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2020

Jul 9, 2020 - I have good news. My horror poem, Dementia, has been accepted for Horror Writers Association's HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. VII.

Jul 8, 2020 - I will be a guest blogger for Haunt Jaunts blog on July 14, 2020. I will be blogging about Edgar Allan Poe, Author and...Specter? I will also be sharing the blurb and a excerpt from my new ghost book, too. In Other news, I won't be doing that book signing at Book Warehouse in Williamsburg, Virginia for now. The manager is waiting until it will be safe for the bookstore and authors, so I expect that won't be until 2021. He does carry some of my books, so be sure to stop by there, as they are open for that. Just wear a mask.

Jul 2, 2020 - I will be interviewed live at the Cabin on 360 on Sunday, July 12th, sometime between 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern (6-10 pm Pacific, 7-9 p.m. Mountain, and 8-10 p.m. Central). So, come learn more about my new ghost book, Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Tales Along Routes 10 and 460 and about me. An added bonus, the spot has been used for paranormal investigations, so maybe a ghost or two might join us---paranormally? The interview can be heard here:

June 29, 2020 - I will be doing an interview on The Paranormal Pride paranormal radio show about my new ghost book, Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Tales Along Routes 10 and 460 on September 28th. Check Appearances at a Glance for the link and times.

Jun 28, 2020 - Coming soon: another guest post sometime in July on the Haunt Jaunts blog.

Check out my guest blog post July 20, 2020, on I Smell Sheep Reviews, A Ghost by Any Other Name Would Still Haunt the Living. Leave a comment on the post that day to be entered to win a Kindle of Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Tales Along Routes 10 and 460.

Jun 22, 2020 - I will have a video, Spooky Old Dominion, available to watch at Fantasci on Saturday, July 25, 2020. This is the one-day virtual version of what would have been a two-day convention at the Chesapeake Central Library. My talk will be at 4:15pm here. You can spend the day at the virtual convention from 10am to 6:00pm and watch different panels and more. There will be vendors (I am included in that) where you can learn how to order any of their products on this same Facebook page. The whole day event is free.

Jun 3, 2020 - I am pleased to announce that I signed a contract to write the nonfiction book, Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters Stalking America. It will be published by Anubis Press.

In another week, I driving to the Chesapeake Central Library in Chesapeake, Virginia to be filmed, talking about Spooky Old Dominion: Ghosts, Cryptids, and Urban Legends of Virginia.

The video will be shown on Facebook (and maybe their main website too), on July 25, 2020, for the virtual convention, Fantasci, replacing the live two-day convention I would have done and where I would have been a vendor for my books. Go to Appearances at a Glance for the link to the event page and the library's Facebook page too. Right now, I am not sure when the video will be shown--that will be closer to the event and when I know, I will share it here, too.

May 22, 2020 - Two of my books are up for the 2020 Author Academy Awards. If you can, please vote for them. The poll is here. Once there, click on the forward arrow to scroll through the categories.

The first book is in the "Vote for Your Favorite General Nonfiction Book (2020)" category. Scroll down to find the cover for Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Tales Along Routes 10 and 460. Once you click on it, you've voted.

Click forward to "Vote for your Favorite Science Fiction Book(2020)". Scroll down to my book cover for Maverick Heart and click on it. Simple, and you don't have to register or anything.

Thank you for voting.

Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Tales Along Routes 10 and 460 has its first review at Southern Spirit Guide, calling my ghost book "a fabulous resource on the hauntings of this region." Check it out. I also got a second review up at Amazon from a reader who enjoyed the book!

The online paracon went well, and I did a video of my talk, Pandemic and the Paranormal So far, over 1400 people have viewed it! Check it out here.

Apr 26, 2020 - Catch me Sunday, May 3rd, at this virtual paracon, The Paranormal Day Quarantine-a-con. Not sure if I will do Facebook Live (as I never have), or just do a video taping uploaded to my Facebook Author Page, maybe as a Watch Party (if I figure out how) or post the link to the video. I will be talking about past plagues and hauntings I found while researching. Just go here and say you're going. Then check out the other guests for that day-it runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Eastern Time is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For Pacific, it will be 8 am to 8 pm and Mountain: 9 am to 9 pm.

I am excited to say at one point last week, Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Tales Along Routes 10 and 460 made #16 in top selling new releases on Amazon at Ghosts and Hauntings for the paperback, while the Kindle made for the Supernatural and Occult ones.

Apr 10, 2020 - The paperback edition of Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Tales Along Routes 10 and 460 is now live and you can click on the link here. For a limited time, get it while it is only $9.99! And for a limited time, the Kindle version is $1.99.

Apr 5, 2020 - The publisher, Anubis Press, has revealed the front cover for the paperback copy of my next ghost book, Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Tales Along Routes 10 and 460. You can see it here.

