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NEW YA ROM COM ON WATTPAD!   Leave a comment

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Here is my young adult rom com on Wattpad!

Enjoy!

Best,

Kathleen

Posted December 7, 2018 by kathleea in books, fiction, young adult

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FRIDAY MUSINGS   Leave a comment

If you follow me on social media you know what a rough year it’s been for me and my family. We lost my step-father in March after a brief, unexpected illness and his birthday is coming up on Father’s Day, so yeah…that will be a sad day for me. My mom (now gone) married him when I was fifteen so I always called him my dad. He was a kind, generous man who loved life and football, especially the University of Michigan Wolverines! He is sorely missed. IMG_0656

Dad 1928-2016

Then, we lost our 14 year-old cat, Zeus to cancer a few weeks ago and I still miss her.

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ZEUS 2001-2016

We are struggling financially and are looking for ways to cut bills. We take the bus/Metro when we can (not always feasible in Los Angeles), have cancelled cable and eat meatless meals most of the time (pasta casseroles are our go-to meals).

YUM

We’ve had some good things too, both kids are graduating and looking for jobs. One has a part-time job and another one has a summer job but hasn’t been able to find housing (it’s 300 miles away from us) yet.

I’m still trying to make it as a full-time writer and am one step closer thanks to getting into the writing contest, Query Kombat with my historical, middle grade manuscript inspired by the British invasion of The Beatles. In the contest it’s called, THE BRITISH ARE COMING. I’ve already made friends and had a blast on the Twitter feed so it’s a win for me even if I don’t get any requests from agents.

WRITING WITH A FOUNTAIN PEN

I am trying to find editing clients (have extensive experience editing as a teacher/educator and editor) but it’s slow at the moment. I have a sale going on and will edit your manuscript for half-off, includes three passes of your query/logline too! See website and look under Editing Services tab at: http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com

If you know any writer who is looking for a “big picture” editor, send them my way! I’d love to be able to pay bills and not get evicted this coming month. Yes, it’s a real possibility and not a joke. I wish it was.

BIG BANG NERVOUS

If you can help me and my family out by engaging my editing services, we’d appreciate it. I’d love to be able to help my kid pay for their first month’s rent too.

And if you or a friend isn’t in the market for editing, maybe you’d enjoy a new book. Check out my Amazon page. Most of my books are in eBook and print. Many of my books are listed on my website with links to the actual books.

We made it so far and I’m sure we’ll make it again. It’s just difficult right now. But I never lose hope that something good is around the corner and that’s what keeps me going.

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

 

Thanks for listening.

NEVER GIVE UP GIF

Best,

Kathleen

 

Cover Reveal for SIGNS OF ATTRACTION   Leave a comment

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Coming June 14, 2016 from Avon Impulse

 

Do you know what hearing loss sounds like? I do.

All my life I’ve tried to be like you. I’ve failed.

So I keep it hidden.

But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there.

He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand.

He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever known. His soulful eyes and strong hands pulled me in before I knew what was happening.

And as I saw those hands sign, felt them sparking on me, I knew: imperfect could be perfect.

Reed makes me feel things I’ve never felt. It’s exciting…and terrifying.

Because he sees me like no one else has, and I’m afraid of what he’ll find if he looks too closely.

The only thing that scares me more than being with him? Letting him go.

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About the Author

Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.

 

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LAURA BROWN HEAD SHOT

2016 Goals   Leave a comment

Here are my goals for 2016:

Let go of things out of my control.

EYE ROLL

Eat a variety of foods.

RON EATING CHICKEN

Take a walk a couple of times a week, every day if possible.

WALKING

 

Pet a cat on a daily basis (I already do this).

Toffee at five months

Do something creative that fuels my soul with passion just because I like doing it.

PAINTING CAT

Learn a new craft or improve on an old one.

PLAYING GUITAR

Go to a museum and marvel at the paintings.

UMMA

Set a deadline for writing and stick to it. Guard my writing time like a fierce mother lion protecting her cubs.

LION CUBS

 

Watch a movie and laugh.

HP LAUGHTER

Go to Ireland on a Writer’s Retreat next summer (this is more of a dream than a goal).

IRISH COAST

Sell my book(s) and get a movie deal (another dream).

SIGNING A CONTRACT

 

 

 

 

 

Go to the ocean.

OCEAN

 

Write ALL THE THINGS.WRITING HOBBIT GIF

 

 

 

 

Read more books.

MATILDA READING

Go to a bookstore and smell the books.

RORY SMELLS BOOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And most important of all: enjoy my life.

