Fiery Edge of Steel Sneak Peek Tour is at Rabid Reads Today

The Fiery Edge of Steel exclusive excerpt tour is wrapping up. Today and tomorrow are the last days¬†to enter to win a signed ARC and a $25 eGift Certificate to the bookstore of your choice. Check out today’s excerpt at Rabid Reads. And see below for more Fiery Edge of Steel inspirations. Happy Friday!

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BONFIRES = INSPIRATION FOR… BONFIRES ūüėÄ

I’ve always loved bonfires. I still remember spending one Christmas Eve with my dad, step-mom, and brother watching the bonfires burn along the Mississippi River. I also remember my high school used to let students build and burn a big bonfire for homecoming. And, growing up in western Pennsylvania and now living in rural Maryland, there have been no shortage of friends to hang out with who also love to safely burn things. Despite the picture above looking very “Lord of the Light-ish” I took it last summer at a local backyard bonfire. I took it with my cell phone so it’s a little grainy, but the timing couldn’t have been better. I was walking out to my car and I turned around and saw the moon and the guy standing in front of the fire (yes, he’s in front of the fire, not in it :-)). I couldn’t help thinking that scenes like this have likely happened throughout human history with very little change. I edited out the farm house, which really gives the¬†picture¬†a timeless look.

Those of you who have read Dark Light of Day know that bonfires play a minor role in the story. They do in Fiery Edge of Steel too. And I even managed to work in my idea that scenes like this have been repeated with each passing generation for countless years. (Chapter 21 for anyone who’s curious). Unless something drastic changes during edits, there will also be a bonfire in Act I of book #3. Why? To me, they are a symbol of continuity and community, friendship and warmth.

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More Inspirations for Fiery Edge of Steel and Teaser Tour Excerpt Part Three

The third Fiery Edge of Steel, Chapter 1 excerpt is at the speculative fiction blog, Preternatura¬†(Suzanne Johnson’s blog). Find out which demon they’re bringing to Timothy’s Square for the Carne Vale and enter to win one of six signed ARCs of Fiery Edge of Steel¬†(US)¬†and a $25 eGift Certificate to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice (international). And¬†see below for some more “behind the scenes” type stuff.¬†Happy Wednesday!

Lady Justice, fantasy with legal fiction elements
LADY JUSTICE (AND HER MANY PREDECESSORS: JUSTITIA, MAAT, THEMIS, AND DIKE) = INSPIRATION FOR THE ABSENT DEMONESS, JUSTICA

I name all my chapters and then take the names out during edits. Some of my chapter names could probably be left in — the ones that are evocative because they play off some thematic element in the chapter. But many of them are just sign posts for me, the drafter. They help me to keep track of what the chapter’s supposed to be about. When I was drafting Fiery Edge of Steel, I had this idea to put little snippets of stuff at the beginning of each chapter. Things that would provide information to the reader, but not necessarily as part of the narrative. I decided against it. For one thing, the books have enough information for the reader to digest. But for those of you that like extras, here’s the one I drafted for the beginning of Chapter 20:

Lead investigators shall have the following duties:

1. To the Demon Council: Lead investigators shall be loyal, faithful, and respectful to the Council, and shall uphold its authority at all times;

2. To the Investigative Team: To the extent possible based on field situations, lead investigators shall keep members of their investigative team reasonably safe;

3. To the Outpost Lord: Lead investigators shall not unnecessarily offend an Outpost Lord who is under investigation. During the investigation, investigators shall cause as little disturbance as possible in outpost operations and shall take care not to diminish the Outpost Lord’s adoration; and

4. To Justica: Lead investigators shall conduct a thorough investigation, shall render an impartial and fair judgment, and then mete out punishment, including execution, as necessary.

Rule 2290.13(g) of the Maegester’s Rules of Engagement (Demon Complaints; Investigation of Outpost Lord; Duties of Lead Investigator)

Fiery Edge of Steel Teaser Tour Part Two at Urban Girl Reader

Fiery Edge of Steel Chapter One, Part Two is up at Urban Girl Reader! Click here¬†for the 2nd excerpt and more chances to win signed ARCs (US)¬†and a $25 eGC (international). Hope everyone’s day has been great! Mine has been wet and rainy.

