Rancho Obi Wan Experience

Rancho Obi Wan Exhibit at Star Wars Celebration 

 

One of the exhibits I am looking forward to at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is the Rancho Obi Wan Experience. This exhibit offers a glimpse into the World Record Breaking Star Wars collection. This will be the third time this exhibit will be at a Star Wars Celebration and the big news with this year’s exhibit is the launch of the first ever Rancho Obi-Wan book, which is now available for preorder to members. If you are planning on going to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, then I encourage you to check out this exhibit.

I was fortunate to visit this exhibit when I attended Star Wars Celebration VI.  Below are some pics from this visit that might give you a hint at what will be included in this year’s exhibit:

Star Wars props, like this R2D2 with a portion of Luke’s X-Wing prop

  

Several pieces of artwork and painting, like this one of Greedo being shot

  

Fan created pieces inspired by the Star Wars films, like this container that contains a Toxic Waste creature

  

Various toys and figures, including rare prototypes, from around the world, like the ones pictured below.

    

Costumes and other pieces of clothing worn on Star Wars film sets, like this outfit worn by the crew during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back.

 

 

Interview with Hansi Oppenheimer about Squee!

Today, this everyday fangirl is excited to welcome Hansi Oppenheimer from Troubled Girl Films about her latest creative endevor, Squee! The Fangirl Documentary Project. 

 

Thank you Hansi for visiting The Everyday Fangirl blog and for taking the time to answer these questions.

What does the title of this documentary signify? 

“Squee” is a sound some think fangirls make. At least that is how pop culture sees it. I chose it as the title since it’s the sound of joy and excitement and that’s one of the things I most love about fandom and fangirls in particular. Fandom is one place you can express your feelings – whatever they are – and show your passions and excitement. So I am calling the film ‘Squee’ because it’s all about Fangirls, their community, creativity and expressing joy.

What prompted you to create a documentary on this topic and who or what inspired you to?

I’m very involved in fandom & fan culture. My previous film, Color Me Obsessedis an oral history of the the band The Replacements as told by their fans. The Village Voice called this unique take “the Rashamon of rock-docs.”  After Color Me Obsessed, I struggled with a film about fanfic for a while, but then I realized that my interest in it was because fanfic is primarily written and read by women.  I’m very interested in the creation of fanworks and transmedia, fandom as community, especially how women bond on tumblr, LJ and other platforms.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a creator and how does your work reflect some of these attributes?

I think being an artist is all about accepting your own madness. Allen Ginsberg said Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” Funnily enough, I met Ginsberg back in the late 80’s. I was briefly in the lock up ward with Allen’s lover, Peter Orlovsky. When Allen visited him, I asked him to sign the book I was reading. He signed it “Dearest Hansi, So Happy To See You Here” (signed Allen Ginsberg)”  Insanity and a sense of humor are the things that allow me to continue to make art. 

I hope my work expresses my humor, a little craziness and my respect for freedom of thought. As JG Ballard said “In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom.

What kind of research did you have to do for this documentary and how is this different from others you may have worked on before?  

First and foremost, I love listening to stories.
Mostly, I talk to people. I think everyone has a valid story to tell and I’m always happy to hear them.  When I’m not working, one of my favorite things is to sit in an “old man” dive bar and talk to the old regulars.  But I also do research all the time. My background prior to film was as a tape librarian. I’m a huge meta and aca-fan and I read tons of essays on everything pop culture related.

What are you a fan of and for how long?

Currently I’m an uber- fan of Supernatural and The Walking Dead, Doctor WhoSherlock, also-TorchwoodConstantine, Bates Motel, Bob’s Burgers, American Horror Story, Grimm, Gotham, Arrow, Flash, anything by Joss Whedon (BTVS is my #1 first fandom), Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Agent Carter, X-Files, The Tick, The Guild, Big Bang Theory, Star Wars Rebels, Twin Peaks, Robot Chicken

What makes you laugh?

I have a pretty dark sense of humor. 

What makes you cry? 

Buffy. Whenever I have a really bad day, I cue up a marathon and weep my eyes out and then I’m all better.

How would you describe yourself?

