Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story, is a fantastic German novel by Michael Ende. I must admit though, I saw the movie first as a young girl in 1985. I was ten. And it left a mark. So much so, that I recorded it to a VHS tape from the television (digital wasn't around back then) so I could watch it over, and over, and over again. :)

I read the book years later, and I couldn't help picturing the characters and storyline from the movie. I always read the book BEFORE seeing the movie, but being ten at the time - seeing the movie was better. It was right in front of me.
In the movie, we're first introduced to Bastian Bux, a quiet boy who loves to read, is bullied on his way to school. Bastian hides in a bookstore, where he finds a special book called, The Neverending Story, and races back to school. He hides in the school's attic and starts to read.

Then the story follows Atreyu, another boy from the parallel world of Fantastica - a world being destroyed by the Nothing, which represents people's lack of imagination in the real world. Atreyu is a young warrior. He is asked by the Steward of The Empress of Fantastica, to find a way to stop The Nothing. While this is happening, we understand that Bastian from the real world, is reading the story which gradually becomes more and more realistic to him.


As Atreyu sets off on his quest, The Nothing summons Gmork, a vicious wolf-like beast, to kill him. Atreyu heads to the deadly Swamps of Sadness. I hated this part because his horse dies. I cried and cried. But I still wanted to watch the rest. While this is happening in the real world, the school bell rings and the school quickly empties, but Bastian remains in the attic reading.


Atreyu continues on his quest and nearly dies. This is when we meet my favorite character, Falkor, a luckdragon. The dragon saves him. But when Atreyu faces the Magic Mirror Gate, the image reveals a boy that matches Bastian's description. In the real world, Bastian throws the book in disbelief. But after a while, starts to read it again.

As the story continues, we learn that Fantasia is destroyed. Atreyu and Falkor fly to reach the Empress. She tells that a human child must give her a new name. By then, we understand how the "real" boy and book are connected. Bastien becomes a very important part to the story. He eventually understands that "he" is this human child, and must give her a new name.




This is a wonderful story that any one at any age will enjoy. And who can forget the movie theme song! It's magical! And the 80's hair! Come on, you know you love it too! Click it!



  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3khTntOxX-k

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

MARKED, NOW FREE ON AMAZON!

I'm happy to announce that MARKED is now available for FREE on Amazon, in Kindle format. More good news, is that it's # 1 in the Action/Adventure category and # 1 in Fantasy/Sci-fi/Magic category as well. Over 10,000 copies downloaded in only 4 days.


With the first book in the Soul Guardians series for free, the sales of the second book, ELEMENTAL, have increased by 200 percent. I don't know how long this will last. It might be gone in a couple of days. I'm hoping the success will stay until the release of the third book, HORIZON, which I'm hoping to have finished by the end of December - middle of January.

If you're reading this, and are looking for something new to try, why not give MARKED a try. It's free :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

I finally had the opportunity to watch the last of the Harry Potter films yesterday. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and I loved it. The film was directed by David Yates, who directed final four Harry Potter movies, and was another epic fantasy film.
The story continues to follow Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they carry on their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. The wizarding world is in turmoil, and the battle between good and evil escalates into an all out war. The stakes have never been higher, and Harry faces his most dangerous challenge yet. He discovers his link to Lord Voldermort is stronger than he anticipated, and learns that he must sacrifice himself to save the wizarding world.

Obviously, the book is better, but the film did a pretty good job overall. I was please to see the “expensive” visual effects they applied to the film. When comparing the first Harry Potter film to the last, you can see the progress in the visual effects over the years. The lighting, texturing and rendering, they kept the latest Potter film at a consistently high level of photoreal achievement. I especially loved the Gringotts dragon scenes. He was beautifully animated and photoreal. I always wanted a dragon.

I read the last installment of the Harry Potter books a while, and I had forgotten some of the plot. After watching the movie I realized how much I missed this fantastic story.  Consequently, I will be reading all the Harry Potter books again during the holidays. J

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

THE DARK CRYSTAL

Jim Henson's, The Dark Crystal



One of my favorite movies growing up was Jim Henson’s, The Dark Crystal. I remember my mother waking me up late at night, beckoning me to come see this movie she was sure I’d love. She was right. As soon as my eyes fell on the Gelflings—I knew I was hooked. I was obsessed with faeries and dwarfs as a child (still am), and this movie was like a dream come true for me. I wanted to be a Gelfling too.

