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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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COVER REVEAL!   Leave a comment

Today I’m pleased to help out fellow author, Laura Brown reveal the cover for her new romance novel!

 

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I’m ridiculously attracted to my best friend.

Today is a bad day. The worst actually. After dealing with the constant manhandling that comes with being a cocktail waitress at a dive bar and surviving a date from hell, I see an eviction notice slapped on the door of my sketchy basement apartment. Great.

When my best friend Devon shows up at my door and uses his stubborn charm (emphasis on stubborn) to get me to move in with him, I give in. We’ve had about a million sleepovers since we met in the kindergarten Deaf program, but this time it’s different because I can’t stop thinking about his hard body covering mine, every single night.

I know Devon would do anything for me, but I’m afraid what I want to happen will ruin our friendship forever. And the more time we spend together in close quarters, the harder it’ll be to resist the spark of attraction I’ve always felt. But maybe it’s possible to have the best of both worlds: keep the one relationship I can’t live without and indulge in an attraction I can’t deny.

I guess the only thing we can do is try…

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(Author fun fact: Before you check out the amazing cover, there are two details I absolutely love, be on the lookout for them. One, the model’s hands appear to be in motion, almost as if he’s signing. Two, my amazing graphic artist managed to add a hearing aid, as Devon himself normally wears two.)

Available for pre-order at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | and more!
You can also add to your Goodreads list!

 

About the author:

LAURA BROWN HEAD SHOT

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’s first book is good too!

SIGNS OF ATTRACTION COVER

 

Posted May 10, 2017 by kathleea in fiction, Hard of Hearing, romance

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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.

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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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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?

 

7x7x7x7 Challenge   2 comments

In this challenge you go to your seventh page of your WIP, go down seven lines and post the next seven lines and tag seven authors to do the same. I tagged mine on Twitter.  , , , , , ,

All right, here is mine:

Title: WITCHLANDS-YA FANTASY

 

Filled with recipes, old sepia photos of friends or relatives long dead, pressed nosegays tied with pale yellow ribbons, love poems to long-forgotten beau, intricate sketches of birds—mostly Ravens—in various poses—eating, flying, building a nest using human hair, feeding their babies, and one drawing that puzzled me. It was of a boy with the wings of a Raven, in all other aspects he was human. In the middle of the book was a large black Raven’s feather. This I took out and rubbed on my cheek. So soft. The scent reminded me of something. My eyes closed and the smell of darkness, of night, of blood and magic streamed into me and I squeaked dropping the feather.

Have fun!

Posted August 30, 2015 by kathleea in fiction, writers, writing, young adult

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COVER REVEAL FOR DIVIDED!   Leave a comment

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

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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

 

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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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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).

 

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The Writing Process: IDEAS AND PLOT BUNNIES AND FIRST DRAFTS, OH MY!   Leave a comment

When you are a writer you need an idea before you start to write. Whether you are a pantser (writing by the seat of your pants) or a plotter, you need to have a story (plot) in mind, a character or a vague idea.

In my first published book, AINE, I wanted it to be in Ireland and I wanted it to be about faeries, but not the tiny Disney ones, full-size ones like in Midsummer’s Night Dream (by some guy named Bill) and I wanted it to be young adult. Okay, I have an idea. Now what?

Well, if you’re a pantser (like me), you start writing and see where it takes you.

If you’re a plotter (like many of my friends) you start with a beat sheet (Blake Snyder’s, SAVE THE CAT) or some other three-act structure worksheet you like and begin to plot. You might write out each scene (a chapter should have three scenes) with a one sentence summary. For AINE I might start out by writing: An American girl discovers she’s not human on her sixteenth birthday.

So, I had an idea and I ran with it. But let’s back up a bit. First, before I started writing, I researched all I could about Ireland, Irish myths and faeries. I found the name Aine (one of the Irish goddesses) and decided that was the name of my main character.

Here are the steps:

1. Get an idea. Asking “What if?” helps. Keep an idea folder on your computer/tablet/phone/notebook. Put in snatches of conversation, interesting news stories, whatever you fancy because you never know what will spark an idea.

2. Research said idea if you need to. Don’t spend too long on this step, otherwise you’ll spend all your time researching instead of writing. I mean, really, who does that? *raises hand*

3. Use a beat sheet to plot out your book if you’re a plotter but even if you’re not, you can still use bullet points to put in your main plot points.

