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First off, I've imported my journal over to Dreamwidth because of the whole Russian TOS thing at LiveJournal. So no frills for the moment. I'll prettify it as I have time (i.e., don't hold your breath).

This is just a quick post to let you know I'll be at the local writer's conference, Cirque du Livre in Mesa, AZ this weekend with hubby/writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte (Saturday ONLY). You can find us on the following panels:

Supporting Characters - Are They There to Carry Weight? Use Them
12-12:50, Jarrod's Coffee, Tea, and Gallery

Screen to Page
2-2:50, Volstead Public House

Signing immediately following at the Pop-Up Bookstore (160 West Main Street, 2 doors west of Jarrod's).

Hope to see some of you local folks there!

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The reason we're only doing Saturday? I have yet another epidural w/anesthesia scheduled for Friday. So if I seem to be moving a little slowly when you see me on Saturday, that's why - I'll still be recovering. Wish me luck - the longer the shots last, the longer I stave off another back surgery. FX!

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Been crazy busy at the day job and with unexpected house renovations, so haven't had time to keep up here, but this weekend is Tucson Festival of Books and hubby/writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be there. We will be spending most of our time in Booth #111, but also have the following scheduled:

Policing the Paranormal
Rebuilding the modern world's laws and writing an alternate history to account for the paranormal.

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)

Panelists: Jeffrey Mariotte, Mira Grant, Weston Ochse, Marsheila Rockwell
Moderator: Lupita Chavez

AND

Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction
Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction (Seats 12)
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stop by and see us!

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Sewer main backed up and flooded the new house the day after we moved in, so the entire downstairs has to be re-carpeted. We've been living in a construction zone for the past few weeks waiting for insurance to do it's inexorably slow work. Oh, well, better than paying out of pocket for it! Sure would love to actually be able to put furniture where it goes and start unpacking, though.

Also got a promotion at work. Say hello to the world's newest EHS Manager! Whee!

Happy almost-Spring!

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Sorry it's been so quiet here, but it doesn't mean I (we) haven't been busy. Hubby/writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I have turned in final edits on the second book in our Xena: Warrior Princess trilogy, final edits on our Mech:Age of Steel story, "A Single Feather," the first draft of our story for Submerged, "Son of Blob," and we just signed the contract for a new novel. Jeff did such a good job explaining it that I'm just going to steal from his blog post:

We're writing a novel based on the hugely popular, award-winning video game Mafia III. The game tells the story of Vietnam veteran Lincoln Clay, who was adopted as an infant by Sammy Robinson, leader of the Black mob in New Bordeaux, LA (a fictionalized version of New Orleans). Shortly after returning from Vietnam, Sal Marcano's Italian Mafia betrays Sammy, killing him and his son Ellis, Lincoln's brother, and leaving Lincoln for dead. The game's focus is on Lincoln's efforts to take Sal and his operation down, and to take over New Bordeaux for himself and his allies.

Our book will delve into Lincoln's past, specifically his years in Vietnam and his involvement with secret CIA ops in Laos.

The game was developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games. The novel will be published by Insight Editions.

More details when we have them. This is going to be fun!


So, like I said, quiet but busy!

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Also contributing to the quiet is the fact that our Christmas gift to each other this year is a new house. We close in a week. It happened really fast - we saw the place online, fell in love, got a realtor friend to show it to us, made an offer, and had it accepted, all in the course of about 5 days. Neither of us has ever named a house, but we're calling this place Redwall. I'll post some pictures after it's officially ours. Can't wait!

Anyway, our 2017 is off to a great start - hope yours is, too!

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Busy couple of weekends coming up! Nov 4-6 is Tucson Comic-Con where hubby/partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be camped out at Booth 427 except for when we're at panels. Jeff has a comics panel Saturday morning and then we have one we're doing that afternoon on tie-in work.

Saturday, Nov 5, 11:30-12:20, Greenlee Room
Artistic Ability Not Required: Ways to Break Into The Comic Industry
with Jeff Mariotte, Bernie Fritts, and Brian Miller

Saturday, Nov 5, 1:30-2:20, Gila Room
Writing in Other People's Worlds for Money and Fun
with Marsheila Rockwell (me) and Jeff Mariotte

Then TusCon 43 is the following weekend, Nov 11-13. Jeff and I have two panels and an autograph session there:

Friday, Nov 11, 6-7, Palo Verde Room
Crime Writing for Non-Crime Writers
with Marsheila Rockwell and Jeff Mariotte

Friday, Nov 11, 7-9, Seville Ballroom
Meet the Guests
with EVERYBODY

Saturday, Nov 12, 2-3, Upper Terrace
Autograph Session
with Marsheila Rockwell, Jeff Mariotte, Jay Smith, William Herr, and Adam Rex

Sunday, Nov 13, 11-noon, Seville Ballroom
Writing Across Category and Genre
with Marsheila Rockwell, Jeff Mariotte, J.L. Doty, Cynthia Ward, Erin Wilcox, Beth Meacham, and Kathryn Lance

Hopefully you can come see us at one or both events!

