Friday, October 13, 2017

The Kraken is Coming!

Hello! *dusts off blog*

After years (decades? It sure feels that long) of working on the final book in my Sea Monster Memoirs series, Sacred Seas is finally a completed and edited story. YAY! *throws shimmering starfish confetti*

Edits are done. Formatting awaits. And then, it will be time to unleash the kraken into the world(s)! (That last sentence is a big hint for what's in store for you in book 3.)

I've debated on whether or not to plan the release for months from now in order to build up promotion time. However, I feel that's unfair to the readers who have been waiting for YEARS. (I'm so, so sorry for the wait.)

Therefore, in a very non-traditional way of doing a book release, I'm going to release Sacred Seas as soon as it's ready. I'm predicting mid November but if it's ready earlier than earlier it shall be.

Let's face it, it has been a LONG time since Dangerous Depths released, so you may need a refresher read to remember what the heck happened. (I needed a refresher read and I'm the author.) So, I'll be hosting a (re)read along party on Facebook starting Oct 18th. I will be rereading Tangled Tides during week 1, and Dangerous Depths during week 2. (Feel free to start reading earlier if you'd like.)

During those two weeks I'll be answering questions, chatting with readers, swooning over Treygan, and giving away lots of fun prizes: ebooks, signed paperbacks, sea creature themed treasures, and more.

Be sure to join the Facebook event by clicking HERE so you don't miss out on the fun.  

If you'd like to help spread the word about the FB party and Sacred Seas FINALLY releasing soon...
1.) I would love you forever
2.) You'd be entered to win an ebook (probably a day or two before anyone can buy it) PLUS a signed paperback. And I'll throw in some fun mermaid paraphernalia as an extra thank you.

To enter use this lovely Rafflecopter box below.
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https://www.facebook.com/events/181025595791871/


Thursday, February 9, 2017

How Karen Will Get Her Groove Back

Oh, where to start.

First and most importantly, I am truly sorry for disappearing for a year. Truly and deeply. That's mainly an apology to my readers, but also to myself.

Some of you might remember that back in February of last year I found myself a part-time job in an attempt to bring new energy to my writing and, hopefully, renew my creativity. Yay. Peachy. Except the job immediately turned full-time and then some, so I ended up putting almost all of my time and energy into that instead of keeping my writing a priority. I kept telling myself that "I'd get back to writing next week--when things at work slowed down." Except next week never came because things never slowed down.

As of today, I'm officially back. The universe showed me sign after sign after sign that I needed to return to my passion and refocus on the work that nourishes my soul. I needed to return to the people (real and fictional) whom I love so dearly: my readers, my characters, my family, my friends, my Dream Team of people who help(ed) with my books. Oh, and let's not forget, myself.

I lost my way for a while. (Don't we all?) But I did learn some important life lessons and I acquired some new treasured friends, so while a lot of time and productivity on my books was lost, the job paid off in priceless other ways. However, I'm now back on my writerly path with a renewed love and appreciation for the work I do as an author. I'm ready to travel forward fully equipped with all I've learned during this past year.

I'm also excited to finally make good use of the beautiful and amazing gift that my Prince Charming/Peter Pan had built for me. I introduce to you, my writing room! *throws confetti*  Check out the custom built cabinets, reading nook, cork boards, desk, etc...

And the heartwarming and inspirational note written on my new whiteboard that I read over and over...
And yes, the space doubles as a guest room. My desk folds down, Murphy Bed gets lowered and voila! My office becomes a cozy sleeping space for guests. Squishy especially loves the reading nook and makes great use of my pillows...
So, as of today, I am starting to catch up on messages, projects, and everything else book and writing related. To give you an update of where I am with my future releases:

I AM working on Sacred Seas. The rough draft does exist, I have my editor's notes, and I'm improving and revising it. I'm on page 99 of 385. It was being worked on very slowly, but now I will be able to give it the time and attention it deserves. However, I refuse to release it until I'm proud of it and confident that it's good enough for my readers. It's the final book of a trilogy. It has to be the best it can be. I won't ask my readers settle for less. I won't settle for less. I will announce a release date as soon as I'm sure of one.

The new and improved audiobook of Tangled Tides is currently awaiting approval from ACX. But it is done and I'm excited to share it with you very soon.

There WILL be another Kindrily book. I already wrote the opening chapter (at least the opening for right now) and I made lots of scene notes over this past weekend. My Kindrily characters are eagerly trying to get my attention because they have more stories to be told. I look forward to returning to their world and sharing more of their soul mate magic with you.

Sea, Stars and Beyond (my collection of bonus short stories from each of my series) is also on my Must Complete Soon list. Again, my editor read it and made notes, so it is coming along, but it still needs work before releasing it to my beloved readers. It's just not good enough yet.

