Thursday, December 30, 2010

Success in Epublishing: Interview With Tess Oliver

As a newly epubbed author myself, I'm amazed by the success of the epubbed YA authors who have blazed a trail over the last year.  In this series of blog posts, I'll be interviewing successful epubbed YA authors.  I'm thrilled to be given the chance to pick their brains and talk to them a little more in depth.  If you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments section.

Safe LandingCamilleOur first epubbed YA author is Tess Oliver, who has had great success this year with her two YA titles, Camille and Safe Landing.  I've seen her books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and saw her mentioned on Joe Konrath's blog as well.  Thanks so much to Tess for participating in our little forum and sharing her story!

How/when did you decide that epublishing would be your path?

I’d been spending most of my spare time writing middle grade and young adult fiction. I went to all the conferences, joined the SCBWI, and talked to the editors and agents at events. I received a lot of encouragement on my manuscript critiques and even some requests to see more, but I always got the same line “no place on our list for your book.” One big NY editor had one of my YA books for a year. Then I received a nice personal rejection from her. It made me laugh. I’d completely forgotten that she had it. I had two agents hold onto the entire manuscript of Camille for nine or ten months. One never responded again and the other finally responded with an email saying the market was already saturated with werewolf books. Have you ever wanted to yell at an email? A coworker and I did get a publishing deal with a big educational publisher for an elementary level science book. It’s written under my real name, but even that publishing credit didn’t get me through any doors. The querying process was like an emotional roller coaster and I needed to get off. Last summer break (I teach) I decided not to write anything new. I was starting to feel rather silly sitting on my computer writing all these stories that no one was going to ever see. And while I had no proof, I was pretty sure my husband was starting to roll his eyes every time I sat down to write. But not writing left a void in my life. I really missed it. That’s when my sister sent me the link to J.A. Konrath’s blog. I became a follower. (Is it just me or is he the hottest guy on the internet right now?) After that my incredibly clever sister sent me a link to Amanda Hocking’s books. She said,” This author is making it big with her YA books. You should give it a try.” So I figured it couldn’t hurt. My brilliant, beautiful daughter designed some covers and we uploaded the two stories I thought would sell the best.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

YA Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments)Title:  City of Ashes (second book in the Mortal Instruments series)
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Ages: 14 & up
453 pages
Personal Collection - Purchased at Target

Synopsis:  In the second book of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary is back with all of her demon-fighting friends.  Her mother remains in a coma in the hospital.  She's working on a relationship with her good friend Simon, despite the fact that she still longs for Jace, the boy she discovered was her brother.  Her father, the naughty Shadowhunter Valentine, is back to cause more trouble as he rounds up the Mortal Instruments in his quest to take over the world.  Faeries, werewolves, vampires, demons, and warlocks all make an appearance in this second novel.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New For 2011 - YA Book Reviews

Recently I've received some requests for book reviews.  I thought to myself...I don't have the time, they're not in my preferred genre, etc. and so I turned them down.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I'm already a major book pusher.  If I like something, I'll let you know.  I'll review it on Goodreads, I'll tell everyone I know about it, I'll buy it for family members as gifts, I'll force my friends to take my copy and read it as soon as possible.  And being that I'm always looking for ways to bring more books to readers (the Bookaday program), I thought that I really might be missing out on something.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Adventures in Epublishing: The Importance of Reviews

For a new and unproven author, reviews can be extremely helpful in spreading the word about your book and provide new readers with the confidence that their money is well-spent.  However, I don't believe that they are always a deciding factor.

I currently have 8 very positive reviews on Amazon, and 3 very positive reviews on Goodreads.  These numbers are quite small compared to others who have hundreds of reviews.  I'm very lucky that my readers enjoyed what they read and have given me very positive reviews.  That has hopefully helped new readers choose my book on Amazon.  Yet on Barnes & Noble, where my online sales are beating Amazon this month, I have NO reviews, not a single one.  And people are buying there based on nothing more than the description and the price, I'm guessing.   But I'd love to see if more reviews translate into more sales...if anyone out there has given my book a read, please don't forget to post a review!  It can be our little experiment. 

I've been witness to books (not my own) receive some poor reviews and yet still go on to sell excellent numbers, so I think it's interesting that readers are not necessarily deterred by poor reviews. 

Fellow ebook authors have also mentioned another way to make your book more visible is to offer it up to book bloggers/book reviewers online and let them post a review.  It appears that many book bloggers have quite a large following, so a good review on one of these sites could be really helpful.  I've submitted to two book reviewers so far, but haven't had a review from either yet.  They get awful bogged down with requests, I'm sure, so it's probably going to take a little while.

What about you?  Have your reviews translated into big sales?  Did you see a boost from having a books blogger/reviewer give your book a thumbs up?  I'd love to hear your success stories!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I hope that you and your families enjoy the next few days and that they are filled with fun and food!  And here's hoping that many of you receive Kindles or Nooks...happy ereading!  See you next week!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak

Vestal VirginVestal Virgin - Historical Suspense

Elissa Rubria Honoria is a Vestal Virgin--priestess of the sacred flame, a visionary, and one of the most powerful women in Rome. Vestals are sacrosanct, sworn to chastity on penalty of death, but the emperor, Nero, holds himself above the law. He pursues Elissa, engaging her in a deadly game of wits and sexuality. Or is Elissa really the pursuer? She stumbles on dark secrets. No longer trusting Roman gods, she follows a new god, Jesus of Nazareth, jeopardizing her life and the future of The Roman Empire.

• New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks says,
“...a writer of real talent...a promising new voice.”

• New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says,
“Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”

• A torrid tale of love, honor, and sacrifice pitted against horrific acts of murder, betrayal, and depravity. Rife with intrigue and brimming with exquisite detail, Vestal Virgin is a deftly paced masterpiece of historical fiction. I hope Tyrpak is planning another foray into this ancient world . . . and soon!
— Eldon Thompson, author of The Divine Talisman

Available on Kindle and Smashwords – 99 cents through January 1, 2011 –after that 2.99

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. Her debut novel is Vestal Virgin, suspense set in ancient Rome, available on Kindle and Smashwords—and soon to be released in trade paperback through Amazon. Her collection of nine short stories Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is available on Kindle and Smashwords. J.A. Konrath calls it, “Pure comedic brilliance.” Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks and John Saul. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest, and Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition.

Suzanne's blog: “Who’s Imagining All This?”


Link to Amazon Author page:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Adventures in Epublishing: Time to Write

I'm only officially two days in, but I'm enjoying my Writer Break (as I've dubbed Winter Break) immensely!  I've written almost 5,000 words in 2 days, crossing the 30,000 word mark on my latest YA novel, a vampire piece titled Bloody Little Secrets.  Being that I pretty much have no plans for the next two weeks off, I hope to finish this book by the time I have to go back to school.  I've been pretty lucky, I get up around 8 or 9, eat a nice breakfast and head upstairs to write while the husband and daughter spend some quality time together.  It makes me so happy to just sit for an hour (or two, or three...depending on the day) and just get lost in the story.  It makes me daydream about writing being my only job.  Okay, I do daydream about that all the time... I'm sure that's what we all desire in the end, though! 

A Book A Day For The Holidays: The Knot Artist by India Wilson


What happens after a terrible accident befalls a U.S. Senator in the Bridgehampton dungeon of the most expensive dominatrix on the East Coast, who specializes in rope bondage - and her world of being in control spins out of control?

