My name is Shawnee Small and I'm an urban fantasy author who also dabbles in the gothic. I'm currently working on my new adult urban fantasy series, The Shining Ones. The first two books, Watcher and Protector, are out in paperback and e-book and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. At the time of writing this, Watcher (Book One) is free to download from Amazon if you want to check me out. I've also got a whole host of short stories that you can have a gander at on http://www.shawneesmall.com and they're free to read, too. Last, but not least, I'm right in the middle of writing Betrayer, the third book in The Shining Ones series, and it should be out winter 2016. Fingers crossed.
So, shameless author plug aside, what else can I tell you that might be interesting? I'm a bit of a "jack of all trades" - I've been a games producer, a 3D cake artist, a book binder, a reflexologist, an HTMLer, and even a life guard. I spent most of my adult life living abroad in England, and accidentally brought home a British husband. I was also a goth for more than two decades, and have a predilection for black although my wardrobe seems to be all gray these days. I have a degree in English Literature and have been writing stories forever, but didn't settle down into novels until quite recently. Now books are my life and I love every minute of it!
Which brings me to Authors After Dark or AAD . . .
If you've been before then you know what I'm talking about when I say it's going to be absolutely bonkers in a way that is so amazing that you'll be having AAD withdrawal within 24 hours of getting home. Serious withdrawal. Lunches, dinners, drive-in movies, a ball, private author events, book panels, mayhem, drinking, chaos, all-nighters, and somewhere in there, a book signing. There is so much going on that I can't even begin to list it all here. Honestly, I can't even keep up with all the things being added daily, and I'm a participating author.
Still unsure if you want come? DO IT. Really. DO IT NOW. You won't be sorry. Not only will you have the time of your life, but you'll also meet readers and bloggers who are just like you and love the same things that you love. You'll get to hang out with some of the most amazing and generous authors out there. You'll make new friends; perhaps even see some old ones. Trust me when I say that it's WORTH IT.
If you've already signed up and you're like, "I already get all the awesome, you don't need to tell me twice!" then I can't wait to either meet you or see you again. I'm going to be pretty much everywhere, but if you want to hang with me personally, you can sign up for a ticket to my drive-in movie (my ball and debut tables are already sold out) or come see me at the Trampoline park, Welcome Party, book panels, signing, or anywhere in between. I'm hosting a 'My Little Pony' party and you can enter to win one of the 10 exclusive invites, but you gotta enter in the next week, time's a tickin'. Also be on the lookout for my multi-author ice cream social happening on Tuesday before AAD begins. See? So. Much. Stuff.
Grab my books, come to AAD, and let's hang out. We'll have a blast. I promise.