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.

Back Porch Writer (February 21st 2017) – Living The Indie Author Life, Take 4

I had the pleasure of chatting with Kori Miller yesterday, over on her podcast “Back Porch Writer”.

9033c608-0595-481e-9b20-5591a5bdca5b_backporchwriterLiving The Indie Author Life, Take 4

We discuss internet search histories, werewolves, vampires, favorite films, writing, research, the upcoming Brain to Books Cyber Convention…

Listen to the episode here

I’d like to thank Kori for taking the time to chat with me, especially because we had to reschedule, and for putting up my ramblings.

Go show Kori some love, and check out her other Back Porch Writer episodes

My Year In Books (2016) – According to Goodreads

Last year, Goodreads pulled together a page of statistics based on my reading habits for 2016. According to my Goodreads profile I read less books than I did last year, and failed in my goal to read 35 books this year.
Given that some of the books I read were sent to be as advanced reader copies I know there are a handful of books missing from the list, but I’m not sure they can make up the difference.
One thing that has improved is the percentage of books that I’ve reviewed after reading. So, onto the stats:

Enter To Win A $100 Amazon Gift Card – Check Out This Cyber Convention Sampler


So You’ve Seen My Post About The 2017 Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo – Confused?

Well, here’s your chance to get an sample of what you can expect from the main event.

Angela has collected together authors from a number of genres, to bring you some amazing books and events.

I’d love to list all the events and giveaways, but the nice thing about how this is all set up, is that you can go from one event to another, just as you would in a regular convention. So… Here’s how to get everything!

Get Access To All The Events & Giveaways

Enjoy three days of fun, games, and prizes

Click Here!

Book Spotlight – “Riven: The Hero Rebellion Book 2” by Belinda Crawford

Book Blurb

Hero Regan is a telepath, the first in a new subspecies of human engineered to save the world, but that was before she blew up a chunk of Cumulus City. Now the world doesn’t need her, which is just how she likes it.

Hero has just about everything she wants: independence, friendship and a shot at her fondest dream—to explore the surface of the alien planet she calls home. Life would be perfect except her best friend is keeping secrets, Fink—her six hundred kilogram, genetically engineered companion—is constantly angry, and there’s something wrong with Hero’s brain. Like, really, really wrong.

It all wouldn’t be so bad, except Hero has secrets to keep too—the kind that may just be unforgivable—and the Librarian once again needs her help to save the world, whether she wants to or not.

With past actions coming back to haunt her, old friendships falling apart and new, confusing ones coming together, Hero has to find answers because, this time, the world really is going to change.

From the Author

Belinda Crawford is a horse-mad geek who loves rock music, hates pink and is occasionally driven nuts by the need to organise. She grew up riding fat, stubborn little ponies and questionably sane horses, and only discovered the delights of reading after her mum bought her a horse magazine.

Riven is Belinda’s second book. She’s currently writing the third, and final, instalment in The Hero Rebellion, with plans to write many more adventures in the world of Jørn.





Author Spotlight – Ed Ireland

This week’s guest author is Ed Ireland, a self-confessed gaming addict, and a fun guy to interview. When I send these interview questions out to authors, I have no idea what’s going to come back, if anything. But Ed provided an entertaining set of responses, that I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading.

Introducing Ed Ireland

Ed Ireland was born in Philadelphia on September 29, 1954. In January of 1955, the hospital he was born in was torn down. Presumably, they didn’t want anything like that happening again. His adolescence was shaped in Catholic school where the proper use of the common language was the only thing that mattered to the short but strong nuns.

In 1972 he joined the military where his wanderlust surfaced. He has since called many places home such as Texas, California, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania New Jersey, New York and North Carolina while on his way to his current home in Miami, Florida. He claims his penchant for wandering is now at an end here in the shadows of Hemmingway.

Along this great and wondrous trip he has collected memories of some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer. He has also met a veritable kaleidoscope of colorful characters that make up the tapestry of his work. Along with his scenic visions, each character in his works carries some part of people he has known in his life, both good and bad.

On the personal side of his life, he is the proud father of two, a rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan, a self-confessed video game addict and a proud supporter of wildlife issues. His particular issue is support for the wolf programs across the country. He encourages support for these magnificent animals and donates a portion of each sale to Runningwiththewolves.org.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

OK, I can do that. I’d like to say I was born on a winter’s night in the Middle East to two wandering parents…but it just ain’t so. I was born in Philly so thank your lucky stars this is a written interview and not spoken.

I am a degenerate game player and if you know Philly, you know what the Philadelphia Eagles mean to me. I like to cook and garden mostly because I’m getting too old for fun stuff anymore. Nah, it’s mostly because…oh hell, it’s the first reason.

I enjoy writing, but oddly enough I hate to read. I went through Catholic school in the 60’s and 70’s and after enough beatings at the hands of short, powerful nuns you get good enough to start your own literary police force. I can’t stand reading stories that could have been scrawled in crayon on the inside of a cereal box turned to print without proper editing. And don’t get me started on sentences like “Ware R U going”…

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

Ahh, so quickly to delve into the meat and potatoes of the interview. My latest book is entitled “The Last Ranger of Sarn”. It is what I can an adult epic fantasy/romance/horror tale. My characters curse, get naked, make love and assist in numerous beheadings. No YA in my stable. Then again, from some of the YA books I’ve seen, perhaps I have the wrong idea about what the YA rating means.

