Saturday I'll be at The Book Bar with Carol Berg for a happy hour from 5-6 (or longer, depending).

She has a new book out called DUST AND LIGHT, which I've started. It's typical Carol: fabulous voice and world and character and language wrapped up in a gooey mess of plot. It's the sort of book that has so many delicious calories you don't even care if you get fat from it.

EXILE and maybe some others of my books will be for sale as well.

C'mon down and let's chat, shall we? Oh, and drinks are half price!

Book Bar Happy Hour
5 pm Saturday
4280 Tennyson St.
Colorado 80212

calendar, er, adjustment

I've added a new appearance to a fairly busy fall: happy hour at the Book Bar in Denver on September 13. I'm going to be there with Carol Berg, one of my favorite people and writers, and her book just happens to come out the month after EXILE's paperback.

I'll pimp more later but you can get in on the action by penciling this onto your calendar. Because BOOKS! FANTASY BOOKS!!

There will be half-priced drinks, too. Just sayin.

Can't remember if I mentioned I added MALCon to my schedule too. That's in August. I've never been so we'll just see how I like it. (disclaimer: I expect to like it very much)

Tour Page for deets. Checkit.

Also there's that Goodreads Giveaway of EXILE still going on until my BIRTHDAY!!

Okay, back to work. It's a #10KBAM week.

goodreads giveaway coming up!!

A few things of note, and I know I'm late on a lot of this on account I was on vacation. YAY VACATION.

Ahem. Yes, I'm back now. And dignified.


My first press, Whiskey Creek Press, has sold to Start Media. You might recall that name from the Night Shade deal--they're the folks who handle(d) the eBooks for EXILE and EMISSARY, while Skyhorse handles the editing, processing, and print end of things.

My book LOST PRINCE isn't included in the sale as my contract met its term of license this month. The book is sadly going out of print, including eBook. Right now the links are still live, which  you can find on my Ainsley page. Additionally, ARCHIVE OF FIRE will go out of print at the end of the year. While disappointing, the books are three years old, which is a good lifespan. Maybe someday I'll self-publish or resell them, but as of yet, I've no immediate plans to continue these series.

In the meantime I have lots of other cool plans.

~~~The EXILE paperback promo is in full Force~~~

(I'm unable to write Force without capitalizing)

If you want a book for review, please contact me at betsydornbusch @ gmail . com
I will either send you one or have my publisher send you one.

I have been several places on the Internetz lately:

I wrote about the Three Things I've Learned from Writing Fantasy for SF Signal.
I talked about Writing The Other  at Bibliophilic
My Bookish Ways was kind enough to do an interview. They are tremendously supportive of the series. :)
At Fantastical Imaginations I discuss the Gender Gap in EXILE.
Only the Best SFF hosted my piece on my Writing Process, such as it is.

~~~Forthcoming dates~~~ 

A post at Fantastical Imaginations
An interview and review at Rising Shadow
Bibliophilic wants to know What Inspired Osias?
Writing about writing for Savvy Authors

Check here and Facebook and Twitter for linkie-loos when they're available.

I've also added an actual, live appearance with me in some sort of clothing besides jammies to my schedule -- MALCon in Denver, August 8-10. I'm hoping for college kids at this one. Should be fun. Lots of friends are going.

~~~Goodreads giveaway~~~
 thanks to my publisher Night Shade Books


    Goodreads Book Giveaway


        Exile by Betsy Dornbusch




          by Betsy Dornbusch


            Giveaway ends August 16, 2014.
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.

      Enter to win




My Bookish Ways was kind enough to let me pay a visit and talk about my books.

Also, I talk "Writing the Other" at Bibliophilic Book Reviews. 

exile trade paperback book day!!

Hey, hi! Exile is out in Trade Paperback today. Happy birthday, again, little book!

Here it is at various outlets:
Broadway Book Mall
Boulder Book Store
Tattered Cover

Barnes and Noble

I'm noticing the Kindle price has dropped to about 11 bucks, too.

Also, I'm making an appearance on SF Signal today talking about three things I learned from writing fantasy. 

badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

This mess is part of my badge collection from the past several years. It's dumped out because I was looking for lanyards. Most writers I know save their badges from cons. I need a nice way to store them, which I think is going to be a hook in my office or the closet. Sometimes they have original art on them, like this year's Denver Comic Con. Usually I have such a great time at a con that it's like bringing home a little memory with me.

I haven't counted the badges, but in eight years I've attended over fifty cons to my best estimate. I've always been on the speaking side of them, so they're working events for me. But it's still fun, part of my job I love.

But I always love to get back into the quiet and write, too.

Speaking of writing here is a working version of flap copy for ENEMY, third book of the Seven Eyes series. I'm having fun with it. I hope eventually readers get to have fun with it too!!

The last time Draken traveled Akrasia, he was the highest lord in the land. His journey before that was eased by royal favor and the grace of the gods. This time is different. Forced from his throne and his family destroyed, he must run while his adopted country buckles under twin attacks from religious fanatics and a coup by an upstart lord. Bitter from fighting an insurmountable war and losing the life he’s built, he lets the ghosts of past mistakes drive him into a life of vigilante revenge. But Draken is about to learn gods and wars have a way of catching up to a man. 

denver comic con schedule and contest!!

It's almost here!! Denver Comic Con!!  I recommend using Guidebook as a phone app but here it is on the site.

~!!! First, A Contest !!!~ 

I'm getting author copies for EXILE in trade paperback next week and you can be among the first to have on in your hot little hands. Or big hands. Whatever.

Here's the deal, the first person each day who comes up to me and mentions this contest at Comic Con will win! Yes, that's THREE winners who will get a signed copy of the book. Remind me to take our selfie together!! And don't play shy if it's late in the day. You might still win!!

Hunt me down in the dealers room (I like to hang out and watch the music sometimes.) Find me in the Hyatt lobby where all the cool kids get drinks. Come to a panel. Take a chance on a MLP panel, I might be there with my daughter. Co-stalk Lou Ferrigno with me. Oh, and the Arrow guy!! squeee!! At any rate, I'm at DCC all day Friday, afternoon of Saturday, and all day Sunday.

My picture is all over the place but I anticipate having crimped, quite blonde hair. I'm leaning toward lots of bling this weekend for my attire.

Fine Print:
I only bite people I really, really like.
I won't have copies on me so you'll have to trust me with your address.
I won't stalk you.
No promises.
Who knows? Maybe I'll include a little con swag...
If I ask you to walk with me, then please do; I often have to be somewhere in a hurry.

Some Places You Will Most Definitely Find Me

I have one panel Friday, one on Saturday, and FOUR on Sunday so busy busy, though I get to hang out and just a con-goer with the family on Saturday afternoon (after 2:30), which I'm super excited about since I'm usually running like mad every day of a con.


12:15 room 107  Authors vs Fans: The Throwdown


1:30 room 102 Objectification of Women in Media

3-4 SIGNING Booth 130 across from Celebrity Summit. Hopefully the Arrow guy will be signing at that time!!! squeee!!


11  room 108 What's the Difference Between Sword & Sorcery and Epic Fantasy?

1:30 room 107 The Importance of Strong Female Characters in SFF

2:45 room 107  Creating the Setting for SFF Novels

4  room 108 Women in Fiction

And a special shout-out for this panel cuz my wonderful agent Sara Megibow is on it! And you'll also find me there if you're looking to win a book.

Friday 11 am room 107 A Guide to Traditional Publication for Novelists