Spring Forward with these Events!

Ramona DeFelice Long

Delaware is small, but we have a mighty big and mighty active writing community. Ahead are a few local events scheduled in the coming few weeks.

 First, a reading of Irish poetry:


 Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents     

James Keegan & Anne Colwell

reading Irish poetry

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 4:00p.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE

Free-will offering.

Co-sponsored by St. Thomas Parish And the University of Delaware Department of English


Second, a workshop on writing for contests:

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Poetry and Prose Writing Workshops
at the Judge Morris Estate, White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, Delaware.
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Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship recipients, author Ramona DeFelice Long and poet Maggie Rowe, will conduct day long workshops on Poetry or Prose.
 Registration includes lunch and snacks.
$15/person. Call for more details and to…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cake

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Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chunk-Cake-1What better way to celebrate Autumn than by baking this delicious treat! My mom always makes some Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cake on Thanksgiving and seriously, it’s so yummy it doesn’t stay on the table very long because everyone has eaten a slice. 😀 So I figured I’d share the recipe with you guys. Enjoy!

*If you don’t have a food processor, use the canned pumpkin option.

Prep: 45 minutes Bake: 60 minutes Cool: 30 minutes Oven: 350 degrees F.

Nonstick spray for baking

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 ¼ cups granulated sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

1 ½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

6 oz. bittersweet or semisweet baking chocolate, chopped into chunks (1 ½ cups)

1 1 ½-lb. pie pumpkin, shredded* or one 15-oz. can pumpkin

¾ cup butter, melted


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Anime Day at The Art Studio

Now that I’ve had some time to process everything that has happened over the weekend I can now sit down and talk to you guys about Anime Day.

I’m honored, humbled and still in shock over the amazing turn out we had on Saturday. Almost 800 people attended! I still can’t believe it. I was hoping for somewhere between 300-400 but never that amount of people. That’s astronomical!

So here’s a little back story as to how this event came about. I’m in the committee for the Hockessin Art & Book Fair (along with The Art Studio, Hockessin Community Recreation Center, The Written Remains, Hockessin Book Shelf, Hockessin Library, and Center of the Creative Arts), I’m listed as Unexpected Spark Studios. 7 months ago I spoke to my friend Carol Dougherty (who works at the Art Studio) about possibly putting together a small anime and manga convention. Something small, perhaps at one of the libraries in New Castle County. She turned to me with a small grin and said, “That’s a great idea. But how about we do it at the Art Studio?”

You didn’t have to tell me twice. I was just happy Anime Day was actually going to happen. I think it’s awesome that Delaware is starting to have so many events, but I felt that it was missing a little something. I felt like we needed something that was specifically for anime and manga. Mostly because I LOVE anime and manga! Some of my favorites are Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Alice 19th, and Ceres. I was lucky that I had friends that I could share this with. I’m also a HUGE gamer girl. I grew up playing Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter, Mortal Combat, Soulcalibur, Final Fantasy X & X-II and Kingdom Hearts. (Still play those games).

The following week we met at the Art Studio and talked about what we wanted to do. First thing we needed were artists and vendors for our mini artist alley. Luckily, thanks to all the years I’ve been running around the East Coast going to comic cons and conventions I had a great list of people I could invite. So that task fell on me. First and foremost, we wanted this to be a family friendly event, and we also wanted everyone to have a good time.

We also needed, workshops, panels, food vendors, etc.

So for 7 months Carol and I communicated mostly via email and planned Anime Day. I asked my dear BFF Kristen Corbett to design the logo for our event. And I’m so glad I did. I don’t think anyone else could’ve designed a more adorable little cat. It’s a little bento cat!

And slowly, things were falling into place. I also asked the Delaware Anime Society to lend a hand and I’m so glad I did. They helped us with so much stuff and I will be eternally grateful for their help.

I can honestly tell you guys that a few days before Anime Day was supposed to take place I was a giant bundle of nerves. I was so nervous. I kept wondering if I had forgotten something. Worried that no one would attend.

But all those worries vanished the moment they opened the doors at the Art Studio on Saturday at 11AM. I will never forget that WHOOSH! And seeing people literally pouring in through the double doors.

