Local author Georgia L. Jones will introduce the second book in her "Remnants of Life" series, "Witches," at a public book launching party in Lebanon Saturday.
The event is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. at the new Aphrodite's Hair and Nails location at 221 East Commercial Street.
After 6 p.m., Jones expects the group to move to her home outside town for an after-party.
Jones released her first book, "Legends of Darkness," in March. The third book in the series is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring or summer of 2013.
Since becoming a published author, Jones has been all over the country promoting her work.
"I've been in Chicago twice — once was for my salon, for a big hair show there — and the other one was for Worldcon, which was in Chicago at the Hyatt downtown. That was nice. And then Indianapolis, Memphis, Arkansas, Louisville, Lexington, of course, Kansas City.
"I was supposed to go to Omaha and had what I call 'convention crud.' It was like a bug of some type. ... I've been all over the place. It's been a blast," Jones said.
Jones' large family — Don and their eight kids — have missed her while she's been away, but they're also proud and supportive, Jones said.
"It's hard; it's really hard. They missed me a lot this year because I was gone a lot. I have so many irons in the fire, because I have the shop, and we actually bought a building for it this year. ... That was quite a project.
"... I've been so busy this year, I'm about ready to go sit on a beach somewhere," she said.
When she's home, Jones maintains her business, spends time with her family and and somehow even squeezes in the time to write. With "Witches" about to launch, she's well into writing book three in the series, which so far has only a working title, "Thorn."
"Book three is going to be kind of from a demon's perspective. ... I'm trying to create Samoda's arch nemesis, which will kind of carry over to books four and five," Jones said.
Jones has called her series an "urban fantasy." Her main character in the first book is Samoda, a woman who had died and then returned as a vampire-like Warrior to help protect humankind.
"I've found that people either really like my book or really don't like it," she said. "... And they have very specific reasons. A lot of people don't like the first-person point of view, the perspective. ... Probably my biggest critique has been on that aspect."
Her fans, however, like "the idea that it's a fresh take," Jones said. "It's something different. I don't know why, but it seems like there's not many books out there that portray vampires in that light, where they're still bad, but they're good too."
Saturday's event will celebrate the second book's release. "Witches" will be available for sale, and the author will be on hand for autographs.
Jones is particularly proud of the striking cover art for "Witches," which depicts one of the title characters floating in mid-air. The artist, Larry Elmore, is well-known as an American fantasy artist who has created illustrations for video games, comics, magazines and books.
"His paintings go for thousands of dollars," Jones said. She met him at a convention and recognized her main character for "Witches" in a work he had already done.
Another author had dibs on the painting for her work, but when that deal fell through, Jones was able to talk Elmore into letting her book have it, she said.