Jul 152013

Did you know there weren't any paranormal/urban fantasy fan meetups at SDCC?  I checked.

So, call me crazy, but I'm arranging one.

If you are going to SDCC 2013? Take a break from all your panels to meet up with your fellow fans of the paranormal. This is for writers, fans, role players, ghost hunters etc. If para is your thing, then share a beer and some wings with those who understand.

When: Friday, July 19th  4pm – 6pm
For Where, please Click Here.

Did I mention there'll be PRIZES!!!  Well, one prize.  I happen to have an extra ticket I'll be raffling off see Joe Manganiello (Alcide on True Blood) at 5:30 pm that same Friday just down the street at Petco Park.  No convention badges required.  You will, however, have to sit next to me.  Sorry. 

If you'd like to attend, please RSVP so I know whether to try to reserve tables or if I should just drink at the bar and lament my lack of para friends.

Here's our event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/188939397942234/


 Posted by at 3:29 pm
Jul 102013

Hey, all you Paranormal/UF nerds!  NerdHQ has five big paranormal guests for their Conversations for a Cause program.  Thrilled?!  Excited?  Don't know what NerdHQ is?  (What?! Seriously, where have you been for the last few Comic Cons?) 

NerdHQ is a fantastic event put on by the King of the Nerds himself, Zachery Levi.  It is located outside of SD Comic Con and no convention badges are needed.  Now, the Conversations for a Cause are where Zach brings in some of his talented actor friends into NerdHQ to answer questions for about an hour.  Tickets are $22 and they benefit Operation Smile, which helps kids with cleft palates get the surgeries they need.  Last year they raised over $140,000.

So who are these amazing paranormal guests?

Cast from Haven  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Joe Manganiello (Sexy Alcide in True Blood)

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Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester in SupernaturalT.B.A.


And a little known guy named… Joss Whedon    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Creater of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods a few other…ahem… AvengersFirefly…)


Seth Green (Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer)  T.B.A.


Tickets for all, except Jared Padalecki & Seth Green, go on sale Thursday, July 11th at noon pacific. 

Find out more here: http://www.thenerdmachine.com/nerd-hq/conversations-for-a-cause/

Tickets for Jared Padalecki & Seth Green will be announced soon.  Keep connected with @thenerdmachine on Twitter to find out when.

Oh… and if you consider Caleb from season seven of Buffy to be paranormal, then they've got Nathan Fillion tickets to be announced, as well.  But don't go for those.  Those are MINE!  Bwahaahaha! 

For other Paranormal events/panels etc. in and around Comic Con check these pages out:

Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Fiction Panels at Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con Events for Paranormal Fans


 Posted by at 4:29 pm
Jul 072013

This is a part two on my series for Urban Fantasy & Paranormal stuff at Comic Con.  Previously we covered movies/tv panels and meetups, both at and around the convention. 

Comic Con 2013 Author PanelsToday I bring you a collection of authors/writers/artists of paranormal/urban fantasy novels, comics and fan fiction.  Check out these fabulous panels:


Paranormal Passion Panel

Authors discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels. Protagonists must battle the forces of evil while trying to keep the world (and often their lovers) safe from destruction. Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy leads a discussion with Comic-Con special guest Christine Feehan (The Dark Series), Claudia Gray (Spellcaster), Aprilynne Pike (Earthbound), Lauren Kate (The Fallen Novels), Kendare Blake (Antigoddess), and Magnus Flyte (City of Dark Magic).
Thursday July 18, 2013 10:30am – 11:30am   Room 24ABC

Not Guilty Due to Zombification?

The forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought-H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D.-along with an attorney from Law and the Multiverse, James Daily (The Law of Superheroes), and attorney and professor Jeff Trexler examine the legal issues faced by a post-zombie-apocalyptic world. In a mock trial, the lawyers will be the prosecution and defense, the doctors will be the expert witnesses, and you will be the jury. Will the walking dead be found guilty or will they walk free?
Thursday July 18, 2013 8:00pm – 9:30pm Room 7AB


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Devling into Season 8 & 9
Comic-Con special guest Georges Jeanty takes you on an intimate journey through the life of the Scoobys as they continued on seasons 8 and 9 of the cult hit show. Anyone interested in Buffy, this panel is for you! Georges will be discussing his almost 20 years in the comic industry and talking about working with series creator Joss Whedon with stories and a Q&A about how these seasons came together…and maybe a little sing-along!
Friday July 19, 2013 3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 26AB

What's Up with Penguin!
Anne Sowards (executive editor, Ace/Roc), Richard Johnson (InkLit), and Mia Garcia (young readers marketing) give you the dish on forthcoming books from our exciting authors and licensed properties, such as Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, S. M. Stirling, Rachel Caine, Richelle Mead, Melissa de la Cruz, D. J. MacHale, Marie Lu, Adventure Time, and many more. You can expect lots of giveaways you won't see anywhere else at the convention, including free advance reading copies!
Friday July 19, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 9


Urban Fantasy: Myth and Magic in the City 

Many of today's popular authors are adding their otherworldly ingredients to the melting pots of modern (and not-so-modern) society. Authors Jim Butcher (Cold Days), Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Richard Kadrey (Kill City Blues), Marlene Perez (Strange Fates), Kevin J. Anderson (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.), and Liesel Schwarz (A Conspiracy of Alchemists) discuss the art of writing Urban Fantasy with Diana Gill of Harper Voyager US.
Saturday July 20, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am Room 7AB

The Ever-Changing World of the Paranormal/Fantasy Genre

Christine Feehan (#1 New York Times bestselling author) and Anne Elizabeth (award-winning author creator) discuss the ever-growing genre and subgenres of paranormal/fantasy. Join Christine and Anne for this Q&A session moderated by Sheila English (author, CEO of COS Productions, international speaker).
Saturday July 20, 2013 10:30am – 11:30am Room 5AB

When Grrls Fall in Love

From The Hunger Games' Katniss to Divergent's Tris, no one knows how to give a solid ass-kicking like a YA novel heroine. But when these young ladies aren't saving the world, overthrowing powerful regimes, or slaying everything from zombies to dragons, they still find time for romance. Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments), Ally Condie (Matched), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown), Marissa Meyer (Scarlet), Lissa Price (Starters), and Veronica Wolff (The Watchers) discuss the delicate balance between killing and kissing, and what it takes to properly woo a YA heroine. Moderated by Sherri Smith (Orleans).
Saturday July 20, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm Room 23ABC

Twilight Fan Fiction Panel

Writers Lyricalkris(My Biggest Mistake), Audryii_fic (The Definition of Want), Abstractway (Dodge and Burn), Plummy (The Babysitter), TheFicChick (Departures), FarDareisMai2 (Finger Painting), and moderator Kimpy0464 (The Nightingale Journals) are on hand for laughs and fun at the Twilight Fan Fiction group. They'll answer questions about the challenges and joys of writing derivative fiction in the Twilight fandom and how to keep it fun.
Saturday July 20, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 29A


Witches and Fay, Monsters and Mortals That vamp's a tramp; this witch is a real bitch. Pixies will pinch, and the fey go beyond fairly frightening. The ghouls are ghastly, and we mere mortals are growing testy. Oh, and that creepy-looking fella is sprouting fur from his feet, and who knows "were" else! Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong series) encourages S. M. Wheeler (Sea Change), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), Brom (Krampus), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms), Amber Benson (The Calliope Reaper-Jones series), Seanan McGuire (The October Daye series), Rachel Caine (the Morganville Vampires series), and C. Robert Cargill (Dreams and Shadows) to provide perspective on the monsters of myth. Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 24ABC


 Posted by at 9:47 pm
Jun 292013

You know I love me some San Diego Comic Con!

And it gives me great pleasure to announce that there are many sights to see for paranormal fans!  There are group meetups, tv/movie panels, author panels and events for every type of paranormal & urban fantasy fandom. For the next twenty days, I'll be blogging events, as they pop up (you know how crazy this con is when it comes to last minute additions).

Many of these events will be outside the convention center… so don't be afraid to come for the fun!  There's lot's to do, even if you don't have tickets to SDCC.