I’m an old punk rock chick. I worked on “zines’ back in the day and spent a lot of my youth at CBGB’s.
I’ve worked as a tape librarian, worked in the porn industry (in post production) been an actress in My Name is Earl, Blue Bloods, Nurse Jackie, Life on Mars, Californication, Law and Order, Brain Games, Dexter among other shows. I was the writer/creator/producer on Color Me Obsessed, I’ve taught kids how to make films at DCTV, work at the Tribeca Film Festival every year, worked with the Big Apple Circus, at Lincoln Center and The Daryl Roth Theater. I spend as much time at cons as possible and will be hosting a fangirl podcast on http://thesupernaughts.com/ in May.  

When will the project you are working be completed? 

Squee should be starting to “squeen” at festivals and cons in late 2015. 

  

Anything else you would like to share?

People can donate funds to help with our post production costs at gofund.me/squeefangirlfilm or help by liking and sharing our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fangirlproject or our Tumbler http://squeefangirlproject.tumblr.com/ or follow us on Twitter @troubledgirl.  

Everyday Fangirl Convention Tips

  

It is now Spring and for many Fangirls and the Fanboys who support them, this means the beginning of the ‘con season’.  During the con season there are at least one or two fan related conventions almost every weekend.  

These conventions can vary in both size and in scope.  Some of the can be small, some can be big, some can include multiple fandoms or franchises, while others can focus on just one fandom or franchise.  No matter which of these conventions you plan on attending, if you are a newbie or a veteran attendee, these tips may be of help to you.

If you want to do it or buy it, then do not hesitate

There are plenty of opportunities and choices when attending a convention. Whether it’s attending a panel or special event, meeting a celebrity, or buying a piece of artwork, or collectible these opportunities may not come up again. Therefore, if you have the time or the money required, then do not hesitate or else you may regret it.


Best laid plans can be changed or interrupted

Many survival guides out there recommend that you plan before you go to the convention.  Planning is a great way to determine which panels or special events to attend. However, the best laid plans can be derailed due to crowds, changes in programming or any other unexpected circumstances.  Therefore, as part of your planning, include some contingency plans as well, just in case.  If Plan A does not work out, then Plans B, C or even D, may be just where you needed to be after all.


Bring extra clothes and accessories, epecially if you are cosplaying

Wearing fandom related clothes or dressing up as a favorite character can be really cool and enhance your overall convention experience. However, there can be times when an unexpected incident could happen to your clothes or outfit, such as food or drink being dropped into your lap.  Those types of incidents cannot be fixed quickly without having extra clothes or accessories with you.  If you have these items with you when these types of incidents happen, then you have a greater chance of correcting this quickly and getting back to the fun!


Breaks are a must, not an option

No matter how busy you are during the convention it is important that you get as many breaks as you can.  Even a couple of short breaks can help can keep you going longer.  Sitting down away from all the hustle and bustle, eating a snack, drinking some water or just talking with friends and other attendees can revitalize you and help you get ready for your next experience at the convention.


Bring Hand Sanitizer and Wipes

Either during or after a convention many people come down sick with what is commonly know as ‘con crud’.  The best may I found to help reduce the likelihood of coming down with something is to bring and use both hand sanitizer and wipes.  The use of both a hand sanitizer and wipes will help you reduce the possibility of coming into contact with bacteria or germs that can cause the ‘con crud’  In addition, using these may help prevent the spread of bacteria and germs to other attendees.  A win for everyone!

And last, but certainly not least…


Bring your patience, your manners and most of all your respect

Whether big or small, a convention is a great way to celebrate your fandom.  However, some attendees, especially those that are new to THAT con, may not be prepared for the size, the variety, the crowds or the long waits.  Even those that are prepared and have attended multiple times need to remember that there are plenty of others that may not be.  If attendees, both newbies and veterans, brought their patience, their manners and their respect, then everyone can have an awesome convention experience and go home happy!

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Global Premiere



Based on information just released from the Disney PR Group today, the Global Premiere of Star Wars Rebels Season 2 will be at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim on Saturday, April 18th. Star Wars Rebels fans can look forward to not only the premiere, but these other special events that day as well:

11:00 AM – Noon: “Star Wars Rebels” Panel*
Location: Celebration Stage / The Arena

Get a sneak peek at the second season of DisneyXD’s animated hit series Star Wars Rebels, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire. Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Supervising Director), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb), Taylor Gray (Ezra) and other special guests will discuss the startling story developments revealed at the end of season one and offer some can’t-miss exclusive previews of what’s to come in season two!
*This event is open to all Celebration attendees. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: “Star Wars Rebels” Red Carpet Arrivals and Press Line

A great way to see those that work on the show and other Star Wars Celebrities!

