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  • Writer's pictureC.J. Baty

Summer is the time when authors travel from place to place to see readers, sell books, talk to readers, see other author friends, hopefully make new reader followers, and just have fun.

Don't get me wrong, it's a lot of hard work. Packing books, swag, banners, gift baskets, give-a-ways and a change of clothes or two in your car and drive hours away. Do authors enjoy it - Hell Yes! It's our time to talk to the people who enjoy our stories and let us know what they want to see in our books.

Some readers have 'Book Boyfriends'. Some collect every piece of swag (bookmarks, button pens, writing pens, stickers and some not safe for work) items they can. They wear their favorite book related tee shirts. Take pictures and just have a grand time.

I was just in Peoria IL for the Writers on the River Author Event. The 8th one in a row. We even had one online during Covid. 99 authors, 425 readers, a mountain of volunteers that come together each year to celebrate their love of books and reading.

If you love books, do yourself a favor and attend an event near you! It's nothing like you've ever experienced, and you'll never forget it.

I will be at the Knoxville TN Rockin' Romance Readers Event on Saturday, August 5. Join me. Check out the Facebook page for more information. (11) Rockin Romance Readers Author Event READER GROUP | Facebook

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  • Writer's pictureC.J. Baty

Leaves changing colors crunching under your feet, air crisp and clean, the sound of small creatures getting ready for winter, fireplaces burning (real, electric, or gas), and coffee brewing. All these things bring a wonderful peacefulness to my soul.

I am truly looking forward to fall this year. I need that feeling that the change of seasons brings with it. I even look forward to the coming snow because again it brings change. It's a time to start over. Begin again. Maybe grasp something that has escaped you for awhile.

For me that is my passion for writing. This year has been full of other things that have left me feeling.... unimaginative at the moment. I know it will eventually go away. It does. But right now in the moment, it leaves me lost and yearning for those days when I could spend hours writing a story that I can't wait for someone to read.

I have a wonderful event approaching very soon. Rebels and Readers Author Event in WV is going to be a spectacular gathering of readers, friends, and some of my favorite authors in the Indie world. We'll chat. We'll share good times and bad. We'll talk books. What we'd like to accomplish next year. Meet readers who love books as much as we do. For me, it will be a much needed adrenaline push. It will remind me why I love reading and writing stories for you to enjoy.

Having said that, I have a list of WIP's that I want to bring into the world next year. More Pinkerton Man stories, a new contemporary MM romance series, a new novel from Catherine Marcum (my new pen name) with a ghostly mansion, an ex out for revenge, a lost love renewed, and a heroine who's not your usual romance heroine. I'm excited to bring stories about women in their 50's - 60's who know what they want out of love and sex and are ready to go after it, to find their HEA!

So, even though this post started out sad, I'm full of hope for a bright new year for you and me. As, the leaves fall and leave the trees bare and the snow begins to fall, remember the light always follows the darkness. And it's NEVER too late to follow your dreams...

Until next time, Hugs

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