Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free, Cheap and Just in Time for the Holiday Season


Lightening Strikes, a romance novella collaboration by Prism Book Group authors (including me), has been available for free download directly from the publisher’s website at www.PrismBookGroup.com, but now it is also available for free kindle download at Amazon.com.
 
Just in time for the Holiday season, Prism Book group has three Christmas novellas available for just .99 downloads through your favorite online retailer. More on The Christmas Answer in my last post below. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Great Holiday Novella



The Christmas Answer is an inspirational novella about Donna Dubois, a successful gospel singer, who finds herself questioning the strength of her marriage and her faith as she struggles with depression and loneliness.  A spur-of-the moment decision to accompany her best friend on a missionary trip to the Appalachian Mountains places her in the midst of a very special family.  Witnessing the strength, love and generosity of the widowed mother of four, forces Donna to reexamine her life and trust in God’s plan.  Kimberly B. Jackson’s, The Christmas Answer, is a must read for the holiday season, but keep the tissue’s handy. For more information visit Prism Book Group. Downloads of the book are available for just .99 through your favorite online retailer.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Week in Review


This post is actually two weeks in review since last week was usurped by “The Next Big Thing,” a blog circle where authors have a chance to discuss their current works in progress. See the blog post on November 19 below for more and be sure to check out the authors I have tagged for November 26.

I came across a great website to help readers find low cost eBooks called, Addicted to eBooks. Marked in Mexico ($2.99) is currently on their homepage. All books listed on the site are priced at $5.99 or less and must have at least five book reviews, so for great eBooks at great prices check out http://addictedtoebooks.com
In case you missed it, please visit Jacqueline Hopper's Blog for her Promotion Monday Trivia extravaganza from November 19 where Prism Book Group authors offered up bits of trivia about their work and I discussed the difference between grizzly and black bears – good information to know for the characters in Big Horn Storm. As always, I can’t say enough about Jacqueline and her awesome blog. I was also interviewed at Roller Coaster Suspense on November 22.  Marcy Dyer posed great questions and put together a wonderful interview. Thank you, Marcy.
And, last but most importantly, I had the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family over the holiday weekend and I’m very thankful for all of them.  I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Free Kindle Download

Hard day of Christmas shopping? Curl up with a regency romance tonight! Download your copy FREE from Amazon 11/23 & 11/24 only!

Do people prove their self-worth by strength, or by character?
A Romany leader confronts the English heritage he has denied when he lands, beaten and powerless, in the path of a high-spirited young widow. Will the prim countess agree to hide the charismatic rogue in her home and jeopardize her safety while her stepson accuses her of murdering her elderly husband?
Patience Blakwell is not beautiful. As a dutiful young countess in Regency England, she endures her husband’s cruelty. She struggles with her faith, trying to understand why God is not following the plan she had for her life—to be loved and cherished by her husband. After her husband’s unexpected death, her grown stepson charges her with her late husband’s murder.
Luca Boldor, more Gypsy than English, is determined to prove that he is strong and capable and doesn’t need anyone. But once he is forced to depend on Lady Patience Blakwell, a woman who represents all he loathes, he must decide whether he should turn away when she needs him, or risk his most vulnerable, forgiving self to keep her safe. By denying his English heritage, has he denied a part of himself?
Be sure to download your copy while it’s free!

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Next Big Thing


The Next Big Thing: What I'm Working On Now

By Kim McMahill – November 19, 2012

Author Judy Baker was kind enough to tag me in an ongoing game of The Next Big Thing, a blog circle where authors have a chance to discuss their current works in progress, giving everyone a sneak peek into, “The Next Big Thing.”

 THE NEXT BIG THING:

What is your working title of your book?

Guardians of the Sacred Relics

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was watching a program on the Travel Channel counting down the twelve greatest mysteries. One of the mysteries focused on a group of legendary crystal skulls. It was fascinating and the short tidbit on the many different theories surrounding the skulls sent my mind whirling with all the wonderful possibilities.

What genre does your book fall under?

Adventure/Suspense, International Thriller

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

There’s almost no role I wouldn’t like to see Hugh Jackman in, so I guess he would have to play Cash. I haven’t put much thought into all the characters, but Scarlett Johansson would make a great Marjorie.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorist before they amass the mythical relics capable of legendary destruction.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’ve signed with Prism Book Group to publish Guardians of the Sacred Relics. No release date has been set, but I imagine it will be in early 2013.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

This book probably took me longer to write than any other because I did a lot of research in order to make it as believable as possible.  The first draft was finished at a bad time, so I put the manuscript aside for several years. After signing with Prism Book Group to publish Marked in Mexico, my enthusiasm returned and I dusted the manuscript off and gave it a final polish.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I was going for a Clive Cussler type of book, but with a bit more romance. I love the way his books hop around the world and follow different characters’ storylines until eventually they all converge. When I start one of his books I often wonder how all the storylines can possibly tie together, but in the end they always do.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I love action adventure stories and, as mentioned above, a short program on the Travel Channel planted the seed and once I started the novel I had to find out how it ended.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Anyone who loves international thrillers will enjoy following the characters as they embark on deadly adventures in Egypt, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, the Bahamas and multiple locations in the United States.

 I’ve tagged these writers to join in the game! Please tune into these blogs the week of November 26 to check out their posts!





Message for the tagged authors and interested others:

Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

While you’re waiting for those new posts next week, be sure to visit Judy at http://judyswriting.blogspot.com, as well as any other participants in The Next Big Thing.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Big Horn Storm Blurb in Bloom


Please check out Blurbs in Bloom starting tomorrow afternoon, November 17, where Big Horn Storm will be featured.  Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday different books and authors are showcased and it’s a great way to see what’s new in romantic fiction.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Week in Review, November 5 – 11

With today being Veterans Day, I would like to begin by extending my deepest gratitude to all those who have, and currently serve our country. I would also like to thank all the emergency services workers and volunteers who have responded to the devastation created by Hurricane Sandy. These selfless and amazing people are what make America Great.  

