Over the weekend I attended a convention I’ve never gone to before, CONvergence. CONvergence is hosted in Minneapolis every year and is something like a small Comic-Con. I say small in terms of comparison to Comic-Con, but CONvergence is actually quite large. I was surprised by its size, in fact.
It is primarily a science fiction and fantasy con and fans of the genres converge on the Radisson, (in 2011, anyway, not sure where the next one will be), in Bloomington, MN, to eagerly discuss their favorites shows, movies, books and characters. The pay homage to them in costume and have panel after panel discussing them.
There’s an art show, a dealer’s room (I spent A LOT of money in there. Can anyone say, custom made corset? *cringe*), a movie theater in which they show anime and cult classics, and parties every night. In short, this con is a hell of a lot of fun and the people watching is spectacular.
I was one of only two romance authors that I know for certain were there. The other author, Michael Merriam, writes paranormal rom, like me, and speculative fiction. His first book recently released with Carina Press, called Last Car to Annwn Station. I ended up doing about six panels on various subjects like epublishing, guerilla marketing, and cross-genre romances.
Another interesting author I met was David Wilbanks, who was also my signing partner in crime. I started his zombie apocalypse novel, Dead Earth, on the way home on the plane. It’s so engaging it kept me from working on my laptop…and I’m under deadline.
Did I mention the costumes? Some of them were incredibly elaborate. I wish I had pictures, but my camera died almost as soon as I got there. I did manage to get a couple shots of my costume, which was very steampunkesque.
All in all, I had a fantastic time and I might just be addicted. Maybe I’ve added another con to my yearly rounds.
Not only did JADED release this week, so did Lauren’s Dane’s GODDESS WITH A BLADE. I’ve read this one, guys, and it’s GOOD. Don’t miss it. Read on for an opportunity to win it.
Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.
A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’s new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line—or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice.
Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.
Want to win an electronic copy of this book? Leave a comment between now and tomorrow (Saturday) morning! Instead of just saying, enter me!, tell me something interesting, anything you want. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!
Thanks for celebrating the release of JADED with me! I hope you had fun. Obviously, I wish everyone could win something. If you didn’t win anything, don’t feel alone. I never win contests either. Oh, and blame my husband. He’s the one who draws numbers.
Winner of the grand prize — $100 GC to the bookstore of winner’s choice is….Dawn R
Winner of runner-up prize — $50 GC to the bookstore of winner’s choice is….Beth W
Winner of yesterday’s book is….Katherine W.
Congrats to all the winners. Please email me at anyabast(at)gmail.com to make arrangements. You must contact me within two weeks of the date of this post to collect your prize.
I am chatting tonight about JADED (releases today!) at 9pm ET at Writerspace. Join me ~ www.writerspace.com/chat
The winner of yesterday’s books is Tracey D., who said, “I’m looking forward in spending some quality time with my parents this summer. They are getting older and have a few health issues and time is just too short. Last summer, I worked 6 out of 7 days and saw very little of them….” Congrats! Please drop me an email at anyabast(at)gmail.com!
Defined by magic. Ruled by desire.
In the Court of Edaeii, magic-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift in manipulating emotion with a sapphire stone set into the perfect curve of her lower back. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with the power of illusion. He may better her in magic, but he is her absolute equal in passion.
They share something else—they’re both targets of low-born revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the palace of the privileged few. Rescued from the mobs by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they’re given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice.
Evangeline, Anatol and Gregorio come together as one to explore the possibilities of love beyond reason, and to indulge in pleasure without limits.
The winner of yesterday’s book, is Denise B., who said, “I first read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series at 9yrs old. I have been addicted to reading ever since. Those books drew me in and ever since reading has been my favorite escape. It doesn’t really matter what genre of book it is as long as it is well written.” Congrats! Please drop me an email! Anyabast (at) gmail.com
Sarafina Connell is having the worst week of her life. It takes an even darker turn when an infamous playboy kidnaps her and reveals a world she never knew existed….
It’s a world where magick is real, and where Sarafina is given a chance to join a secret cabal that is bent on gaining absolute power. They could use a woman like her—a witch with an untapped gift for creating fire. But she isn’t about to get in league with the devil.
Rescued from her captors, Sarafina is introduced to a coven that is duty-bound to fight the forces of darkness. She’s pleased that her savior is the imposingly seductive Theo—until the trust between them goes up in flames. However, as the war between good and evil is waged, Sarafina and Theo realize they have no choice but to unite in the battle for supremacy—that’s getting hotter by the minute.
The winner of yesterday’s book, Dark Enchantment, is Karen C., who said, “I would like the super power of being able to control the elements – lots of possibilities lie there….” Congrats! Please drop me an email! Anyabast (at) gmail.com
A fitting answer to lead into today’s book……
With the immense powers of an earth witch, Claire isn’t destined to be a demon’s handmaiden. Yet this has been her fate since she was six, when her warlock mother brought her to Eudae. Now as an adult, she’s about to discover her true power—and how far others are willing to go to take it away…
As part of a mission with the Coven, Adam Tyrell rescues Claire from her enslavement—and finds himself immediately taken with the beautiful witch. But this charming playboy soon learns that it’s easier to steal Claire from demons than win her heart, for her life as a servant has ravaged her spirit. But with Adam determined to protect her from the warlocks who want to harness her magick for evil, Claire’s resistance starts to give way—and they find themselves in the heat of danger, surrendering to the lure of their deepest desires…
Answer in the comments for a shot at a copy of Witch Heart. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see if you won. What book can you think of that had a major impact on your life? Maybe it’s something you read as a child, or something in college.
The winner of yesterday’s book, Night Falls Darkly, is Leni, who said, “I’ve never attended one. I’d like to check some of them out, though.” Congrats! Please drop me an email! Anyabast (at) gmail.com
A sultry dream can become a real-life nightmare…
Tax consultant Charlotte Bennett isn’t the type to lose control. Until she’s seduced in a dream by a handsome, rugged man named Kieran. In her dream state, she decides to let loose, letting pleasure and desire lead the way. But she quickly discovers her “safe” night of passion has dangerous repercussions.
The lust-driven dream was in fact a magick illusion that’s left Charlotte indefinitely bound to a controlling fae named Kieran. Under his order, she must find the last piece of a powerful relic. Only Charlotte knows the location of the bosca fadbh, but the knowledge is hidden deep within her bloodline—and only wicked magick can draw it out.
Forced to work with the enticing Kieran, she finds it hard to escape their seductive chemistry. Even though he’s harboring a deadly curse, one that puts Charlotte in danger—and could make this attraction fatal…