EelKat Wendy C Allen - zdark Fantasy Author

2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided

After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.

Books in Vacationland 2017

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Attending Authors

Here is the list of those attending Books in Vacationland 2017!

A.E. Woodward:

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A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life's finer things. However in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading. A.E. is the co-author of CAUGHT, and the author of Kismet, Working Girl and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. Reprieve is her seventh novel.

Angela Sanders:

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Living in Kentucky as a wife, Mommy, retired Navy Chief and former political writer, I left the political world for the things that dreams are made of: books! I began my journey by reading whatever I could get my hands on, then became a beta reader and also edited books on the side for wonderfully talented authors. I wouldn't be writing today if not for the encouragement and support of my fellow authors who took me under their wing. 

Delphine Rising is my first series with Winds of Change and Raging Inferno being the first to release.

Betty Bolte:

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I've always loved writing and reading, and am thrilled to be able to spend my time doing both.

Favorite Books: Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer; The Williamsburg Stories by Elswyth Thane; Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen; The Tradd Street Trilogy by Karen White; and many, many more!

Personal Interests: Writing, reading, hiking, traveling, history, needlework, dogs, cats, horses, music

Cecile Teller:

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Cecile Tellier holds Masters degrees in Special Education as well as Criminal Justice: Law. She lives in upstate NY with her husband and two children and got her start in writing as early as high school having been published in poetry anthologies and freelance erotica. Cecile is the author of the Magus of Miami series as well as the Binding series.

Danielle James:

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I am a smart-mouthed Kentucky gal who loves to read and write. Currently, I have more than twenty books available ranging from steamy paranormal romance to thrillers and everything in between! I enjoy mingling so look for me at your nearest Book Con!

E.J. Fechenda:

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E.J. Fechenda has lived in Philadelphia, Phoenix and now calls Portland, Maine home where she is a wife, stepmom, and pet parent all while working full time. 

She has a degree in Journalism from Temple University and her short stories have been published in Suspense Magazine, the 2010 and 2011 Aspiring Writers Anthologies, and in the Indies Unlimited 2012 Flash Fiction Anthology. E.J. is the author of The New Mafia Trilogy and co-founder of the fiction reading series, “Lit: Readings & Libations”, which is held semi-quarterly in Portland.

Erin Hayes:

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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

Freya Barker:

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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. 

Driven to make her books about 'real' people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down. 

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

JD Nelson:

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JD Nelson is a Bestselling Author of Fantasy Romance and Adult Paranormal Romance. A transplant from Mobile, Alabama, she gave up Mardi Gras and frequent hurricanes to move to the earthquake capital of the United States, the San Francisco Bay Area. JD loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website,, or on Facebook, where she spends an alarming amount of time chatting to her many author and reader friends, much to the dismay of her continually neglected manuscripts.

Jennifer Field:

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Jennifer’s debut full length novel Twice Lost – Book 1 in the Harbinger Series was released in September 2014 under the Forever Red Publishing label. She is currently working on four Novella length books within the Harbinger Series to be released in-between her full length novels just to keep the steaminess going.

She currently lives in Western Massachusetts and has a love for adventure that makes her who she truly is. As an avid mountain climber & hiker it is not unusual for her to be hanging off of a 5.9 in the Adirondacks or the Shawangunk Mountain ranges. During the off season of climbing, also known as winter, she attends the New England Center for Circus Arts where she studied static trapeze (think Cirque rather than Circus). 

She an only child so has her mother to thank for her over active imagination and knack for storytelling. Over the years she’s written several short stories of the “naughty” nature. But had never envisioned herself as a writer. Just someone who enjoyed telling a steamy story from time to time.

Katana Collins:

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When Katana Collins was younger and stole her mother’s Harlequins to read beneath the covers with a flashlight, she wanted to read about the tough as nails heroine. The perfectly imperfect girl with quirks and attitude and sass. And the anti-heroes who were anything but “Prince Charming.” Forget the knight on a white horse… she wanted the bad boy on a motorcycle.

So, now, she writes those romance novels she craved to see on the shelves all those years ago—the sassy heroines. The badass heroes. She penned her first romance novel back in 2012 and now, a few years later, she is an international author with 15 published books, in a wide range of contemporary romance genres (Paranormal, New Adult, Small town, Erotic Suspense… you name it!).

She lives in Portland, Maine, with an ever-growing brood of rescue animals: a kind of mean cat, a very mellow chihuahua, and a very not mellow lab puppy... oh yeah, there's a husband somewhere in that mix, too. She can usually be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.

Melanie Moreland:

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New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. 

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. 

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She's learned happily ever-afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story. 

Mary Moriarty:

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I live on the coast of Maine with my sons and many pets, drinking way too much tea...

