#Comicpalooza 2016–#ComicCon Magic and #Fangirllife.

If you’re fIMG_3469ollowing me on FB, Twitter, or IG, you already know I had a blast at The Texas International Comic Con: Comicpalooza in Houston, TX, this year. In fact, whenever I’m in a bad mood, I think about it and smile. So, not only was it fun, it has become therapeutic. I just love comic conventions. I feel “at home”.

As you can see, my Sleepy Willow cover model, Jaies Baptiste, and I met Charlie Hunnam. As a huge “Sons of Anarchy” fan, Jax Teller was my boo thang. I’ve enjoyed Charlie’s other works too: The Ledge, Crimson Peak, Queer as Folk, and though Pacific Rim wasn’t my favorite, he was fantastic in it. He’s not only easy on the eyes, but a great actor. I can’t wait to see King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. I may be an old woman, but I’m still one of those people that freaks out when I meet a celeb I’ve admired already. That smile he gave us as we approached was everything. I’ll leave it at that.

And, there I go smiling again.

*Stop it, Dicey.*

But really, my face in the pic says it all, doesn’t it?

Okay…moving on.

I’ve also 13501886_1148607445161531_2838678588925697508_nhad a crush on Steve Lund ever since I started watching “Bitten” years ago. That damn Nick Sorrentino…Lord have mercy. So…

*pausing to get my heehaw on*

Okay, I’m back. What I was going to say was that Steve, the actor playing Nick, was great in the role because he reminds me very much of the character Nick–funny and hot af. Greyston Holt, who plays Clay, was also a gorgeous, kindhearted fellow. *Shit. I can’t stop smiling now.* If you know anything about the show, you know they play werewolves. And since I write vampires and had some cosplayers, I thought–“This is going to be a great photo shoot.” It was.

This was our vampire/werewolf collaboration. Magic.

If you like what you see of them in those photos, do yourself a favor and watch this fanmade video with clips of them from the show. Bitten may have been cancelled after three seasons, but my memories will last a lifetime. *wipes brow*

Okay, okay.13466192_1148336331855309_443955975263859124_n I’ll share just one more photo from that shoot, because we ended up taking a few. The photographer was awesome like that. In fact, their whole team was awesome. I’d just like to throw it out there that it did not go unnoticed how kind their handlers were to us. That went a loooong way in making it a beautiful experience. If you ever read this–Thanks, guys.

Btw, Charlie’s crew was great too. Grade A.

<<<<<I can explain the look on my face in this pic. Um…Steve was growling in my ear and it sent shivers throughout my whole body. Okay? That’s my embarrassing disclosure of the day.

Let’s see. What else?

Oh, yes.

Kevin Grevioux was freaking awesome. I chatted with him once when he was in the aisle near my booth.IMG_3820 I didn’t mind looking like a fool to bask in his glow. I just introduced myself, and said how much I admired his work. This is THE “Underworld” and “I, Frankenstein” writer and actor, in case you didn’t know. Put some #respeck on it. The next day, hubby and I ran into him again and had a chitchat about HBCUs. It was refreshing to see Kevin discuss it so passionately as an alum from Howard University. I didn’t get a pic with him. He did show love by retweeting me though. Works for me.

And that voice of his… I’ve never heard anything so deep. It’s EXACTLY like how I described my character Punch’s voice, fyi.

C. Robert Cargill… We were on the Discussing Dystopias: From Book to Film panel together. Cool guy. Really wish we could have talked a bit more, since between you and me, I’m currently in the process of making the book to film transition. Ha. Don’t tell anyone. Okay? Anywho, Cargill wrote “Sinister I”, “Sinister II”, and you guessed it–the upcoming film, “Doctor Strange”.

