Monday, July 14, 2014

ToyMan Show and SOULLESS

It's been a rough couple of weeks, but I'm trying to power through it as best I can. I've been a pretty bad blogger, and I'm WAY behind on catching up with everybody. I'll do my best!

Blogging for me has always been filled with lots of ups and downs, especially since I've been doing it for long. And by the way, in three weeks, this blog turns NINE years old. Thanks so much for sticking with me, and all of your support and encouragement is greatly appreciated.

So in that spirit, I attended my second ToyMan Show here in St. Louis. I didn't sell that many books, as people are there to buy toys, but the organizers have been working to make it a "mini-con" of sorts. Here are some fun pics:

Me and Stereo Optimus Prime (its creator is selling it for $500)

Deadpool Mariachi

Harry Potter outfit

Fellow steampunks!

They demanded a copy of my book

Cool Predator costume!

Not sure what they're from. Somebody enlighten me

Um...scantily clad superhero?

The 10th Doctor

1960s Catwoman

Who you gonna call?

Time traveling bounty hunter

* * * * * * * * * 
Crystal Collier's SOULLESS Cover Reveal!!!

Have you met the Soulless and Passionate? In the world of 1770 where supernatural beings mix with humanity, Alexia is playing a deadly game.

SOULLESS, Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she's forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

What people are saying about this series: 

"With a completely unique plot that keeps you guessing and interested, it brings you close to the characters, sympathizing with them and understanding their trials and tribulations." --SC, Amazon reviewer

"It's clean, classy and supernaturally packed with suspense, longing, intrigue and magic." --Jill Jennings, TX

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer

Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend†(a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Crystal!
Hope the next few weeks are better, Jay.
Some cool shots. Although some people probably shouldn't show that much skin.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think most costumes are just made up characters. Looks like it was a lot of fun though. Even if you only sold a few books, I bet it was worth it.

DEZMOND said...

ewww... that redheaded wench in violet is just nasty..... Methinks she doesn't have a mirror at home....

Pat Dilloway said...

Scantily clad superheroes...this is why I need to do more conventions.

Robin said...

Your toy convention looks like fun. It has been amazing to watch all of the Comic-Cons, etc. take off. They are so well attended. I think everyone wants to allow their inner child out to play and that offers up a perfect opportunity.

Glad you sold some books. Maybe you got people thinking even if they didn't buy that day.

And I hope that your job is going better. Been praying for you!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Great pictures. It looks like that was a lot of fun.

Crystal Collier said...

Man! What a fun event. Love the pics. You make me want to get out more rather than hanging out here on the interwebs, blogging. =) Thanks for helping with my reveal!

Maurice Mitchell said...

What cool costumes! Except for the redhead. o_O Stereo Optimus Prime would be awesome.

Jenna Howard said...

You need to come up here to our comic-con. We have a lot of artists and authors who attend. Field trip!!

And holy crap that cover is gorgeous.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yeh for Crystal!

Fun pics! Hope things settle down for you, Jay.

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Loni Townsend said...

The ToyMan show looks like it was fun! I hope things smooth out soon.

Grats Crystal!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! And that show looks like fun!

Congrats to Crystal!

cleemckenzie said...

Your visit to the ToyMan show was probably the best kind of slump therapy you could have had. It made me feel good just to see the pictures.

jaybird said...

Hang in there Jay. We are all routing for you!! Those pictures say a thousand words. My fav part of any con- checking out all the costumes and meeting so many new people!! Hope it lifted your spirits.

9 years of blogging is straight up amazing. That's quite an accomplishment in itself.

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