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Don Does an Interview, Reluctantly…
Check out fellow fantasy author Mary R. Woldering’s interview with the always drool, always half-lit Don Vargas, my main character in the Rio Grande Parallax series. He’s up to his old tricks and would rather be drinking a beer, so you better hurry before he absconds!
Follow the link at the end and scroll waaay down to the half-way point on her page. Be sure to read other interesting stuff Mary posts on her blog. Wonderful fantasy material!
RJ Finally Talks–Sort of…
So what’s been going on with me lately? Little of this, little of that. To find out more click on your choice of my social media, below. Meanwhile, I’ll soon post upcoming events for 2018.
“Indies First” Coming
To Page 1, November 25th
Saturday, November 25th (day after “Black Friday“), is the annual “Indies First” celebration of independent bookstores all over the country (coinciding with Small Business Saturday). And, once again, I’ll work the floor at Page 1 12:30-2:30 pm, helping customers find books and–oh, casually mentioning my books on the shelves! 🙂 Please come by if you can and buy one or all of my books for a special someone who loves fantasy. Or for yourself. 😉
New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards
Didn’t cross enough fingers, toes, etc. so I’m still a Finalist, but pleased to spend the evening with many old and new friends in the region’s publishing community as we honored the winners.
ABQ Museum Author Fest, Nov 11th
The ABQ Museum Author Festival (near Old Town), was pleasant to visit since I didn’t have to spend time at a table selling my books (though I’m always thrilled makeing a face-to-face meeting with new readers). I attended some of the presentations featuring successful local authors (some of whom I know) and saw a budding new author, Bev Allen, now working on her first novel.
Successful Signing, October 1st at the Coronado Mall Barnes & Noble
Sandra, the book manager, at the Coronado Mall Barnes & Noble has been a strong supporter of my work ever since we were next door vendors at Bubonicon three years ago.
As a result, she scheduled me during a very busy Sunday, October 1st, 10 am to 2 pm, where I signed books from the Rio Grande Parallax Series. A few got the cook booklets, too! I hope to return another time in the near future.
Treasure House of Books Signing, September 24th
I had a great signing and enjoyed the company of my host John Hoffsis, Sept. 24th at Treasure House of Books. All three books of my Rio Grande Parallax Series and my new Valle Abajo Cook Booklet were available. I look forward to another visit with John sometime in the future.
Fellow Fantasy Author Features RJ “In the Limelight”
Cynthia Morgan, fellow fantasy author and Virtual Fantasy Convention participant, featured me on her website as her guest on “In the Limelight” for an interview. Check it out and please share. She had some great questions and I appreciate the opportunity to come before her followers.
RJ Traveled in Time to Bubonicon 49!
August 25th through the 27th was another great weekend at the 49th Bubonicon Once again, Joyce Hertzoff (young adult fantasy writer) and I shared a booth in the Dealers Room for the duration.
I am very grateful for all the fine people who visited with me to discuss my books and I appreciate those who bought a book and/or a trilogy! Please, any of you reading this, I would love to hear from you with questions or comments. As I told readers this weekend: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”! I’m interested in knowing what my readers feel and think about the stories.
It will be four years since we first appeared as independent authors discussing, selling, and signing our books and we look forward to many more years to come.
Bubonicon is not a comic con, it is a highly respected science fiction and fantasy convention that celebrates, informs, and displays the best in the two popular literary genres. This year’s con featured one of the most prominent science fiction authors alive: C.J. Cherryh as well as Sherwood Smith, fantasy writer, plus other movers and shakers in the field.
A wide variety of workshops, displays, cosplay, and presentations kept fans salivating while they rushed from venue to venue.
Watch for it next year! 😉
The First Annual Moriarty ComicCon
Was August 5th
RJ Invaded the Roswell Galacticon June 30-July 1
Los Lunas Battle of the Books was awesome!
I spent a wonderful morning and early afternoon, April 29th, at Los Lunas High School, courtesy of the New Mexico Battle of the Books. The Battle is all about encouraging elementary and middle school students to have fun with their interest in reading. I knew nothing about this great program until this weekend.