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: “Star Wars Rebels” Season Two Global Premiere Screening* 
Location: Digital Stage, 3rd Floor / Ballroom 300

Witness the global premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which launches a whole new set of adventures for the Ghost crew and hints at the challenges to come under the shadow of their new adversary, Darth Vader. Attendees will be the first to see the two-part second season premiere following an encore screening of the thrilling season one finale.
*This screening is open to all Celebration attendees. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.


If you have never attended a Star Wars Celebration before, then you need to be aware that there is indeed limited seating.  Also, based on the last Celebration with a premiere, the lines start several hours before the events. I would recommend that you pack your patience and get in line early if you are planning on attending the Star Wars Rebels premiere or any of these other related events.  However, if you have the time and patience to wait and you are a Star Wars Rebels fan, then it looks like Saturday, April 18th will be a great day to attend Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.



The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl is 2 years old!



WordPress.com reminded me that this blog is now 2 years old! Therefore, I want to take this time to thank everyone for reading this blog and sticking with me all this time!  I also want to thank all the authors who have gifted me with content for this blog including Story Excerpts, Cover Reveals and guest posts.  Without all of you helping, I may not have reached this two year milestone. Again, thank you and I hope that The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl continues for many more years to come.

PattyBones, the Everyday Fangirl! 

Romancing The Paranormal Pre-Order Blitz

 

I am excited to be participating in the Romancing The Paranormal Pre-Order Blitz. 

Hope you enjoy these previews!

PattyBones, The Everyday Fangirl

 
 
 
Romancing the Paranormal by 
Stephanie Rowe, Robyn Peterman, Victoria Danann, Kym Grosso, Dakota Cassidy, Claudy Conn, Teresa Gableman, Melanie James, Gena D. Lutz, D’Elen McClain, Julia Mills, Brandy Rivers and Cynthia St. Aubin
Publication Date:May 19, 2015
 
 
 
 
13 BRAND NEW paranormal stories from your favorite
USA Today, New York Times, and Amazon Bestselling authors.



Passions ignite in 13 dangerously hot romances
Stephanie Rowe Shadows of Darkness
Haunted by a tormented past that has come to reclaim him, a former assassin must choose between saving the world, or protecting the one woman who can touch his heart and redeem his soul.




Robyn Peterman – Fashionably Hotter Than Hell Book 5 of the Hot Damned Series


Victoria Danann – Konochur: Wolf Lover


In the middle of a war with dragon shifters, a human widow of a werewolf may get another chance at love, but feelings of guilt threaten a blossoming attraction to the one wolf everyone thought was untamable.


Kym Grosso – Lost Embrace 


 


Dominant vampire leader, Kade Issacson, is devastated when his fiancée, Sydney Willows, is nearly killed by a demon and her transition into the supernatural tests the limits of their bond. Deep in the heart of New Orleans, they struggle to keep her alive while searching for an escaped killer who promises to end Sydney’s life once and for all.



Dakota Cassidy – What Not To Were 



 




 


Claudy Conn – Harley-Awakening

Harley is a Hybrid that doesn’t want to serve revenge up cold.

She wants to serve it up now and she wants serve it up HOT.



Teresa Gabelman – Forbidden Hunger

 


A shifter without a pack, Janna Lawson goes in search of the man who her mother died trying to protect. What she finds is Garrett Foster, a man who has the power to decide her fate and causes a hunger inside her that is forbidden to them both.





Melanie James – Gertie’s Paranormal Plantation 

When you run a shelter for paranormal creatures, you can’t afford to let your guard down. When carefree—and quite naïve—witch Gertie O’Leary welcomes an enchanting new guest to the plantation, she finds herself caught up in an ancient struggle. Marie Laveau and the gang will have to pull together once again to save Gertie’s love life. Love, lust and laughs await on the Paranormal Plantation.
 
