Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas From WOT

Merry Christmas to all my friends and fellow bloggers and writers. I hope this year has been good to you. I know I haven't been very busy here on this blog, but I am planning to change that with more post in the coming year. It's going to be an interesting year with our new president. I will keep praying for our nation to come together and try to make 2017 a better more prosperous year.

Christmas is a magical time for me and my family. I hope it is for you too. Although there is no Christmas in my fictional world of Tiaera, it still snows there. With this in mind, I want to share a page from my coloring book for those of you who enjoy coloring. Grab your color pencils, water colors and gel pens, a cup of hot spiced tea, a glass of wine or hot chocolate and download this PDF as a gift from me to you. Merry Christmas and thank you for following my blog!

Click this link to download: Astria Wynterfest Coloring Page

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Event Banners

Merry Christmas to all and Happy Wynterfest too!

The holidays are upon us and I have been busy doing decorations, shopping and preparing for our second London Bridge Renaissance Faire. The first faire did so well, we are going to do it again no matter how cold or windy it might get. Book sales have been good and so I've designed a 2 X 4 ft. banner to display at craft fairs and events. Up until now, I have only dreamed about getting a banner to promote my books, but I worried they were very expensive. This is the design I came up with.

Many authors use posters and tall banners for displaying images of their books. It's always a good
way to attract visitors to your table by presenting a large colorful display. I saw just how good banners and signs worked when I attended the Kingman KABAM Book Festivals. An author there had two tall banners and other signs to surround the front of his tent. He got a lot of visitors!

When I started out, I used a small treasure chest filled with cheap, but shiny baubles and fake gold doubloons to display my first book. It was attractive and it helped, but it wasn't easily seen from a distance. This is where banners are better. It's no secret and marketing people have been using them for decades.

With four books now, the little chest is used to keep candy in. This is a good idea if you are looking for ways to get the public to come closer and see what you have to offer. I display my books in acrylic holders that keep them secure while still allowing the public to see and hold them. If all goes well, the Dragonling Treasures banner will be the first of a couple I will use to promote my books.

You can find many places online that sell cheap banners and it's well worth a look as long as you don't need the item right away. Some printers will even help you with the design or have some already to go and you just have to tell them what you want, leaving the designing to them. I decided on Staples since it was close to home and I wanted the personal service. They answered all my questions and even checked my art to make sure it would print well.

If you haven't thought about getting a banner or two for promoting your books for fear it might be expensive, you'll be pleased to hear small banners like mine (2 X 4 ft outside use) run only about $32. With a 20% coupon, it came to $25 + tax. Not too bad. And it's tax deductible, of course. Only $25 and it will be ready in a couple of days.

I thought they were expensive! That's why I put this idea off for so long. Silly me!

Happy Holidays!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Azuremist Manor Coloring Page

Here is one of the coloring book drawings: Azuremist Manor

The colorist was Pat of Lake Havasu who used Prismacolor color pencils. She did a great job with all the details there. I hope to get more samples of colored pages from others who have bought my World of Tiaera coloring book. I also plan to display some of my own images here so that my followers can get a better idea what my fantasy world looks like.

This is what the coloring book illustration looked like before her artistic handiwork. Good job, Pat!

Azuremist Manor is located several miles away from the city of Moonlyte, in the country of Athrylle. It is a grand estate protected by magic wards around the perimeter as well as guarded by packs of wolves in the nearby forest. Manor peasants and travelers are warned by posted signs throughout the land that belongs to the lord of the manor.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween in a Fictional World

I have been busy working around the house, decorating it with various objects of fear and dread. Halloween music fills the air as I set up my three ft. black tree, complete with scary ornaments, prominently in the living room. Fall has finally arrived in Havasu and the temperatures are finally cool enough to go outside to enjoy the fresh air without baking on the sidewalk.