Purchase Info: 
Special launch offer of 2-for-1 ($19.95) on the website until the end of the year, or on Amazon, or order at your independent bookstore

Author Info:
India Wilson is the pseudonym of an author who also chooses to remain anonymous- many are wondering whether this is a roman a clef - but India is happy to interact with reviewers and readers through the book website or directly

Contact Info: has the first chapter available for free download; also,

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: The Prince of Bryanae by Jeffrey Getzin

Prince of Bryanae - Fantasy

After over a century of valiant service, the elven soldier Willow has buried her past so deeply that even she has forgotten it. But it hasn't forgotten her. Now old enemies have found her and have kidnapped the Prince of Bryanae before her very eyes! Considered by most of Bryanae to be a traitor and coward, Willow must confront her fears and plunge headlong into the heart of the enemy empire to rescue the Prince and return him safely home.

An army of fierce warriors stands in her way, led by the mad and seemingly immortal Warlord. Willow must use every resource at her disposal if she is to save the Prince, even if that means relying on the headstrong and lovesick Private Tamlevar, the inscrutable winged mage Suel, or the dashing but devious Captain Snyde.

Willow has been honing her combat and weaponry skills for over 150 years. Now it is time to put that practice to good use. The fates of four races and two kingdoms hang in the balance.

"Fresh and strong and full of energy!"
- New York Times Bestselling author R. A. Salvatore

"Getzin makes you feel like a part of the intricate and fascinating world he's created. This is solid storytelling and spicy yarns. Once inside, you won't want to leave."
- Mike Freeman, author of The New York Times notable book Bloody Sundays

"This is a splendid book full of adventure and a sympathetic character in Willow. The story has heart and excitement. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a rollicking good fantasy. Jeffrey Getzin is a writer to watch."
- Billie Sue Mosiman, author of Legions of the Dark

"I recommend [Prince of Bryanae] to anyone who enjoys a good story with nonstop action and suspense, combined with strong, memorable characters and an imaginative setting."
- Scotti Cohn, author of Liberty's Children

Formats available in: Kindle, 6” x 9” 

Purchasing information:

Kindle version: $3.99 at

Softcover version: $19.99 at, and also will be available on

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Feature Your Book On My Blog - Bookaday

I so enjoyed my experience with the Book A Day For The Holidays promotion, that I've decided to make it a permanent feature here on the blog.  Beginning January 1st, I will offer up my blog for your book, on the day of your choosing (first come, first serve, of course).  After your day is up, you will be listed in the Bookaday Bookstore, where people can continue to peruse titles after they've been posted.  I'd love to continue posting all genres and age groups, so please check out the Bookaday Bookstore tab for submission information and get those book titles to me.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Adventures in Epublishing: Pricing Experiment

One of the joys of being a master of your own work is the ability to adjust prices, if you see fit.  While I'm confident of my $2.99 pricing at,, and, I felt that maybe the price I had set for Amazon UK might be too much.  I went with Amazon's original suggestion and had Amazon UK match the US price, setting the UK price for 2.99 GBP.  The customers there are also charged a VAT (value-added tax) and the total price came to 3.44 GBP.  I've sold ONE copy in the UK, funny enough it was the first copy.

A Book A Day For The Holidays: The Second Virgin Birth by Tommy Taylor

The Second Virgin Birth 

Do we have the technology enabling Christ to be born again of a second virgin mother? The book follows the life of a little girl in Alabama who goes completely insane at the age of six and is confined to a state mental hospital. In a strange twist of fate, she is chosen, "by God," to become the mother of his son, the next Madonna in the second coming of Christ. Explore her life as there are those who adore and worship her and there are those who loathe her and will do anything to end her life before her son is born. This story is a true "can't put it down" book.

From the Publisher:
Rarely does a book come along that requires the reader to truly reach down into the depths of their very soul to think and answer questions about their own personal beliefs and thoughts. The Second Virgin Birth is such a book. It explores new ideas and concepts that could affect us all, and would affect us all, if events in the book ever come to pass. This book is a must read, a must discuss, and a must argue over. Prepare yourself to lose old friends and gain new ones.

The book can be bought at by clicking on this link:

or Mr. Taylor has generously offered you a special deal. Follow the link above and then click on used books. Find the ones that he is selling that he used in book talks. If you mention this blog when you order, he will send you a brand new signed copy instead of a used one. His seller name is ttaylor0.

You can read more about Tommy Taylor and his new book, The Second Virgin Birth, on the Goodreads website:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

Hostile Witness - Legal Thriller

First in the Witness Series
When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her step-grandfather, California’s Supreme Court justice, her distraught mother contacts Hermosa Beach attorney Josie Bates to take the case. Once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, Josie stepped off the fast track and doesn’t want to get back on. But there’s something about the troubled teenager that draws Josie to her. When Hannah is charged as an adult, Josie's own history of abandonment comes into play and she cannot turn her back. All the evidence points to Hannah but when the shocking truth is uncovered it could save the girl – or destroy them all.

Available for:  All e-readers

At:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo etc. /$2.99

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Adventures in Epublishing: Visibility

I was baffled this week when trying to figure out how my Barnes & Noble sales for the month of December were beating my Amazon sales.  Now I know we're talking small numbers, here, but even small numbers are worth investigating.  This month I've sold 5 ebooks at B&N and only 2 at Amazon.  I am still convinced that Amazon is the king of ebooks and I figure most people with ereaders have Kindles and not Nooks.  So why are my books selling better on B&N?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Adventures in Epublishing: Strategy

There are a ton of sales strategies out there for your ebook: contests, blogging, getting it to reviewers, forcing it on friends and relatives, etc.  But after reading a Joe Konrath blog post regarding Amanda Hocking's ebook success (as well as countless other articles) it's quite clear that the most important thing to do to promote yourself is to WRITE.  And get those books out!

The ebook authors that are selling well are in fact ebook authors that have multiple ebooks available.  The key is, first and foremost, to write an excellent book.  But not just one...many.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Purpose by Kristie Cook

Purpose - Paranormal/Contemporary Fantasy

Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps, she’ll plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing, she’s been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When she’s forced to choose between hanging onto hope or letting go to serve her Amadis purposes, she faces a decision with inconceivable sacrifices.

Alexis runs to the one place she thinks will provide answers, only to find herself at the center of another battle of good versus evil, not only with the Daemoni, not only within herself…but also against the worst opponent imaginable. But even if she wins, what will she lose?

Available in:  trade paperback and various eBook formats

Purchasing information:  $15.99 for paperback; $5.99 for ebook.

Pre-orders now at

Around 12/15, at and

Coming to all book and ebook retailers in January 2011.

The first book in the series, Promise, now available at all book and ebook retailers, including The Book Depository for free shipping worldwide.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Lifetimes Ago by Susie Schecter

Lifetimes Ago - A Love Story Inspired From Past Life Memories - Historical Romance

It is 1934 in Rensselaer, Indiana, when Elsie Wilkins meets John McDonald―a man unlike any other. After feeling an intense chemistry, Elsie cannot take her eyes off him. The handsome apprentice architect has swept the independent-minded teacher off her feet. Despite the fact that Elsie is still married to a man who abandoned her without warning, she and John begin a fervent courtship as all social mores fall away. As the Great Depression continues to wreak havoc around them, John and Elsie feel no hunger other than for each other. Just when their infatuation transforms to a powerful love, Elsie’s husband makes an appearance and suddenly, the joyful future they have planned is threatened.

