Email Blues

Whelp. I’ve made an unfortunate discovery this week. Way back in December, I tried fine-tuning my spam filter for my kmshea email. Unfortunately, it seems my inbox took that as an invitation to black-roll just about everyone who filled out a “contact me” message form and sent me an email. So, it turns out I’ve been missing about 90% of the messages and emails that were being sent to me over the past few months, and I only figured it out this week.

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This is particular horrifying to me because I’ve made it a personal goal to be available and plugged-in, so to speak, with my readers. I’ve felt quite pleased with myself because it’s been going so swimmingly–or so I thought. Little did I know I was failing badly in the realm of email. So to anyone who has tried to contact me via email since December 2015, I am so sorry. I have the problem fixed, and I’ve managed to recover my emails back to mid-March so I have replied to all of those messages. Unfortunately, it seems like my December through March 15th emails are gone. If you emailed me then, please feel free to email me again! Normally I’m really good about responding, so you can usually count on a response.

Again, I apologize for this tech malfunction. On a lighter note, you can look forward to a new post tomorrow about Enchanters and Enchantresses in Timeless Fairy Tales! Thanks for reading, Champions!

Sacrifice

Set your sails for Verglas, Champions, Sacrifice has arrived! Truthfully I’m struggling to think of something else to say, but I’m betting 90% of you have clicked on the link and zipped away to look at the new shiny, so I may as well shut up. For you poor souls who can’t get it yet, click the “Read More” link below for an excerpt of the first few pages.

I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it! After you finish it, please leave an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads! Just as I did with Heart of Ice, for every 25 reviews left, I’ll unlock a new Snow Queen freebie. (For the list of freebies check the top post.) Thanks, Champions. I really hope you enjoy it.

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It’s Alive!!

Champions! It’s finally here! Today Life Reader is not only available for purchase, but it’s free! Spread/share/like the news far and wide–Life Reader lives!

Now that I have that melodramatic moment behind me, extra sample chapters of Life Reader are going up on Textnovel and Fictionpress to alert readers of it’s free status. Also I had my first author interview! Star over at The Bibliophilic Book Blog interviewed me in promotion of Life Reader‘s giveaway. Please check The Bibliophilic Book Blog out and give Star a chance to experience some Champion love!

Finally, watch the date, because the next Life Reader contest is about to kick off. The prize is an extra chapter of Life Reader, and anyone can snatch it provided they review Life Reader on Amazon and then contact me so I can send them the chapter. For more information look at the top post, or click here.

Thanks Champions, I couldn’t do this without you!

Promotion Error

Champions I am ashamed to announce that there was a promotions managing mishap. As a result Life Reader will now be available free starting tomorrow, June 7. I’ll be going an extra day since it was unfortunately pushed back, so Life Reader will now be offered for free from June 7 to June 11.

I apologize for the change and delay.

eBooks and the mixing of media

This week Thursday, June 6, marks the five days that Life Reader will be free. Please tell everyone you know, enter in the limited time contest Spread the Secret, and get ready for the Talk Shop review giveaway!

Earlier last month I read an interesting article where a Scottish author, Irvine Welsh, talks about the possibility of mixing media to make eBooks. He wants to include not just pictures, but video and links in his book as well. Some writers are already doing this. A friend of Welsh’s published an eBook that contains links to short films. This idea both overjoys and horrifies me.

I love the idea of adding another dimension to books that was previously unavailable. How incredible would it be to read an eBook that comes with it’s own background music? Pictures and video would allow a reader to further bury themselves in the story. Think of all the tie ins! Let’s use Narnia as an example. Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to click on the words “Turkish Delight” (the sweet that Edmund eats and betrays his family for) and be redirected to the author’s website where there is a recipe for it?

However, I can think of a few drawbacks. First of all I would hope this kind of format would not be wide spread. Why? I believe in imagination. While providing that extra media would make the book experience richer, it would also be like chewing someone’s food for them. Reading a book gives the author a chance to tell you a story, yes, but as the reader it’s your responsibility to flesh out the story in your mind. I don’t often like movies based on books because the characters don’t look at all similar to the way I pictured them.

Secondly, not all books need this. I see this idea as something similar to 4D movies. Not all movies need to be 4D because most movies aren’t made for it. The movies that are made for 4D shine brightly and make you think that the $20 ticket was actually worth it. I think that’s how mixed media books will be. It will be perfect for some, and not at all necessary for others.

