Friday, May 30, 2014

New 5-Star Review For "THE SHIP"....


5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent paranormal story! May 16, 2014
"The Ship" is another paranormal novel out of Allan Krummenacker's gifted feather.

This time there are two protagonists. There is Cassandra Elliott for once, the "boring heiress" of an enormous fortune and a very talented psychic. And as well there is Juianna Cloudfoot Cassandras friend – and lover.

This time, Cassandra seems to be the victim of something huge – and terrible that tries to seek and destroy her… When Cassie and Julie and Julie's family start fighting that "thing" they find out, it's far more intense, more secretive – and more "evil" that they would ever have thought…

Within the story you will find some people from Allan Krummenacker's book "The Bridge". But the story stands for itself and there's nothing to fear that the first book "must" have been read, even though I promise, this book makes want you more and you'll go for "The Bridge" as well.

The Ship is a paranormal novel of excellent kind. There are a couple loose ends, but I'm sure they will lead to another excellent book, you can tell.

As a fan of the Paranormal I would definitely say: Read the book – it's excellent!! I would however recommend this book to adults. There are a few descriptions Teenagers below 16 could get nightmares of.

I'm sure, you will agree with me when I say: You will be content after reading the book and further recommend it!

Enjoy!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

"THE SHIP" Earned Another 5-Star Review Over On Amazon...

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced,well plotted read May 26, 2014
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I just read The Ship straight through after reading it in bits and pieces during the months in which Allan was writing and revising it. It was such a pleasure to read as an exciting tale and find myself drawn into it even though I knew in advance how it would all turn out. The author needs to keep writing, because I (and others) want to follow whatever is next in store for the intriguing characters we have met in The Ship and its predecessor The Bridge.


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Monday, May 26, 2014

A Little Snippet From My New Paranormal/Mystery Novel "THE SHIP"...

I added this little piece to the end of "THE SHIP" and called it  BONUS MATERIAL.  The reason I added this to the novel was because among the ghosts and psychic phenomenon, there is also a heavy element of Native American Seneca lore in the book.

I've been fascinated by all kinds of legends and lore from  a number of cultures for many years (Native American, Norse, Greek, Asian, you name it).  From these tales I've gotten a number of ideas over time for future stories.  But in both "THE BRIDGE" and "THE SHIP", I found myself drawing in characters with Native American heritage. I remembered the Iroquois Confederacy which had been made up of 5 tribes namely the Seneca, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, and the Onondaga.  Eventually they were joined by a 6th tribe the Tuscarora.   The Iroquois were located in the New England area, including Connecticut which was the setting for "THE BRIDGE", so I immediately began scouring their legends and tribal tales for material I could use in the books.

As luck would have it the Senecas had several tales I was very attracted to and here is the one that really made an impact on "THE SHIP"...





