B2CyCon might be over, but the fun doesn’t stop!

I just got done with a huge online event (#b2bcycon2017), which I use for networking with readers and authors every year. I’m a three year veteran at The Brain to Books Cyber Convention, and I’m always trying new things.

Trying New Things

My latest experiment was a Fantasy themed scavenger hunt, where I challenge participants to match the first lines of books to their covers. It uses the Amazon “Look Inside” feature to encourage people to actually look at the books featured, and explore the first few pages.

What Were The Results?

It’s proved to be an interesting experiment, because a lot of the participants have agreed to sign up for author mailing lists, and indicated they would do similar quizzes in future.

The event can be found here, for those interested in having a look, and will be available until Saturday 15th April, when I draw the winners

3rd Annual Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo

I’m Timothy Bateson, and this is my third time doing the Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo. Every year, this event has just got bigger and better organized, and I’ve gone from a participating author to Fantasy Genre Manager. What makes this year different is that I’m more excited than ever, because there are so many great authors coming on board this year, as well as some old friends returning from previous years.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had the honor of helping over 70 fantasy authors prepare themselves for the CyCon, as well as getting ready myself.

So, what have we got going one?

  • Fantasy Blog Hop – Your chance to take a tour of some of the authors websites and learn more about them. Discover additional materials, uncover great books, sign-up for exclusive offers/news. The blog hop is separated into three groups, and will go live on April 6th at 9pm EST:
    • Tour #1starts here – featuring: Aaron-Michael Hall, Alexandra Carey, Alexis Kennedy, Amanda Mabry, Andy Peloquin, Angel M., Angela B. Chrysler
    • Tour #2starts here – featuring: Angela J. Ford, Assaph Mehr, C.T. Callahan, D. Thourson Palmer, Ilana Maletz, Jack Massa, Jodie Pierce
    • Tour #3starts here – featuring: Logan Miehl, Mackenzie Flohr, Sarah Kennedy, Stephen Morris, Toi Thomas, Zachary Chopchinski, Mary R. Woldering
  • Fantasy Genre Tour – This is where we give the authors the spotlight, and let them take the floor. You’ll find book expos, articles, and giveaways inside:
    • Tour #1“Showcase & Giveaways” – A showcase of books, series, and giveaways. Follow it all the way through for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card
    • Tour #2“Behind The Scenes” – See what goes on in the minds of fantasy authors,
  • First Lines Scavenger Hunt – Match the first lines of the stories to the books they came from, and be entered for a chance to win some amazing prizes. The participating authors have offered up everything from books to gift cards.
  • Fantasy Author Showcase – Drop in on the authors over at Goodreads, where you can find out more about over 30 great fantasy authors. We’re the largest group in the expo, with some of the most diverse readers. Come find out why!

What I’ll Be Doing

I’m taking part in many of the events that are listed above, as well as overseeing several  things happening on Facebook, running some discussion panels, and much more.

So head over to the Brain to Books website, and save the dates for this amazing event, and discover some fantastic books and writers.

B2BCyCon Is Coming – Show Your Support For The Fantasy Genre Events!

So What’s It All About?

There are rumblings deep under the mountain, and those who live close by swear that they have seen fire and smoke in the distance. Ever since the town was established, local bards have told tales of a great monster that sleeps beneath those sacred peaks. But every now and then it awakes, angry at the world, and with a hunger that will only be satisfied with destruction. Before you know it, the great beast will awaken, and unleash havoc upon the land.
The mayor is asking for volunteers to take on the challenge. Will you be one of the few with the bravery and skill to venture into the caverns in search of a way to destroy the beast, before it awakes?

Join the brave souls attending the Brain To Books Cyber Convention fantasy genre events. And keep reading to find out what it’s all about, how to show your support, and what is happening elsewhere at the convention.

What Is The Brain To Books Cyber Convention?

The Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo is an annual event that brings authors and readers together for a massive online event. Happening every April, it showcases some of the best indie authors in the world. It lets them meet readers, run competitions, take part in online discussions, and so much more. The entire weekend is dedicated to readers and books, so come join us.

I have the honor of having been asked to help coordinate the planning, organization, and running of the Fantasy Genre events. I’ll admit that I’m extremely excited about what we have coming up.

When is all this happening?

  • April 7th-9th 2017

Spread the Word:

What events are the fantasy genre authors running?

  • We’ll be hosting discussion groups on a range of subjects
  • Live role-play sessions: a team of writers will play characters from their stories, and readers influence the challenges the players must overcome.
  • There will also be a scavenger hunt running through the entire weekend, with some great prizes.

How to take part:

  1. Share this campaign with your friends, and help them discover some great books.
  2. “Save the Date” to enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
  3. Wait for the reminder about the event to arrive in your email.
  4. Attend the event and have a blast!

