Archon and a 99 cents sale

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Hi folks, I’m off to ARCHON this weekend with my son and co-puzzler, Joey and my friend and author and youtuber, Steven Thomas.

We’ll have a table in Author Alley plus you can find us at a number of cool panels throughout the weekend.

On Friday evening at 8pm learn to Publish Your Book (Without Spending a Fortune) in Marquette B (Gateway Center) with Steven Thomas. Steve has run this seminar in many locations around St. Louis and St. Charles and is now taking it to Archon. You can also pick up some of Steve’s awesome action adventure novels from our table in Author Alley.

On Saturday morning (10:00 am – Doubletree Madison C&D) Steve will also be joining me, Jennifer Lynn, and TW Fendley in a panel about Audio Book Creation.

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Who likes puzzles? A few years ago at Archon, Joey and I ran a successful panel about puzzle construction. This year we’re back, but instead of learning about puzzles we’re running an interactive puzzle event, ESCAPE FROM ARCHON. It seems the Plutonians have got news that the people of Earth do not take the planet as seriously as they should, so they’re journeying to Archon to help educate the Earthlings.

Come join is in Madison C/D at the Doubletree at 4:00 pm to help save planet Earth.

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Back over to the Gateway Center (Marquette A 6:00pm) and I will be joining Jennifer Lynn, Jessica Matthews and TW Fendley for a panel about Speculative Fiction for Children and Teens.

Finally on Sunday morning I’ll be reading stories with Jessica Matthews in Children’s Programming at 11:00 am. Come listen to my brand new tale, WANDA’S WAND and take home your own wand and coloring sheet. Unfortunately I won’t have copies available for sale yet, but I will be taking preorders.

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Not able to make it for ARCHON?

Well just for this weekend I have all my P.A.W.S. Saga books on sale for just 99 cents each on Kindle.

Catch up on the P.A.W.S. Saga

 

Picture Book News

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I’m proud to announce that Cecilia of CECILIA’S TALE has won runner up in the Stephen Memorial award for Distinctive Cats 2019.

Cecilia was chosen for “Learning to survive and thrive in this world.”

If you haven’t already read her story you can pick it up on Amazon or purchase a signed copy from me on this site.

Or if you happen to be at ARCHON this weekend come see me in Author Alley or in my storytime with Jessica Adams on Sunday morning in Children’s Programming.

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Next up, meet little witch, Wanda and her cat Whiskey.  Wanda’s story will be released on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th but is now up for presale.

Preorder the Kindle version on Amazon 

OR preorder a signed paperback from me here. I also have an awesome bundle available of ALL my picture books.

I will be reading WANDA’S WAND and CECILIA’S TALE at Archon on Sunday morning. Hope to see some of you there.

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2019 Halloween Flash Fiction Contest

Halloween flash fiction contest. $50 prize!

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Bienvenue Press is hosting its 3rd Annual Halloween Flash Fiction Contest! The contest will open August 5th and remain open until September 30th.

Entry and Submission Guidelines:
*Only original, unpublished flash fiction is eligible for this contest.
*Entries must be 1,000 words or less.
*Stories must have a Halloween setting.
*Send submissions in the body of an email to submissions@bienvenuepress.com.
*Include your bio, social media links, and picture of yourself with your submission

What Winners Receive:
*2nd and 3rd place and an honorable mention will be posted on our blog with your bio and links.
*1st place will win $50 (USD). (You must have a PayPal account.)

Questions? Email alvincent@bienvenuepress.com

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My First Time at Penned Con

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Hi folks, I just got back from Penned Con in St. Louis and am still trying to mull over the experience. It’s strange isn’t it? I actually live in St. Louis, but had never been to Penned Con before this year. Last year I had planned to go as a reader but got sick with some nasty flu just before the event and couldn’t go. This year I bought an author table and was determined to not let that happen.

The convention started for me early Thursday morning when I took my daughter to the train station. She was on her way to Chicago for Riot Fest, something I normally do with her but this year she was going with a friend. The Red Lion hotel where Penned was hosted is just across the street from the Amtrak station so I was able to walk straight over pick up a cup of tea and make my way up to registration on the thirteenth floor. I dragged my suitcase of books up with me to dump at my table then bumped into my friend George Sirois. George has recently started an author podcast and snagged me to do an interview (I’ll post my interview when it is up on his blog but in the meantime please check out his podcast and his awesome YA series, Excelsior.)

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Next up was Author Education Day — those authors and assistants who came in early were treated to an assortment of speakers about different aspects of publishing and marketing. It was also fun hanging out with my author/illustrator friend Victoria Szulc during the whole weekend.

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That night we set up our tables and then in the evening I participated in an 80s trivia party where I discovered that I know far less about 80s trivia than I thought! Though our team the Brat Pack came third, mostly thanks to George! We even had our own T-shirts, though the sticky letters on mine all came off during the course of the evening!

