** TODAY - 2/13 - join me in a discussion at Facebook for Mystery Thriller Week - 12 central - 1 pm EST.
** Also enter my giveaway all week to 2/22 - win a signed copy of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter! (US shipping only) or win a Kindle copy! ** See giveaway HERE.
** And the winner is... congrats to Michelle Willms who wins a print copy of Lizzie!
* This is the third year for ZOctober at MyBookAddiction.com! ** Check out the Facebook page for events, giveaways and more.
* I'm up on Saturday, Oct. 12 along with fellow author Scott Scherr. Check out his free zombie serial novel, Don't Feed the Dark on his blog.
* Updating: Here are the participants and their FB pages:
Here are the participants and their Facebook pages: (I'm up on Oct. 12)
1st - Phillip Tomasso 2nd - Shawn P. Durnin (SP Durnin) 3rd - Michelle Kilmer
4th - Emily Walker 5th - Elizabeth Constantopoulos (Eli Constant) 5th - Devan Sagliani
6th - Meredith Pritchard (M.R. Pritchard) 7th - Melanie Karsak 8th - Bryan Way
9th - Peggy Sue Martinez 10th - Belinda Frisch 11th - Ryan Hill
12th - Christine Verstraete 13th - Michael Panush 14th - Rachel Tsoumbakos
14th - Samantha Warren 15th - Craig McDonough 16th - Amy Miles
17th - Jack Wallen 18th - The awesome girls of Contagious Reads
19th - Scott Scherr 20th - Brothers Dunne 21st- Khail Lerma 22nd - Elizabeth Lorraine
23rd - Lindsey Loucks 24th - Brian Parker 25th - Larry Weiner
26th - Angel Lawson 27th - G.G. Silverman 28th - Karen Kincy
29th - Allen Gamboa 30th - Claire Riley 31st - Lori Whitwam
** The October Frights Blog Hop runs to October 10 with prizes, giveaways and more.
** Check out my post and giveaway HERE. Be sure to go to all the stops below so the monsters don't get you!!!
Upcoming at WindyCon!
I'll be at WindyCon on Saturday! First time I'm attending this, so looking forward to it.
Feel free to join me during the reading and signings so I'm not talking to myself. ha!
10 a.m. panel - Looking forward to meeting and talking with multi-award winning author Mike Resnick: (Despite they spelled my name wrong!)
SF Authors as Mystery Writers
SF and mysteries often appeal to the same readers, but it also appeals to some of the same authors. Join our panelists to hear what inspired them to combine SF and mystery writing and how adding another genre influences their writing.
J. Cowan, E.Flint, C. Johns (M), M. Resnick, N. Silk, C. Verstraete
Lilac B - 90 min.
3 p.m. Reading: I'll read a portion of GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie and part, I think, of my story, The Songbird's Search, in the Athena's Daughters anthology. (See excerpt.)
Maple - 1 hour
4 p.m. Autographs
D. Murphy, J. Sights, C. Verstraete
Autographing Tables - 1 hour
Contagious Reads Horror Con - July 13-18.
Here's the full schedule for the Facebook event. Meet some great lady horror authors - Q & A's, July 13-16. Panel discussions, July 17-18. Prizes & more!
* Check out my Spotlight interview
Q & A schedule:
Sunday, July 13
9-10 a.m. Melanie Karsak
10:15-11:00 a.m. Annie Walls
4-5 p.m. Dawn Peers
6-6:30 p.m. Rhiannon Frater
Monday, July 14
10-10:30 a.m. Claire C. Riley
11- Noon Emily Goodwin
2-3 p.m. Rachel Aukes
5-6 p.m. Sarah Lyons Fleming
*** 7-8 p.m. C.A. Verstraete
Tuesday, July 15
10-11 a.m. Peggy Martinez
12-12:30 p.m. Pauline Creeden
1-2 p.m. Alexia Purdy
Wednesday, July 16
11- Noon Michelle Kilmer
1-1:30 p.m. T.A. Brock
5-6 p.m. Tonia Brown
7-8 p.m. Erin Hayes
Thursday, July 17
Women in Horror: No, I don't write Urban Fantasy (Thursday July, 17th Morning Session) 1 hour
11 a.m. - Noon
Rhiannon Frater, Dawn Peers, Jessica Meigs, Emily Goodwin, Melanie Karsak, Rachel Aukes
Break for some contests.
