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Game with Authors!

Game with Authors!

July 20th, 2017

So what is Game with Authors?? Something I'm pretty excited about! On Saturday, July 29th, folks local to the Seattle area will be able to come out to the always awesome Zulu's Board Game Cafe in Bothell, WA and game with local SF/F/H authors! Details below! Zulu's found this awesome, ancient game!     WHO: Local authors Raven Oak (Me!), Jesikah Sundin, Jeffrey Cook, Jennifer Brozek, and Sechin Tower WHAT: Gaming with authors! Get the scoop on their latest and newest works whileRead More...

Candles are Coming!

Candles are Coming!

July 13th, 2017

Candles are coming! If you've never heard of A Court of Candles, you need to rectify that STAT! They do book-themed candles that are the best smelling candles I've ever encountered. Besides doing candles for things like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, they've done character-themed candles for Jesikah Sundin's Biodome Chronicles and now... It's hard to read the labels on Margaret's candle but the three candles are: Adelei: Sea salt and desert sage Ida Warhammer: Leather, steel,Read More...

Seattle Weekly

Seattle Weekly

July 10th, 2017

So today's the last day you can vote in Seattle Weekly's Best of Seattle Reader Polls, and thus, the last day you can vote for me for Best Author. I'm still not sure how I made it be a finalist, but I'm happy to be one. If you feel like voting, the link is below, and if you've already voted, apparently you can vote more than once so you are welcome to vote again. http://seattleweekly.secondstreetapp.com/bos17/gallery/66645614/Read More...

Locus Awards Wrap-Up

Locus Awards Wrap-Up

June 27th, 2017

The 2017 Locus Awards were held this past weekend, an event requiring Hawaiian attire and a good sense of humor. I say the latter part because the MC is Science Fiction Grand Master Connie Willis, who has a sharp and sarcastic sense of humor. Absent was her heckler, Nancy Kress, but we made due without their awesome dynamic (Nancy was teaching at Taos Toolbox). The panels are pretty short as this weekend isn't meant to beRead More...

Write-A-Thon

Write-A-Thon

June 22nd, 2017

It's that time again for Clarion West's Annual Write-A-Thon! What is Clarion West?  From their website: CLARION WEST WRITERS WORKSHOP IS A NONPROFIT LITERARY ORGANIZATION BASED IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, WITH A MISSION TO IMPROVE SPECULATIVE FICTION BY PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION TO WRITERS AT THE START OF THEIR CAREERS. AS AN EXTENSION OF ITS PRIMARY MISSION, CLARION WEST ALSO MAKES SPECULATIVE FICTION AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC BY PRESENTING READINGS AND OTHER EVENTS THAT BRING WRITERS AND READERS TOGETHER. I'veRead More...

Locus Awards

Locus Awards

June 22nd, 2017

This weekend is the Locus Awards Weekend, complete with readings by Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn on Friday and a party, and a Saturday full of panels, food, awards, autographing, and more parties! In fact, on Saturday, I'll be autographing books along with Liz Argall, Greg Bear, Annie Bellet, Robert Jackson Bennett, Curtis Chen, Daryl Gregory, Eileen Gunn, Randy Henderson, Scott James Magner, Julie McGalliard, Seanan McGuire, Raven Oak, Adam Rakunas, Cat Rambo, Matt Ruff, Nisi Shawl,Read More...

My Love Affair with a Water Demon

My Love Affair with a Water Demon

June 21st, 2017

My love affair with a water demon began as a child. I’ve always been a water-baby, born in California and raised at least a part of my childhood in Florida. I spent my summers in the water and hurricane season dodging a multitude of hurricanes with taped up windows and candles. I love water. Sit me next to a lake or ocean on a beautiful day, and I’m set. I even love the ocean onRead More...

Best Author!?

Best Author!?

June 9th, 2017

A reader informed me that I'm a finalist in Seattle Weekly's Best of Seattle Readers' Poll for Best Author! Whoever of you nominated me, thank you!! This news makes me SQUEE like I'm standing in front of Nathan Fillion. If you want to vote for the winner, go here: http://seattleweekly.secondstreetapp.com/bos17/gallery/66645614 *still squeeing* Read More...

Another Interview & Giveaway

Another Interview & Giveaway

June 9th, 2017

The amazing Lindsay Pierce is giving away a free, autographed copy of my book Class-M Exile as she gears up for the release of her book Trans Liberty Riot Brigade. She's also interviewed me in a very silly and awesome way. You can check out all the details and the interview here: https://www.piercebooks.com/single-post/2017/06/09/Class-M-Exile-Giveaway-Week-Two Also, if you're a fan of Marissa Meyer, there's a great giveaway going on that's being sponsored by multiple authors, including me. You can get allRead More...

Fantasy Fiends

Fantasy Fiends

June 6th, 2017

Just before Lilac City Comicon, I was interviewed on the Fantasy Fiends YouTube Podcast. You can check out the full 50 minute interview/discussion at the link below. The main focus of the interview podcast was to talk about family, which is an important theme in Amaskan's Blood. https://youtu.be/Ggozb9qWVI0 (They've disabled embedding the video, so you'll have to click on the link to watch it.)Read More...

LCCC Wrap-Up!

LCCC Wrap-Up!

June 6th, 2017

This is your LCCC Wrap-Up! I've been to Spokane before for Worldcon, but this is the first time I've driven out there without the chaos of multiple wildfires. Lilac City Comicon was larger than I expected, but full of fun fans who enjoyed cosplay, reading, and generally geeky things. I met so many people that my brain is still in a fog over the past five days. (Yes, we're wearing matching Legend of Zelda skirts, made by theRead More...

Time to Hunt!

Time to Hunt!

May 31st, 2017

In honor of the AAYAA / The YA Shelf Scavenger Hunt, anyone who Joins the Conspiracy (my mailing list) between now and June 7th, will be entered to win a SIGNED copy of Amaskan’s Blood, plus some swag. (No purchase necessary.) Sign up here: http://www.ravenoak.net/for-readers/mailing-list Let me WHISPER that again... Join the Conspiracy and possibly win a free copy of Amaskan’s Blood. Also to help you in your journey: #122 -- T.M. Franklin   #123 -- Raven Oak #124 -- Felisha Antonette And if you're looking to Join the Hunt, you canRead More...

Lilac City Comicon

Lilac City Comicon

May 30th, 2017

This coming weekend is Lilac City Comicon in Spokane, WA, where I'll be with Books & Chains on Saturday and Sunday in the Vendors/Exhibitors Hall! Science Fiction author Jesikah Sundin, myself, and chainemaille jewelry artist Elise Kreinbring will be there selling our books and chainemaille jewelry so come say hello--Booth 208. We'll be near Star Wars' 501st Legion, as well as BJ Shea's Geek Nation Podcast. Lots of fun exhibitors so if you're in the area, youRead More...

Scavenger Hunt(s)!

Scavenger Hunt(s)!

May 23rd, 2017

My site (and thus, me) is taking part in TWO scavenger hunts for the end of May and the first week of June! In May, science fiction romance author, J. M. Page, is having a scavenger hunt for her birthday. Each day there will be a new clue for you to find the answer to, and that answer will be your entry into the giveaway for the day. Yes, there are prizes! You can get all the details HERE. HINT: IfRead More...

1 Week Hiatus

1 Week Hiatus

May 13th, 2017

Greetings! This site will be on a 1-week hiatus from Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 21st, while family is in town. You probably won't see me all that much on social media either, but I'll be back! I promise! See you on the flipside!Read More...