Archive for the ‘books’ Category

NEW YA ROM COM ON WATTPAD!   Leave a comment

https://my.w.tt/9jxq52UDsS

 

Here is my young adult rom com on Wattpad!

Enjoy!

Best,

Kathleen

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

Tagged with , , , , , , ,

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.

IMG_1104

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

SIGNS OF ATTRACTION COVER

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.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher Available for pre-order!

 

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.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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.

WATSON TYPING SLOW GIF

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

Dean says You're Awesome

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

//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js” target=”_blank”>http://

https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/classic/70f499c/main.html

https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/load.js//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

 

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

Tagged with , ,

THE TRUTH ABOUT TEENS

A comprehensive guide for YA writers to understand and effectively write authentic teen characters

The Victorianachronists

Smart is the new sexy.

Ami with an I

It's all write in here, except when it's not.

Midwinter Names

A winter harvest of names

Rebecca Fields

Once in a while, the world needs a superhero

Whiskey, Wine, & Writing

Write Drunk, Edit Sober

Tripping the Write Fantastic

Exploring the vast, beautiful, scary, exhilarating world of writing and publishing

The California Roll

Simple, yet yummy

Diana Pinguicha

Portuguese. Magical. Queer.

Beyond Victoriana

A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk

The Sword of Air

Stunning new multitouch iBook by breakthrough author R.J Madigan

New World Witchery - The Search for American Traditional Witchcraft

A show about magic and witchcraft in North America

Nerdy Chicks Write

Get it Write this Summer!

Max Wirestone

Writer, Librarian, Bumbler

Victorian Paris

Life in 19th Century Paris

Lara Willard

Write, Edit, Repeat