It’s time for another one of Brick & Mortar’s hugely popular Indie Author Nights!
The event format is simple: they bring in about 20 authors, tell you a bit about them, and they each have 2 minutes to talk about their book or series. After each author has given their pitch, customers will have the opportunity to purchase books and interact with authors!
I’m excited to be a part of this local event and to find some new awesome books to read. My TBR is getting low again…
Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup:
- Sandra Anderson: Troubled Mother, Troubled Son, an autobiography for older teens and adults.
- Brenda Baker: the picture book Oddly Colorful!
- Rachel Barnard: For the Love of Donuts series for young adult and new adult readers.
- Flora Burlingame: Path of Progress: One Man’s Fight for Women’s Rights and Charcoal and Chalk: John Ogilvie and the Beginnings of Black Education in Texas (adult historical fiction)
- Van Chesnutt: Push the Red Button, a humorous travel memoir of adventures, misadventures, and observation accumulated over 30+ years of travel.
- Ellie Collins: Daisy, Bold & Beautiful, a middle grade fantasy full of Greek mythology fantasy.
- Beverly Cuevas: When the Twinkle is Gone: A Child’s Perspective on Death, an illustrated book for parents with information about how to help children deal with grief.
- Danielle Dreger: Secret Heart, Bad at Love, and Reckless Night You Won’t Regret (YA queer romantic comedy) and The Ten Fantastic Fails of Rory O’Leary (MG contemporary fiction)
- Bill Erxleben: A Lion Where There Were Lambs: The Quest for Truth, Justice, and the Rule of Law in the Pacific Northwest, a combination of courtroom drama, regional history, and memoir.
- Gail Folkins: Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit, literary journalism about Texas dance hall culture, and Light in the Trees, a memoir about growing up in the Pacific Northwest.
- Carol Gavhane: She’s Got This!: Essays on Standing Strong and Moving On, an anthology featuring essays from 46 writers for women and mothers.
- Julia Goldstein: Material Value, for consumers and to businesses wanting to implement more environmentally-friendly practices.
- Jennifer Haupt: In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, a novel for adults inspired by her time as a journalist in post-genocide Rwanda.
- Amy M Le: Snow in Vietnam is an adult historical fiction tribute to her mother’s heroic decision to flee Vietnam after the fall of Saigon.
- Ashton Macaulay: Whiteout (A Nick Ventner Adventure), the tale of a drunken monster hunter searching for yeti, and Aberrant Tales, a short fiction anthology.
- Joyce Major: The Orangutan Rescue Gang, a middle grade fiction full of adventure, friendship, and the environment.
- Abbi McKee: Cricket and Milo Visit Seattle, the first in a picture book series about two dogs who visit different places.
- Saqib Rasool: Saqibism, poetry on innovation, entrepreneurship, and inner perception for changemakers, cultural creatives, and entrepreneurs.
- Sonya Rhen: YA/NA books Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans, The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates, and Requite Me: Poems of Love (humorous adventure science fiction) Jealousy, and Angst (poetry about love and love lost)
- Deirdre Timmons: Brain Candy, a light-hearted and poignant memoir for people struggling with dire illness or loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
- Doug Walsh: Tailwinds Past Florence (time travel romance) and The Walkthrough: Insider Tales from a Life in Strategy Guides (for people interested in video games!)
- O.M. Wills: ERTA: The Complete Series, a science fiction and fantasy series for adults.
You can find FVP and some great books by local authors at Maple Valley Days near the info booth! This is our sixth year at Maple Valley Days and we have some new books since last year.
And Happy National Donut Day!
Check out our 2017 Maple Valley Days
Check out our 2016 Maple Valley Days
Check out our 2015 Maple Valley Days
Check out our 2014 Maple Valley Days
LAKE WILDERNESS PARK
23601 224th Ave SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Friday: 3pm – 8pm – Carnival stays open until 10.
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
For more information, visit the official website HERE or visit the new Facebook page HERE
I’ll be participating at the Neverending Bookshop in Edmonds this year from 12-2. Here is the schedule at the Neverending Bookshop:
9 – 11: Valerie Stein
10 – 12: James Macon
12 – 2: Rachel Barnard
2 – 4: Karen Eisenbrey and Mikko
What Is Seattle Independent Bookstore Day?
When Independent Bookstore Day went national in 2015 (after its founding in 2014 by booksellers in Northern California was a rousing success), Seattle’s indie bookstores collaborated to showcase what we do best: build human connections through physical books, in a daylong celebration of the work we do and the readers and customers who make it possible. We offered many of the same events and exclusive items as our colleagues across the country, but we also introduced the Passport Challenge, encouraging readers to get their passports stamped at as many participating stores as possible on Bookstore Day. Those who get their passports stamped at every participating store that day are crowned Grand Champions, with a crown, a party, and best of all, a 25% discount at all participating stores for the following year. We admit we have been stunned by the response: in our first year, we weren’t sure if anyone would complete the full Passport Challenge, but we crowned 42 Grand Champions. In 2017, our third year, the number of Grand Champions, all of whom visited 19 stores from Poulsbo to Kirkland to Queen Anne to Georgetown in a single day, exploded to 320, and in 2018 our total number of Champions increased yet again, to nearly 500. We’re hoping for even more in 2019!
I met new readers and new authors at Norwescon 42! I can’t wait to read my new books – look out for those reviews in the upcoming weeks/months.