MAGIC 8 BALL = INSPIRATION FOR ALBA’S BLACK ONIONS

Here’s a deleted snippet from Fiery Edge of Steel, Chapter 2. It’s the menu at Alba’s (a.k.a. “the Black Onion”), a tiny cafe on the corner of River Road and Widow’s Walk where Noon and her study mates go when they want to get off campus.

Alba’s
Bread $3.95
Soup $6.95
Fish $12.95

Black Onions $0.60
Don’t you want to know?

Fiery Edge of Steel Exclusive Excerpt Tour: ARC Giveaways and More!

Fiery Edge of Steel is releasing at the end of this month — May 28th! To help spread the word about its release, I’m doing a six stop exclusive excerpt tour through Bewitching Book Tours. From today through May 11th, one part of Chapter 1 will be posted at each of the stops below. I’m giving away¬†six signed ARCs (US only) and¬†one $25.00 eGift Certificate to the bookstore of the winner’s choice (international) during this “teaser” tour. I’m ALSO giving away two more signed ARCs of Fiery Edge of Steel¬†and two signed copies of Dark Light of Day¬†from my site (US only). All you have to do to enter to win one of those is e-mail¬†your US address¬†to [archer at jillarcher¬†dot com] by midnight EDT May 13th.¬†Subject line should be the title of the book you are interested in. (You can say “both” :-D).

Fiery Edge of Steel

Exclusive Excerpt Tour

In writing Fiery Edge of Steel, I was inspired by a number of things, among them an old French imposter case, two children’s songs, and a fairy tale. I wanted to explore the themes of love, betrayal, knowledge, death, and duty. To set up those themes I could think of no better way to open the book than to recreate a Haljan¬†version of the 16th century execution of Arnaud du Tilh, the man who impersonated the French peasant Martin Guerre. That recreation forms the basis for Chapter 1.

May 6th: Part One at Fang-tastic Books

May 7th: Part Two at Urban Girl Reader

May 8th: Part Three at Preternatura

May 9th: Part Four at Urban Fantasy Investigations

May 10th: Part Five at Rabid Reads

May 11th: Part Six at Romancing the Dark Side

Great First Reviews!

I was thrilled and excited to see that the first reviews for Fiery Edge of Steel were positive. In fact, I love what¬†was said about the book and the series. I’m very grateful for any interest and thankful to everyone who takes the time to read and review.

‚ÄúArcher delves deeper into the enticing and magical world of Dark Light of Day in this original and clever urban fantasy‚Ķ Excitement and action leap from the pages as Archer‚Äôs skill with description pulls readers fully into her magical world.” — Publishers Weekly

‚ÄúThe second Noon Onyx story is an astounding adventure tale. Archer‚Äôs unique world, where Lucifer‚Äôs army triumphed at Armageddon, is filled with adherence to strict laws that keep an uneasy peace between races. This is proving to be a really fresh and fascinating series!” — RT Book Reviews

Noon Onyx is participating in a

Supernatural Smackdown

Does that sound hilarious and fun or what?!? I couldn‚Äôt resist saying I‚Äôd participate even though Noon‚Äôs character isn‚Äôt as kick a$$ as¬†the characters she‚Äôll be competing against. If you‚Äôre interested in seeing how a Supernatural Smackdown works, stop by Dark Faerie Tales (I’ll be taking notes along with you because this is the first one I’ve ever done!).¬†And, if you want to vote for the underdog, come check out my post there on May 16th! (Yes, I’ll be sending out reminders. ;-))

More About the Noon Onyx Series

In Dark Light of Day, the first book in the series, Nouiomo¬†“Noon” Onyx, a 21 year old¬†post grad magic user, had to choose between death or training to become a demon peacekeeper. In Fiery Edge of Steel, Noon faces a different question.