But, back to me. When I used to read, the progression of the character was always important to me. So, I took great care to bring my heroine to life. She is a very normal person that is simply put into a choice of do or die. In fact, all of my characters are that way. They all have strengths and frailties. I was always taught that the best quality one could possess in their character was not how good they were at avoiding adversity, but rather how well they adapted to it.

In Last Ranger, I bring my heroine to the edge of madness several times. Each trip costs her, just as it would a real person. I can safely say that when you finish my book, you’ll think of Vespias Firstlight as a real person…and you’ll want more.

Who is your intended readership?

Well, my work is intended for several groups of readers. I would say that people with eyes are one group. Also, as a sub-group, I would add people with fingers to read braille if the eye thing is a problem.

Another group would be the living. While Vespias might have to fight off undead attackers, I’m pretty sure if any are about in the real world, they probably wouldn’t like my book. And a final group might be those people that have bookcases in their bathrooms. You know who you are!

But, all kidding aside, I would like my book to reach into at least two groups. That group that enjoys a good sword & sorcery tale and that other group that likes a good, realistic love story set against the backdrop of a war.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’m still not sure I want to be a writer. Maybe if these stories would stop popping up in my head, my muse would just go away. I’m one of those unfortunate people that get the idea and then must get it out to a largely uncaring world.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

Of course, I am always inspired by the master of my chosen genre, J.R.R. Tolkien. Another inspiration for me is Gregory Maguire. He wrote “Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”. Not that very silly stage musical, but the real, dark, political and gritty story of the Witch of the West. He taught me to see both sides of any situation. What each player perceives as the truth is often very different. I try to work that in when I write. Sometimes it works and other times, ehh.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Simply put, don’t give up. Keep writing. The more you write, the better you’ll get. Much better advice than what my first author gave me. I asked for her advice on being a writer and through what I’m sure were drunken eyes, she slurred out for me to “keep my day job”.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

Amusing how? Like I’m a clown? I’m here to amuse you??? Actually, my entire life is either and amusing anecdote. Well except for the tragic parts of it.

OK, here’s one.

I was nursing a cold…not a sniffle kind of cold, but a real cold. The kind that makes everyone you know afraid to come within ten feet of you. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose…the entire enchilada with hot sauce.

So, against my better judgement, my wife talks me into going to Wal-Mart with her, her mother and our daughter. So right there in the middle of the store, in a very crowded aisle, I sneeze. At the same time, my butt decided to join in the chorus and I let it rip… loudly. So loud that at least five people spun around and looked at me.

I turned, embarrassed, hurt and confused, to my loved ones. I saw them just as they ducked down another aisle. When I got there, the three of them had tears in their eyes from laughing. My wife rationalized it by telling me to put it in one of my books. Right.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

The aforementioned hobbies, cooking, gardening and gaming. Apparently, writing is a hobby until you sell enough copies. Screw you NY Times Best Seller List!

I am also very passionate about animal rights. Animals are mistreated and maligned every day on this planet and they have no voices to fight back with. It comes therefore, to each of us to be that voice. Stop the aerial hunts, stop the whaling, stop the black market harvesting of animal parts.

Start being more concerned with what is happening to our world. Remember, we are just a more sophisticated animal. As their world goes, so does ours.

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

Well, aside from the editing on the next passage of Vespias Firstlight’s life, I’m re-writing an historical fiction piece I did entitled “Crime Scene”. It’s about the alleged mafia ties to the JFK assassination as told through a Philly gangster. It comes complete with authentic Philly speech. All that’s missing is the cheesesteak!

Speaking of food, there’s also a possible cookbook featuring all of my grandmother’s Italian cooking secrets. It’ll be told in my best smartass style.

The Journals of the Huntress:

The Last Ranger of Sarn

Vespias began to take a knee, as was the custom of the Rangers before battle. She was expected to ask Surres, the Mother-Goddess of all life, forgiveness for the lives she was about to take. As she lowered herself, that knee stiffened.

She thought of the destruction the Black Prince had visited on her home. She thought of the countless lives he had taken. She thought of what would happen if he won. Her home, her family…indeed, her entire race would be stricken from history as if they had never been.

Slowly, defiantly she lifted herself while the kneeling Rangers around her looked on. She whispered a silent apology to Surres and instead called upon Lyra, the warrior Crone-Goddess who tended the underworld.
“Before the end of this battle” she whispered hoarsely, “you will have either the dark soul of my enemy, or my own soul. If it is mine, receive it well and put it in a place of honor. Then tell the Castian people, my heart had endured enough.”

Buy Direct: Snow Leopard Publishing

Paperback: Amazon

Hard Cover: Amazon

Ebook: Amazon

Where to find Ed Ireland:

Website, Smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Email