I think all of you know that this weekend I was in Indianapolis for the CIR Author Fair. It was amazing and now I want to share with you all the fun I had!
This is my table. It's funny how quickly you can fill up 4 feet of space. I was able to have just enough space to display all my books and have some space for visual representations of a couple of my WIP's. I could even fit all my horses, which with the available space was pretty impressive.
So, speaking of WIP's, Saturday I revealed my secret
project: Leaving Shenivarthol. It is scheduled for release this summer. The painting is going to be the cover. Yes, that's a little dragon in the corner and yes, that is a unicorn front and center. For those of you who attended the Winter Escape Fantasy party, you might remember the Unicorn vs. Dragon debate and someone pointed out that there aren't a lot of unicorn stories out there. Celesta, from Prince Charming's Quest, took the opportunity to inform me that she has a story to be told. I didn't realize at the time I wrote the Charming Academy series, just how much of Sanalbereth I had missed. Celesta is queen of Shenivarthol Wood (and yes, I've realized I am definitely going to need to make a map of Sanalbereth soon!), an enchanted forest with opal-lined trees, pixies, beautiful flowers, and unicorns. Part of what has always kept Shenivarthol safe is the presence of its queen. But now, Celesta must venture away from her home, leaving it in the hands of someone she doesn't fully trust, on a quest that may claim more than just time. Celesta knows the longer she is away from her beloved Shenivarthol, the less enchanted it becomes; leaving it defenseless to the dangers outside the wood and within.
The fair was well attended and I was able to meet some wonderful authors. I even bought a few books myself because seriously, I can't help myself in a room that smells that richly of story. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new readers, to laugh and have fun, and to just envelope myself in the joy of being a writer. I kept meaning to go talk to the other authors, but it seemed every time things got a little slow someone else showed up at my table to talk about my books! Hopefully some of you reading this post saw me there. It was great meeting you and talking with you. I enjoyed every minute of the fair; even if it was a little warm in there. It seemed the time just flew by and before I knew it, it was time to pack up my table and head home. Below is a slideshow of more pictures, though admittedly not all of them. My husband took well over a hundred, so these are some of my favorites. When you look at the picture of our group, be sure to search these authors on Amazon. They are amazing people and I'm sure you'll find a book that's right up your alley. Be sure to check out Laura's Facebook page and tell her thank you for putting together such a wonderful event!
And for my wonderful readers who were not able to make it to the fair in person, I'm holding a special sale on my website of signed books, just for you! The sale starts tomorrow (don't worry, I'll remind you) and will go through the end of next week. So, for those who like dates, that is March 8 through March 20. All books will be 10% off and with your books you'll get a free bookmark (because I have lots left over and they are stunningly gorgeous)!
Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius