Thursday, January 11, 2018

MarsCon 2018 schedule for author @KimHeadlee Williamsburg, VA Jan. 12-14 2018 #MFRWOrg

The Business of Writing: An Introduction
Lecture presented by Kim Headlee.
I have my MarsCon 2018 schedule,
and it's a great one! 

  • Friday, 1/12/2018, 5 p.m. panel, Room 8: Ethics of Tomorrow in Young Adult Fiction
  • Friday, 7 p.m. lecture, Room 6: The Business of Writing: An Introduction
  • Friday, 8 p.m. lecture, Room 6: The Business of Writing: Diving Deeper
  • Saturday, 1/13/2018, 10 a.m. - noon, Room 5: one of the "editor" panelists of Allen Wold's writing workshop
  • Saturday, 2 p.m. panel, Room 8: Finance for Writers
  • Sunday, 1/14/2018, 10 a.m. panel, Room 7: Writing Major Minor Characters
  • Sunday, 1 p.m. panel, Room 7: The Name Came First

In addition, I will be selling and signing my books in the Artist/Author Alley, and I am excited to report that my Business of Writing book has been fully updated in both e-book and print editions for 2018.

MarsCon 2018 will be at the Doubletree Williamsburg Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA. I hope to see you there!

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Sgeulachd ni sinn na’s mò.
Stories make us greater.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Happy Holidays from The Dawnflier of author @KimHeadlee! #MFRWOrg #ASMSG

Christmas (c)2010 by Subbotina, Depositphotos ID 10605705.

I hope this holiday season continues to fill you with joy, wonder, and blessings today and throughout the coming year.

If you like thrilling, poignant, well-written fiction, I know you'll love these titles:
  • Snow in July ~ a medieval paranormal romance novel about a distressed damsel who wields a fierce fireplace poker and the smoking hot knight she must rescue from himself.
    ~ Kindle ~ Nook ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ Google Play ~
  • The Color of Vengeance ~ a historical fiction short story about a man who loses everyone he loves and must reconcile the demands of his head with those of his heart.
    ~ Kindle ~ Nook ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ Google Play ~
  • Raging Sea: Reckonings ~ part one of my full-length novel featuring the coming-of-age and identity reclamation journey of Angusel, the Lancelot character in my Dragon's Dove Chronicles series.
    ~ Kindle ~ Nook ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ Google Play ~
  • Twins ~ a doom of Camelot story as you have never seen it before (Kindle only ~ free worldwide 12/27/-12/28/2017 and free with your Kindle Select or Amazon Prime membership until 01/13/2018, when I plan to make it available on other retail platforms).

These great books are discounted or free today as my gift to you. Enjoy!

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Sgeulachd ni sinn na’s mò.
Stories make us greater.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Book spotlight on Fresh Beginnings by Iris Blobel @_Iris_B

Today I welcome to the Maze my author-friend from across the international dateline, Iris Blobel, and her latest novel, Fresh Beginnings!


  Title: Fresh Beginnings
Series: Beginnings #3
By: Iris Blobel
Publication Date: October 12, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he’s excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could’ve prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker. Will he be able to put his past aside and grab onto happiness? Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on vacation. But she will have to say goodbye again? And not only to Jared.
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Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters. Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio. Sign up for Iris' Mailing List and receive a FREE copy of New Beginnings!
 
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book spotlight on Toxic Diamonds by @Liza0Connor

It's been a rough year for me and The Maze, with the loss of my dad in March and his youngest sister in May, but today I welcome back an author-friend whose novels always lift my spirits. I guarantee they will lift yours too!

Liza O'Connor's Toxic Diamonds blog tour, 7-28 July 2017

A Bullet proof vest made of silk.

In 1881, a faro dealer, Charlie Storms was shot twice by a cranky patron. Tombstone physician George E. Goodfellow discovered that one bullet was stopped by a silk handkerchief in Charlie’s breast pocket. As strange as it sounds, a silk handkerchief prevented that bullet from penetrating.

Now before you cry ‘bullocks’, keep in mind guns were far less powerful than now.

In 1887, Dr. Goodfellow wrote an article titled Impenetrability of Silk to Bullets[1] for the Southern California Practitioner documenting the first known instance of bulletproof fabric. He experimented with silk vests resembling medieval gambesons, which used 18 to 30 layers of silk fabric to protect the wearers from penetration.

A European, Kazimierz Żegleń used Goodfellow's findings to develop a bulletproof vest made of silk fabric at the end of the 19th century, which could stop the relatively slow rounds from black powder handguns. The vests cost $800 USD each and several gentleman of the Parliament bought and wore them.

