1/29/14

Harlequin Cover Reveal: The Faces of Beauty and Mystery



Sylvester is seven years old when he tries on his great-grandfather’s harlequin mask.  And he never wants to take it off.

At thirty, Sylvester is still wearing masks, preferring privacy and anonymity to a normal life.  Professional mask makers Carson and Satine are Sylvester’s only friends.

Then Carson gets an idea: Sylvester should meet Mara.  A burlesque dancer, she wears masks in her act and would certainly understand Sylvester’s obsession with covering his face.

Sylvester doesn’t want to meet her.

Then he gives in.

And everything Sylvester doesn’t know begins to work against him.


Harlequin launches this weekend!  As an added bonus, it now has one of Josh's poems from Long Day in Rehab at the end.  One of the perks of being married to the poet is that I got to pick the poem I thought best complements my story.  So now for less than a dollar, you get a fantastic story and an equally haunting poem.  Good deal!

Stay tuned for the official release.  I'm so excited to bring this story to you guys.

1/26/14

Long Day in Rehab: #35 on Amazon's Hot New Releases

Thanks to fan support and interest, Green Hill Press' first poetry book has landed squarely on Amazon's hot new release list at #35.


Congratulations to my husband, Josh, for his success with Long Day in Rehab.  As the description says, it's not specifically about drug rehab but any kind of rehabilitation or life journey.  If you haven't read it yet, grab your free sample - including half the first poem - on the Long Day in Rehab
Amazon page.

1/25/14

1 Week to Harlequin

When you wear a mask every day like Sylvester does, it leads to strange moments like this one with Mara:


My short story, Harlequin, comes out in one week.  All the betrayal, twists, heartache, and redemption I could pack into one story.  It's kind of a common theme for everything I plan to release this year.  For all of you collecting and repinning the Harlequin graphics, this is the 4th and last one.  (Arguably my favorite.)

Why the same two masks?  Find out next week when I reveal the cover.  It's my boldest one yet.

1/22/14

Interview: K. Kirchner on ERA, Creativity, and Lessons from a Life Coach

I consider it a privilege to get an interview with author K. Kirchner.  It can't be easy to find time to answer my questions between classes, writing, and starting her own publishing company.  But like the upbeat professional she is, she gave intriguing insight into her current projects and the workings of her creative mind.


Thank you again for taking the time to be our first author interview on Writer, Uninterrupted.  What do you like to do for fun when you’re not writing?

Aside from writing, I play the piano, participate in school clubs (student council, art club, yearbook), and draw/paint. I love the other things I do, but they are merely loves. Whereas writing is my passion.

What skills and hobbies do you have besides writing that you think make your stories more interesting?


My mother is a life coach. And while I know that that is neither my hobby nor my skill, I notice myself picking up on many of the things she teaches. In her perusing her dream of helping people, she has really helped me in the character development area. I think I understand people and why they do what they do more so than when I first started writing (before she became a life coach). I will often find myself writing a version of what she teaches unknowingly.

I almost had a character once who was a life coach.  It's an interesting profession.  Do you write as a hobby, or would you like it to be your career?

Currently, yes, writing is a hobby for me. I do, however, hope to one day transform it into a career.

In what unexpected places have you found inspiration?

Inspiration is strange for me because I can look at a bread crumb or a door or something so simple and instantly form the entire plot of a book around it. And other times I can only see what is in front of me rather than what I can make it in to. It depends on the day and what tense my mind is currently in (regretting/remembering the past, being grateful/hateful for the present, worrying/dreaming about the future). Typically, I am most inspired when I am living in the now.

Do you have any advice for writers just starting out or trying to navigate the new maze of publishing?
           
My advice to new writers is this: write for you and take your readers into consideration. Not the other way around.

That's pretty good advice.  When writers write what's natural to them, they create better books for their readers.



Let's talk about your book.  Did your title come to you easily, or did you have to search for it?

The title of the book on my computer desktop is actually completely different than the final title. I had my heart set on one title for a while, but as the book grew, the title grew with it and eventually stopped with ERA.

What’s something you’ve wanted to tell people about your book or its inspiration that you haven’t yet?

Because I am still in high school, when I tell people that I wrote a book, and am currently working on another, they are one of three things: ecstatic, disbelieving, or confused. It’s funny to me in a way because writing, for me, is just like any other passion. And I want them to know that I am not an invalid, or a prodigy, I am simply pursing my passion.

Did the book turn out the way you thought it would, or did it throw you some curveballs?

When I initially started to write this book, it wasn’t supposed to be a book. I had this cast of characters shouting in my head and these castles and lions distracting me from homework, so I wrote them down. As more words appeared, it went through phases. There was one phase with a magical hedgehog, one with a pixie, one with a ghost-like creature that made you relive your worst memories. But after proofreading and editing over and over. And over. And over. I realized that those additions weren’t quite right for this book, and the focus of the novel began to shift to the characters and their journey.

I know you're planning this as a series.  Would you like to tell us about it?  How is the next book similar to or different from this one?

I am currently working on the second book in the ERA series. This one is different, let me tell you. While the first one was mainly focused on two characters and a definite plot, the second one dives a bit deeper into each character’s heads. We get to see what they’re thinking, how they’re feeling, and what they are planning (to some extent). This presence of deeper emotions and internal dilemmas causes the book to seem heavier. I’m still working on it, though:)

What haven’t you written about yet that interests you?

