Brain To Books Cyber Convention Round-Up #3

Brain to Books & Cyber Convention Now Have Websites

There are two new websites that are getting me really excited. Last year, I teamed up with Brain to Books to participate in the first Cyber Convention, and I did it again this year. Both events were a lot of fun, and full opportunities for both readers and writers alike. And now they both have official websites:

Please bookmark both these sites, because they’re going to be the go-to resources for upcoming Brain to Books events, and next year’s convention.

Brain to Books Cyber Convention – Index Of Events

Angela B. Chrysler was kind enough to mail out a list of events from this year’s Brain to Books Cyber Convention. This list includes a huge collection of links, so there’s likely something for everyone.


2016 Brain to Books Cyber Convention – Science Fiction Blog Tour (Stop #2) – Author Biographies

Timothy BatesonWelcome to stop number two in the Science Fiction Blog Tour, hosted by the 2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention team. I’m your host, Timothy Bateson, reader, writer, and lover of fantasy and science-fiction.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the authors who are taking part, and finding out a little more about them. You’re going to meet some amazing writers, and learn more about them, their writing, and how to follow their work.

Once you’ve met the writers, please don’t forget to hop over to stop number three, where Belinda Crawford will be introducing you to some of the work buy the people you’re about to meet. So, without further ado, let’s meet the authors.

J.D. Brink


If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan’s protégé.  But since that career path seemed less than promising, he has instead been a sailor, spy, nurse, and officer in the U.S. Navy, as well as a gravedigger, insurance adjuster, and school teacher in civilian life.  Today (New Years, 2016) he and his family are stationed in Japan, where he’s providing a bad example for all Americans.  In his writing, as in life, Mr. Brink enjoys dabbling in multiple genres.

Where to find J.D. Brink:

Goodreads, Blog, Twitter

Kate M. Colby

Kate M. Colby

Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. Her first series,Desertera, consists of steampunk dystopian novels with themes of socio-economic disparity, self-empowerment, romance, and revenge.

Kate’s writing contains everything she loves about fiction – imaginative new worlds (the more apocalyptic the better), plots that get your heart racing, and themes that make you think. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Sociology from Baker University, which she uses to marry her love of the written word with her passion for the human experience.

When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

Where to find Kate M. Colby:

Website, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube

Belinda Crawford

Belinda-Crawford-with-one-of-her-Arabian-horses-SMLNothing stirs author, Belinda Crawford, more than a fast horse, a blazingly fast computer or a really good book.

A Melbourne-based IT graduate, she expanded her passion for reading, and penchant for science fiction and fantasy, to creative writing, and in 2012 had her first short story, ‘Lex Talionis’, published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

Somewhere between work, karate training and wrestling her keyboard away from a feline named Faust, Belinda wrote Hero, which, in 2013 won one of twelve places in the Australian Society of Authors’ annual mentorship program. Hero, the first book in The Hero Rebellion, was published by Odyssey Books in September 2015.

Currently, when she’s not wrangling a horse named Wombat, Belinda is hard at work on the second book in The Hero Rebellion.

Where to find Belinda Crawford:

Website, Amazon, Email, Twitter

Chess Desalls

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Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

Where to find Chess Desalls:

Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr

David M. Kelly

FilePhoto10David M. Kelly is a writer of speculative fiction. Raised on the classics of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Harry Harrison among others, he focuses on character-based fiction, fascinating plots and solid story-telling.

David’s interest in science and technology began early. At the age of six his parents allowed him to stay up late into the night to watch the television broadcast of Neil Armstrong stepping on to the surface of the moon. From that day he was hooked on everything related to science and space.

David writes about science, technology and politics on his blog. His short story “Inser” was published in Canadian science fiction magazine Neo-opsis. He is currently working on his novel, codenamed MOE.

David has worked for many years in project management and software development. Previous interests have included IPSC combat (target) pistol shooting, crew chief on a drag racing team, and several years as bass player/vocalist in a heavy rock band. He also managed to fit in some real work in manual jobs from digging ditches and work on production lines to loading trucks in a haulage company.

Originally from the wild and woolly region of Yorkshire, England, he emigrated to Canada in 2005 and lives in Northern Ontario with his patient and supportive wife, Hilary. When not writing, David can be found driving his classic Corvette ZR-1 or exploring the hiking trails around Lake Superior.

