Alethea’s Convention Survival Guide

NEW_LOGO_DCAt the beginning of every month, I put a blog post on my site directing folks over here. Well, this month I’m going backwards BECAUSE I CAN.

As I continue getting ready for DragonCon, my biggest convention of the year, I remind myself of all the survival tips I’ve come to adopt over the years.


They started out as particular to FragonCon, but they have served me well at other conventions and conferences over the year.

What are YOUR biggest conventions?

How do YOU survive?


Mermaids & Friends: David B. Coe/DB Jackson

Alethea MermaidDavid B. Coe (a.k.a. D.B. Jackson) has been my dear friend for over a decade (David contributed a guest post on my blog recently in which he discussed the circumstances of our meeting in 2002, and our friendship since then).

David is not only an exceptionally talented writer (his Thieftaker books are my favorite) but he’s also exceptionally prolific. I’m not kidding–the guy has TEN books out this summer.

Okay…so maybe I’m exaggerating. But not by much. Check out: Water Witch, Dead Man’s ReachHis Father’s Eyes…and I’m sure I’m missing something. On top of the hundreds of guest posts he wrote for this month’s blog tour to celebrate all these releases. LIKE THIS ONE! Which I demanded. Because what else are friends for? <grin>


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Amazon, Friends, and Family

There’s been a bit of hullabaloo lately in the writing community and–SURPRISE–it’s all about our favorite website, Amazon.

Click here to read a nice, concise summary of the new policy.

Firstly, Amazon decided to ONCE AGAIN change the way books are reviewed. Remember the “Like” buttons? And then the “Author Likes” and then the “Author Page Follows”? Well, now reviews are being weighted based on “helpfulness” (that box you get to check under each review) and “verified purchases” (if you actually bought the book through Amazon, as opposed to another reputable dealer).

I didn’t bat much of an eyelash at this one, since Amazon seems to change this aspect of Likes and Reviews and Follows about once every six months. I don’t even bother asking my fans to “support me” every time this happens, forcing them to ask “How high?” just because Amazon has once again yelled “Jump!”

I’ve learned not to get too attached.

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Human Giant Angel Mermaid

Hello fishy friends,

Thank you for always being so kind and allowing me to share with you. I hope you enjoy this short ocean tale penned by a very humbled and grateful mermaid.

Beach 1

“Human Giant Angel Mermaid”

By Carlene Love

There comes a point when I know I’ve been pulled too far away.

It hits me. And the moment it does, I want to cry because I know in that second I am simply not strong enough to stay above the water, although I also know I will live every last drop, trying and fighting.

There are two times when I am thrust above the surface and can see him in the distance. I stop fighting, and try to be still. I want a clear vision of the last person I will ever see on this earth. But when I am still, he is somehow more instinctive…
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New Release: Erika Kelly’s “I Want You To Want Me”

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

Buy links: 

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Denny asked: What do you love best about your hero?

Erika said: I love Derek’s passion. As the leader of his band, he’s driven to take them to the top, and…
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love for a tree

Beach 5

in the shade of the trees

i watched him fall to his knees

all for me

so I could live free

i weep in the shade of these trees

not free

by carlene love flores



Cover Reveal: Asa Maria Bradley’s VIKING WARRIOR RISING

Mermaid friends,

I have a very special cover reveal today. I met Asa last year, when we were both finalists in RWA’s Golden Heart® contest in the paranormal category. She has been a generous and supportive friend over the past year, and we recently discovered that our debut novels will be releasing on the same day, on November 3, 2015! So, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share with you the stunning cover of VIKING WARRIOR RISING (Sourcebooks Casablanca).



Immortal Vikings are among us.

Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the…
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To Be Or Not To Be…a Local Author

Lunch Money -- Family Indie Rock for Kids!It’s June, everyone! Three weeks ’til midsummer, countdown to the end of the school year, and advent of THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM.

I love Summer Reading Programs. Always have. Even before I was a Children’s Librarian running puppet storytimes and painting faces at Carnival, I was a kid checking out 20 books every two weeks (the Richland County Public Library max at the time) and racking up the prizes.

This past weekend, my friends in the band Lunch Money held a concert to kick off the RCPL Summer Reading Program. (If you happen to have young children in your life and they don’t have these CDs, they are missing out!) J.P. texted me after the show and told me that he’d name-dropped my one of my children’s books (AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First) during the set and highlighted the fact that I was a…
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Cover Reveal: Pintip Dunn’s FORGET TOMORROW!

We, in the mermaid lagoon, are super excited to share the cover reveal for our own Pintip Dunn!  Mermaids all across the country are flipping their fins over the complete fantabulousness of this cover!  Thanks, Pintip, for letting us share with Mermaids and Friends everywhere.  This cover rocks, and so do you!  🙂 Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn Release Date: 11/03/15 Entangled Teen Summary from Goodreads: Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self. It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly…
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Is There Value in Procrastination?

Susan-Mermaid-avatar  Perhaps the problem of procrastination gives you shivers. Me, too – and I’m a world-class wait-till-later writer! I’m taking a moment here, though, to ponder this question – what is the value of procrastination, if any?

Some of you may know that I’ve set myself an informal deadline to finish a polish of 100 pages for submission by June 1. You should also know that I’m a) dealing with additional challenges and duties as the school year draws to a close, b) attended a graduation tonight (required for my job) which took away the three or four hours I’d intended to spend writing c) have a big wedding anniversary on Sunday (thank you! how kind), and 4) have a blog post due on Thursday, May 28.

Which explains part of why I’m writing the first (and probably the only) draft at 10:30 in the evening on May 27.

Ugh. This might explain why writers so often don’t finish a work. …
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