Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cover Reveal! Megg Jensen's SLEEPERS

I am, of course, biased, as Megg Jensen is one of my besties and a co-founder of DarkSide Publishing, but I loved SLEEPERS and if you haven't picked up a copy yet, now is your chance! And it's also sporting a super-fancy new cover! Check it out! It's soooooooo purty!

Introducing the new artwork for Megg Jensen’s bestselling novel SLEEPERS!

To celebrate the re-launch of SLEEPERS in January of 2012, Megg is giving it a new cover with artwork from the incredible PhatPuppy.

Synopsis: An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

On sale now for only 99 cents!

If you have reviewed Sleepers, feel free to post a link to your review. If you haven’t, but want to link to reviews, there are quite a few on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11815829-sleepers

Saturday, December 3, 2011

EIGHT is 99 Cents For The Holidays!!!

In honor of the holidays and for all my readers to get a nice little bonus, I'm lowering the price of EIGHT to 99 cents for the month of December! These are great little stories to keep you busy while you're waiting in line at the mall. Think of it as a stocking stuffer for your Kindle or Nook! You can pick up your copy at the following locations:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Available Now! EIGHT by Karly Kirkpatrick

I'm excited to announce my latest title, a collection of short stories titled EIGHT (Because there are 8 of them. Yeah, I know, clever, right?). I've included the product description and below that are the links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you enjoy my writing and are looking for a little more to read while you're waiting for the next book to come out, here it is! And it's great for quick reading, squeezing a story in while waiting at the doctor's office or while drinking your cup of coffee in the morning!

Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by Kirkpatrick's eight short tales in EIGHT. These eight stories, while short, pack a big punch. There are demon spirits, zombies, and even some human baddies. Each story comes complete with author's commentary. It also includes the previously unreleased short Grenades.

The following stories are in this collection:

The Box
A young girl finds a box that should never be opened.

The Chosen
A teen discovers that her future may include some not-so-alive friends.

A young girl deals with evil of a human nature.

A teen deals with his addiction.

Never Say Die
A surprising daydream.

The Saxon Chronicles Part 1
The Saxon Chronicles Part 2
The Saxon Chronicles Part 3
These three shorts tell the tale of a group of high school students and their discovery of the mysteries that exist beneath their school.

EIGHT contains over 8,000 words of excitement, great for a quick read! Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Only $1.49 at the following retailers. Ebook format only!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/EIGHT-ebook/dp/B0066T2U7A/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1321545526&sr=8-8

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eight-karly-kirkpatrick/1107249889?ean=2940013581838&itm=3&usri=karly%252bkirkpatrick

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guest Post: The Indelible S.R. Johannes - Out There On My Own

I'd like to introduce you to a great new debut author, S.R. Johannes. Her book, UNTRACEABLE, will hit the e-shelves in a mere 12 days on November 29th so be sure to add it to your to-read list. S.R., also known as Shelli, originally had pursued traditional publishing, like many of us, and had gotten very far in the process. After hitting some bumps, she decided to pursue other options. I'm so happy she is able to share her story with my readers. While I never bag on traditional publishing, I feel that it's important to understand every side of the process, good and bad, so you know whether it's traditional or indie publishing, just what you're getting yourself into. Be sure to check out her blog, http://faeriality.blogspot.com/ and follow her blog tour. Thanks again for sharing, Shelli!

Karly asked me to talk about when I made the decision to indie pub.

I started to think back and realized…it was always in the back of my mind… somewhere.

Before I ever got an agent, I had 2 books go to acquisitions. My first was an MG fairy book. I – of course – at the time assumed it would automatically be picked up by the publisher who was considering it and my bestselling book would shove Harry Potter right off the charts. When they ended up not taking it, I was devastated. It was then that I remember talking to people about self pubbing. That was about 6 years ago, right after Eragon came out after being self published and ended up a huge hit.

I don’t know what held me back at the time – maybe fear, maybe ego.

I went on to do a Nonfiction tween book that went to Acquisitions at American Girl for their Smart Girl series. Again, when it was rejected, the thought of doing it myself crept up again. I know marketing and packaging- why not?

But something or someone always deterred me.

Then I got an agent for my 3rd book. So the thoughts were buried. I didn’t need to think that anymore because once you got a top agent at a top literary house, you would get published. Right?


My tween fiction book went to acquisitions at a few houses, made it to several editorial boards, and I completed 3 noncontractual revisions. All ended up going to the great land of nowhere.Talk about frustrating and devastating and unfair! After wallowing in my own self pity for a couple months, I picked my ego up off the floor and revised Untraceable for over 6 months. Then, my agent sent it out to a couple houses, where once again it went to an Acquisitions Board and was discussed. Only to be turned down because it was too similar to another book they just bought. Another house considering it felt a contemporary thriller with a tough girl would not sell unless it was dystopic.

My agent started talking about not sending the book out any more because she didn’t know how to fix it. But I was not going to give up on this book. I wanted it to go out on another round. Most books get 3 rounds not one small one. She disagreed. After going back and forth – we decided that we probably needed to part. I wasn’t ready to give up and she wasn’t sure how to get me to the next level.

That was the hardest decision of my career – leaving a top agent and going on my own.

After that I had several agents interested in my WIP but none of them would touch Untraceable because it “had been seen by some editors”. It wasn’t until someone said, “You are a marketer, you can do this book on your own and probably do it better than a publisher can.” Then I remembered always wondering about self or indie publishing. I know distribution, I know packaging, and I know marketing.

But still my ego got in the way. What if people thought I sucked? What if people laughed at me? What if I wasn’t good enough? What if ---what if---what if---

For a while I thought about putting the book out under an alias. But I am not one to hide from people and it would not have been smart marketing to try and start a platform over again.

So I decided to put my fears and insecurities out there on my blog for all to see and move past this weird time in my career.

I’ve gotten great support from the blogger community and have had a wonderful time doing this project. It is the best I can do right now – I'm happy with it and proud. The process has been a wonderful journey.

It has lifted a huge weight off my shoulder that after years of people rejecting me – I’m in charge of my own dreams and destiny.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's Official ~ International Contract Signed

I have some very exciting news! I've been sitting on this for a month or so until we had all the details worked out. I'm very happy to announce that I have signed a contract with an international digital publishing company based in the UK. Mark Williams international Digital Publishing (MWiDP) has taken on my YA vampire novel, Bloody Little Secrets.  MWiDP will be responsible for the ebook version of Bloody Little Secrets and it will be published on Amazon UK, France, and Germany, as well as Waterstone's in the UK.

In addition to publishing through those venues, MWiDP will also carry Bloody Little Secrets on their future sale site, which will be built in order to offer English-speaking readers worldwide access to our books, which they do not currently have through Amazon in all locations.

For those of you wondering how this is a good deal for me, I'll explain my motivations for this move. While I can upload to Amazon UK, France, and Germany, my sales in those countries are pretty minuscule and I've been racking my brain (along with the rest of DarkSide, most of whom have joined MWiDP as well) as to how to better access that market.