Based on a true story of reincarnation supported by documentation.

Available in:  Hardcover, paperback, and ebook (Kindle, Nook, etc.)
Kindle: $7.99
Paperback on Amazon:  $16.20

Purchasing information:
Available on all online bookstores like Amazon; Barnes & Noble. Borders @ Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, South Coast Plaza and Tustin, California. You can also purchase on my website

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Frienship, Family, and Farewells by Debbie Levy

The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family, and Farewells (Disney-Hyperion 2010) Middle grade - Nonfiction

This is the true story, told in verse, of a girl living in Germany in 1938. The girl and her family try to lead normal lives as the tide of anti-Semitism rises around them. Throughout 1938, the girl—my mother, Jutta Salzberg Levy—fills her poesiealbum, or autograph book, with verses, inscriptions, and drawings from friends and relatives. These entries are the stepping stones through the story of this wrenching, eventful year. Pages from the poesiealbum are reproduced in and woven throughout the book. The book has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus, a Parents’ Choice Award, and was recently named a Kirkus Best Book of 2010.

Formats: hardcover book.

Purchasing information: $16.99 is the retail price. Available from all the usual places, online and in bookstores.   IndieBound
The Poesiealbum Project:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Justified Sins by Brian Drake

Justified Sins - Action Thriller

When Sheila Webster’s husband is killed a after double-crossing the men who hired him to crack one last safe, she finds herself the next target. What her husband stole, he managed to hide, and now the men who hired him are after her to get the stolen goods back. There’s only one person she can turn to. Her foster brother. A dangerous man named Mr. Pierce.

Available in:
Electronic format. Print coming soon.

Purchasing information:
You may find the ebook at the Amazon Kindle Store,, or

Monday, December 6, 2010

Epublishing Info and Answering Your Epub Questions

I've now made the Adventures in Epublishing info more easily available on the blog.  I created a separate tab just for it at the top of the page, so all the articles I write pertaining to my epublishing experiences, or anyone else's, will be available right at your fingertips, no searching necessary.

I hope you find the information helpful, and I'm always happy to answer any epublishing questions you might have.  Bring them on!  I'll feature you in the response as well!

A Book A Day For The Holidays: My Fake Boyfriend Is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer


A good friend comes before a boyfriend—be he real or not—every time.

Friendship can be hard sometimes, but so far in seventh grade, Tori Barnes’s BFF, Sienna Baker, is making life downright impossible. Forced into making up a boyfriend to rival Sienna’s, Tori is soon entangled in a whole mess of lies, and she knows that only the truth can fix things. With one of the most hilarious and authentic voices since Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson, Kristina Springer’s new novel tackles issues near and dear to young girls: boys, popularity, and friendship.

Available in:  Hard Cover

Where to buy:


Barnes & Noble:  $11.51


 For more info:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Passions of the Dead by L.J. Sellers

Passions of the Dead - Mystery/Suspense

The fourth book in the Detective Jackson series!
A working-class family is brutally attacked in their home and only
one survives. Detective Jackson is assigned to investigate and soon uncovers
a blackmail scheme. But the forensic evidence is confusing, and the girl who
survives has no memory of the horrific event. When another home invasion
occurs, Jackson is confident they¹ve nailed the perpetrators. Yet the case
grows even more entangled. When the survivor disappears, Jackson fears for
her life, but can he find her in time to save her?

The latest Detective Jackson mystery will keep you enthralled right up
until Sellers hits you over the head with another shocking ending. Put
Passions of the Dead on your reading list! - Susan Whitfield, Logan Hunter

L.J. Sellers takes a contemporary news theme and spins a thriller that puts
you on the edge of your seat on page one, then keeps you there until the
last sentence. Superb! - Dani Greer, The Blood-Red Pencil

Print format: $13.99 ( and bookstores)

E-book: $2.99 (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony iBooks)

L.J. Sellers

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Mr. Shipley's Governess by Joanne Troppello

Mr. Shipley’s Governess - Inspirational Romance

Sophie Baird is looking for a way to escape the painful reality of her parents' deaths. Unable to live in their home any longer, she takes a job as a live-in tutor to Anastasia Shipley to remove herself from her painful memories and the feeling that God has abandoned her.

Anastasia has an illness that has prevented her from ever attending school and makes her father, Sebastian, over protective.

When Sophie first meets Sebastian, she cannot deny the intense attraction she feels toward him. When an unexpected romance begins between them, she starts to rebuild her relationship with God, with the help of a certain little girl.

Available in:  Adobe Acrobat, Palm DOC/iSolo, Microsoft Reader, Rocket

Where to buy:
Price: $5.99 eBook format

Joanne Troppello

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Lisa's Way by Robert Collins

Lisa's Way - Science Fiction

Teenager Lisa Herbert lives in the small town of Mountain View on the planet Fairfield. The "Savage Rain" decades earlier shut down the hyperspace gate and isolated her world. A casual remark from her sister gets Lisa to ask a simple question: “If life was better before the ‘Savage Rain,’ why couldn’’t it be better again?”

That question starts Lisa on a journey. She re-activates Fairfield's "H-gate" and travels to the three worlds nearest her own. She finds that each planet offers her a chance to improve everyone's lives, by hard work, trade, or making friends. She relies on her brains, her compassion, and a little sneakiness to solve the problems she faces. But Lisa realizes that the more she accomplishes, the more she has to do to answer her question.

"Lisa's Way" presents a heroine more interested in reasoning than fighting, and more concerned with doing good than looking good. It's a science-fiction novel for readers tired of the usual "blast 'em up" or techno-babble, yet it's no weepy romance or surrealistic experiment. "Lisa's Way" is just a solid story crisply told. Perfect for pre-teen, teen, and young adult readers!

Availability: It's both an ebook ($4.50) and a print book ($10.95)

Where to buy: eTreasures Publishing - / also at the Book Town Bookstore ( - print only) and at Amazon (print only)

Facebook page:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: Spicy, Earthy, Sweet by Erin O'Riordan

Spicy, Earthy, Sweet - Romance

A Hot Romance for Hanukkah!
Dig in to a delectable winter treat, as warm as a potato pancake on a frosty Hanukkah night! Caught up in the magic of the Festival of Lights, Gabriella wants everything to be perfect for her holiday with Jared. Jared has very specific tastes-and a slight obsession with teasing the individual flavors out of the aromas of fine wines. Even the kosher wine he chooses for the first night of Hanukkah is subjected to his beloved wine aroma wheel. But wine is not the only thing that can be tasted, analyzed, and savored. Gabriella and Jared discover new uses for Jared's favorite toy as the Hanukkah candles burn down...

Formats available:  E-book (.pdf, Nook, etc.)

Where to buy:
Ravenous Romance - $1.99

Barnes and Noble - $2.99

Erin O'Riordan

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays: The Hating Game by Talli Roland

Talli's The Hating Game is the first book on our A Book A Day For The Holidays Tour.  She gave me the idea for the Into the Shadows blogsplash and also helped me out with it.  I'm thrilled to return the favor!

The Hating Game - Chick Lit

Help Talli Roland's debut novel THE HATING GAME hit the Kindle bestseller list at and by spreading the word today. Even a few sales in a short period of time on Amazon helps push the book up the rankings, making it more visible to other readers.

When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she's confident she'll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she's perfected from years of her love 'em and leave 'em dating strategy. After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £2000,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it's revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes. Can Mattie confront her past to get the prize money she so desperately needs, or will her exes finally wreak their long-awaited revenge? And what about the ambitious TV producer whose career depends on stopping her from making it to the end?