TOM HIDDLESTON SMILE

What are your goals?

Best,

Kathleen

EDITING SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE!   3 comments

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

On my to-do list this year was to get an agent (check) and to start earning monies using my writing/editing skills. I decided to start offering editing services for writers who write young adult or middle grade novels.  The details are on my website here: http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com look under Editing Services there or up above on the header on here.

CHUCK SAYS HIS LATEST BOOK IS WEIRD

I like weird books!

For the holidays I am offering a quarter off the regular price of one cent a word! I will look at plot holes, characterization, anything that might be confusing or might not work and give you an editorial letter of what can be improved. There is no guarantee you will get your manuscript published but I do have a discerning eye and have edited many manuscripts for myself and for writer buddies.

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There are online writing contests coming up and you want your manuscript to be in the best shape possible, don’t you? Yes, of course you do! Maybe you are getting ready to query and you need fresh eyes on your query. Email me!

I am a fast reader and editor and can get your work back to you in a timely manner!

writing-is-hard

And so is editing and it’s difficult to edit your own writing.

 

I’m a former college English instructor and a former high school teacher with a Master’s in English.

OH MY GOD I NEED HELP

I can help!

I don’t do line edits on full manuscripts unless something stands out like a typo or misspelling.

I do have a third year law student who will line edit your manuscript for an additional flat fee of $25.00 USD only as an add-on to the content editing price. This service is not separate.

No first drafts! Please make sure your manuscript has been read by a beta reader or critique partner before you send it to me. My editing service should be the last step on your journey. No manuscripts over 100K unless it’s by special arrangement. Email me to ask!

IS THIS A KISSING BOOK

I will edit most categories in YA or MG but I prefer fantasy (all subgenres), horror, science fiction or historical. If in doubt, email me to ask!

Please email me at: kathleensalleneditsATgmailDOTcom for information on pricing or to book a slot! My prices will go up after January 1st, 2016!

I look forward to reading your work!

Best,

Kathleen

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Monday Musings   Leave a comment

In case you’re interested, I put up a new page with my fanfiction stories in it. Right now it’s only one, THORNFIELD MANOR: JANE EYRE AND VAMPIRES. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8183575/1/Thornfield-Manor-Jane-Eyre-and-Vampires

I like writing fan fic and may do more. I also like doing retellings as evidenced by my current novel I’m querying with agents, IN DARKNESS WE DWELL which is a young adult Frankenstein retelling with Jack the Ripper elements and has a female main character.

Thornfield Manor Cover

I have done two retellings of Little Red Riding Hood, one is a short story on Kindle called, LITTLE RED http://www.amazon.in/Little-Red-Kathleen-S-Allen-ebook/dp/B008EM2W1G  and one I just finished writing and editing called, BLOOD RED. In this one the wolves are persecuted by the humans. It’s a YA fantasy.

I’ve also written a young adult retelLITTLE RED COVERling of The Phantom of the Opera that features a male aspiring opera singer and a female opera ghost who possesses him. That one is MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. I’ve recently revised it and aged it down from a New Adult age to Young Adult. I will be querying it soon.

My WIP is a young adult fantasy retelling of Romeo and Juliet also a fantasy.

And, of course, there’s my zombie short story on Wattpad, a retelling of Grimm’s fairytale, The Robber Bridgegroom. Mine is THE ZOMBIE BRIDEGROOM and you can find it here: https://www.wattpad.com/user/KathleenSAllen/about

ZOMBIE BRIDEGROOM COVER

What are your favorite fairytales or retellings?

 

COVER REVEAL FOR DIVIDED!   Leave a comment

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Book Blurb and Cover: Feast your eyes!!!!

DIVIDED full digital

 

A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare.

 

Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world.

 

Yet, life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Reed.

 

Torn between love and obsession, Mishca must unite her divided heart and decide between the two men. But when the truth about her weird powers comes to light, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance.

 

Praise for Divided

 

“DIVIDED is a fast-paced adventure filled with mystery, romance, action, and humor.

Mishca and Ryder rank up there with my favorite heroines and heroes ever!

Sharon M. Johnston is an author to watch out for.”  

  • WENDY HIGGINS, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author.

