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Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Quick Update...

NOTE: I already shared this post on "The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition", but it seemed appropriate to share here as well, since I talk about what's been going on with me for the past 2 weeks.  There will be new posts about writing shortly.  Consider this one, a quick update about me... 


Hello everyone, sorry for the slow updates recently.  I had planned on another post today, but life has a way of kind of being really getting in the way sometimes.  Especially when you're going back to college.  I started attending my first university this week.  Prior to that the past few weeks have been chaotic with my wife getting a new job. 

She got her Bachelors Degree last spring at the same university where I'm going now.  She studied to become a high school math teacher.  This summer had been a rough one for us for several other reasons as well, including her taking special summer courses for her credential to be come a teacher.  I had to drive her around a number of places including a couple of schools where she was interning.  A lot of that driving meant time away from the keyboard both for this blog and the novel itself.    There were a lot of things to be done around the house that only I was available to do (cleaning, laundry, errands, etc.)

I also had to go through some skin cancer surgery, which didn't always leave me in the best of shape to be working on things.

However...

These last two weeks, I was spending a lot of time on the novel itself thanks to my wife's new job.  She had to go through the interview process, be offered the job, accept it, and went through a couple of weeks of training at the new school so she could settle in.  Now the location of her job was in another town about 1/2 an hour away from where we currently live, which is actually quite a nice drive. 

But even better, the town where she's working has the most beautiful library, where I parked myself for hours working on the book.  I'm happy to announce that the 1st draft is almost finished.  I'm within pages of finishing it off.  Once that's done, I'll be doing a second draft to iron out certain issues such as clarity of thought, spelling, making sure the story flows, and finally getting to work on the actual cover.

After the 2nd draft is completed it will be going to my proofreader/editor.  Then I will do the 3rd draft at which point it will be unleashed on some willing Beta-Readers.  Once I hear back from them, a final draft will be completed and the book will be released. 

How long will all that take?  I don't have a clear idea yet, but the release will happen between late October and early December.  That much I can tell you.  It will all depend on how long it takes for others to get back to me (editing, beta-reading, etc.)  Once the 1st draft is completed the second one will come fairly quickly.

So hang in there, the actual novel is coming.  I will be posting more blog entries by the various characters you'll be meeting in the book very soon.  Some will be funny, others interesting, a few tearful, but I'll try not to leave you bored.  

A new post will be here in a week.  From what the characters are telling me, we'll be hearing either from Nathaniel, Lisa, or Marisa.  Or someone completely new.  Some characters can get kind of pushy.  

For now I bid you a pleasant week.  Come freely, visit frequently, but always leave a bit of the happiness you bring to this blog.  (paraphrased from Bram Stoker's Dracula).  This is my copy.  As you can see, I've read it a 'few' times, give or take...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Determining Your Book's "Genre"...

Okay, you've written your latest masterpiece.  It's finished.  You've got your cover ready, the editor has done their work, the proofreading is finally over, you got a back cover blurb, dedication page, table of contents, etc.  In short, your baby is ready too be published.  

You've only got one thing left to do, make it available.  So you go to Smashwords, Kindle, Lulu, whoever you use to publish your precious labor of love, and you start getting asked a bunch of questions.  What's the title?  How many pages?  The name of the author?  Do you have a synopsis ready?  A blurb?  Then you reach "What genre is your work?"  "What label do you want to put it under?"

Now, if you have an agent...


No not that kind, the other kind, the ones who represent books.  Curse you Marvel!   

Anyway, if  have an "literary agent" you already know what genre you were working in, because one of the key elements in finding an agent is knowing what genres they represent.  In turn, your agent would've shopped your work around to a publisher who specializes in that genre.  So you should be okay.  But what if your an Indie Author?  Then this question can become more problematic for you.  Not always mind you, but sometimes.

