Announcing the Winners of the Sixth Annual UTOPiA Awards

Utopia Announcements, UTOPiA Awards

Before you scroll down to the winners, I wanted to take a quick second to thank YABC and especially New York Times bestselling author CJ Redwine, and movie critic at The Mix 92.9 and Clint’s Movie Reviews, Clint Redwine, for hosting the Sixth Annual UTOPiA Awards for the second year in a row. Their lip sync of “Shake It Off” was flawless, …

Voting Now Open for the Sixth Annual UTOPiA Awards

Utopia Announcements, Authors, Bloggers, Craft, For the fans, UTOPiA Awards

We are thrilled to open the two-week public voting period for the Sixth Annual UTOPiA Awards. Every year I get excited to see who the Academy members will honor with nominations. It’s inspiring to see peers, friends and colleagues recognize each others’ hard work and commitment to this thriving community. I am always surprised, moved, and elated when I discover new talent, new …

NY Times Bestselling Author, Amy Harmon, Announced as Keynote Speaker for UTOPiAcon 2017

Utopia Announcements, Authors, Speakers

We are overjoyed to announce that rockstar author Amy Harmon will be our new Keynote Speaker on Friday, June 23rd at UTOPiAcon 2017. Utah native, Amy Harmon, is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author. Her books have been published in sixteen languages (OMG, 16?!). She has written eleven breathtaking novels – among them the USA Today …

‘Circus Freaks’ Limited Edition Lit-Cube Box On Sale Now

Utopia Announcements, For the fans

UTOPiAcon is happy to announce its partnership with Lit-Cube, the crazy popular book box service, to create a “Circus Freaks” themed box! This limited edition box is not just available to #UTOPiA2017 attendees, either! Anyone who is intrigued by sideshow acts and who loves circus-themed fiction books will want to get their grabby hands on this. In the box, you will …

A Life and a Love in Paisley

Utopia Blog

Last year, on day one of UTOPiAcon, this guy walks up and says “May I have the mic for a minute?” I have no idea who he is, but Ashley, my event assistant, gave an excited nod, which was all I needed to hand over the stage. He walks up on stage and begins sharing his love story…a love story that …

I’ve Had The Time of My Life

Utopia Announcements

It was a cold, but beautiful day in October back in 2011. I had read somewhere around 65-75 books in only six months, which was a first for me at the time. All by women. Most of them unknown, self-published authors. One of those books was formatted as a square, entirely in bold “ink,” and all one paragraph. And I could …

Maybe Next Year

Utopia Blog, inspirational

This post is not about whether you attend UTOPiAcon or any other book event or a retreat in New York or a vacation in Europe or buy the dress or the shoes or take the class or hire the publicist. It’s about your life. Your dreams. What choices are you making right now to honor yourself? What actions are you taking today to create the …