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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Short and Occasionally Sweet

          "Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what was seen during a moment."
                         ~ CARL SANDBURG

          Lest you think I'm setting you up for a pulp fiction shoot-'em-up author's condescending drone on the shortcomings of poetry, let me assure you I am not!  Quite the contrary.  I am a member of a little on-line arthouse where folks get together to share our attempts to wax profound in 25 words or less.  That is, in fact, the name of the group, and while you have to be a member of writing.com to participate, it is open for anyone who would care to drop in and sample the wares.
          Consider this your invitation.  Here's the link.  Drop in for a read, and if you feel inspired to try your hand, there is a free membership in writing.com to be had for the asking, which will open the door to your contributions.  But, writer or reader, we'd love to welcome you.  Come by and see a side of the Blimprider that isn't often displayed.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Vampires in the Big Easy

          Those in the New Orleans area this coming Wednesday have an opportunity to meet David Lee Summers, a well-regarded author in many genres.  He'll be signing books at...  Well, all the scuttlebutt is in his very informative post that came in this morning.  This guy has the Blimprider Seal of Approval, so don't miss it if you can!  And if you must, you can keep up with David's busy writing life at https://davidleesummers.wordpress.com

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          I am on the road this weekend. I just participated in a fabulous book signing for Straight Outta Tombstone at the Barnes and Noble in Glendale, Colorado. My next stop is New Orleans, Louisiana where I’ll be researching some of the locations in my next steampunk novel, Owl Riders. I’ll also be at Boutique du Vampyre on Wednesday, August 23 from 3 to 6pm to sign copies of my vampire novels and Straight Outta Tombstone.
           My vampire novels tell the story of the Scarlet Order, a band of vampire mercenaries who fight evil. The first novel, Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order tells the story of the Scarlet Order’s origin during the middle ages, their role in the grail quest and their encounter with the human prince known as Vlad the Impaler. The second novel Vampires of the Scarlet Order carries their story to the present day where they must stop a top secret project to create vampire-like super soldiers.
          My story in Straight Outta Tombstone features the Scarlet Order vampires as they would be if they existed in my Clockwork Legion universe. It’s a fun, twisted crossover that celebrates one of the first vampire stories, Carmilla, and imagines an alternate explanation to the real life Albert Fountain disappearance. Who was Albert Fountain you ask? He was Billy the Kid’s defense attorney and his empty grave is behind my home in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
          Boutique du Vampyre is a terrific shop in New Orleans’ French Quarter. They have an assortment of vampire themed gifts including apparel and accessories, dolls, jewelry, and wine. They’ll even help you create a great New Orleans vampire adventure. Come hang out with us at Boutique du Vampyre this coming Wednesday, chat for a while, and find some great gifts!
The boutique is located at 709 1/2 St. Ann Street. Call 504-561-8267 for more information, or RSVP for the signing at the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/486214595060988/. Even if you can’t make the signing, you can get my vampire books from the Boutique by visiting https://feelthebite.com/collections/vampire-library-books-for-sale

Friday, August 18, 2017

Old Friends, New Books, and a Big Ol' Party!

          Arriving on my feed this morning was Karen Carlisle's photoblog about her book launch at the Steampunk Festival in Port Adelaide, Australia.  There are many pictures, and as I don't want to change the focus or presentation during a transfer, I'm simply going to provide the link.  Please take the time to follow it for a look into this wonderful community of enthusiasts.  You won't be sorry!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Free Books!

           Opened my feed this morning to find this just in from the very active William J. Jackson.  Not much to say here.  Go survey the field and commence your harvest!
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          Howdy. I am again taking part in a free ebook giveaway involving Instafreebie, and set up by talented indie author Dean Wilson. Looking for a grwat science fiction or fantasy read at no cost? Start here.
          I offer up a preview of my steampunk junior novel The Blossom of Hours. Give it, and many more titles, a try. Click the link and explore!  http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Weird Western Showdown

          Found this simmering on my feed this morning, fresh off the page from the website of David Lee Summers.  I've had the pleasure of seeing this gentleman on a panel.  He is not to be missed if you're in the area!
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          This Saturday, I’ll join bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Kevin J. Anderson, Sarah A. Hoyt, Peter J. Wacks, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Naomi Brett Rourke, Sam Knight and editor David Boop to discuss the genesis of the anthology Straight Outta Tombstone, reminisce about our careers, and sign our books.
          In my story Fountains of Blood, Billy and Larissa from the Clockwork Legion series tangle with Marcella and Rosen from the Scarlet Order vampire series while caught up in the historical Albert Fountain disappearance.   I’m not the only author revisiting familiar characters.   Jim Butcher reveals the origin of one of the Dresden Files’ most popular characters in A Fistful of Warlocks.  And Kevin J. Anderson’s Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., finds himself in a showdown in High Midnight.  Plus there are stories from Larry Correia, Alan Dean Foster, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael A. Stackpole, Phil Foglio, Robert E. Vardeman and many more.  Readers in Las Cruces and Tucson might even find copies I’ve signed at their local Barnes and Noble stores.
          Lots of fun and a few surprises at this event!  Mosey on down and celebrate this amazing anthology!

Here are the details:
August 18th, 7pm
Barnes and Noble
960 S Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CO 80246
Call for more information, 303-691-2998 or
RVSP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/251489345342065/