Night at Sanctuary

Photo by Brian Malfant Photography.

A large crowd gathered Thursday night at 7PM in Hyatt Regency VI–VII for a celebration of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dragonsworn and the launch of Intensity, the newest Chronicles of Nick novel. To help her celebrate the occasion, she was joined by Aletha Kontis, Leanne Renee Hieber, Mari Mancusi, and Quincy J. Allen.

The event was joyous and magical. There were posters and bookmarks giveaways, cash bar, music, and cake for everyone in attendance.

Kenyon took questions from the audience, many geared toward the books; however, there were also a couple of questions that Kenyon could not talk about (and you could tell that she really wanted to, but had to keep quiet about it). The first was about the movie based on the Dark Hunter series. Kenyon couldn’t talk about it because her producer wasn’t there. The frustrating part was that the producer was supposed to be there, but the flight got cancelled due to the weather in Texas. The second question that she also could not talk about was the TV series based on Chronicles of Nick. The only answer was that we should learn about it “soon-ish.”

Other questions included when certain characters would have their own books. In good humor, the word “soon-ish” soon made its appearance. It was all in good fun, but her fans will have to wait and see what develops.

Both Kenyon and Mari Mancusi dedicated 50% of all sales that night to the Hurricane Harvey relief. Mancusi is from Austin, and she was visibly touched with the outpouring of donations during this event.

After the Q&A, Quincy J. Allen took the time to throw heads into the audience. Okay, so they were alien heads from the Marriot Pulse Bar, and there were numbers on the back, but he totally enjoyed doing it. Prizes were awarded based on the number written on the back of the head. Kenyon took her time with all of her fans, signing autographs, posing with fans, and chatting with them. She stayed until all of her fans got the autographs and photos they wanted.

It was a friendly, fun, family get together, because Sherrilyn Kenyon makes her fans feel like family.

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Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website ( or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)