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Summer is here...don't forget to write
St. Louis Indie Book Fair
St. Louis Indie Book Fair
Happy Birthday Barkley P. Howl
Gail Johnston published a book on abuse


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Summer is here...don't forget to write

Summer has arrived. Especially in the Mid-West. We had heat indexes in the triple digits the end of June, and now it is in the comfortable 70's and 80's. Yard work takes a priority every week for a couple days, but everything is looking great.
I am still in the process of editingCastle of Night. My critique partner and I have had some conflicts in recent weeks and haven't been able to meet. But I am hoping we can finish before the holiday season.
In addition, I am working on a romance novel.

St. Louis Indie Book Fair

The second annual St. Louis Indie Book Fair took place Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the main branch of the St. Louis Public Library. There were 40 writers of various genres invited to attend. Among the group were two publishers, a book cover designer, non-fiction, fiction, romance and dark fiction representatives.
I was fortunate enough to sit next to a fellow Dark Fiction writer names Jason Nugent. We promoted each others books and became friends.
The organizer of the St. Louis Indie Book Fair is planning for the 2017 event, along with other writer events this year.

St. Louis Indie Book Fair

The second annual St. Louis Indie Book Fair will take place on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 am until 5:00 on at the St. Louis Public Library in downtown St. Louis. It is located at 1301 Olive Street.
I will be one of forty writers participating in the event. The main branch of the library has been remodeled and updated and is an exciting place to explore, not only books but pieces of history for the bi-state area.
In addition to selling my three books and signing autographs, I will also be reading one of the stories from

Happy Birthday Barkley P. Howl

My faithful companion...Barkley P. Howl...turned 11years old a few days ago. He is a 70 pound Basset Hound that has provided inspiration for several short stories as well as my shadow around the house.
He is showing his age. Not so much tri-colored as he is grey, can't jump up  on the bed anymore, he needs help. The furniture in the living room no longer requires pillows and other blockades to keep the cushions in tack and dog-hair free.

  A special gift.

Gail Johnston published a book on abuse

Gail Johnston, a member of the Carlinville Writer's Guild, held her book launch last Saturday. Titled,The Journey of Survival in Apple Creek Farm,is her first traditionally published work. She has self published a book of poems and a children's book.  
I was fortunate to be invited to her book launch in Chatham, Illinois and was one of 25 people in attendance. Gail talked about her travels from poet to novelist and from self-published to finding a publisher to produce her non-fiction novel on escaping an abusive relationship.

Carlinville Writers celebrate official launch of All the Write Stuff

The Carlinville Writers Guild met at the local library on Saturday, January 30. There were seventeen members and three new guests in attendance. A group photo was taken celebrating the official launch of the anthology,The Write Stuff, in Carlinville. Many contributors wore their anthology Tee-shirts celebrating the book, while others wore the Carlinville Writers Guild official Tee-shirt "I make Stuff Up".
In addition to the photos taken, most of the members read their challenge concerning

Local Author speaks to writers Group

Maggie Adams spoke to the Ocular Voices Writers Group Thursday, January 21 at the Books A Million Bookstore in Edwardsville, Illinois. Maggie is a local author of four romance novels with an erotic edge.
Ms. Adams was full of energy and excited members of the writers group with her enthusiasm as she described her first venture into publishing. She explained that promoting your book should begin long before the it is ready to go to press.
Her books are found on Amazon. com and Kindle books. Maggie used a variety of resources to layout and design her interior material, book cover and promotional material.

Year End Wrap-Up

As 2015 comes to an end, I look back and see a successful year in my personal and writing life. My 2015 goals were not all met, but they weren't supposed to be, always plan for more than you can do, it keeps you motivated.
I did getDark Dreamspublished this year after many unexpected challenges. My big challenge for 2016 is to complete and publish my first novella or novel, depending on the word count,Castle of Nightwill be submitted to traditional publishers for possible publication. It will be interesting to begin my education with publishing houses.

Catching up

I'm still playing catch-up. My last post was in August. I just don't know where the time goes. I keep telling myself that I will spend more time updating my blog and website, but for some reason, I run out of day before I can get to it.
It has been a busy three months. I had planned to speak at a conference in Louisville not long after my previous post, but had to cancel due to my mother's declining health. Since then, I have stayed close to home. I have had a few book-signings. Most recently  a local authors book festival at the Latzer Memorial Library in Highland on November 3rd.

Book signing last saturday

I attended a multi-writer book signing last Saturday. It was a fun day, not that many shoppers, thanks to the St. Louis area heat, but there was plenty of excitement as writers showed their latest books and talked about research, publishers and writing in general. There was one non-fiction writer (published several Route 66 books), one romance writer and the rest of us fall somewhere between paranormal and dark fiction.
A few old friends stopped by to say hello.

On a not so happy note, I had to cancel my trip and speaking engagement in Louisville this weekend.