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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Wonderful Thing About Conventions

The Wonderful Thing About Conventions
By S. E. Smith


Thank you, Holly N. for the picture, this is from her new bookcase!

I attended the IRC, Indie Romance Convention, this past week and had a lovely time. This convention was much smaller than RomCon, which I attended in Denver in June, yet both held a special magic. That magic was in the people that attended.

First, the Readers:

I love meeting new people, thank you for coming!
These conventions give the readers a chance to come and mingle with their favorite authors and discover new ones. It also gives the author a chance to meet some of the fans they have chatted with via social media or through emails. Some readers live close by while others travel a great distance. For me, I'm just honored to meet them.

Mandy and me




Wonderful time sharing
I thoroughly enjoyed sitting and chatting with Mandy, Beth, Linda, Donna, and others between workshops. Just as it is with the characters in my stories, meeting other people that come from different areas is what enriches my life and keeps me grounded. I listen to their stories and can feel their joy, sorrow, and excitement as I learn a little more about them. Their stories are the ones that need to be told.





Second, the Authors:

S. E. Smith, Eve Langlais, and Donna McDonald at IRC 2014
I can’t begin to say enough about all the authors I’ve met.  I'm just in awe of them. Like  many of the writers I met at RomCon, I was fortunate to meet many great new ones at the IRC. 

J. M. Madden, Donna McDonald, Eve Langlais, Sharon Hamilton, and Jacqueline Rhoades were just a few that took me under their wings and made me feel at home. Eve, Donna and I had a great time putting on our Alien Game Show. 

Every participant received a gift and there was laughter all around. I learned a lot both in the University workshops and out of them. Sharon introduced us to her audiobook narrator, J. D. Hart which had all the women fanning themselves.

New Releases:

Donna, Eve, and I all have new releases coming out this week and are super excited about it, so you can imagine how we chatted! Donna McDonald has her new Cyborg book, Peyton 313, which will be available September 17, 2014. Eve Langlais’ book, Outfoxed by Love, is due out September 16, 2014, and my newest release Twin Dragons: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 7 was released September 16, 2014. In addition, Choosing Riley: Sarafin Warriors Book 1 is being released in the Captured Box set on September 16, 2014. This box set includes outstanding stories by Opal Carew, Cathryn Fox, Eve Langlais and more. It is a steal at just $.99 for this set of NYT/USAT Bestselling Authors. This is definitely an exciting week for all three of us!

Twin Dragons tells the story of Cree and Calo Aryeh and Melina Franklin. The brothers were introduced in Cornering Carmen. The ultimate alphas, they work together as one to serve and protect the Royal family. They never expect to find a mate capable of handling both them and their dragons. Melina Franklin has spent the last four years pretending to be a deranged boy in the hopes of surviving on the Antrox mining asteroid that both she and her grandfather had been sold to. Life changes for all of them when their destinies collide. I hope you enjoy Cree, Calo, and Melina’s journey as much as I do.




Current Projects:

My story is going to be about Jonathan and Jonah's parents from Touch of Frost!
Discover what happens when a sexy Vampire sets her sights on a Bad-boy Werewolf!
I am currently working on a short story for an anthology with Michelle Pillows, Mandy Roth, and many other great authors, in addition to Spirit Warrior: Spirit Pass Book 2. 

Readers can also expect to see another Dragonlings short story. A Dragonlings’ Haunted Halloween will feature our lovable group of baby dragons from the Dragon Lords of Valdier. Find out what happens when Cara decides to turn the lower dungeons of the palace into a Haunted House ride and a couple of mischievous Goddess’ join in the fun. Laughter, scares, and another Earth holiday will make this one Halloween the men will never forget!

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Additional Books by S. E. Smith
Paranormal and Science Fiction short stories and novellas
For the Love of Tia (Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 4.1)
A Dragonlings’ Easter (Dragonlings of Valdier Book 1)
A Warrior’s Heart (Marastin Dow Warriors Book 1.1)
Rescuing Mattie (Lords of Kassis: Book 3.1)
Science Fiction/Paranormal Novels
Tink’s Neverland (Cosmo’s Gateway: Book 1)
Hannah’s Warrior (Cosmos’ Gateway: Book 2)
Tansy’s Titan (Cosmos’ Gateway: Book 3)
Cosmos’ Promise (Cosmos’ Gateway: Book 4)
Ha’ven’s Song (Curizan Warrior: Book 1)
Abducting Abby (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 1)
Capturing Cara (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 2)
Tracking Trisha (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 3)
Ambushing Ariel (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 4)
Cornering Carmen (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 5)
Paul’s Pursuit (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 6)
Twin Dragons (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 7)
River’s Run (Lords of Kassis: Book 1)
Star’s Storm (Lords of Kassis: Book 2)
Jo’s Journey (Lords of Kassis: Book 3)
Touch of Frost (Magic, New Mexico Book 1)
Choosing Riley (Sarafin Warriors: Book 1)
Hunter’s Claim (The Alliance: Book 1)
Razor’s Traitorous Heart (The Alliance: Book 2)
Gracie’s Touch (Zion Warriors: Book 1)
Krac’s Firebrand (Zion Warriors: Book 2)
Paranormal and Time Travel Novels
Indiana Wild (Spirit Pass: Book 1)
Lily’s Cowboys (Heaven Sent: Book 1)
Touching Rune (Heaven Sent: Book 2)
            Excerpts of S. E. Smith Books
If you would like to read more S. E. Smith stories, she recommends Abducting Abby, the first in her Dragon Lords of Valdier Series
Or if you prefer a Paranormal or Time Travel with a twist, you can check out Lily’s Cowboys or Indiana Wild


About S. E. Smith

S. E. Smith is a USA TODAY and #1 International Amazon Bestselling author who has always been a romantic and a dreamer. An avid writer, she has spent years writing, although it has usually been technical papers for college. Now, she spends her evenings and weekends writing and her nights dreaming up new stories. An affirmed “geek,” she spends her days working on computers and other peripherals. She enjoys camping and traveling when she is not out on a date with her favorite romantic guy.



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