Friday, April 26, 2013

Weekend Special....


To celebrate my first novel "The Bridge" being #44 on Smashwords Horror Bestseller list of books over 100K words, I'm taking 50% off the price.  It's now available there for $1.50 for this weekend.  So take advantage of it while you can.  There's 15 reviews on this page so you can get a good idea of what others have been saying about this strange blend of paranormal mystery and science fiction.

Remember: Smashwords offers this book in the following e-reader formats:  Apple, Sony, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, EPUB, PDF (for regular laptops and desktop computers), and others.

Oh, and if you're one of those people who already bought a copy and loved it, please help spread the word of this special promotion.  Thanks so much and have a great weekend everybody.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272613


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brand New Review On Amazon For My Novel "THE BRIDGE"...

All right! Another 5 star review for "The Bridge" on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars 
BUY THIS BOOK!, April 22, 2013
By Joe Hinojosa (Greenville, TX) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bridge: Something waits (Para-Earth Series) (Volume 1) (Paperback)
I admit that The Bridge was a bit of a surprise. I usually don't go for fantasy or anything paranormal, but I will confess that I became intrigued when I read about it on the author's blog. Took me longer than I would have liked, but I finally bought it.

The beginning for me was a little slow, but it quickly progressed and hooked me. What I found to be most enjoyable were the main characters themselves. They were not all one-dimensional. The author tried to make them complex, but didn't complicate the story. He showed us what we needed to know as it related to the story.

As far as the plot, it moved rather briskly as the story unfolded. The premise is great and it leaves you wondering what's happening. I could never get a handle about what was coming next and it made it difficult to put the book down.

The climax and resolution were unexpected, put satisfyingly so. The story was quite moving, including the struggles each character faced in the arch on their own particular journey and it was a joy to have been along for the ride.

All in all, I think this is a great book and I would recommend it to everyone to read. Buy this book!http://www.amazon.com/The-Bridge-Para-Earth-Series-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Friday, April 19, 2013

Let's Talk Press Release Kits...


For those of you (like me) who had never seen a press release kit, here's the one I managed to put together.  I got some great advice from  a friend, Gwen Bodhan, who used to work for a newspaper.  She also edited the original Press Release I came up with.  I have no problem admitting her version was better.  So here's what's in mine.  I've included photos and am only leaving out only the actual book itself.  I send e-copies with my electronic Press Release Kit.  I send physical copies along with glossy photos when requested to.  I hope this helps some other writers out there who are getting their first book ready to be unleashed.

Oh, one more thing.  Research who would be interested in a press release about a novel and then query them before sending the packet.  They get tons of e-mails and there's a chance they may not even be interested in your genre.  Don't waste their time or your own.  A polite e-mail asking about sending a press release kit will go a lot farther.  Many reporters will delete e-mails with attachments that they have not been warned was coming.   A friendly e-mail handshake can really help you get further with them and start building a relationship.  

MY PRESS RELEASE PACKET:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 18, 2013

Contact: allan.krummenacker@gmail.com

Photos available upon request.

AUTHOR DEBUTS WITH PARANORMAL, ALTERNATE REALITY NOVEL

Parallel realities have been a staple of fiction for many years. In every case, the same rule applies: Some event in history is changed, thus creating an entirely new reality. A few examples of such tales are speculative works about President Kennedy surviving the assassination, Germany winning World War II, or Jimmy Stewart's character in "It's A Wonderful Life" getting to see what would have happened had he not been born. So how can a writer put a new spin on the old parallel reality concept? If you're a brand new author named Allan Krummenacker, you go a bit further back in time - or rather, way back in time.

In his debut novel "The Bridge," Krummenacker introduces readers to a whole new take on the parallel Earth idea by way of a unique paranormal mystery. A reluctant psychic finds himself summoned by the ghost of a teenage girl who vanished from an estate sixteen years ago. As the psychic and his girlfriend - a police officer - start investigating, they discover the specter was just the latest victim in a series of disappearances dating back 300 years. Before they're finished, they learn that a threat lies hidden inside the old stone bridge located on the property. A terrifying otherworldly being is about to escape from the stony prison created by the early Paleo Indians.

"The Bridge was a fantastic story that completely sucked me in. The characters were great, with witty banter that had me cracking up. You will not be able to put this down!" Cristina Reiser, Goodreads.com

'Exhilarating! The story kept me tense the whole way through," Michael Drakich, author of “The Brotherhood of Piaxia."

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Allan Krummenacker lives in Marina, California with his wife Helen. He is currently 
working on the sequel to "The Bridge," scheduled for release this summer. For complete details, visitallankrummenacker.wix.com/allan-krummenacker.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Today's Special Guest Is Author/Blogger Brandy Nacole...

      I have another treat for you all today.  Allow me to introduce author and blogger, Brandy Nacole: 

Why book covers are so important.

          There’s this saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover,’ but let’s face it, it happens.  When searching for a book the first thing someone is going to notice is the cover.  The cover can then draw that person into reading the synopsis.  If the synopsis and the cover draw the reader in, they could possibly buy it or put it on their to-be-read list. 