The extraordinary fantasy world was filled with designs from the master artist, Brian Froud, who then worked again with Henson on my other favorite, Labyrinth.
The Dark Crystal is notably darker than Henson’s other projects. I was terrified by the Skeksis, vulture-like tyrants, who sucked the life force out of the little Podlings to regain their youth.
The story revolves around Jen, the last of the Gelflings (elf-like race). Jen is summoned by his dying master, who reveals that Jen's destiny is to "heal" a Dark Crystal – which is shattered – and caused the UrSkeks race to be split into two: the urRu, hunchback beings also known as Mystics, the Skeksis.

Jen discovers the crystal shard and meets Kira along the way, another Gelfling. On their journey towards the Castle of the Crystal, they learn about the prophecy of the Crystal. They find out that the shard is part of the Dark Crystal and must be reinserted to restore its integrity. The Gelflings arrive at the Castle of the Crystal, where they meet the Garthim (giant beetle-like creatures that serve the Skeksis). After a struggle, Jen is believed killed, and so Kira is captured and taken to the Castle. The Skeksis General decides to regain his youth by draining Kira's life essence. Kira maintains a telepathic connection with Jen, and calls out to the animals imprisoned in the laboratory. They break free from their cages and sends the General to his death.

Kira and Jen make their way to the Crystal chamber. The Skeksis arrive to prepare for the immortality that they will gain from the Conjunction if the Crystal is not restored. In the chaos, the High Priest skekZok kills Kira. Jen eventually inserts the shard in its appropriate place, unifying the Crystal just as the Mystics enter the chamber. The Mystics and Skeksis eventually merge back into the UrSkeks, the mystical amalgam of both races. The leader speaks to Jen of their history – and revives Kira.

This puppet/animatronics film was groundbreaking back in the 80’s – and still is visually stunning. It is a touching tale for all ages. Something to add to this incredible tale, is the book The World of the Dark Crystal. I own it, and the illustrations by Brian Froud are fantastic.
The 3d animated sequel, Power of the Dark Crystal, is currently in pre-production. Storyline: An evil mysterious girl named Thurma made of fire who lives in the blazing center of the planet steals a shard of the crystal in hopes of reigniting the dying sun! There is only one thing powerful enough to heal the star - a shard of the crystal. Sounds awesome!!!!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

DISNEY'S TANGLED


I recently watched the Disney animated film, Tangled, and I loved it. I sat back and truly enjoyed this film. The backgrounds and designs were incredible. An abundance of color, it was almost magical. The story was so much fun and well developed, I kept wondering how many times Disney re-wrote the script to finally come up with the final version. Rapunzel’s design was absolutely fantastic. As an animator I can totally appreciate the time it took to animate all that hair. My god, that hair! I was amazed and curious as to what the rig looked like. How long did it take to come up with a rig that worked, and that appealed to the animators? Her character design was stunning, with those giant blue eyes. Very pretty and very feminine.
The plot is based on the German fairytale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm – but Disney’s version is more of a comedy, with a touch of romance. I have to say that my favorite character was the horse Maximus. He was hilarious and very well animated. This is a great film that I will certainly add to my animated collection. If you enjoy 3d animated films, you should definitely watch Tangled.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MARKED, WINS AN AWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

READERS FAVORITE AWARDS WINNERS ARE IN! Holy crap, MARKED won the Bronze medal in the Fiction/Fantasy category! Not too shabby for my first book. I think i'm going to have a nice BIG glass of wine :)


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ELEMENTAL, Soul Guardians Book 2 now available!

Finally, after a long wait from my editor, ELEMENTAL is now available as an ebook on Amazon. The paperback will be ready in a few weeks. Although, the book is still being reviewed on Barnes&Noble, and i'm hoping it'll be ready this week.

My editor and I believe this book is better than the first one. I really hope the readers enjoy this one as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Elemental-Soul-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B005IGOSCC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314197927&sr=8-1

Monday, August 1, 2011

Marked - READERS FAVORITE AWARDS FINALIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just got the email from the READERS FAVORITE AWARDS group. My book Marked is up for the best FICTION/FANTASY Award! This is so exciting. I'm actually still in shock. I never imagined my book would be picked. And now it's up for an award!

http://readersfavorite.com/201​1-award-contest-winners.htm


Sunday, July 17, 2011

READERS FAVORITE - "Book Reviews and Award Contest"

I was thrilled to see another 5 star review for my book Marked. Even more so, when i discovered who had left it - The Readers Favorite, Book Reviews and Awards Contest". I entered Marked in the Children's/YA Fiction category. I never expected them to like it, let alone give me such an awesome review. I should hear back from the Readers Favorite Awards in August, when they will announce the finalists. Below is the review left on Amazon.

