[Appearance] Stillwater Books 11-24-2018

C’mon down and buy local!

Saturday 11-24-2018 is shop local day in Rhode Island and what better way to do that than to come down to Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

RSVP on the event’s Facebook page

I’ll be having a book signing at Stillwater Books from 1pm – 3pm.

I’ll be talking about the writing process and what inspired me to write my debut novel.

Physical copies of Where Weavers Daire will be available in store or they can also be found here.

Free homemade brownies and soda!

[Appearance] 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

The 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Exporeturns to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI.

Remember to like the Expo’s Facebook page and RSVP on the Expo’s Facebook event page.

Interested in discovering a Rhode Island Author? Then here’s your chance to meet 130 of them.

Free parking, free admission, free writing panels & speakers and even pictures with Santa for the kids!

Headliners include New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa Gardner, Mike Stanton, Jon Land, Rebecca Harrington, Kim Arcand and many more!

Once you’re done shopping for that book reader on your list feel free to sit and listen to any of the free writing panels.

The kids will love our Children’s Areawith author readings and painting classes.

And don’t forgot to stay until the end for the raffle drawings!

The 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo is a fun time to be had either rain or shine!

[Appearance] Rhode Island Comic Con – Writer’s Panel 11/3 Fan Panel Room B 12:15pm-1pm

Exploring Real World Conflicts in Otherworldly Settings: The Intersection of Storytelling and Morality in Science Fiction

11/3/18 12:15pm – 1pm Fan Panel Room B

Writers don’t work in a vacuum. Fiction, especially science fiction, offers an opportunity to explore real world conflicts and moral dilemmas from the safety and distance of another time or place. Are writers obligated to address the pressing issues of our time through our work? How does the news cycle impact our storytelling? What interesting questions are science fiction writers exploring today, either in writing or on the screen? Join us for this thought provoking and timely conversation.

Moderated by Tabitha Lord with panelists R. K. Bentley, Christopher Paniccia, D. R. Perry and J. Michael Squatrito, Jr.

[Appearance] Author Meet & Greet at #RICC

3rd Annual ARIA Meet & Greet at Rhode Island Comic Con!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors is pleased to announce a contingent of science fiction, fantasy and horror writers will be attending Rhode Island Comic-Con on November 2nd, 3rd & 4th 2018 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Their tables will be:

Artist Alley 544: Christopher Paniccia

Artist Alley 339: Tim Jones

Table 811: Bolivar Beato & Emily Tallman

Table 813: Keith Carreiro & R. J. Castiglione

Table 910: Russ Chevalier & John Raposa

Table 912: D. R. Perry & Angelina Singer

Table 914: Association of Rhode Island Authors – Anthology Books

Table 916: J. Michael Squatrito, Jr. & Tabitha Lord

Table 918: R. K. Bentley & Christa Carmen

A map of the Convention Center Floor layout with table highlights is below.

Our Facebook Event Page can be found here.

ARIA Writer’s Panel Time & Date: TBA.

[Appearance] Boston Book Festival on 10/13

ARIA author signings at the Boston Book Festival

I will be at the Association of Rhode Island Authors Booth 12 at the Boston Book Festival this Saturday 10/13 signing copies of my awesome space opera book, Where Weavers Daire.

C’mon down and discover other Rhode Island Authors!

Local authors will be signing during the festival

11am – 1pm – Glede Browne Kobongo, Etta Zasloff, Mike Squatrito

1pm – 3pm – R. K. Bentley, Chantal Walls, Candace Sherman

3pm – 5pm – Donna Mac, Joann Mead, Therese Zink

Author Meet & Greet at North Scituate Art Festival

Save the Date!

Myself and several other members of Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) will be selling our books at the North Scituate Art Festival in the North Scituate Library parking lot on October 6, 7, 8, 2018.

All genres will be represented from children’s books, fantasy, memoirs, romance, science fiction and more!

I’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday only.