I for one am finding myself slowly falling into that latter category.  Why, you ask?  Simple, I'm one of those authors who crosses genres sometimes without even meaning to.  My Para-Earth series covers mystery, horror, paranormal, and even science fiction, all in one book.  But it doesn't stop there!  Oh no!  I brought in a gay couple into my work and now I have another section of audience I might miss if I don't label the book correctly.  In fact, I've had to use a few different labels for "THE SHIP", as compared to the ones I originally put "THE BRIDGE" under.  

You see, I emphasized the gay aspect of the second book because of my main characters were a lesbian couple.  Now they appeared in the first book and played a large role in it, however they were the second lead couple and the focus was not as fixed on them.  

So even though both books are part of my Para-Earth Series, and the characters were recurring ones, the focus had shifted thanks to who was the lead couple this time.  

But this is only the beginning, my friends.  The more I've researched genres, the more I've found things have changed.  What was once horror, may now be considered Fantasy, or Paranormal.  Thrillers can be set in modern day or in the future (wouldn't that be sci-fi?). 



This is not a new issue folks.  I've seen this going on for decades.  HP Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos, is a prime example for "What genre did he really fall under?"  Many consider him the master of the macabre and automatically put him under Horror.  Yet, a number of his creations like the Old Ones, or the Elder Things from "The Mountains of Madness" were beings from outer space.  Outer space?  Doesn't that fall under Sci-Fi?  I've found him in books stores under both Horror and Sci-Fi (a fair solution). 

But what if you find yourself telling a love story, which is impacted by a huge mystery, that involves ghosts, psychics, and beings from an alternate reality?  What do you call that?  Horror?  Mystery, Paranormal Mystery?  Some people suggested a genre called "Dark Fantasy" which seems to combine these elements under one label.  Great solution right?  Wrong!

When you go to Smashwords, Kindle, Createspace, etc.  you don't see Dark Fantasy as one of your choices to answer the question "What genre is this book?"  Instead you get: Horror, Gay/Lesbian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, etc.  You don't get 'blended' options.'  Oh you get offered sub-genres which will let you add some of those, but the main genre you place your book under is the first label people will see when they do a search.  And if that label doesn't fall into their usual reading choices, you probably won't even get them giving your book a 'sampling'.


Determining the genre of your book is a huge thing.  But there are other problems.  Even within those "main" genres, there's a lot of disagreement about what falls under them.  Which is going to be the subject of my next blog entry, because I'm running out of room on this one.  And the topic is a big one that a lot of writers struggle with and I want to give it equal and fair room for discussion.

In the meantime, if anyone would like to share their thoughts or experiences in dealing with how to define your book by genre, please leave some comments down below.  As I've stated many times in the past, the purpose of this blog is so we can all learn from one another.  As readers and writers, we're all in the same boat, so pooled knowledge can be a powerful tool for us all.

Until next time, take care all and keep writing.






Saturday, August 16, 2014

Is There A Stigma Attached To "Bargain Book" Prices?

When I recently did my sale, I looked around at various websites to find places where I could promote.  Imagine my surprise when I found a number of places insisted that the "bargain price" for a book had to be no more than $2.99.


At that moment I paused and thought to myself, "Wait a minute, that's the regular asking price for one of my e-books.  Are you telling me I've been offering my book at a 'bargain price' this whole time?"  Now, taking a step back for a moment, let me explain how I've priced my books.

Number 1 - I'm still a newbie in the book world.  I don't have a huge following.

Number 2 - I had gotten the impression that lower prices would help promote sales.

Number 3 - I've been down a path where finances are tight for the last seven years, so I'm rather sympathetic to people having a hard time.  So I try not to price my books out of people's reach.

Now both my books weigh in at over 100,000 words a piece.  Yet I am seeing more and more novels that are much shorter (down to under 10,000 words) being priced at $3.99, $4.99 and even $5.99.  Now many of these are being done by Indie Authors like myself and are hitting Amazon, Smashwords and other bestseller lists.

So then I checked to see if this phenomenon was due to what kind of genres the authors were working in, to see if that was a determining factor.  The results were that this was happening across the board, and not just an isolated genre.

