Welcome Champions!

Welcome to the blog of indie author/writer K. M. Shea! This is the place to be if you’re looking for more information on my stories. I update at least once a week if I’m writing a book, and more often if I’m editing or brainstorming for my next manuscript.

Specials for the month of September:

*Notice: the new website will be going live this month!*

Postcard Celebration:
Do you want a postcard of Heart of Ice‘s cover? Mail an envelope that contains a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
PO Box 357
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
My awesome intern, Britta, will check the PO Box and mail off the postcard back to you! (If you want to include a letter or something, feel free to! Britta will put it aside for me.)

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105 comments on “Welcome Champions!

    • Wow, I’m thrilled to hear you like it so much! Embittered, the next King Arthur and Her Knights book, looks like it’s going to be a late December or early January release.

  1. I love your writing. Amazon recommended Princess Ahira, which I fell in love with, since reading that book I have bought and read all of your books. I am glad I have found a new author to watch for!!!

    • I cannot tell you how glad I am to have a new reader! Thank you for checking out my blog and for reading my books. I am always delighted to find out that people enjoy reading my stories.

  2. It is so nice to have witty herroines and honorable heros who can be both fantastic and “real”. Love the CLEAN romance.
    Looking forward to the extra Cinderella chapter.

    • Hi Jennifer, I’m glad you liked the clean romance! If you want the extra chapter (and if I haven’t sent it to you already, I’ve sent it to a couple of Jennifers, but I don’t know if you were one of them.) Just fill out the above form and click send. πŸ™‚ (I need your email to send the chapter to you, hence the form)

  3. I have read 5 of your books and I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Well done! I’m looking forward to the sequels and beginning your other series. Thank you for writing books worth reading and worth sharing.

  4. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  5. Ok you did it again! An amazing read! I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of the story arch with the dark magic. Could not put it down.

    • Glad you liked it Kristin! If you haven’t already send me an email and I can send you the extra story. πŸ™‚ (I don’t think you’ve messaged me yet, but I could be wrong. These past few days have been crazy!)

  6. Just finished Rumple. I only have one complaint. It was over too fast. OK, Stil was just amazing. Love him. Gemma is a perfect balance for him too. I would love the extra chapter. I need to do the review!!!!!
    You did it again you talented lady. Thank you.

  7. I’m a new reader, too! I’ve been binge reading this week and just finished your Timeless Fairy Tales collection. Fairy tale retellings have been my favorite mini-genre for 20 years. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your books on Amazon, but wow!–they didn’t disappoint. I’ve been waiting to find a new {prolific} favorite author for over a year, and you now hold that honor. I just downloaded your freebie gift of Enthroned and am looking forward to checking out your other work. Keep it coming! πŸ˜€

    • Hi Lauren, thanks for checking out my work! I’m glad you like Timeless Fairy Tales! I started writing them because I am also a big fan of fairy tale adaptions/retellings, so I’m super glad you’ve enjoyed the ride! I hope you like Enthroned–Merlin seems to be the pet/favorite of that series, so I will be interested to hear you like the most! πŸ™‚

  8. Love all your books!! Red Rope of Fate, Princess Ahira, C&C, and Rumpelstiltskin are my favorites! So good! Just finished Rumpelstiltskin and I was wondering if there was an extra chapter? πŸ™‚

    • Hi Jenn, I apologize–I took all the notices down to put up my Valentine’s Day announcements! If you send me an email (Click on the contact me tab and fill out the form) I will email you a copy of the chapter! πŸ™‚

  9. Hi, I was just curious, you said the free book was going to be out on the 25 for memorial day, is it coming out on Amazon, or just for e-mail subscribers??

    • Red Rope will be free for EVERYONE via Amazon. πŸ™‚ The newsletter subscribers just got the perk of voting which book should be free. (Sorry for the delayed response!)

  10. I just finished Enlighten. I loved it! This has been my favorite series, and I have to say the Sir Kay is one of my characters of all time! Also, are you going to write a sequel to Life Reader?