What Other Events Are Going On Elsewhere At The Convention?

  • YouTube discussion panels
  • Book expo showcase
  • Genre-based blog hops and tours
  • Giveaways
  • Grab bags
  • Goodreads author showcase
  • Author interviews
  • Workshops
  • Character competitions
  • Cover wars competition
  • …And much more.
  • Three days of a book lovers paradise.

Join us in 2017, as book lovers unite on April 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Readers can go here and Save the Date: http://b2bcycon.com/ (And be entered into a $100 Amazon Gift Card drawing)

Authors can check out the Getting Started Page: https://braintobooks.com/getting-started/


B2BCyCon Is Coming – Show Your Support For The Horror Genre Events!

Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo—or B2BCyCon for short—is a three day, online book convention, created by Angela B. Chrysler (@braintobooks). There are YouTube discussion panels, a book expo showcase, genre-based blog hops and tours, giveaways, grab bags, a Goodreads author showcase, author interviews, workshops, character competitions, a cover wars competition, and much more. Three days of a book lovers paradise.

And horror is a part of the show! –

Show your support by joining the Thunderclap campaign – Let the world know about this event

Welcome to the Blood Spring!

The horror events will bring forth dark terrors, human and non-human, oozing out from primal corners of the universe and the pages of author’s books to infest the convention.

Here are some of the horror event highlights

The Book Expo

This is a book showcase on the Brain to Books Convention site, arranged by genre. So horror fans can go and browse with ease. No fuss, no muss.

The Blog Hop

A genre based hop for websites designed to showcase books and authors. The horror hop has a theme of Walk with the Monsters, and will focus on the terrifying creatures our authors create Zombies, vampires, ghouls, ghosts, demons, and serial killers are most welcome.

The Genre Tour

Here you get a taste of the top genres featured in the convention, with previews, sneak peeks and up close and personal looks at what these genres have to offer. The Horror Tour will bring chills, scares, books and creepy characters right to you, all under the theme Out of the Shadows, Welcome to the Blood Spring

Panel Discussions

Live YouTube discussions on various book topics. The horror highlight is the panel: Horror, Thriller, Suspense…What is the difference?

Character CosPlay

Authors don their best garb and resume the role of one of their characters (readers are also welcome). The picture is submitted along with a character card and you vote best costume. Zombie lovers unite! Also, vampires, demons, and the odd slayer or dark arts practitioner.

Cover Wars

This contest is all about judging those books by their covers. For three days, readers can vote for their favorite cover. So bring on your best and most gruesome horror cover!

Join us in 2017, as book lovers unite on April 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Readers can go here and Save the Date: http://b2bcycon.com/

Authors can check out the Getting Started Page: https://braintobooks.com/getting-started/

Show your support by joining the Thunderclap campaign – Let the world know about this event


2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention – Where To Find Me

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Alright, it’s rapidly approaching the time of the big event of the season. The 2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention is this happening this coming weekend, starting on the Friday 8th April, and going through until Sunday 10th April. There are a huge number of events taking place, and I’ll be participating in a number of them.

To find your way around the event, CC.Rogers has put together two amazing word maps.

My Booth On Goodreads

Every great convention has booths where the writers are able to meet with their readers. This year, I’m going to be hosting one over on Goodreads, where I’ll be posting quite a lot of information for people to learn more about my work.

Facebook Author Takeover Events

I’m also taking part in a couple of Facebook events, where authors will be live, and taking time to meet the readers, host giveaways, competitions, and get to know people.

I can be found here:

The Blog Tours

The links below are to the starting points of each Blog Tour I’m participating in:

Science Fiction Blog Tour (April 10th)

Book Spotlight Tour.. Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy (All Weekend)

There are a few other things going on, which I’m still setting up… So please check back here before the weekend.

Heroes & Villains Tournament

Richard Parsons, from my “Shadows Over Seattle” stories is appearing in a Heroes & Villains Tournament.

Please feel free to pass word around about this tournament, because each round is going to be decided by reader votes. There are some great writers in this collection, and some fascinating characters. Every round will be run to the following schedule.

Voting opens at midnight on Friday morning April 8th. Below are all the voting time frames for each round:
  • 1st Round: Voting starts Midnight PST Friday April 8th; Voting ends at Noon PST Friday April 8th
  • 2nd round: Voting starts at 1PM PST Friday April 8th; Voting ends at 11:59PM PST Friday April 8th
  • Quarterfinal Round: Voting starts at 1AM PST Saturday April 9th; Voting ends at 5PM PST Saturday April 9th
  • Semi-Final Round: Voting starts at Midnight Sunday April 10th; Voting ends at 11AM PST
  • Finals: Voting starts at Noon Sunday April 10th; Winner declared at 5:01PM PST

In the first round, Richard Parsons is faced off against Fury, from “The Hunters” by Heidi Angell.