At this point I started noticing articles talking about how lower priced books weren't really worth reading except as an 'impulse' buy.  "If they're so cheap, they can't be all that good..." being the usual argument.  The "You get what you paid for..." mentality seems to be in effect here as well, leading people to think they have to spend a lot of money to get a decent story to read.

So that brings me to my main question.  Is there a stigma attached to bargain-priced e-books?  Do they not sell as well or seem as attractive to prospective buyers because of a low price?

I have no clue on this one so I'm hoping to hear back from all of you for your comments and opinions.  Please leave them in the comment section below.  Remember, the purpose of this blog is to pool and share knowledge so everyone can learn from mistakes or successful ideas.  I know I for one will be reading the replies with great interest.

So until next time when I talk about "Genres and what defines them these days", take care and keep writing.




Monday, August 11, 2014

Results and Thoughts On My $0.99 Week-Long Sale...

Good News...  My $0.99 Cent sale is over.

Now the Bad News: I'm still going to talk about it today....  

Now don't panic, the sale is over and done with and I won't be promoting it today.  Instead I'd like to share some insights and the results with you all and get some feedback.  

First off, how well did a week-long sale like this do?  Well all together I sold 15 copies, 10 of "THE SHIP", and 5 of "THE BRIDGE".  How do I feel about that?   It wasn't bad to be honest, but I'm not sure an entire week was necessary.  Almost 2/3rd's of the sales happened on the weekend when I first announced the sale.  For most of the week itself, there were only one or two days where anything happened.  Then when I announced this last weekend that the sale was coming to an end, there another 4-5 copies sold.  So quite frankly, doing an entire week-long sale didn't yield all that much for my efforts.

Where did I publicize the sale?  Facebook, Twitter, Google +, both my blogs (which average over 1600 views a month from around the world), Goodreads.com, LinkedIn and a few other places as well as friends sharing and spreading the word.  So I really tried to get the word out.


Right now, I'm not certain how I feel about the results.  I'd like to hear from some of you authors reading this blog and hear your thoughts.  Was 15 a good result, mediocre or what?  Were there other places I could have posted to spread the word?  Myself and other readers of this blog would love to hear what the voices of experience have to say.  Part of the purpose of this blog is to share my experiences and learn from those who read this blog, so please leave some comments in the section below.  We're all in this together and the more we pool our knowledge, the more we all benefit gang.

That's all for this entry.  I'll be discussing Pricing your work in the next discussion, and then we'll be discussing what genre your work might fit in.  That can be tough to figure out at times especially if you're like me and wind up crossing several genres at once.

Until next time, take care and keep writing...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

****THE $0.99 CENT SALE ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT****

All good things must come to an end and my week-long $0.99 cent deal is no exception...

How time flies!  But never fear, everyone still has a chance to take advantage of this sale.  Both "THE BRIDGE" and "THE SHIP", the first and second books in my paranormal/mystery series, are available in all e-book formats and countries for just $0.99 cents a piece until midnight.  

*So please spread the word to others and claim your own copies before the clock strikes midnight here in California*.

Here are the links:

Amazon: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker

AmazonUK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Smashwords (for Nook, Sony, Apple, or PDF file for you computer):https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker



"THE BRIDGE" Book 1 in the Para-Earth Series:

Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen years. But with the scream of tires and twisting metal all this changes.

His girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, is nearly run down by two teenagers leaving her depressed and troubled. After calming her down they get a call from the Coroner's office and learn that both the driver and passenger of the wrecked car had already been dead for almost twelve hours before the accident. Furthermore, they hadn't been killed in any vehicle accident, the pair had been drowned.

Upon hearing this Alex feels his powers stirring again and goes with Veronica to see the coroner to learn more. But, as soon as they reach the doors of the Morgue he is psychically assaulted by an unknown force.

Taking the attack as a warning, he tries to resist getting involved further. But, his talents soon lead him directly to the place where the teenagers died. It is the stream underneath an old stone bridge that is supposedly haunted by the White Lady.

But the real problem for Alex is the fact that both the bridge and stream are on the Graham Estate. The very property he is now representing as a real estate agent.