MWiDP is responsible for the UK bestseller Sugar & Spice, by Saffina Desforges. They've sold over 100,000 copies in 10 months. We figured this was a partnership we'd be silly to miss out on. To work with bestsellers and the other authors MWiDP has under their cloud, and also to attempt to access the worldwide market in the way they're proposing is a wonderful opportunity and worth the small percentage I'll be giving up to be part of this club. I assure you, the terms at MWiDP are very favorable (you can check them out on their website).

I'm really looking forward to my future with MWiDP for international sales. Thanks to Megg Jensen for the connection and thanks to Mark Williams and Saffina Desforges for coming up with such a great concept!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: My First Year of Publishing

So I've made it. One FULL year as a published author. It's been an exciting year for me, for sure. I'll try to recap the year in numbers for you.

On November 1st, 2010, I published my first book, Into the Shadows, in both ebook and paperback format.

To date, it's sold a respectable 866 copies. I was hoping to hit 1,000 copies sold, but Into the Shadows was also free for most of September and part of October, which obviously cut into its sales. As a free download, it was downloaded 27,504 times. As a result, it hit the top of both its categories and also made it into the top 100 downloaded free ebooks on all of Amazon.

My second book, Bloody Little Secrets, was released in May, 2011. To date, I've sold 349 copies, most of them ebooks at the higher price point of $3.49.

So in total, I've sold 1,215 copies of my 2 titles. Not bad for one year.

Both books are available around the world and have also made their way into numerous libraries around the country.

On both books I've had numerous great reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

For those of you interested in the dollar amounts, I am bringing in at least $200 every month. I'm not making millions, but that adds up to a nice vacation, or some extra help with monthly bills.

In January of 2011, I started DarkSide Publishing with Megg Jensen and G.P Ching. Combined, our group, which has two additional authors in Angela Carlie and Magan Vernon, has sold over 5,000 copies and had nearly 40,000 copies downloaded for free. I look at my success not only based on my numbers, but on those of our group. We work together and celebrate our successes together. I couldn't ask for a better combination.

After one year, I'm definitely living the dream. Writing and working with other fantastic writers, finding readers, and making money. It's everything I wanted. It only gets better from here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Guest Post - Día de Los Muertos by Claudia Lefeve

Be sure to stop by Claudia's website www.claudialefeve.com and her YA novel, Parallel. She's here to share some info with us about today's special holiday!

When I took the plunge and became and indie author, I decided I wanted to write under my own label, Sugar Skull Books. Why SSB? Well, I wanted to chose a name that would reflect not only my writing, but my identity. I’m not just a horror and paranormal writer, I’m also Hispanic.

Sugar skulls are a popular offering (ofrenda in Spanish) during the Día de Los Muertos celebration, which runs from November 1 - November 2. The first day celebrates the children that have passed and the second day is reserved for the adults who are no longer with us.

Contrary to popular belief, Día de Los Muertos celebrations aren’t meant to be morbid or sad. Rather, it’s a celebration of life. Death isn’t the end of life, it’s just the beginning. We don’t fear death, we embrace it. And it is on these days where the living and the dead can communicate and visit with each other. During this holiday, friends and families will gather at cemeteries to bring their offerings to their loved ones that have crossed over. You’ll see everything from sugar skulls, tamales, hot chocolate, tequila...basically, all our loved ones favorite things.

Have you ever wondered why Day of the Dead artwork is so humorous? That’s because we mock death. The whimsical skeletal characters signify who we are in life, is who we are in death. One of the more popular depictions is the skeletal bride and groom (my sister presented me with one when I got married). It’s quite a beautiful sentiment actually, together in life and together in death. Often, you’ll see Day of the Dead pieces art depict professions (nurses, chefs, musicians, etc.) and even pets, because we continue on, even in death. Now don’t misunderstand, it is a reflective and respectful holiday, but with filled with celebration and jest.

So this year, splurge a little and get some sugar skulls for this year’s celebration. www.mexicansugarskull.com has some great sugar skulls you can purchase and recipes to make your own ofrendas.

I guess that’s why I chose Sugar Skull Books as my label. It’s my offering to the world.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Guest Post - Fave Fall Reads and GIVEAWAY by Rachel from Rachel's Book Reviews

Please welcome Rachel from Rachel's Book Reviews (http://www.rachelsbookreviews.com/). She's going to share some hot fall reads with you! Be sure to check out her blog!

Hi Ya’ll!!!

I’m going to spend this whole post raving about my favorite fall reads ☺. That’s how I roll.

First up,

Forensic Mystery (series) by Alane Ferguson 
It’s about a girl named Cammie. She’s the coroner’s assistant…and she solves lots of creepy mysteries (thus the name…)I’m not going to go into all of these (you can read my review for that *hint, hint, wink, wink*) but it will literally give you CHILLS. Creepy. I hear the author is thinking about writing more, I hope she does. Whatever you do don’t read these in the dark. I did. It adds to the atmosphere….
No! not the ozone, I’m talking about the…aura. ☺

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
It’s the prequel to Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ how cool is that? You get to experience Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s teen adventure…and learn the truth behind his madness. It was an amazing story. You’ll never regret reading it.

And last but not least:
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
I’m going to go more into this one, because the giveaway is related to it.
In fact This is my review:

My Synopsis:
The last thing Will Besting wanted to do, was be stuck on a bus with six other teenagers. They all had one thing in common: fear. They were all sent by Dr. Stevens to do the impossible, cure their fears. Dr Stevens had said she knew a man who could cure their fears. As they are told to go into the forest, Will follows his instincts. He runs. He observes what goes on in this ‘therapy camp’, Dark Eden, from afar and knows one thing. Things aren’t what they seem. They aren’t going after their fears, their fears are going after them. As Will listens, one question haunts his mind. Can they cure their fears, or is fear the cure?

My Opinion:
Woah. Seriously.
This book is amazing (that word seriously does not do it justice.) *grabs thesaurus*
This book is astounding. Patrick Carman’s ‘'Skeleton Creek'’ is amazing, but I feel that this book is his best. Ever (although, I haven’t read all his books yet.) It blew the hinges off my door of expectations (no joke.) After months of anticipation, I looked at the book before me and wondered if maybe my expectations were too high.
*snorts* yeah, right.

If you read one book this year, this should be it. Will grabbed my attention and more importantly, my emotions. As Will tells his tale you become mesmerized in something so.......…relatable and at the same time, otherworldy. As he laughs you laugh and as his heart breaks, yours breaks too. That was just so…...masterful. Perfect. Not to mention, this book had more twists in it than a stick of licorice. I cannot wait for the next installment. For all you who want to know the ‘'negatives’': two cuss words. It didn't bother me. For all you tech/new wave people out there, the story is also told in app form. It adds to the creep factor…I half hide while watching them…..

Everyone loves giveaways right?
Alrighty, this is what I have to give away:
Dark Eden temporary tattoo, Dark Eden Lanyard, and some really cool, secret Halloween goodies…
How does that sound? *imaginary croud cheers* Excellent… ☺
(And Karly's throwing in ONE ebook copy of BLOODY LITTLE SECRETS)

To enter, leave your email address in the comments below.
+1 entry for following Rachel's Book Reviews (see link above)
+1 entry for following Karly's blog
***Contest ends Monday, October 31st at Midnight***

Monday, October 24, 2011

Guest Post - Where Oh Where Have All The Books Gone by Aaron Patterson

Books. eBooks. Audio Books.

I love books, or shall I say I love stories. I used to read three books a day when I was a kid. I love the stories, the danger, the exciting places I can go in a book. But what of the paper, the sound, the smell of a book? What is going to happen to books with the digital revolution?

I ask this with a smile and a heavy heart. I know where it is going and part of me is sad and the other part if excited. The sad part is because I like a book, I grew up reading them, and they are going away. Paper and ink are giving away to the eBook.

Are we really losing them? No, it is just changing. The excited part sees the cool ways we can now read stories. How we can have links, and video and cram 3000 books in a small device. How I can listen to an audio book on the same reader I can read a novel on. It all comes down to content. A story is a story no matter how it is consumed. I love story, so give me my story. I don’t care how it comes to me, in a sound over the radio or on a eReader or in a paper form.

With eBooks, I as an author can reach so many more people so much faster. I can build a fan base and make a living as an author where even five years ago would be a crazy thought. I do not have to go to a book signing or travel across the country to sell books. I can do it all from my laptop. Through Social media like Twitter and Facebook.

What does this mean for a bookstore?
They will shrink, and turn into small specialty shops. The first editions, the signed copies, and the cream of the crop. The really good books, the classics will be in bookstores. The price will go up and most of the new books will be published only as eBooks or print on demand publishing houses.

Is this a good thing?
Think of how many trees we will save. Think of the books that are pulped every year. If the average reader knew how many books are burned or thrown away each year it would start a riot. Think of the cost savings. eBooks are forever, do not get old or tear, do not yellow or get lost. Is this good or the end of books? Who knows, all I know if no matter what the real story will never die.

Aaron Patterson
Blog: www.TheWorstBookEver.blogspot.com
Twitter: Mstersmith
Facebook: Aaron Patterson
Website: www.StoneHouseInk.net

Sweet Dreams
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guest Post - E-Book or an E-Novel? by Alain Gomez

Short story aficionado Alain Gomez shares with you some information on different types of literature now available to e-book readers. Be sure to check out her blog, http://shortstorysymposium.blogspot.com/ for more information on her short stories!

E-books have definitely changed what is available to me as a reader. I find myself going to physical bookstores less and less. Consequently, I'm no longer stuck just immediately gravitating to the tiny little section of shelves that usually contains something I might like to read. Amazon has changed that for me. I admit, I'm totally addicted to the "customers also bought bar." The only time I ever even use their "search" feature is when I know exactly which title I'm looking for.

While I think most people who have e-readers will recount similar changes to their reading tastes, I think something people are less aware of are the changes in what type of things are available in e-book format. A "book" does not necessarily mean "novel." A novel is a type of literary genre. There are certain style elements in them and they usually have to be at least 40,000 words in length.

It might surprise you to know that not every e-book you purchase is a novel. Many of the e-books published today are closer to what is termed "novella." Like the novel, the novella is also a literary genre. Generally, a novella reads a lot like a simplistic novel due to the fact that it is shorter in length (17,000 - 40,000 words). A lot of people like this length because it's a fast read.

Which leads us to the "short story." The short story is, yet again, another literary genre. But the word length on this particular category (1,000 - 8,000) completely changes what kind of experience you should expect to get. Yes, it is an "e-book." But that doesn't mean it's an "e-novel." The short story has different goals. It's not written with the intent of being the first chapter of a book. It's not written to try and rip the reader off. It's designed to unfold an entire experience with as few words as possible.

As a reader, it's very important to be aware of what you're getting yourself into. Make a concerted effort to figure out what kind of story the author is trying to tell before you buy an e-book. Otherwise it's like watching a half hour TV show expecting it to be a full-length movie. The TV show may not have been bad, but you're bound to be disappointed due to the expectations you had going in. With e-books we kind of lost the whole "seeing how thick the book is" element to shopping. So take a few extra seconds to see what the summary says about the book.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Guest Post - Thoughts on Author Events by Robert Collins

Author Robert Collins is here to give you his take on author visits. Robert is well-experienced in hitting the trails, he's got 3 author events this October alone! Robert has an expansive list of books available, including fiction, non-fiction, and short stories. He most recently released a YA short novel titled True Friends (available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, & Goodreads). Also be sure to check out his website at robertcollins.blogspot.com.

I've been doing events to promote my books for close to 20 years now. Over that time some of the things I do have changed as I've gone into areas of nonfiction and fiction. Some things have worked for me and others haven't.

Take book signings, for instance. This is the traditional way to promote a book. But if the venue doesn't do much promotion, or schedules you at an odd time, you end up sitting around for a couple hours doing nothing. Right now I'm being picky about signings. I want to do them in stores that welcome independent authors. I want to try to make them special. I'm also steering clear of chain stores.

Another typical event is the book talk. These I like for my nonfiction. I talk about my subject with people who care about it like I do. Libraries and museums are good venues for nonfiction talks. I used to do talks in front of clubs and organizations. I had to stop because I wasn't reaching readers. That's important in deciding to do any event.

I've noticed some authors going in together on a signing or a book talk. I haven't done this myself, but I attended a museum event where 40 people came to meet 4 authors. What's key is finding authors who write in genres similar to yours. With some genres this is easy; with others, well, be picky.

For years I had a table at train shows, and recently I've started buying space at dealer rooms at sci-fi conventions. Special events like these offer you the chance to meet plenty of readers, and to get a decent number of books sold. Don't worry about whether you pay for your space or not. Look at these events as investments in promotion, with any sales as an extra benefit.

If there's one piece of advice I can offer about these events, it's this: stay until closing or just before closing. One, you never know when that last sale will happen. Two, your display will usually take much less effort to put up and take down than the other vendors. Waiting for them to start tearing down is a nice thing to do.

Before booking any events, ask yourself why you want to go anywhere. What are you promoting? What's out there? Why go there? If you can find authors with experience at those venues, talk to them. A little planning is the best insurance against wasting your time.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Call For Guest Posts - Writers, Readers, Bloggers!

I'm looking to jazz up the blog a little this fall and I'm interested in finding some new perspectives to share with readers. I'm happy to entertain a lot of different ideas:

Writers - write about your publishing path (traditional OR epublished), or your writing process, thoughts on author events, conferences, critique groups.

