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I apologize for the silence. I just spent the last week in Costa Rica and it was a wonderful experience full of adventure and (gasp!) relaxation! Until I came home to over 600 emails/voicemails/texts. Yikes!

But! Until I regale you with pictures of volcanoes that you don’t really want to see, I have something EVEN COOLER for you! Dave Robison and his guest co-host Paul Ellis invited me on for a special 20 Minutes With section of Dave’s The Roundtable Podcast.

It was so incredibly fun! Dave does this amazing intro that either makes me sound brilliant or downright INSANE. It’s about twenty minutes long, so won’t you please take a moment and listen?

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Things have been wonderful and crazy and delightful and nuts. I finished my novella, my computer crashed, I managed to SAVE the novella, but lost the beginning of my novel.

And life goes on.

But I was invited, along with several other very cool people in the industry, to discuss what I was thankful for on the SF Signal’s MIND MELD. And our answers were intriguing. Mine was, oddly enough, the GamerGate brouhaha. I’m thankful these things are now on the radar. Swing by if you’d like to read it here.

I miss you guys! Fun things to announce soon. Like a super special awesome TRIP that has been greatly earned. Yay!

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It’s awesome, you guys. The artist Aeron Alfrey is putting out more and more stunning illustrations, including one for my story “Howl For What Was Yours.”

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Do you recognize that girl? She’s Black Mary. I love this story, a sequel to my 2012 story “Black Mary,” and this illustration is gorgeous and creepy.

If you’d like to read up on the campaign, you can check it out here. Have fun! I know I’m looking forward to my copy!

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We were out of town for the weekend, so naturally things piled up and I’m trying to catch up, yes? You know what makes that even better?

Coke’splosion!

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But wait! There’s more! This was a two liter.

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Thirsty plants!

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Things I was packing up for the post office!

Oh, and ME.

But a change of clothes, a little mopping up, and all is well.

I’m humming along on this novella. My goal is to finish it so I can work on the true novel of my heart this holiday season. Pretty Little Dead Girls is getting beautiful reviews. The Goodreads contest came to a close and I mailed out copies to Australia and Romania. Don’t forget that the limited edition signed hardcover with exclusive art is still available. Christmas is coming up. It might be just the thing.

I’m going to give Monday what it has coming. ;)

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I took my revenge!

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My friends. I had so much to tell you today. About interviews and books and new authors I met and how hard I’ve been working. How splendidly everything is coming along.

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But today is such a dreamy day. I can’t seem to do anything physical and logical. I can’t talk to people right in front of me. But today Melanie Meadors and J.L. Murray and I pretended to have coffee together. And I found myself discussing the beauty and my fascination with The Rochester Panel near my home town. My beloved chickens laid their first eggs. And I fell in love with the art of Leslie Ann O’Dell. She has a print titled “Widow” that I would like to buy.

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“Widow” By Leslie Ann O’Dell. This is currently for sale on her site, which is linked above.

I told somebody I’m not firmly tethered to the earth today. It isn’t a bad way to be.

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So my writing group The Illiterati were invited to a VIP Reception for writer/actor/producer BJ Novak. He’s a headliner at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, and since Mason and I are in the Lost and Found in Las Vegas anthology that just came out, we scored tickets. Yay!

It’s awesome. BJ was friendly and funny and everything you’d expect. We told him to check out the beautiful woodwork in Main Street Station and to check out the shark tank/swimming pool at the Golden Nugget.

Yes. There’s a tube slide through the shark tank. IT. IS. AWESOME.

Then BJ went on to speak to his adoring crowd while Mason, Matt Czarnowski and I fled the wine and hors d’oeuvres table in favor for some Five Guys Burgers. Because that’s how we roll.

IMG_0010I love my writer’s group. They’re so wonderful. It’s good to be with friends. This weekend we’re doing a panel at the festival, hopefully meeting Aimee Bender, who is one of my favorite writers, and then spending Saturday night at my house. Plans? Cooking chicken noodle soup from scratch, writing, playing video games, and recording a song. This is just what we do. <3

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Mercedes M. Yardley:

Armand Rosamilia and Special Gal are doing something amazing and meaningful. If you are a writer or publisher, this particularly applies to you! Set your books aside and be ready to ship them come January.

Originally posted on Armand Rosamilia:

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Hard to believe we are only three months away from the official kickoff to the second year of Authors Supporting Our Troops. I figured now would be a good time to get everyone up to speed and explain the program again so I don’t have to spend so much time this year telling helpful people what we do and do not need to make this another successful year.

First off, we never really stopped collecting author-signed books, we just haven’t posted too much about it once the official end date of May 15th came and went. We collected 2,500 books from authors and publishers in the four months we promoted it. I think that is awesome.

Since then we’ve managed about 75 more books and sent out another shipment overseas to a soldier. the goal for 2015 is to break 3,000 books collected and shipped. We can only do that…

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