Appearances at a Glance

Marscon
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg
50 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

Mysticon
Holiday Inn-Tanglewood
4468 Starkey Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24018

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What's New

January 4, 2017 - I will be publishing my urban fantasy, How the Vortex Changed My Life by the end of 2017.

Blurb: Cat Viggolone just can’t get a break. She'd gotten married, but that ended when the husband left her for his younger secretary. She'd wanted children. That flew out the window along with the cheating husband. There’s the career, but working a window at the Virginia DMV can’t really be classified as a great career choice. At thirty-three, her life had become positively dull.

Then the vortex opened.

Sucked up into a corridor just outside of Hell, she meets Connor, a werewolf, and Larry, a demon that looks like a blue-eyed eyeball. They escape back to earth, only to find that the vortex has opened up in downtown Richmond. The town is going to hell, literally. Besides a grayness seeping out and turning all living things into zombies, monsters and demons are invading Cat’s world.

Will Cat and her new friends (including an angel named George) be able to stop the vortex before it claims the entire planet?

Cat’s life is definitely no longer humdrum and ordinary.

January 3, 2017 - Got my schedule for Marscon, happening January 13-15th, at the Doubletree Hotel in Williamsburg. For the address of the convention and the link to their website, check my Appearances at a Glance.

Friday 9pm – Ghost Hunt - I am leading this. Please feel free to bring your own camera, camcorders and recorders to record for yourselves

Saturday 10am – Fantastic Beasts and How to Write Them - How do you describe the movement of a dragon? What happens when a shape shifter becomes a sea wyvern? These authors discuss the technicalities of creating larger than life creatures realistically. Panelists: Todd McCaffrey, Mari Mancusi, Pamela K. Kinney, D.C. McLaughlin

Saturday 2pm – Cosplay: Old School vs. New School - Before it became known as Cosplay it was simply known as Costuming - What is the difference or is there any? Panelists: Birdy, Erica Bortnick, Cheralyn Lambeth, Mera Babineaux, Pamela Kinney

Saturday 7pm – Dragons in Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction - Panelists will talk about how dragons are incorporated in these genre fiction and what makes the dragon a hot commodity for them. Panelists: Pamela K. Kinney, Margaret S. McGraw, Mari Mancusi, Joelle Presby

Sunday 10am – A World full of Monsters - From Blutbads to Zauberbiest, La Llorna & The Jersey Devil - join us as we explore the worlds of Grimm, Supernatural, and Teen Wolf and their use of the many creatures from history and other diverse cultures. Monsters such as the Kitsune of Japan, the Djinn of the Middle East, or the Chupacabra of Mexico and they have been used in these shows’ interpretations as well as some of the cultures that brought them. See what it takes to defend humanity from creatures that do more than just go bump in the night. Panelists: Pamela K. Kinney, D.C. McLaughlin

Sunday 12noon – Indie Publishing: Getting Known as an Author - Most people understand what marketing is, but far fewer understand the role that publicity pays in selling your work. One without the other often falls flat…but when your local newspaper won’t talk to you, how do you get publicity? Come hear how our experts do it. Panelists: Chris Kennedy, Pamela K. Kinney, Kim Headlee, Tabitha Grace Challis, D.C. McLaughlin

December 12, 2016 - I will be interviewed on the Speculative Fiction Cantina Friday, December 23rd, at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. I will be doing a 5 – 8 minute live reading out of Spectre Nightmares and Visitations. The interviewer on the show will be also interviewing author Randy Anderson on the show.
For other time zones that’s:

Central: 5:00 P.M.
Mountain: 4:00 P.M.
Pacific: 3:00 P.M.

The link for the show is here.

December 1, 2016 - I submitted a horror story, "Death of the Apostrophe" to the #TNTHorrorContest. The television channel begins judging December 1st for what they consider the top 100. You can read it and even vote for it, as it is available now. You have to join Wattpad.com to vote. Click here for more info.

November 30, 2016 - For those wanting to attend my Bringing Horror Out of Darkness talk on writing horror at the North Chesterfield Road Library December 6th, you need to register at Bringing Horror Out of the Darkness to do that. Registration and the talk is free.

October 17, 2016 - The latest Paranormal World Seekers DVD was just released: Archer House. Blurb: Join the PWS team as they investigate the Archer House days before it was torn down to build a new road. Contact my Co-Producer if you would like to purchase it and get it shipped to you.

October 16, 2016 - I'll be selling and signing my ghost books and my horror fiction, plus Paranormal World Seekers DVDs, at Author Night at Red Vein Haunted House on Sunday night, October 20th. For times and address, plus the haunt's website, check out My Appearances at a Glance.

I agreed to write two columns for the Petersburg, Virginia Progress-Index newspaper about the ghosts of Petersburg and the Tri-Cities. The first one will be in the Sunday edition, October 23, 2016. The second one will be in the Sunday edition, October 30, 2016. Once I learn the links for the online versions, I will post on it here.

September 8, 2016 - I've been invited to the Festival of the Word being held 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. November 3, 2103, plus I will be an author guest at Marscon and Mysticon in 2017. For addresses, dates, and websites, check Appearances at a Glance.

August 15, 2016 - I'll be giving a talk on writing horror at the North Courthouse Road Library in Chesterfield, Virginia on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. For the address, the time and the library's phone number and website link, please check out Appearances at a Glance.

July 8, 2016 - I just locked down a talk in October on ghosts and monsters of Hopewell and the Tri-Cities area at the Hopewell Library in Hopewell, Virginia. For address, time, and more, check out Appearances at a Glance.

July 7, 2016 - I can't do all three days of Scares That Cares Weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia, but I will be there Sunday, July 24, 2016, at the Horror Writers Association table in the Dealers Room and at a panel on "Networking in Virginia" at 2:00 p.m. For more on all three days, plus what actors and others writers will be there:

June 13, 2016 - I have a FaceBook page for Paranormal World Seekers, a paranormal reality TV show we are slowly filming, from AVA Productions. Join us at Paranormal World Seekers and keep up what we are doing.

June 6, 2016 - I have a new release, #AmWriting, a compilation of letters written by 60 authors, including mine. Proceeds go to the Wayne Foundation (The Wayne Foundation's vision is for a world without child slavery, dedicated to providing direct assistance to those victimized by exploitation.) Pure Textuality PR is behind this publication. So, if you are a writer, get this and not only is there inspiration for you, the beginning writer (even the pro writer) from sixty authors, but you are also helping a great charity! Right now an eBook, with more to come, and soon will be in print too. For more info, check out Pure Textuality PR or click here.

May 18, 2016 - Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area has been nominated for Library of Virginia's Literary Awards. Winners will be announced in August, 2016. You can see my book and others nominated in both nonfiction and fiction here. This is a PDF download so you can view at your convenience.

Plus I'll be sharing table and tent with fellow Paranormal World Seekers investigator and author Carol Smith at Paracon at the Exchange Hotel Museum, Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Get the museum's address and website of the event at Appearances at a Glance.


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