P. Marie:

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I am a small town girl from outside of Boston where I live with my loud Italian family and fur babies Tekk (Yes named after Jason V) and Tessie (Drop Kick Murphy's) my springer spaniels. I am happily married for 34 years to my High School sweetheart, and we have two beautiful and successful children. I am a corporate girl by day and Author by night. I also run and manage New England Naughty and Nice Book Blog promoting and helping out other wonderful Authors!. Welcome to Beantown is my debut novel that I co-author with Elle Vanzandt. This is a great story of friendship and family love and loss. You will find yourself thinking back to the first time you formed that real friendship with your close friends and how they helped you through the ups and downs that life throws at you. Please note that 10% of my proceeds from the sale of this story will be going to a Dana Farber Cancer Institute to help the wonderful warriors who are fighting their battles with cancer.

Renee Dyer:

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From a young age Renee Dyer had a love of writing, starting with a doodle pad at age four that soon turned into journals and later computer documents. Poetry became short stories and short stories became a novel.

Although she's surrounded by males all day having three sons, a husband and a hyperactive chocolate lab, she still finds time to be all woman when she escapes into the fantasy of reading and writing romance. That is, until she needs male perspective and garners eye rolling from her husband. She's a true New Englander.

You'll find her screaming profanity at her TV while the Pats play and cuddling under blankets during the cold seasons (which is most of them) reading a good book. To her snow is not a reason to shut things down, only a reason to slow down and admire the beauty. Ask her questions and she'll answer them. She's an open book, pun fully intended.

Teresa Michaels:

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Wife and mother. Romance writer. Avid reader. Pizza and chocolate lover.

Author of the new romantic-suspense novel CURVEBALL. 

Tim Farren:

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Tim was born and raised in rural Maine. From a young age he had a desire to explore the world around him and beyond. The woods and waters of Maine were accessible to him and he took full advantage of that accessibility.

Beyond Maine was not so accessible until his later years. He joined the military and was fortunate enough to end up as a flight crew member in the Air Force. The places in the world that the military exposed him to only fueled his desire to experience other cultures and places. After spending nearly a month in Africa in 1995 he formed a safari company with a partner from Zimbabwe. Farren Safaris has allowed Tim the opportunity to travel extensively to remote areas of Africa and continually quench his thirst for adventure and meeting new friends.

Angela Goldsberry:

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Angela Goldsberry (b. 1965) was born in Peru, Indiana, but grew up in Philadelphia. She began writing poetry after a writing assignment for school sparked a hidden talent, resulting in four volumes over a number of years. In addition to poetry, she began to include romance novellas to her repertoire. Writing was put on hold while she established a career in medical editing and brought up two lively and wonderfully unique children. Thirty years later, after having a dream in which her grandmother told her to finish a novel conceived decades ago, Angela resumed writing. She has just released her first novel, a smoldering, sexy paranormal romance, the first in a continuing series. She also continues to write short stories for erotic romance anthologies whenever new ideas rear their naughty little heads. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Tom, and their children, Donna and Trey.

Ava Vixion:

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Once an avid traveler Ava Vixion now calls the Hidden Valley of New Hampshire home with her family and crazy cat and silly mutt.

Carian Cole:

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I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. 

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

I love to hear from readers, feel free to contact me on Facebook or check out my web site at

Danielle Bannister:

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Danielle Bannister lives with her two children in Midcoast Maine along with her precious coffee pot and peppermint mocha creamer. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine and her Master’s degree in Literary Education from the University of Orono. Her writing includes: a collection of short stories called Short Shorts, The Twin Flames Trilogy: Pulled, Pulled Back, and Pulled Back Again, The ABC’s of Dee, Enigma, and Doppelganger. In addition, her work can also be found in the following anthologies: 2012 Goose River Anthology, 2012 Writeous Anthology, 2013 Maine Writes: Maine National Writing Project Anthology; and, 2013 The Stroke of Midnight: A Supernatural New Year’s Anthology. 

Deborah J Hughes:

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Since living several of her childhood years in a haunted house, Deborah has been interested in the paranormal. After all, she wanted to understand just what the heck went on there! Her imagination didn't always make things better but it sure made life interesting! Eventually Deborah started writing stories and since it became something of an obsession with her, she believes it's her life calling.

It seemed a perfect pairing to write about what interests her and so her paranormal mysteries have resulted. She draws from her experiences, her vivid imagination and even from channeling (since she doesn't plan her stories but lets them develop as they will, surprising even her when things are revealed!).

Although twenty years of her life was devoted to her country by means of her service in the United States Air Force, Deborah now spends all of her time writing, traveling (when she can!) and enjoying her extensive family.

She hopes her readers enjoy her stories as much as she enjoys writing them, and along with that, she LOVES hearing from them! 

H.K. Szczesiak:

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H.K. Szczesiak, author of contemporary romance, lives in Delaware with her husband and two children and their dog, Wrigley.

She is an avid reader who loves romance novels the most. She also works full time in an office setting, as well as owns and runs her own photography company, Captures From the Heart Photography. To say she is busy is an understatement. Her love of writing has always been present from the time she was a child and now shows self-published books, Enticing Sky & Explicitly Wyatt. Her third self-published book Enchanting Belle will be out early 2017.

She has also contributed in a writing collaboration called I Have A Name Project.