As I set up the miniature tomb stones and skeletons around the house, my mind wanders to what it would be like on my fantasy world of Tiaera. Since Tiaera is not Earth, it wouldn't have a designated holiday called Halloween or All Hallows Eve. It has no real purpose for such a holiday. After all, what is Halloween?

According to Wikipedia: "Halloween, or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All HallowsEvening),[5] also known as Allhalloween,[6] All Hallows' Eve,[7] or All Saints' Eve,[8] is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide,[9] the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed."

Since Tiaera has no Christian religion, there can be no Halloween. But that doesn't mean there can't be something like it. This is where imagination can come in when building up a fictional world (or worldbuilding). Some of you who have created fictional worlds for the purpose of gaming, roleplaying or writing will know what I mean.

Every world has it's problems, monsters and conflicts. Where there's good, there must also be evil. Thus for Tiaera, evil lurks in the form of god-like demons who arrive from other planes of existence to conquer the medieval planet. If that isn't enough, there are wicked magic-users who dabble in the black arts to wreak havoc in the world. Remember this wraith?

Anyone who has read my books will discover that Tiaera is much like our world except, thanks to the goddess, death is not always permanent.

So, what then? What can the medieval folk of Tiaera be afraid of? Well, that would be telling and I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read my books. For now, this topic rests in my mind and in the minds of fellow world builders who want to create a Halloween atmosphere, whether it be a feast day, celebration, season or period of time. Have your fictional people come up with traditions and superstitions in order to observe your own Halloween. If you have a fictional calendar, pick a good time in your calendar year that would be suitable.

Have fun with it, but try not to take such things too seriously.

Happy Halloween! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The New Coloring Book Video

Here it is! The shipment is on its way. Paypal is ready to take your orders now.

If you want to learn more about my latest book, watch this video. This is only my second video, but Stupeflix made it easy for me. And no, that's not my real voice. I worried I would stutter and freeze during the video. Feel free to share this post with your friends and on social media.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The World of Tiaera Coloring Book

Today is a big day for me. I have just put the finishing touches to my latest project: The Official World of Tiaera Coloring Book. It should be available in less than two weeks. I plan to sell it locally, on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, and here at my blog. In this post, I wish to offer you some tips on what I did, should you be thinking of creating a coloring book to sell.

Price: I have been looking at a number of coloring books online and at stores and the average selling price is around $10. Big publishers like Dover sell their coloring books for $5 or less depending on the coloring book. Other publishers sell theirs for over $12 because of the heavy paper, fancy thick book covers and elaborate designs. Size matters also. At Walmart, I found small coloring books (about 7X10") for about $8. My 76 page coloring book will be sold for $10.99 because it will be large and easy to color at 8.5X11.

Here are a couple of graphics of my book cover:

Book Cover: Designing a book cover can be tricky but I stuck to what I was used to using for my books. I used graphic objects I created inside my book so that the buyer can see how these objects can be colored. I studied various coloring book covers and saw that a lot of them used a lot of white and some partially colored images too. So I did the same, choosing the druid ring illustration to color with my Prismacolor pencils.

Blank Pages: Then I addressed the blank pages behind every illustration and decided to write or copy text from my books. The paper in my coloring book is going to be 55 lbs. (thicker than normal 22 lb paper). Though it is thicker, I decided to write using grey lettering and large font sizes on the blank pages. Where I didn't have anything to copy from my three books, I wrote a paragraph or two about the illustration to the right of the blank page. The text will be on the left to be read as the colorist colors on the right side.

Test Pages: Blank testing pages are a great idea to have in a coloring book. Most coloring books don't have them. I have two such pages for the colorist to use. Since colorists have a plethora of coloring tools/media at their disposal, it would be handy to test markers, inks, water colors, etc... before they use them on the illustrations. This will help prevent bleeding through pages.

Introduction Page and Book Pages:  For those who have not read my trilogy, I have added an Introduction page and book pages with the titles of the three books I wrote/co-wrote: The Priestess and the Ravenknight, Legend of Fayre Sea, and Realmwalkers. If you are an author and your coloring book is about your books, an introduction page would a nice way to promote your books to the colorist so that they would enjoy the illustrations even more.