Where to find David M. Kelly:

Website, Book Pages, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Tsu

M.T. McGuire

MTMcGuirePhotoM T McGuire enjoys the real world but wouldn’t want to live here full time. That’s why she writes books. She grew up, or at least, got bigger, half way up a windy down in Sussex. Her home was also the first location choice for Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter films, so maybe it’s not so strange that she’s ended up writing spec-fic. Perhaps there’s something in the water up there, apart from chalk. She used to do stand up but sat down and started to write books when she got married. She now lives in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, with a McOther, a McMini, a McCat and a selection of very silly cars. She hasn’t found a way to make any of the cars fly, and none of them is fitted with ordnance like the ones in her books, but she and her team of evil scientists are working on that.

Despite being in her late 40s now, and supposedly, an adult, M T checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia. She hasn’t found one so far but she lives in hope.

Where to find M.T. McGuire:

Website, Book Pages, Blog, Facebook, Twitter

Massimo Marino

So, I’m Italian, and because even in Italy that means everything and nothing at all, I should say, I am Sicilian. I was born in Palermo, and as it happened with countless Sicilians, I left it, back in 1986. I lived more years abroad than in my home country, and I have changed in many and different ways than my old friends there. It is always a pleasure to go back, but it is now 6 long years since my last visit. Saudade? Maybe, a little.

I lived in Switzerland, France, and the United States. I have a scientific background, and have spent over 17 years in fundamental research. I always wonder at how much Google is able to find about everyone. I am sure one has to Google oneself so not to forget too much…

I worked for many years as a physicist and computer scientist at CERN—an international lab for particle physics research near Geneva, Switzerland—then in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fantastic moments and memories from those years. In 2005 I moved to the private sector, worked with Apple Inc. as Head of Business Development for EMEA in the Scientific and Industry R&D sector and to position the brand with those clients. CERN, for example, is full of Macs, I know I’ve been instrumental to make that happen, there and elsewhere. Then, I went to my first Davos meeting in 2007, and started working for the World Economic Forum as Director for IT projects, specifically a private social network environment for Forum constituents. We collaborated with many IT giants, one in particular is now a major social network. What you find and use today there, it has also been the result of the things we put in place together at the Forum. So, if you like some of those social features, we experimented with them and I’d reply “you’re welcome.”

I’m also a novelist, an awarded Science Fiction author, member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and I’m published by Booktrope Publishing LCC, based in Seattle. I wrote since I was a kid, short stories and novellas, but never had anyone read any of those. It was a personal thing. Then, work and life took their toll, and I stopped.

I thought my muse dead, but she was only asleep. For various reasons, I started writing again in 2010 with some burnings inside that needed to come out. On the first weekend I got over 15000 words, then worked to fine tune my prose with established peers and editors, spent a year keeping on writing and getting feedback, and finally in September 2011 my debut novel saw the light. It received the 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award in Science Fiction. A debut novel among so many established authors in the competition. That debut novel was followed by a second, a third one, additional awards, a collection of horror/crime short stories.

I’m writing now my 4th novel, an YA Urban Science Fiction novel that will come out to the public toward year end, still published by Booktrope. You can find my novels (in English) on various retailers, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, etc, ask for them at Payot in Geneva, and at bookstores worldwide.

Where to find Massimo Marino:

Amazon, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+

And that folks, is the end of my part of this tour. Stop number 3 is being hosted by Belinda Crawford, and she’s spotlighting books by these wonderful authors.

Join Belinda Crawford at Stop #3 of the Science Fiction Blog Tour

Discover some great books, and see what these wonderful authors have been working on.

Join The 2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention

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The 2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention

In 2015, Brain to Books launched the Author Cyber Convention in an attempt to bring readers to authors. What resulted was the largest online book expo between readers and indie-authors. With an attendance of almost 200 authors and readers, the convention was an instant hit that left many requests for a repeat. So began the annual Brain to Books Cyber Convention.

This is our second year, and we are projecting a group of 400 to 500. Bibliophiles of all ages and walks of life are invited. Authors from around the world have compiled their sources, skills, and imagination to build the world’s largest online expo for their readers.

When Is All This Happening?

8, 9, & 10 April 2016 hundreds of authors on Goodreads and Facebook will present book readings, interviews, and blog tours. Participate in discussions, enter giveaways, or meet the authors. Here you will find prizes, games, blog tours, excerpts, special features, and deleted scenes.

No plane tickets, no entry fees, no passes, no travel, or lodging expenses make this the most affordable and easiest Convention to attend anywhere! And it’s all online!

