Monday, December 30, 2013

FREE NOOK BOOKS FOR KIDS!

For a limited time, below are two Free NOOK books. Categories: Teen Fiction/Action&Adventure/Fantasy&Magic




MARKED, SOUL GUARDIANS BOOK 1

OVER 1 MILLION DOWNLOADS!!

Sixteen-year-old Kara Nightingale is unpopular, awkward and positively ordinary—that is until one day she is struck by a bus and dies...

Within moments her life changes from ordinary to extraordinary as she wakes up in a mysterious world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls and where demons feed on the souls of mortals.

When an Elemental child is kidnapped, Kara is sent on a danger-filled quest and plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything she could ever imagine.

From the best-selling author comes this captivating, funny debut novel and winner of the Readers’ Favorite Award.





From award-winning author Kim Richardson comes this first installment of a non-stop thrill-ride and gripping new fantasy series.

Fourteen-year-old Zoey St. John is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary gift. She can see monsters.
But when she meets a secret society called The Agency, a group of people that share her unique ability to see the supernatural, Zoey is whisked off to a strange place, where monsters and humans coexist, where leprechaun gangs, giant fairies and vampire bowling balls are the least of her problems.
Soon a mystery unfolds and together with her friends, Zoey must retrieve a stolen device and prevent a catastrophic outbreak of monsters, and time is running out.

The first book in this enthralling new series by Kim Richardson leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters, hidden plots, secrets and a world filled with mystics.  

Friday, December 27, 2013

Marked (Soul Guardians # 1) hits three # 1 spots on Amazon!

Very excited to see this today. MARKED is # 1 in three categories on Amazon.UK. Since I first published the book in early 2011, Marked has managed to stay up in the top # 10. Happy holidays!!!




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mystics # 2, THE ALPHA NATION Update


The second book in the Mystics series is off to the editors. I was hoping to have it for the month of December, but because of the holidays, the book will only be ready in January 2014. It is a little disappointing, but it's on the way. In the meantime, Mystics # 3 has begun.



Friday, November 15, 2013

Mystics Book # 1 Nabs 5 stars from Readers' Favorite

MYSTICS # 1: THE SEVENTH SENSE, gets 5 stars from Readers' Favorite

Reviewed by Sylvia Heslin for Readers' Favorite

Kim Richardson’s new series, Mystics Book One: The Seventh Sense, starts right on target with her new character, Zoey St. John, who has almost perfected the art of monster demon killing all by herself. It is a mystery to Zoey why she is the only person who can sense and see monsters. Fourteen-year old foster child Zoey attracts monster demons like bees to honey. Zoey has no family or friends to speak of and she is left to her own devices. She must continually do research to try to figure out about the supernatural component that plagues her life. On a day that is like no other, Zoey finds out that her foster mom has been embodied by a monster demon. Unfortunately for Zoey, the drama does not stop there. Zoey is confronted by a monster demon who tries to kill her. Zoey’s entire world changes in that very instant and life will never be the same. While Zoey is trying to fight the monster demon, she receives help from some mystery men and discovers that she is actually one of them. That is the reason she can see and hear monster demons that no one else is able to see. She possesses the seventh sense - a gift that is like no other.

Kim Richardson, author of the enticing series Soul Guardians, hits gold in her second series. This book is Kim Richardson’s first volume in her new young adult supernatural/fantasy series. Her stories come alive once again with protagonist Zoey St. John. I really like Kim Richardson’s writing style and the way that she develops her characters, but always leaves her readers second guessing the next step. Her new series has all of the mystery, intrigue, and sabotage of a Hollywood movie. I can’t wait to read Book 2 called Mystics: The Alpha Nation, and Book 3 Mystics: The Nexus, where the adventures or misadventures of Zoey St. John’s life will be resumed.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

MYSTICS #1 - FREE ON AMAZON!!

Happy to announce that the first book in the Mystics series is now FREE as an ebook on Amazon.com. Enjoy!



Thursday, October 3, 2013

MYSTICS #1 - NOW FREE ON AMAZON UK!!!

I'm happy to announce that Mystics # 1 : The Seventh Sense is now FREE on Amazon.Uk. If you haven't read it yet, now's your chance!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mystics #1: The Seventh Sense, now FREE on Barnes&Noble!


 I'm very happy to announce the first book in my new series is now free for purchase on Barnes&Noble. The other retailers will follow soon.

 From award-winning author Kim Richardson comes this first installment of a non-stop thrill-ride and gripping new fantasy series.

 Fourteen-year-old Zoey St. John is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary gift. She can see monsters.