13466068_1148336705188605_8126900875368365057_n13497771_1148753458480263_6215743350971563380_oI was on four panels this time. The other three were: Multiculturalism in Sci-Fi/Fantasy (personal fave), Want to See Something Really Scary?, and The Changing Image of the Vampire. Lovely co-panelists. Engaging audiences. Lively discussions. I probably talked too much in some panels, and not enough in others, but oh, well. I had a blast. 😀

I’d like to leave you with a part of the Comicpalooza 2016 experience that was unique to ME. A fan, Melisa, one S, stopped by with her friends. She’d said seeing me at the con, after reading my books, was the highlight of the event for her. She’d bought my books last year and had returned for more. Can you imagine how that made me feel??? Can you? All those talented, highly accomplished artists and celebs at the con, and Melisa had come to see me. This gave me the biggest smile ever. Every time a fan tells me something like that–MAGIC happens on the inside of my chest, and I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

After she explained how much she’d enjoyed reading my books, I asked if I could record her. I just uploaded the video to Youtube. I can’t wait to see her again next year. I’ll have a new book by then. *mwah*

For more pictures from my Comicpalooza photo album click here. If you took pics with or of us, feel free to add them to 13533150_1152433351445607_2166042867591865530_nthe album or tag me in a post.

**I’m grateful to all my models that helped out at my booth and all my friends that stopped by to say hello and buy books!**

Dicey out.

 

I had a great time at #SpaceCityComicCon…

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Dicey with Wolfsbane, comic book coming in August 2016, created by Jon Guerra.

…but it wasn’t because I sold a lot of books. I didn’t. I’m even beginning to wonder if people read books anymore.

And it wasn’t because I met Tommy Flanagan, though I was really excited about that. In fact, when I first learned the cast members of Sons of Anarchy were going to be at Space City Comic Con, I shouted to my hubby, “OMG! I want to meet Tommy Flanagan!”

Hubby supported this. He and only a few others knew that Tommy had inspired an upcoming character that I haven’t announced yet…because the book isn’t finished. It’s plotted, but there are two other projects in front of it, so I didn’t see the need to tell you all, “The actor that played Chibs on SoA inspired So-n-So Character.”IMG_4535 bmv

Just know that Tommy was great in person. Great haircut (y’all know I have a hair fetish). Great accent (like Sam Hueghan’s Scottish burr on Outlander). Great sunglasses. Great hug. 😀 He allowed me to grip his shoulders and embrace him…probably a minute too long, and gosh darnit, I don’t have a pic to prove it went down. I have witnesses though (my cover model, Jaies, and hubby, Danny), and memories. “Thank you, darling,” has never sounded sexier.

But meeting the celeb I most wanted to meet at this particular comic con didn’t make it a great experience either. Not by itself anyway.

What made it great?

Meeting so many awesome people. Not one, many.

Not just any ol’ people, though. I mean people as obsessed with comic, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror characters, as I am.

No, really. That’s it.

One guy came up to me, his cheeks slightly flushed, and said, “I have to tell somebody. I’m just so excited.”

I’d been walking from around the back of the booth to the front so I could pass out flyers, when he’d started talking. He looked so excited, that I stopped out of curiosity. “What? What happened?”

He pulled a photo out of a plastic baggie and handed it to me. “I just met Ron Perlman, and it was fucking awesome.”

I looked at the autographed photo of him and Ron and grinned really big. Now, I understood why he was so excited. I was excited for him. “Was he everything you’d hoped for?”

The guy nodded. “Yes. He was fucking awesome.” Turns out, Ron was this guy’s favorite actor. He’d saved up money for the photo and autograph, and he was ready to cross the experience off his bucket list. He had no regrets about the four hours he spent waiting in line, and none about the money he’d spent. Meeting the actor that had meant so much to him had been worth it all. Gotta love that.

For the next thirty 13321894_1133133706708905_6879335680203122373_nminutes, I chatted with this stranger about Ron “Fucking Awesome” Perlman, Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy, Hand of God (Ron stars on this Amazon original show), Penny Dreadful (Billie Piper, who plays Lily, was there), Game of Thrones (Julian Glover, who plays Grand Maester Pycelle, was there), The Walking Dead… We were fans of the same shows. We loved some of the same characters and as a byproduct, some of the same actors. We talked so long about so much that I’m not even sure how the conversation ended. My point is–it was a good conversation. He may not have bought my book, but his enthusiasm for some of the same things I love was more than enough for me to not feel like my time was wasted.

If you aren’t passionate about these shows, you wouldn’t understand. But if you are, you know why he was so excited, and why I was so happy for him. It was a wonderful moment for him, and he got to share it with someone else who “got it”.

