About Heather Dade, writing as Heather Kuehl

Heather Dade, writing as Heather Kuehl (pronounced "keel"), was born near the Great Lakes, but made her way to South Carolina where she lives to this day. She's the author of Epiphany (an ARe best seller) and The Sarah Vargas Series. The first installment of the Sarah Vargas Series, Fade to Black, reached #1 on Fictionwise.com's best seller list for fantasy ebooks. For more information about Heather's published works, upcoming releases, and events visit her website; http://www.mrsheyhey.com/

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cover art!

I got the cover at for AT ALL COSTS yesterday. It's it gorgeous?!!



Friday, October 21, 2011

Time flies...

I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted on here. I wish I could say I've been busy, but I haven't. I'm currently working on the edits for White Wolf, due out in April with MuseItHOT. "Raising the Dead" was featured in Shelter of Daylight and can be purchased on Sam's Dot Publishing's website. "Wedding Wizard" has been accepted by Residential Aliens and is due out in the near future. Other than that, nothing. Nada. My muse has gone on vacation, leaving me all alone.

Okay, it's not as bad as I'm making it sound. I've been catching up with my reading (almost finished Mortal Coils by Eric Nylund right now, and will start reading Secret Circle by LJ Smith next) and watching Supernatural via Netflix. I've got ideas for my future WIP, but right now I'm just going to relax some more.

And I just rememered....NaNoWriMo is next month!!! Holy crap I'd forgotten. Dear Muse, please come back from vacation. It's NaNo time! You can follow my progress on NaNoWriMo.org. My handle is dadewrites.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dream Lover's first review! 3 hearts!

From Sizzling Hot Book Reviews;
"Dream Lover is a good concept with loving characters and is a good sweet love story."

For the complete review, go to http://www.sizzlinghotbooks.net/2011/08/dream-lover-by-heather-kuehl.html

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Last stop

And the last stop on the Dream Lover/Epiphany Tour is at One Writer's Journey: http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/

This tour has been so much fun, and I can't wait until December to do it all again with At All Costs!

Monday, August 8, 2011

And the tour continues

Today I'm guest blogging at Kayden's World of Paranormal: http://kaydenmcleodparanormal.blogspot.com/

I'm so happy that my books are now out.
Get your copy of Dream Lover at http://eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615724451
Get your copy of Epiphany at http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=318&osCsid=148e753462c7adc46a33d091496e5faf

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dream Lover release day!

I feel like I'm everywhere today, promoting Dream Lover.

This week I'm the Spotlight Author at Cate Masters blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com/2010/08/heather-kuehl-in-author-spotlight.html

I'm being interviewed at You Gotta Read today: http://yougottareadguest.blogspot.com/2011/08/welcome-author-heather-kruel.html

I'm posting tidbits and excerpts at the Eternal Press Readers loop: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EternalPressReaders/

And I have a live chat in the Eternal Press chatroom at 2pm and 7pm EST: http://eternalpress.biz/chat.php

Busy busy busy! Make sure you get your copy of Dream Lover today: http://eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615724451

Friday, August 5, 2011

Epiphany has been released!

Today starts my Epiphany and Dream Lover blog tour! It's also the day that Epiphany is released! So excited!

To purchase Epiphany, please visit http://www.decadentpublishing.com


I'm blogging at Decadent Publishing's blog today: http://decadentpublishing.blogspot.com

I'm also guest blogging at The Sweater Curse: http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com



For a full tour list, go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199964386700292

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blog Fest Winners!

After entering all the information into Random.org, I now have the winners of my BlogFest contest!

The winner of the crystal dragon is Darlene!

The two winners of Blood Moon are Doreen and Vivien!

The winner of Promises to Keep is Amanda!

Congratulations!

Friday, July 15, 2011

BlogFest 2011

Welcome to BlogFest 2011!


This is stop 113/201!


What is BlogFest? Well, BlogFest is a blog run, allowing you to visit participating blogs from July 15-17. Each blog will be offering a fantastic giveaway for readers to enter. Listed below are the blog links that will pull readers through the party. Sounds fun right? With so many blogs there is no way you can enjoy them all, so make sure you bookmark the ones that look interesting! Then you can come back later to enjoy all they have to offer. Make sure you keep track of the blogs you visited by going to http://ajourneyofbooks.com/. Anyone using this tracking site will be entered in the BlogFest 2011 massive giveaway.



The BlogFest Giveaway
Don't forget about the massive BlogFest 2011 grand giveaway! Head on over to http://www.ajourneyofbooks.com/ and click on the Tracking Site link to head to the exclusive tracking site. Once there you can register with a valid email address (to be used solely for the purpose of contacting the winner). This site will allow you to track your progress through BlogFest 2011! You can log on from anywhere at any time and continue where you left off. The best part is that every blog that you visit and mark off through this tracking site will give you one entry into the massive giveaway! We have a great collection of books, goodies and other swag that is looking for a new home!

My Giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive this crystal dragon (pictured below). Two winners will receive a pdf of Blood Moon: Sarah Vargas Book 3, and one lucky winner will receive a pdf of Promises to Keep. That's a total of four chances to win!





















My Giveaway Rules and Details:

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post with your email addy

Receive + 2 entries for being a blog follower

Receive + 2 entries for being a Twitter Follower @heatherkuehl


Receive + 2 entries for following my Facebook Fan Page




Please don't comment for each entry. One comment with your email addy and what you are following will be fine.

This giveaway is open to international residents. :o) Contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on the 17th. Winners will be notified by July 19.



Thursday, July 7, 2011

Whoops!

How could I forget to mention that I was in 5x5 Fiction and that Ruby Red Cravings has been released.

Read 5x5 for FREE at http://5x5fiction.blogspot.com/2011/06/5x5-fiction-presents-issue-two-secrets.html

Buy Ruby Red Cravings at http://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Red-Cravings-Brianna-Stoddard/dp/1617061271

OMG! It feels like forever

Since I've blogged, that is. I no longer have a reliable internet source at my house, which is kinda nice since that means I have more time for other things rather than stalking Facebook. But with Dream Lover AND Epiphany's release date just around the corner, it's time to get back to business. Yep, I said both books. Dream Lover is due out on Aug 7 and Epiphany just got confirmed for Aug 5. Two books...one week. Holy cow! I already have a tour lined up. Check out the tour at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199964386700292

Now, to catch up...
I was at Decadent Publishing on June 30 for Three Way Thursday - http://decadentpublishing.blogspot.com/2011/06/thursday-3-ways-with.html

I will be at Decadent Publishing on July 28, once again for Three Way Thursday - http://decadentpublishing.blogspot.com

I am participating in BlogFest 2011 next week. Check back here for more information the closer it gets.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Yeah, I know, Memorial Day isn't until Monday. But I still felt the urge to say Happy Memorial Day, especially since my short story "What Heroes Do" is up at Flash Fiction Online. I'm so proud of this story, not just because this was my first professional story sale (WOOT!) but because of the message within it's short length.

To read "What Heroes Do" go to http://www.flashfictiononline.com/f20110503-what-heroes-do-heather-kuehl.html

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Review!

Tammy from The Pen and Muse has written a glowing review for Far and Away.

"Perfect for momentary jolts in between the daily moments of drudgery, Far and Away is loaded with slices of life that sting with humor and linger in memory."

Read more at http://thepenmuse.net/archives/2978

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thank you, my fabulous fans!


Isn't that awesome? Also, for Fantasy ebooks, Blood Moon is #65 and Fade to Black is #78. Top 100! WOOT!

Final Retribution: Book Three of the Angelic Chronicles by Marion Webb-De Sisto





This third and final book of the trilogy is an exploration of how opposites attract. No one is more evil than Archangel Samael and no one is more untainted than Angel Manah. These two characters should never hold any interest in each other and yet they do. It was a challenge for me, as a writer, to convince the reader of such an unlikely relationship. I do hope I’ve managed to do this. It was certainly enjoyable for me to demonstrate how what began as a total dislike of each other in Book One eventually changed into attraction and ultimately love. The following is a little breakdown of these two differing angelic individuals about whom the storyline of this book revolves around.

