Melbourne launch at Notions Unlimited; SupaNova wraps up

I was in seventh Gallifreyan heaven on the weekend as I sucked up cosplay and fandom at SupaNova Brisbane. I made friends with dogs and daleks…

Cher & Row Big Dalek

… some fabulous fellow fantasy lovers, including Jessica Schick (the gorgeous pirate chick) ?from Kickboxingroosters and lovely Brisbane reader Kathy and her fab children.

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… and I sold and signed books at our Queensland authors fantasy book stall, alongside the gorgeous Rowena Cory Daniells and Chris McMahon.

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Tomorrow, I fly to Melbourne for a week of book signings, writer and reader get-togethers and a publishing conference. The highlight of the week will be the Melbourne launch of The Blood She Betrayed at Notions Unlimited Bookstore, Chelsea Beach Arcade, Chelsea, this Saturday, November 16 from 5pm.

If you can’t make the Notions Unlimited Bookstore event, I will be signing books at Benn’s Bookshop, Bentleigh at 11.30am on Wednesday, November 13 and at Sun Bookshop, Yarraville, from 4pm on Monday, November 18. Come along and say hello – and maybe sample a little of The Blood She Betrayed.

My Melbourne itinerary (so far):

Wed, Nov 13:  11.30am: Book signing & author chat, Benn’s Bookshop, Bentleigh.

Fri, Nov 15:  9am-5pm: Small Press Network Independent Publishing Conference, Wheeler Centre, Melbourne.

Fri, Nov 15:  6.30pm: Most Underrated Book of the Year Awards, Wheeler Centre, Melbourne.

Sat, Nov 16: 5pm: Melbourne launch of The Blood She Betrayed, Notions Unlimited Bookshop, Chelsea.

Mon, Nov 18: 4pm: Book signing & author chat, Sun Bookshop Yarraville.

Visit my website calendar HERE for a full-list of all book signings and author events for the next two months. This list is being added to all the time, so check in again in a couple of weeks’ time.

Imaginations soar as Facebook party rocks into the night

Miranda Shoe enjoys a mango sorbet cocktailSipping Shahkara cocktails at our glitzy reception venue. Roasting marshmallows on a dude’s talons at the beach. Glamming it up in glitzy ballgowns or dressing down in Cookie Monster pyjamas.

A Facebook party is only limited by the imaginations of your guests so it’s not surprising that last week’s The Blood She Betrayed launch party was an epic success (especially when it 130 vivid imaginations).

Writing and publishing this book (and previous manuscripts) has been a long journey for me. During that time, I’ve been luckyShane enough to make many friend, not just with emerging and published authors, but a heap of non-writers (including some non-readers) who accept that “the book stuff” is a big chunk of who I am, but still love me all the same.

Friday night was a chance to celebrate with all my friends – and what a night it was! Dean J Anderson (right, dressed as Don Johnson) and felloAuthor Dean J Anderson dressed up as Don Johnsonw Bundaberg Writers Club members were ringleaders in the party antics. There was arm wrestling with Shahkara, necking on the couch and loud music, as characters from various authors’ books come together to plot out mischief.

Highlights of the night included the serving of the Shahkara cocktail and five fab giveaways. For those who missed the event, here’s a list of the winners:

Winner #1: Rieckie Muchow (Ice Gorian necklace)

Winner #2: Jodie Williams (Clan Destine title of her choice)

Winner #3: Charlott Wood (The Blood She Betrayed T-shirt)

Winner #4: Laree Chapman (Shahkara web necklace)

Winner #5: Jacqui Read (Heart Hunters bracelet)

A big thanks to Miranda Shoe (that’s her at the top of the page, sipping a mango Shahkara) who managed the names for every draw. I couldn’t have kept track of all the entries without her. Thanks, Min! Check out Miranda’s new TumblR page HERE.

Pendant1Since Clan Destine Press is yet to release the full eBook, I’ve saved two of the giveaways from the party so we can draw them once The Blood She Betrayed goes live. The first is a gorgeous Shahkara pendant, designed and handmade by local artist Chris from Ekko Glass Design at Moore Park. The pendant was designed in honour of The Blood She Betrayed‘s launch. The smaller prize is a bracelet from The Bling Thing, Hervey Bay, which also captures the vivid colours of my book’s cover.bracelet1

I’ll let everyone know as soon as they can download the full eBook from Clan Destine Press and Amazon. In the meantime, make sure you download for free the first 12 chapters of The Blood She Betrayed from THIS SITE.

Thank you, everyone, for being part of my special night.  It meant the world to me, multiple worlds, in fact, and the more I write of the Heart Hunter series, the more you’ll get to discover those worlds.

Free: The first 12 chapters of The Blood She Betrayed

Ch1If you’ve been waiting to sample my debut Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel The Blood She Betrayed, there’s no better time than now – my Publisher Lindy Cameron surprised guests at my Facebook launch party on Friday with a special surprise: you can download the first 12 chapters of The Blood She Betrayed for free from HERE.

Lindy and Clan Destine Press will let you know as soon as the full book is online at Clan Destine and other sites, including Amazon. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the first 12 chapters. Do email me as I’d love to hear from you.

Shah promo 2As part of my Hearts & Talons Tour, I’m visiting Jenai at Bookingly Yours and Amanda Bridgeman at her fabulous author website (it’s out of this world) today. I talk to Jenai about superheroes, strong heroines and unexpected plots, while Amanda discovers my childhood love of Dr Who and Blake’s Seven, how I force teen characters to grow in unexpected ways and how David Eddings lost me a fat yellowbelly on one family fishing trip (Blame Sparhawk, honest!). If you’re interested in science fiction, check out Bridgeman’s debut novel, Aurora: Darwin. Full details can be found at her website HERE.