The Warrior Cared For By Wolves

A chief named Ganogwioeo, went on the warpath with ten braves into Cherokee country.  They found the Cherokee watchers but could do nothing.
Ganogwioeo told his men to stay in hiding while he entered the Cherokee village in secret.  He succeeded in sneaking into the village and even captured the Cherokee chief’s daughter and scalped her.  But while trying to escape, his bow broke and he was captured.
After being brought back to the village, the two head women of the Cherokee decided his fate.  “Tie him up and place him near the fire so the soles of his feet will blister.  Then drain the blisters and place kernels of corn under the skin.  After that chase him with clubs until he dies.”
Ganogwioeo was stripped naked, tied up and his feet tortured as instructed.  But after the corn was placed under his skin and the chase was about to begin, he managed to escape his captives.
However, he was still far from home and all alone.  When night fell he found a hollow log and crawled inside it.  As he lay there, he heard the sound of feet approaching then halt right next to the log.  For a moment he feared that his pursuers had located him.  Then a voice spoke, “This man is our friend.”
A second voice called out his name and said, “You think you are going to die, but we are going to take care of you.  Stick out your feet.”
Ganogwioeo did as he was instructed and then felt someone licking his feet. When they were finished the first speaker said, “We must keep him warm, let us climb into the log and lie on either side of him.”
         Soon Ganagwioeo felt two warm bodies slip inside the log with him. 
        When morning came he found himself alone inside the log and then heard a voice outside say, “Put out your feet.”  Immediately he obeyed and once more his feet were licked.  Once the licking stopped the speaker instructed him to head to a specific location where he would find something hidden under a large piece of bark. 
      Ganagwioeo climbed out of the log and found himself alone.  But remembering the words of his protectors he followed their instructions and indeed came upon a place he knew.  He and his braves had come here several years earlier, while on the warpath and remembered they had left weapons hidden underneath a large piece of bark.  After a quick search he found the piece laying untouched, along with the weapons left behind.
That night, he found another hollow tree and climbed in.  Within minutes he heard footsteps outside.  “Our friend his here.  Put out your feet.”
He immediately obeyed and once more felt his feet being licked.  Afterwards, he was joined inside the hollow tree by two warm bodies.
This pattern was repeated over the next several days, but never once did he see his protectors.  He always followed their instructions and found clothing, food, and coverings for his feet along the path they told him to follow.
Finally, on the last night after laying inside another hollow tree he heard his saviors familiar footsteps.  Only this time they said, “Friend, tomorrow you will reach your home.  And now we will tell you why we healed and protected you. Whenever you went hunting and killed game, you have always given the best part of the animal to us, while taking the smallest for yourself, for which we are grateful.  In the morning you will see us and know who we are.”
When sunrise came Ganagwioeo arose and saw two men, just as he expected.  Soon they took their leave of him and started off.  But Ganagwioeo wanted to see his friends for as long as possible and turned to look at them.  As soon as he did, he saw his friends change into a pair of wolves, one black, the other white. 
Smiling he thanked them once more and then headed home. For the rest of his days he always remembered the special bond he and his friends now shared. 

 I hope this little snippet captures the imaginations and interest of you all.  Remember, "THE SHIP" is available for Nook, Kindle, Apple, Android phones, and Sony e-readers, as well as in PDF form for laptop or desktop computers.
Just click on the link below to read a sample of the book, or purchase a copy for just $2.99.  Paperback copies are also available through Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com.  Just type in my name and go from there.  Thanks again for staying with me and keep writing everyone.




Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Signed Trade Paperback Copies Of "THE SHIP" Are Now Available...





I've heard of ships being torpedoed, but 

"Photo-Bombed"???



Anyway, as you can see trade-paperback "THE SHIP" have arrived.  Originally I wanted to pose with the books but I have a huge bandage on my neck from some surgery, so much for me being camera ready.  However, "THE SHIP" is ready for you.  

So anyone interested in getting a signed/personalized 1st edition copy of the book, here's your chance.

The price is $15.00, plus $3.00 for shipping and handling WITHIN the United States. Outside the U. S. the shipping is going to be more (sorry that's the postal service not me folks). Leave me a message down below or e-mail me at:

allan.krummenacker@gmail.com 

I accept Paypal as well as checks.

*And if you prefer e-books you can go to Amazon (for Kindle) or Barnes and Noble (for Nook) and type in my name. Smashwords is also an option for Apple and Sony e-readers, as well as getting a copy of the book in PDF form for your laptop or desktop computer.

Thanks for all your support and please help spread the word.  I'd love to see this book surpass it's predecessor "THE BRIDGE" which managed to sell 1500 copies in all (this is counting paperback and e-book sales).

Take care and keep writing everyone!



Thursday, May 15, 2014

"THE SHIP" CAME IN EARLY!

*****EARLY RELEASE... "THE SHIP" HAS ARRIVED, ON KINDLE, NOOK, APPLE, SONY AND OTHER E-READERS****

Yes, I know I'd said it would be coming out next week, but an unexpected expense in the form of summer tuition for my wife's teacher credential education forced me hand. The book is here so come and grab your copy now folks for just $2.99

For the KINDLE edition click on this link:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Ship-Every-navigator-Para-Earth-ebook/dp/B00K3A7XG6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1400171116&sr=8-2&keywords=allan+krummenac

For a NOOK, APPLE, SONY, OR PDF (for laptops or desktop computers) click on the Smashwords link here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/433111

SIGNED PRINT COPIES will be available next week so keep watching here for more details.

Happy reading everyone and thanks for your friendships and support.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In 9 Days "THE SHIP" Will Arrive...

