Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Preparing To Take Shore Leave

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The annual Shore Leave sci-fi convention is rapidly approaching. It's going to be live this year and not a COVID-induced virtual convention. Thus begins the frantic preparations needed to collect what I need to pack—which will be done at the last minute, of course. Part of that packing will include the books I'll be giving away. I've done this in the past and the books seem to evaporate as soon as the 'free books' sign appears. It doesn't have to be sci-fi—everything from poetry to romance just disappears. Many things have changed since the last in-person Shore Leave, but I'll bet this won't! 

Books I'll be giving away at Shore Leave this year.

This year, I will be giving away these books:
  1. Owl Eyes Motel by Barbara Avon
  2. If It Was New York, Summer 2009 by Terri Deno
  3. Dead Lake by Miranda Kate
  4. Death and Decorations - an anthology, contains my story A Home for Christmas
  5. Lonesome Train - an anthology, contains my story Momma Knows Best
  6. A Symphony of Dragons by Lisa Shambrook (signed copy!)
  7. The Seren Stone by Lisa Shambrook
  8. Rollie by Michael Wombat
  9. Human 76 - a shared-world anthology, contains my story The Song of Aiden, plus stories by Lisa Shambrook and Michael Wombat, edited by Miranda Kate and Michael Wombat
Most of these are available on Amazon (which is where I got them - except for the signed copy of A Symphony of Dragons). Death and Decorations and Lonesome Train are only (and unfortunately) available from Lulu. But, if you are fast and lucky, you can snag a copy at Shore Leave!

There might be a couple of other books I'll add if I can find them. Seems like a few are missing. Maybe it's because I was hoping to have another book to offer with a story and poem of my own, but that didn't work out (as you can read here). And Terri Deno has been busy over on Kindle Vella, so no new paperback from Terri yet. Still, I think it's a nice mix.

I like to do these giveaways to help spread the word about these authors. I've either worked with them, learned something from them, or they've helped me out in some way. And as Shore Leave attracts attendees from all over the USA, these authors might get exposure to audiences they wouldn't normally attract.

As usual, the Shore Leave staff hasn't posted the programming schedule yet, so I won't know which writing panels I'll be attending until—well, I get there, most likely. I do know the filk session (sci-fi/fantasy/whatever folk singers) and the "meet-the-pros" party (author party) will overlap on Friday night. I'd like to attend both, so that will be a problem. 

Also, I won't be doing the art show this year. It seems I should have had plenty of time to paint and draw, but I've been occupied with other things the last few years. I do have a lot of ideas and a few sketches done, so maybe by Shore Leave 43 I'll have something worth showing.

Another change, too. In the past, I've always had the laptop with me as I visit various talks and events. I have occasionally used it to post blog updates live. This year, I'm going to use my iPad to lighten the load. It shouldn't make a big difference, but I'll let you know how this works out.


That's the plan. I'll keep you posted!

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