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Despite a heartbreaking loss in OT, my Huskers remain in the Top Ten! Woot! GBR! (You knew you wouldn't get away without some football talk, right?)

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Partner/hubby Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be doing two local book signings this Saturday. First, we'll be at the Bonny Books tent at the Jo Combs San Tan Valley Home & Garden Show in San Tan Valley from 10-11. Then, we'll be at the Chandler Fashion Center Barnes & Noble from 4-6. We'll be signing 7 SYKOS and Jeff will have his most recent solo release, Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising, there, too.

Enough links for ya? ;)

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That's it for today. I'm going in search of chocolate.

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So, I have not been writing much poetry at all for a very long time (life, work, focusing on novels, what have you), but a month or so ago, as Jeff and I were making the long drive down to the Flying M (which finally sold, hallelujah!), I mentioned a story idea that I'd had for years that always came back to me on long drives and that I'd never been able to actually write because it always seemed to be missing something. As I thought more about it, I realized that maybe the problem was that it wanted to be a poem and not a short story. Once I had that epiphany, I was able to start it on the road and finish it over the course of the next few days.

Well, "Mile Marker 237" sold to the first market I sent it to and is now available in this month's issue of Devolution Z: The Horror Magazine. Check it out!

Also, outstanding hubby/writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be giving a talk to the Tucson chapter of the Arizona Mystery Writers group next Saturday (the 10th), so if you're in the area, you should stop by. We'll be talking about - what else? - serial killers. Fun stuff!

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Just had my second epidural injection for my back (this year), which continues to pain me. Hopefully this and a switch to a new medicine for nerve pain will help keep me out from under the surgeon's knife (seeing how successful that was the first time around *rolleyes*). FX!

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"The Real HousewiVes of Scottsdale," a vampire story by me and writing partner/hubby Jeffrey J. Mariotte is out tomorrow in V-Wars: Shockwaves! Don't miss out - bloodsuckers are scary again! And, as it turns out, fatsuckers are, too!

Meanwhile, work on Book 2 of our Xena: Warrior Princess trilogy continues apace. Can't wait til we can tell you more about those!

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The day job keeps me pretty busy and the Mom job keeps me even busier, hence the appalling lack of updates. Facebook remains the best place to keep up with me on a more-than-monthly basis, so hop on over and give my author page a "Like," hmm?

More soonish. Promise!

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FIXING UP

Jul. 24th, 2016 02:52 pm
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Just a few things to report. First, the outline for the second Xena novel has been approved and we've been given a deadline, so it's full steam ahead on that one for Jeffrey J. Mariotte and me. Second, I just turned in the manuscript for my Shaala fix-up novel to my agent today, so hopefully that will lead to some good news somewhere down the line. Third, I'm starting to put together a chapbook of my horror/dark fantasy poetry, both published and unpublished work, so small press peeps who do that sort of thing and might be interested, hit me up!

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Insanely busy with the day job, where I was just named "Employee of the Quarter." So I guess I must be doing something right, heh. And school starts tomorrow for both my 2nd and 7th grader - yikes! Where does the time go? Right out the window...

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CATCHING UP

Jun. 3rd, 2016 05:51 pm
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Been a crazy few months here in Marcyville; hence the lack of updates. Some major life events -- first, my mom died (on my youngest son's 7th birthday, go figure). Exactly a month later, I got married (to my amazing writing partner, Jeffrey J. Mariotte). And then almost a month after that, we had to make an emergency cross-country trip to say goodbye to my brother-in-law (we didn't make it, but he was an amazing man whom you can read about here). So, yeah. Crazy.

But there is news on the writing front. Jeff and I turned in edits on our V-Wars: Shockwaves story, "The Real HousewiVes of Scottsdale," due out this month, if Amazon is to be believed. We also turned in edits on our X-files: Secret Agendas story, "Transmissions," due out in August/September. We are also currently waiting for approval of our outline for the second Xena book.

In terms of appearances, we'll be doing Megamania!! again this year in July, and TusCon 43 in November. We're also planning on doing Tucson Comic-Con, but are still working out the details for that one.

So we're around, settling in to our newlywed life, still writing around our day jobs, still doing cons when we can get away from those same day jobs. As always, check here or on FB for the latest updates -- which hopefully will be a little more timely from here on out!

