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Sunday, December 7, 2014

****Still Looking For Gifts For That Horror fan, or Paranormal Lover In Your Life?****

How about one or even two trade paperbacks signed and personalized by the author?




That's right, you can get signed and personalized copies of books one and two in my 5-Star "Para-Earth" series for just $10.00 each, plus $5.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States. (For overseas shipping will be more of course, and will depend on the destination).

*I accept Paypal, checks, or money orders*

Just tell me which title(s) you want and if they're to be signed and personalized. (Some people prefer just signed, which is why I ask).

You can contact me by leaving a message below or by e-mailing me at:
allan.krummenacker@gmail.com

Please note: Normal mailing time is 5-9 days, so order soon to get it in time for Christmas. If there's a rush, let me know and the shipping price will be adjusted accordingly.  Also, with the holiday approaching the sooner you order the better, so I can get it to you in time.  Or if you like, I can mail the book(s) fully gift-wrapped to the recipient if you wish.


You can take a sneak peak inside both "The Bridge" and "The Ship" at:


Just click on each title and you can read the first 20 pages for free.

Hoping you're all enjoying the holiday season, take care and keep writing.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rainy Day Musings About My Books and School...

"Okay, so where do I go next?"


That's the question I've been asking myself a lot during the week-long break I had from my studies at CSUMB.  I managed to finally put the 2nd draft of "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" (the new official title of my 1st vampyre novel) and am currently reading it aloud to my wife Helen.  I'm already seeing areas that definitely need more work and rewriting, but her reactions to most of the scenes have been very positive.  Plus she's also providing me with some feedback on one of the characters who she actually created.  There will be a third and possibly a fourth draft before I unleash anything on my beta-readers.  Luckily I've got time since the book isn't going to be released until next fall at the earliest.

In the meantime I really want to get back to "The Door" which is the third book of mine that will feature Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie.  This book will wrap up most of the unanswered questions from "The Bridge" and "The Ship".  We'll see the final showdown with the mysterious white-haired man who tried to defend the creature inside the bridge and then followed Cassie and Julie all the way to Santa Cruz.  I will also reveal the ghostly Brandon's secret and why he has watched over Cassie all her life.  The mysterious return of Rachel's baby will also be explained, considering she was dying when we last saw her.  But I will also be sowing seeds for future books as well, so expect some new characters and mysteries to be unveiled.

However, for now I must think mainly about my studies at school.  I've been taking four classes this semester and three of them do NOT have finals, thank God.  However, my Statistics class has a cumulative final which more than makes up for the others not having final exams.  I must get a 65 or better on the final to pass the class even though I've already got a "A" grade in it for all my other work.  I hate classes that have that rule.  It puts so much more pressure on a person.  

Anyway the exam is scheduled for December 15th, so less than two weeks away.  So I'll be doing a lot of reviewing and studying, as well as wrapping up the other classes which also have assignments due before the next two weeks are done.  So as you can see I've got quite a lot on my plate already.  

I still hope to put out a Christmas short story involving Nathaniel (my vampyre), Jason Cloudfoot (yes this story is being set in the past so he's still alive), Police Chief Roy Peterson, his new second-in-command Veronica Ross, and a very young Julie.  Expect ghosts (perfect for a Christmas story), mystery, and some touching moments.  

Until then, I'll be posting when I can and probably running holiday sale or two.  So stay tuned.  In the meantime, enjoy the season and keep writing everyone.

Monday, December 1, 2014

****THERE ARE ONLY HOURS LEFT... MY $.99 CENT CYBER SPECIAL ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT****


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You read correctly. You have only hours left to get one or both of my 5-STAR paranormal/mystery e-books "The Bridge" and "The Ship" for $.99 Cents each. That's 2/3's off the regular price folks. Tomorrow, both books will be going back to their regular price of $2.99.
So take advantage of me... I mean... this sale to give yourself or someone you know who'll be getting a Kindle, Nook, Smartphone, Ipad, laptop or a new desktop, something they can enjoy right away. Ghosts (which is appropriate at Christmas), psychics, mystery, love, and heart-pounding excitement await await you all in these two novels.
And if you've already gotten copies for yourself, thanks so much for your support. I only ask you please help spread the word to family, friends and everyone you know so they can take advantage of this sale.
We've got all the e-book formats, just click on the links below to get the one that will fit you or that special someone who's going to be receiving that e-reader so they have something exciting to read as soon as they open their gift.
*NOTE: You can read samples both books for free as well as buy copies at the following links:
KINDLE: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker
AMAZON.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/…/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker
NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS: 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?Query=Allan+Krummenacker

Friday, November 28, 2014

My $0.99 Cent Cyber-Weekend Special Is Going On Right Now!


****GOING ON NOW AND LASTING UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY****
All e-copies of my 5-star paranormal/mystery books will be available for just $0.99 cents

Whether you have a Kindle, a Nook, a smartphone, or even just a laptop or desktop, there will be a format available for you.

"The Bridge" Book 1 in the Para-Earth Series

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Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen year. But with with scream of tires and twisting metal, all this changes.
When his girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross , is nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned. But upon learning that both the driver and passenger of the vehicle in question, had been dead for almost twelve hours before the incident, he knows what he must do...

"THE SHIP" Book 2 in the Para-Earth Series

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Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet. She's also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.
In fact just two weeks ago she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot survived a terrifying experience. Fighting alongside their friends Alex Hill and Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, they faced creature from a parallel reality, where evolution had taken a decidedly different turn.
As a result of that encounter Cassie and Julie have come to Santa Cruz, California to bury Julie's uncle who fell to the creature. They've also come to see if their new romantic relationship will work out. Unknown to either of them an old adversary has followed them.
A white-haired man in a flowing black cape is lurking inside an old wrecked ship. He has plans for Cassandra and will need her soon, but until then he must keep her safe. However, a new threat appears, a legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks the girl as its next target.
Soon the two women find themselves fighting not only for their lives, to be keep from being separated forever...

***You can find and sample both books for free at the following links***

AMAZON.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker
NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS: 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383
KOBO:http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?query=Allan+Krummenacker&fcsearchfield=Author&fclanguages=all

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

More Insights In Writing From a 1st Person Perspective...


For just about all writers, the choice of voice or perspective to use is always a challenge.  Although many write in the third person voice, there are two options.  Do you do 'limited' where we only know what's going through one characters mind, or do you use the 'omniscient' version where the readers get to know what's going through everyone's mind at the same time, even if the characters are not sharing all their thoughts with each other.

I did the 'limited' third person point of view in my first two novels.  However I kept changing who's head we were inside with each chapter, giving a nice build up and differing points of view.  So in the new novel I'm working on  "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" I wanted to try 1st person perspective, but still do multiple points of view.  So, with my wife's advice, I chose the same method Bram Stoker used to write "Dracula".  He did 1st person from many different points of view by using letters, journal entries, diaries, etc. and it worked.

In my case, I went for blog and e-journal entries to tell my story, as well as some newspaper clippings to help supply background information for the reader.  Now, I know I've said all this before, but I wanted to repeat it for the benefit of anyone who had missed those earlier entries.  What I did not count on was dealing with Present Tense vs. Past Tense in the First Person.


I realized I might have a problem after I started the 2nd draft of the novel and started noticing that some entries were in the past tense, while others were in the present.  Sometimes I kept going back and forth within the same chapter.  So then I had to decide between which one to use.  After careful consideration, I decided past tense made the most sense, since when one is doing a blog entry about an event they are reflecting back on what happened.  It is not happening there and then as they write.

This of course gave me a much larger task of rewriting the 2nd draft. 


However, I have prevailed and am just about done with the 2nd draft.  But now I am growing concerned about another issue.  "Telling" vs. "Showing".  Am I just having my characters 'tell' a story or am I managing to bring my readers into my characters memories so they can 'see' it as it happened?   I'll be going over the entire novel again and after some corrections, send it out to some beta-readers to get their opinions on the piece.  

I never imagined how intricate this particular novel was going to become.  It's been a lot of work, but I'm rather enjoying the challenge.  If I do pull it off correctly, I think my readers will be very pleased and clamoring for more of Nathaniel and company.  But only time will tell.  

Anyway, that's all I have for now.  If anyone has had more experience with these issues I'd love to hear about them.  Please leave comments down below so not only me, but others can learn from your experiences.

Until next time, keep writing.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas"?

My thoughts on …


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Did you know that the phrase “Happy Holidays” was started by Christians?  Yes, that’s right folks, it was.  In fact it dates back to the 1600’s in England.  People were acknowledging the fact that there were more than one holiday.  Like the fact that after Christmas, there was the celebration of the New Year.  Plus there was the season of Advent, another very Christian custom, that this year begins on November 30th and ends December 24th.  So right there we have more than one Christian holiday in December.  And do you know what?  Nobody has ever wished me a “Happy Advent”.  How annoying is that?

