Final Days of TGWIG Contest, Readercon Highlights, & Miracle Girl Shout Out


There are only two days left to enter the Tell Me Your Ghost Story Contest! If you want to get your flash fiction ghost story in, make sure you pop over to the original Tell Me Your Ghost Story Contest and follow the guidelines before July 15th 11:59 EST.


Readercon Highlights

I did my best to live tweet and Facebook post things this weekend, but here are my highlights:


A thought provoking panel discussion of zombies, vampires, and capitalism by Jack Haringa, Toni Kelner, and Faye Ringel.


A fabulous reading by Leigh Perry of the next installment of the amazing Family Skeleton Series, A Skeleton Haunts a House. It’s out in October. I’ve already preordered this one–the perfect Halloween read!

As if things couldn’t get cooler, I got to have drinks with the amazing Leigh Perry/Toni Kelner on Friday night and talk about writing and publishing.

Best Readercon night!


Listening to Nicola Griffith be interviewed by her wife, writer Kelley Eskridge. If I hadn’t already bought Nicola’s book, this fascinating interview would have made me do it! Excited to dig into Hild.


While I’m talking books, I want to give a shout out to a great blog friend of mine, T.B. Markinson. She has a gorgeous new book out this month. Seriously crushing on that cover.

TheMiracleGirl (1)

Book Summary

Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?

Author bio:

T.B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order.

Buy Links:

Amazon US      /     Amazon UK      /     Amazon Canada

Where to find T. B. Markinson:

Twitter       Facebook       Blog       Goodreads     Amazon Author Page

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19 Responses to Final Days of TGWIG Contest, Readercon Highlights, & Miracle Girl Shout Out

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I just returned from a writers’ conference too–ThrillerFest in New York. They’re so motivating, aren’t they? Which I suppose means I should get to work. 😉

    • This is a little different–it’s a convention devoted to readers, not writers. So the panels were geared toward what readers would want to hear about. Interesting to be on the other side of the equation for a weekend. 🙂 LOL. But yes, writing conferences usually get my gears going.

      • Carrie Rubin says:

        That sound wonderful. And even though ThrillerFest is a writers’ conference, I still managed to come home with 14 books, 12 of them free. So cool. Of course, it’s not like I don’t have enough books to get to already…

        • LOL. There were tons of book for sale and some great freebies at Readercon too. 🙂 Yup. I am planning to squeeze more reading in again. It reminded me how much I love and miss books when I’m not reading. 🙂

          • Somehow it’s more fun to read a book when you can picture the author’s face and have talked with them. I can almost imagine the writer at the desk/computer working on it – books are such a reflection of the author)
            Sounds like a great time.
            Final days? Now there’s pressure. Maybe that muse will stop driving around and do her day job…

          • It’s funny if I like an author, I feel more invested in reading their books. Especially if I know how certain things in their life influenced their writing. 🙂 Lots of fun.

            LOL. Just a reminder. Really only two full days left now. 🙂

        • Always the best part of conferences…better when you could take an extra empty suitcase and not have to worry about number of bags and weight limits for airplanes.

          • Yes. Although the 2 hour drive that turned into 3.5 hours was annoying. 🙂 But roadtrips are always better than flights. Even in that kind of traffic. 🙂

  2. Sounds inspiring and great fun Kourtney.

  3. jmmcdowell says:

    A reader’s conference sounds like a lot of fun and a good way to take a break from the writer persona and remember what we enjoy so much on the other side of the equation!

    • It was. I definitely got back to reading while I was there. Started two books and I’m hoping to keep the reading going. Promo stuff has me pretty stressed right now and it’s been hard to find any time for anything else. But I’m trying. 🙂

  4. EllaDee says:

    A Readercon… that’s me! I love meeting authors, it gives a whole extra dimension to the books. Good to see you out and about having fun while doing some serious networking 🙂

    • It’s really cool for readers. 🙂 Trying my best. I also was putting bookmarks, stickers, and wristbands out at the freebie table. 😉 Got introduced to some fantastic authors and I have new tbr books.

  5. TBM says:

    I love exciting conferences and I have a hard time controlling the inner kid in me. Glad you had an awesome time. And thanks so much for the shout-out.

  6. Kourtney, thank you for sharing TBM’s Book, looks a very interesting read… 🙂 I hope you are having a good week. Hugs Sue x

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