Elves, Wabooses, Free Kindle, Despairing Dolls, Steampunk Vampires, and a Beautiful Blond Man

In other words: The business cards I picked up at Fandom Fest 2012.

Lyndi Alexander is one of the aliases of my guest this past Monday, Babs Mountjoy. As Lyndi Alexander, Babs writes the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series. Visit that excellent web site to learn more about this truly unusual set of books.

Another writer I met this weekend really is an elf. She looks like one, anyway. See for yourself. This is Mysti Parker, author of the Tallenmere series. Visit her Unwritten web site to learn more about her books. Click on this link to see a picture of her in costume between Sean Astin (Sam) and John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) of LORD OF THE RINGS. Great picture!

If you’re on Facebook, drop by The Mystik Waboose page and browse their photo albums. Alas, that they don’t have a web site! Not everybody is on Facebook, people! It just seems as if everybody must be! They claim to purvey “custom buttons, ears and tails, fine casual ladies clothes, T-shirts and lab coats” (lack of Oxford comma theirs, not mine). These are the folks who sell my beloved Jayne Cobb shirt. They had many Firefly shirts, but did not have many monies, so I no could haz.

Now for the bit you’ve been waiting for: I am NOT giving away a free Kindle! But J. H. Glaze is, and it’s loaded with books. Most of the titles are horror of one degree or another of horrificness, but some are mystery and one (FORCE OF HABIT) is my cop/sf/humor novel. The drawing is July 15 and the rules are on JH’s blog.

If you like horror (I’m crawling under the desk even to write about it, which makes it very difficult to type), you’ll love the Dolls of Despair, four very nice women who review all things horror. Me, I’m not afraid. We’re not creeped out at all, are we, Mr. Teddy Bear? Rawr.

Delilah S. Dawson. Steampunk + Vampires = Win. AS WICKED AS THEY COME gets my vote as most awesomest title ever! Plus, Delilah has the Steampunk clothing down pat. It’s a treat just to look at her, but she’s also smart and funny and talented.

Author R. J. Sullivan has a trading card for his book HAUNTING OBSESSION, featuring a Marilyn-like ghost (Monroe, not Manson). Fellow Southern Indiana Writer Ginny Fleming claims it looks just like him, but it doesn’t, really. He doesn’t have a beauty mark. Visit his web site to see who’s right.

Have a nice weekend, and don’t forget to enter JHGlaze’s Kindle contest. See you tomorrow for Caturday, then on Sunday for a free sample of my work.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: If your characters had business cards, what would they look like and what would be on them? OR pick three of four fictional characters and imagine business cards for them.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Elves, Wabooses, Free Kindle, Despairing Dolls, Steampunk Vampires, and a Beautiful Blond Man

  1. Red Tash

    July 6, 2012 at 9:23am

    I wonder how she deals with loose ears! I left her a comment. What a great photo!!! And I’m so envious! Oh, man.

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      Marian Allen

      July 6, 2012 at 9:38am

      I didn’t see her ever fiddle with her ears. I think they’re real. I think she’s really a real elf. Really.

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  2. katfrench

    July 6, 2012 at 11:26am

    Delilah S. Dawson was super-sweet, in addition to having the steampunk clothing thing mastered. I got a copy of her book in one of the sessions, and she autographed it for me. πŸ™‚ Plus: VAMPIRE BUNNIES.

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      Marian Allen

      July 6, 2012 at 1:42pm

      Yeah! Saw vampire bunnies and steampunk squirrels and a zombie Gumby. The weekend validated my inner reality. o_O

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  3. Mysti Parker

    July 6, 2012 at 4:35pm

    Ha! I can’t tell you how many times I was asked that question. We even went to a cook-out Sat. night after the Horse Cave Book Fest, and a little 4 year old boy asked me if I was one of Santa’s elves.

    I said, “No, and you know why?”

    He shook his head, all wide-eyed and enraptured.

    “Because I’m entirely too tall to be one of those. They’re all about your height.”



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  4. Mysti Parker

    July 6, 2012 at 4:45pm

    @Mysti Parker

    I should have also added: That’s the first and probably the only time I’ll be able to brag that I’m too tall for something. πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      July 6, 2012 at 6:45pm


      Your story reminds me of the Halloween I dressed up to give out candy. Had on my purple Society for Creative Anachronism gown, and even faintly purple foundation. I opened the door and a little girl’s eyes got big as saucers. She turned to her mom and yelled, “Mom! It’s the Blue Fairy!!” πŸ˜€

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  5. DelilahSDawson

    July 14, 2012 at 10:38am

    Thanks so much for the kind mention! It was great being on a panel with you! <3 And I saw the zombie Gumby… but not the elf. I missed out!

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      Marian Allen

      July 14, 2012 at 12:54pm

      Maybe our clockwork, steam-powered, automaton-driven transports will meet again! πŸ™‚

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