I love to write with colors. When I write, I am more or less translating a series of movie clips in my head into words on a page. And, when I see these clips, they are FULL of color. Viridescent trees, rosy pink petals, a buttery sunset. However, I would love to explore the idea of a book with absolutely no color at all. A city of grays and sharp edges. And then bring color to that world instead of having the color already embedded in the story.

I'm not surprised to learn how much color is a part of your process.  I liked the use of vivid colors when I started reading ERA.

Era (The ERA Series) is available for sale in paperback and ebook at Amazon.  You can download a free sample there, too, which I highly recommend.

If you want to learn more about K. Kirchner and see some of her insightful photography, check out her publishing company website, Words For Write.

1/21/14

Long Day in Rehab is here!

Three weeks ago, I promised you my husband Josh's first poetry chapbook.  It's now officially available in paperback and ebook.  This release is so fresh, Amazon hasn't even combined them into one page on their website yet.


As always, the cover (which looks amazing) takes you to the Amazon page where you can browse or download the free sample.  It gives you about the first half of Josh's first poem, Cre(m)ation.  Just the title gives you a pretty good idea of the kinds of word play he does through much of the collection.  I couldn't be prouder, and I'm honored to have been able to test drive the Amazon networks that make this distribution possible.  Even if you don't usually read poetry or don't think you like poetry, I stand by what I said.  You probably haven't read anything like this.

Here's the summary:

Long Day in Rehab is a chapbook of poems that paints a journey of physical & reflective (e)motion. Rehabilitation of any type is a quest of discovery.  This collection uses common threads of imagery & tone to express the impact of such an exploration on those involved.

So grab yourself a copy and jump right in.

1/18/14

2 Weeks to Harlequin - 4 Days to Our 1st Guest Interview

I hope you're sitting down because I'm about to rock your weekend.  Not only do I have the 3rd fantastic graphic for my new short story "Harlequin," I have an exciting announcement about my blog's 1st ever guest author interview.

You can find graphic 1 here and graphic 2 here.  This week's ad contains a line from earlier in the story, when Sylvester finds the mask that sets off his 20+-year obsession.


Who doesn't love a story about obsession?

And who doesn't like a young author with big, bold plans for her future?  I'm talking about K. Kirchner, the young woman whose book signing I mentioned a few weeks back.  She was gracious enough to do an interview with me, so next Wednesday the 22nd, I'll give you a sneak peek into an energetic mind with a focused imagination.  Her fantasy series is only just beginning with ERA.


As always, you can click the cover for its Amazon page and read the summary.  You can start reading it now with a free sample to your Kindle or other device.  Trust me, you haven't been this excited about lions since Liam Neeson provided the voice of Narnia's Aslan.

1/16/14

Fantastic Giveaways - Get Your Golems and Circus On



Chances are, if you've been checking out the best liked, most highly recommended books of the past year, you've seen the bold, shrouded cover of Helene Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni.  For the moment, the e-version is sitting in the top 5 of each of its categories with a 4 1/2 star rating out of 5.  If it's not on your Goodreads shelves yet, you should probably add it.  You can click the cover above to send a sample to your ereader, but the premise is really all you need to want to dive in:  A female golem meets a male Jinni in 1899's New York City.

For the next 11 days, you can sign up to try to win a copy through Goodreads.  Good luck to all of us, though, since there are 5 precious copies and over 2,800 people clamoring for them like water in the desert.


I also wanted to share this glowing green gem of a book.  It's being released as a serial through Amazon with each new section added automatically every week.  This is book 3 of AR Kahler's colorful, crazy circus trilogy, The Immortal CircusRockstar Book Tours has an amazing post on book 3 including a marvelous message straight from one of the characters, a bio on AR Kahler that makes him just as interesting as his books, a video trailer, and of course, a chance to win a personalized copy of book 2 for free along with other goodies.

Enjoy!

1/11/14

3 Weeks to Harlequin

Are you ready for graphic #2?  In case you missed last week's synopsis of my upcoming short story, “Harlequin,” here it is.  (If you read it already and you're eager for the second pic of the series, just scroll on down!)

Sylvester is seven years old when he tries on his great-grandfather’s harlequin mask.  And he never wants to take it off.

At thirty, Sylvester is still wearing masks, preferring privacy and anonymity to a normal life.  Professional mask makers Carson and Satine are Sylvester’s only friends.

Then Carson gets an idea: Sylvester should meet Mara.  A burlesque dancer, she wears masks in her act and would certainly understand Sylvester’s obsession with covering his face.

Sylvester doesn’t want to meet her.

Then he gives in.

And everything Sylvester doesn’t know begins to work against him.

 The quote for this week's ad is packed with irony.


Any bets on where this is going?  See if you're right - or just a little off - in 3 weeks when the story comes out.

1/4/14

4 Weeks to Harlequin

Ladies and gentlemen, start your countdowns.  My short story “Harlequin" comes to you in just four short weeks.  Every week, I'll give you a bold, beautiful, colorful ad featuring a line from the story.  But first, here's what “Harlequin" is about:


Sylvester is seven years old when he tries on his great-grandfather’s harlequin mask.  And he never wants to take it off.

At thirty, Sylvester is still wearing masks, preferring privacy and anonymity to a normal life.  Professional mask makers Carson and Satine are Sylvester’s only friends.

Then Carson gets an idea: Sylvester should meet Mara.  A burlesque dancer, she wears masks in her act and would certainly understand Sylvester’s obsession with covering his face.

Sylvester doesn’t want to meet her.

Then he gives in.

And everything Sylvester doesn’t know begins to work against him.

Here's ad #1:


If you like the mask theme, you can follow my masks Pinterest board for more.  You can also pin the ad to your own boards to spread the word.