No Kindle? Download a free app at Amazon for Mac, iPhone, PC, Android and more.

Coming soon in paperback. Keep up with the latest at

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Adventures in Epublishing: First Month Sales Round-Up

It's time to take a look at the numbers for the month of November, the very first month of Into the Shadow's sales.  I'll report back every month to give a break down.  Feel free to leave suggestions for more sales.  I'll list the other things I've been doing as well.

Ebooks - 35 - 27 - 7 - 1
Total: $72.64

Paperbacks Online - 11 - 3 - 8
Total: $44.22

Paperbacks (self) - 47
Total: $219.00

Friday, November 26, 2010

Turkeys Indeed

Everyone is doing the whole Thanksgiving thing, what they're thankful for and all that junk.  I'm of course thankful for the usual business, of which I won't bore you with (family, friends, muffins)...but there is something new that I'm thankful for this year.

And that would have to be my new readers!  I'm starting to get feedback from those out there that are reading the book.  Maybe you'll be surprised to know that many times this month, I'd wake up from nightmares which generally started with me anxiously awaiting reviews from readers on Amazon, and checking them only to have people rip me a new one and go on and on about how awful Into the Shadows was. It was so scary!  Worse than the dreams when you're standing in front of a crowd naked!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Book A Day For The Holidays!

I've come up with a fun little experiment.  I'm looking for authors of all kinds, fiction, non-fiction, YA or adult, romance, horror, indie or traditionally published with a book out there in the wide wide world. 

We're all always looking for great, new things to read and what better way to prepare for the holidays than by doing a little shopping and helping out your fellow authors at the same time.  Buy a book for yourself, a relative, or a friend.

So here's my thought...from December 1st - December 24th, all of you wonderful authors out there provide me some info on your book, and I'll post it right here.  Now, it would be nice to support each other as well, so if I post your book, please take a look at the others and try to purchase one.

Here's what I need from you:

-Title of book/genre


-Formats available in

-Purchasing information (where/how much/etc.)

-What date you'd like

Email all of that me at  All dates/space are on a first come/first serve basis!

Let's see if we can fill all 24 days - it'll be like a crazy advent calendar of books!

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Into the Shadows Soundtrack: The Rasmus - In the Shadows

Over the next few weeks I'll add a couple of songs that have inspired Into the Shadows.  If I could make my very own soundtrack, these are the songs I would pick.

The whole time I was writing ITS in 2007-2008, I would listen to this song over and over again.  It even inspired the title.  It comes from a little-known Finnish band named The Rasmus, and was popular in Europe in 2003.  True story, I actually stood just feet from the lead singer while at a concert by a different band in Helsinki as he was filming the opening act.  They're still making music, so if you like the song, be sure to check them out!  I heart them!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Interview of Me on Joanne's Blog

I was honored to be interviewed by the lovely Joanne Troppello.  Be sure to check out the interview on her blog if you'd like to know my deepest, darkest, writing secrets.  Or just my regular writing secrets.  Who am I kidding, having a blog means never keeping any deep, dark secrets.

Thanks again, Joanne!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Quitting NaNo And Back To The Real World

So I made an attempt to take on NaNo this year, knowing that I wouldn't have a ton of time, and I made it two weeks before all of my other commitments took over.  I'm still proud of the work I did, it was well received at my grad class and I managed 20,000 words in about 13 days.  That comes out to 75 pages double spaced.  I hope to finish it up after I finish my grad paper, which I should be working on right now instead of blogging.  But I've missed you all and wanted to say hi!

So this officially ends my blog break, and I hope to be back, bringing you updates on epublishing and how it's all going, what things will be coming next, and hopefully sharing some samples of upcoming novels with you soon.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Into the Shadows Paperback Available NOW!

I'm excited to announce that the paperback version of Into the Shadows is available now at my CreateSpace store for the low price of $11.00.  It will be available on in about 15 days (per CreateSpace). 

Follow this link to the CreateSpace Into the Shadows page

I am so happy with it, CreateSpace, my cover designer Carl Graves, and format expert Rob Siders deserve a ton of credit for this.  It's truly amazing.

Thanks to everyone for waiting patiently and enjoy!  Be sure to post reviews on and, if you get a chance!


YA Flash Death Match Awesome November Contest!

Please check out my other website, YA Flash Death Match, and enter your YA NaNo novel, or non-NaNo YA novel for this month's competition!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

First Week In Numbers

Just a quick post on this week's numbers (not counting Friday).  I sold 20 copies alone on November 1, 19 at Amazon and 1 at Barnes & Noble.  I have since sold two more, one at Amazon, and one at B&N. Add that to the 4 that sold prior to November 1 and at this point I've sold a grand total of...26 copies, 22 this week.

Obviously I won't be able to maintain those numbers, I'm not doing a ton of advertising and won't have another big release day.  I might get a bit of a boost once the paperback is ready, I'll probably sell 50 copies just between students and family and friends, and that's thinking on the low side.  A lot of my 'fan' base seems to be clamoring for the paperback.  Maybe all the work I did for the ebook will get the word out and make the paperback sales great.  Or maybe they'll be the same.  Whatever, I'm just excited to see people reading it!

I've had 12 people add it on Goodreads, which I think is a great site to get the word out.  Do you have any other suggestions for sharing the info?  I am not a spammer, so I like it best if people come across it more naturally.  I've been doing interviews as well, and I'm open to more if anyone is up for it!  I'm happy to talk about anything, really. 

Well, back to caring for my icky sicky baby and trying to squeeze out some NaNo words!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Congrats to the Winners!

I'd like to offer congratulations to the winners of the Into the Shadows giveaway!  I'll be contacting you shortly by email to get you your free copy!  Thanks to all who participated and here are the winners!  Amber, Julie, Dottie, Richard, Cheyanne, Valerie, Ann, and Timothy.


For the second year in a row, I'm diving back into NaNoWriMo (, the month-long writing extravaganza! I'm writing a new piece, my very first vampire novel, called Bloody Little Secrets. My goal is to 'win' again this year, meaning I'll hit that 50,000 word mark.  But to do so, something will have to give, so don't worry if I'm a little scarce on the blog.  It just means I'm writing, a lot, in hopes of getting you more new books soon!  I'll check in here and there and let you know how things are going!

Here is the synopsis:
17-year-old Vicky Hernandez has a big problem. She's dead. Or not quite. After discovering she's been turned into a vampire, she tries to settle into a quiet suburb of Chicago and return to a normal life. If only she could stop wanting to bite her boyfriend. Not to mention she is dying to find out who turned her, and why. She doesn't have to wait long before they come to her.

If anyone else is participating, I'm listed under karlykirkpatrick so feel free to make me your buddy!

Happy writing!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Into the Shadows is Available Today!

I couldn't be more excited today as my very first ebook hits the virtual bookshelves. I, like many writers, dreamed of the day that my books would be available to readers. Today is my day. I've chosen to do it, as you well know, not in a traditional fashion. But I find that prospect exciting too. After today, it's a whole new world for me. A world where people can find my book and read it. Enjoy (hopefully) my characters and make them a part of their lives. Maybe, just maybe, this warrants a change from writer to author. This book has been given a new life, far from the dust-covered shelf where it sat up until a couple months ago. I honestly never thought I'd have the opportunity to share it, and well, here we are.