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Join the Thunderclap Campaign (spread word beyond your social media groups).
  • If you’re a reader, join the Fairgrounds group over on Goodreads.
  • If you’re a writer, join the Backstage group too.
  • Search for authors by genre with  the Fairgrounds Roadmap by (C.C. Rogers).
  • Checkout my booth for information about what I’ll be doing during the event.

Appearing on Brain To Books – By the Amazing Angela B. Chrysler

Welcome to the Brain to Books Summer Blog Tour!

Before you ask, YES! This event is annual!

120+ Authors (Find my entry here)

100+ Books

35 Days

15+ Bloggers

1 Tour


The amazing Angela B. Chrysler is a writer and blogger that I have had the pleasure of working with on a couple of projects. She recently released her first book in the “Tales of the Drui” series, entitled “Dolor and Shadow”, and is due to release her second book “Broken” in early September.

Angela is a member of GoodReads and a very active member of the community, dispensing advice, organizing events and giveaways, as well as somehow managing to get a pretty substantial amount of writing work done. I first met Angela through the 2015 Author Cyber Convention and couldn’t help but be impressed with her enthusiasm, and dedication to her fellow writers, and the readers we all rely on. I had the pleasure of being able to take part in this event, and help with some of the graphics that were used to promote it. Because of the time and effort put in by everyone, the event was a huge success, and I’m proud to have played my part.

The Brain to Books Summer Blog Tour is Angela’s latest project, and has been running since July 24th. Once again, she has pulled together a team of dedicated people who are helping to spread the word that there are some amazing independent authors out there. Every day through to the end of August, Angela will be posting interviews, and book blurbs from several authors, across a wide range of genres. I have the honor of being one of those asked to submit an entry for the tour, and you can find it here from August 29th onward.

So go check out:

An Exciting Time Ahead

The End Of An Epic Weekend

Midnight saw the official end of the 2105 Author Cyber Convention over on Goodreads, where I hosted one of the many Fairground booths. While I didn’t get any entries to the competition I was running, I did find a lot of extra traffic through my blog and website. I’d like to think some of that traffic was returned back to my guest posters for the weekend, who were kind enough to provide details for the first of my Book Spotlight events. I know at least one of the authors saw an uptick in her sales over the weekend, and I’m really happy to think I might have contributed in some small way.

While I personally didn’t check my sales figures, I did meet a lot of really great writers and readers over the course of the 72 hour event. Some of those folks I’ve arranged to work with on future publicity events, others I’ve chosen to follow, and some have even followed me. So even if I didn’t sell a single book, I’m calling the weekend a success from a networking point of view.

Coming Up For April

  • I’ll be returning to my regularly scheduled “Midweek Mumbles” and “Someone Else’s Words” slots, until the end of the month.
  • Hopefully before the end of the month I’ll be announcing the final cover for “Across the Kármán Line”.
  • I’ll also be updating my website to ensure everything is as up to date as possible.
  • I’ve also submitted “First Days” to‘s “Echo of Another World” competition.
  • Read “First Days” here, and like it to vote for it. Voting ends 5th May.

Going Foward into May

The month of May is a busy time for many, and no more so than it will be for me. I will be participating in a number of events revolving around my writing, and the release of “Across the Kármán Line”, coming mid-month.

2nd of May  is Independent Bookstore Day, and I have a couple of things planned in conjunction with my local bookstore, Fireside Books.

  • Firstly, I’ll be at Fireside Books from 1pm to 2pm, as part of a panel of local authors, answering questions about relationships. I’m honored to have been asked to become part of this event, and am looking forward to meeting potential readers and other local writers.
  • Secondly, I’ll be hosting a guest blog from Fireside’s own Katie Renn, about the importance of independent bookstores to readers, and their communities.

Around the middle of May (date to be confirmed), Laurel Highlands Publishing will be releasing “Across the Kármán Line”, containing my first sci-fi short story into print, “Evaline Transcendent“.

Then on 30th of May, I’ll be at Fireside Books from 11:30am to 1:30pm signing copies of “Across the Kármán Line”. I’m also hoping to have some copies of “Moon Shadows” on hand for the event.

