The celebration…

Greetings, Champions! I have some exciting news to share! First off, a reminder that tomorrow marks the beginning of the awesome Fantasy Romance sale I’m taking part of. A bunch of fantasy-romance authors, myself included, decided to band together and discount one book each from July 24th to July 27th. (Mine is the Little Selkie, which will be 99 cents!) There’s a pretty big list, and the organizer of the event–E. D. Walker–was kind enough to give each book a heat rating, so you know exactly what you’re buying! If you’re looking for some new books, I suggest you take a peek. Click here to go to the list and landing page for the promo!

But that’s not all! Today, I would like to introduce you to my amazing summer intern, Britta Vana!

Britta: Heyo!

Britta has actually been working behind the scenes for a few weeks, adjusting the Goodreads reading lists we’ve been populating together, but I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce her to you all. Tell us a bit about yourself, Britta.

Well, to start off, I am a reading maniac with two overflowing bookshelves, a Kindle, and a library within walking distance. I especially love Lord of the Rings and all of Kitty’s books! (My favorites are the Snow Queen series, Rumplestiltskin, Swan Lake and Princess Ahira.) I have numerous other hobbies, which go through phases, but reading has been my favorite pastime for as long as I’ve been able to make sense of the letters on the pages. Currently, I also enjoy calligraphy and drawing. I’m excited for this opportunity to be part of the team!

(She is far too kind regarding my writing, but I love being able to talk books with her!) I’m really excited to welcome Britta to our community—particularly because with her help I’ll be able to do a few things that I otherwise wouldn’t have the time to pull off. Which brings me to my next point!

This summer has been a huge thrill between getting Red Rope of Fate made into an audio book, releasing Swan Lake, welcoming Britta on board, and launching Heart of Ice and Sacrifice into paperback format, so I thought we should celebrate! For a limited time (aka, until we run out) I’ll be giving out Heart of Ice postcards!

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Ta da! To snag one of these postcards just send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope to this address:
PO Box 357
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(To make things perfectly clear, this means you send the self-addressed, stamped envelope inside an envelope mailed to the above address.)  Britta will check the PO Box and mail off the postcard back to you, but if you want to include a letter or something to me feel free to—Britta will put it aside and I’ll receive it the next time we meet up.

 

Britta: (These postcards are awesome, trust me! I snagged one for myself :P)

 

Britta’s right–Myrrhlynn adjusted the Heart of Ice cover so it was a perfect fit on the postcard. But when I was signing postcard #150, I wasn’t feeling quite so perky about it. Ha-ha. Anyway!

 

As we couldn’t really estimate how popular the postcards will be—I refrained from asking you all since I wanted it to be a surprise, and let me tell you that was tough—we have a limited number of them. I would suggest sending out your envelope sooner than later if you’re interested, but if we run out fast I’ll order another batch. When we’re winding down I’ll make an official announcement that the giveaway has ended, otherwise I’ll keep a mention of the postcard giveaway in the top post, so please tell your family and friends about it!

 

Unfortunately, at this time we’re mailing out postcards to Champions living in the USA Only. As this is our first time doing this I thought it was in our best interest to keep things as simple as possible, but don’t worry! Once we get a system in place we’ll offer this to Champions who live world-wide!
And I think that’s plenty to slam you with today. I hope you guys enjoy the postcards…and my messy scrawl on the back of them. Thank you, Britta, for joining us today, and thanks for reading, Champions. Have a lovely weekend! (PS: Sorry for the wonky formatting in this post!)

Swan Lake is Launched!

The wait is over, Swan Lake has arrived!

I can’t wait to hear your reactions! The book is a little shorter compared to the likes of the Snow Queen series, but so much happens in it so it feels a more intense/adventuresome than some of my other fairy tales. (Yes, I’m looking at you, Beauty and the Beast.) I’m not going to talk about it much because I know only a few of you have had a chance to read it, but I still have a few things I wanted to cover.

I’m holding my usual review challenge for Swan Lake’s launch! For every twenty-five reviews posted on Amazon and Goodreads, I’ll release a new Swan Lake short story/extra until it hits 125 reviews. You can see the top post of my blog for a few of the freebies’ titles. I’m pretty excited about these extras, because I used a lot of the feedback on what you really liked reading about in the Snow Queen extras when I was deciding what books to write.