Samael was the most radiant first archangel, who fell from grace and became the Devil. He’s handsome and charismatic, but also cruel and embittered. His mood swings are like quicksilver, but anger frequently dominates him. He is the hero of this story, albeit the anti hero. This archangel rules Abbadon/Hell with an iron fist and has lost the love of Archangel Malkura to his brother. Although completely wicked, there is a hidden reason for his drastic change of character from good to evil. Even Samael has no memory of the true cause and mistakenly believes it is because of an event that never actually happened. In this book his attention has turned to Angel Manah and he hopes to either persuade or coerce her into becoming his consort. In the process of attempting to do this he falls in love with her, but Samael can only claim her if he becomes redeemed.

Manah is Malkura’s pure essence angel and is the heroine of the story. She is beautiful, compassionate and forthright. Compared to Samael, Manah is total purity in contrast to his darkness and wicked nature. Yet she is the only one who can alter his path of damnation; even Malkura could not do that. Manah abhors Samael’s evil acts, but is gradually falling in love with him. However, she knows she cannot be his unless he becomes redeemed. She believes this will never happen and is resigned to living her life without him. Manah is the thorn in his side, rejecting his amorous advances and reminding him with her forthright comments that his evil nature has rewarded him with exile and loneliness. The angel also dismisses his amorous interest in her as either being motivated by the fact that she reminds him of Malkura or it is merely a cruel charade. Considering angels to be inferior to archangels, this seraph cannot believe Samael’s acts of affection are genuine.

Author Marion Webb-De Sisto
Fiction - Adventure and Romance with a Devilish Twist.
Non-Fiction - Helpful Information on Crystals, Crystal Skulls, Healing and the Spirit World.

Website - www.marionwebb-desisto.com

Blog - http://marionwebb-desisto.blogspot.com/

Amazon Author Page - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marion-Webb-De-Sisto/e/B002A06PMK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

FaceBook - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671911733#!/pages/Marion-Webb-De-Sisto-Author/121238787930802

AuthorsDen - http://www.authorsden.com/marionwebbdesisto

Alternative-Read - http://www.alternative-read.com/aamarionwebbdesisto.htm

AuthorIsland - http://www.authorisland.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=748&Itemid=602


Friday, May 20, 2011

CDC warns about zombie apocalypse

Get A Kit,    Make A Plan, Be Prepared. emergency.cdc.gov


How awesome is that? Read the full article here.

If you're ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency. emergency.cdc.gov

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Busy busy

The moment I get my new ac adapter in the mail, the motherboard on my laptop craps out on me. I've spent the last week redownloading things that I use and trying to get the info I have off of my old laptop's harddrive. And there are some things on there I really want, like the book trailer for Dream Lover.

It also means that I'm trying to catch up with updating my website and blog. I know I forgot to post on here that I was guest blogging at Creative Chatter last week. I also got the link for the roundtable interview I did with Romance Radio Network. Today I'm guest blogging at MuseItUp Publishing. That should be it for guest posts until Dream Lover is released in August.


WIP update:

Of Wolf and Man has been sent out to publishers. I'm shooting for the stars with this one, so it may be a while before it actually sees the light of day.

Gray Magic is on hiatus. There's something about that story that just isn't doing it for me right now. Don't know what.

"Smut story" has a new name, White Wolf, and I will be editing and submitting it this week.

Sarah Vargas 4, 5, and 6 are outlined. They will be a stand alone trilogy, meaning that you don't have to read the first three to enjoy these. Maybe I'll label these Part 2: Book 1 or something of the sort.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blood Moon stats

Blood Moon seems to be doing well. Well enough for me to brag, anyways. LoL

On Fictionwise.com, Blood Moon is currently #45 for Fantasy ebooks. It's also #11 for Eternal Press on Fictionwise.

Maybe this will hit number 1 as well, like Fade to Black did in November 2009.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Two interviews and a review!

Far and Away has its first review and it's glowing!

"Kuel does it again with some great flash fiction and poetry. Her work makes you think, is something really hiding in the dark and even in the deep recesses of your mind." ~ The Pen and Muse

Read both the review, followed by my interview, at The Pen and Muse: http://thepenmuse.net/archives/2651


I'm also being interviewed on Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz's blog: http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/2011/05/interview-with-author-heather-kuehl.html

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Far and Away mini-tour has begun!

My first stop on my Far and Away mini-tour is Gladiator's Pen, where I'm being interviewed! I'll be talking about my new anthology and what the difference between writing Far and Away was compared to a book length work. Stop by and say hello!

http://gladiatorspen.blogspot.com/2011/05/heather-kuehl-steps-into-arena-at.html

Friday, May 6, 2011

Crazy week

It feels so good to have internet access again! The AC adapter for my lappy died last week, and I had to order a new one so that I could get online. Yeah, I have a desktop computer, but it's not internet friendly. I use that one to write. So, no internet for a week meant that I couldn't update my site or blog with updates about Far and Away's release. It also meant that I had more time to read and write. It was actually nice.

So, I'm back! My mini tour for Far and Away starts up on Saturday. Don't miss the fun!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The End

I love those words, especially when I can type them at the end of a project. For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you'll know that I've been working on a project that I've called my "smut" story. I finished it today, and no I don't have a better name for it yet. It's a 5k erotic paranormal romance (M/F & F/F). This is the first time I've looked into the world of my werewolves through a born Were's eyes. Before, it's been through Sarah's eyes but she's a converted Were. Kalia, my main character, was a born a werewolf. It's interesting to see how animalistic some Clans can be, especially when it comes to their females. I've discovered that aparently Weres don't approve of same sex couples, oftentimes destroying them rather than banishing them. So, what happens when your the daughter a Clan's alpha and you discover that your Mate is a female? Do you run from your feelings, or do you stay and face them head on?

Blurb: Kalia Seffmoyer is a rarity among werewolves. She's albino, a trait that is coveted by Clans worldwide. She is sent from Clan to Clan, bedding every eligible male she comes across hoping to find her Mate. Kalia doesn't expect to find love, but the second she looks into Sophia's eyes she's done for. Never has Kalia had feelings like those she has for Sophia, and a night of passion quickly leads to dire consequences. For in the supernatural world, it seems that humans aren't the only ones who discriminate.

That's what my smut story goes into. :o) It really needs a better title than "My Smut Story." LoL

Uprinting Winner!

Congratulations to Maureen! She's the winner of 25 magnet cards from Uprinting.com!


Congrats!

Friday, April 1, 2011

CONTEST! Win 25 Card Magnets


This month's Uprinting giveaway are magnets - 25 Card Magnets! Authors, here's your chance to win free promo material! Even if you aren't an author, magnets are still a great way to tell others about your school or business!



Prize Details:

25 Card Magnets for One (1) Winner

2” x 3.5”

13pt Magnet Gloss

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6 Business Days Turn Around Time


Restriction: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only. Winners are allowed to win only once over a six-month period.


How to enter: Leave a comment on this post with your email addy


Contest Open Until Wednesday April 13 at Midnight EST The winner will be announced on April 14



Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive business card magnets for hosting. Check out more information about magnet printing.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Interview with Maggie Dove


Dear Readers,

ANGEL OF WINDWORD is my first novel, and the first of the WINDWORD trilogy. CALL ME DUCHESS, the prequel to ANGEL OF WINDWORD and the story of two characters from my original manuscript is set in 1870 England and will be released by Eternal Press on January, 2011. At this time, I am writing my third novel, THE ENGLISH MARQUESA. The last of the Windword Trilogy is set in 1870 Spain and also involves a member of the Kent family.