Let's start with

Paranormal TV Shows & Movies attending SDCC:

(dates/times will be added as they are announced)




Beauty & the Beast Thursday, July 18th (Noon Ballroom 20)  Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan and EPs Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper

Teen Wolf Thursday, July 18th (6pm Ballroom 20)  Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Daniel Sharman, Max Carver and Charlie Carver, with EP Jeff Davis.


Haven Friday, July 19th (3pm Room 6DE) Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour, Adam Copeland and Colin Ferguson with the creators, producers and writers.

Helix Friday, July 19th (11:45am-12:45pm, Room 6A) Executive Produced by Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore discusses Syfy's hotly anticipated new series. Get an inside look at the thriller about a mysterious outbreak at a desolate Artic outpost. The truth will spread! Moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Geoff Boucher.

Sleepy Hollow Friday, July 19 (3:30pm Room 6A) screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A with stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.

The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad Friday, July 19 (Coming Soon, CWTV.com) Join producers Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) & Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale & Michael Hobert as they introduce a new digital series about the misadventures of a ragtag group of ex-community college students searching for paranormal and extraterrestrial (PET) activity.

The Walking Dead Friday, July 19 (1:35 Hall H) Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Scott Wilson and Chad Coleman, with showrunner/EP Scott Gimple and EPs Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero.



Being Human Saturday, July 20th (4pm-5pm, Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom): Itching to know what goes on behind the scenes of Syfy's smash hit series Being Human? Give in to your temptation and join cast members Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), Sam Huntington (Josh), Kristen Hager (Nora) and Executive Producer Anna Fricke as they discuss what's in store for the new season. Moderated by Aaron Sagers, entertainment journalist (CNN.com/MTV.com) and geek culture expert.

Grimm Saturday, July 20  David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Russell Hornsby, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers Todd Milliner, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf and Norberto Barba  inspired by the classic Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales, follows Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (Giuntoli) as he tries to find the balance between normal life and his birthright as a Grimm, an elite line of criminal profilers who have the ability to see the monsters that lurk below a seemingly human surface.

Once Upon A Time Saturday, July 20 (11am Ballroom 20)  Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Carlyle, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O'Donoghue and Michael Raymond James, with EPs Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz.

The Originals Saturday, July 20 (1pm Hilton San Diego Bayfront: Indigo Ballroom) Vampire Diaries spinoff with Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Charles Michael Davis, with EP Julie Plec.

The Vampire Diaries Saturday, July 20 (4:30pm Ballroom 20) Comic-Con veterans Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.

TrueBlood Saturday, July 20 (3:30pm Ballroom 20) members of the cast not announced yet.

Warehouse 13 Sat July 20th (5pm-6pm, Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom): Go behind the scenes of America's top-secret supernatural storage facility with Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock (Pete), Joanne Kelly (Myka), Saul Rubinek (Artie), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia) and Jack Kenny (Executive Producer). Take a look back at four out-of-this-world seasons and get a glimpse of what's in store for the fifth and final season of the beloved Syfy series. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Geoff Boucher.


Supernatural Sunday, July 21 Returning to Hall H are cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer.


No details yet, but confirmed that they will be at the Con:

Dracula – will not have their own panel.  A special trailer of the show will be played during the Grimm panel.

Pilot Screenings & Miscelleneous Surprises

Wednesday, July 17 Ballroom 20 Pilot screenings of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People and The 100, as well as a special presentation of The Originals featuring never-before-seen footage

The X-Files has been confirmed to have a panel.  Details coming soon!


Events around the Con

(A big thanks to sdccblog.com)

Steampowered Giraffe (steampunk)
July 18, 2013 3:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Join steampunk musical artists Steam Powered Giraffe with special guest from England Professor Elemental for a live show at the Four Points By Sheraton on July 18 at 3PM $

The Walking Dead Fan Meet-Up 
July 18, 2013 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Two Walking Dead podcasts, The Walker Stalkers and The Walking Dead Cast, are hosting a Walking Dead fan meet-up on Thursday, July 18th from 5 – 7:30 PM at The Corner 369 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States

