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First Ever Rhode Island Author VIRTUAL Expo!

This year, the 8th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo will be held virtually via our Grenadine platform. Though we won't be at an in-person venue, we'll still have Panels & Presentations, Headliners (listed below), 50+ local Rhode Island Author Kaffeeklatsches, and even Santa popping into Zoom sessions throughout the day! The Virtual Expo will be held on Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 to 5:00 and you can participate with the comforts of home. We do ask you to register for FREE before the event through our Expo website. Our Grenadine platform lists all of our participants, the scehdule of events, descriptions of Panels & Presentations, and much more. Hope to see you online December 5th! And remember, purchasing a local author's work not only helps the writer but makes a perfect holiday gift for that special someone!


Can You Say 2021?

I think I speak for all of us when I say let's get to 2021! With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on, all book signing events, Comic Cons, and gatherings are either cancelled or postponed until next year. The coronavirus has impacted all of my events for this year, including school visits, which might be placed even further on hold due to the nature of my presentations. However, all is not lost! Looking toward 2021, here's a list of events that were moved to next year. The good news is that most of them are already paid for using the funds from the postponed 2020 event:

Boskone 58:  2/12-2/14/2021


Wizard World Chicago: 6/24-6/27/2021


Necon 40: 7/15 - 7/18/2021


Tampa Bay Comic Con: 7/30 - 8/1/2021

WorldCon DC:  8/25 - 8/29/2021

RI Comic Con: 11/5 - 11/7/2021


Overlord Enterprises and COVID-19

Like everyone else, Overlord Enterprises is effected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, Mike's engineering day job is keeping him more than busy but he still wants to be there for his fans and fellow authors. Though in person book signings, school visits, Comic Cons, and anything else that's done person to person is closed down for now, Mike can still be reached via his Overlords Fantasy Book Series Facebook page as well as his Self Publishing Insight website and Self Publishing Insight Facebook page. If you need anything book or author-related, Mike will be ready to help.

Teachers and librarians, Mike has been using Zoom to do meetings with friends and colleagues (as well as yoga!) and is open to the idea of speaking to your patrons and students using this new Internet application. Contact Mike to make arrangements. In the meantime, all of my books are available here, on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. With everyone in quarantine, what a better time to start a new, fun-filled book series! For proof, read this fantastic Facebook review. Stay safe, be healthy, and practice social distancing. We're almost out of this ...


Boskone 57

Mike is very excited to announce that he will be a participant in this year's Boskone 57 event. The event takes place at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA, February 14-16, 2020. Boskone's event planners have scheduled Mike for the following events:

Friday, February 14th, 2:00: Marvelous Magical Systems

Friday, February 14th, 7:00: Realistic Artificial Intelligence

Saturday, February 15th, 11:00: Mission of the Kings Reading

Saturday, February 15th, 5:00: Evolution of Greek Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy

Saturday, February 15th, 6:30 - 7:30: Boskone 57 Book Party

Sunday, February 16th, 11:00: Meet Up: Association of Rhode Island Authors



The 7th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

The Association of Rhode Island Authors held a very successful 7th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo on December 7th at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI. Patrons were thrilled to see headliners, panels and presentations, children's face painting, a Cardi's Writers Resource Area, raffle prizes, food trucks, and even a visit from Santa! Mike sold the most books he ever has at this year's event and is already looking forward to next year!


November Book Signings

Mike's Overlords Book Tour took him to the Savoy Bookstore & Cafe` and the Canned Heat Craft Brewery in Fall River, MA. Both November events were loads of fun and Mike met many great people and new Overlords fans. Here are some pictures from the book signings:



The Overlords at Rhode Island Comic Con

Mike joined 12 of his fellow Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) November 1-3, 2019 at Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence, RI. The three-day event did not disappoint! Mike sold plenty of books, including copies of his newest novel, Mission of the Kings. He also sat on two panels, World Building 101 and The Gift of Writer's Block. Below are a few pictures from the Con. For more photos, visit Mike's Rhode Island Comic Con Facebook Album.



Book Launch Party for The Overlords: Mission of the Kings

Mike's book launch party for his latest novel, The Overlords: Mission of the Kings, was a great success! Friends and fans showed up at Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, RI to hear Mike talk about the history of The Overlords, his inspirations to create the epic fantasy series, a reading from his new novel, and refreshments. Mike even recorded a live nterview before the event on Max Bowen's Citywide Blackout podcast. Below are some pictures from the event.




The Overlords: Mission of the Kings is Live!

Mike is thrilled to announce that the fourth installment of his Overlords Fantasy Book SeriesThe Overlords: Mission of the Kings, is now available for purchase! The thrilling final saga to Harrison Cross' quest to reunite humanity does not disappoint! Below is the cover design that graphic design artist Patrick Thompson created. As you can see in the first sketch, Mike chose to go with the image from the upper right-hand corner and Patrick brought it to life. At this time Mike is setting up book signing events, which are updated on his Events page, with more sure to be added in the very near future.

