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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MystiCon 2012 + Give Away

By: Sharon Stogner
Co-Founder & Media Relations

I had the pleasure of spending a day at the second annual MystiCon - a family friendly convention by the fans for the fans of Sci-fi, horror and fantasy in the beautiful mountains of Roanoke, VA. I got to meet New York Times best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon, actor Richard Hatch, author Stephen Zimmer of Seventh Star Press and authors Sapphire Phelan (AKA Pamela Kinney) and Alethea Kontis along with many other artists, writers and publishers. And let's not forgot all the fans dressed up and ready for action! The icing on the cake...there was a real working Delek!
I have lots of pictures and links to some of the awesome people I met. Baaart had a good time too. He will have his own post later on to tell you about who he met...

Meeting author Sherrilyn Kenyon was a highlight. The mastermind behind the award winning Dark-Hunter and Lords of Avalon series plus graphic novels Sword of Darkness and Knight of Darkness. Sherrilyn was very popular and the long line only enforced her large follwoing, but once you got your turn she spent as much time with the fans as you wanted. She was extremely personable and quiet funny. It was worth the wait. And she also happened to love our mascot Baaart.

I was excited to meet author Stephen Zimmer of Seventh Star Press who has worked with I Smell Sheep to promote the small press. His enthusiasm for SSP and all its authors is infectious. SSP uses the talents of artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson to illustrate their books. Stephen graciously gave me many sets of glossy post cards featuring the art from some of the books. They are gorgeous! And I am sure the Cheerwine I brought him had nothing to do with him handing over all that swag <G>. I will be giving away a set of these at the end.

Is this Pamela or Sapphire and what is she doing to Baaart!?

Pamela Kinney (AKA Sapphire Phelan) As Pamela she has written two non-fiction books about ghost stories in Virginia called Haunted Richmond, Virginia and Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales from Schiffer Books . As her alter-ego Sapphire, she writes in the romance genre about aliens, werewolves, vampires, fairies, including other supernatural and otherworldly heroes & heroines. I have a signed CD copy of her romance novel To Teach an Ancient God to give away.

I also talked with author Alethia Kontis. Her highly anticipated debut Young Adult fairy tale Enchanted hits shelfs this May. What a lovely person and she wears a tiara, pretty much a win in my book <G>. She has also published some children's picture books and The Dark-Hunter Companion with Sherrilyn Kenyon. You can find her: website-FB-twitter

I briefly chatted with actor Richard Hatch who acted on Battlestar Galactica, Murder, She Wrote, T.J. Hooker, Dynasty and MacGyver just to name a few. I was Team Apollo back in the day.

There were a few independent film makers like
The Adrenalin Group and Mad Ones Films

I want to give shout outs to some of the people I met:

a paranormal investigation team in Virginia. They do free and professional investigations. They are now offering Haunted Retreats where you can be a guest investigator!

Intervention 2012 (Sept 21-23)
This “internet convention” is meant to Intervene and Inspire the whole family to embrace Technology, Digital Media, and the potential of the Internet in order to make a better world.

Beck Kramer
A wonderful sketch artist.

I met my first Delek. It was quite noisy.

And last but not least, there was one zombie, who came with me. My teenage daughter Ren making her second appearance as
The Con Prom Zombie.

Baaart will be posting his pictures very soon.
In the meantime I have a few things to give away:

*set of 40 amazing Seventh Star Press artwork cards
*CD of Sapphire Phelan's To Teach an Ancient God
*signed card + button from Sherrilyn Kenyon
*small book of Beck Kramer sketches
*various swag
*moon pie and Kool-Aid

1. Leave a way to contact you
2. Tell me what you would like to dress up as for a Con...

Contest ends March 7th at midnight. DOUBLE entries for followers!


  1. This looks like alot of fun. I would probably dress up as a crazy cat lady zombie.

    I am a gfc follower

  2. a crazy zombie cat lady that ATE cats!! that would make a cool costume :)

  3. Great post, nice blog and uhh, interesting daughter. LOL

  4. Drow Princess with blue hair and white eyes, would that fit? lol

    pyrosama at

  5. I mean Sharon who could beat a crazy zombie cat lady that ATE cats? Maybe I could be the backyard over the fence nutty neighbor zombie who likes pie :) It looks like you had a great time and I am green with envy wishing I had been with you. Thank you for sharing a taste of the awesomeness you were able to participate in!
    I am a follower

    1. I want to be a pie eating person!! Chocolate Chess or Lemon Chess pie...

  6. WOW...looks like you and Baaart had a great time!!! I would dress up as a zombie(hawt one of course). Go around scaring small children!!! Thanks for the giveaway..looks fab!!!

    1. scaring small children...yeah, I'm down with that :)

  7. thanks for the giveaway. I think zombie would be awesome but as everyone already told it I would say in witch maybe, it would be funny.

    I'm a follower.


    1. witches are awesome. Would you be a good witch or a bad witch? :)

  8. Looks like you and Baaart had a lot of fun! I love the prom zombie too :) I guess I would dress up as some really out there spider creature...I'm really scared of spiders so I figure dress up like what I'm afraid of to scare other people right? lol ;) ;)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I'm a gfc follower: Ashley Applebee
    Ashley A

    1. got to agree with the spider thing. Not a fan myself...

  9. I would not mind dressing as a zombie. That would be fun. The con looks like it was so much fun. I was team Starbuck
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  10. WOW! What a fun day you had. I would have tried to run off with the Delek! Very cool and all that nice swag to boot!

  11. wish i live in a country that had a con like this one..

    1. oops.. sori.. forgot about the question

      hmm.. let's see, maybe i'd dress as one of my country's native ghost.

      i'm a follower, and give baart a smooch from me (he's so cuuuutttteeeee, don't you think??)

  12. Not entering as Stephen has been kind and I have a ton of SSP swag though I'd dive head first into a Cheerwine giveaway. I've never tried it and now heard so much I'm uber curious. Just saying is all ;)

  13. That looks like a lot of fun.
    I'd probably dress up as a witch.

  14. Lots like a blast. I would dress like one of Angels from Dr.Who.

  15. I've only ever been to scifi cons and I always go as a science officer fro Star Trek. Looks like you had lots of fun. Would love to hit some other cons too. Would love to win some swag too.


  16. I would totally go as a zombie---i'm wierd like

    I am going to have to go to some conventions at some point...none ever come my way though ;(

    I am a loyal follower:Kristina


  17. contest closed and the winner is....Debby! debby236 at gmail dot com