I was honored to be invited as one of the New Mexico authors to display my books to parents and sponsors while the kids took breaks between rounds of the “Battle.” I met many people, both old friends, former students, and new friends. I had good sales and look forward to an invitation to next year’s Battle.
Since LLHS was where I taught for–way too many years to count–I was anxious to see the new campus (most of the buildings I taught in have been replaced by stunning new two-story structures). If I missed you, please plan on coming by around the same time next year if you can’t find me anywhere else.
Gallup Authors Festival, April 7-8
Enjoyed the big festival in Gallup, April 7th & 8th hosted by the Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 West Hill Ave, Gallup, NM 87301.
Next stop, Moriarty on the 22nd. Hope to see some of you there!
“RJ the Story Guy,” series on YouTube features me reading selected chapters from my books. Currently, I’m reading from The Tower of Il Serrohe. Check it out and please share its location along with the others with any friends who would be interested. Thanks!
I’ll post all the new and past “Story Guy” links–> Here, on the top of my “Tower” Introductory Chapters” page. My plan is to continue posting a new reading every Friday… more or less! 😉
Treasure House of Books, March 25th Signing
I’m in debt to John Hoffsis for his cordial hosting of my signing at his Treasure House of Books in Old Town Albuquerque, Saturday! I had great discussions with visitors to this special bookstore as well as gaining new readers.
When it was quiet, John, his father, and I had some good conversations, so it was win-win. And he now has a full set of the Rio Grande Parallax series books., so if you missed me and live in the neighborhood, drop on by and pick up any or all of my books.
While you’re there, John has virtually every New Mexico authors’ works on his shelves, so you can stock up for your own reading or gifts for the coming Spring and Summer seasons.
Upcoming Events, Spring and Summer 2017
Currently, I have scheduled author events at the Moriarty Book Fair, and the Battle of the Books in Los Lunas this Spring. This summer, I’ll start it off with a first-time appearance to the Galacticon in Roswell during their famous Roswell Alien Crash weekend right before July 4th. I will also return to the Bubonicon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention later in the summer. Additions to my schedule and details will be forthcoming. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, check out my weekly “RJ the Story Guy” YouTube postings as I read my way through The Tower of Il Serrohe. Please share with your fantasy loving friends! Thanks, RJ 😉
Extreme Dust Storms May Exist,
Finalist in New Mexico/Arizona Books Awards!
Extreme Dust Storms May Exist, Book II, is one of seven finalists in the Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy category! Though I didn’t win the category, as announced November 18th at the 10th annual New Mexico/Arizona Books Awards, I am still quite honored to be in such company as the other six finalists.
In 2013, The Tower of Il Serrohe, Book I, was one of six finalists. So far I’m two for three. Zero Visibility Possible, Book III, is eligible for next year’s awards since it was published a month after the deadline date for this year (just like Dust Storms last year!). Oh well, I didn’t want to run against myself anyway!
There were over 1,000 books submitted for all categories and only around 236 were finalists. See the total list. You may be interested in any number of these other fine books by New Mexico and Arizona authors.
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RJ’s Online Store! Now you can order signed books directly from me (plus shipping and processing fees) with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express card. Go now…
Did the Free eBooks Promo, March 3rd HAPPEN? Yes, it did!
The scheduled The Tower of Il Serrohe free eBook promotion scheduled as a feature for March 3, 2017, happened on: Freebooksy, but I did not see any in my email account.
Anyway, my publisher reported 1,200 downloads! Yes! And there were several follow-up sales, so it was a success and if you were one of those people–“Thank you very much for your support!” And thanks to anyone who directed a friend to the event.
New Feature Article in
October, Albuquerque the Magazine
The October 2016 issue of Albuquerque the Magazine, p. 206, featured a full page interview with me about Book III, Zero Visibility Possible! I’m very pleased about this coverage by this major Albuquerque-area magazine. See the full report now on my Feature Article page, now!.