RSVP on the Facebook Event Page

Saturday Authors:

Mark PerryRay WolfJim DyerSteven PorterDawn PorterBarbara Ann WhitmanLeigh Brown & Vikki CorlissLucie ContenteLena LaneJeannette WintersDana GambardellaJudith GlynnR. K. BentleyNicole Waybright and Lucille Benoit

Sunday Authors:

Mark PerryRay WolfJim DyerSteven PorterDawn PorterJulien AyottePaul CaranciLeigh Brown & Vikki CorlissLena LaneJeannette WintersHank EllisHannah GoodmanDennis FortierR. K. BentleyNicole Waybright and Sarah MacDonald

Monday Authors:

Ray WolfJim DyerSteven PorterDawn PorterJulien AyottePaul CaranciDavid AielloDenise FlaggTara WilliamsJessica ForcierLucie ContenteJudith Glynn, Donna McCarthy, Dennis Fortier and Bolivar Beato

GoFundMe Page for Association of Rhode Island Authors

Association of Rhode Island Authors has started a GoFundMe page to cover certain things like:

1.   Hire a firm(s) to create a state-of-the-art, interactive website to showcase members, coordinate an events sign-up and payment page, plus present timely information. Included will be a new logo with brand imaging for universal templates, signage and author collateral.

2.   Purchase podiums, microphones, tripods and recording cameras (now rented) for The Expo, monthly events, and to create permanent social media files related to writing and authors.

3.   
Rent a yearly storage unit for equipment and supplies.

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Should this campaign accomplish its goal, occasional help will be hired to keep us in line, plus contribute funds to the annual Expo.

Rhode Island Author Expo 2017

On 12/2, the Association of Rhode Island Authors is holding their 5th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

C’mon by+meet 135 local authors along with guest speaker/author Marie Force.

Personalized books make great gifts!

There is free admission, parking, panels and even the Rhode Island Romance Authors!

Santa Clause will be on hand along with raffles!

Association of Rhode Island Authors at RICC 2017

The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) returns to Rhode Island Comic Con (RICC) 11/10/17 – 11/12/17!

This year, the authors include:

Mike Squatrito

Tim Jones

Chris Paniccia

Sean Fay-Wolfe

Heather Rigney

Tabitha Lord

Russ Chevalier

Ken Garlick

Stephanie Deschenes

Brian Power

John Raposa

Heather Dunn

We will be located in the dealer’s room at tables: 910, 912, 914, 916, 918, 1006 and AA 636.

This will be our second time at the event and this time there will be a World Building Panel on Saturday from 5:15-6:15 in Room 553-A!

Join us as the authors go over their world building tips to make their books so real and lifelike!

As you can see from last year’s pictures we had a lovely time!

 

Association of Rhode Island Authors Meet & Greet at Warwick Public Library

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Are you interested in meeting local authors?

Then you’re in luck!

Association of Rhode Island Authors will be having a meet and greet at the Warwick Public Library on Saturday April 22, 2017 from 10am – 3pm.

Every genre will be represented from children’s books to romance to science fiction and self help.

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The 4th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

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4th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo is almost here!

Interested in meeting 125 local authors like Ann Hood, Sean Fay Wolfe, Jon Land and more?

Then you’re in luck!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors is holding their 4th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo on December 3rd from 11am – 5pm at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, Rhode Island.

There will be: Free parking! Free Admission! Raffle drawings and even Santa!

Every genre will be there from non-fiction to science fiction to horror to fantasy to children books to thrillers and more!

There will be panels going on all day along with Ann Hood signing of her new book!

Books make great stocking stuffers so avoid the lines at the mall and c’mon down and support local authors!

RSVP

Remember to RSVP on our Facebook Event Page!

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Still not convinced?

Then here are all the authors who will be there:

Gail Alofsin, Regina Andrews, Julien Ayotte, Wayne Barber, Annette Blair, Mary Jane Bohlen, Judith Boss, Leigh Brown, Kristen Calenda, Heather Caranci, Paul Caranci, Linda Carvelli, David Christner, Al Colella, Roland Comtois, Jayne Conway, Victoria Corliss, L L Craft, Don D’Ammassa, Deb Das, Anna Dauphinee, Elda Dawber, Christine DePetrillo, Norman Desmarsais, Jim Dyer, Wendy Fachon, Rich Feitelberg, Dennis Fortier, Leo C. Frisk, Jr., Terry Gaspard, Jessica Gervais, Judith Glynn, Richard Guilbault, Karen Gustafson, Lynn Haberek, Donald N. Hagist, Nora Hall, Michael Hartigan,  Janet Hartman, Ann Hood, Lisa Jacob, Burt Jagolinzer, Christine Jenkins, Tabitha Jorgensen, Sam Kafrissen, Lisamarie Karis, Lauren E. Kelley, Laura Kennedy, Sheryl Kimball, Alex Kimmell, Kelly Kittel, BJ Knapp, Steven Krasner, Gina Colvario Krupka, Jon Land, Peter Larrivee, Portia Little, Donna Mac, Elyse Major, Dave Mann, Rick Marchetti, Joseph Mazzenga, Christine Mazurk, Jane McCarthy, Rachael McIntosh, Don Metivier, Patricia Mitchell, Roberta Mudge Humble, Kevin Mulhearn, Yvette Nachmias-Baeu, Errick Nunnally, Frnaces O’Donnell, Christopher Paniccia, Marty Pena, Mark Perry, Dr. Karen Petit, Joanne Phillips, Dawn M. Porter, Steven R. Porter, Brian Power, Mary Lee Prescott-Griffin,  Martha Reynolds, Heather Rigney, Thom Ring, Rick Roberts, Nancy Roy, Diana Ruggiero, Theresa Schimmel, Joanne Sheridan, Susan Soares, Jenaine Spikes, Mike Squatrito, Jr., Eric Sturtevant, Deb Tillinghast, Tom Trabulsie, Mary Catherine Volk,  Loren Walker, George Warren, Tim Warren, Terry Wildemann, Tara Williams, Buffi Wixted, Sean Fay Wolfe

Association of RI Authors and Rhode Island Comic Con

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Association of Rhode Island Authors go to Comic Con!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors will have several tables at the Rhode Island Comic Con on November 11-13, 2016 at the Providence Convention Center.

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We will be at the following tables: 931, 933, 935, 937, 939, Artist Alley Table 731 as well as 12G and 15G.

The following authors will be selling their books during the convention:

Christopher Paniccia  – Table 12G

Lisa Jacob – Table 15G

Tim Jones – Artis Alley Table 731

Scott Williams Simmons – Artist Alley Table 433

Authors at tables 931, 933, 935, 937, 939

Sean Fay Wolf

Mike Squatrito

Joseph Mazzenga

Heather Rigney

Joshua Blum

Errick Nunnally

D. R. Perry

L. L. Craft

Tabitha Lord

Peter Larrivee and more!

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[Happy Halloween Ladies] All Hallow’s Eve

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A list of Halloween Movies that you should find enjoyable and I probably missed a lot:

Alien / Aliens
John Carpenter’s Halloween
John Carpenter’s The Fog
John Carpenter’s The Thing
Poltergeist
Jeepers Creepers
Session 9
The Frighteners
The Conjuring
Devil’s Backbone
The Name of the Rose
Insidious
Shaun of the Dead
The Exorcist
Cabin in the Woods
Ghostbusters
Evil Dead 1+2
The Others
Friday The 13th
Dead Alive
The Shining
Phantoms

And lastly, like I do every Halloween, the Vincent Price’s voice over from Thriller:

“Darkness falls across the land

The midnite hour is close at hand

Creatures crawl in search of blood

To terrorize yawls neighbourhood

And whosoever shall be found

Without the soul for getting down

Must stand and face the hounds of hell

And rot inside a corpses shell

The foulest stench is in the air

The funk of forty thousand years

And grizzy ghouls from every tomb

Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive

Your body starts to shiver

For no mere mortal can resist

The evil of the thriller. . .”

Vincent Price – Michael Jackson’s Thriller, 1984. Dir. John Landis

Association of RI Authors Radio Interview Schedule

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Today, ARIA starts their Author Radio Interviews on WEMF Boston Citywide Blackout Internet Radio Show and 1540 AM WADK Newport, RI.