I cried. I did. I cried for a good 30 seconds from behind my table while Kristen consoled me and patted me on the shoulders. I was just so relieved that people had attended.

I want to thank my friend Carol Dougherty, for being kind and patient with me even though I sent her a million emails (and if you know me personally then you know that I can get chatty even via email). My husband, Kurt and my children. My BFF Kristen, for listening to me going on and on (and on) about this event). My family, my parents, and my in laws, for always being there for me and for taking care of my children when I had to go to a meeting.

I also want to thank all of the artist and vendors that took a chance on me and on Anime Day. I’m so glad they did. This event couldn’t have happened without their help and incredible talent. So many of you even volunteered to run workshops and panels! Seriously, THANK YOU!

I will be sure to keep you posted for next year’s Anime Day. 😉


Anime Day at The Art Studio

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A bento box sized, family-friendly, anime and manga convention! Meet local manga artists, learn about anime and manga resources at your NCC Libraries. There will be vendors, workshops, games, cosplay and more! This fun event will take place on August 27th 2016 from 11 AM ~ 4PM Be sure to stop by for a fun-filled day. More information coming soon! Find out more about The Art Studio by visiting their website http://www.nccde.org/259/Art-Studio
Anime Day Artists and Vendors

Mugshots Cover and Blurb

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Alice had recently been dumped by her boyfriend, Jack Hart. She’s not taking the breakup very well. She’s picked up a dangerous mushroom habit and has been taking frequent trips down the rabbit hole. Alice and her BFF Kat Cheshire go on a drug infused and sexually charged trip as they make their way toward Wonderland, a new dance club that Alice has been eager to visit. Will she make it out of the rabbit hole unscathed or will she forever be changed?

Holly is a good granddaughter and an antique store owner by day. But by night? She becomes a wolf determined to escape the nightly attentions of her ex-boyfriend, Pyotr.  The man that turned her into a monster. After she rejects his advances one time too many he threatens to kill the person she loves the most in the world. Her grandmother. Holly will do anything to keep her safe…even enlist the help of a woman with golden hair.

Winnie loves bears. Some people might say she’s obsessed but she calls it being an avid collector. She is searching for a particular set of bears. They are ‘The Three Wise Bears’ and each one is made out of solid gold. Winnie has two out of three. She’s close to finding the third one and completing her collection. She’ll do whatever it takes to find it…even breaking and entering.

 Snow is in a tough position at work….in more ways than one actually. Every night she puts on a show at The Poisoned Apple, her stepmother Cora owns the highly exclusive sex club. And every night Snow entertains the clients by performing sexual acts, but she’s tired of that life. She longs for the day she can quit her job and live with her boyfriend Jerry. But things get complicated when Cora becomes more and more unstable with every passing day. She grows obsessed with Snow’s beauty and popularity. Enough that Snow tries to run away from her controlling stepmother. Will she finally be free from Cora’s grasp? Or will she pay the ultimate price?

Fairy tales like you’ve never seen them before. These wickedly enchanting tales intersect in ways you couldn’t imagine. Enjoy finding out the story behind their Mugshots.

Coming soon….



The Laurel Excerpt

Note: Just got the edits for The Laurel. I’m so excited to share this new book with you guys. I really hope you enjoy it!



In a dark cave filled with multicolored strings and golden cords that hummed with power sat The Moirae—three sisters—daughters of Zeus and the Titaness Themis: Clotho the Spinner, Lachesis the Allotter, and Atropos the Inexorable. Each one with her purpose, each one with a task that must never end.

Clotho, the youngest of the three, must forever spin the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. She was called upon at the ninth month of pregnancy when life must come forth. Lachesis, the middle sister, was tasked to take the thread and measure it, for she decided how long a person would live. Atropos, the eldest of the three, was the cutter of the thread. She chose the way a person was destined to die. Her golden shears were always sharp and ready.

Lachesis watched Clotho out of the corner of her eye and frowned.

“What are you doing?” Lachesis asked while she continued to measure the cord.

“What I always do. I spin,” Clotho replied. Her brown eyes never leaving the task at hand.

“That’s not wool thread, nor is it the golden thread that belongs to the gods,” Lachesis pointed out.