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Furthermore, let us remember that Christ was born a Jew.  How many of us really believe he never celebrated Chanukah with his family?  The tradition of Chanukah started over a hundred and fifty years before he was born, so I'm pretty sure he celebrated it more than once.

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I’d also like to point out that it was Jesus who taught us to love our neighbors, be tolerant, kind and to not judge others or take offense should someone do something we feel is mean.

So in the spirit of his teachings, I find the phrase “Happy Holidays” just as sweet and respectful of my Catholic upbringing as the words “Merry Christmas”.  To me, someone is simply trying to be respectful of whatever religion I happen to follow, without giving me the third degree about my faith and beliefs.
With this in mind I wish to conclude this entry by saying...

 “Happy Thanksgiving”

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“Happy Advent”,

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“Happy Chanukah”

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 “Have a wonderful Eid al-Adha” (for my Muslim friends)

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 “Happy Yule”

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"Happy Kwanzaa"

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"Merry Christmas"

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“Happy New Year”

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,,Or to put it simply “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” whatever they are, including any I might have missed in this list.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Update On The Status Of My Upcoming Novels...



 In case you hadn't heard, I started attending the California State University at Monterey Bay in August and the workload had been fairly manageable, until recently.  Things are heating up and I have less and less time to work on my novels, including "The Vampyre Blogs".  I had planned on getting the latest draft finished, edited, beta-read, etc. so I could have it out in time for Christmas.  

Unfortunately, that is not going to happen.  I've said before I will not release a book until it's had all those things done to it.  Currently, I'm still trying to finish the 2nd draft and I'm still not entirely happy with the piece.  Plus I haven't even started on a cover for the book.  I have one that I made with the computer.



However, I'm not totally sold on this version really.  I'd prefer to try and do a soft pastel piece and then super-impose this image on top of the scene I create with the pastel.

Furthermore, with the holidays getting closer and closer, there's not way I could expect any of my beta-readers to go over the book and give me their feedback on the eve of major cooking and shopping.

So I'm putting things off until next year.  Mind you, I'm still going to be posting more mini-stories of my vampyre Nathaniel and his friends over at The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition.  If you haven't checked them out yet here's the link:


At this point I want to let you all know you won't be without anything new from me this holiday season.  I'll be putting together a short story that I'll release through Smashwords just in time for Christmas.  Smashwords carries e-books for Nook, Kindle, Sony, Apple, or even PDF for those who don't have an e-reader so you can enjoy it on your regular computer, laptop, or even your phone.  This will be a holiday tale that will involve a crossover of sorts.  My vampyre Nathaniel will be interacting with several characters from "The Bridge".  Who will appear, I won't say at this time.  Just be assured you'll be seeing some familiar faces within the pages of that story.

Finally, I want to also let you all know that you won't have to wait until October or December of next year for my next novel.  As soon as I get a break from university, I'll be getting back to work on "The Door", which will star Alex, Veronica, Julie and Cassandra.  The story will take up where both "The Bridge" and "The Ship" ended and will answer a number of questions that have been hanging over both novels, including the secret of Brandon and his white-haired nemesis.

Where will I go with my Para-Earth Series after that?  Well here's a list for the next 2-3 years and what they will involve:

Mid-2015 "The Door"

Alex, Veronica, Julie and Cassandra face a new threat which is connected directly to Cassandra's family dating back over three hundred and fifty years.


October/December 2015 "The Vampyre Blogs - Homecoming"

  In 1862 Nathaniel Steward was only sixteen years old.  He left home to fight in the Union Army, knowing the experience might change him.  He had no idea how much it would.  Now, 150 years later, he's finally coming back to what he thinks is an empty manor.  What he doesn't know is someone has been waiting, and some 'thing' is following him, a being that does no belong in this world.

  

Mid-2016 "In The Shadow Of The Door - Book 1"

Cassandra's ghostly protector Brandon has always been an enigma to many.  Now, we get to hear his story which will lead directly up to the events that took place in my third book, "The Door".


December 2016, "The Vampyre Blogs - Family Ties"

Nathaniel is back and he's not alone.  A mystery involving a member of his family has arisen, but so has an old enemy.  New dangers arise that threaten not only those he loves, but his entire hometown.  Like any soldier he will fight to protect his place of birth, but it may cost him his very existence.