Teen Wolf Fan Meetup 
July 18, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Teen Wolf Fan Works Contest is hosting the “Not Quite Teen” Teen Wolf Fan Meet up for fans of MTV’s series. This will be an opportunity for adult fans of the show to connect at San Diego Comic Con, and discuss Season 3 so far.  Yard House 1023 4th Ave, San Diego, CA

Beauty & the Beast Fan Meetup 
July 18, 2013 7:40 PM – 9:40 PM
The #BeastieRoundUp Beauty and the Beast Fan meetup will take place on Thursday, July 18, starting at 7:40PM at the Hard Rock Cafe San Diego. For more information, contact @ruthjccassidy on Twitter.  Hard Rock Cafe 801 4th Avenue , San Diego, CA


The Walking Dead Escape  
July 19, 2013 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
THE WALKING DEAD ESCAPE returns to Petco Park during SDCC for another grueling obstacle course dropping fans right into the world of the popular comic and television series from creator…  Petco Park 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA

The Haunted Hotel 
July 19, 2013 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
An annual staple during SDCC, San Diego’s The Haunted Hotel is once again opening its doors for the bravest of souls during the convention weekend.

The Walking Dead Escape  
July 20, 2013 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
THE WALKING DEAD ESCAPE returns to Petco Park during SDCC for another grueling obstacle course dropping fans right into the world of the popular comic and television series from creator…  Petco Park 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA

7th Annual Comic-Con Zombiewalk & Afterparty 
July 20, 2013 6:30 PM – 11:55 PM
No details yet, but Zombie Walk San Diego has posted a Facebook event for their 7th Annual Comic-Con Zombiewalk Afterparty, currently scheduled this year for July 20. The event simply states…

There are also paranormal and urban fantasy author panels.  Click Here for that list!

 Posted by at 12:48 pm
May 022013

I almost burned my soup today. 

"No! No! No! Noooo!" I yelled as I turned off the burner then moved the soup off the hot stove.  For a moment, I just stared at it with my hand in my hair, gripping my scalp.

I don't normally behave this way about burned soup. 

But today, if I had burned the soup, that would have been it.  Done.  No food until dinner.

And I was HUNGRY!

That's because this week I am doing the Live Below the Line challenge.  The organization challenges people in the US to live on $1.50 per day of food.  I bought the equivalent of $7.50 worth of food that had to last me for five days. 

So this bowl of soup represented my only choice for a midday meal.  If I burned it, that was it.  I would go hungry until dinner.  And I was already hungry.  That's why I turned the flames up high.  I wanted it to cook faster because I was hungry.  I was eating lunch a little early, because I was hungry.

This is all just an exercise, so I know that at the end of the week I can go back to eating what I want, when I want.  But in that moment when I thought I might have burned the soup, I was panicked.  My stomach was growling.  I didn't just want the soup.  I needed the soup. 

And that's how it is for people who live with this kind of hunger.  One mistake can be dramatic.  It means not eating for that meal or that day or even a couple of days.  As I stood there, staring at the pot, praying that when I stirred it that the lentils would not be all stuck to the bottom, that's when I got it.  The importance of soup. 

The importance of food for people who have so little.

So I urge you to give.  Whether it's $1, $5, $10, $100 or whatever you can. 

This week go without your latte and give someone some soup.


Attempting to raise $500.  For soup.

 Posted by at 12:45 pm
Jun 202012

Today I'm being interviewed on the ParaYourNormal radio show.  It will be everything you never wanted to know about me and really were afraid to ask.

But join us… and ask anyway.

Ask about my book, my writing and even (gulp) about my crazy life.  We will have a lot of fun… because Fun is my middle name.  Officially.  I changed it.  No, not really.

Even if you want to talk about other paranormal books, I'm okay with that.  I'm a huge fan of urban fantasy writers and will do anything I can to promote them.

Interview will be 4:30 Mountain Time.  Today, June 20th.

Click Here to access the show.

See you there!


 Posted by at 9:57 am
Jun 122012

If you are into any aspect of paranormal, then get your butt down to the Denver Comic Con this weekend!  

I'm not kidding!

Not only will I be hosting a fabulous UF/Paranormal panel that features amazing authors such as Jeanne Stein, Mario Acevedo, Lynda Hillburn and J.A. Kazimer, but there will also be a gaggle of paranormal movie, television and comic/animation stars.  