Tacked on to that, this is just a reminder that I do keep an eye on the reviews for feedback. I have particular stories I want to write, but you guys do influence the way I tell them, so thanks in advance to everyone who reviews!

Also, I’ve updated the Timeless Fairy Tales Timeline, adding in events from Swan Lake. Caution: The timeline contains spoilers for several fairy tales! If you haven’t read all the fairy tales you might not wish to view the timeline.

Remember to mark your calendars for June 19 and 20, when Wild Swans will be free to celebrate Father’s Day and the first day of summer.

Okay, that’s everything. Have a fabulous day, Champions. I hope you enjoy Swan Lake!

Winners & Red Rope Updates

Good day to you, Champions! Today is another newsy, update filled day.

First of all, congratulations to the five winners of my Mother’s Day raffle:  Cindy K, Catherine K, Becky G, Johanna D, and Gia! All five winners have been emailed, and will receive their prizes as soon as they get back to me let me know which K. M. Shea e-book they would like. Thank you to everyone who entered—I hope you all had a happy Mother’s Day!

I do have more news to share on Red Rope of Fate. With the help of some of my fabulous Champions, it has come to my attention that anyone who has read Red Rope of Fate through Kindle Unlimited and then purchased the new edition of Red Rope of Fate, is still going to get stuck with the old version. Your Kindle and Amazon account have something of a memory, so even if you deleted the book off of your account and repurchased it you’d still end up with the old edition. To get the new version, you want to talk to Amazon customer service.

How can you know if you have the old edition or the new version? Easy! The first words of the new edition are… “Elves and Humans could not communicate. Tari had known this since she was young.” If you don’t have that, you’ve got the old version.

To contact customer service, go to any Amazon page and scroll to the bottom. Under the “Let Us Help You” at the very bottom there is a “Help” tab. Once on the new help page, scroll down to the “Browse Help Topics” and at the bottom of the topics list you’ll see “Need More Help?” click on that and it will bring up a sub-menu. One of the sub-menu options is “Contact Us” which will take you to a new page. It asks what you want help with (Digital services) and what the exact problem is, then asks your preferred contact method–the website says a phone call is best, but most Champions have said instant messaging works great as well. (Email, not so much.)

Then tell them you have a book in your account that you want updated because there is a new edition available.

This will work for those of you who have not gotten the updates available button, although by now everyone should have it. (Another helpful Champion who spoke to customer service said Amazon mentioned it might take a day or two for the updates available box to pop up on your account, but as it has been over a week if you haven’t gotten it now you probably need to contact customer service.)

Thus far, everyone seems pretty happy with the changes to the book– which obviously makes me a happy, happy author. Swan Lake is going through some final edits with editor #2. Hopefully next week or the week after I’ll be able to send it back to editor #1 for the last proofread, and then it should be available for preorder in early June!

That is it for today! Thank you for reading, Champions, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Mother’s Day Raffle

Happy Mother’s Day, champions! Originally I had planned to release a post about the roles of enchanters and enchantresses in the Timeless Fairy Tale series today, however, there ended up being a few new, more pressing, updates I need to share.

To begin with, Red Rope of Fate has gone through a massive edit/rewrite. I’ve uploaded the new version, so it is available to purchase, but for those of you who have already bought it, I talked to an Amazon support techie, who made update available in your user account. He said, “We’ve sent an e-mail to customers who own the book to notify them of the update. These customers can download the update through their “Manage Your Content and Devices” page.” So keep an eye out for the email, or check out your “manage your content and devices” page.

The Red Rope of Fate rewrite includes several new scenes told from Arion’s point of view, and I trimmed down a lot of lengthy explanations. Hopefully, you will enjoy the changes!

Up next, is the KM Shea starter pack! In order to encourage newsletter sign-up, I will now be giving away a “starter pack” to anyone who signs up for the newsletter. The starter pack includes a two page King Arthurs short story, a four page Red Rope of Fate prequel story, and a short fairytale-esque story. (The fairytale story has no ties to the timeless fairy tales world, it is a completely original story.)

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If you sign up for the newsletter, a link to the starter pack will be included in your welcome email. The link will take you to a site where you can download the.mobi file for your Kindle, or view the PDF file. I am aware that many of you have already signed up for the newsletter, so in May’s newsletter– which will be going out shortly–I will include a link to the starter pack so everyone gets a chance to download it.