So, no. I’m not trying to blow smoke up your ass. I’m not trying to make myself feel better about not selling a lot of books. I really enjoyed hanging out with people as passionate about my favorite books, shows, movies, games, and comics as I am. At comic cons, I get to be as “weird” as I want to be…and fit right in. That’s a good feeling.

Can’t wait for the next one in two weeks. Hope toIMG_3334 see you there so we can geek out together.

*We took a ton of photos and plastered them all over our social media pages. These are just a few of us.

*Yes, I’ve heard about the behind-the-scenes drama. Looks like TMZ picked up the story today. I like this story of Tommy Flanagan and Alan Ritchson’s heroism better.

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Dicey Updates: Comic Cons, New Covers, New Audiobook, New Poster.

Update #1: If you’re in the Houston area, stop by Space City Comic Con May 27-29th (this Friday through Sunday) and geek out with me at booth AA-258. This will be my first 2016 4 x 6 flyerappearance at this con, hopefully, not the last. I’m looking forward to taking lots of photos, hanging out with old and new fans, discussing my favorite shows, movies, games, and books, and debuting my new comic posters. Angel Comics artist, Rod Thornton, did a fabulous job bringing some of my characters from THE NARCOLEPTIC VAMPIRE SERIES to “life”. You can see his artwork on my new flyer to the left.

Space City Comic Con will also be an opportunity to meet some of the actors from one of my favorite shows: Sons of Anarchy. I talked about how much I loved it back in 2012 here. As you can see, I survived the show ending in 2014, though it was hard to let go. *sniff* I’m planning to take the SoA poster off my wall and get the cast to autograph it. That should lift my spirits. *fingers crossed*

Update #2: I’ll also be at Comicpalooza for the 4th year straight, June 17-19th. I reaaally enjoy my time there every year. I’ll be in good company with Norman Reedus, Kate Beckinsale, Carl Weathers, and other favorite stars. *Reminding myself to take the 10 Sherrilyn Kenyon books off my shelf to see if she’ll sign them when I see her.* I’ll provide my booth assignment and panel info later. Just know, I will be on 4 panels this year, moderating 2.2015-203 HANDOVER Ebook

Update #3: My first novel SHAMEFUL (taboo) has been converted to my first audiobook, and has already received 2 reviews. Give it a listen and leave yours. It’s available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.

This is probably a good time to mention that SHAMEFUL has a new book cover as well. ‘Cause when you know better, you do better.

Hope you like it. 😉

Okay…what’s next?

Update #4: I have a new book cover for SLEEPY WILLOW’S BONDED SOUL (The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Vol. 1).

SleepyWillow'sBondedSoul.EbookYes, the book that started all my gory, sexy creatures-of-the-night drama needed an update as well. So here’s the 5th and hopefully, FINAL cover for this book.

Ahhhh yeaahhh. My cover model, Jaies Baptiste; photographer, Tim Rogers; and designer Najla Qamber hooked that ish up. Contact them for bookings. They are each good, fun, professional people to work with.

Are you tired of my updates yet?

No?

How ’bout one more?SleepyWillow'sRedeemedSoul.Ebook.Amazon

 

Update #5: Here’s the cover for SLEEPY WILLOW’S REDEEMED SOUL (The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Vol. 4).

When I first posted it on my FB page, I got a private message from someone cussing me out about the book not being ready yet. *pouty lip* I’m so sorry. I’m trying. I only want to give you my best, and I don’t have my best ready yet. The whole novel is not ready for release yet BUUUUTTTTTT I plan to reveal a teaser for the book within the next few days. Can we call that a compromise? Thanks for your patience and support, beauties. And thanks for following my blog and keeping up with my updates. Love you.

Dicey’s Must-See TV List.

Okay, my birthday and anniversary have come and gone. Thanks for the well wishes. Thanks for downloading my books. Now, it’s time to move on to REALLY important stuff. The kind of stuff that has me staying up all night to watch back-to-back episodes. And screaming on the phone with friends because a favorite character did Lord knows what, or even worse, DIED :(. After so many rigged contests and poorly scripted “reality” shows, it’s good to have something worth turning the tube on for. This (drum roll please) is Dicey’s spoiler-free MUST-SEE TV list.

Oh, my gosh. Where to start…? I’d like to be able to tell you they are in no particular order, but they kind of are. That being said, the 1st 6 are tied at #1 because my life would be incomplete without any one of them.

