Book Signing

June 28, 2009

Four of our brave authors gathered at The Parkside in Baltimore, on Saturday for a book signing and a wonderful gathering it was! Between bouts of riotous laughter, excellent beer and chilling tales from Romantic Times, Romance Writers of America, BaltiCon, Philcon, DragonCon and others, I managed to grab a few pictures.

ParksideSigning03In this picture, yours truly is in the Bettie Page shirt. Jean Marie Ward is strutting her stuff, D. Renee Bagbee was getting ready for a more mundane job and Stephanie Burke is dressed to kill as our hostess.

ParksideSigning02Sara started us all off right but her shift ended before ours. Thanks for the great DAB!

ParksideSigning01Before Jean Marie arrived, my lovely bride joined us for a group grope… er… Picture.

CrazedFansIn the midst of all the hubbub, our crazed fans were there to provide immoral support.

KindaPurty1Stephanie has a lovely garden in her front yard. This one caught my eye.

RobinsEggAll good things must come to an end and that too is usually an auspicious beginning!

Book Signing Today!

June 27, 2009

I will be up in Baltimore for a book signing, today!
If anyone happens to be near The Parkside between 1pm and 5pm, I’ll be with a fine group of local authors. Feel free in chatting us up.

I just ready a five-star review of Guardian Noon over at Bitten by Books.
Here’s an excerpt:
Whereas Guardian Dawn was a hurried meet and greet in the midst of non-stop action, Guardian Noon progresses at a more leisurely pace, and I have to say, I enjoyed it more. Like the calm before the storm, it allowed the reader to truly sink into the characters that are starting to get a real “lived in” feel while still getting the sense of conflict to come.
We’re currently in edits for the third book in the Guardian Trilogy.

A Sad Day

June 25, 2009

I just found out that today, two legends of the entertainment field have passed on. Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson are no longer with us.



Pearls Before Swine
This is one of a great many really good webcomix.

Feynman on the Drums

June 2, 2009

One of my heros is the physicist Richard Feynman. One of his hobbies was playing drums. He first learned how while in samba training for Carnival in Rio.

Education

BaltiCon

June 1, 2009

As usual, the gathering of the Fen for Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore was more fun than a stoned ferret.

I was there on Friday and Saturday and sat in on a couple of panels as well as a signing and a reading. My thanks to those brave souls that put up with the first draft of a new short story.

There are three reasons why I love attending Science Fiction, Fantasy and Fetish conventions.

One: I love meeting fans, friends and other authors. They all help me to keep writing.

Two: As a photographer, there are always tons of eye-candy costumes running around, just waiting for the blink of a flash.

Three: There are always great deals to be had in the merchant area. I can never resist just a few new books, teeshirts, sharp jewelry and toys. Yes. I said “toys”. If you want to know more, just ask.

If you’d like to see some pictures, my friend Stan graciously let me share a gallery on his blog.You can see them here: http://mentilucent.net/BaltiCon2009/BaltiCon2009.html

Email comments, kudos and tossed tomatoes are welcome as usual. Just send them to masteranthonystevens@gmail.com

Review: Storm Born

June 1, 2009

Title: Storm Born

Author: Richelle Mead

Publisher: Kensington – Zebra

Webpage: http://www.richellemead.com/

Great

I found this mass-market paperback on the freebie table at BaltiCon and at first glance, it appeared to be just one more of the current crop of urban fantasies. I was very pleasantly surprised.

The blurb starts simply: “Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world.”

That premise is merely a setup for a very well-crafted tale that puts a new spin on the fey vs mortal world conflict. Ms. Mead’s writing creates characters with flaws and foibles that are believable and yet just a tad larger-than-life. The first few conflicts are minor skirmishes between Eugenie and we see her as a kick-ass-and-take-names type. Her parents have convinced her that all fey are totally evil beings, concerned only with conquering our realm. Imagine how hard it becomes for her to find this may not be the case? And what’s worse, she actually finds some of them incredibly attractive!

Although this tale is not for the kiddies, there are some tasteful and yet sublimely kinky sex scenes that had this reader alternating between a leer and a chuckle.

If you like Kim Harrison, Charline Harris and Mercedes Lackey, then you’re going to want to take your time and savor Storm Born. Don’t wait for the freebie table.

I give it five pasties!