Mid-2017 - "In The Shadow Of The Door - Book 2"

Brandon's story continues as he and his uncle continue to struggle with the family curse that everyone believed was over.  The threat has been thwarted but not ended and time is running out.  Soon the door will be reopened and nothing will be able to stop what will come out of it if they don't seal it for good first.


December 2017, "Harlequin House"

When Alex was only twelve he entered inside the most haunted place on the planet with a team of paranormal investigators.  Most of the team died before his very eyes and he barely got out with his sanity intact.  Now, twenty years later, he's going back.  Will he be as fortunate this time? 


So there you have it folks.  That's my plans for the next couple of years.  Most of this will depend on how much time I have to write in between my studies of course, but I'm going to do my best to keep to this schedule.  I hope you like what you've seen here and look forward to the books as they come out.  

That's all for now.  Thanks for reading and take care of yourselves.  And as always, keep writing.

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Halloween Treat From Me To You... A Peak Into My Upcoming Novel "The Vampyre Blogs"





*HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!  I decided to give you all a treat by sharing a snippet from my upcoming novel "The Vampyre Blogs", which will be coming out this Christmas. 

 I was careful to choose this particular entry since it involves all three of my main characters dealing with a the scene is one most of us can relate to.  Here we have Marisa a seventeen year old young lady being comforted my vampyre Nathaniel and his goddaughter Lisa.  Marisa (who has no idea what Nathaniel really is) has an intense dislike for vampires even though they don't really exist according to her.  She hates movies, books and television shows about them because in her mind they have come to embody cancer (which her father is struggling against) in a human form.  

The scene takes place inside an old four story building Nathaniel owns.  He keeps a dance club downstairs, while on the top floor he has an art studio where he likes to paint at night.  Marisa has just had a run in with another girl and is been being comforted by Nathaniel and her best friend Lisa (who is also Nathaniel's goddaughter).  As you might expect, Lisa knows all about him, including how to keep his secret.  

The three are up in the studio where Nathaniel has been showing the two of them some of his paintings, which include several images of a young woman of Romani descent.  He's just finished explaining she was his wife and that she died in his arms after being abducted, a few years ago.  

This book IS part of my Para-Earth Series, but does not involve any of my earlier characters.  However, this doesn't mean they won't meet down the road...mwahahah.  Also, this is my first attempt to introduce a character from this world who went into one of the Para-Earths and came back... alive, but changed.

So without further ado, here are Marisa, Lisa and Nathaniel.  Happy Halloween my friends.*