RJ’s Barnes & Noble Coronado Signing
I had a great signing at the Barnes & Noble at Coronado Mall on December 17th. Being in the crux of the Christmas season, there was a lot of traffic and I gained many new readers. Thanks to Sandra, the book manager and all who supported me!
There’ll be new signings after the first of the New Year, so stayed tuned. Right now, all three of my books (Rio Grande Parallax series) are available at Page 1 and at the Barnes & Noble. Little Treasure House of Books (in Old Town) has Books I & II on the shelves. Any other store can order my books, just ask.
Can’t make it to any stores? You can order with a credit card online at RJ’s Square Store (better act now, due to limited shipping timeframes) or personally with a check from me by mail order to my author email: firstname.lastname@example.org (I’m featuring last minute shipping only on these email orders). See details and all other online vendors on this page.
Espejos de Aztlan interview on KUNM-FM, 89.9
November 7th, 7 pm, was my fourth appearance on Espejos de Aztlan with my good friend Henry Gonzales as my host. We talked extensively about Zero Visibility Possible, as well as the entire Rio Grande Parallax series. It was a pleasurable one hour of in-depth discussion.
Interview with Kalisara
Last night I had a great interview with Kalisara (Sarah Buhrman) on her “Pagan Musings” program discussing my Rio Grande Parallax series. She is a fellow Black Rose Writing author and we participated in a couple of panel interviews during the Virtual FantasyCon.
It was a wonderful experience talking about writing, the creative process, fantasy, etc. for two hours with her.
See my new feature on fellow author Renee Scattergood’s latest release–> Here.
Victor Acquista, a good friend and new author, has released his debut science fiction novel, Sentient.
Check out the details about the book and Victor at the top of my “Fellow Authors” page.
Zero Visibility Possible Launch Party & Availability of my Books in Abq Bookstores
Thanks to Dan, Craig, and all the crew at Page 1 for their kind and generous hosting of my Launch Sept 11th!
Pleased with Virtual FantasyCon
Say what? Say, “cool.” During October, 2015, a group of fantasy authors organized a virtual fantasy convention on Facebook with nearly all the features of a regular convention:
It wasn’t perfect, but it was a big event and I hope you were one of the attendees. If not, watch for it next year. I did get some attention from new readers during the week of Oct 9-16, I actually saw a good number of sales of eBooks the week before. Thanks to any who supported me!
I still have two featured fellow authors on the links below:
Feature on CD Gorri, CLICK HERE
“Attending” the FantasyCon didn’t require you to buy tickets, book flights, take a road trip, reserve a hotel… because it was all online. Yet visitors got much of the Con experience visiting booths for authors, publishers, artists, vendors, entering costume contests, book giveaways, and even attending panel discussions of all your favorite topics about fantasy literature… Well, you get the idea.
The Con should be much the same for 2017 except more streamlined and probably based on author’s blogs rather than Facebook pages except for those authors who only have a Facebook presence online.
I guess you can’t personally shake the hand and get an in-person signed book by an author, but that’s about it! I did energize my project to post readings from my series on YouTube during the Con and launched my mail order service for signed books just the week after.
Did I say there was a costume contest!
Bubonicon was Great as Usual
Well-Known Fantasy Blogger Features My New Book
Renee Scattergood, best selling fantasy writer and blogger throws her Spotlight on Zero Visibility Possible. Check it out–Here!
Zero Visibility Possible is Released!
Book III of the Rio Grande Parallax series has been released and will soon show up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and several other outlets in the next several days. I have a special launch party in the planning stages and will announce more about that very
I’ll mail my own signed copies later when I can get my hands on the new books. Meanwhile, Book III is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Page Foundry/Inktera, Scribd, 24symbols, and my publisher Black Rose Writing. And, yes, signed copies can be ordered directly from me, email@example.com.
See the short description and teaser elsewhere on this site: Zero Teaser.
See a Teaser Excerpt from Book III (release this summer)
Signing at Santa Fe Railyards Farmers Market, Tuesday, June 21st
I had an interesting time discussing my book with some interesting people among all the fresh veggies, fruit, and other items you can find at this premier farmers market, June 21st, in the Railyard district.