Readers/Bloggers - write about genres (what do you like, what would you like to see more of?), pet peeves about being on the reading-end of the biz, or whatever you think would fit.

And since it's October and nearly time for Halloween, anything with a spooky twist would be cool and can be contributed by readers or writers...tell us about your fave scary stories, books, movies, or even your local myths and urban legends.

And really anything else related to reading or writing would apply. I'm happy to entertain all ideas, so run them by me. I'd love to see some entertaining and thought provoking posts that will bring readers and writers together.

If you're interested in contributing, send me an email at karlykirkpatrick (at) gmail.com and put BLOG in the subject area.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Coming Soon - EIGHT by Karly Kirkpatrick

Now that I've got a cover to show you (thanks to the very talented G. P. Ching) I'm excited to announce my first short story collection, EIGHT, which I plan to put out very very soon.

This is a collection of 8 shorts (hence, the title) that have appeared as part of Friday Flash when I participated in that last year and also a new, previously unreleased short story, Grenades. Along with each story, you get a set of author's notes explaining how I created that particular story.

It's suitable for ages 14 and up, and most of the stories are YA in nature, although there is one action adventure with an adult main character. It runs about 8000 words (around 40-some pages) and will be available for the great price of 99 cents.

Not to worry, I'm still working on more novels, The Green is in the editing phase and Darkness Rising is in progress, hopefully coming out in the first quarter of 2012.

As soon as EIGHT is available, I will post it here! Stay tuned!

Monday, October 3, 2011

How To Balance Your Writing Schedule

Someone suggested in the last post I wrote that maybe I could come up with some suggestions on ways to help maximize your writing time. It's funny, because after the last few weeks I've had, where I've really only found time to write about 500-800 words a week, I don't feel super qualified to write this, but maybe there is something in here that you may not of thought of. Hopefully it will help you (and maybe even me) balance writing with your life.

First, it's important to set your priorities. And that may not be writing. For me that's my daughter/family and work. Those are things that are necessary,especially in the case of work as it pays for the roof over my head. In the case of my daughter, because I'm already gone at work 8-9 hours a day, I don't want to take any more time away from her. Then there is my Spanish class. It's important that I learn Spanish for myself and for my job, so that has to come next. This used to be the writing area. And so now, writing comes last. But that doesn't mean I don't ever do it.

Second, set realistic goals. Some authors say they won't get up from their computers until they get 1,000 words down a day. That's great. That's also assuming you have an hour a day to purely write. My suggestion is that you look how long you're aiming your piece to be. 50,000 words? 75,000 words? Set your goal first. For me, I usually shoot for 50,000 because I write YA. I usually go over that, but it gives me something to use as a guideline. Then think realistically. Can you do 5,000 words? In a week? That's much more doable. You could have a really good Saturday and knock out 3K in one sitting. Then spread the other two out over the week. At 5K a week, you've hit your target word count in 10 weeks. 2 1/2 months. Not bad at all. Less time? Spread it out even more. But then at least you have progress. If it takes you 6 months to write a book that's okay. Look at George R.R. Martin. That dude took years. And I also don't believe you have to write every day to reach your goals.

And there are ways to carve out that time. Are you a morning person or maybe don't start work until 9 AM (I fall into neither of those categories), try getting up a half an hour early to get some words down. Have a free lunch hour? Maybe you can get in 300-500 words. Put the kids to bed? Maybe you've got another hour before you have to get ready for bed. That's usually what I look for. If your child is involved in multiple activities, take a laptop or even a notebook with you and jot down ideas or even write if you can. The biggest problem is distractions. When you do write, don't answer the phone, don't answer the door, and DON'T have the internet open. Dedicate your time, whether it's 10 minutes to wrap up that chapter or a full hour to really lay down some quality words.

Another culprit....TV and/or video games. I always thought about how much more time people would have to pursue their interests if they cut back on TV or video games. I have 2 shows that I watch every week and dedictate 1 hour to each of those shows (Vampire Diaries & the Amazing Race). Everything else I DVR and watch when I have time. So needless to say, they tend to pile up, but then when I do sit down to watch TV, I have plenty to pick from.

And for me, as it will be for you after writing a book, there is a lot of other work to do. Being that my writing time is limited, I focus on a different project that I can do in small pieces without feeling like I'm getting nowhere. Right now, I have some short stories open on my computer and I'm working on editing them and getting them ready for a release. I can do it in bite-size pieces and make some decent progress with only 10-15 minutes of work. I've made a personal goal to perhaps to release that this month. That keeps me moving forward.

Third...understand your limitations. I love to write. It's my favorite thing to do. But it doesn't (yet) pay my mortgage. In my current situation, I'm making healthy money off of something I love. So if I can't write for a few days or even a week, I try (though it's hard) not to beat myself up about it. It will get done. I have the drive and desire and when I find the time, even if it's takes awhile, I'll reach my goals. Someday, if writing takes over as my offical full time job, it will receive the 8 hours a day of dedication that it deserves, but even then...it's not possible (in my mind) to write 8 hours a day straight. I would bet my other hours would be made up of administration/social media/advertising/etc.

I'd love to hear your suggestions as well. How do you make time to write? Anybody have the weirdest place they've written? Mine aren't so strange...I've written while in the waiting room at the doctor's office and in the bathroom while giving my kid a bath.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Read an Interview With Vicky Hernandez & Giveaway!

Check out Christy's Love of Books blog! She's managed to score an awesome interview with our very own Vicky Hernandez, of Bloody Little Secrets. Get to know her a little better and if you're lucky, you might even win a free copy!


Balancing Writing & Work

Is it possible to to borrow Hermione's Time Turner? If someone could please make me one I'd be forever grateful! For those of you who don't know what my day job is, I'm a high school teacher. That means I'm up at 5 AM and if I'm lucky at school by 7 AM, which usually means 7:10 or so. School lasts from 7:30-2:45. I usually make it home (due to lovely construction and after picking up my daughter) at 4. Then it's time to change, figure out dinner (I don't cook), clean up from dinner, bathe kidlet and get her to bed. Where oh where do I fit in writing? Did I forget to mention I'm also taking an online Spanish class and my husband is in law school three nights a week?

One night this week I wrote after my daughter went to bed, from 8-9-ish and then had to stop to get ready for bed. Yeah, I'm old, I need to try and be in bed before 10:30 because 5 AM comes so early. But I've come up with a new plan, because writing one night a week and squeezing in a little time at lunch just isn't cutting it. I'm going to attempt tomorrow, Saturday, to escape to my Harry Potter room for two hours and do some writing. I have to. I really want to get Darkness Rising finished and if I don't really find or make time, it will take forever. Not good.

If that doesn't work, next Saturday I'll make a break for Panera or Caribou, or maybe even my mom's house. It's clear that during the week it will be super difficult to write this year. I'll just have to be more creative with my time. But, it still goes to show it can be done. So don't fret if you have a busy schedule. If you want to write that book, you will find or make that time.  

