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I won “Stranger At Sunset” on a Facebook contest Eden had.

I Love the Cover, Eden! 

(You can get the ebook for just 99 cents right now on Amazon. Just click on the title :-) )

And I purchased “Devil’s Nightmare Premonitions”  from createspace for the paperback or you can get the ebook from Amazon.

I personally love paperback books over ebooks and am excited to read both!

Don’t forget to stop by next Monday, October 27th. Robert Pruneda will be stopping by and talking about Devil’s Nightmare Premonitions and sharing what’s new with him!

 

Till then, HUGS!

How-To Writer’s Books

There are many “How to Write” books out there and quite a few people that I’ve talked to recommend Stephen King’s “Stephen King on Writing”

I enjoyed the book, but felt it was more of a memoir than a writer’s self help book.

One of my favorites is, “How to Write and Self- Publish Your First Novel” by Paul Dorset

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Check out his blog here. Paul‘s a great guy and a wonderful friend to have. Not just for me, but for all writers.

Anyway, I picked up a few freebies today and I wanted to share them with you.

First, I picked up “Self-Publishing Steps to Successful Sales” by Seumas Gallacher And it’s FREE right now.

I received an email letting me know that Seumas is having a Goodreads event and of course I responded with a big yes!

While I was on Amazon picking up Seumas’s book, I came across a few other self help books for writers that were free also.

Now I’m not 16, 18, or even 21 (just a couple of years older than that :-) ) But when I was going to write my first sex scene, I had to google it. :-) I just didn’t know what goes where, well of course I know what goes where, I just didn’t know how to write about it.  (Uh, Mr. King, just a thought, your sex scene in 11/22/63 could have used a little help. Now you know I love you dearly and will always be a fan, but the next time you go to write a sex scene, shoot me an email and I’ll hook you up with the lovely Eden Baylee, her sex scenes are HOT!)

Okay well here is the next book I picked up :-)

How to Write a Sex Scene: Write That Scene (Writer’s Cheat Sheet Book 4) FREE!

And then I grabbed this one; Indie Writer’s Monthly And this month’s issue is great for you Horror writers! FREE!

And last but not least: Great Writing Guide: 30 tips For Writing. FREE!

I haven’t read any of the ones I grabbed today, so I can’t give you my opinion on them yet, but they are free and if you are looking for some help with your writing, it can’t hurt to check them out!

Do you have a favorite writing book? Or have you written one? Share the links in the comments!

Always love to hear from you. Till then, HUGS!

Tag! I’m it!

I was tagged for the “Meet My Character Blog Tour” by the wonderful and talented Nicola (Nikki) McDonagh. Check out her blog post for the Blog Tour HERE!

And you can visit her new website HERE!  I love her new website and her video for #ReadADamnBook challenge! So cool! Make sure to check it out!

So for the blog tour I decided, even though it isn’t out yet, that I need to start promoting,

“The Reincarnations of A.M.B.E.R.” Book 1 “Alexiah”

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What is the name of your character?

Alexiah

Are they a fictional or historical person?

Alexiah is a fictional character

When and where is the story set?

It begins in 2012 and spans 45 years and takes place in Southern California

What should we know about her?

Alexiah is finding her independence. She can be kind and helpful, but she also has a stubborn streak.

What is the main conflict?

To survive the post-apocalypse and rebuild a new life.

What is the personal goal of the character?

To come to terms with her past.

What is the title?

The Reincarnations of A.M.B.E.R. Book 1 “Alexiah”

Where can we read more about it?

On my blog here. Which I will be updating this weekend. :-)

 

Now to keep this goingI am tagging Robert “Sharky” Pruneda, who happens to have a new book coming out this October!

Pre-order it here!

 

Robert “Sharky” Pruneda grew up in Austin, Texas and now lives in south Texas where he has called home since 1994. An entrepreneur at heart, he left his career in the newspaper industry in September 2011 and now focuses his attention on doing what he loves most . . . writing and sharing his stories with the world. When he’s not working on his next writing project, he enjoys reading novels in the horror, thriller, science fiction, and fantasy genres. His favorite author is Stephen King.

Pruneda is also an avid gamer.

During his times of leisure, he enjoys playing both modern and classic video games. You’ll usually find him fighting alongside his friends on the virtual battlefields of the latest first-person shooter, where the enemy typically shoots him up into Swiss cheese. Medic!