But when she meets a secret society called The Agency, a group of people that share her unique ability to see the supernatural, Zoey is whisked off to a strange place, where monsters and humans coexist, where leprechaun gangs, giant fairies and vampire bowling balls are the least of her problems.

Soon a mystery unfolds and together with her friends, Zoey must retrieve a stolen device and prevent a catastrophic outbreak of monsters, and time is running out.

The first book in this enthralling new series by Kim Richardson leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters, hidden plots, secrets and a world filled with mystics.






 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Soul Guardians Survival Guide

Working on a Survival Guide for the Soul Guardians series, with maps, character interviews, short stories, pictures and more. I'm hoping to have it done by the end of this year.
 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Mystics #1: The Seventh Sense now available on the NOOK!

I'm happy to announce Mystics #1: The Seventh Sense is now available on the NOOK! Enjoy :) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seventh-sense-mystics-book-1-kim-richardson/1116755690?ean=2940045232210

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Seventh Sense, Mystics book # 1 - is now available on Amazon!

THE SEVENTH SENSE, MYSTICS # 1 - Now available on Amazon's kindle:


From award-winning author Kim Richardson comes this first installment of a non-stop thrill-ride and gripping new fantasy series.

 Fourteen-year-old Zoey St. John is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary gift. She can see monsters.

But when she meets a secret society called The Agency, a group of people that share her unique ability to see the supernatural, Zoey is whisked off to a strange place, where monsters and humans coexist, where leprechaun gangs, giant fairies and vampire bowling balls are the least of her problems.

 Soon a mystery unfolds and together with her friends, Zoey must retrieve a stolen device and prevent a catastrophic outbreak of monsters, and time is running out.

The first book in this enthralling new series by Kim Richardson leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters, hidden plots, secrets and a world filled with mystics.

 

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Free Children's book on Google Play Books

Free Children's book on Google Play Books. Marked, Soul Guardians Book # 1 is the first book of the best-selling and award-winning series. Get it for free now on Google Play!

 



* READERS FAVORITE AWARD WINNER *

Sixteen-year-old Kara Nightingale’s ordinary life is suddenly turned upside down when she dies and wakes up in a strange new world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural, where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls, and where demons feed on the souls of mortals.

There she finds not only friends, but enemies. All is about to change when a mysterious mark appears on her leg, and worse, an Elemental child has been kidnapped by demons. Shunned by the Legion, Kara battles to become accepted and sets out on a quest to prove her loyalty and find the missing Elemental child. To succeed on her quest, she will discover truths about herself, about a special gift and a great destiny that’s been waiting for her.

With the help of her friend David, Kara hurtles towards an adventure that will change her life forever…


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Les gardiens des âmes,Tome 1 :Le Sceau # 1 sur Amazon.fr !




Les gardiens des âmes,Tome 1 : Le Sceau est # 1 dans la catégorie "Les meilleures ventes en Livres pour la jeunesse."




-- GAGNANTE DU PRIX DES LECTEURS : READERS FAVORITE AWARDS --

Kara Nightingale a seize ans lorsque sa vie tranquille est soudain bouleversée. Elle meurt, pour se réveiller dans un nouveau monde étrange, débutante au sein de la Légion des Anges gardiens. Kara est alors propulsée dans un monde surnaturel, où les singes sont aux commandes des ascenseurs, où les oracles se déplacent en équilibre sur des boules en cristal géantes, et où les démons se nourrissent des âmes des mortels.

Avec l’aide de son maître instructeur et ami, David, Kara s’engage dans l’aventure qui va changer sa vie à jamais...
 




 
 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Book trailers: How to create a cinematic book trailer


Book trailers are becoming more and more popular these days. Publishers are hiring big companies to produce high end trailers for their upcoming books. Book trailers like movie trailers give you a preview of what to expect. They can be as simple as moving pictures with floating texts and some music, or like mine, a complete 3D animated trailer. Here’s an example of what a cinematic book trailer looks like that I produced for my book:



In the end, it all depends on how much you’re willing to spend and what your objectives are. For me, is to get as much visibility for my books as I can. What can a book trailer do for an author? Think of it as an investment in your career. If it goes viral, you’re more likely to be noticed by the media, readers and booksellers.

Here’s how I did mine:

Phase 1: Storyboards/Character Design/Environments

I hired a fantastic character designer to create my characters in 3d. With my limited budget, I could only afford 5 characters. Since I had my storyboard in my head, I knew which ones I wanted.