All things must die! Killing Characters: 1 hour
Dawn Peers, Sarah Fleming, Jessica Meigs, Annie Walls
Break for more contests.
Romance in Horror: Is this chick lit now? 2 Hours
Rhiannon Frater, Sarah Fleming, Jessica Meigs 5-6 pm
Emily Goodwin, Annie Walls
---Hour 2 Authors--- 6-7 p.m.
TA Brock, Tonia Brown
C.A. Verstraete, Margo Bond Collins
8-9 p.m. Contests
Friday, July 18
All Things Must Die, 1 hour
Claire C. Riley, Melanie Karsak, Emily Goodwin, Tonia Brown, Rhiannon Frater, Margo Bond Collins
Break for Contests!
Zombies and Beyond: The struggle to not be pigeonholed into one sub-genre 2 hrs
Melanie Karsak, Peggy Martinez, Alexia Purdy, Michelle Kilmer, C.A. Verstraete,
Claire C. Riley
Rhiannon Frater, TA Brock, Rachel Aukes, Margo Bond Collins
Break For Contests
Breaking Out! Being a versatile writer who works in various genres. without losing too many fans. 1 hr
Dawn Peers, Emily Goodwin, Peggy Martinez, Pauline Creeden, Erin Hayes
7 p.m. - The Awards!
8-10 p.m. - FUN!
This is so COOL! I'm involved in a Kickstarter project to fund the Athena's Daughters anthology featuring stories by an incredible bunch of women. It includes my story, "The Songbird's Search" -- and a chance to be a character in my story and others!!
Plus- the stories feature original illustrations and so much more!
Backing is open from Dec. 10 to Jan. 8, 2014.
See the Athena's Daughter's Kickstarter.
GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie - Nominated for and Wins 2014 Lovey Award, Love is Murder Mystery Conference
Wow! A great surprise! GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie is nominated for Best Paranoramal-Sci-Fi novel - 2014 Lovey Award, Love is Murder Mystery Conference
** GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie WON! See blog update!
New Author Interview for GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie in Paranormal Cravings
A great 4-page spread about GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie and me is in the May Paranormal Cravings e-magazine. Thank you Iris!
Upcoming 2013-14 Events - Conferences & Conventions
Upcoming cons: http://www.upcomingcons.com/
Feb 7-9, 2014
Love is Murder
InterContinental Chicago O'Hare
5300 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Feb. 6-9, 2014 - Capricon - sci-fi
Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, IL 60090
June 8-9 Printer's Row Lit Fest Chicago
Aug 9-11 Chicago Horror Convention - Flashback Weekend
(Svengoolie, Zombie Pinup contest)
Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare
5440 N. River Rd. Rosemont IL
Aug. 15-18 GenCon
Indianapolis - www.gencon.com
Aug 22-25 Killer Nashville
Aug 30-Sept 2 Dragoncon Atlanta GA
Sept 13-15 Creatures Crimes & Creativity Baltimore MD
Jeffrey Deaver, Christopher Golden (New Dead, 21st Century Dead)
Sept. 19-22 Bouchercon, Albany NY http://bcon2013.com/
Sept. 20-22 Southeast Wisc. Festival of Books
University of Wisconsin, Waukesha WI
Oct (4-6 2012)
Youth Literature Festival U of I Champaign Urbana, IL
Oct (12-14 2012) Sheboygan Children's Book Festival
Nov 9-10 Murder & Mayhem in Muskego
Muskego WI Public Library
Nov 8-10 WindyCon, Lombard IL sci-fi
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel
Nov.15-17 Days of the Dead Horror Convention
Nov (23-25 2012) ChambanaCon - sci fi etc
Nov (30-Dec 2 2012) TeslaCon - Steampunk convention Middleton WI
Upcoming Dollhouse Show - Nov 11
I'll be signing books at the Wee C Dollhouse Club show - Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, in Elk Grove Village, Ill. One of the best shows around with a HUGE display room. Stop by and say hello!
I'm participating in an author blog tour with a group of YA and middle grade authors. Check for links to my posts and for featured guests at my Candid Canine blog - beginning 9/6 Zombies, paranormal, mystery plus prizes! Who can beat that?
Blog by Chris Verstraete - author, award-winning journalist, miniaturist. I love dogs, too. It's all good.