 
Gena D. Lutz – Sonnet Vale: Paranormal Hunter

Paranormal hunter, Sonnet Vale, has the unique ability to hunt and kill vampires. But a chance encounter with a handsome stranger is about to change everything, teaching Sonnet what it’s like to be hunted and possessed.
D’Elen McClain – Fang Chronicles: Tyboll

A grumpy bear shifter, a stubborn she-bear shifter, and more growls than a bear clan can possibly handle. Will the two kill each other or discover they make the perfect mated pair?
Julia Mills – Her Dragon’s Heart
Jace MacQuaid, the youngest Dragon Guardsman since the original knights has just found his mate, Melanie Whelan the one the Universe made for him the light of his soul. Of course, to claim her he will have to fight a force so dark not even the oldest of dragon kin has the answers. Fate really stepped in it this time.
 
Brandy L. Rivers – Seductive Solutions
When Toryn’s trusted friend begins failing, he’ll search for a way to free him of the destructive bond. Isa might have a solution for Scotty’s problem, if Toryn can help her find the courage.

Cynthia St. Aubin – From Hell to Breakfast

He’s a supernatural bounty hunter with a broken heart and a loose zipper. She’s a succubus with a smart mouth and a long rap sheet. When her crimes become his problem, they’re in for one hell of a ride.
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Cover Reveal and Excerpt for Thrill-Kinky

Book Cover for Thrill-Kinky: embracing heterosexual cover with an overlay of stars 

Thrill-Kinky (Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1) by Teresa Noelle Roberts 

Publication Date: May 12, 2015 

Sexual freefall is like a game of chicken, except the first one to let go wins.

Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1 Humans may have expanded to the stars, but they still have the annoying need to work for a living. Which is why Rita, crew member of the space freighter Malcolm, is stuck collecting recyclable slag rather than attending her favorite festival celebrating love and sexuality.

Things go from boring to interesting when she discovers a badly injured man who’s been thrown into a recycling bin to die. The catch, he’s gorgeous, winged, and naked.

Drax Jalricki, reformed (mostly) art thief and reluctant covert operative, is on an undercover mission to protect three planets when someone in his own government brands him a traitor. By virtue of association, Rita and her crew are going down with him.

From their first, hide-in-plain-sight quickie, the erotic spark between Rita and Drax is fueled by danger and adrenaline. But their growing suspicion that there’s more to their connection than lust may not matter if they don’t live through the night.

Warning: Hero and heroine who straddle the line of criminal behavior—and definitely violate public indecency statutes. Exhibitionist, dangerous sex. Dark, sordid pasts. Wild risk-taking. Giggly cat-girl sidekick who’s not just another pretty…tail. And the greatest risk of all: true love.

You can pre-order at Samhain / Amazon / B&N / Kobo /All Romance eBooks / iBooks (iTunes)

Excerpt from Thrill-Kinky

At first, what Rita was seeing in the recycling bin didn’t make sense: rust, amber and saffron-colored feathers, tipped with black, and a swath of something green and purple that might have been festival draperies.  A gigantic bird?

But there weren’t any birds on San’bal, according to what she’d been able to learn on the Galaxinet, and she hadn’t seen anyone on her previous visit. If there had been birds, Xia would have chased and probably caught them, even if they’d been as big as this appeared to be.

A discarded costume with an animal underneath it? Part of last night’s festivities had involved the locals all running around in fabulous costumes, drinking copious quantities of the green bubbly booze.

Some costumed person who’d enjoyed way too much of green bubbly and had climbed into a recycling bin to sleep it off? It didn’t seem like a desirable location for that, but maybe his equally drunk friends tossed him in as a joke.

While she was still trying to sort it out, the lump of feathers moved.

Rolled over.

Opened his eyes.

Stars and moons! Not a bird, not a costumed drunk—a Banjali.

Maybe she should have thought of that sooner, but you hardly ever saw Banjalis off Banjal. Their glorious wings were only fully functional on low-gravity planets, and anything approaching Old Earth norm, like San’bal, was uncomfortable.

“Hey, are you all right?” Rita asked, hoping he could understand her. “Need a hand getting out?” The gravity was probably too high for him to fly easily, especially if he was hung over.

The Banjali stirred, giving her a better view.

Definitely male. Definitely gorgeous. And definitely naked. Xia’s tail would have started twitching at first sight.

The pleasure of that view, however, was spoiled by the strips of purple and green synthsilk—they could have been torn from the buntings that draped anything in the city that didn’t move fast enough—gagging him and binding his ankles and wrists.

And by his injuries.

The poor man looked like he’d had a run-in with an Arcturian bearcat. His golden skin was a mass of bruises, scrapes and shallow cuts, one eye swollen shut. But Arcturian bearcats didn’t use laserpistols, and she was pretty damn sure the wound in his shoulder was a pistol shot.

