Category Archives: Appearances

Reasons why you should come to my booksigning

Reasons why you should come to my booksigning in Salem tomorrow.

  1. The book, Sparks, is an amazing anthology of Young Adult fiction by some phenomenal writers. I haven’t read all the stories yet, but the ones I have? They will blow you away.
  2. It’s not just my booksigning—four of the authors will be there. That’s a lot of bang for your buck (and signatures in your book)!
  3. Author signings are an exercise in humiliation (I have stories) (personal stories).* So your presence gives you two options: (a) lessen my humiliation or (b) stand in the corner and witness my humiliation and giggle. Your choice.
  4. The book is a limited edition pre-release available only at this signing! So you will get a collector’s item!
  5. Boooooks! So many books!
  6. Reading is sexy!
  7. There will be cookies.
  8. I will probably wear something more formal than a Styx T-shirt.
  9. I might even wear makeup.
  10. Support local bookstores! Wooh!
  11. Did I mention how wonderful and positive and empowering the stories in this book are?
  12. And that I’ll be signing with authors Leslie Claire Walker, Kim May, and Sharon Joss?
  13. Plus, cookies!

Reader’s Guide Bookstore
735 Edgewater St. NW, Salem
1-3 pm

*Like, the time the only person who talked to me was a homeless guy. Who was not interested in my book. Or the time I sold one whole book…to two people who were going to share it. (Don’t get me wrong: I’m very happy they bought my book and I’m very, very happy when someone reads my book by any means possible, including borrowing from a friend and libraries, because my ultimate goal is to share my work with others. It was just that this was a huge signing with hundreds of readers…) Or the time my books didn’t show up. (Okay, that wasn’t humiliating, just kinda sad.) Or…

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Because there isn’t enough stress in my life!

Eeee! I just found out I’ve been added to the reading schedule at the California Dreamin’ conference—it’s a thing where each author gets 10 minutes to read an excerpt from one of their books. I was on the waiting list…but now I’m scheduled.

So now I have to pick which book, and practice reading a 10-minute chunk, before Saturday.

My carpool buddies may have to put up with me doing this in the car…

(I’m not really freaked out. I think it’s going to be fun!)

Unfortunately, the readings aren’t open to the public, but the booksigning is, so if you’re in the Brea area on Sunday afternoon, I’d love it if you stopped by and said hi! Yes, you!


Book signing in Brea, March 29

Southern California peeps! I will be one of 70 authors at a big book signing in Brea on Sunday, March 29!

The deets:

Sunday, March 29
2-4 pm
Embassy Suites, 900 East Birch Street, Brea, CA 92821

I will be have a variety of books available, including the newly re-released A Little Night Music (sexy rock-n-roll romance), some funny sexy books, some paranormal books (both with and without the funny and/or the sexy)…you know me, I’m all over the map.

The signing is part of a romance conference, so I won’t have any non-romancy fantasy/SF available. However, Waking the Witch is really more of a gothic mystery with a gentle hint of of romance, so there will be something for every spice level.

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Book signing!

I will be participating in a big honking romance writers book signing on Sunday, March 17, as part of the California Dreamin’ Romance Writers Conference. Lots of amazing writers will be there; I don’t have a list of who-all signing, but I promise it’s going to be stellar!

The deets:

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Time: 1-2:30 pm (bookstore opens at 12:30 for anyone who wants to start browsing early)
Where: Doubletree Hotel in Santa Ana, CA

I’m definitely signing Waking the Witch (gothic novel by Dayle Ivy) and “Braceleted” (erotic romance by Andrea Dale), and I hope to have several other books there as well. (Let me know ahead of time if there’s a title you’d like, and I’ll make sure to have it there for you!)

Hope to see you there! xo

RWA Nationals 2012, Day 1

I’m at the annual Romance Writers of America national conference (aka RWA Nationals or just Nationals), surrounded by smart, creative, savvy, engaging, vibrant, funny, wonderful women. I was hit with some negativity in my life recently, and this is like a refreshing, energizing dive into a woodland pool that’s almost shockingly cold—bringing me back to center, sluicing away the bad stuff, and waking me up to the good.

Over the past couple of days, I found myself resisting coming here. (It was never a question, since I’d already paid for it, committed to sharing a room, etc.) It wasn’t logical; it was emotional. Ken’s going to be gone for most of August, and I just don’t want to be away from him right now. Plus I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump, thanks to the above-mentioned negativity but also, I’m coming to realize, that I really haven’t completely recovered from the emotional battering of the past couple years (the trifecta of my father’s death, my sister’s aneurysm, and Ken’s accident and my attendant primary-caregiver status, along with the added pain and stress of my own hand injury last December). I always think I’m better before I really am, and I’m surprised to discover I’m wrong. I’m much, much better, don’t get me wrong—I just forget that it’s a process, and there are always slides backwards, even if they’re small and the forward motion is bigger.

Anyway. I rode down here with the utterly wonderful Kim—which is, in fact, one of the things I really was looking forward to, because she’s funny and a bundle of positive energy, and I never get the time to just sit and talk with her. We had a blast. Then I hit my room and hugged my awesome friend Christine and met our roomies Sarah and Roz, both of whom I adored within minutes, and Kim and Tanya stopped by, and there was wine and conversation until far too late.

I’ve been to two workshops today, but the third was so crowded that I opted to take a break and do a little work in the room. Next is a luncheon, followed by another workshop, and then I’m taking the rest of the afternoon off. Sarah and I are going to work out, and then a bunch of us will grab dinner, and then who knows what mischief we’ll get into.

One of the workshops this morning made the conference worth the price of admission. It was about how productivity isn’t a matter of time management, but of energy management. So much of it resonated with me, like this simple exercise: Close your eyes, focus on your body, and think five times, “I have to write.” Did you tense up? Now do the same thing, except think “I get to write!” You’ll have an entirely different physical, emotional, and spiritual reaction. Duh. (I’m saying “duh” to me, because, well, that should’ve been obvious…)

[Hm…it’s now after the conference and I don’t remember what else I was going to write here, so I think I’ll just post this and move on!  🙂  ]

Workshop: The Sexy Side of Writing

Now that it’s been officially announced on Dean’s website, I can announce it here…

I’m co-teaching a week-long writing workshop for the Oregon Writers Network! Not only that, but I’m co-teaching with award-winning author (in pretty much every genre) and editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch and amazing urban fantasy author Phaedra Weldon!

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OCTOBER 20-27, 2012

The Sexy Side of Writing

Everything you need to know about how to write hot, sexy fiction in any genre. Taught by three of the top writers in three different genres, this will be an intense and fun writing workshop. Instructors are Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Phaedra Weldon, and Dayle Dermatis.

Workshop fee is $650.00 and room rate is $50.00 per night.

All fall workshops start at 7PM on the first Saturday and go late on the second Saturday, with travel home on Sunday.

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Full info is here.

This will be an intense writing workshop; you will get lots of practice! We’re focusing on romance, erotica, and paranormal romance/urban fantasy, but the idea is, as it says above, that you’ll learn how to write a sex scene for any genre. Intense…but it’s also going to be a blast! This will not be a workshop for prudes.

Also, like Dean says on his site, we end up talking business as well—and if you want to know what’s really going on in the world of publishing today, these are the people to talk to. (If you’re not already reading both Kris and Dean’s blogs…or even if you are!)

Feel free to ask me questions, or you can ping Dean directly (which is probably better, because he can talk more about how the workshops are run, get you signed up, etc.).

I’m…well, I’m still struggling with the “I’m not worthy” aspect of this. Kris has been one of my writing mentors for the past ten years, and to be asked to teach a workshop with her is just…gah!

Burbank Book Festival (come see me!)

I’ll be on a panel discussion and also signing A Little Night Music this coming Saturday at the Burbank Book Festival. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi!

Burbank Book Festival

May, 7, 2011
1:00 PM
Buena Vista Branch Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
For more information call: 818.238.5620

The City of Burbank will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To coincide with Burbank’s centennial celebration, the Burbank Public Library will host a mini-book festival at our Buena Vista Branch Library from 1-4 PM on Saturday, May 7th. The goal of the festival is twofold: to spotlight Burbank’s authors who have either self-published their book(s) or published through traditional avenues, giving them the venue to sell their books; and to encourage aspiring authors by offering information on writers’ organizations and self-publishing opportunities.

Portland-area reading/signing!

Portland-area friends! I’m doing a book signing and reading in your neck of the woods next month! (Actually, probably two signings, but I’m still hammering out the details of one, so stay tuned for that.)

Where? She Bop, a female-friendly sex toy boutique, 909 N. Beech St., Portland, 503-473-8018

When? Saturday, October 16, 8:30 p.m.

Why? To promote Fairy Tale Lust and Alison’s Wonderland, two fairy tale erotica anthologies

With Whom? Author Shanna Germain and Fairy Tale Lust editor/author Kristina Wright

What Should I Wear? I’m so glad you asked! If you’re so inclined, wear fairy tale or fa

iry-themed clothing/accoutrements, for there will be a contest! (Not required, of course, but how can that not be fun?!)

More Deets? Check out She Bop’s website and events page.

Hope to see you there!

Book Signing

I’ll be participating in a group book signing on October 14 at the
Barnes & Noble in Encino, sponsored by the Los Angeles Romance
Writers of America chapter (LARA). I’d love to see some friendly
familiar faces there!

Best of all, when you buy books that day and present a voucher when
you pay, a portion of that money will go towards supporting LARA.
(And it’s tax-deductible, too!)

Here’s the info:

Date: Sunday, October 14
Time: 12-2 p.m.

Barnes & Noble
16461 Ventura Boulevard
Encino CA 91436

Downloadable vouchers and flyers about the event can be found here. Or, if you
prefer, drop me a note and I’ll send them to you as e-mail attachments.

Hope to see you there!