    • I hoping to get a sequel for Life Reader out in 2016! (It’s long overdue for its sequel, but it keeps getting pushed to the back burner by more demanding projects.) I’m glad to hear you like King Arthurs–I too have a soft spot for Sir Kay. He’s so sweet and accidentally charming!

  11. I really enjoyed puss in boots. It was good to learn more about Gabrielle and the royal family, I have enjoyed all the fairytale books so far and hope you write many more I would love to see adaptations of donkey skin or the princess in the paper dress

    • Hello, Sara. I’m glad you enjoyed Puss in Boots! I haven’t heard of Donkeyskin or the princess in the paper dress, so I’m going to look those up ASAP. Thanks for the tip!

  12. I love your books so much! Are you going to write sequels to Red Rope of Fate or Life Reader? My favorites are Rumpelstilskin and Cinderella and the Colonel. They make me laugh, sigh, and fall in love with the characters.

    • A sequel to Life Reader will be coming…eventually. Although Life Reader is my secret favorite book, it is sadly my least popular one, so its sequel is sitting on the back burner for now. I will return to the world of Red Rope of Fate, but I’m not certain if it will be a sequel to Tari and Arion’s story, or if it will involve a new cast. I’m glad to hear you like Rumpelstiltskin and Cinderella! Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

      • Life Reader is also may favorite book. However, I put off reading it until I had read almost all your other books. The reason for this being: The book description was too confusing and didn’t make sense. (You should consider revising the book info.) So I passed over it numerous times. I finally read Life Reader once I became addicted to your other books; then it instantly became my favorite! I am so happy to hear that you have a sequel in the works. πŸ™‚

      • Thank you for the feedback, Cassia! I will admit that book descriptions are my weak point–it takes me forever to come up with them, and I’m generally not very satisfied–but Life Reader is especially hard as it involves a hidden magic system. Hopefully I’ll be able to take a crack at the description soon, but as I mentioned previously it’s low on my priority list right now.

      • Yep, it is painful to admit as Life Reader is also my secret favorite (shh, don’t tell the other stories!) but it is the least popular of all my stories. 😦 I am committed to it, though, so I WILL eventually come back to it! (I love it too much to abandon it.)

  13. Well we have another winner! Puss in Boots was adorable and I really enjoyed getting to see more of Puss and just exactly what the dynamics between him, gabi, and Stephen – it was all just amazing. I really want to say that these books truly are amazing and make me smile. waiting for the next one is always agony but its also such a treat to see the next part of the adventure brought to life in the Timeless series. My favorite overall though is probably red rope of fate – so good and has that sweet and spice mix that has me going back for more again and again! Thanks for all your hard work and I’m excited about the Life Reader sequel!!!!

    • I’m glad you like the Puss in Boots AND Red Rope of Fate! I have a major soft spot for Red Rope as it was such a sweet story to write. It was sort of my guilty pleasure as I don’t usually write books in which the main plot is romance. It was pretty hard for me as Romance is not my strong point, but I still enjoyed it, so It thrills me that you also like the story so much!

    • I’m glad you liked it! πŸ™‚ Puss and Gabi were so much fun to write–and throwing Steffen into the mix only increased the fun. Thanks for reading!

  14. I really enjoyed Puss in Boots. I love the banter and trust between Puss and Gabrielle; as well as Puss’ inability to manipulate Gabrielle. Their success is due to their partnership, and this adds depth to the story.

    In the original tale, Puss reinvents and changes the Miller’s Son fate through lies and trickery. I find it fascinating that despite the fact that Gabrielle is desperate to escape her fate as a village wife, she refuses to lie about who she is. Although Puss tries to invent a noble background for Gabrielle, she stubbornly clings to the truth. It is in fact, her deep-rooted ‘commoner’ realism and practicality which make Gabrielle such a successful adventurer and hero.

