Necronomicon 2016 Experience


Hello fellow readers! I wanted to get this up as quickly as possible, but since Halloween was yesterday I hope you will understand the delay. As you know, this was my first year attending Necronomicon, so I was excited to see what I was in for. While the crowd was less than I was expecting, it was a great weekend and I was happy to meet some interesting people during my time there. So, what are some of the highlights?

Signing The Birth of Death

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Me signing copies of Evorath

If you have already read “The Birth of Death” and followed me for some time now, you know that my second novel, “The Rise of Yezurkstal” is coming out soon. This weekend, I got meet a great many people who have never before encountered Evorath or had any idea of who I was. It was a pleasure to speak with everyone I met, and a greater pleasure to sign books for all of the new readers. I hope everyone who purchased a copy thoroughly enjoys reading and look forward to hearing any compliments or complaints.

Some Great Panels

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My First Necronomicon Panel

Since I was preoccupied for most of the weekend at my own table, I didn’t really get to attend panels during the convention. Despite this, I did participate in a couple of panel discussions. Both were on character perspective and (more or less) looking at how to maintain a consistent voice. I shared my own insights and also loved hearing some other authors talk about their methods and opinions on the subject. It was a great experience and I hope everyone who attended got something out of it.

Seeing All the Costumes

Apparently having Megacon set up shop at the Tampa Convention Center on this same weekend interfered a bit with the schedule. I understand that this is probably why there were fewer people and it also seems like there were fewer costumes. Still, many of those who dressed up went all out, so it was great to see all of them. I didn’t get everyone’s picture and it seems I somehow misplaced some pictures I took, but here are a few for you to check out.

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Ghostly brides

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A custom demon elf cosplay

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Fortunately he didn’t have a contract on me.

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I’d say she’s seen stranger things before…

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The force was strong with this one.

Drawing Winner

As I like doing at conventions like this, I held a drawing for a free copy of “The Birth of Death” as well as a t-shirt, koozie, and dog tag. Well, the winner for this drawing Tanja (or maybe Tanya) Diederich. Of course, Tanja did not come by the booth during the drawing and though others offered that they “could be Tanja” if it helped them claim the free stuff, I am still holding out for the winner. I sent an email on Halloween, so hopefully I will get a response to deliver your winnings. If you are reading this, make sure to contact me (

Everything Else

Of course, there were plenty of other great things at Necronomicon 2016. I know plenty of people were enjoying games through all hours of the weekend upstairs. The artist gallery had some beautiful images and the vendor area had some unique things to offer as well. Here are a few of those to consider.

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I escaped the demi-gorgon

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A fellow author with a beautiful table setup.

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I think it matches my heart…

Despite the smaller size, I am inclined to set up at Necronomicon next year as well. It was great to connect with some of the regulars there and interact with some many interesting people. Until next time, I hope everyone enjoys reading and look forward to more adventures in the future. I plan to get more active on the convention scene in 2017, so be prepared.

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Upcoming Event: Necronomicon 2016


While it has occurred to me that I should announce things like this sooner, I suppose it is better late than never. This weekend is a great opportunity to get your signed copy of “The Birth of Death,” you haven’t already. Why, because I will have a booth set up at this year’s Necronomicon in Tampa. In addition to selling/signing books in the vendor room, I will be holding a raffle for anyone who wants to win a 1st Edition signed copy along with some other Evorath goodies.

Of course, I won’t just be signing books in the vendor room. You will also find that I am participating in a couple of panels. You can find me on the schedule for a panel both Friday and Saturday, so if you plan on being their either day, make sure to come see me. I will talking mostly on perspective within stories, but I’ll leave the details of that participation as a sort of surprise.

Other Evorath News

After Necronomicon, I am unsure when the next convention will be. The rest of the year is pretty busy for me as I complete my final edits of the second book’s manuscript. I should be sending it out for professional edits come November and I am playing with the idea of participating in November writing month, even if just informally to kickstart the 3rd book. For now, I hope to see some of you at Necromonicon in Tampa. Even if already got a copy of the book, come by the booth and say “hi” or stop by the panels to hear me talk about the writing process. Regardless, I am looking forward to the weekend and hope everyone has a great time.

Keep on reading great fantasy books and I will see you soon!

Important Evorath News – More Posts Coming

Greetings and salutations loyal followers! I am so grateful for all the support I have received during the re-publishing of my first novel and want to take a moment before I begin to thank all my readers. I am especially grateful to everyone who has left positive reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, or any other book website they might have purchased the novel from. Your feedback matters and it can help bring new readers to the world, which is great. So, let me be clear right now. I will never be able to address my appreciation for all of you properly. In the meantime, keep on reading. With that said, I have some announcements to make.

The Rise of Yezurkstal

As many of you know, the next book in the series is scheduled and it is titled “The Rise of Yezurkstal.” Spoiler alert for those who didn’t finish the first one -they don’t kill him yet. Instead, this second book will take a much deeper look into his motivations and show just how diabolical he really is. Don’t worry, you will still get to revisit all of your favorites good guys from the first book and you may even enjoy some new faces. Yes, I have heard those who think Yezurkstal should see less screen time and not more, but that’s not what these books are about. I have a vision with these books and those who enjoy the stories and characters will just have to stand by. Maybe your favorite character still isn’t getting enough screen-time: be patient. Evorath is a world not so unlike our own. The characters you are learning about are important to the history and development of Evorath, so you can trust they have roles to play, even if they aren’t taking center stage yet.

