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#UTOPiAlove GoFundMe Blog Hop


As many of you know, I’m a four year veteran and a HUGE fan of UTOPiAcon – the book conference that takes place every June in Nashville. This year was beyond epic, and I’m still buzzing from all the positivity, information, and inspiration. And I can not wait for June 2016 to attend the FIFTH anniversary. 

As we jump into this anniversary year, we want to give back to the organizers who have given so much inspiration and support to us. A conference of this magnitude–of this level of MAGIC–is valuable, and also expensive to produce properly.

Utopia has been the birth place of so many books, partnerships, blogs, teams, and friendships. It so genuinely enhances the lives of it’s attendees, but – even more importantly – it helps authors and bloggers bring great things into the world. 

So we wanted to share a little of that with YOU!

Without Utopia I would never have…

That’s the fifteen second version. For lots more reasons, check out this blogtalk radio interview I did with the fabulous Jo Michaels. And check out the other folks on this bloghop to learn about the many ways Utopia changed their lives for the better too.

Over the past few months, we’ve learned that organizers, friends, and even family have come forward and given from their own personal funds in order to help move Utopia forward another year and we want to pay them back. We want to FIGHT FOR OUR WRITE and do our part to help.

So if you’ve ever been touched by Utopia, or if you love any of the authors, bloggers, or readers who have, please take a moment to give a few dollars. This will insure the inspiration continues.

We hope you’ll be led to give from the heart, but to sweeten the deal we have some MAJORLY EPIC incentives! In addition to what you’ll get from the Go Fund Me organizers (see the donation page to read about those), you’ll also get entered to win any one of these amazing raffle prizes listed in the rafflecopter below!


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There is no purchase or donation necessary to enter to enter the drawing, but we encourage you to give even just $10 in order to help move us toward our big goal. And don’t forget, every donation of at least $10 earns you free books!


How to enter:


  1. Go visit #UtopiaLove’s Go Fund Me page and make a small donation (this isn’t necessary, but we would be so jazzed if you did this first! AND this earns you an automatic prize based on your donation level. Check your email to collect.)
  2. Click through any one of the rafflecopter entry methods. Complete the necessary item and get entered for all of the raffle prizes listed below.
  3. Click through to the list of other participating authors & bloggers to read how Utopia has changed them!


That’s it! Thanks!


Participating Blogs:


Karen Hooper

Kallie Ross

Susan Burdorf

Jo Michaels

Carlyle Labuschagne

Shantella Benson

Shelley Custer

S.M. Boyce

Komali da Silva

PK Hrezo Http://

Elisabeth Kauffman

Patti Larsen

Michaela Mills

Ginny Gallagher

Liz Long

Raine Thomas

Stacey Marie Brown

Heather Hildenbrand

Amy Evans


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My UtopYA2014 – part of an “unofficial” blog hop

This past June was my third trip to Nashville for the incredible UtopYA con, the best writers conference I’ve had the pleasure to attend. I went in 2012 as an aspiring author and a panelist because the founder Janet Wallace was one of the first friends I made when I became a writer. I wrote YA, read YA and loved the concept she had developed. I came away  with 80 new and amazing “paranormal” friends, writers and bloggers who became my biggest supporters.

In 2013, I went back as a published author and panelist. I had my first book and even sold and signed a few copies, which I would have never done with out that community, and the support continued way past the conference as I constantly watched and learned new ways to grow with my new friends.

But the year clicked by and suddenly UtopYA 2014 came super fast!  I went filled with gratitude as an Awards nominee, and a panel moderator! But my heart was heavy with the knowledge that I hadn’t made my biggest goal:  getting the sequel to CLICKS out as I had intended. As every writer knows, when the words flow, and the books are well received, we’re on top of the world. But when the opposite happens, it feels crushing. I worried that the conference was going to be a bust for me, but it wasn’t. Thanks to a StandUp Indies class I had taken with Janet and other members of the community, I was able to focus on what I had accomplished, and I went with the vow to make the most of the weekend, to inspired, invigorated and all the important things that UtopYA has done for me since year one.

And amazingly enough, it worked!  The proof is in the pictures, the memories, the new readers and friends. I had a table with Delphina Henley, hosted a panel on tackling World Issues in books that featured Chanda Hahn, Elizabeth Kirk and Magan Vernon and got to do the Friday night fan invasion with Rebecca Ethington. And Saturday I attended the awards ceremony and had a blast hearing my name called with all the other amazing nominees.  In the past month I’ve gotten to relive so many amazing memories, and I’ll do a separate post with some of the highlights. But the impact of UtopYA is present for me every day In the new things I’ve done for my business and myself since coming home, in the way I’ve stayed connected with people who became so important to me in such a short time. I’m so filled with gratitude that I’m  a part of this community. I have so many incredible people in my life, all of whom I’ve met over these three day weekends that are so very powerful, the impact lasts all year. 

In 2015, I have some new friends – people I work with online but have never met – coming to meet at the first time in Nashville. We’re all there to meet and learn and connect. Now I just need to cross my fingers that I get to panel again, and hope to get off the waiting list for the Exhibitor space in time. I have faith though, because that’s what UtopYA is about: things that work out in a way that seems all most predestined. Because as writers, we always have the power to write our own future, and my friends and family from UtopYA are always here to help remind me of that every day between now and June of 2015.

This blog is part of a HOP with lots of great UtopYA friends. There are amazing prizes and things to win. Check here for more details daily:

and check out these great blogs:

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Bonus prizes facebook event page:
Susan swag pack
Jo michaels ebook The Bird
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