Book One, Thrill-Kinky, coming 5/12/2015

In the 26th century, humans and numerous alien races share the galaxy. Technology has advanced massively. Old Earth is a vast preserve and museum, and humans have spread to the stars. But some things remain the same. Love, lust, and money motivate both humans and other sentient species. Politics can get ugly. And crime can pay very well indeed.

The Malcolm, an independent interplanetary freighter, prefers to steer clear of both politics and crime, at least the kind of crime that doesn’t involve rescuing the occasional slave or exploited child on planets where such abominations are legal. Captain Mik and his loyal, if eccentric crew—Mik’s overprotective alien husband Gan, adventurous human mechanic Rita, bouncy cat-girl (and trained assassin) Xia, and PTSD-haunted ex-soldier Buck—usually succeed in keeping things only a little bit illegal. (One planet’s cash crop, after all, might be another’s favorite illicit recreational substance, and as long as no one’s getting hurt, why not get a cut of the profits?) But when a seemingly legitimate job goes supernova, the crew finds themselves up to their armpits in interplanetary espionage, art theft, and spies, and on the run from an infamous assassin. What a time to fall in love!

Book Two, Bad Kitty, coming 9/2015

Luckily, Drax Jalricki—reformed (mostly) art thief, former (mostly) Banjali covert operative, and all-around winged hunk—has a plan to protect them. But it involves hiding out on Cibari, the most dangerous planet in the galaxy. Who knew Cibari was run by a felinoid warlord who might be the perfect match for Xia—if the straight-arrow detective sent from her homeworld to “rescue” her doesn’t win her heart, ears and adorable, perky tail first? And that’s not even talking about how the warlord and the detective are crazy about each other. Of course, it would help if any of them could tell the whole truth about who they are.

Book Three, tentatively called Buck, Naked

Who would guess that a hot cyborg who’s already survived more than a human lifetime could offer Buck both healing and love? But the cyborg shares a common, deadly enemy with the Malcolm’s crew, and surviving that confrontation will trigger all their inner demons.

Book Four, title TBD

Dark secrets Mik hides even from Gan will come to a head and threaten them more than the enemies they’d hoped to escape. A mysterious stranger holds the key to Mik’s salvation… and unexpectedly, a key to both men’s hearts as well, if they’re willing to open that door.

Teresa Noelle Roberts started writing stories in kindergarten and she hasn’t stopped yet. A prolific author of short erotica, she’s also a published poet and fantasy writer—but hot paranormals and BDSM-spiced contemporaries are her favorites. Or they were, until she realized science-fiction romances offered new possibilities for outrageous adventure, wild sex and love that overcomes serious obstacles, including being from different species! She’s also a prolific author of short erotica, and a published poet and fantasy writer. Find her at www.teresanoelleroberts.com, on Facebook or on Twitter, where she hangs out as @TeresNoeRoberts.    

Star Wars This is Madness 2015

Starwars.com has announced the return of Star Wars This is Madness Tournament



The voting is set to begin on March 12th, but there are already comments on Twitter about the brackets, the characters and the match ups. Especially, around the lack of female characters.

Below are just some of the ones that I had to share:

Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes)
I refuse to participate in the #ThisIsMadness Star Wars tournament. Three women characters in the lineup? And a few play-ins. No thanks.


Jamie D (@JamieD1138)
@BlueJaigEyes What are play-ins? Crazy to see Bib Fortuna but no Ahsoka.
Peter Di Cicco (@PeterDiCicco)
@BlueJaigEyes Wait… Bib Fortuna, Pre Visla and Gregor are in the bracket but Ahsoka, Sabine and Asajj are not??


Rebel Transmission (@Rebels_TK421)
How come Zeb is in the ‘Scoundels’ category of @starwars #ThisIsMadness? He’s a Rebel surely.
audrey horne (@nicolecieux)
@BlueJaigEyes @fangirlcantina @tveitlight25 @realamandaward it’s 3 women and 23 men. y i k e s.

Several of us spoke with Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots on Twittter) from StarWars.com on this topic.  She was concerned about the following Tweet.

Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes)
@geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina The #ThisIsMadness Star Wars Character Tournament. A lot of women characters are ignored every year.


Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina Not ignored. I have to say I’m a little insulted to see that you think we actively exclude them.