Angel of Windword Buy Links:
ebook available at http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781926704654
Paperback and Kindle available at http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Of-Windword-ebook/dp/B003ICWCFI/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2

Call Me Duchess Buy Links:
Buy Link: http://eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615722860
Paperback can be ordered through Barnes & Noble.
Paperback and Kindle available at Amazon. Com
Paperback Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Call-Me-Duchess-Maggie-Dove/dp/1615722874/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1296254706&sr=1-2





HK: Who, or what, is your inspiration to write?
MD: My grandfather was a writer.

HK: When did you start writing?
MD: I think in high school, and later on after I got married, I took a few college courses in creative writing and loved them.

HK: When did you realize that you wanted to become an author?
MD: It just happened. I never thought that I would write a book. My good friend, Diana Flori, dared me to write one and I wrote Angel of Windword. She also wrote a historical romance titled A Thorn At His Side.

HK: What is your advice for aspiring authors?
MD: Don't give up. Write it and send it out. Keep at it until you get published.

HK: Do you do research for your books/stories? What kind of research do you do?
MD: Yes. I go to the library and now I use the internet. What a source of information!

HK: Do you outline before you start writing?
MD: No. I just jot down the ideas that come to me so that I don't forget them.

HK: Do you plan ahead before you sit down to write, or do you let the story take you where it wants to go?
MD: I have an original idea and then the characters take on a life of their own and the story goes where it wants.

HK: Do you write at a desk, or do you have a laptop that you drag around the house with you?
MD: I write at a desk. I don't like laptops...I need my mouse!

HK: Besides a pen/pencil/notepad/computer, what is a must-have while writing?
MD: Coffee! Also a shower. When I take a long, hot shower, my characters have conversations and my mind gets filled with ideas for plot.

HK: How did it feel to sign your first publishing contract?
MD: Unbelieveable! I walked on air for literally months!

HK: What is your favorite genre to write? Your least favorite?
MD: Historical Romances and Romantic Suspense. My least favorite. I don't have a least favorite because I only write Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense.

HK: Is there a genre that you haven't written yet, but you want to try?
MD: Just Mystery. I love writing the mystery part in my books. So I was thinking that maybe I'd call myself Maggie Raven and write suspense.

HK: Tell me a bit about your books? What do you think makes them stand out from the rest?
MD: My books are historical romances with a twist. They also include a mystery. I love secondary characters who are humorous.

HK: There are many fascinating historical places in Charleston, South Carolina. Are there any within your books?
MD: My first book takes place in France, my second in England and the one that I'm writing now, The English Marquesa takes place in Spain. I'm enjoying writing the latter because I lived in Spain for a year when I was 19 years old.

HK: And, for fun, if you could be anyone for a day - real or fictional - who would you be?
MD: Bewitched. She will always be young and beautiful even after Darin passes on without her. I love the fact that a simple movement of her nose can get her everything she wants, including her housework done!


HK: Thank you so much for participating in this interview! :o)
MD: Thanks, Heather!


Call Me Duchess Excerpt


Ah, the London Season—how glamorous, how debauch!

Staring at his image in the gilded mirror on top of the marbled staircase, the nobleman adjusted his black mask over his eyes and smiled with approval while surveying the fine-looking picture he presented. As usual, his appearance was faultless. There was not a hair out of place. It was time to make his grand entrance, but he couldn’t help but linger a while longer as he looked over the banister at the massive ballroom below.

The magnificent Bentley House boasted the most exquisite of ballrooms, and tonight the festooned and tinseled room did not disappoint. What would the London Season be without the Dowager Duchess of Wallingford’s annual masquerade ball, held every year at the commencement of the Season? He had looked forward to it for months.

His heart pounded with anticipation as he slowly descended the staircase, his keen eyes surveying the magical grandeur before him.

There she was now—the bejeweled and crusty dowager, dressed in black silk and lace, smiling at her doting son, the Duke of Wallingford. The duke’s escort, Lady Lorena Bonner, giggled and blushed while speaking to Lord Christopher Jackman, who looked more enamored by her than ever.

Entering the room, the nobleman recognized Lord and Lady Hardwood and their delectable daughter, Samantha, from last year’s Season. He accepted a flute of champagne from one of the numerous silver trays being passed around by uniformed waiters. He glanced at the dance floor and noticed the Countess of Salesbury waltzing with a young dandy while her aged husband watched silently. And was that not the exquisite Marchioness of Albester in lively conversation with the Earl of Deville? Where were their other halves? No doubt enjoying a lovers’ rendezvous in the terrace while their spouses conversed for all to witness. The nobleman smirked, remembering how the four had scandalized the ton with their blatant behavior last summer. But that was last year’s gossip. He wondered what tidbit this year would bring.

The marchioness called him over, but he could not go and speak to her now. He pretended not to notice, for he had more pressing matters at hand. The nobleman was not interested in the guests he recognized. He was more fascinated by the guests he had yet to meet.

Looking to his side, he observed a large group of young ladies standing by the north wall. So many of them! Giggling and hoping they’d be noticed. This year’s pretty pickings—such beautiful, dainty flowers just waiting to be plucked. Where would he start? Knocking back the champagne with one quick gulp, he headed toward them.

The London Season—how glamorous, how debauch, indeed! The time of year when the upper crust departed from their country manors and brought their young daughters to London to partake in the marriage mart, all anxiously hoping the young debutantes would meet eligible bachelors from good families such as theirs.

He wondered which one he would rape tonight.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Free Read - Struck by Beauty

Struck by Beauty is available now from Smashwords for FREE!


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG-13


http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/49914 A collection of four fantasy stories:

"Struck by Beauty" - Mika is forced to do the unthinkable.

"Homecoming" - Carra returns home to confront her past.

"Blythe's Vengeance" - Blythe seeks vengeance on the sorcerer that destroyed her hometown.

"The Desire of Selkies" - Salena discovers that humans will do anything to get what they desire.

Timeline

I was in the shower this morning, thinking about my stories and books. Many of my characters live within the same world, sometimes eventually overlapping. I want to create a timeline, for those of you who like to read things in order. I'll be adding to this list as new books/stories are released.

"Dalamar's Quest" (Amythist Dreams, March 2011)
"Struck by Beauty" Mirror Dance, Sept 2009.
"Susan's Ghost" Ethereal Tales, Oct 2010.
"The Voice Within the Book" DemonMinds, April 2008.
Dream Lover Eternal Press, Aug 2011.
Fade to Black Eternal Press, Oct 2009.
Promises to Keep Eternal Press, March 2010.
Malevolent Dead Eternal Press, Sept 2010.
Blood Moon Eternal Press, March 2011.
"The Hunt" (Amythist Dreams, March 2011)
Epiphany Decadent Publishings, TBA
"The Final Goodbye" (Amythist Dreams, March 2011)
"Into the Dark" Ruby Red Cravings, TBA.
"The Unexpected Guests" Just Another Paranormal Christmas, Dec 2010.
"The Lesson" Midnight Times, April 2008.
"Whispers of the Night" Siren Book Reviews Ezine, Feb 2011.
"Fire and Brimstone" (Far and Away, May 2011)
"To Walk Among Dreams" Space Cops, May 2009.
At All Costs MuseItUp Publishing, Dec 2011.

Amythist Dreams is now available!




Amythist Dreams is now up on Smashwords!




Genre: Fantasy


Rating: PG-13


Contains "Dalamar's Quest," "The Hunt," and "The Final Goodbye."


"Dalamar's Quest" - Sorcerer Dalamar Shola and his apprentice, Amythist Dyier, investigate new magic in Ancient Egypt.


"The Hunt" - Amythist wants revenge, even if it means going to the demon realm to fulfill it.


"The Final Goodbye" - Will Amythist be able to say goodbye to her truest love?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dragon Sent is now available

Dragon Sent is now up on Smashwords!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/49712


Genre: Fantasy


Rating: PG

Contains "The Wicked Deed" and "Redemption."