Copyright Info: I added a copyright page like all my other books. Despite the rampant pirating of images out there, I still try to protect my drawings with my copyright notices and markings. I don't mind people who BUY my books to alter, embellish or change the drawings for their own personal enjoyment, BUT copying and posting my illustrations so that others can download them for FREE to color is forbidden. I spent many hours on these drawings and compiling this book, and I wish to earn any royalty I deserve. I am not rich and the royalties I get are small. So please, buy my coloring book and enjoy, but don't photocopy pages and give or post/share them away for free. Or worse yet, don't make your own copies of my book and sell them for profit. That's ILLEGAL! You are depriving me of my royalties every time you do. If you want to sell my books, contact me. I would love to work out a deal that would benefit us both. Thank you!

Kindle Version: It is for the above mentioned pirating I have decided NOT to convert my coloring book as a Kindle. It is far too easy for crooks to break the DRM lock and pass around my book for free, thus depriving me of my earnings. I can't stop them. I can't afford a lawyer to try to stop them. But I don't have to make it easy for them... For now, I will just sell the paperback version of my coloring book. This is something important you need to keep in mind too.

That's about it. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me here or by email. This is my first coloring book and would appreciate any feedback from you.

Keep writing!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

World... or Castle Building in Landmark

It's been some time since I have written anything about world-building in this blog. The fact is I have been doing it steadily for the past few years in a new game called Landmark. It went live last June and I'm enjoying it. Having been involved with Everquest 2 for years, my free time is now spent building walls, floors, roofs, etc... in a virtual world where you can build just about anything you can imagine. I didn't want to write about this game while it was still in beta since I didn't know if I was even going to like it.

Well, I like it. I like it a lot!

Landmark is a building game much like Minecraft only better. Someone there described it as "Minecraft on steroids." I have tried Minecraft and wasn't impressed. All those blocks everywhere tired my eyes. Take a look for comparison:

Minecraft Trees

Landmark trees

To be fair, those Landmark trees are pre-made by the game devs, but if I wanted to make my own trees, I could. And they could like these or better! It's up to you, the artist player.

Here's another comparison:

Minecraft Castle

Landmark Castle

Yes, that was player made. I got this shot from the game where it shows some of the very best player-made structures (not just castles). The land of Landmark is big enough for making enormous statues, ferris wheels, sky scrappers, towers, monuments, and animals. You name it!
Just $9.99, a good gaming laptop or PC, and Internet is what you need to download the game and start learning the tools, start working on your "newbie" practice claim or go exploring to choose one on your own. There are caves to explore and mine for materials you will need to craft and build.
As a writer, I have notes and drawings of what Tiaera is about. But now, I can do much more! Thanks to Landmark, I intend to use it to fuel my imagination by creating places and buildings associated with my medieval fantasy world. I can see this game inspiring me to keep writing stories and developing my world even more because I now have a virtual world, instead of just a blog or website, where I can create Tiaera as I have always dreamed it would be like. I am only limited by my imagination and lack of time to be in this game. But it's here and I wanted to share this with you. To learn more about this wonderful new building game, go to About Landmark
Check out more screenshots at the gallery. It will amaze you!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Naelos Coloring Puzzle Page

While working on the adult coloring book last week, I decided it might be fun to create a puzzle page that one could still color. I made some fairy houses and felt this page would be perfect for them. Naelos is one of the fictional countries I created for Tiaera. It's the land of fairies, faes, elves and dwarves. It's also inhabited by mythical creatures like unicorns, gryphons, merfolk, and more.
I tried using several online word search generators online to save myself some trouble, but every one had copyright restrictions, so I decided to try my hand at making my own puzzle.