Robert “Sharky” Pruneda

Amazon Bestselling Horror Author

www.SharkbaitWrites.com

Pursue Your Dreams . . . And Never Look Back

 

What’s new with me? I Yahoo’d myself!

There’s a couple of things I want to talk about today and I’d love to hear your views!

I’ve Googled myself beforeCome on, admit it. You’ve Googled yourself too! LOL! But I don’t think I’ve ever Yahoo’d.

What did I find out? Well, for one, I am all over the place.

But there was one very interesting thing that I did find. One of my books has been uploaded to a website to download for free. I don’t know if I should be furious or flattered. Flattered that one of my books would be pirated right along with Stephen King and James Patterson, but furious that I am losing money that I worked hard to earn.

What’s your thoughts on this? And what would you do if you found out that your book has been pirated?

 Now on to the next subject.

 Should authors reply to reviewers?

That’s the question and if you click on it, it will take you to a discussion on Amazon.

Do you reply to your reviewers? I’ve heard some say they don’t and I really haven’t heard anything positive from the ones that do. So I am curious as to what the norm is.

I feel, and this is just my personal opinion, that it is common courtesy to thank the reviewer for the review whether it be a 1-star or a 5-star. If they take the time to read my book and review it, I feel they deserve a “thank you” That’s it. That’s not hard. You don’t have to jump down their throat because you don’t like their review. And if you do go off on them, other reviewers are going to be hesitant to leave a review.

I don’t stay up-to date on everything that goes on, but evidently there is a big thing about a Self  Published Author who threatened to sue a reviewer.

HELLO! You put your book out there. You wanted people to read it. And you wanted reviews. YOU! Not anyone else, but YOU! Or Me. Or the next guy. Or girl.

Here’s the thing, not everyone is going to like what you write. We can’t please all the people all the time.

And of course I have to add, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

And I’m not just picking on authors, this should apply to reviewers as well.

I read one review left for another author and the person giving the review claimed to be an editor. Okay, but the problem with her review was she not only trashed the author and the book, but 90% of her review, was just her personal opinion. Personally, after reading her review, I would NOT want her to be my editor.

I commented on the discussion about authors and reviewers and basically what I said was that most of the time reviewers give constructive criticism and we should be thankful for their feedback.

One of the replies to my comment was from a reviewer who disagreed with me. She was nice about it and she did admit she was venting, but she said that she used to work for a publisher and if she is going to give feedback she expects to be paid for it.

So I am going to give you a few examples of reviews vs. feedback vs. personal opinions and then let you go out and enjoy your day! :-)

Positive Review with a personal opinion (I don’t think you can have a review without a personal opinion)

This was a story of boy meets girl and they fall in love. I really enjoyed this story. I give it 5 stars.

Negative Review with a personal opinion

This was a story of boy meets girl and they fall in love. I really didn’t like this story, it was too cliche, so I am giving it a 2 star.

Review with constructive criticism and feedback (Can be good or bad, it just depends on how you look at it)

This story was so slow. The premise was good. The characters were funny. Too many typographical errors. Too much white space. I wouldn’t read it again.

I actually received a similar review for one of my novels and yes, I did thank her.

Why? Because I read some of her other reviews. 

Ones that said;

  • This book has so many errors just in the first chapter that I couldn’t finish it.
  • I want my money back!
  • This book was free and I still want my money back. In fact the author should have paid me to read it.
  • If this were a paperback instead of an ebook, I would have thrown it against the wall

So I thanked her. She liked the story. She gave me some constructive criticism and feedback and she didn’t throw it against the wall. :-)

And the last one…

Bad Review with a lot of personal opinion and very little constructive criticism 

I hated this book. It started out great and then fell apart. The author kept talking about his stupid brown dog and there were too many typographical errors and the hero was bald. Who likes a bald hero? No one, that’s who. Don’t know why this author thinks they can write. This was just a stupid book. Don’t waste your money. And in my opinion, blah, blah, blah…

Now this is a reviewer whom you should thank. Nothing fancy, just; “I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy my book, but I thank you for taking the time to leave a review.” Or don’t thank them. Just whatever you do, don’t go berserk on them. Why? Because it makes you look bad.

Moral of the story: Learn to read between the lines and analyze your reviews. And even if you don’t thank your reviewers, be thankful for them.

I love to hear your thoughts and opinions. I may not always agree, but I always respect them. :-)

I have a couple more posts for you this week, so…

Till then: HUGS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eden Baylee, What’s New With You?