That's it for now. It feels really good to be back. I hope you will reach out and let me know you're doing too. Comment below, message me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, email me or send Harry Potter's owl to deliver me a message. (A visit from Hedwig would be my preferred method, but I'll take what I can get.)

The bottom line is this: I've missed you. I'm sorry for falling off the grid. I hope you forgive me, and I will do better moving forward.

And now, time for more coffee...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pot o' Gold Giveaway Hop!

The Pot o' Gold Giveaway Hop is Coming – All Day on St. Patrick's Day!
 Pot o' Gold giveway Hop
19 amazing authors have come together to give away $100 in gift cards to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, & Starbucks – plus eBooks, swag, and even more great prizes! I'm giving away a $5 Starbucks gift card plus winner's choice of any of my ebooks.
Just visit any of the following Facebook pages from midnight to midnight, Eastern time on Thursday, March 17th. Then hop to the next author on the list for more chances to WIN!
Don't forget to give the pages a LIKE – and check out their books. 
You might find your next great read!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Keep Swimming

A lovely reader emailed me yesterday to see how I was doing with Sacred Seas. She mentioned not seeing any recent updates on my blog, which reminded me that I have a blog. Ha. I have become a victim of our instant gratification society and post all of my updates on Facebook and/or Instagram because it's fast and easy. Sadly, it never occurred to me that some readers aren't on those sites (and I respect them for that) so I need to blow the dust off of my blog and post something.

Updates...

The third and final book in my Sea Monster Memoirs series has taken WAY too long. I was stuck, uninspired, afraid of disappointing readers with a grand finale that didn't seem so grand, and kept pushing it aside. I even wrote a whole different novel and started a new series while procrastinating on Sacred Seas.

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The new book, Virtual Arcana, released in early 2015. I love it. I love the characters. It even ties into my Kindrily series. Awesome, right? Nope. The few reviews it did receive were positive, but much to my dismay, it flopped and has been flat-lining ever since. *sad sigh*

As you can imagine, the failure of Virtual Arcana did not help my worries about Sacred Seas. I still wrote stuff, but it all felt like crap. I worried the writer in me was broken. And I was afraid that even if I did finish Sacred Seas, no one would read it.

Then, in October, Moby, my dog of 15+ years, passed away and my heart broke into a million pieces. The last thing I wanted to do was write magical love stories when I was crying every day over my lost child. (Yes, she was my child. A furry one, but still.)

Cue the New Year when we all swear to do better, be better, work harder, etc. I kicked my butt back into gear and finally started writing some words I didn't want to delete.

As of today, Sacred Seas is hovering around 52k. Only 30k so or more to go before I have a full first draft. Looks like I'm going to actually release the kraken after all. Let's hope I can make it worth the wait. I'm shooting for a release date of sometime this Spring. I think the only author who has taken longer than me to write the next book in a series is George R.R. Martin. At least I'm in phenomenal company, right? My apologies for the long, long wait.

For my Kindrily fans:
1.) Go read Virtual Arcana. (Please. For the love of chocolate, someone read it. lol. No, seriously. ) A few Kindrily peeps make some guest appearances in a faraway future. (And if you write a review I'll love you forever.)
2.) Get excited about the fact that all three books will soon be available as audiobooks, and the narrating team is doing an amazing job. I'm so excited to share them with you.
3.) Hang tight because it's not over. Once I'm finished with Sacred Seas, I'm going to write a companion novel with all of your beloved characters. And then I'm going to write a second companion novel. More is coming!

I can't promise that I'll remember to blog regularly. But I can promise that when I have a new release or big news, I'll send out a newsletter. (No spammy stuff, I swear.) If you don't want to miss my important stuff, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. I always offer a giveaway too!

I hope you're all having a happy, healthy, productive new year so far. Let's all keep swimming!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dear Moby...