The New Mexico Book Association (NMBA) sponsors an authors’ table every week at the farmers market, so you always have an opportunity to browse other New Mexico authors’ work as well. Though I didn’t sell as many books as I would have liked, I did get the bonus of joining the NMBA. I look forward to meeting many authors, editors, publishers, and other professionals as I begin to take part in this Santa Fe-based association.
And a good time was had by all at Treasure House of Books
Treasure House of Books, in Old Town (south side of the Plaza), has long been a favorite of mine and New Mexico authors due to John Hoffsis’ strong support. He probably stocks more books by NM writers than any other bookstore in the state because he only stocks NM authors! And he makes a point of reading every book he sells.
I had a signing on April 30th at John’s store and had a great time meeting readers and signing books. I featured my new Book II of the Rio Grande Parallax series, Extreme Dust Storms May Exist as well as Book I, The Tower of Il Serrohe.
Another Pleasant Moriarty Book Fair
This is one of my favorite book fairs and this year, on April 23rd, was my fourth visit as a participating author. I was honored to participate in a the morning panel discussion with other authors. All together, 30 New Mexico authors in all genres had books on display. The event supports Moriarty Library’s very worthy Adult Literacy Project.
A big thanks to those of you who became new readers. Please stay in touch, I like to know what readers think after reading my books.
Thanks for a successful signing @ Barnes & Noble, April 2nd!
I saw many new readers at Coronado Barnes & Noble, Saturday, April 2nd, 10 am to 3 pm, signing both The Tower of Il Serrohe and Extreme Dust Storms May Exist, the first two books of The Rio Grande Parallax. Thanks to all who passed on the word. 😉
Check out Renee’s Spotlight on Book II, “Dust Storms”!
My good friend and fellow author, Renee Scattergood has returned the favor and featured my second book on her revamped and widely viewed “Spotlight.” It’s a concise look at the book and my thoughts about it: Renee’s Author Spotlight
See my Spotlight on Renee and her wonderful YA fantasy series on this web site.
Looking for Reader reviews
New Positive Reviews of Tower and Dust Storms!
I’m very pleased to share very complimentary reviews of my first two books in the series. Janis Cramlett is an author and blogger who has reviewed many fantasy books on her web site, including her latest on my books: Authors and Angels
Here are some of her comments: Tower of Il Serrohe–“Every creature, character Mirabal crafted has a purpose, a place bringing this alternate world come to life. To think, yeah, it could exist.”
“Mirabal’s juggernaut of a plot twist will leave you slack-jawed just like Don was. When the revelation hits both you both at the same time. You both wonder why you didn’t see it before.”
“Extreme Dust Storms May Exist is a mind twisting read. Just when you think you may have figured the book out Mirabal tosses in a mind blast of a plot twist on you. Especially in the mind numbing cliffhanger. I can not wait to see what Mirabal has up his sleeve for the next installment.”
I hope to have better luck than George RR getting out the next book, but I won’t curse it with anything more than to say, I’m trying hard to “get’er done!”
Three great Christmas Shopping Signing events at Page 1 and Barnes & Noble, Nov 8th, 28th, and Dec 5th!
Thanks to those who attended my first bookstore signings for Dust Storms!
Page 1 hosted me for my first signing, Nov 8th, which went very well.
Then they invited me to join other authors November 28th for “Indies First Day.” This event is celebrated across the country on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to spotlight independent bookstores as part of “Small Business Day.” It’s a way of reminding everyone that our smaller, local businesses deserve special attention after the hoopla of Black Friday.
I had fun meeting customers and new readers as well as fellow authors who were on duty about the same time: Robert, Ernest, Ashley, and Jane. See you next year at Page 1 if they invite me back!
I had a successful and pleasant day at the Coronado Mall Barnes & Noble, December 5th. There was an amazing amount of traffic. Lots of young parents with little ones coming for children’s drama and reading events. But even then, many
stopped to chat and I signed several of books. I will probably return to the store very soon to sell more books. I’ll post the date as soon as it’s arranged.
New Tower of Il Serrohe book cover!