Synopsis:

Determining whom to trust is getting very hard, indeed. This may be the most trying cases imaginable. Director Stone has gone missing and it appears Ministers of Parliament are involved. Xavier is arrested and placed in a jail meant to kill him, while Vic, disguised as a woman, attempts to locate the Minister of External Affairs and ask for his help.

Everyone is called in to assist: Jacko, his wife Alice, their son Pete, Samson the Crime Lord, David and Claire, Tubs and his wife Sara, the boys: Cannon and Ham, plus the bloodhound Arroo.

The Wasp who escaped punishment for her attempts to murder her bigamist husband’s first wife last year is back. Vic discovers love letters between Ben, their terrible secretary and the Wasp. Worse yet, he shared Xavier’s financial advice with the Wasp, making her and her husband very wealthy.

With Stone missing, and Barns and Meyers stretched to their limits, Vic decides it’s time to train more of the Scotland Yard officers in intuitive and deductive reasoning. While only half the class makes it through her two-day course, everyone is pleased with her results.

Be warned, Vic’s sister, Claire, is becoming more difficult than ever. Gregory thinks she is going mad.



Once Vic, Cannon, Casey, and Fagan left, Xavier rushed upstairs and returned five minutes later as an old man.
 
Tubs waited at the door. “I’ll stay in the shadows, but I’m going.”

“I need to check the place out anyway,” Jacko stated.

“Well, damn it all, I’ll go as well.” Samson declared. “Mason spent so little time in my company, he’s probably forgotten me entirely.”

Xavier studied him a moment. “Don’t count on it. Wait here,” he ordered, then hurried upstairs. When he returned, he handed Samson a thick silk vest.

“I am wearing a vest,” he replied.

“Is it bulletproof?” Xavier challenged.

“No. Are you saying this one is?”

“Yes. There was an incident in which an American doctor reported that a man’s silk vest stopped a bullet. He shared the matter with Connors who shared the matter with me. I, of course, asked David to see if he could create such a vest, and here it is.”

“Has it been tested?” Samson asked, doubtful that silk could stop a bullet.

“It has. In fact, several men in the parliament wear them now.”

Samson smiled. “Thank you for sharing this. I would be most willing to buy my own—”

“David handmakes them, and he is a bit busy at the moment, so just enjoy my vest.”

“That is very kind of you. Does this mean you are starting to like me?”

Xavier chuckled. “Not at all.”




Book 8
The Queen’s Diamonds have been stolen, Director Stone of Scotland Yard is missing, and there is a toxic gas that may kill hundreds of Londoners.
Free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Need to catch up?
Book 1
 The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.

Book 2
 Oops! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.

Book 2.5
 A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?

Book 3
 The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.

Book 4
The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.

Book 5
 Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.

Book 6
 Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.

Book 7
Vic is almost killed twice as she tries to prevent a CrimeLords’ War, stop a female Russian spy, and locate Xavier.

All Xavier & Vic books are Free with Amazon Unlimited


Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.



FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIZA O'CONNOR’S MANY BOOKS

Investigate these sites:

Liza's Blog and Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter





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Friday, June 30, 2017

Keeping cool with The Dawnflier of Author @KimHeadlee (June-July 2017) #MFRWOrg #ASMSG

Hello and welcome to the June-July edition of The Dawnflier!

Hot air balloons at early morning
Goreme, Turkey 2009-10-16
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I extend a special welcome to everyone who signed up for my mailing list at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival of North Haven CT, Big Walker Lookout overlooking Wytheville VA, and Wytheville's annual Chautauqua Festival.

Subscribers receive special news and offers. If you are interested, you are welcome to sign up HERE. I send out no more than one newsletter a month.

I've chosen the picture of the hot-air balloons in honor of the Chautauqua Festival and to express a wish I'm sure we all feel from time to time: that we could just hop into a basket and rise above all our issues and concerns, even if only for a day. I'm still up to my eyeballs in the tasks required for settling my dad's estate, so a day aloft in a balloon sounds really appealing about now. :)

I plan to dive back into writing new material in September, so there's not much to report in that department. However, I do have several upcoming personal appearances:


  • 7–9 July: Vendor table in the Maryland Hallway at Shore Leave 39, Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD. Dealers room schedule TBA.
  • 14–16 July: ConGregate 4/DeepSouthCon 55, Radisson Hotel, High Point, NC: program participation TBA.
  • 28–30 July: US 21 Road Market, a 110-mile, multistate yard sale from Wytheville, VA to Harmony, NC. My booth is in the same spot as last year: outside the Lakes to Florida Grill, Rt. 21, Wytheville, VA.
  • 29 July: WyVACon; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, VA. I do plan to sell & sign my books at this event while my husband mans the yard-sale booth. And yes, he has already agreed to that duty. :D

Thank you for your interest in and support of my work!
Stories make us greater.


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