This year, I am attending a convention that I have dreamed of attending for the past two years! UtopYA Con 2015!
Why have I coveted attendance to this convention?
Well, it is a collaborative and educational convention that focuses on supernatural and contemporary young adult and new adult fiction!
In a nutshell.....what I write! :)
There are panels filled with writers and experts in the publishing industry as well as the entertainment industry that share tips to improve our craft and advance our careers as writers.....while having fun!
For the lovers of books and readers, the fun will be ENDLESS! Authors will be signing and visiting and having lunch, dinner, and chatting it up with you during the convention. I myself will be plenty available for signing and chatting as I am signing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!
In addition to all of this, novels written in the genre of Young Adult and New Adult are awarded at this convention through the UtopYA Academy.
Now, nominations can only come from the Academy, so I can only keep my fingers crossed that they spot the two novels I have up for eligibility this year!
YES, THAT IS RIGHT!
I HAVE 2 NOVELS FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION AT UTOPYA!!
I was so surprised when I looked at the deadline dates and categories for awards. Both "Dismantling Evan" and "Transcending the Legacy: Book 4" the finale in the Piercing the Fold series are both eligible and they can be nominated in a few categories each!
Title: Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 (Final book in the Piercing the Fold series)
Authors: Venessa Kimball
Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Dystopian
Best Science Fiction
Best Cover (Supernatural) - designed by SK Whiteside
Best Shero - Jesca
Best bestie/buddy - Elisha
Best Couple- Jesca and Nate or Jesca and Xander
Best Supernatural Series
Book of the Year
Here's the cover for Transcending the Legacy:
Blurb for Transcending the Legacy: Book 4:
With Jesca’s return from beyond the veil comes the realization that she is part of an ancient and celestial legacy that is much greater than the Sondian and Dobrian rivalry could ever be and the understanding of what has become of our world in the year that she has been gone beyond the veil.
It becomes known that ancient bloodlines and a supernal legacy has linked Jesca, her family, the two men she is torn between, and the team of guardians. With no other guidance but Jesca’s visions of what this legacy holds for them, the guardians are depending on the divining glimpses she is receiving to put them on the path leading to salvation.
As for our world, the population that has survived the galactic intersection, the climatic shift, and the necessary implantations are being invaded, occupied, and destroyed by the very beings Jesca encountered beyond the veil. The beings intent? To possess our world and stop Jesca and the other guardians from fulfilling the legacy that could save the human race and eradicate them.
Once again, Author Venessa Kimball will take you on a spine-tingling and breath-taking roller coaster ride through a reality that has been set askew, a reality that has surfaced the rim of our known existence, a reality that has ascended unworldly obstacles, and now a reality that must be transcended by one for the survival of all. The question is, will the stakes be too high and the loss be to great for Jesca and the guardians?
Get ready for the final book in the Piercing the Fold series, Transcending the Legacy
Title: Dismantling Evan (the Evan series)
Authors: Venessa Kimball
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Best Contemporary Fiction
Best Contemporary Series
Best Cover (Contemporary) - designed by SK Whiteside
Best Contemporary Lead - Evan "Evangeline" Phillips
Best bestie/buddy - Nikki Bell
Best Kiss - Evan and Brody
Best Couple- Evan and Brody
Book of the Year
Here's the cover of Dismantling Evan:
Blurb for Dismantling Evan:
Life is unstable...
…What will be the trigger to dismantle it?
When high school senior Evangeline "Evan" Phillips moves half way across the country with her parents to a quaint town in Texas, it should be a chance to start over.
It should be.
Typical of Evan, she doesn’t share her parents’ optimism. Always the loner, she is prepared to hide behind work at the school newspaper until graduation. That is the seemingly bulletproof plan until she meets her new neighbors, Gavin and Brody Ferguson.
The more Evan gets to know her neighbors, their band of friends, and frenemies, the more unsettling her new high school and community gets in Braxton Springs, Texas.
As Evan unwittingly digs deeper into the lives of those around her, her own skeletons begin to surface leaving her vulnerable and scrambling to keep her own sanity and reputation. Will Evan be able to get control over her spiraling secrets while discovering friendship and love for the first time?
Or will the issues and pressures of life as a band of not-so-average teens in a very typical high school become too much, resulting in the tragic dismantlement of an entire community and Evan herself?
Dismantling Evan is a fresh and edgy work of literary fiction that snapshots how life as a teen in modern society can be unstable and the social issues and pressures revolving around them can tip the fleeting stability of society over the edge.
There are many awards this year, so I am hoping that either of my two novels will be considered by the Academy. That alone would be a honor. The members of the Academy have a tough job in their hands with so many extraordinary YA novels, novellas, and series this year. I know it will be a tough decision to make.
Fingers and toes crossed though :)
Can't wait to meet UtopYAn readers, fellow authors, and fans in Nashville! See you in June!