Soon the body count begins to rise, and each new death is somehow attached to the stream. And as the only person with full access to the estate, suspicion starts to fall on Alex. Especially when it's discovered he does not have a solid alibi for any of the incidents.

Now, in order to clear his name and learn what force is behind all the killings, Alex must decide whether or not to embrace the very abilities he shunned.



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

What starts as a simple surfing lesson, turns into a struggle for survival for billionaire heiress Cassandra Elliott and her new love interest the Seneca shamaness Julie Cloudfoot.

Cassandra is knocked off her board by an unseen assailant that leaves a terrifying gash in her wetsuit, along with a small red mark on her leg. Soon, terrifying visions of a ghost ship begin haunting the heiress' dreams. She begins to feel strangely drawn to the sea whenever a strange fog bank appears in the distance.

Is something hiding within the miasma, and what connection does it have to the legendary "Lost Colony of Roanoke", and the tribe of Tuscarora Indians, that Julie is distantly related to...

Friday, August 8, 2014

****THE CLOCK IS WINDING DOWN... THIS WEEKEND IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET MY BOOKS AT JUST $.99 EACH****

That's right, my big sale is coming to an end this Sunday at midnight. So if you haven't arleady gotten an e-book copy of "THE BRIDGE" or "THE SHIP" you have until then to get one or both for just $.99 cents a piece.


If you already have bought them, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and ask that you please SPREAD THE WORD so others can take advantage before it's too late.

Both books can be found at Amazon, AmazonUK, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and others.

Here are the links:



Smashwords (for Nook, Sony, Apple, or PDF file for you computer):https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383




"THE BRIDGE" Book 1 in the Para-Earth Series:

Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen years. But with the scream of tires and twisting metal all this changes.

His girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, is nearly run down by two teenagers leaving her depressed and troubled. After calming her down they get a call from the Coroner's office and learn that both the driver and passenger of the wrecked car had already been dead for almost twelve hours before the accident. Furthermore, they hadn't been killed in any vehicle accident, the pair had been drowned.

Upon hearing this Alex feels his powers stirring again and goes with Veronica to see the coroner to learn more. But, as soon as they reach the doors of the Morgue he is psychically assaulted by an unknown force.

Taking the attack as a warning, he tries to resist getting involved further. But, his talents soon lead him directly to the place where the teenagers died. It is the stream underneath an old stone bridge that is supposedly haunted by the White Lady.

But the real problem for Alex is the fact that both the bridge and stream are on the Graham Estate. The very property he is now representing as a real estate agent.

Soon the body count begins to rise, and each new death is somehow attached to the stream. And as the only person with full access to the estate, suspicion starts to fall on Alex. Especially when it's discovered he does not have a solid alibi for any of the incidents.

Now, in order to clear his name and learn what force is behind all the killings, Alex must decide whether or not to embrace the very abilities he shunned.



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

What starts as a simple surfing lesson, turns into a struggle for survival for billionaire heiress Cassandra Elliott and her new love interest the Seneca shamaness Julie Cloudfoot.

Cassandra is knocked off her board by an unseen assailant that leaves a terrifying gash in her wetsuit, along with a small red mark on her leg. Soon, terrifying visions of a ghost ship begin haunting the heiress' dreams. She begins to feel strangely drawn to the sea whenever a strange fog bank appears in the distance.

Is something hiding within the miasma, and what connection does it have to the legendary "Lost Colony of Roanoke", and the tribe of Tuscarora Indians, that Julie is distantly related to...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

*YOU ONLY HAVE UNTIL THIS WEEKEND TO GRAB EACH OF MY BOOKS FOR JUST $0.99 CENTS EACH*


FROM NOW UNTIL MIDNIGHT AUGUST 10th...


Both books in my Para-Earth Series are just $0.99 cents a piece. "THE BRIDGE" and "THE SHIP" have earned multiple 4 and 5 star reviews on both Amazon and Smashwords, and you can sample both books at either site for free.


*PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW SO THEY TOO CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER!*


BOOK 1 "THE BRIDGE"
Something waits...