Loved this book from the beginning to the end -

Reviewed by Sylvia H. for ReadersFavorite.com
In Marked, Soul Guardians Book One by Kim Richardson, Kara Nightingale is chosen to be part of the legion of angels who are chosen to become guardian angels, or soul savers. After sixteen-year-old Kara is hit by a bus, her soul is saved, and she becomes one of the chosen: a guardian angel for others whose lives suddenly ended as tragically as hers did. The story follows Kara and her guardian angel keeper, petty officer David, as they attempt to save souls from the demons and as they try to keep the demons at bay. At the same time, they must guard their own angel life force from the demons. Kara and David's soul saving assignments become much more difficult when they discover that the demons are actually after Kara and that she has been "marked." The story continues with Kara being forced to prove she is innocent of being a traitor. She is sent on a life changing special assignment, or "Life Quest," that will change life as she knows it forever.

I really loved this book from the beginning to the end, and I can't wait to read the sequel, Book Two. I really enjoyed how Kim Richardson's story takes unexpected twists and turns at almost every angle and keeps the reader riveted for more. This book is a definite page turner, and I would recommend it for anyone who loves and believes in the supernatural, angels and demons, and reincarnation.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wattpad Fans

On my journey as an indie author, i've discovered a great site with loads of wonderful readers and fans. Wattpad is the largest ebook community, where readers connect with authors and share their stories. There are short stories and finished novels of every genre. I've read many great stories on this site. Who knew people read books on their phones? I didn't. I thought I was pretty hip with my kindle!

Since June 9th of this year, I have about 36,000 reads of my book Marked on Wattpad. I've received such great and encouraging comments. Most of them saying that they loved my book and can't wait for the sequel. Well, all your Wattpad fans will be happy to hear that the sequel, Elemental is now in the hands of my editor. In a few weeks, the sequel will be available.

I truly believe Wattpad is great exposure for the indie author. If you're willing to offer your book for free for a few months, you should add it. Millions of readers visit the site each month. It's worth a try.

Well, i'm off working on book 3. Just wanted to say "THANK YOU" to all the fans and readers on Wattpad.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

YA Books for Boys

I've been thinking of doing a new series that would appeal more to teen boys or younger. I had first thought of my character as a tomboy, but now i'm wondering if my main character should be a boy. Why not? The market is so saturated with girl books (i'm speaking in terms of YA of course) why not try the boy market?

I've done some research on the matter. I've read that ALL agents are looking for YA boy books. Hmm. Not sure about that. What I also read was that it's even harder to break into that market because the book needs to appeal to girls at some level. So, girls would have to like the books too.

Well, i'm a huge fan of the Bartimaeus trilogy, or the Percy Jackson books, and i'm female. I love these books, and i love the characters. You do find the main character's to be boys, but there are also strong female characters in the books. But, Harry is still my favorite.

So i'm left wondering if i should just GO FOR IT. Who knows if it'll happen? I have a series with my main character being female, and the traditional publishers didn't pick it up. Perhaps i will try my next series with a boy as my main character. I think it'll be lots of fun, and new for me. And a challenge. I love a challenge. Let's see if i can pull it off!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wattpadd news: Angels in Books and Movies

I read the post from Wattpadd yesterday about Angels in Books and Movies. I got really excited when I saw my book cover on their post. Here's what it said.

FICTION BOOKS
What do we love most about fiction stories that involve angels? Some authors are so creative that they give the word “angel” a whole new meaning. They not only entertain us, they also help us see things in a different perspective. 
These are some of the books we found that add a refreshing twist to the idea of angelic beings:

 1. Marked, Soul Guardians by kimmer3d
                             

You can read the rest of the blog and all the cool stuff Wattpad offers. Take a look. These people rock!

http://www.wattpad.com/news

Monday, June 20, 2011

Do book trailers increase sales?

Lately I've been wondering if i should get a book trailer together for my book Marked. I've seen pretty cool book trailers, and god awful ones too. I've checked on Youtube, and even the popular ones don't have that many views. I've read a few blogs posts about book trailers, and most of them seem to agree that they don't increase sales.