If you have time, give them a listen and hear about their books, current project, and news about the RI Authors Expo

Here’s the lineup:

WEMF Schedule:

October 27, 9:00 PM: Loren Walker
November 3, 9:00 PM: Sam Kafrissen
November 10, 9:00 PM: B.J. Knapp
November 17, 9:00 PM: Mike Squatrito
December 1, 9:00 PM: Mark Perry 

WADK Schedule:

November 1, 10:30 AM: Mary Volk
November 4, 10:30 AM: Elda Dawber
November 8, 10:30 AM: Joe Mazzenga
November 11, 10:30 AM: Rick Marchetti
November 15, 10:30 AM: Linda Carvelli
November 18, 10:30 AM: Nora Hall
November 22, 10:30 AM: Wendy Fachon
November 25, 10:30 AM: Sylvia Weber
November 29, 10:30 AM: Deb Tillinghast
December 2, 10:30 AM: Steve Porter

A great thing to do in R.I. this Saturday is The 3rd Annual Rhode Island Author Expo!

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3rd Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

This Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM is the 3rd Annual Rhode Island Author Expo presented by the Association of Rhode Island Authors.

This local author event will be located inside Lincoln Mall (go in the double doors between Marshalls and 5 Below).

The Expo Committee consisting of Steve and Dawn Porter, Adam Wassman, Vikki Corliss, Leigh Brown, Nora Hall, Pat Mitchel, Julien Ayotte, myself and J. Michael Squatrito Jr who I shameless “borrowed” this list from have been planning this grand event since mid-spring and I have to say we’ve done a great job.

For those who haven’t been following along with with my reposts from Martha Reynolds’ blog posts for the last month on Twitter/FB/er, well, everywhere (ignoring my website’s recent bandwidth issues, obviously), the Association of Rhode Island Authors who I’m proud to be a member of has been working hard to get local authors at events like the Scituate Art Festival for nearly four years and this Author Expo promises to be our biggest event yet!

Just a take a look at the authors over on the Expo page, we have authors from all walks of genre from non-fiction, fiction, autobiography, children, memoirs and more all under one roof with free parking and admission!

There will be raffles and even hourly panels on different writing subjects!

And just in time for holidays, these books would make great stocking stuffers!

Check out the Expo’s Facebook Event page to RSVP!

This type of event only comes once a year!

But fear not if you can’t make it!

We’ll be keeping all of the author photos up on the Expo site and those photos link back to their websites.

Remember to support your local authors this holiday season!

Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Mark Perry #riauthors

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Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Mark Perry

This post was originally posted on Martha Reynold’s blog and has been reposted here with author permission, minor revisions have been made.

Last week, an eight-year-old girl from San Diego put a spell on herself in the shower, to turn herself into a mermaid.  Why hasn’t it worked yet, and how much longer will it take, she asks?  Where does such a child turn when they are contemplating their life’s most compelling questions?  Well, that would be good old St. Nick, or course, because the allure of Santa Claus to a child makes them think and feel that he is all-knowing.

When I became ‘Post’ Mark, the North Pole Postman, the elf who works in Santa’s mail room, I guess I hadn’t thought I’d be confronted with such far-fetched questions.  I more or less expected kids to share some interesting stories, because we all know kids say the funniest things.

For example, Oliver from Australia has a dog named Shelby who he believes is friends with Santa’s reindeer because she doesn’t bark at them.  Timmy, in the state of Washington, isn’t sure if Santa will come to his house this year because he tripped and fell down.  When he fell, he knocked over the Christmas tree, and broke a few of the ornaments, and thinks Santa is mad at him now.

Working for a boss who is a metaphor means I am the one who has to address these issues all while keeping a straight face when a child or parent visits me at one of my live book-signing events, or logs on to my website to share them.

A message in Santa’s inbox the other day is from a nine-year-old girl in the U.K. who has a crush on a boy, and wants Santa to let the boy know, so he will notice her, but if he can’t do that, she understands.  She would just be fine with an iPad underneath the Christmas tree, instead.

While I truly enjoy having the world come to my door with these messages, and feel they are a gift to me, you can imagine this is challenging at times since a child doesn’t know or understand that I might be going into the fourteenth hour of my work day, and there were dozens, if not hundreds of kids that came before them.

Working for Santa is a very rewarding experience, but as kids are taught, and one might expect with being an elf, it requires long hours.  I often ask myself, “How much longer can I go on doing this job,” and then, Santa receives a message from Angela in Virginia stating that she will be leaving cookies for him when he comes to her house on Christmas eve, along with carrots for the reindeer, and something for ‘Post’ Mark too because she loved reading his book.  Wow!  What an honor.  I wonder what she’s going to leave me!