I'd like to thank you, my friends and fellow writers for following the journey. You've made it all worthwhile!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Adventures in Epublishing - The Numbers

Even though writing is an art, it's also a business.  Some people are very interested in numbers.  I know I am.  I'm always curious to see what people have done to help measure what I'm doing.  Obviously, everyone's situation is a little different.  Some people have little in the way of friends/followers, but have still sold a ton of books.  I'm interested to see if my 'numbers' will actually translate into more sales or if it has no effect.  Some people say you need to have a 'platform' to sell a lot of books.  If I do actually have a platform, it's all because of social networking, something everyone can easily replicate.   So here are all the stats for this ebook project.  I'll post sales numbers monthly, just to keep you updated on its progress.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Into the Shadows Giveaways!

We're almost there!  It's only one week until the official launch of Into the Shadows!  Remember, I'm asking everyone to purchase on November 1st.  Posting even small sales on one day helps push the book up the Amazon Best Seller list and makes it more visible to other readers that don't know me.  For non-ebook readers, don't forget there will be a paperback available later in November/December.

In honor of my awesome friends, fans, and followers, I'd like to announce the giveaway!  Here's what you have to do for it...NOTHING.  Leave your name and your email in the comments of this section and you are entered.  You have from today through Sunday, October 31st at noon CST to add your name.  I will literally write the names out, put them in a hat (more likely a plastic pumpkin) and draw the winners.  Good old fashioned prize winning.  You could win one of these cool prizes:

5 copies of the ebook Into the Shadows for your ereader.

3 signed copies of the paperback Into the Shadows, mailed to your house.  They won't be ready for a couple weeks, but I'll put them in the mail as soon as they're ready!

Thanks again for all of your support, it's appreciated every day!

Good luck!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 20

Just a quick note to those that have read this all the way through on the blog...thanks!  And I hope you enjoyed it. *hugs*

Chapter Twenty
The Road Less Taken

In the early light of dawn, Paivi could see the bridges across Lake Superior that would take them from Wisconsin to Minnesota. The clouds had cleared and it looked to be a sunny day. This was quite deceiving, as the air here was far colder than it had been in St. Andrew. Paivi wished she had a blanket, as the SUV had become increasingly cold, despite the fact that the heater was turned all the way up.
Paivi was surprised that she remembered where Tim and Alissa lived. She had only been to their house once, about two years ago. Tim was her dad’s cousin, and he and his wife and daughter, Monika, had come to visit them in St. Andrew many times throughout her childhood. They wound their way through the hilly streets. Little San Francisco, as Duluth was sometimes called; it was not far from the truth. Turning right on Seventh Street, Christian slowed down.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Interview on Roxie's Blog!

The lovely Roxie Hanna interviewed me on her blog.  I'm so excited because this is the first interview I've had leading up to Into the Shadows' release!  Thanks again to Roxie for having me and hope you all enjoy the interview!

Into the Shadows - Chapter 19

Chapter Nineteen
Escape Plan

Paivi wove Torsten through the maze of backyards and alleys, avoiding the main streets until they reached downtown St. Andrew. They needed to cross the river, unfortunately there were only three bridges across and each of them was extremely busy, being the only way over the Fox River for miles around. There was also no chance of hiding in much of the downtown area. They would be completely exposed. Paivi decided they should just act natural, like they had full rights to be out walking around. This wouldn’t have been true even if they weren’t subject to EOS rules, they were still out past the city curfew.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Adventures in Epublishing: Step 4

This is the fourth article in my Adventures in Epublishing series.  In just two weeks, my first ebook, Into the Shadows, will be available on, Barnes & and  Ebook guru Joe Konrath has an article discussing his plan for ebook success with How to Make Money on Ebooks.

This week I'm focusing on the face of the ebook...the cover.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 18

Chapter Eighteen

Paivi didn’t remember much about the ride home. She spent the entire time sobbing into Jason’s shoulder. He walked her up the steps to her front door. On the porch, they stopped for a moment. Both of them were at a loss for words.

“I’ll call you tomorrow,” Jason whispered into Paivi’s ear as he pulled her into his arms. She nodded. He kissed her on the cheek and gave her a squeeze, then walked down the steps back to Devon’s waiting car.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 9

Chapter Nine
Game On

Paivi’s leg bounced anxiously through all of her classes, finally calming down when she arrived to Current Events. Only two more periods until basketball tryouts, not that she was worried. She was confident she’d easily make the freshman team.

She could hear the students whispering as she plopped down in her seat. Most of them hadn’t watched the debate, which was bound to disappoint Dr. Hasenpfeffer, who seemed more frazzled than usual. She knocked an entire stack of tests off her desk, sending them flying in a flutter to the floor. A girl who sat near Dr. Hasenpfeffer’s desk jumped up to help her pick up the mess.

When everything was in its place, Dr. Hasenpfeffer settled herself into her leather chair. Paivi noticed a large coffee stain down the front of her ruffled cream blouse and her hair was haphazardly pinned down by a large gold barrette on the top of her head.

Into the Shadows - Chapter 8

Chapter Eight
The Debate

Paivi Anderson
Current Events p.6
Dr. Hasenpfeffer

This week I read another article in the St. Andrew Herald by Jerome Knowles. It was called “The Final Debate: It’s too late for Senator Stevens.” He writes that Moira Kelly has already won the election. According to the polls, Kelly leads Stevens 64% to 46%. Knowles says it means Kelly will definitely win because in history very few candidates come back from that kind of margin. Kelly also has bonus points with voters because she got the head of the Righteous Front, Malcolm Davis, to agree to talks after the election. Knowles thinks only a miracle will save Senator Stevens and his campaign at this point. I am planning to watch the debate on Sunday because I think it will be interesting and because it is a class assignment.

Paivi, enjoy the debate! B+
Dr. H.

Into the Shadows - Chapter 7

Chapter Seven
A Most Unwelcome Guest

Amanda’s backyard was a little cozier than the front, what without all of the gravestones, fog, and scary leaf monsters. The night was very clear, which made the yard bright, despite the moon only being at half strength. Paivi and Michaela walked towards the fire. There were already some partygoers seated on the outdoor couches, extending marshmallow-laden branches over the open fire. The flames crackled and licked the marshmallows, as if it wanted to eat them itself.

Into the Shadows - Chapter 17

Chapter Seventeen
Winter Wonderland

Paivi returned to school the next day after the incident in Dr. Hasenpfeffer’s class. She tried her best to do as her father had asked. She flipped through the EOS policy book, making sure she was following all of the rules correctly. She moved quickly and quietly through the halls, dragging Jason or Michaela by the arm. She didn’t want to be late for classes, especially not for lunch. She tried to keep to herself in class, and didn’t raise her hand or ask any questions. She would respond politely, if ever a teacher asked her a question, which was very seldom. She wished she wasn’t there, that no one could see her. Oh, to be invisible!

As for Dr. Hasenpfeffer’s class, Paivi dreaded going there the most. Instead of open and friendly, the class had taken on a dreary atmosphere, as if someone had died. They were not told where Dr. Hasenpfeffer was or when she would return. Instead, they had the ultimate pleasure of being taught by Mr. Finch, a squidgy looking substitute teacher in his twenties who bored them to death with his endless lectures. Paivi sat with Tyler at her assigned EOS table and attempted to avoid everyone’s eyes for the long fifty minutes of class. She could feel them anyways.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

You Interview Me!