MARISA’S MUSINGS - October 7th, 2012

It’s been such a strange day, especially this evening.  I still don’t know what think at the moment. 
Waking up and finding Dad was still at home sitting in front of the TV just like in my dreams, gave me a start.  Especially when I saw he looked a little greyish, but then Mom opened the curtains and I saw he was just tired.  I literally blew a sigh of relief, but it still set me on edge for the rest of the day.
Unfortunately, most of my classes were on the quiet and boring side today, which meant I kept worrying about my dad.
Thank God Lisa was in all of them with me.  I don’t know what I would’ve done without her around trying to distract me.  But I still couldn’t get that damn dream out of my head.  It had felt so real.  Then, just as we arrived at The Crypt, I started wondering if it had actually been some kind of warning. The idea it might be really put me on edge. 
Unfortunately, that’s when Dianne showed up and started in with me, as usual.  Normally I can ignore her comments, but tonight, I just couldn’t.  God I feel so bad about what happened.  Poor Lisa got caught up in things and could’ve wound up getting hurt if Nathaniel hadn’t stepped in when he did.
I still feel bad about blowing up at him the way I did at the time.  But that’s not the only thing that’s bothering me about him.  After tonight, I can’t look at him the same way I used to.
Finding out he was once married and that his wife pass away in his arms, really hit me hard.  I guess that’s why I kissed him the way I did.  I just wanted to wipe away the pain I knew he was experiencing at that moment, along with my own.  I didn’t tongue him or anything, but for a second I nearly did.  Something about him that made me feel so alive that I didn’t want it to stop.  But I remembered Lisa was with us and I know she has a crush on him.  So I backed off.  But a part of me wanted to go right back to kissing him.   I don’t think I’ve ever wanted someone so bad in all my life. 
And truth be told, I still want him.  But I’m also a little leery of him, because of because of what happened next. 
I excused myself and started to fix my make-up.  After all that crying I’d done earlier, I knew I must look like hell. 
Nathaniel was kind enough to walk away and give me my space, while Lisa checked on me quick before she went over to join him at the window.  As I heard the two of them talking quietly, I stole a glance over my shoulder.  Lisa was hanging onto him in a playful way, and I started to get jealous for a moment. 
Quickly, I shook my head and pulled out my compact so I could use the mirror as I fixed my make-up.  Surprisingly, I didn’t look too bad and was able to make myself presentable rather quickly. 
Then I decided to use the mirror to take another at Lisa and Nathaniel to see what they were up to.  And that’s when it happened.  I could see Lisa still acting if she were draped all over Nathaniel, only he wasn’t there. 
I blinked and stared at the mirror again, but the image had not changed.  From the way Lisa was positioned, I knew she had to be hanging onto someone, because there was no way she could keep her balance in that pose.  But there was no one there. 
Carefully I took another look over my shoulder and saw the two of them just as I had before.  Then I looked back at my mirror and saw only Lisa holding on to empty air.  I let out a little gasp and dropped everything, including the compact which shattered on impact. 
Immediately, Lisa came rushing over to see what was wrong and quickly helped me gather everything.  Nathaniel on the other had stayed by the window.  He seemed to be in deep thought. 
Naturally, I didn’t tell either of them what I saw, or rather what I didn’t see.  Instead, after Lisa helped me get all my make-up back in the purse, I told them I felt like going back down to the dance floor.   I’d remembered there were huge mirrors on the walls down there and wanted to see what would happen when we got down there. 
To my amazement and relief, I saw all three of our reflections in every one of them.  At that point I was fully ready to believe my eyes had simply played a trick on me. 
But now my mind has gone back to the day in my Aunt Betsy’s office when I first met Nathaniel.  She had brought in those beautiful fresh cut flowers.  But after he went near them to get his coat and hat,  we’d found them black and withered.
Is he what I think he is?  I’ve seen enough movies to know all the signs.   Yet, I saw his reflection in the mirrors of the club.  Plus he has a bunch of mirrors in his home which I’ve seen him use.
No, I think I’ve just been stressing out too much lately.  There’s no such thing as vampires.  Right? 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Reviews... Are You Afraid To Leave One?

Recently, I tried to get some new reviews for my two novels on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.  I even offered free Read-2-Review copies of the books to anyone who wanted to do a review.  The results... not a single bite.

I couldn't believe it.  Giving away "FREE" copies of a book in exchange for an honest review is usually one of the very best methods known to get some reviews for a book.  But I wasn't getting any takers.  In fact I actually heard back from a few people who had read the books and loved them.  Yet when I asked if they would be kind enough to leave a review this is what I kept hearing from a number of them..

"I love to read, but I don't know what to say in if someone asks me to review their book..."


Does this sound familiar to anyone else out there?  If it does, don't be embarrassed.  A lot of people feel that way.  Some don't know what to put down because they see all these other reviews that are like several paragraphs long and go into great detail about the structure of the story, the plot, etc.  Or perhaps you just don't have a lot of time to sit down and think, much less write up a big ole review.

These are all valid excuses.  But not every review has to be several paragraphs long.  Even the simplest review can be just two or three sentences.  And of course you'll be asked to give a star rating usually on a 1-5 scale, with 1 being (why did I bother) and 5 being (dear God I want to read more like this).  


While you may feel like you cannot convey all you want to say in just a couple of sentences, but that rating and a few words can make a world of difference as to whether that book becomes a hit or not.  Every review added to a book can make it a sensation that spreads across the nation and even the oceans.  Most book buyers want to know what the book is about, which is the writer's responsibility to convey in their synopsis.  But buyers also want to know what other people thought of the book, especially since we're all so spoiled for choice these days thanks to Indie Authors, Kindle, Nook and other e-reader devices.  

20-30 reviews, even if half or more of them are just a couple of sentences long can help push that book you just finished and fell in love with, to great heights.  The more reviews the better for the author and the book.  Amazon and other places base a book's popularity through a logarithmic system that is based on the number of reviews a book is given.  If the book has a lot of reviews and ratings they'll suggest the book to other buyers with similar interests creating more sales. 

But if a book only has a handful of reviews, they won't do much with it.  It's not the length of the review but how many and how favorable they are.  So if you really want to see an author or a book get the recognition you think it deserves, please go ahead and leave a rating and just a couple of sentences.  The power to make or break an author and their works is in your hands.



