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I just bowed out of Saturday's signing.  What I thought was a cold on its way out has morphed into something involving chills, fever and the mother of sore throats.
But none of this means you should stay home if you were thinking of going.  The Annapolis Borders signing still boast six great authors--D. Renee Bagby, Dana Marie Bell, Stephanie Burke, Monica Bell, Margaret L. Carter and Melissa Schroeder, lots of books and fun for all.
Except me.  :-(  Eat a piece of chocolate cheesecake for me, guys!
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Wheeeeeeee!
I get to hang with my buds in the DC Area Storytellers at the Annapolis Mall Borders in Annapolis, Maryland, this Saturday, February 7, from 2-5 p.m.  Joining me for this signing will be D. Renee Bagby, Dana Marie Bell, Stephanie Burke, Monica Burns, Margaret L. Carter and Melissa Schroeder.  There will be books, there will be giveaways, and most importantly, there will be fun.  Hope you can make it if you're in the area!
Cheers and smiles,
Jean Marie
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Okay, so it's not all mine. But I will be on the road in Maryland this Saturday, September 13, as part of a double signing with seven Washington DC-area authors at Fort Meade's Main PX and the Columbia Borders. And it should be magical.

Four of the authors are fellow Samhain writers--D. Renee Bagby, Dana Marie Bell, Melissa Schroeder and Eve Vaughn. Also joining us are Stephanie Burke of Ellora's Cave and Anthony Stevens of Lyrical Press.

We'll be signing at the Main Fort Meade Post Exchange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our signing at the Borders located at 6151 Columbia Crossing Circle, Columbia, MD 21045, will run from 2-4 p.m.  Of course, there will be giveaways and prizes at both locations.

More importantly, at the Fort Meade PX, a very special book will be available for sale: Here Be Dragons (ISBN 978-0-8095-7331-8), a collection of thirteen short stories about the weird and wonderful fan convention known as Dragon*Con written by some of today's top science fiction and fantasy authors. For reasons unfathomable to anyone but the editor, I'm included in that number.  Plus, the copies I'll be selling--and signing--at Fort Meade have been autographed by Jody Lynn Nye and our fearless editor Bill Fawcett as a tribute to our men and women in uniform.

I don't even know if I'll be able to sell them at the Borders later in the afternoon. The book hasn't been officially released yet. It isn't scheduled to appear in most stores until November, and the print run is very limited.

Here Be Dragons is special on a number of levels. In addition to stories by Jody, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Susan Sizemore, Mike Resnick, Todd McCaffrey and me, the collection features the Robert Asprin's last story, finished the day before he died. Ironically, Bob's story doesn't boast a single alien, dragon or elf, just real people doing what comes naturally at Dragon*Con--which can get a lot stranger.

Our Maryland signings, even with me hanging around, will probably be mundane by comparison. But you never can tell. Hope you'll join us and find out.