"The Wicked Deed" - To save her twin sister from a sorcerer's curse, Xerri must betray the dragon that trusts her to find the cure.

"Redemption" - Xerri goes on a dragon sent redemption quest to clear her soul of her wicked deed.

Anthologies

You'll notice that within the next couple of months, I'll have a couple anthologies coming out. Nifty, isn't it?


Through the Rosebush is a print anthology published through AnthologyBuilder.com. It contains 11 of my previously published short stories. This is available now at AnthologyBuilder.



Far and Away is an ebook anthology published through Smashwords and available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as several other ereader sites. It's a collection of over thrity previously published flash fiction and poems, including 12 never before published works. (Coming Soon: May 2011)





Dragon Sent is an ebook release containing two short stories; "The Wicked Deed" and "Redemption." These stories feature an interesting character named Xerri who has to betray that dragon that trusts her to save her twin sister. (Coming Soon: March 2011)



Why am I doing this? I want my previously published work available for everyone to read. Some of it is hard to find or no longer available. I want to put related stories in a set (such as Dragon Sent) and offer them for little to no money.

Friday, March 25, 2011

And the winner is...

Thank you all for participating in the Uprinting giveaway I hosted!
This morning I put all the entrants for the 250 Die Cut Business Card giveaway into a list randomizer on Random.org, and the winner is...
Diane Scott Lewis!
Congratulations, Diane!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

About my reviews

For those of you who didn't know, I'm the Charleston Paranormal Fiction Examiner for Examiner.com. I review books, interview authors, and write articles about the paranormal genre.

After writing several reviews, most recently having to give a book 1 star, I decided that I wanted to explain my process.

Before I even open a book, it has 5 stars. It has yet to do anything to frustrate me or make me give up. If I can get to the end of the book without getting frustrated with wooden characters or a crappy plot line, the book will be rated 5 stars. From the moment I start to read, the rating changes. Slow beginning? Now the rating is down to 4 stars (because the beginning is the most important part for me). If the plot has been done before and the characters are in no way remarkable, 3 stars. 3-5 stars are all fantastic ratings, mind you. It means that the book was "good" to "fantastic." It's the 2 and 1 star ratings that authors should worry about.

2 stars means that I was able to finish the book, but it was just bad. And 1 star, I just couldn't finish the book no matter how hard I tried.

Like with all reviews, it is my personal opinion about the book. I always make sure to give examples on how the book was good or bad, and I also make sure that I don't bash the author that wrote it. Yeah, the book was bad, but that doesn't mean all their books are. Maybe I should live by Thumper's philosophy; If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. But as a reviewer I feel that it's my job to let readers know what books I think are good and which ones I think are bad so they can make an informed decision before spending their hard earned money on a particular title.

And on that note, I am always open to reviewing any paranormal title. Please email me at heatherkuehl(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested in being reviewed or interviewed. And if you want to take a look at my Examiner page, go to http://www.examiner.com/paranormal-fiction-in-charleston-sc/heather-kuehl

Monday, March 21, 2011

Writing stress

Just so you all know, I'm about to complain. A lot. Feel free to ignore my whiny rant. :o)

I'm working on editing Of Wolf and Man right now before I deem it acceptable to submit. I've decided to add an additional chapter explaining rogue werewolves, since this is an important factor of this particular book. I've just finished writing a six page synopsis for Of Wolf and Man so I can start submitting queries to agents. Yep, I said agents. I'm going for gold with this manuscript. I feel that Of Wolf and Man is my ticket to get published by a big publishing house. I feel that my goal of seeing my book on the shelf at B&N is near. And while I'm sure it would sell well at a smaller ebook publisher, I have goals I want to see met:
  1. see my book on the shelf at B&N
  2. get on the NYTimes bestseller list.

Hence the stress.

I want to make it as perfect as possible, which is really impossible because even books at the store aren't perfect. But I want to get close! Of Wolf and Man has been the primary focus of my work for several months now, pushing several WIP into the background (including Sarah Vargas 4....and Sarah's wanting to come out and play for this one!). But it seems that every time I open the file, I see more and more problems. I'm starting to wonder if the problems I think I see are even valid, or the product of my stressed out mind.

Part of me thinks I should set it aside and work on something else for a bit, but I worry that if I let it collect dust for too long that there won't be a market for it anymore.

*sigh*

However, in dealing with all of this I have made an important decision for the Sarah Vargas Series. Much like Star Wars is divided into parts (episodes 1-3 being part one and episodes 4-6 being part two) I am going to do the same with this series. Books 1-3 (Fade to Black, Malevolent Dead, and Blood Moon) will be considered part one, while books 4-6 will be part two. Makes sense? Each part will be stand alone, readers not having to read books 1-3 to understand books 4-6. I intend for there to be three parts, unless Sarah gets tired of this mess and cuts it short. That's a grand total of nine Sarah Vargas books. Confused yet? LoL

Sunday, March 20, 2011

YAtopia Pitch Contest

Tonight I entered Of Wolf and Man in the YAtopia Pitch Contest. Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency is hosting this contest, so it's one that you just cannot pass on if you're a writer.

http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2011/03/agent-pitch-contest.html

I'm number 123/150!

Wish me luck

Friday, March 18, 2011

CONTEST! Win 250 Die Cut Business Cards


This months Uprinting givaway are free business cards - 250 Die Cut Business Cards. Authors, here's your chance to win free promo material! Even if you aren't an author, business cards can come in very handy.

One Winner will recieve

250 Die Cut Business Cards
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Contest Winners!

First, I'd like to thank everyone who came out and participated in my blog tour and contests. Because of you the Blood Moon Tour was a complete success!

Scavenger Hunt
This went very well, even with the slow start. I'll definitely be doing this again!
Congrats to the daily prize winners: Donna, Tiffani, Kristen, Christopher, Katrina, and Christine. Thank you for participating! The grand prize winner is Christine! She wins the Sarah Vargas box set! The second and third place winners are Kristen and Christopher. They win a pdf copy of Fade to Black, Malevolent Dead, OR Promises to Keep (their choice).

Eternal Press Author's Blog Contest
Congratulations Courtney! She won signed copies of both Fade to Black and Malevolent Dead.

Bitten By Books Contest
The winner of the $25 Amazon.com gift card is Carol. Congratulations!

The Writer's Chatroom winner
Congratulations to Flo, who wins a pdf copy of Fade to Black!

Brandyz Books Winner
is still in limbo. I'll let you know the winner when I find out.

The Para-Posse Winner
Congratulations to JM, who wins one ebook from my backlist at All Romance Ebooks.


and I think that's everyone!
Congratulations and thank you all for participating.

Upcoming tours (with more prizes)
Far and Away = May 8-14
Dream Lover = Aug 7-13

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt winner - day 9

Congratulations Tiffani!

She was the first to email me the correct answer for day 9's clue!

Q: What's the name of the anthology that's coming out in May?
A: Far and Away

Her prize:
a wolf bracelet

There are still plenty of chances to win! Keep an eye on my
FB author page or my Twitter (@heatherkuehl) for the daily clues!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

First Review for Blood Moon

The Pen and Muse has reviewed Blood Moon!

"When I think of Heather Kuehl, I think of great action packed paranormal writing. Why? She simply provides it with such ease that as a reader, you invest in her works, her characters, and the world these characters are in...Sarah is a great kick ass character that you will absolutely fall in love with. "

To read more, go to http://thepenmuse.net/archives/2396

Blood Moon Tour Dates/Locations

This list is updated daily


Mar 3 - Guest blogging at Kayden's World of Paranormal

Mar 4 - Guest blogging at Brandyz Books

Mar 5 - Guest blogging at Brandyz Books

Mar 6 - Blood Moon's trailer is on You Gotta Read Videos.
Guest blogging w/ CONTEST at The Para-Posse

Mar 7-13 - Dee Julian's Blurb Party!

