Where has Beth been, and Embracing the Demon news!

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I have been, to say the least, a dreadful blogger lately. Must be something about that late spring/early summer time frame.

Last year at this time, I was busy getting married–and no, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! This year, I’ve spent the last few months hard at work on Embracing the Demon (Dale, book 2). The first draft is due to my editor very, very soon, and I’ve been burning the midnight oil. He’s already read the first 50,000 words or so, and he thinks it’s in good shape. It’ll need some polishing, but nothing like the extensive rewrites I had to do on The Demon Within.

I’ve also been crazy busy at my day job, and I’ve been going in early and staying late a lot over the last month or so. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up much through July. My days have mostly involved going to work, writing, and sleeping…or going to work, and falling asleep without writing because I’m too exhausted to drag my butt to the computer.

But the good news is that Embracing the Demon will be out in March 2018! Once my draft is turned in, I can start focusing more on cool stuff like cover reveals, guest blogs, and giveaways…and maybe even a few more conventions/personal appearances.

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Meg (left) decided that Chick-fil-a should sponsor her next book, since she spends so much time writing there. As for me: Starbucks all the way! The sheer number of Frappucinos I’ve bought there has put many a barista through college!

Speaking of conventions…on June 16-18 I appeared at Awesome Con in Washington, DC. I’ve been to AwesomeCon as an attendee for the last three years, but this was the first time I had actually gone as a vendor. I shared a table with fellow California Coldblood author Meg Eden, whose book Post-High School Reality Quest, about a recent high school graduate who believes she is stuck in a video game, just came out. I’m not lying when I say that I have been jonesing for this book for over a year, since my editor told me about it, and I can’t wait to read it. Thankfully, I’m taking some vacation time in July. I also got to spend time with authors Kathy McMillian, Tobie Easton, and Nik Korpon. Nik and I actually have a mutual friend, Baltimore-based writer Patrick King, who used to write over at CC2Konline with me. When I found out Nik was going to be on a panel with Meg, I searched my brain trying to figure out where I’d heard the name before. Turns out I’d just missed him years ago at a reading I did–of, coincidentally enough, The Demon Within, years ago up in Baltimore.

The experience made me feel much more connected to the local writing community than I have been before–and it was a lot of fun! AwesomeCon has gotten bigger and bigger every year I’ve attended, and I was so glad to be a part of it.

Appearing at Love Our Local Authors Festival on September 10

Just a quick update to let everyone know that I’ll be appearing at the Love Our Local Authors (LOLA) Festival this Saturday, September 10, at Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, Virginia. The event takes place from 1-5pm, and my author panel will be from 3:30-4:00. I’ll also have copies of The Demon Within for sale.

Hooray for Books! is a recent discovery of mine, and it’s one of the coolest bookstores I’ve ever been in. The staff is incredibly friendly, and they’ve got a great selection. I don’t know what other authors will be at the festival, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the other authors. I have a feeling that my TBR pile is going to grow exponentially this weekend.

So if you’re in the DC Metro area, I would love it if you could come out. The address is:

Hooray for Books
1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Release Date News & Wizard World Vegas

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A couple of big things to report tonight.

The release date of The Demon Within has been moved up one week. The book will now come out on April 5, 2016. That means that those of you that preordered the book should now be getting a package in your mailbox one week sooner than expected, and that I will officially be a published book author one week sooner than expected. I should be excited, but mostly I’m too busy being terrified right now.

But hey, you might not even have to wait until April 5 to get your book, because I will be appearing at Wizard World Comic-Con in Las Vegas this weekend, and I’ll be signing copies of the book there. I will also be appearing on two panels. This is what my schedule looks like:

Saturday, March 19

12:00-12:45: Spoilerific Star Wars Panel (with my fellow California Coldblood author Adam Korenman and author/editor extraordinaire Robert J. Peterson), room N114

Sunday, March 20

12:00-12:45: The Women of ‘Doctor Who’ Panel (with Jessica Tseang), room N112

1:00-3:00: The Demon Within book signing, not sure of location yet.

I won’t be the only California Coldblood author doing signings during the weekend. Adam Korenman will be signing his novel, When the Stars Fade, on Saturday from 1:00-3:00, and Robert Peterson will be signing his novel The Odds all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

All of us will likely also be spending a lot of time in the California Coldblood Books booth, #539, throughout the weekend.

So please show up and say hello! I would love to meet you.

 

Panelists Needed to Discuss “Women of Doctor Who”

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Do you know the women of “Doctor Who?” Would you like to geek out in front of a live audience? If so, I am looking for you!

On March 18-20, I will be attending Wizard World Comic-Con in Las Vegas, where I will be moderating a panel on “Women of ‘Doctor Who.’” We will be talking about all our favorite females (Rose Tyler! River Song! Missy!) and whether the criticisms of gender depictions in the show are justified. And of course, we will be addressing the most important question: should the next Doctor be cast as a female?

I’m looking for people who know and love “Doctor Who,” but aren’t afraid to criticize it. You also need to be comfortable speaking in front of an audience.

My area of expertise is the “regenerated” (post-2005) “Who,” so that’s going to be the primary focus of the panel, but I would love to get some people who are more familiar with the classic series so we can talk about that as a basis of comparison. I also want this panel to be as diverse and inclusive as possible.

Right now, I don’t know when the panel will take place, but I should have this information soon and will let you know as soon as possible.

As a presenter, your conference admission will be covered, but your transportation and hotel will not, so you will need to make your own arrangements to get out to Vegas.

If you are interested, please contact me via e-mail—bethwoodwardwriter [at] gmail [dot] com. Tell me a) what interests you about this panel; and b) who your favorite female character on “Doctor Who” is and why.

If you have any media presence, or anything you’d like to publicize at the panel—books, comics, artwork, movies, a blog, etc.—send that information along as well, with links if possible.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!