Dear Moby,

I miss you more than you can imagine.
What makes this so impossibly hard is that I didn’t get to say goodbye.
Grandpop told me I had been saying goodbye for a long time. Maybe he’s right. But it’s not the same as being there with you, eyes to eyes, holding your paws, as you took your last breath. That’s how it was supposed to be. That was our plan.
Grandma reminded me that everything happens for a reason. She said I have to let go of my guilt. Maybe she’s right. But it feels so impossible right now. I keep wishing and begging to go back in time so I could be there with you.
John told me because you died at home, my essence was everywhere, so you felt my love. Maybe he’s right. But it’s not the same as physically being there with you. Not even close.  
I didn’t get to say goodbye. Not how I wanted. Not how you and I planned.
There was one moment, as tears dripped down my cheeks and onto your cold nose, that I thought I felt you breathe again. For one brief, hopeful moment I thought I saw your beautiful soul staring back at me from your cloudy eyes. Maybe it was wishful thinking, or maybe it was you trying to give me the final goodbye you knew I so desperately wanted and needed. One last moment of you sending me love. But it’s not the same. Not enough to give me closure or ease my guilt.  
I’m so, so, incredibly and infinitely sorry that I wasn’t there for you in the end.
When you were a puppy, I named you Moby after the incredible musical artist. Our first few nights together, you’d cry because you didn’t want to sleep alone in your crate. I’d play Moby’s Porcelain CD on repeat. The music would calm you, but you’d still whine and whimper because you didn’t want to be alone. Those nights of separation didn’t last long, because I let you sleep with me. I couldn’t stand to hear you cry. I couldn’t stand the thought of you feeling lonely, even if I was only in the other room.
Over fifteen years later, I’m sitting in my living room, staring at your picture and the candle glowing beside the place on the floor where you took your last breath. I have Moby’s music playing in your honor. But now I’m the one who can’t stop crying. Because I hate that I wasn’t there for you in your final moments. I hate that your final sleep wasn’t with me.
I keep asking Squishy to tell me what happened. I ask him if you cried out in pain, or if you went quickly. But he can’t tell me what happened. I’ll never know. And I can’t stop imagining you whining and whimpering, looking for me to comfort you in your final moments, but never finding me. I should have been there. You deserved that and more.
With all my heart and soul, I’m so, so incredibly and infinitely sorry that I wasn’t there with you. You will always be with me. Always. You were by my side for over fifteen years, but you will be part of me forever.
Please forgive me. Please know how much I love you. Please know that I miss you more than I thought would ever be possible.
I hope you’re with Rooney and all the other animal friends you’ve loved and lost throughout your life. I hope your legs are strong and free from pain, so you can run and play and eat anything and everything you desire. I hope your vision is perfect again and it allows you to see unimaginable beauty in Heaven. I hope your hearing returned and its working so well that you hear me every single time I tell you how much I love you and miss you.
Rest in peace, love, and happiness, sweet girl Moby. Thank you for being the best dog in the world. 

I love you and miss you times infinity. 
Your Mom


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Without Utopia Blog Hop

I'm so honored to be part of the Utopia blog hop. Thanks for stopping by! 

As we approach the FIFTH year of the amazing UtopiaCon, we want to give back to the organizers who have given so much inspiration and support to us. A conference of this magnitude--of this level of MAGIC--is not cheap.

Over the past few months, we’ve learned that organizers, friends, and even family have come forward and given from their own personal funds in order to help move Utopia forward another year and we want to pay them back. We want to FIGHT FOR OUR WRITE and do our part to help.

This year especially, we'd like to make sure they  go into planning sessions with an extra boost to it's bottom line.

So if you've ever been touched by Utopia, or if you love any of the authors, bloggers, or readers who have, please take a moment to give a few dollars. This will insure the inspiration continues.

We hope you'll be led to give from the heart, but to sweeten the deal we have some MAJORLY EPIC incentives! In addition to what you’ll get from the Go Fund Me organizers (see the donation page to read about those), you’ll also get entered to win any one of these amazing raffle prizes listed in the rafflecopter below!

Prizes like this one:
 

And in order to help convey the magical sense of community Utopia has instilled in its attendees, I want everyone to know that...

WITHOUT UTOPIA I NEVER WOULD HAVE...

There is no purchase or donation necessary to enter to enter the drawing, but we encourage you to give even just $10 in order to help move us toward our big goal. And don’t forget, every donation of at least $10 earns you free books!

How to enter:

  1. Go visit #UtopiaLove’s Go Fund Me page and make a small donation (this isn’t necessary, but we would be so jazzed if you did this first! AND this earns you an automatic prize based on your donation level. Check your email to collect.)
  2. Click through any one of the rafflecopter entry methods. Complete the necessary item and get entered for all of the raffle prizes listed below.
  3. Click through to the list of other participating authors & bloggers to read how Utopia has changed them!

That’s it! Thanks!

Participating Blogs:

Kallie Ross           Kallieross.com
Susan Burdorf        www.facebook.com/susanburdorfauthor
Jo Michaels         http://jomichaels.blogspot.com
Carlyle Labuschagne     Www.worldsawaybookblog.blogspot.com
Shantella Benson    https://thewordsmithe.wordpress.com/
Shelley Custer        www.stalkingshelves.blogspot.com
S.M. Boyce         smboyce.com/boyce-blog
Komali da Silva    www.komalidasilva.com
PK Hrezo        Http://Pk-Hrezo.blogspot.com
Elisabeth Kauffman    http://writingrefinery.blogspot.com
Patti Larsen        www.pattilarsen.com
Michaela Mills        http://www.michaelamillswrites.com/blog
Ginny Gallagher    http://ginnygallagher.com/blog/
Liz Long        http://lizclong.com
Raine Thomas        http://rainethomas.com
Stacey Marie Brown    http://www.staceymariebrown.com/
Heather Hildenbrand    http://www.heatherhildenbrand.com
Amy Evans        http://amyevansbooks.com/

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