And the good news is, I'm about 20% in to Darkness Rising. If I can make enough time for a small goal, maybe 5,000 words a week, I may be able to finish the first draft in 8 weeks, sometime in November, and still be on target for my Winter 2012 release. I'll also probably put out The Green around that time or right after and then get to work on the Into the Shadows Trilogy finale, maybe coming sometime later in 2012.

In the meantime, if someone could just get me that Time Turner, I could get everything done just a bit quicker!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop

It's time to go back to school and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway? As part of the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Buried in Books, from September 1st-7th I'm giving away:

Five (5) ebooks (US or International)

You can choose from either Into the Shadows or Bloody Little Secrets, depending on if you're in the mood for magic or vampires!

Click here for more info on each title:

In addition to the ebooks, I'll also be giving away 2 signed paperback copies of Into the Shadows to two lucky readers (US only). 

Entering is easy. Simply leave your contact information in the comments below.

I'd also love if you'd follow me on Twitter or check me out on Facebook, or follow the blog, but it's not required! I'd also love it if you added my books on your Goodreads page! I'll select and notify the winners on September 8th or 9th.

Don't forget to check out the other blogs in the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop and also check out other great fabulous YA reads at DarkSide Publishing.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cover and Title Reveal: Darkness Rising

At long last, here is the cover for the second book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy, titled Darkness Rising. Due to a busy publishing schedule this summer at DarkSide and my own busy schedule, I'll be pushing back my expected release date on Darkness Rising to Winter 2012. I was lucky enough to find a model that had pictures with different colored hair, as you see here, so she fits Paivi's new look as well. Here's what you can expect from Book 2:

Paivi Anderson escaped the horrors of President Stevens and his Anti-Terrorism Coalition, yet visions of home continue to haunt her day and night. Thanks to President Stevens, even the Canadians want the EOS refugees out and Paivi is on the run once again. She is determined to uncover the truth about President Stevens and his list. Most of all, she wants to save her parents from the hellish camp they've been imprisoned in. She'll risk her life on an international quest to save the ones she loves.

Stay tuned for updates on Darkness Rising!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back to the Grind...

Forgive me if I've been a little absent the last week or so. I've been enjoying my last days of sleeping in and getting things done before school starts on Monday. For those of you that don't know, I teach German (and sometimes French) at a high school in the Chicago suburbs. I'm feeling a little like Phineas and Ferb and trying to cram in as many things as I can before the summer ends. As always, I feel like I could have done more this summer, but in all reality, I did accomplish quite a lot even if it doesn't feel like it.

Here's my summer in a nutshell:

I read 6 books for fun.
I read and edited an additional 4 books. (One being my own, the others being Sleepers by Megg Jensen, Loramendi's Story by Angela Carlie, and Weaving Destiny by G.P. Ching)
I wrote about 8500 words for the second book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy.
Organized a new set of book covers for the Into the Shadows Trilogy.
Had my first paid speaking gig with Megg Jensen.
I had the best Harry Potter birthday EVER, complete with a new Gryffindor hoodie.
I got into Pottermore (still waiting for the final owl).
I had major surgery on my foot, which is slowly getting back to normal.
I spent a lot of time with my husband and daughter, as well as family and friends, which was great. 
I was sad we didn't get to travel anywhere, due to the foot, but I was able to use my time off to plan two vacations for the next year...The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Disney on Halloween weekend and Italy next June.
I also decided that I would like to add Spanish teacher to my job description, so I am practicing Spanish daily.

So what does my life look like after Monday? Busy as usual, but I seem to work well under those conditions. My husband heads back to law school on Monday as well, and my Spanish classes (I'm taking two) start up. Even though I thought I'd get more time to spend on writing related things this summer, I've also found a 4-year-old demands way more attention than I anticipated, and I'm looking forward to having my quiet lunch hour every day at school where I can work undisturbed.

My first plan of action is to get my next book, The Green, finished for you. It needs about 3-4 rounds of edits and then a round of proofreading. I hope to have that book for you sometime this fall, hopefully October or November. It's a book I really wanted to spend some uninterrupted time with, and I'll have that time soon. (Lunch hours, remember!)

Once that's squared away, I will have out all the books I have that are already written and I'll turn my focus to completing the Into the Shadows Trilogy. I would like to have the second book ready for you sometime this winter. I had thought I would get a draft done over summer and have it out this fall, but again, the 4-year-old. So I'll be excited when I can really focus on the book and get back to writing. I hope to finish out the trilogy sometime in 2012. I feel like I have a really good start on it, which will help when I can pick it up again.

I know readers were interested in a possible sequel for Bloody Little Secrets. It's definitely not out of the picture, but I feel I need to complete the ITS trilogy first. So hold tight. I'm hoping there will be some exciting thing coming for BLS in the future.

I hope you all had a great summer! I'm always sorry when it ends, but fall is my favorite time of year and this year I feel like I have a ton to look forward to!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Free Ebooks For You? Yes Indeedy!

I'm always looking for a way to thank my readers. So I've decided that it's a good weekend for a giveaway. Always wanted a copy of Into the Shadows or Bloody Little Secrets for your Nook, Kindle, iPad, whatever and never gotten around to picking up a copy? Get one now, free of charge, direct from the author.

Yeah, that's right. 


No dollars. 

No gimmicks either.

How do you go about getting your free copy? 

Feel free to leave your email address, ereader type (Nook, Kindle) or file preference....epub, PDF, etc.) and preference for Into the Shadows OR Bloody Little Secrets in the comments or email me directly at karlykirkpatrick@gmail.com

Everybody gets a free copy, so pass it on to all your friends as well. I may give away one copy, I may give away 100, or even a 1000. Either way sounds great to me! You have from right now until Sunday, August 7 11:59 PM to request your free copy. 1 copy per lovely reader please!

Also, don't forget to check out DarkSide Publishing and all the great ebooks we have available! We have new titles releasing all the time!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hey Book Bloggers...

I love Book Bloggers. They're great folks and do a lot for readers, leading them to some great books.

To make requesting a review copy of my books easier, I've created a separate page for Book Bloggers to contact me.

Click below or on the tab at the top of the page, fill out the form and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What Harry Potter Means to Me

This month has been a bit of an emotional one. After more than a decade of Harry Potter, it's all come to an end, (on my birthday, July 15th, no less). Over. I have to admit, never in my life have I felt like I've ate, drank, and breathed something as I have Harry Potter. Every book, every movie, was a moment.

For most of the books even, I can remember where I bought them. The first couple were from Barnes & Noble. I bought a lot of them at Target (they NEVER had lines on release days!) and I remember going to Target the morning after my wedding in 2005 to get Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with my husband and BFF from Germany before going to my after-wedding brunch. I remember my husband reading it on the balcony of our vacation apartment, overlooking the Mediterranean in Nice, France on our honeymoon. I remember hustling down to Hugendubel bookstore on the Marienplatz in Munich in 2003 to pick up the UK copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for myself and same German BFF and then heading back to her apartment where I read the whole book in a day. I've collected copies in German, Spanish, and French so far, and hope to collect some more.