The Noon Onyx series is a genre-bending fantasy series. The setting is post-apocalyptic, but it’s not dystopian fiction. In fact, Armageddon is old news.¬†Demons have inherited the earth, but goodness and love still exist. In short, the series is for¬†readers who adore adventure, passion, mystery, and magic.

I’ll be posting info and links to various other events in connection with Fiery Edge of Steel‘s release. And I’ll be posting more guest blogs from the fabulous authors who are participating in the Spring Into Summer Romance¬†guest blog series. Behind the scenes, I am working feverishly (sometimes literally — dang spring colds!) on book #3.

I had a lot of fun writing Fiery Edge of Steel and I hope you enjoy reading it! Have a great week, everyone!
Jill Archer's Dark Light of DayJill Archer's Fiery Edge of Steel

Fiery Edge of Steel Update + the Archer Family Cat

Proof for Fiery Edge of Steel
Proof for Fiery Edge of Steel

I spent a lot of time this weekend proofing Fiery Edge of Steel. The proofing stage of a novel is kind of a neat stage. There’s no doubt it’s tedious. By the time you get to the proofing stage, most writers have read their manuscript 10+ times… and with novels being anywhere from 80,000 to 125,000 words… well, that’s a lot of words to review umptiump times, one word at a time… one comma at a time, one apostrophe at a time, one period at a time… But, on the other hand — WOW! — what a great stage the proofreading stage is. Because it means the book is almost finished! All of the heavy lifting (brainstorming, outlining, researching, drafting, revising, editing, etc.) is over!! ūüėÄ

I’ve mentioned previously that, in Fiery Edge of Steel, some characters from Dark Light of Day return while some new ones are introduced. One of the new characters is an animal character that was just as much fun to create and write about as the human and magical characters were. Considering the settings in the series and the plotline of Fiery Edge, I can safely say without spoiling anything that the new character is *not* a house cat. But my house cat, Pollux, contributed in no small way to the making of the character. So in celebration of his inspirational role, I figured I’d share a picture of him with everyone:

Who said cats don't dream of warmer weather during winter months?
Who said cats don’t dream of warmer weather during winter months?

Here’s an earlier one that my husband took of us one Friday night last fall:

Just Another Friday Night

Fiery Edge of Steel: coming to a bookstore near you on (or about) May 28, 2013!

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Happy Monday, everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Debut Author’s Year End Thoughts on Being Published

Last January I was an unpublished author who’d never worked with a professional editor. I’d just launched my website/blog. I’d never tweeted or guest blogged, produced creative work under the pressure of a deadline, and not many people had read my work (relative to the number of people who would after publication). In short, 2012 was a watershed year of change for me as a commercial fiction writer. Below are my thoughts on some aspects of the process. It is a long post, but there are subtitles so you can jump ahead to subject areas that interest you. Feel free to tell me your thoughts on my thoughts in the comments!

Great to see your story reaching people

Three of the biggest highlights were¬†seeing professionally designed covers for my stories, seeing my book in a bookstore, and attending book signing events like New York Comic Con and a signing with Nora Roberts at her bookstore, Turn the Page. Other amazing moments were having strangers tell me how much they enjoyed the book or the characters and working with a professional editor. I meant what I said in my the Acknowledgements for Dark Light of Day that revisions and edits are kind of like boot camp for novels.¬† The process isn’t easy, especially the first time, but I don’t think any experience ‚Äď no workshop, book, or class ‚Äď can duplicate what you learn from the process.

Reviews

I spent some time hand wringing before my release. For good reason. Some reviews can be brutal. And, honestly, nothing can really prepare you for some of the harsher critiques. But I’m glad my initial reactions to other people’s initial reactions to my work is behind me. I continue to believe that every reader deserves the right to his or her own opinion. And, let’s face it commercial writers, if we can’t take criticism, we’re in the wrong business.¬†But I also know that I’m more relaxed now about reviews than I was just three months ago. And ‚Äď and this is the really important part¬†‚Äď I’m so incredibly grateful for all of the positive feedback I’ve received. The four and five-star ratings and the¬†heartfelt praise¬†is beyond nice.¬†It is¬†sustaining. ūüôā

Deadlines

Last year at New Year’s, we took a nice family flight to Cape May, New Jersey. The day was peaceful and reflective. I spent New Year’s Eve day this year writing. We still went to a friend’s house later that night to celebrate but my mood this year is slightly more… stressed. I took some time off for the holidays ‚Äď I think every writer should ‚Äď but you end up paying for it later because the deadlines don’t change. And when you’re traditionally published, you don’t have any say about when your books come out. (I found out the release date for Fiery Edge of Steel from Amazon).