This past week also saw the close to a very contentious campaign season. My house has seemed unnaturally quiet in the aftermath, making me check the phone and answering machine to make certain both are still in working order. 

On November 8, Victoria Pitts-Caine welcomed me to her Blog and posted a thorough review of Marked in Mexico. If you haven’t seen it, please check it out. 

Next week looks to be a quiet week, which I hope is the case since Thanksgiving week promises to be a bit hectic with family and writing. Stay tuned next week for a schedule of upcoming events.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Inspiration from Nature


Every author finds inspiration in different ways. Some observe, watching life unfold around them, absorbing the possibilities and twisting reality into fiction; others feed off emotions, using the writing process as an outlet for grief or dealing with life changes, or accepting blessings; and many embrace the simple joys of nature, allowing it to soothe the soul and encourage artistic endeavors. I accept inspiration whenever and wherever it presents itself, but the natural world is my greatest muse. Not only does the solace of empty spaces incite creativity, but the places I visit often capture my attention and imagination, compelling me to write a story befitting the scene.  

I’m sure those who follow my work have noticed that I’ve set multiple stories in Mexico or have at least maintained a strong tie.  Though I haven’t been to Mexico in a few years, I have spent considerable time exploring its Mayan ruins, enjoying pristine beaches on both coasts and I’ve done volunteer work in the rural interior. The country is amazing and, like the United States, the diversity represented in its geography, geology, flora, fauna and cultural history is vast and varied.  While listening to a guide expound upon the practice of human sacrifice at the Sacred Well at the edge of Chichén Itzá my eyes darted around the perimeter searching for any hint of danger and my imagination ran amok (Marked in Mexico). I found it impossible to wander through the far reaches of Cobá on a morning devoid of visitors, cautiously peering behind a mysterious ruin abutting the dark dense jungle and listening to the insects and hidden creatures without needing to take the adventure much further (Deadly Ruins). And, Big Bend National Park—anyone who has been there has surely stood on the banks of the Rio Grande looking across its muddy waters into Mexico, wondering about life on the other side and if there is anything that could make an American risk everything to swim for another life south of the border (Desperate Dreams). 

But, there is too much stimulus in the world for me to focus only on Mexico and my latest novel, Big Horn Storm, stays a little closer to home and it wouldn’t have been possible without the powerful influences of nature and the extreme actions that sometimes transpire when encountering challenges. The story is set in the Bighorn National Forest, which is located in north central Wyoming and encompasses over one million acres. Its abundant wildlife, evergreen forests, grass prairies, mountain meadows, rugged peaks, dramatic canyons, cascading waterfalls and dramatic geology make the area breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect setting for an action packed adventure. I’ve experienced the Big Horn Mountains in the winter on snowmobile, but mostly I’ve enjoyed the scenery and wildlife during the summer months on horseback and four-wheeler. It’s possible to quickly leave civilization behind and absorb the tranquil majesty of this special place. On one such trip we came across a sheepherder’s wagon. Its owner was absent, likely out with his sheep, but the image stayed with me, tucked into my mental file for years until I found the perfect place for the sheepherder to resurface in one of my stories.  

All writers admit to being avid people-watchers, which is essential for realistic character development, but don’t forget about nature and the experiences we encounter within its broad embrace. Not only can we find inspiration in its varied landscapes and the creatures which inhabit the diverse and unique environments, but we can also find the solitude to hear our creative voice in a world filled with distractions, so be sure to listen, learn and embrace the natural world.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Week in Review

I’ve been thinking about doing a “week in review” blog every Sunday, and what a time to start. Last week will always be remembered as the week Hurricane Sandy hit leaving a massive path of devastation across sixteen states. The amount of destruction and suffering is beyond comprehension and all those affected continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers.
 
Halloween came and went with less fanfare than usual. Despite the natural disaster hitting the East Coast, it seems like the campaign advertisements and phone calls never waned.  I must admit I won’t miss those next week.   

On the writing front, the free Kindle down load promotion for Marked in Mexico on October 26 and 27 was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who participated and to those who have followed up with reviews and interest in my other books.  Big Horn Storm was featured on The Logline Blog. It will be on the main page until November 15. The Logline Blog hosts a monthly contest for those who comment on loglines and is also celebrating is one-year anniversary this month with more giveaways. 

And last but not least, I hope everyone remembered to set their clocks back an hour last night or this morning.  Enjoy the extra hour of your weekend.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Memories

The story below is from Carlene Havel's Blog on October 31, 2012. When I read it I was transported back to my childhood and all the wonderful, interesting, and sometimes, sad stories passed down from my parents and grandparents.  Carlene’s reminiscence made me smile, so I wanted to share it with my readers and followers. I hope it takes you on a nice trip down memory lane too.


My grandparents were common folk. Yet their ordinary lives made for some wonderfully entertaining stories. My great-grandfather claimed the automobile put him out of business. What business was that? He would laugh, slap his knee, and reply, "I was a horse thief." Stories of Model A Fords, switchboard telephones, and chopping cotton put life into bygone days. Watching Grandpa roll his own cigarette, sharpen his razor on a leather "strop", milk the cow, and slop (feed) the hogs are precious memories. But the best times were after dinner, nestled in someone's lap, hearing a story that began, "Now back in '32 I tell you times was hard..." No doubt living through the Great Depression was tough, but hearing it retold was sheer delight.

Carlene Havel is the author of " A Hero's Homecoming"