ASU ArtFest

Me, Mimi Sebastian, V.S. Nelson, and Camelia Miron Skiba

Me, Mimi Sebastian, V.S. Nelson, and Camelia Miron Skiba

The 2013 ASU ArtFest was a blast! I had a great time chatting with students (who seemed eager for a study break, since finals are next week) and reminiscing about my own days on campus. And thank goodness Camelia was smart enough to bring a canopy, which helped keep the wind and rain sprinkles at bay. (Apparently, it now only rains in Phoenix when I do a book signing!)

I’m also insanely jealous to report ASU now boasts a Quidditch team, and they are throwing a Yule Ball later this month. Unfortunately, I don’t think the bribe exists that could coax my husband into crashing that party with me. Sigh.

photo 2photo 1The other booths were jam-packed with groovy, cool handmade items, too. I especially loved our booth neighbor, The Robot Princess, and her science-themed jewelry. ASU’s Clay Club had some gorgeous stuff as well.

Happy shopping!

 

Time for a Shout Out…

This is the time of year for counting our blessings, and I’m grateful to count an amazing group of women indie writers as my dear friends. Whenever we spend time together, I’m re-energized with creative fire and inspiration. A few months ago, we agreed to pool our talents, connections, and data to form a collective. As a result, earlier this month we “gave birth” to a group blog: The Desert Muses. You can follow us at the blog and/or Twitter account (@DesertMuses).

DMT_BV_setupWe recently spent a lovely (well, rainy and cold, actually) Saturday at the Book Vault in Mesa, AZ. Thanks to everyone who braved the weather to see us, and extra thanks to independent bookstores like Book Vault for their wonderful (and much appreciated) support of local authors.

Me and my little display. Note the book dress!

Me and my little display. Note the book dress!

Camelia Miron Skiba and Maria Piork with Camelia's books

Camelia Miron Skiba and Maria Cox with Camelia’s books

Maria Piork with her sensual new release!

Maria Cox with her sensual new release!

Mimi Sebastian brought her urban fantasy Necromancer series

Mimi Sebastian brought her urban fantasy Necromancer series

V.S. Nelson with her paranormal romance series, Sekhmet's Guardians

V.S. Nelson with her paranormal romance series, Sekhmet’s Guardians