Jen Luerssen:

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Jen Luerssen grew up in New Jersey and then lived for 20 years in the San Francisco Bay area. She has held various jobs in her adult life. Some examples are nanny, waitress, receptionist, dispatcher, caterer and finally teacher. She spent the past 8 years teaching 4th and 5th graders, until last year when she felt the call to write. It’s been plaguing her thoughts and dreams for years, and those thoughts finally fought their way out.

Jen loves to read, obsessively. She has an unhealthy attachment to her e-reader and is rarely seen without it. She’ll read anything, but especially loves a good smutty or a post-apocalyptic young adult book.

After “retiring” from teaching, Jen sat down and wrote a book and it was the most fun she’s ever had working. She is self-published even though she’s not sure how it works and hopes that people like her stories.

Jen is back in her native New Jersey and lives with her husband and daughter, enjoying suburban life.

K. Larsen:

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Available through all major book retailers, all of her books can be purchased in paperback or for any e-reader. 

Lucy Gage:

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Lucy Gage started her writing career under another name, but the same vivid imagination and love of books still fuels her daily life. When she's not writing, you can find her spending time with her family in her home state of Maine, experiencing a life that helps shape her writing.

Maria  Elena Alonso Sierra:

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Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a romantic suspense author with a unique point of view. Her adventure novels take place in locales across Europe and the United States, reflecting her international upbringing and extensive time as a global traveler. In her duology, The Coin and The Book of Hours, her characters, Gabriela and Richard, walk the same paths as their creator, though her life was never in so much danger.

Her short story collection, The Fish Tank: And Other Short Stories, is an imaginative ride through various genres. One section in particular, “Soul Songs”, delves into the gut-wrenching experience of exile with Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s fictionalized Cuban Diaspora stories, based on her own experience of exile.

The author’s short story, “Retribution Served”, is featured in the anthology Book Dreams: Volume 1, and has been well received by readers.

Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s writing career began circa age thirteen with a very juvenile science fiction short story, but the writing bug hit, and she has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since. She has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher in both the university and middle school levels (and not necessarily in that order) and holds a Masters in English literature. She loves to hear from readers and, when not writing, roams around to discover new places to set her novels.

She is currently working on her fourth book, a Detective Nick Larson novel, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog, Amber.

Michelle Windsor:

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I am a full-time working mom of two teenage boys, one grown daughter, and wife to one seriously amazing husband. 

We live in a suburb about 25 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts with our two dogs, two cats and two birds. 

I often joke that all I need now is an Ark.... 

I have loved reading since I was a little girl, and fell in love with writing as a teenager. 

Hoping to share some of my wicked imagination with you, I decided to throw my hat in the ring and self-publish. 

It’s a scary thing and I truly hope you are able to escape reality for just a little bit with my stories.

Rebecca Rynecki:

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A New Englander through and through, minus being born in Virginia of course, I currently live in the northwest corner of Connecticut. I graduated from Hollins University with a degree in History, my focus specifically on Ancient European. I worked as a librarian in Virginia and Connecticut for too many years to count, and now find my days spent trying to get some rest and drink all the coffee while I chase after my young son and toddler daughter.

I love to dance, to sing really badly to 90s grunge music, and bake. Like actually bake. Like cookies and bars, and cupcakes. I like to imagine that I can draw, and my finished stick figures are totally awesome. 

I'm also always in search of more sleep...

Shari J. Ryan:

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Shari J. Ryan is an International Bestselling Author of heartbreakers and mind-benders. Shari was once told she tends to exaggerate often and sometimes talks too much, which would make a great foundation for fictional books. Four years later, Shari has written eleven novels that often leave readers either in tears from laughing, or crying. 

With her loud Boston girl attitude, Shari isn't shy about her love for writing or the publishing industry. Along with writing several International bestsellers, Shari has split her time between writing and her longstanding passion for graphic design. In 2014, she started an indie-publishing resource company, MadHat Books, to help fellow authors with their book cover designs, as well as assistance in the self-publishing process. 

While Shari may not find many hours to sleep, she still manages to make time for her family. She is a devoted wife to a great guy, and a mother to two little boys who remind her daily why she was put on this earth.

Victoria Saccenti:

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A native of Cuba, Victoria grew up in the nucleus of the prestigious Alonso family, founders of the National Cuban Ballet. The artistic environment fostered her writing spirit and an insatiable curiosity to explore the world and meet different cultures. She writes romance and generational sagas with complex emotional content, as the human condition in all its forms is her favorite theme.

She is the author of Destiny’s Plan, Destiny’s Choice, and Destiny’s Way, and a contributor to The Ultimate Guide to Dorothy Dunnett’s THE GAME OF KINGS, by Laura Caine Ramsey. Central Florida is home, but if she could convince her husband, she would pack her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores.

Violet Vaughn:

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Violet Vaughn is a USA Today Bestselling author and writes romance on an island in Maine. She also writes paranormal romance as V. Vaughn. 

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V. Vaughn is also known as Violet Vaughn and is a USA Today Bestselling author. Violet lives on an island in Maine and spends almost every day walking through the woods. She may have seen a bear once or twice....