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  As we jump into the FIFTH year of the amazing UtopiaCon, a group of authors wanted to give back to the organizers who have given so much inspiration and support to us. A conference of this magnitude–of this level of MAGIC–is not cheap. Over the past few months, we’ve learned that organizers, friends, and even family have come forward and given from their own personal funds in order to help move Utopia forward another...

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If you weren’t aware, I’m currently writing two novels and recently agreed to write a short story. One story is close to my heart and the words flow from a familiar, natural place. There aren’t any outrageous twists or turns in the plot and the characters resonate with me on a personal level. The other tale has worked it’s way into my heart, but mainly because it’s grown out of my head-space down into the...

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*sing song voice* La-di-da… I’m going to conjure up a beautiful creature and put her in an illustrious world filled with adventure, endless possibilities, and unfailing love. *zzzz…zzz* Wake up and get real. I’m writing my first Fantasy novel, and it is outrageously difficult. I’d like to take this opportunity to share a little about my new WIP (work in progress) and warn you. If you’re willing to...

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Kickstarting a new project can be exciting! Who am I kidding? It’s a scary, brain-scrambling, daunting, dodge-worthy, and doubt-developing process. A kick in the rear is necessary (at least for me) to get the momentum needed to push through a new WIP (Work In Progress). The first few ideas start out as a jumbled mess, then they grow into beasts that have to be fed, walked (so the crap can be dumped), and tamed. Each new book is...

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This week UtopYA Con is on like Donkey Kong, and I’m excited to see old friends and make new ones! There are some great panels I’m looking forward to attending, including two that I’ll be moderating. I’m giving away book swag on Friday, and signing Descent and Defend on Saturday. Plus, the UtopYA Con Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday evening. It’s going to be one jam-packed, fun-filled week! Here are...

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Book Expo America is a leg-numbing, crowd-cramming, novel-nabbing tradition for me each Spring. The adventure has taken place in New York City every year I’ve attended, and it never fails that in addition to having great friends with me, I make more wonderful buddies along the way. Bloggers, librarians, and industry professionals, oh my! BEA is all about connections. Learning about people and their passion and standing/sitting...

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