About four years ago, I saw a note on an email loop that writing coach extraordinaire Margie Lawson was going to be doing a workshop for the Southern Magic chapter in Birmingham. I made the three-hour drive, never dreaming I was going to meet kindred spirits who'd welcome me even though I didn't live in Birmingham and didn't, at the time, actually write romance. I was awaiting publication of the first book in my Sentinels urban fantasy series and had a paranormal romance in the planning stages, but they welcomed me and I knew I'd found a writing home even if I can't make it to meetings on a regular basis.
So this year, on Nov. 7, I'll be hosting a table at my fourth Southern Magic Readers Lunch. Every year, they get bigger and more awesome. This year's speaker is author Darynda Jones, with welcoming remarks from my friend, author Lexi George. AND I'd love it if you'd come and sit at my table! You can save $10 on a ticket by registering by the end of today...so do it already! Did I mention there is an amazing lunch and a huge book-signing afterward? Click here to register, and I hope to see you there.
In the meantime, how about a sneak peek at PIRATESHIP DOWN? In this scene, the undead version of 19th-century French pirate Jean Lafitte has convinced heroine DJ (a wizard) and their mutual friend Rene (a Cajun merman) to drive from New Orleans to the wilds of southern Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, so Jean can claim the remains of his schooner that sank in 1814 and whose ruins were recently found. They aren't quite sure how this is going to work, but I can guarantee that whatever plans they make, the presence of the unpredictable pirate will ensure that chaos reigns!
Any lingering awkwardness was dispelled by Rene who, hearing a familiar set of guitar chords on the radio, turned it up full blast and began singing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off" at the top of his off-key merman lungs. Jean and I looked at each other in mutual horror.
And there you have it! In case you need a audio, click the video above.