Now to get ready for Indie Bookstore Day next weekend! Hope to see you there.
Catch books by local authors Sheri J. Kennedy, Rachel Barnard, Victoria Bastedo, Kennedy J. Quinn, and Jeffrey Cook at Norwescon later this week.
I’ll be wandering around in my costume.. See if you can spot me…
And don’t forget your towel!
The Neverending Bookshop is pleased to welcome back local author Rachel Barnard with her book “Donuts In An Empty Field”! She’ll do a reading, talk about her books, answer questions, and sign copies of her work. Stop by and join us!
To celebrate Rachel breaking even on her first ever book project, she is offering her first For the Love of Donuts book (Donuts in an Empty Field) at a discounted price at this event.
RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE
Add the book to your Goodreads shelf:
Bring your used books and get store credit to the book store.
Goals list of 2014
Goals list of 2015
Goals list of 2016
Goals list of 2017
Goals list of 2018:
- Finish one novel writing project – I stopped writing this year and haven’t finished any other writing-related projects.
- Plan and execute my children’s picture book I’ve put on hold for years – Again, haven’t worked on any writing-related projects
- Submit to the PNWA contest – I did and I won second place in the short story contest!
- Send Flora’s Last Chance for Magic to 20 publishers/agents/editors – I didn’t do this, but I did send it to one agent I know
- Create Rachel’s guide to donuts in and around Seattle – haha not
- Handspring to Ayesha – I can do this with a spot
- Create a demo reel – never got around to this
- Learn a breakdance party move – I still want to do this!
- Level up inversions at Divine – I never went consistently enough for this to happen
Describe yourself in 3 words: Driven, Efficient, Restless
Describe what you want more of in 3 words: Calm, Accomplished, Considerate
Theme for 2019: Minimize
- Nail the Divine intermediate inversions combo
- Learn hand balancing moves (specifically a hand stand)
- Take more acro yoga classes
- Learn to make fluffy gluten free bread
- Finish my scrapbook
- Finish my health book through 2018
- Management/Kanban training
- Learn massage techniques
- Dog sit/walk a corgi
- Goat/cat yoga
- Volunteer at Thrill the World and perform for the 5th year!
- Learn Turkish (get through the 12 modules on my Rosetta Stone app)
- Corgi Con
- Pole expo
- Blind Café
- Herb Farm or a Michelin-starred restaurant
2015 Reading Challenge Blog Post
2016 Reading Challenge Blog Post
I may not have met my goal of 150 books, but I did read quite a few and I wrote my 300th Indie book review 🙂
I spent $81.61 on kindle books this year
The books I read this year so far:
Goals list of 2014
Goals list of 2015
Goals list of 2016
Goals list of 2017:
- Publish Seize the Donut (for the Love of Donuts Book 2) on National Donut Day – June 2nd, 2017
- Nailed it!
- Edit my short stories – Celebrity Dreamscapes, Smart Fraud, The Man Who Never Slept
- I submitted these stories to Norwescon’s Fairwood Writer’s Workshops and then only actually edited one of them…
- Send out my short stories for publication!
- Nope. Not at all
- Version 2 of At One’s Beast (edit, revise, re-release)
- Didn’t even look at this
- Find an agent for Flora’s Last Chance for Magic
- I sent Flora out to three agents… And all of them said no.
- Find a publisher or artist for my children’s picture book
- Write and art for children’s picture book about pole dance
- This was an idea I had?
- Write a children’s picture book about dad catch phrases or dad puns
- You can see where this is going… Nope.
- Revise Aster & Tilde
- I want to collaborate with someone on this (hey sister!)
- Write Aster & Tilde book 2 and plan out the series
- Review 1 Indie book a week
- Almost! I reviewed 49 books this year 🙂
- Go to Emerald City Writer’s Conference again
- I decided to save my money for a vacation outside the country instead.
- Start editing Dollars to Donuts (for the Love of Donuts book 3)
- I decided that I might not even publish this book and focus on my romance series instead
- Publish Nichole’s Book of Awesome Things (for the Love of Donuts accompaniment 2) for release with Seize the Donut
- Yes! And it was done. Practically Done.
- Create a coloring book of donuts (for the Love of Donuts accompaniment 3) for release in the winter
- Woohoo I did this too!
- Create an audio book of my poetry book
- Nope. Didn’t even try.
- YouTube video 1x/month
- Yeah… I don’t care for video editing – but I am posting on social media more.
- Get 500 Instagram followers
- Reach 250 Facebook likes on author page
- I’m at 189 likes
- Reach 250 Facebook friends
- I did this!
- Mile in 10 minutes
- Fastest mile time was 9:26
- 50 push-ups in one go
- Inversions other side solid
- Shoulder mount
- Oh yeah!
- Level up inversions at Divine
- I’m now in intermediate inversions and almost ready to pass to advanced inversions
- Dance performance
- I performed three times!
- 200 pole classes lifetime
- I’m up to 279 pole classes lifteime
- 10 pull ups
- I never tested this, but I’m probably only able to do 5-7 on a good day
2018 Goals!!! Writing and Beyond:
- Finish one novel writing project
- Plan and execute my children’s picture book I’ve put on hold for years
- Submit to the PNWA contest
- Send Flora’s Last Chance for Magic to 20 publishers/agents/editors
- Create Rachel’s guide to donuts in and around Seattle
- Handspring to Ayesha
- Create a demo reel
- Learn a breakdance party move
- Level up inversions at Divine