Mar 7 - Eternal Press Reader's Group at 3:30-4:30pm EST
Guest moderating for Just Another Paranormal Monday - all day
Interviews at Siren Book Reviews and Welcome to the Other World
Guest blogging at Backseat Nightmares.

Mar 8 - Blood Moon release party! Live chat at 7:30pm EST.
Guest blogging with CONTEST at Eternal Press Author's Blog
Guest blogging at The Writer's Chatroom Blog

Mar 9 - Guest blogging at Brandyz Books
Character interview at Bitten By Books

Mar 10 - Guest blogging at Wayfairing Writer.

Mar 11 - Guest blogging at Clare Dargin's blog.

Mar 12 - Character interview at A Reading Nook.

Mar 13 - Live chat w/ door prize at The Writer's Chatroom: 7pm EST

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt winner - day 7

Congratulations Christine!

She was the first to email me the correct answer for day 7's clue!

Q: Who is first listed on my list of My Top 10 Paranormal Hotties?
A: Eric Northman from Sookie Stackhouse series/True Blood

Her prize:
$5 gift card to Amazon.com

There are still plenty of chances to win! Keep an eye on my FB author page or my Twitter (@heatherkuehl) for the daily clues!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A break from tour for some news

BREAKING NEWS!

Eternal Press has accepted Dream Lover for publication in August 2011!

Dream Lover Blurb:
Denna Rainerd has dreamed about Warren Connelly for the past ten years, their relationship in the dream world hot and passionate. Pity he isn't real...or is he?

Warren wishes that Denna was in his real world, but a human in his world would be a liability. He's a Hunter shapeshifter; sworn to protect his world from the darkest of creatures while he's focused on revenge for the death of his brother. Their worlds collide when Warren saves Denna's life, setting up a chain of events that will change their lives forever. Will Denna be able to accept Warren's supernatural secrets?


AND...

MuseItUp Publishing has accepted my short story At All Costs for publication in December 2011!

At All Costs Blurb:
Samantha lives in a post-apocalyptic world where she is the mortal enemy of technology that has turned on humanity. Sam's a technopath, a person with the ability to control all technology. She can use her powers to obliterate the tech-threat one at a time, but General Lieberman knows that Sam's power can work both ways; not only can she kill but she can create as well. Wanting her to create a monster for their soldiers to use against the tech-threat, Lieberman hopes it will end the war.

There is just one problem; the level of power Sam will have to use to create the monster for the soldiers may cost her own life.

Will Sam sacrifice herself to save the world?

Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt winner - day 6

Congratulations Katrina!

She was the first to email me the correct answer for day 6's clue!

Q: Sarah will face what kind of creature that usually appears in fantasy fiction?
A: a dragon

Her prize:
a wolf bracelet


There are still plenty of chances to win! Keep an eye on my FB author page or my Twitter (@heatherkuehl) for the daily clues!

Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt winner - day 5

Congratulations Christopher!

He was the first to email me the correct answer for day 5's clue!

Q: What music artist do I listen to while writing about Sarah Vargas? (name one of the two)
A: Avenged Sevenfold or Evanescence

His prize:
a wolf bracelet


There are still plenty of chances to win! Keep an eye on my FB author page or my Twitter (@heatherkuehl) for the daily clues!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt winner - day 4

Congratulations Kristen!

She was the first to email me the correct answer for day 4's clue!

Q: Proceeds from Blood Moon are going to ____. (Fill in the blank)
A: MUSC Children's Hospital

Her prize:
a pair of wolf paw print earrings

There are still plenty of chances to win! Keep an eye on my FB author page or my Twitter (@heatherkuehl) for the daily clues!

Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt winner - day 3

Congratulations Christine!


She was the first to email me the correct answer for day 3's clue!


Q: Name all three books in the Sarah Vargas Series
A: Fade to Black, Malevolent Dead, and Blood Moon


Her prize:
$10 gift card to B&N


There are still plenty of chances to win! Keep an eye on my FB author page or my Twitter (@heatherkuehl) for the daily clues!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt winner - day 2

Congratulations Donna!

She was the first to email me the correct answer for day 2's clue!

Q: What is the name of my upcoming release with Decadent Publishing?
A: Epiphany

Her prize:
a wolf bracelet

There are still plenty of chances to win! Keep an eye on my
FB author page or my Twitter (@heatherkuehl) for the daily clues!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Blood Moon Tour is on!

The tour for Blood Moon starts this morning at Kayden's World of Paranormal, where I'll be listing my Top 10 Paranormal Hotties. The start of this tour also means the start of something else exciting; the Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt! Don't forget to go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176042819101715 for complete rules and information.

Also, here's the list of where I'll be for the Blood Moon Tour:

Mar 3 - Guest blogging at Kayden's World of Paranormal

Mar 4 & 5 - Guest blogging at Brandyz Books

Mar 6 - Blood Moon's trailer is on You Gotta Read Videos.

Mar 7-13 - Dee Julian's Blurb Party!

Mar 7 - Eternal Press Reader's Group at 3:30-4:30pm EST
Guest moderating for Just Another Paranormal Monday - all day
Interviews at Siren Book Reviews and Welcome to the Other World
Guest blogging at Backseat Nightmares.

Mar 8 - Blood Moon release party! Live chat at 7:30pm EST.
Guest blogging with CONTEST at Eternal Press Author's Blog

Mar 9 - Guest blogging at Brandyz Books

Mar 10 - Guest blogging at Wayfairing Writer.

Mar 11 - Guest blogging at Clare Dargin's blog.

Mar 12 - Guest blogging at A Reading Nook.

Mar 13 - Live chat w/ door prize at The Writer's Chatroom: 7pm EST

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Upcoming contests

My Blood Moon tour starts on Thursday, so I thought that it would only be fair to post a list of the contests I'm having:

1) The Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt!

In celebration of BLOOD MOON’s release, I’m hosting the BLOOD MOON scavenger hunt! Every day I’ll give a clue, and you email me the answer.

Rules:
Email your answers to heatherkuehl(at)gmail(dot)com, subject: BMSH. Entries must have that subject – I get too much spam. Person with the first correct answer wins for the day; person with the most first correct answers wins the grand prize.

...PRIZES
GRAND PRIZE:
Sarah Vargas box set! One winner will get copies of FADE TO BLACK, MALEVOLENT DEAD, and BLOOD MOON in either pdf or print. Note: If you are the winner and you choose print, do know that it won’t be until April or May when you’ll receive your prize (I have to wait until the print copies come available).

Second and third place prizes:
Winner’s choice! Winner will have their choice of a copy of one of my books (FADE TO BLACK, MALEVOLENT DEAD, or PROMISES TO KEEP only), again in either pdf or print.

Daily prize:
The person with the first correct answer wins for the day. I’ll be giving away wolf bracelets, paw print earrings, or the occasional $5 Amazon gift card.

Note: All clues will be posted on the Heather Kuehl Facebook fan page and on Twitter (@heatherkuehl)


2) Eternal Press Blog - March 8

Prize: One lucky winner will win a signed copy of both Fade to Black and Malevolent Dead, books one and two in the Sarah Vargas series.
How to enter: Just comment on this post with your email address. Easy as pie!
Extra entries: Receive + 1 entry for being a blog follower (http://heatherkuehl.blogspot.com)
Receive + 1 entry for being a Twitter Follower @heatherkuehl
Receive + 1 entry for being a Facebook fan (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Kuehl/172267734681)


3) Fanatic!

Win a signed copy of all of my books (yes, I said all; Fade to Black, Malevolent Dead, Blood Moon, and Promises to Keep) by posting a comment on ALL of my guest blogs/interviews AND by attending my live chats. The person that can attend all the events, wins. Make sure you use the same name/email for all comments or live chats so that I can keep track. If you're worried that I didn't see you're name in a chat or blog, feel free to email me at heatherkuehl(at)gmail(dot)com to point it out to me; Subject: Fanatic!

