Jean Marie Ward

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Coming Soon to a Balticon Near You

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Normally I wait until I’ve got my schedule in my hand to do a long Balticon promo post, but I think this merits a special post. Danielle Ackley-McPhail—writer, editor and hostess of some of the wildest con parties around—will be launching not one, not two, but three anthologies at Balticon from 7-9 p.m., Sunday May 30, at the Hunt Valley Marriott outside Baltimore, Maryland.

On the surface dragons, fairies and vampires might not seem to have a lot in common, but as Dani says, fiction readers never grow tired of them. “Each of these anthologies takes one of those legends and gives the reader what they want…and so much more.”

Since one of my favorite short stories, “Lord Bai’s Discovery”, is included in Dragon’s Lure, I must heartily agree. :-)

As always with Dani’s parties, there will be scads of writers, great refreshments and marvelous prizes, including a hand-sculpted dragon box by acclaimed artist Linda Saboe. There will also be readings by the anthology contributors including Dani, Linda, Elaine Corvidae, Keith R.A. DeCandido, John Grant, Kelly Harmon, C.J. Henderson, Brian Koscienski, Jeffrey Lymon, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Terri Osborne, Chris Pisano and me, Me, ME!

Well, to be honest, I won’t be reading three times. But I do plan to read “Lord Bai’s Discovery”. Hope to see you there. In the meantime, if you want to learn more, check out Dani’s launch page.

Posted 8 years, 10 months ago at 12:43 am.

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Balticon Teaser

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Yeah, yeah. I know I owe you reports and photos for three conferences, but I couldn’t resist.
















If you want to put it all together, you’ll have to check out Kelly Harmon’s opening Balticon blog.  And for more mememe, check out Gail Z. Martin’s podcast of the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading.  Better yet, check it out for the other fabulous writers, including Gail and Kelly, whose stories I highly recommend.


Posted 9 years, 10 months ago at 12:07 am.

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Shameless Balticon Self-Promotion

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

I’m going back on con time this weekend. From Friday to Monday, May 22-25, you’ll find me at Balticon, Baltimore’s premier science fiction and fantasy con, held over the Memorial Day Weekend at the Hunt Valley Marriott. I hope you’ll check it out. And if you’re looking for me in particular, here’s where you’ll find me:

Friday, 6 p.m.
Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy – Panelists will help you see the humor you may have missed in the work of Charles Stross and others. They will also look at the history of humor in the genres from Feghoots to the present. Panelists: Tom Doyle, Grig Larson, James Daniel Ross and Jean Marie Ward.

Saturday, 3 p.m.
Television Science Fiction and Fantasy – Admit it, you love it. But it makes you feel so guilty in the morning. Panelists: Dale Arnold, Brenda Clough, Thomas Horman, Elaine Stiles and Jean Marie Ward.

Saturday, 7 p.m.
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading – Six of Balticon’s featured women writers bring you into their worlds with six-minute readings from their newest fiction. (I plan to read my latest, “Lord Bai’s Discovery of Bacon”. The editor who asked for it will be in the audience. Be afraid. Be very afraid.) Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Roxanne Bland, Kelly A. Harmon, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Marie Ward and Trisha J. Woolridge.

Sunday, 4 p.m.
Reading as Exploration – Tell us about books you have explored recently or those you remember from the past. Panelists: David Glenn Anderson, Robert R. Chase, Darrell Schweitzer, Jean Marie Ward and Martin Morse Wooster.

Posted 9 years, 10 months ago at 1:01 am.

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Mrs. Giggles Review

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Got back to Balticon to discover With Nine You Get Vanyr had been Giggled.  I’m alternating between squees of delight and “Ouchouchouchouchouch!”  Mrs. G’s darts are sharp!  LOL  But her aim is true.  She’s also the first and only reviewer so far to catch the book’s many Highlander homages.  Not to mention her stellar pull quote about Deryk. 
You can read the full text of the article here.  Seriously, I’m thrilled and very grateful Mrs. Giggles took the time to review Vanyr.  It’s great exposure for the book.  If you’ve got any doubts about the value of a review by Mrs. G, I humbly submit my Amazon numbers.  Last week the book’s ranking bounced between 400,000-600,000, dipping to a low of 700,000 over the holiday weekend.  May 28, the day after her review appeared, we shot up to 104,392–not bad at all for a small press book three months past release.
‘Course, it could’ve been my stellar performance at Balticon. .. Nah, not a chance.  I was too busy having fun.  I’ve got the pictures to prove it, too.  I plan to post the better ones later this week.  Until then, I’m open to bribes–er, gratuities and considerations.

Posted 11 years, 9 months ago at 6:54 pm.

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Balticon and Fifteen Minutes of RWA Fame

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

I’ll be heading off to Balticon tomorrow morn–er, around noon.  I’m on the guest list, but I was added too late to make the posted program.  Don’t even know my panels yet, but hey, it’s all about the adventure.  :-)   If you’re in the area, hope you’ll check it out.
If you’re not, you might want to check out the June issue of Romance Writers Report.  My article, “Do-It-Yourself (Book) Surgery”, made the cover.  Squeee!  Of course, the article deals with RWA’s newest recognized publisher (Samhain) just as the organization is revving up for another round of Published Author Network madness.  But hey, the writer’s life is all about irony.
Happy Memorial Day, everybody!

Posted 11 years, 10 months ago at 8:00 pm.

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