The Bridge (Para-Earth Series) by Allan Krummenacker



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...



BOOK 2 "THE SHIP"
Every ship needs a navigator...


The Ship  Every ship needs a navigator... (Para-Earth Book 2) by Allan Krummenacker



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...


BOTH ARE AVAILABLE IN ALL E-BOOK FORMATS:






NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS: 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

Saturday, August 2, 2014

ATTENTION: U. K. READERS: MY BIG $0.99 CENT SPECIAL HAS BEEN EXTENDED OVERSEAS...

****FOR MY U. K. READERS THE BIG $0.99 CENT WEEK SALE HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED ON AMAZON.UK AS WELL****

Now through August 10th both books in my PAR-EARTH SERIES will be available for just $0.99 cents (which comes to 0.77 in the English Pound) each on Amazon. That's right the KINDLE version of "THE BRIDGE" and "THE SHIP" all week long.

So please take advantage of this limited time offer because it will NOT be repeated again.

Within the pages of these two novels you will find mystery, ghosts, psychics, the paranormal and a whole in vision of parallel realities unlike anything you've ever seen or read before.

PLUS: You can both books (which have multiple 4 and 5 star reviews) at Amazon for "FREE".

Just follow this link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1406991682&sr=8-1

BOOK 1 "THE BRIDGE"

Something waits... 


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...


BOOK 2 "THE SHIP"
Every ship needs a navigator...


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...

Friday, August 1, 2014

THIS WEEK ONLY .99 CENT SPECIAL ON BOTH MY BOOKS...


FROM NOW UNTIL MIDNIGHT AUGUST 10th...

Both books in my Para-Earth Series are just .99 cents a piece.   "THE BRIDGE" and "THE SHIP" have earned multiple 4 and 5 star reviews on both Amazon and Smashwords, and you can sample both books at either site for free.


*PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW SO THEY TOO CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER!*

BOOK 1 "THE BRIDGE"
Something waits...



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...


BOOK 2 "THE SHIP"
Every ship needs a navigator...



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...

AVAILABLE IN ALL E-BOOK FORMATS:



NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS: 


THANK YOU AND HAPPY READING.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Thoughts On Kindle Unlimited...

Recently there's been a lot of discussion of Amazon Kindle's latest program... "Kindle Unlimited".

Now for those of you have heard but don't know a lot about it, here's a quick recap in a nutshell.

*Remember: this is only a brief overview and not an in-depth piece.  I understand there are still some details to be ironed out*

With Kindle Unlimited, you pay $9.99 a month to have unlimited access to Kindle books through Amazon.  You don't have to 'buy' the books, you simply have access to them.  Sort of like a private library that you pay a monthly fee to have access to.  Now considering there are literally thousands of books on Kindle this is a pretty good deal for consumers.  You can sample and read any the books and decide if you actually want to purchase a copy for yourself in e-book or maybe go for an actual print copy, without wondering whether or not the book is to your taste.

So on the surface, this sounds pretty good right?  So how does this effect the authors?  What do they get out of having their books being 'borrowed' instead of bought?

Well, Amazon has a plan in place for there.  Should anyone 'borrow' your book and read at least 10% of it, whether or not the person finishes the book, the author will earn a paid share.  So they are getting something for their trouble even if the entire book is not read or purchased.  Nice right?  They will get something just for having their book looked at (provided at least 10% of the book is sampled).

So this sounds like a nice win-win situation for all.  Unfortunately, there is a catch (yeah, you all saw that coming didn't you?).

In order for an author's book(s) to be part of the Kindle Unlimited program, the e-book version of their book CANNOT be for sale anywhere else.  Meaning, no Nook, Apple, Sony, or other e-reader formats through Smashwords, Scribd, Oyster, etc.  Amazon and Kindle will have the SOLE selling rights to the e-book form of your work.  Print editions are of course unaffected by this.

So basically, an author has to choose to either pull their existing works from Smashwords and  the other e-book formats, and have only the Kindle version of their e-book available.  Or, in the case of a brand new book, it will only be allowed to exist in print or Kindle form.

