Comic-con & The Sweet Sixteen!

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet could keep me away from speaking at my first Comic-con this weekend. I braved the St. Louis Snowpocalypse on Sunday and dragged myself onto the Metro for the first time to head to the America Center for our Wizard World Panel.


Swords, Steam & Sorcery: Authors Tell All with (from left to right) Cole Gibsen, Shawntelle Madison and Angie Fox + myself (Jeannie)

We had a great turnout, despite the ice and snow, and it was fun to answer questions and interact with the audience. My Comic-con themed giveaway of my co-panelists’ books is still open until this Saturday, March 30. You can enter here.

After the talk, we headed over to the exhibit hall where I shook hands with Dean Cain (who is even more handsome in person *swoons*) and got to meet James Hong of Big Trouble in Little China fame (and of course, Balls of Fury)!


DABWAHA Sweet Sixteen!

Author-GameOn-Nominee2013Of course, this entire time, I was checking Twitter and since My Fair Concubine was going up against Sarah Morgan’s Once a Ferrara Wife. The two books were neck and neck from the very beginning, so I was campaigning hard at Comic-con to get celebrity endorsements (see gallery below!). Meanwhile, there was a groundswell of support from the Twitterverse, which continued once I got home straight through midnight when voting ended. Crazy as it seems, ONE VOTE edged me into the DABWAHA Sweet Sixteen! Thank you so much everyone who campaigned and voted for My Fair Concubine. *mwah* *mwah*

dabwaha_round2 So now it’s Round 3 against the formidable Ruthie Knox and her RITA nominated novel, About Last Night. Voting for this match-up will be this Friday, March 29 from midnight until noon. Ruthie has been a fierce competitor, so I’ll need everyone’s help to get through this one. Here’s the video where I take on Ruthie head on.


Round 2 Video – Harlem Shake

St. Louis Comic-con Photo Gallery

Upcoming events & odds and ends

I’m feeling happy this morning and am having Scottish tea with milk and homemade blueberry scones.

I was inspired, by all things, by Elizabeth Hoyt’s Thief of Shadows. I just finished the book and I have two thoughts 1) Dude, the hero is a masked avenger who leaps about the rooftops of the slums and saves orphans! Just my type of swashbuckling adventure and a lovely historical romance to boot. 2) I have figured out why England is such a popular romance setting. It’s the tea and scones. Everyone in the book was constantly having tea with milk and scones. I mean, there’s tea in China, but regrettably no scones.

Booksigning this Saturday at Rose’s Bookhouse

If you’re in the St. Louis area on July 14th, I’d love to see you! I’ll be signing along with local urban fantasy author Kasey MacKenzie and historical romance author Charlotte Hubbard/Naomi King. And if that wasn’t enough, I’ll bring Jilly’s cupcakes to sweeten the deal.

Event: Rose’s Bookhouse – Multi-author booksigning

Date/Time: July 14, 12 – 2 pm

Address: 8935 Veterans Memorial Parkway O’Fallon, MO 63366-3093

Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon – April 27 2013

I was so happy to be invited to this event next year. I wasn’t able to go to the inaugural event this year, but I heard it was a smashing success. Barbara Vey (super reader, social media specialist, PW blogger, and all-round super-woman) has put together a reader focused event where readers and authors can meet and chat in a more intimate setting. On top of that, it’s in the Midwest so local readers can make it there. The price is a steal – $50 to sit at an author table, have lunch, listen to keynote speaker James Rollins, and also receive a bunch of books and other giveaways.

I’d be eyeing a couple of my favorite authors’ tables myself…except for I have my own table. *giddy* I heard that last year all the authors gave little themed gifts or party favors for everyone at their table. I’m already trying to think of something absolutely splendid.

Sign-up ASAP! Tickets sold out early last year. You can buy tickets or check out the entire author list and also other info at

Link Round-Up

With My Fair Concubine’s month in the sun done and gone (the print and ebook can still be ordered online), I do have a couple more links to close out the round-ups.

The Season – A 3.5 star review and some lovely comments

Mrs. Giggles –  65/100 I always look forward to Mrs. Giggles reviews of my books as they always say something unique about the story not mentioned in other reviews. Unfortunately this one wasn’t so favorable. But I must love it for calling me on the use of “Fei Long” which I took off of Street Fighter II. Yes, the video game:

*hangs head in shame* I did Facebook, however, so see if there are indeed people actually named Fei Long. 🙂

The hero’s name in my next book should be a fun one. His name is Hao Han which means “brave” or “true”. I suppose it’s akin to naming my hero “Heroic”.

An aside: The half-Japanese protagonist of Neal Stephenson’s Snowcrash is named “Hiro Protagonist”. I smiled.