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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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NaNoWriMo Day 19: Some Reflections

 

  • Current word count: 18,715. Aiming for 20k before this day is over.
  • I will never again attempt NaNoWriMo knowing I have a book release pending on Cyber Monday. Now I’m falling behind on two different but equally important writing projects. (Or, perhaps I should just not plan a book release during November so I can participate in NaNoWriMo.)
  • Migraine headaches have reared their ugly heads which also has affected my progress.
  • As I near the end of this story, it is most likely NOT going to be 50k. It’s predecessor in the series (Prophecy Revealed) is not that long either. Not that I won’t write 50K…I’ll just start book 3 of the series when book 2 is completed.
  • The Essential Clannad CD has been my soundtrack for working on this project. I wish I could use their music for the trailer, but I’ll have to find something comparable to the mood, and feel of their music on incompetech.com.

 

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Character Connections: Cayden Etherwood

Cayden

If you read Wishful Thinking, you remember Cayden. The tomboyish, youngest Etherwood sister. She’s grown up a bit at the start of Charmed Lives. Thus, her role in the family—and in the series—is a little more prominent.

Where Wishful Thinking focused on Mave and Xandria, Charmed Lives focuses on Cayden and Fiona. Cayden gets Fiona to agree to let her quit “wingless” school and help her out at the toy company. Cayden’s motives are not purely selfish, but rather unselfish. She sees Fiona’s health fail as she starts to suffer from The Sickness, which claimed the lives of their parents. Fiona struggles with the toy corporation started by their father years ago, and keeping up “normal” appearances in the real world. Cayden’s help is needed more than ever.

When the family of Mave’s late “wingless” husband brings wrongful death charges against the whole Etherwood family, it is Cayden’s spell that helps deflect the suspicions as well as avoid the entire world finding out about the Faerie sisters. Yet, she cannot prevent the tragedy that occurs in the Outer Wood, nor can she stop the traitors in Oberia from escaping their homeworld via dark magic.

I hope you check out Charmed Lives this fall. I will have a special paperback give-away the week of Thanksgiving, just in time for the Holidays. 😉

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Ten Reasons Why I’m Doing NaNoWriMo This year…

There are a lot of “Non-Nano” and “Nan-Not” post out here in the blogging world…

I just thought I’d add my two cents and state why I decided to give it a try again this year. Specifically, my own personal reasons for doing nano…and why I think I really need to at this time.

1. Why not? Since I’ve been laid off from my day job I have plenty of time on my hands. Lord knows it’s a better time waster than playing Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc. 😉

2. Self-esteem. Finishing my writing project on time aka “winning” Nano will give me a sense of accomplishment and boost my self-esteem, which I really need right now.

3. Self-discipline. I tend to start writing projects and not finish them. And, as of late I haven’t been disciplining myself to sit my butt in the chair and write for at least 3-4 hours. Participating in nano will help me do this, stop me from chasing after the next “shinny thing” because I have a goal with a deadline, and need to stick to it.

4. Freeing my creativity. The need to just sit, and let my mind flow…let the words flow.

5. My sanity! Good Lord, yes! The need to pour out my emotions in text format, use writing as a way to deal with things that frustrate me…Yeah. And, with Nano’s “rule” of not worrying about making it perfect I can do just that. If I get mad at somebody I can have my protagonist fictionally kill them. LOL

6. Forming good habits. Good writing habits, that is. When I wrote Wishful Thinking it was for Nanowrimo 2007, and the habit of writing every day lasted long, long past november. True, I did worry more about the rules of mechanics, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and style…but I kept up the good habit of writing daily, having a monthy and daily word count goal and a need to finish what I started.

As Og Mandino wrote, “I will form good habits, and become their slave.”

7. It’s fun. Simple as that.

8. Writing every day makes you a better writer, as does reading every day.

9. It will make me a better editor too. When this draft is finished, and after it sits for a while unnoticed, I will have my work cut out for me for sure! I will have a ton of revisions to tackle, from correcting misspellings and typos due to writing in a rush, fix my plot holes, add dialogue, etc…and then the fun stuff. Grammar. Punctuation. Spelling. Style. Syntax. Mechanics. Come January, I will have just as much practice doing all of that work as the work I am doing writing now. Thus, my skills will be sharpened.

10. When all is said and done, I will have added a great new body of work to my repertoire. And, I can do what I chose with it, polish it up to send to a publisher or have final edits done by an affordable editor, and publish it myself. 😉 You can never read or write too many books. 😉

The more you write, the more likely you are to become successful…So why not Nano?

Write with pride,
~K Crumley

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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

Wednessday Poetry: Mad Alice

~Mad Alice~
Bored with this world,
Follow the rabbit…
And escape
All rationality.

Mad is my Lover
And So Am I.
Sitting at the table
For some tea and pie…
Another party,
Another dream.
Another weird,
Off-kilter scheme.

And up is down,
Down is up…
Please dear,
Have another cup.

Race to the moon,
With the Dodo Bird,
Until it seems
Lots less absurd.

Anolugous striped, magenta cat
Smilles through the trees.
He is not always
What he seems.

The Caterpillar
Old and wise,
Will soon transform
To a butterfly.
And sail away
Through the skies.

Paint the flowers
From white to red,
Before The Queen catches…
Then off with your head.

I do not want to go
Back to the otherworld
I want to live
In wonderland.
Leaving here…
Would make me sad.
My name is Alice,
And I’m quite mad.

~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: Tryna (a Mer-Witch)

While at work the other night, I had a brainstorm for a new character in The Corithian Saga inspired by an image I saw at dreamstime.com (I would post it here, but unfortunately the site is down today.) The picture was of a young girl with long, black hair and a mischievous smile. She was wearing a gold torc around her head, and a long, blue velvet medieval gown.

The character’s name is Tryna, and she is a mermaid. A rebellious, willful teen who is jealous and resentful of her two cousins Raphael and Celyndra.
She runs away to join a coven, “Sisterhood of the Sea.” She lived with the sea witches for nearly two years, before returning back to the castle at her uncle’s request. And, despite her rebellious attitude she uses her gifts of magic to pull through, and help the Royal Family in time of need.

That’s what I have planned so far…
I’m sure that some of these details might be tweaked, and altered…and maybe a few new ones
added. 😉

~K. Crumley

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Wednesday Poetry: Beauty & The Beast (wip)

Beauty & the Beast

Oh, what pure rose
Brought us together?
Do you love me now?

You ask of me
To stay forever.
Promises you vow…

All of the treasures
of your mystical palace.
I tread through,
Not sensing malice.

You say only
My love can free you
from this spell that
you are under.

Not knowing that
I suffer too,
If we are ever
Torn asunder.

That’s why I ask
one sacred question.
Do you love me now?

~K. Crumley, 2011
original version written 1992

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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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