    I could go on at length about everything I enjoyed in this story, so I will stop here. If there is one thing I could change, it would be the story’s length. Your books are always too short, and I am left wanting more!

    Thank you for writing. Keep it up. πŸ™‚

    • Hello again, Cassia! I’m happy to hear you liked Gabrielle, I feel like she doesn’t get enough credit for everything she does (Which is pretty odd now that I think about it as I control what credit she does get!) and her independent/commoner personality makes her easy to over look when one compares her to someone as colorful as Dylan or Cinderella. So, yes! I am very, very glad you enjoyed Gabrielle’s tale. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Stefanie, I’m glad you liked the story! I was a little nervous because technically it’s a prequel, so I’m stoked to hear you enjoyed it. Hopefully you’ll like The Snow Queen just as much! πŸ™‚

  15. In the short story it says that Rekel blinked at the bright light shouldn’t it say that phile blinked just wondering. Also how do you pronounce Phile and I’ve loved the series so far

    • LOL, I read the short, my cover artist read the short, and Editor #1 read the short, and all of us missed that. πŸ˜‰ I guess we’re so used to Rakel at this point we didn’t notice! Anyway, Phile is a greek name–it’s the feminine version of Philo. It’s pronounced a little like the word filly, but if you want to hear the spot on audio version it’s here: http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/PHILE

      • k thxs 4 the info I’ve loved the series so far I’m not sure whether this one or the little selfie is my fave their both so good, Though the whole series is really good.

  16. Snow Queen was great! I left my review. I don’t suppose there’s a way to tell how many reviews there are and how many to go before we get the next short? I’m dying, there’s stories out there that I can’t read!!

  17. My sister and I totally loved the snow queen! The quality of your stories just keeps us coming back, I’m wondering will there be some love for our rober maiden? Or do you have any fairytales you haven’t done yet that you want to write about- it’s fine you can keep it a surprise πŸ˜€ until then we are eagerly awaiting part 2!

    • Hahah, you are either very sharp-eyed, or you know me well. πŸ˜‰ Yes, there is a romantic love interest in store for Phile, although it will mostly be explored in the short stories I plan to release after Snow Queen 2 is released. (Partially because book two has so much happening in it, it’s already the longest Fairy Tale I’ve ever written!) And while I am keeping some of the fairy tales under wraps, I can reveal that you should see Sleeping Beauty and the Twelve Dancing Princesses in the next year or two. πŸ˜‰

      • Oh. My. God. We just screamed in excitement. I can’t even find the words to say how happy we are that you write these amazing fairytales that just fill us with happiness. Must be patient. #dying

  18. Can you tell me how to get the December Specials? I’d love to read the new B&B short story and the RH ones. I just finished the Snow Queen and I loved it! Can’t wait for the sequel!

    • Sorry I didn’t see this until now! Most of the Snow Queen short stories are now unlocked–there’s only one left! You can snag them at the homepage http://kmshea.com or under the freebies tab. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked the Snow Queen, I hope the sequel is just as entertaining!

  19. Hi K.M. Shea!
    So I know it’s probably cause you are busy or something, but I think that the Snow Queen (btw fantastic book) has almost 150 reviews (I think like 148 last time I checked) so doesn’t that mean the last short story should be unlocked? (YAY!)

    • You are right! So, I just unlocked it. I apologize for the delay–I was off my computer all weekend so i didn’t see what happened. Lol, everyone is too amazing for me! πŸ˜‰

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  21. I just wanted to say I love your books and I own them all, but I had a question about one of them, in Farewell to the M.B.R.C what did Brett do that was so bad? I looked back through both the books but I could never figure out why Fran didn’t like him any more.

    • I’m glad you’ve liked my stories! As for Brett, I’m planning to release an MBRC short story sometime this year that tells you exactly what he did. Let’s just say Fran’s scorn is warranted. πŸ˜‰

  22. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE ,Heart of Ice! Its got amazing mages and their abillities. My mom is likening Heart of Ice too but she hasn’t finished it yet. Thank you soo much for revealing the cover. I have been dying for this book I am sure I would have died if I had to wait an extra day.

