upcoming cons

Mile Hi Con is October 24th-26th in Denver. Here's the schedule here if any y'all are going. 
Friday Evening: Autograph Alley
Saturday 1-2  Obligation vs Opportunity: Tackling issues in SFF
Sunday 10 Reading (EMISSARY) w/ Carol Berg (DUST AND LIGHT)
Sunday 11- 12 Supernatural Fan Forum
Sunday 2-3 Combat in SF&F
November 5-9 I'll be at World Fantasy Convention in Washington D.C. I've got word I'll be on programming and details are forthcoming.

WFC finishes my 2014 appearances. Next year is in the planning stages. I do have a book coming out, EMISSARY February 3, 2015, squeee! The cover pictured is just a placeholder, btw. I've seen the pencils and it's gonna be awesome.

the book cellar

I'm happy to add THE BOOK CELLAR, another indie bookstore, to my list on my site, and they do carry EXILE :) I stopped in Saturday before lunch out (in cutoffs and my oldest sweatshirt--inside out. soooo professional) and signed and had a great chat with them. Nice folks with lots o' books!!

They're in Louisville Colorado on Main Street near lots of good bars and restaurants. :)

Oh, and I forgot to mention a recent happy review of EXILE.

newsflash: yoga pants are comfortable

Read the link: A really important article about slut shaming and dress codes. 

This is why when I see ridiculous dress codes, or ones enforced randomly (or not so random, but against girls who are generally more developed than others because kids grow at different rates) I get so infuriated.

Dress codes and enforcement send horrible messaging to ALL KIDS:

1. Boys can't help themselves. Ergo they have zero responsibility.
2. It's up to girls to police both sexes. Even though it's damned impossible to control someone else.
3. It's girls' fault if something bad happens/they asked for it with their attire.
4. Sex is something that is given--not in a loving, healthy way, but in a controlling way.
5. Girls are here on earth to please boys/men.
6. Girls have an obligation to please boys/men in all ways.
7. Boys' experiences in school is more important than girls' experiences.
8. Girls should feel ashamed of their bodies if they're too sexy/not sexy enough... also, that however their bodies do/n't please men and boys at the right time should shame them. They should try to figure out what boys/men want at any given time.
9. An extremely damaging focus on the body rather than the mind.
10. Girls' needs and wants and self expression are secondary to boys/men's needs and wants.

Dress codes are reactionary and lazy, enforcing them after the fact or denying (usually a girl) access to a school event because of her clothes is unfair and accomplishes nothing but hurt and embarrassment. Here's another newsflash: Teenage boys AND girls think about sex. A lot. Part of growing up is to learn how to control those sometimes overwhelming desires. So I respectfully submit to schools struggling with dress codes, how about y'all do what you do best? TEACH.

How about classes for girls teaching them self-control is exactly that: SELF - control. And that women are not on this earth for males. That everybody's brains and emotions and self expression are important and valid. And that nothing others do or think has to do with their dress, behavior, or them at all. That she is responsible for the behavior of one person: HERSELF.

How about classes for boys teaching them self-control is exactly that: SELF - control. And that women are not on this earth for males. That everybody's brains and emotions and self expression are important and valid. And that nothing others do or think has to do with their dress, behavior, or them at all. That he is responsible for the behavior of one person: HIMSELF.

Might be a start.
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.
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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.