Treat everyday as a new adventure

Happy 2015!

Well, the holidays are pretty much over. Phew! They make me happy and sad. The end of the year always brings me down. First it hits you. You’re getting older! Another year has come and gone. What did I accomplish? What did I miss? What should I have done? So many questions, without many answers.

So now on to a new year. New adventures. New quests. New goals.

I don’t make new year resolutions. To me they are like broken promises and rules that are made to be broken. I’d rather wing it! :-)

I have set some goals for my writing, though. I have so many things in the works and last year I just couldn’t seem to get it in gear and move forward.

So a toast to the new year and to moving forward!

Happy New Year, everyone! May it grace you with love, kindness, compassion, and prosperity!

Trick or Treat!

I love Halloween. The costumes. The decorations. The wind. The smells. The trick or treating. :-) And THE CANDY!

I also love the scary stories.

Give me anything by Stephen King and you’ll lose me for hours, not to mention that I’ll keep you up all night listening for things that go bump in the night. :-)

My house is haunted so there are plenty of noises.

Anyway, since this is the last day of the month and Halloween, and I wanted to share a few books for your enjoyment.

My favorite by Stephen King is “Cell”

But there are plenty of books by new and indie authors that will keep you up at night! Check out the slide show below.

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And a paragraph from one of my short stories that will be in my collection, “Prompted by a Photo”,

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   With arms wrapped around each other, the giggling girls wave goodbye to the old witch and walk along the path towards town. They see the old man in tattered clothes step out from behind the rotting oak tree. His once black fedora, now dingy and gray, sets cockeyed on his balding head. Deep lines etch his face and his scraggly white beard almost reaches his belt. Curious the girls follow him as he moves into the clearing, the dead leaves crackling under their feet. He turns and lifts a gnarled finger to his cracked, dry lips and in a raspy voice he whispers, “What took you so long? Did you talk to her?”


Still a ways to go and I will be doing some revising, but hopefully I will have the book out before the end of the year!

Now, Go put on your costume and get out there, Trick or Treating, whichever is your pleasure. :-)

See you soon and till then; HUGS!

Seditious – Coming Soon


Great review of Emily Guido’s, “The Light Bearer” Series and an update to the release of the next in line, “Seditious”!

Originally posted on A Mixed Bag:

Last year, I had the privilege to receive a book my Emily Guido. I found her blog and her books looked interesting. They were about a Light-Bearer and Blood-Hunter. They are Angels and Demons. Having read all three books, I was enthralled, and caught up in them. There are enough twists in it to keep you wondering what is coming and how it will plan out. With surprises aplenty.

Take a look at my review of Charmeine, the first book in the series.

Then I reviewed Mactus.

The third book is Accendo.

 Soon, the fourth book, Seditious is coming out soon. If you want to catch up on what the story is before the release, then here are the links to the books on Amazon. The image is for the UK Amazon, and the link below is the US Amazon.

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What’s New With You, Robert Pruneda?

Hi Rob!

And welcome once again to Karen’s Different Corners.

Hi Karen!

Thanks for joining the Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour and hosting me on your site today. So, what’s new with me? Well, something you may not know is that I’m about to participate in National Novel Writing Month for the first time, so I’m a bit nervous about the idea of attempting to write 50,000 words in only 30 days. Wish me luck!

For fans of Devil’s Nightmare, I’m excited to announce that the sequel Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions is now available worldwide in print and for Kindle and Kindle reading apps.


 Evil knows no boundaries.

 Sequel to the Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, Robert Pruneda brings fans of the first novel another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has called The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where the population count is updated more often than the murder rate. That bit of reputation is about to change when Aaron is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, he is certain what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . Or is he? Evil knows no boundaries and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims.


Visit the book promotion page on Robert’s website

by clicking on the link below for all the sales channels:


Thank you Rob, for  sharing what’s new with you. I wish you much success with the sequel to Devil’s Nightmare!

And don’t worry about National Novel Writing Month, I’m sure you’ll do great.

And if you, my wonderful followers, have something new you’d like to share email me at kkrafts58@gmail.com

Till then: HUGS!


Look What I Got!



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


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?


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


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. ;)


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
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.
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

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