This is Halloween!

Hi folks, it’s almost Halloween and to celebrate the holiday I’m having a very busy evening tonight!

First off at 6:30 pm (CST) I’m popping into Maria’s Spells – Reader’s Group on FB to help Maria with the release of her awesome new fantasy titles. I’ll be playing some games and running a giveaway. Please come by and say hi!

Next up at 7:30pm (CT) I’ll my reading in a live stream of local St. Louis authors. For those of you who live in St. Louis you may now that every year around Halloween, The Book House hosts a special event called The Candle Game. This year because of COVID we cannot do this in person, so instead we are running the event on Facebook Live.

First, the Facebook event link:
Second, the livestream link itself (it’s listed on the event page, but, hey, let’s make it easy for everyone)

The event will also be recorded so that if you cannot check in live you’ll still be able to watch.

Closing up the evening with a trip to Courtney Cannon’s wonderful annual Halloween bash. I’m joining a bunch of awesome indie authors playing games and having fun. My spot is at 9:00pm (CT)

Come join the fun in C.L. Cannon’s Unforgettables group on FB!

My First Time at Penned Con


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.)


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.

Debbie and Vic Penned

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!


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.


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.


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!


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!

Bits & Bobs

Hi folks – I’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming up this week, so wanted to give you all a heads up. Firstly anyone here solve Cryptic Crosswords? If so, head on over to 1Across which is running a contest this week with a prize of Paws 4 Logic, the puzzle book created by me and my son, Joey.


Next come join me tomorrow – Monday 29th May – at 8:30 pm (CT) at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Author and Artist Faire. And stick around all week to meet oodles of awesome sci-fi and fantasy authors.


Did we just say Awesome? Well if you like awesome indie authors you’re going to love the AweThors – come meet us on Tuesday May 30 and help D.R. Perry celebrate 1000 likes! I’ll be hosting at this one at 9:00 pm (CT), but you’re definitely going to want to come early to this one to catch all the fabulous AweThors.


The third Facebook event I’m part of this week is a celebration for the release of Megan Crewe’s BEAST. If you like you’re YA dark you’re going to have to check this one out. I’ll be hanging out here at on Thurs June 1st at 5:30pm (CT). Come on by!


Also on June 1st I’m excited to announce that I’m part of not one, but TWO online scavenger hunts.  Firstly there’s this one. But you’re going to have to visit Doris, the Vacuu-Droid with an attitude for more details!


And secondly there’s the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt – starting June 1st. My secret word and bonus contest will be right here on this blog. Click the banner below for the master list of participants – and there are a lot of them!


And last, but not least to celebrate this week of awesomeness I have Tea & Dark Chocolate on sale everywhere for just 99 cents!


Umbrae – Release Blitz


It’s alive! Today’s the day that book 3 of the P.A.W.S. Saga goes out into the world!

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.

Available in Kindle or Paperback


But wait there’s more. Umbrae is going on tour. Click on the banner for the schedule of all the awesome stops along the way. They’ll be interviews, character meet and greets, snippets and more.


Also the release event on Facebook for games and prizes galore! See you there!


Introducing Adults Adulting Badly


Presenting Adults Adulting Badly – This new cool company is the brainchild of author and artist Kate Marie Robbins. Here’s what Kate has to say about her new venture:

Adults Adulting Badly is a small business that will sell “I Adulted” pins. There will be other things to come once it’s up and running.

A little about my dream:

I had always seen the “I Adulted” stickers on Facebook and loved the idea, but I didn’t love the fact that stickers are a one-time use only thing. They stop sticking and you can only wear them proudly once. This got the wheels in my head turning. I wanted something more permanent to show that you were proud of doing adult things. Then it hit me… PINS! You could wear them proudly on your shirt whenever you liked or put them on your purse, backpack, etc.

I then started to brainstorm ideas for different pins and designs. With the help of some of my friends we came up with a list and I designed some pins from there. Along with designing the pins, I designed a logo, business cards, and packaging.

Went to know more?

Come visit Adults Adulting Badly on Facebook

Check out Kate’s Etsy store

And pledge on the Kickstarter, for some kickass rewards

And finally join the kickoff event on Facebook and tell them that Debbie sent you!