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Getting in the mood…

Well, that has a few connotations, doesn’t it? I’m getting in the mood to write!!

Sometimes it takes a bit of inner pressure to sit down and commit yourself to write 85,000 words over a two week period, but much like all things that take consorted effort, a new book brings crazy amounts of joy and a huge sense of accomplishment once done.

So what’s on my plate the next two weeks in terms of my writing?

1. Decent, Soul Keeper III. The final book in my debut trilogy will be my main focus. I’m going to sit down and bang it out over the next few weeks. It’s been moved to a late February 2015 release namely because I’m working with my book manager at BookTrope to figure out timing now that the trilogy has been picked up by them. I’m super stoked at where this book will take us and the adventures we’ll get to go on together with Sam, Nick & Marcus.

2. I’m wrapping up round 1 of edits tonight on Howl at the Moon, my first Middle Grade novel in my Liarus Detective Series. The first one was SUCH a blast to write that I have another scheduled to come out later this year called “Good to the Last Drop.”

3. Working on edits (on chp 6 of 32) for a series I’m writing under Kate Thomas (my New Adult/Romance) penname. It’s co-authored with a good friend of mine, so we’re working back and forth on edits and hope to get it to my editor for a real review later this month. It will be a trilogy with a fun college setting. Deep rich characters are quickly emerging.

4. Lastly, I’ll be going through my first edit on “The Core: Equilibrium I,” a series about Ellie and her adventures in better understanding the supernatural world she’s being dragged into. It started as a romance and then moved into a supernatural series quickly as I wrote her story.

Follow me on Twitter and FB under my Kate Thomas accounts to keep up on those projects!

@Autr_KateThomas

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKateThomas

Hope your new years has started off wonderfully! Mine’s going to be crazy and yet fantastical!

L.

Howl at the Moon (MG)

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I’m working hard on my debut Middle Grade Novel, Howl at the Moon. I’m so crazy stoked about it because the story was just incredibly fun to write. My editor just returned the first draft with very few edits and I have commissioned an artist to draw the cover, so I’m well on my way to getting it out the door and sharing it with my family, friends and fans.

I’ll be posting updates here of course, but the release could be as early as Christmas or as late as end of January. Either way – ALMOST THERE!!!!!

Short Excerpt:

Darkness pressed in tightly as the wind of early winter swept up and tossed my hair around my head. My eyes were wide with terror as silky white mist moved in front of me. My  breath was trapped in my lungs, screaming for release. The cemetery yawned with delight as the air shifted just so, and the figure of a young woman materialized, her empty eyes moving among those gathered to conjure her from far below the earth. A snort echoed in the air around me as the witch doctor beckoned me to engage the spirit.

            “Speak, boy. She’s now part of your future,” his gravelly voice barked out in my direction.

The burning on my forearm began again and I gasped, looking down, still holding the candle I’d been given in the other hand. The spirit moved closer to hover above me, her lovely pale lip lifted in a devious smirk.

            “Yes, Ben, tell me of the—”

“Benjamin Warren!” Mrs. Lawson shouted. “Are you even awake?”

I snapped my head up as I quickly wiped the drool from my face, my sleeve seemingly already wet. “Uh, yeah. Just closed my eyes so I could think better.”

L.

One Lovely Blog Hop!

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This blog hop is designed to show our readers a more personal side. We list seven interesting facts to help cast light onto that tough writer’s persona we all like to project. But I am human and like everyone else I have dreams, hobbies, problems and goals. I see this as a way to share some of them with you, my readers.

The rules are that I share 7 Lovely Facts about myself, and links to a few blogs that I enjoy reading. If I’ve nominated your blog, please don’t feel any obligation to join in, but if you do please link back to the blog of the person who nominated you (that would be me), share 7 facts about yourself and nominate 15 blogs (or as many as you can).

There are so many blogs that I love to haunt from time to time and though I’m a twitter addict, its nice to get an expanded view of others and what’s really going on in their writing and personal life when able. I have to thank Chess Desalls, a fellow indiebooksbeseen author friend for pointing toward my blog in her post! She’s uber supportive of the indie book movement and if you haven’t checked out her book, Travel Glasses then you’re missing out!

Here are 7 Lovely Facts about me:

1) My folks love to tell people that I took dance lessons for 9 years, quitting before the 10th year, which was free if you’d participated for the previous 9 years. I took 9 years of tap, ballet and jazz, giving up only to play in the high school band! I still love to dance every chance I get, but instead of tapping to Fred Astaire or showing the kids the latest moves in the club, I’ve moved to the next phase of life – embarrassing my kids with my genius moves. Sprinkler anyone? I don’t know the guy in this demo video below, but I sure wish I did.

2) I am married to my best friend, my soul mate and the cutest boy in the room on all occasions. I met Jacob when I was 6 at church and we grew up together to some degree. I’m a couple of years older than him and he likes to remind me of that. He’s my second and FINAL husband, but outside of that he is my rock and my supporter. No matter how many crazy ideas I have or how many times I change jobs or shirts for a date, he’s always right there with a compliment and full support. I’m beyond blessed because he loves me.