Cheers!
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Because if you don't, you'll miss the York Emporium's SciFri Saturday with author signings, blooper reels (with popcorn!), a visit from NASA, stand-up comedy, an art show and meeeeee!  I'll be one of the authors signing.  I don't think I'll be contributing to the comedy or the bloopers, but you never can tell.  More details can be found here.
I'll also be appearing at DragonCon, August 29 - September 1.  It remains, in Teri's immortal words, my favorite summer camp for wayward adults.  I don't know my final schedule yet, but it looks like I'll be on at least three tracks.  
In addition, I'll be signing books with six other authors at the Fort Meade Post Exchange and Borders in Columbia, MD, on Saturday, September 13.  I'll be talking more about these signings later, but at the moment it looks like we'll be at the PX from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and the Borders from 2-4 p.m.  There will be giveaways and prizes, and wild and crazy writers.
Oh wait.  Wild + Crazy = Writers.  Guess it can't be helped.  ;-)
Finally, you may have noticed a new link on my LJ page.  A few weeks ago a friend introduced me to BookTour.com.  It's a great resource for finding author signings and events in your neighborhood.  I'll be using it to keep my calendar until I can get my new web site up and running.
Yeah, I'm behind on that too.  LOL
Cheers!
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Specifically, for the lucky librarians attending the ALA conference in Washington, DC, over the next few days.
Courtesy of RWA, I'll be signing free copies of With Nine You Get Vanyr at the RWA booth from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 26.  This is one of RWA's very good deals.  It affords Published Author Network (PAN) members the opportunity to connect with librarians and and get books into their hands--at no cost to the writer!  Ideally, what the librarians read will inspire them to order the author's next book.  And people wonder why I say PAN membership is important.  :D
If Mom's health holds up, I hope to cruise "the Stacks" Sunday and Monday too.  She spent two days in hospital this week and still feels a little punky.  IV antibiotic and saline took care of the medical problem, but it still takes time to recover from the IV.
Tomorrow, if I hold up, I'll be lunching with a few other Samhain authors and editors at the Champps in Columbia, MD.  Then, if I'm still conscious, it's off to a friend's house for a BBQ.  Greg has his doubts.  Naturally, in the middle of everyone's health issues, I came down with another sinus infection.  Gah. 
But it could always be worse.
Hugs and crossed fingers,
Jean Marie
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Three cons and two book signings in two weeks.  Yes, I’m crazy.  You had to ask?

Not only that, I'm crazy enough to post about all three.  With pics!  (At last, you say.)

 

Technically, RavenCon, Richmond VA’s very new science fiction/fantasy con, ran from April 20-22.  But unlike a lot of local sf/fantasy/horror organizations who sit around wringing their hands about where the next generation of fans are coming from, the organizers have mounted a real outreach program.  One that goes out into the local school system and…



Now it’s on to the next challenges.  First there’s the final polish on my ghost cat article, then it’s the beta read of a friend’s first novel.  Part of me is thrilled.  It’s always exciting when someone takes their first writing plunge, but I never know what to say.  It’s all about the sensation of fraud I mentioned earlier.  How can I pretend to be an expert when I know so little? 

 

Fake it.  As usual.  LOL

 

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Sending a big thank you with smoochies to Store Manager Tracy McPeck, her colleagues Stephen and Susan, and all the staff of the Landmark Mall Waldenbooks in Alexandria, VA.  The Landmark Waldens' is my neighborhood bookstore.  Literally.  It's only a mile walk from the house, and I usually make the trek at least once or twice a week.  I suspect this was why Tracy kindly extended the invitation to hold my first signing for With Nine You Get Vanyr at the store March 31.  Either that or my famous puppy eyes routine finally got to her.  :-)
Fortunately, it turned out better than anyone could have imagined.  Friends and family attended in force, prompted by my nagging--er, informative emails and the items I sent to local newspaper events calendars.  One friend read about the signing in The Alexandria Gazette.  She said the item featured a picture of the book too.  (I so need to see a copy of that paper!)
In short, we sold out.  And the store promised to order more.  Well, they have to.  Mother wants three to send to the former chief engineer in her apartment building, her friend the cop and her priest.  And what Reyah wants--er, what Mother wants, Mother gets or there will be consequences.

And the best part--when it was all over, Tracy told me I was her favorite author.  Ever!  It simply doesn't get any better than that.
Hugs and grins,
Jean Marie

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The good folks at my neighborhood bookstore have been kind enough to host a booksigning for me this Saturday, March 31.  The details are:

Who - Jean Marie Ward
What - Signing With Nine You Get Vanyr and Illumina: The Art of J.P. Targete with chocolate, goodies and the chance to win a facsimile Wishstone like the one which plays such a large role in With Nine You Get Vanyr.
When - Saturday, March 31, 1-5 p.m.
Where - Waldenbooks, Landmark Mall
        5801 Duke Street, Space G304
        (Second Floor near Lord & Taylor)
        Alexandria, VA 22304
Tel. - (703)370-6869
Contact - Tracy L. McPeck, Store Manager

Come on by.  I'd love to meet you...and sell you a book.  ;-)

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