Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Support Your Fav Author and Save Your Computer by Not Illegally Downloading Books! Why? Read on...


     “Aw, crud no.” The wizard banged his hand on his keyboard and then frantically clicked around with his mouse checking all his spell files: Text documents of magic words, pictures of runes, spreadsheets of magical creature species. He looked through his entire computer and almost all his data was ruined and hacked. Files missing and damaged.
     “What happened?” He muttered.
      His Internet browser was still open from the night before. Looking at that, he realized what had happened. He downloaded pirated enchantment data for school. When he downloaded it he thought, “What's one stolen spell gonna cost me?”
     But apparently whoever uploaded the data for the enchantment file, hid a virus inside. All the magically formed programs and files loaded into the mystic gems on his hard drive (wizards favored gems over disks and other data storage means) had all been ruined. And maybe even some of his spells had been stolen from him.
      A creepy voice then filled the room, “Youuuuu...I'veeeee comeee tooo tormmeennnttt youuuu forrr the ressssttt of yourrrr dayyyssss...” 
     The wizard put his hand to his head and moaned. He knew that was a ghost. The illegal enchantment he downloaded was not only a virus, but a curse, which also gave him a ghost haunting his computer. 
     Maybe he should have just downloaded the enchantment legally.
Posted with permission from Langdon's Flash Fictions

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hot Prospect Contest for Romance Writers

2016 Hot Prospects Contest
Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers
**Permission to forward**
Looking to sign your first book contract, switch from a small press to a large publisher or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn up the heat on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest.
Grand Prize Winner
The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire Romance manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs http://novelneeds.com

Valley of the Sun RW Members
Non-Chapter Members

Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2016
E-Submit Deadline: September 1st, 2016

The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any Romance work uncontracted and unpublished at the time of entry.

Trained judges for preliminary round, Editors for final round.

Single Title Contemporary-
Romantic novels released as individual titles, not usually part of a series. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Johanna Raisanen - Harlequin

Romantic Suspense-
A suspense/mystery/thriller plot is integrated within a romantic novel. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Kate Seaver—Berkley
Melissa Jeglinski—The Knight Agency

Historical Romance
Romantic novels set in a time period prior to 1945.  Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Rhonda Penders—Wild Rose Press

Futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal elements are integrated within the love story. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Melissa Singer - TOR
Michelle Klayman—Boroughs Publishing

Young Adult/New Adult Romance:
Romance novels in which young adult life is an integral part of the plot. Projected word count: over 50,000 words.
  • Editor – TBA
  • Michelle Grajkowski—3 Seas Literary Agency

Inspirational Romance:
Romance novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religious or spiritual belief system) are an integral part of the plot. Projected word count: over 50,000 words.
  • Victoria Curnan—Heartwarming
  • Agent - Raela Schoenherr—Revell/Bethany House

Erotic Romance: Novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, etc.).
  • Brenda Chin - Entangled
  • Agent - TBA

Those entries that do not final will be returned approximately October 30th, 2016 to help those who plan to enter RWA’s Golden Heart.
Your synopsis should be between 3-5 pages.
Up to 25 pages of your manuscript.

For more information visit: http://valleyofthesunrw.com/2015-contest-guidelines-and-entry-form/

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review: 5,000 words per hour

 For those of you who've done NaWriMo, there are some old tips that are a good refresher. There are also some new tips, including a means to track your writing progress and compete with yourself.

I am trying a new technique using dictation. While the author recommends Dragon Dictation, I'm using my iPhone and pages app. This allows me to write and save my writings. The time out is a bit irritating and I don't know what this technique will do to my data usage, but I can now write while walking the dog and driving to work.

But you may wish to check it out yourself.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Coming Soon: MOON DANCER, a novelette within the world of BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, By Kathryne Kennedy

As I’ve mentioned before, I have been writing short novelettes as I recover my health enough to eventually write a new series. I also recently went through short stories I have written that I never pursued for publication (or were published in print magazines) because I started to write full length novels. You may have seen some of the story titles and a brief description on the SHORT STORY page of my website. Since the stories are no longer available, I have decided to publish some of them for my readers through the magical land of ebook publishing.

Today I am happy to announce that I finished the cover for MOON DANCER, a story I actually wrote before the novel, BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS. I hope to have the cover up on my website for pre-order as I revise and edit the story. This is one that I did not pursue for publication since I started the book shortly after, so I’m happy to say it’s an original story that has not been in print before. However, it needs a bit of editing.
A Moon Dancer (or Bone Dancer) is mentioned in BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, but only a paragraph during Mahri and Korl’s lifemate ceremony. MOON DANCER gives the reader a more detailed look into the world of a dancer of Sea Forest. They use one or more bones, depending on the skill of the dancer, carved of the great Narwhal horn, the strongest and most rare substance on Sea Forest. The bones have natural spirals that are raised and sharp as knives, and half the allure of watching a Moon Dancer is the threat of peril to the dancer. Many of them carry scars from previous dances, and if the dancer is unskilled, or not attuned to her ‘ka (dancing bones), they often die a bloody death by the cuts they receive during the dance. But if skilled, and given the proper amount of the magical zabba root, the ‘ka produce a melody unlike any other, creating a song that enchants any who are lucky enough to hear it. You will read a bit more about how the ‘ka are created in MOON DANCER. But, the story is primarily about rivalry disguised as friendship, and the struggle between two women over the same man.

And love that can only blossom from tragedy.

I’m looking forward to getting started on the revisions, and hope to finish within a few months. In the meantime, what do you think of the cover? Does it portray the movement and mystery of a Moon Dancer? I kept it similar in design to the cover of BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, so readers can readily identify it with the novel. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

My Magical Best,

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mailchimp for Beginners

Newsletters are the key to discoverability and building a writing career. The information is great for those just beginning to set up a MailChimp account, and it provides links to immediately put into practice what he explains. I enjoyed the tips on building your lists. I would have liked a bit more information on the benefits of the paid versions and he glossed over some things which I would have liked to know more about. Perhaps there'll be a second book.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Desert Dreams Conference in Arizona

In my last post I gave some tips on how to have a successful conference, especially if you're a published author. I am happy to follow with a post of our Arizona Desert Dreams conference http://desertroserwa.org/desertdreams .

I had a wonderful time! We even had a bit of rain, which here in the desert is something to celebrate, as it cools off the weather and clears up to a cool day of sunshine. I have posted some pictures below. We had a nice turn-out for the book signing, and a dear friend of mine helped me set out all my books, so I have a few pictures of the signing below. I also included some pictures of baskets I made, which might help give you some ideas when you put together some of your own. It was a smaller conference this year, which made it more intimate, which I also enjoyed. And I couldn't resist a few pictures of the hotel grounds, it's a lovely place. So enjoy!

My Magical Best,

Sunday, May 29, 2016

AZ Mystery Con

Arizona's Mystery Con

Booksiging open to the public June 3rd  from 6:30-8:00PM.

If you are interested in Saturday's events, which include lunch, goody bags, prizes, and mystery authors telling all about their books, tickets are still available at azmysterycon.com