Mar 29, 2020 - Come join me and other authors of Virginia Writers Club for the Virginia Writers Club Author Takeover event on Facebook, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from noon until 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Click here for more info. There may be giveaways, and more. I plan to be giving maybe some eBooks of my fiction. Come meet some authors!

Virginia isn't just for lovers, it's for writers too! The Virginia Writers Club invites you to its Virginia Author Takeover event held online!

Come discover these wonderful Virginia writers of mystery, thrillers, sci-fi/fantasy, poetry, paranormal, horror, nonfiction, children's books and more!

Event Line Up (afternoon Eastern standard time)
12 Leslie Truex
12:30 Katherine Gotthardt
1:00 Pamela K. Kinney
1:30 J. Elizabeth Vincent
2:00 P. A. Duncan
2:30 Elizabeth Spencer Spragins
3:00 Diane Fanning
3:30 Marie Flanigan
4:00 Mary Montague Sikes
4:30 Cindy Freeman
5:00 Dennis Cogswell
5:30 David Simms

Mar 18, 2020 - My book signing April 18th at Book Warehouse in Williamsburg, Virginia, has been postponed until Saturday, July 18th, same time as the April signing. You can see the change at Appearances at a Glance.

There is an event Memorial Day Weekend with the bookstore, and right now, it is still there. If there are any changes, I will let you all know. These days, with CORVID-19 pandemic, all we can do is go one day at a time. If you want to read any of my books, in print or eBooks, you can check the Nonfiction and Fiction sections at the top of this page. Stay safe. This can be a good time to catch up on your reading and be with your family.

Mar 16, 2020 - As of now, Ravencon in Williamsburg April 24-26th is cancelled. So, please like their Facebook page and if you have questions, direct it to them there. Bookmark their website: Ravencon to keep tabs if and when they have rescheduled the convention, for maybe next year.

As posted on their website:
RavenCon 15 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 15th, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a ban on all groups of more than 100 people during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, we have been forced to cancel this year’s RavenCon. We are currently looking at all of our options for rescheduling.

Mar 11, 2020 - I am pleased to announced that the anthology, Nano Nightmares, was just released by the publisher in both Kindle and paperback at Amazon. Check this out for both links and the book blurb. I have five two-sentence stories included in it.

Mar 10, 2020 - It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the Virginia Festival of the Book has canceled its event this year--no doubt due to CORVID-19. So, I won't be doing the Virginia Writers Club table on March 21st. You can see more about this here.

Feb 24, 2020 - I am guest author blogger of the 'Hook of the Book' blog for Women in Horror Month. Read about witch and spirit bottles HERE.

My Mysticon schedule for this coming weekend:

Friday, February 28
Author Showcase- 3 p.m.
Evil in Writing- 5 p.m.
Folk Horror-6 p.m.
Reading Room- 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 29
Author Signing Table B- 11 a.m. (1 hour only)
Monsters Are People Too-12 Noon

Sunday, March 1
90s Horror-Millennial Classics- 2 p.m.

Feb 18, 2020 - I am happy to say my interview with A Haunt Mess Podcast is up. A Haunting Chat about Haunted Places and Virginia with yours truly. It's also here at AudioBoom.

Feb 13, 2020 - I saw that Nano Nightmares anthology, which includes five of my two-sentence horror stories, should be out in both paperback and eBook on Amazon before Easter (April 12th). You can see the cover flat for the paperback here. The link will be added to the book cover when it is released.

Feb 5, 2020 - I wanted to share two appearances I will have in March 2020. One has already sold out, so I'm just letting it be known that, on March 4th, I will be giving a talk at the Literary High Tea at Carrot Tea Kitchens in Yorktown, Virginia.

On March 21st, I will be assisting at the Virginia Writers Club table at the Virginia Festival of the Book's Publishing Day Lit Fair in the Omni Atrium, 11 a.m. to Noon. Visit Appearances at a Glance for the address--you can get a book signed from me, check out the other authors and publishers at our table and elsewhere in the place, plus even the panels going on that day for the festival. It's free.

Jan 27, 2020 - I will be doing the Writes of Spring Authors Fair at Book Warehouse in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Sunday, May 24th (Memorial Day Weekend), from Noon to 4:00 p.m. You can find the address and more at Appearances at a Glance.

Jan 22, 2020 - My next interview looks to be from A Haunt Mess podcast around the first week next month. When it is done and available to the public, I will let you know. Check the A Haunt Mess link here and listen to other podcasts they've done here or on YouTube.

Jan 21, 2020 - I have fabulous news. On New Year's Day, I signed the contract for my horror short story, Hunting the Goat Man, which will be included in the Retro Horror Anthology to be published by Anubis Press. That makes this the first acceptance of 2020.

Also, I will be doing Ecoff Elementary PTA's 29th Annual Jingle Bell Bazaar again Saturday, December 5, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. The address will be at Appearances at a Glance. Once they put up a Facebook Event page, I will post that to the Appearances too.