Speaking only for myself...


I am not going to do Kindle Unlimited or Kindle Select.  Some time back, I pulled my first novel from Smashwords and did the Kindle Select which also requires exclusivity and only had the Kindle e-book form available for three months.  I did it because this was the only way I could do 'Free-Days' through Amazon, which was important to me since it was my first novel.  Those Free-Days got my name and work into the hands of over 1000 prospective readers.  But I had to cut my Nook, Apple and Sony fans off for three months, which I hated doing.

When I released my 2nd novel "THE SHIP" I made it clear from the start that there would be no Free-Days, only "99 Cent Days" occasionally and that was it.  And I'm sticking to my guns.  99 cents is the lowest I can go on Kindle without being part of either one of the their programs.  "THE SHIP" is doing nicely, and I've also found that a number of people have told me flat out that they prefer paying the full price when they have the money, because they love what I've created and want to see the money go to me and not some corporation.

With loyalty like that, I can't bring myself to cut anyone off.  So, I'm sticking with Smashwords and Amazon (no strings attached) for all my e-book formats.  What others choose to do, is up to them.  I simply wanted to take this moment to assure all my readers that I will always put my books out there in all the e-book formats so I can make sure it's available to you.

Here's the address to my author website which has links to all the e-book formats for both my books.  Just click on it, and it will take you to the site and you can choose whatever format you prefer.  You will always have a choice with me, it's my way of returning the faith and loyalty all of you have shown my by taking a chance on my books.

http://allankrummenacker.wix.com/allan-krummenacker


Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm Looking For A Few Honest Reviews....

I'm looking for honest reviews for my new paranormal/mystery novel "THE SHIP". 


So far I've had 4 reviews on Amazon (all of them 5 star ratings), but I've only had one on Smashwords and over at Goodreads.com.  I really would like to see more, since most prospective readers like to see what others are saying about a new book.

So, in order to get them I'm offering 5 free E-Book copies through Smashwords. You'll be able to get your copy via a coupon I code I will be supplying any volunteers with. 

 For those who are not completely familiar with Smashwords, they have the following e-book formats avialable: (Nook, Kindle, Apple, Sony, and PDF). You'll have 1 month to read the book and provide a review on Smashwords and if you happen to have a Goodreads account, I would love to see it posted there as well. 

BACK COVER SYNOPSIS OF THE NOVEL:

Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet.  She is also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.

In fact, just two weeks ago she and her new girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot, survived a horrific battle with a creature from a parallel reality, where evolution took a decidedly different turn.

As a result of that encounter the two of them have come to Santa Cruz California to bury Julie's uncle who fell to the creature, and to see if their new relationship will work out.  But an old adversary is stalking them.  A white haired man with plans for Cassandra.  However, before he can make a move, a new threat appears.  A legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks Cassandra as it's next target.

Soon Cassie and Julie find themselves fighting not only for their loves, but to keep from being separated forever...
 
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Take care and keep writing.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Review For My 2nd Novel "THE SHIP"...

"THE SHIP" has just had another review written and it blew me away...  