So… Here’s my challenge… Come out to the event and hang with some great authors.

Book Spotlight – “Hero: The Hero Rebellion Book 1” by Belinda Crawford

Book Blurb

Centuries ago, humans colonised Jørn, a lonely planet on the far side of the galaxy. Arriving in five great colony ships, they quickly settled the surface only to discover, after a few short years, that the planet was killing them. The culprit, a native spore, carried on every wind to every corner of the globe.
Genetic engineering, blending DNA from Earth and Jørn species, saved their crops and livestock, but for humans there was no cure. Instead they took to the skies, turning their colony ships into cities that floated above the spore’s reach.
Hero Regan is special, and not in a way she likes. She hears voices, voices in her head that other people can’t. Surrounded by butlers, bodyguards and tutors, insulated from the outside world, her only solace is Fink, a six-hundred-kilogram, genetically engineered ruc-pard. They share lives, thoughts, triple-chocolate marshmallow ice-cream and the burning desire for freedom.
Their chance comes when Hero is allowed to attend school in Cumulus City. Here, along with making unexpected friends, Hero discovers she is an unwitting part of a master plan set into motion by the first colonists, a plan she must either help or foil if she’s ever to attain the freedom she craves.

From the Author

Belinda is a geek. She loves Star Wars, Dr Who, spaceships and girls who kick butt. When she’s not writing books or playing Guild Wars, she’s on a horse named Wombat or wrangling a small herd of cats.
Currently, Belinda is putting the finishing touches on the second book in The Hero Rebellion, due for release September this year.

Join Belinda On The Brain to Books Cyber Convention

Click Here To Enter Belinda’s Booth @ The Fairgrounds  (April 8th 2016 thru April 10th 2016)





I’m Joining The “Brain to Books Cyber Convention” – Come Join Us!


The 2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention is coming: April 8th – April 10th 2016

Last year, I took part in the 2015 Author Cyber Convention. And preparations are underway for this year’s event.

The amazing Angela B. Chrysler has once again reached out to authors around the world, and is in the throes of arranging a huge collection of events. Many of last year’s authors will be participating, and there will be games, competitions, Q&As, interviews, giveaways, author takeover events, blog hops, and so much more.

When Angela talks about the event format, she describes it in terms of being an online Comi-Con for readers. Authors were online throughout the weekend, on Goodreads and Facebook, as well as running events on their own blogs and sites.

If you’re an author, you’re welcome to come join the fun, and meet the readers. The event is going to be very flexible in terms of format, and suggestions are welcome.

For the readers, this is the ideal opportunity to discover authors you might not see on the bookshelves, and even find your new favorite book, or series. From past experience of taking part in smaller-scale events, I’ve almost always walked away with a handful of new books, and started following some amazing authors.

What Is The 2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention?

Last year the event was called the 2015 Author Cyber Convention, this year, it’s called the Brain to Books Cyber Convention. A lot of things from last year remain the same, but there are some changes.
I can’t explain things any better than Angela, so I’m going to quote her email introduction, and invitation:

First, what is the Brain to Books Cyber Convention? Last year, was the first annual Brain to Books Cyber Convention #B2BCYCON. 200+ Authors and readers came together for this three day event. Modeled after Comi-Con, the Brain to Books Cyber Convention is online, free, and connects readers to authors. Authors basically put on a fantastic show for the readers. And yes, we want readers there! This year marks our second annual Cyber Convention. It is held here on Goodreads. This we we have expanded it to Facebook.If you are a reader wanting to attend, join this group — https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/… —mark your calendar for 8, 9, & 10 April 2016 and relax.

If you are an author and want to be part of this, great! Go here — https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/… — Join the groups (There are 2 Goodreads Groups for participating authors to join), then read the posts. PM me if you want to skip all that and are wanting to know more.

I am currently reaching out to all my groups, raising the awareness to bring everyone interested in early this year to make preparations. Yes. Some of you will get this message many times (Once from each of my groups. For that I am sorry). Yes. The convention requires 4 months to prepare for. It’s a lot of people. This year, we are projecting to see 400 attend!

A few changes to note:

1 – There is no sign up this year. Just join the groups, read the threads, and ask questions if you need.

2 – We are on Facebook this year. Be sure to join that group as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95966…

3 – Thunderclaps are ready soon and will be posted as they come in. I am planning to do 3.

I’m A Reader, Where Can I Find Out More?

I’m A Writer, How Do I Get Involved?