    • I am SO happy that you liked the mages and their magic. Heart of Ice has the most magic in it out of all my books, and it was…challenging/painful to create the different types and show how it could be used in battle. (It was especially difficult because I wanted magic to be a little more brutal and less refined than it is later in the story world.) Anyway, I’m glad you liked it, hopefully you’ll enjoy Sacrifice just as much! πŸ™‚

      • Sacrifice was just as amazing as Heart of Ice. The ending was very satisfying because there were consequences but she still kept her magic. As I was reading the book again and I remembered that it was hinted that Phile would set up her Thieve’s Guild in Verglas, and I also remembered that Verglas was the country with the assassin guild. Is that a coincidence? You do not have to confirm or deny, it’s just my speculations. πŸ™‚ Also so sorry about the spelling typos in last comment, *cough* spell check *cough*

      • Aww, I’m glad you liked it! As for Phile and her guild… πŸ˜‰ Let’s just say they do have a profound impact on the current Timeless Fairy Tales timeline. +5 for excellent observation skills though!

  23. I wanted to also express my delight and horror in your novels. I have read everyone within the past month. My poor house and the amount of sleep I’m getting is suffering severely. They are so fresh and I have found myself laughing more than once. Unfortunately, now I am dying to find out what happens to Britt ( the last one I’ve read) . And checking every day for updates on all series. Please keep writing, and maybe get a few guards to answer your Beck and call. πŸ™‚ thank you for some wonderful stories

    • Thank you for your lovely message, Alitha! I know I should be sorry that you’ve been losing sleep, but as a fellow reader I know that’s a sign of some great stories, so I’ll be honest and admit I’m delighted. πŸ˜‰ Thankfully I’ll have a new book for you soon–Snow queen 2 will be out Friday. Hopefully you’ll find it just as fun and entertaining as my other books. Thank you for reading, and thanks again for your message–it made me chuckle!

  24. Hey, I and my entire family are like crazy excited every time your books come out!! Your worlds and characters are enthralling; good morals abound; every single line is family-friendly. We literally have dinner conversations about how good we think each book is. So naturally I’ve read every one that you’ve released. I’ll have you know, I was rooting for Devin in the MBRC from the start and though I love Merlin, I wanted to facepalm on his behalf a lot. I’m very, very interested to see where the King Arthur series will go in the next novel (and very pleased to know it’ll be full-length this time). The snow queen books were marvelous. There was nothing I found annoying or off-putting about Rakel; she was a wonderful, well-rounded heroine with faults, but whose strengths surpassed them. I love how that is something found in all your books. Each time, I go “that’s the kind of person I’d like to be.” Ferrin was a delight to know as well; his scenes were so heart-touching. I really liked him. I would LOVE to read more freebies about them! Thank you for writing so much, and so well, and so creatively! I and my family will always look out for your stories:)

    • Wow. Thank you for your comment, Breezy! I feel very honored that you enjoy so many of my stories and books, but I’m especially happy your entire family enjoys them. I’ve always felt that the best stories are the ones the whole family can read and enjoy–like Chronicles of Narnia. While I’m no C. S. Lewis, I still feel incredibly honored that your family finds my stories fun and worthwhile. Thank you for reading, and thank you–especially–for your heartfelt comment. πŸ™‚ It was very encouraging! (Also, I hope you enjoy the extras–the first one just got unlocked today!)

  25. Hi, is this reviews on Amazon and Goodreads etc. or do we have to have a blog? How do we let you know about the review?

    • Hi Mog! You can leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or both! You don’t have to notify me–I keep a close watch on the reviews for these first few weeks so I keep tabs on how many have been posted. (The next short is actually due out today!)

  26. I love love love love all of your books but especially the timeless fairytale and the snow queen!! Will there be anymore timeless fairytale stories?

