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My First Author Signing October 20

Shadows Within by J. P. Cane
Shadows Within by J. P. Cane

Perfect for the Halloween season, Book People has graciously offered to host my first book signing for Shadows Within. It will take place on Saturday, October 20, 1-3 p.m. More details on Book People’s website.

In Shadows Within, Reed Williams and his bride honeymoon in Paris where they are attacked. She’s killed while he survives to deal with his grief and confront the vampires who want his soul.

I will be speaking on vampires and how Shadows Within both honors the traditional genre tropes while establishing its own conventions.

I hope to see you there!

My First Writers Panel Appearance

How could I do this? What did I get myself into? I’m going to either not having anything to say, or I’m going to sound like an idiot.

Those are some of my thoughts leading up to my first appearance as a panelist last month. (By the way, I don’t know why it’s taken so long to write about that evening. Thanks to my friend Mark for prompting me to do so.) It took place at Firehouse Theatre on the evening of Wednesday, May 30. The James River Writers talk was titled, “What I Wish I Knew Before My First Book.

"What I Wish I Knew Before My First Book," panelists Kristen Green, Sharon Harrigan, Tracey Livesay, Gwen Cole, and me, J. P. Cane (I'm the one in the red shirt) Photo courtesy of Kris Spisak
“What I Wish I Knew Before My First Book,” panelists Kristen Green, Sharon Harrigan, Tracey Livesay, Gwen Cole, and me, J. P. Cane (I’m the one in the red shirt) Photo courtesy of Kris Spisak

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Shadows Within Now Lurks in Fountain Bookstore

My novel Shadows Within on display at Fountain Bookstore!
My novel Shadows Within on display at Fountain Bookstore!

Last night I came upon an unexpected surprise while attending a JABBIES event at Fountain Bookstore, downtown Richmond. Browsing the books on offer I saw a familiar cover–mine! Continue reading “Shadows Within Now Lurks in Fountain Bookstore”

Shadows Within Listed on The Book Designer

Shadows Within by J. P. Cane
Shadows Within by J. P. Cane

I’m forever playing catch up on my blog, so this is quite late, but I wanted to mention that the cover for my vampire novel Shadows Within is listed on The Book Designer website. Each month they publish ebook cover award winners and non-winners. My cover was in the latter category for the month of November 2017 (search the page for Shadows), but it did get the favorable comment, “The creepiness element has been carefully controlled, and creates a compelling image.”

New Year’s 2018

In my writing life, this past year, 2017, was phenomenal. The release of my debut vampire novel, Shadows Within, is a dream come true. I’m thrilled to hold it in my hands, and it’s even more gratifying to me that others are reading and enjoying it.

I looked at my New Year’s post from last year and I want to review it here as well as state some goals for this year. Continue reading “New Year’s 2018”

Shadows Within Now Available!!

Shadows WithinWelcome to the spooky month of October!  It’s Friday the 13th and what better day than to announce that my book, Shadows Within, is actually out for sale!

My page on Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/jpcane

Or order here: https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Within-Shadowless-1-Cane/dp/099915981X/

Thank you, kindly!!

Some have asked me about my self-publishing experience. I think it would be a great idea to put that down in some form as I’ve certainly learned a lot that’s worth sharing. If you have specific topics/questions you’d like to see addressed, please comment below.

My Newsletter is About to Debut

One of the goals I had outlined at the beginning of 2017 (see post Happy 2017) was to start a newsletter.

Serendipitously, the February Writing Show put on by James River Writers was about — newsletters! Not only were each of the panelists informative and inspiring, Continue reading “My Newsletter is About to Debut”

Book Fetish: Build a Bookcase with a Hidden Compartment

Oh this would be fun! Hidden passageways concealed by bookcases are a must for creepy castles, superhero mansions, and my yet-to-be-built, yet-to-be-designed, yet-to-be-funded, house.

In the video below, the switch is a Jules Verne book. I’d think you would want the book to be one no one would have interest in grabbing. Maybe one on actuary tables?