Anyways, I would actually like to take time to talk about my vision, but that time is not now. Instead, I share this news: I have completed writing “The Rise of Yezurkstal.” Before I send it off to editors and to Free Dragon Press, I have to read back through everything and do the edits myself. From there, it needs to go through a couple rounds of editing and more. So, please remain patient while all that occurs. I should have a release date for the next book for you by late October/early November. Though I wanted a 2016 release, it likely won’t be until sometime in 2017. Of course, since many of you just got your hands on the 2nd edition release, that shouldn’t be too painful a wait.

Expect More Posts

With all this aside, I hope you all are ready for more posts. I will be attending Necronomicon in Tampa Bay at the end of the month and my goal is to get back on a regular posting schedule for this blog. I’ve been too distracted with other projects, but since Evorath is where my heart lies, I know I need to focus more of my mind here as well. So, get ready for more lore, more “how-to’s” and more general rambling by yours truly. I hope to see you all here soon. Until then, keep reading!


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Book Review: The Shadow Stalker Part 1


Recognizing the importance of book reviews to attracting new readers, I have decided to start better utilizing my blog space. Since I am already reading a variety of other books in the fantasy genre, why not review them. In this case, Secret Realms Reviews & Services is running a blog tour for a fellow author, Renee Scattergood. After downloading a free copy of her first book, I am here to tell you all about what I think. Please note, I have actually prepared review guidelines, but seeing as this is my first go at it, I am not sure I will stick to them 100%. Regardless, here are a couple of things to remember. First, I downloaded this for free from Amazon but have not received any compensation for this review. It is honest and unbiased (or at least as unbiased as any review can be. Humans are inherently biased, but I like to think I can be pretty level-headed). Second, the review is broken up into two parts. The first part has no spoilers, the second part may. In this case, I don’t think it will, but it may. Without further ado, please consider my review for The Shadow Stalkers Part 1, by Renee Scattergood. 

The Book Quality


Though there seems to be a myth out there that it is reserved to self-published authors, the truth is that the quality of books today are often lacking. When picking up any new book, I am always a bit nervous about what I am getting into. That nervousness flared up when I discovered that this book was written in first person. Generally, I don’t like first person stories. I like the 3rd person narrative better -it’s just a matter of taste. Despite that, I am glad to say that by the end of the first chapter I had not only gotten used to this perspective, but I very much enjoyed it. In fact, I think telling the story from the first person like this made it even better overall.

Moving past this initial concern, I am also happy to report that I didn’t find any blaring issues with the writing or editing. Everything was professionally written and edited and the story stuck together as a cohesive whole. One thing that I notice in authors today (sometimes myself as I write) is the tendency to try and switch perspective while writing. In this story, readers stick with the first person perspective throughout without any confusion of mischaracterization. Though I feel like I ought to say more, there really isn’t much else to say. As far as quality is concerned, this was on point.

The Story Quality

In my mind, a story is a definite win if it can suck you in within the first chapter. In this case, Scattergood does an extraordinary job of sucking you in the first few pages. The book starts out really strong, introducing the main character (Auren) and her adoptive father, Kudo. Through a quick dream sequence, readers are brought into Auren’s world and get a glimpse of what the future holds. This strong start is maintained in the first few chapters as this fantastic world unfolds around the reader. As you read more into the story, it becomes easy to get in the shoes of Auren and feel her disdain for the Galvadi Empire.

Of course, there is more to a story than just the world it takes place in and the perspective the character offers. In this first book, Scattergood continues to demonstrate a real knack for the craft by including all of those elements. The book has great pacing, likable characters, and a fair bit of adventure and suspense. Personally, I don’t count this as a negative, but I wasn’t overly surprised by anything within the story. Then again, I am pretty keen on spotting endings before they come, so you may well find yourself surprises with some of the events that unfold. Overall, I’d say that story is superb.

Overall Rating

Sometimes, I am hesitant to give a rating. In this case, I have no qualms declaring that this is a 5-star read. I found myself very interested in the characters, the plot, and the world that Renee introduces in The Shadow Stalkers. I am excited to get my hands on the next book and glad to be a part of this book tour. If you are looking for a fantasy read with some sci-fi/futuristic elements to it, you won’t find many options out there that can compare with this.

About the Author


Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy, and she’d dabbling with paranormal thrillers under a pen name.

She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.

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Join the 2nd Edition Launch

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In case you aren’t connected to me on Facebook, and also realizing that I have been neglecting this platform entirely too much, I wanted to make an important announcement regarding the release of the Enhanced Second Edition of The Birth of Death. As I indicated previously on the blog, I am now working in conjunction with Free Dragon Press, a small publisher that focuses on fantasy authors. With this new partnership, I am certain that I will be able to reach a wider audience and also confident that I will be able to deliver an even higher quality product. Ultimately, I want my stories to inspire and excite, and the team over at FDP can definitely help ensure they do just that.

Understanding this, I was happy to accept their advice to put off the launch of my second novel, The Rise of Yezurkstal. Instead, this Enhanced Second Edition features an added appendices, the world map right inside the book, and some great text fixes and flow adjustments. Yes, those who read the 1st Edition of The Birth of Death will find the same story, but with these edits I think you will find the story just reads better. Rest assured, the second story in the series is almost finished on my end, and once the team over at FDP does their first reading, I will be able to give you a set release date. The plan is to have it ready by this holiday season, so you can enjoy a great gift-giving opportunity in time for Christmas.

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A Grand Release Event

On August 23, 2016, make sure to login to your Facebook account and check out the Enhanced Edition. For this Enhanced release, I will be hosting a special event online. I’ll be live at various times throughout the day to offer some reveals and if attendance numbers hit certain milestones, I will also be announcing giveaways. Even when I am not live, I will be standing by to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to ask away. Once you purchased your new copy, make sure to share it online.

To sign up for the event, make sure to hop on over to Facebook now:

So, I’ll see you all next week for another exciting fantasy adventure.

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