So this was your big chance!  Ask me any question and I'll answer.  Let's dive right in, shall we?

From Victoria Ikpoh Slone (via Facebook):

How did you decide to write in the YA genre?  Do you see yourself writing adult fiction at some point?

When I started writing, I had just finished reading the final book in the Harry Potter series.  Prior to the Harry Potter, I hadn't read YA much at all.  They didn't have much in the way of YA when we were in high school, so I'd pretty much been reading 'adult' books from the age of 12 on.  But that series changed it all for me.  YA was also an easy choice in terms of material.  I enjoyed high school so much that I went on to be a high school teacher, so all of the relationships, drama, and insanely funny stories of high school were with me every day.  I think there's a certain element of escape in it as well that I really enjoy.  In high school you don't have bills, a house, a car payment, etc.  Everything was very exciting and very tumultuous.  And although I don't miss the drama, I enjoy reliving the excitement.

I think I might one day write adult fiction, or at least give it a go.  I've written a couple pieces of Flash Fiction with adult characters and I did plot out a couple adult novels.  I think if I do write something for adults, it will have to be funny though.  I won't be writing anything serious.

Draculas by J.A. Konrath (Jack Kilborn) and Friends

I don't read a lot of 'adult' fiction, let alone horror, so this was a bit new to me.  I read a lot of Stephen King when I was younger, but that is more horror-thriller, if you will.  But I, like many others, love vampires and was interested to give this a go.   Mind you, I do like horror movies that include humor, like Zombieland, Scream, and Shaun of the Dead (and even not so funny ones like 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later) so I really appreciated the humor in this book.  The first week I was reading it, I had just gotten over the flu and had to actually stop reading it while eating dinner one night because the descriptions were making me a little queasy.  Once I got my strong stomach back, I was good to go, merrily reading about spleens, livers, and limbs being eaten. Nom nom!

And though I'm exactly the kind of vampire reader this book is not for, I loved it all the same.  I think the thing I liked the most was the fact that these were almost zombie-vampires, my two favorite supernatural villains.  It was a great marriage of the both.  It was high in action as well, lots of guns and gore on every Kindle page.  The story line reminded me of many of the zombie stories, where a bite transmits the 'disease.'  I enjoyed the characters as well and was really caught up with them by the end.  All in all, a cool story and a fascinating project as it was written by 4 different people.  It was quite seamless, blending together very well.  If you're looking for a great horror read this Halloween, I think you'll really enjoy this one. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 16

Chapter Sixteen
Phase Two

Paivi Anderson
Current Events p.6
Mr. Finch

I read an article in the St. Andrew Herald by Mimi Snodgrass titled ‘St Andrew Herald reporter Jerome Knowles arrested by ATC.’ Mr. Knowles was arrested Saturday for using the newspaper to turn citizens against the ATC. They also found that he commonly associated with people in St. Andrew known to be Enemies of the State and felt that he could be using his access at the newspaper to aid terrorists. Fellow reporters stated that Knowles was known to be a troublemaker and that they were not surprised. I was surprised too, because I always thought he was a good reporter who always stuck to the facts. I guess I didn’t really know what he was like at work, but it’s really too bad he was arrested.

Ms. Anderson, you should concern yourself with more significant matters, such as how the ATC program has been a success or the drop in terrorist attacks and not about criminals. Very weak.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 15

Chapter Fifteen

The mood at home was solemn. As bad as her first day back to school had been, she hadn’t even thought about what things had been like for Torsten or her parents.

Torsten’s day had mirrored her own, with the added bonus that the junior high students were more than prepared to hassle anyone who was slightly different. He had to endure shouts of ‘Freak!’ as he walked down the hallway, to pennies being thrown at their ‘special’ table at lunch. The ATC guards at Torsten’s school made no effort to stop his harassers.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 6

Chapter Six
All Hallows Eve

“Now can anyone tell us the positive aspects of globalization? Why is it a good thing?” Dr. Hasenpfeffer stood before the class. She was oblivious to the fact that most of the students in the class were not paying any attention to her. Some had snuck their headphones up through their sweatshirts and were listening to music. Some were passing notes. And some had even succumbed to a sweet mid-class slumber, brought upon by the consumption of too many Tartan burgers at lunch and the overly warm conditions in the classroom. Paivi turned to look at the clock and couldn’t help noticing that Michael Giannotti was in such a deep sleep that he was emitting a snore every so often and a large puddle of drool was spreading slowly across his notebook, causing the few notes he had taken to run. She was astounded by Dr. Hasenpfeffer’s lack of attention to this fact. She felt it was quite possible that the good doctor had just stopped caring whether they listened or not.

Into the Shadows - Chapter 14

Chapter Fourteen

Paivi carefully packed her gym bag for basketball practice that crisp, sunny Tuesday morning. She looked her outfit over in the mirror, carefully affixing her new silver badge with the red glowing letters and numbers to her purple hoodie. She studied her reflection carefully.

It’s not so bad, she thought. Maybe people won’t even notice.

She tossed her long, blond hair over her shoulder. She could still see the red light glowing through the strands, but it was much less noticeable. Paivi headed downstairs for a piece of toast, though she didn’t feel very hungry.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 13

Chapter Thirteen

Paivi Anderson
Current Events p.6
Dr. Hasenpfeffer

In the St. Andrew Herald article ‘Nation anxious for action’, by Jerome Knowles, he interviews people in and around St. Andrew to see what they are hoping the Anti-Terrorism Coalition will achieve. Everyone is looking forward to a meeting on Sunday, when the ATC will announce their plan for stopping the terrorists. The ATC has already recruited thousands of new officers, helping the poor economy by getting the unemployed young people off the streets and back to work. Knowles found that the community appreciates the opportunities that the ATC offers those who have gone so long without work. Also, he reports that most people are positive that the ATC will make a major impact on the war on terrorism. I agree and feel that it is important that we support the government in hopes that they can make this country safer.

Interesting article

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Interview ME!

So here's your chance...ask me anything!  Post a question in the comments and ask me anything about me, my writing, Into the Shadows, future releases, epublishing, whatever, and I will answer it in a blog post next week!  I'll even post your name with the question!  I look forward to all the awesome questions you come up with!

I'll also be taking questions on Facebook and answering them here!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 12

Chapter Twelve

Paivi was able to relax at Lolly’s Ice Cream Shoppe. It all just felt so comfortable. Jason and Mr. Anderson were discussing baseball over their hot fudge sundaes. Paivi and Michaela were reminiscing about things that Torsten had done when he was younger. Mrs. Anderson and Aimee were laughing along with the girls. Torsten could only shake his head in embarrassment, and sink lower into his seat.

“And remember,” howled Michaela, “when we were at Taco Caliente that one time? We were waiting for our food and Torsten was gone. All of a sudden we heard this mooing sound. We turned around and there was Torsten, hiding in the plants next to the counter, mooing like a cow!”

She pretended like she was separating some invisible plants and stuck her head through.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 5

Chapter Five

The gym was decorated with Christmas trees and large, wrapped presents. Snowflakes hung from the ceiling along with clear twinkle lights. There was a dusting of fake snow on the ground. A large reindeer with a glowing nose stood in a small grove of evergreens in a corner. A snowman, along with Santa and his sleigh were displayed in another.

Students were heading towards the dance floor. Girls were dressed in elegant floor length dresses in rich colors of velvet, some with long white gloves. The boys sported freshly pressed shirts and pants, with festive holiday ties.

