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Pushing Back Deadlines and other announcements

Prophecy Revealed book cover-FINALCRUMLEY - Sovereign Eyes CoverPushing back deadlines and release dates a bit (mostly due to my health issues). I really hate to do this, but sometimes it is unavoidable. And, as much as I hate to admit it *gasp* I bit off way more than I can chew this fall, including participating in NaNoWriMo. So I apologize in advance to readers and followers of this blog.

The good news is:

I am still moving forward with having at least one book released by Christmas (but, hopefully two). Prophecy Revealed will be released first, followed by the long awaited second book in the Daughters of Oberia Trilogy Charmed Lives. Aiming for a December release for both, but possibly Charmed Lives will be moved back to January, or even Feb. In lieu of the next poetry book (which I may just wait and release in summer).

I am still planning to launch the serialized fantasy GIFTED in January 2016. The first season of the series will include 7-10 episodes and during its debut run it will be available through Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, as well as in paperback through CreateSpace, for those of you non-kindle people. (After its debut run, it will be available through other online ebook retailers, such as kobo, ibooks, and nook).

I will be posting official release dates as soon as I get all the details worked out.

I want to give a special shout out to Sherry of SwoonWorthy Book Covers who designed the covers of Prophecy Revealed, and also Sovereign Eyes: Gifted Series Episode I. I highly recommend her for any authors looking for inexpensive, genre-specific, premade book covers.

For more info on upcoming releases and a special sneak peek at the Epic fantasy serial Gifted feel free to sign up for my mailing list; see the link above for mailing list info. 😉

 

 

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New cover! New cover!

New cover!  New cover!

Yes, I know. A lot of skeptics out there are saying we should not do our own covers. We should leave that up to PROFESSIONALS, and yada yada…

Well, guess what…I am studying web design, and have expanded my knowledge of photoshop, etc. Therefore, I feel qualified to do my own graphics and covers. I’m not trying to brag or sound arrogant. I’m just implying that some of the “thou shalt nots” apply to some of us, but not to all of us in this new publishing era. I also see nothing wrong with learning to do new things, and making improvements upon what we do…even expanding our areas of expertise. 😉

Without any further a do,
Here is one of my NEW and IMPROVED book covers.

More on this later, but I just wanted to share. I’m quite proud of what I did here. 😉

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January 21, 2013 · 11:07 pm

Playing Hardball with Myself: Writing and Self-discipline

I need to re-dedicate myself to my writing, and my writing related goals. To do this, I need to discipline myself. It can be hard with my new job, new class schedule, and other demands that accompany the holiday season. Still, I have to make every effort to get myself to where I need to be right now with current projects (there are many), New releases (hopefully soon), and (hopefully) sales.

I am at a time and place right now in my life which is perfect for me to set my sights on new goals, dedicate more time to writing, and focus on the publishing process from beginning to end. However, I lack self-discipline.

I have realized there comes a time to play hard-ball, and make myself stick to a solid writing schedule as well as new release dates. Now those release dates can be flexible…but not to the point where I’m letting a whole year (or years) slip by as I have done in the recent past. I have to stick to some kind of “grace period” of no longer than 3-4 months from my intended release date(s).

I’ll be posting release dates soon, as I work out the schedule and details.

For those of you patiently for Charmed Lives (sequel to Wishful Thinking), I assure you I will be working to make the next 3 titles available ASAP. And, I appreciate you as readers. 🙂

~K. Crumley

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Giving KDP Select Another Shot

Recently I un-enrolled two of my short ebooks Carousel and The Golden Rose from KDP select. Carousel was just a trial run for the most part; and The Golden Rose I thought could benefit from it (It had…but briefly.)

However, I was not thrilled about KDP Select for the following reasons:
The whole “exclusive” thing. This means I have to take my book(s) off sale for B&N, and delete any excerpts I have on this blog and on Elfwood.com. Seems like a hindrance more than a help, and I dislike putting all my eggs in one proverbial basket.
Time limitations as far as “free.” You have 5 days of each 3 month enrollment period to make your book(s) free.
Algorithm issues. Coming off free will make your sales ranking sink like a stone. Again, a hindrance rather than a help.

These reasons (plus a few more) are why I chose to publish a free PDF of Daddy’s Little Girl here on this blog, plus making the entire short story readable on bookbuzzr widget for free. Also, I’m going to be offering it free on Goodreads. I plan on doing the same thing with A Prince Reborn.

However, I am trying to rescue Wishful Thinking from literary obscurity, especially since the sequel will be published (God Willing) by September. Not only that, I would like some more reviews.
So…after much deliberation I decided to enroll Wishful Thinking in Select. I’ve made it free this weekend, and plan on doing so on June 22nd-23rd.

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Wishful-Thinking-Daughters-Oberia-ebook/dp/B003E485E2/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1

Also, a contest and give-away will be scheduled for the 22nd free run.
I’ll post the details that week.

REALLY hoping to stir some interest in the Daughters of Oberia Series with this select/free promo run.

Would appreciate any sharing, tweeting, etc. 🙂

Thanks!

~K. Crumley

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Character Connections: Xandria Etherwood

Character Name: Xandria Etherwood
Nickname: Xandy
Age: 19 (at the beginning of the series)
Featured in: Daughters of Oberia Trilogy
Wishful Thinking (book I)
Charmed Lives (book II)
Fates of the Fallen (book III)
Also appeared in: The serialized novella A Dangerous Realm, published in Mermaid’s Point ezine ( Publication has since folded).

Xandria Etherwood never felt at home on the Outer Realm. Oberia was where she belonged. But when she was just a toddler, her father decided to dedicate his life to making mere “wingless” children’s dreams come true, the way he could for his own Faerie daughters.

Xandy and her sisters had to grow up amoungst these “wingless” children, to to school with them and try to blend in. Her mother was concerned with what would happen if they stood out too much, if they were too abnormal in the eyes of others. Alannah Etherwood’s darkest fear was of what would happen if it was discovered that they were Faeries. One more reason why Xandria felt they were better off at home, in their own realm of Oberia.

Xandy’s two older sisters Maevis and Fiona had even married two wingless men. Both marriages ended in disaster! The deaths of both men cast suspicions on the sisters–as it seemed in both cases faerie magic might have been the cause.

These incidents only strengthened Xandy’s opinion that they didn’t belong in the Outer Realm. In addition to that, a faerie cannot live long in a world void of magical energy.
The Yasminea flowers that grow abundantly in their homeworld can sustain them, but only for a short while. The Etherwood sisters keep the flora handy, in case they fall victim to the Sickness that their parents had died from.

In Wishful Thinking Xandria stands up for Maevis against their treacherous and deceitful Aunts. She also accepts her own destiny.

In Charmed Lives Xandy realizes that destiny comes with a high price, as she is plagued by prophetic nightmares of an unknown assassin…a traitor in her midst.

Little known fact: A fourth way thorugh my first draft, I almost omitted the character Xandria entirely. But, then I was filled with new inspiration regarding her attitude and character. So, I revised and revamped her, and made her more centric to the plot of Wishful Thinking and the trilogy as a whole.

Read more about Xandria Etherwood and her sisters in
Wishful Thinking, Book 1 of the Daughters of Oberia Trilogy.

http://www.amazon.com/Wishful-Thinking-ebook/dp/B003E485E2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

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