Sunday, June 21, 2009

My Book Signing at Barnes & Noble in Midlothian Yesterday, Along With Star Wars Day

Here they are--photos from my book signing yesterday at Barnes and Noble at 4600 Commonwealth Centre Parkway in Midlothian. Besides me, there were members of the 501st ( and Rebel Legion ( groups of which my husband (one of the stormtroopers in the photos) and I am a member--
who from Noon until 4PM wore their costumes for visitors, especially the children. Two of the children actually wore their own homemade costumes and won the costume contest held there.
I had a great day and signed many copies of both Haunted Virginia: Legends. Myths and True Tales and Haunted Richmond, Virginia. Thanks to all who got one. I hope you enjoy them.
My next book signing will be in Petersburg, Virginia, at the
Minerva Books and Cafe 233 Bartow Alley. Petersburg, Virginia 23803 804-732-2440 Friday, July 10 at 8PM to 10PM Minerva Books

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What Hovered in the Sky at King's Dominion?

This was on my local news, WTVR-Channel 6 They even set up a poll, was it a UFO, smoke ring from King's Dominion's Volcano ride or global warning?
I know I have worked at King's Dominion for couple summers and even been there with my family, but never seen a ring in the sky, especially above the Volcano. besides that smoke would start to dissipate in the air up there. And though I believe in UFOs (having seen one with my mother years ago going over our back yard in Sacramento), still I wondered if this was due to something simple as atmospheric conditions at the time. No, not a global warning. Just due to something in the atmosphere.
It's still cool, whatever it really is. And even more so, the mystery surrounding it just adds spice to it.
What do you think it is? Do you really want to know, or rather keep it a mystery? Leave some comments to these two questions.

If you want to watch the video at YouTube, here is the link:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I Am Signing This Saturday, June 20 at Barnes and Noble in Midlothian, Va.

I will be signing copies of Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales along with Haunted Richmond, Virgina 2:00PM to 4:00PM, Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Barnes and Noble 4600 Commonwealth Centre Parkway Midlothian, VA. I also hope to be signing copies of Northern Haunts: 100 Terrifying New England Tales and Shifting Desires, an erotic feline shapeshifter romance anthology I have a novella included in, as Sapphire Phelan.
Also , there will be members of the 501st and Rebel Legion, Star Wars costumers, from Noon to 4PM.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Review of Fantasy and Science Fiction's August/September Issue

I am blogging about the August/September 2009 issue of
Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. Having had old issues I use to have a subscription for plus those I've gotten free at conventions, I was pleasantly surprised when this issue came in the mail. It was much fatter, almost the size of a trade paperback book. Seeing that it was switched to a bi-monthly publication, I think they have a winner in this. Not much more than the old issues I used to get, it really is a steal.
With novelets by authors like Sean McMullen and Melinda M. Snodgrass and short stories and poems, plus articles on films to look for, books and more, the magazine was enjoyable. My fave story was "The Art of the Dragon."
Just right for
any fantasy and scifi reader lazing on a hammock in the shade or at the beach.
So if you looking for your chance to check it out, go to
I give the magazine an At.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

2009 Bram Stoker Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners (especially you, F. Paul Wilson!), winners of this year's Bram Stoker Awards. Readers, now get out there and read them for summer reading!

Superior Achievement, Novel
- Duma Key by Stephen King

Superior Achievement, Collection Just After Sunset by Stephen King

Superior Achievement, Anthology - Unspeakable Horror edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helde

Superior Achievement, Poetry Collection - The Nightmare Collection by Bruce Boston

Superior Achievement, First Novel - The Gentling Box by Lisa Mannetti

Superior Achievement, Short Fiction - The Lost Sarah Langan

Superior Achievement,Long fiction - Miranda by John R. Little

Superior Achievement, Nonfiction - A Halloween Anthology by Lisa Morton

Specialty Press - Bloodletting Press (Larry and Debra Roberts)

The Silver Hammer Award -Sephera Giron (for service to organization)

President’s Award - John Little

Lifetime Achievement - F. Paul Wilson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Finally--Fantasci 2009 Photos!

Well, here they are. Not much, but then I was busy most of the time at my table and got my husband to take pictures of "On Writing Nonfiction Ghost Books" panel I did at 10-11AM. Besides me there was Theresa Bane, who has Haunted Historic Greensboro, published from Schiffer Publishing and an up and coming Schiffer author who is writing ghostly stories set in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
The on-day mini convention was held in the Chesapeake Central library in Chesapeake, Virginia, Saturday, June 6th. It was a good day.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Catch me Tonight on Paranormal Insight & Strange Frequencies Sunday, June 14th

Catch me on Paranormal Insight tonight, June 12th, at 7:15PM EASTERN.

The website is Call in number is 817-945-3835 & show starts at 7:00PM EST.There is an online chatroom, too.

I also have a radio interview with Strange Frequencies Paranormal Radio Show---June 14, 2009--4:00PM Eastern: Click "Go LIVE" you CAN enter the chatroom and ask questions or just interact while you listen to the show.The show astarts at 3PM and lasts until 6PM. I am the second hour.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Guillermo Del Toro’s debut vampire novel, The Strain-Link to Book Trailer Too

Check out the book trailer to Guillermo Del Toro’s debut vampire novel, The Strain at and check out the press release on it:

Press Release Info:

Book Description:
The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

The Strain

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months—the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing…

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

Pre-order now:

Sneak Peek inside the book:

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009

Join Me at Fantasci 2009 in Chesapeake, Virginia Saturday, June 6th

I'll be a writer guest at Fantasci 2009 (science fiction/fantasy/horror one-day convention) at the Chesapeake Central Library Saturday, June 6, 2009, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. The address is 298 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322 Library's phone number: (757) 410- 7120 And the website:
It is free to attend. I will be on the first panel at 10AM to 11AM, talking about writing nonfiction ghost books, joined by author Theresa Bane, who is the author of Haunted Historic Greensboro. Afterwards, I'll be at my table all day, selling and signings all my books, including Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales. This will be its launch for a convention. I only have so many left, so a good time to get it if can't catch me later at any bookstore signings.