1. Sons of Anarchy (FX, 5th Season, Tues. 10 ET/PT) *takes a breath* I LOVE some of the characters. I HATE some of the characters. Whenever a show pulls on my emotions the way this one does? That’s good writing right there. At a glance, this did not look like something I’d be interested in. I saw a white biker gang and thought WTF? Ha! Watching Charlie Hunnam play Jax was a major reason I got through the first 8 episodes. Then something happened and I realized I wasn’t just watching him anymore. I cared about what happened with SAMCRO (the club) and Charming (the town) and…this show had me hooked in a major way. It is about a family (and that includes the motorcycle club) doing what they can to survive. They run guns, drugs, prostitutes, porn… whatever. The streets are hard. The journey is rough. They get their hussle on. Some don’t make it, but the family finds a way to get by. *sniff* Sorry. I’m still reeling from the last two episodes. We lost one of our own. They are not playing around this season.

2. The Walking Dead (AMC, 3rd Season, Sun. 9/8 C) I’m about to jump out of my skin with excitement as I type this. This show is off the chain! It caught me by surprise. The first season’s only 6 episodes. I thought, “Well, I’ll give it a shot.” Boy, am I glad I did. Hubby and I stayed up until 4:30 AM to watch them. Season 2 was even better. You know how in 28 Days Later (2002) Cillian Murphy’s character wakes up in a hospital and finds that the world has gone to hell in a handbasket? Well, that’s what happens here. The zombie virus has spread like a wildfire, and anyone left alive has to fight for survival. They have to kill or be killed. It’s VIOLENT. It’s BLOODY. Horrific things happen. The zombie makeup/costumes are stellar. The writing is gripping. You will fall in love with the characters and wonder which one would you be more like if you were in their situation. Both seasons are on Netflix instant. Start watching now so you can be ready for the season 3 premiere on Oct. 14th. I can not wait!

3. Spartacus (Starz, Season 3 premieres Jan. 2013) The seasons are broken up like this: Spartacus, season 1 (Blood and Sand), Spartacus, 6-episode prequel (Gods of the Arena), and Spartacus season 2 (Vengeance). Wow. Just W-O-W. This show is an unapologetic chronicle of Spartacus’s life as a Gladiator in the arena and how he goes on to lead the slave revolt against the Roman Republic. If you don’t mind full frontal nudity, graphic violence, excessive blood, and explicit sex scenes, you need to watch this show immediately. EPIC TV. Think Gladiator (2000) and 300 (2006) rolled into one. Around episode 4 of season 2, I thought, “They can’t get any better than this. They have really outdone themselves.” You know what? Episode 5 and 6 and 7, 8, 9, and 10 were PHENOMENAL too. They kept the momentum up and gave me some of the best TV watching hours of my life. *taking a deep breath* I wish there were more than ten episodes per season, but I understand it must cost a LOT to put on a production of this magnitude.

Sadly, Andy Whitfield had to take a break after season 1 due to his health. The show tried to hold out for him to get better, hence the prequel, but things didn’t go the way we ALL hoped they would, and Andy later died of cancer. 😦 He OWNED the role of Spartacus. Recasting him with Liam McIntyre was a difficult thing to do, but no one was to blame for it. Getting used to him took much time and effort, but I’m grateful the show managed to go on. I prefer the old Naevia too. But as much as I miss the old actors (Andy will forever be missed), the writing on this show is so good, I was finally able to overlook the casting changes.

Talk about loving and hating some characters–OMG! This show has some of the best heroes and worst villains in history. And that’s probably true for real history. It comes back in January with Spartacus (War of the Damned). My tube will be on an hour before just to make sure I don’t miss a thing. The bad thing is that I’ve heard this will be the last season…and that makes me soooo sad.

P.S. I’d like to meet the show’s executive producer/creator Steven S. DeKnight one day. He HAS to be one heck of a person to have had this vision and pulled it off. I think he would love my narcoleptic vampire series.

