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The What-if Loop

Librarian Seeking …

‘Dear Hiring Manager’… it’s how most of my cover letters start.

I (Heather) did my morning job search again.  For those who don’t know, I’m a librarian.  It’s what helps me get to the nitty-gritty of history and culture that Chris and I write about.  I do love delving into research.  It doesn’t always matter what it’s about most of the time.  I can say without reserve that I’m a great researcher.  I love the challenge of it.  I love helping other people with it.
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Free Giveaway Winners and Upcoming Events

Selling books to a Dalek

Selling books to a Dalek

This Week So Far…

… has been difficult thus far, as anyone who has read our previous blog post can attest, but life must go on. In that spirit, I (Christopher) would like to announce the winners of two recent free giveaways. As I mentioned before, we are still going to award books to winners from the Comicpalooza giveaway… it just took us several weeks to announce the winners. Now, with Space City Con, our delay has been a few days, but that is due to our recent tragedy. In addition, I would like to advise our readers of our remaining 2013 appearances, as well as our budding 2014 calendar.
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2013 Space City Con, Free Giveaways, and Other News

2013 Space City Con

New booth lighting at the 2013 Space City Con in Houston, Texas

Welcome Newcomers and All of Our Readers!

For those who recently discovered us at Space City Con, welcome! Sorry for the late post, but as a border-line introvert, it sometimes takes me days to recover from such an extroverted event. Now that my mind is at peace, I can give you, our readers, a reflection of the weekend, a look ahead of events to come, and give our readers, new and old, a chance to win some things… books and… wait… now I remember, a Kindle Fire. Want more information? Well, dive in!
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A New Year, New Events… and a New Book

What… no picture? Shhh…. that comes later. For now, you will have to contend with text… boring text. Hey, there needs to be some motivation for you to click the More button… right? So, why should you read this boring text and THEN click More? Well, I (author Christopher Dunbar) will tell you… new cover art for Curse of Venus: Morrigan’s Brood Book IV by the lovely and talented Khanada Taylor, that’s why!

Oh, and some news about new events, a new year, and… you guessed it… a new book. OK, now click More and read More. [Unless of course you went directly to this post and didn’t navigate from the main page.]
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Interviews and More Interviews

Authors Heather and Christopher

Heather and I (Christopher) have been interviewed again, and I thought I should provide links so all of our wonderful fans don’t have to go hunting for them. We have also been working on our 2013 calendar of appearances.

Salado Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Just a few weekends ago we attended the Salado Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Salado, Texas. What a time we had… As we were unpacking our truck to set up our tent at the fair grounds, Heather and I noticed that our tent frame had broken in transit, and without parts it was irreparable. With no tent frame, we rushed to the Walmart in Belton and then the Academy in Temple, before we found a tent we thought would work. After driving all the way back to Salado, we soon realized that this tent would never hold up to any sort of rain or wind (the roof came in layers, you see, with big openings where one layer overlayed another). This would not do… so we rushed back to Temple’s Academy and exchanged the tent. This one also, we found out, was not rated for wind or rain (you don’t learn these things unless you open the box and look at the directions inside… neither the website nor the box mentioned these important facts.) So, we used the roof and sides from the other tent (the broken one).

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Winners and New Appearances

We have winners, events coming up, interviews, and more.

And the winners are…

Well, we have been busy, but we finally did our drawing… combining winners from the last four events we have attended, so we have four winners. They are:

  • April Boyle
  • Deseray King
  • Sonya Sackett
  • Jaimee Mayes

We will be contacting these winners soon to get shipping information. Congratulations!

We also still have the free giveaway and free eBook on Goodreads.

Other Stuff

Go to our website to find out about our 2013 schedule. Also, we will make another post when Paranormal Haven publishes our character interviews… asking them about what they did as mortals around the time that we today celebrate Halloween.

Well, it is bed time, so I (Christopher) shall end this with a big THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US STARVING AUTHORS!!!


