Something to Read on Tolkien Reading Day


Today is Tolkien Reading day, and so I’ll be spending my day off revisiting some of my favorite works … and trying to get a little writing done as well.

Last year’s theme was “friendship” which I found rather uplifting. This year’s theme is … less uplifting: life, death, and immortality.

My sister shared a rather interesting blog post on the subject and how it ties to Tolkien’s life. Click here to check it out.

But before you go, I’m curious to know, what are you reading for Tolkien Reading Day?





You Shall Subscribe … to My Sister’s Newsletter


For those of you who want to stay informed about book releases, promotions, events, etc, just follow this link to my sister’s blog. Once there, click on the Gandalf to your left to sign up. (If you don’t know who Gandalf is you probably aren’t interested in signing up for this newsletter. LOL).

And because we’re twins, and share almost everything already, we’ll be sharing this newsletter, so you’ll be getting updates for two authors!

Sign up soon, because the first 20 followers will be entered to win a copy of my debut novel The Quest for the Holy Something or Other or my upcoming fantasy parody (your choice).

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In Anticipation of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


As December 17 slowly approaches, fans of the LOTR franchise drool in anticipation for the release of the third and final chapter of the Hobbit trilogy. In the meantime, I’m totally distracted and can’t get any work or writing accomplished. Hopefully, you’ll all forgive me. I just wanted to share with you a sample of “The Last Goodbye” interpreted by Billy Boyd for the end credits of the movie. At first, I was not in love with it, but it’s growing on me. Please check it out.

I hope you enjoyed the video and are as pumped for this film as I am! Stay tuned. More Hobbit updates to come!

Connecting at Kokomo-Con 2014


I know you’re all probably sick and tired of hearing about Kokomo-Con, but I wanted to share a little from my experience last Saturday. As a writer and as a nerd, I gained so much from attending the event.


Connecting with Carrie at Kokomo-Con 2014!

To be honest, one of the main reasons we went was to examine the event’s potential as a marketing venue for future book sales. Kokomo-Con attracts many local artists and writers who are interested in connecting with potential readers, and since my friends and I write fantasy, we considered this a great opportunity. After perusing the booths, and speaking with the vendors, we verified that it would be a viable marketing opportunity, that and a lot of fun. None of us are published yet, so my sister and I, along with my 6-year-old nephew, went to the event dressed as our favorite characters from Peter Jackson’s rendition of The Hobbit. I went as Tauriel, of course, and my sister dressed up as Thranduil. Rylee made the cutest little Legolas ever!


Things got a little bit . . . harry

Business aside, the event was enjoyable. There were great costumes, vendors, and show cases worth seeing. There was even a gaming room open to the public.The other cosplayers were absolutely amazing! There was even a guy dressed up as Frankenberry . . . not that I got his costume. My favorites were the 501 Storm Troopers who attend the event every year. This year, they brought Darth Vader along. We took over 100 pictures, I’m not even joking.


I think it’s safe to say I’ve created a little nerd;)

One of the highlights, besides winning the group costume contest, was exposing my nephew to the amazing world of nerdom and fostering his love of sci-fi and fantasy. I think it’s safe to say I’ve created a little nerd;) Mission accomplished, Auntie. More importantly, we did something special as a family, something he’s really into now. Probably going to have to do this again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that . . . well, you get the picture.

All in all, It was a great event, and we’re definitely going to do this again on the account that it’s Rylee’s new favorite event right after Halloween and Christmas. Haha. So, if you’re near the Kokomo area this time next year, check it out. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there . . . though I’ll probably be dressed as someone else. New cosplay ideas, anyone?

Thanks for stopping by. If you’d like to see more pictures from Kokomo-Con 2014 check out my Twitter page @kbbetzner.

In Defense of Tauriel


“I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air”–Galadriel, Fellowship of the Rings. I am, of course, referring to the excitement and anticipation surrounding the fast-approaching release of the third and final part of the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies. With this excitement also comes a lot of anxiety for myself and many fans of the film franchise, mostly concerning who will die. Okay, for those who read the books (or who remember what they read) they already know. But no one, not even the greatest Tolkien fans, knows the fate of Tauriel.


Even though she’s wearing red and green, Tauriel is not your typical holiday elf.

Who is that? Hardcore Tolkien fans may ask, flipping feverishly through their dog-eared copy of the book in search of this unfamiliar name. Well, for those who do not know, Tauriel is an original character created by Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh for the second and third movie. She is captain of the Woodland guard and a kick-butt fighter, as well. Tauriel does not appear in the original works, nor does she appear in the first film. She makes her debut in the second film alongside Legolas . . . who is also not supposed to be in the film, but who’s complaining? Not me, at least. Love me some Orlando Bloom!