Book Spotlight #4 – The Crossing Hour by Quoleena Sbrocca

Brought to you by the Goodreads 2015 Author Cyber Convention

The Crossing Hour

In this historical-meets-contemporary fiction novel, time travel is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Every four and five years, invisible, time travel doorways open and close. Any person or creature caught within the magnetic, gravitational pull awakens incoherently to a future world.
Leigh, a psychology doctorate graduate, awaits the latest event. One traveler arrives, a 28-year-old runaway slave, Harriet, who flees before Leigh can make contact. With the aid of her brother, Stan, an FBI agent in D.C., Leigh begins a desperate search for the 19th century traveler.
When John, a young, mysterious man arrives from rural Pennsylvania, Leigh and Stan work to uncover the truth of his story. All the while, Leigh knows she must find a way to convince Harriet to return to her past, or else history will be forever changed. Struggling to balance her duty to Harriet and the past with the actions of the peculiar gentleman, John, Leigh finds herself buried in a world of secrets that slowly unravel to the end.

Buy Your Copy Now From Amazon. Additional retailers coming soon.

 About Quoleena Sbrocca

Quoleena Sbrocca is a Denver native and bleeds orange and blue. She currently resides in the city with her husband and their two boys. She was an undergrad dance major at San Diego State University and a graduate photography major at The Academy of Art University. Visit her photography website at:
The Crossing Hour is her debut novel. She is currently working on The Teamster (The Crossing Hour, #1.5)  to be published early summer 2015. She plans to release The Dream Travelers (The Crossing Hour, #2) in 2016. Stay tuned for preview excerpts!

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Book Spotlight #3- Born of Water by Autumn M. Birt

Brought to you by the Goodreads 2015 Author Cyber Convention

The Rise of the Fifth Order Series

Book 1: Born of Water, Book 2: Rule of Fire, Book 3: Spirit of Life

Would you protect a girl whose forbidden abilities condemn her to death?

Welcome to the world of Myrrah, ruled by the Church of Four Orders – Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. But there exists another gift, dubbed magic, which is considered an aberration by the Church. To be born with the powers of magic is to be condemned to death. To be born with the ability to control an element is to be born to a life serving the Church… and obeying its rules. One Priestess will stand against the Church to protect sixteen year old Ria, beginning an epic fantasy adventure that leads four unlikely friends across the breadth of their world to seek answers hidden in the buried archives of the Temple of Dust. Secrets from an ancient war and discoveries of hidden power lead to fight for survival that threaten to tear apart their world. What is magic and why does the Church want those who harbor its power exterminated?

Born of Water

In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16-year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses. But it is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success.

Only the Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn’t betray the girl first. Along with Ria comes Ty and his sister, Lavinia, both bound to defend Ria from the Church of Four Orders. However, Ty has been living a life less than honest and keeping it from his sister. To survive a journey that takes them across the breadth of their world, the four must learn to trust each other before pursuit from the Church and Ty’s troubled past find them.

Born of Water is the first book in the Rise of the Fifth Order Saga. Welcome to the mythical world of Myrrah, ruled by the Church of Four Orders – Fire, Earth, Water, and Air.

Born of Water is perma-free as well!

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 About Autumn M. Birt

Autumn (also known as Weifarer) is a travel and fiction writer currently based in Maine (though she wants to travel the world) where she lives in a small cottage lost in the woods, which she built with her husband. When not writing, house building, or traveling, she likes to take long hikes with her spouse and fiesty Cairn Terriers. Her work is featured on the adventure travel website No Map Nomads where she is the co-editor and writer. She is also a member of Guild of Dreams, which features her blog posts as well as those of eleven other fantasy writers. She is an indie author with four books currently available: the epic fantasy trilogy on elemental magic the Rise of the Fifth Order Born of Water  Rule of Fire, and Spirit of Life, plus a book on the background to the world –Born of Water’s Novel Companion, and the adventure travel compilation Danger Peligros!. She has plans for many more novels. Check out blog and her Facebook page for updates or here for news on her current WIP!

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in Studio Arts and English, Autumn once considered a career in illustration. After a few years of selling paintings while working as the manager of a gallery and custom framing store, a party and fine gifts store in Virginia, working retail at a gourmet kitchen store, being the head embroider at college clothing store, and finally waitressing for a year (hey it is hard out there as a fine artist… and a writer!), she decided to head back to University. After two years of intense science courses, this career path change led to a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine in Orono. Since graduating with her M.S., Autumn has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This is a great job that not only lets her help the environment and protect local agriculture, but also gives her a paycheck big enough to support her writing habit!

A wanderer at heart, Autumn’s desire to travel has led her to France while still in high school, a year abroad in Manchester, UK which led to excursions in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and around many parts of England, and more recent trips with family to Mexico (both the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico sides), US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Costa Rica, Saba, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and four Canadian provinces (on motorbike!). She has plans for many further adventures both real and fictional.

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Book 1: Born of Water

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Book 3: Spirit of Life