So please, support your favorite authors and books by leaving reviews as well as spreading the word about them throughout your networks.  You could be helping someone become the next Stephen King or JK Rowling.  Remember, without readers we authors are nothing.

Thanks so much for tuning in and please keep writing.
  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Free Read-2-Review Copies Of My 2nd Novel "The Ship"...

****REVIEWS NEEDED ON SMASHWORDS****


I'm looking for honest reviews of my 2nd paranormal/mystery novel "The Ship" for my Smashwords site. Recently there's been a lot of traffic over there but no sales. Part of the problem may be the fact that there's been only one review done on the book at Smashwords.

Multiple reviews spurs more sales, so if anyone is interested in doing a review there, I'm willing to supply you with a free e-copy of the book from the Smashwords site.

For those not familiar with the story here's the blurb from the back cover of the book:

Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet. She's also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things. In fact, just two weeks ago, she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot, survived a horrific battle alongside their two friends Alex Hill and Veronica Ross. They faced a being from a parallel reality where evolution took a much different course than in this version of Earth.
As a result of that encounter the two of them have come to Santa Cruz to bury one of their own as well as to see if their knew relationship will work out.
While taking a surfing class Cassie finds herself under attack and barely escapes with her life. But this is only the beginning. Whatever attacked her left a mark on her leg and now she is experiencing terrifying visions and senses the approach of something hiding in the fog. A legendary ghost ship is coming for her. However this is no ordinary nightmare of the sea. This vessel is alive and wants to make her a part of it, literally...

*So let me know if you are interested and in what e-book format you need (Nook, Mobi, Sony, Apple, or even PDF)*

If you want to sample the book before committing yourself just click on the link below and click on the version you need where it says "First 20% Sample"...



Friday, October 17, 2014

Getting Your Novel On Some Bookstore Shelves... Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I received these packages in the mail...


I shared this photo on FB and teased people for a couple of days about what might be inside, before finally revealing their contents.


At least one of my FB friends asked, "Wow, that's a lot of books  Are you having a special event?"

My answer was no.

So then someone else asked, "Well then why did you get so many?  What are you planning on doing with them?"

I responded with, "Well, I'm making them available for anyone who wants a signed edition for just $15.00, plus $3.00 for shipping.  If they want a copy of each book it will be two for $25.00, plus $5.00 for shipping."

Then came the inevitable question of, "What happens if you don't sell them all?"

My response was this...


I went to one of the local public libraries and asked if they would like some free copies of a local author's books for their shelves.  They're response was a huge smile and "Yes, we would thank you so much..."  From there the conversation drifted to the subject of the books and discussions about whether they ever had authors come and give talks.  I'm currently getting lined up to go back in a month or two to give my first talk about writing and becoming an Indie Author.



My next destination was to return to Cabrillo College, where I received my Associates Degree in Human Services.  I went straight into the college bookstore and began looking over their shelves.  I saw immediately that they carried books by alumnus and local authors (I of course happened to be both).  Then I made my way over to the nearest salesperson and asked to speak to the manager of the bookstore.  After a quick introduction and a brief explanation, she told me they'd be only too happy to carry my books.  But instead of asking me to supply the copies she wanted to know who my publisher was.  When I told her it was Createspace, she smiled and said, "Great, I can order directly from them, we have a good working relationship with Createspace."  

I then asked about authors coming and doing book signings and she was quite interested.  She told me they don't have many but enjoy doing it whenever they had an opportunity.  In fact they were getting one set up for one of the instructors at the college.  I'm to get back in touch with her in a month, once the books are on the shelves and we will try to arrange a date and time for me to do a signing there as well.

Before I left, I went to say hello to a few of my old instructors and also slipped over to the college's newspaper office.  There I found out who I needed to contact to try and get some publicity in the campus newspaper.  I'm waiting for when the books are on the shelves before we get anything in print to help drive people to the bookstore.


So all this happened last week.  What did I get up to this week?  You'll have to wait for the next installment to find out.  

Until then, take care and keep writing.





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

An Important Message For All Writers...


Go GOOGLE yourself!

And I mean it folks.  Now I'm not trying to be rude or obnoxious, I'm actually being quite serious about this.  Sometimes putting your name in Google and checking out what pops up can be a real eye-opener.

The other day when I was sitting in the library with my wife who was tutoring a student of hers, I pulled out her spare laptop and set it up so I could do some writing.  Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my flash-drive with me.  Which of course meant, no writing.


So I just started net surfing.  I don't know what prompted me to do it, but I decided to put my own name into the Google Search to see what would happen.  The results took me ever so by surprise.