It’s almost December! Visit Post Mark and find out how to send a letter to Santa!

Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Claremary Sweeney #riauthors

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Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Claremary Sweeny

This post was originally posted on Martha Reynold’s blog and has been reposted here with author permission, minor revisions have been made.

I’m a late bloomer. Very late! At age 65, I wrote a story featuring a tabby kitten named ZuZu, born in a barn at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I liked it so much I wrote more stories set in the Berkshires and added in lots of farm animals and an extended family. ZuZu’s further adventures bring readers to many interesting and historic places. The Hancock Shaker Village, the Red Lion Inn, Chesterwood, the Berkshire Botanical Garden are some of those places that my husband Charley and I have visited many times and I wanted to share them with others.

A Berkshire Tale is comprised of ten tales following ZuZu and her friend Nick through the seasons of a year. It’s appropriate for children of all ages, even adult children like me. I wrote it so that adults could share the stories with a child. This motivated me to create a blog, Around ZuZu’s Barn, about the book and about  the importance of reading, storytelling and imagination in the life of a child. The blog evolved into a conversation with kindred spirits on many topics, with some of my photography interspersed. (I used my photographs to illustrate A Berkshire Tale.) 

IMG_7698I had been a teacher and administrator for over thirty years. I’m now retired, living with my husband Charley and our two cats, Roxie and ZuZu, in the woods of South County. People who read this invariably ask, “You have two cats? Well, what about the other cat? Why doesn’t she have a book about her?”  To appease my blog followers, I began to write posts of life seen through the eyes of Roxie, “The Other Cat.” People really love these vignettes and it appears there may actually be another book within these posts.

Another question I’m asked is, “Do you have a book set in RI?” I now can answer that I have one in the process of being published. It’s a small book in rhymed verse set in the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park. The main character is a baby pitcher plant, Adonis,  who one morning decides to stop eating meat. This causes much consternation for his mother, Dee, her friends, and the other plants and creatures living around the carnivorous plant section of the gardens. And I’m currently working on a mystery set in South Kingstown, complete with black and white photos of settings in the book.

Although I’m a late bloomer, I am trying to catch up, so that by the time I’m 67, I’ll have more books under my belt. Please visit my blog and check out the photos and “The Other Cat” stories. You’ll also get to know a bit more about me and Charley and the ZuZu stories which I’m continuing in the future.

Claremary Sweeney is also on Facebook.

Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Joshua Blum #riauthors

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Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Joshua Blum #riauthors

When I was twelve, I wanted nothing more than a Swiss Army knife. My father had one, and I used to marvel at all the tools that fit in the compact package. Years later, I still marvel at its attempt to “do it all.” But sometimes, a stand-alone knife or can opener just does the job better.

So when I told colleagues that, over the next year, I wouldn’t be working much, instead devoting the majority of my time to caring for our newborn daughter, deep down,

I wondered if I’d end “Swiss Army knifing” it. People had mostly supportive words. Of course, there were some puzzled looks and occasional sarcastic or condescending comments, but what I didn’t expect were the rare, wistful silences (generally left by men), followed by, “I wish I’d taken more time to do that.”

Time, that ephemeral commodity. Before the baby came along, I joked with my wife about what I’d do if I were a stay-at-home husband. I’d water the plants. I’d do aerobics in front of the TV like it were 1982. And I’d finally have time to write.

It wasn’t all jest. Even after the baby came and all evidence suggested otherwise, I still maintained the delusion that when the baby slept, I’d really, truly have time to write. And so it was – except those stretches of quiet lasted a total of forty to sixty minutes a day if I were lucky. Amid all the baby and home related tasks, writing was the last on the list. On the days I worked, I’d go in after my wife and I had done the baby handoff and finish in the wee hours of the morning, so zero writing got done those days. And when the baby woke up in the middle of the night, or at least by at five or six the next morning, I was reminded why my mother was always tired.

Single parents have now assumed epic status in my mind. I’m lucky that my wife takes over in the evening. But despite everything, I look forward to each new day. Seeing my daughter’s smile, her waddling, ataxic steps, and the first gleams of mischief in her eyes make up for the times poo plopped out of the diaper and landed on the floor instead of in the toilet. I understand why those men said they wished they could’ve had more time to watch their children grow. Because I wish for the same. No time is ever enough.