 

Preorder link: http://www.cityowlpress.com/2015/08/divided.html

 

Add it on Goodreads:

 

About the author

 

From sunny Queensland in Australia, Sharon writes weird stories and soulful contemporaries across a number of categories. Working as a PR specialist by day, in her spare time she writes, blogs, plays with her fur babies and plays computer games with her family. She’s also been stalked by women wanted to know where she buys her shoes. SHARON JOHNSON AUTHOR PIX

 

Find her on

Her website: http://sharonmjohnston.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsmjohnston

Twitter: https://twitter.com/s_m_johnston

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4019418.Sharon_M_Johnston

 

Posted August 28, 2015 by kathleea in books, fiction, writers

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My Pitchwars Mentee Bio   14 comments

Those writers entering Pitchwars (brenda-drake.com) writing contest want potential mentors to look at their bios too so here’s mine:

DAVID TENNANT WAVES HELLO

I”m Kathleen (@kathleea) and I write in different genres but young adult is my favorite. I read young adult and I write it. I write speculative fiction/fantasy. And a question the YA mentors were asked about what genre they’d bring back? Mine would be dystopian and vampires. Not together although that might be fun.

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and probably before that too. I use a laptop to write on because I can’t write fast enough if I use pen/paper.

To go back to reading for a moment. I’m an avid reader and can read a novel in a day, sometimes two if the novel is shorter. The last book I read was:

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER COVER

not young adult but magical realism

My all time favorite books (in no particular order):

SHADOW AND BONE COVERTHIS DARK ENDEAVOR BOOK COVERMADMAN'S DAUGHTER BOOK COVERDAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE COVERDRAGONRIDERS OF PERN COVERVICIOUS BOOK COVERANNA DRESSED IN BLOODHP ILLUSTRATED BOOK COVERTHE DIVINERS COVER

I can’t survive without coffee.

COFFEE IS A HUG IN A CUP GIF

As a certified Anglophile (yes, there’s exams and everything!) tea is fine too.

TOM HIDDLESTON DRINKING TEA

I love BBC dramas and period pieces notably:

Endeavour_S1_DVDPERSUASION COVERpride_and_prejudiceINSPECTOR LYNLEY COVERsherlockBeing-Human-Wallpaper

Movies (there are more than this!):

LORD OF THE RINGS COVERHUNGER GAMES COVER AVENGERS COVER

More TV shows:

FireflyopeninglogoWONDERFALLS COVERTORCHWOOD COVERDOCTOR WHO LOGOGILMORE GIRLSBuffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-TV-Series

I love music of all kinds:

I’ve been published with two small presses, Muse It Up and Gypsy Shadow.

I have two cats:

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This is what I think of Pitchwars:

Dean says You're Awesome

If you pick me as your mentee I promise to work hard and cut my darlings without whining. I like brutal edits, tell me what’s wrong and don’t sugarcoat it. I can’t fix what I don’t know is broken.

The book I’m pitching is a Victorian Gothic YA Frankenstein retelling with Jack the Ripper elements. Creepy? Yep. Horrorific? Uh-huh. Will make you want to leave the lights on at night? Yes. *smiles* And there isn’t much romance in it because I don’t do romance (well, maybe one little kiss but that’s it).

I love to write YA horror, fantasy and paranormal. Witches. Zombies. Vampires. Werewolves. Ghosts. I’m there.

I REGRET NOTHING JACK SPARROW

And in case you want to read my free zombie short story that’s a retelling of the Grimm’s Brother’s fairytale, The Robber Bridegroom it’s  on Wattpad here: https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/45969976-the-zombie-bridegroom

ZOMBIE BRIDEGROOM COVER

Go here for more Pitchwars mentee bios: http://christopherkeelty.com/pitchwars-2015-pimpmybio-contestant-blog-hop/#comment-47621

Thank you for reading! Please leave a comment below!

And for your viewing pleasure!

Kathleen

Cover Reveal!   1 comment

COMING SOON FROM SAMHAIN PUBLISHING!

SWAY BOOK JACKET-MELANIE STANFORD

Ava Elliot never thought she’d be come a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?

Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.

In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.

One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow.Melanie Stanford AUTHOR PIX

LINKS:

 

melaniestanfordbooks.com

 

@MelMStanford

 

www.facebook.com/MelanieStanfordauthor

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25701546-sway

 

samhainpublishing.com

Posted June 18, 2015 by kathleea in books, fiction, writing

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Cover Reveal for Library Jumpers!   Leave a comment

 

Our fearless writing contest leader, Brenda Drake has a book coming out in January and I’m one of the lucky bloggers who gets a sneak peek at the cover and I thought I’d share with all of you! Isn’t it gorgeous???

Library Jumpers

by Brenda DrakeLibrary Jumpers Cover

Release Date: 01/05/16

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound. 

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

 

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About the Author

Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical.

When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

 

Author Links:

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