“I know,” Clotho replied.

“Then what are you spinning?”

“I spin a tale that will be told long after the three of us are gone. I spin a tale that will teach a lesson to both god and man.”

“Who is this person?” Atropos asked. Her voice gravelly and rough as though she had spent her entire life drinking water filled with broken glass. “How long will she live so I may know when to cut the cord?” She chuckled as she cut the air with her golden shears, already eager to put them to good use.

“You won’t have to,” Clotho said as she kept spinning the cord.

“Don’t be silly. Of course I’ll have to cut it. It is my job, it’s what I do,” Atropos argued as she waved her shears from side to side.

“She will live on forever,” Clotho muttered as she continued to spin a dark green cloth.

Her sisters shook their heads, unable to understand their young sister’s strange behavior.

“You speak nonsense, Clotho. I will always have a cord to measure just as Atropos will always have something to cut,” Lachesis said.

“That’s quite all right, sisters, there is no need for you to understand.” Clotho smiled an innocent smile as she continued to spin the thread and feed it into the spinning wheel.

Their cavern looked more and more like an elaborately decorated and multicolored spider web with every passing day. Every day, Clotho created a new cord for each child born into the world. It was a cycle. It was the way the world worked. You are born, you live, and then you die.

But not you, sweet one. We have other plans for you. The world will remember your name, Clotho thought as she continued to work on the dark green thread.

© Liz DeJesus 2016

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Hi everyone! OMG It has been a while since I have actually blogged and let you know what I’m up to. Well…the truth is that I have been a busy bee. 🙂

Am I still writing? Hell yeah! I’m currently juggling several books.

Mugshots (sadly still in first draft mode), but I promise you it’s gonna be an amazingly fun and naughty book. Fairy tale princesses doing bad stuff that land them in jail. Sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Pros and Cons of Being a Teenage Fairy. It’s a middle grade/young adult book about a young girl that gets fairy wings on her birthday. It’s all about how she navigates her life now that it’s infused with magic and magical creatures.

The Gargoyle’s Heart. A work in progress that I just started tinkering with. Still don’t know if it’s a novel or a short story but I’m enjoying where it’s going. It’s a paranormal romance about a young woman and a gargoyle.

Ruby Frost. Don’t worry folks. I haven’t forgotten my favorite witch Bianca Frost. She’s back and in more trouble than ever before. This time she teams up with all four fairy queens to face a dangerous foe; Baba Yaga. She has to do everything possible to stop Baba Yaga from stealing her unborn baby sibling.

Outside of writing what else am I up to? Planning events, the Hockessin Art and Book Fair (my brain child) and I’m teaming up with the Art Studio and putting together an anime and manga event (a mini con) titled Anime Day.

I’m also translating some of my novels into Spanish and working with another author and translating some of her works into Spanish (waiting for her to make the official announcement).

I also have a lot of events lined up at different conventions, libraries and festivals. So yeah…I’m keeping myself busy.

That’s all for now! Be sure to check out my website http://www.lizdejesus.com if you wanna find out more about my events and books. 😀




Fellowship Announcement

Congratulations to my good friend Ramona!! 😀 So proud of you!!!

Ramona DeFelice Long

I am pleased, honored, and humbly thrilled to share this announcement. Congratulations to my fellow awardees, and many thanks to the Delaware Division of the Arts, the State of Delaware, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their support for art and artists.

2016 Individual Artist Fellowship Winners

The prestigious Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts recognize artists in a variety of disciplines for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards.

Masters Award ($10,000)

Ramona DeFelice Long, Newark, Literature: Fiction

 Established Professional Award ($6,000)

Siobhan Carroll, Greenville, Literature: Fiction

Lisa Dill, Wilmington, Literature: Creative Nonfiction

Diane Lorio, Dover, Visual Arts: Painting

Ron Meick, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Works on Paper

Joshua Meier, Middletown, Visual Arts: Photography

Abby Millager, Newark, Literature: Playwriting

Kiandra Parks, Wilmington, Media Arts: Video/Film

Maggie Rowe, Newark, Literature: Poetry

Phillip Scarpone, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Sculpture

Bruce Tychinski, Newark, Music: Solo…

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