Those naps did eventually add up over a year. I coalesced some of these thoughts into a poem and reworked pictures from one of my novels to create a little book for my daughter, which I’ll give to her this Christmas. I’m sure one of the first things she’ll do is take a bite out of the pages. And I’d like nothing more than to be right there to see her do it.

Joshua Blum is the author of  The Thirteenth Hour, a fairy tale/fantasy novel. The book referenced above, Your Star Will Glow Forever, is a picture book about stars, hope, and the love parents have for their children. It will be officially available in the spring of 2016, though it will likely make a debut at the RI Expo this December. More information can be found here.

Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Heather Rigney #riauthors

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Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Heather Rigney

This post was originally posted on Martha Reynold’s blog and has been reposted here with author permission, minor revisions have been made.

Thanks for inviting me, Martha! It’s delightful to be on your blog during Black Friday! Hopefully, your readers are enjoying their turkey hangovers while shopping online in their warm jammies. Welcome, readers! Give Target a break and spend some time with me for a moment. If you were just out shopping for someone special, perhaps an individual who enjoys a good book, let me introduce myself and present my work. Maybe, together, we can help one another other, and make someone’s holiday extra special!

My name is Heather Rigney and I am native Rhode Islander, former graphic designer, former public school teacher, and a mother to one amazing child. Over the last few years, I have written two books in my series, THE MERROW TRILOGY. These books are based in Pawtuxet Village, Narragansett Bay, Ireland, Cape Cod, as well as continental Europe. Labeled as a dark historical fantasy novels, both Book 1: Waking the Merrow and Book 2: Hunting the Merrow take my readers on a journey through pre-Revolutionary War Rhode Island, then jump to present day, where my narrator, Evie McFagan, the local, drunk funeral director, has just encountered a centuries-old mermaid posing as a playground mom.

In Book 1, I explore mermaid-ish beings found in Irish folklore, known as merrow, a Gaelic term. One of these creatures, Nomia, is not pleasant at all, and has made it her mission to turn Evie’s life upside down. As Evie struggles to keep her family safe from Nomia, Evie learns that her husband’s Irish roots might have some aquatic history of their own.

The second novel, Hunting the Merrow, will be available December 1, 2015. Picking up where Book 1 ends, Hunting further explores the strange history of both Evie, the unlikely hero, and Nomia, the evil mermaid who might have a good reason for being so nasty. Hunting explores a variety of mermaid legends found in historic folklore throughout Europe, as both Evie and Nomia race to find their missing siblings.

Sounds interesting? Don’t just take my word for it. Waking the Merrow was featured as Rhode Island’s Motif Magazine’s 2015 Summer Reading Guide to Classics and Local Soon-To-Be-Classics. To quote the article: Rigney’s Waking the Merrow … was the best book that I read last year. It’s a fantastic tale of anti-hero Evie McFagan who learns that there is a somewhat dark family history that she married into, all while being chased and harassed by mermaids. This work is funny and terrifying, with picturesque descriptions of Pawtuxet Village. I’m eagerly awaiting the next two books in the trilogy.

Or, perhaps this Barnes & Noble blog article will help: “You know what’s great about Rigney’s horror-ific (that’s horror-filled and terrific), hysterical debut novel? Besides the bloodthirsty merfolk, our antihero protagonist is an overweight, drunk, sub-par mother who also happens to be a funeral director. I can’t even describe the premise of this book without getting giddy, because how many times does a plot involve both vicious mermaids and Rhode Island colonists?” —Nicole Hill

Heather Rigney’s books can be found online and at the following local bookstores: Twice Told Tales,  Symposium BooksWakefield Books, and Curiosities & Mischief.

Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – JL Metcalf #riauthors

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Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – JL Metcalf

This post was originally posted on Martha Reynold’s blog and has been reposted here with author permission, minor revisions have been made.

Becoming A Writer

Write what you know. Don’t write what you know. Write about things that scare you. Don’t write about anything that you don’t fully understand, do lots of research. Don’t do research, be inventive, be creative. Writing’s not that hard. Anybody can do it. That’s not a real profession.