Though this pages will be in my coloring book (due out some time in September) I would like to offer this to all my blog friends as a little gift.  Here is the PNG page for you to download, print and share as you like.  All I ask is that you do not change anything on it and let me know if there is a problem with it that I need to fix. I won't add the answer page here as Word Searches are pretty easy to do, but if you do have trouble finding all the words, contact me here or via email ( to request the answer page. To download this page: Right click on it and click on Save Link As and save on your computer. Print it out using any graphics program like Paint, MSPublisher or Photoshop.  

Here is a link for the PDF version.

Thank you all for being my blog friends and enjoy coloring and doing my Naelos puzzle! Stay cool!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Authors beware! eBay is Fine with your UNauthorized pirated books.

I have discovered that my books are being sold on eBay.

It's bad enough to know that they are pirated and online for free, but what's even worse is that eBay is allowing unauthorized member sellers to sell my books as if they were new. I can understand that someone who has legitimately bought and read the book and no longer wants it would go to eBay to sell it, but that's not what I am writing about. I am writing about actual eBay stores such as Booktopia that is selling copies of Legend of Fayre Sea for almost $27 a copy. Such sellers are not authorized by me and I am getting no royalties from their sales.

I tried to report two sites selling my books as vendors and called eBay customer service. It was very upsetting to learn that unless I can prove they are "counterfeit" copies of my books, they will do NOTHING to keep the stores from selling my books. The burden of the proof is on me. I told them I didn't want them selling my books at all! Not without royalties. They need to go to authorized dealers like Barnes and Nobel or Amazon so that I get royalties for copies sold to these vendors for resale. eBay doesn't care how they got them or what they are doing with them.

So, this self-published author is currently stunned, out-of-luck and demoralized. Any thought of another novel is being shelved while I recover and decide what to do about my adult coloring book. I am not rich by any means from the countless hours I have spent writing and drawing here at my computer has been for .. well... not much since the pirates and hackers out there have made my books free or are selling them on their downloading service and getting paid for it without giving me a dime. I must accept that unless I can hire a lawyer (which is not possible) I will have to live and move on in life a victim of pirates that will continue to steal and make money on what I created. I won't be robbed once or twice or even a few times but continuously as long as people keep downloading from these so-called legit sites.

If you want to make sure the author of the World of Tiaera trilogy books is going to get her fair share in royalties or payment, the only three places you should buy:

1. Directly from me here at my blog. I use Paypal to accept your credit cards easily and securely.
3. Barnes and Noble

Any other site on the web that sells or gives away my books for free are not paying me royalties and are, therefore, doing it illegally! They are dealing with my stolen, uploaded intellectual property.

Here is a good article I found that explains much more. If you are a writer or author, read this so you know where eBay stands regarding your books.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

The New Look and Local News

I went to visit the blog of my friend, Auden Johnson, the other day and saw an interesting post about author blogs. Her blog is called Dark Treasury. If you like dark fantasy it would be a good place to discover some great books, tutorials and stories. But back to her post... Auden wrote about the need for authors to simplify their blogs in order to present a better, more organized appearance that would make a blog more user-friendly. I was so impressed by her suggestions and decided to give my World of Tiaera blog a makeover.  I found a very interesting background that wasn't too feminine and the navy blue and white was a good change from the previous dark red background. The Tiaeran Beaded Bookmarkers are now available at the cross bar menu with the books. The blog is now only two columns and the posts are in black letters and off-white background. I have to agree that it was a bit of a nightmare trying to ensure the white or gold lettering appeared okay when making posts. Thank you, Auden, for your tips. It would be nice to get some feedback from my visitors. Please take a moment to comment your thoughts and recommendations.

Summer is a good time for making blog/web site changes, along with writing new material before the snow birds return in the fall and the holiday season arrives. Friends and fellow writers are busy with their crafts and writing projects while the temps here soar over 110+ degrees. If one is not swimming in the lake or pool, it's a good time to write those chapters, reviews and stories.