Note: Do know that it won’t be until April or May when you’ll receive your prize (I have to wait until the print copies of Blood Moon come available).

Another note: If you are the winner of the EP blog contest and the fanatic contest, your prizes will be signed copies of all my books as well as a pdf of Epiphany when it's released (release date unknown), unless you want two signed copies of Fade and Malevolent (some people do; they make great gifts!).

GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

RRN interview – Show #014

My interview with Romance Radio Network is now live! I had so much fun doing this interview. You can either listen to it at http://romanceradio.net/2011/02/24/rrn-heather-kuehl-author-show-014 or click on the gaget below.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

...and the winner is....


Congratulations to Mahalia Levey!
She won 50 Custom Brochures from Uprinting.com!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Update and advice

I've been so busy lately getting ready for the Blood Moon Tour. Not only am I emailing blogs my posts, but I'm also still booking spots. I don't think the lineup will be final until the day the tour starts...which is on March 3 you lovely people. Two weeks away! Don't forget about the Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt that will being going on at the same time. What's better than fun and prizes? IMO, nothing!


Hrm, updates...

I finished Of Wolf and Man! *happy dances & throws confetti* I had just gotten through the hard scene when my computer crashed in 2009 and I lost a good chunk of it. Tells the story of Juliet and Jensen; Juliet discovers Jensen's dangerous secret and now a Clan of rouge werewolves wants her dead. It took alot to get me to sit down and write this, mainly because it was a lot of rewriting what I had already written before the crash. I'm happy it's done now, and I think it's much better now than it was originally.

"Dalamar's Quest" is currently in Bewildering Stories and can be viewed here. This is the first story I ever wrote about Amythist Dyier. Originally it had been accepted by Flashing Swords for publication in Feb 2008, but the magazine went under before it could come out. Major bummer, but hey it all worked out in the end!

"Apocalypse" is in the current issue of Aphelion's Webzine. Aphelion also has their Best of 2010 listed, and "Siren's Song" is on the list for best poem! Sweet!

My Uprinting giveaway is still going on. Go to my blog post that offers the giveaway and make sure to leave a comment. The contest ends on Tuesday!

I've already made a book trailer for Epiphany. It's up on my YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/iryadragyn


Now for something fun! One of the authors on Decadent Publishing's yahoo group posted this link. It gives some no-no's when writing fiction (it's geared to YA, but the no-no's cross the genre gap). http://georgiamcbridebooks.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/newbie-writers-watch-out-for-these-big-writing-no-nos/

1) I've never done this. Luckily, I don't get carried away with backstory and such until later.

2) OMG I'm so guilty of having my main character notice the love interest's eyes first! I just did that in Of Wolf and Man! The reason I do this is because I believe that eyes are windows to the soul, and I want my MC to fall in love for who the person is, not what they look like.

3) I used to do this early on, like during my high school drafts of Promises to Keep. A new writer can't help it. You get this awesome idea, go with it, only to discover that you don't know the whole story yet. This is where outlining can become important.

4) I don't think I've done this, especially since I can't stand to have filler in my books.

5) If my first chapter starts mundane, it doesn't end that way. I have to make sure to keep my first chapters interesting.

6) I've don't overly focus on my first chapter. My goal is to get it out there, and once it's done to go back and fix what desperatly needs fixing.

7) Guilty! I won't catch it while I'm writing, but during edits I'll be like "Haven't I said this before?" That's what I get for staying up late and waking up early to write!

8) Again, I hate useless filler. Not only do I consider scenes to be filler, but characters as well. Hence the reason why T.D. Drake isn't in Fade to Black. I cut her out...but was able to shove her and that cut scene into Malevolent Dead...Yay me!

9) Please see 8 and 4. Filler = bad. Georgia McBride must feel the same way.

10) I always hate when I'm reading a book and the author has no clue what they're talking about. I mean, it's obvious they did no research at all. While I hate research, my readers will know if I pretend to know what I'm talking about. I do the work to give my readers a vividly true reading experience.

11) I've done this. It happens when I get tired or if I am having a bout of writer's block. I don't know what to do next, but I feel that the words NEED to be written.

12) Please see 4, 8, and 9. Yep, Georgia McBride does feel the same way. LoL

I've printed up this blog post and put up above my computer. It's something that all writers, not just newbies, need to remember.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Uprinting Brochure GIVEAWAY!!


This month's Uprinting givaway are for 50 Custom Brochures. Check out these online printing companies that provide brochure printing services. It is a great way for authors to promote their work! Even if you aren't an author, brochures can come in very handy.

One Winner will recieve

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Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above

To enter leave a comment on this post with your email addy

Receive + 2 entries for being a blog follower

Receive + 2 entries for being a Twitter Follower @heatherkuehl


Contest Open Until Tuesday February 22 at Midnight EST
The winner will be announced by February 24



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Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Personal TBR List

Even been curious about my TBR list? Well, I've finally gotten around to going through my books, and I was shocked to discover how long my TBR list is. Take a look, and see what I mean.

Anne McCaffrey
CHANGELINGS
ACORNA'S CHILDREN: THIRD WATCH
ACORNA'S CHILDREN - SECOND WAVE
DRAGONHEART
DRAGON'S FIRE
TO RIDE A PEGASUS
PEGASUS IN FLIGHT
PEGASUS IN SPACE

Kerrelyn Sparks
EAT PREY LOVE

Laurell K Hamilton
DEATH OF A DARKLORD

Rebecca York
IMMORTAL BAD BOYS

Kathy Reichs
DEVIL BONES
BONES TO ASHES

Jim Butcher
STORM FRONT

JRR Tolkien
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

Patricia Briggs
CRY WOLF

Tamora Pierce
BEKA COOPER
THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS

William Goldman
THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Dawn Cook
FIRST TRUTH

Devon Monk
MAGIC TO THE BONE

Dean Koontz
INTENSITY

Kelly Armstrong
DIME STORE MAGIC
BROKEN

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
SECOND GENERATION
DRAGONS OF SUMMER FLAME
MISTRESS OF DRAGONS

RA Salvatore
THE DEMON AWAKENS
ORC KING
NIGHT MASKS
CANTICLE
PROMISE OF THE WITCH KING
SERVANT OF THE SHARD

Sherrilyn Kenyon
PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT
WHISPERED LIES

Alyssa Day
ATLANTIS AWAKENING

Barbara Freethy
IN SHELTER COVE

Brian Jacques
HIGH RHULAIN
EULALIA!
ANGEL'S COMMAND

Meg Cabot
NICOLA AND THE VISCOUNT

LJ Smith
DARK VISIONS COLLECTION
THE FORBIDDEN GAME COLLECTION
VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE FURY
VAMPIRE DIARIES: DARK REUNION

Terry Goodkind
NAKED EMPIRE
CHAINFIRE
PHANTOM

Kayden McLeod
DEMONIC PANDEMONIUM
DEEP WATER LEGEND
CARNAL MAGNETISM

Tabitha Shay
WITCH'S FIRE

Candice Gilmer
UNHOLY NIGHT

Lynn Viehl
NIGHT LOST

Lawrence Watt-Evans
DRAGON SOCIETY

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
DRAGON WING
DRAGONS OF A DWARVEN DEPTHS

SE Hinton
TEX

James Patterson
MAXIMUM RIDE

CS Lewis
NARNIA SERIES

Chuck Palahniuk
FIGHT CLUB

Rick Riordan
THE LIGHTNING THIEF

Edith Hamilton
MYTHOLOGY

Eric Nylund
MORTAL COILS

Thomas E Sniegoski
THE FALLEN

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
ALL JUST GLASS

Alex Flinn
BEASTLY


Crazy long, isn't it? LoL

Thursday, February 10, 2011

...and cover art already!


Holy moly that was fast! I absolutly love it!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Epiphany!