         
         My own personal experience with a cover design came with Uniquely Unwelcome.  The first edition cover was a hand drawing of a girl looking up at an eagle.  While it was a nice drawing, it just wasn’t up to par with other Fantasy covers.  It became very apparent to me, especially after a few readers recommended that I change the cover, that a change was indeed needed. 
         Why did I decide to use a hand drawing?  Well it was kind of a dream of mine.  My husband is a great artist.  He’s also my support system.  Whenever I’m frustrated, stuck on an idea, or just at a complete loss, he’s there.  I wanted to pay some tribute to his support and so I thought I would have him do my first cover.  From there, I would go with the “traditional covers” but for my first publication I wanted to incorporate him in some way. 

           My lesson from that, sometimes we have to let go of the smaller dreams/goals to reach the bigger ones.  I felt guilty I guess you could say when I told him I thought it was best if we changed the cover.  Being a great supporter like he is, he agreed.  He was honored that I had tried and that I had even used his art to begin with.  So together we picked out the cover for Uniquely Unwelcome and then again with Blood Burdens. 
          So yes, books are judged by their covers.  I’m not saying that every person does this, but most probably do.  I’m happy with the new cover for Uniquely Unwelcome and have a paperback edition of both the first edition with my husband’s cover design and the newer edition so I at least have a small token of my little dream. 
Author Bio



Brandy Nacole resides in Arkansas where her imagination runs wild.  Her obsession is reading but her passion is writing.  She put her dream of becoming a writer on the back burner and went to college to become a psychologist.  Three years after endless classes in a field she only felt half satisfied with, Brandy picked up her pen once again and wrote the outline to Uniquely Unwelcome.  She finished out her degree in psychology but traded her dream of writing for the degree and put psychology on the back burner.  Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending time with her family and friends, throwing around crazy ideas, and laughing through the crazy moments. 

She is the author of The Shadow World Series and The Spiritual Discord Series. 

You find Brandy Nacole on
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorbrandynacole
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/BrandyNacole
Blog: http://brandynacole.blogspot.com


          

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Some Results From My "Hobbit Birthday Party" Last Weekend...


Well, time for a little update.  Here are the results so far from my "Hobbit Birthday Party" last weekend. Total 40 free books were picked up. And so far 4 reviews have come back, which is great in my book. The fact that people went through it so fast and got back to me is terrific. I'm hoping with time, that as people get to read it and finish the book, they'll leave reviews too.

Out of the 4 reviews I've gotten 3 were 5 Stars and the last one was a 3 star, but a very pleasant one mind you. They still encouraged people to check it out so I'm not going to complain.

This first review is from Amazon.com:

5 out of 5 stars:  You'll think twice about going in the water! April 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Exhilerating! The story kept me tense the whole way through. I normally don't read horror as I prefer science fiction and fantasy but after receiving a copy of the novel it is my habit to always read all the way through and I'm glad I did. There is even a touch of sci-fi in the mix which pleased me. The story was creative and, at times, frightening, the good way a horror book should be. A number of sub-plots rounded out the novel but it is the main plot that is so riveting. I don't want to post any spoilers except to say the concept of the evil hidden in the river is a nice change from coming from underground. For fans of the horror genre, this is a must read.

These reviews are from Smashwords:

Review by: Cath Lawrence on April 06, 2013 : star star star
Good ideas, well paced and well plotted, with interesting and engaging characters.
But it needs a thorough editing; I felt like I was reading an unpublished draft. The common banter style made the characters tend to blur together, and really, could they not sometimes just get on with their bloody jobs instead of making with the constant sexual jokes & innuendos? And the author very badly needed to consult someone actually British for the voice of the supposedly British characters - these are teeth-gratingly bad at times. (What is Oye even supposed to mean? Oy? Oi? Aye? What kind of English are we even talking about? Seems to veer randomly cockney & posh.)
I got the book free in exchange for a review; I hope this isn't so harsh as to be discouraging. There's a lot of good in it; it just needs some balancing and tweaking.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)


Review by:  Tracy Hernandez April 03, 2013 : star star star star star
As someone who got to proof read this, I must say I love it! Found a few surprises in it that were not there before! Can't wait for the next one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)


Review by: Harry Dodgson March 31, 2013 : star star star star star
The Bridge is an excellent book, well written. A genre I don't usually read but, I will look out for Allen's next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Review of John Wyndham's Classic "Day Of The Triffids" 4-stars

I've wanted to read this book for some time. And as I expected it was quite different from the movie from 1962. I was a little surprised to see that most of the story seemed to focus on a post-apocalyptic Earth situation, where the Triffids were just another danger. 

But I was fascinated by the behavior of the people our protagonist meets along the way. The good, the bad and the ugly do not really apply in this case. It was more the well-meaning, the determined, the foolhardy. Truly an insightful look at how people might behave and react to a world were 99% of the people have gone blind. How do you come to grips with the realization that so many people need help and you can only do so much? 

I rather liked the author's use of the 1st person narration in this story as well.  He keeps in mind that the protagonist will only know so much and thus will only be able to share that information with the reader.  For most of the book the source of the comet-light show that blinds everyone is left a mystery.  Not until the last quarter of the book do we get a plausible and shocking scenario that makes one really wonder about an accidental man-made disaster.

The story can be shocking at times, but also insightful and thought provoking. And Wyndham always allows hope to exist, which helps through the darker parts of the story. I can see why it is considered a classic.