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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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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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Wishful Thinking ~ Free Dates

In honor of the release of the second book in the Daughters of Oberia series, I’m offering Wishful Thinking FOR FREE Today through Friday.  It will also be free on the 22nd-23rd.

Future dates to be anounced soon!

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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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#samplesunday New Preview of Prophecies of Fire: Corithian Saga Book I

Prophecies of Fire

A work in progress

K Crumley

Chapter I

The King’s paige wandered out into the courtyard of his castle at dawn, wincing as his bare feet reacted to the chill of the flagstones.
“Shanley,” King Jaryd barked. “Shanley!”
“Yes sir?” The young, blonde boy stood at attention. The boy had noticed that the King was acting strangely. Normally Jaryd is gentle, soft-spoken, and even friendly with his servants. But ever since Jaryd had taken this new Sirenian maiden as his lover, he had become rather grouchy, gruff, and altogether obsessed with the sable-tressed beauty.
“The Lady Belissa? Where is she? Have you seen her yet this morning?” The King asked. His eyes bore a strange, bewildered look.
“I believe I saw her leave through the gate shortly before sunrise, sir.” responded the lad.
“Outside the walls?” the King said as he started to panic, “This early in the day? Alone? Why didn’t you STOP HER?!”
“Your highness, I…”
Jaryd held up his arms to hush the boy, “Please spare me your excuses. She could be attacked by vagrants, drunkards leaving the taverns…For God’s sake lad, she could have been attacked by a wild beasts!”
King Jaryd stormed out of the courtyard, in a huff, behaving like a weak, lovestruck schoolboy—not like the strong noble king that Shanley had been so proud to serve. He disappeared from Shanley’s sight.
“Hmm,” the boy huffed, as the king stormed out of sight, “Don’t I wish…” In honesty, He had wished the King had chosen a more suitable fiancé.

~~~

Morrigan D’Laiec woke from her nightmare, screaming. her heart pounded within her chest. She rubbed her eyes. This last one was too horrid to even imagine…and the thought that her poor, misguided Jaryd could be in danger…that he would follow that witch he’s been courting into… “No.” She whispered, “No it couldn’t be!”

~~~
Dawn arose upon the Kingdom of Corithia. A realm so well protected by Maji and mermen guardians. Its peace had not been disturbed in nearly 30 years. It was safe now from the leagues of ancient creatures that ravaged their land years ago. So tranquil, so calm…
So, so naive, and unsuspecting, Belissa thought as she fled the king’s castle at dawn. She was a curvaceous maiden, with shoulder length sable tresses that framed a heart shaped face. Clad only in a long, red robe her bare feet tread tread lightly across the sand. She disappeared behind the rocky clefts and whispered the word “shift” as a cloud of smoke surrounded her. The smoke dispersed.

Moments later, a dragon-like creature emerged from the clefts. “Glorius morning.” She hissed, as she contemplated victory. “Simply gloriussss….”
The sun shone as brightly as the fiery glint in her dark eyes. “Everything is falling into place,” she whispered, as she strode through the sand, along the clefts towards her lair. The love spell was cast. The King would choose to wed her, and not that snotty know-it-all Duchess who claims to be a prophet. She sneered at the thought of her. “She best not get in my way…if she knows what’s good for her.” She cringed. “I’ll soon be queen! Then they all will pay!”