There is some sad news about our local Hastings Books, Music and More store. The business has filed for bankruptcy and I had to go get all my books I was selling there. I have checked with the book manager, Peter, and he says he is hopeful their doors will not be closing. Some buyers are very interested and the store will be auctioned. Once things are settled and it looks like the store will remain open for business, I will bring my books back and plan for a fall/winter book signing. This is a great store and Peter is a wonderful man who supports many of the local authors. I hope things turn out well in the next few weeks.

I have been working on the official World of Tiaera coloring book and have completed 33 pages so far. Only four or five more drawings to go. The book will have excerpts from my trilogy so that people who buy the book to color in might learn a little about Tiaera and the characters. I am tempted to even add a page to color that will also be a word search puzzle of places and people on Tiaera. We shall see if it happens. I still plan for the book to be no more than $10 a copy and hope to have it ready by September.

That's about it for now, friends. Keep cool and drink lots to stay hydrated. Will be back soon with some more samples of the pages I have done. Don't forget to comment on the blog makeover! Cheers!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

World of Tiaera Update

It's June and the temps are climbing high. Thank goodness for the swamper and our swimming pool. This doesn't mean I won't be working on my next book which is going to be an adult coloring book. I received a lot of positive comments from everyone I have talked to and it seems to be the best thing to do while coloring books are filling stores and the Inet. Even those not into crafting and art are buying these books. They are fun and relaxing to color in after a busy day. I've bought several myself for fun and inspiration.

If the owners of "Outlander", "Harry Potter", and "Game of Thrones" can put out coloring books, why not me? Naturally, I chose the World of Tiaera as the title to for this latest project. Since my books are filled with illustrations related to my stories, it shouldn't take too much time to convert the drawings from color/greyscale to simple black and white drawings. Here are just a couple of drawings I am working on.

In some cases, I have had to redraw the illustration and this does take time. Nonetheless, it's a pleasure to watch as the new simplistic black and white illustration appears before me as I slowly and carefully retrace or redraw it. I can only image what kind of colors and techniques will be used to bring these drawing to life.

I am including most of the illustrations from all three books and I am even including a few new drawings never seen before. I don't want to spoil any surprises so I will refrain from posting any of those drawings for now.

In many cases, I have had to design backgrounds and elaborate borders to fill all the white background seen in my books. Remember Audrey from "Realmwalkers"? This is what she looked like in the book. No background except maybe a faint greyish aura. Hardly noticeable.

Into this 8 X 10" drawing:

As the temperatures go up in our lovely desert city, I will work away the afternoons to create this coloring book for publication this fall. Stay tuned here for updates on the progress of the Official World of Tiaera Coloring Book.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Trilogy... or Series?

Now that Legend of Fayre Sea is done and doing well with regards to sales, I have speculated on what I should do in the future, aside from the usual book signings and promotions. Many web sites devoted to helping writers all basically say the same thing: Keep writing and start the next book!

A good friend of mine already has twelve books out. Another has eleven. I am amazed! I don't know where you get your ideas, but if you have a few minutes, write me a comment of the ways you get inspired. Comments are always welcome. Some writers told me they get them from movies, TV, and other books they have read. Those are great places to seek out inspiration. Artwork, articles and even trips to new and strange places can help too.

The book signings have been fun and many folks have been supportive. People have been buying all three books at once, which is really amazing for me. These books aren't cheap. Such support and encouragement from the public is really touching. I almost sold out last month at the AZ Renaissance Festival. It was thrilling!

AZ Renaissance Festival 2016

I have two more book events in April (KABAM in Laughlin, NV and Kingman, AZ) before I have to seriously consider what is next for my writing life.

Another novel hasn't come to mind. On the contrary, I'm enjoying this break from writing with great relief and enthusiasm. I feel like a kid out of school for summer vacation. I have time to do so many things now. The long hours I used to spend writing are over, and now I have time for my husband, dog and family. I'm happy and free to do more with my life now that those 6 - 12 hour days writing are over. Or are they?

Hmmm...Friends who are now enjoying my latest book are asking for more.