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3) I have my BA in Accounting, my CPA certification in Texas and my Masters in Theology. I’m a bit of an overachiever and where my mind works very much like a mathematician and type A freakazoid, there is still a lot happening on the artistic side of my skull. I got the BA in accounting because I love math and structure and my first Acct class was a total breeze. I think with accounting you either get it or ya don’t. The MA in Theology was to better support the bible studies I teach at church and work.

4) I play a little on the piano, namely so that I could have music behind my voice when I write songs. Most of them are worship songs, but some aren’t. I have a link below to one of my favorites. Hope you like it. That is me playing my discordant piano and singing the melody and harmony. Fun stuff!

5) I have 3 kids – the best 3 kids in the universe. My oldest girl (soon to be 16) is our planner, the brain, the overachiever and uber tattler. My middle girl (soon to be 15) is out JV basketball star. She’s the point guard for her school and plays select when its not basketball season. My little guy (9) plays basketball too and loves his Xbox more than he loves all the rest of us put together. Pic below they sent me recently with a text msg that said, “We’re going banana’s without you mom!” 🙂

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6) I sit on the Governing Board of Directors as the Administrative Assistant for Rave Review Book Club. (#RRBC) I love this club and can’t believe I just recently found out about them. I’m an extreme optimist and an encourager of people. This club has the same mentality that I live by. If you’re an author, then let me put my plug in right here… Go join this review club and come see what Indie support looks like. Tell them I sent you. The lovely fact about me here is that I LOVE THESE PEEPS!

7) I often use this face when I’m face with that odd “ice-breaker” question, “Tell us your name and an interesting fact about you.” This one takes the cake every time and just because I love you guys… I have a youtube video below of the best fact about me. I can vibrate my eyeballs. 🙂 Check it out and don’t mind the goofy laugh. I entertain myself, what can I say? 😛

That’s a little about me.

Some of my favorite bloggers are listed below. Check them and their fantastical books out!

K.K. Allen is a young adult writer and author of the Summer Solstice Series. The first book in the series, Enchanted is available on Amazon and let me tell you – it’s AWESOME. I read it in a two day period and I didn’t have time to read it, but I made time. Fantastic story teller. She’s a great friend, positive supporter of all things indie and ridiculously cute. That should not make you buy her book, but it doesn’t hurt. Her blog is beautifully put together and gives relevant information about her series and all of the fun giveaways and activities that she stays busy with. She is the Member of the Month for RRBC as well!

Helen Treharne is an urban/supernatural fantasy author with more talent and personality than most of us have ever seen. She is authentic and kind, supportive and just one of my favorite indie author peeps. Her debut novel, Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Story was a great read. I couldn’t put it down and cannot wait for the sequel, which she promises she is working on! She has an alarming affinity for tea and you’ll know that quickly when you check out her blog, “Tea Talks.” It’s recently been redesigned and I LOVE how often she reviews other indie author books and just shares life with her readers. Check her out – she’s good people! Check out all of her works here.

D.E.L. Conner is the young adult author of the Spirit Warriors Series. Having released The Concealing and The Scarring I know her fans anxiously await her third book in the series. Della and I met recently in person at the Texas Teen Book Festival and hit it off immediately. To come back home and realize she was part of RRBC and uber supportive of indie authors herself made me love her even more. Her laugh is beautiful and she lives life to the fullest, teaching nursing students by day and writing stories that bedazzle us by night! Check out her blog and shoot her a note if you have questions about her stories, her experiences or her publisher Booktrope. She’s a total jewel.

Scott A. Mulraney is a young adult fiction writer and was one of my first pals I made within the social media author circles. His blog is always so incredibly informative and just a fantastic place to go to keep up with that’s happening in the news related to publishing, sales advantages and writing in general. The man is a plethora of knowledge and has more first names than I care to mention. Check out his YA fantasy trilogy, Danny Dirks and follow all of the adventures he takes you on. Or check out his YA sci-fi adventure series, Liquid Blue. Orrrrrrrr check out his adult suspense thrillers, Trilogy of Six. He’s amazingly talented and honestly one of the best guys I’ve met in these lovely circles. Check him out – you won’t be disappointed.

D B Nielsen, author of SEED: Keepers of Genesis I is a lover of history and that is obvious and apparent in the beautiful setting and rich history in this book. A huge supporter of Indiebooksbeseen and an elaborate party thrower, you couldn’t find a better author buddy than DB. There is a special page on DB’s website where fans have sent in selfies holding the book and I’m just taken by how inventive that was and how much it shows that DB cares about the readers and the hard-core fans. Check this author out. You will be quickly swept away to another place and longing for the moment to never end!