Beliah snickered at the fact that the late King Marcius was probably rolling in his grave. The Dorzyn’s reign was long overdue. She had brought the pride here, despite their doubts and questions. The victory she promised them was now right around the corner.
The very thought of it caused the lizard-like Beliah to practically dance, as she skittered across the beach; her talons created an intricate pattern into the soft, sandy shoreline. Just then, a peel of silvery giggles could be heard from the other side of the cleft.
Now who can that be? Her mind whispered…
She turned, to see the evidence of her prancing. Dorzyn tracks she’d left behind. She knew what would become of her species if this evidence were discovered, so she turned and blew a puff of sulfuric breath across the sand. The evidence of Dorzyn presence on the isle was thus erased.
Again, a giggle was heard in the distance. From the other side of the cliff, she heard a high-pitched singsong tone. Beliah sniffed the air, with her long snout. She hissed, sniffing the air. She sneered, “Mersssssss.” Then, cursed the creature under her breath. There was bad blood between Merfolk and the Dorzyn. There always has been…
As she crept over the edge of the cleft to survey the scene, she spotted a pristine green-tailed girl brushing her long brown hair as she sat on a rock. Reading her thoughts, Beliah sensed that she was totally oblivious to the danger that was afoot. This mermaid seemed young, naieve, and all alone. No army of trident-wielding seafolk to chase Beliah away from the shoreline.
The little mermaid sang dreamily of the human man she had a crush on: Jaryd D’Marcius, the handsome King of Corithia. Beliah grinned, wickedly. For, Jaryd’s fate lay in the hands of Beliah of Fury, herself—as did this whole blasted kingdom. If only the little mermaid new…if only she had sensed.
“Tsk-tsk-tsk, Foolish child of the ocean.” The Dorzyn shook her lizard-like head. “Don’t know who you’re dealing with, do you?” She climbed over the cliff, like a gecko on all fours. She sniffed the air and then sensed another presence nearby. Sinister. Dormant. The Dorzyn’s keen eyes spotted him right away, a dark shadow slowly moving amongst the rocky clefts.
The mermaid however was quite oblivious. She was slower, naturally; and not quite as bright or clever as most of them. Perhaps this was due to her youth—she appeared to be in her early teenage years. Lost in her childish daydreams, she didn’t see the lizard-like enemy coming climbing down the cliffs toward her; nor did she sense the predator lurking nearby.
“Simple minded mergirl doesn’t even know what danger she’s in.” Then, she had an idea. “Perfect,” Beliah hissed, “Just perfect.”
Beliah slid out of sight, for a moment behind the rocky clefts. She emerged again in human form. But not as Belissa the sable-haired maiden. But as the King himself. Tall, handsome with wavy chestnut brown hair. Clad in a midnight blue doublet over a crisp, white shirt and black trousers. “My dear, darling Mermaid!” He said, beckoning her toward the rocky clefts. “Come to me, let me take a look at your loveliness. Perhaps you could sing a song for me…” He held out his hand to her, smiled charmingly.
The mermaid squealed with joy, ran her hands through her hair. Then whispered shift, as her green tail became two legs. she modestly covered herself with a light green silk tunic that she had laid on a rock near shore, and then tried to walk as a mature woman. She swayed her hips like she’d seen human girls do, headed right into the arms of the faux king…who suddenly disappeared. “I’m in here dear.” the king’s voice said, as she heard him echoing from within a dark cave.
“Jaryd?” She said, “King Jaryd?” She walked into the cave…looking for him.
With a rumble, and groan the huge cave shifted. The king was standing right outside, laughing with a wicked female snicker. “too easy! ” She transformed back into herself; the Dorzyn Beliah. As she backed away quickly, she saw the rock demon’s mouth close. it’s horrid lipless mouth closed with the mermaid inside. It shifted again, groaning. The Dorzyn let out a hiss as the rock demon spotted her with it’s large black eye that resembled a deep crevice in the stone. She blew a breath of bright orange fire at him, and he backed away. “Don’t mess with me you monster!” She shouted.
A scream was heard in the distance—a female scream. Then another figure came into her view. Beliah turned to see where the noise was coming from. Her bright orange eyes narrowed, as the cloaked figure came into view. Friend or foe, she thought as she looked closely at the female face, peering out from under the hood. Whisps of blonde hair blowing in the slight breeze.

“Drat, that Holier-than-thou duchess! I cannot let her see me like this!” Beliah scampered off behind some rocky clefts. She emerged as Belissa, once again; donning red velvet robes. She spotted her romantic rival running toward her.

“I just had the most horrid vision.” The golden-haired woman said, as she drew back her hood. “A cave,…Jaryd was standing in it…it collapsed or something…someone screamed!”
“Oh, dear prophet you’re losing your touch.” Belissa said, sarcastically. “That just happened moments ago. But don’t worry dear…Jaryd is fine.”
Morrigan shook her head. She looked around, frantically. “No. Something is wrong here…I sense…I sense danger!”
Belissa nodded. “Rock Daemons.” She explained, “These Isles were once so overpopulated by them that neither man nor beast felt safe. They eat whatever crosses their path, if you’re not careful. Disguise themselves as caves. They hide in the vales of mountains and clefts of the sea.
“Years ago a far nobler species came, and rid the island kingdom of them. But humans turned their backs on their allies. Preferred the company of a more passive, weaker race over their own protectors.” The corner of Belissa’s red lips curled up to a sneer. She glanced at the duchess, who bore a look of disbelief.
“Oh, don’t tell me a wise prophet like you never heard of the story of the Dorzyn!” there was no disguising her sarcasm.
“It’s just that I’ve heard it told differently.” Morrigan said, in a matter of fact tone. “The Dorzyn nearly devoured all sealife, and had used up the natural resources of our kingdom. Their arid breath made the sea ebb away. Something had to be done. The Sea dragons were saught for their wisdom in how to deal with them…”
“The sea dragons were sent to chase the species away from shore. And without the ability to go near the shore, w…well they could get no food for themselves. Could they? And without food they’d die.” Belissa crossed her arms, “They simply migrated.”
“Well that’s a good thing.” Morrigan said, “Let them go to Yanesta…and scare all the pirates!” With that, Belissa had to snicker despite herself. The two ladies were not friends—but they both hated pirates.
Suddenly something stirred, rumbled. “Here he comes.” Belissa said, grabbing the other woman’s arm firmly.
“What do you?” Morrigan said, “Get your hands off me.”
“That thing just ate a mermaid! Do you want to be next?” Belissa said through gnashed teeth. Sure she wanted to get rid of her romantic rival. But not like this. She’d never give a Rock creature the satisfaction. She wanted her rival out of the way; but, not dead.
At least not yet, anyways. She wanted the self-proclaimed prophetess to cower in fear with the rest of them, when the truth is revealed. She will see the duchess bow to her!

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