I have 3 copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in English, all US versions. One of them we just discovered at my Grandma's house after she passed away. It was worn, she had clearly read it, which I thought was way cool. (I already knew my granny was cool, she read Into the Shadows, so there you go!)

I saw all of the movies in the theater, my husband went with me to all of them, and always went on the day they came out, but never at midnight, because I get sleepy!

I have all the films (except for HP 7 Parts 1 & 2) in German and show them to my German students every year. They are bilingual in Harry Potter vocab, which I think is pretty awesome.

I also have a growing Harry Potter poster and Lego collection which has now taken over a room in my house, aptly dubbed the Harry Potter room. It's where my 'office' is now.

I do realize that I'm 33, I'm not a young kid who grew up reading the books. I started reading Harry Potter in the spring of 2000 when a student at Fremd High School in Palatine, where I was student teaching, recommended it to me. She really had to convince me it wasn't just for kids. I was definitely skeptical. But after I read the first book, I was sucked in. J.K. Rowling's writing was so rich, so colorful, so imaginative. She had me from this opening line:

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Her voice, her style, her British-ness. Awesome. Reading the rest of the books, I was drawn into a world that I loved, somewhere I wished was real. And loved characters like members of the family.

When the books ended in 2007, I was a bit lost, unsure of what to read next. It was then that I decided to start writing. I will never be J.K. Rowling, there is only one throne, and she's earned it. But I must thank her for inspiring me so much. If it wasn't for her and Harry, I wouldn't be writing this blog right now, I wouldn't have written the books I have, I wouldn't have all my friends at DarkSide Publishing,  and I wouldn't be sharing this future with you.

Whatever the future brings me for Harry Potter, whether it's Pottermore, or having the ebooks on my Kindle for easy reading, or maybe (one can dream) more books related to the Potter world, as well as a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, I'm excited for it. My daughter, who is now 4, has seen all the movies, but I look forward to the day she pulls my well-worn hardcovers of the Harry Potter series off the shelf and begins to read them herself. I love it when I hear her playing with other kids and saying "I'm Hermione!" So for her, it's just the beginning.

100 years from now, readers and film fans will continue to enjoy Harry Potter, just like I enjoyed greats like The Wizard of Oz. And hopefully they'll understand why we loved it so much.

And as Severus so succinctly says in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

"It's real for us."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Into the Shadows Gets A Facelift

I'm super excited to reveal the new cover for Into the Shadows, which you can see here on the left. While I thought the original cover was great, Carl Graves does wonderful work, when I thought about the covers for the rest of the series, I wanted something a little different. Obviously, I really needed all the covers to match, that was important. And I really have a thing for people on the cover. I am a sucker for pretty people, what can I say.

My idea here was I wanted to give my main character, Paivi Anderson, a face. The challenge was (*spoiler alert*) her hair changes color and style by the conclusion of book one and I really needed to reflect that in the covers on the other books in the trilogy. Luckily I was able to find this stunning model, quite by accident, who had a variety of hair colors and styles. It totally saved me! And my cover designer, Robin Ludwig, did a fantastic job bringing the essence of Paivi to life.  I love that she kept a similar title banner as well, it sort of blend a little of the original book cover with the new one.

As for the Into the Shadows Trilogy, we're moving forward. I'm working on the sequel, which I'm hoping for a late Fall 2011 release. Look for a title and cover reveal in the coming weeks. And the final episode of the trilogy should hopefully be available in Winter or Spring of 2012.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I AM a Mature Adult...Or That's What I'm Supposed to Be...

I, for some reason, decided to count the amount of t-shirts in my closet last night and guess how many t-shirts I happen to own? 75. SEVENTY-FIVE T-SHIRTS. This only counts casual and cozy wear (casual means I can wear them with jeans, cozy with sweats). This does not count t-shirts for my job (add another 10) and t-shirts only for sleeping or working out, and a box of t-shirts from high school that are 'saved' from my old basketball days.

I love t-shirts. I'm probably every fashion designer's nightmare. I like fashionable things as well, but jeans and a t-shirt are probably by far my favorite thing to wear. Again, not necessarily the type of mature clothing an adult would wear. I would struggle if I had to wear a suit to work every day.

Just to give you a little insight to my wardrobe, which I am well aware is completely useless information, my t-shirts also fit into categories. I do collect certain t-shirts, which you'll notice in the themes below:

8 Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts (Europe and US, one from Mexico)
6 are pro sports related (Chicago teams or World Cup Soccer)
13 band t-shirts (U2, Grateful Dead, Beatles, Oasis, Paul McCartney, Rage Against the Machine)
9 represent foreign countries (not counted into other categories - all European)
22 are college t-shirts (from all over the country)
1 Harry Potter t-shirt

So if you ever feel like sending me a present, you're completely safe with a Hard Rock Cafe or college t-shirt! hehehehe How about you? Anything you have way too much of?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Revision Overload

Do you cook? I don't often (that's the lovely husband's job because he loves it), but when I do take on some large-scale cooking, I find that by the time the product comes out of the oven I no longer want to eat it. Or even taste it. It doesn't mean what I made isn't good, I don't know, it's like I'm over it already!

I finished revisions for The Green the other day and while I'm pretty sure the characters and story are pretty solid and I really think readers will enjoy it, I really was glad to see it sent off to my beta readers at DarkSide. I couldn't read it any more! The Green has been in revisions forever I feel like, but I think I finally got it where it needs to be. We'll see what the ladies say!

I will now take a break from reading my own writing and read some for the other girls in the group. I can't wait! I'll also dive back into writing, which I've been enjoying as well and had to stop for a few days to finish my revisions. I know in the end it will be worth all the labor!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Very Full Plate

I was very excited for this summer - I figured I'd have a ton of time to work on new things and wrap up The Green for publishing. I never figured the foot surgery would wipe out so much time and energy. Good news there is I'm finally walking without crutches, now just need to get back to walking normal! In any case, I've got some great things started and near finished at this point, so hopefully, something new for you to read in the next month. Here's a little breakdown of the writing work I've got on my plate, all of which I'd like to have done before school starts on August 20somethingth.

1. The Green - My new YA contemporary romance about a drug-dealing cheerleader. My hope is to get my revisions done (I feel like it's had a hundred) this weekend so my lovely DarkSide beta readers can hack it up and get it back. Then it needs corrections, a round of proofing by my English hawk-eye Adrian, and another round of corrections. Then formatting and boom. You've got a new book. :D Again, hoping that will be out to you sometime in August for sure.