Into the Shadows - Chapter 4

Chapter Four
Open Seas

Paivi Anderson
Current Events p.6
Dr. Hasenpfeffer

For my assignment I read an article in the St. Andrew Herald by Jerome Knowles. It was called “Moira Kelly takes the lead in the polls.” He states that Kelly, a member of the Liberal party, is ahead in the polls because Americans think she’s personable. That means she nice. He also says that her policies on the Righteous Front terrorist group are helping her. She hopes to solve the terrorist crisis by sitting down and talking to the members of the Righteous Front. The current administration has been fighting the RF with the military, but the RF keeps blowing up more restaurants and shopping malls. According to Knowles, Senator Stevens represents the same ideas as the current President who is also from the Conservative party and will not have much of a chance with the voters. I personally think it’s because he’s not very nice, but that’s just because he looks like a jerk when I see him on the news.

Paivi, interesting opinions, but try to keep them relevant to the facts. B-
Dr. H.

Into the Shadows - Chapter 3

Chapter Three
Back to School

Paivi was up before her alarm, both nervous and excited about the first day of high school. She got ready quickly and made her way down to grab a bowl of cereal before heading out to the bus stop. She stepped around bags and people in the aisle, finally finding a seat near the middle of the bus. Being the first day back, no one had found older kids to ride to school with just yet. There was no air conditioning on the bus, just a hot, humid rush of air through all of the open windows, which caused Paivi to rethink her wardrobe choice. Her new jeans were sticking to her legs. She just kept reminding herself that the school would be like a meat locker, so it would pay off in the end.

Into the Shadows - Chapter 2

Chapter Two
Birthday Surprise

Paivi couldn’t have been more excited. Friday, the fifteenth of August, was a special day. It was not just her fourteenth birthday. She was also finally getting her braces off. In all honesty, she was more excited about getting the metal contraption removed than she was about the birthday. As far as she was concerned, birthdays come around every year, but it’s not every day that you get a new face.

She considered briefly that her new gleaming smile would attract a few boys, maybe a boyfriend? Okay, she didn’t want to get too carried away. There were more obstacles to getting a boyfriend that a mouthful of beautiful teeth couldn’t solve. At six feet tall, Paivi hoped there were more tall boys at St. Andrew High School than there had been at Riverview Junior High, otherwise she would be out of luck.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Help me Blogsplash and FBsplash for Into the Shadows!!!

A few people have asked how I plan to get the word out there about Into the Shadows and its release date (Monday, November 1st, just in case you forgot!).

But instead of sending out bookmarks and cards and swag and all nature of tangible things (which are all wonderful, of course), I'm going to stick with my strength, the one thing I'm really good at.  And that's using Facebook and my blog!

I happened upon author Talli Roland's article where she explained this awesome idea that she is using promote her new release.  It's called a Blogsplash.  It's a funny thing with ebooks, if you sell even a small number of ebooks on a given day on Amazon, it'll help your ebook move up the bestseller list.  How awesome would it be if we could give Into the Shadows a boost on its first day out?  I SO want to get into the top 100 for children's ebooks on Amazon!  My hope is that some of you will participate in my little experiment and help me get the word out.  If you'd like to participate, in addition to a Blogsplash, I'm also going to do a Facebooksplash! 

Into the Shadows - Chapter 11

Chapter Eleven
A Star Is Born

Butterflies crashed around inside Paivi’s stomach. St. Andrew High School was hosting the biggest girls’ basketball tournament in the area, and her team had made it to the championship game. The night before, Paivi had a vision that showed people cheering for her, but she was unable to see the events that led up to it. She woke up briefly and tried concentrating really hard on the game, like Christian had told her, but it didn’t work. She was a little nervous about her abilities as well. She was supposed to tell Christian the score of the Chicago-Green Bay game tomorrow, and she still hadn’t had any luck there, either. She had been a bit preoccupied with the tournament all week and in addition to that, her mind had been clouded with thoughts of Jason.

Maybe tonight after the game, I can focus a little more, she thought.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Month of Celebrating!!!

Friday will put us one month out from the ebook release of Into the Shadows (On November 1st! It's a Monday! Can you tell I'm excited?)!  I've cooked up a few things to keep you busy until then!  I hope you'll join me in some upcoming posts!

*Next Week - Interview ME!  I'll post the announcement and then YOU ask the questions, anything you want to know about writing, my book, or me, and I'll answer!

*All Month - Read Into the Shadows for FREE before it comes out! I'll be putting up a bunch of the older full chapters up this weekend and the rest will continue coming throughout the month!

*End of the Month - CONTEST FOR YOU!  And you don't have to do anything!  You can enter to win free copies of Into the Shadows from or gift cards from!

*Blog-hopping - All month I'll be hopping around different sites, doing interviews and guest posts!  Does your blog have room for me?  I'd love to stop in!  Send me an email at and we'll set it up!

*Tomorrow - Read up on my plans for a Blogsplash and Facebooksplash to help promote Into the Shadows!  I would LOVE it if you could help!

I can't thank you enough for reading along and joining me on this journey!  *hugs*

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 10

Chapter Ten

Paivi Anderson
Current Events p.6
Dr. Hasenpfeffer

This week’s article by Jerome Knowles ‘Election Upset!’ from the St. Andrew Herald discussed the election results. President-Elect Wendell Stevens was elected in a landslide victory after revealing his new plan for dealing with the Righteous Front during the final debate. The voters are now waiting to hear when the Anti-Terrorism Coalition will take effect and the list will be released. Knowles states that the election was by far one of the biggest surprises in history. Personally, I am still surprised that Moira Kelly didn’t win, because everyone seemed to like her. I hope that President-Elect Stevens’ plan really does work and they get the terrorists off the street. I am sure most Americans would be happy to have no more attacks from the Righteous Front. People could go to work and school and never have to worry about dying and that would be an awesome change.

Paivi, let’s hope you’re right! A -
Dr. H.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Into the Shadows - Chapter 1

Chapter 1
Sweet Dreams

Five years ago…

Streams of sunlight shone brightly through the car window as shadows of the passing trees flickered across Paivi Anderson’s face. Next to her sat a woman she knew well, but as she glanced around she was slightly confused. Looking over her shoulder into the back seat she was surprised to see that Michaela wasn’t in the car. Though they had been friends forever it was rare that Paivi was in the car with Michaela’s mother by herself. Mrs. Brown, an older version of her daughter and sporting the same long, dark hair, hummed along with a song on the radio. She seemed unaware of Paivi sitting next to her.

In an instant the car slammed to a violent stop and Paivi pitched forward in her seat. Glass shattered—small pieces rained down on her and she could hear the horrible sound of crunching metal. Mrs. Brown screamed as rivers of blood ran down her face, which had been sliced by the flying glass. An oily smoke filled the car, surging through the vents. Paivi’s lungs burned as she gasped for air, choking and sputtering. She looked down to see flames licking at her feet from under the dashboard. She was frozen, unable to move as the scorching heat raced up her legs. A deafening explosion shook them, rocking the car.

Into the Shadows - Available November 1st, 2010

It's official!  If you haven't already heard about it on Facebook or Twitter, Into the Shadows will be available for purchase as an ebook at Amazon for the Kindle and Smashwords for all other ereader formats on Monday, November 1st, 2010!