Book Review: The Ship by Joe Hinajosa
Finally, Cassandra slumped against the wooden rail and murmured, “It’s coming… we have maybe two hours to prepare…”
The Ship © 2014 Allan Krummenacker
The Ship © 2014 Allan Krummenacker
Happy Monday! Hope you had an exciting 4th of July weekend. Now it’s time to get back into the swing of things. To help you out, I’m back with an all-new book to share with you. The Ship is the second book of the Para-Earth Series by Allan Krummenacker.
In the second book, we follow Cassandra “Cassie” Elliott, heiress to the Elliott family shipping fortune, and a family with a dark secret. Cassie is beginning to embrace her gift as a psychic, a gift that unbeknownst to her is putting her in danger.
Cassie is also learning to accepther sexual identity and is beginning a relationship with Julie Cloudfoot, a gifted woman of Seneca descent, who harbors her own personal demons as well. Little do the pair know that more than attraction binds to two together.
As the book opens, we find Cassie is hosting a memorial for Julie’s uncle Jason, a Seneca shaman, at her beach house in Santa Cruz, California. It’s a the beach where odd things begin to happen, and where her psychic abilities beacon a danger that has haunted the seas for centuries, and which puts her and her new lover in danger.
A ghost ship - an entity that hunts and absorbs into ships into it’s being, and captures her crew, absorbing them into it’s grotesque form, prolonging their lives in unimaginable suffering - is drawn to Cassie by her abilities. She has become it’s next target forassimilation.
Thus begins a race to find its weaknesses, to subdue this malevolent creature before it can take Cassie into itself. The heiress finds help in Julie, who is coming into her own as a shamaness, Julie’s parents and family, and an unknown alliance from the mysterious Z, a man who has his own nefarious plans for Cassie and her abilities. Can this other-worldly ship be destroyed? Can the group save Cassie and themselves from a fate worse than death?
First, I want to say that though this is the second book in the series, it is very much a stand-alone book. It’s not necessary to read the first, but if I were to be asked for my opinion, I would suggest read The Bridge first. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Now for the book itself, I found myself engrossed by the telling. I could not guess as to what was coming next, which was a nice surprise. It was an original tale from a highly imaginative mind. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
It would have been to easy to exploit the main character’s newfound sexual identity. Instead, Allan balances Cassie’s journey into her first lesbian experiences with the needs of the story. There’s nothing gratuitous or pornographic. We see glimpses of a tenderness and passion, enough to satisfy the readers while keeping the private act private.
The focus instead is placed in the characters as individuals, Cassie as a psychic, and Julie as a shamaness. It’s is their gifts as well as the affection for one another, that is their greatest asset. It is their reliance on their support group, a network of friends and family that is at the core of this story.
It is the uniqueness of the cast, their mutual respect and admiration that I found most appealing. There is love, both romantic and familial, that drives the story through is climax and to its conclusion.
My verdict? This is a great book, one that I have no qualms recommending to all readers. Please give The Ship a try. You won’t be disappointed. You can find the book on Amazon or on Smashwords.
So there you have it.  Here's a link to Joe's blog, he's done a number of other book reviews and I really find them very insightful and interesting:


And if anyone is interested in taking a peak inside "THE SHIP" you can check it out or buy it at:

SMASHWORDS (for Nook, Apple, Sony, PDF, and Kindle)

For Kindle Readers, you can take a peak inside for free and even purchase it at Amazon:




Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Latest Review... REBECCA


NEW BOOK REVIEW...

Today I present you all with Daphne Du Maurier's classic "REBECCA".  A 5-STAR read in my opinion.  This is one of the best modern-day gothic novels that I've ever read and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good gothic mystery.  Read on my friends...



"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again..."

These few simple words open Daphne du Maurier's legendary novel "Rebecca". A hauntingly beautiful tale of love, revenge, and desperation. 

For me, it is a ghost story where the ghost never appears. Instead the lead heroine is haunted by the shadow of her new husband's first wife, Rebecca. Everyone loved Rebecca, especially the housekeeper who runs Manderley with a seemingly iron fist. 

Our heroine finds herself wandering the halls where Rebecca walked with grace and dignity. Her unseen predecessor's mark is everywhere, including on Max her husband. Everyone speaks of Max and Rebecca's love and devotion to each other. And it is this undying love that makes it impossible for Max to bear to see or hear anything about his dearly beloved dead wife. Or is it?

Mysteries abound within the walls of Manderley. Especially on one fateful night when a ship is wrecked in the cove near the great manor. As the rescuers search for survivors of the damaged vessel, they make a terrifying discovery. The boat that Rebecca had sailed on is found at the bottom of the cove with a body still inside it. 

However, Max had positively identified Rebecca's body some months earlier when it had washed ashore some miles up the coast. So who's body has been found and why is Max suddenly acting like a cloud of doom over his head.

What hold does the dead Rebecca have over him? And can it be dispelled once and for all?

