Unfortunately, I came up empty for the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival Golden Stake Literary Awards for vampire fiction literature. Congratulations to the winners.
Some weeks ago, I submitted The Dark Truth for The Golden Stake Award, the vampire fiction literary award of the Vampire Arts Festival, which is now currently happening in Transylvania.
I learned this evening that I am a finalist for this award.
I am beyond excited! I very much would love to win this award, but to be among the six finalists for this genre-specific award is truly thrilling. Unfortunately, the timing and expense such as it is, I was unable to even consider attending this event.
Conferences, festivals and conventions are next for me for it comes to my fiction writing endeavors. I have enjoyed a modicum of success when it comes to book signing events and panel discussions. Now, I need to make the rounds at genre-specific events and horror writing confabs.
Winning this award would send me over the moon. Wish me luck.
I know the headline seems redundant, but sincerely, Barnes and Noble Modesto was fantastic last weekend. My second event there went better than the first. Thank you to Josh Mckay who set it up and continues to support me.
I think Barnes and Noble Modesto needs to put me on the payroll. Apparently I have become the Barnes and Noble greeter. My book signing table was located near the entrance to the store and more than one person appeared to think I was a store employee stationed there to welcome them to the store despite the sign and stack of books that surrounded me.
One particular gentleman and I had a funny exchange. I said to him, “Hi, how are you sir?” He responded, “I’m looking for The Awakening.” I said, “I don’t work here.” Had I been on my game, I would have asked, “Which one?”
“You’re useless,” was his retort. Other shoppers nearby overheard and enjoyed a hearty laugh. As he asked customer service about the book he wanted, I called out to him, “I’m just sitting here breathing your air.” He responded with, “I guess you are.”
A young lady waked by. I gave a similar greeting and she responded pleasantly. She proceeded to the nearby new released rack. A woman walked in right behind her. I asked, “Do you like vampire stories?” She replied, “My daughter does,” and gestured to the woman who had just walked by me. We had a good laugh and she purchased a copy of The Dark Truth for her daughter.
I look forward to my next event at the Modesto Barnes and Noble. Thank you to Veronica, Eddie and German, and all of the new people I met and especially those who purchased The Dark Truth and/or The Dark Descent.
This past Saturday, the Arden Fair Barnes & Noble hosted a book signing for yours truly, it was my second such event at that store. I have enjoyed my two best book signing sale days at this location. The staff is courteous and helpful, and the customers are wonderful.
Many people stopped by to chat, and even if they didn’t purchase, many walked away with a postcard or a bookmark. Both The Dark Truth and The Dark Descent were available and I was stunned by how many folks purchased both books.
The event coincided with World Dracula Day – the anniversary of the first publication of one of my greatest influences, Dracula by Bram Stoker, May 26, 1897. I didn’t plan it that way but it’s heady stuff to be signing copies of your vampire novels on the anniversary of the publication of this seminal work.
Thank you, Arden Fair Barnes & Noble. I hope to do another event with you.
More events are planned. I still have three on the calendar. I will be at the Modesto, Calif., Barnes & Noble for the second time this Saturday starting at noon.
Then, on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m., I will be part of a panel discussion with fellow authors Samantha Heuwagen, K.M. Riley and Mark London Williams at the San Francisco Comic Con at the Oakland Convention Center in downtown Oakland, Calif.
The last event currently on the calendar is a book signing event at the Dublin, Calif., Barnes & Noble along the I-580 corridor at Hacienda Crossings.
Please come out to one of my events, I’d love to see you. Pick up a signed copy of one of my books and chat vampires, Gothic horror, literature, or just stop and say “hi.”
All my East Bay peeps! I’ll be at the Dublin, Calif., Barnes & Noble the weekend after Father’s Day on Saturday, June 23, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23
Barnes & Noble
4972 Dublin Boulevard
Dublin, CA 94568
The book tour in support of my second novel, The Dark Descent, continues this weekend in Sacramento. This will be my second appearance at the Arden Fair Barnes & Noble. The first, which took place back in February, was my first signing event ever. Head over to the Where to Buy page and find out how to get your copies of my books if you can’t make the events.
Return Engagement in Sacramento
I’ll be at the Arden Fair Mall Barnes & Noble location this Saturday, starting at 11:00 a.m. Come out and get a copy of my new book, The Dark Descent, and get it signed. I met some great folks the last time and I look forward to meeting many more. Of course, you can order the book ahead of time and bring it with you! Copies of my first novel, The Dark Truth, will also be available.
Saturday, May 26
Barnes & Noble
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
And, a Return Engagement in Modesto
Can’t make it to Sacramento? Come out to the Modesto, Calif., Barnes & Noble Saturday, June 2, starting at Noon and get a signed copy of The Dark Descent. Copies of The Dark Truth will also be available. Order ahead of time and bring them with you to get them signed! This will be my second signing event at the Modesto Barnes & Noble.
Saturday, June 2
Barnes & Noble
Promenade Shopping Center
3501 McHenry Avenue Suite E
Modesto, CA 95356
SF Comic Con
I’ll be joined by fellow Trifecta Publishing House authors Samantha Heuwagen, K.M. Riley, and Mark London Williams on a panel about new trends in science fiction and horror literature at the SF Comic Con at the Oakland Convention Center in downtown Oakland on Sunday, June 10 from 3 – 4 p.m. Get tickets now and plan to attend!
3 FROM TRIFECTA: WEST COAST IMPRINT, BAY AUTHORS, NEW TWISTS ON SF &
3:00pm – 4:00pm // Rm. 205
Three Bay Area authors, from new West Coast imprint Trifecta Publishing, talk about their new book releases, featuring S.F.-based vampires, L.A.-based zombies, and a near-future U.S. in dystopic disarray. Jerry Knaak, YA author Mark London Williams, and K.M. Riley will hold forth on current releases, and dark tales to come, with late-breaking bonus panelist Samantha Heuwagen expanding the conversation to the very cosmos itself.
Sunday, June 10
3 – 4 p.m.
SF Comic Con
Oakland Convention Center
550 10th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
I have discovered the ease and joy of iMovie. Over the years I have become a decent videographer and editor but I was at a loss when it came to piecing together a trailer for my first two novels. Well, fret no more. Thanks to some help from my son the aspiring film maker, here is the first trailer for the first two books in The Dark Passage Series – The Dark Truth and The Dark Descent.
Hit the Where to Buy page to find out how to order your copies.