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Friday was the first day of signing and sign I did — oodles and oodle of books. My highlight of the day was when a reader sought my out and brought me their own personal copy of P.A.W.S. to sign.

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Mostly I stayed at my table and talked to the readers. But in the afternoon I also got to take a short break and participate in the Cards Against Humanity panel. That was a lot of fun.

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Also that night after the signing was over for the day we gathered a group of YA author friends from one of my favorite online groups – AAYAA and we took a trip over to the Delmar Loop for supper at Blueberry Hill.

This is one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis and for those of you who have read Cotula you may recognize it as the home of the goblin, Valerian Root.

Friday night saw a DJ night with some awesome 80s tunes and Saturday another full day of signing. I sold oodles of books and met some wonderful readers and authors and came home exhausted but happy.

Oh and what was the most prolific swag item at Penned? Why pens of course!

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Didn’t meet me at Penned? Well you have another chance in just two and half weeks as I’ll also be selling, signing, and panelling at Archon in Collinsville in from October 4th – 6th.  See you there!

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Today would have been my parents’ Shirley and Walter Manber’s 57th wedding anniversary. Here’s a little something I wrote a few months after my mother passed at the end of last year.

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Walter sat in the chair reading. This was the fourth book in the series and he smiled when he read about the camel. She reminded him of someone. Someone he had known a long time ago.

There was a knock on the door and she entered. She looked like she had done when they had first met at the dance. She walked up to him unsure.

“I see you made it,” he said.

She nodded and smiled, then pointed at the book.

“I liked that one. It was the last thing I read. You know she put the camel in for me?”

“I thought so. It was definitely a good bit.”

 

“Ah I see she found you,” said a voice from the doorway.

Walter nodded at the cat that waited just outside the door. He was used to Griddlebone. The cat would come by and talk every few days and would ask if he wanted to pass on to the next place. He always said no, he would wait until she could join him.

“Are you ready?” asked Griddlebone.

Walter turned to Shirley and she nodded, and they both followed the cat.

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Friday Fiction – Choose Your Own Hunters of Reloria Adventure

 

Hi folks, I have something fun for you today. Fantasy author Kasper Beaumont has just released a special Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book in world of Reloria.

Kasper wrote this book because Choose Your Path-type books were one of her favorite genres as a teenager. She wants to share the fun and magic with her readers. It is set in the world of her Hunters of Reloria series and contains some of the novels’ most popular characters. Kasper welcomes readers of all ages to have some fun with this adventure book. It contains artwork sent in by artists of all ages. Like this awesome dragon!

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Let’s look at a sample page. What would you run towards?

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Want a copy? Pick up one on Kindle today and let the adventure begin.

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Kasper J. Beaumont was born and raised in Australia and lives a quiet life with the family in a seaside town. Combining a love of fantasy and a penchant for travel in the Hunters of Reloria trilogy, Kasper started to write on the urging of friends and family and enjoys watching readers become immersed in the magical world of Reloria. Kasper is a pen name for a rather shy author who is happy to remain unnamed.

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The series: The Hunters of Reloria trilogy is about the magical world of Reloria where halflings and fairies share a bond. Dwarves, elves, knights and dragons inhabit this country, but their world is about to be invaded by scaly lizardmen and giant Cyclops.
Book 1: Elven Jewel
Book 2: Hunters’ Quest
Book 3: Dragon’s Revenge
Prequel: Fandri’s Adventures

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Email: kasperjbeaumont@outlook.com
Website: http://www.huntersofreloria.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kasperj.beaumont
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KasperBeaumont
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kasper-Beaumont/e/B00DQ2JB22

Cotula is here!

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It’s alive! It took awhile (almost two years) but COTULA – part five of the P.A.W.S. Saga is now live on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

What’s it about? Well …

Follow the Cotula. The stone will show you the way.

Rifka is lost, far away from home. Kidnapped by an insidious werewolf.
Far off in Manus Wu, a plan is set in place. An Old One sends colutae out into the world. These stones when brought together have the power to release Rifka. Yet does she truly want to go home?

Meet an empathic goat, a family of otters, a girl who loves to draw fairies, and a dragon in this new installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.

Pick up a copy on Amazon! 

OR if you’d like your own personal signed paperback, I have a handy dandy form for that. If you are going to either Penned Con in September or Archon in October I can sign you a copy there OR if you’d like me to mail you a copy let me know on the form and I’ll work out the shipping to wherever you are. (Warning international shipping from the US is a little pricey so if you’d prefer to buy a local copy I can send you a signed bookplate in the mail instead).

Order signed copies of Cotula and my other titles here.

Want a chance to win 2 free tickets to Penned Con this September? Make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter as they’ll be an exclusive newsletter only contest going out on Aug 15th.

Happy Reading folks!