Not only did I find all the usual links to my blogs and Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, FB, Twitter, etc. but I also found a host of other book sites that were carrying my two novels "The Bridge" and "The Ship".  Naturally I was flattered, but then I started checking some of the places listed that I was not familiar with.  It turns out that most of them were outlets that Createspace and Smashwords (who I used for my printed editions and my non-Kindle e-book editions) had forwarded my information to.  It was quite interesting to see how thorough they both were about getting my work out there.  

But then I started seeing sites that really surprised me carrying my books.  Places like Chegg and Half.com which are usually associated with school textbooks.  I checked into them and found they were simply selling used copies by people who had grabbed up a copy on the cheap and were now reselling it.  Which came as a relief because, I have known other author who have had their work 'pirated' by others.  

These 'pirated' copies are put out by various people who sell copies of the book without the author or the companies like Amazon, Smashwords, and Createspace knowing about it.  And just like in pirated movies or music, the author gets nothing for every sale made by these people.

So it is important to research who's carrying your works every so often in case someone has stolen your work and is making money off of it.

But, it's not all doom and gloom folks.  Sometimes you'll find something that will really take you by surprise...


One of the things I found in my Google Search was a newspaper review of my first book "The Bridge" which I had never known about.  Why?  Because it was a newspaper over in Michigan and I'm in California.  Apparently, one of the people who had gotten a free e-copy during one of my Kindle 'Free-Days' lives there and did a nice review of my book.  I'll be sharing that review in an upcoming post. 

I was completely blown away by this fact.  The only newspaper review I was aware of was one that had come out recently for my 2nd book "The Ship", where I had personally contacted the newspaper to see if they'd be interested in reviewing the book (hint-hint... remember to do this with your finished works folks.  Contact those local newspapers, radio stations, and even local TV stations).  

So it really does pay research your name on the internet sometimes.  It's not about vanity, but seeing who might be saying what about your work.  And also guarding your creative property from piracy.  Plus you might find some sweet and wonderful reviews you never knew about before.

Until next time, take care and keep writing.

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Forgotten 1st Draft...

For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you'll remember I've mentioned a number of times about saving your work on Google Drive, or on a Memory Stick, or even a CD.  I've also suggested that when you edit your work, if you're going to cut a scene to save it in a special folder.  I say this because even though the scene, or even a character, doesn't fit in the story you're working on you might be able to recycle it for another story down the road.  

The thing I forgot to mention is that occasionally you should go and look through that folder every so often.  Especially if you're looking to start a new project, or have hit a bad case of writer's block.  Something in that folder may be just the thing to help you get your scene going again.

I also have another special folder that holds works in progress that are unfinished.  Or in some cases, are pretty much a complete first draft... (said under my breath while looking away in embarrassment)


You forgot you had a completed 1st draft?

"Yes, I' did.  I got caught up in other things,now be quiet Roscoe!"

As I was saying, yes I found I had a complete first draft in that file folder.  It needs reworking of course, but the entire story is there.  Unfortunately, it will be a while before it sees the light of day. 

Why?  Because it is a historical period piece that involves Brandon Elliott, one of the major recurring characters in my Para-Earth Series.  His spirit appears frequently in order to watch over Cassandra Elliott, his many times great-grandchild.   However, her story is not finished yet and I cannot tell his tale until hers is finished (sort of).  The two are intricately connected in such a way I have to finish telling her secrets, before I can reveal his.  

However, this will be resolved soon.  Cassandra's secret will be revealed in "The Door" which I hope to have ready in May 2015.  Then after releasing the second installment of "The Vampyre Blogs" in December 2015, I will aim to release Brandon's story in early 2016.  His story is so big it will take at least two or more books to do it justice, but I'm looking forward to doing it.

Anyway, getting back to my original point...


You actually forgot you had a completed 1st draft?

"Yes Roscoe, now let it go please... sheesh!"

As I was saying, the practice of keeping special folders and backup copies of my work has helped me on a number of occasions.  I've even got a 50% finished first draft of "The Door" waiting for me to get back to.  Like the other works I have on the back burner, having some of it already waiting for me to get back to it, actually gets me eager to return to it.

So remember, save those parts you edit out and keep checking the folder you put them in. You never know when you might find a treasure in those folders that can totally turn your work in progress into something fantastic.  

Until next time...

He actually forgot?  Oh that is rich!

(sigh)  He is just not going to let this go is he?