Joy of all joys! Decadent Publishing has accepted Epiphany for publication. I'm so excited to work with the Decadent team and getting to know my fellow authors. Everything's so shiny and new; I'm giddy!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Meet Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Good morning! I'd like to introduce you all to Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz, and she's here today to talk about her new anthology; A Past and A Future. And don't forget to comment! One lucky person will win a free story from Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz that's not included within the anthology.

5 Star review from Examiner.com: "From sword and sorcery to futuristic fantasy, there is something for everyone. Readers will cheer for Caryn and Rader from “Isolation,” become fascinated with Arthurian legend in “Entrantress,” and bask in Prince Ulric’s love in “The Watcher.” This anthology is a must read for all avid fantasy readers." Read full review
here.


HK: How difficult was it to put together enough short stories to fill an anthology?

PLE: This wasn’t difficult at all. In fact, I have enough to fill a couple of more anthologies! I’ve been writing short stories since 1993. Most of the stories included in the book have been previously published in a number of small press genre magazines. Many of these magazines have long since fallen by the wayside. I thought it would be fun to collect some of the best and put them together.


HK: I see you also write children's books. What are some differences between writing for children and writing for adults?

PLE: When I write picture books, I have to focus on the story and not think about descriptions. There is no place for padding in a short story. I have to write tight and tell my story in less than 500 words.

My middle grade novels are more exciting, in that I can delve into my characters and their friends and situations in much more depth. Kids like things that are fast-paced and I try to keep that in my head when I’m writing. They also like gross, icky, and funny.

My short stories for adults can be more risqué. I can explore relationships based on sex, not just friendships. Again, since they are short stories, not novels, I have to write tight and complete the plot in under a couple of thousand words.

That said, writing for children and adults entails the same dedication to good grammar, interesting plot line, intriguing characters, and crafting a tale my readers will enjoy.


HK: When did you start writing?

PLE: Like most authors, I started when I was a kid. I wrote to entertain myself when I wasn’t reading something written by someone else. I would print my stories, illustrate them, then bind them in little cardboard covered books tied with ribbons. I started my first novel in high school in lieu of writing homework assignments. Life eventually got in the way and my writing got sidetracked until I was in my early 40s.


HK: When did you realize that you wanted to become an author?

PLE: At a very young age. My dad used to make up stories for me when I was a kid. I thought that was wonderful and knew then when I grew up I wanted to be a writer.


HK: What is your advice for aspiring authors?

PLE: Don’t give up when you’ve written something you like. Submit it. If it gets rejected, submit it again. Often what one editor doesn’t like, another one will. Of course, if you keep getting the same types of comments back, you should take another look at the story.

If an editor says, this piece might not be for them, but they’d like to see something else, be sure to send them something else.

Finally, remember, even the best authors have been rejected and continue to be rejected. It doesn’t mean you can’t be a writer.


HK: Do you plan ahead before you sit down to write, or do you let the story take you where it wants to go?

PLE: I don’t plan ahead very much, although with my middle grade novels, I do plan a little. I tend to sit down with an idea or character in my head and let the idea or character just take over. My writing tends to be very fluid. It’s like I’m watching a movie in my head and I put it down on paper.


HK: Do you write at a desk, or do you have a laptop that you drag around the house with you?

PLE: I have both a desk-top and a laptop. I tend to use the desk-top for writing and the laptop for editing. I see advantages to them both. I love the laptop because I can take it out in my garden and work there when the weather is nice.


HK: What is your favorite genre to write? Your least favorite?

PLE: My favorite genre is fantasy and my second favorite is soft science fiction. All my stories, however, explore relationships, most often between a man and a woman. Although Love in a Different Hue, explores the relationship between a woman and a robot . I also enjoy writing light romance and will generally weave a little into my fantasy and sci fi.

My least favorite is erotica. I will probably never write anything erotic.

Thank you Heather for giving me this opportunity to be your guest today and for asking such great questions.

HK: You're so very welcome, Penny. And thank you for stopping by my blog. Readers, make sure you get your copy of A Past and A Future, available now from Sam's Dot Publishing.


A PAST AND A FUTURE
BY PENNY LOCKWOOD EHRENKRANZ

PUBLISHED BY SAMS DOT PUBLISHING - http://www.genremall.com/anthologiesr.htm#pastfuture

A COLLECTION OF SIXTEEN FANTASY AND SOFT SCIENCE FICTION STORIES

FLIGHT OF THE ROC – Lona is a budding sorceress, but her tutor isn’t too impressed with her skills. When he sends her off to collect a roc’s egg, she finds herself in a heap of trouble. Part of the trouble begins when she meets handsome, young Tom. Tom agrees to help her collect the egg, but disaster strikes when the egg hatches. Will Lona chose the roc or Tom?

BLURRED VENGEANCE – Vain and aggressive, Temur ignores the warnings of his dream vision, as he seeks vengeance for his father’s death. With his friend and confidant, Jamthrak, Temur rides across the steppes toward town. On the way, unforeseen events cause him to lose focus. He regains his strength and continues on. Once in town, he meets Bota, a buxom woman unlike those of his village. He arranges to bring her back with him to be his first wife. Then, using his skills of magik, stealth, and cunning, he tracks down his father’s murderer. He completes his task, but encounters yet another young woman, Mira…this one a slave. He saves her, but in doing so, causes strife between Bota, Mira, and Jamthrak. He should not have ignored his dead father’s warnings.

WHO WILL HEAL THE HEALER – Niane, a young sorceress, is aware of her elderly mentor’s feelings for her, but she cannot return them. She trusts to the Moon Goddess to guide her and Marzan, her mentor, to train her as the next court sorceress. Yet something, deep, dark and disturbing has taken a part of Marzan. Can she save herself and her mentor when the powers of darkness threaten?

ASHLEY OF ASHLAND – Ashley is the younger son of Brandon, Duke of Ashland. His older brother, Gerand, has been betrothed to the lovely Princess Thalia since birth. Unfortunately, Ashley loves Thalia and she him. Gerand is a womanizer and a brute. When they devise a plan to run away, Ashley and Thalia encounter obstacles and terrors, not the least of which is pursuit by Gerand and the king’s troops. Will the plain, younger brother win the hand of the fair princess or be executed as a traitor?

THE WATCHER – Zerelda lives in a land of women. Her job is to watch for the young men who come to impregante her Lady. As a child, she has a vision wherein she meets and loves a young man. Knowing this not allowed to her, she believes her vision is false. Yet when the man of her vision appears, she is torn. No one has ever told her she is beautiful. No one has ever told her of life outside her community of women. Yet, Prince Ulric does all this and more. Will he cause her to become a betrayer of all she holds dear? Can she be saved?

ENCHANTRESS – When Merlin meets young Viviane, a priestess of Avalon, he knows she will be his downfall, but he cannot ignore the pull of love she holds over him. Using his own magic, he tricks her into lying with him during the festival of Beltane. Once she has lost her virginity, they approach Morgaine for permission to be together. They set out traveling and as Merlin teaches Viviane more and more magic, he realizes the love he holds for her will destroy him, yet he cannot deny it. Will Merlin come to his senses before he is lost forever?

DRAKONI – Torn from her modern day world and thrust into a world of dragons, evil magicians, and handsome elves, will Farah succeed or die trying? In her own world, she is a successful zookeeper working with lizards, but once a freak accident propels her into the land of Draknoll, she finds herself in a field, lost and alone, until Josef, an elf, aids her. With his help, they set off to his village. On the way there, the evil magician, Cor, attacks them and kidnaps Farah. Dragged before the king, she must defend herself and prove she is not who they think she is—a Dragon Woman. Of course, when Drakoni, a great bronze dragon. comes to her rescue, she, herself, begins to doubt who she is. Fortunately, Josef is there to help her embrace not only her new life but her new love, as well.

HESHE- Lyda’s stepfather sells her to the highest bidder after her mother dies, leaving her no choice but to flee her captors. To survive, she hides disguised as a young man. Unfortunately, this disguise backfires when she meets the handsome, talented Garwen, who also has a secret to hide. Will the young noble woman tell her benefactor who she is, or will her pursuers capture her and take her back into slavery?

