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Virtual FantasyCon Coming in October!

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Virtual FantasyCon is a fun and interesting online event happening in October and best of all it’s free. The location is your computer. You can drop by any day during the event and check out the booths for that day. There will be authors, bloggers, editors, artists, and publishers to list just a few. There will be a Cosplay booth, Blog Hop Hunt booth, panel discussions, and a new booth this year an Author Cache Sale booth (This booth is new and is only for the participating authors on the day of each event. Books on sale for $1.99 or 0.99 can list these books in the comment section below for guests to find and buy.) It is put together by lovely people like Carol March, Raven Williams, Denise Garrou, and others who have worked behind the scenes to make this event happen.

It’s a place to catch up on your favorite author and discover new authors. There is epic fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, children’s fantasy, and YA fantasy to name just a few of the different types of authors that will have a booth during the event.

To find out more about the event check out the following social media links:

Check out these other tour participants!

One of the authors attending is Debbie Manber Kupfer, and she has shared a guest post as a preview to the upcoming events:

Ladybugs and Werecats

ladybugMy fascination with Shapeshifters started at a young age. When I was eight years old I turned into a ladybug. I imagined what it would be like to live inside such a tiny spotty frame, how it would feel to contract and to fly. I wrote the story and sent it off to the Puffin Post and a few months later was thrilled to find my name in the magazine with a mention for my ladybug story.

And so it began. Shifter stories have always held power for me. Maybe because it seems like the perfect escape, perfect way to hide and while it was fun to get inside the head of that ladybug, in truth that would not be such a useful form to choose. Too easy to get squished. No, if I were to choose a form it would have to be a cat – my favorite animal and one that is oh so versatile. A cat shifter can blend into the shadows.

In the P.A.W.S. universe there are three kinds of cat shifters (so far). Shapeshifters like Miri and her grandparents received their magic from charms of silver that were passed on through the generations. Animagi, like Danny and Lilith, choose cat forms for their versatility and adaptability, and sometimes their sharp teeth and claws. And then there are the werecats.

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The first werecat was Griddlebone. He was created by a Nazi scientist as a weapon, but cats don’t like to be controlled and Griddlebone escaped and joined forces with the resistance and a whole new community of werecats were born. We first meet Griddlebone in his origin story in Sins of the Past, but will delve deeper into his character and the community he created in Umbrae (P.A.W.S. 3). All being well this should be out in early 2017.

I hope you’ll all come along for the journey – and like Griddlebone is fond of saying remember to Never Underestimate a Cat!

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