  • Girl discovers she’s a faerie.
  • Girl goes to Ireland.
  • Girl falls in love with a boy faerie.
  • Girl decides whether or not to embrace faerie destiny.

4. Once you have your plot down or your bullet points, it’s time to start writing.

5. Remember this: FIRST DRAFTS SUCK. It’s a given. No one writes shiny prose the first time they put a pen to paper or fingers to keyboard or blood to stone or however you write your words. It needs to be edited, revised and edited again and again and again. I’ll put up a post about revising later (WATCH THIS SPACE).

6. A word about plot bunnies. What is a plot bunny? Those of you that do NaNoWriMo (thirty days and nights of literary abandon), the month you write 50,000 words along with a gazillion other writers all over the world (November) know what a plot bunny is. You are going along, writing your words to your story because YOU HAVE AN IDEA when another idea hops into your consciousness. That’s called a plot bunny. IGNORE THIS PLOT BUNNY. It will only detract you from your original idea. Stick with the original plan. Write your plot bunny down and go back to it after your first plot is done.

7. Not every idea you have is a good one. It’s okay, don’t cry. It’s true. Sometimes ideas strike  you and you start writing but something is off. The characters aren’t fully developed, the plot doesn’t stay interesting, the setting is boring…whatever. It’s all right to shelve the idea and dig out the plot bunny. I have trouble getting past 30,000 words. If I can make past that mark, I’m good to keep going until I get to 70,000-80,000 (my word count goals). But there have been MANY times, I haven’t made it past that mark and I stop and put that idea away for a while Sometimes it creeps up on you again and you revisit it but most of the time, it’s forever on the shelf.

8. Which reminds me, do as the NaNoWriMo’s do and just write. Don’t edit, don’t stop and fill in plot holes, write. Write it all in one big chunk or write each scene at a time even if they are out-of-order. The important thing is to WRITE. Read the last half of the last chapter you wrote and continue on.

9. Don’t be hung up on word count. You don’t have to do a certain number of words per day. Today you did 1,000 but tomorrow you might do 200 or none. IT DOESN’T MATTER. The plot/characters/story matters. You can always fill in later in the editing phase.

10. Let’s review:

  • Get an idea
  • Write it down
  • Plot or Pants it
  • Finish it
  • Edit it (more than once)

Go forth and write! Tell me the comments: where do you get your ideas from?

Posted May 20, 2015 by kathleea in books, fiction, writers

My Writing Journey   Leave a comment

I decided to blog about my writing journey. I put a post up yesterday on a different blogging tool about my process. Today I’m going to break it down step by step.

My journey begins…

It all started at the age of three when I learned to read. Wait, too far back.

It all started at the age of eight when I wrote my first book of poems. Nope, still too far back.

Okay, it started when I was fifteen and had my first poem published. Better but not there yet.

When I was seventeen I wrote my first novel, Robinshire Castle about twin brothers, who happened to be Dukes of Cornwall (well, one was, Colin and Connor were their names). A seventeen-year-old girl came to the castle to be a governess to Colin’s daughter (can you sense a Jane Eyre theme here?). She falls for Connor (the evil twin, duh-duh) who killed his sister-in-law and attempts to kill the daughter because Colin is set to inherit the castle. Long story short (oops, too late) the girl saves daughter, pushes Connor off a turret and marries Colin and becomes a Duchess. THIS WILL NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.

I started getting poems published, short stories and flash fiction. Time goes by (hums) and eventually I wrote my next novel, WITCH HUNTER, I did as part of a Master’s in English degree. I worked on it for two years and ended up self-publishing it because it was a novella not a novel. I self-published AINE and FAERIE FOLK around the same time and PLEASE TO SEE THE KING, a book of short stories based on characters from English/Irish ballads. Next I published, FITZROY: THE BOY WHO WOULD BE KING about the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. It’s a top seller in the UK.

I’ve published with two small publishers, two YA fantasies, LORE OF FEI and WAR OF FEI with Muse It Up Publishing. Two murder mysteries, IF IT’S MONDAY, IT MUST BE MURDER and IF IT’S TUESDAY, IT MUST BE TROUBLE, and a YA contemporary;  HOW TO BE ALMOST FAMOUS IN TEN DAYS with Gypsy Shadow Publishing.

I am on the lookout for an agent, (that elusive beast rarely seen in captivity) with my latest novel, a young adult gothic horror. Check out my website for more info on my writings. You can also see my inspiration boards on Pinterest.

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Posted May 17, 2015 by kathleea in books, fiction, writers

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