Finally, today marks the beginning of my Mother’s Day raffle. It’s free to enter, and out of the entrants five randomly selected winners will receive a K. M. Shea ebook of their choice. It opens today, and will close Thursday night, May 12. This raffle follows all the usual terms and conditions– I reserve the right to change the prize, shut down the raffle, etc– and you can only enter once.

As you might recall, there isn’t a rafflecopter widget for wordpress, so I have to use a link. So click here to go to the raffle!

Finally, I want to conclude with a shout out to all of you mothers! (And when I say mothers, I mean all of you wonderful ladies who have had an impact on the generations that come after you. Not all mothers have given birth, and that doesn’t make you any less amazing or inspiring to those who look up to you.) Being a mother is an incredible, tough, and simultaneously heartbreaking job, but I am so grateful for all of you! Enjoy your special day, and have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for reading, and I promise next week I’ll get that post out!

Reading Lists

Hello Champions, I have got news for you!

First of all, something fun. Book Nerd Paradise is running a “Favorites Giveaway”  and is giving away an Amazon gift card so readers can purchase a favorite book! I am extremely honored to say one of the favorites she mentioned happens to be Snow Queen: Heart of Ice, which is how I found out about it. (Thanks Ashley!) Click here to check out the giveaway and enter it! She has some other great books listed, so if you aren’t interested in the contest you can check out her recommendations.

Up next! I’ve been hankering to make some kind of list or reading group on Goodreads since I started connecting with you guys, because you, Champions, have the best book recommendations. I’m serious. You know my reading style better than the “You May Also Like” feature on Amazon. Because we all have such similar reading tastes, I thought it would be in our best interest to pool our resources and create lists of books we love. I polled my Facebook Champions for list ideas, and so far we have two: Clean Kindle Unlimited Reads, and Sweet and Clean Romances! Clean KU Reads went up last night, and Sweet and Clean Romances went live a few hours ago, and already I am in so much trouble because there are so many books I want to read. Anyway, if you’re a Goodreads member please join in the fun and add to the lists! If you don’t have a Goodreads account you can still peruse the list, you just won’t be able to comment or add anything. I’ll be adding links somewhere in the website so you guys can find the lists easily. (I’ll make the announcement again when I find a home for the links.) I can’t wait to see everything you guys come up with!

I have started on my next fairy tale--the lake should be a partial giveaway as to what it is!

I have started on my next fairy tale–the lake should be a partial giveaway as to what it is.

And now for some writing news! As you might have guessed based on the photo, I have officially started writing Swan Lake–the next Timeless Fairy Tale that should pop out sometime this summer. Editor #2 is still diligently working away on SQ 2, but she’ll be getting it back to me sometime next week, so we are closing in on the release date for Snow Queen 2! (Yes, I’m still struggling to come up with a title.)

Finally, King Arthur fans, I have good news and I have bad news. Bad news first: you aren’t going to get three short King Arthur books to finish the series. The good news: You are going to get one full-length novel! Here’s what happened: I looked at the story lines I wanted to use for the last three books, and I realized if I split the story up it wouldn’t flow nicely like the previous short, episodic books. The last three story lines are too intertwined to make that work, so I decided to write a full-length King Arthurs novel instead so you would get the story in one awesome package. The added bad news is that you probably won’t see it until fall due to the writing I need to get done to stay on my editing schedule with Editors #1 and #2. Still, a full length novel about Britt and her boys! Woohoo!

That is it for today, Champions. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this update! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some amazing book recommendations to go try out…

Results are in!

Every year–I say every year but this is only the second year I’ve done this, it will be an annual thing, though–I ask the Champions subscribed to my newsletter to vote for the story they would like to see me offer for free on Valentine’s day–February 14. This year’s winning book is…Rumpelstiltskin with 25 votes and 33% of the votes. So mark your calendars folks, Rumpelstiltskin will be free on Amazon on February 14, 2016! Happy Valentine’s day!

Also, the polls are closed and the results are in for the 2016 Hero poll! The favorite hero types are: Prankster Deviants (Friedrich of C&C and Asher and Aron of Life Reader) have a runaway win with 169 votes, Earnest and Sweet (Stil of Rumpelstiltskin and Azmaveth of Princess Ahira) take second place with 146 votes, and the Strong and Silent type (Arion of Red Rope and Severin of B&B) take third with 135 votes. In fourth are the sarcastic and opinionated heroes (Merlin of King Arthurs and Steffen of Puss in Boots) with 126 votes, Villains with Heart (Farrin of Snow Q.) stole fifth with 122 votes, Arrogant but loving (Aysel of the MBRC) took six with 71 votes, the Heroic type (Rune of Wild Swans, Will Scarlet of Robyn Hood) snagged seventh with 51 votes, and loyal flirts (Devin of MBRC and Lancelot of King Arthurs) come in last with 33 votes. I do suspect Devin’s place in rock bottom might be partially due to pairing him with Lancelot, but I didn’t have another example. (Sorry, Devin!)

