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Autumn Leaves and Virtual Fun #amreading #bookfairs


We’re now officially in Fall after the equinox this week. Man, where has the time gone? It’s like we totally missed the whole summer vacation stuff, like state fairs and outdoor barbeques.

Oh, wait. We did. Damn 2020. I want a refund!

Some of the things I missed the most this summer were the opportunities to meet readers, whether as part of an author panel or during a book fair. I haven’t gotten to get together with any of my fellow authors in our Sisters in Crime chapter; our meetings are virtual now, but just not the same.

Some book fair organizers, though, managed to convert their one-day fair into a two-day virtual event. Woo-hoo! Hey, it’s better than nothing.

deep valley book festival banner

Next weekend I’ll be taking a break from blogging to participate. It’s virtual, and FREE, so check it out. Sure, it focuses on local (MN) authors, but there are a lot of them, and there are a number of panels each day. My first panel is on Saturday at noon CDT. Each day also has LIVE Q&A sessions with authors.

It’s all done via Zoom, so you don’t have to drive, or park, or leave your favorite pet at home, or wear pants. And you don’t have to rake leaves that weekend because you’ll be going to the book festival–even better!

Oh, I almost forgot. The keynote speaker is our very own MN author Matt Goldman, who just hit the NYT Bestseller list with his new book. I met him at the 1-day-then-cancelled LCC event this spring in San Diego. Nice guy. Wish I would have had more time to chat with him.

Head on over to the DVBF website and check it out. Mark the panels on your calendar (especially that one at noon (CDT) on Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚ Register for the live session at 4p CDT on Sunday). Check out the roster of authors. If you like mysteries I can vouch for a couple: Chris Norbury and Brian Lutterman. Chris’ Straight River books are great thrillers starring a musician and including a great cat-and-mouse game that will conclude in the third book. Brian writes thrillers starring a parapalegic corporate lawyer. His latest book in the series just came out.

Anyway, check it out. Most of the panels are pre-recorded; the links will be posted next weekend. You can register for the LIVE events!

Still trying to catch up with blog reading. Sorry if I missed a bunch of posts. I’m getting there!

Happy Writing!

Special treat this week: I asked for more kitty pics from my son.

Tibbers and Nixie

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, five chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

22 thoughts on “Autumn Leaves and Virtual Fun #amreading #bookfairs

  1. Oh, that last ‘photo, Julie! Just too adorable! I know what you mean about the chance to meet book-ish people. There are so many great events that had to be canceled because of the pandemic, and I’ve missed them, too – that and the academic conferences I’d been attending. I hope we get back to having at least some of them next year.

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    • I hope so, too. I really missed the LCC conference that was canceled. Even in the one day it did run, I can’t tell you how many interesting people I met, and many of them were readers, not writers. Those events are a lot of fun. Cross our fingers we’ll get to start doing them again soon!

      Have a great weekend, Margot!

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  2. “Damn 2020. I want a refund!” Can we get an “amen” for that, folks?? Sheesh. Remember the movie The Man Who Came to Dinner? That’s 2020. Some days I feel like it’s never, ever going to go away!

    On the other hand, congratulations for all the good stuff you have going on right now. A Virtual Book Festival? How cool is that!!! I’ll be checking it out when I can, for sure.

    And speaking of books, I’m reading this really cool murder mystery featuring a certain Sierra Bauer. Have you heard of it? There’s this body, and this creepy person, and this woman in jeopardy, and this cool detective. Hmmm. I better stop there before I give away too much. I’ll just say I’m approaching the 1/3 mark, and so far, am really enjoying the tale. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Have a great Sunday, Julie, and stay safe, my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I’d be glad to “see” you there! I’m hoping that the virtual event goes well. It’ll be nothing like an in-person event, but anything to help authors meet readers is a good thing, I think.

      Hmmm. Sounds like a book I’d like to read……. Hope you enjoy it, Marcia! I’ll be jumping back into the second round of revision of Book 2 next week.

      Have a wonderful week! Stay safe, stay healthy, and maintain cat therapy ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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      • I agree that anything and everything to help authors meet readers is a good thing. It’s what started me doing my local presentations, which then became so much fun, I wouldn’t give them up even if I wasn’t writing. As for that Sierra Bauer book thing … well, I finished it. Yep. And all I’ll say here is, WOW! I enjoyed every, single word! Will be leaving a review soon, as I’m trying hard to catch up with those.

        Also, meant to mention the adorable cat pictures! We live with a whole bunch of ’em, and I can’t imagine not having them around. Best comfort blankies, ever! Love Tibbers sleeping with his tongue out. ๐Ÿ˜€ Nothing in the whole world knows how to relax like a cat! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for sharing those! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Sooo glad you enjoyed it! And somedays I think, “Man, if I could be a cat for a day.”

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  3. Beautiful fall photo and I love the kitty shots:) Yes I agree it was like we didn’t have summer, except for the heat. Have a fantastic book festival!

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  4. Oh, the kittiessssssss!!!! Love! Cuddle! Snuggle! Nuzzle! Love love love!!! Puuurrrrr…..

    So cool about the virtual conference, meeting the NYT bestseller in San Diego (Boo about not meeting up with another author you know while in SD. Harumph!) No need to drive, or park, or leave your favorite pet at home, or wear pants. Hahahaha!

    You want a refund on 2020–so great, Julie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Don’t want to miss your panel! I’ll see if I can make it!

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    • My daughter texted me this morning to tell me she spent the weekend visiting her brother and the kitties. I told my son he had to come home in the next few weeks and bring the kitties with him!

      I’m hoping the virtual festival will go well. Who knows when we’ll be able to do in-person events again. And I know, I really wanted to meet up with that other author in SD! What a rotten deal! Damn Covid-19. Damn 2020. I want my money back (although, without my hour-long commute each way, I’m saving a LOT of mony on gas!)

      Hope you will make it! Especially for the LIVE panel on Sunday ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Have a great week, Betsy!

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  5. I know! Where did the summer go?? It sounds like you have a fun autumn planned even if it’s a virtual one. Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I am such a sucker for kitty pics. Those make my heart melt ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wishing you all the best with your virtual events!

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  7. Adorable kittens and beautiful photos!

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  8. I feel like I’ve missed an entire year (or wish I had). Congrats on the upcoming event. If there is one good thing about COVID is that my place of employment has discovered we can have many of our meetings online.

    Love the kitty pics. Like Mae, I’m a sucker for cat photos.

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    • Working from home is good in some respects, such as all that gas I’m not paying for and the deer I’m not worried about hitting with my car (which has survived 2 deer strikes so far ๐Ÿ˜ฎ )

      I told my son he needs to come home with his kitties so I can get my kitty fix ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

      Have a great week, Joan!

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