  I always enjoy having Eden stop by and share what’s new with her, and today’s no different.

Please welcome the lovely and talented, Miss Eden Baylee!

Hi Eden. What’s new with you?

Hi Karen,

Many thanks for doing this, xox and hope you are well.

   “The Lottery” is FREE on Amazon. This novella is the last story in my anthology “Spring into Summer” and takes place in Thailand. You’ll have a chance to stay warm a bit longer before the end of summer!
If you’ve always thought erotica was nothing more than sex, and/or you’ve never read my erotic writing, then this is a great place to start.
Please grab it, and tell your friends. I want to give away as many copies as I can!
If you like it, a review is always appreciated. ;)

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A most unusual lottery occurs in the Land of Smiles.

Westerner, Sierra Zhao, travels abroad and finds herself immersed in a culture with values very different to her own. Set in an exotic red-light district of Thailand, THE LOTTERY explores themes of sacrifice, friendship, and eroticism.

FREE Sept 17, 18, and 19

Purchase it on AMAZON worldwide

And you can find out more and get all the Amazon buy links here http://authl.it/B00KZAP0PK

Hey, James Smith! What’s New With You?

James is quick and to the point!
Good morning, James. Well, it is probably afternoon where you are, but good morning from me.
Hi Karen,
My 1 photo is attached, my 1 link is http://www.amazon.com/Shoe-Box-Collection-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00M13RTDU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408477143&sr=8-1&keywords=the+shoe+box+james+smith
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My 300 odd words are:
The Shoe Box is the first collection of short stories from UK based author James Smith. Five contemporary stories examining the human ability to deal with adversity, maintain that special spark and examine our obsession with competition and celebrity.
Gathering five star reviews this collection ‘each one different yet each brilliantly executed’ is filled with ‘characters, even the unlikeable ones, which are compelling’ and has left readers ‘feeling quite sad when I  realised I had come to the end of the book’ and ‘definitely eager to read’ new material.
Take a chance and discover the work of a new author.
Not sure it is exactly 300 words (looks significantly under) but it is clear and concise – like my book.
Thanks for this.
James
You are so welcome, James. 
I have already picked up my copy of , “The Shoe Box”
 To get yours just click on the link up there! dc6MA9gc9

Emily Guido, What’s New With You?

 First; Happy Labor Day to all of you! I hope you all enjoy this last big celebration of Summer!

And Second; I thought it would be fun to catch up and see, What’s New With You. It is like the first day back at school and finding out what our friends and classmates did over the summer!

So today I welcome Emily Guido, author of The Light-Bearer Series.

Hi Emily!

And once again, Welcome to Karen’s Different Corners.

First, let me congratulate you on all your accomplishments this past year.

Hello Karen!

How are you doing?  I’m finishing MBA school this week and my book, SEDITIOUS, (The 4th Book in The Light-Bearer Series) is coming out!

I’m so happy that my MBA is going to be done, I’ve lost about a 150 pounds this year and my 4th book is about to come out.  I’m pretty excited!

Lots of love, Emily

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So here’s my spiel…

Seditious is the perfect title for the 4th book in The Light-Bearer Series. This book captures jealousy, deceit, and restoration of love flawlessly.

Life at the Castle Charmeine is blissful until reality of the ruling the Elder Council of the Blood-Hunters causes decent.  An unexpected depth to both Tabbruis and Dmitri’s personalities humanizes both men.

This novel shows a side to Tabbruis and Charmeine’s relationship which will throw any reader of The Light-Bearer Series off kilter. Seditious is the continuation of their romantic and turbulent love story and mission on Earth to battle Lucifer’s minions!

Lord Cromwell is a lethal Blood-Hunter who has escaped the Elder Council Prison. He sends his beautiful agent to cause destruction to those who live at the Castle Charmeine.

Bathsheba is a deadly, sexy, and vicious siren who threatens Charmeine and Baby Hunter. Not just with her present actions, but, with the past she shares with Tabbruis and Dmitri. However, the family works together to unravel Bathsheba’s deadly secrets.

Just when you think they are in the clear, a more heinous and ominous villain waits in the wings to tear apart our ill-fated lovers, Charmeine and Tabbruis.

Seditious is a heart wrenching and exciting story of passion, betrayal, and redemption you will not want to miss!

The Light-Bearer Series is about a Hellish Vampire Blood-Hunter who falls in love with a Heavenly Light-Bearer. Always with danger looming, Tabbruis and Charmeine fight to survive!

