My Story In Pen In Hand Literary Journal

My story, Mathematical Shield, has been published in the latest

Pen In Hand Literary Journal.

Mathematical Shield was inspired by Carrie Underwood’s song, Little Toy Guns. Every time I heard that song, I pictured this little girl doing math problems to drown out what was happening around her.

Check it out.

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Welcome Fall, and Happy Mabon!

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The beginning of fall has arrived, and I am delighted! This is my favorite season of the year, followed by winter! I know many will disagree with my love of winter, but I hope you do enjoy the autumn season.

So I wish you all a happy Fall Equinox and a happy Mabon, the Celtic/Wiccan/Druidic celebration. Decorate your homes, talk a walk, and when the crisp weather sets in, go outside and breath deeply.

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I love the foods of fall and the wearing of sweaters, flannels, and sweatshirts, not to mention ice hockey! The colors of autumn fill me with happiness. This is a joyous season.

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By the way, if you are worried, there is NOTHING Satanic about this celebration. Wiccans and Druids do not recognize the existence of Satan, so if you are Christian, please welcome this season also!

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CHOCOLATE TOWN BOOK FESTIVAL

Meet me at the

Chocolate Town Book Festival

October 1, 2022

1 – 5 PM

Chocolate Town Park

48 West Chocolate Ave

Hershey, PA 17033

Head to downtown Hershey, PA’s Chocolate Town Park and mingle with the New York Times Best Selling Author Kate Baer @katejbaer (What Kind of Women I Hope This Finds You Well),  John Vercher @jvercherwrites(Three-Fifths After the Lights Go Out), Misty Simon #mistysimonauthor (Tallie Graver mysteries & Adventures in Ghost Sitting and many others), and Sara Walters @saradoesthings (Violent Season Missing Dead Girls) plus over 40 other authors.

All authors will be selling and signing books.  Sweet and Salty Handcrafted Ice Cream will be on site and don’t forget to swing by Hershey’s new @freshmarket for something to eat. 

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It’s Time For A September Self-Promotion Party!

Show me your latest publications. Don’t forget to check out Charles French’s original post. Share to spread the word.

MARK OF THE GODDESS

Sometimes a blessing can be a curse.

Young Maya bears the mark of the moon goddess, a sign that would doom her to sacrifice in her village where the death god is revered. Forced to dye her golden eyes dark, Maya lives in constant fear of discovery. To save her family and the village’s future, she must find the courage to stand up to the high priest before he can bring the death god into this world.

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Book Signing at Hyperspace Rocket Designs and Tea Bar

Swing by Hyperspace Rocket Designs and Tea Bar

Sunday, September 18, 2021

I’ll be reading and signing books

4 pm – 6 pm

Pick up a cup of tea and a copy of my latest story, Mark of the Goddess.

Hyperspace Rocket Designs and Tea Bar

400 N. Center St. Westminster, MD 21157

MARK OF THE GODDESS

Sometimes a blessing can be a curse.

Young Maya bears the mark of the moon goddess, a sign that would doom her to sacrifice in her village where the death god is revered. Forced to dye her golden eyes dark, Maya lives in constant fear of discovery. To save her family and the village’s future, she must find the courage to stand up to the high priest before he can bring the death god into this world.

HUMMINGBIRD

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Join me at the Maryland Renaissance Festival – Sunday, September 11, 2022

Maria V. Snyder and I will be signing books at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Page After Page – Books of the Renaissance

Maryland Renaissance Festival
1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

MARK OF THE GODDESS

Sometimes a blessing can be a curse.

Young Maya bears the mark of the moon goddess, a sign that would doom her to sacrifice in her village where the death god is revered. Forced to dye her golden eyes dark, Maya lives in constant fear of discovery. To save her family and the village’s future, she must find the courage to stand up to the high priest before he can bring the death god into this world.

HUMMINGBIRD

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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Sunday, September 4th at Chicon

Chicon 8

Here is your last chance to connect with me in Chicago.