For some time, I’ve wanted to update my first book’s cover. So I thought the release of the second book with it’s jazzy new cover was a perfect time. After some time in the incubation process, it is now available. Some of you who have visited my Amazon page already saw it. Here it is now. I’m hoping I’ll have Towers with the new cover available on the 28th at Page 1.
I had a great time at the Jubilee Arts & Crafts Fair on Sept 26th!
This is one of, if not the best run arts & crafts fair in New Mexico! It was well advertised, the setting at the Jubilee community center was spacious, beautiful, and inviting. And… the turnout was amazing. I have attended many events including book fairs where not much happens until around 10.30-11.00 am. When I arrived at 9.40 am to set up, the place was already buzzing with over a hundred shoppers!
Thanks to friends and new readers who stopped by! I will definitely attend again next year!
601 Jubilee Blvd., Los Lunas
(Hwy. 6, past Huning Ranch 2.5 miles W of I-25)
Local Artists & Crafters * Gifts * Accessories * Jewelry * Food * Plants * Art * Baked goods* Fiber Arts * Book Sale * Metal Works * Chili Ristras * More!
Proceeds Benefit Valencia County CYFD Foster Children
Los Lunas Museum Reading/Signing
I made an appearance in Los Lunas at their Village Museum Of Heritage and Arts, Sept 5th, 2pm. I know, I know, a lot of you probably think I belong in a museum, so this was perfect. I had a nice time there with Andrea as my hostess.
The museum can be found using this Bing Map. Almost anything you want to know about Los Lunas and Valencia County is represented there along with a constantly changing series of displays of the arts and crafts of the community.
I read from the new book, Dust Storms. Check out my Dust Storms page for the details about the new book.
Bubonicon 47, I Came, I Saw, I Conquered!
This year’s theme was “Women of Wonder,” which was a more perfect fit for me because my new main character in Extreme Dust Storms May Exist is 16-year-old Esther Jiron, a young wonder woman in her own right.
My first radio interview talking about Dust Storms was broadcast live on KUNM-89.9 FM (find their podcasts and listen to my interview) radio on the Espejos de Aztlan show, Monday, August 10, 2015 from 7.00 to 7.30 pm.
I was Henry Gonzales‘ guest for a discussion of the book and general topics related to the Hispanic background as well as the Magical Realism aspects of the story. Join Henry and I for this podcast!
You can get your hands on Dust Storms in any one of several ways. I prefer you come to one of my launch events, hear a reading, chat with me, and get your book signed personally. Right now, I’m starting “the tour” in the Albuquerque/Los Lunas/Santa Fe area.
There will be other events in the area and beyond into the Southwest and… the world… as I go on the road to no telling where, shamelessly promoting my book! Stay tuned.
But, if you can’t make it to any events, you can buy directly from me or the following outlets:
Or… me! At: firstname.lastname@example.org for a signed copy of Dust Storms, personally mailed to you for $25. For The Tower, mailed copies are $24, $45 for both.
Go now to my special page devoted to the new Book II!
Fellow writer, Penny Ehrenkranz, has just posted an in-depth interview she conducted with me a little before Dust Storms was released. If you think you know a lot about me and my writing, she has a few surprises in her discussion with me. Check it out on her Blog Spot: One Writer’s Journey
Thanks, Penny for taking the time to talk to me!
Magic of Solstice Blog Tour Comes to an End
Actually, it’s not really over unless you’ve read all about my 15 featured fantasy authors this month. The whole tour is available for your browsing on my special WordPress web site as well as what they had to say about my writing. There is some repetition, but many have unique features about my books, characters, etc.
Gutierrez-Hubbell House Hosts South Valley Writers’ Book Signing, Today! June 20th
Did I miss the train or what? I’ve posted this event on my social media about taking part in this great event, but didn’t post it here! If it’s not too late for you, try not to miss “Writers’ and Readers'” event at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW, in the South Valley of Albuquerque (a couple of miles south of Rio Bravo Blvd). I’m looking forward to join fellow authors today, 11 am – 2 pm. I’ll sign my “Tower of Il Serrohe” book as well as promoting the upcoming sequel. Click here or call 505-244-0507.