I shake my head that I am done. No more books. The trilogy is finished. Time to move on.

Some of at least a dozen notebooks I have for Tiaera.

Some smile. I don't think they believe me. And those that do look disappointed.

After much thought and several attempts to do some free-style writing I feel... uninspired lately. It's not writer's block, I don't think. It's different. And maybe some of you may understand what this is. If so, please write and tell me about it. You see, the love of writing is gone.

I have lost my muse.

What was my muse? It was Everquest 2, the game I have been playing for more than eleven years. Whenever I role played in game, my mind woke up with ideas of plots and scenes. I would write down my ideas and thoughts while they were still fresh. It was exciting to write everything down, embellishing simple dialogs and describing scenery until I had a group of stories that looked like a potential novel. But Everquest 2 is a very old game now and role playing is practically non-existent. I haven't done any serious role playing in over a year. All I do is kill virtual monsters and run around from one place to another to complete game quests. My beloved characters have become "tokens" not unlike those of a Monopoly game.

The inspiration derived from Everquest 2 is all but a fading memory and a series of notebooks tucked away in a closet. These notebooks contain logs and snippets of role playing. I suppose I can pull them out and flip through the pages once more, but without the desire... the inspiration... should I?

Some writers only put out one book, then move on. Others do a few more books then move on. While others put out dozens of books and keep writing more.

How does one know when they are done with writing? Should I throw these old notebooks away?

The only answer I have for now is "Never say never." I thought Realmwalkers was going to be my first and last book ever. Then I wrote two more.

So for now, time (and God) will tell what's next, and also when.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hastings Book Signing

It was a good time at Hastings Books, Music and More in Lake Havasu City.  The book signing was successful and I met a lot of nice people there. I even met a lovely lady with mermaid hair named Ashley. Her bluish locks indicated she might be interested in my mermaid book. Note the similarity with the book cover background color and her hair color. Thank you, Ashley, for stopping by, buying a book, and let me get a photo of you with your lovely hair.

It was the first time I promoted my third book, Legend of Fayre Sea, at a Hastings and I was eager to see how it would do. I wasn't disappointed. I did a special book event promotion: Buy any TWO books and get a free beaded book marker for FREE. These book markers sell for $7+tax when I am selling at craft fairs, but they were free for the book signing that day. A few people wanted to buy my beaded bookmarkers, but it was not allowed at the store. Nonetheless, I am working on adding a page here at my blog in order to sell my book markers along with my books all in one place.

I placed the dozen book markers I brought that day and placed them next to my treasure chest which is now used for holding misc baubles and candy. As you may recall, I used to put the Realmwalkers book in it for display. Now I have a cardboard display holder for all three books. It really helps keep the table organized and doesn't take up a lot of room on it.

Here is the spread for my Hastings Book Signing. It worked very well. I laid copies in front so that people could look over the books without disturbing those in the holder. You may also notice a white folder where I put several of my illustrations so that people could take a look at my art work. It saves a lot of time and wear on my books if the potential buyer wants to flip through the pages looking for the drawings. This may be something you may want to consider for your own illustrated novels. Happy marketing and keep on writing!

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The next book signing is at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, just outside of Phoenix.
I will be a guest author at
Ann Chamberlain's Book Shop
Saturday, Feb. 13th from 10 - 3. 
See photo below.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Events and Book Signings

As it may be with many of you who write and sell books, fall and winter are loaded with opportunities to plan and/or participate in book signing events.  The holiday season begins as early as October when Halloween brings out early shoppers looking for crafts and gifts for Christmas. Writers are putting the finishing touches to their new works as crafters prepare the items they plan to sell. The snowbirds trickle in with their RV's and campers while the temperatures slowly fall like the leaves on the trees.

