a chance to win one of the other prizes
  •  Free Wifi and Free Parking
  •  A Reserved Seat at the Gala Dinner (Conference goers have it included in their registration. Book Sellers in the Author Hall, this will be available soon for separate purchase).Night owls will enjoy writing on Friday and Saturday Night, while the early birds can meet on Saturday and Sunday Morning.
NOTE: Those who have already registered for two nights’ stay at the hotel will automatically receive these benefits

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See you June 3-4 at the Pagan Picnic!

Join potter Sandy Schulz and writers Jennifer Lynn, Deborah Weltman, and me June 3-4 at Tower Grove Park at the Pagan Picnic. We’ll be offering our wares — books, inspirational cards, henna art, prayer bowls, altar bowls and runes — at the Sacred Ink & Earth booth.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday. The park is located at 4256 Magnolia Ave in St. Louis, 63110.

Learn more about the Pagan Picnic at:


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Support 6/17 Walk for Hunger!

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‘End of world’ short story, with cute boots–FREE ’til 3/24

AND I FEEL FINE: Jana’s puzzled when the traffic disappears so she makes it to work on time, and when the perfect boots and jacket appear in her cubicle just before a meeting with the big boss. She worries about her sanity until she realizes it’s Dec. 21, 2012. This is the end of the world? She pulls on her new boots and puts her theory to the test.
Your review would be greatly appreciated!
Here’s what readers are saying:
5.0 out of 5 stars on AMAZON — Molly Gambiza
A very engaging short story. I would like to be in Jana’s boots except for that bit about 2012. No way! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent!


NOTE: If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the app onto your computer: Kindle    Kindle Cloud Reader

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JAGUAR HOPE: Meet the humanimals! Free Feb. 20-24

Jaguar Hope

Zero TIme Chronicles

FREE ebook Feb. 20-24!

Two black jaguars become the symbol of hope for a race facing extinction when they accompany a dying traveler back to her home planet.

JAGUAR HOPE, a novelette, tells of the ill-fated journey to Earth’s Age of Crystal in this action-packed prequel to my historical fantasy novel, ZERO TIME.

Your review would be greatly appreciated!

Here’s what readers are saying about JAGUAR HOPE:

5-star review by Sandra Saidak

This novelette was a tightly-written, fast-paced thrill ride. I’m not much of a short-story reader, and I never read them in one sitting, but this one I did. Jaguar Hope really is a book that you can’t put down (but for those of us with jobs and kids, the short length helps!) I read Zero Time, the novel set in the same universe, but it’s not necesarry to read the book first to enjoy the novelette. But if you read Jaguar Hope, you’ll probably want to read Zero Time!

4-star review by kraftygirl 

Enjoyed this book a lot. The humanimals were an interesting concept. The character names a bit difficult at first until you get into the story.

JAGUAR HOPE is also available on Amazon in print and audiobook.


NOTE: If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the app onto your computer: Kindle    Kindle Cloud Reader

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