Check out these authors and the upcoming schedule of author features launching June 1st: Magic of Solstice Fantasy Writers’ Tour.
In addition, one of the ambitious authors, Renee Scattergood will feature authors on her special Author Spotlight blog.
Time is a Persistent Mistress!
My high school class is having a reunion this summer. I can’t believe it’s been that long! But time waits for no one, especially when we’re not paying attention! Any way, if you’re a fellow classmate, check out our new FB page. More info will be coming. facebook.com/LLHSClassof65
New Review on Scattergood’s Shadow Stalker “Bundle”
You may have caught my review of Renee Scattergood’s Shadow Stalker, Episode 7 release. Well, here’s my more detailed review of the previous six episodes. And there’s more to come because the story is not done yet! Check out my new review else place on this site: HERE.
Moriarty Authors for Literacy Book Fair
Loading up my new copies of “The Tower,” handouts, book marks, and my table set-up so I can head out to the always friendly and fun Moriarty Authors for Literacy Book Fair this Saturday the 18th, 9 am – 4 pm. If you’re in the area, drop by. Not only will I be there, but dozens of other great NM authors and other displays.
Author Spotlight: Renee Scattergood
Exciting news for fantasy fans. Fellow writer, Renee Scattergood, orchestrates her engaging story-telling skills with the continuation of her Shadow Stalker series in Episode 7, “Bound by Fate.” Scattergood’s strength is her clear, direct, and involving prose that takes one along for the ride. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The pacing of the dialogue kept the story moving while revealing more about the characters. Click here to buy @ 99 cents. Visit my special page for more info and my complete review.
My Latest Interview
If I am to be successful as a writer, the major reason will be what I’ve learned from fellow authors and publishing professionals in Southwest Writers (SWW), my writing organization in Albuquerque. My extremely talented editor, Peggy Herrington, has been a long time member and leader in SWW and she is only one of many who have helped me become a better writer.
So it is a great honor to be featured in their newsletter in an interview. Find it here.
Second Book is Coming!
Are you getting as tired waiting for this book as I am? My sequel is now in my publisher’s hands. There will be a process of passing back and forth what is called the “book block” (or “galleys” as they used to be called in prehistoric times). The book block is an electronic version of what the pages of the published book will actually look like. It is my editor’s and my last chance to be sure the book will be as good as it can be.
So, I don’t know the release date yet, but to celebrate I’m going to start twice weekly postings on this site that will stir up your enthusiasm and hunger (dare I say it!) for the eventual materialization. I will post back stories from the first book as well as a few original stories.
I will post more Don’s Blogs from out of the archives (I promise… I really mean it this time), as well as other surprises. Even a few excerpts from the new book before it’s published.
Stay tuned!! 😉
RJ’s New “Professional” Facebook page
Nearly three years ago, I tried to set up an author’s page on Facebook, but I got off on the wrong dinosaur path resulting in a personal page that people had to “friend” rather than “like.” I didn’t even know the difference for almost a full year. Doh!
Anyway, since my second book will be coming out soon, I thought it was time to get more businesslike and establish a proper page as an author. Please visit it and like it, if you haven’t already: RJ Mirabal, Author
Now I’ll have to think of things to post that will, maybe, inspire a few people to comment! 😉
Coming in June: Magic of Solstice Fantasy Tour
Once was not enough. Now that the Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour is in the archives for you to peruse, I’ll be gearing up for another tour sponsored by Dragon Knight Chronicles (DKC) in June. More details to follow.
Right now, check out and “Like” the DKC Facebook page now.
I’m please I took part in my first full-fledged blog tour with 15 fellow fantasy authors. A different author was featured during the month of January sharing the details about their books and writing as well as a short interview or interesting special feature on their writing. I also appeared on their blogs and you may learn something new about me.
Check out the calendar for the tour and visit my Special Blog Tour site, and a Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Facebook page where you can follow and comment on the Tour, and, in the meantime, Happy New Year! 😉