Lake Havasu revs up with craft shows and fairs to entertain the locals and visitors during the chilly months ahead. A smart self-published author will check ahead to see what kind of events will be in and around the city. Unfortunately, I misjudged the amount of time I would require to finish the rewrites of "Legend of Fayre Sea" and the reformatting of "The Priestess and the Ravenknight". So I missed out on a few of the Christmas Fairs early in the season. At least I was able to take part in our first Renaissance Faire for 2.5 days. (See my previous post.)

Let my mistake be a lesson to you. If you plan to have your book edited and proof-read (which will require rewrites), remember that life still goes on and you'll need to start as early as possible before the holiday season.  Months early, in fact. If you're like me and have a husband, dog, family, house and other commitments, you'll need to plan way ahead to get your new book ready on time. And don't volunteer anywhere unless you are ready with your books in advance. BIG BIG Lesson for me! =)

Most writers cannot lock themselves away to work and put off housekeeping, errands, and family for long. It's not even healthy for a writer to sit so many hours at one's laptop or computer without taking breaks to stretch, eat and sleep. I gained 30 pounds in the three years it took to write "Realmwalkers". So last year, after adopting a dog from the animal shelter, I made a point to stop writing every 2 -4 hours and go for a brisk walk daily. Each walk was between 15 - 45 minutes long depending on the weather. If it was too hot to walk, then we went swimming. The result was that I kept myself from gaining weight this year and last. In fact, I lost about 20 pounds.

Moral of the story: Get a dog. They are wonderful for helping to keep you healthy.

Now that my books are done and I have obtained an ample supply to get me through the winter and spring, here are a few events I plan to be in.  Stop by and say hello!
Book Signing Event in the store on 
 Jan. 24th from 1 - 4.
Book Signing at Ann Chamberlin Books at the festival on
February 12 from 11 - 3.
Look for the Lake Havasu City Writers Group tent. I'll be there both days.
 Feb. 20 - 21 from about 1 - 4.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The London Bridge Renaissance Faire

Lake Havasu finally had it's first renaissance faire on January 1 - 3. I decided this would be a perfect venue to promote my books. I had just completed "Legend of Fayre Sea" so I ordered some book shipments and volunteered my sewing and drawing services with the organizers of the event. It was a lot of work and hours making flags and signs, but I really believed in this event.

If you are an historical non-fiction, historical fiction or even an historical fantasy fiction writer like myself, renaissance fairs are good places to have a book signing. I have done this before at the Phoenix Renaissance Festive with some amount of success, and that book signing was only 4-6 hours long, not three days.

Oh yes, the three days. It was a bit daunting and I tried to get some fellow writers and friends to help with the cost of the tent and sell their own books, but ended up having to do this solo. Fortunately, my dear husband helped me set up and stop by during the day so I could have a lunch break. Another friend came by to visit a short while on the last morning.

My budget dictated a homemade carboard sign this year. Next time it will be better.

The tent was a loan and it was comical trying to figure out how to set it up and take down without any instructions. At it we managed to get it right and well anchored to keep the wind from blowing it away. Yes, the wind in Havasu was terrible that Friday.

 Despite the chilly windy weather, fair-goers came and enjoyed the food, entertainment and shopping.

After three days of selling at my tent, I had met several nice vendors and met some new readers who bought my books and beaded book markers. I was also very very tired. I didn't think I could do three days, but I did. It was hard, but it paid off in sales.  I didn't get to see the jousting or the entertainers. That's the biggest drawback to working at a renaissance fair.  The weather was another drawback. If you don't have a tent with sides/walls you may freeze from the cold and wind. I was wrapped from head to toes with the changing weather. 

Something else to consider at a fair. If you have a secondary talent or skill like crafting, take advantage and bring your creations along. I made some book page roses, beaded bookmarkers and packaged beads to sell. And sell, they did. 

It was a great experience and I plan to do it again next year. I understand there will be a London Bridge Ren Faire 2017 due to the success of this one.

My next book event will be at Hastings Books & Music in Lake Havasu on Sunday, January 24th at 1 - 4pm. I will be promoting all three books then. Stop by and say hello!