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.

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!

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

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.


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:

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!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Blog Tour Week!

Follow me on my Blog Tour:

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).

Read an excerpt from MARKED

Sample chapter 1 here:

Hope you enjoy it!