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I'll leave you with a wedding photo:



Cheers!

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Just a quick post to put up my Tucson Festival of Books schedule:

Sat & Sun - Booth #108 (w/partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and a ton of other awesome writers)
Sat 12:15-2:15 - Author Pavilion West
Sat 3:45-3:55 - Author Pavilion Tent Talk

Jeff and I will also be signing at Bisbee Books & Music on April 2, from 1-3. So if you're in the neighborhood of either event, come see us!

Oh, and I think I can finally announce that Jeff and I will have a story in Jonathan Maberry's third X-Files anthology, Secret Agendas. Very excited about that!

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It's Spring Break for the boys. Need I say more?

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Amazing Arizona Comic Conwas a blast - looking forward to doing the Vegas show in June!

And it's finally (almost) here - the paperback version of 7 SYKOS will be available on Tuesday, March 1! Hopefully you've all pre-ordered (if not, it's not too late to do so), but if you prefer to buy in a bookstore, it should be available at places like B&N. If not, ASK FOR IT! They'll be happy to oblige and maybe they'll order a few extra copies while they're at it.

Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I have a few things coming up. First is Tucson Festival of Books, March 12-13. We'll be at the Dreams Convention booth (#108) most of the time, with an appearance at the Author Pavilion, where I was selected to do a Tent Talk. Jeff has a few panels, which I'm sure he'll post on his website shortly.

We'll also have a book signing down in Bisbee on April 2, and some other things coming up in May and June, which I'll post more about as they get closer. We just turned in the revision of our first Xena: Warrior Princess novel, so we'll be working on the second book of the trilogy in there some time, too. Busy writers are busy! The way it should be, heh.

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Valentine's Day was pretty special this year. This happened:



Jeff and I are officially engaged, and I couldn't be happier. The big day is April 23rd; we'll be having a small, intimate ceremony down in Tucson. I can't wait! But I promise not to fill the blog with wedding stuff, heh.

That's it for today. Happy Polar Bear Day!

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Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be at Amazing Arizona Comic Con this year. It's being held Feb 12-14 at the Phoenix Convention Center, and we'll be in Booth 816 with lots of goodies. Come stop by and say hi!

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Speaking of February - Happy Early Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog's Day to my friends who celebrate!

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It's release day for 7 SYKOS! If you didn't pre-order, go grab your digital copy today! If you're a physical copy kind of person, the paperback edition goes on sale March 1st. Hope you enjoy reading the book as much as Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I enjoyed writing it! Let us know how you liked it!



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Just popping in to announce that partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I turned in the first of our three Xena: Warrior Princess novels to our editor today. That much closer to you all getting to read it!

Speaking of reading, 7 SYKOS releases in a little over a week (January 26th, to be exact). It will be a digital release, with the paperback following a month later. Have I shown you the cover yet? No? Well, let's rectify that posthaste!



Awesome, huh? The Walking Dead meets The Andromeda Strain. You're gonna love it!

A move, a day job, and some other life changes have left precious little time for blogging, but Jeff and I will be doing a few guest posts to help promote the book in the next few weeks, as well as some local(ish) book signings. More info as I have specifics.

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That's all I have time or energy for tonight, faithful readers. But check back in a few days - there's a lot of stuff happening in Marcyville, most of which I can't wait to share with you all! More soon - promise!

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One of the first stories Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I ever wrote together is finally going to see the light of day this January as part of the Single Slices line from Cutting Block Books. Called "The Lottons Show," it's as creepy as they come. Don't believe me? Check out this awesome cover:



That'll keep you up at night!

Also in January, 7 SYKOS will be hitting the streets. We've seen some cover concepts for that one, but nothing we can share yet. Soon, though, I promise!

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Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving, that the holidays are treating you well, and that you always remember how much you're appreciated. I'm grateful for every one of you who buys, reads, reviews, recommends, or otherwise enjoys my work. I'd still write, even without readers, but you guys sure make it a lot more worthwhile. Thank you all!

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XENA!

Nov. 13th, 2015 09:56 am
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So Tucson Comic-Con was AWESOME - a really great show put on by some of the nicest folks in the business. Definitely one to put on the yearly schedule! Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I made a couple of big announcements there, too, which I'm going to share here (if you follow either of us on FB or Twitter, you already know).

First, Jeff has been named partner in and EIC for Visionary Comics! It's a well-deserved honor for someone who has taken more than one comic publisher from start-up to powerhouse, and I'm super proud of him!

Second, Jeff and I announced that we have been contracted to write a trilogy of Xena: Warrior Princess novels!