 
 

We also needed to determine what to use as backgrounds. Environments are really important to the look of the final movie, they set the mood. We created 5 different backgrounds for the trailer. Some were made entirely of a 3d environment and some were just blurred pictures as backgrounds.
 
 

Phase 2: Animatic/Layout/Cameras

Next came the animatic (series of moving images edited together to determine timing and shot sequence). As a retired Animation Supervisor this was a no-brainer for me. I put together an animatic to better feel the mood and pacing of the trailer. I used the software Adobe After Effects and inserted images in a timeline to get a idea of what I wanted to see. Once I was happy with it, we moved on to the Layout and Camera phase. This is where the 3D begins. The layout was done in a 3d software called XSI from Softimage. There the animator was able to transform the 2d animatic into a 3d moving story. In the layout, it’s very important to set the cameras so that we only work on what we ‘see’ in the scene. The animator then did a ‘blocking’ phase with the animation, roughing in the movements of the characters and establishing timing. Think of it as a rough sketch before you start coloring. We needed to keep the animation somewhere around 1 minute. The more seconds you have, the more money it will cost you.

Click here to see the Blocking movie clip.

As you can see in the clip, the final animation is somewhat different,but the general idea is there.

Phase 3: Final Animation/final Cameras With the blocking approved, the animator now had a visual reference of shots and timing. In final stages of animation, the animator locks all cameras and polishes the animation with facials.


Phase 4: Lighting/Textures/Special FX/Renders
After months of hard work, the animation was approved and could now go on to lighting, textures, and FX. Here’s an example of a shot before and after lighting:
 
 

Here’s lighting and FX added for Kara’s power:
 


Phase 5: Music/End credits

The music was a really fun part for me, and the quickest. I loved the first draft the music composer did as so we stuck with that. We put all the renders into After Effects, added the credits and music and outputted the trailer. Done.

 
Marketing your book trailer:

You need to market your book trailer as much as you can. Make sure to put it up on Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, your website or blog and get people to write blogs about it. There are also blog tours where they can help promote your trailer. Another way to get noticed is to enter your book trailer in competitions like the International Movie Trailer Festival's 2013 competition:

 http://www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com/all-trailers/marked-soul-guardians-book-1/

 The key here is to spread the word. Here are links where you can promote your trailer:

www.Youtube.com
www.Vimeo.com
www.Goodreads.com
http://authorcentral.amazon.com
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/48670
http://www.blazingtrailers.com
http://booktrailers.ning.com/
BookTrailers.net
www.facebook.com

Book Trailer Production Companies:

Circle of Seven Productions: Book Trailers
JKS Communications: A Literary Publicity Firm
Moving Stories Book Trailers and Book Videos
WritersDirect.net
Author Bytes
Living Jacket.com

If you want to make your own book trailer, here are some programs:

Windows Movie Maker
www.animoto.com – animates still pictures

And for the more experienced:

Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere





Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Animated book trailer Marked, up for a chance to win the International Movie Trailer 2013 Competition

Please vote for the trailer for MARKED, for a chance at winning the International Movie Trailer Festival's 2013 competition! If you liked the trailer, then please vote, vote, vote!

 http://www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com/all-trailers/marked-soul-guardians-book-1/



The more votes the trailer gets, the better the chance of winning! Many thanks :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

3D animated book trailer update

Here is a capture of Kara's elemental power. The trailer is going well, and should be finished in a week or two. There are doing the final touches with lighting and textures, and the music will be finalized during the week. It's very exciting!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MORTELLE, maintenant disponible sur Amazon!

MORTELLE, maintenant disponible sur Amazon


Alors que Kara commençait à s’habituer au monde des vivants, elle reçoit une visite surprise et se retrouve dans l’Horizon—la Légion lui a donné une seconde chance. Kara et ses amis doivent affronter une nouvelle menace : un mage noir, redoutable ennemi juré de la Légion.


Mais Kara découvre que leurs armes d’AG n’ont aucun effet sur la magie noire. Parviendra-t-elle alors à vaincre le mage et à sauver le monde mortel des ténèbres ?


Pire encore, la Légion ordonne à Kara de poursuivre sa mission en civil, sous une forme à laquelle elle ne se serait jamais attendue...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MORTAL, book # 6 now available on Amazon!

MORTAL, Soul Guardians Book 6 is now available on Amazon's kindle. I will keep you posted as soon as it becomes available on Barnes&Noble, Sony, itunes, Kobo....Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

3D book trailer


Below is animated sequence of Kara and David at Orientation. David's hair still needs to be tad lighter. The Oracle's office at Orientation is amazing, the modeler did a fantastic job.