"THE SHIP" Will Come In To Dock On May 23rd...

That's right gang.  The second installment of the Para-Earth Series is coming to an e-reader near you very soon.  

"THE SHIP" takes place during the month-long interlude mentioned in the Epilogue of "THE BRIDGE".  If you haven't read that book, no worries.  "THE SHIP" is a novel that stands on its own.  Enough references are made to the previous story to bring you up to date without recapping the entire first book, while at the same time adding to the new story.

Within these pages you'll meet Cassandra Elliott, billionaire heiress to a hotel and shipping empire, and her new love interest Julie Cloudfoot a Seneca shamaness.  The two have come to the shores of Santa Cruz to bring the ashes of Julie's uncle to his children who live out here.  While paying their respects, Cassie and Julie are also trying to learn more about one another.  Their romance is still in its fledgling stage and both are eager to see whether or not they can make it as a couple.

However, unknown to both, danger is closing in from two directions.  One is a mysterious white-haired man who seems to appear and disappear at will.  He has been stalking Cassandra for the past year and has definite plans for her psychic abilities.  But before he can act a new threat arises from the sea.  One with connections to both Cassie and Julie's ancestors.  A ghostly vessel that marks Cassandra for its next target...

"THE SHIP" will be available for Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony and other e-readers.  It will also be available in PDF form for laptop and desktop computers, as well as in print in Trade Paperback form.  So mark the date May 23rd, to get the second installment of the Para-Earth Series.  


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Proofing Your Book, Tedious? Yes, But So Worth It....

Hi again everyone.  Yes I know it's been a few weeks since the last entry but I've been busy.  Started hearing back from my Beta-Readers and began making corrections to the manuscript.  Long process some days, but very necessary.  There were issues that got past me and my main editor, which is why I wanted more pairs of eyes looking the book over.

This was something I did not do enough of on my first book "The Bridge".  Luckily, people were so enamored by the story that it still earned a lot of 5 star ratings.  However, it could have gotten more if I'd taken the time like I have been with "The Ship".  

Anyway, I ran across a new issue as I finished making the adjustments to the manuscript.  These came in the form of 'formatting' issues.  When you submit your MS Word document to Createspace, Kindle, or Smashwords they all have slightly different formats they want you to follow.  Luckily, you can do Kindle through Createspace when you set up the print copies of your book.  Createspace will automatically ask if you'd like them to format your book into Kindle form and send it on to them, saving you an extra download.  Smashwords however has it's own format that they want you to use, so you'll probably wind up with at least 2-3 copies of your manuscript that you need to address.

Once you've got them ready and submitted, all three companies will inspect your files to make sure it meets their individual guidelines.  However, the fun does not stop there.  They are only making sure you have the right format submitted and will tell you when you've got it right.  And you're done, right?  WRONG!

All three will insist you 'preview' how your book will look when they put it up for sale.  My advice to you is this... "LOOK OVER EVERY SINGLE PAGE IN ALL THREE CASES!!!"  Sorry to shout like that, but this is a big issue and can really make or break the reputation you are building for yourself as an author.  Sometimes, issues will appear that you will have no idea are there until it's too late.  

When I released "The Bridge" the formatting went to hell and a hand basket.  I did not take the proper time to see how things looked and wound up losing stars in the reviews.  Don't let this happen to you.  Look over every page of your book to make sure the indentations are lining up just right.  Scan to make sure no paragraphs have suddenly been fused together.  Watch for unusual symbols or keystrokes that appear out of nowhere.  

And if you find any in one version of your book, immediately check the other files you are submitting to the other e-book and print book publishers you are using.  I did that this time and found little errors being repeated because all three files came from the same original manuscript file.  

Yes, this takes time and can be a pain in the ass I'll be the first to admit it.  However, our goal as Indie Authors is to make our books look great.  People are paying money to read what we create and we owe it to our fans to put out the best product we can.  We don't have big publishers and agents behind us to check things over and make corrections.  It's all on us in the end.  And remember, you want to build a good reputation for yourself as an author.  Your book's appearance reflects on you.  

Take the time to make your work the best it can be.  Make it shine like a star so when the readers get their hands on it they don't have any annoying distractions that might take them away from your words.

Until next time, take care and keep writing.