2. Sequel - Into the Shadows - I started the sequel for ITS during the start of Camp Nanowrimo. My hope was to get the rough draft done by end of July and 'win' Camp Nano, but there is some other DarkSide work that needs to get finished first. The story is cooperating though, so once my other work is finished, I hope to jump back into this and get it written for you. I'm shooting for a Fall 2011 release if I can get a draft done by the time school starts.

3. Into the Shadows Trilogy book covers - being that I now have the second book coming alive for ITS, I need some great book covers to pull the series together. Carl Graves did a great job first time around (and I'll keep his cover for the paperbacks), but I've pulled some great pics for my other designer, Robin Ludwig, to work with. I know she'll come up with something fantastic. We should hopefully have the 3 new covers to release (and the new titles, of course) by end of July.

4. Beta Reading/Proofing - in the meantime, I'll also be beta reading and proofreading some great novels from Megg Jensen and G.P. Ching from DarkSide Publishing. We've got some great things coming in the next few months. Be sure to stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer of Harry Potter: Not Gonna Make It!

I can't believe it, I'm actually going to fail. I'm not going to complete my own Harry Potter-reading-all-the-books challenge. I did make it halfway through Prisoner of Azkaban. My plan now is to jump ahead and read Deathly Hallows one last time before next Friday. Really, time just got away from me. The foot surgery slowed down all aspects of my life, even reading, because I wasn't feeling up to much but sleeping.

But not to worry, the Harry Potter movie marathon will commence next week. Hopefully we'll be able to pick up our tix for the movie this week.

And in Harry Potter Room news, I got 2 new HP lego sets (Quidditch and the Forbidden Forest). I'm contemplating getting more of the sets...my birthday is coming up ON Harry Potter day itself, July 15th, so it's for sure the perfect birthday gift. Now I'll need to get a shelf to display them on so they don't clutter up my brand new writing desk. I also have an HP6 movie poster ready for framing, just have to get around to it and get it hung up.

How far did you get in your HP book quest? Anyone finish? Thinking they'll finish?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bookaday: Maybe, Maybe Not by Rae Hachton

Maybe, Maybe NotYA Romance/Coming of Age

David likes Lisa, Lisa likes Colton, Colton likes David. But what if David secretly likes Colton, too? How will they ever solve this love triangle?

Amazon Paperback: Currently $14.95 http://amzn.to/ks3WoB
Amazon Kindle: $5.99 http://amzn.to/joauea
Barnes and Noble Pre-order $10.08 http://bit.ly/kWBbBi

Author Info:
Rae Hachton is the nom de plume for Desirae Hennington. Maybe, Maybe Not was written during four days during Spring Break of 2008 when she was nineteen. This is her debut novel.

Contact Info: http://raehachton.blogspot.com 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bookaday: Oubliette (Cloud Prophet Trilogy #2) by Megg Jensen

Oubliette (Cloud Prophet Trilogy)YA Fantasy

Reychel thought she was finally free. She was wrong.

Everyone saw her gift of prophecy as a blessing, but her gift is uncontrollable. No one alive can teach her to manipulate her unique gift and the answers she needs lie buried within a madman’s journals.

She’s thrust in the midst of a brewing war and the only uniting factor for her people is their belief in the Prophet. Will Reychel learn to control her gift or will she be forced to deliver a false prophecy that could lead her people into a violent war?

Purchase Info: $3.49 in ebook!
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Oubliette-Cloud-Prophet-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0056BLQVK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1308537492&sr=8-4
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Oubliette-Cloud-Prophet-Trilogy-Book/dp/1463521391/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1308537492&sr=8-3
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oubliette-megg-jensen/1031526888?ean=2940012960375&itm=2&usri=megg%2bjensen

Contact Info:

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bookaday: Forgotten April by Robyn Bradley

Forgotten AprilWomen’s Fiction

For April Sullivan-LaMonica, the last ten years have been hell: her husband and young son were killed in a car accident, and soon after, her mom descended into the darkness of Alzheimer's. So when broadcast journalist Maggie Prescott shows up claiming to be April's half sister and tries to capture their reunion on film, April outwardly regards Maggie with much suspicion. In reality, she's simply afraid to grow close to someone again, only to have that person leave--or worse.

Maggie, meanwhile, is battling her own demons: figuring out why her biological mother gave her up, facing a secret she's kept from the one man she's loved all her life, and giving herself permission to follow the dream she's had since she was a child.

Separated by nearly two decades and radically different life paths, April and Maggie must decide if pursuing their sisterhood is worth it…or even possible.

A story of loss, love, survival, and redemption, Forgotten April will speak to anyone who's experienced the pains--and riches--of an unexpected friendship that emerges from family ties.

Purchase Info: Available for 99 cents

· Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W9BXYM/

· B&N: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Forgotten-April/Robyn-Bradley/e/2940012651730/

· iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/forgotten-april/id431887718?mt=11

Author Info: Robyn Bradley is a Novelist Ninja and Short Story Seductress. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and won a short story award in 2007. Her work has appeared in FictionWeekly.com, Metal Scratches, The Breakwater Review, Writer's Digest, and The MetroWest Daily News, among other places. When she's not writing or sleeping, Robyn enjoys watching Law & Order marathons, drinking margaritas, and determining how many degrees really separate her from George Clooney.

Contact Info
· Website: http://www.robynbradley.com
· Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RobynBradleyWriter
· Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RobynBradley

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bookaday: Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series #1) by Shalini Boland

HIDDEN (Marchwood Vampire Series)YA Paranormal Romance

Hidden is a paranormal romance that spans the centuries from modern London to 19th century Paris and ancient Cappadocia.

Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune, she inherits a house, she inherits a cellar full of danger.

Eighteen-year-old Alexandre lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition, he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.

For each of them, life is finally starting. Little do they know it is closer to ending. Something lies buried which should have been forgotten. A Pandora’s Box that was meant to stay shut. But Madison and Alexandre have never been any good at following the rules. They are about to find everything they’ve ever desired and everything that could destroy them.

Falling in love has never been so dangerous.

UK Kindle:
US Kindle:
US Paperback:

Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys. Before children, she was signed to Universal Music as a singer songwriter and spent her days and nights writing, recording, touring and performing.

Now, writing novels has hijacked her life and she is usually to be found with a laptop welded to her fingers and the house in a permanent state of neglect.

'Hidden' the first book in the Marchwood Vampire series, was published in March 2011. 'Outside', a post-apocalyptic road-trip romance will be published in July 2011. 'Thicker Than Blood', the 2nd book in the Marchwood Vampires Series will be out later this year.
You can find her in the following places:


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bookaday: Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles by Julia Crane

Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles)YA

Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends--she's an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.

In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Against tradition, Keegan's brother Thaddeus told her Rourk's name because his visions warned him she'd need Rourk's protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.

Rourk finds himself drawn to Keegan's side every time she thinks his name. He wants to talk to her but remains in the shadows, silently guarding her every time she mentally beckons him. A twist of fate thrusts the two of them together when Rourk is forced to step up his protection and make his presence known.

