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Manly Wade Wellman award eligibility

Every year, the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation lists all the science fiction and fantasy novels North Carolina authors published in the prior year for consideration for the Manly Wade Wellman award. My debut novel, The Last of the Ageless, is eligible this year.

Cover for The Last of the AgelessBuying all 115 books would destroy anyone’s budget, so let me help you out! If you’re a registered member of one of the NC scifi cons listed below, I’ll send you a free review copy of The Last of the Ageless. After all, you can’t vote for something you haven’t read!

Get a sneak peek of the beginning right now:

Preview 3 Chapters Now

Don’t forget to send me an email or contact me on social media for your FREE review copy if you’re a voting member. Of course you’re under no obligation to vote for mine by doing so.

After the end of the world, every survivor must choose who to become: Victim? Or villain…

Where to find the list of nominated works

Nominations will be open until May. Final voting is in June with ConCarolinas. The award will be presented at ConGregate in July. Note that you don’t have to attend or be a member of ConCarolinas or ConGregate to vote!

View the List

How to vote

illogicon_iconFirst you need to be (or have been) registered to attend any one of these cons:

  • illogiCon 2015
  • ConCarolinas 2015
  • ConGregate 2015
  • illogiCon 2016
  • StellarCon 2016
  • ConCarolinas 2016
  • ConGregate 2016

Then you’ll need to register to vote and you’ll receive a link via email.

Choose your favorite from those you’ve read!

Register to Vote

2016 Writing Plans

Traci Loudin and Angie Westfall, librarian at BUHS2015 was a good year. At long last, I published my post-apocalyptic science fiction book! (As well as 4 short stories.) I also completed the first draft of a brand new epic fantasy adventure, not set in the Ageless universe. And along the way, I learned a lot, like what it takes to format both an ebook and a print book.

Read on to see what I accomplished in 2015 and what I plan to accomplish in 2016!
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Guest Blog: Worldbuilding (A Virtual FantasyCon Post)

Today a special guest will be taking over my blog to talk about worldbuilding. Her name is Megan Manzano, and she’s a contributing blogger for Virtual FantasyCon, which runs from November 1 – 8. I also guest posted on her blog on the topic of superheroes and mutants—check it out.

Virtual FantasyCon Scifi SundayI’ll be a participating author on Nov. 1, during the Scifi Sunday Facebook event. Follow the link to learn more—there will be prizes from authors like me, scavenger hunts, and even a costume contest. Get out your selfie sticks!

Before I let you get to Megan’s fantastic writing, I also wanted to mention that I’ll be hanging out at the Geek Gala tonight in Charlotte, NC. Costumes aren’t required, but the theme this year is the Monster Mash. The Gala goes from 6 to midnight, so if you have your Halloween costume ready, come on out!

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