Go to http://emilyguido.com/ to get a free ebook of The Light-Bearer Series

 

Emily, Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing. Big hugs and congrats once again for all you have accomplished. I wish you much success on all your future endeavors!

And for all of my followers and anyone else that would like to share,  What’s New With You, email me at kkrafts58@gmail.com

Rules are simple;

one photo

one link

and 300 words or less telling us, What’s New With You!

Stop by on Wednesday, September 3 and see, What James Smith has been up to!

Till then; HUGS!

 

What’s New With…ME!

Last week I put a call out to everyone asking, What’s new with you, and tomorrow the lovely and talented, Emily Guido will be stopping by to share what’s new with her.

So, what’s new with me? HmmmI live a very boring life, but here goes…

  • I’m still going gray. (Don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I guess it depends on your perspective) :-)
  • I’m still painting my house- 1 paint brush and 1 gallon at a time.
  • I’m still house hunting and creating an invitation list for a housewarming party
  • I’m still waiting to win the lottery so I can afford such house. LOL!
  • I’m still writing and reading.

So here’s my, What’s new with you!

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A peek at

“The Spy”

   A morning sun rises in the east as I slip into the woman’s room. Specks of dust glitter and swirl in the light that peeks between the blinds, casting just enough light to help me maneuver around any obstacles as I make my way to the closet.

Turning the cold brass knob, I cringe at the creak the hinges make as the door opens and glance back over my shoulder before slipping inside. The closet is dark, cold, and musty, with the pungent smell of mothballs lingering in the air. An urge to sneeze grips me and I pinch my nose until it subsides. Moving the lever on the wood louvered doors lets in a faint light from the outside room and using my foot to clear a space, I shove the various pairs of shoes off to the sides of the small 4 x 4 room. Satisfied that I made it this far without waking her, I take in a deep breath, letting some tension dissipate before taking up my position by the door.

   The room is silent except for the tick, tick, tick of the clock and her rhythmic breathing. With creamy ivory skin and long auburn hair that fans out across the crisp white pillow her beauty astounds me. Time stands still as I watch her sleep. Does she know I am here?

“Prompted by a Photo” wasn’t actually prompted by photos, but by word prompts from my old writer’s group, writing contests, and challenges. But as I began writing the stories I found that different photographs that I had taken, worked well with the different themes of each one.

I am hopingTentative release date; September 15th. But I still have some editing to do, so we will see. :-)

And my one link, Twitter

Back Peddling!

Have you ever said the wrong thing? Wrote the wrong thing? Or typed the wrong thing and then hit post, send, or publish?

Well, I am a back peddling pro! People say, “There goes that back peddling idiot. Always got her foot in her mouth.”

Yep, that’s me! Hey, I might get a little red in the face, but I get a lot of exercise!

James Smith, kindly pointed out to me that I typed my email address wrong in my post, “What’s new with you?”

So here is my email once again and it’s the correct one (blushing)

kkrafts58@gmail.com

And I’ve also corrected it in the other post.

So I’m done (I hope) with my exercise for today. :-) Now to finish my climb to the top of the week. Happy Hump day by the way! And then slide down on my backside to the weekend!

Follow James on twitter, he’ll help keep you on your toes and headed in the right direction. :-)

Till then; HUGS!

What’s New With You?

Okay, it’s promo time! It has been a while since I have done any promotions for others, here on my blog that is. I’m sure you all remember “Show me your Cover” and “Wednesday Wonders

With the dog days of August coming to a close and the kids back in school (my kids are past that age :-) Thank goodness )

I thought we could kick off September with, “What’s new with you?” It’s kind of like that first day back to school and the teacher asks, “What did you do on your summer vacation?”

The topic is your choice. Do you have a new book coming out? Or just released a new novel? Are you having a countdown promotion, or a free day? Maybe you moved to a new house, or painted your old one. Or you went to an exotic place for a vacation. (Hey, we might be writers and authors, but we are still people too, and fans love to know.)

You decide what you want to share.

The rules are simple;

  • One photo
  • One link
  • Wrap it up in 300 words or less

If you want to participate and get a mini promo just email me what you want to share and I’ll start posting, first come, first serve, on the 1st of September.

kkrafts58@gmail.com

I’ll post mine next Monday.

I look forward to hearing from you and let your friends know.

Till then; Hugs!

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