    • Aww, thank you, Chloe! The Snow Queen was a really fun experience for me–I really enjoyed being able to lengthen her story to two books. And to answer your question, yes there will be more Timeless Fairy Tales! Swan Lake will launch this summer, and Sleeping Beauty is in line for a December debut. πŸ™‚

  27. I’m just DYING to read the last two extras….especially the one about Oskar. WHAT HAPPENS WITH HIM?! I looked into trying to put in a second review on Amazon but that’s not allowed. Sigh. I’ll keep checking here everyday (or more) until they are unlocked!

    • Hahah, the next short (the one about Oskar–although it’s a prequel, like Halvor’s) will be out in a few minutes! I just have to get the post up. πŸ™‚

      • YES OMG THANK YOU I HAVE BEEN WAITING AND OBSESSIVELY CHECKING THIS PAGE
        *inserts some stalker picture here*

      • Hahah! Yes, I’m sorry! I was editing Swan Lake this morning and afternoon, so I forgot about putting the extra up. Thankfully Myrrhlynn (the cover artist) had your back and sent me a reminder text. πŸ˜‰

      • oh don’t apologize! Swan Lake is one of my FAVORITE fairy tales and the first one i fell in love with (by reading, not by watching a disney movie too) and seeing that your retelling is being worked on is almost better than getting an extra. (note: ALMOST. i still love the extras more ^.^ )

      • There you go! I haven’t released the post yet, but if you check the top post that keeps tally, you can grab the link to it there. πŸ™‚ Also I’m glad you’re looking forward to Swan Lake! I hope my adaption will live up to your love of the original. πŸ˜‰

  28. I absolutely love your books! I just finished the M.B.R.C series and I was wondering about Aysel and his wife. Are we ever going to meet her? or learn how Aysel met her?

    • Yes! Aysel and his gal will get their own book–which I’m hoping to work on in 2017 after I finish the King Arthur series this year. I’ve been chortling over Aysel and his not-yet-seen romantic love interest. She is going to be soooo good for him!

  29. Hey, I’d just like to say, I really like that you are redoing all your covers. Not that I didn’t like the old ones, but I like the new ones better. You see, I’m really bad at visualizing people even when they have been described in a book. So having a person on the cover really helps me get into the story. Love the latest Britt story and can’t wait for the last!

    • I’m glad you like them! Myrrhlynn and I have had a lot of fun choosing the photos–Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella will be getting new covers next!

  30. Hi! I just noticed that you still have the free Princess Ahira book showing on your home page! Not to be rude or anything. Just wanted to let you know! πŸ™‚

    • Hahah, no, I know you weren’t being rude! In fact, it was kind of you to point out. πŸ™‚ What happens is that in an effort to save me time, I only edit that top post once a month–at the beginning of every month. It’s a bit lazy of me, but I try to save time whenever possible on the small stuff-like that-so it gives me more time to write and interact with my Champions. It is shocking how much math and time-management rule my life considering my job is creative/language focused.

  31. A few posts ago you asked us to write in if we had questions. I was wondering more more about magic in the Timeless Fairy Tales world – does having it change a persons physical appearance ( I’m basing this on Rakel having snowy hair, Tenebris being snakelike, Angelique and Stil being unusually good-looking ) or is that just their own character quirks?

    • I’m actually about to post something about Enchanters, but you raised a very good question! I’ll have to make a post that takes a look at what magic does to a person. Thanks for adding your question in!

      • Thank you!
        I also have many questions about Britt’s stories, but I have a feeling most of them are spoilers (such as – if Britt is no longer ageing, can she get back to her own time by just being very very patient?). However, I was wondering about the setting – I get its more set in Mallory’s world than an actual historical time period, but are you basing the clothing and architecture and so on on a specific period or more a fairy tale middle ages.