So what do i do? Do I spend time and effort to create my own book trailer hoping that somehow it will attract readers? I would only do it for that purpose; to attract readers. I would use it as a marketing tool. But with what i've found out, i'm left wondering what to do. And right now, i'm still not sure if i want to spend my time doing one.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Offering FREE copies of MARKED

To promote the release of Elemental, the second book in the Soul Guardians Trilogy, coming in July - i'm offering free ebooks of Marked. You can download them here:


Diesel Ebook Store
Barnes and Noble
SmashWords
Wattpad




As soon as it becomes free on Amazon's Kindle, I will add it. So far, I have not been able to change it. If you want a kindle version, you can find one on SmashWords

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Are Angels the new Vampires?

Here's a guest post I did on the Blog: ReaderGirls
 
At first I thought Werewolves would be the next big thing with the success of Maggie Stiefvater’s series, The Wolves of Mercy Falls but it seems the winners are Angels. With Becka Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush, Fallen by Lauren Kate, and Cassandra Claire’s The Mortal Instruments popularity, I definitely saw an increase in books with angels in them. I also believe that the success of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series influenced this trend. The  idea of forbidden love between supernatural beings and mortals is  captivating. We had that with the Twilight saga – and now it’s coming  full force with the Angels. Just like their blood-sucking supernatural cousins, angels are the next best thing—and here to stay for a while.

I  think these bad boy hotties really appeal to teenage girls. They’re  immortal, gorgeous, dangerous, and otherworldly fine creatures. Who  wouldn’t want to read about the them. Although my book is not a teen  romance novel, it still has romantic elements in it. It’s more of an  action-packed-ride with some fragments of the weird thrown in. But hey,  they’re guardian angels too…and they kick some serious butt!

Here’s an interesting articled I found with Anne Rice discussing about if Angels are the new Vampires.

 
BLOG:
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Guest post on - A Chick Who Reads

Guest Post from Kim:


The idea of writing a story about a girl, who dies and becomes a guardian angel, came to me while I drove home from work. I thought it would be cool and a lot fun to have her go on missions to save mortal souls and fight against demons. I believed it to be somewhat original (a little strange perhaps), so I started to flesh out the story with all the characters and gave them conflicts. Then I started to work on an outline. That’s when I realized that my brain had so many more ideas to go with the story. It was full of them. There were so many things I wanted my heroine to accomplish. I didn’t want the story to end. With that in mind I worked on my outline. I did some research and spoke to my writer’s group about writing for young adults. What I came to realize, is that most young adults and younger readers get attached to the main characters. They care for them, and they don’t want the story to end. When I started working on the first draft, I spoke to my editor about doing a series—and he agreed with me. He told me a series was an important element to attract potential agents or publishers. He made me realize that the way the first book was written, it was perfect for a series. A heroine that could die at the beginning of each book, becomes a guardian angel, and then is sent back to the world of the living at the end of each book – only to be summoned again when needed – really appealed to me. So as wrote up the outline for the first book, I then did an outline for the second and third books. I believe it’s important to know how the story ends, before you start writing. Especially for a series that are all connected to each other. It made sense to me to throw in some questions for the readers and having them answered in the second or third installments.

As I polished my manuscript with my editor, I started to explore the world of self-publishing. My research confirmed that I had a better chance of succeeding as an indie author if I wrote a series instead of a standalone book. If I had more books out there, I had a better chance of being found by readers. And that appealed to me. I had all these ideas for different storylines for a series, so I thought this was a great opportunity for me to write my story. If the traditional publishing road didn’t work out, then self-publishing a series was the next best thing—which is what I did in the end.
Link to the blog A Chick Who Reads:
http://achickwhoreads.blogspot.com/2011/06/guest-post-kim-richardson.html

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Win a free copy of MARKED!

What is up for grabs:
A Kindle edition of the book Marked.
 
Entry Details:
-Must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
-Must fill out a formto enter.

-Ends Saturday, June 11, 2011 at noon EST.
 
If You Win:
Your email address will be sent to ME so I can gift you the book via Amazon.
Click on the blog for details. And good luck!

http://justanotherbookaddict.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 3, 2011

Blog Tour Week!

Follow me on my Blog Tour: http://fadeintofantasy.net/?p=668

Interviews, guest posts, excerpts, and book giveaways! Come check it out.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Efiction Magazine - June Boom!!!!

eFiction Magazine
the premier internet fiction magazine

eFiction is a monthly collection of the latest and greatest indie fiction the world has to offer. The magazine is read on every continent in the world (except Antarctica), and is read in nearly every English-speaking country around the globe.
The magazine contains short stories from every genre, as well as episodic stories that continue month to month. Also included in the magazine: author spotlights (one-on-one interviews with the authors you want to know more about) and book reviews (we let you know which indie books are duds and which are must-reads).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/eFiction-Magazine/dp/B004UD88K2

Read an excerpt from MARKED

Sample chapter 1 here:

http://gloriousbooks.blogspot.com/


Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cover idea for my second book!