That said, I can’t imagine self-pubbed authors don’t also have deadlines to meet. They may be softer or self-imposed, but all writers who treat their writing as a business are going to have deadlines. Learning how to manage the demands on your time (research, writing, revising, promoting ‚Äď most authors say they have books in three stages at all times: the book they’re promoting, the book they’re doing revisions/edits for, and the book they’re prepping/writing) is a big part of a debut author’s learning curve.

Creative challenges

2012 had some creative challenges too. To be clear, when I use the word “challenge” I don’t mean something negative, I mean something that pushes you, stretches you, or helps you to grow as a writer. Among the creative challenges I faced in 2012 were: a change of title for the first book in the series¬†and a¬†change of gender for a secondary character (which significantly impacted my main character). Sasha de Rocca was originally another female waning magic user. I hadn’t wanted Noon to be the only one of her kind because I felt it was just too unbelievable. But too many people were confused by it so, after mulling it over for a¬†while, I changed Sasha’s gender. And you know what? Not one person (that I know of) has expressed disbelief that Noon is the only one of her kind. I think it’s a concept we’re used to seeing in fiction, especially fantasy, so it was a good change to have made.

Another challenge I faced was how to market a genre-bending series. Dark Light of Day¬†and the Noon Onyx series is unique. Its core is fantasy, as evidenced by the imprint under which it’s been published: Ace. But there are significant romantic elements and the voice is young. I’ve mentioned before that initially we pitched this story as “Scott Turow’s¬†One L¬†meets Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series” to YA editors. We received some terrific feedback but I would have had to age the characters down and do away with the law school aspect, which for me is a big part of what makes the series unique. And the way some of romantic scenes are written, as well as the premise for how the world came about and some of the themes and concepts, all meant I wouldn’t have been comfortable with marketing the series as a traditional YA. The Noon Onyx series will likely appeal to many YA readers, but they will be readers who are comfortable with the more mature scenes and themes. Bottom line: I was thrilled when my editor at Ace wanted to publish it.

Social media

A year ago, I was familiar with Facebook but Twitter was new to me. I didn’t know what I would think of tweeting and, due to unfamiliarity, I was skeptical. My editor was the one who convinced me to give Twitter a chance and I’m glad she did. I’m quite sure I’m not using Twitter as efficiently as I should, but I like it. But I see its power and potential. Whoever first said it’s like a newsy cocktail party was spot on. I like that you can have brief exchanges with people. And that 140 character limit is also a nice exercise for wordy writers like me. ūüėČ

I’m neutral about Facebook. I continue to have a presence there because it’s expected and I want to be able to reach people on the social media platform of their choice. And, at times, the posts seem funnier and/or more personal than those on Twitter. But the constant changes make me leery of making it a significant part of any promotional plan. Frankly, I wasn’t at all surprised when FB started charging to promote posts. I don’t mind doing it for certain things (partially as an experiment, I paid to promote my post about my cover reveal for Fiery Edge of Steel), but I’m not going to pay to promote general status updates and I doubt anyone else will either. Which means the social aspect of Facebook may fade. [I’ll also admit that my Facebook presence is very limited, so my reactions may not be typical of other authors with a much greater friend/fan base].

I ended up loving WordPress. Adding guest bloggers to my already eclectic mix of blog topics turned out to be even more fun than I thought it would be. For anyone on the fence about adding guests to your blog, I think it’s definitely worth the time investment. I like getting a first hand glimpse at what other writers are working on and guest blogs tend to be more interactive. The themed guest blog series (Spring Into Summer Romance, Fall Into Winter Darkness, and the upcoming New Year, New Adult series) have worked great for me because both my personal reading tastes and my work as an author¬†spans many genres. I’m looking forward to continuing the themed guest blogs in 2013.