If you're saying to yourself, 'that's all fine and well, but I don't have an ereader,' don't worry!  You can always download Kindle for free from Amazon for your computer, smartphone, iPod, iPad, and other devices.  Look under the Kindle button on Amazon's main page.  I am also going to work toward getting Into the Shadows published in paperback, for all of you wanting to purchase a paper copy.  I'll keep you posted on my progress.

In the meantime, I will continue to post Into the Shadows here on the blog, but we'll have to speed it up a little.  Look for full chapters on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Read up now for free before it disappears at the end of October!  I promise that those of you who have been reading will get a chance to finish!  I will leave the first few chapters up as a free sample.

On Thursday, I'll give you details on how we are going to celebrate the upcoming release throughout the month of October!  I hope you'll join me!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Into the Shadows: Chapter 9 Part 4

Chapter 9 Part 4
Game On

She was glad when practice was finally over. She found that she was dreading meeting Christian less than she was dreading Monday’s practice. It was a sunny November day and unseasonably warm. Paivi decided to walk downtown—it was easier than trying to explain to her parents who she was meeting. She didn’t want to tell a complete lie, so she told her mother that she was meeting Michaela at Al’s CafĂ©. It was the right place, just not the right person. Besides, she didn’t mind walking when it was so nice out. She felt a bit cagey and figured some fresh air would do the trick.

As she walked through the neighborhood, she looked at the houses as she passed. Every house looked slightly different, one story, two stories, red, brown. Most were neat and tidy. Some were a bit run down and looked out of place.

#ebooklitchat: Monday 8-9PM CST

Join me again this evening for another round of #ebooklitchat.  We've been having some great conversations, so feel free to stop by and ask any questions you might have about ebooks or epublishing!  It's been super informative!  Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Into the Shadows: Chapter 9 Part 3

Chapter 9 Part 3
Game On

The election came and went the following week with Senator Stevens winning in a landslide. Aside from Dr. Hasenpfeffer’s lively classroom discussions on the topic, life returned to its usual concerns.
Paivi was more focused on basketball than anything else. It was a few days before Coach Espinosa offered her a spot on the varsity team. Paivi was relieved, but also nervous. She liked the girls on the freshman team and she didn’t know any of the girls on varsity.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Prairie Writer's Day: SCBWI-Illinois' Annual Conference

On November 13th, I know where I'll Prairie Writer's Day!  If you live in the Midwest and are looking for a great SCBWI conference, I would highly recommend this one.  I attended last year and found it to be a great experience.

Get a chance to rub elbows with Illinois' best children's, MG, and YA book writers as well as the agents and editors.

Follow the link to the SCBWI-IL Prairie Writer's Day page where you will find location and registration information, as well as a complete schedule.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Into the Shadows: Chapter 9 Part 2

Chapter 9 Part 2
Game On

The class was still discussing the debate as the bell rang and they exited the classroom.

“I wish we were older and we could vote, or at least be able to do something. If people let the government get away with this, its just insanity!” raved Jason as they made their way down the hall.

“Maybe it’ll be okay,” said Crystal. “I mean, if it really does stop the terrorist attacks, I don’t know, maybe it’ll be worth whatever trouble it causes.”

“See! That’s exactly it—selling out your freedom for your security!” Jason snapped back. Crystal’s face fell.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Adventures in ePublishing: Step 3

I'm working my way through ebook preparations, hoping to have a solid release date soon...maybe next week!  I've also started a live chat on Twitter, taking place Monday nights, from 8-9 CST.  Hope you will join us to discuss all things epublishing/ebooks!  Readers and writers are equally welcome.  I think we can learn a lot from ebook readers, they are our audience, after all!

This is the third article in the Adventures in ePublishing series (read Step 1 and Step 2).  I've been following ebook mentor J.A. Konrath's recipe for success, outlined in his How to Make Money on Ebooks article.

3. Format it correctly.

Monday, September 20, 2010

#ebooklitchat: Monday 8-9PM CST

Just a quick note to let you know that #ebooklitchat is back tonight, but I'm moving up the time to include our east coast friends.  Please stop by Twitter between 8-9PM CST.  Last week we attracted the attention of Net Galley, an online location where publishers can make copies of ebooks available to readers/reviewers in advance of publishing, as well as Calibre, known for their free ebook formatting software.  I'm hoping they'll join us and let us know a little more about what they can offer ebook authors.

I've heard we'll also have some ebook readers coming by.  It may be helpful to pick their brains a bit, find out if they're reading indie ebooks, and maybe just what they're looking for.

Hope to see you there!

Into the Shadows: Chapter 9 Part 1

Chapter 9 Part 1
Game On

Paivi’s leg bounced anxiously through all of her classes, finally calming down when she arrived to Current Events. Only two more periods until basketball tryouts, not that she was worried. She was confident she’d easily make the freshman team.

She could hear the students whispering as she plopped down in her seat. Most of them hadn’t watched the debate, which was bound to disappoint Dr. Hasenpfeffer, who seemed more frazzled than usual. She knocked an entire stack of tests off her desk, sending them flying in a flutter to the floor. A girl who sat near Dr. Hasenpfeffer’s desk jumped up to help her pick up the mess.

When everything was in its place, Dr. Hasenpfeffer settled herself into her leather chair. Paivi noticed a large coffee stain down the front of her ruffled cream blouse and her hair was haphazardly pinned down by a large gold barrette on the top of her head.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thanks to All My Awesome Readers!

I just want to thank everyone that stops by and reads this blog.  I check Site Meter every week and I'm super excited to see that people all over the globe are stopping by.  It's people like you that keep me writing!  I'd love to get to know you better.  Be sure to leave your name and a little about yourself! Post a picture! Tell us where you're from!

Next week we'll return to our normal Monday-Wednesday-Friday Into the Shadows posts.  I'll be updating the earlier chapters to include the new and improved chapters that will be exactly what will be in the ebook!  I'll post the entire book before the ebook is sold, so those of you that have been reading will get a chance to finish!  I'm hoping to have a cool contest to help get the word out about the release of Into the Shadows in ebook form!  I just have to figure out what to do!  Suggestions???

And thanks again! Merci! Gracias! Danke! Grazie!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Guest Post: Kristie Cook - What It Means to Go 'Indie'

Today I'd like to welcome indie author, Kristie Cook as she shares her thoughts on indie publishing! Her book is available now at, and be sure to check her out at her websites, and  You can also find information on her and her book on Goodreads!

Once upon a time, going “indie” meant self-publishing because no one else would dare touch a book. Usually, it was because it needed serious editing (as in terrible writing skills, poorly constructed plot, unbelievable characters, etc.) and/or there was no market—no target audience—for the book. Determined (and sometimes delusional) writers took on the expense themselves and hand-sold their books out of their car trunks.

Every once in a while, there was a gem—a book that should have been bought by a major publishing house but for some reason wasn’t. It was well-written, with believable and lovable characters and an exciting, unpredictable plot. These were the exceptions and not the rule, though. The industry stuck with the rule that “self-publishing” equaled “unworthy.” This stigma meant those who did have a gem would kill their careers by self-publishing.

Monday, September 13, 2010

#ebooklitchat on Twitter!

Join me tonight for the first #ebooklitchat on Twitter!  I'm hoping a few people will stop by and we can chat about all things ebooks and epublishing!  Come and share your expertise and feel free to plug yourself on there before we meet!  We'll be meeting on Twitter to live chat from 9-10 PM CST.  Unsure of how to find the chat?  Use the search function and type in #ebooklitchat.  As long as your tweet is tagged with #ebooklitchat, you can join in the conversation!

Hope to see you there!