Book Reading and Release Such Fun!

 

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All eight of the authors featured in Free-Flowing Stories came out to the Black Dog in Snoqualmie on Thursday to read from their selections, eat cake, and have fun! The Black Dog is wonderful and has the best fritata around.

 

 

 

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I read from my story, Ataxia and the Girl of Lost Dreams which is a prequel to Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams and follows MC’s decision to leave her home town and sneak into the elite Academy where she hopes to take down the corrupt government from within.

 

 

 

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I love to dress up! This is my latest mashup costume.

Gifts for Geeks and Rachel Barnard’s FREE ebook downloads TODAY

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Today only At One’s Beast and Wandering Imagination by Rachel Barnard are free for download on Amazon.

At One’s Beast link to free download: Click here

Wandering Imagination link to free download: Click here

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At One’s Beast… atonesbeast

Every girl and boy in the village of Frey fears the beast who lives in the forest. Ten years ago, the beast was formed from the town’s rage — and the evil that lurks inside all people in moments of weakness. Every year since, the townspeople have sacrificed one of their own to appease his anger. This year the sacrifice does not go as planned. A young man saves the chosen girl from fate. She is torn between doing her duty and untangling the identity of her savior and captor. The young man grew up with thoughts of revenge on the town that turned their backs on him, but when he is close to the girl, he is reminded of who he used to be. From once upon a time to happily ever after, the people of Frey will have to rally together to rid the town of evil once and for all, but in the process will they destroy everything that is good in their world?

 

Wandering Imagination… WanderingImagination

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Seattle Specific Saturdays: Snoqualmie Block Party and Kindle Free Promotions

At One’s Beast and Wandering Imagination, both by Rachel Barnard are free for Kindle this weekend! If you want to come meet the author and get a signed copy, come down to the Snoqualmie Block Party, where FreeValley Publishing is hosting a booth. Rachel Barnard will be at the booth from 10AM – 12PM. Click on the images to for more information or to download the books for kindle. atonesbeastWanderingImagination20140920_093957The Block Party - FPC

Norwescon Wrap Up Thoughts

I was at Norwescon last week(end) and it was quite the experience. I have never been to a con like that before. In fact the only convention I’ve really ever gone to was the recent AWP convention (more here) and that was nothing at all like Norwescon. I enjoyed myself but didn’t feel like I truly got to experience the con because I was not there at night and I didn’t know anyone but my lobby booth buddy Jeffrey Cook.

Here’s a list of the pros and cons to Norwescon for me

 

Pros:

– Getting to see all the wonderful costumes

– Meeting people who came to our lobby booth

– Being able to talk about FVP and MVW books

– The cool vendors

– the free munchies in the Hospitality room

– People were nice and friendly

– the con environment seemed relaxed and not policing

– Valet took care of parking my car when I couldn’t find a spot

– Our booth had a lot of traffic

– I had a place to be (our booth) that I could feel safe and like I belonged to a particular spot for comfort’s sake

– I got to dress up! (and no matter what I dressed in it would not be the oddest costume out there)

 

Cons:

– Saturday admission was $45 (I even had to pay to just man the booth)

– parking was a nightmare as by 9:00 in the morning there were no spots left

– It was raining so going outside was not happening

– Our lobby booth was hemmed in by the superfluous amount of Larpers in the neighboring booth

– The two panels I tried to go to stunk, as the presenters were not very prepared, treated the audience like morons, and cursed in front of children

– The wrap-around enclosed nature of the hotel with spread out places to go was a little unnerving for first time con-goer such as myself

Sarasota Specific Saturday: Amazing Sarasota Scavenger Hunt

The Amazing Scavenger Hunt: Sarasota Edition
Photo documentation of:
People:
            Pregnant lady
            Arm wrestling a stranger
            Dancing with a stranger
            Sign spinner (extra point for costume)
Things:
            A photoboth
            An alligator
            Classic/exotic car
Miscellaneous
            Kissing under Unconditional Surrender
           
Actions:
            planking        
            public pillow fight
            headphone dance party
            fake picketing (your choice)
            poetry recitation
            donating money 
            acting out a Monty Python skit
To bring back:
            A geocache prize
            Fortune cookie
           

Seattle Specific Saturdays: Painting Class at Arts n’ Carafes

Have you ever wanted to be an artist? I know I have but I lack talent and skill, however, there is this growing phenomenon of classes for novice and more experienced painters! There are places cropping up all over and giving out coupons and specials (see Groupon for example) for these classes. My step-mom and I did the Renton Arts n’ Carafes class and it was wonderfully fun! Even though we were painting the exact same thing, our distinct styles came through in our individual pieces. Yours can too! Just go to the website and pick a date to begin exploring your creative side!

Seattle Specific Saturdays: Geocaching Block Party 2013

It’s here, the moment you’ve been waiting for all year! The Geocaching Block Party!!!!

From their website:

You’re invited to the 2013 Geocaching Block Party!




This year I’m just going to lay low and sweep through to see how awesome it is and plan for more extravagant attendance next year. The Geocaching Mega Events have been going on since Thursday and will continue through Sunday. I’ll break out my new handheld GPS (my Etrex) and see how handy I can get with it!

Seattle Specific Saturdays: Maple Valley Specific

Maple Valley Market

What I call my “number two” store. You may not find your veganaise or less popular brands here but you can find the most important part of a community grocery store: the community.

They have local milk and honey and when the local produce is available they supply that as well.

I’m proud to support my local grocer and you should be too (wherever that grocer may be).