THE BABY MAKERS – In a world where cloning is possible, Reese and his wife, Akira take the chance to have a child they could never have on their own. Unfortunately in their part of the world, the government does not recognize these children as citizens. After the baby is born, Reese and Akira go through the necessary steps to acquire their new child. One of these procedures turns Akira into a robot who will do anything to keep Reese away from the baby. Loving both his wife and child, Reese has to make a decision to keep their family safe and intact. Will he make the right one?

3-D PICTURES – Avery sees people in 3-D pictures. The government thinks he is crazy and sends him to a shrink. As he waits in the doctor’s office, the 3-D picture in front of him comes alive. Suddenly a beautiful, petite woman appears perched on his lap. She tells him of his destiny and his heritage. Elvina and her people have been waiting for him for many years. Will he go with her through the picture, or allow himself to be “cured?”

SCREEN SAVER – Clancy works for an agent, Shianna, who represents the freaks of the world. With all the nuclear fallout, the agency is thriving. Clancy, however, longs to leave his world and travel the stars. The computer program arrives as a demo, promising instant transport. When all hell breaks out at the office, will it be Clancy’s ticket to survival or a rip-off which brings him to destruction?

ISOLATION- The world as we know it is gone. The rich are isolated from the dying poor. Rader and Caryn are fed up with living in isolation, away from fresh air and real food. Rumors abound of places where people can still live. When they meet by accident, they decide to make a break for it. Unfortunately, outside their isolated living quarters, disease, for which they have no immunities, runs rampant. Their mutual attraction and determination keep them going despite the many hazards they face outside the walls. Will Caryn and Rader make the right decisions when they search for freedom?

LOVE IN A DIFFERENT HUE – Chiri and her husband are not on the best of terms. He married her for her connections. Her father is a leader in the robotics field. By marrying Chiri, Tevon was guaranteed a partnership in a very lucrative business. Shunned by her husband, Chiri becomes intrigued by her father’s latest creation, Devro. What would you do if a blue-skinned robot wanted to protect and love you? Chiri isn’t sure until he takes her in his arms.

DOWN SO LOW, THE GROUND LOOKS LIKE UP – Sylan is a telepathic empath and is hired by a mining company to help them ferret out swinders. Unfortunately, something on her new world made her talents go ballistic. She drinks herself into oblivion to compensate for her psi talents. When Deveneaux finds her, he’s attracted, but he is also on a mission to find his dead brother’s daughter. Can Deveneaux save her from her demons, or will he lock her up for propositioning an officer of the law?

REBELS WITH A CAUSE – Shayleena is tired of living her life through holovision. She wants a real life with real people. When she sees an ad for volunteers to help with juvenile offenders, she signs up. She not only finds meaning in her life, but a connection to real people, including Bradon, a visual artist with a dream. Together, they hope to find a future for themselves and for the young people who’ve been thrown away by society.

CLOCKWORKS – John lives in Structured. His ancestors came from Upheaval, a country where time means nothing. He decides to take a trip—learn about his history and see Upheaval for himself. What will he do when he tries to trace his roots and finds his structured life is now in chaos?

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Excerpt for ASHLEY OF ASHLAND

Ashley, younger son of Brandon, Duke of Ashland, sat brooding in front of the
fire. Although it was late spring, the stone castle was drafty and always cold. Deep
in thought, he tried to ignore the gaiety around him, as party guests frolicked and
made merry. A spark from the fire fell on his blue silk hose, and he flicked it away
angrily. He sat up straighter on his chair and adjusted his dark blue brocade jacket.
He noticed a small smudge spot on one of the white lace cuffs protruding from the
right sleeve. He rubbed at it absently, but that only pushed the soot deeper into the
fabric.

Ashley glanced back over his shoulder. A small group of musicians, gaily
dressed in green and gold brocade, played a rollicking dance tune. Dancers of all
ages bobbed, swayed, curtseyed and bowed to each other as their feet flashed
through the intricate dance steps. Serving girls wove among the dancers, tankards of
ale and goblets of wine balanced on their huge trays. Ashley sighed and turned back
to his fire; he had never managed to conquer those dance steps.

Ashley picked up a poker leaning against the stonework and shoved it into the
pile of burning logs. The flames danced higher, the sparks flying like tiny fairy
lights. Ashley sighed and looked back over his shoulder again. Princess Thalia
danced with his brother, Gerand. Her small blond head was thrown back in
laughter, her cheeks lit with a rosy glow. She was dressed in a low-cut, lime-green
brocade dress, the full skirt trimmed in the finest ermine. Around her neck flashed a
choker of emeralds and diamonds. Woven into her hair were strings of pearls.
Gerand’s tall muscular frame, topped by his head of thick, black hair, created a
stark contrast to the small plump princess as he propelled her around the dance floor
in an intricate maneuver. Ashley sighed again. Thalia was so lovely, if only he had
been born first, she’d be pledged to him, not his older brother.

Ashley stirred the logs while muttering under his breath. A rainbow of colors
flickered, and suddenly an image of Princess Thalia appeared, hovering in the huge
fireplace. Several more words created Ashley’s image standing alongside Thalia’s.
When a hand touched Ashley’s shoulder lightly, it startled him. The images
flickered and disappeared.

“Impressive, Ashley of Ashland,” Thalia’s soft voice murmured.

Ashley spun around quickly, a blush coloring his pudgy cheeks. “Good evening,
Princess. I thought I was alone.” Ashley stood and bowed, his eyes never leaving
Thalia’s face.

“You were. I just came to see if my future brother-in-law would like to dance
with me?” Thalia’s cheeks dimpled slightly as she smiled, extending her hand.

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A PAST AND A FUTURE Blog Tour

http://ciaragold.blogspot.com/ - Feb. 1, Jamie Bevans

http://www.seriouslyinterviewed.blogspot.com/ - Feb 1, Romance Reader

http://mgddasef.blogspot.com/ - Marva Dasef – Feb 2

http://janiefranz.wordpress.com/ - Janie Franz – Feb 3

http://heatherkuehl.blogspot.com/ - Feb 4, Heather Kuehl

http://barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.com/ - Feb 5, Barbara Ehrentreu

http://lovesbooksandmore.blogspot.com/ - Feb 6, Dawn Roberto

http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com/ - Feb 7, Aleta Clegg

http://www.jqroseauthor.blogspot.com/ - Feb 8, Janet Glaser

http://lizzietleaf.blogspot.com/ - Feb 9, Lizzie Leaf

http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/ - Feb 10 & 11, Joyce Anthony

http://www.longandshortreviews.com/ - Feb 10 - Judy LASR 13 Stories from APAAF

http://www.kaydeeroyal.blogspot.com/ - Feb 12, Kay Dee Royal

http://mizging.blogspot.com/ - Feb 13, Ginger Simpson

http://writerschatroom.com/ - Feb 13, 7 PM EST, The Writer’s Chat room


http://kellyaharmon.com/ - Kelly Harmon Feb 14

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Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz has published more than 100 articles, 75 stories, two e books, a chapbook, and her stories have been included in two anthologies. She writes for both adults and children. Her fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children’s publications and non fiction work has appeared in a variety of writing, parenting, and young adult print magazines and on line publications. She edits for three small independent publishers. Visit her web site at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com/ Her writing blog is located at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/

Love Delivery and Lady-in-Waiting are coming in 2011 from MuseItUp Publishing. Her MG novel, Ghost for Rent, published by Hardshell Word Factory, is available on Amazon and Fictionwise. Her YA chapbook, Dragon Sight and her anthology A Past and A Future are available at GenreMall. Funny Dog, Boo’s Bad Day, and Many Colored Coats, all picture books, and Ghost for Lunch, a sequel, are schedule for publication with 4RV.