I personally appreciated that Andi took the time to send us these Twitter responses to our questions on this subject.  Below is what she had to say about the process for selecting the brackets, the characters and the match ups:


Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@PattyBones2 @BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina It’s not my process to divulge. Many team members were involved in many discussions


Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@PattyBones2 @BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina A lot more thought goes into it than can be boiled down to a tweet.


To help get some clarification, I asked if the Story Group had any involvement and if there were anyone there representing the female point of view.


Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@PattyBones2 @BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina HA! No. We are not in the Story Group and they have bigger fish to fry.

Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots)
@PattyBones2 @BlueJaigEyes @geekgirldiva @fangirlcantina The entire .com team. Men & women.

As a female Star Wars fan I understand the disappointment of which characters appeared on the Tournament under which categories.  However, I am reassured that the group deciding included the female point of view. Maybe the ‘Play-Ins’ that will be revealed on March 12 will include some of the awesome female characters like Sabine, Asajj and Ahsoka.



Slutopia: Funny Pulp SF Erotic Stories

With 50 Shades Of Grey heating up the Box Office and the book series still very popular with readers, there is definitely a desire for erotic stories.  However, a group of writers decided to take this concept in a slightly different direction.  They created a series of funny erotic stories that are in the style of pulp magazines back In the 1950’s.  The series of stories are marketed under the name Slutopia

I recently spoke to CA Speakman, who is the “public face” of the group, about the Slutopia series of stories and what motivated the authors to write these stories.  

 

Slutopia produces high quality pulp erotic fiction.  While that may seem like an oxymoron, we take the most outlandish mashups of elements from science fiction, fantasy, horror and dark fiction then twist them into erotic fantasies with a wicked sense of humor.

Why write them? Writing for Slutopia is like being given the big box of crayons and a city-block-long white wall to draw on. You aren’t just coloring outside the lines; in this shared universe there are no lines to cross or to hold back your imagination. Many of the authors write for traditional category lines so this gives them the opportunity to break the rules and just have fun writing again.

All of the writers for this series are using fun pennames for the project like ‘Kassidy Kink’, ‘Hannah Hardcore’ and ‘Venus Galaxia’. Currently, there are a dozen stories in the anthology all by different authors available on Amazon. There is also a Kickstarter campaign, which is ending soon, to turn these stories into graphic novels. If you are a fan of erotic stories and like to mix it with some really crazy settings or story elements, then you may want to check these out.

Goodbye my friend and fellow Fangirl: Cathie 

I just found out the one of my oldest online friends, fellow Fangirl and one of my favorite authors, Cathie Linz, just passed away this morning from Colon Cancer. (I lost too many in my life to Cancer.  Cancer sucks!). 


I met Cathie in the earliest days of the Internet on the Prodigy Network.  She along with a host of others established an active group of readers and writers through the Prodigy Bulletin Board posts.  It was through this group that I got to know Cathie.  She, like me, loved to read romance stories, loved cats and even have Masters in Library Science.  Not only did I find out she read the same romance novels that I did, but wrote some of them as well.   

was fortunate to interact with Cathie in person during a group “meet up” in Chicago over 15 years ago. Something that is common now, but not as common back then. It was during this trip that Cathie encouraged me to be a writer and editor. No matter what I write or edit, I always remembered the advise she gave me back then.  Basically, Cathie said that the key to writing or editing is to put your heart and soul into it and to not be afraid to make a mistake.

Cathie has always encouraged and supported me both personally and professionally.  My first published article in the Romantic Times, now RT, Magazine was a direct result of her sponsorship and encouragement  When I established this blog, Cathie was the first author that offered to be interviewed to help promote my blog and her latest book release under the name of Cat Devon.  

I found out recently that Cathie was gravely ill from her dear friend and fellow author, Susan Phillips. However, I did not know that she was so ill that it would lead to her death. I am very, very sad that my friend Cathie is gone and on top of that, I was not given a opportunity to give her a proper goodbye.  Therefore, this is my way of saying a proper goodbye to her.

Farewell my dear friend, I love you very much and I WILL miss you and our conversations!  Know that your memory will live on through me.

  

Cathie Linz’s last book, Tall Dark and Immortal, under the name of Cat Devon is up for preorder at Barnes and Noble and will be published in both Paperback and eBook formats on September 1, 2015!


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