4. Dexter (Showtime, 7th season, Sun. 9 ET/PT) Dexter is a serial killer who kills serial killers. GENIUS! He works in the Miami PD crime lab as a blood spatter expert and helps to solve murders. When he suspects someone is a serial killer, they better hope his sister, Debra, who is a detective on the force, finds the perp first. Dexter doesn’t play. He does not break character. He will kill yo’ ass. Friends, family…it doesn’t matter. He does his best to follow a code his adoptive father taught him when he anticipated Dexter may have a dark passenger, but sometimes the darkness in Dexter wins. It’s bloody. It’s violent. The sex scenes are terrible. The casting is perfect! The writing is excellent, as in edge-of-your-seat-what-will-happen-next? excellent. Some seasons are better than others, but I highly recommend them all. The current season came in with a mother-freaking bang last week. I will be glued to my tube this coming Sunday as well.

5. The Vampire Diaries (CW, 4th Season, Thurs. 8/7 C) This is HOT TV. It has the most beautiful cast I’ve ever seen. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone that doesn’t look like a runway model here. But the acting is good too. The writing is AMAZING. After you get past the first…oh, 6 episodes of the first season, you will be in for a wild, exciting ride. Ian Somerhalder as Damon is an AWESOME reason to watch this show. Sure, he’s gorgeous, but his character is compelling. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love this bad boy…though Klaus sure gave him a run for his money. This show is unpredictable. I LOVE that. If you are not one of the 3 on the poster for the show, there is no guarantee you will make it out of the current episode…but you may be back in some form later. There is a spicy love triangle between Elena, who is a doppelganger for the vampire that turned her love interests, two brothers who are vampires (Stefan and Damon).  There are other subplots and villains that keep it interesting too. This is the only show on my list that is not TV-MA. That says a lot because I don’t hardly watch shows that center around high school or teenagers. I learned my lesson from Twilight. But I can guarantee this: on October 11th, my tube will be on FIRE when the 4th season of this show premieres.

Side note: I can’t believe Alan Ball, HBO, or whoever is responsible for what’s been going on with True Blood, allowed The Vampire Diaries to supersede it by leaps and bounds, but they did.

6. Game of Thrones (HBO, 3rd Season, March 31st 2013) The first few episodes were slow and boring to me. Then I realized they were full of information. This is a game and you have to learn who the players are. There are 7 noble families who all want one mythical land: Westeros. Once I learned who they were and started to love them, they started dying. WHAT? Yes. Some of my favorites. And I realized that was the appeal of the show. It’s unpredictable. I have NO idea what’s going to happen to them. They are playing a game for power, and sometimes they lose. Everyone wants the throne. Everyone shouldn’t have it. Boy, do I HATE some of these characters. Sometimes the bad guys get what they have coming to them. Sometimes they don’t. No matter what, we get to see what people will do for power. It’s a scary thing. The supernatural element infused in the story is another reason to watch. I’ve been torn between wanting to read the books before season 3 premieres or just watching the story unfold before my eyes. I’m still deciding. This is another raw, violent one set in medieval times.

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I have to end commentary on my list for now because I have some other work I have to do. Not to fear. I’ll do a part II and give you my thoughts on the rest of my Must-See TV list. I’m going to talk about the following shows:

Justified-love.

Californication-love.

Shameless-love.

Burn Notice-loved earlier seasons. Liked the last one a lot.

Being Human-loved season 1. Liked season 2. Hopeful for season 3.

Lost Girl-loved season 1. Liked season 2. Hopeful for season 3.

True Blood-loved seasons 1 and 2. It fell waaaay off. Seasons 3 and 4 were slightly disappointing. Season 5 was a waste of time. Still holding onto hope for season 6.

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These are honorable mentions that probably SHOULD be on my list but aren’t because I haven’t seen them yet or I’m not up-to-date. They come highly recommended, so they are in my queue. I’ll let you know what I think once I get to them.

Breaking Bad

American Horror Story

Grimm

Hell on Wheels

Supernatural-I watched several of the earlier seasons, but haven’t watched the last few. I need to catch up. I have mad respect for a show that’s been around this long. And the brothers are gorgeous.

Suits-only watched season 1. Liked it a lot. The legal stuff isn’t accurate many times (the way they handled that patent case was laughable), but it’s still entertaining. Given the premise of the show, the legal accuracy doesn’t matter much anyway. Once I watch season 2, I’ll give my thoughts.

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What are your thoughts on my list?

Have another show you think should be included? You see my tastes. If you think it fits, let me know!