Books can be purchased (both paperback and eBooks) here on Mike's website, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or select local RI bookstores. The book launch party for The Overlords: Mission of the Kings will be on Friday, October 4th at Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, RI. Mike will have copies of all his Overlords books available for sale, as well as a book reading of his new novel, refreshments, and fun for all. This event is FREE to the public. Hope to see you there. Be sure to visit The Overlords Book Series page on Facebook and leave a comment or two on how much you love his new book!



Tampa Bay Comic Con

Mike, along with fellow Association of Rhode Island Authors Tabitha Lord and Heather Rigney, attended the Tampa Bay Comic Con August 2nd-4th at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in Tampa, FL. This Con was fantastic, the best one by far! Mike participated on five panels throughout the weekend, made scores of new Overlords fans, and sold out of his books! Here are some pictures from the event and you can see the whole album at this Facebook link. We'll defintiely be back next year!



Joseph G. Luther School Visit

On March 1st, 2019, Mike visited the Joseph G. Luther School in Swansea, RI, teaching three session of students the finer points of character creation, world building, and creating stories using plot points. After the brief talk, Mike led the kids in a fun-filled and raucous Monster Creation Session. The children had a great time, as you can see! Click here for more photos of Mike's visit.



The 6th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo

On December 1, 2018, Mike joined over 130 of his fellow ARIA friends at the 6th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo. The free event was held at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI and will showcased local talent of all genres.  The event included presentations and panel discussions, live radio interviews by WEMF Boston, a Writer's Resource Area, an interactive Children's Corner, fantastic raffle prizes, and even a visit from Santa! Pictured with Mike is horror writer, Christa Carmen, NASA scientist, Kim Arcand, and headliner Rebecca Harrington.


Rhode Island Comic Con

On November 2nd to 4th, 2018, Mike attended Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence, RI along with eleven of his fellow Association of Rhode Island Authors! Like last year, Mike was on an Exploring Real World Conflicts in Otherworldly Settings: The Intersection of Storytelling and Morality in Science Fiction panel and sold Overlords books to a whole new set of fans. As you can see, there was plenty of fun to go around!


Upcoming Winter School Visits

Mike's going to be very busy the first few months of 2019, making visits to the Joseph G. Luther School (Swansea, MA) and Pawcatuck Middle School (Pawcatuck, CT), as well running a Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop at the Barrington (RI) Public Library and presenting Social Networking, Self-Marketing, and Self-Promotion at the Warwick (RI) Public Library. Though he's booking up fast, there's still time to schedule Mike to visit your school or library. Here's a collection of photos from schools he's visited in the past:




Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

Can you say, what an awesome book event??? When you throw horror writers like Joe Hill, Chrisopher Golden, Rio Youers, Paul Trembley, Kristin Dearborn, and so many more, into a FREE book event at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, how can you NOT have an unbelievable event. It was great catching up with all of my horror friends and I'm already looking forward to more events with them in the coming year.


From Writing to Teacher

From time to time, Mike guest blogs on other literary and author sites.  A few weeks ago he guest blogged on the Fictional Cafe's site with an article titled "From Writing to Teaching."  Mike talks about giving back to the community while expanding your writing portfolio.

The Big Apple Comic Con!!!

On March 11th and 12th, 2017, Mike participated in the Big Apple Comic Con with six fellow Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City!  The Overlords fared well in its first exposure to the Big Apple, selling books and making more contacts in the Con world. Mike was also part of a panel discussion called, "World Building in Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Essentials" and even attended Big Apple Comic Con's creator Mike Carbonaro's wedding!  Here are some pictures from the weekend.  Visit Mike's Big Apple Comic Con Facebook Photo Album to see even more photos.



Calling All School Teachers and Librarians!

We want to help your students and patrons get the creative juices flowing! The Overlords are in the process of booking school visits, library presentations, workshops, and book fairs via our self-publishing consultancy, Self Publishing Insight. We are able to offer creative writing workshops for pre-teens and teens (adults are welcome as well!) at your local school or library. If you are interested in having an enthusiastic, published author come to your school or library for a dynamic presentation, please let us know! Feedback from your peers has been very positive and you can find more information under the Overlord Enterprises link.  Please visit our Self Publishing Insight Facebook Page to see pictures of past events and to get the most up to date information. 

Located outside of our local area? Look for our virtual, interactive presentation options, Skype and Author, and much more ... coming soon!

Bookings happen all year on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are a school or library please ask us about profit sharing from book sales! To book author J. Michael Squatrito for your event please send an email to Mike (at) The-Overlords (dot) com.