Here's what I have so far for my second book, Elemental. Not too shabby :) I might add a few more sparkles, but the overall look is there.

Monday, May 23, 2011

BOOK TOUR COMING SOON!

As of June 1st - i'll be participating in a Blog Tour from: Book Lovin Bitches. There'll be interviews, guest posts, book giveaways - and lots more. I'm super excited!
Come check it out! I'll be on the following blogs:

http://booklovinbitches.blogspot.com/2011/05/marked-soul-guardians-bk-1-by-kim.html

Starting June 1st.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

*****5 star Review for Marked*****

Geeky Girl Reviews

"From the very beginning of this fast paced and imaginative book I was hooked. I couldn't put this one down until the very end. This is one I will be reading again for sure and I will be on the lookout for more books by Kim Richardson. I highly recommend this book .
I give this 5 out of 5"

See the rest of the review and blog here:
http://www.geekygirlreviewsblog.com/2011/04/marked-soul-guardians-book-1-volume-1.html

May is here!

Un Lun DunI started reading, Un Lun Dun by China MiƩville. So far i'm really enjoying the story and his style of writing. It kinda reminds me a little of Neil Gaiman's style (love him) - so this is pretty cool. I'm always on the lookout for something different.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Soul Guardians Book 2

I'm working hard on my second book, Tricked, from the Soul Guardians Trilogy. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of the summer. Once I'll have the cover done, i'll posted up to get some feedback!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

New Book Journal Author Announcements

Marked, Soul Guardians Book 1 press release on New Book Journal Author Announcements.

Visit http://newbookjournal.com/ for more information.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Top Rated in Children's Action & Adventure Literature

I just checked Amazon.com this morning, and Marked is # 62 in the category:

Top Rated in Children's Action & Adventure Literature! I'm very excited about that.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Marketing tips for new Indie Authors

Last week, I decided to use the Facebook ads as a marketing tool for my new book. For about 5 days, I didn't see any dramatic increases in my sales.
Then I discovered "free press releases" and I created 2 free ads online yesterday. I sold 4 books in one night. Hey, something's working!

So I'm thinking of removing my facebook ad since i'm paying for it, and focus only on the free press releases.

Check it out:

http://www.free-press-release.com/

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

To Twit or not to Twit...

Well I finally did it. I joined Twitter. I've read that many authors use Twitter to market their books. So far, i'm not exactly sure how the "world of the twitter" works, but i'm giving it a shot. And i'm having fun!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bestsellers in Children's Action & Adventure Literature

I just checked and i'm sure when i'll blink, it'll dissappear, but Marked made # 50 on the UK amazon site. YEYEYEYEYEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

First Book Review for Marked!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geeky Girl Reviews

"From the very beginning of this fast paced and imaginative book I was hooked. I couldn't put this one down until the very end. This is one I will be reading again for sure and I will be on the lookout for more books by Kim Richardson. I highly recommend this book .
I give this 5 out of 5"

See the rest of the review and blog here:
http://www.geekygirlreviewsblog.com/2011/04/marked-soul-guardians-book-1-volume-1.html

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Diana Wynne Jones

I’m still in shock about the death of one of my favourite authors, Diana Wynne Jones. She was an inspiration to me—and still is. I love her books. She had a wonderful imagination, and I enjoyed the little bits of darkness to her stories.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Marked, paperbacks arrive!

I got my first look at the paperbacks just in...and they need some tweaking. There are 2 small format issues within the content of the book, and the cover print quality is not as good as I hoped. I need to do some small changes, and should be ready in a day or two,

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Some format issues for Marked

I bought my own ebook today, Kindle format, to view it. I noticed two blank pages - so I had to fix that and upload again. With Amazon, it can take up to 48 hours to have your book live. Hopefully the format will be perfect.

Friday, March 18, 2011

My ebook experience...so far

So here I am with a bad neck/head ache after working hard on formatting my manuscript for Kindle and also getting it ready for paperback on Amazon. Having Photoshop experience helped. This was all very stressful...but worth it.

My ebook on Kindle should be ready in a few hours. I've listed it at $0.99 cents. Let's see how it goes.

Kim