      • Yep, I can confirm that the “Britian” Britt is in is the “Britain” of the legends/stories/ballads. Each book/episode is based on a particular ballad. The problem with the ballads is that when they were written, they were supposed to take place in the “past,” but it’s not realistic because when Arthur WOULD have been a live, there would have been no such thing as castles, and knights serving kings wasn’t even a thing. I do, however, use historic details for the clothing, food, and castles. It’s just borrowed from a later era than Arthur would normally be in. (It’s kinda confusing, but I have a few blog posts that talk about it in further detail I could dig out for you)

  32. Oh – and I hope this is not being rude to keep on adding questions, but as a writer, what do you do to create a world – I was just thinking that Rakel’s country seems to have a strong Finnish flavour to me (one of my favourite countries to visit, so yay!) and wondering how you invent the cultures?

    • No, not at all! It gives me ideas of what I should write about. (And you’re right. Verglas is a melding of Norwegian and Finnish culture) I’ll be sure to add it to the list!

  33. Are you a fan of Princess Bride? I’ve been re-reading all your books and I keep getting glimpses of lines, but I don’t know if that’s just cause I’m a huge fan, or if you actually did it on purpose 😊

    • I do like the Princess Bride, but I can’t say I purposely tried to include bits of it. But I get what you mean! I would describe my humor as being a lot like Princess Bride–or like any of Diana Wynn Jones’ or Vivian Vande Velde’s books–which is probably why my stuff is of a similar flavor. πŸ˜‰

  34. Hi Kitty just asking but when is the June monthly newsletter going to be out? cause if u sent it, i still didn’t get it yet, and i don’t want to miss anything (like if i hadn’t randomly checked today, i never would have seen the new amazing covers or learn that SL would be available next week so)

    • Hello Jessa! It should be going out either late tonight or early tomorrow morning! I wanted to wait until I could include the link for the pre-order (otherwise having to track it down is such a drag) and I have some other exciting news I’ll be sharing in the newsletter as well! Muwahah! Anyway, yes, the wait has been on that pre-order page. I fell behind a bit with my timeline so it got pushed back to loading it up today. 😦

  35. I appreciate the timeline you provided for the fairy tales and I think that to go along with that it would be interesting to see a map. It would be a most welcome dimension to the stories. Just something to think about πŸ™‚

    • Hi Elizabeth! I really would like to include a map too! Unfortunately, my drawing skills culminate to stick people, and it’s actually pretty hard to find mapmakers these days! πŸ˜‰ I do hope to one day have a map made of the Timeless Fairy Tale worlds–but, sadly, it probably won’t be for a few years.

  36. I loved Swan Lake. It was one of my favorite books!!! I love all your books and I can’t wait till you write the next King Arthur book:)

    • I’m so glad you liked it! I had an absurdly fun time with some of the characters–specifically Empress Sonya–so it makes me really happy to know you enjoyed it. Thanks for the message! πŸ™‚

  37. I just finished reading your blog from start to finish! (It took a little while.) It was so cool to see how many people are on your blog now compared to when you first started. πŸ™‚ Love your books!

    • Wow, A+ for perseverance! Those first few months of blogging were pretty boring–my stats don’t even count them anymore. I commend you for busting through them! Hopefully you’ll find that my writing is better now as well. πŸ˜‰

  38. Yes, it is. Though your other writing was just fine too. By the way, I noticed you cut back on Bad Poetry Days! πŸ˜‰

    • AHahah, I usually do those when I’m feeling overwhelmed/sick, and thankfully I haven’t been sick lately! I’m sure I’ll bust them out again. Whenever I have a headcold I am inspired by silly words. πŸ˜‰

  39. I LOVE your books!! And just finished up with Swan Lake and the extras and was wondering how many more comments are need for the last extra? I posted mine to Amazon, but I’m still curious to how long before the last is unlocked!!!!

    • Swan Lake still needs a handful of reviews, but I’ve decided to post the final freebie at either the end of this week, or next Monday at the latest. πŸ™‚ (It will depend on my schedule, it’s been a bit cray-cray lately!)

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