Looking at the results, I have to say they are fairly consistent with 2015’s poll. In 2015 the strong and silents won with 121 votes, and they were followed closely by the prankster/deviants, the earnest and sweet type, and then the sarcastic and opinionated. There was a bit of an upset with the first three this year, but the vote counts are so close I think it is safe to say the top three winners for 2016 and 2015 seem to be the types you guys prefer. Which brings us to the next poll!

I asked you, Champions, what hero you most wanted to see in future stories, and used your comments from my blog and Facebook to compile the archetypes I offered. Winning by a hair is the Over-Looked Good Guy with 108 votes. The Arrogant/Caustic Genius gave him a close race with 107 votes, and the Trickster Anti-hero wasn’t far off with 98 votes. The Tragic Anti-hero came in fourth with 87 votes, the older brother/mentor type took fifth with 77 votes, and the Awkward and Nerdy guys took sixth with 65 votes. Mysterious placed seventh with 58 votes, the Childhood Friend came in eighth with 57 votes, and the Alpha male grabbed ninth with 52 votes. Last were Male-Damsel-In-Distress with 48 votes, Unapologetic Villain with 42 votes, and nice Jocks with 14 votes.

Thank you to everyone who voted! I consider your preferences as I try to mold and sculpt new characters, so you can bet that you’ll be seeing some of the poll options in future stories. That’s a lot of information for today so I’ll cut it off here, but to give you a quick work update I’m getting ready to start my next Fairy Tale, and Editor #2 is still ripping apart working on Snow Queen 2. Thank you for reading, Champions. Have a fabulous week!

The Ideal Hero Poll 2016

Greetings, Champions! It has come: the Ideal Hero Poll for 2016! Let there be much rejoicing!

I’m sure some of you are wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Here’s the situation:  I try to write a variety of male protags because every reader is going to have a different preference. No matter what hero/prince I create, some of you will love him and some of you won’t be terribly impressed, it’s a sad reality. However! Your preferences are still important to me, so I use the hero poll as a sort of thermometer to see what hero archetypes are the most popular.

I created the Ideal Hero poll–using my characters as a reference because I know you’ve met these guys, or you wouldn’t be here–that gives you the opportunity to vote for your favorite characters/archetypes. I don’t have a limit on your number of selections, but I ask that you choose no more than three. Why only three? The more you vote the more skewed the results will be. I take your response seriously, so please follow the rules and only cast your three votes one time! The poll will close 1/24/2016, and I’ll announce the winning types on 1/25.

Take note, though, because this year I’m adding a second poll: Most-Wanted Hero. In this poll you can vote for your favorite male archetype that I have not yet written as a main character! It follows the same rules as the Ideal Hero poll–three selections and you can vote only once. I checked in with my Facebook and Blog Champions for ideas, but if you have a favorite archetype that didn’t make the cut, please shout it out in the comment section! These polls are supposed to provide discussion and feedback for me, so don’t be shy. Okay, hold onto your hats because here we go!

Annnddd for the new poll! I tried to find examples, but for some of them I couldn’t swing it. Sorry!

Thank you for participating in the 2016 Ideal Hero Poll AND the 2016 Most-Wanted Hero Poll. I can’t wait to see who wins. Good luck, and choose carefully!

SOS!

It’s that time of the year! Beginning next week I’ll hold my annual “Hero Poll” in which I post archetypes of main male characters with examples pulled from my books and ask you to vote for your favorites! In example, last year one of the voting options was for the “Strong-Silent Type” and the examples were Severin from Beauty and the Beast and Arion from Red Rope of Fate.

It’s meant to be fun so we can see who is the most popular protagonist, but it’s also really useful for me because it helps me get an idea of what you guys like and what you want more of. I’m still going to hold that poll–with additions from all the new books I’ve written since then–but this year I’m going to have a second poll, and I need your help!