Saturday 11:30 AM CDT

Legacies and Traditions: Looking at the Past for the Future You – Discussion

Room: Field Duration: 60 mins

What is the origin of your geek identity? Was it through an introduction of a parental figure, a sibling, or a friend? How do you continue to uphold such legacies and traditions? Join in on this discussion to share your perspective and learn about others.

MARK OF THE GODDESS

Sometimes a blessing can be a curse.

Young Maya bears the mark of the moon goddess, a sign that would doom her to sacrifice in her village where the death god is revered. Forced to dye her golden eyes dark, Maya lives in constant fear of discovery. To save her family and the village’s future, she must find the courage to stand up to the high priest before he can bring the death god into this world.

HUMMINGBIRD

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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Saturday, September 3, at Chicon 8

Here is my schedule for today at Chicon

Chicon 8

Saturday 10:00 AM CDT

Autographing – A. L. Kaplan

Pick up a copy of my books in the dealers room and come to the autograph table. I’ll be there until 11:00

Saturday 4:00 PM CDT

Readings: Anthony W. Eichenlaub, A. L. Kaplan, Emily C. Skaftun

Room: Dusable Duration: 60 mins

The only thing better than reading a book is listening to the author read it out loud.

MARK OF THE GODDESS

Sometimes a blessing can be a curse.

Young Maya bears the mark of the moon goddess, a sign that would doom her to sacrifice in her village where the death god is revered. Forced to dye her golden eyes dark, Maya lives in constant fear of discovery. To save her family and the village’s future, she must find the courage to stand up to the high priest before he can bring the death god into this world.

HUMMINGBIRD

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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Friday, September 2, 2022 at Chicon 8

Looking for something to do today at Chicon? Here is where you can find me:

Chicon 8

Friday 10:45 AM CDT

3-D Paper Craft (Intermediate) – Workshop

A. L. Kaplan Mary Prince Pat Virzi

Room: Comiskey Duration: 60 mins

Make-and Take paper crafting, tween to adult. Use preprinted images, coloring, cutting, gluing to create 3-D popups.   Starting with several project samples and preprinted pages, build your own little world that can fit in your pocket or be mailed to someone in another dimension.

Friday 1:00 PM CDT

Yoga and Juicing Isn’t Fixing This – Panel

Room: Michigan 3 Duration: 60 mins

Disability and chronic illness don’t just “get better.” At some point, people are forced to live with their ailments while working to figure out how to cope and enjoy life. Panelists share their stories, including the amusing anecdotes and surprising challenges they experienced while learning to live with their daily difficulties. Join in the discussion as they share coping strategies that aren’t framed as attempts to “fix us.”

Friday 4:00 PM CDT

Teen Table Talk – A. L. Kaplan

Room: Crystal Foyer Duration: 60 mins

Come chat with author A L Kaplan about all the ways she’s destroyed life on Earth and rebuilt civilization. Okay, not all of her stories involve blowing up the world. A L is the author of several short stories and the novel Star Touched.

Teen table talks are a space for Chicon members aged 13-20 to engage with a host and their peers. To sign up for this Table Talk, visit https://chicon.org/tabletalks All sign up are available starting Wednesday August 31st at Noon central, and you will be notified at least 12 hours before the Table Talk time if you were chosen for a spot. More details available at https://chicon.org/tabletalks

MARK OF THE GODDESS

Sometimes a blessing can be a curse.

Young Maya bears the mark of the moon goddess, a sign that would doom her to sacrifice in her village where the death god is revered. Forced to dye her golden eyes dark, Maya lives in constant fear of discovery. To save her family and the village’s future, she must find the courage to stand up to the high priest before he can bring the death god into this world.

HUMMINGBIRD

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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MARK OF THE GODDESS

MARK OF THE GODDESS

has arrived

Sometimes a blessing can be a curse.

Young Maya bears the mark of the moon goddess, a sign that would doom her to sacrifice in her village where the death god is revered. Forced to dye her golden eyes dark, Maya lives in constant fear of discovery. To save her family and the village’s future, she must find the courage to stand up to the high priest before he can bring the death god into this world.

Now Available on Amazon

Cover design and illustrations by A. L. Kaplan

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