I’ve heard all of these various opinions and pieces of advice over my 30+ years on the planet. Honestly, it’s one of the reasons I kept my dream to be a writer silent for so long. The idea of hearing one more person tell me that “writing isn’t hard” made me want to scream and I’m a nice person, I don’t want to scream in someone’s face but I will if provoked.

I’ll turn 37 this year and for the past year I have finally allowed myself to call myself a writer. It took me years to realize that yep, I love writing. I love it so much that sometimes I get lost in my head thinking about what I want to write about next. That is how I am now. How I used to be a little over a year ago was much different.

What changed? I lost my lousy office job. I was upset and scared and then my boyfriend, a freelance artist and illustrator for over 20 years, looked at me and said, “Now’s your time to finally do what you love, you need to take this chance. Everything else will fall into place.”

He was right. I finished the book I had started seven years earlier and researched options for self-publishing. I created a website for myself. I began to do all the things I needed to do to create the business that was going to be me.

It was everything you imagine it would be. It was terrifying. It was also the best thing I’d ever done for myself. All those years of doubting my ability, my talent, all those years of tamping down my creativity because I was told it would never make any money, it all began to disappear from my mind. I began to see that yes, I can write, yes I can make money from it and most importantly, it is the most fun I’ve ever had working. A year later and I am happy and doing what I love every single day.

Are there scary days where I’m afraid the rent won’t be paid? Sure. Of course there are. I’m not making Stephen King kind of money, but it all works out in the end. I have support from my family, my friends and most of all my partner. Together we do the work we were meant to do.

I have now self-published three books, The Last Daughter of LilithComing Undone: Musings on Life,Love & Hobbits, and Menagerie of the Weird. All are available on Amazon and all are my precious babies. I hope to publish at least two more books in 2016 and you know what the future holds? For me, it holds a lot of writing and a lot happiness.

Find out everything you want to know about author JL Metcalf  at her website
email: jessicaleemet@gmail.com

Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Laura Crisafulli Kennedy #riauthors

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Rhode Island Author Expo Spotlight – Laura Crisafulli Kennedy

This post was originally posted on Martha Reynold’s blog and has been reposted here with author permission, minor revisions have been made.

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to write a children’s book. As a child, among many other things, I was an avid reader. My choices of books were and still are varied, covering many genres and writing styles. I love the mystery, the adventure, the joy of flipping to the next page. I admired those who could take seemingly random words and string them together to elicit such feeling and response. I still do.

When I arrived at the University of Vermont, I found a card from my parents tucked away in a suitcase. “I can’t wait to read your children’s book” were words that inspired and encouraged me forward, reminding me often of my very important dream. A few years later, I took a course at New York University on children’s literature and how to write and publish children’s books. After that course, the task seemed daunting and overwhelming. But, all things in due time.

Moving forward a few (well, more than a few) years to motherhood and another dream achieved. What better time to write for children?! Crazed by the thought of what to write about and how, and possibly even my timing, I asked myself, “What is it I want to teach my children so they can best face challenges and difficulties and believe in themselves?” It is amazing how an idea grows, develops, and takes a journey, so far different from how it started. What a fascinating challenge to envision and write a sentence that says exactly what you want it to say, expressing the sentiment you feel, while touching the hearts and imagination of others.

Moving forward yet again, ten-plus years, when the timing and a series of circumstances were just right for achieving a dream. What a wave of excitement, sense of accomplishment, and a sigh of relief when I held that proof in my hands the very first time!

I strongly believe in the power of “positivity.” I believe positive words can spark positive thoughts, helping create a positive attitude and positive actions, and the circle perpetuates. I strive for this cycle and for balance. To help inspire and empower another individual is an awesome and gratifying feeling. Equally gratifying is the feeling of being inspired and empowered. To teach a child to be strong and brave, confident and independent, is well worth the challenge, hard work, and effort. My children constantly amaze and inspire me, reminding me of what is important and good.

As I get older, the importance of finding and maintaining a sense of humor as life’s challenges and adventures occur has not escaped me. My book is a reminder for me to embrace the important moments, knowing that this amazing journey is evolving and continuing…

Laura Crisafulli Kennedy is the author of Lolly’s Picnic and is currently working on two other children’s books. For more information, please visit Laura’s website or contact Laura at info@LauraKennedy.info

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