Wine & Words – Victoria Bastedo

Wine & Words was a fun and well-received event last night. We had nine authors who read, five from FVP and four from our community. The pieces were moving, funny, and entertaining. I’m always astounded at the writing quality and talent that emerges in this tiny Valley on such evenings.

Victoria Bastedo was our Special Guest Author for the evening, and she delighted the crowd by telling us of an actual old tree she, perhaps, saved with her expressed upset at seeing a chainsaw nearby.  Then she read the following fun and touching story from one of her blogs, SnoValley Hobbit:

Donago Greenhaven buttoned his new fawn-colored waistcoat. As a rule, hobbits don’t tend to dwell on overt fashion and vanity, but he loved it when his mirror reflected a brightness to his image. From the top of his reddish-gold curls, to the bottoms of his hairy feet, he wanted to appear cheerful, intelligent, and ready for any adventure that might await him over the next hill.

Donago plucked at the red handkerchief that peaked in a triangle out of the upper pocket, making sure it stood out. Tonight he was especially interested in making an impression. Traveling hobbits had arrived in Little Delving, bringing wares for the market, presents for friends, and news of the other regions. He wanted to share in it, the busy world of those who worked, and those who dreamed.

He beamed at himself, at his own bright eye, at the dimple an inch from the edge of his mouth, and his one crooked tooth. He’d been told that he was born ready to grin, and that he’d no doubt die with a last bit of laughter on his lips. He looked fine. From the little round window that overlooked his garden and the distant fields to the west a breeze filtered in a whiff of the sea. The scent must have traveled for many miles, must have flirted with clumps of silver grasses and coasting birdwings, holding its essence to arrive in his room and call to him. It always made him laugh.

“All right!” he told it, forgetting his finery as he hurried out of his bedroom and then outside his hole. His intention had been to visit The Brown Barrel, Little Delving’s busiest Inn, and hear the tales that might be told, but that could wait… READ MORE


So Many Summer Events…So Much Time to Plan!

Hear ye, Hear ye… There’s still time to get tickets to this new Faire! Our FVP featured author, Victoria Bastedo will be peddling her Fantasy Book wares and enjoying this fancy-filled day with you all… Mark your calendars for the Eighteenth and Nineteenth days of June! And CLICK HERE for more info.

All's Faire Poster 

Meet Us and Find Great Books at Norwescon

This weekend six of FVP’s authors will attend Norwescon, and you can find our books at Clockwork Dragon’s vendor booth. See you there!

FVP Norwescon authors 2016 T.A Henry – Scripting the Truth, Rachel Barnard – At One’s Beast & Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams, Kennedy J. Quinn – Secret Order of the Overworld, Victoria Bastedo – Roots Entwine, Sheri J. Kennedy – Likeness, Jeffrey Cook – Dawn of Steam Trilogy, Fair Folk Chronicles

Gifts for Geeks 2015 in Photos

Thanks to authors, Jeffrey Cook and AJ Downey for inviting FVP’s authors Rachel Barnard, Sheri J. Kennedy and Kennedy J. Quinn to another fun and successful event at AFK Elixirs and Eatery in Renton.

Foul is Fair – YA novel by Jeffrey Cook

This 2015 release by Jeffrey Cook & Katherine Perkins is not to be missed…A teen girl discovers she’s half-faerie, and is immediately plunged into a world of adventure and intrigue. FOUL IS FAIR

Foul is Fair coverMegan O’Reilly isn’t your typical faerie princess. Until recently, she didn’t even know her father was the king of the Unseelie Court. Now he’s disappeared, and she’s found herself in the middle of a world she didn’t know anything about. She has very little time to learn – and why is it that her family doesn’t even sound like the good guys?

Available on Amazon

Magical Authors Event at AFK Elixirs & Eatery

Just had to report  that the ‘Reading in the Dark’ event at AFK Elixirs and Eatery was magical! It was great to meet and see so many great authors, including FVP’s own Jeffrey Cook. Fun games, tasty food and fantastic, I would even go so far as saying ‘special’ drinks…And there was cake!

IMG_20151010_140050 I also got to check out Jeffrey Cook and A.J. Downey’s collaborative new release:  AIRS & GRACES: An Urban Fantasy. Awesome!

Airs & Graces cover

The 'Magic always comes with a price' cocktail at AFK. Shimmery and delicious.

The ‘Magic always comes with a price’ cocktail at AFK. Shimmery and delicious.

World Con is Here! And We are at World Con!

It’s exciting to have World Con, aka Sasquan, nearby in Spokane, WA this year! There’s a great co-operative indie author book booth at Con, so be sure and check out the titles available from talented up and coming writers. FVP author Jeffrey Cook will be there to meet you.

Some of our FVP authors have books at the booth. Here are photos of the display taken and sent to us by a couple of our supporters…

Rachel's books - photo by Casondra Brewster

Rachel’s books – photo by Casondra Brewster

David's books - photo by Thomas Alexander

David’s books – photo by Thomas Alexander

Vicky's, Kennedy's, and some of Jeffrey's books - photo by Casondra Brewster

Vicky’s, Kennedy’s, and some of Jeffrey’s books – photo by Casondra Brewster

Broad Table View - photo Casondra Brewster

Broad Table View – photo Casondra Brewster

Find Your Perfect Match – Books by NW Authors

Several of our FVP authors and some of our author friends will have books available at Norwescon from April 2nd – 5th. You can see them here and find them online.

We’ve created cards to help you find your Perfect Match. Remember these are for hooking up with the books, not the authors…but we love you too! If you’re at Norwescon, be sure to stop by and see us in the Dealers Room.


2X Release Day, 2X the Fun! – Author Jeffrey Cook’s New Works

Two great new titles recently released! FVP Featured Author, Jeffrey Cook‘s new work and a punk-licious Anthology for charity… Now Available on Also, meet Jeffrey and several of our other FVP Featured Authors at Norwescon in April! Stay tuned for more details…

Dawn of Steam: Rising suns (Volume 3 of the Dawn of Steam series)

Dawn of Steam Gods of the Sun cover1817 sees the first signs of recovery from the Year Without a Summer – and the beginning of the end of the journey of the airship Dame Fortuna. The crew first accept a unique offer from the Shogun of Japan, traveling with the Dutch contingent from the island of Dejima into the isolationist nation. From there, their travels will take them through the English colonies in Australia and India, into darkest Africa, and eventually home to England. Along the way, confrontations loom, and both personal secrets and national conspiracies are uncovered. By the time a future queen is born, nothing less than the fate of England and the direction of world events are at stake. Dawn of Steam: Rising Suns is an alternate-history, emergent Steampunk epistolary novel, following after Dawn of Steam: First Light and Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun.

Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk

Shakespeare Goes Punk coverAirships and sky pirates! Brain Modification chips! Technologically enhanced nymphs! Shakespeare goes punk in this first volume of stories from Writerpunk Press ( Profits to go to PAWS Lynnwood (, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue. Ask a bunch of eclectic writers to write stories inspired by one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Cast the stories in various punk genres: Cyber, Tesla, Diesel, Steam, Clock. Result: an innovative collection of stories inspired by the Bard, with a twist! Punk stories show the path not taken or the path that shouldn’t be taken. Let us reshape your world.

Free Valley author Jeffrey Cook contributed (and helped spearhead) this charity anthology, writing a steampunk version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’, with airship pirates, magical clockworks, swashbuckling musketeers and 5000% more bear than the original.