2013 Event Calendar Published and Other News

New button sample for TriscellePublishing.com

New button sample for TriscellePublishing.com

Where to Start? 2012 Appearances

I (Christopher) have been running ragged trying to book events for next year, of course as some of you in the biz know, some places won’t start accepting applications (or send you invitations) until 3 to 3 months out. However, one venue is way on the ball… Comicpalooza, and they are in late May… yet at this moment, vendor applications are available on-line. Wow… So, to finish off this year’s appearances, we have the Magick Cauldron this weekend, followed by Sherwood Forest Celtic Music Festival and HPPD in September and the Salado Scottish Festival in November. Heather and I are both working to add some smaller venues somewhere in that time-frame, so keep checking your calendar. Some of you recall that we had previously listed the Austin Celtic Festival, but because of their small size and that most of their prior years’ vendors came back, they had no room for us; maybe next year. For dates and links, visit our events page on our website.
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New Website Content, Events, and Free Giveaway

Test button for Triscellepublishing.com
Button example for Triscelle Publishing.com Test Button for Triscelle Publishing.com
New button sample for TriscellePublishing.com Test button for Triscellepublishing.com

I (Christopher) have been giving the http://www.triscellepublishing.com website a bit of a content upgrade, in addition adding buttons for certain links, instead of text-based hyperlinks. I will go into more depth as to what website changes I have been making, I will show you where you can find out where we will be for our next book signings, and I will remind everyone of the free giveaway of our book of your choice through Goodreads. Click below for more:
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Free Giveaway Winners, Events, and other News

Author Christopher Dunbar in a kilt

Author Christopher Dunbar in a kiltAh… time to breathe. We have had so much going on in the last few months that I (Christopher) have fallen behind on actual work… writing, and whatnot. Well, it looks like we are between events, so I should be able to catch a bit of a break. Today, I will belatedly be releasing the winners of the free giveaway we held for Comicpalooza (at the end of May), and I will be reminding everyone of our other free giveaway through Goodreads.  Also, here is a picture of me in a kilt.  This is the ancient hunting MacIntyre tartan worn as a great kilt [also called Breacan an Fhéilidh (belted plaid) or Féileadh Mòr (great plaid)].  The doublet is a Pendragon, the feather is a pheasant tail feather, the I made the sporran.  You can often find me kilt clad at these events, though the last few indoor events I was bereft of a kilt.  I shall have to make up for it in the future.

We have some exciting prospects coming up towards the second half of this year, though as in previous years, there seems to be fewer events we attend in Q3 and Q4 than we attend in Q1 and Q2. Still, plenty of events for you to come out and see us or listen to us read aloud. Let’s see… there is Space City Con, the Salado Scottish Festival and Highland Games, and even the Sherwood Forest Celtic Music Festival, among others. That’s another observation of our events… most of the events in Q3 and Q4 are outdoor venues, whereas most events we attended in Q1 and Q2 were indoor events. Strange.
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Comicpalooza and Two Free Giveaways

Lots of stuff going on (when is there not? They are called “weekdays”), so I thought I would take a break from the madness that is the night before Comicpalooza setup (for us artists / authors / dealers) to catch my breath and catch all of you up on the goings on. So, as you have no doubt gathered, we have Comicpalooza going on… more on that later. Also, we not only have one, but two, free giveaways! More on that later as well. We have also released an updated Kindle version of Morrigan’s Brood: Morrigan’s Brood Book I, which coincides with the re-release of the print book through Triscelle Publishing’s new printer and distributor, Lightning Source. Anyway, to the news:
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Up and Coming, and Recent, Stuff for Morrigan’s Brood

Morrigan's Brood Series Chapter Book Cover

Oh no… not another one of those “Where have we been lately” kinds of posts. *sigh* Why can’t we just write stuff in this blog that other people want to read… like, you know… politics, religion, and football? Oh geez… Before going to Scotland for our honeymoon, my wife and I listened intently to a warning from a world-travel, which we heeded… When in a pub in Scotland (or anywhere for that matter), NEVER TALK ABOUT POLITICS, RELIGION, or FOOTBALL, or else we may be beaten to a pulp. Well, even though we aren’t at a pub in Scotland (oh, how I wish we were at this moment… or Ireland, for that matter), I suppose we have just chosen to keep out of those kinds of discussions on this blog. But hey, find us on Facebook, and we may have an opinion or two if you are really interested in hearing it, and we may listen (read) to your opinion with equal attention. Even thought I (Christopher) won’t be posting about those three taboo subjects, here are tidbits of stuff from previous and future events.
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Congrats to Our Giveaway Winners and the usual ‘haps

At long last, we’re finally announcing the winners of our latest giveway.