I, for one, enjoyed the addition of the kick-butt she-elf, but I know there are many who don’t share my sentiment who would happily see her die. Since her character was revealed there has been a lot of disagreement as to whether or not she has helped or hurt the films. Tolkien purist, in particular, have not approved her addition, arguing that she was never mentioned in the books and therefore doesn’t belong in the films. However, actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays the role of Tauriel, states that the adaptation was justified because “Tolkien refers to the Woodland Elves, he just doesn’t talk about who they are specifically.” The actress is actually a fan of Tolkien and has read his works. For the role, she learned to fight as well as speak Elvish, enjoying it. I am not familiar with her performance in LOST but I was impressed that she is not a stranger to working in male-dominated casts.

Some lingering concerns about the character . . . the forced-Peje romance between her and Fili. Seriously, it was so poorly pulled-off, and I doubt its going to get any better in the next film.

She’s definitely not an elvish princess.

Still, I’m actually looking forward to seeing more of her character in the final film for the simple fact that she is an Elf and I can’t get enough of that race. Also, a strong female character doesn’t hurt the films any. Come on, at least she’s a fighter and not another Elvish princess. It could have been worse. Just saying.

Regardless, I’m really looking forward to the last film, even though I’m pretty sure her character is going to die. While many Tolkien fans may celebrate, a part of me is going to be sad to see her go.

Well, that’s all I have to say about that. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. As always, thanks for stopping by!

Gearing Up for Kokomo-Con 2014!

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Official logo of Kokomo-Con 2014

19 days and counting down until this year’s Kokomo-Con. I know what you’re thinking: Kokomo-Con? What’s that? I’ve never heard of Kokomo-Con. Well, unless you live near Central Indiana, you probably have not heard of this slowly growing nerd convention. It’s like Gen-Con but smaller . . . a lot smaller. In the upcoming years, I’m hoping to see it grow. I see promise in this event.


Let’s just say this Storm Trooper’s wife was not very happy . . .

Last year, I attended with my nephew just to check it out as a potential marketing venue for my upcoming novel. What I found were a lot of booths with guys trying to sell vintage Star Wars collectables and Walking Dead memorabilia. Among them, dotted here and there, were some authors and artists, as well. Those were my favorite booths, as I got a chance to meet these artists face-to-face and inquire on their careers. It was unclear whether or not they viewed this event as a worthwhile marketing venue, but it was clear they enjoyed the convention.

Adventure time!

More so, I enjoyed the costumes. There were so many cool costumes, and everyone was so eager to have their picture taken (with a hot blonde mind you. Haha!) I had so much taking pictures with all of the cosplayers and introducing my nephew to my nerdum . . . I don’t know if he’s been changed for the better . . . but hopefully his life’s dream of becoming a Storm Trooper can be one day be fulfilled.

Anyway, this year the event promises to be better than last year with special guests Denny O’Neil, Rafael Nieves, Dan Dougherty, Matt Hansel, and Dave Aikins, to name a few. Solution Squad, Unshaven Comics, Highwind Steamworks and other companies/groups will also be present for the event. I’m looking forward to visiting their booths and seeing all of the great costumes. Speaking of costumes . . .


No, not that kind of elf . . .

My sister and I are dressing up this year as Tauriel and Thranuil from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. For squees, my nephew is going as child Legolas. My friend, Sarah, will be joining us, even though her costume will be Star Trek themed (traitor). In preparation for the event, my sister and I have ordered hand-made elf ears, custom-made costumes, and wigs. My sister is even making her own crown out of wire, hot glue, and fake leaves. So far, it’s looking pretty good.

With everything going wrong in my life right now, this is something I’m really looking forward to, so I hope it’s not a bust. With my family and friends going with me, I’m sure it won’t be . . . even if all of the costume parts don’t come in on time. (I’m sure we can wing it).

For those of you who are looking for an interesting event to attend or your first comic-con experience, consider the Kokomo-Con. It won’t disappoint, and maybe I’ll see you there!

Brace Yourself Halloween is Coming!


Brace yourself Halloween is coming! I know, I know. It’s only September, but Halloween will be here before we know it, and for those of us planning on dressing up for the holiday, it’s never too early to start thinking about costumes.


Slutty pirate, slutty cop, slutty rag doll, slutty referee, and slutty solider . . . aren’t there any costumes for women that aren’t slutty?

This year, my sister and I were thinking about going as generic forest elves with bows and leathers and whatnot. This would be a pretty cheap costume since most of the accessories can be found online or at party stores. I already have the boots. But part of me wants to go as Tauriel from the Hobbit trilogy. They sell her costume complete with wig online. It would be a little more costly though, but I could reuse the costume for cosplay at conventions. So, it would be worth the extra bucks. Maybe I could go as one of my own characters. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.

To all of my writer friends, let me ask you, have you ever considered dressing up for Halloween as one of your own characters? Honestly, I think that’s a fun idea, plus, it might be a creative way to market your book. Think about it. You’re at a party and someone thinks your costume is really cool. They ask who you’re supposed to be. Here’s a natural opening to discuss your writing. If nothing else, it would be fun.

What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Fun idea? Lame idea? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!