We're very excited about the project, and who wouldn't be? Xena kicks ass, and she's going to be a blast to write! And news of a reboot can only help build interest, right? Stay tuned for more news about release dates, etc.

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Tucson Comic-Con weekend coincides with the annual All Souls Procession, which was just an amazing and moving spectacle. Equal parts mourning and celebrating, it is the largest such remembrance in the country. If you're in Tucson next November, definitely put it on your calendar. You won't want to miss it!



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Tucson Comic-Con is this weekend, Nov. 6-8, and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be at Booth B4 when we're not at panels or trying to scare up food. Speaking of panels, our schedule looks like this:

Saturday, Nov. 7th
12-1 PM, Gila Room
Creative Survivor! (Jeff)

Saturday, Nov. 7th
1-2 PM, Gila Room
Collaborating in Comics (Jeff and me)

Sunday, Nov. 8th
12-1 PM, Cochise Room
Visionary 2.0 (Jeff)

We'll have a TON of stuff for sale, some cool announcements, and even a possible guest signing, so swing by and say hi! We'd love to see you there!

Also, some of you may have noticed that my website has been revamped a little. That's out of necessity, not desire - I somehow managed to break the old site beyond fixing, so had to migrate to a new web host and rebuild from scratch. Let me know if you notice anything missing!

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There is only Con.

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Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I are part of a new Zombies Need Brains Kickstarter for an anthology of bedtime stories for children, called, appropriately enough, Funtastical Bedtime Stories. We're offering up a tuckerization as one of the many backer rewards, so check it out and chip in a few bucks if you're so inclined. It'll be a great book for geek/nerd parents everywhere!

And a quick shout out to Patience from Bonny Books for a job well-done taking care of the authors at CMX. And of course it was lovely to see and panel with Gini Koch and Sharon Skinner, two smart and talented ladies whose books you should go buy right now.


(Sharon, Gini, and me. Photo courtesy of Joseph Gaxiola.)

I think I'll have more news in a few days, but that'll do for now.

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I gave at the office.

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Busy, busy, busy!

First off, "Scream Queen" is now available, in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2! Buy it at your LCS, or here.

Next, I'll be participating in this awesome FB event over Columbus Day weekend, so stop by and say hi, maybe win some prizes, and find some new authors to love!

Then the Occupied Earth anthology comes out on 10/13, featuring a collaborative story by me and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte entitled "Letting Go the Ghosts."

THEN I'll be at Comic & Media Expo in Mesa (10/16 - 10/18). Come see my and fellow Wyked Writers Sharon Skinner and Gini Koch's panel Saturday at 1 PM.

After that, Jeff and I will be at Tucson Comic Con from 11/6-11/8. More information on that appearance as I have it.

Finally, Jeff and I will be speaking at the Arizona Library Association's 2015 conference up in Flagstaff (11/18 - 11/20).

So, yeah, like I said - busy, busy, busy!

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Part of my busy-ness is also attributable to some PT/contract jobs I'm also juggling, so I apologize for the lack of timely updates, here and elsewhere in Social Media Land. I'll try to be better at it going forward, promise!

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So it's been almost a month since I posted here - but that's because I was saving everything for one big post, not because nothing has been happening! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it, heh.)

First off, partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I made Ellen Datlow's prestigious BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR Vol 7 recommended reading list for "John Barleycorn Must Die," to which I can only say: SQUEEEEEE!!!! Seriously, it's a tremendous honor and has been a goal of mine for a long time. So thanks to Jeff (and Jonathan Maberry, editor extraordinaire) for helping to finally make it happen!

Second and third are two more collaborations Jeff and I have coming out in October. Our story (and my first comic book credit) "Scream Queen" is due out in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2 on October 7. Then our story "Letting Go the Ghosts" comes out in the Occupied Earth anthology on October 13. We also have novel edits on 7 SYKOS and a couple of pitches due in October (and another collaboration due in November), so it's going to be a busy month! (Jeff has a few more things going on this month than I do, so be sure and check those out, too.)

Fourth is...well, something about a Kickstarter that I can't share yet, but check back soon for some more very cool writing news!

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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You all know how dear this cause is to my heart, and if you don't, let me introduce you to the reason:


(Me and my son Max on the day he was diagnosed with Stage III neuroblastoma)

From the ALSF website:

"One in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn 20. Despite this, less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year."

Funding is vital to research if we're ever going to beat this monster, and the way to raise funding is to raise awareness.

AWARENESS ---> FUNDING ---> RESEARCH ---> CURE

Please consider a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation or some other pediatric cancer charity in these last few days of September. It really does make a difference. Max is living proof.

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