Congrats to –

Veronica Whiteacre

Gabby Marshall

and

Sam Carson!!!!

Yayyyy!!!!  *Does the flail-y Kermit-the-Frog dance.

Let’s see what’s been going on with us?  We’ve been dealing with a somewhat temperamental truck (I don’t feel like blowing AC on you!  Ha!  Now I’ll throw my brake pads and rotors!), finishing up the first draft of book six otherwise known as Morrigan’s Brood: Odin’s Chosen, various crazy work occurrences, and preparing for the latest event (Houston Indie Book Fest).  Honestly, I spent so much time at Professional Auto Care (where I used to work), they joked that the truck had decided to live there and that I may as well come back to work there.

The katkids have spent their days snoozing and lazing about.  Well, except for the Clydemonster who likes to race around the house and pounce on unsuspecting elderkittehs.

We’re both working fulltime and I’m wishing for quiet time now.  Sometimes it’s very hard to get the necessary quiet time that introverts seem to need, or at least I do.  I don’t quite get why the quiet time has become so important to me, but I need to hide away for a few minutes every day and not hear screaming kids or the demands of patrons or cats.

I’m also hoping that the summer won’t be too miserable.  I’m so very not heat tolerant.  After the highland games in San Antonio, I spent monday recovering from ‘the hot’.  Oh well…  I hope everyone here is doing great.  If you’re interested in some beautiful crafts check out Einini Glassworks.   I also need to post information about a wonderous Irish storyteller we met at the games named Jane.  Jane is reading bits and pieces of our book series and makes these fabulous dolls.

We’ll be sure to post more as hearing her talk about the Tuaths and Morrigan’s creation of the Deargh Du sent chills down our spines.  😀

Anyways, time to look busy at work again ;).   Love you guys…


Welcome Inductees to the Morrigan’s Brood Series

I (Christopher) would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to all of you who visited our booth at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, Texas this weekend! Both Heather and I enjoyed speaking with all of you! NTIF has been our best event thus far, and we look forward to attending next year. For those new to we authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series, and those who have been following us for a while, I thought I would update you folks on a few things:
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Morrigan’s Brood Re-Release Now in eBook Format

Morrigan's Brood: Morrigan's Brood Book I
Morrigan's Brood: Morrigan's Brood Book I

New Cover

Morrigan’s Brood: Morrigan’s Brood Book I Soon to be Released on Nook and Kindle

I (Christopher) must really like this graphic, because I have used it for the last three posts. Well, as we prepare ourselves to depart 2011 (those who have not already begun the new year… lucky), I realized there was one goal for 2011 that I had not yet accomplished. As you may recall, we recently re-released Morrigan’s Brood: Morrigan’s Brood Book I in print, but I had forgotten to do eBook versions. Well, today, this last day of 2011, I completed that goal. I just submitted Morrigan’s Brood r2 for Kindle and Nook platforms, although it may take up to two days for the eBooks to be on-sale. Still, I can brush my hands of this book stuff for a while… Who am I kidding… I have a novella to read, a re-release of Crone of War: Morrigan’s Brood Book II to revisit, and then I need to get Curse of Venus: Morrigan’s Brood Book IV ready for release. Uhhhh… no rest for the weary or the wicked.

Have a Happy New Year!
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New Interview, New Edition, and New Events! It’s New, New, New, News!

Morrigan's Brood: Morrigan's Brood Book I

New Cover

Greetings friends, fans, followers, and friendly frequenters! I knew you were dying to hear new news from your friendly neighborhood authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series. Well, we have been busy (my [Christopher] excuse for the vast stretch of time and space between now and when I wrote my last post), and I wanted to share three tidbits of news with you. In summary, re-release, interview, and events. That’s the news… thank you for reading!
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Upcoming Events

Well, we have lots of events planned for next year, and a few more this year. I (Christopher) have been adding this calendar to previous posts, but tonight, I would like to feature our event schedule. Mind you, this is not a complete list, and those that don’t say “confirmed” are just that, but we will make every effort to attend the events listed. In addition, we are always looking for more events to attend, so we hope to be adding to this list.