An ancient prophecy deeply entwines Keegan's family and the future of their society. Somehow they must find a way to thwart fate and win the battle...without losing Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces aligning, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both desire?

Purchase Info: http://www.amazon.com/Coexist-Keegans-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0055HFZ3A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=books&qid=1307993228&sr=8-1

Author Info: Julia Crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she's spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

Contact Info: http://juliacraneauthor.com/books.html

Hey There! Long Time No See!

I know I've sort of been out of the loop for awhile. I had foot surgery last week and it's really wiped like a week off the calendar for me. I finally got rid of the painkillers, and while the foot is still extra-ouchy, I'm mentally back in action and can focus on things for more than 5 minutes. It's great!

Things have been kind of crazy lately in the publishing world. The Queen herself, J.K. Rowling, announced last week that she will be retailing the Harry Potter ebooks on her very own site, Pottermore.com. Smart girl, keeping those erights! Now while I don't think my sales will jump through the roof just because Jo is epublishing her own books, it's nice to know she's joining us, as it were. It's great to see traditionally pubbed authors play both fields, because I really think it's to their advantage.

Also, some lit agencies, like Dystel & Goderich, are taking on epublishing by becoming epublishers themselves. Maybe not the best for us indies that are already doing everything ourselves, but gives the trad pubbed authors more options and more royalties than they might get otherwise. I'll be interested to see how that new idea continues to develop.

As for me and DarkSide, we're moving along. A few of the girls are in edits with upcoming releases now, so look for some great new books coming before summer is over. I'm currently reading Loramendi's Story for Angela Carlie, and I gotta say, I think you Twi-hards out there will likey...it's steamy! After I finish Angela's story, it'll be back to The Green to finish my revisions before sending it out to my fellow DarkSiders for reading.

And then, I'll get back to writing. On deck...sequel to Into the Shadows. I could use some help with a title for that one. It's just not coming to me. Hopefully I can also give some sneak-peeks at it as well as I write it. Maybe I'll throw out some samples of The Green as well after the girls have a look.

Anyway, glad to be back in action. I've missed you!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bookaday: A Heart in Sun and Shadow by Annie Bellet

A Heart in Sun and Shadow: Chwedl: Book OneFantasy

In an ancient Wales that never was…

The twin brothers Emyr and Idrys are cursed to live as hounds; Emyr by night, and Idrys by day. The twins believe they will be trapped this way forever until they meet the fierce and curious Áine, a changeling woman born with fey blood and gifts struggling to fit into a suspicious human world.
Áine unravels the fate of Emyr and his twin as all three of them fall in love. To free her lovers from the curse, she embarks on a journey to the realm of the fey where she confronts her own unique gifts and heritage. Ultimately, she must decide where her heart truly lies and what she’s willing to risk to get what she desires most.

Purchase Info
Price: 4.95
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Sun-Shadow-Chwedl-ebook/dp/B004QS93K0/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004QS93K0
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/45418
B&N: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?ean=2940012236227

Author Info
Annie Bellet is a full-time speculative fiction writer. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines such as AlienSkin, Contrary, and Daily Science Fiction.

Contact Info: www.anniebellet.com

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bookaday: Side Effect by Laura Lond

Side Effect Supernatural Thriller

Janna Sorelle is a determined young professional born and raised in Moscow, Russia, but, having French background, she considers herself French and strives to return to her “historical homeland”. Her first visit to Paris, where she goes as a translator of a rich but ill-mannered Russian businessman, turns into something totally unexpected. After a strange incident at a small restaurant, Janna is kidnapped - and this is just the beginning of an adventure she couldn’t have ever imagined. As the story unfolds, Janna finds herself working for Technotics, a huge international corporation with an advanced security system owned by the mysterious Mr. Kumidi. Janna is told that Technotics is an engineering company working on some technical research, but, as she begins to suspect, things are not that simple. There is a secret laboratory in what they call the lower level of the company building, and some of the employees seem to be not exactly human…

Purchase Info: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051VDCBC

Author Info: Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

Website: http://laura-lond.tripod.com/

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bookaday: These Hellish Happenings by Jennifer Rainey

These Hellish HappeningsParanormal

In 1707, hapless vampire Jack Bentley made a pact with the Devil in order to escape a vampire hunt. Dealing with Satan seemed better than your standard angry mob at the time. But three centuries later, Satan is ready to collect His dues, whether the vampire likes it or not. He's taking Jack to Hell, and He's even got a job picked out for him down below: an eternal position at the Registration Office of the Damned.

Jack attempts to adjust to life on the Administrative Level of Hell, where fire and brimstone have been replaced by board meetings and the occasional broken copier. But the whiny complaints of the recently deceased and the legions of suited, cookie-cutter demons are the least of his problems. Try adding to the equation a dead ex-lover, a dangerous attraction to his high-ranking demon companion, Alexander Ridner, and the sticky and distorted anti-vampire politics of a Hell that is surprisingly like our own world.

Purchase Info: The ebook is 99 cents can be bought at Amazon for Kindle here: http://www.amazon.com/These-Hellish-Happenings-ebook/dp/B004K1F8KM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1295619680&sr=8-2
And at B&N
for Nook here: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/These-Hellish-Happenings/Jennifer-Rainey/e/2940012372154?r=1&itm=1&usri=these+hellish+happenings&if=N&cm_mmc=VigLink-_-k244266-_-j12871747k244266-_-Primary

Author Info: 
Jennifer Rainey was raised by wolves who later sold her to gypsies. She then joined the circus at the age of ten. There, she was the flower girl in the famed Bearded Bride of Beverly Hills show until the act was discontinued (it was discovered that the bearded lady was actually a man). From there, she wandered around the country selling novelty trucker hats with vaguely amusing sayings printed on front. Somehow, she made enough money to go to The Ohio State University for a major in English.

Contact Info:
Website: http://www.jenniferrainey.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/THH_Series
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheseHellishHappenings


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bookaday: DreamWeaver by Rejean Giguere


Zeke Jackson's sister has gone missing in the jungles of Southeast Asia. His search for her takes him from the red light districts of Vietnam to the mean streets of New York.

Finally he finds the help he needs in the back alleys of one of South Africa's most notorious shanty towns. The DreamWeaver. But the things Zeke will have to do, and the price he'll have to pay to get Jane back are beyond anything he ever expected.

Purchase Info - $4.99 paperback, $2.99 ebook

Author Info 
Rejean Giguere; Rejean Giguere is an avid outdoorsman, adventurer, photographer and artist. He enjoys fishing, hockey, golf, tennis, skiing and snowmobiling, his V-Max motorcycle and vintage Corvette.
He grew up in Canada and Europe, and enjoyed a business career in Toronto and Ottawa.
Visit his website at www.rejeangiguere.com.

Contact Info:
rejean@rejeangiguere.com, www.rejeangiguere.com, http://rejeangiguere.blogspot.com/