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Words on the Vine

Rusty Grape Book Signing – Dec. 13, 2014

Black Rose book

Saturday night was the first annual Words on the Vine book signing at Rusty Grape Vineyards in Battle Ground, WA! The night was a great success with good wine, good friends, and great readings provided by the attending authors. The authors were, from left to right:

Rusty Grape group shot

K.L Bone (me), Greg Wilkey, Sarah M. Cradit, Brandy L. Rivers and Alys B. Cohen.

The night began at 5pm when everyone began to arrive and continued until almost 8. Once everyone was settled with wine and pizza, the actual reading began. For the first part of the signing, each of the featured authors read various chapters from their featured novels. It was great to be able to sit and listen to authors share both their work and their passion for writing with the gathered audience. Brandy started us off by graciously agreeing to speak first, followed by Alys and Sarah who all read from their paranormal romance/fantasy series.  Brandy has published multiple books in her Others of Edenton series and Sarah, who I met in New Orleans at the Anne Rice conference, writes a single series titled The House of Crimson and Clover.  Then Alys is working on a trilogy, the first book titled: Sacred Blood.

Alys reading

There was a short break before my own reading where I read the first chapter of my newest book release, Black Rose, and my brother in his far more animated voice, agreed to step in and read a chapter from my YA series, Rise of the Temple Gods: Heir to Kale. This was followed by a reading from our out-of-town guest speaker, the wonderful Greg Wilkey, who treated listeners to a reading from his newest book release, Death Runs in the Family, the first book in his newest YA, Neither Nor Series.

Greg reading

After the reading the panel participated in a Q & A, answering some interesting questions from the audience which ranged from our inspirations, to our writing methods, to specific questions about our individual texts. The group as a whole had some great answers and thoughts to share with listeners.

Sam reading

After the Q & A the authors took some time to speak with fans both old and new, sign books, and to chat both amongst themselves and with others. A special shout out to Shane and Taletha – it was so great to meet you both! Also to Kate for making the drive up to the vineyard, I loved seeing you there!

Kris Greg Kate

I was also surprised with a cake by a friend, Barbara, decorated with Black Roses in celebration of the release of my newest novel!

Kris Black Rose cake   Rusty Grape BR cake

I also owe a big thank you to Heather and Jeremy, the owners of the Rusty Grape Vineyard, for allowing us to use the venue for the event! I am so appreciative of your kindness and generosity. Also to Tracy for manning the sales table and helping to take care of book sales while the authors were busy talking.

Finally again, a thank you to the authors who came out to speak and to make the evening a success! Especially to my fellow author and friend, Greg, who flew in all the way from Tennessee to attend the event!

Kris and Greg Rustry Grape

Here are links to the websites of authors who attended:

Greg Wilkey, author of the Mortimer Drake vampire series – http://www.gregwilkey.com/

Sarah M. Cradit, author of The House of Crimson and Clover series – http://www.sarahmcradit.com

Alys B. Cohen, author of the Sacred Blood series – https://alysbcohen.wordpress.com/

Brandy L. Rivers, author of the Others of Edenton series – Http://brandylrivers.com

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Second Author Event & Trip Home

My second author event was held at Rusty Grape Vineyards on Oct. 30th of this year.  There was a great turnout, in large part due to the generosity of the vineyard owners, Jeremy and Heather, who provided a free pasta dinner to everyone who came out for the signing that night.  So a very special ‘thank you’ to them for allowing the event to be hosted at their beautiful vineyard and helping in making the event such a success.  Their continued support of local artists is always appreciated.

Also, a big thank you to everyone who came out to the event and for allowing me to share my creative work with you!

Like the first signing, I read a section from both my currently published novel, The Indoctrination, and a yet-to-be published piece titled Rise of the Temple Gods: Heir to Kale.  It is the first novel in a trilogy which will probably be released sometime early next year.  In addition to free dinner, guests also received free signed cards featuring an excerpt from the currently released novel.  I enjoyed both events and am looking forward to doing more in the future.

I am back in Dublin, though it took a full twenty hours of transit time.  I find myself both happy to be back, and sad to be back at the same time.  The entire experience, both the time spent Washington and the conference spent in New Orleans, was amazing.  I had waited a very long time to meet Anne Rice, and still think a part of me is among the clouds over the fact that I actually had the opportunity to converse with her.  I also made several new friends along the way.

Anyway, now I should probably take a deep breath, and get back to writing – both creatively and academically!

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First Author Event

On Friday, I embarked on what would become a nearly 20 hour trip from Ireland to the West Coast of the United States for my very first author event.  Originally from Washington, I was very excited at the opportunity to hold my first event in what I consider to be my hometown, in spite of my constant change of address over the past few years.

The signing was held on Sunday.  There was a decent turnout, and the number of cars in the parking lot as I drove up to the event instantly quelled my fears of arriving all the way from Dublin to an empty room.  The signing itself was held at a local vineyard and those gathered were offered the opportunity to sample some local wines.  A special thank you is due to Andee & Cheryl for helping to both advertise and organize the event.

For those who attended, specially designed postcards were handed out and many were signed upon request.  The reading portion of the event lasted about 20 minutes.  Three pieces were read: 1. the prologue of The Indoctrination; 2. a chapter from the middle of the same novel; 3. the first chapter of a novel titled Black Rose, a yet-to-be published fantasy.

Despite a bit of nerves, the reading went well and the event as a whole was excellent.  I feel truly blessed to have had so many people come out for the event and that they permitted me take up a portion of their time to introduce them to the various worlds and characters that I have created over the years.  I also received some great questions from the audience and would like to take this moment to say “thank you” to everyone who attended!

I am now looking forward with great enthusiasm to my second event, which will be held on Oct. 30th at another local WA vineyard.  If you live in the area, please feel free to check out the details posted on my events page.   Til then, I am off to a conference in New Orleans!

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