I have a presence on Goodreads¬†but I tend to let it¬†do its thing without much involvement from me. I like to give readers space to discuss my books without worrying about me listening in all the time (although GR readers do not appear to be meek about expressing their opinions! :-D) The reviews there are passionate and mixed. Despite some negative reviews, I’ve been grateful for the exposure. The Goodreads giveaway that my publisher sponsored for Dark Light of Day led to many more readers hearing about the book than might have otherwise (almost 900 readers signed up for a chance to win 25 copies) and Goodreads continues to generate the most discussion of Dark Light of Day (far exceeding the number of reviews on Amazon or Barnes & Noble).

International nature of blogging

Looking back at the past year, I’m thrilled with this WordPress blog/website. (For anyone not familiar with blogging platforms, WordPress and Blogger are two of the biggest). My WordPress experience has been fantastic. First off, it’s a community, just like Twitter or Facebook, but you can get to know people and/or what they’re into better with a blogging platform. It’s the difference between saying hi to someone on the street and inviting them in for coffee and a chat around the kitchen table. Second, WordPress is free. So, right off the bat, I feel like if I just take the time to keep this site updated and continue to use it as a tool to reach out and connect with both readers and writers, it’s well worth it.

And I’ve been satisfied with my stats. I know other bloggers’ stats are higher, but I’m excited to have reached 99 countries and to have had over 12,000 views for my first year. I’d love to grow my reach, but I’m also mindful that my primary goal is to be a better fiction writer. This blog allows people to discover me and my work, and it gives me a needed creative break every now and then¬†but ultimately it’s a side-show. So when traffic is slow or my stats appear unimpressive, I tell myself it’s okay ‚Äď especially if the reason for the slow traffic or low stats is that I’ve ignored my blog to focus on my fiction writing. ūüôā

Book blogs / blog tours

I’ve said quite a bit already about book blogs and blog tours (and that I am a fan of both)¬†so I won’t belabor the point again here. It’s enough to just repeat that I definitely think blog tours are worth it, but the details (whether you use a blog tour company to help you plan, organize, and execute it; how many stops you should do; how long it should be; what stops you should visit, etc.) are the key to effectively utilizing this promotional tool. My deadline for Noon Onyx book #3 falls within days of the release date for Fiery Edge of Steel, so I already know I won’t be doing a big blog tour for Fiery Edge. But I’m okay with that. I think writers need to assess their guest blog/blog tour needs for each book separately.

Writer’s groups

Some writers have said writers groups aren’t worth the money. I am not one of them. I owe a debt of gratitude to Romance Writers of America. That group is one of the only national organizations that accepts unpublished members into their ranks. Through RWA’s chapters, workshops, and meetings, I learned how to structure a novel, come up with a good hook, draft a query letter, and much more. I met writer friends who are incredibly supportive and, albeit in a round about way, I was introduced to my agent through RWA. I wasn’t thrilled to hear that RWA is cutting the Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category¬†from the RITA (the highest award for romance fiction) because I think it sends a message to members like me, who write urban fantasy and other genre fiction with strong romantic elements but who do not write traditional romance, that we are no longer welcome in the organization. But I’m cognizant of my debt of gratitude. Even if I choose to leave RWA in 2013 (a decision I haven’t yet made) I will always be a romance fan. I will continue to support romance authors by buying their books and I will continue to suggest RWA as a¬†resource for those writers writing traditional romance.

Agents

Another thing you hear writers question the value of from time to time are agents, especially now that the publishing climate is changing so dramatically. I realize it’s likely the ten years I spent in legal practice that contributes to my position on this (I occasionally met clients who should have consulted counsel MUCH sooner than they did about certain matters) but the fact is, all writers should have a professional advocate, someone who is in their corner no matter what. At the very least, all writers should have a professional advisor or mentor. My guess is that, as publishing changes, the role of agents will also evolve. But my advice to any writer signing a contract is: get an agent or, at the very least, have a literary attorney look at it before you sign.