Until next time take care and keep writing.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest Post: Meet Author Raani York and Check Out Her Debut Novel "Dragonbride"

Today is my great pleasure in introducing you all to a brand new author and friend of mine.  Raani York has been one of my beta-readers and has just come out with her first novel.

So please give her a warm welcome by reading all of this entry and then checking out her breakout novel "Dragonbride".  You'll be glad you did.
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Dragonbride
(The Dragon Chronicles, Book #1)

Shalima, “Daughter of the Light”, was born under special circumstances. She was raised by her aunts instead of her mother because she needed to be prepared to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Scriptures, which told that she was the only Magician on Earth.

Her aunts carefully prepared her for her obligations and her sacred duty. She will have to get married to the Holy Golden Dragon, the King of the Dragons, a huge Earth Dragon with magical talents. She cannot believe that she is the “Chosen One”, who has to protect the Dragon Species, all of Nature and finally the Earth. But when she turned into a teenager it seemed that the Old Scriptures were right.


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Raani York has been a high volume writer for years. She has published articles, letters, short stories, poems, continuation stories and descriptions of all kind. She also writes novels, some of which can found on her website.

Raani has been educated in Switzerland and in the U.S. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She also obtained diplomas in Graphic Design, Color Studies and won a prize as a Logo Designer. She speaks four languages and several dialects.

Raani York works and lives in Switzerland and the U.S. and travels often.

Next to her writing and her cats, Raani likes reading, blogging, Martial Arts, skiing, horseback riding, sky diving and enjoys playing the classical piano.


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Teaser:

The mountains possessed a dark but seductive beauty, and they lay in wait for the ones who came through the Fire Hell. The powdered white peaks of the sparkling black mountain-world watched for them with longing.

The Diamond Mountains gave the illusion of being much closer than they really were, and many a pilgrim had been lured to his death by the promise of riches hidden on their slopes. These mountains were so named because of the rough gems strewn about the black volcanic soil. When the sun shone overhead the gems made the mountains sparkle and shimmer brightly, and at night they made the moonlit mountains glow with a soft silver light.

People, blinded by both their greed and the tantalizing glittering of the sunlit earth, imagined that there was immeasurable wealth lying there on the ground, just waiting to be picked. However, the mountains never betrayed the secrets they held. None who had ever walked those slopes could find the diamonds hidden within the black soil, for the mountains protected themselves.

Although healthy forest still grew in the foothills, the undergrowth became sparser just a few hundred feet up, and then the treeline ended. Where stunted trees would normally grow the forest just stopped, as if some unseen hand had cut it short. All that remained were dangerously sharp, dry rocks. Just below the snowline, the rocks disappeared, and the glittering black soil took their place.

Moreover, at the summit it seemed as if the Creator of All Things had dusted the peaks of the fissured mountain range with powdered sugar, for they were covered with a deceptively soft-looking, yet extremely sharp-edged eternal snow.

The mountains never betrayed their secrets...
And if a wanderer were to climb those peaks, going up to the Fire Hell and searching to quench his thirst at a splashing mountain spring, he would find no cool, refreshing water. Instead, these living mountains would seek to frighten him by shrouding the ground with a mysterious fog that made it impossible to see where he was putting his feet. Pilgrims sometimes drowned in the sulfurous pools of water hidden within the hellish rocks when the fog appeared, and if they left the main trails, they would know true fear, for they would be led down treacherous sidepaths that seemed to take them somewhere, yet actually led them nowhere but to their doom.

The mountains never betrayed their secrets...
Though many thought they would find the cool relief of the shadows by early evening, the ascent would continue for another three torturous days. During those three days, their throats would scream for water, and their eyes would tear up in the swirling sand. Blown up by the hot desert winds, the sand burned as it fell upon a traveler's face and skin. Eventually their limbs would become heavy, and they would barely be able to move; thus, the wanderers would be forced to crawl on, farther and farther, until sheer luck eventually brought them to civilization... to people.

In a canyon between two hills below the mountain range there was a village. It had no official name, but the people living there called it Alpcate├žu, which meant Oasis of the Mountains. Anyone who wanted to climb the mountains had to pass through the village. A few taverns and inns surrounded the village fountain, where a market was sometimes held.
Some houses and huts had been built in the wide hills and even at the edge of the forest... and in one such place, hidden within the woods, almost four hundred feet past the deepest thicket and connected to the village only by a sidepath lay the place in which I had been born.
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