Anyway, look below for our tentative 2011 to 2012 list of events for we authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series:
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Free Giveaway Winners and More

Free Giveaway 1, in honor of HPPD

We have winners! Heather and I tonight drew three lucky winners who will receive one signed book from our series, but each winner gets to choose which book she or he wins, whether it is Morrigan’s Brood, Crone of War, or Dark Alliance. As before, we will gladly cover the shipping for the prizes. Now, can anyone guess as to the identities of the winners? No? Alright… I shall write them. The winners of our free giveaway in honor of HPPD are:
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Welcome New Fans!

What an event! Heather and I (Christopher) just returned from HPPD, and we had fun! Good music (for the most part), good dancing, and great people. If you met up with us at HPPD, give us a cheer. Also, if you took pictures of us, please tag or or send us copies to post. We love pictures of us, not that we are narcissists, or anything like that. Thank you for stopping by our tent.
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Houston Indie Book Festival, Contest, oh, and a Short Story

Welcome fans and friends, new and old! We just got back from the Houston Indie Book Festival, and boy are we tired. All day in the humid, sweltering heat became quite taxing. Still, we met many new friends, and we bumped into a few old friends there as well. If you visited us at the Houston Indie Book Festival, AggieCon42 (which we were at last weekend) or some other event, please feel free to say hi in the comments below. I (Christopher) have some pretty cool news to tell, so be prepared for some good reading.
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Events for the first half of 2011

Just like last year, we plan to be at several book and genre events this year. I don’t have a complete list of confirmed events, that is confirmations that we have been accepted as authors or vendors through Triscelle Publishing, but be looking for us at these events for the first half of 2011:
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Contest Winners, Book Signings, and other Stuff

Goodreads Contest Winners

As many of our blog readers know, we have had two contests on Goodreads for people to win free copies of Morrigan’s Brood and Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War. Well, the contest for Morrigan’s Brood is now over, and it is time to announce the winners! Out of 1,166 contest entrants, Goodreads randomly chose three (3) winners; these winners are:
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Two Book Signings Coming Up and Other News

Two Book Signings in Houston Coming Up

The authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series will be on hand during the Houston Pagan Pride Day festival for signings and for a reading. The event will take place Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 12 PM to 12 AM at Last Concert Cafe located at 1403 Nance, Houston Texas 77002. Details of the event can be found on the HPPD Facebook page. Their website is going through a transition and does not contain the latest information.

For details concerning our book signing at The Magick Cauldron Saturday, September 25, 2010, click here.
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We Have Winners!

Thank you everyone who entered our contest in honor of ApolloCon.  We have eight winners to announce.  The tickets were put in a bowl, mixed, and then the names were drawn.  The question is, who won?  Hmmm…. let me try to answer that question…
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Win Free Stuff in Honor of the Houston Highland Games!

In honor of the Houston Highland Games and Celtic Festival, Triscelle Publishing will be hosting another contest!  We will be giving away free copies of Morrigan’s Brood, in both print and electronic form, and if you win and you already have Morrigan’s Brood, we will provide you with an advanced copy of Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War, when it is ready for final printing.  Prizes will include 3 signed, paper books and 5 electronic books.  For those unable to attend in person, we will also throw in a postcard and/or a bookmark, while supplies last.

If you go to the games and would like to enter, stop by the booth, get a ticket, and record your name, phone number, and email address so we can notify you if you have won.  If you will not be able to attend, send an email to chris_dunbar@triscellepublishing stating your desire to be entered, and we will tear a ticket for you.  We will start taking entries for the contest online beginning Friday.

The drawing will be held one week from Sunday the 16th, and the winners will be contacted soon after.  People wishing to participate in the contest may enter until noon central on Sunday, May 23.

The Houston Highland Games and Celtic Festival will be held May 15 through 16 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club – 1 Abercrombie Drive; Houston, Texas 77084 (near Bear Creek Park). For more information about the festival, including other merchents, bands, Scottish Highland games, dancing, and activities, please visit http://www.houstonhighlandgames.com.

See you there!

Chris