Reading for pleasure

My personal reading plummeted in 2012. Mostly, it was due to time constraints. This, obviously, is not a trend I want to continue long-term. I’m hoping it’s just the result of being a debut author. As I become more familiar with the publishing process and the industry, I’m hoping there will be less trial and error time (Ha! I tweeted a link to a news article recently that was titled, “Change is the Only Constant in Today’s Publishing Industry“).

Future of publishing

Who knows? I wish I had a crystal ball! One thing I am absolutely certain of is that STORIES will never go away. Storytelling, and its prerequisite ‚Äď imagination ‚Äď is part of our collective human experience. What form¬†stories take, how they are delivered to an audience, and how¬†that audience¬†finds them will continue to evolve at ever-increasing speed.

Always grateful

I never miss an opportunity to tell everyone how much I appreciate their support. So, of course, I can’t let a year-end post go by without once again telling each and every one of you how much I appreciate all that you’ve done to support me: all the shares, likes, and reviews. All of the purchases and positive word of mouth. All the visits and views, retweets, and ratings. To all of the blog hosts and bookstore employees, to all of my friends, family, followers, and fans ‚Äď you are all amazing and awesome!

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s! Best wishes for 2013!

NEW YORK COMIC CON Pt. 1: Authors Panel and the Conference

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2012 New York Comic Con at the Javits Center

This past weekend, I attended the New York Comic Con. This was my first experience attending a fan conference. It was every bit as much fun as I thought it would be. The crowds, the costumes, the vendors and events… the other authors, artists, fans, readers, and book bloggers ‚Äď it was all fantastic.

Bummer that he's blurry!

Panels & Screenings

Legendary Comics

Friday night I sat in on the Legendary Entertainment panel. The highlight was hearing about Guillermo del Toro’s latest project — his upcoming movie, Pacific Rim. (Click here¬†for a great recap of the panel by Sandy Schaefer at Screen Rant). We got to see the Pacific Rim trailer (previously only shown at SDCC). Needless to say, it looks awesome and I can’t WAIT to see it! Was also¬†great to hear del Toro¬†talk about the movie and its making. I hadn’t had the opportunity to see or hear him before in person so just watching the panel discussion was fun. As you can imagine, del Toro¬†was very entertaining! ūüėÄ

Genre Bending Panel

I was¬†enormously pleased to have been¬†included in a last-minute¬†panel that¬†NYCC put together for Saturday afternoon. The topic is one I find particularly interesting, as both writer and reader.¬†[Frankly, let’s just be honest here, I *LOVE* genre-bending books! And Dark Light of Day¬†is¬†the poster child of genre-bending¬†books¬†since it has elements of fantasy, romance,¬†mystery, and post-apocalyptic, even¬†legal fiction and new adult!] On the panel with me were:

  • Lia Habel, author of Dearly, Departed¬†(steampunk zombie romance)
  • Steve Walker, co-author of The Battle of Blood and Ink (steampunk¬†graphic novel featuring the “swashbuckling,¬†indomitable clouddog¬†Ashe”)
  • Kalayna Price, author of the Alex Craft novels (urban fantasy with elements of mystery and romance)
  • Steve Bein, author of Daughter of the Sword (attempted theft of an old samurai sword —¬†fantasy, police procedural, and historical fiction)
  • Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series (“Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men” —¬†fantasy and military fiction)
  • Benjamin Tate, author of Leaves of Flame (epic fantasy)

Cici James, co-owner of Singularity & Co., NYC’s only science fiction and fantasy¬†dedicated bookshop, moderated the panel. She asked some great questions, focusing the discussion on areas like reader reactions to genre-bending books and¬†the prevalence of strong, female leads in the books of most (though not all) of the authors on the panel. We discussed covers,¬†always a popular topic. For my part, I was still soaking up all the intense and wonderful Comic Con vibes so I hope I did Dark Light of Day and Noon Onyx justice with my answers. I shared my thoughts that a genre-bending book can serve as a reader gateway from one genre to another. Some of the reader comments that have made me the happiest so far have come from romance readers who took a chance on DLOD “despite” its fantasy setting and have said the book made them consider reading more fantasy, which is terrific!