Go out and buy some Indie books and help support those with a great story to tell! Thanks for reading through this. I hope you enjoyed it and got a little from it! I LOVED doing it. ❤

My Virtual Book Tour (Day 6)

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Today is day 6 of my virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Productions and my stop today is House Millar. Check out the link below and come support me as I work to get information about my YA Supernatural series out to the public.

http://apmassie.com/blog/

Deceived is only $1.99 today on Amazon and Destroyed is open for pre-release. Go grab your copies today!! 🙂

I’ll post up each day where I’ll be and I hope that you’ll stop by and drop us a complement.

L.

My Virtual Book Tour (Day 5)

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Today is day 5 of my virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Productions and my stop today is Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews. Check out the link below and come support me as I work to get information about my YA Supernatural series out to the public.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/2014/11/interview-with-ya-paranormal-author-la.html

Deceived is only $1.99 today on Amazon and Destroyed is open for pre-release. Go grab your copies today!! 🙂

I’ll post up each day where I’ll be and I hope that you’ll stop by and drop us a complement.

L.

Pre-Sale for Destroyed, SKII

It’s done! The pre-release sale is up and available for Destroyed, Soul Keeper II if you’re interested. I have the links below and am UBER excited about where our characters have taken the story.

Book II is built upon the relationships that I established in book I, but with these fresh new pages the plot moves quickly and captivates your heart and mind as you get swept up in the emotions and drama of all that faces these, dare I say, FOUR teenagers. We’re adding a new girl to the mix to see how she fares and I might say she wins the hearts of a few familiar faces and holds her own. I’m excited to see what you think of her – her beautiful backstory one for Disney to consider picking up in their next tale!

I hope you enjoy the book and know that after a few days off from life in general, I plan to start writing book III next week. I assume it will be the last book in the series, but then again I assumed this whole series would actually just be one book, so who knows what might happen. 🙂

Grab your pre-released copy today and pick up where you left off with my beloved tale when you put book I down, hopefully with a grumble and a bit of good-old-fashioned angst.

Grab your copy today!! http://amzn.to/10Y254w

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BACK OF THE BOOK:

From the second book in the Soul Keeper Series…

 

Now I lay me down to sleep,

Whom shall I trust my soul to keep?

If I should die before I wake,

I leave to fate my soul to take.

 

The seal has been broken and the Soul Keeper Prophecy set in motion. Marcus and Nicolas are battling for the heart of one woman, Pandora’s only daughter; however, not everyone is playing by the rules. With interference from both sides of the lines and too many deities with hidden agendas, the trio must take matters into their own hands and look for another ending, one that removes control from fate.

Can they find the missing page from the prophecy that has the ability to change everything?

Will the new stranger they’ve been given as a guide assist or mislead them?

Will Samantha make a decision on who it is that she truly loves, saving one and destroying the other?

What if her choice is no choice at all?

 

L.

My Virtual Book Tour (Day 3)

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First off – don’t forget that today is the last day that Deceived is FREE

on Amazon for your kindle or ebook reader!!

Today is day 3 of my virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Productions and my stops today are MAD Hoydenish and LibriAmoriMiei. Check out the link below and come support me as I work to get information about my YA Supernatural series out to the public.

http://madhoydenish.blogspot.com/2014/11/ten-things-you-might-not-know-about.html?showComment=1415193032258#c4154839815751408876

http://libriamicimiei.blogspot.it/

Deceived, Soul Keeper Book I is listed on Amazon today (Mon) through Wednesday this week for FREE!

Destroyed, Soul Keeper Book II is going to be released on Amazon in the next two weeks or sooner!

I’ll post up each day where I’ll be and I hope that you’ll stop by and drop us a complement.

L.

My Virtual Book Tour (Day 2)

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First off – don’t forget that Deceived is FREE today on Amazon for your kindle or ebook reader!!

Today is day 2 of my virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Productions and my stop today is Sarit Yahalomi’s Coffee, Books & Art. Check out the link below and come support me as I work to get information about my YA Supernatural series out to the public.

http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/2014/11/deceived-by-la-starkey-blog-tour.html

Deceived, Soul Keeper Book I is listed on Amazon today (Mon) through Wednesday this week for FREE!

Destroyed, Soul Keeper Book II is going to be released on Amazon on November 15, 2014.

I’ll post up each day where I’ll be and I hope that you’ll stop by and drop us a complement.

L.

My Virtual Book Tour (Day 1)

Today starts my viritual book tour with Goddess Fish Productions and my first stop is Kerry Hearts YA. Check out the link below and come support me as I work to get information about my YA Supernatural series out to the public.

http://kerryheartsya.blogspot.com/

Deceived, Soul Keeper Book I is listed on Amazon today (Mon) through Wednesday this week for FREE!

Destroyed, Soul Keeper Book II is going to be released on Amazon on November 15, 2014.

I’ll post up each day where I’ll be and I hope that you’ll stop by and drop us a complement.

Super stoked!

L.