The twists and turns in Daphne du Maurier's classic tale, set in the 1930's, is beyond reproach. A modern day tale with all the trimmings of a true gothic tale, this book is one that the reader will find hard to put down. 

A true classic and worth reading again and again.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Review: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF VAMPIRE STORIES....

Book review time again.  Today I wanted to share with you my review on what I consider one of THE best  collections of vampire stories ever compiled.  It covers some of the earliest vampire tales known and finishes with more modern ones from the 1980's.  With the many takes on vampires we see these days from Anne Rice to Stephanie Meyer, I thought it might be interesting for you all to check out some other takes on the vampire genre done by other authors over the decades.  So without further ado, allow me to introduce you all to...





THE PENGUIN BOOK OF VAMPIRE STORIES is one of the best anthologies I've ever found. Part of the reason is that it covers authors who've touched on this subject as far back as 1816 and goes up to 1984. There are a number of familiar names in this book like Clark Ashton Smith, Sheridan Le Fanu, Tanith Lee, and August Derleth to name just a few. But what fascinates me the most is seeing how the vampire legend is explored. We meet the legendary "Varney The Vampire", the seductive and dangerous "Carmilla", as well as Stoker's missing chapter from Dracula which was released as a short story several years after the novel itself was published. I understand in some later printings, it was put back into the novel where it belonged. Alas my copy of Dracula is one of the ones without it, so finding this missing chapter in this collection was a treat for me.

The first 2 installments in this collection: "Fragment of a Novel" (1816) and "The Vampyre" (1819) were of particular interest to me since their creation were the direct result of a bet made between the poet Percy Shelley, his wife Mary, Lord Byron and John Polidori. The four were spending a summer together and during a particularly boring rainy night they all agreed to a little contest. Each was to create a full length horror story within a certain amount of time. These 2 stories were the entries by Byron and Polidori respectively. Neither is fully finished. In fact Mary Shelley was the only one to complete her story the legendary "Frankenstein". 

Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" is another brilliant piece in this collection. Published in 1872, it predates Stoker's more famous "Dracula" by a few decades. Considered a 'lesbian' vampire story since both the victims and the antagonist are women. But it's here where we really find one of the first demonstrations of the sensuous behavior that has been built upon by so many modern writers of vampire fiction. Yet, it is not love or real affection. I'll quote a passage from the story so you can see what I mean.

"...the vampire is prone to be fascinated with an engrossing vehemence, resembling passion
of love, by particular persons. In pursuit of these it will exercise inexhaustible patience and
stratagem, for access to a particular object may be obstructed in a hundred ways. It will
never desist until it has satiated its passion, and drained the very life of its coveted victim.
But it will, in these cases, husband and protract its murderous enjoyment with the refinement
of an epicure, and heighten it by the gradual approaches of an artful courtship. In these cases
it seems to yearn for something like sympathy and consent. In ordinary ones it goes direct to
its object, overpowers with violence, and strangles and exhausts often at a single feast..."

So here we see that alluring nature that is so eroticized these days. But clearly in this passage we see that clearly there is no real affection for the victim at all. It's fascinating to see how one idea is singled out and made romantic, while the consequences are ignored these days. However, I cannot criticize modern writers for this. Every author wants to put a different spin on an old legend and this can be seen throughout this collection.

We have "Luella Miller" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman in 1902. No blood letting here, but the title character definitely has a kind of vampiric nature, willing or otherwise. She is almost a sympathetic character in some ways. 

Later we find C. L. Moore's "Shambleau" in 1933, where the author takes us on a science fiction journey to another planet where we meet a vampire-like being, who also shares some resemblance to the legendary Medusa of ancient Greece.

There's also the legendary Fritz Lieber's offering "The Girl With The Hungry Eyes" from 1949. Or August Derleth's 1939 "Drifting Snow" where we meet a pair of Snow Vampires. 

For almost a century authors have been putting their own spin on this famous myth and many will continue for years to come, myself included. 

I give this collection a full 5 STAR rating and highly recommend it to any fan of the genre.