Was great meeting book bloggers and online writers group chapter mates like Jessica Kong, who also brought her kids to the panel.

Graphic Novels & Comic Books

During the post-panel autographing session I was lucky enough to sit next to Steve Walker.

Steve Walker, co-author of The Battle of Blood and Ink

So this is what I got to bring home:

The Battle of Blood and Ink

Steve drew Ashe, the indomitable heroine¬†from The Battle of Blood and Ink; A Fable of the Flying City, on the front page as we chatted. Super cool, huh? ūüėÄ

And, because it was a Comic Con, I had to buy some comics, of course! [Disclaimer: Okay, it’s true. I’m not a big comic book reader. I think the last comic I read was Calvin & Hobbes. Make fun of me if you want. But it seemed silly to come all the way to Comic Con and NOT buy comics and these guys were really nice!]

These comics feature Steven James, whose mission is to keep the XenoGlyphs, stones with elemental powers, from falling into the wrong hands

Interesting People

Anyone who regularly follows my blog knows I love meeting interesting people. And, as I suspected,¬†there’s no better place to meet interesting people than at a Comic Con. Here are a few of¬†the really neat people I met there:

Joe Zanetti:¬†Produces video games for Longtail Studios and film/TV projects for Frozen Fish Productions.¬†I sat next to Joe at the Legendary panel and then¬†hung out with him¬†afterwards. We chatted about one of my favorite subjects: Movies! ūüėÄ

Kim Guidone: Independent producer for¬†a future project featuring Terrifica, the “Anti-Sex in the City Superhero”¬†¬†[Gotta ‘fess up that Kim’s a good friend of mine! ;-)]

Sarah Beth Durst: Author of Vessel, a fantasy novel with serpents made of unbreakable glass and wolves made of sand. (She was wearing the coolest glass dragon necklace).

Steve Bein: Fellow panelist and debut¬†Ace/Roc author. He’s a full-time philosophy professor, but we talked books and writing, not philosophy. ūüôā

Also briefly met Garrett Jones, Staff Editor and Reviewer for The Ranting Dragon, Grace Fonseca from Livre de Amour, and was very happy to chat with Sally from The Qwillery!

Sally ‘Qwill’ Janin¬†from The Qwillery and Jill Archer

All in all, the Genre Benders Authors Panel and the New York Comic Con was a wonderfully immersive experience. Stay tuned for NEW YORK COMIC CON Pt. 2: First Booksigning and NYC!

Top Ten Romantic Halloween Movies

Snowtober 2011
Remember Snowtober? It was neat, but I’m glad it doesn’t happen every year!
Snow storm
Normally I don’t look this happy when scraping snow off my car…
but a snowstorm in October was worth a grin!

Tomorrow, I‚Äôll be at¬†NYCC but I‚Äôll also be over at Book Lovers Hideaway for their Halloween Spooktacular. Because I‚Äôve missed doing my movie reviews lately (and maybe you have too), I put together a Top Ten List of “Romantic” Halloween Movies. Plan a movie marathon for this weekend or just pick one to watch after handing out all the candy on 10/31! Stop by and tell me which one is your favorite ‚Äď or add your own suggestions. You know how much I love movie recommendations!

NYCC Update

I was excited to find out that they added a new panel at NYCC for Saturday on genre-bending novels, which includes Dark Light of Day:

GENRE-BENDERS: Out-of-the-box Science-Fiction and Fantasy Novels that blur the lines of fantasy, SF, horror, romance, steampunk, you name it! Join authors in a discussion about stories that can‚Äôt be bound by the constraints of any genre. Whether mixing elements of romance with horror, or fantasy with thrillers, these authors show that a good tale can be spun from multiple traditions. Saturday, October 13th, 2:45–3:45 PM, 1A01

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll be posting again on Tuesday!