Wondering who?

Let's take a look…

For those old school Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans, we have James Marsters who played the white-haired, bad-ass-turned-good-guy Spike.

The Walking Dead fans can check out the latest cast member played by Lauren Cohan and chat with the ever adorable Chandler Riggs who plays Carl.

True Blood actress, Kristen Bauer who plays Pam, the sexy co-owner of Fangtasia.

Comic book authors and artists of iZombie, Angel & Faith, The Coffin, Motel Hell, Shaun of the Dead, Cry for Dawn and much more.

 Posted by at 9:45 am
May 092012

Why this post?  It's not paranormal.  But…

1. I waited four years for this.

2. It's going to be a long summer.

3. I can't stop watching and the brilliant folks at CastleAlways have spliced together all the kissing scenes from all the seasons (yes, there were others).  

Squee!  God Bless'em.



From Castle Episodes:


The Blue Butterfly


 Posted by at 2:19 pm
Apr 202012


Nathan Fillion may have been dubbed “Geek God” by Entertainment Weekly, but in this post I want to pay tribute to another god in the Geek pantheon: Zachary Levi, Master of Nerds.

Who is this powerful patriarch of the nerd community?  

He first broke into our collective consciousness through the television show Less Than Perfect, but turned our nerdy hearts to goo as star of Chuck.  Chuck appealed to nerds of all ages.  It had action.  It had geeky references to nerd culture.  It had the Intersect. 

And if being a nerd with a computer in his head recruited by the CIA to fight evil villains wasn’t enough to make nerds of the world bow to this man’s nerdiliciousness, Levi blew out all the stops and created The Nerd Machine and Nerd HQ.

The Nerd Machine is a wondrous online community for and about nerds.  It celebrates being a nerd and calls for us nerd-types to stand up and be proud.   “Really, everybody is a nerd,” Levi told PEOPLE magazine. “I think a nerd is someone who’s passionate about something. I’m a self-proclaimed nerd.”  The fantastic "Nerd" t-shirts (that you can buy on the site) say it all.  

Each year The Nerd Machine festivities culminate in an event that runs concurrently with the San Diego Comic Con—Nerd HQ.  Think of Nerd HQ as a mini Comic Con complete with video games, fun-filled activities, trivia and a herd of celebrities from your favorite nerdy tv shows, movies and comics.

So if you don’t have tickets to Comic Con, come to San Diego for Nerd HQ.  It is well worth the price of airfare.  I should know, I did it last year.  I’ve already planned my trip for this year and intend to keep attending every year as a sacred pilgrimage.  Paying homage to the Nerd Master. 


THIS JUST IN! Zach on the Kevin Pollak Chat Show:

Apr 162012

I'm going to blog way off topic today.  Today is not a paranormal day.  Nor is it a geek day.  

You see, I've made a decision to move.  Not just a little move.  Not even a cross country move.  I'm moving out of the country.  Doesn't that sound dramatic?  Truth is, I'm moving just a bit south of San Diego to a lovely Mexican city.  

And please don't post dire warnings about the dangers of drug cartels.  If riots break out in East L.A. does that mean people shouldn't live in Santa Barbara?  Because that's the difference between the drug cartel areas and the area where I'll be living.  Mexico is a big and beautiful country.  And I've done my research.  Enough said.

So why is this making me so teary-eyed and why should you care?   

No reason.  Just the fulfillment of a dream.  The letting go of another dream.  Small things.

You see I'm overthrowing the existing regime of my life.  The regime that bought into the American Dream of great job, family, house, fancy car and dog.  I'm instead embracing the Tamela Dream of single, fancy-free, pajama workdays, rental condo on the beach, vespa and cats.  

I'm drastically cutting expenses and adding a maid.  I'm cutting my workload, but more easily paying my bills.

Most of all, I'm focusing on my writing.

Oh, yeah… and I'll be driving distance to Comic Con.  So maybe there was a geek moment to be had.


So how about you?  Overthrow your own paradigms lately? 


 Posted by at 12:35 pm