The second poll will be a list of hero archetypes I haven’t yet used, and you’ll get a chance to vote for the ones you want to see the most. This is where I need you to chime in! In order for me to make that second poll, I need a list of voting options. So far I’ve come up with: the childhood friend, the older-brother type, and the anti-hero. What archetypes am I missing? I posed this question to my Facebook Champions last night, and so far they’ve added the alpha male archetype, and the tortured romantic. (Tortured romantic meaning he doesn’t feel he’s worthy of love, but he is sweet and gentle.)

Give a shout in the comment section with the archetypes you want/like, and I’ll try to include it! Thanks in advance, Champions! I can’t wait to see who you vote for next week.

Heart of Ice and Specials

Hello Champions. As many of you are aware, Snow Queen: Heart of Ice is available to purchase and read! It is one of two books–book two will be out in mid to late February. I hope you enjoy it! I ventured pretty far from the original fairy tale, but you should be able to recognize a few characters from the original.

To celebrate it, I’m running a slightly altered version of the review special I held for Puss in Boots. For every twenty-five original honest reviews on Amazon and Goodreads (meaning I won’t count reviews that have been posted on both sites, but if you do post in both places I would greatly appreciate it ) I’ll release Snow Queen extra content! This special starts today and will continue until Snow Queen gets 125 reviews. Here is a breakdown of the content:

25 Reviews: Locked: Short Story: The Robber Maiden: PDF
50 Reviews: Locked: Extra Scene: Story Time: PDF
75 Reviews: Locked: Short Story: The Ostfold Tour pt 1: PDF
100 Reviews: Locked: Short Story: The Captain’s Story: PDF
125 Reviews: Locked: To Be determined

Thank you in advance to everyone who reviews. Reviews are a big thing for authors. It helps a lot with book visibility and gives us valuable feedback–and it is also nice for readers because it helps them decide if it is a book they would enjoy. (After all, if you look at book descriptions it can be hard to tell if they have humor or not!)

Next up, I wanted to thank whatever sweet Champion nominated The Little Selkie, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin, and Enlightened for the 2015 Swoony awards! According the Goodreads page, “the Swoony Awards are a reader’s choice award recognizing excellence in clean secular fiction.” I don’t know if I really can claim excellence, but thank you to those who nominated me! Voting is still going on, so if you have an active goodreads account please check the page out and vote! (I say active because they’ve been having problems with voting scams, so they’re only counting votes from active goodreads accounts.) I intend to give that list a thorough look-through once the voting closes; there were some awesome looking books on it!

Finally, I’m running some Christmas specials! Enthroned and Enchanted from King Arthurs and Robyn Hood book one and two will be available for free in late December, but I’m starting the party by lowering the price of Beauty and the Beast down to 99 cents beginning today and going through January 1.

I can’t wait to take a look at the original Snow Queen story–it’s really long–but as the book was just released I’m going to force myself to zip it, and duck out of here. Thank you for reading, Champions! I hope you have a lovely day.

Raffle Winners!

The raffle for ten ebook copies of The Lost Files of the MBRC is over! There was a total of 155 entries, and the Rafflecopter widget picked ten random winners! Congratulations to:

  • Lynda S.
  • Tamara C.
  • Audrey L.
  • Ray Ray
  • Heather A. M.
  • Abigael S.
  • Jennifer L.
  • Megan
  • Jill J.
  • Marwa K.

Names are abbreviated for the sake of privacy, but all winners have already been notified via email. (Remember, winners, if you’ve already pre-ordered The Lost Files, I am happy to send a copy to the person of your choice!) Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle, and congratulations to the winners!

That was a lot of fun, but why stop with there? The Lost Files of the MBRC releases tomorrow–Thursday, October 15. I can’t wait to see what you guys think of the short stories, but there’s more good news.  I have officially decided to continue with the MBRC world. The main character will not be Morgan–although you’ll still see her around–but perhaps even more importantly I will not be able to start this book until at least 2017. My writing schedule is absolutely booked for 2016, so unfortunately MBRC fans will be waiting a while for the next installment. 😦 Sorry, I considered not telling you all so the wait wouldn’t kill you, but The Lost Files hints about who the new heroine will be, so I thought sharing would be better. You don’t meet the new heroine, but she is brought up indirectly several times. Keep an eye out and send me your best guesses!

Right. I’m going to duck out now during your shocked silence. Until next time, Champions! Thank you for reading, and thank you again to everyone who entered the raffle!