And here is an Oracle scrying into his crystal. I love that you can actually see the little hairs on his hands and the side of his face. The trailer is coming only great. Very excited to have this one of a kind book trailer.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Free Children's Fantasy Ebook - Marked, Soul Guardians Book 1


Free Children's Fantasy Ebook - Marked, Soul Guardians Book 1. Download the ebook for FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO, Apple, Smashwords:

A Fantasy Series for Children & Teens.

READERS FAVORITE AWARDS WINNER

Sixteen year-old Kara Nightingale’s ordinary life is suddenly turned upside down when she dies and wakes up in a strange new world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural, where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls, and where demons feed on the souls of mortals.

With the help of her Petty Officer and friend, David, Kara hurtles towards an adventure that will change her life forever…
Download the first book of the bestselling series!




Watch the book trailer for MARKED:
 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Seirs, # 1 on Amazon.fr bestsellers in children's fiction

I woke up to see that the French translation of SEIRS (Soul Guardians # 5) is # 1 Bestsellers in Children's fiction on the Amazon.fr. The other books are in the category "most on demand". How thrilling. I don't even mind the snow now ;)

Les Cultiste, # 1 - Les meilleures ventes en Romans fantastiques pour la jeunesse

Les meilleures ventes en Romans fantastiques pour la jeunesse.

Les Cultistes, # 1 sur Amazon!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Les Cultistes maintenant disponible

LES CULTISTES,  Gardiens des Âmes Tome 5, maintenant disponible sur amazon!

À peine rentrée de sa dernière mission, Kara apprend que les Cultistes sont en train de massacrer tous les Extralucides qui refusent de prêter allégeance à Lilith — la princesse des Enfers, sa demi-sœur diabolique. Au cours de sa mission, Kara découvre que Lilith est à la recherche d’une arme ancestrale capable de détruire toute l’humanité. 
 Après avoir kidnappé les enfants Extralucides, voilà que Lilith et ses fidèles Cultistes s’en prennent au reste des mortels. Kara se retrouve entraînée avec ses amis dans la nouvelle quête périlleuse qui lui est confiée. Mais réussira-t-elle à retrouver l’arme avant que Lilith n’anéantisse le monde des humains ?

Monday, February 18, 2013

MORTAL, book # 6 is off to the editors!

MORTAL (Soul Guardians # 6) is off to the editors. I’m hoping for a middle/end of March release, but you can never truly tell how long the edits will take.

As I wait, i'm fleshing out the new series MYSTIC HUNTERS. Book # 1 should be out this summer.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

MARKED, featured in Apple's Breakout Books

Apple's iBookstore today launched a major feature in the US called Breakout Books.  A new marketing feature which highlights books from popular self-published authors. I am pleased and honored to announce that Marked, Soul Guardians Book 1, was among the first few authors to be featured with other incredibly talented indie authors.
Check out Marked, Soul Guardians Book # 1 on the ibookstore by clicking here.

I'm going to follow the progress of my books and of the other selected indie authors in the up coming weeks.
Thank you iBookstore team for your tremendous support of indie authors!
To learn more about the Breakout Books feature at the Smashwords Blog, click here. To read the article covered byThe New York Times, click here.

This is wonderful news for all us indies!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Les Enfers, maintenant disponible sur amazon

LES ENFERS,  Gardiens des Âmes Tome 4, maintenant disponible sur amazon!





Kara commence juste à profiter de sa vie de mortelle avec David lorsqu’ils sont soudain ramenés dans le monde surnaturel. La Légion a fait une découverte capitale : un nouvel enfant élémentaire existe quelque part. Kara se prépare aussitôt pour la bataille, et tombe nez à nez avec les Cultistes maléfiques — un groupe de mortels dévoué aux Enfers.
Pire encore, on vient d’enlever quelqu’un qui lui est cher. Kara et ses amis embarquent pour une autre aventure périlleuse à la recherche de cet enfant. Mais celui-ci est-il réellement élémentaire — ou bien est-ce un être complètement différent ?









http://www.amazon.fr/Les-gardiens-%C3%A2mes-Tome-ebook/dp/B00B2RNQAG/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_3_Y9PJ

http://www.amazon.com/Les-gardiens-%C3%A2mes-Tome-ebook/dp/B00B2RNQAG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358607001&sr=8-1&keywords=les+enfers++kim+richardson


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kara and the chimp

Here is a test render of Kara's first encounter with Chimp 5M51 in the evelator on her way to Orientation. I think the animator did a fantastic job to portray Kara's emotions, and the chimp's attitude. After a few minor adjustments with the sign in the back, we're golden. :)