My dream one day would be to run my own indie book store. With a coffee shop, bakery, small cinema, live stage, concert series, comedy troupe, and regular book events. Not so unreasonable, right? I've had the good fortune to visit one indie store in Columbus this past fall as a guest author. That was… Continue reading Booking the Indies
Since I don't have a real definition of the term "urban fantasy, the genre bending favorite of many young adult authors, I thought I'd look up what a few other writers thought. My favorite is Susan Sizemore's definition: Weird stuff in the real world. This was at one point called magic realism, but I guess that's… Continue reading What is urban fantasy, anyway?
I am glad to introduce readers today to a little of the field research behind my new release, LAERKA, an urban fantasy and mermaid tale retelling. A large part of the pre-writing of this story involved research in and around the city of Savannah. I would be curious to know who out there in the… Continue reading Welcome Celebrate with a Book Blog Tour Visitors!
It's finally here. My second novel is available TODAY via Amazon. Though it's only in e-book today, the print version should be available by the 15th December. The link is https://www.amazon.com/Laerka-Laura-Matthias-Bendoly-ebook/dp/B01N0J4F7E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1481225415&sr=8-2&keywords=bendoly The novel gets its name for the runaway character. The name Laerka is Danish for lark. She is the victim of human trafficking in… Continue reading My new urban fantasy, LAERKA, is here!
I'm excited to announce that Laerka, my follow-up novel to The Estate, will be available via Amazon, Kindle, and local retailers on December 15. And, in anticipation of the reveal, I'd love to get readers' ideas of what will be on the cover. As you may have read, my theme is human trafficking. The setting… Continue reading Laerka Book Reveal December 15
This Thursday, November 10, I'll be at Cover to Cover Bookstore in Clintonville to talk about being an independent writer. From 6-8 pm I and seven other children's and young adult writers will talk about the independent version of publishing fiction. We'll also have door prizes, including free books, singed books, cover art posters,… Continue reading Indy Author Event with Yours Truly
So I just spent the last hour nerding out about Gothic fiction in a virtual party! Who knew? Fellow fantasy authors April Aasheim and Marsha Moore, that's who. They put 20-odd others of us up as MCs, and for an hour and half we got to jaw about ghosts and witches to our hearts content,… Continue reading Readers at Samhain Lit Party
Welcome Samhain revelers! This is the location for the answer to my part of the Samhain authors' literary scavenger hunt. My scavenger hunt question was -- In the excerpt (to be provided the day of my hosting session), where does the Rutherford family bull, Caedmon, chase main character, Eileen Morgan? A. Into a well… Continue reading Oct 31 Magickal Samhain Facebook Party
In preparation for my Facebook Samhain celebration (October 31, noon to 1:30 at https://www.facebook.com/events/212026942547190/) I have made a Scotland blog tour based on the travels of my literary character, Eileen Morgan, heroine from my first thriller, The Estate. Eileen will feature as my alter ego on the 31st, and I'll be doing a raffle and several… Continue reading Scottish Wandering
So I was invited by two guru fantasy authors to help ring in Samhain this year with a fantasy hour.5 via Facebook. You can tune in on Oct 31st at noon Eastern at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1539332339707019/?fref=nf Coolio, no? Only thing is, I've, like, never MC-ed anything on-lineish before. I haven't admitted this 'til now, but I figured… Continue reading Guest Shaman at the Samhain