But the biggest drawback I can think of is monetary. If books include videos, pictures, and links, what’s to keep sponsors from swooping in? Of course this gives the author more chance for merchandising, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (If Harry Potter eBooks contained links to Harry Potter costumes and trinkets you can bet your sweet pages I would happily buy stuff.) I’m thinking more mainstream, like corporations buying their way into books. Suddenly main characters will be sipping Pepsi or going to Starbucks for half the book. The hero’s mother only uses Tide to clean his clothes, and his girlfriend drives a Toyota which is pictured in almost all the media. I don’t think it will ever get that bad–after all it’s not like that in movies or TV and they have plenty product placements, but I suspect it will make books appeal to the corporate world in ways they previously did not.

What do you think, Champions?

New Contest + Loading Life Reader

Horrah! Life Reader is uploading to Amazon as I type! It should be available for purchase in the next 24 hours, but remember I’ll be offering it for free June 6-June 10.

The release of Life Reader marks two new contests:

Spread the Secret: The point of Spread the Secret is to get the word out about Life Reader, specifically the five days I’m offering it for free. The rules are pretty simple: the two people who spread the news about Life Reader the most will each get the chance to name a character that pops up in the extra chapter of Life Reader. To enter all you need to do is post in the discussion on my Amazon Author page (click here) or email me a list of all the ways you shared the secret of Life Reader. Feel free to use any of the Life Reader media I have made available on the Life Reader page when you share/like/talk it up! Here are a few ideas of places you can spread the secret: Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Shelfari, Google+, verbally (Yes, if you TELL a friend about Life Reader I’m counting that!), Amazon, blog about it, Youtube, review it, etc. How many ways can you spread the secret?

Talk Shop: Starting date: June 10   Ending date: June 30
Talk Shop is my favorite kind of contest because everyone who enters automatically wins. (Yaaaay!) All you need to do is read Life Reader, review it, and email me a copy of your review with a valid email address. Within 48 hours I will email you an extra chapter of Life Reader. Please give Life Reader an honest review–you don’t have to wax poetry over it.

Life Reader Annoucement

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I totally forgot about updating yesterday. A thousand apologies my dear Champions!

For starters I again updated Texnovel, Fictionpress, and NovelJoy with free chapters! The first 25 pages are posted on those sites, so that should give you a pretty good idea what Life Reader is like. But! That is not the big announcement!

I am looking for a few reviewers for Life Reader. While obviously I would love it if everyone would review Life Reader, I’m looking for a few people to review it before it is available for free on Amazon. Here’s how it will work: Email me through the form below or the contact me page, stating that you agree to review Life Reader by June 1st (earlier is better) and I’ll send you a free, PDF copy of Life Reader for your reading pleasure!

I’m looking for two to four people, and I will post on here when the review slots are closed. Don’t worry if you don’t get the chance to snag Life Reader for free during this offer. It will be available for free on Amazon June 6–June 10.

Life Reader: Picture This & Sneak Peek

Great news! Life Reader has been selected as one of the Editors Picks for May on Textnovel.com! I’m pretty psyched about this, mostly because Life Reader hasn’t even been up a week and it was chosen! Thanks Textnovel!

Today I’ve got another small update of Life Reader, which can be read on Textnovel.com, FictionPress, or (a new addition to the free chapters club) NovelJoy.com.

Also I have a new episode of Picture This to share! For those of you who haven’t been here long, picture this is when I post photographs/comics/fanart for my books. Today’s Picture This is actually an archived image for Life Reader. Life Reader has been written three times. Today’s image–a comic–was written/drawn for the first edition. However, it so clearly displays the characters of Raven and her co-workers, I just had to post it.

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Thanks for reading!

Sneak peek: Another sample chapter!

Another sample chapter of Life Reader has been posted. You can view it at Fiction Press or Textnovel. In this chapter you’re finally introduced to Raven’s coworkers, and you get your first peek at the snarly Library Director, Isaac Eastgate, through his terse emails.

I’m working on a book trailer–which I hope to release by Friday or early next week. It’s almost finished, but it just needs a little more polish.

I also wish to assure you that I am working on my next adult book (A Modern Girl Rules Camelot, title REALLY pending) and I’ve actually gathered enough research that I think I may be able to start writing the first few chapters in the next few days. (I slave away for you, Champions, let me tell you!

This is a short post, but the sample chapter should give you champions something to nibble on. Enjoy!